Monday, July 16, 2018

Today, I write again.



I remember writing to you when I myself suffered from finding love even at every curve and corner of my body. It was a toxic, unhealthy battle, but despite knowing, nothing ever helped me to grow. I settled with the growing anxiety that I will never be good enough. I hid all my battle scars because bruises were giveaways of weakness. I had so much love to give, but I was my last priority. Whatever was left in me, I gave to everyone I touched. I was left empty. Even my words ran out.

Tonight, on my way home, I suddenly found myself talking to this familiar ghost in my mind. It asked, "why do you love me?"

I was girl of logical explanations -- Who decided with her mind, rarely her heart. When I thought I felt love, my mind told me that love was a huge risk I wasn't ready for. It reminded me that my system was only meant to give love, not take. My mind won, and slowly, my heart numbed. I left love alone, expecting that if I did, it would leave me be. Love was left untouched, yet love grew, stretched its wings, and rested on my shoulder. Love was more certain this time around. Love was more persistent, more consistent. Love was better, yet no different. My mind still felt the same about love, but my heart started to dance. It started to feel funny, and loved that it did. It was satisfied -- it was how it was supposed to feel. The heart grew stronger than the mind, and after urges of resisting, the mind let go. Day after day, the heart won and eased its way into the mind, until they decided they become one.

And that is why I love you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Adopt. Don't Shop.

[ Photographs taken at the CARA Welfare Philippines booth at the Waggin' Tails event in BGC]

I started volunteering for the CARA (Care and Responsibility for Animals) Welfare Philippines, particularly the Pit Bull Rescue, ever since I was in high school. The sense of fulfillment never faded whenever I saw the angelic faces of all the Pit Bulls that I took care of find their forever homes. I haven't been to the center in a while but seeing some of those familiar eyes made me realize how long I've been gone and how healthy they've all become ever since they were saved.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Herb Republic: Los Baños, Laguna

After my visit to the University of the Philippines: Los Baños, we ate at this restaurant called "Herb Republic" where they served delicious food with great presentation. Click read more to check out the food, prices and location of this restaurant!