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Sa edad kong eto

(an email to my very good friend, Amber)

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Alam mo bang sa edad kong eto ay may fear pa rin akong nararamdaman kasi hindi ko pa nararating ang dapat sana'y matagal ko nang narating? Minsan, sa sobrang tulong natin sa ating kapatid, kamag-anak at maging sa ating mga kaibigan nalilimutan na natin ang ating sarili. Minsan kahit kinabukasan mo na ang nakasalalay ay sige pa rin ang tulong natin huwag lang silang mabigo sa kanilang naiisin o mithiin sa buhay. Pero naisip ba natin na paano tayo bukas? Paano tayo kung hindi na tayo magkaroon ng pagkakataon na mabuo pa ang ating pangarap? Sa edad kong eto hindi ko pa alam kung paano ko sisimulan ang aking buhay. Dapat sana sa edad kong eto ay narating ko na ang dapat kong narating. Nagawa ko na ang mga bagay-bagay na dapat noon ko pa nagawa. Minsan naawa na lang ako sa sarili ko pero hindi ko na lang ipinapakita sa mga mahal ko sa buhay. Hindi tama ang nagse-self-pity pero minsan hindi ko maiwasan. That's the least thing that I can do for myself. Ayaw ko ring maramdaman ng mga mahal ko sa buhay na failure ako magpahanggang ngayon. Mataas masyado ang tingin nila sa akin. That I am a fighther, that I am a survivor. Kaya naman ayaw ko silang madamay sa kabiguan kong eto. Maaring nakikita mo akong nakangiti o tumatawa, pero alam mo bang sa bawat ngiti o tawa na giniguhit ng aking mga labi katumbas nito ay luha sa aking pag-iisa?

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Sa ngayon ay patuloy pa rin akong lumalaban sa hamon ng buhay. Hindi ko alam kung hanggang saan at kailan basta ang alam ko hanggang kaya ko at hangga't ako'y nabubuhay. Maaring hindi ko pa nararating ang mga bagay-bagay na dapat sana'y matagal ko nang narating sa maraming kadahilanan pero patuloy pa rin akong mangangarap at magsisikap, magbabakasakali na matupad pa ang mga mithiin ko sa buhay sa tulong ng Maykapal.

Hindi rin ako nawawalan ng pag-asa ng may magmamahal sa akin ng tunay. Hindi dahil sa kung ano ang meron ako o ano ang maibibigay ko kundi dahil sa ako'y ako. At kung dumating man ang panahon na yaon buong buhay ko siyang mamahalin at aalagaan. Umaasa ako sa Kanyang tamang panahon darating din yung taong yaon.

Sa ngayon, ipinagpapasalamat ko kung ang mga biyayang binibigay Niya sa akin. Ang aking ina, kapatid, kamag-anak at mga kaibigan na tulad mo. Salamat sa mga emails at text messages mo na nagpapasigla sa malungkot kong buhay. Salamat sa mga ngiti mong kay tamis at sa mga tingin mong nag-aanyaya na magpapayat na ako. =)

Salamat sa iyo, friendship, Amber (Buboy).

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Jollibee Ramaniyah

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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Jollibee

Jollibee

I had experienced a very upsetting incident at Jollibee Ramaniyah. I am hoping that people concern (management area) will take action of what happend that night. So I wrote a complain letter to Jollibee web site and even send them an email address to feeback@jollibee.com.ph. Here's my letter:

I would like to report the rudeness of one you staff here in Jollibee Ramaniyah, Saudi Arabia. His name is Vino Novic at the time of the incident manager was "Marlon".

Incident happened last Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at around 11:45pm. Proof of my presence in your store can be checked on the receipt that I reimbursed with the following orders: burger with TLC, pineapple juice and spaghetti.

Vino took my orders and never repeated what I want. So when he totaled my items it was SAR 20.00 which was unusual because it is the same items I normally order in your store every time I visit. So when I checked the receipt, I told Vino that I don’t need the french fries and another PJ because I’m all by myself. He said sorry as he was claiming (granted). When I told him because you never clear with me what I want (or repeated the orders). He rudely told me that “mabilis ka kasing magsalita!” (in a very annoying tone of voice). Upon hearing it I told him to cancel my order and call the manager. Without remorse and seems that he’d rather cancel my orders, he went to the manager's office.

