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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Maintaining Positivity

I'm a notorious pessimist. I know, I know. But I'm trying to veer away from this emotionally-damaging attitude.

These days, I get those "attacks" of negativity. I can't even clearly pinpoint the source of it. That was why I ranted a lot of mood-swing-worthy tweets for the past few days. Again, I apologize. *sigh*

I'm brooding over a problem not worthy of constant worrying. Gets?

Good thing I read Day 12 from the Purpose Driven Life. It's very timely that I got teary-eyed while reading it at work:

"Pain is the fuel of passion - it energizes us with an intensity to change that we don't normally possess. C.S. Lewis said, 'Pain is God's megaphone.' It's God's way of arousing us from spiritual lethargy. Your problems are not punishment; they are wake-up calls from a loving God."

I really don't know. I'm feeling pain hurt na hindi ko alam kung bakit ko nararamdaman. But still, dapat positive pa rin. I remember telling my student that "we should always be positive". Natuwa naman ako kasi sabi niya, "You have a very good characteristic." Sana nga ganun ako. Ako yun. Ike-claim ko yun!

So, today I decided to actually write my answer in today's Question to Consider. Someone's going to borrow my book kasi, but I hope they'd appreciate what I've written down.
"What practical choices will I make today in order to grow closer to God?"
"Love like Christ..."

~~ Understanding. That's what I need right now. That's what I should have right now.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mga Simpleng Pampasaya

Though I thought that today I'll end up having not-so-lively classes because my usual favorites aren't around, I was still flattered by my student's comments:
[6:30:03 PM] T: You are class is every time nice. And my father said, the teacher is best some minutes ago. (sun) (sun)
[6:31:10 PM] T: See you next class (F)

oOo

[7:01:35 PM] O.F: Thank you!!! You are very good teacher (surprised)
~~

'Wag pansinin ang grammar, please! Hayaan nyo na, kaya nga sila estudyante ko e. At labs nila ang titser nila. :)

Arigato gozaimasu!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy First!

oOo

He said:
Fjordan Allego
thankful that despite of our very busy sched, we were able to make time to celebrate this very special day. Happy first, ! ILY! :)
Then I said:
Faye Garcia
I feel so blessed on this very special day. Earlier tonight, one of my best friends () finally met my boyfriend! :)

Faye Garcia
Happy first, ! ILY too! :) xoxo

oOo

Thank you for making me happy on our very special day!
I love you, GG!

A Different Perspective

I remember back in high school, we were asked to read The Purpose Driven Life for our CLE class. My 13-year-old self thought it was just like any other book - and now I can say that it isn't. I'm glad that I picked up the copy given to me two years ago by Ms. Cora Claudio of Earth Asia. Right now, I definitely have a different perspective on this book. I can't say what it is exactly, but I appreciate it more as of the moment. I really do.

And today, I just finished reading the chapter for Day 6 and found this part to be really inspiring:
"When life gets tough, when you're overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet. Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better."

This is by far the best book I've read while working in the morning. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Someday, I Want To Be Just Like Her

Because she has taught me so many valuable things in life;
Because she is the best friend a girl (& all her friends) could ever have;
Because she's SUPER COOL;
Because she has a pure heart;
And because she inspires me to face life courageously...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY EVER BEAUTIFUL/GORGEOUS/STUNNING MOM! <3

Love,
your daughter who got 'em lovely genes from you, Faye

2011 Running Events

Energizer Night Race 2011
November 5, 2011 (Saturday)

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
3k | 5k | 10k
Organizer: PepSquad Events
(http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2011/09/energizer-night-race-2011-november-5-2011/)

Chevrolet New Balance Power Run
November 6, 2010 @4AM (Sunday)

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
5k | 10k | 25k
(http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2011/08/chevrolet-new-balance-power-run-november-6-2011/)

RunRio: Unilab Run United 3 2011
November 13, 2011 (Sunday)

SM Mall of Asia
500m for kids | 3K | 5K | 10K | 15K | 21K | 32K
(http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2011/09/runrio-unilab-run-united-3-2011-november-13-2011/)

Sunset Run 2011
December 10, 2011 (Saturday)

Sun Life Center BGC - Vertican Run and 11th Ave. North Bonifacio - Road Race
3k | 5k | 10k | 2k - Vertical Run
Organizer: Without Limits + ProActive
(http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2011/10/sunset-run-2011-sunpiology-2012-december-10-2011/)

More running events at: http://www.pinoyfitness.com/list-of-events/

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This Is The Last Time

... I'll fall in love! CHOS. (O, nakikita kitang ngumingiti. Huwag padalos-dalos, iba ang pinupunto ko dito. Pero kung gusto mo pa rin, go lang! ^^,)

Got this quote from my TP classmate and co-worker, Hogi. Turns out there's an online article about it. Just click on the words to read more about it! :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I'm a Sofisti... what?

