Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bicol Poem: Kasal o Sakal?

Kasal sa simbahan dakol kauragan,
Magastos, mapagal harambugan sana man.
Damulag ipinabakal isinangra electric fan,
Sumpaan pagkamoot na mayong katapusan,

Hurungitan, turukaan may drama pang hiribian.Hambog na lintian!

Mga paslo bundat sa kabasugan,
Binurulsa si adobo pati kutsara kinastahan.
May tatsar pa bako daang masiram,
Pantomina ugmahon ta kinabitan sanggatos,
Gabos na mapapakinabangan pinatos.

Pinirit pinakasal dawa sipunon pa,
An tulak nagdadakula may deposito na,
Gastos ribo-ribo pagbukas kan regalo puro man lang baso,
Buraot na ninong nagsikwat pang embotido,

Nakaagi an tolong bulan mag-agom parehas na maniwang,
Pirming nagmumurudahan ta mayong pagkakan,
Dati kurugusan ngonyan tirilukan,
Magarbong kasalan ang ending suruwayan.

Kaya nene kung mapa-ilusyon sa laog kan harong,
Bako kun sain na madiklom!
Saka pilion dawa kabalangon ang importante may ipapalamon!
Igwa akong bisto rekomenda ko saimo,
Pangaran niya Kulas paradakop halas.

Credits to the original author.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life Hack 101: A Never-Ending Chase

In this world, we cannot have everything we want in life. Therefore, it is important the we learn how to be contented and happy on what we currently have. otherwise, we will find ourselves just to be "chasing after the wind" and it will certainly leave us physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. 

Things around us will keep on changing - new phones, new clothes, new technologies, new people, new friends, new office, new iPod, new laptops, new policies, new president. Day after day things change, people change. One day, you like one thing, the next day you'll be sick of it and replace it with something new, then the cycle goes on. It is already tiring just to even have a thought that it would only be a life of non-ending chase. it's like running without a cause, running without knowing where you'd really like to go. 

So i guess, each of us, should learn how to set our priorities. We should take a deeper look on ourselves and determine what we really want in life because this world will always offer us something new to grab on - both on inanimate things and on people whom we wanted to be in our lives.

We should set our priorities. Know what we really want and most importantly, what we truly need. Otherwise, we can never find lasting happiness and contentment in life. or worse, one day, we will simply find ourselves left in the midst of uncertainty and indecisiveness while other people are successfully moving on to their journey and are living their lives fully contented and happy. Or it could be a realization that we have passed the opportunity that best fits us by trying to grab everything life has placed in front us.

So to reiterate my first statement, WE CANNOT HAVE EVERYTHING WE WANT IN LIFE. There will always be something missing since we're living in an imperfect world with imperfect inhabitants. 

I leave you with the words of King Solomon* in the book of Ecclesiastes 2:11:

"And I, even I, turned toward all the works of mine that my hands had done and toward the hard work that I had worked hard to accomplish, and, look! everything was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing of advantage under the sun."

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NOTE:

King Solomon was the wisest and the wealthiest king during his time. He built the massive temple in Jerusalem (a 13-year construction work), implemented a nationwide construction program and has an abundant supply of wealth & riches and food.

On gold from merchants alone, King Solomon approximately has an annual income of USD 256,643,000. He has other sources of income like timbers, precious stones, silver, expensive oils, etc.

And about women, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

Still, despite those, he found everything to be in vain and striving after the wind. It didn't give him lasting happiness that each one of us wants to have.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Advice From 30-year-old Me to 20-year-old Me

I already turned 30 recently. For some very odd reason I’ve not warmed to the idea of it just yet. However as I began to evaluate my 20's I realized how many mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve learned in a decade of life.

I took some time to write myself some advice.

1. TRAVEL

You have very little responsibility so go and travel. When you get to 30, you’re going to want to travel slightly differently, spend a little more, do slightly more expensive things, eat at slightly better restaurants. So work for a year and save enough money to experience the world on the cheap. How do you know what you want to do if you don’t know what’s out there to do?

Don’t just travel to the obvious places.
Travel to the tough places.
Travel to learn.
Travel to discover.
Travel to the places that will challenge who you think you want to be.

