Wednesday, December 22, 2010

LP - Makulay, Kasing Kulay ng FILIPOS!

Kasing kulay, ingay at saya ng mga musikero at sirkerong ito ang naging anim na buwan ng FILIPOS (Filipino Photographers in South Korea) mula nang ito'y maitatag. 

Makulay sa mga parangal na natamo ng mga ilang kasapi sa mga photocontests, paglunsad ng ilang photowalk at iba. Gayundin ang pagkalimbag ng kauna-unahang photobook ng Club na may pamagat na Amateur.

At ito pa, video na gawa ni Rusl Lamiel ang isa pang patunay sa makulay na 6 na buwan ng FILIPOS, panoorin po natin:

©2010 FILIPOS/Rusl Lamiel

Bisitahin ninyo ang aming Facebook page dito -

Ito naman ang simpleng pabalat ng aming photobook:

Group picture ng aming photowalk sa Nami Island na kuha ni Sam Grado/Nads Concepcion na nanalo na Most LIKED sa 2010 PEBA Intnernational Photo Contest.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blog Action 2010 - Respect for OFWS at Sulyapinoy

 Sulyapinoy Oct 2010 Issue

September 2010 Sulyapinoy Issue

Sulyapinoy August 2010 Issue

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ingay ng tambol

Maingay na tinugtog ang gyobanggo isa sa mga uri ng buk (drum o tambol) ng Korea para pasimulan ang okasyon o seremonya para sa pagtatanghal para sa pagkilala sa ambag ni Kim Satgat sa literatura ng Korea.

Mula sa wikipedia:

Korean drums play an important part in traditional Korean music, ranging from folk music to royal court music. There are a wide variety of shapes and sizes, for use both in accompanying other instruments and in special drumming performances. In the traditional Korean classification of instruments, drums are grouped with the hyeokbu, or instruments made with leather.

During the Joseon period, many types of drums were used for the royal court music, including the janggu, jwago, yonggo, gyobanggo, jingo, jeolgo, nogo, and others. Among these, the janggu was also used for folk music, and later became the most commonly used drum used in Korean music.


Muli paanyaya para sa 2010 PEBA International Photo Contest:!/album.php?aid=250121&id=134794097973

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tahimik, atbp...

Unang LP Entry sa taong 2010...

Tahimik, nagpapahinga at panandaliang nakaidlip si Zel Kim sa tabi ng malamig at banayad na umaagos na sapa ng Hwaseong Fortress mula sa mahaba at mataas na akyatan noong ikatlong Photowalk ng Filipino Photographers in South Korea (FILIPOS) nitong  nakalipas na Linggo 17 ng Oktubre.

Siya ang kaunahang miyembro na Pilipinang nakapag-asawa ng Koreano dahil karamihan sa mga kasapi ay mga Pilipinong migrtanteng mangagagawang o di kaya mag-aaral.  

Inaanyayahan ang mga Pilipino mahilig sa photography na nasa Korea na sumapi sa FILIPOS.

Paanyaya pa rin para sa patimpalak ng Philippine Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA) Photo Contest. Ang mga detalye ay matatagpuan sa link na ito sa Facebook:!/notes/peba-inc-pinoy-expatsofw-blog-awards/peba-2010-international-photo-contest-entry-submission-until-nov-30/126735520713316

Sali po kayo!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scholarship on NGO Studies at SungKongHoe University

Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies (MAINS)

The program of Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies started in 2007. Its multidisciplinary curriculum, and combination of academic and practical teaching is unique in the field of studies on social changes, non-governmental organizations and civil society. MAINS is offered by SungKongHoe University in collaboration with such institutions as the ARENA. The curriculum covers a wide range of current issues from both regional and global perspectives, placing a special focus on the development of solidarity among civil society participants.

MAINS is intended for those who have been contributing, or have the potential to contribute, to more equitable social changes in Asia. Benefiting from both academic and practical resources in SungKongHoe University, MAINS offers intense and flexible preparation for those seeking leadership and development skills in civil societies in Asia.

