Monthly Archives: October 2011

Today… Measure Time…


I will free myself today from slavery to clock and calendar.
Although I will plan this day in order to conserve my steps and energy,
I will begin to measure my life in deeds not years;
in thoughts, not seasons;
in feelings, not figures on a dial.

Subic Sunset March 2010

(Today Series: 7/22)

How do we measure our “time”? Are we living our day by “just getting by” or we see our day as “8-5” or just simply “whatever” or que-sera-sera? Time, for those who matters time, can really intimidates or frightens you or worry you…  but however which way, we are “spending” it everytime… so how are we going to use and measure it matters!

I think we have can easure time by good deeds we’ve done, knowledge we’ve imparted, laughter we’ve blurted and love we’ve shown… and  especially by the “time” we actually shared.

The Ilocos Tour! (Part 1)


It finally happened – September 24-27… the great Ilocos Adventure with my Papi, and tagging along the typhoon Pedring… (the storm is really trying to keep us out of here, the last time we’ve tried August 27, the storm Mina cancelled our flight going there..)

Anyway, nothing will dampen our enthusiasm to make the most out of this tour… I have reviewed my list of to do’s and to visit (see here) and we’ve done it with few rains and slippery roads with it, but that’s adventure!

First day: Laoag
We checked-in at Balay de Blas (I made a reservation right after the cancelled tour last august) got a lovely suite!

We ate at Saramsam (owned by Mr Blas) and tried their famous Bagnet, Vigan Longanisa and Poque-Poque (we were curious with the name)

We started our tour by taking an unofficial, untrained tour guide (lesson no 1, dont just assume that every tricycle driver can take you to a tour of their city! – but well that’s adventure #1 too). Anyway, Marlon is so gracious and told me really that it is his first time (I hope he has a blog and write about this experience too). Just the same, we accomplished what we have to see in half-day tour of Laoag… just a bungled itinerary and long journey in his tini-wini tricycle (ahhh sakit likod namin)…

First stop: Sta Monica church (lovely, old, eerie…)

Ferdinand Marcos’ Birthplace:

there are more…for our day 1… (to be continued)

Today… Embrace Today’s Difficult Task…


I will embrace today’s difficult tasks, take off my coat, and make dust in the world.
I will remember that the busier I am, the less harm I am apt to suffer,
the tastier will be my food, the sweeter my sleep,
and the better satisfied I will be with my place in the world.

Aliya on her 15th month

Today series: 6/22