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September 30, 2008

The weekend that was …

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How was yours? Mine was, as usual, full of activities, movement and color; but there was time, too, for relaxation and savoring the moment of freedom from Mon-Fri stresses. The weekend is usually for doing things which we could not do during the week, when we are at work or at school or other activities related to our professional lives. That is, for us who do not have to work during the weekend. There are others I know who could not enjoy the weekend as some of us due to work commitments, or they just could not say NO. For them, everyday is a working day which might not be good as we need time to rest. Even though we still keep doing activities in the weekend at least they are different from routine, and the break alone is good, especially the change of pace. That includes the change in scenery, such as different views and faces of people J.

So last weekend, despite the enjoyment there were some glitches. One was when we went to the Lifestyles Thailand office at Ocean Tower in Ratchadapisek to pick up our Intra orders. It took longer than usual as there were many people. My husband who was waiting in the car just in front of the office got bullied by the guards. That was terrible especially when one particular guard threatened to hit our car with a gate pole. What was annoying was there were other cars parked there, even much longer than us and why could they? And then there were more cars coming in who were also allowed to stand by. Such arrogance. People in the service industry who do not know how to do service have no right to be in that profession.

Inside the Lifestyles office I was talking to my friend (a kababayan) and she told me that she has actually stopped being in the loop of this MLM business. Like me, she is now just buying the products for her own personal use, and to serve others who order from her. Purely for health reasons, availing of the discount we already have as members. Aside from her lack of time to network with people and potential customers, she said that the “unfriendliness” of the office itself to foreign members discouraged her from actively participating. Oh well … I have experienced this myself several times when I dealt with this company. That is why I would just often order from my upline instead of directly from them. There is too much hassle as probably there are language and cultural barriers. Thai businesses are well-known not to care about customers anyway, as it is in their culture not to complain.

This was the major glitch last weekend. For a while it leaves you seething but what to do in a situation like this? It is safer to just let it be. I believe that when people are so nasty with us and we might not be able to pay them back an eye for an eye, vengeance will come to them somehow. In some future time, in some way, these nasty people will get what they deserve. Not through me, but through others or through life itself. There is a Higher Being who knows all things, sees all things, and judgment will be ultimately His.

So let’s just hang on and enjoy life. It’s too precious and short to be wasted on things that do not matter. And especially the weekend is so precious and short, gotta make use of it well. So that when the new week comes, we can enter it with rejuvenated bodies and renewed spirits, so we can keep going and fulfilling the purpose of living.

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September 26, 2008

A fleeting feeling

Filed under: Life stuff,Observations — carnationzky @ 6:04 am
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I was browsing through the Jester-in-Exile blog when I chanced upon the link to A Slice of Life (Jenny’s blog). What was interesting was that as the banner/header of this blog appeared I just felt like I was in the middle of summer holidays. It was just a fleeting moment but it was a good feeling. It was probably the color combination of the blog’s banner which I associate with summer and all things fun and exciting, going to the beach, playing on the sand, reading under the tree, and just having fun with family and friends. I am just probably missing home, that’s why.

July 7, 2008

Be Happy. Not? Be?

Filed under: Spiritual,Work life — carnationzky @ 9:51 am
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Some changes are occurring in the workplace. Can’t say I am overjoyed with the turn out. I want out actually but the wisest thing to do now is to wait it out. Hmmm lots of outs here. Some say just be happy with your lot. My mind tells me something. But what is God saying? Glorify God in whatever you do. Wherever you are. So I think as long as I am here I just have to do my best, until that best won’t be good enough for all concerned. That depends on what standard they will base it on. I think when that time comes, God will make a way for me so that I can continue doing my best, for Him. Be it here still, or somewhere else. I have to keep my eyes, heart and ears open for His green light.

July 4, 2008

The wisdom verse

Filed under: Life stuff,Spiritual,Work life — carnationzky @ 3:32 am
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Photo courtesy of Nonoy Nietes

A timely verse for me here in the workplace. Lord, yes, please give me wisdom so I will know how to deal with difficulties and complications that arise as I do my work here in the office. Help me to be Christlike in my reactions and responses to harassment and other forms of oppression. I thank You for Your presence that reminds me to look up and soar beyond the situation, and to see the big picture. Thank you, Lord, for life is not just confined within the four walls of this office. There is a higher calling, and I need your wisdom to guide my thoughts so I will not be bogged down by the mundane things of everyday life. Open my eyes and heart to the many opportunities to bring glory to You by living as You want me to. Thank You that I am not alone here. You are with me.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord”.James 1:5-8

