Showing posts from February, 2010

Thank GOD it is another day

Thank GOD, it is another day.

Good morning.

Mythology and Culture

Every society has mythology as its principal part of stories in its earlier phases of development. The language is metaphorical. Poets love mythology because mythology deals with divine beings. For example : The myth of Prometheus (the Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to mankind) gives to Shelley that attracts him to the myth rather than to a contemporary social theme.

Northrop Frye in his paper about “Nature and Myth” says that a myth, in its simplest and most normal significance, is a certain kind of story, generally about a god or other divine being. Myths in this sense are associated with primitive cultures.

According to studies, myths tend to stick together and form a mythology (body of stories associated with culture), whereas folktales simply travels over the world interchanging their motifs and themes. Legends are more photo historical in reference. It is an easy-going form of tradition, before there is general demand for history conceived as the study of …

Myth Gods

Kids are fond of myths and fairy tales. Every time I ate ham with my father, I was very happy.

Father told me “Ham comes from the dragon. It is a dragon.” And so I was filled with awe. I thought I could be stronger and have powers because I ate ham and a dragon that blows fire. “Could I blow fire?”

Cartoons on television like “Mighty Thor (god of thunder and rain), and some flying horses and genies (spirits believed by Muslims) inspired me and made me curious to see what’s in the other world. Growing up with old people and their stories made me see the world as magical, beautiful and full of challenges. The heroes in fiction and myths help people understand that the good always triumphed, and that without courage, man could not get to his dreams and goals in life.

Imagining what’s inside Pandora’s Box and glass castles, and zooming in carpets that fly make life bigger for kids. In the progress of culture, those stories come even bigger for games, and cinema’s adult audi…

Words from the Holy Bible

Over the years, society has been guided by laws to protect the people. Each person has the right and freedom to live a happy life. These laws rooted from a set of rules that was handed down to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Moses, was given these laws for the Israelites, the chosen people (Exodus 19:1-34,35 – The Ten Commandments).

The Israelites represented the people of God, the whole human race. There are specials studies and interpretations that come with this. Moreover, as God’s followers, a golden rule summarizes into two: Love God and Love thy neighbor as thyself. “Do good to others as you want others to do to you.”

I. A list of information/words from the Ten Commandments

1. Moses Moses and the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:1-34,35); the great leader and law giver of the Israelites; received the Ten Commandments from God on Mt. Sinai. He stayed with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights without water, nor food. He wrote the commandments on stone tablets.

2. Sinai the m…

The Commandments (for Holy Week)

The Commandments

Objectivity will have to consider rules and a lot of reasons, and subjectivity will consider favorites. “GOD has no favorites,” said Father Arvin Revagorda, a holy priest. I agreed with him. “But Jesus had favorites too, while He was still a man; only that, He was fair to all,” I answered. And he smiled.

In the Divine Trinity, Jesus is the Father’s Son. His thoughts can never compare to anyone. It is as high as the heavens, and man in his elegance wouldn’t know this with all the books and estates he possesses. But man with the help of the Holy Spirit who gives wisdom must understand Jesus big loving heart that goes beyond all the rules.

Rules, canons, dogmas, principles, laws, canyons, opus: these are just a system of symbols, in Semiotics, the study of codes (Robert Scholes). Men have various discipline, interpretations, and a way of life. And because humanity needs to progress, man needs a set of rules which is a sign of civilization (growing cultur…

Mind Over Matter

Thursday, February 25,2010

Mind Over Matter

Heart over mind? Or mind over heart? It’s like the question “To be or not to be.”

If thoughts are unselfish, Heaven will make its way, despite all opposing thoughts. The Holy Spirit will give wisdom for discernment and common sense.

Objectivity will have to consider rules and a lot of reasons, and subjectivity will consider favorites.

Regarding who and what is right or wrong, requires a balance of judgment. Once, Norie ( a Japanese student and professional) asked me regarding a set of rules that binds a buyer and a seller. I thought about what my professor in Negotiable Instruments Law Sir Pasimeo (Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 1980's) taught us, “Caveat emptor” (Buyer, beware!) or “Caveat venditor” (Seller, beware!). There are many conditions of a sale. And of course, the laws must prevail.

But what must be in a friendship? “Both are my friends, what advise would I give to them?” That is why she was caught …


Death Row

February 23, 2010

Death Row

Wall of Egypt in Haiti


From one space in the corner

Time and tide wait

For healing of sores

And fresh wounds

Dripping blood arouse

Gleaming sirens

That fright even weeds

To hide

Scream the corpses,

Prepare the Heaven,


Sooner or later,

Death will come

The ghost of Scrooge wilts

In pain.

Rose flores martinez, 2010

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Respect/On Communication

February 21, 2010

Respect and Compromise

Respect the rights of others and require that they respect yours.

There is a set of verbal coping skills known as assertive behaviors. These behaviors which occupy a middle range on behavioral continuum run from aggressive on one end, to passive on the other. People who behave aggressively trample on the rights of others, and generally get paid back for their behavior. Passive individuals put the rights of others before their own and end up feeling angry and resentful at themselves and others.

