Lightning

Sky looks peaceful, the clouds seem sad, 

I can’t see the stars and the moon,

It’s just totally dark,

Few drops of water starts falling on the windshield,

Little drops, a little more, a few more,

Not sure if I heard a rumbling sound, but I saw a flash of light appeared,

He excitingly asked, “Did you see that?”

‘Yeah’ I said, But more than that it was the sweetest smile that caught my eye,

And in that moment, I know my memory of rain changed,

I’m bringing this back home, I’m running miles away.

18 February 2017

I Left My Heart in Australia

Since it’s Straya day, I looked back and reminisce the vacation I had last July 2015. Let me share with you some life thoughts accompanied by the pictures of the places I’ve been and the things I did.
Note: I will let the pictures do the talking so it will be a one-sentence-life-thought challenge.


Let Your Light Shine.  
In life, we should see dark days as an opportunity to shine brighter.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are more stunning at night! Date night with a glass of wine would be lovelier. So romantic.

Disconnect to Reconnect.
Sometimes we just need to have a ‘ME-time’ in order to connect with ourselves and to the world.

Bondi, Manly and Surfers Paradise.  These beaches let me had a taste of Summer on a Winter.  Most of the time, I explored Oz alone because my relatives have work.  It’s cool, I enjoyed every moment I had getting to know myself better.

Be Kid-at-Heart.
Like a child, have more fun, be silly, and be delighted in everything.

When I was in Sydney, I went to Luna Park with my nephew. That definitely made me a Certified Aussie kid! 😉  And in Brisbane, I attended ‘Hunter’s 5th birthday party’.  Funny, right? But I really had fun with kids! I felt like we’re all the same age.

Dare Yourself!
Be courageous and know that YOU ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE!

I said this before. ‘I believe no one is ever ready to do anything. No matter how prepared you are, there will still be a space for anxiety. So why delay or wait for the perfect time? Most of the awesome moments in our lives happen when we let go and let our instinct guide us. I am no good in living life to the fullest; I just do what I want to do and what makes me happy. It’s also exciting to dare yourself to do the ‘impossible’ thing. You don’t need to impress other people; you just need to impress oneself. If you make an impact or inspire others, well that’s a bonus.

On my 2nd day in Australia, I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  It was really an accomplishment for I have a fear of heights! (I don’t even ride a roller coaster! Well, only once in Universal Studios Singapore- a favor I did for a friend.)

I thought climbing the bridge would already make my trip a memorable one.  Little did I know that I would have that great amount of COURAGE to go SKYDIVING! I booked it two days before my flight back to the Philippines so I can’t back out. I told myself ‘IT’S NOW or NEVER’ and ‘GO BIG or GO HOME’.  And, I did it a day before my 25th birthday (July 30)!!!  Best Birthday Gift Ever!  It was TOTALLY UNFORGETTABLE!
And literally, MY HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT!  

You’re Always Home.
Be at peace and enjoy the journey for in every step we take leads us to where we are supposed to be.

I don’t know why but Australia felt like home.  I don’t know when will I be back again.  Hopefully, soon.  But for now, I’m just grateful for everything that happened- the experiences I had, the lessons I learned, and the beautiful souls I met.

THANK YOU!

Lots of Love,

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Happy Straya Day Mates!

P.S. I know it’s almost 2am, 27th of January now in Australia. Maybe my greeting doesn’t count. But still 25th of January here in PH. (3 hours time difference) 😉

Sunrise


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Let’s forget how fast the time flies,
Go out and watch the sun rise,

Be glued in this magical moment,
Eyes wide open for a split second,
Wonderstruck, we know soon it will end,

Just savor and feel this awakening moment,
We own the world and the glistening rays,
Touched by the Sun’s burning gaze,

Overwhelming, everything’s heartwarming,
We will fathom, with this kind of beauty,
In this world, in debt, forever we will be.

 

17 Jan 2017

Making Firsts Last

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First wine for the year.

