Sunday, December 23, 2012

rules

imagine a world where rules where never broken.

we would be living in darkness and walking everywhere we went to hunt our food.

we would have a life expectancy of say 48 years.

a thoughtful prudent rule breaker is responsible for nearly every bit of progress ever made!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

chicken salad recipe

rich in niacin - promotes normal digestion & healthy skin

ingredients


2 pc medium apples
1 can Pineapple Chunks, drained (reserve syrup)
1/4 kg chicken breast, boiled & meat cut into cubes
3 stalks celery, diced
1 packed raisins
3/4 cup mayonaise
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

procedures

1. cut apple into chunks and soak in pineapple syrup for 5 minutes. drain. 

2. combine with the rest of the ingredients. blend well. chill before serving.



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Friday, August 10, 2012

Confession

I confess, I lived the life of an atheist before.

I questioned God's existence, and even blamed religion for the social ills.

I knew too much, but that knowledge was not enough to understand everything, not even my reason for being, and the purpose of all these superficial knowledge.

True enough, faith and the lack of it is best tested by the most pressing human crises.

When all else fails, where would I turn to? Should I continue blaming religion for human's failures?

All the trials make man humble, faith strengthened.

In the end, I believe, there's nowhere else humans will go.

And all these material gifts will be for naught.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

unhappy

Define what happiness is to you. What are your expectations of happiness? I personally realized that I had a distorted ideal of what happiness is. Happiness isn’t about doing back flips everyday. Life is an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes we are happy, other times we will be sad, angry, frustrated, etc. To me, happiness is something I feel on any given day. To say that I’m unhappy means that I’m unhappy everyday, period. However, what about when I do something I enjoy like going for a run along the beach, or cooking, or when I spend time with my friends / cousins chatting and watching movies / tv series or going out with them. Is it appropriate to say that I’m unhappy even though I’m enjoying what I’m doing? Remember, it’s about what you are feeling right now, not something in the past, this is brooding. If we dwell on all the things that make us unhappy then naturally we will feel miserable.

What I find helpful is to engage in what I’m doing, rather than letting my mind wander off. This way I can isolate my feelings specifically to what I’m doing. What I discovered was that I’m actually happy, just not as happy as I would like to be (yet). There’s a difference.

In saying all this, it’s not something that will change overnight. It will take persistence. But being aware enables us to make the necessary changes.

I will close with a question I once asked myself that helped me make an important realization: If we can’t see the good things we already have, then how will we see the good things we don’t have?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

dream (5)

i wish for another good dream. 

i miss these artistically surreal dreams i almost always have whenever i undergo my REM sessions.

but how can i when i rarely even get sleep

and counting sheep isn't even the problem?

i guess i should be wishing for this first: 

a regular, ample sleep.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

in void of

like the oar behind the sail
afloat or the branches of
a tree behind the leaves,
missing has never been
as painful as the waves
kissing and leaving
the sand anew.

to the distance.
yes, from the distance.

as the moon fails
to kiss the earth.

that’s how the yard
of your blooming blossoms
became to be
the morning after.
beneath the shadow of dawn,
fog falling down.

Monday, May 21, 2012

1234




One is enough... Two is too much... Three is dangerous... Four is deadly.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Fault.

It isn't anyone's but mine,
a carefree way of not showing.
And I'm sorry If you've felt bad
or uncomfortable, forgive me.

You've pulled me out of every manhole,
saved me every time from drowning.
Called me back to earth and,
released me from my prisons.

Showed me cultures and varied tastes,
instilled that dreams aren't ever fake.
That magic's not a fairytale,
and science holds the truth to tell.

Showed me that I can always think,
and choose even amidst mistakes.
And for all of this I cannot take,
a path without you.

I'm Sorry.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Prayer

Father in heaven we thank you for all the blessings you have given us.You have always watched over us and provided our needs. Lord you are the reason why we are still alive, why we still manage to survive in this world despite hardships and tribulations that we encounter in our daily existence. You are the source of our strength, our courage and our determination.

Lord please forgive all of us for our shortcomings, for the never ending sins that we continuously commit. Please grant us the wisdom to know and rectify our mistakes, please fortify our spirit so that we can fight the endless temptations in this world dear God. May you bless us with the power of your Holy Spirit so that we can endure every obstacle that would come our way. Please watch over our loved ones and keep them away from harm, and may you touch all of us so that we can remain healthy and strong.

Lord you are the master and creator of everything, you know what each and everyone of us so desperately desire. Father please look deep within our hearts, hear our cry oh Lord and if we are worthy of the things that we are asking for, please help us in our quest to achieve and obtain them. Guide us all throughout our journey Father, so that all our fears will be consigned to oblivion, so that we can attain inner peace.

AMEN.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Random

Avengers Divisoria Twitter You Are So Beautiful No One To Love Somebody Amanpulo Singapore Gago Ungas Dubai Smile Kiss Ireland UK Mean Escort Acuatico DM Cruise Echo Crush Charger Smart Globe Sun Mulan Reunion Trust Flirt Shaolin Bangs Cute Jessica Sanchez Boracay Tumbler Chismis You Miss I Controversal Game Over

Random Thoughts Bow.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Legal Basis

Legal basis need not be explained.

