GOD KNOCKS ME AND GIVES ME REST

May edad na tayo kaya me mga pagkain na di na dapat kainin or kung gusto ay in moderation laman. Despite na ako ay sagana sa exercise at fish and vegetable ang laging kinakain, me mga pagkakataon na tumitikim din ako ng karne ng manok at baka. Pero kontrang kontra sa akin ang baka at repolyo dahil sa uric acid.

Last weekend, naisipan kong magluto ng goto. Nakakita kasi ako ng tuwalya ng baka sa isang supermarket while I was buying fruits and milk. Tapos last Monday, nung buffet dinner namin sa Movenpick Hotel ay puro gulay din siyempre ako, yung fresh salad di ko napansin na instead of romaine lettuce ay repolyo pala ang nakalagay. Pag-uwi ko ng bahay, naniguro ako. I took medicine for neutralizing Uric acid.

Kinabukasan, me nararamdaman akong slight pain noong umaga, pero nawala naman siya noong hapon. Still I took the medicine. Work and work pa uli at dami ko appointments. Gamot pa rin ako, dahil ang idea ko ay dapat at least 3 days akong continuously iinom nun.

Last night, highly disturbed ako sa pagtulog dahil maya’t maya ang kirot ng paa ko. Worse, paggising ko kanina, di ko maitapak dahil sa sakit at namamaga na ang paa ko.

I stayed in bed, slept and ginising lang ako ng anak ko ng mga 10AM na. Makirot pa rin ang paa ko at di mailakad, pero fresh naman ang pakiramdam ko with the long sleep.

Only then I realized, that God could have given me this pain, para ako ay makapagpahinga. If not, I should have been in front of my computer, doing reports, analysis, researches despite today being a rest day. And I should be jogging, cleaning the room, the kitchen and playing basketball at 4PM.

Pero heto ako, dahil nga di ako makalakad, I had only time to sleep and rest. God works wonders talaga.

At 1PM, my son went to the Pharmacy, and bought Efimenac for the pain and the swelling.

At 5PM, I can walk though paika ika pa.

At 7PM, straight na ang lakad ko.

And fully rested.

“Therefore, Grow in the word to gain mastery in the world.” – Gal 4:1

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“God of wonders beyond our galaxy. You are Holy, Holy. The universe declares your Majesty.” – Chris Tomlin

GOOD DEEDS

Kunin ko ang isang kuwento na nagsasaad how we most of the time see the bad side rather than the good side of people.

A legend tells of a man who used to carry water every day to his village, using two large pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which he placed across his shoulders.

One of the pitchers was older than the other and was full of small cracks; every time the man came back along the path to his house, half of the water was lost.Ӭ

For two years, the man made the same journey. The younger pitcher was always very proud of the way it did its work and was sure that it was up to the task for which it had been created, while the other pitcher was mortally ashamed that it could carry out only half its task, even though it knew that the cracks were the result of long years of work.

So ashamed was the old pitcher that, one day, while the man was preparing to fill it up with water from the well, it decided to speak to him.

“I wish to apologize because, due to my age, you only manage to take home half the water you fill me with, and thus quench only half the thirst awaiting you in your house.”

The man smiled and said:”¨”When we go back, be sure to take a careful look at the path.””¨The pitcher did as the man asked and noticed many flowers and plants growing along one side of the path.

“Do you see how much more beautiful nature is on your side of the road?” the man remarked.

“I knew you had cracks, but I decided to take advantage of them. I sowed vegetables and flowers there, and you always watered them. I’ve picked dozens of roses to decorate my house, and my children have had lettuce, cabbage and onions to eat. If you were not the way you are, I could never have done this. We all, at some point, grow old and acquire other qualities, and these can always be turned to good advantage.”

Napapansin ang ating mabubuting gawa dahil ito ay nasisinag sa ating pagkatao, hindi dahil sa ating pagtatry na ipakita sa iba kung gaano tayo kadakila o kabuting tao. Ang una ay pagpapakumbaba, ang huli ay pagpaparangya o pride which is wrong.

“Kaya nga, kapag naglilimos ka, huwag mo nang ipag-ingay pa gaya ng ginagawa ng mga mapagkunwari. Naglilimos sila sa mga sinagoga at sa mga lansangan upang sila’y mapuri ng mga tao. Tandaan ninyo: tinanggap na nila ang kanilang gantimpala. Sa halip, kapag naglilimos ka, huwag mo nang ipaalam ito sa pinakamatalik mong kaibigan. Gawin mong lihim ang iyong paglilimos at ang iyong Ama na nakakakita ng kabutihang ginagawa mo nang lihim ang siyang magbibigay ng gantimpala sa iyo.” – Mateo 6:2-4

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“People get ready, there’s a train coming. You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board. All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket you just thank the lord. ” – Curtis Mayfield

MGA MANDARAYA

Nabasa ko na ang Mobile Air’s owner, Jover Chew ay hinuli na at kinasuhan.  Si Chew ay naging subject ng media  outrage pagkaraang ang kanyang tindahan ay pinupuwersa ang isang turistang  Vietnamese , si Pham Van Thoai na magdagdag ng S$1,500 para sa  warranty ng binili niyang  iPhone 6.

