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What Happiness Is


–  Waking up to the song of a sparrow

outside your  window

– Feeling  the cold breeze that gently bites

your cheeks

–  A cup of hot black coffee

–  Freshly baked pandesal

–  A visit to the garden

– Discovering new blooms

– Raindrops lingering on the bright

green leaves

– The fresh look of the garden

on a cold morning

–  Watching the day unfolds

–  Seeing a patch of blue

in a cloudy sky

– Turning the pages of a favorite book

You see,  life is simple

And happiness could be just within your reach.

Candle Light


I’ve always been in awe of candle light photography. I remember those photos I took of lighted candles at the St. Padre Pio Chapel near our place.

Watching the flickering flames somehow brings that inner peace in one’s soul, the quiet of the moment, fervent prayers uttered, the beauty of the Now.

A niece who is vacationing in France sent me some photos of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris and these is one of them. She knows that I love subjects like this and she told me, “I took those photos for you auntie”.  She hasn’t shared it on other social media sites, she said I could use them any way I want, be it on my blog or as personal collection.  Thank you Annabelle.

I am imagining myself right there at this moment, reflecting about life, its beauty and its angst while watching the flames sway and dance.


(re-blogged from Dreams and Escapes)

The Beauty Within

african rose

When the heart speaks, it shows its inner glow.

When Words Are Not Enough

the bench

The bench – a silent witness to my meanderings.

A few years ago, our two big Tamarind trees got uprooted by a typhoon. My brother had the big trunks made into benches and tables and put them in one corner of our garden in the province. I seldom visit the place now but every time I do, I spend the early morning or a late afternoon in this bench. A perfect place for that cup of coffee while admiring the vast garden with lovely flowers all around. A perfect place to chat and be updated with news. A perfect place to talk about anything under the sun.

The Essence Of A Moment

Subic Bay

Subic Bay

Sometimes you need to be –

Right where you are

No thoughts of tomorrow

No regrets about the past

Just letting life absorb your thoughts

this moment

this minute

this hour!




There are times when you need to be away from the crowd.

There are times when you just want to be by yourself thinking of what life is.

You won’t know the answer until you are brave enough to face the storms, until you are brave enough to admit that the pain you feel  is part of life itself.

Be gentle with yourself. Take a step back and allow yourself to get in touch  with the inner you, allow yourself to enjoy what solitude brings.



One day –

You would finally understand

the endless struggles

and the painful journey.

When you get to the end of the road

And you  finally see the light

welcoming you home,

you’ll smile and say,

I am blessed after all.

And you utter a silent prayer of thanks.

Someday –

There would be other places to explore

and  you know deep within

that you’ll be ready to journey again.

Silent Wednesday



We do not remember days, we remember the moments. – cesare pavese

A blessed Holy Wednesday to all.

One Day At A Time


the serene pose

…and then you wish

you could be serene

like  this feline.



I waited for it to spread its wings

Positioning my camera nearer than allowed.

It was a waiting game for both of us

Did you say patience is a virtue?


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