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Monday, January 23, 2012

I Wish to Make Music

I wish to make music
And let that tiny hum
Blossom into a
Beautiful melody.

I wish to let out a voice
That speaks of my innermost
Desires and affections
Through notes and beats.

I wish to free trapped emotions,
Release them with great power,
Passionate and intense,
As though on a crescendo.

So let me make music,
That I may fade
And surrender to this ensemble,
Producing one great harmony.

-Katherine Lopez
23 January 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012


I've been barefaced for three weeks, except on Christmas Day, when I dabbed some powder on my face, put on mascara and eyeliner, and filled my brows. But the rest of the days were cosmetic-free, because I had lesions on my face caused by a viral infection. The doctor said I got that virus from other people.

The infection had been gone two weeks ago, but it left my face super dry as though you're touching a fine sandpaper. The doctor said it was because of the cold weather, so she prescribed a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and ointment to keep my face from itching.

On the days when my face had not yet returned to its normal state, I didn't put on makeup, not even pressed powder. When I went back to work last Monday, I did so with a shiny face. Seeing my bare face in the mirror made me miss my made up face, but I realized having a bare face once in a while can be liberating. We are not required by company rules to put on makeup all the time, but since our fields involves meeting and interviewing a lot of people, it pays to be presentable. Last Monday was the first time I went to the work with nothing but moisturizer on my face, and it felt good. Nobody said I looked bad. And that's what I call real beauty hahaha!

This afternoon, I went to my dermatologist for my follow-up checkup. She said my face already looks good. She just prescribed the same moisturizer, another cleanser for maintenance (which I will buy when I use up the entire bottle of gentle cleanser), and a hypo-allergenic pressed powder. This served as a reminder for me to be careful with what I put on my face, especially now that it has become extra-sensitive. And that I don't need to put much, because hey, why would I want to cover up good, healthy skin, right? :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012


They say that the world's ending
In the twelfth month of this year.
But why bother believing
And drown yourself in fear.

You have 366 days
To do all sorts of things,
Like travel to places
And soar like you have wings.

It's another year, another chance
To let go of the past,
And wake up smiling, waving
To build ties that last.

They say it's out with the old
And in with the new.
So now, look at the mirror,
And embrace a happier you.

-Katherine Lopez
01 January 2012