More from this link -

MAINS Admission Guide2011

Application 2011

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PEBA 2010 and Model OFW Family of the Year Awards

I have been caught up with school work and good thing I can still engage with other extracurricular activities which we volunteers fondly call our real major and minor – that of writing for Sulyapinoy, the Filipino migrant workers (EPS – Employment Permit System) newsletter  and as elected officer of the newly formed FILIPOS – Filipino Photographers in South Korea, our foto club which have been very active and even a chapter now established in the  city of Busan.

So after several months of no blog post and what I have been doing the past of cutting and pasting from emails, today finaly, I have a new blog post.  

This year’s nomination for the 2010 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Award (PEBA) is coming to an end. Only 14 days left as of writing and posting (16 October 2010). I have been wanting to post earlier having been requested to help advertise the event. It took me minutes to locate a previous draft now I can’t find it so I have to start from scratch.

I was definitely part of the first year when the blog award was started in 2008 by Kenji. I gave an all out support given that I am an advocate of blogging and wanting to listen and read to the voices of OFW and expat through their blogs.  But  I never imagined that it will be this big having a real physical awarding  for the second time this year.  We had the awarding online the first time.

Lot’s of people being involved. Sponsors requested to support it. I myself have to drag family members to mobilize for the award night last year.  My sister and her friends are asking when will be the next. Since it is for them an opportunity and occasion to dress nicely, enjoy their fun pictorials, learn about OFWs life and also win raffle prizes from the generous supporters and sponsors of PEBA.

This year the theme is  "Strengthening the OFW Families: Stronger Homes for a Stronger Nation" or in Filipino  "Pagtibayin ang Pamilyang OFW: Mas Matibay na Tahanan Para sa Mas Matibay na Bayan".

The nominees entry for this year are very insightful, a lot very practical and realistic. Aided by technological advancement in the Information and Communications Technology there’s not much reason not to be in constant communication with family members. It is communication that keeps OFW family closer and stronger.

Almost gone are snail mails, today it is faster to email or send text message, post cards are now transformed as e-cards. Gone are the voice tapes recorded and played in cassettes/stereo recorders, today voice and video can be heard and seen through email or you tube. Gone are the long distance calls, these days it is a lot cheaper to chat by yahoo messenger, or call by mobile phones, even a roaming system for some other countries. And it seems for PEBA folks Nokia is the choice for mobile phone, for my parents as well they find NOKIA the most user-friendly mobile phone (indeed that’s  plugging for one of our sponsors who have been supporting us two year in a row).

Tatay used to be a seaman. In the late 70’s we do not have such technology and devices then. But tatay was a constant letter writer. Through the years Nanay have collected all those letters and cards he would send us from different ports and cities around the globe. Aside from admiring the stamps in those envelopes, tatay’s message and constant advise continue to be a guiding principle for us children. One of those messages is “Matutong Makisama” or learn how to get along well and live well with others.

Indeed a maxim that prove very beneficial for me with work and living or sharing house with others as an expat or OFW myself or as a student now. A reason why former officemate would still want me to work with them. Or maintaining friendship with former colleagues and co-workers. But in the process you get to learn that it is  not is easy to have “pakikisama”, it should be reinforced by other virtues and qualities such as humility, understanding, appreciation of common good, compassion, etc.    

Indeed we siblings managed to have our own career and continue to explore and play those great role in life. A happiness that we gave back to our parents. Tatay although absent most of the time as migrant worker, we have uncles, aunties and other relative that help nanay to raise us five naughty and stubborn boys and a sister. Not a perfect family that have its own ups and downs but can be considered a regular and happy one blessed by eleven apos (grandchildren).

This year, nanay and tatay were blessed by another gift. In our town they were selected as OFW Model Family for sea-based worker category. Then they were again chosen in the provincial level (Ilocos Norte) and then again won the regional level (Ilocos Region). I am so happy for both of them. So my parents effort and sacrifices for keeping the family intact and having their children realized their dreams is also recognized by the government organized by OWWA. Indeed it is an honor and privilege for our family to be considered an OFW Model Family. Our family far from perfect, indeed, nanay and tatay made it happen to make the family one and strong and so doing contributing to making the nation stronger.    

