“My Motherland”

(A poem I wrote for English 2 when I was still in Pisay)

Philippines, my motherland

I’ve always loved you,

The sweet melodies that speak for you,

Singing of bravery and love

Yet, the unsung songs of war and suffering are beginning to unravel,

Showing the true nature of the apple of you tree


Once a land of freedom and chivalry,

Lost when the people of the west came one by one

Datus, taken down by the bite of the sword and the cross,

The cries of the lost children echoing in the silent night


Philippines, cries were as loud as the booming thunder,

Which became louder as the mighty knight who represents you was exiled,

A man whom I idolized, shot by his countrymen,

But your saddened cries were replaced with hopeful cheers

As you saw Bonifacio uniting your people under multiple flags,

Flags that soon become one


It seemed like the Lady of Justice was finally upon us,

But people of the west and east kept coming,

But my mother, my dear mother,

Do not worry, for we won in the end


Philippines, thy mother,

Are you pleased with your children?

Whom, over time have become so full of hate and vengeance?

Answer me, please thy mother,

Are you succumbing to the pressure?


Mother, please forgive us,

For we have sinned.

(Featured Picture taken in Bangkong Kahoy in 2019.)

Online Schooling

So recently, after being pulled out of Pisay, I’ve been enrolled in an online schooling program by Learning Links Academy. At least until the school year ends, that is.

“How’s online schooling,” a person might ask and I would say the usual. “It’s great,” or “It’s fun,” and other similar phrases. But what people don’t know is that it is really hard to follow your personal schedule or staying productive! (Especially when you have Netflix.) So you really have to be disciplined to be enrolled in online schooling or you won’t get much done.

Okay, so I have 3 classes taught by my online teachers: English, Math, and Science. These 3 classes I take in the same day, which is Tuesday. And I have 2 classes which are self-taught: Filipino and Social Studies, but don’t worry! LLA gives me a curriculum guide and some online books. The classes that I take are fun and informative, and I really like the approach of my online teachers.

In my online classes, I have classmates. For the classes, we use an app called “Zoom”. I love my discussions with my online classmates, they are really open-minded people and they have lots of good ideas. I really learn a lot of new information from them.

Online Schooling is a whole new experience for me. Yes, sometimes it’s scary when you’re facing something new (like online schooling). But from what I’ve learned from this new arrangement, trying something new has so many perks. Like meeting new people, having fun while learning, and it might even open new doors that lead to endless opportunities!

I’m really thankful that God gave me this new opportunity.

Dear Me, Do What You Love!

When I was a small child, I picked up negative mannerisms and mindsets from other people. Like how a child should follow their elders and do everything to please them, or at least that’s what my classmates and I believed. But, as the years went by, I realized that one should not act to please another but to please oneself and the Lord.

When I was a fourth-grader, I joined the swimming team to make my parents proud. I didn’t love the sport, but I also didn’t hate it. I constantly compared myself to other swimmers, thinking, “Why can’t I be like them?” And that mindset was my downfall; I never improved greatly in that sport. I got faster but I didn’t grow as much as my teammates did. As I got older, I realized that the swimming really wasn’t for me and that I shouldn’t choose a sport that I don’t love. For the remaining months of my sixth grade, I was introduced to volleyball.

I liked volleyball enough to practice almost every afternoon with my friends, for me it was a stress-reliever. The way that my arm would turn red after successfully receiving many spikes, I loved that feeling. The sport made me happy, I truly liked the sport.

But I didn’t love it that much to dedicate myself to it.

Summer of 2018; I familiarized myself with figure skating.

Ah, I remember the first time I watched Yuna Kim skating on Youtube, I was enthralled by the different movements that she would execute on ice. After watching that, it was like a chain-reaction was triggered. I started watching different figure skating videos: How to start, Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez, Figure skating Physics, etc. I was really intrigued by the sport.

I started daydreaming about me practicing figure skating.

Unfortunately, I had to shatter those dreams. I was about to start in a really prestigious and strict school: Philippine Science High School CBZRC Campus. Back then, I thought, “If I started figure skating right now, I would have to do it on weekends”. But I couldn’t do that, I stayed at dorms and I was only home for the weekends. I really wanted to try the sport, but I couldn’t sacrifice my time with my family just for the sport. So I focused my mind on volleyball.

For someone who has never been on the ice, I was really obsessed with ice skating.

