Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Talk About... Filipino X'mas Tradition

I don't understand why people here stop greeting each other "MERRY CHRISTMAS" after Dec. 25. Yet Christmas lights and Christmas trees and all Christmas decorations are still up! Then they're gone before the New Year! Come New Year's Day, there's nothing?! It's dry, so dry it's dead!

Not among us, Christians in general, or Catholics for sure, and definitely not for us Filipinos! We greet one another, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!", "MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR!" extending till "MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY THREE KINGS!!!" from Xmas until the first Sunday following New Year's Day! No one knows how to have fun, how to celebrate more than Filipinos! Filipinos have the longest and merriest Christmas Season of all people in the world! As I've said before, Christmas in the Philippines start on the month that ends in ber, meaning September and ends in January. And we carry that tradition with us wherever we go, in America, Europe, everywhere! We're very proud of it!

Even now as I write this post, I'm still listening to Christmas CDs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

HOLY INNOCENTS (1st Century)

This memorial honors Bethlehem's newborn sons killed by King Herod when he found out about the birth of Jesus hoping he'd be able to eliminate any threat from a rival.

But 2000 years later it evolved into a light happy day the equivalent of Aprils Fools' Day, but never like some serious tactics that some people do on others on April Fools. This is more just a happy fun day to tease people, really innocent, nothing serious! We celebrate the day in keeping with the innocence of children! I guess this is more a Christian or maybe, just a Catholic celebration, or even just a Filipino Xmas tradition, I don't know.

Happy Innocents' Day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

... And Afterthought

Hopefully, I will have finished everything before I go. As Maharishi says, "There's time for everything in life."

Nevertheless, I don't want to carry any excess baggage onto my next life. I don't want any of this in this lifetime... any lifetime. Period.

There's a saying that goes, "Life is simple. Man complicates it."
The remedy - Live simply.

I'm trying to do just that!

Passing Thought

Looking at all the paper work I have to catch up on at home, all the things I've got to do and undo in my life, and on and on and on, thank God, when we leave this world, we don't have to carry them along into the next. We simply leave all material things, we leave everything behind, finished or unfinished. That's the end of it! It's much simpler that way! 

Great idea, God!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Inspiring... and Inspired!

Notes I got from friends on their Xmas cards -

BELIEVE!

"I shall prevail..."

Thanks, ladies, they keep me going...

Monday, December 20, 2010

On Eclipses

People are talking about this rare lunar eclipse tonight which will occur again in 82 years. Maharishi used to say, "Stay indoors, and be on the Self, during eclipses."

X'mas Party


We had our company's Xmas Party at Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf last night and it was a blast! Great to be with musicians and music lovers again! Always!

Post Script

Well, I finally decided to change to a completely new template designer. Here it is. Enjoy!

On Template

Trying all these yellow, yellow, yellow shades, I accidentally saved the white color from orange on the old classic template and yellow doesn't sit well with white. Might go back to black again which I wanted to do before anyway, but changed it to orange when the SF GIANTS won, remember! Now I lost that color too! Oh, well...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

AVE MARIA

Celine Dion is singing AVE MARIA at this very moment. Beautiful!

COOL FRESH AIR!

Aah, fresh air while doing tai chi outside!... Now a cup of hot chocolate inside with Christmas music on the background!

Care to join me?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dolci

Dolci joined us, Joel, Sarah, Norman & me, for dinner at a great Italian restaurant and she was cursing how slow it was coming to the city, "It's traffic with a capital F!"

I like Dolci. I met her several years ago through the famous bluegrass group, THE KRUEGER BROTHERS, and there's just something about her. She's a genuine person, very sincere, very funny, and she has that childlike innocence, so pure, in her! She's beautiful!

And one thing we do in common, we discovered, is we both do TM. Nice!

You sure live up to your name, Dolci! Luv ya...

Oops!!

