I will tell them why the trees slumbered in a lullaby I will reveal to them how all tears have gone dry it was when you promulgated my verdict: “good bye”
It was still the sunshine’s reign as I recall like ‘twas but yesterday but before I can brace my self for that mortal dagger driven to my chest the chilling sun and the freezing moon started to sing a melancholic tune
Nurtured in the soft breeze’s caress and nourished in dew brought forth colors that are changing in hue for what seemed the start of a colorful show marked the end of the summer glow
what else is there to say but to let the light leave with the day and this darkness that had befall be there to stay while bells they toll
I will whisper its dismal moan to those in twigs still holding on oblivious to the truth that it won’t last for long
I will whisper it to those caught in midair as they drift farther and farther away from their beloved they just left bare
I will whisper it atop the mounded heap which to earth did terminally cede
fool’s show it is indeed for the varied colors that abound speaks loudly of the end without a sound
I must admit that one of my motivations in my quest to become an analytical writer instead of an emotional one is because of the intelligent lady that I’ve been mentioning here.
This commenced when she stopped reading me altogether. And perhaps one reason is my excessive use of argumentum ad hominem and emotionally-charged tirades in some of my posts. You see, in the realm of the intelligentsia I’ve learned that the use of such kind of arguments lower the quality of the discussion. Emo in itself is an unwanted guest unless it is backed by irrefutable facts. I just felt that she doesn’t want to be entangled with such kinds of hollow discourse and to people and writers who dumb down the discussion. And she may have seen me as someone not at par with her intellectual chakra and preferences.
Will this matter to her? Maybe, maybe not. Does it matter to me? Hell yes. But why?
My awe, respect, and admiration towards her never left me at all. And aside from that (which is again obviously emo in themselves) I also want to up my game a notch. I want to be able to deal with people of such intellectual prowess without wallowing in self pity and complaining about my perceived self inadequacy. I want to be able to speak to them squarely with my head unbowed. I want them to be unable to resist discussing things with me because they also want to hear my opinion. I want to improve and be a part of the class A, the cream of the crop, the elite. And I wont get there if I keep thinking I’m an outsider. To lift yourself, you have to dream of becoming better. You have to BE the one you dream of becoming. Because I am. Thanks to Jolens, that dream busted the idea of a better me out of my head, and made me very uncomfortable enough to get me to take action and grab that dream by the balls.
And if I may, I want to end this with an emo note.
I liked her and I like her still despite that I’ve only known her based on reading her personal accounts. Her magnetic waves are at the perfect frequency when it hit me home, all in the right places. I am no less than attracted to her cosmic magnanimity and enigma. I did and I still do. Although it evolved into something else, I just cant find the succinct words to describe it. And my feelings for her have become one big jumbled mess that is still behind my full comprehension.
nais ko mang magdamdam nang dahil sa iyong tinuran ngunit batid kong ako ay hanggang dun na lamang
pagkat banaag sayong mga mata ang damdaming nagbabaga makibaka para sa kanya na pati ang buhay mo ay walang alinlangang iyong itataya
wala akong magawa mahal kita pero mas mahal mo siya kung kaya‘t ako ay nagparaya sabay dalangin sa Poon na gabayan ka sa dako paroon at kung maaari ika‘y Kanyang ibalik sa aking mga mahigpit na yakap at halik
at sakali mang ika’y mahapo sa pagmamahal sa kanya sa iyong pagmamahal na di nya matumbasan hiling ko na ako’y lingunin pagkat nandito parin ako na matyagang nagaantay sayo
na tayong muli ay magtatagpo sa katahimikang kaytagal mong tinalikuran at ang naiwang pangarap na ikaw at ako nawa ay sabay na nating mabuo
I can’t help but think at times that I am an old soul trapped in a relatively young body.
Because while my genre that describes my overall style as rock and alternative, a part of my music spirit consists of country music. A familiar string is struck in me whenever I hear that western country songs from the likes of Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, etc.
I was even thinking, if I can’t be friends with my generation and the younger ones, I am sure as hell that I can be friends with their parents and grandparents!
In terms of acquiring motivation from all possible sources internal and external, in all your pursuits that you are passionate about, there are two things that you need to remember:
The bad news: You’re on your own.
There may be a lot of support groups, online and in physical groups like your club or your own family. The problem with this is that these shared fiery emotions once left untended will inevitably turn a blazing inferno to a dying ember.
