Our Native Tongue

Last week I started trying to write in our own dialect. I usually write in English language even if my grammar isn’t flawless. Let’s just say I’m quite used to it. Our country is surrounded by gazillion of foreign influences and there’s nowhere to go without them (nothing that I’m aware of) and there’s nothing else that we can do but to absorb and accept whatever our environment offers us. At the end of the day, we need to fit in to survive in this country that’s use to adapting what’s out there.

Filipinos are excellent in learning different cultures and adapting to them and later on, submerging in those cultures because, hey, that’s where we get an edge apart from anyone else, right? Media and our economy pushes us to be excellent especially in English language (and apparently masters of American culture) if we want to be on top of the game. Let’s say I am one of those people who have taken advantaged of knowing a bit about American pop cultures, etc.

I can say that I’ve succeeded in getting jobs and being able to relate with foreigners because of my knowledge of English language (again my grammar is not flawless and I hope people reading my stuff can understand what I mean and what I’m talking about), but there’s a part of me who wishes to go back to our native tongue and enjoy it’s beauty.

So, I started writing a story in Filipino. Surprise, surprise! It feels awkward but I’m enjoying every moment I’m writing in our native tongue. Writing in Filipino gives me chills and it’s scary, but it’s a good feeling. Yep! I know my adjectives are a bit contradicting right now, but it really feels that way.

Anyway, this is the Book 1 of my 1st ever story written in Filipino.


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Don’t worry. My works in Wattpad are not going to be plainly in Filipino. I will also write stories in English later on, but my priority as of now is to write in Filipino.

Oh, well!

That’s all for now, folks!

Create Something Every Day Challenge: Day 1

I came across Kara Gott Warner’s webpage somewhere in Google+ earlier today. What attracted me to her website is her 7-day challenge for journal writers. Why was I attracted? Plainly because it’s a challenge and it looks exciting! I don’t know about you guys, but I am so into challenges because that’s my nature. I am very competitive at some point – not towards others but towards myself, most of the time – so I decided to take part on it.

This is the challenge for Day 1:

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Basically it’s telling the participants to start somewhere to have REAL RESULTS. It’s directly asking what is the “why” behind joining the challenge and what do the participants want to achieve by the end of 7 days.

I gave her question some thought and realized that the compelling reason why I wanted to join this is because, again, I LOVE CHALLENGES. I thought that joining this challenge will help me establish a certain writing pattern, or a habit, that will compel me to write each and every single day.

I’ve been writing blogs a few years back, but I stopped repeatedly, basically because I wasn’t fully committed to what I was doing. True, I love writing and reading, HOWEVER, do I have the compelling reason to write everyday? I don’t have one before, because if I did, I don’t think I could have stopped. I shouldn’t have stopped writing in the first place. Now is the right time for me to do again what I love, which is writing, and it’s time for me to create that habit again.

How will I keep that fire burning to produce worthwhile articles? I don’t know. But if I won’t start creating that habit now, when? If I won’t start sharing a piece of me to the world now, when? When will I start doing this? I just wanted to start writing without thinking about what topics I would write in the future, because damn, it will only give me a huge piece of blank sheet, and I think that’s the scary part in being a writer; not having anything to write about AT ALL. It feels like a dead end, and it’s no good.

I have a few topics in mind that I would love to write about, but the 7-day challenge will keep me on tract on what I wanted to do and what I wanted to achieve. I know there’s a gap somewhere that needs to be filled in, and I’ll do anything to fill in that gap.

For those who wanted to write something but can’t find a good topic to write about, this challenge is a good start. I’m telling you, it is a good start. One question can spark a lot of ideas that are worth writing, so you better start TODAY. Don’t wait for the perfect time to write because there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’, but there is such a thing as the ‘right’ time and the right time is NOW!

For starters, hope this one help. And to Kara, thanks for the inspiration. Cheers!

With love and respect,

Ms. Rai