Friday, May 29, 2009

The World is Sick and Twisted

In my other blog, I had a post entitled “Today's Headline.” I said “My father loves watching news. I don’t” Now, watching news has become an automatic thing.

Why?

Maybe I am already used to hearing bad news.

I sometimes wonder with all the events happening around the globe, what does the future hold for the next generation? Is our world still a safe place to live in by 2019?

Crimes are everywhere.
Graft and corruption are endless.
Swindling is chronic.
War for power is devastating.
Poverty is in all places.
Now, sex video scandal is a hit.

Everyone is talking about Dr. Hayden Kho – Katrina Halili sex video scandal. Ok, Katrina admitted; Dr. Kho apologized. Both appeared in the senate hearing. Katrina is crying for justice; Dr. Hayden is saying he’s also a victim. So, what’s next? An intimate sexual act of an aspiring politician and a high profile woman? Election is near, I can smell it. Don’t you?


I’m not hopeless. I don’t want to think I am. But realities should be admitted - The world is sick and twisted.


Let me share again my thoughts about the Yesterday’s Headline which unfortunately is still Today’s Headline. :p


Today’s Headline posted in kiddomind last 02/18/09.


My father loves watching news. I don’t.
Each time my father turns on the tv, he would switch the channel to ANC or DZMM for current events and latest news report. Not that I don’t want to listen or know what’s happening in the nation or the world, I am just tired of seeing endless senate investigation about various anomalies, which in the end no one gets punished. I also couldn’t stand hearing stories about house fire which resulted to the demise of two innocent children; rape, sex scandal and marital abuse; murder such as massacre, criminal homicide, and assassination of a dignified man; accidents caused by vehicular mishap, medical negligence and natural calamities. I frequently imagine myself being in those situations and it scares me to death.

I sometimes ask myself why the televiewers have to witness a picture of a child being drowned by his/her own blood because he/she was killed by his own father. Where is the father’s conscience? Did his soul fly away while doing the heinous crime? Did he lose his values somewhere else?

Why do we have to find out government financial irregularities when several witnesses fearlessly testified for the truth to come out and yet no one is proven guilty of the offense? Graft and corruption, for me, is a serious misdeed. Every citizen of this country is a victim. Even those who are still inside their mother’s womb are already being punished by supposedly public servants who only work for their self-interest.
Don’t you feel sorry for people who died in a sunken ship because of human carelessness? The ship crew knew that the vessel can only carry a maximum of 2000 people and yet 4000 passengers fleeted during storm signal no. 4. How would you explain such thing to the family of the casualties?


In difficult circumstances such as those I mentioned above, there seems to be no good word/s to ease the pain of a person mourning for the loss of a loved one. In my other post I said “There are situations in life that we may not be able to change or beyond our control. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to transform or improve the course of event.” Apparently, we cannot change the events that already happened. If the episode is something nice and gratifying, we naturally feel blissful. Otherwise, if it is something unpleasant or horrible, I don’t think there is a person, in his right mind, would wish to witness the same occurrence again. I don’t think we would want to be devastated for the same reason/s (although it seems to me that that is always the case).

Friends, when are we going to learn from our bad experiences? Let’s not be stubborn. We can’t have a deaf ear all the time and assume that everything is going to be fine. Let’s listen to what the news are telling us even though we don’t want too because certainly there is a hidden essential message to every story. No matter how bad the report is, it is still a source of something to contemplate on if we want a change in our lives and in the society. And hopefully this change is for the betterment of the entire humanity and the future generation.

In the scripture, we are ordered to love God above all things and the second commandment is to love our neighbors (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Luke 10:27). As human being and as a son of God, we have a responsibility to take care of each other. The ultimate evidence of loving God is by loving others and by trying to be like Jesus on earth. If there are things that are beyond our control, it’s because we are being taught to become conscious of the needs of others and everything that is around us; we are being persuade to unite so we could fill up what is lacking; we are being reminded that each and every human being has a significant role to play in this journey called life.
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Photo grabbed @ patheos.com

The World is Sick and Twisted

In my other blog, I had a post entitled “Today's Headline.” I said “My father loves watching news. I don’t” Now, it’s one of the few television programs I watch.

