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Blogging from iPhone

In my quest to drastically reduce the time I waste ogling at status updates and poorly taken photos at Facebook, I’ve decided to remove the app from my iPhone for good. But now I have to find something more useful … Continue reading

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Learned

Just before graduating from the university, I volunteered to be part of a group tasked to talk to high school students about the joys (and pains) of taking up Physics as a course. Our aim was to “orient” their young … Continue reading

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PASSED

About 11 years ago, just before moving from Yamagata (I assure you, it’s in the map…look it up), I was able to contact a few Tsukuba-based Filipino students and researchers who were members of the Filipino Association of Students in … Continue reading

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Efficiency

Years after being integrated into the so-called “shakai” or Japanese society, there is still one thing that baffles me to this day. It is the unwritten but generally accepted practice in the workplace to work past the specified number of … Continue reading

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A Fine Line

Someone I know recently deactivated her Facebook account for the simple reason that she got too depressed, because of hearing and knowing about what other people are doing with their lives. “Everybody else seems to be having a great time, … Continue reading

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Faith

A few days back, a memory from my high school days came back to me, out of the blue. I wasn’t even thinking about anything in particular. It was the time when somebody brought a supposedly miraculous Sto. Nino to … Continue reading

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Shaken

It’s been more than a month since the devastating earthquake struck the Tohoku and Kanto region. Here in Tsukuba, things are mostly back to normal. Well, there’s the recurring aftershocks, which serve to remind us that things just are not … Continue reading

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Oral Issues

Went to the dentist for another round of root canal treatment today. I couldn’t help it, but isn’t this the eighth visit already? Okay, I get it that there are four teeth to be treated, but after eight visits, and … Continue reading

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All in the Mind

A couple of days ago I learned a new (to me) Japanese proverb (kotowaza) which goes: 案ずるより産むが易し (anzuru yori umu ga yasushi) According to Jim Breen’s dictionary, this proverb means: The anxiety that comes from doing nothing is worse than … Continue reading

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On Facebook

I’m quite sure of one thing: being “addicted” to Facebook somehow managed to kill any desire to blog recently. Why blog when you can just post some of your thoughts directly to your contacts, your so-called “friends” online? Why even … Continue reading

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