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Priceless

March 9, 2012

Some things in life are priceless. These are just some things that make it to my list of the best things in life.

1. Nature. Whether it’s a sunset, day break, a morning dew, or the consistent crashing sound of the sea, everything about nature is absolutely unequaled in beauty. Thank GOD for it.

2. Laughter. This is probably the only thing that should be done as loud as you possible can.

3. Intelligent Conversations. Never take for granted the power of smart and interesting conversations. Moreover, never take for granted the people you usually have intelligent conversations with.

4. Love. Sometimes, it is overrated, but it is never out of style, never out of place. There is always room for love in every corner of your world.

5. Passion. How else does one person get what he wants, to where he wants if he does not want it bad enough?

6. Music. Yes. In an instant, you can go from broken to healed, put down to lifted up just by listening to music.

7. Mornings. Waking up should never be difficult. No matter how early it is, the fact that you’ve awaken should be reason enough to celebrate the day.

8. Birthdays and birthday greetings. There’s always something about the fact that people reach out to you and wish you the best on your birthday. Plus, birthdays mean you can get away with anything because it’s your “special day”.

9. Kisses. There are different kinds of kisses, but all of them give the same remedy.

10. Your first day on a new place. The possibilities are always limitless when you first step foot on a particular place.

What about you? What’s priceless for you?

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Rewind

November 18, 2010

It's not just a moment. If I had a choice, I would love to live my life over again. I won't do it to right the wrong decisions I made. I won't do it because I want to change some moments out of it. I will live my life only to savor every moment in between.

When we're still young, we never realize how important it is to live every moment, to make every moment count. We always think that the future is never ending, that we'll always have enough time to do the right things. we often take for granted the people and the places that make us happy. We overlook everything that is beautiful around us.

I want to live my life again because I want to appreciate all the beauty more than I have ever done. I want to live and always be thankful for every single morning I wake up. I want to sleep and feel so blessed to have celebrated another fruitful 24 hours of my life.

It's not just a moment. It's the whole thing. I want to go through it all again because I want to be a better person. I won't change things. I won't change my decisions. I'd still go through all the mistakes. But if I had a second chance at traveling that road again, I would make sure I learned enough. I would make sure I noted all the lessons I got. I will list down everything there is to thank for. I will write down all new things I'd learn.

I would always care.

I would dance, sing, laugh, travel, study, make more friends, or even discover new things about myself.

I would fight for what's right.

I would live.

I would love, and I would be my own superhero.

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Truth, Lies, and in Between

November 17, 2010

Lies. There's only black and white, right? You lie or you don't lie. There shouldn't be any middle ground. But that's impossible. It always has a huge gray area in between. Everybody always has an excuse why they tell lies.

Personally, I try to tell the truth. I always tell the truth, even if it's inconvenient. However, I am not a tactless person who will tell the whole truth without considering whether the person who hears it will love it or not.

They always say that the truth sets us free. I don't see that sometimes. There are instances wherein, we are better off not knowing certain things. We let our children go on believing in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy so as not to take away their innocence. We let them continue with the fantasy of prince charming and sleeping beauty. We do it because we don't want to ruin the fun from childhood. We want them to stay as blissfully innocent for as long as we can protect them.

That goes the same for lies. We don't always tell the truth not only because we want to protect ourselves but also because we want to protect the people we care about. If you intend to tell the truth only because we want to clear out our darkened conscience, then we need to think again. If we have committed mistakes and want to come clean just so we can live without the guilt that haunts us every sleepless night, I don't think we even deserve the freedom we get from telling the truth.

Yes. Honesty is the best policy. However, if your honesty is due to selfish reasons, then what good does it bring? Seriously. Do they really deserve the heartache? Should we tell them the truth, even if it hurts or destroys them, just so we can go back to pretending nothing happened and live our own little lives as if we never hurt anyone? I don't think so.

I would never tell the truth, but if I deserve to carry the guilt, I'd gladly do it. I'd gladly live with the guilt than live to see myself destroy the people I love only because I want to keep myself as clean as an unused white sheet. I don't think I would ever be happy anyway.

But that's all just me, you know. If you don't agree with me, you don't have to. We all have our own ways of seeing things. What would you actually do yourself? When do you think is the right time to tell a lie? Or is there never a right time for lies? I'd love to know.

