30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 18 ( A time when you felt passionate and alive)

I have many things I am passionate about. There was more than one time that I feel so passionate and alive in doing. But for this post, I’d talk about something that I really like doing. It makes me feel light and blessed whenever I do this. I like participating to outreach programs. I love to volunteer for worthy causes. For me, some have the opportunity to share their money, but everyone has the chance to share their talents, skills, time, and blessings. I believe in the saying that we must pay it forward. Whatever we receive, we must try Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 17 (An art piece)

Last night, I have finished pouring over Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena. As the third installment of The Heroes of Olympus (Series 2 of The Olympians series with Percy Jackson), the novel focused on the quest the seven demigods from two camps (Roman and Greek) must complete and achieve. In the story, the Mark is a coin of an owl, an animal sacred to the goddess of wisdom, art, war, justice, and skill. The Greek daughter of Athena must go on a solo quest to accomplish something that generations of the goddess’ children failed to do. Guided by the Read More …

Why is red associated with communism?

I always have random questions popping out of my mind and I don’t know if it is normal or not. Yesterday, another thought came to me. Why is red associated with communism? Or socialism? Or violence? I have read things about the association of the color with communism and many have agreed that it is about the idea of the proletariat rising up in a revolution. We can remember the Jacobins in the French revolution who flew red flags to honor the blood of the martyrs who had been killed. Later, when they ruled the country during the Reign of Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 16 (A song that makes you cry)

I love music and I especially like songs which have good lyrics and meanings. I admire songwriters who have the ability to put into words a certain feeling a person can have. Those songs can really move me. Sometimes, even instrumental music can do that to me. One piece by Yiruma, titled “Loved Me” is an instrumental masterpiece which mostly leaves my eyes watered after listening to it. For a song that makes me cry and feel so burdened, I guess a song from a Filipino singer will be my answer. The song is titled “Let Me be the One” Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 15 (A person you admire)

I remember entering my university without much knowledge about the course I have chosen in the entrance exam. My first choice was bachelor degree in International Relations so when I passed the test, they automatically reserved me a slot in the college. Looking back, I felt proud to be one of the students to pass the conditions set for the course. It was rumored to have the highest grade requirement both for high school grades and test results from students vying to study there. On my first day as a university student, I felt like a small girl walking along Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 14 (A vacation you would like to take)

Today’s topic is so timely since there will be an upcoming long weekend next week. National holidays were declared so many of us here are already planning for an escapade. So why don’t I join the current rage? As of the moment, my dream vacation would be a two to three days trip outside the country. With Asian blood running and thumping in my veins, I want to explore the continent and be proud of what the Orient has to offer. My choice: Thailand. I’ve wanted to go to this beautiful country though schedule, friends, and budget never coincided so Read More …

Will you share your blessings to these people?

Last Sunday, I was informed that October is the Indigenous People Month in the Philippines. This annual celebration aims to provide venue for indigenous peoples to celebrate the richness of their cultures; allow cultural exchanges that will foster deeper cultural understanding to sustain a culture of peace; provide opportunity to discuss IP rights; give students and other people a chance to deepen their awareness and appreciation of indigenous cultures; recognize the expertise and contributions of indigenous communities; and advocate for the preservation as well as integration of traditional culture into the national cultural mainstream (NCCA, 2012). When I heard that, Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 12 (A song that you want played at your wedding)

I suddenly woke up by the growing voices outside the room. “God, let me get more sleep,” I silently pleaded. I was beat and harassed for the last few days that catching some z’s seemed impossible. Oh well, I’ll reunite with my neglected bed as soon as the preparations are finished. “Preparations for what?” my sleep-deprived brain asked my being. “For what?” Oh! Then I bolted out of bed. I pulled my robe and made myself decent before I opened my hotel room. Outside, familiar faces crowded the doorway, all speaking at once. “Okay, okay. I got you guys,” I Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 9 (A photo you took)

I like to take photos though I am not good at it. For today’s challenge, I am to post a photo that I have taken. This photo was taken last May when my friend and I went on a trip to the north. I forgot to bring my digital camera so I settled taking photos using my mobile phone. Many Filipinos have not been in this place as it is difficult to go to. There is no nearby airport so the “fastest” way is an approximately 12-hour car ride. I love this place. As a city girl, I always want Read More …

As I lay dying

I came into this world as a rolled piece of paper with heaven inside me. I think I was created normal. My height is ordinary, but I am proud to say that I am not like those skinny ones which were the favorites for a time. Instead, I am carrying the correct built for my being – not too thick to hold nor too thin to be fragile. I am perfect! Soon, I joined my brothers. We all bore the same mark from the time of creation. Together, we stiffly stood, a proud lot eager to prove ourselves. In a Read More …