Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Glimpse of the Almighty, the Absolute

My friends, I'm utterly enjoying this state, this consciousness, right now. Wish it were forever. But what is a glimpse but simply that - a short view, a glance, a peek! Who knows how long it will last! That's why I'm capturing the moment, catching sight of the Almighty... the Absolute... the Almighty Absolute... the Absolute Almighty. 

... And sharing with you. 

Meanwhile, I've created a new blog as a continuation of this and you can go back and forth to these 2 blogs because they are both connected.


I love y'all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Post Script

Wow! I don't think I want to post anything else after these magical words by Rumi. It is the ultimate wisdom for me...

Don't get me wrong. When I say 'ultimate', I don't mean the end. On the contrary, it's a new beginning, a new chapter, in my life. And it's a beautiful, beautiful experience, I just want to remain in deep silence at the moment...

Friday, October 12, 2012

But Darn!!

Oakland A's lost!
http://www.ktbs.com/sports/Tigers-blank-A-s-in-deciding-game-on-Verlander-s-gem/-/144720/16959558/-/5kkv40z/-/index.html

Wouldn't it have been exciting if Oakland A's and SF Giants head on to the World Series this year?Another Bay Bridge Series?
Hold it, hold it, it's a long ways to the World Series for the Giants so what did we say earlier -
Calm down.

Yup, well, at least, there won't be another earthquake like 1989, right? And, oh, forget the Oakland A's. They beat us in '89! Well, now I'm glad they lost!

Oh, God, please let the Giants keep winning, one game at a time, yes, I'm calm, I'm calm!!

OMG, OMG!!

GIANTS WON! THE SF GIANTS WON!
http://sfist.com/2012/10/11/san_francisco_giants_win_the_nlds.php

Let's not get too excited now, ok. Let's take it one day at a time... one game at a time... one play at a time... Okay, okay.

OMG, OMG!!
Calm down... Calm down, okay... All right... Good.

OMG, OMG!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Girls Really Wanna Have Fun!

I'm catching up with the girls! I made it to Dodit's birthday lunch with Dulce, Zita and Jeanette who is visiting from MNL. I told you we'd make up any occasion, any excuse, to see one another!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Like Fall Now

It's been a while since I last visited my blog and here's changing my template again. It really depends on my moods at the moment. Last July, I had a summer look; now it's fall, so a change in color. But I've had this template before. Yes, it's a shade of brown which is one of the many colors of autumn, but it's not really autumn. It's more than that. The background is blank and plain until I write something. And with the birds flying, there is movement... It seems to symbolize a journey, mine, and my thoughts and notes along the way... it seems to moveFeels that way, anyway. I like it!

Welcome back, my friends.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I was in Like and Share moods today on FB - that's all I did! And out of the so many photos and inspiring words I shared, this is the one that struck a chord with me today -

Life is all about timing. When you are ready for a new adventure, you will find that it has been waiting for you all along.

AWESOME!

Friday, September 14, 2012

On the Other Hand

Perhaps, those dolphins just wanted to "sunbathe" for the moment! Or breathe fresh air outside the ocean! Then, maybe, they should have been left alone. Or were they plainly lost? How'd that happen? We, humans, generally don't know why some dolphins, like whales, land on beaches. The people who were there (story below) clearly meant well to help. Hope the dolphins understood our good intentions.

Here's an article that can help us understand dolphins and whales more -
http://factsanddetails.com/world.php?itemid=1238&catid=53&subcatid=342

Beautiful Interaction between Humans and Dolphins

http://elcomercio.pe/player/1384898

MARVELOUS!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

On Female Relationships

My high school classmates and I, ever since we re-discovered one another "eons" ago, or a very long time ago, rather, not a long time ago,... well, not really that long,... (excuses, excuses!!) for our Silver Jubilee, (Oh, gosh!... EONS ago!), have been meeting quite regularly, starting more or less quarterly, and now, more every other month, plus in between, like on occasions - birthdays, weddings, when a classmate comes for a visit from around the country or abroad, and on and on - any excuse we can think of just to get together! Unfortunately, I can't make it at all times and I'm really trying to make it at every gathering. I'm missing so much fun! Yes, like I missed last month's at Dulce's. 



Miss you, guys, I mean, girls! But I'm there in spirit!... Forget being there in spirit, I should be there with you, body and soul, every gathering - no excuse!


Talk about girlfriends, here's sharing a beautiful article that another dear friend and classmate, Jo, one of those dearest to my heart, sent me on e-mail -

Female Relationships

They Teach It at Stanford


In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support syste
ms that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.

Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged, not true.

In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo, let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.

Forward this to all your girlfriends and stay in touch!

Thanks to all the women in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy, and feeling connected.


Thanks, Jo, for the beautiful article and a beautiful friendship. 
Jo and I met each other again after high school, in L.A., (really, EONS ago!), before the rest of us did for our 25th High School Reunion! We both lived in L.A. but didn't know where each one was, (no computers, no cell phones, google, facebook, then!), only to find out later that we were neighbors, just a block or 2 away, can you imagine! Jo, remember?... You don't remember?? Uh-oh.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

This Craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I was on my way to Starbucks for a chocolate chip cookie which recently, I've been craving for, when I came across the neighborhood's newspaper with the headlines, Sweet!, and guess what it's all about - Chocolate Chip Cookies!!
With my recent bout with respiratory allergies, somehow, I loss my appetite. But now that I have recovered, hopefully, there's nothing I want more than chocolate chip cookies! I don't know why. It could have been any other sweets, but it's chocolate chip cookies I want! And sure enough, what could better draw my attention to the big story than the pictures of chocolate chip cookies!
chocolate chip cookies
(photo by photobucket)

I sure fed myself well today! Mmmm....

SWEET!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Postscript

I knew the London Olympics wasn't over yet! Who said I had the Olympics withdrawal syndrome? Look at the pictures below.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sixth Ring of the Olympics: Strange Coincidence

Friday night London saw an exhilarating sight. Residents and visitors alike were treated to a never-before-seen sight. A rising full moon as the sixth ring of the Olympic logo that hangs from Tower Bridge. A wonderful spectacle.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Withdrawal Syndrome?!

Who's playing next? What event is on? What time is... It's over?? The OLYMPICS is over??

OMG! Am I going through post Olympics depression?

What a great Summer Olympics that was in London! Oh, London! The royal town - class, rich in history, rich in culture, formidable, timeless, immortal!!

The Olympics is over? I've just said London is an immortal city!
London is, but the Olympics is over.

Wish I were there... still there!... This feeling is horrendous. I miss the Olympics...

HELP.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Talk About... GREAT!

Words of wisdom that are ever so inspiring, uplifting, motivating, from the OLYMPICS! From athletes, coaches, their families, friends -
Hard work. Persistence. Determination. Perseverance. Passion. Fire. 
Sure, we hear them all the time, but these are timeless values that uplift our winning spirit, inspire us to keep going, and motivate us to achieve our goals and fulfill our dreams! And during the Olympics, these words lift us up even higher!
"Be hungry."
"I know what I can do."
... and plenty more from athletes themselves!!

And from commercials, their ads go beyond their products -
LIVE BETTER... (by Mitsubishi)
Every step of the way... (Citi Bank)
Whatever you do... Make it matter. (HP)

And the greatest of them allfor me, is (Nike's) -
FIND YOUR GREATNESS.

Feeling low and "lost" these days, especially with my music, and to hear and see those words on TV at the OLYMPICS, at that, the world's greatest sports event, as I've previously said,"... electrifying, thunderous, ever so exciting, so inspiring, so motivating, it's glorious - everything I need these days!" - now I know what my goal is!


AWESOME!

Michael Phelps

Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all? 
"He's the most successful but not the greatest," a british newscaster said. 

"Is Michael Phelps comparable to Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods?" another question from the Olympic news.
Jordan and Woods are two of the world's Sports GREATS! If Phelps had stopped in Beijing, or if he had set his same old fire, passion, determination, discipline - his whole attitude, his whole being - in London from day 1 like he did in Beijing, I think he would have been one of them, win or lose. He's the most decorated, most successful, according to news. But is he the Olympic's GREAT? 

There's a difference between being great and being successful -
Greatness is a state of being, above and beyond anything else. Success is a status, a position relative to others. Greatness stands by itself. Success moves. Being successful means you achieve your goal, you win it all! Being great means, win or lose, you give it all you've got!

I've just heard on Access Hollywood featuring Access London 2012 someone announced, "Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all!" 

Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all?

Tell me what you think. Feel free.

Why All About Olympics??