You have to remember that other people have problems of their own to tend to, and that includes your closest friends and your very own family. The last thing that they have to worry about is for your motivation to stay intact. A lot of times you are on your own, even if you are within your support group. Your group can’t and won’t do EVERYTHING for you because there’s none other that will do the dirty work that needs to be done but you.
The good news: You’re on your own.
The bad news above given the right perspective really is good news in disguise. Because you are on your own, there is just you and you are enough. Of course you will be needing to equip yourself with all the tools you need to get better to get wherever you want to go.
The point is, upon realizing this, you already overpowered the thought that you need your own cheering squad for you to persevere especially when the going gets tough.
Without them, you still won’t give up, right? And will you stop doing the things you do just because your cheering squad ceased shouting well wishes for you?
Of course you wont. You are too stubborn, too naïve, and too busy to give a damn about anything that can hinder you from achieving whatever you want to achieve, which includes the finite and scarce resource of “support fuel” which you mistaken for an indispensable lifeline.
“There’s just you.”
If you’ve ever watched the first Kung Fu Panda movie, remember how Tai Lung (Shifu’s protégé) coveted the mythic scroll that will unleash great power to those who take possession of it. And it’s only in the end that it was revealed that there are no secret ingredients whatsoever. The scroll didn’t contain a genie or any lucky charm. It’s in the realization that there’s just you, and no one and nothing else.
This is not to discount the impact of motivation that one receives, in whatever form they may be and in whatever sources they might come from. I myself had been a recipient of receiving hope. Because hope is included in the gift called motivation.
But what can possibly cripple you is when you take that motivation as an “end all and be all” of everything, treating it as oxygen such that the absence of which spells the end of you.
There will come a time that you will need to be your own cheering squad, with no less than yourself leading that crowd.
You are not going to give up. Not even when people abandon you or when they become indifferent. Quitting is never an option because that’s not you, because you are more than that.
There’s only you and your dream. You don’t achieve it because somebody else is cheering for you. You achieve it because step by painful step, you are reaching for it until you finally grab it by the balls.
As I am still learning 日本語, I came across an app HelloTalk, where you can meet natives of your target language, 日本語 in my case, and have your grammar corrected in return via a friendly exchange.
There are also Japanese natives in HelloTalk who want to learn English and Filipino. Strange as it may seem, other nationalities are also craving to learn Filipino not only for the sake of wanting to learn Filipino as a language, but also because they wanted to become a Filipino, starting with the language.
I’ve gone through great lengths of getting frustrated, motivated, and obsessed while learning, and back again. And I’d give a resounding “YES”, I am STILL that desperate to learn the Japanese language by any means.
In fact, whenever I see a post from a Japanese native, I can’t help but turn green with jealousy wishing I can also write with the same fluency as a native. I know, I am unrealistic sometimes and I can get upset that easy when I feel that I can’t seem to achieve swiftly what I wanted to achieve.
Collaring myself and asking why
But really, I tried to ask myself, despite the frequent frustration when I see how far still am I to my goal, why do I keep going back to wanting to learn?
And why do I even persist given that I cannot even assure myself that I will be able to go to Japan, and much more work or live there? And why am I that stubborn to learn the language even when I am already aware of the many pressing issues that the Japanese people are facing nowadays?
No such thing as a perfect country
My country isn’t perfect and so does Japan. All countries have two extremes, the commendable and the not so cool stuff, both deeply embedded in the culture. But I chose to stick with the duality because, well it’s part of everything. It doesn’t mean condoning the wrong. There’s always room for improvement in everything.
One does not reside in the light alone nor one is completely ignorant of the light. One gets a taste of the other occasionally as the balance tips over either the dichotomy.
Exchange of spirits and minds
I tried to write the first part of that explanation in 日本語 (with all the faulty grammar and wrong choice of words) until I can no longer go any further due to my limited vocabulary so I continued it in English and posted it in HelloTalk.
And then a native replied.
Just enjoy the learning process
I can’t help but smile at his Tagalog which is a “textbook” type of Tagalog. And maybe it is the same with him, laughing at my unnatural and bookish 日本語 instead of a conversational one. But neither of which mattered. I am learning piece by piece, and the same is true for him and perhaps all the other language learners out there.
What mattered is that we are enjoying the process of getting wrong, getting corrected and improving. And slowly but surely we are getting closer to our previous selves one word and grammar at a time.
