Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Backpack Series: Plastic Cup

Cup 1: CROSSWALK
A pedestrian crossing or crosswalk is a designated point on a road at which some means are employed to assist pedestrians wishing to cross. They are designed to keep pedestrians together where they can be seen by motorists, and where they can cross most safely across the flow of vehicular traffic. Pedestrian crossings are often found at intersections, but may also be at other points on busy roads that would otherwise be too unsafe to cross without assistance due to vehicle numbers, speed or road widths. They are generally also installed common where large numbers of pedestrians are attempting to cross (such as in shopping areas) or where vulnerable road users (such as school children) regularly cross.
The term pedestrian crossing includes a wide range of crossing provisions, both those that give priority to pedestrians, and those that assist pedestrians, but legally still prioritize road vehicles.
Pedestrian crossings, especially when combined with other features like pedestrian priority or raised surfaces, can be used as a traffic calming technique.
Road Sign: Ped Xing

So much for the technical meaning of the word but known to many, as a place where we meet people instantly, in a rush, crowded flow, barely noticing each other (A crosswalk).  And here in this place, I learned the lessons of the “Plastic Cup”.

Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Unplog Photo
Cup 2: STOP LIGHT
Here in Metro Manila, we have the famous Crossing. It is an intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.  Kung ikaw ay isang byahero, malamang alam mo ang lugar na ito. Crossing  Ilalim or Crossing Ibabaw. And every day, dito ako dumadaan. One jeep ride from my dorm going to work and a not so long walk at night going home after work. Yes! Naglalakad lang po ako pauwi. Tipid na, na exercise ka pa. This is my daily routine during weekdays with the exemption kung kakain kami after work with my officemates. And this is how the story of a plastic cup goes…

Cup 3: Toothless Smile
That was a typical night after work. Again, nagkayayaan na kumain before going home. Our usual destination is Araneta Center , Kangaro Jack Steak and Grille to be exact. At syempre, dadaan kami sa Crossing. Sa gabi, iba-ibang scenario makikita mo dito. Sa gilid ng kalsada, may natutulog, sa ilalim ng fly over foot bridge, may nagtitinda ng sigarilyo at candies, may lasing na nakaupo sa gilid ng sidewalk, may kumakanta sa videoke sa karinderia at turo-turo, mga taong nagmamadali makauwi, mga taga call center na nakatambay, sasabayan pa ng tugtog ng banda na nanggagaling sa “Cuba Libre.” Pero kami, iba ang inaabangan naming makita… Si “Manang” na namamalimos sa mga sasakyan na nakahinto during red light. It is a common sight for us na makita si “Manang na naglalakad, hawak ang tungkod niya, nangangapa sa madilim nyang paligid (Oo, isang bulag si Manang)  at kumakatok sa bawat bintana ng sasakyan na nakahinto. Di alintana ang panganib na dulot nito. And again, this is another night na ma-encounter namin si Manang. Malayo pa lang, nag ready na kami ng mailalagay sa hawak nyang plastic cup. Kapa dito, dukot doon, bukas ng coin purse ngunit walang barya kaming nakuha. Sige na nga, itong bente pesos na lang, One of my Officemate offered. Nang nasa tapat na namin si “Manang”, di na namin hinintay na kumatok sya sa salamin ng aming sasakyan. Ganon pa rin, ang mukha na hapis at pagod sa maghapon na pamamalimos sa Crossing. Itinapat na nya sa amin ang kanyang plastic cup at naghihintay ng ano mang aming maibibigay. Ang kalansing ng baryang kanyang inaasahan ay di nya narinig.  Alam nyang hindi barya ang aming inilagay sa plastic cup nya. At dahil doon, isang napaka gandang ngiti ang ibinalik nya sa amin, at sa unang pagkakataon, we saw a toothless smile. That was one of the most beautiful smile na nakita ko.  Isang nagagalak na Manang ang aming nasaksihan. Kung di ako nagkakamali, napatalon pa sya sa tuwa. Bente pesos? Para kaming napahiya at kung di lang nag green light na, sana, nadagdagan pa namin ang aming naibigay.
Para kay “Manang”, ang halagang nailagay namin sa cup nya ay isang kayamanan na. Ang bawat sentimo na naihuhulog sa kanyang plastic cup ay isang napakalaking pagpapala na para sa kanya. Di ko maiwasang tingnan ang dala kong backpack. Yes, it is heavy, coz I know everything I own and holds dear was inside. Maari ngang mahalaga ang laman ng backpack ko. Gamit ko sa trabaho ang ilan sa mga nasa loob nito. Pero kung ikukumpara sa Plastic cup ni “Manang”, walang panama ang laman ng backpack ko. Kung titimbangin ng sabay, alin sa palagay nyo ang mas mabigat? Ang backpack ko o ang plastic cup ni Manang? I hold on to my backpack because I know there are necessary things and gadgets that are inside, but Manang holds on to her plastic cup, as if her whole life was dependent on it. No, not as if, her whole life was really dependent on her plastic cup. I can still survive and live kahit mawala ang laman ng backpack ko, pero para kay Manang, for her to live and survive a day, he needs her plastic cup.