June 30, 2008

Traffic and rain

Filed under: Life stuff — carnationzky @ 3:40 pm
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We were caught in heavy rain and traffic tonight on our way to the mall. We should not have gone out considering that clouds were gathering when we left. After eating our dinner by the Swan Lake, where we had somtam, fried pla tap tim, namtok mhu, and sticky rice, we drove to Future Park. It was nearly 7 pm. We wanted to frame some photos for the wall. We have just made the U-turn from AIT and passed Bangkhan when the drops started to fall. By the time we reached Pinehurst area on Pahonyothin Rd. the rain fell harder, and traffic seemed to stop. We turned on to FM100 to listen to the road news. This is a public service radio station wherein people can call in to ask for help. They also have volunteers to report on the traffic conditions in specific areas around Bangkok and suburbs. So we heard that on the Pahonyothin Highway a few km ahead of us, there was some accident. So that was why the traffic, though moving, was at a snail’s pace. And together with the heavy downpour, it made matters worst. We were in the outside road then we decided to go in. But things were the same. It was taking us a very long time that we decided not to go to FP anymore. We  passed the U-turn already to go back to AIT. So we went farther to go up the tollway and get off the next exit to get to the next U-turn. But it turned out that that area was also crowded so we went up again to the tollway. We ended up paying the 55 Baht for tollfee on that route. The rain was still heavy but at least the way was clear. There was no traffic here. But the opposite side was so crowded that traffic seemed to be at a standstill. And we had to go that way once we eventually made our U-turn. So we went on until we took the exit at  Central Ladprao, and made a U-turn to get on the tollway back to Don Muang. Another fee to pay at 35 Baht. So we were up again on the tollway to go back to AIT. After a few minutes, we got stuck again in the traffic. We had to be patient. At least the vehicles were moving. It was just made slower by the fact that there were so many cars exiting towards Lamlukka and Rangsit, and below those making the U-turn as well. That was why we had to go farther earlier because of the gridlock in that area. We did not have to go down here so we went ahead. We had to pay another fee, this time for 20 Baht. And it was good that after this bottleneck, the road was clear again. So we were on our way back without traffic now. But the rain was still heavy. When we came down from the tollway we looked at the opposite lane where we passed earlier. Traffic there was now at a standstill. Imagine if we did not make the decision and still insisted to keep going there, we would not yet be home at this time. We spent quite a lot just to use the tollway, and also used fuel for nothing. We should never have gone out in the first place. There’s no use feeling regret about it although it was quite a waste of time, energy, fuel and money. We just had to spend and move less this week to compensate for that. For me I kept praying for His protection every time a vehicle cut in front or overtook us.  We thank God for protecting us while on the road.

June 27, 2008

Antique Relief Efforts in Babelation

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Relief efforts in the province of Antique, Western Visayas, Philippines are on-going to help those affected by the super mega typhoon Frank. And yet, there seems to be not enough of the basic supplies such as food, medicines and clothing, among others. Mr. Fridy Panaguiton, head of Kinaray-a.com, Inc., one of the NGOs spearheading relief efforts in Antique, mentioned that both the haves and the have-nots stand side by side in receiving the dole outs. People have lost all their belongings and livelihoods. They have to start from scratch. The immediate need now is what to eat from day to day.

More here …

Crowd waiting for help

June 24, 2008

Frank, what have you done?

Filed under: Events — carnationzky @ 4:30 pm
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So many were left homeless and without anything...relief work going on to clothe and feed them.We woke up with shock to hear what happened a few days ago in the Philippines, particularly in my province, Antique, and nearby provinces in Panay Island. Frank the super-super typhoon caused havoc and destruction, flash floods – from water rushing from the mountains, burst dams, high tide coinciding with lots of water, strong waves and winds causing ships and barges to overturn and sink, loss of many lives … Most of the places destroyed are rice growing areas. The rice has just been planted, so come October, there will not be enough rice to harvest. Even before the storm the country, as in other places, was already facing many crises, from economic to political, and now this … If we do not have hope, we will think that it is the end of the world. But thank God, there is always hope. As long as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the afternoon, there is hope. And during these troubled times, with people grieving for their lost loved ones, with people rendered homeless, penniless, facing starvation and thirst, and many more … we have hope because those who have something to share are giving hope to all those affected. The outpouring of love and care and devotion to help in so many ways, from both near and far, goes beyond duty. We could not just turn away from this situation. Let us do our part in helping, wherever we are, so those affected will not lose hope. That they can keep looking up to heaven to thank Him who compels all to love and to help and to give. Thanks to everybody who has helped in one way or another … let us continue with the good works which God has prepared for us in advance to do.

