Filipino Bravos

This simple yet heartwarming poem written by Mary Lu (one of my students from Integrated Diploma Program in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies, Taungyyi, Southern Shan State, Myanmar) never fails to inspire me each day.   The wondrous mother island is left Filipino’s fragrance wisdom, spreading To colorful Myanmar tribes. I pray faithfully…

Life’s Uncertain Path

Life, as easy or difficult it can be, is unpredictable. We were given an opportunity and had been trying to grab it. And now we have it, we may be wondering that something is still not right sooner or later. I have been working abroad for almost two years and yet, I have never gone…

Nature of S.A.G.

(This another heart-warming poem was written by Nangkor Ngin Hom, a 13-year old Shan, Burmese girl and one of my former Level 6 students of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies (S.A.G.~I.H.S.), a Jesuit-owned institute in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State, Myanmar. This is actually her first attempt in making her own poem in our…

Sunset

Twilight from above. Glorious as it is to see Against the dim sky.

Under the Starry Sky

(This short story is my most successful work so far. All rights reserved to myself and to where it was first published: Eastlit, a journal and website focused on creative writing, English literature and art specifically from or connected to East and South East Asia.) Someone from our neighborhood told us that Miss Dela Rosa had passed away….

Inside My Inner World

This essay was written when I was still nineteen. It was my fourth attempt in writing personal essay as a course requirement in our Writing Non-fiction class. I had to reach out for myself towards people way back then, so I thought I could write something about myself as one way for me to know…

Remember September!

My last month of volunteering has already ended and I feel proud that I have finished it with flying colors. So many things have happened already throughout this journey. I have found that it is difficult for me to string the words together with all the mixed thoughts I have now. Whether it is big…

On This Auspicious August

Another month has just passed, and my volunteer journey will soon to end. Still, I have gained more memorable and wonderful insights from it. At first, I was a little bit reluctant, insecure and bashful to talk to various people or locals, perhaps of the language barrier or what they think of me. However, my…

Bountiful Signs of July

I have been working abroad for a year, and this is my first time to have been doing a volunteer work for a long period of time without going back home. This is very interesting for me though, because it actually makes me feel like a better person for helping someone in the community. It…

A Jubilant June

How is the month of June for you? Was it good? Was it bad? Did it bring you excitements or disappointments? If you were to ask me how was my June, it was truly amazing and fantastic, a truly jubilant month I would say. I haven’t had many photos for this month, but I really…

Highlights of May

May has been a great, exciting and memorable month for me just like any other months. And just as I hoped last May 1st, the said month has been a good one for me. Another month has come to an end and another set of wonderful memories have been collected as I walked along its…

The Wonderful School

(This heart-warming poem was written by Sai Phone Tip, a 12-year old Burmese and one of my Level 6 students in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. This was his first attempt in making his own poem in our English class, but it is simply amazing!) With the happiness of…