The Fearless Wordsmith

The  Fearless Wordsmith
The Master's Princess of Words

The Fearless Wordsmith

Welcome to my blog site my constant readers!

This site's name is a combination of the titles of my two books "Seasons of Emotions" and "Inner Reflections of the Muse". "Looking For Your Half-Orange?" was the original title which had to be reconstructed.

Read posts about life, love and relationships straight from the fearless wordsmith's mouth!

A joyous reading escapade peeps!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Glory Of Me Time

Yes, no man is an island but then there are times we need to reflect on things and "hibernate" like a bear to some place we can utterly call our "sanctuary". A place where you can be your own self once in a while, can be high up in the boondocks or the green dreamy  fields - a secret getaway immersing yourself in your own world, away from the hurried and hustle-bustle of our modern everyday lives. 

Some need more personal space than the others while a good number simply cannot detach themselves from their relationships even for just a moment, call that "clingy" or whatever it may be. ( I can also be guilty of this at times though) But all of us must  have this time to breathe and exhale!

There are individuals who cannot stand being alone for they have instilled on their minds that being solo is equal to being LONELY. Well, if one cannot enjoy his/her "me time", one cannot eventually take pleasure in being with the company of other people.

I've made up a quote on being alone : " It is in aloneness that we can discover much about ourselves. " If you are one who makes your significant other  your world, often depending on the other person in order to be happy, in my humble and modest opinion, it ain't healthy for a relationship. You can make your bond grow by exploring other things outside your relationship. Developing your skills, engaging in your fave hobbies and stuffs.(sketching, yoga, poetry, martial arts or perhaps creating a website)

If I could have a whole day of my "Me Time", I'd prefer to be amidst the waves and warm sand in a beautiful secluded beach where I could gaze at the setting sun at the far horizon. With seagulls soaring through the golden skies, tides dancing as I find a cozy place to sit by the shoreline. I could then compose poetry or sketch (which I haven't done for  quite a while). What a scene to behold!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Magical World of Santa

     This was supposed to be a feature article for our local community  newspaper years ago but landed here instead on my blog site this year. Maybe there is a purpose  behind it for me to be able to reach a larger audience- to awaken the kid-at-heart in us all as I share with you one of Santa's sanctuaries situated our beloved city of Antipolo.

     As Christmas ushers in, we cant help but reminisce our childhood days. But even if years have passed us by, we still remain young at heart for Christmas is for children. How many of us believe in jolly, old Santa? St. Nicholas or Santa Claus to many, is a well-loved figure during the Yuletide season. When did you guys realize it was just your parents putting all those gifts inside the Christmas stockings? Besides being upset , we can't experience a White Christmas here in the tropics and enjoy going to a winter resort which obviously we aren't blessed with, there are still exciting ways to celebrate and get on our groove this season without the real snow that I'm dying to see since I was 10.

     Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. At the heart of Antipolo City is a Christmas sanctuary inside quaint Jardin de Miramar located at 276 San Jose Extention, Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City.

     For those Santa Claus enthusiasts, Casa Santa is an enchanting place to visit nestled under the canopy of nature. If your opt for a fun-filled, different kind of Christmas retreat, then get ready to step into a magical world!

     Lets start our tour outside the house first. Upon entering the garden, a replica of an antique, wooden Noahs Ark stands majestically which was restored into a play/dining bar area for those visitors who prefer to dine outside and enjoy the cool breeze and a natural ambience.  The 50-year old, 30-footer fishing boat is not just another facility of Jardin de Miramar, this lovely piece of art also draws attention from visitors. Jardin de Miramars natural landscape is attributed to 1970 CCP Philippine Artist Awardee, Tony Leano together with works of art by Philippine National Heritage Awardee, Ed Castrillo, 2006 TOYM Awardee Michael Canio and international light designer, Shoku Matsumoto, Ral Arrogante and the Earth Artists of Antipolo City. Thats just part of our magical tour.

    Now, lets step into Santas enchanting house. An internationally-recognized Santa Claus collection that houses more than 1,500 Santa figures, coming from 50 different countries, Casa Santa is not just your ordinary, traditional stuffy museum but a fun-house that allows you to inspect closely each item and actually play with them! The owner is an avid Santa Claus collector, ardently  purchasing Santa figurines, collectibles and merchandise from around the world in each of her travels. Still up to this day, the white-bearded man collection is continuously increasing in number!

    The Casa Santa was remodeled from a family rest house into a Santa Claus museum way back in 1992, by folk architect, Rosario Encarnacion Tan. The breathing museum was perennially featured on TV documentaries and in December 2005, was also featured on international television thru Associated Press. Not just a party venue, but an ideal place for educational trips, kiddy parties and even weddings. You need not wait for the Christmas season to drop by this dreamland, for it is Christmas all year-round here! Break away from your usual Yuletide malling and have a grandiose Christmas tour with your family and friends and behold the amazing and captivating collection of Santa figurines.

    Casa Santa in Jardin de Miramar is just one amongst Antipolo City's tourist attractions and so come and visit if you may! 

    Merry Christmas everybody! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

'Til Laughter Do You Part

I am an early bird who catches teeny weeny wormies each morning. And so here am I 6 AM at the office who considers my Friday a luck one at that since most of my students were absent but I do get paid staying at work,finished drafting this entry after overcoming what could have been a slight attack of the much dreaded writer’s block. Many are requesting that I blog more and so in the coming days I will! 

So what’s with the title you might ask. It’s all about having a great sense of humor injected in a relationship not particulary in a boy-girl thing but also in our dealings with other peeps.
I just have noticed even with my closest friends and acquaintances and those that I get to bump into each passing day that girls do get attracted and/or “magnetized” by goofy, funny guys. What do you think so folks? Maybe it goes without saying that even if a man isn’t that drop-dead gorgeous like a celebrity hunk or what-have-you, if he has this innate great sense of humor , he rocks! (this is just MHO- my humble opinion, though).

