It was a sunny yet cool December day when the consul of the Pakistan Embassy gave me back my passport with the visa stamped on it after a brief course orientation and an overview about Pakistan. The said official travel authorization was for a 3-month course on Central Banking sponsored by the country’s central bank, known as the State Bank of Pakistan. Despite the aggressive campaign from my close office peers for me not to proceed and wait for a much better opportunity, perhaps an Ivy League graduate school program in a developed country like the United States, I still … Continue reading The Journey That Started It All: A Leap of Faith!
Today, June 26, 2020, the Philippines Supreme Court conducted a virtual oath -taking of 2,013 new Lawyers, representing roughly 27% of the total (7,685) Bar Examinees for 2019. The said mode of oath taking was adopted to keep everyone safe and prevent the potential spread of Covid19 virus. The presentation of the new lawyers which was live streamed on YouTube and broadcast nationwide on TV, and as shown on screens of lap tops, ipads, smart phones and other tech gadgets, was quite unique and amazing – it was the first time ever to have that kind of swearing in of … Continue reading Supreme Court Makes History – Swears In New Batch of Lawyers Online
I would like to share with you excerpts of the Valedictory Address authored by someone who holds dear to my heart! I thought what he prepared was something worth sharing and could serve as inspiration to those facing difficult challenges in life (during this time of Covid19 pandemic), most especially the newly graduates who are currently on the lookout for work. The said address is entitled, “The Value of Everything”. The objective of the speech was to inspire his colleagues, the youth, and likewise a reminder for each of us to “wake up” and eventually “make up” our minds that … Continue reading The Value of Everything: Valedictory Address
Have you been a good steward of our Mother Earth? Earth Day is being celebrated yearly since its launching in the 70s in the United States. Basically, its purpose is to remind and inculcate in the minds of all the people worldwide to protect and conserve our planet Earth and its environment. Today (22nd of April) is designated as Earth Day for 2017. Everyone is encouraged to enlighten and empower others with the end view of defending the environment in consonance with this year’s theme (Environment and Climate Literacy). Education is one essential basic right for each of us, hence, the … Continue reading Earth Day 2017: We Are Stewards, Not Masters of Earth
Lydia, a widow in her late 30’s and with five (5) children, lives in one of the poorest rural places in the Philippines. Just like majority of the women in the said place, Lydia is a homemaker who is used to spending most of her time attending to their young children’s needs even during the time when her husband was still strong to till the soil of their landlord. Despite the hardships, Lydia and her husband were happy and contented with what they have, with the only one full meal a day, and even without the basic needs for their … Continue reading “Conditional Cash Transfer: How It Helps Poor Family
The Nobel Peace Prize is probably the most prestigious, well respected and much sought after honors among arts, sciences and humanitarian endeavors. For someone to be nominated by an influential and esteemed organization/individual and chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he/she must have done a magnificent job of re-creating something ordinary to extraordinary, leading smaller to greater things. Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi , Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, and Nelson Mandela were some men and women from diverse backgrounds who luckily brought to their respective homes the said coveted award. Just like in the past, … Continue reading India and Pakistan Shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!
The flight ended up a breeze as I had a good night’s eye shut, a solid 6 hours in total sleep with no jet-lag feeling! The sound temporary respite helped perk up and restore the glow of my skin—it gave me the refreshed and revitalized feeling that I needed to face the day! Since my roommate was not around when I woke up, it was easy for me to go around checking literally the “ins and outs” of the room, including the unloading of my things( clothes, food, first aid kit, etc. ) from the suitcases to the clothes closet. … Continue reading The Journey That Started It All: The First Day! (A Continuation)
Remember Lance who was featured in this blog as the Wonder boy? (Check the article: “A Wonder Boy, He Truly Is”) Well, he is now in his 5th Grade and a consistent top student in class since then. He was chosen to represent their school in the recently concluded Middle Grade Regional Math Bee . Out of 15 participants from different catholic schools in NYC, Lance made it to the next round, the Diocesan Math Bee, with the other Top 5 contenders which will be held this month. Wow, what can I say! Raise the roof, Philippines! Lance, we are … Continue reading Smart Kid!!
Ordinarily, when students go back to school in January after the winter or Christmas break , they would be asked by their teachers to list down their New Year's Resolutions. Based on experience, it is much easier to encourage middle school kids to formulate their resolutions than those in high school and college. New Year's resolutions can be similar to formulation of short, medium or long-term plans and programs in a corporate or business settings. The need to review the past year's performance and make assessments on which areas or operations should be stopped or would require improvements are … Continue reading Simple Wishes From Young Minds – A New Year’s Resolution
Lance, a 7- year old cute smart kid is currently enrolled in a private school in the heart of Manhattan. He just came from Singapore as his Mom's work (an expat) requires him to transfer from one place to another. Just like normal kids, he loves to play any kind of games, from high tech stuffs to simple paper planes and rubber band games. Some high end games which I would say he's an expert at it would include those which are found in his iPad , Nintendo 3Ds, plus his collections of pokemon cards. Don't dare to pretend to … Continue reading A Wonder Boy, he truly is!