Assertive individuals are effective in interpersonal situations because they have a high sense of their own self-worth and they appreciate the personal significance of others. An assertive behavior includes direct eye contact, erect posture, a level and well-modulated tone of voice that is convincing without being intimidating, and a message with honest content.

According to a psychologist, “There are several techniques which will aid you in being a…

Listen and Interact

February 21, 2010

Listen and Interact

Listening requires awareness. And don’t forget the patience. Remember you are listening because you want to learn. Learning is getting correct information, which is real useful in everyday course of events. Warning: Please be careful to know the difference between correct information and gossip.

I. Listening Tips

1. Focus on the topic. Be interested. Concentrate on the speakers thoughts and learn to get the main idea of the topic. Try to figure out how it is developed.

2. Give the speaker a chance to share. Be enthusiastic. It is not how the speaker looks, but what he says.

3. Don’t be emotional. “Don’t fall in love and dream, don’t get angry and hate,” during the listening process. Be on guard for important details. Listen long enough so you will understand the speaker’s points. Ask questions after everything has been delivered.

4. Be interested on the topic and give the speaker a chance and prove his/ her topics.

5. Always g…

Beauty Department

Beauty Department

When we say “You are beautiful,” it usually means someone is physically attractive. Outstanding beauty though is celestial, but as people we physically diminish slowly. In youth is the freshness of the blood, middles age the sophistication, and seniority the upkeep.

We cannot be young forever, but as we grow old, we have to live feeling beautiful and healthy. Naturally, good food and vitamins are needed.

Tips from beauty experts and those who have grown old gracefully:

1. When your face looks like a prune because of wrinkles, deep moisturizing treatment can help lines look finer.

2. When your hair is greasy like you could fry eggs, swap to a slightly astringent shampoo.

3. How about double chins? Double chin is caused by fat, so the simple answer is to diet. Slap chin underneath to work on loose muscles.

4. If your hairdo is a disaster and you are unhappy, ask the help of the salon. You can rectify it.

5. Regular trims help control split ends.

6. If you lo…

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Communicate Effectively

February 21, 2010

Communicate Effectively

Have you ever told another person, “You make me angry” or “You make me sad?” If your answer is yes, then in those situations, you have shifted a responsibility for your feelings on your behavior to another. In effect, you have given another person more control over you than you have exercised over yourself. But this one is exciting, so you have to know how to disconnect the wires anytime you choose. The next time, you will be in charge, and you have taken a first step toward keeping your interactions at a level where you can communicate effectively and solve problems rationally.

When someone accuses you and your staff in an organization or community, you will experience what is called stress response: increased blood pressure, increase muscle blood flow, increased pumping of blood by the heart and secretions of adrenalin. You will instinctively want to stand your ground and fight, or turn and flee, either physically or psychologically…


February 21, 2010


Skilled communicators have techniques from which they consciously choose behaviors which have high probability of producing outcomes.

The effective communicator fit puzzles correctly to do the job. He has mastered techniques for keeping cool and communicating, and know when and with what technique to practice in order to maintain positive control and achieve mutually satisfactory solutions.

Communicate to others on their preferred channels not yours. Communications research have found that people have individual information processing styles, and the way each person gathers and stores information depends on which sense or senses they rely upon most heavily. Humans depend on the senses of vision, hearing and feeling – in this matter.

Each person processes information by each of the senses; however, for many people, one principal system is more highly developed. People whose primary intake channel is their eyes are tagged as visual, those who prefer to …

Trapped Into Procrastination?

Trapped Into Procrastination?

Do you always say later? Have you experienced doing things very slowly? You say “I feel so low.” Watch out, you have to act now. You need to break the inertia and get off ground zero.

Procrastination is a self-blocking mechanism that everybody has experienced at one time or another. It usually stems form fear of failure or success, or a deep-seated anxiety.

A psychologist says “ We procrastinate because then we can’t fail. It’s the result of arrogance. We say to ourselves if I can’t do it the way I know I should, then I don’t want to do it at all.”

Consultants traced on to three processes why we put things off : they’re unpleasant, they are difficult, they require tough decision.

Time-management consultants give us some advice:

1. Divide tasks into small manageable bits. From a checklist, mark those you’ve done.

2. Exercise or walk early in the morning. You can even visit churches or parks.

3. Tell your friends about the challenges facing you ev…

Writing Vocabulary 2010

Writing Vocabulary

Writing skills are developed through consistent practice and guts. It entails a lot of editing and revisions. Sometimes one is not satisfied at all. But then, there are many ways to improve writing.

Like speaking, reading, and listening; writing involves the work of the senses. Moreover, it needs more than just looking, but going beyond and imagining. Details are crucial because there are hundreds of readers. It is the writer’s responsibility to give good and helpful materials to everyone.

Ideas are generated from journal writing, mapping, clustering words, brainstorming, listing examples, word prompts, or free writing, among others. Now, because of modern technology visuals create varied ideas for new materials.

