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It’s a quiet day…

A little somber, I must say,

Even the sun didn’t want to come out and play.

For a cheer, I searched,

Deep down within,

But a tear, instead

I felt coming.

But, why do I feel this way?

Why do I let my blues, on the strings of my mind, play?

“Pray…” a gentle voice whispered,

“For in my presence, you will find joy.”

“Sing…” it repeated;

“For only my love can stir inside you, the sweetest song.”

“I’m your comfort and strength every day,”

“I AM with you always, verily I say.”

“For every second your heart beats,You will be reminded of my grace;”

“For every breath you take, my peace will fill your mind’s space.”

Opened my eyes and looked back out

A smile wiped my pout

Still, for a ray of sun

I anticipated

But, by the rain, outdone

The sun, for its turn, waited.

It’s raining still

But no longer in my soul

It’s raining still

I, again, felt whole.

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Hello guys!

As promised, I am back to share with you all my visit back to Haiti after the earthquake.  I was there last January due to my sister’s wedding, and I must say, I didn’t know what to expect. Or maybe I just didn’t want to allow myself to have any expectations because with expectations sometimes, come disappointment. And seeing the conditions in which some people were still living in, 3 years after the earthquake, I was hurt and angry.

We__my mom, little sister and I__ left the cold winter of New York early in the morning. When we landed in Haiti, and the plane door opened letting the heat smack us in the face, I knew I was home.

We managed to get our bags and get through the overly crowded Baggage claim area, with the help of a friend who was waiting patiently for us to arrive. We also managed to get away from the 10 men who were cursing at us, because we refused their help.

Everyday we would go out, we would drive past so many vendors on the street. They sold all kinds of stuff: from fruits, vegetables, food, drinks to beautiful paintings and other handmade goodies. We would drive past students coming from school…some of them tired of walking under the blazing sun and unbearable dust. I watched all of their faces: there was despair and fear. But I also saw hope and resilience.

And there would be days when we would drive past beautiful colorful boutiques and restaurants, where you will find the elites of the Haitian society. Haiti, for as long as I can remember, always seemed like two different worlds to me. When I reminisce about the great times I had growing up in Haiti, I would think that this place was too good to be true. Yet, other aspects were too painful for me to even understand.

Fast forwarding to the wedding day, things went way better than I expect. That day will be one of the happiest days of my life. To be, once again, reunited with all of our family members and friends (both from Haiti and the States)  brought us the greatest joy that day. To watch my sister walk down the aisle to the man she loved was priceless to me. I’ve never seen her so happy, and that made me happy and teary-eyed.

The post-wedding days in Haiti were the best. Some of us considered our time there as an odd but mini-vacation and we made the best of it.

My sister decided to stay with her husband for a few months, and leaving her was bittersweet. Like I mentioned in a previous post, we’ve never been away from each other for such along time, so those few months without her have been empty and lonely. But, my heart is rejoicing again since she will be back soon by next month, and soon we will be working on getting my brother-in-law here too.

It was truly a great experience to re-visit Haiti. After all the Haitian people went through, they still lived faithfully, hoping that tomorrow would be a better day. Even though most of the time, tomorrow was not promised and would bring a source of tears, they still had hope.  Hope at least could bring them a source of immense joy__one that nothing could take away from them.

(Here are a few photos I captured there. I didn’t get a chance to put the pics in order (sorry 😦 ) but I’m sure you will still enjoy them!)

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IT'S MEEEEE!!!! 😀

And I have a few good reasons why I have been missing in action. Many are due to daily life engagements (work, getting my degree, new ministry), my sister post-wedding life (in Haiti!) and just plain ol’ laziness on my part every now and then.

On a more serious note though, I’ve missed blogging! And I’ve missed you all! I guess it’s a part of the blogging life. Sometimes you wake up full of ideas and aspirations and you just can’t stop writing and there are times you just wish you had just a tad bit of enthusiasm, or time, to write.

But what I love the most about blogging is the fact that, I can always come back to free my mind and count on you guys to be there to read, laugh and chill with me, or even drop me a ‘Miss you’ notes on my page (Thank you to everyone who checked up on me 🙂 ).

