Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Take responsibility for your own life including your thoughts, actions, inaction, fitness, health, happiness and sense of fulfillment.


I may have lost along the way, stumbled and fall but I am not broken. Regrets? Never. It's only a matter of learning from the experiences, good and bad, I came across with. What matters most is how I get up and face what lies ahead.

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello December! Where are you Christmas?

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so they say. And it's officially Christmas in the Philippines, but mine has yet to come. I do not know if Christmas will ever be the same again, back when I used to celebrate it with my family.

I miss Christmas! I miss my family!



Where are you Christmas?
Why can't I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Where is the laughter,
You used to bring me?
Why can't I hear music play?

My world is changing
I'm rearranging
Does that mean Christmas changes too?

Where are you Christmas
Do you remember
The one you used to know
I'm not the same one
See what the time's done
Is that why you have let me go

Christmas is here
Everywhere, oh
Christmas is here
If you care, oh

If there is love in your heart and your mind
You will feel like Christmas all the time

I feel you Christmas
I know I've found you
You never fade away

The joy of Christmas
Stays here in silence
Fills each and every heart with love

Where are you Christmas
Fills your heart with love

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nasaan Ka, USB?

Feeling tired, down and alone then suddenly a very dear friend chatted with me in Facebook and apparently, he was feeling the same way too. So he sent me the link of a video of our friends arguing where the hell did they put their flash drive. I couldn't stop myself from laughing inside the office while watching the video. This really made my day!

To those who can't understand, sorry pero Ilocano po ang dialect na ginamit dito :) Just imagine na parating ganito ang eksena ng mga kaibigan ko who happens to be engaged in events/wedding coordination...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NO GIVING UP! The Concert

I've been away for quite some time now and for those who have read my previous blogs, they would know that I was busy rehearsing my choir for a charity concert. It has been a week ago since we staged our very first charity concert here at BJMP Laoag and yet the euphoria hasn't changed a bit. We have been receiving great feedback from various sectors outside and apparently several organizations want to sponsor a repeat concert.

WE are humbled by this once in a lifetime experience and we couldn't hold back the tears of joy from our eyes because all our efforts and sacrifices are nothing compared to the success and adulation we are experiencing now.

We couldn't thank enough the members of the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag Batch '86 most especially Madam Chevylle V. FariƱas for conceptualizing this humble yet meaningful project, the Production and Creative Team for their patience and dedication and our very supportive and dynamic Warden for his selfless dedication to this project. Lastly, a BIG thank you to my colleagues for being with me through this journey and for sharing their talents for this charitable project. WE MADE IT!

True indeed that there are a lot of things that we had to give up but there are better things that we will never give up!

To God be the glory!



P.S. I will be posting photos of the concert soon...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Love Is Your Love

One of my all-time favorite song. It gives me chills every time I hear it.

If I should die this very day 
Don’t cry ‘cause on earth 
We weren’t meant to stay 
And no matter what the people say 
I’ll be waiting for you 
After the judgment day

'Cause your love is my love...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

You worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?" But the Lord answered, "Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)


Photo from here.

The Gospel today teaches us about the source of true peace and happiness.  We sometimes worry and are troubled with so many things that we already forget to spare a minute of our time to  reflect and pray. With all that's been happening lately, let us not forget to talk to Him. As Padre Pio once said, "Pray, hope and do not worry." Prayer is not a one-way conversation. God speaks to us in prayer and we feel His presence in our midst. Prayer is not informing God about things He didn't know. It is made to humble man's heart, to inflame his faith and to testify that He is God, the maker of everything.

Monday, October 3, 2011

classic filipino movie lines

I found this in my old files...Enjoy! Have a great Monday everyone!




"Ako pa rin ang asawa, karugtong ng buhay, kasiping sa kama!"
Vilma Santos, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

"Walang hindi nakakakilala sa pangalang Magnolia dela Cruz, ang hindi nakakakilala sa pangalang ito ay aso lamang!"
Nora Aunor, Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit

"Simple lang naman ang hinihingi ko. Kung hindi mo ako marespeto bilang asawa, respetuhin mo naman ako bilang kaibigan. Kung hindi naman, respetuhin mo ako bilang tao."
Vilma Santos, Relasyon

"Ayoko ng tinatapakan ako, ayoko ng masikip, ayoko ng mabaho, ayoko ng walang tubig, ayoko ng walang pagkain, ayoko ng putik."
Maricel Soriano, Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit

