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Last Post: A Prayer

This is my last post for 2012.  Although this may be the last, I wanted this to be the good start; and I want to share this to everyone (who believe). Here it goes...

May the Year of Faith give us the Grace to help us get through the daily ordeals. May it bring us Joy, Peace and Blessings that we may live in harmony forever. May Hope never depart from us that we be optimistic in this Life. And may the Good Tidings bring us to Bliss Eternal;  never losing our Friendship with The One.

Have a blessed one everybody!

~*~ Joan ~*~

Guest Post: The Power of Reading

Not all people were given the opportunity to read and write. Even up to this age and time, there are still illiterate people that had a hard time continuing their studies because of many reasons. May it be financial or geographical reasons which are applicable to those people living in far flung areas where there is no school available within their vicinity.
So, for us who knows how to read and write, we should know how lucky we are. Lucky enough to see the world in words and we should know how powerful we could be because of it. Let's use this opportunity to gain more knowledge so we can impart what we know to others.
Because of reading, we can not only gain knowledge but it can also allow us to learn the right values and attitude. Reading can give us a number of opportunities to learn something new and can open us to the world of dreams and ideas. Above all, we can gain wisdom (though we can't get wisdom solely by reading, it can give us a glimpse of it). Can also lead us to…

Kindness Pays

It really pays to be kind to others. We don't know what a person is going through at a time. A little empathy, a little kindness or respect will help - or might go a long way.  Or, it might save us from embarrassment.

A stranger you meet in a bus or train could be your future employer or landlord or neighbor or in-law or could be one of your relatives like 3rd or 4th degree of consanguinity that you just happen not to know.
One episode of "Be Careful with my Heart" came into mind. Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria), the main female character, saved the mute child Abby (Mutya Orquia)when she accidentally entered into the airport's luggage counter and passed through the screening. Maya covered Abby with her own body to shield her from possible harm. Abby is not in any way related to Maya but it did not hinder Maya to reach out to an innocent child. Later on in the story, Maya is hired as Abby's governess by Sir Chief (Richard Yap), the lead male character who plays the role …

Seize the Day!

Last Friday, I was like "It's Friday again. felt like it was just Friday yesterday!" 
Time do really fly so fast! (How can I catch up with you?) Now, it's Monday again.  And it's October 1st!  One wouldn't really notice that it's been quite a while; that a lot of things around us have happened. 

Fridalicious and New Weekends

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  After quite some time of hiatus, here I am again exclaiming in my head "Yes, it's Fridalicious!"  What do you look forward to on Friday, or weekend?
Well, I'm not looking forward to going to a bar partying with friends sipping beer or dancing in loud music.  It's not just my cup of coffee.  Mine is all about catching up with my siblings, playing with my nephew, watching movies, catching up on my favorite TV series, reading novels and...sleeping like a log, longer than the usual.

No to Relationship Killer

One of the many important factors that will help keep any relationship growing healthy is trust. Without this, any sweet relationship will be sour which may turn bitter eventually.
More than a month ago, I was meaning to post this article. But for some reason, I lack the inspiration to write so it went to "stagnant" status. I saved the title - no text whatsoever, just title. I did not even plan on changing it. Ironically, I did not expect that one of my close friends (almost a family) would be the source of my "inspiration" because of her involvement in a "secret" that my family was keeping. 

Signs of Cellphone Addiction

Would you know if you are a cellphone addict? I have noticed these peculiar attitude of a person to his/her cellphone/gadget and thought that these can probably be an addiction.  Some may sound funny or weird.  And maybe, you know few of these personal observations of mine.
But before that, how many cellphone models you're holding? Or how often do you change model? Do you live the day without it?  There's nothing wrong with having a cellphone or gadget especially if it's really important that we have one.  But let's evaluate if more of our "valuable" time is being taken away from us because of the addiction.  We know that anything that is excessive is not good.  

