Glimpses and Magic of Riyadh After Dark

I was driving home on a random evening when the warm, orange glow of sunset and streetlamps knocked on the window frames. Settling in the heart of Al Izdihar District a few years ago, I had grown used to seeing these city and night “scapes” but never did I capture them intentionally until earlier that…

“Journey To The Other Side”

“When we let silence wash over, a space is created for vulnerability and the potential to know others in a way that talking could never allow” (B. Zhang, HFO). It was a wintry Thursday night when I and my comrade were cruising our way to one of the badminton courts where we usually compete for…

What My Hometown Taught Me After A Decade Of Distance From It

It was one of those childhood Sundays when my grandmother would ask my father to wake me up for the mass. A few minutes later there I was trying to stand straight while wiping my gound and groping my way to the bathroom, detached from the house, in a foggy morning. Struggle! But the thought…

Raise Your Glass … Of Coffee!

I hated coffee when I was younger. Every time I drank coffee, an unbearable headache kicked in. It was only when I stopped drinking it that the headache disappeared. That was sophomore in high school. A decade later, I set foot on the challenging corporate world where I got to work as an assistant to a…

Where The Four Great Amputees And Mountains Led Me

The windy afternoon was starting to metamorphose into dusk. We were walking along the steep ravines of Rio Grande de Cagayan on the outskirts of Santo Thomas in Isabela when I happened to glance down at the jagged boulders, approximately 20 feet high. The gushing sound of the waters slapping the rocks, which got me…

2015: A Year Of Affirmations, Blurbs, And New Connections

Doing a year-end post has been something obligatory since I joined the bandwagon back in 2012 (2013: A Milestone Year for Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind). Then before the year 2015 unfolded, I was eventually compelled to share some life-changing lessons (2014: A Year of Life Lessons). It feels good and comforting to look back…