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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Sabak


I know I know, I've promised to write about the past few "sabak" with the BMIM-er kada (naks), but schedule has been really crazy. So, for now, I'm re-posting this from JH Alms' blog.

BMIM has been running around the metro for months with their endeavor to touch and inspire less fortunate kids running around in the streets. From their main activity of providing shirts sponsored by different bloggers, to additional acitivites such us story telling from our soon to be teacher friends, to feeding, giving out school supplies etc., BMIM has grown to be a continuous activity with blogger friends all helping out for the kids.

So, in this yuletide season, let's all support this Christmas sabak for the kids (details on the poster pic c/o abbie zoom zoom zip zip hehe).

 Sabi ko nga, sa mga nag rarant na malamig ang kanilang pasko, romance is so overated, it's not hte only one that makes Christmas meaningful, that's for Valentines. Kaya, let's all share our blessings and warm each other's (and the kid's) hearts by sharing our blessings.

go BMIM! cheers!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Para kay Master Mater


Andami kong natutunan sayo. 
Sa dami din ng gusto kong sabihin sayo, i-courier ko nalang, kindi kaya ng scan :D
Sabi mo nga, "There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will." 




Happy birthday bespren!

Ikaw padin ang nag-iisang mater ng buhay ko lol.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thursday gimik: TUGTOGSILOG (JAM for a CAUSE)

(copied from madz)


Everyone is invited to be a part of this benefit concert for the Malaya Kids Ministries in Baseco Tondo. For a door fee of P100 PLUS any kind of canned goods, you can enjoy the night with alternative music from some of our local bands and also share your love with the kids this coming Christmas.

Share a bread for the soul.  Watch Tugtogsilog this coming Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 8pm in Autonomy Bar and Resto Mandaluyong. 

See you there!
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My friends would always ask me, "is it sustainable?" I don't blame their skepticism, it is indeed more meaningful if your ‘help’ goes a long way and gives out a certain “permanence” rather than a short-lived comfort.

The people behind the Malaya Kids Ministries have been with the kids of Baseco for quite some time now, and like any other endeavor, it becomes sustainable because there are certain people who would support the cause.

I’ve seen the difference with how these kids interact with their elders. They had discipline taught by the volunteers. They sing praises to God and pray their thanks for each meal blessed to them. MKM has other projects lined up, like a library that is almost ready but needs to be filled with books and other materials for the kids amongst others.

But it’s not just the sustainability of a “structure” or a building. They have molded those kids’ characters to become good citizens as they grow old. Sustainable? Yes. But they would need your  help.

So yes, friends, tara! let’s SUPPORT AND PARTY!



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Para sa nag-iisang Bioman

Para sa nag-iisang Bioman (aka reyna ng tondo)

bata man,
upang tanggapin ka man,
o mga bioman,
bida sa barilan,
bang, bang,
at sa eroplano ay sumakay.
ako'y kawal ni Jesus.
Yes sir! Yes sir!



Happy Birthday Mutya! :P



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Have you ever #3


... screamed/ sang/ spoke in front of the electric fan just to hear your voice get all "chopped up" by the fan's blades. :)

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Thank's to pabs (FB page) for sharing. Just waiting for my 5am flight. Akala ko hindi nako toxic maling mali pala lol.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Patalastas

Update lang po.

Halos naka autopost po ung mga entries ko ngayon sa blog. wala talgang oras.

Naka tatlo na pala akong BMIM wala pa ako naisusulat tungkol dito. haha pasensya na po. pramis meron nako post by next week.

Ung last na BMIM (ika-apat), gusto ko lang po pala ding magpasalamat sa mga nagdonate ng school supplies. Alam nyo na kung sino kayo. May mga sunod pang BMIM so ung mga gusto pang magbigay, wag kayo mahiya :P

Salamat din sa mga bumubuo ng BMIM, nakaka apat na kayong sabak. kudos sa inyong lahat. Sana maisama nyo pa ulit ako sa mga susunod na sabak.

