Alfred: Let’s Talk


Are you up for a small talk? I know you’re about to sleep but can we just talk?

Remember the time you passed your math exam? Me? I only remember sermons from mom while dad’s message is “keep going”. I can only remember how badly disappointed my mom is that I am the only child left they can be proud of, but they failed.

I wish you’re here.

Maybe that’s why I got all my focus on with playing basketball.

Oh by the way, My name is Alfred. I’m.. Yes, the one who always wear varsity jackets with the rest of the dudes.

All I wanted is to make my parents proud. I studied well and got other subjects in 90s, i did my best but not everyone gets everything, right? I am not perfect and even if i wanted to for my parents, I cannot be you like you, sis!

Back to my story. I tried my best to make them proud in a different way, I’m the school’s MVP! I’m my teacher’s favorite. My friend’s could testify how good I am as a friend and a brother but my parents didn’t showed up in any school invites. My mom even told me to stay away from my friends because they always invite me to different gatherings.

After graduation, I focused on my work. I strived hard to become a better employee. I was even promoted as a
manager at a local coffee shop.. Oh, do you know set? Anyway, all these good news and stories were only shared between my friends and co workers. I think my parents is too busy for that. It’s just a minor promotion.

Sometimes i wonder, if I’ll have my family in the future, can I ever change that? Because I don’t want my son to hide any success he will have. I want to be there throughout his journey. I want to be proud of him in any small or big victories. I want to be the father who will remind him that it’s okay to fail sometimes.

How about you?
What’s your story?
I wish you can tell everything to mom and dad too. Well, if not, try talking to them. It’s not that I gave up already, it’s just that..

Just don’t lose hope.
I know Papa God will be there for you just in case the world can’t.

Thank you for listening sis! 🙂
*hangs down the phone*
Ree Bringuelo


SET: Do it with all your heart


Have you ever quit in your life? Were there instances you get so tired in your job, your relationship, your dreams that you just wanted to take a moment to feel how it is to love what you do again?

Well, here’s my story. My name is Set. People like my name because it’s simple and easy to remember. I work as a barista. I don’t have any complain about my job. It’s as easy as my name, maybe because I felt I was born to give a dose of energy for those who loves coffee. I also felt I have this smile that makes people feel that the world is still a better place. Well, charm doesn’t work all the time but I never gave up. They say I’m good with what I do. I am not a pro in everything at the coffee shop but I’m proud with everything I brew.

Just like what I told you awhile ago, charm doesn’t work all the time just like luck. I meet people who doesn’t like my coffee, people who’s not a fan on how many minutes I make their cup. Some people I fail when I try to smile at them when all they had was a rough day. There were instances too that I accidentally threw the hot chocolate or cold frappes on their table.. Worst on their dress. There were times I’m called at the brown-door-white-room to see my supervisor for the wrong judgements of my customers.

So one day, i went out to search for my soul. To find meaning in what I do. Well, God didn’t failed me because I realized that I can do much more. I can write. I can inspire people. I can lit someone’s life by writing a book. I felt motivated until one day I felt drained. How? I felt drained because of the imaginary person people expected me to be. The one who makes good coffees. The one who inspires them, the one who see the world as sunny and gloomy. I got pretty inspired with my story too but there came to a point that I forget to pause in between.

Now, I’m losing my shine. I’m losing it because I always think that I can save the world while saving mine. I only think about making good coffee to sustain my physical needs. I only write to make others feel blessed and hopeful. I forgot to do everything for myself anymore. I forgot how to be I am again.

So, to those who feel that their losing their shine I feel you.
To those who pray for better days, i am one with you.
To those who wanted to feel alive again before they put all the pieces all together, it’s okay I’m also doing it.

It’s okay even people don’t understand why you wanted to have a pause in your life and give up a little.

But I hope you don’t lose that little hope in you that your time will come and you’ll bring out that shine again.

Ree Bringuelo