on the eve of my 27th birthday.

Dear Loren, You have no idea how much spending my birthday with you this year means to me. This past year has been such a whirlwind; filled with so many new experiences, new people, and new emotions. If you would have told me last year that I’d be spending my next birthday in the Philippines... Continue Reading →

love fiercely because this all ends.

I don't know many things in life but this i know for sure: any path that brings you closer to love is ALWAYS worth traveling. It’s interesting how much more meaningful life becomes when you realize you can never get the same moment twice. Time is fleeting, and before you know it, you’ve come to... Continue Reading →

CHOICES.

“When I began trusting the intuitive pulls of my soul my life transformed. It wasn’t that my life was necessarily bad before.. it’s just that it started to get really amazing. The more I leaned into uncertainty, and the unknown, the more my heart and soul expanded. Growth and love both require that we move... Continue Reading →

Dear Loren,

Dear Loren, 16 years. I can’t believe it’s been 16 years since you left us. It’s hard to believe that all this time has passed. It seems so long ago, and yet I still remember everything that happened in 2002 like it was only yesterday. I still remember picking up that phonecall to Kuya’s panicked... Continue Reading →

living my best life.

“On the way to myself, I’ve been so many different versions of me” 2017. I don’t even know where to begin. To say this year has been one hell of an adventure would be a total understatement. Such a cliché I know. But for real, I don’t think I’ve transformed as many times in a... Continue Reading →

SELECTIVE REACTIONS

*CRACK* I hit the breaks on my bike and stopped dead in my tracks. I jumped right off to retrieve my fallen phone, only to find it smack down, screen first, on the pavement in the middle of this rainy night in Maastricht. I picked it up, and sure enough my entire screen had cracked.... Continue Reading →

My Daily 100%

“She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another” I still remember all the feelings I was experiencing when I stepped onto that plane. I was overcome with so many emotions after having said goodbye to all my friends. I was... Continue Reading →

33 YEARS LATER

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first" - Matthew Jacobson I wish there were enough expressions of gratitude that could explain how deeply thankful I am for my parents. Their unconditional and unwavering love has definitely shaped me into the person I am today. My parents have always... Continue Reading →

Five Simple Words

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life – Christopher K. Germer A little over two years ago, I was sitting across from my brother at a Japanese restaurant in the middle of downtown Toronto. This particular interaction with him occurred just... Continue Reading →

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