Kindness Day

Sometimes we eat a little, sometimes a little too much.
Sometimes we like to cuddle, sometimes we hate being touched.
We feel great. We feel playful. We very well know happiness.
But sometimes we feel pain and get swallowed by sadness.
We want many things, and we want it right away.
Most of the time we’re impatient, and cannot wait one more day.
And there are things we want to say but never could.
Just like everyone else, we only want to be understood.

The question is, am I writing about my kids or me?
Because we are not so different, apparently.
Autism does not make them any less human.
And being ‘normal’ doesn’t make me a better man.

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. Spread the kindness and love.

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Don’t Stop The Music

Stop. Look at where you are.
Rewind. Look back to where it all began.
Play. Because destiny can be playful.
Pause. Because everyone needs a break.
Forward. That should always be the direction.
Keep going. Because the music never stops.

Para kay Jared

“Tulog na mahal ko;
Hayaan na muna natin ang mundong ito…”

Hayaan na muna ang mundong mapanghusga.
Iisantabi muna ang makamundong problema.
Ang araw na ito ay para lamang sa’yo.
Gusto kong makita ang iyong mundo.

“Tulog na mahal ko;
‘Wag kang lumuha, malambot ang iyong kama…”

Naaalala mo pa kaya ang mga hatinggabing;
Hindi ka mapakali, hindi mahimbing?
Ibinubulong ng pasmado kong tinig ang kantang ito.
Ang aking munting hele para sa’yo.

“Tulog na, mahal ko;
Nandito lang akong bahala sa iyo…”

Kahit ang naibibigay ko lamang ay minsan;
At madalas sa pagtulog hindi kita natatabihan.
Dahil tuwing gabi kailangan kumayod.
Titiisin para sa’yo ang puyat at pagod.

“Tulog na, mahal ko;
At baka bukas, ngingiti ka sa wakas…”

At sa paggising mo lamang maibibigay;
Ang inaantok na yakap at halik ng sabay.
Ipinapangako na naman ang maligayang bukas,
Ngunit ang totoo, sa’yo nanggagaling ang lakas.

“…At sabay natin harapin ang mundo.”

Fifteen Minutes

That’s all we get most of the time.
Fifteen good minutes of laughs and giggles;
Fifteen minutes of blankets and tickles.
Here I thought when I left that office desk,
That I can give you more of my best.
But I have never ever been more wrong.
Apparently most days are not that long.
We still stay at the office ’round the clock.
Except it’s now a kitchen, the desk a chopping block.
We still tiptoe through the wee hours,
While you two dream of seaweed and superpowers.
And you still wake up to us deep in slumber
Late again for school, about to surrender.
But we won’t, we’ll never.
Because you two are worth it. Always remember.
One day mom and dad will overcome limits.
Someday we’ll give more than fifteen minutes.

Kapit Lang

Kapit lang, kapit lang.

 

Ilang beses ko nang sinabi.
Ilang beses ka na ring nakinig at sumunod.
Kahit gaano kabilis ang takbo ng buhay;
kahit gaano kabagal ang pagdating ng ginhawa;
kahit madalas ay masakit ang mga kasu-kasuhan sa puyat at trabaho;
kahit minsan kumakalam ang sikmura;
kumakapit ka pa rin.

 

Kapit lang, kapit lang.

 

Sa sigawang minsan ay inaabot ng bukangliwayway;
sa katahimikan matapos ang mahabang pagtatalo;
sa ngiti mo na nagsasabing “pinapatawad na kita, patawarin mo rin ako”;
sa mahigpit na hawak ng kamay mo na nagsasabing “mahal pa rin kita”;
sa dampi ng labi mo at sa init ng yakap mo;
at sa sigawan, katahimikan, ngiti, hawak, halik, at yakap;
ng susunod na pagtatalo.

 

Kapit lang, kapit lang.

 

Muli kong pakiusap;
muling nagdadasal na sana huli na ito;
muling umaasa na umayos na ang lahat sa wakas;
muling humingi ng palugit sa puso mo, na alam kong sawa nang kumapit.
Huwag ka sana mawalan ng pag-asa;
huwag din sana masimot ang sa akin;
dahil minsan parang malapit na.

 

Kapit lang; kapit lang

 

Salamat sa pagkapit.
Salamat sa pagtitiwala.
Salamat sa pag-ibig.
Kahit nandito pa rin tayo;
malayo sa doon na hinahangad.
Malungkot na hanggang ngayon pinapakapit pa rin kita.
Masaya na hanggang ngayon kumakapit ka pa rin.

Walk

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It doesn’t matter whether you’re active or sedentary where you live. When you’re out there travelling, get out of that friggin comfort zone. Take the first step. Take a long walk. Trek. Traverse. There’s a reason why ‘off the beaten path’ exists, and it is full of surprises.

Surprises like a used pack of cigarettes with a quirky name;

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'Bastos' in the Filipino language means profanity or profane.

a nameless but exceptional fishball stand;

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Bugis Street, Singapore

a smiling old lady selling unripe mangoes with chili salt;

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Fruit vendor at Sai Gon

or a 1.5 Baht bumpy bus ride to Khaosan, which would have been 100 Baht if you took the cab at the cab stop.

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Local bus in Bangkok

You will meet a child who doesn’t have Lego Sets or iPads, but has a pair of wrestling beetles for toys, and temples as playgrounds;

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and you will realize that beauty is not always what you see over the bridge.

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Singapore

You will find people who share your passion;

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The Melting Pot at the Jonker Walk, Melaka

and places you will be passionate about.

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Angkor Wat

You will see more shades of any given color;

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Dutch Square, Melaka

and different versions of one dish.

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Pad Thai

You will discover how high you can climb;

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Batu Cave, Malaysia

before taking a well deserved break.

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You can even join the locals.

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Saigon

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You will make new friends.

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Silom Thai Cooking Class

And get to know your family more.

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Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia

You will realize how rich and poor you are; how strong and weak, how proud and humble. Above all, you will see how big and small the world is.

So take that first step.

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