Saturday, February 27, 2016

OTWOL: Sampung Bagay na Naituro sa Akin ng Pag-ibig

This spoken word poetry performed by Rico in the finale week of the Philippine TV series "On The Wings Of Love" spike the "kilig" factor in the happiest ending of Clark and Leah's love story.

No doubt this was another hit by the spoken poet himself Juan Miguel Severo. Thank you Gege for sharing your heart with us. 
We will sure miss you Clark and Leah! ( Wala na akong imamarathon ng Friday night hayst ) 

Una, MAGBIGAY. Ang mga kamay ng mga umiibig ay hindi basta mga kamay, kundi, mga puno na nakatirik sa matabang lupa — patuloy ang pamumunga para lamang sakanya. At sa paghahandog at pagsasakripisyo lalo itong lalago pa. Ang tunay na umiibig hindi basta nalalanta.
Pangalawa, MAGTIIS. Yakapin ang ligaya maging ang kakambal netong hinagpis. Umiibig tayong kay lambot pero sa pagnanais na wag gumuho ay nagiging bato. Hayaan mo, dahil walang madali sa pag-ibig kundi ang mahulog; lahat ng kasunod, paghihirapan mo.
Kaya’t pangatlo, MAKIPAGLABAN. Ang hamakin ang lahat makapiling ka lamang. Sa laro ng pag-ibig, hindi na bago ang masaktan, pero ang nagtatagumpay ay ang naniniwalang kaya itong lagpasan.
Pang-apat, ikaw ay may karapatang MAGDAMDAM, MAGHINANAKIT, MAGHANGAD ng kahit kaunting pagtugon o kapalit.
Pero, pang-lima, ang tunay na pag-ibig ay hindi takot MAGPAKUMBABA. Handa ang mga palad neto na hawakan ang sintas sa kanyang mukha: aminin ang kanyang kahinaan at pagkakamali. At kung ang nagmamahal ay nagmamahal pa rin…
Ang pang-anim ay magagawa hindi man ito making madali: MAGPATAWAD. Patawarin mo siya. Iluklok ang pag-ibig na higit sa pagkukulang ninyong dalawa. At kung ang lahat ng nabanggit ay hindi na magawa pa…
Gawin ang pang-pito: MAGPARAYA. Isuko ang langit na minsang nilipad mo. Hindi ka mahina, hindi ka duwag. Ang mapagpalayang pag-ibig ay kuntentong makita siya sa alapaap.
Maging handa sa pang-walo, MAGHINTAY. Maghintay ka — may bago mang dumating o bumalik man siya sayo dahil,
Pang-siyam, MAGBABALIK SIYA SAYO. Dahil ang nagmamahal ay laging magbabalik sayo.
At pagsapit ng tagpong ito, gawing araw-araw ang pang-sampu, MANINDIGAN KA. At hangga’t iniibig mo siya at iniibig ka niya, umibig parati nang higit sa anumang sakit at hagupit. Walang dahilan para bumitiw ka.
Maligayang pagdating sa iyong tahanan. Liparin ang langit ng magkasama. Alam kong kay layo ng iyong nilakbay pero ngayong nagmahal at minahal ka, sa wakas, nakauwi na.
Transcribed by my good friend Kriselle :D  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Take Me Everywhere

Philippine passport ranking 76th in the world according to 2015 Visa Restrictions Index, now gives you access to 60+ countries visa-free or visa on arrival. So keep holding that passport and unleash your wanderlust because 2016 can be your travel year. 
Image courtesy of
Asian Countries, member of ASEAN – (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) 

Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
Cambodia – 21 days
Indonesia – 30 days
Laos – 30 days
Malaysia – 30 days
Singapore – 30 days
Thailand – 30 days
Vietnam – 21 days
Asian Countries, Non-ASEAN member

