Martessem Mountain Resort

Martessem Mountain Resort has a picturesque view of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the east that will captivate especially the nature lovers. This breathtaking scenery is nothing but magnificent and splendid. More so, the very cool breeze at that time was truly enjoyable, making my senses very satisfied.

It is a great place for families and friends who'd like to spend a night or two here and have fun by either  taking a dip at their pool, riding some ponies or watching their pond filled with kois. This is also an awesome place to celebrate a special event. Simply enjoying the moment while sipping a cup of coffee is also a very relaxing activity.

After meeting my grandmother for lunch, the decision to have a short trip here was all worth it as we enjoyed God's lovely creation and the people close to my heart.

Martessem Mountain Resort
Address: KM58, Lansangan Marikina-Infanta,
Tanay, Rizal


Today I Am Pleased...

Today I am pleased... as I recall and reflect on the life I have now and what I have become after 22 years. The horrific vehicular accident that fractured and dislocated two levels of my spine was indeed a life changing experience! (Read full story from here)

Undeniably, my journey had so many forks in the road, bumpy rides along potholes and reroutings due to the longstanding traffic! In the process of all these chaos, I am very pleased to have allowed my good Lord to work in my life as I delight to learn His mandates and listen thoughtfully. I continue to seek for His restoration and guidance that I may grow continually (because I am but a sinner). "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7, KJV

His wonderful grace has sustained me through. In the process, I learned resilience from my uncountable challenges and I practiced fortitude no matter how paralyzing some events were. This day marks another milestone for me as I celebrate the equal number of years I used to be an able-bodied and a paraplegic!

Similarly, I am pleased to celebrate Christmas eve with my grandmother who had a bad fall last September 2nd that resulted to a fractured left hip and was replaced partially. I was present when she was brought to the emergency room, I saw her yell in pain while being transferred and witnessed her progression after her operation no matter how slowly it was due to her age.

My 2018 was overall satisfactory though I have not amassed myself with earthly possessions. I have no reason to complain but only overflowing gratitude for having a fairly good health, that I am surrounded with the people who adore me and a job I enjoy doing. Prayerfully our 2019 will be a fruitful one filled with kindness and determination for our dreams to be fulfilled.


Quality Time with the Family

In spite of the maddening holiday rush, the congested roads and our busy schedules, we all agreed to spend some time together last December 19th to witness my nephew's performance with the rest of the Ateneo Grade School Primary School Choir. While reflecting on what I have witnessed, I cannot comprehend how those grade schoolers were able to memorize 20 songs, including the German version of "Silent Night." The many rehearsals and the backstage chaos was also unthinkable. Nevertheless, the result was spectacular as they serenaded us throughout their 45-minute show complete with actions and musical instruments!

Carnival themed decor at EDSA Shangri-La Mall

The childlike awe in me was also awakened at the sight of the mall's carnival-themed decor. They were grand, highlighting the holiday ambience. I certainly wished I could linger longer.

On hindsight, I realized that time is something we can never control. The kids are growing so fast and their wittiness are remarkable. Though we do not meet as frequent as we used to, our communication is constant as we update ourselves with our daily triumphs no matter how trivial and encourage each other during difficult moments. I was grateful and blessed to be with my adorable nephews and niece!


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?