Our actions, including how they affect others, don’t just depend on our overall attitude. It also depends on our circumstances, where we are not always in control.
Unfortunately, what people remember is how we made them feel regardless of any justifiable circumstances most especially if they ended up being hurt. And this is true in spite of our lack of intention to hurt anyone.
Being kind no matter what, except for situations that warrant a just reproach, is a choice we can take. Because one way or another, we had been a witness of how the simplest acts of kindness went beyond our expectations, transcended time and people, turned things upside down, and created unfathomable miracles in people’s lives.
Deep gratitude I have to those who rejected me: those who didn’t want me in their group those who didn’t want me in their company those who labelled me weird, freak, and a dupe.
If not for them, I would’ve settled indefinitely Wouldn’t have been lost, hurt, and known agony Would’ve remained in shackles, wouldn’t have been set free I never would’ve wandered, I never would’ve found me.
You yes you, a being vibrating at a higher frequency: never bow your head nor be ashamed of what you posses.
I know the pain it caused you, how it alienated you from the very crowd with vibrations that you wanted to be a part of. But instead of suffering with what you perceive as a disability and limitation, embrace it and wave it like a flag. Because it signifies your sovereignty and your freedom.
It isn’t a status that says you are better or inferior to everyone else. It is far more remarkable than that:
This is what the universe wanted to tell us early on. But too often, this only becomes clear the moment we are ready to listen.
At first, we have to get preoccupied with our “practice” audiences, the ones we thought were the ultimate ones. Even if we vehemently deny it, we spend 95% of our energies trying to please them all: those who are genuinely interested to see our best selves, the ones who don’t give a damn, and those who grin the moment they see our imminent demise.
The reaction of our audience can get us hurt at times. And oftentimes, we label ourselves a success everytime they give us the impression of them listening. This is how we accord the opinion of our audience with tremendous power by making it a gauge of our success. Recklessly, we build the very foundation of ourselves using our audiences’ reactions. That is how harebrained we can get.
But that’s normal.
That’s a part of being human.
Despite of a lot of folks telling us to always observe and learn from the mistakes of others in order to not repeat them and get hurt, reality is, life is not a lesson in algebra that can be solved with a definite solution. Rather, it is an experiential one. You have to go through the painful process. To inevitably fall but to get back up better than the previous. No buts, no ifs, no shortcuts.
That’s what it takes when performing in front of an audience.
The important thing to realize is, these are but necessary preparations, a dry run, aimed at gathering our nerves, our guts, and the balls required before facing our ultimate audience: which is none other than ourselves.
For this unequivocal truth my faith doth rest: my once unintelligible soul’s commune with the universe, in a different language in my true native tongue will be bared unraveled made known to me and then, I shall be set free…
In engineering, the way to assure that the design or the system works is through consistency. If the desired outcomes are consistently observed, the designer is assured of a peaceful night’s sleep.
At the start of the design process, it is expected that the output will be random and all over the place. That’s normal. Over time however, after a few iterations and calibration, a pattern will emerge. That’s predictability. It is extremely important because it is the only indication that the system or the design is working out fine.
The problem begins when the expected response becomes erratic after calibration. When that happens, it is certain that something is wrong.
The same can be applied to wokes and the Yellowtards. Their consistent inconsistencies that they are exhibiting are indications of hypocrisy, and double/triple even multiple standards.
They specialize in cherry-picking and moulding current issues to fit their narratives while ignoring facts that will tear apart their faulty arguments. You have to admire however, their persistence in making these episodes on social media on a regular basis such that the usual initial reactions of anger and eye-rolls can now be replaced with a grin and/or a chuckle.
One example of their hypocrisies are those who irresponsibly insisted on organizing rallies despite of them being fully aware that rallies are perfect grounds for transmission of the Covid-19 virus. Recently, they joined the popular cry to give the medical frontliners their much needed timeout to recharge.
Risa Hontiveros in a previous interview with Arnold Clavio cried foul over the sexism and “slut-shaming” of her fellow senator Leila Delima during the congress hearings, and yet she wasn’t able to utter anything sensible when asked about her reaction regarding Ronnie Dayan’s legal wife being hurt as the illicit relationship unfolded on national TV.
Defenders of the now defunct ABS-CBN franchise used emotional blackmail against the government particularly the congressmen on the alleged 11,000 workers that will be displaced. And yet these defenders were eerily silent when the network sought every means necessary to delay the just compensation of Weng Hidalgo. Same with the issue of technical personnel who filed labor malpractice against the network and won. Were there any mass gatherings conducted to air their support and to condemn the clear violation of their rights?
