Monday, November 30, 2009
Am still totally fazed and angry with what happened to that part in Mindanao where I was born and raised. I love the place for its simple grandeur, its towering mountain peaks, grand canyons, lush greenery. I cannot ask for more, for I have enjoyed its bounty from its fresh fruits and vegetables, to its friendly smiling people, my People. I have never been prouder to say to people i met that i am a Mindanaon.I still am at a lost for words to what happened to our Muslim brothers who got greedy and led out in the taking of precious lives. I was not able to read the newspaper when all of these happened, then a friend asked me about it. I have to run and find a newspaper to reconcile my shock and find the truth. I then called my husband and he also cannot believe what he heard about it. One by one he called friends who knew the brutish news. We, both were silence with what we heard on radio and witness on TV. I literally sob inside and prayed silently this was not happening. But to deny what happened was to deny justice. I join millions of people praying for justice to be delivered fast to this gruesome acts of evilness. I denounced any form of demonic activities such as this one. Let's pray for the bereaved families and in times like this we need God in our lives, He is the only Anchor we can hold on to.
A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.
Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...I memorized this lines and it became my favorite...I grew up with the "Incredible Hulk." Just my kind of hero.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
1. Describe your ideal Christmas.
My Hubby speaks: With family as always....
2. How do your think our expectations differ at Christmas?
My Hubby speaks:Maybe some opts for more presents or gifts, i would always want to be with family plus friends.
3. Share your thoughts about exchanging gifts.
My Hubby speaks: Gifts are extra thoughts wrap with beautiful sharp sparkling ribbons.
4. Some years you're just not into Christmas. Explain why.
My Hubby speaks:When one family died, we did not celebrate.
5. How do you focus on the deeper meaning of Christ's birth at Christmas?
My Hubby speaks:Focus in celebration with family tradition that of sharing gifts with others through: medical mission, food feeding,gift giving to children from the slums,etc.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I studied the function of our nervous system this week and I was fascinated how God made us all beautiful. An example of this is how he placed endorphins in our system that act as natural protection from pain. Endorphins are endogenous opioid polypeptide compounds. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates, these give us natural highs and potent natural pain killers.Here are some good ways to increase Endorphins in our body.
You can laugh a lot
You can eat spicy food
You can engage in deep breathing, or meditate
You can have a chiropractic adjustment or acupuncture treatment
You can listen to the music you most enjoy
You can eat chocolate
You can have sex
You can exercise
Any of these activities can increase the levels of endorphins and enkephalins in the body, giving us a general feeling of happiness. This can be true for back pain or pain in the neck or other extremities, arthritis pain, fibromyalgia pain, or neuropathic pain (nerve pain). Let's have a healthy, hearty laugh today.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
There are times that as a mom, I experience denials that my kids are growing faster than I can imagine. In my brain's eyes they are still tiny tots, but, they remind me that moms kids are already grown up. My son is taller than me, he's catching dad in a most amazing way, he plays the trumpet well now. My daughter is my look-alike in so many ways, she is talented, beautiful,plays the piano and the flute,sings very well and recently did a recording with some school artists,and she is a very good baker.Both are members of the schools instrumental ensemble. As a mom, I make sure they stay with me as long as I can make, times like these are precious.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My favorite thing is not even a thing, but is an activity rarely granted me, and when it's granted or given it really would make my day. It's art museum visits that always would make my day. These are rare moments because we live in the province and we don't have museums there. Opportunity comes when we visit a big city, just like this picture I posted.This is a work of art by a child. I love to see the blending of colors, at times the riot of the harmony, the genius behind the lines and the metamorphos of the subject of the painting drawn. I always want to talk to the painter and ask him/her zillions of questions how he/she did all the effects that conveyed emotions, movement, triumph, joy, pain,wonder and amazement in one painting.One day I want to see paintings of the great masters, here in my place and around the world...who would grant my request, God knows.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Aha…what’s this, a cheering squad for my exercise. My husband has been nagging me to develop a regular habit of exercise. My own version of exercise is maybe just like some of you, it’s still a----A-1-A-2-A-3-A-4 but it’s only my fingers that move and this one makes my husband crazy, hehhehe for now, I think. Anyways, I know my whole persona could benefit from one, but my neurons are not really wired for exercise. I work hard at the house chores, but not the stretching-bending-pushing- mind-boggling-twist and turn type of moves done by athletic people. Exercise is my Achilles tendon, sorry guys. But, uhhmm, I tried some form of moves that fits me, say:
Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running off at the mouth, stretching the truth, bending over backwards, lying down on the job, side stepping responsibility, swimming against the current and pushing their luck. - Source Unknown
Love this exercise moves…hehhehe, sorry guys, am just the way I am.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Benefits of Laughter
Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
Laughter:Boosts immunity,adds joy & jest to life,strengthen relationship,lowers stress hormones, eases anxiety and fear, attracts others to us,decreases pain relieves stress, enhances teamwork, relaxes your muscles, improve mood, helps defuse conflict, prevents heart disease, enhances resilience, and promote group bonding
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
These days, moments with my grown up kids are getting rarer. They have built their own world and circle of friends. I and my hubby had only one request from them, that is, they have to set one day a week for family time and bonding. They look forward to these times. This one is a tour in Tagaytay, up, up in the sky. If you are from the Philippines and have gone to Tagaytay, you know what i meant with that. Ksha, my daughter is in second year high school now and Tedd my son is in grade five. I'm gonna miss these moments one of these days...that's why as moms we have to keep an album of their growing up years, it keeps the memories alive. Yummy, yummy pasta, any kind of pasta will do for them: spaghetti, pansit, sotanghon, fenne with garlic, pasta alfredo, etc. I learned how to prepare them and experiment with them to please my pasta loving kids.
