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Forgive me, it’s been 2,458 days since my last post (May 3, 2008). What happened? Facebook happened. 🙂



“I’m bored.”

“I have writer’s block!”

“I’m stuck in rut.”

“I’m burned out.”

“I’m having midlife crisis.”

“My relationships are a wreck, my life’s a mess!”

“I’m depressed.”

Have you heard a close friend or relative say any or all of these statements? Or maybe you yourself heard it in your head?

I was an one of the attendees of “Tapping the Creative Universe” (TCU) Workshop (39th batch), facilitated by Mr. Jim Paredes. I have been reading about this for quite sometime and never got the nudge to enroll. My friend Chuck encouraged me to attend and I guess Edlynn’s ‘time’ has come. We call our group Sognare, an Italian verb which means “to dream of/about or long for”.

It is was 6 days (actually 6 nights) of 2-hour sessions packed with a lot of concepts, ideas, exercises, singing and sharing. I highly recommend it to people who feel stuck in a rut.

One exercise was the declaration of my 7 stands or personal core values. It is a list of things important to me that I want to imprint in this world.

  1. I stand as a candle, as I light other candles, nothing is lost.
  2. I stand as a mirror. What I see in you is what I see in myself. You are divine… so am I.
  3. I stand as a lotus flower. I will bloom despite the blackness of the pond.
  4. I stand as a bumble bee. I am beyond my physical abilities. I defy conventions. I can make things happen. I can fly!
  5. I stand as a diamond that was in a rough. I am polished to showcase my brilliance.
  6. I stand as a butterfly. From my cocoon I spread my wings, and I am free.
  7. I stand as a genie in a bottle. I am a cheerful giver and a grateful soul.

How about you? What do you stand for?

Sognare TCU – We are creative dreamers!

What is creativity rule #1? Find out in the next run.

TCU is a workshop that will help uncover, identify and set aside the blocks that stand in the way of creativity in everyday life. By actively engaging self-defeating attitudes and instilling practices that will help the participant overcome them, the workshop hopes to awaken a new way of seeing that will bring back the inner joy and natural creative impulse each person possesses. The next run will be in May. For details, please email Jim at



“Captivating, timeless, a musical delight…

WANDERS is a one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza that top bills our best homegrown talents in the entertainment scene. It showcases world-class Filipino performers who are out to captivate audiences with soulful renditions of timeless classics and vibrant dance numbers. A fusion of cultures, the show also highlights gravity-defying aerial acrobatics and stunning displays of skills by flamboyant performers from China and Russia.”



I have always found this ad intriguing ever since I saw it. I wrote it on my wish list, that I may come across the opportunity to watch it. Thanks to my good friend and Business Network International co-member Armand, this has come to fruition. I brought my five-year old son Terence. He is a juggling fanatic and spends most of his time viewing youtube videos of magic, acrobatic and juggling acts. I had no doubt in my mind that he will enjoy.

The show ran for one hour and forty five minutes. Thirty minutes into the show, Terence asks me, “Mom, what time is it?” I reply “It’s 9:15. Why do you ask? Are you sleepy?” He answers, “Not at all, actually, I don’t want it to end just yet.” I was delighted with his response knowing that he was enjoying the show.

My favorite number was the silk ballet “The Flight of Love”. It featured two performers who were flying in the air with the aid of harnesses. I was very touched as I saw them fly like angels, and at that instant, I knew what I want. Like them, I want to fly! The best way to describe my feeling was that of a mystical, out of body feeling. It was more than the yearning for adrenaline rush that a skydiver gets as he jumps of the plane, but that nudge to be free from everything that binds me and pulls me down.




It was truly spectacular! Don’t miss it.



