I want to die the same meaningful death as Ivan by touching people’s life in more ways than one.
As I was listening to the gospel, last ash wednesday 5:30pm mass, the following verses struck me:
Jesus said to his disciples, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly father.” When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:1-6)
This was reinforced by Father Bernie in his homily and said that the ultimate sacrifice for lenten season is self-denial. Deny yourself with burst of pride, thoughts of revenge, and urge to say bad words to other people.
I had the ultimate test of self-denial today. One of my co-worker in the office put me to the tests. She said alot of bad things in email to my co-workers, my boss, and other people that it started a Word War I between us. I cannot take the libelous accusations, character assasination, and personal harrassment that she is doing to people and now to me. My dark side is telling me to fight back, return all her accusations with words like “bitchy”, “evil one”, and “sales witch”. Specially during occasions where she would ignore my attempts to reach out to her. I wanted to fight back and I was already planning a revenge plan for the next few months. Indeed, this was an ultimate test of self denial for me. I’ll pray that He would guide me to the right way to handle the situation and that He enligthen my colleague to have an open mind and heart so that we can have a chance to reconcile. I learned a big lesson today — deny yourself and do it in secret.
WARNING! I know that some of you in one occasion or another will be trying to visit us in our condo at Taft Ave. Last Sunday, my brother parked his car directly in front of the building directly right across the street. When he came back to his car after a few hours visiting Baby Aidan in our condo, he found the spare tire of his CRV stolen! He asked around and of course nobody knew who took it and we even asked the guards.
As a learning experience, here are some tips when parking in condos such as ours:
1. Park directly in front of and on the side of the road where condominium is.
2. If you have to leave your car, ask the guard to keep an eye of your car.
Please be careful, and this reminded us that there are evil people lurking around in the streets.
The new addition to my gadget family is “Angelika” and I immediately fell in love with this gadget! Angelika is an ipod Photo with 60 GB of space that I instantly fell in love after one day of playing around with it. Let me share with you why I love my ipod:
1). The usability design is awesome! The ease of using the click wheel with your thumb is a breakthrough design. At the same time, the looks and aesthetic design is a killer by itself — sleek white and stainless steel design. It is really easy to listen to MP3’s via an iPod.
2). Personalized ipod with laser engraving. I love it when Apple store offered a laser engraving service if you buy it from their website — and I did! I bought my ipod from the apple website which costs me $597.45 net (which already considers $30 discount coupon and a tax rate of $28.45 for the state of Virginia). This is still cheaper if you buy it in the Philippines because at this rate, this would only be able to buy you the 40GB version.
3). Podcasting – I love it! There are a few podcast now available and you just need to download the audio content via RSS with AAC enclosure so that it automatically integrates with your iTunes. I love IT conversations where you can hear interviews with the who’s who of the IT industry (i.e. Tim O’Reilly, Craig Newmark- Craig’s list, Ben and Mena Trott- Six Apart). All you need to have would be:
— an iPod with sufficient amount of space and iTunes software.
— download a podcasting receiver. I use iPodder
— check out the top rated podcast and read the description and comments at Podcast Alley
— my favorite podcast which got me hooked –> IT Conversations
— all software and podcast materials are free!
4. Audiobooks galore. If you are like me who struggles with reading a book, why not listen to the unabrigdged version via iPod and listen to the author narrate the book to you. Such service already exists via audible.com and you can get audio books like Davinci Code, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Getting things done, Angels and Demons, among others. The service costs $14.95/month with one free audio book and one subscription (magazine, newsradio, etc.) or choose the premium service for $21.95/month with any two audiobook.
5. Use it for MP3s, Photos, File Archives. With 60GB, I plan to allocate 40GB of MP3’s, 12GB of photos and 8GB of archived files. With the iPod Photo there is no need for me to print alot of the pictures I took for Baby Aidan. I just need to download them to my iPod and I can show it anytime — I can even connect it to a TV to view the slideshow. Lastly, it was a surprise to me that when you connect the iPod, it would connect as an additional hard drive so you can transfer your backup/archive files for safekeeping!
Its great to see shows that are innovative and wacky. I’m starting to become a fan of the wazzup show even though I guess I’m not part of the “target audience”. I’m glad to see that they also started to venture into alternative channels such as blogs. I was watching the show last night and I got interested to see what’s their blog all about. I was filled with anticipation and can’t wait to see what’s in it. I was hoping for a more interactive site where the show’s hosts are able to interactive with their audience. However, I was disappointed that the Ka-blog site looks exactly the same as the official website. It features the same show synopsis and some more pictures of Drew and Iya. Not to mention, that the blogs looks exactly the same as the blog of its creator coffee addict’s blog jologs with style. The blog is still young which started last January 23 and there are alot of room for improvements.
In any case, here are my 2cents worth on how to improve the wazz-up blog:
1. Inside Scoop. Can we have more thoughts from Drew, Toni, and Vhong on their day to day life or commentaries from the host on the inside scoop of the stories they featured in wazzup? I’m starting to be a fan of Toni and I’m hoping to get more of her personality in the wazzup blog.