We committed the sin last night!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Sin... &... Sinful"

And the words, sin and sinful, I heard a lot these days! I had a Christmas luncheon gig in a posh hotel in town the other day. The program director had to interrupt my piano playing several times because of speeches, toast, raffle tickets, etc. At the end of the party, he apologized for doing so and he said, "Your music was fantastic, I hated to interrupt. Doing it was like a sin."
I didn't really play well, believe me, I was tired from a sleepless night after work but I just liked his line, "... like a sin."
Then last night, at a classy Japanese restaurant, my brother-in-law who is in town visiting with his fiance said about dinner, "This is so good, it's a sin. This is sinful!"
Consequently, I asked Norman, "Is it sinful to eat a piece of the Swiss chocolate they brought us or shall we wait till Xmas?"
So far, we haven't committed the sin yet. Perhaps on Xmas Day when it's no longer a sin!

WARMTH

Lately, I've been seeing this word, warmth, everywhere, on billboards, buses, ads - Everywhere! Or feeling the sensation. On these cold chilly San Francisco nights, warmth, in any context, is most welcome.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, one of the  most significant Catholic doctrines about the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have a very deep connection with her from a past life especially related to this doctrine. I was so blessed! And always so blessed! I am not a religious fanatic. On the contrary, I stopped going to church for a long time before. Ironically, it was transcendental meditation (TM), which many people thought was another religion, that brought me back to my religion, back to my Catholic faith.

The reason why I am writing about the Blessed Mother right now, aside from her feast day today, is that I've been missing my Mom so much so that I've been praying to Mother Mary to heal her, keep her company in Manila, visit her often and take care of her while I still can't go home to take care of her. After a week or so when I called up my mother, out of the blue, she said over and over, 
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary."
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary."
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary." 
"I love Mama Mary."
Initially, I didn't know why she kept saying it until I felt an overwhelming sense of calmness in me, an assurance that, yes, my prayer was answered. Mother Mary has been visiting my mother, healing her and taking care of her in Manila. That's between her and me.

Thank you, Mother Mary. I love you. I'm so blessed and humbled...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Comment on - The Integrative Biology 131... Organization of Body

This is fascinating! One of the best presentations of Human Anatomy and Biology! It goes beyond... The title is perfect. I always like to find out the origin of things and beyond. I love discovering within, without, so above, so below, all over, 360 degress and beyond...

Talk about origins of things and beyond, you might also want to read Silence in Church... and 
In the Beginning (both July 2010)

Integrative Biology 131 - Lecture 01: Organization of Body

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mmmm...

Funny how it smells like homemade fresh-baked pandesal (bread) even now as I am writing about Elsa's pandesal! She brought me the bread, etc., this noon. Now it's night time and I put the rest in the freezer so it can last longer cause it's a lot, and I smell its freshness right now. So strong!

The sweet smell of the wonders of God!

Blessed are Those Who Serve

Elsa brought me a bowl of ginatan, a bag of fresh pandesal, and 2 packages of mung bean cake today. She's so sweet! That's Elsa. She was the nanny to my brother Mike's 4 children for over 10 years at least, from the time they were born until the family moved to the US. Then she followed them here after getting married to an American. Elsa is an angel! She's always there for the family. She's now living comfortably in style, living her piece of the American dream. Yet when she's with us, all she does is serve. She'd cook, bake, baby sit the new additions in the family, she'd simply do what she knows best, and that is, to serve!

Freda is the same way. She was one of our family's household help in Manila. Now here in the States and living a comfortable life with her own family, she still remembers us and treats us the way she did when she was with us, that of service! And she proudly mentioned it as her profession on Facebook where I discovered her, even mentioning the family's name. It was so touching, so humbling to read! Again like Elsa, when they're with the family, they only live to serve.

Remembering what Gandhi said, "Live simply that others may simply live", with people like Elsa and Freda, however, whenever they are with us, they simply live that I may learn to live simply.

Thank you, Elsa. Thank you, Freda. I am humbled. I love you both.

Friday, December 3, 2010

What A Day!

As soon as I came to work today, the first thing Anna Marie said was, "Mado called up and said today is your last day on diff count. You have to check out today!"

Check out what, when?? I haven't even started!... Jesus Christ!!