"Si Val! Si Val! Puro na lang si Val! Si Val na walang malay!"
Vilma Santos, Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig

"You're nothing but a second rate, trying hard copycat!"
Cherie Gil, Bituing Walang Ningning

"Walang himala! Ang himala ay nasa puso ng tao! Nasa puso nating lahat!"
Nora Aunor, Himala

"Hayop... Hayuuup... Hayuuupppp!"
Nora Aunor, Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo

"Trabaho lang ito, walang personalan."
Rudy Fernandez, Markang Bungo

"Kung saan, kailan, at paanong labanan, magpasabi ka lang. Hindi kita uurungan!"
Sharon Cuneta, Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin

"Kung hindi tayo kikilos sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?"
Vilma Santos, Sister Stella L

"Darating siya. Alam ko darating siya at mamahalin niya ako para sa mga taong hindi nagmahal sa akin..."
Maricel Soriano, Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal

Alice Dixson: "Mamamatay ako, Ate, pag kinuha mo sa akin si Alex!"
Lorna Tolentino: "Ipalilibing kita."
Lorna Tolentino and Alice Dixson, Nagbabagang Luha

"Oo, inaamin ko, saging lang kami. Pero maghanap ka ng puno sa buong Pilipinas, saging lang ang may puso. Saging lang ang may puso!"
Mark Lapid, Apoy sa Dibdib ng Samar

"She loved me at my worst; you had me at my best, and still you chose to break my heart."
John Lloyd Cruz, One More Chance

"Utang ito, hindi limos. At babalikan kita para bayaran ang halagang ito nang nakatayo habang ikaw naman ang tinatapakan ko."
Charo Santos, Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan

“Ikaw pala. Ikaw pala ang sinasabi ng asawa ko na asawa mo na asawa ng bayan!"
Laurice Guillen, Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi

"Kelan po tayo magpapakasal, senorito?"
Sharon Cuneta, Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso

"Batugan! Magtrabaho ka!"
Dely Atay-Atayan, John en Marsha

“Oh, yes, kaibigan mo ako. Kaibigan mo LANG ako… and I’m so stupid to make the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend.”
Jolina Magdangal, Labs Kita, Okay Ka Lang?

“You made me believe… you made me believe we had a chance.”
Sharon Cuneta, Minsan Minahal Kita

“I love you three times a day!”
Jimmy Santos, I Love You 3 X a Day

“Kung magkakasala ka, ready ka bang magkasala with me?”
Judy Ann Santos, Don’t Give Up on Us

“Wala akong pakialam… ibalik mo sa akin si Jun-jun. Ibalik mo sa akin ang anak ko! Ibalik mo sa akin si Jun-jun. Ibalik mo ang... ahhhhh!"
Vilma Santos, Paano Ba Ang Mangarap

"Kanina pa ako rumarampa, wala namang bumibili. Hindi yata araw ng pekpek ngayon."
Cherry Pie Picache, Sibak

"Get out of my house. I don't need a parasite."
Maricel Soriano, Separada

"Maganda ka. Edukada. Pero..."
Maricel Soriano, Abandonada

"Kawawang bata."
Maricel Soriano, Gorio and Tekla

"Ang anak, hindi napapalitan. Ang asawa, nahihiwalayan!
Maricel Soriano, Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

"Wag kang aarte-arte na akala mo kung sino ka, dahil sampid ka lang dito."
Maricel Soriano, Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa

"You will die a dirty old man."
Nora Aunor, Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit

"Huwag mo akong Terry, Terry! Sagutin mo ang tanong ko: Are you fucking my husband?"
Maricel Soriano, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin

“‘Yun pa rin! Isip bata ka pa rin hanggang ngayon! Pagod na pagod na ko! Pakiramdam ko, para akong yaya na nag-aalaga ng bata!"
Maricel Soriano, Soltera

"Mula sa pagkabata, ikaw ang magaling; ikaw ang matalino. Pati ba naman pagmamahal ng itay ipagkakait mo. Inagaw mo ang lahat sa akin. Lahat!"
Maricel Soriano, Inagaw Mo ang lahat sa Akin

“Pumapatak ang metro.”
Rosanna Roces, Curacha, Ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga

"Ako legal wife!"
Zsa Zsa Padilla, Mano Po 2

"Oo, Ate, oo, Ate . . . Puro na lang ako oo, Ate!!! Para akong manikang de susi"
Sharon Cuneta, Nakagapos na Puso

"I was never your partner. I'm just your wife . . . kaya hindi mo ko nirerespeto!"
Sharon Cuneta, Madrasta

"Ang mga tala, mataas, mahirap maabot. Pero ipinapangako ko, Inay, bukas, luluhod ang mga tala!"
Sharon Cuneta, Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala

“Children, tapos na ang klase. And remember, be happy!”
Maricel Soriano, Mila



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spend time with children, they will renew your spirit, sense of joy, hope and well-being.

