To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My Christmas Day '10

Oh, I had the longest celebration this year. It started from the the Christmas eve mass  where I went to two different churches. First, to Mary Help of Christians and then to St. John. I attended the mass at  St. John's as the other church had the mass in Thai.

I had great a time  in MHCC though, as they had a Christmas program of some dancing and singing. There was also of course this Filipino group joined by Rev. Fr. Tamayo singing the Christmas Carols.

I got early at St. John. I went there alone and found a seat for myself. It was good to know  that my colleauge in the university was also attending the mass. She was with her husband. I found out from her  that our work holidays would be extended although she told me she wasn't so sure about the info. Anyway, we finished the mass and had St.  John's traditional Christmas eve potluck. It was so great to have various Filipino dishes and the mood for feast was just so perfect. I did love the food and I did love the crowd.  I knew a couple of Filipinos in there but I was basically all by myself. Good thing being with Filipinos is that despite of you being alone, you'd never feel that way.

Christmas day, the 25th was at work. We had series of parties and games for kids, exchanging gifts, too. The kids were all happy and you know, it really feels a lot better being surrounded by young ones. Their energy and their innocence are just fantastic and that becomes double when they are happy.

There were foods, balloons and  freebies.... those made the day really fun. Our students are generally Buddhist but they, too celebrate Christmas and still in the same spirit of joy and giving.

I was definitely at work on Christmas day eerr........I had Christmas day at work and I did love it! 

Christmas Day Gospel

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1-18)

What is so special about the gospel today is the realization of what was foretold. In the previous readings, this moment was spoken about and that is happening right now.

 The first reading is from the book of  Isaiah 52:7-10

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”
Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry, together they shout for joy, for they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion. Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God."

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
R. (3c) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.

Second Reading
Hebrews 1:1-6
Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways  to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, as far superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say: You are my son; this day I have begotten you?  Or again: I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me? And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship Him.

Holy Gospel
John 1:1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. A man named John was sent from God. 

He came for testimony, to testify to the light,  so that all might believe through him. 
He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. 
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation  nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision  but of God. 

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John testified to him and cried out, saying,  “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me  because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses,  grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,  has revealed him.


I  discern how lucky we are being treated this way  aside from having this gift of life and many had to sacrifice for the benefit of mankind. On the other hand, I felt bad that the baby Jesus who's birthday  is  in this very day was just  born in a manger and whose parents were even refused of shelter that time. I can imagine the burden, pains and suffering Mary and Joseph had  for the birth and even Jesus Himself as he was born and lived in this life. I may mention up to His death.

Christmas indeed is the time for JOY to us yet, as I see how the Holy Family made to Christmas, it was never easy. The difference: they were on obedience and selflessness not minding what could they benefit on the sacrifices but what their pains could do to the rest of humanity. I hope we all DO Christmas as they did, and that to really give joy to others.

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Ninth Day

 December 24, 2010

I finally have the time to write now, at least, the past days have been so eventful and  full of memories and joy. I'm so grateful for everything this Christmas has been great though being away from home. There are thoughts in  mind that I should have gone home I can't deny that; nonetheless, I'm thankful that despite the distance, I still feel the best Christmas as I always have even when I was still a child.  As a routine  referring to Misa de Gallo,  let me share the words on the ninth day of the novena mass.

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and  and set them free"  Luke 1:67-69

The first reading was from Samuel 2. I find this quote meaningful.

“Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.”

From the responsorial Psalm:
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. 
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; 
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; 
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

The Holy Gospel is the continuation on Zechariah from Luke 1:67-69. He praises the Lord and speaks of His promises such as  to free from enemies, free to worship without fear and being holy and righteous in His sight  all the days of our lives.

I think we've attained these promises at present, surely we have the freedom to worship and despite the dangers this world has sometimes, we can still say that we live in a safer world and finally we have the best options to do the right things in our respective lives, in case we fail, no one pressures anyone. Indeed righteousness is a presonal thing, in one's guilt and conscience.

Both Freedom and Freewill are our gifts, we live in these times that we are bound with all the beautiful gifts around us, it's up to us what to pick and what to enjoy; however, along with the pleasures we are also reminded on our our faith  and reverence to our creator.....not necessarily of fear but of love and  trust.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Eighth Day

"Your ways, oh Lord, make known to me;  
 Teach me your paths,
 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
 For you are God my savior."

Those above were from the responsorial psalm for Dec. 23, 2010 readings. The quote is remarkable for Christian faith as it calls for prayers...yes, for us to bend our knees and to call for His guidance and help. That we just have to humble ourselves and pray for the things we desire balancing the truth and goodness according to His will. It also speaks on God being the way to all our concerns, may it be in sin and being the upright as He is, he has the heart for the humble who seek his guidance. The responsorial psalm also reminds us on the covenant and keeping His inturctions for better living.

