Mar 26, 2010

Let's just say, I've been sort of under the weather lately, the reason why I haven't posted anything here. Anyways, still on boxing ...

With his string of successes on the ring, Manny Pacquiao is without a doubt one of richest men in the Philippines. Yet he still wants to run in public office. I just don't get it; I mean, if I had that much money, I certainly wouldn't need to get a high post in government to help my people. Look at Bill Gates, for instance. Gates has billions and billions worth of assets, but he shares his wealth through philantrophic acts. Thousands of people have benefited from his generosity, and Manny can very well do the same thing for the Filipino people even as a private person, can't he?

Mar 17, 2010

Boxing In The World Of Sports

I could never understand how boxing got into the world of sports. The way I see it, sports is supposed to promote camaraderie. It's supposed to be fun. But in boxing, you have to hurt each other in order to win. You certainly cannot be having fun when you are bleeding to death (or your opponent is).

In sports, you are not supposed to hurt each other at all; you'll get a technical call if you do. But boxing actually requires that you hurt your opponent, and the crowd cheers every time you do. I must be missing something here, but aren't we sort of glorifying evil here? I mean, think about this - at Manny Pacquiao's last fight when he failed to end it in a knock out, people were even kind of disappointed. They wanted to see Clottey on his knees, eyes sore, nose bleeding, pleading for mercy.

How could we be so mean?


Mar 14, 2010

It's Been Done Again - The Philippine National Anthem, Raped Another Time

Well, as it is Manny Pacquiao won the battle again, this time against Clottey. No surprises, there. No surprises, too, when it came to the singing of the Lupang Hinirang - raped and stripped of all dignity ... again.

It happens every time. I wonder when our singers will ever learn the proper way to sing the Philippine National Anthem. Don't get me wrong, I admire Arnel Pineda. He's got a great voice which explains his meteoric rise to fame. But his rendition of the National Anthem just wasn't how it was supposed to be.

It must be clearly emphasized that the Philippine National Anthem is more than just a song. Line by line, it tells of our rich history. Singing the national anthem is not the time to showcase one's vocal talents. There is a correct and proper way on how to do it, and it's been all over the papers and the internet, and still ...

It does say somewhere that the anthem should be sung with fervor, as if you're praying. But you can be fervent and expressive without changing the tempo or the notes, can you not? Perhaps, it does take a lot of discipline not to get carried away with the idea that one is singing for the whole world to hear. Still, it's not enough reason to go against the law.

Yes, there is a law on how the Philippine National Anthem is supposed to be sung. Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines clearly states that all renditions of the Lupang Hinirang “shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

So far, only Leah Salonga, world class singer that she is, did justice to Felipe's composition. Listen to this ...

Leah Salonga Sings The Philippine National Anthem





Mar 13, 2010

I'm Not Perfect

I am not perfect
And I don't claim to be perfect

But when I'm asked to do something
I always give it my best shot.

Mar 12, 2010

In defense of Jed

A friend forwarded me a link to a YouTube video featuring Jed Mabilog, a mayorable in the city of Iloilo. The video was actually a clip from MariMar, but the subtitles were an attack on Jed’s person. I don’t know who posted the video to YouTube, but it was clearly done in to bring Jed’s popularity down. I should say that it was done in poor taste, definitely something with half a brain wouldn’t do. Plus, it discriminated gays.

Honestly, I don’t believe Jed is gay, but assuming that he were, so what? Gays are human beings, too, aren’t they? So why the discrimination? Does that make Jed less than a person if he’s gay? Would that make him a bad leader?
The point is, you don’t elect someone to public office because of gender preferences. You vote for someone because of integrity, performance, honesty, and sincerity to serve the people. It shouldn’t matter if that person happens to be a man, a woman or gay.

And aren’t we supposed to be gender sensitive now? We have GAD programs already being implemented, and the way I see it, the video is anti-GAD.

I would have posted the link to the video here, but on second thought, it’s not worth it.

Mar 11, 2010

Rain At Last

Finally, it rained, and we couldn't be any happier.
The earth's been so dry lately
that every drop of rain is deemed very precious.



God is so good!

Mar 9, 2010

A Smile For Me


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Honestly, I don't feel like smiling today...


