10 Ways To Spot Unconditional Love

"The King Needs a Son" opening number of the musical SIDDHARTHA.
"The King Needs a Son" opening number of the musical SIDDHARTHA.

Trailer of the Musical made in Taiwan

Director's Note

We are currently making "history" by performing the musical SIDDHARTHA, a Musical Journey to Enlightenment. What makes it "historic"?

First, it's a musical about Buddha written in English by a Catholic playwright who also incidentally, composed majority of the songs based on the poetry of Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder and head of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order in Taiwan.

Second, the cast and crew of 75 are all Catholics from Cebu, Philippines, a country known as the only Christian nation in Asia and the producers of the road tour are Buddhists from Taiwan under the Buddhist Light Intl. Association (BLIA), the Intl. Buddhist Progress Society, Fo Guang Shan University and Fo Guang Shan Monastery.

Third, it was the first time an English version of a play about Buddha was performed in the predominantly non-English speaking country of Taiwan.

Fourth, after the successful road tour performance in Taipei and Kaoshiung, there are plans to bring the troupe to other countries in Asia, Europe, and USA.

Fifth and most important one, amidst the differences in culture, race and religion, tradtions and belief, overflowing love, respect, honor, gratitude, generosity and joy was experienced by all involved in the project including its audience. The undeniable evidence of the power of compassion born out of unconditional love!

This amazing experience has inspired me to write a hub that pays tribute to all involved in this reality. It also serves as an inspirational article and testimony of how abundance follows those who are grateful.

I love this photo with Pu Men Temple's Head Abbess Ven. Master Yung Guang. It captures the tender embrace of two faiths (Buddhists & Catholics) taken by Erwin Go right after our last performance in Taiwan.
I love this photo with Pu Men Temple's Head Abbess Ven. Master Yung Guang. It captures the tender embrace of two faiths (Buddhists & Catholics) taken by Erwin Go right after our last performance in Taiwan.


1]...when religion becomes a bridge instead of a wall

2]...when one willingly takes the risk of facing persecution in order to serve those in need

3]...when one chooses to respond in compassion amidst an unpleasant condition

Hubpages Link

Excerpts of the musical. Michelle Simtoco's Hub

How to Create a Better Life. My Hub on CREATIVITY in daily life

Theater Therapy 101. My Hub on how you can use THEATER as your own therapy ground

How Hubpages Becomes a Healing Ground. My Hub which speaks of the healing that can take place in this community if one so chooses

Bridges that last are those not built by man. This is exactly the bridge built by the SIDDHARTHA musical. Instead of looking at the differences between our faiths, we chose to respect and honor them. We chose to see the similarities, the universal truths we shared, found amusement with our peculiar differences and appreciated the diversity of interpretations of lessons learned along the way.

It would be futile to break this bridge for such has its foundation on the essence of compassion in perfect love. Its resiliency is therefore, perfect.

Here's an account of a "controversial" scenario which illustrates the three points above.

Before leaving for Taipei some of our performers faced unpleasant experiences from their church members. They were accused of giving more priority to a project propagating Buddhism instead of evangelizing the word of God. Our performers could not help but be saddened by this situation for we treated the project as one way we could put into practice the teachings of loving without limits...loving without bounderies.

One night before the second day of performance in Taipei, these same actors prayed that they could find a chance to go to church the next day because it was a Sunday. Since we still had two shows that day it seemed impossible. But lo and behold! The matinee show had for its audience thousands of people -- including two priests who happen to be good friends of the Buddhist nuns.

Fast forward. Thus, the venerable masters (after having been informed by, yours truly, about the struggle of some performers) allowed a mass to be held for the cast and crew in the very place of performance 3 hours before the gala show. But that doesn't cover the whole story.

I learned later that there were people who wondered why a Catholic mass was being conducted in the venue. Since it was difficult to explain the need to give moral and spiritual support to the very performers who were retelling Buddha's enlightenment, these nuns made a gesture to assure other members that it was okay --- they sat with the cast in the middle of the mass. What a powerful message of loving beyond rituals.

4] ....when the difference in culture and tradition produces unity and oneness

5]....when equality is measured not by worldly standards but by a divine one

6]...when all similarities are celebrated and differences are respected

Do allow me to present this in a more humorous manner. In this portion WE would mean the Filipino Catholic cast and crew and THEY would mean the Buddhist monks, nuns, disciples, Taiwanese hair & make-up team and sets and props team.

WE speak Cebuano, Tagalog and English. THEY speak Fukien, Amoy, Mandarin and a bit of English. BOTH found joy in being skilled at communicating effectively in pantomime manner blurting out nouns, verbs and adjectives when necessary and it was ---- mind blowing! Laughter, usually, permeates the act.

WE tend to be "loud" with voices and movements attuned for stage.THEY tend to be soft spoken and gentle attuned to the solemnity of the temple. BOTH learned each other's ways by sharing the silence during meditation and enjoying the invigorating effect of animated expression during fun times.

WE feel fully and express totally. THEY keep their feelings in their smiles. BOTH developed the unique combination of showing affection away from the public's eye. It begins with the traditional bowing with hands in prayer position, a serene smile plastered on the lips gently uttering "Amituofo" followed by the outburst of endearing shrieks to end with a body choking hug. And oh, some tears, make their way to the scene.

