OK. This page is divided into four parts: life, romance, prayers and writing. Come here if you don’t want to read a long piece. Or if you prefer a shorter piece.

LIFE

  • It is full of waiting, this life. But it is in waiting that we learn from falling leaves, see shapes in the clouds, and notice tiny worlds under the radiant sun.
  • It is confusing, sometimes. You know that God loves you, but you don’t know why He doesn’t seem to give you what you believe you really need. You know you’re doing your part. You know you’re giving it all. But maybe you got it wrong somewhere, and God seems to be infinitely patient with fulfilling His greater plans. So here you are, trying to be optimistic, grateful, and strong. But for some reason, you can’t sustain a good mind and a patient heart. Still, you try. Each day is a crawl forward. You squint at the distance, trying to make something out of the blurred images of your future. You move forward. Sometimes, you leap. Sometimes, you stop to rest. Sometimes, you move an inch forward. But it is always, always forward. There is no other way, no other direction. It is confusing, but at least you are sure that God loves you. And haven’t you realized? How can you know, even just a hint, what forward is if He isn’t telling you?
  • When you feel like you’re out of gas, out of flame, out of a reason to keep going, look at the heavens and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.
  • It is when you see that it’s your only hope that you’ll be working and toiling, no matter how much you sweat or how bad you bleed, just to reach that certain level of safety.
  • Sometimes, all God has to see is your willingness to let go. It’s when you open your hands that you show that you’re ready to receive.
  • Your strength comes from the things that you fill your heart and mind with. Choose these things well.
  • Quiet your mind. When you’re too busy living in your mind, you aren’t truly living. Oh just breathe deeply… Close your eyes and cherish the nothingness. Then promise yourself that when you open your eyes again, you’ll try to see more. It’s a beautiful world. Be in awe of little things. Help your mom. Talk to your dad. Hug your dog. Whatever. But wherever you are, enjoy the life you can only claim once.
  • Enjoy where you are. Sometimes, I forget that life is happening now. Life hasn’t lifted the pen. The scribbling continues. The story isn’t done yet.
  • If you yourself don’t believe in YOU, it’ll be extra hard to convince people that you can do it. Just make that mind shift, and win it.
  • I wonder which one is right: Is it you choosing your place, or is it the place that chooses you?
  • If it’s all that you have, it’s better to be so good at it. If you do it everyday, it’s better to master it. And if you’re going to have it forever, it’s better to accept it.
  • Have that discipline to throw away things that don’t help you.
  • It’s all about perspective. Life may be ugly for you, but beauty is subjective. All you know you have for sure now is yourself (and everything that comes with it). So today, have an inner strength – that kind that made Nelson Mandela or Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa who they are. Change your mind, and you change your world.
  • Sometimes, what makes it fun is the hint of uncertainty. When you’re not sure, you got to wait for the surprises.
  • There are still questions, but I think I’ve grown accustomed to them. Answering them used to be my aim, but I realized some things are not in my hands, that some of them answer themselves on their own. Oh I know, I’ll never run out of questions. But though they used to confuse me, now they make me live today and look forward to seeing tomorrow.
  • I observed that people look best when they’re concerned or when they show that they care, or when they are genuinely happy, or even when they’re hurt because they loved. And I think people look best that way because they look…fresh from heaven.
  • They say it’s empty to be on top. It makes you feel good for a moment then it’s gone. The effect vanishes, and what will be left for you are solely responsibilities. It’s a different thing when you bring love to the top, though. It’s heaven.
  • When minutes, hours and days pass, they disintegrate. Everything then becomes new. That’s the beauty of life – it’s always fresh.
  • This day will never come again. So wherever you are and wherever you will be, it’s best to do everything to make this day great. If you make a mistake, then you’ve learned something new. If you feel scared or anxious about something you have to do, whisper a prayer. God is sooo strong in your weakness. And if you’re worried that someone might get mad or disappointed at you, then let her/him be. It shall pass. Cherish the breeze amidst the warm day. Enjoy each bite. Refresh yourself with cold water. Feel good about who you are, what you wear, and where you imagine yourself to be in the future. Thank the heavens because it’s always there. Make this day great, for it will never come again.
  • What matters is what God thinks about you. And the world? It changes, fades, and starts anew.
  • Your dream sits on top of the staircase. You can see it. And each day, you’re overexcited to get there and pick it up. You have planned well. And your plan stays just as a plan for days. Then weeks. Then months. Today, you’re still at the bottom of the staircase, beaming at that thing ahead of you but not with you. It’s a pathetic scene. Friend, take a step. Climb, slide, bear a wound. It’s OK to make mistakes. But oh boy, JUST DO IT NOW.
  • It’s not about the facts you hold, but how you work on the facts you know.
  • I do not easily initiate interactions with a child unlike other child-lovers. Not that I’m not interested but because I’m quite afraid. I don’t know. I just feel like being rejected by a pure, innocent soul is something.
  • Eyes. Take care of the eyes that have seen the world. Or those that have seen a world you will never know.
  • You learn it better when you not only hear or read the words, but see it before your eyes, or feel it, and realize it yourself.
  • Treat your tasks as people. You got to spend quality time with each of them – not attend to them just to get rid of them.
  • Do not let the ocean of possibilities paralyze you. Make one decision and stand by that with all your heart.
