Jairo Goes to Isla Reta

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Several days have gone by yet the smell of ‘Isla Reta Xmas Party’ is still in the air. The feeling was nostalgic for me since Isla Reta was and will always be the venue of the beloved IT4. Here are some pictures.

- jairosolutions go to isla reta -

- beautiful waters -

- on island hopping -
Even though its just a short time for our xmas party, we really did have fun. Especially those bullying and being bullied. xD And oh, I dubbed that event as "Jairo Goes to Isla Reta Part 1" 'coz I'm hoping we will be going back there. ^_^x
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Mindanao Blog Summit

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~Courtesy of CoffeeFlower~

1st Mindanao Blog Summit

Davao City will host the first ever Mindanao Bloggers Summit, and I luckily had the opportunity of registering for it. Its theme Spotlight Mindanao: Blogging for Culture, Identity, & Understanding, needless to say, aims to turn to a different avenue in promoting our sense of nationality, and open-mindedness, as well as provides a venue for Mindanao bloggers to connect with each other, and encourage every person’s own uniqueness.

This also gives the world an idea of the existence and interesting attributes, of this side of the Philippines.

These are Summit Details:

1st Mindanao Bloggers Summit

Spotlight Mindanao:
Blogging for Culture, Identity & Understanding
  • Date: 27 October 2007 (Saturday)
  • Time: 1:30 to 6:00 P.M.
  • Venue: 4th Floor, NCCC Mall, Ma-a, Davao City
  • Registration Fee: FREE! (However, participants will be required to post an entry on their blogs declaring that they intend to join the Summit. Instructions will be emailed to all registered bloggers very soon.)
  • Organized by The Usual Suspects

Sponsored by:

Councilor Peter LaviƱa
BisayaBloggers.com
Davao's Food Huntress
Lane Systems

Just visit Mindanao bloggers to know more of the summit, and other future events.

I will join the summit, and I suggest other Mindanao bloggers to join as well. See you guys there.

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English Please

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This blog i read from an american who lived here in philippines. By the way, his blog is so interesting and it kept me reading all their stuff till the wee hours of the night (or dawn). I am quoting this one from their blog.

Here's the url so that you can go check it out too...

http://www.liveinthephilippines.com/blog/

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Recently, with “AmericanLola” participating in the blog, there has been some talk about learning the local language wherever you are living in the Philippines. I can tell you, based on my experience, that only a small percentage of foreigners living here take the time to learn the local language. This is true especially of Americans.

I have a little joke that I keep handy when the situation is right:

Q: Do you know what they call somebody who can speak two languages?
A: Sure, it’s called “bilingual.”

Q: Do you know what they call somebody who can speak more than two languages?
A: Sure, it’s called “multilingual.”

Q: Do you know what they call somebody who can speak only one language?
A: Hmmm…. I can’t think of an answer.

The answer is - an American!

This is very true, and most Americans speak only English. Go to Europe, the average person there can speak 3 or 4 languages. Here in the Philippines people can speak multiple languages as well (let’s not get into the whole debate over what is a language and what is a dialect, nobody will ever win). Why do Americans find it so hard to learn another language?

A few years ago, a friend from the States was here visiting me. He was telling me that even in the short time that I have been gone (7+ years) the problem of illegal immigration from Mexico had gotten much worse than when I was there. He was very upset about how the Mexicans coming into the States didn’t even take the time to learn how to speak English. Now, that has been a stickler for Americans for years, it bothers us that people would come to our country, yet they don’t make any effort to learn to speak English so that they can blend in with the rest of the country.

I sat there listening to my friend, and suddenly it struck me. Can I speak fluent Tagalog or Cebuano? No. Hmm… I thought… “how many Americans who come here make an effort to learn Tagalog or the language in their local region?” The answer was clear to me - almost none do. Yet, most of us are upset about the fact that the Mexicans come to the States and do not make any effort to learn English. Seems hypocritical, don’t you think?

Well, the fact is that I can speak some Cebuano (that is the language of choice where I live - also regularly called Bisaya). I have gone to classes on two different occasions for a couple of months each. I can speak enough Cebuano to get by in public, but I am not fluent. I can understand maybe 70% of what I hear, at least in a general way. I intend to keep making a personal effort toward learning the language. When you go out in public, people appreciate it when you can speak even a few words of their language. They are clearly in joy when they see that!

