Let there be light. And then there was light. Hundreds of them.
Sometimes I get lucky and am able to tag Lia along on assignments. But most of the time, that isn't the case. You would think someone who's been doing this for years will somehow get used to such parting, but to me, it always feels the same. My heart still breaks each time. I remember my daughter in moments I don't expect to. Lia would love this bathbub. Lia likes this biscuit. Lia has the same dress as that kid. It's usually tough on the first day, as well as past the fifth day. It gets specially sad when I am alone in a room with only the sound of my breath amid the void. I guess, wherever they are, mothers will be mothers. Their hearts will forever long for those tiny arms and tiny voice that make home what it truly is.
Don't stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die. - Trevor Powers I only imagined ferry hopping across Visayas once. Ten years later, it happened. Your dreams really can take you far. Don't stop. Happy Independence Day, mga kababayan. #globelletravels #biyaheroes #wheretonext #staysalty #beachesph #Siquijor #dreams #passionpassport #humanofjoy
I live for beautiful mornings like this. Happy Sunday! #liloan #staysalty #sunseasand #summer #island #passionpassport #biyaheroes #SummerInVisayas #Cebu #SeeCebu
Stumbled upon the We Wander PH app on Google Playstore, and it is pretty nifty. Very easy to use and lets you scratch off Philippine provinces you've been to and easily see which ones you've yet to visit. #wewanderphmap #wewanderph #81provinces #philippines #scratchmap #maps #worldmaps #ilovephilippines
Almost cried when I saw a sea turtle the first time. So beautiful and so majestic a creature. Huhubels. #seaturtle #snorkeling #turtles #reptiles #wheretonext #biyaheroes #Negros #ilovethephilippines #philippines #SummerInVisayas #ApoIsland
It's dumbfounding how we complain about our phones and our laptops and our money (or the lack of it), while children in provincial communities are always happy with the sparse commodities they have, the small houses they inhabit, and even with little help their fellow humans extend to them. These kids asked us to hire them as guides to Osmena Peak. Said they need the money for school supplies. I never heard complaints. The world needs the kind of faith and contentment they have. #humansofjoy #littleandbrave #OsmenaPeak
Things are messed up in the #Philippines right now. But no matter how messed up it is, I can't hate it. I continue to be in love with it every second, every day. It is home and it forever will be. #staysalty #sunseasand #summer #island #passionpassport #biyaheroes #SummerInVisayas #Siquijor #beaches #wheretonext #siquijor
After losing over 30 pounds over 5 months, I decided it was time to go to the doctor. I'm having palpitations and difficulty breathing as well, among other symptoms. The physician's initial diagnosis was that I have hyperthyroidism, but he also said that I must go to a specialist for a full scan and further testing because he palpated a small mass in my throat. He said it might be something more serious. I have been so scared for several days. I have been crying. What if it was something serious, I wondered. I haven't been that afraid of death much of my life. I've come so close to it once. But things changed when my daughter was born. There's someone to live for. There are years to look forward to. I'm not yet ready to leave yet. She's so young. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's really hyperthyroidism and nothing else. Maybe I'm being paranoid and it's eating up my ability to enjoy moments. So today, even if I am still afraid, I decided it's time to stop allowing fear to subdue me. I will work. I will cook. I will laugh. I will get further testing and whatever the result is, I will live with it. I will continue to love life for how short or how long it will be. Life oughta be lived, for so many aren't as lucky.