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I’m Back

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment
Somehow, I couldn’t keep my mind off of ideas of what I can post here…  I’m back. Smile
 
The songs of my soul… Valentine’s is near (Hi!), and shortly after that is the Lenten season (If I Could Touch You).  I look forward to Lent more than Christmas, only because the mood is more reflective of what’s important in this life, and in particular the next.  (On a related note see my post What Will Matter, something I got from my sister in a forwarded e-mail three years ago.)
 
Today our subdivision held its second-ever Chess Exhibition with Asia’s first-ever Grand Master, Eugene Torre.  I got checkmated out of the game after only a short while, but since it’s not everyday that you get to play against a Grand Master, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.  The first time we had this was five years ago.  I don’t know when the next Chess Exhibition will be held, but I’ll definitely be playing again.
 
I have attempted to get back to my reading like what I mentioned I planned to do, and to some small degree I have (emphasis on small).  Work has been very busy and, honestly, I’m just stressed out.  The other week I had three conference calls at night, which led me to get sick the whole of last weekend.  That was a bummer.  Yeah, I did take a break from blogging over the weekend, only because I was too sick to do so. 
 
Suffice it to say I’m not amused by what I have to deal with now. Sad I’m an Infra Arch attempting to understand and do the work of a Data Arch…  Still, on the bright side it’s a definite learning experience that won’t go to waste, because aside from myself a lot of people also discovered a lot of things in the course of this ongoing research.  This new knowledge I’m gaining is something that I won’t be seeing and applying for the last time in my current assignment.
 
Still… I’d be lying if I said I was happy doing what I’m doing now.  Sigh.  It’s just one of those days wherein you wish you were doing something because you enjoy doing it rather than because you are being paid to do it.  I do what I must do because at the end of the day I’m a professional, and will act that way regardless of what I feel.  Besides, I’d rather have a problem because of something at work instead of not having work at all.  I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to be unemployed in these times.  Thus, I’m still very grateful for what I have.  And, in fairness, what I have is still very good… though it could be better. Smile
 
Speaking of work…  I’ve already received something like five offers (three e-mails and two calls) from head hunters interested in getting me for open infrastructure technology positions in their respective companies, here locally and in Singapore — all within this month.  Considering the current global financial crisis and many people losing their jobs, this is flattering.  Unfortunately the positions don’t capture my fancy… One of the companies was offering a Director-level position of sorts (from how I understood the offer), but it was more of a resource management role, for a technology that I was not familiar with.  Even then, I believe my present employer has a no-hire agreement with that particular company…  Had they offered something close to my present skill set and interests, I might be forced to decline it because ultimately they would have to turn down my application because of said agreement. 
 
Someday I might come across one that I’ll actually really, really, really want to pursue — no-hire agreements notwithstanding.  I’m not closing my doors to other options out there.  I will leave my present company for that opportunity should it come — but only for the right reasons, of course. 
 
Okay… That’s enough talk about work for now.  I already had a lot of talk about work this past week, and there will be more of this in the many weeks to come.
 
I have a terrible need to relax and unwind this weekend…  There might be something nice showing now; perhaps a movie or two tomorrow.  I’m cutting down on my Starbucks Frappuccino intake this year to once a week instead of five times a week (minimum) to help cut down on my sugar intake.  I already had my fill for this week, but I may just make an exception this week with all the stress I’ve had.  I guess we’ll just see. Smile
 
This is all for now.  Take care everybody.  God bless us all.
 
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Categories: Personal

If I Could Touch You

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

If I Could Touch You – Bukas Palad

 
If I Could Touch You
Bukas Palad
 
If I could touch You, I’d heal Your broken palms
If I could hold You in my arms
I’d call the soft breeze to caress Your weary arms
I’d call the moonbeam to dispel this darkest night
If I could touch You, I would
 
If I could hear You, Your words of anguish
If You’d just whisper in my ear
The sadness weighing down Your heart that no man sees
If You’d just call me, I would sing of flaming hope
If I could hear You, I would
 
Long have I waited for you to hear My cry
Long have I waited for you to answer My plea
What you do to your brethren You do it for Me
I am in the brokennes and woundedness of man
 
[COUNTERPOINT]
Yes, you can touch Me
I’m in the least of your brethren
I’m in the weak and small
I need your hands to bear My weary arms
I need your touch to heal My wounded palms.
Yes, you can touch Me
Yes, you can hear Me
 
Categories: Music

Hi!