Cup 4: Overflow
The case of Manang is an eye opener for us… Marami ngayon ang gumagastos ng higit pa sa kanilang kinikita, marami ang nagsasayang ng pera sa mga bagay na di naman makabubuti sa sarili, ngunit higit na nakakapanghinayang ang mga taong may sobra-sobrang pagpapala ngunit walang kakayahang magbigay. The Act of giving comes from within; it is an urge of compassion, the byproduct of one’s desire to help others. Kahit sa ano mang panahon at pagkakataon, basta kaya mo sa ano mang paraan, di man pinansyal,  tutulong at tutulong ka. It is not because of your intellectual capacity that decides whether to give or not. It is your heart. Katulad ng naramdaman namin kay Manang. May guilt at panghihinayang na yon lang ang aming naibigay, to think na ang pupuntahan naming ay isang masaganang hapunan. It’s not right because we thought so; rather we feel there’s something wrong with our giving. Our heart tells us, may kulang.       

Luke 6:38 says:
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Kung mapadaan ka sa Crossing kaibigan, at makita mo si manang… alam mo na ang gagawin to make her smile… pero sana lang, hindi sa halagang bente pesos… because I believe, her smile is a priceless smile.
HAPPY GIVING EVERYONE!!!!!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hayop Man, May karapatan din!

This is a re-post- about a shy creature called "Hermit Crab".

This happens during one of our trip to Mauban, Quezon. 3-4 hours road trip from Manila to Lucena City... then another 30 minutes to Town Proper of Mauban, Quezon, if my memory serves me right. Then another 15 minutes boat ride to Cagbalete Island where we will stay overnight. 

Without much night activity in a secluded Island, we are fascinated watching these lovely creatures rush to the sea. Take note, there are lots of them and their trails create an abstract markings on the sand. At broad daylight, akala mo mga empty shells lang sila na nakakalat sa buhangin. At night, these shells slowly move and make their way towards the shore.   


To learn more about them, dinalaw ko ang site ni Wikipedia: And these is what I found: (www.wikipedia.org)


Most species have long, spirally curved abdomens, which are soft, unlike the hard, calcified abdomens seen in related crustaceans. The vulnerable abdomen is protected from predators by a salvaged empty seashell carried by the hermit crab, into which its whole body can retract. Most frequently hermit crabs use the shells of sea snails(although the shells of bivalves and scaphopods and even hollow pieces of wood and stone are used by some species).The tip of the hermit crab's abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the snail shell.


As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one. This habit of living in asecond hand shell gives rise to the popular name "hermit crab", by analogy to a hermit who lives alone. Several hermit crab species, both terrestrial and marine, use "vacancy chains" to find new shells: when a new, bigger shell becomes available, hermit crabs gather around it and form a kind of queue from largest to smallest. When the largest crab moves into the new shell, the second biggest crab moves into the newly vacated shell, thereby making its previous shell available to the third crab, and so on.