Initially - panic, man! But for some strange reason, slowly, calmness came over me and I did what I had to do. I don't know what I did, how I did it, but I did it! Of course, there's so much to learn, unlearn and re-learn but, really, it was like a crash course. What a day it had been!

Hmmm... Necessity is the mother of invention, indeed! Or is "Necessity the invention of mother?!" Whew!

Thank God for the CEU seminar I attended 2 weeks ago on exactly that! So timely!

And, of course, Anna Marie was there. She was there for me. She helped me tremendously.

She's my angel at work, one of those beautiful, heaven-sent people in my life!

Thanks, Anna Marie, you're very special! I always feel good when you're around. You're my lucky charm!

P.S.
I'm beat, yet too hyped-up to go to bed! Well, goodnight... or good morning??

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Related, Yet, Not Quite!

Saw these 2 quotes on the same day almost at the same time. Both are derived from the word, simple, they mean the same, yet the delivery makes the difference. Interesting!

Live simply that others may simply live. - Gandhi

SIMPLIFY OR DIE. - on a car sticker

P.S. I'll take the first one. Thanks.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Biblical Paraphrases

Translating the conversation between Jesus and Thomas, the Apostle, after Jesus rose from the dead -
“Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails … I will not believe.”
"SEEING IS BELIEVING." - Thomas 

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
"BELIEVING IS SEEING." - Jesus

Maharishi Says,

"Life expresses itself through love. The stream of life is a wave on the ocean of love, and life is expressed in the waves of love, and the ocean of love flows in the waves of life. What a comfort love brings to the heart."

(From: 'Love and God') - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Quote of the Day"

Success is not the key to happiness
Happiness is the key to success
If you are doing what you love
Then you will be successful.
                                           
                                               - BUDDHA

Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Script to 'Initial Shock!!'

On my post, My Secret to Living Well, (July 2010), I revealed, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man happy, healthy, wealthy and wise."

However, with my body clock turned around these days, so is my brain, my secret has clearly turned upside-down, too, "A wealthy wise man makes bed happy, healthy and early to rise."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

On Thanksgiving

For the first time yesterday, I heard X'mas songs playing continuously at KOIT. I've been hearing Xmas songs every now and then on radio and tv, but yesterday was just a little bit much! On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, at that?!

Here in America, X'mas season is overriding Thanksgiving! How sad! Thanksgiving is such an American culture and it's getting less and less attention especially here in the West Coast, I would suspect. With the conglomeration of many Asian people and cultures here, it is not surprising that the Christmas holiday is given more importance than Thanksgiving! First, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the Philippines (I can only speak for my country). We are big on Christmas! The holiday season there starts on the month that ends with '-ber'! So that means, September!! Yes, you'll start hearing X'mas songs and seeing decorations as early as that month there. And we've brought that culture along here in America!

However, I feel that we should honor Thanksgiving, the American tradition, here in this country! But, I guess, we can't help it. With holiday shopping, retail businesses want to start early.

I know one company which respects this American culture, though - NORDSTROM! I am very proud of this store. Nordstrom does not display any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving Day. That's great! That says a lot about the company!

Otherwise, what can we do?? If I remember right, we all used to celebrate Thanksgiving first, then Christmas. But in early 2000, when the economy really went down, retail businesses had to do something to survive, so they had to attract people to shop as early as they could, and that means,way before Thanksgiving. Really sad!

I wonder, is it also like that in midwest, where there are less Asians? I admit the migration of Asians to this country, Filipinos, for one, has influenced this tremendous change. Gosh, can't we all just pause and celebrate one day, one holiday, one season, at a time? Life's too short to rush, rush, rush and miss out on life itself.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!! 
HAVE A GOOD ONE!

I Miss My Mother!

I miss my Mother tremendously! I've just talked to her on the phone and I miss her so much...

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MANG, AND I MISS YOU!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THANKSGIVING!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!! WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! GOD BLESS!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!

Initial Shock!!

