Putting a Face Into a Name: Joy

In the blogging world, blogpals strongly support each other without having to see each other face-to-face. We clearly know one another by our pen names and how our mind strongly speaks but strangely enough, putting a face into a name is a rare occurrence. But once an opportunity strikes, I’d grab it. It’s just me.

When I was informed in April that a blogpal of mine was coming down to Sydney from Brisbane, I felt ecstatic. We have known each other since I started out blogging more than 9 years ago. That’s how much I feel so ancient in knowing her via our blogs but we never got the chance to get acquainted face-to-face.

How It All Began
When I was only a neophyte at bloglandia in 2007, Joy was amongst the first few who supported me by virtue of appreciating my thoughts, agreeing to what I write, celebrating milestones, openly or silently refuting some ideas, and simply showing support by making her presence felt to whatever crap I publish across my blogs. Eventually, a beautiful and rare kind of friendship has evolved virtually; and it all took place even before the social media like Facebook invaded our lives.

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This is how Joy sees me as a blogger. Yay! Thanks for the beautiful words! ☺️

The Meet and Greet
When I learned of their hectic schedule, I informed my husband and he was ever willing and happy to drive me together with our son to our meeting place which was just in the vicinity of a shopping centre. The only thing was that, they will be arriving at night time, which was my baby’s sleeping time.

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With both our families. My poor little fella! He was asleep the whole time! 😩

It was just a quick and short meet-up. I was happy to see a very cheerful, pretty, and sexy Mummy with her beautiful family. Joy was the same person as I have pictured her to be at the blogs.

I’d like to thank her and her family for going out of their way to meet me and my small family despite feeling exhausted from their long travel from Brisbane en route to Melbourne.

Hugs to you Joy and your beautiful family! It was a pleasure meeting you face-to-face! It’s a good feeling to have finally put a face into your name.

Until we meet again!

GoFundMe Campaign Launched to Help a Friend

Over the weekend, I got the rare opportunity of keeping in touch with my grade school classmates via private chat. We may have been “friends” on Facebook for as long as I can remember; however, we don’t really get to talk on a rather personal basis. I believe that is one downside of social media- we can be so near yet so far. But in hindsight, it could also work to the advantage of someone like me who’s away from my family. They can be so distant yet so near.

Some of my classmates were adamant in holding a Get-Together or a Reunion of some sort. Suggestions were made, pledges were offered, initial plans were laid out.

It was a mixture of different personalities combined together that were developed and honed by various educational backgrounds, trainings, and experiences. I find it very refreshing!

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Jokes were shared, laughters erupted, and the unending banters ensued. It was a joyful moment to have reminisced the past with them virtually.

The intention may have been to poke fun when we were asked to send a selfie for the group to see but some of them rose to the challenge. It’s amazing how they haven’t aged at all!

However, my heart was broken into a million pieces when one of my classmates, Marivic Apelinga, shared a photo of herself. She is strapped in a wheelchair. I could hardly recognize her at all! I can’t help but weep in silence!

I was made aware that she was very ill two years ago. But I never really thought she was “that” ill until recently. I felt guilty for not being able to respond quickly and I have not accorded support in whatever means possible when our classmate Erickson initiated to help her. His gesture was incredibly appreciated by yours truly. But in all fairness to myself, I was pregnant then and had my own personal issues.

But so much for my lame excuses!

I felt the need to make it up to her. It was in this instance when Erickson and I together with our classmates came up with the idea of launching a campaign so we can raise sufficient funds for Marivic that will cover the treatment costs for two years.

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I never had a GoFundMe account; I never felt the need to have one. But I vowed to help Marivic in the little way I know how. I wrote the draft and aimed of accomplishing it over the weekend despite a tight schedule that was mostly spent with my family. GoFundMe is restricted in the Philippines; so I was left with little choice but to use the account I created (Read: We initially made efforts to launch the campaign from GoFundMe Philippines). After a much thorough deliberation with Marivic and Erickson, the page went live last night. As of this writing, it has been shared on Facebook 40 times and 5 donations have been made.

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I have never lost my faith in humanity as I have been a recipient of many random acts of kindness in the past by some random people I have met online and offline. I duly express my high hopes and optimism that this campaign will reap the same and eventually achieve its goal.

