Archive for May, 2011


April 20, 2011 – Can I just say that I was so excited for this trip ever since it will be my first time to be celebrating my birthday outside the country with only my few cousins and of course in overly hyped “Island of the God”, Bali.

There are no direct flights to Bali so one has to make a stopover in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital or other countries that has connecting flight to the beautiful island. For our case, I believe that once you are in another country, failure to visit the capital city is such a big sin so our flight took us to Jakarta first and we stayed there for 2 days for a few picture taking before we headed to Bali.

We took the Philippine Airlines flight to Jakarta and landed in Jakarta around 12midnight plus. The flight is about four hours and yes we landed on a rainy midnight at Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport.

OK, this would be my second post regarding this issue and hopefully my last. This country has been plagued with so many more important issues rather than condoms, pills and contraceptives. I believe the country had had enough of one party threatening to excommunicate “ungodly” decision-makers and for the other party to incarcerate subversive behavior against the bill. There are more important headlines that the newspaper should publish for each Filipino to know and not only about the fight of radical people who believes that using a barrier device to contain semen is against life.

CONDOMS & CONTRACEPTIVES

These amazing birth control measures were created not only to control the exploding number of population not only in our country. Condoms and contraceptives have been used in ages even from medieval times to protect those people who are in a more intimate relationship. As times have changed, these items are not only becoming an item for birth control but more of a reproductive health item which protects one from contracting unwanted sexual diseases.

CONDOMS, CONTRACEPTIVES AS BARRIER

Well as I have defined the use of these items they are barriers, not to life but barriers of unplanned events that eventually may affect his or her life. With the turn of events right now, I believe that this country has found a contraceptive to the achievement of the goal of passing the Reproductive Health Bill through the Catholic Church. I do not really know where the great opposition for the Bill came but it seems that this issue has been blown in proportion wherein the Catholic Church makes it to a point to meddle with the government not to pass the said Bill.

POVERTY, EDUCATION AND OTHER PROBLEMS

Well the RH Bill will really not solve poverty or lack of education in our country but what does is seek is to protect this country’s people from any sexually transmitted diseases and even unplanned events. The basis for RH Bill is not to deprive Filipinos from choice but more so to empower them to make the right choice. I believe that each and everyone us was given free will for us to decide what is right and what is wrong and even having a baby is something that we are free to decide not even the church so decide when. I believe that the Church has done good in reminding the country of the sanctity of life but more so the Church is there as a spiritual conscience the country in dire need of one but they are not there to DAMASO the country again into believing that what they say is always right.

What is the church’s say to a couple who has five children and earn only less than a hundred pesos a day and yet still wanted to enjoy the love and intimacy of being husband and wife? What is the church’s say to a couple who decides to wait to be more secure in life before they bear a child?

ABSTINENCE
The examples I stated earlier are for those I often consider have a legal relationship but for other relationships outside what God has ordained, I still believe that abstinence is the key. Extramarital sex maybe an accepted thing nowadays and yes, it might be your choice to engage into such actions and yes RH Bill may protect you but there are things higher than what we humans can comprehend when it comes with the sanctity of life.

The issue is not about the “rightness” of the passage of the Bill but more the issue is about the choice one makes. Sometimes I believe that the Church is so righteous enough to take a stand against certain matters our country is facing but then I realize that there are so many skeletons in the closet of the Church that they often neglect acknowledge. What if the Church goes back to the basic and reminds them of the foundation of everything, faith? What if the Church focuses on growing godly men and women rather than throwing contemptuous words against the government? Even if the RH Bill is passed, when the faith of the people if truly anchored on the true conviction of right and wrong. Men and women would stand for right, never compromising their belief.

There are so many important battles that this country has to fight for, more life threatening. The RH Bill is indeed a big challenge for the Aquino Administration and I am looking forward to see that day that no power can stop this Administration from doing what they believe is best for the country.

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Here’s one more read that I believe encapsulates also what I believe in http://www.dennissy.com/the-reproductive-health-bill-and-what-the-bible-says/

DISCLAIMER: Ayala Cinemas did not pay me anything just for plugging this movie but this movie is something worth watching.

Ok. Please do watch Academy Award winning movie including Best Picture, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Actor for Collin Firth — THE KING’s SPEECH. The movie tells the story of how a King overcame stammering with the help of a good friend. I don’t want to spoil anything by giving so much details so watch out for the movie coming out on May 11th!

OK it’s time to rant. This is with regards to my few pet peeves that keeps bugging me everyday. This has been a usual thing already and it seems most Filipinos find these things acceptable but damn it, nobody learns and this culture of insensitiveness is really getting into my nerves. Ok its about being insensitive that ticks me off but these three things are the daily gauge of my patience.

COULD YOU PLEASE LET ME OUT FIRST! Damn it! Stupid idiot! That’s what my mind shouts when I am in an elevator and when the door opens, stupid idiot people would just rush in not realizing that the people who are supposed to go out from the elevator are still making their way through. I really want to shout for this *$^#*&%^#&^% stupidness of these people but it seems they just don’t care. They want to go in as if they are the only people who’s in a hurry, who will be missing a meeting!

