Salute to wonder.

I remember my father.

"Check!" It was 7am, I was groggily walking to mcdonalds to get my morning shots (yes, multiple – I enjoy the free refill *wink wink*) of #coffee . I would find a battle of wits on the streets. I can still remember the first time my father taught me to play. We were going around collecting dues and I was getting restless. I was surprised he had a board hidden in the car. I would play till today on my phone. Most of the challenges, trainings and activities we have today are tactical – 2 to 3 steps. We are living in the quick and dirty – the fast and not perfect. Today, the most prevalent thought is the thinking only of ourselves. #Chess is dying though. Chess teaches us to think of the endgame even before the first move. Chess teaches us of looking at the board. Chess teaches us of valuing each piece on our side. Let's play 🙂 #Makati #Philippines

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How do children in the Philippines sing?

It is not uncommon for the #Filipino to #sing – it is a great thing. It is also not uncommon for #children to #sing in jeepneys while they hang for dear life to get a few coins from the passengers. You cannot blame them from looking away. We are often tired and need the money ourselves, right? Even the littlest bit we try to scrape. There is also that notion of children like these to play and gamble with the money. Worse, the notions they might even use it for sniffing contact cement or "rugby" to quelch their hunger and weariness. What do we spend on? Ourselves, newer everythings? Trends? Php 1,000 haircuts for our pets? Maybe if we share a little bit to institutions that help get the children off the streets through programs that raise their dignity they might sing another tune? They would sing/rap of poverty and avoiding drugs for a good 3 minutes. It is not an uncommon sight. #Manila #Makati #Philippines

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Children should be outside.

Share your gifts.

Be childlike – always open and trusting.

The sto.Niño reminds us of many things. God became a Child to show how close he wanted to be with us. His truest form of love was to be as vulnerable as a child to His people. We are called to be child-like. to have humility in our weakness. We are not alone and it is only through others thay we see Jesus so close to us. Children are the most resilient in the "monotony" of life. It is only them that can find joy in the simplest and most ordinary of things. We have "grown" and slowly forgotten this Joy. People may find it hard to understand sometimes, but I am simply joyful at where I am. Instead of saying bad things you've heard from others, why not try the journey yourself? 🙂 Viva pit señor! #Philippines #Makati #Catholic #Sunday #Mass #stoNiño

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