Being quick witted and can easily make someone crack up (but not a wacko) I think is one of the qualities that endears men to women. It suggests one isn’t boring and you wouldn’t have dull moments in your convos each time. Ask some girls and they would tell you they would want a guy who can make them do a belly laugh, one in whom they can be nuts with at certain times, can share funny jokes like teenagers if not like kids once in a while, or pick on each other’s bloopers. LOL Tongue (Ok even “corny” jokes are allowed- those that don’t seem to be funny at all but thanks for the effort. LOL ) Tongue

You might think I’m an all too serious gal but I’m not, go ask my boyfriend and my friends here I do possess crazy antics periodically. Haha ! ( Sometimes I believe I must get myself a straight jacket too, you know or lock myself up in a self storage)This is also one quality both me and my bf possess – we both like laughing a lot, that’s why at times we share the “crazy fever” via the comments we make on my blogs. We like sharing our happiness.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and so why not laugh our heart out once in a while? Even when things seem to go awry, having a positive outlook would get you going. Prevent wrinkles , crow’s feet from appearing on your countenance, look and feel young laughing. (though they’re part of the natural aging process) 

Well, maybe you peeps have heard of the laughing exercise? Keep on laughing! Smile

Saturday, December 3, 2011

3 Stages To Real Love

According to Aileen Santos of Relationships and Life Reinvention Coaching here in the Philippines, there are 3 main stages of love we have to go through before we can readily say it's REAL LOVE we are having.

Read on to determine at what love stage are you in now and if you ever would make it through the finish line to say you have found your TRUE LOVE! 

I have enumerated the stages and then tried to explain each in my own words and understanding) Tongue So, here they are :

1. Love is a feeling. It is in this stage where in we feel these butterflies in our stomach each time we meet that someone special when we are in the throes of a newly-found love! (feeling like high schoolers having their first crushes/loves Tongue ) We may share the same passion, dreams and ambitions and goals in life that makes the ride more thrilling and we feel excited as the relationship progresses. (honeymoon stage)

2. Love becomes a decision. - You woke up one day to realize you and your significant other really don't share the same passions and often have disagreement on things. You also got to discover you're exact opposites of each other BUT you still hold on anyway because of the mere fact that you chose to love him/her and his/her IMPERFECTIONS. Like what they say "To love is a decision".

3. Love is fueled by action. - In this stage, after you have totally accepted your partner for all his/her worth, you actively become supportive of one another's passions and dreams and being able to also understand his/her quirks and the stuff. Much more like agreeing to disagree on some things without actually having cat fights and the like. Smile Effort is put into the relationship and not just mere words or promises. Tongue Love needs to be given much effort to grow and is tested by time and circumstances. Smile

Aileen Santos stated and I quoted " In the end, Real Love is made up of all three things: Feelings, Decisions, and Actions. Just remember that in Real Love, it's your Decisions that *lead* to your Actions, which in turn create your Feelings. And not the other way around. ;-) The relationship you long for doesn't happen by chance, by accident, by coincidence, or by luck. Because YOU have more influence over Love than you think. ;-)"

We may need  junk removal to remove any unwanted "toxins" in our relationships in order to work it out 'til the end. And if it is meant to be and would land you in a happy ever after, it would be worth the effort!

If you will ask me, what love stage we are in, I can readily say me and my Prince are on stage 3! We are very supportive of each other's careers being both interested in the Arts and Music. It's quite thrilling and fun to continuously discover each passing day that we both love the same things (if not all) actually. 

Blog pic courtesy of my Prince's Wedding Photography

Friday, December 2, 2011

Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe

This topic just came up out of the blue while waiting for my next class at work. Can love really be measured? Are there any percentages involved once you've decided to commit yourself to someone? 

Some people tend to compare how much love their partners give them with their own "investments" into the relationship. An exact opposite of unconditional love? They say love is given freely and is never forced on anyone and if that's the case, it ain't LOVE! If we expect so much from our significant other and they fail us in one way or the other either emotionally, physically and in yet other things, we tend to harbor feelings of disappointments and dismay. But this doesn't necessarily mean we would love them less than before or would limit our loving ways.

On the other hand, their frailties and shortcomings doesn't necessarily connote they love us lesser, too. Each and everyone of us love and care in our own little and sometimes subtle ways.

A guy may not be too expressive in what he feels or doesn't say I LOVE YOU that often but his through his actions his gf knows how sincere and committed he is. It takes more than mere, mushy, sugar-coated words to let our love be felt and showed!

A lass may appear less involved in a relationship but it might not be in her personality to be all too clingy or dependent on her partner. But it doesn't mean she's not that into their relationship with her main squeeze. 

Others don't want to set up rules in their love bond while others simply prefer to set up grounds early on in a relationship so less disappointments, less conflicts they say. At least they know what each party is expecting from the other.

Isn't it odd though to tell your love " This is how I want to be loved...this is what you should do...these are your boy friendly-duties you are bound to do upon entering this agreement" LOL Tongue (why not then make a press release ? :P) That may sound all too demanding, don't you think so? Tongue (at times it takes just plain common sense for us to know what are our obligations in our relationships. Not unless we are too naive or shall we call dense to not to know how we can show our love and devotion). Tongue

A love relationship is not a power struggle between two individuals but instead a "pact" entered into by two consenting and responsible people who made a DECISION to love one another come what may.You "buy the whole package" once you decide to love the person, not in "retail"!

*** blog pic courtesy of my Prince's Landscape Photography