Check these links for more info and for photos: http://www.kinaray-a.com; http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-38998

June 21, 2008

50 Promises for Marriage

Filed under: Life stuff — carnationzky @ 7:43 am
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Somebody sent me this by email and I think it is worth reading. These are just some practical ideas which will make married life exciting day by day. Just 50, as there are still many more that makes a marriage …

1.Start each day with a kiss. 2.Wear your wedding ring at all times. 3.Date once a week. 4.Accept diffrences. 5.Be polite. 6.Be gentle. 7.Give gifts. 8.Smile Often. 9.Touch. 10.Talk about dreams. 11.Select a song that can be “our song”. 12.Give back rubs. 13.Laugh together. 14.Send a card for no reason. 15.Do what the other person wants before he or she asks. 16. Listen. 17.Encourage. 18.Do it his or her way. 19.Know his or her needs. 20.Fix the other person’s breakfast. 21.Compliment twice a day. 22.Call during the day. 23.Slow down. 24.Hold hands. 25. Cuddle. 26. Ask for each other’s opinion. 27.Show respect. 28.Welcome each other home. 29.Look your best. 30.Wink at each other. 31.Celebrate birthdays in a big way. 32.Apologize. 33.Forgive. 34.Set up a romantic getaway. 35.Ask, “What can i do to make you happier?” 36.Be positive. 37.Be kind. 38.Be vulnerable. 39.Respond quickly to the other person’s request. 40.Talk about our love. 41.Reminisce about our favorite times together. 42.Treat other’s friends and relatives with courtesy. 43.Send flowers on Valentine’s Day and anniversary. 44.Admit when wrong. 45.Be sensitive to each other’s sexual desires. 46.Pray for each other daily. 47.Watch sunsets together. 48.Say “I love you” frenquently. 49.End the day with a hug. 50.Seek outside help when needed.

June 20, 2008

When tyres go flat …

Filed under: Life stuff,Work life — carnationzky @ 4:28 am
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Unlike what a certain book has said about the world being flat giving us endless and countless opportunities, when your bike is flat, you can go nowhere! Such is the case now when the concessionaire for bike services on campus moved out and a new one is yet to come, leaving a period (of more than a week) of no bike service. Many, including yours truly, are not able to add air into their bike tyres. In a community where more than 90% of the population uses bicycles, the absence of a bike service center is as noticeable as the absence of a Thai restaurant in a faraway land. If this situation goes on, we have to start thinking of a strategy to get to office still feeling fresh and nice, i.e. walking. Not bad in the early mornings or late afternoons, but other times, forget it. Either you sweat too much from the heat, or you get soaked by the heavy downpour. Thus, it’s welcome news when just now we received the announcement that the new bike shop concessionaire will open tomorrow, with a special mention that an air pump will be installed immediately. There, we do not have to walk to office anymore and arrive there all sweating and out of breath. But walking is good, but not when the sun is up there smiling in all its shining glory, or the skies frowning down and drenching us with the rain! Maybe we really need to walk more, then, to be fit.

June 18, 2008

A hundred years!

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My beloved alma mater is turning 100 years old today! I studied there when she was between 80 and 84 years old. Too bad I could not participate in the celebration there now. How I wish I could be there and feel the excitement and fun and the nostalgia and many more … I just rely on the internet to witness the events during the whole year of celebration. Sharing one article I received by email today. It somehow captures the 100 years of UP existence, but of course we know that 100 years magnified by her impacts on many lives could not be confined in just a few paragraphs. Yet this short article somehow still stirs up what UP was, is and will be.

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UP turns 100 today
By Juaniyo Arcellana
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The University of the Philippines , the school that bred many of the nation’s leaders, artists and rebels, turns 100 years old today.

UP officials have prepared elaborate celebrations for the milestone event, culminating in a grand alumni homecoming this weekend at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, site of many a sporting spectacle but on Saturday will be transformed into a melting pot of memories and nostalgia of all things UP.

Barely two months ago the new UP Charter was signed into law in UP Cebu , granting it fiscal autonomy as a national university.

Created by an act of the Philippine legislature in 1908 during the American period, the State University has come a long way from its early halcyon days along Padre Faura, the original campus, where the first seven colleges were constructed of sawali and galvanized iron.

There are now seven constituent universities located in 12 campuses throughout the country.

Act 1870, otherwise known as the UP Charter, created the university to “provide advanced education in literature, philosophy, the sciences and the arts; and to give professional and technical training to every qualified student irrespective of age, sex, nationality, religious belief or political affiliation, ” a statement from the Diliman Information Office said.

In those days that section of Ermita was like a mini university belt, with nearby schools Ateneo and Assumption also located there. Many of the streets were named after the states in the US : Florida , Colorado , Indiana , spilling all the way to Malate area, the exception being Isaac Peral, now United Nations Avenue , names only the oldtimers would likely remember.

