My life was forever changed the moment Grace opened the door to amazingly wondrous growth for me.
My view expanded the moment Grace trusted me to handle learning opportunities as a young corporate trainer.
My training muscles stretched the moment Grace thrust me into the world of learning and development.
Yes, I learned to grow up fast (even as the youngest trainer in our organization back then). To embrace both the happy and challenging moments in a classroom. To adjust to the learning styles of my students. To respect the learning pace of my students. To calibrate my teaching and training style. To sharpen my skill at communication and collaboration. To become a better trainer. To become a better human being.
The unforgettable moment I said YES to the indescribably awesome world of Training and Development? Over a quarter of a century ago.
Indeed. Grace upon grace. Blessing upon blessing. Love upon love.
My dearest mentor and beloved friend, Mrs. Grace Patricio – Abellera, has been such a Beautiful GRACE-filled Blessing to me and countless others.
And now, as she continues to live and love life to the fullest, it comes as happy knowledge that abundance wraps her so sweetly to this very day. For she attracts a life that is faithful to her very own nature. GRACE.
And that is the beautiful truth. She gives so much love and receives all that her happy heart can hold.
So refreshingly inspirational. So empoweringly abundant. So heartwarmingly true.
She makes my grateful heart smile. She makes me celebrate lifelong learning.
The most powerful force in the entire
And yet, when we look around and marinate ourselves in global news, we read, we hear, we see a plethora of disturbing violence and destruction. An inundation of doom and gloom.
Then, we begin to wonder, “Does Love really have a future?”
But when you shoot that dark-colored question to people of the Light,
you instantly see a world of hope. A ray of beaming smiles. A totally bright
future for Love.
These are the very people I celebrate my life with. Theirs are the
voices that I listen to. For their messages of Love resonate deep within my
Yes, I stay most grateful for my Beloveds. My nieces, my nephews, my
They are THE FUTURE OF LOVE!
NICKY, 5 ❤️
Love is mommy, daddy, ate and me. I love my mommy and daddy so much. Daddy is my hero and mommy is my best friend.
CASEY, 7 ❤️
Love is a warm, happy feeling that I get when I am with my family or friends. Love can help me in my future because it gives me inspiration to be a better person. I show my love to my family by being a good kid like being obedient and respectful to them.
GABE, 10 ❤️
Love is a feeling where one person is attracted to another person. Love can help you learn from your old mistakes. I show love by caring for my friends and family. I also help them.
TIGER, 11 ❤️
Love is caring for someone. Helping. Appreciation. Being a better person. I show my love by helping my parents in house chores. Getting good grades.
LIAM, 12 ❤️
Love is like a tree..when it falls apart, love breaks. Love can help me through the love and support of my family. Their love can give me a better future. I can show my love to my family by protecting them all the way.
NATHAN, 13 ❤️
Love is having a deep affection towards someone you’re comfortable with. Love will make you grow not only to become a better person, but a person who values their relationships. You just have to show respect and discipline to your family. That is the simplest way to show your love to them.
NIGEL, 13 ❤️
Love is a strong affection for a person. Love helps me keep doing what I want and it prepares me for something bigger. I can show love by helping others and communicating with them.
NICOLE, 14 ❤️
Love is learning and growing and showing appreciation towards the people you care about. When it comes to love, there will be good and bad things—but that’s okay. I can learn from each of the things I might do whether it be good or bad and apply that in the future so that I know what needs to be done and what I should stop/avoid doing. Love comes in all forms—friendship, family, romantic, etc. But for each, the one thing I can do is show the people around me that I do care by helping them whenever something goes wrong and willingly use my time to prioritize and spend time with them.
CHILI, 15 ❤️
For me, Love is an emotion that does not only allow you to empathize with others, but connect and understand others on a deeper level. Love is what causes multiple emotions in you all at once because of the immense feelings Love can give you. Love will help me shape my future because I know it will allow me to understand my emotions better through the experiences I go through with the people that I continue to and stop loving. I can show Love by having proper communication with others and using kind and encouraging words. Nowadays, we use social media as a means to receive compliments and understand “Love”, yet we forget that simple Face-to-face communication can be more intimate…
DRAKE, 15 ❤️
Love is something that they cannot take away from you. The love I receive from my parents is something I am born with. Love can help me feel better whenever I get low grades in school. The love and support I get helps me to try harder in school and become a better person. I can show my love to my family by giving them good grades. This makes them happy and proud of me.