WE easily get embarrassed when much attention is given us and feel undeserving of such. THEY shower attention generously because they see our humility and sincerity in hard work. BOTH found valuable lessons in this amusing state. That, receiving attention is actually recognition of one's value and importance and must be accepted with gratitude to set the stage for good karma to flow.

7]....when truth becomes the language for deeper understanding

8]....when humility reigns above the popularity gained

The musical conquered the language barrier with one perfect tool --- TRUTH. It was amazing to find out that though there were LCD screens with Mandarin subtitles in them, the audience was more focused on the action and drama taking place on stage and referred to the screen only for clarification. It seemed most of those watching were transfixed by real emotions being thrown by the actors and understood the scenes better through this truth which even drew many to tears during painful or triumphant scenes.

I had to share this comment to the performers during a company call and told them how proud I was that they finally reached the point of no longer simply "acting" the songs and dialogues but actually living the truth of the scene in every act. Passionate as they were, they too shed tears in the acknowledgement of this truth.

I explained further that the one reason they achieved a deeper level of truth in acting was the fact that we were recipients of the practice of the 8-fold noble path of right thought, right understanding, right speech, right action, right effort, right livelihood, right mindfulness, right concentration. As the Buddhists carried out this practice in the way they were taking care of us, we felt the love and concern and found deeper understanding of their philosophy; thus making the songs and dances more meaningful for us in a more personal level.

After all, the underlying truth behind the 8-fold noble path was Siddhartha's love for mankind that he relinquished his princely life to find the way of ending suffering in this world just as Jesus Christ did. These two powerful figures in history were motivated by perfect love.

This lesson, could well be, an example of the power of truth defying boundaries of belief systems.

9]...when gratitude pervades amidst a seemingly unpleasant case

10]...when perfection is seen in the imperfection of things

It happened in our gratitude performance scheduled a week after we arrived from Taiwan. It was significant for us because it served as a way for BLIA Cebu Chapter to celebrate Buddha's birthday. This also happened to be the closing show of the first road tour with 18 performances in 5 venues, two countries, in 4 cities in Asia. Whew!

The opening grand production number started not as energetic as we would have wanted since the cast could hardly hear the sound monitors from their end but they gave their all anyway, using the condition as a motivation. Seated at the audio and lighting control area behind the audience I could sense the singers could not hear themselves clearly and thus, gave instructions to adjust the monitors. And then it happened.

The music stopped and so did the microphones but without missing a beat the cast went on dancing and singing anyway. Seconds flew by fast and the audio team still could not figure out what was wrong. I knew I had to make a decision then. I walked toward the front of the stage and even when they saw me the performers never stopped not until they heard me say....AND CUT! I couldn't believe I was saying these words in a show! And as I turned toward the full packed theater I was amazed at how calm I was. I smiled at the audience and said something that I could not recall, except that after my first statement the audience began to applaud. I went on to explain that if we continued without the music then they would not be able to experience the full impact of the play.

Then I remember saying something like...." this is exactly the kind of situation these performers were trained to do...if you noticed they never stopped even if the sound equipment did''. They applauded again. Inspired by the kindness of the audience and buying for time for the audio team to fix the problem, I moved on to say things like in situations beyond our control Buddha and Jesus have taught us never to give up, to go on anyway and give our best knowing that what we do will benefit many. And as if on cue...the audio equipment functioned again.

With that, I gave instructions for the cast to prepare and in theatrical flair announced the resumption of the play. A thunderous applause followed suit.

What made an imperfect situation perfect? It brought out the best in everyone....from the backstage people, the performers, the producers and even the audience. We all experienced the power of understanding, support, forgiveness, appreciation, gratitude and love.

Ask anyone directly involved with the production and they will tell you ---"that was the best performance ever"! ...for the time being, at least.

Daisy Ba-ad

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Direct Daisy, thank you for being our mentor in this musical. Indeed there were so many lessons we got from being part of this play and among them was experiencing unconditional love in more ways than one. I am most esp. awed at how the Buddhists and the Catholics were able to work hand in hand, despite our differences. But love crossed the boundaries and that was the "magic" of it all. :)

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jezzbb 8 years ago from Philippines

It's really amazing how unconditional love can break the barrier of different religious beliefs. Without it, the project would not have reached its astounding success. Congratulations to your success and on your being a part of bringing two worlds together. Hopefully many will grasp the wisdom of it..

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you ripplemaker for always being there behind me during moments of crucial decision making. Your wisdom in the ways of boundless love have made a big difference in the way I respond to events in my professional and personal life. Thank you for mentoring me in my spiritual journey and....in hubpages..hahaha

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello bro jezz, i totally agree with that -- it's unconditional love that brings all the abundance of joy, peace, unity and beauty to the project. thanks for all your support.

Andrea 8 years ago

Thank you for coming to Taiwan and played such a wonderful performance. The cast and crew brought so much happiness and joy to the people here. All my relatives and friends enjoyed very much the play!!! One of my friends after watching the play thanked me for having invited her, because she hadn't had a good week, but the performance inspered her a lot and shone her life. I think this is unconditional love... You guys, are really really great!!!! Love you all~ ^_^

Jeff 8 years ago

A very big Thank You! to you ms Daisy and sis Michelle for the whole experience. I never imagined I would have dance and sing in my entire life, much more in front of thousands of people. I can't express in words how much I have learned from the play and how I started to love and enjoy theatre arts, especially musicals. A lot has changed for the better in my life during and after the musical and I owe it all to you. The musical paved a way out of my shell. Thank you for being our guide, out mentor and our family.