I tried to forget about it, but while I was staying at the dorms, a friend of mine introduced me to Yuri!! On Ice. And I was so amazed with the animation, it was as if someone was really skating. While watching YOI, I kept on saying, “I want to do this”.

In the middle of Eighth Grade, my parents pulled me out of school.

I’ll miss everyone in Pisay, but I can’t help being happy that I have to take STEM when I grew up. It’s not that I don’t like STEM courses, I do! I mean, I like Chemistry and Astronomy, but I’m more drawn to the Arts.

Now that I have a lot of free time and I don’t have to focus on my Academics that much anymore, I realized this is the time to try out figure skating. I realized that it was a sport that I have come to love and that I was willing to work really hard just to be able to skate. And it’s not a sport that I have to do to please others, instead I would be pleasing myself. Although this is for me, I hope that I would make the people around me proud for choosing to do what I love.

Wish me luck!


Love what you do; Do what you love.”

Wayne W. Dyer


(Feature Picture taken in Bangkok, Thailang in 2019.)

My new batch of dishwashers :)

It’s almost 8:30 in the evening, and Kuya Bubut was still doing his homework. He’s assigned to wash the dishes after dinner. But due to his homework, he cannot wash the dishes tonight. Ate Bubut’s not volunteering. I think she got tired today after orchestra practice. She went to Tibig with me since it’s a Thursday.

Good thing, Kuya-Kuya Bubut volunteered to wash the dishes. He even volunteered Bunso to be the dryer. How cute was that?! He was asking to be the dishwasher for some time now. Since I had to cook for the next day’s “baon,” I allowed him to wash the dishes (though I was a bit hesitant, thinking they might drop a plate). But then I thought, I better start them early in this chore.

Kuya-Kuya Bubut was so excited that he’s about to wash. At first I taught him how to use a sponge with dishwashing liquid soap, and then I taught him how to rinse the plates after cleaning them with soap. I also taught Bunso first on how to dry.

Thank God, they finally finished. Take note: “There was no broken plate.” Amazing, right?!

After washing, he said he’d love to wash the dishes from now on. But I said he’ll take turns with Kuya Bubut. He sighed a little, but he eventually said okay.

It’s good that he had initiative in this kind of situation. I’m so happy and proud of these two!

Thank you, Lord, for giving me these babies 🙂

My Music Journey

My music teacher once told my class, “music will always be at one’s side when one needs it.” I have always believed that saying, maybe because music has always been at my side since day one of my journey.

With trembling legs I walked to the stage. It was finally happening, I had done it. I graduated from prep. As soon as I received my certificates and sat down, I skimmed through the certificates I received. “Music Award?” I wondered aloud as I held up the certificate. I didn’t know I had potential in music, so I was genuinely suprised by that certificate. I was seven.

With blood rushing to my face, I stood at the stage, holding my recorder flute. I was finally there, my first music recital. As the first notes began to play, I suddenly felt confident on playing. It was absolutely wonderful; my fingers dancing, bouncing playfully. I could never forget that moment. I was seven.

Sweat trickling down my neck, I stood yet again on another stage- the GSIS theatre stage. This time, I performed as a main character in the musical play “The Sound of Music”. I was so pressured, I could have ruined the whole play by missing the high notes. But, I didn’t. The spotlight was on me, and I didn’t mess up. “So this is what it feels like to perform in a theatre,” I thought. I was already thirteen.

With tears streaming down my face, we presented our graduation song, dedicated to everyone there. I had made a fool out of myself by crying but I didn’t care. This was it, we’ve done it. We’ve graduated, and music is still at my side. “My goodness, music is amazing,” I thought.

With trembling legs I walked to the stage and sat on my seat. In the moment, I felt like I was seven years old again, confidence gone. We were in Thailand, having a concert in SJMIS, and I was in the middle seat. I was the second youngest there in our group, Synedèvon Mousikós. As the percussion started, I felt all my worries vanish. I started to play the Sop Sax. There I was again, fingers bouncing on the keys, dancing along the notes. I was ecstatic. “Music is still at my side, even now.” I thought. It was March 28, 2019, and I was at the top of my game.

I’m thankful that I was introduced to music at such a young age. Music was my friend that was always there when others were not. Throughout this journey, I learned that one will face challenges just to continue doing what they love. One should continue to fight for their dreams, even if it seems that you have no hope, just like when I was seven.

There is always hope.


