Stoplight


Should I go or should I stop?

Maybe I can ask the moon, so I look up,

The stars do not align,

I’m not sure if I should take it as a sign,

But my feet lead me here,

The stoplight says it clear,

It’s hard to say no,  but I know I must go,

I’m sorry my Dear, we must end here.

03 Feb 2017

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Bagong Simula

Bagong buwan, unang bukang liwayway,

Marami ang sa iyo’y naghihintay,

Bagong kabanata, tayo’y muling magsimula,

Kunin ang pluma, sulatan na ang blankong pahina,

Huwag matakot, imbis mapuno ng pag-asa, 

At mag baka sakali na maraming magandang surpresa,

Mapanatag na kung san man paa’y dalhin, 

Malayo man ang marating,

Buhay ay palaging haharapin,

Ang nasa puso’t isip, ‘Oras at panahon ay aking susulitin’
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For February, I tried to make short poem in Filipino.  It’s challenging but I love it.  Here’s the English translation, it’s not rhyming but I hope you like it.   Have a great February!

                        NEW BEGINNING

New month, first dawn, 

A lot is waiting for you,

New chapter, let’s start again,

Grab the pen, on blank page write then,

Don’t be afraid, instead, be filled with hope,

Maybe tons of beautiful surprises await,

Be at peace that wherever your feet take you,

How far you’ll go,

Life will always be faced with heart and mind’s set,

‘I will make my hours and time worth it’.

Wisdom

So many choices, but maybe few chances,

So many questions, but hard to make a decision,

When too much is happening and everything looks inviting,

Pray, but don’t ask for a ‘Sign’, seek ‘Wisdom’ and you’ll be fine,

For our plans may not be His, but Trust Him, you’ll be at peace.

 

31 Jan 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) 😉

TED Talks

Last Thursday, I passed an application for TEDxADMU 2017: Viewpoints (Nope, not to be a speaker (HOW I WISH!), but just to watch it live).  And since the deadline was yesterday, I want to share some of the questions asked.  The last two strike me the most!

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What is TED for you?
TED is a community of people inspiring and uplifting one another.  It is an outlet for imaginative, inquisitive, motivational, and compassionate people to share their thoughts and be open to other ideas of people from all over the world.  They give consideration to great ideas in almost all topics to raise awareness.   They give chance for people to be heard and impart what they can, things they are passionate about, and their purpose in life.  It is an effective way to spread concepts, reaching from one country, one culture, and one life to the other.  Most of the influential people in the world have participated and share their insights and wisdom thru TED Talks.  Videos of short talks are posted in the TED site.  This accessible and free knowledge is helpful in progression of humanity.

Why do you want to attend TEDxADMU 2017?
I’m a big fan of TED. I was motivated by TED Talks videos that I’ve watched.  Gaining knowledge by hearing other people’s insights in person would certainly contribute in my personal growth.  Also, being part of the crowd and watching the talks live would definitely make me feel part of this community.

Describe “PERSPECTIVE” in your own words.
Perspective is everything.  It is how we take things and interpret them.  It is how we see other people, ourselves and everything that’s happening around us.  It is how we approach problems and seize opportunities.  It is how we celebrate failures and appreciate success.  It is an attitude towards the world and a perception in life.  Having a positive perspective will make things fall into place and support us through in this lifetime.

When was the last time you had an exciting idea that kept you up all night? What idea was that?
It was just this month.  The thrilling idea of living abroad and leaving behind your pursued profession in exchange for a new adventure with the uncertainty of how to cope with a different life from the life you are currently living.   How courageous it is to live out of your comfort zone, test your limits and see yourself grow.   To be independent, immerse yourself in other cultures, meet new people, learn new experiences, and let go of pride just in case you don’t get the same job as you now have.   These are things I’ve been contemplating for the past few days as I am thinking of pushing through an application for working holiday visa abroad.  It is risky and a big decision to make for it will change my life’s course permanently.  In every action we make, I think we are all after developing ourselves.


I’m not sure if answered well.  But if my application will be successful, I will be VERY HAPPY.  🙂

P.S. When was the last time you had an exciting idea that kept you up all night? What idea was that? 😉

Still

Stopped talking about it,
Tried not to think about it,

Strived not to give attention,
Disregarded all the emotion,

But days and nights pass by,
The thought never missed to stop by,

No matter how much I wanted to say ‘Goodbye’,
Still I end-up here, writing and asking ‘Why?’

25 Jan 2017

Sunrise


wp-1484573230768.jpegCome on My Dear, wake up!
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