Journey Princess

The world is my classroom.


June 2013

Back Subjects

There are just so much things to explore in the world to want to remain being idle.

I grew up with a lot of fear to explore new things, maybe opposite to what many people around saw. After pondering on that, I had a hint on the reasons behind. I was afraid I could not do good and I was conscious with what the people are going to say. It was a kind of thinking that I think I was able to develop because of being a bully victim when I was 5 years old. Continue reading “Back Subjects”

Why I said that man, by nature, is evil and stood corrected

From within people, from their hearts,  come evil thought, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.

– Mark 7:21-23

In Social Science 1 class back in the university, our professor asked, “Who among you believe that man, by nature, is evil?” Almost on impulse, I bravely raised my right hand. I felt my face turned red as heads turned to look at me Continue reading “Why I said that man, by nature, is evil and stood corrected”

SIMPLIFY: Just either Left or Right

I was able to watch a segment on Rated K, a television magazine show in ABS-CBN, featuring a special child who can tell in an instant the day of a date of any specific year. Quite amazing, huh? A specialist’s explanation was that it is only a specific portion of her brain that works the most. So I thought it’s like only that brain part has been exercised and was able to develop an expertise.

I also remember an issue of Newsweek Magazine in the late 90’s with cover feature: How to increase your memory. The picture on the cover was a red string tied into a knot around the pointer finger of a hand. The idea was to make your brain work actively until the “wires” inside intertwined and your memory becomes sharp. One exercise I can still remember to achieve that is to observe people around a busy place and make stories out of their actions. I used to do that a lot before, and not so frequent now. But I can say I’m good in reading actions and facial expressions.

It takes thousands of hours of practice if you want to excel in the Olympics. That means one has to start as a kid. Varsity players need to maintain a certain grade in order to retain their post in the team. Classroom geeks are often boring because books are their best friends. It seems most of them don’t have social life.  I even believe that Manny Pacquaio, one of the world’s great boxers, acquired 8 championship titles that only he has done in boxing history because he was so focused on it. But when he entered politics, and other areas of his interest, many other parts of his brain may have gotten busy. Yes, he was still good on his fights when he was already a Representative of Sarangani Province in the Philippine Congress, but everyone saw that some challengers can already beat him.

I know of some parents who want their kids to excel in many areas. So when summer comes, they will enroll their children to ballet, advance math, swimming, voice lesson, etc. Just how much can a child handle pressure at a young age?

But I also know of persons who excel in multiple talents. For example, someone who knows how to play different kinds of musical instrument so well, persons who seem to be the best player in all sports they join in, A-1 students who also do excellent job in extra-curricular activities, etc. They are just so gifted that you would think when God sprinkled talents, their mothers were able to catch the most for them.

Anyhow, I think that the most important thing is you know what you really want and what makes you happy the most. Nobody has the right to question anyone if the latter excels in a lot of things he has worked hard for. Purpose and discipline are keys.

Coming to My Senses

The heart does not break even,

But this is not getting even.

There was fire put off by water.

But there’s still smoke wandering on air.

So many questions,

I don’t have answers.

Now is the time to trample on the embers.

So they can no longer eat the good and remaining.

Ifugao-Mt. Province-Benguet Trip


I love long trips! Although they require having a carefree mind, eagerness to explore and discover, and a lot of patience when things don’t go as planned or as expected. Continue reading “Ifugao-Mt. Province-Benguet Trip”

The Writer in Me

“I can just stare at them and feel good.”

Continue reading “The Writer in Me”

I’m well

I received a big blow from you.

I was almost knocked out for a day.

For a time I felt trapped on a quicksand.

But I was glad you did not leave right away.

Instead, you held out to me a stick to help me up Continue reading “I’m well”

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