Why?

Maybe I am already used to hearing bad news.

I sometimes wonder with all the events happening around the globe, what does the future hold for the next generation? Is world still a safe place to live in by 2019?

Crimes are everywhere.
Graft and corruption are endless.
Swindling is chronic.
War for power is devastating.
Poverty is in all places.
Now, sex video scandal is a hit.

Everyone is talking about Dr. Hayden Kho – Katrina Halili sex video scandal. Ok, Katrina admitted; Dr. Kho apologized. Both appeared in the senate hearing. Katrina is crying for justice; Dr. Hayden is saying he’s also a victim. So, what’s next? An intimate sexual act of an aspiring politician and a high profile woman? Election is near, I can smell it. Don’t you?


I’m not hopeless. I don’t want to think I am. But realities should be admitted - The world is sick and twisted.


Let me share again my thoughts about the Yesterday’s Headline which unfortunately is still Today’s Headline. :p


Today’s Headline posted last 02/18/09.


My father loves watching news. I don’t.
Each time my father turns on the tv, he would switch the channel to ANC or DZMM for current events and latest news report. Not that I don’t want to listen or know what’s happening in the nation or the world, I am just tired of seeing endless senate investigation about various anomalies, which in the end no one gets punished. I also couldn’t stand hearing stories about house fire which resulted to the demise of two innocent children; rape, sex scandal and marital abuse; murder such as massacre, criminal homicide, and assassination of a dignified man; accidents caused by vehicular mishap, medical negligence and natural calamities. I frequently imagine myself being in those situations and it scares me to death.

I sometimes ask myself why the televiewers have to witness a picture of a child being drowned by his/her own blood because he/she was killed by his own father. Where is the father’s conscience? Did his soul fly away while doing the heinous crime? Did he lose his values somewhere else?

Why do we have to find out government financial irregularities when several witnesses fearlessly testified for the truth to come out and yet no one is proven guilty of the offense? Graft and corruption, for me, is a serious misdeed. Every citizen of this country is a victim. Even those who are still inside their mother’s womb are already being punished by supposedly public servants who only work for their self-interest.
Don’t you feel sorry for people who died in a sunken ship because of human carelessness? The ship crew knew that the vessel can only carry a maximum of 2000 people and yet 4000 passengers fleeted during storm signal no. 4. How would you explain such thing to the family of the casualties?


In difficult circumstances such as those I mentioned above, there seems to be no good word/s to ease the pain of a person mourning for the loss of a loved one. In my other post I said “There are situations in life that we may not be able to change or beyond our control. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to transform or improve the course of event.” Apparently, we cannot change the events that already happened. If the episode is something nice and gratifying, we naturally feel blissful. Otherwise, if it is something unpleasant or horrible, I don’t think there is a person, in his right mind, would wish to witness the same occurrence again. I don’t think we would want to be devastated for the same reason/s (although it seems to me that that is always the case).

Friends, when are we going to learn from our bad experiences? Let’s not be stubborn. We can’t have a deaf ear all the time and assume that everything is going to be fine. Let’s listen to what the news are telling us even though we don’t want too because certainly there is a hidden essential message to every story. No matter how bad the report is, it is still a source of something to contemplate on if we want a change in our lives and in the society. And hopefully this change is for the betterment of the entire humanity and the future generation.

In the scripture, we are ordered to love God above all things and the second commandment is to love our neighbors (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Luke 10:27). As human being and as a son of God, we have a responsibility to take care of each other. The ultimate evidence of loving God is by loving others and by trying to be like Jesus on earth. If there are things that are beyond our control, it’s because we are being taught to become conscious of the needs of others and everything that is around us; we are being persuade to unite so we could fill up what is lacking; we are being reminded that each and every human being has a significant role to play in this journey called life.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's So Good to be Back!!!