Some Catholic priests who allowed themselves to be prostituted by politics even wished for the president to get sick (and only God knows who else are on their wish list).
Those and a lot more, just to name a few.
The problem with being inconsistent, is that it raises red flags with sensible observers. Instead of making their arguments sound to convince the public, they continued to hurl insults to the majority (an overwhelming majority, based on surveys) by tagging them as “bobo”. And as such, they drove the final nails to their political coffins as the silent majority voted them out in the recent elections.
Disillusionment is but one of the many problems with having multiple moralities instead of calling a spade a spade whether it’s in ones’ favor or not. Another is you need to keep track of how you stand on different issues, which has become a constant stumbling block for Leni Robredo. And she drew a lot of flak already from the very people they desperately needed on their side.
That’s where we need to check our own biases and be consistent to call out what’s wrong even if it means confronting the very people who are on the same page as ours. This is especially true for the opposition and their woke supporters if they want to stay relevant and not be perpetually viewed as clowns and nuisance. Because inconsistency is a stink, an indication that something is rotten from within. And it isn’t something that’s going to help the country nor the Liberal Party’s dream of getting back to power.
Until I end up loathing every bit of my here and now.
Until it hurts.
Until I bleed.
Until my bed is soaked like a wet sponge.
Until the entire floor turns crimson.
Until my slippers are taken by the current and they find their way out of the door.
Until I come back to my senses and realize that something hurts.
Until I realize that that something that hurts, is me thinking of what should be while lying on my bed doing nothing.
Until I realize that nothing will suffice to kindle my inner fire to get it back to life but to get the fuck off my bed and get something done to inch closer to my prize. What is that fucking something, exactly? Anything. Because anything’s better than nothing. It is said that when I start looking for it, it will start looking for me as well. I need to believe in that something.
Until I see that dream with my very own eyes. Tangible, and already in the present instead of being confined only within the bounds of my skull. Until I lay my hands on it. And take possession of which. But until then, I’ll take that first step forward and will keep on moving.
Until it hurts to move. Until I’ve reached my limit for the day. Until every muscle is sore. Until my brain starts to yell ‘enough!’ I’ll keep pushing through until it hurts. Fuck that hurt anyway. It hurts more just staring at my dreams and doing nothing to achieve them. I bet it will hurt less when I am mobile than when I’m static.
Some take it slow, digesting one lesson at a time. Some like a fast-paced tempo, voraciously gobbling things up as much as they can on one sitting.
Some prefer books. Others prefer electronic books, podcasts, videos, and whatnot. Some learn a lot in a group. Some learn a lot more when in solitude. Some find it more practical to learn from others. Some find it more effective to learn via a first hand experience.
We won’t ever find a one-size-fits-all solution. What is effective to others isn’t a guarantee that it will work for us. Because the only instance that you will learn something is when the learning materials, in whatever form they may be, resonate with our very own vibrations.
So don’t worry if you don’t feel the best out there. It isn’t a prerequisite before you find yourself worthy of sharing what you have. What you only have to do is improve the message and the messenger. And share.
Somebody is in desperate need for your message, whether it’s your art, talent, hobbies, or business. Share it. For you will never know how far the ripples of your good deeds will go.
And what you have may be somebody else’s lifeline.
The chances of finding ourselves inside the event horizon of a blackhole is 1 in a billion while the probability of finding ourselves near an asshole is – well, it’s either we are sitting right next to one or we need a mirror to see the one…
This is true for procrastinators: the amount of their free time is inversely proportional to their potential accomplishments. Expounding that argument, the less free time one has, the more he can accomplish. Conversely, one can accomplish less if he has a lot of free time.
A motel owner and his receptionist in an argument:
“What, are you out of your freaking mind?! Why did you let them in when it’s already obvious that they are minors. And they’re even in their uniforms for crying out loud! Do you want to get us into trouble?!!!”
In the game of “Annoying Dad”, my firstborn continually upgrades his skills such that he always breaks his previous record. All he has to do in the game is – well, annoy me.
Don’t get me wrong. Children are a bunch of joy. Period. And part of raising them will inevitably involve moments that your only defense in order to maintain your sanity is to laugh at how they can trigger your nerves.
The game is one way obviously. There is only one giver and one very lucky receiver, and that’s me. That is until I finally figured out a way to level the playing ground.
