Tuesday Thank You’s

Today, it is very difficult to be upbeat. Our country is undergoing a major tragedy brought about by Supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The images from the news are heartbreaking. What everyone is going through out there, it must be terrible. Horrible. I feel so guilty working right now. I work in a company that brings in LUXURY brands from different countries, and honestly, I don’t feel good working on any of our advertising campaigns that convince other people to shop. It makes me feel guilty. My heart isn’t in my work these days. But, there is still a lot of things to be thankful for, and mainly, I am thankful that I have the means and the resources to HELP the typhoon victims. Though I cannot go to the region to personally give out donations, there is still so much I can do while I am here in Manila.

You can also help, there are so many ways to help. You don’t have to be super wealthy to help. Every cent helps. Every little thing helps. The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized volunteers and countless relief efforts. They have been preparing days before the typhoon hit the country, and they are equipped with enough support and resources to get things done.

You may check out their website for various ways to help:


For me, the easiest way to help is via SMS (Philippine residents). Helping is just a text away!

Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

You may also help by checking out the image below:



Tuesday Thank You’s

I was going through my previous blog entries and found this entry of Tuesday Thank You’s. So, okay, let’s make this a regular thing. 5 things I’m grateful for today. 

  1. Enzo’s fine after a bout with dengue. Thank God it didn’t get worse and he was able to get well immediately.
  2. My work. 9 months in my new job, I am still enjoying it. I’m busy enough so I don’t get bored, and chill enough so I can still blog. Perfect balance, so far. 
  3. My friends. I may not meet them regularly, but I am so thankful they are in my life. They give me joy. 
  4. Books. Still thankful for these. I will forever be thankful for these. And because of technology, I get to read as many books as I want without spending too much!
  5. The Internet. Seriously. I love you Internet. 

So Another Chapter Begins…

I’ve been stuck since my last entry. As soon as I wrote it, things went crazy. But now, things are settling, things are becoming clear. I now set about on another journey. Nothing new in my life, really, but this time, I’m ready to go to adventures by myself. Over the past few months, I gradually came to realize that it’s not so bad being alone. In fact, right now, that’s exactly what I need. I need to be okay with myself. I need to explore who I am and actually like what I see.

And so I will.

This text, written by Kate Bartolotta, is a delight. I’ve reconfirmed several things about myself. Reading the whole text, I find myself giggling at the truths behind most of the lines. I am this person. And I would love to explore myself more.

Here are some excerpts, some lines that hit home for me.

Hello, world, this is me. 🙂

If you love a writer, you will be immortal. She will capture you for all time as she remembers you walking with snowflakes gently falling in your hair, or the way you looked at her right before the last time you kissed. She’ll use a turn of phrase—or an inside joke—to include you in her work…

I’ll let you in on a secret: she likes her alone time… She loves having time to get lost in her world of words, and sometimes forgets to stop to eat, or shower or spend time with people. The world on the page is as real and important to her as the “real” world. So if she bursts into tears over her cup of Genmaicha, don’t take it personally. She finally realized how to end her story and is going to miss her characters terribly.

If you want to give her a gift, think metaphor—not cliche. Skip the roses and give her daisies. Better yet, send her some of her favorite tea or a book that made you think of her. Give her bits of stardust and remind her that life is much more than just words on a page. Remind her that some of the best stories are collaborations. Write her letters and she’ll keep them forever. Write her a sonnet and she’ll keep you as well.