2. BUILD THINGS

Don’t spend too much time working on other people’s visions or in other people’s meetings. Spend time figuring out what your own world view is (see point 1) and where you want to take your own life. Meetings are where ideas go to die.

If you find yourself in a corporate job that you wish you could leave then do it. Leave. If you don’t have a corporate job yet see point 5.

3. READ

Read every day. Read everything you can. Don’t just read about things you know about. Read about people. Read people.

4. STOP WATCHING TELEVISION

Right now. Stop it. It’s not helping you get better at anything.

5. BALANCE BETWEEN SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR CAREER

Fill out the pioneering form and start "storing up treausures in heaven" (Matthew 6:20) Do not take that corporate job. Simplify your life and always make sure you have work-life balance. 

6. DO NOT TRUST TOO MUCH

Even if it kills your relationships. Even if it destroys your ideas. Even if you lose your friends. Even if it means you end up getting hurt.

Trust people until they give you a reason not to.

But don’t be naïve. Some people are out to mess you up.

7. PEOPLE

People are the best and worst thing that will happen to you. Some will help you go further, faster. Others will pull you down to their level and help you lose. Most are OK. Many are average. Some are excellent. A few people will change your life forever. Find them. You don’t need a lot of friends or people around you. You need amazing people who do for you as you do for them.

It’s simple really, a lot of average friends will leave you feeling alone when you need to feel surrounded by people who care.

8. VALUE TIME

Don’t waste time on people who you don’t trust. Don’t waste time with lovers who cheat on you. Don’t waste time with friends who don’t treat you the way you treat them (see point 7).

Do not be late. Value other people’s time. 

Some people will tell you that it’s okay to be late. It’s not. Some people will tell you that it’s just the way they are. Then you need to reevaluate them (see point 7 above).

9. FAIL AND GROW

Fail a lot. Fail often. Fail at love. Fail at socializing. Fail at making friends. Fail at work. Fail at business. Fail with family. Fail with existing friends.

Fail. But do it quickly and learn a lesson.

If you don’t learn something every time you fail then all you’ve done is failed. If you learn something, then you’ve grown. Every time you grow and learn and fail, you get better at figuring out how to succeed.

10. SUCCESS

There is no point at which you will have succeeded. Not in your twenties. Not ever.

Get over that fact and start building things (see point 2 and combine with point 9).

11. PATIENCE

Be patient. Nothing worth doing is worth doing quickly. Nothing worth building is worth building in a rush. Nothing of value is formed in a minute.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Two More Months To Go!

Articles are ready but I decided not to publish these stories due to the sensitivity of the topics. Lakwatserong Bicolano is so busy with his wedding preparations.

I am loving Blogger's new themes by the way.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Year-end Updates from Supladong Bicolano

Oh my, I missed this blog. First off, I am happy to announce that.... 

I AM GETTING MARRIED!
What? How? Why? More of it soon.

I have a lot of stories to tell.

It's holiday season, I will have more time for writing. I promise to myself that I will finalize my entries and publish it here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Unsent Letter: I Am Going Away For 3 Months But Please Don’t Fire Me

Dear Employer,

Last month, I brought up the craziest idea any full-time employee won’t ever think about: I asked you for a 3-month sabbatical leave. I want to travel and not quit my job. I am not sure if there’s a way this will be possible but I am still taking my chance.

I am very thankful how open-minded you are towards my idea. Some companies only allow 30 days of leave per year and I am ridiculously asking you for 90 straight days. In this age of millennial travel, a lot of people my age already quit their jobs to travel the world but I don’t want to do that. I want to keep this job because I love it. I am happy here. I was never burnt out here. This is a kind of office environment that allows me to be me. It takes a while for people to find that cubicle that makes them happy — mine only took a few years. I have a very nice apartment, excellent workmates, and a middle-class lifestyle. All at the same time, I am able to provide for my family back home and afford to travel when I want to. This job made all that possible.

You see, it’s so easy to get out of this office and say, “I quit.” But my heart doesn’t say I should do that. You’ve been a very good employer and I want you to be involved in my thoughts, hopes and dreams for my future in this company.
I am going away for 3 months but please don’t fire me.
This year, I’ve spent weekends in our neighboring countries that pointed me to this crazy idea. I feel very blessed for being able to spend my Saturdays and Sundays sipping coffee with the view of the Singapore Bay and watching the breathtaking sunset in Phuket. Even if it’s just a few days, I found joy in these experiences. This is the reason why every Monday, I get in the office full of energy, creativity, ideas and most of all, life. I am not like any employee who feels like a zombie upon entering these glass doors.

