MAGULANG .. SINO KA NGA BA?

Higit kaninuman, sila ang mas nakakaunawa sa atin
Higit kaninuman, sila ang mas nagmamahal ng tunay sa atin
Higit kaninuman, sila ang laging nakahandang tumulong sa atin
Higit kaninuman, sila ang labis na nalulungkot sa ating kabiguan
Higit kaninuman, sila ang umiiyak sa ating pagkakamali
Higit kaninuman, sila ang laging tumatawag sa Diyos para tayo ay ingatan, pagalingin at subaybayan.
Ang anumang kanilang ginagawa ay para sa atin lamang.

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Mahalin ang ating mga magulang sapagkat higit kaninuman sa kanila natin madarama ang tunay at walang kapantay na pagmamahal sa atin.

Mga Kawikaan 1:8-9 “Anak ko, dinggin mo ang aral ng iyong ama, at huwag ipagwalang-bahala ang turo ng iyong ina; sapagkat ang mga iyon ay parang korona sa iyong ulo, parang kuwintas na may dalang karangalan.”

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“My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too.” – Rascal Flatts

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KITAKITS AFTER 48 YEARS

It was 1970, but it could have been any year. Elementary days were filled with emotion and excitement: The padaususan sa tabi ng Science Building, the Basyaran, the tuksuan leading to pananaga ng Dulos, the punitan ng damit, the hubuan sa harap ng klase, the tago sa sulok if the bakuna comes, the ngatngat ng kuko if the health inspection team is here or the games of our youth we play, jolens, bimbiw, tubigan, tumbang preso, sipa, piko, trumpo pag recess.

48 years later, we still remember: puppy crushes, the tamban sa klase para magmura (buko), the pansit ni Nanay Kandray, sinanday, dukit, scramble, banana and snowball. The times we live in have changed, but actual things don’t change much, and people don’t either. I think that’s a good thing. Reality doesn’t bite as hard at the 60 year mark, despite what people may anticipate.

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The best thing I found in is this reunion is that everyone is really nice, and everyone seems really happy — no matter how many different choices we all made, kahit pa ano ang narating o estado sa buhay. One family. My family. My classmate’s family. And we accepted everyone. Pantay pantay.

We’re no longer judging the big things, now we respect reality and ready to support those who need support. We’ve all made choices and we’re living with the consequences.

We may not remember faces, but almost everyone exclaims to each other, “oy di ka tumatanda, bata pa ring tignan” although he/she maybe referring not to our looks but to the manner we behave. We listened to stories, but most of all as I keep advising “nobody is above anybody here.. ” Fando added, ‘lahat tayo winner sa buhay, sapagkat narito tayo at magkasama, hindi tayo patay.”

Now, seeing each other made us yearn for more years of togetherness. To continue seeing each other, support each other and most of all love each other.

I love Class of ’70.. still looking so Classy at ’60.

Next year again classmates. Hoping to find additional kaklase next year and we are again reliving memories with our adviser, Ma’am Lita Villamor Sarmiento.

God bless us and keep us healthy and able to support others.

Mabuhay!

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“Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down!
Don’t your forget about about me me
Don’t, don’t, don’t..” – Simple Minds

HONOR AND RESPECT

Tayo ay nasa panahon na ang kapangyarihan at kayamanan ay binibigyan ng mahalaga kesa karangalan – where “the end justifies the means” ay nagiging halimbawa ng karamihan at ito ay malaki ang influence on children.

Ang halimbawang ito ay ating makikita sa ating kapaligiran, where deceit, dishonesty, and relentless bullying from all sides shows children the other side of being honorable.

Basahin ninyo ang mga comments sa mga balita o mga response sa Facebook about social and political issues or  a friend’s unkind comment defending the pagmumura, pagbabanta at pangloloko ng kanilang paboritong puliktiko at ito ang ginagaya ngayon ng kabataan. Idagdag ang mga panlalait, pangiinsulto o paghamak sa kulay, kapansanan, kasarian o kalagayan sa buhay makapagpatawa lang and these becomes , the new normal for adults and kids. Many see it as a fun, entertaining game with few consequences. No accountabilities. No responsibilities.

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Words like honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage are core to centuries of religious, philosophical, and family beliefs. These values are the foundation of our principles. Principles that ignites respect to every man. Respect that becomes the soul of a nation. However, bihira na ang meron nito. Natabunan ng bulag na pagsunod sa kanilang mga liders. Ginawang normal ang kawalang respeto. Ginawang normal ang paglapastangan sa kapuwa mamamayan. Basta salungat ka, at ako ang may power, laglag ka.

Unfortunately, the consequences ng pagwawalang bahala sa karangalan are real, and the psychological damage can run deep, even for those who sit silently on the sidelines. What is happening sa kasalukuyang panahon, may take decades para maibalik ang dating pagpapahalaga sa karangalan. At isang morally upright and respectable leader who gives respect to our fellow men and our values

Two to five years from now, I may write an epilogue to this prevailing illness.

And I hope this epilogue is about how we are back to being respectable nation with honorable citizens.

Not citizens who applauds every curse, every killing, every initiation to do harm to others and even lie.

