Wednesday, October 29, 2008
First, I'd like to give a brief introduction of Davao Region.
There are two islands i wanted to visit in Davao region. The Samal and Malipano Islands.
Next to Samal Island is the Malipano Island. Its about 3800 feet from Samal Island. I don't have much information about this island, except for the articles that i read stating that its a perfect place for beach wedding as well as private party. Hmmm, I'm intrigue..i hope that one time i could visit this place too.
Till next time, I'll be posting about Cebu, the Queen City of the South.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Just want to share my new set of vocabulary. Enjoy learning the language with me..
Nihongo : English
Noborimasu : climb (a mountain)
Tomarimasu : stay (at a hotel)
Soujushimasu : clean (a room)
Sentakushimasu : wash (clothes)
Rensyushimasu : practice
Narimasu : become
Nemui : sleepy
Tsuyoi : strong
Yowai : weak
Choushigaii : be in good condition
Choushigawarui : be in bad condition
Choushi : condition
Gorufu : golf
Sumou : sumo wrestling
Pachinko : pinball game
Ochiya : tea ceremony
Hi : date
Ochido : once
Ochidomo : not once, never (used with negatives)
Dandan : gradually
Mousugo : soon
Okagesamade : thank you (used when expressing gratitude for help received)
Kanpai : bottoms up/cheers
Nankaimo : many times
Shikashi : but, however
Till next time..
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Romaji : English Translation
Dekimasu : to be able to, can
Araimasu : wash
Utaimasu : sing
Suteemasu : throw away
Atsumemasu : collect, gather
Kaemasu : exchange, change
Untenshimasu : drive
Yoyakushimasu : reserve, book
Kengakushimasu: visit some place for study
Genkin : cash
Nikki : diary
Oinori : prayer
Till next time.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Hi, how are you doing up there? Its been 10 months since you left us. Honestly, coping with it was hard. To this day, i still cry whenever i remember you. I miss you so much, in fact, the family miss you so much. Our house was not as lively as before, our lives were changed forever.
Christmas is fast approaching, is Santa Claus busy preparing gifts for good people? hehehehe... Kidding aside, your daughter's birthday is fast approaching. We're going to celebrate it in our house just like her baptism. Ching's family will come over. Your daughter is really beautiful and funny...just like you. She's also noisy. As a matter of fact, she totally resembles you. I'm pretty sure that if you are still here, you'll be very proud of her. By the way, she already had seven teeth and could start walking.
Dale was promoted recently as Asst. Manager. I know you're very proud of him in the same way that we are. Chan is in his 3rd year. Two more years to go and he'll be a engineer like me. I recently got promoted too. Mom is fine and so with dad. Ei, good news, we notice some slight changes to dad..hope it will continue.
You know what, Bebong asked me how did i feel if you're "nagpaparamdam". I told him that i smell the essence of alcohol...just like what we smell in the hospitals. He told me that he smelled that last Tuesday in their house. That was the time when i was sick. Is it true? "Nagparamdam ka sa kanya?". I told him that its you, reminding him to take care of me.
Till next time. I'll be updating you about our lives. Always remember that we really love you. Though you're not here with us anymore, your memories will linger. You will always be in our hearts. I love you bro.
Monday, October 6, 2008
In addition to that, I had lots of trainings and seminars to attend to. I had to improve more, so that I can prove to our management that I really deserve that promotion. But as promotion came, professional jealousy also came, which I know is inevitable in the office, I have have to let it pass, since I'm confident that i reached that position through hard work and good work performance. My career journey is still a long way ahead. There are lots of things to prove, so much knowledge to gain, lots of skills to enhance, many engineering software to master. I have to take one step at a time, and enjoy every step of it.
Friday, September 19, 2008
But do we really know what love is? Can we clearly define it? Do we really understand its depths and everything thing that goes with it?
