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Saturday, December 31, 2011

I Want To Be Human plus The Twist 2012

Finally, there is one deserving winner for My 2012 New Years Resolution - An Article Writing Contest! Congratulations to white witch Hi_D! Our task, let's ponder her heart-written resolution:

I want to be Human

By White Witch Hi_D

Have you ever asked yourself the definition of New Year’s Resolution? As an Engineer, I would have defined ‘resolution’ as the measure of digital quality of an electronic system. But who am I kidding, right? Certainly not you. In writing this article I first had to know what New Year’s Resolution really means. An online encyclopedia, defines it as the commitment that an individual makes to one or more personal goals, projects or the reforming of one’s habits. Very rational, isn’t it? But have you ever defined this so called resolution in your own perspective?

A lot of people creates this simulation by changing their lifestyle such as to quit smoking, avoid drinking too much, or stop cheating on their wives, while others don’t believe in it at all.

Allow me to introduce to you a person who didn’t believe in New Year’s Resolution. I was very curious and was wondering what ‘her’ opinion about New Year’s Resolution was. So I asked her if she has a New Year’s Resolution. She answered, “I don’t believe in it. People only use those words to escape their imperfections.”

Then I asked her a different question, “Even if you don’t believe, how would you define New Year’s Resolution?” She didn’t answer right away. She was baffled and it took her three days before she could respond and I think her answer is the best one I’ve heard so far. I would like to share it with you. But first let me tell you how this lady came up with that definition.

I’ve known her for my whole life. She is this one person that I thought who was very strong that no matter how many times she fell, she always got back up. Her whole world seemed so battered. She cries but she never weeps. She had seven relationships, which were all failures. She recently had a break up with a more-than-two-years-relationship. She had been through so much and now her family seems to be breaking apart because her parents are having issues. And I believed she was strong until she told me, “I’m not really strong.”

It was a shock for me to hear her realization. “If you’re not strong, what then?” I had to ask. Despite the things that push her down I’m quite impressed with how she could push back up. But now she’s telling me that she’s not really strong.

I was surprised with her answer. “I’m numb,” she said.

NUMB, yes, that was the word and the exact definition of what she really feels—nothing. It never occurred to me until now that the strength she was showing was actually numbness. She had been hurt for so many times and now she fears getting hurt again, which is why she forced herself to hold back on her emotions. To hold back even on love. To act like she doesn’t care even when her world is falling apart.

I remember back in college we had a religion course. The topic ‘To become fully human’ was tackled. Becoming fully human was becoming like Jesus. Struck down and beaten to death, yet he offers no hate but only love.

To reject pain and suffering is like rejecting one’s own humanity. And she was rejecting all her being.

At this point, you might be wondering who in the world I’m talking about. Some of you might have already guessed it.

Yes, she is me. Sound crazy? I know. But sometimes I do talk to myself. It’s a normal thing. It makes me realize that I don’t know myself very well. It makes me judge myself the way I would judge others and see my own imperfections. And this time I just saw my biggest imperfection. Through all the pain, I have become numb.

I’ve never really thought about having a New Year’s Resolution before. But now I’ve even figured out its better definition.

New Year’s Resolution is one’s commitment to becoming human.

It is human to fear, yet it is also human to be brave. If you do not fear, then you can never be brave.

Becoming human is not as we Filipinos say, “Sorry, tao lang (Only human).” But it is as the Americans ask, “What would Jesus do?”

It is human to be tempted, yet it is also human to be strong and restrain against temptation.

It is human to cause mistakes, yet as humans we must also take responsibility.

By writing this article I have truly realized that for the first time in my life I want to have a New Year’s Resolution.

I am afraid but I will be brave. Instead of staying on top, I want to fall then get back up.

I want to feel.

I want to weep.

I want to be human.

The Twist 2012 - Secret Revealed!

I and Ed had a talked about this couple of months from now, from the result of The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity, the plan has came out naturally, I told him it's because we are dedicated for it. The secret - not much really, but SB Community will rule SB! From now on your voices matter! A detailed plan will be posted tomorrow, for now let's celebrate New Year! See you soon guys...