Tatay and Nanay with my brother Nom and his son and our barangay and town officials after the awarding of the 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (Sea based-category) in Pangasinan.

Tatay and nanay receiving award in Laoag City (Provincial Winner) with most apo and siblings  and  Barangay Darat officials on stage.

Nanay and Tatay after the ceremony for the Town (Municipality of Pinili, Ilocos Norte) Awarding of  2010 Model OFW Family Award.

This year the MOFYA 2010 is joint project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and OWWA sponsored by SM Supermalls, Banco De Oro and Globe with the theme “Para sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW.” It is very closely related to PEBA's theme this year.

Support PEBA, and nominate Expat/OFW Bloggers for 2010 PEBA. Few more days left.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

la vida loca, la dolce vita

Am now into reposting inspirational emails to my blog... but will post an original entry soon... too busy to write my own reflection these days...

"Here's sharing with you these pieces of advice on life and living. If we could only live and practice half of these then life will be beautiful as in living la vida loca, la dolce vita. Live life. love life." - Henry Yu

1. Pray.
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety.

If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot.

Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus'.
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29 Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?'


My instructions were to send this to four people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you. I decided to send it to more than four, because I didn't want to limit blessings.
So I am posting it to this blog to be accessed by anyone who wants to appreciate life's wonder and beauty and so they may be inspired to LIVE LIFE and LOVE LIFE...
Blessings upon blessings to all!

Monday, April 26, 2010

You are not your Past


You are not the choices you’ve made.

You are not the child you once were.

You are not your failed marriage.

You are not the setbacks of yesterday.

You are not the bad things that have happened to you.

You are not your past.

The Past Guides Our Choices – It Doesn’t Make Our Choices For Us

Your thoughts or feelings about the past don’t change it. That’s what makes it the past.

Your future is not your past. Your future, right now, is a nest of possibilities. It only looks like your past if your present choices continue the inertia of the past.

The past guides our choices; we have real constraints, opportunities, and experiences based off of the past. Right now, though, those constrains, opportunities, and experiences are what they are – wishing they would be different doesn’t make them different.

Whatever happened, you are here. But being here doesn’t mean you have to stay here or that you will stay here.

Life is but an endless chain of presents and choices. You have never been your past.

What If You Stop Attacking Yourself?

What if you stop beating yourself up about what you did or didn’t do? Perhaps you’d see what you can do.

What if you stop wishing that things were different than the way they are? Perhaps you’d see how to move toward the future you want by using the bounty of the present.

What if you didn’t assume that past failures are who you are? Perhaps you’d believe, just for a second, that you could be successful.

What if you choose to let the past be the past? Perhaps you’d see the ripe possibilities of the future.

Every ounce of energy that you spend attacking yourself is an ounce of energy that’s diverted from your growth. We are finite beings; use your resources wisely.
- -- ---
Thanks to Sonam for this posting at Facebook.

Indeed the past is past. Life is beautiful.
Make life as a present and live it at present.
Live Life! Love Life!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Monitoring 2010 Overseas Absentee Voting - Week 2 in Seoul, Korea

After the mass at Hyewha Church, I met with Fides and showed her my first contribution to the SAMBAYANAN, a newsletter  for the Filipino Catholic Migrants in Seoul Archdiocese. The newsletter can be read with this link below:

Then I proceeded to the Embassy to monitor week 2 of the 2010 OAV. I was asked by Consul Talisayon if I wrote to Inquirer, what I remember was an email I sent previous night to globalnation to encourage COMELEC in approving the Embassy's request to conduct election in different cities here in Korea. Little did I know that it was made into an article and was showed to me by Embassy staff. The article can be found here:

I went to the Embassy today since they have a consular service and check whether more Filipinos will be  going to vote. I learned that some Filipinos visiting the embassy for their passport and other consular service needs would also vote so the past weeks several cast their votes. Last nite I saw several groups who casts their votes. One of the groups, a Filipino organization came from Gasan, they rented a bus themselves so they can travel to Seoul, an hour drive. Then came the group and  members   Bro. Eddie Villanueva's Jesus Is Lord (JIL), in their black and white Sunday dress.  They came to the voting area with their Bangon Pilipinas Party list of candidates. At least 50 of their members came past 6:00 pm to vote. The group also have two of their poll watchers at the Embassy today.

