When a journalist becomes the story, it’s not good news. That’s what happened to Daphne Caruana Galizia, the best investigative journalist in Malta, killed by a car bomb. Her name is not mentioned in Times: Person of the year. I … Continue reading →
To remember the exact time my cousin Jessie was born, he made sure it’s permanently fixed on his skin. I thought that is very original. There was a man who had a tattoo of his birthdate, a hyphen and blank … Continue reading →
We are out for good reasons. My friend wants to make memories. My sister is out on a day pass. I am up to no good and want to give these two a fright. My birthday is coming. This is … Continue reading →
With all that hype on Canada being the second country legalizing Cannabis, not much happened concerning people going on a rampage. Cannabis is no comparison to losing a significant hockey game. So, much ado about nothing. On that day, Oct … Continue reading →
On the way to work, around 7:30 am, on board the 99 B-Line to UBC passing by 1400 block of Broadway, across the street I see a red wagon. On my breaks, sometimes I walk by the red cart still … Continue reading →
In the land of Goa, we visited a family friend who used to live in Canada and moved back to India when he retired from his job. He runs a family owned botanical garden and accommodation. The place is a … Continue reading →
Gotta have a heart. Lots and lots of heart. The turkey is saved this year. No pope’s nose for me. For the past years, I started a tradition with my neighbor to celebrate Thanksgiving, potluck style. Since my next door … Continue reading →
Smelling the roses! These ones have a divine, spicy tea scent (photo: Roy Cross).
Susan Jeanne Briscoe
November 13, 1966 – August 31, 2018
Susan was a teacher and researcher at Dawson College in Montreal when she fell ill. After her terminal diagnosis, Susan created The Death Project, a blog in which she beautifully and honestly wrote about living and dying. The blog has touched tens of thousands of readers from all over the world.
Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she attempted suicide at 18. The images that tell her story are difficult to look at—but her remarkable journey reveals something profound about our humanity. It’s a story of trauma, identity, resilience, devotion, and medical miracles. … Continue reading →
Sleep. Too much sleep or sleeplessness. A serious side effect of mental illness when it’s activated. This time, I cannot sleep. Sleep. Depression, anxiety, or stress often disrupt sleep that worsens the disorder and further sleep problem. I cannot sleep. … Continue reading →
From a distance, I saw people flocking together by the pond. The ducks and geese must be back at the pond to give their babies their first swimming lesson. If not, these people are at the pond using it as … Continue reading →
It was a warm start of June. I was sweating and starving. My blood sugar is at the lowest. I need something quick to feed on before I pass out. The closest cooling place I could find is Starbucks at … Continue reading →
In other’s people’s eyes, he’s lovely. For me, I love him so much. I really loved him. Every day before he left for work, We said we love each other. At midday, we’d text to see if the other had … Continue reading →
Darkness fell at Butchart Garden. Even when the surrounding is devoid of light, I can feel the breathing of the plants while waiting for my companions shopping for souvenirs. Plants and I have connections as a living organism on earth. We feel … Continue reading →
Go on, young Alfie, son of Albion, Fearless fighter in a soulless age, With every shallow breath, while judges rage, To the very end, beyond all hope. Go on, young Alfie, son of Tom, Lion-hearted soul, without a trace Of … Continue reading →
It has been proven that science and medicine can prolong life even if the body is in a coma for 30 years. That’s precisely what happened to a BC police officer that put him in an unresponsive state on a call … Continue reading →
Development and Peace 2018 calendar provided series of ‘things to do’ during lent. February 14 suggested that to be a peace builder in your community, through actions, prayers and commitments. Together peace is possible. In doing so, I am sharing Sarah … Continue reading →
I like getting older. The increasing aches, pains, memory failures—sure, I could do without those. But as for the actual adventure of aging, in and of itself? It’s a good one. Skeptical? Ask anyone who might not have the chance. … Continue reading →
Daily event: I get up at 5:30, do the usual routine in preparation to go to work What to wear depends on the weather Take the line, by 7 am hoards of commuter, standing room only Reach destination after 45 … Continue reading →
Figuratively speaking, I was born with a cigarette on my lips. My mother was a smoker and bore 13 children. Therefore, nicotine is already in my blood. When a child is born by an alcoholic mother, the child is … Continue reading →
Regardless of travel advisory, people from all over the world wants to see where it happened. Regardless of personal belief, they want to visit where it all began. Regardless of culture, pilgrims and tourist mix together. Regardless where they came … Continue reading →
Tell me a story is what I say instead of “Hi, how are you?” My friend finally understood what I mean and how important story telling is when he attended the Toastmaster International 2017 held in Vancouver last week. Toastmaster is … Continue reading →
They say dogs love you, cats own you. Maybe so. Cats are just as loving as dogs. They are love, oozing with so much love to give and receive. With their love, we become captives. I had two cats, Maurice … Continue reading →
The Empty Chair spoken by Tyrone Siglos for Josh Siglos So strange to hear this spoken at the church service tonight. Beside my bed is an empty chair. Lucy my cat and I were in bed, suddenly something fell from the … Continue reading →
Between Time and National Geographic, these magazines are constantly in search for Mary featuring the many images of her face. It sells. I must admit I bought the Time special reissue of Life’s Classic edition not that I am searching … Continue reading →
Earth We belong to Earth, Take care of it. We must! Meanwhile, somewhere in Canada, in Burnaby to be precise, we are celebrating. I contributed some of the photos I shared in WP taken in my backyard. The small space … Continue reading →
For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home. ~ Simon Van Booy Many times I stood beside the Crossing waiting for CN Rail to come by filled with travelers from different parts of the … Continue reading →
The Shadow reminds me of younger days when my ears were glued to the radio listening to: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Coming from the Philippines, our culture is steep with superstitious belief. … Continue reading →
Spinning myself around 360 degrees to get a full recording of my favorite place, Trout Lake, a place where I grew up with fond memories.