2. Wazzup Bloggies. I’m amazed at how the young started to blog and I’ve seen alot of “a day in your life” blogs and I haven’t anyone particularly interesting enough to subscribe or visit it often. Except for some that is worth of mention: Jakee’s photoblog — great pictures and Superbianca who have been blogging since September 2003. One great idea is that they own a bloggies segment where they would feature blogs (oldest blog, coolest photoblog, etc.) and then at the end of the year, they hold a pinoy bloggies on the best blogs in the Philippines.
3. Audioblog/Videoblog feeds. Even if Toni and the hosts does not have the time to log in an article/post in the blog, maybe they can start to audioblog so that the fans can hear them talking and relate to them on a personal level. Of course, the audio commentaries should be about what they like or don’t like or what didn’t work in the show. Another idea is to post a video blog on the bloopers of the show and invite the fans and blog readers to comment and have fun.
I’m starting to like the show but there are just some jokes that does not work or “pilit” and maybe through the wazzup blog we can contribute to the improvement of the show.
BTW, Congratulations to Toni for being a member of the ABS-CBN Kapamilya and Kabarkada mo.
Our friends from magnifICA went on a Tagaytay excursion yesterday wanting to try out Sanctuario, Bag of Beans among others and here are their reviews:
Just want to share with you our experience in Tagaytay yesterday. Overall, the Sanctuario experience was ok. I ordered the Bulalo Pasta. The meat was tender but it was a litlle bland for my taste. The Bangus Carbonara and the Pasta Aligue were good! The raisin bread was also up to expectation. It was soft and the sweetness was just right. The ambiance was nice. We were seated at the Ground Floor beside the glass window where we had a great view of Taal. After lunch we passed by the Pink Sisters Shrine. Maong and I took some great shots there.
We then stopped by the newly rennovated Taal Vista Lodge. The Lounge was nice. It was a huge transformation from the old interior which was dark and rustic. Now it was bright and romy. It somehow resembled the lobby of Edsa Shangrila. We then went outside to the vista point and took some pictures.
Our last stop was Bag of Beans near the town proper. Personally that was the best part of the trip. From the road you can only see the small coffee shop. It's deceptively small but they have a garden below which has an assortment of flowers and plants. It resembles a little bit like Sonya's Garden but more cozy. They had little nooks in the garden for small groups, and a covered area for bigger groups. We had dessert and coffee. The apple pie ala mode was superb! Yumm! The coffee's good and CHEAP! It costs P55 and it's reffillable. It's a very conducive place to hang out and chatter up. We had a lot of laughs and near miss experiences.
It was a really great adventure! We're planning on repeating this every month. Kind of like a monthly out-of -town get together. There are plenty of unexplored dinning places out there. So I hope the others can come along next time.
'Til then… Di
To add, parking at taal vista now cost P100 unless you have your ticket validated at the coffee shop. For those who have pets, you can bring them at Bag of Beans. We saw a number of patrons in the garden with their dogs. Maong.
It was our decision to give birth in Asian Hospital despite the fact that it was 20mins away from our Malate condo and despite some complains from family and friends that it was too far. I did not regret the decision and we enjoyed every moment that we stay in Asian. In fact, we wanted to extend for a few more days because our P1,600 room rate (small private room which is as big as a large private room in Makati Med that costs 3,000+); is almost shouldered by our health care in the office. Imagine P1,100 is shouldered by Philamcare and P400 is shouldered by Philhealth. We are just paying P100 per stay that already includes food hotel food, nurse at a touch of a button, and free utilities&services (daily cleaning, aircon and drinking water).
Related Blog Posts:
- Happy Birthday Baby AIDAN DOMINIC!! & Giving Birth @ Asian Hospital in Alabang
- The Birth of Baby JOSHUA XAVIER (A Photo Essay)
- The Birth of Baby RAPHAEL ANTHONY (A Photo Essay)
- The Birth of Baby YSRAEL GABRIEL (A Photo Essay)
We would like to share with you the launch of http://aidanacio.us/ with the mission of taking one great photograph of Aidan a day until his wedding day. This is to share with our family & friends the joy of Aidan and my love for photography. Thanks for you support and I do hope you enjoy the site!
P.S. Please post a comment on the guest map so that we would know the people visiting the Aidanacious.
Thank you to all the family & friends who visited Baby Aidan over the past 5 days. It really feels great to see all of you who extended an extra effort either to visit in the hospital or at home. We appreciate all the welcoming text messages, food, flowers and gifts for Baby Aidan — maraming salamat. You’ve touch our lives and Baby Aidan with your caring and support during this momentous occasion. We hope we can reciprocate someday or pay it forward. Thank you. Here is the complete link of the pictures over the first 5 days. Enjoy!
Episode 1: The Birth of Baby Aidan
Episode 2: The 2nd day of life
Episode 3: Aidan’s Home Coming
Sincerely, Anton, Rache and Aidan