Music Mondays: You’ve got a friend – James Taylor


Whenever I hear “You’ve got a friend” playing anywhere, it immediately reminds me of my father (Papa, as we call him). Aside from the obvious you-can-count-on-me-wherever-I-am message, another thing I like about this is every time I will sing-along to this song, I will replace the line “You’ve got a friend” with “You’ve got EFREN” (My father’s name). Clever, right? Right?! No? [insert my sad face here] 😛

Imagine me singing this line with a voice of an angel (just kidding!)

You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call                                 And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah
You’ve got a EFREN (a friend)

This song is special to me because I feel like it summarizes my relationship with my parents. Ever since I can remember, they have been my rock. A very sturdy rock, I might add. Our family is all about supporting each other and being there for each other in times of need. You can say that our relationship is a mix of friendship and being a tight-knit family. I am very fortunate to grew up in a family like that. So, I dedicate this to anyone who feels like they’re all alone and they don’t have a friend/family to lean on.

What are the songs that reminds you of your parents or your family? I would love to hear from you!



I got all my sisters with me

There’s a special bond between us that can’t be broken

Sometimes, it’s good to reminisce memories from your childhood. And what better way to remember it than with the people who have been with you through it – my sisters.

We are close. Like really CLOSE.

We were all born only a year apart so I guess that’s a huge factor to our closeness because we are in the same wavelength and same thinking at the same time. We relate to each other almost every experience that we have. My sisters are my confidante, my listeners, my story tellers, my best friends and many more things all rolled into two different individuals.

On a side note, I will call my sisters “C” and “J” here because I don’t want to reveal their names.

She doesn’t really mind what other people say about her as long as she likes the way she lives

My second sister, C, is a dark-haired, petite girl who loves romantic pocketbooks so much. She’s also not interested in social media. I guess she just created her Facebook account because we are constantly bugging her about it. She doesn’t really mind what other people say about her as long as she likes the way she lives. Sometimes, I think she’ll do better as a first child than me. She has a very strong sense of responsibility and a huge heart. She has a very expressive face. You can easily tell if she’s happy, angry or worried. The thing I most like about her is that she’s very perceptive to the needs of other people and I love her for that.

She has this old soul inside of her that sees the world beyond what it really is

My youngest sister is J. A witty, skinny and tall girl. She’s my sister who has a way with words. She loves to write her thoughts and she makes good and meaningful poems. We have the same taste in books and I trust her to recommend me good books. She has this old soul inside of her that sees the world beyond what it is. She’s also a big collector of notebooks and book marks which I think explains her desire to write. She’s just the shy and silent type of person but once she warms up to you and you get to know her, you will feel that she’s one friend that you can trust.

I remember when I was 8 years old, I was admitted to the hospital because of an asthma attack. Being in the hospital for a whole week meant never having to see my sisters often. Sure, they would visit me after school for only 2 hours but that wasn’t enough for me. One night, I cried so hard that my mother asked me what’s wrong and I said it’s because I miss my them so much.

I can’t imagine my life without my sisters. There’s a special bond between us that can’t be broken. We always say we love each other and give each other hugs whenever we want to. I’m grateful that we grew up that way – not afraid to show each other our love. There were times that I imagine having an older brother or just a brother instead, but I guess I wouldn’t be who I am today if I don’t have my sisters with me. They keep my sanity whenever I needed it the most. It’s good to know that they’re always there for me as my support system. I love them very much and I wouldn’t want to change a single thing about it.


Blog entry in response to Writing 101: Day Six: A Character-Building Experience

Remembering Moments

If I could zoom through space in the speed of light, I don’t want to be in a specific place. I want to be in a specific moment. Moments with my family, moments with my friends and moments that help me shape my life now. I cherish memories created in places rather than places itself.

I remember our house when I was a kid. It is not as nice as our present house. It is still the same house, but over the years, many improvements had been made. Green walls, green roof, green fence. You can call our house The Green House. When I was a child, I remember playing outside with our neighbors. Little children, sweating, running freely and joyfully, playing hide-and-seek, tag and chinese garter. I remember then, sometimes, my playtime will be shortened because my parents are extra careful with me because of my frequent asthma attacks during my childhood. I miss being a child, I miss looking at the world with big bright eyes and finds wonder at very little things. I miss it.

I remember my school in college. An old building with white paint peeling off the wall, stairs that take you up to fourth floor, benches and tables lining the hallways and has benches outside of it. Whenever my girls and I needed to wait a few hours till our next subject, we would go outside, buy food and sat at the benches. I remember feeling happy whenever we sang Taylor Swift’s “Our Song”  and laugh if we don’t know the next lyrics and just mumble any funny, incomprehensible words. We never cared if other people were looking funny at us, we just want to be happy in that moment. I miss it.

Every moment spent with my family and friends is for me a moment worth remembering and going back. I believe that as long as I live, these times will be etched in my mind and in my heart for a long time and will always be remembered.


