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Daybreak’s Reflection

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This is how the daybreak’s reflection on the window glass looks like on the day of my cousin’s wedding, years ago on Nov. 11, 2011 (11 – 11 – 11). There will never be a daybreak like this again as there will never be a day like 11-11-11.

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Cheating 101

The Daily Prompt: Cheat

 The exam is about to start in five minutes. Everyone is in a hurry opening their books for the last time, as if sipping all the words through a straw inside a glass making sure not a drop is left inside was left.

Now it’s down to less than thirty seconds. Then in just a blink of an eye, the clock is ticking for the last ten seconds. Eyes are growing bigger like the lens of a DSLR camera focusing on the right subject to capture. And… time’s up! The battle begins.

I bet you’re all familiar with this. Gone are the good old days of high school and college for me and my same-age buddies (unless you’re now taking up graduate studies right now).

Exams sometimes are really hard to ace. It could be toxic at times too. For that reason, we are forced to do the impossible, creative and (take note) the bad ways to pass it. When I say BAD WAYS, I mean to say, “Cheating during Exams”. It’s also during the examination days that you would often hear, “Sharing is Loving”. Surprisingly, it improved our creative thinking (I don’t know about you but it did for me).

There are popular ones during my days. Here are my Top 5:

(Disclaimer: Kids, don’t try this in school. Or if you’re in distant learning, don’t try this at home.)

1. The small sheet of paper. The ability to make a small piece of paper invisible to your teacher but visible enough for you to read the words on it.

2. Sit beside the smart ones. If your smart seatmate is generous enough to lend a helping hand, no need to worry! You’re in good hands. But if not, I think stretching your neck a little higher won’t cause a stiff neck afterwards.

3. Sign Language. Scratching your head means ‘A’. Touching your knee means ‘B’. Looking out the window means ‘C’ and picking your nose means ‘D’.

4. Pass the message relay. Now this requires teamwork and a little aid of physics. Make sure the ball is thrown on a precise angle with the right amount of speed and strength. Then, the receiver should be really proactive to pick it up as fast as he could. Just imagine playing,  ‘Minute to Win It’.

5. The recording artist. What you need: headphones, mp3 player and long hair. But you need to be prompt. Record your readings before the exam.

I have done each of this once but I promised my self: NEVER AGAIN. Why? Because God is watching us. Reminiscing those things sure still makes me laugh because of the adrenaline rush I felt back then. However, every time I do one of those before, my conscience keeps on knocking in my heart afterwards.

So just to clarify, sharing these is not for you to try any of these. Besides, the most effective way to PASS is still to study well and make your mama proud!

Read well. Study well. Don’t cheat.

 

 

 

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[Can’t Think of a Title]

Guy: (Observing the miniatures on the living room) Hey, you got some cute things here. Where’d you get it?

Old Man: I made it.

Guy: Cool! Why not make bigger ones?

Old man: I like being very detailed. Besides, it challenges me.

Guy: But you know, it’s kinda hard for the eyes.

Old man: Well, yeah. Maybe. But try to look at it using this. (Hands a magnifying glass to the guy )

Guy: (using the magnifying glasses to look closer) WOW! It’s not cute it’s great! How’d you do this?

Old man: I used passion and patience to make each one of those.You see,things that is much smaller than normal teach you important things.

Guy: Well, that’s deep. Like what?

Old man: That some things don’t need to be that great to be appreciated and it takes a closer look to appreciate them even more.

 

 

 

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An Open Letter to My Dear 16-year old Self

Dear 16-year old Self,

Hi! You might not know me but  I know you well. Let me introduce my self. I am YOU. You always imagine me before sleeping, when your teacher is boring and when you day dream at midday. You always picture me wearing a black jacket, walking high on those black pumps and finally wearing the most luscious red lipstick that seems only celebrities could wear.

I hate to break it up to you but… all that you have imagined me to be, turned out the other way around. I can’t walk on those high heels, I regularly wear shirts and I don’t even where any lip gloss.

Now that I’m already 23, I always think about you. Do you know why? Not that I’m blaming you but I just want to ask you a lot of “What ifs” and express my”Maybes”.

What if you were not too naive before, what could you have been now? Maybe, you’re not so gullible. Or, maybe you’re not so easy to influence. Maybe, you had the power to stand for what you really wanted.

What if you were not so scared of Math, would you have the courage to pursue engineering? Maybe if you weren’t, you’re now a licensed engineer, building houses, bridges and commercial buildings like what you always wanted to do.

What if you were bold enough? Maybe, your parents now will understand that you have a mind of your own. You’re the captain of your ship and not them.

I have a long list actually. I’m sorry to disappoint you. For what have all happened, I cannot blame you. True, I look at you for all my “What Ifs” and “Maybes” but you are my inspiration. Every time I think of you, I always remind myself not to quit. You are such a dreamer. A really GOOD dreamer. At the age of sixteen, the best that you can do was to dream and plan the blueprint for  me. As the saying goes, “Dreams don’t work unless you do”, it’s now my job to be the DOER. You’ve done your part. It’s my time.

We’re already a bit late but not yet too late. What can I say, we’re a late bloomer. I promise you, we’ll get there. I’ll follow your blueprint. I might not be certain of the time when to complete it but WE’LL get there. NO MORE WHAT IFs and MAYBEs. We’ll make it happen.

 

Your Loving Self,

23-year old You

 

 

 

Prompt:Maybe

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Praise GOD

Praise

I remember Antoine de Saint Exupery in his book,”The Little Prince” when he said that people loves numbers. This, I think, is somehow agreeable. So, let’s put it in numbers.

A year is measured in 12 months or 52  weeks or 365 in days or 8,760 hours or 525, 600  minutes or 31 536 000 seconds.

Now, let’s count our blessings (well, the basic ones) : shelter, food, education, good weather, our breathe, clothes, fare for transportation, health, friends, family, day, night, bed, loved ones, air, water and the never ending list.

Now let’s count how many times, may it be in hours, minutes, weeks or days, God asks us to go to his sacred place called House of Worship…

….

Can’t remember? Does it really take that much time for us to give an hour or two in a week for Him?

Why not take some time to praise and glorify his name? While you keep on asking things from him, why not give him what he asks first. Prayers make a lot of miracles. Praise and Glorify His Name.

Find some time for Him: God’s Words

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Odd VS Perfection

Ey, dude! Look what I found on the internet. Perfection vs Odd, right?

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Ugh. You’re right, Dude…. thick-faced ladies for Dove. Posing on that body? Real body? C’mon!

Ahh… so you don’t like how those ladies look?

Yeah, man. What’s to like?

Dude, I think you should probably see an eye doctor. The doctor might help you see clearly which of these is perfection.

 

( SALUTE TO DOVE LADIES!)

 

 

 

The Daily Prompt: Perfection

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Tuna City

 

Oh, how I love my city!

Located near by the sea

 

Where most people earn their living

TUNA is the mark of our city.

 

 

Thank God for the fresh tuna

We get from our abundant sea

The main reason why

This is the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”

 

So If you happen to drop by in our city,

Different tuna dishes is a must-try

Other seafood dishes too,

Will surely make your tummy happy.

 

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