Annie was right! Besides the culture shock I went through with the company I am with now, (having been away for a long time from this kind of setup), my body clock, with the change in my time schedule, completely went out of sync! That's why the overwhelming stress at work! At first, I was fine, but weeks 2 and 3 were the most grueling, I thought I was gonna give up! (Me, give up?? Yup, I thought, Me, give up!!)

It's getting better, hopefully.

Easy does it, girl! Hinay-Hinay...

Inspiring... and Inspired!

On posters at the gym were ads for its arts and entertainment events this season -

CELEBRATE LIFE
See It Live

I thought it was one of those affirmations to motivate people to be health conscious and I liked it! I say it should be an ad for LIFE itself!

CELEBRATE LIFE EVERYDAY
See It Live

Monday, November 22, 2010

Here's Sharing

Saw this on web and thought I'd share -

The Miracle School :: Journey of Discovery

Waking Up at the Labyrinth...

Realizing where I saw the Labyrinth Garden, now I understand what the labyrinth is all about. It is a calling, my calling, one of those "AHA!" moments again! I did see the connection when I first saw the cornerstone but being tired after work, my mind was blurry. This morning, fresh and clear, it hit me, finally. It's not anything mystical, it's miraculous! One of those miracles that happen everyday that we miss sometimes 'cause we're always looking for big ones!

MARVELOUS!

See you at the Labyrinth!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Labyrinth"

This word has been ringing in my head over and over, almost like "haunting" me for almost 2 years now, and more loudly these past few months, I don't know why. The other night, I found a cornerstone called Labyrinth Garden. And last night, Denny Zeitlin played his composition, Labyrinth, at his concert on solo piano at PPCO.

What is the Labyrinth? Where is it? What is it about? Something mysterious or perhaps, magical, I hope? Hmmm... will I see you there? There's something there or beyond... I wonder what!

Thought for the Day

Saw this ad on a bus -
FIND YOUR MAGIC
where it all comes together - MACY'S

Nice! Let's not forget, though, that although the magic may certainly come together at Macy's (great ad!), the magic begins with you, me, with each one of us!

I must admit, however, that with a lot of stress in my life presently, it's difficult for me to find the magic inside me. That's why, when I saw the ad, I thought to post it here as a personal reminder.

So, to me, I say -
FIND YOUR MAGIC
within!

Maharishi Says,

"See the job, do the job, stay out of the misery."

"There is time for everything in life."

How timely to find both one after the other! So calming, so reassuring!... Thank you, Maharishi.

Jai Guru Dev.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Post Script to 'Thought for the Day'

Remember my post on Thought for the Day (November 11) just a few days back on Starbucks' - STORIES ARE GIFTS. SHARE. This is one of those beautiful stories I love to share, one of the most precious gifts I can give ! Here it is again -


Love you!

TM News

Transcendental Meditation Blog

Monday, November 15, 2010

What A Gorgeous Day!

Sunshine, no wind! Just pleasantly warm, through and through - love it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Hiromi Express

With the dexterity and velocity at which she can go on the piano, it has been the Hiromi Express tonight at Yoshi's! What a musical genius! A phenomenon! Playing solo on piano, she was unbelievable!

As a pianist, it has been a great, humbling experience for me. So much to learn! I'm so glad I went to see her or I would have missed a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Hiromi was truly inspiring...and I'm truly inspired!!

What a musical weekend this has been!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thought for the Day

On a Starbucks cup holder - STORIES ARE GIFTS. SHARE.

Through blogging, I share my stories. 

ENJOY.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Refresh

Deep deep rest after TM
A song or 2 beautifully played
I'm lit up and lightened
I'm ready to go to work!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Quote of the Day"

"If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours" - Thoreau

THE HIT MAN

When it comes to POP music, it's all about DAVID FOSTER! He doesn't need any introduction! He's simply called THE HIT MAN!

It is my dream to work with him. Hopefully, he'll produce me someday and more. I claim and believe. Amen.

Check out my music blog to see  and hear more of David Foster.

Funny Logos

You see those shuttle vans, station wagons with the companies' logos on them. CPMC has BEYOND MEDICINE. One time, I saw one with the door open and the logo read BEYOND ME.

