Saturday, June 21, 2014
Next month, I'll open a BPI balanced fund account. I will build it up as much as I can, as fast as I can. I'll use the earnings from this account to finance my travels and a few other luxuries.
Hopefully by age 55, I can retire, sell my stocks, live off its proceeds, maybe travel 3 times a year. Starting age 60, my pension should be enough for me.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This brings me to another privilege I enjoy regularly, a relaxed Saturday night spent watching movies with good friends. Exchanging life stories and ideas over a delicious dinner caps the night perfectly.
Exchanging details of the different facets of my life is something I do with different friends. At my age, with all the technologies available, a good old-fashioned number of hours spent talking with good friends over the landline is still time well-spent. Good friends who have known me since grade school and throughout most of my adult life keep me grounded and introduce me to the dimensions of my personality.
One of these dimensions is that I am the kind of person who enjoy blessings as they come. I never really desire for much. I would have been happy to spend my birthday with family and friends at home. The occasional traveling I do with friends show me how small I am in this world. That said, it is noteworthy that this is my third time to visit this part of the world in 5 years' time and my first time to spend my birthday abroad with my mother as company.
Let it not be said that I had my down time as well. It has been 10 months since I last sang with my group. A big part I miss is the exchange of banters with dear friends bound by the love for music.
So now, my after-office energy is literally spent jogging. I didn't even feel I was exerting effort toward achieving my goal as I truly enjoy this. I was actually surprised to see the results through my clothes that now fit better though I now eat better too. The few "idle" hours I have fly by watching teleseryes, reading e-books and playing e-games.
Thank you dear Lord for these 3 wonderful weeks spent with my mother. I am the blest and privileged one. Thank you Lord for my wonderful family and friends who continue to care for me in spite and because of my imperfections. Thank you for my current employment. The people I work for and work with constantly mold me. The challenges and opportunities the work present keep me on my toes. Thank you for my past jobs which continue to open doors for me. Thank you, Lord, for addressing my immediate needs even before I become aware of them. Thank you for not granting all of my heart's desires at once. They give me something to aim for and make life challenging and fulfilling.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Mama and I
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I was channel surfing last night when I saw that the 1966 film Kaleidoscope starring Warren Beatty has been showing for around 10 minutes. I’m not really fond of watching old movies unless it stars Audrey Hepburn but I was slightly curious about it because a few scenes showed the English countryside. As it was shot in 1966, you can imagine the color scheme but the rolling hills and the grand structures reminded me of the Cotswolds.
The movie ended with the main characters riding a boat on the
I miss traveling in
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Before that, I should mention that my bag was snatched on my way home from watching the Pyrolympics. Uncle Erning was also shot to death. Moving on...
Here are the major blessings I received. (I know I'll update this from time to time):
- turnover of condo! yey! Mama "lent" me the balance. yey!!! condo was blessed also!!!
- weekend in Osaka with side trip to Kyoto and Nara
- spent Christmas in Muslim Dubai
- Cata's birthday at Sonya's Garden
- swimming at Ferarren Hills with Kyle, Yana, Bianca, Cheska & Loraine
- attended talk of Bo Sanchez at Layforce
- attended DevComNet twice
- dinners with wine / beer with Lani
- Wensha Spa with Sharon & Lui
- Andrew Lloyd Weber with Leslie!!!
