Sunday Woo

Araw ng Linggo.

Bumukas ang pinto.

Ako’y nakarinig ng

bilang nang mga hakbang

patungo sa aking kinahihigaan.


Isang mata ay nakapikit pa,

at ang isa nama’y nakadilat

upang masilayan ang

iyong magandang mukha.


Ako’y iyong sinalubong

ng mahigpit na yakap,

at tuuyang giising ng

iyong halik sa aking labi.


“Na-miss kita”,

iyong wika, at ang

mga braso ko’y

mahigpit na pumalibot

sa iyong katawan,

upang iparamdam ang

sa iyo’y pangungulila.



Aking ramdam ang

init ng iyong balat;

malalalim na mga mata;

tanda ng iyong pagod,

at ilang gabingwalang pahinga

walang pahinga.


Nabanggit mong

malamig ang aking balat;

sa aking isip ay oo –

kasing lamig ng mga

gabing wala ka

sa aking piling.


Maliwanag ang kalangitan

ngayong araw ng Linggo.

Katulad ng sikat ng araw

ang lukso ng aking

kasiyahan na iyong dulot.


Paborito ko ang

araw ng Linggo.

Kung hindi sa dagat,

ito’y nakalaan

para lamang sa iyo.


Ika’y aking pinagmamasdan,

habang ika’y malalim

na humihimbing.

Aking iniisip kung ano’ng

iyong pana-panaginip?


Nawa ay maligaya,

sapagkat magaan

ang palitan ng iyong



Ako’y sumilay

sa kalangitan, at

aking napagtanto na

ang ika’y pagmasdan

sa iyong paghimbing,

ay aking kalangitan

dito sa lupa.


Ang ika’y mayakap

at mahagkan ay ang

hangin na sa

aki’y bumubuhay.


Ang mahawakan ang

iyong mga kamay, ang

sa iyo’y makipagpalitan

ng malalakas na halakhak

ay ang karagatan na sa

aki’y nakapagpapaligaya.


Ang ika’y mahalin

at arugain ay tila

sa aki’y nakatadhana

habang ako’y naririto

sa mundong ginagalawan.


Hindi kailanman

magiging sapat ang

kalangitan, o ang hangin,

o ang karagatan, maging

ang mga salitang ito

upang sa iyo’y mapaihayag

ang aking pagmamahal,

aking iniirog.




Being Alone ≠ Being Lonely

5-June-17; 1:38am

Where do good ideas come from? – That’s the headline of an article I read from TED-Ed Facebook page earlier (yesterday). As I can recall, it’s a combination of little hunches (owned and borrowed) from different people. Interesting.

I was about to sleep at around 12:30 AM (at my living room couch because I don’t feel like sleeping on my bed tonight), however, my intestines begged me to feed them, which I did. Opened a canned tuna, combined it with bread, and voila! – tuna sandwich!

It’s early in the morning, the window closed, curtains’ opened – for me to still see the sky, and if lucky, the stars. Unplugged my phone from its charger cable, and hit the play button from the Spotify app – to break the silence.

I was enjoying my sandwich – thought of opening a bottle of vodka, but too lazy to walk. A thought hit me – a question that has been asked to me of one of my friends who used to do sleepovers in my crib. No, I only have a few who I allow crashing in my pad and host until the next day. Why, you ask? Because I do not have many friends. The radius of my circle of friends is really, really small.

I thought I would save the idea, and write about it later today, but there was a sudden itch of to take care of it ASAP.

1:38 AM, done eating – grabbed my laptop, and started to write; music still playing, and stayed at the dining area to write these couple of sentences. Then I transferred back to my couch, where I will sleep tonight. Turned off the lights, and get into my most comfortable spot to continue writing.

Back to what I was saying earlier, the thought…

Friend: What do you usually do during your off/s, except traveling?

Me: Umm, I don’t know. Here – I just stay at home when I am not going into places.

Friend: Alone? I couldn’t do that. I need people to talk to, to laugh with. Otherwise, I’ll go crazy.

Me: **Laughed**

Yup, that’s how the conversation went. It crossed my mind, and I thought I want to write about it.