  • Do not waste yourself. Don’t waste your time hiding and brooding over the questions you cannot find answers yet. Instead think of what your precious hands can do for someone now, where your strong legs can bring you now, and how much information you need to feed your mind so you can create something novel and useful for others. Keep moving. Trudge hills. Shuffle when your feet are already hurting. Crawl if you have to. But keep doing something. Give even when you feel selfish. Serve even when your limbs feel heavy. Love in any way you know you can even when you feel like you’re empty. It’s not solely about where you are, anyway. It’s what you’re doing. It’s where you’re going. It’s being. God placed you there not only for you. The world needs you, so please… Do not waste yourself.
  • What happened yesterday already disintegrated into nothingness. And you know what’s left? You. Who are you now?
  • I’m sharing my insights because it might be useful for somebody. If I’d only keep them for myself, I might just waste them.
  • You want more friends? Think about this: everybody wants a joyful world. Make your world joyful, so people would want to be in it.
  • Some people are too much to handle, and by too much, I meant either pitch darkness or blinding light.
  • You’re not dumb or disabled. If you don’t know something, it only means you haven’t decided to learn it yet. If you’re getting things wrong, it means you haven’t decided to make it right yet.
  • It’s when I have less that I can see more.
  • Your job is to be kind to people. Not to teach them how to think the way you do.
  • Peace is a decision. Often, it only takes one deep breath, an accepting attitude, and trust to the God of the universe.
  • It’s your honest self that possesses wisdom.
  • Sometimes we hide because we want peace. Other times, it’s because we’re planning to start again.
  • I think Disney wants children to believe that everything’s possible. Ariel got legs. Snow White rose from the dead. Rapunzel got out of a doorless castle. So you see, the Disney world isn’t perfect at all. I guess, what makes it look perfect is how the princesses remained loving, beautiful and graceful despite their world’s ugliness.
  • Keep your eyes fixed on higher things.
  • And as you grow older, you no longer want people to admire you but to love you.
  • Food lover: Pancakes, butter, apple and cinnamon. I wish morning is always this refreshingly sweet.
  • Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by our weakness, too much that we refuse to look at our potential greatness – so we keep it hidden, trapped and ignored.
  • Don’t run too fast time. You’re not chasing after anything, are you?
  • It’s not about you. It’s about your story.
  • Whatever fades or changes isn’t worthy to be a definition.
  • I zoom out, looking from a top view, whenever I want to see what doesn’t matter. I dig deep, lying on my deathbed, whenever I want to see what matters.
  • What they think about you is just their idea. You are, however, the concrete form of what you think about yourself.
  • Never let anything defeat you. That’s just another set of dishes to be washed. That’s just your mother asking you to love her more. That’s just a lesson plan. It isn’t even worthy to be your limitation.
  • Don’t be afraid that you might lose it. Whatever is God-given will come out when needed.
  • New Year’s Resolutions: Even though it’s uncomfortable, do it. Do it until it becomes part of your system.
  • Flap, flap, flap! You got to flap your wings if you want to fly.
  • Watch out. Never ever wish your day to go faster. It’s a sign that you won’t be cherishing it.
  • There is an endless road towards your idea of gorgeousness. Don’t dare it lest you’ll only get ugly and all artificial along the way – worst, for the rest of your life.
  • You want to be successful? Let nothing be too hard for you. Do it. Or just do it afraid.
  • Stretch his mind lest he won’t see how far it could reach.
  • Do whatever you want with your life. Let’s see how good your choices are.
  • I know where I am standing. I don’t need everyone to understand. As long as my intentions are clear, I am set in the right place.
  • I don’t want to live in anger or make anger my motivation in any endeavor. I shrink whenever I realize how simple things can be…and that I have a choice.
  • You should put in mind that the prodigal son made the initiative to come back home. If you have sinned, don’t just hide in a corner and let your shame eat you. Stand up and decide to make things better. That’s the right attitude. Choose healing. Reconcile and allow yourself to be loved. Remember, no matter how far you’ve gone, you can always go back home.
  • I believe proving yourself to have a big heart weighs more than proving yourself to be better in any other way.
  • Pain, no matter how great, will fade. Don’t let it paralyze you. Keep on walking ’cause there’s a better life ahead.
  • Perhaps, I’d be willing to endure so much pain for a certain time if that means I’d no longer feel the same pain ever afterwards.
  • Only when you learn to pass through walls can you get to Atlantis. Do the impossible and you’ll get the impossible.
  • Are you okay? You can be. You will be. Think about it. It’s a good life! The bumpy road, the zigzags, the sulky parts and the pristine ones, everything! Everything is just making this journey fantastic.
  • Don’t be ashamed or feel embarrassed. The thing is, what others think of you, whether good or bad, doesn’t really matter to them. Just like you, what matters more to them is what you think about them.
  • Don’t ever wonder why you never get satisfied. You see, you’ve been simply getting things from the wrong sources.
  • I hope you’ll learn to throw away what’s not good for you even those that temporarily make you happy. Oh, life is precious!
  • You can never be perfect, yes. But you can at least try to be better, you know.
  • Not feeling anything doesn’t make you any stronger.
  • The fact is we’re always running out of time. We wake up each day closer to our end. If your time is important for you, you wouldn’t exhaust it to something less important.
  • It’s when you truly realized that you are a human that you’ll start looking at others as humans too.
  • The only potential difference between a bright idea and another bright idea is that one was materialized while the other remained as an idea.
  • My happiest days are always Saturdays and Sundays. Okay. Now, I got to work on adding Mondays, then Tuesdays, then Wednesdays, and so on.
  • Never settle for anything less. And “less,” remember, is how you define it.
  • Being better at work does not necessarily make you a better person.
  • Learn all you can now! Every moment is unique. Don’t miss what it is teaching you because once it passes, you can never have everything that came with it ever again.
  • Just keep on throwing wise words. What matters is someone, even just one, would catch it.
  • Everything’s fine as long as you think everything is.

