Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Many thanks, best friend, for sharing these pictures to me. You made your point, as clear as a running water. I am not quitting my job!


If you don't like your job, just be glad that ...

You are not an electrician in China

... or a plumber in Hungary ...

... or a delivery service employee in Asia ...

... or a deodorant tester in Germany ...
ja ja ja ja ja ja ja!!!

... or a Zoo keeper in America ...

... or a Horse Whisperer in England ...
ooo la la!!!

... or a ditch digger in Poland ...

... or what is really a shitty job ...
... a mobile toilet!


Just be thankful for your job!
And now hurry back to your work!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Did you know that parachute was invented over a century before airplanes were. The first parachute was built by a French balloonist, Jean Pierre Francois Blanchard. The first parachute jump was made by a dog in a basket, which Blanchard had attached to the parachute and dropped from a balloon, in 1785.

Monday, September 28, 2009


forty-five letter word connoting a lung disease--


is the longest word in Webster's Third New International Dictionary. The longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary means the act of estimating as worthless--


which has twenty-nine letters.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


here are so many precious memories I recall about my loving parents working constantly to support a big family. My father was a secondary school teacher, and my mother was a wonderful seamstress. I remember the many times our neighbors would come to our house and ask her to design and make clothes for them. She would continue working until the wee hours of the morning to finish and deliver a fine job. She did this to support my father's meager income, and to make both ends meet, she would cut expenses wherever she could. I remember the constant prodding of my father to always perform well in school, aim high and hit the mark, strive for excellence. He always reminded us to avoid risky behavior to ensure success in our studies.

hey worked so hard because supporting and providing for a family of ten was most important to them. They worked as hard without complaints but with pure joy, and they sacrificed so many things to ensure that we could realize our goals and dreams and live a life better than them. My siblings and I considered ourselves lucky and privileged, but this has come at the tremendous cost of our parents sacrificing their own interests for our future.

he elements of sacrifices were always there; hard work, diligence, discipline, and determination. They taught us the hard ways of not giving up on things easily, especially during painful times, when problems were so deep, how to identify, recognize, and address them. They kept on identifying the best approaches to achieve their visions for us. They focused on the best solutions to the root cause of problems; thus, providing lasting changes.

o matter how much or how little we have, the material possessions and opportunities we now enjoy are a direct result of our parents' love and sacrifices.

"... if you have much, give of your wealth;
if you have little, give of your heart ..."

Saturday, September 26, 2009


"The wise man s
hould consider that
health is the greate
st of human blessings.
Let food be y
our medicine."


Friday, September 25, 2009


Chicken Adobo

(My favorite)

Eating not only keeps us alive and healthy, but it is an important part of our social and emotional lives as well. Much of the way we feel about food, and the effect it has on us, is learned behavior. As we grow up, we are conditioned to respond to food in certain ways.

(Onchong's favorite)

We all have different tastes in food, of course. Sometimes, we even say we have a favorite food, which may be different from your brother's or from the person's next door. But, generally, your "favorite" will come from the range of foods offered to you by your family. Family preferences are, in turn, largely determined by cultural influences. Another factor affecting food preference is appearance. Though seemingly unrelated to taste, the appearance of a food can sometimes have a strong effect on our opinions of it. These feelings illustrate the effects of previously conditioned learning.

Sinigang na Hipon
(Josh's Favorite)

On a lighter note, I am hosting a small household gathering Thursday evening. Why in the world did I say, "yes". Now I am having a hard time figuring out which recipes to prepare. May be, I'll go for quick, simple, but delicious and healthy dinner recipes.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


ur voice tones certainly affect how other people view us. It also affects how we view ourselves. How we sound says a lot. The power of our voice means a lot, too. If you are pleased with your voice, you will definitely have a higher confidence level. That is why it is an important skill to polish up by learning how to adjust the tone of your voice in any given situation.

If you are unable to change your voice, don't sweat it! Make it work for you. After all, you are a unique and special individual, and your different style of speaking makes you more interesting as a person. It is important to try to improve yourself, but never get upset about who you are, as long as you are not hurting anyone else and especially if you cannot change it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


hat to do when you are trapped in a lift

We never know when and where accidents will happen to us, or people around us.

Read on and hope this piece of information may help when things do happen to our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves.

When you are facing life and death situations, whatever decisions or actions you make decides your survival. If you are caught in a lift breakdown, first thought in mind may be 'waiting to die'. But after reading below, things will definitely be different the next time you are caught in a lift.

First: Quickly press all the different levels of buttons in the lift.

