Sunday, September 25, 2011


So far, these are the things that I've learned about Trust:

It is not gained; It is earned.
It doesn't mean you will get it even if you've done everything to earn it.
Losing it is always easier than gaining or earning it.
Trust that was gained is easier to lose than the one that was earned.

Earn the trust of those who are important to you.
In trying to earn someone’s trust, you can only do so much.
It is their personal choice and you are only at their mercy.
You just have to trust that a clean heart is enough.

You start loving by trusting.
Love is not lost with trust.
If you've lost your trust in someone you love, trust in love.
If you’ve lost the trust of the one you love, trust in his love.
If you can't trust love, trust yourself.
When you can't trust yourself, trust in Him.

Trust comes with respect.
You can still respect someone who has lost your trust.
You cannot trust someone you don't respect.

People trust people who do things right.
If people don't trust you, maybe you're doing something wrong.
The "right thing" is always subjective, so don't trust their reasons right away.

A lot of people have trust issues.
It's not your fault if some people don't trust you.
Other people can’t blame you if you decide not to trust them.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

27 Reasons I'm Grateful on My Birthday

      1.     My Dad and Mom- Thanks for having me. 
      2.     My Sister- It's good to know that I will always have a vigilant angel.
      3.     My Baby Brother- You are my life.
      4.     My Grandparents (Papa, Mama, Nanay, and Tatay (RIP)) - Thoughts of you are so 
            comforting. I so miss being a kid.
      5.     Tita Elaine, Tita Jess, and Tito Jun- Thanks for being my family here in Kuwait. Tito Sam,
            you are always missed.
      6.     My profession- Nursing gives me so much more than I could ever give back.
      7.     My job- I suck at you, I know. I’m sincerely sorry for my incompetence.
      8.     My General Manager- Thank you so much for the early birthday gift. May Allah bless you all
            the days of your life.
      9.     My DDM- Thank you for your patience. My apologies for the inconvenience of being your 
            dental nurse.
10.  My New Abha Farwaniya Family- If an Abha branch is to close down every time we win a contest, we’d be the only clinic left. I can already imagine Randy Jackson saying, “You’re in it to win it!” at our next performance.  It’s not even American Idol season 11 yet.
11.  Kuwait- This is a good place to heal.
12.  Kuwaiti Dinar- I love you and I’m happy with the present exchange rates, but please don’t go any lower. Any increase is in Avenue’s favor anyway, though indirectly, and Friday Market for some.
13.  My REAL friends- One of the hardest things in life is finding lasting friendships. The ones that I have today are pretty solid. Old, new, renewed, “pain-in-the-ass-but-sticks-in-your-butt-no-matter-what”- you guys know who you are.
14.  My Household Sisters and the whole CFC-SFC Kuwait Community- Old faith, NEW perspective. Through all of you, I am able to understand Catholicism in a different light.
15.  My bed, my corner- This is where I sort out all my emotional spaghetti and mental salad so I could come up with a material that is pleasing to your reading palate.
16.  My laptop- This baby never complains.
17.  The Internet- Thank you SO MUCH for obvious reasons. 
18.  Blogspot, YM, Skype, Facebook-  No one's ever too far to reach anymore.
19. Another reason to rejoice! Platinum Hit, American Idol, The Edward Pattinson Saga and many more… I’m gonna DL y’all!
20.  Microsoft Word- You rock a million times more than good ole’ pen and paper. Just spell the words and I shall be… done!
21.  Trials- What doesn’t kill me makes me a better writer.
22.  My flair for writing- I don’t know how to swim, play the keyboards, do karate and just recently, I found out that I can’t blow an effin’ rubber balloon. I gotta be good at something, right? (Please give this one to me…) 
23.  My dream- Writing is my saving grace. Apart from God, this is all I have. This is all I want for myself. (I'm feeling so American Idol, Platinum Hit, and Project Runway right now.)
24.  My readers- Thanks for your time. You do me the favor of either loving or hating what I offer. It’s a pleasure to share to you the pieces of me. It’s all for free. I still have a long way to go before anyone pays a cent for my crap.
25.  My “HERE AND NOW”- I use all the lessons I learned yesterday so I could have a better and brighter tomorrow. Today may not be perfect but it is the BEST for me; It is what God had planned to be.
26.  My Failed Relationships- When I was young, I prayed to God for a good guy who will love me RIGHT. When I was a bit older, I prayed for a respectable man who will love me RIGHTEOUSLY. He answered my prayers twice when He took away what I shouldn’t be having. In exchange, He gave me the ONLY kind of relationship that cannot, in any way, break my heart…
27.  My Personal Relationship with God- Lord, I won’t ever break up with You. I give to You my eternal gratitude for 1-26 and for the millions more not included in this list. Thank You for showing me how to love You RIGHT by loving RIGHTEOUSLY. I fail more often than I could forgive myself for, but Your love is as infallible as I am imperfect. I have found my life partner and best friend in You. Having You IN me is all I will ever need.