Sa mga kaibigan ko, by second week of September, pwede nyo na po ako istorbohin, pasensya kng hindi ako nakakareply sa mga messages, comments, texts etc. Or kung maka reply soooobrang tagal. :P

o sha sha. TGIF!

Till next week!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Giving up


What happened to you?’ Clyde’s frown said without any word uttered, but since we’ve been best buds since high school, I kinda knew the word each crease on his forehead would tell.

Life happened to me,’ my crooked smile was silently trying to tell him.

Letting out a deep sigh he moved a step closer and pulled me into an embrace.

“It’s ok to give up, y’know,” he finally said out loud.

I’ve never told him anything. I’ve never even kept him in the loop. I would only see him when I get to drop by his church or visit his son. I even forgot his place is a sure flood zone, storm or no storm, thus I wasn’t able to ask how he and his family were during the flood.

But he has seen me fight all my life. For survival. For food. For fare. For scholarships. For Student assistant posts. For domestic problems. And he saw me succeed one way or another in each of those fights.

But never have I foreseen that I will soon give up on a lot of stuff all at the same time.

I’ve given up on a project that has given me hell, handover starts September. I’ve given up on gym and will try other means to stay fit, thus my enrollment in muay thai. I’m giving up on social networks, I realized I’m not cut out for a showbiz lifestyle (lol). I'm giving up on no-rice-diet (that's just not possible with KFC's HnC) I’m giving up on trying to please people. I'm giving up on my dream to get taller (say no to bradford shoes lol).

I guess it’s not really about starting over. It’s more of merely going back to basics. To what is already there. Purging of the unnecessary. To see that what's left are just the important ones.

Except for Clyde, all of my highschool and colleges tropa have migrated elsewhere. I asked my dad, “can I go drinking with my muay thai classmates?” My dad in all his wisdom glanced at my tattoo clad classmates (no offfense meant to tattoo-ed people) and jokingly whispered, “ober my ded badi (Over my dead body). Bumili ka muna ng St. Peter’s plan.”

“Kung gusto ng kainuman, andito namn ako,” my dad quipped, not wanting to sound like an overprotective pops. I am after all too old for curfews.

He looked at me and smiled. ‘Everyone may have given up on you, but not me,’ his smile seemed to say.

“Tara, ice cream nalang tayo.” And pointed him to a nearby mini stop as we walk away towards my car and towards home.

As such that there are things worth fighting for, there are also things worth giving up.



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Hal: You're so pathetic! No matter what side you're on, you're always the loser!

Megamind: There's a benefit to losing: You get to learn from your mistakes.







Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Villain


And the villain said, “I’m tired of entertaining y’all super heroes. I’m done getting blamed for everything.”

“I’m going back to being a netizen, find your own punching bag.”

And the villain let out his signature evil laughter, “bwa ha ha ha ha.”

But this time, the villain meant every “ha.”

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Titan: This town isn't big enough for two supervillains!
Megamind: Oh, you're a villain all right, just not a SUPER one!
Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?
Megamind: Presentation!

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Megamind: I'm so tired of running rampant through the streets, without you there to stop me. What's the point of being bad when there's no good to try and stop you? I had so many evil plans in the works - the illiteracy beam, typhoon cheese, robo-sheep... Battles we will now never have. So it's good to have this time now... You know, before I destroy the whole place.
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Hal: You're so pathetic! No matter what side you're on, you're always the loser!
Megamind: There's a benefit to losing: You get to learn from your mistakes.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

OTS Stickies 06

Toilet Thought's One thought Sh*t stickies #6



MRT Sengkang Station, Singapore
(Oha! International na stickies!)