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Blessings - The Completion of The Self-Evaluation 2011

Your participation of The 1-Week self-Evaluation Activity is so much to be thankful for! That will make me and Ed more dedicated to bring you the awaited twist for 2012. The announcement will be today, before the clock turn to 12:01 A.M., two posts will greet you a Happy and Prosperous Year 2012!

Let's take some look:
    The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity

  1. "I'm happy to tell that I've learned a lot not just about life, but all about me, yes about who I am." ~ Sagittarian at Do I Know Myself-Day 2
  2. 'I admit that sometimes bad experiences make my heart grow cold.' ~ white witch Hi_D at When The Heart Grow Cold-Day 3
  3. 'Making mistakes is not a sin but ignoring it and making excuses are.' ~ Sui generis Writer at Mistake Is Not A Sin-Day 4
  4. The person I am today is definitely a product of one who decided to "make lemonade of out lemons". ~ Princess Fiona at What Doesn't Break Us, Makes Us-Day 5

'Life is not a bed of roses, but if you really work hard at it, it can be moonshine and roses with some thorns in between.' ~ Berlina

I've been always listening to this song a week from now:

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

I and Ed is wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year! ~ Long Live SB Community...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

What Doesn't Break Us, Makes Us - Day 5

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Oh well, before The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity ends, we will put more emphasis why the so-called hardship eventually makes us even stronger!

They say "what doesn't break us, makes us" and I feel that I am living proof of this wonderful quotation. I have been given more than my fair share of hardships throughout my entire life. Ones that would have most likely made the average hearts grow cold. Instead I decided to make my heart warmer in spite of them.

The person I am today is definitely a product of one who decided to "make lemonade of out lemons". ~ Princess Fiona

Today, one of the experts of this community overwhelmed us with her come back and with a priceless present that will surely change the way we perceive life. Hardships and struggles we always encounter are not meant to stumble us down, they shaped us to become stronger us human beings rather. Would you give up or continue? The decisions lies within us, but if we choose to surrender we will surely miss the purpose and the essence why God decided us to be a part of His wonderful creations!

Life has so much to offer, and that is something that we will tell ourselves we are never wrong to choose to go on, no matter how hard life seemed to be.

My sincere thanks to Princess Fiona who resides and owns the Palace of Passion where Passion is always in Fashion ~!

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mistake Is Not a Sin - Day 4

Let's start this day with a question previously asked at When The Heart Grow Cold - Day 3. Answers were generously shared by you which are then the main subject for today. A piece was also written so timely to help us uplift our spirit!

Have you ever had any hardships or bad days that have affected you in the wrong way until now? If so, how did you overcome them?
  • Along the way, I face some hardships but I endure it. Whenever I face hardships, I think of it positively and that will be a turning point for me to see the blessings behind it. ~ Balqis
  • life has never been kind on me! all my achievements have come at a cost of grit and perseverance... ~ Rohit
  • Gain so much lesson on it and it makes me a better and stronger person... ~ Will of Heart
  • I've been into many hardship before and until now experiencing hardship, but because I believe that it's part of out [our] journey, I never get tired and stop in doing all the best I could. Because I know that someday everything would be fine... ~ Sagitarrian
  • I always say bad days taught me to value good days even more... ~ Saru Singhal
  • Hardships are part and parcel of life. However, they have consequences. I believe that hardship either makes us or breaks us. Facing difficulties makes us more confident. On the other hand our inability to bear certain situations can also lead us to wrong path. But to err is human. Making mistakes is not a sin but ignoring it and making excuses are. We have to learn from our mistakes, make amends if possible and try to lead a better life. ~ Sui generis Writer

We are human, we face imperfections, that make us respond to hardships negatively, but as our friend Sui generis Writer had put an emphasis to it, making mistakes is not a sin but ignoring it and making excuses are. It has a big impact on me, sometimes I fail to look at the good side of my flaws, because behind them are lessons worth learning.

