The high of travelling alone

I’ve been traveling alone for a while now (intermittently since 2009 and more so now) and I often get asked by people I meet how and why I travel by myself. The most recent query came from a woman from New Zealand whom I met in Hunter Valley, Australia. The how part is easy. You…

The face in the mirror

I started watching Please Like Me via Netflix around the time Chester Bennington took his own life. It may have been a coincidence but the show and the Linkin Park frontman’s unfortunate passing did share underlying themes of mental illness and the grasp it has on those afflicted with it. On the surface, Please Like…

Could pro-social behavior change victim-minded individuals?

Is there a way to save victim-minded individuals? I came up with this question yesterday morning, March 25, 2014, when I went to a seminar on “The Psychology of Justice Sensitivity and Cross-Cultural Differences” by German researcher Simona Maltese at De La Salle University. I almost didn’t go because I wasn’t that interested in the…

Toilet buddies

For the past few months, I’ve had two toilet buddies that make my time doing # 2 a little less lonely. They are Edge’s What Have You Changed Your Mind About? and What Are You Optimistic About?, both edited by John Brockman. These non-fiction books by the self-proclaimed intellectual online hub http://www.edge.org collect short essays…

Single Rider

A young man who always travels alone goes up the Single Riders lane in Universal Studios Singapore’s roller coaster ride and finds some company. What does this encounter entail for him? *note: This story first appeared in the New York based gay literary journal Chelsea Station (Issue 4). The author retains full rights to the story. That means no…

Crackers

Crackers by Raydon L. Reyes WHENEVER I repeated a word my master said, I got a cracker. This was how things worked for me ever since I started living in my master’s house. I never liked the taste of crackers. Dried-up bark would probably taste better. But ever since I was placed in a cage,…