02202020 And The Rest Is History

To my dearest Markus,

02-20-2020 at 20:00H– Indeed, airports tell unique love stories… And just like ours, exactly two months ago today, I had the best feeling in my life while I was walked towards you. I will just keep it short, but you are indeed an answered prayer. I always knew you were out there. I could feel you in my soul. And the moment our souls connected, my heart lost all control. 

It is an interesting feeling…to feel grounded while you’re floating. To feel stable while you’re falling. To feel at home when you’ve only just met. 

It’s an interesting feeling… to finally found your SOULMATE. 

I hope you will love this song, Markus. I love you so much… 

MOVING CLOSER
By: Never The Strangers
 
When you smile, everything’s in place
I’ve waited so long, can make no mistake
All I am reaching out to you
I can’t be scared, got to make a move

While we’re young, come away with me
Keep me close and don’t let go

Inch by inch, we’re moving closer
Feels like a fairytale ending
Take my heart, this is the moment
I’m moving closer to you
I’m moving closer to you

Who’d have thought that I’d breathe the air
Spinning ’round your atmosphere

I’ll hold my breath, falling into you
Break my fall and don’t let go

Inch by inch, we’re moving closer
Feels like a fairytale ending
Take my heart, this is the moment
I’m moving closer to you

Inch by inch, we’re moving closer
Feels like a fairytale ending
Take my heart, this is the moment
I’m moving closer to you

Moving closer…
Closer to you…
Moving closer…

I’m moving closer to you. ❤
 
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Babe, you are the best thing that happened to me this 2020… I will always love you. 
 
 
Love,
 
Faith

Terrified: An Open Letter to my Dearly Beloved

To my dearly beloved Markus,

I have been thinking about this song for a week now and I wanted to share with you how beautiful it is. So, I played it on my ukulele last night, with you in my thoughts while I sang each line from the lyrics.

You might wonder why I loved this song. The lyrics say it all. . I can say that I’m very much related to this song because that is how I felt at first. Remember when I cried in front of you (in Romblon) while expressing my fear of entering into a new relationship, and yet you gave me a different feeling of what I should believe in when I met you.

It is entitled, Terrified. It means that it is something you’re afraid of. Like losing that person, or even afraid to try new love because I am afraid that it might turn out again into a failed relationship, but you changed how I felt about this.. About US.  You gave me the assurance that you true love is merely different from my past and if I would open more of myself to you, you would be everything that I needed. You touched my soul and told me not to hold it back, and so I did… and everything started so wonderful.

You may not be my first love but you gave me a deeper soul connection with you when you came along, everything became so different unlike before. I will forever be thankful that I we found each other, my Soulmate…

I love you so much, Markus. I will forever love you.

Love,

Faith

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So here here’s how the song goes:

 

Lyrics:

TERRIFIED by Katharine McPhee

You by the light
Is the greatest find
In the world full wrong
You’re the thing that’s right
Finally made it
Through the lonely
To the other side

You said it again
My heart’s in motion
Every word feels like a shooting star
I’m at the edge
Of my emotions
Watching the shadows burning in the dark

And I’m in love
And I’m terrified
For the first time
In the last time
In my only life

And this could be good
It’s already better than that
And nothing’s worse
Than knowing you’re holding back
I could be all
That you needed
If you let me try

You said it again
My heart’s in motion
Every word feels like a shooting star
I’m at the edge
Of my emotions
Watching the shadows burning in the dark

And I’m in love
And I’m terrified
For the first time
In the last time
In my only

I only said it ’cause I mean it
I only mean ’cause it’s true
So don’t you doubt what I’ve been dreaming
‘Cause it fills me up
And holds me close
Whenever I’m without you

You said it again
My heart’s in motion
Every word feels like a shooting star
Watching the shadows burning in the dark

And I’m in love
And I’m terrified
For the first time
In the last time
In my only life
Life
Life
In my only life..

Behind the Scenes: DZRH-GoNegosyo Guesting on DIY Giveaways

Go Negosyo is a local radio segment which airs everyday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM on DZRH Manila. Yesterday, I had the chance to be invited as one of the guest speakers  for Tindaraga Arts and Crafts.

