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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How Do You Call This?

See the solar panel? This is a baseball hat. The fan is attached thus the hole for the forehead.

I found this in the office...presuming it is owned by our boss. Hehehe.

Kinda cool to keep cool.

The Sacrament of Waiting

by James Donnelan, SJ

The English poet John Milton once wrote that those who serve only stand and wait. I think I could go further and say that those who wait render the highest form of service. Waiting requires more self-discipline, more self-control and emotional maturity, more unshakeable faith in our cause, more unwavering hope in the future, more sustaining love in our hearts that the great deeds of deering-do that go by the name of action.

Waiting is a mystery - a natural sacrament of life - there is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.

Every day is filled with those little moments of waiting - testing our patience and our nerves, schooling us in self-control - paciencia lang. We wait for meals to be served, for a letter to arrive, for a friend to call or show up for a date. We wait on line at cinemas and theaters,
concert and circuses. Our airline terminals, railway stations and bus depots are great temples of waiting filled with men and women who wait in joy for the arrival of a loved one - or wait in sadness to say goodbye and give that last wave of the hand. We wait for birthdays and
vacations - we wait for Christmas. We wait for spring to come - or autumn - for the rains to begin or to stop.

And we wait for ourselves to grow from childhood to maturity. We wait for those inner voices that tell us when we are ready for the next stop. We wait for graduation, for our first job, our first promotion. We wait for success and recognition. We wait to grow up - to reach the stage where we make our decisions.

We cannot remove this waiting from our lives. It is part of the tapestry of living - the fabric in which the threads are woven that tells the story of our lives.

Yet the current philosophies would have us forget the need to wait, "grab all the gusto you can get." So read one of America's great beer advertisement - Get it now. Instant pleasure - instant Transcendence. Don't wait for anything. Life is short - Eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow you'll die. And so they rationalize us into accepting unlicensed and irresponsible reedom - premarital sex and commitment - against expecting anything of anybody, or allowing them to expect anything of us - against vows and promises - against duty and responsibility - against dropping any anchors in the currents of our life that will cause us to hold and wait.

This may be the correct prescriptions for pleasure - but even that is fleeting and doubtful - what was it Shakespeare said about the mad pursuit of pleasure - "Past reason hunted, and once had, past reason hated". No if we wish to be real human beings, spirit as well as flesh,
soul as well as heart, we have to learn to wait. For if not we never learn to love someone other than ourselves.

For most of all, waiting means waiting for someone else. It is a mystery, brushing by our face everyday like a stray wind or a leaf falling from a tree. Anyone who has ever loved knows how much waiting goes into it - how much waiting is important for love to grow - to flourish through a lifetime.

Why is this? Why can't we have right now what we so desperately want and need? Why must we wait - 2 years, 3 years, 5 years and seemingly waste so much time? You might as well ask why a tree should take so long to bear fruit - the seed to flower - carbon to change into diamond.

There is no simple answer - no more that there is to life's other demands - having to say goodbye to someone you love because either youor they have already made other commitments; or because they have to grow and find the meaning of their own lives - having yourself to leave home and loved ones to find your own path - Goodbyes, like waiting, are
also sacraments of our lives.

All we know is that growth - the budding, the flowering of love needs patient waiting. We have to give each other time to grow. There is no way we can make someone else truly love us or we them, except through time. So we give each other that mysterious gift of waiting - of being
present without making demands or asking rewards. But there is life in the gift we give.

So lovers wait for each other - until they can see things the same way - or let each other freely see things in quite different ways.

There are times when lovers hurt each other and cannot regain the balance and intimacy of the way they were. They have to wait - in silence - but still present to each other - until the pain subsides to an ache and then only a memory and the threads of the tapestry can be
woven together again in a single love story.

What do we lose when we refuse to wait? When we try to find short cuts through life - when we try to incubate love and rush blindly and foolishly into a commitment we are neither mature nor responsible enough to assume? We lose the hope of ever truly loving, of being loved.
Think of all the great love stories of history and literature - Isn't it of their very essence that they are filled with this strange but common mystery - that waiting is part of the substance - the basic fabric -against which the story of that true love is written.

How can we ever either find life or true love if we are too impatient to wait for it?

