Miña La Luz.

Am I in love with you?
Maybe. 
Maybe not. I don’t know.

I have always been in love with the idea of love, but I am undecided whether I should fall in love right now.
Because right now may not be the perfect time.  “Right now” is complicated.
I wish it’s easy to un-complicate things.

The things you do to me, they confuse me. And frighten me.  But at the same time, it lifts me up from the pit I am in. And puts me high up on a pedestal.

I am scared, of opening my heart again to love. Because the road to love is like a maze that I have to overcome. I may get lost and never find the way to your heart.
Ever.

I wish I could un-love you. But I can’t.
Because I don’t choose whom my heart should beat for. I don’t know how it does.
The heart dictates whom it should dance for. It beats to the one whose music is an explosion of ecstasy in our chest.

You would always be my obsession.
From the moment I wake up in the morning, until at night before slumber, I think of you.

You would always be that someone who would fill every corner of my mind.
You conquered every space of my heart.

You would always be that someone whose face I see everywhere. Your perfume is  nostalgia , it triggers the deepest longings and memories in my heart.

What is this uncontrollable wave of emotions stirring in my bosom?
The more I suppress it, the more it wants to be known. Never wanting to be an unrequited love anymore.


Miña La Luz. 

My angel of light.

You shone on me when the road led nowhere but to a dark alley. You led me to shine and overcome the darkness of my soul, illuminating the path with your own light.
The thought of you sends a pain of longing, a deep regret washing over me.

Because you will never be mine. How I wish you could be.
You are so near yet so far, so present yet so elusive.

It’s a tragedy.

But all love story is a tragedy. I wonder how it would feel to be wrapped in your arms. I dreamed of your kiss. Would it melt away all my inhibitions. Would I be free?

I am still afraid, frightened for love to wither before it has the chance to grow. But I'm putting my heart on my sleeves , I'm gambling once more. I'm throwing the dice and let the gods decide.

I’m taking a chance at love again, because the happiness of loving you surpasses the fear of not being loved by you.






Keep the faith,

Mei

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
~Saint Augustine
photo: notablequotes.com


This year, I got hit by a severe case of wanderlust.

I don’t exactly know how it started, but I just knew that this year and the following year will be a year for travelling. I am a naturally outgoing person. I mean, I think I was born with a mole in the underside of my feet (it’s an expression that we Filipinos have about being someone who cannot stay put inside the house for a long time because he always have the urge to travel).

Me and my siblings were a bunch of very sheltered kids. By that, I mean we were not allowed to go out alone, not allowed to play outside for some reasons only my grandparents knew, and that was passed on to my dad. Maybe they were afraid we might get lost or something. But I do not have any memory of playing with other children except my younger siblings which I have 5 (that made our parents think we would be okay without having other playmates), and my cousins who seldom come to visit.

I found my freedom when I turned 16, and by that time my parents were already working in another country and I was left to take care of my younger brothers and sisters. I loved the feeling of having no one to stop me from going where I want to go, from coming home at a time of my own choosing.

Photo: morefm.co.nz

And this kind of freedom became my inspiration to travel. My dream was to travel the world but then there are certain circumstances that your dreams remain just ... a dream.  After living in Taiwan for six years and travelling to the Philippines in between, and some side trips to Hongkong, I realized that I really wanted to do some more travelling because I love learning about different culture  and I love to see the sights. I am not afraid to travel alone, and i can sleep in airports if I have to, or take boatrides and ride long hours on a bus. All I need is a good book,and I can go anywhere my feet (mole, callouses and all) can take me.

What's in my travel bucketlist?



1.Paris, France

Because I am a hopeless romantic.Who doesn't want to 

visit this very romantic place anyway? 


photo:gazetebilkent.com

2.Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines 

This is by far what would make me leave everything  

behind, but this would cost more than the airfare of 

other countries in my list. A secluded    resort, paradise!                                                 


photo: kiwicollection.com



3.Switzerland

I have been working with wonderful Swiss people and I would

be more than happy to see the place which I have researched

on more than any other country although work related. Plus 

the place is really amazing!                                                   



Photo: tripadvisor.com

4.Japan

 I would like to see the cherry blossoms so much. Sakura season!


Photo: asiaotaku.com


5.Boracay, Philippines

 Yes, I haven't been there yet. This has been in my list ever 

since.



Photo:osmiva.com




6. Guam

There is a very personal reason why I want to go to this 

place and it is very close to my heart. I almost lived here, had

I not been arrogant to let an opportunity to pass. An angel 

whom I corresponded with through email for 5 years was 

inviting me to live with him in this place. We had a couple of 

missed rendezvous because of some inevitable situations 

like the September 11 attack. I just want to answer a "what if" 

question that I still think about sometimes.





photo: huffingtonpost.com


7 Kalanggaman Island, Palompon,Leyte

This is close to home, yet I have not set foot in its fine white 

sand.I want to see how the island is after Haiyan.   



