“There is no such thing as a frustrated writer!”

Below is the full text of the speech I made when I became a guest speaker at a writing event in SM City Clark, Angeles City, Philippines on August 27, 2011.

I once met a writer during an event in Manila. She was writing for four different magazines, in as many different topics.

I started a conversation with her, asking her how she started writing for those magazines. I was trying to get as much information as I can about the profession.  During the course of our conversation, I told her, “You know, I am a frustrated writer.” What she replied to me was something that would be ringing in my consciousness for the years to come.

She said to me, “That’s nonsense! There is no such thing as a frustrated writer!

Unfortunately, she was not able to elaborate on that, because she was called and our conversation was cut short.
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Too Late to Bloom?


Too late to bloom? 
This is the full text of my Icebreaker, my first speech in City of Angeles Toastmasters Club.


Table TopicI used to be married, but now I am just in a long distance relationship with my wife in heaven.

To say that I was devastated when my wife left us on Valentine’s Day of 2008 might be an understatement. The thought of continuing my life without the only person who believed in me seemed so hard to do.

But I really did not have time to sulk and cry because I have 3 kids left with me and I promised my wife I will take care of them, especially my daughter, Angel. I had no choice, I had to take the role of both a mother and a father to them.

I was not a perfect father, so I was asking myself, “If I cannot even be a good father to my kids, what made me think I can be a good mother to them?” But as it was laid on my plate, I had to accept it. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

It was at this time that I rekindled my love for writing.

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