November 14, 2015: A Day of Planted Hope
It was a long trek up to the famous “Devil Mountain”, but the goal is not to reach the summit but to plant these seedlings that will soon become trees. It was a collaborative effort between companies and non-government organization called “Haribon”. It was one of the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever been to.
Why include this on my list? I believed it’s the little things humans do that will make a difference. My little thing is to plant these little seedlings and hope that if someone will be able to see the full-grown tree that I’ve planted, he/she/they will be reminded that small acts really makes a difference and they will be encouraged to plant one too.We only have one earth to live and it does good to mother Earth to pamper her while you still can and have time.
May 24,2015: A Day Of A Beautiful Disaster
According to U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 113-97, Mount Pinatubo was the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula, and by far the largest eruption to affect a densely populated area, which occurred in the Philippines on June 15, 1991.
It was nostalgic being here, although I wasn’t able to witnessed this tragic event, just hearing the stories of our guide of what happened that very day made me shiver. I am glad that I have seen it’s beauty after the eruption, it was so serene but the consequences of this catastrophe were felt far and wide and those buried by lahars will be out of use for years to come.
August 16, 2015: A Day Of Unveiling Yourself
I was happy to cross out one of my bucket list courtesy of my good friends. It’s often said that people are reflections of their closest friends in many ways, you can draw conclusions from that, but I can say that the people closest to you know how to make you feel special: one way is to make a portrait of YOU using their creative mind and hands.
It might not be the best version of portrait that I’ve seen, but it will be the best suitable portrait of myself thinking that it is made by the people closest to me.The people whom I often share the beauty, wonders and colors of my life.
March 21, 2015: A Day of Exploration
This was not the first time I have entered a cave but this was the longest time I have spent in cave and braved the narrow holes to fit ourselves.This is my first to explore the beauty of such and I never thought that big, long and dark place has amazing things to offer. It is a 3-4 hours of endless walk in a rocky surface, go through holes, soak through waters.We were a sweaty, sticky mess as we saw the light on the other tunnel of the cave but really worth it.
Spelunking both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves is indeed a test of patience and endurance to finish and reach the end.I guess I’ll go caving again at some point, but not too soon.
January 28, 2015: A Day To Save Lives
It has been said that, 1 blood donation can save up to 3 lives, but it takes one qualified donor to make it happen.And so, the day has come when finally, I was able to donate my own blood.
I was anemic during my high school years, that is why on my first attempt to donate, I was rejected. I thought I wouldn’t have the chance, but as I try it again, I made it to the screening and the doctor said, I was already eligible to do it now.The experience is quite painful ( I won’t elaborate it anymore ), but I will surely do it again and again.
Donate your BLOOD for a reason, let the reason be LIFE.
‘’ Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’’ I’ve been searching for the author of this famous quote but I failed. I admire that ANONYMOUS author for saying this words but I personally think that for the most of us this isn’t true, because in reality words are like swords .It cannot literally cut you into pieces but deep down it can terribly leave stain on our soul. I think the quote could have been more realistic if it stated like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but WORDS hurt a lot more than getting beat.”
I believe that the words we utter have the power over life and death; it can build enough high esteem as high as the clouds but destroy to the point of ending a life. At one point in our lives I believe that majority of us have been hurt by the words spoken to us and we profoundly remember it up to now. Maybe you already forgiven the person, but you remember vividly the WORDS that he or she says about you (believe me, I know!).If words can only kill, I have died many times by now. My point is, we all need to be more responsible in the way we speak and what kind of words do we speak unto others because you never really know when your words can have an impact to somebody’s life.
So, be careful in every word you say, sometimes we speak spontaneously and we forgot how to pause. And at the end of it, you just caught yourself asking, “Did I just say that to him or to her? But it’s too late because the damage has been done before you realize it.
Today, I encourage you to choose your words wisely; speak the truth, speak blessings, and speak hope! Choose to speak LIFE with the words you say! Just what like the proverbs say, “Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
I am always thinking of what my epitaph will be when I die, and so I immediately goggled for it to find some examples of great epitaphs and then I noticed that after their famous line right under it, there lies the years of their existence and between those numbers there stands a “DASH”. And it hit me right there that instead of thinking of that line, I should give more importance to that “dash”. Today, I decided that from this day forward I will be a pursuer in living my DASH well.
Right now, if you cannot find meaning in your life or how to live it, it is your responsibility as a human being to create it. Some people are seeking the meaning of it and failed to answer it, because they always think that it is a noun that needs meaning in to it. Some even died without really knowing how to live it, because they only thought that it is a noun. Some lived to exist and haven’t had the experience of being alive. So, you must know first what is your purpose is because that will serve as your guide in living your “DASH”, that should go beyond life’s inequities. It is not enough to live it but to live it RIGHT, it is the greatest reward that you can have. Just what like the Psalmist says,’’ So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” This is also my prayer today, A HEART OF WISDOM to live my dash according to HIS will.
DASH will always serve as the bridge that connects your cradle to your grave. And bridge was an epic achievement! It is where life transcends! So tell me my friend, what is your DASH all about? I hope you lived a dash you’re proud of because your DASH will speak the loudest when your life is over.
It becomes customary for everyone, or at least most of us to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. We see things in our lives with which we are not satisfied, and we decided that this new year we are going to make changes. Very often the resolutions that we make center simply in self-improvement and for whatever will make us FEEL better. And most of the time it focuses on our own glory.
I am guilty of making resolutions too. I mean who doesn’t want to have better year or better results? I believe that we humans are always looking forward for better days and better version of ourselves. I have nothing against making resolutions, I do tolerate it but for the past 3 years, I’ve come up to a BETTER way to have this and indeed I got results that are far way better than having my resolutions before. We called it FAITH GOALS .Resolutions is about resolving things that you haven’t succeeded the last year on the other hand, faith goals is having list of goals rooted in FAITH. It may consist of your personal, career, family goals and etc.( the more detailed it is, the better).Having your own faith goals, it makes you ACT more in FAITH, pray more and makes you HOPE–it is more than simply longing for something that it might happen, but it is a confident and assurance that it will happen. It might not come within the year but it will surely happen in its perfect time as long as you have the right motive in having it. And as you act upon it in FAITH it will also be nurtured in prayer, not just by you but by your partners in hand.
By the end of the year, you will be delighted how many in your list have been crossed out. There may be times that you won’t have a 100% accomplished goals, but it will enable you to act more, trust more, pray more, wait more patiently and stretch more of your faith!
November 5, 2012: A Day Hitting On The Trail
“IT IS WORTH IT!’’: these are the words that I uttered upon looking the majestic waterfalls before me. It is really a very tiring hike, but it is well worth the effort once you’ve reach your destination. I never thought that I could make it to the top because the way up there is so challenging and my bare feet can’t seem to handle it any longer.
Why I include this in my list? It is for me to learn the art of perseverance. No matter how hard the journey is, you must keep moving forward, the harder the course the more rewarding it is in the end. I can relate it to LIFE itself. We might get tired sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop. We should keep going through because there is more to life than being complacent and stagnant. We don’t know what our full potential may be if we won’t take risk. In the end, it is still the journey that counts the most.