Today is Sunday. My celfone’s alarm clock agitated me before dawn. I remained stubborn until my mom knocked the door.


The Kerygma Feast

It’s Kerygma Feast. Yey! I wasn’t able to attend the Feast for two consecutive Sundays. It’s really good to be back! The opening song has always been my favorite. So, for those who haven’t attended the Feast, here it is.

The Feast is Ready by Graham Kendrick


The Mass. The Eucharist Celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Quinto. Some of the important reminders I heard from him were the following:

“Don’t be troubled because God is with you.”

“It is only through prayer that we will be equipped.”

True.

Fr. Quinto is an incredible priest. He’ll be serious for a moment then he would deliver his joke with good timing. He ended his sermon by singing Renz Verano’s hitsong “Remember Me.” He wasn’t so good in “belting out” but his own rendition of the song was better than the original, I must say. Hehe!

Worship Time. In the absence of Bro. Adrian Panganiban, the Sunday worship was led by Bro. Carl Fontanilla. Some of the songs were Breakthrough, There is a Rock, Love You So Much and Sing. The last song hit me. I got LSS.

Just in case you wanna hear it. Here's a video I got from youtube.




The Talk. “The Universe is a Giant Echo Valley,” Bro Bo said. Example, when you’re in a valley and shouts “I love you”, what do you expect to hear? Sarah Geronimo’s version of the song “To Love You More?” Or your boss applauding because he likes his coffee? Or your girlfriend saying "Yes, I will marry you?"

None of the above, right?

It’s echo. Echo is the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves. Meaning, you’re going to hear what has just been said. Therefore, if you shout "I love you" you would hear "I love you,""I love you," "I love you"… Otherwise if you say “I hate you” you’re going to hear "I hate you," "I hate you,” “I hate you”…

Which sounds better: “I love you” or “I hate you?”
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The New Hairstyle

I got a haircut this afternoon. Check out my new look.


Did you see my bangs? It’s there. Ok, I'll turn around...should I (or better not)?

P.S. Special thanks to Glen, my haircutter
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How to Say "NO" the Positive Way

When your financial statement is fluctuating and a friend approaches you and asks you “Can I borrow money from you…blah blah blah?,” which of these two responses would you choose?

“I’m sorry, I don’t have money” or
“I’m sorry, I’m temporarily broke”

Whether you are making an excuse or your pocket is really empty, Be Positive!!!


The bottom line of this post? I’m temporarily broke! Bwahahaha!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Aspiring Entrepreneur/s, Let's Vault In

What dessert have you been eating lately?

It’s merienda time. What’s on the menu?

Halo-Halo?

Mais con Yelo?

Saba con Yelo?

Selecta/Magnolia Ice Cream?

Sorbetes?

Chocolate?

Hopia?

Brownies?

Cheesecake?

Cheez Curls?

Plain Pancit Canton?

Pancit Canton Calamansi Flavor?

Spicy Pancity Canton?

Kikiam?

Fishball?

Squidball?

Bananaque?

Camoteque?

Or anything with –ball and - que?

Haven’t you heard your digestive system complaining?

Those are all yummy but aren’t you craving for something unusual – still bursting with satisfying taste and excellent for your diet nevertheless the price is affordable?

My friend and I want to venture into food business. We’re neither a graduate of culinary course or Hotel and Restaurant Management nor a pastry chef or a dessert expert. We just have the passion (I think. I really do think. Hehe!). Seriously, we’re hoping to meet someone who would be willing to help us reach this seemingly unreachable endeavor. And I hope it’s you or you or you or your friendly neighborhood?

P.S. This is definitely not too soon because honestly we don’t have the resources yet. But we’re planning. In business, that’s the first step in putting up a business. Right?

Just maybe…

Aspiring Entrepreneur/s, Let's Vault In

What dessert have you been eating lately?

It’s merienda time. What’s on the menu?

Halo-Halo?

Mais con Yelo?

Saba con Yelo?

Selecta/Magnolia Ice Cream?

Sorbetes?

Chocolate?

Hopia?

Brownies?

