Category Archives: Today

Time Not Well Spent…

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Peering at my phone clock every early morning, it almost always says : 3:59am (or around that region)… Me, snoozing until 4:30 (trying to go back to sleep, but can’t), then finally, feeling motivated of what I can do more on this wee hour before everybody gets awake, I stand up thinking that I will finally be able to do this “grand” task I been holding back to do.

Then in habitual motions, I will grab my mobile, check the time, walk to the loo browsing my mails, glance at my calendars and reminders (and noticing that few have “moved” since I wrote them)… Remind myself to set get to do those… Then will goes back to the mails and messages while having my ginger-lemon tea…

I intend to go straight to my working table, for that design to make, or blog to write, or art to create or some accounting to do… Until everybody gets awake… Oh I always have that noble intentions…. That’s the plan… Well, That is ALWAYS the plan…

And it always didn’t happen.  Distracted. Unfocused. Disorganized… my motions are as if dictated by every mail I opened, every order that sent my way, every query by clients, every concern by our production people, every trivial errand that is either due or already past due. Time passed and did I accomplish anything? I mean, the way I planned it…

So, this is the consequence of me having so “much” time in my hand… Since I resigned from my corporate job, I thought that I always have the time in the world to do what I love to do, or if not done soon enough, I always have that “tomorrow.”

I have sooo much free time…

And that, I realized, is a bad notion… now I feel that the habit of “free-time, free-willing” motions now got into me. These habits now overtake me. Hate to admit it, but I have not done much for myself that I can be proud of.

The plans for the year crumbled, the plans for the month just didn’t happen…. So much so, even the plans for the DAY is just like a day-dream.

Checking my mobile clock this early morning, and its 3:59am again. Feeling thankful for another extra hour for this extra day in my life… But how will I best spend it again?

Maybe I will buy a night clock today to stop myself holding my mobile phone every morning.

The Adventure is Out There

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The coming days from now and the near and far future is somewhat “new” to me as I embark on my next chapter of my life. After long years of being part of a corporate world, I am now on my own…. There are fears, yes; hesitations, definitely; worries, for sure …. But there are really moments of great anticipation and excitement. I know I have prepared myself enough for this, and I am more than ready. I Know!

Talking more about positivity, I am now beginning to embrace (and enjoying) the “freedom” I have now. It’s more of the luxury of my time to do what I think really matters now to me. To see again what I am capable of doing in different fields. To experience again the new and renewed energy and creativity. To rekindle again relationships. To enjoy the extra time spent just playing and creating and keep on learning. The possibilities are endless… so why hesitate, why worry.

The adventure… the grand adventure begins (again)…

Children Got Cancer, too…. Please don’t look away

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Children Got Cancer too, please don’t look away. Today, I visited Phil General Hospital, with my humble petty gifts of pillows for the children of Pediatric ward for cancer patients. I have made a promise a couple of months ago that I will return with donations of pillows which the doctors specifically asked. Petty my gifts are, but I hope it will bring smiles to their face.

It was heart-breaking yet so inspiring how they are trying to be strong to fight the big C, though their body is so small and frail. It is also admirable how are their parents and lolas are so patiently and tenderly caring for them, keeping also the brave spirit.

Other petty stuff and problems became so irrelevant when you are at this place where one thing that is SO important is to hang on to the fragile thread of what we call Life.

Hope I can do more to cheer them. Or give what keep us all “hanging in there” …. Hope.

52weeks Adventure/ Challenge

Week 3 – Charity Works at PGH

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Be Hands On! (Wk 2 – Go Read Books and Be Inspired… Again)

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Haven’t read books in a while, but I got this recently in National’s sale box. And glad I did. It made me inspired again, and brought back the volunteerism spirit that seemed lulling for a while. Just like any other projects and ideas and aspirations that I have unconsciously (or maybe deliberately) “abandoned” because of everyday grinding schedules and stress (alibi, alibi)…

 Been thinking when was the last time that I made meaningful acts of volunteerism or deliberate act of charity works? In past years, I usually took time to plan and schedule and save for those “events”. Maybe its not too late again. Well, nothing is too late if one starts NOW.

In my small way, will do something meaningful to help or any random act of kindness everyday starting Today (again).

