Kylie Zamora (Toronto, ON)

Joaquin Paolo (Chino) has been an excellent co-worker. We worked together for over a year at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in Toronto. I must say that he possesses a very strong work ethic. As I was overseeing my department (Backwaiter), ...

John Frederick Lauron (Colorado, U.S.A.)

[Original recommendation can be found on LinkedIn] Joaquin Paolo (Chino) used to be a student leader during his high school days. As his moderator/adviser in the student government, I have witnessed how he influenced his peers to go beyond their ...

A Day At A Rich German’s Garage

I did some research on places to visit and things to do before my trip to Dusseldorf. I really had no idea what to do in Germany — other than explore its gastronomy. Google came up with a list of ...

‘Comment dire (how do you say) Teamwork?’

The exciting part of my trip to France was not only about setting foot in my dream destination. It was also the idea of working and collaborating with the French people. At first, I was overwhelmed given my limited French ...

A Night Excursion to Segre

The summer program has ended. It was the last night for the high school students. There was an awards night. I spoke at the first part where I awarded some of my students for their improvements in English, their ability ...

A “Hashtag Blessed” Moment

Throughout my Europe trip, I visited a lot of Catholic churches. I went to these holy places of worship not only to admire its history and architecture (or to take a tourist selfie) but also to attend Holy Mass. Two ...

That Da Vinci Code Scene (minus the running!)

Do you remember the movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s popular novel, The Da Vinci Code? It is the story that made a lot of noise in the news, especially in the Catholic community, because of how it portrayed the Catholic ...

Go to the Hall of Mirrors! (I did not.)

Third day in Paris. I got together with the French residents after lunch. Most of them knew that I am learning French. They put my French skills to the test by asking “où êtes-vous allé?” (where did you go?). I mentioned, ...

I Lived In This Castle For A Month.

Well, it’s not exactly the extravagant castles that one sees in movies. This was at Collège Lycée Notre Dame d’Orveau, a Catholic boarding school at Nyoiseau, France. When I first saw this building, I was beyond amazed. It’s not the typical ...

Have You Heard About ‘Puy du Fou”?

As the camp reached its midway point, the organizers gave us teachers a day-off.  Of course, we were very excited about this. The work was very daunting especially the idea of teaching students during summer. At first, I thought that ...