PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team

Hard work, discipline, commitment and teamwork allowed these Filipino athletes with various disabilities win the gold in 2017 and a repeat in 2018 in the Hong Kong Paradragon Race. I had goose bumps watching the video below. Admittedly, no injury or the loss of a body part can hinder these inspiring individuals to excel!

Source: YouTube

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, 
as to the Lord, and not unto men; 
Knowing that of the Lord 
ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: 
for ye serve the Lord Christ. 
Colossian 3:23-24


Grateful for Good Samaritans

pluviophile [PLOO vyoh fahyl] : noun
1. a lover of rain
2. someone who finds joy and
peace of mind during rainy days

Living in a tropical country makes me yearn for a cooler temperature when the sun's blazing heat is unbearable and drier days when the rain endlessly falls from the dark clouds. But between the two, I prefer the rainy weather.

I love it when it rains. It reminds me of my younger, carefree days when I gleefully bathed into it. Today, it still has a comforting and relaxing effect on my being just like the trees and the plants that are overjoyed when drenched.


Two weeks ago, I lost my ATM/debit card accidentally. After reporting the details to a customer representative, I was relieved to hear that there was no withdrawal attempt made. I also received instructions on the how-to's as well as the documents needed for the replacement card. An affidavit of loss was another requirement I had to obtain. Coincidentally, the bank and the shop where I can have the document stamped were in the same establishment. 

I was overwhelmed with the number of people waiting for their own papers to be released when I reached the shop. While I was contemplating on how I can accomplish my task, a lady suddenly approached me and inquired if I needed to get inside. She proactively asked those who were near the entrance to give way to me (and my wheelchair). The moment I got in, I was appalled with the situation I faced since the counter was higher than myself and I couldn't find any staff! Another kind woman assisted me and in less than five minutes, the document was ready! 

From my experience, people around me are often helpful. Others may seem apathetic, but by verbalizing that I need assistance, they understand and make my situation less difficult. On the contrary, despite the presence of the Magna Carta Law for the disabled, many are still ignorant of the PWDs' needs. Thank heavens for sending these wonderful individuals!

Have you helped someone recently? How?


The Best Things Take Time

... never hurriedly.

A house requires many hours of planning, numerous months of constructing, even trial and error in decorating until you finally say, "this is what I have envisioned."  While living therein, you add or replace a furniture and later on renovate it in the process.

An experienced mother can multi-task with ease while in a calm demeanor even though a pile of work awaits her. The good things as well as the challenges in the past were both a stepping stone to equip her to go through life's ups and downs.

Similarly, when one contemplates to build a career, time is a necessity. You don't go up the ladder of success overnight. Most start from the bottom and continue to cultivate an optimistic mind irrespective of the infrequent road blocks or hindrances along the way.

Almost three weeks ago, we decided to have our front yard  landscaped. We opted for a low maintenance grass and planted two fruit bearing seedlings. It required to be watered three times a day for the first 14 days. Undeniably, my mother and I were eager to see the grass fuller. The inclement weather last week helped for it to be in a happy state too. As the days progressed, we saw the changes!

Day 1

After 20 days

Time is a friend to many. The priceless of qualities, milestones in life, even stronger relationships take time. Consequently, as we wait, we must savor and enjoy the present every day, learning from our past errors to avoid being trapped in a cycle.

Have you personally experienced something wonderful after waiting for the right time?


Today I Am Relieved...

  Photo from Ali Express

... that my heart does not just listens intently to God's words but follows His mandates too. By being a regular attendee of our church's services on Wednesdays and Sundays, I am convicted to engage in everything that pleases Him. And this is the rightful thing to do. Consequently, learning the scriptures will shield us from errors thus, enabling everyone to have the ability for discernment.

I am relieved and joyful that we have finally settled in our house. Everything seems to be in order and in its proper place after almost four months. Admittedly, transferring to a new place is no joke and is not an easy-peasy task. Packing things and later unpacking them takes time. It is not only stressful but a lot of patience is necessary. Similarly, we can now breathe, relax and entertain in the place we call  our home.

Despite life's ups and downs, what are you relieved with?


Liliw, Laguna: Home of Quality Footwear and Comfort Food

I love nature! As a ManileƱo, the congested streets and the sight of harried people everywhere are but a common occurrence since I remember. And I feel blessed that my family and I have transferred to a community way better than our previous because the air is definitely fresher, the environment  more peaceful where I can beautify the haven we call our home.

Last Friday, I was able to cajole my parents for another impromptu road trip to Liliw, Laguna via Teresa where I enjoyed viewing the lush and prolific environment I cannot see in the city. Though the route was farther than in SLEX (South Luzon Express Way); it was definitely more relaxing and enjoyable!

A long stretch of an entire street is replete with stores filled with a variety of local shoes, slippers and bags! Liliw, Laguna is known for this product that are sold all over the country. Surprisingly, the items are very affordable! You can get 3 pairs of slippers for only P100. I was also able to get a braided silver body bag for P170 and mind you, the material though synthetic is soft and looks like the genuine leather. More so, the  quality is excellent.

While going around, we found this interesting building - a restaurant with magnificent facade. Because they served food on the second floor minus an elevator, we opted to take a picture instead. And have you observed the contrast between the stark dark sky against the pristine house? Amazing, right?!

Cafe Arabela, known for their pizza, pasta and steak is another restaurant that is quite famous in this vicinity. Despite its low ceiling, the guests will truly go out of the place with a smile and a feeling of contentedness. The crew are hospitable and amiable. The food appetizing and visually appealing!

Chicken galantina

Baked ziti


Chicken pizza

They were generous with the senior and PWD discount as we presented our IDs to them. Thank you! On the contrary, their prices were quite steep and is comparable to the food establishments here in the metro. Then again, we don't visit Liliw, Laguna everyday. Splurging once in every while to make myself and my parents happy is not a bad idea after all.

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