Today, someone called me ugly

I was on my way home, just several meters away from the office. Compared to before, I probably looked more decent and dignified. I walk with confidence and an air of being street-smart now, because loved ones would tell me I looked easy to fool, that I was naive. True enough, I could be. I… Continue reading Today, someone called me ugly

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Thank You for 2017: A Yearly Examen

Saint Ignatius of Loyola taught me to be in awe of the best things like stars in the heavens. For this year, I will continue doing the Examen - another thing he left for us - only in the yearly perspective. I learned of doing a Yearly Examen through an article published in Aleteia last… Continue reading Thank You for 2017: A Yearly Examen

Walking with two Fathers

A few days after my Dad arrived in the US for a short vacation, I lingered on the thought of going as well - not for a vacation but for two reasons: 1) spending time with my Dad and family, and 2) stepping out of my comfort zone again. Before the flight which we only… Continue reading Walking with two Fathers

Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

*Featured Photo courtesy of my cousin Jango! For the first two times we've visited Vegas, we were able to go to Mt. Charleston in December 2014 and to Red Rock Canyon in June 2015. Although we did not climb any trail in Charleston, playing in the snow (my first time!) with my cousins is a… Continue reading Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

Patches

"I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfil their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way. The Synod’s reflections show us that there is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many… Continue reading Patches

No other reason but to be a saint

We drove through a long road. Some parts had arching trees, some had upright ones, some had none, but most of the path made us feel protected. We were behind a tricycle carrying slender tree trunks (bamboo shoots, perhaps?) on top of its canopy. Behind us was another tricycle. As the one ahead turned right… Continue reading No other reason but to be a saint

Landing in Las Vegas I: Hotels and the Strip

I knew little of Las Vegas... From how it was portrayed in some movies, it's this place with bright lights, casinos, and partying. It definitely has the bright lights, casinos, and energetic vibes throughout the Strip where most of the big casinos are, but as my Mom and I came to stay there with our… Continue reading Landing in Las Vegas I: Hotels and the Strip

Let’s tell them to look up.

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski This book traveled from the US to Philippines shores, landed on the hands of a dear friend, and eventually made its way to me on September 3, 2016. The other night, I kept it close to me after I… Continue reading Let’s tell them to look up.