choose your master or serve the two..

May mga bagay na ayaw (or ayaw na) natin gawin pero kailangan (parin) natin gawin.

So, meron kang dalawang mahalagang bagay na di mo maiwan.
Yung isa – yun ang nauna. Ito un nagbigay ng starting point kung asan ka ngayon.
Yung ikalawa – bagong opportunity pero ito yung nagbigay sayo ng mas “naka-sisiya” kesa sa una.

Pwede ka naman pumili.
Alam mo kung saan ang gusto mong bigyan ng matinding focus.
Alam na alam mo kung alin sa dalawa ang mas matimbang sa’yo — syempre, yung pangalawa.

Pero siguro sa ngayon, hindi na gaanong mahalaga syo yung una.
So ngayon, porke wala ka masyado mapala sa isa, nawawalan ka ng gana.

Well, actually nawawalan ka ng gana dahil sa excitement mo sa pangalawa.
Dun mo mas gusto. Kahit ako naman siguro magiging ganyan kung nasa posisyon mo ako.


Wag naman..

Sabi, “You can’t serve two masters at the same time.”
I say, “so.. choose.”

I’m not saying that you quit #1.
I’m just helping you get through.

It’s obvious you’re losing effort on and becoming negative about your “current”.
I can see you’re becoming rather more energetic and positive on what just came in.
It is understandable.
But please be understanding too, that while you still cannot let the first engagement go yet, then make time for it, too. Exert the same effort you used to give it when you were still starting (even before the new one arrived). I believe the new opportunity is supposed to inspire you to be better.

Just because nagsasawa na tayo sa luma ay basta basta na lang natin ito iiwan dahil mas exciting yung bago.

Hindi porke ayaw na natin gawin ang isang bagay, eh babale-walain na natin.

Okay lang siguro kung sa atin lang nakasalalay yun. Kaso hindi.. Hindi tayo solo. Hindi tayo yung buo. Isang part lang din tayo ng isang buo.

While you cannot yet choose between your two masters, why not be fair to both of them?

The second master rewards you more than the first master can, obviously. By being fair, I mean, if you can’t serve these two equally, then at least serve the first master enough – don’t just suddenly stop.

What could be a better story?
1: You became successful at one thing but in the process, gave up the other?
2: You found a way to be successful at both things – making two masters, and yourself, happy? As my friend, Mau said, “do both and become the master of your own choice”.

I think, number 2 would be a much inspiring story to tell.. and that’s what I’m counting you on.. :)

if I push you away..


When I push you away,
It doesn’t mean I don’t want you to stay.
And if I ever want you out,
It doesn’t mean that I don’t want you around.

Sometimes I answer your questions impolitely.
And it always seems I talk to you only half-heartedly.
I may sound as if I’m always mad at you,
But believe me, it’s actually never true.

If I push you away, it doesn’t mean I want you to go
If I ask you to leave, at the same time I’m hoping you’d say “No”
My heart is full of fear so I keep pushing people away
Because I don’t think that someone would really like to stay.

I used to be attached to people I care,
There were those who made me believe they’d always be there.
Until one day, everything suddenly stopped between them and me
Even if I know I didn’t do anything, I still kept saying I’m sorry.

So I made up an imaginary wall since then
Learning not to care so much so I won’t be hurt again..
But I admit sometimes I wish that you will still stay
Every time I try so hard to push you away..

nameless pillars

I was on my way to the office this morning. I took a van in Quezon Ave going to Global (BGC). The van took EDSA. I was seated in the 3rd row of the back seat. I can see the roads and buildings ahead from where I sat.

While the van was approaching the Ortigas flyover, somewhere in the South direction, this twin-tower-like buildings, which I suppose are located in Makati, caught my attention.

I was just amazed and thought wasn’t it amazing that men built these tall buildings that have been home to big and small companies for years?

I suddenly thought that these men do not only deserved to be well-paid. I suddenly thought these men, the names of each and every individual who helped build these deserve a space somewhere in the building (the lobby at the least) that they built. Or something just like in one of the pillars of ABS-CBN where they listed or painted on the names of the pioneer broadcasters, etc of the Network, who were considered as the “pillars” of the station.

Just a random thought early in the morning. :)

window cleaner in one of the buildings in Eastwood

Busy window-cleaner in one of the buildings in Eastwood.

“727. Show extra respect for people whose jobs put dirt under their fingernails.” -Life’s Little Instructions Book

My first solo trip in Caleruega

Last March 22, 2015, I got the courage to do a one-day out-of-town solo trip. It had always been in my bucket list to be able to go somewhere that far alone – without having to tag along Mama or having friends to depend on where to go, what to eat, and what to do.

