Poem on a cold December morning

(Looking outside the window, I see the gray sky and the branches of trees, mostly brown also with brown leaves, slowly swaying with the wind and I hear the sound of lazy rain, with some of the raindrops making a metallic sound as they hit the windowpane. Every now and then, a slight rumble of…

Happy Yuletide!

It is the time of the year again when families and loved ones gather. This year is different from the previous years when family and loved ones can come together and have big celebrations. For some, it is even more difficult because of losing a loved one, having the business closed, and being laid off…

Happy Weekend!

It is December 12 now. I can’t believe that it will be Christmas Day in just two weeks! 🙂 I attended my usual but always awaited Saturday morning (15:00-17:00H Philippine time) meeting with my fellow UP Manila Toastmasters Club members/friends and I would like to share some of our photos and messages today. ❤ Despite…

Life Vignettes

There are moments when a certain episode in life crosses your mind for whatever reason, even when you’re not seriously thinking about it or even when there was no event on that particular day that connected to the previous experience. I would like to share some of these. I am not sure if it’s because…

Kumusta kayo?

Kumusta kayo mga kaibigan? Ayos lang ba kayo? Napakarami na ang nangyari simula noong tayo’y huling magkita. Ang dami ko sanang gustong ikwento sainyo ngunit pare-pareho tayong abala. Lalo pang mahirap kasi nasa iba’t ibang lugar na tayo at ang ilan sa atin, kagaya ko ay nasa ibang time zone. Kumusta naman ang buhay? Okay…

40 Days Before Christmas 2020

It’s mid-November now. It’s as if time flew by like a shooting star or a meteorite. But unlike a minute fragment of a heavenly body hurtling through space, leaving with it a trail of fleeting light, and giving the superstitious who were lucky enough to be looking at the dark sky when it passed by…

A Tale of Two Women: A look into mental health

Let me tell you about Tasyon and Conching. Tasyon and Conching were well-known in my hometown in Albay, Philippines. They were alike yet different–Tasyon, with her waist-length black hair and simple dresses, and Conching with her neatly-combed short hair, nice dresses with a belt accentuating her petite frame, and a dainty hand bag. Tasyon was…

Hello Stranger!

In my previous post, I talked about people who have chosen the “less-trodden path.” The scene that struck me the most in the featured article was the reason why the mother who decided to bring her family off the grid. She said that the “final straw for city living” was “her dismay at going to…

Walking the less trodden path

A few days ago, I came across an article about people who went off the grid. According to the author, this movement where people decide to get away from the shackles and burdens of modern life and just live simply with nature’s resources is slowly getting traction in Europe and North America. In fact, there…

Mga Salawikaing Pilipino

Magandang araw sainyong lahat. (Good day to all of you.) Bago matapos ang Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa, nais kong ibahagi ang ilang mga salawikain na sumasalamin sa mga pilosopiya at nagpapakita ng mga asal na mahalaga para sa mga Pilipino. Masasabi rin na ang mga salawikain ay nagdadagdag ng kulay sa wikang Pambansa sa pagpapahayag…