You Can’t Be Everything to Anyone


You can’t be everything to anyone.

Adjust your life to your environment but do not adjust your life for everyone just so you could cater to their needs or wants. For you are just as vulnerable as anyone out there, and you need to make sure that before giving light for them, always take into consideration if they are not taking advantage of you; that they will do the same when such a time comes for you to need them unexpectedly; that you will not be hurt or disappointed; and of course, if they truly care for you, and not just because you have something that they want or need from you.

And it’s okay to help and be there, but remember, disappointments can be a bit painful especially when you know that you’ve done so much. Be Kind and Helpful but do not let them treat you like a fool or gullible type of human being.

You are not for everyone. You are for those who truly deserves you.



The Essential Rumi: Selected Spiritual Thoughts


The Essential Rumi is a collection of spiritual and mystical poems that enlightens its readers about the beauty of being true to one’s faith in God; no matter what their religion is.

Moreover, reading this was entirely mind-boggling that it gives you that profound and all different kinds of emotions while getting lost in the written words of Rumi.

And for the reason that it was so touchingly beautiful to read that I’ve decided to post it in my blog those highlighted thoughts that I’ve noted while I was reading this.


“La’illaha il’Allahu (“There’s no reality but God; there is only God”)”

“Our gratitude to God holds them to us, and brings more besides.”

“God blesses both and all in the line, and replaces what has been consumed, and provides for those who work the soil of helpfulness, and blesses Muhammad and Jesus and every other messenger and prophet. Amen, and may the Lord of all created beings bless you.”

“Whoever acts with respect will get respect. Whoever brings sweetness will be served almond cake. Good women are drawn to be with good men.”

“The foundation and the walls of the spiritual life are made of self-denials and disciplines. Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you’re doing, and how they’re doing, and keep your practices together.”

“A True Person is more calm and deliberate. He or she doesn’t worry about interruptions.”

“Don’t go to sleep one night. What you most want will come to you then. Warmed by a sun inside, you’ll see wonders. Tonight, don’t put your head down. Be tough, and strength will come. That which adoration adores appears at night. Those asleep may miss it. One night Moses stayed awake and asked, and saw a light in a tree.”

“There is a way that leads from all-colors to colorlessness. Know that the magnificent variety of the clouds and the weather comes from the total simplicity of the sun and the moon.”

“Humble living does not diminish. It fills. Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.”

“Miracles don’t cause faith, but rather the scent of kindredness that unites people. Miracles overwhelm unbelief. Faith grows from friendship.”

“May God cause you to change your life in the way you know you should.”

“There are no rules for worship. Say whatever and however your loving tells you to. Your sweet blasphemy is the truest devotion. Through you a whole world is freed. Loosen your tongue and don’t worry what comes out. It’s all the light of the spirit.”

“Love is a quality of God. Fear is an attribute of those who think they serve God”

“The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“When you’re traveling, ask a traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.”

“Love of one’s country is part of the faith.” But don’t take that literally! Your real “country” is where you’re heading, not where you are. Don’t misread that hadith.”

“Do not believe an absurdity, no matter who says it.”

“Do not grieve over what is past. It’s over. Never regret what has happened.”

“Don’t give advice to someone who’s groggy and falling asleep.”

“Any love based on physical beauty is not love.”

“This world is a mountain. What we do is a shout. The echo comes back to us.”

“I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar.” And he made it clear in other places that someone who considers religion or nation an important human category is in danger of severing the heart from its ability to act compassionately. This is a radical idea now, but Rumi held the conviction in the thirteenth century with such deep gentleness that its truth was recognized.”

“If you are rich and full-fed, don’t laugh at the impulsiveness of the poor. They were not acting from their souls, but they were acting out of some necessity.”

“Meditation, or any solitary practice (a walk before dawn, a poem every morning, sitting on the roof at sunset), gives depth and expands the soul’s action.”

“Anything you do every day can open into the deepest spiritual place, which is freedom.”