Azerbaijan – 30 days, visa issued on arrival
China, Shenzhen – There’s a 7 days visa if arriving from Hong Kong, and is valid in Shenzhen area only.
Hong Kong – 14 days validity
India – 30 days visa issued on arrival
Iran – 15 days, must obtain an e-visa pre-approval code from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel – 90 days
Laos – 21 days, visa on arrival
Macau – 30 days
Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
Myanmar – 21 days
Mongolia – 21 days
Nepal – 21 days visa issued on arrival
Republic of Georgia – 90 days visa will be issued upon arrival, 360 days visa free to those who have temporary residence of Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait
South Korea – 30 days, if arriving at Jeju Island or after visiting Korea 4 times with visa
Sri Lanka – 30 days, but must get an Electronic Visa Authorization prior to departure.
Taiwan – 30 days, if holding a permanent residence certificate or an unexpired visa from: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States. And must register online at prior to arrival.
Timor-Leste (a.k.a. East Timor)- 30 day visa is issued at the Dili airport and seaport
African Continent

Burundi – 21 days
Cape Verde Islands – 21 days
Comoros – 21 days
Djibouti – 30 day visa issued on arrival
Gambia – visa issued upon arrival
Kenya – 90 days visa issued on arrival
Madagascar – 90 days visa issued on arrival
Morocco – 90 days
Mozambique – 30 days visa issued on arrival
Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
Seychelles – 30 days, must show sufficient funds & proof of accommodation
Tanzania – visa issued on arrival
Togo (Togolese Republic) – 7 days, visa issued on arrival. Requires yellow fever vaccination
Uganda – 90 day visa issued on arrival at Entebbe Airport
Zambia – 90 days visa issued on arrival
Central America

Costa Rica – 30 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival


Nicaragua – 90 days visa issued on arrival
For complete list of countries you can refer to this link

Pandesal Recipe

4 cups of top flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
5 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 fresh egg
1 1/2 cup of fresh milk
1 sachet(11grams) of active dry yeast

1.  Dissolve 1 sachet of active dry yeast in warm fresh milk. Wait for 10-15 minutes until the yeast sets in.
2. Combine all dry ingredients - flour, sugar, salt - and mix well.
3. Once yeast, milk mixture is ready, combine all remaining ingredients - melted butter, cooking oil, egg, yeast mixture - to the flour mixture.
4. Knead the dough until consistency is fine. You may use electric mixer with dough hook for faster kneading.
5. Apply oil in your hand, mold the dough to a rounded shape and place in a mixing bowl. Cover with damp cloth or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
6. On a floured flat surface, take the dough(which by now doubled or tripled its size) portion it into four and roll each part to a cylindrical shape. Slice the dough diagonally to smaller pieces according to your preferred pandesal size.
7. Mold each piece to a rounded shape. You can also place your favourite filling like cheese,  chocolate, corned beef etc but plain pandesal is also a show stealer. Roll each piece in bread crumbs.
8. Prepare the baking tray with parchment paper and arranged the sliced dough in the tray, once all the sliced dough are placed on the tray, sprinkle more bread crumbs on each dough.
9. Cover the baking tray with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for another 10-15 minutes.

These babies are ready to pop in the oven.
10. At this point you can pre-heat the oven at 375 f / 190 c for 10 minutes.
11. Place the baking tray with dough pieces in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
12. Finally serve and enjoy the freshly baked pandesal with or without coffee!

Bon appetit!
Pandesal party!

Credits to Beth and Kytin for sharing the recipe with us. Cheers to more pandesal making session!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Music: Stay

Not only because of "On The Wings Of Love" Philippine TV series and the love story of Leah and Clark, "Stay" originally sung by Carol Banawa, now with a cover version by Daryl Ong as part of OTWOL soundtrack brings the viewers to a whole new level of emotion every time it is played in the series. Every line of the song pierces through the heart plus the way Daryl sung it was genuinely soulful.

This is the latest LSS(last song syndrome) playing in my head this week, a song pleasant to the ears but painful to the heart. Thank you Daryl not only for adding depth to the OTWOL scenes but for reviving Original Pilipino Music(OPM).


I want you to stay never go away from me
Stay forever
But now, now that you're gone
All I can do is pray for you
To be here beside me again

*Why did you have to leave me
When you said that love will conquer all
Why did you have to leave me
When you said that dreaming
Was as good as reality

And now I must move on
Trying to forget all the memories
Of you near me
But I can't let go of your love
That has taught me to hold on

I want you to stay never go away from me
Stay forever
But now, now that you're gone
All I can do is pray for you
To be here beside me again

(Repeat *1)

And now I must move one
Trying to forget all the memories
Of you near me
But I can't let go of your love
That has taught me to hold on

(Repeat *twice)

I want you to stay never go away from me

Stay forever
I want to stay but I have to go my way

Credits to Daryl Ong Official youtube channel for the video.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Five Things I Learned from Pandesal

Pandesal("salt bread") is a popular yeast-raised bread and a breakfast staple in the Philippines. You can buy it in most of the bakeries and sometimes in rolling stores(usually bicycles with horn and styrofoam box to keep the bread warm) during daybreak.

