Dec 15, 2009

My Favorite Escape


I like to be alone a lot.

I love to be still --- freeze --- and just live in the moment. For me, getting lost in time, space, silence and tranquility is the best thing to do on a spare time. I have this playlist on my iPod that's pure Second Moon, Yiruma and YoYo Ma. Whenever I play it, I find my self slowly closing my eyes, exiting the current hour and place, and entering a realm of calm and quiet.

Drifting between the two different worlds of imagination and reality is what I constantly do. When the world where good things happen to me suddenly fade and things are blurry and I feel choked with the madness of the real world, or when I simply want to feel the beauty of stillness and serenity and just enjoy the twinkling of the seconds, I perform this version --- my version --- of meditation. With it, I am able to gift my self with an ephemeral subconscious exodus.

Fleeing does not entirely mean wholly abandoning reality. As often as not, it's just getting yourself that pause you need for you to gather the substantial energy necessary to be able to face the everyday and its brass tracks.

When getting ourselves a much needed vacation is impossible, we can always leave the here and now and get back to it after a while. :)

Dec 12, 2009

OMG Facts

It's a beautiful day, yes?

So anyway, since I haven't any interesting personal occurrence within the last 24 hours worth enough posting here, I'd like to share little facts that I thought would make you smile. My sister and I found them at OMG Facts last night. Actually, she was the one who discovered the existence of OMG Facts, I just followed suit. We had so much fun reading all the fascinating and attention-grabbing information posted that we slept really, really, really late --- dawn!

I hope you enjoy as much as we did! :)



The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!

6 December is St Nicholas’s Day – the first of the gift giving days, especially in Holland and Belgium.

Bulls are colorblind, therefore they will charge at any colored cape waved at them, be it red or neon green.

Bill Gates designed a traffic control system for Seattle when he was only 15 years old.

In a public bathroom, the stall which is closest to the door is usually the cleanest, because it's the least used.

It's illegal to own a red car in Shanghai, China.

A group of Kangaroos is called a mob.

A group of Owls is called a parliament.

Polar bears can swim 60 miles without pausing for a rest.

Dracula is the most filmed story of all time. OF ALL TIME.

Fewer divorces occur in families in which the children wake their parents before 6 a.m. on Saturdays.

Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her husband if he cheats on her.

A snail can sleep for three years.

The first YouTube video was entitled "Me at the zoo", and shows founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.

President George W. Bush and Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner are cousins.

Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined.

Crocodiles never outgrow the place they live. If you put a baby-croc in an aquarium, it would be little for the rest of it's life.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The average life expectancy of an enemy soldier in a Chuck Norris film is 4 seconds.

Cold water helps burn calories. Your body has to heat up the water to absorb it. Heating the water up is what burns the fat.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps taste like pine nuts, and worms taste like fried bacon.

Abraham Lincoln faces to the right on a penny while all the other presidents face to the left on US coins.



For more of these fun-filled, very informative, although seemingly useless facts, please go visit OMG Facts. You will finds tons of minute inquiries and small nothings there! 'Til next time! Blessed day everyone! Enjoy the rest of this day! :D

Dec 11, 2009

Climate change alert

I just had to reblog this. I hope we all learn something and make that change this earth and the human race severely call for. :D

Tik Tok Tik Tok

robcham:

Yesterday, I attended the one of the school talks of Tik Tok Pilipinas at Ateneo. I was kind of disappointed at the small number of people that showed up, most of whom were just from Loyola Film Circle.

Even if the school has implemented a number of environmental friendly policies, such as BYOB, getting rid of styrofoam and disposable containers, the segregation of trash, it’s just within the school. I just know that my fellow Atenistas ,being the elitists bastards we are, just don’t really care about the environment, or how we are all about to die horrible deaths because of our inadequate use of resources and buttfuckery. Look upon yourselves. How many of you drive around in large SUVs by yourself or with your driver just going to school? CARPOOL DAMMIT COMMUTE! etc etc OH WE ARE SO DEAD.

I learned a number of things:

  • Because of our carelessness, we are fucked. We are seriously fucked.
  • Global Warming isn’t the main problem now. Climate Change is. We have fucked up so bad that we caused the climate to actually start changing. Instead of the old, “OH WE ARE MAKING THE EARTH WARMER, WE MIGHT CHANGE THE CLIMATE! IT WILL FUCK US UP!” The weather, literally, is changing, and will fuck us up. We have gone beyond the point of no return.
  • All the carbon emissions we make today last for over 50 years. That greenhouse gas won’t go away til we are most probably old or dead. And we are pretty much going to suffer through the drastic changes throughout our lifetimes. We are so fucked.
  • Things are worse than we think.

It scared the fuck out of me. What exactly are we doing? What the hell are we doing? Why the hell are people ignoring this? We can’t really be as carefree and ignorant with all this shit on the table!

We’ve heard this talk about Global Warming and Climate Change a lot of times before (everyone has seen An Inconvenient Truth, yes?), and yes I started segregating trash, I stopped driving my car, I walk to school mostly, but then they tell me that OKAY WE ARE FUCKED. Climate change is happening. The world is dying.

People. are. dying.

and we are going to die. WE ARE GOING TO DIE. because we are too stubborn to do anything beyond our comfort zone. You can either keep on doing what you are doing and well pretty much kill half the planet, your friends, family, fellow men, and pretty much everything you love.

or you can actually change. Help us NOT DIE HORRIBLE DEATHS OF FLOODS AND INTENSE HEATWAVES AND CATACLYSMIC NATURAL DISASTERS.

so here. please, do change.

From the Tik Tok blog

1. Disengage.
This also applies to transformers and voltage regulators. When left plugged or on standby, your home appliances are still using energy – and that’s energy you pay for that benefits no one. Hitting that power button and unplugging your appliances when not in use saves you roughly P2300 a year.

2. Whip out the clothesline.
Forego the clothes dryer and hang your laundry out in the sun to dry instead. Clothes dryers average 1,600 watts of energy per hour, so if you wash and dry your clothes every two weeks, that computes to around P120 slashed off your monthly electric bill.

3. Eat everything on your plate.
Or at least just take, cook or buy only as much food as you can finish. Uneaten food that goes straight to the garbage adds to the trash you produce, and when you reduce food waste you automatically decrease your carbon emissions.

4. Check your tire pressure constantly.
Optimal tire pressure helps your car burn fuel more efficiently. If you own a car and are looking to get more mileage from your vehicle, keeping your tires inflated right hits two birds with one stone – it reduces your carbon emissions while giving you more value for money.

5. Keep a close watch on your air filter.
Score another one for the motorists: replacing or cleaning out your air filters also helps your use your fuel more efficiently. You can have this done along with your tire pressure adjustments whenever you have your oil changed.