When the emergency electricity supply is being activated, it will stop the lift from falling further.

Second: Hold on tight to the handle, if there is any.

It is to support your position and prevent you from falling or getting hurt when you lost your balance.

Third: Lean your back and head against the wall forming a straight line.

Leaning against the wall is to use it as a support for your back/spine as protection.

Fourth: Bend your knees.

When the lift falls, you will now know when it will hit the ground, and it may result in whole body bone fracture.
Ligament is a flexible, connective tissue. It can be attached to the bone part of the activities, but limit the scope of their activities in order to avoid injury. Thus, the impact of fractured bones will be minimized from the severe pressure during fall.


Don't forget to use the emergency telephone/speaker button to call the security for help.

A safety advice from a friend, who experienced a life threatening situation inside an elevator.

Many thanks buddy, for sharing this safety information.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009





There were three young priests about to take their final vows. The last test that they had to pass was the celibacy test. For this, all three had to strip naked and tie a little bell around their penis. After this, a belly dancer entered the room and started slinking around the first priest...


The chief priest said "Oh, Patrick, I'm disappointed. You've failed. Go and have a shower!"

The belly dancer had stripped as far as her last veil for the second guy before the chief priest heard...


"Joseph, I'm very disappointed. You can't resist the temptation of a woman. Go for a shower!"

The belly dancer started dancing totally naked now around the last priest. She did everything erotic she could think of... but no bell rang!

"John, I'm delighted. You've passed! You can resist the temptation of women. Now, go relax and take a shower with Patrick and Joseph!"

"Ting-a-ling !!! ... ting-a-ling!!! ... ting-a-ling!!!"

Monday, September 21, 2009


"Humor is perhaps a sense
of intellectual
perspective: an
awareness that some things are really
important, others not; and that the two
kinds are most oddly jumbled
in everyd
ay affairs."

Christopher Morley

Sunday, September 20, 2009


n overall grade average of 98% in t
he school's first quarter. Wowww!!!

He is a very smart boy. He is very bright and has a natural knock for
Science and Mathematics.


Keep it up!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Hurry Sundown

Peter, Paul and Mary

My seed is sown now, my field is plowed;
My flesh is bone now, my back is bowed.


So hurry, sundown, be on your way,
And hurry me a sun-up,

from this beat-up sundown day.

Hurry down, sundown, be on your way;

Weave me tomorrow out of today.

Tomorrow's breeze now, blows clear and loud;

I'm off my knees now, I'm standing proud.


My sorrow's song now, just must break through,

That brave new dawn, now, long overdue.


Hurry down, sundown, get thee be gone,

Get lost in the sunrise, of a new dawn.

Hurry down, sundown, take the old day,

Wrap it in new dreams, send it my way!

Send it my way!

Send it my way!

Friday, September 18, 2009


A Very, Very S
trange News!

A court is taking up an important question: Can genies be summoned... to appear before a judge?

A family has filed a lawsuit against an unnamed genie for stealing mobile phones, sending threatening voice messages through mobile phones imploring the family to move away and pelting family members with stones when they go out at night. The family has been living in the same house
for 15 years, but claims that it only recently began to feel the presence of the genie over the past two years. "We have to look into this case and verify its truthtfulness despite the difficulty of its consideration, said the head of the local court." If he thinks it's going to be difficult to verify these charges, just wait until the judge orders the genie to pay compensation.

Aladdin, we need your help to capture this evil genie and put him back in the magic lamp.

"Throughout history, man has governed his life according to certain laws and principles. Those caught defying that order face the consequences of human justice. Sometimes, though, justice is not seen to be done. Criminals go unpunished. Murders remain unsolved. But do the undetected guilty parties really get away with it? Or do eerie, inexplicable forces intervene to restore the balance in matters of life....and death." (WGG)

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Here's to a friend, who doesn't like the pitch of his voice.

Pitch is the hardest aspect of voice to control. Often high voices are hard on our ears due to their design. You will immediately recognize people who don't like operatic voices. They cover their ears to avoid hearing a voice that rose in pitch to a shreik. People who don't like opera consider high voices not nice to listen to.

Oftentimes, we do not use the length of the variation capability of our voices. If you have a very shrill, high voice, you may want to consider practicing to tone it down a little. High voices often reflect someone who is v
ery tense, nervous, and dramatic. The very personality of my friend. If you prefer to sound more soothing and mature, a lower voice is the direction you should be headed.