It's the sports fanatic in me, you know! I'm in the OLYMPICS' mode right now. From the time I wake up in the morning to the wee hours of the next day's morning, my TV is on unless I'm out. I've eventually stopped looking at the clock after midnight. I must concede, though, that I usually watch and listen to the results on the news prior to watching the NBC Primetime Coverage at night, (Great job, NBC!) especially for some sports like swimming, gymnastics, 'cause they're a little bit too exciting for me to watch live or even pre-recorded! You think I would be able to watch the Women's Gymnastics without knowing they had won the GOLD? Hell, no! And the Women's Swimming, as well as Men's, although I wasn't happy with Michael Phelps earlier in his events! He just didn't have the fire he had in Beijing! He had his whole being - body, mind, soul and spirit - set for 8 golds in Beijing! His goal was clear-cut. In London, his goal seems to have been just to win the most medals in OLYMPIC history. That's  much less than Beijing's, clearly, a huge difference right there! Had he set his goal for GOLD for every game here in London, not just for most medals, meaning, any medal, (There you go, so far, he got a gold, a silver, and in one qualifying round, he was 4th! Damn!) perhaps, he would have had the same fire, same passion, same intensity as in Beijing! He could have set his standard as high as in Beijing. That's tough, of course, but he could have done it. That said, he seems to have his old passion and fire back in his remaining games. He said that this is "absolutely, positively," his last Olympics! Let's hope this will be a grand finish for Michael. He can do it. Good luck, Michael!... I already know who won!

...And Missy, too!


http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/swimming/highlights-missy-franklin-sets-wr-wins-gold-in-200m-back.html?CRE=OM1179&par=N5295.134426.GOOGLEDISPLAYNETWOR

...And How About That, Gabby!


http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/olympics-2012/london-olympics-2012-gymnastics-champion-gabby-douglas-overcomes-adversity-home-snag-gold-medals-article-1.1128493

http://www.zapon.com/en/gymnasticstruedream?gclid=CIrVgdzuzrECFeMSNAodJAsAtg

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

USA's "Fabulous Five" OLYMPIC GOLD!


What determination, persistence, and teamwork these girls had! Role models, indeed! What inspiration! Special mention to Jordyn Weiber who bounced back like a true fighter! What a success story! Proud of you! Proud of you all! CONGRATULATIONS!!

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/blog=olympic-talk/post/olympic-gold-was-their-destiny-after-all.html

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/2012/top-nbc-moment-team-usa-sees-their-score.html?chrcontext=top-nbc-moments

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Olympics' Top Stories

Ryan Lochte dethrones Michael Phelps?
http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/swimming/highlights-lochte-wins-gold-in-400-im-phelps-4th.html?chrcontext=golden-moments

Is Michael Phelps human after all?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/michael-phelps-proves-human-after-all/article4447123/

What made the difference between these 2 athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London OLYMPICS?
I heard that Phelps didn't even really start to prepare until about 9 months ago, is that true?? It's not all talent, man. It's attitude! Attitude gives you the fire, determination, the discipline to work hard and prepare. Winning starts with the preparation. There's no end without a beginning. It starts with you... inside you! Attitude, Man, Attitude!

See the math. It's all mathematics. Read my post down below. What a timely post, I should say!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

2012 LONDON OLYMPICS


The SUMMER OLYMPICS is back and you won't hear from me for a while. Watching the OLYMPICS on tv is like watching the NFL SUPER BOWL for Americans - you can't miss them! Neither can you miss the commercials. More so with the Olympic Games, that goes without saying! Yes, there are games that are long so you can take a break here and there, but the commercials are great. You don't want to miss them. True, they run repeatedly during these 2-week event, so you see them again and again, unlike the Super Bowl, which is a one-game event, football, that's it, and the commercials are a one-time, one-day event. But, the big difference is, the Super Bowl ads are mainly about the products, whereas the Olympics' go beyond their products. They tell stories of people, the athletes - their determination, desire, their dreams!

And, without comparison, no comparison at all, simply, the OLYMPICS is larger than life! It is electrifying, thunderous, ever so exciting, so inspiring, so motivating, it's glorious - everything I need these days!

Have to go!

Watch This... It' s Amazing!

The Beauty of Mathematics

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=h60r2HPsiuM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Indeed!

ONE EARTH, ONE CHANCE

Think Again...

ONE EARTH, ONE CHANCE

Ponder... Wonder... Yonder...

Thought for the Day

A tote bag I saw read -
ONE EARTH, ONE CHANCE

Look and read again...
Doesn't it hit you like... it should?

ONE EARTH, ONE CHANCE


Wow!......... WOW!!

Precious Gifts


  A birthday drink from Starbucks 









A spur of the moment walk to the Marina for fresh sea air, a good sit on the bench














And a good read of Your True Home, by Thich Nhat Hanh 







And a sauna and a schvitz at JCC to relax and restore

My personal birthday treat to myself for starters...