Career 2021: Revival, Trauma, Resignations and The Reckoning

**If you are on the go, you can listen to this via on my audio blog, Halfreformed: The Spoken Word Series. Links: Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado via Unsplash Revival & Trauma ...And just like that, we are ending 2021 as if nothing happened (well, it’s true nothing much happened). In all …

On *Languishing*

The meme wasn’t lying when it said 2020 and 2021 are twins. First off, let me just say that I am very grateful for all the privileges and blessings that I have now. However, we’ve been languishing in different aspects of life for the past couple of months. It feels like the rest of the …

In defense of adulthood and growing up

If you are on the go, you can listen to the spoken word format here: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Andrew Neel via Unsplash A few things highly associated with the Millenial generation include social media, skinny jeans, avocado toast, and the word: adulting. According to the Oxford dictionary, it is an informal word …

Do our passports dictate our career success? (Opinion)

Passports have become a powerful tool for opportunities and immersive learningPhoto by Inkredo Designer via Unsplash In PassportIndex.com, Philippine Passports’ Power Rank is currently at #63. This means holders of this passport can be Visa-Free in only 20 countries, need Visa upon Arrival in 33 countries, and require visa applications in 145 countries. Tedious, lengthy, …

Coronavirus, one year on 


Photo by Roman Grachev via Unsplash.com Here we are, folks. It's our one-year "lockdown anniversary." In Singapore, Circuit Breaker (our version of a lockdown) happened in April 2020, but this time last year, split team working arrangements were being made already. There is nothing positive to celebrate about this anniversary. However, I believe this one-year …

In defence of suffering

Photo by mwangi gatheca on Unsplash David Goggins is an American former Navy SEAL, an accomplished endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and author. His early life story is something out of the suffering playbook: He came from a lower working-class family, had an abusive parent, experienced racism, had a bunch of learning disabilities and health issues. …