We often mistake it for a crush, an infatuation or sometimes, even joy and excitement that we felt in companionship. Sometimes, we think it's a feeling that we have when our heart continues to pound hard when we have a close encounter with that special person or when our knees start to tremble and begin to feel weak. To love is a decision. That's how i believe it.
At the initial stage of love, somehow it you may think that how can you tell that he or she won't feel the same way for the next person who comes along? Or how sure are you that he or she loves you on the same way? Also in this initial stage, you'll feel the sweetness, the care, the thoughfulness. There' s this feeling of happiness and those sweet nothings that you wish to be there forever. But there are harsh realities of love. After months..years had past, the intensity of sweeteness, the thoughfulness slowly fades away. And that is why Love is not just a feeling, it's also a decision. Feeling alone is something that floats in the air, something you cannot touch or sometimes hard to comprehend and it fades away. Love, when it's a decision makes it a commitment. You may think and feel that you could fall inlove over and over again but when you decide to fall inlove with that single person in your life, you decide to be with that person for the rest of you life no matter how many better persons comes along, regardless if that person has a annoying habit.
When you turn your back on that decision, it means you were not really in love in the first place. Love never fades, it stand still when all else had fall. It is something you stand up for and fight for -- no matter what, because its your decision.
Some said that saying "I love you" is easy but they never got to live in its true meaning. Saying I Love You means that there are many consequences after that. Are we ready to face that? Are we still willing to say I Love you after the tough time? After a harsh word? After our partner did something wrong? After we see all those annoying traits and habbits that are hidden before?
Saying "I love you" is a major decision in one's life. Those words should be sacred, should be kept in your heart until you are ready to commit, to fight for that feeling and to stand by those words. Yes, it is a decision to commit, it is a decision to love.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Before the Wedding
- Never clean the table while someone is still eating because that person will never be able to get married.
- Soon to weds are prone to accidents as their wedding day approaches. They must avoid travelling long distance before the wedding day.
- A bride should not try on her wedding dress before the big day or it will not push through.
- It is considered bad luck if siblings got married on the same year. It is locally known as “sukob” or sharing of luck.
During Wedding Ceremony
- The groom who sit down before the bride does will become “under –de-saya”(henpecked husband).
- If a brides monthly period falls on the wedding day, they will be blessed with many children.
- A spouse will be submissive to his or her partner if the wedding candle on his/her side is lit last.
- Throw rice confetti on the newlyweds o that they will prosper in all their lives.
- The more the food at the reception, the more bountiful blessings the marriage will receive.
- Dropping the wedding ring, veil or cord will cause unhappiness to the couple.
- The groom must arrive at the church before the bride to avoid bad luck.
Here are some contradictory beliefs and superstition.
- Couples must offer eggs to Sta. Clara in order to have a good weather during wedding day.
- A downpour during the wedding will bring prosperity and marital bliss. (So why offer eggs to Sta. Clara)
- A bride who wears pearl during their wedding day will be miserable since those gems are considered “tears” of the oyster.
- A bride who wears pearl on their wedding day will never become a miserable wife as the pearl s represent the tears she could potentially shed during the marriage. (Whew! I’m confused now on what to believe.
Till next time. Hope you learn something here. Its up to you guys if you'll follow it.
Live and let live….enjoy life to the fullest.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- Wedding expenses are traditionally paid for by the groom’s family, unlike in some western cultures. It normally follows that who ever foots the bill higher will have the say on the size of the wedding. This day, more couples give their share of hard earned savings.
- It was a tradition that the bride to hold the heirloom rosary with the bridal bouquet during the nuptial mass. Some modern brides still do inorder to honor their Catholic Heritage and respect to solemn occasion.
- A Catholic wedding ceremony is held with a full mass that runs for about an hour.
- Aside from giving of rings, the giving of arrhae/arras (earnest money symbolized by 13 pieces of silver & gold coins) as part of Filipino wedding.
- Most Filipina brides prefer a custom made wedding gown than buying them ready-made or off-the-rack.
- The most popular month for church wedding in the Philippines is December and spills over the month of January.