“Love has no calculating in it. That’s why it’s said to be a quality of God and not of human beings. “God loves you” is the only possible sentence. The subject becomes the object so totally that it can’t be turned around. Who will the “you” pronoun stand for, if you say, “You love God”?”

I’am so small I can barely be seen. How can this great love be inside me? Look at your eyes. They are small, but they see enormous things.”

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”

“Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek.”

“Your deepest desire for a window should be as an open empty place through which to hear the call to prayer.”

“Traveler, don’t try to decide where to stop. Whatever you are attracted to, you weary of. From being a sperm cell to a young man to an old man, notice the changes. Stay light on your feet and keep moving. Speak any language, Turkish, Greek, Persian, Arabic, but always speak with love.”

“Tenderness is not always appropriate. Sometimes, there must be a sudden turning away.”

“Love is the vital core of the soul, and of all you see, only love is infinite.”

“Don’t judge those who are beyond judgment. Don’t speak of anything you haven’t experienced.”

“The taste of today is not that of yesterday.”

“Reason and patience like well-meaning uncles come to rail about how difficult this world is. Love helps you see into the invisible. Water washes your hands. Earth sits quiet like a childhood friend.”

“All beauty is God’s beauty.”

“I tell everything, but I do not say it, because my friend, it is better your secret be spoken by you.”

“The puppet show looks charming, but go behind the screen and watch who runs it.”

“Let your prayer be pure praise, not begging for something to happen, or not happen.”

“Giving to charity and giving up jealousy are ways to say how it is inside us.”

“Any time you exert yourself by going somewhere, giving money, or taking time to pray, you are saying, There is a priceless jewel inside me. Fasting says, I have not eaten even what is permitted. I must want no connection to what is not. Giving to the poor says, I am distributing my own property. Certainly, I will not steal from others.”

“On every trip, have only one objective, to meet those who are friends inside the presence.

If you stay home, keep the same purpose, to meet the innermost presence as it lives in people.”

“Pay attention to those who want to change so badly they cry and dissolve into loving kindness and freedom.”

“Good people find each other. Honor your friends and watch what happens.”

“Sometimes, though, it is fear that brings you to the presence.”

“There is one sure way to know a hypocrite. Listen to how he speaks, the quality of the voice and his peculiar enunciation will reveal more about him than his face or physique.”

“Quit pretending to be clear. That pretense keeps you from receiving what I can give.”

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”




So whats your favorite thoughts from the book?

Please feel free to post it on the comments section.

And that’s it for now. Till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!

The Road Back to Ilocos: Rain or Shine the Tour Must Go On

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“To travel is also an education itself. The never-ending search for learning of what makes us all different and similar from one another.” –Jassy







For our second day of exploring, the weather at that time was definitely not on our side. But honestly, with that kind of weather, I would have loved to just stay at the hotel, and stand in its balcony while drinking a cup of coffee or tea, and witness the beauty of the pouring rain outside.

However, there were tons of planned activities for the day that we had to do. In which according to Kuya Ryan, rain or shine, the trip must definitely go on. And at around 8am in the morning, we were already gathered at the hotel’s dining area. Our first activity was supposed to be in Blue Lagoon, but almost everyone in our group had opted to see some local sites before heading off to the beach.

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So for our first stop of the day, it was the Bangui Windmill, and oh my goodness! Although the rain had already stopped, the wind was so damn strong that we didn’t stay that long! But nevertheless, I was entirely amazed at how beautiful the strong waves at the beach tends to look at.

As mentioned earlier, we didn’t stayed that much at the Bangui Windmill, and instead went straight ahead to the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation. Again, I’ve already visited the area, so I’ve decided to accompany Mommy Carol inside its souvenir shops since she’s also not that physically fit to go down with everyone in our group. Plus, it was so crowded and a windy midmorning that I was definitely not in the mood to go. Instead, I was just there sitting nearby, chatting with Mommy Carol while waiting for our fellow travelers.