Cheesecake?

Cheez Curls?

Plain Pancit Canton?

Pancit Canton Calamansi Flavor?

Hot and Spicy Pancity Canton?

Kikiam?

Bananaque?

Camoteque?

Fishball?

Squidball?

Or anything with –que and - ball?

Haven’t you heard your digestive system complaining?

Those are all yummy but aren’t you craving for something unusual – still bursting with satisfying taste and excellent for your diet nevertheless the price is affordable?

My friend and I want to venture into food business. We’re neither a graduate of culinary course or Hotel and Restaurant Management nor a pastry chef or a dessert expert. We just have the passion in business (I think. I really do think. Hehe!). Seriously, we’re hoping to meet someone who would be willing to help us reach this seemingly unreachable endeavor. And I hope it’s you or you or you or your friendly neighborhood? :p

P.S. This is definitely not too soon because honestly we don’t have the resources yet. But we’re planning. In business, that’s the first step in putting up a business. Right?
Just maybe…

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Everything Here is Senseless (or maybe not) - WAPAK!

Did you know that it takes me hours (sometimes days) to finish one post? The process is actually very simple. Just two steps:

First step: Make a draft in MS Word.
Second step: Post it immediately in my blog.

I sometimes get too overly excited to see a new post in my blog so I post it regardless if there’s wrong grammar or wrong spelled. Afterall, I’m not an English teacher or a professional writer. I also never got a grade of 1.0 in English when I was in college. So, care ko kung mali! Then I would realize simple grammar lang etech mali pa… So, edit, edit, edit. Well, the editing procedure is actually longer than you can imagine. Sometimes, endless. So wag ka magtaka kung ang nabasa mo yesterday medyo iba na today; tapos fully-renovated na tomorrow. The next day nakabasa pa ko ng essay na medyo similar sa topic ko. Hala, nawindang na!

Why do I still write if a lot of time is wasted?

I just want to write. Ganun. Ganun lang kasimple. Period.

I’m not a motivational speaker or a good conversationalist. I think I express myself better in writing than telling story using my tongue. This blog (and my other blogs) is the extension of my innerself. This is who I am - sometimes may sense, sometimes non-sense (may masabi lang). Gets mo? So friend, wag ka na magtampo kung di ko naikwento sa’yo na jobless na naman ako. Oops! Yes, it’s true. Correct. Exactly. Definitely. Absolutely. Confirmed. MISMO!!!

So, what’s new?

None. Nothing. Zero. In tagalong, WALA!!! May sense ba tong post na to? WALA din! May reklamo? Sa prisinto ka na magpaliwanag!!! :p

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P.S. May naread b u na wrong gramar? Wrong speling? Wer? W/c post? Tel me kng yaw u masaktan!!! Wapak!!! :p

Everything Here is Senseless (or maybe not) - WAPAK!

Did you know that it takes me hours (sometimes days) to finish one post? The process is actually very simple. Just two steps:

First step: Make a draft in MS Word.
Second step: Post it immediately in my blog.

I sometimes get too overly excited to see a new post in my blog so I post it regardless if there’s wrong grammar or wrong spelled. Afterall, I’m not an English teacher or a professional writer. I also never got a grade of 1.0 in English when I was in college. So, care ko kung mali! Then I would realize simple grammar lang etech mali pa… So, edit, edit, edit. Well, the editing procedure is actually longer than you can imagine. Sometimes, endless. So wag ka magtaka kung ang nabasa mo yesterday medyo iba na today; tapos fully-renovated na tomorrow. The next day nakabasa pa ko ng essay na medyo similar sa topic ko. Hala, nawindang na!

Why do I still write if a lot of time is wasted?

I just want to write. Ganun. Ganun lang kasimple. Period.

I’m not a motivational speaker or a good conversationalist. I think I express myself better in writing than telling story using my tongue. This blog (and my other blogs) is the extension of my innerself. This is who I am - sometimes may sense, sometimes non-sense (may masabi lang). Gets mo? So friend, wag ka na magtampo kung di ko naikwento sa’yo na jobless na naman ako. Oops! Yes, it’s true. Correct. Exactly. Definitely. Absolutely. Confirmed. MISMO!!!

