01 May 2004
In the Philippines, it's Labor Day. Hail to the new heroes of
the Philippines. The Overseas Filipino Workers who sends home their hard
earned greenbacks to their families so they can have a comfortable life
and have their children finish their education.
What the Philippines needs is a solid foundation of supporting the young
entrepreneurs who with fresh ideas from college would put it to work and
build the economy from the grounds up. Poverty have caused the masses
to form movements for change. An empty stomach fills the heart and soul
to go astray, weakening the very foundation of society—the family.
Socio-economic problems is a source of chaos in the country and perhaps
a solid leadership that is not marred by graft and corruption would bring
back this nation to the line of industrialised countries in Asia.
02 May 2004
I went to Starbucks at the Kaahumanu Center and 'talk story'
with my friend. I had a my favorite Frapuccino™ mocha grande with
whipped cream on top. I am not a coffee addict but I really love Starbucks
business model. Hehehe. What am I thinking? Is there anybody who want
to be a veecee?
"Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
04 May 2004
"If I could tell the story in words, I would not have to
lug around a camera." —Lewis Hiene
05 May 2004
"Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance."
06 May 2004
To Those Who Remembered
Thank you to the special people who greeted me a Happy Birthday
today in their own special way. I really appreciate your well wishes.
A friend told me my name was heard on the radio. Unfortunately, I wasn't
Guess what? I spent the day babysitting my niece who will be
turning one next month on my birth day. Today is also the birthday of
my niece who was named after me. She is in the Philippines right now and
I hope and pray that she and her older sister is coming to join their
parents. I miss those kids.
Usually, my family hosts a small party for my birthday but this
year it is a family affair. We had our dinner at Dragon Dragon, a Chinese
resto. This could have been a great moment for you to meet my family.
I just want to let you know that I love you and thank you for your well
07 May 2004
I Sold My Computer
Finally, I have parted with my desktop computer of six years.
She has served me well and I really appreciate the moments we shared because
she was always there for me and every command I made, she has executed
it well. May you serve your new owners, Lakambini.
Lakambini will be reincarnated as a 64-bit computing platform before
08 May 2004
Miss Maui Filipina 2004
When I got home from work, I received a call from my friend and
asked me if I could attend the Miss Maui Filipina 2004 beauty pageant
at the Baldwin High School theater and cover the event. I took my photographic
gear and went to the pageant and meet with my friend. We have front row
seats so it is excellent for me to get photos of the event. My Canon Digital
Rebel did a fine job in capturing over 200 digital images. I met some
old friends in the media where we exchanged stories.
There were five beuatiful and talented contestants and I loved listening
to their speeches about the Filipina being a role model in the community
inspiring me to choose a beautiful Filipina to spend the rest of my life
09 May 2004
Happy Mother's Day
To all mothers. Thank you for bringing us forth your children into the
world and live life.
The Philippine Elections
More than forty million voters casted their votes in the national elections
in the Philippines. As tradition goes, the electoral process is tainted
with massive vote buying, ballot snatching, and election related violence.
The world watches the Philippines as to who will be elected president
of the Philippines.
In 2001, I volunteered to help out in the elections and joined NAMFREL
or the National Movement for Free Elections in our town while I was on
vacation. It was quite peaceful compared to this election.
I really don't understand why there's so much violence in the election
process. A lot of lives are wasted as a result. Why can't they exercise
restraint and civility? I also don't understand why the modernization
of the election process has been shelved where the government has spent
millions of pesos to minimize election fraud. Hopefully in the next election
the COMELEC implements the shelved project after cleaning up the mess
in the procurement process.
I was so anxious to know who won in the Charity Walk T-shirt Design Contest
and with great delight, I won again for the third time.
Suprised Birthday Party
Today was full of suprises. Friends and coworkers at the resort surprised
me as I entered my office. The room was dark and then I saw a big flash
of light and heard people singing the Happy Birthday song. I really appreciate
their thoughtfulness. Thank you guys!
11 May 2004
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.'
One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis,
be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.”