- Traditionally, wedding invitations have an insert page that bears all the names and roles of the bridal party. Reception cards are not popular in the Philippines as wedding invites connotes an invitation to the banquet as well.
- Aside from bridesmaid and groomsmen, there are also three wedding attendant who assist in the wedding candle, veil and cord rituals held during the Nuptial Mass. The Candle Sponsors light the wedding candles placed on both sides of the altar. The flame of the candle symbolized God’s presence in the union. The Veil Sponsors drape and pin the veil (a long white tulle) on the groom’s shoulder and the brides head. This symbolizes the union of two people ‘clothe as one’. Lastly, the Cord Sponsor stand up with the cord (a silken rope, a string of flowers, or links of coins) in form of figure eight, placing each loop loosely around the neck/shoulder are of the couple symbolizing infinite bond of marriage.
- Soon to wed do not arrive at the ceremony venue at the same time. The groom is expected to arrive earlier the set time of wedding to receive guest. The bride on the other hand, usually stay in the bridal car and alights only the vehicle just in time for her biridal march.
- Newlyweds release a pair of white doves to signify peaceful and harmonious marital relationship.
So long. Next time I’ll be sharing Philippine Wedding Folklore and Superstition.
Live and let live...enjoy life to the fulest.
Friday, September 5, 2008
The words for family members in Nihongo depends on the speaker. For example, if you’re talking about your own mother, you call her Haha, but if you talking about other person’s mother, you call her Okaasan.
- Chichi (Your Own Father)
- Utousan (Other Persons Father)
- Haha (Your Own Mother)
- Okaasan (Other Persons Mother)
- Ani (Your Own Elder Brother)
- Oniisan (Other Persons Elder Brother)
- Ane (Your Own Elder Sister)
- Oneesan (Other Persons Elder Sister)
- Otouto (Your Own Younger Brother)
- Otoutosan (Other Persons Younger Brother)
- Imouto (Your Own Younger Sister)
- Imoutosan (Other Persons Younger Sister)
So much about family members. In Japan, conversation is usually to started by stating the weather condition. By the way, weather in Japanese is tenki. So if you want to start a conversation with a Japanese, its ok to say, II o-tenki desune. This means “Nice weather, isn’t it?”
After a long day out of home, we usually say Im home when we come back. Just to add a little variation in daily routine, we could say Tadaima instead. The proper response to this is Okaerinasai meaning Welcome Home.
Ittemairimasu. Arigatou Gozaimasu.
Live and let live, enjoy life to the fullest.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tomorrow, I'll be having a quiz. If i got a perfect score tomorrow, I'll have an incentive. I hope to get one. Gambari Mashou.
My fiance and I love photography. When our hectic schedule permits, we usually spend our weekends together taking pictures. We cant help but admire God's wonderful creation.
Did you know that the new calendar days of Jews begin during dusk?
While sunset marked the close of the daylight period, for the Jews it marked the start of the new calendar day, which officially began at sunset, being counted from evening to evening. (Le 23:32; compare Mr 1:21, 32, which shows that the day, in this case a sabbath, ended in the evening.) (from watchtower)
Did you know that during dusk, an unusual phenomenon occur called green flash or in rare case the blue flash?
Here's the explanation why. As the last edge of the sun dips below the horizon, the sun's light splits into a spectrum like a rainbow. Red light appears on the bottom of the spectrum, and blue light is on the top. As the sun continues to descend, the red portion of the spectrum falls below the horizon and the blue portion is usually scattered by the atmosphere. It is at this instant that the last bit of visible light can flash green. But why green? Because green is the other primary color in light. When the sky is heavily polluted, the green flash is seldom seen, and the blue flash occurs only when the atmosphere is exceptionally clear and enough blue light pierces the sky to cause a brilliant flash to appear.
What gives the dusk the red and orange color?
