Do you see him now?

Right now, you’re thinking of running away.

Please don’t.

My dear, let me tell you why. Let me convince you that you don’t have to run away.

You have to understand that not everyone wants you hurt.

I know, hard to digest, but that’s true. There are still people who would like to make you happy. There are still people who would like to love you the way you would like to be loved.

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Twenty-two

“You will be stretched.
Your heart will be tested, and you will get out of your comfort zone.
You have to.
And you will.”

It was last December when someone declared these words to me. It was like a prophecy, and ironically, it was also my prayer at the back of my mind — only I was too scared to voice them out, because I don’t think I can do that.

I was 21.

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Landing

“Ma’am, papirma nalang po sa may banda dito.”

Inabot ko sabay hablot ng bolpen ko sa bulsa ko, pero nung pumirma na ako, halos wala nang maibuga. Mawawalan na pala ito ng tinta.

Naghanapan pa tuloy kami ni manong. Sa bulsa niya, sa drawer ko, kahit sa table ng graphic designer naming kaaalis lang papuntang Hong Kong para magbakasyon, wala!

“Ayos lang ba kung green nalang ipang-pirma ko?”

“Ayos lang po, ma’am. Mas okay nga ‘yon di’ba. Mas masaya! Kesa do’n sa itim, malungkot na nga naghihingalo pa.” Continue reading