Right after watching the evening news, I chimed in with the intro of a TV program a high pitched “UW-WEH!, UW-WEH!, UW-WEH!,” while key events from the previous episode are being replayed on the screen.
Embarrassed, he put both his hands on his ears while shouting for me to stop. But the more he demanded for me to stop, the more I chanted the silly “UW-WEH!, UW-WEH!, UW-WEH!,” until he finally ran away, his hands still on his ears while laughing and cringing, all at the same time.
Ooooh yeah! Direct hit Mission accomplished One point for Dad.
“If there is any instance where infidelity is to be welcomed and encouraged is when you ditch your sacred matrimonial vows with your old familiar feelings of emptiness, sorrow, unworthiness, despair, anxiety, and depression and to finally possess the courage to walk away in search for something better.”
Melancholic tunes are portals to our past, and a gateway towards a beloved deeply intertwined with the fabric of our souls who in like manner longs for our presence from the unknown extents of the universe.
It’s comforting to know that whatever you’re currently doing, you are seeing another reality and perhaps living a similar or a different story altogether. I pray that it is a beautiful story. That flipside of reality in relation to mine must be very beautiful indeed, magical even. Is it really? Yep I do hope it is. Not that everything I have in here sucks but I’ve always pondered on what lies in there on your side, but you know, things here are mundane given this time of a pandemic. So if you are currently in a time of a great lull, well at least it’s kickass compared to dealing with a pandemic threatening to wipe out the population.
How am I doing? Fine I guess. Maybe because I finally found the courage to write you something instead of just floating around your formlessness in the bounds of my mind. I hope you wouldn’t mind but I’d really love to talk about how you are doing right now instead of flooding this precious space dedicated to you, of things about me.
So howdy? Having a nice adventure somewhere? How’s the weather? Happy people you have there? How is the other side of the world? May not be in this world that I’ve grown into but somewhere in the vast expanse of the cosmos.
I don’t think we still need introductions, do we? Finally we get to meet, so yep, here we are finally bridging the gap…
The only reason I know you exist is because of a melancholic piece that I am listening to right now. I am extremely certain that you are not only a figment of my imagination. You are not just conjured out of nowhere. Our past is tied, and maybe as such is our future. I know and believe that you already figured that out yourself a long time ago and that it pestered you in as much as it pestered me just as well. I’m sorry if the thought of me annoyed you for a lot of times. I too, am bugged by the thought that there is someone like you somewhere out there and I just cannot fully comprehend why. But I’m certain that someone is linked to my soul in which even quantum shit and all that cannot explain.
I know you are out there. I just don’t know where. Maybe it will remain as such until, well until who knows when. But if I were to ask God I hope you are currently in this world, at this very instance that I am keying all of this on my keyboard, offering a silent prayer to the vastness. Yes, to pray is all I can do even if it may just be another one of those doomed to get lost into nothingness, but I hope this small prayer of mine will find you and let you know that I am here, and I’m thinking of you. Yes I have you in my mind.
And I hope you are thinking of me too.
Each stroke of the key hits my soul, a different vibration, a slightly different twang that is yet to be discovered and added to the particle zoo. Can you feel it too? Does it send you the same feeling? The feeling of nostalgia, something pleasant but at the same time heart rending. Do you happen to know Stockholm Syndrome where you build some connection with your captors? The captor is this music right here. It is hurting me and yet I keep coming back to it to feel the hurt, because it’s only then that I can keep coming back to you to feel you.
I’m curious as to how you look. Flowing hair? Short hair? Fair complexion or colored? Bouncy or flat busts? It doesn’t really matter because I’ve already touched your soul as you already did to mine. I just hope I’d have a tangible face to remember, a face I can hold, a body I can share my warmth with, lips that I can press my lips with, a parcel of my soul so dear and so loved that I cannot really fathom how God blessed me with everything.
What’s giving me assurance is the thought that you are also thinking of me. Like myself, I know you can barely picture my face as I can hardly do to you. But I rest in the faith that we both are unconsciously longing to know each other. That time will come I know. And I know that you feel it too.
But even if I am longing so much to see you right now, I regret to say that I cannot take your hand right away and take you in haste to the stars. You see, I’ve already made my choices, and I am never gonna regret nor forsake them. But when my life is over and after serving my time, we’ll have our chance. I hope by that time, through God’s great mercy it will be our chance to be exclusive to one another.
