20 song lines that have stayed with me in 2013

I had a banner year for music in 2013. I’ve put a lot of tracks on repeat. Most of the artists I grew up with came back strong. And rock music, my genre, is returning stronger than ever.

Because of the banner year, LSS has never been this strong. So as the year draws to a close, allow me to present the 20 song lines that have stayed with me throughout 2013.

20. Maybe not this time, but I’ll find you again. (Emin, In Another Life)

19. I just wanna sing a li’l chill song, get my groove on. (Keith Urban, A Little Bit of Everything)

18. I wanna go back to the way we used to be. (Six-Part Invention, Time Machine)

17. You never know until you let go. (Usher, Numb)

16. But you stood by my side night after night. (Celine Dion, Loved Me Back To Life)

15. Di ba’t ikaw nga yung reyna at ako ang iyong hari? (Sam Concepcion & Tippy dos Santos, Dati)

14. I dive into frozen waves when the past comes back to life. (Zedd feat. Foxes, Clarity)

13. I don’t wanna be left behind. Distance was a friend of mine. (Kelly Clarkson, Catch My Breath)

12. Today’s all about me. (Alanis Morissette, Receive)

11. One day things will turn out as planned. (Noah and the Whale, There Will Come A Time)

10. I won’t make it to the shore without your light. (Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie, This Is What It Feels Like)

9. Kaya ako’y lilipad patungo sa Iyong liwanag. (Pathway, Tinig)

8. Take the weakest thing in you and then beat the bastards with it. (Stars, Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It)


7. Kung wala ka pang mali, wala ka pang nagagawa. (Loonie feat. Quest, Tao Lang)

6. This is a portrait of a tortured you and I. (30 Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air)

5. Sana’y di pa huli, sana’y may oras pang nalalabi sa atin. (Jensen Gomez, Umpisa)

4. But it’s all that we want and it’s all that we’re fighting for. (Within Temptation feat. Tarja Turunen, Paradise)

3. I’m no angel, I’m just me, but I will love you endlessly. (The Cab, Endlessly)


2. I can’t go back to who I was; this is my time to break away. (Daiki Kasho, All My Life)

1. I hit my knees, but here I stand. (Rascal Flatts, Changed)

I took a Big5 personality test and here are my results.

Neuroticism: 48

You are generally calm, although some situations can make you feel anxious or tense. You feel enraged when things do not go your way. You are sensitive about being treated fairly and feel resentful and bitter if you think you are being cheated. Mostly your emotions are on an even keel and you do not get depressed easily. You do not feel nervous in social situations, and have a good impression of what others think of you. You feel strong cravings and urges that you have difficulty resisting. You tend to prefer short-term pleasures and rewards over long-term consequences. You are poised, confident, and clear-thinking when stressed.

Extraversion: 100

You genuinely like other people and openly demonstrate positive feelings toward others. You make friends quickly and it is easy for you to form close, intimate relationships. You find the company of others pleasantly stimulating and rewarding, and you enjoy the excitement that crowds provide. You like to speak out, take charge, and direct the activities of others. You are usually the leader in group activities. You lead a fast-paced and busy life. You move about quickly, energetically, and vigorously and are involved in many activities. You love bright lights and hustle and bustle. You are likely to take risks and seek thrills. You experience a range of positive feelings, including happiness, enthusiasm, optimism, and joy.

Openness to Experience: 99

Often you find the real world is too plain and ordinary for your liking, and you use fantasy as a way of creating a richer, more interesting world for yourself. You love beauty, both in art and in nature. Sometimes you become easily involved and absorbed in artistic and natural events. You have good access to and awareness of your own feelings. You are eager to try new activities, travel to foreign lands, and experience different things. You find familiarity and routine boring, and will take a new route home just because it is different. As a person who is open-minded to new and unusual ideas, you love to play with and think about ideas. You also like to debate intellectual issues and often enjoy riddles, puzzles and brain teasers. Often you exhibit a readiness to challenge authority, convention, and traditional values. Sometimes you feel a certain degree of hostility toward rules and perhaps even enjoy ambiguity.

Agreeableness: 60

You mostly assume that people are honest and fair, however you are wary and hold back from trusting people completely. You see no need for pretence or manipulation when dealing with others and are therefore candid, frank and sincere. People find it relatively easy to relate to you. You find helping other people genuinely rewarding and are generally willing to assist those who are in need. You find that doing things for others is a form of self-fulfilment rather than self-sacrifice. You are not adverse to confrontation and will sometimes even intimidate others to get your own way. You feel superior to those around you and sometimes tend to be seen as arrogant by other people. You are tender hearted and compassionate, feeling the pain of others vicariously and are easily moved to pity.

Conscientiousness: 56

You believe that you have the intelligence, common sense, drive, and self-control necessary for achieving success. In general you tend to be disorganized and scattered. You find contracts, rules, and regulations overly confining and are sometimes seen as unreliable or even irresponsible by others. You strive hard to achieve excellence. Your drive to be recognized as successful keeps you on track toward your lofty goals. You often have a strong sense of direction in life, but may sometimes be too single-minded and obsessed with your work. You have strong will-power and are able to overcome your reluctance to begin tasks. You are able to stay on track despite distractions. You are not an overly cautious person. You will think about alternatives and consequences but make up your mind fairly quickly.

My strengths and weaknesses:

Who I am most similar with


Where You Are

This story, which I wrote back in 2010, was inspired by the song “Where You Are”written by Julius Guevara and Mark Lopez and sung by Hangad Music Ministry (lifted from their album “Pasko Naming Hangad”), and in part by the events that took place in the life of a good friend of mine.




Shivering in cold, Brian tearfully entered the hollow halls of that white stucco house. It has been years since he last saw that house, a house full of childhood memories that was suddenly turned into sorrow, grief, and anger. As he entered the dining room, those dark images of three years ago continue to haunt him. The cold December air felt even colder inside the house. No Christmas lights, no Christmas tree, no one to share the warmth and joy of the Christmas season.


Failing to brave the sorrows, Bryan turned back and went outside for a walk. Tears started to run down his cheeks. Outside, he can see children playing, smiles painted across their faces. Families walking together. Beautiful voices singing carols straining through the night.


Bryan reached the town plaza and sat on one of the benches. He looked up and saw the multitude of stars. However, a certain star shining very brightly caught his attention. It is giving a strong beam of light that seems to be illuminating something. Bryan’s gaze became fixed that he was already oblivious to the surroundings. Until…


“Why don’t you follow that star?” said a voice.


Bryan looked around but so no one. Again he gazed at the star, then heard the same voice.


“Follow it. It will guide you.”


Without further ado, Bryan got up the bench, raced back home, locked the old stucco house, got into his car and drove to the direction of the star. The drive was seemingly endless, but he was determined to see what that star was all about. He drove and drove until…


He reached the home of his best friend Gino. Gino earlier invited Bryan to their home for Noche Buena but he turned it down.


The light of the star was pointing to the Belen at Gino’s yard. As Gino let him in, Bryan went straight to the Belen. The image of the Christ Child at the center seemed to be smiling at him.


With more tears welling up his eyes, he said to himself, “I was lost deep in the night, but Your bright star led me to where You are, to where I am supposed to be. I lost my family, but You led me to a new one.”




Sometimes we are fixated in looking for the superficial things that would most complete us. But as we commemorate the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, let us remember that back then in that first Christmas, the Bright Star led the three Wise Men to where Jesus is. Let us find our own stars of Bethlehem and let the light of Christ’s love lead us to where He is.