Lastly, I am glad to share to a piece that will let us reflect and reckon the days we struggled hard to live.

We all see different colors of life
They are sometimes black sometimes white
But both are wonderful in their light
Because there are no stars without a dark sky.
Life is not lived for just a day
Neither is it a tale of hundreds
Life is just an empty shell
For you to fill in the substance.

The above are part of the uplifting masterpiece written by Sui which you can read here: Stop running away! My gratitude Sui.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

When The Heart Grow Cold - Day 3

"Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into." ~ Mohandas Gandhi

Here we go, so far I am so happy for the result of the first and the second day of The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity, and in Do I Know Myself? - Day 2, I've learned a lot from your viewpoints. Today, I want to share to you a mail containing her rich thoughts about the matter.

I’m not so sure that I’m the most inspiring person. If I list down all the bad things that have happened to me, you will be bored with all the drama. But I think sometimes it’s also good to look back on the bad things in our lives and find out how a person who used to be an innocent child grew up and learned to hate, to judge others, to fight back, and to do other sorts of wrong things, big or small.

These situations have affected who we are. At least I know, it has affected who I am, and occasionally the outcome is not so good. I admit that sometimes bad experiences make my heart grow cold. Understanding these circumstances, applying solutions for them, trying to let them go, and also trying to avoid the same effects in future conditions is a lot to do. But I think all it takes is just a little bit of effort for myself and a whole lot of faith, and I’ll get there.

I evaluate myself in that manner. I first look at the roots, where things came from. Hardships are part of being human. That's probably one of the things I need to look at myself. I let bad things affect me in a bad way. So, I'd like to share the same question with you. Have you ever had any hardships or bad days that have affected you in the wrong way until now?

Have you ever had any hardships or bad days that have affected you in the wrong way until now?

I do, I have few, or to be honest I have many hardships that eventually led me to the wrong way. But I learned that life is short and we have to make the best of it, if I would continue to travel in the dark with the unknown direction, then I will have all the reasons to be bitter. I had a recent fight with my brother, but as a younger one, I never step out from his home not to open my heart and ask a sincere apology for what had happened, I had a sleepless night reckoning the incident and I smiled when I know I never had held any hatred inside.

Anyway, I am extending my sincere gratitude to Heide, the Author and Designer of Random Hi_D for her sincere participation of the self-evaluation activity right here at SB!

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Recommended Reading: Self-Reckoning
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Do I Know Myself? - Day 2

I am glad that there are few of you have responded my invitation to be a part of The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity. If you haven't read it yet, please do so at your convenience.

At this point, I am happy to share to you this line, as quoted: "I'm happy to tell that I've learned a lot not just about life, but all about me, yes about who I am." I know most of you knew about her, she is my friend whom I met in the blogosphere few months from now, and because of her kind heart, I treated her like my Sister already. She is Sagitarrian!

Today, she shared by responding at the first day of this activity that she managed to know herself better. Did you manage to do the same? Did I know myself better? Did I have the struggle doing it and so do you?

Let's get some time to ponder my chosen quotes below about finding oneself and living as who we really are:

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. ~Alan Alda

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~George Moore

Sometimes, we try to be someone else, but yet in the end we will return hugging who we really are. We will not be truly happy and contented living like a stranger of our own. My question, do I know myself now? My honest answer is I might have been done solving a part of the entire puzzle, but I still have far to go completing it.

"When a person knows who they are, and clearly understands what they want, then they have a much better chance of discovering how to reach their own success, happiness and personal fulfilment!" - Dale Odeyemi

Sagitarrian's blogs:

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Recommended Reading: The Importance Of Knowing Yourself / Dale Odeyemi

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Monday, December 26, 2011

The One-Week Self-Evaluation Activity

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

Before the end of 2011, I am really excited to conduct a complete audit on myself and I am also inviting you to join the self-evaluation week here at SB.

