Sunday, December 14, 2008

away from home

Freezing weather, chilly atmosphere, cold breeze name it. Colorful lights can now be seen almost everywhere. The presence of Christmas tree, Santa Claus figure in malls, hung bright decorations, and joyous songs that lingers around significantly speaks of the big celebration that is just few days ahead of us.

Christmas time is here again. And being away from home for the second time make me wish am home. Yes, how I wish I would be home. I miss the mami at Plaza Burgos, the smell of freshly bake pandesal, and waking up early for the nine mornings. Likewise I cherished the choir singing, the activities with the youth, laughter’s, chatting and hanging out with family and friends.

I may be far away from home yet the festivity of this holiday season continues in my thought and in my heart.
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May each and every one of us fall unto a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Berry fruity

Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries: take your pick. They’re all full of disease-fighting phytochemicals, which can help to reduce the risk of several types of cancers. Buy extras – organic is best, because non-organic berries are heavily sprayed with pesticides – and freeze them: Berries frozen at peak ripeness have higher nutritional value than the ones shipped north in the winter.

They may look pretty small but have a huge purpose to be in our weekly grocery bag. You might want to have them as well in juice blend or in flavored yogurt.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Prisoner

I wanted to run the miles as fast as I could
Feel the pushy-embrace of the wind
I might fall on my knees on a hindered way
But at least it will shake-off unnecessary things in mind I hope
However, every time I set to try
Something is pulling me back out of the track

I wanted to fly and be with the birds up in the sky
Spread wings wide as an eagle does
Flap it and soar high
Fly freely, unoccupied and undisturbed
And if angels truly exist, I’d plea take all my sorrow away
Then bring me back down in a sweet lullaby

Yet I don’t want to get my eyes off to the emitted light getting in
An intense and reflected one
It emerges hope, vibrantly inspiring
I wanted to reach for it
I started crawling towards and hardly grasped, hurriedly escaping out of the detention
To my dismay in stupor, I was out guarded from an enormous come-back blow of emotions
Now I am back to the gloomy cornered cellar, dungeon, and jail of the past where I am a PRISONER.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

solitude..


If letting go would be as easy just like the leaves of the trees that fell off naturally during autumn..

then there would be no more holding on just as the bare trees hardly hold the first touch-down of snow as early as November.

(photos originally uploaded by chico river)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tracing stress and depression

I am the type of person that can fall asleep even though a snoring cousin would slept with us for an overnight stay, a loud sound of music in the background or there’s people chatting around.

I could sleep on buses, trains, more in a passenger jeep that is less comfortable.
All I want to do is to sleep, sleep and sleep. Most of the morning is a hard time to deal with. I always fight with laziness to get up on the bed. However I could stay awaked several nights working overtime to meet deadline of works.

It has been said that sleeplessness may associate with depression, fatigue, anxiety and so on. With that, I elevated some confidence and strongly believed I am not into depression or anxiety. All is well with me although tiny part within would like to declare I’m dead-smashed inside.

Lately I’ve read that according to David N. Neubauer, M.D, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center, at least 80 percent of depressed people experience some form of insomnia - whether it’s difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It raises my eyebrows with much disbelief. Well then if that would be the case, I told myself I may belong to the remaining 20 %.

Also a latest study from Taipei Veterans General Hospital found out that woman who suffered dysfunctional voiding like frequent urinating is having a high level of depression and anxiety. Compare to other women without this kind of symptoms.

I started to experience frequent urinating two years ago at home. In and out of the washroom especially at night until I could feel my tummy hardened. I could say I am a water freak and this probably the reason of my frequent urinating. Yet I think the situation is getting worst this time. I had my consecutive medical check-up last year before leaving the country and had too early this year. The results were all blaze of glory over unexpected outcome. I am physically well. (Emotionally??)

Stressful environment and modern life style are perhaps contributing factor to high incidents of dysfunctional voiding. And dysfunctional voiding is more commonly seen in recent years, with an average age of 48 says Dr. Alex T.L. Lin of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan.

Given the above review it gives me goose-bumps. Under some circumstances, yes, I think it’s not too far to be in state of stress or depression.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phillies won World Series ‘08

Finally, months after months and with the game being rain delayed in Game 5, Philadelphia nailed off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint Wednesday night.

To them it’s a long time coming and a perfect win to their first championship since 1980.

I had just wished for the Red Sox to defend their title last year but seem it wasn’t a far-better play this season.

So long, ending the Major League Baseball season, here comes the NBA 2008-2009 season. I love watching every Raptors game although I’m not a basketball aficionado. I do believe it would be a lot of help eradicating the boredom brought by the early arrival of winter.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lost (in you)




This Vancouver native heartthrob would be my latest favorite male artist. I was caught and trapped by his – having colds - kind of a voice. His songs make me feel love still lingers no matter how muddy the atmosphere is - giving an assurance I’m not lost or alone. (lol)

You may want to catch him in his third studio album, Call Me Irresponsible. And discover Michael's favorite love songs that make him weak in the knees as he talks about it in Chatelaine (Canada’s Women’s) magazine, November issue, in stores now.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fw: 10 (More) Reasons you’re not Rich

Many people assume they aren't rich because they don't earn enough money. If I only earned a little more, I could save and invest better, they say.

The problem with that theory is they were probably making exactly the same argument before their last several raises. Becoming a millionaire has less to do with how much you make, it's how you treat money in your daily life.

The list of reasons you may not be rich doesn't end at 10. Caring what your neighbors think, not being patient, having bad habits, not having goals, not being prepared, trying to make a quick buck, relying on others to handle your money, investing in things you don't understand, being financially afraid and ignoring your finances.

