Where My Heart Is

One mind,

One soul,

One body,

One heart that’s somewhere

It isn’t supposed to be

My heart should be right here with me

But it’s with him

Where it wants to be

On Repeat: Movies

Making a list of favorite of movies is just so hard to do because one, there are so many to choose from and, two, how do you choose? So I thought of making a list of movies that are essentially on repeat on my playlist. I’ve watched these movies more than five times. These are my go-to movies whenever I feel like watching something but not really feeling anything in particular. So let’s start!!!



This is about a girl named Julie Baker and her long-time crush Bryce Loski, bearer of the world’s most dazzling eyes. It’s a coming of age movie that’s told from Julie’s and Bryce’s point of view. If I want to forget my state of being an adult, I watch this and reminisce feeling like a teen.

First Daughter


This is also another of my feel-good movies. It’s about the First Daughter of the United States going off to college, trying to balance her personal and high profile life, and ends up falling in love with an undercover Secret Service agent.

Memorable line: “I loved who I got to be with him.”

Life As We Know It


This is about a man and a woman both left with their best friend’s child who eventually find love in each other. Cute, right? Yep, plus it’s got Josh Duhamel… so I’d say that will speak for itself.

Memorable line: “Running a baby is not like running bakery. They’re a mess, they pee on things, they bite. They’re basically dogs.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2


I love Harry Potter. I may not be able to claim that I’m the biggest fan but I love Harry Potter. And out of the eight movies, these two are my favorite to watch again and again.

Memorable line: “Always.”

Bridget Jones’ Diary


I’ve heard soooo much about this movie for so many years but I never really bothered to watch it. I don’t know why. But man, when I watched it… I got it. I got why so many people love it. Bridget is hilarious!!! I could totally relate to her clumsiness. Bridget is my inspiration. Hahaha!

Memorable line: “I like you, very much. Just as you are.”

Olympus Has Fallen


This movie focuses on a Secret Service agent named Mike Banning who’s just absolutely awesome. Perhaps a man single-handedly saving the White House from terrorists is a little over the top but what I mostly like to watch on these kinds of movies is patriotism and how much it takes to storm into a burning building instead of running away from it, to use one’s body to protect someone else’s, to be worthy of being called a hero. Included in this, too, is its sequel London Has Fallen.

Memorable line: “Classified? Really? Well right now I believe I have the proverbial need to fuckin’ know.”

Silver Linings Playbook


A love story like no other. I’m a rom com nut and I’ve seen tons of movies about perfect people finding love in this crazy world but we rarely see one about two eff-ed up people finding love despite everything. For days when I feel like I’m too broken to ever find love, I watch this.

Memorable line: “The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That’s guaranteed.”

The Avengers


This is by far my favorite of all the Marvel movies. Now, some people may disagree out there but please don’t judge my choices. Haha!

Memorable line: “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”



A story about a dad whose estranged daughter gets kidnapped for human trafficking. The dad, played by Liam Neeson, goes through hell to bring his daughter back.

Memorable line: “I will find you and I will kill you.”

So there you go. Those are my favorite movies. Just a few of them actually. What are yours? Do we share anything in common?


Just Random Life Thoughts

The notion of finding someone who will put your broken pieces back together, fix you, heal you, and complete you is wonderful. But wouldn’t it be more poetic if you do that yourself? Accept your brokenness and fight like hell to stand up. Put yourself back together one painful piece at a time. Let the wind and sunshine heal you and your passion complete you.

I think that will be a story more beautiful than any out there for it is entirely your own. Forged by your spirit and the blood in your veins. A story yours alone that no one else can take credit for.

Through a Daughter’s Eyes: Letter + Stories about Dad

It’s Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there! Most especially, Happy Father’s Day to my very own amazing dad. With this, I’d like to share with everyone little stories or memories I have with my father. I’m also sharing my short letter to him.



As a kid, whenever I was scared or nervous about something, my dad always tells me to hug him as tight as I could and transfer all my fears to him. And that he’d swim in the ocean for me and wash all my fears away.


Dad took me to his hometown a lot as a kid. Zamboanga City is about 300 miles away where we lived so we took a lot of bus rides together. I loved how he knew all the places we passed by from years and years of traveling the route. I’d always ask him where we were whenever we were passing a remote area without signs, he’d always have an answer, and it’d be right when I checked the next sign I see.


My dad drinks. A lot. But when I was younger, I never saw him throw a fit when he was drunk. He rarely goes out drinking with friends. He just drinks by himself in our house and he goes to sleep.


There was one time when he took me with him to a friend’s house. They were drinking and it was totally fine with me because of all the food. We were sitting on tall benches then. I was a short kid (I still am, by the way) so my feet couldn’t reach the ground. On top of being short, I was also clumsy (still am, too) so I fell off the bench and landed straight on the ground with rocks. Went home with a huge wound on my knee.


It was dad who taught me how to swim. When I was still learning, he’d tell me to start at one point and swim towards him. As I did that, he’d always move backwards a little bit. I’d always feel cheated. But I truly am grateful that he did that because that taught me to not be afraid of the water.


Dad also taught me how to ride a bike. He spent hours and hours with me, teaching me, holding the bike while I was finding my balance. I remember vividly the feeling I had when he first let go and I was pedaling on my own.


I remember the first (?) fight we had. I accused him of not believing in me. He went in my room that night and told me he was sorry for whatever he said.


I remember the phone call I made to him when I told him I might not graduate as expected on my fourth year of college. I was crying like the world was about to end. He told me it was okay but he did not tell me that when I called, he was already confined at a hospital.


I think my dad and I have this special connection because sometimes I’d hear him calling me. I’d run to wherever he was in our house and I’d asked him what it is. He’d say he didn’t call me but he was just thinking of me. Weird, I know.


Dear Dad,

Thank you for everything you did for me and for everything you continue to do for me even if you didn’t have to. I’ve broken your heart a hundred different times in a hundred different ways. I am sorry. I promise I will never stop trying to be a better daughter to you and mom. I’ll make you happy one day and someday you will stop worrying about me. I love you more than I can ever imagine.




Wrong Reasons

It started for all the wrong reasons

He was lonely

She was helpless


He was tired and broken

She was young and vibrant

Like broken pieces they fit each other perfectly

And made one another whole


It was songs and sunsets

Cool breeze and warm drinks

Until the wrong reasons

Caught up to them


Then there were tears

And crazy drunken nights

To make that which was broken

Whole again


Goodbyes had to be said

This time, in different places,

He’s lonely once again

She’s helpless

Now, broken, too.