Living in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”

When I saw pop-up on my desktop’s task bar, I immediately noticed the words, “Ring of Fire” and the first thing that came to my mind is the location of my country – Philippines, which belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire – an area where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

However, when I opened the daily prompt update in my Gmail, I was a bit frustrated since I already have an idea to write about it. Nonetheless, I am still good to go for this task (from zero to hero). Because, honestly, I love spicy foods. Although, I won’t ever eat a fresh red chili to prove that to anyone. That’s too hot to take in because it’ll really takes a while before it goes away.  Haha..

Anyway, like what I am saying, spicy foods is like the most delicious food ever to me. But, the real thing is most Filipinos actually love spicy foods especially those who live in the southern part of our country. Ask Manny Pacquiao.

Many famous Filipino dishes has always spicy flavors or even they are not originally made to be a hot food, many Pinoys (famous call for Filipinos) can always find their own way to make a certain Filipino dish to be a hot or spicy one. Regardless if that is an Adobo or any common family recipe that you won’t really expect it will be more delicious (as for me) if you add even just a little bit of spicy ingredient.

Bicol Express

 

So, for someone who is foreign and have plans to have some taste of our special spicy foods, I recommend Bicol Express – it is a special Filipino spicy cuisine mostly of pork that is mixed into coconut milk (or for me, I prefer Bagoong Alamang(shrimp paste)), long green chillies and has garlic, onions and ginger as its common ingredients. It was the best Filipino spicy food out there as per my personal preference. But, this food name is really odd though. I thought, when I first heard it, it was a Bus company, although it was actually named from a famous passenger train service that runs from Bicol to Manila and Bicol was the place where anyone can really find the finest spicy cuisine in the country.

We’ll Beat the Odds!

Every day I wonder,

What did they do to survive.

Being us miles away sickens me.

It is hard but one that we shall accept.

We can’t deny doubts at times,

A thing that we shall overcome and dismiss

and during this course

having high hopes is best

and believe this – we’ll beat the odds,

and one period in time,

You’ll be in my arms again.

If reincarnation is true?

 

I intentionally didn’t able to fulfill the task yesterday because these past few days, I’ve mostly post comments to blogs that I visit and another thing, my slow internet connection forbids me to make any post last night. It may not be actually a valid reason but this is one of the problems you may encounter living or staying in country like the Philippines. In fact its the slowest in our region -South East Asia.

Now, going on this “continuation”, it was actually started on my way to finding my nominees for the Liebster Award, since it was one of the tasks needed as a nominee as I got also a nomination of myself.

One of these nominees I choose is Jemma Jones and her My TEFL Adventure’s blog. As we, nominees, are required to pass 11 questions to our own nominees, I created this question, “Do you believe in reincarnation” and her answer is “Yes definitely! I have been told that I have had at least three past lives – I loved Jenny Cockell‘s books about her past lives! (I actually know her).

Her response to that question made me excited and at the same time, intrigued!For me, it was one of the most fascinating topic I want to talk about. Other than that? Aliens!

Now, in my comments to him, this is what I said – I was intrigue on your answer to my question number 6! I do believe in reincarnation but I am wondering what did you mean in there, if you specifically said that you had three past lives already or all of us had at least three past lives already? Her answer on that then is this – I have had a Past Life Regression session; where I was hypnotised and asked questions!

When I read her last reply, the curiosity I have from her answer(to my question) jumps up a mile high. Although, I am not sure if what she said about the questions when she was hypnotised is about her past life, I still assumed that it is.

I researched about the author she mentioned – Jenny Cockell – and found out that that author’s books is all about her past life memories in the 1900’s as Mary Sutton of Ireland and even her future life, in which she assumes, she will be a girl named Nadja and will be born in Nepal in the year 2050. Amazing huh?! I wished I could also see where I could be in my next life.

CBS has even made a TV adaptation on Cockell’s books last 2000.

After reading these, my curiosity led me to continue my search and finally found her story in hubpages.

It was the whole story of Jenny Cockell’s life on how she acquired all the memories, how did they begun and how she proved to the world that all her story is true.

I would say, her story is incredible. It was one of the most unbelievable stories that happened.

But after reading and going through some deep thinking. While my belief to her story and on reincarnation is not  to be doubted.

There is still one big question that confuse my mind.

If reincarnation is really true? Why is it that there are only few people who can remember their past lives? Why not all of us should remember our own?

Is this like, you forgot to format your computer’s hard drive before pressing the “Select” button when you decided to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8.1?

What do you think?

 

 

On The Other Side(Bar) Of Things

Ignore the title of this post. Its just to be able to catch attentions, you know.

What I want to talk now is only those what you can see in my blog’s sidebar and of course, on this whole blog. Its nothing significant really. But, gladly, in the last few days, I’ve been constantly making changes not just to the sidebar but to my whole blog.

Before, I kept talking that I only consider this blog as a personal journal or the like. But as I keep on doing the tasks I read from the Blog University. I realized somethings and made me to change things.

On one of the previous tasks, I was instantly urged to admit that there are people whom I actually want to read all the things I post in here.

It was actually like one of the most awkward moments to me. I was really ashamed like…aahhhhh…shhiiiiiiitttt! This is embarrassing!

I really felt bad about it because I kept on denying and insisting to myself on my previous blog posts that I just consider this as a personal blog although I still kept on sharing and tagging #zerotohero and #postaweek each time.