Mar 7, 2010

A Prayer For Rain

We are experiencing one of the worst cases of drought in the country. This has resulted to the loss of the ultimate source of livelihood of our farmers. The quality of life is also compromised.

And summer has not even begun yet.

But, I believe that there is power in prayer. Let us, therefore, storm heaven again with our prayers.

A Prayer For Rain

God, our loving Father,
creator of our earth and of the universe,
and all the wondrous elements of nature that sustain your living creatures,
we humbly ask you to send us the rain that our country needs so badly at this time,
to irrigate our fields, to stave off a power shortage,
to provide water for our bodily health, and
to refresh our parched lands.
At your command, the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God to send us
rain so that the crisis may be averted.

Merciful and generous God, open our eyes to the richness and beauty of your creation, and instill in us a deep love for this earth and all that is in and around it. Teach us to be wise stewards of your creation so that we may always use them responsibly and protect them from abuse and exploitation. At this time of crises, dear Lord, move us to share more and to love more.

Loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted the Filipino people to the special care of Mary our Mother, listen to the prayers that we bring up to her, our Blessed Mother, to intercede for us, for the protection of our land and our people, whom she loves.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Candles, pray for us,
Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.

Mar 6, 2010

Cosmo Bloops - Cosmogirl Goes To The Movies

I've never been to a movie house before - not that I didn't want to or couldn't afford to. I just had better things to do than pin myself for an hour and a half, staring at the big screen, cornered by strangers.

But while at the mall one day, something caught my senses - the sweet aroma of popcorn and it's coming from somewhere near the movie theatre. I've been able to resist many things before (and with huge success, mind you!), but for some reason, my palate longed for popcorn. So to put it simply, I got myself a small bag of kettlecorn pops and as soon as a morsel melted in my mouth, I was in heaven. Okay, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration.

Anyways, since I was already there, I decided to buy a ticket, since it's my first time, I had a momentary shock when I went inside. But my eyes soon adjusted to the darkness and before long, I relaxed and found myself thoroughly enjoying the movie.

It's kind of stress-relieving, indeed, to watch a movie. Hmm...maybe I should do it another time.



Mar 4, 2010

Beat The Heat


Whew! It’s so excruciatingly hot these days and it’s not even summertime yet – well, not officially anyway. You’d think that I’m no stranger to hot conditions, having spent my entire life in a tropical country, but it’s just soooo hot!

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t let the heat of the sun get the better of me, so I did a research of the top cool ways to beat the summer heat, and here are a few tips I came across with:

1. Hydrate. Drink lots of water to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. This is very basic, but lots of people tend to overlook this.
2. Stay away from alcohol and coffee as these are known to have diuretic effects, further depleting fluids and essential electrolytes from your body.
3. Wear light, cotton clothing. Cotton is cooler than most synthetic fabrics. Go for light colors, too. Black tends to absorb more heat, so definitely this is not the time to flaunt your little black dress.
4. Take cool baths whenever you can (if water is not a problem, that is!)
5. Occasionally spritz your face and arms with hydrating spray. Hydra Mist from All Organics is a great find. It cools, hydrates and soothes the skin – a perfect companion when you are out in the sun. What’s more, it’s organic. It contains lemongrass distillate, witchazel, cucumber, aloe vera, peppermint, and absolutely no chemicals!
6. Improvise your own airconditioning system. Have a bowl of ice in front of the electric fan and let the fan to blow on you.
7. Eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content and stay away from fatty foods as much as you can.
8. Keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you can’t avoid it, make sure to protect yourself with sunblock (look for chemical-free sunscreen with spf 15 or 30) and wear a wide-brimmed hat.


So, there…

Mar 3, 2010

Smart Shopping With Credit Cards

Owning a credit card is not at all a bad thing as some are led to think. Sure it can be tempting to shop till you drop as a credit card allows you more freedom to shop even if you don't have enough cash at the moment.

But you know, if you use your credit card wisely, you'll be able to reap lots of rewards - financially and otherwise. For one thing, you can paint the town red without having to bring wads of cash with you. Plus, you may not be aware of it, but credit card companies offer reward points to its credit card holders. These points can be redeemed for exciting products and services. That's not all, there are promos in between, too.

