On Materials

"Everything is made of something." ~ Seetal Solanki There are times when it gets confusingly stressful. I am technically in two different programs: Materials Engineering (MatE) and HEED. On paper, I am expected to prioritize MatE being its program coordinator and a full-time faculty in the field. The other program is just extension work. But... Continue Reading →

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On the Future

Conversation in the car today Nephew: I don't know what I want to be when I grow up (he has a homework where he has to draw what he wants to be in the future). Me: Didn't you say that you want to be an artist? Nephew: Like you! Me: Like me?! Nephew: Because you... Continue Reading →

On Finding One’s Place

There was a lecture I attended before at the Mabuhay Temple about finding your place in the world. I remember shifu reminding us the importance of knowing one's value to help determine where you will place yourself in this complex world. Seven years later, I still struggle with finding my place. Others will find it... Continue Reading →

On Overwhelm

So we're at that point again when you don't know how to fit everything in 24 hours. Step by step. Take it one at a time. Prioritize. We'll get the hang of this. The heart is still full. You're okay. :)

A Stroll Through My Garden

A Stroll Through My Garden by Ofelia Y. Manapat May 1996 Light is brightening my room, and so I get up, pray and have breakfast as fast as I can because I want to be in the garden. I pass through the kitchen, the Sampaloc and Caimito trees mingle with their branches with vines, orchids,... Continue Reading →

On Determination

So the Universe is testing me again. Push and Pull. Just when you think you know the way to go, something shiny and tempting is placed right in front of you before you make a turn. Crossroads. One road with all the prestige academia demands from a faculty in engineering: a big project, international collaboration,... Continue Reading →

On Fiction

Non-fiction books have dominated my shelf for a couple of years now. Biographies, self-help books, books on productivity, psychology, and the like. I would often read them during my free-time as a form of rest and relaxation (R&R). But last month I (finally) realized that it's still more of studying I was doing rather than... Continue Reading →

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