Thursday, September 23, 2010

Outing with Davao Bloggers

Wohohooo!I recently joined the unique group of bloggers -- the Davao Bloggers Community--and last night was my first outing with the group. My friend and colleague, Kathy Dacanay who had been with the community for several years now, introduced me to the group, wheew!

It was nice, we met at the Jose Rafael Coffee shop at Lanang at 7:00 pm, after our informal meeting where we talked about our blogging activities, the nature of our passion and on the upcoming events, activities and work shops and plans for blogging projects within the city and all through out the Philippines

We proceeded to the Davao TLC shop along Nova Tierra, a Korean shop for kikay accessories, facial creams and other women stuff. The store owner, Ms. Joeanne Agarano, offered us freebies so I picked several items including sunblock, facial creams, body wash and hair wash!

We talked about the importance of this community, the support from different members and how to establish ourselves in blogging. So the group decided to take one focus this year---BEAUTY, FASHION AND WELLNESS---because these topics are the latest trend and hot items in the blogging world and lots of establishments are willing to sponsor different activities related to these areas.

It was really a fun-filled activity with the group, I had a chance to meet other bloggers in Davao. I went home arouind 10:15 pm and gosh!my schedule was totally wrecked!argggh!I was supposed to work on several manuscript editing and research on Corporate Social Responsibility for my Business Economics report. 

But I had a great time with the group, I learned lots of things from them, tips on how to revitalize blogs and how to maintain the enthusiasm of my writing passion. I learned lots of "kikay" stuff too from Ria and Brendel, nice tips!

I am excited to join the community's next activities, there will be many workshops, blogging tour escapades and meetings. I am also excited with the Mindanao Bloggers Summit, hope this event won't overlap with my schedule at work and grad studies.

I am very thankful for the warm acceptance of the community. I am very inspired with the sharing of Ria Jose on the advantages of being bloggers. Haaaay!Now I want to buy a domain to get serious in blogging! Anyway, the group said we should have at least one primary blogsite.

Photos of our bonding and night out will follow later. I am still waiting for Lea to tag the photos on FB!



Friday, September 17, 2010

My Catholic Life

Last September 1 I attended the very inspiring Vocation Launching Mass at the San Pedro Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Capalla and 25 Diocesan priests. Though it was not a HIGH MASS (the longest Roman ritual mass), I was deeply touched with the solemn celebration and the large crowd. It was well represented by different religious congregations in the country. The Prayers of the Faithful were spoken in five international languages.

I am a devoted Catholic who, just like the late great Pope, John Paul II, firmly believed that JESUS CHRIST is the only answer to every question about humanity. I grew up in a very strict Catholic environment, my father had been serving the Catholic Church as lay minister for 52 years before taking an indefinite leave last year because of his cataract, he was a Pastoral Parish President for six years, he also conducted pre-cana lectures and pre-baptism seminars, my maternal grandfather was a guitarist in the church choir while my paternal grandmother served in the Apostolada and Legion of Mary groups. My two brothers and cousins were both Psalmists. My paternal uncle is now a lay minister also.

Back in our home, the first and the last words I would hear were the bible texts as my father would rehearse his “homily” for the “Celebration of the Holy Words” (the people who are authorized to conduct Holy Mass are those who received the sacrament of ordination) on the days when our parish priest had an out-of-town engagement. My father is a founding member of the Knights of Columbus in our town and a founding chairman of Family Life Apostolate, a Catholic family renewal group supported by the Diocesan.

I was taught that during tribulations, the only thing I could rely on is my faith because everything in life depends on it—sadness, happiness, contentment, success, failures, fulfillment. So when I am in deep trouble, I would just go to the church’s left wing and seated, there, I found solace and peace of mind than go to the mall and crowded places. Eventually, my life just revolved around my Catholic faith.

So last night, I became so sentimental, it was as if my heart will going to burst with gladness and fulfillment, as if Jesus seated beside me. Watching the environment jam-packed with people and devotees made my heart thumped with different happiness and contentment. When the congregation sang the wonderful religious song—YOU ARE MINE---I suddenly shed tears. Lots of things crowded in my mind.

My happy childhood, the vivid memories of accompanying my father to various religious activities, , the miracles I witnessed everyday how great the love of God is, how HE always shielded and protected me through all these years, who always steered me in the correct path of life. It was great! Then I remember my favorite world figure—Pope John Paul II, his influence, his compassion, his kindness, his unique ability to handle sufferings.

I uttered a prayer of thanks, offering my life’s journey to God. I lived the Cathedral with satisfaction and contentment in my heart. When I reached my room, I stared at the two big-sized posters of Pope John Paul II beside my bed and thanked him for the inspiration.

Destiny is a delicate process, sometimes it takes courage and exceptional wisdom to grasp the mystery surrounding it, but when your heart is filled with so much love and belief that Christ always performed miracles in different ways, everything will just turn fantastically—and that’s what made me so sentimental last night. God is so good all the time!

This song made me cry...

YOU ARE MINE
I will come to you in the silence I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice I claim you as My choice Be still, and know I am near
I am hope for all who are hopeless I am eyes for all who long to see.
In the shadows of the night, I will be your light Come and rest in Me

Do not be afraid, I am with you I have called you each by name Come and follow Me
I will bring you home I love you and you are mine.
I am strength for all the despairing Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free And all will know My name

I am the Word that leads all to freedom I am the peace the world cannot give,
I will call your name, embracing all your pain Stand up, now, walk, and live


My Journaling Habit

Journal writing is a great relief, it helps me escape the clutters of daily life and offers consolation no person can. It allows me to talk without being judged. I can confide my innermost feeling without being humiliated.

I started keeping a journal since I was 13 years old. I find it very fascinating then, I was delighted with the fact that I could practice writing without dreading somebody might read my horrible English. Then I discovered the comfort and relief of pouring down anxieties and worries on the white pages. Journal writing gradually became my "refuge" and my “lifeline” when bad days made me think I am a useless creature.

In my journal writing habit, I always choose a certain state of feeling where I can maximize my potential in writing. I noticed that I am more effective if my topics are about pain and sufferings. So I devoted several hours of the day, scribbling my sentiments and my “silent” heartaches.

Through the process of writing down anxieties and tribulations, I was able to record the pattern of my actions plus responses to every encounter I had with other people and alas!it helped me reassess why everything went badly, which eventually, reminded me how to be more cautious with my actions and avoid too many arguments, it made me able to correct my behavior and watch out my steps.
I always write stories that are hard to tell, stories and longings that are better kept and locked inside my journal than share it to others. I might not be safe anymore.lol!

Keeping a journal is a good way to learn more about my thoughts and feelings, but it’s not always easy because it requires rigorous self-discipline and strong determination, plus the fact that each writing activity prompted me to travel back again to the moment of agony. The moment I hold the pen and faced my journal, it tossed me back again to the days where pain is unbearable and tormenting.

Below is a sample entry for the month of June 2009:
--- For the past three months, I wrote about ARGUMENTS AND CONFLICTS, maybe because I was influenced with my current emotional burden. I have been carrying this heavy emotional baggage for quite sometime that it seems it is a part of me now and accustomed to its weight. I discovered one agonizing truth- that Pain simply never go away, you get used to it, as time goes by. I have discovered also that emotions do not simply wither, instead they grow heavily each day that sometimes it causes me to act in ways that surprise and dismay me. So when friends suggested to simply “drop” what weighs on me and lift it to God, it sounds like hearing a foreign langauge. In total honesty, the suggestion, though very sensible, is very difficult to follow in real life.

So that's it..that's only a sample..hehehe..journaling habit is such a welcome respite!