Archive | April, 2009

Screenshot Testing

30 Apr

Our Mom, Our Jewel

30 Apr

Every mother may have her own share of promoting goodness in her particular community or family, but with that term ‘every,’ only ONE particular mom is the BEST for her family. We might be different in terms of struggles and victories. We may differ in the values our parents promulgate. But along these differences still lies a remarkable fact: that our mothers definitely are jewels — precious enough to be coined priceless.

My mother is presently a housewife/businesswoman. As she has spent most of her family life taking care of us (four children and our father) and at the same time, finding other ways to help my father earn a living, she makes sure that we’d still be living well: though not that financially up, but still, able to cope with life’s turnings.

At the peak of the economic crisis starting at about the late 1990s, we definitely experienced the turn of the tides. Our family had to find alternative means as to how to recover from my father’s unexpected job loss from Philippine Air Lines then. Being in Grade 3, I enthusiastically tried to help by selling various merchandise to my classmates (stationeries, stickers, pastries, you name it!). My mother encouraged us to use our creativity, as she also helps in the daily expenses through our then ongoing cooking business catering to the young pilots here in FAB.

Even after we stopped cooking for the pilots and even if the economic turmoil rose, she never ceased to develop more strategies just to mold our family’s values. Along with our growth as individuals, she, along with us, grew spiritually. During these times of distress, she didn’t lose hope. Day by day, she would remind us (as well live out her words) that God sees each one’s hearts. Even though we may be down at one point, through hard work, together with many other values, we will soon reach our goals. As long as we stick together as a family, we will definitely make it, I recall her telling us everytime.

No matter what our situation is, what I really admire about my mother is her compassion for the needy. In her simple ways, she never forgets that there are more people who are poorer than us. Thus, whenever we have more than enough of our food, she likes it when we share some to the soldiers guarding the FAB entrance. She would also feel compassion to the beggars along the city — as though they were also her children. In her, I find the inspiration to fight life’s battles.

Another ‘heroic’ plight I encountered in her deeds would be regarding her compassion to the poor in spirit. For along the friendships we have made with various people (for you see, our home has always been a hub of friends — we are always open to friends who would want to visit, just have a chat, etc.), and in those friendships, whenever they would be facing problems (of all sorts), one person they would usually run to is my mother. In fact, these people, as they most likely have discovered a mother in her too, even call her “Mama Dot” (my mother’s nickname).

To them, Mama Dot is a refuge for the ill-hearted. They gather strength each time they share their sentiments with her. She serves as their counselor, second mom, foster mom, friend, sister, whatever the need calls her to be. Definitely, Mama is a mama to whoever dires one.

Indeed, my mother, Mama Dot, is a treasure to us. She is rare! So, to whoever who would ask, “Why is a mother (based on your own mom) considered a gem,” I’ll answer right away, “Because she is all that God means as His gift to man.”

Why Coeline??

29 Apr


Hi there!

Welcome to my new blog. Actually, this is the second blog that I’d be active in updating. So as of now, as for the content, basically, what I am planning to include in here is regarding my featured books, music, movies, and more…

Now, if you’re wondering ‘Why Coeline??’ Well, since Celine is my name, just about 2 years ago, I’ve been thinking of an internet handle that I’d be using for about forever, maybe. And so, when I pondered, thinking what unique name might not that used in the WWW, I decided to add an ‘o’ to celine, making it coeline (pronounced as che-lin). I also happen to know someone whose name is Coeli, so, I kinda adopted the name. 🙂 Well, if you’d want to get updated, just subscribe to the RSS Feed, bookmark my page, or feel free to email me.

Have fun!

bloglog

29 Apr

Undergoing MyBlogLog Verification

Araw ng Kabuluhan

27 Apr

Dahil sa pabago-bagong panahon dito sa Pilipinas, or at least, dito sa Timog-Katagalugan, paiba-iba rin naman ang takbo ng buhay. Mayroong mga bata sa paligid na walang magawa (halimbawa na nito ang napaka-cute kong kapatid!) kaya naman inaya niya ako kahapon kung gusto ko raw bang magpagupit sa kanya.