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)

""Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)




Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Respect yourself and your universe.

Pay to all their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, toll to whom toll is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7)



Friday, September 23, 2011

Pio

Today, we commemorate the Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest.




"Oh, how precious time is! Blessed are those who know how to make good use of it. Oh, if only all could understand how precious time is, undoubtedly everyone would do his best to spend it in a praiseworthy manner!"

"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain."



"Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer."




Saint Padre Pio, pray for us!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quiet the day.

As we start another week, let us first take a moment and reflect on the Gospel today... 


Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
"Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?As many as seven times?" 
Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." (Mt 18:21-22)





Today, we can see in the Gospel, how Peter asks Jesus about a very concrete theme that is still to be found in the heart of many persons: he asks the question about the limit of forgiveness. The reply is that this limit simply does not exist. " I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." (Mt 18:22) And to explain this reality, Jesus uses a parable. The king's question centers the theme of the parable: "Weren't you bound to have pity on your companion as I had pity on you?" (Mt 18:33)


Forgiveness is a gift, a grace flowing out of God's love and mercy. For Jesus' forgiveness has no limits, provided repentance is true and sincere. But it requires opening our heart to conversion, that is, do with others as God requests us to.


As St. Thomas Aquinas explains, "Man becomes God's debtor in two ways; first, by reason of favors received, secondly, by reason of sin committed: and just as thanksgiving or worship or the like regard the debt for favors received, so satisfaction regards the debt for sin committed." 


Have a blessed and peaceful Sunday everyone!


Please visit evangeli.net for daily reflections on the Gospel.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Plan on an improved tomorrow.

Make sure that today is better
than yesterday and tomorrow is even
better than today.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Offer the best of yourself to others.

Image taken from http://enyo-marketing.com

I have been giving out all my best since we started rehearsing for our upcoming charity concert but I just realized now that some of my choir members have not been doing the same. My mentor once told me that in able to achieve a little perfection, you have to put your heart and soul in every aspect of what you do. And then I asked myself,  is it already too late for me to take out those whose hearts and souls are not into it? With only three weeks left of preparation, I think it's best that I just keep them and let everything go according to plan. Kaya ko pa namang magtiis.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Poutness!

I am almost done with the repertoire for our upcoming charity concert and I need to finish it by Friday.
For the meantime, aura muna...poutness to the highest level!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Inspiration


When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  
But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!  - Ted Grant

***

This is my very first attempt to do a B&W photo and it's the only B&W photo I have in my folio. 
Honestly, I am not good at it and sadly, I did not spare more time practicing it 
but hopefully, I will be able to master it!
This particular photo became my inspiration in venturing into photography. 

I am a neophyte in this craft but I am trying to be good so that I could photograph more souls.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Keep faith in the potential goodness of mankind.

Yes, I've been away for almost three weeks now. Missed a lot of things especially here in the blogosphere. I spent my weekend reading previous blogs just to be updated. Ang dami na palang ganap.

Moving on with my ABC of Spirituality, I found this article about the 5 Things We Can Learn From Severus Snape in one of the blogs I follow which is somehow related to my post.


5 Things We Can Learn from Severus Snape

1. Our judgments about people are often wrong. In almost every book Harry and his friends suspect Snape is in on whatever evil is threatening them, all the more so after he kills Dumbledore. As it turns out he was on their side all along, and did more to protect and aid Harry than almost anyone else.

2. Rough exteriors are not the whole story. Admittedly, Snape is my favorite character in the Harry Potter series [so I was glad to see him vindicated when I read book 7]. But that isn't to say I find him to be a pleasant person, quite the opposite really. We learn some of why that is later on, but from beginning to end Snape is cold, short tempered, and at times rather cruel. Yet this exterior hides a person who dedicated his life to defeating the forces of evil.