If it’s not too much to ask, kindly visit the GoFundMe page H E R E to read further about Marivic’s plight. Please help us spread the word so we may reach our goal to help Marivic cover the costs of her treatment.

Thanks in advance for your help, kindness, and generosity!

What Will Happen to my Facebook Account If I Die?

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OK. So where have I been all this time?

I have been regularly updating my Facebook account rather than my blogs. It proved to be easier to hit the “publish” button on Facebook because I no longer have the need to resize the pictures as opposed to my blogs. I mostly do my Facebook updates via my phone and it was very accessible and convenient. There’s no more need for me to have my laptop running.

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I have spent so much time and effort interacting with family and friends via Facebook. It is too personal that it’s real as it gets.

Then it suddenly occurred to me and it hit me hard:

What if I suddenly pass away?

It may sound morbid but this is an inevitable occurrence which will come- sooner or later; whether we like it or not. It will come like a thief in the night. We really never know as to when, where, and how.

So what will become of my Facebook account after my passing? Will it also die a natural death when I die?

The answers may not be as simple as it sounds but let’s go through this one by one.

To those who are not aware, we can either preserve or let go of our Facebook profiles.

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1. MEMORIALIZE our Facebook accounts.

Based on Facebook Policies and Standard Operating Procedures,

Memorialized accounts are a place for friends and family to gather and share memories after a person has passed away.

Memorialized accounts have the following key features:

  • The word Remembering will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile
  • Depending on the privacy settings of the account, friends can share memories on the memorialized Timeline
  • Content the person shared (ex: photos, posts) stays on Facebook and is visible to the audience it was shared with
  • Memorialized profiles don’t appear in public spaces such as in suggestions for People You May Know, ads or birthday reminders
  • No one can log into a memorialized account
  • Memorialized accounts that don’t have a legacy contact can’t be changed
  • Groups with an admin whose account was memorialized will be able to select new admins
  • Pages with a sole admin whose account was memorialized will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid request

To request for Account Memorialization, you can use this form: CLICK HERE.

2. DELETE our Facebook Accounts.

If we choose to no longer share to our audience the publications we’ve done when we were still alive, deletion of the account is the way to go.

To do this:

  • From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings
  • From the left menu, click Security
  • Click Legacy Contact
  • Click have your account permanently deleted and follow the on-screen instructions

To quote Facebook FAQ:

We will process certain special requests for verified immediate family members, including requests to remove a loved one’s account. This will completely remove the profile (timeline) and all associated content from Facebook, so no one can view it.

For all special requests, we require verification that you are an immediate family member or executor. Requests will not be processed if we are unable to verify your relationship to the deceased.

Examples of documentation that are accepted are the following:

  • The deceased’s birth certificate
  • The deceased’s death certificate
  • Proof of authority under local law that you are the lawful representative of the deceased or his/her estate.

If you are an immediate family member of the departed and wants to request for Account Deletion, you can use this form: CLICK HERE.

If your Facebook account is as personal as mine, it is important to discuss this with a trusted close friend or family members and let them know what you want them to do with your Facebook account once you have departed. They can then request Facebook to do either one of the two mentioned above as you had previously instructed.

This way, our memories will continue to live on especially so to those people that mattered to us the most.

Source:
Facebook Help Center

INC Worldwide Walk: Let's Walk So They Can Stand

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The largest and widest walk for a cause is about to take center stage on February 15, 2014. This is spearheaded by the Iglesia Ni Cristo with the primary aim of helping to rebuild the lives of the typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda victims in the Visayas.

Being a religious organization that emerged from the Philippines, many would have thought that this is an event that’s only taking place in the Philippines. But this walkathon is gonna be a worldwide undertaking which shall be participated by the following:

– 6 major cities in EUROPE
– 34 major cities in USA
– 8 major cities in ASIA
– 7 major cities in AUSTRALIA
– 93 key sites in the PHILIPPINES
More or less 110 COUNTRIES
80 different races in 6 continents

The walk for a cause is not only for the members of the Church but for everyone who wants to take part in this charitable endeavor.