I started 2017 with high hopes for everything.  Early in the morning of January 1st, I wrote down the things I want to achieve, the things to do to have it, and the words to live by for the year.  Let me share with you two of the mantras I set for myself as I welcome this year.

  1. Savor All the Firsts

Everyday I consciously make an effort to see and experience things as if it’s the first time.

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My First Kiss with Nature- “Rafting” to Pagsanjan Falls, 02 Jan 2017

First Me-time while having my first wine for the year, first family celebration, first meaningful conversation, first travel with friends, first short poetry, first feature in Instagram and so on and so forth.

I remember savoring the taste, savoring the moment when I had my first brewed coffee for the year.  I value even this small thing.   Because firsts will always be memorable, right?  This thinking helps me to see the highlights in some ‘almost-routine-days’ and to regard experiences ‘more special’, like saying “Oh, this is my first Jamaican patty for the year!”, my first “I love you!” to a loved one, my first triumph on the first working day “Yes, I’m not late!”.   Exaggerated as it may sound, this is what I instill in myself, to over– appreciate.  I guess my point in having this mentality is to savor everything that’s happening– to live in the moment, to be in the moment.  These can be giddy-happy-moments you have with yourself too.  If you spread the good vibes to other people, well, that’s a bonus.

  1. Dare to Try

Last year, I challenged myself when I had the following resolutions: “No Late in the Office 2016” and “No Alcoholic Drinks Other Than Wine”.  Every working day and every celebration is a struggle.  But accomplishing these over and over again for 365 days compensated for it and made it even more fulfilling.  These challenges and triumphs contribute a lot to our whole being, to our personality.

So this year, I dared myself again to do some things for the first time.

Happiness Jar.   Last year, I got this idea from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert.  Every day you write down the things you are grateful for and made your heart smile in a small piece of paper and put it in a jar.  At the end of the year, you will have 365 small notes to read, all containing beautiful things.  Wonderful idea, isn’t it?

Gotta find bigger Jar soon!

Life in Comics.  Aside from the space where I can write the highlights of my day, my planner has blank pages for notes every week.  As much as I love writing, I love drawing too.  So this year I decided to be a ‘Comic Artist’ in my own terms.   Every day I shall try to capture how the day went by and to sketch the distinct features for that day.   It is one way to de-stress and entertain myself too.

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My first week of 2017 in one page.  So far, I’m amazed how the ‘stickman’ with ‘mushroom dialogue boxes’ survived the week.  Marveling on my drawing and at the same tine deciphering what/ who is that.  Still, I applaud myself for the effort 😉

Being mindful of ‘Firsts’ and doing new things for the first time help me boost my confidence that no matter what happened, I seized and conquered the day with a grateful heart.  Making moments meaningful, isn’t that what we are all after?

Go ahead, enjoy your firsts and dare yourself! 

To making moments last, Cheers!

Lots of love, support and respect.

P.S.  Here’s the gist, every day and everything could be your first.  It’s just a matter of perspective. 😉 And by the way, this is my first blog for the year.  I tried to keep it short and sweet. 🙂


Let me share with you, some of my Firsts 🙂

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First Family Picture 🙂 Video call with Daddy! (01 Jan 2017)
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First Short Poem

PAGSANJAN FALLS

The coolness of the water is soothing,
With the breeze of the wind, trees are rejoicing,
With the ‘roller-coaster ride’ that is rafting,
Oh Pagsanjan falls, you keep on surprising,
The thought made me smile, ‘this is how the nature sing’,
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling, to see the beauty in everything?

02 Jan 2017

First Travel with Friends

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My First Jamaican Patty!!!! HOT SAUCE!!! 04 Jan 2017
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First Sunset
First short poem featured in IG. Thank you @the_writers_central! You made my “Frustrated Writer Self” extremely happy!!!;) 10 Jan 2017
My first Sunrise, 14 Jan 2017

2016, Year-ender Letter

Yesterday’s sunset. Thank you 2016. Maraming Salamat!

