Unlocking Tandem’s Best Practices

May 12, 2019


  I’ve been using the language learning app called Tandem since last year, but I have struggled to find good language partners with it. As an introvert, even online chatting can take up so much effort. I used to send messages to random people. Sometimes I got replies, sometimes I got ignored. I feel that […]

Back to teaching on the first semester of 2019?

May 5, 2019


I think I might teach again on the first semester of 2019. This time, it’s Comm 20, which is a class on communication theories. A part of me looks forward to teaching something new (to me, at least, as it will be my first time to teach it, if ever), but a part of me […]

Lessons learned from doing language exchange at Hello Talk

April 28, 2019


Make the first move. Talk first. As with most other things, the saying “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t work so well here in Hello Talk. But being proactive does. I’ve seen a lot of posts in Moments saying something like, “I want to make good friends here. Please send me a message.” […]

Favorite “Fight Club” quote

April 14, 2019


“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Posted in: Lit Notes, Quotes

Some thoughts on language exchange

March 31, 2019


After around 7 months of using this language app called Hello Talk, I have come to realize that language exchange friends might be the hardest to forget. I mean, how can you forget them when you automatically associate every word and every expression you learn with a certain language exchange partner? The more they teach […]

Reviewing Fish Out of Water for the UP Korean Film Festival

March 19, 2019


Last 15 March 2019, I took part at the last day of the UP Korean Film Festival at the UP Film Center. I gave a short review of Fish Out of Water (2016), a short film directed by Mon Garilao. As I spoke about my ideas about the film, I inevitably touched on issues of […]

Our book chapter on the Indian diaspora in the Philippines is finally published!

March 19, 2019


Here’s our book chapter on the Indian diaspora in the Philippines and how their identities are shaped through the arts, particularly dance. Happy reading!