Blog, Environment, Stuff, The Daily You

Going Christmas shopping? Buy local or sustainable

Even the things you consume can reflect your state of awareness! Especially this Christmas season, why not be more mindful of the things you buy - where they come from and how they are made - for gifts to your loved ones? Not only would you make your loved one happy, you'd also make a small-time business and their stakeholders happy: the best Christmas gift you can give them.

Blog, Relationships

Two-way individuality

Individuality isn't confined just to how responsibility should start on the personal level. Growing or developing others is also on an individual basis - precisely because we are individuals. Social change should take this very seriously, as not doing so would cause more harm than good.

Blog, Society

A visionary’s flaw, or the relationship between principles and kindness

Living a conscious life of purpose involves high principles or standards, and adhering to them. However, we run the risk of alienating others - and even ourselves! - by too strict an adherence or enforcement of said standards. We have to remember to be kind and understanding in accommodating others - and even towards ourselves!

Weekly Word Archives

[Weekly Word] The niceties of social niceties

This week, we cover a concept that is both ubiquitous and very deep-reaching, especially in Chinese society, where it began. Without at least gaining a proper understanding of what it's about, it will be difficult and awkward if not impossible to navigate through East Asian society. This week's Word is "face", translated into classical Chinese as 面 (miàn).

Blog, Society, Stuff

West Valley Fault Preparations Part 3: Kits and Plans

This third of three posts about preparing for the predicted Valley Fault earthquake that will devastate the Greater Metro Manila area discusses in more detail having your own emergency supply kit and detailed disaster plans for the family and workplace/school. I recommend assembling your own supply kit instead of a pre-made one that may lack some essentials or contain unimportant things relative to your own circumstances. Disaster plans must be mastered and practiced by all members.

Blog, Society

West Valley Fault Preparations Part 1: Maps and Home Safety Check

This first of three posts about preparing for the predicted Valley Fault earthquake that will devastate the Greater Metro Manila area discusses the fault system atlas launched by government agencies in May 2015 as well as affected settlements, and a 12-point checklist evaluating your home's integrity and safety launched in February 2014. If you live in Metro Manila, I recommend you download these documents and study them.

Blog, Self, Society

Better Over Good

I invite you to contemplate on choosing the better option over the good option in everything you do. Knowing that one can live better should be reason enough to reflect on this. Furthermore, God left no stone unturned in sending His only Son to die for our sins so that we may be saved; in return, we, too, owe it to Him to consider Better Over Good.

Blog, Education, Self, Travel

What is to truly travel?

What does it mean to truly travel? It is adapting an open and mindful mind while staying true to yourself, as opposed to being unaware, intentionally or not, of the ways around you. The latter leads to a less-than-fulfilled experience, while the former makes you grow and appreciate more - one step closer to practicing true personal CSR.

Blog, Listicles, Relationships

10 good manners to remember today

Practicing good manners show you respect others and their human dignity. After all, the cornerstone of living well is living a life of service, a life for others and not just for yourself. Good manners is one good place to start, especially if you're young. Here are 10 manners to serve as your daily mental vitamin!

CSR Learner's Corner Archives

The Librarian’s: On mercy and compassion – Lessons from a true Jesuit

To weep is to show true compassion, to sympathize with the plight of the less fortunate, to devote ourselves not just financially but also emotionally and whole-heartedly. To act on this is to show true mercy. This is the central message behind the theme of the 2015 State and Pastoral Visit to the Philippines of His Holiness Pope Francis, "Mercy and Compassion", and perhaps his entire papacy itself.

Blog, Relationships, Self

Say thank you then read

Gratitude is not only the greatest of values, but the parent of all others. (Cicero) Being a Chinese-Filipino living in the Philippines, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. However, there's a lot to be said about this special holiday and the meaning behind it: Rooted in religious tradition but also celebrated secularly, Thanksgiving is meant to commemorate… Continue reading Say thank you then read

Blog, Society

Why a dentist is a perfect example of community

Before I begin writing, I'd like to take a moment to share this video of a story I've frequently encountered over the years. It's about the blind men and an elephant, which is commonly used as a fable for the relativism and subjectivity of truth - how our subjectivity is true but may not be total. But this… Continue reading Why a dentist is a perfect example of community