Happy Hong Kong Tales

At last!!! I’ve been waiting for this travel since last year. This is my first time to travel with my ‘True Friends’. These are my friends since high school and for the past few years we’re the ones who has been there for one another. And this is our first out-of-the-country travel! Yeeeaaaay for us!

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Camera ready happy faces!

Planning this was so easy! Maximize the apps in your phone like Traveloka and Klook. They still have the lowest prices for hotels and activities. Also, it helped that two of us have already visited Hong Kong. This was my fourth time already. Why did we choose Hong Kong? First, tickets were on sale! We got ours for only Php 4,000+. Second, no visa required. Third, it’s a good country to visit for first time travelers. Lastly, Disneylaaaaaannnnddddd.

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Happiest place on Earth ❤

Like any travel, there are some realizations that hit me during this one. First and the most important one, positive thinking comes a long way. Days before our trip, it was raining hard in the Philippines and I knew that rainy days have also started in Hong Kong. We would always talk about “What the weather would be like when we go there?” I would always answer positively even though weather forecasts would disagree with my statements. “I bet it would already be sunny when we get there!” or “It will not rain, promise!”. Lo and behold, it didn’t. Weather forecasts said it would but it didn’t. Actually, it was so sunny already during our 3rd day there. I have always believe in the power of WORDS. So, the more you speak negatively the more it will happen. So why not speak positively?

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Friends that travel together, stays together. LOL!

Second, everyone is different. Travelling within a group? There’s always gonna be some ‘hassles’. But that’s alright! It’s natural. Why? Because you have different personalities. Different preferences. Different temperaments. Everything, especially if it’s your first time to travel, will be a case of trail and error. What works and what doesn’t? Just remember to keep your CHILL.

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We’re extra AF with our shirts!

Lastly, enjoy. With our fast-paced life, we somehow forget how to enjoy. Especially the small things. I’ve enjoy this travel very much because of my friends. I’ve enjoy the food. I’ve enjoy how we use their public transportation. I’ve enjoy the long and exhausting walks. I’ve enjoy the humid weather. I’ve enjoy all. It’s just a matter of how will you look at these things. Will you choose to just simply enjoy them or to find fault in all? Because you’ll always find one! Enjoy the exciting moments as well as the down times. Enjoy the loud as well as the quiet. Enjoy the ‘going to’ as well as the ‘going home’. Just enjoy.

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YAAAAASSSS!!!

So there, dear readers! Next post will be on what we did and how we did it. Cheers, to more travel. 

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Atrocious April

Mad storm passing

What do you do when a storm is passing? A storm you can’t pacify. A storm that you need to endure. A storm that you pray to pass quickly. It’s not the summer storm with the beautiful pattering of the rain on your roof. It doesn’t contain the soft gray clouds that you know. It consists of roaring thunders and sharp lightnings. It brings too much rain, enough for flood, enough to wash you away. It comes with harsh and strong winds that can make trees bow. What do you do when a storm is passing?

Recently, I failed at something. And I seem to be failing at everything after that. I’m not in a good place. I’m not okay. I feel brokenhearted to say the least.

Ganoon pala yun… The hardest part of a having a dream dying is the fact that you stay alive. You still live after its death. You continue even if it does not. You still exist when it ceased. Every sunrise still shines. Every sunset still goes. The earth continues to turn.

It’s the kind of heartbreak where you can’t cry. Tears won’t come to me. Yet, I know I’m breaking. Like, something in me is trying to break free. It’s the kind of heartbreak where you want to go away. Stay away from people for a time. Go somewhere else. Go far away from your mind. Talk to no one. Think about nothing. It’s the kind of heartbreak where you don’t know where to start. Start healing. Start moving on. Start anew.

I know it will pass. This phase will pass. Everything will pass. But for now… I’m just feeling sh*t. I want days to fast forward. To what? I don’t know. I just want to do something. Read? Sleep? Eat? Travel? I don’t know. I want to cry it out. How to start? I don’t know. I want to sort my emotions. What do I really feel? I don’t know.

I’m just waiting. Waiting for the storm to pass. It will.

And new flowers will bloom after that storm. Beautiful. Like none the earth have seen before.

I’ll patiently wait for them to bloom.

Thoughts on Teaching

More than a profession, teaching is a calling. Some might have forgotten it because of things that happen beyond their control. May it be what is required of the job, family concerns, money problems, or even politicking. Some might have forgotten what it really means to teach. The values, as a teacher, that we should always have. What we should stand for…

So, here are some of my thoughts on teaching.

My Two Cents (or should I say piso?) on Teaching:

Teaching is not for someone who wants POWER,
It’s for someone who wants to EMPOWER.
It is not for someone who wants FOLLOWERS, 
But for someone who wants to create LEADERS.
It’s not for someone who seeks VALIDATION,
But for someone who can give AFFIRMATION freely.
It’s not for someone who is UNCARING,
But for someone who can be STRICT out of love and discipline.
It’s not for someone who wants to get RICH fast,
But for someone who knows how to be RESOURCEFUL when the going gets ‘tight’.
Lastly, teaching is not for those who are QUIET with their convictions. It’s for those who stay TRUE to their convictions, no matter what. 