ROMANCE

  • And then it all crumbled, as if I was shaken awake from a dream. And I’m glad it did. Because in dreams, we cannot control ourselves.
  • It might seem slow, but it could be in the right pacing. Patience. This might be way better than we know.
  • I’m giving it a chance. And while I’m at it, know that I’m trusting you.
  • Sometimes, the world suddenly gets blurred from too much joy, and you wish you care about nothing else save that one that makes you happy.
  • The way I behold you may change, but the fact that I once found you utterly adorable will remain forever.
  • The mind forgets, but not the heart. It still pumps fast when you’re around.
  • I dread evenings because I still see you in my dreams.
  • If you’d know me, will you love me?
  • It’s been an unrequited love for me. I am probably unlovable whenever I desire too much. I get crazy when I desire too much. Nobody wants crazy.
  • It was truth right before my eyes – when the spotlight fell on you, you became unreachable.
  • It’s a pity, I have to wake up stifled by your memory in my subconscious. But that’s just part of moving on, so I let it pass.
  • I like that you wear that faded shirt, or that you use shoes that protect your feet. I like that your gentleness doesn’t make you less masculine. And the fact that you’re still shy in spite of all that you are now means you’re a humble man.
  • I don’t want to remember you, but whenever I look back, I see you. You are an image that’s suppressed, blocked and disregarded but never unwanted. The problem is you’re too adorable, it’s already an instinct for me to like you.
  • In love, the goal is endless; we can never perfect it. Love won’t make you stop working, reaching and desiring.
  • Choose someone who falls in love with your core.
  • Nothing is too small when it comes to the matters of the heart.
  • For a while, I wished I did not empathize for I felt his deep regret. T’was a torture between sympathy and anger. Nevertheless, I can no longer bring him home. My doors are already fast close, sealed with pain. I cannot accept those unfamiliar bits of bliss he now keeps. I cannot accept that blemished memory he willingly initiated. I cannot accept these for they distorted everything that made us…and I’m grateful. Finally, it is the end for both of us and the sun rises for us to officially start anew.
  • Let’s not meet today, today when things aren’t stable yet. Not now when I’m still so thin because I lost appetite. Not now when my skin is still dry because I’ve been walking along streets for hours. Not now when I haven’t put back all the pieces of me together again. Not now when the signs of my struggle are still apparent. I don’t want you to misconstrue it as my defeat. I struggle, so I’m still alive.
  • Be afraid. Be afraid when you know you want something to stay with you and you’re not doing your best to keep it. Be afraid for when you lose it, rest assured, you’ll find no one else to blame but yourself.
  • I think I’m no longer afraid of losing you for I’ve already lost you many times.
  • Whenever I lose my grip on the stem of my rose, I feel how life can be way better, not getting hurt by its thorns. Sometimes, I just want to lose my grip forever. Sometimes, I think that tulips are better than roses . . . if only I have one.
  • You are an ocean, and I don’t understand your waves.
  • Flaws should prove love, not hinder it.

PRAYERS

  • Maybe, there really is no such thing as alone. It only takes one look at the heavens, one song of praise, and one honest prayer to remember an always-present God.
  • I don’t understand a lot of things, Lord, but I know that someday I will. It’s waiting season again. And You’ve already shown me how waiting seasons can’t be forever.
  • Sometimes before you ask anything from God, especially in your desperate moments, you have to remember first His magnificence. See how beautiful the sky is, how huge the mountains are, and how He has worked for others and in your life in the past. Then you can say, “Lord, You can do anything. But if You want – oh, Lord, if You want – You can give this to me…”
  • Don’t let me forget You, Lord. Don’t let Your beauty slip from my mind.
  • In Your presence, Lord, I can be anyone. I can be anyone and not be worried about the possibility of You not loving me for what I like, or what I think, or what I did. I am comfortable with You, Lord, and I wish to have the same presence as Yours.
  • It’s when you feel lost that you have to hold God’s hand tight, for He alone knows exactly where this journey ends.
