Spread Love Like Fire in Davao

Dear BIG HEARTS,

Happy Christmas! It is delightful to see all the lovely family photos – after church, on a vacation, in their houses on their matchy-matchy jammies, red, greens, whites, formal and casual OOTDs. Photos of sumptuous feasts of all kinds of Filipino dishes are flooding my newsfeed and it warms my heart how many of my friends have these lovely Christmas dinners. And of course, the morning after Christmas eve when we laugh and feast on the leftovers while we nurse on our hangovers. SUCH AN AMUSING SCENE!

In this season of merry-making, gift giving, pigging out and simultaneous parties and feasts, I could not fathom the tragedy, helplessness and outrageous pain felt by our brothers and sisters in Davao. Unfortunate events forlorn many of our countrymen as the typhoon Vinta caused a major flood that caused many families to leave their humble homes and spend Christmas in gyms, schools and evacuation centers. But help was there, help is received and more help is on the way.
Then, just a day after this calamity, a violent fire caught the historic NCCC Mall. I could not put into words what had transpired that day. Dabawenyos fought hard that day, they remained resilient and hopeful. Many were saved, many survived, fortunately, many got back to their families loving arms and find comfort in their presence. Time will help heal the trauma these people experienced. But then.
Miserably, others didn’t make it. Numerous lives were lost. This tragedy caused 37 families grieve on Christmas Eve. It would have been red and green and colorful shirts they would wear and not black. They would have been wearing ear-to-ear smiles and not mourning pins. They would have been celebrating Christmas like a traditional Filipino family, sending greetings, videos, cards, and memes, sharing photos of their feasts and OOTDs. They would have been.

But the events outside our control cause many broken hearts. Let us all include the victims and their families and friends in our petitions. I wish there was a way we could help comfort these hearts. No fancy words we could say will take a scant of the pain they are feeling. We feel for our brothers and sisters because we know how it is to have someone and love them wholeheartedly. And we would not ever want to feel we’ve lost them forever.

In our humble ways to help comfort our brothers and sisters in Davao, we are knocking at your BIG, AMAZING HEARTS as people who would like to help our brothers and sisters who were forced out of their homes due to the flood.

My friends and I are doing small independent outreach activity on December 29, 2018, Friday. We start with what our tiny pockets can accommodate and accept donations from friends who are willing to do the same.

Together, our little gestures can make a huge difference.

We are accepting alms in cash and in-kind and in service.
-Rice
-Noodles
-Canned Goods
-Plastic Cups
-Soap
-Medicine and Vitamins
-Snacks, Biscuits, Coffee, Milk

We will greatly appreciate if you can donate your preloved stuff you don’t use and won’t miss.
-Clothes (Old but presentable)
-Blankets/Towels
-Old Plates, Glasses, Utensils
-Things that can be used still

davao

For donations, feel free to contact me Carla Joyce Aberion (Cebu) and Wensley Sablay (Davao) Via Facebook Messenger
Or Text us thru our mobile numbers
Carla – 0923 266 6718
Wensley – 0998 010 8632

Spreading Love,
Your Friends

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Once Upon a Time, I Lived Happily Ever After

As a kid,
I believed in fairytales.
In Once Upon a Times
and Happily Ever Afters.

But after I got my knees bruised
And overcome puberty blues
I learned you can’t make good poetry
Without getting your heart abused.

(LOL! Bad poetry. Bad poetry. No wait, this isn’t even poetry. Just finish it, so you can shut it up. 😂😂😂)

But then I grew up,
So it’s Once upon a time,
I handed my heart over
To several wrong people
And that is okay
Because Once upon a time
I learned, I loved, I gave it my all
I fall, I failed, I was on my knees
But it wasn’t the end I know
I cried, I prayed, I still believed
That magic happens, unexpectedly
I got up, I continued despite,
I smiled, I tried
And licked my wounds in silence
I made a note to self
That if Once upon a time,
Handing your heart over
Doesn’t make feel like a princess
That is okay
He may not be your prince yet
And it matters less if he ever come along or find you first or find you at all
Because it is when you know your worth and love yourself first,
That you’d live happily ever after.

