Heart, life, love, reflections, Soul, Uncategorized

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 was. So good friends before told me too to be more assertive.

At a time when I have more faith in myself, and even believe in my own loveliness as I am and not with how society measures it, I guess there was a time to be tested.

With my tiny lunchbox in my hand and a red umbrella in the other, in a black cardigan given to me by my loving parents, I passed by my usual way; when I reached the area where there were big unkempt trees and a dirty gate, there was a group of male bystanders (erm, bysitters (?) because they were sitting on the sidewalk) in front of a small barbecue spot. You know how you put a simple grill at the sidewalk – that kind of barbecue spot.

Because I felt that something rude might happen, given our culture today of how people view women, I continued to stride on and rub my nose, as if I was nursing a cold. So that I would look discreet. So I would be unnoticed.

But I heard it.

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family, Heart, life, love, reflections, Soul

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 year, and I plan to do it again this year.

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art, love


Pinwheels is a little comic that I have been working on since 2012. (Why it took so long to write the script, to draw, to color, and to fix it in Photoshop – I do not know. Hahaha!)

I remember having the idea for it back in 2012, when my Mom and I were driving on the way to the city, and I noticed a makeshift stand displaying various pinwheels of different colors by the side of the road. It has been there for as long as I can remember. I thought then, maybe, there’s a story here… Suddenly, an idea was born! Until years passed by and the plot changed, the characters changed, the morals changed. By just a little bit. But I’m glad to have finished it now. Thank You, Lord!

It’s just simple little comic about love – how it is supposed to be free to give and to receive and must not be out of fear, guilt, or pressure. This story has been inspired by the highest and purest love there is. 🙂

“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19





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