Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finally, My Orders Have Arrived

It's been more than a month since I ordered some videos. Eagerly waiting for it and now, they've finally arrived. These videos as TV series, Agatha Cristie's Poirot and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

I've always been a fan of detective series where the characters use their minds to capture the villains and that are intelligently written. Unlike the TV series nowadays were detectives look more like models rather than problem solvers. They also rely too much on machines to help them solve cases. Once the machines have identified the "substance", all they have to do is state the obvious.

I am a fan of the detective series Columbo, Monk, Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. They use more of their deductive abilities rather than merely relying on machines. And also, they look the part of detectives of the time period their series is set.

Now, I already have Columbo and Poirot in my collection. Although, the Poirot series is up to the 10th season since the series is still on-going. I have already ordered The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Maybe it will arrive next month.

With The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, my reason for having it is basically I am a fan of Indiana Jones since my father showed it to me as a child. I caught a glimpse of the series a long time ago while it was shown on ABC-5 but i didn't have the chance to see it's full run. Now, it's time to bring out the whip & fedora and relive the adventures of Indiana Jones.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Why Am I Not Rushing?

I am in the process of applying for a scholarship and I have basically completed its requirements. The only one's lacking are the essay's and CV that I have to make. The deadline is next week and I've been postponing this task for quite a few weeks now. I need to be in the proper mindset to complete this and hoping to mail it by Wednesday.

The problem for me is that, why am I not rushing to do this? I know I can make this within one night. I should have completed thus weeks ago but I tried to postpone it.

Do I really need the sense of urgency to do this for me to do this right? Or am I just being lazy?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Work to Change

I am not a moralist who believes that man must change before peace will reign. I think we must work to change the conditions that result from the fact that men are not always good.

Rene Cassin, Winner of Noble Peace Prize of 1968

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Friend

No birth certificate is issued when a friendship is born. There is nothing tangible. There is just a feeling that your life is different and that your capacity to love and care has miraculously been enlarged without any effort on your part. It's like having a tiny apartment and somebody moves in with you, but instead of becoming cramped and crowded, the space expands, and you discover rooms you never knew you had until your friend moved in with you.

Steve Tesich

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Admitting Error

When a baseball player makes an error, it goes into the record and is published. How many of us could not stand this sort of daily scrutiny? Or are willing to admit an error before we are called on it?

Most of us are protective and defensive, from the chiefs of staff down to the janitor's assistant. Our aim is not to do right so much as not to be perceived as doing wrong.

Yet all the decisive people in the world have made waves, and sometimes they have been swamped by them. But no waves, no progress; and the only way to avoid mistakes is to be totally passive, which is to say, dead. You won't get any blame that way - nor will you get anything else.

Sydney J. Harris

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hope, Faith & Love

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Saturday, August 8, 2009

To Dance With Someone

"Oh man, that hurts. But you know, why would you want to dance with someone who doesn't want to dance with you?" Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer)

This a question that has been bugging some of us at some point in our life. Simple put, it's wanting someone/something we can't have. It's been bothering me for quite a long time now and I still can't find an answer on why I do it. We could ask psychiatrists are they could provide us with an answer that will be taken from the ideas of how we live our lives or describe human nature. But will I be satisfied with the answer, probably not. Because part of me will reject the answer or disregard it without first contemplating if it's true or not.

I have asked a couple of them to dance with but they rejected my offer. Rejections came bluntly, full of excuses or just disregarded. It hurts to be rejected no matter how nice or how cruel it came about. The bottom line for me was I wasn't good enough for them. Others might have tried immediately the other options available in the dance floor just to have that dance but I didn't. I waited to find someone I want to dance with. A selection not made by preset standards or appearance but by just following what the heart dictates. I often went home not experiencing that dance.

Then again you go to another dance and still again most of the participants were there during the first dance. Once again, you try again to woo the one's who rejected you before. I'm still drawn to them by some force that I can yet explain, Maybe it's just plain desire or lust or ego or just trying to prove myself to them or clinging to the hope of a change of mind. As with the same result as before, I went home alone.

