“If you’ve come in search of me, I can be found down by the sea. Feet in the sand, wind in my hair, the Sea and Me, an inseparable pair.” Advertisements
“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings. (read more…)
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” ― Peggy Toney Horton
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind… let it be something good.” ~ Author unknown
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ― Paulo Coelho
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Sunrise in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara
“No matter how small we are or what color we might be; Like a small candle, we all can produce the same light. Spread light with your thoughts, words and actions. It’s a dark world… and you are here to create light.”
When you visit Davao City and have enough time for a sudden road trip, try Mati City (3 hours away by private vehicle), my place of birth. Endowed with one of the longest and most beautiful white coastlines in Mindanao, Mati involves zigzagging through well-paved roads that snake up and down a cliff (locally called ‘Badas’) overlooking the deep blue sea.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx
“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreau
“It is with hope that each sunrise I give her cheers her more today than yesterday, and that she will accept my messages of hope and love. This is for a very outrageous character who gives everyone around her a renewed zest for life just as she does.”
“Each day is an adventure in discovering the meaning of life. It is each little thing that you do that day – whether it be spending time with your friends, running in a cross-country meet or just simply staring at the crashing ocean- that holds the key to discovering the meaning of life. I would rather be out enjoying these things than pondering them. We may never really discover the meaning of life, but the knowledge we gain in our quest to discover it is truly more valuable.” ~Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II
“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer Learning from another woman’s survival, and getting inspired with her story of pain and determination. My prayers are with you. Soar high, Robyn Lee. Fishermen captured at sunrise in Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara
“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” ~Unknown
“Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.” ~Paul Tsongas
“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” ~ Aristotle Onassis Just before dawn in Whitesand Beach San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara
“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts Mountain Lake Eco Resort Lake Sebu in South Cotabato © Jojie Alcantara 2013 //
“That time of day when the sun hasn’t come up yet, but you can already feel it coming. It’s an elusive warmth, like a subtle promise whispered in your ear and you can go on with your day knowing you’ve been given another chance to get it right.” ― Cassia Leo, Relentless
Lake Sebu at sunrise from my cottage balcony © Jojie Alcantara 2013 For 3 days, I was blessed with evenings of full moon and glorious sunrises from my cottage by the lake in Mountain Lake Eco Resort. I was doing a photography workshop with kids as a project of Save the Children Organization in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. For years I have visited Lake Sebu and never tired of staying in this place. It is a dream destination for photographers at a cool elevation of 1000m above sea level. I have documented the dreamweavers, lakes and beautiful falls, witnessed festivals and have seen my child subjects grow up and mature. I have published features, created posters and brochures, and have even seen my T’boli images on sign posts and restaurant menus! The serenity of the developing place has never ceased to amaze me until now. Its beauty simply keeps calling you to come back. And I always do. View my photo gallery of Lake Sebu here