MATUNGGO’Y DUN DIN..

Ang salitang “matunggo’y dun din” ay gamit sa larong tatsing. Tatsing came from the English word “touching.” Each player aims na makakuha ng pinakamaraming tansán (taya) mula sa iginuhit na hugis bilog sa lupa gamit ang kani-kaniyang pamato (bato).

Ang larong ito ay nangangailangan ng galing sa pagtantiya upang mailabas ang mga tansán nang hindi maiiwan ang pamato sa loob ng iginuhit na kwadrado. Maliban sa tansán, gumagamit din ang ibang mga manlalaro ng lead washers o kaya naman ay barya. Kapag barya na ang ginamit, it is the early awakening sa pagsusugal.

Sa bawat turn ng manlalaro ay doon sa pupuwesto sa kung saan huling naglanding ang kanyang pamato. At dito nga ginagamit ang salitang “matunggo’y dun din” which means, kung ito ay matamaan ng pamato o ng taya na tumalsik at maiba ng puwesto, doon pa rin sa original na puwesto titira ang may ari ng pamato.

Ang buhay ay para lang tatsing.. “matunggo’y dun din”.

Sa negatibong banda, ang pananaw ng iba ay di sila dapat matinag sa kanilang tinatamasang kasaganaan, posisyon, kapangyarihan o kayamanan. Tumutumbok sa landas ng kasakiman at pagwawalang bahala sa kapuwa. This is miserable wealth. “Matunggo’y dun din.” Sinuman sa tingin nila ay balakid o nagtatangka na agawin ang tinatamasa o manghingi ng tulong ay aalisin nila sa landas. Buhay na walang katiwasayan at walang kasiyahan.

This also goes to life’s principles. When you know what you believe in, define your principles and make the commitment to live and make decisions based on those beliefs making sure that you are of help to anyone. This is what gives meaning to life.

And you don’t need to defend it. Because you are doing good in the eyes of God. Walang anumang tukso, anumang pagsasamantala, pananalbahe ang makakagupo sa iyo.

“Matunggo’y dun din”. Di ka matitinag sa kinatatayuan mo. Buhay na puno ng pagtitiwala, kasiyahan at katiwasayan.

And a prize is waiting for you.

Hala. Taya na at simulan na ang tatsing ng buhay.

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“If it be thy lot to suffer, standing firm, Vilest slander tongue can utter, standing firm; Shout and sing, for then is given, Greater thy reward in heaven, When the wicked far are driven, standing firm.” – Daniel Warner

DON’T MOVE

Our Projects group in nearby city sent me documents for Prequalification to a specialized contract in Saudi Aramco. Ang driver na nagdala ay di pa nakakarating sa aming office, but he was given a location map. He was supposed to come at around 8AM, but mag 9AM na wala pa and me  meeting pa ako at 9AM.

The nearby city office Coordinator called me at about 9:15AM, at sinabing naligaw daw iyong Driver. I asked for the Driver’s number and called him. Sabi niya nasa may Arab Steel Company raw siya, which is pinakadulo na ng Industrial Area or roughly 5km from our plant.

Sabi ko sa kanya, “okay Sadik, just stay where you are now, don’t move”

Sagot niya, “okay Sir, I no move, I stay here.”

Paalis na ako ng napigil ako ng isang Sales Engineer dahil may isinangguni, after 10 minutes pa bago ako nakaalis. May sandstorm kaya dahan dahan ang patakbo ko ng sasakyan. The driver then called me, “Sir, where are you, strong sandstorm here.”

I answered, “be there in 5 minutes, don’t move.”

“Okay Sir, I no move, I stay here long time.”

Dumating ako sa lugar kung saan siya nakapark, nakita ko na nasa labas siya ng sasakyan, nakatakip sa mukha ang envelope ng documents. Hinahampas siya ng hangin at alikabok dahil sa sandstorm, pero di siya pumasok sa sasakyan.

Sabi ko pagdating, “why did you not get in the car, the sand is painful to the skin..”

Sagot niya, “you said no move Sir, so I no move here Sir.”

Masunuring empleyado.

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“Whoever we are. Wherever we’re from. We should have noticed by now. Our behavior is dumb.” – Frank Zappa

COMMITMENT IS ACTION

       May isang mag-asawa na nagrerenew ng kanilang commitment at the same time ay celebration ng 50th Wedding Anniversary.

       Napansin ni Misis sa gitna ng pagdiriwang ang kalungkutan ni Mister.

      Nang tanungin niya kung bakit malungkot, sagot ni Mister ay “naalala ko noong tayo ay di pa mag-asawa, nagtatagpo tayo sa
likod bahay ninyo, at minsan nahuli tayo ng Tatay mo na hinahalikan kita.”

      Sagot ni Misis, ‘ikaw talaga, ang sweet-sweet mo, ang tagal na nun a, naaalala mo pa!”

