Under the Potipot Sun

20160621_052531 (1)We left home very early  on June 22nd for a road trip in Zambales to witness the sunrise, buy fresh seawater catch for the day and swim.

I was never a morning person. In fact, I love to sleep all throughout the day, if possible. Moreover, I only get to spend a month in a year in the country so I try to make everything count. Imagine my excitement to see the magnificent Philippine sunrise on our way to Zambales!

The picture above was taken at a petrol station in Subic. I could not remember the place but I think it is called “The Bar.” It was that time King Sun peeked through the cloudy morning. What a beautiful view! Continue reading

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Breaking the chains of Apathy

248769_318723208232720_678404428_nWe have our own personal fights in life, most of which are just hard to explain, others are just unbearable aside from sickness, poverty, political issues, safety and security, surviving discrimination. Yes, the list may go on.

I am one of the millions of individuals who have remotely witnessed how violence and terrorism brought down one country to another.

Yes, issues of unlimited terror pile up globally, causing fear and anxiety amongst us. Who would have thought, that attending a concert, or just enjoying your night-walk in a familiar place, could be the next day’s cover news all over media because shooters and bombers went out for their kill? How can you imagine that a killer bomb would disturb your regular prayer time in your place of worship? On the other hand, that, spending time watching your kids play football in the stadium would be a day of terror because a bomber detonates his device.

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Buried Treasures are always ready for Rediscovery

Too obsessed you can say but I am one of those who are living a lot more on a routine basis. It is not always a happy day but not terribly boring. It is just enough, for myself, that is. I do not fancy big parties, big crowd and malls. Not that I am timid but I find enjoyment with the company of few but close friends. Introverts like me find solitude extremely rewarding.

So one of the “boring” personal errands I enjoy is cleaning mailboxes. Yes, it is this time of the year when I normally clean my inbox, delete those unwanted emails, unsubscribe to marketing emails and just empty the trash folder.  And while I greatly appreciate Google’s email 15GB free mailbox capacity, the strong need to clean up mailboxes is just one of my obsessions.

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A woman’s told tale

Lola mama and the cuties

Lola mama and the cuties

Recently, I was very vocal about growing up, growing old and childless. I don’t mind actually because it is something I cannot control of. Instead, I treat it a matter of accepting my personal or biological limitations I should say. Being childless these days isn’t new. In fact, many career-oriented women may not conceive in their early 30s or if they even bring a child in the family, it would be in their early 40s, the sooner would be 24. As compared to generations ago, being a young mom is an achievement to ladies of the society. But I was not always like this. Continue reading

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Respect: Is it really that Costly?

We are living in an apathy-fuelled society where social norms are mandated by those who has “power.”
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Is it not interesting to note how others force you to “respect” them because they instigate fear?

Yes, there are just too many individuals who think that they are so powerful that would buy respect from people: crooked politicians, individuals engaged in terrorism, self-proclaimed leaders who knows nothing about proper management, etc.

Respect is when you highly regard someone because of his qualities. When you respect a person, you voluntarily protect his reputation without any coercion. But did you know that respect is not just about how you show it to another person but is something innate?

At times, we are are guilty of disrespecting others without even knowing it. Like me, you too may have fallen short sometimes:

1.  Household respect
The smallest unit of our society is family. Husbands and wives alike are encouraged to show respect at all times, in and out of the house.

There may be countless arguments but do you resolve the issues before you both go to bed? Or do you sleep on these issues and let pride take over your logic? Do you even share your so-called wrath to the world and broadcast it via social media, allowing people you think are your sympathisers to join you in your vigil?Are you happy that critics malign your partner whom you swore to protect all your life?

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Learning Vulnerability the Subtle Way

Had there been an instance when you almost gave in to vulnerability?
Dance-in-the-Rain  I am sure that you too had reached to a point where the words “I can’t do this anymore” were uttered bluntly. But who would not really feel exhausted when all you have is routine and apathy surrounding you?

Yes, we tend to be vulnerable when we reach the breaking point, when the problem is too overwhelming and that solution seems to be impossible. Compromises will come as you go along and as you try to stand up. But if you are like those who quickly learn from these mistakes, I am very sure that you can easily make amends with your past in order to move forward.

Life is full of surprises as they say. We have all the means to either learn towards success or just embrace failures. True, it is not always easy to move forward when caught up in a terrible situation especially if you do not have a strong support system. You may have shared your sad stories to others whom you considered “friends,” in hopes you will get their support. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, others may judge you, treat your vulnerability as your permanent weakness and show you how hopeless you could be. In this situation, would you just give in to your vulnerability? What would you do differently? 
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Woman at Work: Appreciation

1c62059056a8b8805e5c74860a45bde7As part of the growing workforce, women’s contribution to the economy is unbelievable. And unless a company is an exclusive “all gents” only, the female workforce can be anything between 15 to 50 percent, could be more.

There are numerous comparative studies done in work productivity for men and women, multitasking included. It is interesting to note that women are better in multitasking than men as per the journal BMC Psychology, full details can be read here.

One admirable thing about women, is their ability to juggle tasks in between tasks, and still able to come up with good results. When these tasks multiply and the pressure to finish work escalates, in general, women’s capabilities to prioritize, organize and get things done is always commendable.

Can you think of any perfect example but that of a working mother? Well, I am sure you have read tons of journals, articles and feature how a mom juggles her time between work and family in order to not compromise anything. Continue reading

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