December 31, 2013

Last message for the year 2013!

2013 is leaving in just a few hours and I am thankful for it to end. I feel a mix of emotions looking back through the days. I am thankful for the bad experiences from people who constantly try to make me feel sad because they make me strong despite the tears I have shed. I am very much thankful for the memorable experiences I have throughout the whole year which made me hopeful to more better days! Thankful for the little simplest (abstract or not) things I have received from people who care. Thankful for the people I know and strangers who were nice to me in those few moments within the year. Thankful for the few friends I have and the few relatives who share their joys with me, who lifts me up, and guides me through. I have no other words to say but I am graciously leaving the whole year with a smile. Life is still great and my faith is strong that I still hold on to it and try to live life to the fullest. Although sometimes certain instances make me go moody and mad and cranky but I try to handle things lightly again as much as possible.

I can't say 2014 would be much better but I am certain that things will work out the way the universe wants it to be. (Hurrah! for uncertainties!) I just hope it will be full of positivity and that I still gather strength the same way I am doing for the past years.

I am good. I just need a little more bravery. Cheers to 2014! Happy New Year to all! :)

December 10, 2013

Oruha's Mandala Art Exhibit: A Light in the Dark at SM Lanang Premier

Japanese artist Oruha showcases her very first international Mandala art exhibition at SM Lanang Premier Atrium. It holds Charity Painting sessions for the benefit of the typhoon Yolanda survivors which will be held at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:30 pm from December 9-13, 2013. A Light in the Dark exhibit presents one of a kind Mandala art pieces to the Filipino audience. 

She is from Akashi, Japan and attended Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. In 2011, she came upon Mandala art and ever since she has drawn more than 1,000 Mandala artworks and has held solo exhibits in Japan. It is her dream to have an exhibit overseas and has chosen Davao City, Philippines as her first stop. The following photos are some of her framed masterpieces.

A Light in the Dark

What is Mandala? Mandala art is from Sanskrit meaning "vessels of essence." For Oruha, it signifies the universe and the infinite existence, the earth and nature, ourselves, and together with these. It helps us to connect with our origin.

Dragon's Eyes

Dreams Come True
The Sun
Water Flow

During the Charity Painting session, Oruha gracefully interacts with her audience as she works on new Mandala art pieces.

For some reason, it was comforting while watching her paint. Every stroke of her pen, every color she chose, every detail of each and every whole pieces... everything is visually appealing.

Each of us were given one art piece to write our messages on for the typhoon-hit communities. 

These are just some of the unique art pieces she made for the day. It was difficult for me to choose because apparently everything looks beautiful. Each whole symbol has its own title written at the back.

Smile... everything will be alright. There is hope is our hearts.

 This is a collage of different Mandala art by Oruha. It has messages of hope from Japanese to Filipino people. It's called "Mandala of Hope."

During her speech, she recalled the recent earthquake in Japan. She said Filipinos were there giving them words of wisdom and hope every day and now she wants to give back the same support to the Filipino community in her own ways. 

Jonas, Oruha, Duane, and me
Come and visit Oruha's exhibit and witness her Charity Painting sessions at SM Lanang Premier Atrium. Be impressed by her Mandala art pieces and extend help for the typhoon Yolanda survivors. The event is co-organized by SM Lanang Premier, Nakashin, CCC, Sandglass Media and Carpenter Frames. Also, supported by the Japanese Consulate in Davao City.

December 5, 2013

Royal Flush by Scott Bartlett

A book full of wit. The story revolves around The King whose actions and reactions to almost everything he does are funny. I enjoyed reading this book!

Thanks Goodreads First Reads and Scott Bartlett for such a witty, good vibes, book! :)

November 30, 2013

Being with familiar and unfamiliar faces and being in familiar and unfamiliar places, all sharing the same intentions.

A spontaneous night which was spent existing for the love of volunteering and music all for the intention to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land in the history of humanity. Half of the night was spent with friends at Philippine Red Cross packing different sizes of bottled waters by a dozen.

It was almost 9 in the evening when the operations stopped so we spent some minutes at Freedom park while waiting for other friends to come by.

We found ourselves at Sales Bar Tekanplor where we heard three local bands play their masterpieces. Almost everyone sang along while I listened carefully to the beat of every song. I became an instant fan of The Sound of Go.

We sat in a small, comfy sofa farthest from the stage among other strangers. So in between each glances of every band, I see passing silhouettes with red and green dancing spot lights on their bodies.

The Sound of Go in action. Everyone seemed to be so into them which drew me closer to carefully listen and enjoy more of what they played that night. It was impressive. And yes, I wished I knew the lyrics beforehand because there is nothing more empowering than knowing the words in every song that a band plays in front of you.

It was almost midnight when they were finished and it was also the time when we decided to go back home.