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Carrying it in my Pocket

November 16, 2010

Good Advice

I've been in this world for more than 26 years now, and I have already been offered a lot of wise words from not necessarily wise people. However, there are about a couple that really stick to me even when they don't usually apply anymore.

I had a trainer who once told me that at work, I should always know where my loyalty lies. This is so true. When you climb the ladder of success, you serve more people and more people serve you and become equals with individuals you would not really hang out with otherwise. It is easy to be deceived by a lot of people who may mean well but do not have backbones, by people who mean to discredit you and ruin your performance at work, or even by people who wish to mean well but will never be able to prove themselves at work. It is important to always know who you should be loyal to. Loyalty pays, and it never hurts to have a friend or two even when the demands of work become strenuous.

Also, my favorite boss once told me that no matter how I felt, I should always GET UP, DRESS UP, and SHOW UP. It's more difficult than it sounds because we will always have sick days, and sometimes, it is better not to show up than work and not be as productive or as effective because you weren't really feeling well. However, it does not have to be followed literally. There are many ways to interpret the advice. It's just up to you to spice it up.

I've have heard many more wise words from different people that have both inspired and encouraged me. To them, I will always be thankful for sharing their wisdom. It would be so nice to live my life and have them become proud that they once mentored me into becoming an individual to be proud of.

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Level of Maturity

November 6, 2010

I never had a normal childhood. I used to complain about that, I used to have hang ups about not having an ideal life. I used to not like myself too much when I think back and ponder about my life. I used to be dissatisfied.

Yes, my life was not a big melodrama, but it had a lot of dramatic episodes. I was a generally happy person, but I was always looking for something else. I loved myself too much, but I never really liked myself. I always convinced myself I was beautiful, but I never believe people when they say so. I have always known I was the smart type. I'd never be the prom queen or the campus crush. I was just the popular smart girl that people knew, but never really got to know.

I knew I was already an adult when my perspectives changed. There is not exact date or time when that happened. One day, I just woke up and realized that I loved my life. I would never trade it for anyone else's. I don't have everything I want, but whatever things I don't have, I still have the chance to achieve them. I knew I had matured when I already knew how to see the bigger picture. I am still not satisfied, but that does not mean things will never be better.

I never had a normal childhood, but I am not complaining at all. Not anymore. In fact, I am thankful my life was what it was. I would never be what, where, and who I am today if my life was otherwise. I am an adult now, and it's about time I start owning up to it.

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From the End, Something New is Born

June 30, 2010

The end of innocence is always the beginning of adventure, even life. I always believe that until we find out and encounter the things that hurt us, we never fully understand what life is about.

Life isn't fair, and most of the time, it almost always hurts. Life brigs pain and suffering, broken hearts and broken dreams, failure and disappointment. However, unless we all experience the bad things in life, we will never know how wonderful life can be.

We spend a good time of our lives being sheltered, being protected, being nurtured. However, it is at the moment that we learn to stand on our own that we really understand the purpose of or existence. Life is beautiful. I've always believed that. Yes, I may have had issues with life and it's circumstances. But I've always wanted to be alive. I have always basked in the fact that I live. I want to always be alive.

I wasn't always like this you know. When I was younger, my world only consisted of a very small number of people, which is just my family. But now, I want to draw a larger circle around everyone else around me. I want to experience so much. There's just an endless list of things that I want to get out of life. I am REALLY alive, and it all began when I stopped being a child.

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What I Like Most About My Job

June 29, 2010

What do I love about training? A lot. When I worked as a Language Coach, I thought that I probably had the best job for someone like me. That was until I started to work as a trainer. I then realized that there was still so much that I can learn and share to others. I love the fact that I am able to help out and support as many people as I can.

Yes, the responsibilities are not even greater, and I have to answer to so many situations. But I feel like I really am enjoying what I do now. Things are never perfect because there is still a thing or two that I would love to change if I could. But I also know that I would gladly endure the hard part because the good times that come with it are far more rewarding.

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February 24, 2010

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Numerology

February 11, 2010

I had my name and my birthday analyzed earlier today. I’m not saying that I a totally into numerology. I was just curious, and I was excited to read that the results were quite accurate. Anyway, I want to share it here. I hope I don;t offend anyone who does not believe in numerology or metaphysics. 🙂

Your Inner or Soul’s Urge: This is spiritual and emotional expression more than physical. It is your heart-felt desires, your incentive, how you look at life. Here are your areas of personal satisfaction.       Number: 1
Usually not very emotional, you are in this life to take action.

