For you, this 2014: Make Beautiful Things

In the beginning of 2013, one of my commitments to myself was to write more – both here in my blog and in my personal journal. I was pretty consistent in the first few months, and was very happy about that for a while. But then, as with most new year’s resolutions (and as a result of certain life circumstances), I lost my rhythm. At one point, I just stopped.

In my list of 2013 goals, there are a couple more boxes I have yet to tick. Funny thing is, looking at it now, I don’t feel bad at all. Because that whole time I wasn’t following the plans I put on paper last January, I was busy discovering things that I never thought I’d like, worlds that didn’t even exist in my imagination. I was finding out my own complexities and imperfections, abilities and inabilities. I was meeting interesting people I never would have met had I not decided to step down from the train of mundane life to walk around and appreciate the scenery outside once in a while.

A lot of things didn’t go as planned, in short. But man, things are beautiful. And I’m not talking about circumstances. I’m talking about the world. People from all walks of life are doing and creating and making beautiful things every minute of the day. It is jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, breath-taking, a-mazing.

And so with child eyes, here is my wish:

Dear You,

This coming year, I hope that you make beautiful things.

I hope that once in a while you create some art – paint, or write, or dance, or sing, or cook, or do Capoeira; or maybe pole dance, or play with hula hoops, or poi, or a staff, or maybe fire (the simplest things can be very sexy). At work, produce something that you’d be truly proud of at the end of the day because of its sheer beauty. I hope that you make beautiful relationships with your mom and dad, your grandparents, brothers and sisters and friends, your lovers… and strangers! Make surprising friendships with people you don’t know. It doesn’t matter how long they last. Everything in this world is transitory.

I hope that things don’t work out exactly as you have planned them. And that because of this you discover more beauty than what you already know. I hope you surprise yourself with the intensity of beauty that you can create.

We are all just passing by in this world. Might as well make beautiful things. Might as well make things beautiful.

Stay handsome in your madness. Happy New Year. :)

My wishes in the previous years:

Blessed May Be An Overused Word But Fuck It

There are many things to be grateful for today. And so despite my tired bones and sleepy eyes at this hour, I feel obliged to write them down lest they fade away into dreams.

Here’s the reality: I am blessed.

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Breathing Out

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We all go through something of this sort once in a while – challenging life phases, dark tunnels we can only get out of if we walk through them… It’s nothing new, really. Except that every time you’re in there – where you don’t know when the light will finally show up, with all your fears creeping in on whether it ever will – it always feels as bad as the first time. Continue reading

The Art of Giving

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LeBlanc: An Exclusive Luxury Resort in Antipolo

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Opening the Doors to Art at Pinto

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Life experiments on madness, poetry of movement, and the great perhaps.