Goodbye WordPress

Starting this October 6, this blog will be on a hiatus.

Getting a line from a song, I don’t know when I’ll be back again.


Anyway, it was a dark and stormy night… no, just kidding.

Lately, I’ve been writing my reflections as a missionary novice of the Marist Brothers.

Since July, I’ve compiled this weekly reflections and its volume is enough to fit in a novella.

Now I’m going to be away for months and even a year.

That means no more boring stories from Allen Jambalaya.

But if you say you’re going to miss my not so extraordinary posts, just hit me in the comments.

Sorry to say this but I have to go now.

I promise, I’ll be back.

If I’m just humble enough, it’s not that hard

It’s hard if people don’t recognize
On where I am and why I’m here
But the question is: Do they need to know?

It’s hard if people don’t understand
On what I am and why I’m like this
But it’s only hard because I’m too proud

Poverty should not stop kids from dreaming

Dreams of Becoming a Brother despite of poverty

When I went to a medical clinic in Kawas Alabel last August 13, I met Jomarie Baynosa, the nephew of Br. Briccio Baynosa.

Though he, a Grade 5 students, has difficulty in speaking Tagalog to me, I was able to talk to him about his school life and ambitions in life.

He told me that he wants to become a Marist Brother like his uncle someday.

Schooling is hard for a poor kid like him

Coming from a very poor family, he and his older brother are neglected somehow by their parents because of the nature of their work.

He and his brother did not attend school that day because they don’t have money or food for their lunch.

It’s just hard for poor kids to survive school without eating their meals.

Poverty should not hinder kids from dreaming

Being poor should not stop kids like Jomarie to dream of their future.

He has a dream to achieve to he doesn’t know yet how to fulfill it.

I told him that he needs to finish his schooling first until high school.

He needs people around him to support fulfill his dreams no matter what it is.

He needs people to support him achieve his dreams no matter how hard it is.

What can I do to fulfill the dreams of poor kids like him?