So, what’s new?

None. Nothing. Zero. In tagalong, WALA!!! May sense ba tong post na to? WALA din! May reklamo? Sa prisinto ka na magpaliwanag!!! :p
.
P.S. May naread b u na wrong gramar? Wrong speling? Wer? W/c post? Tel me kng yaw u masaktan!!! Wapak!!! :p 
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Photo grabbed @ edutech.csun.edu

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Walk To Remember in Ciudad Quezon

The problem isn’t finding out where you are gonna go-its figuring out what you are gonna do once you get there that is! - Jamie (Mandy Moore)

This post has nothing to do with the movie “A Walk to Remember.” It’s actually about my itinerary yesterday. It's non-sense. But just in case you're wondering what I have been doing lately, this post is for you...

First Stop – Axis Global Technologies

I knew it. It’s not located at No. 20 North Road cor. 3rd Ave. Cubao, Quezon City. No. I mean I headed to the right direction as far as the address of Axis Global Technologies is concerned but going there was all wrong. The service center for Olympus camera is not Axis Global Technologies. Its Servimax Technologies Inc. situated at 2/F of Glimore Commercial Plaza Gilmore Avenue New Manila, Quezon City. I followed the internet not my intuition, that is. But it was ok. I walked towards Cubao proper and rode a jeepney. When I got there, the service lady assisted me for less than a minute I think. With just a few adjustments in the setting, my digital camera was completely healed. Ok, that’ the problem when the owner does not read the user manual. Huh!
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Second Stop - Mt. Carmel Church


I’ve been in this church once but I forgot its name. I just know it can accommodate thousands or millions of Catholics. Since this church is just few steps away from Gilmore Commercial Plaza I decided to pay a visit and prayed. There was a wedding ceremony nevertheless the entire place was full of serenity..
Third Stop - Broadway Centrum


Eat Bulaga was over then. There was no trace of Vic Sotto or Joey de Leon or even the new host-comedian named Kim. In my desire to see Francis Magalona’s Clothing Company, I patiently strolled around. But I didn’t see it. I hesitated to ask so I left quite miserably. Joke?!. Fourth Stop – Gateway Mall

The security guard of Gateway Mall was getting ready to scrutinize what’s inside my checkered bag when I saw a big yellow letter M inside LRT 2 Station. It’s McDonald’s. I remembered Coke Float. Oh, I missed it! I bought the regular size and gulped it at the corner table of the food chain. McDonald’s neighbor is Netopia, an internet cafĂ©. I was asked to sit in station no. 7.My first target: YM. I was expecting an offline message from a friend based in L.A. She answered my offline message. I was also lucky I caught her online. Then, I opened my Friendster account. I was surprised with what I saw - two new testimonials from two treasured friends. Their comments were quite identical. It was funny and … never mind. I responded. After that, I left.

Fifth Stop – Trinoma Mall
I just wanted to go to Watson’s Store to buy a lipgloss but I couldn’t find it. Actually, I wasn’t so sure if there’s Watson’s Store inside. So, I wandered for a while. I went to fourth floor and visited my favorite place in Trinoma – the huge CR beside movie theaters. When I had nowhere to go, I decided to relocate to SM Mall.