3. Sometimes heroes are silent. At the moment of his death, the only person who ever knew how good Snape really was, was Dumbledore, who Snape had killed. He died as an enemy of all that is good in the world ofHarry Potter, and it was only after he could no longer be thanked that the true story was revealed - why he betrayed Voldemort, how he did the difficult thing no other wizard could have done and deceived the Dark Lord, how he gave his life selflessly for people who might never know what he had done for them.

4. True loyalty comes at great cost. Sure, we all want loyalty and put forth some effort to be loyal to others, but we rarely consider the cost. For Snape, loyalty to Dumbledore meant living a double life, sacrificing everything he held dear, and even killing Dumbledore when Dumbledore commanded him to. In the end we find out that he was never a traitor, but instead had played his part perfectly to the very end.

5. Love changes everything. Snape was originally a Death Eater, a true servant of Voldemort. We learn in these last chapters that what drove him to Dumbledore was love, love for Lilly Potter. He had loved Lilly since childhood, and though his personality and obsession with the dark arts had driven her away, he never stopped loving her.
When he learned that Voldemort was searching for the Potters, he went to Dumbledore in an effort to protect Lilly. When she died, he spent the rest of his life ensuring her son was safe. The redemption of Severus Snape was, like so much in Harry Potter, because of love. In the end his one request was to look into Harry's eyes, because he had his mother's eyes.


That's all folks!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jump out of bed, it will energize your day.

Going back to my ABC of Spirituality.

Well, maaga akong gumising kanina kasi maaga akong natulog kagabi. At syempre, maaga din akong bumangon. Hanubah! Puwede din naman kasing maaga ka ngang nagising pero di ka pa bumabangon. Ayun! Turo kasi ng lola ko, once na nagising ka, bangon agad para mas magaan ang pasok ng grasya.

Iisa lang ang ibig sabihin pag maaga akong bumabangon, maaga din akong lumalabas ng selda. Syempre nagsisipilyo muna pero bawal ang maghilamos. Ewan ko ba, nakakasira daw sa mata yun sabi ng ex-bestfriend ko nung tinuturuan pa niya ako sa photography. Mas ok pa daw na punasan mo na lang. Huwag namang gumamit ng baconator  na pinampunas mo sa tamod mo, lol. Natawa kasi ako dun sa post ni Mugen about The Baconator.

Pag pasok ko ng office, andun na pala si boss na nagkakape. Maaga ding nagising kasi magjo-jogging pa daw.
Nainggit ako kaya nagtimpla din ako ng kape ko. Kumuha ng Skyflakes tapos sabay dip sa condensed milk. Yummy! Sulit na ang breakfast ko.

Habang gumagawa ng daily report, pinapanood ko yung video ni Lady Gaga na Edge of Glory. Malay ko baka magustuhan din uli ni boss, haha.

Wala lang. Isang masayang Sabado sa inyong lahat!

Friday, July 8, 2011

You're a firework!

I was at the office early today and tried to finish my daily report but I wasn't in the mood at all! I tried to read blogs that I follow, leave some comments and hopefully get some inspiration to start my day. I went on to watch videos in Youtube and was curious to watch Katy Perry's Firework. Sorry naman, antagal na ata ng videong ito ngayon ko lang papanoorin. While I was watching the video, my boss suddenly came in...

Rcas: Xiany, ano na naman ba yan?
Kiko: Morning sir! Wala lang.
Rcas: Patingin nga. Mukhang maganda ah.
Kiko: Yung kanta sir o yung kumakanta.
Rcas: Pareho.
Kiko: Chos! Nagbibinata na naman si sir.
Rcas: May album na ba yan?
Kiko: Meron sir.
Rcas: Download mo lahat ng kanta niya tapos gawan mo ng folder sa iTunes.

My boss, who has always listened to the music of Al Jarreau, Mike Francis and Rod Stewart, is beginning to like my kind of music. He has recently asked to copy my Il Divo, Philippine Madrigal Singers and Bukas Palad cds. Now, he wants me to download all the songs of Katy Perry. I wouldn't be surprised if he will later enjoy my Gaga cds and house music!


Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
Cause there's a spark in you

Sometimes we really need a little push to ignite the fire within us! We can so much relate to this song! Iyan ang buhay LCJ!

If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Here comes The Bride...

After civilly married for more than 8 years, my dearest Ate Nikki  aka Baka to her friends finally got married in the church. She is herself a wedding coordinator and went on to organize various weddings. This is her chance to have the best wedding a wedding coordinator could have. And she had it! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Ate Nikki and Kuya Brai!