Buying Frenzy!!

The whole world is buying SF GIANTS stuff! 

Yesterday at the mall, there was a longgggg line at the GIANTS Dugout Store. Wow, this city will be celebrating for a long time until next season, at least, or even longer. Good for the economy, now that SF GIANTS have become World Champs. Once a champ, always a champ! 

P.S.
I forgot about this store and the others. I thought they closed down due to the economy. Did they just reopen or were they always there? Who cares now! Torture is over! The GIANTS are World Champions! One. More. Time. - GO, GIANTS!!

SF Giants Parade

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lil' Stories

Last night at work, while waiting for papers to print out, I was reading the message on the printer, but instead of 'processing job', I read, 'processing joy'I like that! Processing joy instead of job. In reality, in truth, it's processing job into joy - love it!

Amazing how miracles happen, in the most ordinary ways, in the littlest things, in our everyday living! Marvelous how God talks to us, in the most unexpected ways, in our mundane world!


How great Thou art, Lord! Thank you.

POST SCRIPT to PANDEMONIUM!!

Just can't get enough of the GIANTS and the victory parade! The truth is, I'm a sports fanatic!! And I've always been very impressed with women sportscasters. One of my dreams early on was to be a newscaster, especially sports, an extension of my interest with journalism. Yes, beneath this calmness is high energy and excitability!!

But my husband says I'll never make a good newscaster 'cause I get names all mixed-up which can get me into trouble, like, country singer, Carrie Underwear. Also, Comforter, that lovely black hip-hop dancer, Comfort, from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. And how about the name of that Las Vegas act with white tigers, etc., - SIGFRIED & ROY? When one of the guys got bitten by a tiger, I told Norman the news re: "Sigmund & Freud"!

Well, that's okay! But as a musician, a pianist, at that, how can I forget a well-known brand of piano, Mason & Hamlin, and call it "Marvin & Hamlisch"?? And also, well-known local bass player, David Belove, and call him, "Dearly Beloved"?

"Stick to music," Norman says. But all these names, these newsmakers I talk about are all in the music/entertainment business. What's he talking about?

"Stick to your music," he says.

Oh, well...

Crowds overwhelm downtown San Francisco for SF Giants parade (watch live) - San Francisco SF | Examiner.com

Crowds overwhelm downtown San Francisco for SF Giants parade (watch live) - San Francisco SF | Examiner.com

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

PANDEMONIUM!!

The victory parade, I can only watch on TV, but I love it! You can see from beginning to end! Of course, nothing beats live! There's just something "sensual, sensuous and sensible" about it. It triggers all the senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell, unfiltered to every cell of the body, magnified a zillion times over. It's a-l-i-v-e! Even if the parade passes by so quickly from where you are, and you've waited hours to get up close and personal, it's the whole experience of being there that's phenomenal! It's unstoppable! The other side of the coin is, of course, after huge celebrations like that, parades, street fairs, festivals, and so on, it's sooooo draining physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, even financially. You're utterly open and vulnerable to everything around you, going extremes from high energy to total exhaustion! But, it's a happy tired! So who cares?!

On the other hand, on TV, internet, there's something between you and the live experience on the streets, etc. It's like a screen, as a matter of fact, it is a screen, but I say, somehow, it's like a shield, it protects you. Yes, we're not quite "experiencing" the experience, we're witnessing the experience live. Well, call it a virtual experience. Yes, although "filtered"on TV, on the internet, it's still real time so it's live! Who cares?! Everybody's happy! We're all celebrating!!

I'll be back! I'm posting this in between commercials.

I'm proud of these sportscasters, and a lot of them are women! God, sports used to be just for men. Now look at Lisa Kim, Jessica Aguirre and who is that woman, Laura, running back and forth, jumping from one cable car to another, competing with the guys, to interview the players, owners, the VIPS, all the stars, everybody!!

Commercial break...

Hey, where is Barry Bonds??

I'm back...

This is unreal! AWESOME!! AWESOME!! It doesn't end...somebody wake me up, please...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

OMG, OMG!