Sixth Stop – SM North EDSA

It recently underwent major facelift and now the public can enjoy its new relaxing facilities. Although the mini-park outside the shopping boutiques is like a mimic of Trinoma’s gimmick spot, generally speaking I think the whole place was cool. I didn’t follow my initial plan. I went to arcade, instead. I bought five tokens and played the bingo-like machine. I won three extra tokens. It was frustrating because the woman next to me was winning tons. I was obviously a beginner and she was like a professional. After eight games I left with nothing. Then, I went to my favorite ice cream stand, Fruits in Ice Cream or FIC. I gambled on their new flavor - queso. The taste was ok but I would still go back to my first love, vanilla ice cream. While strolling, I saw Chef Tristan from the morning show Unang Hirit. He was alone eating the Wham! burger. Next, I entered Toy Kingdom. I was confused whether to buy or not to buy a Barbie doll for my cousin. In the end, I went out empty-handed because I wasn’t so attracted with the Barbie’s outfits. I transferred to PowerBooks. I searched for Kokology book. I was saddened because there was none. I moved to Filipino book section and hunted the book entitled “12 Little Thing Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country” by Atty. Alex Lacson. My eyes went up and down, left and right but again there was none. Then I saw a girl seriously holding a book with Tagalaog book title. I caught her beaming a number of times while reading it. I wanted to imitate her but that’s the only book in the book shelf without a plastic cover. Sigh! In another book stand, I saw that book again. There was one without a plastic. I read some short commentaries. One said “Humanda ka Bob Ong” – Vim Nadera (Director, UP Institute of Creative Writing). I was intrigued so I bought the book PEKSMAN (mamatay ka man) NAGIINUNGALING AKO (at iba pang kwentong kasinungalingan na di dapat paniwalaan)” by Eros Atalia. Finally, I landed to Watson’s Store and bought three items – a lipgloss, an eyelash curler rubber pads and a mineral water. OMG! I’m tired.

Last Stop – Trinoma Bus Station

It’s rush hour. The number of passengers was increasing. It was expected anyway so I patiently waited for the bus. Sampaguita Bus arrived. I was thankful for that one vacant seat. My worn out legs were able to rest. The long walk was over.

I wonder why my mind still kept wandering? Should I start listing down my next destinations? “A Walk to Remember in the Historical Streets of Manila” or "A Walk to Remember in The Lion City?" Watch out! I'm coming!!! Huh! :p

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bro, Namiss Mo Ko No?

Alas sais ng umaga, nagalarm ang celfone. Bumangon. Nagtoothbrush. Pumunta sa dining table. Nagtimpla ng kape. Hiningi ang torones na dapat ay para sa kapatid. Nakipagkwentuhan sa mga magulang. Sasama dapat sa simbahan.

Pero ano nangyari?

Eto ako ngayon, kaharap ang monitor. Nagupload ng mga pictures, gumawa ng bagong album, binago ang Post Shoutout at nagupdate ng profile. In short, nagbabad sa Friendster. Ang agang nagadik.

Gumising akong masakit pa rin ang tyan. Ok ka ba tyan? Nairaos ko na nga itong keme kagabi. Umupo sa trono medyo gumaan naman ang pakiramdam. Pero pagising ko, shucks kumukulo pa rin! Ano kaya ang nakain ko? O baka dahil sa tubig? O baka dahil sa sobrang stress. Ewan ko. Pati buhok ko sobrang dry na. Marahil ay nakikiramay sa emosyonal na dinadala. :(

Pano na ko bukas?

May pasok dapat pero wala ng patutunguhan. Siguradong mamimiss ko mga estudyanteng naghahangad na gumanda ang boses at sympre ang mga mudrang kachikahan lalo na kapag nakakaantok at walang available na kape. Hayyy! Ang 5-8 hours na byahe araw-araw wala na rin. Hindi na pagod ang katawan ko at hindi na rin lalagpas sa bababaan dahil napahimbing ang tulog. Ganun pa man, hindi ko na mararanasan ang malibre ng driver at kondoktor ng Dela Rosa Bus. Pati ang skyway hindi ko na rin matatanaw.

Ano ibig sabihin nito?

May time na ko ayusin ang kwarto, mamalantsa at maglinis ng buong bahay. Makakatulog na rin ako ng mahabahaba. At higit sa lahat ang magdasal. Iniisip ko nga, siguro talagang namiss ako ni Bro. Maraming beses kasi akong nakalimot. Namiss ko nga rin sya eh. Bro, sorry na. Usap naman tayo…
Oops! hayaan mo bro, handa akong makinig! Hindi magiging matigas ang ulo ko ngayon. Promise yan!

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