When the Centennial Year was launched last January, celebrations began early in the morning in UP Manila , the template campus that houses the College of Medicine , precursor of the 1908 university charter, and wound up in the evening with a bonfire on the main campus of Diliman across town. Today at the Philippine General Hospital the UP Manila ‘s Indayog will be dancing the tinikling.

The Faura campus survived the war years, with the Conservatory of Music (Villamor Hall) being turned into a headquarters by Japanese occupying forces where the indios were supposed to surrender whatever firearms they had, as documented by author Benito Legarda in his book “Occupation ’42.” On the upper floors of the Conservatory, the intellectuals of the day were detained and interrogated, including the American editor of the Free Press magazine.

In 1948 UP held its last commencement exercises on Padre Faura, before transferring to Diliman the following year. Emerenciana Yuvienco, the lone summa cum laude of that batch, recalls that President Manuel Roxas was the commencement speaker. An April downpour gave them all a good drenching and Roxas himself refused an umbrella being provided by an aide. Two days later he was dead, after suffering from a heart attack in Clark Field.

Of things UP there are many, consisting of a random enough timeline that varies with each person who walked – maybe even sleepwalked – through the groves of that academe.

The General Education Program was introduced in 1959, which the university president of the new millennium, Francisco Nemenzo, sought to strengthen alongside the system’s fiber optic backbone, and so better equip the UP graduate in the 21st century.

The Creative Writing Center was set up in the late 1970s with a seed fund of a million pesos from the late President Ferdinand Marcos, but even before that there were already regular writers’ workshops being held both in Diliman and the campus in Baguio City .

Any history of UP would not be complete without mention of student activism, as it has been commonly known as a hotbed of radicalism and free thinkers, the well-off families who weren’t necessarily stingy would think twice about sending their children to State U.

Unforgettable was the Diliman commune in 1971, the smoke coming from the barricades could be seen kilometers away, and dzUP was taken over by ideologues mouthing the isms over the static. Of course, the likes of Joma Sison and Ninotchka Rosca hung out at the basement cafeteria, among the other bohemians (both political and apolitical) of the day.

During martial law the university seemed to be under temporary sedation, but only on the surface: dissent in its most extreme form hovered just around the corner. Rallies were nipped in the proverbial bud, but this didn’t stop the Iskolar ng Bayan from putting in his or her five centavos worth against the dictatorship.

The student publication The Collegian soldiered on, with its slogan printed in bold type near the masthead: Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kalian pa?

Billy Lacaba, a staff member of the Collegian editor Ditto Sarmiento during the late ’70s, spoke of the time the paper’s adviser Francisco Arcellana, whose job it was to read through the contents to check for anything incendiary, merely signed his name to approve the galleys without bothering to look at the copy, all in the name of press freedom. Both editor and adviser, may they rest in peace, were soon invited to Camp Crame for debriefing and an intensive refresher course on the New Society.

There was Lean Alejandro walking around campus in slippers. Francis Pangilinan, who would one day be senator, already looked kind of slick even then.

Members of the Eraserheads lived in the Diliman dorms, while Yano’s song State U remains a wake-up call for the Iskolar ng Bayan.

The Ikot jeep too has now a special place in UP annals, the ride round campus that started with a 5-centavo fare. There was subsequently a jeep that plied the opposite route, known as the Toki, because history too can run counter-clockwise.

And whereas tuition in the old days added up to little more than spare change, lately there have been grumblings – not unjustified – about the 300-percent increase in enrollment fees starting with those with student numbers beginning with the numbers 2007.

Long time employees are also wondering when their centennial bonus will come, before the money from katas ng tuition and assorted fund-raising gets lost in the mammoth celebrations.

Yet the bitterness and heartaches can be set aside for a day or two, for the sake of UP Naming Mahal, not coincidentally host of this year’s University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) games.

Though UP won NCAA basketball titles in the pre-war years, its first and only UAAP basketball crown was notched in 1986, when Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and Eric Altamirano led the charge at the Ultra in Pasig . This centennial year the Fighting Maroons hope to win a game or two, after going 0-14 last year.

Not at the Ultra, but at the Araneta this Saturday will there be a lookout for the great beauties of Dekada 70 – Ascencia, Rosanna, Jacqueline – if they are in more ways than one still aboveground, and if time has been kind to them as UP most likely has.

Grand community sing-alongs during flag-raising at Quezon Hall in Diliman, and a multi-media tribute and concert at the Cultural Center from today till Friday conspire to usher in State U to its next one hundred years.

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