Every person in this world is unique. Do you believe that? I do. I do believe that. Why? If people were created all the same, Earth, and life would be boring, don’t you think?


I grew up with a broken family – broken that I get to witness how a happy family stopped being a happy family. (Oops, drama!) Probably, I’ll write about it some other time.

Growing up in a broken, scattered family (members) is difficult. I am the eldest among my sibs (short for siblings). My parents are both Accountants – they really work a lot – when I say a lot, we didn’t see each other every weekday, only weekends (if the Heavens allow). So, can you picture it now? Yes? Cool.

When I was very young, I lived with my grandparents – where I owe a lot of knowledge even when I was a kid (because of the books my grandpa used to read to me, and all the ABC’s and 123’s my grandma taught me).

I never experienced playing outside, with other kids in the village. I do not know how to ride a bike even if my little brother owns one. I was always inside the house, or watching my brother, and the other kids play through my window, sometimes at the porch. I was never invited anyways.

Some friends who know that story says I missed a lot in childhood. Some say, “Oh, that’s why!” with overflowing sarcasm.

I had a few friends when I was in elementary, but it never lasted. I had a lot of friends when I was in high school, but never lasted. A very few when I was in college.

My family used to transfer from one place to another when I was in high school – I studied in 2 different schools back then – because my dad wants to get rid of my puppy love back then. So he transferred me to my mother’s province, where my grandma lived after my grandfather died. (Another drama).

That’s how I was able to accumulate many friends when I was in high school. I do not want to sound like I am lifting my own chair, but dude, my circle of friends were too cool, too smart, and too curious about anything, we became popular. Then, I was transferred – I still hate it whenever I can recall that time – I was having the best years of my life, with cool kids, and some true (puppy) love, yet I have been separated because of some stupid old school reason my dad has in mind.

In the new school, I was bullied. Bullied not only because I look different, but because I sound nasty to them – different accent, and different gesture. I felt like I did not belong. I was judged by the way I look, and by the way I speak. Yes, I gained some “friends” after some months, but never really liked it there.

I was always alone. Why? Because I felt like I was different. I felt insecure. I felt like I was a castaway.

After a year, my mother decided to put me back to my old school, where my real friends are. I was ecstatic. I was happy. I can’t sleep!

But everything was different. My “friends” have their new set of friends already. I felt I was different. I felt insecure. I felt like I was a castaway. Sounds familiar?

After the graduation, I decided to cut my connection to everyone in that school – because I wanted to start fresh. That’s how I was before – I learned how to adapt quickly wherever I was, and whomever I was with. Until now, I suppose. I can easily cut people away from my life – sad, but true.

I did the same thing when I transferred, and graduated in two college universities. I made sure that there are no strings attached to any of my “friends” before. (This is the time when my parents decided to untie their knot.)

That’s the problem. I was the problem. I took people away in my life, and felt sad, and alone.

I had several jobs, and businesses – which taught me how to mingle with other people, different types of people, with various characteristics, and attitude – be it good, or bad.

Business as usual. No friends. No nothing. Yes, I go out with them, listen to them, talk to them, laugh with them even. But nothing has changed inside me when it comes to relationships. I lived in a mindset that I was born alone, I can live alone, and I will die alone. That was my chain of life.

Gladly, little by little, I learned how to cut that chain of li(f)e.

I met a number of people whose intentions are as pure as gold, and stayed in my life whether needed, or not.

I learned how to treasure, and keep a few real friends, and I am still in the journey of letting them stay in my life.

I realized that being alone should not be linked with being lonely, or sad, or depressed, or what not.

Finally, I can say that I love to be with people, but, there are times (mostly) that I love being alone, doing stuff I am delighted of.

You see, living is a process – there are heaps of hurdles that we may encounter, battles that we need to have victory, but there is one great barrier that keeps us stuck – that is our selves.

We have to see the beauty of the ashes of our past, so we can enjoy the journey, the path that we are taking.

We have to know how to take care of relationships that matter, and we have to love ourselves, before we can love others.

Remember, we cannot give what we do not have.

I better stop here – *teary eyed*.

Let me know how you feel about this post. I would love to listen (read), and have conversation with you. I sincerely hope that I was able to spark even a little hope that you are not alone. Never alone!



