Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year 2016: A New Beginning

What a wonderful year 2015. This might be the simplest statement of what I've been through for the previous year. There were ups and downs, but still able to conquer challenges and reach another milestone in life. The year 2015 brought me to another chapter of extraordinary living where I stretch myself beyond the limits.

It was a fascinating journey when I've been to places where my thoughts have brought me. It was indeed a law of attraction that's working whenever I need it. Years ago when I started to believe that we become what we think, then I learned to practice and incorporate it regularly to achieve whatever goals that I desire. 

If I have done it before, then I believe that I could attract things that will surely work for me. On this year I have accomplished several goals while others are on the process and turning it into a reality. Life has never become as magical as it may seem, but with creativity and passion there has been a turning point that is unimaginable. 

There were some tough decisions that would have change circumstances, yet it was something fulfilling. For the long time in service, now is the time for a new adventure with awesome people full of energy and confidence of reaching certain level of success. 

The previous chapter has never been easy, hence full of challenges that made me a better person. I've been polished like a gem -- a precious one that illuminates and sparkle. It is a product of enlightenment to a certain level and my deepest gratitude to the master of life that once I've known. 

Everything that was learned will always be carried over to the next chapter and then it goes on. Everything has its own significance and it will be a merit when it's done with honor and dignity. Being grateful to past success will help create more abundance and blessings and this is what I know for sure. 

However, it's not always about the peak of happiness and success. There may have been untoward circumstances that are beyond our control and that teaches us a lesson to be resilient and by learning to move forward. Life may throw a hard rock but it can become a polished and more refined stone thereafter depending on how we deal with things and accepting the challenges. 

It's truly wonderful to face obstacles towards success. It takes passion, courage and desire to be able to make it. Along the way are rough roads and intersections that will eventually lead to the right direction. It may seem a very challenging year take, but with perseverance I surpass the trials that will launch a newer version; a better and extraordinary one. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas in Our Hearts 2015: A Blissful Journey

Christmas is the most awaited season and it is truly the most wonderful time of the year. This is a good time to spend joyful memories with our friends and love ones; to share smiles and laughter to others or perhaps grief and sorrow to some.

The past Christmas celebrations were joyous and unforgettable. I may have missed Christmas in my home country, yet I always felt connected and being loved. Nothing beats the celebration like the way we Filipinos do. It may be a simple celebration, but the spirit of Christmas is truly felt and remains in our hearts forever.

It was exactly four years ago when I've shared thoughts about the holiday season. I have witnessed a different culture and how they celebrate Christmas is wonderful. Christmas in Our Hearts 2011 brought good memories with those people I've been with. It was like having fun in a wonderland and feels like there's no tomorrow.

Christmas 2012 was meaningful since I celebrated it with my family. Since I missed the 2011 celebration, I cherished the moment that we're together. I may not be home for Christmas for 2013, so this is something  worth reminiscing. Christmas in Our Hearts 2012 was full of fun and excitement. Spending time together with my family is a bliss.

Christmas celebration in Tagaytay City

Christmas 2013 was a simple celebration and again I was away from home. It doesn't matter how far is the distance, as long as I never felt alone and I still carry the smile and happiness it brings. It was a nice feeling to have shared Christmas traditions and stories and it will be cherished.

Christmas 2014 was celebrated in my hometown together with my family. It was one of the happiest moments since we don't get the chance to celebrate together every year. It was not as extravagant as compared to previous years' celebration, but the simplicity and essence of Christmas is remarkable.

On this year 2015, I am with my family for Christmas. There's nothing much excitement like the past years' celebration, yet it is wonderful. What matters is the presence of love ones and to share moments with them.

I hope that before the year ends, we'll all be healed from old wounds and unpleasant memories. We hope to deserve the good things in life and we'll work together towards a common goal; to achieve success, fulfillment and experience everlasting bliss.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kathmandu: The Gems and The Lost Treasures

In my journey to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, I have fallen in love with its beautiful landscape and have met wonderful people who are friendly and kind-hearted.

