The writers are developing slow-paced episodes. The main character is focused on her work with occasional dinner dates with her super friend, discussing life choices, waxing philosophy, and well, judging people. The main character is also seen sneaking glances and occasionally interacting with a potential love interest. She’s daydreaming about him. The writers are not sure how to develop this story arc.
Sometimes beginnings take you by surprise. You don’t realize that you’re already in the middle of the story and you wonder how it all began.
Sometimes you’re lucky enough to be standing at the very start of what is–you hope–a happy journey. You’re lucky enough to see things and you wonder if this is the start of something wonderful. And you tell yourself, “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
So much has been said about love. So many hugots, so many bitter lines, so many hearts longing for that elusive dream. Does it exist? Is it attainable? Or it’s just a figment of imagination, much like the fairy tales you grew up with?
It’s easy to feel jaded about love. It’s easy to give up on love. After all, It’s not uncommon to see movies about broken hearts, broken marriages, and broken dreams. Songs lamenting of infidelity. TV shows of mistresses, abandoned children, despairing spouses.
But sometimes you’re lucky to witness a love that continues to withstand the test of time. Despite the ups and downs (very little downs, I might add), you see a love that remains true and happy.
And then you realize that this love is not just love for each other and for the nuclear family. This love also extends to other members of your otherwise dysfunctional clan (which clan isn’t?). It is shown through 50 years of generosity and kindness with the hopes that everyone will have better opportunities and, in the process, better lives.
Maybe that’s what love is all about. Maybe the best kind of love is not spoken. Maybe the best kind of love is giving yourself not only to your spouse but to everyone else you meet and who you share your life with. Maybe to have that kind of love is enough.
Maybe that kind of love is more than enough.
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Traveling can be both rewarding and jarring. It allows you to listen to stories and explore new things. At the same time, it confronts you with thoughts and emotions that you never knew existed.
Who are you? Are you an interesting human being? What stories do you share to people? Do they want to know you? Do they see through you? Do you have to talk incessantly for people to understand and know you? Or do you know that people worthy of your time are those who are willing to reach out to you?
And you likewise realize how much you have in your life. The comfortable life you temporarily leave behind. The many things you enjoy but take for granted. The close friends who see you for who you are despite your occasional silence. The ones who love listening to your stories. The ones who see through you and understand that you are a wonderful human being and that you are welcome to stay in their lives.
The Batanes in your mind is images of contrast. Amidst the scenic views and breathtaking creations, there you are reflecting on your own life and wonder if it is just as breathtaking as the view.
And as you leave Batanes behind, you look back and realize that the life you lead, has lead, and will continue to lead also takes your breath away.
Tomorrow we herald a new chapter in our country as we elect new leaders.
This election has been terribly divisive, pitting one group with another. Admittedly, I’ve been looking at what’s happening through the social media lens and I am not happy with what I’m seeing. Friends unfollow friends. Passive aggressiveness displayed all over. Respected media establishments losing credibility over some newly created websites or blogs. Trolls everywhere. Photoshopped images, fabricated stories, conspiracy theories. A lot of hate and anger. I repeat, a lot of hate and anger.
In social media, there’s no such thing as the “bigger man” and “taking the high road.” Everyone just has to say something, anything.
Even the people I respect the most weren’t able to escape this onslaught of hate. I was and still am terribly disappointed.
The only good thing I see of this is that we are finally showing that we are not apathetic at all. We feel passionately, after all.
Tomorrow we will elect new leaders. Despite political differences, I am hopeful that the Philippines will continue its path to progress and growth. I pray that we will have leaders, who will take us in that direction. I pray that God will guide them to advance the country’s development over their own interests. Bayan muna bago ang sarili.
More importantly, I pray that we Filipinos will continue working hard. May we learn to respect and follow the law. May we learn not to cheat the government of taxes. May we learn not to bribe public officials, MMDA officers, government employees. May we learn the lesson that change should come from within.
Whoever wins the elections tomorrow, please don’t disappoint us. And to the 110 million Filipinos here and abroad, please don’t disappoint your country. For the sake of the Philippines, please be responsible citizens.
For a few years, I’ve struggled with my high cholesterol. I’m doing well in other aspects. I’m within my ideal weight and my sugar level is normal but my cholesterol exceeded the normal range.
Our company doctors would often prescribe me anti-cholesterol medication. They said give it a try for three months and see if my cholesterol goes down. I would refuse to take maintenance medicines every time. I was firm in my belief that I can lower my cholesterol through natural ways.
It was in February 2015 that I decided to remove pork from my diet. Initially it was part of Holy Week abstinence but I thought of making it my way of naturally bringing down my cholesterol. It was a huge sacrifice because I love pork, especially deep-fried dishes.
It was a slow decline and every time I would take my Panel 11 test, my cholesterol levels would go down just a few digits only.
This year, I underwent my annual physical exam in the office. I was happily surprised to see that my total cholesterol is normal! I can’t believe it! While I love that it’s already back to normal, I still want to take a Panel 11 to confirm whether my bad cholesterol is also at normal levels.
So, how did I do it? Here are some of the things I did to lower my cholesterol. I hope it inspires you to do the same.
1. Removed pork from my diet.
2. Reduced coffee intake to half a cup a day. I take brewed coffee (with a bit of sugar and cream) but I never take 3-in-1 as it contains ridiculously high sugar.
3. Add chia seeds to my coffee or iced tea (I don’t do this regularly but when I remember only. 🙂 )
4. Sleep 7-8 hours a day. I never scrimp on sleep because if I do, I will find myself stressed and bingeing.
5. I don’t drink and smoke.
6. Hit the gym. Every Monday, I attend aero-kickboxing classes for a high-intensity workout. Every Wednesday, I attend Zumba classes for a mid-intensity workout.
7. I stick to three meals a day and just 1 one occasional merienda.
That’s it! Even without the pork, I still eat normally. I don’t deprive myself of anything, whether dessert or iced tea, etc.
This is the third year that I have a theme for myself. Having a theme helped me focus on what I should do and focus on. In 2013, it was “invest in experience” and boy did I invest in a lot of experience. 🙂 Last year’s theme was “beautiful 2015” and it was a truly beautiful year.
This year’s theme is “love well.” Love well is all about giving my best to every endeavor. Whether it’s about work (which I love), dealing with people, or dealing with myself, I should always have the best intentions at heart.
It’s easy to love but loving well takes a little more effort. You need to be a little more mindful and conscientious and this is what I want to do this year.