The first reading was from Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24 . It speaks on the Lord's coming. I personally think this is a bit scary how the Old Testament presented this reading. But anyhow, I think the message is CHANGE that if we know we are in a terrible situation or may have enjoyed sin these times, the Lord reminds us to change and do better things. And that we don't have to be afraid of changing our evil ways and do good instead and He himelf reminded us to be good, do good and turn our hearts to God.

The Gospel is  from Luke. Again, it speaks on Elizabeth, this time on giving birth to a son. If we can recall in the previous gospels, the Angel mentioned to Mary that the baby be named, John and in this gospel despite the pressure that the baby be called Zechariah after his father. Elizabeth  contested that the baby be called John and when  the father was asked what the baby would be called, Zechariah worte in a tablet saying  John is His name.

And you know what?  Zechariah was MUTE that was why he wrote his desire in a tablet for the baby's name  following the will of God and right after that very moment, he began to speak again! It was indeed a miracle his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke of blessings from God. Everybody who were there in that moment were amazed for they knew that God was at work, first of giving Elizabeth a child despite her old age and letting the mute Zechariah speak.

I love the gospel. It speaks on the goodness of the Lord and truly nothing is impossible for Him. If we can notice, John is  Jesus's cousin who  was with Him in his journey that time. And he is the John in the  book of  New Testament  that we read. Anyhow, what's your Christmas wish? :)

"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. LUKE 11:9

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Seventh Day

December 22, 2010

Wow! Two masses more to go and it's Christmas time once again.   I went back to MHC Church last night  as the mass was in English. There is this feeling of  "high" when you can digest all the things that are goin' on around you. It feels like each of them come to one's every veins and it feels tremendous.

The first reading was from  Samuel. It was on  a  mother named Hannah who offered her son, Samuel to the Lord.  She stated that she prayed for the child, and the Lord granted her  request and she gave her son to the Lord in return. As long as Samuel lived, he should be dedicated to the Lord, she left her son  at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh. This is momentous as  this reading manifests how prayers work and reminds us of being grateful on the blessings that we get. Hannah is such a grateful person and as a mother, we know that it isn't easy to be away from a child but because of gratefulness, she didn't mind the thougt and just trusted the Lord in everything believing that her child child would be in better hands.

And the gospel? Here it is, still a  sequel of Mary and Elizabeth.

Luke 1:46-56
Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home."

 It was  a concelebrated mass of Father Tamayo and Father Ledesma. Father Ledesma presided the mass and his Homliy was very inspiring. He shared that our history speaks on  the rich and  the famous. We can hear nothing about the poor of the old times but the bible starred the simple people of the past. Like Elizabeth, an outcast of  being barren and Mary who was just  a poor girl. Father Ledesma also spoke on freedom to one self. As many of us desire to change and improve this world but sometimes we fail to note that everything starts WITHIN us and in our respective families.  He also shared on thinking in a micro level. That sometimes we get so anxious in the world and the things around us, neglecting our very own selves forgetting that there are some things that we need to change and improve better in ourselves. And that our respective souls reflect in us and we can inspire more people by inspiring ourselves first. That we can change others, if we change ourselves first. And that we can't be kind to the rest unless we are being kind to ourselves.

And talking abut kindness, I think it was so kind and nice of some Filipinos who had last night's novena mass for thanksgiving. They prepared dinner for everyone after. It was also a good chance to get to know some others and share a meal with them.

Fil style spag, pakbet, dinuguan anf fried fish

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena -Sixth Day

December 21, 2010

Have you ever had that feeling that you want to open your mouth to praise and sing but you just can't do both? How about expecting something and you just learnt that something else happened that you never thought of?

Sure we, do. I was early  last Tuesday thingking it was my time to visit St. John Parish for the Novena mass. I used to attend masses in the church as well as in Holy Redeemer  in Ploenchit in my early years here and I thought it was time for me to visit. I haven't visited St John this year until that day.

 Anyway, I got there earlier and was glad about it. There were about fifty to sixty churchgoers majority were Filipinos maybe just about ten were Thais.  As the priest showed up, I got the cllue that the mass would be in Thai as he is Thai.

And there it went, the mass was so good only I couldn't understand any word and  could sing with the choir. For many times, I was tempted to open my mouth and just say the prayers in English but it was just different.  If I can remember in my other writing that the blessings in the holy mass matter and that I should go on having the same mentation about attending mass in a language incomprehensible to me. It was funny though that aside from the reason of  visiting the parish again, I opted to go there, too as Mary Help of Christians Church's mass that time was in Thai. I was surprised I'd be attending a Novena in Thai still. Anyhow, I'm not complaining, I'm pretty aware that some things just happen and when they do, surely there are good reasons behind them. :)

On the sixth day, the  first  reading was from Songs of Songs. It expressed on the bloom of a new day. It spoke on winter being over and that flowers appeared on earth. To my reflection, it is the coming of the good news and that after days, a new better day has come and thus we exalt the goodness and greatness of the coming of a new time. The emotion here is in absolute joy as a lover brings hope to the other one. There is the feeling of joy, hope, love and contentment.  It feels like when one is in high emotion, he would want to sing for joy.