Blog entry in response to Writing 101: Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)

Love Tips from the Parents

Yesterday, as I was browsing through the cool blogs that I follow and looking for a blog post that I can comment on (due to our eleventh day assignment in Blogging 101: Zero to Hero), I  stumbled upon Every Girls Fairytale blog post “How can I love someone I argue with all the time?“. After reading the whole post, I can’t help myself but to leave a comment (eleventh day assignment: DONE!) and then suddenly it occurs to me…in the most surprising light bulb moment at that time…TING!!! That blog post is going to be my inspiration for the twelfth day assignment which you can read about here.

That blog post reminded me of some of my parents’ tips for a happy and lasting relationship. By the way, my parents have been married for 23 years now (I felt like I should put it there somewhere so that you will know that these tips might really be working). Sometimes, during family conversations, they will share tips for a better relationship with your other half (not that we need it now! me and my sisters are still young! LOL!).

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1. Open communication is VERY important. My mother always says that it is really vital for any relationship to have an open communication. It is crucial for ANY relationship (not just romantic) to have an easy communication between the parties. My mother and father can talk about even the most trivial things. And if they feel like a certain thing is going to be a cause of an argument, they immediately talk it out and resolve it without raising their voices at each other. I’m not saying that my parents don’t fight (normal couples fight once in a while), I’m just sharing that there are arguments that you can totally avoid through talking calmly to each other.

2. Never bring back the past. Ever heard of the phrase “Forgive and Forget”? Yeah, I know it sounds cliché but it’s one of the most truest advice that I ever heard. It doesn’t help either party in a relationship if they keep on going back to the same issues they had before even if they already talk about it and agreed to never bring it up again anymore. You will never move forward in your relationship if you keep on going back to the past mistakes of your partner. There’s a reason why it’s called the past and you should just leave it that way. It’s better to focus your energy and time in improving the relationship for the future.

3. Commitment comes with love. Through your relationship, you will meet other people who you think  is better than your partner, but the moment you chose your special someone means you are already committed to him/her. Every single day, you will choose to love and cherish the same person  that you have in your life and that’s what commitment is all about. It’s about choosing the same person over and over again even if sometimes there are moments that you want to let go. You have to look past the imperfections and the mistakes and to choose to see what made you love him/her in the first place.

How about you? What are the relationship tips that you can share? You can comment below! 🙂


Random Questions, Random Answers

My new and improved (Ahem!) About Page is up!!!! (finally!) If you want to have an idea on who am I and what this blog is about in a few sentences, you can read all about it here.

So, inspired by my About Page content and to continue the random things that I already shared, I have here 10 random questions for you to know me better. You can also try to answer these fun questions and let me see your answers. 🙂 If you’re ready now, just read on.

 If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

  • I don’t have a specific name in mind, but probably a name of a flower or a Victorian Era-inspired name.

What was the last movie and book that made you cry or tear up?

  • The latest movie that made me cry was Now is Good (2012) starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine about a teenage girl with leukemia and she’s trying to live her life to the fullest even though her days are already numbered. I know that this movie was released last 2012 but I only got to watch it few weeks back. For the book, I would say Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (published in 2013). I just finished the book today and I still can’t move on from the story. I recommend this book if you’re looking for a really good read.

Do you love or hate roller coasters?

  • I’m letting you guys in on a secret. I’ve never ridden a roller coaster in my life! Why you ask? Because I have this MASSIVE fear of heights! Yep! You read that right! My fear makes my knees turn into jelly and my sweat to break out of my body. I cannot last a few seconds standing beside a glass fence of a mall while looking down. I feel like I’m so close to fainting if I force myself. That’s why I am not into amusement park rides that literally sweeps your feet off the ground. I once tried a ride called ‘Viking’ wherein you will be seated in a ship-like ride and it swings back and forth. After the ride, I just puke so much until my stomach cannot produce any stuff to throw up anymore. So, from that day forward, I promised myself that I’m done with rides that defies gravity. LOL!

Have you ever danced in the rain?

  • NOT YET but it is on my bucket list. Ever since childhood, I would like to try it.

Are you scared of the dark?

  • A BIG YES! LOL! My imagination runs wild when I’m in the dark. Whenever I am home alone, you will know that it is me inside if you can see that ALL the lights are on. So you see my dear friends, I am really a boring person. LOL! No scary amusement park rides and no darkness for me.

Whats your current mobile phone model and do you like it?

  • I’m using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and it’s 1 year and 4 months in my care already. I can say that I like it very much.

How did you get your name?

  • My parents got my name from a Baby Names Book. My name Sylvia is of Latin origin. It means “forest maiden”. If you want a more historical origin, it is the name of an ancient nature goddess and the mother of the famous twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. 🙂

Are you allergic to anything?

  • Unfortunately, yes. I am allergic to one of the most delicious food group in the world, namely, SHRIMPS, CRABS, LOBSTERS and other types of seafood but fish is an exception. My friends always say that I am missing half of my life by not being able to taste these kind of foods and to tell you honestly, I think so too.

Have you ever tried Spam? (the meat product)

  • Yes, a lot of times now. It is delicious!

 Do you have any pets?

  • We have family pets. A dog (been with us for 2 years and 4 months now), a turtle (10 months) and  fish (3 months).

Let me know what you think about my ‘little’ confessions by writing some comments below. I’d like to know you better too. 🙂