If everything has to be proven and explained, then nothing can be explained at all.

There must be a self evident proposition on which something stands and subsists.

This proposition need not be explained since it is evident.

An attempt to explain this self-evident proposition will lead to an endless question and dispute.

Hence, if everything needs to be explained, nothing can be explained and asserted in the end.

To make the long story short, not every detail needs an explanation.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Untitled

I regrettably yielded, I finally submitted.

Like a soft wind that breezes off a weathered leaf,

Too subtle, feeling reassured of a gentle catch beneath,

Just as any other scoured leaf on a mid-autumn day.

Fragility that once beacons,

It dithers, never ceases to be restless,

A fallen life, a fatal choice of falling.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Message (2)

On graduation day, there is such an explosion of emotions all around: excitement of the graduate, who after four or five years of examinations, term paper, graded recitation, thesis presentation, cannot but have that feeling of exhilaration for having survived all these. There is the feeling of joy of the parents, for having successfully guided their child to this day, where so many other parents fail. There is the feeling of delight of the teachers, for having participated in the learning process of an individual, perhaps, changing the very course of his student's life.
But after all the din of the celebration dies down, the graduate looks at himself and asks: What next? This is how the real world; I am on my own now. I have to start moving toward success.

What is your definition of success? Many will say a high paying job, a car, a beautiful house in an exclusive subdivision. And if you don't get these things, do you consider yourself a failure? Many people define success as the opposite of failure, but as one commencement speaker said: "Success is not the opposite of failure. It is an integral part of failure" Which means that in life, if there is an important thing you want but you fail to achieve it after several attempts, don't give up. Determination, a firm resolve - keep going, until success happens.

There is no reason for you to allow fear to get in your way. As Nelson Mandela has said: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

Congratulation Graduates!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fraternity / Sorority

Joining a fraternity or a sorority (why single out the boys only?) is a matter of choice, an exercise of our right to join any organization. And no one can prevent us from joining, not even the state.

I get emotional every time this topic is touched. I have nothing personal against fraternities since I do respect and uphold freedom of expression. It's just a matter of how some fraternities regard themselves in our society in comparison to "barbaric" non-frat members like myself. They tend to place themselves on par of everyone else. Then, what would you have if every fraternity had such kind of thinking? Endless fratwars for dominance. Lo, the culture of violence, patriarchy and patronage is preserved. Why would you join a frat in the first place? To make connections, ensure employment and wield unbridled access to elite activities? True, not all fraternities engage in violence/fratwars. Some are known for their noble endeavors. Aside from the moronic hazing, what is undesirable about some fraternities is the way elders favor members in place of more qualified applicants to a company where these elders are the bosses. Some law firms are virtual repositories of fraternity/sorority brotherhood/sisterhood. What culture do you call that? Even in government, those who get appointed are the people who have the fraternity connections.

I am not totally against fraternities as they can also be potent catalyst for positive change. For those aiming to join one, caution should be taken to study carefully each frat's history, mission, program of activities, alumni, social standing, etc. Otherwise, fraternities could spell a lifetime of bondage to a wrong cause.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quotations.

My response to the repetitious and, if I may say, bland questions as to the life choice I've taken can be fairly summarized by the following quotations.  (Pasintabi kina Emerson, Thoreau, Mao, Ghandi, Rand and, yes, Christ.)
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you tha...t you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
“What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
“If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things”
“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
"One cannot advance without mistakes... It is necessary to make mistakes. The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes. This has great significance."
"One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds."
"'Ambition' means the systematic pursuit of achievement and of constant improvement in respect to one’s goal. Like the word 'selfishness,' and for the same reasons, the word 'ambition' has been perverted to mean only the pursuit of dubious or evil goals, such as the pursuit of power; this left no concept to designate the pursuit of actual values. But 'ambition' as such is a neutral concept: the evaluation of a given ambition as moral or immoral depends on the nature of the goal. A great scientist or a great artist is the most passionately ambitious of men. A demagogue seeking political power is ambitious. So is a social climber seeking 'prestige.' So is a modest laborer who works conscientiously to acquire a home of his own. The common denominator is the drive to improve the conditions of one’s existence, however broadly or narrowly conceived. ('Improvement' is a moral term and depends on one’s standard of values. An ambition guided by an irrational standard does not, in fact, lead to improvement, but to self-destruction.)"
"Politically, the goal of today’s dominant trend is statism. Philosophically, the goal is the obliteration of reason; psychologically, it is the erosion of ambition. The political goal presupposes the two others. The human characteristic required by statism is docility, which is the product of hopelessness and intellectual stagnation. Thinking men cannot be ruled; ambitious men do not stagnate."
“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”

Friday, April 13, 2012

things i miss (2)

1. rice

2. mr. kabab @ west avenue

3. soju

4. your sweetness chocolates

5. a nice private convo with you

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Crossroads (3)

So many times I have asked myself whenever I reached a crossroad in my life; which way do I go? Do I follow the road that everybody walks on or do I follow what my heart tells me to?