In August 2013, in an uncertain moment, I have traveled to Kathmandu and have cherished the 6-day trip. It was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life to have learned from the culture and tradition of the Nepalese people.

From the first day of my trip, I have imagined the glorious past of the place as I pass around the narrow streets with both modern and centuries-old architectures--evidence of Nepal's rich heritage and culture. I have roamed around and bought Kurtas (traditional Nepalese clothe) from different shops and at the same time was able to stop by coffee shops to awaken my senses and to continue the journey.

I was amazed by the view of the Kathmandu valley from the hotel where I stayed as one can see the mountains surrounding the city and the crowded houses and buildings made of stones and bricks.

In a beautiful morning as I walk at the old streets, I have witnessed the businesses of the people. It is so simple, yet full of spiritual practices to start the day. They pray and chant to their Gods and they use aromatic incense to drive off bad spirits or any form of negativity. Everyday, I used to burn an incense of different scents for my personal prayers and intentions.

In a sunny afternoon as I walked in the downtown area, I have seen the simple living of the people. They are not into buying luxurious things. In fact they only have few malls that sells bargain products. In that place, there's a huge football field and park with a tall observatory tower where one can see the panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley.

As I walked down the streets, I have seen beautiful scenery that are natural and some that are man-made. The famous lake in the central business area is where I spent few hours of walking and rejuvenating. Beside the lake are food stalls in the street where they sell coffee, tea and bread and I have tasted it to get some energy for a long walk.

Kathmandu is such a peaceful place and I felt the spirituality of the people. There are temples everywhere for them to pray and glorify their Gods. They offer food and burn incense and there's something more than their religious practices. They care and love people regardless of race and creed. They have happy faces and they even look like Filipinos. I have witnessed their friendliness and hospitality to the tourists. They are very conversant about Nepal's history and heritage and they are helpful in any ways.

Kathmandu is rich in heritage sites that are recognized and protected by UNESCO. A day before I left, I was able to grab the offer for a day-tour in 4 out 7 UNESCO world heritage sites. 

I have meditated in the mountainous places of Swayambunath and Pashupatinath where huge stupas can be seen as the center of attraction. I visited the ancient city and Durbar Square in Patan and it was in that place where felt that I was in a time travel. I sensed that I was transported several centuries back, although I can see and interact with modern people--the locals and foreign tourists in their modern clothing, ways and actions.

On April 25, 2015, it was a tragic moment when the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal was reported to suffer the strong magnitude earthquake. Kathmandu and its nearby town including northern India (Bihar state) and southern China (Tibet region) were heavily devastated and they lost thousands of people including locals and foreigners. The Kathmandu valley was destroyed with thousands of houses and buildings that collapsed, thousand families became homeless and thousand lives were killed.

It saddened me to hear the news as I recalled the wonderful memories I had with the Nepalese people I met and interacted on the road. I remember the times when I enjoyed their heritage sites and everything that Kathmandu has to offer. I have learned so many things about them and I am grateful for the joyful experience.

Now that almost everything were lost, how could they recover from the tragedy? How many of those people I met have died and how many have survived? How are those playful kids I have interacted at the park? Life could be unpredictable that bad things could happen to good people.

At the present time it is about survival, but a sad fate to the innocent lives. You may have met wonderful people, but tomorrow they might be gone. You may have seen amazing structures, but tomorrow they may have been out of sight. Survival is not about religion or spirituality. It is now a way of life.

From the magnificent peak of Mount Everest; the serenity of Pokhara; and to the architectural heritage of Kathmandu, I can say that Nepal is a gem I have found, but now is a lost treasure. It will not be easy, hence it will take time to stand up and face the world again. They need our help in any ways and once they are well and ready, they will stand up and build up its soulful heritage.

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