2012

•January 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Welcoming the New Year in a new place. The new year’s eve (NYE) celebration here in KL was good, safe, and fun, albeit a higher expectation on the fireworks display at the Petronas Towers.

The revelers at the Jalan Ampang side of the towers waited for hours and were expecting a picture-perfect display between the two towers but, apparently, the loudest cheers only came when the countdown had began. The shouts slowly subsided as people waited for a surpise that didn’t come. Fortunately, the fireworks display at the Menara KL side gave a better view for the spectators at about 90 degrees to their right.

It was an experience that gave a tame excitement. Is this a sign of things to come? Keeping my fingers crossed, the promises of the water dragon will hopefully be wilder and more adventurous but meaningful and fulfilling.

Happy New Year!

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Life Goes On

•December 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

2011 had been both a challenging and a promising year.

The world had seen economic and calamity crises that, I think, is changing the world order. Personally, I have come to realized that I have not been doing enough to plan and prepare for my future. And just before the year ended, my grandfather finally joined his Creator. We mourned and felt sad but, at the same time, rejoiced within our hearts because he’s finally taking a rest.

However, the year was not only about the downs. There are some ups and the major one is me finally doing what I dreamt of doing for so long in terms of my work and career–I got an offer to work outside the Philippines. I’m now in Malaysia–spent Christmas here away from home and will be celebrating to meet the New Year. This is another opportunity and I hope it holds many promises ahead.

Now, I welcome 2012. Hope it will be a good one–for me, for my loved ones, and for all of us. Cheers to the New Year!

Home

•December 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

(I wrote this while in NAIA T3 waiting for my fligh back to KL last 18 December.)

My unexpected but long awaited vacation is over. It’s not even Christmas yet. But I’m glad just the same. I was able to send my lolo’s remains to his final resting place and was actually given a rare opportunity to speak in front of my family and family friends to share my thoughts about and learnings from my lolo. Not to mention the subtle but loaded promise I uttered in my lolo’s grave–for every one in the family to hear and, hopefully, to ponder upon (this deserves a separate page for discussion).

It has always been hard for me to leave a place. Much more a place where more than half of my life has been spent–with my partner, friends, and career. And so as I await for the boarding announcement from the speakers of this airport hall, I can’t help but to feel heavy-hearted and look teary-eyed. Yes, I missed this place a lot albeit only a four-month absence. A part of me would seriously want to stay.

After my journey (don’t know how long), I’m surely going back home.

My New Home

•December 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I like travelling. It’s just that I don’t usually have the time and money to travel more. This is one reason why I decided to look (and was able to get) a job outside the Philippines. Just to be in another place and hopefully, to get an opportunity to save and travel the world.

I wish that I will be able to see these few great places before I die.

1. Machu Picchu in Peru
2. The Great Wall of China
3. Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights

But for now, I’m in Malaysia. Maybe I can go first to the neighboring countries before going big time. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, and more.

In the meantime, while waiting for such an opportunity to visit the region, perhaps I’ll just share a few pictures I gathered (using my iPhone) in the first few months that I’m staying (or should I say working) here.

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Four Elements

•March 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I extend my thoughts and prayers to the Japanese people.

Last Friday’s disaster is another proof that humans can only surrender to nature’s anger. What just happened is a show of the wrath of the four elements.

Earth – 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Water – 10- to 13-meter high tsunami.

Fire – volcanic erution and flames from the destroyed oil depots.

Air – radiation from the damaged nuclear plants.

I’m afraid to what could possibly happen next… and where. All I have is my faith. The will of the Almighty is my strength.

God bless this world and all its people.

25 Years

•February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Today, my country and we, its people, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the People Power Revolution of 1986 which inspired other peoples around the world to embrace democracy.

A part, if not the whole, of our society may have failed to bring social progress post Martial Law but the spirit of EDSA continues to live providing the breath of freedom to every Filipino. Such freedom, however, must be guarded with responsibility and vigilance to bring progress and lasting peace to this nation.

God bless my country.

Rescue

•January 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

You never fail to amaze me. Just when I was about to give up, you showed me a window. I opened my Holy Bible app and checked on the Daily Reading Plan. You led me here.

My tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all my life.

The Psalms
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A Prayer for Rescue from Enemies
A Psalm of David

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 with hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.