Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics of what remains from over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard. “Khmer,” which is both the language and the people, is pronounced by the locals as… Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway I started writing shortly after finishing reading my first hardbound book by Lewis Carroll. I fancied his words so much, both familiar and unfamiliar, that I begun writing what I thought were poems. Soon enough, I was able… Continue reading On Writing and Plagiarism
My decade-long college best friend and I had our usual mulling-over-life conversation last night over cheesecake doughnuts in a cold Krispy Kreme cafe. As usual, we took turns in venting out and listening to each other’s dreams and frustrations. Our four-hour heart-to-heart talk covered topics on family trials, financial challenges, career dilemmas, midlife crisis, ikigai, and whatnot. You see,… Continue reading On Uncertainty
Chasing the Stars has been striving to promote positivity for almost four years now, and up to this very day, this blog endeavors to uphold the same values of always aspiring to do greater things. Despite this, I’ve had my fair share of gloom and despair last year for I am, after all, human. I’m saying this because… Continue reading Sunny Side Up
Though the true New Year starts during the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere “with buds on the branches, bird chirping in the trees, and flowers starting to bloom,” as my churchmate beautifully phrased, it is still worth looking back and evaluating the “past year,” at least from the calendar perspective. The first time I made a year… Continue reading Things to be Thankful for in 2015
Two months ago, my church friends and I had our most memorable three-day adventure in Ilocos! For this week’s listicle, I’ll be sharing 10 exciting things we did (and gobs of fun!) in our trip to the northwest part of the Luzon island. But first, below is our itinerary map to show you the route connecting the… Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Ilocos
For this blog post, I would like to share this thought-provoking, relevant, and simply motivating article by British concert pianist James Rhodes. Published in The Guardian in 2013, this story was later on illustrated in a comic by Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils. In such a creative and interesting way, Than was able to convey Rhode’s profound message – find what you… Continue reading Is That Not Worth Exploring?
The first man to ever stand atop Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, was quoted saying: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I’ve proven this to be true when I climbed my first mountain. I struggled every step to the summit and had to literally drag myself up in the process. My friends and… Continue reading A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan
Aside from humility, long-suffering, and love, another crucial trait we need to develop is positivity. It is very vital for us to keep a positive attitude if we intend to say the right words and make the right decisions in every situation. It is said that attitude is like a flat tire–unless you fix it,… Continue reading In the Grand Scheme of Things
Your passing away didn’t come as a surprise. It wasn’t like it was all of a sudden, for you had been bed-ridden for years. It wasn’t as if your presence by my side will be missed, because you had not been there. And it wasn’t also like you had been the one whom I can call… Continue reading The Pink Rabbit
In a past post, I have listed some of the most common flowers among the vast variety that there are. With flower fondness comes the fascination to learn the art of arranging them beautifully. One of the objectives is to coordinate them in a way that creates a pleasing sight thereby uplifting the mood of a certain… Continue reading Petal Plummage
Social media such as Instagram has long been proven to consume one’s life time and has been criticized for being an instrument to project a false and pretentious image of people’s otherwise mediocre lives. However, a notable number of Instagrammers have been able to turn it around and maximize the photo-sharing tool to boost their business, art, career, advocacy, and self-motivation. One… Continue reading Shiro the Bear
We have been running in circles, cycles Singing hallelujah every day, today Passing by soapbox preachers, hearers Behind a montage of optimistic dreams But no one gets away unscathed, saved With a dormant spirit and ephemeral zeal For when all is gone, we smile a wistful smile And come back to our erstwhile self, sins… Continue reading Full Circle
Nobody gets too much love anymore. It’s as high as a mountain, and harder to climb. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Waving at you with its hand, while carrying a ghetto blaster with the other. Amidst the muffled falsetto voices of the Bee Gees, you wonder why you don’t have a boyfriend. You… Continue reading Too Much Heaven
Proudly touted as the City of Pines and one of the must-see tourist spots in the Philippines, Baguio has a lot to offer. For the longest time, Baguio has been a refreshing nature site with an abundant supply of flowers, strawberries, ube jams, and fresh air. And so a brief Baguio get-away allows a break from… Continue reading Baguio Day!