“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky



Suggested good read:  My top 9 travel tips by Paulo Coelho

"9. A journey is an adventure"


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Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here with friends in Manila and other parts of the world - restrooms, malls, bus stations, random places. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

OTS Stickies 05

Toilet Thought's One Thought Sh*T stickies #4



Cork board, somewhere in the Philippines

Thank you Madz for the sticky note! Indeed, the longest journey begins with a single step. One step at a time  then you'll find yourself slowly reaching your goal, getting to your destination. One step at a time. :D

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Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here in Manila restrooms/ random places. The blogger is doing it in Singapore. *peace ya'll!*


Thursday, August 16, 2012

A day in my life

Some of you have asked me what I do exactly. It's kinda hard to explain, but here's a quick clip of what transpires in my work. LOL


Note: I'm just glad my study doctors don't give me such a hard time. I'm more afraid of the study coordinators haha. But still work load during this month feels like (being submerged in) flood (when a dam gets opened). Thus... More stickies for next week! No more long write ups for this month :P

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

OTS stickies 04

Toilet Thought's One Thought Sh*T stickies #4



The Enterprise Center, random toilet/ comfort room,
Ayala, Makati City



Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here in Manila restrooms/ random places. The blogger is doing it in Singapore. *peace ya'll!*

Monday, August 13, 2012

OTS Stickies 03

Toilet Thought's One Thought Sh*T stickies #03



Office Cubicle, somewhere in the world

Was feeling under the weather last week because of work, until someone shared this sticky note to me. Thank you! *Lightbulb!* Thus if any of you would want to share your own stickies, feel free to send it to me via email at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. Don't forget to mention the location of your sticky note.
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Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here in Manila restrooms/ random places. The blogger is doing it in Singapore. *peace ya'll!*


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Let the Hugger Games Begin!

LOL. Just an addendum to the Hugger post. Can't remember if any of my friends have personal space/ touch issues.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

OTS Stickies 02

Toilet Thought's One Thought Sh*T stickies #2



Cardinal Santos Medical Center
Random Corridor
 
Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here in Manila restrooms/ random places. The blogger is doing it in Singapore. *peace ya'll!*

Monday, August 6, 2012

Talking it out

(image from here)

There's a certain balance achieved with a particular distribution of silence (listening), talking (discussing) and movement (touching). Like a certain distribution of numerics to each compound or molecule to balance out a chemical equation.



Like when a friend silently and patiently listens to your woes, then gives an encouragement, or a scolding, or even a neutral comment, then gives out a smile, a pat on the back, or a hug.

It is when you are able to vomit out your woes through a steady stream of words, that the flood of sadness ebbs down and suddenly you just feel lighter. It is when your sadness is shared with someoene and somehow transformed to something more bearable.

After all, a shared sorrow becomes half a sorrow; a shared happiness becomes doubled happiness.


To kups, thank you for listening.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

OTS stickies 01

Toilet Thought's One Thought Sh*T stickies #1

 

Finally, the sun is up.

 
St. Paul's Hospital, SPICE building, Iloilo City 
(corridor/ toilet)


Note: realized this is too similar to www.thingsweforget.blogspot.com, in case I'm violating any copyright something something, pls feel free to email me at toxic.mind@yahoo.com. In any case, do visit their web page, they;ve got really nice stickies that any of you might be able to relate to. I just wanted to do the same thing here in Manila restrooms/ random places. The blogger is doing it in Singapore. *peace ya'll!*

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dark Side


Scribbling on my black book, writing a few lines, then a song played on the background matching what I was writing.

Then I stopped. And listened. Then...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's day!



Mumble: "But there are plenty of reasons to dance."

Erik: "What's mine pa?"
Mumble: "The only way to find out, is to try it. Come on son. Let's shake this world!"


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That moment when your dad tells you not be shy in parties.
That moment when he kisses you in from of his friends.
That moment when he brings out all of your medals and awards to show his buddies.
That moment when he caught you doing something and gave you an impromptu lessons about the birds and the bees.
That moment when he pushes your bike and releases his hold on your seat while you pedal fast.
That moment when you fall from your bike and he encourages you to get up.
That moment when he tucks you in at night even if you're already in college.
That moment when you dip your bread in his coffee and he doesn't complain.
That moment when he cracks a corny joke in front of your friends.
That moment when at 27, he still bids you to sit on his lap.
That moment when he brings you jolly spaghetti.