Sunlight streaming down to the earth contains all the colors of the rainbow. When this light strikes the earth's atmosphere, the atmosphere acts much like a giant prism and scatters, or diffuses, the light. The extent to which a light wave is diffused, however, depends on its wavelength. Blue light waves have a shorter wavelength and are widely scattered throughout the atmosphere. That is why the sky appears blue when the sun is well above the horizon on a clear day. But when the sun is near the horizon—such as at dusk—the sunlight must travel through more of the atmosphere to reach our eyes. As a result, the highly scattered blue light does not reach us. On the other hand, the longer waves, such as red, can more easily penetrate the dense atmosphere. This gives the dusk its familiar red or orange color.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Cohabitants are more readily available to someone else. When problems arose, they are more inclined to run away from each other than to sit down and resolve matters. When we reflect on how unwed partners may view their belongings, it is usually divided into "my" things and "your" things. Some carefully keep receipts and engrave or write their names on the things they buy—just in case….. Does that sound like the basis for a stable, enduring relationship? What happens if the time comes when the couple decides to split up? Dividing up belongings can be a real problem, resulting in arguments and great injustices. For instance, if the woman has taken care of the children and the household, she may run the risk of being left destitute because her partner earned the money and bought most of the things. There may be little she can do legally because they are unwed. So what happens to her when they separate?
Some couples say that they live together for a time just to see if they are compatible for marriage. They feel that their future marriage will be more stable as a result. But if we are going to take a look at it, the divorce/separation rate in countries where this practice has been common is increasing.
There are effects that couple's living together without marriage can have on others. There are still many who consider it wrong and even immoral to live together that way. Parents or grandparents may feel unhappy, embarrassed, and worried when their children or grandchildren just live together. Contact between the generations may be threatened. When parents make and break relationships, it can lead to cases where several children without a common set of parents are brought together in the same home. This may leave the children feeling confused, insecure and had serious psychological problems. There are other far-reaching effects when couples live together without marriage. As such relationships are not registered, authorities cannot take effective account of them and apply laws to them. Some couples decide not to marry in order to avoid unfavorable taxation and the loss of certain pensions and other social benefits.
Aside from the moral and social implications, there is another even more important consideration. The Scriptural view of this matter may be of little or no importance to many of those who live together without marriage. But to those who want to apply God's commandments, it is vital. According to the Bible, legal marriage is the only form of cohabitation between a man and a woman that is authorized by man's Creator. The Bible shows that God brought the first human pair together in a marriage. One purpose was companionship. As mentioned in the bible in the book of Genesis, it is not good for the man to live his life alone so a woman was created, as a complement of him. Another purpose was reproduction. In the same book it is said that a man and a woman must be fruitful and become many and fill the earth. This was not meant to be a trial arrangement/marriage because it is evident from the Bible that a man will leave his father and his mother and he must stick to his wife and they must become one flesh.
Although, today, every man and woman is imperfect and many marriages end in divorce and separation, the legalized marriage still constitutes the most secure and firmly established form of cohabitation between a man and a woman in society today. No other form of cohabitation offers the same degree of protection and security to all parties, including the children, that legalized marriage does.
In cohabitation, it just living together, but in marriage, couples began to build a much closer, more loving, and more responsible relationship, one that includes a third party – God.
The speaker dealt with the reality of life that we, Filipinos, are facing right now. He gave emphasis on the insurmountable economic woes that we are facing today. These woes are being worsened by our bad individual nature that might have been brought about by our being Filipinos. I gave a nod to the speaker when he mentioned about the corruption that is rampant in both the government and private sectors in our country.
The manifestations of corruption in our government are obvious; these do not need any proof. We must admit that corruption is a natural thing that is happening everyday… a norm that everybody is doing and a practice that threatens to destroy our moral foundation as a Christian country. The worse thing is that, the economic woes that we are now experiencing are attributed to corruption.
The speaker, whether directly or indirectly, tended to ask; what happened to our country today? Look at Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and other Asian countries; where are these countries now in terms of economy? A few years ago, the speaker said, we are on top of these countries. What happened?
