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Oops!

Okay, so my older sister had just arrived. I smiled and welcomed her home. She came near me and started to rant about the tricycle driver who intended not to give her P 2.00 change. I said, “Ikaw naman.”

Her mood changed. She raged. I was speechless. Didn’t know what to say. Well actually, need I say more? I had just hurt her feelings. I chose to be silent. But soon had to break it. We had one-liner conversations, as if words were carefully chosen but actually weren’t or well I don’t know, I was shaking inside so I didn’t had much time to think and analyze what had just happened or what were the implications of what I had just said.

Then there was silence. Awkward silence.

I was finishing the prints for our church bulletin but because of our cold war, I can’t seem to concentrate. I know it is not proper to do something for God while ignoring my conflict with Ate, how petty it may be. So I paused working and browsed my News Feed instead.

Being the idea-and-random-thoughts sharer that I am, I usually talk about the posts I see on my Feed. But since I can’t speak with my Ate that moment, I settled on sharing my thoughts to my Auntie instead. My Ate was sitting near her, just there sitting and saying nothing. Oh, yeah, just there.

Then I knew I had to break the silence between us.

She started to get herself ready to sleep. She passed by me three times and I didn’t speak a word. On her fourth time, I bravely, yes bravely is the term, called her and asked, “Ate, nakita mo na tong post na to?”

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She stood beside me and answered, “Oo, di ko nga magets yan e.” Then she went to her room. My heart leaped, HAHA yehey! Hello reconciliation! Thanks to this meme we started talking with each other again.HAHA

I don’t know what else to write. I started writing during our awkward silence. I only intended to write how sorry I feel then, and my would-be plans to make things right again. Surprisingly, I had just started writing when we got reconciled! Haha honestly, I didn’t expect it would be that fast and easy! Thank You Lord! 🙂

Tapos na ang tampuhan, kwentuhan na ulit! Yehey!

And of course, back to offering my talents to God. ❤

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Moongazing

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Pag nakakakita ako ng buwan,
Naaalala kita.
Naaalala ko yung moongazing natin.
Grabe no, nakaka-miss.

Dami nating napagkwentuhan nun –
Yung childhood days mo sa probinsya,
Mga ibig sabihin ng mga kanta,
Saka kung anu-ano pa.

Nakaka-miss ka naman.
Salamat naging close tayo.
Salamat sa pagkakaibigan.
Ang tanong, hanggang dun na lang ba talaga?

Hahaha uy wag mong seryosohin!
Pero kung gusto mo, pwede rin. 😉
Pero kahit gustuhin pa natin
Di naman pwede e, alanganin.

Basta.
May basta kasi.
Ayoko nang sumingit.
Ayoko namang mangulit.

Ayoko ring umasa
Kasi wala naman talaga.
Titingin na lang ako sa buwan
Tapos aalalahanin kita 🙂

 

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Catching up

To my beloved roommate,
Nakakamiss ang bedtime stories natin- yung tipong patulog na tayo, nakahiga na sa bed (nakapikit na actually), pero tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang kwento haha.
Kaninang magkausap tayo, feeling ko dormer ulit ako. Bakit ba ngayon lang natin naisipang magtawagan? Hahaha

Salamat sa Diyos at may panahon ulit tayong mag-catch up sa buhay ng isa’t isa. 🙂 Sige, mag-rant ka muna, I think healthy pa naman yan. Pero pag feeling mo sobra na, edi tigil na ang rants. Makikinig lang ako. (Tapos pag hindi na listener ang kailangan mo, saka ko magko-comment haha *wink!)

Chickenjoy pag-uwi mo, okays? 🙂

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Thank You, Jesus

Thank You, dear God, for Your Word, for Your love, for Your grace, for Your wisdom. You have given me so much, who I am not to be thankful? Here is my life, O God, use me in whatever way You please. Thank You for this past week full of Your presence. Thank You for Bible studies, for prayer times, for morning devotions, for sharing times. Thank You Lord because You are always in our midst whenever we gather. Thank You Lord for revealing Yourself to us through Your Word. Thank You for speaking to us in many different ways. Thank You for opening our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to what You want to say to us. Thank You for letting us be obedient to Your Word. May we come to know You more and more each day. May our love for You grow deeper and deeper as we draw nearer to You. Thank You for Your love, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Ulan, payong, at sapatos

Naisip kita kanina.
Umuulan kasi.
Suot ko yung sapatos kong ayokong ilusong sa ulan.
Sabi mo nun ilusong ko na kasi masisira’t masisisira rin naman kahit anong ingat ang gawin ko.
Ayoko talaga kaya pinili kong magpatila na lang ng ulan.

