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Less Can Mean More

I recently came across this 5-minute video featured in TED ( and found it quite interesting. The premise of its speaker Graham Hill as its title suggests: Less stuff, more happiness. You can check out his TED video here.

I grew up in a house which  has a larger space than the house I now have with my husband. But it has never really occurred to me wanting a bigger one than what we have now. My reason has always been that a bigger house means more time is needed to maintain it, keep it clean as it could mean more stuff ending up there.

Personally, I prefer a house where I know where all my stuff is, one  I can just clean by myself. And I want everything in that house to have a clear purpose for being there. This means I do give away and throw away stuff that I think is just occupying space at home (for whatever reason, writing that line reminded me of the Scientific definition of matter: anything that occupies space and has weight).

Early on in our marriage, I sometimes earned the ire of my husband when he looked for some stuff and it’s no longer there as I had already “edited” it from our home, from our life (and for this I have learned through the years to ask him first 🙂 ).

Does having less things indeed mean more happiness? I think so. It also means more freedom to pursue these: relating with the family, investing in the lives of others in need outside our home and going after things which have an eternal significance.

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A Time to Write

The Write Away Writers Workshop was just a dream I shared several months ago to Ma’am Fe Jennifer B. Perez of People Dimension Training and Development Center. This month of May that dream became a reality 🙂

We ran the 8-day workshop at the Balanghai Hotel here in Butuan City. And I had the privilege of listening to young and brilliant minds as well as witness how they would push the pen across paper to write essays, news and feature stories, editorials and even sports stories after my lecture/teaching sessions.

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During the 1st day of the workshop. Photo credit: Fe Jennifer Perez

Some of my students with ages ranging from 8-14 years old were just taking their initial steps in improving and loving writing while some were already steps ahead in their passion for the word. My time with them took me back to the very early days when I began my own journey of writing as well, way back in my elementary and then high school years. And today, I felt privileged to have the opportunity to somehow even have a tiny part in their own journey with the written word.

I have told my students that they can send me their work and I would publish them here in my blog and some of them have done so. I thought that their writing needs to be seen and read beyond our workshop. Each week, expect me to feature their articles here in my blog 🙂

This week, I am featuring an article written by Jed Baugbog Dy of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. Jed is only 14 years old but you can see his eye for detail and his own way with words as he attempts to write a profile feature article of an athlete he has interviewed together with other workshop participants 🙂 Enjoy!


A Success that Started with a Kick

by Jed Baugbog Dy

“I kicked my brothers and sisters when I was young.” Love Dianne Tomacas Hingco, a Taekwondo athlete, jokingly said. Hingco is 20 years old, a yellow-belter, and currently taking up Special Education at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).

She started with boxing and kung fu before proceeding with Taekwondo at the age of 15. She has joined several Taekwondo competitions. She earned 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal in the division level. In the regional level, she had one gold medal. She’ll be having an upcoming tilt in the nationals.

“Taekwondo is more physical, expect that you’ll get hurt and knocked out,” Hingco explained. “Just play it safe and avoid getting hurt in the face,” she added. “On beating your own opponent, you need to trust and obey your coach. Do not stick with one pattern, be unpredictable.”

When facing failures, she said that you can always do it the next time, bigger preparations are a must in order to succeed.


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