Although the speaker suggested so many possible causes why we are lagging behind these countries, I chose to focus on one thing only; corruption, the most primitive, or perhaps, common problem that any country has. Corruption is a wide issue and is both social and moral problem. It has a wide-ranging effect on our economy and even peace and order situation. A classic example of the effect of corruption is the lingering woes of the Filipino people brought about by the Marcos regime.
But what relevance did the speaker's views have to do with corruption? Well, the speaker proposed; we must make a difference! If we really need a change to our system, we need to change our norms. And it should start from our individual selves.
Making a difference, as the speaker described it, is a kind of action, one has to make, which will lead others and make them realize and recognize the RIGHT and WRONG, the MORAL and the IMMORAL. If we are able to inculcate this to every Filipinos, only then we can say; WE HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
Friday, August 15, 2008
i wish him good health, successful career, inner joy and happiness, and long life. Our relationship became stronger after Dennis is gone. We value each other more, we exchange text messages more, we talk more often and we love each other and the rest of the family more. We treasure every moment we're together. Though we're not physically together to celebrate this day, our hearts are close.
i hope he got all be best in life that he deserves.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DALE!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
while walking around the streets of Tokyo, my fiancé took this photo. actually, this was located at the back side of the fence.
violets and blue..hues that were made for me and you.
i rarely see blue flowers. whenever i saw one, i made sure that i captured its beauty just like what i did with this one.
so simple yet so elegant.. so delicate yet so strong.. that's how i see this flower, somehow, i want it to represent me.
violet/purple is a symbol of royalty..one of my favorite hues..it so relaxing..
hope you enjoyed veiwing my pix...the resolution of this pix were not edited and this was the first time it was published...i'll be posting more in the coming days.
till next time..live and let live..enjoy life to the fullest!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
till next time..live and let live!
pagkalipas ng ilang saglit, naramdaman ko na may tumabi sa akin, pero kagaya ng dati, hindi ko iyon binigyan ng pansin, marahil isa rin siya sa mga katulad ko na ayaw makipagsiksikan.
mayamaya, nagsalita na siya.
muli, hindi ko iyon binigyan ng pansin, masyado akong abala sa aking pagbabasa para bigyan ng pansin ang taong katabi, at isa pa naisip ko na baka pick-up line lang yun ng isang taong gustong makipagkilala. hehehehehe, umiral na naman ang pagiging snob ng lola.
muli siyang nagsalita.
"you're really a snob, hanggang ngayon"
opps, teka, parang kilala nya ako. matapos kong maiangat ang aking mukha, isang familiar na mukha ang aking nasilayan.
"hey jack, sorry, i've been busy with what im reading"
"i can see that. so how are you doing now?"
"im fine, busy with work?"
"oh, i see. still single? you look great now"
"thanks, yeah im still single, so what brought you here in makati?"
"finishing some business details"
"ah ok, i got to go now, nice meeting you again, jack. bye"
at pagkatapos nun, nakipagsiksikan na ako papasok ng tren. halos pitong taon na rin ang nakaraan ng huli ko siyang makita. halos wala pa rin siyang pinagbago, hindi nakikita ang marka ng pagtanda.
nakita ko na lang ang aking sarili na nagtatanong, "single pa rin siya kagaya ko hanggang ngayon?"
"hmmmm, bakit siya nagcommute?" muling tanong ng isip ko.
nawalan na ako ng balita tungkol sa kanya pagkatapos ng huli naming pag-uusap.
naalala ko tuloy....
"so is this all the you really want?" sabi nya.
"you have to understand, from the start you know what are my priorities."
"your family again. i heard that several times, ginagawa mo na lang scapegoat yun eh"
"look, from the start, i made my self clear. dont make me chose now. all im asking you is to give more time, my family still needs me."
"fine, what do you want me to do? understand you? again, gosh, its been 5 years now, i getting tired of all your reasoning."
"look, listen to me first"
"listen? i've been listening for long, will you listen to me now?"