6. Better yet, travel on two wheels, or on your own two feet.
Walking or biking beats a fuel efficient vehicle every time. Because neither mode of transport requires the burning of fossil fuels, choosing the heel over the steering wheel is the best way to cut back on carbon while still getting to your destination.

7. The matter of meat.
Most Pinoys love eating meat so much that it’s a non-negotiable, even when it comes to climate advocacy. However, the slightest reduction in meat consumption can still impact your total carbon emission, so for every week, make at least 3 to 5 meals meat-less. Remember, a little effort goes a long way!

8. Spare the pulp.
Rainforests are Mother Nature’s very own carbon dioxide regulating systems. Without their gallant stewardship, we wouldn’t be here today! We need to keep them alive and flourishing if we want to stay in the game. So be it tissue, a note pad, office documents, paper coffee cups, or store paper bags, think twice – there is always an alternative to paper!

9. Lighten up.
You’ve probably deduced by now that the more fuel or energy efficient you are, the less carbon dioxide emissions you make. The same rule stands for lighting – fluorescent bulbs trump incandescent bulbs every time, which is win-win for everyone since it’s both carbon and cost efficient.

10. Shop wisely.
On your grocery or mall run, bring a sizable canvas tote and stash everything you buy inside. This saves you and the businesses you support on plastic bags. This habit not only reduces your waste but also lessens the need for production of problematic plastic.

so please, don’t be twats.

get involved

you’d fuckin reblog about my useless shit but not about me talking about doing something about the environment?

SPREAD THE WORD!

Dec 10, 2009

scraped :(

They're much more worse than these :(



Today I scraped my knees really, REALLY BAD :(

The last time my knees were scraped was when I was still in grade school, second grade!

I'm not a clumsy person. I have good balance, strength and stamina. But why does this have to happen today?
Why today when I was just asked out on a date tonight and for a special event tomorrow?
WHY???

I get paper cuts almost every time I go on duty while I prepare medications. It's okay because they're just mere paper cuts.
This would have been okay if I was not asked out.


Great. Just great :(

Dec 8, 2009

22!

Today I am 22! Another year for me :)

A lot of things happened and they were all pretty special. First of, my parents and I heard dawn mass. The most important thing of all. Then, a big surprise came. Right after the mass, someone's mom approached and greeted me a happy birthday (with matching 'beso'), she also gave me ang pao! Shocking, surprising and really unexpected. Their family and my family have been friends, but not close. I've never seen Tita in such a long time; I think I last saw her when I was still a high schooler. Her son I last saw during our high school graduation. After that, there was no communication or anything within that scope. I really was pretty amazed at what transpired during that 10-minute event. I never expected such to happen!

Also today: after 22 years of service, the family fridge was allowed to retire. It was bought just 2 days before I was born! It has been serving the family for 22 years --- even after it was slightly damaged after the 1991 flash flood! I salute our fridge, whose brand has been faced out already. Now, it's new shelter is our dirty kitchen. I will miss thee, but I know it needs to claim the long overdue rest it sure deserves.

Mum gave me a very nice gift! I needed it badly! I've also been told that an uncle is due to give me a full volume of this book series, now TV series, I'm following. I'm pretty excited with that! I can't wait to open its package and start reading!

The nuns gave me a miniature statue of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. It may be the sign that I need to do novenas in her honor. Based on my experience, she's one of the saints that answers prayers quickly. Really.

I'm not really fond of celebrating my birthday. Hearing mass and being greeted by the people I hold close to my heart is enough for me. This year was different. My birthday celebration was more of an act of charity. I'm glad I came home for it.

I think this is all for now. I'm really not in the mood to blog at the moment, but since I was reminded that I should not neglect this 'obligation', here I am tapping away on the keyboard, trying to make as decent a post every blogger is bound.

To all those who greeted me on this very special day, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It means a lot to me! :D And to all those who are celebrating the same birthday as I am, a very happy birthday to you! :D

Nov 30, 2009

Big question



Life in itself is full of mystery. We unveil some of these secrets and sometimes, we go on, living, not even getting close to unraveling them.

I've heard someone say that every 25 million years, people go back to the world, in the form of a new human being. Some even say that every living individual in the world today was someone who once strolled the earth. This matter is wrapped in the context of reincarnation.

While we are in the subject of, I have one question: have you ever had bizarre memories of events, places and just about anything that has got nothing to do with the life and time you are in?

Well, I have. And it's bugging me lately. These flashes aren't irksome, but my curiosity is. My mind has this strong desire to uncover what these memoirs are. I feel like I would gain a broader understanding of my persona if I get a grasp on who I was. I really want to know where and who I am then, but as sorting this matter is quite pricey, not to mention tricky, I'll have to wait. It doesn't matter, just as long as one day I get my answers.

I'm really hoping that I'll get to fathom myself more when the day comes that I discover what they call my "past life" is all about. Nothing will be taken away from me if I believe in this spiritual theme. And besides, there are many whose "past lives" are more manifested than mine. A friend told me that all this is scary. But it's cool. Really.

For a little insight on what I am getting from little increments of those flashes, welcome the pictures.

I'm really in a hurry, so I've got to go now. 'Til then! :)

Nov 25, 2009

Cutie cute cute :D

Found it at Mark's blog. Made me smile :)





This lively pet hamster will keep you company throughout the day. Watch him run on his wheel, drink water, and eat the food you feed him by clicking your mouse. Click the center of the wheel to make him get back on it.

When shrews fall in love


Even the most cynical, tough and heartless person can hurt badly when they fall in love.

I have broken up with guys. I've seen my friends break up with their better halves, and partners breaking up with them. Majority of break-up scenes turn out quite the usual: the kind where people lament over the relationship that was and could be, where Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' 5 stages of grieving can be applied --- (DABDA) denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance. This is the archetypal acknowledgement. Expected. However, only few breakups drive out straightaway recognition; one moves on and continues living, like no break-up ever happened. Quite rare actually, but something common to me and a handful of friends --- females, of course --- the "Summer Finn" types.


To those not in the know, "Summer Finns" are ladies who enjoy being free and independent. Women who love being single; attaching themselves to someone is not a problem and detaching is likewise. (For further reference, I suggest you do a little research on the following characters: Katharina the Shrew, Kat Stratford and Summer Finn)

So anyway, these "Summer" friends of mine, me included, we have never fallen in love. Never. But today, today was different. A treasured cold-blooded just took a bite from a slice of love's cake.

Lessons learned. Even if (for us Summers) enjoying is for the here and now and serious stuff are for later, no one really knows. We don't know when we will fall in love, we can't control its coming either. We will just know, and when we do, most of the time we are caught ill-equipped. No one is spared from the hurt and sacrifice that comes with love. Skeptics are not invincible, their hearts also bleed and break when pierced by a sword. Misanthropists, shrews, can be tamed. Someday, someone, or something, will do just that.

