Midori Traveler’s Notebook

I like notebooks, in fact I have a whole collection of notebooks as a result of numerous Christmas parties where colleagues, parents, and students have given me a whole trove of notebooks. When I first started this blog, I decided to buy an unlined 500 leaf Muji notebook. That notebook has stayed with me ever since, filled first with some initial writings for blog ideas, tickets, budget plans, itineraries and so much more. Over the years, my notebook has begun showing its age, the cover has gotten frayed but it still works. However, during our short trip to Yokohama, where we spent significant time in Tokyo Hands (seriously, this place is stationary heaven!), my fiancee gifted me a Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  Continue reading →

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The Circle

We have enjoyed for years the connectivity of Facebook, the rich trove of information from Google, the technological marvels of Apple, and the carefully curated views of Snapchat and Instagram. These marvels have made our world smaller, allowing us to see the world like never before. Everything is shared easily and nothing is as private as it once was, we now live in a culture where moments have to be caught on camera, things have to be liked, loved, and snapped up. We live in a world where our culture is all about instant gratification and acceptance and Dave Eggers is well aware of that.
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Just an idea for 2016 

With all these #neveragain posts and the fracas of another Marcos running for the vice-presidency, it just dawned on me that our country has never setup a museum in Martial Law. I find it odd that we only have museums dedicated to the People Power Revolution or the Aquinos but not about Martial Law. I’m sure detractors would argue that the memory of Martial Law should live on in textbooks, rallies, commemorations. Or it would be insensitive to the victims and also government leaders (sic present day senators and officials) who were involved in the revolution, it would be branded tasteless and all. But Germany as an example comes to mind, they have a museum dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and its existence is very effective. Remembering an event through artifacts and personal accounts helps remember and emphasize the importance of a historical event, be it good or bad. 
Regardless of its relevance today, we need more history in our lives. To appreciate and understand the bigger picture of things, to understand the implications and how these events have cascaded into the development of our country and nation. 
Anyway that’s all. Just wanted to share my own two-cents.