  
Back to Manila, I was surprised to find them in one of the Kiosk inside the Mall for "Sale". Pardon my ignorance, but from wild life to being inside the glass cage? Nakakalungkot lang! Hindi kesyo Hermit Crabs tawag sa kanila eh you have the freedom to send them to isolation. Sabi nga ni Wiki, they are social animals that do best in groups despite their moniker. And based on my observation, that was quite right. Back there in Cagbalete Island, in their well suited environment, their own place in this world,  we witness it ourselves how they live their own peaceful life. Sa tingin mo masaya sila sa Colorful shell na kanilang kinalalagyan? Oo maganda sa tingin, sabi nga ng mga nakakita sa display, ang cute!!! 
Wala silang pinag-kaiba sa mga sisiw na kinulayan. Itinitinda sa palengke, sa gilid ng simbahan at sa gilid ng eskwelahan. May asul, may pula, dilaw berde at kung ano-ano pang kulay na pwede nilang ikulay para gumanda sa paningin ng mga batang magkaka-interes dito. Saan ka naman nakakita ng pulang sisiw? Sa Pinas lang, kasi "More fun in the Philippines"... ganon ba yon?

At pag may nakabili na sa kanila, asahan mo, bilang na ang araw nila dito sa mundo. Most of you would not agree with me, but this is my observation.

"Wild life or nature as whole is not supposed to be altered nor destroyed." Wag naman sanang dumating sa puntong sa Post Cards and Magazines at kung ano pang means of media na lang natin sila makikita.

Bibili ka ba ng tinda ni Manong na sisiw na Pula, nakakulong sa hawla? Bibili ka ba kay ateng tindera ng hermit crab na may blue shell, sa loob ng glass display? Wag na lang... parang awa mo na!

Hayop man, may karapatan ding maging malaya....

Friday, February 24, 2012

ANTI-PHOTOGENIC

It's a cliche na puro magaganda lang kinukunan natin. Nice view of nature and good looking people are the favorite subjects of many enthusiast. Para maiba naman, here are the un-popular subject na aking kinunan along the way during my previous lagalag days. 

1. Natutuyong dahon: Hindi habang panahon, sariwa ka... wag sayangin ang kabataan sa walang kabuluhang bagay...

2. Sirang bubong: Huwag hayaang mawasak ang inyong tahanan...

3. Lumot sa Bato: Galaw-galaw at baka kapitan ng lumot... 

4. Tumbang Puno: Magpakatatag ka... maraming bagyo ang kailangang harapin...

5. Kanal: Wag hayaang maputikan ang sarili...

6. Kalawang: Hasain ang kaalaman at talento ng hindi kalawangin...

And last but not the least...
8. Lantang Bulaklak (personal favorite): Ang ganda ay wag ipagmalaki... ito ay kumukupas...


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Backpack Series: The Scar!


HOW IT STARTED:
Two years, two solid years, yes, dalawang taon ko nang ginagamit ang backpack ko. And during those years, I never expected na magkakabutas sya sa ilalim. Akala ko bibigay, somewhere sa shoulder strap dahil sa bigat pero hindi, nabutas sya sa ilalim, because of the constant friction with my waist habang bibit ko sya. I didn’t see this one coming.  Tsk tsk! Since I treasure this backpack of mine, I never thought of buying a new one. I'm not ready yet na idis-patch to. (May sentimental value or kuripot lang hehe). So when I went back to Manila (last year), one of my itineraries was to visit Mr. Quickie. And there you go, Mr. Quickie done a good job of putting leather patch on the hole. But honestly, my backpack will never be the same again.

