My Blunt Existence

The rhythm of my hand goes well with the drops of ink and with words floating in my brain. I do not have highfalutin words to speak of, instead, the way of my emotions and the labyrinth that my soul’s going through are the ones obliging me to put the significance of other’s life into scriptures.

Seven Money Saving Motivation

No one says no to a bulkier bank account, so say a big “hello!” to our list of money saving motivations. In the current economic climate many of us are feeling the pinch, so here are seven handy ways to boost your bank account:

Effect of Growing Population

I'm not an economist, so my knowledge on the effects of high population growth on economic development is solely based from the research I have done, and it clearly oppose the government's stand.

World Peace. Anyone?

Generally war is the result of a national entity wishing to improve the standard of living for its people. A major second cause is when a nation perceives a possible reduction in a current standard of living and fights to protect what it already has.

On My Way Back

They say, the only permanent thing in life is change. I have learned to cope with the changes. I have realize that I have to change in these changing times. But change does not mean that I have to change what I do or drop what I have. Change don't make me give-up my dreams. I just need to change my way. Can I be the best? Can I be a winner?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

De La Salle University's Harlequin Theatre Guild Presents...... "Fish Hair Woman"

A cradle of corpses—a river filled with soldiers and armed forces—lies in the heart of Iraya. The “Fish-Hair Woman” floats on, consoling mourning families by retrieving bodies of their loved ones with her twelve-meter hair. Will these families find justice? Will the “Fish-Hair Woman” redeem her beloved Iraya and her heart’s peace?

De La Salle University’s premiere theatre organization, the Harlequin Theatre Guild, concludes its 47th season with “Fish-Hair Woman.” It is a musical based on the acclaimed novel by Merlinda Bobis and adapted for the stage by renowned writer, Rody Vera. Directed by ALIW award nominee and the guild’s Artistic Director and Trainer, Romualdo Tejada of PETA, the production will put you in war-stricken Iraya. “Fish-Hair Woman” unfolds the story of Stella in the midst of the conflict through music composed by Dodjie Fernandez.  The production features its intimate set-up with the theatre-in-the-round format, designed by Joseph Duran. Katsch Katoy’s design lights up set despite the dark stories of its characters.

Experience the grief, the horror, and the rage for yourself this March 20 (Thursday) at 6:30PM, March 21 (Friday) at 10:30AM, 3:00PM, 6:30PM, and March 22 (Saturday) at 10:30AM, 3:00PM, 6:30PM. “Fish-Hair Woman” will debut at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium of De La Salle University-Manila.

Ticket price is PHP250.
For more inquiries, contact Janella Gangat at +(63) 917 5005 708.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Keeper of My Dreams

When you're not here to share
my days and nights
My life is so incomplete
For you are my heart, my soul
The ‘oneness’ I had known to seek 

Without you I merely exist from day to day
With you I know that I will find
All that I have been searching for
My completeness, my eternal peace of mind

You are the keeper of my dreams
The one who holds my heart with both hands
The one I want to spend my life with
The one with whom I will
always stand

Stand beside through thick and thin
Through all that life will throw our way
Knowing that this special love we share
Will guide us, each and every day

This journey started long ago
Before this time and place
The journey of completeness
As two hearts and souls embrace

Forever is what I want with you
For the search is at an end
Our hearts have found each other
As lovers, as soul-mates, as friends.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Will You Be The One?

There is a saying, "Attitude determines Altitude." This can be true in the workplace atmosphere. One person can make the workplace pleasant or difficult for everyone. Your attitude truly does make a difference.

Do you stand out as someone who has a pleasant attitude that gets things done or someone the whole office dreads coming to for anything? What about that one unpleasant person in the workplace that you hated to interact with? Do you remember your thoughts and words to other co-workers about that person?

We have heard the Golden Rule of treating others the way we would like to be treated.
Try having the kind of attitude that you would like to work with. You may be the one that sets the "workplace atmosphere."

Something to think about: In Stephen Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople," the fifth principle is "Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood." So many times we want understanding and there is truly nothing wrong with that. I want to offer a new perspective that many in the workplace do not consider. There are people you work with every day that leave home in the morning with a great deal of stress. Some are dealing with getting small children to school before work, traffic pressures, challenges with spouses, and financial stresses of all kinds. In addition, there are factors like caretaking for elderly parents and illness within the family.

The workplace could be much more pleasant if we consider that we truly do not know what people are dealing with. We spend a large portion of our lives in the workplace. I encourage you to be more open to getting to know who you are working next to. You may be very pleasantly surprised.