It was more than 20 years since the lake froze. The ambiance? Refreshing!
With all kinds of people, nationality, ethnic language, 4-year family generation and a baby on the way; I would have wanted to use the music “Of Foreign Lands and Places.” We were all in the same place at the same time to experience Joie de vi·vre.
Do we travel in order to be moved or is it that we travel in order to move around?
We check around the surroundings in search for a perfect ambience, our eyes darting from one object to another, our whole body tasting, breathing, feeling, smelling, touching, hearing, listening all in one instance taking it all in.
But…. there is no but. We can only focus on one that will transport us from a lot of movement into our inner world with conscious measure of calmness and clarity.
And then, I could feel the air pulsing and be one with the hummingbird, heart beating as fast its wings yet hovering still to the sweet aroma of the nectar beckoning it, kissing and drinking the elixir of life.
Woke up with a dusting of snow. Left early to beat the commuters. Riding the Skytrain was a cinch. Got off at the Hub, Broadway and Commercial. A sea of people lined up for the 99 BLine. Ain’t gonna join the … Continue reading →
What is there to be thankful on a Black Friday when the focus is on shopping? Sale. Sale, Sale. Signs on the windows displayed 20 to 70 percent mark down. With the discounted prices still the sale is expensive since … Continue reading →
When I say bed bug, please don’t panic. Keep calm. Are you kidding? Chaos ensued! How can one bed bug create pandemonium at the manor? One tenant moved out and filed a complaint to tenancy branch. He wants to be compensated … Continue reading →
Always build a safe beginnings. That is the core value in health and safety. It starts with you. It is an integral part of staying alive. Don’t stand there, do something. Don’t wait for a fatal accident to happen and mourn … Continue reading →
We are the voice For public education system We are Volunteers I am one of many. We speak one voice. A dramatic story unfolds worst than the election campaign in US of A. A writer wrote a mourning as he sees it in … Continue reading →
Home of the locals in Havana, Cuba, is rife with history. It’s written on the walls, it’s written on their faces, it’s written on the wind. Fieles a nuestra HISTORIA: Faithful to our history. Let it be written, let it … Continue reading →
The letter of thanksgiving written by a grieving husband is a wonderful story in celebrating a Canadian Thanksgiving Day. After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco wrote the following letter … Continue reading →
Children have never been good at listening to their parents, but they have never failed to imitate them. – John Medina Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five Be careful.
