“Sa ilog ang mundo’y tahimik,
ako’y nakikinig sa awit hangin…”

This song never fails to bring back the memories of younger days. It is one of the more popular songs during my teenage years and it’s popularity transcends even to television having a series named after the song. I will readily admit that I was once a follower of the show which had me hooked for quite sometime. I had a huge crush on Kaye Abad because of that show. I think that the show was a stepping stone for the careers of the young John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad, Baron Geisler, and the rest of the cast.

I was enjoying an afternoon drive to Baguio last week when the song played in the background. I felt giddy with the song. I think it also helped that I was enjoying the serene rural setting and the afternoon sun while traversing Tarlac. The view and the song brought me back to the days where life was a lot simpler when all I had to think about were where to eat and what subjects I need to seriously study on. My life was a lot different back then

“Sa twina’y kandungan nyo ang duyan,
Panaginip na walang katapusan…”

Looking back, those were the times when I was starting to work on my goals. It was then that I took the first step which eventually led to where I am right now. It was during those times that I woke up to the reality that I needed to be independent. I am quite lucky that my parents never sheltered me but took the bold step to teach me about responsibility and independence. The lessons helped me go through college.

Although I excelled in highschool, I also learned that excellence was not solely based on academic achievements alone. One’s success is largely dependent on how smart you are on the “streets” and not on books alone. You will have a higher chance of survival if you can put your brains to work when thrown to the streets. I learned that in college.

” Sa ilog and mundo’y may himig,
Di sana magpalit ang awit ng hangin…”

Those were also the times where I had somebody else worrying about my finances. Daily “baon”, tuition fees, dorm fees, school projects, school excursions, and not to mention some stuff that you would like to have always land on the feet of my parents to provide. I need not worry about the money and let my mom and dad worry about it. It is a lot different now with the roles reversed, this time with my own family. I have my own way of managing my finances and the only difference is that I have less mouths to feed and more resources to allot unlike my parents during those times. It makes me appreciate my parents more now that I am also a parent.

The reality is that the roles will reverse in the future so how we deal with our children now will determine how they will be in the future. What we teach them and their frustrations with us will set the pace on what kind of parents they will be. Hence, it is important that we teach the right values to our kids as this will be a reflection of us as parents.

“Ngiting kasama ng hangin,
luhang daloy ng tubig sa ilog na di naglilihim…”

That afternoon drive was definitely a relaxing trip for me despite of being on the road for almost 5 hours. It made me look back and realize a lot of things. Life is definitely complicated and that our parents have sheltered us until they can afford to so that we get to experience the best of what they can give. Our parents definitely wanted the best for us and they will always strive to provide us the best for us, even until now.

Life also has a mechanism to pay things forward. As we grow up to become adults, we are now faced with the challenge to be the same to our partners, children, and to the family. This way we can teach them what we have learned from our parents and what we have learned from our own experience.

In an hours time, I will be driving up to Baguio again. “Tabing Ilog” will be on top of my playlist tonight. I don’t know whether it would give me another realization or whether another song will. In the end, we should let our life flow like a river and experience the rocks and curves of life.

“…sa ilog…”

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RAVE: I just saw a video of the song “Jump In” by Jessica Sanchez and Apl.de.ap and I find the song really nice. I tried to look for it in iTunes but I think it is not yet available. Great to see Filipino artists shine in the international scene.

Rant: Once again, NAIA Terminal 1 lands us in the international spotlight after being tagged as Asia’s Worst Airport despite efforts to improve the facility. The government again injects that it is taking all efforts to improve the facility. I guess the efforts are just taking too long.

Rave: A lot of infrastructure projects are on its way. These are the times where we can actually see government in action. Sana laging may election every year.

Rant: The election fever is on and we can now see a lot of family ties getting into the picture. Just like the rich business owners here in the country, Philippine politics is also a family affair now.

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