Aba, at pumayag naman ako! I thought trim lang talaga na konti lang. Aba, aba, aba… Makailang saglit lang eh unti-unti nang nawala ang humigit-kumulang 1.5 to 2 inches ng buhok ko. Ang gulat ko eh… Not that bad naman ang pagkakagupit niya. In fact, sige na nga. Ayos lang. Hindi naman ako nagmukhang baliw. Para sa latest photo, tingnan lamang ang pic ko sa baba. Haha!

New haircut
New haircut

Summer nga naman, at kahit umuulan-ulan ngayon, ayos na rin. Parang nagpasalon! *with matching pa-sway-sway pa!*  ..  Siguro nga, napapanahon na rin kahapon upang putulin ang mga buhok kong may split-ends.

Anyways, aside dun sa haircut, napuna kong nitong mga nakaraang araw ay tila baga napaka-makabuluhan. Siguro ay dala na rin ng eagerness na makapasa ng board exams. Pero hindi rin… Siguro bugso ito ng power of the mind. Ika nga ng mga psychological experts, “You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts,” (Rhonda Byrne — from http://woopidoo.com/business_quotes/mind-quotes.com/).

Tunay nga naman, hindi ba? Well, kung hindi ka naniniwala sa akin, nasa sa’yo yun. Ang point ko lang eh nasa atin lang talaga ang kakayanang gawin ang nais natin. Oo, at maraming maaaring humadlang. Pupwedeng may mga aksidente o hindi inaasahang pangyayaring dumarating sa buhay natin. Ngunit bukod sa mga ito, tayo lamang at TAYO lang (oo, uulitin ko… IKAW at AKO) ang may hawak ng bukas natin.

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Maiba tayo… Sumagi lamang sa isip ko — napakaraming blogs talaga ngayon, at sa lahat ng mga ito, samu’t-saring mga ideya ang kanilang pinopromote. Kumbaga, bawat blog, isang produkto. Lahat may kanya-kanyang istayl. Masasabi kong sa buong blogging life ko, marami na akong naging inspirasyong bloggers. Either natuwa ako sa kanyang paraan ng pagcommunicate o kaya naman, sa layout, o di kaya naman sa kanyang kakaibang mga ideya.

Naaliw ako sa pag-eexplore ng Internet nitong mga huling araw. At mula sa pagssite hopping, nadiscover ko ang ilang magagandang paraan upang bukod sa maging kaaya-aya ang blogging experience natin, ay mabahagi rin natin ang kagandahang ito sa ating mga viewers.

1. magpacontest! (yupp, maraming paraan nga… at inspired by Sir Jorge’s blog, natanto ko ang kahalagahan ng audience impact. Well, not necessarily namang dapat laging aim natin ay ang maaliw ang readers. Pero take note, kung nais nating maging meaningful ang buhay (including ang bloglife), mas okay na rin kung i-aapply ang konseptong ‘the more, the merrier.’ Kumbaga, as we grow into more experienced bloggers, lalabas at lalabas din ang tunay nating personalities. Kasi, attributing oneself into a work of art will definitely bring out the best in such crafts (para bang David’s Salon? 🙂 ).

2. i-express ang sarili – Syempre, ito ang isa sa main purposes ng isang blog, ang ilabas ang saloobin. Kasabay nito, ang pagbblog ay nagsisilbing avenue upang bigyang-diin ang stream of thoughts present sa atin. Pupwedeng nakaimbak na pala ang nais nating ibahagi, ready to be typed na lang. O kaya naman ay iniisip pa natin. Maalin man, ang lahat ng ating ilalagay sa blog ay sumasalamin sa kung sino tayo.

3. Magbigay-pugay sa mga natatanging sites, books, music, etc. – Sa pagbblog, tayo rin ay gumagawa ng tila mga review ng sari-saring paborito natin. Bukod sa mga ito, nagkakaroon din tayo ng pagkakataong magkomento sa mga latest events, trends, news, issues, etc. Kayapanaman, usong-uso ang mga ganitong uring blogs, dahil through them, we get to learn other people’s views on certain ideas.

