Another weekend was well spent. Giving back to society. Gathered one of my circle of friends, we devote our weekend at the Soup Kitchen helping in the preparation of food to feed about 3,000 + people on a daily basis. We’re happy to be part of the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen. Founded by an amiable person – Mr Tony Tay. We were warmly welcome and during lunch we were given a red wine :). It was an amazing weekend. We thought of spending a day to give back in our own little ways, in return we have received much. Aside from lunch s a post celebration of Chinese New Year, a red wine and a tapao!!! ;)
In another organization where I volunteer my free time, I was asked about my thoughts on volunteerism. I shared my belief that we are mere stewards here on Earth and that everyone has a duty to serve humanity in anyway we can. Thus, when an opportunity is presented to us regardless of where we are in this part of the world, go for it. Continue reading
Secluded beaches of beautiful Rio de Janeiro :). A walking distance from where my CS host lives. In the foot of the mountain. Which serves as my home too. For a week :)
I would say that in the family where I was raised, kindness to strangers and genuine hospitality has been part of our growing up. I was born in a small village close to Pacific Ocean, in the North East part of the Philippines – 3 hours by land travel outside Manila. I had vivid memories of those foreigners who were in a mission where they interact with my folks in the community and part of it, they live and stay in our home for a few days. My mother whom has a heart like Mother Theresa (I am not exaggerating but she is really like that). She has passion for charity works, active in people’s organization, non-government organizations and other women’s group for a cause. As a kid we were taught to behave when there are visitors at home. That means, we act more finesse and a little quiet when there are other people around. Aha, that I think was one of those training ground where I learned to practice speaking basic English until eventually I got fluent with it. Most of the time, I was the unofficial translator, from Filipino to English and vice versa. I remember, one of our guest spoke to my mother, “Fely, you are blessed to have such a smart and bright children!“. And yes, me and my sisters would automatically burst into that BIG smile. My mother would reply in a joke (which I have to translate in English after), “my children inherit that to me!” and then we will all fall in a non-stop boisterous laughter! :)
One of the things I am truly thankful is to be introduced to this kind of group whom I would say, practically resonates my persona. CouchSurfing (from my viewpoint, ^ in my opening paragraph) has just formally put into organized group what I think has been a tradition that is going on (in small villages) for a long time – hosting strangers hosted by complete strangers. Isn’t that strange? ;) Continue reading
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. –Henry Drummond
I am experimenting with my blog :). Still, it will remain as – Maf travel blog with beautiful photography ;). While, I am ruminating on the art of diversification :).
It makes me happy seeing those supportive friends and readers who continuously visiting my little space even when I hardly have time to update. With utmost gratitude, and as my way of rewarding you dear readers (hihihi), and let say, because it’s a love month I thought of getting a little bit more personal… :) (as if what I am writing here all along aren’t personal ones! Hehe).
Let’s get cheezzzy, it’s valentines month anyway! I am publishing here an excerpt from my journal. I have read thru several stuff of what I wrote in the past, and I’m picking this one, it’s keeping me smile with giddiness :P
My belief though is that even if we don’t see any impact, when everything that we do in our daily life is done in the spirit of love – be it doing a monotonous desk bound job, or trying to ignore a super to the max annoying colleague, or just helping a total stranger who asked for direction (and asking for your number simultaneously, hey! that’s too much, am not a hotline! Haha), I can only guarantee that we are contributing in making our world a better place to live.
Here it goes. A very brief one. Hope you like it! ;) Continue reading