Another realization. Heartbreak is an odd kind of pain because you're not dying, you're not even sick. For all intents and purposes, you are perfectly fine. Yet inside where your heart used to be, you hurt so much that you can't breathe, you can't sleep, and you can't stop the tears from falling. You may eat too much, you may not eat at all. Non-smokers light up, non-drinkers find a bar. A broken heart is the world's greatest equalizer. Because it can bring the strongest man to his knees.

Indeed.

Nov 22, 2009

Huzzah Efren!


CONGRATS EFREN!!! You're the man! Go PINOY! :) Sooo proud!


(CNN) -- Efren Peñaflorida, who started a "pushcart classroom" in the Philippines to bring education to poor children as an alternative to gang membership, has been named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

CNN's Anderson Cooper revealed Peñaflorida's selection at the conclusion of the third-annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night.

The gala event, taped before an audience of 3,000 at the Kodak Theatre, premieres on Thanksgiving, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the global networks of CNN.

The broadcast, which honors the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009, features performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood, R&B crooner Maxwell and British pop sensation Leona Lewis.

Peñaflorida, who will receive $100,000 to continue his work with the Dynamic Teen Company, was selected after seven weeks of online voting at CNN.com. More than 2.75 million votes were cast.

"Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry," Peñaflorida said upon accepting the honor. "Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.

"So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers ... you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be."

The top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel from an initial pool of more than 9,000 viewer nominations, were each honored with a documentary tribute and introduced by a celebrity presenter. Each of the top 10 Heroes receives $25,000.

"With the recognition they receive on our stage," said Cooper, who hosted the tribute, "they'll be able to help thousands and thousands of people. Through their efforts, lives will be changed and lives will be saved."

Maxwell sang "Help Somebody" from his first album in eight years, 'BLACKsummers'night.'

Lewis, a three-time Grammy nominee, performed "Happy," from her second album, "Echo."

All three performances echoed the spirit of the CNN Heroes campaign, which salutes everyday people whose extraordinary accomplishments are making a difference in their communities and beyond.

Presenters included Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Randy Jackson, Greg Kinnear, George Lopez and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

"This record number of nominations is further evidence of the momentum CNN Heroes has built in just a few short years," said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.

"Viewers have been engaged by these stories of inspiration and accomplishment beyond our expectations. It is truly an honor to be able to introduce the CNN Heroes to our global audience every year."

Again this year, producer/director Joel Gallen served as executive producer of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute." Among his credits, Gallen produced telethon events supporting victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, winning an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for "America: A Tribute to Heroes."

The Kodak Theatre is best known as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards.


Click here for source and full story :)

Nov 21, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Huzzah! It's that time of the year again ... yes Christmas, but what I meant was Thanksgiving. Big yummy stuffed turkey and or roasted chicken, sumptuous delectable pastries, and not to forget, the pumpkin pie! Indeed, it's Thanksgiving once more.

With Thanksgiving dinners, everyone is encouraged to share those precious events they are most thankful for for the year. But we shouldn't wait for this time of the year to come around for us to say and express our thank you-s. Everyday we should be grateful for all the blessings we receive --- big or small.

There are a of lot things we are to be thankful for, and here's three that's worth every ounce of merriment: life, family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)


Here's a link to what I wrote for Thanksgiving last year.

Are you?


Got this from Mark Gosingtian :)

Nov 20, 2009

New Moon

Today's the premiere for the movie New Moon. Good thing I got ticket reservations or my siblings and I would've suffered from the horrendous, crazy and very looong line at the ticketing counter. The theater was full. And I mean FULL.



The movie turned out to be awesome. Better than Twilight --- the first installment of the saga. And even better than the book, I must say. But that's just me.

I love the colors used, the cinematography all in all. The Volturi scenes and the wolf pack scenes were my favorites. The stunts and fight scenes were, hands down, very cool.

The essence of every key event in the book was captured. Nothing that big was lacking for the people who have read the book to be able to notice. Of course everyone went "Awwww MORE!!!" at the end of the movie with that one line that had the power to hold the audience's breath, enough to make all those who left the theater say "Gosh it'll be another year 'til Eclipse". Enough to have everyone anticipate and already pine for November 2010. And what that one line is, you'll have to go find out for yourselves. Plus, it has all the elements guys would definitely love in a movie. Which goes to say that this is not a girly girl movie.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon was dazzling! I hope the good people at Summit and the crew and staff behind the production of make the upcoming movies uphill. It was really cool and fun guys, you should go watch the movie.



Oh, and by the way, the wolf pack --- Embry, Paul, Quil, Sam ... okay Jake included --- they are just H-O-T! All of them! Good job casting directors! Woot woot! :)

Nov 17, 2009

Chocolates in my sock


It was a tradition that vanished along with my Lola's passing.


Yes, apart from being a Daddy's girl, I too am a Lola's girl. Even as a little child of 5, I was always eager to take part in and experience the wonders of Christmas. My eyes would light up as I take in all the decorations I see in the places I go. I would help out in Noche Buena preparations, and just enjoy the atmosphere of the Yuletide season. And ever since, I already knew that Christmas would be my favorite time of the year.


The tradition is this. Just days before Christmas, my Lola (mother of my father) would tell me to hang a sock underneath the staircase, near the tree. She'd tell me about Santa Claus and what he has in store for good little girls like me. I would obey dutifully without any questions and hesitations, hang a sock and wonder what time Santa would come around to visit.


The next morning when I had already awaken, she would tell me to go check my sock to see if Santa has rewarded me for being a good girl. I would hurry to where my little sock was, full of excitement and anticipation. I would jump up and down in glee knowing that Santa considered me a good kid because of the chocolates he left inside my sock.


Lola would then take me to the dining area and tell me to always be a good and loving kid. My entire day would be spent looking at my chocolates and eating them slowly, one after another, as I would sing songs to Lola while she does her magic in the kitchen. As the night would again approach, I would find myself anticipating for Santa's visit as I slumber.

I miss Lola.

Nov 13, 2009

Royce' -- Choco love!



Earlier today, Mom (my aunt, I call her Mommy/Mom; I call my mother Mum or Ma) sent me a message asking what brand of chocolates I want for pasalubong. I was still half-asleep when my mobile beeped but when I read her message, I immediately got up. No kidding. So I replied, "Mommy :) Of course ROYCE' ... and you can also buy Patchi chocolates for me :) Thank you, thank you! Mwaaah! ;p" I love, love, love chocolates!!! Super!!!


I can't wait for my pack of Royce' and Patchi (if she does not decide to put me on a diet, hehe!). All this choco love is hyping me up. Sooo excited for the day those Royce' chocolates will land in my hands!


Nov 12, 2009

That's the spirit!

I found this written in a tiny piece of paper, sandwiched between papers of importance, all together stashed in my big day-to-day bag.