4. Information pool – Yes, ang blog ay source ng kung anu-anong impormasyon. Kadalasan ngayon, dahil sa high tech na mundo, karamihan ng mga estudyante, kabataan, propesyonal, homemakers, atbp. ay kumukuha ng ideas o nagreresearch sa World Wide Web. Sa kabutihang-palad at dahil sa constant improvement ng blogging tools, pag sinuswerte nga naman, bigla na lang mapupunta ang mga net goers sa ating blogs. Maaaring dulot ito ng ating blogging home (like sa WordPress, may instant access na ang ibang tao dahil sa ‘ping’ access nito) o kaya naman ng ating sariling sikap. Pwede na pala tayong maglog-in sa Google at iregister ang ating site sa kanilang interface. Pronto! May possibility na mapabilang ang site sa online traffic.

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Well, hindi lang naman para sa pagpapapansin ang silbi ng ating kinaaaliwang blogs. It is more of putting our hearts into it, seeing to it that we don’t get carried away by the hub of blogging. Making sure that we don’t lose our identities because of the trend that modernization lends into our souls.

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On the other hand, as I was stumbling along one of the Stumbleupon sites, may isang site specializing on the mind ang aking natuklasan. Ito ay ang LiteMind.com. Sa site na ito ni Luciano Passuelo, isang Brazilian, ipinapakita ang magagandang facts, insights, atbp. ukol sa kapangyarihan ng ating utak. Napakasayang isipin, sapagkat dahil sa usaping ito, marami nga pala talagang very interesting things na dapat malaman ng bawat nilalang tungkol sa brain power.

Kaya naman pala ako ay naging super interested sa Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at ilan pang mga topics related sa mind, personality, emotions, intelligence, behavior — sa kadahilanang ito ang tunay na nilalaman ng puso ko! Naks naman! Yepp, in fact, habang iniisip ko kung ano nga ba ang purpose ko sa buhay, natanto kong isa pala yun sa mga pangarap ko — na sana ay matupad.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa nilalaman ng site, pumunta lamang sa link na nasa itaas. c”,)

Not too late for Earth Day

26 Apr

April 22 — The world celebrated Earth Day through various charitable programs solely intended to care for nature. As I browsed for the latest activities here in the Philippines related to this, I came across various sites that may be useful for the other bloggers who feel like going environment-friendly virtually.

Rock Ed (www.rockedphilippines.org)

a volunteer group program that promotes alternative education through various means (teaching, poetry, visual arts, performing arts, music, print ads, photography, etc.)

Duly inspired by their advocacy, I really feel that to function better as citizens of our countries, we, as individuals, have the responsibility to be advocates of our own fields. As writers, for instance, we can promote a certain cry for the environment, etc. We can lift the hearts of those who love to read by the wondrous ideas we have. Somehow, in our little ways, we serve as a bridge towards a goal that’s never hard to accomplish — if only we have the desire, patience, and determination to succeed.

Blog-o-mania

23 Apr

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from http://www.tartx.com/blog/?page_id=233

If I will be rating my blogging experience, I would definitely get lost amidst the more experienced ones in the industry. Yes, blogging has now become an industry. And as far as the 21st century world is concerned, blogging is now turning into an outlet (to express emotions), an avenue for information dissemination/resource area, a place to gather new sets of friends who share insights, and a hub for the business-minded to promote their ideas and products to the world.

Indeed, blogging is now the place to create a sense of who we are. As bloggers, we are in the state of producing an identity that we would want the blogosphere (blog-world) to know. Of course we still want to keep parts of us that we want to conceal to the public, but still, as we try to post articles, choose what blog design we shall have, etc., we still imprint a trademark readily available through the internet.

Now, as I wander off the blog world, I came across what I consider as a whole new perspective of modernization. At 21, I have never imagined how wide the tech realm can be. Considering that I am in the generation of ‘everything techie.’ Starting off as I searched for blogging basics, I’ve discovered a tantamount of terms and procedures sure to dazzle the tech savvy. For more details, you may browse over Wikipedia as well as the search engines, related blogs for a list of terms.

As for me, I’ve learned about blog rolling (listing favorite blogs on the side bar), widgets (side bar contents), and many more (codex, RSS, feeds, etc.). Thus, as of now, this venture rolls along slowly and during my learning opportunities, I still am trying my best to flourish.