Here are 10 more possible reasons you aren't rich:
You care what your car looks like: A car is a means of transportation to get from one place to another, but many people don't view it that way. Instead, they consider it a reflection of themselves and spend money every two years or so to impress others instead of driving the car for its entire useful life and investing the money saved.
You feel entitlement: If you believe you deserve to live a certain lifestyle, have certain things and spend a certain amount before you have earned to live that way, you will have to borrow money. That large chunk of debt will keep you from building wealth.
You lack diversification: There is a reason one of the oldest pieces of financial advice is to not keep all your eggs in a single basket. Having a diversified investment portfolio makes it much less likely that wealth will suddenly disappear.
You started too late: The magic of compound interest works best over long periods of time. If you find you're always saying there will be time to save and invest in a couple more years, you'll wake up one day to find retirement is just around the corner and there is still nothing in your retirement account.
You don't do what you enjoy: While your job doesn't necessarily need to be your dream job, you need to enjoy it. If you choose a job you don't like just for the money, you'll likely spend all that extra cash trying to relieve the stress of doing work you hate.
You don't like to learn: You may have assumed that once you graduated from college, there was no need to study or learn. That attitude might be enough to get you your first job or keep you employed, but it will never make you rich. A willingness to learn to improve your career and finances are essential if you want to eventually become wealthy.
You buy things you don't use: Take a look around your house, in the closets, basement, attic and garage and see if there are a lot of things you haven't used in the past year. If there are, chances are that all those things you purchased were wasted money that could have been used to increase your net worth.
You don't understand value: You buy things for any number of reasons besides the value that the purchase brings to you. This is not limited to those who feel the need to buy the most expensive items, but can also apply to those who always purchase the cheapest goods. Rarely are either the best value, and it's only when you learn to purchase good value that you have money left over to invest for your future.
Your house is too big: When you buy a house that is bigger than you can afford or need, you end up spending extra money on longer debt payments, increased taxes, higher upkeep and more things to fill it. Some people will try to argue that the increased value of the house makes it a good investment, but the truth is that unless you are willing to downgrade your living standards, which most people are not, it will never be a liquid asset or money that you can ever use and enjoy.
You fail to take advantage of opportunities: There has probably been more than one occasion where you heard about someone who has made it big and thought to yourself, "I could have thought of that." There are plenty of opportunities if you have the will and determination to keep your eyes open.

(from: earlyn07@yahoo.com)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Suyo-Mountain Resort



Ever think for a semester-break escapade, a family treat or looking for an adventure?

Experience the freshness of spring water and get relaxed to the soothing sound of nature. Slide and splash until you drop.

Let yourself indulged to the beauty of the place and be close to Mother Nature.

Suyo-Mountain Resort - overlooking Chico River - is a nice place to be with, owned by the municipality.

Thanksgiving Day get-way



Grab an apple a day and keep the Doctor away.



(my first apple picking)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A visit to Suyo

Once in a while I checked to see the location of the incoming visitors through the page’s site meter. I have seen they’re in some parts of Europe, across North America and of course Asia. Most of the referring URL seeks for Suyo-Cervantes Road, Chico River and the town itself-Suyo.

It is probably most of us who left our birthplace decades ago are longing to be home once again. Amidst struggles, determination and sacrifices we can’t help but missed home. No matter what, home is really where the heart is.

Please follow the link below to give you an idea what’s our place looks like nowadays. It’s a magnificent video to travel with you while considering yourself for a grand home vacation.

http://tagudinseaside.com/videos/Suyo2007.html

Have a happy and safe trip!

(At this time some faces of the road may vary at the time the video was taken. Updates will be posted later.)

(Thanks for the link L. Valdez of Seaside Park)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

UNP Engineering Alumni Homecoming

Thru: http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/unpeaa/ post.

The officers of the UNP Engineering Alumni Association invite all alumni to the First UNP Engineering Alumni Homecoming on December 27, 2008 at the UNP Open Café. The day will start as early as 8:00AM to make up with those long years of being away since we left the portal of our dear Alma Mater.

This awaited event looks forward to a very fruitful exchange of personal as well
as career-related experiences and achievements. And also intend to craft
a plan toward a Productive UNPEAA by 2010 and beyond.

Please be there.

Also please find time to visit/join our web post: http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/unpeaa/ post.

Hail UNP-Engineering!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In Case (and I Thought) You Want To Know

So long, the tag by ate ganda that almost neglected. Here it is.
I am: overdosed
I think: the sun appears brighter after sunset
I know: I can make it (??!!)
I wish: I could go home this year
I hate: inconsiderate person, crab mentality
I miss: being with my family and friends
I fear: adding weight (haha)
I hear: new James Bond film is on the way
I smell: the aroma of green tea..(nakuh, ma addict n ata!)
I crave: nothing much (lately i stop craving for choco's because it triggers my migraine)
I search: for every reason and answer
I wonder: (why??)
I regret: a little for not taking medical course
I love: listening to music/instrumental, reading and getting in touch with friends
I ache: for the thought of not seeing YOU anymore
I believe: pessimists are far closer to the truth than the optimists.
I dance: with the sound of music
I sing: almost everywhere
I cry: when I could no longer bear the pain and burden of life’s sad stories
I fight: when I know am right
I win: most when I wouldn’t let negative attacks get in my nerves
I lose: YOU
I never: thought of you coming into my life and escape unnoticed
I always: end up thinking what if’s
I confuse: here the sun sets somewhere in north-east where in our place it is sunrise
I listen: to people’s cry and stories with lessons to tell
I am scared: of frequently seeing snake in my dreams
I need: bakasyon grande, means I need lot of money too. haha
I am happy about: the way my life was and of course the present
I imagine: myself in an exotic Caribbean cruise and having much pleasure in a fantastic European tour. (nakz!!)

I tag fayeh, joylyn, mam nelia and ping.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

..can't we try..??

“A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE REQUIRES FALLING IN LOVE MANY TIMES, ALWAYS WITH THE SAME PERSON.”Mignon McLaughlin

I know that this line should be kept in closet yet. And more aware that I should be seeing myself first, hand and hand with my man as we both say we do. Inevitably, I am browsing lot of pages as how to keep a lasting relationship when I unexpectedly directed to this beautiful suggestive quote. It is apparently an enlightening memento to each of us when disaster rocks the boat of our love and tries to wreck couples' happy life.

Beforehand, in a philosophical conversation of not so close male friends I heard one saying; we never know or sure what this life we are living at the moment. And add that our existence in this planet could be just a big faking dream. That in other dimension of life we are tightly sleeping and might come a day we will woke up in a different world where we really belong.

