When dreams come true

It’s nice to be back! I always tell people if I’d be given a chance to go back to any school I’d been to, I always say it’s Nuestra. I have quite a lot of memories and unforgettable experiences in Nuestra. But the major one was in July 16, 1990 when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hitContinue reading “When dreams come true”

Capturing moments with ‘Caricapture by Donna’

I met Donna Inosanto-Pahignalo or “Mommy Dons” as she’s fondly called, when I was the Editorial Head of a publishing company. She was the Creatives Department head that time, until now. At first, we would only talk about work matters. But when she got pregnant with her second child, Kyra and we became seatmates, ourContinue reading “Capturing moments with ‘Caricapture by Donna’”

Hello, it’s me: How to practice self-love & acceptance

Growing up, I only know two adjectives that best describe myself: Talented and smart. I was never the “beautiful” or the “sexy” one – always the smart one, talented one, the good leader, and the charismatic (class) President. While I do appreciate how people see me as a person, a part of me always wonderedContinue reading “Hello, it’s me: How to practice self-love & acceptance”

9 things I’m grateful for this year

It’s hard to be grateful when you’re feeling down, hopeless, and feel like the world’s against you, but if there’s one thing I learned during hard times was to be grateful in whatever circumstances I am in. Whenever I feel like ranting about how bad my day was, I try to be grateful first andContinue reading “9 things I’m grateful for this year”

What I learned about serving God

It’s been 19 years since I started serving in our parish. I almost gave up a lot of times because of unanswered prayers, frustrations, heartaches, and failures, but whenever God gives me unexpected and overwhelming blessings, I felt ashamed that I even entertained that thought. Sundays are sacred  When I was younger, my mom wouldContinue reading “What I learned about serving God”

Life without limits

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live life without limits? We’ve all heard that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” by Napoleon Hill, but is it really possible? Yes, it is possible! They say failure and success are only figments of our imaginations, and to achieve greater things, weContinue reading “Life without limits”

Virginia Close: The passionate novelist

It’s never too late to follow your dreams even when you’re 50 years old. Take it from Virginia Close, a writer and poet of Filipino descent living in Cairns, Australia who published her very first book at the age of 53. She was living comfortably and happily in Cairns, Australia with her Australian partner. SheContinue reading “Virginia Close: The passionate novelist”

What success means to me

Filipinos are known for being hospitable, cheerful, positive, hardworking, and patient. That’s why it’s sad to see some Filipinos rushing for priority, showing impatience and rudeness in public places and transportation, traffic, trains, lines, or groceries. When I was younger, I used to be impatient. I got angry easily. I always rush things even myContinue reading “What success means to me”