JEWEL, 16 ❤️
For me, love is giving someone (or even yourself) all the respect and all hope they need. That means that although you may not always agree with them, you still acknowledge their feelings, and sometimes they may make mistakes, but you still care for them despite that. For self-love, it means loving yourself although you yourself know that you’re not perfect. You give yourself time and space to grow. Love can help me in many ways – it can be where I find motivation and hope, and it can also be the one to help me find the purpose of my life. Love doesn’t always have to be romantic, it can come in many shapes and forms, some of them so diverse that it surprises you! I genuinely believe that love is felt in the simplest things – being kind to strangers, helping others with small mundane tasks, it genuinely makes people feel valued and makes them feel real love!
RIANNA, 18 ❤️
Love is when you give a special part of you to someone/something without expecting anything in return. For me, it is as simple as being there for my friends, spending time with my family, and thanking God for my blessings. Love can go in many ways as long as it is from the heart. When we learn to love, we also learn how to see everything with love. We become positive even if we are given the most difficult situations. We treat people with kindness even if they are full of hatred. Futures depend on how we treat our present. As mentioned, when we love, we see things positively. Life can be tough at times, but we can always choose to overcome it. For me, simple things can really go a long way! Love does not have to be buying flowers for your partner, it could also mean asking the person how he/she is. It does not have to be giving the most expensive bag to someone, it could also mean saying “I love you” to your mom every night before bed. Like what was mentioned above, love can be anything as long as it is from the heart. Spread the love!
ARIANNE, 18 ❤️
Love is completely unconditional. It has no conditions. When we truly love someone, we can’t stop loving them, regardless of what they do or say. Love is selfless. True love doesn’t want anything in return, because there is nothing it needs. We just love for the sake of love. When we love someone, we don’t look for them to fill our needs, love us back, and all those types of things.
DARI, 18 ❤️
LOVE is a feeling of comfort, a feeling to be vulnerable and to let go of inhibitions and the borders one builds up with a certain person; to truly be yourself and in the moment with no fear of judgment or hate. Furthermore, LOVE is a willingness to sacrifice, to give up comfort, time and effort to help to those who need it the most and to those who you love. LOVE can help shape my future as I believe it gives a sense of selflessness and charity to the person who practices it. And virtues like that truly help one excel in the future whether near or far. In the concept of making LOVE more real for others. I truly believe that the only way to do that is to have that love deeply rooted within yourself, for it to be firm and steady like a sycamore tree. Because of the fact you cannot genuinely give what you, yourself do not have. So to make LOVE more real for those you intend to share it with, you must learn to truly fall in love with yourself.
MARTIN, 20 ❤️
Love is being there for someone through thick and thin. It can help my future because I know that I have my friends and family who love me and I feel more confident because of that. Always give back the same love that people give to you.
DIEGO, 21 ❤️
Love is a choice. A choice to be selfless, to think about something or someone before yourself! The easiest way love can shape my future is by allowing it to take control of my life. If I allow myself to choose to put others before me, I have already fulfilled life’s greatest mandate–to serve others without expecting anything in return. How do I show my love? Simple, by making sure that I choose them every single day. It’s easy to say that I love my parents or my friends.
REGGIE, 22 ❤️
Love is a feeling towards someone you care for. Love is what makes life beautiful, without love, life will have meaningless chapters. Loving someone is unconditional. You don’t love a person because you need something, you love someone because it is eternal and that is how it will shape your future, by being with the person you will love for a lifetime. Spread love and smiles instead of hate and insecurities!
And so, if at any point in time, you begin to wonder about the future of
Love, just look within and find the answer.
Hi I’m Yeka and I’m a Candy Crushaholic. Sigh. Or at least, I used to be. 😱😰😭
Phew! What a relief to admit it. Not like it’s a crime or anything, but some people may see it as an utter waste of time.