Our humanity is exhibited in the different emotions --- affect and mood that open us to the worlds of vulnerability and invincibility, unconsciously or otherwise. Hence we say, "I'm just human."

However, even if we are indeed imperfect mortals, that does not mean we have to allow ourselves to resign in our flaws. This should not stop us from reaching the stars. They say, "Great people are ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination" --- amen to that! As a matter of fact, the word "extraordinary" comes from two words: ordinary and extra ... but it is the "extra" that makes all the difference.


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For quite a long time now, I haven’t written anything smart nor worth reading. It’s not a writer’s block; it’s one of those uncanny events that occur like clockwork, many times in a year, debilitating my pursuit to better my writing. One day you’re writing escalates to that pretty-damn-good-creditable-to-be-proud-of level. The next, you’re back to being that mousy person who tries to write but can’t come up with anything close to adequate. Is it just me, or does this come to pass other people as well?

I pick up my pen and start to scribble in my journal --- nothing. I rest my fingers in the laptop’s keys; stare at the monitor, and still nothing. It’s just so hard to start something you have no idea where and what to begin with. This eerie motley emotion of feeling insipid, riled, fraught, poignant and dejected all at the same time has given me the margin to long for the days when I considered my writing good.

The month is about to end and I still got nothing in my hands good enough for posting, let alone, an application entry for the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University. I envy my Uncle Bong for his staunch ability and dedication to the craft of writing, not that we both went to college to study the art of. You should read his blog and or his column, by the way; his material’s really good.

Speaking of getting into a formal writing school; sometimes I find myself at the brink of asking my parents to support this little yet grand, and seemingly lackadaisical, quest of mine. It’s funny how unrealistic dreaming attacks you time and again, unguarded. I have to constantly make a conscious effort to nail my bubble firmly on the ground.

Well, here’s to grabbing another shot at trying to become the better, if not the best, writer I could be. I may still be a novice at this, but I'm going to try. My inadequacy ain't stopping me (that's the spirit!). Great writers started out as, what, students. Zero to Hero, here I come.

Nov 11, 2009

Notte Sento

Maria and I were sharing indie and foreign films and music.

This one's splendid. A short film of a girl who missed her train to Milan and what transpired in her one night stay in Roma ... bravaccio! Grazie, Maria!

Hope you enjoyed! :)

Nov 4, 2009

On Wars



Wise soldiers never wage wars sans battle plans and clear-cut military tactics.

One thing I learned from King Leonidas:
When you start something, make sure that other people don't finish it for you.

Nov 3, 2009

cute!


The UP! kid, Russell, personified.
AWWW ... just sooooooooo CUTE!!!! :)

Nov 2, 2009

When People Throw Stones


This must be your retaliation — love and truth for hatred and lies.

— Rudolph Stier



My siblings and I went home for a very short vacation. During our stay, we retreated to the Hermitage for unwinding, meditation and prayer. The family gathered one afternoon with Lola to talk and just enjoy each others company. My sister told Lola about the people who have been hounding her. This was her first time to tell Lola about this apprehension of hers, the rest of the family knew already.

When this pestering started, my sister's friends, the family and other people have told her, "No one would dare throw stones at a tree if they don't see fruits."

A few days ago, the same people gave my sister threats through text messages. Of course, I and the rest of the family's immediate reaction was anger. We were beyond belief in their going further overboard to cause my sister emotional and psychological unrest, considering that my sister does not even talk to them in class.

So we were there as my sister told Lola everything and how she feels with her current predicament. Lola listened quietly and hushed my sister who reduced into tears as she recanted and asked why this has been done unto her. She couldn't understand, actually, no one could; she had done nothing to anyone.

After hearing my sister, Lola got up and reached for the Bible. She then told us the story of King David and Shimei in 2 Samuel 16.

When King David came to Bahurim, a man called Shimei came out, cursing continuously as he come. And he threw stones at David and all the servants of the king. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

Shimei cursed: ” Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! The Lord has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hands of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a bloodthirsty man!”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Please let me go over and and take off his head!”

And the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Let him curse, because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David.’ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?”’

And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; For so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look upon my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

And as David and his men went along the road, Shimei went along the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust.


After the beautiful short story, Lola told us what the scripture was all about. She also told my sister that these perpetrators cannot attack her through her academics and extra school activities as she is one of the top students in her level and a Student Body leader --- these are obviously not her weak points; so to pull my sister down, they have to hit her heart. "This is God's way of purifying you, my dear", Lola said.

The best of life is swallowed up by the worst, and sometimes the worst comes in the form of mean-spirited strikes on our character. Yet, even heartless censure can be redemptive. God uses the worst that men can say about us to shape our character and strengthen us.

With what is happening to my sister, I also have a lot to thank her persecutors for.

a) I am thankful because had it not been for what they did, I would not be reminded of the value of patience and humility in times of troubles.

b) Their attacks have made me appreciate my sister and my family more. We are close, but our bond was further augmented because of this.

c) I have relearned the value of looking up to God in quietness and trust, and in completely resting myself in Him.

d) I am also reminded that justice is in God's hands, not in mine.

To end this, I would like to quote the chorus of the song "Still" by Hillsong United.
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still
Know you are God
To all those who are in the same circumstance as my sister, always remember that pencils are sharpened to write beautifully. God is always there looking over us, He is just behind our back, we should trust in His loving goodness and mercy.

"Everything will be alright dear", Lola said when she called me a while ago.

Everything will be alright. Let us appreciate, not hate. Take care everyone! :)

Oct 25, 2009

(500) Days of Summer, a must-see!



I have seen the movie a week before it was released in Philippine cinemas, much thanks to the wonders of streaming. Haha, yes, I cheated. Sorry. I just couldn't wait to watch the movie that when a friend told me I could stream it at this website, well, you already know what happens next when I get giddy.


So there I was that night, eyes glued to the monitor of my laptop, all ears and all senses in full attention to the awesome movie that is (500) Days of Summer.


For now, I will not write a review about thereof since my siblings and a lot of my friends have not seen the movie yet, and I'm planning to watch it again with them. But just to quash my need to recount and blab about the seemingly larger than life experience I had during that night where my body's need for sleep has become a subject unheard of, here are 10 random reasons why you should definitely watch the movie.


1) It is undeniably not your formulaic love story. The title itself connotes that Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer's (Zooey Deschanel) 'relationship' is bounded with a cutoff date.

2) The movie's tagline : "This is a story of boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't." gives a play in the audience's mind, "Not a happy ever after?" So you wonder what really transpired between two individuals who look as if they were the happiest, perfect couple you ever saw.

3) As I mentioned in #1, this is not your hackneyed tale of love. But as the story unfolds, you begin to witness and realize that, you know, even things that the doctor has prescribed sometimes may not suit you. Nevertheless, there's always that better, if not best, drug for you.