Ako kaya, kelan naman? :)





Friday, July 1, 2011

The world's longest...




Beijing, Jun 30 (PTI) The world''s longest cross-sea bridge, spanning 36.48 kilometers across the mouth of the Jiaozhou Bay in China''s eastern Shandong province, opened to traffic today, four years after construction started.
The bridge, connecting urban Qingdao with the city''s less-developed district of Huangdao, cost about 14.8 billion yuan (USD 2.3 billion).
Authorities expect the project to boost the development of an industrial zone in Huangdao and to facilitate the rise of foreign trade by increasing the port''s handling capacity, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
The business community have been complaining of the inconvenience of the current, less-efficient sea transport, whose operation is at the mercy of the weather.
Han Shouxin, deputy director of Qingdao''s traffic management committee, said the bridge will shorten the route between Huangdao and urban Qingdao by 30 km, cutting the travel time down from over 40 minutes to around 20 minutes.
Before the project''s completion, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge that spans across the bay of Hangzhou, in eastern Zhejiang province, was considered the world''s longest cross-sea bridge.
Qingdao officials today also announced the completion of a 9.47-kilometer-long undersea tunnel that runs parallel to the bridge. The construction of the tunnel, whose lowest part is located 81 metres below sea level, cost another 7 billion yuan.
The construction started in August 2007.
Engineers overcame huge difficulties in building the tunnel amid a complicated geological environment, said Zhou Fengjun, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
He said the project can now serve as a textbook for the country''s tunnel-construction projects, Xinhua reported. PTI KJV






From Yahoo! News
Photo from the Associated Press
Video from telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Harvest the best of life's experiences.




   The happiest people don't have the best of everything.

          They just make the best of everything.



           LIVE simply.

        SPEAK kindly.

                   CARE deeply.

                                                    LOVE generously.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

T-Shirt

Photography | Xian Garvida
Styling | Ash Castro
Model | Jeff Rejuso


Sharing you one of my favorite sets in my folio...



Glorify each day you are given.

Thank you Lord for a very tiring yet a fruitful day for me. And thank you for reminding me that with the little knowledge that I have, I can do as much all for the greater glory of God!



Sunday, June 26, 2011

In Moments of Solitude and Loneliness

Article | Rose Windale (http://www.healthzine.org/)
Photography | Xian Garvida
Hair and Make-up | Dino Lazaro
Model | Jaynny Lao
Location | Bangui Windmills Farm



Are being in solitude and being lonely the same? When you say “I need some time alone”, what is it that you feel? Is it because you are experiencing dejection and loneliness? Loneliness is actually a state of aching, inner emptiness. Yes, being lonely can be painful. You feel alone and that there seems to be just nobody with you.

Being alone is different from being lonely, although they may go together. When you say “I am alone”, it means you’re experiencing physical separation. It has often been said that you can be alone and yet not feel lonely. The sad thing is when in your aloneness, you feel loneliness, too. 

In your loneliness, you feel a spiritual, emotional and psychological separation from the rest. As you can imagine, this is more painful. Inward, you are empty and aching. You reach out for somebody, yet nobody is there. You cry out for company, but it’s beyond your control- you can’t have it.

Truly, such a circumstance can drive you out of your wits. We, as humans, are social beings. It is not only about the need to interact, but to connect. We need the warm and tender company of a friend or a partner, or family. Company which understands and accepts us the way we are.  


Where we need not fear rejection despite showing our true colors. In the company of somebody you trust, you can experience the joy of letting be, of being yourself. Indeed, when you are blessed with such, you can enjoy happiness in the real sense. Happiness can be as simple as that- having a true friend or a loving partner.

Or having a warm and loving home. With such, you may even forget the need for extravagant material possessions. It’s because what maters most is unseen. It’s in the heart- connection with others, and fulfillment. But sometimes, people just can’t help being lonely. Circumstances may have been unkind and inauspicious situations happen.

Loneliness can then start creeping in, and worse, gnawing us inside. And so we feel less as persons. We feel worthless and unloved and uncared for. When this happens, what should you do- is it the end of the world? It doesn’t have to be. When your dejection is so compelling, you need a change of attitude.

Shift your perspective and turn loneliness into solitude. In solitude, you get to appreciate the company of yourself- you become your own best friend. Being in solitude also means being alone, but there is a different essence. In your aloneness, you feel inner fulfillment. You get to process your thoughts and emotions.

