Enraptured Reality

Phantasm. Bewilderment. Clairvoyance.


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Back to Basics Weekend

I attended a camp last weekend and for some time, I was able to forget the harshness of the present. Or maybe I really just needed an escape, and the camp helped. Anyway, it’s the first outdoor camp I have ever attended.

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Sparkling Sky

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The lights were up, and stars alight,

Everything just felt perfect and right;

Crowd screaming and singing and dancing,

A night so surreal, you wouldn’t want an ending.

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Family Matters

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August 10, 2016, Wednesday

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It was my parents’ 24th wedding anniversary. One more year and they’re already turning silver!

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It was my Jarrah‘s 23rd birthday. We’ve been best friends since second year high school and we’ve had each other’s family as an extension. 🙂

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We prepared a surprise baby shower for one of my officemates, Krystal, who is already eight months pregnant. It’s a girl, folks! She’s expected to give birth this September so yep, so excited for a new baby girl in the Inquirer fam!

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It was the birthday of my uncle who passed away just recently. Tito Yeng used to stay with us at home, perhaps about a year or so. He was a good music mentor and he had really been a good uncle to us. We really do miss him, especially our jamming moments. I know he’s already happy up there though. I know God‘s taking care of him. 🙂

August 12, Friday

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It’s my parents’ 31st anniversary as a couple since they got together back when they were still in high school! Yep, they’re one of those lucky couples who’ve found love in their high school sweethearts.

August 14, Friday

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We were in Laguna Bel-air the whole day doing BCBP stuff. It was a bonding moment with the BCBP fam and whew! I’m gonna see them again on the 29th!

Thank God for the families that He had given me. I’m beyond blessed to have these people in my life.


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BCBP Be Honest Run 2016: Kalinga para sa Kapwa at Kalikasan

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JULY 31, 2016, SUNDAY. We woke up at 2:30 AM and left Cavite at around 3:30 AM to be able to make it at around 4AM at Greenfield City Sports Field, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

We reached the venue at around 4:15 AM. After the warm-up, the 10K, 5K and 3K runners were asked to join their groups in the starting line. The 10K run started at 4:45 AM. After 10 minutes, we, the 5K runners, began ours, followed by the 3K runners after another 10 minutes.

I had dysmenorrhea that day, but I still pushed through with the run. I really run a long distance when I jog, but doing it in marathons is different. I wanted to somehow be among the Top 3, but when I suddenly felt that my condition isn’t being friendly with my goal, I just dropped the idea and enjoyed the view of the place while running with my earphones on as I played my Don’t Suck, Just Rock Spotify playlist. There were trees everywhere, and the cold breeze felt nice on the skin. It was still dark that’s why I wasn’t able to take photos of the surroundings.

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I reached the finish line at around 5:30 – meaning I conquered the 5K distance within 35 minutes. Not bad for a newbie marathoner, I guess? It’s my first 5K run in a marathon, and I’m pretty much happy with my time record despite having dysmenorrhea.

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With some BCBP Youth/Kids

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With my family. Yep, matchy-matchy shoes with Mom & Colleen. Our youngest, Celine, wasn’t able to join the fun run because she had too many projects and assignments to finish.

After the run, we ate rice gruel (lugaw) with egg which was already free in the venue. And picture taking, of course!

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Just to give you an idea, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals is a Catholic renewal community that my parents belong to, making us, their children, members as well in the sense of BCBP being a one big happy family worldwide. Yep, there are different BCBP chapters all over the world! We’re that big! I’m so glad to be a part of this, because here, I’ve met new wonderful people that I would always treasure.

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The BCBP Be Honest Run is a fund-raising activity for the various causes of BCBP, especially helping those who became victims of natural calamities.

It was my first 5K run in a marathon, and yep, I think this marathon thing is becoming addictive for me. Let me conquer 5K again and again until I can proceed to the next distance. *fingers crossed*

What’s so good about joining fun runs with causes is that you don’t just enjoy the company of your fellow runners, but you get to help the unfortunate people as well. For me, that’s what matters most. The fun in running is just secondary. Being able to help those who are in need is one of the best feelings in the world, and I really feel so blessed that I took part of this. It was worth every penny spent and distance ran. And yes, I am looking forward to joining more fun runs with causes. To God be the glory!


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Spectrun 2016: Run 2 Save Lives

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Last June 11, 2016, Saturday, I joined the Mu Sigma Epsilon Sorority – UST Faculty of Medicine‘s Spectrun 2016: Run 2 Save Lives at Roxas Boulevard, a color charity fun run for the pediatric cancer patients of Tahan-Tahanan Foundation. I really love doing outreach and charity works, so whenever I have the chance and the means, I really engage myself into such activities.

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I was with my friends Kent, Nikki and Sir Yves. We ran for the 3K marathon except for Kent who ran for 5K. Special thanks to my high school batchmate, Christopher (not in the picture), for inviting us in the event. He’s a UST Med student by the way. 🙂

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This is my first run for this year because I had been busy during the first half of 2016. I am looking forward to more runs that will benefit needy. 🙂

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We even saw former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim when we had our breakfast at Jollibee – Harbour Square. His whole team was just on the table next to us. Hahaha. We wanted to take a photo with him but he seemed busy that time.

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Congratulations to the whole team behind Spectrun 2016 for pulling off a successful color run!

It was really a fun run. During the run, I think I wasn’t just doing it for the cancer patients, but for myself as well. I felt free. I never felt so free for a long time, and I’m glad that I’m experiencing it now.

It feels great to finally be able to do things without something that’s holding me back. It feels great to run with a light heart. It feels great that I am now running again after getting a wound from falling.

Life is indeed a race… A colorful race.