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Somebody asked me today, “If you were an animal, what would you be?” I snapped the question with the answer: “At this point of my life, I am so eager to be an eagle.” If you know the story about The Life of an Eagle, you’ll get the idea as to why I chose this creature.

Contemplating the recounted claims about the eagle’s life, I would say that the constructed facts about an eagle have been presented in a sensational manner considering the ornithological depictions of it. Perhaps, the story might have been conceived with a premeditated idea or reference to the mythical phoenix. Nevertheless, the story can teach us lessons of survival and change.

HERE’S THE STORY:

The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.

In its 40th year its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. It’s old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.

Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers.

And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.

Eagle

On the Wings of Change

And why the eagerness to emerge as an eagle? As for me, well, I ought to embrace change. We all do at some point in time. Even the most erudite CEOs and leaders in the business world need to create change by taking risks. When you complain a lot about how your life or your business has been in a deep rut, yet you never open your eyes to the reality that it’s going to take a painful and radical process to change, then don’t expect for any change at all.

Your circumstance will become more dire than ever if you just allow yourself to feed on negativity and narrow-mindedness.

When your willpower draws near to its lowest ebb, that’s the moment when you must let your momentum go full speed ahead.

You want to SURVIVE? STRIVE to THRIVE ON TOUGH STRIDE.

 

 

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Is there anyone out there who can explain the thing of sensing pain or death, a parapsychologist or a psychic? I know it sounds creepy, but it happens to me. Since I was young, I have been experiencing this wherever I go. I wouldn’t call it a “gift” because I’m not convinced that I have some kind of paranormal ability. I am just an ordinary person who’s in existence with normal human beings.

I have encountered seeing people or be in contact with them before their death. Am I one of the forces of Hades? I  hope not… I have told this to my mother, but she said nothing about it except telling me that I should pray for these people’s souls.

I recall when I was 8 or 9, I saw one of my grandfather’s tenants before her death. I was on the bus on my way home and  I saw the lady tenant. It was in the city I least expected seeing her. I was wondering what she was doing there. After a day, I had learned that she died in childbirth but the baby survived. The incident didn’t really matter to me (I was young to dig into it) but it’s one of the childhood memories that linger in my mind.

The death of my high school classmate was another incident that I still remember of sensing other’s death. Before she was taken, she was gagging with me, pinching my arms while bursting into laughter. She was so caught up in squeezing my untoned arms that she didn’t notice that I was sensing something hair-raising. I didn’t see any sign that she’d die, I felt it though. The next day, the news of her death broke out. We were hit like a ton of bricks. It was just some few days before our graduation day.

In like manner, I also made a contact with one of my university professors before he kicked the bucket. He was an extremely nice guy. He used to be my aunt’s neighbor, and even though my aunt and her family moved out of the neighborhood, they remained friends and still visited each other once in a while. The professor’s nieces were my cousin’s best playmates. I knew because I stayed with my aunt for a few years. The professor would pick his nieces at our place after work. Until one night at exactly midnight, the phone rang. It was him on the other line. I couldn’t remember all the words he said but he was saying that I should take care of his nieces.  Then, he hung up on me. I was petrified by the eerie call… How could he ring at this hour when he can do it tomorrow? Sometimes, tomorrow never comes, indeed. The very next day, the news spread like wildfire round in the campus- his death. Shocked as I was, I tried to flashback what he said over the phone. I couldn’t believe he’s dead. He simply died in his sleep.

How about my grandfather’s death? Did I sense it? No doubt, yes. I went to church yesterday. While waiting for the mass to begin, I was going over the Psalm book; I was alone on that pew. And then suddenly I felt something or someone just sat next to me. I tried to ignore it, but I felt that there was a man sitting beside me. In my mind was an image “It’s a man- an old man. Who are you? Who is it?” Before long, I felt someone (a ghost?) touched me and rushed past me. And it was ice-cold. I disregarded this encounter on purpose, tearfully thinking that death would occur. However, I know me, I become restless and have vivid nightmares whenever somebody dies or something dreadful happens. My gut instincts were telling me it was my grandfather. It couldn’t be, I wanted to see my grandfather one more time  before he would rest in peace. When I called my brother, he let it slip “Have you heard about grandpa yet? He’s dead.” So I immediately rang my mother and told me what happened. (Right now, I am morning my grandfather’s death…)

These are just SOME of the before-death- circumstances or premonitions that I have chanced upon. There’s a lot more… Gratefully, I am not able to sense death with everyone, or else I would have gone mad by now.

I don’t know how the human brain works scientifically when it comes to sensing death, for all that, I am just hoping that I’d be able to understand this stuff better, rather than wandering around wondering what this phenomenon is all about???  Is it because I have had a near death experience before, and had seen Death while struggling to fight for my life when I was awfully ill?

Weird, creepy, spooky. I hope all these mean nothing at all.

