An Open Letter to the Jinseins of Ziri-nar-Orxiaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen by K.S. Villoso)

on being kindred spirits with a diaspora in another world: Jinseins are the citizens of Jin-sayeng. Many of them have moved to the nearby Empire of Ziri-nar-Orxiaro, forming pockets of immigrant communities and serving as an important source of labor.

The mind has a map of its own

realizing my mind as a city based on the schema theory A few years ago, I tried playing Cities. One of the most fascinating things about it is that the first things you have to build are roads, not buildings. The kind of roads built determine the surrounding zones, and in turn, the zones determine… Continue reading The mind has a map of its own

Photos, floods, and stories over coffee

on losing artifacts and history Ever since I could remember, we always moved from one place to another: from the Philippines to Bahrain, then Bahrain to the Philippines then to Qatar; from one flat to another; from one job or role to another. Half of our belongings do not make it out of boxes and… Continue reading Photos, floods, and stories over coffee

Mapping memories

musings on personal geography During this quarantine, I cannot count how many articles, tweets, or posts I've read lamenting the loss of "personal places"--seemingly normal nooks and spaces that hold no meaning until someone brands it as theirs. There are some that have closed their doors, some inaccessible due to lockdown restrictions, and some lost… Continue reading Mapping memories