A Merry, Little Christmas!

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There is always hope in you even if you had no chance before.

There is always love in your heart even if you’re unloved.

There is always strength in you even if you’re afraid.

There is always endurance in you even if they caused you so much pain. 

There is always beauty in you even if no one sees it.

There is always joy in your heart even if tears are falling…

There is always GOD & JESUS in your life even if everyone’s not hearing…even if everyone’s not seeing…even if everyone turned their back on you.

Here is the LORD, our Shepherd, He never sleeps and He always watches over us.

Have yourself a Merry, Little Christmas!

Enjoy the Holiday season!

(That photo was taken last Christmas 2012 from our house. Our mom has a great taste for perfection! 🙂 Doesn’t it look perfect?)

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)

A Blur from the Past

You could get used to a life where there is no ME. You could get used to a life where mem’ries are just a blur from the past. But I hope that you’ll also get used to me thinking that maybe someday, you never considered doing such things.

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)

Holiness is not…

Holiness is not a mask. It does not cover up your flaws or sins; we’re all sinners. Holy work or service to the LORD is just one way of praising Him and returning all His goodness back to HIM. When we sin, we offer sacrifices. And we all have our own ways to renew our faith. When you question the clergy, you question man’s free will. Being good is mandatory; being holy is a choice

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)

MASOCHISM. I am seeing her pictures…convincing myself that she is really beautiful even if she is not. I am staring at her pictures with his eyes and I saw what a real beauty is and that, indeed, she is a beautiful woman. I am internally bleeding.

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)

Oh, Envelopes!

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There’s a story behind these envelopes.
Place: Binmaley, Sari-Sari Store beside BOTICA ARENAS
Time: around 2:30PM

I was badly in need of an envelope.Dumaan ako sa may sari-sari store na katabi ng BOTICA ARENAS sa Binmaley. Nagtanong ako kung may envelope silang benta.

“Anong envelope? BISHESEMBELOP?” Tanong ng wari ko’y may-ari na matandang lalaki. Ako na bihira bumili ng envelope at bihira rin mag-mail ay nag-aalinlangan, lalo na’t hindi ko gaanong maintindihan ang sinabi nila. Kaya para hindi ko na ipaulit at hindi sila ma-offend, sabi ko, “Iyong ginagamit po para mag-mail ng sulat.”

Umaasa akong plain white or air mail envelope ang ibibigay ay hindi ako sigurado kung ano ang gagamitin kaya nagawi na rin ako doon dahil ‘yong sari-sari store na ‘yon ang pinakamalapit na tindahan o bilihan sa post office ng Binmaley.

“BISHEMBELOP NGA!” Wikang galit ng matanda at tanging sagot ko na lang ay “Iyon po.” Sa oras na yaon ay medyo napreskuhan ako pero hinayaan ko na lang. Ang importante ay makabili ako.

Pag-abot ng envelope, inabot ko na rin ang limang na bayad ko sapagkat dalawang piso ang isa. “Bishembelop ito.” Siguro ang ibig nilang sabihin ay ‘business envelope.’ Nagtanong ako kung meron sila noong isa pang klase na air mail envelope. Sabi nila, oo, meron daw. Pagbigay nila sa akin n’on, itinapon sa harap ko piso na sukli ko at sinabing:

“MAHINA KAYO SA ANO…MAHINA KAYO SA GRAMMAR.”

“Pasensya na po. Eh, ngayon lang po kasi ako susulat at bibili ng envelope.” Naisip ko kung ano ang koneksyon ng balarila doon. Nais kong sabihin na pumunta ako doon para magtanong na rin kung ano ang mas mainam gamitin sa pag-ma-mail ng sulat dahil may ibang istrikto pagdating doon. Hindi naman masamang magbakasakali, ‘di ba? Ngunit ganoon ang makuha kong pagtrato sa kanila kaya tumahimik na lang ako. Dagdag pa nila,

“Itinuturo ito sa Elementary…” pagmamalaki at pangangaral nila sa akin na para bang wala akong natutunan sa aking elementarya at sila ay napakaedukadong tao. Sabi ko, “Hindi po kasi itinuro sa amin ito noong Elementary.” Hindi ko na napigilang sagot ng may pagpapakumbaba at respeto. Aalis na sana ako para ‘wag na pansinin pero parang ayaw gumalaw ng paa ako hanggang sa matapos kong sabihin ito.

Pagdidiin pa nila, “MAHINA KAYO SA GRAMMAR. MAY BISHEMBELOP, AIR MAIL, BROWN, GAN’ON…” Makalipas ang ilang minuto, andoon pa rin ako at hindi makaalis sa kinatatayuan ko na tila bang batid kong napahiya ako.

Inisip ko na lang na wala rin akong mapapala kung makikipag-argumento pa ako sa isang matanda na ayaw din paniwalaan ang sinasabi ko. Bulong ko sa sarili ko na hahayaan ko na lang isipin nila kung ano ako o kung bakit hindi ko alam ang kalii-liitang bagay na iyon. Alam ko namang lahat ng tao ay hindi perpekto. May nalalaman ang isa na hindi alam ng iba. Kaya nilisan ko na lang ang tindahan nila at sa may ‘di kalayuan, muli kong tinanaw ang tindahang nagpabago sa araw ko at buhay ko…

(Wow! Imbes na bumili ako doon, nadala na ako. Babalik sana ako sa tindahan. I was on my way to the post office and I could turn back but I thought it wad unethical to return what I sold to them. That was enough. And in case you got there, try niyo ring bumili sa kanila baka nagkakamali lang ako. Envelope din kaya? Tanong ko sa inyo:

Itinuro rin ba ang kinds of envelope sa inyo noong Elementary? Marahil, oo. Pero sa pinanggalingan ko ay hindi. Labing apat na taon na ang nakalipas simula noon at pawang basic lessons ang itinuturo. Nahiya ako sa karunungan nila. Subalit sa kabilang banda ay natuwa ako. It moved my ordinary day. And when I was writing this, someone messaged me on Facebook:

“Sam, may book ka ba sa grammar? Pwede mahiram? Alam mo nang medyo tagilid tayo dyan, eh”.

Ha-ha. Take note, hindi ko pa naipopost itong nobela ko kaso tignan mo kung paano magbiro ang tadhana.

Just in case, teach your child, too, the kinds of envelope para hindi na mapangaralan sa isang sari-sari store.)

( An original post from my Facebook account. I typed this from my tablet and wasn’t that hard to type a long post from a touchscreen device? Sometimes, people brag about what they know and when you don’t know them, they feel so proud. Well, this may not be my first time to encounter situations like this, but I am certain that there are people who are arrogant. And instead of being friendly to their customers (store-owners), they tend to “shoo” buyers because of their unethical approach. This may serve as a lesson to all of us. Whether you are in my case or in that of the case of the vendor. And whoever reads this, I am not after the degradation of the rights or the publicity of the owner. If you are his relative or friend, I am so sorry. THIS IS JUST A WARNING.

Last P.S. I wrote this post on Filipino because I want my countrymen to feel what it is like to be in my situation and I couldn’t think of another way without the real words from our conversation. Thank you!)

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)