What Happentance?

: a circumstance especially that is due to chance: I am fifty years old. At my age, I still watch teenybopper movies like “What A Girl Wants” to some serious and hopelessly romantic movies like “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe” and “The Best of Me” just to give you an idea. You can say, I…

Which Side Are You?

Has it ever occurred in your life where you asked yourself if you are on the wrong side of the fence? Just a few hours ago, I had this dream. In my dream, I was still in school. In a particular class, there were a few of us that were not chosen to be included…

So, We Asked God?

Why do bad things happen to good people? How many times have we heard or asked this question? But how many times, did we ever ask why we do bad things to good people? Isn’t it ironic that we ask God why bad things happen but not why we do those bad things? I guess,…

What’s Your Routine?

Ah the constant struggle with the busyness of life. It’s this daily thing to stay with a routine, like a clockwork. Get up, check phone, post something and check social media, coffee, messages, emails, get ready for the day, drive to work and meet the day’s work and school deadlines. Throughout the day up to…

That Thing Called Legacy

I can’t remember when was the last time I write or at least tried to write. I don’t think the problem was about not having anything to write. I just don’t want to. Period. Does my writing and stories matter? I told myself that it didn’t. It’s a waste of time to be writing and…

Don’t Do That

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” Markus Zusak I feel like it’s been forever since I tried writing my thoughts down. For the past several years, I’ve been very open about my feelings. I have no qualms in showing my vulnerability to others. I…

{Brave}

“The only way to being at peace with yourself is to be accepting and loving of who you are.” Let me share you a story. Before I started blogging fourteen years ago, I was in a woman’s group and from there I became aware of this thing called blogging. And I told myself, Charina…you can…

Seeing in Black & White

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” Kim Hunter I’ve been actively uploading my photos in my Instagram account for the last two weeks. I am…

Embracing Negative

I’ve seen it all and read it all. This thing about positivity. Positive thoughts. Positive feelings. Positive influence. Positive vibes. Positive crowd. You get my point? I have nothing against someone who sees and feels nothing but positivity. In fact, I have so much respect for those people. But you know… Negative feelings matter too….

{Stillness}

I’m sitting here in our living room by myself. No noise but the occasional sound coming from our wind chime hanging in our front porch. Windows open wide letting the cool breeze in. Peace. Calm. Quiet. I wonder why some thrive on too much noise. Noise from the tv screens. Noise from others talking. Noise…