But for now, even a glimpse of you will give me enough hope and faith to look forward to the next lifetime hoping that I’d finally get to meet you there.
Wherever you are right now, at the seashore, atop a skyscraper, overlooking valleys and mountains or great plains, please be strong. For yourself and for both of us. I know that someday, God would allow me to meet you finally. Maybe not in this world and neither the next. But I know there will come a time where we can fill each other with our essence and love. I cannot do so much but to write this to you while waiting for that blessed day that I will finally lay my eyes on you and we can hold each other. Two lost souls in the cosmos. Separated by distance or even time but connected with love and this melancholic melody.
It’s crazy but I hope I can catch some glimpses of you either in person, photos, or even in written pieces, because I know we would know each other by that.
Till then. Wishing I’d look into those eyes of yours one day and see all that love that had been waiting to bind us forever…
Nothing gets a man quicker to his knees other than the thought of his wife and children.
It’s not the imminent crisis ahead, and definitely not the adversity that looms before him. He can welcome them with open arms and a smirk on his face.
But when he realizes how helpless he really is when it comes to the assurance of providing and protecting his family, at present and in the future, is an entirely different story. Man is limited, and he knows it but is sometimes adamant to admit it.
In as much as he would like to cover everything for his loved ones, he realizes that he cannot. Yet he does it, nevermind that he misses by a mile for the sake of his family.
But he can do one more thing, the best thing that he can and the best thing he will ever do: pray.
There is boundless power unlocked by a mother’s prayer but a father’s supplications are no less potent. And he knows that.
Recognizing this, he will bend his knees and will implore to the Ultimate Infinity which is God Himself to fill the huge gap that he himself cannot fill.
Behind his brute strength and full masculine bravado is his need to commune and replenish himself from a greater power. God is his rock of comfort. And there he finds solace.
With a height of 5’8″ they said I should have been a basketball player.
I’ve already had enough hearing what a waste am I for having such untapped gift of height which is the envy of many. However, what’s more vexing are the words that are left unsaid: how lame am I for not playing basketball; that I am doomed not to have the prettiest cheerleaders for a girlfriend; Class B; the Beta male.
Succumbing to this standard definition imposed by society, I pushed myself to play basketball despite my awkward moves and maneuvers lacking skill and authority. I already knew back then that I didn’t have the natural gift that only needs enhancement unlike Lebron of today, or Iverson back then. But I enjoyed watching PBA, so I was thinking maybe, that was enough to begin with.
I persevered despite the frequent humiliation and taunting hoping I would amount to something.
One day, I played basketball with some peers. God knows I poured my juvenile heart and muscles into it. I thought it all went well, just another forgettable play until the following morning when my cousin told me that someone remarked that I looked pretty much like a cane toad when I jump during rebound or while shooting.
That’s it, I told myself with the finality of a death sentence. I’m done. I’m outta here.
To hell with the ball.
From then on I’d totally murder even the slightest thought of playing basketball.
Fast forward to more than a decade. I was already an engineer working at a construction site. I related this story to a friend the safety officer, a middle aged man who happens to have an Ilocano father. He has the skill in listening and full of wisdom. What he said next left me dumbfounded:
…you should have not listened to it. If you really wanted to play basketball then, imagine where you would have been right now if you just kept playing.”
I may not have qualified to play at a prestigious university or any professional basketball associations, but who would have known? Had I learned to shut people’s negative opinions towards me and persevered ’til I got better, maybe I would still be playing?
I have nothing against basketball, not even to those who found comic relief in my “freak show” version of playing ball. I still don’t play but I still do love watching NBA especially the finals where the action and drama blends into an intoxicating concoction.
This particular door to greatness may not have opened for me but the lessons I learned from such experiences are priceless:
It was a test on how much I wanted something and how much I was willing to sacrifice to attain my dreams. Basketball may not be for me but there are other stuff I achieved where my sacrifices were worth it.
Don’t give your switches to anyone. This was my big mistake. Despite the white noise and how much you suck as they think you do, don’t let it affect you. It’s you who will live your life and not them. You will never obtain everyone’s affirmation anyway, so might as well do what you think is good for you.
And lastly, it pays to be kind to everyone. You will never know how far the ripples of your good deeds will go.