Knowing Someone

Hello, how are you feeling today?

I sincerely hope that you feel good today – great will be awesome, too!

I think I woke up at the wrong side of bed – not really feeling okay. Did you ever feel like you just wanted to be alone at home, and do absolutely nothing? Feel like you do not want to be with people, nor talk to people (personally and virtually)? Well, that’s how I feel today. Worse is, I do not have any idea why. Probably, one of the lazy, kind of sad days.

The day went normal, I suppose – went to work, wear ear pieces all the time, talk to people when needed (work-related), had lunch alone: ordered my favorite peppered grilled corn, and Okinawa with black pearls from my go-to-milk-tea-shop – Serenitea. Had my food to go, and I had my lunch at the office pantry facing the building window, still wearing my ear pieces (Oasis playlist on), and unfathomably staring at the building parallel to ours.

People tend to still talk to me despite the obvious state of mood just to say their hi’s and hello’s – kind of sweet, if you ask, and I greatly appreciate that.

Whilst I was enjoying my second stick of peppered grilled corn (please don’t judge me, it’s a whole corn cut into three parts), a thought crossed my mind which I posted on my Facebook wall. Care to know? Okay, here it goes:

“Should you wish to know someone, talk to him / her. You wouldn’t know a person just by judging him / her from another person’s perspective of him / her. You might be surprised.”

That’s a general thought, I swear. I even used the hashtag note to self (#note2self).

Allow me to tell you a short story, one that I personally experienced. Just so you understand where I am coming from when I stated such claim.

* * *

Let’s be honest here, we often judge people according to another person’s judgement, or probably stories about certain people, be it good, or bad, correct?

If you disagree, good on you!

If you agree, let’s cheers to that for a moment!

It usually happens to me – being judged, and be the judge. I hundred percent admit that!

If someone tells me about someone being like this, and that – I sometimes get easily swayed about the idea of the person, which I know is unfair. Especially, when I don’t feel the person – I mean, I don’t like the person without knowing him / her YET. That right there is being JUDGEMENTAL – which is a definite NO-NO!

So, there was this workmate from my previous employer that I really do not like – do not like at first sight. Haha!

I was an Applications Engineer back then – so I get to be introduced with heaps of people from different departments. I have a few close co-engineers from work (probably, 2 or 3). Close in a way that I get to work with them all the time – at the office, and at the field – mostly at the road, stuck in traffic! Knowing the fact that we spent time longer than the other employees, we get to talk about a lot of stuff, and a lot of people, especially people at work.

You know how this story goes, so let’s cut it short – we had this one co-worker that seems to be misunderstood (misjudged) most of the time because of her (yes, she’s a female) actions, and expressions – which I personally do not like. When I say most, probably it’s 98% of the company population, including me.

I do not say a lot about the people I do not like – I think it’s inappropriate, but sometimes if I do, I made sure that I tell those to the trusted people, just to vent out, you know?

There was this day that we’ve crossed the line – that I got totally pissed off her because she did me wrong (about work) – not realizing that by being extremely mad at her is also wrong as she’s probably just doing her job. I was so angry that I told my co-engineer what happened, venting out, cursing her whilst I was driving, and abused my car’s horn (I know that’s bad, and I did repent on that). So, after I did all that, my co-engineer told me a story about that person – why she acts differently, and why was she doing what she was doing. I can tell you this – I judged her according to what I heard of her, and to what she did to me – without even bothering speaking with her to settle the issue. Instead, I easily got mad, and talked shit about her to another person.

I won’t go into details of what my co-engineer told me – but man, after hearing that, my anger was totally gone, and all I felt was guilt.

Guilty that I am the villain in my story – selfish, judgmental, and inconsiderate.

I was haunted of that guilt until I got home, eating my dinner; on my bed; until the next day at work – I am totally ashamed.

The next day at work – it took me time to gain courage to talk to her – to clarify the issue, and to apologize to how I reacted, and whatever shitty stuff I told about her to another person – yup, I told her that – to gain her forgiveness, and trust.

The result: the issue has been settled; we both understood what went wrong, and what we both did wrong; and ended up trusting each other.