- HP7.2 at iMax with Ricci & friends
Sunday, January 02, 2011
January - August: breakfast in our office's executive lounge overlooking Manila Bay at a leisurely pace
October - onwards: breakfast of coffee, bread, yoghurt, and cereal with milk at home at a leisurely pace
- watched the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO)
- videoke night with Electromaniacs and PWU College of Music Dean Harold Galang, among others, overlooking Makati City
- watched the play Duets at Onstage, Greenbelt
- performed as part of the GSIS Chorale at the launching of the Art Competition
- Digital Video Production training at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI)
- attended the Singles for Christ's (SFC) International Conference
- performed as part of the GSIS Chorale at the Korea-Philippine Art Festival
- watched the play Romeo & Bernadette at Onstage, Greenbelt
- bought 3 complete book series: Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson
- watched a segment of the Pyrolympics
- watched the Paramore concert
- attended Effective Presentation Skills for Decision-makers training at Team Asia
- watched the Concert for Culture and Peace
- Holy Week at Marinduque
- defied gravity at Pampanga
- watched another PPO concert
- performed as part of the GSIS Chorale at the Kundiman, Broadway, Pop
- attended Pahiyas Festival
- weekend at Subic
- weekend at Caramoan
- watched movies in all weekends
- watched Yamato Drums of Japan
- watched Equus at Onstage, Greenbelt
- weekend at Poracay
- ate to our hearts' content at Flying Pig, Tsoko Nut and Portuguese
- instant credit card
- 3 weeks in Europe:
* French Riviera
> Monaco-Monte Carlo
> Cote d'Azur
> St. Paul de Vence
- watched the play Beauty & the Beast at Onstage
- attended the executive planning at Summit Ridge, Tagaytay
- Mama had a mild stroke and was discharged on my birthday
- performed as part of the GSIS Chorale at the:
* Famas Awards
* Government Corporation Athletic Association Festival
* NBN-4's The Morning Show
Please take note, however, that these are just the major blessings that I can list online. There are still plenty that I receive regularly which I acknowledge each time I say my silent prayers throughout the day. Still, as I'm confident that God has many blessings in store for me which He excitedly wants to give to me, my guide in 2011 is:
Believe it and receive it!
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
(A little side story on my mom joining the trip. When I told her that she could join us, she suddenly remembered that she had a prior commitment on that weekend. She was able to get out of it easily. Then she saw the tv ad of a teleserye she religiously followed which was ending on that same weekend. Again, she had second thoughts on joining! In the end, she spent the weekend with me and my friends.)
Going back to the story, we left the office at around 8:00 pm and arrived in Tayabas, Quezon at 11:45. We checked into Nawawalang Paraiso which is surprisingly good for its price.
At breakfast the following morning, our host arrived to take us to Lucban, the center of activities. I was awed by the nice designs made out of fruits, vegetables, and kiping. Kiping is fried crispy ground rice. For me, it is a local cracker.
At around 10:30 am, we went to Kamay ni Hesus, a gigantic statue of Jesus Christ located at the top of a hill 292 steps above street level. It was a good thing that my mom and I wore pants which reached our knees as our friends weren't allowed to climb up since they were wearing shorts. They implement a dress code for the people who want to go up as the place was sacred ground.
When we got down, we went to our host's house to feast on delicious caldereta, laing, and yema cake, among others. Their family lot has the main house, a guest house, technically 2 bahay kubos and scattered with trees such as mangoes, duhat and lukban. The heat was literally draining our energy that time so each of us found our places for siesta.
We woke up to see another tradition, the procession. What was different from this procession though was all who joined are men and we soon found out why. When the men were in front of the houses, the owners threw the displayed suman, mangoes and pineapples. When all of these have been thrown out, the house owners likewise threw bills and coins.
You could just imagine the scene this created! All the men in the parade were eagerly looking up to catch the next thing. Although, what was really striking about it was that a few pickpocketed from the others, all in good humor!
That night, we were invited to another house which also prepared yummy food! We got back to the resort really tired but so glad for the bonding. We went home the day after. Next stop, Subic!
Monday, May 03, 2010
I remember the first time I registered to vote. My mother excitedly and proudly escorted me to the school where she teaches. She introduced me to everyone. Yes, I was excited as well but I depended on my mother's list for my choice of candidates.
Six years after that, when I worked in a private institution, I'm embarrassed to say that I skipped voting in one national election. It just wasn't my priority then. This didn't deter me from expressing my opinions. It was all words, no action.
Now that I have been working in a government office, my views on election has drastically changed. I often question the motivation and the manner for compliance to office policies. I adhere to most of them, true, but I now think beyond myself to include fellow government workers and Filipinos, for that matter.
I could be overly dramatic at times but I literally feel for the clients I deal with, and at times, my officemates. I know I am simple-minded in some cases but I feel the need for change is long overdue.
As I go through the credentials of the candidates, their achievements in office, I wonder about the things not mentioned in the pamphlets. Choosing wisely is not hard as I simply pick the man who has the best track record among the lot. However, I dare say that choosing from the heart is harder as we only see glimpses of the man during debates and televised campus tours.