Sure you may be in pain, but you can choose to see the lessons from that pain. In moments of solitude, you can nourish your spirit. Solitary as you are, you now have time and space for growth. In the darkness of loneliness, light up the candle of solitude. And see what is in your heart.

Gather your strength and your senses, and strive to be a better, stronger person. You see, loneliness is not the end of the world if you turn it into solitude. Remember, in your solitude, you are by yourself, yet you are not alone. There is always somebody who will always be with you.

Find out who it is - in your solitude.



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Explore each problem with the intent of improving the situation.

Been away in the blogosphere for almost a week 'cause I was busy practicing the participants for the quartet competition. I am so happy that they get better each day. I hope they will be able to make it.

Going back to my ABC of Spirituality.
Most of us tend to meddle with other people's business or concern that instead of improving the situation, we end up making it worse. Parang Face to Face lang sa TV5. Sabi nga, kung may problema, harapin mo face to face. Toinks! Still, I don't believe in the purpose of the program. You can not just let two arguing parties settle their differences at one sitting. What I believe is that healing takes time. It is a long process of soul searching. It takes courage and even sacrifice.

We may have diverse ways in exploring the problem but the most important thing is to find clear solutions. So the next time that we attempt to delve into something, think twice and make sure that we really are into making things better and not just like the sawsaweros and sawsaweras in the TV program who make both parties hate each other even more.
That's all folks!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

I am my HAIR!

Inspired with Gaga's HAIR, I thought of making a video out of it featuring the girls of G-Force photographed by me for their annual dance workshop project.
Hope you enjoy watching the hair-full video...


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Akihiro Sato

While browsing through my old files and listening to Gaga's 'Hair', I came across my photo set of Akihiro Sato and thought of re-posting it here. The photo shoot took place in Pampanga when Aki was just starting his career in the Philippines and I was also starting to enjoy photography. Thanks to my ex-best friend for allowing me to take photos of Aki during the shoot.






Coming soon: HAIR



Song of the Day: Jack Sparrow

I first bumped into this song while browsing a blog that I just recently followed. The beat is so cool and I just love the humor in the song. I lost count already how many times I played it since this morning.
Enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Decide to be happy.


CHARLIE BROWN:
HAPPINESS IS FINDING A PENCIL.

SNOOPY:
PIZZA WITH SAUSAGE

LINUS:
TELLING THE TIME.

SCHROEDER:
HAPPINESS IS LEARNING TO WHISTLE.

LINUS:
TYING YOUR SHOE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

SALLY:
HAPPINESS IS PLAYING THE DRUM IN YOUR OWN SCHOOL BAND.

CHARLIE BROWN:
AND HAPPINESS IS WALKING HAND IN HAND.
HAPPINESS IS TWO KINDS OF ICE CREAM.

LUCY:
KNOWING A SECRET.

SCHROEDER:
CLIMBING A TREE.

CHARLIE BROWN:
HAPPINESS IS FIVE DIFFERENT CRAYONS.

SCHROEDER:
CATCHING A FIREFLY.
SETTING HIM FREE.

CHARLIE BROWN:
HAPPINESS IS BEING ALONE EVERY NOW AND THEN.

ALL:
AND HAPPINESS IS COMING HOME AGAIN.

CHARLIE BROWN:
HAPPINESS IS MORNING AND EVENING,
DAY TIME AND NIGHT TIME TOO.
FOR HAPPINESS IS ANYONE AND ANYTHING AT ALL
THAT'S LOVED BY YOU.

LINUS:
HAPPINESS IS HAVING A SISTER.

LUCY:
SHARING A SANDWICH.

LUCY AND LINUS:
GETTING ALONG.

ALL:
HAPPINESS IS SINGING TOGETHER WHEN DAY IS THROUGH,
AND HAPPINESS IS THOSE WHO SING WITH YOU.
HAPPINESS IS MORNING AND EVENING,
DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME TOO.

CHARLIE BROWN:
FOR HAPPINESS IS ANYONE AND ANYTHING AT ALL
THAT'S LOVED BY YOU.


HAPPINESS is...

     Having my own Jollibee TLC after today's work (can't remember when was the last time I ate one or even a burger at that);
     Having practiced two songs today from our repertoire (my choir is getting better every time we practice);
     Having spent more time with myself and God (had a Bible study this morning);
     Having someone appreciate the same music you love listening to. (someone asked me to copy my Il Divo songs to her playlist)

It could have been a bad day (someone was bugging me at the office but I totally ignored him) but I decided to be happy. I hope you did the same thing today...