Till we meet again.

Antoinette 8 years ago

I couldn't help but shed my tears as I was reading this hub and recall the people and the experiences that have nurtured me. To recall, it was on May 20, 2007 when I wrote down in my diary and begun to understand the words: fear, conquer, believe, chance and unconditional love... GOD sends people who becomes the instrument of truth in one's life and it is very obvious in this page. After the 17th show which was held at SM Cinema1, I recieved plenty of text messages, calls and emails of greetings and compliments from known and unknown viewers. But with all the messages they have expressed, what strucked me most was when a friend, who was a non-stage-performing woman, said that the best part for her was when the music stopped. Then I asked her why and she answered, "it's because the truth was revealed". She actually meant that she was amazed that the voices coming out from the music was real because she thought it was all dubbed, but then she added that she felt eerie and got goosebumps when the stopping-part occured, and didn't know why she clapped her hands hard when direct Daisy told, "AND CUT!". For me, the truth she meant was not exactly because of what she thought, but because of the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE she felt from the performers... The casts were told from the very start to always go on, no matter what happens and to always believe in the truth and so there it was, done and proven. I myself was there while the music stopped. I was performing, singing with all my life while listening to the crystal clear silence of the audience, and teary-eyed while feeling extreme LOVE and JOY..... Behind the closing red curtains just right after the incident, we were all speechless and we all dropped a tear while feeling deep LOVE and JOY...... Thanks to the two ladies who were constantly guiding us, sharing and transmitting their UNCONDITIONAL LOVE to all the casts through directing and healing.... Because of them we have grown into a much mature people than we have ever imagined. Also we are very thankful for the Buddhists monks and members who showed an overflowing generosity and compassion towards us. They made us feel that we are wanted and special and that gave us the confidence to share our passion and LOVE in music and in life. Most of all, we thank HIM for bringing all the members of the musical team together. We all wondered what the purpose was for gathering such unique individuals into this musical project and even though there were two religions working together. Well, the purpose and meaning of it all is... LOVE!

B E N J I E 8 years ago

i couldnt agree more. the whole experience was overflowing with love even from our first show at watefront. i grew up not just being an actor/ performer but as a person. i believe that there's no such thing as accident but it all happen for a reason, and im so honor to be part of the whole experience.

right now, im always dreaming that it will be sem break or summer vacation again so that WE will have the chance to work again in spreading to the whole world the real meaning of LOVE.

i couldnt thank you enough miss daisy for believing in me and of course for supporting me. So as long as Buddha and Jesus will allow, I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR PRINCE SIDDHARTHA where and whatever stage in life we will be performing.!!! omitofu.......

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Patience Virtue 8 years ago from All Over

Wow! This is the most beautiful thing I've read in a long while! This kind of love and acceptance is, without a doubt, something that needs to be spread to the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello Andrea! Great to hear from you and what your friend experienced. It's the kind of thing that inspires us all the more to do good. We will forever be grateful for loving us the way you all did. Please send our love to everyone in Taiwan.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello Jeff, Tonette (Priness Yasodhara) and Benjie. It's amazing to know how much you've grown. We rarely had the chance to know your deepest learning because of the tight schedules. We're just glad you took the chance to share your thoughts here. Thank you too for being open enough to learn. Mind you, we have learned much from you too. Move on and spread love wherever you are.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello patience virtue...your hubname brings a lot of good energy and so does your comment. It affirms our personal mission of sharing the power of boundless love that heals. Again my gratitude.

Marc Bolongon 8 years ago

Love, unity, being positive and being grateful are just some of the lessons that Miss Daisy taught us! Yet, i could carry on these lessons when i grow up and would even pass these lessons to my children and grandchildren in the future! These lessons made me rich. Being rich in experience and love.

I am proud to say that when i will look back at our experiences, i will still shed tears. Shedding tears not merely because we may part ways in the future but the experiences that we had made me happy and was very fruitful to me.

We must be positive! We must not only look at the dark side but we must learn how to look at the brighter side of life. As what Miss Daisy told us " If you learn how to focus on the positive side of life and always be grateful on the things that will come your way, every blessings and graces will pour your way!

I also learned similar things from the dvd that a friend of mine gave me. It was called THE SECRET. One lesson that i also learned from the inspirational excerpts is BEING POSITIVE. Think positive and everything in this world conspires and attracts you!

johannah lavajo 8 years ago

Ms Daisy

Thank you so much for everything that you have shared as a director, a mentor and a friend. I can still remember how it was when I joined my first theater workshop in high school, it was truly a great experience as it was facilitated by you... then 5yrs later, I never thought that I could work with you in GOD IN MOTION the musicale. It will always be very special as it was a great start for all of us! And in 2007, after 6 long years through Buddhas Light International Association--- it was like a GOD IN MOTION reunion! Quite a number of the cast and crew are from the GIM musicale! hehehe

My Siddhartha experience can be best described as LOVE! THIS is exactly what I have been embracing for one year... just LOVE! Theater arts as my first love, coupled with beautiful cast and crew ---- Siddhartha A Musical Journey to Enlightenment is a GREAT BLESSING! I had some struggles on this production: my work, my family, my sleep (3 to 4 hrs of sleep only in a day for almost a yr!) -- But still I experienced so much of life and love!