Metrobank, for one, ran a promo covering the period October-December 2009, that every 10,000 accumulated purchase using Metrobank credit card entitles the credit card holder to a free junior-sized cake from Red Ribbon.

Needless to say, you must monitor your expenses so you don't go over your budget and end up with piles of credit card bills you can no longer afford to pay. Always see to it to pay the billed amount in full. Don't just settle for the minimum payment because that is going to accrue interest and can eat up your savigs.

Mar 2, 2010

AJ Turns 2!

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March 1 – AJ quietly turns two today. There’s no big party whatsoever. After hearing mass, we proceed to distribute gifts to a selected day care center in her dad’s hometown. It’s a joy to watch her hand out the gifts but what’s more heartwarming is the kids appreciating what little she has to offer.

Feb 27, 2010

My Not-So-Spa Experience

Hubby and I were given two gift certificates to a luxurious spa experience, and we decided to take the opportunity to indulge ourselves. After all, going to a spa is not an everyday thing for us. In fact, this would be the first for me.

The receptionist greeted us warmly, then proceeded with the question, “shower or sauna?” I panicked, realizing with a start that I wasn’t prepared for either one, but of course, I couldn’t let the receptionist know that. I said, “shower”, flashing her my most confident smile, but really, my insides were quivering so much. And they said going to the spa is supposed to keep you relaxed???

Anyways, the girl then gave me a key and escorted me to the shower room, and my head felt like it was about to explode. I took a deep breath and that sort of revived some of my brain cells. I figured the key was for one of the lockers. When I opened my locker, there were a pair of havaiianas, a bar soap, a couple of towels, a bathrobe, a comb, cotton buds, and what appeared like a pair of undies. So what’s next? I was all alone inside the bathroom, and frankly I didn’t know if it was a good thing or not. There was nobody to ask about the most mundane things, like where I should hang my street clothes, what I was supposed to do next, and what’s with the u-wear thingy? Am I really supposed to wear that? On the other hand it was kind of a relief that there was no one to see me making a fool of myself.

As I dilly-dallied, half-wishing that a long-lost fairy godmother with enough social grace would come to my rescue, a realization hit me – I was having my period which meant that I wouldn’t be qualified to avail myself of a full body massage. Twas a little weird that this never crossed my mind, but I was thankful nonetheless that my brain opened up at the last minute. I must have a fairy godmother after all.

I settled instead for a foot massage which took about an hour. I must have scanned 4 magazines and read a couple of articles thoroughly before I finally relaxed to the gentle pressure on my feet and the soothing music surrounding the darkened room.

As it turned out, I didn’t exactly get what I was looking forward to, but I wasn’t the least bit resentful even though Hubby ranted and raved about how great the experience was all evening. The fact that I didn’t make a fool of myself in public was all that mattered to me.

Feb 25, 2010

Starting Early

I can say for certain that it's never too early to expose your child to learning tools. Not many may agree with me, but ...

AJ was barely four months old when I bought her flash cards of the English Alphabet. Around that time I bought her her first book - a dinosaur book that's made of fabric. I bought her more books after that and encouraged her to look at the pictures.

When she was 9 months old, she could already say apple (although it sound more like apoh, still...) At one year and 2 months, she has over a hundred words in her vocabulary. At one year and 7 months, she can identify the letters of the alphabet and the colors red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, white, even black. And she can tell yellow from gold and the other way around.

She can count numbers from 1 to 14, and pick up the lyrics to a song quite easily - even songs in Latin, no kidding! AJ can sing the first few lines of Despedida a la Virgen and she sings this often. I can say that this may be her favorite song - she wants me to sing it to her to lull her to sleep.

My point is, I'm not a genius and neither is her Dad, so if AJ turns out to be smart, it couldn't be because of genetics, could it?

I think it does help a lot to introduce your kid to learning tools, like books, early on.

And it helps, too, to always talk to your child. Always. 



Feb 23, 2010

Undomestic Mom

Reading Sophie Kinsella's Undomestic Goddess left me ticklish. It was so hilarious it completely de-stressed me. I was practically laughing out loud, line by line, page by page. You should get a copy of it and watch the blues just melt away.

