Why No One is Born a ‘Natural’

“You don’t have to worry,” I told myself, after winning the poster making contest in that year’s nutrition month celebration in elementary.

The one who won second place, just started getting into drawing two years ago. He used to watch us, the drawing kids’ club, scribbling nonsense doodles with spectacular result — though not something Picasso would be stressed over his grave.

Finally, he joined us with his paper and coloring set.

I watched him learn how to draw a woman’s nose, then a tree, and coloring those with improved shading and mixing. He can absorb and apply things fast. Really fast.



How Playing Ultimate Frisbee Restored my Faith in Humanity

Ultimate Frisbee Manila Philippines
Imagine your father is a gangster boss, instigating organized crimes in your locale and is feared by everyone. He also happens to be a Great White Shark.

If you’ve watched Shark Tale, there will be times when Lenny’s struggles of being a vegetarian shark will get to you, because life had also put you in a little box called stereotyping.

It happened to me, too.

“He’s tall, but couldn’t even play basketball,” said my classmate back in high school, ensuing laughter in the room.



Confessions of a Miserable ‘Traveler’

Someone forgot to hide the pictures from me in FaceBook, and I was told, at last, I wasn’t invited because the other fellas said I was too ‘delicate’ and ‘touristy’ for such a cowboy-themed overnight stay, in one of Cebu’s majestic South-bound beaches.

That was two years ago and being dismissed as a ‘tourist’ still inflicts its pain up to this day.

An infographic about travelers vs tourists had gone viral a few months ago. See here.

The immediate winner, the ‘travelers,’ were having a field, as those who submissively identify as ‘tourists,’ silently scrolled past the persecution, thinking of new ways on how to post less ‘touristy’ travel pics next time, because it’s not cool.