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5 days to go! (Photo grabbed)

REGISTRATION FEE
In the Philippines, the registration fee is PhP250.00 and it is $30 for participants from outside the Philippines ($35 here in Australia). Each registrant shall be given a commemorative T-shirt.

Proceeds will go to the Aid For Humanity Project which is the charitable arm of the Church in holding relief operations, dental and medical missions. More importantly, it shall be utilized to rebuild the houses of the ill-fated typhoon victims.

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THE WALK
There are various designated areas for the walk depending on which locality or country you are joining. Starting sites from all over the world are assigned: New Zealand, Tokyo, Rome, London, Washington DC, among others. You can ask the Resident Minister nearest you for further details.

In Sydney, Australia, the assembly time and place is 9am at Hicksons Road Reserve. The walk shall commence at 10 am with the following routes: Hicksons Road Reserve, The Rocks going to the Circular Quay around Sydney Opera House and back. The walk is approximately 1.3 kilometers.

RECORD BREAKER?
It is believed that this walk will break the Guinness World of Record as the “Largest Charity Walk” that has been initially recorded with 77, 500 participants. The record is presently held by Singapore and was dubbed The New Paper Big Walk 2000.

ATTAINABLE?
With God, nothing is impossible. If only previous records are to be scrutinized, it is actually quite attainable.

Recently, the Church broke three (3) Guinness World Records, to wit:
1. Largest dental health check: served 4,128 people
2. Biggest number of blood pressure (BP) readings taken in 8 hours: 8,026 BP readings
3. Most numerous blood glucose level (BGL) tests taken in 8 hours: 5,217 BGL tests

LET’S WALK SO THEY CAN STAND
We can only speculate for now but what is deemed essential is the active participation and cooperation of brethren and non-brethren alike from all over the world. With their ardent desire to help and extend a hand, it is assured that a massive amount of money can be raised to help the victims of the typhoon. We are all aware that rehabilitation can’t be done overnight. There’s still so much that can be done!

This undertaking is for the greater glory of God. As it was written in the Bible and I quote:

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39 NIV).

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:10 NLT)

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17- Love of God)

“He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Come one, come all! Let’s go for a walk so these people can stand!

Kuerdas

The Philippine Court Jester, Incomparable

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Every hundred years or more, a nation weeps for the loss of their native person of great distinction. So it was for the Philippines, on the night of July 10th, one of Philippines’ luminaries, just short of two weeks of his 84th birthday, passed away.

Fondly dubbed as the King of Comedy, Dolphy Quizon, took permanent leave of his divine calling, to keep his fellow citizens belly-ache laughing amidst their stress laden lives.

True to his professional bearings, he found comic relief in his personal life with 18 children from 6 women. As narrated elsewhere, “he was born, Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr on July 25, 1928 to ship mechanic Melencio Quizon and seamstress Salud Vera in Tondo, Manila, Dolphy was probably fated to enter show business. As a young boy, Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon outside a nearby theater.He took on other lowly jobs – as a porter and shoeshine boy – amid the hardships of World War II before trying out as a dancer and chorus boy at the Avenue and Lyric Theaters…”

It is those humble beginnings and experiences that inspired his comic genius throughout his life.

And again, true to his mirth, Dolphy must have laughed his way to his Heavenly Home.

Welcome Back, Noeldinand!

I am so happy that my wonderful African blogpals Uncle Che who blogs at azblogging.com and Baby Noela at myblogsays.com are both back in action in the blogosphere. It has been ages since they have been active online. It’s understandable though because the tedious preparation of their grand wedding in December took most of their time away from the blogging community. Not to mention that Noela was hurdling her Master’s Degree program which she made it with flying colors before the wedding date.

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I can’t help but feel so ecstatic for them. Now that they are back, Uncle Che have been updating me of their future plans as a couple. I was told that Baby Noela is intending to pursue her post graduate degree via the online degree programs. She is still in the process of studying the pros and cons of both normal schooling and online programs. She may opt to proceed with the online program because she feels tired of traveling to and fro in order to fulfill her commitment in school. I told Uncle Che she must have experienced some trauma when the captain of the barge she took for Nigeria was held captive by the pirates. I am glad nothing went wrong with her though. Such a tough woman!