Photo: Carlo Lorenzo/crispypataatkarekare.com

                                                      

8. Phuket, Thailand

It is very clear that I love the beach, so Phuket is one place I 

want to see. Aside from the beach, I am interested in unique

architectural designs like the photo below. Phuket has that. 


Photo:www.jessicafreyphotographyblog.com




9. Belgium

When I was in 6th grade, there was this guy who I 

corresponded with through letters. Yes, as young as that, I 

was already in for some culture exchange. We corresponded 

for 4 years and then it just stopped. I had no idea what 

happened to him. I still know his name, and if ever I get to 

this place, I will definitely look for him, just to say hello. Oh 

and castles, castles and castles!




Photo: destination360.com

10. Salzburg, Austria

Sound of Music, need I say more?

Photo: hotel-in-salzburg.com




But then again, my life took another turn and travelling became lesser and lesser. With kids growing up, it became more difficult to leave home. Now the kids are big and I feel that they are safe even when I’m away, the next hindrance is the budget. I know that you can travel on a budget but I still think of what my kids could enjoy with my travel money.

But because of the sharing economy, new alternative ways to travel have been introduced. That’s what I like about Airbnb. Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries.

With Airbnb I get to choose the most convenient accommodation for me that suits my budget. Because of this, I know I will be able to satisfy my wanderlust.

I don’t want to read just a page, I want the whole book. Confucius said,"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."
I think this is the best travel companion that anybody can ever have, our hearts.

I hope you enjoyed my  #MyAirbnbBucketList. What's in yours?

If you want to find out how you can have the best and unique travel experiences, sign up for Airbnb here.

Keep the faith,

Mei





My adventure is not done yet. After a gastronomically delightful lunch, we were off to our next activity. Ms. Kat and Ms.Jane showed us the rooms. Luckily, we were able to peek into the presidential/V.I.P suite which I know I would not be able to see if I weren't invited today.



The presidential suite has a board room that can hold 20 persons for a small meeting. 




What I loved was the vintage looking desk table. I can imagine myself writing notes to my "inamorata".


The jacuzzi has a full-length mirror in front of it which I find very luxurious. Of course I need to have my bathroom selfie. :)



This is one part of the room that I found the most eerie. And I think the photo says so too. In the 80's, a fire broke in the hotel which left 20-30 people dead, with tourists jumping off the windows to escape. 

But that was a long time ago, and Ms. Kat and Ms. Jane has assured us that the place had already been blessed and that there are no ghosts contrary to what others claimed to have seen. Nevertheless, it makes a good interesting trivia to the history of the hotel. And adds more character to it.


This is the deluxe room which they usually offer for corporate or group bookings which can accommodate 3-4 guests.



The hotel is one of our favorite venues for seminars and other corporate functions mainly because of their spacious function rooms and the other freebies they include in their packages. 



Hotel Facilities at The Heritage Hotel, Manila:

  • Airport Transfer
  • Visa Card accepted
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express Card accepted
  • Ballroom and Function Rooms
  • Business Center
  • Carpark
  • Car Rental
  • Cocktail Lounge
  • Coffee Shop
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Currency Exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Deposit Box at frontdesk
  • GSM Signal Reception with GPRS or UMTS
  • Laundry Cleaning Service
  • Maid service
  • Newsstand
  • Parking for coach buses
  • Photo copying service
  • Inhouse Restaurant
  • Limited room service
  • Secretarial Service
  • 24 Hours security
  • Electronic smoke alarm throughout the hotel
  • Sprinkler system throughout hotel property
  • Tour Desk
  • Translation Service
  • Valet Service
  • Wakeup Service
  • Wifi connection


  • Acknowledgement:

    Ms. Katrina Espano
    Ms. Jane Reyes


    For more information on how avail of special corporate rates, special conference and seminar/workshop rates, send me a message in my comment box, or like and visit http://www.facebook.com/tfeventsresources


    Keep the faith,

    Mei




    I love to eat! Who doesn't? And so you could just imagine how happy I was to get a call from The Heritage Hotel for an ocular with buffet lunch..for free!




    Of course who am I to say no? So at lunch time, off we go to the hotel, me and a colleague. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were greeted by Ms.Kat and Ms. Jane of the Sales department, for banquet and rooms respectively. And then they led us to ..heaven..the buffet of the Riviera Cafe of the Heritage Hotel in Manila.



    I wasn't prepared for a buffet, so I have not really prepped my tummy. Usually, if I knew I'd be going to a buffet dinner like this, I would not eat prior to that. And since this was unexpected, I wasn't even dressed properly. I was wearing my ultra favorite self-ripped jeans and a simple gray t-shirt. It's casual Friday anyway.