-The Soliloquist

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Universal Studios Singapore

November 2015

Inadequate

Sorry if I’d made you feel inadequate
That what you do isn’t enough
To make me feel I am valued
To make me believe I am loved

At times I just don’t understand
Why I envy a lot
On other people’s lives and
Beautiful stories they got

I know I’ve hurt you intensely
I broke your heart and I’m wrong
Now I’m saying I’m sorry
That I said we just don’t belong

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I didn’t knew then it was wrong
To tell you insensitive thoughts
That might have broke us apart

I have forgotten entirely
How beautiful we once were
How I want to turn back time
If I could I’d say “as you were”

But what’s done has been done
The damage is beyond repair now
I only wish your pain will be gone
I’ll take with me the ache with a bow

-The Soliloquist

 

(Wrote this years ago, it’s downer so I had second thoughts publishing it. But nah for safekeeping.)

How To Find One True Love: A Book Review

Definitely glad someone shared to me this book by Bo Sanchez . The humor and truthfulness of this book made me hungry of what the next concept entails. Novels made me fall in love, cry and nervous. This book made me laugh out loud like crazy yet it gave me so much wisdom on how to find a good mate. Reading this book made me realize so many things, about myself, my preferences and what I ought to be. Not that I didn’t know how to be me, it just made me realize how essential it is to be your best self.

There are a lot of things in this book that I agree on and made me feel that my beliefs and thoughts are correct. Among others are not believing and asking for silly external signs and not falling for not well-thought romantic letters that includes mushy lines such as “you are my other half”, or “you complete me.” Urgh. I will admit, I am a hopeless romantic. I love to say I love you and I am happy I have you in my life but I would not want to hear someone say they are incomplete without me. More of these thoughts on my other post entitled “You Complete Me” and “Give Me A Sign: If stars twinkle tonight, I will marry you.”

There are also a lot of concepts in this book that made me stop, think and re-read. Shocking notions that made me say, “Damn. This is me” and on countless times nod and declare “I should do this.”

It is a funny, direct and short that it would not require a bookworm to finish this book. The words Bo used in this book are simple and understandable. It is good for singles for all ages, either ready for a new relationship or not yet. This is also good for couples in romantic relationships who are open-minded. People who are lost in the trance of magic love spells might not be able to grasp the idea behind this book. Married individuals might also find this useful. Especially those individuals those strive to improve their relationships and selves.

As simple as the concepts presented in this book may have seemed, it is not that easy to follow it as well. It takes a lot of adjustment, like being attractive when you are not just used of dressing up or wearing make up or perhaps going out on dates or talking to new people. It is always easier to know than to do. Anyway, anything worthwhile is never easy. We are talking about Finding One True Love.

I quote some of my favorite lines from this book.

“True love begins the moment we fall out of love.”

“People don’t get what they deserve. People get what they think they deserve.”

(Saw this draft from June 2013, and I’m posting in anyway. Will be posting old unpublished works soon and hoping to finish new pieces. Thanks for dropping by.)

-The Soliloquist

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Window Pane

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Dear, let me tell you..

That life is gonna knock you down real hard. Doors will be shut in your face and it’s gonna hurt you more than it should. You will keep banging that door. Until you realize it will lead you nowhere anymore. And then you’ll turned around, eventually your eyes will ran out of tears and that’s when you can see thru the window. It is definitely more than just a window pane. You’ll see life is beautiful even when shit happens. And that.. There is more to life than closed doors.

-The Soliloquist

-The Soliloquist

Say “Thank You”

Say “thank you..”

For the mornings that are reminders of a chance for new beginnings, that change is directly proportional to progress, that there are pending risks worth taking, that love unexpressed can be shown today.

Thank yourself..

For being awesome up to this day, for standing up for what you believe in, for forgiving, for loving unconditionally. Thank yourself for being wrong, now you know how to make things right. Thank yourself for all the failures, that only means you are brave enough to try. Thank yourself for being you, no one else can do it better. Thank, you.

Thank God..

For the nth time, do so. For the plans He has for you is better than what you have for yourself. For sending the sun his way. For the courage to welcome change. For everyone who loves you, who believes in you and encourages and inspires you to be the best of yourself. For the chance to show them how you love them back. And for the mornings.. That are reminders of a chance for new beginnings.

-The Soliloquist

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