Hot water

As you all know, I’m already at my apartment in Carola.

I just came last Monday.

Awhile ago, I was cooking my breakfast.

Then, suddenly while I was holding the container for my noodles,

my hands slipped.

So, my right hand got burned.

It hurts.

But, I’m okay now.

I just placed a balm on it.

I am meeting my doctor later.

I want to tell him,

about my career.

I want to tell him,

about a certain guy.

Also, I just want to ask a medical certificate,

because I would like to go back to med school.

Sabi niya dati,

Dapat hindi pabago- bago ang isip ko,

yung konting hirap lang with nursing,

I will decide to go back to Med na agad.

I’m 30 years old na,

and I still don’t know what I want.

Bahala na, what’s gonna happen.

No, I know what I want.

I have just not articulated them yet.


Andaming bumabagabag sa isipan ko.

My past, my present and future.

But I just believe, that God won’t abandon me at this hour.

He holds the universe in His hands.

Including me.

I am secured in His hands.

I am a child of God.

I believe.

How are you sure that it is love?

I remembered someone asked me many many years ago,

How are you sure if what you really feel is love?

I told the person,

Love is a choice. Do you agree?

However…

We can love so many people, and things.

But the problem is,

Are they ready to give in return what you have given them?

Unselfish love, is not asking for anything in return.

Maybe that’s the reason why we feel hurt.

It’s because we expect too much.

We love selfishly.

But, I still believe in love.

God is love.

It’s amazing how God can redeem people out of pits.

I still believe in love.

I still believe.

The Problem with Poverty – MDS

I am just re writing what I’ve read from the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (MDS) about the problem of poverty from her book “Stupid is forevermore”, published last 2015.

“I use the U.N. definition that poverty is present when the person lives below $1 a day. The U.N. estimates that about 1.2 billion people in the world currently live in poverty, and one half of those are children. The poor people generally in sub- Saharan Africa and in South Asia. In 2000, 189 members of the U.N adopted the Eight Millennium Development Goals designed to alleviate poverty, and improve the quality of life between their borders.

During our time it now appears that globalization is a key factor in increasing poverty levels in developing countries. If we do not give ourselves a reality check, industrialization will leave the Philippines out of the global economy. Therefore, each Filipino with a conscience, particularly young graduates with your entire lives before you, must resolve to help reduce poverty in the Philippines. I emphasize to you, as an intelligent audience, that the likelihood of poverty is increased in our country by our poor governance, ethic conflict, corruption, degradation, and the absence of effective social services.

You and I as individuals share with our government the responsibility for alleviating poverty. In the exercise of your profession, try hard to participate in poverty alleviation programs. Support economic safety nets, demand increased job and credit opportunities, and insist that government should execute programs designed to improve the quality of life, education, and health care.

If you are thinking of joining the brain drain, meaning the outflow of our professional people to higher income countries. I would regret it very much. We all agree that the migrants and the countries that they join represent gains for our national economy. But what happens to the families left behind?

Here are the key points I want you to toss around in your educated brain:

  • The Philippines has borne some of the costs of educating you. If you go abroad, our country will lose the tax revenues from your incomes.
  • If you emigrate, and particularly when you are a teacher, you could be depriving younger Filipinos of your guidance and stimulus. those who could become your assistants will no longer be able to do so after you depart.
  • The brain drain poses the problem that people who move out of the country are mostly those who are trained and skilled, leaving behind the unskilled and the semi-unskilled.
  • Iy you leave, your departure will impact internal income distribution, because professionals who emigrate imply that they will stay if their salary differentials were raised. If our society gives them higher salaries, they would reinforce the inegalitarian income distribution.

The brain drain is external, because Filipinos leave for abroad. But the brain drain is also internal, because the professionals prefer to practice in the cities and often disregard the needs of rural areas.” – Miriam Defensor Santiago


My thoughts about what I read:

My family is not that poor, but we’re not that rich either. We just survive out of our means. I am the eldest among all my siblings. As a young professional in the Philippines, I have always wanted to go abroad when I was young, that’s why I chose nursing as my course, though it was not my first choice. However, there were changes after I graduated college. I went to med school, not just once but twice. But then, I had a lot of struggles with myself, my purpose and my motivation when I was in med school, considering that it is a very rewarding profession if ever I graduate.

I was not able to continue my med school, because I have not passed some of the subjects that I had; and all the while I was so distracted about so many things. Maybe that’s the reason why I was not able to continue. I have always wanted closure from circumstances in my past, but it was never really fully achieved. Even then, I am forever grateful for the learnings that I had from those moments.

Until now, I am still wondering what will my future be as a registered nurse in my country. I believe I am not a hopeless case.

Some of the thoughts that entered my mind, I thought of being in the academe.

I’d like to be a teacher. Be a professor in a College of Nursing.

Motivate aspiring nurses to not give up on their dreams. Sounds great! Right?

Will I be able to make it? Maybe, someday in God’s time.