I love her handwriting. My friend wrote this at the time when she started losing her mobility but not her mind. I found this note between the pages of a book when I was giving books away. The sunflower is … Continue reading →
Location, location, location. This is the motto of most businesses. Where I live, in Metrotown, there are at least five Starbucks in one big area of Metropolis. A great location. Starbucks seems to have a strong sense where the money is. … Continue reading →
Cleaning up my bedroom, I have this pasted on my closet as a reminder that life is always a blessing. There are countless ways to feel the gratitude what life provides to us. Our job is to be able to … Continue reading →
What do simple folks do? We are simple folks that have strong family values. We are community oriented. We live nice quiet lives devoid of drama in comparison to humans in People Magazine or Entertainment Tonight or Camelot. Every year, … Continue reading →
There are days that I just want to end it all. When that does happen, it’s the little things that stop me on my tracks that brings clarity in this obscure mind that surfaces uninvited. What stopped me this time … Continue reading →
Recently, my sister and I discussed who will take care of our funeral affairs when we die. This is a serious matter for we are getting on with our lives. I for one could feel my mortality. We have to … Continue reading →
One human being, one heart, one love? Our heart is bigger than having one love. But it is Love. For love is boundless. He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts Rest assured this … Continue reading →
Good morning, my loving family, etc Guess where I am? Guess again! Tee hee hee 😂😂😂 I am at the airport, boarding at 8:20 precisely Airborne 9 on the dot Arriving Toronto at 16:20 Yikes! I have been saying I … Continue reading →
Well, there is really no good way to explain what creepy or gross or disgusting is when it comes to science and put it into reality. The closes I can project is when I bought a couple of mangoes. One … Continue reading →
Life is simple. Me, I seek the extraordinary in the ordinary. What do you do with your Life? Source: Holstee Manifesto Nurturing Thursday Inspired by: “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”. Click on this link to see what others have contributed … Continue reading →
People are fundamentally beautiful just the way they are. But with the introduction of make-up, we are brainwashed that we are not beautiful enough. Therefore, we spend so much time, money and energy in face painting. I always tease my … Continue reading →
It was the end of Cesar’s pilgrimage. I know Cesar’s wife, Bennie. She organizes pilgrimages and I have joined a couple of her many pilgrimages. The Celebration of Life for Cesar seems to be a reunion all pilgrims. Such a beautiful celebration. … Continue reading →
Our city is really off when it comes to weather. This winter we hardly had any snow but last year, we had snow in June. It’s definitely off-season to see snow in June especially in Vancouver. Daily, I take this route going home … Continue reading →
“How long, O Christ, shall we wait for thy law to be understood?” ~ W. Frank Hatheway, “The Cry of Labor” (1906) We all work for a living, we spend the majority of our life employed and we don’t know … Continue reading →
I used to get phone calls all the time and talk forever I would pride myself as a conversationalist I still am. Phone conversations are now limited to volunteer work Without them there would be none Calling the older generation … Continue reading →
With little to distinguish one day from the next, time began to feel static. In English, we use the word time in different ways, “the time is 2:45” versus “I’m going through a tough time.” Time began to feel less … Continue reading →
Pink is about acceptance. Pink is about safety. SAFE KIDS: “Schools play an important role in helping children and youth develop this essential aspect of their social development – both by teaching healthy relationship skills and by modeling healthy relationship … Continue reading →
I lost my nephew’s teddy bear and he was inconsolable. Until now he remembers the episode and still makes me feel guilty about it. There is no such thing as forgiveness when I scared him for life. This is just … Continue reading →
Ask him if he remembers. One of his responses was “ZERO.” Edwin Honig has “56 Ways of Saying I Don’t Remember.” It’s a documentary of Alan Berliner, his cousin, in exploring memory and forgetfulness. Edwin Honig was a poet, translator and … Continue reading →
I want to die, she said. Wait until I made you Italian Wedding Soup. I’m coming over this weekend to make you a pot, I said. Jan and I love to watch the cooking lesson at the Food Network Channel. … Continue reading →
It’s winter. I used to dread this season of long days of darkness. Very little light affects my health and mental well-being. I never had this problem when I lived in the tropics where the sun shines. Learning to come … Continue reading →
A photo of a boy ran from his mother’s grasp to reach his father’s outstretched hand. The photo became known as Wait for Me Daddy and is one of the iconic Canadian images of WWII. This is Warren “Whitey” Bernard, … Continue reading →
Remember Jimi Hendrix? He is a legend in Vancouver even though he is an African-American. The main connection to this legend is his grandmother who lived in an African-American community in Strathcona area of Vancouver. She owned Vie’s Chicken and … Continue reading →
How do I celebrate my birthday? I tell the whole world. I don’t wait for anyone to greet me on my birthday. I greet myself and the rest of the world. I don’t wait for anyone to treat me on … Continue reading →
Life has seen me standing hungry by the fence and fed me with a fig from its trees seen me naked under the sky and clothed me in a cloud of its cotton seen me sleeping on the pavement and … Continue reading →
Visiting the health clinic, there are so many reading materials. This is where I catch up reading. I am beginning to understand why there are so much reading materials especially People, Chateline, Fashions, Time, Hello, Nature, Business and New Yorker … Continue reading →
“Please don’t expect me to always be good and kind and loving. There are times when I will be cold and thoughtless and hard to understand.” ~ Sylvia Plath This quote triggered a memory and yet I cannot remember where I … Continue reading →
Remember that there are only three kinds of things anyone need ever do. (1) Things we ought to do (2) Things we’ve gotto do (3) Things we like doing. I say this because some people seem to spend so much of their time doing things … Continue reading →
Why do we say Bless You when someone sneezes? It is habit or plain superstition. I did a bit of research on about sneezing and it all stemmed from the great plague in 6th century.
National Geographic reports that during the plague of 590 AD, “Pope Gregory I ordered unceasing prayer for divine intercession. Part of his command was that anyone sneezing be blessed immediately (“God bless you”), since sneezing was often the first sign that someone was falling ill with the plague.” By 750 AD, it became customary to say “God bless you” as a response to one sneezing.