I can’t help but share some thoughts about the BEST PERFORMANCE in SM --- when the music stopped, it was us the "royalties" who did our routine! It was really scary but because LOVE and TRUTH were all in our hearts, it was like MAGIC! All of us (including the production people on the stage wings) sang and danced with so much love, it was like an offering of something special from our very own hearts! For me, that was a good way to summarize everything that we have learned and experienced! I’m just amazed of how we all have grown as artists and individuals.

It all boils down to LOVE… it is so powerful that it has brought us all here! Celebrating friendship, theater arts and LIFE!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello March & Johanna (Princess Yasodhara 2). Hahaha there is much joy when we read your insights on the experience. We are honored to have been part of your pwersonal and professional growth. We look forward to continue learning with you in the 2nd road tour!

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VegaLove 8 years ago from Austin, TX

This was a beautiful hub! I hope you are all coming to the states! As a practicing Nichiren Buddhist (Mahayana), I was wondering which sutra did y'all use to describe the Buddha's enlightenment in this play? It sounds amazing, I look forward to seeing you on stage ANYWHERE in the U.S!

erwin 8 years ago

From the response of the people and casts here, I am very happy to see all the positive things that have come out of this play.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello Vegalove...oh we would love to see you when we do get to the u.s. Will give you an update as soon as we get word. As to which sutra was used, let me get back to you on that. I'll have to ask a ven. master from Fo Guang Shan order to confirm. Thanks for the compliment.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hi erwin, thanks for the link in this hub. your support has always been unwavering and your photos are exceptional for they capture the drama of the moment. will email you soon about our other project. take care

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

dayzee, really enjoyed this hub. I love it when communities (of all kinds) come together to do something wonderful. It gives me hope. And how great for you to be able to tell an audience about it. Otherwise I most likely would never have known. Thank you.

Also, if you're interested, I found a video preview about this musical on YouTube (There's just about everything there!). if you'd like to add it to this hub. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8T5aSvTVi4

erwin 8 years ago

Hi Canstant Walker, your post gave me an idea and i posted a blog on our website http://bliacebu.multiply.com/journal/item/5/Siddha... which shows many links in Youtube related to this musical.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hi constant walker. i actually planned to put a video after editing a new version but i took your advise and put it in a trailer made by taiwan for the time being. It's a joy to find people like you in this community. I am awed at how we are all drawn in together. see you around.

Erwin, thanks for the links again. hahaha

Miao Guang 8 years ago

Hello Ms. Dayzee,

Time certainly flies! It’s already been over a month since we met at the performances and your visit to FGU. I was saddened by not being able to see your last show at FGS and the farewell party at Pumen Temple in Taipei, but I am content enough just to have been there with the Master, sitting in the front row, and fully bathing in the beauty and profound wisdom displayed by your show. I still can’t get over how touched I was by the musical. I still listen to the soundtrack or sing it silently in my mind almost everyday, because the memories from the musical have bestowed unto me nothing but courage and faith in the path that I had chosen at the age of a young adult, a weak mind seeking solace and guidance from the faith that I had taken for granted for too long over these years.

You and the Siddhartha Caste now hold a very special spot in my heart, and will continue to do so for a long, long time; for you were the ones who embraced me and the rest of the team at our first visit to Cebu with the warmest smiles and the purest eyes that showed unconditional acceptance and trust in a group of students who dared say that they were propagating the truth (courageous but ignorant!). It is certainly a privilege to be given so much support and confidence at the very first overseas Dharma Talk that I’d ever given in my entire life. Like what the Chinese say, “a good start is already half the way to success!” I shall bring what you have given me to every place in the world that I visit, and share this joy and love with every individual who crosses paths with me.

Besides Siddhartha being the one who “founded” Buddhism as a religion, I honestly do not regard the musical as a religious one, because every word sang by the performers showed nothing but the common truth to a joyful and wise life. Regardless of who we are, where we come from, or who we follow, the Noble Eightfold Path can be practiced by anyone in an un-religious way; a longing for the truth is the right held by every individual in his/her quest for uninterrupted happiness; to vow to be more than who we are means we have opened up our hearts to the world and are willing to share others’ joys and sorrows; to light up the lamp of our heart means we will travel on the brighter paths of life and no longer be fearful of the dark; and to regard all as one means exactly what you have said in your hub, that we are celebrating all our similarities and respecting all differences. Moreover, if that unshakeable faith in Amitabha Buddha is shifted onto ourselves, we will surely be blessed with a mind strong enough to make any wishes comes true (good ones of course!).

You have continued to modestly express that you have learned a lot from us, but in my mind, it was us who had learned much more from you. I admire your ability to bring out the best quality and courage of every member of the caste, and in guiding them across times of trouble and helplessness. You were like the mother who gave them assurance, and a shoulder to rest their heads on when they were fearful and exhausted. If only I had the chance to spend some more time around you during your stay, I would have loved to “dig out” more treasures from your wisdom and life experiences. ;D

I’ve recently just came back from a tour around Singapore and Malaysia with the Master, which has indeed been a fruitful one, for I have continued to meet new people and share our thoughts and learnings. What a wonderful world! The more colors and dissimilarities the more beautiful it will become!

