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bamboo raft
On a raft—that’s where I imagine myself today—rejoicing in the blanketing quiet and calmness.

There were too many noises in the past months, too many to write in here. Some were pleasant; they were like bright streaks of light swirling around me and keeping my heart warm. The unpleasant ones, they were like shadows looming over me. Both kinds overwhelmed me and, in the process, kept me mum, rendered me grasping for words. I let them chase the words—my words—away.

But this day is different. Everything is quiet and calm. And the words—my words? They’re gathered around my feet to keep me company on my next journeys. Yes, they’re back. And I’m back. Here. Now.

And I love that.


Posted 3 years, 9 months ago at 8:10 pm.


Pixie Dust

Days unfold before me with such tenderness. I’m embracing each and every day as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There is this growing warmth in my heart brought by the thought that days slip by so fast and in few more weeks we will be welcoming summer, my other favorite time of the year.

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. I am in this space where I have room to breathe, where I’m being blanketed with such comfort. I’m ready to play. I’m itching to take more photos. Let’s see where my heart and my vision will lead me as I play. My heart is ready to take flight.

Here we go! 🙂

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 6:07 pm.


Smile, You’re Beautiful

Hey, you. Yes, you—

You who held the door for someone today…

You who let someone go ahead of you in the queue…

You who listened—actually listened—to a friend today…

You who surprised your wife or your husband this morning with a hug or a kiss…

You who gave flowers to your girlfriend for no particular reason other than to surprise her…

You who gave your parents or your sisters or brothers a hug…

You who did a little extra work to help an officemate….

You who did the dishes even though it was not your turn…

You who offered your seat to a lady or to an elderly…

You who made extra effort to brighten someone else’s day…..

…Smile. Because you are beautiful.

Have a happy weekend, everyone! Give someone a hug. Make someone smile. Create a ripple through the people in your life. Smile. Give your best smile to the people you meet today. By doing so, you are making someone else feel good and you are giving something of yourself 😉

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 4:23 pm.


Together. Forever.

Early this month, I have witnessed love in all its glory.

I saw this love in the eyes of a man who, for 50 years, has been a strong pillar for his household.

I saw this love in the eyes of a woman who, for 50 years, has been a strong driving force in her home.

A big restaurant in Alabang was filled with music and love and merriment that day.

A family was celebrating. A couple was overwhelmed.

There was laughter. There were tears of joy.

It is one of those rare days. It’s not every day you get to be invited to a 50th wedding anniversary.

Whew! Half a century of being together. Half a century.

I wonder how many other couples out there would reach 50. Not an easy feat. Definitely not an easy feat. In today’s time, sometimes forever seems too far-fetched. Sometimes love starts sweet and true and ends up sad and bitter.

But I do believe in forever because of this couple, and the many other couples I know who continue to acknowledge and honor the tie that binds and guides them in the direction of their hearts’ desire: to go onward, together, to forever.

Thank you, Papa Bert and Mama Necy, for the inspiration. In all of my uncertainties and in all of my doubts, you cemented my belief that love——in whatever form it takes, in whatever condition it arrives, in whatever circumstance it presents itself to me——is and will always be there.

Happy 50th anniversary! Here’s to another 50!

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 3:17 pm.


Looking Back and Looking Forward To

Hello everyone! I hope you had a blast celebrating Christmas and New Year.

I spent the holidays with my parents and my brothers. Typhoon Quinta and amihan kept us inside our house most of the time which meant lots of bonding time for us. Also, our residence does not have internet connection so I had more “me-time.” More “me-times” meant more opportunities to reflect on my life and more time to plan for missions to change the world. Ha! Kidding 😉

So this blog went on hibernation for some time because Miss N was either tired with lots of work brought about by the new educational scheme in the country, she did not have access to good internet connection, or she was just simply lazy to go online (Hey, I’m just being honest! Or should I blame the weather?).

Anyway, many thanks for spending time here in my little space in the cyberworld last year (and in the past 4 years). I appreciate all your comments and kind words which are truly encouraging. You just don’t know how much you have enriched my life and my understanding of the world around me.

Over the last year, I have learned one very important thing in my life: to completely surrender to where fate had led my heart. So I had to shed things that have become part of my life for so many years. I’ve learned to slowly start letting go of them. I had to. And this blog, and you, my dear readers, were part of that journey. So thank you.

The year 2012 saw more children smiling because of your generosity and I know I cannot thank you enough for your support. But that is all I can do: to say thank you.

Last June, a travel and lifestyle magazine made a full-page feature of myself and this blog. And I am grateful that the editorial staff respected my anonymity. So yes, Miss N pa rin ako sa feature nila 😉 If they’ll ever read this (I hope they will), I’d like to thank them again.

2012 had also sent me angels, great new friends who, despite my being a faceless blogger, have blessed me with their trust and friendship. Thank you so much.

Also, I am grateful for a friend whom God brought me this year, a kindred spirit who has trusted me so much with some pieces of her life. Salamat sa ‘yo. Just to let you know your past does not define you, it simply brings you to where and who you are now. I’ll be forever grateful our paths have crossed but I’ll be forever wondering how you have managed to pass your neuro-psych screening hehehehe. Peace!

I am thankful for my 4-year-old camera, the kit lens which I am pushing to its limit, and the simple moments and lessons in life that present themselves in front of my camera.

I have A LOT of things to be grateful for. Too many to list here. They are rays of sunshine which I’ll pack into my suitcase and take them with me to carry me through another year.

2013 has begun. Another year to live and celebrate life. And I look forward to A LOT of things. Things to do. Things to discard. Things to change. New things to welcome.

So I welcome you, again, to this blog, my little corner in the world wide web. For another year of celebration. For another year of exchanging thoughts and inspirations. For another year of friendship. For another year of sharing. For another year of getting our lives entangled in one big web. For another year of fun. For another year of learning together.

May this year be the beginning of something that you seek. May this year provide you with the opportunity to start anew. May 2013 offer you with all that you hope for.


Miss N

Posted 4 years, 9 months ago at 11:30 am.