Interpretive Reading – The Oratorical Speech: Tyranny of False Values by Gonzalo Gonzales

040714 I am the youth of the land. I am told that i am inconstant and frivolous. I am accused of being supercilious and cynical, that I do not have the right attitude. And since I do not have the right attitude, my leaders tell me that they do not know where this country is headed for, that … Continue reading Interpretive Reading – The Oratorical Speech: Tyranny of False Values by Gonzalo Gonzales

Interpretive Reading – Interpreting Poetry: The Congo by Vachel Lindsay

081914 Fat black bucks in a wine-barrel room, Barrel-house kings, with feet unstable, Sagged and reeled and pounded on the table, Pounded on the table, Beat an empty barrel with the handle of a broom, Hard as they were able, Boom, boom, BOOM, With a silk umbrella and the handle of a broom, Boomlay, boomlay, … Continue reading Interpretive Reading – Interpreting Poetry: The Congo by Vachel Lindsay

Interpretive Reading – The Monodrama#2: The Wicked Queen’s Lament (Author Unknown)

070114 I am so sick of being called the Wicked Queen! I am not wicked, I'm obsessive. There's a big difference. All I ever wanted was to be the fairest in the land. Maybe attempted homicide was a bit extreme, but that doesn't make me evil. Do you have any idea what it's like to … Continue reading Interpretive Reading – The Monodrama#2: The Wicked Queen’s Lament (Author Unknown)

Interpretive Reading – The Monodrama#1: The Step Sister Speaks Out (by Peg Kehret)

070114 It isn't easy being the ugly stepsister. Everybody always feels so sorry for poor little Cinderella, but what about me? I deserve a little sympathy, too. Does MY fairy godmother ever turn up with a magic wand? Does the prince ever dance with me at the ball? Not on your life. The best I … Continue reading Interpretive Reading – The Monodrama#1: The Step Sister Speaks Out (by Peg Kehret)

How Are You?

013018 “Good morning! How are you?” --- “How are you?”; “Kamusta?” This is default question which we usually answer with an equally default answer: “I’m good.”; “Doing good.”; “I’m fine. You?”; “Eto, okay naman buhay pa.” Are you really? --- In this highly-digitalized, ultra-fast-paced, social media-succumbing world that we are living in, one cannot help … Continue reading How Are You?

#Goals

071617 My fellow Toastmasters and guests, how do we caption this? Vaporeon Shows Up in Central Park, People Lose Their Minds. In the game PokemonGo, it's possible to evolve your Pokemon Eevee into Flareon, Jolteon, or Vaporeon by giving your Eevee a certain name before evolution. But what happens when a wild Vaporeon shows up in … Continue reading #Goals

Trust Fall

031317 Being vulnerable to trust is ironically the first thing I learned from a business school when we were first forming our learning teams during our first day. And by being vulnerable meant that you have to share a part of yourself that you are not really comfortable sharing to complete strangers. Well, I'm okay … Continue reading Trust Fall