Until December 29 at the PAGCOR Grand Theater
Airport Casino Filipino
Parañaque City, Metro Manila

Tickets are available at Ticketnet and PAGCOR




  1. Store sales consultant for a Benetton outlet
  2. Junior auditor
  3. Graphic designer
  4. Financial advisor


  1. The Secret
  2. What the Bleep Do We Know?
  3. Chocolat
  4. Matrix


  1. Lola’s house in Sta. Mesa
  2. Bungalow in Mandaluyong
  3. Condominium in Mandaluyong
  4. Townhouse in Pasig


  1. Desperate Housewives
  2. Oprah
  3. Sex and the City
  4. CSI Las Vegas


  1. liketheflowing.jpg Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
  2. You Can Have It All by Arnold Patent
  3. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  4. Good to Great by Jim Collins


  1. Readers’ Digest
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. SME Insight
  4. Yoga International


  1. Paris, France
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Stuttgart, Germany
  4. Barcelona, Spain


  1. Lechon
  2. Prawn hot salad
  3. Tempura
  4. Salmon sushi


  1. Coffee Crumble
  2. Double Dutch
  3. Strawberry
  4. Vanilla


  1. The Farm at San Benito
  2. Mandala Spa, Boracay
  3. Amanpulo
  4. Chi, Edsa Shangri La


“I heard you got a new car!”
“What did you get?”
“A Toyota Yaris!”
“A what?”….

For starters, it’s nothing short of a conversation piece.

The Toyota Yaris is almost unheard of. In fact, it’s not a high demand model. Its predecessor was the Toyota Echo. For the Yaris list price, you can already get hold of an Innova, a Vios or an Altis. So what makes it so special?

The Yaris brochure’s headline reads, “Are you groovy?” Well not exactly, but ‘hip’, ‘sleek’, ‘unique’ and ‘a bit Euro’… definitely! As my husband yaris2.jpgBrian and I were agonizing on which model to buy, we went to the showroom and the moment he laid eyes on the Yaris on display, it was love at first sight. My goal was to upgrade my Mazda sedan to a newer car so I can move around with more comfort and security. My Mazda kept me company for the past ten years, though we haven’t really gone too far. The mileage was only 59,600 kms. I resolved to finally let go and sell it, and luckily, the new owner is not a stranger. The brother of my good friend took an interest after years of going around on a motorcycle. Thus, I was content with a ‘normal’ car, and the all new Vios was my choice.

When I rode inside the Yaris, the interior was classy and nice! Thereyaris3.jpg were a lot of console boxes for my knick-knacks and the cup holders were plentiful. My dehydration days are over. It was a unanimous choice in the end-that which is uncommon and a cut above the rest. Our very friendly and accommodating agent Alex Veloso of Toyota Pasong Tamo informed us that there was stock available in the plant, and in less than a week, he delivered our full-featured, all-power, brand new medium silver metallic 1.5G Yaris at home. The ride is luxurious and it’s one lean, mean and powerful machine.

C!, The Ultimate Car Authority Magazine editors gives the Toyota Yaris a rating of 5 on their 5-star scale, which corresponds to ‘Beg, borrow, or steal to drive it.’ The only drawback of a hatchback design is the trunk space. I need to discipline myself to travel light (as in life, where we all should anyway).

Over and above that, this Yaris girl feels great, renewed and extremely grateful!

P.S. Today, October 20 is National Thank You Day!


My daughter knows better than to ever tell me she’s bored. I’ve told her, “There is always something to do or life wouldn’t have placed you where you are, so don’t tell me you’re bored. It means you haven’t looked inside deeply enough to figure out what to do with yourself right now.”

One day she forgot. She was just lounging on the couch when she said, “Dad, I’m bored” – and for some reason she fell right off the couch. From down on the floor, she looked up at me and said, “Dad, I’m not bored anymore.”

The saying as given in the Bible is, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Thoughts are things and it’s important to keep our thoughts of a spiritual nature, where we put our attention on living a life, which is a clear step toward growth. In whatever we do, are we growing? Are we learning? Are we enjoying this lifetime while we have our strength and our health?…

How to Find God, pp. 302-303
Harold Klemp

When we hear about the spiritual growth, the first thing that comes to my mind is change. So what is spirituality anyway? In my view, it is the processes of taking a thousand puzzle pieces and finding the right place for each piece. And when you’re done, you realize there are nine thousand pieces more.

Growth is uncomfortable because we leave something behind, like our old self, down to the minutest cells. It is maybe conscious or unconscious but it is inevitable anyway. The greatest step comes when we are shaken up and a crisis hits us, which may be in terms of relationships, finance, health, career, etc. Much like the daughter in the story who fell of the couch. If we are comfortable, it is the law of nature to wake us up. Staying in our comfort zone like being inside a casket with satin sheets. Quite an eerie thought don’t you think?