The Liebster Blog Award

Okay, that is not lobster but liebster.  A new blog friend of mine gave this award to me.  It is very flattering and I'm honored and very happy to receive this.
Thank you very much, Cecille (FliPinay Wee Blether)!  Thank you!
Liebster (pronounce: leeb - stir) is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.  The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

Babala: Para sa mga Sumasakay ng Bus

Ito po ay isang babala (hindi pananakot) para sa mga nasa Metro Manila na madalas na sumasakay ng bus.  Kung may cellphone po kayong medyo mamahalin at mahilig na gamitin ‘to habang nasa loob ng bus - nakikinig man ng music o nagti-text or nag-i-internet, mas lalong para sa inyo po ‘to.  Konting pag-iingat lang po.
Dalawang beses na kong may nakasakay sa bus na nawalan ng cellphone.  ‘Yong unang nakita ko (pero hindi ko naman alam na dinudukot na pala ang cellphone niya) ay nasa bandang Fatima ako, pauwi na.

In the Eyes of a Child

The story that I'll share will probably evoke different emotions from you. 

During our Ad Clash in senior year in college, we were tasked to come up with a Public Relations campaign for one of the malls in the Philippines (not the popular one).  The campaign was all about Filipino Values.  One of the competing sections (our competitor) came up with love for the elderly.  It was very simple and touchy we admit they deserve to get the first prize.  The story goes like this...

Single's Perks

Single people enjoy some "perks" some married couple may envy making them wish they're single again.  Sort of 'advantage' we might say.  Which one you enjoy the most?  Please read below.

1. Sleep tight the whole night.  Except for some unexpected disturbances from your 'friendly neighbor' or you being insomniac, you need not worry about waking up in the wee hour of the night to change diaper or do the milk formula or lullaby the baby back to sleep.  This does not apply to single parent, though; and single parent who can afford nanny. are the nanny.

Forgive and Forget?

There. Somebody just pushed you to your limit. All of a sudden, you turn red in anger. You blew up. After a while, the culprit apologized to you. Will you forgive and forget?
You might be going through a bad relationship right now and you and your bf/spouse exchanged words neither of you can take back.  Or a friend of yours disappointed you or stabbed you at the back you felt bad about yourself.   Or the person you trusted the most just betrayed you. Because of this, you think you can't trust anybody anymore.  You are hurt - very badly.
As frail as we are, realizing our mistake, we ask for forgiveness; they who hurt us ask for our mercy. We forgive, they forgive. But should we forget? What are we going to forget? How far are we going to forgive?
I've had few big hurtful events in my life I dare not jot them down in details.  I've forgiven people who have hurt me. I've forgiven myself. I did not forget the mistake, though. I am remembering the experience, the lesson, t…

Etiquette in a Jeepney

There's dining etiquette, social etiquette, etc...When boarding a passenger Jeepney, we also follow some silent rules to make the trip pleasant even if it's just short.   These unwritten policies serves as a system to make our public transport experience a bit easy and sometimes, fun.  Note: if you are a foreigner wanting to try a Jeepney ride, do the list below and enjoy the experience.  Bear in mind that these may also apply to other public transportation vehicle such as bus and FX taxi.
Okay, so let's say you know where you want to go. All public utility vehicle have sign board to tell you where they're going.  Read the sign board first before you hail it or if you don't know or not sure you've got the right route, ask the driver. Now that you're inside, the following are common passengers' practice.  They are considered proper etiquette.

Popular Jeepney Sayings

Ever since I've become a dyip (jeep) commuter, I have read many proverbs posted in its different corners.  It could be the driver's poetic request from passengers or it could be about the driver himself.  It could make you smile or laugh or frown - depending on how you take it; but please don't be offended.
The list of sayings that you'll read here are gathered by experts such as the ff: the student who is reviewing while sleeping on her way to school, the near-sighted bald guy whose favorite seat is behind the driver and the sexy flirt who has a deadly armpit odor.
You must be familiar with these sayings.  Of course, there's a lesson behind it and you should learn it if you are a tourist in Manila or any place in the Philippines where jeepney abounds.