I think I’ve blabbed on for too long, but I’ve been wanting to write you a letter to thank you for bringing Siddhartha to Fo Guang Shan. I am sure I will soon be sitting amongst the audience of your China and European shows. Until then, may peace, wisdom and joy be with you all. Please say hello to Michelle for me. Miss you guys!

johannah 8 years ago

Ms Daisy,

can i re-post Master Miao Guang's message? it is just sooo beautiful that everyone should read it...

To Master Miao Guang : THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything! we all miss you and see you soon!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello ven. master miao guang! it is a delight to hear from you. Aaah such wisdom soothes the spirit on a monday morning. i intend to email you my response as it may be a long one too. hahaha. i look forward to hearing from jennifer next...grin

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello johanna...please do so...this is one way to keep nourishing the group. thank you for volunteering.

Antoinette 8 years ago

:') wonderful people you are.....

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello antoinette, thanks for always being supportive and belated happy birthday. sorry i could not make it to your gathering as i had previous aappointments already....

...and jeff...a smile back to you....

Antoinette 8 years ago

It's ok Ms, I understand. : ) I am happy as long as you are doing well and in good health everyday.... : ) ~loads of love~

Jeff 8 years ago

hehehe ok ms daisy... keep on smiling =)

Miao Guang 8 years ago

Ms. Daisy,

So sorry for messing up your hubpage....would you be able to delete the messy one above? Sorry!

Let me try again.....

Aftermath of the Siddhartha Musical at FGU:

Scenario One:

Jennifer: Hey, Andrea, come over here! I've got something to tell you.

Andrea: Ok....here I come. (Starts doing the Channa walk....)

Jennifer: Erh....would you hurry up? That'd take a whole day.... And Dhon would tell you that you're doing it wrong.

Scenario Two:

Miao Guang: Hey Jen, you need to do some exercise to shape up.

Jennifer: Nah....I'd be like those in the Ascetic Forest: "Arrrrrggghh!!!! Oooooohhhh!"

Scenario Three:

Miao Guang stands in the middle of the school corridor with one hand pointing upwards and the other pointing downwards:

"I am the uniquely honored one in this world!!!!"

Scenario Four:

Jennifer tells Miao Guang about Michelle's email, saying how relieved she was to come back to the Philippines that has seated toilets. Miao Guang starts singing:

"There is suffering in the world.........LALALALA~~"

Scenario Five:

Miao Guang: Hey Jen, do you know who a-hon is? He signed my Siddhartha programme, but I don’t think I remember who he is…..

Jennifer: Erh....... It’s dhon...... The guy who played Channa.......

Miao Guang: Oops..... ;D

Jennifer  8 years ago

Hahahha..... can't believe that Ven. Miao Guang wrote down all the silly things that happened.... yeah! the 5th scenario of our famous Mr. Ahon was a Classic!! we were laughing WAY too hard on the train....

Daisy and Michelle, i want to thank you for letting me know myself better, and also letting me realize how lucky i am to have Ven. Miao Guang and Andrea as my closest best friends!!

Thank you very much for everything, i had a GREAT time meeting the crew and will always remember the things you said to me!! I Love you very much!! Thank you!!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

LOL....oh this is simply hilarious...Ven. Miao Guang, Jennifer and Andrea..you may as well be known as the 3 stooges of FGU. this gives me an idea for another hub!

jennifer, finally you got to visit this page! thank you too for taking the time to sit and talk with us. the experience provided venue for us to go beyond the acquaintance stage. will be emailing you all soon. do check michelle's version of sharing the Siddhartha experience at http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Siddhartha-Music and post a comment there too.  now, i've got to share your posts to the cast and crew

Miao Guang 8 years ago

Hmmm....the 3 Stooges of FGU.......

I guess we can start our evil agenda now..."Bombard Ms. Daisy's Hubpage with crazy things!!!"

We are currently in our final week of the semester, cramming for exams and trying to write up papers, so please forgive us if we sound a bit crazy as our heads probably are not properly attahced to our shoulders at this point.

I am so happy to see all these hubpages, to be able to keep up with what's happening with the caste and so on....

Ms. Daisy, I've read your other hubpages and found them very inspiring!

Antoinette, a belated Happy Birthday to you. We'll make it up to you with a huge welcoming when you and A-hon come in September...hehe...

Michelle......it only took me a whole week to realize who Ripplemaker is.... (*^__^*), I need that "logic look" right now....to pretend that I am actually smart again...haha....

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jingletrouble 8 years ago from Cebu PhiLippines

hi miss daisy!

I have long been waiting to post a comment on this hubpage but it just feLt weird on how confused i was on where and how to start... but neway, here goes nothing. hihi..

The whoLe Siddhartha experience was not onLy a venue for me to grow as an artist but for me to find myseLf. after a year of feeLing Loved, important and worthy, i reaLized that i have been bLessed to have found a Loving famiLy in you (BLIA, buddhists,co-actors, the monks, and everyone in the production and even my friends...)

