I’m All Yours Sunshine

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I’m all Yours Sunshine

It’s so hot in the Philippines now and everytime i feel the summer heat some memories keep flashing again.  Let me recall some of them:

After the alleys and the cobbled streets, we decided to walk in the park and indulge in the typical summer quebec city landscape.

The view of the sunbathers, some half naked, others fully dressed,  not  in the beach, but on a park full of greens.

Oh, what we usually ignore and take for granted in a tropical country is truly anticipated with excitement and enthusiasm in a country endowed with four beautiful seasons.

How i wish i could remember the last time i invitingly said “I’m All Yours Sunshine.”





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No need to ask.
No need to question.
but sometimes we still need to know
the reason.

-memories flashed after watching an old disney film Lilo and Stitch.

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The Vow

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Lead me not into temptation
Calories and indigestion
Don’t know How
To follow my vow
And leave my kitchen tribulations.

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Confucius Says

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I am Beautiful  and so are you.

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Bows and Arrows

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Your revenge is never complete until you forgive.

From the sudden plummet to the sound of the blanket
Covering woes , to hide your lost soul.
From a covered blanket to the sound of the trumpet
Withering foes, letting them crawl.

From the blast of the trumpet to the sound of the bells
Treachery shows, dignity sold.
From the chiming of the bells to the depth of the wells
Shuddering blows, bows and arrows.

From the depth of the wells to the muddy water.
Shooting the crows, bows and arrows.
From the drowning water to the wounded master
Serving the throne with a heart of stone.

From the vengeful master to the darkest dungeon
Offering rose with its hidden thorns.
From the deepest dungeon to the fiery dragon
Ravaging ground, Hatred abound.

From the fiery dragon to the hidden cavern
Sinking holes, tricked by the falls.
From the tricky cavern to the bloody casket
Galloping horse, cursed by remorse.

From the bloody casket to the rhythmic sonnet.
Closing the prose.  Eulogy goes.


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The Snake in The Kitchen

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Tasting but not eating
Sipping yet not drinking.

Following the reading
of the book about slimming.

Calorie Counting
Fallacies Digesting

Swallowing Pills
intoxicating chills

A Lying Mirror
Lo’ and behold

Litany of lies
Being told.

The bulging hips
The sagging belly

Get those pills
And don’t leave any.

Self esteem that is diving
in a pool that is conniving.

Opening the locked basket,
scary casket of pandora’s trinkets

Smitten and Bitten
By the Snake in the Kitchen.

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5 Signs of A Wandering Heart

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I’m not a love expert. I just know when i’m in love or so i thought.  The thin line between true love, infatuation, deep passion or a passing fancy is so thin it always confuse me.  All of which i have embraced in this unpredictable life of mine.

Hearing the song “You don’t bring me flowers”  this valentine season has brought back some sweet memories and some bittersweet too.  Valentines day really has a way of bringing back memories. Memories and lessons learned.

How will i know if it is really true love or just a passing fancy?

Honestly i still don’t know.  i admit i’m still totally clueless when it comes to my feelings,  but some things i’m sure though,  something inside me tells me i’m maybe in love but then it is not true love. Thanks to my wandering heart i just feel it (although feelings are fleeting),  so i come up with my list of a telltale signs of a confused heart , although enlightenment is the last thing i need.  After all, the less you know, the more exciting it is.

1.  Your greatest love is not usually meant to last.

I’m not generalizing here, to each his own and everyone has their own story.  So just because it’s against all odds and not meant to last it doesn’t mean it is not true love.  Yes, true love survives but sometimes just like that famous song “love ain’t enough.”

first sign of a wandering heart:    If you are not sure , then  it is not true love and when you are so sure, you still have to find out if it will last.  Only time can tell.

2.   You keep searching and hoping.

Second sign:   They say true love needs nothing else, no one else except you and that person.  If you still keep looking then it’s not true love.  I don’t want to explain further for i experience this trap several times and i realized that love can mean different things to different people but one thing universal is the feeling of security and trust , that unquestionable feeling of being happy and secured with that person that you don’t feel a sense of urgency in looking or searching for something else. You feel complete regardless of who, what, when, how and why.

3.   You don’t bring me flowers. You don’t sing me love songs.

Expecting more because you give more.  Who says love is about being fair? And yes again i fall into this trap,  and i’m just human. If i gave you my 100 percent, i expect to get a 100 or more. And when you don’t bring me flowers just like the way you used to i begin to suspect that love is no longer there , and oh boy,  most of the time i am right (my rational mind would say so) but  it surprises me that most of the time i am also wrong (my rational mind can’t explain this).  Leave it to that and i realized Love is not about getting equally what you give but love is more about selfless giving.

4.   I will survive with or without you.

If at any point in your relationship this phrase entered your mind. then you have a wondering mind and a wandering heart.  You know it is true love when you don’t preoccupy your mind with what could have been or what will be?  Well, they say true love thinks only about the present regardless of the consequence.  Cliche as it may sound, “You can never be wise and be in love at the same time.”