  • People come and go, and things always change. But it’s okay. It’s okay as long as Jesus stays.
  • Amidst the city – cars whizzing by, noisy construction, dirt, workload, running time – is You. You are the tranquility I find in my deep breaths, in my pauses for meditating on ma-ra-na-tha, and in the flicker of hope that everything will go well this year because I don’t have to put everything on my shoulders…for You are God. And I’m letting You. I want to know You more, Lord.
  • I was in a jeep one morning, heading to work. I sat beside the driver’s seat, for it was the only space available. It was nice to see a gloomy sky amidst a raging summer season. That’s why I couldn’t help but look at the sky. And then suddenly, I felt like marveling at how God designed everything in a way that it’s of use to the world – like ecology. But in retort to myself, I surmised that perhaps, God wasn’t just thinking of “use” when He created everything – that He actually thought of a design of His own liking such as fire could be fluid but it isn’t! Then I took a deep breath, savoring the warmth of the idea that…God created everything lovingly. In His hands. Just as joyfully sculptors, painters, writers, and others do with their work of art, God was smiling, gazing and deliberately shaping every detail when He created the world. And me. Oh who am I that You hold me so dearly, Lord?
  • Will it matter in heaven?
  • What can I do for the heavens, Lord?
  • I read in a book that to love is to wish heaven for someone. I reflected on it and wondered who are the people I want to be with in heaven.
  • Sometimes, I feel the fear of being judged as a hypocrite, too religious, or someone who forces her belief to people whenever I post something about God on social media. But why shouldn’t I share them? Why shouldn’t I share a thought that brought me peace, a picture that reminded me of happiness, or a verse or a line that told me how to love?
  • It’s already a prayer to just look into Your eyes and let You into mine. And me, just feeling Your presence. Or not. But probably, just believing that You are there. And that You love me.
  • I am unworthy, but I choose to let God’s unconditional love to be magnified.
  • Obedience. What do You want me to do, Lord.
  • Lord, make me see you when I search the heavens.
  • Lord, help me to stop desiring things that aren’t supposed to be mine.
  • Today, at the Feast, I learned that we easily fall in love with what seems to be perfect. The thing is, nothing’s perfect in this world. That beauty we so adore is just a hint of God. This only proves that that empty space in our hearts which solely God can fill really exists. So, no matter how hard we try to make that something-close-to-perfect fit in that space, it won’t. He/she/it isn’t God, so it just won’t.
  • If our source of love is God, we can never run out of it. We only get tired, but not empty. We only get broken, but not demolished. So if we know we have the right source, let’s not be afraid to stretch ourselves to love because that’s how we get better at it.
  • That touch of perfection – that’s God.
  • I may not understand everything Lord, but You do. I shall be at peace because You do.
  • I realized we don’t have to ask God all the time. If we got to decide about something we can fully control, it means He wants us to take over. It’s like asking God, “What do You think?” and He answers back, “You? What do you think?” God trusts us that much, He knows we’ll stay in love with Him wherever we go.
  • It is in the silence that you can hear your heart…each beat, each pump of blood. God is in you and He’s keeping you alive.
  • I believe You have great plans for me, Lord. I, though, do not know exactly what they are or what I shall specifically do to fulfill them. I leave these things in Your hands, Lord. Take the lead. As for me, the best I could aim for is to make You smile.
  • All I want each day is for Your will to be fulfilled, O Lord. That way, whatever happens, I’d feel secured that everything’s just part of Your great plan.
  • The One who made you is the One who can fix you.
  • When looking for a job, the prayer that would surely touch God’s heart would be, “Bring me where I can serve You well.”
  • I realized that the more I loosen my grip, the more I allow God to hold it.
  • God is love, so love is perfect in itself. However, when love enters the heart of man, it becomes too great to handle that he needs to distort it and align it to his nature. Blemished with weaknesses, man’s love becomes imperfect. Accept it. Expect it.

