VinJoiel

A suburbian soul living in the concrete jungle...

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Happy Birthday Jolo M…..





Six years ago dumating sa buhay namin si Jose Paolo. Second baby ng sister ko and our second nephew. He is so totally different from his big brother. I can say big brother Iel looks exactly like their father and Jolo looks like my sister. Kung gano kalaki si Iel ganun naman kaliit si Jolo. Nung ipinanganak sya wala na ko sa Pinas so hindi ko nakita ang paglaki nya, sabi nila kulot na kulot din ang buhok nya and mahaba ang pilik mata and malimit mapagkamalan na girl kasi yung mukha nya parang sa babae hehehe…..So porke wala ako sa pinas ang kilala lang nya ay si Tita Chel nya and he will not remember me. Recently na nga lang nya ako nakilala and to think Ninang pa ako hahaha…

Madaming kuento si Jolo, iba ibang anecdotes na nakakatawa: Napaka conscious sa pananamit, pati sa buhok, pag hinahatid ng Tatay sa school eh sa likod daw sumasakay kasi mapapayid daw buhok nya, meron pa yang cologne sa bag nya hehe….makulit na bata, at laging sya ang sumasagot sa telepono pag tumatawag kami, minsan ayaw makipag usap, minsan naman daldal ng daldal. Mas malimit ang magbilin ng iba't ibang laruan basta kausap kami.

Maka Papa sya (lolo nya), meron Papa/Mama Sambat at meron Papa/Mama Bayan. Yung Sambat eh sa side namin at yung Bayan ay sa side ng bayaw ko. At gaya ng Papa Sambat nya mahilig sya sa kape at suman, sinukmani at kung ano anong local na kakanin.....naalala ko pag nagkakape ang tatay kelangan meron din sya sa tasa nya and hilera sila dun ng Tatay sa me hagdan, mga three or four yata sya nun hehe..

Today Jolo will have a small celebration daw sa kanilang munting garden with the rest of family lang and special request attendance of Kuya Arvin...

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOLO and wish you more happiness to come, from all of us here (Tito, Tita & Tita)...

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Saturday blues....

Eto nandito sa opis at nag-tratrabaho kahit walang bayad. Ganyan talaga ang buhay, para bang binawian ako ng kumpanya sa anim na buwan halos na 8 oras lamang ang aking productivity...hay layp...

Bukas birthday ni Jolo M. at balita ko me handaan daw sa kanila at kumbidado ang mga tita, tito, mama, papa..request ng me kaarawan na maghanda daw naman kahit cake man lang hehehe...

yan lang po and back to the mines for poor me.....

Friday, July 29, 2005

A REAL WINNER

From forwarded emails, a nice read...

A REAL WINNER
Author Unknown
Feb 18, 2004

In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca Recording company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The group was called The Beatles.

In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become the most popular singer in America, named Elvis Presley.

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?"

In the 1940's, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after seven long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, New York, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention, an electrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became the Xerox Corporation we know today.

Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralyzed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13, she had developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year, she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day, she actually won a race. And then another. From then on, she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. You gain strength, experience, and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do. And remember, the finest steel gets sent through the hottest furnace. A REAL WINNER is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER QUITS! In life, remember that you pass this way only once! Let's live life to the fullest and give it our best.

Sent by Geselle Bolivar

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Firefly watching…

Alitaptap sa tagalog ang firefly di ba? Si dahleng ko nag aaya sa Kota Tinggi para daw sa firefly watching malapit sa beach. He said he will arrange it, so okay, sana matuloy. Naalala ko tuloy nung mga bata pa kami dun sa aming probins, pag gabi na at wala kuryente ay nanghuhuli kami ng alitaptap at nilalagay namin sa garapon, kaso tinatakpan namin si garapon kaya yung liwanag ng alitaptap ay humihina habang nanghihina din si alitaptap. Those were the simple days. Sabi nga ng Inay dun daw sa tapat ng bahay namin nung sila naman ang mga bata pa ay me isang puno ng sampalok, malaki yung puno at sa gabi daw ay punong puno ng alitaptap, para daw tuloy christmas tree ang effect. Ganung effect ang dadayuhin daw namin ni labs sa Kota Tinggi. Imagine, ngayon you have to go to a certain place para sa firefly watching samantalang it was previously on your doorstep and you never did have any idea how special that was, such irony. Kahit ngayon wala na ito sa probins namin and paminsan minsan na me makita kami at ituro namin sa mga pamangkin ay mangha na mangha na sila heh….