How about you? No matter who you are, what’s your thought on teaching? Who are the people that should be teaching? What kind of values should they have?

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Start Writing

After the first letter is clicked, what an adrenaline rush! Inspired (persuaded? bullied into?) by my friend Arra, I went to this site:

http://www.themostdangerouswritingapp.com/

Even before I typed in my first word, I was already thinking about the words and sentences that I want to write. It was so exciting, yet, unnerving at the same time. What should I write? Should I write that in? How would I say what I want to say? How does that subject and verb agreement goes? Will I be able to write continuously for three minutes?

The idea behind this site is that if you stop writing, everything you have written will be gone. You can’t cheat also! You can’t type and delete, type and delete, and type and delete while waiting for that next word to come to you. That’s why I was so nervous to write! But you know what is the secret to finishing this challenge? Just start writing. 

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We’re two ships sailing

Here’s one of my first “stories”. I was able to write this because this story had been bothering for a long time now. However, I always made excuses not to write it down. Excuses such as “I don’t have time yet”, “I’m not in the mood”, “I don’t have the right paper and pen”, or “I’m too lazy to write it down”. But it begs to be written down because it’s always on my mind. If you read it, you’ll see grammatical errors and inconsistent voices. You’ll also notice how disconnected some sentences would be. You’ll see how I jumped from an idea to another. How I shift voices, tenses, and ideas. But I think, that’s part of the magic of this site.

Soon, I let go and just forget about the rules. I just start writing and kept on writing. Without any fear of the “rules”. With just the words I want to write. With just the sentiments I want to be honest with. I started with 3 minutes and now I find myself enjoying and not breaking any sweat with 10 minutes! Like, whoah. Haha!

It’s always a liberating experience to write. Not just with this site but, in general. Why? This site made me realize that this statement is true, “We write what the heart is full of…” I have written other things in this site that I’m not that comfortable to share with a whole lot. Things that, sometimes, I don’t even what to think about. Like dreams that are too close yet still too far. Or of fears that lurks around the corners of my mind. And of people. Stories that I would not share but have written. I’m still not that brave, dear reader. So, for now, I’m just sharing written fictions. Haha!

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Summer seasons are the worst

 

So there. Why don’t you challenge yourself with this? Start writing! 

Random Reminders for the Rest of 2018

2018 have indeed started and I’m okay with it so far! There’s a lot going on and, for sure, more have yet to come. I can feel it. This is the year where I’ll achieve things, may it be the way I thought it is or maybe in another totally different direction. Whatever it is, I am excited for it to happen.

However, with the excitement also comes fear. Fear of failing. Fear of being stuck. Fear of the unknown. Fear of not being able to do your best. And while feeling all those fears and doubts, I have realized something. Fear paralyzes you. The more you entertain fearful thoughts, the more you get less things done. Fear holds you back from your dreams. It’s a two-step backwards from achieving your goals. Why can’t you have a fearless 2018?  Why not go for the gold? Why not try to reach the stars? Why not?

So here are some reminders for myself for the rest of 2018. Some reminders that could, hopefully, make me choose to always do my best.

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Ever heard this saying before? Simply put, it means even some Dumb Jane can be useful. Although, I have a different approach with it. What it means to me is that you should be less critical of yourself. If a broken clock is right twice a day then, probably, you did something right on this day. Maybe, with the hundred things you’ve done today, you’ve made one thing right. So, no matter how shitty you might feel maybe it is not bad after all. Celebrate that one thing you made right and improve on the rest. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to be broken. It’s okay to be dumb at times. It’s okay not to be okay. But what’s not okay is staying that way. A broken clock gets fixed eventually. So should you.

All are called to be great, but only a few responds.

Do we choose where we would be? Do we choose what we would be? Or is everything already written in the stars? It’s your destiny to be there. It’s your destiny to be this rather than to be that. Sometimes I feel that I have such too big of a dream. That maybe it’s time to be “realistic”. You know? Putting you feet on the ground. Take root. Stay. Because if destiny has no hand at all of this, then why are there so many “average” people? I thought it was because it is not their destiny to be great. I was wrong. I have come to realize that all are called to be great, but only a few responds. All are destined to be great. However, the path to your destiny is your choice. It’s your choice not to achieve your dreams, not to fight for it, not to work hard for it. It’s your choice to stop pursuing your dreams, getting comfortable, staying contented. It’s your choice.

Cheers for Beer Day!

This is a bible verse, but before we get religious I think we can still apply it to our daily lives. Well, in the bible this talks about how you cannot love God and money at the same time and at the same level. Why? Because stuff. Anyway…I think, this also say something about our priorities. We live in an age where people are proud multi-taskers, but is it really something to be proud of? On a certain level, yes. Not all the time, though. Recently, I find myself torn between two “masters”. Two things that I should be doing, two things that are completely different from one another. The result? I’m not excelling in any one of them. I’m not doing my best in any. I’m not able to give my 100% to any.