THE DAMAGE:
That’s the story on how my backpack get his first scar. Speaking of Story, there’s one site that talks about scar, www.owlhaven.wordpress.com . Reading the first paragraph is okay, but when I started reading on the comment section, I stopped. Napakasakit kasing basahin! Pano ba naman, everyone is talking about how they got their scar. Ilang stitches, gaano kahaba ang tahi, inopera tapos nilagyan ng bakal sa braso. And they talk about it in details. Gaya nong isa, tumalon habang umaandar yong pick-up na sinasakyan nya, pagbagsak una yong panga, ang sakit non panigurado! Pero ang isang to, natawa ako sa kwento nya:

“I like to think of myself as being an intelligent person, but given this story, this has not always been the case. When I was 13 or 14 years old I decided to convert a pair of jeans into shorts. The problem with this idea is that I decided to do this while still wearing the pants and by using one of those single-edged razor blades of old. Needless to say, one of the cuts I made went a little too deep – to specific, it went into my right leg and for about an inch.
Though I bled profusely, the cut must have awakened some part of my sleeping brain since I still remember looking down at my leg and saying loudly to myself “you stupid *&^((*&(*.” My brain then promptly went back to sleep, however, and I became so embarrased over my stupidity that I refused to tell anyone what I had done (until today, some 30 years later).
The scar is small, but it is very visible (at least to me). It serves as a constant reminder that I am not as smart as I might think I am.

Very smart di ba? But one thing common I noticed from the comment section, they are all very proud to share their scar stories. Ikaw, anong kwento mo?

Kahit ano pa man ang kwento sa likod ng scar mo… visible man o hindi, at kahit pa pinatanggal mo nayan, It will always serves as a constant reminder of our recklessness, stupidity, bravery, hardships, mistakes, sickness, etc. But most of the time, it is a reminder of lessons learned!

REGRETS
Base sa karanasan, maraming mga bagay o pangyayari na kung kaya lang nating baguhin, babaguhin natin sa mga nakalipas na taon ng buhay natin. Mga maling desisyon, pinalagpas na pagkakataon, mga taong nasaktan along the way, short comings and a lot more. If we have the capacity to change all that, we will do so. But no matter what we do, no matter how much we think about it, no matter how regretful we are, that doesn't change anything. It already happens and we can't turn back the time to redo and correct past mistakes.

Buti pa nga sa Autocad (software we are using in drafting), may command na "UNDO/REDO". Or the unpopular “OOPS” command. Pag nagkamali, oops, just UNDO it and you can correct or redo the mistakes. Parang lapis lang na Mongol, pwedeng burahin ang naiguhit na pagkakamali. But in reality, there is no such thing. The only thing that we can do is to patch up. But like what happens to my back pack, and all the wounds that has been healed and leave a mark called scar, things will never be the same again. Kung naging maingat ka lang sana... Kung nasabi ko lang sana sa kanya… Kung naging matapang ka lang, sana… sana… at marami pang sana…

LESSONS LEARNED

"Lessons Learned"
Carrie Underwood

There's some things that I regret,
Some words I wish had gone unsaid,
Some starts,
That had some bitter endings,
Been some bad times I've been through,
Damage I cannot undo,
Some things,
I wish I could do all all over again,
But it don't really matter,
Life gets that much harder,
It makes you that much stronger,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I'm thankful, for every break in my heart,
I'm grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.

There's mistakes that I have made,
Some chances I just threw away,
Some roads,
I never should've taken,
Been some signs I didn't see,
Hearts that I hurt needlessly,
Some wounds,
That I wish I could have one more chance to mend,
But it don't make no difference,
The past can't be rewritten,
You get the life you're given,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I'm thankful, for every break in my heart,
I'm grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.

And all the things that break you,
Are all the things that make you strong,
You can't change the past,
Cause it's gone,
And you just gotta move on,
Because it's all,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I'm thankful, for every break in my heart,
I'm grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned,
Lessons learned.


Psalm 147:3      
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

La Corniche!