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

My Tiyo Totoy

Si Sofronio M. Bicol, Sya lang yung inabutan namin na nag iisang kapatid na lalaki ng mga Inay. Namatay sya sa sakit sa puso nung 27 yrs old pa lang sya. Ang tanda ko lang ay grade four yata ako nung mamatay sya. Entonces me 28 taon na syang wala sa pamilya namin. Tanda ko sya kasi me kahigpitan si uncle, pag nakita nya kami sa labas ng kalye at duon naglalaro ay hinahabok nya kami pabalik sa luoban. Magaling din syang magbiro sa amin lalo na dun sa bahay ng mga Auntie ko, kasi nung araw ay kawayang sahig ang bahay nila so dun sa mga siwang ay nananakot sya, tutundusin ka nya ng tingting eh siempre gulat na gulat ka naman lalo na kung gabi na….di rin sya nakatapos ng pag aaral pero nag aral naman manahi ng pantalon kaya dati sya ang pinagpapatahian sa amin ng pantalon nung mga binata nung araw. And as it runs in their family, kulot na kulot din ang buhok nya.

Palibhasa bata pa kami so hindi namin naiintindihan kung bakit nakahiga lang sya minsan, kung bakit lagi syang maputla, kung bakit payat ang pangangatawan nya, at kung bakit laging habol ang paghinga nya. Sabi ng mga Inay ay me "butas sya sa puso", yan ang term nila so hangga ngayon di ko alam kung ano ba yung butas nya sa puso na sinasabi ng mga oldies. Sa hospital sya namatay.

Siempre nung mamatay sya malungkot kaming lahat, ngayon ko lang naiisip na sobrang bata pa nya nung mamatay sya and masakit isipin na na outlive sya ng Mamay & Nanay at lahat na kapatid nyang babae. Sya kasi ang bunsong anak at pinaka close sya sa Inay. Sabi nga nila pinakamasakit sa isang magulang ang mamatayan ng anak, lalo na sa case ni lola kasi nagiisang anak na lalaki si Tiyo Totoy. Pero sabi nila me dalawa pa silang anak na lalaki pero parehas namatay nung mga bata pa sila and ang Tiyo Totoy lang ang tumagal ng konti ang buhay.

Ngayon ang kaarawan ng kamatayan nya ayon ke madir. Sabi ko magpamisa na lang sila.

My memory of him was fading and even though this is so simple, it's to keep his memory alive. I wish I have his picture so I can post it too, kaso nasa lumang bahay sa Batangas lahat ng pics namin and wala na akong maalala about him kundi ito lang.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Waiting for Taba...

Yap, still awake and will probably be tired and sleepy tomorrow because of this..
Nyway si taba di pa umuuwi so habang naglalaba ay naghahanap ng bagong trabaho sa net. Sana maka suerte...

Tapusin ang kontrata hindi ang trabaho….

Dahil sa kami ay dito naghahanapbuhay sa ibang bayan, natural lamang na iba ang sistema sa trabaho kung ikumpara mo sa pinas. Sa pinas puedeng petek-petek lang at lilipas na ang maghapon (depende sa trabaho mo…) Dito kelangan na sumabay ka sa mabilis na agos ng trabaho, wala ditong kuentuhan sa kapit bahay na mesa, walang kuentuhan sa umaga na kesyo na trapik ka, o di kaya ay kung ano ang napanuod mong drama sa telebisyon nung sinundang gabi. Dito tatayo ka lang sa mesa pag tanghalian na at pag uwian na. Hataw sa trabaho, ika nga sa Batangas….

Pero dahil nga pinoy tayo me mga bagay na puedeng patamain…puedeng patama ka sa oras gaya ng wag muna umuwi lalo na at me bayad naman ang labis na oras, patama ka sa oras na kunyari me ginagawa ka kahit wala, look busy ika nga…..hawak sa papel pang nakita mong palapit ang mga bosing siguraduhin lang na relevant yung hinawakan mong papel hehehe….sabi nga ng isang barkada "ang tapusin mo ay kontrata wag ang trabaho…" me katwiran ano nga??

Kaso ngayong mga nakalipas na mga araw ay hindi ko na magawa ang magpatama sa oras, hataw ng hataw sa dami ng trabaho at pagod na ako kaya ngayon nag-iisip ako kung magbibitiw na ba o maghanap ng iba at saka umayaw….nag iisip ako sa pag ayaw hindi dahil sa dami ng trabaho sa ngayon, umaayaw ako dahil sa bulok na sistema ng kumpanyang ito….sa tagal na ng itinigil ko dito ay wala akong makitang pagbabago…as usual the system beats you ang drama ng buhay ko ngayon…

Yan lang po…..

Monday, July 25, 2005

Wala lang.....