Until now, whenever I recall that experience, it still gives me butterflies in my stomach. Sometimes, I always use that story to remind myself that if I want to understand the action of a person, to know a person, I should take time to talk to that person – communication is the best way to know a person, indeed. Not by merely listening to other people’s judgement / opinion about that person, but by personally getting involved to that person.

Being an introvert, that is difficult, but we must do the right thing, and remember not only ourselves, our own benefits, or what not, but to also think about others – to also care about other people’s feelings, and being.

Surely, we will always be surprised!

Who knows? That person you do not like, or that person you’re judging would be one of the people you trust, or could be one of your few lists of friends!

* * *

If you have any thoughts about it, please feel free to let me know at the comment section down below. I would love to hear your POV (point of view)!

Thank you for taking the time to read – and I hope you have a good day, or night (wherever you are)! 🙂




The Night I Chose To Win

Since I was a little girl, I have always dreamt of writing my own book; and now — I am still striving to write one — sure, I wrote tons of pieces: from poetry, short stories, investing, to self-improvement topics; I also have a travel blog — yet, I still couldn’t determine my niche.

I probably would go back to square one. Collate everything that I have written per category, compile them, write more, and hopefully ask a couple of friends to get it published.

Enemy: Why?

Me: Why not?

If there is something I learned in my years of existence — that is: nothing is impossible. Always.

I hope I can say that I am a victim of procrastination, however, I couldn’t blame such word that wouldn’t exist in the first place if it weren’t for my actions. Oops, to you guys who are not familiar with the term, W-O-W! Okay, it is by definition to be slow or late about doing something that should be done; to put off intentionally and habitually. Definitely, a bad habit!

There is one more enemy I am battling with after I finally had the courage to start something. That is known as “Ningas Kugon” in my language (Tagalog). It refers to Filipino cultural trait of very enthusiastically start something, but then quickly losing enthusiasm soon after.

Funny, right? I know exactly what my issues are; I console some people to help me get rid of those, read articles, books, or even psychological information on how to overcome it, and yet here I am — still no good. No good in a way that I am still letting these two bad habits control me.

Not tonight, not tomorrow, not anymore! Thanks to the people who never gave up on reminding me that I can do all things, and I am capable of achieving it. Fortunately, I also personally believe in those promises; because if myself couldn’t believe that I can do all things, my enemies will always win. So, again, not tonight, not tomorrow, and definitely, not anymore!




P.I.H.A.B.F. – A Weekend of Everything that Flies

It’s that time of the year again – oops, I didn’t mean the holidays though! February is just around the corner, and we, adventurers slash event seekers slash weekend warriors are getting excited about the annual festival in Pampanga where it’s a weekend that everything flies! I think you know now what I’m talking about, yes? Yay! You got that right! It’s the PIHABF! 🙂

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival is an annual event that is held between the first two months of the year. If you are familiar in the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga, that’s where you have to go!

It features colorful, and beautiful hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world. This three-to-four-days event is the biggest aviation sports event in our beloved country, the Philippines.

The festival / fiesta feautures a number of activities, and events in pretty much everything that is related about flying – skydiving, flag jumps, micros light and rocketry demonstrations, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, precision maneuvers, light airplane balloon bursting, ultra-light flying formation and bomb dropping, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, hi-start launch gliding, pylon racing, banner towing, aero-modeling symposium and races between ultra lights and motorcycles. (Ofcourse I didn’t know about all these terminologies or what not, so I thank Google for these complete information.)

This is slowly becoming one of the famous attraction in the Philippines since 2004, and it’s believed that 60,000 visitors locally, and internationally participates in the event which is pretty majestic because not only this promote tourism, but also it promotes socialism, which I personally experience last year – 2016!

I’ve always wanted to join this festival since I was in college, but never had the chance, so I made sure that I will be able to tick that off my bucketlist, and so I did!

So, here I am sharing my experience, and a few tips on how to get the most out of the event in a day! Hopefully this will help, and encourage you to go explore the festival!

