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When I was just starting my blog I wrote this blog post and I am re-posting it here because until now (from nine years ago) I still receive text messages like this.  A friend at FB recently posted this question: “Do you text using full words or abbreviations?”

A decade has passed and yet texting the shortest way possible is still the name of the game. My goodness, maybe this is one reason why  some kids nowadays could not even spell words correctly. I know, the trend now is using  your cellphone instead of a landline phone. with a cellphone, you can go anywhere with it.

I don’t buy the alibi of some that they are just saving on time. Misspelling a three letter word, condensing it  to just one is just a no, no for me.  Why is just spelled plain Y. It’s won’t take a minute of your time to text the full word right? I love reading text in full words and full sentence too. And I text that way.

Some prefer calls which is more expensive than sending a text message. Some big companies here like Globe and Smart Communications have included free calls on the same network as long as you are paying a fixed online subscription but they charge additional ones when you have exceeded your limit in a month.

Texting is for everyone. A janitor on the street, a vendor in the market, a student  and almost everyone else has cellphones. Of course, they are not those lovely gadgets that you see every six months in the market. You can buy a cellphone at a low price of P500.00 pesos and you can take low resolutions pictures too (they are almost blurred when you enlarge them). You can use call and text cards or what they call e-loads.

Ten Things I Hate About Texting

Sure, texting is a tad way to reach people that easily – as long as the signal is okay, you have enough load (if you are using a prepaid account) and you are busy  to  call the person you want to talk too. Texting can make or break your day depending on how creative or imaginative the other texter is or how annoying sometimes when you receive a text message which is not to your liking.  Herein are some of the things I really hate about texting: 

1.  Hu U – receiving a text with a message like this is not just annoying,it defies good manners. You can ask politely enough without resorting to a three-letter question which you can’t even qualify if it is Tagalog or not.

2. K – How much does it take texting the whole word “okey” or okay” than just plainly sending K? Are you trying to be in or what?

3. Dito na me – who me? This is even more unacceptable than the K word, if there’s such a thing. Either you speak straight Tagalog or plain simple English.

4. Wer na u? – same thing as number three. It is obnoxious.

5. Receiving chain texts, like a prayer,  asking you to send them to at least 10 or 15 people, otherwise something happens if you don’t. Receiving grace from above is unconditional.Goodness, are you playing God?  I could appreciate just a short and simple prayer or a nice quote than having this one in my message inbox.

6. Too much abbreviated words – it’s beginning to look like English is a mangled language. It’s okay to substitute 4 for “for” or d for “the” but deliberately misspelling the word even if there is just one letter to insert to correct it is plain laziness for me.

7. Kol me, kol kita – another abused term in texting. You just have to add another letter to correct it to “call”. Have they never learned that  they allow 160 characters  in one “send” and it  costs  one peso just the same?

8. Just like in No. 5, receiving texts from people whom you don’t know from Eve and asking you to send the same message to your network of friends. Unless it is a “quotable quote” again and the receiver would even thank you back for forwarding it, why should you?

9.  Just plain guessing about your number and when you politely respond, they would text you back, “pwede ba kitang ka-text mate” or something to that effect.

10. Receiving an unknown call or texts in the middle of the night when you are about to sleep only to inform you there is such and such on such and such  a date. Can’t it wait till tomorrow? I need to have my beauty rest. hehe..

Honestly, I  always do the texting the old-fashioned way, full words, Tagalog  if Tagalog  and English when I’m in the mood. I like receiving inspirational messages first thing in the morning , because sometimes I do it too, send quotes to my close friends as my good deed for the day.  I remember now, I have these two or three former office mates and a fellow carpool rider before, the usual thing is, you ask how the person is after a few months of not hearing from him/her but these people start the night or day just forwarding annoying chain texts which I never bother to forward anyway. How about just saying, kumusta ka na or how are you? Don’t you think it would make the recipient more responsive to your text?


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Happy  Sunday all!

