Dove c’è amore, c’è anche dolore. (Where there is love, there is also pain.)

The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment. To ignore this fact, or to pretend that it is not so, is to put on emotional blinkers which leave us unprepared for the losses that will inevitably occur in our own lives and unprepared to help others cope with losses in theirs.

(Dr. Colin Murray Parkes from Shakira Sison’s Newsletter) 


Saddest to see my hu box (box of old memories) were infiltrated by unwanted creatures. 😔 Good thing some of the letters were still retrievable.

I chanced upon this one letter from
my mom that made me cry.


This was from the time my parents were having troubles with their marriage and all of us had to be strong despite uncertainty of what will happen to our family.

I’m happy that even then, despite me being me, she was already proud of who I was and who I was becoming. :’)

I love you so much, Ma. You are always a source of my strength.

With Love to Japan

I cannot bear to cry. Because I am so happy for you and this great gift that being sad for you leaving is selfish. Instead, I will be the happiest, most supportive person for you. I love you, sometimes even more than myself, and it brings me great joy to see your heart’s desires fulfilled. Remember? My prayer for you was always for God to give you your heart’s desires and only He knows what those are.

And this is one of them, I think. And I’m grateful to God for giving you this gift. Things will change, I know. But I’m always hopeful that it will be for the better for both of us. I will be patiently waiting for that right time, the right moment and the right “us” to finally be what we were meant to be.

I love you, always. Wherever you may be.

If only I could stop time
Just this once
Just so I can stare at you some seconds more
Just so I can hold your hand for one more day
Just so I can still actually kiss you
Just so I can wake up next to you again

If only I could stop time
I will not keep you forever
I just want to hold you
A little while more.

A message on love from P

But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us.  And to save us.
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


Ang gumising sa iyong bisig
At ang marinig ang iyong himig
Puno ka ng pasasalamat
Hindi mo lang alam, mahal
Pag-ibig mo’y higit pa sa sapat

Sa iyong paglisan
Wala namang akong pinagsisihan
Alam kong ikaw man ay nasa malayo
Sa puso mo ako’y iyong itatago
Hindi papayag na basta lang maglaho

Wala man tayong pinangako, mahal
Laman ka ng aking mga dasal
Hindi mo na kailangan sabihin
Ang mahalaga sa aking puso ika’y kapiling
Wala nakong iba pang hihilingin.



Lucky to have found an Aida in my life. I am forever grateful and I hope I can make it one day at a time. :)

Love can get frustrating sometimes. :)

When you have to fight about it. 

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