It made me stop and think. In realization of that thought, it put me to a point of agreeing. Now if our presence is a dream then I wouldn’t like it to end. I love how it goes. Furthermore it has been good as fantasy. That is why before this illusive dream finally gets over this fat-headed heart of mine still chasing we can try harder. And would appeal..(again and again)

Can't we try just a little bit harder
Can't we give just a little bit more
Can't we try to understand
That it's love we're fighting for
Can't we try just a little more passion
Can't we try just a little less pride
I love you so much baby
That it tears me up inside

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Get hydrated

The intense hot outdoor caused by the heat of the sun is almost over. Cold breeze could already be felt. Whether I like it or not, summer time will soon end.

To enjoy the remaining days is the least thing to do. And be ready for the coming of autumn.

But before we finally let got of the summer, catch some of the fluid lose during those sweaty-good times under the sun. A hydration sip tips from The Beverage Institute for Wellness and Health. A tip I think good for all types of season.
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One of the easiest ways to improve your overall health is simple: drink more fluid. Why? Because staying hydrated helps keep your brain sharper, your skin clearer, and your energy up.

And you can feel good about thinking beyond the tap. Research shows that all beverages, even those containing caffeine, help keep you hydrated. In fact, adults tend to drink more liquid when it’s a flavoured drink versus plain water.

So go ahead and grab your favourite beverage. Your body will thank you for it.
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Look out, at the latter part of the day you maybe go back and forth to the washroom due to nature’s call.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Still

“Being happy doesn't mean every thing's perfect.
It
means you've decided to
see beyond the imperfections.”
**
The sun still shines
The stars still look bright
The birds still merrily sings
The wind still whisper with cheers
The colors yet never fade
Still looking ahead
**
You came along most unexpected
And gone simply unnoticed
Time passes by, things may change
Grass withers and leaves may fall
But the memories of you stay cherished and remain special after all.
Still thanks to you..

Monday, August 11, 2008

Savored coffee

I was agog at the arrival of summer and expectantly enjoy the heat while at outdoor happenings. To my dismay, the supposedly dry and sunny summer turns strange. In most days a heavy rain pours at any moment with the usual frightening thunder which gives me the feeling of being like home.

Remembering the rainy season, when heavy rain or typhoon hits our place and all works or school cancelled, all I have to do is pretty sleep all hours long. Neither makes a hot drink and sits with feet held high as I watched the endless raindrop.

In the village where my grandparents used to stay, wet or dry season, humid or chilly, you are mostly ended up taking (brewed, no instant) coffee. No ice cold drinks or beverages. My stayed there during visits long years ago give me a thought which now I know it’s merely wrong. I was miss lead by the conclusion; maybe they drink coffee every now and then because it is the very least thing to do. That brings smile to the kiddy reasoning I was before without knowing how efficient and helpful to them coffee was.

While embracing the early chill of winter or may it be an after shock of that recently horrible winter and as we’re being amazed by the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening performance with lot sips of tea, I am being captivated with the message of this eye-opener short story of savory coffee.

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups- porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the alumni had a coffee in hand, the professor said: “Notice that all of the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, which is the source of your problems that causes stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, your job, money, and positions in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life.

The type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of life a person lives. Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God makes the coffee, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
(Taliba)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Re: Importance of Sleep

I’m checking my email inbox after few days I haven’t logged to see if there’s something surprising.(hopeful!) There, numerous of junk mails from unknown persons that’s why I’d like considering setting spam on. There’s lot of mail from friends too. So I decided to read one because I’m half interested by the subject. And when I reached the bottom I was amused because suddenly the content turns different from above. Don’t have any idea if my friend is making fun again or either serious of it. As I was musing, I may never have enough experience but wasn’t born yesterday to come up with mixed ideas.(haha) Here’s how it goes.

A man can go two weeks without eating. But if he doesn't rest at all, he can only survive for one week. Sleeping provides us the time to rest our internal organs, eyes and the mind. Poor sleep quality can cause internal damage to our internal organs and brains. Therefore, sleeping is very important to us. If you wish to have a long life and stay healthy, please take note of the advice below.

5 DON'TS when you are sleeping


DON'T SLEEP WITH WATCH

Watches can emit a certain level of radioactivity. Though small, but if you wear your watch to bed for a long time, it might have adverse effects on your health.

DON'T SLEEP WITH BRA

Scientists in America have discovered those that wear bras for more
than 12 hours have a higher risk of getting breast cancer. So go to bed without it. (suggestion only)

DON'T SLEEP WITH PHONE

Putting the phone beside your bed or anywhere near you is not
encouraged. Though some of us will use phones as alarm clocks, but please put the phone as far as possible. Scientists have proved that electrical items including mobile phone and television sets emit magnetic waves when used. These waves can cause disruptions to our nervous system. Therefore if you need to put your mobile phone near you, switch it off first.

DON'T SLEEP WITH MAKE UP

People who sleep with make up might have skin problems in the long run. Sleeping with make up will cause the skin to have difficulty in
breathing and problem in perspiring. You will also need a much longer time to go into deep sleep.

DON'T SLEEP WITH OTHERS' WIFE

You may never wake up again.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Alongside Chico River

I grew up as a typical kid in a family where Chico River is approximately 150 meters away from the foundation of our house. We spent a lot of childhood memories in here. In the riverside we used to play kite flying, hide and seek, and running among others. We also did rafting with my brothers, crossing back and forth to the other side of the river, without minding that any moment the owner of the raft will arrive for we used it without permission. I could still remember how funny it was because we don’t know how but we learned hard so far. We are here most of the summer days to swim, dive, play and build sand castles. We have family picnics alongside too in a shady big tree. The river has a plenty of fish and we are fondly catching some barely handed.

I am even drowned accidentally in the place where mermaids used to stay as according to hearsay. That every time I came to remember it, I’m being frightened of the thought “hadn’t I survived I am no longer around in this world of fantasy”.

As our house is overlooking the river, most days of the year I am seeing the calmness of the water and its sound became a mellow music to the ears. The water mostly stays clean, clear and greenish and refreshing to the eyes. Our beloved town is really benefited by the gift of this nature. It is used as water and food resources. As well, a source of sand and stones for building houses, other structures, stone masonry and especially the on-going Suyo-Cervantes National Road.

I remember during our elementary years, our teachers used to inform us that the river we have is a winner being the Cleanest River in Region I in many consecutive years and runner-up entire the country.

Its head water is found in Mountain Province, it flows down passes through Cervantes and Suyo before it finally joins the Amburayan River then out to China Sea.

