OUTSIDE THE LINES

Do not be afraid to color outside the lines. Take risks and do not be afraid to fail. Know that when the world knocks you down, the best revenge is to get up and continue forging ahead. Do not be afraid to be different or to stand up for what’s right. Never quiet your voice to make someone else feel comfortable. No one remembers the person that fits in. It’s the one who stands out that people will not be able to forget.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan ( Indian-Movie-2015)

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A little mute girl from a Pakistan village gets lost on her return back from a trip to India. In Kurukshetra, she meets Pawan – a devout Hanuman Bakth – who is in the midst of a challenge posed by his lover’s father. In trying to discover her parents, he develops an unshakable bond with the kid. He tries to get into Pakistan through a path righteous to his conscience and later, with a smart Pakistani news reporter for a company and makes the search, a story that captures the imagination of the public in both countries.

This movie is totally comedic, sincere and warm. You will feel your heart gently melting like a marshmallow in the pan. This film promotes humanity and friendship where togetherness between the two nation and religion (India and Pakistan) were emphasized. There is really nothing wrong to help someone in need no matter what is your status in life.

Expected for an Indian movie, there is still dancing scenes with their colorful attires, but this time it wasn’t that long. The acting is quite decent, they managed to deliver on most effect. And this little Pakistani girl, every time I saw her face on the screen, I uttered words of admiration, she’s really pretty and she has gorgeous eyes.

For this movie, I give it 9/10.  The storyline is predictable in the middle, but it is a feel-good film to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE.

I really don’t like to argue about religion. It’s not my thing. I believed that we will be saved base on our Faith and how the way we live our life. When the news spread from the Philippines about the Catholic Priest that has been arrested on child sex charges, I am expecting some comments from other believers regarding this matter.

Here is the abrupt conversation.

Muslim: Oh, I heard the news about your Catholic Priest who molested a child. Why does a servant of God is doing like that?

Catholic: Have you heard about the war that has still been going on in Marawi City in the Philippines? Why those who proclaimed the believer of Allah have no compassion and killed those innocent people?

Don’t give me a sigh when you started it. Tell me the difference?

Which is which?

Who is who?

Am I right or you are wrong?

It’s not all about religion my friend. It’s all about you, us and them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Jumbo

If you remember my previous post about our dog Jumbo, well, I met him again last December. We haven’t seen for almost two years, but he jumps on me closely the moment I entered the door.  Of course, I gave him my warmest hello.

Yes, I did my promise. I took care of him and walked him in the neighborhood too.  He was wagging his tail and kept on running as if it was his first time to go around. I think he was happy to be with me.

Honestly, it feels so good to see him.

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This is Jumbo now and he’s 10 years old.  My father dyes his hair so it’s kinda messy.

Mommy, respect me.

My 14 year old son begged me not to force him to join in one of the school activities that his teacher and grandmother asked him to participate. He was on the verge of desperation, as if I am the last person who would save him that whatever my decision would be, he has no choice, but to follow it.

I appreciated that, despite our long distance situation, I am still in the picture that he still comes to me not only in times of delight, but more importantly in his needs of someone to understand him. Back to the story, I asked him a lot of questions regarding his issue, to be honest there was nothing wrong about it, I might convince him too to participate, but I chose not.

I told him I would not force him to do what he doesn’t like as long as it will not affect his grades and performance at school.  I will respect his decision as much as possible too.  He was relieved, then calls me the best mom ever.

What struck me most was the last message he sent me before saying goodbye, he said, “It was right that children should respect their Parents, but Parents  should respect their children too.”

Wow. I stopped for a while. He was aware now that RESPECT is a too way street.

Yes, it is a challenge for me to step back a little while staying connected to this grown-up kid because I know one day he will be determined to live his life in his own way and, probably I will be needing more understanding too that “we are alike, not  in personality or character, but as a person.”

He was seven years old in this picture, never thought he would grew so fast.

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FRIENDSHIP

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“Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven & like minded. Relationships should help you. Life is too short to spend time with people who hurt you without remorse, take you for granted, disrespect you & make you unhappy.

Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be, who are uplifting, positive & true.

Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. ♥

Badge of Parenthood

What is good Parenting? What does it take to be a good parent today, especially if you work abroad and away from your children?

They said, the best thing to spend on your children is your time. You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.  How am I supposed to react to this? Can single parenting lend an excuse from this unwavering quote?

I feel so unjustly right in this kind of situation, but extra suffocating when others think that my means to liven up my family is a mistake.  How it became a fault when you only desired for them to have a comfortable life?  Am I a bad parent if my children didn’t reciprocate my sacrifices and become one problem of our society?  How can we justify this? How can I become a good parent out of this?

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My 14 year old, claiming himself as a good son.

 Having a long distance relationship with my son is crucial and painful. It took him a lot of courage and wide understanding of the situation. He became someone not on his age to soothe these things out, but so far he handles it with good care.

I would accept that there is always lack of physical attention to each other. I have the guilt in my gut and do self-loathe all the time, but I wonder if I don’t have the ability and desire to give him a promising future, where he could be? Is just love enough by equipping to raise him? How can you call love without sacrifices?

Parenting will not teach you how to become a good parent, but it will teach you how to fail and stood up, and that is my badge.

It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts. —The Dalai Lama

Beautiful Mind (K-drama 2016)

Beautiful Mind. Beautiful story. Beautiful ending.