You see, it’s not just about doing things. It’s not just about the work load. It’s also about the way you feel. How dedicated would you be to any of the two? Which is more important? Other times it would be this one, then it would be the other one. Can that really work? What would you prioritized more of the two? Where would you focus more?

What if it is two competing dreams? Because of trying to balance the two, you’ll end up losing both. You could also end up losing one. Then realizing that it was your ultimate dream and you just blew your chances. The take away here? Hindi pwedeng hati yung puso mo. You need to decide.

So, there you go dear readers! Hope some of my ramblings here help! Let’s all do our best this 2018, okay?

Perfectly Persuaded

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So I’ve just recently watched the film adaptation of Persuasion, the 1995 version. This is the second adaptation I’ve watched but it still pierced my soul.  Ha! Before we begin, let us all read the whole letter of Captain Wentworth for Anne Elliot.

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

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I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.

There are days, I must admit, that I like Persuasion more than Pride and Prejudice. Sorry, Mr. Darcy. I mean… who wouldn’t fall with a letter like this?!? To say Captain Wentworth is eloquent is such an understatement. Just like Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth is a perfect hero for Miss Austen’s heroine. Just got back from the navy, can write a romantic letter, and (most importantly) rich! Now let’s talk about my favorite parts of this letter.

“Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.”

Fortunately, it’s not yet late for Capt. Wentworth and Anne. But, for some people, eight years is just too long ago. People have moved on for less than those years, some might even just need eight months or eight weeks! Maybe that’s why this letter just melts your heart. Can you still imagine someone still pinning for a lost love for eight years?

“I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.”

Ahhhh, so kilig! Yeah, he’s not perfect but he sure is consistent for all those years. With all the hugots and heartbreaks around us, this line just hits that tender spot in our hearts. Who still writes like this? Can someone still write like this and mean it? Why have we forgotten the wonders of written letters? Why have we overlooked words and their uses when they could convey so much more? If I write a letter today, will I sound like this? When was the last time you have written a letter? Write one today and it’s still up to you if you’ll send it or not. There is just magic in composing one.

“You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.”

THIS. We can all relate to this. Haha! This is us every time our crush is just around the corner. It’s like your ears are just wired to sense his/her voice over others. Your eyes are trained to follow him/her with just your peripheral vision. Your body just know where he/she stands and what he/she is doing. It’s so laughable because it’s so true.

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

This is Persuasion’s comeback from Pride and Prejudice’s “you have bewitched me body and soul.” This line is something we have gone through. It captured that emotion, that feeling. Long before we heard this line, we cannot identify that feeling. However, now we know. We are in between agony and hope. No matter how dramatic it may sound, we have been there.

So there. My writing prompt for this day. I want to end this by saying, you should read the book. If you liked Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, then, this one should be on your tbr list. It’s not just about unrequited love and happy endings but it also talks about how society influence our choices. I think that we can still relate with their society. Theirs is not that different from ours. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from reading this.

I’m excited for you to read this gem. Happy reading in the future, dear readers!

Entry for Love Month 2017

How time flies, it’s the Love Month already. As always, I’ll try a series of post for this month. Been doing this since I started blogging in 2007 (I think). Haha! So for my first entry… here’s a flash fiction that’s been bugging me for a while now. Btw, it’s in Filipino.

“Thank you, guys! Please wait for our second set later…” pagbaba ng banda patuloy pa rin ang pagpapatutog nila ng love songs. Pebrero na kasi. 

“Uy Michael kamusta trabaho? Tagal mo na dyan. Napromote ka na?” tanong ni Jude. 

“Di pa nga, pare. Pag ako nagsawang maghintay…bahala sila! Hahaha!” birong sagot naman ni Michael. “Ikaw Karla? Ikaw din Jen? Dami mo atang sideline ngayon ah.” 

Sabay-sabay kaming napatingin kay Jen at tumawa dahil siguro kilalang-kilala namin siya. 

“Huy Karla paabot naman nung tissue” pakiusap ni Jen. Sa pag-abot ko napansin kong parang kanina pa balisa si Red. Ano kayang tumatakbo sa isip niya? Trabaho din kaya? Sana. 

“Yosi lang ako sa labas…” paalam ni Red. 

“Akala ko ba umuwi si Red sa kanila? Bakit andito na agad siya?” usisa ni Jen. 

“Baka may tinatakasan…” sagot ni Jude.

“Ang sabihin mo ‘di alam ang pupuntahan! Hahaha!” balik ni Jen at natawa silang lahat. Tama siya. Laging magulo si Red. 

“Uy Karla may bago kang tattoo? Anong design? Saan mo pinalagay? Patingin! Dali!” sigaw ni Jen. 

“Uhmm… dito lang sa may gilid. Eto oh… it’s an anchor.” sagot ko.