You want to lead and direct.

You are independent at heart and desire to reach your goals by your own efforts and intelligence. You have a strong creative force with many original and interesting ideas. There is much inner strength available to you. Rarely do you shirk responsibilities.

You are proud of your abilities and seek opportunities to display your strength and usefulness.

Others will respect and help you, like a true leader deserves, so long as you acknowledge and validate the interests and desires of others as well as your own. Be kind and generous, and you can be a recognized leader.

You can display conceit and intolerance of people who are considered inferior — boastful, egotistical, critical, impatient of trifles — especially when you feel impeded. When you are headstrong, impulsive, or highly willful, you may appear contrary, bossy, dominating, or egotistical. You tend to be impatient with those who are resistant to change.

You can be reticent, and can lack self-confidence. Sometimes you won’t take a stand for fear of hurting others. Yet, something continually keeps urging you forward.

You want your home, spouse, and family to be a credit to you.

Overall, you are loyal in friendship, fair in business, a safe leader, and work diligently. You are capable of great accomplishment.

 

Your Personality: This is physical expression more than spiritual or emotional; your outer self, the way you express when meeting others. It may or may not be the real you.       Number: 11
Neat and clean; that’s your usual appearance. With a pleasing personality and gentle manner. You appear cooperative, diplomatic, and tactful. And you appear to adapt easily to varied circumstances and people from diverse backgrounds.

When you don’t get your way, you can become cunning and scheming, which may give a contrived or hypocritical appearance.

You attract people who want to be of assistance. You can be subtle and work behind the scenes to accomplish desired ives, being successful more through diplomacy than by coercion.

Try to wear soft, flowing, and neat clothing rather than loud and showy or plain and colorless.

 
 
Your Quiescent Self: Stripping away all outside influences, aspirations, ambitions, “shoulds”, and “shouldn’ts” — this is you when you are alone; just you and your dreams..       Number: 11
You are a Spiritual Leader, able to guide many along the road of your Truth. Your words are inspired. Your eyes glow with the unshakable divinity of your spirituality. You sense there can be glory in martyrdom, provided it inspires others to The Way.

Your thoughts and pleasure are you as an effective leader to the glory of goodness and all people you meet are or become part of your spiritual family.

 
 
Your Destiny or Ultimate Goal: This is your desired lifetime accomplishment. It is a key to a useful and happy life, and to feeling fulfillment during your latter days.       Number: 3
Your destiny lies in areas of creativity and its use to help people find inspiration and joy in living. As you express your artistic talents, your beauty, and an optimum mix of sincerity and joy, you come closer and closer to fulfilling your destiny — which also includes popularity, personal happiness, romantic love, and money.

You have integrity and are kind, patient, cheerful, artistic, creative, and a constant source of pleasure. And use your inspiration and imagination to spread your happiness by direct people contact and by writing, speaking, music, painting, decorating, or acting.

You are a social person and enjoy entertaining and being entertained — talkative and usually well dressed.

 
 
Your Life’s Path: Here are clues to what fate has in store for you. It indicates the type of encounters, events, and opportunities you are likely to experience along your physical life path.       Number: 4
Your life is filled with things practical, or making them so with patience, care, and accuracy. You have a strong sense of what is right and are naturally honest, conscientious, and sincere.

You are a worker and can be decidedly dedicated to your goals. In your work, you can be loyal, intense, and dedicated to the job at hand. You tend to be practical, and like to have your facts straight before beginning a project. You can handle money well and tend to keep resources in reserve. You tend to be conservative and protective, with a strong sense of dignity and worthiness.

Your path holds possibilities for great attainment. The rewards come because of patience, service, persistence, hard work, and dependability.

 
 
This Year’s Path: Here is what you are likely to encounter this year — your feelings, your predominant perspective, and the type of situations, circumstances, and opportunities you tend to attract during the calendar year.       Number: 3
This is the year to express your inspiration, your imagination, your creative thought, and your deep emotional feelings. You desire to do more entertaining this year and accept more invitations. Take time off to enjoy yourself.

You can give color and warmth to all levels of living. Be artistic. Express yourself joyfully. Now is the time to follow those inspirational and imaginative ideas you are so excited about. Follow your desire for self-improvement; the year is rich with opportunities for inner growth.

It is a colorful and eventful year, with pleasure, opportunities for travel, enjoyable social activities, and entertainment coming your way.