A few days from now, legal-aged Filipinos will line up once again to vote in the national and local elections. May the one vote we entrust to our chosen leaders guide their hearts in serving our beloved Philippines.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I first went to >Marinduque in summer of 1997. This is the place my mom considered home at one point in her life. I came back this Holy Week with 5 of my friends. Here are the highlights of my stay at Marinduque.
Marinduque, the island
The back-to-back brochure of the holy week program shows how small Marinduque is. As proof of its size, all the week's major activities in all the towns are listed per day in the same brochure. It likewise shows the places to stay and sites to see. This place is quite quaint that you could see the entire island in 9 hours even by riding a tricycle, or so we were told. Modern amenities such as wifi and cable tv are accessible but this has not altered the generally laid back and serene place that is Marinduque.
I stayed in the island from the afternoon of Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday evening. One of the highlights is the Moriones parade on Good Friday. They depicted the carrying of the cross across Boac town.
On the same night, they had the passion play in the town plaza. The program showed that it should start at 7:00 p.m. We were there promptly but felt that we were in the wrong location as there were no people yet. We decided to eat dinner then. After an hour, we went back to the plaza and saw some people fixing the stage and seated in the amphitheater. The show started at 8:20 p.m.
Putting aside biases, we enjoyed the play. The script was well-written. The actors were believable and spoke clearly. As it started late, it wasn't done yet by 10:00 p.m. We were tired and left without seeing the end.
The following morning, I called up my mom's aunt to tell her I was in Marinduque. I also told her that I would visit her with my friends later in the afternoon after attending church services. When we arrived at her house, I was surprised to find delicious foods: home-cooked pancit, bibingka, biko, and alimasag. Everything tasted so well I even took our leftover food to our resort.
My aunt learned that I was there and invited me to visit her cottage. I was awed by how beautiful and cozy her place was. I even saw one of her cousins. We went to the beach and took pictures by the bonfire.
Going to this island is an experience. This is a group of 3 islands that has white rough pebbles so you better have footwear that you can wet. The boat ride from the town Gasan to the first island took 20 minutes.
We planned to leave the island by 12:00 nn and went there with just finger foods so we would be forced to leave the island by lunch time. However, we were in for a surprise.
One resident of the island went around selling ulang-ulang. It's basically a species of crab cooked in gata. Each of us tried one and it was so delicious.
After a few minutes, we saw a roasted pig without limbs being hauled in. We thought it was food of one of the visitors of the island. I was surprised to see a weighing scale near it. That was when I knew it was for sale. We bought 700 grams and was given another 100 grams for free. It was so tasty!
After that, we were open to surprises. When ice cream on stick was sold, we tried it as well.
That was one of my best vacations ever. We didn't need to get up very early or rush from place to place as, I repeat, Marinduque is quite quaint, serene and laid-back. I would love to go there every once in a while to unwind.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
On Friday night, I thought I'd drop by the chorale practice, join the vocalization, then leave. I was so excited in thinking of things I could do on the one Friday night that I am free from practice. How wrong was I when I was decided to join them for dinner afterwards. Glad I did so as it was another night of good music and loud laughter.
Today, my mom and I visited my sick lola at my aunt's place. Then I met my best friend. We ate to our hearts' content pasta, yoghurt, and coffee. Bonding moments like these never grow old.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Before our office releases claims, the INternal reconciliation department double checks premium and loan payments. As this is a tedious task which sometimes takes months due to the volume of requests, clients follow up either in person or over the phone. One time I answered a phone inquiry, the caller asked to be connected to the Eternal reconciliation department.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I reported for work on Dec 28-29 (Mon-Tues). The plan after office was, I was supposed to meet Sonia on Monday, Sheila and Cata on Tuesday and spend the whole day at Trinoma with Lani on Wednesday.
Sonia had to finish a deadline that Monday so asked to be re-sked on Wednesday. As Lani is a college friend who rarely goes out of the house, I couldn't reschedule. She wanted to go to Trinoma for the first time in her life with me. Sonia and I agreed to see each other at a later date.