The PIHABF 2017 will be held at the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga on February 9-12. Standard ticket price is Php 350.00. Children below the height of 3 feet can enter for free, but standard ticket price applies for children above the height of 3 feet. Ticket booth opens at 5:00 am and gets busy an hour before it opens and the lines can be quite long, so I strongly suggest for you to be there before 5 in the morning, to be able to park your car (if you’re driving) in a decent space, to not wait in line for ticket validation upon entrance, and to have a cool spot in public spetator area provided by the organizers. If you can get one on an elevated area, that would be awesome, because you’ll have the perfect vantage point to witness the show, and for photography purposes. 🙂



5:30 – 6:00 am-ish; the pilots and the crew were preppin to start the show

Hot air balloons take off every morning at 6:30 in the morning, of course, depending on the wind conditions. If incase you’ll miss the morning show, worry not for the next take off will be around 5:30 in the afternoon, again, if the wind is cooperative.



taking off in a little while



look at that – Pilipinas kong mahal


summer-ish; get ready y’all


If you’re going with your family, or friends, I’ve got good news – you can definitely bring food and non-alcoholoic drinks in, and your picnic kit – blankets, foldable / portable chairs, and tents are all okay. Isn’t it superb? Oh well, with these chill rules, comes great responsibility as an individual. That is we have to keep the grounds clean by not littering. They have their own people who do rounds to make sure that every trash is collected. Yes, they are roaming to pick-up trashes. So please, as an adult, and disciplined citizen, let us help each other to keep a environment-friendly venue. Coolio? Great! 🙂

Here are some shots taken on both GoPro Hero4, and iPhone6 Plus camera:


flag jumps


a must selfie 🙂


yay! here we go…


hello there, baby boy


multicolored hot air balloons


what’s your fave?


cute couple, i think.. haha


that dragon tho..




chasing the baby dino! 🙂

How to get there?

By Public Transport:

Public buses are available daily. Take a Victory Liner bus bound for DAU, PAMPANGA. Alight at the terminal and walk a bit towards the highway where taxis, jeepneys, and tricycles are available – all of which can take you to Clark gate. From there, take another jeep and ask the driver to drop you off at the Balloon Fiesta at Omni Aviation. Walk to entrance gates.

By Car:

Take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at DAU, MABALACAT CITY, PAMPANGA. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic, will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself. The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila without heavy traffic.

Clark may also be reached via the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). From the North Luzon Expressway, continue the drive leading to the SCTEX exit.  You may use either the CLARK NORTH INTERCHANGE (Panday Pira access road near Nayong Pilipino) or CLARK SOUTH INTERCHANGE (near Yokohama and Clark Main Gate) to enter Clark.

By Air:

You can hop on regular commercial flights to Clark International Airport. Carriers that land at Clark are Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways.

For more information about the schedules, and ticket bookings, you may visit the official website of the PIHABF. –


find me…


explore the venue, you’ll find a number of activities you can join too!

I will surely participate again on February, and I hope to see you there wearing that lovely smile because you are indeed enjoying the experience! 🙂


The Great aP – amaysim PH YE Party 2016

Hello! How are you? I hope you’re doing great today. You must’ve visited this page because you wanted to browse through the recent party photographs, eh? If so, thanks heaps for that! I hope you find this cool and make you smile even a little.

The event’s theme is inspired by the movie “The Great Gatsby”.

By the way, please know that I am not a professional photographer for this event – I am defo not! I just have a camera and love for these people. This is just my personal project – to capture these beautiful soul’s bliss, laughter, grace, and craziness altogether during the party. Yep, and I really am euphoric about the output. Enjoy the randomness of this “gallery”! 🙂


Meet Carlos, he’s the man! If you know what I mean. 🙂



Louie & Carlo (L&D) feat. Josh & I (WF)



This is my brotha Arjay from the Billing department and he’s the Billing Agent of the Year



She’s the one who referred me to this company! Live Chat Agent of the Year

goes to Maggie!



He’s Ron. He’s kind of an ambivert – which is really interesting (because that’s our common denominator, well at least for me!).



The Ignacio sisters – Maggie & Mikki.



Josh and Angelo



With Joshie.


L&D – Carlo, Dea, JJ, and Louie


Marcy and Dembo. She’s pregnant and still pretty. Sigh.



Team Workforce. (Angelo & Josh are both killing the suits!)