STAY ON THE RIGHT AND EXCUSE ME WOULD BE A GOOD WORD. Another damned thing that I really hate and has become a Filipino culture is about using escalators, everybody is on a hurry and since this is the Philippines, putcha naman STAY ON THE RIGHT! Don’t flock as a group in the escalator if you’re not in a hurry because you are disrupting those people who are in hurry. And if you want to pass through somebody in the escalator EXCUSE ME is the right word or PARAAN PO if one cannot understand English.

ANG BAHO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I understand public restrooms smell awful. I mean who the heck in his right mind would want to smell the restroom. Well I for one am dreaming of waking each of waking up and smelling a clean restroom. And as what I said, smelly public restrooms is quite forgivable but a 20 plus floors corporate building with a stinking restroom is B*LLSH*T! Come on! Flush the urinals you are using when you’re done shaking it off. And it also disappointing to be working in a corporate setting where the restrooms stinks, what are the janitors doing? Are albatross and air fresheners that expensive nowadays? Jeeeesh!

OK. It makes me compare Filipinos with other nationalities especially with how organized they are especially with these three things that I have mentioned. It is just my wish that Pinoys would learn and put into practice these simple lesson of giving way and cleanliness. I mean this just tells us how we lack discipline. Big lessons comes from the daily dealings we do, and when we discipline ourselves to give way, say courteous word or even flush the urinals is something that would make an impact! I HOPE YOU GET IT!

Sacrifice. This sums everything that my mother has done. Sacrifice which only comes from the love that she felt for her children. For most mothers in the world, they are blessed to be called to this profession of being a mother. And today all over the world we celebrate and honor the mighty women who bore the us for 9 months, who took care of us and even kept vigil during our early years, spend time and money whenever we asked something during our elementary and high school years and were the first to cry when we left our homes as we entered college. To all the wonderful mothers around the globe, I salute you!

Personally, I am so thankful for a mom who did not only teach us of gaining material and earthly wealth but most importantly she taught us live a life that pleases God.

mama (on the right) during their presentation last April 2011 family reunion

To my mom, Dinah Rendaje Cayot-Perez, Happy Mother’s Day mama! Miko and I love you! 🙂

Well as you can see, anything Harry Potter needs to be posted in my blog. I know I have promised somewhere earlier in this blog that I will not be writing anything about HP not until July but it seems I cannot keep any promise especially when the real EPIC trailer of Harry Potter came out a week ago. Well I guess the trailer presents everything that I wanted to see in the final EPIC movie. Well for one I saw Molly and Bellatrix and I can’t wait for that scene when Molly calls her a B*TCH! Anyways, here’s the glimpse of the final movie.

And now, I wipe my tears again…. As the end is coming to and end, its a bitter sweet feeling. But I can’t wait for July. Time flies quick and soon, we will see the final movie of the epic literature of the generation…. 🙂

Some of you may have already an idea where I went for my birthday that’s why I haven’t posted anything in my blog for quite some time now. Yes, it Bali.

It’s an amazing place that I promised myself will surely return to maybe next year. Well as for the adventures we had in Bali, wait for it………………………………………………………………………………. I’ll post it starting this weekend. I really do not have enough time yet to do it.

Till my next post! 🙂

DISCLAIMER: Late post. I celebrated my birthday let’s say a few days earlier and it’s April. Things have been just busy lately so I am posting this post-birthday post. haha!

25 it is! For most of the time I don’t even think about how old I am since I still feel like at child at heart. I revel in simple wonders that I see and most of the time I get excited to experience little things that often only children would want to do. But then things change and hit me, I am indeed 25. Well for one I think growing does not really mean leaving that childish lifestyle (cause I really cannot imagine leaving it behind) but I believe that growing old does not mean leaving the youth in you but growing old is growing wiser. You might think that it is crazy to grow old, grow wise and still be young at heart but I guess I am able to keep these three altogether. The key to this seamless interconnection between the three is just positivity. Having that positive outlook in life makes growing old happier and less stressful. Growing wiser is one of the major major goals that I have in life that still positivity has a large impact on. And being young at heart is the prize for being positive.

It was some years ago that I am so scared of growing old (not that I resort to some anti aging processes) but now, I’m not. It’s what the years bring that makes me long to grow older. It’s the years of joy or maybe tragedies that will mold me and make me defy what I know. That’s what will make me even wiser. See, I have posted in one of FB stats that my ultimate goal is to lead to serve. I never thought I’d come to this day to acknowledged that leadership is not merely talking and signing documents in your table but it is serving.

Another year has been given and another year conquer and to succeed (in my God’s definition of success). I have only one wish for my birthday this year that for God to grant my Auntie who has been diagnosed with Cancer more years, strength and physical resistance for the treatment. Well this is more of my birthday prayer, that I continue to seek until God answers it and completely heals my Aunt from the big C.

This is quite a year for me but yes, I face it with the hope that God blesses the broken road and that He will open windows of blessings for me.

To everyone who have been with me through the tough and trying times and through the most funny and ecstatic moments, thank you! I am so blessed to have you around. I hope that for the next 25 years, you would be still around. And to my God, my Creator, Savior and Friend. Your Grace is indeed enough for me. Thank you!