Friday, October 19, 2007

GK 1 WORLD - GK Expo 2007


One Hope. One Vision

One Global Army Against Poverty

Activities include:

1. Conviction and capability building workshops for GK programs for shelter, health, environment, productivity, and mabuhay kultura

2. High on energy, fellowship and fun for kapitbahayan, caretaker teams and partners – the Bayani Marathon, KB Olympics and Paraisong Pambata

3. Evenings to celebrate and honor heroism with Salo-salo ng mga Bayani (Friday) and Gabi ng Parangal (Saturday)

4. Culminating with the Martsa ng mga Bayani and GK 1MB Concert Showcasing GK Talents along with local celebrities on Saturday night running through the early hours of Sunday for our thanksgiving Dawn Mass and Almusal ng mga Bayani.


October 26, 27 and 28, 2007

GK1World Village, MOA Grounds

Bayan Anihan Farms: Model Farms on Display (8am to 10pm)

Productivity Fair: GK Home, GKoncepts * Teenpreneur and Bayanihan Challenge (Friday Only)

Ecovillage and IP Village Models * Lakaran sa GK1World Village (am/3pm (Open to All)

Kalye Kainan (Regional Food Fair) 24 hours

October 26

8:30–1:30 am Cinema 1, Caretaker/KB Forum and GK1MB

8:30–1130 am Eco-village Model Area Workshop: Environment

12nn–1:30 pm BayanAnihan Farms Grand Pinakbet Pakain, BayanAnihan Farm

1-4pm Cinema 1, Caretaker/KB Forum and GK1MB

5:30-8:30pm Salo-salo ng mga Bayani Cocktails and Entertainment (Partners, Caretaker and KB) GK1World Main Stage

October 27

6am MOA Grounds, GK1World Bayani Marathon

8:00am-3:00 pm GK1World Paved Area, Paraisong Pambata

8:30-11:30am Music Hall, Kultura “Diwa” Workshop (KB, Mabuhay and CYD Leaders)

5:00pm   MOA Grounds, Martsa ng mga Bayani

5:30pm BayanAnihan Farms, Gabi ng Parangal

October 28

1:30am-3:30am GK1World Paved Area, Paraiso Showing

4:00am-6:00am GK1World Paved Dawn Mass at Almusal

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dahil sa tindi ng kahirapan sa probinsya, namasukan si Inday bilang katulong sa Maynila. Habang ini-interview ng amo…
Amo: Kelangan namin ng katulong para mag ayos ng bahay, magluto, maglaba, magplantsa, mamalengke, at magbantay ng mga bata. Kaya mo ba ang lahat ng ito?
Inday: I believe that my trained skills and expertise in management with the use of standard tools, and my discipline and experience will contribute significantly to the value of the work that you want, my creativity, productivity and work-efficiency and the high quality of outcomes I can offer will boost the work progress.
Amo: [nosebleed]

Amo: Inday di ba nanood ka ng The Buzz?
Inday: Opo, bakit mam?
Amo: Bakit daw umalis si Angel Locsin sa GMA7?
Inday: Sometimes, people choose to leave not because of selfish reasons but because they just know that things will get worse if they will stay. Leaving can be a tough act, and it's harder when people can't understand you for doing so…
Amo: ah okay...

Attached herewith is a list of proposed acquisition in line with my proposal to upgrade your household facilities. I have already made initial survey of current market prices. Note however that prices could vary depending on the prevailing exchange rate and aggregate supply and demand which we also monitor on a hourly basis. - si inday, nagpapaalam para mamalengke

Nakaraan ang dalawang araw, umuwi ang amo, nakitang me bukol si junior.

Amo: Bakit me bukol si junior? C

Inday:ompromising safety with useless aesthetics, the not-so-well engineered design of our kitchen lavatory affected the boy's cranium with a slight boil at the left temple near the auditory organ.

I want to persevere in life. I want to break free from where I am. I want to travel the world, see all the beautiful sights and sceneries. I want to be complete… - Naks si Inday, pwedeng model ng Centrum

Amo: Alam mo Inday, bakit di ka na lang mag-callcenter, paingles-ingles ka naman?
Inday: I don't think that I want to have easy money for I know that choosing such employment is already limiting myself from experiencing enthusiastic ways of expressing what I feel by means of what I do, thus imprisoning myself with an incapable mind which will result to doubt and uncontentment.
Amo: Ay ewan ko sa iyo! Dinudugo na ako!

Much as I want to indulge in the proliferation of such indecent and malicious information, I want to lift the stigma and alleviate society's perception of our profession… - Si Inday, tumatangging makipagtsismisan sa katulong sa kabilang bahay sa oras ng siesta

Inday: Dear mother, had it not been for the smelling salt, I must have collapsed a moment ago. Junior has become a little monster to me. Remember the head accident he had? As if I wasn't enough, he was summoned by the principal of his shabilly-run academe. Oh, such an erudite bunch of baboons! I never thought being a governess can be such strenous employ!