Check this out: 10 writing words frequently used

1. journal A journal is a written account of any event, place, or person. It can be a web log, a diary, a lecture, schedules, and /or an academic notebook. Take note of Virginia Woolf’s and …

Reading Skill: A Critical Mind

Reading Skill: A Critical Mind

No one can’t just junk reading! It is an imperative skill. With the latest technology and communication channels like, “The Google Reader and Yahoo Updates” among others, reading skill prompts the global world. Progress requires a global literacy where people can understand, help each other.

Reading, as a presumed skill gives information and entertainment. All subjects and transactions are reading-based. We cannot just say, “I am idle today,” or “Reading doesn’t interest me,” or “I can’t understand and I have no time,” these are tempting excuses of people who couldn’t leave comfort zones. The skill only requires practice, like any other skill. It is normal to ‘not understand’ some texts or topics when you read, but what matters is try to read: once, twice, or even again and again. That habit will help you become a good reader.

From an award–winning recommended film titled “The Reader,” which stars Kate Winslet (Rose in Titanic), the movie show…

Armored Cars: How Safe Are They?

Febraury 17, 2010

Armored Cars: How Safe Are They?

“I shall make covered chariots that are safe and cannot be assaulted; cars which fear no great numbers when breaking through the ranks of the enemy and artillery. Behind them, the infantry shall follow, without fearing injury or other impediments.”

Leonardo da Vinci

It was around 1487 when Leonardo da Vinci came up with a design of a tortoise-shaped car, reinforced with metal plates, with an inert turret and armed with guns, to sow panic and destruction among the enemy troops. The car was to be operated from inside by eight men, who would turn the cranks to move the wheels. The idea thought of replacing the men with horses, although he was soon turned off by the thought that animal might become restive in such a narrow and noisy environment. The firing direction would be decided by the men in the upper part of the car; from where they could see the battlefield through slits or potholes.

Fist fighting vehicle

The armored car, and …

Love Words for February 2010

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

(Love Words)

1. love charity, sacrifice, heart

John 3:16 For GOD loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. honey sweetie; thick sweet golden liquid that bees make out of the nectar they collect from flowers

3. dear precious, special, beloved, spouse

4. baby sucks milk from the mother, child, babes

5. crush infatuation, admiration, short-lived love, fantasy;

My first crush; prom date

6. adore worship, admire greatly love so much

An adorable virtue

An adoration at the Blessed Sacrament

7. The Holy Family Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus, St. Joseph

An example of great love in the family: hardworking father, sacrificing mother, responsible child

8. heart a body organ that pumps blood, soul, feeling of affection, bosom, courage

A heart of gold; a pure heart; a compassionate heart; a mother’s heart; The Sacred Heart

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we trust in You.”

9. eros …

A Writing Experience:The Moment of Truth

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I can’t stop writing.

I can’t stop writing.

I thank GOD for this gift of words.

Writing is pleasant but is it never easy; nothing though is easy. When I couldn’t write I feel very messy and angry. I feel incomplete and crushed.

Truly, I write anything: letters, quotes, easy poems, ordinary stories – real and unreal. I tell you a lot in words. Those that mute me and those I find divulging. But then, the spaces between what I tell you are the more important deals.

A writer knows what ideas to pick and what not. If you are the responsible type, of course, you will know the consequences it will bring everyone. And you dare or you dare not … Inside your stomach the energy fills in like whirling water that want to gush forth. You want to come and reach the climax of the creative genius. This is the writer’s moment of truth. Thinking how to express and convert in words line you with steaming energy the gods emit. It is like you’ve eaten ambrosia and forev…

A Letter Writing Guide

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dear Everyone,

Here's "A Letter Writing Guide for you.

Spread the news, say "I miss you," or simply explore the world in a letter. This is pen power.

Letter writing brings the many possibilities of communication. It is a form of writing practice that gives fun and finger exercise.

In literature, letter writing is under the genre of nonfiction. It can involve a testimony, a profound prose that involves emotion or confession, or a literary letter, among others.

Now that the internet becomes a primary tool in the global world, the electronic mail (email) facilitates communication that helps personal and community transactions and updates. Letter writing as one with technology makes people closer, and more advanced.

A simple letter includes the following:

1. The Heading shows the address and the date

25 St. Hannibal Street
Messina, Italy
September 8, 2010


September 8, 2010

Ms. Lorna Mendoza
Director, Vietnam Bank
Viet Nam

Dear Lorna,

2. …

Post of Sir Eric Gamalinda

I checked on Sir Eric Gamalinda's blog post...

And realized how our country has developed/progressed -

I agree with the points to ponder on

Thanks, Sir for showing us some pictures (in metaphors, dear readers)

I will think more of this, deeply

Have a wonderful day everyone!

For the Monks

February 2, 2010


Breath from Heaven blows in me

A glimpse of You

Secluded in the desert

You make me a mythic

Sculpture of stones in the rapids

I want to adore your hands

That pray current dawns,

For us decked in polar paths

I have made myself Yours

And I couldn’t be for any other

You are mine,

I kiss your feet.


Let us pray for Pope Benedict XVI

St. John Mary Vianney, pray for us
St. Hannibal, pray for us

Send O Lord, holy apostles into Your church.

Rose Flores - Martinez