Halfway Done



Wow. Half a year’s gone. We’re left with six more months to fulfill our goals and resolutions. I know time is ticking, but as much as I want to tick all those checkboxes, I have to constantly remind myself of what truly matters… that sometimes, I can just marvel at the beauty of the sky above, let the moment linger for a bit and just be glad I survived yet another day. 

All too often we get swamped with things that need to be done— office work, errands, life. We forget to nourish ourselves and take care of our core, to be with “our” people, those who fill our life with so much color, to connect always with our faith and the Divine. 

Ahhh things that matter. They usually take a back seat, but now that we’re halfway through, perhaps we can let them take the center stage. 

 

So much had happened since my last entry. Our office had a short trip to New Delhi, my niece turned one, and my dearest aunt passed away. It was truly a difficult time for the family as my aunt was my mom’s closest sister. I was on the phone with my mom just hours after my aunt passed, and it was heartbreaking to hear sobs and muffled cries. I flew home to be with her, and to thank my aunt for everything, but mostly for her love to my mom and our family. Theirs was a perfect sister/sibling relationship. If one day I’d be blessed with daughters, I pray that they’ll share the same bond that my mom and aunt used to have. 

Happy month of July, everyone! Sending love and gratitude also to those who DM-ed saying the Taipei Series is a big help. I’ll try to write more Taipei guides soon. 

Normalcy



Hello. Been quite a while. After several months of packing bags every so often, I finally felt some calm and normalcy over the weekend.

I did two loads of laundry, had a nice traditional Taiwanese breakfast just near the apartment with a couple-friend visiting, then cooked my packed lunch for the work week ahead.

I put on our Spotify playlist while folding my freshly-laundered clothes. On Sunday morning, I went to church and served at the 12 noon Mass. I walked along Xinyi District after lunch and reminisced those many years spent living in the area.

I had a nice quiet time, just sitting there at one of the alfresco restaurants with my lightly-iced caramel macchiato, people watching, reflecting. The weather was cool, but not overly so. I went home as clouds were looming. I caught up with my books and spent online quality time with loved ones.

I love these kind of days, even if lately it feels difficult... but I carry on, we carry on.

Perhaps this normalcy, is my new normal.

May we all have a blessed and meaningful Lent. 

Tired in Turkey

Two days after our Maldives event, I left for Turkey to help out in our annual conference. With the 5-hour time difference, and my body still drained from the past work week, I was dead tired upon landing Istanbul. I was dragging myself while lining up at the immigration and the queue was sooooooo long I thought I was going to pass out.

Glad we had a great turn-out at the conference. We all went home exhausted but with smiles on our faces. We were able to join the half-day city tour offered by the host organization (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar) and these are some of the very few photos I have.


Blue Mosque 



Hagia Sophia

Omg this baklava is sooo good.

 Turkish Delights!

Maldives

Welcome to Maldives, where the skies and the waters are the bluest of blue... and where I ate the most expensive Caesar salad in my lifetime.

I had the opportunity of  visiting "the" Maldives in November last year for work purposes. It was beautiful... however, the idea of spending so much money to visit the place (and to check-in at one of those water villas) is really beyond me. But then again, let me contradict myself by saying that people pay for experiences, and the joy you get from them is truly priceless.

Some photos from the trip. Just to remind me that once upon a time, I set foot in Maldives.

Nice touch from the resort staff!


 

Pardon my vanity!

Hello, 2019


Happy Lunar New Year! It's already the second month of the year and I hope 2019 is treating you well.

I chanced upon this beautiful sunset while we were driving along Tplex on our way back to Manila from Pangasinan. The colors reminded me of those many days spent at the uni library watching the sky and typing the day away, rushing before dusk and walking home, savoring the last few glimpses of light before it turns dark. Ahhhh year 2009... you were glorious... you taught me everything I know about life.

So much can happen in a span of 10 years. Sometimes I regret not documenting some days, but I think there lies the beauty of undocumented moments. Trying to recall images, tastes, sounds, silly conversations... digging your heart, the nooks and crannies of your mind just to remember moments. I live for those undocumented times.

Dear 2019, I hope to keep as many moments in my heart, perhaps more than ever.