(Featured Picture taken in Thailand on March 29, 2019.)

Leaving Pisay

When one passes the NCE (National Competitive Exam), there is joy. It’s just right that you enroll in Pisay (Philippine Science High School), right?

 When I was 13 years old, I passed the NCE.

My parents and I were ecstatic. We were so happy that we didn’t think of the long-term effects of Pisay on us. After a while, my parents doubted sending me off to Pisay.

I still enrolled in Pisay.

On the first day, I got to know my classmates and dorm mates. I was bursting with joy because I had new friends! I couldn’t believe it, I was having a good time despite being away from home!

Then, realization and sadness kicks in.

“Is this how I’m gonna spend my weekdays for 6 years? Studying away from my family?”

I loved Pisay so much. I met a lot of friends that I am sure I will keep on meeting in the future. The education was fun, and I really learned a lot!

But I missed my family and friends at home, and I was constantly tired. I had no more energy to do the things that I loved. And I have come to despise Mondays so much.

When I was about to move up to 8th grade, our adviser spoke to us. He told us, “Do what you love, no matter what you have to sacrifice for it. If you do what you love, you will truly prosper. And whatever you guys decide to do, I’ll support you”.

We were all really moved by what he said, and it always stuck with us.

8th grade was difficult. Our time schedules were changes and the number of subjects a day increased. I was always at school from 6am to 4pm, and it was tiring. My classmates and I would be so tired at the end of the day, but we still had lots of requirements to complete.

I didn’t want to spend my remaining high school years like this.

And I was not sure I would pick a STEM course for college.

I really wanted to move schools, but I was worried about the payment we’ll have to pay when I move.

And how others will think of me.

I really thought that this was final. I thought, “I’ll never be able to move thanks to my pride”.

In the middle of 8th grade, my parents offered to move me to another school, and they gave me time to think about it.

I desperately wanted to move school! But I was bombarded with “what ifs”. I was conflicted.

But, thanks to the encouraging words of my batch mates, I was able to decide.

“I will move to another school at the end of the school year,” I said with finality.

With that, I was ready to make my 2nd year in Pisay one of my best years. I studied hard so that I would be able to make the Director’s List one last time.

But of course, things never go how we plan it’ll go.

On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano exploded. Because of this, class was suspended for 2 weeks. And in that 2 weeks, my parents and I decided to pull me out of class.

I said my goodbyes to my Pisay friends and teachers.

“I’m sad that I have to leave everyone behind, but I’m also relieved that I’m free from Pisay now.”

 Right now, I’m still adjusting to leaving Pisay. But I’m really happy that I get to do the stuff that I love and that I have more time for my family and friends.

Thank you, Lord, for guiding me to making this decision.

Wish me luck, guys!

Yay! More sleep!

(By Ate Bubut)

(Featured Picture taken in PSHS CBZRC Cafeteria on February 2, 2020.)

SUPERMANILA at The Podium Mall

On a Saturday morning, it’s usually hard to wake the kids up, knowing it’s a weekend. But today, October 19, 2019, it was a breeze! Everybody’s excited to go to SUPERMANILA!

We left home at around 8:30 AM. Didn’t want to be stuck in heavy traffic. We arrived at The Podium at around 11:30 AM. After parking Vanza, we had lunch at Megamall food court. How I missed World Chicken’s pesto pasta!❤

After our yummy lunch, we went back to The Podium to go to my husband’s most-awaited event. We bought tickets, which costs P150 each (kids 8 years old and below are free–yay!).

Good thing, it was a kid-friendly event. While my husband was lining up for his favorite artists to sign his comics, the boys were playing Lego. Yes, Lego had a booth there. 🙂 There was also a wall of Whilce Portacio’s earlier works printed on a tarpaulin for the kids to color. Pilot was there to promote their markers. What a great idea!

There was a section dedicated to Funko Pops, which were on sale (20% off). My youngest kept on asking for a Spiderman Funko, and my husband was eyeing the glow-in-the-dark Phoenix. So naturally when the gang went to that section, they bought Funko Pops. The power of the card! I kept on thinking what happened to my pep talk about “no buying when we get there”? Whew! Oh well, I just told myself this does not happen all the time. They just wanted to maximize the opportunity while we’re there. So they got characters from Fortnite, a Venomized Captain America, golden Iron Man, and the glow-in-the dark Phoenix. The golden Iron Man was free because they got so many that they were able to avail of the promo to get one free.