The gospel was from Luke. It's a succession of Mary and Elizabeth's story. The previous day talked on the mary being informed about Elizabeth's pregnancy despite of her incapability to have a child. This time, Mary visited Elizabeth. The baby reacted as soon as it heard Mary's greeting. Elizabeth couldn't believe still what was happening to her and she cried out in a loud voice to Mary " Most blessed are you among women, and blessed in the fruit of your womb."  This is also part of our prayer to the Virgin Mary "Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed in thy fruit of they womb, Jesus." The gospel indeed  plays an essential part in our prayers. I'd love to share, too the gospel's final message " Blessed are you who believe that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

We can sense that the progress of the reading is getting intense and that the excitement is preciseltyrising, praise God we should be as just a few days from now mark when the CHILD was born.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Fifth Day

The first reading is from Isaiah 7:10-14 speaks on the Immanuel prophecy pronounced by prophet Isaiah in the Kingdom of Judah. That  the prophecy  talked on the birth of Jesus Christ by the virgin Mary. It was also relayed  quite similar with the reading on the fourth day of Novena Mass.

 The gospel is of  St. Luke,  this time on the Annunciation marks the beginning of the fulfillment of a prophecy by Isaiah.  It was in the sixth month when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. This gospel is very improtant for the Catholics as we got from this our Hail Mary prayer. This is also in our Angelus that we pray at six in the evening. And more importantly, the message  "Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God".

If the situation of Mary happened this time, I think it wouldn't be easy to manage or maybe handle things in some way.  She was a virgin and would bear a son.  But then the angel assured her that she didn't need to be scared and that she was in the will of God. This was also the time when Mary was told about her cousin Elizabeth will conceive a son despite her old age. It was also her sixth month. It was a miracle, too as she was even called barren for having no capability of bearing a child. And what so special about Mary in the Gospel, was her response saying "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. may it be done to me according  to your word. "

I was personally touched on the homily Father Tamayo shared on couples who had had  babies but just surprisingly died. The first couple was even active in a helping community and for once in their lives they couldn't believe that such  trials could happen to them. And so the second couple almost lost hope on the pains they've been through of losing their babies.  Such things that may appear very undesirable for us let us down and sometimes make us question about God's existence; however, if we believe in His blessings, plan and will, we  see the brighter perspective and even be grateful on things that we find catastrophies.

God has his own plan, we just have to surrender and offer our ambitions, dreams and goals to Him and He will lead us to a better way. It's taking away fears in us and just have faith in our dealings. Nothing indeed will be impossible for God.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Fourth Day

Sunday is the Sabbath  day and it's the Lord's day.  This is also a special day for me so  I'd like to account the day on the Gospel and devotion.

The Fourth day is  devoted completely to the figure of Saint Joseph of him being  a righteous man  and he as a witness to Mary's virginity.  The Gospel also speaks of the story of Jesus Christ through the eyes of  Saint Joseph. St Joseph looked into the future and  disregarded his own goals  entrusting himself to God and to stand by Mary.

It's the fourth Sunday of Advent, the gospel is from Matthew. The first reading is from Isaiah of the Lord speaking to Ahaz. The Lord himself told Ahaz to ask for  a sign from God in any manner though Ahaz refused to do so, the sign of Jesus Christ coming was  shared and thus be called

My reflection, I believe this is a call for us to pray. That sometimes in our lives and especially in doubts we can surely communicate to God and ask for enlightenment. We shouldn't  keep any distance intead reach out for He is always with us. And even at times we don't pray, we are still guided and that reflects how loving our God is. He never turn His back.

Second reading is from the book of Romans.  It speaks on Paul being called to be an apostle. The message of the reading is calling us to be Holy, calling us  to do good in our daily lives.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to  St. Matthew is of Joseph that he even doubted at first, thought of  staying away from Mary when he learnt of her being pregnant, util the angel appeared  in his dreams  telling him not to be afraid to take Mary and they shall call the son Emmanuel which means God is with us. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel commanded and he took Mary, his wife home.

My reflection, it may not be easy to trust all, but we have to do especially to our Church. And thus we have to stregthen our faith. The readings display and inspire the faith people had in the past, I believe there's no much difference between the past and the present on how one can put his faith in better value...even at least having one.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena - Third day

I had my third at  ABAC  church and it was my first time to get there. It took awhile for us to locate the place as surprisingly the cab driver didn't know where it was. It was so funny we asked a couple of people where ABAC was and the last person replied with his hand pointing  on the right. We both really didn't see the building until that point on the finger.