We can hasten our spiritual growth in several ways:

1. Improving our relationships
I attended a personal mastery workshop lately and this statement struck me – The level of your spirituality is determined by the quality of your relationships.

2. Engaging in spiritual exercises
They don’t have to be very elaborate. My personal spiritual exercises include affirming people, being grateful and acknowledging the blessings in my life. Taking things for granted is like the cavity in your tooth. If it persists it makes things rotten inside. Waking up each day with the mission of being of service to others jumpstarts my day. I welcome quiet time and take walks around the village. I delight observing the streets, the plants, and people in general. I would never get up close and personal as this as compared to driving.

3. Laughing more
I love reading books and if the author is witty enough to make me laugh, then it’s a winner! I consciously seek out happy people and try to see the humor in everyday life. Comedy shows would be great too.

So the next time you fall off the couch, you can just laugh it off!

May the blessings be!

Photo by Tina Munk

“After all, you are a child of God. Why not have a good, healthy opinion about you? You are worth something. The basic principle of Eckankar is: Soul exists because God loves It. You exist because God loves you, and that is all the reason there needs to be. You are important because you exist.

This is sometimes the starting point. Once you reach that point, you can say, “I’m worth something because God loves me. I am Soul.”

And if you can carry this with you, then you can go out into the world and love your neighbor as yourself. And if you can do this truly from your heart, this will be an entirely different world.

But since it is not an entirely different world, I would have to guess that many of the major religions have failed in their message. Maybe they’re doing the best they can in this theater of the human condition where people are learning to overcome their passions so that they can rise to a higher state of consciousness through their own experiences in life.

The Secret of Love, pp. 145-146
Harold Klemp

What does it mean to be a child of God?

Being called “child of God” levels the playing field. The ego finds it hard to accept that the ‘sinners’ in our midst would deserve to be called as such. The Holy Bible though warns us of judging other people and in the story of the Adulteress; this cannot be farther from the truth. “When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

God’s essence is most evident in children. They possess all the perfect and positive attributes when they were born. As they grow older, they are influenced by a lot of factors and the experiences they go through help them expand their awareness. This brings them back to a point of self-reflection and they are faced with the proverbial question “What for do we exist?”

Wherever we are in our journey, everything is perfect the way it is. What we think is important may be worthless, what we most believe to be true may be the biggest lie, that dualities are not opposites but complementaries and we do everything by doing nothing.

Will you take the challenge?


I am an alumnus of The Learning Haven. When adults ask me where I go to school and I tell them “at The Learning Haven”, a blank stare, “come again?” or “where’s that?” are common reactions. The school is located in the middle of Barangay (Bo.) Kapitolyo in Pasig City. Mommy’s friend Tita Jayjay recommended the school to her and her son Kyle became one of my best friends.

Teacher Joanne Jesena established the Learning Haven seven years ago. She used to teach in Xavier School and her belief that “… each child is a genius to be discovered” propelled her to propagate Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). DAP apply programs to fit the age and individual needs of each child in a class.

I was two and a half years old when I enrolled in her toddlers summer programs. I used to cry a lot during school presentations, and over 3 years, I managed to be a narrator in our school play. My self-confidence significantly improved. She is a discipline coach and her focus is that one’s essence is perfect. As babies, all the positive attributes are present and somehow, we were ‘degeniusized’ (check my mom’s blog entry “Born Genius”).

My mom recently attended a seminar she conducted entitled “Teaching Reading at Home”. She informed the attendees that there are a lot of reading strategies. The ‘traditional’ style is phonetic, where words are read by the sound of the letters, but the retention is not that effective as reading by context. reading2.jpgAn interesting thing she said was that children learn first the letters of their name because it is the most significant to them. As they thirst for more, their awareness extends to their immediate family and classmates’ names. Labeling ordinary items in the house works best. When they look at these objects, they get to ‘sight read’ and the association of the name to the object is well established. To develop children’s writing skills, she advices that then be given various writing instruments and different paper textures they can experiment with. When they write on paper, the adults should not be tempted to ask “What is that?” Young children may not be ready to explain their scribbles in a logical manner and this may stifle their self-expression. Now my brother Xavy can doodle to his heart’s content. She also discussed about the seven steps of spelling continuum from “Early Readers and Writers” (yes, even spelling has stages) namely: 1) scribbling; 2) letter-like forms; 3) one-letter spelling; 4) letter strings; 5) invented spelling; 6) transitional spelling; and 7) conventional. This seminar is only one of her numerous offerings to support the parents. One of her much sought after sessions is “Stress Free Discipline Strategy”.