The Fabulous Blog Award

This is my first time to receive an award and it's really made me so happy.  It is an honor to receive this and the FABULOUS THANK YOU belongs to...Menopausal Mother.  Her blog URL is this:

This award has rules I need to post and follow.  Rules to the Fabulous Blog Award:
1. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog. 2. Name 5 fabulous moments in your life. 3. Name 5 things that you love. 4. Name 5 things you hate. 5. Pass the award to 5 deserving bloggers.

A Farmer's Son

There’s an old farmer whose only income comes from planting rice and sweet potatoes.  His only son, a very loving one, helps him in cultivating the ground.  Together they wake up very early in the morning to start working.
Because of the meager money they earn, the farmer’s son finished high school but did not pursue any further education.  Although, being a very industrious man, he still works as a tricycle driver.  He usually drive in the afternoon after lunch leaving his father working in the field – with just a few things left to do since he had helped his old father already earlier in the day.  He saves this extra income for his future family and emergency needs.
One night, police came up to their humble Nipa hut and arrested the young man.  He was charged for a crime he did not commit – the murder of an affluent guy who is his rival over a girl they’re both courting in the same village they’re all living in.  He was being framed up but because the guy belongs to a very rich family…

Hello, Goodbye!

Back in college during my on-the-job training, inspired by my immediate supervisor who was Tom Cruise look alike, I gleefully composed this "romantic" poem on one of the sheets of my binder.  I remember how I'd carefully pen the words and handled it delicately it is still living to this day.  I made some few modifications though.  Please read below.

On my bed, I had countless sleepless nights
just imagining the thoughts of you.
I daydreamed of you numerous times
daydreaming was I caught, many times, too.

What have you?  What spell did you cast on me?
Am I charmed by the beauty of your psyche?
Enamored with your persona, perhaps gone nutty?

When it rains, it pours!


This popular adage – “when it rains, it pours” - is true.  In my case, it’s not rain of either glitches or stroke of bad luck; but its words that hits my wits -a blessing.  Just last two weeks ago, Thursday (29th), I was able to compose 1 long poem, 1 quote, 1 story and this one which I just revised yesterday.  All in one day, I dashed them off continuously on sheets of paper.  This “pouring” I had that day, the same I’d been waiting for quite some time since my head seems locked up and words wouldn’t spurt.  I think it’s called “writer’s block”.  And I had it for more than a month – more or less.  (Please give me this awesome feeling of being called a writer). LOL!

Educational Trip


(A reflection on my recent travel to W. Samar)

At first, I thought the trip I took (bus ride of 20 to 22 hours) to W. Samar was going to be very boring and tiring.  Until something caught my eye and eventually my attention.  I never thought this simple travel can be very educational.  :)

Hope of the Young
After an hour since we left the provincial bus terminal, and trying to silently figure out how I will spend the long hours, I saw this quote: “Ang magulang ang pag-asa ng kabataan”, which is "The parents are the hope of the young" when translated to English.  It was carelessly painted at the rear body of a truck.  For a while, it made me pause… and think.  I think it made sense.  I realized that before the youth can become the hope of the nation, they’ll borrow and learn it from their parents first.  Then it made me think of my own parents…how they are imperfect yet perfect for me.  How I hope in them...Aww! :D

Okay lang maging single 'pag Valentine’s Day :)

Kahit na nagbibiruan ang mga lalaki na lilindol daw sa February 14 o kahit na nag-uusap na ang mga girls kung anong gift ang inaasahan nila tulad ng red roses, chocolates, cards, perfumes, bags, dinner o kung anu-ano pa, okay lang maging single kapag Valentine.
Kahit na nag-uusap na ang mga tao sa paligid mo kung sino ang date nila o kung gwapo ba o maganda o kung sexy o hot ba, okay pa rin maging single kapag Valentine.
Kahit na malaman pa nila na wala silang pera pang-date at kailangan pa nilang dumiskarte kay mudra at erpat para mabigyan lang sila ng panggastos, okay pa rin maging single kapag Valentine.