Tuesday, January 12, 2016

On Spirituality and the "Life of Pi"

It was around this time a few years ago when I've watched this movie, "Life of Pi." I've written my own kind of review about it and I'd like to share this with you. The movie may no longer be shown in theaters but the lessons learned from it will always linger in the movies of my mind.

Much of the things written about this highly-acclaimed movie were about the film itself, written objectively, that is. I beg to differ here. I’d like to express my thoughts and even feelings about this beautiful story of Pi and how he survived a shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger as a companion. 


"I found her diary underneath a tree and started reading about me." There goes the line of a song by the group called "Bread." What is now oftentimes called a "journal" used to be called a diary.

According to an 18th century Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America named Walter Scott, a diary as a rule is "a document useful to the person who keeps it, dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it." I don't know if our very own hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, an avid diary writer and keeper, had read that because his diaries were treasures from which we have gleaned most of what we know about him now.

Take Note!

If there’s one thing I’m truly crazy about, it’s notebooks. Yes, those bound papers held either by string or spring, ruled or plain and come with different sizes and covers. They can be used as journals or for taking notes, of course, hence the name, ‘notebook.’ If I have a love affair with words, I have a fetish for notebooks ever since I can remember. Buying them when classes would start excited me more than anything else. Now that I’m not going to school anymore (to study or to teach), I still go to the stationery section of a bookstore to scour for them. Sometimes, just buying one beautiful notebook would make my day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Eat to live, NOT live to eat

How many of us can actually admit to the above statement?

The “eating season” has just ended. New Year Resolutions or Goals usually have “lose weight” in them. In the first place, it would have been best if one thought of eating right during the holidays. It might have helped to be reminded of what matters most when it comes to nutrition and what we stuff our stomachs with.

With the advent of social media and instant sharing of photos, it becomes apparent how we actually live to eat because of the proliferation of photos of food posted. It’s as if eating has become everyone’s favourite past time giving credence to the supposedly ‘favourite subject’ of a lot of people in school: recess. This applies, of course, to those who have access to modern gadgets, the internet and what else, money to buy food and more food. Never mind that there are those who are supposed to be wallowing in poverty and hunger; they’re not part of the “in crowd” anyway! But that is a different story.

One Year to Live

Screengrab from Instagram @hilariohalili. Acapulco Bay, Mexico. New Year's Eve.  
A new year is here again. We who have survived beyond the fireworks of new year's eve are blessed that we still have another chance to reach for our dreams and/or make up for the mistakes of the past. There were a lot who were not lucky to see the dawn of a new year.

Let me just share with you a part of what I've written last year for Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles in an article called "If you had one year to live." 

Death is a touchy subject and more often than not, not many would openly talk about it, thinking of it as something morbid. But come to think of it, it is only when we are open about death which none of us will ever escape, that we could perhaps see life differently. We will learn to appreciate life more and make each day count for eternity. (Well, unless one doesn’t believe in the afterlife. But that’s a different story.)

Cheers to 2016!

Happy New Year!

Where did 2015 go? It was just here. People have waited for quite sometime for the holidays to come and suddenly, we're almost done with the first week of the first month of a new year! Whew!

So, have you written down your Goals for 2016? Or are you one who writes down new year's resolutions EVERY YEAR? Goals and resolutions are two different things: a resolution is “a decision or determination to do something” while a goal is “the result toward which effort is directed.”

I've written down my goals for 2016. Those are the things I want to achieve this year for my family which includes my husband, children and our dog, of course, our home, our business, and myself. I've scripted them out in an insert of my Midori Traveler's Notebook which I'm sprinkling out (to borrow the term of Jenny Penton of www.plannerperfect.com) in the monthly, weekly and daily pages of my Hobonichi Cousin 2016 planner. These goals will help me go beyond my to-do lists on a daily basis and will set my direction for the year.

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