Monday blues ang drama natin ngayon...sana nag medical leave na lang ako.

Week-end sucks, Saturday we went to immigration to sponsor hubby's friend who's visiting. By the end of the day my head felt like somebody's pounding on it, probably due to the hot weather outside and cold interior of the immigration building plus the train ride ...ayun tsakit ulo hangga late evening until Sunday evening. Wala tuloy nagawa sa week-end. Even up to now lugaw pa rin ulo ko..kung nasa Batangas lang kami eh sana me homemade remedy na ko, my Inay's pinitpit na dahon ng atis and luya sa suka...siempre sa amoy pa lang ng concoction na iyan, tanggal hilo at sakit ng ulo mo....

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Freedom of Simplicity

From forwarded emails....

The Freedom of Simplicity By Bo Sanchez*

Happiness is not found outside of you. It doesn't come from cars, clothes, cash, or Caribbean cruises. Happiness is found within. But how can you find it if you don't have the simplicity of time and space to discover the most important things in your life? How can you search the depths of your soul if you are too busy impressing others, acquiring wealth, protecting your properties, and paying your debts? Simplicity is not about the external either: living in a doghouse, eating in Hepatitis joints, wearing rags.

Let me define what it is: Simplicity is living from the core of your being.


A TREASURE MAP OF HAPPINESS
Simplicity will point to you where and what and who the gold is in your life. Let me share with you the seven powerful lessons I've learned on simple living:

LIVE ON LESS, AND DELIGHT IN THEM MORE
Some take their pleasure dining in classy restaurants, trips to Europe, and owning the latest home theatre-equipment. I've chosen the simple path: If I can simply be with my wife, or take a quiet stroll under a canopy of stars, or play with a child, or read a good book in my home, or laugh with friends over a pizza, I consider myself richly blessed. Focus on what you have and not on what you don't have.

STOP RUNNING AND WALK INSTEAD
Here's the truth: The person who has covered the greatest distance does NOT win, but the one who has most enjoyed the journey does. Stop running around chasing your own tail! Get off your hurried pace and learn to breathe. Replace doing with being. Learn to say no to invitations, appointments, and commitments, activities and events that will rob you of your focus. Learn to say "yes "to rest, to tranquility, to quietness.

YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR WEALTH
I own very few things today because I am more than the brand of my watch, the logo of my shoes, the name of my car. I believe that if in my soul I deeply respect and value myself, people around me will sense that, and they too, will value and respect me whether I'm wearing Armani or not. You are more than your wealth.

AVOID BUYING ON CREDIT
I don't believe in borrowing from credit cards. For convenience, I use one card but I pay the whole amount at the end of each month.) If I need something really bad, I save up for it. Sometimes, at midpoint, I realize I don't really need the darn thing and give up the whole idea. The only exception I feel we should enter into a credit is when buying a non-depreciating item, such as housing or land. I believe we should always live within our earning capacity. Proverbs 22:7 says, "Those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders."

GIVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
If I content myself with P250 shirt instead of P4,000 Lacoste, I can help others more. Trust me, there is immense pleasure! You will find that the empty thrill of owning a diamond ring on your finger pales in comparison to the joy of handing a piece of bread to an orphan child. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2Corinthians 9:8) The Old Testament of tithing or giving 10% of your income is a good guideline to follow. The New Testament challenges us to give with a cheerful heart. (When you're cheerful, you may give more than 10%!) Make it a habit.

SAVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Saving is essential to being good stewards of the money that God "lends" to us. Saving is an important way of providing for our future-both for our needs and to be generous to others. I recommend that you save at least 10% of your income. I can almost hear you now: "Bo, that's impossible!" Oh yeah? Well, how did you live three years back when your salary was one-half its present amount? Sacrifice. Many of our needs are actually wants. Is cable TV a need? Will you suddenly die if you can't watch CNN or HBO? Are those new golf clubs essential to your existence? Invest in time deposits, long-term stocks and housing.

BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET
Make a list of all your monthly expenses, according to categories. Make also a list of irregular expenses-those that don't come monthly. Set up another savings account for these expenses and put in a little money each month. To differentiate this from the savings account, we call ours “freedom account” because it frees us from worrying about them when they suddenly attack. And stick to your budget!

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE WE CLOSE Balance.
Don't take living simply to the extremes! Living simply doesn't mean living in deprivation. There are special days when my wife and I eat in a fancy restaurant. Or when we splurge into a vacation. Very rare, yes, but my point is that you take living simply NOT as a rigid goal-but as a happy process towards the goals of GENEROSITY, INNER PEACE and HOLINESS.