The little ones played with their Funko Pops while my husband was waiting in line for Whilce Portacio’s and Leinil Yu’s autographs on his comics.

The boys and I went out for a while to have a drink. There was no food court at The Podium but expensive restaurants….haayy….. So we settled with the Coffeebean and Tea Leaf’s

“Regain Your Brain” series

I truly enjoyed the first episode of the series “Regain Your Brain,” which was authored and hosted by Peggy Sarlin. This series have 12 episodes, and it is the second after the “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” series. They were both produced by Lee Euler. This episode will help us start our plan for protecting and saving our brains.

You may tune in to the next eleven episodes starting tomorrow, which will only be available for 24 hours (each episode). However, a copy of the episodes and other freebies are available on their website.

Here are some things which I’ve got from the first episode:

  • Brain plaques or beta-amyloids are not the cause of Alzheimer’s, but they are our body’s way of protecting it (antimicrobial effect)
  • Drug prescriptions for Alzheimer’s don’t work because they want to remove brain plaques
  • Half the people with dementia don’t have brain plaques
  • Personalized medicine is helpful in treating Alzheimer’s
  • There are many things/factors that give you dementia or memory loss
  • MOLDS are the cause of Alzheimer’s (inhalational Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Lyme disease and other infections (parasitic, cold sores, herpes, etc.) can cause Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s is actually type 3 diabetes (so watch your blood sugar)
  • To amplify the growth of new brain cells (Neuroplasticity), focus on amplifying the BDNF (growth hormone of the brain)
  • Hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and pregnenolone, play an important role in preventing Alzheimer’s
  • Energy (light) can change brain structure
  • Music can be used as a therapy; it worked on autistic children
  • BRAIN EXERCISES are very important. We should have new learning everyday to stretch our brains
  • Regarding genetics—having bad genes is not a death sentence
  • RESTORATIVE SLEEP is also very important. We must make sure to have 6.5-8 hours of sleep everyday to have several cycles of REM sleep.
  • Knowing our “circadian rhythm” will help us get better sleep

Additional from an article by Lee Euler:

“Estradiol hormone protects middle-aged women from Alzheimer’s.”

“Shrink the Risk of Alzheimer’s”

“One of the most important measures is to keep your weight down. Research shows that fat around the belly increases the danger of developing Alzheimer’s.4 And the scientists in Germany who examined how menopausal reductions in estradiol threaten a woman’s brain also noted that visceral fat around the waist does the same thing.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. A study in Ireland (along with plenty of other research) shows these foods help preserve your cognitive health.5

Plus – here’s my broken-record speech: Get plenty of sleep6 and daily exercise7 to keep your brain in good shape. All of these lifestyle factors boost your odds of keeping your wits about you.” – LEE EULER

Thank you, Mr. Euler, for producing and sharing this series! 🙂

* Euler’s sources include the following references:


1 https://www.alz.org/aaic/releases_2019/tuesSexDifferences-jul16.asp
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31225892
3 https://www.alz.org/aaic/releases_2019/tuesSexDifferences-jul16.asp
4 https://www.nhs.uk/news/neurology/body-fat-linked-to-alzheimers/
5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30842290
6 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/lack-sleep-may-be-linked-risk-factor-alzheimers-disease
7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20831630

Banana Peel Tea for Better Sleep

Chamomile is known to be the tea for a good-night sleep. But would you believe that banana peel can also be brewed for the same purpose? You could brew your banana peel instead of putting it in a trash bin, and you now have an alternative to chamomile tea! (Remember to wash the peels properly before brewing. Use of organic bananas is also recommended by Eliza Savage, RD.)

Bananas are full of nutrients which are responsible for one’s good-night sleep, and it is also rich in potassium and magnesium—which are natural muscle relaxants. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is a precursor to melatonin (a sleep hormone) and to serotonin (a neurotransmitter which contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being).

Just put the banana peels in a sauce pan. Add enough water and make sure that the peels are submerged in it. You may add banana flesh to add more flavor to your brew. Let the water boil then reduce the heat and let the it brew for ten (10) minutes. Remove the banana peels and transfer the tea to your mug. You’re now ready to enjoy your good-night-sleep tea!

So, next time you need to sleep better, try brewing a banana peel tea. Or you may just eat a banana as a dessert or a midnight snack. This is a cheaper alternative to a box of chamomile tea.