(segue:and i dub this, as my Longest-runnging production! whew!)

I believe that, we (the cast and crew) share the same feeLing toward the production and so i want to express my gratitude in another manner, and this is through my friends who commented on the production and me.

After the Shows in CCP:

Friend 1: Wow, jing! naka tung-tung na jud tawn ka sa CCP! Suya kaayo ko nimo, unsa'y feeLing nga naka perform na jud ka ddto?

(Wow, jing! You finaLLy made it! You performed in CCP! I envy you. how does it feeL to have performed in CCP?)

It has been a dream to perform in CCP and when we did the ocuLar visit on the first night, the feeLing was indescribabLe. And i think it has been every cebuano acotr's dream to perform in CCP. As a repLy, i just toLd him/her that it was fuLfiLLing and it feLt great.

After the shows in Taiwan:

Friend 2 is aLso a stage actor in Cebu.

Me: musta na man ka? wa na jud kay txt2x nako ha?! (How are you? you don't text me that often anymore!)

Friend 2: Ang2x, ma-uwaw na man ko mu.txt nimo oi, gikan na ra ba ka'g taiwan! internationaL star na ka! (I'm rather shy to text an international stary like you.)


Friend 3: jing! musta ang taiwan? dapat mag inarte na ka kay superstar/international star na gud ka! (Jing,how was taiwan? you oughta act Like a superstar/international star, after aLL you are one.)

*inarte-acting Like a primma donna

For Friend2, it may be a joke to her/him but that text message hit me hard. aLL the whiLe that i was feeLing gratefuL for the opportunity to perform outside the country and humbLe for the bLessings i have been receiving, some peopLe think that way. It never occured to me that i've changed and i beLieve i am stiLL the same jingLe they once knew (onLy better as a person). And from what i've Learned from buddhism, i changed my perspective and decided to take it in another manner. (to which i think is another significant sign that i have changed for the better because usaLLy, if i am confronted with anything Like that, i wouLd burst in rage.)

For Friend3, no, it did not feeL that i am an internationaL star, and it never wiLL. inarte-acting Like a primma donna. we are constantLy reminded by miss daisy that once we Let our success/achievement reach our heads, it wouLd be the start of our downfaLL. and i wouLd never Let that happen to me. ever!

LittLe do they (my friends in theater and every theater performer in Cebu) that every perfromance we had in waterfront, ccp and taiwan, i was performing for them as weLL. I believe that the success Siddhartha was not ours aLone but theirs (every cebuano theater enthusiast, performer, actor) as weLL.

Which aLL boiLs down to the this: We can never pLease everyone. i can't change that but i can change myseLf by changing perspective... :)

I MISS EVERYONE!!! i miss Late night rehearsaLs, washing my tights in the wee hours of the day, VEGETARIAN FOOD, company caLLs and everything! hihi. hope to see you aLL reaL soon!!!

With joined paLms,

JingLe. :)

Antoinette 8 years ago

Heheeh..... Ms Daisy, hehehe........this hubpage i bet will become a "chatroom" very soon. hehehe.... and I love it! it means the owner of this is cherished and so much being LOVED! I love it, so full of colors Ms!!!

Master Miao Guang, thank you very much for the greeting! (bow with joined palms) Master, Andrea and Jenn, I and Daddy Don, ai A-hon I mean, hehehe, shall see you very very soon..... thank you for making me cry and now, laugh hard to the extent that my neigbors could hear me.... hehehe....

I LOVE YOU! My prayers are with you!!! GOD and BUDDHA bless!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

ven. master miao guang, you provide vibrant colors of humor into this hub and bring in more readers! hahaha my gratitude.

hello jingle..finally, you break your silence..so to speak...hahaha. i'm glad you have gone deeper into yourself and found the treasure within. i'm happy for you.

antoinette thank you for providing a good idea! will do something at multiply today. keep posted!

Antoinette 8 years ago

Yey!!!!!!! ~; )

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

WOW. You are my amazing discovery of the day!

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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

AWESOME. I wish you every success with this.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

DJ Funktual a compliment like that.... coming from you...triggers me do the gratitude dance!

Donnaleemason I am honored to have your comment on this hub. Thank you for wishing us well.

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai


1]...when religion becomes a bridge instead of a wall

2]...when one willingly takes the risk of facing persecution in order to serve those in need

3]...when one chooses to respond in compassion amidst an unpleasant condition

You speak true! This will be engraved on my heart!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Kenny it is an honor to have you visit my page. thank you for your kind words.

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Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Very profound observations, Dayzeebee.

These are my favorites:

3]...when one chooses to respond in compassion amidst an unpleasant condition

6]...when all similarities are celebrated and differences are respected

7]....when truth becomes the language for deeper understanding

9]...when gratitude pervades amidst a seemingly unpleasant case

10]...when perfection is seen in the imperfection of things


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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

I appreciate this work.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Jenny it is wonderful to receive a comment from you. the depth of your spirit touches me. thank you for your kindness.

Guidebaba, thank you too for appreciating the work. Siddhartha's story indeed goes beyond time and space.

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Princessa 8 years ago from France

Very inspiring hub, I really enjoyed reading it. It would be a better world the day that we respect and honour other people's beliefs.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

that is true princessa. i'm grateful for your comment and insight.

