Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Do I Have To Explain Everything?

I should've capitalized the words above, but had enough control not to. But, do I really have to explain every detail of what I mean?

Maybe I do. Today, I just happened to get into a misunderstanding with two people all because of a joke that they didn't understand. It made them confused and it turned out to be a quarrel. What in the world? Where did that come from?

Alright. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe it was just really my fault. I was used to talking the way I did already and I see nothing wrong in it. The usual people that talk to me [usually in school, or my friends whom I usually only connect with through YM] understand the way I talk -- very very metaphorical or figurative. It's the way I talk usually during intellectual talks or the usual conversation with a friend. Of course, it doesn't go away without a follow explanation at the end anyway. I always tell people when or when what I say is or is not a joke at the end. Yeah. That's right. That is how corny I am. "Matalinhaga" is the tagalog word for it.

I didn't have any problem using figurative words since before because my friends usually [90%, I guess of the time] get what I'm saying. If they don't and they need an explanation, I expound on what I say. Or, I think that in reality, they don't really like or get the way I talk and they just can't tell me because they don't know how to and/or they're just trying to understand me [or adjusting]. Now, I guess I was wrong and I shouldn't be too comfortable with the way I speak... There has already been a number of people who showed futility all because they can't get to understand what I mean... :'(

My resolution is, right now, to change the way I talk. Maybe it's because I haven't really changed my approach to conversation, which I haven't really realized until recently. There are different ways of conversating with people and different types of conversation. Maybe this is just a wake up call. I hope it is for me to learn. :D

Monday, July 28, 2008

Word of the Season: CHANGE

My favorite word for the season: CHANGE. :D

How wonderful change is. When all you do is wrong, and all you feel regret, what is the solution? The answer to your discoloured past. The wipe for your teary faults. When you can no longer absorb the good that you are because of all the pain: change.

We're already changed. We've done an exchange. I AM CHANGED... :)

You Have Again

Ever felt being received back when you're all broken? That feeling of being accepted despite every mistake is overwhelming. Suddenly the world means something again, and you see the beauty of the life that you live. Everything is new again. Nothing else remains but the promise that since before was spoken...

You have called me time before
But I stumbled, made a fall
I regressed to my weakness
Yet I know that You've done all

Now I come and You receive
With Your arms open for me
And as You have done before
So today You have again

Set me free and called my name
Oh, You Lord, remain the same
Past my past removed and torn
New life from You, now I own

Always You are like before
Done the things I don't deserve
Never changed, You loved me more
Drew me back where I belong

The No-Mores

What happens when something you dream of has come true? Do you still wish for it?
What happens when you need light and you receive it? Would it be still dark?
What happens when what you're waiting for has come? Would you wait more?
What happens when somebody comes to you to remove your loneliness? Are you still alone?

Simple logic questions are enough. Just hear me out...

No more wishing for Hope has come
No more dark for the Light is here
No more waiting for the time is now
No more loneliness for You are near

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm In Ecstacy

Let me put myself into the shoes of a man of beats, a man of grooves, a man of fun, a man of neons. Let me right now experience how it feels like to dance, to funk, to spark, to catch eyes. Let me now try the taste of life, the feel of the senses, the rush of blood, the blink of lights. This is music. This is beat. This is a rush. This is ecstacy.

In this world full of bright lights
Neons colour the sights
Music overcomes the sighs
The dark absconds and so our why's

The beats are changing
Makes my heart go pounding
Moves my body into dancing
Can't stop but go with the rythm

It takes you anywhere
Listen to the words on air
Feel it break the barrier
It'll fill you, I swear

Back where I came from
I'm in ecstacy, in heaven
Beats ever beat boredom
I'll ever live this season

For the all the law students out there.... Remember, not all law schools are created equal, Not all lawyers are created equal (How the SC Ruled?)




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A.M. No. RTJ-08-2119

[Formerly A.M. O.C.A. IPI

No. 07-2709-RTJ]


QUISUMBING, J., Chairperson,






June 30, 2008

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By letter-complaint dated May 19, 2006[1] which was received by the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) on May 26, 2006, Atty. Melvin D.C. Mane (complainant) charged Judge Medel Arnaldo B. Belen (respondent) , Presiding Judge of Branch 36, Regional Trial Court, Calamba City, of "demean[ing] , humiliat[ing] and berat[ing]" him during the hearing on February 27, 2006 of Civil Case No. 3514-2003-C, "Rural Bank of Cabuyao, Inc. v. Samuel Malabanan, et al" in which he was counsel for the plaintiff.