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Everything that you need to know about Tindaraga Arts & Crafts is here—from brainstorming, concept branding, introducing it to the market, up to taking baby steps in continuing to inspire fellow crafters, entrepreneurs, and artists alike.

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One of the topics that we have also discussed is the importance of giving personalized and hand-made items as gifts. In the Philippines, we all know that ‘ber’ months (starting September 1), mark the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. Merriment, shopping spree, gift-giving…name it; and speaking of the latter, have you ever tried gifting someone something personalized or handmade? When you choose to give a handmade gift to somebody important to you, you’re sending them the message that they were worth the time that you spent in creating that gift. Your gift is infused with the love of the hands that made it for the person who will receive it.

Once again, thank you DZRH Manila Team for this opportunity and most of all, thank you Universe for the bountiful blessings despite every struggle.

Always keep your dreams high, but your feet soiled still on the ground. Have an artsy-craftsy weekend everyone!

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Young People, New Media

Gone are the days when children used to watch substantial and educational TV shows such as Sine Eskwela, Hiraya Manawari, Bayani, Math-tinik, and Epol-Apple. These intellectual-appealing shows should be brought back to the mainstream to instill proper knowledge to the youth. I feel so disheartened that today’s youth are either “half-baked” or worse, knows almost nothing when it comes to our very own history, diversed indigenous culture, current socio-political events, and all other subjects that are being taught at school. The youth nowadays is technology-oriented, which creates the notion that everything can be had at the click of a mouse or the push of a button. Values developed by hard work have waned.

Gone are the days when children go home sweaty because of playing outdoor games such as patintero, tumbang preso, piko, tagu-taguan, and chinese garter. Nowadays, youngsters are so much inclined with interactive games and all other digital stuff.  Today’s youth tend to value material things more. They are quick to demand freedom and their human rights, while the older generation centered more on moral values, good manners and respect for others.  Yesterday, a man’s dignity was worth more than wealth in his life. Today’s young generation is living in a vicious cycle of pleasure, living life at the expense of dignity.

Gone are the days when children fear their parents after hearing their names being called for the third time. I’ve had my share of getting lashes on my legs from being whipped with a broom of committing such offense. Nowadays, sasagot pa ng pabalang sa mga magulang kapag nautusan. Nowadays, a lot of youngsters are affected by peer pressure, the misguidance of parents, and family crises, leading to their inappropriate behavior. The youth of older generations were diligent and family-oriented; now, a lot of the old values have been destroyed.

What the hell happened to the digital-aged youth or so-called millenials? Is this the kind and the quality of youth that we can call and be proud of as “pag-asa ng bayan?” As you see it, how are the values of today’s youth different from those of the older generation? 

I can see and feel that the values that should be instilled at an early stage in these precious minds are slowly deteriorating and nearing its death. As parents, what must we do to relive, rekindle, and revive those days? What should the MEDIA do to properly play their part? Their values are slowly sinking in the mud. However a lot of these can be prevented if, and only if,  we are aware of what’s happening in our society. We have to keep in mind that values never change but people do.  To practice rather than preach also minimizes the risk of teenage rebellion. Fundamentally, (as parents), it is our duty and responsibility (as parents) to instill in children a respect for authority and a sense of obligation to comply with social rules–by which children learn character and morality.

Bam! Back To Reality…

Isang panaginip…na may halong excitement at konting panghihinayang. Naghalo ang saya’t lungkot sa muli kong pagbalik sa realidad ng mundong ibabaw. Tama. Panaginip nga lang. Panaginip na nag- ugnay sakin sa mga taong mahal ko at sumakabilang- buhay na. Panaginip na nagbigay ng pag- asa’t tuwa nang muli ko silang nakita. Lola Luz, Tito Tony, para sainyo ‘to…at sa mga taong nakakabasa nito, cheers tayo! Eto kwento ko…

