My Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Who wouldn’t know today’s date? Since the start of the year, many of us were already looking forward to this red-letter day. Social media and commercial industries did not fail to remind us about this huge event, especially if you are in a relationship. Couples were both excited and stressed, while single people tried not to give a fig about this holiday. Whichever group you are in, I’m afraid no one can escape to witness heart decorations in shopping malls, romantic songs on the radio, statuses on Facebook and Twitter, and promo deals by restaurants and hotels for Valentine’s Day. Read More …

Live Life with No Regrets

They say that your own disposition determines the quality of life you will have. Do you agree? Personally, I do. I believe that with the right thoughts and character, we can be happy and contented. We can reach that state of bliss and satisfaction only when we experience life, learn how to bear with its course, and live with no regrets. I have read somewhere that the saddest summary of life has three descriptions: could have, might have, should have. Even in my early twenty years of existence, there are already many memories stored in my past which made me Read More …

To my dear fellowmen: thoughts on 2013 election

Few hours from now, we will start putting our future in the hands of the selected few. After we experienced the campaign circus in forms of: – dancing candidates in tune of novelty songs and their campaign jingles – singing, serenading candidates to woo moms and grandmoms – joking candidates-turned standup comedians to gain public attention – acting candidates while filming their TV campaign ads  and a lot more… I could go on to my list, but that would probably exhaust you to read. Instead, I want to be direct and go to my point. My fellow Filipinos, we are Read More …

On being Aphrodite: How far can you go to be beautiful?

Few weeks ago, my friend, Micah, invited me to spend time with her after work. She suggested going to our basic hangout place, SM Mall of Asia. Having nothing else to do after, I decided to come along. Apparently, it was on her schedule to go to our local waxing salon to de-hair herself. With enough cajoling from my other colleagues to have my body hair under the mercy of strangers, I settled for “I will try”. And I did try. Lay Bare Waxing Salon is a waxing service franchise from US. I don’t think a lot of Filipinos are Read More …

As I kiss blogging goodbye…

Last year, I was nursing a broken heart when a colleague introduced me to blogging. It could be an outlet of my emotions, voice of my thoughts, medium of my personality, bla bla. If a sales lady talks me of buying a new can opener with her melodious voice, I know for a fact that I will purchase one even if I don’t really need it. That is why it didn’t take long for my friend to persuade me to create a free account in this platform and write a mandatory introductory post. I struggled for the first few months. Read More …

Looking Back: Year 2012

As the year is about to close, I can’t help but look back to what 2012 gave to me. There were ups and downs, tears and smiles, opportunities grabbed and missed, people met and lost – all these made 2012 a memorable time of my existence. Together, let’s recount what happened to me this year. January – It was my first time to be entitled for incentive leave. I was six months employed in my first job after graduating and all was doing well. 해솔 (Hae Sol) infrequently contacted me which struck me as odd. In our more than a Read More …

IMHO – VFA and the Dumping of Toxic Wastes in the Philippines

For today’s daily prompt, we are asked to post a link of a news and try to create an op-ed about it. So after reading a news published by The Philippine Star , here’s my long opinion about VFA and the current controversy. There has been a series of discussion and debates regarding the VFA. The RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement is a bilateral agreement affected last 1998 upon ratification of the Philippine senate. However, it was not ratified by the US government as it considered this only as an executive agreement, which became one of the reasons for the continuing Read More …

Are you blind too?

I was sophomore in high school when I started wearing eye glasses. I remember complaining to   Mom back in sixth grade that I couldn’t read the writings in the black board in front of classroom, but she somehow ignored that and only had me tested after a few years. I was fidgeting in my seat while the ophthalmologist asked me to read the letters in Snellen chart a few feet away from me. After that, he had me in autorefractometer/biomicroscope whatever and soon, my eye vision was determined: I had astigmatism and myopia. After that day, I started wearing prescription Read More …

Poetry: Escape

  [photo: The Phantoms of the Forest by Casoni Ibolya-Iby]   With my young heart, I loved purely and innocently, I gave yet I was inadequate for he left. Soon another one grew but was abruptly cut as a bud, it didn’t blossom. The cycle repeated. The leaves changed colors for how many times – I could not remember as my frail heart weakened to beat. Oh desolation! This emptiness when will it leave? I grew weary and prayed for this misery’s end. Until now, in here surrounded by earth, I pushed this limpid glass over me as I screamed Read More …