GIANTS WON! THE GIANTS WON! THE SF GIANTS WON!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I KNEW THEY WERE GONNA WIN THE WORLD SERIES SINCE A MONTH AGO BUT I DIDN'T WANNA SAY ANYTHING 'CAUSE I MIGHT JINX IT. NOW THAT THEY WON, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

I'M GOING TO THE PARADE, WHEN IS IT?

OH, GOD, THANK YOU!

FINALLY...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

ALL RIGHT, GIANTS!

Whew! What a game! I bought a GIANTS t-shirt this afternoon to be one with the team. I prefer the predominantly orange-colored than black but it was the last shirt at Walgreens so I took it. Was looking for one last night at the mall. Where are they when you need them?!

Yes! Just one more win, Giants! Do it in Texas! You don't have to come back home to win it here. So many things can happen. Finish it up there! We'll all be just as happy and wild here, we'll celebrate!

P.S. I'm beat! Shouldn't have watched the game after a well-deserved wonderful, super-relaxing massage at the spa this afternoon. I'm going to bed now!

"Quote of the Day"

There's a great quote in the Gita, (the Scripture of the Bhagavadgita).....

"Until a seeker of truth gets tired of his own way.....

knowledge never comes..."
His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Saturday, October 30, 2010

HALLOWEEN!

What am I doing wearing a dark pink top at a gig on Halloween when it's supposed to be black and orange today plus GIANTS are playing in Texas and, yup, their colors are black and orange too?? Where is my loyalty to the team? I'm celebrating the Giants now. I predict they'll win tonight and, perhaps, finish the world series tomorrow.

I think I'll change my template, too, to show support and solidarity.

P.S.
They lost but it's all right as long as they win this year's World Series, no excuses! GO, GIANTS!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

News of the Day

TRASH TEXAS - headline on The Examiner, re: 2010 World Series, of course!

Let's be a little more civil - DUMP 'EM!

NO EXPECTATIONS

The other day, as I entered the lab, I heard our manager say 2 words to someone that made my day, "NO EXPECTATIONS!" - I like it. I needed to hear that. A timely reminder!

Having no expectations is simply letting people, things and all, be who they are, what they are, accepting them as they are and allowing them to grow and find themSELVES! After all, whether people live up to our expectations or not, it really is not the person, but our perspective of the person, that either lives up to our expectations or not! The person doesn't change right there and then. The person will be who he/she is. Having no expectations creates space for everyone. It's truly letting go and that's good.

One time at a job interview, I was asked what my take was on slow learners. As a CLS, I don't think we'd ever make it if we were all slow learners. It's such a tough field to be in. Physicians depend on lab results to make their diagnosis on patients. There is no room for mistakes in the clinical lab. When I was in Ayurveda, holistic medicine, sometimes I would put down western medicine, claiming that patients die of causes other than what their doctors had previously diagnosed, and I would blame the doctors. But we clinical lab scientists have a great responsibility on physicians' decisions as to the diagnosis and treatments of their patients. There is only room for accuracy and speed in the clinical lab with no room for slow learners!

BUT, wait! Let's not be fast on passing judgement! There are slow and there are fast learners everywhere. There are those who learn faster than others, but it doesn't mean they are smarter.

Understanding Ayurveda, (vata, pitta, kapha), and applying it to everyone - some people are "audio", some are "visual" and others "feel", respectively - we are all a combination of each, with some aspects stronger than others. People who are audio are the fastest to learn, but they are also the fastest to forget. Why?? In lectures, training, and the like, as long as they hear, they can grasp and apply the knowledge right there. As soon as the lecture or training stops, their hearing stops, and they forget. They have to hear again and again, until they finally remember. It doesn't mean they're slow to learning. NO! On the contrary, they learn fast, but they also forget fast! It's their nature.

"Take down notes!" everybody says. But this doesn't work for all. Many people are visual, so the concept of taking down notes works for them. Writing is visual (pitta) and those who are visual can and will write down everything. But for me, for example, being vata, audio, I have to listen. Writing distracts me from what I am hearing at the moment. When the lecture finishes, then I can write down, (that's visual!), what I remember immediately after.

