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3 comments | Monday, January 01, 2007

Whenever someone asks me to write for a magazine or a daily or any other publication, I always see it as a blessing.  Never in my entire life have I thought I could hone this writing craft through this type of medium - through public judgment. The reading public could easily render a decision: either I have to shut up or to continue sling inking. If by any chance I'd pass the "taste test" I could very well become a budding writer in a very competitive editorial world.

For years, I've been contributing write-ups for a couple of newspapers in the Philippines and compensated for it (which, I think is cool). The thing is, I never do this stuff for the money. It's about the fun, boy. And that makes me love to do it more.

Anyway, I have been retelling this story over and over again. Here in SDSU, I have been blessed once more to write for the Collegian newspaper, weekly!

Here are links to few of my articles.

September 27, 2006 - Fuchsia in South Dakota

October 4, 2006 - Squirrels and a map guide traveller to a Wal-Mart meal

October 18, 2006 - Colors, falling leaves reflect the challenges of change

October 25, 2006 - Brule's music sings like home

November 8, 2006 - Morals must be part of public life and politics

November 15, 2006 - Falling for a brown-haired American girl at The Union

November 29, 2006 - Native hero steals birthday light but inspires beyond

December 6, 2006 - Exchange student fears lonely holidays

January 24, 2007 - Study abroad fosters friendships, possibility

January 31, 2007 - Uncle Sam experience gives rise to apathy, change in perspective

February 14, 2007 - Execution by "firing squad" on day set aside for friendship

March 21, 2007 - Evanescence's 'My Immortal' echoes country's current crisis

April 11, 2007 - Popular book inspires columnist to wake from hallucination

April 18, 2007 - Sex education programs are not wrong, they teach consequences

April 25, 2007 - Remembering all those who have departed helps keep them alive

May 2, 2007 - Mothers' love and devotion are honored on this special day



Blogger EMMANUEL said...

Dear Mr. Salas,

Am so proud of you...about what you are doing (the best) there in the U.S. I know you are doing this for the Lord...

I am EMMANUEL, also a Filipino.

I got a Full Scholarship from the Thai government and currently pursuing my PhD Program for Environmental Technology here at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE) King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand starting this 1st semester 2007.

I will be working on Hydrogen and electricity production from wastewater using microbial fuel cells (MFCs).

Am so much inspired of your success. Keep up the good work and God bless...

I hope this will be the beginning of our friendship.

I will keep in touch....



Graduate Student
PhD Environmental Technology Program
The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment
King Mongkut's University of Technology
Pracha Uthit Rd., Bangmod, Tungkru, Bangkok
Mobile: (+66)067837960

July 11, 2007 4:38 AM

Blogger talksmart said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and appreciating what I do. I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors too. Keep in touch.

July 11, 2007 10:23 AM

Blogger EMAN said...

Dear Mr. Salas,

Am just ok here....

I thank God for your prayers. I was able to survive the first semester passing all the courses I enrolled. The results are already posted in the JGSEE website: www.jgsee.kmutt.ac.th

I now moved here this 2nd semester here at the Sirindhorn International University (SIIT)-Thammasat University (TU) where my professor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sandhya Babel, is based. The said program is a consortium of 5 universities here in Thailand. SIIT is one of the members of the consortium and it is here where I am going to get my degree by 2010 (for 3 years). We will not be conferred the degree without 2 international publications and international conference presentation...It will be no less than Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand who will preside the graduation ceremony and hand in the diploma then (by 2010).

TU is a home university to the last 1998 Asian Games held here in Bangkok. This December 8 events of the Asian Games will be held here. I am staying at the 6th floor in one of the Asian Games dormitory (a 14-storey building) where I could see the tennis courts and stadium from my porch.

Though there is an available swimming pool here near my dorm but am taking a dip at the swimming pool at AIT (Asian Institute of Technology) every afternoon and proceed to one of the households (mga Couples for Christ... Pinoy rin) there where we pray the rosary for whole month of October. Am also hearing mass every Sunday there.

Starting already to work with my special study related to my dissertation and polishing the proposal. We even had submitted the same proposal to the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) for additional funding. My work on "Hydrogen and Electricity Production from Wastewater Using Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs)" requires more than a million baht budget. Please pray for its approval.

I do keep in mind that GOD has a special purpose for each of us in our lives... and we should pray that we could decipher that purpose...

.... that life is meaningless without GOD... Material things come and go... but our friends whom GOD gave us are always there for us... especially our family.... they our our best gift from God...

Let us be happy for our friends, teachers and our family... they deserve such blessings... if we do also just our part... then GOD would be so gracious to give the desires of our heart...

My case is a typical example... I never expected this scholarship... Kung ako lang... I wish to stay with my family back there in the Philippines... with my kids... But you see... there are so many things that we want if life that are not meant for us... There are also things which we hate to do but are meant for us... So the key and secret word is just OBEDIENCE... to HIS will...

How it hurts me so much to be away with my family... But if this is the will of GOD for me... then I have to bear this CROSS...

Till next time... Please keep in touch..

Please remember... am so happy and so proud of you... and am always praying for you the best to come in your life...


Graduate Student, PhD Environmental Technology Program
School of Bio-Chemical Engineering and Technology
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology-Thammasat University
P.O Box 22 Thammasat Rangsit Post Office
Pathumthani 12121, Thailand
Mobile: (+66) 875178704

November 07, 2007 5:47 AM


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