Though I know every year has its own way to be memorable,  but let me say this again, ‘This year, by far, has been the greatest as I experienced a lot that will most likely affect my life’s course forever.’   2016 passed by so quickly and yet, I know words are not enough to contain all that I’ve felt, learned and appreciated.

I’ve had a fair share of victories and failures learnings;
I’ve experienced 
appreciations and rejections acceptance;
I’ve learned to choose what to hold and let go prioritize.  

 

Time’s worth

I’ve enjoyed moments with my family and loved ones.  And with how I celebrated my birthday, I’ve shared what I could’ve shared to other people.  Time has always been the priceless resources we have.  And allotting it to the people that I love has always been rewarding.  These are the collection of moments I wouldn’t trade. Ever.  Although, I may never know if I’ve given enough and whether they’ve appreciated our time together, their given time to me is very much appreciated

 

Maximized Opportunities

The work and travel opportunities I had are few of the many blessings. The people I met and the new experiences I gained have contributed to making me a better person.

Work hard, Continuously Learn

As I strived hard to reach my goals and dreams, life pushed me thru my limits.  In the middle of this year, I decided to take another certification for personal and career growth.  The whole journey from reviewing to accomplishing exams has been an ‘ego booster’ that I know ‘I can be what I want to be’.  It is truly a humbling experience at the same time, I still have a lot to learn.

 

Let me reiterate what I pointed out in my 2015 year-ender blog, ‘Everything happens for a reason’.  Another year passed and in whatever genre of our lives, maybe there are things that didn’t end well.  May it serve as a fuel for us to better ourselves; become more motivated and persistent that ‘we will not settle for less for we only deserve the best’.  May the successful ones be an added weight in our anchor to be more humble and pile-up our lists to be ‘obsessively grateful’.  For the cliffhanger stories, may we be more patient and persevering and of course, hopeful.

 

Now that 2016 closes, choose the stories you want to continue to carry on in 2017.  May all the experiences and learning you had in this year, made you wiser, stronger and more courageous.

This is what I wrote few weeks ago in sky lantern during my vacation in Taiwan. (11 Dec 2016)

The New Year will be full of surprises, opportunities and learnings.  Stretch your heart and mind.  Give a space to welcome new things, people and experiences.  A lot is waiting for you! Now, are you ready to jump? 

 

Every year keeps on getting better and better‘, right?  So are we. Let’s be always grateful for all these years that had passed and to those that are coming.

 

P.S.  Last Year, I said 2016 will be magical.  Indeed, it was.  For 2017, how about ‘astonishing’? Mindset and Heartset READY!  

 

A Year of Writing

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One more month to go 2016!

Cliché as it may sound, “Time flies so fast!

Who would’ve thought that I would be able to keep on blogging for a year?  So to make this ‘achievement‘ more memorable, let me share with you these life thoughts that were emphasized as I engaged myself in writing.

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Mt. Pulag, November 2015

Frustration, Appreciation, Encouragement

When I made a wordpress account sometime November last year, I was clueless with what would be my first blog and when will it be posted.  There was no pressure but I was just sure back then that I would write one.  Then, there came the desperation we experienced during our climb in Mt. Pulag.  We didn’t reach the peak due to bad weather.  It was really frustrating. But when we saw the view of ‘sea of clouds’ at the base camp, I knew that we were still blessed.  That was when life realization kicked in ‘We should savor what’s in front of us, we should appreciate what we have.  When I got back to Manila, I was so full of emotions when I was telling the story to my friend.  She then advised me to write it down so that I would be able to reread it and remember what I felt.  That was when I made my first blog on December 1, 2015, ‘I Left My Heart in Mt. Pulag‘.  If not for that frustration, who knows when I would start writing or if I would ever have the courage to write one.  Have you ever had that experience that changes your life? Something that ignites within you and makes you appreciate life more? 

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Samal Island, Davao, April 2016

Reflect and be reminded.

