Our journey through life presents many challenges. If we find someone to share that journey with, it opens up a totally new perspective and a whole realm of possibilities. Lucky are those who found someone that they love and share life’s journey with.
Though people say that I don’t look one, I am already five decades old. And though people say that I am addicted to love, by this time and at this late period of my life, I have started to accept the fact that sharing my journey with someone seem already farfetched and very unlikely.
happy valentines everyone!
If a psychic palm reader would try to peruse the lines on my hand, I guess, he would say that such palm-lines seem crooked and uncommon. I guess my fate is simply different as compared to the majority.
It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow and I realized that I am too old to turn crabby or cantankerous. I have started to accept the thought that sharing life’s journey is not for me. If such is not for me, then it is not for me. What is important with my life’s situation now is that I simply follow my heart, I’m living my own truth, I try to enjoy life and I got a beautiful family who cares and loves me.
love rule #1: if it’s not for you, then it’s not for you
My long birthday week has finally been concluded! My digestive system can finally go back to its usual routine. Haha! And despite a protracted pandemic year, let me brag that there are actually two major highlights in my birthday celebration this year.
love this photo!
who wouldn’t do some artsy pictorial in this mansion when the background is the smallest volcano on the planet (taal volcano)?
Organized by my sweet nephews and nieces, I and my whole family spent a wonderful weekend in a mansion of a house in cool & misty Tagaytay province, a high-altitude city 59 kilometers away from the bustling Manila.
Second highlight was the sumptuous dinner buffet in 5-star Sofitel Manila, considered to have the priciest and longest buffet in the country. My whole family was of course in attendance in this wonderful dinner.
I guess I have gone really old and already accepted this fact. In the past years I tremble and experience anxiety attacks when I know that my birthday is about to come and I actually abhor celebrating it. I hated getting old. Haha!
But this year, I decided to embrace this beautiful day. I have accepted the fact that I have already lost my youth and the remaining years should be more about the essence of living. And adopting the thoughts of Mark Twain regarding birthdays and old age, let me end this post by relaying what he said, “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
While the internet is now bombarded with New Year predictions and resolutions, I want to instead give an advice to all folks this coming New Year. I only have one word (repeated 3 times) as an advice. It’s “Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!”
I want all human beings to look good and look young for the rest of the New Year! So moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
But seriously, aside from its awesome aesthetic benefit, the act and process of skin moisturizing can actually be multi-yielding. The rubbing of cream on your skin can be paralleled to being a “Me Time” concept. It is an opportunity to have time for yourself so as to reduce stress and restore energy. Thus, moisturizing is one circumstance of thinking and caring for oneself. It can be a way to enrich ones self-esteem!
can’t imagine a world without moisturizer!
Moisturizing cream does not simply fall from the heavens or can be picked incessantly from a fruit bearing tree. These pricy facial serum, night creams and body lotions are not basic human needs. These may actually be the last item you may want to buy out from your hard-earned money. Thus, you need to have extra money to moist and nourish the largest organ of your body. Therefore, my one-worded advice can be construed as folks needing to work harder this New Year to earn the needed extra gravy for your skin. Work hard!
Lastly, the end result of moisturizing can make you feel good. And when you feel good, you can effortlessly establish inner confidence and upbeat attitude which will eventually exude and radiate to other people. You can then be a channel of positive thinking and optimistic attitude this year.
So follow my advice, “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”. Because if you do, I am so sure, you will be happy and laugh the loudest at the end of the year! Hahaha!
Last Saturday, I and Karen (one of my best friends and remarkable travel buddy) went on a special journey. It is an unusual adventure compared to the more than 123 kilometers of travel we usually do. We decided to go and donate to The Love Yourself Project which aims to provide free counseling and education to the people affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. No we did not do any counseling but joined and donated in their worthy Charity Photo Shoot.
Upon arrival in the venue, we registered our name, profession and respective e-mail addresses on their log sheet then gave our humble cash donation (which is more than 123 pesos). The receptionist handed me my complimentary shirt and a slip of paper indicating that I am donor number 123. They then led us to the next room where we change our top to the one that they gave and were subjected to grooming service prior to the photo shoot.
During the fun posing and light flashing, the assigned photographer after taking few shots told me to keep a serious face, but being a normally cheery person that I am, it took me some time to form a serious facial guise. I took a deep breath and counted “1-2-3” before showing off an unsmiling expression on my face. I particularly dig the “picture taking” moment. I felt like a rock star! How I wish the sweet-tempered photographer took 123 shots.
Ayaw ko ma-1-2-3!(A Pinoy expression meaning, “I don’t wanna be duped!”), so while waiting for the beauty expert to finish Karen’s hair and make-up prior to her turn for the photo shoot, I graciously asked one of the volunteers if their company is already registered under the Securities & Exchange Commission. And indeed they were which signifies that their advocacy is actually legit.
Our participation for The Love Yourself Project – Charity Photo Shoot went well. It took us less than 123 minutes to finish what we have to do so as to help in our own little way. The donation we gave may not be enough to rally round all the people suffering from HIV/AIDS. But if it can be of assistance to at least 1 or 2 or 3 people, we would surely be glad to be of help. And besides, we loved the shirt, fancied the grooming service and of course enjoyed the photo shoot!