Experiencing Denmark

The decision to buy tickets in December, a time when prices are up, was an attempt to ease our holiday sadness. They say that in non-peak seasons, tickets from Ankara to Denmark and back would only cost somewhere around 300-350 USD. We got ours at about thrice that price. Did we regret it?

Paternity Leave

"Oh the glory of having kids!" Yep, so we've heard. After 7 months of being married, we've grown familiar to the community of people either eager to have children or not have children, and those who are busy poking their noses into other people's reproductive life. Anyway, now that reproduction is often

PAG ASA ARKA Foundation: Cultivating Hope in Children


"When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become."   — Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist If you've been born, raised, and schooled a Catholic, I guess you will agree with me when I say that

A Day in Ulus

When you are in a country that is attracting recent international media attention for all unpleasant reasons, the last thing you'd ever want to do is be outside the comfort of your home. But to be crippled with fear is not an option when you know that you might never

Women Judging Women

Let me tell you about two women. The first I met at a seminar. She was confident, fluent, and exuded this really powerful vibe that was very intimidating. When we were asked to introduce ourselves in little groups, she described herself as an all-out career woman. Her exact statement was -

Understanding Rehabilitation Leave


I'm writing about rehabilitation leave today because I remember one of my former students who went looking for me at my former office. At that time, I thought it was just another of those wanting to take a special exam or seek reconsideration of grades but I was surprised to

Understanding Study Leave


Why am I writing about study leave? A couple of weeks ago, I joined my husband in their consular mission in Istanbul. It was an eye-opening experience, not only to the successes and struggles of Filipino migrant workers but also to the dedication of our foreign service team here in Turkey. Seeing

Can’t Travel? Don’t Blame Yourself

I've always wanted to travel. When I was a kid, I dreamt of going to countries I saw in the movies where trees and flowers were plentiful, roads were wide, skies were bluer, and snowflakes fell during Christmas. I wanted to see Eiffel Tower, Lady Liberty, and the many cows

NCC Articles 19,20,21: Hope for Abused Job Orders?

Job orders. They were my topic in a previous post entitled - The Ordeal of Job Orders in the Government. For some reason, I am drawn to the job orders' predicament - working hard because they need to be earn, but never truly rewarded in ways they should be. Now this decision I came across

Konya: Home of Rumi & The Whirling Dervishes

Seventeen days. That's how long it took to get myself writing about our 2-day trip to Konya, Turkey. I almost did not want to because...well, I still suck at travel blogging. I get so caught up with being a tourist that I forget to write down important information or take