This river is no arguably breathtaking. Staring to its smooth and rough waves, bends and flows, I gathered some strength and enliven me unfathomable. I find it captivating especially I’m partly nature lover.

Through this simple blog I’ve created in its name, it is one in many ways a manifestation of appreciation and gratitude. Giving back some love and care to the river that inspire me in some ways and let me believed no matter how rough life is, “like the living water though first cut is the deepest it never runs dry.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tonight I celebrate my love…

Who wouldn’t love Beauty and Beast? They are the perfect figure of ”contentment is found in goodness”.

Journeying in a shortly cheerful, wondrous, and fortunate yet hanging, indifferent, vague, and blurry years my heart still wants to celebrate and sing tonight. Though mine may not like a fairy tale which always had a happy ending no matter I hardly wish upon the star.

So I sing..

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
It seems the natural thing to do

Tonight no one's gonna find us
We'll leave the world behind us
When I make love to you

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And hope that deep inside you'll feel it too

Tonight our spirits will be climbing
To a sky filled up with diamonds
When I make love to you, tonight

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And that midnight sun is gonna come shining through

Tonight there'll be no distance between us
What I want most to do, is to get close to you, tonight

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And soon this old world will seem brand new

Tonight we will both discover how friends turn into lovers
When I make love to you

Tonight I celebrate my love for you
And the midnight sun is gonna come shining through

Tonight there'll be no distance between us
What I want most to do, is to get close to you

Tonight I celebrate my love for you

Tonight

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

…as love is…

“Young love is about wanting to be happy. Old love is about wanting someone else to be happy.” - Dr. Mary Pipher, PhD


-Young as maybe but so purest, sweet, innocent and fragile

-It may show possessiveness but reflects truest amongst

-Seemingly selfish but never keep you stay whenever you’re no longer happy

-It can let you go even if it cause lifetime grieving

-Always loves to see you safe and happy in a distance

Walk away. Don’t turn around now for you may see me crying….

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Good morning turns mourning

One sunny morning sometimes midweek of June a grandma greeted me with no fake a smile in her face and asked how my country has been doing. I answered back all is well with me and I’m hoping my country does the same.

I stretched out the devastation caused by the cyclone that hits Myanmar, the deadly earthquake which damaged Sichuan province of China leaving millions of people homeless with just an approximately 10 days apart of occurrence. Another earthquake follows on June 15 somewhere in northern Japan that caused landslides which buried another life to death. With emphasis and worry I add that those countries including Philippines are in close regions so most expectedly either one of the disaster will hit the country too.

After few days she approached me with sympathy regarding the news a typhoon landed in the Philippine Islands causing ferry to sunken, massive flooding, mudslides and more. With consolation she ended what we can do when natural phenomena occur. Yes what can we do I uttered.

The aftermath of it many people lost lives and shelter, farm crops were damaged and some infrastructures ruined giving the country another unbearable burden. I’m saddened and crushed with the news I did watch too.

The more that I’m lonely when I have known that our beloved President GMA insisted of meeting President Bush even though she know that a certain powerful typhoon was heading the country. She would rather please world leaders than her own people. President Bush would have understood had she cancelled the trip. I am even mourning when the presidential entourage as according to Val Abelgas includes contingent of her entire family, 10 cabinet members, two senators and 59 congressmen – would cost the people millions of dollars at a time when they are already wallowing in poverty. It is not that I’m not favorable with traveling but at times of crisis, people’s need and security should be the first priority. With that kind of entourage doubt will surely arise. Pleasure or business? I don’t think President Bush needs all the people in that trip.

Had only our government would sensible enough to see how its people living in hardship. If only wise enough to consider its citizens be benefited from what they worked for, not only just satisfying themselves from their own interest. How many more millions of people’s money would spend in extravagant travels? Do you need to impress the whole world when they all know the human violations you have been accused for?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

i love cars


(smart for two:autosyahooca)

Way back in high school I do love clipping car pictures. I make it sure I have the latest models. I’m fascinated with their elegant looks inside and outside. I don’t understand why I’m interested and hooked with it. Maybe it’s an art thing to do or passion. In my clippings then Toyota Camry silver grey was the one I like the most, my pet.

Years after never had one pet in particular until I came to see before my eyes the Smart Fortwo. Though it was launched in 1998 I just have seen it this spring. It is really a lovely car and so cute! Surely it will be my pet now. It’s a smart option for those who rarely carry one or two people in their car. Ideal I think for couples who are just hanging around the city. And more to that economy wise.

With my enthusiasm however I never own one of them which is very funny. When my eldest brother got car of his own I never had interest to drive nor discover it. It’s strange and I wonder why. Maybe it’s different when it really is your own.

I certainly love cars. But still having myself unanswered, how would it feel like driving one of them?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Health myths: true or false?

My mother doesn’t allow me to read in dim light or in lying position, not to take bath during first two days of monthly period or carry heavy things and so many more beliefs. But I never listened because I have reasons too.

Pondering now on how my old folks stuck and lived their myths I want to admit that it’s a justification why they live longer. Because I still have two living grandmother proof in their 90’s who are much alive with their health myths.

Our olds tend to live on their beliefs and our generation keeps seeking for a scientific explanation to outlive those things and do live the present. But then whatever maybe our beliefs or myths if we think is good for us then I don’t find any reason to argue.

Here is some health myths listed by the British Medical Journal after their study that we often get it wrong. Our favorites from Chatelaine:

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day: INCORRECT. A 1945 article suggested that a “suitable allowance” of water for adults is 2.5 litres a day, but the next sentence in the article noted that much of it is already contained in the food we eat.

Reading in dim light ruins your eye sight: FALSE. Bad lighting makes it hard to focus, causes you to blink less and leads to dry eyes. So reading in dim light may be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t cause permanent damage.

We use only 10 percent of our brains: DEAD WRONG. “Numerous types of brain imaging studies show that no area of the brain is completely silent or inactive,” wrote the study authors.

Have a happy and blessed father’s day!

