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The Adventure is Out There

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The coming days from now and the near and far future is somewhat “new” to me as I embark on my next chapter of my life. After long years of being part of a corporate world, I am now on my own…. There are fears, yes; hesitations, definitely; worries, for sure …. But there are really moments of great anticipation and excitement. I know I have prepared myself enough for this, and I am more than ready. I Know!

Talking more about positivity, I am now beginning to embrace (and enjoying) the “freedom” I have now. It’s more of the luxury of my time to do what I think really matters now to me. To see again what I am capable of doing in different fields. To experience again the new and renewed energy and creativity. To rekindle again relationships. To enjoy the extra time spent just playing and creating and keep on learning. The possibilities are endless… so why hesitate, why worry.

The adventure… the grand adventure begins (again)…

Children Got Cancer, too…. Please don’t look away

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Children Got Cancer too, please don’t look away. Today, I visited Phil General Hospital, with my humble petty gifts of pillows for the children of Pediatric ward for cancer patients. I have made a promise a couple of months ago that I will return with donations of pillows which the doctors specifically asked. Petty my gifts are, but I hope it will bring smiles to their face.

It was heart-breaking yet so inspiring how they are trying to be strong to fight the big C, though their body is so small and frail. It is also admirable how are their parents and lolas are so patiently and tenderly caring for them, keeping also the brave spirit.

Other petty stuff and problems became so irrelevant when you are at this place where one thing that is SO important is to hang on to the fragile thread of what we call Life.

Hope I can do more to cheer them. Or give what keep us all “hanging in there” …. Hope.

52weeks Adventure/ Challenge

Week 3 – Charity Works at PGH

#52weeksnibabel

Get it Started… The “P” Tasks

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I haven’t done blogging for past 2 weeks… Quite busy? Well, after a short vacation trip last week with Papi (I will blog that later), I’ve been “recharged” and I’ve been trying to do most of my “P” works (hmmm, those tasks under the category of “Procrastinated tasks”) and it’s been very distressing and yet rewarding (when I finally ticked it off the list)… but my list is getting longer, I think. So, I really have to re-assess, re-prioritize and, most importantly, get it done.

I realized that most of these P tasks’ are easy to finish, but what is so “difficult” for me is to get it started. I know if I’ll just “push it a little” then it will keep rolling. Momentum!

So I have to keep it going, avoid show-stopper, avoid distraction… This is my “P” month… Will brag it later when I slash those projects in my list.

Today: Whatever Life Offers….

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Today…
I will work this day with all my strength,
content in the knowledge that life does not consist of wallowing in the past or peering anxiously at the future.
It is appalling to contemplate the great number of painful steps
by which one arrives at a truth so old, so obvious, and so frequently expressed.
Whatever it offers, little or much,
my life is now.

Travelling Feet, Bantayan Tower, Vigan, Ilocos, September 2011

TOday Series: 19/22

Happy Fathers’ Day

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Aliya and I made a  simple card for PaPi’s day, out from recycled cards, magazine cut-out, highlighted by their signatures and palm-print (at the back)… We made it late night and I want this as a surprise to Papi… I asked Aliya not to make noise as we went in our red (craft aka clutter) room , she actually tip-toed and talking in whisper… but when Papi peeked at the room, ALiya said “shhh…papi, secret, we are making birthday (sic. means “father day’) card for you.. 🙂 aha!

 

My Last Day… (as if)

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I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping?
First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.
I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes,
yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart,
for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hour glass?
Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises?
Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck,
the pain that was caused?
No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what then shall I do?
Forgetting yesterday, neither will I think of tomorrow.
Why should I throw now after maybe?
Can I perform tomorrow’s deeds while standing in today’s path?
Can I place tomorrow’s gold in today’s purse?
Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?
No! Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours and now my eternity.
I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day
I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved.
Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others,
far better than I, have departed?

Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved?
Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?
Is there a purpose in nature?
Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time.
When I waste one I destroy the other.
If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life.
Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return.
What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold?
What price dare I place on the hour ahead?
I will make them priceless!