Bless and Marcus (the guy who hired me in this amazing organization). 😛



The art of photo-bombing.




A decent photo with Jobelle, finally.


Say what, now? 😀




Louie, Dea, and yours truly.






Jeff and Juna – two of my wave mates.



DJ of the night with Dembo.




Mikki and Harriet



Chester and Sarah.



Them boys.




Hello, hello!


Angie and Jayson.



Sisters from another mother. ❤




These smiles though. How can you not love your work and the organisation your in with these kind of smiles? Tell me.







(Some) Email folks – Prestine, Ehka, Julius, me, Chester (Live Chat), and Sarah.




Itchy nose? 😛



Peace out!



With Dexter.




1 2 3, smile. 🙂




The Credit Team.



The angst of the Billing Team.



Stairway shots. 😀 Can you tell who is your favorite? 🙂



He’s Ecko, and he’s hot. 😛


Shine bright not because you want people to adore you, but because it is a by-product of your character. Much love for you, Mikki.


Evert, the queen. Oh, did I mention she’s the Voice Agent of the Year

? Yes? Cool.


Bless – the small but terrible girl in the group.



Yours truly. 😛

Couples? Okay… 😀


I truly adore you two. (Brian & Karla)


David & Jobelle.


Lenny & Zhunndy are always cute together. 🙂






Let’s go solo? Great!


Not a political candidate but he already won our heart.





Jayson, always wear that smile. It’s an epidemic!


B&W, still gorgeous, Juna.





QA Louie.


So vivid, Arlyn.



Dea, and she’s got it all.



Sir Noel.



I love her smile so much.




Christian. One of the most loved person in amaysim PH.


Support Staff of the Year

– a well deserved recognition!


Dave and his beer.




Bloody red, Bryan. 🙂



Angelo 🙂





Angie – a beautiful soul.




She’s Jobelle – one of the most wonderful and beautiful woman I know. Inside and out, for real. Stay the same. I love you, always.



Hello, Sarah. Stay sweet!



So chic, Lenny!

We had a simple yet amazing program through out the night – Video presentations from the Management and Support Department, a competition that represents the core values of amaysim which are Empathy (presented by the support team), Agility, Reliability, and Simplicity (presented by the agents from both Vaya and amaysim. Some cool stuff given away through a raffle (too bad didn’t get any :P). Last but not the least, some awards and appreciation given to different individuals. Let me show you some more of these laughters, surprises, and craziness, alright?


The hosts.



We’re listening. Yup, we are listening to you, mate. 😛



You deserve every happiness in the world – this award is just a bonus. Congratulations, Andrea for being the Support Staff of the Year!

Keep doing what you’re doing with excellene and passion.



Tin, the Team Leader of the Year



Evert – Voice Agent of the Year



Maggie – Chat Agent of the Year

. Truly, all hardwork pays off, always! Woot, woot! ❤


JJ – Credit Agent of the Year



Jeff – Porting Agent of the Year



Everyone’s surpised about the customized watch! Great wrk, brotha! Billing Agent of the Year





She’s super happy here. ❤





What song is he singing? I don’t know. 😛



K Ann and Christian.



Miss amaysim PH goes to *drum roll* – Oops, sorry. This ain’t a pageant. 😛



If you have it, flaunt it.



Another song number? Uhm, nope! 🙂



Caught in the act.






But first, let them take a groupie. #BillingTeam






Music, please?




My heart is at bliss whenever I see you guys happy. ❤















Cheers to more amaysim years! 🙂









Selfie x 3



About time to have dinner.



Billing Team + Prestine (Email)



(Some of) The Voice Team.



A little party never kill nobody.


*Caption this*


Dance like no one’s watching.

There’s so much going on that night and everyone was having the best time of the night. I am so happy I got the chance to witness and capture some of it. This took me almost three days to sort out the best focused and candid shots through and process it. Seriously, I should’ve made a video album instaead because of hundreds of photographs I have! Haha, hope you enjoyed browsing through it.

Here’s a few more happy faces that night! Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you for browsing through and I hope you enjoyed it as much as these faces do. Keep on smiling! 🙂


Feel free to share this to everyone, and spread the epidemic of joy in the workplace! Cheers!