Favorite Things I Keep In My Workspace

Mise en place is a concept I learned from one of Jamie Oliver’s recipe books. It simply means every ingredient and tool is tidily arranged within reach, so you can cook smoothly and peacefully. I apply the same concept when it comes to working. In my previous apartment, this was a challenge, since I didn’tContinue reading “Favorite Things I Keep In My Workspace”

Podcasts Are A Simple Source Of Wisdom And Joy. Here Are My Favorites.

I accidentally whetted an appetite for podcasts during the pandemic. It’s plug-and-play simple! Just plug your earphones and hit play. The crucial part of this pastime is, of course, the choice of podcasts to listen to. Given that podcast episodes are at least a half-hour long, it’s easy to have trust issues after getting aContinue reading “Podcasts Are A Simple Source Of Wisdom And Joy. Here Are My Favorites.”

This Simple Productivity Secret Takes Zero Effort

The most helpful productivity trick I learned is the exact opposite of productivity: the nap. As a morning person, my creativity and energy are at their peak in the morning. Then they rapidly plummet after lunch. So instead of fighting the afternoon drowse (therefore being less productive than I would like), I give in andContinue reading “This Simple Productivity Secret Takes Zero Effort”

The Pandemic Canceled Our Wedding Reception. So We Moved Into A Nicer Home.

I’m a member of Home Buddies, a Philippines-based Facebook group dedicated to everything about homes. Below is the post I recently contributed. I hope this can have some value to your own home-design projects! Last month, my wife and I had to cancel our wedding reception because of the pandemic. We could not even travelContinue reading “The Pandemic Canceled Our Wedding Reception. So We Moved Into A Nicer Home.”

The Simple Lesson Keeping Indoor Plants Taught Me

Restraint. Yep, that’s the one great lesson I learned as a formerly frustrated “plantito” during this pandemic. Sometimes, in our enthusiasm to literally make things grow — such as plants — we actually end up killing them. That’s what I saw when my first snake plant, Lucia, died because of overwatering. She developed root rot.Continue reading “The Simple Lesson Keeping Indoor Plants Taught Me”