I will live this day as if it is my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today.
Today I shall fondle my children while they are young;
tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I.
Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses;
tomorrow she will be gone and so will I.
Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help,
nor will I hear his cries.
Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work;
tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time.
Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith;
fear I will dismember with confidence.
Where there are idle mouths, I will listen not;
where there are idle hands, I will linger not;
where there are idle bodies, I will visit not.
I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove
my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument.
This day I will make the best day of my life.
This day I will drink every minute to its full.
I will savor its taste and give thanks.
I will maketh every hour count and each minute
I will trade only for something of value.
Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday.
My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it is my last.
And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

From Scroll  from the book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

Instagram: 10 Reasons Why I’m into It

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Hmmp… I’ve been “joining” the mobile enthusiasts lately… and that’s because of Instagram! I bet most of the people now is aware if this genius awesome app. Well, I’m not really into latest gadgets and celfone… my past 6 celfones (since the advent of celphones 20+ years ago, imagine 6!) are not the top-of-the-line and all were least popular. But now I have an iPhone4s and I never regretted to have “splurged” on this (actually I got it thru Globe plan, but with costly monthly subscription, but that’s ok). Maybe, I “waited” for best all-in-features celphone in years that’s why I never want to buy hi-tech celphone in the past (reason, reason… 🙂 )

Anyway, Instagram (and Flipboard and my mobile WordPress and online stock trading) are the reasons why I’m loving my IPhone4s. Here are my few thoughts about Instagram (or alibi why I’m hooked into it):

1. Handy photography – if one loves photography and can’t really bring along every time their bulky cameras… then this is your things. I snap photos anywhere and any subject without being too flashy or obvious or boasty. See this collection from “Gramfeed”

2. Collection of beautiful photos – if you are like me who has Flickr and Picassa accounts and have ventured the “Iheartit” site… then Instagram is the celfone version where to keep awesome photos of yours (it must be really your photos!), and accessible too in your PC or laptop. And you can organize it anytime, anywhere. I also choose nice shots taken by my Canon G11 and put it here. No, it’s not exclusive for “iphone” shots. See here.

3. Edit and filters – it has filters to improve the color, depth, shadow, lighting of photos. I only use the basics and I never overdo my photos, otherwise it might loss its originality and warmth. Some I leave it as “original” (See related article)

4. No ads, no pop-up – I actually read a blog about the founder of Instagram who never intend to commercialize this app and join the wagon and monetizing every click. It pays his good intention when it eventually been “monetized” bigtime when it was bought bigtime by FB… Inspiring article, I will post it here later.

5. Inspiration – one can find a lot of inspiration of subjects with fellow instagramers. The variety of interests are unending and so inspiring. Group of users are finding each others because of same interesting photos they see and appreciate.


by @abel_sjk in #depthclub

6. Talents – one need not be a professional photographer to be in here… but even simple mom, kid or everyday people realize that there is a “photographer” in us and we continue snapping shots of our own interest and loving it! (See one of my favorite instagrammers collection).

7. Realization that there’s beauty everywhere – One can find photos so beautiful that you realize that the same scenes are familiar to your naked eyes and always taking it for granted. Even simple scene can be a great subject, like train tracks, an old lady, post lamp, feet…


by @shelldf

8. “Friends” – this is a social network of talented photographers and simple people who are united in liking photography and life! This showcases collections of one’s photos (even of old photos from old cameras) that others truly appreciate. Likers and followers, I believe, are sincere about clicking the button “Like” and commenting if they are really feel so!

9. Warmth – This is how I feel in seeing others’ life through their own eyes. (Example is a simple shot of a foot while the she is resting on the grass and thinking about life and her goals, and another is a shot of kid enjoying bubbles)


by @thegirlwhobites


by @ayanah

10. Sincerity – This is what really comes to mind when a friend asked me what I love about Instagram. Sincerity of the users of having taken a shot of subjects they love, and sincerity of the “Likers” of choosing the best from each other’s collections, because they truly like it! Not all maybe, but at least I speak of myself and most of those Instagramers I “bumped” into.


by @karinagtti

There you go! I am not a techie-person… but suddenly I fell for my celfone and IG!