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[1: 2,069 of 10,000] Confession In The Rain

In Review on October 19, 2021 at 3:12 PM

If there’s one scene with the perfect lines that I love the most in the First Season of Bridgerton, it’s the profession of Daphne’s love in the last episode. Even accompanied by the melody of Max Richter’s The Four Seasons – Spring.

“Just because something is not perfect does not make it any less worthy of love. Your father made you believe otherwise. He made you believe that you needed to be without fault in order to be loved, but he was wrong. Should you need any proof of the matter, then… Then look just here. I am tired of pretending. And I cannot continue acting as if I… As if I do not love you. Because I do. I love all of you. Even the parts that you believe are too dark and too shameful. Every scar. Every flaw. Every imperfection. I love you. You may think you are too damaged and too broken to ever allow yourself to be happy, but you can choose differently, Simon. You can choose to love me as much as I love you. That should not be up to anyone else. That cannot be up to anyone else. It can only be up to you.” – Daphne Bridgerton

We can learn something significant in those words in this lifetime.

We have to stop pretending to not feel hurt when we are, to not feel appreciative when we are, and feel something so powerful that our hearts burst into explosions of love, laughters and tears.

When we love, it can only be the all. We cannot love the sky without the occasional rain, lightning, thunderstorm, rainbow and sunlight. We cannot love only a part and pretend the rest doesn’t exist. We have to love the shadow and the light and hopefully the love is brought out to shine that we strive to always be better as we flow with life.

In every moment of our life, we always have the willpower to choose the same or differently. We cannot make the excuse that we don’t have the option to choose better to what will give us happiness, joy, growth and peace.

[1: 2,016 of 10,000] Inspire The Room

In Review on November 17, 2020 at 4:51 AM
Photo source: Netflix

I have to give David Chappelle enough credit that in his Netflix special called “Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show gave me quite a number of AHAs that makes me appreciate him more not just as a comedian, not the label of he marrying someone from a Filipino descent, but because he’s a decent human being.

He understood when a room needed an inspiration that people remembers. He shared the words of Toni Morrison to SNL people, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There’s no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do languages. This is how civilization heal.” I’m a sucker of great wisdoms and this is resonating to my soul.

He is known to be a seeker of knowledge and speaks with truth in an art form. He was significantly raised by his mother Yvonned Reed etching in his mind that he should be a griot – a person in Africa who was in charged with keeping the stories of the village. And most of all, he was taught my his mother with bravery when she utters these words, “Son, sometimes you have to be a lion so you can be the lamb you really are.”

Dave didn’t start easy, he went through different seasons, and the words of Miles David rang true to who he is, “It took me years to learn how to play like myself.” I also learn from emulating adult, looking up to my chosen role models, and then I have to be out to the world being me because only when I show up authentically that I will feel fulfillment.

In Washington, D.C., 27 October 2019, was the first time it was celebrated as “Dave Chappelle Day” and Dave said, “In the future on Dave Chappelle Day, I ask everyone who wishes to celebrate it, to make one incredible memory for themselves, and/or somebody else.” For a man who’s living with spontaneity, that’s really incredible. His friends can attest that he knows how to make fantastic memories because he lives in the moment.

[1: 2,012 of 10,000] Joy Maker

In Review on November 13, 2020 at 9:36 PM
Photo Source: Couponing to Disney

I’m currently reading the Stargirl book, it’s meant for teenagers but it was calling me to read it. I saw it first as a movie also with the same title Stargirl and it was played by Grace VanderWaal who is a singer, songwriter, and plays ukulele. Side note before seeing the movie, I knew Grace from seeing her on YouTube as a contestant of Americas Got Talent when she was 12 years old and purchased her music from iTune.

Grace VanderWaal is a perfect fit to play Stargirl because she believes in miracle and she said it during her audition. The movie made me cry, Stargirl is a living joy maker, who doesn’t follow the rules, and inspire people to believe in magic. The moment I finished the book, I searched who wrote the movie and it was then that I found out that it was based from a novel written by Jerry Spinelli.

I can attest that being a joy maker isn’t hard. It was close to my heart because every once in a while I embody being a secret Santa to someone even if it’s not Christmas. As a lightworker, I have the gift of feeling someone’s energy and I could tell if someone is coming from a place of fear or love. Where ever a person come from, I always want to create magic in someone’s life and make life extra ordinary. I like making surprises to show how someone is special and worth the care that usually comes with a gift.

