Year's Day. Deep in the pages of The Alchemist, I have
learned from its wisdom and this is what I believe in. King Milchizedek
says to the shepherd boy Santiago: "When you want something, all
the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
Some people make their
new year's resolutions. This is a good gesture for a start. I have learned
in all my life that everyone has a path that they're walking on. Through
this path, we are met with disappointments and we learn lessons from it.
We move on. We are inspired by the results of our disappointments so we
gain the rewards of completion.
You may be far away
but I reach you. The fish, unable to fly to the heavens, touched the bird's
face aided by the ocean. That's how the universe works its wonders. You
remain special and with all my heart, I will remain yours.
new leadership. Today is the inauguration of Alan Arakawa as
the mayor of the County of Maui. I have attended his inauguration where
attendees came by invitation only. Arakawa will lead the county in the
next eight years. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle was there and to my surprise,
she still remembers me. I worked with her while she was the mayor of the
County of Maui. I was glad to have the opportunity to have a Kodak moment
with her. The county looks forward to the new Republican leadership
in the morning at about eight thirty, I met with two of my friends at
Starbucks to have a chat. I ordered my Frapuccino™, grande, mocha
flavor with whipped cream and sat outside while waiting for my barkada.
The morning was chilly and I forgot to bring a jacket with me plus I was
drinking a cold drink. That was not a great idea after all. People from
all walks of life come to Starbucks. It has been a part of the lifestyle
in the island. You meet a lot of people and see a lot of people. The taste
and smell of coffee brings makes me active specially in my creative thinking
process but I tell you, I'm not a coffee connoisseur. I love tea like
the Brits do, have milk in my tea. The don't have this, so I go to Borders
and drink chai which is served hot or cold. When the group was
all accounted for, we have a lot to talk about mostly our college days.
The two talked about their college days in Manila and that I missed because
I left for the United States for my education. I didn't know that Manila
offers the best college experience in the world to my own understanding.
O well, it's not too late yet perhaps I should consider taking some art
courses in the University of the Philippines or at the University of Santo
Tomas. Anyway, a friend has to leave early but later I have to meet back
with him for my golf lessons. I have decided to embrace the sports of
golf this year.
the coffee hour at Starbucks, I joined my other friend to the dirtbike
tracks at the breakwater area in Kahului. It has been a while since I
rode on a motocross bike. I love this sports as well but I still have
to buy a bike myself and the protective gears. We have a Yamaha dirtbike
in the Philippines which I ride when I'm in town. Speed is therapy they
say but I am no speedster. Don't be afraid to ride with me, okay? After
an hour, we had lunch at my friend's house before I headed to the golf
course where my buddy is waiting.
It's tee time, my
buddy was already there waiting for me. He was with the instructor he
hired to teach me. Will I be the next Tiger Woods after these lessons?
The instructor was a Japanese with great patience. Learning from him was
a great experience, I taught him some lessons too about fishes and the
divers. I have learned to make the grip, the stance, and the swing. With
constant practice, I will be able to play golf with my buddies. I just
have to remember to keep my eye on the ball.
back to work after a five-day vacation but it's alright i had fun. I already
miss work though. I'm so happy that Bettanie is alive when I
checked her aquarium today. The fish isn't active inside the aquarium
and that is probably she's just playing dead. [chuckles]
wants us to regard prayer as talking to a dear friend who is eager and
able to help you, but who at the same time, is infinitely wise and who
is trying to make us see the things you pray for even as He sees them.'
to my mother. My mother is the source of my joy in this world. Mom, I
know what you wished for, she does exist and you will be there for us.
we do crazy things in our life to add spice into it. Monotony of the work-home
routine deserves the detour we seldom take as an alternative to our common
news, Bettanie died in her watery grave. I shed a tear for her
loss. Though, she's only a fish her presence was beneficial. Watching
her swim gave me relief from stress. The tank is now empty awaiting for
What do you think
about the stock market? Investing in stocks is an art by itself. It's
a tough economy these days, people are losing jobs, the prices of basic
goods and services are getting higher. It's a world of dog-eat-dog. What
would Darwin think about applying his thoughts on man's society?