Life is a puzzle; we are the clues, and God is the answer.


I watch my grandmother As she patiently winnows the grains Moving the winnowing basket Up, down; up down Tossing its content into the air. I see the chaffs being blown … Continue reading

June 10, 2009 · 1 Comment

Kaya Pala!

A piece of the puzzle fits; understanding finally dawns. “Kaya pala…” Someone sheds light on an issue, and finally we get a glimpse of the other aspects of things which … Continue reading

May 5, 2009 · Leave a comment

Remembering the Fall of Bataan

Today is the Fall of Bataan, and tomorrow is the 67th anniversary of the start of the tragic Death March. During the past weeks, I spent some time reading several … Continue reading

April 9, 2009 · 1 Comment

Through the Arts

In an article in 2006 (Art not just for Art’s Sake published in Health and Lifestyle), I wrote: “Art accomplishes rather easily, what lectures, symposia, and other conventional awareness campaigns … Continue reading

April 4, 2009 · Leave a comment


Today, I read an article that made my blood boil: an opinion piece by a Chinese “journalist” named Chip Tsao published in HK Magazine. Here’s the article plus my comments … Continue reading

March 31, 2009 · 4 Comments

Stripped, Yet Fully-Dressed

We put on many things that we often end up confusing these things as us. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate our diplomas, positions, titles properties, stocks, and so on from … Continue reading

March 10, 2009 · Leave a comment

Conquering Poverty

For someone who had always had everything he needed, even if he had to work hard for it, imagining how it is like to be poor in the real sense … Continue reading

October 19, 2008 · Leave a comment

OFW Phenomenon, Mail-order brides, Prostitution, and More

Domestic helpers. Mail-order brides. Exporters of human labor. Scammers. These are how people the world over have come to know us, Filipinos. And sometimes, I can’t blame them. For though … Continue reading

October 3, 2008 · 6 Comments

The Face of Peace: A Picture-inspired Poem

The voice of worry reigns over my jaded soul’s fitful attempts to rest my eyes from the landscape of my broken dreams in the forsaken sky of busted wings; its … Continue reading

October 2, 2008 · 1 Comment


Muted sighs your lips refuse to release Linger in the air, snatching silence’s peace; But I, looking through the hazy mist, See only the caricature of what was once Your … Continue reading

September 17, 2008 · 1 Comment

New Address

  BRAINTEASER has moved to a new address:     Please visit me there!

July 29, 2008 · 7 Comments

The Parable of the Spectacles

“Why are you back?” The store-owner exclaimed when he saw Magico, the magic spectacles, back on his display shelf. He had just sold it to an odd couple — a … Continue reading

July 25, 2008 · 12 Comments

WordCamp 2008

[Brainteaser is on a “pause” mode. This means that this post contains no reflection, anecdote, poem, or parable as is usually read in this blog. This is to give way to … Continue reading

July 24, 2008 · 8 Comments

Wisdom in Hot Chocolate

Ever wondered why contentment seems to elude man? When we get that which we’ve always wanted, we are happy and seemingly content for a while. But soon, we will find … Continue reading

July 22, 2008 · 16 Comments


I just so love kids. I enjoy being with them. I love how they view the world. How innocent. How simple. Amazing!   Whenever I am home, I am always … Continue reading

July 21, 2008 · 12 Comments


If I am to believe my spam mails, I am now a millionairess. It seems that during the past two weeks, I have won unthinkable sum in various internet lotteries! … Continue reading

July 17, 2008 · 20 Comments

Zooming In and Zooming Out: Life Events and Our Perspectives

I am no visual artist, but among the skills I tried to teach myself when I was fresh from university and work did not yet demand so much of my … Continue reading

July 15, 2008 · 5 Comments


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