Improving your posture will allow your voice to project farther and more clearly in a more resonantly-pleasing way. If you relax, you will not sound as nervous and tense. Relaxing will also allow you to slow down your pattern of speech. Slowing down allows your speech to sound more clear. Pausing allo
ws you to be able to collect your thoughts, as well, and therefore you will sound more knowledgeable. Finally, breathing can be a determining factor in how your voice sounds.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


hat does being psychologically healthy mean? Most psychologists would agree that an individual is healthy if he or she has the following characteristics:

  1. A healthy person is one who can function in everyday life. They can cope with the necessary routines of life and deal with the demands placed on their time., such as getting up on time, getting dressed, and going to school or work.
  2. A healthy person is one who can get along with others. He or she can function reasonably well in the real world, understand reality and can deal with it, can form relationships with others--family, friends, classmates, co-workers, and employers, and they can hold down jobs and cope with most other demands of society.
  3. Healthy people are comfortable with themselves and do not intentionally cause pain to themselves or others. They feel at ease with themselves and their identity. They do not do harmful things to themselves, such as engage in accident-prone behavior or abuse of drugs.
Typically, healthy people are able to cope with disappointments and problems. They share their feelings and enthusiasms with those around them and are open to new experiences. They make friends and take a useful role in the larger worlds of family and community. By these standards, most of us--whatever our hang-ups and differences--lead fairly normal lives.

It is also important to remember that even though we are normal, we all occasionally show some signs of abnormal behavior. These occasional, temporary signs are nothing to worry about. It is normal to "act a little crazy" once in a while.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Don't be afraid to try new things!

ood fortune doesn't come to us, but we go to it by taking risks, wrote Vigil, the greatest of the Roman poets.

ortune doesn't come to us by luck, it sides with those who dare. Success has nothing to do with luck. We have to earn it through diligence, discipline, determination, and of course, taking risks and chances every day. What separates achievers from ordinary people is their willingness to take optional, as well as necessary risks.

any people are afraid to try new ways outside of their comfort zone, as they do not feel comfortable to doing they are not used t
o. But how can we grow if we keep on doing the same things over and over again. We are meant to grow, to experience unlimited adventures offered by life. As one author says, "let's practice shedding our skin, bursting through our present comfort level and keep stretching by regularly taking risks."

Monday, September 14, 2009



nce a criminal, always a criminal!


eople with felony conviction histories cannot prove themselves unless someone gives them a second chance. Some people assume that a person who has been convicted of a crime has a basic character flaw that is not found in the "normal" population. In the vast majority of cases, people coming out of prison or jail are "normal" people who have made a mistake and are ready to put it behind them.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


ummer is the season for weddings in the kingdom, and for the locals, it means being invited to many receptions, so many in fact that it can be easy to forget which ones they've been invited to.

But this won't happen at a wedding by a young groom, who decided to invite his friends and relatives through the magic of billboard advertising. A very unique and effective way of remembering all his loved ones to come to his wedding. He resorted to this idea so as not to forget anyone, especially that the city is replete with such occasions in summer. He commissioned a giant billboard in a busy part of town. It will be difficult for anyone to claim they weren't aware of the wedding, especially now that the press has covered it, too.

Many thanks for the wedding invitation, Sadiq!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


"The happiness of a man in this life
does not consist in the absence but in
the mastery of
his passions."

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, September 11, 2009


Red tips Rose

the symbol

of friendship

falling in love

energy, power, heat

passion, happiness
anger, danger


Thursday, September 10, 2009


s concocted the
longest word in print in any language:



Aristophanes threw into it oysters and fish and sharks and cheese and birds so that appropriately the word means nothing more than "hash."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Hector Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac

yrano de Bergerac really lived from about 1620 to 1655, big nose, duelling, and all. He was a poet, a dramatist, and science-fiction writer. He wrote of voyages to the moon and to the sun and was the first person in history to suggest in 1630 that the one method that could carry us into space--rockets.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


athematics, too, has arrangements
that could be called palindromes.
For example:

21978 x 4 = 87912
10989 x 9 = 98901

There are more complex examples of reversal,
mixing addition and multiplication.
For example:

9 + 9 = 18 ..... 81 = 9 x 9
24 + 3 = 27 ..... 72 = 3 x 24
47 + 2 = 49 ..... 94 = 2 x 47
497 + 2 = 499 ..... 994 = 2 x 497

Monday, September 7, 2009


hen it's all added up, for many of us, our work is our life--at least in the time and attention we devote to it. Is that bad? The answer to that depends on our needs and our attitude. Even though the amount of time we work can reflect a good or bad attitude toward work, the real issue is not the hours we put in but the reasons for our actions and the kind of people we are on the job.

