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Why Manila Is Better than London →

"Contentment comes very easy. But I do not live to just be content. Neither do many Filipinos." Santa Rosa/Makati is better than Waterloo/Mississauga/Toronto; hold on, we’re going home.

Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh

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explore-blog:

Over at the excellent TED Ideas channel, Helen Walters explores the subtleties behind The Good Country Index.
Also see this global survey of at what age people reach the lowest point of happiness in life.

explore-blog:

Over at the excellent TED Ideas channel, Helen Walters explores the subtleties behind The Good Country Index.

Also see this global survey of at what age people reach the lowest point of happiness in life.

3:59PM, July 15, 2014
Don’t fall in love with the girl with a half-sleeve tattoo but with wholehearted ambitions.

Let’s see if the plot finds me.

mariealcober:

June 27, 2014. Approx. 22:00 EST. Christie Station, Toronto. Waiting for the eastbound train to Spadina.

I know why people give up. On loving, I mean, not love. Love is the abstract, the dream, the thing. But loving gets in the way of the thing. The man beside me looks tired. Heavy camo pants and a toque. In this humid weather, he looks spent. But he wants to talk, I think. But I am tired too. 

I don’t think I belong to one place; my heart belong to many places.

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Beverage logic

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The Writers’ Retreat, Incidental Comics

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The Writers’ Retreat, Incidental Comics

Friends and family,

I am incredibly excited to share and announce with you that starting this September, my dear friend, Jake Thomas, and I will be working in The Philippines in a research position for our second University of Waterloo co-op work term. We will be working for my Uncle Adel Madamba’s start-up company and we will be supervised by the smart and ambitious, and my dearest friend, Sarah Arrojado.

Our job description is written as:

To survey the Philippine landscape, being a component of the global arena, for the establishment of a social enterprise that would suit the temperament and character; embody the value system and aspirations; represent the current situation; and capture the individual and joint experiences, interests, and lines of expertise of the Madamba family members who seek to perpetuate the memory and legacy of their patriarch – Dr. Isagani L Madamba.

I am beyond excited! I pray you wish Jake and me the best as we embark on this fantastic opportunity that seeks to leave a deep, lasting, and progressive impression in our minds, hearts, and souls. The prospect that we may very well also leave a positive imprint in the social and natural environment we will be thriving in is the icing and cherry on this delicious cake.

I will be documenting our adventures via my blog and the many avenues of social media. So if it you find this even somewhat quelling, please follow along.

Friends and family in The Philippines, I am growing impatient; I can’t wait to see and work with you all! As for my father, my mother, friends, and family, I am in debt of your support for my passions. I will always keep you in my mind and in my heart during these exciting times; you will be missed.

With love,

Elvin

PS. There is also an exchange program at University of Birmingham I’m looking forward to in the Winter term, but for now I will temper the excitement for that. Philippines first and foremost!