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Monday, April 30, 2012

Somehow love's the grip that tightens

I've always been a great believer in the power of love and I, in my 33 years of existence, could only define it with homespun rhymes and reasons. Love is a broad topic and one of the most abused of words and misunderstood of feelings, yet no matter how you're going to define or figure it out the purity of its intent becomes the light of truth glowing from within a faithful heart.

Somehow love's the grip that tightens
Through time's unfailing will
From handling such a take to be
By which it can fulfill.

It is to feel the sweet embrace
Of what should matter most:
It meant to deeply get involve
What could be found or lost.

It is to give but selflessly
And grows itself anew;
Where brightness beaming from within
And all--eternal glow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

First impressions: accurate judgement depends on the observer and the person being observed

What were other people's first impressions of you? In my case, they vary: from a good guy, strict, and many more. But, although I don't take the matter too seriously, it quite surprised or even embarrassed me sometimes to hear some people's way of asking me questions.

One time in Ayala mall, a middle-aged gay who were promoting an insurance company (something like that) by which I instantly refused at came to ask me, after a series of questions, something like this: "Sir, you're not a pure Filipino, are you?" I answered, "I am a pure Filipino, but what made you say that?" "Because you have those grayish eyes," he said. I made a quick attempt at humor and said, "Ah that's cataract I guess." A former colleague of mine in a call center company who, after several months of working together with, have once confessed to me about his first impression of the person that I am. "I really thought you were, by first looking at you Nap, an arrogant person but then I was all wrong," he explained. Then there was this job interview for a Content Writer position I was applying with when, all of a sudden, the HR manager said to me: "You look more like a military man than a Content Writer." "I think it's because of my haircut and body built ma'am," I told her silently.

Although first impressions are often agreed with to as lasting, it will take time to know the true character of a person. Sometimes, physical appearances and attributes mislead and thus leading us to judge a person, situation, thing, and place for the wrong reasons. I have my share of first impressions, as well, to every new experience I encountered. My favorite disc jockey of a local FM station, upon seeing him in person, appeared to be the opposite of what I was visualizing of him as a person based on his beautiful voice. 

I'm not saying that we should not judge or make any comment at all, but for such an impression to base our accurate judgments actually depends on the observer and the person being observed. David Funder, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside said that, "a good judge of personality isn't just someone who is smarter--it's someone who gets out and spends time with people." First impressions may last, but they're sometimes unfair. You may do everything you can to make your first impressions to others to be positive or you may just be yourself.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Chinese are coming: Standoff at Scarborough Shoal

A few days back, Chinese fishing boats were spotted by the Philippine Navy sailing within the 200-nautical-mile limit Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone at Scarborough Shoal which is 125 nautical miles off the shores of Zambales in Luzon, Philippines. Philippine battleship BRP Gregorio del Pilar was on the area to check on the said intruders with, of course, the rules of engagement strictly observed and followed. This particular act of intrusion into Philippine territories by Chinese nationals is not only showing disrespect to Philippine sovereignty for that matter but one, most importantly, raising environmental concerns as well as the Philippine Navy found out that these Chinese fishermen are fishing and acquiring some of the endangered species protected under Philippine Laws.

Two Chinese surveillance ships immediately arrived in the said area positioning in-between the Philippine battle ship and the Chinese fishing boats and even ordered the Filipino battleship to leave the area as they have said the Shoal belongs to China. The captain of BRP Gregorio del Pilar retaliated by ordering the intruders to leave the area as it was within Philippine waters. The standoff ended up in diplomatic protests for each other from both countries. The Chinese are coming and showing no respect. The have violated international laws of the sea several times in the past and they will again do it in the present and future.

I think it's about time that we Filipinos should all unite as one people and act. It's about time for all of us to do something for our country; to ask not what our country can do for us, as what John F. Kennedy was quoted as saying, but to rather ask what we can do for our country. It's about time to strengthen more our alliance with the US, for them to come to our aid and fight with us, by out of which we as well fought alongside with during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. It's about time to build our nation strong, figuratively and literally. It's about time to end our domestic conflicts and differences and to focus more on the much serious issues like external threats, etcetera. It's about time, for all of us, to choose a strong leader among us, an iron man yet God-fearing who will lead us all to victory, unity, peace, and prosperity. It's about time to show to the world once more, and for all time to come, that the Filipino race is a great race--being the direct descendants of the once mighty Shri-Vijayan empire--by whom people must pay respect with. Even though China may have the largest and strongest army, I can always find comfort in the words of American general Douglas MacArthur when he said: "give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world." Because if God is for us, to quote from the Holy Bible in Romans 8: 31, who can be against us?

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