Category Archives: PULSE 2016

June 20

Sounds from a Sledge Hammer

Each day I stare at a painting purchased from a local Nepali Artist. It is a watercolor representation of every day street life in downtown Kathmandu. I love watercolor. Something about undefined and imperfect shapes helps to blur the lines of reality making immersion within the art much easier. It brings me back, keeps me […]

November 08

Welcome Back

In the words of Anthony Bourdain “Vietnam it grabs your heart and once you love it you’ll love it forever and you must keep coming back”. Well I loved it and I went back.  Four weeks ago, I returned to Vietnam for a personal visit to reconnect with colleagues and friends.   After, being away just […]

August 03

The light at the end: ready to “play in the major league”

I’ve been back from Haiti for 6 months now, but it still seems yesterday. The time scale expands or shrinks depending on the phases and feelings I’m going through. Looks like a funny game of the brain memory section, cortex vs hippocampus! It is quite strange I have to say, but a proof that a […]

June 15

Fighting cancer one day at a time

Imagine a world where no one fears cancer.  That is Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) dream for Canada. With the work that the CCS is doing to fight cancer, I firmly believe that this battle is winnable. It is not easy, but it is also not impossible. Mark Zuckerberg, in a commencement address he recently delivered […]

June 13

Life Pre-PULSE & Post PULSE

As some of you know, last July I went on a PULSE assignment at The Food Trust working on Get Hype Philly! which is a citywide initiative promoting positive youth development in Philly and empowers youth as leaders to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. This volunteer experience became a point in my life […]

May 03

Transition

Sorry for the delay on my last blog for my Pulse assignment.  It has been a true whirlwind.  I had 5 days upon my return to pack up my house in Dallas, TX and move to Raleigh, North Carolina for my new job!  The day I moved is the day I started and it has […]

April 24

Spring is here.

In the last 3 months, people would always ask me, “How are you?” I would always find myself grappling for a reply, and more often than not, I’d say with a smile, “I’m okay.” Sometimes, it is an honest answer. Sometimes, it is an empty one. Many times, I would ask the same question to myself, […]

March 26

Chapter 6: “To be sitting on a gold mine”

Hi everyone, I am still waiting for your answers to my last post’s request with your suggestions for the next one… (That was sarcasm: You see? I’m still here…) as you can see, I’ve already started writing it since it seemed that no one was going to answer or had any questions. So, I’ll continue […]

February 28

Colors of the Wind

“Giving Angels Wings to Soar”- this is what the tag said on a bracelet given to me by my godmother, my Aunt Margaret Crosby before I left to go to Uganda.  My family, friends and co-workers celebrated with me when I got the news that I was going to work with Eminyeeto, a girl empowerment program […]

February 17

Greetings again from Lusaka!

  It has been months since I wrote my first blog and I am justifying this to myself by taking a quote from a book I read long time ago: “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. (Herman Hesse, […]

February 12

Chapter 5: “The chameleon changes colour to match the earth….”

I am here again after my Christmas break…it is been quit. A long time without writing and, perhaps, my “inspiration” has gone while I was in Spain and I need more time to adapt myself again after my break…or may be too much work, because I am in the discount time and I need to […]

February 07

Turning point: Evolution!

Come back to GSK Rosia Vaccine site and hard to say goodbye to my PULSE adventure and all people met during this adventure! My farewell was an impressive and emotional moment, celebrated with all Direct Relief staff!  Most of them become my adoptive family and, honestly, a part of me is still with them at Direct […]

February 07

MEMORIES OF A LIFE TIME; A Joy Shared is a Joy Doubled.

On arrival in Nepal, I realized that a friend of mine that I had met a little over ten years ago had traveled to Kathmandu as a pilgrim. Unfortunately, he got arrested and had been in jail for a while. His family back home was restless trying to acquire information about his whereabouts and health […]

February 06

Finding Neverland

It’s here – I reached my last week in the Philippines. I can’t believe it was only 6 months ago that I arrived in Manila. Feels almost like a century ago… Time can be funny sometimes, eh? When I submitted my PULSE application, I wrote that, amongst other reasons, I wanted to do this to […]

February 02

Toronto and CCS: First impressions

Caution: Very long blog… I tried to condense my first 25 days in this post! The Weather When I first got here, weather was always a convo starter and I totally relate why. So, you see, it deserves the top spot for this story. I was never used to talking about it back home because […]