It took the manager for a-while to see me. As if there was an orientation first before handling the situation. He could have gone straight to me and discuss the matter in front of me. While discussing to Marlon the confrontation, your crew keep butting-in and interrupting our conversation to annoy and further insult me.

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Here’s the actual conversation (confrontation):

Me (talking to the manager): Kung may problema ang crew mo sa pagsasalita ko, he could have ask me, “sorry sir but I could not understand you” at hindi basta nag-a-assume. At pwede naman niyang ulitin ang orders ko to clarify pero hindi niya ginawa.

Vino: Nag-sorry naman ako ah!

Me: Nag-sorry ka nga, nang insulto ka naman. At saka you should never fight back to your customer.

Vino: Bakit hindi ba pwede? Porke ba naka-uniform lang kami ng ganito minamaliit n’yo na kami (holding to his uniform in a thug manner and raising his voice which took the attention of other customers).

Me (to your manager): I was once a crew of JB at hindi ako nang mamaliit ng tao. All I was saying is hindi siya dapat sumagot pa sa customer mo noong nag-sorry na siya.

Marlon, your manager was with us at that time. It looks like your manager cannot handle your staff. He even took my number but there was no update of the said incident.

I went to Al Khobar to send remittance and to savor again the langhap-sarap of Jollibee but it turned-out to be that I savor the rudeness of Vino Novic. So that night I went back home to Jubail which is almost 100 kilometers away not including that I live in the middle of the desert hungry and upset.

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After sending to Jollibee care email system, I got a reply from Lilibeth Secretario and most of all a call from the store leader/manager Anton Silverio. I felt their genuine and sincere apology. Thanks to them I feel relieved.

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I, Me, Myself

It's never too late to be successful

all seasons in one day 10 °C

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Just at this very moment, I feel so sad and pitied myself. I could have been in a better situation or position if I had taken and studied the course I really wanted to get or perhaps studied really well the course I have taken. I know it’s too late and regretting is the last thing that I can do (?).

Bakit ko nasabi eto? Kasi dalawa sa mga naging classmates ko during my college days are successful in our chosen field. Siguro ang primary reason nila is talagang gusto nila ang course na kinuha namin. Unlike me, pilit lang. The reason: in-demand kasi and even until now. Sadly, wala talaga ang puso ko sa tinapos kong kurso.

Alam mo bang they were expecting the same thing from me? that I am having a good life as well just like them? Kasi kilala namin ang isa’t-isa during our college days. Hindi lang kami magkakilala, we were friends. Natuwa kami at dahil sa popular site na facebook ay nag-reunion ulit kami (thanks to FB). Currently, one of them is leaving for good to Canada. The other one is aspiring to be a pastor and living a good life as well. He just came back from working abroad as a supervisor in one of the biggest company in the Middle East.

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Most of my friends were able to achieve their dreams and goals in life. Do I feel envy or insecure? I guess both. Envy because had I straighten out my life from the very start that I worked and started earning, maybe by now I’m a millionaire just like them. Not to mention, I envied them because they have a family of their own, wife and kids who will love them unconditionally. Insecure because at my age I’m still a “nobody”, I don’t have anything big that I can be proud of. I know its all material things, but please try not to judge me, I have my reasons.

It’s not yet too late, I know. So, from now on, if I am working hard, I will have to work harder. I will never compete with my friends but only to myself. Time will be my gauge. I will claim the success that has been waiting and store for me. And this time I’ll make it sure I will taste it and let success flow into every aspects of my life.

Pillar of Success Award

Pillar of Success Award

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P-NOY

15th Philippine President

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Philippine flag

Philippine flag

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Ngayon araw na eto ika-Hunyo 30, 2010 sa oras na 11:53 ng umaga (Philippine time), nanumpa ang ika-15 pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas, Noynoy Aquino. I have noted some of his first inaugural speech tulad ng walang "wawang" (sirens), walang counterflow, walang "tong" (to ask for a bribe), inataasan pa ang DFA, POEA, OWWA at iba pang mga kinauukulang ahensiya na mas lalo pang paigtingin ang pagtugon sa mga hinaing at pangangailangan ng mga overseas Filipino workers na tulad ko at upang hindi na ito maging need kundi maging choice na lamang. Para sa mga magsasaka na magkaroon na ng trading centers kung saan pwede na silang naging direct seller na ang makikinabang ay ang sila mismo (magsasaka) at ang consumer na mamayan. Na hindi na kailangan magtiis nating mga pilipino sa pamahalaang manhid sa daing ng taumbayan at maninilbihan siya sa mamayan.