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It was 12 noon on the dot at the Vatican City when we got there after two hours of trekking roads and rides under the scorching 39°C temperature. I took a seat for a while to cool down and collect myself. After which we pressed on to stand in the long lines of visitors to witness the interior of the St. Peter’s Basilica. Getting in was like getting through the airport check-in process- very strict security. Read on

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Sometimes it’s not ‘how’ we meet a person that could measure a deep sense of friendship, it’s how we nurture the friendship that matters. Time serves a great factor in doing such and it’s a mutual thing that we can give each other. You know, like simple hi’s and hello’s or simple comments on photos and updates.

Today, I am feeling a bit under the weather despite the beautiful sunny day, but this is a lame excuse for me not to greet a dear friend on her special day. I have undertaken on this page to extend my greetings and to share with you a bit about her.

It all started when I was on my quest to finding old friends and classmates. When I saw her name, I thought it was her – she got the same name as my high school classmate. I asked for an apology for the bother, but from that moment she has become a part of my existence. Whenever she would spill something about her personal life through e-chats, I have developed a friendship with her. I thought it was nice of her to share her moments with a complete stranger like me.

She is an unassuming woman, but when you hear her hit the microphone, you will surely interject “Girl, you rock!” I can’t remember her posting a video where she is singing or gigging, her band-mate (I guess) did though. She said it was supposed to be her secret. Sorry dear, one of your secrets have been revealed and I am glad to have seen it. You’ve got the talent and talents should be shared, right?

She never fails to care. Last year when I decided to cut my wire from going online to wrestle with reality’s demands, she was one of those souls that tried to penetrate through my invisible door. By simply asking if I was okay, she had closed the deal- she signified that if you can’t feel or see the existence of somebody that you care about, nudging her/him is just the simplest shot to show your concern. “Hey, where on earth are you? Are you still alive? You matter to me.” – These words might be reiterated unpremeditatedly, but they would reverberate throughout somebody’s life.

She is a great mother. Seeing how adorable and happy those two kids are would make you wanna ask “Kids, who is your mommy?”.

Dear L, I may not have greeted you on your birthday, but you should know that your special day has never been forgotten. Posting a one-liner greeting on your Facebook Wall would be the easiest and fastest track to greet you. You might find this post extremely corny, but it’s just my way of showing how special you are. My birthday gift for you is a whole lotta thought of love. I hope you had celebrated your natal day, wonderfully.

To you my Lovely- Electrifying- Amiable friend, 誕生日おめでと! Merry Birthday!

(I hope that’s the precise translation of it ;-).)

However you define happiness, may you and your family always find bliss in every simple thing you do together.

 

Best Wishes, my dear LEA!

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One day, I was looking for the kitty that hardly meows, but I just couldn’t find him. We don’t live in a capacious mansion and playing hide and seek is that easy. Is he in the mood for hide and seek or pssst-a-boo again? Not in daytime, dear. Just when I sat down to turn on the laptop on the table, there he was, lying there in his new-found sanctuary! And how on earth did he get there? Truly, this cat doesn’t have to be put on a pedestal – he puts himself there. Besides, I think he believes that he’s a Supercat or a part spider.

Take a look overhead. Hey, there! There goes the Spidercat.

Well, he has the ability to stick to walls, he can jump from point A to B, horizontally and vertically, he can’t spin a web but can catch flies, and his quick-wittedness can never be doubted. He has a spider-sense too, having the ability to smell out danger. Perhaps, it all started when he caught his first prey through his sharp claws- the spider. After swallowing it, he absorbed the power of the poor spider and now he physically overpowers his preys, just the bugs, he has never caught huge ones yet.

Affirmative, I am the Spidercat ;-).

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(January 2011)

I love taking down my thoughts, negative or positive. Last night while I was clearing up a stack of journal notebooks, I stumbled upon this 6-year-old notebook named “Note Book”. How many times have I attempted to burn it to welcome another year, another chapter of my existence? Myriad times… Today though, I held a mini bonfire to mark the end of this jotter. But before I did it, I have plucked twenty simple-introspective liners from it that still serve as my constant reminders.

1. Enjoy whatever you do.

2. Sound in mind, sound in body. Stay healthy.

3. Practice random kindness. Extend help, without any hope of being reimbursed.

4. Learn to be excited even though there’s nothing exciting in your environment.

5. Do not let your past control your future.

6. If you have anything against anyone, forgive him/ her. Let it drop. Leave it. Let it go.

7. It is best to wait for the one you want than settle for the one that’s available.

8. Dwell not on what you don’t have.

9. Find something that’s right and concentrate.

10. Your will is stronger than your mind and feelings.

11. Maintain the teachable spirit. Keep a humble attitude. No air up there.

12. Fret or obsess not about something in the future.

13. Don’t let your attitude lose altitude. Act with an attitude of gratitude.

14. Spend time with your sunniest pals. Don’t surround yourself with a glass-half-empty crew. But be one if you want change and progress.

15. Choose to have a fantastic day!

16. Take time to examine yourself.

17. Learn to give up something to get what you want.

18. Do whatever is right even though nobody is watching you.

19. Be afraid not to talk about your weaknesses to others. Nobody’s perfect.

20. Enjoy while you are changing into a better person.

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Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas

I want to be first in line. Sub-caption: You’re “too early” for Check-in ;-).

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