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Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to unleash the writer in you: For the beginners and aspiring to be one

One of the best form of expressions is through writing. It is fun, relieves stress, helps improve vocabulary, and develops creativity. However, not all of us are born writers, and there are some who really are struggling at it.

I think we are all writers and poets in our own right. For those who can't express it well of their thoughts and emotions through the written words, here's some simple tips to help you out of it from which I have to base from personal experience:

1. Write what you know. This could mean you have to write down any particular idea, event, thing, place, and person that you would like to be written about and support it with details. Make it simple, expressing in the language you're most comfortable with.

2. Write to express, not to impress. One of the things that keep us from writing effectively on a particular subject is that we are putting so much effort trying to impress others than to simply just express of what it is we would like to convey about.

3. Be yourself. Writing requires that you only have to express it your way. Later on, you will learn by experience that what used to be your simple expression will have to impress a many.

4. Write it all down now, edit afterwards. The best way to write something is to actually write it down. Start writing it all down now if you have something in your mind that you would like to write about. Chances are, if you don't write it down right away, it will somehow be blown away by the wind, and worst, even allowing creativity to jump out of the window. Write as much as you can and edit later on. You will be surprised at how much your writing of a particular subject starts taking shape.

5. Read. The more you read, the more you learn. And the more you learn, the better you will become at writing. Reading exposed us to other writer's writing style, choice of words, and ideas which can help a lot improving our own.

6. Think of writing as a fun, and not a burden. When you start to think that writing is a burden, then you'll surely be having hard time becoming a writer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Victorious is the heart that loves

I wrote this poem some two years back. Love has always fascinated me and with its many a definition by different people. The point is, in spite of everything, love should always strive itself to be understood. Otherwise, its beauty is useless. But love is a special feeling that does not require much answers. You just love despite all the odds--and win!

Victorious is the heart that loves
Though sometimes it must end in vain;
For what such that a heart exists?
It's good to love--there's joy in pains.

When love is like a tranquil ride
Or to endure life's perfect storms;
And through it all must be survived
For love can take but many forms.

But there is more to love than love
That in return a loving's gained:
For what such that a heart exists?
Love can't be found--or is it earned?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Time to Kill

You probably might find the title quite familiar and, to some degree, intriguing. Or so because you maybe have already had read John Grisham's novel which bears the same title and, for some of you who were able to read the Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:3, it's not why I wrote this article though. "A Time to Kill" is my personal opinion as well as an attempt to boost the Filipino warrior spirit against a superior power--China (a.k.a. the sleeping giant) should it push through with expanding its territory against smaller neighboring countries, especially the Philippines, from the viewpoint of, and for this particular issue, a such case as to show that heroes are not always the people with the greatest brute force nor does the size always matter.

Throughout history, victory doesn't always favor the much superior and strong armies but in the belief of the "power of weakness" to accomplish the almost impossible. The so-called US "Tin cans" (an American naval slang for destroyers), despite being outnumbered and out-sized, crippled the much superior Japanese fleet in major naval engagements within Philippine waters during World War II. The Israelites in Biblical times gathered an army of 300 with Gideon, assigned by God to command, leading them to victory against the 135,000 fighting men of the Midianites in what was a different kind of warfare. Modern day Israel were victorious against the Arabs who outnumbered them in wide margins during the Israeli-Arab Wars series that started in the late 40s, and many more stories of military upsets in wars in different parts of the world from ancient times to present.

The Filipino race is a warrior race. And despite being mixed up with other races' blood in the process now running through his veins the warrior side remains or even upgraded by it, waiting to be released where it's needed. Yet he is peace loving, except when oppressed or his own right or freedom is being taken from him by an oppressor that he fights courageously to take that back. The late American General Douglas MacArthur once said: "Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world". I know some of you will disagree or even argue but, if God is with us then who will be against us?

In case a war breaks up in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, China will no doubt be the most dominant force to seriously deal with than all of the other claimant countries' forces, including the Philippines, combined against. The Philippines has the weakest military in the region which still relies on its vintage warplanes and battleships that have been rendering services in major naval engagements numerous times already  in the Pacific and within Philippine waters during World War II, and also during the Vietnam War. China has the world's biggest population to date, and boasts millions-strong, upgraded military enough to push a threat with any of its neighboring countries.

It will be a high-tech war as the battlefield requires war machines that could negate well the inconveniences of fighting at sea plus the dogfights bringing it into the level of a sci-fi encounter. I would like to see the Philippines acquiring its upgraded version of plasma weaponry to make up for what it lacks in its arsenal which could balance the ratio against a far more superior and bigger military. It will be drawing the war into something that makes China's military superiority becomes less effective or even obsolete in the actual combat.

It is not the purpose of this writing to encourage or promote war, but to let everyone know that war should only be the last resort. Nobody wants trouble but that doesn't mean that we'll allow ourselves to get dragged by bigger countries. Filipinos should not allow themselves to be bullied by bigger nations because if we allow ourselves to be pushed around, maybe tomorrow our 7,100 islands would be down to just two digits.