12 May 2004
“There is no thrill in easy sailing - when the skies are
clear and blue, there is no joy in merely doing things which anyone can
do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when
you reach a destination that others thought you would never make.”
13 May 2004
I attended Basic MS Outlook 2000 Class at the resort where I
learned some neat features of this PIM application. I use Outlook extensively
on daily basis to manage my e-mail, calendar, address book, and tasks
and synchronise all the info into my Microsoft powered smartphone.
15 May 2004
This was my first time to join the Charity Walk organized by
the Hotel Association of Maui to raise funds for charity. It was a cloudy
morning with occasional rainshowers. A beautiful rainbow greeted the walkers
bringing sweet smiles. I brought my camera and took photos of the event.
I had fun walking and talking stories with the other walkers and some
posed for the camera. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish the walk because
I took a ride towards the Wailuku soccer field where the walk started.
I was getting tired. I didn't have breakfast and I didn't have enough
sleep as well.
After the Charity Walk, I went to the mall and watched Van Helsing.
It's a good movie with good special effects. The Frankenstein monster
is one of my favorite characters because he was a creation from an evil
mind but he had a good heart. He was sought upon by Count Dracula to bring
life to his seeds and wreak havoc to humanity. Van Helsing on the other
hand was set to vanquish Dracula and he triumphed. When the movie was
over, I went home and slept from 2:30 p.m. until 1230 a.m the next day.
16 May 2004
The Instrument is not the Camera
If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his
lens, and if he is compassionate, it's already a lot. The instrument is
not the camera but the photographer. —Eve Arnold
17 May 2004
Rejection and Acceptance
"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
– Ray Bradbury
21 May 2004
Words have resonance and give the essence of touch.
The First Time I Loved Forever
by Melanie Safka
The first time I loved forever
Was when you whispered my name
And I knew at once you loved me
For the me of who I am
The first time I loved forever
I cast all else aside
And I bid my heart to follow
Be there no more need to hide
And if wishes and dreams are merely for children
And if love's a tale for fools
I'll live the dream with you
For all my life and forever
There's a truth I'll always know
When my world divides and shatters
Your love is where I'll go
22 May 2004
I watched the movie Old School in the evening. It's very hilarious.
It reminded me of my frat days in college. It wasn't exactly like that
at all. I just wished.
23 May 2004
School of Rock
I watched the movie School of Rock as soon as I got home from
work. Jack Black performed well in this movie where I saw hime before
in the movie High Fidelity with John Cusack. It totally rocks! I don't
really listen to rock but what I've learned from this movie is that rockers
are artists, too. Some people try to be someone and not feel happy about
themselves. The bottom line is be yourself!
24 May 2004
There are things that happen in our lives that is surprising
to us and gives us a smile in our face. I was thinking about a friend
of mine when I was outside Lahaina and had a serendipitous encounter.
One of my life mentors just appeared with her companions. We talked story
and we talked about a friend of ours who once mentored us all and is appearing
to be lost. I could just remember those days when we were all good friends.
I hope that I can see him again and hope to bring him back into the path
in which he was.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.
You have never read a book like this before...a book that comes along
once in a lifetime to change lives forever. The Celestine Prophecy contains
secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient
Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the
events happening in your own life right now...and let's you see what
is going to happen to you in the years to come!
25 May 2004
I remembered a leaf yesterday clinged to my sideview mirror on
my way home. Is there any significance? Should I kept it? I had so many
encounters with leaves that cling to my sideview mirror or windshield.
But in the Scriptures, leaves were of great significance like the olive
branch or the leaves of the fig tree.
At First Sight
At the very sight of dawn was the awakening of the roosters crowing
to welcome the beginning of day. And in that moment, the sun casts a shadow
of the objects that it comes against with. What could one gain from this
encounter? It's a new day.
26 May 2004
27 May 2004
The preciousness of your love supersedes how much life has given
At Dragon Dragon. The Ring. The One.
28 May 2004
local pinoy born
31 May 2004
Talking To The Tree
And then came one afternoon where I sat under the tree and asked
a question... [pending]