My Old Videos from the Philippines







I loved you first: but afterwards your love


By Christina Rossetti


I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? my love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine;’
With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine;’
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Growing Up in Davao City


I was lucky to grow up in Davao until I was ten years old, but what made me even luckier is having a mom who worked abroad and sent money to me that I could spend on fun adventures. During my birthday when I turned seven years old, my family and I went to Paradise Island for the very first time. It was quite an adventure for me because you had to take a boat to an island called the Paradise Island. There we got a nice table and had our lechon and spaghetti and pancit. After eating, I wandered off into the beach to swim with my nanny Vicky. At the time I had just learned how to swim at Red Cross and I had gotten floaties from my mom so I swam on my own. It was such a fun trip. I’ll never forget it.

Another fun adventure I had was going to Gap with my classmates at Good Shepherd. For one year I attended a private school called Good Shepherd because it was close to our old apartment in Davao City and because it had a school bus and air conditioning. Good Shepherd was a fun school, but it is no longer there. I have to say the school was amazing when it was there because we got to go on fun field trips and they also had a set of encyclopedias. The encyclopedias got me learning about the tallest trees, which were the Red Wood trees in California and then the biggest flower, the Rafflesia. Then after having been immersed in encyclopedias, I started reading voraciously, which continued throughout my life. Gap was an interesting place because it had giant people and giant animals. I remember going there and being in awe of these giant statues and at the time I had just gotten my very first ever camera which was a pink Vivitar camera from my soon to be adopted dad and I got so many pictures.

Another awesome adventure for me was seeing the Monkey Eating Eagles when my mom came home from America. Mom took me to see these amazing eagles and I had the best time. At the time I was spending a lot of time watching PBS nature shows, recorded TV shows that my mom sent from America so I was just learning about how awesome some animals were and to hear these birds ate monkeys I just had to go see these birds. I remember thinking at the time, no birds on those PBS nature shows ate monkeys. These are some unique birds I must see them.

Right before I left the Philippines for America, my mom and I went to Lake Taal and see Jose Rizal’s house. Lake Taal was quite an adventure, but I got to see the house of Rizal! I had been learning about Jose Rizal and to see the house of an actual hero was quite exciting. Rizal had said I had learned, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Upon hearing that quote by Rizal, I decided the pen must be used by us Filipinos to teach others about our culture. At the time it was just 1992, but I think at Rizal’s house was when I decided blogging/writing must be used to teach Americans about what we as a country and people have to offer.

I think now is an important time for us Filipinos to write in blogs and books and teach the world Filipinos are fun people and the Philippines is a fun place and the news is the news and that’s a completely different place from the place we reside in. We don’t have all those troubles that are in the news. We are a peaceful people and a peaceful place.

Love is in the Air


Love is in the air. You can feel it. There is romantic tension between the two of you, but how do you communicate that love is there between the two of you? I will be outlining some key ways to communicate you like a person. There will be differences in how you approach the man or woman you are attracted to.

The main difference is how well you know a person. I will be covering a person you know well and is your friend right now, but there are no romantic ties yet. You have known each other for a few months at least, perhaps have mutual friends and have gotten to know each other from parties your friends have held. The hard part, which is finding the person you like is finished, but now how do you take it a step towards romance. The first step is getting his or her email or phone number or even add him or her on Facebook so you can message each other.

I would suggest talking to him or her and telling him or her how you feel. Let him or her know that you like him or her and you would like to go on a date. You want to be in a one on one setting with the person so you can get to know each other. Let the person know what you would like to do.

I highly suggest a dinner date because this will allow you to get the basic concepts of communication handled. You want to learn more about the person and ask him or her some background information, but without it being a questionnaire. Ask only about things you think is appropriate to talk about and that might be what do you do for work? What are your hobbies? Do you have any pets?

Asking general questions will get him or her to open up. You will feel whether you are connecting by his or her body language so make sure to take notes on whether he or she is leaning forward, smiling, giggling, and perhaps even touching your hand.

Communication is key in moving a relationship forward to the next level. Do not be shy. You have nothing to lose. Be open and let your relationship blossom naturally over time.