A catch phrase from the movie, The Final Season:

"Work to live and not live to work!"

Sunday, September 6, 2009


A feeling of elation has turned to grief when my son, Jan, told me that his new-born baby boy, Rune Aaron, my new grandson passed away unexpectedly this morning.

A death in the family always leaves a void that cannot be filled. Instead of being a time of planning and hope, it has become a time of confusion and despair.

Anyone who has been through this would know the emotions and struggles a death of a child inevitably brings. It has a devastating effect to those who suffered the loss and the negative effects sometimes last for years making it very hard for life to go on. I know that for sometime things will never be the same for Jan and wife, Glenda.

We have yet to come to terms with the loss.

To Jan and Glenda

A Poem To Remember
Rune Aaron

He was so very, very special,
And was so from the start,
You held him in your arms,
But mainly in your hearts.

And like a single drop of rain
That on still waters fall,
His life did ripples make
And touched the lives of all!

He's gone to play with angels
In heaven up above,
So keep your special memories
And treasure them with love.

Although your darling son
Was with you just a while,
He'll live on in your hearts
With a sweet remembered smile.

(Author unknown)

Saturday, September 5, 2009


"When new turns of behavior
cease to appear in the life of the
individual, its behavior ceases
to be intelligent."

C. E. Coghill

Friday, September 4, 2009


s it normal to lash out at someone else in anger?

Sometimes it is very difficult to deal with stress. Most of us are upset occasionally. We fly off the handle now and then. We all know that these responses might not be the most desirable solutions to a given situation, they are part of most normal people's reactions to stress. However, to be continually in a rage, to lie constantly, to become hostile to every person who frustrates a goal are not normal responses to stress. These are signs of psychological problems, and most people are unable to resolve these problems without professional help.

Who decides what is normal and what isn't? To say that something is "abnormal" means that it differs from the norm, or standard, in some significant way. But what determines the norm? Before, normal behavior was "what most people do." It was a definition based on numbers. The difficulty with such a definition is that people are not numbers. Today society accepts behavior that once would have been considered deviant. In short, the norm itself has been redefined to include a wider variety of personal behaviors.

At work, we are dealing with a serious case of unacceptable behaviors. How to deal with an abusive, psychologically unbalanced co-worker right now is out of the question. How can we stop an abusive man who gets the backing of a high official, who is also showing similar signs of deviant attitudes. The effects of their unpleasant behaviors are harmful and destructive. Many employees are leaving the company for good. Is leaving the company the only option?

Thursday, September 3, 2009


his is for you EV to help you with your research on improvisation.

Improvisation is music which is created as it is performed, without previous preparations or detailed notation. Improvisation was once considered of great importance, and was a skill much practiced by keyboard performers, such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; in 1747, for example, Bach improvised a fugue on a theme devised by Frederick the Great, which he subsequently developed in his Musical Offering.

In modern times, jazz musicians have improvised melodies against a harmonic, or modal, background, and improvised passages have appeared in "aleatory" music, which contains elements of chance, or random selection. Nowadays, improvisation may be applied to a wide variety of skills, ranging from elaborate extemporisations by organists or other keyboard performers, which may involve a high degree of compositional talent, to the reproduction, or harmonization, of existing music

Some people have a natural gift for playing by ear music, which they have heard, sometimes with a remarkable degree of accuracy. Those who do not possess this gift may, with practice, acquire sufficient skill to enable them to harmonize melodies, and possibly to attempt simple composition, at the piano. To attain this skill, some knowledge of harmonic progression is necessary.

Bach and Mozart

Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt

Cavallaro, Duchin, and Liberace

Some great improvisers at the piano are Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Cavallaro, Duchin, and Liberace.

Do you remember your progression studies? Keep practicing and memorize them by heart.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


A Cradle Song


William Butler Yeats

The angels are stooping
Above your bed;
They weary of trooping
With the whimpering dead.
God's laughing in Heaven
To see you so good;
The Sailing Seven
Are gay with His mood.
I sigh that kiss you,
For I must own
That I shall miss you
When you have grown.

A lullaby for my grandson, Rune Aaron.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


When we look into ourselves, we discover one thing in particular, our brokenness. Something in us tells us that we are not meant to live and die in that brokenness. Something in us tells us that somewhere in our growing up we would reach the experience of wholeness, of unity, and above all, of communion with life itself and with the rest of all living things. Something in us tells us that all our miseries are not meant to last forever; that all enmities will cease, and that peace will settle and become permanent.