They must be the Philippines' brightest, and most promising, aspiring prospects who will be able to do it. We have world-class, top-caliber engineers, scientists, and inventors. With all of them combined working together for one goal, mission, purpose, and with God's will can come up with something to upset against--if not China--anyone who dares.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Nature that heals: All of diseases could be cured by returning to the basics

All of nature is a cure for itself. Our mind-body system is designed to heal itself as well as the ability to overcome disease and to rejuvenate. In spite of the advancement of science and technology paving the way for the success of modern medicine to cure diseases that were once incurable and with its many new discoveries in progress, nature remains to be still a big factor to rely on. And that could mean returning to the basics--the most simple and natural approach to healing.

The doctor, drug, or object can only assist in healing if they act in harmony with the Laws of Nature. In order to heal and stay healthy it is imperative to completely understand and embrace the physiological principle that the body is the healer as well as the psychological side of it. By simply removing all these obstacles that, in one way or another, might lead to discomfort, dysfunction, or distress, from the body and mind helps those who try to self-heal as we only can heal ourselves.

Diseases are one of the factors threatening us from having a properly functional life. They are always there waiting for us to make a big mistake so they can penetrate our system. But the biggest mistake we can make is to accept someone's advice that our condition is incurable.

It all began with the food that we eat. God's original diet for mankind could be read in Genesis 1:29 where He instructed Adam and Eve to eat "every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it" as foods. God knows what's best for us so He gave us the kind of foods that we must consume in order to live a healthy, joyful, and productive life. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said over 2,400 years ago: "Let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food."  Healthy eating is undoubtedly our best, safest and cheapest form of alternative medicine.

Every day we face choices that can affect our health. Healthy living means creating optimum physical, mental and spiritual health with a nutritious, positive, active, healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle consists of the following: healthy eating, regular exercise, a positive attitude, rest and relaxation, healthy relationships, and a healthy social life.

Accurate education and the right support system are keys to successful healing. Knowledge is the key to discover new doors which lead to a better place. Knowing how we function enables us to accomplish healing well beyond the understanding of people in general. Hope then comes from feeling empowered and expecting to improve. We have nothing to be afraid of in everything, except our own ignorance and its consequences.

Our bodies should stay in a perfect state of health for as long as we want. By taking care and responsibility for our bodies and minds we have an opportunity to make significant contribution to our health. The power is always with us, waiting to do its work to completion.

Sometimes, when all has been done to cure a certain disease and failed, don't lose hope. Just pray and bring that case to the Master Physician where the true healing is. God, the Heavenly Father is the One who heals (Exodus 15:26); so also, the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus Christ is the healer, by whose stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Let me love you with a love that must be

I wrote this sonnet last night as my way of once again defining love from a lover's point of view. Love is the only subject I would never run out of words defining, and expounding. The strongest of all emotions has caught me where I can freely express myself and just letting it be that way. For my special someone, this is for you (you know who you are):

Let me love you with a love that must be
Like an arrow that's missed its mark across
A daring flight of wanting to be free
From all: the drift of victory and loss;
The moment's precious pull; a quite response
To what emotion's only bridge or wall
With all the faith in this perpetual dance
Is why a love should have the heart and soul.
For how much of a love a heart contains?
It settled deep within, it's bottomless;
And freely feeds itself, by all known means,
Of what is more than things and worthiness.
With all the things that I could ever have
Let me love you what there is more to love.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

Yesterday, I watched a film I have already had been watching many times over on DVD called "Independence Day." It's a sci-fi story about an alien invasion of Earth, focusing on a disparate group of individuals and families as they converge in the Nevada desert and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4--the same date as the Independence Day holiday in the United States. Which I would sometimes find myself asking: "why can't we humans unite to fight a common foe like in that Independence Day film so we could stop fighting against each other?" The whole of the human race then would be celebrating Independence Day every Fourth of July.

There was a time when the Philippines and the United States shared the same date for Independence Day celebration: the Fourth of July. The United States of America granted the Philippines its independence on July 4, 1946, being the first country in the world to have gained independence after World War II. The Philippines has long ago declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 (to become Asia's first republic) under the leadership of General Emelio Aguinaldo, but not from the Americans who would take over what the Spaniards have left out.

US Admiral Dewey's victory against the Spaniards in what was the Battle of Manila Bay served as an exclamation point ending the Spanish-American war. The Filipinos fought back the occupying American forces in what was the bloody Filipino-American war but with the capture of General Emelio Aguinaldo by the Americans forced the revolutionaries to surrender. And so began the American occupation of the Philippines until after the Second World War.

The Philippines and the United States shared the same date for Independence Day celebration until Philippine president Diosdado Macapagal later on changed it to June 12 and July 4 has since became the Filipino-American Friendship Day. Filipino-American relationship has so far been good, almost like a husband and wife one in comparison. Filipino troops fought alongside American forces during World War II and also in the wars that followed especially the Korean War. And, like a husband and wife, there are times when the marriage is put to the test but could always be settled out in the end and work together for the common good.

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