The next day, Sheila cancelled at 3:00 pm because she also had a deadline to finish. She also wanted to reschedule the next day, Wednesday. Lani was my first commitment on that day and I wanted to stick to that. Sheila insisted we open a mall at 10:00 am so we don't need to find a later date. That night, I asked my mom to go with me in buying jewelries. She also wanted to buy the following day, Wednesday. I told her I planned to go on a later date as I didn't have that amount of money yet then, and I had several plans that day. My final schedule Dec. 30 was 10:00 am with Sheila and Cata, 2:00 pm with Lani.
New year's eve
I spent the whole day on dvd marathon. That night, I was really tired by 10:30 and promptly slept through all the new year's eve celebrations.
Jan. 3 (Sun)
I spent a ladies' afternoon out with Luisa, my good grade school friend. We went to a salon, had hair spa and pedicure, then went to a mall for facial.
Jan. 5 (Tues)
Our executives initiated a victory-healing party for our group. Let me backtrack for awhile. We joined the Christmas party presentations. There were 4 categories. Our teams were champions in dancing, and the chorale competition (which I joined). We were third place overall because of our score in the broadway musical and the caroling competitions. I'll miss the finance sector people.
Jan. 8 (Fri)
I watched Chipmunks, the Squeakuel with Mac after office.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
First, the bad parts... I experienced heart break over a guy I was not committed to. The upside here was I felt human with emotions.
On to the good parts... I had my first visa, to enter the United Kingdom, no less! My flight was on April 2 and my visa was released on March 30. All people who knew I would be traveling were so glad as it was my only my third time to go out of the country. I spent 16 glorious days in that part of the world. The rejuvenation I experienced in that vacation lasted for many months. I wasn’t as burned out months after with no break in the office.
Official travels followed. I went to GenSan, Iloilo, and even stayed at the Taal Vista Lodge. I became a videographer and photographer, two job descriptions I never dreamed of doing. We left the office on Thursdays, stayed in the provinces until Saturdays, rushed desk jobs on Mondays, and prepared to leave the office again on Wednesdays. The highlights here are the hospitality of the receiving branch, the issues of the members and how we responded to them, and the food. I even met a lady who is now a good friend. The funny thing is, she is also from the head office. (Towards the end of the year, I went to Davao on vacation with old friends).
The Monday that followed that, our unit was assigned to lead the office flag ceremony. I led the singing of the national anthem and the office hymn.
Then, I was assigned to join the task force in assisting loan applicants. As I was primarily assigned to direct the people traffic which reached more than 5,000 applicants at one time, I acted as the host. I got to work with people from other departments.
After 2 weeks, I joined the chorale competition practice for the Christmas party. It was another activity with other departments. I gained another good friend.
Christmas time surprised me! I was surprised with the people who gave me gifts. I didn't know I mad that much impression on them. I felt so overwhelmed by their special gifts.
Snippets this year, I was assigned to read in the office masses regularly, reconnected with a friend I last saw in grade school, regularly went on ladies’ days out with an old friend, and connected with people from different parts of the world through social networking games.
2009 was a great year for me. I’m excited about what 2010 will bring!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
October 1 - November 4 (weekdays): hosting the office Ondoy emergency loan program, assisting applicants
This deserves a really long entry but for now, here are the highlights:
October 1: more than 7,000 applications
October 2: more than 5,000 applications
In the third week of October, averaging more than 2,000 applications every day.
In the fourth week, averaging more than 1,000 applications every day.
November: passed the audition for the Christmas chorale group presentation; rehearsals
Monday, August 31, 2009
Let me start by saying that our office Internet subscription has been cut off for around a year now. During the time we had access to the Internet, there were lots of Web sites blocked by our administrator. This includes all chat sites, blogs, networking sites such as Friendster and Facebook. That was until they cut off our Internet completely.
That being the case, I checked my emails when I got home. As I sometimes go home late, the most I could do when I go online was simply check my email. In my emails, I receive a number of invites, and later on, gifts for Facebook games. At the start, I simply ignored them until the office started talking about developing games for the office. As the most popular games nowadays are Facebook games, they wanted to develop a game exactly like that.
I wanted to know what they were talking about in the office so I decided to pay attention to my Facebook games invites. I had the most gifts for Farm Town. I receive trees such as lemons, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, plums, peaches, cherries, mangoes, coconuts, and palms, from friends, for free. A number of them gave me flower plants too, i.e., forget-me-nots, zinnias, and daffodils. And what is a farm without animals! I have chickens, cows, dogs, horses, peacocks, and rabbits. I only spend money on seeds such as grapes, tomatoes, rice, corn, and potatoes, when I replant after I harvest the crops.
