Bisaya speakers do really see the funny side of life, how things are put humorously make the Bisaya somehow unique in a way...take this story for instance...

Bill Gates hires a new Chairman:

Bill Gates organized an enormous session to recruit a new Chairman for Microsoft Europe.

Exactly 5,000 candidates assembled in a large room.
One candidate is MARIO DIMACULANGAN.

Bill Gates: Thank you for coming. Those who do not know JAVA may leave.
2,000 people leave the room.

MARIO says to himself, 'I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I'll give it a try'

Bill Gates: Candidates who never had experience in managing more than 100 people may leave.
2,000 people leave the room.

Mario says to himself ' I never managed anybody but myself, but I have nothing to lose if I stay.
What can happen to me?' So he stays.

Bill Gates: Candidates who do not have management diplomas may leave.
500 people leave the room.

Mario says to himself, 'I left high school at 15 but what have I got to lose?'
So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asked the candidates who do not speak Serbo-Croat to leave.
498 people leave the room.

Mario says to himself, ' I do not speak one word of Serbo-Croat but what do I have to lose?'
So he stays and finds himself with one other candidate.
Everyone else has gone.

Bill Gates joined them and said 'Apparently you are the only two candidates who speak
Serbo-Croat, so I'd now like to hear you have a conversation together in that language.'

Calmly, Mario turns to the other candidate and says `ambot unsay akong isulti nako ani .

The other candidate answers: 'ako pud, pre.'



Rain, rain go away...

It's been raining here for quite a week already. Rainy days that will make us feel just rather stay at home and go idle while staring outside our window pane as the rain falls gently, than do outdoor activities. Rainy season has a lot of stories to tell. Times when heavy traffic is ever present on highways, when it's just really hard for ordinary laborers to get a ride from work back to their homes, and when students in some remote areas will have to cross muddy pathways inorder to get reach to their individual destination.

I remember a story from a very good friend of mine who is a public school teacher in one of the far-flung areas here in Mindanao. In one of our conversations, she shared to me how their class’ schedule would go esp. during rainy days. And that the students will have to beg to the teacher to dismiss them early because they already see the sky filled with gray clouds that signal the coming of the rain. They don’t wanna be caught by the heavy rain simply because they still have to walk a great distance from school to their houses. Some even have to cross rivers.There are no means of transportation always available for them aside from the fact that their allowance during the day is not even enough to buy their snacks and school projects. And then my friend added that sometimes she will have to understand when the next day, some of her students are already absent because of the bad weather.

The story appears to be so primitive to me.Because this is the kind of tell-tale that I often hear from old folks when education was yet fully developed during the ancient times.I never thought that even up to this present time, when education has really laddered
and the cities have developed and yet it's surprising to realize that the tale of our grandparents is still existing.

It's just too hard to imagine that if it rains all the time in their area, we cannot expect from our learners to be globally competitive if the classroom setting appears to be this way. And so I personally wish to address the issue to their local government to take a closer look of it.

Gone are the days of our great grandparents when they had to walk longer distance and cross rivers because the city was still undeveloped. We are now living in a generation where technology rises so swiftly even without our notice. Humans have grown to be geniuses. And so while we continue rising so many high buildings in our cities and develop our commerce and industries, let us also not forget our future builders , our learners, esp. those in remote places. They too need concrete highways and a much more developed area by providing them somehow a means of transportation so they can safely travel back to their homes esp. on rainy season.

Education should not remain a privilege because the moneyed and the powerful can afford to send their children to exclusive schools within the city, but for those living in the remote areas who can only see hope that their children can finish their studies even when they go to public schools....EDUCATION must remain a RIGHT.


Flower in bloom...

Got this flower from the small pot in our yard. Not a good shot though, but how I wish I was able to notice it long before it withers. My parents love to plant. And I hope the next time around, though I'm not really good in planting, I will have my own plant in bloom posted here. I used to plant when I was 10 or 11. Staring at this, I suddenly miss that moment.