4) Aside from the many lessons you learn, the movie is presented in a very witty way. As Rotten Tomatoes put it, "A clever, offbeat romantic comedy". By the way, this group of film critics gave (500) Days of Summer a rating of 88%.

5) Summer never believed in true love and does not want a boyfriend. Conversely, Tom did not share the same creed. So to the guys and the other people, male and female alike, who can't seem to understand girls like Summer --- girls like me --- this probably could open your eyes to twig this preference that make us 'different' in a society where most females are hopeless romantics.

6) Indie films, local and foreign, are just the best.

7) (500) Days of Summer is rich, entertaining and extraordinarily real.

8) It makes you appreciate the beauty of the other side of love and relationships ... and of course, life.

9) The soundtrack is awesooome.

10) The colors, art and cinematography are very cool. You just have to check it out, photographers, artists and film enthusiasts!


You have got to get your fill of this movie before the year ends! Epic --- the one word that describes the movie and the experience you get from it in a nutshell. Epic! I super love this movie :) (500) Days of Summer, beyond doubt a must-see!

Oct 23, 2009

DSWD's Response

I'm just re-blogging this. I got it from Jenni Epperson's site :)



Could this finally be the response we're all looking for from DSWD?

Below is a repost from Ms. Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines:


I got an SMS saying: This is DSWD Sec. Espie Cabral. May I call you?
Oct 23 2009 - approx: 930pm



I was so happy.

I immediately replied. My hunch was right, my friend Congresswoman Risa Hontiveros gave my contact number to the Dept of Social Welfare and Development Secretary. I told Risa if the lack of volunteers' is the reason why DSWD has not sent out the relief goods then she should call me. I know many private citizens who are willing to help out. And voila, she did.

Many are willing to pack and sort and look for options for delivery (as groups like WhiteSpace, TulongBayan, BalayExpo, Angel Brigade, LSGH, AdMU, Red Cross have been doing since typhoon Ondoy). Since the warehouses of DSWD are filling up with donations from overseas- then it is time they be delivered to the survivors. Families who are recovering and desperately rebuilding their lives from the recent onslaught brought about by the two typhoons.

Sec. Cabral and I talked and she mentioned that the DSWD is open 24 hours for workshifts so she agreed for us (private citizens via our NGO: Rock Ed Philippines) to try to come up with a shift-coordination-list of, at least, 50 volunteers per day - for Monday to Friday - 3pm-11pm.


I chose the time slot because it can fit in the schedule of students and young professionals. (somehow)

My request is this.

IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL --- Kindly email radio@rockedphilippines.org or info@rockedphilippines.org your name, contact number and available time shifts you can commit to. Or leave a message here on this post. Pls indicate if you need transportation - we can probably match pick up points or carpooling.


IF YOU HAVE A CLUB/ ORG/ BIBLE STUDY GROUP/ YOGA GROUP/ WHATEVER CLUB/ JAYCEES/ ROTARY/BARKADA/ OFFICE DEPARTMENT/ SCHOOL VARSITY TEAM or BARKADA ---any group that can actually commit 10 or more people for one night -- please send one collective email lang with all your names and identify your group leader to radio@rockedphilippines.org or info@rockedphilippines.org - or leave a message here on this post....and tell us the specific time and day your group can come. (I highly encourage this manner so that makes it easier for us to coordinate sched and you get to work with people you already know.)



IF YOU HAVE A BUS OR A VAN SERVICE THAT YOU CAN LEND FOR TRANSPO OF VOLUNTEERS FROM PICK UP POINTS IN QC, PASIG AND MAKATI TO PASAY - please email mike@rockedphilippines.org or info@rockedphilippines.org so we can coordinate the carpooling if needed.



IF YOU HAVE A TRUCK/VAN/DELIVERY PICK UP WILLING TO LEND TO DEPLOY BGY RELIEF PACKS -email sheila@rockedphilippines.org or may@rockedphilippines.org or mike@rockedphilippines.org


IF YOUR BARKADA IS WILLING BUT WILL NEED HELP WITH TRANSPO/ TRANSPO ALLOWANCE PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY - WAG MAHIHIYA- KAILANGAN NAMIN KAYO AT WILLING KAMING MANUNDO!! gang@rockedphilippines.org - hihingi tayo sa mga taong willing magdonate ng pamasahe ng mga studyante. :)


IF YOU HAVE NO TIME BUT HAVE EXTRA CASH - PLEASE DONATE SO WE CAN ARRANGE FOR SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSPO FOR STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL TO WAREHOUSE AND BACK. email me directly: gang@rockedphilippines.org or deposit to:

ROCK ED PHILIPPINES
BPI 3080-0073-44
Katipunan-Loyola Branch

Then msg me date of deposit and amount if you need an O.R. from Rock Ed.

Okay - with this one - we need obedient muscle - that's it. I will report to Sec. Espie Cabral first thing Monday afternoon -- I hope we have kind souls enlisted by then and a concrete shift list to send to her --otherwise... those goods will stay put in their warehouses as long as no one packs and delivers them out!


For additional info: +63917-7346742


If you're wondering where this action plan came from this is a reaction to the news that many warehouses are filling up with foreign donations and the deployment is not fast enough for people who are in dire need of resources to rebuild their lives. Or even just to exist with a little dignity while waiting for chances to rebuild come around.

Political leanings are not primary at this point. After the work is done - then we can go our separate ways again if that works for us. Personally, for now - I will be more than happy to help the government if that means more Filipinos get what's rightly theirs.

Thank you very much and I look forward to your generous response to this request for committed hours - I have a feeling efficiency is the key right now - and it's about time we try helping our DSWD out. This is new for all of us, but I have a feeling it's worth a shot.

I will report to Sec. Esperanza Cabral on Monday afternoon - I hope to have a decently-populated volunteer shift table by then.


Sincerely,

Ms. Gang Badoy
www.rockedphilippines.org


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You might also want to check this site :)

"Take me out! I'm rotting here!" --- Relief goods at DSWD?

When typhoon Ondoy and the rest of the storms that followed devastated millions of our Filipino brothers and sisters, the Bayanihan spirit in all of us sparked immediately without any delay. The Bayanihan spirit was super alive and kicking in every form we could imagine.


Blogs and other social netwoking sites like Facebook and Twitter displayed how full-forced our Bayanihan spirit was. A lot of Pinoys, even my friends who are based in the US, tweeted and RT-ed (re-tweeted) the important information about how fellow Filipinos can help.


Donations came in millions. And the world was not deaf to what our country pleaded, foreign countries and citizens showered us with very generous provisions for our victimized brothers and sisters.



An hour ago, I checked my TweetDeck and Twitter via web simultaneously for any update. Lo and behold! These are just three of the tweets I RT-ed, and if someone were to make it a trending topic, I swear it will be number one.


RT @jenniepperson: Good thing I was able to copy-paste 'Blog Ni Ella'. One word: BOOM! Read now na!" http://jenniepperson.com/. GO!

