Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Once in a lifetime

Since Donald Trump became U.S. president, almost everyone has been talking like their Nostradamus as if they know what will happen next. (Well, except that Nostradamus is not annoying. He’s mysterious.) Checking my Facebook, everyone–both celebrities and ordinary citizens–who is not in favor of Trump winning the presidency is spreading a message of doom.

Personally, I find this very alarming.

Who knows what the future holds anyway? And what makes you think that those who voted for Trump are stupid and gullible? And what makes you so sure that those who voted for Hillary Clinton are not?

You know what I’m sure of?  I’m sure that good people voted for Hillary Clinton. Also, I’m sure there are good people who voted for Donald Trump. And these people who voted whether for Trump or Clinton have their own valid reasons.

Anyone who voted for Trump believes that he would be the best president. Anyone who voted for Clinton also believes that she would be the best president. There is no right or wrong answer or result during election. Everyone is entitled to his/her own independent thinking, to pick his/her own president.  This is democracy. What’s important in the end is the honest result that will come out after the election and America have spoken: Donald Trump won.

I know that not all Americans like Trump. I saw those protests on TV, questioning why someone like him became president after all those disparaging remarks he said against Mexicans, against Filipinos, against women during election campaign.

Still, many Americans, even Filipino-Americans, voted for him.  I’ve spoken with my relatives and they are Filipinos who are U.S. citizens either because they were born there or have worked there for a long time already, and I’ve heard their sentiments, their frustrations.  In this life, there are no guarantees.  Life, sometimes, is a gamble. You don’t know for certain what will happen next.  Americans who voted for Trump voted for him because they want to gamble this time on a non-politician.  Let’s wait and see what good Trump can do for America and for the rest of the world. Let’s be vigilant.

Instead of spreading a message of doom about Trump being the new U.S. president, why can’t we just pray for him, to lead his country on the right path which can greatly affect the rest of the world.

I’m writing this because I don’t wanna lose hope. Praying for Donald Trump that he would make good of his presidency.  For that chance he got as president of the most powerful country in the world is once in a lifetime.

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Redemption

I think this is STILL the best Filipino music video I’ve ever seen.

Featuring Sugarfree’s WAG KA NANG UMIYAK. Music video by Quark Henares. Happy Sunday everyone!

Leap of faith

“There’s no such thing as ready. You just jump on a moving train and you try not to die.”

~From the movie, What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More (Edited by Larry Smith)

the-best-advice-in-six-words“I can’t get enough good advice.  As a kid, I loved hearing old-timey wisdom from grandparents.  Now, I’ve never met a graduation speech I didn’t love, am a sucker for a promising magazine cover line at the newsstand, and listen to way too many TED talks. And as someone who’s spent most of the last decade asking people to be succinct, I appreciate thoughts that get right to the point, advice such as ‘Reading makes you a better writer,’ ‘Your greatest weapon is your wit,’ and ‘Stumbling looks like a dance eventually.’

“Besides being good advice, the above examples have one thing in common: they are six words.”

~Taken from the Preface, Larry Smith

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It was unplanned. I was on my out. Then I saw this book. I got curious with the title: THE BEST ADVICE IN SIX WORDS. So I went to the cashier. Paid for my own copy of this book despite its expensive price (P599). Went home. Then read it and finished it right away. The Best Advice in Six Words is a collection of “six-word memoirs” which the collector and editor, Larry Smith, gathered from “the worlds of film, music, food, finance, comedy, wellness, and academia.” And he’s been doing this since 2006.

Here are some of the Best Advice in Six Words I randomly picked from the book:

“Just believe in yourself, you idiot.” ~Dana Eagle

“Deadlines are there to help you.” ~Nol Martin-Tungpalan

“Work ethic, not GPA, determines succes.” ~Belinda Hernandez

“Learn the ropes before challenging customs.” ~Pam Grater

“Don’t be afraid to be happy.” ~Iris Delgado

“Make people say your name properly.” ~Aria Velasquez

“Better to be kind than right.” ~April Baur Davis

“Let karma do your dirty work.” ~Ariel Penn

“Reading makes you a better writer.” ~Mary-Liz Shaw

“Take a shower.  You’ll feel better.” ~Dawn R. Dugle

“Do no harm, take no shit.” ~Lisa Ann Gallagher

“Don’t let your degree define you.” ~Kelley Heaney

“Kindness is never wasted, or forgotten.” ~Brigitte Peterson

“Trust your outrage.  Turn to wonder.” ~Courtney Martin

“Speeches sink or swim with emotion.” ~Pete Pantelidakis

“Spend less time sharpening pencils. Write.” ~Erika LaCarney

“You can’t brag about being humble.” ~Kaitlin Monkemeyer

“Wanting less feels like getting more.” ~Tanya Arterburn

“Basic needs:  backbone, wishbone, funny bone.” ~Raven Okeefe

“Saying ‘be creative’ squashes creative bug.” ~Katherine Kennedy

“You learn more by keepin’ quiet.” ~James ‘Son’ Thomas

“It’s okay not to have kids.” ~Sima Walker

“Your only constant companion is yourself.” ~Nichole Argyres

“Pursue what makes you come alive.” ~Mari Mitchell

“Go ahead, serve your country. Anywhere!” ~JJ Jay

“Share your story, change the world.” ~George Takei

I have a pen

But it’s not just an ordinary ballpen. It’s Panda Super Ballpen. My newly discovered favorite ballpen. I love how it smoothly touches the paper. I love its quality of ink, too.

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Junk food

Eat with moderation.

Photo was taken in Commonwealth Market, Quezon City.

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