Uncle Che, on the other hand, who once co-authored Lainy’s Musings, is contemplating of undergoing further studies in Information Technology either in the United Kingdom or in India. He personally prefers India though.

With the union sanctified by marriage, Uncle Che informed me that he and Noela shall now be called NOELDINAND which can be found at noeldinand.co.cc

To the couple, welcome back to blog forest and cheers to a blissful and lasting marriage! :-)

Blood Types Affect the Dynamics of Relationships

While browsing at blogs earlier, I happen to come across a blog which talks about the spiritual economics of relationships. Spiritual Economics Now is definitely a no-nonsense blog. The blogger mostly talks about her past relationships and how she has learned a lot from them.

Her articles were rather lengthy but very well worded and thought of. You will manage to read it through and through and learn a lot, you’ve got to believe me!

One thing that caught my attention was the article which was published HERE. It mentioned about blood-types which affect the dynamics of relationships and I quote:

“Blood-type ‘A’s tend to be frenetic, brilliant, difficult to live with, annoying but exciting, and the geniuses of the world. I suspect this is because they feel as if they do not belong on this planet and so they move into their intellect, in order to handle this sense of “stranger in a strange land”.

‘O’s tend to be more stable, easier to live with, not as exciting, and feel as if they belong on this planet more than ‘A’s do.

‘A’s and ‘O’s tend to attract one another because ‘O’s need fascinating, energetic ‘A’s in their lives and ‘A’s need the ‘O’s to reel them in and settle them down.

So, an A/O marriage is potentially good, an O/O marriage is likely to last forever, but only because both are so bloody boring (I’m kidding), and an A/A marriage is likely to end in homicide (kidding, again…. sort of)”.

So what blood type are you?

A Date with Commissioner Larrazabal

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It was undoubtedly a moment to remember. And who wouldn’t be thrilled? The youngest and the most handsome Commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) went out on a date with me! Don’t tell my fiancé, OK? 😀

Yours truly with the young Commissioner as my date, LOL!

But keep your pants on, folks! It wasn’t a romantic date. What a disappointment! LOL!

Honorable Gregorio Y. Larrazabal was given a Testimonial Dinner by his subordinates in this part of Mindanao for completing his term as Commissioner of COMELEC. His name can be intertwined with the 2010 Automated Elections. He chaired the Steering Committee which was responsible for overseeing the first ever Automated Elections in the Philippines.

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“I’m here to give inputs, to assist the Commission in ensuring that the 2010 Elections will be smooth and orderly. My term might be short but what’s important is not the length of the term but the impact the elections will have for the Philippine democracy,” Larrazabal was quoted as saying after he took his oath of office (Inquirer).

Chit-chatting with some personnel before the Testimonial commenced

Who wouldn’t be wowed by his track record? He’s a young lawyer who graduated from Harvard University. He was the Regional Director of the Eastern Visayas when he got appointed as Commissioner only eight (8) months before May 10, 2010 Automated Elections. He also served as Provincial Election Supervisor of Bulacan. He was expected to infuse fresh inputs in automating the elections.

The 37-year-old Commissioner delivered the goods. I personally admire his resiliency during the tough times when all were having doubts in automating the elections. He simply showed composure under stress.

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And mind you! He’s the only Commissioner who got both Facebook and Twitter accounts! So cool, ain’t right?

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When it was his turn to speak in the Testimonial Dinner, we were in awe because he spoke in straight Cebuano! The young man actually hailed from an affluent clan in Leyte and is the cousin of Donna Cruz’ husband, Yong Larrazabal, who’s father is the owner of Cebu Doctor’s Hospital. He imbibed inspiration the entire duration of his speech.

Speaking before his subordinates in Region XII

After the program, the personnel of Region XII was going gaga over him, LOL! We were in long queue with the desire of posing for the camera with the official who has done it all and gave it his best shot.

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With the Election Officers and Election Assistants of South Cotabato
With an Election Officer- my lovely Aunt! ;-)
With some Election Officers and Election Assistants of Sarangani Province
Yours truly with the casual employees of Gen. Santos City

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On Looking Forward and Moving On


Life is not always made up of bed of roses. Yes, true there are roses but we must not forget that roses have thorns. Thorns entail failures and disappointments, pains and sufferings. That is a given fact that all of us must be aware of by now. There are events in our lives that we feel we’ve been saddled with numerous problems but we continue to hang on tight and strongly keep the faith.