Kumalat sa social media ang video na makikita si Mr Pham ay nakaluhod at lumuluhang hinihingi kay Chew na ibalik ang  ibinayad niyang S$950 para sa iPhone6. He was said to have recovered just S$400.

Umaksyon ang me ari ng mall sa pagtulong ng pulisya at nahuli nga si Jover Chew.

It reminds me of an experience last vacation ng isa pang kaso ng pandaraya.  We were in Shenzhen, China for a tour and relaxation. The city links Hongkong to China mainland  and one of the rapidly progressing cities of China due primarily to their Special Economic Zone which have attracted foreign investors.

In one of our trip to local manufacturer, we were treated with free taste (all you can) of preserve fruits, nuts and crackers. To the max ang mga kasama ko sa pag taste.. alam nyo na basta free, larga tayong mga pinoy diyan. Then we were offered 50% off on those items at syempre bilihan kami for pasalubong. Ngiting ngiti naman iyong mga Chinese sa amin (later on marealize ko kung bakit ngiting ngiti).

Pagdating ng pinas, e di pamigay na ng mga biniling pasalubong. Sarap kasi talaga e.

One of my nephews told me when he was about to open a pack of preserved fruit when he noticed that it was already 1 month expired. I checked all of our pasalubong from that manufacturer, and all of those we bought were expired.

I wonder kung iyong mga kasamahan namin ay napansin iyon.

Huwag na kasi magtaka. Made in China kaya yan.

Honesty is not in their dictionary.

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“I could either burn. Or cut off my pride and buy some time. A head full of lies is the weight. Tied to my waist. The river of deceit pulls down. The only direction we flow is down. Down, oh down.” – Mad Season

LONG HAIR GONE

During his early years in College, my eldest son used to wear his hair long, ala Jerry Yan or Dao Ming Zhou of the drama “Meteor Garden” also known as one of the F4 members. Ang Meteor Garden ay isang popular na TV drama noong 2001 sa Taiwan and made it in the Philippines in 2003.

“Meteor Garden ” centers around a poor teenage girl named Shan Chai (Barbie Hsu), na pinilit ng kanyang mga magulang na pumasok sa isang University na pangmayayaman. The university is dominated by Dao Ming Zhou (Jerry Yan), Hua Ze Lei (Vic Zhou), Mei Zuo (Vanness Wu) and Xi Men (Ken Chu), mga guwapong anak mayaman ngunit mga mayayabang at bullies sa eskuwelahan.

Binully nila si Shan Chai, pero she stood for what is right, hanggang sa ma-in love si Dao Ming sa kanya.

My eldest is also good in guitar, and in some of their school’s functions he performed ala Dao Ming Zhou. And mind you, noong umuwi kami sa aming probinsiya, pinagtitinginan siya at sinasabihang “F4”, “F4”!

Nang pagsabihan ko siya na magpagupit naman at napakahaba naman talaga ng buhok niya, he replied:
laddf4“Pa, hayaan mo na munang ma-enjoy ko ang buhok ko. Nakita ko na sa iyo ang future ng aking buhok, kaya habang bata pa ako, let me enjoy my buhok.. “

Mana mana lang iyan!

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“You taught me all I know (you better me I know). I’m sorry for the times I made you sad. I just want you to know that. I know we’ve both made mistakes but you could never fail me. In my heart you’re the one who’s molded me to be a man who could make you proud. ” – The Word Alive

I, ME, MINE

Me and my son went to a big Supermarket here to buy a new washing machine. After we got the unit we wanted, I fell in line sa cashier for Electronics and Household Appliances.

When my turn came, one kababayan suddenly cut me and presented his item, a Blender to the cashier. The cashier told him that he is not on the line. Kabayan started making a scene saying that it is only a small item and only 1 piece. He was loudly arguing with the cashier.

I told him politely, “kabayan, baka naman puwede ka nga pumila.. lahat kami rito nakapila e, kahit ba iisa lang item.. tingnan mo nga itong sa likod ko, babae pa.. pero nakapila.” (Dito kasi, binibigyan ng courtesy ang babae, pinapauna sa pila, but when I told the saudi woman na mauna na siya, sumagot na okay lang sa kanya. )

He sneered at me and said, “e di ba sinabi ko naman na iisa ito at nagmamadali ako.. ”

I replied, “lahat tayo ay nagmamadali rito.. pinoy ka di ba? di ka naman lahi ng _____ na walang respeto sa kapuwa..”

He retorted, “ang yabang mo naman.. ”

Para matigil na lang, sinabi ko.. “kinukunan ka ng video nung isang arabiana, tiyak na sisikat ka sa social media bukas..”

At dinagdagan ko pa .. “ang masama kung sa pulis ipadala ang video, di ka na sisikat..”

He stopped and meekly walked towards the end of the line.

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“I me me mine. I me me mine. I me me mine.” – The Beatles