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

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hating the HEAT!

I'm not sure if it's just me but nowadays I think Bangkok is getting extremely hotter, no ,not warm, I mean really HOT and burning!  Yesterday I was off to work by nine in the morning but couldn't take the heatwave even by just taking a few steps from home for taxi and at night and past six in the evening still the heat was unbearable. It felt like a spank on the skin that  the pain stayed there.

I was early today for my 8.30 classes and I got a bit irritated in the same situation I had last night, I thought it was too early to feel the heat, it wasn't even eight and it was already very hot. It was kinda an agony going out fresh from the shower, well-groomed and by just minutes be soaked sweating.

Of course, I dislike the situation, it's quite annoying and it doesn't help lighten the mood. I think my temper gets so quick to rise  and I don't know it seems these days are of liking to get annoyed.

My classroom is air conditoned though it isn't really working well, I'm thankful at least it isn't  as inconvenient being outside. I didn't have the strength to face the sun rays by noon so I skipped lunch.  After classes, I starved to the maximum considering the energy I spent teaching.

This is what I find strange in Bangkok. Perhaps because we are far from the sea and we can't see any mountains around, I don't know. But in Cebu, regardless of the heat the wind is still cool and it's definitely humid. In there, it could be hot but never as uncomfortable as Bangkok. Worst, it's also a hassle to sleep at night, seems the AC can't get  through the heat that has been in the room at daytime. 

Anyway, I just hate the weather we  have and the hot spell in here. I have no idea for now when will this get better. Hate, hate, hate the heat!

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