Thank you for the music...

i could not imagine life without music.it seems to me that as it purges one's emotion, music is a like a healing balm that eases the hollow thing in a wandering soul.

this song reminds me of the wonderful times when i joined a choir group back in high school. everything was quite a struggle though. like when we had to wake up at early dawn before our presentation to do vocalization. when we were not allowed to drink anything cold and even eat ice cream!waaahhh! but our sacrifice was worth it all, we were able to give back to God the talent that He so freely gave. that was the experience that really brought me closer to my faith. though i don't have the same fire unlike before , to sing and go with the beat of the song, i will continue to sing in my own simple way ( sa bathroom na nga lang..hehe). i'm such a lucky one that once upon a time, i was given the chance to give my share in the world of music.

and so i say.."really, thank you God for the music..."


Cat at work...

I was facing the office's pc when suddenly, this cat sat in front of me and looked at me intently...straight in the eye as if wanting to say," psstt....ngano gwapa man ka??", nyahahaha!feeling?!Nalingaw ko kay murag wala syay balak mohawa and so I took picture...



It's been months..soon it'll be a year..or years.
And I pray, that whatever there is that holds within this silence,
I will have the answer to all of this...in some time and space.
You've had a change of heart and that I must respect,
Things are not beyond my control..that I've to accept.
I dreaded the times, when I have to weep,
Over the realization that ours is not for keep.
But for sure, I won't ever ever regret,
That in my life, you came though you left.
You never said a word..or even a hint that you'd leave.
And it breaks my heart so, though i have to be brave.
And so when this is over, I say,"thanks for the happy times.."
You will be remembered not only for this moment...but in a lifetime.
Holding close to my heart, like no one else can.
I will tell the whole world that once in my past,
"I was so blessed to have you my man."


Thank you...

As "the journey" celebrates its 2nd year in the world of blogosphere, the author wishes to acknowledge the bloggers who are with her always and have contributed a lot in making this journey worthliving...

Thanks to Gladyz ....for being my mentor here ever. If not for your wondrous ideas, I know there will never be a certain "ev" grooving and making her own dance move in the world wide web. Thank you tya...from the bottom of my heart! You have carved a genuine friendship in the deepest part of my being.Anyway, dili nalang nako tas-on ako dedication nimo kay basig makahilak tah!hekhek! I lab u tya!

To tikey...how will I ever forget my first commentator here in the name of "tutubing karayom". You never fail to make me smile and even laugh out loud with your wit and humor tiks...aside from saying "thank you tk for being my architect each time I get crazy and would want a new template..hehe!I hope to see you in person my fren... so that I can thank you enough for being with me in this journey. You're one of the warmest bloggers that I've known! I miss you tiks...

To ghee...my precious friend...your sweetness is like an icing in a cake!And that without knowing you here..i know this journey of mine wouldn't be complete.You never fail to lift me up ghee with your inspiring words. Like my constant admiration for tk's friendship, I wish that one day we will meet personally.Labyah and hugsss to you mahfren..

To ann..who reminds me always that mothers will always be mothers by all means. And that when if God permits that I will become a mother, I will always remember the examples that you've set to your own children. Your hardwork for your kids reminds me of the times when I was young and my parents would do everything to provide us the best that every parent can offer. Thank you mommy ann that I've known you here...

To kneeko...who flashes me back of the friendship I have had with my boy friends before. You're the type of guy that every woman will never ever forget because of the sincerity of your friendship. Sensya ka na talaga at tinutubuan ako ng buntot at sungay when I begin to tease you..hehe! Keep shining kneeks 'coz you are a very talented person. Grabe ka, pinakyaw mo na yata from having a good singing voice to photography and painting..hanggang sa kagwapohan ba naman!haha!Oissttt may bayad yanng appreciation ko sa'yo pag nagmilagro at magkita tayo.;op

To razzy...as the living proof that bloggers don't just exist in www...we really met my fren!Ang babaeng walang pahinga dahil kung wala sa trabaho andun sa kanyang singing career..hehe!I miss you here razz..continue to shine 'coz you are such a gifted person. My hat's off to you kaibigan...

They're the first six people who were with me,untiringly,when I was just starting here..Of course to all who are in my links and to my readers...a really big thanks everyone!

my gratitude from deep in my heart.