When your grandmother forgets you

One day, I revisited a Home for the Aged. I went there every week, doing it for almost 5 months. When I saw one old lady whom I fondly call Lola, I ran straight after her since she might tampo (closest meaning is sulk) that I ignored her since attention matters for elders here because they regard us as their grandchildren (talking about transference).

“Good morning, Lola! Kamusta na? (How are you?)”
“Okay lang. Anong pangalan mo? (I’m okay. What’s your name?)”


Thoughts on keeping a Journal

Hello everyone, this is Allen and I’m back with my second post of the year. Wow! I don’t know why but I cannot use WordPress properly here in our desktop computer. Anyway, that doesn’t stop me from blogging. There’s a Post-By-Email! Though I’m offline for more than a year now, I’m still struggling to continue my writing by means of journal writing. Actually, we are encouraged in the novitiate to write a lot that we even have some seminars about Creative Journal Keeping and Intensive Journal Writing.

I remembered one time that I asked the nun facilitating the seminar on journal writing. I asked her how would I keep on writing constantly. She told me that she can only give tips and tricks but it’s me whose able to keep on writing on my journal. So it means keeping a journal depends on myself whether I’ll keep on writing constantly or not.

I won’t stay longer here now since it’s 12:05 in the morning, it’s a Sunday and I need to attend the morning mass later. See you later and please hit the comments if you feel like sharing how your journal keeping experience too.

Question: How are you able to keep on writing in your journal?

An Open Letter to WordPress

I’m grateful that I am able to blog here for almost 2 years. This space has been a public testament of my life starting January 2012. My initial goal was just to know how it is to blog using WordPress. As my tagline says, it’s just for the purpose of blogging-practice only. But there’s something in WP that I didn’t find in other blogging sites. Here, I’ve known incredible people behind the pages who just turn their posts into wonderful lens of their life. Readers who visit this space start commenting as if we’ve met each other before; and that’s a good thing. Just by my so-called blogging-practice, I was able to connect with people from different parts of the world. I know they are interesting people. I wish I could meet them one day and share our stories face-to-face over a cup of coffee. Also, through blogging here in WP, I was able to rediscover the joy of writing-longhand or typewritten. I have to say thanks also to the feedbacks I receive from readers. If not for them, I will be just a misguided blogger who blogs about this and that with no direction at all.
Right now, I’m offline for so long and I’m really yearning to keep in touch more in the internet. Wish I have more time to be online but I can’t do anything about it now. I have to endure this separation and settle with one hour of internet monthly. I just want to tell this now because it is now that I truly appreciate the joy of blogging here in WP. I’m really at home here in WP.
See you next time and keep on rocking.
Allen Jambalaya