    I think we circled the buffet area not just twice before we were able to start getting food. Since I had breakfast, I started with a salad. Then I took a chicken satay and a pork satay which smelled really great after it was brought to our table. I skipped the soup.



    This month's theme was "A Taste of Malaysia and Singapore" but then the usual courses were still there like the Filipino dishes and the Japanese food buffet.












    I salivated when I saw the sushi bar. I love Japanese food. I preferred tuna over mackerel and salmon. I had salmon the night before and I'm not really a fan of mackerel, so tuna, into my mouth you go. I could not say no to Japanese food even though the Laksa station was competing for my attention.


    I totally skipped the fruit section. Somebody once gave me a tip to dining eat- all- you- can buffet is to pick the ones you haven't tasted yet. I saw how beautiful the dessert buffet was , so I headed straight towards the pastries' section.





    I ordered a cappucino with my dessert. Buffet ended at 2 pm. Then, we were ushered to the 9th floor. They showed us the rest of the hotel. Before I continue on my next post.. shall we "wine"?

    A friend asked me what is my favorite wine, anything will do. I'm not much of a wine drinker. In the Philippines, we don't usually drink wine during dinner, we drink wine to pass out. :)





    When you have a zest for food, you have a zest for life!

    Keep the faith,

    Mei





    Photo: quotationaboutlife.com


    And so the week had been a kaleidoscope of emotions. I got happy, sad, mad, bad, good and then I started to be an annoying person. Most of all, I started to be out of focus. I don't know what's happening, it's like life is spinning so fast, and I can't catch up. Maybe it's hormones, or a sign of ageing. I don't mind ageing as long as I don't become senile.

    I needed a distraction, something to divert my attention away from work. I need to perk myself up. I am starting to become a big bore! I want change. A drastic change! Maybe a new relationship? Hopefully, but I'm almost glad it's not this soon.If it's something like getting a stone and hitting my head with it, then I'd rather be single and miserable. A little bit of misery can be good. It brings out a sensitive part of yourself.

    Just like what I am doing now, I am still in the middle of a task that has me working with half-closed eyes. Not because I am sleepy but because I am starting to feel boredom of doing a repetitive task. I never thought someone would be so disinterested in fashion as I am. Okay, that was a lie. After all, I am a woman, and women are supposed to love fashion.

    I do love fashion, but my love affair with it is seasonal. And it doesn't include a tedious task of poring over thousands of photos of beautiful designer items that I can't afford to buy. Not in this lifetime. Maybe next life I'd be a shiek's daughter, or an heiress. Bummer! I'd have to die first before I get to wear an authentic Balenciaga dress?

    And just in case the people I work for read about this, (the internet is powerful, it's like God, it knows everything and has a way of telling people about other people's lives...shhh..), thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on something that I have not even dreamed of doing. :) It has me going out of my comfort zone. Fashion is one place where I do not feel so sure about myself. And the reason why we fear change is because of unfamiliarity and feeling uncomfortable.





    But I always welcome change. I have accepted the fact that it is the only thing that's constant. I am embracing this new opportunity to learn something that's out of my league. It should bring me newer perspective and maybe a different shift for the future. And so change, I welcome you to my life now.

    And what better way to create change in your life but by starting it with the way you look? My looks is as boring as my life. I used to be a risk-taker, but then when motherhood hits you, you start thinking not just twice but a lot of times before you kick yourself in to making big changes.You don't decide for yourself alone, but for the other people who depends on you. I can do that, but that would be selfish of me if I'd always think for myself all the time.

    I wanted to change my looks, like having a make-over. But I can't do it without having to see how I'd look like first. In high school, I changed my looks very often. One moment I had my hair in electric curls and then four months after, I got a pixie-cut. I can't do that anymore. So I went to a website called Taaz to see and try for myself different hairstyles and make-up (I don't wear make-up daily, only on special occasions). And I am very happy with what I saw.

    I am posting it here, so everyone reading can have a laugh and judge which hairstyle and look is good for me. Now all I need is the guts to go for it.

           



    I look like a high school girl here







    Not the big hair thing!!



    Yes, you can even put on some Ray-bans


    This is by far my favorite. I'm thinking about having a go at this! Motivate me!


    This is the original photo that I uploaded and edited to get my different looks.
    That's plain, boring me.

    Look what modern technology can do. 

    Note to everybody: Not everything you see on the web is true. Don't be fooled by every beautiful woman or handsome man you see on the internet. And if you are looking for online love, let your heart be your guide. 

    And if you want more of these online virtual make-over sites here's what's Oprah.com has come up with.


    Last words, it may be the right look for you, says some of these websites, but if it doesn't make you feel comfortable, then you shouldn't go for it. At the end of the day, beauty still follow after confidence.

    Keep the faith,

    Mei

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