I want to take my traveling to the next level. This time, I don’t want to be a tourist. I am asking for 90 days because I want to experience life. I want to stay with local families and eat, sleep, cook and speak Spanish in any country I will choose to visit for this trip. To be honest, I don’t know where exactly in South America I will go for this sabbatical but I promise it won’t be boring. I know I will be able to learn, grow, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and gain more independence.

I’ve been working for you for 5 years already and I think it is right to discuss this with you. One thing that I learned from working here is that I need to be confident about myself, about what I can do to make this company thrive even more. So I am saying this with all confidence and honesty: Invest in me. Let me go for three months and I promise you, I will come back with knowledge, power, enthusiasm and new life learnings — things that will make this company better; things that I can never learn from my happy cubicle; things that will make me the best employee you will ever have.

I am hoping for your kindest consideration, sir. I want to go away for a few months and keep this job when I come back. I have a strong feeling you, the company and I will gain something wonderful from embracing a little change.

Respectfully yours,

Lakwatserong Bicolano

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Travel 101: The Supladong Bicolano's International Solo Backpacker Adventure in Singapore and Malaysia

Years ago, I was once one of the newest kids on the travel block. I didn’t even know about hostels and backpacking. It was all about that sensation of the need to escape but I had no idea where to go, really. And yes, I was alone. At least, I had the inclination to just do it though I had never been out of the country – ever. Well, I managed to get my new Philippine passport just in time. So I told myself, why not start traveling South East Asia?
Backpacking is a term that has been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. 
With this in mind, I started looking for a cheap airline flying from budget terminals and a not-so-expensive hotel. Such budget terminals allow airline companies to offer the lowest flight deals as operating costs are reduced. You bet! The next day I’m already booked for a round-trip ticket to Singapore via Cebu Pacific!

My officemates introduced me to the world of hostels and the fact that hostels are "ideally" for backpackers. One of them referred me to this very cozy place called A Beary Nice Hostel. which is located near the Chinatown MRT Station. I must say, its name was quite a catch, don’t you think? Well, it was for a first-timer like me. So I booked a bed in their mixed-type dormitory room – just the perfect spot for a newbie to meet travel junkies and learn more about backpacking.

For immigration formalities I planned my so-called travel itinerary. I did some research about Singapore – the must-sees, downloaded offline maps on my Android phone, gathered bits from those in-the-know, read forums on how to locate the Merlion and anything about Singapore. Finally, I packed all the essentials with a decent backpack and off I went to NAIA 3. I paid travel taxes, checked in, lined up for the immigration interview (it was a brief one), boarded the plane and flew heading to Singapore early in the morning.

After roughly 3 and a half hour flight from the Philippines, I arrived at Changi International Airport, Singapore. One of the perks of being a Filipino is that we could enjoy a visa-free Singapore for at least 30 days. So dope. After passing through the immigration (queued up in a long line though), I was on my own. I was mindful to pick up oodles of tourist maps and guides to help me get around the city. Anyway, it’s free. Then, I stepped out of Changi to see the riveting country – Singapore. I paused for a while and savoured the moment. After a reality check, I finally convinced myself to call a taxi and headed to A Beary Nice Hostel where I booked online a few days back.

Squinting into the glare of the morning sun, I took a few more walks up until I reached Esplanade – theatres by the bay! Esplanade boasts its distinctive twin shells and steel framing forming the cladding. It is perfectly located just by Marina Bay. There's nothing quite like walking up by yourself in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but explore.

There was so much to see that I almost forgot that I still need to check in to the hostel. I headed back to City Hall through an underpass which links four shopping centeres - Raffles City, Marina Square, Suntec City and Millenia Walk. Finally, I made it to the hostel at around 10:00 in the morning.

For three days, I managed to see the beautiful places in Singapore - Sentosa Island, Chinatown, Little India, Orchard R, Clarke Quay, Singapore Zoo, Botanical Gardens and a whole lot more. Most of the time, you could just see me walking around with my backpack and looking at the crippled map on the phone for directions. Talk about walking all day, it was just fitting to try the local food as a treat. I tried a cheap local breakfast for just 2 SGD and a hot Yong Tau Foo Bee Hon soup. Now that was a real treat!