     “Oo siyempre. At di ba, sabi pa ng Tatay mo nung mahuli niya ako, pag hindi mo pinakasalan ang anak ko, ipakukulong kita ng
50 taon!”

     “Oh, sweet mo talaga, mahal! Tandang tanda mo pa iyon kahit 50 years ago na” ang sagot ni Misis.

      “ Nagkukwenta lang ako, kung nagpakulong na lang pala ako nuon, bukas e malaya na ako.”

Commitment is a value na nagdadala upang tayo ay maging malapit at mahalin ng ibang tao. Sa paninindigan sa salita ay masasalamin ang trust, honesty, integrity and discipline. To do as you say you would, is a demonstration of commitment.


Commitment is more than words. Maaaring ang mga salita ay pagpapahayag ng pangako (commitment) higit sa lahat ito ay isang gawa.

Ito ay higit pa sa pagpapahalaga sa iyong salita.

Ito ay paggalang sa sarili at sa kapuwa.

Ito ay hindi pagbabalatkayo.

Ito ay hindi pandaraya.

Think and analyze, before you commit.

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“Commitment. And everything that goes with it. I need honor and love in my life from somebody. Who’s playin’ for keeps.” – LeAnn Rimes

IKAW! OO IKAW NGA.

Kasama ko ang isang Sales Engineer namin sa pagbisita sa isang kompanya. Wala akong kakilala sa kompanyang iyon but I was able to make my way and after 3 short discussions, I was guided to the General Manager. Ang kasama kong Sales Engineer was full of admiration, paano ko raw nagawa iyon. Sabi ko, I was just being myself.

Then sinabi niya sa akin, alam mo iba sa mga naririnig ko ang pagkakilala ko sa iyo. Marami naninira sa iyo but nakita ko na mahusay, matulungin, mabait at magalang ka.

Sagot ko, “honestly, those people inspires me to work more and do my best. Because they cannot cope up to the level of what I can do, so they resort to gossips and intrigues. Just look at them. They are pitiful incompetents who live on pretensions, showing fake MBAs, Certificates, Work Experiences, Positions, etc.” Then, I stressed:

“You are not out to please anybody but yourself. Worrying about what people think or hope they will like you, leaves you without a real sense of yourself.”

Dinugtong ko pa, “if you try to fit yourself into in everyone else’s perceptions and the community’s perception of “normal” you are denying everyone and the world of all your gifts, talents, knowledge and who you really is.”

This is the sad part in any group, organization, community, country and the world. Some people have a ready perception of what they want in others. At karamihan naman ay pinapatulan ito. Pinipilit na makibagay sa kung ano ang gusto ng iba, only to end up as not pleasing everybody. No identity.

The main thing here is love. We have differences. Walang sumuswak sa hulmahan ng perfection.

I couldn’t see that people don’t love each other because they’re perfect. They love each other for everything, including the flaws. More so, we love each other in large part because of our flaws.

I remember the movie “Two for the money” sabi ni Robert de Niro kay Matthew McConaughey “You cannot be perfect. Your imperfections and your differences are what set you apart and unique. And people love you for that.”

Learning to embrace yourself and shut out the need to please people or be what everyone else might want you to be is hard and it’s not something that can be an overnight change. But learning to accept all of the parts of yourself, including the ones you may not like, is not only the greatest gift you can give to yourself, it’s the greatest gift you can give to the world around you too. Let them talk about you. Let them gossip. Let them sow intrigues.

But… you should be you.

You are God’s creation.

You offer yourself as you. With all your flaws and imperfections.

You offer it you in all of your wonderful and unique glory!

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“Don’t lose who you are in the blur of the stars. Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing. It’s okay not to be okay
Sometimes it’s hard to follow your heart. Tears don’t mean you’re losing. Everybody’s bruising. Just be true to who you are.” – Jessie J

EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL FATIGUE

Dental Office: “Good morning, this is Dr. Spongklong‘s office. How may I help you?”
Patient: “Yes, it’s Perfecto Mahusay. I’d like to cancel my appointment for today.”
Dental Office: “I’m sorry to hear that. May I ask why you’re canceling?”
Patient: “I have this awful toothache!”

This comes to us most of the time. Minsan nawawala tayo sa sarili at di natin narerealize na ang mga sinasabi pala natin ay mali or kabaligtaran.

Mental fatigue tawag nila sa English o sa sariling wika ay Pagod na Isip.   Dala ito ng sobrant trabaho, poor sleep, an unhealthy diet, adrenal fatigue, thyroid and hormone imbalances, medication side effects, pagaalala o kalungkutan, experiencing an overall lack of meaning to life and the list goes on!

Ang general rule is that kung paggising mo sa umaga punong puno ka ng energy pero pagdating ng hapon ay lanta ka na, malamang na ang fatigue ay physical ang origin. If you wake up tired in the morning but get going as the day progresses, it’s worth exploring your emotional concerns. Ang emosyon kasi natin ang nagdadala rin sa level ng ating energy. Did you observe na pagkatapos ng isang madamdaming pangyayari tapos umiyak ka, hinang hina ang pakiramdam mo? Masakit pa ang ulo.

