BOOK REVIEW : BY THE RIVER PIEDRA, I SAT DOWN AND WET BY PAULO COELHO


29 of the book’s note worthy lines. quote-i-am-going-to-sit-here-with-you-by-the-river-if-you-go-home-to-sleep-i-will-sleep-in-front-of-paulo-coelho-220310

  1. There are certain things that could have happened but didn’t. The magic moments go unnoticed, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.
  2. We are not the ones who write the best moments of our lives.
  3. No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
  4. There are moments when you have to take risks, to do crazy things.
  5. Love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.
  6. The wise are wise only because they love.
  7. Lovers need to know how to lose themselves and then how to find themselves again.
  8. It must have been the lunatics who invented love.
  9. Love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, it no longer matters what is possible and impossible; it doesn’t even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control.
  10. Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
  11. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.
  12. Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown – even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.
  13. Many times in my life, I have tried to love with all my heart, and my loce has wound up being trampled or betrayed.
  14. And there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you’re fighting for.
  15. The universe always help us fight for our dreams, no matter how foolish they may be. Our dreams are our own, and only we can know the effort required to keep them alive.
  16. But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, or twice or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand new situation. Love can consign us to hell or paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
  17. We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointments and sadness.
  18. You’re making me happy. And happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.
  19. A thousand times I wanted to take his hand, and a thousand times I stopped myself. I was still confused – I wanted to tell him I loved him, but I didn’t know how to begin.
  20. Truth resides where there is faith.
  21. We are our own greatest surprise.
  22. Waiting is painful, forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.
  23. Love is worth every penny of its price.
  24. The day drags along, you make thousands of plans, you imagine every possible conversation, you promise to change your behaviour in certain ways – and you feel more and more anxious until your loved one arrives. But by then, you don’t know what to say. The hours of waiting have been transformed into tension, the tension has become fear, and the fear makes you embarrassed about showing affection.
  25. And love always causes stupidity.
  26. There is some point at which you have to wonder whether all our effort is worth it.
  27. Because love has never kept anyone away from their dreams.
  28. We can never judge the lives of others, because each person only knows only their pain and renunciation. It’s one to feel you’re in the right path, but it’s another to that yours is the only path.
  29. Love perseveres. Its men who change.

BOOK THOUGHTS: BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT


I have read this book when I was in third year high school and I wanted to include this in my blog. So here goes. This is an excerpt from what the boy said in a seminar.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we havent perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exists – that today is the same day as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front door key in the lock, it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists   a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles. 

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments – but all of it is transitory, it leaves no permanent mark. And one day, we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken. 

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back  and at some point, every person looks back – she will never hear her heart saying ‘What have you done with the miracles god has planted i your days?”

Pitiful are the people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life’s magi moments will have already passed them by. 

BOOK REVIEW : THE GIFT OF ACABAR BY OG MANDINO


For his Christmas Gift, Roumel gave me a book, stated above.

From the site of Goodreads, ”All Tulo had wanted was some light and warmth to sustain him and his tiny sister through the terrible storm. But the star which he caught in the folds of his red kite promised far from more than that. Here is the shining, joyful message meant not only for the boy but for all those who dream of changing their lives for the better.”

Some things that you might want to think about from the book:

  1. One can always find a seed of happiness in every adversity if one looks for it.
  2. It is possible not only to survive but also to grow tall and flourish, even under the worst of conditions.
  3. Always seek an explanation to everything. (Question anything and everything)
  4. Great minds need books on which to feed as much as the reindeer need the moss to survive or winters.
  5. The opportunity and challenge to work with a gifted child rarely comes to a teacher. (which is sad, right?)
  6. There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
  7. Magic will only work with those who are ready to help themselves.
  8. We can make any dream come true if we work hard, ask for god’s help and never give up.
  9. We are all caught in the same trap and e gave no one to blame but ourselves for this helpless condition we are in.
  10. We have traded our heredity for silly luxuries.
  11. Of all the planets with life in the entire universe, earth is the only one where people have been given a very special power: the power of choice. Only here, no matter how desperate your circumstances may be, are you allowed to influence your own destiny through the choices you make. Here, you can choose to be kind, or hateful, courageous, cowardly, rich or poor, lazy or industrious, sinful or holy.. and of course suffer the consequences or reap the rewards of your actions.
  12. No accuser lives who is as powerful as the conscience which dwells within us.
  13. It is not necessary that you be wealthy or famous or genius in order to fulfil your own destiny. All that is asked is that you use whatever gifts you have to the best of your ability.
  14. To struggle is the only certain way to reach your full potential.
  15. Wealth and fame area as fleeting as the wind, and those things doomed to perish bring pleasure to no one. Whatever you want from life, never forget that any goal is futile if you must work hard to get it – and harder to keep it.
  16. The greatest lie that has ever circulated is that money can make you happy. The second greatest lie is that success and fame are worth any sacrifice.
  17. We are rich only through what we give and poor only through what we keep.

And according to the star Acabar, below is the Credenda that we should live by:

Turn away from the crowd & its fruitless pursuit of fame & gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure & misfortune. Lay aside your heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at peace. Be unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread & cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine first how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family & count your blessings. Reflect how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful. All great achievements come from working and waiting. Be patient. God’s delays are never God’s denials. What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your condition on others. You are what you are through your choice alone. Learn to live with honest poverty. Never meet trouble halfway. Always learn from others. Do not overload your conscience. Avoid boasting. Be wise. Realize that not all men are created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury  you cannot afford. Seek out those in need. Be of good cheer. Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up. Reach out. Cling siply to God & journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and smile. 

 

THOUGHTS: 2014 Gratitude list!


1. My dad, surviving. Scratch that.  Long life of my parents. My dad had a close encounter with a heart attack, which in his case will be his fourth and would be detrimental to his health and may have led to death if it pushed through. Luckily for him and for us, the doctor was able to steer clear from that.

2. A Bigger family. Not only did I earned to be a part of Jude’s family a year ago, an additional extended family this year too. My Sister married Chris – with that comes along Chris’s family (Mom, Dad and Cane), which is now always on our guest list. We had two weddings this year: My Sister’s and My Cousin’s. Robert is also now a forever plus one to every gathering. Cheers to New Families!

3. A Stronger Relationship. It was far from perfect. We had a lot of arguments, petty fights, serious fights, tampuhan, doubts but we managed to hold on. And we celebrated our first this year. Hopefully, another year full of love and adventures.

4. New Friends. I met the craziest comedic bar of friends at school; Rich, Mel, Ed and Migo. Apart from the clique, I also opened a chapter of relationship with LR, Marge, Elf, Jane, Monie, The Mastat Person who is so nice, Maf, Girls from Ethics, Mac, Keith and Lance. I also met some surfer friends such as Ping, Kuya Bot, Anon and Hari.

5. Additional 10 Units. I’ve cursed  a lot during the course of it all because of numbers, but as I held my head up high, I learned. I finished Applied Math, Financial Accounting, Business Ethics and Managerial Statistics. Hooray!

6. Small TravelsStarted the year by exploring Binondo. I spent my Birthday at Batangas. A weekend getaway at Pico de Loro. We spent our Holy Week at Bolinao, Pangasinan. My friends and I spent 4 days touring Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and Bukidnon. We went to Pampanga to watch the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

7. Courage to try New Things. The courage to sail through a very rough water path during the White Water Rafting. Falling helplessly in Bukidnon. Making a fun of myself whenever I fall down learning to do Skim Boarding, Painting in front of many people though I know there’s a high possibility I’ll make a fool of myself.

8. Recovery. This may not be on my account but I consider this a blessing. My Mom is my most precious treasure. This is also the reason why I know how my friend, panda feels during the three month hospitalization of her mom when there’s a very little chance she survives. I was so relieved and happy when she told me that her Mom has recovered and is now on her way back to their house.