I read an article this morning about travel photography 101| Keeping 'Em Straight (www.lakadpilipinas.com by Christian Lucas Sangoyo). The article tackles about keeping the horizon in our photographs leveled. Follow his website and you will know why. So to make the story short, I look again at all my photographs that shows landscapes and seascapes. Voila! Guilty as charge coz most of my photos are either tilted or skewed to the left or right. And I totally agree, it doesn't look good. 

Since this is a lazy Sunday off of mine, I went out to try to apply what I learned today. Good thing my digicam has this grid feature that I can turn on and off. It was always turned on but now I fully realize what this feature is all about, keeping 'em straight! 

The following photos are the results of a first timer who will apply his first lesson in photography. Thanks Christian, although marami pa kong kakaining bigas to come closer to the quality of your photographs. I will wait for your next photography tips.

Pagpasensyahan nyo lang po at ito ay isang practice lamang. At madalas kong sabihin ito: 
"Practice makes perfect. But Nobody's perfect. Why practice?" 
Warning, wag pong seryosohin ang quote na ito.

La Corniche

 Chimney

Sunset Take 1

Sunset Take 2

Sunset Take 3

Sunset Take 4

Sunset Take 5

Sunset Take 6

Sunset Take 7

Sunset Take 8

Sunset Take 9

Sunset Take 10

Sunset Take 11

Sunset Take 12

And there goes my shy subject, slowly hiding in the horizon. 

Till next time!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Backpack Series: Contentment

Hindi ko maiwasang ikumpara ang aking backpack sa ibang bag na nakikita ko. Merong mas ok, may mas maganda ang kalidad, meron din namang may mas mababang klase sa kung anong meron ako. Sa tuwing dadaan ako sa mga tindahan or shopping malls na merong mga bags, madalas kong isipin na magpalit at bumili ng bagong backpack. I don’t know if it’s human nature na kapag may nakita kang bago at mas nakahihigit sa kung ano mang meron ka, nanaisin mo na mapasa’yo.

I remember one client who was not satisfied with his house. So, he asks our services to renovate as per his preferred interior and design. During construction, that was one heck of a job. You know why? Every time na pupunta sya sa site, laging may pinapabago. Worst thing is, pag may nagustuhan sya sa kapitbahay nya na gamit or anything na bago, he wants it also to put in his house. That was totally crazy, kasi kahit nagawa na, ipapatanggal nya at babaguhin! Kala ko nga dina matatapos ang bahay nya. Anong tawag don? Inggitero ba o di makontento?    

Someone send me a text message that best describes what contentment is all about or some sort of being satisfied and stop complaining.

Text:      Today, don’t think of saying any UNKIND WORD, think of the people who can’t speak.
              Don’t complain about the FOOD you eat, some have nothing.
              Don’t complain about LIFE, many die young.
 When you are tired of your job, think of the jobless, the disabled & those who wish they had yours.
 When SAD thoughts seem to put you down, paint a SMILE on your face & thank GOD you are   
 alive and you are still around.

Mauubos panahon mo sa kakareklamo dahil hindi ka makontento sa mga bagay bagay sa paligid mo. Instead of living your life to the fullest, you are wasting your time complaining. Nawawala ang essence ng appreciation in your day to day living. Kung pamilyado kang tao, baka nga pati sarili mong pamilya, di mo na rin maappreciate dahil abala ka sa mga bagay na pilit mong hinahangad. Hindi masama ang magnais magkaroon ng mga material possession in life, ang masama ay ang ma possess ka to acquire those material things! Believe me, it’s a never ending process. You will want more and more and more and more… until you are consumed with that unhealthy desires.   

Remember this:
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
 Epicurus quotes (Greek philosopher, BC 341-270)

Guilty? It’s never too late. Madalas nating marinig, “habang may hininga, may pag-asa.” What we need to do is, stop for a while, take a break, and appreciate life, God’s precious gift to us. Madalas ang problema natin, di na tayo humihinto sa ating mga pinagkaka-abalahan. Ayan tuloy, we missed a lot of wonderful things, people and events in our life.

