One Word Two Thoughts

Communication has been a curiosity to me lately.We think that “language barrier” means not being able to understand what the other person is saying because they are using their native language which is not your native language.

When I started taking up French classes  and told my friends about it, one friend commented that he hated computer programming when we were in college because he does not adapt well to learning new languages. Connecting French and Computer language may seem funny at that time but he explained that most of the time, we blame logic but really it is language barrier that makes us misunderstand things.

And the thought made me realize the same is true even if we are using the same language. This happens even in our everyday work. Business-wise we use English so everyone will be able to understand but somehow middle of the project we realize that although we do use the same language it seems that misunderstanding will still occur.

And this personal project that I am up to made me laugh. For something so simple as a rolling pin, I found it really hard to draw the rolling pin used for baking so I thought what else could a rolling pin look like…?Screenshot_2015-11-08-13-30-01

I did not do any better justice to the thing but it did make me laugh.. i came up with this:

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Read Up Project 11: Charis

Scandalous it was.

I admire the author’s gut to relay the thought of grace in an uncensored way. It grasps humanity and its need for the Savior. It pictured God’s love far greater and beyond our imagination.

I felt affirmed, blessed and truly loved by a great big wonderful God.

It’s a definitely MUST READ.

Read Up Project 10: Make Someone’s Moment

You know how they say, “the way to happiness is to make someone else happy”? or something to that line? this book opens up options to readers to do just that. I admit it took me awhile to appreciate the book but it did get better approaching the end.

“Take a chance! Make a connection. Put a smile on someone’s face. And put a smile on your own face! The more you make someone’s moment, the more you’ll make your own.

What are you waiting for?”

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Read Up Project 8: The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things

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photo courtesy of wikipedia. the book i read didnt have this cover but the title and, well, story i suppose is the same.

the story started out far from being wholesome. it got me looking over my shoulder 1.) to see if anyone is looking at me and 2.) to see if anyone can really affirm me that the book really is starting that way and that it is not a messed up copy. No wonder it got banned as per wikipedia’s research. It was that same notion when i was watching Game of Thrones first season. The story ia graphic or boldly descriptive that it is very unlikely for you to not get a picture. I think the author did pretty well in, when banned,  trying to openly portray the as is of the teeangers nowadays.

The story started there but the story did not stay there. it zoomed in and out of Virginia’s life – every bit of it. and with every snapshot i bet anyone will be able to relate. the author painted out not only teenagers but also family, society and all the other things that wrap around relationships and lives.

The silent killer – not talking about issues and waiting for it to just die down just broke me down. Specially when Virginia and her Dad made a pact that betwee  them, they will start communicating.

it is a nice book. not entirely taking sides on which character should be voted for as good guy or bad guy but simply portraying life as it is as humanly as possible. this is one piece of a family guide.

Read Up Project 7: Who Moved My Cheese

The book i think is nice. The message is great. The quotes are thougtful. The idea was delivered. But then again there is something about the story that made it quite dragging? i think the point of the book could have gotten through even if the story of the friends after the story was relayed to them was written off.
The book was recommended to me by a friend who got amused at how easily i worry about small changes that seem big to me. My type of change-dealing revolves around the characters’ A-mazing characters. Depending on the area, my reaction and gameplan  could be to wallow in it .. again depending on my hormones.

despite feeling the drag, will i recommend the book? Most likely. the important things are covered in more number of flattened trees compared to the dragging part.

Read Up Project 5: Parang Kayo Pero Hindi

some good and  light reads i snuck-queued in between my major reads: Parang Kayo Pero Hindi. Collection of typical stories that though predictable and “same same” makes you smile anyway… and most of the time… laugh.

treading project 2014 book #5 : CHECK!

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i heard there’s another book out from this same author. This time for singles. I have to read that.

Read Up Project 4: The Single Woman

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Mandy Hale is indeed a blessing – and a timely one indeed. This is one woman who found her calling to be single for now a powerful standpoint to encourage other people who may be battling with their esteems just because their fingers aren’t entangled with their “better half”.  Real, practical and acknowledging God along the way – my kind of real-life writeups.

Now that I found a book with an affirmation that our society has a screwed-up perception on singlehood, I am looking for writeups of people who hasn’t have, in their entire life, found or thought they found their husband-to-be. Any suggestions?

