Summer Getaway at Pinamuntugan Island

Pinamuntugan Island has very light sand, though it's not white. But the water is bluish-green. When we were swimming the current was quite strong in some parts that we were being tossed in the water like dolls.

The Breathtaking Aguirangan Island

It took my breath away! Its 1.5-hectare formation with white beach and crystal clear waters was so beautiful!

Jelly Fish: The Rarely Seen Beauty Under the Sea

Have you ever seen a jellyfish up close? I have. I think it's one of the most beautiful creatures of the sea.

July 27, 2009

Something About the Ten Commandments

I have one question, do you know the Ten Commandments? If you are know all ten, then I’m pretty sure you can easily pinpoint what is wrong with this list. This picture was taken outside one of the most popular churches in Manila. I won’t say which one, it’s up to you to find out! My friends and I just went to that particular church just to have a look-see. I wasn’t really paying much attention to anything when these two tablets of stone with engraved words on them caught my eye. I read it and realized it was the Ten Commandments translated in Filipino. When I was reading it, I realized there was a discrepancy. I did a double take when I read the word Sunday in that commandments list, then after a few seconds I was also bothered because of its incorrect order.

You see if you will read in EXODUS 20:1-17, you will see there that the 4th commandment is “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” And all translations of the Bible state the word Sabbath, meaning the seventh day of the week and NOT Sunday. The one posted in the tablature clearly states Sunday as the day of worship, when in fact the Bible clearly says it’s the Sabbath. Read Exodus 20:1-17 and see for yourself.

July 23, 2009

Poem: Over and Done

July 23

It’s over and done

I let you go

Like the wind I can’t hold you in my hands

Now go on your way and I’ll go mine

Like the length of a string

Our lives will unravel

Until we discover who we really are

As different as day and night you and I

No more common ground to stand on

It used to be love

But now it’s gone is over and done...

July 7, 2009

Good Read: The Crooked Smile

After the negative feelings I've been having the past few days, I need something as a pick-me-up. To start my day in a positive way, I browsed through the net and looked for an inpiring story to motivate me to look at the positive side. Here's what I found. I hope it will also inspire you.

This story is entitled The Crooked Smile.

The Crooked Smile
As we rolled five-year-old Mary into the MRI room, I tried to imagine what she must be feeling. She had suffered a stroke that left half of her body paralyzed, had been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor, and had recently lost her father, her mother and her home. We all wondered how Mary would react.

She went into the MRI machine without the slightest protest, and we began the exam. At that time, each imaging sequence required the patient to remain perfectly still for about five minutes. This would have been difficult for anyone - and certainly for a five-year-old who had suffered so much. We were taking an image of her head, so any movement of her face, including talking, would result in image distortion.

About two minutes into the first sequence, we noticed on the video monitor that Mary's mouth was moving. We even heard a muted voice over the intercom. We halted the exam and gently reminded Mary not to talk.

She was smiling and promised not to talk. We reset the machine and started over. Once again we saw her facial movement and heard her voice faintly. What she was saying wasn't clear. Everyone was becoming a little impatient, with a busy schedule that had been put on hold to perform an emergency MRI on Mary.

We went back in and slid Mary out of the machine. Once again, she looked at us with her crooked smile and wasn't upset in the least. The technologist, perhaps a bit gruffly, said, "Mary, you were talking again, and that causes blurry pictures."

Mary's smile remained as she replied, "I wasn't talking. I was singing. You said no talking." We looked at each other, feeling a little silly.

"What were you singing?" someone asked.

"Jesus Loves Me," came the barely perceptible reply. "I always sing `Jesus Loves Me' when I'm happy."

Everyone in the room was speechless. "Happy? How could this little girl be happy?" The technologist and I had to leave the room for a moment to regain our composure as tears began to fall.

Many times since that day, when feeling stresses, unhappy or dissatisfied with some part of my life, I have thought of Mary and felt both humbled and inspired. Her example made me see that happiness is a marvelous gift - free to anyone willing to accept it.

July 3, 2009

Something's Wrong...

Something's wrong...I don't know why, but I've really been feeling this unease...restlessness since Wednesday. Last night I found myself crying again when I said I won't cry anymore. It's really difficult to find the solution when you don't even know what's really wrong and you just feel this "something" nagging at the back of your mind! I wish I know what it is...all I know is what I feel. And I feel that there is something wrong...

I couldn't sleep well again last night. It was past 12:00 a.m. again when I got to sleep. Good thing I didin't have to go to work today and I was able to sleep until noon. I tried to divert my attention, tried to keep myself busy so that I won't notice this bad feeling I'm having. I'm hoping it will just go away...

I'm also hoping that by writing it here, I'll find release from this nagging feeling and my thoughts will be made lighter.

July 2, 2009

Just Been Tagged

This is the first time I took time to do this tagging thing thanks to Nays over at A Celebration of Life. I must say it's fun, especially that this strictly requires a single word answer to all questions. This got me sweatin' some hehe. But take a look at what I came up with.

1. Where is your cell phone? Bed
2. Your hair? Tied
3. Your mother? Strong
4. Your father? Shit
5. Your favorite food? chocolate
6. Your dream last night? Weird
7. Your favorite drink? tea
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. What room you are in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Music
11. Your fear? Rejection
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
13. Where were you last night? House
14. Something that you aren’t? Contented
15. Muffins? Chocolate
16. Wish list item? House
17. Where you grew up? Muladbucad
18. Last thing you did? Texted
19. What are you wearing? Pajamas
20. Your TV? MyScreen
21. Your pets? Dog
22. Friends? Many
23. Your life? Routine
24. Your mood? Sad
25. Missing someone? Yes
26. Car? Someday
27. Something you’re not wearing? jewelry
28. Your favorite store? None
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When was the last time you laughed? Earlier
31. Last time you cried? Now
32. Who will resend this? Me
33. One place that I go to over and over? Church
34. One person who emails me regularly? Bhong
35. My favorite place to eat? McDonald's

After answer the last question I came to realize that there's more to this tagging thing than mere word-play. In a way, it gives insight to one's personality. Well, this particualr tag anyway.

So, now I'm tagging Tinny.