Addendum:
Just a coincidence, while having a break, a friend showed me a forwarded text from his friend:

     Everyday is a chance to be happy - it's our choice how to be.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Commit yourself to daily discoveries of something new and uplifting.


Maam Slyvia: Uy gayyem, I have something for you...
Kiko: Hala maam, ang cute naman nito! How sweet of you!
Maam Slyvia: Naisip kasi kita, ang dami mo ng hirap sa pagtuturo sa amin ng kanta.
Kiko: Naku maam, wala 'yun. Basta makakatulong ako, why not share! It's a God-given talent after all.
Maam Sylvia: At alam ko kasing mahilig ka sa notes, kaya iyan ang napili ko. 
Sumakay pa yan ng eroplano ha...
Kiko: Si maam alam na alam na hilig ko ang notes, hehe Kahit sa kalesa pa sumakay yan maam, aprub na aprub!
(Then enter Maam Sheila)
Maam Sheila: Uy Xian, ang cute naman niyan!
Kiko: Kaya nga maam eh, na-touch naman ako kay Maam Syl...
Maam Sheila: Ako nga eh, ang dami ko ng utang sa'yo. Di pa kita niregaluhan nung Christmas...

It was a very light conversation but I just realized that in our place where animosity, pride and malice are the norms, there are some people who still know how to appreciate the little things you are doing for them. 


Maam Slyvia: Isama mo na rin itong mga santol para kumpleto...

Forget the hate. I am here to share whatever I have so long as I can. I don't care if they get intimidated. I just hope they learn to understand that everyone was given their opportunity and this is my time to shine! Chos!


Kiko: Maam, practice na tayo...

Isang himig ang aking narinig, pag-ibig ang hatid sa bawat puso at isip...

And oh, by the way I've discovered that I am beginning to enjoy writing and I'm loving it!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Brave the future with an open and positive attitude.

So here is the second installment in my attempt to complete the ABC of Spirituality.

The day after we submitted by boss' accomplishment report, the result of his promotional examinations was released and it turned out that he is at the top 16 out of 101 who took the exam belonging to the same rank. The result of the exam will form part of the over-all rating. The other criteria  include work-related training, previous performance rating, awards and commendations and time-in-grade. He was so happy about it and then he suddenly asked if I am also praying for him, I said "but of course, sir!" Little does he know that I will be so proud of him if he gets promoted and awarded for his efforts because I know that it's already long overdue for him considering his accomplishments as our current boss and on his previous assignments. And I will be even prouder if our unit will also win the award. Then I said, "Sir, if I may ask, do you believe that we are going to make it?" He said in reply, "I do not want to assume, let's just pray adn hope." Then he directed my attention to a decor with a verse in the Bible that's hanging on the wall. It says...


Be that as it may, my boss never runs out of determination in going farther and further just to prove himself. He'seven willing to be assigned here for the next three years away from his family because no matter what, he will continue to succeed even going beyond his regular duties in carrying out the mission and vision of the bureau.

Tomorrow, my boss will be going home to be with his family and spend more time with God. I hope and pray when he gets back after seven days, he will be receiving good news!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Approach each day with an appreciation of being alive.

Today, I will try to start  blogging about the ABC of Spirituality. It's a good timing because as I open my Yahoo! account, a photo of a smiling Gabrielle Giffords of the US Congress suddenly appeared in the Yahoo! News. Her office posted two clear photos of a smiling Giffords posing outside her Houston rehabilitation hospital last month, just five months after she was shot and critically wounded at a congressional event in Tucson, Arizona.
Here is the story of her attempted assassination and her eventual recovery taken from Wikipedia:

On January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona, a suburban area northwest of Tucson, during her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering of the year. A man ran up to the crowd and began firing, hitting nineteen people of whom six died; a twentieth person was injured at the scene, but not by gunfire.

The suspect, identified as Jared Lee Loughner, was detained by bystanders until he was taken into police custody. Federal officials charged Loughner on the next day with killing federal government employees, attempting to assassinate a member of Congress, and attempting to kill federal employees. Giffords's intern, Daniel Hernandez Jr., provided first aid assistance to her immediately after she was wounded and is credited with saving her life. She was promptly evacuated to the University Medical Center of Tucson in critical condition, though she was still conscious and "following commands" at the time.

