"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Sunday, April 27, 2008

balay-balay talk

"Every individual has a place to fill in the world
and is important in some respect
whether he chooses to be so or not."

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

next saturday, i will be living under a different roof. an apartment in batangas is already waiting for me and my officemate slash roadtrip-buddy slash would-be housemate, joyce.

yesterday, we found it -- the new place to live in. it's a one-bedroom apartment with a spacious sala, a kitchen with a number of cabinets, a cute CR (i can't think of a better adjective; rest assured it's a neat-looking CR with a shower and a bowl), and a terrace -- all tiled and with a gate that can be trusted to keep the unwanted a safe distance away. i made the downpayment today and got the keys.

there are no pictures of the apartment to share for now but i can say that it's pretty. in the next few weeks (or in the next few days, i should say), my spending will be geared towards acquiring stuff for the place since it's not furnished unlike my place in sta. rosa.

bed, pillows, aparador, racks, rugs... then, a small table and chairs, and a divider -- maybe.

hiking distance ra siya from the church, the barangay hall, the municipal hall, the water district, hospital, dental clinic, beauty salon (lol!), the fire station, the police station, jollibee -- yey, chickenjoy!, sakayan, palengke, and mga palitanan ug mga grocery items. what's more, if we're out walking towards the highway, we get to see a beautiful view of mt. makiling. so far, all the dogs we encountered in the area are tied and are inside their respective cages -- hihi.

our would-be next-door neighbors are 4 working girls who are about our age -- we have yet to meet them but the owner of the building told me they speak bisaya. i am hoping that this means bisaya as in cebuano.

the move is all part of a preparation. this may will sure be hell month (yes, forget hell week. it's hell month, baby) -- this despite may being my second fave month of the year next to december. work will be very, very demanding (hence, the need to live in batangas area since the bulk of my work is no longer in sta. rosa) and there's that very, very big possibility that so little of me will get to my friends.

'tis may soon and i've prepared myself for "the long, hard pull". hopefully, i will be proven wrong about this may being hell month. who knows? may 2008 might just usher in more great things for me and those dear to me. praying. believing. affirming. yeah!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

a jolt back to reality

04.16.08. taking this photo jolted me back to reality

i set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. but when i woke up, i had to rush because i was already running an hour late. what was i thinking relying on that alarm!? duh.

i managed to squeeze in my usual hour's worth of morning rituals into 20 minutes and by 6:50 a.m., i was out of my place and making my way to work.

i hailed a tricycle to take me to where the company shuttle usually picks me up for my 7 o'clock ride.

time check: 6:50 a.m.
reality check: a tricycle ride from my place of stay to pick-up point takes at least 15 minutes.

boy, was i running late! worse, the driver of the tricycle decided to take a detour to the gasoline station. i wanted to blurt out, "manong, ma-le-late na po ako!" but i held back and bit the tip of my tongue as an attempt at temper management. inside, i was seething. argh. of all days! of all times! how can a potentially good day start bad?

"Lord, help me."

my patience was thinning out so early in the morning. i mustered for control over the temper that was about to blow over. i tried to divert my attention to what's around me and, in the distance, i saw the rising sun. i told myself i should take a picture of it, so i did.

it may not be the best sunrise photo but it's something worth sharing. when i took it, i experienced a turning point.

as i was fumbling with my phone, getting ready to take my shot, i noticed the time. the display said, 5:57 a.m.


all along, i was moving disoriented, warped. when i woke up and read 5:30 a.m., i mistook it for 6:30 a.m. ding di ding!!!


just when i thought i was running an hour late, i was, in fact, being one hour early. (kay naunsa ka, val?)

one thing i did not fail to recognize, He was quick in answering my simple prayer. His timing's impeccable.

i needed that experience, that morning, that day to remind me that, yes, He's still watching over me and paying attention even to the smallest of my utterances.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

chasing sunsets, taking chances

"Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape lay as if new created
in all the freshness of childhood."

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

observing the sunset while on a moving vehicle
9th of april 2008 | wednesday
sta. rosa, laguna

i could have asked the driver to stop for a little while so i could take a better picture but i didn't.


"...see you soon."

the sun was a full orange circle under the clouds. the vehicle i was riding on was heavily tinted. the SE phone did more than i expected -- the pictures are not way too blurry considering the vehicle was doing past 70.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

here or there

"The butterfly counts not months but moments,
and has time enough."

--Rabindranath Tagore

if you can't find me here, i'm here. yes, here.

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