RT @ricoblanconews: can anyone contact the news channels&have them go to dswd warehouse NOW,find out & document what the hell is going on? from TweetDeck

RT @AdeMagnaye: RT: @dementia: Donations coursed through DSWD never got to the victims http://bit.ly/bvNDb #pepeng #ondoy Spread the word! from TweetDeck




Hold on a sec, what is happening here?

What's the score?
If you want to know a little background on this trending topic of sorts, please click
here.


What is going on here? What's this all about?


To the good people at DSWD: Please clarify all of this. We need to be enlightened on this very disturbing and quite distressing matter.



I REALLY HOPE RICO BLANCO'S CALL FOR INVESTIGATION AND SCRUTINY WILL BE HEEDED.

With regards this concern, please also visit Manuel L. Quezon, III's site here and Jenny Epperson's here.





I AM ALARMED.

Oct 22, 2009

Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas

December is fast approaching:) I love Decembers. Actually, it’s my favorite month of the year because 1) The weather is really very good, 2) CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR, and 3) It’s my birthday month!


In a few weeks time, my age will be just 3 years before I reach a quarter of a century old. Ever since I can remember, most of the time, my presents would always come as “in one” —- Birthday and Christmas gift in one. Like 3-in-1 coffee :) But as it happens, I have never and never will mind since I get awesome stuff.


I’m never one to broadcast and or stage a big birthday bash as I see this significant event when I said hello to the world for the first time as a special and intimate family moment. Hence, I celebrate it with only my family —- no guests and other ‘interlopers’, just me and my family. But of course, there are these rare times when I feel like sharing my special day with friends, so I treat them out.


So, my birthday and Christmas is coming. If you’re wondering what to get me, here are a few gift ideas that, I promise, won’t wound your wallets :)

1) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2) Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire
3) Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (and Gabrielle Charbonnet)
4) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
5) Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham

That’s just about it … for now. Hehehehe. Enjoy shopping for me! Hehehehe :)

A very kind heart will always be repaid by heaven, God bless you! :D

On Weddings




A significant number of friends are getting married. :)


Just this evening, I found out that Philip and Dawn are engaged.WOW.


When the two lovebirds arrived for Jom’s birthday dinner, Dawn proudly showed her gorgeous ring to everyone. We were all amazed, we couldn’t believe it! To the altar at last! :)


Come November, Aja will tie the knot with her beloved better-half in a location wedding. Sadly, I can’t come due to circumstances I am not in control of.


CJ’s also getting married early next year, January was the schedule. Right now, he and Beth, his fiancee, are dead busy attending to all the preparations. The hassle of staging even just a simple, destination wedding is keeping the soon-to-be-newlyweds super preoccupied.


Rey and Tina will say their vows December of 2011. They will do it in our country, the Philippines. Yes, another location wedding. As early as now, they’re already making baby steps for the groundwork of the big day.


A close friend, Alfie, recently asked my help to organize his proposal. When we talked about his feelings and his plans, and when he showed me the ring, I couldn’t seem to keep myself from giving him a hug. During that entire talk, I felt like it was my brother who was getting married. It was really an “Awww” moment for me.


I thought of all the wedding news and invites I’ve been getting and I noticed that it hasn’t been a week since I talked and posted something about the subject of. It’s a little funny, I’ve been surrounded with weddings, wedding news and invites since the start of this year. I just hope this won’t be a sign that I’m going that direction sooner than planned and expected. Hahahaha. :)


To all my friends who will soon say their vows, CONGRATULATIONS!!! We’re all looking forward to a blessed, blissful marriage … and kids as soon as possible!!! Hehehehe. BEST WISHES!!! :)

Oct 21, 2009

What Happened To All The Nice Guys?

Yeah, what really happened to them?


I saw this when someone I follow on Twitter tweeted it. The title is very catchy, and being the voracious reader that I am and owning that “always on” bulb of curiosity, something I have to thank my geekiness for, I clicked the link right away. I got sooo curious and who wouldn’t? I mean, I’m constantly asking myself, “What happened to all the nice guys?” and “Where did all the nice guys go?” —- Don’t you?


Sorry fellow ladies, I must say, I totally agree with it!


Whether you like it or not, from a guy’s point of view, everything narrated is exactly true. Just being honest here.


On a personal note, I’ve had my share of that crap girls almost often, consciously or unconsciously, do to a particular guy friend. I’ve been there. Yes, I was also confronted with that awful realization that I contributed to a then-nice-guy-now-asshole’s unbelievable transformation. And yes, it also dawned on me that that nice guy friend of mine was who I needed and his kind is what I really need, not that 'dreamy' jackass of a homo sapien I was dating.


So there you have it, my two cents. Do read every word —- line by line, and of course, REFLECT!


To go to the blog, please click here, or you can visit http://jeffersonsy.posterous.com/what-happened-to-all-the-nice-guys.


Enjoy! :)

Oct 17, 2009

Dear Spider-Man

My friends know better now that Spider-Man is no one in particular. At one point, there was someone in particular, but right now, there’s none.


Here’s something I scribbled in bed while listening to Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend and the Dixie Chicks’ version of “Love Don’t Come Easy” when I got sick a few days ago. It sounds very ridiculous, but I want to post this because the writing exercise was tremendous fun and I want to read this someday when I’ve already found my Peter Parker.



Dear Spider-Man,


Hello!

I don’t know where you are right now, what you’re currently up to and who you’re with. But I’ll continue to wait for you.

I have no idea who you might be or how you would look like, all I’m praying is that I be given the Peter Parker who deserves his Mary Jane and vice versa.

Eerie as it may sound, the waiting does not get me impatient, I don’t know why hehehe.

You might be with Gwen right now and that’s okay. I’ll still wait. After all, it was her everyone thought you’d end up with. And I think, without her, without her help, you won’t be able to realize that all you ever needed was in someone named Mary Jane.

I can’t hurry you. You’ll just come, you’ll just surprise me.

I just have to wait. I’ll wait.

When the right time comes, surprise me.



Mary Jane


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I'm silly, I know hehehehe ... I've regressed into a 14 year-old hehehe =D
That was fun! :D

More energy, go!

Next semester, I will be going to my "doctorate proper" classes. It's kind of overwhelming how I passed this sem with a stride. Of course I learned a lot of things from my classes, but my "Need For Achievement" --- as one of my professors would remind everyone in class --- was not there. Reaching that realization makes me a little sad. Looking back, my class attendance wasn't superb. Even if my classes were scheduled to suit me, still I couldn't manage to drag my ass regularly to class. Which is why I made a lot of effort to excel in my reports, and in my oral and written exams. It was my version of undoing --- paying up for not being around every single meeting. It would've been great if I wasn't acting like a ghost who'd just come and go. I think it would make me feel more good about my self if I really gave this first sem my full 100%.