My officemates are hardcore bullies, They litter inside my workstation, They loiter inside my workstation, Deliberately make all sorts of noises, Have no qualms in disturbing me whilst I’m in deep thought, Interruptions spark at their whims, They climb my chair, Take my pens and notebooks like they own it, Drink my coffee(!) Wrestle for mouse control, Ruin my documents by “ambushing” my keyboard while I’m typing, Press the power buttons of the AVR and CPU while I’m working, Piss behind my chair –
It’s really tough being bullied while working from home.
This Covid-19 stole great times ahead with family and friends But it doesn’t really bother me all that much: social distancing avoiding the crowd things as such. Been the recluse for yep, not that long – only a lifetime and still going strong. If at all this is but an expansion of us loners’ Eden
But what I can’t settle myself with is the thought of your comeliness once overflowing now mandated to be partly hidden.
Oh how atrocious my erring might have been that my soul warrants such scourge and torment?!
How am I gonna see your hair caressing your cheeks or the smile that escapes your lips as the wind embraces you and carries your sweet scent on mountain highs and valley lows into and beyond the event horizon and throughout the cosmos
Twas sweet a past where I have but memories of your lovely face in all its immaculate radiance and that sweet smile, that despite of this world right now painfully going through a tight rope, puts in my heart an ample amount of hope
The legislation that I loathe and abhor may still be a friend though in a way – if only to hide the bitterness in my smile.
And this I earnestly pray that it will come that blessed day where you can take your mask away and so does mine and our lips would meet in due time
Humanity must have been doomed its fate sealed: you fuck nature, it fucks you back. Harder.
Gasp after gasp, the succeeding more painful than the ones before, for life left in the air if anything’s left there at all or anywhere.
You may still be alive, yes. Barely though. “Never mind” you say. “There is still a chance. A small glimmer of hope and mountains of ashes to build the new upon. And being half dead a man is better than a dog altogether dead and damned.” Or is it?
A lady saw a pastor whose right butt cheek is showing from his worn out jeans. When the pastor saw the disgusted reaction of the lady, he immediately turned his back. Completely appalled, the lady left. The pastor’s companion who is with him, saw it all, turned and asked his friend:
“Hey what’s the big idea?”
“Oh this (points to his exposed butt cheek)? Practicing what I preach.”
“What I preach. Which is why I willingly turned the other cheek.”
What if I meet the anti me? The once I thought obliterated during Big Bang long lost then found the volatile concoction the catalyst the critical mass the same badass face-to-face?
They said he’s me and I am he It’s just that we have opposite charges What does that even mean? Is this the Yin and Yang of Oriental origins?
And from where is he exactly? How can he just pop out of nowhere from nothing?
By who’s authority is he summoned into existence? And in the same way be gone in an instant in a fraction of a second? Can he just leave and come back no more? Is he even aware that when we meet the borrowed energy by which we both exist will return to the Source and cause us to cease just being?
Is he my evil twin? Or am I the evil twin? Would he embody the things I envy? Will he complement my imperfections? Will he turn green drooling of what I already achieved? Or will I be the one to flood the Himalayas and turn the desert green?
Shall I punch him to break his nose? or will the anti-me give me a hug and a pat in the back? And end up releasing energy and obliterating ourselves in the process? Or will it spark a new cosmos same as what we know today? Or maybe it already did?
Son: Dad, can you shed me some light on tactical interrogation and cross-examination?
Daddy: (without even looking up from the broadsheet he’s reading) You’re barking at the wrong tree son. There’s someone more skillful at that, better than anyone who wears the badge. Go and ask your mother…
Condemning, in accordance to one’s own biases in the guise of “doing God’s work” is never, not even close to God’s way.
Recall the story of Mary Magdalene and Zacchaeus. Did Jesus slap their faces with the tablets of the ten commandments and ordered the Heavenly Fire to consume their wretched souls because of their sins?
No he didn’t.
Instead, He showed them love and forgiveness which led to their repentance and conversion, finally forsaking their old sinful ways.
Love, genuine love, is what will win souls and not the fear of the fiery lake of brimstone and sulfur. If we ain’t doing that, we should ask ourselves: really, who’s work are we implementing?
(Nevermind that the intro is with an icky similarity with Aiza Seguerra’s Pagdating ng Panahon. Once you get through that, all will be good I promise.)