I've been searching Google and I found many ways on how to do the self-evaluation, but at this point in time, we are going to set our own criteria on how to complete the one-week activity.

We are not all expert about the matter, but we can audit ourselves according to our outlooks and goals in the future, I believe we all have it. Our objectives may vary, but I know we will share the same common things along the way.

I know you are willing to cooperate with me, I am sure this is going to be something worth pondering with.

Let's start this week by asking:

1. What are the things that I need to evaluate on myself and why?

Note: You can also improve the question above, if you think there is something better to start with.

To answer my question, I am more into evaluating myself about the decisions that I made lately. I want to know if I have grown up to be a better person base on major decisions I took in my life. Well, honestly, there were few, and some of then left me regretful. There were few opportunities that knocked my door, but I just wasted it in making haste actions. I was supposed to complete my 4-year course but because of it I lost all the chance. Yet, I don't want to be bitter to myself anymore as I took it a lesson worth learning so I did go on and here I am now.

I give myself a chance to be at my best after my fall! I stood up after I was stumbled in the ground. I able to surpass the challenge of unemployment for most of the undergraduates, and I am so thankful about that. Today, I am more into putting time and effort in making my own steps and decisions in life. It's never been easier to fail after all my hard works so I am more careful this time.

Haste is waste, I proved it to be true. Sometimes the capabilities of our instinct cannot always lead us to a better result, it's always better to allocate time in decision making, specially those that can affect our lifetime.

Now, it's your time, I am confident that you will make this activity successful and helpful to both of us. I am looking forward for your cooperation my friends.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Love is Like A Bloomed Flower

Love is everywhere
Christmas scents the atmosphere
Like a bloomed flower

SB Community is not a group of one, and I sincerely respect each one of our beliefs and traditions here, and what makes me so thankful is that we are united as one in this Yuletide Season because you are here regardless of our religious background.

We people are imperfect, but there is one thing that will lessen our imperfections, and that is love. The good news is we are all capable of loving... (the main thought or message of this line is credited to the movie that touched my heart - Chocolate!)

And the Haiku I penned tonight is my humble gift to you my dear friends.

Have a great evening to all of you!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas is...

Christmas is about opening our hearts and shutting them. Accommodate the spirit of the born Savior by opening the door of our hearts and closing them for His Spirit to rule us forever! ~ Prime Aque

I and Ed are wishing you all a Merry Christmas! I am actually speechless at this very moment, though we are far from our families, and I from my beloved ~**B**~, I know distance will not thwart us to share the spirit of Christmas! Wish you all the best!


It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~W.T. Ellis


Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving

I humbly offer you my personal written quote about Christmas (my first time) and all other quotes are credited to, beautiful Christmas graphics are brought to us by!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Equality of Life

“Equality still exists even if it’s nowhere to see. In God’s eyes, we all fall in queue.”

Who would say we are not equal? Speaking about life we are just the same. Nobody stands higher, nobody. Today, I want you to argue with me, let’s have some spicy conversation about it.

It is true that in a huge sphere, a portion of it belongs to wealthy ones, with enough luxuries in life; a much visible and bigger part of it belongs to the counts of poor families… now, can I still insist life is made equal for rich and poor?

Does it mean equal for the one dump a garbage bag with left overs than a scavenger delighted for the full garbage bins along the street?

Does it mean equal for a child with stomach full than a street one who is starving?

Or does it mean equal for the people who fest than those who grieve?

A government enjoys the abundance and its people struggle amidst scarcity, where is the angle of equality? Yet the equality of life does exist… We are equal before abundance and scarcity. We are equal before laughter and mourning. God is just… He loves fairness… In His eyes, we stand on the same ground.

I have a proof in my head, but I dare you to present yours…

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Light Subject

Today we are moving on... after telling you some sad reality, and the greatness of generosity, we are heading forward for our inspiration, yes, this is a kind of a light subject for this evening. Today is slightly bad because I feel so much pain on my back, so I got a massage after my work and for the time being I am ready to sit here and open SB and visit you. I will make sure that this day is an another worth reading part of my own story.