Since I’m not good in praying I copied prayer from Joanna Fuchs which I find completely inspiring. For my father and to the entire father out there as well from the deepest of me I sincerely pray;

Lord, please bless our fathers,
these men who mean so much to us,
who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming.
Bless them for having the courage
to do what’s necessary to keep us out of trouble,
for making us do the right thing,
for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry;
and bless them for pushing us to do our best,
even when they just want to love us.
Bless our fathers for being our protectors,
for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right
and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living
to provide for those they love most,
for giving us food, clothing, shelter
and the other material things that really matter,
for unselfishly investing time and money in us
that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our fathers, Lord,
for saving some energy for fun,
for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves,
for making us laugh,
for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock,
for holding on tight to us...until it’s time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to,
our role models, our heroes,
our fathers.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Long live! Thank you very much.

Monday, June 9, 2008

GANAP KA NGA BANG MALAYA?

Mahigit isang siglo na ang lumipas

Mula kay Lapu-lapu, Dr. Jose Rizal, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Andres Bonifacio at iba pa ang nagbuhos ng ubod lakas at buhay

Upang matamo mo ang kalayaan mula sa mapanupil na mga dayuhan

At ika’y naging isang bansang soberanya.

Ngayon sa pagsapit ng iyong ika-110 taong KALAYAAN,

Ikaw nga ba’y ganap na MALAYA?

Patindi ang KAHIRAPAN, SAKIT AT GUTOM ang nararanasan ng mga nakakarami

At ito’y dulot ng KATIWALIAN.

Mga mamamayan naging marunong mandaya kasi ang politiko at serbisyo sa gobyerno ay nangunguna sa kalokohan, lagayan at kamangmangan sa katungkulan.

Na para bang ika’y umiiral lang sa ”KUNG WALANG KATIWALIAN ay WALANG PAMAHALAAN”.

Lumalabas na ang bagong manunupil at matindi mong kalaban ay ang iyong mamamayan.

Mula sa isa, sa kapwa Filipino, ang militar, mga politiko sa gobyerno, mga bulaang relihiyoso at mga sakim sa negosyo.

Pero mula sa malulupit na kamay ng mga Kastila at sa madugong pakikipaglaban sa mga Kano at Hapones sa huli nakamit mo ang tagumpay.

Sa mga nagtangkang ika’y angkinin o gawing alipin ipinakita mo ang iyong katatagan na ika’y hindi mabubuwang.

Ngayon samahan mo ulit kaming tahakin ang PAGBABAGO sa SARILI at ISIPAN upang sumagana at magkaroon ng tunay na KAPAYAPAAN at asenso.

Imulat mo sa amin na ika’y hindi naging makasarili at mapanupil sa kapwa.

Na ika’y naging Malaya mula sa pakikibaka dahil sa pagtutulungan, pagmamalasakit at pagmamahalan sa isa’t isa.

Na ikaw ay karapat dapat maging MALAYA

-sa paghahayag, pananampalataya, pangangailangan at kalayaan mula sa takot.

Maligayang ika-110 taong pagdiriwang ng KALAYAAN mo Bayang mahal!

Mabuhay ka Pilipinas!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"?!"

“Don’t be downhearted in the thick of battle. It is the place where all good men would wish to be.”

-Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Prize for Peace, 1957

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If there’s one thing that needs to alter I think it would be from a mellow heart to being tough.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What it takes to be happy?

"Do what is good and what makes you happy. For if you are happy I too am happy."

What an admirable words from a man who tried to win one’s heart. And what a lucky lady to have a man around who humbled himself when an answer he got was sorry. He doesn’t have to win or own a heart just to be happy. Instead he remains modest, a sport one and a man who knows what love it takes.

He really is a man with a good heart but this can’t be seen nor appreciated when one premised herself in a castle where all she can see is her very own king.

Having been in struggling years of abandonment, into breaking all limits just to get one’s attention and when sour grapping is close to diminishing, I come to realize that what happened in the past wasn’t that bad at all. I now see what have come along. After all I am fortunate and loved. Aren’t those an enough reason to be happy? Considerably enough.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Changes in our job

It would be different when you started working with a boss who is definitely tight to rules; all in his mind is to end up with a high production in a day. Chatting for a while with your neighbor just to break the intense tak-tak of the keyboard when caught you will be punish. The more when he hears you talking or laughing out loud in the hallway, expect him to come in your desk and simply ask what you are working on for the day. When known that you are about to finish your duty before the deadline, you‘ll be given another enormous load until you can’t almost breathe to catch the day of submission. He never even mind had you stretch a smile of relief nor take a break to the comfort room. All he is is morosely irritable.

A year after the boss was replaced by not so strict one but fairly good at work. We can already relax our hands with a deep breathe without any hesitation. And open to frequently going to the washroom with a stop to the canteen to refresh.

Yes there is a big change in the working environment but as you were being trained/used to fast moving nature to being lax you’ll get bored most especially unproductive.

Changes come in different ways and gives distinct lessons too.

Changes in our job might be in a good package but usually comes worse. You might want considering these 6 tips for coping with change at work from Chatelaine:

Brace yourself. Like it or not, change is coming.

Get the facts. If your manager hasn’t told you everything you need to know, initiate the conversation. Ask what the changes mean for you. You need to know how you can prepare for what’s coming.

Wallow - for a minute. That’s perfectly normal. In fact, it’s the first step to coping with change. So allow yourself a little self-pity and anger.

Talk about the changes. Just try not to vent at the office. Open up to your partner, a friend or even a professional therapist.

Fake it until you make it. Put on a happy face and get a couple of quick successes under your belt to boost your confidence.

Think positive. Change can be a good thing; it can open up new opportunities for your career. But make sure you’re getting something out of it. If you think the change will be negative, break out the classified ads. Being proactive will keep you from feeling victimized.

Whether it’s a new cubicle or a new boss, today's offices are a place of constant evolution. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world. - dawn calleja

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

…..best resembles the character of Ilocano

If there is a plant that best resembles the character of Ilocano, it is the saluyot (jute leaves). Why not? This green and leafy vegetable popular among Ilocanos can thrive anywhere and at any time of the year with little of no care! Kas iti maysa nga Ilocano, nalangto no panagtutudo ngem natured latta uray kalgaw. Agbiag uray sadino a lugar.

Saluyot is rich in; beta carotene for good eyesight, iron for healthy red blood cells, calcium for strong bones and teeth, and vitamin C for smooth, clear skin, strong immune cells, and fast wound healing.