Below are set of fotos of  the Sunday's afternoon's voting.

Also these fotos appeared here:

Monday, April 12, 2010

VOTE LAO -Y asmin Busran-LAO for Senator

Let us support Yasmin Busran-LAO to win a Senate seat. Please introduce her to your family, friends and relatives abroad. Below is a piece by Ms. Elena Masilungan on Yasmin.

Vote Yasmin Busran-Lao for Senator!

Yasmin Busran-LAO: Walking Her Talk by Running
By Elena Masilungan

MANILA — Yasmin Buran-Lao, peace activist, women’s rights advocate, community organizer, is walking her talk by running — that is, running for senator in this year’s election as a candidate of the Liberal party.

The 48-year old Lao has made public service her life’s mission. She works with disadvantaged communities and the women of Muslim Mindanao, having grown up amid its violent conflicts and grinding poverty. For her efforts, she was awarded the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowship for Professional Development. The award was given by the American embassy and the Benigno S. Aquino Foundation in 2005.

“Fighting for the rights of Muslim women and other marginalized groups is something personal for me. I get enough satisfaction helping people gain a certain control over their lives,” she said.

Reframing politics

Lao believes that ordinary people must be given opportunities to serve the country even if “they do not have the money and the clout that most politicians have.”

“There has to be new politics that can come in. This kind of new politics comes from ordinary people like us (who) have the capacity and the ability to serve this country…. It is time for the citizenry to be the spokesperson of its own agenda,” she said in a recent interview.

Running for any electoral post was not in Lao’s immediate future. She was all set to leave for Hawaii for an academic fellowship early this year. Her nomination to fill the 12th slot of the LP’s senatorial slate was a “shock” not only to her sisters in the women’s group PILIPINA and her fellow advocates in civil society but, more so, to her.

“For quite some time, the NoyMar campaign team had been headhunting for a Muslim candidate who would embody the reform-oriented politics of the team,” related Elizabeth Yang, national coordinator of PILIPINA, in her email to other PILIPINA members. Lao was one of those nominated, and eventually chosen, to represent Muslim Mindanao, grassroots leadership, and women in the LP’s senatorial slate.

“In our talks after she filed her (candidacy), Yasmin said she felt she had to accept the challenge to raise the bar for her (and our) advocacies on gender rights, peace and good governance,” Yang said. “We need to connect the dots of the struggle for democratic rights and good governance with meaningful engagement in electoral (partisan) politics.”

“I have been advocating for women seizing the center of power and reframing politics. And how can I go to the community of women and talk about women’s political participation when I was given the opportunity and I said “No?,” Lao added..

A woman, a Moro and a Muslim

Lao’s advocacies have been founded to a large extent on her being a woman, a Moro, and a Muslim. Moro is the collective term that ethnic groups living in southern Philippines who have separate local cultures and who belong to the Islamic faith use in referring to themselves. Lao, who hails from Lanao del Sur, is from the Maranao ethnic group.

“They impact my life in such sweeping, profound ways that my life’s work and purpose have become firmly grounded on them. On account of my being a woman, a Moro, and a Muslim, I came to know the meaning of violence, discrimination, injustice and inequality. I not only witnessed them as a regular occurrence within my family and community. I have been personally living through them ever since I was a child,” she explained.

As a woman and mother, the war in Muslim Mindanao, particularly, weighs heavily on Lao.

