#GoFundMEL

Support Melisa’s MA Education

A friend who is so gifted with music, Melisa Camba, is a graduating student in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music (BM-Vocal Performance) and an alumna of the Philippines High School for the Arts. She is currently working a a teacher and artist at the Philippine Opera Company.

In September 2016, she started auditioning for schools in the UK (London, Wales, Scotland) and in New York for her post-graduate studies in Musical Theatre. So far, three schools have already accepted her as part of their program for the fall Semester of 2017.

With this, Melisa is asking for help so she could pursue her post-graduate studies since the cost she may need in these schools are quite expensive and beyond her capacity. To know more about the details and ways to help, please click: #GoFundMEL. Any amount is greatly appreciated and I know Melisa will never fail us.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD)

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, according to the college’s website, RWCMD is one of UK’s leading drama school. It has ranked as the top institution in the United Kingdom for drama training.

As of today, Melisa’s scholarship application to RWCMD is currently being processed and results on her application will be announced between the months of March and August.

To know more about Mel, go to this link: Melisa Camba

#BestYearEver: Shortcut to Success

“Nothing is more exciting than the Game of Life.” ~Bro. Bo Sanchez

Today marks my first attendance to The Feast by Bro. Bo Sanchez for 2017. Every month at The Feast, Bro. Bo, together with other Feast builders discuss certain topics during the Talk session which is done after the Holy Mass and Worship. Each topic is divided into a series of talks each week for the whole month, thus it’s called “Talk Series”. As for my experience, a month usually has 3 Talks (one each Sunday) that focus on one topic, the 4th Sunday would sometimes be kind of like a Summary of all the talks during the month.

For the month of January the Talk Series is entitled “The Best Year Ever“. This is divided into the following:
Talk 1 (Jan-8): Imagination
Talk 2 (Jan-15): Imitation
Talk 3 (Jan-22): Implementation

Since I wasn’t able to attend the Feast last January 8th. I’ll just share what I have learned on today’s talk: “IMITATION“.

Today’s talk has a tagline “shortcut to success“. We all know that there really is no shortcut to success. Success is achieved through hard work, blood and sweat. Bro. Bo, together with Bro. George at the 10:45AM Session, shared the 3 Ways to Win in this Game of Life.

  1. CATCH – identify the winners. Avoid religious people who do not have love in their hearts. If we want to be winners, we have to be surrounded by winners – the real winners, not those who only pretend to be successful. Like Bro. Bo’s example, those people who seem wealthy but has huge debts we’re not aware of, we don’t want to be like them, right? So talk to real winners.
  2.  
    If we want to build a business, then we have to look for people who are already successful in that field, and learn from them. That said, if I want to be successful at blogging, then I have to find successful bloggers and learn from them what makes a good blog and how have they kept their blogs interesting, etc.

  3. COPY – once you have identified the winners, copy them. But only copy what fits you.  Bro. Bo earlier said, “Don’t copy personality, copy production. Don’t copy process, copy passion.”

    We only copy what is applicable to us or what’s applicable to what we want to achieve and be successful at. For example, let’s say I have already found someone successful at blogging, and let’s say this person is a successful food blogger. What Bro. Bo is trying to tell us is that, in my case, I don’t have to start a food blog like that person, I don’t have to go food tripping everyday or every week, just to have something to write about. I don’t have to copy that way.

    Bro. Bo is teaching us to copy the successful person’s passion meaning finding what we are passionate about. Not only does it help us to focus but finding our own passion also helps us find who we truly are.

  4. CREATE – we may copy, but we also have to be original. From what we learn from successful people, we can start creating our own way to success. From there, we can share to those aspiring people and let them copy our production, our passion so they can create their own. And hopefully they’ll do the same to others.
  5.  
    I like this from Bro. George Gabriel, “You can always be a second rate version of anybody but you have to be the first rate version of yourself.”

There there.. 🙂

Nothing is more exciting than the game of life, and to win, we just need to Catch the winners, Copy their passion, and Create our own.


The Feast Bay Area is a weekly prayer gathering of the Light of Jesus Family. Sundays at The Feast start with a Holy Mass, proceeded by a worship, then the talk sessions by Bro. Bo Sanchez and other Feast Builders. For Feast Schedules, you may visit their facebook page: The Feast Bay Area

ang buhay parang butterfly… (weh!?)


These are dead butterfly’s wings I just found minutes ago in one of my notebooks.. I remember when I first saw this more or less 5 years ago. Paalis ako ng bahay nun, pag-tapak ko ng hagdan sa labas ng bahay sa JEM2, nakita ko ito sa lapag – sa steps mismo nung semento sa labas. Natuwa at na-amaze ako kase wala na yung katawan nya at ulo pero wings nya intact pa.

Ahmmm.. Di ko sadyang makita ulit ito today. I have almost forgotten about it. I just took out this notebook kase I plan to write something as I am re-reading one book at gusto ko isulat details (characters, quotes, etc). Pag leaf through (tama ba english ko? Basta pag-lipat ng page) ko dun sa black pages, it was then nakita ko ito.

In person matingkad parin yun purple na nakamix sa white parts nung wings. The wings itself, yung feel nya, texture, parang buhay na buhay pa. Hindi sya tuyo na parang dead leaf. Gets mo na? Gets mo na!

Ano bang pinaglalaban ko? Wala naman. Ganang mahilig ako sa analogies, haha.. 

Anyway, para tayong butterfly. Ang buhay natin parang butterfly. Pumapagaspas? Haha hinde.

Naisip nyo na ba bakit?

Think deep. Dali!

Siret na? 

Pag tayo ay na-deads (note that I did not use “mamatay” para di masyado serious and katakot), our bodies may (taglish, men!) deteriorate (deep!) ba yun? Basta! Yung physical body natin mawawal, magiging buto na lang tayo, etcetera etcetera, pero just like the dead butterfly, why we leave behind matters. 

Ang hirap a. Teka.

Basta yung magandang nagawa natin sa buhay (meron at meron yan kahit mukhang wala), ay mananatili parin katulad nitong wings ni dead butterfly. These wings represent memories. Even if we die, we will still be alive in the memories we left behind.

Di ba? Naisip mo na?

Not unless ako lang talaga agagandahan sa wings na ‘to. Pero basta yun. 

So create more beautiful memories to leave beautiful wings. The more memories, the more chances of winning! Ay mali! The more beautiful pala yung maiiwan mong alala pag time mo na.. 😉

<insert song 🎶spread your wings and prepare to fly for you have become a butterfly..🎶> kinanta ko talaga amp.

Oks na?

one read at a time

Last year I was able to complete reading 14 books, mostly by Cecelia Ahern, Ransom Riggs, then Andy Weir, Roald Dahl, Jojo Moyes, and Mitch Albom. An officemate suggested that I start a reading journal. But since my time is mostly in front of a laptop, I decided to create an online reading journal instead of writing in a physical (more like literal) notebook.

So yesterday I set up a new WordPress blog (another to maintain – my 4th actually), which I gave a title: “One Read At A Time“.

My new blogsite will just be about my thoughts for every book that I read. Hopefully, I will be able to write for all the books I have read from previous years.

Please check it out (maybe subscribe too) if you have time. Thanks in advance! 🙂