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10 positive ways to say “Bahala na” in English.

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Let’s bring the old sayings of Bahala na (or Bathala na) into the 21st century by uplifting and shifting the meanings to higher consciousness. These 10 translations enlighten situations and deepen our understanding of the hidden wisdom of saying “Bahala na” that many times is translated as flippant fatalism or (more…)Read More

12 Practical Ways to Shine and Make the Holidays Meaningful

I love Christmas. And in the Visayan islands of the Philippines it is called “Paskwa.” This is the holiday that my family celebrates in December. So I will refer to “Christmas” and “holiday” in this post. If you celebrate a different holiday this December, this post still includes you so (more…)Read More

Wenifreda Soto: Not Your Ordinary Midwife

People would sometimes see her in church or in the street wearing her simple plain pants and printed blouse or shirt. She never fails to smile and say “thank you” whenever people kiss her hand as a sign of respect. Whenever she’s at home, you would often see her welcoming (more…)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 (more…)Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 2 of 2

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[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 (more…)Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 1 of 2

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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 (more…)Read More

Kickboxing: I Say Yes to Pain and Gain

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“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 (more…)Read More

She Can’t Cook But She Reviews Restaurants

“Why don’t you write a column” my friend, said Maggie Silvestre, executive editor of  Cook Magazine. She wanted a column about starter restaurants in the BF area, a gated village in Paranaque, in the southern part of Metro Manila. Thus my column, Southern Bell, was born. Maggie knows I can’t (more…)Read More

Learn Surfing and Reflect on the Waves of Life

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I have started surfing this year. Every weekend, if my schedule permits, I rush out of town to join a surfing camp in Barangay Dahican, a surfing village in Mati City, in the province of Davao Oriental. To get there, I travel for five hours to catch the waves, smell the (more…)Read More

Who Says I’m Short? I’m Taller Than You Think

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I grew up watching and admiring beauty queens. When I was a kid, whenever I see candidates of Miss Universe walking on a stage, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “I’ll be a beauty queen too.” But that never happened and would never happen because I’m short. I do agree (more…)Read More

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