Going back to AmericanLola, I have met her and her husband on several occasions, and I consider them to be friends, even good friends. When I have seen them converse in Cebuano, or talk with waiters or clerks in Cebuano, I have been so impressed (and jealous) by it! Now, here are two people who not only made the effort to learn enough to get by, they are as fluent as they could possibly be. Feyma has told me that when she speaks with AmericanLola the language is indistinguishable from a local speaker. Now, to me that is impressive.

How about you? Do you intend to learn the language when you get here? How do you feel about others coming into your country when they don’t make an effort to learn the language?

~ Quoted from an entry from http://www.liveinthephilippines.com/blog/ ~


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Random Thoughts

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It's been a while since my last post. Many things had happened to my life. A sudden change. A mature experience. A lovely thought. Those things touched my life in between pressure at home and at work. I hadn't give up on things. I know someday, things will run as smoothly as I have dreamed of.

For one thing, love touched my life. I know that at this age, I can be as reckless as a common eager teen-agers around. I have to think before acting. Think of others too. Check on their feelings and wants and needs from me. They may be expecting something from me as I may have been expecting something from them. I realized, life is a give and take. It's not always a win-win situation. You win some, you lose some. Yet each time we lose, we haven't really lost at all. Experience teaches us every now and then.

As of now, God has been great to me. He gives me blessings and gift. He showed me love and gave it to me. I don't want to lose these gifts. But of course, there comes trials and hardship that we had to surpass. Sickness, pressure, temptations and other common things that tries our very core strength. But despite all these, I know that God will never leave me. He will help me and my love ones surpass these. We just have to do our part.

Well, this is just for now. May God always bless me and my love ones. Amen.

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You Decide

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Sadness is self-inflicted. You need not to bother too much about every crappy occurrences around you. But then again, you tend to get yourself involved. Happiness is self-induced just the same. As they say, it's just a matter of perspective.

So while you still have the chance to shape your day's mood, choose: would you rather be sad or happy?

Life is good. Life is bad. It's just us who decides.

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Differences

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I should have known better. I have been keeping this up in my head over and over again. Yet mistakes tend to repeat themselves. Lines roll and play as if they have life.

"There is a fine line between saying "I love you" and "I like you". The former will never mean the same thing as the latter and so goes the latter to the former."

"The world is so unfair!" ~~~ "When did the world became fair?"

"I know things might lead me into pain but I am currently happy now... I want to savor every bit of happiness even if it is meant to be taken away from me in the future."

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Sayonara

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Now, its done. Words left unsaid are better left out the way it is. Just when it was on the verge of being complete, truth unfold and healed wound started to bleed. I'd rather stay but this time, I won't. Sealed are my lips, sealed it for it for forever.

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Seriously, Totoo, Tinuod?

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Hmm... Things become a little wilder as days passed by. Lol. After a long break (Holy Week) I have to go to work again and work means 8 hours of never ending, (expect breaks) butt-wrenching, eye-blobbing, and head-burning, muscle-stiffing, work. (lmao!). Yep, I do work now. T_T

I applied to BHIPRO (An outsourcing company just located here in Davao) as a web programmer/developer(i dunno. XD). Hmmm... as I stated from my previous entry, I get to work with familiar faces. Yet, I am still a stranger to that room. I oftentimes see faces staring blankly at me in glimpsing manner as if scrutinizing me from head to foot. Makes me think of them as human-scanners lmao..

And of course, after work, I don't get to do things I often do such as, playing, watching a couple of episodes from my movie stash, playing DOTA or something(sequel ta!?) or grab something to eat. The usual thing I do now which I has been labeled to me for not a long time ago but a long long time ago. And that is(Chedeng!) * (You got it right!) Ishleeping. Thinking the sooner the clock struck 9:00, the sooner I get to pack up my belongings, sign myself out out of the logbook and drag my whole body downstairs towards the other side of the road to wait for a ride, the sooner I got home, the sooner I hit the slack the BETTER! (wow, taas ba noon?).

Never realized that I have myself entrapped now into a box. Reality(Anton, hiramin ko muna ha?) has ensnared me into doing things over and over again now. A protocol or would I say a "stored procedure" is programmed into me. Reality did draw a thief towards me. I never realized it coming until it has finished its job. So I have finished mine for the day. And so as I ended my day into slumber, I kept on thinking what is in store for me the next day.