Allow your abundance of cheer and optimism to guide you.

 
 
Next Year’s Path.       Number: 4
This is a practical year; no long leisurely periods for dreaming, personal indulgence, or careless living. It is a time to build the firm and secure foundation upon which your future depends, using practical values and steady application. It is also the time to work out the details of that project you’ve been thinking about. Read the fine print of all transactions.

This is the year to find where you stand in life, and to be practical about it — to pay attention to details.

This year demands a lot of work, not only to improve the present but also to build practical foundations for the future. Your diligence brings commensurate rewards. With good sense, you can meet all requirements and experience satisfactory gain.

Your gatherings, meetings, parties, and trips are mostly related to work or business.

As part of the practical focus of this year, attend to health matters.

 
 
Last Year’s Path.       Number: 2
Harmonious associations are very important for you this year. The year’s success and good results will be obtained through diplomacy, cooperation, tactfulness, and good relationships. It is a year for receiving and sharing rather than aggressively pursuing your own way.

Your intuition and emotions are enhanced this year.

It is a busy year, with endless demands on your time. It is easier to work with others rather than doing things by yourself.

Your plans and developments may experience periods of delay. No need to worry about that. Things move slower this year.

The year can revitalize your peace of mind. It is a good time to strengthen your friendships.

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Ballad

February 9, 2010

Finally, I am done with my Ballad. I thought I would never get to write this type of poem. I just found it so difficult. But, here I am, ready to post the latest one I just wrote. I know ballads are supposed to be about legends and folk tales. Unfortunately, I could not find any inspiration there. I decided to use a street child as my subject. I have always been partial with poor children. I like children, rich or poor. There is just something about their innocence that warms me. This is why, I have written this ballad for a child of the streets. I hope you guys still enjoy this. Surprisingly, this isn’t like any other love poems I’ve written. 🙂

The Ballad of a Street Child

Cars are now passing by, waking me up.
Time for me to pick up my empty cup,
Yet another morning has now come,
Living as one of society’s scum.
The night before had felt so cold;
My body feels so sick and old.

And through the day I walk along the street,
Hoping I could find something I could eat.
My dirty hands scour through garbage bags
As I wipe them with my worn old rags.
And I try to satisfy the hunger and longing;
I look for this peaceful feeling of belonging.

At home I have a mother and a father.
Don’t ask me what they do in life; Don’t bother.
I have seven more siblings who are just as sick;
I try not to think of them- that’s the trick.
I have to eat, and dream, and survive;
I have to make it out of this alive.

I eat the food that people throw away;
I try to imagine I am eating at a buffet.
The food is as hard and as cold as stone;
I try to savour it, even as I consume it alone.
I wish I had more food to share with my siblings,
But there isn’t even enough of these crumblings

And through the day I walk along the street,
Hoping I could find something I could eat.
My dirty hands scour through garbage bags
As I wipe them with my worn old rags.
And I try to satisfy the hunger and longing;
I look for this peaceful feeling of belonging.

When the heat of the sun above is scorching,
When my skin feels like some acid burning,
I sit down along the street, at the pavement,
Wishing I could just relax, even for a moment.
But I know I have so many things left to do,
Like beg and hope to earn enough for one or two.

When the rain suddenly pours upon my poor head,
I would gladly withstand it, if it meant I could get fed.
I would gladly drink its drops that fall on my face,
If only someone would also give me a warm embrace.
But my torn and ragged clothes are all that hug me,
Making my soul feel even more empty and chilly.

And through the day I walk along the street
Hoping I could find something I could eat
My dirty hands scour through garbage bags
As I wipe them with my worn old rags
And I try to satisfy the hunger and longing
I look for this peaceful feeling of belonging.

And now, the night has finally come,
I still yearn for food, and then some.
When I make my bed of old carton boxes,
I sleep with folks from different ages and sexes.
But we all share the same street, the same road.
In life, we all carry the same heavy load.

I finally lie down and stare up at the sky,
Thinking why my life is a fairy tale gone awry.
I should be at home like other kids my age,
But I am a bird that neither has the sky nor a cage.
I am just living my life on the streets you pass by;
I call out for help but no one ever hears my cry.

And through the day I walk along the street,
Hoping I could find something I could eat.
My dirty hands scour through garbage bags
As I wipe them with my worn old rags
And I try to satisfy the hunger and longing;
I look for this peaceful feeling of belonging.

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