QUIZ TIME! Wow, parang hayskul lang! Pero cool ito. It has a series of personality tests based on VisualDNA based on how you respond to concepts such as art and freedom, to selecting your ideal holiday and bedroom - all of which are give away clues to your personality.

Iha-highlight ko na lang kung ano yung tingin ko ay nag-match so far... Let's go!


You're a Sofisticat


You're super stylish and love changing your look. You're creative and like to put your stamp on everything you do. You're definitely someone who appreciates the finer things in life. You have great taste and like to spoil yourself every once in a while. You're a bit of a culture vulture too and love to keep your finger on the pulse of all that's going on. For you, there's nothing quite like getting immersed in the magic of the theater and a really great show. It's all about the ambience and the experience of the show. It's a great night out - the ultimate in escapism and culture.

You have a real passion for music and are probably fanatical about the songwriters and bands that you like. Getting to see live gigs is always a treat and gives you a real buzz.

oOo

Visit this site to get your own VisualDNA test result!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Life's A Beautiful Mess

"Let go of pride and surrender to love. Live a beautiful life."

I remember re-tweeting this yesterday but it made more sense to me at this moment. Such beautiful words yet so hard to live out. Almost tragic.

I recall my mom saying, "The right amount of pride is vital in life. Without it, you may lose yourself." - That's true. I'm not even going to argue with her about it. Yes, pride IS one of the deadly sins. And yet, I believe that it only becomes as such if it's excessive.

We are always taught of the ideals acceptable within societal norms, yet it's hard to carry them out because we can never tailor-fit something that is not custom-made for us. We tend to judge people by what they do and say without truly knowing why they are behaving in such a manner.

When I was younger and naive, I often judge people as they appear right before my eyes - not really caring to delve deep into what makes them tick, that is why misunderstood them and it led to a lot of arguments. I used to believe that I'm the greatest person on Earth - no kidding. That just reflects how sheltered my life was back when I was a kid; I was the center of attention, the youngest in the family, the "miracle" child as I've told. But being shoved to the real world made me realize that I'm just a speck in this so-called journey. I'm not perfect. I'm no longer an achiever. I'm just average. I'm just me. Luckily, I've been blessed with a great family and awesome set of close friends who taught me how to be myself without losing a grip of who I ought to be.

Yet, pride is still there. It still is and it will be. Not because I glorify in being sinful - don't get me wrong. But rather, I use it as a form of "veil" that would shield me from all the things that could hurt me physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. Though that is the case, I still try to take a step back first before analyzing things and situations. It's a perspective in life that I'm still trying to master because it ain't easy, but it's pretty much useful. I can say it helps to clear my cluttered thoughts, makes me create sound judgment and aid in my relationships. And with it, I've grown fully aware of the things around me.

It's only been a little over two decades that I've lived my life. So much things will still happen, but definitely a worthwhile journey towards a bright and beautiful tomorrow. Life's both a battle and a race. Take risks. Live life.

oOo

"Nobody said it was easy." ~Coldplay

This goes out to my closest friends experiencing turbulence in their relationship:

Managing relationships are tricky, especially the romantic kind. A lot of things are constantly at stake, most especially your time and emotion. On an upbeat, it's satisfying, gratifying and gives you a sort-of confidence boost. But on the downside, it can be frustrating, confusing and literally emotional suicide. It's both healthy and unhealthy. It's a struggle. And yet, refer to the line above from Coldplay's song The Scientist.

I admit, I've never had any serious relationships before (yes, you've read that right). I've never talked about it because there was no need to. Countless, yes, but remarkable, yes and no - maybe none. But I think it's high time that I say my two cents on this.

Perhaps not being in an actual relationship before is my flaw to handling ties. Though I may know how to handle other people in different scenarios, but being in this state is very much different. It's not something casual, but not too formal either. It's kind of like in the middle.

Get my drift? Okay, I'm being vague here. But that's my ultimate flaw; every person has one, right? And yet, it doesn't necessarily mean that I don't try my hardest to make things work. I do. I try. Always.

But let's remember that working on relationships is a two-way process. Building its foundation is a great task and it needs two mature and sincere people to make things work. If in case that the other person still carries excess baggage from previous commitments, it will never work. Leave the past behind and face the future challenge.