Consider this: One can affect many. Will you be the one?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Ubos-Ubos Biyaya: Yan ang turo ni Mam

Silangan Elementary School
Ako’y lumaki sa probinsiya. In short, probinsiyano. Namulat ako sa hirap ng buhay doon sa aming baryo. Kung meron kang gusto, dapat pag-ipunan mo muna bago yun mabili. Kaya naman, natuto akong mag-impok. Ginawan ako nun ng tatay ko ng alkansyang yari sa kawayan. Araw-araw hinuhulugan ko yun mula sa baon ko. Limang piso ang baon ko noon sa isang araw, yung tatlong piso lang o kaya apat na piso ang ginagastos ko. Hindi pwedeng wala akong maihulog ng isang araw.
Ang pagkamulat ng pag-iipon ng maaga ay isang katangian na tataglayin mo na hanggang sa iyong paglaki. Hindi lang sa munting kubo namin sa baryo ko natutunan ang kahalagahan ng pag-iimpok kundi pati sa aming paaralan. Lagi sinasabi ng titser ko nuon na dapat huwag ubos-ubos biyaya para hindi tutunganga pag naubos na ang pera.
Pero ano itong nabalitaan ko na may isang guro daw ng Grade 3 sa Silangan Elementary School sa Taguig na araw-araw ay nagtitinda sa kanyang mga estudyante? At eto ang malupit, pataasan ang mga estudyante nya ng nabibili kay mam. Hinati-hati nya sa ilang grupo ang kanyang mga estudyante at kung anong grupo ang pinakakaunti ang nabili ay sila ang maglilinis sa kanilang silid-aralan.  
Ano ang matututunan ng mga bata sa ganitong sistema? Oo, pwede sila maging masipag at matutong maglinis, pero kung tamad ang isang bata, gagastusin na nya lahat ang kanyang baon para hindi sila ang maglinis. Sa pakiwari ko, parang parusa sa kanila yun dahil kaunti lang ang nabili ng kanilang grupo. Hindi ko alam kung saan napupunta ang tubo ni mam. Pero kahit pa sa kanilang paaralan lang din napupunta, hindi pa rin magandang tignan.
Dati daw, ang anak ng kaibigan ko ay pinagbabaon nya ng pagkain. Ngayon ayaw na nya dahil ang gusto na niyang baon ay pera para may pambili siya sa paninda ni mam at maka-ambag sya sa nabibili ng kanyang grupo. Gusto niyang baon ay singkwenta araw-araw kasi daw yung mga kanyang ka-grupo ay kaunti lang ang baon. Paano kung araw-araw ay ang kanilang grupo ang may pinakakaunting nabili? E di araw-araw sila ang maglilinis?
Sana ang gawin na lang ni mam ay ”by schedule”. Total ay may kanya-kanya naman na silang grupo, dapat araw-araw ay ibang grupo ang maglilinis.

Alam kaya ito ng kanilang principal na si Cipriano Bisco, Jr? Sir principal, bakit naman po ganun? Baka pwede po pakitignan naman yung isang titser nyo dyan. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reaching Your Goal

Are you forever trying to accomplish things but never seeming to get them done? You know you should set some goals but you don't know how to get started? Here is an easy way for you to set goals. Each step is represented by a letter forms the word GOALS.

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The GET Step

Decide what it is you want to get
Do you want to get a new car? A degree? Better at something? Do you want to get away from it all on a vacation? 

Decide what it is you want to get and write it down
Make a list of all the things you'd like to do and be, a list of all the places you want to go, and the things you want to accomplish.


Organize your plan. 
First develop a plan by listing every step that it will take to get you what you want. One easy way of doing this is to imagine yourself as having already attained your goal. Then “look back” and make note of all the steps it took you to get there. Don't worry about the order yet; just list as many steps as you can think of.

Organize your plan by prioritizing your list. 
Make a list of the order that will best accomplish your goal. For instance, if your goal is to get to abroad you would need to plan the dates before you make hotel reservations. You would need to have a plan for saving the money before you booked your plane.
If some of the items on your list look overwhelming, break them down into smaller pieces. If you want to write a book, break it down. Start with the table of contents. Write a chapter a month. Write four pages per day. Make each task manageable.


Take some action every day to move you toward your goals. 
Every week write down the three or four things that are most important to do to move you toward your goals and plan when to do them. Then do them.
I often use my Weekly Prioritizing worksheet. You can too. Write down your top three priorities for the week. Next, list three actions you need to take this week to honor these priorities. The next step is the most important—list the possible distractions you will encounter and how you will eliminate them.
For instance, if one of my priorities were to get my first book published, I would write “book” as one of my priorities. I would then list, “write chapter four before work on Tuesday.” Now, what could distract me? How will I eliminate those distractions? 
By looking ahead and preventing possible distractions before they occur, or by having a secondary plan just in case “plan a” doesn't work, I will get those things done one way or another.

The LIST Step

Make lists as you go. 
List what you want. List how to get there. List the obstacles that might get in your way. List how to overcome them. List your action steps. By writing things down, you form a commitment to get them done.


Enjoy your success each time you accomplish part or all of a goal.
Each small success will boost your confidence and give you the motivation to go on and finish something else.