24 March 2006
Waaaah! I have been really busy, so I haven't had time to blog. There's been so many things that I had to do and accomplish the past days. And, yes, bloghopping was one of them! Hehehe:)
I've been meaning to write about nasheeds (Islamic religious songs) ever since I got addicted to them in December of last year. I have been listening to almost nothing but nasheeds these past months. I really love them and I love the way the songs propagate the true meaning of Islam and what it really is like to be Muslim. There are many nasheeds that make me cry. There are nasheeds that make me feel guilty and/or scared of death. There are some that make me reflect about my life and about the world. There are some that make me ponder and wonder. There are some that make me feel so thankful and blessed. There are some that never fail to make me feel proud. There are some that make me smile. All in all, nasheeds warm my heart more than any other type of music or song I listen to.
My favorite nasheed singer is
Here's the lyrics of one of my favorite nasheeds. Please take time to read what the song says. (To listen and watch the flash video, click on the title.)
People of the world,
Do you know the truth about Islam?
Or do you think it's about
Bombing planes and killing innocent people?
Forget about the lies.
I'm here to tell you how it really is.
You deserve to know the truth
About this beautiful way of life.
People of the world,
Islam is all about peace.
Terrorism it doesn't teach.
It's all about love and family and charity,
And praying to one God.
This is Islam!
It's something you should know.
I know it's really helped me grow.
It does away with greed, filth, arrogance,
And teaches us morality,
A perfect way to live,
So don't believe all you see and hear,
Too many people wear a title of a Muslim,
But they don't practice Islam.
And it teaches us the Creator's made this life for us a test.
And if we follow truth and do good deeds,
He'll reward us in the Next.....
If we remember God and teach each other
The truth and patience in His way
Together we can live... in peace.
This is Islam!
God is the greatest!
I turned 26 yesterday. I am very much looking forward to a better year and a better BabyPink. :)
To everyone who greeted me, thank you so much!:)
13 March 2006
I finally lost my APO virginity on the evening of March 11, 2006! It was such a great experience, definitely something I will never, ever forget! To see the APO Hiking Society perform in person was one of my greatest dreams and was in my list of 25 Things I Want To Do Before I Die. I finally got to see them and all I can say is that they are THE BEST and I love them more (I never thought I could love them more than I already did). I was just so happy that I cried.
About a week and a half ago, I actually lost my wallet where I had my money, my ID, some cards, some pictures, and my APO Experience ticket. I was just so sad and frustrated. I never found or got my wallet back, but I was able to get a certification from Ticketworld so that I could still go and watch the concert. Happiness!!!
"Kapanahunan na naman ng paglalambingan
At kasama kitang mamasyal sa kung saan.
Kabilugan ng buwan
At ang hangin ay may kalamigan,
Aakapin kita, mahal ko, sa buong magdamag!"
To Sirs Jim Paredes, Danny Javier and Boboy Garovillo: thank you so much for your music and for being what and who you are!
Mahal na mahal ko po kayo! Mabuhay kayo! :)
01 March 2006
I had coffee with
Instead, I'd like to talk about one of the things that Ala and I talked about. We were actually talking about her plans when she gets to Australia and her plans for the future. She asked me what my plans were and my automatic response was "go back to Mindanao."
She asked what I planned to do when I finally get to go back. "Teach," I replied.
She expressed her want/hope to actually devote some time in her life to teaching. She thought it'd be nice. I told her that, right now, I actually cannot and do not see myself going into a career other than teaching.
I know that teaching may not be the most well-paying job in the world, especially not in this country. Teachers here are so unappreciated and taken for granted. But, I believe that teaching is actually the most fulfilling job in the world. If you give it your best shot and you really do what you ought to do, teaching affords you contentment and fulfillment like no other job can. Teaching doesn't only mean you can share your knowledge to the young, but it also gives you a chance to really make a difference and make an impact in a person's life. Thus, with teaching comes great responsibility. Great teachers, I believe, don't just educate... they change lives. :)
Now, as I sit, typing this entry, in front of the computer, I can't help but think of what the future holds for me. I don't exactly know what my life would be like or what kind of life I will have. All I know is that I want to teach and I want to be of service to my people. This brings me back to this one time, more than three months ago, I was casually chatting with Bok's dad. He asked me the same question Ala did. I gave him the same reply, that I really want to teach. He asked if I had any plans of entering politics. I told him I had neither interest nor plan to go into that dirty world. I told him I wanted to serve my people, but not through politics. He told me something that made me really think.
"Pero hindi natin alam, baka kailangan ka doon para lalo kang makatulong at sa mas nakararami, 'di ba?" (But, we can never tell, you might actually be needed there (in politics) so that you'll be able to help more.)
I just smiled and pondered on that. And, I told him how much I hated politics and how I, as we were speaking, just cannot imagine myself running for office. I told him that there were so many ways one can help his/her people. I, for one, didn't think that running for a position or getting into politics is THE way. He told me that sometimes people change their minds and that he actually thought that I will change my mind when the time comes. Again, I just smiled and sipped my coffee. He sipped his coffee, too, and gave me a knowing smile, the kind of smile we get from our parents when they actually know they're right.
Hmmm. I don't know. The future actually scares the hell out of me. I am very much looking forward to it, but sometimes thinking of what it has in store for me makes me want to go mad because I am just so unsure of so many things. The only thing I am sure of is that I want to and I will try to change lives and make a difference... I will (try to) be a great teacher! I will be of service to my people. :)