And tonight, as I try to sleep, I keep on thinking... if Pacquiao will win tomorrow or not, malaki-laki rin baya ang pusta ko sa kay Solis (Lmao!), or if I will be the next millionaire, the next senator, the next president of RP(gagawin kong DOTA capital of Asia ang RP) or... *pauses* just kidding. Hehehe... But what I kept on thinking is if there is a possibility, a slight chance, that I can break that chain of being ensnared to reality.
Counting years to months, counting months to weeks and weeks to days till I count days to hours to minutes up to the last seconds to milliseconds to too-oo Zzzzz.... (Until I fell asleep).

*Hahaha... salamat sa pagbabasa. Don't worry walang kabuluhan yan ^^. Ginawa ko yan habang inaantay na abutin ng antok. Ayan dumating na ang antok. Cge tulog na ako, hanggang sa muli.*

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My First Night Shift

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Morning has broken... hahaha.... XD Yep, sinikatan na tlga kami ng araw d2 sa office. ahahah... XD

I had my first night shift and it turned not really that bad than staying home bumming all day. Lolz. I have been doing this kind of having no sleep or sleeping late for the purpose of having fun(i.e. playing dota, or watching a movie) but not to stay and work for something I quite don't appreciate much(lol, I'm not saying I hate work. XD) Hmmm... There is not much to say about my first night shift. I just did stare at my comp solving my unsolved problem which is still my problem 3 days ago. XD

Arghh... I know my grammar sucks this time (lol, who said my grammar is good) cause I haven't got enough sleep. I'll just have to catch up for the loss beauty sleep later. Its still 3 hours to go before we can go home and hit our sacks. XD Wew, never thought this would be so hard. Gone are those days when we dream of having a job that is so relax and fun as if we are just playing. XD

Well, I sound so much like a grown up so I just have to end it here. I don't want to grow up fast but time can not be stopped nor growing up. XD This is the end. XD

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For IT4... I'll Surely Miss

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The Graduation Song
Vitamin C
And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
Where we're gonna be when we turn 25
I keep thinking times will never change
Keep on thinking things will always be the same
But when we leave this year we won't be coming back
No more hanging out cause we're on a different track
And if you got something that you need to say
You better say it right now cause you don't have another day
Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
These memories are playing like a film without sound
And I keep thinking of the night in June
I Didn't know much of love, but it came too soon
And There was me and you, and then it got real blue
Stay at home talkin' on the telephone and
We would get so excited, we'd get so scared
Laughing at our selves thinking life's not fair
And this is how it feels

Chorus:
As we go on, we remember
All the times we had together
And as our lives change, from whatever
We will still be, friends forever

So if we get the big jobs and we make the big money
When we look back now, will that joke still be funny?
Will we still remember everything we learned in school?
Still be trying to break every single rule
Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?
Can Heather find a job that won't interfere with her tan?
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly
And this is how it feels

*Repeat chorus*

La, la, la, la; yeah, yeah, yeah
La, la, la, la, we will still be friends forever

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow?
I guess I thought that this would never end
And suddenly it's like we're women and men
Will the past be a shadow that will follow us round?
Will these memories fade when I leave this town
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly


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Bitter-Sweet G-Day (Miss you IT4)

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“…Graduation… A bitter-sweet moment of our life.”

- Leslie Nimfras -

Valedictorian – Batch 2007 AdDU

It’s really well said. Graduation is indeed a joyous moment of a student’s life. It is the achievement of a long awaited and craved goal. It is the fruit of all the hard works and purposeful sweat we have shared and contribute to make a successful impact in our academic life. It is the transition from one phase to another. This is a huge stepping stone that can only occur once in our life. It is from which we will be leaving our training grounds and facing real battles with real people in a real world. Joyous as it is, it also brings bitterness in our hearts. People we get along in our academic stage in life will now be facing each of their own callings and battles. They will pave the path that they have chosen hoping that someday, old friends and acquaintances, to whom they have shared both their achievements and failures, joys and sufferings, meet again in the crossroads of life.