* Bo Sanchez is a Filipino inspirational writer. He's the founder of some Christian organizations in the Philippines

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Today's Quote - Wed., 20 Jul

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought be done whether you like it or not"
- Thomas Huxley

Monday, July 18, 2005

Done with my reading....

I've finished the Harry Potter & Half Blood Prince at last...and would you beleive I've gone back home today and took a half day leave just so i can finish the book...how nuts am I huh?!

O well, as usual it's a good read...every ones grown up, it's getting darker and darker and sadly Dumbledore dies. I'll probably read again from the start my whole collections of Harry Potter series. I couldn't wait for the last book kaso she'll probably published it after two years na ulit...milk the cow muna, ika nga...imagine 6.9million copies sold on the first 24hrs!!! grave..

k, makapagluto muna at baka dumating na si labs..

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sluggish Sunday

I feel that my vision is blurring already with too much reading since yesterday afternoon. I couldn't put the book down but I have to stop for a while...
Hopefully by tomorrow I can finish off the book.

Not much happening on the home front...my third nephew Vince is 7mos old already and we've just sent some new clothes and shoes for him. Ang taba taba daw and super cute pa...Sina nephew Iel & Jolo naman are both doing good and enjoying the puzzles we've sent them.

Yan lang muna for today..gotta go back to Harry...

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Harry Potter Book Six

Just got back from the store to pick up my pre-order of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince...couldn't wait to start reading...who will die in the end??

k, got to start reading now...

Friday, July 15, 2005

A song from the past..

Last night we were at one of our friends house for dinner get together. They have two lovely kids. We were singing different english songs that they've learned so far and then we resorted to tagalog songs and this song was one of them. It's one of the few songs I remember learning during childhood, at about 3 or 4 yrs old?!.. ……

all together now…...

Ako ay may lobo…
Lumipad sa langit..
Di ko na nakita..
Pumutok na pala..
Sayang lang pera ko..
Binili ng lobo..
Sa pagkain sana..
Nabusog pa ako….

Thursday, July 14, 2005

On writing…

I write snippets mainly because I can't have any coherent thoughts with the current work load I'm having right now.
We'll see how it goes 6mos from now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Changes..

I know changes are inevitable but I hate it nevertheless…
I hate it when things were changed without my knowledge. I've a short fuse for that. I guess I'm from the old school in this regard. If it was initiated by me then of course I don't have a problem but if I was surprised by such change then I get irritated…BIG TIME!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Quote for the day....


Got this from forwarded mails.....

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Tatay's Flowering Garden



Kuha ito last summer nung umuwi kami sa pinas, sa garden ito ni sister ko and all the flowers were planted by Tatay. Ang layo nga ng garden ni ama, he has to drive about 1km to do his gardening heh...

People Watching

Whenever I am waiting for labs or some friends I resort to people watching. But recently I realized that I am always looking at people's feet. Why kanyo?? Well, mainly for the reason of not getting dizzy watching people pass by and subconsiously because of my love of shoes.

So there I am watching all kinds of footwear that people have; some are shabby from constant use (mostly men), some are brand new, some have stiletto killer shoes na gusto ko tanungin kung me licensya ba yun heh….and some style I would love to have. Minsan gusto ko habulin at itanong kung san nya binili shoes nya….weird ga??

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Return on Investment

It's not that much but still, we are thankful that actually the pay-off has started…

Me binili kaming investment ni labs a year ago. Manggahan farm na merong 60 puno. Kahapon tumawag ako ke madir and papunta daw sila sa manggahan kasi nagsimula na anihin…natuwa ako at meron kaming mababahagi duon. Since meron kaming care taker duon at sila ang nagpuhunan sa pagpapabunga ng mangga, 20% ng gross sales ang para sa aming mag asawa. Ke magkano man abutin ang halaga ay natutuwa ako at kumita kahit papano yung lupa. Sabi nila in five years time daw ay mag full bloom na ang pagbunga ng mga puno kaya sana nga ay mag tuloy tuloy para lahat ay masaya.

Ito bale ang exit point namin ni labs in case na umayaw na kami sa trabaho dito.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Cutting down

I've decided to cut down on those extravagant and capricious things that I am accumulating these days.
I have to for reasons I can not completely write down here.
Anyway I'm used to having nothing so these will be peanuts….or will it?

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Busy as a bee...

Sovra!! sovrang busy talaga ako...ka-asar tuloy!! gaya ngayon, ka sabado sabado andito ko sa opis at nagtatarbaho...aruy ko ang likod at kamay ko mtsakit na sa kaka computer...
yan lang po muna para sa unang entry ng hulyo....