9. Strength. I have said this over and over and over – to the point I am tired of saying this — I don’t like my job. But I am grateful how the Lord provided me what I needed. I am grateful for the Accounts that I am handling right now. And I will do my best to be productive and be as eager to do my job as if it was my passion. I have cried less this year compared the previous years.

10. Big and Small Blessings. For all the day to day blessings, from the gift of waking up to the small things like a green light on a very lazy monday morning.

Thank you, Lord for all the blessings you keep on showering me, my family and all of my loved ones. May today be a start of another wonderful year and the best year yet! 😀

MOVIE REVIEW: LUCY


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Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?

The major premise of this movie is that humans only us a small percentage of our brain.
Apparently, according to the movie, a certain drug, CPH-4 (what women produces on her sixth month of childbirth as a source of nutrients for the fetus) will be able to unlock a person’s brain 100%.

So it’s merely a myth. A widespread cliche of a myth.
And now I wonder, how much of my brain am I actually using?
If I am actively using a 100% of my brain, I would want to hear other people’s thoughts be able to create a masterpiece or read a whole book in 10 seconds and memorize it. I’d want to control my body and my feelings. I would want to be able to lift heavy objects or have the perfect skin and hair.

But all these things that we want to undo, it makes us human. It is our ability to make mistake, to cry, to trump on small stones along the way, it makes us all grow.

If everyone has the ability of being a limitless God, a person who seems to unlock a 100% of its brain, then we wouldn’t appreciate anything at all anymore. If everyone is able to hear other people’s thoughts, then we won’t listen to that person anymore, or
what he/she has to say. One won’t even have privacy and there’s no use of communicating with each other and interacting with one another. If everyone has the ability to create a masterpiece of an art, then it wouldn’t be called a masterpiece in the first place. If everyone can read a book in 10 seconds, who would appreciate the delicate words of the author? who would smell the scent of the book’s pages? how can a person imagine one’s self in between those pages? If I am able to control my feelings, then who would choose to feel pain? If no one feels pain, how can anyone know if they’re feeling excited, or nervous, or happy? If everyone has the perfect skin and hair, how can you appreciate other people’s beauty?

These things that makes us human, makes us grow as a person. and that is worth the roller coaster ride of human life here on earth.        

God Listens.


God Listens.

As we grow old, our body goes through changes and with that comes diseases and illnesses. But with proper medication and check ups, things can be prevented.
At my mom’s recent checkup, we encountered a meningioma and we immediately looked it up and it says tumor. & So we prayed more than we used to. I prayed that my mom will be granted good health as well as my family, my love and the rest of the people that I love plus long life.
We scheduled an appointment with her neurologist.
So yeah, after unceasingly praying for good news, God gave us what we prayed for thru her neurologist. 🙂
To everyone who will ever encounter the meningioma, Do NOT panic. This is what her doctor told us. Meningiomas are first and foremost – NONMALIGNANT, meaning it causes no danger to our health. It is not inside the brain but it is only situated in the covering or a protective layer of the brain. Think of it this way, motorists wear helmets. and meningiomas are only on top of the helmet – covering the brain. On top of that, the doctor told us that it is a very slow growing tumor. She even told us that patients who have these probably started when they were a child and was only noticed to date around 40 to 50 years later because of its slow growth.
Thank you, lord. :)) If we only pray irreverently, he listens. 🙂

There is always something that you should be thankful for everyday.


1. I didn’t not have to walk in this stormy weather. My dad dropped me off right outside the branch and my brother’s classes were suspended. Oh how I miss being a student.

2. Nicole and our Baby Alcina was discharged today. 🙂 See you soon, Baby.

3. My flu and my cough is vaguely there anymore.

4. I decided to wear pants. If I didn’t, I am pretty sure I’ll be having some fever by now. Boy, do I need to drink my vitamins.:/

5. I was able to transmit the outward checks for clearing even if it was already too late. 🙂 No scratch.

6. Maylin was able to order the shoes for my brother. 🙂 I got it already. Yeyy.

7. Suprisingly, I had grapes for lunch. Something healthy.

Small things go unnoticeable. But those are the small things that you complain about most of the time.