An Open Letter to Ms. Philippines Maxine Medina

It must have been tough in your shoe. The road you took was paved with good intention—to give your representation the best you could… and you did, remember that. Your top 6 finish in Ms. Universe 2016 is not all of us can do in our lifetime.

Maxine Medina in Ms. Universe 2016 Preliminary Gown Competition
Photo Credits to Owner

I was there in the front row. Together with my kin, my eyes were glued to the 24-inch screen in our tiny living room miles away from cheering crowd and the glamorous stage where you fought with a beautiful smile, remarkable grace, and queen-like stature.

The crowd was not always cheering you on, I know. Some were ruthless in the light of their own utopian perfection, let them be. People will throw could-haves with bitter side comments, let them be. They may rant on and on with how they were disappointed, let them be.

Perhaps you know this better than I do, the world can be so tough it will try to rip you off your kindness and rob your smile, don’t let it. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Ms. Philippines Maxine Medina”

I am Chicken Adobo

The Cook will need to use heat for this dish like a Blacksmith for a sword and a Potter for a jar.
photo credit: Dan Goldberg, Easy Chicken Adobo


4-5 lbs. overweight- but-trying-to-trim-down chicken thigh

1/2 cup white vinegar of sanctification for a Christian-in-progress is aiming high

1/2 cup soy sauce of a dark past, revealed, conquered, now seasoned to taste

4 cloves garlic, crushed for the essence, greatness needs tender crushing of the self, don’t haste

1 tsp. black peppercorns of adventure to season and spice, makes life exciting and humbling with an earthy aroma

3 bay leaves like wrong turns, pungent and bitter but with fragrance like no other

Directions  Continue reading “I am Chicken Adobo”