Umuulan nga noon.
Wala kang payong.
Saktong pagbaba ko ng jeep parang nakita ko ang sapatos mo.
Kinalabit mo ko. Ikaw nga.
Katabi na pala kita di ko pa namalayan.
Sabay tayong nagpatila ng ulan.
Ikaw, para di magkasakit.
Ako, para di masiraan ng sapatos.


Nasa jeep ako kanina nung lumakas ang ulan.
Naisip ko sapatos ko.
Maya-maya ikaw naman sumagi sa isip ko.
May dala ka kaya ngayong payong?

Linabas ko payong ko papunta sa terminal ng traysikel.
As usual, naghihintay ako ng mabbackridean.
Palinga-linga ako’t umaasang may makasabay.
Paglingon ko, akalain mong katabi na pala kita?!

Wala ka na namang payong.
Ano pa nga ba edi pinasukob kita.
Hinawakan mo payong ko kagaya lang nung dati, nung sabay tayong tumawid sa hi-way sa silong ng isang payong.
Hawak mo rin kamay ko noon, sabi mo para di ako mabasa at para makatawid tayo nang matiwasay.
Okays. Kunyari naniwala ako. At kunyari patay malisya lang ako. Kebs kuno haha..


Ayun.
Nagkamustahan tayo.
Napag-usapan ang late na pag-uwi, ang kawalan ng payong samantalang umuulan, at ang pag-iingat sa malapit nang masirang sapatos.
Nakakatawang tadhana.
Akalain mo yun.
Kung kailan kita biglang naisip saka naman kita biglang nakita.
Parehong sitwasyon. Nagkataon lang ba ito o sadyang nakatakda?

Mas mahaba pa sana ang kwentuhan pero dumating na ang pwede kong masabayan pauwi.

Hayaan mo na nga.
Wala lang naman ito.
Hanggang ganito lang tayo.
Pili lang ang panahon na pinagtatagpo tayong dalawa.
Kapag umuulan, wala kang payong at suot ko ang sapatos ko.
Bihira lang yun.
Unless gusto mong sadyain.
Pwede rin naman hahaha 😉
Kung ganun lang ba naman kadali e.

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The Undecided Gate Crashers

I. The invitation
“Let’s invite ourselves! Bday ni Reyson.”

II. The refusal
“I-happy bday niyo na lang ako. Di na ako pupunta.”
“Ay, uwi na lang ako. Tinatamad na ako.”
“Samahan kita, tayong dalawa na lang”
“Deh, uwi na lang ako.”

III. The chase
“Habulin natin si Sabel. Sana traffic sa Tungko.”
“Sige, para sa friendship.”
“Oo, ayoko rin sana, pero, para sa friendship.”

IV. The call
“Jas, ito na ang tamang panahon para tawagan siya.”
“Okay.”

“Jeep kami. Tuloy tayong SM.”
“Wag na, uwi na lang ako.”
“Pupuntahan ka na namin, SM tayo. Bday ni Reyson!”

V. The meet up
“Baba na tayo.”
“Saan siya nakasakay?”
“Pulang jeep yun e, pulang jeep!”
“Ayun!”

VI. The final answer
“O, we invited ourselves na. Love ka namin e.”
“Wag na. Tinatamad na ko. Mag-Starmall na lang kayo, uwi na ko.”
“Ahmmmm…”
“Uhhhhh…. kaw naman, SM tayo. Bday ni Reyson!”

VII. The Gate Crash
“San kayo? San ang bday? SM na kami. We invited ourselves… Okay, see you in 10 seconds. HAHA”

VIII. The After dinner
“Iniwan nila tayo? San na sila?”
“Di tayo invited diba? Baka sinadya nila HAHA”
“Humiwalay na lang tayo sa kanila.”
“Deh, maybe this is a trap. Hanapin natin sila HAHAHA”

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How I decided to teach again this school year (instead of translating)

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Trust in the LORD and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll make your path straight.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and does not do what I say?

Let your Yes be yes, and your No be no.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back.

If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.

Don’t think that you’re so smart. Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else.

If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord.  Therefore whether we live or die, we belong to God.