That moment when they say you cannot choose who your parents are,
but if given the chance, you'd still scour the whole parent pool just to find that same dad.

Happy father's day to y'all!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Our deepest fear

... from the movie, Akeelah and the bee.


Akeelah: [quoting Marianne Williamson] Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.



Dr. Larabee: Does that mean anything to you?


Akeelah: I don't know.


Dr. Larabee: It's written in plain English. What does it mean?


Akeelah: That I'm not supposed to be afraid?


Dr. Larabee: Afraid of what?


Akeelah: Afraid of... me?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Project July: teaser #1

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I haven't made any official announcement yet, but the outpour of blessings has been quite overwhelming already. Thanks sansu and kups for the donations. :D

Super thanks... :)



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This is for project july. I'll give out more details in the coming posts. Stay tuned!
keep 'em donations coming friends!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Have you ever...


Walked/ stepped only inside a square tile...

or only on lines and avoided space

or only on a certain color of a tile

or maybe just on a specific shape.

I do this alot of times. And somehow it brings me joy.

image from here

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Fling


Some find new love. Others get left behind.

It’s amazing how many things can happen. It’s amazing how so much can end.

Like how summer fades, and as how it is here in the tropic regions, the rain would wash away all summer trace.

Back in the days, it was called a shipboard romance. It only lasted as long as the ship was at sea.

But at least summers last longer. So long as the sun still heats up the sands, the fiery atmosphere persists and extends to the loins.

So be careful with your hearts. You simply wouldn’t want to burn and be left behind.

Or maybe you’d be lucky. And find that the sun still shines even during the rains.

For all that it’s worth, and though it is fast ending, don’t forget to have fun in the summer sun.


Summy Fling
KD Lang

Early morning mid-july
Anticipation's making me high
The smell of sunday in our hair...
You ran on the beach with kennedy flair

Sweet, sweet burn
Of sun and summer wind
And you my friend
My new fun thing
My summerfling
laugh...oh how we would laugh
At anything

And so pretend
Forsake the logic
Of perfect plans...
A perfect moment
Slipped through our hands
Sweet, sweet burn
Of sun and summer wind

And you my friend
My new fun thing
My summerfling

Strange...
The wind can change so quickly
Without a word of warning
Rearrange our lives
Until they're torn in two

image from here and here

Matagal na tong naka auto-post for the end of summer (2011). Pero with friends' circumstances/ recent events baka ma-bigyan pa ito ng meaning. Wag gawan ng issue pls. Ayaw ko na tong ipa-auto post for 2013. LOL.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bubble Gum



Corporate politics...


I treat them like bubble gum.

You just have to chew it,

but you don't need to swallow.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thank you (huli man daw at mabait, nakakathank you padin)


I welcomed the air coming out of the tube that was placed just right at the entrance of my nostrils. Just general anesthesia, I was told. I inhaled it like my sanity depended on it.


I hate pain. Despite claiming that I had high tolerance for pain after enduring fraternity rites, I’d still crumble in panic when pain is caused by slicing or anything that involves “going inside.”

A shot of another anesthesia (Demerol I think) through the butterfly cath port was supposed to make me asleep. They were ready to pierce through the spinal with a very large needle for another anesthesia when I said in panic, “I’m still awake!” Through the second shot of Demerol, I was still annoyingly humming. The third shot knocked me dead.

Five hours after, I woke up still feeling kinda woozy and unable to move the lower part of my body.

The procedure was really an easy one, my illness an embarrassing one. As such that I was not used to feeling so helpless and weak, I decided not to announce my current state – just enough to let the important people know that I cannot be at their disposal during that time. I’m supposed to be invincible, unbreakable, but I guess my mortal body just had enough of my pretense.

