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Living with no standards and limitations – this is what almost everybody wants. But then, everybody knows there’s no absolute freedom. Our mind is a prisoner itself – prisoner to the battle of many philosophies in life, what to believe and what not to believe. And the biggest, or rather most common question is about the existence of a god. It’s an immortal discussion. Science and religious sectors have laid all their best points, arguments and premises many times and yet, for the respect of each other’s belief, leave it dead.
On afterlife, I took note of Jessica Zafra‘s question (Twisted Travels) after throwing a sceptic view on evangelists on buses “…what if there’s no afterlife? What if this is it?”. The magic of “what if” always makes us wonder and ask the same questions to ourselves. I, even a Christian, took a few seconds to ponder on her question and found myself bouncing back these questions: “But what if there is? What if our life is just a pathetic dot compared to the eternity that awaits us (eternal damnation or eternal paradise)? What is then safer to believe?”.
The concept of hell annoys most people and makes them think that they are being subject to prejudice when the topic is at hand. They want to evade it. Apparently, not liking the idea mirrors their fear of it. They don’t want to be thrown to hell, ironically though, they refuse to do something about it. They reject the offer of not going to hell: to believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, surrender their lives to Him, follow Him. The layers of our modern society’s opinions and perspectives have wrapped the Bible as an urban legend or just a myth. They ignore both eternal damnation and the available salvation which leaves them troubled. Whether they admit it or not, the thought of DEATH bothers them. They wouldn’t want to talk about it because they aren’t certain of anything, on what lies ahead after they die. So this is what they’d do: Hold on to what the pop culture/society says that they ought to live their lives to the fullest – YOLO (You Only Live Once)! I’m not a hater of YOLO concept, only if taken this way:
Sadly, they would take it as to live their lives by exploring all the possibilities, create selfish ambitions, try whatever that would push them to their limits like money, alcohol, drugs, sex, and the list goes on…until they find themselves a shipwreck, helpless, destroyed beyond words. However, I can’t put the blame on them. The mystery of belief and disbelief of the Gospel is stated in the book of Romans and 1 Corinthians (see related verses below). We do not boast of this as if to condemn the world, instead, God‘s amazing grace humbles us. It makes us understand His sovereign plans and His salvation. Salvation wouldn’t have been possible if not for His grace.
It is better to be certain on what you believe in than not to be certain of anything at all. I recall what our pastor said in one of his teachings, Satan uses the popular culture to dictate what the people should believe in, obviously LIES. And these are his two best bullets: (1) There is no beginning and (2) there is no end. The first one obviously refers to the Creation. Of course, Satan is clever enough to take this strategy because if men would believe that there is no creation, it would equate to “there is no creator at all”. The second one refers to judgement. Satan hates this word because he knows what awaits him. Nevertheless, he would love to deceive himself by his own lies, poor him. Judgement is certain (as what the bible says in Hebrews 9:27 “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment…” and 1Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”). But then again, I expect people would ask “What if there’s no God, no Satan, no beginning, no end? Dump that judgement. YOLO!”
1 Corinthians 2:7, “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”
Romans 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”
1Corinthians 1:21, “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.”
Romans 2:6-10 “He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.”
*The Wisdom of God and the Wisdom of Man – http://bible.org/seriespage/wisdom-god-and-wisdom-man-romans-1125-36
*God’s Eternal Decree – http://bible.org/seriespage/god%E2%80%99s-eternal-decree-romans-829
The rain hasn’t stopped for …I didn’t notice for how long now. It pours harder each hour. But thanks heavens for the wet weather, it gives more weight to my reason of absence from today’s work. This is my third day of coughs and hoarse throat and cold. I can stand the day with the first two, but the cold? Uurrgh! I cannot think of more common disease than the common cold. It torments me with a heady feeling of phlegm, dizziness and slight fever. I can’t even taste my food, which gives me the feeling of being nauseated even without riding a plane or a ship. I hate this feeling. Maybe one of the best ways I can unload this heaviness is to write it down and share my wandering thoughts during these days I’ve been a home buddy.
It surprised me that I have finished 3 books during my sick leave. They are light reads but with weight and substance. I realized I find reading and writing as therapeutic as driving. Yes, (to April Timbol Yap) I am also one of those strange creatures that actually find driving therapeutic – regardless of the traffic situation (as how she put it in Stressed in the City: Snippets of the Lighter Side of the Urban Jungle). This is why I could highly relate to you and your thoughts on the roads while reading your work. You’re savvy. And I’d like to have that savvy brain too so I can jot down all my random thoughts and still make a lot of sense out of them. Your book is practically a compilation of everyday observations which might have come to you very randomly but I can’t stop wondering how you expertly managed to weave them through and produce a smart book as this. From frogs, cats, to MMDA signs, to urinals, to LRT and MRT, jump to the streets of Teacher’s Village, your neighborhood, the water in Metro Manila, fast-food chains, gadgets and internet, the Christmas rush, to aging and near-death experience?! (there are still topics in-between). How did you cross Point A (the rats) to Point B (near-death experience)? Ghaaad, I always have trouble with transitions. If there’s a writing class devoted to transitions, that is one subject I could study forever.