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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors

What a lovely hub. I will be back to reread this. Thumbs up from a new fan.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

thanks so much wannabwestern. i'm glad you stopped by. see you around. take care.

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epictruth 8 years ago from Frisco

Phenomenal hub. I've passed this on to all of my friends abroad. Thank you!

-Your newest fan

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

epictruth i am grateful for such a wonderful gesture. thank you so much for helping spread boundless love around. now, i'm your fan too.:)

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gilortiz001 8 years ago from Philippines

you never fail to amaze me, miss daisy! i am so proud of you! i miss theater so much and i am so glad that even if i do not perform anymore, i still get to experience theater through your hubs. thank you for sharing your humble experience. i am honored to have worked with such an amazing director. indeed, everyday with you and the company was a learning experience..and i carry the lessons i have learned with me up to this very day. again, thank you. i will forever be your number one fan. hoping to work with you again soon!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

aaw that's sweet of you. it would be great to work with you again too. i hope that you'd be available when we go for our next road tour. will email you through hubpages when we have an update. take care:)

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betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

I'm really enjoyed reading your hubs. You have tons of inspiring thoughts here and so as the other hubs. I'm sharing this to my family and friends. Again, thumbs up! :)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello Dr. Beth, i just came from your hub and left a comment. It's so sweet of you to share this with your family and friends. I am honored with such a gesture. And once again thank you for the thumbs up. May you continue to inspire all those you encounter in your life. Godbless:)

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Dayzeebee...long time no see. Just saw your picture over to Michelle's hub on getting a better sleep and miss you and wanted to stop by and say hi. This hub you have written on ways to spot unconditional love helped me to go deeper into my own love and I really appreciate that you shared this with me. I can definately get a better sleep tonight after reading this. Thanks again.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello dottie...yes have not been active these days because we're still making corrections in our site. most of the time is spent fixing layout, revising articles etc. thank you for coming to say hello and sharing how this hub has helped you go deeper into love. you never fail to give us the boost we need. i hope you had a great sleep and all ready to start the day. have a blast!:)

Crystal Lei 8 years ago

Hello ms daisy..

How are you?

i don't know what to say but thank you..

I learn so much from you and I already shared what I've learned to others.

I may be busy but in my heart my siddhartha family will always stay despite my difficult schedule. I will always try my best to do what I can.

I've grown as a good individual, it's not that am not good but I become better than who I was many months ago. Am still carrying the love, The Unconditional love that I experience along the way and as what I keep on telling everyone that I will be sharing this story to my grand children. (i suddenly cried when I recall)

Ms, you bring out the best in me. It's very difficult to perform with a heavy heart but I was able to manage. The love, understanding and for believing in me has helped me stand with a happy heart and I owe all of this to you and to my siddhartha family.

As long as I can talk..even being mute.. as long as I can dance..even being cripple.. as long as I can act... and as long as I live.. I will always be a siddhartha musical actress..

Thank you so much and I love you from the sincerest part of my heart.




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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Chrystal, I had fun reading your "letter". Thank you too Cyrstal for being open enough to accept corrections and encouragement. The success of the production stems from all of those who put their heart and soul into it. You have definitely given it your best and I am happy that you have remained and are willing to remain with the production as long as you breath.LOL. That is what I call commitment and determination. People like you inspire me to become a better trainer, director, teacher, artist and individual. Cheers to the best of Siddhartha! Be blessed always:)

Crystal Lei 8 years ago

Hello Ms, Thank you for the appreciation. You are not just better, you are the "BEST"!!! Cheers! You will always be bless...

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Crystal, aaww that's so sweet of you. You take care now and see you around:)

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

dayzeebee, I became a fan and visited your website, and was duly impressed with your huge personality and capacity to love and know what love is.

I read Siddhartha as a kid, it was beautifully written in English and a truly lovely read. I hope for the day that your wonderful project comes to Australia.

I'll be back to spend some time reading.

It is Australia day but I do not celebrate it on this day, because this is the day we invaded Australia, and my aboriginal brothers and sisters are rightly upset about the date and meaning behind this holiday. Blessings to all who participated and saw Siddhartha as a way to spread understanding. I do not agree with religion, only religiosity, yet I remain a great fan of those who do good things through love, be they of any belief. May your god bless you.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Earnesthub, wow I am truly honored to received such beautiful comments from you and most certainly appreciate your sharing. Thank you for expressing yourself and your beliefs. You are indeed a person of substance. I am glad to have met you here in Hubpages. May we all learn to love without boundaries and conditions. Be blessed:)

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

dayzeebee, the honor is mine.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Earnesthub, I smile with delight in the honor we share:) Cheers to life!

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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

wow really great hub..i am so glad to see such a kind of traditional events and all traditional thing...it made me amaze.thanx for such a nice hub.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi BritneyDavidson, I'm glad you enjoy culture and the arts. Thanks so much for your comments and I'm looking forward to reading your hubs as well. Be blessed.:)

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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Love is amazing that's why they say love knows no boundries.