The church is on the second floor of the graduate school building. Lights were still off when I get there but there were already some people inside, my friend and her husband, the nuns and the priest waiting for the time.

I find the experience memorable as aside from being there the first time, it was also my very first to hear mass from an Indian priest, in fact the nuns are Indians as well. There wasn't any choir yet the acapella songs were heavenly and I think it made the whole novena more solemn. There were many Filipinos around and cute kids as well. 

They handed in some copies for songs  except the readings. As the reading started, I realized that the mass was still on day two as the church didn't start as MHC.  I told my friend that we were having the same readings as last night, we just went on and finished it anyway. It was the blessing of hearing mass that matters.

I've just checked a Catholic site and read the gospel for the third day Christmas Novena mass. The first reading is from Genesis and the holy gospel is from Mathew 1:1-7 speaking about the  genealogy of  Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  It is of fourteen generations; from David to  the  Babylonian exile, and another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Christ.

We had snacks after the mass, there were some bread, "pancit sotanghon" and some softdrinks. I was glad, too meeting more Filipinos  who are active in Couples for Christ.  We left the church at once and had good laughs on the road.

Misa de Gallo / Christmas Novena-Second day

It rained yesterday afternoon unluckily, I lost my umbrealla so I thought of not coming to the church and will  hear the dawn mass instead. However, it stopped by half past six in such manner I decided to get dressed fast and went to the church after all mass will be in English and I've been longing for it.

 I took the taxi but still ended panting getting to the church,. The place where I live is the center of traffic jam and it had a couple of stops even just turning left heading to the church. Guess it took me five minutes to take the last turn alone. To make the long story short, I got there after the Gospel. Father Tamayo was the officiating priest.

The church provided  Euchalet for the  the Novena, it says "Stand Firm in Faith...Do all your work in Love". It was  a big help at least I could read the Gospel as I was late. The first reading was from Isaiah talking about salvation for all with the condition that we must "observe what is right and do what is just".  Let me quote this verse, I personally  find this  very inspiring "Thus says the Lord: Observe  what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Happy is the man who does this, the son of man who holds it; who keeps  the Sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evil doing". 

Oh, well I think this is not very hard for us to do, it's fine to be fair..we all want to be treated fairly and so we don't really aspire to hurt someone else by our  wrongdoings. It doesn't say of not doing anything, just reminding us to be good as much as possible. We can imagine if we all think the same way, this world can be more beautiful and peaceful...:)

The gospel was  on  John 5:33-36. That the son came to earth was sent by the Father. And Jesus stated that all His works were done by the Father. That there wasn't any need for any testimony from a human being but He said it Himself that time that what He was doing represented and reflected the works of the Father. That He performed and worked in behalf of the Father that sent Him. Jesus perfomed miracles  and many gave witness to those.

Going back to the mass, I was so happy as there  were more people in there  compared to the first night and I also saw my friend who brought me to the church last month. She was the reason why I got to Mary Help of Christians Church. She was with her family. I was surprised, too that the organizers of the mass prepared hot drinks for us and was told to get some coffee and milo plus some bread, "palitaw" and "turon"after the mass.  Raffle tickets were also sold at 200 per stub, I got one for Christmas Eve party... I still have to ask what to with this lol!

I heard though I still have to confirm that tonigh't mass will be in Thai. I think they're having it every other night, Thai,  English, then Thai and so on.

I may  go to ABAC Church in Assumption university in Soi Moo Ban Seree in Ramkhamheang road for tonight's Novena Mass as it's in English, yes, still at 7pm.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Misa de Gallo in Bangkok / Christmas Novena Mass

I had my first Christmas novena last night at Mary Help of Christians Parish at Krungthep Krittha in Hua Mark.   The mass was in Thai at 7pm. The officiating priest related that they decided yesterday that it would be in Thai however tonight's mass will be in English still at seven in the evening.  There weren't much  people in there just  more or less fifty but it was great to be blessed. I didn't understand anything or could sing any  but thankful of them handing away a sheet of paper for the English readings and the Gospel.   The first reading was from Isaiah. It talked on us having lots of confusions in our lives yet  we  need to believe and have faith in God that everything will be better soon.  The Gospel was on  faith as well., and believing that  Christ has come, proclaim the good news and take no offense at Him.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My first 2010 Christmas Party

While the rest of the Thai people celebrated H.M. the King's birthday and father's day, some Filipinos in Bangkok added another event to that day and that was our Christmas Party last December 5.

Had it with other Pinoys I met in siampinoy online community and it was good to meet people for real. The highlight was the tasty lechon and gift-giving/exchanging gift. I have to add, the videoke was also one of the best parts. We had fun especially that we love taking photos and being photograph, too. It does happen wherever we are and with Fils. around posing and smiling are always amusing. Here are two of  the photos! :)

Simbang gabi / Misa de Gallo in Bangkok

Yoohooo!!! Ten more days and it's Christmas once again! I'm always fascinated of the glimmering Christmas lights wherever I go and of course, the celebration will never be complete for me without going to a Catholic church for mass blessings here in Bangkok.

