Grateful Child – Proverbs 22:6


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Credit: King James Bible Online


As time passes by and as I grow older each year everything that I was created for is gradually integrating into my inner being.

Looking back I was just a little girl that on the first glance you’d think that I came from a black tribe. Well yeah, I spent almost half of my current age, living in a remote area called Hacienda.



Living on the farm wasn’t easy at all, in fact, it was a sort of daily survival, but we made it! 

When I turned six, I started going to NES which definitely gave me different types of aches like a headache, foot ache, stomach ache, toothache to name a few – and why? Because I found it hard to wake up early in the morning during school days to prepare our needs for school.

My other siblings and I had to walk every single day for the entire six years until we finish our Elementary Education. Those experiences were very challenging for us at our age. After six years of struggling, I was proclaimed as the School Valedictorian of our batch.  As the saying goes, hard work pays off.

During my childhood years, my late Father who passed away when I was only twelve, used to tell me to always speak my mind out especially if I am in the position to do so. My late father taught me to fight for what I know is right and noble and at the same time he also encouraged me to remain humble, fair, honest, and be of service to other people especially to my siblings and to the less fortunate ones.

Furthermore, my very industrious and not so sweet but wise mother imparted me the principles of learning what to prioritise in life. When I was a kid, she never failed to wake us up as early as 5 o’clock in the morning, and if we don’t do so, she will grab something to hit our roof to create a very annoying noise, until we have no choice but to just get up.

At times, she also used her very annoying mouth to distract us from sleeping some more in the morning. Her mouth was like a machine gun, but we don’t hate her for doing that to us, in fact, we treasure it, and we miss it these days.

My dear Nanay also taught me to be frugal, and I am thankful she did. 

Now, I realised what I learned during my younger years have indeed moulded me to be a better woman.

As a concerned citizen, I would like to give this unsolicited advice to all the parents that might have the chance to read this post, “always train your children in a way that when they grow up, they will never depart from it”. I often heard most generations these days, blaming their parents for being so irresponsible – not merely because they were not provided with the material things but because they were not nurtured with words of wisdom they essentially required.

My siblings and I weren’t raised having much regarding material things, but I can tell that we have moral values. At my age, when my mother tells me to do one favour for her, I immediately do it because I know that is the right thing to do, and that, there is no way I can repay my mother for giving birth to me and for raising me well.

The time parents invest nurturing the heart and mind of their children will definitely go a long way, and they will spread that among other people they come across with. Ethical values are contagious; please let us not prevent the young generations to share what is right and remarkable.


You’ll Missed 20% of Your Life if You Won’t Read this


I take it you’re reading this right now as you’re also one of those people who wanted to love life and just enjoy it to the fullest though seems like something is missing that you can’t just figure out what it is.

Well, there’s nothing wrong with how you feel. In fact, all of us go through the same experiences all throughout our lives. 

Below, I’ve created 5 tips on how to be happy. I based them on my personal experiences, and with what I have observed and learned from other people around me.

1. Pause

No, it’s not about literally pausing from what you do. It’s more about learning how to take a break, to slow down, and to just communicate with your inner self. Look back, talk to yourself, and evaluate yourself. Were all those things you did in the past, the other day, or a couple of hours back had made significant changes in your life? Were you able to benefit from them, did other people benefit from them as well? Life is not merely about you, your wants, your likes, your frustrations or your dreams. Life is more about sharing what you have, appreciating what is there, and fulfilling dreams that the majority should benefit. Until we do not realise that life is meant to be shared, we will never learn to value what we have around us. So today, take a break and just be thankful for what you have. You are what you are now because of what you had been in the past. You have this day to be able to create a beautiful tomorrow, so be glad and be thankful for it. Just pause for a while, take the time to be thankful, embrace who you are and what you’re made of.

2. Release

Do not hold anything back, do not make it hard for yourself. Do not ever try to hold on unto something that is not making you a better person. Life is like a box, so be careful what you put inside it. Be careful what you incorporate into your life. Want to know how to be extra cautious? Learn to release! Yes, release that resentment, that greediness, that jealousy, that negativity, that arrogance, anything that can poison your life must be released, eliminated and eradicated. It can be a little hard at first but don’t worry, the beginning is always the hardest. Learn to make some small sacrifices today, learn to release and just let it be! Live your life, don’t get trapped!

3. Touch

You like it, touch it! No, it’s not literally about touching the woman or the man you fancy. It’s about touching others’ lives. It’s not what you have done that will make people remember you, it’s how you made them feel. Some of the most interesting people in this world have touched lives in a way that is beyond their imaginations. If you have that pure intention to live life to the fullest, touching others’ lives will never be a responsibility, it would simply be a good habit for you that you cannot go on in a day without engaging yourself into it. So be free, touch lives, and experience that inner joy that money can’t buy!

4. Cut it Off

Yes, you must do it now, or else it will stick with you for life – it’s not something about green jokes, but about cutting off whatever it is that is pulling you back or holding you up. Is it fear, resentment, laziness, childish attitude, negativity, greediness, jealousy? Oh, come on, they will not feed your soul, in fact, if you let them take place in your life, you will end up disastrous. Remember, you have all the freedom, and free will – both were given to you not to destroy you but to make you the person that you were created for. Now, evaluate yourself, what is it that you were designed for? Were you created only to be manipulated with laziness? Were you created just to be driven by your temper? No, you are more significant than that! You are a masterpiece, you are magnificent, do not allow any negativity to degrade your value.

5. Open it

Look up to him! No, not to the performer in the stage! Look up to the one who made you, the one who created your life, and OPEN your heart to Him. Difficult times will come into our lives whether we like it or not but the good news is, they were made for us so we will learn to appreciate the good days. Learn to be always open to whatever life brings forth. Anything that has been made ought to be opened after all. And anything that has been given to you ought to be opened too. So, practice the same, you were given life, heart, and mind not because they must be closed but because they ought to be opened! Now, open your heart and let the sunshine in! Kidding, I mean let positive things keep you shining all throughout your life.

Thank you for your time. I truly appreciate it.