Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Let's Go 10% by 2010

Global warming is real and its impacts will only get worse unless we embrace clean energy. Renewable power from the sun, the wind and modern biomass provides less than 1% of the energy needs of the Philippines today.

To help stop global warming, we need to switch to renewable energy and to increase energy efficiency.



rainbow warrior

Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, is on an 10-week tour of Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand.

It's mission: To sound the alarm in Asia about dangerous climate change, the single biggest environmental threat faced by our planet today.Dubbed the Asia Energy Revolution Tour 2005, this tour will see the Rainbow Warrior sail through the Asian region to campaign for the rejection of dirty energy sources, particularly coal, and to promote clean and renewable energy alternatives like wind, solar, hydro and modern biomass.

In the following weeks, the Rainbow Warrior will take us on a journey around Asia as we endeavor to publicly challenge climate criminals and their funders to shift their support to cleaner, safer and renewable energy projects instead of climate-destroying fossil fuel projects.

visit www.greenpeacesoutheastasia.org or www.asiacleanenergy.orgfor more info

Friday, November 04, 2005

PMS (definitely not pre-menopausal syndrome)

Fact: I was truly disturbed when a couple of my students (actually they are my cell mates)told me that ‘some’ of my students are ‘afraid’ of me.

The truth is I am not a ‘terror’ teacher.

In fact I am the complete opposite.

I always smile (well, smile is an understatement, laugh would be more appropriate!).

I try to teach ‘everything’ I know in a subject and make it fun at the same time.

So when I threw back the question ‘why?’ (my life is full of why’s), my cell mates replied ‘kasi po mam NAKAKATAKOT daw po yung conviction nyo! Ang tama ay tama ang mali ay mali!’

Hmmm…wait- was that suppose to be positive, how come it was in my negative bracket?

Then that night while studying my lessons, I came to a realization (again) that, that news was slowly (but surely) making me sad…it all started with my conviction on how college students ‘should not partake on the practice of premarital sex.’

I was really on fire in discussing it, that unintentionally I might have hurt them.

I am sorry that I hurt their feelings but this becomes a logical assault, you are only hurt if you or someone close to you practice the said activity.

I am NOT sorry for sharing my conviction, it’s about time they hear uncompromising stand about PMS (definitely not pre-menopausal syndrome), that even if the media ‘brainwashed’ them, the youths by telling them that engaging in this activity is ‘normal and healthy’ it is NOT.

Every young woman is worth waiting for.

What I don’t understand is that during my ethical discussion on this matter they would bombard me with answers like ‘E mam, bakit po si Samantha sa Sex and the City OK lang?’ upon hearing this I was instantly passionate on what I believed in.

How could you compare a Filipina with fictional characters from a first world country TV show that knows nothing about God’s teaching?

How could you even use the TV show with a title Sex and the City as a guide to your life?

And How pathetic can you get upon labeling the issue of PMS as something ‘na OK lang!’ this is not a pair of jeans, this is your future, your principle and your HUMANITARIAN stand!Truly, media has been an element of stupidity.

Let me give you a concrete example:

1.they have a summit on safe sex.

Why safe sex?

Because they are concern with population explosion and sexually transmitted diseases.

Huh? What about the thought that it should NOT be safe sex but NO sex until you get married.

2.they try to feed on the hunger of the youths regarding how it is important to share your life with one guy/girl because of love.

Huh? What about the idea of gaining friends, enjoying life, knowing who they are.

Ever wonder why most young women end up looking like their boyfriends?

It is because they don’t have their own personality, identity because they are busy jumping from one relationship to another, so what they do is they adapt their boyfriends persona out of pleasing the guy and out of the concept of 'compatibility'and forget about their own being.

3.they feed on the false fact that true love is all about electricity when you hold hands, freezing time and uncanny adaptation with each other.

Huh? True Love is letting God write your love story.

It is very hard for me to make my students believe the facts that I am encouraging them to consider, they look at me as a twenty something ‘straight edge’ individual that is a tough act to follow (well, atleast that is how i view it).

What they don’t understand is that even God has been telling us ‘not to befriend the world’.

A friend of the world is definitely an enemy of God.

I think I make life look boring.

