Almost Falling For the Forbidden

#TCFNoteToSelf He was dorky and smart, awkward but well-meaning, and he made me laugh even at the most severely inopportune moments. He was seven years older, mature and ruggedly appealing. Later, he confessed that he’s also very much married. I never expected I’d find myself attracted to someone I just met, much less to a married man. However, if there was ever something that was consistent with life, it is this: there will always be unexpected turns, and they’re not always the good kind. What you choose to do during these turns determine exactly just what kind of person you...

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A Message to the Next Person I Will Love

  #TCFNoteToSelf Hi. I have absolutely no idea if I have yet to meet you, or if I’ve already met you but have been blind all these time. No worries, I don’t intend to dwell on the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens. I hope you think this way, too. I want you to know that I’m looking forward to our love story, and to the time we’ll be spending together in the future, but that I am in no hurry. I believe that everything will fall into place when the time is right, so I choose to be patient. In the meantime,...

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She Knew It Was Over Before It Even Ended

#TCFNoteToSelf She knew. She could tell by the way you no longer held her hand the way you used to. She could tell by the kisses that used to be sweet expressions of affection, but had become routine and obligatory. She could tell by the miniscule details that you took for granted, but she kept her eyes on. She knew. She dreaded it, but she knew. She knew she no longer held your rapt attention as she once had. She knew she no longer topped your priorities like before. She knew that you would no longer take that hour’s drive...

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If You Want To Know Her, Read What She Writes

#TCFNoteToSelf Small talks and idle chats were never her thing. She would usually be polite but reserved, and never really initiated what she considers as a pointless social etiquette. When backed in an inescapable social setting, she’ll say all the appropriate responses and all the superficial comments, but these will never amount to anything more than a tiny scratch on her surface. She reserves her words for the people who matter dearly to her. You’ll only ever get her fully-engaged if you really talk to her -- if you spend some time with her to dig in deep and pick...

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To Her Silly Crush with the Silly Jokes

#TCFNoteToSelf She may appear carefree, outgoing and perfectly happy. I’ll have you know that she just got over a devastating heartbreak, and beneath the surface, she’s still nursing her heart. She may appear as if smiles and laughs come easy to her. I’ll have you know that these are all for show, because smiling is way easier than dredging up painful memories for an explanation. She may appear as if she’ll never run out of quips and jokes. Although a little awkward at times, she’s naturally witty once she becomes comfortable. I’ll have you know that the jokes are likewise...

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Missing You Doesn’t Mean Wanting You Back

#TCFNoteToSelf The sorrow of a regretful parting is just one of the many experiences that a person goes through in life. Like love, it is inevitable. Like love, it is overwhelming. And like love, it concerns the heart. A break-up between two people once bound by love, and strengthened by years of being together, is as poetic as it is painful. I know this because the pain of our parting festers like an irritated wound badly in need of antiseptic despite the passing of weeks. I miss you, and my heart couldn’t help but notice your absence every time I...

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Top 10 Kids’ Clothing Online Shops for Stylish Moms!

Admit it, if you’re a parent, or more specifically a mom, you take great joy in making sure that your kid’s outfit is on point, and take even greater delight when people notice it! And with the advent of social media, you can now document your toddler’s day-to-day outfit with just a couple of clicks. (OOTD for Tots, anyone?) We know these OOTDs for your young one is for posterity’s sake, and you know, in case your kid turns out to be the next fashion icon someday. You can just dig up your social media to prove that your kid...

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This Is Why I Let Go

#TCFNoteToSelf When I love, I love deeply. I make no time for games, casual hook-ups, and flings. When I love, I love but only one, with singular tenacity, unequivocal loyalty and with no fear of showing my vulnerability. I never really have the patience for sham human connections, which serve only as poor substitutes for intimacy and meaningful relationships. Flirting is not my strong suit, and so, I have very little tolerance for people who arbitrarily break hearts without regard for their fragile nature. But you see, though I love deeply, I am also imperfect. So is my love. My...

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A Risk Worth Taking: A Filipina’s Immigration Story to New Zealand

It takes great courage to move out of the safety of your comfort zone, especially if you’ve already established a stable career after moving up the corporate ladder, and you have your family to think about. However, some risks are worth taking, and this Filipina’s story is a great example. Frida Diaz had humble beginnings. She started her career as a server in a restaurant in the Philippines. She worked different jobs in order to support her family, including as a Food Court Manager with SM Malls and as a Leasing Manager in the Metro Retail Stores Group. Her climb...

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Cheers to Inter-Country Friendship!

#TCFNoteToSelf Going on your separate ways is an unavoidable incident in the lives of a group of friends. It’s bittersweet, yes, but more often than not, it’s necessary. Maybe it’s for a job, maybe it’s because of moving into another house, or maybe it’s because of migrating into another country altogether. Whatever the reason may be, the good-bye between friends, especially ones who have been together for years, is probably one of the hardest things to do. However, physical separation does not mean friendship-over. It’s just one of those things you need to adjust to. In my case, my closest...

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3 Strict Teachers Who Became My Role Models

#HappyTeachersDay Teachers have a huge part in the education of children – this is a fact. Teachers are the adults, next to parents, whom children constantly interact with throughout their formative years. More than the classroom lectures and lessons on various subjects, the very presence of teachers grants an influence on the kind of adults that children grow up to be. Personally, I can confidently say that I am who I am today because of my strong role models – my teachers. Teacher Vas My very first teacher in both nursery and kindergarten was Teacher Vas, her real name was...

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Hey, You, Please Give Yourself the Gift of Peace, Like Right Now

#TCFNoteToSelf If there’s anything I’ve learned at all in being a reserved observer in the daily commune of people, it is this: people always react. And more often than not, people speak before thinking, or in this digital age of social media, they post first without verifying. Oh, that female senator has a sex tape? She should be ashamed of herself! This woman on Facebook promiscuously displays her prominent chest, what a whore! When someone posts an intellectually stimulating message on social media, chances are, there will always be that one comment which will say, ‘O, eh di, sige na, ikaw...

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