Read Up Project 1: Looking for Alaska

20140227_010314So finally I have read one book for this year’s project! Yey. I have no exact number in mind of books to read I just have to read more than I read last year (if I really even finished up on one). The reason behind is that I know reading does give you a lot of learning. It also gives you a different sense of experience but not entirely moving your butt off your chair or spending a dime to get out of the house in search for an adventure.I think it’s a good investment too.

This I my second book by John Green and I say I like the way he revolves his stories around most characters that normally, we would depict as boring, sorry and nothing ordinary. His books are no fairy tale and it’s none too common also. But what makes it interesting is how he makes a story out of a nerd (here) and out of the lives of cancer patients (The Fault in Our Stars).

This one is a true honest (and a little conservative, I think still) at showing how college is  – pranks, separation from parents, surviving the social expectations, being bullied, struggling with grades while having fun, violating the rules and suffering the consequences once caught. What’s remarkable is the bond of friendship; the central focus on life, our questions and our journey; camaraderie, forgiveness and existence. John Green painted his opinion on life in the life of four or five different characters each one uniquely touched each others’ but mainly by the character of Alaska.

How do we get out of this labyrinth?

In search for my great perhaps…

These are just two of the striking lines in the book that had me questioning myself with HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THIS LABYRINTH?

The latter just an encouragement and justification as to why I’ve always wanted to travel and connect with people outside my familial bonds.

Partly I agree with the last part. I do not want this labyrinth to end Straight and Fast.I’m not in a rush. I want to enjoy the labyrinth as it was meant to be and go collect experiences of all the great perhaps that I will be deciding to take on.

I liked their friendship. Kind of made me think of  “if I die in an accident, would my friends start wanting to know why?” or “if I do it on purpose, would they care to seek for what’s going on in my head?”

Everything that comes together falls apart.

Striking thought. Horrific to some extent and maybe morbid if you’re thinking of death. But for me it was just factual. We will all fall apart some time and some day and the cycle continues. We fall apart and find ourselves back together again.

I believe, though that in this cycle of coming together and falling apart, at some point God is waiting for us to finally agree with Him on our need for Him so that from then on, our coming together is for our breaking of character and our falling apart becomes the test and rebuilding of our character – until such time that we have found ourselves ending our labyrinth back to the paradise we once lost – shared with Him.

A Dash of Inspiration

I am lagging behind my self-committed write everyday or every night one 500-word entry. It doesn’t really have to come out as a novel in the making in the next 30 days. It just needs to be something from the crevices of my crazy brain every day. It has been so hard for the past two years to write something sensible. Everytime I try to tap in my thoughts I hesitate. I know partly it is because I haven’t been reading enough books or that I haven’t really been putting my heart to it. I think I have technology to blame on that, too. For some reason. That and admittedly work.

Having my thoughts fly off and land on random topics is not very hard at all. The thought of having to write them down immediately is the taxing part – I usually do not have the luxury of time to just type away. I remember buying my phone with capability to post pictures in hope to be able to capture everything I can see that is worthy to write an article about. Same phone was able to email an entry to my then reliable blog – Multiply.com.  For a time, I was able to do that. Multiply shut down and I switched to a phone with more capability that would suit my hungry-to-write self and then I got busier. Entries came in less and less even though I’ve switched to WordPress.

I tried to join in on the 30-day 500-word challenge to start 2014 but lo and behold I cannot seem to find and make time to stop what I am doing and type whatever on my phone even as draft. There is one film that I did get from a famous file-sharing site that inspired me to keep on writing back when I was still in college. It tickled interest so much from me. I wanted to see it again in hopes to get at least a dash of exciting inspiration like it did back when I first saw it. It  is a combination of two things I am fond of : basketball and writing. My inspiration did not root from the fact that it involved basketball but that it involved a talented aspiring young writer being coached by William Forrester – a supposedly famous and Pulitzer-prized author. I seem to find myself in the boy  (I am the girl version). All thoughts tapped in or written in small journal notes.

Now that I have it in my phone – same phone that I can use to post in whichever blog post i want to post my thoughts in – I again barely have time to even watch it. But I am thankful that now, right this very moment, while I was scanning the TV channels, I stumbled on FOX Family Movies and it is airing Finding Forrester. I knew it was THE movie the moment I saw few seconds of the movie and confirmed it via the title on the upper left of the display. And yes it did give me that same thirst to TYPE AWAY. I am not expecting it to be enough to get me to start making up for the 9 days I missed writing. But it did make me want to.

” No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think! ” – Forrester