Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Was just sitting on the couch listening to the birds chirping merrily outside my window as a brilliant sun shines ever so brightly and I would presume will be expectedly hot in just a few hours or less. The weather man says it will be the hot season setting in by the middle of the month. Well, it's being felt already this early. But happily with this fine morning comes the wind rocking the tops of the trees. Now that is just the perfect foil to a hot day! Or if not, it would at least dilute its inconvenience to many.

Well, I'm waiting for the morning TV news to come onscreen. There's a lot going on in our time. I'm not political; I'll leave politics to the politicians. But I'm curious just like the rest of you. And we have our own individual views on every matter. All good. Free country.

Sana lang, we try to focus more on the positive. There are a lot of good in our lives, the people, our country if we just look hard enough. The universe says nothing is all bad nor is it all good. There's always a balance there.

"In Chinese philosophy and religion, two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang) whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things." (Thanks, Google)

Every person has his or her yin and yang, too. We each interact with that. It shapes our relationships, our perceptions and beliefs, our likes and preferences, our choices. We are attracted to certain qualities in a person because it pretty well aligns with our preferences in character and personality. On the other hand, we distance ourselves from what we consider obnoxious in others because it does not ride well with what we consider good.

I remember this being said by Mom long ago.....

"Learn to appreciate. Be guided by your heart."

She spoke in general terms, she meant to appreciate everything. Nothing specific such as beautiful expressive eyes.. long silky hair.. poise and personality.. firm muscles and a fit body.. intelligence and wit.. money and position. Although, she added, that those have their own places and reason in our world.

She taught me a lot, in essence she meant -- "Appreciate all that is in life, the diversity it brings to you, both the good and the bad. Each are there for a reason. And if you're smart you will understand that it's there for you. Each is destined to play a role in your growth, progress, development. Nothing happens by chance or by accident. For that you should be very appreciative and thankful. Because you have all the help you need to grow.

Life is not a leisurely cruise down the boulevard. If it were, you would have certainly missed a lot. And have nothing worthy gathered on your plate.

See with the eyes of your heart. And appreciate its purpose in the bigger tapestry of your life. Appreciate everything around you... life, things, people, nature. And if you're with people family and friends, say it -- speak it -- tell them that you appreciate them. Now. Don't wait till the end of their lives to tell them so.

Remember nothing is all good nor is it all bad. But it's there for a definite purpose and reason. Appreciate what it does because without them you wouldn't be standing where you are right now.

All by Divine Design."

Monday, March 12, 2018


I have been through a lot in life and this I'll say I could have been better off if I had learned not to be overly anxious, be a worry-wart, or be intensely wanting to change those things which basically I had no control over. Things which would not budge the slightest no matter the push, nudge, coaxing, or persuasion. Things which I thought would improve or be better off with my 'genius' (a human frailty we're all known for, one of many, also called ego) or influence. But then such effort would predictably only lead to mere frustration, disappointment, irritation, and anger, I learned soon enough.

Mom, I remember, watching on the sidelines (whenever such situations would arise) would simply smile quietly knowing me well as a hot-bed-of-lava in temper erupting with the slightest provocation, good or bad. The reason why my kid brother and I had our frequent spats in the house, mainly my fault. But love was always there; Mom made sure of that.

But I grew up and shed off layers which I finally realized didn't serve me well. Life, after all, is all about learning.. unlearning.. relearning. Mom made sure I didn't forget that too, of course.

I'm singling out these lines which I have stumbled upon while cruising down the internet. To quote....
"In business or in life, focus on the things which you have control over. Don't fret over things you can't change or influence, no matter how you try. Things you have no control over. Because it probably was meant for somebody else --- a path for him to handle or cross, his (or her) learning, milestone, success or downfall. So do you in your own journey." - Unknown
Does that make you think? It did to me.

Have a great day, folks. Make today matter with your best. God bless you.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


I'm resurrecting an old post done a few years ago. It's for a dear old precious friend. Just chalk this up as another lesson learned. This principle was taught me by mom. Here it is....
Was cruising down Fb's Timeline, just watching a part of this great humanity go by in this little corner of the social media world. It's a huge crowd going to and fro and certainly leaving their footprints, knowingly or unknowingly, on the internet forever. No delete... no erase... no taking back. So be careful what you do on FB.
Went further down the bottomless (or so it seemed) timeline page and stumbled upon this..... "Stop destroying your own life with your own words." ---Joyce Meyer.
Now that is interesting, isn't it??
Made me stop in my tracks. Made me think. So just what are those words which make us self-destruct?
Hmmmm...let me try mention a few, for instance when we say.........

