Vacationing With My Parents

*Originally posted on February 4, 2017. I thought it was timely to repost, especially because of today’s worship service lesson giving value to the relationship between spouses and children.

Some people are surprised when I tell them that I go on vacation with just my parents. “It’s just the 3 of you?” Yes, and it’s so much fun! We get to do all the things that I want to do and eat all of the food that I want to eat. I really get to enjoy the perks of being the youngest . The first time we vacationed was in 2014, when went to the Philippine Arena for the first time for PBA and the EVM Awards. Then we went to Palawan, Bohol, and our home in Pili, Bicol.

For this most recent vacation, even though my parents were here for a month, I only had one week to vacation with them because of work, school, and choir. During that week, we went to our home in Pili, but there was no electricity because the typhoon knocked down all the power lines. Besides the two days we had in Legazpi, we were mostly just hanging out at the mall.

But I told myself, I shouldn’t waste this time that I have with my parents. I only get to see them twice a year so this vacation has to be special. It’s not WHAT we do that’s important, but that the time we spend together is meaningful. So every chance that I got, we talked about everything – I asked them about their childhood, their first jobs, how they met, how they immigrated to America. All of the things that I never knew about them. I kept telling them, it’s important to share your stories with your kids, because if you don’t, they’ll get lost forever.

This past vacation really strengthened my bond with my parents. We spent quality time with each other, not from a bunch of activities, but from meaningful conversations. And that is what I will treasure the most. For all of you reading this, make sure to take the time to talk with your parents. Don’t take it for granted. Because before you know it, you’ll grow up and live away from them, and might not get the same chance to learn their history. Hear their stories and pass them on, and you’ll end up growing even closer along the way


Destinadong Guro

In 2015-2016, I was blessed to be the “PNK Destinadong Guro”, which means “assigned Children’s Worship Service Teacher”, for Dako ng Seneca and Dako ng QCville 2. It was a very challenging experience because of the language barrier. Whenever I would teach in Tagalog, the children would listen very intently, mainly because they were trying to figure out what I was saying 🙂 But I learned so much from the kids and from the PNK officers as well, like that it’s possible to have 100% attendance and 100% visitation on a weekly basis! Can you believe that! Truly they were all an inspiration and I feel so blessed to have led them, even in just a short period of time. They are one with the Church Administration in upholding their spiritual fervor, and they continue to move onwards to further victories in the works of the Church.

Bernardino Siblings

If you didn’t know, I have an older brother and an older sister. But in this picture we all look the same age. That’s why all 3 us have posted this same picture multiple times 🙂

We aren’t very sentimental with each other, but that’s been changing in recent years. When we were kids, we never said “I love you” to each other, because it was just too weird. But now it’s become a normal thing. It mostly comes from the fact that I live far away from them. I only get to see them once or twice a year, so the times that we do see each other, we try to make it meaningful. Now at the end of every chat or message, we say “love you and miss you”… which is pretty cool.

We’re still not very sentimental and displaying our affection in public is still awkward. So yeah, I think that’s good enough for now 🙂 So Kuya and Ate, let’s just end with…

Love you and miss you

iPhone Photography

I’ve been planning to start a blog for awhile now, but I kept getting stuck on what to write about. They say write about your passion, and for the life of me I could not think what I was passionate about. Then I took a step back from the drawing board and thought, “What am I at least interested in?” Art. What kind of art? All types – painting, sculptures, landscape, photography. Hmm, photography. Why not that?

The reason why I never picked up photography is because I thought you needed a DLSR to take good photos. It wasn’t until I had a guest on Daily Insight, Professional Photographer JB de Leon , did I think that maybe I could try it. He said he didn’t even own a camera when he picked up photography. He would borrow from a friend or just use his phone. And he encouraged me to just start with whatever I had. “But I’ve only got an iPhone 5s. I don’t have the ones with the fancy cameras,” I said. “That’s fine,” he said. “The most important thing is to start and to practice.”

So this is my introduction into photography. And what better place to start than with the beautiful scenery in The Garden at the Philippine Arena complex in Ciudad de Victoria, Bulacan.

Killing two birds with one stone – starting my blog and starting photography.

Oops, I have pictures of birds. Hopefully, they don’t take offense to the pun 🙂