The same is true for my Farmville. I only spend on replanting the lots with seeds. The trees and animals I accept as gifts are more than enough for my small land. It is worth mentioning that upon logging on to these 2 games, I am given the chance to give trees and animals as gifts to my friends. This explains why I have an endless supply of trees and animals from friends. In the game, I can likewise help my friends in their farms by raking the leaves.
As I waited for my crops and trees to grow, and my pets to get bigger, I explored other games. This led me to play Barn Buddy. This is in no way similar to the 2 previously mentioned games. In this game, my friends cannot give me plants and I can steal from my friends’ lots and vice versa! The viciousness does not end there as I can destroy their plants with bugs and weeds! (I haven’t done this yet! I even water their plants when the land dries up and kill the bugs and weeds that pester their plants).
Waiting for my plants in these 3 games to grow can be quite challenging. Needless to say, I explored more games. I found Sorority Life. The title is apt for the game. I build my sorority by having sisters. The more sisters I have, the more events I can organize. Some events are cute and fun. There are events where I need to find things in a very messy drawing within a time limit. At other events, there are games with the tic-tac-toe principle. This is likewise time-pressured. In other events, the rewards are given just by clicking the links.
To organize events, I need energy. There is an energy meter which shows what events I can organize. In addition to energy, I also have confidence, stamina and money. “Fight” is a major link in this game. “Fighting” means going on a showdown with ladies outside of my sorority matching corresponding points for accessories, outfits, and rides. In order to fight, I need confidence. When my confidence meter is almost empty, I need to go to the spa which charges money from my bank account. When my confidence level drops to zero, I become “terminally depressed”. The stamina meter shows how many ladies I can “fight”. The loser in these fights loses influence and money. I earn money by having a job. I pay for “training” to get accepted to jobs. I also need a job to buy accessories, outfits, and rides.
I can honestly say that I am hooked to this game! As I need more sisters in my sorority, I found a Web site looking for sisters! They give me gifts necessary in the game, just like in Farm Town and FarmVille. I do not know more than half of my Facebook friends from all over the world, I dare say, as I just added them to make my sorority bigger in number, hence stronger!
This very feminine game has its masculine counterpart, Mafia Wars. I have jobs such as collecting protection money, roughing up dealers, taking out rogue cops, performing hits, bank heists, among others. I have a hideout, rent a house, own an Italian restaurant and an apartment complex. I even pay protection money for these properties.
At the onset of my being hooked to these games, I didn’t mind the time I spent in front of the computer. As I realized that I haven’t reopened the novel I started reading a month ago, I disciplined myself to set an hour each night to read. I likewise disciplined myself to set my sleeping time to no avail! I couldn’t sleep earlier than midnight because I needed to protect my earnings in the games that I play.These games are not bad in themselves. Sorority Life and Mafia Wars are strategy games. Designing FarmVille and Farm Town stirs creativity. The time I spend in front of the computer is what bothers me. I used to enjoy other things. I am slowly getting back on track and cutting down on time online. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if the most I do is read my emails and check online news. Friendster and Facebook are great networking sites. It even gave me the chance to expand my network beyond my friends and connect with people of all races with a common interest, playing network games on Facebook.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Our office is composed of 3 departments that each have reports. Our assignment was to present our department's report, and collate those of the 2 others. Sounds easy, right? Be the judge.
One department submitted right at the last minute of the first deadline. It would have been ok as they literally beat the deadline. The only thing is, their report was still incomplete. We would have gladly filled in the blanks but it was just too technical for us. The other department finished a day ahead yet they couldn't give their report to us because their head hasn't checked their output at that time.
I looked forward to thursday night and the 3-day weekend (Aug. 21 is Ninoy Aquino Day). Me and my boss finished out part and as I was about to leave the office a little after 6:00 pm, one officemate told me that they cannot give their report to me before I leave the office, another one told me that major changes were made to their report.
I still left the office as scheduled and went to have my warts removed! I haven't taken a bath since Thursday night as I'm waiting for the marks to heal. It's a good thing, the healing cream I bought is really effective. Needless to say, I haven't left the house since then.