I’m telling you I softly whisper Tonight, tonight You are my angel
愛してるよ 二人は ひとつに Tonight, tonight I just to say
Wherever you are, I’ll always make you smile Wherever you are, I’m always by your side Whatever you say, 君を想う気持ち I promise you “forever” right now I don’t need a reason I just want you, baby Alright, alright Day after day
この先長いことずっと どうかこんな僕とずっと 死ぬまで Stay with me We carry on
Wherever you are, I’ll always make you smile Wherever you are, I’m always by your side Whatever you say, 君を想う気持ち I promise you “forever” right now
Wherever you are, I’ll never make you cry Wherever you are, I’ll never say goodbye Whatever you say, 君を想う気持ち I promise you “forever” right now
The Sun woke up this morning to see me outta my bed Took over from the Moon my sentry the instance the Darkness gave way to the Light I exhaled yesterday as I breathed in tomorrow All revved up my engine in full chime Ready to take possession of another historic day
We don’t hold tomorrow Such a pity We have plans grand as the heavens Funny thing is tomorrow has got her own plans as well which usually screws us like hell Which is why at times I don’t make any plans to save myself from disdain of life as I know But how will I relish the future if I can’t savor it today And how will I know if my wishes are granted if I don’t dream of it at this very moment?
protest all we want, violent or otherwise, day-in and day-out, and
pound the pearly gates ‘til kingdom come, begging for the inexorable change gods currently knocking at our doors to reconsider and be back on a more convenient time.
Or if we know better, we can stay calm instead of going bananas.
It is completely understandable if we are tempted to think we can argue with it and have our way in the end. But we know all too well that in offering resistance, we are only prolonging the agony, unnecessarily.
It is either we welcome change with flying fists up until the last ounce of our blood and die without seeing the dawn break, or, we can make a good friend out of that motherfucker.
Fortunately, we get to choose our battles. Let us then choose wisely, shall we?
I yanked a string too strong that made the church bells chime and the fabric unraveled:
And there she stood just her and nothing more nothing between my eyes and her golden skin and succulent curves revealed in all their glory set free from whatever covered her and thrown onto my outstretched hands
I prayed for sunshine The wind brought rain Like pesky little kids Sliding from my crown To my sole and further down Rinsing with it My remaining Patience and optimism “Wonderful” saith the thunder As the sun grew dim And the tree died laughing Of the gag show before him
You don’t like sopas and I don’t know why Puzzles the hell out of me Who doesn’t want a hot pot of chicken soup made creamy with evap made colorful with cabbage and carrots and made gut-heavy with elbow macaroni?
Detest is a word too strong least priority maybe but then, I could be wrong
Yet you made one for me just the same saying:
“I still don’t love sopas. May never be. But I’m trying to learn to love the things that you love.”
More than the hot pot of sopas before me I thank you my sweet balm for all the love and for keeping me warm For a thousandth time again and again to the heavens I implore good favors for you my lovely woman who cooks sopas for her man
A condescending attitude is often mistaken as piety. Removing that illusion however, will reveal hypocrisy at its finest, the main reason Jesus reproached the Pharisees for being like whitewashed tombs that are beautiful in the outside but filled with dried bones and rotting flesh inside.
Now that paints an ugly picture especially when viewed from the outside. Because in as far as witnessing is concerned, nothing comes off as a surefire “turn off” than a hypocrite pretending to be a saint.
If we as Christians are to convert the gentiles and bring the wayward sheep of Israel back into the fold, we should instead come from a place of love.
Recall the story of Mary Magdalene and Zacchaeus. Jesus did not cite the 10 commandments to condemn them right then and there of their sins, nor did He summon heaven’s fury to devour their wretched sinful souls. He instead showed love and mercy through forgiveness, as His standpoint which eventually led to their conversion.
Out of love came forth mercy and actions within the context of love.
But a condescending attitude is begotten from a sanctimonious “holier than thou” mindset. And that, is the exact opposite of our mission as children of God which we claim to be, which is to spread His message of love to a lost world.
that instead of diabolical plots and rhapsodic images of your sweet affliction, He manifested Himself through reason before anything I envisioned would irreversibly come to fruition
I must thank God and probably so should you –
that instead of regrets and abysmal sorrow or that fiendish grin and gratified puffs at the sight of a gasping prey and the smell of blood, I uttered a silent wailing plea Supplicated for restraint within my inner sanctuaries And stabbed my journal ‘til its blood filled the oceans as it is tossed to and fro by tempests and billows
Life is not about outmaneuvering others to get ahead of them, nor is it limiting and enslaving yourself to the moves of the majority. It’s about finding your own tune and getting in sync with that beat.