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

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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

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I tried taking this on line typing test to see kung gaano pa rin ako kabilis magtype. The result is 77 words per minute, with 1 error.

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The fact na 59 na ako pero mabilis pa rin akong magtype means di pa ako inaatake ng arthritis at sharp pa rin ang reflexes ko.

I have got a lot to be thankful ke Tatay. Summer vacation pa rin ng Grade IV, pagkatapos na pagbawalan ako ng aking Tatay na magtinda ng tubig, ako ay inutusan niya na mag-aral magtype sa Telegraph Office na aking Ninong Sixto. Touch typing ang pinaaral niya sa akin 9 to 11am tapos ulit ng 4 to 6pm.

Sa harapan ng bahay naman ay basketball court at silbi na ring palaruan ng Barangay at maiimagine ninyo ang tukso sa aking murang isipan ng paglalaro. Habang nagdidribble at nagsoshoot ang aking mga kalaro at paminsan minsan akong inaaya sa Telegraph Office ako naman ay masama ang loob na type ng type.

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May kondisyon si Tatay, kailangang maperfect ko ang isang lesson, iyong walang mali bago ako payagang makapaglaro. Noong una, nagdaramdam ako, kaya sa pagpipilit ko na maging perfect ay lalo akong nagkakamali.

Later on I learned to control myself. Pinagbubuti ko ang pag-aaral ko, hanggang ang isang lesson ay natatapos ko ng walang mali sa loob ng isang oras. After that, nakakapaglaro na ako.

Lessons learned: Patience, Perseverance, Attention to Details, Focus on Perfection and Self-Discipline

Salamat kay Tatay. Isang napakahalagang kaalaman ang itinuro niya sa akin na hanggang ngayon ay nagdadala ng mataas na performance ko sa anumang trabaho at pagaaral na aking ginawa.

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“Your friends all want to go out and play
They’ve got no homework, they’re free for the day
You’re just about ready to head out the door
But then you think about it
Just a little bit more”- David Woodward

PAGNINILAY SA PANAHON NG KUWARESMA

Ang kuwaresma ay panahon na tayo ay inaanyayahan ng ating Panginoon na bumalik at manatili sa kanya ng buoong puso.

“Come back to me, with all of your heart,” our Lord beckons. “We will,” sagot natin, pero handa ba tayo,  our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. Our souls not yet perfect. Di pa tayo handa sa pagmamahal ni Lord.

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Ang panahon ng kuwaresma ay isang special opportunity para palaguin ang ating kaugnayan sa ating Panginoon, and to deepem our commitment to a way of life, na ang pundasyon ay an gating bautismo. Sa ating napakaabalang mundo, ang kuwaresma ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon to reflect on our way of life,  to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done wrong and right that we failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.

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Lent is an invitation para lumago, magnilay, manalangin, makaranas ng tuwa at lungkot at maging mapagbigay.

Let us be forgiving.

“Maging kalugodlugod nawa ang mga salita ng aking bibig, at ang pagbubulay ng aking puso sa iyong paningin, Oh Panginoon, na aking malaking bato, at aking manunubos.” – Awit 19:14

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“You are the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me, This is what I pray
Change my heart oh God, Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God, May I be like You” – Vineyard

 

HELP BEGETS HELP

Follow up sa previous post ko, https://clinquantlife.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/wisdom-in-helping-others/  regarding sa kapatid na biktima ng Yolanda.

Instead of kupkupin at patirahin sa kanila, he computed ang magagastos for 1 year na sila ay pakakainin at patitirahin at ito ay pinagawa niya ng tindahan, in one slot sa aming maliit na puwestong pangkomersyal. “Itatayo po namin itong tindahan para po mayroon silang pagkakakitaan. Kahit na sila ay nasa ibang lugar, hindi po sila aasa sa iba at ang kanilang tiwala sa sarili ay di masisira.”

He applied the wisdom of the Chinese proverb: “Give a man to fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.’

He even added, that: “pag napalago niya ito, makakatulong pa siya sa iba (italics mine, to give emphasis)”

That was in December, 2013.

Fast forward to May, 2016 or roughly 2 years and 5 months after we agreed on renting one (1) space.

Now, they occupy two (2) spaces and mabili sa puwesto nila, sometimes even the parking slot for pasyente sa clinic ng wife ko ay naooccupy ng mamimili.

I am happy to hear that one day they are already operating a grocery, even if it means moving out of our spaces.

Live proof ng tamang pagtulong sa kapuwa. He did not give them a fish. He did not teach them how to fish. He gave “live tutorial” on how to fish, eat and help others.

Mendicancy ended and helpings hands extended.

Perseverance. Right Attitude. Hardwork. Trust in God.

Rolled into one.

Rising from Calamity the right way?

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“Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted. The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes so I can see – Brandon Heath

WE ONLY GET WHAT WE GIVE

Tatlumpong  empleyado ng ABC Co. ay umattend ng isang Seminar.

Sa gitna ng discussions, isa isa silang binigyan ng Ping-pong balls ng speaker at pinasulat ang mga pangalan, bago ito ay kinolekta at inilagay sa kalapit na kuwarto ang mga bola ng pingpong. 

Pinapasok ang mga empleyado at inatasan na hanapin ang ping-pong balls na may kani-kanilang pangalan sa loob ng 5 minutes.

Lahat ay nagmamadaling nagmamadaling hinanap ang kani-kanilang pingpong balls. Gapang dito, dakma doon, dapa rito, tulak doon, agaw rito, bangga roon, nagkakatulakan, nagkakatapakan at nagkakagulo pero wala sinumang nakakuha ng kanilang bola in 5 minutes. 

 

Pagkaraka ay inatasan ng speaker ang lahat na kumuha ng tig-iisang pingpong ball at ibigay kung kanino ang nakapangalan doon. Walang isang minuto ay nakuha ng bawat isa ang kani-kanilang bola ng pingpong.

Ito ang totoong nangyayari sa ating buhay. Lahat tayo ay naghahanap ng kaligayahan sa buhay ng di natin nalalaman kung saan ito hahanapin.. pupulutin, but for the most part, it is a little self-centered. Ang tao kasi by nature ay inuunang isipin ang sarili, base sa ating instinct of self preservation. Iyong nasa survival mode lagi at narereinforce pa ito ng mga kagawian na pagbibigay ng sino ang mataas, malaki, magaling… no. 1.

Ang ating kaligayahan ay nasa kaligayahan ng ibang tao. Bigyan nating ng happiness ang ibang tao at ating matatagpuan ang ating kaligayahan. Ang pag-iimbot at ang paghahangad na mauna, makalamang at makaangat sa iba ang naglalayo sa atin sa tunay na kaligayahan.

At ito ang kabuluhan ng human life.

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“This world is gonna pull through. Don’t give up. You’ve got a reason to live. Can’t forget. We only get what we give. ” – The Radicals
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