On the same day, doctors performed emergency surgery to extract skull fragments and a small amount of necrotic tissue from her brain. The bullet had passed through Giffords's head without crossing the midline of the brain, where the most critical injuries typically result. Part of her skull was removed to avoid further damage to the brain from pressure caused by swelling. Civilian doctors who first treated Giffords said the bullet had entered the back of her head and exited through the front of her skull, but experienced military physicians later concluded that it had traveled in the opposite direction. Upon receiving a call from a staffer about Giffords's injury, husband Mark E. Kelly and his daughters flew in a friend's aircraft directly from Houston to Tucson.

Giffords initially was placed in a medically-induced coma to allow her brain to rest. She was able to respond to simple commands when periodically awoken, but was unable to speak as she was on a ventilatorNancy Pelosi said Giffords's husband Mark Kelly acknowledged that there is a "rough road ahead" for his wife's recovery, but was encouraged by her responsiveness, which included the ability to signal with her hand and move both arms. U.S. Army neurologist Geoffrey Ling of the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, was sent to Tucson to consult on Giffords's condition. Ling stated, "Her prognosis for maintaining the function that she has is very good. It's over 50 percent." On January 11, neurosurgeon G. Michael Lemole Jr. said that Giffords's sedation had been reduced and that she could breathe on her own. On January 12, President Barack Obama visited Giffords at the medical center and publicly stated in an evening memorial ceremony that she had "opened her eyes for the first time" that day. Shortly after the shootings, some questions were raised by the media as to whether Giffords could be removed from office under a state law that allows a public office to be declared vacant if the officeholder is absent for three months, but a spokesperson for the Arizona secretary of state said the statute "doesn't apply to federal offices" and is, therefore, not relevant.

As Giffords's status improved, she began simple physical therapy, including sitting up with the assistance of hospital staff and moving her legs upon command. On January 15, surgeons performed a tracheotomy, replacing the ventilator tube with a smaller one inserted through Giffords's throat to assist independent breathing. Ophthalmologist Lynn Polonski surgically repaired Giffords's eye socket, with additional reconstructive surgery to follow. Giffords's condition was upgraded to "serious" on January 17, and to "good" on January 25. She was transferred on January 21 to the Memorial Hermann Medical Center in HoustonTexas, where she subsequently moved to the center's Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) to undergo a program of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Medical experts' initial assessment in January was that Giffords's recovery could take from several months to more than one year. Upon her arrival in Houston, her doctors were optimistic, saying she has "great rehabilitation potential".

In late April 2011, Giffords' doctors reported that her physical, cognitive, and language production abilities had improved significantly, placing her in the top 5 percent of patients recovering from similar injuries. She was walking under supervision with perfect control of her left arm and leg, and able to write with her left hand. She was able to read and understand, and spoke in short phrases. With longer efforts, she was able to produce more complex sentences.

From early in her recovery, Giffords's husband had expressed confidence that she would be able to travel to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to witness the launch of his final Space Shuttle mission, STS-134, which was originally scheduled for April 2011. On April 25, Giffords' doctors gave her medical clearance to travel to Florida for the launch, originally scheduled for April 29, and she went to Florida where she was to watch from a private family area, without any public appearance or photography. The launch of STS-134 was delayed due to mechanical problems, and Giffords returned to Houston after meeting with President Obama, who had also planned to see the launch, with his family, at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). After continuing her rehabilitation therapy in Houston, Giffords returned to KSC for her husband's launch on May 16, 2011. Kelly wore his wife's wedding ring into space, which she had exchanged for his.

Giffords underwent surgery on May 18, 2011 to replace part of her skull that had been removed in January to permit her brain to swell after the gunshot to her head. Surgeons replaced the bone, using tiny screws, with piece of molded hard plastic; they expect that her skull will eventually fuse with the plastic’s porous material. Giffords no longer needs to wear the helmet that she had been wearing to protect her brain from further injury. On June 9, 2011, Giffords' aide, Pia Carusone, told the press that the Congresswoman continues to make progress in her therapy. As of that date, while Giffords' comprehension appeared to be "close to normal, if not normal", she is not yet using complete sentences. On June 12, two photos of Giffords taken on May 17 were released, the first since the shooting.

Indeed, her story is a living testament of hope, courage, will and determination. In each day that I wake up and open my eyes is an everyday thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord. I hope everyone of us knows how to appreciate the beauty of life that we have and make each day a struggle to perfection.
Have a great day everyone!