Author: Lotlot
•6:44 PM

I like Brian Mcknight as a singer; likwise, all his songs.

I like the message of this song, " One Last Cry". It's worth pondering.

Unless we find the right or the destined person for us and unless we keep on loving, we could never escape from being hurt or from crying. We couldn't say, " This is my one last cry", if ever we cry for love because crying is already a part of the so called, LOVE.

When you love, you can't avoid yourself from crying, smiling, laughing, dreaming, rejoicing and living.

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Author: Lotlot
•8:51 PM
Part of celebrating Christmas in the Philippines is to attend a "midnight mass" or "Misa de Gallo" in Spanish or "Simbang Gabi" in Tagalog.

Misa de Gallo is literally translated as "Rooster's Mass" because it was believed that the rooster was one of the first witnesses of the birth of Jesus Christ, and thus be the one to announce it. It lasts for nine days that starts on December 16 to December 24, wherein the people attend dawn masses at 4:00-5:00 a.m.

Filipinos wake up very early to attend dawn masses as an expression of devotion towards God; likewise, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Morning Star, who bore and gave birth to Jesus. On the other hand, it is also believed that you have to make wishes on the first day of the dawn masses; then, once you're able to complete the 9 dawn masses, your wishes will come true.

Last Christmas I tried to complete the 9 dawn masses because I've never completed it ever since. I made wishes on the first day I attended the rooster's mass and I kept on repeating my wishes from day 1 to 9. I was very excited to wake up at 3:30 a.m. and went directly to church. I preferred to stand up from the beginning of the mass 'til the end as a sign of sacrifice and devotion to God, Jesus Christ and Blessed Virgin Mary.

On the 8th day of the "simbang gabi", I wasn't feeling well due to the mishap that happened to me in my cousin's wedding; yet, I still attended it because I promised myself to complete the 9 dawn masses. Then, the night before the last dawn mass I had a fever. I thought I couldn't attend it because I felt worst. My mom monitored my fever until 2:00 a.m because I was still very hot and she said I talked while I was sleeping. Miraculously, as my mobile phone alarmed at 4:00 a.m my temperature had lowered. I didn't feel well yet, but I put on my clothes immediately and went to church to attend the last dawn mass. Again, I stood up as a sign of sacrifice and right after the mass the rain dropped. I wasn't feeling well yet, so I went home directly and went back to bed afterwards.
My mom was shocked why my fever was suddenly gone an hour before the mass started? On the other hand, I wasn't shocked because I knew it was my faith to God that cured my illness. For, it was on my mind and heart that in sickness or in health, I'd complete the 9 dawn masses. Besides, " Faith will heal", they said.

Thus, I'm very happy because I was able to complete the 9 dawn masses of Christmas. It was my first time to complete it. And, I strongly believe that my wishes during the dawn masses would come true.

Merry Christmas everyone and Advance Happy New Year!
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Author: Lotlot
•5:08 PM
I went to a wedding party of my first cousin this morning. The reception was held in Salinders Pension in Mactan, Lapu-lapu City. And, I didn't expect that I would be embarrassed during the party.

Right after the reception, the party began. We went out in the reception area and sat at the bar next to it. My cousin came by to give me one of the give aways of the couple. I stood up to receive it. But, unfortunately I stumbled and fell in front of the visitors. Because there was a crate hindering the door and I didn't notice it. My cousin immediately rescued me. She wanted to go to the management to file claims for what had happened to me. She blamed the management for it. Yet, I didn't want to spoil the good atmosphere of the wedding, so I didn't allow her to do so.

Anyway, the wedding party ended successfully; except with the mishap that happened to me. I got bruises but it's okay. Well, I learned something out of that bad experience. I learned that I should always be watchful and be careful to avoid mishaps or accidents.

Oh, what a shame?
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Author: Lotlot
•7:33 PM
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My birthday is in every 15th of August. My zodiac sign is Leo. I'm fond of reading the horoscope column in a newspaper every now and then. It's not that I believe in it, but just for fun. Yet, I sometimes serve it as a guide. Anyway, I'll not lose anything if I read or partly believe in it.

Sometimes, serving horoscope as a guide contributes goodness in our lives because as they said, "Faith will heal." So, once you partly believe in it, there might be chances or possibilities that what's written on your horoscope would come true..

Anyway, this is a " Believe it or Not" idea; so, don't take this seriously. By the way, what's your zodiac sign?
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Author: Lotlot
•9:06 PM
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An hour ago, I posted this funny pic to my friend's profile. I was shocked because she immediately sent me an email asking if I'd push her to the water like what the penguin did to the other penguin?

It was never my intention to hurt or let her feel that way. I only wanted her to laugh; but, she misinterpreted it. At last, she understood me and laughed with the pic.

How could I do this to a friend? How about you? Can you do this to your friend?
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Author: Lotlot
•5:53 PM

When I was in first year college, I had a boyfriend who was 23 years older than me. He was a lawyer and at the same time an English Instructor in one of the colleges in Bohol. I met him because the director of the school where I was studying was his father; while, his mother was our guidance counselor and my professor as well.

I was 17 years old at that time and he was 40. So, he made the most of the adjustments in our relationship. I was spoiled by him and by his parents. He treated me like a child and his parents as well.

I was still young, so I was in the process of molding my attitude and behavior. I needed to be corrected and reminded with my words, actions or deeds once in a while. One time, my boyfriend got mad at me because I was very hard-headed. He didn't say anything to me but he handed me a paper that contained a poem entitled, "Desiderata". Along with the poem was a message that said, " Please read the poem and know or understand its meaning or message. This poem will serve as your guide." A minute later, I went inside my room and read the poem. I was inspired with the message of the poem. It gave me many lessons, strenght, courage and guidance.

A year later, I broke up with him because I focused more on my studies and in fulfilling my dreams & ambitions. Now, he's having his own family; but I still have a good relationship with his parents and siblings. Moreover, I still keep the poem he gave to me and I still use the poem as a guide in my journey of life.


So, I wanna share this poem to all of you. With a hope that this will also serve as your guide as you go on with your life.



Desiderata

-- written by Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.


As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.


If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.


Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.


Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.


With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
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Author: Lotlot
•7:31 PM
Today is my father's 53rd birthday.
Happy birthday Tatay Romer! I wish you long life, happiness and success! Let's celebrate your birthday when we go home soon.

By the way, "tatay" is the cebuano term for "father". It's the simplest term for it. In the Philippines, a father can also be called, " daddy, papa, tatang(from the word, tatay), papang(from the word, papa), etc." It depends upon the status of the family or what the father wants his children to call him. " Daddy" is usually the calling for a rich or famous father; "papa" for the middle class; and, "tatay" for the ordinary one. Yet, status is not the only basis for this. A father is still free to select the calling he wants. Either rich or poor, he still has a freedom to choose what he likes.

In the case of my father, he chose to be called "tatay". When we were younger we called him "papa" but he didn't like it. He insisted to be called "tatay" because according to him, he's only poor and simple. So, from "papa" we changed it to "tatay" later on.
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Author: Lotlot
•7:23 PM

I used to have a manic monday, but today I didn't have. Although I woke up early this morning to continue washing the curtains, bed sheets, etc., yet I was just relaxing after that.
Mmmnnn...what a nice day today? I was not busy as a bee. I also didn't have a lesson today; so, I spent my time making homework and researching; moreover, writing this blog.
But I missed being busy. I like to be always busy because I feel tired when I'm not doing anything; maybe because, I used to have busy days. Nevertheless, I also need rest sometimes and wish I was not busy...and, now is the time...yeepee!

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Author: Lotlot
•5:18 PM

Today, December 08, 2007, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Roman Catholic celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

When I was still at secondary school , I used to celebrate this occassion because I was studying in a private-catholic school. Although our school's name was "Holy Family Academy"( & later was changed to " St. Louise de Marillac College of Bogo"), but our main school was "Collegio de la Immaculada Conception" or "College of Immaculate Conception"; so, I couldn't escape from celebrating the said occassion. I continued celebrating it during my first year at college because I was still studying at the same school. Then, during my 2nd year to 4th year of college I transferred to another private school. So, I was not anymore active in celebrating the occassion. I only celebrated it when a friend or a classmate of mine would invite me to attend the feast.
Now that I'm already working I don't join the celebration anymore. Especially if the celebration falls on the working days. Yet still I can never forget the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Moreover, I continue to respect and honor it - especially, the Blessed Virgin Mary!
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Author: Lotlot
•8:25 PM

I grew up being independent from my parents. I was away from home since I started secondary school. But it was never a HINDRANCE because I studied and graduated high school and university as a scholar. My parents didn't spend money for my studies; yet, sometimes they gave me money for my allowance. I didn't use to ask money from them, so I did many part-time jobs when I was still in university. I did those in order to have an extra money for my studies & for myself; likewise, to train myself to be hardworking and to be independent.


As far as I can remember, I wrote in a newspaper, cleaned houses & offices, washed & ironed clothes, worked on ricefields and did paper works for others in order to earn money. On the other hand, I did many hostings & school responsibilities in order to build my confidence & earn money as well.


Doing all those things was never easy but I didn't feel regrets at all; because it helped me to succeed, to be independent , to be hardworking & to have a self-confidence.


In the interim , I can say that I'm not yet totally successful in life but atleast I'm on my way. Sooner or later, I can be totally successful in all aspects of life. Well, I'm not in a hurry and I'm willing to wait when can I reap the fruit of my hardwork? For, I strongly believe that,"The fruit of SWEAT is SWEET".
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Author: Lotlot
•6:59 PM

I like this song not just because of its rhythm or melody but also because of its lyrics. I like the message of the song. It has a moral lesson...

[ Lyrics ]
oh oh oh

No matter what you say about love
I keep coming back for more
Keep my hand in the fire
Sooner or later I get what I’m asking for

No matter what you say about life
I learn every time I bleed
The truth is a stranger
Soul is in danger I gotta let my spirit be free
To admit that I’m wrong and then change my mind
Sorry but I have to move on and leave you behind

I can’t waste time so give it a moment
I realized nothings broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Live every second like it was my last one
Don’t look back got a new direction
I loved you once needed protection
You’re still a part of everything I do
You’re on my heart just like a tattoo
Just like a tattoo
I’ll always have you (I'll always have you)

Sick of playing all of these games
It’s not about taking sides
When I looked in the mirror didn’t deliver
It hurt enough to think that I could stop
Admit that I’m wrong and then change my mind
Sorry but I’ve gotta be strong and leave you behind

I can’t waste time so give it a moment
I realize nothings broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Live every second like it was my last one
Don’t look back got a new direction
I loved you once needed protection
You’re still a part of everything I do
You’re on my heart just like a tattoo
Just like a tattoo
I’ll always have you (I'll always have you)

If I live every moment
Won’t change any moment
Still a part of me in you
I will never regret you
Still the memory of you
Marks everything I do, oh

I can’t waste time so give it a moment
I realize nothings broken (yeah)
No need to worry about everything I’ve done
Live every second like it was my last one
Don’t look back got a new direction (don't look back)
I loved you once needed protection (no, no)
You’re still a part of everything I do
You’re on my heart just like a tattoo

I can’t waste time so give it a moment (i can't waste time)
I realized nothings broken
No need to worry about everything I’ve done (no need to worry)
Live every second like it was my last one
Don’t look back got a new direction (don't you ever look back)
I loved you once needed protection
You’re still a part of everything I do
You’re on my heart just like a tattoo
Just like a tattoo
I’ll always have you

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Author: Lotlot
•6:40 PM

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Author: Lotlot
•6:30 PM
I, as Christian Catholic, strongly believe and celebrate Christmas. Because it's the commemoration of the birth of the son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ showed his GREAT & ENDLESS LOVE to people by sacrificing his self ( He died for the people.). And after all, he still continues to help and shower blessings to people.

Thus, I'm deeply touched with the christmas song, "Give Love on Christmas Day". Because it reminds me of HIM & HIS Great Love. I'm reminded that I should learn to forgive and forget those people who hurt me; on the other hand, I should learn to ask for forgiveness to those people whom I hurt. So that, LOVE is in the AIR and in the HEARTS of all the people during the day of Christmas.

LOVE should be in our hearts even if it's not Christmas, but because we're just human beings..prone to sin, so atleast we're ONE on Christmas Day! We should give love on Christmas Day.

Giving/receiving love & presents, singing christmas carols, attending/organizing christmas parties, spending chrismas with families/friends, decorating christmas lights/decors and forgiving/asking for forgiveness on or before christmas are the main ingredients to have a HAPPY, JOYOUS & MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS!

I wish you all a merry and a joyous Christmas! May we all give LOVE on Christmas Day!
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Author: Lotlot
•4:15 PM
Today is the 22nd birthday of my younger sister, Mae. I wish to give her a birthday party but she's in my house in Bohol and I'm in Cebu. Bohol is a neighborly island of Cebu. It's a 2-hour sea trip from Cebu. My mother, niece and other siblings are here in cebu except her, my father, younger brother and youngest sister. They stay there because they're still studying; and, my father is working.
But my mom got a nice idea this morning. We bought groceries and other things needed for her birthday and we sent those to them immediately this morning. Probably, they already recieved the package by this time; and my sister is now preparing something for her visitors.
On the other hand, before I reported in the office I first went to Supermetro Gaisano, one of the shopping malls in Cebu, to buy a present for my cousin, Joey, who graduated in University just this week. He's living in Mindanao, one of the 3 archipelagos in the Philippines. It's quite far from Cebu. It takes 2-day sea & land trips from Cebu. So, I just sent the present via LBC; so, probably he'll receive the package by Friday. I attempted to call and inform him about the present but my friend told me that it's better not to inform him so that he'll be surprised...Well, my friend's idea was great!
How I wish my simple presents for my sister and cousin would make them smile and happy!
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Author: Lotlot
•9:03 PM
A while ago I read the recent blog of Aya entitled, Smart Life. I was amazed with her blog because I learned few things about it.
I learned that I should give importance to my life, I should live the most out of it and I should live the smartest way that I could in order to be happy and contented while I'm still alive. As we all know, life is short; it doesn't last forever. And, we are not the one controlling our lives. So, anytime we might pass away. Atleast, we'll have no regrets and atleast we'll pass away smiling...right?
Moreover, I learned about her car named, SMART. Why her car was named after it? What make is her car. etc?
Thanks, Aya for writing that blog. You taught me some things today. You're great!
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Author: Lotlot
•5:56 PM

Nonito Donaire of the Philippines won against Luis Maldonado of Mexico via knocked out in yesterday's boxing.
Congratulations, Donaire! You are the pride of the Filipinos!

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Author: Lotlot
•5:53 PM

I watched a boxing match yesterday between A.J Banal of the Philippines and Jovanny Soto of Mexico. The round ended with A.J Banal as winner. He won via knocked out.
Congratulations, A.J! You make us proud to be filipinos!

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Author: Lotlot
•5:48 PM

I was very proud to see Boom Boom Bautista winning against Meza of Mexico in yesterday's boxing that was held in Araneta Colisium.
Congratulations, Rey! The Filipinos are very proud of you; especially, the Boholanos..like me..

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