Pandesal fresh from oven
Best eaten when it's steaming hot together with a cup of coffee, pandesal can be eaten alone or with your favourite filling - cheese, butter, jam or sandwich spread. My personal favourite is butter as it perfectly melt and absorbed by the bread.

During the Chinese New Year holidays here in Singapore, our discipleship group got a chance to learn and experience first hand how to make pandesal which we are all craving for.

1. Patience pays off
Patience is the first and most important ingredient when making pandesal. You'll require a lot of it when waiting for the dough to rise. While you can already imagine the oven-baked pandesal and the lasting scent of warm yeast in your kitchen, wait some more because it's going to be worth it.

2. Bakers are hardworking and dedicated people
Baking breads can be one of the most diligent profession as it demands hard work to knead the bread until the consistency becomes fine enough to pop it in the oven. Not to mention they need to wake up early in the morning, just to make sure the work is done and the breads are baked into perfection. Respect to all bakers and bread makers in the world.

3. Tough times will transform you
Without the pressing, mixing, slicing and the oven-baking which all means inconvenience and hardship to the dough mixture there wouldn't be a soft, tasty and hot pandesal. Oftentimes we are captivated by the success and greatness of a person, forgetting the difficult process he went through to achieve it.

4. Don't just bake for the sake of baking
While you can instantly buy anything now in the market including breads, there will never be a pastry equally delightful compared to the ones you made yourself, because these are baked with love. And every time you learn a new recipe, you gather indescribable pleasure in sharing them with your friends (who  by the way gladly makes themselves available to taste your cooking, haha what are friends for).

5. Every good thing comes to an end
These freshly baked babies which we waited for one hour for the dough to rise, knead and mix like a professional masseur, sliced and wait for another 15 minutes to rise and baked for 15 minutes were all consumed in no time after serving in the table. But may this last statement not discourage you instead inspire you to appreciate whatever you have while you have them.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Found this encouraging write-up regarding God's conversation with an angel while He is creating a woman. 

Kudos to the anonymous brilliant mind who weaved every word and emotion in this touching dialogue. Too bad I could not give the credit you well deserve as most of the posts I check does not provide the source for this article. But thank you for sharing your heart and respect to all women.


When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day

An angel came by and said: “Why spend so much time on that one?”
And the Lord answered: “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her ?"
“She must be washable, but not made of plastic, have more than 200 moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all kinds of food, she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken hearth and she must do all this with only two hands”.

The angel was impressed.
“Just two hands....impossible!“
And this is the standard model?!
“Too much work for one day....wait until tomorrow and then complete her“.
“I will not”, said the Lord. “I am so close to complete this creation, which will be the favourite of my heart”.
“She cures herself when sick and she can work 18 hours a day”.

The angel came nearer and touched the woman. 
“But you have made her so soft, Lord” “She is soft", said the Lord, “But I have also made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.“

“Can she think?" the angel asked. 
The Lord answered:
“Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."

The angel touched the womans cheek....
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.” 
“She is not’s a tear” the Lord corrected the angel
“What’s it for?" asked the angel.

And the Lord said: 
“Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”
This made a big impression on the angel; “Lord, you are genius. You thought of everything.
The woman is indeed marvellous!"

Indeed she is! 
Woman has strengths that amazes man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. 
She holds happiness, love and opinions. 
She smiles when feeling like screaming. 
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she is happy and laughs when she is afraid. 
She fights for what she belives in.
Stand up against injustice.
She doesn’t take “no” for an answer, when she can see a better solution.
She gives herself so her family can thrive.
She takes her friend to the doctor if she is afraid.
Her love is unconditional. 
She cries when her kids are victorious.
She is happy when her friends do well. 
She is glad when she hears of a birth or a wedding.
Her heart is broken when a next of kin or friend dies.
But she finds the strength to get on with life.
She knows that a kiss and a hug can heal a broken heart. 

There is only one thing wrong with her

We forget what she is worth.