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Wallet na maswerte By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   TODAY, in my continuing effort to “travel light” in this world, I went over a pile of my past acquisitions and marked some for clearing. I have segregated and marked the boxes and bags to be passed on to whoever I think would most need them, treasure […]

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Lost in transition By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   WE all forget over time. Some forget by sheer will, others by the passing of time. Uncannily, we also remember things we thought we have buried, encountering the same experience with either freshness or more pain, but not necessarily with the same intensity. In fact, there are […]

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Just DOH it! By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   SOME people I know have survived COVID-19 following strict protocols laid down by hospitals. Some have recovered and recorded no relapse. Even with expensive medical treatments, recovery from the impact of the virus is not guaranteed. Others have moved on to another dimension. In my family, a […]

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One life to live By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IF I would have a chance to meet somebody who came back from the dead, I would like to ask what afterlife is like. Is it maybe another life, totally different from the current one we are living, or a totally different experience? Or do we […]

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Wellbeing By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   UNDER the current circumstances, and having very little influence on the macro level, people are focusing more on their personal wellbeing. Conversations are shifting towards maintaining a healthy mind and body and achieving happiness. Before, young professionals were focused on losing weight, toning muscles and losing abdominal fat. It […]

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Praying mantis By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   AT eight o’clock, there was already a long queue at Land Bank of the Philippines, Philcoa Branch. I was among the first to arrive, having been told yesterday that they could no longer accept deposits at 12:00 noon and should come today, despite the fact that I arrived […]

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The man with flowers in his hands (Part 2) By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I still don’t know who he is. He does not seem to be the talking kind. He seemed to just focus on looking at the blooms and in making a choice on what flowers to pick in the neighborhood. I would […]

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Listen By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THE wind is saying we reap what we sow. But those who did not sow anything equally reap the karma of those who sow.  It is this collective karma that speaks in silence, louder than the words. We feel it closing in, like a noose about to asphyxiate the […]

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The miracle by the window By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   LOVERS all over the world celebrate St. Valentine’s Day on February 14. He is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics, and beekeepers. The Roman Catholic Church continues to recognize St. Valentine as a saint of the church, even when he was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 because of the lack […]

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Garbage Contracts By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   EVERY Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the garbage truck passes by at odd hours of the day. There is no schedule that one can work with so that you can do other things. You cannot bring garbage out into the street because the stray dogs will scatter the […]

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