“Whenever war breaks out between the army and the Moro rebels, or between various clans, it is the civilians who are caught in the middle. They leave their homes and communities for the evacuation centers. But conditions in the evacuations centers are no better, especially for the women and children. They are not favorable to one’s peace of mind nor sense of dignity. When you live in an evacuation center, however temporary, your family does not have access to food, safe shelter, sanitation, education for the children, and income. This weighs heavily on the women who constantly worry about their families’ wellbeing and safety,” she said in describing the ordeal of women and children in evacuation centers.

A peacebuilder
As an NGO (nongovernment organization) worker, Lao has been focused on peacebuilding, the right of local communities to self-determination, and good governance in the Bangsamoro homeland.

“The war in Mindanao, which is a consequence of bad governance, has shortchanged not just the people of Mindanao but the rest of the country…. In 2008, government spent P50 billion of taxpayers' money on it, equivalent to the cost of building 50,000 public school classrooms. It costs the country P20 million a day, money that could instead go to creating livelihood opportunities to help our people live better, more productive lives,” she rued, connecting how what is happening in Muslim Mindanao is also affecting the rest of the country.

“Running for the Senate gives me a chance to translate my advocacies to a legislative agenda that is borne out of the experiences of marginalized people who have been confronting poverty and armed conflicts for most of their lives. I have the chance to bring my message of hope that we can achieve lasting peace, justice and equality among all Filipinos, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and religion, even in war-torn Muslim Mindanao. Our hope is to build a country that is inclusive and respectful of each other’s differences despite all the diversities that divide us,” she said.

Lao admits she faces a daunting run for the Senate, what with her limited campaign funds and her being a relative unknown to voters, except perhaps in the NGO community. But she shrugs this off. “I cannot disregard the opportunity the campaign provides to impart my message of hope to different sectors of Filipinos. And of course, it’s time for me to walk my talk,” Lao said with a confident smile. #


Lao’s Legislative Agenda

·Peace in Mindanao and an end to its the 40-year armed conflict
·Gender equality and women’s rights

Lao is one of the 10 Filipina signatories from the Autonomus Region of Muslim Mindanao who signed the Win with Women Global Initiative to promote strategies for increasing women’s political leadership worldwide through a Global Action Plan. She developed a groundbreaking training on gender sensitivity for Muslim women that draws on the teachings of the Koran and the experiences and life lessons of real women. The training challenges traditional norms and expectations that foster inequality and discrimination among Muslim women. It also presents grassroots efforts on reproductive health, community participation, education, and livelihood.

·People-centered governance that harnesses the participation of an active citizenry to work for social and economic development

Story recap:

Yasmin Buran-Lao, peace activist, women’s rights advocate, community organizer, is walking her talk by running — that is, running for senator in this year’s election as a candidate of the Liberal party.

Lao believes that ordinary people must be given opportunities to serve the country even if “they do not have the money and the clout that most politicians have.” When presented with the opportunity, she accepted the challenge to “connect the dots of the struggle for democratic rights and good governance with meaningful engagement in electoral (partisan) politics.”

Sunday, April 11, 2010

First Day of OAV in Korea

As expected, there was a low turn out of the first day of the month long Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) at the Embassy of the Philippines in Korea. When I left at 1:00 pm I could count less than 15 persons who casted their votes. It was the media people who were there to cover the event that ended up voting themselves (they are duly registered voter).

Unlike the first election held in 2004 where ballots where sent by mail, this year it is personal voting where Overseas Filipinos have to go to the embassy to vote. Most of the ballots that were sent by mail returned back to the embassy since most OFW easily change their workplaces and places of domicile.

The embassy is still awaiting for the COMELEC’s approval to conduct the election in major cities here in Korea. A friend from Gwangju City (3hours and 40 minutes away from Seoul) mentioned that it will be hard for them to go and vote at the embassy. So they are still hoping that they will be given a chance to exercise their rights to vote.

In 2004 election, cast votes totaled to more than 500 out of more than 9,000. This year, 10,921 registered voters were recorded. The embassy is relying on the assistance of Filipino communities to help disseminate the information and educate their members on the election. They are conducting frequent phone brigades and emailing to these organizations.

