10 Simple Rules for a Complex World

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My version is as follows: 1.    Start with the end in mind. 2.    If you want to be [adjective here], surround yourself with [adjective here] people. 3.    Mean people are sad people. Don’t hate them. 4.    Don’t talk when your heart is full. Same logic applies here: either you choke or you’ll start spitting out [...]

Open Letter to the Person Who Could Have Been the One

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I don’t know why I am writing this. There is nothing I could say or do to make things work, I guess. Your mind is already made up and I am afraid things would be different from here. We could have been “us.” We could have enjoyed a beautiful starry night together while talking about [...]

One Year to Start it All

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I have a feeling that by the time I’m old and grey and my curious grandchild sits on my lap and coaxes me into telling stories from days long gone, I would be drawing many tales from the year that was 2012. Is there such a thing as a perfect year? A perfect day already [...]

2012: A Mother’s Year In Review

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Have I done something in 2012 that would make me feel proud today? Or, someday? In its first quarter, cocooning myself against change has become a conscious habit. I resisted change. Is it part of human nature to fear change? Or, was I just not very well prepared to my new life’s demands? How can [...]

Life Lessons

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All I wanted for 2012 was a baby. But despite storming the heavens with prayers, day and night- the baby never came. Painful as it is to see repeated negative test results in a small pregnancy kit, I never let this loss and frustration define the whole of me. And not to mention, the whole [...]

Beginnings and Endings

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I find it hard to make a cohesive assessment of my 2012. At one point, I thought it was too fast and yet many times I prayed that it would end. My year was filled with so many memories that to say that 2012 is a memorable year is an understatement. Heartaches I experienced the [...]

So the world didn’t end in 2012, what now?

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If the end of the world were supposed to be how we—or doomsday filmmakers—envisioned it, then we’re right, the world didn’t end on December 21. However, I did wake up that day convinced that the world as I know it has been changed. There’s nothing utterly obvious about it. In fact, the following morning it [...]

A Haunting

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You haunt me. As I walk into the night, even the moon cannot provide me the light to move forward. Each step I make creates a sound that seems like I was in desperation to run away. I tried to, believe me I did. Only to realize that I am where I started. You haunt [...]

Halloween, Pinoy-Style

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We didn’t get to don superhero costumes or carve $20 pumpkins every Halloween back home. Nor did our parents stock up on sweets for free-roaming Trick or Treat-ers outside. God, no! Money had better uses back then—and pumpkins (or squashes) were better off as pinakbet. Trick or Treat, I believe, is relatively a new concept [...]

How I’ll Know That You’re the One

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I will meet you in a book store. It will be just before closing time, and the place will be almost deserted. I will be at the graphic novels section, quietly enjoying the silence and solitude as I scan the racks for the first issue of Batman: Cacophony. I will barely spot the final copy [...]

Remembering Broadcast City

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Only a handful of those who aspire to become Journalists would probably think about working for a government station. Fact is, majority of those who graduate from MassComm or Journalism courses have their eyes on the big TV network Not me. I started out as a Journalist in RPN9- a sequestered station considered as semi-government. [...]

Fighting Off Fear

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The problem with me was that I was always afraid. It was only recently that I myself have accepted this. I often tried to project myself as someone who liked to try out new things—whether a new sport like marksmanship or exotic food such as crickets and frogs. Though I was able to summon courage [...]

On Motherhood and Fears

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For nearly half a decade now, fear has been part of my daily life. In fact, I feel that it worsens and complicates its existence each year–feeling more afraid and anxious about the safety and well-being of my son and experiencing an increasing list of my self-proclaimed phobias. When the gynecologist confirmed that my belly [...]

Of Happiness and Fireflies

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I used to think that happiness must come like a powerful surge, like a tidal wave that would wash away every hurt, every wound, every ugly bits and pieces that take root in the smallest corners of your life. That it’s a one-time deal, a ship that docks and sails and waits for no one. [...]