We are quite lucky having more options in here, too it's either we can  go to the novena mass in the evening or at dawn.

Simbang gabi will start tonight, December 15 at St. John Church in Ladphrao Soi 2 and  Mary Help of Christians Church at  Krungthep Kritha Road, Hua Mark.  Mass will be at 7pm  from December 15-23.

Misa de Gallo or the early morning masses  will start on December 16 at 5:30am both in  Holy Redeemer church in soi Ruamrudee, Ploenchit and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ramkamhaeng 184.

This should sound more fulfilling having more churches to choose from. I for sure can go to the nearest church from my home and indeed it feels better to feel  Christmass like in the Phils. even being away from home and family.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Late November's FRESH SHARE

There are lots of great happenings lately only I didn't have the real time and gusto to write but anyway, at least I'm getting my fingers moving this time. Today is my father's birthday by the way and it was nice speaking to him on phone. His speech is improving gradually after his stroke and it is indeed great hearing him said that he's already 57.  :)

I felt so blessed last Saturday as I was waiting for the bus after work, a colleague mentioned of Don Bosco's relic in Thailand. She added that the relic has been toured around the globe and this time in Bangkok. I was so lucky to find out that the new church is accessible to where I stay, I haven't been to Mary Help of Christian Church until last Saturday.  I didnt think twice to go with my coworker and I felt so blessed again that the mass hadn't started yet when we got there. The mass was in Thai nonetheless, it was fulfilling to attend.  Moreover, I felt it was a privilege to see the relic for real aside from getting the chance to visit the church despite  the schedule. Don Bosco's relic is 200 year's old.  I was surprised too on the "feast" provided after the mass. Like the churchgoers had a free dinner. A variety of dishes were served as well as some  drinks. There was also a stage prepared for a video showing  on the life of Don Bosco and some singing. 

This day has been quite a day as this is also the very first day of classes at the university after  our six -week- holiday. Yes, six weeks is quite long especially that we had no idea  when the classes exactly begin.  We also got to know our schedule of classes this morning and we have more classes this term. I love it when there are more classes, it means more income however, there are also some changes on schedules like we used to have our mid terms after new year and now the exams are scheduled on Dec. 13-26. That means again another two-week-off from classes due to the test! Hahaha. so funny I remember my colleague shared today that he got depressed of doing nothing for six weeks. And now he has lots of classes and he feels like he's been treated as a robot. He added playfully with a huge grin that he couldn't understand himself getting bored when there's no work, and feeling so engrossed on the very first day of classes.  This is one thing I love about work, having people around who are cool to be with and assures that a day can be full of laughters. :)

I was done at school by the evening and decided to drop by the church. I found out from the man watching the gate that there was no service today and I should come back tomorrow for some vigil if I understood the message right.  Tomorrow should be the last day of Don Bosco's relic before the move to another place.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Someday SOON

Watched the movie "The Women" the other day, guess it was my fourth time to see the movie and just this week that I came to notice some of those touching dialogues in the story. Especially when Bette Medler talked about being selfish. That one has to so when time comes that one has to evaluate his life, he cannot put the blame to the rest for not giving much and will do away with question "what about me?".

I was struck, that point made me say "yeah." It has definitely a sense. I've heard some people who have been so selfless and yet they are hurting and in pain. I'm not sure maybe faith  and religion have something to do with the selfless and the selfish thing but I personally think the two varies depending on how a person defines the words.

One can just be doing something for himself and can tell he's selfish or the opposite, like one doing very little favor for others and then speak of him being selfless.

Giving is not new to all, it's a simple activity of humankind and so waiting for the kindness to get it back. There are times for everything, the thing is we do live in uncertainties when some matters aren't really on schedules, especially of those that  require someone else's contributions and some major resources.

That was great for the lead actress starred by Meg Ryan  in the movie to do what she wanted  after that talk. She got all the resources and started to make her own life. That she won't be living behind the shadows of another but to make  a name and accomplishment of her own. And  so when she gets  older, she can look back and say she had done something. In the story, she kept record of what she really wanted and carry it out, she designed clothing apparels and finally came up with a fashion show.

It's true for all having dreams, ambitions and goals. Sometimes staying focused to these goals can cause us defeats in other aspects and may lose some special  people in some way. Nonetheless, if the people around us truly care and understand our goals, everything will be fine. However, these people around may also have their own goals which may not be agreeable to what we aim for. If we stay focus we'll likely to lose them and or adjust to whatever they please, will perhaps make us neglect our own thus forgetting our goals or maybe even giving those up. Anyway, I should say that the bottomline is a choice.

