May 20, 2014

I feel at peace in the midst of so much change

After how many years of hoping for a change of lifestyle, I can finally say that I have achieved it now. Well, maybe, somehow. I don't know how it started -- no specific time and date, not even any magical moment -- but I can definitely differentiate the then and now. No, I had no brutal experiences but I sure had so many nights wasted on feeling alone and useless. It does help to let yourself get lost for a while because you always end up trying to find the best way to go and you somehow get to know yourself even more. Though there is no assurance if you end up somewhere all-things-happy, life does not evolve because of happiness alone anyway. There are always opposite sides in every thing in this world. Honestly, though I know things are a little bit different for the better, I still feel the same way but I learned how to deal with it. It's true that when you get older, you get wiser. That teenage angst will vanish in just a snap if you let it slip away and move further away from it instantly. I learned that I am the only one responsible of my feelings even when other people are involved or even when other people actually made the situation worst (I had a hard time understanding that). It depends on how you choose to react to it: laugh at it or take it seriously. You know your cue when to be serious or not. Sometimes I forget the lessons I have accumulated through the years and it makes me laugh at how forgetful I am. But the thing is, for every same problem I encounter, there is always a little bit of additional to its solution. Now that is where I get to learn new things, by stumbling on the same thing over and over. That makes me kind of excited at life, I guess. Because what else do I have to do with my life but to learn, make mistakes, learn, re-learn, laugh, cry, connect, re-connect, and feel among others.

I guess being 23 means being comfortable at how you are and discover more about yourself. I received a text message from an unknown person this morning and it says about feeling yourself, experiencing yourself, working on yourself, and loving yourself. And it somehow just reconnected to what was in my thoughts. By being in this state where everything changed slowly over time, I guess I should also move along by minding myself. It does not mean being selfish nor being self-centered but knowing more about yourself so you can be ready to connect or re-connect to anyone anytime by presenting yourself more than you used to.

May 18, 2014

Philippine Eagle Center field trip

I want to write a little throwback from 5 months ago when I, together with my family, went to Philippine Eagle Center. It was a day after Christmas when we decided to go there after having breakfast. The last time I visited the place was from a field trip in grade school -- I don't even remember what specific grade I was in. Anyway, here are some of the photos I took:

The first captive-bred Philippine Eagle is Pag-asa (Hope) and is now 22 years old. I was not able to take a photo of Pag-asa because it was hiding somewhere in its cage. The photo above is one of the young eagles in the Center. 

The eagle from the photo above is Scout Binay, named after the Vice President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay. He adopted Scout Binay and turned over it to The Philippine Eagle Center.

Estuarine Crocodile

It was great seeing a lot of eagles that day but the highlight of my stay there were the monkeys!

I think we stared longer just watching these little guys being cute, funny, adorable, and ... cute!



A family portrait with Scout Binay at the back. Hey, there! To know more about this place (and to see better photos~) visit The Philippine Eagle Foundation website.

May 10, 2014

Golden Summer Days mix

Golden Summer ;)

Here's to how my summer sounds like so far. May these songs make you feel how I feel lately and may this mix brightens up the rest of your golden summer days. Enjoy!

You can listen to it via 8tracks: 

May 5, 2014

Life feels grand

My perception of life has changed over the years. When I was a little kid, I did not think about the grandeur of life in general. All I knew was that I am able to use my senses, able to feel a lot of emotions, and able to imagine things from the books I read. I was looking at what's already there and maneuvered my life around them. All those things mattered most to me at some point, for sure. But now, when I look back from those days, I realize how impressive life is. How big it is that all those things that mattered to me when I was a kid meant so little now like a mere period. And at some point, they don't matter at all.

Nothing has changed much but things get more challenging and exciting -- my imagination kicks in once in a while and create something from it, I have a whirlwind of emotion every single day which pushes me to make something out of it (no matter what kind of emotion it is), I am using my senses as much as I can knowing that someday they will all be gone -- all the same things but with (let's say) context or meaning.

Basically, I am living my life as to how I have lived it when I was a kid. I am enjoying this simple yet grand life. It's just that, maybe, life gets more impressive when you take your steps to learning all things around you. And it's a great thing to let yourself be out there: to not just feel your senses but let others know about it, to share your emotions to people you trust, to create something out of your random imagination, to not only look at what's right there but ask and wonder what's right behind. Life is impressive in a lot of ways and it gets more impressive when you let yourself be part of its impressiveness.
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