Okay let’s face it. I’m nearly half a century old and yet, I’m still a child at heart. 🥰
I confess. I play Candy Crush. Everyday. But in a “regulated manner” now – – – a huge improvement compared to years back when I would feel hopeless or irritable when I couldn’t advance to the next level. Ugh! Talk about the game getting the better of me! It made me feel sad and so I deleted the application from my iPhone haha!
Just recently, though, I re-uploaded the application into my iPhone out of sheer curiosity. They say that curiosity kills the cat. Well, I’m not a cat anyway! Purrrr!!! 🐱😜
So as I was saying, I was quite curious! I wanted to check if I could actually enjoy the game this time around with my Zen-inspired, cool-headed maturity. Hmm…… And boy, was I in for a treat. A truckload of treats in fact ….. Candy Galore!!!!! 🍭 💕 🍬💕🍬💕🍭 OMG!!! Woooow my eyes popped when I saw the menu offered: Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga ….. 😳💛🙌
“Eew really?1?!” I can hear others say. “Isn’t that so yesterday as in ages ago? I mean, aren’t there cooler updated apps for brain massaging and relaxation?!?!”
Well, my message to them? “Just mind your your own business and eat your hearts out!” Or should I say, “Eat your CANDIES out?!?! Haha!”
Gosh, with the updated Candy Crush (and other related apps) landscape, my happiness bounced beyond the scale!
News Flash!!! I seem to have cracked the code because I can complete each level in nearly one try at the average of 5 minutes tops …. as if it were effortless to me this time around. Okay, that may be no mean feat for the Candy Crush Champions out there, but to me, that sure breaks my personal records. Aargh I used to exert so much effort in the game years back and mind you, with embarrassingly terrible results at that! This time around, though, I’ve learned to see the patterns and spot the optimal moves to make. I’ve become more strategic in approach. I’ve become more adept at focusing on the objective per round rather than being drawn to “fancy moves” just to have all the amazing colors splashing around. (And candidly, that’s always been a huge plus in terms of attraction for me: Colors, colors, and yes, even more happy colors!!!) ❤️💙💚💜🧡💛❤️
Ooohlala!! I get kick out of all the happy sounds and colors whenever I pass the level and I totally take in the whole happy “show” like a little child in her fantasy candy shop!
So what do I get out of the game? That is, aside from a good brain massage, a happy entertaining vibe with the coolest colors cum celebratory sounds, and the sensation that I’m a happy kid all over again?
I get tons of Life Lessons! 🥰❤️😘
Don’t take life too seriously. Take a breather. Relax. A relaxed mind smiles and functions optimally.
Laugh out loud. Yup, there’s a time and place for everything. So when you’re on play mode, have outrageous fun! Alright, let’s stick to clean outrageous fun. No need to go overboard and do a Joker laughter of some sort haha!
Stop and smell the roses. Stop and listen to the birds chirping. Stop and enjoy a stroll through nature. STOP. LOOK. LOVE.
Keep life simple. In simplicity is true beauty. With less, there is more.
Focus on the objective at hand. Stay true to your purpose. Be intentional with your day and how you live it.
Be in the moment. Be mindful. Be present. Maximize your relationshihps ….. both with yourself and others.
Be grateful for your present. You may not yet be in your aspired future, but you’re no longer in your past.
Stay true to your colors. Live in authenticity. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not for you rob the world of your wonderful person that you are. Just be your awesome self.
Use positive affirmations: Divine! Awesome! Amazing! Champion! Winner! Kick-Ass! Superlative!
Never say never. Avoid limiting beliefs. Don’t bury yourself in negativity. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep living. Keep loving.
Be situationally aware. Know where you are in life. Know your strengths and enrichment areas. Know the good and the bad influences that surround you too.
Recognize patterns. Observe patterns in your behavior (both positive and negative). Adjust accordingly. Observe patterns in the behavior of others too. Strengthen constructive patterns and avoid the destructive ones. Be alert to set boundaries when necessary.
Go with like-minded people. Nurture friendships with people who share your values, yet stay open to people who are different from you. You may gain fresh insights and learn valuable lessons. After all, no one has a monopoly over learning.