Lumipas ang halos limang oras na ako’y nakahimlay at himbing na himbing sa pagtulog. At sa bawat hininga, unti unti akong itinaghoy ng aking panaginip sa kung san ako’y nagkaron ng malay at namulat sa katotohanan. Kung san naramadaman ko ang isang buhay na nais kong balik-balikan — buhay na salungat sa kung anong meron ako sa pangkasalukuyan. Naalala ko pa sa panaginip ko kung gano ka- tahimik sa lugar na ‘yon. Taliwas sa kung asan ako ngayon, ‘di ko maasam asam ang katahimikan sa aking puso’t isipan sa tuwing tatahol at kakahol ang mga asong para bang nauulol. Nakakairita. Nakakabingi..at higit sa lahat, nakakapang init ng ulo. Sa panaginip ko, matiwasay ang gabi. Tipong kahit may problema ka, wala kang ipangangamba. Taliwas sa kung anong klaseng buhay meron ako dito sa siyudad, hindi ko maranasan ang gabing makakatulog ako ng mahimbing dahil sa mga gabing tinutukoy ko eh nagpupuyat ako’t kinakarir ang buhay call center agent… Tipong inaasam- asam ko ang tulog na kasing himbing ng isang sanggol habang hinihele ng kan’yang ina pero wala akong magawa. Wala akong choice.

Oo nga pala, mabalik tayo sa panaginip ko… Naalala ko Lola Luz ko na nasa kwarto, nakaupo sa kan’yang kama at nanunuod ng tv. Nakapatay ang ilaw at tanging liwanag lang na naggagaling sa tv ang nasisilayan ko habang kalahating bukas ang pinto sa kwarto ng lola ko.

Sa sala kung san nandun kami ng Tito Tony ko…

“Tara, alis na tayo.” Excited na inaya ko tito ko sa muling paglipad namin papuntang kalawakan. Sa mga oras na yun, kahit na wala sa eksena ng panaginip ko ang pag lipad namin, alam ng subconscious mind ko na nagawa na naming libutin ang kalawakan ng nakaraang gabi at sa mismong eksena eh pangalawang araw na naming gagawin ulit ‘yon. Nagsilbing parang hobby o past time namin ng tito ko ang pag lipad at pag tuklas sa buong kalawakan gabi- gabi. Sa mga oras na ‘yon, ramdam na ramdam ko ang saya na parang isang batang nasasabik na bumili at makatikim ng ice cream. Pares ng isang bata, sabik akong matuklasan kung anong pakiramdam ng tinutuklas at nililibot ang kalawakang punung- puno ng mga tala… na kung ‘san maari akong mapag isa’t nag-iisip sa buwan. Malayang malaya, masayang masaya… Pero ayokong mangyari yon. Magiging selfish lang ako sa mga taong nagmamahal sakin at sa mga espesyal na taong minamahal ko. Ayokong malungkot sila sa pagka wala ko sa mga piling nila, habang ako masayang masaya at ini- enjoy ang pag lipad- lipad sa kawalan.

Habang hinihintay ako ng tito ko at nakaupo sa isang upuan ng dining table set namin na kung san laging nakaupo ang aking ina, sabay natanong ko siya. “San si ma?” Sa mga oras na nananaginip ako, sa katotohanan, wala sa bahay si mama. Bago pa kami makatulog ng anak ko, nakaalis na siya.

“Di ko lam kung asan mama mo. Isa siyang detective. Delikado ang trabaho niya. Nasa Ma——— ata siya ngayon ( di ko na matandaan yung lugar na nasambit ng tiyuhin ko kung nasan naroon ang aking ina. Di ko maintindihan kung anong pangalan ng out-of -this-world na lugar na yun. Basta ang naaalala ko eh nagsisimula sa titik ‘M’ yon. ).

Habang sinasabi niya sakin yun, ako naman ay atat na atat nang umalis kami at lumipad. ( Galing noh, para kaming mga super heroes na taga- bantay ng kalawakan o sabihin na nating, Pulis Pangkalawakan. haha. )

Habang nakahanda na kami para umalis…

“Ay, tito sandali lang. Magja- jacket lang ako kasi baka malamig sa taas. Magdadala na rin ako ng isang metallic pen ( kitang kita sulat nito lalo na pag sa papel na itim, kaya ko naisipan ‘yon ). Dadalhin ko yung silver. Ay hindi, yung red na lang pala.”