It was said that the things that make a difference are real COMPROMISE, real SACRIFICE and real MOMENTS.

oOo

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference!"
~excerpt from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

I'm at a crossroads in my life.

Wow, I never thought I'd say this - but... at this point, I just want to run away to the depths of the Earth.

Career path. Still non-existent. Well, technically, yes, mostly likely no. But then again... risks and more risks up ahead. Is it worth it?

Sa Galid or Up State?

Decisions... decisions... and thus, I surrender everything to Him for it was said that God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Friday, Fridayyy!

... gotta get down on Fridayyy~

Okay, that song's passé - I know, I know. But after such a long time, it feels good to actually NOT go to work on a Friday on either of my two part-time jobs.

And after such a LONG time, I was able to do an early morning jog. Perfect weather, indeed! A little foggy and kind-of chilly... but still good! :)

But since our DSL's going loco again, I'll try to upload the photo I took of my jogging path next time. ;) Okay, DONE.

oOo

Reverting to my last post about communication, I found this post on Dawn Yang's blog (clapbangkiss.xanga.com/) and it's just the perfect example of how things could go from bad to worst if you're not talking face to face...

Brace yourselves people:

Dear Wife,
I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you forever. I've been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it. These last 2 weeks have been hell. ... Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw seeing how you don't tell me anything anymore. Last week, you came home & didn't even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favorite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps. You don't tell me you love me anymore; you don't want sex or anything that connects us as husband & wife. Either you're cheating on me or you don't love me anymore; whatever the case, I'm gone.

Your EX-Husband

P.S. don't try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West
Virginia together! Have a great life!

——

Dear Ex-Husband,
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter. It's true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you've been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping. Too bad that doesn't work. I DID notice when you got a hair cut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was 'You look just like a girl!' Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can't say something nice, I didn't comment. And when you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago. About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning. After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out. So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica But when I got home you were gone.. Everything happens for a reason, I guess. I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won't get a dime from me. So take care.

Signed,
Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell & Free!

P.S. I don't know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl. I hope that's not a problem.

oOo

Lots of things to contemplate here. Though this example was put in a comedic light, it's something that we could learn from.

Thus, NEVER EVER make decisions with haste.

oOo

HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED FRIDAY, YA'LL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY NUMBER ONE MAN, DAD! :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Reconnecting to Reality

Listening to: Forever from the album Hillsong United (The I Heart Revolution)

Oh, hello OCTOBER! Truly, how time flies by so fast and soon enough despite all the success and failures, happiness and sadness, and all the craziness in between I still find myself surviving life. Thank you, Lord! :)

Which brings me to my usual habit of over-thinking things. Hence, I write (or type, for that matter).

I've meant to put up this entry last week, but I noticed that I literally flooded my blog with so much stuff in a span of days that I ought to save this one for today. Thus, here it goes...

I've had countless conversations with people about how they communicate with one another back when computers and the internet was still an idea yet to be conceived. Hearing their stories, it seems to me that people get along just fine without technology to aid them in getting their message across, though "snail mail" was, as it's name suggest, slow. But I think it's in the wait that makes people look forward to something either heart-warming, heart-wrenching, or any emotion elicited by the words enclosed in that simple piece of parchment, as opposed to how "instant" things are these days with technology.

In an era where most people are used to communicating electronically, either via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, Yahoo Messenger/Skype/Google Talk, etc - well, myself included - it's no wonder that people no longer savor these kind of emotions. I'm not saying that it's totally wrong. For some, it works for them in a sense that they get to say what's truly on their mind without the hassle of going through the emotional turmoil of how to go about it in person. BUT ---

What I'm trying to say is: Don't you think that a better approach to life is to actually try to disconnect yourself online and try to reconnect with reality - to the ones that really matter? I believe that it's not in the countless friends you have online or the huge number of followers on any platform that defines who you are. Nor is it with the words you're able to impart with or without meaning.

I for one have a lot of "friends" on Facebook, but personally know just a handful of them - say... less than a hundred? And by personally, I meant I've known them for years and have shared my life experiences with them - not just mere acquaintances.

Communication is truly a gift to mankind. It's up to us how we use it to our advantage to nurture ties with one another. It's in the quality and amount of effort that we put into something that makes things more worthwhile.

Now, that sounds like a life well lived... right?

oOo

"They taught me how to imagine, and how to dream.
They gave me wonderful memories, and left footprints on my heart."
~ Jacquie McTaggart

"Don't wait. Make memories today. Celebrate your life!"
~ Author Unknown, from Life is for Living

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Thanks to my mom, who's proofreading this entry with me. Hola!