Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 1 (31 May 2011)

I am grateful for friends who are willing to listen to my stories no matter how trivial. ;p

Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the World.

Today, 21 May 2011, marks the end of the world according to various religious groups. So, I might as well blog about my world-ender thoughts before I get blown out of this planet. There's an old saying that goes, "There are only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes." Well, I know I've paid my fair share of taxes but confronting the possibility of death is something that I have not fully embraced. The idea has crossed my mind several times but I have not reached the point where I can declare with full conviction that I've accomplished my purpose and my lease contract here on Earth maybe terminated.

Am I ready to meet my Creator? Not yet, but who am I to disagree with His infinite wisdom. But if my only purpose in life was to support my younger siblings through their college education - then I would say that I've accomplished that and more. I've taught them how to fish and even teach other people how to fish. I guess that's one of the lessons that I needed to learn during this lifetime - being grateful for the blessings that I've received and sharing these blessings with other people. If only everybody can do that, then I don't think we need to fear the end of the world. It would only mean the ending of one chapter and the beginning of an even more exciting journey. ;)

Tara na, Biyahe Tayo!

Nope, this is not an original idea. I got this from Anna Oposa's blog. We're not really friends but her posts are inspiring so I already linked her to my blog. I don't think she knows but I'm giving her the credit for this one. I'd also like to cross out every place or activity here so that nobody would doubt me when I exclaim - ANG GANDA NG PILIPINAS! And I've got this song as proof because I've visited all of the places listed here. That's what methinks ;)

Ikaw ba'y nalulungkot
Naiinip, nababagot?
Ikaw ba'y napapagod 
Araw gabi'y puro kayod?

Buhay mo ba'y walang saysay 
Walang sigla, walang kulay?
Bawa't araw ba'y pareho
Parang walang pagbabago?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Kasama ang pamilya
Barkada at buong grupo
Para mag-enjoy nang todo.

Halika, biyahe tayo,
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Napasyal ka na ba
Sa Intramuros at Luneta
Palawan, Vigan at Batanes
Subic, Baguio at Rice Terraces?

Namasdan mo na ba
Ang mga vinta ng Zamboanga
Bulkang Taal, Bulkang Mayon
Beach ng Boracay at La Union?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Mula Basco hanggang Jolo
Nang makilala ng husto
Ang ating kapwa-Pilipino.

Halika, biyahe tayo,
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

From city to city,
Seven thousand and a hundred plus islas
Sa mahal kong Pilipinas
Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao ating puntahan.
Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan!

Nasubukan mo na bang
Mag-rapids sa Pagsanjan
Mag-diving sa Anilao
Mag-surfing sa Siargao?

Natikman mo na ba
Ang sisig ng Pampanga
Duriang Davao, Bangus Dagupan
Bicol Express at Lechong Balayan?

Tara na, biyahe tayo,
Nang makatulong kahit pano
Sa pag-unlad ng kabuhayan
Ng ating mga kababayan.

Halika, biyahe tayo,
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Nakisaya ka na ba
Sa Pahiyas at Masskara
Moriones at Ati-Atihan
Sinulog at Kadayawan?

Namiesta ka na ba
Sa Pe├▒afrancia sa Naga
Umakyat sa Antipolo
Nagsayaw sa Obando?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matamo
Ligaya at pagkakaibigan
Kaunlaran, kapayapaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo,
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

30 Things to Do before I turn 30

I've been toying with this idea in my head for several months and I've started compiling this list since 13 October 2010. Now, I decided to post it here to remind me of my goals for the next two years (more or less) Some are mundane, others are sumkinda philantrophic while the rest are surefire ways to die before I turn 30. haha!

1. Celebrate a birthday with the orphans
2. Deliver a commencement speech
3. DIVE!
4. Bungee jump (head first)
5. Go to El Nido and see a pawikan and even an eagle
6. Go to Batanes and sleep in the "bahay na bato"
7. Have my photo taken with the donsols of Sorsogon
8. Put up a new business (probably the tutorial school)
9. Climb Mt. Kinabalu
10. Learn ow to take underwater photographs (relate to No. 3)
11. Take up bellydancing lessons
12. Celebrate a birthday with the elderly
13. Run a full marathon (42k)
14. Travel abroad - alone
15. Learn how to drive
16. Learn poledancing
17. Kiteboarding!
18. Ride a hot air balloon
19. Graduate from lost school
20. Take and pass the BAR!
21. Manage the landscaping business
22. Surf in Bali
23. Get myself a decent boyfriend ;)
24. Buy a car
25. Visit all ASEAN member countries
26. Bring the whole family to Hongkong
27. Climb Mt. Pulag
28. Skydive!
29. Watch a movie alone
30. Embark on a personal retreat on my 30th birthday to do some real soul searching ;)

Yay! Now, I have 30 great reasons to look forward to my 30th year on this planet. I hope that by then I would have accomplished all these things and more! Wish me luck! ;p

After I finish doing one task, I promise to devote an entire entry about it as proof that I really did it and as the cliche goes, lived to tell the tale, or rather, blog about the tale. :D

speechless. thoughtless. meaningless.

Here I am again, feeling the urge to write but I could not jot down even a decent sentence. I don't know what has gotten to me these days. I guess I'm just getting bored with all this free time. Hey, I'm not complaining. I just wish I could do something more productive during this short break. But the perennial bout of procrastination is crippling me. If you must know, I've got more or less ten pending articles in my drafts box. I can't even finish a single one. Haay. I gotta get the drive back before the summer break is over.