This kind of fatigue could point to a spiritual foundation — an overall lack of meaning and fulfillment. It could also mean lack of focus in life. Maraming pinagkakaabalahang di dapat.. unnecessary.. na nakakaapekto sa iyong emotional resistance.

Madalas kong mabasa na kapag ikaw ay emotionally fatigued, huminga ng malalim, unti unting itaas ang mga kamay patuwid hanggang magtagpo sa may ulo. Do this for at least 5 minutes.

Isa pa ay ang isipin ang mahal sa buhay. Research has suggested that this kind of visualization ay naglalabas ng “feel good” chemicals tulad ng endorphins sa iyong body upang umangat ang iyong energy level.

But the best kind of energy booster is “thinking positive”.

When you are looking forward, enthusiasm comes in and it brings a smile in your face.

Power factor!

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 “I get so tired when I have to deal with you. I wonder if you think what you say is true. I turn away to another smiling face
with air behind it.” – Weezer

SA SIMULA AY MALIIT NA HAKBANG

We dream big. Of course, dreams are always big, because it is a world beyond what you are now. Even if you say that you have simple dreams, it is still considered big, because it is a situation that is some level higher and different from where you are now. So let us call a dream as big.

The problem when we dream big, is that we also try to do something big. We think that we can fulfill our dream by doing big things. And that is where we all fail, we seem lost in doing big actions, concocting big plans, and surpassing big hurdles. We were overwhelmed.

Remember that all big things start from small things. Everything in the universe is but a mass of small matters. Dusts.

So why won’t we do small steps, small actions.

Even the smallest of actions, the ones James Allen called trivial and insignificant, can lead to great success.

Lao Tzu stated it simply, for everyone to understand: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Pero papaano?, you may ask.

Sir Isaac Newton’s principle that a “body at rest tends to remain at rest and a body in motion tends to remain in motion,” definitely applies to the action principle. Once you’ve taken the first step (even a baby step), the next steps seem easier to take. And to continue his statement, “…. unless acted upon by an external force.”

Every journey begins with a single step and for most of us, the first single step is the hardest part. But our mistake often lies in making “leaps” not steps. Or being afraid to take the first step.

Making tiny steps is not difficult. And it can lead to big changes. It can bring you to places.

Let your energy go. Let your talents flow. Let you creativity show.

And most of all, let your faith move that first tiny step on the road to success in life.

Go now, take that stride to life. God wishes to lift your feet.

Don’t deny Him.

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“Walk with faith in your hands, and you’ll never walk alone. For with faith in your heart. The world is your own. You never will grieve. If in Him, you believe and. Walk with faith in your heart.” – Bachelors

HAPPINESS IS NOT A DOLLAR SIGN

Habang papunta kami sa isang meeting, ang kasamahan ko ay nagkuwento ng mga frustrations niya sa kanyang Boss. Natransfer siya sa aming department and supposedly ay under na siya ng aming Head pero ang kanyang dating Boss pa rin ang nasusunod. His Boss ay mataas ang puwesto sa aming kompanya at lahing Arabo, pero hindi Saudi.

Sabi niya sa akin, humingi raw siya ng increase in September, dahil naka 1 year na siya at maayos naman ang kanyang trabaho. Actually, ang pinapagawa sa kanya ay trabaho lang ng ibang position kaya sinabi niya na mas maganda na ibang tao ang magwork noon dahil mas mataas dapat ang ipatrabaho sa kanya. Dito siya mas mapapakinabangan.

Sabi ng Boss niya ay nadiscuss na raw sa me ari ang hiling niya at ito ay hindi naapprove. Sinabi niya na ilalapit niya ito sa aming Head at sinabi nang Boss niya na good luck, sabay tawa.

He found out na hindi naman pala inilapit ng Boss niya iyong request niya, at sabi ng Head namin ay wait until matapos ang taon na ito.

He was asked by his Boss kung ano nangyari sa request niya. Sabi niya ay wala pa. Patuyang sinagot siya na, “you will not get that increase I tell you.. ” sabay tawa. Sinundan pa na pero kahit wala raw increase , ay mukhang masaya siya.

Sinagot niya na masaya siya kahit na wala siyang naiipon, at lahat ng maliit niyang sahod ay nagagastos niya. Masaya siya dahil natagpuan niya rito ang kanyang dating GF, nagpakasal sila at kasama niya rito. Iyon ang kaligayahan, hindi ang pagkalaki laking sahod na katulad ng Boss niya.

Then he asked his Boss, “tell me, are you happy with your money?”

Di raw nakasagot. Kasi namula sa pagkapikon sa tanong niya, at naninikip ang dibdib.

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“When you’re feeling lost inside let my true love be your guide. True true happiness will follow if you’ll only follow me” – Johnny Tillotson