As of now, I’m still praying for my workplace. Currently, I am a full time Masteral student. I just had a one year of experience as a nurse for the first time. It’s because I have always not reached a hospital stay no longer than six months. I am transferring from one hospital to another before. But, I am just beyond grateful that I have already finished more than a year experience and it is already an achievement for me. But, I believe I can do more than that.

So, back to brain drain. I was really affected by its impact. I love my country. I just want to be a productive citizen of this country. I believe that the Philippines is not a hopeless case as it is included in the third world countries.

I just believe and I pray for my country, my fellow Filipinos, my family and most importantly for myself. I want to be the best nurse that I can be. I want to serve. I want to improve myself not just for me but for my future family someday. If God will find favor in me. I pray He will not abandon me in every challenge and struggles I face. I know I am secured in His hands, that I don’t need to seek greener pastures abroad because I know that my country is blessed, that I don’t need to compare it to other nations because I know for sure that someday my country will just improve too (the government, the transportation, the businesses, quality of education, students and young professionals aspiring for excellence and most importantly the health aspect).

I know some people will think of me as delusional, but I just thought that I need to face reality and not just dwell in my fantasies considering that I had been depressed for so long. If I will just think outside the box, and just not be selfish about my thoughts which sometimes cripples me. I know I can do better than what I have been doing as a Filipino.

However, my future is still in God’s hands. Not my will, but His will be done in my life. Amen. Thank you.

MENSA

MENSA, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, is in the process of creating the ultimate standardized IQ test for Filipinos. Contributions in Filipino are welcome from anyone with an IQ of 132 and above. These are the entries to date:

[1] Kung ikaw si Batman, sino ang bahala sa yo? Give three examples.
[2] Ano ang mas malaki? BAG NI DORA o BULSA NI DORAEMON? Ipaliwanag.
[3] Sino ang kumagat sa logo ng Apple, at bakit hindi niya ito inubos?
[4] Kung may UPCAT, bakit walang UPDOG? Elaborate.
[5] Sa produktong Crayola, ano ang pinagkaiba ng yellow-green sa green-yellow? Explain using logarithmic functions.
[6] Kung ang 1 kg ay may 1000 g, ilang grams naman ang meron sa Instagram? Show your solution.
[7] Kung sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas may “”Panahon ng Amerikano, Hapon, Kastila at Pre-Colonial”, kailan naman matatagpuan ang Panahon ng Kopong-kopong? Ilahad ang mga mahalagang pangyayari at magpakita ng archaeological evidences.
[8] If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, bakit sila nagpunta sa Earth?
[9] Should you give up or should you just keep chasing pavements? Expound.
[10] Ano ang meron kay Brand X at galit na galit ang ibang brand sa kanya? Explain.
[11] Masasabi mo bang fair ang Miss Universe Pageant kung lahat ng contestants at judges ay galing sa Earth? Explain.
[12] Gaano kataas ang lipad ng Whisper with wings? Graph your solution.
[13] Kung may mag-imbento ng powdered water, anong idadagdag mo?
[14] Kung walang kamay ang mga ibon, then why do birds suddenly APIR? Ipaliwanag.
[15] Sabi ng iba, napuntahan niya na lahat ng sulok ng mundo. Paano mo masasabi na may “sulok” ang mundo kung Oblate Spheroid naman ang hugis nito? Explain and draw your answer on a 1/4 sheet of graphing paper.
[16] May nalunod na ba sa lalim ng gabi? Kung meron, enumerate.
[17] Bakit ang tawag sa “building” ay building kung tapos na siya? Justify.
[18] Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? Illucidate.
[19] Gaano kadalas ang minsan? Enumerate.
[20] How did Adele set fire to the rain? Write the chemical formula.
[21] Kapag ang ipis nahulog sa tubig na may sabon, dudumi ba ang tubig o lilinis ang ipis?
[22] Bakit pababa nang pababa ang ispaghetti? Explicate using Newton’s Law of Gravity.
[23] Does the moonlight shine on Paris after the sun goes down?
[24] Kung ang nakatusok na baboy ay barbeque, ang nakatusok na saging ay bananacue, bakit ang kabayo, carousel?
[25] Ilan ang butas sa isang cracker ng Skyflakes? Illustrate.
[26] Kung ang tao nagmula sa unggoy, bakit may mukhang kabayo? Explain.
[27] Kung ang tao ay nag-evolve mula sa unggoy, bakit may unggoy pa rin?
[28] Nauuhaw din ba ang mga isda? Ipaliwanag.
[29] Bakit kapag rush hour tsaka mabagal ang daloy ng traffic? Explain your answer using sign language.
[30] Nasaan ang Edge of Glory? Write your final answer in nautical miles.
[31] In 140 characters, ibuod ang talambuhay ni Jose Rizal.
[32] Ang breakfast ba at dinner, pwedeng ilagay sa lunchbox? Prove your answer.
[33] Kung si Corazon ang unang aswang, pang ilan ka?

