Friday, January 25, 2013

MOVIE | Shelter

I was figuring out a movie that could stimulate me. Then I tried watching "Jack Reacher" starring Tom Cruise. But the copy was not that good. 

Luckily I found this movie "Shelter". It's a gay movie but it doesn't capitalize on homosexual issues only. It's about how people choose what they want to happen in their lives. I was reminded that people have a choice on what they want to happen in their life. If you choose to be miserable, then you will be. You choose to be happy then you will be. All choices will have its consequences but the bottom line is, you need to find a way to make things happen.

I need not talk about the synopsis of the movie. But I want to talk about the impact it had on me. 

- We don't know what's in store for us
- We have the choice to take what is offered to us or ignore it or let it pass
- Special people in our lives come at the most unexpected time
- Once you realize things that matter to you, better not let it slip
- People are not bound to anyone forever, but it's worth taking a risk
- You cherish the moment you spend with the one important to you

Monday, January 21, 2013

ARTICLE | Egg Throwing, Anyone?

So I was in a cafe with some of my colleagues; sitting and enjoying our coffee when a group of these minors threw eggs in our direction.

Unlucky me, I got hit at the back. I was shocked. This was the first time I got hit by an egg. 

I removed my jacket to wipe away the egg stain, when suddenly the bunch in car came back and this time throwing water to us and as they sped away they were jeering and laughing as if it's the most exciting moment of their lives.

Our group before the egg frenzy started.

What I don't understand is how these kids are able to do such offenses?

This baffles me. 

Earlier in the news, two Saudi kids were hit by a car and died instantly. The driver was also a Saudi. What does this have to say about the whole situation? 


Overall, I think this incident just showed me how unfit I am in this land. I know that I share the same sentiment with many Filipinos. I know that the only reason why Filipinos choose to stay is because they feel like they have no option and that this is the only available opportunity.

But hopefully, in the future, there will be more jobs in the Philippines so we do not have to experience any egg throwing ruckus in a foreign country. 

This article was written in 2013, and revised in 2017.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Life and Death... and Something in Between

These past few days, I've been itching to write about- life and death. As I've told myself, It's not like I'm going to die any time soon but we really can't tell right. It can happen to anybody. Death is as real as the air we breathe. We just try to avoid talking about it because we're afraid. Or probably because it's morbid. But for whatever reason, death and dying has not been a very popular topic.

Funny I would talk about this at the start of the year. It's just that whenever I go out and see the sky, I am reminded of mankind's fleeting existence. One moment we're here, the other we're not. The ironic thing is, because people have been accustomed to living, most of us forget how valuable life is. We take things for granted because there is no sense of urgency in it. One might even say that things will always be there and he can go back to it any time he wants to.

But what if you learn that your life is coming to an end soon?
How would things change then?

There's the proverbial saying "live life to the fullest" which has become so passe. How does one live life to the fullest would be a good follow up question. I guess, living life to the fullest is being able to appreciate all the good things that are happening to your life be it small or big. It's being able to be satisfied with what you currently have.

When I was young, I used to dream of so many things- big house, car, automatic appliances, telephone, computer, piano, swimming pool, etc. At some point, I'd say that my parents were able to provide these things. But there was no happiness with it. It only made me want to look for more. Now I know what "power begets power" means. The more you have, the more you want. This kind of life is a never ending quest for material things that strays you from the real things that would give meaning to your existence.

You would say that I am probably the shallowest person on Earth, but amidst the high-tech laptops and DSLR's I was able to provide myself from working abroad, by far the fresh air in the morning when I walk to the office, the colorful flowers I see on the side road, the varied species of birds that fly are actually the things that make me most happy. Drinking my coffee on a cold January afternoon, reading my new novels before I go to bed, and peaceful sleep give me reason to think that I am so blessed.

Material things make me happy. At least temporarily. But the best things in life are free so they say. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Philippines Moves Forward

I like this short docu about the Philippines. It makes me more optimistic about my country and my future.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pilot Shots

I just bought myself, my very own DSLR. Whew, this is so surreal. I used to dream of buying a DSLR, but boy all came to reality. And it's not just a DSLR, it's a Canon. I am so thankful God has blessed me with this. He made me wait and gave it to me at the right time. I know that with my talent that He gave, I can maximize the potential of this camera.

First pilot shots:

 Roommate trying his new long sleeves.

Roommate trying his new neck tie.

Mission accomplished rooomie!

Well, I may have to learn a few more photography techniques but I am willing and determined so I know I''ll be successful on this. 

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