Tatay: Walanghiya ka! Magpadala ka ng pera! Nasa ospital ang nanay mo, dumugo ang ilong kakabasa ng pesteng sulat mo!

How do I stop falling for someone? How do I defy the pull of gravity? Can I just flee? Flee before I hit the ground and suffer the pain and tell myself: "Why do I choose to fall in the first place, when I know from the start, that someone's never gonna be there to catch me anyway?…. - tanong ni Inday sa sarili niya ng mainlove siya sa amo niya

"I stay awake in the coldness of the darkened sky contemplating why, for some reasons, has my emptiness made itself manifests, extending to that niche where I was given life and growth, that because of austerity I was made separated from" - si Inday, hindi makatulog dahil nahohomesick

Amo: Bakit maalat ang ulam?

Inday: The consistency was fine. But you see, it seems that the increased amount of sodium chloride (NaCl) affected the taste drastically and those actions are irreversible. I do apologize.

Amo: [nosebleed na naman]

Kinabukasan, sinamahan ni Inday si junior sa principal's office dahil di makapunta ang amo at donya.

Principal: Sinuntok ni junior ang kanyang kaklase.

Inday: It's absurd! It was never a fact that he will inflict a fight. I can only imagine how you handle schizophrenic kids on this educational institution. Revise your policies because they suck!

Principal: [nag resign]

Pag dating sa bahay, nandun na ang amo, galit na galit.

Amo: Inday, bakit nagkalat ang basura sa likod ng bahay?!

Inday: A change in the weather patterns might have occurred wrecking havoc to the surroundings. The way the debris are scattered indicates that the gust of wind was going northeast causing damage to the path it was heading for. Amo: [nosebleed ulit]

Habang nagluluto si Inday ng hapunan, malikot si junior.

Inday: Stop your raucous behavior. It is bound to result in property damages and if that happens there will be corresponding punishment to be inflicted upon you!

Junior: [takbo sa CR, punasan ang nagdudugong ilong]

Nung gabing yon, me nag text ke Inday. Si Dodong, ang driver ng kapitbahay, gusto maki pag text-mate.

Inday: To forestall further hopes of acquaintance, my unfathomable statement to the denial of your request - Petition denied.

Di nagla-on, dahil sa tyaga ni Dodong, nagging syota nya rin si Inday.

"I am solitary. I find it hard to succumb into slumber, though the downpour of rain should've made it easy. This exuberant emotional glue I have for you, cannot be simply washed away. The multiplicity of what I feel for you is inevitable. This isn't platonic. It's real, true romance." - si Inday, nageemote sa may bintana, habang iniisip si Dodong, ang boyfriend niya

**** "
This is just not the right time to give it a try, for there are things that are not worth losing by making a move towards an uncertain future; destiny will always bring us where we're meant to be." - paliwanag ni Inday ng ayain siya ni Dodong na magtanan kagabi

The break-up:

Inday: The statute restricts me to love you but you have the provocations. The way you smile is the proximate cause why I love you. We have some rules to think of. We have no vested rights to love each other because the upper household dismissed my petition!"

Dodong: Perhaps you are mistaken, what you seem to contrive as any affections for you are somewhat half-hearted. I was merely attempting to expand my network of interests by involving you in my daily recreation. Heretofor, you can expect an end to any verbal articulation from myself"

May dumaan na mamang basurero, at narinig ang usapan ni Inday at Dodong.

Basurero (sabi kay Inday): Be careful in letting go of the things you thought are just nothing because maybe someday you'll realize that the one you gave away is the very thing you've been wishing for to stay.

Narinig ang lahat ng ito ng amo ni inday.

"I wish forgetting my feelings for someone was as easy as digging a hole in the backyard, burying it there, and leaving a cross over it to remind me how beautiful it once was. But it could never be like that, forgetting these feelings, is much like digging my very own grave and burying myself alive." - Si Inday ulit, during the break-up

Amo: Inday bumili ka nga ng mga isda.. oo nga pla inglesira ka… would you please purchase many fishes for our this week's meals?

Inday: Judging from your statement I believe you meant a variety of fish. The term "fishes", although rarely and even erroneously used, connotes a plethora or an array of different kinds of the aforementioned gilled creatures. But the more pressing questions before I traversed the road to the wet market would be: What certain type of fish? Fillet or not? Frozen or just right smack the day's catch? (Pauses) Aaah… by manner of careful extrapolation, given the meager budget in this houshold's quasi-peasant middle class taste, I assume then I will source the staple "galewng-gowng". Am I correct?