If we are strongly committed to our goals, we will keep standing firm regardless of the challenges we meet along the way. It's not being numb but merely being brave and strong for getting your own desires.  As long as you know that you are doing good and never mislead anyone for your own benefits then the sacrifice is worth the wait.

Whatever is it that you really want, aspire, wish and hope.... embrace the  setbacks, keep your focus and have a strong faith  in God and in yourself  that SOMEDAY SOON, you'll succeed in your doing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat?

We  had a wonderful  two-day Halloween party at work last Saturday and Sunday. It's a custom for us having the activity for kids but I think this year is such a lot better. The decorations were more fascinating and yes, I should say budget had been prepared for a much meaningful and more fun activities. I had all the time last Saturday to witness the games which the students obviously enjoyed and appreciating the costumes they wore  for the event. It was such a day not just on the games but the food prepared, too.

Last Sunday's event was  also great in fact, better than the Saturdays as far as the children's participation is concerned. More students  joined the costume contest and more classes presented during the show. And speaking of presentation, I had my group of kids ages 8-12 talked about halloween. I coulld sense of them getting nervous during the show but they managed it anyway and I'm sure they can do a lot better next time.

 I just wished I had more time to watch what did go on during the  entire activities but I had classes to manage. I'll be waiting then for more activites we are preparing  for next month. I'm sure that will be something for the students.

Indeed, my halloween was a treat at work and with friends later by Sunday evening. This year is great, no tricks..... just all fun. :D

David Foster and Friends Concert in Bangkok

Yes, I was so glad that I was able to be at the concert last Oct. 25. I just got so lucky that a friend who had an extra ticket told me if I was interested.  I didn't think twice of course believing it's a rare opportunity to listen to David himself, Natalie Cole and Peter Cetera.  The other guests for sure were also worth the watch like Ruben Studdard, The Canadian Tenors and who else, Charice.

One thing that really amazed me was hearing them having the same voice as they used to be. They never fade especially Natalie Cole and Peter Cetera.  I remember I used to sing their songs even when I was small and I didn't ever think that I'll get the chance to listen to them live as this point of time.

I was thinking, perhaps both of them don't have any plans anymore to come back here for more concerts, no problem with Charice, Ruben and The Canadian Tenors, for sure they'll have more chances  of getting more tours. And yes, David has been so active having shows in different parts of the world and maybe he still has more places to visit in the map. :)

One thing I learnt in the concert though that really the front seats are the best. When we talk about once in a lifetime experience and of course total satisfaction, nothing beats being close to the performers.

I had a good seat, just right across the stage, for 2000baht seat still the faces of the performers were'nt clear. Many times I was tempted to look at the screen but it wasn't that all fun changing glances from the screen to the stage. The audio was best though and yes, the concert was all beautiful making me think that two hours weren't enough. That kind of concert should last forever! :D

And yes, wish I had fotos with them but didn't make it instead got a pix with Tata young who also participated when David went down from the stage to hear some of the spectatators singing.  And yes, a photo with  Christina Aguilar. Her father is a Filipino. It's so amazing to have someone poupular in Thailand  with no Thai blood at all. And I'm proud to know she has a Fil blood.

Oppps, I thought I am to talk on David Foster and friends, hehehehe, yes, I am happy to be part of it and I made to the concert. If there'll be next chances, for sure I'll be there, too and yes, in a better seat. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Neutrogena Surprise at WATSONS, my lucky day!

Oh I just feel so blessed today! I mean, I know there are quite a lot of  freebies and good discounts here in Bangkok but tonight is definitely an amazing experience for me.

I   went to this mall close to my home for dinner then drop by Watsons for my toner. I'm actually a Neutrogena user,I love the product as it's very suitable for my skin. I haven't observed any shops of them except stalls in Boots or Watsons. In my early years here in Bangkok, I didn't have any hard time getting Neutrogena face powder don't know well  it  was just gone. I have no clue what happened but anyway I stick to one of their toners. I just can't live a day without using toner hehe.

So, I got there and I noticed that they marked down the price from 295baht to 265baht. And when I reached the cashier, the lady said something in Thai  getting another Neutrogena cream. I told her I couldn't understand what she said and she pleasantly went out from where she was and asked her colleague to explain in English what did she mean.

And you know what? Buying that toner entitled me to get the Neutrogena cream that cost  620baht for ONE baht!!! Yes, I repeat, the cream cost 1baht! I was tongue tied when I heard it, it was like.." gosh..are you kidding" or "are you  serious". I couldn't really believe what I heard  and of course I answered that I was  getting that creamt for one baht. So then, I just paid  266baht for both toner and cream. I feel so lucky and to think the products are not expiring soon.

