Lunay

It has been a few weeks since you left us, Lunay. Work has helped me avoid feeling the loss. But tonight, I saw this picture of you and it hit me that I would no longer see my best friend. I would no longer have you waking me up every morning to take you outside so you can do your business before I start work; before you would dutifully lay beside me in the office and quietly go back to sleep while keeping me company. I would no longer catch you just looking at me and excitedly wag your tail when I take notice.

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Stay online while traveling abroad via Smart Travel Wifi

Smart Travel Wifi

Anyone who travels would tell you that the most important thing to secure before any trip is a reliable data connection. Apart from being able to connect with friends and family via your social media accounts, it is imperative that you have ready access to maps, translator apps, or even just to image search that item that you are having a hard time describing to a local due to language barriers. Once, I had to show a waitress an image of Coke as she did not understand “Coke” when I was ordering and kept saying “Cora, Cora”. I later understood that what she meant was Cola after we agreed on the google image that I showed her.

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Taking a stand

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When I was in college, I joined the League of Filipino Students (LFS), a group known for protesting against state injustices and fighting for the rights of the poor and marginalized Filipinos. It never felt like it was a good fit for me.

During discussions about how certain laws were supposed to be unjust, I found myself being the devil’s advocate. I would always argue for the debated law and how it could be beneficial if only it were implemented properly. I further affirmed that I was wrong for the movement on the first rally that I attended when we had not even gone beyond University Ave in UP Diliman and I thought, “Ay, ang init. Kayo nalang.” I then promptly left, enjoyed a cake at Chocolate Kisses, and ended my rather short stint as an activist. Or so I thought.

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San Remigio, Antique

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You know that saying that sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you but you were too busy looking someplace else that you never noticed? This is that story. Well, sort of.

See, a couple of years ago, our grandmother gave each of us apos a piece of farmland. I guess at the time, we were all busy with our own lives that we never really took the time to even check it out. The caretakers would deliver our share of the produce and that was that. I remember I asked my mom once to send me pictures of the place but her pictures were meh so I didn’t take interest.

But then 2016 happened. The world turned upside down and the prospect of a developed farm suddenly seemed like a great idea to shield ourselves should the global economy go any crazier. And so I booked a quick trip home and scheduled a visit so we can check out the place and plan out improvements.

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Taking back the internet from the trolls

In the digital age, both information and misinformation are readily available for anyone with a computer or a smartphone. Discerning what is real and what isn’t is not always easy especially for digital novices because there are websites and social media pages that are created with the intent  to deceive. 

This kind of deception has proven effective in getting politicians elected both in the country and abroad. The profile of the victims cover pretty much all academic and social standing. Social media savvy individuals aren’t even immune. I have personally seen friends that have fallen prey to fake articles posted by paid political influencers that forward their agenda by promoting half-truths. 

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