A Message to a Diamond in the Rough

I love sending letters to my loved ones as a sign of my endearment. While I have written a hundred letters in this lifetime, I haven’t tried addressing one to myself. I may have thought of it before but dismissed the idea of talking to one’s self. The truth is, although there are a thousand…

Dani Talks: Father’s Day Q&A with My Siblings

I always hold dearly in my heart my relationship with my father. I’ve always been vocal how I treasure him and no amount of words can express my longingness for his presence. There were times that I am caught by disbelief, marveling that he has just gone out of the country and failed to communicate…

April & May Update: Things that Kept Me Grounded this Pandemic

April and May were uneventful months. Because of the increased restrictions and risks of COVID-19, I managed to stay at home most of the time. I went out just a few times to destress at the mall or buy the things that I need. Although it was plainly a routine for me doing my work,…

March: Moving Forward

I sit here in front of the laptop, not knowing how or where to start. Although I’ve figured out in my head what to write for this month-end review, I am taken aback by my own creativity block — fidgeting in the dark the right words to say and how to translate my thoughts into…

February: Celebration of Love, Life, and Friendship

It’s almost mid-March and it’s only now that I had the free time to write about my February highlights. Last month, I was busy with work and occasions left and right. Although the turn of events happened too fast in February, they turned out to be the most emotional and life-changing as well. I was…

January 2021: A Joyous Jumpstart?

I haven’t been visible in the blogging realm lately. There have been attempts to scribble different contents about life and what not, but I can’t seem to find the perfect timing, the guts, or the rhythm of words to put them altogether in an article. Perhaps, there’s too much going on in my head and…

How I Spent the Holidays of 2020

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the way we celebrate occasions. There might have been limitations, but it became more favorable for me. Since office parties, social gatherings, family reunions, and other events were suspended, I had more time, energy, and resources to focus on spending it with my loved ones. I didn’t get too…

Of Birthday Blues and Blessings

I celebrated my birthday at home this year. Compared to the previous birthdays where my family and I usually go to restaurants or enjoy staycations, this time, it’s a bit different. The pandemic has made home celebrations an acceptable norm in honoring birthdays and other special occasions. Prior to my birthday, Metro Manila and other…

Celebrating My Small Victories This Pandemic: An Eye-Opening Experience

This pandemic has pushed us not only to get outside our comfort zones to survive, but also to find ways to be productive. It can be discovering a new hobby, starting an online business, or altering routines to change a lifestyle. I’ve also learned to divert my attention by creatively expressing myself through writing and…

My Birthday Wish List for 2020

In just a few days, I’ll be turning a year older. Can you guess my age? Haha! This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. However, I am still grateful that I have a stable job and my family’s health is not affected by the COVID-19. Yes, there have been challenges and changes,…

Meet the Diamond in the Rough Squad: Friends You Often See In My Blog

Before my blog grew and gained followers, they were the first ones who supported my passion for free. They liked my posts, shared my blog and invited their friends to like my page even without me asking for it. It’s funny that even without me telling them, they would pause before eating because they know…

COVID-19 Crisis: Gaining a renewed perspective and seeing beyond despair

We were all taken aback with the effects of COVID-19 crisis— taking a huge toll not only in our physical, mental and emotional health, but also in our lifestyle, economy, and overall well-being. We’ve stepped up to adapt to a so-called new norm, embracing changes and adjusting to what fits our capacity as human beings….

Looking back at 2019

And just like that, January ended dramatically. Series of global events awakened us with streaks of fear looming about sickness, catastrophes, sudden deaths, and natural disasters. It all happened too fast but the realizations and emotional impact linger. Hence, I was reminded to look back on what happened last year through a blog post: 2019…

Taiwan: The Travel that Heals (and other realizations)

This trip almost got cancelled. A few weeks before the date of our departure, my dad got diagnosed with liver cancer. I thought of saving my money for his medication and deemed it inappropriate to push through with the trip while the whole family is hurting and carrying the burden. I remember the sleepless nights…

Best of Twenty Eighteen

I’ve seen this caption every year in Instagram: Best of (insert year). I didn’t join the bandwagon and posted my entry in social media, but I had a short glimpse of it and it was mostly food and travel posts as usual. It may not be the best year for me, but there’s still something…

Why Visiting Your Former School is Life Changing

Last October 2017, I visited my high school with my friends Rekha and Euri. It started with a random tagging at a Facebook post then popped the question “Tara, visit tayo sa CSA!” “Kailan? Bukas pwede ako !” Knowing that it is very rare for us to meet schedules due to work responsibilities, I took the…

What 2017 Taught Me

Writing this was not easy, hence the delay. Although there are lots of excuses to be made not publishing this, (such as work, busyness, etc.), I just can’t break a yearly tradition and skip looking back at 2017. But tracing the root of my reluctance, it could probably because I am not too satisfied with…

#Bestmeever Book Launch: Of Positivity and Possibilities

We all have our low moments. Inevitably, there will be circumstances that would challenge our faith and test our character. Sometimes, all we need is a ray of sunshine to cope. These come in the form of people, sometimes situations, or even an inspiration from a book. #BestMeEver is a book that presents little nuggets…

Birthday 2017

I had a different birthday this year. Compared to last year, I was not that reluctant celebrating it.  Embarking on this journey, I had too many realizations. I’ve gently acknowledged the big changes in this new chapter. Although it’s a bit sad I officially left my twenties, (huhu) it’s also liberating to look back on…

Twenty Sixteen: A Rewind

It’s hard to describe 2016. The experiences, both good and bad are multi-layered to be chalked up to one word. It was a plethora of different colors and emotions – crazy, painful yet beautiful all at the same time. As each year unfolds, we never stayed in one place. We’re bound to embrace the constancy…

Birthday 2016

Sorry for the late post. I had this dilemma of whether writing it or not, sometimes I was in the mood, sometimes I wasn’t. But I realized there are more good things to share, so I’d rather let the overflowing happiness surface into writing this blog post. This year, I had no plans of celebrating…

Twenty Fifteen: The Year that Was

As I gaze at the picturesque scenery of the Venice Grand Canal on an azure afternoon, I briefly pondered how equally beautiful the year 2015 has been. The glistening sun stretched its rays on my face giving me favorable warmth, while specks of memories flash back and familiar voices echo through my mind on a…