When was the last time you’ve done something kind for someone without expecting anything in return? #WorldKindnessDay2020

[1: 1,998 of 10,000] Pizza From A Dubai Japanese Restaurant

In Review on October 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

When I was younger, I believed that Pizza Hut in the Philippines have a good pizza, because I liked it thick, greasy, got pineapple (yes, I’m one of those) and cheesy. When I got older, I wanted thin, still with pineapple, and cheesy.

Living in Dubai, I don’t really crave for pizza especially when I’ve discovered naan and sourdough plus I’m not really into bread all the time except when I feel like having a proper butter croissant (French boulangerie has the best of this) or Angelina’s Red Velvet Croissant with baby meringue satisfies my carb and sweet cravings (too bad that they currently stopped serving this in Dubai Mall where I normally get my fix).

I divert. Going back to pizza, I do like Pizza Express until my sibling said we have to try Akiba Dori. I like experimenting, as any story in life, if it didn’t taste good then it’s one bad meal and remember not to order from that restaurant again. So, I ordered in a Japanese restaurant in Dubai who claims to have the best Tokyo Neopolitan Pizza and one bite of the Margherita with its chewy edges but thin in the middle and I’m convinced it’s worth having pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. I never finish a whole one but I can for this (yay)!

This was the batch that I actually finish a whole pizza alone!

[1: 1,994 of 10,000] Pet Peeve

In Review on April 30, 2020 at 7:56 AM


Let’s talk about a pet peeve of mine and I’ll let you into how my brain works in connection to an actual feeling or stimulation. Don’t wander to a dirty mind, but well it involves the lips so proceed with caution.

A ceramic mug that isn’t transparent like the photo above is only meant for hot beverages or hot soup for me. I never felt comfortable using it for drinking plain water or any cold beverages including ice coffee, especially with ice cubes. It is so uncomfortable for me drinking water from a mug like it made it denser and it’s harder for me to swallow.

A mug without an ear is not a good mug at all, I don’t want to burn my hand while I sip. I take note restaurants and coffee shops who use a tissue paper or some kind of a cloth to protect the hands, it’s not working!

Water or any cold beverages will only be enjoyable for me to drink if it’s in clear glass (perfect) or a transparent mug is also acceptable.

I haven’t figured out my trauma about glasses but I am using the appropriate container for a particular drink.

What’s your pet peeve? Do you have the same feeling about my mug and glass dilemma or it’s just me?

Photo by Sarah Shaffer on Unsplash

[1: 1,904 of 10,000] A Quiet Place

In Review on May 2, 2018 at 12:12 AM


In this scene, the daughter and father were arguing. It reminds me of my own father who wished to provide me with everything I wanted but couldn’t all the time and to be honest what I wanted were not really a necessity.

I went to the movie house expecting a horror film for “A Quiet Place” and I went out all teared up but the very end bit made me laugh because it was cheesy and a cliche but it was totally irrelevant of the movie’s total appeal.

The story and acting were amazing. I did expect that I will jolt every now and then because it’s a horror movie and this I believe is only the third horror movie that I was brave enough to see in a theater. The real surprise is the drama part, there were several scenes that broke my heart and automatically made my tear ducts unstoppable.

Spoiler alert! Whenever I remember the scene that the father sacrificed his life for the safety of his children and choosing that moment to tell his daughter how much he loves her in sign language, I still cry like a baby.

I really like the movie. Side note, the movie house was so quiet and full (I’ve seen it in Dubai Mall) I must say that I couldn’t eat my popcorn and dare make a sound.

[1: 1,890 of 10,000] Tinder Experience

In Review on August 5, 2017 at 4:22 AM


I downloaded the Tinder app, signed up, deleted my account, signed up again, deleted my account again, and finally deleted the app in a span of less than two months.

I am scared to be flirty although I did try and made an effort. I am afraid to fall in love with a wrong man… I know the mere thought of finding a wrong man already set me up for disaster. I doubt that the man I want to settle down with signed up in Tinder. Could it be that as hesitant as I may be is the same feeling of the man I am meant to meet?

Or are we crossing paths but I never looked, paused?

For something to happen, I need to take an action, but I couldn’t seem to stomach signing up in Tinder and swiping as fast as I can. In seconds judging an individual with their photos and brief write up then making all these assumptions.