"hey, stop it, i'll chose for you. i'll make it easy for you"
tumayo siya at iniwan akong nag-iisa. mula nuon, hindi ko na siya nakausap. ang huling balita ko, lumipad na raw papuntang canada.
pagkatapos ng insidenteng iyon, isang araw, i got a message from unknown number. pero di kagaya ng dati, binigyan ng panahon na sagutin ang message galing sa number na di familiar sa akin. nalaman ko na si jack pala yun. nakuha nya ang number ko sa isang dating kaibigan.
"could we meet and talk, for old times sake?" ang sabi nya.
"for old times sake huh?? im busy."
"ok, i'll adjust to your sched."
"text me later, im bound for singapore tomorrow. i'd be staying there for a couple of month."
"ok, till then. see you when i see you"
bakit kaya biglang gusto nya akong makausap? for old times sake? para ano pa, we both moved on na. pero "both" nga kaya? pano kung siya hindi pa? common, tagal na panahon na yun, di ko na dapat iniisip yun.
pagkaraan ng dalawang buwan...
"hey, jack here, free tonight?"
"hey, jas, would you like to come with us for lunch?" tawag sa akin ng officemate ko.
"sure" ang sagot ko, malayo na naman pala ang narating ng isip ko. :-)
Incognizant, every step that we took directed us closer to each other. You presented yourself politely that left me no choice but to respond in the same way. Time flew so fast that we didn't realize how far we got. Though thousand miles apart, our hearts knew no distance. You became my refuge and I was yours. Our friendship intensified. My heart that was in slumber slowly woke up. The doors that I kept closed showed modest openings. The impenetrable walls of hate, fear and towering standards began to crumble. I was falling, and so you were, like a freely falling body, like the last dry leaf falling from the bough. We resisted but like the pull of gravity on freely falling body, our resistance did nothing, instead the feelings became intense. We were inseparable, discovering this wonderful feeling of love and being loved, unraveling the mysteries of life that lies ahead. We were walking on cloud nine.
Somehow, not everything was sugarcoated, not every road was smoothly paved. Soon enough, after half past year, we had petty disagreements and the fear of slowly drifting away began. But at the end of the day, it was comforting to know that we wanted to nip it in the bud.
At some point we maybe at sixes and sevens, we still have bones to pick, but it is clear to us that we still want to share the rest of our life together, till we bite the dust.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Learning a new language is one of the things i wanted to achieve. I got the chance to study another language when our company sponsored the Nihongo training. Only 14 staff were given the opportunity. We had our lectures 3 times a week for 2 hours a day. Our sensei came from one of the prestigious language school in the country. He lived in Japan for more than 10 years, with that, he was able to teach us not only the language itself but also Japanese cultures and traditions.
I enjoyed learning the language. It became very useful to me when i went to Japan for one week to attend the Kick-off Meeting for our new project. On day to day basis, my boss sometimes talked to me in Nihongo.
Let me share with you the basic greetings and few questions in Nihongo.
Good Morning - Ohayou Gozaimazu
Good Afternoon - Konnichiwa
Good Evening - Konbanwa
Sayonara - Goodbye
Oyasumi Nasai - Good night
Tadaima - Im back
Arigato Gozaimasu - Thank you very much.
Moo Ichido Itte Kudasai - Please say it again.
Kotaete Kusadai - Please answer.
O-genki desu ka. - How are you?
I'll be starting my Nihongo 2 this coming August. I hope that i could do well in it despite of my very busy schedule.
Till next time..live and let live!
Monday, July 28, 2008
i slept the whole day and rest. i felt recharge..ready to take the sermon from my Japanese boss.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
often, i could easily construct poems and stories when I'm depressed..but on the contrary, my stories and poems reflect positive values and outlook in life.
from now on, come and visit my blog..let me share with you my passion for writing. be inspired by my stories. smile with me, cry with me, shout with me. lets live our lives to the fullest, go beyond our imaginations and explore every possibilities.
cheers, welcome to my world with just one click away.
live and let live!