Voting is open from Sunday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, officials at the Embassy said they are flexible for groups and even individuals who would like to vote on a Saturday. They are encouraging voters to vote early on and avoid the mad rush at the end of the voting period which is 6:00pm of May 10, 2010.

Philippine Embassy

Related Story:

First Voters in Seoul Different but Alike

By: Philippine Embassy
Seoul, South Korea – The first two overseas absentee voters of South Korea differ in several distinct respects but share common priorities when it comes to national consciousness: the need to exercise one’s right to suffrage, and to exercise it early.

How to find the New Philippine Embassy in Itaewon

The first and most prominent landmark is the Grand Hyatt Hotel (GHH)on a hilly top of Itaewon where the Namsan Park/Seoul Tower is just a stone throw away. From the gate of GHH go down a bit at the Hoenamu gil where the Royal Norwegian Embassy is located. In that corner go down 30 meters and you will find at the first corner the Gabon’s Embassy, enter the street twisting to the right and few steps the gate to the Embassy. Actually there is another gate which is at the main street across Algeria’s Embassy but there’s a big notice (as of writing) for visitors to make use of the back door/gate. Fotos are provided below to help locate the place.

I went to the place by subway getting off at Noksapyeong Station (Line6), used exit No.1 then crossed the street. The bus stop for Bus No.3 is across the street under a foot bridge (Warning - do not take bus No. 3 just outside/few steps from exit No.1 which is the opposite route). Map below shows general location of the place so better figure it out where GHH is located for other commuters to access.


#5-1 Itaewon-dong,
Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Postal Code: 140-201

Contact Numbers
Telephone(82+2) 796-7387
Hotline 010-9365-2312
ATN Direct Line(82+2) 796-2403
Fax Number(82+2) 796-0827
* Hotline numbers are available for emergency calls
during non-working holidays, weekends
and after-office hours.

Location Map of GHH

or refer to this link:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Susan Ople for Senator - With all humility, I appeal for your support.

Dear OFWs Please go out and vote!
Susan Ople
April 10 at 8:57am

Dear Friends,

Now that the period for overseas absentee voting has begun, I would like to appeal for your support in encouraging more of our OFWs to go out and vote.

Sana gamitin natin ang pagkakataon na ito upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa Senado. Mga bagong mukha, na may mga bagong panukala - kung hindi mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ay parehong Senado pa rin ang ating mamanahin.

Unlike other traditional candidates, I have waged a campaign based on issues, consciously choosing the high road in this most challenging journey. Nakakalungkot kasi kung di ka gimikera, mahirap mapansin sa pambansang entablado maski gaanong katalino ka pa. Pero hindi ako susuko, hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil may misyon ako sa pagtakbo - at iyan ay ang pagtulong sa ating mga OFWs.

And so on this day, when voting precincts for political freedom have opened its doors for overseas Filipinos, I appeal for one out of 12 votes to be cast by our OFWs. One out of 12 that will be thinking of reforms in labor and overseas employment 24/7 everyday. This is the world I grew up in, and there were many, many lessons learned from my father, the late Ka Blas Ople, that I can share and build upon, in the pursuit of this mission.

With all humility, I appeal for your support. Let us do what we can to encourage as many Filipinos overseas to cast their ballots. And hopefully, with God's blessing, an OPLE can once again serve in the Senate.

Please feel free to copy and paste this message and send out to your friends and relatives abroad.

Mabuhay ang mga OFWs! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!


Susan "Toots" Ople

I am reposting this because I believe that Susan "Toots" Ople should be given a seat in the senate. Let us support her candidacy. Vote Susan "Toots" Ople for Senator.

Read more here:

(Note: Image appearing here was cropped and edited by the blog owner for personal reasons).

(source: facebook)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ageless Wonders!

Thanks Ros for this - from the mail box.

(Hmm blloging those that came from the email bos hehehe)....

Please send back and see what happens. ( I did ) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will da! nce with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.. A heart never broken ! is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect .

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face..

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old.. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I a! m still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


Forward this to at least 7 people and see what happens on your screen . You will laugh
your head off !!!!!!!!!!