Develop team spirit. Learn to collaborate. Acknowledge and celebrate the strengths and passions of others and work well with them. Share your talents and forte. Bring a whole lot of excellence to the table!
Choose your path. To goodness. To health. To wealth. To wisdom. To caring. To sharing. To love.
Take ownership. This is your life. This is your journey. This is your story.
Be responsible for your moves. You always have a choice. You have response-ability. Thus, you have responsibility.
Trust the process. Don’t go against the tide of life. Learn to go with the flow. Life has its way of handing out lessons to us. It’s our choice and honor to get the most out of life and its valuable lessons.
Wear the Victor’s Hat. Avoid the victim mentality. Know your value. Acknowledge your successes. Meet your challenges head on and work towards achieving your goals.
Celebrate wins, both big and small. That keeps you Victory-oriented. And share your victory with others. For victory expanded is joy expanded.
Well, I know that I could go on and on …. but I’m putting a “limit” to this post. Why??? Hey, I’m one busy lady!!! In fact, I still have a pressing matter to attend to on today’s agenda!
Candy Crush Time hahaha!!!
Hmm so am I giving up this game anytime soon??? A big NOOOOO WAY!!!
And for the record, News Flash as of this second: It’s no longer just Candy CRUSH to me. It’s Candy LOVE. ❤️ *wink wink*
Having lived in a tropical country since birth has always felt like Heaven smiling upon me. How I love, love, love the awesome Philippine sun!
As a little girl, I loved
going to the beach, taking a dip in the pool, biking, going on a picnic
adventure, and enjoying the overall happy outdoorsy vibe.
I continued my invigorating
romance with the sun as I grew up with family and friends. That translated into
even more “fun in the sun!”
When I married an awesome adventure-lover,
I got to appreciate the sun still even more! We had our lovely share of romantic
getaways involving the sun. From sunset viewing (with cocktails to match the relaxed
mode) to creating sandcastles and
collecting seashells by the beach (and watching the waves wash them away aww). From
kayaking (and nearly getting trapped in a mini lagoon yikes!) to jet-skiing
(and actually falling off the jet ski, yikes never again!!! Haha!). From entering
both small and enormous caves (and wanting to get out alive immediately) to ziplining
(Oh, this I super loved! Flying in freedom!!!) ….. ohhh all these amazing
adventures under the sun!
I was always attracted to
bright and well-lit places. I found the light so magnetically appealing. And so, trips to
other beautiful countries intensified my passion for the sun all the more!
A bright sunny day automatically puts me in a great mood. I naturally feel so happy, so positive, so energetic, so enthusiastic, so in tiptop shape, so in my element! It’s no surprise that I happily identify with the sun and all its happy vibrant colors haha!
FOLLOW THE SUN. FOLLOW THE
always been part of my happy mantra. And I embrace that not only literally, but
even more so, figuratively.
I love places with beaming
light. I love people who radiate light and positivity too! These are the very people
I surround myself with. It’s a natural attraction I should say. Light loves
light. From every angle of scientific, logical, and practical consideration.
And all the more deeply, from the vantage point of the soul.
During my earlier days of
childhood (and even unto my “not-too-young” adulthood haha!), there were days
when I would sorely miss the sun. I used to feel quite melancholic and
reflective when I wouldn’t see the sun on a rainy cloudy day. Aww, Sun, my
Beloved Sun, where are you?
However, as the passing years
and seasons have taught me powerfully, the sun may not always shine visibly. And
yet, that doesn’t mean that it has left altogether. It remains there in all
its splendor and glory. It just has to set. It needs to catch some sleep. It
shares its radiance with the rest of the world too.
And so, I’ve learned to
celebrate the sun and respect it, not only in all its grandeur, but also in all
On an even more powerful level, now I’ve learned to go beyond enjoying and following the sun.
I’ve learned to look up
above in a much grander way with deepest love for and reverence to Our Creator.