Can't wait for next Friday when I will watch a concert with a good friend.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Eight of us excitedly left the office and decided to eat dinner at the Aristocrat. We made a bet that whoever cried first would foot our dinner bill. We were joking that we'll keep the bill at P1,600 with a P200 per head budget laughing our hearts out. We ordered just 4 softdrinks in can, 2 persons sharing a can. We said we'd cancel orders should we go over the budget. We told the waiter to compute our bill right after he took our orders just to make sure.
Another waiter approached us and asked if we knew the guy who was sitting at the table next to us. The waiter said that guy paid for our P1,800 bill! In all, he paid for his P300-meal, P1,00-take out food, and P300-tip, plus our tab.
No one knows who he is. The ladies at the end of the table next to his were saying that he was smiling at our conversation. We know we looked professionals wearing our uniforms. I was the only one who didn't have the blazer on.
We were at the parking when Nelia couldn't see the parking receipt. While looking for it, we saw the contents of her blazer pockets, lots of tissue ready for the crying moment she never had. We saw the receipt after 5 minutes.
It was a pleasant surprise for all of us.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
July 2-4 (Th-Sa): Iloilo dialogue. I was assigned video coverage. In our second night, around 10 of us bonded the Filipino way over videoke, a couple of bottles of beer, and pizza. More sumptuous delicious food and great company!
July 9-11 (Th-Sa): Batangas dialogue spent in Tagaytay at Taal Vista Lodge! As i documented the event on video, I was given the nickname Video Girl! Cool climate and sumptuous delicious food!
July 13 (Mon): I was tasked to lead the recitation of Ako'y Kawani ng GSIS but ended up leading the national anthem and GSIS hymn as well.
Last I heard, our unit is tasked to be usher/ettes in the launch of our new product!
Monday, June 15, 2009
June 12 passed by as any ordinary weekend when I laze around the house all day...
Almost! I got bored surfing through TV channels when I decided to invite my friend to watch a movie for P15.00 only at SM Manila. This was the second time we did it. Just last week, we watched Ink Heart. This Friday, we saw The Golden Compass. We went home right after seeing the movie.
As soon as I opened my eyes Saturday morning, I checked the time on my cell phone. I received text messages from 2 friends, 1 was from my best friend updating me on what she did all week and how she would spend the weekend. The other one was from a friend I haven't seen in a while inviting me to join other friends just to hang out that night. As I thought of just another boring day waiting for the day to end, I confirmed at once that I would join them.
After sending my replies, I washed my clothes and did some other household chores. It was nearly time to prepare to go out. The thing is, I haven't received confirmation yet if plans would push through or not. We met an hour after our originally scheduled meeting time.
Was I glad I joined them. It was truly a night filled with fun and laughter! We ate at a Japanese restaurant, then took a short ride to a videoke bar where we sang to our hearts' content for 2 hours, then walked in a street free of transportation and people with few lights to the nearest night hang out where we had 1 bottle of beer each while watching a band. We separated at 1:30 am.
I set my alarm for 4:00 am to pick up my mom from the airport. Her plane was due to arrive at 6:00 am. She got out at 6:30 am. She distributed our pasalubongs to those of us at home. I took a short nap, then she decided to go duty-free shopping. Actually, I shopped, she just watched me do it. Then we went home for a short while just to drop off the things that I bought. We proceeded to visit my nieces where Mama gave her pasalubong. I was truly tired when I got home tonight, I went to bed at once.
As luck would have it, I haven't slept a wink all night. That was when I decided to write this entry.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The priest said that a priest defined loving, in Tagalog, pagmaMAHAL as the opposite of pagMURA. He said that when you love, you elevate that person. Its opposite pagMURA is having lower regard for that person. Just like loving God, you elevate Him even higher. However, we cannot elevate God anymore because He is above all things. In His greatness, He meets us midway so we can know Him and love Him more.
Translating this to love among and between humans, when we love a person, we elevate that person, we put him in high regard, minaMAHAL. When we start devaluing that person, one of the expressions could be pagmuMURA, literally cursing. As a result, the devalued person is hurt.
