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
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?
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
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
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:
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
Parting is such a sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow. -William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Goodbyes have this notorious reputation of being imbued with a melancholic spirit. This expression is so infamous that most who partake in its exchange either weep and burn bridges or listen to sad songs… Continue reading Sayounara
Often described as the universal language, music is certainly enjoyable and adds wonder to our otherwise dull life. To develop the skill of rendering music is one of my greatest dreams. Imagine how enchanting it would be to be able to express oneself in tunes and melodies, and how fulfilling it is to be part… Continue reading Facing the Music
Their wedding took place many years ago. Yet, the celebration continues to this day.
I looked on all the works my hands had done and indeed all was grasping for the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:11 The wise Solomon has talked much about vanity and its fleeting nature. All is vanity, he said. I have always been taught to seek God first. Yet throughout my life, I cannot count how many… Continue reading What Matters Most
As much as I wanted to, I was never the sporty girl. The only time I was called a varsity was when I represented the school for chess in an inter-school sports competition way back elementary years. But the more I count the years that pass me by, the more I feel the need to… Continue reading Dive to Blue
Howdy! I’m really excited about my new project that I want to share it with you. Scrapbooking is such a special and heart-warming activity so let’s see what’s it all about!
Aside from being a writer, being a teacher is probably the most sane and realistic career ambition I have. You see, my fantasies range from being an engineer and scientist, to being a theater actress, or a concert pianist. But as I managed to have some reality checks and as I was able to straighten… Continue reading What Teaching Taught Me
Simplicity is the essence of happiness. ~Cedric Bledsoe In our consumer driven society where infinite options and opportunities abound, it’s easy to get caught up living a stressed and complicated life. Several months ago, I’ve opportunely unearthed the virtue of simplicity in a book I’ve stumbled upon and end up purchasing for fifty pesos. Such… Continue reading Live Simply