I’ve always loved being in the lime light. I’ve once complained that I didn’t get the right attention I wanted during my last birthday. But being sick is a different matter. I didn’t want visitors. None from my (extended) family knew that I was in the hospital. My dad alone was privy to my confinement. I insisted on him not telling anyone, but later on I was told that he texted one of my two uncle priests for prayers. My dad chose the one who was in conflict with all of the siblings. It was funny how my dad rationalized to tell the one who was not in speaking terms with everyone just to keep to my instructions. Dads. Secrets are safe with them.

And as such that I’m a crazy kid, I have even crazier friends. It was one of those times I wished they would not feel sweet and investigate where I am. I hadn’t had a decent bath, nor a clean shave, I was simply at my ugliest.

But the fates are quite humorous.

We are each the love of someone else’s life. 
Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer.

To be blind of the care that people subtly display has been a trait I’ve mustered just to satisfy my eternal need (and flair lol) for the dramatic.

And as such that I once blogged that I felt not loved during my last birthday, it is but fair that I express my gratitude for drowning in it while I was sick.

The night of my still being paralyzed from the anesthesia, my bros erik and kuya dave came with a funny looking balloon. Two burly guys with a funny balloon – that cracked me up like crazy.




Next day, bset visited from his Boracay trip and we were snickering while carlo was there, sharing a secret. I didn’t want to tell him that I was hospitalized, ruining his beach trip, but he suspiciously asked before coming back home, as if one talkative little bird told him I was in a hospital.

Dam visited in the wee hours of the morn, luckily before my lactulose episodes. Church mates and officemates came during the night (we had to discuss back-ups for work left). D came and went like a hurricane leaving fruits (which at the time were the only ones I was willing and allowed to eat). Dak dropped by embarrassing me more by explaining my illness to Y (haha love yah dak!). Y, on the other hand, endured being the bantay of the most difficult patient there is.

And my last surprise came the next day when I got released from the hospital. Erik kept on stalling me from leaving the hospital early, saying he still has something for me.

Upon meeting Erik, he handed me a package boxed with a courier logo: an overseas package from kups. When I opened it, I saw a tin can filled with packs of my favorite freshly baked dark chocolate with pecan cookie from Famous Amos (my ultimate comfort food). And you don’t get that kind of package from elsewhere, just in Singapore or possibly Malaysia. It felt like Christmas and Kups was my Santa.

I asked Erik how much the customs charged to clear the package, but he just won’t tell. He simply implied that it’s possibly one of the most expensive cookies he has ever seen. Haha.

So there. This post is just to thank everyone who shared their time and effort when I needed it most.


We are each indeed the love of someone else, if not of so many. One just needs to look and see. We really do not need to seek happiness from elsewhere (or seek love from a hopeless place). We simply just need to look inside our homes and within our friends to know that we are indeed loved.

Know this, and maybe you’ll find the happiness that you seek. And maybe even contentment.

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P.S. My birthday’s coming near, I don’t need gifts, but I do need you to collect some school supplies for donation. More details to come in the next few posts. Stay tuned! I may need your help once more in this new project. Zaijian! Till next ish! :)


Thursday, May 10, 2012

20 things I'd like to say to certain/"random" people

Gagaya lang ako muna kay madz. Ang dami ko din gusto sabihin sa kung sino sinong tao, kulang ang bente. Kung sumobra pasensya na, baka everyday may dagdag yan pag naalala ko. Pero ito muna:

1. Oist! Malapit na naman pasukan nyong dalawa, umayos kayo. 3rd year na. Kng di kayo makapasok sa UP ibibitin ko kayo patiwarik.



2. Buti nagdecide kayong isama ako sa beach week after next, baka mabaliw nako. Wala lang sanang talks about work.


3. Sorry for not giving you much of my time.


4. Don't think na you're just a meantime friend. You're my bestbud, no matter what.


5. You've done so much for me possibly more than most of my friends have in 4yrs. Don't think I don't value that. I may be quite inconsistent, but I never really left or even changed. I'm still me.


6. No. No. No. No, in all accounts of whatever accusation. I've never done those, I just hope you make that clear to your friends I don’t want them condemning me for something I didn’t do.