At the moment, my grip on the will to pursue my doctoral degree is slowly becoming loose. For some reason, I'm getting tired with going through the horrendous process of graduate studies once more. BUT, I still want to go to school. Yet, another school. A change of environment perhaps. A detour. I'd like that.


The sad thing is, there are a lot things to be considered before I indulge myself in that uncertain road shift. Should I or should I not carry on with what I have gotten myself into? As if I have a choice, haha. The obvious, less wicked answer would be, I should. I just should. Go!


Next semester, I'll try my hardest to be more enthusiastic about this pursuit. I'll put more energy, more life into it. "More energy, mas happy". Oh good luck to me come start of classes.


*** This is something I wrote a week ago in one of the pages of my notebook-cum-journal.


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*** While lunching alone today ...



So today I went to class. Although the semester has officially ended, I came to school. I came because 1) some of my classmates had their reports and a few of them requested the presence of yours truly for my opinion/s, 'vibrant' interest and participation (I'm very vocal about my ideas, thoughts and reactions in class), and 2) I had to show up for attendance plus points (I'm quite a sucker for 'good' grades teehee).


I thought I would be bored since I woke up not feeling very energetic. Excellent thing, I wasn't. The topics today were really good: Transactional Analysis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming --- two counseling and psychotherapy techniques I haven't explored until today. So yeah, I learned a lot and was very happy when I wrote my essay on the two. It just feels so great to learn, never mind my absences hehehehe.


My professor in that course is one of the best mentors I have met. She is just so good at what she is doing. She inspires me, really. Everyone in class is in unison with me in praise. We all learn a whole lot from her. Because she wants us to put into practice the things we have learned, she gave us our last hoorah! by making each one of us conduct a 15-minute minimum counseling, recorded. I am quite excited with this one :) I wonder how mine will come up.


Yesterday, my classmates and I staged a surprise dinner party for another dear professor. She was really in awe with the humble gathering we planned the week before. She has been a mother to me, the youngest member of the class, and my other classmates as well. Every time the class would meet, she would always make it a point to share inspiring stories, give us the life lessons she has acquired through the years and remind us of the beauty of life and prayer. She really knows how to inject that electricity everyone needs after a long day. Talk about instant morale and esteem boost! I will surely miss Madame :( I hope I get to see her more often next semester.


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*** An epipahny as I ate dinner ...


Remembering the professors I hold close to my heart makes me want to achieve more, give my all in everything I do. Recalling the moments we had, the pieces of advice they gave me, stirs that fire of motivation deep within me ...


So, here's a toast to the start of classes! Bring it on!


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This has been your drenched and weak Icon, getting ready and starting to light that torch for next semester's run. More energy!

Oct 16, 2009

Berocca --- now I know :)


Why hello, Berocca! :)


So yesterday, I was texting Pa. Threw some questions about this brand of effervescent tabs, Berocca. Someone from Twitter was asking about it. I knew only a little, so I decided to consult my father. When we got to the part of the drug's indications and complications, he asked me, "Why, are you trying to escape a hangover?"


As I said, I knew not much of Berocca. But when Pa said that, I asked help from Wiki to make sure what my Pops meant. I was quite surprised with the spread of information that lay in front of me. Here's what I found out:


>>> It has a rehydrating effect

>>> The amount of sodium is high, so those who are in a low sodium diet should be extra careful

>>> It has loads of Vit B

And what caught my attention ...

Some studies showed ...

>>> Berocca is said to prevent hangovers, when taken before drinking alcohol

>>> It is also said to relieve hangovers :)

God bless Vit B! :D

However ...

>>> Large doses of Vit B, when taken regularly, can cause nerve damage ...
Thus, even if they're good for the body, we should always make that effort to be a little more cautious.


So that was why Pa asked if I was trying to evade a hangover. Thanks for the great help, Pa! Now I know what to do if ever I get a nasty headache from alcohol consumption. Fast relief! :)

Oct 11, 2009

A Story of Friendship

The “lazy Sunday” disease got to me. And because of my aversion to sheer boredom, I decided to read the spines of the books that were piled away neatly in a tall bookshelf in one corner of the room, in a great desire to at least have something to do. I chanced upon my favorite book of compiled stories, retrieved it and started to read.


The book did not fail me. I read word after word, flipped one page after another, as if it were my first time to read the stories held in that one frail binding of paperback. As I went halfway through the book, I stumbled upon a touching story I knew I shared only to one person. Allow me to share it to you as I recant with my own narrating of the events that took place and the lessons we should always hold close to our heart.


I’m sure you all know Genghis Khan, the great Mongol warrior and conqueror. He founded one of the largest empires in world history, the Mongol Empire. He utilized his charisma to gain loyal followers and applied brilliant military tactics in his conquests. Yet amidst all the myth surrounding his birth, life and triumphs, lay a story of pure friendship. A story not told and recalled by many. The story of Genghis Khan and his falcon. This is where the tale begins …



One morning, Genghis Khan and his court went out hunting. His companions brought bows and arrows and other hunting paraphernalia with them. The great warrior only brought his beloved falcon. They hunted, even went deep into the forest, but despite their zealous determination, they found nothing. They got so disappointed that they just went back to their encampment to rest.


In his frustration, Genghis Khan rode out alone, accompanied only by his trusted friend --- the falcon. He and his court had stayed longer than expected, and the warrior was desperately tired and thirsty. It was summertime and the streams had dried up, Khan had found nothing to drink. After wandering for some time, he came by a thread of water flowing from a rock. Finally, he would be able to suffice his thirst.


Genghis Khan removed the falcon from his arm and took out the cup he always carried around and filled it with water. As he was about to raise the cup to his lips, the falcon dived and plucked the cup from his hand. The water splashed to the ground.


He became furious, but because the falcon was his favorite, he let it pass. Maybe it, too, was thirsty. So, he picked up the cup, dusted off the dirt and tried to fill it again. This time, he only managed to fill it half-full. When he was about to drink it, the falcon attacked once again, spilling the cup of water.


The great warrior adored his bird, but he could not allow, under any circumstances, such disrespect. He was afraid that someone might be watching nearby and would tell his court that he, a great conqueror, was incapable of taming a bird.


Once again, he tried to refill his cup. This time he held out his sword. He kept one eye on his cup, the other on the falcon. As he was about to drink the water, the bird once more took flight and flew towards him. Genghis Khan, with one thrust, pierced the bird’s breast.


The thread of water now dried up. In his desperation, Khan climbed up the rock determined to search the spring from which the thread came from. To his surprise, there really was a pool of water. And in there, lay, dead, one of the most poisonous snakes in the region. If he had drunk the water, he too would’ve died.


Genghis Khan returned to the camp, in his arms, the dead falcon. He ordered a golden figurine of the bird to be made. On one of the wings he had engraved: “Even when a friend does something you do not like, he continues to be your friend.” And on the other wing, he had these engraved: “Any action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.”

