Trip to the Philippines ’05

It’s not about what I got, but what I’ve gotta give…


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Guess who’s back..?

I just got home about 3 hours ago and it feels weird writing up a post after being gone for three weeks. I deserve a cookie for not touching the internet for that long! But it also seems like I’m out of words to say even if my mind has a lot of stuff to blurt out from my trip. Blame the airplane ride. The super long journey. Gah.. dang jetlag. Typing as of now, it’s actually 2:48 AM here in Ohio when it would be 3:48 PM back in Manila. WIDE awake. Go figure. I still feel bittersweet leaving my mom and the best of my friends behind at the airport. Still thankful of the Christmas gift of a chance to spend it with them.

The vacation itself.

Awesome beyond even blogging it all out. It’ll worsen my carpal tunnel syndrome even thinking about typing it out. But I’ll do it anyways since experiences are invaluable lessons meant to be shared. I’m thrilled to share everything except for the fact that I’m braindead as of now.

Nevermind the fact of looong air time (21 hours! I almost lost a day!), accompanied by not-the-most-desirable airline food, followed by a rebooked connection flight from inspection delays, and topped by 2 hour delayed checked-in luggages. Those were nothing to complain about, because God has been good to me throughout the whole trip from the moment I left the great US of A all the way halfway around the world and back ’till to this very seat I sit as I type this entry on the computer.

But for now, gotta unpack! gather myself up together once again.

More to come! Oooo, and the bed looks warm and fuzzy. It’s calling out my name.

I’m Leeaving On A Jet Plaane!

Words just can’t describe.

 holiday destination!

Pearl of the Orient.

Twenty-one days.


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A FAT Life

“Live life to the fullest!”

We hear this quote quite very often. In this society, those set of five words are blatantly used as some sort of a mechanism as a motivational phrase for finding self-worth and for justifying its proceeded actions.

Do the best you can, sieze the opportunity, follow your heart’s whisper, savor every moment’s magic, live up to your dreams and desires… blah blah blah…! Carpe diem!

I say, absolute load of crap.

I don’t think that very many of us fully understand what those words mean. What does it mean to live life to the fullest? How do we know to ‘live’ to it’s greater potential? And my favorite part… the fact that something has to be ‘filled’ denotes that it does indeed have a capacity. A limit. An end.

Take a look around. People are doing what they do in life because of what we deemed important (what is important?), driven from goals and aspirations, or maybe the lack thereof. We have been doing this since childhood.

We learn to play our favorite sports, try to be one or hang around the cool kids at school. Show off our cars, trophies and other goodies to others. Then we might continue on with higher education, graduate with a degree and land a prospective job, ready to play the game of corporate ladder ass kissing

Along the way, maybe after a few encounters and experimentations, we then pursue a relationship, trying to find that significant someone. Get married, have 2.5 children and a dog, live in the suburbs, kiss some more asses ’till you get that beach house along the coast, sending the brats away to their own while you take a sip of your salted golden margarita on the rocks while you lay on your hammock by the back porch overlooking a golf course ahead. Awesome!

Then what? What else is out there for you?

You die. Just like that.

What a life. What a ‘full’ life you’ve had, huh?

When I die, I certainly don’t want to, and definitely won’t be remembered by my material worth, bank account, social status, career achievements, and everything I’ve accomplished under my belt. All-time records will always be surpassed by somebody else, top notch recognitions and accomplishments will always be stored away in books, ready to rot in libraries, to be forgotten. Everything under the sun will cease to exist.

When I die, the only legacy I can leave behind is my essence. When everything under the sun cease to exist, my character will shine to the people in my life, to all of my family and dear friends that I love and absolutely care for, and to ones that I will encounter in the future. Don’t ever, ever take them for granted. Nothing can take away that moment whenever you take a moment to say ‘thank you’ whenever someone holds the door for you. Or calling somebody to say you care and want to spend time with them. When was the last time you sincerely told someone “I love you“? Little acts of love greatly kindles a fire of passion. So go ahead and live life to its fullest. Full in a sense that is in never-ending pursuit of far greater than of this world. No limits, no end, nothing at all.