Sunday, January 30, 2011

i am a sheep

I met up with my cousin on Friday for some catching up. Before we went home, she gave me this "lucky bracelet" in time for the Chinese new year. With the bracelet is a booklet with description of persons born in the year of the sheep. Apparently, I am an earth sheep. These are what the booklet said:


The Earth element gives the Sheep a grounded effect. Although he struggles with a lack of self-confidence, this Sheep is a very stable person. They are independent and practical, leaning more towards conservancy than liberality. An Earth Sheep’s family is his most important asset and he spends his life working hard to provide for his loved ones. Earth Sheep are born with a joy for life that generally becomes infectious as you get to know him.

This is the most feminine sign of the Chinese zodiac. A person of the Sheep year is called the good Samaritan of the cycle. He is righteous, sincere and easily taken in by sob stories. He is likely to be mild-mannered, even shy. At his best, he is artistic, fashionable and a creative worker. At his worst, he tends to be easily overcome by his emotions, pessimistic and withdrawn.

The Sheep is known for his gentle and compassionate ways. He can forgive easily and be understanding about others' faults. He dislikes strict schedules and cannot take too much discipline or criticism. Fond of children and animals, he is close to nature and a general homebody. The Sheep is apt to mother or even smother the objects of his affections. He is possessed by varying moods and finds it impossible to work under pressure. He also finds it difficult to be objective.

The Chinese believe that good fortune smiles on the Sheep because of his pure nature and kind heart. He is generous with his time as well as his money. When you have nowhere to go and no money, you can be sure the Sheep will not turn you away. He will always have the three most important things in life: food, shelter and clothing. Wherever he goes, he is bound to meet people who can and will assist him. A person of this sign will make it a point to marry well and will be cherished not only by his mate, but his in-laws as well.

He has fantastic luck; people often leave him money in their wills and even the poorest of these natives will be able to inherit something of value from their parents or relations. Admirers present the Sheep with expensive presents and rich and powerful patrons take him; under their wing. Famous personalities will adopt him and take him as their protege. Somehow the fortunate sheep will always have things', made easier for him. His every fall will be cushioned by those who look out for his interests.

Yes, the Sheep can be ingratiating when it comes to currying favor Consequently, like the Rabbit, he will obtain his wishes without force. or violence. He will have great passive endurance and will wear you down with pleas and entreaties. You will never know his mettle until. you try to break him. He isn't that warm and woolly after all. Basically a survivor, the Sheep will know how to placate or evade his enemies. Failing that, he'll run home crying and get his big brother to beat you to a pulp.

The Sheep never really cuts his umbilical cord. He will always come home to mother and his favorite apple pie. He never forgets birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. And he will make it a point to celebrate these days ostentatiously. But he is equally sensitive about his own special dates, too.

The Sheep is basically a worrier. He tends to be pessimistic about events and is prone to predict the worst.

The Sheep damsel is inclined to like dainty things and will vote for all the frills and trimmings that come along with them. The Sheep lady will be spanking clean; she is most concerned with personal hygiene, even though her house may be a mess and she doesn't know where anything is. The more aloof types will be preoccupied by sanitary standards. Her children will be scrubbed clean and always look presentable.

The Sheep girl will openly show her favoritism and will consort day in and day out with those she dubs her special people, her confidants. If she doesn't love you, well, don't complain. At least she will just ignore you without trying to reform you or come after you with a cudgel like a Dragon or an Ox lady. Hers is the voice of gentle persuasion. She'll twist your arm, but in the most engaging manner. For her, half the fun will be the "getting there," the flirting, the cajoling. Her "Yes" could always mean "No" and her "No" could mean "Maybe." If you are a knight in shining armor and you want to win this fair maiden, it will always be worth the challenge to find out.

All Sheep people, from nine to ninety, are diehard romantics. Soft music, moonlight and intimate candlelit dinners never fail to work their magic on them.

A person born under this sign will have the beguiling knack of turning his very weakness into strength. He knows how to get what he wants by insinuations and subtle hints. He is master of the soft-sell technique, so don't ever underestimate him or you will be caught off-guard. His sedate, earnest and sometimes whimpering ways have proven effective in wearing down the strongest defenses. He can plead his case so convincingly with unfeigned emotions that sometimes he doesn't even have need for many words.