 

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I don’t know why this drama suffered from low ratings. I would say, it’s a hidden gem to be understood. Though they cut down the two episodes from 16 to 14 roughly, I didn’t expect it would wrap up well and timed. The finale was the full hit of bumpy rides with tears, laughter, hopes, forgiveness, retreat and reconciliation. Beautiful mind gave a sense of HUMANITY to appreciate life, MORALS, to believe what you can do for others and Norm ACCEPTANCE between what is unusual and not, for what you are and of becoming you to be.

I highly appreciated the amazing performance of our main protagonist Jang Hyuk, a genius neurosurgeon with zero sympathy or devour with social disorder.  You can see how he struggled his life to become one of us and to become a good doctor, despite how people treated him as a psychopath.

So, don’t be deceived by the ratings, the story is more original and captivating. It wouldn’t be perfect, but they have ended it with what truly mattered – the importance of humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

Out of love

I love my mom,

Though we always fought,
Disagree of many things,
Always beat me to humiliate,
Weaken me to accept my mistake.

I still love my mom,

Despite my feeble hatred,
when I was young.
The feelings of not being adored,
when she mumbled hurtful words.

I love my mom,

What I have realized behind,
so many reasons I think about.
The argue, the scold, the spank
it was out of love and not her lack.

 

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Work That Matters

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It is awkward to receive this kind of inspirational reminder from someone who just made somebody cry yesterday, without giving a second thought of listening, but instead focusing on what, was done wrong.

It is apt that someone must understand those words after “passing the buck” to others instead of accepting their own mistake.

I anticipate this person realizes now the importance of saying “please” and “thank you”.

This reminder circulated to our own team, I think we are hated by most.

I just do my work that matters then.

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Respect the LAWS

CONSULATE

This is an urgent call to all Filipinos living and working here in Dubai. I don’t have to expound further, I don’t have 1 million AED to pay. 🙂

Some people would think there is no freedom in this country, you have to be discreet in everything to avoid damaging the image and character of their homeland. For all the right reasons, we are no longer in our own country so  we must respect their rules or you can leave.

Personally, I don’t have any problems with this. I am quite adjusted. Beforehand, I am quite conscious of posting “whatever” that would consider destructive. Compare from other countries, social media and the freedom of information has been abused.  It is good that Philippine Consulate released this notice to stop the spreading natter because we Filipinos are inclined to post anything under the sun on our social media, now we have the reason to be more careful and responsible.

And to those who are curious about what is happening in here, we are all fine.

Dubai is fine.

I am fine.

I adore complaining

I am not a big complainer. I can tolerate small mistakes, I can forgive petty misunderstanding and I can make your life easier, except for one thing: don’t ever disturb me in my sleep. I would hate you for life.

I am not a morning person at all.  It’s always been my problem & challenge to become one.  I am struggling to be vigorous every working day because I have no choice, but I’m  always alive at night time; doing everything I have supposed to do in the day time. So during the weekend, I just sleep till afternoon and move my ass when 6:00pm starts, and on weekdays, I mandated myself to sleep early as possible & settled the timing for 8 hours a day.

With this kind of characters, I am quite choosy for my roommate to be. I have only one condition: She must know the word silence (of course at sleeping time only).  Fortunately, I have the best roommate now; she had never disturbed me at all!

But this is not the story. The thing is, I found myself complaining more lately to my landlord about these people around me because they disturb my sleeping pattern and which I think their actions cannot be tolerated too.

Complained #1.  Those people next door who were frequently noisy, disrespectful & vulgar after 10pm. We have an in-house rule to “keep silence” after that time on working days. I grumbled them because I didn’t force myself to sleep early just to be disturbed!

Complained #2.  Someone occupied my “bathing” schedule.  I knocked her twice in the bathroom and never greeted & smiled at her at all.  I didn’t wake up early just for her to waste my time!

Complained #3. Somebody used my Microwave without asking my permission & left it dirty. Call me selfish, but I didn’t buy it to share with everyone without my consent, how come they can buy beer & make up, but cannot afford a warmer that cost only AED 200.00/USD 55.00? I bought it so that I can just warm my food after my goodnight sleep and not to have a nightmare!

Complained #4. They must have thought my fridge is for common use.  It was so annoying when I eagerly opened my fridge to get something I want & found it nowhere. The thief took my juice!  Lost & found please!

Complained #5. One of the person from next door asked us if we will have a visitor on Thursday night because we need to be “quite” so she can sleep early for her event on the next day (Friday). What?? Is she crazy? We have an in-house rule to be “free” during Thursday night since weekend is next.  I didn’t sleep early for five days just to corrupt my weekend!

Honesty, I adore complaining at times. It calms my nerves.

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GOOD-SEEN

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Early this morning at the train station, I saw some guys offered their seat to the elders. I smiled the thought about it. That doesn’t happen everyday so it feels good.

I hope more gentlemen will spread in this planet and respect the elders.

PLEASE TALK TO ME

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Honestly, I don’t like people doing this over to my face.  If you want to talk to me, talk.  If you don’t want, leave.  If it’s really necessary to use your phone while talking to me, inform me.  I can wait till you’re done. Just don’t pretend you are listening and interesting while it is obvious that you don’t care. It’s rude and annoying.

 

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Have you ever experienced while with a group of people or with your friends over a dinner or a get together party, you notice that no one is talking but everyone is busy with their phones? Maybe you are with a bunch of idiots who doesn’t mind about their intention of coming in. It is really being impolite to each other and you need to break it.  Tell them to stop it or else bid goodbye.

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Let us not simply forget that the best communication is a meaningful conversation through personal interactions.

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And yes Respect.