(Questions taken from a post by Bingbing Agbayani-Bonoan, the Undersecretary of Mensa Philippines) and copied and reposted from Direk Mark Aranal’s FB status post.

Will try to answer some of the questions. Hahaha. For fun! 🤣 I got this from Pastor Niki Miranda’s post at the New Beginning Impact Youth Ministry page. Haha. Kamiss.

Single and Happy

Single and Happy by Francis Kong

I was tired but I was happy last week. It was the 13th talk for the week for me. But I drove all the way from Manila to Batangas to take part in a conference for singles. Nine hundred-plus of them gathered together to hear me speak. Until today, I still do not understand how and why God would prepare people to listen to me speak. I am sure this is what they call “Amazing Grace.”
This got me thinking.

There are many people out there who have been single for a while, and they may be starting to feel discouraged that they might never meet someone ever. It’s easy for thoughts like this to pull anybody down. If you, my reader, happen to be one of them, then I would like to offer a few suggestions on how you can be single and be extremely happy. Because, really, you can. Just consider the following things:

  1. STOP THINKING LIKE A VICTIM.
    I had a heart to heart talk with my daughter Hannah one time. Hannah had just graduated from college, and even while she was still in school, she was already extremely entrepreneurial. I told her, “Hannah, you don’t have suitors, and I don’t see you having many male friends around. You seem to always be at home doing your work or preparing for your next project. Why is this so?”
    This daughter of mine, who’s in her mid-twenties, rolled her eyes at me in her trademark style, and said, “Oh forget it Daddy! I have so many plans for my life and so many things I want to do. Being tied down to somebody right now is simply NOT my priority. Besides, you’re my dad and you can provide me with anything I want.” And she looked at me with a sheepish smile.
    I feigned horror and said, “You mean you do not want your dad to retire?” “Work harder dad, work harder…. like a horse dad….” And we laughed so hard together. She is single but thinks like a winner, not a victim. Like her, there are many successful single people out there who know firsthand that singleness can be enjoyed.
  2. BE PATIENT.
    Do not rush into marriage. There are many women I know who rush into marriage simply because they want to escape their current homes, or maybe because they want to please somebody else. Don’t do that!
    Marriage is a lifetime commitment, and you need to pray for the right person and first become a right person. The next time an insensitive friend or relative approaches you and say, “The clock is ticking…You’re not married yet?” Chin up, look at them in the eye and give a warm smile, and say, “Excuse me, but I am currently…happily self-sufficient!”
  3. BE PRODUCTIVE.
    You will never be happy unless you are productive. As a single person, there are many things you can do at the moment that many cannot because of family commitments they have to keep. The world needs you to be productive and to contribute to its betterment. And the more you are focused on a cause bigger than yourself, the more you will find happiness and fulfillment.
  4. BE POSITIVE AND STAY POSITIVE.
    If you study Scriptures, you will find that the apostle Paul stayed single all throughout his life, and he was happy he did. Now that is being positive. There is a term for this – “Blessed Singleness.”
    Practice a positive attitude. Realize that life is seriously beautiful. Even though George Clooney isn’t sitting on your couch and proposing marriage, you have other beautiful, things going on for you. Your friends, a dog, a hobby, travel, sports adventure – have you ever taken the time to thank God for all these good things and others that you have but have somehow took for granted? Enjoy the moment. Sing. Write. Dance. Paint. These are wonderful activities but most importantly….serve!
    Love God with your entire being, because His is the greatest companionship you can ever have. And with Him, you win big time all the time!

The pain is just part of the process

I just read recently that pain is just part of the process, whatever we’re going through right now.

So the writer, Aaron Adajar said that what if Jesus stopped at the pain? He endured pain so you don’t have to endure it by yourself. He carried to cross so you don’t have to carry your burdens alone.

He reiterated that “You might be in pain right now. You may have been hurt, abused, rejected, left out or manipulated by someone, hear me – it’s not your fault. Don’t just stop there. God is restoring you again. God is picking you up again.”

Your story doesn’t end there. Imagine what can happen, if you endure beyond the pain to reach the blessing.

Certainly, if God is with your at your highest, He’s surely with you at your lowest now.

We don’t have to be too harsh on ourselves, thinking that we deserve every pain we’re feeling. We are only humans, capable of making mistakes, but that does not mean that God exempts us from trials in life, even if we are Christians. I believe God is our redeemer.

Remember that Grace stays, Grace restores. Grace conquers. That some grace is working in you. Let Him in.

Hallelujah (cover)

“Hallelujah”
(originally by Leonard Cohen)

Song sung from the movie Sing (2016)

Well I heard there was a secret chord
David played to please the lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya
Well it goes like this the fourth the fifth
Minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to the kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
And it’s not your flag on that marble arch, no
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
Well remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well now maybe there’s a God above
But all I ever learnt from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not someone who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah


However, what we performed was based from the version of Bon Jovi

Our video was not perfect but we tried. ** Bloopers in the end.