This is just a little post to say I’m alive and well by the grace of God and that I am back! Stay tuned for more posts about my stay in Haiti, my sister’s wedding, life without her (:-() and other randomness. Until then loves! 🙂

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Before you give me your verdict__as the worst and most trifling blogger ever!__ I need you to sympathize with me…please…just a little 🙂 (Hello lovies! Hugs!)

 

My life has been a little hectic for the last couple of weeks! Between school, work, choir practices, praise team rehearsals, helping my sister with her wedding preparation and also helping the youth of my church prepare their anniversary celebration (talk about multitasking), I barely had the time to eat.

I had helped my sister get her bridal gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and also found a photographer & cameraman, a make-up artist and all. But in all this disarray, I haven’t found my dress yet! And knowing myself, if I can’t finish up what I started I will not stop nor rest! My boyfriend always complains about me putting other people’s needs above mines, and that I don’t take time to enjoy myself. I hate the fact that he is right and I know deep down that it is the truth but I denied it all.

Who’s to blame in reality? It’s not my fault that I was born such a perfectionist. It may not be a virtue but it can’t be that bad of a vice either. Since I feel like I’m much better at dealing with myself when I fail at planning and such, I rather let me blame myself. Not someone else.

So yes. I will skip and sacrifice breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack times, sleep, fun days/nights to finish my tasks. After everything is done, I will play and rest with a peaceful mind.

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***Just so you know, this is me being my typical self. I can never finish a challenge thoroughly. I always get side-tracked. I can’t explain why I do it, but I will blame it on my slight ADD.***

I am overwhelmed with so much guilt while writing this post. Wanna know why? Because I haven’t  read a book  in  4 years   a while. Before you go right ahead and judge me, I need you to hear me out.

I enjoy reading…I really do…but I haven’t really had the time to, because of the million and one activities I partake in. I know that’s not a good enough excuse, but it’s honest. The ideal time for me to read would have to be before I go to sleep, but I’m not going to lie to myself and say I would.

Besides my Bible (which I don’t consider as just a ‘book’) I have no other books that I’ve read that I can call a ‘favorite’. I have a few that I truly enjoyed reading but I wouldn’t classify them as my favorites.

I am still on the quest of discovering more books before I could call one my own ‘favorite’.

Feel free to send some suggestions my way. Thank you! 🙂

 

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I always dread this question, since most of the people in my entourage find entertainment comfort in watching either Bad girls club, Real Housewives of whatever-the-state-it-is and Jersey shore. They think I’m weird for not having any particular interest in watching those type of shows but I just find them idly ridiculous. What is the point of watching reality shows that, ironically aren’t so real?

I used to love rushing home from school to sit in front of the big silver-screened box back in the days, mainly to watch cartoons or movies, then I graduated to soap operas (which didn’t last due to my A.D.D. at times :-/). I later found a quick but genuine interest in crime investigating shows but it died as quick as it came.

I have to admit that I did find a couple of shows that I faithfully watch from my favorite channels (Food Network & National Geographic)

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but once I notice it’s a re-run, I loose total interest and wouldn’t watch TV for months. Whatever I need to watch__whether the news or anything interesting__ I just watch it online (Thank God for YouTube! :-)). It’s fast and more convenient to me since I have no patience for commercials.

From then on, I realized that TV was maybe not my thing :-/.

So…there you go…I don’t have a favorite TV program. Just programs that tickle my interest bone from time to time :-).

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Remember this face?

Annie!!!

I mean…who does not remember that little round freckled face?

And I know. People have the weirdest reactions when I tell them about “Annie” being my all-time favorite movie. I even get the “Aren’t you a little too grown for that stuff anyways?” remark from time to time, but what they don’t know is how inspiring that movie was to me.

Growing up watching Annie was one the best things that ever happened to me. Since I loved to sing, and with my father being a musician, I would always think that one day, I would be an actress and sing in movies and my father would be the sole musician. Such great combo, I used to think.

Of course these childhood fantasies of mine never came to pass, and with time,

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love you Tomorrow, You're always a day away!

my interest in acting died out, but I still enjoy the movie for the laughter, the tears and singing it brings every time I view it.

 

Although I’m now  much more into action, comedy, horror and romance, Annie is a staple in my movies’ list.

I hope my future children will love it as much I do! They better.:-)

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