The joy of reading

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I LOVE this photo a lot. Not only because it so eloquently portrays my personal love of books and reading. It also reminds me how I usually get delightedly lost in the many wonderful worlds in the stories I read.

I don’t know where this photo was taken from or who took it (I just grabbed it from a friend’s Facebook status update). It looks like it was shot right here in the Philippines.

Whoever took this photo, thank you very much.

On Lance Armstrong: It’s Definitely Not About the Bike

Early in September, when the controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong was just starting to heat up (again), I found out that I have a copy of his autobiographical book, “It’s Not About the Bike – My Journey Back To Life” on my iBook library. I decided that it would be the best time to read it.

It was a very engaging book and as usual with books that I really enjoy reading, I finished it in just a few days.

It is hard to reconcile, however, what you read in the book and the controversies presently hounding Lance Armstrong, especially in light of the more recent developments that would seem to seal Armstrong’s fate insofar as his biking career is concerned.

I guess I can easily agree with the title of Armstrong’s book. It’s really not about the bike. I’ll push the debate further and hazard saying that it’s not even about the dope, although, obviously that’s what brought the great man down.

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41 years behind, 41 years ahead (?)

SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 – Today I turned another leaf in my so far exciting and fulfilling life. Today I turned 41. It feels good to be 41, at least as far as I am concerned. And why not, I have  no reason to be cynical and all the reasons to be grateful for the first 41 years of my life – great family, great career, great adventures, overflowing blessings… While other folks my age are having a midlife crisis, I am having a midlife boon!

The prospects of the next 41 years are even more encouraging. Just look at my beautiful family. I have the best life partner that I could only dream about. And I have the sweetest, smartest, and cutest kids. Just the way I dreamed them to be.

Any my kids… They’ll have even better – so much better – lives than the best I can manage to have.

So I look behind the past 41 years with a big smile and look ahead to next 41 with an even bigger smile. Quite frankly, however, I don’t see myself reaching 82! Just the possibility of it scares me, LOL. But if I get to 82 nonetheless then that would be great, too! CHEERS! Read more

Some new and not-so-new tips on how to stay young

Some new and not-so-new tips on how to stay young
Happy Kids | Image Credit: growingsmiles.blogspot.com

Note: Everything below this paragraph I guiltlessly copied verbatim from an e-mail in my Bulk e-mail folder.

How To Stay Young

  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’ 
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
  4. Enjoy the simple things. 
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  Read more

Another amazing, and moving, sand drawing

Image grabbed from You Tube
Image grabbed from You Tube

This amazing artist’s name is Kseniya Simonova and the world apparently discovered her through the Ukraine Got Talent show. †She has since taken YouTube by a sandstorm (pun intended).

I’ve seen a lot of Ms. Simonova’s “live” renditions in You Tube and I am amazed at each one. †This one has one other ingredient added to it — intense, moving emotion. †This is graphic arts and performing arts rolled into one.

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Warren Buffet’s Aphorisms | The Veterinarian | ‘Wondering’ begets Wisdom

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I just received “The Tao of Warren Buffet” book as a gift from my ex-girlfriend. †It is a collection of profound aphorisms from investment guru and mega-philanthropist, Warren Buffet. †I just started with it but I am already immensely loving it.

Here is a sampling of Buffet’s quick wit and wisdom from the book:


“Rule No. 1: †Never Lose Money.

Rule No. 2: †Never Forget Rule No. 1.” Read more

Cory’s Funeral Photos

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TOGETHER with my ex-girlfriend, I attended Cory’s funeral on August 5. †It is not something we can brag about since we did not really do the whole stretch from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, ParaÃ’aque. †We waited for the cortege in Bicutan and joined the procession all the way to Manila Memorial. †It was a good 5-km walk, nevertheless.

Here are a few of the photos I managed to take. †These are not exceptionally good photos. †In fact most are of very poor quality actually. †You can only expect so much from iPhone’s spartan camera. †After all, I didn’t attend the funeral procession to take photos. †I managed to snap a few anyway, just to document the historical event. Read more

“The Filipino is worth LIVING for!”

Almost three decades ago Former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was quoted saying this now famous line:

“The Filipino is worth DYING for!”

On August 1, 2009 at 3:18 AM, Ninoy’s widow, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, First Female President of the Republic of the Philippines and the recognized central figure in the EDSA People Power Revolution, died after more than a year bravely fighting Colon Cancer. †She was 76 years old.

A great woman left a grateful nation with these words:

“The Filipino is worth LIVING for!”

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A yellow ribbon tied from our words of love

yellow-ribbon-for-coryTHE outpouring of support for Pres. Corazon Aquino is heartwarming. †Albeit impersonal, the yellow ribbons we see all around us — in cars, trees, fences, shirts — are an unequivocal expression of love and gratitude to the simple woman with a big heart who gave a diminished country back its dignity.

Now let’s get a little bit more personal. †Let’s extend our messages of faith, hope, and love to Pres. Cory and her family IN WORDS! Read more

Blue Ribbon

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MY MENTOR, good friend, and former boss, Muriel Macabuag, sent this to the Yahoogroup of the Voice of the Holy Spirit prayer community of which I and my ex-girlfriend are absentee members.

After watching it I decided to “share it forward” by posting it here in my blog.

It is about a “blue ribbon,” but not the kind we Filipinos are familiar with. †Whereas the “blue ribbon” we are accustomed to hear in the news is always about revulsive things happening in our country, this one inspires.

Be inspired and share it forward. Read more