It always feels good getting buys at lesser costs but a surprise offer is definitely astounding! And I mean, that ONE baht is indeed is fabulous! :D

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Feelin' HIGH

It's been two weeks since the school break and here I am stuck in my place. At certain point, ,I did plan to travel outside Thailand but I thought the weather wasn't really doing well so, I changed my mind  and thought again of just going around the country. But opps, I almost forgot it isn't the safest anymore to travel alone and that would be a bit risky aside from the bad weather we're having.

I like it when it's break as I can relax, sad thing is,  if one is alone as I am, it  isn't  too easy to travel and to get anywhere at least I'm saying this now. I didn't have the same mentality few years back, I did love travelling alone and I was used to it until I got more aware and had a few experiences of the downsides of it. I concluded it could be too risky these times.

I don't like it though that these times make me feel lazy and very unproductive. I can't sleep and I can't do anything. I'm aware that there are many things I have to do but for some reasons, I just can't do anything. I'm also glued to my computer but I can't write anything until this point. hehehehe!

Why? Oh well, I decided to get out and have fun so I had this day out shopping just shopping.  I wanted also to try Krispy Kreme at Siam Paragon but goodness we have only one branch here and queues are really long. I tried getting back there three times but the long lines were discouraging. I treated myself with Burger King's Whooper Junior instead. I love whooper and I think it is the tastiest patty of all the burgers. Oh wait. thought I'd be talking about shopping yes, I was checking new bags and shoes but didn't like any and finally I got myself a new Guess wallet. I love it's so cool! I wanted to get the bag of the same design but I noticed a bit scratch on it so  why should I? Yes, both were the last items displayed the rest are of different colors. I love the buy as I got forty percent off. The nearest mall to my home gives  until thirty percent only as far as I've noticed.

After Paragon, I headed to Central World and I was amazed they now have an ice skating rink. Saw some playing ice hockey in there. It was quiet in Central World today, not many people going around and even in shops.  Siam Paragon was crowded and  there were plenty of customer at the restaurants were even at past lunch. Going back to Central World, I was glad to find out that XXII Forever was on sale, the shop has lots and lots and lots of variety from dresses to accessories. I was fascinated on how unique the bling-blings were so got myself some bracelets, ring and earrings. Unbelievable, I got sets of them! And that made me soo happy! Hahahaha! Those were just cute! checked some clothes, too but I told myself it was too much to get more, I mean, I spent enough so I must control. lol!

After Central, I went to Amarin. I saw the ad that the shops were on brand name sale and it was so right. Lots of dresses at very, very good buys but none could fit me. Even size 1 is still big for my size hahaha! It  was the best excuse to stop extra purchase. Hahaha!

Then, I went to Tesco Lotus to get a new plastic drawer. I had my dinner at Fuji  first that is one of my fave Japanese restaurants and then did some groceries and yes, the plastic drawer. Finally, I got here in my room with my shopping bags on my left and the plastic drawer on the other hand at past ten in the evening, and yes, the day made me feel high . I  did use much energy and the day 'till evening made me smile more and here I am....still smiling writing this.  And by the way, I'm on the third floor and my building has no elevator! Hahaha!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Birthday SURPRISE at work!

( Written Sept. 25, 2010 )

It was a normal day today, a regular Saturday only we had to stay a bit longer for a meeting. We heard the agenda is of the new ECC certificates and the upcoming halloween celebration. We had fun with the usual chit-chatting with coworkers. Khun Nee also mentioned again of her missing my birthday and some other friends who weren't able to make it.

By the afternoon, I got a  pack from Khun Nee and the staff, they told me it was for my birthday. I thought it was cool of them giving me beauty stuff and I jokingly asked them " why would you want me to be beautiful when I already am". Hahaha!

Anyway, and so the time went on and we had the meeting. We discussed about the coming halloween and another new program as it'll be a big event for ECC. This time we have to go out, have a stage and do the presentations. I of course presented to have one of my classes for a production number, both for singing and dancing.

We were't finished yet when we heard a knock on the door. Then there came Glenn bringing the cake with candles lit and the rest greeted "Happy Birthday". At the back of my mind I asked "huh? Whose birthday is it?" And I couldn't believe it that the cake was heading to  my seat! I was like " what??? for me, do you mean, it's my birthday??". Hahahaha, they really got me there! 

I thought the beauty pack was it, and who would expect it was like five days after my birthday. I really didn't see it coming and it was definitely a suprise! Hahaha! I think that moment ended the meeting abruptly. We had the cake sliced and had fun. It was the same cake as I had last year, what a coincidence.  And the meeting? Guess we really didn't close it, it was just  a piece of cake?? Hahaha! Seriously, thanks to my ECC family, luv you all! :D

My BIRTHDAY at Waterside Resort Restaurant

(Written September 21, 2010)

I love dining and good ambiance is one of the things I'm attracted to, most especially on special days and ocassions. I've celebrated my birthdays in quite a few places in here but yes, with lesser invites. I did the same thing, checking the place on google and then ask recommendations and feedback, visit... and finally decide.

