I have an older sister, she’s great and we are really good friends, but it wasn’t always that way. We’re less than a year apart, so growing up we fought A LOT, and we weren’t above physical altercations. One time, when we were both teenagers, we were driving to our dad’s house on a cold, … Continue reading If This Nation is Ever to Unite, We Must Understand One Another’s Pain.
“Do you know where to go next?” I was staring at an arrival board in Tokyo when she approached me. Fresh off a twelve-hour flight with greasy hair and fuzzy teeth, I stared at the transfer board. It looked like the next flight to Manila was departing from terminal two. And I knew before she said … Continue reading I Sat Next to a Man Who Purchases Sex. This Is What I Learned.
About two months ago I found myself on a plane navigating the aisles hoping and praying that whoever I sat next would be cool, or at least not talk to me because I wanted to sleep. I was looking at my ticket number and at the aisles ahead trying to figure out who I would … Continue reading Can We Please Stop Defining Ourselves By Our Sexuality?
This is part of a series about Sonya, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Make sure to read parts one, two, and three first. The colorful pillow Sonya* held in her lap was now soaked in the tears she had shed as she shared her story. The tissues in her hands … Continue reading From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 4
This is part of a series about Sonya, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Make sure to read part one and part two first. Sonya quieted as I held her, exhausted from crying, she took a deep breath that gave her the resolve to go on. In the hot room she continued to tell … Continue reading From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 3
This is part of a series about Sonya*, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Read part one of her story here. In the hot, humid room a fan made a feeble attempt to cool us down. All of us had sweat pouring from our brow as we sat on floor mattresses. As … Continue reading From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 2
I first met Sonya* at the 2014 Girl’s Getaway. She was among a blur of faces that week, girls and women who had been offered a week of rest and relaxation in Puerto Galera far from the blaring music and flashing lights where they spent most of their nights in the bars, dancing for … Continue reading From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 1
I’ve met some of the most incredible women, but out of all them mothers stand out as the most beautiful to me, not because of the way they look, but because of the way they live. I believe mothers deserve our thanks, especially because most of the millions of things mothers do out of love … Continue reading Why Mother’s Day Matters.
The other day, I learned that my friend was murdered. I don’t mean to say it so matter of factly. It is just that the most horrible thing that could have happened to her did, and I don’t really know what to do about it. The day was a confusion of shock and normalcy. After I … Continue reading My Friend Was Murdered
The other day I was listening to NPR’s This American Life broadcast about expectations and the first question they posed was: Do you think your private thoughts in your head could influence how a rat moves through space? Think about it. Do you think the thoughts you have towards a rat could it influence … Continue reading How Your Expectations Can Change Lives.