At least for them, but then again, just what I have claimed before, EDUCATION WILL NEVER BE A COMPROMISE.

re-issue...courting rituals

because my friends want to read it again, but they are too lazy to open my archives...


other stuffs you can do while looking for potential bf's

GUY: jen kung sasabihin ko bang mahal kita maniniwala ka?
JEN: hindi.

GUY: jen pwede ba kitang ligawan?
JEN: ngayon na?

GUY: jen coffee tayo...
JEN: tanga! tao tayo...

GUY: jen may pag-asa ba ako?
JEN: kanino?

GUY: jen dadalaw sana ako sa inyo mamayang gabi...
JEN: bakit?!!! sino ang may sakit?

GUY: jen pabayaan mong patunayan kong mahal kita...
JEN: hindi ok lang wag na...ayos lang

GUY: jen naalala kita pag naririnig ko ang 'it might be you'
JEN: blag! (hinimatay ako nun!)

GUY: jen first love kita...
JEN: talaga? GUY: oo..
JEN: nakakainis 'no?

GUY: jen ano ang ideal date mo?
JEN: hindi ikaw.

*again my personal favorite

GUY: jen nood tayong sine...
JEN: sige...kasama ka ba?


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

battle cry of a not-so-conventional pinay

Today, after the slasher cup incident I have decided to declare to the entire blog-o-rama universe my battle cry (A battle cry is a yell or chant taken up in battle, usually by members
of the same military unit. These cries can serve many purposes, including inspiring those otherwise inclined to stay back, promoting a sense of esprit de corps, communicating to friends that they have support and terrifying the enemy troops).

Here it is…in no particular order-

* I believe that fear is not a disease of the body but it is something that kills the soul.

* I have always been battling for the concept that a woman is the companion of a man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him.

* I strongly agree with the concept that whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love, if possible kill him with your kindness.

* I have been advocating that one should live as if you were to die tomorrow, thus l earn as if you were to live forever.

* And I have been delighting myself unto the Lord for he shall give the desires of my heart (and even if he doesn’t I would still delight in Him).

* I am Definitely ASLAN'S NUMBER ONE FAN--- (for those who cannot relate please see Chronicles of Narnia)

slasher cup

Today I got my bag slashed.

Yup you heard me right.


I lost ALL my ATM, ALL my Identification cards and my Cheque (honorarium).

I was really dumbfounded when I saw the right side of my bag with a slash as big as my wrist.

Initially, when I checked the contents of my bag I was really happy that my wallet and my cell phone was there.

It took me a while to realize that my
card holder was not there.

I felt weak on my knees.

At the end of the day I just realized that what I have been holding unto has been realized “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according

to His purpose” Romans 8:28.

It made me think of God as the Creator of the universe who yearns for us to know Him.

Silly as it may seem, you might think that amidst the undesirable experience that I had I think of this, some might say that I have this false stand.

But nope.

This is oh so real!

It is His desire that we rely on and experience His strength, love, justice, holiness and compassion. So He says to all who are willing, "Come to Me."

Unlike me, God knows what will happen tomorrow, next week, next year, the next decade. He says, "I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning." Isaiah 46:9

He knows what will happen in the world. More importantly, He knows what will occur in my life and can be there for me or you, if you've chosen to include Him in your life.

He tells us that He can be "our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1

But one must make a sincere effort to seek Him. He says, "you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

But that doesn't mean that those who know God will escape difficult times.

They won't.

I did not. And I can say that I know God.

One example is what happened to me when the ‘incident’ occurred I was not exempted but one thing that is different about this event is that there is peace and strength that was brought about by God's presence.

One follower of Jesus Christ put it this way: "We are hard pressed on every side, but
not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2Corinthians 4:8-9

Reality tells us that we will experience problems in life.

However, if we go through them while knowing God, we can react to them with a different perspective and with a strength that is not our own.

No problem has the capacity to be insurmountable to God. He is bigger than all the problems that can hit us, and we are not left alone to deal with them.

God's Word tells us, "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." Psalms 145:18-19

Jesus Christ told His followers these comforting words: "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31

If you truly turn to God, He will care for you as no one else does, and in a way that no one else can.

Tomorrow I have to go and get a notarized letter so that I can get my ID’s and ATM replaced then have to inform the finance department to cancel my cheques.

Definitely a lot of work.

The good news…


*Thank you MARK DE GUZMAN.