And do you know that the popular Ilocano vegetable, saluyot, originated in Egypt, and was the source of health and beauty of the Egyptian royalties including Cleopatra? You might as well decide to eat it too, if you want to look young, healthy, and beautiful.
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We best served this with freshly picked bamboo shoot and mushroom back home. It is totally a local menu but freshly invigorating and abundant in vitamins.

As far as here we also cooked it though sometimes we do it in other way. So every time we go shopping for food in a Chinese supermarket, saluyot is always in the basket, it is never missed. And that’s make us always feel at home.
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Ti tao a manakem, dina makita ti panagdisso ti sakana iti daga. Kitaenna ketdi ti sumaruno a baddekna.

A wise man doesn’t see his foot on the ground, he watches his next step.

( ilocano proverb)
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source: taliba-ca

Thursday, May 8, 2008

….for mothers


Salutes, thumbs up, high-five, raise the floor, hats off to all mothers! Young mother, single mother, irresponsible mother, and all mother of any kind. To my mother most especially.. with all respect and love, have a wonderful and happy mother’s day!

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
-Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I have been on XYZ

There is a time when I am not most occupied mind voluntarily goes freely and tend to land either on silly thought, suicidal acts, wicked emotions, and funny memories including embarrassing moments. However it usually concludes to one thing which I am really tired of.

For a while of change the wave of neurons takes another route and ends to funny memory lane.

Would you forget one embarrassing moment when your immediate superior utters your name and at the same time pointing down your open zipper? I felt my cheeks automatically turn hot red at that very point of time. I didn’t respond right away, because I don’t know if sorry or thanks would I going to say first or rather pull up the zipper first. It takes time before I got back to composure and resume the day. Shameful it was. (I put the blame on the zipper, ha-ha) But one good thing was my superior happens to be a lady.

This one keeps on flashing back which is really funny to remember. To think, not even in my wildest imagination that I would fall in an e-Xamine Your Zipper occurrence.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It might….


Pertaining to whom, what or how I have plenty of this….

For all sad words of tongue or pen,

The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

-John Greenleaf Whittier

I have won millions ??

Most of the time when I checked the status of my email the figure that pop out excites my idle mode just to find out that most of it are threatening chain messages. Or like one below with lots of different subject. That I should - take it urgent and serious, because I am a winner of this obviously deceiving pakulo; you won electronic lottery, won yahoo lottery, UK national lottery board, lottery international programs-automated computer ballot, benefactor annual grant award, email sweepstakes program, proposition: business transfer of a huge amount of deceased account and stand as next kin – that even grandparents on a guerilla time setting could not believe and buy it.

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS:

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am informing you of an attempt by some men who came to collect your payment on your behalf. I had to ask them why they came to see me in person and they said that they came to collect your inheritance/contract funds payment which rightfully belongs to you as shown in your file with us, on your behalf and by your authorization.

Note that they actually tendered some vital documents which proved that you actually sent them to collect these funds. Below is the list of documents which they presented.

We picked up your file because it was handling in a terrible way and I have been given the mandate to contact you by the Nigerian Government and conclude your payment through Nigeria Account.

Kindly direct your response to this office for immediate releasing of your fund to (you) the beneficiary below for quicker deliberation and response from him on the release of your funds to you.

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,

Central Business District,

Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal

Capital Territory, Nigeria.

Email: info_cbncommitteonfinance.nig@fromru.com

financecommittee@live.com

You are advised to reconfirm your details as required below information to enable the final release of your funds to you.

(1). your full names:

(2). Contact address:

(3). Phone:

(4). Fax:

(5). Age:

As soon as the above are provided, the CBN Governor will order one of our paying bank for immediate releasing of your funds.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. John Owen.

Secretary to the Governor (CBN).

(note: unedited letter)

How could I be a winner when I don’t have any connection, engaged nor applied into such lotteries? One thing even a Super 7 or 649 lotto fanatic I knew never had a chance to win the million, the more that I am not. Unless I’m that lucky in billion probabilities.

Another mail states that I inherited millions of dollars/pounds in Africa and Europe continents. Which should be really amazing but hahu not in a million dollar people will do that.

Somehow they made me a winner but not appreciable because they’re just mess in my Inbox.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hello Spring!

Spring is at hand and the weather turns better than previous which excites the most of us here. We can now wear our crocs or flip-flops outside. And I bet it lessens homesickness from staying all week long inside the house.

But while we are happy to the sight of the rapid growth of grasses and lovely blossoms, snow continues flowing on some part of northern America and Europe. Tornadoes and earthquake as well hit Texas and Georgia recently adding shadow to the so long dollar rate-down Clinton-Obama primary race.

Meanwhile as gas price hits all time high, we are keeping our fingers crossed to the coming of the so called tax refunds to get even with it. It may not be too huge but I think enough to enjoy the awaited refreshing spring.

A beautiful spring!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI first visit to America

His holiness arrived in the United States on Tuesday afternoon at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his six-day, two-city journey. The pontiff was greeted by cheers and applause from thousands of crowds since landing and anywhere where he is present including the first family.

The visit is to address concerning issues within the church and to let American Catholics or the whole America know him more. His presence though in the land creates many reactions from different organizations, parties and individuals all through out America.

His visit will end with a public mass at 2:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 20 at New York's Yankee Stadium with thousands of expected delegates. (photo credits: christopher)

Read for more stories....


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

..faith in the good..

“They call us romantics, weak, stupid, sentimental idealists, perhaps because we have some faith in the good which exists even in our opponents and because we believe that kindness achieves more than cruelty.”

-Fridtjof Nansen, Nobel Prize for Peace, 1922



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

WHY IS THE PHILIPPINES POOR?

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country. This can be shown by countries like India and Egypt that are more than 2000 years old but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.

The difference between poor and rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture and cattle raising but is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough they produced dairy products of the best quality. It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order and labor, which made it the world’s strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin colors are also not important: immigrants are labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive powers in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education and the culture of flawed tradition. On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich and developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives.

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.

2. Integrity.

3. Responsibility.

4. Respect to the laws and rules.

5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.

6. Work loving.

7. Strive for savings and investment.

8. Will of super action.

9. Punctuality.

10. and of course….Discipline

In poor countries only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. In fact we are supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich and developed societies.