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Then for our next destination, I think it was definitely my most favorite part of our tour, in which by the way I truly enjoyed all throughout, and that is the trekking to Kabigan Falls.

Because for someone who loves the views of the mountains and its forests more than its beaches, I did not hesitate when Kuya Ryan had asked me if this time I will join them.

Of course! I said yes right away! Plus, I was so excited! And who cares about the cold rain and strong winds. Deep inside, I was entirely looking forward to it.




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The trekking took for about 30-45 minutes on the way to the falls, but it would also depend on your own pace. And I was so grateful enough that my left knee had just gotten better before my Ilocos Trip because I was finally able to walk properly.

Anyway, it was truly a fun experience, and I really enjoyed the views of our surrounding areas that I was just feeling giddy with such overwhelming happiness inside. And upon arrival at the Kabigan Falls, I just couldn’t help myself that I was shouting at the top of my lungs, and paused for one moment to pray and give thanks for the opportunity to see such a beautiful place. Plus, to also asked forgiveness to Mother Nature for shouting inside the forests because what I did there was entirely careless on my part.

You do know what I’m talking about right?

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Since it was still raining and already way beyond lunchtime, we’ve only stayed there for about less than an hour to take some pictures, absorb the views of the area, and finally head back.

Back to the main site, a huge feast of delicious and home-cooked meals was already waiting for us, and even though that the house looks old, but such an ambiance was truly perfect. For the way we were closely gathered made us all look like a one big happy family living in a small and cozy house. After that, we stayed there for a coffee break since it was still raining outside. Then move forward to our next stopover, which was also one of my favorites from my previous trip to Ilocos, and that is the Patapat Bridge.





By the way, I was supposed to recreate the photo that I took there back in September 2016, but the weather and strong winds outside made it a bit difficult for me to do it. Oh Well.

So instead, I just took some photos of the area, and also with Ate Arge and Ate Isa. Then stayed there for a little bit to just stand there, and take it all in the beauty of that area. Because for one moment, I thought that we were on the coastal road of Big Sur. For it’s such a dream of mine to visit that place, and being there, made it seemed like a dream come true.





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For the last league of our tour, it was a visit to Blue Lagoon. But for the reason that the weather was not on our side, we only stayed inside the van and it was only Ate Arge, Ate Jane, Gladys and Almer who took the time to swim at the beach and insanely enjoy the waves.

And as for me, I just stayed in the van, watching a new Thor movie, but after a few scenes, I was not enjoying it. So I turned on my music playlist and just look at the views outside while contemplating a lot of things in my mind.


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After staying at the Blue Lagoon for about an hour, we’ve decided to head back way too earlier than what we’ve planned at the hotel. Then took a short rest and eventually went out again from our rooms for our dinner.

Moreover, I would definitely say that it was a wonderful evening. For as a group, we’ve decided once again to eat our dinner together. So aside from the fact that it was one heck of a feast, we also had a great time talking to one another and enjoying each others company while drinking some wine and other alcoholic beverages. A team that in just a short period of time, had truly grown on me, and knew since then that I would surely miss when I get back home.

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And that’s all for now, and will share with you in my next blog post the highlights of our 3rd and last day in Ilocos.

Thank you so much for reading.

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Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho: 18 Selected Inspiring Thoughts.


For this blog post of mine, I’m going to share with you those quotes that I’ve highlighted while I was reading Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra.

In which by the way, I’m also grateful that I’ve read this at the right time when I needed such inspiring and profound thoughts to help me feel calm and at ease. For such insights shared in this book about everything in life gave me such strength to overcome my fears and to be more braver and more positive all throughout. To keep the faith and believe that it’s going to be okay.


So here are the following quotes:

  1. “Learn three important things: Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. And take pride in your scars.”

  2. “In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement.”

  3. “They listen to the beating of their own heart. They’re aware of being tense, of being afraid. They consider their life and discover that, despite the fear, their faith is still alive in their soul, driving them onward.”

  4. “Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.”

  5. “Solitude is not the absence of love, but its complement.”