Anyway, I will simply ask you tonight... what inspired your to share your thoughts? what inspired your to click the 'new post', to write something and to publish it with excitement?

  • Are you unloading some bothersome thoughts?
  • Are you overwhelmed with insights worth sharing?
  • Or do you write something because you don't know what's really happening and you want to seek an answer along the way?
  • Or do you just scribble because you don't know what to write at all?

All these queries will lead us to one common answer, and that is learning along the process, that is what the skillful and the amateur share in common. I might left you hanging tonight, but I just want to tell you that if you do not have something in mind, squeezing your head for a post, just simply sit down and write your thoughts, you will learn something, you got your head, your heart and your keyboard. That's what I am exactly doing now.

We are bloggers here, we write or we are not bloggers at all...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

An Offering From the Heart - Fibonacci

I offer this humble poetry for all the people who heartily helped the victims of the Typhoon Sendong... and to take the Fibonacci Challenge (for the second time)!

Your help
Big or small
With love made so valuable
Offering your heart to feed the starving soul
We were raised and taught to help one another with intention so pure
All people that dwell in this earthy paradise have seen the fulfillment of life upon seeing their hearts engulfed with fervor
Helping might be meager but a treasure when human extended it with rapture
The one who stumble will be so grateful
Life has fulfill its goal
With your heart
Help someone

Everyday I am always trying to look for ways to incorporate 'life' into different forms of entries like short posts, short views, haiku, poems, Fibonacci and other short type of poetry to give us an inspiring blogging time after what our physical body felt and our naked eyes have seen and witnessed in the world around us.

Thank you to all of you who are always here, you inspired me and I am here to inspire you as well...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Doing Small Things With Great Love

I am happy to share to you 3 quotes that touched my heart from Mother Teresa:

“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Tonight I want talk about generosity with you as I am so thankful for all the helped the typhoon victims received... People are hand in hand giving big and small things to support the families who lost almost everything.

Tonight I am happy that in unison, people have shown an act of kindness towards fellowmen who are in need with sincerity.

Read about Mother Teresa at
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Monday, December 19, 2011

The Prayer

Typhoon Sendong hit Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas and cities... it just didn't damaged properties but killed many lives, I don't like mentioning the figure here.

I heard about this and watched the news, I sat in front of the television till the end holding back my tears.

Properties can be replaced, but those poor fellows, mostly women and children cannot be brought back again after Typhoon Sendong ceased their precious lives.

Tonight I want to sincerely to talk to You Father. I just want to see their bereaved families stay strong in the midst of that tragedy. No one expect it to happen, all of them are not ready to say goodbye. I want them to be healed with Your love and grace, I pray that the letting go will be much easier for them to go on with the rest of their lives. We live for all the good things and the bad... I pray that despite of that sorrowful chapter, they won't stop seeking the bright side of their lives... their loved ones' journey had ended for this earthy home, but their quest is not yet over. Strengthen them Father. Let them draw closer to you...

Please join me...

(Please search Typhoon Sendong 2011 if you want to read about it.)

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

SB Blog Directory - Updated!

Here we go to the next pace. I will tell you one simple secret to make your blog alive base on my short blogging experience...

Make yourself belong. Wander around and mingle new faces. Establish relationship true leaving a track of your thoughts sincerely rather than leaving the link of your page. Your interest will attract them to do the same for you.

This is a special post for a blessed Sunday, so before going further I wish you a wonderful day ahead of you.

I am talking about a new concept here at SB Community. My main purpose as a 'reader' and 'follower' is that I want to keep track to all my friends who have contributed some thoughts about our entries here. To put things at ease, I want to build a directory (an alphabetical directory as planned).

Rest assured that all the members of this directory will see 'SB' presence at their blogs, if not everyday, at least in a week where I and my partner got the extra time mingling and meeting new blogger friends.

Visitors of the SB Community will also experience an ease of finding new blogs worth reading at the SB Blog Directory.