The primary reason why I’m writing is because I want to capture the emotions, experiences, moments and perspectives I had at one point in my life.  It’s my outlet and my ‘time capsule‘.  We are all changing.  Our views and beliefs, due to change in circumstance, may not be the same as what we used to have.  Isn’t it nice to reflect and look back, at what we used to be, how we reacted on things, and how we see the world? 

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Palawan, May 2016

Be humbled and inspired.

We write our own life story.  And same with life, that we have different ways to live it, we have different genre, structures and styles of writing.  Reading other blogs and connecting with other writers humbled me and inspired me at the same time.  I’m in awe with how their writings can be so interesting and beneficial to people, and how concise and well written their thoughts are.  My admiration for them motivates me to do my best.  I know I still have a lot to learn.

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26th Birthday Celebration at Elsie Gaches, Manila, July 2016

Share what you can share.

Inspire and be inspired.  We always have something to give.  May it be time, presence, love, respect, support or in any way we could be of any help.  If sharing my writings, the life realizations and learnings I gained along the way, can move other people, then that’s a ‘bonus’.  Yes, a bonus because not everyone will have an interest with what you are sharing.  Don’t be too hard on yourself, whether you have or you don’t have readers, if writing is helping you, keep doing it.  You as a reader of your writings are enough.

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Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Batangas, October 2016

Better yourself.

I’ve gained a lot from writing, more of personal growth.  Aside from enhancing my English, this is helping me boost my confidence, improve my thought process, reinforce my values of commitment, consistency and prioritization.  I’m not competing nor am I trying to prove something to anyone.  If there’s one person I should surpass that’s my old self. 

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Where it all started, my ‘Sea of Clouds’

As I write all these down, it still overwhelms me.  As I reread my previous entries, it still surprise me that, ‘I CAN WRITE?!’ that I have something to offer.  To more sentences to construct, thoughts to express and words to be written!, I’m writing a part of my story and thank you for being part of it.  To everyone, thank you.  For everything, I’ll always be grateful.

I want to thank my supportive friends/‘editors’, Karla and Melis, for taking time and effort to share their insights on my blogs before I published it.  

Much love, support and respect.

P.S. Pictures are taken from my travels this year 2016 which were posted in my blogs too.

Also, be a Local!

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Tayid Lighthouse

I used to hear this “Don’t be a TOURIST, be a TRAVELER.

I know I haven’t gone far out nor have an expertise in traveling.  But let me share with you what I’m trying to achieve.   Be BOTH. And in addition, Be a LOCAL.  

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Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)

Be a Tourist, that you find everything amusing, whether it be a random local road sign, a sidewalk mural, tourist spots or museums. Things will be overwhelming and you will be grateful for each.  Take lots of photos and videos with you.  Who cares?  If that makes you happy, do it!


Be a Traveler, that you are always ready to try their food, immerse in their culture, and converse with people.  Be welcoming and enjoy everything that’s new to you.  A deep sense of appreciation will floor you and you will realize that these experiences will be with you wherever you will go.  You know that a part of you will always be there.


Be a Local. This is what I enjoy the most.  Have the feeling that everything you are experiencing is foreign but at the same time, it’s nothing new at all Learn the words and phrases they speak.  Use it in your conversations with your ‘co-locals’.  Though you will exert an effort to make it natural, it will all seem effortless. (Paradox, isn’t it?).  Be one with the people, the culture and the place; that all your heart will utter, ‘Welcome home. ‘

Much love, support, and respect. 🙂

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Your local, Ivatan 😉

P.S. This was inspired by our Batanes trip two years ago (November 18 – 25, 2014).  

Allow me to share with you some of the pictures we had in the paradise. 😉

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One of the most emphasized values of Ivatan, HONESTY.  These unmanned stores’ slogan is ‘Have Faith in Humanity’.  Trusting people to do the right thing and pay the right amount.  Wonderful, isn’t it?

North Batan Tour

(A little bit rainy and too windy welcoming Batanes)

South Batan Tour

Exploring Basco City

Sabtang Island tour and Vuhus Island

Beautiful Paradise!

Beautiful souls, Thank you!