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Ten Days of Prayer to the Holy Cross – Final Day

Today is the final day of our 10 Days of Prayer to the Holy Cross. I phoned mom who is feeling fantastic at what is happening at home. Friends and relatives came over, prayed, eat, and dance together as I have imagined. I just wish I was there to celebrate with them. But I could only wish and I’ll just check the videos and photos of the event later. I couldn’t thank God enough for this opportunity.
Meanwhile I am sharing my top 5 reasons that I should praise and thank God for this very moment:
1. Life – Having a life is good enough to be grateful. There are ups and downs that I’ve encountered but those are part of human strife. My life is simple and I’d like to keep it that way – less complicated but with spiritual bliss.
2. Health – an important thing that I always ask from God for myself and family. There is no happiness without excellent health.
3. Family – I don’t have a wealthy family with luxurious cars and fashionable clothes but I do have a loving and supportive one who never disappeared when I need helping hands and understanding minds.
4. Husband and Daughter – Sometimes i feel ashamed to God that He matched me with a very understanding and kind-hearted person. I think God just love me enough for giving me a thoughtful husband and a heavenly little being!
5. Job Opportunity – Eight years is long enough to work in an organization that everyone hates 🙂 but I managed to continue working even in the middle of foolish changes and ridiculous complaints. I was strong and patient enough to hurdle the challenges. Without God’s never-ending blessing, I won’t last and get this far.

Have a blessed  Sunday, everyone!

like this simple-looking, common plant bougainvillea, i want my life to be less complicated but blooming
Like this simple-looking, common plant Bougainvillea, I want my life to be less complicated but remains in bloom 🙂

Rainy Tuesday Evening

There are reports I read that another typhoon is slamming northern Philippines today. In fact, some classes were suspended due to the typhoon Glenda. I can only hope that the weather nearby Cebu provinces is bearable. My sister is traveling today from Manila to Cebu and early tomorrow morning she flies to our place, Camiguin. It would be very inconvenient to her if she’ll be stranded in Cebu. Plus, the airline’s already made her travel inconvenient by changing time and dates of her trip, hence the long wait at Cebu airport later today. I just pray all goes right and well for her.

Here in Thailand, the weather is a bit unusual. It has been dark the whole afternoon and in early evening the rain started to fall with substantial winds. For this reason I was not able to work overtime, I wasn’t prepared for a rainy walk to home.

I don’t like gloomy, stormy weather… it makes me nostalgic!

 

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My Favorite Quotes of Buddha

These are my favorite quotes from Buddha. The quotes inspire me a lot and give me enlightenment after some self-reflections and re-evaluation especially when I feel sad, worried or angry.

I asked about my Thai friend who is a devoted Buddhist about the quotes if all of them are actual words of the Buddha. I do not want to post something untrue and not give credit to whom the inspiring quotes came from. She said there are some (but not pointed out which one) that are not entirely Buddha’s actual words but is associated to Buddha’s teachings. I guess there are words that are altered however the meaning of the motto remains the same hence she said some are not from Buddha. It doesn’t make any difference anyway if they all come from Gautama Siddhartha or not. Wise words are good for the spirit and we need them in dealing daily undertakings. Personally, I like them a lot because they incite good values to maintain good morals and seem to build up new hope that has died. I am in fact guilty of doing against what has been said by these good words from Buddha. That’s probably the most rational reason why I like these quotes a lot; they not only motivate me to do good but to remind me when I tend to go the wrong ways.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Guilty.

I often make fun of my own physical flaws and even ideas and sometimes less caring of my health. When I stumble upon these words, I realized who would love and defend myself if the rest of the world mock me?

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“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

Guilty.

Social influence has a great dragging power, too tough to resist or go against. It demands you to take part of every affairs and fads and fashion. It demands you to show off what you got and tell the world about it. The social media is killing the humility. Vanity is queen. Or am I blaming society to excuse myself for my own fault and ego? I’m afraid to hear my own answer.

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“The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.”

Guilty.

Tact is not my strongest point. Sarcasm maybe. I hurt people with piercing words than swords. I can construct distasteful speech easily when angry. Then I have to deal with shame and guilt at the end of the day. It’s not easy to change an attitude but I will do my best to fashion my language in a classy manner.