'Mamalasin ako nito ah!' (This is bad luck for me.) -- 'Masisira diskarte ko nyan!' (This ruins everything for me.)-- 'Nawala na ang pagkakataon ko!' (I lost a good chance there.) -- 'Ang hirap naman umahon!' (Tough to get over this slump.) -- 'Hirap maghanap ng trabaho.' (So hard to find a job.) -- 'Sino ba ako?!! Isa lamang hamak na bubuwit laban sa kaniya!' (Who am I?! Am just a small fry to theirs.) -- 'Bobo ako eh!' (I'm dumb! or I'm stupid!) -- 'Tinatamad ako!' (I'm feeling lazy.) -- 'Wala akong pera.' (I'm broke.) -- 'Na-depress ako.' (I'm depressed.)

Familiar to you, right? Many more out there being said unleashed without a thought.
Amazing what we do to ourselves... just by the mere words that we speak. We can create our good and our bad by the words that come out of our mouth. Try listen to a person to what he says and you will know in good measure what his thoughts are. And those thoughts speak from the contents of his heart. It first begins in the heart.... and then the thinking follows..... after-which those thoughts spill out of the mouth Whether with self (self-talk) or with others. The potential is all there to build up or put down.... to create or destroy.... for good or for bad whether self-inflicted or upon others. The power of our words.
'Garbage in, garbage out'... that's what a computer does and it all begins with what we put into it. And these verses come to mind, same principle with what God says to us......  "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Luke 6:45).
And we do know, following that line of thought, that Somebody up there tells us ...... 'Whatsoever you shall sow, so shall you reap.' --Galatians 6:7
So maybe we should be careful with our words. Same with the heart and the mind.
Thoughts of blessings to you, my friends. Be blessed and stay blessed.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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As an old friend once said.... "You choose your wine." He loved wine, of course. And certainly pointed out to me that there are wines .. and wines. Meaning that there's a wide array of wines to choose from whatever your taste may be. Good wines, bad wines, mediocre ones, excellent ones. Top of the line or those pretending-to-be-wines. Haha if there is such a thing. But choose, he says.
But it led me to think.....
He said "Choose". Agree. Life is always about choices, like it or not. But it's only on two planes ----- the good and the bad. Choose. It's one or the other. No in-between.

From sunrise to sunset. With big issues or small issues. Everyday. Whoever you are-whatever you may be. Young or old ...and older. Smart or not-so-smart. Rich or poor. Working in the corporate world or on back-breaking jobs at the construction site. Local employment or as an OFW in a foreign country out there in the world. Hero or thief. CEO or street sweeper. Friends or enemies. Male, female, or LGBT. None exempted nor excluded. The rule of the universe.
Life is what we make it. We are tasked to choose wisely. Life goes good for us because we choose wisely. Life goes bad because of wrong choices. Thus called mistakes.
Can mistakes be undone? I don't think so. Instead, I think, we should better strive to learn from it and turn it into precious gems of learning - growth - development - improvement - progress. For our benefit --- in becoming better persons than the persons that we were yesterday. 👍And this, I think, we're also tasked to make by HIM above. By Divine Design.


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Good morning, world 😊
Up early and out the door before 7:00am for my morning walk. And Lo! just who greets me with a gorgeous smile ----- Mr. Sun! Though shyly yet as he wasn't fully up and out from behind the mountains.
I have seen many sunrises and sunsets in my life and you might think that I have become quite jaded and tired by the same-old-song being played, so to speak.
But no. Not happening. And you know why? Because sometimes it is really not what you are looking at... but how you see it which tells you a different story each time. Made interesting each time.
It's like....
Looking at your husband or wife day in and day out. Same old face, same old habits and mannerisms, same old nagging makulit, same old everything. But you stay there rooted to the floor, sometimes wondering. Two things. It's either you wonder just how you got this 'monster' .... or you thank God you found this 'angel'.
Those thoughts ripple through your mind each day, and you wrestle with it everytime. Until finally you get to learn and understand .. (maybe some divine intervention happened somewhere there for your learning).. that this person is your life, this person is not unlike you, and that this person is there for a reason.
Something happens in your heart. Change - you become kinder, patient, forgiving, tolerant, understanding, considerate, appreciative, amazed, awed, perhaps thankful too. This change makes you look at the person, at yourself, at your life .. differently. It opens new doors you never dreamed or thought would.
When you stop - look - listen to the prodding in your heart, you open yourself to miracles happening everyday.
it's the same thing when you look at people.... nature.... things.... experiences.... and the big wide world outside. It's better seen with the eyes of the heart.
That's how my seeing the same old sunrise every morning is renewed everyday.
And these flowers and plants adorning the path I travel three or four times a week have been there for a long time now. But they look just as gorgeous as the first day I saw them. Sometimes so much more. Thank God for these beauties.

