1 Corinthians 13:4-10

>> Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One of the many favorite passages from the bible... :)

Love is patient and kind;

Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude

Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away;
as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away
For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away..


Living Quality

>> Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hope you'll also be motivated by this...

The distractions will always be there, but the opportunities of this moment won't. As compelling as those distractions might be, let them fall behind you as you act on your best possibilities right now.

The excuses for not taking action make a lot of sense, yet there is no real value in even the most reasonable, sensible excuse. Instead of being stopped by why you can't, be energized by why you must.

The quality of your life is up to you, at all times, in all situations. You have the opportunity to creatively imagine an outstanding life for yourself, and then to bring what you imagine into the reality of your world.

The excuses and distractions and setbacks and frustrations are all hopelessly insignificant when compared to your best possibilities. Stay focused on the good and positive things that mean the most to you, and you'll transcend the small bumps along the way with grace and ease.

Get caught up in the wonder and the substance of being, and the trivial distractions will have no power over you. Feel the joy that emanates from your purpose and you'll grow stronger with each passing day.

The richness of your life has no limits. Choose today, and always, to let that richness continue to unfold.

-- Ralph Marston


Busy Bee..

>> Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yes I am.. at work.. :( Have to make sure I have plenty of time to complete my tasks. When I arrived here in Singapore, I had made sure that I meet the target deadline for my tasks. Naks.. so far, kinakaya pa naman.. :) Kaya now, no choice but to stay OT.

yada yada.. Back to work!


An Apology From HK Magazine re: The War at Home

>> Wednesday, April 1, 2009

After all the much controversial article of Chip Tsao "The War at Home" mentioned about Philippines being a "nation of servants", HK Magazine issues an apology:

"The publisher and editors of HK Magazine wish to apologize unreservedly for any offense that may have been caused by Chip Tsao’s column dated March 27.

HK Magazine has long championed the rights of Filipinos working in Hong Kong. We note that Filipinos have often been unfairly treated in Hong Kong, and that they make an important contribution to this community.

As a magazine, we would never want to say anything that would negate that belief.

The column in question was satirical. One aspect of satire is that it can at times be read in different ways. In this particular case, many people have read meanings into this column that were never actually intended.

We wish to assure our readers that we have nothing but respect for Filipinos, both living in Hong Kong and abroad."

-Actual link from HK Magazine here

How about a public apology from Chip Tsao himself? His claim to patriotism isn't really manifested in his article. What he did is to purposely malign/insult Philippines and discriminate Filipinos specially women. Tsk tsk.. His name says a lot about his writing style, CHEAP. I personally think that everyone can make a point without stepping on someone else. Just my two cents...

Oh, and his article can't be found in HK Magazine website anymore, so here it is:

"The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being."


How Low Can You Go?

Sometimes people will just blurt out a below-the-belt kinda things to a person..

..Something that would seem like directed to someone but is really intended to the one they're talking to..

..Something that would seem like a joke but mindfully means it..

..Something that would seem like an innocent remark but with real intentions to hurt feelings..

Well, I just had this kind of conversation with someone I can consider close to my heart before. There are pleasant things that we talked about naman. But definitely there are some snorty remarks (which I ignored) where all I thought of was, how low can you go?

We do not know each other that much anymore. You have a little idea on how my life's going right now. You don't know how God has blessed my life for the past years. I am surrounded by a wonderful support system - Mon, our families, our friends.

I just have to shake my head and say, "tsk, tsk this is nonsense".. You probably thought that it's a sweet victory for you to get to my nerves. What you said did not affect me at all, because I know your style and intentions. And that alone are major reasons that our relationship fell apart easily.

Nuff said. Glad to have taken this out of my system. I'm now moving on. Hope you do too. Pathetic that you still have those hang-ups. Get a life.


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