~If you love someone you would be willing to give up everything for them, but if they loved you back theyd never ask you to.~


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Mr. Nice, it is truly nice to hear from you. Yes love is simply amazing. The link you put though does not work but i will check on it later. Our net gets cut off often. Take care:)

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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Hi dayzeebee, Thanks for the nice feedback. I just checked the link right here and it is working. May be you should try it again because it is very interesting story about love.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

LOL finally had the link working. It seemed the server in our country had problems opening other websites. I'm glad it's back and I got to enjoy that unique display of unconditional love. Thanks for the feel good experience. Take care:)

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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

Very inspiring... Would love to experience!

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Jodi, oh I believe that whatever you so desire shall come to pass. Boundless love it all its glory is at your fingertips. Love and Light:)

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi daisy! I just had to drop by this hub today since I felt so much unconditional love and wanted to remember all the good things about our Siddhartha experience. So here I am...Hehehe To growing and loving... have a fruitful and wonderful week ahead! Hugs... :-)

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Ripplemaker, gee I saw your comments only now. Just goes to show how long it's been since I visited. Thanks for dropping by and yes Siddhartha will always remain to be one of my favorite projects. Thanks for being part of it. See you:)

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ramakrishna6 7 years ago from India

god bless you...i have read only parts of the hub...felt happy while reading them..may you make the world a more beautiful place.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you Ramakrishna6, for your enocouraging comment. May we all take part in creating a wonderful world. God bless:)

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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Very heartwarming indeed. This is probably the reason why this hub have earned a lot of response. I love it!

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no1hockey@aol.com 7 years ago from HEARTLAND

There is no great Love...



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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi JPSO138 and no1hockey, nameste to both of you. Glad you shared your thoughts too.:)Blessings:)

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi no1hocky@aol.com,Namaste. Yes, indeed there is nothing greater than love itself. My apologies, something must have gone wrong when I replied to your comment before. It may not have been saved. Nonetheless, I am honored by your visit and thoughts. Thank you for sharing. Blessings:)

ronwin 7 years ago

Hi to All, I am the English father of three girls born to my Filipina wife. We all live together in Cebu. I was lucky enough to see the final Siddhartha show at SM with my three girls aged 6, 7, and 8. Having been around town with them many times there was never a period of less than two hours when one of them needed to "go" (to the cr). That was my concern - how to sit through the entire show without this kind of interruption? Well, in all it was about four hours from entering the theatre to leaving and guess what? No trips to the cr at all during this period! It was amazing, make of this story what you will; the splendid performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all and until now my three girls still like to listen and watch the Siddhartha show on the DVD we keep at home. To Daisy Ba-ad and all the team I say a heartfelt "Thank You" for working so hard to put on such a magnificent show! I truly wish you more success and really hope for your world tour to become a much deserved reality . . . with metta


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Ronwin your sharing touches me deeply. It is such an endearing story that I cannot help but feel grateful and honored. With how your kids responded at the age, I could say you have raised them well. It would be an honor if we could meet you and your family. There are new developments about Siddhartha which we will announce soon. If you wish please email me your contact number through hubpages. It would be exciting to share with you the plans. Again thank you for taking the time to tell us your story. Looking forward to receive an email from you. Blessings:)

ronwin 6 years ago

Hi DayzeeBee,

Sorry to say I don't have a lot of time for social Internet sites. Thank you for your message which I only just found and I'll always be happy to hear from you . . . bitaw! Yes pls, do keep in touch

here's my Smart number:

0918 282 2952

I'm out of the country quite often so email is always good:

ron_winkley @yahoo.co.uk

(remove the space char before using!)


I just contacted a dear friend in Singapore and sent him a DVD of the show. Here I quote in part my message to him:

"I think you will agree with me that the Siddhartha Musical was an outstanding performance. It was a thrill and an honour to see the live show at a local theatre, free of charge too . . . ! I really believe that anybody who experiences this would never forget the occasion.

We want to promote a world tour but of course that would require a lot of sponsors. I don’t know how practical this idea is, but if you think there is a possibility, then perhaps you could help to find others who might share this vision? Hopefully we can do it !

Naturally there would be auditions for the new series of shows, so I presume that sponsors could also enter their own favourite would-be performers, but of course if selected they would have to be present in Cebu for practice and rehearsals. No pre-requisite to be a practicing Buddhist, in fact I don't think any of the original cast were . . "

Now, without knowing the present situation, I hope the above would not contradict anything that's planned or being implemented. This particular Buddhist friend has many contacts internationally, so this may be useful . . .

Metta Always,



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dayzeebee 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hellooooooo Ron, wow what a nice surprise. Sorry I wasn't able to read this sooner. Have been busy with projects here and there. Wow it's great to hear from you and read part of the letter you sent to a friend. I am honored and grateful with such a sweet gesture. Will email you and give you an update of the siddhartha group. Blessings:)

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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

dayzeebee.Hi. Wow this is a beautiful hub, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, It put me in a very peaceful place, unconditional love, is the only kind that I have in my heart. I am going to read this hub again. Thank you heaps for writing it. :) :)

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dayzeebee 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

hello oliversmum, Happy Easter to such a warm being. It is always a pleasure to meet souls who have unconditional love embracing them. Thank you for the honor of meeting you here. Blessings:)

Karolinee 4 years ago

Fantastic hub, looking forward to come back and see your new posts. Thank you.

My art gallery http://www.karoline-art.com

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