Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: When positive thinking is not enough

Ah, the genius that is¬†Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. A dark comedy, the Netflix show centers on Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) — a survivor of kidnapping, cult mind-conditioning, and (implied) sexual assault who tries to shrug away her trauma by choosing to embody a Disney-like optimism. Cue in the bright clothes, the Disney princess musical numbers; the cartoon…

Prelude to Australia

I wouldn’t have gone to Australia this year if it weren’t for a couple of awesome workmates alerting me that Cebu Pacific had promo fares for plane tickets to Sydney. Sydney tickets usually cost around 40k PHP (around 1000 AUD), which is too rich for my blood right now. ¬†That’s already a week-long trip somewhere…

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…