52weeks Adventure/Challenge

Week 2 – Go Read Those Books and Be Inspired

Things to do while there’s nothing to do

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Bacolod
Sept 18-21, 2013
2 days bonding moments with BFF-partners (SVS) and 2 days CPA convention

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(Not necessarily in order):

1. Set no schedule, no itinerary…. just bum around
2. Enjoy a massage
3. Update Instagram
4. Read blogs
5. Update 101 in 1001
6. Sleeeeppp zzzzz
7. Watch Aga movie – done
8. Watch Be Careful…
9. Picture picture with celebrities (Bamboo)
10. Update iPhone Apps
11. Cleanup iphone files
12. Plan for date adventure with Papi
13. Plan for bicol with dad
14. Plan for house renovation for mama
15. Calea cake with friends
16. Nightout with PG staff
17. Facial kikay self-session with sisters
18. Chicken bacolod with friends
19. 5 pillow designs
20. Email kuyas
21. Plan for getaway with Family – December
22. Listen to inspirational speakers
23. Scout for a new good author
24. Read Kerygma and God Whisper
25. Read newspaper
26. Update blogs
27. Order easel for Aliya and Mama
28. Scout robotic or art workshop for Lean
29. Visit the Ruins
30. Write 43 things to be thankful for

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A Month and A Week….

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I am missing my blog and blogging… I missed being inspired… it seemed without writing my thoughts, I am uprooted and in many places. Focus. that’s what I need now. And I need to blog/write to make my mind clearer and my priorities checked.

Anyway, best time to begin is always “now” … never mind that my last entry was Dec 2012 and the second last was July 2012…  I will keep at this for now….

I think I have not started my 2013 right… feels like a roller-coaster in the past month and past week (company take-over, store opening, new implementation at work place, while there are new projects, new demands in our business, plus it is now tax season)… It passed by with me doing so many things yet it seemed accomplishing nothing. I lacked planning and got lost. I am losing focus. And it frustrates me now,,, feels like it is making me more unproductive… Plus, there are lot of people (staff) who are banking on my directions and leadership.

Well, it will not get better if I whine and continue to be dismayed… I have to pick up myself and start again. NOW is the time to start afresh (January will not come back, not until next year). Focus on few things. Relax. Set goals. No pressure. Delegate. Depend on the Team. Unwind. Pray.

I will get by…. I will pass this… with lots “done” …

Will update soon….circles

Today: Take Each Moment as it Comes

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I will count this day a separate life.
I will remember that those who have fewest regrets
are those who take each moment as it comes
for all that it is worth.

sunset, IG, babel, blue

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From the Book of Og Mandino: Mission Success (The Seeds of Success)

This quote from this favorite book is what I almost live by as my personal motto… (you see, it is also the tagline of this blogsite….)

This moment is all that we have, time is our companion, we are the maker of our life…

the choice on how we live it is within our power…

Year of Exploring

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This photo will remind me of how my 15yr old son starts to explore and “invade” the social media world. I know he is experementing and learning and excited about gaining new friends. I have apprehensions, as most moms have, but i will let him be. I hope I will be always there to guide and remind him of our values and virtues. I pray that he’ll not go “stray” ….

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This photo is quite symbolic and timely. My son, when he turned off the light in his room, he saw this sunray effect on his eyeglass. He called me excitedly, like a little kid who found a treasure toy! He showed it to me with ardent delight… (at first I dont know what he was pointing at)… Apparently, it was his first time to see a sunlight streaming through his window (he usually go to school almost at dawn, and he sleeps late on weekends). Having this “grand” effect on his stuff, he was amazed literally, and it was a warm feeling (for me) looking at him, while he is trying to be “big” and “all-knowing” he is still my unassuming boy who appreciates simple and new things.

Today: Play it to the Fullest

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I will pause whenever I am feeling sorry for myself today,
and remember that this is the only day I have and I must play it to the fullest.
What my part may signify in the great whole,
I may not recognize,
but I am here to play it
and now is the time.

To Slide or Not to Slide?

To be delighted or pass the chance and live in fear?

Now or never, Aliya, GO!

 

QC Circle, March 2012

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Here and Now.  Live life deliberately and intentionally. We have to be more mindful that the greatest gift we have is our NOW!

Today: Whatever Life Offers….