Waterside Resort Restaurant is an ideal place in what I picture what my birthday  this year should be. It's of private rooms and of course with karaoke. It is fun to sing and just experience music. Plus, the food is fine and I just so love the place, it's elegant and  fascinating.

I've invited some of my coworkers and some Filipino friends. Many of my coworkers finish work after 8:30p.m. so I expected that many would be delayed. Like it will be of two groups, the early birds and those that will come later.

It was so funny, since the map is a bit confusing my guests had a hard time going to the venue.  I  even got confused myself  how to get there as I just told the cab driver to send me to the place. The thing was, they too find it hard to locate! hahaha!

Anyway, I was glad many of my Filipino friends came and some of my coworkers. Some didn't make it but I appreciated of them letting me know that they couldn't  make it that night through SMS.  Made me say, I was right getting a smaller room anticipating the attendance.

That was also memorable having overseas calls for greetings from loved ones. It was a night I wanted to and it happened that way. It was all fun and if I had to choose to extend the time surely I would.  My birthday indeed was a happy birthday, at least for me. :)

Finally, I thank the Lord for the blessings, the gift of family, friends, work and yes, LIFE. :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


( Written Sept. 18. 2010)

Few days more and I'll have another year. I'm thankful. When I was young I had dreams on what should I be reaching this age and guess I didn't make it. I'm not sad either. As I grow older I'm grateful that I'm starting to appreciate more the beauty of life and that this living made me understand more the events that we encounter along the journey.

I can see myself as sailing into the ocean and the sail sometimes had a few storms and still I'm on the ocean only maybe seizing to sail on for now. This is the time when I can see lots of destinations I wish to venture however, there are some aspects that made me  rest for awhile considering the possible outcome of the sail and totally enjoying the moment in the calm and clear ocean. This means I'm enjoying the halt and that the sail has to stop for a moment to prepare for the challenges that may come once the boat  sails again.

And yes, I know what I want and that is to welcome the added year of my life with what I deserve.  I used to have great birthdays way back at home. It's a n event my parents and family made indeed a special day, but since I got here and had the freeewill to do wahtever I can, I opted to have a silent celebration thinking of work or will be working the next day.
But come on, this is my life and I have to give what I deserve. I've been working hard and this time guess Ineed a blast, and that to have a fun bday celebration.

I have been eyeing on this beautiful restaurant, the place is such an ideal one for me, been checking the website and it's food and I desire to have my birthday there. I asked some recommendations and glad many turned out positive. Yes, for now I'm happy ad checking the place myself and tasting some food is heavenly. This is for my birthday , I told myself. Now, I'm excited. :D

MY day

I should call yesterday A DAY. It was time for my beauty stuff and of course my massage. My massuese was busy so I decided to take another one and gosh  it got so painful when she did the massage. Both for thighs and near shoulders were really in pain and she told me I was prone for coma and the pain near shoulders determined something in the head. In a minute, I thought if it had something to do with insanity hahaha, anyway, I have this frequent headache perhaps that was it meant. :)

I felt better yeah, but for now I can still feel the  pain of the touch. I'm kinda abusive with my body lately in terms of movement. I tend to be lazy perhaps as I've been under the weather or my body is still adjusting to the no work days routine.

Been working all days of the week and so far I cope up with those days and here's vacation time leaving me free on weekdays. I still have lots of grades to work on but guess my room is no longer  a very good place to do work.  Been here for rest and relaxation have to make another adjustment to  change the mindset.

Today, I woke up early as usual but extended getting up until I felt hungry.  And didn't have the gusto to do anything else though I planned in the past what to do today. This can't go on, my day is a day of moving and working, I'm not comfortable to be idle at all...on a second note, maybe im just restless. And what's my day like, for now I can say...unexplainable. lolol!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Birthday 2010 at Waterside Resort Restaurant

Thanks to blogspot I can possibly edit the dates of posting despite it's kind of  a bit late. As of this time it's 2012 but I can get back to 2010 to talk about my birthday. That year 2010 was so busy with work I had to rush from time to time, unfortunately by mid 2011 to this point in time (Feb 2012) I have so much free time and bad luck that kill me to death. Thanks to the memories, I can always get back to them anytime.  This birthday was the best so far since I got here in Th. I got more invites and I had the time to celebrate it although admittedly I had to run from work to home then to the venue.

I've been living my life alone, I've managed it well as there's work that keeps me busy  and gives me enough finance to live life and share. Worries plus problems are just  pinches after all I can divert my focus to work. There are many questions in my head this time in 2010 but managed to make my birthday anyway. Thankful for the blessings, memories to cherish and times that were worth the moments.

Here are my birthday photos and video. :)