Add your blog for free now! New! SB Blog Directory

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Feed Love with Trust

Feed love with trust and it will grow enduring.

What it takes to be happy? I know you will answer me various answers. People have different criteria about a happy life. A happy life consist of many things, but what are the basic ones?

People struggle everyday to at least provide their basic needs, but that won't be enough to make one happy. Shelter, food, clothing, even sex won't make us happy... As I've reviewed Maslow's hierarchy of needs, I will stop at love and belonging.

Love and belonging will make you see how beautiful the world is, it will bring colors to your life.

I won't focus on two couple ended up a fairy tale love story this time, I want to extend love on a wider concept. How many people around you? Did you belong to them or do you belong only to yourself?

Here comes trust. Trust makes love grow stronger. We are loving by nature, but how can we nurture that feeling? My answer, feed love with trust... and it will grow enduring.

You belong because you are loved and trusted. But one hurtful question, what it takes to win ones' trust? Is that too expensive only few can afford?

Can you let someone starve for trust even in his utmost best to win yours?

I was betrayed but once again I let myself healed by love. Trust? I am not that selfish not to give mine... I know one, two, three or even more people deserve it.

Read Maslow's hierarchy of needs

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Friday, December 16, 2011

I Am Yours

After a day of work, I need to regain strength. Missing someone can really a hard thing to get back enough fuel for the body, I must say emotionally. But we are here to struggle, we are here to live as happily as we can be... it's possible.

Today I witnessed the abundance of life, I witnessed love yet I also witnessed hate that make me exhausted, and made me hungry for His words, for His promise.

This song says "I am the flower quickly fading..." Yes, I am, but who gives me the fertile earth, enough water and warm rays of the sun to make me bloom again the next rising sun?

Shortcomings? It's inevitable. Mistakes? We are humans. What's important, surrender and say "I am yours."

"I am yours Almighty Father." Everything will be in order with you!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Book of Thanks

The book of thanks weighed a lot more heavier than several pieces of gold... how come kindness are forgotten by many when in fact they won't dig deep and spend life to possess it? And so as being grateful? One cannot be kind if he won't feel the appreciation deep inside himself, hence he won't be truly rich.

I had a conversation with my colleague, and I brought her up an important topic. We discussed about giving an expression of gratitude to the person who show benevolence to someone or to us.

The main issue, why other people are so numb to do not even feel the care? Is that the main reason they can't even utter 'thanks'?

I won't mention name, but this one don't. If you do not appreciate, if you do not feel anything, you will not be blessed. Kindness? You will eventually find the scarcity of it.

Life, it's about being grateful... life, it's about counting even the smallest thing you have right now, rejoice in it.

(Quotation I wrote above is inspired by a fiction story about the book of thanks that was sold a lot higher than several pieces of gold, it was during my high school days when I really loved reading the kind of stories and tales. It was purely fiction but I know the message was real.)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In Motion

A time to move on
Time to cherish life, go on
See, I'm in motion

My haiku are coming...

Well, anyway, I am thankful for my life everyday. Today I want to tell all of you that I am thankful to my 'ups' and 'downs'... well, as a friend said, that makes me human...

I am really excited to introduce this one, a friend who have seen strength after battles, defeats...

Yes, one must learn to keep in motion... idling prolongs the agony. I learned to smile... and I see myself happy deep inside... problems? Just tiny pieces of a big whole!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Humbly Ask Him to Drive Me Home

Running low of gas?
Striding along lack of faith?
God paces behind you.

After responding and visiting my blogger friends' blogs, and while talking to the one precious to me, I spend my time listening to a song that made me teary and lift up my heart once again after the things that I had been through this time.

(I respect all my blogger friends about their faith and belief, this song I am going to share is not about religion, this is about faith, this is about one and the same God we all have.)

I asked myself, did I run low on my faith? Same question I asked last week, last day, or even last morning. I keep on asking (Mat. 7:7) because I want answer, an answer that will make some difference of the one I had before...