Overall, it was a great night surrounded by strangers and old/new friends sharing the same intentions. I know there are other ways to help the victims of the typhoon anywhere within the country. There are a lot of events held by small and big groups for the benefit of the typhoon victims every day and every night until now for sure. Even those who have nothing much to give find their ways just so they could help and that is true. I am so much thankful for other countries that are extending their help by going in the areas and reach out. This is the first time that I ever cried while watching the news and the nth time I get pissed off by some government officials. Despite all these bad things happening in reality, I am thankful for those who have very good and clean intentions to help.

After the tragedy in most parts of Visayas, I often think about them every twilight of the day. There's something in the sunset that fascinates me and makes me remember how are things going on there without any electricity in a cold night. I hope it is getting better every day. I hope that the people who are supposed to be there upfront are working well and always reminding themselves to be of service as what they pledged before they stood that position, whatever it is. For those reading this overseas and have some to spare, you are so much welcome to help through Philippine Red Cross.

November 25, 2013

Ice Breaker #2: What is helpful to you in coping with stress?

There are various ways for me to cope up with stress. One is to laugh at small things, even at the stress factors, at everything to the point where I realize that I am losing it and then I laugh even more. It depends on how badly the nature of stress would be. If I find myself stressing over a group of people, I find my way out and walk away and find nice things along busy streets, eat somewhere, or visit a book store and read. Sometimes I like being an indoors man and stay in front of my computer, read stuff, talk to people over the internet, listen to music, watch a movie/TV show, or write. In bed, I read a book until I fall asleep. Also, I cry because I find it more healing to cry my worries out in bed at night. More importantly, I think about how big the world is and that I am just a mere period among other periods. I spend time with inspirational books or people who laugh with me. I indulge to things that make me wonder and inspire because it drives me to push forward in whatever I do. Although discreet, I have the power to change things and make it much better without compromising anything.

November 20, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I am in love with the characters. The story is very moving, insightful, something I can relate to, surprising and fun. Among other lessons I learned from this book, it taught me to be reasonable and fair to any situation. The characters of Jem, Dill and Jean Louise were very relatable as I have somehow been like them at some point in my childhood days. While reading, I feel like I am already part of their journey. Atticus' character definitely inspired me to be the kind of adult that is reasonable and smart enough to handle any kind of situation. I do not intend to be exactly like him but the way his character moves, it taught me to focus on what really matters. It may seem vague for now but I think I would somehow, if not fully, understand more as I grow older.

Surprisingly, the issues raised in the story is present up to now. Racism, government issues, among others are present. This book may open your mind to these kind of situations... it helps you think deeply on the issues.

I like how the characters develop as the story progresses. The way the story moves just drives the characters, especially the kids, to mature as well.

This book is definitely a must-read for everyone.

November 18, 2013

I want to explore the world, I want to achieve my dreams, I want to do everything in my list, I want to cook all these delicious recipes, I want to experience new things, meet new people, and leave behind those who have been dragging me down for years now. To step out of the border, I can not wait any longer.

November 9, 2013

Little Boracay, Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur

A spontaneous road trip became a spontaneous overnight stay at Little Boracay resort in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur. Traveling in between mountains and ended up in a beautiful and silent beach was amazing. Also, I was with my family. It was a great experience. :)

On the road, we spotted a tree house and some huts being sold at 20 to 40 thousand pesos each. Look at the tree house, you can easily take some Nangka or Jackfruit (which is so good) so easily. That's my dream tree house right there, ladies and gentleman.

We were being girl scouts and boy scouts that time. We brought packed food with us from home and ate along the road. We spotted an open cottage along the highway and asked the owner if we can use it for a while. Spotted this sleepy cat inside the cottage despite the smell of food we brought.

The cottage was surrounded by different kinds of flowers. One of them is this beautiful pink Gumamela!

Traveling somewhere in between large mountains, long rivers, and over bridges. The scenes were refreshing to the soul, really.

After a zigzag ride, we finally found what we were looking for! The best beach resort in the province of Sta. Maria yet. I have never been to Boracay though but this could be much better. ;)

Mad'yaw pag datung mayo asini Little Boracay! || Maayong pag-abot ninyo diri sa Little Boracay! || (and for the lack of words, lol) Welcome to Little Boracay!

I noticed that the island looked like a sleeping dinosaur. 

Of course, jump shots!

Setting up tents, tables, and food. It was starting to get dark.

My cousin named this dog as Blackie just because it turns around when it hears the name. It was fond of chasing crabs along the shore at night which amused us. 

This was our territory throughout the night.

We did some sand art just because we are bad at making sand castles.

The next morning, my cousin caught this beautiful Gecko. 

Also, the locals were starting to clean the area. The kids were playing along with the trolley or something.

The place was so serene. Fleet Foxes' songs were playing on my mind that morning.

It was a good overnight stay with the family. I was not expecting such adventure that day. It was kind of surprising, really, despite their busy work schedules.
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