Some crossroads that I have reached in the past had been easy ones because there was somebody guiding me. There was somebody who walked ahead of me to make sure that I followed his lead. There was somebody who walked behind me to protect me from being pushed or shoved. But through the years I will always remember that somebody who took my hand and walked with me, passing that crossroad while whispering kind words to ease the fear that he saw in my eyes.

But there came a day when I suddenly stopped as I reached another crossroad. I looked around but there was nobody in sight. I felt the thumping of my heart and the weakening of my knees. I felt so alone. I thought to myself, can I do this? I looked around once again hoping that somebody would be there. There was nobody. I took a deep breath and thought real hard which way to go. Finally, it was time to make a decision. As I started taking my steps towards the path I felt was the right one, I was thinking, that whatever happens, at least I did it on my own. As I reached the other side of the road, I turned around, looked back and I began to smile. I made it! I have passed the crossroad by myself.

From then on, I have done a lot of walking, running, stumbling and at the same time trying to keep myself from being pushed or shoved as I found my path in those crossroads. Along the way, I also learned to step aside and give way, to lead, to walk behind someone. Most importantly, I learned to lend a hand to somebody who I felt was in the same boat I was in sometime in the past - when I was not sure of what to do or which way to follow.

Now, I am faced again with this crossroad of life and I ask myself; do I follow my guide or do I follow my heart?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Equality

People will not apparently shout for inequality if there is none. Shouldn't people who have less in life, have more in law? Same goes with minorities whose natural rights; civil, political and economic rights must be respected to a degree equal with their fellow citizens. True, men and women are created in so different ways and that it is their biological differences that make it so obvious. Yet, it is not a compelling reason to continually allow women to suffer as second class citizens albeit this pressing reality. If men were at a disparaging disadvantage, wouldn't they balk at the idea too? To be unfairly dominated upon is too much to bear for the male ego, is it not? This is why homosexuals and women pick the cudgels and head to the picket lines. They too, regard this discrimination as too much to bear.

Aren't all people regardless of color, gender, political affiliation and the like entitled to equal protection of the law? Or at least uplifted when the delicate balance of the aforementioned powers are distantly skewed from women, homosexuals, etc?

Rights are called rights because these must be exercised without any requirement as to color, gender, religious or political affiliation. Otherwise, they are simply privileges. Rights are intrinsic to the person. Rights make civilized society more livable and enhance the dignity of the human person. Rights must be available to man, woman or otherwise. These rights must only be taken away only by due process of law and not because one belongs to a gender or race looked upon as not superior.

One should be sensitive with regards to issues like these. How would you feel when you are oppressed by a society so antagonistic towards those who cannot perpetuate their power because they fail to overwhelmingly assert their biological superiority? I guess, like those who wish to be vindicated, one is repulsed by such idea. No one likes to be oppressed. Especially when you know what it's like to be in the shoes of the oppressed.

Monday, January 16, 2012

IDEA & IMPRESSION

I was told that idea and impression is different in a sense. So, what's the sense? I hope I remembered it quite well.

Idea is a state of mind that one may have over something/someone consisting of certain verifiable knowledge. On the other hand, impression is a state of mind over something/someone NOT consisting of verified knowledge but of mere personal biases due to culture, education, sex, religion, physical appearance, political history or other circumstantial facts.

Example of this is when one sees a shadow at night. That shadow may give an IMPRESSION of a male or a female - the thing is nobody can be so sure - thus, it cannot be a verified knowledge. Now, once that person appears, let's say it's really a man, then you now have an IDEA that that person and person's shadow was of a man (that man).

Another example maybe is when one is asked in a class recitation about a case that he has not read. In this situation, of course there is no idea. But, there is an impression. What impression is that? Simple. The case is relevant to the topic. That's it nothing more nothing less. But is case's relevance to the topic and the case itself the same thing? No. The case itself is the idea. If you don't know the case, there is no idea. If you only knew that the case is relevant to the topic, then that is an impression. You do not even know for sure that it is relevant until you have read it.

When asked, do you have an idea? If you really do not know and you are just to smile and say something cute, you only have an impression and not idea.

The common experience amongst us is when asked "what is your first impression" about somebody. Then we will say "akala ko dati suplada, pero nung kalaunan nakilala ko din at mabait naman pala". Take note the phrase "akala ko" (i thought). A person always have a first impression about somebody whom he really doesn't know. Whom he has no verified knowledge about. If this is the case, then you are freely and voluntarily creating your own impression. But once you've come to know that person, you will have realizations. You will have a verified knowledge. That's where the "akala ko" (i thought) sets in. When that happens, you start to form an idea. An idea which will last forever or at least longer than a mere first impression.

However, sometimes, first impressions are correct. But when will you know whether it is correct or verified? It will only happen after having understood that something/somebody beyond mere biases/impressions.

Let us then become holders of ideas not impressions. Verify important things or things that seem important to us in one way or another. Lovers of wisdom unite!

Feel free to critique.

Friday, January 13, 2012

RESPECT










Respect is a big word.

We also see it and interpret it in different ways.

How exactly do we understand this virtue?