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Confidence Visualization Tip


This is an exercise that goes with 10 Sparkling Tips For More Confidence.

Bonus confidence visualization exercise:

Do this exercise for a few minutes when you’re not going to be disturbed.

Close your eyes and relax by taking 3 cleansing breaths.
Say a prayer of yours and/or an intention of good deeds and a balanced life.
Then with your mind’s eye, see yourself surrounded by a pleasant white or white-golden light. This light […]Read More

I Am Proud to Speak Tagalog; It’s a Gift

I am standing in a classroom next to my mother. The wall is an assemblage of red, yellow, and blue bulletin boards, plastered with papers and pictures I could not readily decipher. A young blonde and willowy woman is speaking to my mother. I could only guess what they must be talking about; the rest of the room is filled with other mothers and fathers speaking with their children, clutching their hands and straightening their jackets and blouses. […]Read More

My Solo Travel Adventure To Kalamansig

It’s 3 p.m. in Kalamansig, a charming little town located in the northeastern part of the province of Sultan Kudarat, and the area is slowly packing its day. The town, I learned, is home to traders—sellers of farm products like copra and palay, fresh seafood like crab, prawns and even tuna which are being shipped to Cebu City. The winding road going to this seaside town

is concrete, making the town very accessible. Despite taking a back seat […]Read More

What You Should Know About Dating a Filipina


Once, when my husband had revealed to his Vietnamese barber that he’s married to a Filipina, the excited barber exclaimed, “You married Asian, now you sit back and relax.” My husband almost fell off his chair. It was the furthest from the truth. When he married me he had these illusions of coming home to a Filipino feast every day. And in the mornings, his clothes would be laid out ready for him, ironed and starched. That was […]Read More

Blog Count: (13) Meet Pinay in Dubay

“Get hooked on the day-to-day story of a Pinay Wanderer in Dubai as she battles on real life situations,” says the beginning line of our featured blogger, Pinay in Dubay.  We followed her blog and actually asked her to write for, and she did, with her first story, “In Dubai I Met God in the Desert!”

Shayne Navarro. a planning engineer and currently in her 30-something years, attributes all her blessings to God who has been with […]Read More

7 Sparkling Tips to Turning Your Life Around

We all reach crossroads where we have to decide which direction our life is headed. For some it’s easy; they have clear goals and objectives and they know how to achieve them. I thought I was one of them, until a sudden realization changed my life forever. Against all advice, I quit my job and started travelling around the world. I’ve been traveling for almost two years now and I’ve realized the key to a happy life is […]Read More

Oh! The Pain to Be a Raving Filipina Beauty


It’s not like we want to be perfect. Maybe just a little. A little taller, a little fairer, a little more filled out in the right places but a little thinner. A taller nose and straighter hair would be nice too. Unfortunately, not all of us are built that way. As daughters of Negritos we are a predominantly dark-skinned and petite race with small noses and black hair. But we’d like to believe that is a stereotype. And […]Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 2 of 2


[continued from A Filipina Firewalks, Part 1]

Evening, December 20, 2014:

The three times I attended Heather Ashes TOCI firewalk events, she began with saying: “Come to the fire without expectations of yourself. If you’ve come thinking you’re going to walk the fire—put that away. If you’ve come thinking you’re going to just watch others walk the fire—put that away. You don’t really know what you’re going to do until you’re in front of the fire.”

And then, with Heather’s wise and gentle […]Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 1 of 2


I’ve firewalked three times. I’ll tell you how I did it and why. I relate my experience of the two most recent ones in reverse chronology:

Photo courtesy of: TOCI Austin, Heather Ash.

January 2, 2014:

It’s morning, I wake up and start walking around. I notice nothing.  I do my workout, meditate. Still nothing. I shower and change, then I take out my baon and get ready to go to work.

Then I notice something. The something is nothing. I feel nothing […]Read More

Blog Count: (12) Meet Two Monkeys Travel


You can decide to quit your job and just travel. Seriously? Well, the monkeys did it—that’s our Pinay, Kach Mu, and her sweetheart, Jonathan Howe. They call themselves “The Little Brown Monkey” and “The Old White Monkey,” the latter was born in England but spent much of his childhood in Kenya and Malawi.

Mu was born in the Philippines. The girl is smart, recognized in the country as Iskolar ng Bayan. She eventually moved to Kuwait and Kurdistan, Iraq, for work […]Read More

Art Gallery: Khristina Reed Manansala


Khristina Reed Manansala, granddaughter of Filipino legend Vicente Manansala, demonstrated a natural artistic ability since she was a child, but she was never encouraged to pursue art professionally.

She remembers watching her grandfather from the spiral staircase, sitting on leather-swivel stool, whisking away his brush below his studio that richly smelled of old wood, dark chocolate, and turpentine. Her grandfather’s work area was where her cousins and she slept during their summer vacations.

“My earliest memory […]Read More

Kickboxing: I Say Yes to Pain and Gain


“This is not Lala land.”

These are words that reverberate in my head whenever I walk alone. My boyfriend used to tell me this almost every day—a constant reminder that I need to be extra careful all the time. I get it and I dare not to argue about it. I’m doubtful if I can really protect myself should the situation demand it. I may have the courage, but I’m physically weak to fight back (especially if the […]Read More

Make a Vision Board to Start Your Year


I don’t believe in new year resolutions. But I do believe in hope and in making intentions for a better-than-ever year. This year I did something that helped me get in touch what I wanted in my life—I made a vision board. You can make vision boards any time of the year but for me, this was a good time.

I want to share the following how-to steps to inspire and encourage you to make your own vision board. This is a great exercise and tool for contemplating […]Read More

7 Sparkling Tips to Start Your New Year


Hey, 2015 just called. He’s excited to meet the fabulous new you. He said it’s going to be an exciting and fruitful year filled with love and abundance. But, how do you prepare for your date with 2015? Here are seven get-fabulous tips for the New Year.

Tip 1: Be bold

This is the year to be more daring. If you’re not really fond of wearing high-heels, now is the time to try out those sexy […]Read More