Oct 9, 2009

We Will Be Safe




"When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with you above the storm. Father you are King over the flood. I will be still, know You are God..."



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Let's continue to pray for the safety of the Philippines. For the safety and security of our brothers and sisters who were victimized by Ondoy and Pepeng. Let's draw our strength from God and continue to trust in His loving mercy and goodness.



Let us continue to extend our help in every way we can, and let us always cling to the power of prayer.


We will get through this.

Oct 8, 2009

Love is Good Medicine ;)



LOVE IS GOOD MEDICINE...




Medical doctor and author Dean Ornish writes:


“Love and intimacy are at a root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. If a new drug had the same impact, virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it for their patients. It would be malpractice not to prescribe it.”




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Makes sense. I especially love how it is said in a non-cheesy way. =)

What Kind of Artist Are You?

I found this at Mark's blog. This is orginally from Loldwell.com.

It's very cute. I fall under "Journal Cartoonist" ... check out yours! :)




Oct 5, 2009

My Spiderman Confabulation



Please allow me to confabulate.


I don't exactly know why I am posting this. Although I've been blogging for quite some time now, I'm still not that at ease with having my thoughts and experiences out for the world to know. I'm not sure if I have constant "followers" or if there are actually people who are willing to waste their time by reading my blog. But still, with blogging you reveal your self; and as I've said, I'm still not that comfortable with that.


I can't sleep. I can't sleep because first, I'm back to being an insomniac; and second, I've been thinking a lot about this guy I have a major crush on.


Mine is case of I-know-the-guy-guy-doesn't-know-me. Yes, poor me, hehehe. I could choose to tell all my friends about my current fixation because none of them know him personally since he's a celebrity. But I opted to tell only a handful of friends, as if my secret admiration will reach the guy if my friends would spill.


Aira told me, "We're 20-something already, isn't it about time we have REAL crushes and not REEL ones?". I battled with her, saying that my crush is real and not otherwise. But really, who am I fooling? Though he's not a model, an actor, a news personality and the likes, he's still considered a celeb. Born into a famous, influential family, he can't avoid the limelight. So technically, he's a celebrity.


Ever since it dawned on me that I have this thing for him, I've been thinking about him nonstop. Ayeenda was the first to know about my whirlwind attraction for the guy, she also knows the silly things I've done to try and get to know him better and all that seemingly hopeless stuff girls do when they have a major crush on someone. It was her who reassured me that what I am doing to myself at the moment is normal. And it was her who morphed into web-stalker mode when I told her who my crush was --- an act of moral support, I'd like to believe. Showing her friend that it's practically okay to fall head over heels with someone you haven't even met in person.


So yes, I am in love. Let's call him Peter Parker. Why him of all comic book heroes? I chose Spiderman because it was his story and adventures that I was really hooked to --- not Superman's nor Batman's. Peter Parker because even if I'm a girl, I can very much relate to him. My geeky passions, my fondness for taking photos, my ultimate love for writing (Peter Parker's a photojournalist, not just a plain photographer) and so much more. I christen my crush Peter Parker because if a hero were to save me and sweep me off my feet, he would nonetheless be Spiderman. Him and no other. Not even Superman nor Batman can do the latter.


At the moment I am single. I am not prowling around in the look for someone special; he will just come. Not really waiting-waiting. Just living up my life, and if a pleasant surprise would meet me at any crossroad, that'll be, well ... a surprise!


But of course a part of me is hoping, wishing, praying that the Spiderman who I am constantly dreaming of will be the one to surprise me one day. It's an inevitable wishful thinking. It sounds utterly crazy as he is by all means out of reach --- and I mean that in every literal sense of the phrase. But nobody really knows. Who am I nor you, to predict what's waiting in fate's capricious play :)


Hopeful Mary Jane signing off. Good morning everyone! :)

brilliantly heartwarming

I just had to share this with you. This is the latest addition to my list of "Favorite TV Ads".


Ever since, I've only had two (2) favorite TV advertisements. One is the Oreo ad that showed two boys --- brothers. The one where older brother dunked his cookie in his glass of milk; the younger brother who was just watching silently, tried to dip his Oreo in his brother's glass, but the older brother moved the glass away from the poor little boy. So the younger one devised a way to have his share of the "Oreo experience". My other favorite, I posted several months ago since it's not shown here in the Philippines. It was about a dad who danced his little daughter's cheer routine during her series of practice at home. Both were equally cute, fun to watch and contained a lesson or two.


This foreign Pantene commercial is simply tear-jerking. The story of a deaf-mute who wanted to play the violin. Brilliant, heart-warming =).







The message of the commercial is very strong, very moving. I hope this becomes an avenue of reveille and remind us of the many things we should be thankful for. I hope you are inspired, because I ceratinly am =).

wow

A Facebook friend of mine shared this video.


As you can observe, there are hundreds of them dancing and doing their stuff on that soccer field; but though many, they are united. Hundreds with one heart and goal. Reminds me of our Bayanihan spirit!


Their performance is computer-like. Really bringing that awe in awesome!


I hope you enjoy it! :D




Oct 4, 2009

the shirt

Do you see that awesome statement picture just below my 'welcome' text in the sidebar? That is designed by Ateneo alumni and graphic designer, Mark Gosingtian.


What I love about visiting his site is the amount of fun I have whenever I look at his designs and his posts on several cool stuff that he found in the web. If you want to know/experience what I mean, visit his site at markgosingtian.tumblr.com or you can just click here for much more ease.


His famous "Where I'm from, Everyone's a hero" design will now be made into shirts. This shirt will for sure be a much-coveted item. It's a certified must-have I should say! When you purchase the shirt, you'll be hitting two birds with one stone. First of, you'll be gifting yourself --- I need not say more; secondly, a substantial amount will be donated to the victims of Ondoy, which means, not only will you become a proud owner of this lovely "Pinoy Pride" shirt, you'll also be helping! Okay, enough said. Here is what they will look like:


Oct 2, 2009

A Hero Called Efren




Efren Penaflorida is an ordinary Filipino with a very extraordinary passion and impact!


Armed with a pushcart filled with books, pens, tables and chairs, he and his volunteers raid slums to teach children read, write, basic arithmetic and English every Saturday.


His vision: to give these children the education that was given him. A true, wonderful act of giving back!


And it doesn't stop there. Their group, dubbed Dynamic Teen Company, also runs a hygiene clinic where the kids can get a bath and learn how to brush their teeth!


Let us vote for his herculean act of generosity and greatness. Please click on the widget on my sidebar to vote for Efren, or you can visit here.


I am very much inspired with Efren and the Dynamic Teen Company's desire to help.


This is another amazing story which reminds us that we are blessed by God to bless others. Just truly, simply inspiring :)


He is a hero :)


I have voted already and will continue to vote :)