If you do not forward this message nothing will happen to you. Your pet will not die, you will not be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven years, and also you will not get sick or go hungry.

But those may happen because of your lack of discipline and laziness, your love for intrigue and politics, your indifference to saving for the future, your stubborn attitude.

If you love your country, let this message circulate so that many Filipinos could reflect about this and CHANGE, ACT!

Live simply……Unknown Author - Balita

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

AI to MLB

Finally Major League Baseball Season ‘08 has started.

Toronto Blue Jays loss to New York Yankees on their opening game on April 1 at Yankee Stadium but Blue Jays regain themselves on Wednesday night and won at 5-2.

On the other hand, American Idol Season 07 announces Ramiele Malubay to take her way home out of the Top 9 on Wednesday night after a delightful night of Dolly Parton songs.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

An Hour I missed

On Saturday night (March 29) some relatives and I intend to meet once again to see one who just arrived from a vacation back home. Everybody’s excited to hear how was her vacation went through. We were aware of the Earth Hour though but as we started our conversation, the discussion went far and further. That we even neglected to check our time so we failed to participate, to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced. Just an hour to contribute to our Mother Earth on the need for action on global warming and yet we did missed it. I have come to think of posting this Ecological office checklist to make up with that World Wide event which is a peculiar tribute to our surviving planet. Because that night of failure acts is still chasing me. And I am hoping this can help instead. (‘o‘)


Simple things and easy-to-follow checklist to help reduce your office’s environmental impact and costs:

Paper Usage

. Edit documents on-screen rather than printing unnecessary draft copies.

. Produce double-sided documents.

. Don’t print email, and discourage others as well by adding a footer to your email template that says: “Do You Need to Print this Email?”

. Buy recycled paper and paper based products.

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

. Turn off all lights, computers, and non-essential equipment when not in use.

. Recycle printer cartridges and other office consumables.

. Recycle office waste such as drinks cans, plastic cups and fluorescent tubes.

Food

. Encourage drinking tap water in place of bottled.

. Encourage employees to bring their lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic bags.

. Use reusable cups, plates and cutlery in your lunch room and for meetings and other events.

Transportation

. Bike, walk, take public transportation or car-pool to work.

. Use videoconferencing and conference calls instead of travel when possible.

(NC-theoakvillebeaver)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

...i pray

“God give me the grace to accept things I cannot change.”
-A Monsignor’s prayer, Angels and Demons


It has been a part of my prayer since giving up is almost at the edge.

At mid- twenty ..

I was apparently out of nowhere, lost in human space and amidst bewilderness. Somehow I have a plan in mind to spend some good time this weekend it’s just that it was not put in the planner seriously. Unavoidably here comes the day, my ever age-added day. And I was surprised to know that people closed to my heart and those whom I just met lately have lots of present and prepared for a dramatic dinner to celebrate my natal day. I got an apple iPod on the present though it’s not the latest one. iPod never enhanced or fascinated me at all but for reasons I will surely love and enjoy this one.

Their thoughtfulness and kindness reflects how other people disregarded and ignored our presence despite of being good -all I have to give- to them. It is overwhelming to know that lots of people cared and loved us the way we are. The feeling dominates one who dismisses us unreasonably. And having them around is a precursor to see that life shouldn’t be bound with just one point alone. Luckily, I am as fortunate as winning lottery. I am poured out with people with touch of sensitivity, elevating hope, never ending love and goodness and so their greatness inspired me much. Happiness is really within us to see. Love comes as it may not be in a way we have wished it to be but the most important thing to note is we are most love against one or two.

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My sincere thanks to all the greetings from you guys..

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

If ( and only if)

If I have met you rightly …
Would things between us never gone wrong?

If the world you have is just like mine…
Would you still be here by then, keeping the love alive?

If things started justly…
Would we able to go far, believing and holding unto one other?

If the face of time comes between us just fine…
Would things stayed well and years would never been to agony?
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If there’s a gift I’m longing for..
It’s you..

If there’s the best thing ever happened entire my whole life..
That’s you..

If there’s only one man left..
I opted to be you..

If there’s one whom I wanted to love..
Definitely YOU..
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And If only I wasn’t in deep slumber and wake up into the world of reality…then there would be no more illusions at all. (';')

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter!


Long way Lent is near the end. And I already found my Easter egg even before Easter Sunday comes.

A blessed Easter Triduum! And a Happy Easter as well!

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"Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life……” - Vatican Council II

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Have a break

For ages it hasn’t been my hobby to have a cup of coffee/tea. I only drink milk but never go in fresh because taste of it isn’t good on my tummy. Adjusting to the weather I started sipping a cup each week and ended to two cups a day. Terrible! But I need to spend my day break over tea/chocolate to break the coldness. Afraid I am getting used to it and oh no crossing my fingers not to get addicted with it.

In fact I’m sober with tea while watching the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Jose Manuel Marquez Rematch. We were screaming with every punch launched and ouch to the bleeding wounds. So far it worth all the screams, Pacquiao won the rematch by split decision from the judges.

Of course it wasn’t surprising to see the country’s gambling icon manong Chavit right behind Pacman but dear what was he doing there on the ring? Boosting political image or want to take the microphone and speak in behalf of Manny? But dare him not coz Manny speaks (accentuated) English already. (Ow ha! Say nyo?!!)

(photo originally uploaded by chico river)

On the other ring, ranked 5 in NBA Eastern Conference, Toronto Raptors is battling for the playoffs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My March Madness



I have been on March madness since this month is approaching. My energy level nearly gets drained. I have been exhausted with the environmental situation plus emotional failure and all the defeats. All I want to happen is to be frozen along with the snow wishing much that the coming days would stop a while before my big day comes by then I will have some time to recuperate. But come to think of it how could winter end if days would pause a while? As then I will just let the day flow as it is.

I am now excited for the coming of spring because I am really sick to the extreme cold weather all months long. Walking gets tough due to the thick pile and mountains of snow on the sidewalk adding the chilly wind that almost crack my bones. I can’t enjoy much the weather because it makes me lazy with all the stuffs needed to wear from head down to feet. I’ve got enough.

Waiting for my big day I have no idea what would gonna happen and I don’t have any plan yet how to celebrate the day. Are there any surprises for me out there? Nor someone special would come along? Back? Haha..WISH!! Crazy thing I know but could that be my birthday wish? Please allow me just for once.. ahaha

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy graduation bro!