A quest I hereby embark Towards a path once dark Questions I have to lay down Once and for all, all the way around For sometimes we cease to exist Finding something is amiss: Is life a harlequin tapestry Of meadows, green and dandeliony Buckets of sun dried marigold Ferris wheels of new and old… Continue reading Lost in Transition
I was munching some bits of tangy chicken from my lunch plate while attempting to digest a side dish of literature. For almost four years since I graduated from the university, I was overwhelmed with giddiness to be back. So there I was, slouching in the campus cafeteria, wallowing in appetite and nostalgia while mentally cramming… Continue reading Campus Lunch Vignette
Minutes just before sunrise, the brethren assembled with much anticipation of an uphill walk in San Mateo, Rizal. Half an hour later, we were already making our way into the thick of a crowd of joggers and cyclists.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 Moses (yes, not David) admonished us to redeem the time and keep track of our days. Socrates is also known to have said that: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” With these in mind, let me just… Continue reading The Year That Was: My 2013
Peasant blouses, prairie skirts, gingham dresses, denim overalls, crocheted bolero, laces, calico, chiffon, velvet, satchel bags, loafers, oxford shoes, and everything f-l-o-r-a-l. These are just some of the elements under the vintage umbrella and staple pieces in any vintage wardrobe. As much as it is in art and photography, a retrieval of the past in… Continue reading Good Old Vintage
Last Monday, around midday, my mom, sister, niece, nephew and I went to a familiar place. I haven’t been there for more than a decade and it seems that our cousins’ home has changed a lot. The then cluttered house has spruced up well, imbibing a minimalist touch. An array of tennis trophies were neatly displayed on… Continue reading Paying a Visit
A week ago, my friend and I joined our first 5km fun run. As much as we want to be the sporty type, I guess we’re wired to be more of the bookworm type, or at least that’s how we’d like to think of it. 😛 But after all the hesitations, we were glad to… Continue reading What’s Fun About Fun Run?
Much has been said about the dire catastrophe caused by the storm surge we were so ignorant about until it slaughtered our countrymen. The recent calamity has become the newest trending topic as people tirelessly exchange stories and opinions over a cup of coffee, via Facebook, or in a nearby kanto. But the onslaught of… Continue reading Amid the Raging Storm
Contrary to common notion, hatred is not the opposite of love. Indifference is. When we hate someone, we feel a strong negative emotion towards him or her precisely because we still care or at least get affected. But when we no longer care, we tend to become callous and indifferent, and we ultimately lose love.… Continue reading The Opposite of Love
Prayer is our lifeline to God. And since our relationship with the Lord is the most essential relationship we can ever cultivate, prayer serves as the most powerful tool we are immensely fortunate to have. In Dr. Roderick C. Meredith’s 2006 message, Break Through Prayers, he shared some valuable keys to making the most of our prayer life:
A potpourri of Asia’s oldest civilizations, Malay, Chinese, and Indian, Malaysia endows a delightful diversity of cultures and a generally warm, lovable, and down-to-earth people. This fusion of Asian cultures is also apparent in the similarities between the Malay and Filipino languages. Case in point: tolak (for push), pintu (for door), lelaki (for male), buka (for open),… Continue reading Selamat Datang: Feast in Malaysia
Let’s face it. We have lived to see the day when social media has become an irreplaceable conduit of communication and sharing, and source of news and entertainment. Facebook, for instance, has become very powerful that, sometimes, it even serves as a benchmark on whether two people are in good terms or not. More than… Continue reading Making the Most Out of Social Media
Unless you are allergic to flowers, you most probably appreciate their delicate and dainty beauty one way or another. They are certainly splendid and delightful and never fail to uplift the mood and create a pleasing atmosphere. But even though we all marvel at the sight of a flowery garden, a bouquet or any collective arrangement of flowers,… Continue reading Blooming Blossoms
Happiness has become a cliché. It is a topic so broad and loved that cyberspace and bookstore shelves are abundantly stocked up with tips and tricks on how to achieve it. Clearly, everyone wants to be happy. But no matter how commonplace this term may be, only a few find their way to its familiar… Continue reading Happiness ♥
Yesterday, my parents and I started out our long-overdue “spring” cleaning project. As we went along with the task, we recalled the “5S” principle in maintaining cleanliness and orderliness posted in the cottages of Teachers Camp, Baguio City, where our church annually conducts a religious observance. Aside from the virtue of simplicity, another way to… Continue reading A Practical and Productive Principle