I have a goal to preach the gospel where they haven’t heard of Christ yet.  Those who hadn’t been told about Him will see, and those who hadn’t heard will understand.

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.

All things are from Him and through Him and for Him.  May the glory be to Him forever. Amen.

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Magkwento ka naman

Kumusta araw mo? Anong nararamdaman mo? Anong nagpasaya sayo? May pinanghihinayangan ka ba? Nagpakatotoo ka ba? Binigay mo ba ang best mo? Naging mabuti ka bang kaibigan, titser, anak, kapatid, o pasahero? Na-share mo ba ang dakilang pag-ibig at Salita ng Diyos?

Kinilig ka ba ngayong araw? Nakita mo si crush? Kailan ka huling umakyat ng bubong para mag-stargazing? May bago ka bang cut-out painting? Nagkikita pa ba kayo ni Cha? Tapos na ba yung librong binabasa mo? Ubos na ba labada mo? Naglinis ka ba ng kwarto? Nabawasan ba santambak mong papel?

Kumusta na ang relasyon mo sa Diyos?

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Heart to heart

I treasure intimate and sincere conversations, so I say, the ideal number of people when it comes to good conversations would just be a pair – just me and someone who is very willing to listen to my deepest (and not-so-deep) thoughts and also excited to share his or hers. He doesn’t need to be my special someone or admirer; she doesn’t need to be my closest friend or my sister. As long as I find him or her sincere, meaningful, interesting, and uplifting, that would do.

*This is in response to The Daily Post: Counting Voices

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An afternoon with my fellow kids

It was 5pm, I just woke up from a nap.  I heard the bell which my sister and I had been waiting for. “Ice cream!” I called the sorbetero.  The flavors for today were mango and strawberry. Yummy!

Many children were playing at the street.  School days were indeed over!  Some kids were playing badminton, some volleyball.  Being the kid that I am, I joined them.  For how many minutes, I don’t know, we played volleyball, batuhang bola, and badminton.  It was fun.  I was the oldest among them, of course, but I didn’t mind. Haha.

I was already sweating and so bid goodbye to my playmates.  After a little while, I felt like wanting to go outside again, and so I did. I was clearing out the leaves on our backyard when a VCS kid approached me.  He was 9 when I taught him at Vacation Church School and now he is in Grade 7.  We talked about his studies in highschool, and his plans for college.  He then joined me in cleaning the backyard. Yey!

The sky was turning orange and we could see the sun about to sleep. Bagong umaga na naman, the kid said.  I smiled and said, oo nga. Patapos na naman ang araw. 🙂

 

Just as we thought the day was about to end, we found a long something (haha I don’t know what was it) which we used as a jumping rope.  We jumped to the A is for Apple, B for Banana, C for the chocolate chant. We bent our bodies as we walked under the limborack with the special rule in mind: No labas ngipin! Haha. We played volleyball again until it finally got dark.  I bid them goodnight.

Before I entered our gate, I saw a neighbor with his bike and borrowed it.  I biked around the block and wished I could also own one someday.  I entered our house, but something inside me called me to go outside again.  I gave in and later found myself sitting with four little boys talking about the day.

Hindi ka pa ba sanay… sa mga away-bati na yan?  Ako sanay na ko sa ganyan.

He said as he try to console his friend.  Wow.  I didn’t expect to hear that from a kid.  Haha. Well, he is now in Grade 6 and is graduating tomorrow.  Perhaps he had experienced a lot of petty and some serious quarrels with his playmates.

Bakit siya nagboboss-boss-an e babae siya? Dapat ang boss, lalaki na mabait na gusto lahat magkakabati.

Well, I don’t think he really means that a boss should always be a boy; he just said it because he is a boy and he couldn’t accept the fact that a girl seemed to control all the other kids.  What I loved about his words was when he said that a boss (a leader) should be a kind person who longs for the unity of all.  😀

 

I spent the rest of the night listening to their conversations while gazing at the stars which seem to sparkle brighter tonight.  I even sang a familiar song:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

As I sang and looked back on my afternoon, I felt like a child once again – a child in awe of almost everything.  A child longing to play any game as long as the sun is up.  A child wanting to belong, to have not just playmates for today, but friends till tomorrow.

My playtime lasted for just two hours today but I’m looking forward to more hours of playtime for the coming days. I might not be able to spend the same kind of playtime when I get hired as a teacher, so yeah.  More playtime soon!