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“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

Right! I failed at kind speech but not often. I just need more time to practice kinder speech to all people in all occasions and places. 😀

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“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

Oh yes! We must work in order to put food on our tables. Perseverance and hard work will lead us to where we want to go and what we want to have. I like this quote, because I tend to be lazy and always need a push to work harder, I consider this not the carrot that motivates me to work, but I think it’s the stick that hit gently on my back in order for me to get up and take action!

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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

Perfect! Enough said!

 

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“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

(WORST: If there’s NO idea at all! haha)

Too many people complain a lot of many things and forget how to appreciate what they have got and I am not an exception. I always complain, I have aired many ideas to change some things and systems but when I’m ordered to do such things and start the change I begin to moan again, “too much work”!

I definitely need a personality revamp  😀

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“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” – See more at: http://quotesnsmiles.com/quotes/calming-buddha-quotes/#sthash.1wj9P7QU.dpuf
“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” – See more at: http://quotesnsmiles.com/quotes/calming-buddha-quotes/#sthash.1wj9P7QU.dpuf

“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

Similar to what’s written above. I really need to mellow on sarcasm and keep my mouth zip when I don’t have nice things to say. Difficult to do where I work but I consider this a challenge. Wish me luck! 😀

Summer Trek

 

 

It seems that it’s always summer in the Philippines when typhoon is not making threats or low pressure is not brewing in the pacific ocean. But the day we decided to take a hike to the foot of a mountain was a perfect day for such expedition.
There’s one color that dominates the place. It’s green! From our house going up to the hills and down to the streams everything’s green. The palm trees, coconut trees and grass are in flourishing green.
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That volcano is called Mount Hibok-hibok. I heard that many tourists have climbed on that mountain and even the locals gather at its foot for picnic or camping. One day, I will experience that and of course share such experience on WordPress. 🙂
My aunts who are so eager to reach at our destination. Although sweaty and feeling a bit jaded from the 4 kilometers walk, they were no doubt a player on that day. There used to be cars or trucks pass this road but because of heavy rains that caused soil erosion, the road is impassable by 4-wheel vehicles nowadays. Motorcycles can pass only during dry season but during rainy days, this is next to impossible for motorcycle drivers.
After some heart-stopping climb in hills, we passed by streams that offers a more than a little comfort. This one is clean and its waters come from a cold spring not too far from where I took this photo!
This is what I’m talking about and the destination of my two aunts. This is called Saay Spring. The water is cold and crystal clear and people literally drink from where it originated. Many tourists who like to spend a cool but quiet moment with nature, they come and camp here. Some prefer an overnight stay. They bring their own tent, food and necessary tools for safety and camping. A real experience to be with nature…
I’ve posted this view before but I want to include this on this post.
Aunty enjoying her swim in the cold pool. The pool was not supported by the government, not even owned by a private organization or individual. It is a concerted effort of the inhabitants of the area for their own use and get-together. But because of the area’s unique location and rare quality of water the place became famous to the province. Some tour guides, resorts and hotels recommended this place to their guests too. So those who like nature tripping they come here and spend some time.
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Across the pool is an old house/cottage where occupants are friendly and helpful to tourists and locals on their overnight camping
After we’ve rested enough, I asked my friends to hike further. I know the place and I’ve been there many times. It was first time for my friends so I acted as their guide. We walked through narrow grassy and stony paths.
This is what there’s to see. Another mountain where a large rock serve it’s wall from the ground. It used to be majestic but I guess the climate, weather and farming change its look.
Wild plant and flowers along the way as we went closer to the foot of the mountain
There used to be more varieties of wild flowers but my father said the floods have washed them away. The ashes and lava in the 1950’s created a flat stony, rocky area in between hills. I was lucky enough to see the different wild fruits and even monkeys when I was smaller as my father brought me here when he harvested coconuts in a nearby farm
A closer look at the “rock wall”. I call it the “rock wall” the first time I saw it because it really looks like a wall made of rock. My father said that I was petrified the first time we came here because I thought there were ghosts, fairies and aliens hiding inside. 😀
When I was smaller the cashew trees are numerous in this area. My father’s friend had a cashew plantation close to the area. This is the only tree left after several floods uprooted them.
Wild ferns and grasses with sharp leaves grow here. They are the most common plants that die and grown again no matter how many floods and dry days come to this place. Very tough and persevering plants!
Not much really were there as addition to what I’ve seen 15 years ago. Though the place changed a lot. We went home tired that day but all of us enjoyed the long walk. It was a fun thing we done during summer. I was glad I visited that place again.

