Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

“Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Ps 23:6)

The nation mourns, because it lost a commendable and one of the finest servant- leaders it ever had.  You will surely be missed Sir. May our present servant-leaders emulate what you did for our country. Rest in peace and may your family find strength and comfort with the thought that you are one in a million, much-loved not only by your “kababayans” in Naga but all Filipinos as well.

(whoever owns this pic, thank you)


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If there is one writer who always inspires and makes my day worthwhile, it’s Richard Paul Evans. I am again sharing more of his quotes here.  Life is what you make it.

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“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet

Welcome to my orange morning!

Yes, it’s an orange Saturday with a splash of purple and red in-between. I spent the early part of the morning trimming  my Vinca plants which have grown too wild for my liking. I am using them as ground cover at the corner of our concrete fence outside. Vinca don’t need much of daily care since they are perennial plants and they only need watering twice or thrice a week.  And  when you stay at the garden for a little while, there is always a reason to smile – discoveries of new blooms, new colors to admire and a chance to take a few shots.

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Let’s simply call him JM. The first time I’ve seen his picture, he was a skinny  nine-year old and  was one of probably more than a thousand children being cared for by World Vision. World Vision is an international  Christian development organization committed to uplift the lives of less fortunate people and communities in more than ninety countries worldwide. Sponsors give  a monthly allowance to their chosen child.

It has been my daughter’s  dream to help somebody at this organization once she gets promoted in her work. So five years ago, she decided to sponsor a child from the Southern part of the Philippines.  She came home one day proudly showing a picture of a skinny but good-looking nine-year-old child named JM.  She told me that as long as she can afford to, she would continue to help JM with his studies. I asked her how she came to choose him and she said that his birthday is two days earlier than hers and his record was on top of the voluminous files of children waiting for someone who would sponsor them. Back then, we were all excited to know this child and  we were happy to receive letters, report cards, pictures and Christmas greetings. I asked her if there is any chance for us to see him personally. It could be arranged by World Vision but they don’t allow sponsors to go directly to the place where the child lives. Mindanao is a bit far.

The child is now in high school and he is getting to be a good-looking  teenager.  Last November when Nissa got married, he sent a letter congratulating her and his new Kuya.  It’s always nice to receive something from him, watching his progress in his studies and how the meager monthly allowance he receives spell the big difference keeping him in school . Nissa promised to sponsor him as long as she could afford it  and maybe one day, we’ll be given a chance to meet him personally. Who knows?

There are so many children living in poverty whose hope lies in other people’s help. There are so many out of school youth who simply need guidance in the right direction for them to be able to uplift themselves from poverty. And as long as you have that vision, that dream to study, God will make a way. And when  you stay focused on the dream, everything is possible.  It’s a grace to receive help from others but it is even more noble to do something good that you know can never be repaid.  I admire my daughter for keeping her promise of sponsoring JM. At her young age, she is helping shape the future of a child and in her own small way, she is planting a ray and a vision of hope for JM.

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”



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It’s now 4pm and the sun is still searing hot. This is one of the hottest summers ever. It really makes one feel so lazy and lethargic. I wonder how long we’ll have this hot weather which easily burns the skin and makes one sweat like crazy. You could not even take a siesta, one leisure you used to enjoy a few months back.

Anyway, I tried reading but the words were a blur so I switched on the TV but the noontime shows were of no appeal to me. Then I found this program called Always and Forever….Today (A Tribute to Angelo Castro Jr.) being hosted by one of my favorite DJs of long ago, Long Tall Howard and Tina Monzon Palma on DZMM Teleradyo.  Who would not know the famous broadcast journalist Angelo Castro, Jr. of  The World Tonight fame?  He was the bespectacled guy with the well-modulated voice, he was behind the longest- running newscast in Filipino called TV Patrol. He succumbed to lung cancer almost a month ago at the age of 67.

They were playing famous songs of the 60’s like The Beatles, Everly Brothers, Vicky Carr, Frank Sinatra, and a spattering of the 70’s  Kenny Rankin and James Taylor. It was a good two-hours of listening and viewing pleasures.  Just like the rest who enjoy listening to the Golden Era of Music, I am a Baby boomer. I was eight  when I first heard of The Beatles and the Everly Brothers and a teenager during the 70’s. Gosh, remembering the childhood years, the teen crushes in high school, the guitar-playing schoolmate who had a penchant for singing James Taylor songs and  watching Tina reminiscing about one of my favorite song writers,  poet Rod McKuen made the hot afternoon tolerable. What makes the music of the yesteryears so different from today? It’s the simple melody, the easy recall and the lovely lyrics. And why are songs mostly about love?  Do they really convey the true meaning of the word?

I remember one of my friends who must have been greatly influenced by the group that he named his son after The Beatles, John Paul George and guess  what’s the nickname of the child,  it’s Ringo, of course.  (Paul, if you are reading this, I am sure you are smiling).  During the 70s, Stairway to Heaven was one of those songs that you kept humming wherever you go and  who could forget the Bohemian Rhapsody, a ballad, guitar solo and rock music all rolled into one? I remember my college days when my close friends and I used to watch the yearly concert of the UST Central Seminary.  I remember those seminarians who could belt out the high notes of the song like a pro.  But nothing could beat my most favorite song which still vividly plays on my head time and time again, Absolutely Free, Absolutely Beautiful by Magic.

Always and forever? Do you believe there is really such a thing? Or do they just live in songs and poems?

P.S. from WordPress:

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You might be wondering why I am blogging about Christmas when it is not even in the middle of March …yet! Honestly, I was overcome with joy when my daughter Nissa who got married last November 2011 texted me this:

“Ma, ready na ba kayong maging lola?”

For my readers who don’t speak Tagalog, she simply asked if I am ready to be a grandma. I was speechless! Having a new baby in the family is the most welcome thing that could happen to us. I wish it were November now because I am more excited to see the newest member of the family.  My friends at AFCC gladly contributed to the game where Fr. Louie, one of my co-admins asked how I want to be addressed when such a day arrives. Lola is the Tagalog term for grandma. Another priest friend, Fr. Boy who is based in Italy said that Nona sounds elegant, then they started calling me Nona Arlene. Nona is of course another term for grandma in Italian. Some suggested Mamita (gosh, it sounds like a strict old grandma 🙂  Others want the age-old endearment of Nanay.

Anyway, I am really counting the days till November 8. It’s a fulfillment of a dream. THANK YOU LORD for all these blessings.

And this happens to be my 845th post. Lovely!

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For those who are regularly following my blog, you might have noticed that more than any author that I like and all the books that I reviewed, Richard  Paul Evans is on my top list. Since I discovered one of his books several years ago, I was hooked. I haven’t read all his books yet but the more than a dozen books that I have of him left me wanting for more. His words touch my soul.

Yesterday, he had this update on his wall at Facebook (he is included in my list of online friends): Books can be such powerful things–they can console us, motivate us, they can unite us with the rest of humanity, to help us understand that we are not so alone in our thoughts, our dreams and our deepest hopes. To read something that feels so peaceful and familiar, as if it was plucked from our own mind and soul, is a powerful experience. I am grateful for the books that have affected me throughout my life. I am pleased that here and there my books reach my readers in this way. God bless. He has exactly echoed what I thought of books myself.

Last night, I stayed up late just to look at his photo albums because he promised his readers that he would share some quotes from his books.  My heart swells with joy (seriously) looking at those lovely quotes with eye-catching photographs. Years ago, I just wrote those lovely quotes in  my journal.  And he said they are free to share so I am sharing some of them here.

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