I have learned to press into Him in worship and FOLLOW THE SON. Yes, His One
and Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
And all my days are so much brighter now! (Yup, even when there’s practically no sun in sight!) For Jesus Christ is more than my Sun. He is more than my Light. He is more than my Hope. He is more than my Love. HE IS MY EVERYTHING!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
My sister Liesl Batucan singing with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the CCP Main Theater. I’m so immensely proud of her. What an angelic voice. And I love the lyric “to sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray…..” That’s her. Her beauty is in the purity of her light. I love you so much Lizzie…..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Hey Big Bully! Don’t hit my body. Don’t hit my head. Don’t hit my heart. Don’t hit my soul. Don’t hit my spirit.
Many people fear
bullies. Many people despise them. Many people misunderstand them.
For on the
surface, they seem like dragons who heavily breathe fire on all those around
them and beasts who wildly devour their prey.
known for their abusive claim of their territories. Their repugnant behavior in
society. Their cataclysmic destruction of the world.
feared. They are dreaded. They are abhorred.
But Big Bullies are just Big Babies who have not outgrown their selfish childish mindset. They have not learned to cope with some harsh realities of life. They kick and lash out their tongues and fight with all their might. They do not know anything but pain, loss, sadness, loneliness, anger, hopelessness, fear. Yes fear. They are full of it. That’s exactly why they pounce on others in hopes of never being the victim caught unaware.
The tragedy of it all is that they themselves were bullied. They themselves were victims of untold negativity and violence. That’s exactly why they want to purge their bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and spirits of all the painful memories and unbearable wounds that continuously haunt them.
They want to escape that crazy world of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual violence.
But how do you confront fear? How do you fight fear? How do you overcome fear? How do you silence fear? How do you break free from fear?
Do you jostle
through the maddening crowd? Do you shout in spiteful rallies to be heard? Do
you roar like a lion in the jungle of hatred? Do you combat in war with added
layers of fear and violence?
No, you do nothing
of that sort. Nothing of anything ill or evil or cruel or sickeningly resembling
You do it powerfully with the greatest force in the entire universe.
You do it with LOVE. Only Love. Ultimately, Love washes away all fear. True Love. Pure Love.
So, the next
time you see a Big Bully, you may want to reframe your mindset and play a kinder
dialogue in your head.
definitely not condoning what bullies do. Farthest from it. On the contrary, I
passionately espouse that their behavior has no place at all in this precious
gift of life. I am pointedly saying, though, that bullies themselves are tragic
victims who perpetuate further unacceptable violence.
eradicating bully-packed violence is no mean feat. In fact, one can never
totally get rid of this disease in society.
of spewing lava-like words of judgment upon bullies, instead of adding fuel to
the already uncontrollable fire, one can proactively douse the negativity and
violence with intentional understanding and compassion.
Hey Big Bully! Here’s my body. I stand and stretch out my arms in connection with you. Here’s my head. I listen and want to understand you. Here’s my heart. I have compassion for you and I want you to know that you are not alone. You can slowly open your heart to receive the precious miracle of LOVE. Here’s my soul. It may take time for you to trust me, but it is worth the effort to find your true freedom. Here’s my spirit meeting you halfway and helping you open the door to life.
Yes, little child. Let go of the past. For your past does not define you. Break free from the chains of violence. Reclaim what is rightfully yours. Your life. Your freedom. Your body. Your mind. Your heart. Your soul. Your spirit.
You do matter. You do count. You are valuable. You are precious. You are worthy. You are accepted. You are free. You are loved.
2018 and 2019 have been such FAITH-BUILDING years for me. Although I thought I was a giant of faith, I realized that faith had so much more room to grow in my life.
My family has always been my immovable pillar of strength.
And dear friends who have become family exponentially added courage to my faith walk.
Above all, Our Heavenly Father, the Author and Giver of Faith, has immeasurably blessed me with every step throughout my journey. How uplifting it is to experience His gift of Faith. So real. So intimate. So deep. So powerful. So life-giving.
And how does one say Thank You for such a priceless gift? Well, one simply continues to grow, to live, and to love with it.
Thank You so much for blessing my faith walk, Dearest Father God. Thank You for blessing me with loving hearts who join me in my journey. Yes, these many faces of love and so many more.
I lift them all in sweet gratitude to You. And I keep on pressing on … setting my eyes, my heart, my hope, my core on YOU.