I love BOOKS!!! and this one is special. I finally convinced my husband to buy this book from a National bookstore book sale. It talks about the struggles and the extraordinary lives of Muslim women in America. We have to reach beyond our borders to understand people of all races, that’s what we are here for. Muslim women have reach out to the world in order to be accepted. They are active in civil society. Some are fund raisers for government programs, educators, businesswomen, mothers,homemakers, who have done their very best to let the world understand their plight and fight for autonomy. I come to understand and respect these women, their faith and their belief in their family system and religion. Some of them have embrace life beyond the dogma of their religion and have blended in society. I now see them in a different light and I am convince that whatever station we are in life, if we strive to do something about it, we can prevail.Their stories will definitely pull the heartstrings of our souls. It is compelling, edifying and powerful.Read on.
Books, books, and lots of books. They are my best friends. I have allotted money for books, real books and they become my best buddies for pastime purposes. My children are inheriting my passion for this very special pastime. We would scour bookstores, book-sales, garage sales for books. This pastime becomes contest time to find very good books at minimal prizes. I love this times we spend as a family going from one book-sales to another. That's why our motto is this: " A Family that Reads together, stays together." We traveled millions of miles visiting other lands, places and ideas through this medium. You can do it so with your family. Have fun with these silent friends with a lot to offer. Happy Reading!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
God is always good to us, though at times we feel bad about everything. I am thankful today for friends who helped supply our needs in miraculous and surprising ways.For children who learned to love God and are thankful always, for the bright sunshine and the fresh air we breathe everyday and for the little child who knocked on our door this morning and said "good morning everyone." These were the unexpected blessings I enjoy all the way. God bless everyone. Let's thank God for today.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mr. President Whitmore said: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day! Love this film so much, it was chillingly almost true.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wheewww!.. the greatest fight ever with the greatest boxing fighter MANNY "PACMAN" PACQUIAO....MABUHAY KA PINOY....MABUHAY ANG "KAMAO NG BAYAN." I was mesmerized with Manny's flash, the dart in, dart out, flash power, repeat and return strategy that toppled boxing greats in succession. From Morales, Hatton and now Cotto. He is a talented, focused athlete ever in the history of Philippine sports.He's gonna be on history books long before am dead and my great, great grandchildren will know of him as a uniting force among Filipinos. He is a hero worth looking for. He pushes tolerance, hardwork, honest ambition and faith to his God. His power and speed could not match any oponent so far who wanted his blood on their boxing gloves.This Filipino star blazed it on to win his seventh title in seven weight class and cemented his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today. I salute him as a person who does what it takes to be the best. Long live Manny, for being a hero to other Filipino youth...Mabuhay ang PAMBANSANG KAMAO...MABUHAY ANG FILIPINO!
Some days could just be soooo tiresome and challenging. After what we have done for the past weeks, my body is crying to me to stop for a while. When these feelings come, I just snatch some minutes, watch from my window, up, up, high on the second floor. This is where I perched and watch the world go by. This is not pay per view, it's a free for all, seeing the beauty that God has provided me for free. I hear laughter from somewhere, a hush whisper of a neighbor, a burst of sweet classical music from afar, or a blaring honking of horn from a big truck that just pass by. My favorite music would be from a struggling violin player whom I have heard practicing for months. I have memorized his or her notes and where she or he goes off key. I smile at those moments when he or she strikes it correctly, for I know if he or she pursues the practice passionately, he or she can do it on the world stage one of these days. Notice, here, my usage of the he and the she…I don’t know the gender of my musician and I am not interested to know, it takes away the mysteriousness of it all. One day am gonna meet him or her? I just want to savor and own the moment with my phantom musician. One day and that would be the most exciting day of all…with a big and grand....surprise!!!!…I can say to her or him, hey! congratulations, I am your number fan from afar.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today is another blessing sent from above. I woke feeling good. My kids are ready for school and my husband found a new exercise friend from Myanmar. They went out for an early morning jog. I did some light stretching exercise just to keep these old bones cracking. I am ready to face Thankful Thursday, to meet new people and challenges. Thank you Lord for today. Hear from you all. Yodelehohoooooooooo.
This is a confession of a chocoholic...hahhahahhaha. i just cannot resist the smell and taste of a bar of chocolate just like my very own Cadbury chocolate bar.......i can do without breakfast, i can do without lunch, i can do without supper or snacks, but i can't do without my Cadbury chocolate bar, hhhhhmmmm just heavenly.
How many of you felt like everyone is stepping on your boundaries? How many of you heard such phrases like," Why can't you be like your sister?" Or your father deride you in front of others proclaiming, " This son won't amount to nothing!" Another classic phrase would come from a husband who tells his wife, " You're too stupid to get this cooking done!" These phrases are supplied to you over and over again, that the pattern is repeated until the repetition reach it's severity and that the victim will then tell himself/herself, " Well, dad, always say that---why do I care?" "It doesn't matter what you think of me, I think I am not really smart." These lines are attempts at minimizing hurts or damage done in order for the person to go on.
Like other abuses, emotional abuse can be self-defeating, it is a cycle that is passed on through generations. It starts early in one's life that lead to dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors later in life. We have to start understanding abuse in a broader definition. Physical and sexual abuses are seen and visible and are considered severe compared to its other counterparts. Emotional abuse, psychological abuse is always accompanied by physical abuse or sexual abuse. Any of these abuses are damaging and destructive to the victim. See you next blog.