I felt like I still needed to see more. I was curious enough to consider crossing borders from Singapore to Malaysia, very eager to see the famous Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur. I've got three options: by plane, train, or bus. Obviously, I took the bus as it was the cheapest option.

First, I took the MRT from Chinatown Station to Nicoll Highway Station and took the first bus heading Kuala Lumpur. I had to get off at Singapore immigration checkpoint for immigration clearance and then took the same bus to cross the bridge. Passing the Singapore immigration checkpoint is a breeze. With a view of palm oil trees, taking the bus was a perfect opportunity to see a bit of Malaysian countryside before arriving to the city of Kuala Lumpur. Pinoys are entitled to stay in Malaysia in less than 30 days without visa. It took me a bit longer to enter Malaysian immigration port though since I have to fill in some forms.

I found out that the knack of getting to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore is by bus (trying to be mr.know-it-all now). The trip took me approximately 5 hours to reach KL (I alighted at the famous Berjaya Times Square) compared to a trip by train which will take you around 7 hours. Well, 5 hours is really long for a traveler with a limited time like me. But, it’s all worth it! Not to mention, everything was cheaper. It'll cost you almost half the price of anything in Malaysia compared to Singapore. Later in the afternoon, I found myself right in front of the majestic Petronas Twin Towers of Malaysia! I paused for a while and savored the moment. I stayed at my friend's flat in Ampang.

I arrived back to Singapore the following day and headed directly at the Changi Airport Terminal 2. After all that's been said and done, it was time to go back home to Manila. This marked my first successful international backpacking trip. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Paano Mo Nalaman?

Paano mo nalaman na kailangan ko ang isang tulad mo sa buhay ko, na may puwang sa puso ko at ito'y nakalaan para sa'yo? Dumating ka sa tamang panahon sa buhay ko. Hindi ko malilimutan kung paano mo binigyan ng kulay at saya ang buhay ko at kung paano mo inalis ang takot at dudang noon ay naramdaman ko. Bihirang matagpuan ang isang tulad mo sa mundong ito.

Marahil ang nais kong ipahiwatig ay walang katumbas na salita ang mabibigkas ko upang ipadama sa'yo kung gaano kita kamahal.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

El Único Hispanohablante De La Familia

Quisiera establecer una familia hispanohablante. Yo sé que será una tarea muy difícil para mí. Hay tantas razones por esta dificultad. Cuáles son? Primero, mi familia no habla esta lengua. De hecho, también estoy enseñándola a ella. Mi padre y abuelito hablaban un poquito español pero ya han sido muerto hace mucho tiempo. Aparte de mí, nadie en nuestra comunidad habla la lengua. A pesar de que el Inglés es el medio de instrucción en todas las escuelas aquí en Filipinas, casi todos mis amigos no hablan el español. Tampoco hay programas de televisión en español. Nuestras bibliotecas aquí no venden libros en español. Y peor, trabajo por la noche (no sé hasta cuándo) — no puedo permanecer despierto todo el día.

Estos son algunos de los desafíos de un hombre filipino de hoy en día que quiera impartir el idioma de la patria a su familia. Me siento como un hombre fuera de tiempo. Pero tengo que hacer lo que hay que hacer. Pase lo que pase esta tarea tiene que ser hecho. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cuál Es Tu Excusa?

Piensa.

Jacob era un tramposo, Pedro tenía temperamento fuerte, David fue adultero, Noé se embriagó, Jonás huyó de Dios, Pablo era un asesino, Gedeón estaba inseguro, Marta estaba angustiada,Tomás era un escéptico, Sara era impaciente, Elías estaba deprimido, Moisés tartamudeaba, Zaqueo era pequeño, Abraham era viejo y Lázaro estaba muerto.

Ahora, cuál es tu excusa? Dios te puede usar o no? El no llama a los calificados, califica a los llamados!

Bicol Poem: Kasal o Sakal?

Kasal sa simbahan dakol kauragan, Magastos, mapagal harambugan sana man. Damulag ipinabakal isinangra electric fan, Sumpaan pagkamoot...