Monday, February 19, 2018


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Good morning, world .......... So the rains have gone now and I feel summer setting in. Hot as early as 7:00am... there's no doubt that Mr. Sun is back in the groove again. Just as I am back in the walking groove again, too.
Flowers on my early morning walk. ------- If there's anything which lends such wonderfully exhilarating and interesting morning walk, it's the sight of gorgeous flowers spread out through the various paths traveled. I feel the warm smile of Mother Nature as she pokes the flowers to bloom even more. And I would think for my benefit... hahahah ... Di masamang mangarap🌹😊😘
But to truly appreciate it, one must truly see not only with the eyes but with the heart. As my mom would say..... "A thing of beauty is best appreciated with the heart."
And sometimes something of beauty is even more best revealed when you look closer. As I did with these flowers and plants.
Looking at the scene at a distance or up close, thoughts came gliding through my mind........Reminding me of life.
The path I walk on and the plants that adorn it along the way... is so much like life. The path, rough rugged uneven and at some areas punched with holes makes the walk quite a challenge at times. That's like life dotted with concern, anxiety, worry, problems, hurdles, and everything else which could cut you down in half excruciatingly. Makes you want to cry. Pray you definitely will.
And then something happens.
A patch of brilliant green there..... a patch of blazing red and yellow... a wedge of bright lavender... a bush of deep green with tiny white buds rising from its top.... or the rustle of branches atop trees dancing to the wind.... and many more like it. You feel so awed and delighted by it all.
It lifts up your soul... makes you smile.. energizes you... beefs up your inner strength... and makes you feel wonderfully renewed..... and allows you to carry on one more good day.
In life these refer to ----- the amazing and wonderful people around you who help you through the humps and bumps in life........ the unexpected breaks which move you towards success........ the sudden provision or opportunity........ the good boss who understands you........ the family who supports you through thick and thin........ the stranger who returned your lost wallet........ a friend who calls up on the phone and spends time patiently listening to your woes........ the friend although from afar supports you in your dream or dreams........ the person who believes in what you do........ the person who lifts you up when your dreams fall apart........ the baby sitter who takes good care of your children while you work........ the helper who cleans the house so efficiently without close supervision........ people who go the extra mile to help you in your concern in whatever way they can........ the blessings that God sends your way out of His great love for you. Siksik, liglig, at umaapaw pa.
That's right, my early morning walks remind me just how wonderful life is. Unfailingly. It opens up my eyes and makes me understand that I (or you... or everybody) have all the help and blessings needed to live this life. God put it all there. HE didn't mean us to be alone and helpless. All you have to do is to see with the eyes of your heart.. and listen with your heart. All you have to do is believe.
And have a little faith. Even the one as big or small as a 'mustard seed'.

Hugs to you all! Have a blessed day. In Christ.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Have you ever stood by the seashore with the cool waters lapping at your feet as you gaze at a lovely sunset on the horizon? Well, I'm sure that you have. I have, too, many times and I would treasure every moment that I get to do that... again and again and again!

It's like every woe, care, and worry is washed away by the cool calm waters. It's like a cleansing of every toxic thought that runs through your mind, soul, and even body. You stand there with all that you are... one with the universe. Being you authentic and true... as God meant you to be.

A precious moment beyond compare.

When it comes to you...... any moment that resembles it....... don't let it pass you by. Grab it, hug it, don't let it go. Life is too short. And it's not for regrets.


Thursday, January 4, 2018


So what's on my mind this fine morning......

5 things:

1. Let go the past. Its job is done. But learn well the lessons it gave you.

2. Keep the memories right there in your heart. It will only fade away if you let it.

3. Welcome the new year trusting in God's divine plan for your life. 

4. Aim to be better than the person you were yesterday.

5. Remember to say 'Thank You, God". Everything is a gift and priviledge. Without HIM.... we are nothing.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


-- Here comes the sun..... of a new day, of a new year, of a new page in our book of life! Our new hope, new faith, new blessings. Casting away the shadows of the past which has served us well in good and in bad. Its time is now over.

WELCOME 2018!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! May our Magnificent God pour out wonderful blessings upon you and your family and your home day after day after day! In Jesus' mighty name.



And last but not the least.... THANK YOU for your steady friendship through the past year. Looking forward to a wonderful year up ahead for us all.

Monday, December 25, 2017