Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy 2007

Lots of stuff happened this year that I dare not mentioned. Well, not everything was bad, was it? There will always be a one or two in every ten that speaks of about hope or joy—maybe a triumphant battle with personal challenges or a birth of a new member of the family or finding a new job. But whatever it is, we all have managed to survive 2006 with a bang!

With all that’s been said and done, a new year is in the offing, offering a clean slate of becoming. I would like to hope that 2007 will be a much better year, less trouble of course. But thinking ahead, a life with fewer challenges will only bring drudgery and boredom. What makes a life worthy of living is surpassing every difficulty and finding small triumphs amidst the petty troubles.

A man once observed that he can’t fully enjoy his present because of his constant guilt of the past and his fear of the future.

This 2007, let’s affirm to ourselves the old year is gone—far beyond retrieval. If someone wronged us or maliciously spread rumors or hurt us in so many levels, well, let’s hope that fungus will start growing on their skin ***kidding of course*** seriously though, I know we all felt betrayed or hurt one time or another by people or events, but these are BAGGAGES of a past that won’t hurt us anymore. Let’s shut the lid close, bury it six feet under, and shred it into oblivion.

The sun will rise again for a new set of a 365 day; with our hands fully open, let’s embrace the New Year with greater optimism.

Happy 2007 Everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas '06

I admit, I am a Christmas person.

Memories will silently creep inside my head every time I hear carols. The soft, cold breeze that gently awaken my senses floods these Christmas pasts with powerful reckoning that for a few seconds, I was in a world where I was surrounded by my family and friends. A glimpse of what I consider an eternity.

Apart from the heightened commercialism of this season, no one can vouch against the idea that what makes Christmas a special day is the gathering of family, of bridging together differences and divisions on which for a single day every year, people seemed to be more compassionate, much kinder and not to mention, much, much more tolerable.

Nevertheless, we should remember also that many of us at this time will spend it on their own. Maybe a mother who is a nurse in the US, an engineer who’s a Dad in Saudi Arabia, a homesick breadwinner in Japan, or an elderly parent living alone inside a Home. There are people who will give everything just to experience just one simple moment with their love ones.

Be thankful for every Christmas that you will still see those whom you consider Family because these are the gifts that money cannot buy.


May the greetings we speak, the cards we send, the gifts we give, be motivated by our love for Jesus, after all, He is the real reason for the season.


Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas, Everyone!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I saw...

I saw a woman limping but still peddling her goods on a very busy avenue.

I saw a little girl drenched after an hour of rain selling flowers to every people she meet.

I saw a young boy, barely young to be left alone in the street, sleeping on the steps of a train station.

I saw a couple with their young kids eating on a single plate.

And then…

I saw a group of young people all dressed up for a night in a bar.

I saw a guy parked his car and lit a cigarette while waiting for someone.

I saw a very attractive lady holding bags from a night of shopping spree

I saw me complaining sometimes that my life sucks.

PERSPECTIVE—we need it all the time!

Have a meaningful weekend ahead!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I hate Christmas parties.

Since my elementary days, I have come to loathe the overbearing process of having an overly insensitive quasi celebration of a religious holiday. It doesn’t even have the slightest sense that “Christ” who is the main reason for the celebration was there

Call me a twerp or whatever but the whole point of preparing for a dance number or sweating out a highly mediocre presentation is for me, utterly senseless.

Like in my new job, my coworkers prepared this elaborate “Phantom of the Opera” themed production for a week. The maximum time my eyes have to endure watching it is more or less five minutes—F-I-V-E freakin’ minutes. After the clapping of the hands liken to a deranged sea lion and the voices and cheers died down---then what—NOTHING! No lasting significance but a blimp of catatonic moment wrapped in semi-unconscious drudgery.

OK, ok, ok! I know some of you will spit vitriol at me for being the big Grinch of this so called Yuletide Season but until I will see a single meaning of this boisterous celebration, of a festivity devoid of significance because of its overwhelming commercialism…then I will just sit in the corner wondering if I added fabric conditioner to my laundry.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Just an update

I’m sorry for the late update; I thought that I can squeeze my time a couple of days ago but my new job is well…pretty much occupied my time.

As an Account Payable Invoice Administrator, one of my tasks is to verify each invoices made by our supplier or vendor and certify if the obligation to pay still stands and to where it will be remitted to. After all the verification comes the posting to our records using SAP (Systems Application and Products in data processing) and the final stage is the reporting which I will still be trained in the weeks to come. It’s a tedious job—a very tedious one… but as LIW pointed out perfectly in his earlier posts, Humans are creatures of habits; I am confident that in no time, I will absorb the overall system.

OK, enough of this! Shifting to the more relevant issues, I have learned that the Congress already approved the Constitutional Assembly rather too hastily. Here’s my two cents, I DON’T CARE. I have come to realize that this country’s main problem are not the politicians or the eternal curse of calamities and its company; what we lack as a nation contained in just a single word—DISCIPLINE. Of having to do what is right despite the lack of authority. If we as individual dutifully follow simple virtues like compassion, honesty, courtesy…without having to think twice about it (or simply stated, imbibed as a HABIT) then a great transformation will sweep this land from home to community and to society.

That’s just me thinking out loud…

Anyhoo, I believe everyone knows already about the Albay tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are to the victims and their families. Such loss is incomprehensible and I really cannot add words that will simply suffice the suffering of our fellow kababayans. If only the situations can be reversed instead with those people whose hearts are darkened with greed and corruptions, those who satisfyingly took advantage of the feeble and frail and those who lust to power and glory. Sayang!

In God’s perfect justice and time…everyone will be measured according to his deeds!

Saturday, December 02, 2006


Yes! I did have a great time. I'm back fully recharged!

Most photos were taken within the perimeter of our home. If you will look far beyond the obvious, indeed, sparks of our Creator thrive in all His creations.


After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains. -Walt Whitman

Have a great weekend!
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