I have always been scared to be alone in a new place. I never wanted to be sent abroad alone. I have always turned down all onshore assignments at work. Simply because, I can’t see myself going to the airport, riding an airplane, landing on a different country, alone. I really don’t like feeling solo in a world so big. It’s like I am an ant-small and the world is so so so big I wouldn’t know what to do.

One of my close friends at work advised me to try going on a solo trip even to any local destinations – like Cebu. However, Cebu is already too far and I don’t think I can. The only “far” place that I can think of, that I know I may be able to have courage to go to, was Tagaytay. So I then googled Tagaytay and looked for places or attractions where I can visit when I get there. Browsing from the search results, I found Caleruega.

Actually, Caleruega has always been mistaken to be located in Tagaytay, but upon learning from different blog sites, Caleruega is actually in Nasugbu, Batangas. Wow. Batangas. This scared but excited me. I have been to Tagaytay, and Batangas but with groups, but never alone. What really pushes me to pursue the trip to Caleruega were the pictures of the place scattered in the internet. I liked the flowers, and its surroundings. From the pictures I thought that I would really love to see Caleruega in person. I want to be able to take pictures of it myself.

It was a Sunday – March 22. At first, when I told my Mama that it will be only me going to Tagaytay (ooops. I didn’t tell her Batangas, but I think I told her when I got home), she got worried and asked me n times if I won’t be lost there. After so many convictions that I will not be lost, she finally approved. Yey. ;)

The trip to Caleruega.

In my research on how to get there by commuting, I learned that there weren’t bus terminals going to Nasugbu in Cubao anymore. I asked one of my friends who that same day posted on Facebook that she was on board going to Batangas. She told me that there is still one terminal in Kamuning, QC – JAM Liner. From SM North, I took the footbridge to get to the other side of EDSA going South. I boarded a bus going South and got off JAM Liner in Kamuning. In JAM Liner terminal, I asked the Bus conductors which bus to take if I am going to Caleruega. I told them it’s in Nasugbu, Batangas. Unfortunately, the buses that pass in Nasugbu are in Pasay, Taft. One bus conductor was very kind enough to tell me that I can ride their bus but they won’t be able to drop me off the exact location which was the Evercrest (or Hill Crest) Golf course, and would have to take another ride if I went with them. I liked what he said when I was leaving the terminal, “Syempre gusto ko ng pasahero pero kung mapapalayo ka naman, dun ka na lang sa may Pasay.” (Ofcourse I wanted a passenger on board, but you better take those buses in Pasay). Instead of getting pissed that I got off to the wrong terminal, I just laughed silently at myself and just reminded myself of what I read in one blog, that a true wanderlust get lost sometimes. J So again, I boarded a second bus and took off Coastal Mall. There were buses going to places in South, and finally I got in the right bus. I told the young bus conductor n times to please drop me off Evercrest. I’m so scared and nervous to be lost again. Hehe!

Finally, Caleruega. Yey! Finally. And Safely. I was so happy I made it there. Beautiful, peaceful. Below are some of the pictures I took when I was there. :)


Caleruega: Closer to Nature, Closer to God. :)

Koi Fish Ponds.

Caleruega Chapel DSCN1432 - Copy

What I love most are the flowers around. :)

Sto. Domingo de Guzman statue

Caleruega is a perfect place for those who want to escape from the noise and stress of work, and busy cities, and be with nature and God even for just a day.

To make it a meaningful trip for me, I brought out my own created small origami and left a butterfly in Caleruega. I just hope nobody would think that I was just littering.

However.. I can’t say that my trip was perfect. I think I got fooled on the right tricycle fare going to the Caleruega spot. When you get off Hill Crest, you still have to ride a tryke going to Caleruega. I have read on blogs that the tryke fare was only 20 php. Even if I have read that, just to be sure, I initially gave kuya, the tryke driver, 50 php and waited if he’d give me my change. But he did not. It was then when I asked how much was the fare really. He said “tama na po ito.” (this is enough, ma’m). I believed him, but after I gave him another 50 php when he fetched me from Caleruega to Hill Crest going home, I noticed that he was so thankful he said “thank you, talaga ma’m”, with a smile that made me curious and half-irritated. His smile gave me the impression that I had been giving me him too much and not just enough. I just let him be and just thought that he may be successful in fooling me but he can’t lie to HIM. Dear kuya tryke driver, I hope you know that somebody up there is watching you. God Bless! :)

Except for the tricycle driver who fooled me, I will still definitely go back to Caleruega.. with or without company. ;)

Caleruega Church

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