Congratulations ading!
You made it but it’s not yet over. You are just heading into a beginning of greater responsibility, into a future of uncertainty, into this world of perplexity..may you make a good deal as you go on on your way. You made yourself a scholar since high school and I do believe you can go further as you go on your life’s journey. Make good. (manang is just around)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8 and it was not ended just for a day because we have the whole month as Women’s History Month, to honor women of their dreams and achievements. It’s almost always that women have the strongest yet quietest influence on us. They ably perform different great roles that make history. Indeed women always there with a smile, support or strength in the journey of life.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I would like to post this lines which I received from a friend how women created by God so special. A part of the note says: It should be send to all men so they will understand about what a wonderful thing a woman is.

….a little boy grew up and became a
man, still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God and
when God got back to him,

He asked, "God, why do women cry so
easily?"

GOD answered...
"When I made woman,
I decided she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to
carry the weight of the world, yet,
made her arms gentle enough to give
comfort...

I gave her a hardness that allows her
to keep going and take care of her
family and friends, even when everyone
else gives up, through sickness and
fatigue without complaining....

I gave her the inner strength to
endure childbirth and the rejection
that many times will come even from
her own children.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her
children under any and all
circumstances.

Even when her child has hurt her
badly.... She has the very special
power to make a child's boo-boo feel
better and to quell a teenager's
anxieties and fears....

I gave her strength to care for her
husband, despite faults, and I
fashioned her from his rib to protect
his heart....

I gave her wisdom to know that a good
husband never hurts his wife, but
sometimes tests her strengths and her
resolve to stand beside him
unfalteringly....

For all of this hard work, I also gave
her a tear to shed. It is hers to use
whenever needed. It is her only
weakness.... When you see her cry, tell
her how much you love her, and all she
does for everyone, and even though she
may still cry, you will have made her
heart feel good.

She is special!"


I found this as affectionately factual dedication to all women. How fragile and sweet a woman is, that needs to be cared and loved for so gently. For all of us women, we are beyond special..may God bless us all.

Monday, March 3, 2008

A fallen former college classmate

Why have all those young men gone?

Last week I received a message from JM also a former classmate stating to pray for the soul of PO1 Joel Tabula because he’s been gone.

My heart beats fast upon reading the message, almost couldn't believe it if JM was only playing joke on me. But other side of my mind contradicts the other. I know him; he will never play things like that. I replied immediately asking what happened but I got no response until now. So I hurriedly went over to Google and there it was I found the answer.

Joel was found dead in his room when his gun fired accidentally. He failed to unload the last bullet of his 9mm service pistol before cleaning it. A rumor comes out when I communicated with another friend back home. JM might have a reason why my question stayed unanswered. Whatever the truth is, may Joel finds his final rest and may his soul go in peace.

Joel Tabula was a college classmate and has been a good one. He shares his ideas in Math. When we talked with him he never loses the friendly smile. Even without a word if happens that he passes you by still he wears the smile. I find him as jolly, responsible and intelligent guy. He entered PNP after passing the Board.

BSCE-UNP Batch 2004 conveys its utmost condolences to the family he left behind. Our batch felt sad of his early death, at 24 too young to die. He’s a year younger than us.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Some February happenings..

A total lunar eclipse occurred on the evening of Wednesday, February 20, and morning of Thursday, February 21, 2008. It was visible in the eastern evening sky on February 20 for all of North and South America, and on February 21 in the predawn western sky from most of Africa and Europe. (wikipedia)

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That was the eclipse I completely gazed at. And even love staring at it when all I can see is darkness. So I ended up with a stiff neck after long moment of looking up. We rushed to the Lakeshore that night to witness the eclipse that’s why we forgot to bring cam to take shot for a souvenir.

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February 29 is Leap Year Day. It is also the fifth Friday of February. The last time February had five Fridays was 1980. (timeanddate.com)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Let’s do MEME (again :-( )

Coincidentally when I was tagged to do this meme the pc that I’m using encountered some problem again. So then it was put in a computer shop to be repaired whatever damage was it got and still in repair at the moment. Now I need to grab other pc to do this meme. Better late ate ganda than never..haha

Ate ganda likes Prison Break which for me I tried watching twice if I remember right but I couldn’t relate much to it.(haha) But some really says it is a good watch.

My family and I used to watch historical war movies with few titles I remember such as Black Hawk Down, Wind Talkers, Pearl Harbor, Enemy at the Gates and the likes of A Knights Tale, Gladiator, The Patriot, The Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter etc.. Although my mother doesn’t like much those kind because for her it’s scary.
When I’m alone I am enjoying to watch cartoon movies (kahit paulit ulit pa) . From the kingdom of Lion King, Cinderella, Snow White etc..to Finding Nemo and oh I love Shrek. And of course I love much watching love stories such as Sweet November, Autumn in new York, If Only, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman….a lot more. Since I’m not with my immediate family lately I have no idea about the latest movie they have watched.

The last movie I have seen actually was The Godfather: Part II (1974)
This drama/thriller movie presents two parallel storylines. One involves Mafia chief Michael Corleone in 1958/1959 after the events of the first movie; the other is a series of flashbacks following his father, Vito Corleone from 1917 to 1925, from his youth in Sicily (1901) to the founding of the Corleone family in New York.

Michael Corleone was played with uncanny ability by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone. This movie has won 6 Oscars and numerous nominations.

As taimur74 said you have to watch this movie and learn why it is the greatest gangster film of all time.

I would like to tag all movie addicts/fanatics and joylyn, eng’r nelia, marosariopaz

Rules:

1. Link back the person who tagged you and write what was the movie his/her family enjoyed watching recently.

2. Now your turn to tell about the movie your family had just watched.

3. Tell something about the movie and spoilers are accepted.

4. Lastly, write anything that has something to do with movies: Trivia, your top choice or favorites and why, your family's story about your favorite motion pictures, the first film you watched with your husband, any traditional film the family’s been keeping etc...etc...

5. Copy and paste the rules of this meme on your blog and pass the tag to as many friends, bloggers and movie lovers you want. Don't forget to tell them they're tagged and leave a comment here if you're done with the task.