Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sky-Watch Friday: outside my window
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Litratong Pinoy: Ang Pagwawagi! (victory)
Hindi na kailangan magyabang o gumawa ng intriga para mapansin ang taong ito. Kung pagwawagi ang pagbabasehan, wagi ang talentadong Pinoy na 'to. Mapanalunan mo ba naman ng grand prize sa World Championships of the Performing Arts sa
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wordless Wednesday: Purple
~ Alice Walker, from The Color Purple
Posted for Wordless Wednesday.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Lasang Pinoy: Going Green
Through the years, I've been trying to eat vegetables but old habits die hard. I still can't swallow vegetables in laswa but I learned to love green salads. One food that research has shown most highly associated with longevity is leafy greens. The added health benefits of green salads are that they are raw. I've read articles about how raw vegetable consumption is our strongest defense against cancer than any other foods.
More green ideas at spiCes.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
More reflections at Photo-Hunters' HQ.
Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Litratong Pinoy: Madumi (Dirty)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Ruby Tuesday: it's beginning to feel like Christmas!
Posted for Ruby Tuesday.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Driving to places where nature grows refreshes my eyes and invigorates my soul. It gives me an opportunity to pay attention to the small things that accompany my daily journey but overlooked during stressful days. I spent an afternoon listening to the whispered gossip of the leaves, admiring the rhythm of swaying branches from between the pages of "Memories"...filled with Garcia Marquez' delightful and witty exploration of old age and desire, grinning at the author's twisted sense of humor. I am happy again.
It’s my way of coping with life…by creating an oasis of calm and sunshine inside and outside my mind.
Lasang Pinoy: Stuffed
More tasty treats at SpiCes.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wordless Wednesday: eyeball
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ruby Tuesday: bougainvillea
Taken in Mitra Farm, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Monday, November 3, 2008
A birthday postscript
Some people certainly love to rub salt into an open wound. When I walked in this morning, somebody asked me, “So how does it feel to be 43?” What is the right answer? A slap on the face perhaps? :D
It’s weird thinking about birthdays after you’ve hit the big four-O. Shouldn’t we stop counting birthdays after age 12? And I can’t help but feel that time is running so fast. At 6, I was wondering how it felt like to be 14 years old and to finally have boobs. Now I have boobs, but I’m starting to wonder how it would be like if I turn back time and re-do the things I regretted doing, starting from age 6.
What if I could?
I probably should have not tried my hardest to ride a bike without balancers…that way, my knees wouldn’t have been so scarred. I should have tried harder to learn how to dance despite my mother’s comments that I didn’t have the grace and rhythm of a dancer. I should have followed my PE teacher’s suggestion of taking up volleyball or any kind of sports instead of reading comics and pocketbooks, and playing dama (Spanish checkers) at the bleachers. I shouldn’t have learned to smoke so I didn’t have to worry about quitting. I should have spent more time with my father when he was alive.
Thing is, I can’t go back.
the evergreen Lake Kabalin-an
Life’s choices are permanent, for better or for worse. What’s done is done. Time machines just aren’t invented yet, so I have to live with my mistakes and see the best in the choices I have made. It’s hard, especially when you get the chance to sit down and look back what you’ve done for the past 40 something years. I can’t help but think of the “what ifs”, and feel sad that I can’t do those things over again and make the right choices.
But I also think about the good stuff, the happy things that happened because of the choices I’ve made.
I realize that falling off over and over again from that bike made me tougher than most kids my age. I realize that I can’t please everybody, especially my mother, and learn to take some things with a grain of salt. The love for reading has enriched my life in ways I can’t imagine, and dama taught me to strategize and gave me confidence around boys---nobody bullied me! Smoking made me realize that life is short and that the residue of my pleasure is but a puff of smoke. I realize that my father loved me anyway despite my imperfections, and losing him early in life taught me about responsibility and self-reliance.
I contemplated at the question I was asked this morning, and my answer is---it feels a lot like 42, only a little more delicate. But really, I'm not 43, I am twenty with 23 years experience!:D
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Lasang Pinoy-Sundays: Halloween
The palitaw on top was my dessert at Via Mare last weekend, and my mother cooked the yummy biko this afternoon.