Yaaay! Happy Birthday to me. This is my best birthday yet. The future does not only look promising, it is filled with good things to come.   =)

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Monday, September 12, 2011


Gurl makinig ka, me sasabihin ako seo
Naiintindihan ko ang nararamdaman mo
Pang ilang beses na bang iyakan ito
Pati facebook nalilito na sa relationship status mo

Hindi nasasalaminan ang bulag na utak
Walang hearing aid para sa bingi na puso
Hindi ka bobo, hindi ka tanga
Pero Gurl for ur sake, umayos ka

Me gf nang iba, feeling mo 'kaw parin mahal nia
E kung 'kaw love nia, edi sana 'kaw kasama nia
Kahit pa nagtext o nag-pm na namimiss ka nia
Confused na ang lolo, papatulan mo pa ba?

Gamit parin ang old kahit meron nang new number
Hello! Wait ka parin? Me iba na ang iyong ex-caller
Kung nung kau nga, kahit unli di magtext
Ngayon pa kaya na meron na xang ibang ka s*#!

E anu ngayon kung matagal naging kau?
E anu ngayon kung me anak na kau?
Thank God ang five years nio di naging sampu
E kung babies nio ang umabot ng ten, anong gagawin mo?

Kaya tama na sa kakasilip sa profile nia
Para lang ma-hurt pag nakita ang pic nilang magjowa
Wag mo na xang i-add, wag magwait na maconfirm
Pag chinat mo xa, gf ang sumagot, lies pa nia e ma-affirm

Gurl makinig ka, graduate nako sa gan'to
Hindi 'to madali I know, but u'r not in this solo
All you have to do is say that long prayer
At ipanglaban sa gago ang iyong “willpower”

How do you deal with this? Let us count the ways
Family and friends mo naman, there for you always
Mas malapit ang Morato kesa bahay nia. Go party!
O kaya, magshopping ka. Bumili ka ng maraming panty

Lahat ng crushes mo from elem til makapasok ka ng bar
Hanapin mo sa fb. Baka tulad ko, si Destiny (R.I.P.) mo pala ay nasa far
Pwede rin sumali ka sa SFC, baka andun ang iyong 3G (God's Greatest Gift na daw ngayon)
Before you know it, you’ve moved on. Just wait and see

Gurl, gets kita. Iniisip mo suregado “Marami pa ngang iba,
But my gosh naman, nag-iisa lamang xa!”
Natatakot ka lang sigurong hindi ka na muling liligaya
Bakit pa kasi, kung sino nanakit sau, sa kanya ka din sasaya?

Sadyang ganyan ang buhay Gurl, nid mong maging strong
It’s not ur fault if Mr. Right then is now Mr. Wrong
Kung me darating na di uber gwapo pero napapatawa ka
Sige lang. Lucky ka parin. Konting guys lang ang mukang paa

O ano Gurl? Pagod nako. Nakinig ka ba?
Pa-forward na ba tau or backwards parin sa kanya?
Sayang ang oras, ang buhay, at ang ganda
Kung magmamalungkot ka, di ka sasaya.