For people who went through the difficult times, it’s a great inspiration how they were able to conquer the hardships and stood tall despite everything. Like what we oft hear for those who succeeded:

“Everything happens for a reason”.

But for doubters and the weak, they would sometimes ask:

“Why me”?

It would be rather difficult to answer the question put forward once a person is at that particular situation. But the most poignant question would be:

“Can moving on be possible without letting go”?

I have read somewhere that clinging on with the bad phase of the past will make it very impossible to MOVE ON, thus the need to LET GO.

While trying to complete this article, I searched for some inspiring quotes related to letting go and moving forward after the turbulent times in ones life, to wit:

  1. Every exit is an entry somewhere. ~ Tom Stoppard
  2. To be able to move on, one has to learn to forgive not only the person (or people) who have done one wrong but also oneself. ~ Eugenia Tripputi
  3. By forgiving and choosing to move on, one takes the power back to morph it into positive energy. ~ Eugenia Tripputi
  4. Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do everyday, over and over again. ~ Dawson’s Creek
  5. There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. ~Harry Crews
  6. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. ~ Brian Tracy
  7. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss
  8. Do not worry if you feel low; the sun has a sinking spell every night, but rises again all right the next morning. ~ Anonymous
  9. Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. ~ Denis Waitley
  10. Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward. ~ Maxwell Maltz
  11. Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself. ~ Jose Ortega Gasset

Life is all about choices. Accepting that life is not perfect and will never be one does not mean that life can be miserable. Life is beautiful. One has to be brave enough to live it and conquer the odds.

Source: Intelligent Life on the Web

Star Struck by Windy's Big Heart

I’ve published my first ever Music Monday feature for 2011 at  /><br /> <a href=Our Journey to Forever. I feel like it’s going to be such a huge accomplishment if I get to publish more than one non- paid articles across my blogs at one sitting, LOL!

I don’t wish to kill myself from boredom. I need to keep myself preoccupied to keep my mind off things. It’s simply one of the boring and lonely nights when I have lots of time in my hands and I just don’t know what to do with it, haha! No single oops to do and no sensible stuff to write about.

So let me just share with you the second rendezvous of my co- worker Star of A Maiden’s Testimony with the ever brilliant  /><br /> <a href=Windy

On the second week of January, Star flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the intention of getting reunited with her loving  /><br /> <a href=Jimmy. After a few days of spending time together, the lovebirds traveled to JB, Malaysia to see Windy and for Windy to finally hand over to Star the laptop that she purchased from the latter. Star was keeping in touch with me  while they were on the road going to JB.  She told me that she’s too excited to finally meet Windy again. She can’t help but also rave and rant that she’s too hungry. They had to travel more or less 4 hours before they’ve finally reached their destination. The meet up took place a day prior to Windy having the massive heart attack which had him confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

Star, Jimmy and Windy finally met at one restaurant, where else? LOL! With Star’s stomach growling and grumbling the entire duration of their trip to JB, food was all she wanted to have at that particular time.

Star and Jimmy with Windy

After having their late lunch, the three of them went to Windy’s house. Wow! I can’t imagine Star was able to set foot at Windy’s sweet abode! Star was so happy to have finally got hold of her beautiful lappy. Windy instructed her with lots of applications and programs which he installed in the lappy. Star was so overwhelmed she kept sending me SMSes that Windy’s been so kind and generous.

Indeed, Windy told me that one could never imagine to have those applications installed when buying  a laptop. Moreover, Windy bought some additional accessories at his own expense for the lappy to be more protected. And mind you! Star was given a very special supplier’s price for the lappy. It could be some sort of a give away, haha!

After instructions were all given by Windy, he called me up on the phone and thanked me for the souvenir shirt that I gave him. It was a simple shirt coming from my hometown. He promised me he’s going to wear it on Chinese New Year. I failed to capture a photo of the shirt though. I am expecting him though to take some photos of himself showing off the shirt 😉

The man of the hour while speaking to me on the phone