  6. “In cases of unrequited love, there is always the hope that one day it will be requited.”

  7. “Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.”

  8. “Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams. This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.”

  9. “May I be capable of accepting myself as I am: a person who walks and feels and talks like anyone else, but who, despite his faults, is also brave.”

  10. “No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth.”

  11. “Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.”

  12. “Fate is never unfair to anyone. We are all free to love or hate what we do. When we love, we find the same joy in our daily activity as do those who one day set off in search of their dreams.”

  13. What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

  14. Anxiety is part of love, and should not be blamed because of that.

  15. “Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms.”

  16. When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you’re still here. That is a victory. Show your happiness and celebrate your ability to go forward.”

  17. Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown.”

  18. “Love is an act of Faith.”


Well, that’s it for now, and till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!


The Vietnam Project: Last Day in Hanoi

“Vietnam is a new modern and at the same time an old-fashioned type of nation. Well, it does have its own similarities with its other neighboring Southeast Asian Countries. But what makes it unique from all of them? I think it would be the French influence and the sense of nationalism of the Vietnamese people. A country that is so proud of its ancient culture and traditions.” -Jassy


In continuation of sharing with you the story of our trip in Vietnam, we are officially down to the fifth and last day of our exploring there.

So when the day had finally come for us to get ready and pack our things in preparation for our journey back to the Philippines. Fatimah and I were both feeling kind of emotional because we still can’t believe that it was almost over. And to make the most out of the time that was already left on our stay there, the first thing that we did was to enjoy the last few moments of eating at the hotel’s breakfast hall – taking it all in the ambiance of the area, greeting our fellow travelers, and of course, looking out once more the amazing view of Hanoi city specifically the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Since we still have time before checking out, we’ve decided to visit once again the Hoan Kiem Lake, and just sit at its nearby benches, and enjoy the view while drinking some lemon juice and taking some pictures. After that, we walked for about 10-15 minutes to go to the “Kem Trang Tien”, a small factory that sells a locally produced ice cream. And I must say, their ice cream is definitely not too sweet, but it tastes so delicious, and despite the lack of its artificial flavors, it didn’t actually hurt my tonsils at all, especially since we’ve tried a variety of its different flavors.



Then at 11:30am, we were back at the hotel to check out, and leave our baggage in the lobby since we’ve requested Mr. Henry Nguyen that we would like our driver to arrive at 6pm. So we still have the whole afternoon to explore again.

For our lunch, we went exploring at the old quarter to find and try the world famous Banh Mi 25, and all the walking that we did in order to find that place was definitely worth it because their sandwich tastes so yummy. However, the place was a bit crowded for the reason that there were tons of foreigners who were also familiar with the popularity of this French Baguettes. So it’s a good thing that we were able to get a table. Plus, I had the chance to meet the new owner of this third-generation family business.

We were there at Banh Mi 25 for more than an hour, and then we’ve continued our exploring from the old quarter all the way to the St. Joseph Cathedral. At first glance, we thought that we were in France because of the European ambiance of the area which makes it also a very enchanting site to visit.

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For the rest of the afternoon, my younger sister and I just walked around the other side of the French quarter all way back to the Hoan Kiem District. It was really exhausting, but we didn’t mind because in a few hours, we will be on our way to the airport and we just want to absorb every surrounding that we would see in Hanoi. Then in the late afternoon, we took the time to take a short break at a certain overlooking café near the HM Boutique Hotel and ordered some take-outs at the Popeye’s for our dinner later at the airport.

And as I’ve already written from my previous blog, it’s kind of hard to believe that our stay in Vietnam only took for about five days. Because it tends to feel like we’ve stayed there for a number of weeks.




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After that, we were back at the hotel to take our luggage and wait for the car that would transport us back to Noi Bai International Airport. And while waiting, both of us had given our deepest gratitude to Mr. Henry Nguyen (Manager), and also to all the hotel’s staff for the wonderful customer service that they have given to us during our stay at the HM Boutique Hotel, and for that, we will surely miss them. So if you’re looking for a wonderful place to stay in your upcoming visit to Vietnam, I would definitely recommend this hotel for its one of the best spots to stay in Hanoi. Just don’t forget what I’ve noted about it during our first day there.