This is really our graduation day, IT4. I have never been so much happy that I have made this far with you guys. But along with my happiness, sadness and longing arises. Impossible things blew in my mind. Will every one of us still be close as we are when we are still in our college days? Will each of us still remember the faces that made us smile and cry, share our joys and tears, our heartaches and heartbeats? I now believe them; people have their own life to walk. They have the chosen course to travel. The blue prints of their career await them. Even though we travel the same road in a moment of our lives, time will come that we have to take different routes and find our success.

IT4, I will never forget you all. I wish each and every one of you the best in life and the success to whatever course you have chosen. I always knew that someday, we will meet again. This is not a goodbye, for goodbyes are only meant to those that we won’t be seeing again. We will see each other again. Maybe 10 years from now, or perhaps 20, you can see me having my son or even an apo, who knows. I just hate goodbyes. But I for us, IT4, this is not yet a goodbye. I will be missing you, each and every person who made up the IT4. Until our paths cross, yours and mine.

“Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!”


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Unlucky Me?

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"But there's no point in looking back and saying I was unlucky."
-Jamie Redknapp-

Tonight is a very weird night. There is no thesis. Just a plain academic life. No worries about deadlines. Just a few assignments and reviews for quizzes the next day. A couple of hours to spend over a movie before retiring to bed and sleep peacefully. This is just one of the rare days I get to have. If only there can be more days like this, I would be very comfortable and have a very pleasant environment. Not too much worries. If only.

Yet, things are not what you want them to be. Tomorrow is the day that my adviser will give me the verdict. The final judgment. As if I am a convict waiting for the jury's verdict. I feel the worries gnawing me up to the very bit of molecules or atoms that made up my bones.

35 days to go. The line that stuck in my head after hearing it two days ago from a close friend. 35 days to go and it would all be over. But I asked myself how can I think of the 35th day when in fact, I haven't finished my thesis and considering it got a high probability of being dumped, making us start up from the very bottom.

Yes, I considered myself unlucky from the very start of the schoolyear. I never thought this would be this worse or worst. I tried to start my year with a good attitude promising myself that the last schoolyear would be the last time. Hell, and just when I have a good start when things turn against me.

Now, I don't believe anymore in luck. I do believe now that people make their own destiny. Fate got a little percentage of the whole existence of how human reacts in situations and how he brought himself to a particular situation. Its more on how people how people do it. They are the ones who runs their life, not fate nor luck.

Unlucky is me. Is all I can say. yes sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you fall into those category of the unlucky ones. I might be in the latter this time around. But I do wish that before the 35 days run out from me, I have to end up to the former category.

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I Just Hate That Kind of Movies

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[Warning : Movie Critique]

That movie sucks big time. Not literally, but it sucks because i hate the ending. I hate those kind of endings. How would you like to watch a girl dying in the arms of the man he loves as the first snow falls. How can you not hate a situation such as like the man has learned to love the woman whose life is numbered. How can you hate her saying, "I don't want you to be hurt because of me that's why I pushing you away from my life." or something like, "I want to be with you not for the sake of my happiness but because of your happiness. I will be with you until the first snow falls." Its friggin' frustrating. It just makes me soften up my cold, hardened heart.

"A Millionaire's First Love", a movie so good that it made a tear fall in my eye. XD

After watching it, I can't stop myself from listening to slow, blue songs especially those themes relating to the movie. I just don't want to wash away that feeling soon. I want the linger of those emotions that caught me because of that movie. I give that movie a thumbs-up. Not exactly in the same level as "Windstruck" or "My Sassy Girl" but almost obtaining that very same level.

Eaun-Whan!!! XD


Love Isn't

Same Same
Do you ever wake up in the morning alone?
And do you ever wish that there was some way you could stay at home?
With somebody who love you and needs you
With somebody who helps to complete you

But I’ve made mistakes and I know for sure
I won’t forget to remember

Love isn’t
Always as you see it
Love isn’t
Always as you dream it should be
Love isn’t
Always gonna find you
But this is love
Cause you’re all I’m thinking of

I wanna tell you that I’m sorry I didn’t mean that
I wanna say I love you but will I hear those words come back
From somebody who loves me and needs me
From somebody who helps to complete me

But there’s one concern that I must consider
Before I start to paint my picture to refr...

I’m gonna take my chances
I’m gonna lay my heart out on the line (on the line this time)
I’m gonna love you endlessly
But I’ll keep this in the back of my mind

back to refr.

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