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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Notable day

Okay, finally I have the chance to write and something to write about. This is a special day as such remarkable things are worth the memory. It's not that there are no happenings in some other days, it is just that beautiful firsts have happened today.

Today is my first to spend time with my students. I declined invites before on meetings or any gatherings after classes. For time, work  reasons and some other to mention. However, I had the time today and it so happened there was  an event to celebrate, I thought it was worth to join and be part of it.

I was impressed how  gentle my students were during dinner. Of them putting the food on my plate was very surprising. It should be natural for someone special to do the thing for me but of these men  in the military is really remarkable.

The seafood restaurant is really far from my  place, in fact I got to the venue in two hours and I was really late. However, it was meaningful as much as it was my first time also to eat a strange seafood.  Many call it kinda weird Thai seafood and  frankly, we never have the kind in the Philippines despite the fact that my country is  surrounded with sea waters. This is actually called horseshoe crab, it's "Maeng da Talay" in Thai and the translation in English is "pimp sea/ocean".  It didn't taste bad, neither good  for me but at least I have tried it. I ate it with spicy mango salad as I was told and it was fine. It has a distinct strong taste and smell and I felt like eating lots of small eggs.  I have no problem with it though but I won't try eating any horseshoe crab next time. I don't know I can't get rid of the thought of it being a bit similar to the predator's face...hehehehe.

On the other hand, I find this strange plant also in the restaurant, it's bizarre I can't call this bonsai or the like, the leaves for sure aren't normal. 

See? Today is really an extraordinary day or you may call it a night hahaha. ;))

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