I know someone who had a very tough job. She was always on the go. She’s always fired up about work. Pressures left and right consumes her daily. Then realization came. A wake up call to leave her job though the pay -off is quite big. The reason? Her family. Mas mahaba pa ang oras na inilalagi nya sa trabaho compared to the time spent with her family. She realizes it’s time to quit and spent more time sa pamilya nya. And for her, that was the best decision na ginawa nya. Marami ang nanghinayang sa opportunity, but now she knows her priority.

Kung ikaw ay may backpack na kagaya ko, marahil nararanasan mo rin ito. Punuin na halos hindi mo na maisara ang zipper, tama? Minsan o madalas, life is like that… hakot ka ng hakot… lagay ka ng lagay ng mga kung ano-ano sa buhay mo hanggang sa mapuno ka na at halos sumabog. Aantayin mo pa ba na dumating sa punto na di mo na makayanan lahat?

Now it’s time to unload. Slow down and take it piece by piece. Parang sa pagkain, namnamin ang sarap ng buhay. Maging kontento at makikita mong gagaan ang lahat.
       
“Appreciate life itself even if it is not perfect. Contentment is not fulfillment of what you wish
for, but appreciation of what we have…”

1 Timothy 6.6 “Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit.”

LIFE is a gift! LIVE IT WELL!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rare Breakfast...

Sinong may sabing walang tuyo dito sa Casa? Straight from Dubai po yan, sponsored by Liway!
 Plus fried rice Pinoy style... The best! Tsibogan na!

Disclaimer: The strawberry has nothing to do with it, display lang po yan hahaha... wala kasi kamatis! 





ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....

Sunday, February 12, 2012

OLD & NEW


A contrast that compliments... preserving the old, embracing the new! 

Modern & Old Architecture

Friday, February 10, 2012

Behind the scene...

The following photos were taken 3 years ago, when I bought my sony digicam cybershot DSC-W270... This post is a way to celebrate the third anniversary of my cam. Three years na tayo, akalain mo yon? 

 talangka
 flash light
 gelly ace
 meadow cup
 greener
 sunset
 tiger look... meow!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kape... Coffee... Cafe...

Mahilig ka ba sa kape? Hindi yong nagpupunta ka lang sa starbucks para makaipon ng stickers para sa bagong planner. Coffee drinker, coffee addict, pampatulog ang kape or whatever term you called for such individual, yan ang tinutukoy ko. Isa ako sa mga taong madalas tumambay sa coffee shop, not only because of the free internet but because I love drinking coffee. Hindi naman ako yong tipo na expert na pagdating sa kape. Alam ko lang na masarap ang kape pag freshly brewed! Sa amoy pa lang, mapapa wow ka na. 

What makes a good or best coffee nga ba? Is it the brand? The name of the coffee shop? The add on or flavors? The taste? The aftertaste? The presentation ba? Maaaring iba-iba, depende sa drinker's preferences but all of these plays a role in chosing the best coffee, consciously  or sub-consciously. 

Gaya kanina, afterlunch... an urge to drink coffee, I found myself sitting in Cafe Vergnano, an Italian Coffee. Small but fancy cafe but what's interesting about this coffee shop is the year it started... 1882. Quite old yeah?  

And when they served the cappuccino I ordered... ang tagal kong tinitigan at di ko mainom agad... because of the presentation na talaga namang todo effort. Nakakahinayang inumin kasi masisira yong design on top.  




At habang pinag-iisipan ko kung iinumin ko na ba kape ko, eh nilantakan ko muna ang isang cheesecake hehehe (pang-inggit)



Ang sarap ka partner nito sa kape... sabi nga, gaano man daw ka pait ang kape... isang kagat mo lang ng cookies, yon ang nagpapasarap and that completes your coffee experience. 

Eh di ko na matiis ang cappuccino ko kaya gumawa ako ng sarili kong design...
 Abstract nga lang.

Now, I can say these...
"Smells good... Looks good...Taste even better..."


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