I can somehow relate to the book, perhaps because I'm kind of "undomestic" myself. No, I wasn't born with a silver spoon and definitely wasn't raised like a brat, but we had help around the house most of the time, so I never got around to doing household chores. Besides, I always reasoned, I couldn't get my hands wet after playing the piano (notwithstanding the fact that early on, I would hit just a couple of notes. Certainly, washing the dishes would not cause my fingers to swell or give me carpal tunnel syndrome. Still...)

The thing is, it's not that I couldn't do anything. I know how to use the microwave and the toaster and I know how to turn on the gas range, too. So,really, you can't say that I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, and it's not like I'm a bad mom, either. Not the best one, for sure, but not bad. At least, I don't think so, because I have a lot of love for my daughter and I show it to her in all the ways I could.

Feb 20, 2010

Of GPS Gadgets

I'm presently working on a writing project - reviews on GPS gadgets, and I couldn't help but be amazed at how advanced technology has become. Practically gone are the days of traditional paper maps. Now with a GPS device, you can literally travel the world with ease and in style.

GPS gadgets are preloaded with maps and thousands of points of interest, vibrant and lifelike on the color touchscreen. These gadgets also use advanced voice technology, offering you voice-prompted turn by turn directions to your destination. Some even help you choose the quickest routes, avoid traffic jams, and so on, thus helping you save both on time and money.

Many GPS devices come with emergency locators, so in case you find yourself in unfamiliar ground, getting right back on track is no trouble at all.

Wow, these gadgets really take the fear out of traveling, don't you think?

Feb 18, 2010

Me and My Asus Netbook

I finally got my own netbook - an Asus EEEPC 1201T in black. I was actually hellbent on getting an HP mini, but after going over some PC reviews, I decided on an Asus instead. And it looks like I just made a smart decision.

Asus EEEPC 1201T comes with a 12.1" screen, an almost full-sized QWERTY keyboard (which is good for me because I do use the keyboard very often), a 1.60 GHz AMD processor, 2GB RAM, 320 GB HDD2, a built-in webcam, speakers, along with other great futures. The netbook is Wi-Fi ready which means that i can surf the web anytime so long as I stay close to a Wi-Fi hotspot (and there are lots of them now). It also comes with a 6 cell battery, which accordingly allows me to use it for 6-7 hours without electrical power.

And the best thing? it's only P 22,000 (without the OS, a Windows 7 starter kit which i have to buy separately)and i can pay it up in 12 months time at zero percent interest through VISA.

Feb 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

It's Ash Wednesday, and for Catholics it means a day of fasting, abstinence, and remembering. Remembering what? That "man comes from dust and to dust he shall return."

Ash Wednesday also means the beginning of the lenten season, the season which characterizes the sufferings and sacrifices of Jesus. This season calls for sacrifice, and though it's not really a requirement to offer a sacrifice during this 40-day period, I nonetheless would like to temporarily give up something that I love --- meat ... including chicken meat!

We normally abstain from eating meat on Fridays of lent, but this year, I want to do it for the entire season. Sounds drastic? I suppose because that means I won't be having KFCs until Easter Sunday.

Oh, well...

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Feb 16, 2010

A Little Fall Of Rain

We had a bit of rain the night before Valentine's Day and it's something that we are so thankful for. The El Nino phenomenon had taken its toll and the continuing dry spell didn't mean any good to the farmers, to the economy, and to everybody, at all. Though it was only more than a drizzle, it nonetheless gave the parched land a refreshing drink.

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Feb 14, 2010

Happy Valentine!


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As of this writing, I don't know yet how I'll be celebrating Valentine's Day. My husband's so busy with work and it doesn't make sense to go out by myself. It's not that we're used to go out often during Valentine's day. In fact, we normally don't do that because all the restaurants are crowded. Besides, we can always spend time together even if it's not Valentine's day if we really want to, and if we have some extra money to spare.

But then, there are a few essentials I need to buy, anyway, so I guess, I'll be going out, after all.