After that intermittent rain last night (yes, there were moments it totally stopped then rained again), we have finally seen the face of the morning sun. Compared to yesterday, it is still cloudy outside but the rain has finally stopped.

I haven’t attended Sunday mass yet, gonna wait for Josef and Jovy to come home before we catch the evening mass here at the village. My gosh, it started to rain again as I write this.

I’d like to think that happiness is not always measured by one’s success in life. Sometimes we think that successful people are happy but deep inside they’re not. You could be smiling, shaking hands with people you meet, showing a happy face for others to see but  deep within, you are alone in your thoughts, sometimes ugly, sometimes suicidal. What makes people commit that one act  of ending their lives despite their success? What makes them think of suicide and do it? What makes them so unhappy that they have to do that drastic measure of taking life into their hands?

You’ve heard of Kate Spade ending her life one Tuesday morning then a few days later Anthony Bourdain followed suit.  Time and again I would hear of Kate Spade and her creations  (not even dreamed of even seeing her creative designs in my orbit) but Anthony Bourdain was famous even here in our country. He has visited the Philippines several times, trying on our exotic food like balut and our to die for lechon.  He even shared a glass of halo-halo  in a slum area in Tondo.  Most posts at Facebook are about his life, how he struggled to study culinary arts in his early  years. A celebrity chef, traveler and a story-teller.

Beneath the success and happiness may be a deep depression for both.  Do we really understand what depression is and what depression means? I don’t. All I know is that success in life does not always makes you happy.  My oncologist a few years ago emphasized that one of the major causes of cancer, any cancer at that is stress, aside of course from genes.  I believe so. When you are stressed, your body shows signs of weakness too physically. You get that gargantuan headaches and you think it is a normal way of life.  You get those joints  and muscles pains and you think they’re just part of growing old. Sometimes we ignore and procrastinate until it is too late.

Let’s learn to value life every day. Let’s learn to be happy in the true sense of the word.  Even little things could make us smile and be happy. Albert Camus said it so well and I quote: “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” 


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Blank and pristine white pages, sharpened pencils, colored pens – I had this sudden longing to write by hand and not depend on my PC to compose something. But then on second thoughts, it is even harder to copy a hand-written piece  from a notebook or journal and type it on your PC. It is easier to correct words, spellings and grammar when you are typing.

It is still raining outside and it rained the whole day. The southwest monsoons are being pushed by tropical storm Domeng bringing sometimes heavy to moderate rains in Metro Manila. As of the latest weather update, we are in a yellow rainfall warning.

Josef and Jovy drove me to the satellite clinic of The Medical City for check-up then went on their way to visit Jovy’s aunt and grandma in Quezon City. It rained hard after they left and I got worried about mom being alone in the house.  I went home  soon after I got the result of my lab test  and my internist prescribed antibiotics that I have to take for a week.  I went back out again when the rain subsided to buy medicines.

I really don’t like it when it rains hard and everything at the garden is saturated. I know, I won’t have to water them maybe for about two or three days but I have to clean our small pond of rain water and debris from our Arius tree. What a hassle!

The cold weather is welcome though sans the downpour. The state weather bureau  PAGASA has officially declared the start of the rainy season yesterday. Five days of rain generating a total amount of at least 25 millimeters (mm) of rainfall is required for them to declare it officially  and these five days must also include 3 straight days of at least 1 mm of rainfall.

…but my rain lilies are blooming.

Today makes me remember that old, old nursery rhyme, “rain, rain go away, come again another day”.

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Wild flowers growing in the mountains of Tanay.  Finding simple joy in seeing the best of nature!

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As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentment and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker’s socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls. – richard paul evans

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You allow me to be what I am

I don’t need to hide

I don’t need to pretend

If there are words

That I never get tired of saying,

“I’m glad, you are my friend”.


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Don’t you just love Dr. Seuss?  And I love these  too:

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

You might think it’s all about nursery rhymes and children’s books  but there is a lot of truth to what he says.


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