I hated it when I mistakenly liked or even super liked somebody I don’t even meant to be just because my silly thumb has a mind of its own to the right direction. I swiped left too soon and missed the possibility of I might like that man. I wonder if I am going to find a really honest gentleman. I laugh when I found a match only after a few minutes one of us would decide we are not a match after all ouch quick rejection!

It feels like so much work to be part of it so I have to challenge myself and find another way to meet good men. I have to sign up for activities where I will actually interact with men.

[1: 1,868 of 10,000] The Good Wife (2009-2016)

In Review on February 3, 2017 at 8:59 PM

The Good Wife

I was obsessed of The Good Wife the moment I started it in Netflix, a total binge watching moment. If I am picky then I didn’t like Cary’s pretend drinking and eating acting. I cried like I’ve never cried before when Will Gardner died.

I told my sister who just become a first time mother to watch it because I like the practical, fun, and yet stern parenting skills of Alicia. It was also Eli Gold’s branding of Saint Alicia that made me believe for sometime that she is an honest woman who wants to get the bottom of things, to honor law and fight injustice, and yet the writers pulled back and made her very human who also try her best of the situation, she is not perfect.

The seventh and final season was not really gripping but I liked all the six seasons. I also liked it that Diane slapped her at the end, it made it a dramatic ending, and as my youngest sister said, that should wake her up.

It is life, I will never know what the future holds. I will never be able to please everyone. It is important to do what I believe, and for heaven’s sake I hope what I believe will lead me to a decent path no matter how challenging it may be.


[1: 1,837 of 10,000] Surprising Personal Observations In Australia

In List, Review on December 26, 2016 at 1:25 PM


I was in Australia this September and October of 2016 to survey if the country is a place I would like to settle in while visiting family and friends too who were trying to persuade me to move.

  1. People in Australia know how to chill. It is a country that is both progressive and relaxed. People really utilize the park for unwinding.
  2. Progressive and yet homeless people are present that actually scared me a little, alarmed not to even interact with them. I don’t understand their ordeal and I am not ready to understand it.
  3. Shops close early and that makes me sad.
  4. It is populated by various Asians so Asian restaurants were quite rampant.
  5. The airport field is refreshingly beautiful with the natural trees and green grasses.
  6. I believe that the food and wine made in Australia are clean and well made.
  7. There is not much in the news because there is not much crimes going on.
  8. TV shows are filled with shopping episodes.
  9. There are so many beautiful places to see, both current and historical.
  10. It is a good country for a family because it takes care of its citizen.

I don’t party a lot but having said that I still prefer to live in a country with cities that lit up at night not necessarily that doesn’t sleep. Australia right now is too relaxed for my taste.

[1: 1,814 of 10,000] Gilmore Girls Is Back On Netflix

In Review on November 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM


I’m in Dubai so I have to wait just a little bit for US to strike November 25th so I can finally see the all new 4 episodes (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

Incoming spoiler alert, beware!

Forevermore I truly love the mother-daughter relationship of Lorelie and Rory. Whenever the past is being brought up, I remember the teen episode of Lorelie when she’s being her at a very tender age though.

As a woman, I couldn’t help to connect my life with theirs. My mom is gone so I am sort of the Lorelie to my almost 30 year old little sister, yes she’s playing Rory at this part. We are a crazy duo who travels whenever we can, fight relentlessly, binge on television and food, and cheer each other up. The only difference is we mock each other like we really mean it.

The series fell flat in some parts, like they’re all doing things all over again and there were odd scenes, was it just me reminiscing with them and quite surprised to see how they all looked like now?

I’ve seen Gilmore before, I’ve rewatched the entire 7 seasons (I’m committed) on Netflix, and I’m again taken aback that Rory is sleeping with an engaged man. Why does she do that to herself? Or the writers just think they want to represent the most possible truths that romantic people fall in love too easily? Again, she’s lost with her career and going some detour; only to end the show that she’s pregnant. Probably Logan or the recent one-night stand? I couldn’t expect my personal hope of happy ending from a television, after all, I am 4 years older than Rory.


Of all the 4 episodes, Fall made me sobbed starting when Lorelie gave the best memory she could think of about her dad. When Suki reappears and as usual prepared endless array of cakes for Luke & Lorelie’s wedding. I’m cracking up again just by remembering it. And finally, the set for the wedding was beautiful, including the song being played.

I’m happy for Lorelie that she is happy knowing her path… she finally settled down and a true business savvy. She had finally accomplished what she wanted and living the life she needed.