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Feb 13, 2010

Lost and Found

It's Saturday and it feels exactly like it! Had another fun and memorable day with my daughter, my copy cat. She wants to do thing everything I do, I can't help but be touched. Like, when I drink coffee, she too wants to take a sip, but of course, I couldn't let her do that (at least not when anyone else is watching - joke =). This afternoon, she sees me exercising on the abswing thingy I bought years ago but remembered to re-use again just now, and she wants to try it, too.

AJ never fails to amaze me, and guess what? she even found my long lost e-card and SM advantage card. Actually, I already had my SM advantage card replaced a few months ago, and good thing, I never did get around to go to the bank to have my e-card replaced, too. Anyways, AJ found these in the same wallet where I usually keep my credit cards!


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Feb 12, 2010


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Well, as it is, I still haven’t gotten around to creating a new blog. I had to write 15 articles yesterday, and play with my very energetic daughter in between.

AJ is so much fun to be with. Spending time with her is always stress-relieving. She’s like a big bag of wind and it’s kind of entertaining to watch her and listen to her gab about anything and everything under the sun.

There are times when she seeks her own freedom. Like, yesterday, she was trying to pull herself up to a high chair and didn’t want me to help her at all. She told me, “shoo mama”, like I was some kind of a fly or something. Lol!


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Feb 10, 2010


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The week is, indeed,almost over. Tomorrow is Evilio Javier Day, a holiday in Panay, so that practically leaves just one day more before it's weekend again.

I haven't gotten around to creating another blog, one that will feature happy thoughts everyday. Hopefully, I'll have time to do that come Thursday.

Jan 26, 2010

Rantings

It’s been freakingly busy since my last post.

Christmas came and went rather uneventfully. As usual, we had a bit of a salo-salo at my Tita’s house after the midnight mass, then it was time for the kids to open their gifts. I got a megasketcher for AJ and she enjoys playing with it.

December 31, 2009. We had our outreach program involving 100 kids. In all the years we have been doing this, this year was the most fun we’ve had. Donations in cash from close friends and parishioners reached more than P 20,000.00 and these we used to buy rice, apples, oranges, tumblers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton buds, face towels, candies, and toys for the kids. Jumie Botante contributed more than 100 pairs of rubber slippers; the Gengos family donated dolls and toy cars. Miggy, Gaby, and AJ shared their old toys. All 100 children went home, tired but happy. ‘twas a rewarding experience, indeed!

The New Year
As in the past years, we didn’t have firecrackers to celebrate the coming year. We just honked the car to bid goodbye to the year that was and welcome 2010.

I decided not to make new year’s resolutions this year. I was never really good at keep them, anyway. I did my bestest, of course, still it wasn’t enough.

January 13
Today, my piano teacher of 20 years, Leticia Z. Castro, passed on. The day she died is the day she celebrated her 87th year on earth. I’ve had many fond memories of Mrs. Castro. She taught me not just to play the piano, but to love music as well. She taught me how to play the organ, too. She inspired me, and though I might not have been her best student, I’m pretty sure that I am one of those who stuck it out the longest. I was already in 7th grade in piano when she said she could no longer handle me as her eyes were failing already. To have reached that high a grade in piano is already a huge accomplishment. It makes me so proud to have been able to get that far in music.

January 22
The roads to the city proper are closed and I have to walk from the Mall to the Plaza. Per my own calculations, that’s around 4,000 steps! I’m used to walking, anyway. I love to walk. If truth be told, I prefer it to taking the public transport. The thing is, I’m wearing heels, and the streets aren’t very clean. I have to watch my steps very carefully, else I may step onto something eekie.

That reminds me, why don’t we have laws that promote cleanliness? Like, there ought to be an ordinance prohibiting spitting in public places (it’s a health risk, mind you!) or another one abhorring throwing garbage on the streets. I don’t know, maybe those laws do exist only that they are not implemented. Or who knows, maybe they are being implemented but then again, I haven’t come across any one who got arrested or penalized for spitting in a public place.

Now, that gets me thinking. If you have the power to enact laws, what would they be about? If I were to answer it myself, here are the laws I would author:
• law prohibiting spitting and throwing garbage in public areas
• law penalizing those who cause traffic, such as those who overtake other cars even if that means using the opposite lane, resulting to traffic jams?