To prove his claim, complainant cited the remarks made by respondent in the course of the proceedings conducted on February 27, 2006 as transcribed by stenographer Elenita C. de Guzman, viz:


. . . Sir, are you from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines?


No[,] [Y]our Honor[,] from Manuel L. Quezon University [,] [Y]our Honor.


No, you're not from UP.


I am very proud of it.


Then you're not from UP. Then you cannot equate yourself to me because there is a saying and I know this, not all law students are created equal, not all law schools are created equal, not all lawyers are created equal despite what the Supreme Being that we all are created equal in His form and substance.[2] (Emphasis supplied)

Complainant further claimed that the entire proceedings were "duly recorded in a tape recorder" by stenographer de Guzman, and despite his motion (filed on April 24, 2006) for respondent to direct her to furnish him with a copy of the tape recording, the motion remained unacted as of the date he filed the present administrative complaint on May 26, 2006. He, however, attached a copy of the transcript of stenographic notes taken on February 27, 2006.

In his Comments[3] dated June 14, 2006 on the complaint filed in compliance with the Ist Indorsement dated May 31, 2006[4] of the OCA, respondent alleged that complainant filed on December 15, 2005 an "Urgent Motion to Inhibit,"[5] paragraph 3[6] of which was malicious and "a direct assault to the integrity and dignity of the Court and of the Presiding Judge" as it "succinctly implied that [he] issued the order dated 27 September 2005 for [a] consideration other than the merits of the case." He thus could not "simply sit idly and allow a direct assault on his honor and integrity."

On the unacted motion to direct the stenographer to furnish complainant with a copy of the "unedited" tape recording of the proceedings, respondent quoted paragraphs 4 and 3[7] of the motion which, to him, implied that the trial court was "illegally, unethically and unlawfully engaged in 'editing' the transcript of records to favor a party litigant against the interest of [complainant' s] client."

Respondent thus claimed that it was on account of the two motions that he ordered complainant, by separate orders dated June 5, 2006, to explain within 15 days[8] why he should not be cited for contempt.

Complainant later withdrew his complaint, by letter of September 4, 2006,[9] stating that it was a mere result of his impulsiveness.

In its Report dated November 7, 2007,[10] the OCA came up with the following evaluation:

. . . The withdrawal or desistance of a complainant from pursuing an administrative complaint does not divest the Court of its disciplinary authority over court officials and personnel. Thus, the complainant' s withdrawal of the instant complaint will not bar the continuity of the instant administrative proceeding against respondent judge.

The issue presented before us is simple: Whether or not the statements and actions made by the respondent judge during the subject February 27, 2006 hearing constitute conduct unbecoming of a judge and a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

After a cursory evaluation of the complaint, the respondent's comment and the documents at hand, we find that there is no issue as to what actually transpired during the February 27th hearing as evidenced by the stenographic notes. The happening of the incident complained of by herein complainant was never denied by the respondent judge. If at all, respondent judge merely raised his justifications for his complained actuations.

x x x x

. . . [A] judge's official conduct and his behavior in the performance of judicial duties should be free from the appearance of impropriety and must be beyond reproach. A judge must at all times be temperate in his language. Respondent judge's insulting statements which tend to question complainant' s capability and credibility stemming from the fact that the latter did not graduated [sic] from UP Law school is clearly unwarranted and inexcusable. When a judge indulges in intemperate language, the lawyer can return the attack on his person and character, through an administrative case against the judge, as in the instant case.

Although respondent judge's use in intemperate language may be attributable to human frailty, the noble position in the bench demands from him courteous speech in and out of the court. Judges are demanded to be always temperate, patient and courteous both in conduct and language.

x x x x

Judge Belen should bear in mind that all judges should always observe courtesy and civility. In addressing counsel, litigants, or witnesses, the judge should avoid a controversial tone or a tone that creates animosity. Judges should always be aware that disrespect to lawyers generates disrespect to them. There must be mutual concession of respect. Respect is not a one-way ticket where the judge should be respected but free to insult lawyers and others who appear in his court. Patience is an essential part of dispensing justice and courtesy is a mark of culture and good breeding. If a judge desires not to be insulted, he should start using temperate language himself; he who sows the wind will reap a storm.

