Please Be Guided Accordingly

Please be guided accordingly

I was taken off-guard the moment they entered one by one. I knew I was not supposed to stare at people while inside. I should have my full focus on the purpose of my coming here. But by their looks, inside the place of worship, seemed not to coincide at all.

They were a group of young people, four to be exact, probably eighteen years old and above. They wore shorts and shirts appropriate only for the beach. Slowly they entered the church while the choir sang the Gloria.  They settled at the pew in the front row right behind the choir.

By their looks one could say they are not local Parishioners. I was just a kind of shock why they have to make such a dramatic entrance with how they look. My friend who sat in front of me whispered to his wife asking who they were. His wife just shrugged her shoulders and signaled at him to be quiet.

Okay. We were inside of the church attending the holy mass. We were not supposed to judge nor criticize anyone. But here is my take:

The church is a place of worship, therefore, a place of respect too. The church does not stand for its Parishioners. It stands for God. We could talk to God or pray to God anywhere, anytime. But when we CHOOSE to WORSHIP God inside the church attending a HOLY MASS, we must be aware of our every act and make ourselves presentable before God. It is our responsibility to not make the little ones stumble because of our actions. We could not simply say, “It’s the problem of the people why they judge or criticize me, when in fact I just go there to attend the mass. I have clear intentions.” If you have clear intentions, why not make yourself ‘presentable‘? If you have clear intentions, you could have chosen to sit at the rear end pews where people hardly notices you. There, you could pray and worship without being conscious of how oddly you look inside this place.

Other churches have signage at their entrance directing people to attend mass or enter the church in proper attire. This signage specifically states as to what attire are acceptable and what are not. Our local church does not have it. I suppose, it is only on the prerogative of the Parish priest.

After the mass, I waited for my husband outside. He is a choir member, and it is their job to keep the instruments in their proper place after being used. When he joined me, he said those young people were the students of the choir’s music teacher. This teacher came from the other island adjacent to ours. He said they were there because they visited one local beach the day before.

For me, it was still not an excuse why they have to show up with their beach attire. They could have covered themselves with scarf or whatever that would not show any disrespect for the holy mass and the people in there.

Whoever we are, wherever we go, we carry our faith with us. In these days of restless travels, we must always be aware if we have imprinted a pleasant impression on the place we are about to leave. We must not leave it to people to understand us, we must also understand the people in the places we visit. And it is much, much better to leave a GOOD example to strangers who would soon forget our face, but would never forget how we made them feel.

My plea to the Millennials out there: Please do NOT stretch the rules of the church to fit in with your lifestyle.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

weekly photo challenge: local

Larena Triad is one of our town’s pride. 

larena triad

Locals and tourists flock here not only for its delicious delicacies, but also for its strategic location.

larena triad

It has a viewing deck where you could enjoy watching the panorama of the whole town, or just simply feel the place and have a sense of belongingness.

larena triad

It’s also a great place for watching beautiful sunsets.

larena triad

Or just simply spend time with your special someone.

For us, who live near it, it is a regular destination for morning walks and early jogs. All because it’s much healthier to walk uphill. Moreover, when we reach the top, the view is very much rewarding.



Meet and Greet: 10/1/16

Hello October! So happy to start the month with this meet and greet with fellow bloggers.

Dream Big, Dream Often


It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times! It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. It is up to you!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Another award on the line! A big thank you to the awesome Ranjeeta Nath Ghai of atrangizindagieksafar for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. I am much overwhelmed. Please do check out her blog. Her poems are deep and touching the core.

Awards do motivate me. I feel like I am a child needing a pat in the back that says, ‘You are doing great my child. Go on, your efforts are noticed.’ As simple as that brightens my little world. 🙂

the Versatile blogger award


Thank the person who nominated you
Share the award on your blog
Share seven random facts about yourself
Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers
Let them know they have been nominated

Seven random facts about myself:

  • Drawing was my first love. I got a best artist award in fourth grade. But got lost along the way and had never tried it for a long time now.
  • I spent one year in a convent. As a meditative person I just have this compulsion to share a part of me with the world. I was eighteen then, young and immature. I got out because of things I could not yet understand as of that time. I suffered depression too.
  • I felt a lot like the Bible character Jonah. He kept running away from the mission God entrusted him until he was eaten by a big fish. Inside the fish’s belly, he repented his disobedience and prayed to God. Thus, when the big fish vomited him out, he fulfilled his mission.
  • I could not eat balut. It is a Filipino delicacy that is a cooked egg with sixteen to eighteen days old chick inside. They say it’s very nutritious compared with ordinary eggs. Well, I just could not eat the poor thing.
  • Gardening is one of my hobbies. The soil just empowers me.
  • I took three different majors  before earning a degree in Business Administration.
  • I live in an enchanted island, or should I say, amazing!

Awesome Nominees

Blogs do inspire and open us to different worlds. I love reading the following blogs for the inspiration they bring. A request to all nominees,  please do take out time to read and like at least one post on all the blog sites mentioned here. Thank you!