While I was having my dinner last night, I had an illusion of the shrewd-sharp-witted-satiric Jessica Zafra eating her meal at the dining hall of Morse College‘s in Yale, New York where she described her food experience this way: …to chew mechanically, and as swiftly as possible to prevent taste buds from noticing they have nothing to do, upon mysterious objects with the consistency and flavor of recycled cardboard, in order to gather sustenance to be processed into energy for negotiating vast distances on foot. Don’t get me wrong, my mom cooks good food, really good. It’s just that I have cold and my taste buds wouldn’t allow me to savor what she prepared for me. Sad! This illusion, or chimera, or how else you’d put it, came so timely…just when I had finished reading Jessica Zafra’s Twisted Travels. There she narrated her travel anecdotes, observations and yes, criticisms on whatever she’d like to criticize. I had so much fun and learning on reading her book. (I’m putting her in third person because I can imagine how she’d talk back if I’d address her just like I did with April Timbol Yap…I don’t have the guts). One thing I know, after reading Twisted Travels, my dream of travelling around the world just grew bigger. And her advice slapped me hard as if to wake me up from that dream: I’m saying that if you want to see the world, plan for it and do it as soon as possible. Wow, I could almost hear her voice in my ears. They say that travelling is the greatest form of education. Taking it from Jessica Zafra, this statement must be so true. She has a lot to say about almost everything and make metaphors, irony and hyperbole out of them and I guess some credits, or most credits go to her travelling. Venice has always been on my top list. I learned from her that Venice cannot be put to words. She just resolved to saying that Venice is too beautiful; it makes words inadequate and pathetic. Fairly, she just made a good description of the place! She’s clever enough not to say Venice is indescribable for the danger of making it describable by using that adjective. Jessica is one keen writer.
…The sky is still pouring heavy rains and I am now contemplating on Jane Mendelsohn’s I Was Amelia Earhart – a work of fiction that reveals snippets of Amelia Earhart’s life and the occurrences that (might have) happened after the fall of her Electra. Who is Amelia? Who was she? She has always been a mystery, I’m sure not only to me but to everybody else. I hadn’t known that name until I heard it in the lyrics of Someday We’ll Know from the movie “A Walk to Remember“. It says “…whatever happened to Amelia Earhart who holds the stars up in the sky…”. Then I Googled her name. She was a pilot who still has no specific date of death, Wikipedia just says disappeared:July 2, 1937. Whatever happened…whatever happened…that line suggests that there’s something that might have happened after the fall. And I can’t stop myself from wondering what if she and her handsome navigator Noonan lived? Would their lives be the same as narrated in the book? Amelia would have been 116 years old by now. But, can there be a possibility of survival in that island? Amelia really had an intimacy with the sky, with its vastness, with its loneliness, its magnificence. She even saw it as flesh. I don’t know if she nearly worshiped it. Did she ever asked how the sky came to be? Maybe if she had known it, or if she acknowledged that there’s more to flying, she would have gone beyond her last sky…
It’s been quite a long while since I last read a light read as that of April Timbol Yap’s Stressed in the City: Snippets of the Lighter Side of the Urban Jungle. And I’m re-reading it now to observe how she managed to weave through her random thoughts which made a good book as this 🙂
On the side, I’m also reading Jane Mendelsohn’s “I was Amelia Earhart” – a lyrical fiction that tells of Amelia’s life and the occurrences that (might have) followed after her plane and her body’s mystical loss. It’s a very interesting read 🙂
I may write my thoughts on these books soon. 🙂
After the band’s dissolution in 2005, Barbie’s Cradle once again cradled their fans last night at Eastwood City Open Park with their alternative rock music. Original band members Barbie (vocalist and guitarist), Rommel dela Cruz (bassist), Kakoi Legaspi (guitarist) and Wendell Garcia (drummer) jammed hard as they reunited on stage this Valentines season.
Wanting their audience to jam with them too, songs in their line up included Independence Day, Tabing Ilog, 121, The Dance, Pag-ibig, among others. Barbie has not lost her purpose of performing in public as she said that the song “Pag-ibig” was written for God, describing His unfailing and never ending love.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls hosted Barbie’s Cradle Valentine Reunion. The band performed at Venice Piazza on Feb.14, at Lucky Chinatown Mall on Feb.15 and wrapped it up last night at Eastwood Mall Open Park.
Barbie and Rommel are now musicians in Victory Christian Fellowship. Drummer Wendell Garcia is now a part of Pupil Band and Kakoi Legaspi plays for Rivermaya and other bands as well.
Marie Digbie’s “Stupid For You” got covered…by me 🙂
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