(taglishkantotextfun by hencel lauren)
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Today is my (favorite) Sister's Birthday

May 29, 2010

Today is my sister's birthday. For the past few years, her birthdays have been celebrated alongside wakes, funerals and death anniversaries. It's a good thing that this year, even though she's a little bit under the weather and I'm not there with them to celebrate with the more expensive plan B (plan A was COOK and celebrate at home), she's in a celebratory mood. Good for her. At least she wouldn't have to get all tired from party preparations to enjoy her day.

We used to have a chaotic sisterhood. We fought all the time, had loud arguments and beat each other blue. When our baby brother was old enough to join in the mess, it meant more migraine episodes for mommy. We had fun though and most of the time, all three of us would just lay around making fun of other people when we're already done picking on each other. It's a good thing we were older when we found out that there's actually this thing called "sibling rivalry" that could potentially ruin our bond until we're like really old, so it's not something that bothered us when we were younger even when other people made comparisons from head to toe within our earshot. In fact, when other people tell her that her nose looks better than mine (obviously), they won't hear any appreciation from her. What they'd get is a counter attack either criticizing their nose or their hair or their weight or whatever it is about them that made them think they were in the position to even open their mouths. It's a good thing to have this relationship with her because it gives you that kind of security that you can't get from anybody else. Of course, there may be some taboo topics for us (e.g. our love lives) but these things need not be discussed for us to know how the other feels. We support each other's decisions in silence and make ourselves available if one needs some diversion. We'd keep a watchful eye on each other but trust that the love that we have for our family is what will keep us from doing anything stupid. It makes me wonder why some sisters busy themselves competing with each other than with other peoples' kids. It's easier to win that way and it makes the competition more fun. Mommy doesn't have to worry because she knows that we have each other's backs and the other teams' divided members can easily be slammed on our marble porch.

Hey Niki! Thank you for 24 years of dirty rooms and hilarious antics. Good luck with your UK plans. I'll support you 100 percent. I'll even buy you a coat. Let's make Dad and Mom proud of their smart, independent, and hardworking single (?) ladies.
P.S.: I know you have a new boy toy. I hope he's better looking and less of an ass this time.

(This was written last year. She's freakin' 25 now. I know what you're thinking. Don't say that to her face. I'm the eldest okay. Yes y'all. I'm OLDER than her. Let's not rub it in. It's her birthday. I love you BIBI.)
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Saturday, September 3, 2011


