heart and mind..

"Don't allow your mind tell your heart what to do.
The mind gives up easily." ~Coelho


Sa dami ng pagsubok na pinagdadaanan ngayon ng ating bansa, sana'y sabay parin nating ipagmalaki na tayo ay Pilipino..at kahit saan mang dako ng mundo tayo anurin ng tadhana, ay huwag sana nating ipagpalit ang sariling wika at kultura..

..ito ay bilang paggunita sa Buwan ng Wika.



Don't know if it's human nature that when damage's been done, what we are actually good at is just pointing fingers as to who's at fault. The shocking and the bloody hostage-drama incident in Manila last night, got me impatient for that long wait in front of the tv screen as to when would the incident be over and what actions would have transpired from our men in uniform. I feel like the turtle-like movement of the incident from the length of time it started up to the moment it ended, mirrors the kind of justice system that we have in this country especially for the poor. Will lives of innocent ones have to be at risk because people handling the case aren't perhaps as efficient or reliable as they should be?

Now, the blame seems to be in circus- pointing fingers from the policemen including the SWAT team, the government and then the media men. Now what?? What sense does it have to do to the lives that were lost and to the survivors who experienced the trauma? The death of those Hongkong nationals became senseless only because one man seeking for justice about his case didn't get what he hopes for. We've had enough lessons learned,I guess. The horror of the Maguindanao massacre where case remains unsolved and this frustrating one. Now, what more? Should we all just let life go wasted just that?:(


sweet temptation

Could this be true? My friend and I were into food tripping last Friday as our way of enjoying Davao's Kadayawan Festival, held every year as city folks' way of expressing thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, richness of culture,and bountiful harvest. We passed by this little sweets corner at SM and I, being naive, thought that the displays are real.(lol) I looked at them even closer with my eyes open wide while my friend laughed in disbelief. She said, "Evz, kon tinuod pa na, ganina ra na sila nangatunaw!":))

We were both having fun with the dummies and so out of discontent , I took picture of them.:P


I swear, you will really think of them real. O)

After the food trip,
we headed on loving native products...:D

Madayaw Davao!



"We should not depend on one man, we should depend on all of us. All of us is expandable in the cause for freedom and therefore I say stand up now and be a leader, and when all of us are leaders, we will expedite the cause of freedom."

~ Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.
(November 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983)

be fit and free

Teens nowadays are more of explorers than thinkers. In other words, they act on impulse and go with the dictate of their environment, whether out of curiosity or fun, without looking at the ill-effect some things might bring them in the near future. But it seems like they're hard to control. The more we put limits to their actions, the more they become defiant and rebellious. But as we continue to believe that the youth are the hopes of our future generation, we have the obligation to guard them and protect them from a society that is deceiving and teach them the values they ought to learn.

But as I see it, many of our future hopes already resort to drug and alcohol even at an early stage of their adult life, as an escape from personal problems whether in the family or relationships. And if this will not be given solution, they will then tend to be dependent to these vices. While it's not yet too late to save the lives of our youth already addicted to drugs or alcohol, they must be given psychological counseling or treatment in a rehabilitation center.

Treatment centers are everywhere. Psychological dependency is addressed in many drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs attempting to teach the patient a few methods of interacting in a drug-free environment. Also a drug treatment or alcohol treatment with steps to follow in order for a patient to refrain from being a drug dependent. One alcohol treatment center online offers a unique combination of 12-Step therapy with individualized treatment plans to address the whole person, both mentally and physically. Let's help stop drug and alcohol dependency for a healthy lifestyle. Life must not be a waste!


a day with hidey..

Sometimes it's great to wake up late in the morning without thinking anything about work..to feel the cold morning breeze without rushing for something. I feel like I'm back to my school days when I'd always loved holidays. Never thought that even now, I still love holidays.(haha!)

My hidey hasn't eaten for days. She lost her pups. Her two pups died for she hasn't enough milk. I wasn't able to attend her from the day she gave birth because I was often out for work. She was just staring at me as I looked at her this morning. I could see in her eyes the sadness. Wow!Dogs are like people too. If only she could talk. I took my breakfast and have some for hidey. I brushed her fur and gave her a tap. She then ate the food I served her. I think she just needs attention. I guess animals are even more mushy than us.:))



have a break..

Was there a time when you feel like your life has been all work? Has it ever crossed your mind that perhaps you need to slow down too and relax? One of the most relaxing vacations nowadays is a day or two spent in beach resorts or hotels with family or friends. Every summer, my perfect getaway to make my vacation real worth it all is spending at the beach with my family. However, not all beach resorts that I only know, offer great packages. And so thought of surfing online that might help me in my search for a one-of-a-kind experience not only for summertime but during holidays.

Just had a great conversation with a friend online and asked if I could help her look for a resort wherein their family could spend a weekend escapade as she and her hubby will also be celebrating their wedding anniversary. And so I thought of a place in Myrtle Beach from http://www.princeresortonline.com being a very good getaway for them. The scenes and views of the resort, just overlooking from the Myrtle Beach hotel, are perfectly romantic.

Such an enchanting waterfront location for everyone who wish to venture of the place! Other than this, surfers may also enjoy playing and be entertained with the golf packages Myrtle Beach. It is very seldom for me to see golfing areas,a resort, and a hotel plus more activities to enjoy during your leisure time. All these round into a one great getaway. My friend will surely have her most unforgettable summer vacation with her family. After all, everybody deserves to have this very good break.


His timetable..

don't try to force doors to open..
don't try to make things happen in your strength..
don't be impatient but be enduring.
just like an ugly maggot,
coming out from its cocoon..
turning out into a beautiful butterfly,
or a flower budding slowly
waiting for its time to bloom.
be patient,
yours has its own season..
your story will one day be the most beautiful story
ever written by the best Author.

because everything is in God's timetable.