Sa mga panahong ‘yon, may dahilan kung bakit kinailangan kong magdala ng bolpen ‘non. Naisip kong isulat sa itim na langit na may mga tala ang salitang “Mommy” nang kung sa gayon eh malaman niya kung nasan ako… at malaman niyang hinahanap ko siya dahil di siya nakapag paalam bago umalis. Kung naaalala niyo yung patalastas ng Globe Telecoms, na kung san nandun si Santino, tipong nagco-connect the dots ng mga tala sa langit… hanggang sa nabuo ang isang drawing ng tatay niya. Ganon sana yung binabalak kong gawin habang nasa kalawakan kami ng tito ko.

Dali- dali akong naglakad papuntang sala ‘non at hinablot ang isang brown na corduroyjacket. Pagkasuot, nagpaalam na ‘ko sa lola ko kung san kami pupunta ng tito ko… Sabay nahiga na ang lola ko bago kami makaalis.

Nang naibulsa ko na ang sa jacket ko ang bolpen na dadalhin ko, naglakad na kami ng tito ko papuntang pintuan sa may hagdan malapit sa dining area. Doon, kung ‘san inaaya niya na kong sumama sakanya… Doon, kung san inaaya niya na kong lumipad papuntang kalawakan… Doon, kung san may NAPAKALAKING posibilidad na hindi na maaaring hindi ‘ko makabalik sa dito sa mundo.

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Lola Luz… Tito Tony… Masayang- masaya ‘ko na naalala niyo ‘ko. Sa mga panahong hapit na hapit ang mga sitwasiyon na sana’y nakapiling ko kayo, hindi ako nakaabot. Alam ko namang naiintindihan niyo ‘ko. Buti pa kayo, marunong umintindi at hindi biased. Masaya ko sa ipinahiwatig ‘nyo kung nasan kayo sa mga panahong ito. Naway magkita- kita ulit tayo, kahit sa isang panaginip lang ulit. Kung san alam kong alam niyo na taliwas sa mga iniisip ng ibang tao ang totoong ugali ko. Kung san kayong sumakabilang- buhay na ang tanging nakakaintindi’t nakakakilala sa kabutihan ko. Kung san masasabi ko lahat ng saloobin ko ng walang halong paghuhusga.

Tito, sana next time, sa muli nating pagkikita, sa dining table lang tayo mag usap, ha? Kung kelangan mo na ulit lumipad sa kalawakan, iwan mo na lang ako… Isa pa, bata pa ‘ko at marami pa kong dapat ayusin dito..

Sa muli nating pagkikita…

Paalam.

Thankful on Independence Day

First of all, Happy Independence Day. Aside from the historical definition of it, it also means three things to me: (1) Freedom from corporate work because it is a weekend. Even just for a day; (2) Freedom from hamper of dirty clothes. Today is the perfect day to do the laundry; (3) And finally, the freedom to get away from it all. I’m staying in my bedroom the whole day. Game Of Thrones marathon it is.

So guys, how did you waste your life today? Holiday on a Sunday, eh?

Cydnei’s Cafe: A Hub of Coffee and Good Food Hidden in the Suburbs of QC

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in Project 4, Quezon City is a coffee shop called Cydnei’s Cafe. It’s quite difficult to look for because there are no other establishments around the store, but once you see it, you’ll know that it’s The One.

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Once you step inside Cydnei’s Cafe, you will find coffee, food, music and of course, books. The interiors are simply a reflection of the owner’s personal aesthetic. Overall, the atmosphere has a great homey touch. The bright lighting looks adorable. With plenty of seating, Cydnei’s Cafe is a good place to study and chat with friends. One immediately feels this vibe when entering the shop. And oh, Wi-Fi is accessible for free!

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A Taste of Bordeaux in the Philippines

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For the first time ever, the Bordeaux Rendezvous, an annual series of wine tastings featuring Bordeaux wines, was held in Manila, the last stop of its Asia tour.

French wine merchants under Bordeaux Rendezvous, keen on raising the French region’s profile in Asia, embarked on the tour in the region to mark its fifth year.

The wines from eighteen classified growths from the Bordeaux region, the largest wine-producing region in France, come care of French wine merchant Barriere Freres in partnership with local wine importers.

In the Philippines, we have fine wine importer AWC Philippines to thank for the Rendezvous.

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