21 February 2006
It's been a while since I last took a personality quiz from the Internet. I found a few interesting ones and took them. Here are some of the results I got. :)
|You Have Your PhD in Men|
You understand men almost better than anyone.
You accept that guys are very different, and you read signals well.
Work what you know about men, and your relationships will be blissful.
i've always been one of the boys... :)
|You Are A Woman!|
Congratulations, you've made it to adulthood.
You're emotionally mature, responsible, and unlikely to act out.
You accept that life is hard - and do your best to keep things upbeat.
This makes you the perfect girlfriend... or even wife!
i'm not a girl... i AM a woman! *to the tune of britney spears' song*
|Not a Jealous Bone in Your Body|
You're secure, trusting, and giving with friends and lovers.
And while you may have been hurt before, you've bounced back.
You're generally happy with your life - and no one's grass is greener than yours.
One word of caution: some may see your lack of jealousy as indifference!
well, it IS indifference! hehehe;)
This day, February 21, is special because today is the start of the celebration of the 20th annivesary of the EDSA Revolution. Another thing that makes this day extra special, for me, is that today will be the first day of the UEFA Champions' League Round of 16 Eliminations! I've been looking forward to this since last year! It's finally here! And, I'm really hoping to catch the games on TV live!
Oh, and, I'd just like to say that "Goal!" (the movie) is really good. I've been dying to see it since I found out there was such a movie being made. Now, I've already seen it twice. I so loved it. It was worth the wait. I still plan to watch it again. Any takers? ;)
11 February 2006
First, it was the Wowowee Stampede at the Ultra. Hearing the news depressed and shocked me. I couldn't understand why or how it happened. A lot of people have shared their opinions and ideas about the tragedy. Here and there, accusing fingers were pointed to this and that person and/or company. Some say ABS-CBN was to blame, the Ultra management, the police or the people themselves. Some blamed poverty, some greed, and some the government and President Macapagal-Arroyo! Some say it was lack of discipline. I know that someone or some people have to take responsibility for what happened. But, I believe that it is high time we, Filipinos, stop blaming one another and just try to help and do what we can for one another. Let's try to look at what happened and try to understand what it was telling us. While doing that, let's do away with barking at one another because that doesn't help at all.
Two evenings after the very sad incident, my friends and I were watching TV when we saw CNN's Breaking News showing mobs of Muslim people torching and tearing down the Danish and Norweigian Embassies in Damascus and the Danish Consulate in Beirut. These were reactions to the Danish Government's refusal to apologize for the controversial editorial cartoon mocking the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) published by the Danish daily, Jyllands-Posten, back in September 29, 2005. I think JP apologized a few days after printing that cartoon, but the issue became bigger because it was said that it was all right to publish such rubbish because there was supposed to be freedom of expression. This, of course, enraged Muslims all over the world.
And, so, it came to those incidents shown on CNN Breaking News that night. Watching the report, I could barely hold my tears back. Hearing the cause of the riot broke my heart, but seeing everything that took place depressed me more. It's just so sad because this might ignite another conflict between the Muslim World and the West.
While I understand my Muslim brothers' sentiments and I was deeply insulted by the cartoon, I just do NOT think that burning a place and spreading terror like that is the way to go. I would gladly boycott or refuse to buy Danish products as a sign of protest, but burning or tearing a place down? It's just too much. The Prophet (s.a.w.), if he were here, would probably not have encouraged that. He was one of the most objective, most just and most understanding people in the world. Even non-Muslims, who know about his life and ways, know this. He wouldn't have had the Muslims react that way.
Now, this entry, I believe, wouldn't be complete without my sharing my thoughts about that stupid cartoon. Sure, we have freedom of expression and all that, but shouldn't responsibility come with this freedom? Mocking the Prophet (s.a.w.) that way was totally uncalled for. Especially when everyone knows how sensitive Muslims are when it comes to these things. You can make fun or mock anything or anyone, but never ever mock or make fun or joke about Allah (God), the Prophets, the Holy Qur'an and Islam (the religion and the beliefs) in front of a Muslim. Wasn't it just recently when Miss World, supposed to be held in Nigeria, resulted in riots when a certain fashion writer wrote something about the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) probably choosing a wife from among the contestants had he been there? The mere mention of the Prophet's name made the angry Nigerian Muslims go around the whole city putting things on fire. Ya Allah! (Oh God!)
I take so much pride in my religion and I would gladly give my life for it, but these actions (totally going berserk and wreaking havoc), I just can't for the life of me agree that this is how we should react. But, I definitely do not think it is right to mock the Prophet or mention his name (or any of the Prophets' at that) in association with things that are un-Islamic. With or without freedom of expression, I just don't think it's right. Let's just respect that.
Respect begets respect. :)
01 February 2006
I am sad. I was saddened by something I found out about a few days ago. Not that I didn't have an idea it was coming because I really did. But, when my friend finally verbalized it, I couldn't help but feel bad. Of course, I just laughed it off at first. Deep inside, however, I couldn't stop thinking about it. And, the more I thought about it the more I couldn't understand and the more I felt bad.
I am sad. It hurts when you find out you're wrong about something you've always believed in and/or something you've always held on to so tightly. It hurts when you realize that you are not really as special as you've always thought you were. It hurts when you try your best to adjust so that you don't make people feel uncomfortable only to find out that the more you are actually trying to adjust the more you offend people.
I am sad. I don't really know what to do. I don't think any change of behavior or speech would be nice. I don't think ignoring it would be good either. I don't know what to say or how to act anymore. And, I definitely don't like that.
I am sad. But, I guess I'll just try to let time do what it does best. I'll just wait and see what happens. I'll just try to be happy about all that has passed. I'll just think of the happy times. I'll just smile and pretend I am not affected.
Yeah, I am smiling... but, I really am sad.
A message for someone:
Thank you and I'm sorry... for everything. :)