WRITING

  • A book is far more than its first few pages. Finish it.
  • Reading a book won’t make you wiser not unless you apply even just a single thing it says.
  • It’s not what you read. It’s what you read makes you.
  • Free your soul on those pages. See if it’ll stroll or run. See if it’ll spread its arms before the sky. Live on, and see how wanderlust your soul is.
  • Catch beautiful phrases, sentences or paragraphs as soon as your eyes run through them. Write them down – that’s how you keep them. Or you’ll get into trouble of endlessly leafing the book’s pages.
  • What shall we do with that quick moment of bliss? Can we relive the time we lost now that it’s far too behind? Perhaps, writing about it in detail is the closest we can get near it. Go, put it on paper. Make the image as vivid as the reader’s finger would move from taking it in.
  • I can’t sleep. The muse paid me a visit at 12 midnight. I opened my laptop, and welcomed it. I slept at 3 am.
  • I have produced nothing but a blank sheet. And it says a lot. It says that I’ve only been having a bit of free time. It says that I haven’t dipped my pen on this leaf for some compelling reason. It says that I must be parched enough for writing now and my pent-up words are well-nigh bursting. It says that I’m in the phase of creating life rather than writing it.
  • I wish I have more time to write. And when I do, I wish I’d really be using the time writing.
  • Please let me stay at home for a while. This chance comes scarcely. I’m not letting go of you, muse.
  • Writing is more than crafting a fancy sentence structure. It’s about your ability to make your words strike one’s heart and make it bleed, or bring it back to life.
  • If you’re writing for yourself, better to write whatever you think will make you feel better someday – someday when you can read back your piece, someday when you feel that no one can give you the words you need save yourself.
  • Consult my sites when I’m gone. The answer you’ve been looking for might be there. Make good use of my craft, of my insights, of my heart, of me.
  • I don’t want to leave you, writing. No matter how busy I’ll be, I’ll still use my pen, dribble the keys and form strings of words in my head. If only everyone loves you, they would understand why I do.
  • Being too cautious in writing can either kill your creativity or make you wordy.

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