Oh, I will ask advices from people I trust. They will give their piece and l listen to them but not necessarily implement what they think is right. I ask advice not to be told what to do but to be given an option. It is up to me to weigh my options without losing my sense of self. I wouldn't pretend to be something I'm not just to get someone to dance with me.

I will put my best foot forward and hope that my moves will be accepted.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Additions to the Toy Collection

Scarecrow (Hush version)

Mighty Muggs - Wolverine

These are the new additions to my brothers toy collection which I happened to by during my vacation. I bought them on sale because I can't afford to buy them at their original prices so I wait for sales at various department stores before I make a purchase.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

You'll be missed, President Corazon Aquino.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I Shed Tears for Cory Aquino

Cory Aquino meant a lot to different people. She is regarded with so many wonderful adjectives befitting such a great person.

But for me, she was my President. She was the president when I was old enough to understand what a president was. I remember the days of my childhood when we would raise our hands and give the "Laban" sign. My friends and I didn't understand what it meant but we were proud of ourselves when we were doing it. I watched her on television and was beguiled by her calm, smiling and motherly demeanor.

She was my only President. Many have came along and tried to lead our country but they all meant nothing to me. As if they were just figureheads that I cared nothing for. Being an opinionated person, I have many criticism and praise for them but I will always judge them on how they measure up to Corazon Aquino.

She was truly a remarkable person that even her detractors and enemies respected her because of what she stands for. She will fight for what she believes in whether it was popular or not. She supports the people in their struggle for a better leadership and be the light we desperately need.

Oftentimes, we don't heed her calls because of our own daily struggle for survival. But for her, the self in less important to the needs of the country. She's the person who acts what she talks about. It's not mere publicity but genuine love for a country that needs change.

We'll definitely miss her especially in these times of uncertainty. The time when we doubt every move the government makes. The time when half-truths are presented as facts by our leaders. The time when the government is manipulating things and events for their own personal gains.

We'll miss the President who showed to us without a doubt what love for country truly is. Together with her husband Ninoy, they were the pillars of, not just democracy, but of genuine love and concern for fellowmen which they archived by conquering our hearts.

Goodbye, Cory. You'll be in our heart and our guiding star in the heavens.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My First Taste of ROYCE'

the opening of the Royce' Nama Chocolate for every0ne to enjoy after dinner

My first knowledge of this highly popular chocolate was through the blogs I visited. I was intrigued on the way described its taste. It sounds as if it is the bets chocolate they've ever tasted, almost addicting.

I researched about it in the internet and found several other blogs posting showing their admiration of this hard to find chocolate.

I wanted to find where to buy this chocolate and I was saddened to discover that it is only available in three stores that are all in Manila or in airports abroad as this was usually given as "pasalubong" from Japan.

Procuring it would be difficult since I'm from Mindanao and only rarely do I get the chance of going to Manila. Then suddenly I was informed that one of our companion in the vacation will be coming from Manila. So, I jumped on that chance and requested my friend to contact that person hoping that he will have time to buy it during his busy schedule. Luckily, he agreed and let him decide on which type and flavor to buy. The rest was history.

All of us got a taste of this delectable chocolate during our vacation and we all tasted it for the first time. It was delicious and you can taste the fine ingredients that were used to make this product. However, none of us were overwhelmed by it's taste. I expected a bit more because of it's expensive price tag.

A total of five types of Royce Chocolate was purchased: Nama Chocolate, Nutty Bar Chocolate. Coffee Bean Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts Chocolate and Pure Chocolate.

In the question if I'm going to buy Royce' chocolate again even with its expensive price tag. The answer would be YES. Will I buy it for myself? Probably not for me but it would be great for someone special.

It's too expensive for normal consumption but if you have extra money, you won't regret tasting it.

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