5.   You always think you deserve better.

Just because you are in love it doesn’t mean you have to be shortchanged.  But then again love knows no logic.  It is just the way it is.   When doubt sets in,  insecurities envelop us and thinking all about yourself  begins to overshadow everything between you and your partner , that’s a telltale sign you still have a wandering heart .  But  if there’s one good thing about it,  it only means you are still human. Love doesn’t mean you have to be a doormat but then if it makes you one,  better be a beautiful loving doormat.

By the way,  please don’t take this article seriously.  I’m just making things up here so i can post something for valentines day and just like everyone else  and that famous song , “I don’t really know what love is.”   All i know is i just feel it.

Well don’t get me wrong here ,  They always say Love is not about feelings,  it’s about commitment. There you go,  if you are not committed then it is not true love (?).  I still don’t know,  i have  a lifetime to know it.


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My Purple Valentine

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Roses are red, but why am i still blue
even when you gave me flowers
on that memorable valentine’s dew?

The sweet memories that i still hold on to
long after that chocolate kisses
i received from you.

The rosy cheeks that showed some blush
after that red wine
that tasted like a childhood crush.

Looking forward to colorful years
when some wisdom
gave me these purple tears.

The red valentine that i anticipate for so long,
i know it won’t last
when the bands started their song.

Roses are red
violets are blue
Enticed by love’s appetite

Engulfed by its wings,
The promise it brings
Creating alibis

My unforgettable purple valentine.


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The Miss Universe Pageant and My Wishes

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I only wish for two things to happen in my lifetime (Selfish wishes you may say 😉 )
1. To see Same Sex Marriage happened in my country (although i know it won’t happen this generation)
2. To see A Filipina win the Miss Universe title while i’m still alive.

Although we had 2 past ms. universe winners, i never experience witnessing A Miss Universe winner in my generation, so if i can’t witness the marriage thing, i’ll just wish for the second one. One out of two isn’t bad at all . After all, Hope springs eternal.


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The Gift

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Don’t ask me what i want,  don’t ask me what i need.  It’s nothing you can buy but something you can give.

I thought i knew all along what i want for the holidays……

Although chocolates and ice creams are always welcome as a gift. I know it will melt and be gone even before the carolers are done with their songs.

That expensive wristwatch i long for on those bygone days will suddenly lose its glaze as the fad lose its craze.

And long after the Christmas spirit fades when Santa and his reindeers begin their journey back home, i know deep inside that all i want for Christmas is  love  in its purest form.


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The Painting and The Mirror

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Feelings are like mirrors. It trick us with our reflections.  Emotions are like paintings, it is subject to one’s interpretation.

For the eye is not open when it is limited to the lightings in the mirror. And the wisdom to understand the paintings through the colors of one’s emotions is always on a standstill until someone told you it isn’t so.

But  how can they refute the visible stroke of the brush that you see when you see someone’s masterpiece as not your own but a part of what you long for?

As the mirror spreads the light and the painting shows its colors, you gasped in awe how your face changes sometimes. Some days you see a youthful face, some days you see wrinkles. Never the same, but always changing.

Just as what Pablo Picasso once said: “Who sees the human face correctly, the photographer, the mirror or the painter?”

I know i’ll never know the answer. And i intend to keep it that way.


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My Blue and White Umbrella

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They say that the sun won’t shine until you put the umbrella away.  But how could it be if you are both my umbrella and my rain?

The blues that i knew when the rain starts to sing.
No matter what they say, i can’t really dance in the rain.

Even if i got the umbrella to shelter me
Deep inside i knew, i’ll never be free.

So i waited for the sun
and threw the umbrella in my hand.

but still, i can’t understand,
why the heat, i can’t totally withstand.

My blue and white umbrella i instantly recall
I suddenly need it when the sun shines after all.

I close my eyes
and finally realized

it’s because
sometimes you are my umbrella
but most of time , you are my rain.


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The Anime Trumpet

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The sound it produce no matter how loud may end up like a whisper in an anime crowd.  They say that when  flags are unfurled, all the reason is in the trumpet. It’s like blowing your horn amidst all the thorns.

The anime that you see blown by your fantasy,  the colors that bleed when you roll that bomb ass weed.

But a symphony orchestra is never complete if only the piano plays the music. The brass and the strings need to be heard, as willfully as that percussion that is screaming to sing.  So when you blow your own horn and start trumpeting your voice, always remember that temper is like a weather.



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Surprise By The Waves

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Life is like an ocean. It comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, sometimes it’s overwhelming. And just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you’ll be caught by surprise that there’s more to come.

Realizing that Life is a cycle.  Still being thankful that there will be always be something to be grateful for. And knowing deep inside that there will always be something beautiful to look forward to. Yes, the best wave of your life is still out there. Learn to surf the waves and enjoy the ride.


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