If only…

For the past week I have successfully steer clear of the internet to avoid seeing heart breaking scenes from different parts of the Philippines that has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon “Yolanda” (Philippine Name).  Unfortunately, watching TV  is hard to elude as it is part of my daily routine to check if there are suspension of Classes.

It really breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes every time I get a glimpse of the videos, news flash and photos taken from Tacloban, Samar and other areas hardly hit by the Typhoon. All I can do is wish that help gets there fast enough specially for the children, the sick and the wounded and a decent burial for the dead.

People stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines

 

If only I have wings to fly,

I’d soar up high.

And travel as fast as I can

To bring food on your table, water to drink and cure for your sickness.

If only I have the strength to carry heavy loads,

I’ll clear the paths for you

And build bridges and houses too.

If only I can convert my tears into electricity,

So I can give light on your dark nights

And illuminate the streets and airports

So help can get through faster.

All I can do,

Is pray for everybody

To have the strength to carry on all the efforts to help.

And for the victims

To have the courage, patience and hope

It may take a while,

But everything will be OK soon…

And please Lord,

Give our Leaders the heart to exert extra effort and act quicker than quick

to assist and aid our countrymen through this crisis.

Investing on Wonderful Memories…

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Invest— to provide or endow someone or something with.

As they say…we only live once,

We need to go out there and live our lives to the fullest.

Don’t let anything or anyone destroy  even a single minute of your life

by dwelling on how they would want you to live your life.

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Every minute is of great value

And we must not waste it musing on the past.

What’s done is done

Tomorrow’s a new day to start with.

Invest on today.

Make good and wonderful memories that would last a life time.

Going on a 30 Pesos boat right may be cheap in value,

But in the eyes of a child, it’s a treasure that they will always remember.

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Like education,

Building wonderful memories are like keeping precious gems in a treasure box

Sealed and fused through time.

These are riches that other people cannot purloin.

The money you spent on one trip to the beach

Is not as imperative as the joy you see on their faces.

The amount of money you exhausted

Could not measure up to the echoing sound of their laughter.

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As for me:

I intent to invest wonderful and meaningful memories on my children’s childhood

As my parents did to mine.

I will not be here forever,

But my memories with them will.

I love my kids dearly,

And I will not waste a second making them magnificent memories

that they will  tearfully tell stories about.

I’m investing them today so my children can accrue them tomorrow.

How to Remove the Clutter in Your Life

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Clutter— by definition is a collection of things lying about in an untidy state.

Like a Room, our life can be filled with clutter.

So, how do we Remove this clutter in our lives?

One, distinguish or identify those things that should be considered as clutter.

Like: Loathing, Envy, and Jealousy

These are things that you don’t need or is not essential but is present in our life.

Two, once you have identified these things, start from a clean slate.

Like cleaning your Room,

Remove and get rid of everything including the ones that you value most.

By doing this, you can discern what are vital in your life.

Three, once everything’s cleared,

Start picking up the pieces that you think will help you regain the things that you have lost.

Things that you value, things that are critical for you to move on…

Like: People you love most, events that you treasure

Four, Once you picked up everything

put them in the right places.

Prioritize them. From the most important to the least.

Five, when everything is in place

continue living, continue your life.

By doing this, you can move freely.

Do things you’ve been longing to do without anything blocking your way.

Go anywhere, experience anything and travel light in the Journey of life.

because you do not have any excess baggage.

You just have the right amount of love and ammunition to fight your way through life.

The right people on your back to help you and inspire you to move on.

Because life is a wonderful Journey, we must travel through with the right people.

Live…Learn…Laugh and Love Life 🙂

Halloween Facts

Trick or Treat

 

Halloween or Hallowe’en also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising” or “trunk-or-treating“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfiresapple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

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Christian influence

Today’s Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve. Since the time of the primitive Churchmajor feasts in the Christian Church (such asChristmasEaster and Pentecost) had vigils which began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’. These three days are collectively referred to as Hallowmas and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on 13 May.

In 835, it was switched to 1 November (the same date as Samhain) at the behest of Pope Gregory IV. Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea. It is also suggested that the change was made on the “practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it”, and perhaps because of public healthconsiderations regarding Roman Fever – a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to souling (discussed above).  John Pymm writes that “many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church.”These feast days included All Hallows’ Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practised in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who “paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org

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As for me:

It’s the time of the year where everyone can play around with their imagination and be anything they want to be, to the extent of scaring people. It’s a time for kids and kids at heart to amuse each other as how creative they can be. It’s a celebration of fun, surprises and treats. In line with Halloween, we also celebrate the souls of our dear departed loved ones to let them know that though they are not with us physically, they will always be a part of our lives. 

This day also serves as a family reunion day for us, Filipinos. It’s the day we exert extra effort to be with our family in visiting the graves of our departed ones. 

Whatever personal significance Halloween has for each one of us, this day will always be celebrated with a smile on our face and love on our hearts for the people we once shared our life with.