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Monday, August 21, 2017

Rejection. 10/8

I know rejections are part of life and when one door closes, better ones open.

But being rejected always makes you feel one thing, all the time.

The feeling of not being worthy enough.

You start to question your value and self worth.

So now I'm googling quotes on rejection as my coping mechanism to remind me to not give up and keep pitching.

I will find that right door one of these days, I will.





Better Days


Silver gray hair neatly combed in place.
There were four generations of love on her face.
She was so wise, no surprise passed her eyes,
She'd seen it all.

I was a child, oh, about three or four.
All day I'd ask questions.
At night I'd ask more.
But whenever; she never, would ever, turn me away.

I'd say how can I be sure what is right or wrong ?
And why does what I want always take so long ?
Please tell me where does God live
And why won't He talk to me ?

I'd say, Grandma what is love ?
Will I ever find out ?
Why are we so poor, what is life about ?
I want to know the answers before I fall off to sleep.

She sort of smiled as she tucked me in.
Then she pulled up that old rockin' chair once again.
But tonight she was slightly, remarkably
Different somehow


Slowly she rocked, lookin' half asleep.
Grandma yawned as she stretched.
Then she started to speak.
What she told me, would mold me, and hold me
Together inside.

She said all the things you ask
You will know someday.
But you have got to live in a patient way.
God put us here by fate
And by fate that means better days.

She said, child we are all moons in the dark of night.
Ain't no morning gonna come 'til the time is right.
Can't get to better days lest you make it through the night.
You gotta make it through the night, yes you do.

You can't get to no better days
Unless you make it through the night.
Oh, you will see those better days
But you gotta be patient.
(Be patient) oh baby, be patient.


Later that year, at the turn of spring,
Heaven sent angels down and gave Grandma her wings.


Now, she's flying, and sliding, and gliding
In better days


And although I'm all grown up
I still get confused.
I stumble through the dark
Getting bumped and bruised.
When night gets in my way
I could still hear my Grandma say
I can hear her say,
I can hear her say.

(Be patient) You can't get to no better days
Unless you make it through the night baby.
(Be patient) Oh, you will see those better days
But you gotta be patient.
Child, do you hear me, yeah.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Oh, Canada 🇨🇦


Niagara Falls, Ontario

Canada is such a beautiful place. 

I promise to go back and maybe start a new life there. Wherever God will take me, I know God has made his plans. 

Canada 150 🇨🇦

Floral Clock, Ontario

Zipline to the Falls - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada 


Good bye, my Grandfather.



I watched how the nurses alternately tried to resuscitate my grandfather. I never wanted my sister to put down the phone because I wanted to know what was happening, every single bit of the time. I wanted to see what the nurses would do. Will they continue to take turns in helping my grandfather beat his heart again? Not everybody knows that my grandfather is not my biological grandfather. But he treated me and my sister as his own, right from the start. He was the grandfather I knew. He loved us the same and I loved him equally as well. I watched the nurses revive him. 

Until they stopped... talked to each other.. And then asked my sister and relatives to go inside. I told my sister I want to hear every word. It was choppy, I didn't understand what the doctor/nurse was saying. But I was at peace knowing that I felt I was inside the room as well. 

I was in the other side of the world when everything happened. First my grandfather had a cardiac arrest, went into comatose, and then completely lost his heart beat.

I used to visit my grandparents in California, multiple times. I stayed there for half a year times two. I stopped my graduate school to go back to LA. I used to believe that if I didn't go to California then I would have graduated early. But I don't regret it. I was able to spend a lot of time with the folks and that was worth all the delays. 

I love you Lolo. Thanks for everything. I hope I meet a man who's heart is as big as yours. Your relationship with Lola is the ultimate relationship goal. You were so patient, kinds and generous. You always thought of other people first. I remember when you were in the hospital in California, you would call me and still ask me if Lola ate dinner already. You were the sick one and you still thought of Lola. 

Anybody who knew you is blessed to have known such a gentleman you are. I wish there were more men like you. Please guide us in heaven. I love you so much. 

It was such a crazy week this past week.
I booked a ticket to go home ASAP from Toronto because I wanted to mourn with my family. I did not want to be alone so far away. I wanted to be with my cousins. I want to see my grandfather before we buried him. I want to spend time with my family. 

I spent a huge amount of money going home too soon but every day that I wake up I thank myself for having made that decision. It hasn't fully sinked in that j am back home. Everything that happened the past month feels like it was only a dream. I wish the death of my grandfather was only a dream.

After the funeral, I didn't have enough time to grieve becuase I had to rush my grandmother to the hospital. I still had the jetlag but there was so many things happening that I couldn't really fully grieve, moreso even rest.

I am hoping that my grandmother still remains to be healthy and that she doesn't leave us too soon. But times like these you appreciate being with family more.


Life shall continue to happen. I woke up with a high fever probably due to the exhaustion. From the moment I landed in Manila, I didn't have enough time to really rest

Should I get back with life? Or should I allow myself to grieve? I'm not really sure anymore. I don't know where to get the strength of what is happening. I'm not sure if I'm completely ready to go back to work, either. 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lessons in Life

Next time I'm going to think of myself more. I need to be more selfish. Prioritize what's more important. Think of what's going to be better for me before anybody else.

Sometime you have to be selfish.

I sometimes make stupid decisions and I beat myself for it.

I try to convince myself that if opportunities are for you, they will come back.

But my impatient self just want to beat myself more becuase I could have had an opportunity an earlier time but I deliberately passed on it.

I need to prioritize my decision making.

Friday, July 7, 2017

My Two-Week Adventure in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada

Canada Day 150, July 1, 2017, Calgary Alberta
Sea to Sky Gondola, British Columbia

Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

Drumheller, Alberta

Lake Louise, Alberta
Rogers Pass National Historic Site

Banff, Alberta

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, Alberta

Jasper, Alberta

Lake Louise (again)
I had to upload another picture because this lake is just breathtaking!

Lake Moraine, Alberta

Canadian Badlands, Alberta

Mission Hills Estate Winery, Kelowna

At Vancouver airport, waiting for boarding ...