"Scarred People Are Beautiful"

Man speaks:
I've been hurt, Lord.
I have trusted and been betrayed at times.
I have loved and received nothing in return.
I have tried hard to care and failed often.
I have shared my secrets and, heard them whispered to others.
I have been warm and received a cold shoulder.
I have been through it, Lord.
I've fallen on my face.
I've banged my shins.
I've been bruised.
Look, Lord, I'm all covered with scars!

The Lord Speaks:
Maybe you haven't understood enough.
Maybe you haven't learned that human life is like that.
All saints are scarred.
Young love isn't the highest form of human love.
The greatest love comes from scarred people.
I know that many people stop loving so they won't be hurt again.
But those people who do start over again, who continue in spite of all,
who leave themselves open to the possibility of being hurt again --
These people are able to love again in a deeper way, a more understanding way, a richer way.

Man's response:
I think I know what you mean, Lord.
I've met people like that and knowing them gives me courage.
The great people are those who continue to love with their scars.
I like scarred people, Lord.
They are beautiful.



"now join .....your hands
and with your hands your
hearts..now join your hands
and with your hands your
hearts...now join your
hands and with your
hands.... your

~W. Shakespeare

A blessed day to all!


Go, figure go!

I am not good in numbers. If there's one thing I wish I were good at, it's about dealing with mathematical analysis. The only instance I barely remember that I grew to be really interested at it was when I was a sophomore in high school. I learned to love algebra back then. Maybe because of the challenge brought to me by my intellectual seatmates and my geek-like math teacher.:)) A teacher who would throw whatever he was holding if he found students not paying attention while he was discussing. I didn't realize these things until I found myself in his shoe. Once before, I thought of teachers as weird,resolute and strict. Now,I know why.:))

Still, even when I have reached this stage in my life, I so want to understand what is it about numbers that most students fear. And so I searched for one online. Learning numbers is now made easy with tutorvista.com. It's an online tutorial from 4th grade math, 5th grade math, Adding fractions, Formula for volume, Graphing linear equations, and even learning Algebra 2. One good thing about today's generation is that things that were once difficult for us back then are now given solutions. Arithmetic is not only made easy today but also real fun for kids.I remember a college friend's line each time we had mathematical problems to deal. He'd love to say, "Go, figure go!". Now with what surfing online can cater,I guess learners will really go along well with figures.



"Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn until sunset. Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. It is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God, Allah. and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. (wikipedia.org)

I am sharing this story 'coz during our field demo practice this afternoon for our school's approaching event, my student Zahanie ( a Muslim boy),went complaining at me about his condition. He hasn't been eating since the start of Ramadan. He looked pale and so I asked him to take some liquid or maybe just plain water but he refused to. Zahanie is a student who sometimes causes me headache inside the classroom because of being talkative, lacking of attention and focus. But as I saw him this afternoon during the practice, my impressions about him have changed. At such a young age, his obedience to the the Muslim culture and tradition made me think that, even as a young boy, he has perhaps grown to be matured and his sincerity in spite of it all, is beyond measure.

God bless everyone!:)

on getting into the virtual world

Today's advance technology has helped a lot especially about researches where ideas, opinions, photos and queries are only clicks away. Somehow, this is what our new generation's inventions that would perhaps be bragging about. Where anything seems instant. However, looking on the other side of the coin, gadgets may also drastically change the lives of our young ones. If they do not become in control about what's the latest craze, it's either, these stuff might end up controlling them. I guess everything is just a matter of self-discipline. Our young ones should be guided.

My being in the virtual world was just in fact incidental. But I don't want to elaborate at all how it happened. Some friends asked me about blogging. Though it has become and on and off routine for me still I excitedly shared how I started and hopefully will not stop from doing it.:)) For some, if there's one thing that any blogger would be proud of doing, it's about knowing virtual friends and then revenue sharing at the same time. It's like hitting two birds in one stone. Making reviews makes all searches easy such as the need for new hotel Dubai ( esp. for my friend,now working there), the need for a more affordable townhouse unit and a search for an apartment such as the HUD apartments for rent and more stuff available online. The virtual world is just like a one big supermarket where searches made easy. All these too made the lives of the bloggers real fun. :))

Well, haven't done this for a long while.


Food for soul..

"My soul finds rest in God alone.

My salvation comes from HIM."
~Psalm 62:1


saving mother earth drive...

Somehow you would be saddened to go to the mountain and realize how much man's selfishness has denuded its trees. We haven't been grateful to nature, in reality. We simply abuse it and do things for personal gain. We then, have no right to complain when heavy rains would wash out our houses and fill our highways with water. If we cannot be responsible for the gift of nature, then maybe God would rather take it away from us so we'll realize its importance to our existence.

ON a one fine cold morning, the school administrators, the faculty and staff went on a tree planting activity. The trudge wasn't easy though, we had to walk for few kilometers to get there while dealing with the muddy and slippery pathways and a little rainshower outpouring the area. We were also warned of the endangered animals that we might see upon climbing the mountains. The trek was challenging but as we reached the area while bringing with us young trees to plant, we felt like we see hope for us and for mother earth..

just poses to ease the long and tedious walk..
worth it all..:)
I remain hopeful that it's not yet too late for us to save our nature. And that we can still do something to at least alleviate this global warming.

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. " ~ Martin Luther



i'm lovin' carbonara lately... sarappp!:)

(picture taken from flicker by Mat Packer)


just touch..

sometimes we just have to be content with touching other's lives...and then let go.

“You don't need strength to let go of something.
What you really need is understanding.”
~Guy Finley