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Got the Box!

boxHello! I missed being here! Thank you for dropping in and leaving comments even if I’ve been an absentee for many days. Pasensya na po.

I have good news! Finally, I have the box I’ve been waiting for. No, not a balikbayan box heheh, but a humble steel box. A post office box for Pens of Hope! And it is in a post office in Northern Samar. You can now send pencils to the following address.

P.O. Box 16
Post Office, Bgy. Dalakit,
Catarman Northern Samar

The second batch of recipients are preschoolers and Grade 1 pupils so they’ll be needing pencils rather than ballpens.

I recommend sending the pencils through the post office because it’s cheaper than sending through a courier. But if you prefer other means, please let me know.

I am already excited in distributing the pencils sometime this June. Thank you all for your support. Some children are going to be in for a surprise. I can’t wait to see them smile 🙂

If you haven’t seen yet how some children smiled when they received little gifts from Pens of Hope last December, please click here and here.

I can’t take a picture yet of the real box so I am using this photo of post office boxes courtesy of the net. Now it’s time for me to read and reply your comments and go visit your blogs 🙂 Have a great week everyone!

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago at 10:22 pm.


Symmetry and Geometry

Been very busy with so many things and there have so many stirrings inside me lately that I can’t focus well and write. I am happy that you have taken time to stop by and leave comments. Thank you very much. So sorry if I can’t reply to all your comments at the moment. But I will try to do so as well as visit your blogs as soon as possible.

Meantime, I’m leaving you with this picture I took in La Union.


Posted 8 years, 6 months ago at 11:56 pm.


She’s Here Again!


The M/V Doulos.


This floating library that sails around the world is in Manila again. I’m sure a lot of librarians and book lovers out there are happy at her arrival.

I see to it that I visit this ship every time she docks in Manila. (She also docks in Bacolod and Cebu.) Each visit is always a delightful experience for me: buying great books at cheap prices and sometimes meeting some of the staff and crew.

The last time she was in Manila was two years ago. We lined up for hours just to get on board. But the staff were thoughtful enough to provide entertainment for those of us who were sweating under the scorching heat of the sun. They had dance numbers and a skit.

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I hope you, too, can visit M/V Doulos. It is docked at the Manila South Harbour, Pier 13, from March 6 to March 30. Bibili ka man ng book or hindi, you are welcome to get on board 😉 Make sure to enter through Gate 1.

If you’ve decided, go there on earlier dates. The earlier, the better. Para mas marami ka pang makitang books kasi madaling maubos ang stocks nila. Also, be there early during the day so you can avoid waiting in line for hours. Heto ang linyang pinilahan ko. Hanapin mo na lang kung saan ako dyan hehehe 😀


Oh, did I mention that Doulos is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger ship? Cool, di ba? Kaya sakay na! 😉

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago at 10:21 pm.


Celebrating Each and Every Single Day

funAccidents do remind us of how precious life is.

A few years ago, a 20-something lady had just finished a good badminton game. It was a practice game before a competition. Delighted that she had found a good badminton partner for the big day, she decided to go home and rest.

Afraid of taking a cab at 9 in the evening, she opted to take the jeepney. She’ll be home in less than an hour, she thought to herself when she realized there was no traffic and the jeepney was running fast.

When the jeepney reached the corner of Kalaw and Taft Avenue, she noticed that there were only three passengers: her, a man wearing a nice rubber shoes, and a teenager who looked like a high school student.

Before the jeepney reached Padre Faura, the lady saw that the man wearing a nice pair of rubber shoes was already robbing the teenager beside her. She trembled at the reality that there was a robber inside the jeepney. But she tried to keep herself calm.

She happened to look at the man’s face and the next thing she saw was a knife coming towards her chest. Since she was seated nearest the jeepney’s “door,” she had no choice but to jump out of the vehicle.

Everything happened so fast. She found herself lying flat on Taft Avenue. She laid there for a few seconds trying to see if she was still alive and breathing. Thankfully, Taft Avenue was clear. Had it been a busy hour, she could have been ran over by another vehicle.

She tried to stand up, picked up her things, and hailed a taxi. When she got home, she couldn’t even remember how she instructed the taxi driver to take her home. She cried, and cried, and cried. She felt the back of her head, it was swollen. And all throughout the night, she couldn’t sleep. The swollen part at the back of her head ached like it had never ached before.

The next morning, the swelling got bigger. It was as if another head grew out of the back of her head. Accompanied by a very good friend, the lady went to St. Luke’s and had herself checked. She suffered head trauma as well as trauma in her coccyx, the bone at the bottom of the spine. She was declared safe after a series of tests. The doctor told her that she was going to be okay and that there was no crack in her skull and no internal bleeding.

I was that lady and this story is mine. I nearly died that fateful night.

I am so lucky to have survived that accident, the doctor said. I could have died from internal bleeding or cracked skull or massive trauma.

Ironic as it may sound but the accident has blessed me in so many ways. Today, I try more to make the most out of my life and to be the best that I can be as a person. I celebrate every single day each little miracle that comes my way, each reason that makes my heart smile, each opportunity that I have to serve others in my capacity. Because each day is a blessing to me and each day my existence is a gift.
Jex tagged me and if I understood his instruction well, it is to write about your most memorable experience riding a vehicle. This post is a response to that tag. Photo taken at “D Mall” in Boracay.

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago at 3:04 pm.


Pers Taym, Pers Tag

HonestI got tagged by Quinnie, the first tag for Nortehanon. She gave me the Honest Scrap Award. Had I known I’d be receiving an award, I’d have bought a gown and prepared a speech 😀 Thank you, Quinnie.

The rule says I have to list 10 honest things about me, so here goes:

I was 13 years old when I first experienced watching television channels (in the province all we had was betamax and VHS, no TV channels could reach our mahal na probinsya that time. Ngayon pati cable meron na.)

I was 8 years old when I experienced having electricity at home. Hindi rin umaabot ang kuryente sa hometown ko dati. I was used to native lampara and the good old petromax. Ngayon may kuryente na dun. Six hours a day minsan. Minsan naman 1 week or 1 month na wala hehehe.

I am a kid-at-heart every single day.

I am still in contact with my teachers in elementary school. I owe a lot to them and they’ll always be a part of my life.

I’m a very, very shy person. I don’t stand loud, I prefer to stay in one place and observe.

I am passionate about children’s welfare and helping out kids in my own little ways.

I can’t eat raw tomatoes. I pick them aside when I see them in burgers and ulam.

3. I am in love. Oh, yes I am! I am in love with him and I dream of taking him home someday.

I’m an addict. Nah, not a drug addict, but a postcard addict. I have a growing collection of postcards from different countries. I especially love the ones I got from Namibia, Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, and other African countries. I’ve set up a wordpress blog about the postcards I have received. I hope to make that blog a subdomain of Nortehanon.

I am proud of my Faith and I feel incredibly blessed by it.

I am supposed to tag a certain number of people after this but I won’t, because chances are you’ve already done this tag. I guess I won’t be tagging anyone from now on. If you’ve not done this tag or any other tag that you will see at this blog in the future, just feel free to do the tag even without being tagged by me.

Items 7, 6, and 4 look indented and not aligned with the other items when I view this post on my monitor. Please let me know if it also looks the same on your monitor. I did everything I know to correct this pero kahit anong gawin ko hindi talaga mag-align sa iba ang mga items na ‘yan. I don’t know what’s wrong. It’s probably my computer or my browser 🙁 If you happen to know how to fix this, please tell me. Thank you.

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago at 1:09 am.