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Hi! – True Faith

 
Hi!
True Faith
The park is empty, my beer’s already warm
And the shoppers have all gone home
Drunken and weary, I almost thought I forgot
About that someone who hit that spot
 
Love was a thing you wanted to know
And so with one wish, I did gave a show
Now that you’re back with a half-baked smile
Just skip the bull, let’s talk for a while
 
Hello, how have you been
Who’ve you been seeing this past few weekends
I know it’s not me
I know that it’s you I’d love to be with
 
When you want to be free
It’s so funny how you should hurt someone
And that someone was me
I’m just a man, not much with plans
But I do believe in what I stand
 
Love was a thing you wanted to know
And so with one wish, I did gave a show
Now that you’re back with a half-baked smile
Just skip the bull, let’s talk for a while
 
Hello, how have you been
Who’ve you been seeing this past few weekends
I know it’s not me
I know that it’s you I’d love to be with
 
Hello, how have you been
Who’ve you been seeing this past few weekends
I know it’s not me
I know that it’s you I’d love to be with
 
Love will tear us apart again, and again, and again
 
Hello, don’t say good-bye, don’t say good-bye
Just say hello, just say hello
Don’t say good-bye, don’t say good-bye
Just say hello, just say
 
Hello, how have you been
Who’ve you been seeing this past few weekends
I know it’s not me
I know that it’s you I’d love to be with
 
Hello, how have you been
Who’ve you been seeing this past few weekends
I know it’s not me
I know that it’s you I’d love to be with
 
Hello, hoh hoh, hoh hoh
Hello, hoh hoh, hoh hoh hoh
 
Categories: Music

Di Na Ako Aasa Pa

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

3. Introvoys – Di Na Ko Aasa Pa (3:58) – Introvoys

 
Di Na Ako Aasa Pa
Introvoys
Ilang gabi na akong lito
Di ko maisip kung bakit nagkalayo
Mahal kita ngunit mahal mo siya
Ang hinihiling ko lamang, mahalin ka niya.
 
[Chorus]
Di na ‘ko aasa pang muli
Kung ikaw ay babalik
Saka na lamang ngingiti
Tandaan mong mahal kang talaga
Tanging ikaw lamang (ang) nasa aking alaala.
 
Naglalakad, hawak-kamay
Tila ba’ng ligaya niyo’y walang katapusan
Ang nakaraan nating dalawa
Di ko na makita sa yong mga mata.
 
[Repeat Chorus except last word]
… alaala.
 
[Bridge]
Sa iyo sana’y maghihintay
Ikaw ang gusto ko sa habang buhay, ngunit…
 
[Repeat Chorus except last word]
… alaala.
 
[Repeat Chorus except last word]
… alaala.
 
[Coda]
Di na ‘ko aasa pang muli
Kung ikaw ay babalik sa ‘king piling
Saka na lamang ngingiti
Tandaan mo, mahal kang talaga sa akin, giliw
Tanging ikaw lamang, nasa aking alaala
Di na ‘ko, di na ‘ko
Di na ‘ko aasa pang muli
Kung ikaw ay babalik sa aking piling
Di na ‘ko, di na ‘ko
Di na ‘ko aasa pa…
Sa ‘yo

Categories: Music

What Will Matter

January 31, 2009 1 comment
What Will Matter
by Michael Josephson
 
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
 
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
 
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
 
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
 
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of CHOICE. Choose to live a life that matters.
 
Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Faith of the Heart

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Faith Of The Heart – Rod Stewart 

 
Faith of the Heart
Rod Stewart
It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near
 
And I can feel the change in the wind right now
Nothings in my way
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna hold me down
 
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart
 
It’s been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I finally have my day
I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna change my mind
 
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart
 
I’ve known a wind so cold and seen the darkest days
But now the winds I feel are only winds of change
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain
But I’ll be fine
 
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart
 
Faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
That no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart
 
Its been a long road
 
Categories: Music

Break Declared!

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment
Hey guys…  Hope things are doing fine from your end. 
 
I just recently completed reading "The Criminalization of Christianity."  It is an eye-opening work indeed; I got an interesting though not directly related insight as I was reading the book.  I consider reading religious books as my "heavy reading" fare.  Too bad I had to order it from out of the country; there used to be stock available locally but it has since run out.  When you get a chance to get hold or borrow a copy of the book, I recommend that you read it.
 
Last weekend I spent my time posting new blog entries.  More or less I’ve done the same this weekend.  I’ve posted quite a few but diverse material this weekend.  Not bad, I should say, hehehe. 
 
I have to catch up on what I consider my "light reading" fare — technical materials.  I plan to pick up where I last left in reading the "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-643): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure" book I ordered last November.  The technical side of me is itching to get back on track in upgrading my infrastructure skills, in particular this aspect of Microsoft Windows Server 2008
 
Come the Lenten season I’m planning to start reading Bo Sanchez‘s 40 Stories of Passion, which I think will be a good fit for the season.  (I thought of mentioning this, if only to say that I haven’t forgotten this gift, Emmilyn.  Thanks again! Smile)
 
Anyways…  I am declaring a break, for now, in any blog activity so that I can spend some time with my books.  Since I’ll have more free time on my hands (because I do research and reflection whenever I make a post, it sometimes takes a while to get something out) I might as well catch up on some exercise too, hehehe.  That new mountain bike I bought on December 29, the same day I started this blog, is starting to rust because of non-use. Tongue out
 
I don’t know how long (or short-lived) this break will be…  I guess we’ll just see.  For the few people out there who are actually reading my blog — THANK YOU! Smile  I guess it might be good to subscribe to an RSS feed of my blog so that you’ll just get notified if there’s anything new here.
 
Okay…  This is all for now.  Take care everybody.  God bless us all. Smile
 
Categories: Personal