But if I want a difference today, right now, I am not patient enough then... I need time. I need more time, what sounds better, I already make a way to it.

I am not perfect and I was tailed with imperfections lately... but I don't want to drive myself in nowhere... so why should I not ask Him to drive for me in the most difficult times of my life? I know I will be home safe.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

I was Tested

I was tested yesterday. I was asleep sound when Kuya Sander (the one I treated like my big brother) handed me a phone who thought I was still watching the movie from the bed. It was a phone call from my sister who was crying on the line. I wanted to understand her words in between her uncontrollable sobs, she was frightened as if someone chased her to death, and that was true.

It was my brother's wife who nearly hurt or in a worst extent, killed my sister who rushed to the bathroom to protect herself from the furious woman who gripped a knife running after her. (I don't want to sound biased so I have to keep this part short.)

It all started from a text message, how worst the outcome was? It was actually my sister fault for sending her a message trying to awaken her for her wrongs doings (about her lies and everything) yet I understand my sister as our entire family was involved already. Would you be on that woman side who abandoned her 4-month child? Who left her child in my sister's care?

I won't tolerate my sister when I know she was wrong... but I had rushed myself there and spoke against my brother and his wife because it was already my sister's life who was in danger.

That night, I got a sleepless one... I was not guilty, but I just did my part as a brother to my sister. All I know, 'Blood is thicker than water.'

I know it was a test of how strong I am... well, I just said the right thing after all. When it's about the life of a true innocent, I am just a fierce as they are to defend who deserve to win. I am sure, my sister remained the innocent, not the woman who hide on a thick mask of lies.

I just want to make it clear that I am trying to never hold anger or resentment towards my brother's wife. I guess, today and the next days to come, while pacing towards life, I am just more than prayerful for the better the silently cursing her... It sound bitter for me but I will admit I had done that before, but the feeling was more than worst.

Today, I am just surrendering everything to God...

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Unspoken Affection...

Heard the unuttered
Listen when the heart whispered
Pure feelings buried

There are too many deep emotions remain unspoken, who would say I am right? I am wandering around and I am inspired to craft this second Haiku of my life! Words somehow are not enough, that's why God just don't give us the ear, God give us the feeling and the affection to let us get the chance to hear what are unuttered by those people who are already part of our precious life.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

My First Haiku!

Loss and frustration
Patience push me to go on
Success awaits home

Well, I thought of sharing you something new to me. This might not be new to you at all, I have enjoyed several haiku from my blogger friends, and this time I took some time to write one for you.

Just to give you some views, as I am also trying to read some information about this... Haiku is a short Japanese poetry, in an English haiku, it is written with 3 lines, with 5-7-5 syllables respectively.

(info from eHow, wikiHow and Wikipedia)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Let Kindness Reveals the Truth...

Did you make a list of the real people you meet everyday? We meet them with different faces, but can your point out who wear masks? Who are genuine and who are not?

I must mentioned this that we cannot judge a person by our first impression, yet impression lasts! But how can we avoid judging people? In my case I do not want to judge as I don't want to be judge at all. I guess this humble poetry can help a bit, I hope so...

Look into my eyes
Look into my heart
Don't judge me outside

Listen to me by your ears
Listen me beyond my words
Understand me from the heart

Touch me by your hands
Feel my flaming emotions
Meet me through your soul

I live with imperfections
But I live with my true emotions
You got to know a real person

Life is too precious to waste every single moment for nothing. I know it's time to make a choice, we can only live life to the fullest when we know everyone of us are spending our time for worthwhile activities.

Sometimes our kindness are the one which can deceive and betray us! Sad? Yes! But let kindness melt those masks so that we can rejoice with the precious time left for us...

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Why Your Mom Is So Special To You?

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life (anonymous)

Did you ever thank God for giving us the most wonderful gift in our life? It is not the things we achieved… Without this person, we would never see how beautiful life is.

In the very first place, this story reflects mine, yet we might share the same. I am simply going to brag to you the qualities of my Mother making her so special to me as a son.