On the whole, it can be said that the Sheep will not have to work hard for a living. Good things come to him naturally, which is perfect, as he loves luxury and ease. Like his best friend, the Rabbit, he has the soul of a connoisseur. Anything ugly or lowly depresses him. He is so sensitive to beauty and balance that his moods are largely governed by his surroundings. He functions best in bright, airy and tastefully appointed rooms.

In his life he will need strong and loyal people to lean on. The outgoing and optimistic characteristics of the Horse, Boar and Tiger will complement his personality. He will also find perfect harmony with the Rabbit. Monkey, Dragon, Rooster, Snake or another Sheep will do very nicely together, too.

(thanks inday joffie!!!)'s not spot on but a lot sure describes me. hehehehe.

anyways, the bracelet is said to bring good luck this year for me. let's see.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


told myself i'll take some time off today, so earlier this day i started with these

and by mid afternoon...and now that i'm about to end my supposedly rest day, i'm ending with these...

just can't get away from schoolwork.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

happy thoughts

excuse my previous post. i just had to unload. i am feeling lots of emotions these days because of things happening around me.

soooooooooo....let's go back to our regular programming. our town celebrated its "fiesta" (sortof) there was a fireworks competition and here are three of my favorite photos.

(i think they look like jellyfishes. watchuthink?)

more happy posts soon!

kumod. kinanglan ko lang gid ipautwas.

hambalan na gid...may sortakindamaypagkaparang-anomaliya gid. bal-an ko kung tag-pila tu. bal-an ko pila ginansya mo. daku-daku ba. kag abi ko sang last year insakto na tu ang nadula nga wawart. hay. basta kwarta gani mainit gid. tsk tsk tsk. wala galibot ang tanan sa kwarta. bata pa gani, kabalo na mag magic. ginadalahig mo ang asosasyon. mabuot na ya mga upod mo. ang ending panginwalaan mo naman dayon. sadya. indi manami. panu nlang na bi mag-propesyunal na kamo?

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baw, ti ano tu ya, miss intrams? maalam ya ang mga estudyante ko. makasabat sila bisan ano nga praktikal nga pamangkot, indi nila kinanglan iban nga tawo para magpanumdom sang ila nga inugsabat. pasensya gd kung may maigo, wala lang gd ko nag-expectar nga ano tu ya gle. ang edge naton sa iban nga mga departments amo na: we can think on our feet. we teach our kids that. and we are good with that. we are smart. we should never underestimate our kids capacity to think for themselves. sa natabo, daw ginhamblan ta lang sial nga "ok lang na, gwapa ka man, we'll have someone else think for you". wala lang gid ako nanamian sa natabo, kag indi lang ako, damo kami nga maestra pareho sentimiento gleng ako lang ya ang magahod kay indi ko ya plastik. maldita na kung maldita.

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ang akon lang ya nga tani bala ipakita lang nga may repercussions ang irresponsibility nga gnpakita nya. if batunon mo na liwat, panu mo masiguro nga indi na na mag-ubra sang ginpang ubra nya? sus, naintu-an ta tanan tapos batunon lang sya balik *justlikethat*? wala gid ako gahambal nga mayo-mayo ako nga tawo, damo man ko kapaltahan pro gina-ubra ko ya ang dapat ulubrahon. wla ko ya gabutig kag gapang-into sa mga "miga" ko. palangga kung palangga pero ga-abot man sa punto nga abusado na kay bal-an nya nga sarangan nya kaw/kamo/kita palibuton pareho sang natabo sa aton tanan subong. luoy man kung luoy PERO indi ina rason nga kalimtan ang punto nga naging irresponsable sya. damo nadalasa. kadako sang damage kag indi na sya makay-o sa madali nga tini-on. paano ang accountability?

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kakapoy lang gid manumdom kag magbatyag sang mga gakalatabo. abi ko sang una sarangan ko tanan pro gaabot man sa punto nga kakapoy lang gid. kabudlay magbugtaw kung aga kay bal-an mo nga malawig na naman ang adlaw, madamo na naman ulubrahon, lalagson nga dapt gin-ubra na tani previously sang miga mo. san-o pa ni matapos man? pwede ako naman madinungol?
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Star people are rare."

I chanced upon this book yesterday and immediately got a copy coz my old book got lost. As soon as I got home, I read it again and as always, it tugged at my heartstrings.