Then we were on our way to the airport and had arrived there at 7pm. The thing is that the journey should only take for about 40 minutes. But due to the heavy traffic, it took us for more than an hour just to get there.




It was still an early evening, so we took our free time by sorting out and making sure that we won’t have an excess baggage. Then ate our dinner, and had taken some short naps while waiting for the check-in counters for the Cebu Pacific airline to open.

And while we were also there, we’ve discovered something new about the culture and the people of Vietnam, and that is when a family member would go abroad, (either as an overseas worker or an exchange student). You will be surprised to know that a lot of people will send him/her off at the airport, and I’m not just talking about their immediate family members, but also the extended ones – the close friends, and if possible, including the neighbors. It’s like the whole town was actually there. Although that kind of culture is somewhat similar in the Philippines. But the surprising part is that these people love to bring tons of foods with some utensils (including kitchen knives!). Just shows that their airport isn’t that strict when it comes to their security. Something that I don’t usually get to see back home.



Anyway, we’ve also had the chance to converse with a certain Vietnamese Family, who were also there to send off their younger sibling because he will be working in Japan for about three years. They were very friendly, and from our conversations, I’ve learned that the Vietnamese are the kind of people who love to live in peace, and that is why it is so rare for them to hear some activist that opposes their government, but nevertheless, they truly trust its leadership. In which case, I can sort of agree.

By the way, in case that there’s a possibility that a particular Vietnamese local would give you something like some food, please accept it graciously even if you don’t want to. Because the Vietnamese are known for that, and in doing so would somewhat be an impolite thing to do.



Also, it was a very exhausting night while waiting for our flight back to the Philippines. But from the moment that we were officially on board, and were ready to take off, I was tearfully emotional. For I still can’t believe that the trip was definitely over.

Moreover, I’m also grateful to God for making our journey a very memorable and safer one. Bringing with us also all the unforgettable experiences that we’ve gained from there. Including those people that we’ve met, and making us believe the importance of being content in life, the love for our family, and showing us the passion of patriotism to our very own country. Something that we’ve bought with us back home, and wanted to share with our fellow countrymen.


For our next trip, I hope and pray that we would be able to gain more insights and learnings just as much as we did from all those previous travels that we’ve already made.

I guess that shows that the more you travel, the more you will realize how small and different we truly are from one another.

As I finish writing the story of our trip, I would like to dedicate and say my heartfelt gratitude to our friends and family who’ve been giving me and my sister their all-out and 100% support, especially to my parents. Moreover, a special mentioned to a friend of mine that I’ve met in Taiwan, Aleks Paat. I just wanna say thank you so much for all your help in sharing with us your tips and insights about Vietnam especially for being so accommodating to all of my inquiries during those months of planning. Again, Maraming Salamat!


And course, I want to say a big thank you to my younger sister Ray2x for choosing to come with me and be a part of this unforgettable experience. Seriously manghod, I’m so grateful for the all the patience that you’ve given me specifically during those times that I was acting way more anxious, and for that, I’ am truly sorry. But nevertheless, I’ am so proud of the success that we’ve achieved on this trip because it had made everything so worth it, and I’m so looking forward to exploring and seeing more places with you, my dear sister. Love yah!

Well, that’s it, the story of our exploring to one of the most awesome places in Southeast Asia. Next to the Philippines of course!


Cam On Rat Nhieu Vietnam!

(Thank You So Much Vietnam)

Till we meet again!


Plus, thank you so much for reading the Vietnam Project Series!

God Bless!

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DAY 1: The Vietnam Project: First Day in Hanoi

DAY 2: The Vietnam Project: Halong Bay Tour

DAY 3: The Vietnam Project: Hanoi Free Tour Guides

DAY 4: The Vietnam Project: Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc