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The name Ardythe:good war (Anglo-saxon); flowering field (Hebrew); spiritual prosperity (Swedish); Norwegian goddess.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Of Time and Relationships

When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back.Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give to someone is your time.

Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E because the essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves.

(Quoted by Catherine Gabriel, a friend, taken from A Purpose Driven Life)

Friday, August 11, 2006

Movie Review-Umaaraw Umuulan

The story is about Paolo (Ryan Santillan) a photographer who was rejected by the producers to have his script be a movie, since it was too heavy and not likely to be a blockbuster. That same day, he sees Rhea (Mariel Rodriguez) with another guy at a mall and was planning to break up with him because she does not see too much of him. That's too much for a day. So he sits alone in a restaurant on the night that he was to propose her marriage. The ring? He gave it at the mall. His friends take him to a bar to entertain him and was about to sing for him when he walks out and decides to end his life by driving his car recklessly. He did not die.
His aunt decides to send Berto (Herbert Bautista), his mute cousin, to take care of him. A few days later Paolo sees Lynette (Precious Lara Quigaman) and falls in love with her. He was not able to get her name nor number that night. He sees her waiting for the rain to stop one night. They decide to live together. Berto sees all of these and reminds him to take care of himself, especially his heart. Meanwhile, Paolo takes photos of Lynette and even makes love with her. All these made Berto more concerned. However, Lynette is not around when his friends are there so that he could introduce her. Unknown to Paolo, Berto wrote a letter to Paolo's mother. His mother comes to visit and Paolo wants her to know Lynette.
While buying food, Paolo sees Lynette and talks to her. Lynette says that's not her name and denies any knowledge of Paolo. Lynette's husband interferes (Ramon Christopher).
Heartbroken again, Berto decides to let Paolo read his diary. Paolo's father (Joel Torre) was a gambler so his mom decided to leave him. Bankcrupt, his dad commits suicide and Paolo was taken to the USA. He came back but Berto was worried that Paolo had invisible playmates. His mom sent himto USA for therapy.
After reading the diary, Paolo decided to commit suicide but Berto took care of him and Paolo's mother made him undergo treatment in the USA again. Six months later, while driving along Ortigas Center, he sees a mystery girl (Judy Ann Santos) and imagined he was kissing her. Berto saw her and approved. This time, the girl's for real.
*****
The film was wonderful. I decided to watch this because Herbert was in it. Knowing him, he stars in quality films. This was not even advertised on tv. I saw it in the newspaper and thought about it. It makes you think. It does not present the mediocre of a love story.

Birthday Celebrations - none

I was supposed to spend the weekend after my birthday with special people. But things did not turn out that way. I hoped for the following week but plans have been cancelled due to more important things, or so it seems.
Next week one of the special people will be celebrating his birthday and it's the MMLC...therefore no celebration. I checked the online calendar hoping for the 21st, which is a holiday. Alas, appointments have been made.
Sometimes, things are not meant to be...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Prayer for GG

Dear Heavenly Father,

I confess that I have not always been as careful as I should've been with my heart. From time to time, my desire for love has caused me to leave my heart in the wrong hands. I now commit my heart into Your hands for safekeeping.

Please help me to stop being so impulsive with what you deem so precious. As I learn to celebrate Your love for me, let me learn from Your example what a bride/groom should really be like. Help me to never settle for less than what You desire for me.

As I embrace You as the Lover of my Soul, keep my affections in the heaven of Your own heart, As I rest in Your love, make me more discriminating of those who approach me. I ask that You take over this area of my life. Keep me from those You know would hurt my heart.

I invite You to set a hedge around me and keep me from all who would draw me into unfruitful relationships until the day You present me to the mate that You have selected for me.

Grant me the discernment to recognize him/her as he/she recognizes me. Cleanse me from the temptations to typecast the men/women I meet according to what I see. Help me to trust in Your knowledge and lean not on my own understanding, I know that You know what is best for me; therefore I yield to your choice. Amen.


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GG-God's gift. A term used by CFC ministries members. May refer to a partner or a decision/vocation in life.

May "Whatever" Ako



Got the image from Jam. Thanks.

Sometimes, selfishness creeps into my heart. So I never stop praying. And He works!ÜÜÜ

Nature-tripping

I went to the Parks and Wildlife today. It's been 20 years since I last visited the area. A lot of things have changed. Admission fee is Php8 for adults and Php5 for children. Inexpensive. There are still a lot of animals. More animals in fact, because when they are captured, citizens bring them there. Aviaries and cages are kept with the help of partner corporations. Surely, the government does not have enough funds for things like this. I was there and so were a lot of students and common folks. The students were complaining that the animals' names were barely visiblet. Their frames were either broken or cannot be read, or none at all. I was thinking, it is not that expensive to have these animals named. I saw the lonely bearded pig. He is alone, and he could have been staying there all his life. I saw the different kinds of birds: parakeets, cockatoos, mynas, hornbills, serpent eagles, hawk eagles, and a lot more. I saw the reptiles: crocodiles, iguanas, bayawak, and pythons, There were a lot of monkeys. There were these cute animals which resembled both a bear and a cat. I just forgot the name. Before, I did not notice that there was a fish pond.

Gone are the swings and the slides. I remember that I even stepped on a carabao dung. Hehehe. The drinking fountains could not be called drinking fountains anymore because they were replaced with faucets. The main house was poorly kept.

In reality, the parks and wildlife does not need to showcase much animals. All that we need is the consciousness about our environment. If we only take care of our resources, if only man does not destroy the forests and other natural resources, if only man is not greedy, then we would not be seeing these animals in cages.