Tag Archives: Life

Explore!

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…now I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.

Leo Tolstoy “War and Peace”

Yes…It’s Beautiful.

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The sun rise welcomes us to a new day. The sun set promises us tomorrows. Everything around us reminds us that life is beautiful and worth living.

Even when the rage of nature turn against us or man’s evil ways shatter us, we must not lose faith in life. For these are but chances for us to raise our minds from the humdrum of our every day lives and recognize that there are things in life far greater than our existence. We live in a world where our life is but a web, that how other people’s lives unfold depends on how we live ours.

Life is a conundrum…and yes, it is beautiful.

A Little Test

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What/Who is the Greatest in Your Heart?
(Give the first answer that comes to your mind)

  1. If you have extra time, with whom will you spend it?
  2. If you have extra money, to whom will you give it?
  3. If you have good news, who will be the first person you’ll share it with?

Taken from “365 Days with the Lord” Week IV.

Clouded.

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All of us have the right to be sad or depressed or angry. But we have the choice of snapping out of it or wallowing in its presence. If the former, then you’ll see that life is wonderful and that trials are but a phase. If the latter, then you’ll spend the rest of your life clouded.

Pampered at Olympia… :D

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Last Sunday, I finally decided to redeem the coupon I bought from Buyanihan for a two and a half hour full body massage with lavender salt scrub and seaweed cocoon wrap at Olympia Spa. So here’s the deal:

  • VIP treatment on a 2 ½ hour-Service in a world class spa:

Choice of Swedish, Shiatsu, or Combination Massage
Valid for Lavander Salt Scrub
Valid for Seaweed Cocoon Body Wrap

  • Treatment will be done at Olympia Spa Executive Suite, where clients have their own Shower and Tub

So was it worth it?

Absolutely!

I arrived at Olympia Spa an hour before schedule (excited much?), I was willing to wait but they informed me that if I want to, I can start with my treatment. And of course, I said yes.

They ushered me to the VIP room where I was met with these: Read the rest of this entry

You Can Let Go Now…

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Sometimes, even though you have told yourself a thousand times that you’re OK, grief still gets you from time to time. Last Saturday my sister asked me to think of the words to be put on Papa’s tombstone and again, I was reminded of the truth that Papa is no longer around. How I wish I didn’t have to do it but I know I have to. So, I came up with this:

In memory of a friend, brother, father and husband whose love lives…

Although we don’t talk much about it, I know that my family is going through the same pain and sorrow that I am also trying to overcome. But I know we will all be better in time.

I know Papa didn’t let go until he was quite sure that we will be OK.

When our youngest brother was still around 12 years old, Papa suffered a severe stroke due to hypertension. Since then, he’s been trying to survive each day given the challenges that stroke has caused him. Papa was a fighter! Even when everyone was saying that he can’t make it, he proved them wrong with his surprising recovery – from being bed-ridden he slowly recovered and the next thing we knew he can walk again. Although it was not a “back-to-normal” thing, still he showed us that he will never give up on us.

We know that it was not easy for Papa. We know it was really difficult for him. But he still remained jovial. He may get irritable at times but he remained strong.

Last August 2010, a lot of happy things happened – Papa’s 67th birthday (20th), my brother’s 21st birthday (8th), my nephew’s 1st birthday (28th) and also the month that we learned that my brother successfully passed the Nursing Board Exam (28th). Everybody was just so happy. I was glad I came home that time to witness everything. I was glad I saw him so happy. He was losing in his attempt to hide his tears that time. I know he was so proud of my brother. Finally, all his children have finished school. I headed back to Manila feeling so happy and full of promises.

September 10, 2010, barely two-weeks since I left home, Papa bid goodbye. It seemed like he just waited for all of us to be OK before he finally rest. I know I have no right to complain but it hurts to know that I still have a lot of things planned for him. After all the things he have done for us, I felt like I haven’t done a thing to give it back to him. I felt like I wasn’t given enough time to provide the things he has forgone and sacrificed because of us, his children. He has always been selfless.

And even up to his last moment, he thought of us.

We knew it’s time for him to let go. And when he finally did, we took comfort in the thought that his suffering has ended. I fondly picture him back in his prime when he can walk normally, talk and laugh endlessly and toy with everyone – now in a happier place.

Now that he’s gone. Now that he has let go. I guess, we should also learn to finally let go as well.

Again,

In memory of a friend, brother, father and husband whose love lives…