Special presents

Special gifts,

This time may not be for me;

One day it will be.

God won’t give presents too late;

He wraps it when he means it.

Deliver it not too early;

In His time he wills,

For me to be happy.

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Story No. 214

I love books.  One of the little books I bought last 2008 was the “The Next 500 Stories by Frank Mihalic, SVD.  It’s a red colored book and the 3rd volume of Fr. Mihalic’s collection of anecdotes and short stories.  What I like about it is its simple conversation and it’s enriched with wisdom, wit and humor.  According to Fr. Frank the purpose of his book is to be of help to his Pacific islands brothers and sisters who need stories to communicate their messages.  He believes in the Indian guro Vyasa’s observation that “the shortest distance between a human being and a truth is a story.”  

Arrived home past 10 in the evening today and the red book seemed to greet me tonight.  Missed reading it also because lately I’ve been hanging out with new books of leadership and management.  Well, now I’m glad I’m with it.  I need to re-charge myself from work and life pressures.  And I love to share the story no. 214.  It really helped me re-charged realizing my best ally is in me.

Fr. Frank said “a story is not story ’till we retell it.  So here it is…

ME AND MYSELF
 
Some people can’t bear to be by themselves.
They must have action and sound.
Left to their own devices,
They aimlessly flounder around.
 
Some folks don’t seem to have what it takes
To spend one hour alone,
And thus they never really found
What inner sources they own.
 
Now, as much as I like people,
And enjoy their company,
There’s a part of each day I must wander away,
Just to talk things over with me.
 
Try it sometime and you’ll be surprised
At how little yourself you’ll bore.
You’ll sigh with delight, “Why, this guy’s all right!
Why haven’t we met before?”

– Brother Polycarp

Side trip at Luneta Park

What made business trips equally enjoyable is when you get to see places you never thought you could see.  In spite of the very busy schedule for the 2-day trip in Manila, I run off to Luneta Park and enjoyed every moment with my company who was also having fun as I did.  He did all the picture-taking while with my heart’s delight I did all the poses I could.

Rizal Park or Luneta Park is the park located in the heart of the city of ManilaPhilippines.  It’s where you get to see Filipino families do the traditional picnics and bonding moments together with their children, and tourists enjoying its landscapes and well-documented history.   The park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.  Walking around the park reminded me of the wonderful history we have.  The park was officially named in honor of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal who was executed last December 30, 1896.

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Happy 67th birthday Papa

The handsomest father in the world according to his five daughters and one son :-), turned 67 years old yesterday.

Papa as usual, would always get disappointed when I come home late from work so I took a undertime by 5:00pm and rushed home.  Coming home is a half and hour ride.  Feeling stressed I dozed off inside the public vehicle.  Thankfully, I arrived safely at 7:00pm just in time for dinner.

I wished him increased good health and sound mind.  I wish and pray that he will have more than energy to drive his little kiddos going to school.  He always loves driving for them using our old tricycle.  It’s the same vehicle he was using when me and my sisters were in high school.  We were so happy seeing him having fun with his five (5) grandchildren.  How I wish to give him a grand kiddo too.  Maybe in time when the right guy for me arrives.  Seeing him and Mom happy and healthy is more than enough.  I couldn’t wish for more.

Happy birthday Papa!