 

Mt. Hibok-Hibok

I spent half of my childhood near this volcano. Everytime an earthquake hits our place, I’d look at it from afar if it’s giving off lava or throwing off stones at the nearest municipality. I had gruesome nightmares of its possible eruption… The terrifying stories of my grandmother when it erupted in 1950’s often gave me goosebumps. But now that I’m an adult and understand how volcanoes are made and what will happen when they erupt, the fear I had with it disappeared and was replaced with adoration.

15th Blessed Mornings

Thank you God for the blessings that only you can provide!

It was a weekend so I was supposed to get up late and enjoy the non-working day but there I was on my bicycle and cycling in the villages. What else one can do in the neighborhood? It was unusually quiet Saturday morning and the whole apartment building seemed an abandoned property due to no movement of anyone, not too many cars running their engines and even the constant ringing of the 7-11 door has stopped for a while… I thought people evacuated the place while I was asleep.  Or did I wake up too early? So I took the chance to cycle and exercise at the same time. I could hardly exercise the past days because of the demands of work are hard to ignore.

Anyway, as I was cycling along the way, I noticed the fields are green again and some areas are ready for seeding.They have harvested the rice when I was out of the country. I missed the smell of the burnt hays and grasses before they prepare for re-planting. Ahh… simple upcountry living, fresh and quiet. Just the way I like…

Pedalling on to the next village I thought I could get my famourite ‘kanom cheen’ a thai spicy noodle with sauce similar to curry. But to my dismay, the store was close therfore I have no choice but to move on. Still more greens, rice paddies and rivers. Dogs occassionaly stick their head to check who’s passing by their bestfriend’s house but most of the them went back to lie down on the ground.

When I got back to the apartment the sun was already high and hurt a bit. Got a phone call from my sister who wanted me to come over to her house as she too was bored to death. This is probably the most boring Saturday! Despite that, I have some nice shots of the neighborhood again. I don’t get tired of taking photos of the place. I like it here, peaceful and less drama unlike the urban place I used to live! 😀

Early Saturday morning, the humidity in Bangkok was quite high. I felt bored in my room so I grabbed my bike, and cycle at nearby villages. The sunrise here was just lovely. It would be lovelier when the rice were full grown.
Early Saturday morning, the humidity in Bangkok was quite high. I felt bored in my room so I grabbed my bike, and cycle at nearby villages. The sunrise here was just lovely. It would have been lovelier when the rice were full grown.

 

Fields of green, fresh and calm.

Year round, these rice paddies produce tons of rice grains. I witnessed how farmers battled against heat and fatigue. I saw how many times the greens turned yellow and brown and back to green again. I heard the engines of trucks loading rice, chatter of farmers and the loud noise of tractors. This lovely morning, I imagined what would this place be like 5 years from now? Still a vast ricefield or a populated village? Who knows!

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A little plant growing along the road. It seems to separate the concrete road and the muddy paddies… It normally grows in damp areas… a very common plant to see around here
Monks collect food offerings from the neighborhood. People wait for them in the streets and offer assorted food, clothing or goods.
Monks collect offerings from the neighborhood. People wait for them in the streets and offer assorted food, clothing or goods.

 

 

They come in dozens or twenties... children, teenagers, middle-aged and older ones. They look so graceful with their orange robes...
They parade quietly and in bare feet. They come in groups or in dozens or twenties… children, teenagers, middle-aged and older ones. And I think they look graceful with their orange robes too..
The narrow path leading to the building where I work. Obviously it’s Saturday, no students, therefore, there’s no one walking in here as I took the photo. But you’ll walk sideways here during school days… parents, students and strangers crowd this area…
The narrow path leading to the building where I work. Obviously it’s Saturday, no students, therefore, there’s no one walking in here as I took the photo. But you’ll walk sideways here during school days… parents, students and strangers crowd this area…
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My very quiet but useful companion 😀