Fortunately, after I said what I should have said in my very first post in this blog and see how my viewers (although not a lot) respond. I felt relieved. So I decided, maybe, I would just continue this thing and do what I should as a “student” of the BlogU.

Therefore, I began the renovation starting in Day Five. I choose this current theme named Zoren then  in Day Seven, I made my header which I really appreciate that I made it.

Along with the new header, the sidebar went into some renovations too.

I removed my gravatar and added a twitter feed, top post & pages (renamed to “Most Liked Posts”) widget and the day after that I added calendar and search bar.

I guess I am a bit too advanced with Blogging University since those tasks was just given today. But at least I already did and I am proud I have this blog.

Its something that motivates me everyday and relieve my stress by checking it after work 😉

P.S.

After finishing this post, I got to think that my title is related to all of what I said, after all. Ciao!

I am in for Liebster Award! Yay!

 

I was overwhelmed when a notification in my Gmail appears while watching web dev tutorial. I couldn’t help myself with the excitement I felt and decided to stop the video and attend my gmail.

And as I find out, Laura and Louise and MyMae nominated me for this award which I didn’t know it exist until the moment I was informed. So, to complete the things that needed to be done for myself to be officially a nominee, I provided them below.

 


 

11 Facts About Me

  1. I have a Chinese blood that no one of my friends believe although it is very obvious with my built.

  2. I am 5 foot 8 inches.

3. I was only 7 months in my mothers womb when I was born.

  1. I was the size of an 8-Oz bottle of Coca-cola when I was born.

  2. My underarm doesn’t have any hair. Funny and odd.

  3. When I was a kid, if I recite a poem in front of many, I always cry. I still don’t know why until now.

  4. I don’t know how to swim. Funny again:)

  5. I was baptized twice. In Roman Catholic when I was a baby and in Protestantism when I was 8.

  6. My favorite PC game is NBA 2K14.

  7. I really hate Lance Stephenson.

  8. My favorite movie is 3 Idiots.

 


 

11 Answers to Laura

  1. What is your favourite word?

– love

  1. What is your least favourite word?

– failure

  1. When did last laugh?

– Just a few moments ago.

  1. Where’s Wally (or Waldo for my American friends?)

– Who? Ah, I think he still a host in TV noontime show Eat Bulaga.

  1. What would you do with a lottery win?

– Invest

  1. Who would play you in a film about your life?

– No one. I want my life to be private. My blog is enough. Sorry!

  1. If you had a superhero power what would it be?

– Teleportation

  1. What was the last book you read?

– A Filipino Novel. Para sa Hopeless Romantic (For the Hopeless Romantic)

  1. What is your first thought when you wake up?

– I am always confuse every time I woke up. Its like something just happened when I am sleeping.

  1. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be?

– A dog or parrot.

  1. What do you think of my blog?

– It is so white.

 


 11 Answers to Louise

1. What attracted you to WordPress?

– I am an aspiring web developer and WordPress is the most known CMS in the whole internet and creating a blog is the best way to start to learn, at least the basic things I should know.

2. What is your favorite topic to write about?

– Myself!

3. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

– Its history

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

– Skinny built

5. What’s another hobby you have besides blogging?

– watching movies

6. Favourite color and why?

– Red. Simply because it is what my eyes fond of. Its not that dark, its not that bright either, just ordinary and its symbolizes bravery, I think and I always want to be brave.

7. What was/is your favourite subject in school and why?

– Its Literature and History. It thought me many things about life. It gives me purpose in life. really!

8. Least favourite subject in school and why?

– All that is associated to science. It kills my brain.

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world (that you haven’t been too) where would it be?

– Paris

10. What is your dream job (if you had no limits)?

– Can you just kindly take a look at the resume of Mark Zueckerberg?^_^

11. Do you have/want kids? How many?

– Of course, yes I do want kids(in the future) but Philippines is too crowded now. So two kids is enough. A boy and a girl maybe.


 11 Answers to MyMae

1. When was the last time you cried?

– About 2 weeks ago. Because of personal reasons.

2. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Why?

– You’ll never know:)

3. Would you do bungee jump?

– Hell, Yes!

4. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?

– My hair?

5. What is the first you notice about people? 

– Their face

6. What is your favorite smells?

– Uhm..I can’t say anything.

7. Mountain hide-away or beach house – Why?

– Beach house. I love watching the waves and the sunset.

8. What is the farthest you have been from home?

– Manila. Capital City of the Philippines.

9. Do you have special talent?

– Haven’t discovered it yet, I guess. Haha…

10. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

– Depends on the person I am talking to.

11. Were you named after anyone?

– My father told me, mine(Ivan) is from a Russian hero.


11 Questions to my Nominees

1. What did you feel when you are informed you got nominated for the award?

2. What is the best achievement you can have in your life?

3. Do you play any musical instrument? If yes, what instrument?

4. How do you value life?

5. What country do you want to spend your life?

6. Do you believe in reincarnation?

7. What is the best blog (not post) you saw?

8. Do you like history?

9. When the last time you went to church?

10. Do you believe that aliens really exist?

11. Why do you blog?


My 11 Nominees

1. Vanessa Elliot

2. Sara Sandoval

3. Sarah Hamlin

4. Katherine Carpita

5. Vanessa

6. Hugh Roberts

7. Juliana

8. Romeo

9. Justicemum

10. 

11. Sylvia Deserti