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Marami pa at talagang down-to-earth ang kanyang speech. Ika nga makamasa at napansin mo ba na talagang ang medium of communication niya ay ang ating sariling wika, ang wikang tagalog? Maaring may mga bagay-bagay na hindi siya na-point out like the wages of the low income earner pero katuwiran ko kung nagawa niyang makita ang maliliit na bagay ay magagawa din niyang makita ang malalaking bagay.

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Maraming pilipino ang muling nabuhayan ng loob, ng bagong pag-asa na aangat muli ang ating Inang bayan, at umaasang kasabay nito ay ang pag-angat ng ating pamumuhay. Katulad ng kanyang motto during his campaign na "kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap". Malayo man ako ay ramdam na ramdam ko ang pag-asa ng bawat pilipino sa bagong administrasyong Aquino.

Sabi nga ng kanyang ama na si Ninoy Aquino na isa sa ating national hero, "Son, the ball is in your hand." Yes, P-Noy nasa iyong mga kamay na nga ang pagbabago at ikauunlad ng bayan na hangad ng maraming pilipinong katulad ko. Umaasa ako sa loob ng anim (6) na taon mararamdaman at makikita namin ang pagbabago at pag-unlad ng ating Inang bayan.

Mabuhay ka P-NOY, mabuhay ang bansang PILIPINAS! Pagpalain nawa tayo ng Maykapal. :)

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One day with Caravan of Camels

kings & queens of Arabian desert =)

all seasons in one day 18 °C

Camel

Camel

Finally our plans of going for a camel trip came to reality. It is an hour trip from Al Khobar to Jubail and another almost half an hour trip to go to camel farmland. Together with Mr. Fuad and my friends, we arrived safely in the desert farm. We were greeted warmly by the friendly camel caretakers. So embarrassing, I was not able to get their names but was able to take pictures with them. It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon. I thought at first it will be hot since the place is in the middle of the desert, surprisingly it was a cool and windy afternoon. That gave us the reason to enjoy more our trip.

footsteps on the sand =)

footsteps on the sand =)

with the caretakers

with the caretakers

This ungly brown furred thing with a hump on its back is famously known as the ship of the desert because of its walk, which is much like the motion of a ship at sea. Patience is one of its most observable features and camels are generally useful animal. They produce milk, wool, and meat; they can be used to plow. I was also told that their dung is not only used as fertilizer, but also to make fire. And mind you, they are expensive. This animal can be as expensive as 200 thousand Saudi Riyals or to its equivalent prevailing peso rate which is Php 2,396.000.00. For this amount you can buy a decent house and lot in the Philippines.

Camel

Camel

Camel's milk

Camel's milk

10 day old calf

10 day old calf

Anyways, we really had fun. At first we’re quite hesitant approaching these hooves animals. The pictures can really tell how scared I was when I was approached by one of the dromedaries, until we finally welcomed (perhaps) by these animals. Ganun pala yun, they’ll smell you first (I think that’s how they try to get to know little strangers like us). Funny but it’s true until we were able to really get up close and personal with them. So there you are, photos are proofs that camels are really friendly. Hehehe…

scared to camel

scared to camel

after getting to know each other =)

after getting to know each other =)

Indeed it was another fun and fantastic weekend for us here at the Magic Kingdom. Every one of us commented that it was a relaxing and calmly activity that we experienced. Far from the noise of the usual metropolitan, far from the people who likes to harass us. For a moment we we’re able to free ourselves from stress at work and our own problems. Thanks to Mr. Fuad, his uncle and his staff for accommodating us. K’ Jerene for the transportation. Thank you also to my friends for another memory I will keep and reminisce when I get old (I hope not to have Alzheimer disease-lol). It is another adventure to share with my family back home, relatives and friends.

k. Jon con camels

k. Jon con camels

with the dromedaries

with the dromedaries

sunset at the desert

sunset at the desert

We are looking forward to visit the place again with the rest of our friends and their families in the near future. “Enshallah”. You will like and love the place as much as we do. =)

love by the camels

love by the camels

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