This book will forever be one of my favorites. In a world where people tend to be scared of not fitting in, this may be a book for young adults but the message is applicable for everyone. At it's heart, the book is about individuality and nonconformity, but the writer accomplishes much more than that.

allow me to share my favorite quotes from the book:

  • “Because I didn’t feel like Susan anymore.” –when asked why she changed her name
  • “I’m not my name. My name is something I wear, like a shirt. It gets worn. I outgrow it, I change it.”
  • “I root for everybody!
  • “Nothing’s more fun than being carried away.”
  • “Nobody has the time. The time cannot be owned. Time is free to everyone!”
  • “It (enchantment) started when the earth was born. It never stops. It is, always. It’s just here.”
  • “It’s really hard to do nothing totally. Even just sitting here, like this, our bodies are churning, our minds are chattering. There’s a whole commotion going on inside us.”
  • “The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then–maybe–the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.”
  • “I’m erased. I’m gone. I’m nothing. And then the world is free to flow into me like water into an empty bowl…. And… I see. I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I’m not outside my world anymore, and I’m not really inside it either. The thing is, there’s no difference between me and the universe. The boundary is gone. I am it and it is me. I am a stone, a cactus thorn. I am rain. I like that most of all, being rain.”


  • “In that moonlit hour, I acquired a sense of the otherness of things. I liked the feeling the moonlight gave me, as if it wasn’t the opposite of say, but its underside, its private side, when the fabulous purred on my snow-white sheet like some dark cat come in from the desert.”
  • “We had no one to compare her to, no one to measure her against. She was unknown territory. Unsafe. We were afraid to get too close.”
  • “It was a rebellion she led, a rebellion for rather than against. For ourselves. For the dormant mud frogs we had been for so long.”
  • “We wagged our head and agreed what a goofy girl this was, maybe even officially crazy, but we walked away smiling and maybe not saying but all thinking the same thing: it felt good to get credit.”
  • “She did not seem to notice. Of all the unusual features of Stargirl, this struck me as the most remarkable. Bad things did not stick to her. Correction: her bad things did not stick to her. Our bad things stuck very much to her…. All of her feelings, all of her attentions flowed outward. She had no ego.”
  • “She was the opposite of cool; she held nothing back.”


  • “My school is everywhere and always in session.”
  • “On the contrary, she is one of us. Most decidedly. She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were.”
  • “She’s anything but. She’s an earthling if there ever was one.”
  • “If anybody is acting, it’s us. She’s as real as–as real as Barney.”
  • “Every name is real. That’s the nature of names.”
  • “Maybe that’s how names ought to be, heh? Why be stuck with just one your whole life?”
  • “You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.”
  • “The trouble with miracles is, they don’t last long.”
  • “How did this girl come to be? I used to ask myself. Sometimes I thought she should be teaching me. She seems to be in touch with something that the rest of us are missing.”
  • "Whose love do you cherrish more? Hers or theirs? when you deside that, it's all downhill from there."
  • “You know, there’s a place we all inhabit, but we don’t much think about it, we’re scarcely conscious of it, and it lasts for less than a minute a day…. It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are, for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then… and then–ah–we open our eyes and the days is before us, and–we become ourselves.”

I hope you, friends, get to read this wonderful book, too.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guidelines for a successful and wise 2011 from maimai

ok. i was reading my friends' blogs and this is what i got from maimai, my little miss RPh

01. Drink plenty of water.
02. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper
03. Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
04. Make time to pray.
05. Play more games.
06. Read more books than you did in 2010.
07. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
08. Sleep for 7 hours each day.
09. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

10. Know your limits.
11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
13. Dream more while you are awake.
14. Envy is a waste of time; you already have all you need.
15. Forget issues of the past don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
16. Life is too short to waste time hating others.
17. Make peace with your past and accept your mistakes. We’re only human.
18. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
19. Smile and laugh more often.
20. You don’t have to win every argument, agree to disagree.

21. Call your family and friends more often.
22. Each day give something good to others.
23. Forgive everyone for everything, even thought it’s hard!
24. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
26. What other people think of you is none of your business. Who cares?

27. Do the right thing!
28. TIME heals everything.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. May your coming year be a wonderful thing, in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously. I hope you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), I hope that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. Neil Gaiman, “A New Year’s Benediction,”

this is my wish for all of you