Pizza Party Time

Pizza Party Time

It’s pizza party time!!! Why, you ask? I am finally done with my very first NaBloPoMo challenge. Whew!

It has been a real challenge to be able to post for each day, every day in November. Granted that some of my posts were a bit late, I am still proud to have posted 30 posts for November. Even when it felt like I didn’t have anything much to say. Even when I felt tired. Even when I didn’t feel like it.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would be able to finish the challenge given my track record of being unable to stick with an activity for long periods of time. I always get distracted and move on to the next thing. Then, go back and forth. I needed a little bit more consistency and discipline in my life. Thus, I committed to the NaBloPoMo challenge. It wasn’t a perfect run but I am confident that with more practice (not just in terms of blogging), I would do better next time.

I also learned a couple of things:

  1. As they mentioned at the start of the challenge, you never have nothing to say. You will always have something to say. Yes, even if what you have to say could be perfectly communicated in a single picture or a lovely quote or a funny anecdote.
  2. Write from the heart. Most of the time, I hesitate writing because of the thought that people might not be interested in what I have to say. But I learned that that is not true at all. There will always be some people who appreciate your thoughts. Also, I realized that the blogs that I gravitate towards are those that speak freely and share anything they are passionate about.

An accomplishment like that deserves a celebration. Now, let me enjoy my sumptuous, mouthwatering, brick-oven panizza. Want some?

Real Cheesy

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” -Barbara Ehrenreich

This was the second playdate my cousin and I had. She has been enjoying learning how to make different kinds of baked goodies. And I have been enjoying helping her.

This time, we tried our hands at creating cheese cupcakes. It turned out beautifully and deliciously.

Like the previous time, she was in charge of the measuring and the baking proper. I was in charge of the fun stuff like grating the cheese and anything that allows me to use some sort of tool or thingamajig.

I grated that cheese like my life depended on it.

She measured and scaled those ingredients like a rocket scientist.

I beated those eggs as if they were a work-of-art.

She watched the baking of those cupcakes like a hawk.

And we cleaned our hands as if we were surgeons ready to operate.

I can say with certainty that we do work well together. You can call it perfectionism, obsessive compulsiveness, or both. We wouldn’t mind. We are just firm believers that “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” Whenever we take on a task, we rarely leave things to fate. We know we can’t control everything but we do take charge of those things we can. No wonder we are closer to each other than most of our other cousins.

Salamat sa Lahat

Yay, it is Thanksgiving Day!

Nope, I am not from the U.S.

I live in the Philippines but has always admired Thanksgiving Day from a distance thru TV shows and Facebook posts of friends and family in the other side of the world. I love seeing family and friends get together, listening to thankful toasts, and feeling the merriment in the atmosphere. And I secretly wish we have one such joyous celebration here.

So, I thought I’d join in the celebration this time by stating what I am thankful for.

Salamat sa lahat! This is how we, Filipinos, say, “Thank you for everything!”

Yes, I am thankful for everything. Sounds inauthentic, I know. How can one be thankful for literally everything? How can one be thankful for sickness or horrible instances that send shivers down the spine? How can one be thankful when you are staring at “rock bottom” in the eyes?

But I am. I try really hard to be. It is difficult to be thankful all the time especially when you’re in a particularly tough situation. When I find myself in that kind of situation, I remind myself that everything happens for a reason. If there is one thing past experiences taught me is that something good will come from every situation. I fumble. I fall. I am human, after all. But I always try to go back to that thankful state.

So yeah, today I am saying, “Thank you for everything!”

I am thankful for life. I am thankful for love.

I am thankful for family, friends, and amazing people I meet along the way.

I am thankful for you. I am thankful for this blog.

I am thankful for the challenges. I am thankful for the strength.

I am thankful for everything!

Salamat sa lahat!



By the Water Tower I Waited


By the water tower I waited
I was filled with so much glee
The explosion of colors: red, pink, purple, and orange
What a precious sight to see

By the water tower I waited
I reveled in all that I saw
The beauty in all of creation
Left me in almost breathless awe

By the water tower I waited
All magical moments life has brought
I reminisced and recalled
I had been blessed with greater things than those I have sought

By the water tower I waited
I let my imagination run wild and free
All the crazy big dreams that filled my mind
Will eventually become reality

The best part of these moments
Was that I imagined you by my side
So, by the water tower I waited
With the longing I could no longer hide

DIY Stamps

What best way to spend the weekends than doing something you love? So, that is what I did last weekend and made my very own stamp.

Yep. Just for the fun of it.

I don’t have any particular use for it in mind. Maybe I’ll get to use it. Maybe not. I really didn’t care.

I took my toys out and carved away. In that moment, it was just me, a block of eraser, my carving tools, and the work-of-art that was to come from it.