Anastasia… and my life

Heart don’t fail me now                              
Courage don’t desert me
Don’t turn back now that we’re here  (so true…I can’t turn back
                                                           just because I’m afraid)

People always say
Life is full of choices                        (so many choices talaga)
No one ever mentions fear                (real ba???)
Or how the road can seem so long     (how long will I wait on You, Lord?)
How the world can seem so vast
Courage see me through                        
Heart i’m trusting you                       (pwede bang palitan ung
                                                    lyrics? Lord I’m trustingYou

On this journey to the past               (journey to the past? wahaha)

Somewhere down this road
I know someone’s waiting                (si Lord)
Years of dreams just can’t be wrong (diba Lord?)
Arms will open wide
I’ll be safe and wanted
Finally home where I belong            (Home in my Father’s arms)
Well starting here my life begins
Starting now I’m learning fast           (Really? Life begins again, I guess)
Courage see me through
Heart I’m trusting you
On this journey to the past

Heart don’t fail me now
Courage don’t desert me

Home, love, family
There was once a time
I must’ve had them too
Home, love, family
I will never be complete until I find you

One step at a time                (Heto na ang part na real na real…)
One hope then another
Who knows where this road may go (Uncertainties…)

Back to who I was                   (Waa… talaga naman…)
Onto find my future
Things my heart still needs to know
Yes, let this be a sign
Let this road be mine              (And Your’s, Lord)
Let it lead me to my past       (at sobrang nakarelate naman ako)
Courage see me through
Heart I’m trusting you
To bring me home
At last
At last

courage see me through,
Heart I’m trusting you

Journey to the past

(Who knew that one of my favorite songs when I was a child would turn out to be my song for this season…?)


Bauang. Some of my fondest memories took place in the shores of this municipality. I have spent a lot of birthdays in the beaches of Bauang so it’s little wonder that this place – in a way – holds a place in my heart. As a child, I would play in its shores building sandcastles, collecting shells, gleefully running about. And, as a teenager, I would stare at its beauty taking one last look (before we would leave for La Trinidad) at the sun setting over the beach’s horizon, saying goodbye to the sea once more.

We went to the beach this sembreak. There were fewer of us who went this time. I rememeber those days when our “clan” would fill up my uncle’s jeep (KARLO) and even one BSU bus… but, for this trip, we only made use of a van and my uncle’s car.

Not only were the people occupying the seats of these vehicles fewer, they were older as well. We were no longer kids who would throw up even before reaching Naguilian road, no longer kids who would head straight for the beach without even bothering to put sunblock on, and no longer kids who would be incomplete without some form of apparatus with which to build a sandcastle with.

Oh sure, there’s Jael, JC, and Bid to consider. But Jael’s in Grade 6. And what about Karlo, Kevin, and Bul? The three are already high schoolers. And what about me, Miki, and Quantum? College Students. And don’t even get me started with my older cousins.

I can’t believe how quickly time flies by. It’s like those hours we’d spend at the beach – hours that would just go speeding by, leaving us at the end of the day saying, “Is it really time to go???

I guess life’s like that. LIFE is just like a day at the beach (specifically a Lubrica’s day at the beach). A Lubrica’s day at the beach is like this: You take a long journey through zigzagging roads having to pass through various places first before you could get to your destination. Your body adjusts from cold Benguet weather to La Union’s warmer one. But it all becomes worth it once you see the sea – the glorious South China Sea. You can do nothing but dive in and let the waves overtake you. But then… before you realize it, the day’s over and you are left staring at the sunset. Before you realize it, it’s time to go home…

Life’s like that. There are many zigzags that we have to pass through before we could go to our seas… zigzags of troubles, of pain, of tears… but there’s always the assurance that we’ll get to our destination – the beach. The beach is that special place prepared for us and is to us like Canaan is to the Israelites. The beach overflows with wonder, with GLORY… When we get to this place, all we could do drown ourselves in it’s Mighty Ocean, and let the waves come crash over us. We enjoy ourselves in this sea – the sea our Dad has prepared for us. And we enjoy it all the way through, even when the sun sets upon our lives and it’s finally time to go back Home… to be with our Dad for eternity…