National Geographic : From Piazza San Pietro, proceed down the broad avenue across from the Basilica, Via della Conciliazione (commissioned by Mussolini to add grandeur to the site), to (4)Castel Sant’Angelo (Lungotevere Castello 50), a round-walled, battlemented structure that today serves as a museum. Commissioned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D., it was completed in 139 A.D after Hadrian had already died (his body was eventually entombed here). Within a hundred years the building was transformed into a fortress to help protect Rome from Germanic invaders. It got its current name in the sixth century—a time when a plague was devastating Rome—after Pope Gregory the Great had a vision of an angel hovering over the structure, sheathing its sword. The vision was interpreted as heralding the end of the plague, and a statue of Archangel Michael, the rescuing angel, was placed on top of the structure (the present bronze statue dates to 1752). In 1277 the fortress was connected to the Vatican Palace with a covered walkway and became a refuge of choice for successive Popes. It also harbored special prisoners, including the acclaimed goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, who was accused (apparently falsely) of embezzling pontifical gems. Exhibits in the museum today include weaponry and artifacts related to the building’s long, colorful history.
If a child asked you, “What is the meaning of life?” – what would you tell him/her? Give him an ice cream. Ask him to hold it without eating it. Seeing it melt, remark gently, “And this is the meaning … Continue reading →
Last week, the train stopped in the middle of its run. There was a computer malfunction. It took two hours for my neighbor to come home; normally it only takes 30 minutes. He was stuck inside the train during rush … Continue reading →
We see every day people who are vision, deaf and speech impaired. We witness the impact on the person, family, friends and society. With their presence, we experience it. Being with them, they provide insights living in the dark and … Continue reading →
“No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backward glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of their beauty or their splendor. Rather … Continue reading →
Laugh at your own Insanities. In the end you’re the only one who understands them. Or it’s the World that’s crazy and you’re an Isolated Oasis, a Bastion of what’s left of the Sane. It’s still laughable, the World is … Continue reading →
Having a tooth implant takes more than a year to complete. Thank goodness, it’s over, for now. That was an experience and a half. Being in a dental surgeon’s office and part of their experiment (yes, I tend to … Continue reading →
Mother freaked out (again) because Son forgot (again) to turn in his homework on time and even missed some items. His homework grade score suffered as a result. So Father and Son had to talk. Immediately after the rather serious talk, … Continue reading →
She wakes up in the middle of her dream I can easily dream within a dream Sleep means a good night rest for her Sleep means never to wake up for me Sleep and dream, a common bond. If you … Continue reading →
Having finished the month-end work yesterday, I am proud of myself. Ha! One point for me. While I feel good about accomplishment, I left a note for the supervisor if I can take a day off today. Yippee …. Approved! … Continue reading →
I have this fear. Yes, I admit it. I may sound fearless but as I get older, being part of the boomer generation, this brain is starting to lose some parts. Memory parts, that is. In order for me to … Continue reading →
It’s time to go for a walk. I do that when a feeling of existential angst that wants to take over the day. That was the day knowing when I come home, Nymeria will be somewhere far away from my … Continue reading →
This poem is in memory of a long-time friend and it was written on the wall of her bedroom. I call JGB, Mother of Perpetual Sorrow. And this poem describes her the most. I suppose, I learnt so much about … Continue reading →
Are you the air that I breathe that gives me life? Are you the wind that caresses my body? Are you the birds that sing sweet melodies? Are you the rain that washes away my tears? Is that you i … Continue reading →
Music, in my opinion, must have started way before the formation of words and became a sentence. To cite an example, my sister #4 when she was pregnant, she attached a head phone on her big tummy and played classical … Continue reading →
DP Jan 24, 2013 Ready, Set GoSet a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publishGood Morning, God, thank you for another day. I wake up way before the birds start singing, the day is still dark. This is my precious time being one and one with my God. It’s about me and my God. Not much time when there is 24 hours in a day. From 5 am to 7 am, then I head off to work.This is also the time I do the daily prompt, not much time to think but everything is Impromptu. The more I think, the more my brain gets muddled up. Don’t think too much.The minute I step out of this sanctuary, I will be a whole different world. It will be all about them. I am out there to be of service especially at work, put in 7 hours, an honest work for an honest pay. Then I say a prayer, Lord, Let every step I do begins and ends with you.Back to waking up; I fill my thoughts with goodness, a moment of Gratitude, this is the time where the very best of my thoughts come from my God:The very best of all my thoughts Are those that think of you The very best of all my words Are those that speak of you My fondest hopes, my cherished dreams, My prayers to the Lord above The very best of all these I offer you my love.Faith, Hope and Charity is the basis of my being.Thoughts, Emotion and Behaviour are the basis of cognitive thinking.This is triangle I follow in order to be at-one-ment.And here’s a song for everyone. Have a safe day everyone. God Bless.