On the other hand, hearing and writing do not work well for hands-on people because they have to feel (kapha) everything. They have to "experience". There has to be human interaction, direct participation. Just plain listening and/or taking down notes don't work for them. That's why it seems like they are the slowest to learn. BUT, this doesn't mean they're dull or dumb! Being slow is simply their nature. Like a turtle or a snail, that's their nature. Hands-on people remember the longest!

If we look at all three, everything balances out. We just have to understand our nature, understand each other, and we can have a stress-free environment anywhere!

Back to the interview, I must have intimidated some of the lab staff. I didn't get the job. They hired someone with experience in their specialty field, I was told. (Sound familiar?!). Several months later, I was called back. I must have made sense after all, even without experience.

P.S. How do we know who are audio, visual and feeling people? More on that later. Meanwhile, you can visit my post on OBAMAMANIA, ONE YEAR AGO...(January 2010) It talks a lot from an Ayurvedic point of view.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

UNBLOGGED

I miss blogging, I really do! Been pretty busy at work. Hope I get over this soon.

Will be back...

P.S.
Might change the background color back to black. White is bright and cheery but sometimes, I use different colors and it just doesn't bring out the colors well. Black does it with more contrast. It's more dramatic. I like it. Will see.

Meanwhile, I've been reviewing my blog from the past and, somehow, I saw several posts unpublished, either because I edited them and forgot to publish after, or just plain forgot! There were also drafts, either a thought, an idea, or a title, which I just never got to writing or finishing about. There are still some drafts left, but many are published now. Feel free to visit. Thanks. See you there!

GO, GIANTS!

What a way to watch the SF GIANTS play and win the NL PENNANT last night at a friend's birthday party with all the guests screaming! Really a celebration! There were tense and intense moments there, I tell you! I'd go from the kitchen to the living room to watch the game. Initially, I felt the GIANTS were not doing well whenever I was at the living room, so I went back to the kitchen where most of the guests were, where food was. (Of course, people tend to gather more, or most?! - where food is!)
I thought it was just a coincidence being in the kitchen and GIANTS doing well, so I went back to the living room 'cause there were less people, hence, more subdued. But sure enough, the Phyllies would make a hit, walked, etc., so I  finally decided to go back to the kitchen and stay there till the end. Well, it worked, call it what you like!

GO, GIANTS, GO - ALL.THE.WAY!! AND WIN THE 2010 WORLD SERIES FOR SAN FRANCISCO... AND ME!! (I need some excitement in my life right now, been pretty hectic at work lately!)

Friday, October 22, 2010

And Talk About... Dreams

DREAM AND DREAM BIG!! YOU'LL NEVER KNOW WHERE IT CAN BRING YOU! THERE'S SO MUCH OUT THERE WAITING TO BE LIVED!!

What a Dream!

Last night, I dreamt I was googling this name, OPALONKA SLOWSKY (low pronounced like cow). Who, in the world, is that??

The rest of the dream was good! I was somewhere, don't know where, for a much needed R & R, and there were the white and blue skies and the white and blue ocean mirroring each other yet in between the skies and the waters was a stormy gray weather. How could that be, I thought. How could they mirror each other so perfectly when there was something so opposite them in between ?? Yet looking at the whole scenery, it was beautiful! Undisturbed by the heavy rains, it was blissful and I was in bliss! Then the dream moved on to my next travel, felt like Europe or, perhaps, Hawaii, not sure, green trees, grass and waterfalls and, all of a sudden, you know how dreams shift from one thing to the next, I was googling someone and before I knew it, the name came about, one letter at a time.

I know dreams are symbolic, many of them. But who, the hell, is Opa...(can't even spell it nor pronounce it)?? Oh, well...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cool Concert

Great concert! Great band! Really, the name of the show should have been SOCORRO & ACQUAINTANCES cause that was the first time we played together. Some of us met for the first time at the rehearsal/soundcheck that afternoon but everything went well. That's the beauty of jazz, it's so spontaneous and creative! Proud of it!