I would proudly say she is the best mother for me. Honestly, I would be out of words when I am going to try to describe why she is. Even I am on my own this time, but the memories that I had with her when I was a child were so vivid on me. She simply cares and loves me no other person can ever do, and that is for always.

I got the chance to be with her again last November 1st and 2nd when I went home, though I saw an older Mother, with several strands of white hair, but she is as strong as I knew her when I woke up every morning when I was on my grade school days, she was there alive and kicking for me with the table ready.

I love my Mom, I may not the best son, or any better, but I love my Mom and wish to see her happy. I wish to see her strong through the coming days, and I wish that she will have more and more years to be with me, with my brother and sisters, with her grandsons and granddaughters.

Though my family was striving to live in the midst of crisis, I know she and my Father shared happy moments together for having us. I and Mom, with my niece never miss the chance to visit my father's grave that time, and there, we brought him some flowers and candles. I wanted to thank him once again, for loving my mother until his last breath.

There might be unfulfilled dreams, but I got the strength to carry on at least one of them for my Mom, and I whispered to his grave that I wont leave her, I am just like her little son longing for her tender care and touch. I know Father was about to get away all his worries.

This day might not be the celebration for Mothers' Day, but if you are going to ask me, everyday is a special day for all mothers. This is a tribute to all mothers.

Can you tell me why your Mother is so special to you?

Quote Source: 50 Inspirational Quotes (for Mothers)

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Customize Facebook Like Box With CSS, Tested To Work for YOU!

This trick is from one of my favorite blogs that taught many bloggers to make some nice tweaks to their blogpages! But somehow, this tutorial about Facebook Like Box seemed not working to me and for some people who have tried the trick, so I made some step to fix this problem!

In this simplified tutorial, you are not going to necessarily upload the css to your web hosting! I will give the direct link below with two choices, with the green font same as MBT or the red font like mine! Or, if you want more customization of the CSS, I recommend WEBFREEHOSTING.NET, and upload your FB CSS file there.

Here are the two direct links of the FB LIKE BOX CSS I uploaded to my WEBFREEHOSTING.NET account:

Red Font

Green Font

One problem also, as I read some comments at the original tutorial, the like box won't appear, okay, I encountered that as well, so we will use another link of the FB Like Box Javascript to solve the problem:

color: #365899;
font: bold 11px arial;
padding:3px !important;
margin:5px 0px!important;
border:1px solid #E1E4ED;

border:1px solid #6383C1;
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">FB.init("");</script>
<fb:fan profile_id="REPLACE THIS WITH YOUR LIKE PAGE ID" stream="0" connections="10" width="350px" height="200px" header="0" logobar="0" css="REPLACE THIS WITH FB LIKE BOX CSS DIRECT LINK"></fb:fan>
<div id="mbtlikebox"><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:none; color:#365899;" href="REPLACE WITH YOUR FB LIKE PAGE URL">Visit the Like Page»</a><div style="float:right"><a href='' style="text-decoration:none; color:#365899;">Widgets »</a></div></div>

Now, simply open your Blogger account, ADD GADGET-HTML/JAVASCRIPT! Save, place that gadget from anywhere of your blog! Enjoy!

Oops, if you got some problem from the above codes, refer to the example below:

color: #365899;
font: bold 11px arial;
padding:3px !important;
margin:5px 0px!important;
border:1px solid #E1E4ED;

border:1px solid #6383C1;
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">FB.init("");</script>
<fb:fan profile_id="251311191548351" stream="0" connections="8" width="300px" height="200px" header="0" logobar="0" css=""></fb:fan>
<div id="mbtlikebox"><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:none; color:#365899;" href="">Visit SB on FB »</a><div style="float:right"><a href='' style="text-decoration:none; color:#365899;">Widgets »</a></div></div>

As you can see, I am using 280 instead of 290, and 300 instead of 350, and 8 instead of 10... it depends with the width if your sidebar!

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