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Today…
I will work this day with all my strength,
content in the knowledge that life does not consist of wallowing in the past or peering anxiously at the future.
It is appalling to contemplate the great number of painful steps
by which one arrives at a truth so old, so obvious, and so frequently expressed.
Whatever it offers, little or much,
my life is now.

Travelling Feet, Bantayan Tower, Vigan, Ilocos, September 2011

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Whatever Life Offers, my Day is NOW…. Or shall I say, let’s make a good use of our NOW, so we can show “Life” what we can offer! Just strive to be better everyday, always better than yesterday. Let’s create our NOW more deliberately.

Today: Away from Temptation

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Today…
I will turn away from any temptation today
that might cause me to break my word or my self-respect.
I am positive that the only thing I possess more valuable than my life
is my honor.


Vigan Church September 2011

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Integrity from the root word “Integer” means whole, means 100%…

Our “name,” as my father told me, is our only wealth. And what does that mean? I think we have earned the “reputation” my parents built by doing the right things… rooting on integrity!  It will continue that way, Dad!

Today: Smile…Even When It Hurts….

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Today….
I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today.
I know that the world is a looking glass and gives back to me the reflection of my own soul.
Now I understand the secret of correcting the attitude of others
and that is to correct my own.


Lean and Staircase Art, Singapore MTR, August 2010

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Today: Don’t Cease to Grow….

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Today…
I will never hide my talents.
If I am silent, I am forgotten, if I do not advance, I will fall back.
If I walk away from any challenge today, my self-esteem will be forever scarred,
and if I cease to grow, even a little, I will become smaller.
I reject the stationary position
because it is always the beginning of the end.

Vigan Ilocos Sur Sept 2011

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Today: Goals…

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Today…
I will face the world with goals set for this day,
but they will be attainable ones,
not the vague, impossible variety declared by those who make a career of failure.
I realize that you always try me with a little, first,
to see what I would do with a lot.


ALiya’s profile by the bay, 2011

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Today… Jump!

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Today….
I will work convinced that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
To do anything today that is truly worth doing,
I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.

First time to enjoy snorkeling…
when I thought I could never try to “swim” without my feet touching the seabed (even in lifevest)…
Now I can! I was enjoying every minute of it.

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Today: Pebble in My Shoe…

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I will condition myself to look on every problem I encounter today
as no more than a pebble in my shoe.
I remember the pain, so harsh I could hardly walk,
and recall my surprise when I removed my shoe….
and found only a grain of sand.

Cagsawa Ruin, Mayon Volcano, Daraga Albay Bicol, Nov 2011

I know it is not a pebble, but this picture seemed fit with the subject, while almost all of us worry about small things other people have bigger tragedy in their lives. The rock in the pic is one of those spewn by the volcano when it erupted in 1814 that killed almost 1200 Filipinos (see story)

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Since I read this wisdom, I have look at problems differently. I took comfort on this insights as I face some hurdles. A pebble in my shoe. Looking back now with those seemed to be big problems in the past, one can see that we all came through, and how menial is the issue now…

Today: Do not Blame the Violin

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TODAY….
I will treat today as a priceless violin.
One may draw harmony from it and another, discord, yet no one will blame the instrument.
Life is the same, and if I play it correctly, it will give forth beauty,
but if I play it ignorantly, it will produce ugliness.


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Today… the Seeds I Sow…

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Today….

I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness.

I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction.

I will plant only good seeds this day.

Pasacao Beach, Naga Bicol, January 2012

Life is too short to be consumed with unnecessary stress, hate and negative thoughts… Plant only good seeds!

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Today… Gift…

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Today…

I will live this day as if it were Christmas.
I will be a giver of gifts and deliver to my enemies the gift of forgiveness;
my opponents, tolerance; my friends, a smile;
my children, a good example,
and every gift will be wrapped with unconditional love.

Project K for Kindness at Dagatdagatan Letre, December 17, 2011

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Today… This day’s adversities…

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Today…..

I will run from no danger I might encounter today, because I am certain that nothing will happen to me that I am not equipped to handle with your help. Just as any gem is polished by friction, I am certain to become more valuable through this day’s adversities, and if you close one door, you always open another for me.

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1st time to blog from my iPad2 🙂