How Much Is Enough?

Nine days ago marked my 10th year working as a housekeeper. Eleven years actually – if we count my first year working as a temporary. If you would’ve asked me 11 years ago if I knew that I would last this long here, my answer would probably be a no. When I started working as…

Just A David Amongst The Goliaths

While looking at my Instagram feed last night, I was slapped with the truth. I’m just a David finding my way in a field full of Goliaths. This is how I find myself amongst a group of known and published authors. My inner self, asked me. Charina, are you sure about this? An unknown writer,…

If The Shoe Fits

Which shoes you wear the best? I don’t know about you, I wear a lot of shoes that sometimes I don’t know which fits me the best. During the day, I wear the shoes of a housekeeper. When I wear this shoes, there are times that I feel invisible. But it’s not always like that….

Accepting To Less Expecting

Hey, you might be wondering if you’re in the right site and what happened to LifeSeeingLenses. You are in the right place and this is me, Charina. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to get into this writing thing and actually claim it. So, I am retiring LifeSeeingLenses to give way to Charina.Writes. I…

What’s In A Crossroad?

Growing up in a small town in the Philippines, I grew up as a school-home-school kid. I seldom go out or socialize. If ever I do, it will be with a small group of cousins. This same pattern went on until I was in college and I would say up to now. My life revolves…

The Power Of Vulnerability

Oxford Dictionary defines vulnerability as the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. Every time I hear the word vulnerable, I think of it as being helpless or weak. That this bring about heartbreak or disappointments or suffering and pain. And I always blame…

Going Nowhere…

“Enlightenment is eliminating mental confusion, eliminating hatred, jealousy, mental toxins, cravings. That’s very simple and straightforward. Whether you can do it or not is another matter.” Matthieu Ricard I think today was a day of realization, truth, admittance, acceptance or perhaps a much better term would be…birth. On our way to the grocery store, my…

Coastal Carolina

If there is one thing that I am thankful, it’s my ability to see something and then capture it on camera. To me, photography is not just having a camera in hand and having the capability to point and shoot. There is more to photography than meets the eye. It is seeing something that is…

Not All That Glitters Is Gold

I am not a fan of expensive jewelries or anything that glitters. Maybe because….I don’t like attention. I ‘d rather blend in with the crowd, not stood out or be loud or demand attention. I like everything plain and simple. Such is my life… Who wants all the glitters if it’s not real gold? We…

The Outerbanks

I have been here in North Carolina for sixteen years and it took me that many years before I could visit the Outerbanks and see the famous lighthouses of North Carolina. And I can tell you that it never disappoint. We left home at around one thirty in the morning to catch the first ferry…