The priest also said that yesterday's Gospel is a contradiction, quoting, "Now, I give you a new commandment: love one another just as I have loved you, you also must love one another." (John 13:34) It is a contradiction because Jesus commanded that we perform something that comes out naturally. For example, adults command a child to eat heartily so that the child will be healthy. In the same way that adults command an obese child to eat less for the same reason, to be healthy. When we were still in school, our parents commanded that we study well. We all know how hard following that commandment could be. So why should we be commanded to love when we do it automatically?
Jesus commands that we love one another because though it is a MUST, it is hard to do, just like proper eating and studying well. When we exert that much effort in loving, we are hurt when we people do not respond well to our actions, hence the extra effort to follow His commandment.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Dec. 20, Saturday
Sis Jenny invited 3 of us to watch the Paskuhan Festival in Pampanga. She went home ahead so. In the end, Sis Eva was too tired to join, so it was just me and Sis Jennie Anna who went there. This is when the fun started. We took the wrong bus! We passed by the town we had to go to by about 2 towns. When we got to the place where we were supposed to be, we were very hungry, so we had a bonding over dinner at the mall. We were thinking of skipping the show altogether, the major reason we went there, because the place was very crowded. As we were able to find space, we finished the program until the fireworks display. The lanterns were just awesome!
We went to Sis Jenny's place shared cake with her family then slept at 2:00 a.m.
Dec. 21, Sunday
We woke up late, ate a very delicious tall glass of halo-halo then went back to Manila.
As soon as I arrived, I dropped off my things then went to the mall with my mom. I was able to do my Christmas shopping only this day! I was able to buy toys for my brothers, nephew and nieces.
I looked for my mom's favorite perfume and reserved it because, as it was expensive, I was short on cash.
We went home so I could drop off my things, left my mom at home, and headed off to another mall to buy more presents.
Dec. 22, Monday
I reported for work and a good friend told me to drop by his office as he will give me a gift! As I needed to go back to the mall to buy my mom's perfume I reserved, and as I didn't want to simply get my gift and leave him empty-handed, I wasn't able to claim my gift.
Dec. 23, Tuesday
My friend was supposed to wait for me in his office after 5:00 p.m. so we could exchange gifts but was driven out by the security guards at 4:00 p.m. as office hours ended at 12:00 noon.
He called me up that night and we agreed to see each other during the Christmas break.
I received a text message from my VP checking if I would report for work the next day. She needed me to work on her powerpoint presentation.
Dec. 24, Wednesday
In the office, I lacked the materials for inclusion in the presentation so I went home at 3:00 p.m. When I got there, the whole family was present.
In the last 2 years, we checked into hotels New Year's eve so the kids could swim and enjoy the fireworks display sans the noise and smoke. This year, we decided to skip it for economic reasons. My heart went to my nephew when he said he was looking forward to checking into a hotel on new year's eve. I joked that if he would give me the money everyone gave him for Christmas, we could do it. He gave me all the cash he had, P370.00.
It was a very traditional day for us. We went to my tita's house as our dear Lola was there. We had lunch then gift-giving. The whole time, family members took turns singing along the videoke while others danced to ballroom music. To say that everyone was happy is an understatement.
Dec. 27, Saturday
I met with a friend, ate dinner then watched Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat. We had a good laugh.
Dec. 28, Sunday
I couldn't forget how my nephew looked when he told me he wanted to check into a hotel on new year's eve so we decided to do it again. After calling up a few hotels, my sister-in-law booked a room for us at the Renaissance Hotel.
Dec. 29, Monday
We paid the reservation fee and shopped for things to bring to the hotel. My mom had the flu but she tried her best to pace herself so she join in all our activities.
Dec. 30, Tuesday
We checked into the hotel, roamed around Makati, took out KFC for dinner, watched TV while the kids enjoyed the bathtub then went to sleep.
Dec. 31, Wednesday
The kids went swimming, we had lunch treated by my youngest brother, the kids swam again in the afternoon, we dined out at dinner then watched the fireworks display.
New Year's Day
The kids swam for about an hour, we had brunch then checked out.
January 3, Saturday
My mom still has the colds but she's feeling a little bit better now.
Though the break was 12 days, I was never bored because I rarely stayed at home. Bonding moments and days with the family were well-spent. I didn't even have the time to read books. It was a well-enjoyed break.