7. I'll pray for your happiness as well.
8. Green makes my heart skip a beat.


9. Papayat din ako mokong ka!


10. Ang stressful mo lang talaga katrabaho. Sa totoo lang.


11. Gusto kong mag picnic. Sorry kung lagi akong nagcacancel or di sumisipot sa lakad.


12. I wanna travel. As in TRAVEL not for work pero for vacation!


13. Walang aarte arte sa cebu ha. Kelangan lahat cowboy.


14. You deleted me first in twitter. Discovered it only when I needed to confront you with your tweets. But since you feigned nonchalance, I decided to delete you nalng lest I'm the one who gets stressed out.


15. It doesn't mean na easy easy lang itsura ko na madali lang sakin ang lahat. Magaling lang ako magdala.


16. Wag nyo ako aawayin, wala akong energy makipag away. Really. Ask my friends, I'm not good with confrontations, iyakin ako.


17. Natali nako sa project mo, ipadala mo ulit ako sa Paris pls!


18. Pagnalaman kong ginagago moko bubugbugin kita. Ur risks are not as big as mine. business deal yan diba?


19. You deserve the best.


20. Mahal Kita. Sigurado ako.

21. Happy mother's day po.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Master Card


Purchases are usually like that – you run after the stocks and pay from your own purse. Or in some instances, you swipe your card from your purse and other people chase you for it.


In life we make a lot of purchases. Not necessarily things that you buy off a window, but it could be things introduced to your life, wanted it or not, good or bad. And with whatever “purchase” you make, you’d have to pay for it one way or another.

I’ve had my own share of “purchases.” Some are personal choices, others brought about by circumstances. But what amazes me is how most of them aren’t truly paid for by me.

Sure, I try to purchase provisions for my family, paying for it by working hard and trying to be efficient no matter how toxic I get. I climb up the medical-corporate ladder at the expense of my time, effort, sanity and sleep. Just a crack at my goal, that one big break is is given but at the expense of health. But as the basic law of physics would tell you, there is always a reaction for every action. Karma. Next thing you know you’re in a ditch where efforts of climbing out is futile.

But what I notice in all these purchases is God’s hand and how things work towards a common end. It’s never really to dig a hole for you six feet beneath the ground, but to dig a tunnel for you to crawl yourself out of in the end. It’s like an irritating alarm clock, stirring you up from your deep slumber. You half heartedly open your eyes, squinting at it and realizing that you have to rise up from your bed.

Karma launches its missiles and shoots ammunitions gearing to blow you up into pieces, broken and helpless. God’s hand patches you back together, renewed and wiser, aiming to bring you back to glory like nothing has happened. They say karma collects, but in reality, you only experience the payment, God reimburses you afterwards.

Like that time when I had a car accident. The car tumbled down below a bridge and declared a total wreck. But I came out of it unharmed with just a few scratches. A week or two later, the insurance got approved and I got a new car. Lessons from that incident made me change some things.

Just recently I got sick. The bills shot up to 90K like I just had a C-section. I didn’t have a local health card so I did what I had to do – pay all of it with the money I was saving for a rainy day. So I did what I had to do – pay the bill with the money I have been saving for a raining day. A week later, HR asked me to sign some forms and lo and behlold! Eight weeks later, almost the whole amount was reimbursed back to me.

(Side thought: Funny, though, because it felt like all the money I worked hard and saved for while having little to no regard for health just went to getting my health back.)

Thus I realize I really can’t be all too proud of any of my achievements in life or even my victories from dire situations. For all of my successes were from His blessings, easily taken away from me if He so wanted it. For all of my victories were not from my own efforts, but from His mercies, given despite my unworthiness.

With most things, I pay it all with my life’s card. But I realize in the end it is really not of my own debit card. It’s from my Master’s card.

There are some things money can buy. For everything else, there’s Master’s card.

Side note: Just take note, cards sometimes get rejected. We can’t always have them like licenses to be wild and make mistakes.




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