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On my honor, I’ll do my best, to do my duty to God.
On my honor, I’ll do my best, to serve my country as I may.
On my honor, I’ll do my best, to do my good turn each day,
To keep my body strengthened and keep my mind awakened.
To follow paths of righteousness.
On my honor, I’ll do my best.
-Harry Bartlet

ROSES WITH THORNS or THORNS WITH ROSES

You must see life as a plethora of opportunity and be enthralled by its wonders.

Most people walk through life with constant fears, doubts and a mindset of scarcity. They are afraid of losing their job, being lonely, afraid to not satisfy loved ones, failing, not knowing what the future holds, conflicts, embarrassments, making difficult decisions, being rejected and maybe even being successful.

Some are being sucked up in what is the prevailing attitude, becoming a liar, a basher, a hater and worse always wishing bad to happen to fellowmen.

Basically, they’re terrified and always insecure in life.

The world nowadays always picture that nobody is never good enough, that if you are not with the powers that be, then you have to fight an endless battle trying to get your tiny share of money, love and justice.

You have got to let go off this notion that life is solely about paying the bills, having responsibilities, trying to please everybody so as you will be the basher not being bashed and essentially going through the motions.

Approaching every action and decision from this point of view limits your personal growth and overall life experience to a minimum. This is a mindset that is keeping people locked in one spot, functioning, but not living, socializing but trying to outdo everybody.

However, once you start seeing life as an adventure, the possibilities and opportunities that unfold themselves in front of you seem endless.

The thrill of the unknown, of risks, of allowing yourself to fail knowing you’ll grow because of it is indescribable.

You will start to see the abundance and trust that you are and will be safe. You will see that there’s room for everybody to prosper.

You will believe in yourself and in your skills and you will put them to use for something meaningful and fun.

It takes a paradigm shift to fully grasp this principle of abundance, but once you do, it’s amazing how your view of the world and life changes.

You will find a kind of peace you’ve never knew before and while your become confident that life will send you many surprises, challenges and obstacles, you will always be able to master them.

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You owe it to yourself and you may even owe it to the world. After all, changing the way you look at life altogether may play a part in changing the world, even just a tiny little bit. You will be able to face life with confidence and energy and get ready for the ride of your life.

By having a mindset that in the midst of thorns there are wonderful and pretty roses.

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“There are the roses and there are the thorns
There’s a time for happiness and there’s a time to mourn.” – Jeannie Riley

Read more: Jeannie C. Riley – Roses And Thorns Lyrics | MetroLyrics

YOU’RE THE MASTER OF YOUR TIME

PNoy retired from the Philippines presidential at 55, Duterte started at 74.

Manila is 5 hours ahead of Riyadh, but that doesn’t make Riyadh slow.

Someone graduated at the age of 21, but waited 6 years before get a good job.

Someone became a CEO at 25 and died at 50.

While another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.

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Someone is still single, while someone else got married and have children.

Everyone in this world works based on their time zone.

People around you might seem to be ahead of you and some might seem to be behind you.

But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.

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Don’t get jealous at them and do not despise them.

They are in their time zone, and you are in yours.

Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.

Don’t hurry,

So relax.

You’re not early.

You’re not late.

You are very much on time.

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” Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care? ” – Chicago

THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO LIVE LIFE

Noong ako ay nagaaral pa ng High School sa bayan naming, madalas na tampulan ng tukso kaming mga taga Barangay. Pag may bagong damit, ang taguri sa amin ay bagong hukas ng lukad. Pag medyo nagkamali sa school, ang tawag ay bagong salta.

Noon ko narealize na ako ay something different sa mga kapuwa ko estudyante. Ang lagi ko tinitignan ay may mga kaibigan ako na kasakasama ko despite our handicap – ang pagiging taga linang.

One day, umuulan takbo kami papatawid ng kalsada sa katapat na building for our next subject, Chemistry. Nadulas ako at napatihaya. Tawanang malakas ang narinig ko, kaya ang ginawa ko dumapa ako at dumaing. Di bale na madumihan. Sa nangyari, napalitan ang tawanan ng pag-aalala. Agad akong nilapitan ng ilang magaaral at inalalayan. Ang mga pagtatawa sa akin ay napalitan ng pagkaawa. Noon ko narealize na people have a way of seeing things, but most have the habit of seeing other’s flaws, mistakes and misfortunes.

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That incident taught me how to be positive on life. I have a family, friends, classmates, colleagues who love me for what I am. They all love my jokes, my laughter and all the dumbest things I do.

Lahat tayo ay may iba’t ibang personalidad. Pero ang mga kahinaan, kakulangan, kapansanan, pinanggalingan at kapintasan ay di rason to stop you from living life as you want and dream to be.

There is God who always see and appreciate you.

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“What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home” – Alanis Morissette

NGIMAY DAHIL SA PASMA

There are three things I learned from my recent illness:

1. God is the ultimate healer. He sends people to help you, care for you, pray for you and make you well.
2. When you reach the age of 50 kahit anong lusog mo o normal mo, kahit na puro exercise ka pa, dapat may maintenace ka for High Blood and Sugar. You don’t know when will it strike.
3. Be happy. Enjoy life.
4. Iwasan ang Inis at Init. Lalo na pag nagkasabay. It is deadly

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Ang sakit ko ay katulad ng kay Pierce Brosnan, Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Connie Reyes, Bernadette Sembrano, Angelu de Leon, Aiai delas Alas, Julio Diaz, at iba pa.

I’m on the road to recovery na.

Praise God. Salamat po.

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“But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart”- Christina Perry