DON BOSCO

Friday, October 15, 2010

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Posted on the top of the side wall of a tall building in Oakland - Nice!

That's the way life should be - in love, health, wealth, success - ALL OF LIFE!

HAPPILY
EVER
AFTER

I like it! That's me, I deserve it!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Talk About... Blogging

Here's something bloggers and bloggers-to-be maybe interested in -
Mark Penn And Karen Hughes To Keynote BlogWorld Expo
Enjoy!

Fleet Week

It's been a while since I've heard and seen the Blue Angels soaring up in the skies at tremendous speed over the city! And I don't remember them having a show on Sundays. I thought they were only on Saturdays! God, has it been that long??

I remember when my love bird, Rainbow, used to be so scared when he heard those loud noises. Poor bird, he was lucky when I was at home cause I could hold him, but when I had to go to work at the time those jets were flying and tearing up the skies, God bless him, I was just happy to see him survive when I came home! 

Today was special. Day was great, clear, warm, sunny - perfect for the Blue Angels to fly and for people especially women to wear their summer outfits. There were those like they had waited long for a warm sunny day in San Francisco to be able to show off the summer style in fashion! Some of them really looked gorgeous in them!

Me, I'm just a jogging suit kind of a gal, casual, simple, I dress up on special occasions, that's it! What a blah life, huh! Oh, well...

Inspiring... and Inspired!

Yesterday at a gig, a woman, a grandmother, actually, came to me at the piano and said, "When you play, your heart is in your hands." - Wow, how sweet, so reassuring!

She kinda reminded me of my grandmother who used to tell me, "You will never grow old because you have music in your heart."

It's as if my own grandma came to visit me again "through" this woman yesterday, also a grandma, and saying that my heart is in my hands when I play the piano, like an extension of what she used to tell me - having music in my heart. Oh, how touching! How magical, how miraculous!

Thank you, Lola Ceria! OK, Lola. I love you and miss you. Thanks for the visit. Rest in peace.

P.S.
The word, OKAY or OK, is one of my Lola Ceria's legacies to us, her family and loved ones. Whenever she said the word on anything or to anyone she wanted good things to happen to, everything became magic. Things would really come out well. The family used to call her our living saint when she was alive. Now she's our family's saint looking after us from above!

Indeed, when Lola says, "OK!", it's OKAY! It means everything is all right, all fine! It is miraculous!

Thanks, again, Lola! We love you.

Today

Today is 10/10/10.

Wow!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

On Second Thought

Wonder if pm training is better. Oh, well, make the most of it! Honestly, I don't know yet how I feel about this new job. It's very stressful, to say the least.

Hang in there...

October

Month of the Rosary! And some of my favorite saints' feast days! - Happy Feast Days, Everyone! Love yall!

And tomorrow is my late brother, Jesse's, 9th anniversary! - Rest in peace, my dear brother. I love you.

... And Sweeter!!

And again today, there was a great article on hotjobs by monster - Starting a new job,.......Experts offer five tips on how to...........make a fresh start at a new job.

Just what I needed! I'm taken care of. No fear!

Thanks again.

Sweet Life!

Last night, coming home from Dodit's birthday party in Chinatown, I saw a billboard ad on a bus stop -  SHINE.

Just one of Nature's reminders!

I needed that, thanks!

Hang in There...

Keep going...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Archangels

Changing the calendars from September to October, I read on one of them that today, is the Feast day of all my Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. What sweet reminder, what sweet connection!  Thank you, Lord.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Inner Joy

"Inner joy" -

Coming from within when I got home from a tough night at work... A hint, a taste, a glimpse of what is in store, like a whisper, something told me, "... it's just the tip of the iceberg."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

HOW TO DECIDE WHO TO MARRY

Here's Sharing -


Here are some answers that can only come from children -

Subject: HOW TO DECIDE WHO TO MARRY


1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY? (written by kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

-No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

2.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

3.
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

4.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8

5.
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

6.
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
-When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8

7.
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

8.
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is
.......

9.
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10