Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Of Death [Kahlil Gibran]. Farewell to Jap



Then Almitra spoke, saying,
"We would ask now of Death."
And he said: You would know the secret of death.


But how shall you find it 
unless you seek it in the heart of life?



The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day 
cannot unveil the mystery of light.

If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, 
open your heart wide unto the body of life.


For life and death are one, 
even as the river and the sea are one.


In the depth of your hopes and desires 
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow 
your heart dreams of spring.


Trust the dreams, 
for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.




Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd 
when he stands before the king whose hand 
is to be laid upon him in honour.



Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, 
that he shall wear the mark of the king?


Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?


For what is it to die but to stand naked 
in the wind and to melt into the sun?



And what is to cease breathing, 
but to free the breath from its restless tides, 
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?



Only when you drink from the river of silence 
shall you indeed sing.



And when you have reached the mountain top, 
then you shall begin to climb.


And when the earth shall claim your limbs, 
then shall you truly dance.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

AND I’ve also been to me…

 “I’ve been to paradise… AND I’ve also been to me…”

1. At most mornings, 
I brush teeth while on the shower. 
2. One of my greatest pleasures is 
gazing at the rain falling. 
3. Seeing books, notebooks pens 
and papers takes my breath away. 
4. Tries so hard not to be late 
because I usually am impatient 
waiting for other people. 
5. 3 to 4 hours of sleep is 
more than enough for me. 

6. I interpret dreams. 
7. I’m a film buff. 
8. I’m good at keeping memories but 
I also have a talent of auto-deleting  bad ones. 
9. I keep bills and notes in my wallet
sometimes they last for years. 
10. I go to a coffee shop to read but
I usually end up eavesdropping…

11. I like the taste of ice cream
even if it is rainy/raining. 
12. I don’t like eating. 
13. I love sunsets. 
14. I’m so transparent and vocal, 
at times, I wish I wasn’t. 
15. I like basketball and frozen yogurt equally. 

16. I believe that ‘walking’ is the best exorcism.. 
17. I teach, I love it but I don’t like being in a room 
full of people except when I teach. 
18. I can stay very quite for a long long time.
19. I don’t like reading books that are read 
by more than 10 people in the same period. 
20. Sometimes I ride public transpo 
(bus, jeepney, tricycle) just to joyride. 

21. Flowers are good but letters are better.
22. I believe in love but I also believe 
that it can be learned, or faked. 
23. When I meet disgusting people or 
have convos with them, 
I imagine punching them (in the face). 
24. I weep on deaths but I can always 
face that it’s a fact; as natural as life.
25. I can always pretend … 
if I want to and … when needed.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope Francis visits Pinas

January 15, Thursday
5:45 pm - Arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila. 

January 16, Friday
09:15 am - Welcome ceremony at the Malacañang Palace. 

11:15 am - Holy Mass with the bishops, priests, and others 
from religious orders at the Manila Cathedral

5:30 pm  - Meeting with families 
(pre-selected by Philippine dioceses) at Mall of Asia Arena

January 17, Saturday
08:15 am - Departure from Manila for Tacloban
09:30 am - Arrival at the airport of Tacloban
10:00 am - Holy Mass near Tacloban International Airport


12:45 pm - Lunch with some of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda 
at the Archbishop’s Residence in Palo, Leyte


3:00 pm  - Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor

3:30 pm  - Meeting with the priests, seminarians and families 
of the survivors at the Cathedral of Palo, Leyte


5:00 pm  - Departure from Tacloban to Manila
6:15 pm  - Arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila

January 18, Sunday

09:45 am - Brief Meeting with the religious leaders of the Philippines 
at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila


10:30 am - Meeting with the youth at the Sports Field of the UST
3:30 pm  - Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila

January 19, Monday

09:45 am - Send-off ceremony at the 
Presidential Pavilion of Villamor Air Base in Manila



10:00 am - Departs for Rome

5:40 pm  - Pope arrives at the airport of Rome/Ciampino


[source: https://ph.news.yahoo.com/papal-itinerary]

Saturday, January 10, 2015

message to a killer

I don't see why I cant sleep
yet you can
I don't get why we're hurt
and you aren't
I don't know you,
your want nor your past
It may have been sad
but that doesn't mean
you have to be cruel
nor does that
give you the right to take her life away...


Wherever you are now,

remember her face.

Remember

the daughter,
the workmate,
the student,
the friend
you took from us...

Remember Jap.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Du...wieder [ode to 33rd]

Du, den ich für viele Jahre geliebt habe
Du, den ich immer noch liebe
Du, der mich als tot betrachtet hat
Der mich jedoch mehr geliebt hat als das Leben selbst

Du, den ich Zwangshaft versucht habe zu vergessen
Du, an den ich immer noch denke
Du, den ich jetzt selbst als tot betrachten möchte
Der aber noch lebendiger als das Leben selbst ist

Du bist die Vergangenheit.
nichts weiter als eine Vergangenheit.
schön, aber nichts anderes als eine
schöne Vergangenheit.

zu schön, um loszulassen. 
zu schmerzhaft um dich zu behalten.





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[special thanks to chris, my dearest northern light
for patiently checking and sharing a better/prettier version...mwah]

Sunday, January 4, 2015

love... is all there is.

love in a blue mountain
love in a deep blue sea
love in a world around us
around us to see

love in a blue mountain
love in a deep blue sea
love in a poet's heart
love that is so free

love in a blue mountain
love in a deep blue sea
love in the artist's hands
'tis a love to be

love in a blue mountain
love in a deep blue sea
love in the Force within us
love for you and me.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

new year

all the same
you come
you go
you come again
and say you'd go
apologies
accepted though
back to where
you were before
you and her
once more...
when you need to
when you want to
sound mind says
not fair
coz
it's all the same
you come
you go
you come again
and say you'd go
don't let her go
don't let her
don't.

Friday, January 2, 2015

flashback 2010: i eat 5x a day

breakfast... breaking the fast...some hard-cooked egg (some call it hard-boiled)...this was when i still use the common-kitchen (september blues)...mixed nuts for morning snack, courtesy of dean manding...yummy, especially 'coz it's free! then teh lunch!!! one big red apple. a reminder.

frozen yogurt for dinner? why not... it's packed with nutrients and good bacteria! i don't know if it's just me, but after a small cup of  frozen yogurt, i felt full...kept the craving at bay 'til about midnight---
midnight snack - roasted corn dipped in apple cider vinegar. munch munch munch...don't ask me if this is any good. i say--- try!!!

[of course this is not a daily food sked (this is just an episode of my temporary life)... i eat rice with veggies, rice with alamang, rice with fish, rice with some chicken (not in one sitting) every now and then...plus water water water]

oh well, i eat. i pray. i love. i live...and...i just felt like sharing! (winks)