America

Notes on Immigrant Languages Here in IL

Temperatures has been below freezing for weeks here but there are days the weather allows you to go out and wander around. The other day, I visited the post office to drop off some mails. I then went to the nearest Catholic church built more than 100 years ago by German pioneers. You could still […]

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America

Spanish here in IL & our Forgotten Spanish

The increasing number of Spanish speakers here in America is not a new phenomenon. It is the second most spoken language in the country with a 200% increase in number of speakers since the early 80’s. Relatives working in medical facilities told me that the older generation of Latino immigrants only spoke Spanish at home which […]

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America

Stateside Again

I always look forward returning to Illinois. The travel time provides plenty of time for reflection. I recently left my job as a supervisor for a big IT company in Taguig. I was growing tired of all the phony non-sense. I decided to take a long furlough—and, yeah, get fat and travel with the little […]

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Singapura

Books and Toponymics…

My favorite place to visit here in Singapore is their National Library. I envy Singaporeans for having such an impressive public library system. Every time I drop by, all the library tables are crowded. This goes to show that they succeeded in cultivating a reading culture. The National Library of Singapore have branches island wide. […]

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Laguna

Notes on the First La Laguna Tour

A good time was had by all in the first La Laguna Tour last Sunday. We were blessed with good weather and enthusiastic participants. We expected to spend less than 1 hour in Calamba but because there was a massive crowd gathered in Rizal shrine we end up surpassing the allotted time I originally planned. Fortunately, the traffic […]

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Historia

Notes on the Ayala Museum

ayala museum, ayala museum diorama, georgina zobel padilla, premio zobel, fernando zobel The last time I saw Ayala Museum was in 1989. I was a grade 5 student in Makati. If I remember it correctly, the museum was then located along Ayala Avenue, near where Makati Stock Exchange stands today. What stuck in my mind from that […]

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