Amo: Leche!

Inday: You meant the freshwater milkfish? Then the "ba-ngooz" is it!

"La vida no es una broma actualmente. El dinero es tan duro de pasar. Puede usted bajar el precio parci mi? Soy ya su compradora avido diario por favor? si Inday tumatawad sa merkado ng isinama siya ng amo sa España

*Drunken shrimp and blue lobster meat with caviar serve with milagrosa rice (red variety) and apricot sauce

*Vegetables in balsamic vinegar splashed with extra virgin olive olive

*Lychee and peach salad with sour cream cheese topped with lemon zests

- baon ni Junior sa daycare na inihanda ni Inday

Ipomea aquatica has become the constant ingredient to this Filipino delicacy which is very helpful in the digestion during the peristaltic process of the food we intake. Due to the continuous rains and floods, the harvest of the said vegetable has lessen the production in the market.", banat ni Inday kung bakit walang "kangkong" sa nilutong sinigang

"Heavy fire that exerted by the stimulus affect the best conductor of heat which is the steel, causing the Oryza sativa which is the scientific name of rice to change its state of color, smell as well as the taste.", sagot ni Inday nang tanungin siya ng amo kung bakit nasunog ang sinaing

"Allergens triggered the immune response. Eosinophilic migration occurs to the reaction site and release of chemotactic and anaphylotoxin including histamine and prostaglandins. These substance results to increase circulation to the site promoting redness." -sagot ni inday nun tanungin ni sir kung bakit may rashes si Junior

Mister: Bakit tuwing pag-uwi ko, nadadatnan kitang nanunuod ng TV??!!! Inday: Because I don't want you to see me doing absolutely nothing!

"Physical stress and excessive work may result to serious damage to one's body. It is therefore essential that once in a while we take a break from our usual routine to replenish the lost energy we once had." - sabi ni Inday sa amo noong humingi siya ng dayoff

Misis: Inday, bakit mo binenta yung sirang silya?

Inday: I have computed the chair's fair value less cost to sell, and the value in use using projections for 5 years and a pre-tax discount rate. Accordingly, the value in use is lower, so I decided to sell the chair. This in accordance with PAS18 on Revenue, PAS16 on Property, Plant, and Equipment, and PAS36 on Impairment of Assets!

Listening to the nonsense talk about someone's life is a pathetic way of entertainment… it doesn't contribute to the good of society… i hate character assassinators! - reklamo ni inday nung matsismis sya ng kapitbahay! idol talaga!

500 globe plan subscription
1800 glutathione tablet
600 olay total effects
1500 crocs flip flops
2000 for mama
- binabudget ni Inday ang sweldo niya

Amo 1: Inday, ano gamit mo sa katawan mo, ang kinis mo kasi eh?
Amo 2: Siguro gumagamit ka nang Papaya.
Amo 1: Baka naman kalamansi?
Inday (Babanat na naman): No! "Only Belo touches my skin, who touches yours?"

Nurture others with positive, truthful words, not words that hurt. It doesn't cost anything to do so. But mean what you say, and say what you mean. Do it everyday. This is one of the most obvious qualities of the most beloved people. If you cannot be generous financially, at least be generous with your words. - yan ang sabi ni inday ng di siya pinautang at pinagmumura pa ng amo niya.

Inday: I pity you for you have degraded your very own pride and dignity by resorting to this despicable behavior just for wealth, and I hope that one day you'll realize that you should not use humans as means of your ends. As what the great philosopher Kant uttered, "treat a man as an end in itself."

Holdaper: Shut up! Coz if you don't the bullet in this gun will rest upon your empty head!

I was shot by a 9mm bullet in the head damaging my entire skull so that I will die and stop speaking English preventing people from nose-bleedin' - In loving memory of Inday

I thought I was dead. I must have been in a near-death experience. I believed I survived to tell the world that we are not just a bunch of household slaves, but persons of dignity and character - si Inday, matapos makarecover sa coma


Saturday, October 13, 2007


Barangay Patrol Van - Auto Toda Association Secretary

LRTA - Decepti-Toda Association President

School Service Van - Auto Toda Intelligence Officer

Sedan Taxi - Decepti-Toda Spy

Modified Tricycle - Decepti-Toda Weapons Specialist

Public Utility Jeep - Auto-Toda Spy

Provincial Utility Bus - Auto-Toda Association President

Asian Utility Van - Auto-Toda Weapons Specialist