Forgiveness starts the healing process. Forgiving someone is not giving him an opportunity to hurt you again. It is simply giving yourself another shot at living a pain-free life.
The key to finding your soul mate is to be in the same state of being he's in at a given point in time. That person's energy will match yours and the forces of nature will all conspire to work in your favor. I strive to be happy everyday so I'd get to meet him at his happiest. Happy plus happy equals happiness multiplied a hundredfold. Count that!!!
If someone you love tells you that he will never hurt you, don't count on it because chances are he will. You are your own house. You will always be more vulnerable to the people you let in than the ones who are outside your gate.
Divine Love can heal all types of cuts and bruises.
What you don't know today won't hurt you but if you find out tomorrow, you'll wish you'd known about it yesterday. The pain in not knowing sooner is from the belief that there's something you could've done for things to not be THAT bad. You can't turn back time so why suffer? LET GO. This you can do today so tomorrow you won't regret being miserable about something you couldn’t have done anything about yesterday.
Why do we allow ourselves to be sad if happiness is a more desirable state of being? What is so appealing about misery that we succumb to every now and then? I'm not a sucker for pain but I know better than to pretend I'm okay when I'm really not. I don't let the feeling linger more than it should though. Things can get messy that way. I just pray, write about it, and move on.
Somewhere in The Book you'll find a verse saying, "Ask and it will be given to you". Even at my lowest lows, I don't pray for a perfect life because it's not what I want and I'm gonna make a wild guess that it's not what He has in mind for me either. In all our conversations, there's just this constant unspoken prayer: "Hold my hand and make me tougher as You allow these trials."
There is no better way to love God than by loving your unrighteous neighbor righteously.
When we look back at how we've lived, plenty of what-ifs surface. The thing about the "unlived life" is that it can only be imagined. Regret is something that we put upon ourselves for a lot of reasons EXCEPT to help us go further on in peace. Allow one good memory save you from it, then let go. Let a happy life be the "lived life" for you.
Sometimes people lie to you not because they think YOU can't handle the truth but because THEY can't.
Faith is not what it is until it is lived. Love is not what it is until it is executed in all righteousness. Hope for a better life and a better you can only be found in Him.
Focus on the right things in life and you won't go wrong.
If you want to make your life simpler, don't avoid drama. Complications arise from not dealing with what has to be dealt with.
Let the Lord in all His greatness squeeze Himself inside your heart suturing kit.
When you feel like your life is a big fiasco, don't fret. In the end, when everything has fallen perfectly into their right places, you will realize you did nothing wrong. God made you and planned your life ahead of you. He makes no mistakes.
When you feel like you're going the wrong way, let God take the steering wheel. If at some point you feel like He's taking you somewhere you don't want to go, just shut up and don't be a backseat driver. Trust Him, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
The good things in life are worth the wait.
The fix for a broken trust- love and understanding. For everything else, there's forgiveness.
When things are beyond your control, it means God is. Just let Him do His thing. He'll explain everything to you later.
If today indeed is the end of the world, I have no worries. It's not like there's anywhere else to go and anything you can do. I'm just gonna thank the Lord for the life that I had, the family that He gave me, the friends who added fun to my otherwise monotonous existence, and the people who have hurt me to show me HOW to love righteously the people who matter.
We're all the same in the sense that we're all different.
After a heartbreak, give your heart a break.
PUNCH- Hency's term for a short sentence that conveys a profound insight in a straightforward manner.
I'd rather be friends with Sadness than marry Regret.
If you feel like you've lost yourself, look for God and He'll tell you how to find you.
If a relationship is DOA, then DNR.
Anyone can break your heart but only you can crush your own spirit.
Love can be a lot of things but it is never selfish.
The easiest thing to do in the world is to love but reality complicates it.
If you don't love God, you can't love yourself and if you don't love you, you can't love anyone else.
a) Bitter Solitude b) Sweet Lies c) Bland Silence
Sleep is a temporary state of calmness before you open your eyes to see the chaos that awaits.
Mental Salad and Emotional Spaghetti don't make a great meal.
The Lord is the wind beneath my broken wings.
When something is too good to be true, chances are IT IS.
If God will always give us what we want, we'll only receive a quarter of His blessings.
June 12, 2011- Today is Philippine Independence Day. I hope that even in the midst of seemingly irreversible third world misery, every Filipino will take some time to appreciate this freedom we're having and be convinced that we are better off today than any other time in history.
God gave us hearts so He can talk to us and brains so we could teach our hearts to listen.
Everything is a blessing. Sometimes, you just don't know it yet.
Open your heart to the endless possibilities of life and you'll have lesser frustrations and disappointments.
Trust is like a piece of glass. We all know what happens when it breaks.
Life is too short to wait for somebody else to grow up.
CHANGE is a process that starts with a decision and made possible by will.