My most memorable field trips were in Museo Pambata, Planetarium, Air Ads, Avilon Zoo, and the touching outreach in Gawad Kalinga in Baseco. I will miss Teacher Jo, as I will go to a big school by June. However, the values she has imparted to me will remain. Teacher Jo’s dream is that there is a “Learning Haven in every community”. She has dedicated herself to this teaching approach and this passion gave birth to a branch in Taguig. With her dedication and commitment, it will not be far-fetched.

For inquiries on seminars, enrollment and class schedules contact Joanne Jesena at 636-0658 or visit The Learning Haven-Pasig at 64 San Rafael St. Bo. Kapitolyo, or The Learning Haven-Taguig at Lake View Arcade, Bagong Calsada, Ususan, Taguig.


This particular quotation caught my attention:

All children are geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly inadvertently degeniusized by grown-ups. – Buckminster Fuller

I seem to notice the word ‘genius’ more than ever before. I attended a workshop recently entitled “Genius Creation-Shaping your destiny through the powers of your mind” organized by friends from Business Network International, which focused on techniques to access the untapped powers and harmonize the left and right hemispheres of commonly neglected organ–the brain. Without awareness and direction, it shall remain underutilized.

Being in my mid-30s, I ask myself “Am I born a genius or do I become one eventually?” and “How long it will take, what do I need to do, who do I seek if it is a process of becoming?”

I am most fascinated with Albert Einstein. He is a ‘rocket’ scientist and fits the stereotype to a T. He isn’t exactly the guy who wears the slickest hairstyle and he is not perceived as having the best interpersonal skills. A school dropout in fact, his life is very intriguing.

How do we define a genius anyway? The website provides the following definitions:

  • Extraordinary intellectual and creative power.
  • A person of extraordinary intellect and talent: “One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius” Simone de Beauvoir.
  • A person who has an exceptionally high intelligence quotient, typically above 140.
  • A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination: has a genius for choosing the right words.
  • One who has such a talent or inclination: a genius at diplomacy.
  • The prevailing spirit or distinctive character, as of a place, a person, or an era: the genius of Elizabethan England
  • Roman Mythology: A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.
  • A person who has great influence over another.
  • A jinni in Muslim mythology.

Fuller and de Beauvoir clearly have opposing views and choosing one over is dependent on your level of consciousness. When I was a student, I thought of myself as a genius in the making. However, now that I have two sons in their toddler years, I see them as ‘geniuses’ this early on. They have strong inclinations, and definitely have great influence over others. Terence is already cybersurfing, very fascinated with juggling and magic tricks. Xavy has a way of getting want he wants and gets it, though verbally-challenged at his age.

Will they be eventually be degeniusized? Not if I can help it.

Blogger friends

L-R: True blue bloggers Edlynn, Deedee, Janette, Jane U., Alou, Karl 

I attended day 1 of the iBlog 3 Philippine Blogging Summit at the Auditorium of the UP College of Economics. My blog is 2 days old as of yesterday and I am so happy for this opportunity to have learned so much. I am thankful to the sponsors-IPVentures and Globe who incidentally fed us too. It is the 3rd Summit and as I listen to the speakers, I was reminded of this universal law of “what you focus on expands”. I knew about blogging as an online journal but it didn’t interest me.

My blog coach Deedee Espina of & played a major role in stirring me towards this path of expression. Aside from setting up my wordpress account, we work on each others’ personal growth. We were ‘smsing’ away and posed this question “What am I good at, where do I suck at?” She told me that I am good at manifesting goals and suck at telling more of myself. The remedy would be for us to spend more time together with her listening more to me than me to her. And another solution… My blog!

I have been an ear to her for more 10 years. I love listening, I love learning. Someone told me that when you speak, you don’t learn. It comes down to a sense of balance though. We breathe in and we breathe out. We can’t do one without the other.

My dear friends, if you agree with Deedee on her observation about what I suck at, I invite you to read on (and post a comment too)…

Thank you for listening!

Love and light!

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