Life is always easier if you don’t care but no one is exempted from the complications brought about by not caring.
A person is not defined by the things that he does but by the pureness of his heart.
If you think you're not pretty, look at yourself the way God looks at you and you will never feel ugly again.
Humans have claimed the right to distinguish what is normal from not and being abnormal when it comes to matters of the heart is what's normal.
Life is too short to hold grudges against people who don't care about your personal happiness.
Sometimes, the only way to be in someone's life forever is to be the lesson he will never forget.
To be at peace with the past, one must be grateful for the present.
Sometimes, you gotta do something stupid to get smarter.
May the respect gained in sameness remain even when differences are recognized.
God, You complete me.
Each day is an opportunity to make your life better.
My existence is proof of YOUR existence.
You are only as strong as your faith in God.
A lot of people are sad because instead of counting their blessings, they wallow in their sorrows.
You have the power to make your life easier so don't make it harder than it already is.
Love's what's left after all that's been said and done.
If you wait for your life to become perfect to be happy, you’ll never be.
Your heart is tougher than you think and you are stronger than you can imagine.
Sometimes, what we think as the best option at the moment could give us our worst problems in the future.
The unknown can be scary because it disrupts routine but if you welcome it or simply let it happen, you'll find out that it is something you can get used to.
You find love in the strangest places and lose it in unexpected ways.
It's sad to think that one person's ideology can kill many, but all I can do from where I am is to reflect on mine and pray for Norway.
Time spent meddling with other people's lives could've been for fixing yours.
We cannot judge a person's way of coping as right or wrong because when the same thing happens to us, we realize that there is no right or wrong way of coping.
Being with someone you can’t trust is like having a blunt and rusty “stainless steel” can opener inside your kitchen drawer- POINTLESS. Throw it and get a new one.
Continue dreaming and finding ways to make them come true. However your life will be, whether you end up getting everything that you’ve worked hard for or lose more than what you were willing to sacrifice, you are still a winner for you’ve become tougher and better. The fact that you didn't just sit around and wait for your soul's death is what makes you worthy of life.
However our lives are today, there is always something better in store for us. We just have to work our way through to get there. We may feel like we're out of time or it's okay to chill a bit, but we should never stop.
Bad things happen to us every day and when you've been handed more than you can handle, you'll say your day sucked. My day sucked, yeah, but it's fine. God didn't promise sunshine every day. Even if tomorrow isn't any better, at least I know I am.
When sleep doesn't come as fast as I need it to, I don't count sheep. I'd count my blessings instead and wake up from a dreamless and restful slumber the next day.
True love transcends changes, places, and time. If yours didn't survive those challenges, it should be enough that you both had the strength needed to brave the risks in the beginning. You have loved simply by supporting each other's individual growth, even if it had to mean being physically apart, and you still continue to do so by letting each other go.
There's so much to write about, like in music where the melodies that can be created are endless.
Even if you avoid everything that may drag you to where you don't want to be, it doesn't mean you won't end up there. Just trust God and believe that a good life is for you. Even if you are in the middle of the least favorable situation you could possibly be in, you are still loved. Have faith, be patient, and see...
A lot of people seem to have a clear idea on how others should live their lives but none about how they should live their own.
I THINK: Good things happen to good people because they deserve it. Bad things happen to good people to make them tougher. Good things happen to bad people because their time is yet to come. Bad things happen to bad people because they don't change.
We ask ourselves all the time why we're here. I was done asking when I realized that our reason for living is our birth. We were brought into this world to fulfill a destiny, to walk a certain path, to take on a role that is for us alone.
Nobody is everybody's favorite person.
3 things to do when you're Sad: 1) Admit it. 2) Do something about it. 3) Win... and be Happy about it.
Fact: Nobody goes through life smoothly. Why? Coz' life's rough.
Life is a never-ending journey with countless highs and ups and downs and lows. Walk with God and no misstep, wrong turn, or detour will derail you. You won't get lost, you get to enjoy His constant company, and it will all just be a whole lot of fun.
Dancing frees the soul. It can also ease the pain of a broken heart.
Some people will pull you down a little above their level so that they can step on you as they go up. The best thing to do is to show them how to lift their arms up and take a hold of God's strong hands so He can pull them from where they are. That way, both of you won't have to get stuck down there.
When your feelings seem to be getting the better of you, call on the Lord. God is stronger than any negative emotion. I'm pissed but I'll be fine in 5...4...3...2.....
Our lies trap us in a world of deceit and pretentiousness and there is only one thing that can set us free. What is it? You can make a wild guess.
There are 3 things about God I'm absolutely positive about:
1) He is good. 2) He is powerful. 3) He loves me unconditionally.
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