It is also noticeable that during the subject hearing, not only did respondent judge make insulting and demeaning remarks but he also engaged in unnecessary "lecturing" and "debating". . .

x x x x

Respondent should have just ruled on the propriety of the motion to inhibit filed by complainant, but, instead, he opted for a conceited display of arrogance, a conduct that falls below the standard of decorum expected of a judge. If respondent judge felt that there is a need to admonish complainant Atty. Mane, he should have called him in his chambers where he can advise him privately rather than battering him with insulting remarks and embarrassing questions such as asking him from what school he came from publicly in the courtroom and in the presence of his clients. Humiliating a lawyer is highly reprehensible. It betrays the judge's lack of patience and temperance. A highly temperamental judge could hardly make decisions with equanimity.

Thus, it is our view that respondent judge should shun from lecturing the counsels or debating with them during court hearings to prevent suspicions as to his fairness and integrity. While judges should possess proficiency in law in order that they can competently construe and enforce the law, it is more important that they should act and behave in such manner that the parties before them should have confidence in their impartiality.[11] (Italics in the original; emphasis and underscoring supplied)

The OCA thus recommended that respondent be reprimanded for violation of Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct with a warning that a repetition of the same shall be dealt with more severely.[12]

By Resolution of January 21, 2008,[13] this Court required the parties to manifest whether they were willing to submit the case for resolution on the basis of the pleadings already filed. Respondent complied on February 26, 2008,[14] manifesting in the affirmative.

The pertinent provision of the Code of Judicial Conduct reads:

Rule 3.04. – A judge should be patient, attentive, and courteous to lawyers, especially the inexperienced, to litigants, witnesses, and others appearing before the court. A judge should avoid unconsciously falling into the attitude of mind that the litigants are made for the courts, instead of the courts for the litigants.

An authorexplains the import of this rule:

Rule 3.04 of the Code of Judicial Conduct mandates that a judge should be courteous to counsel, especially to those who are young and inexperienced and also to all those others appearing or concerned in the administration of justice in the court. He should be considerate of witnesses and others in attendance upon his court. He should be courteous and civil, for it is unbecoming of a judge to utter intemperate language during the hearing of a case. In his conversation with counsel in court, a judge should be studious to avoid controversies which are apt to obscure the merits of the dispute between litigants and lead to its unjust disposition. He should not interrupt counsel in their arguments except to clarify his mind as to their positions. Nor should he be tempted to an unnecessary display of learning or premature judgment.

A judge without being arbitrary, unreasonable or unjust may endeavor to hold counsel to a proper appreciation of their duties to the courts, to their clients and to the adverse party and his lawyer, so as to enforce due diligence in the dispatch of business before the court. He may utilize his opportunities to criticize and correct unprofessional conduct of attorneys, brought to his attention, but he may not do so in an insulting manner.[15](Emphasis and underscoring supplied)

The following portions of the transcript of stenographic notes, quoted verbatim, taken during the February 27, 2006 hearing show that respondent made sarcastic and humiliating, even threatening and boastful remarks to complainant who is admittedly "still young," "unnecessary lecturing and debating," as well as unnecessary display of learning:


x x x

Sir do you know the principle or study the stare decisis?


Ah, with due respect your…


Tell me, what is your school?


I am proud graduate of Manuel L. Quezon University .


Were you taught at the MLQU College of Law of the principle of Stare Decisis and the interpretation of the Supreme Court of the rules of procedure where it states that if there is already a decision by the Supreme Court, when that decision shall be complied with by the Trial Court otherwise non-compliance thereof shall subject the Courts to judicial sanction, and I quote the decision. That's why I quoted the decision of the Supreme Court Sir, because I know the problem between the bank and the third party claimants and I state, "The fair market value is the price at which a property may be sold by a seller, who is not compelled to sell, and bought by a buyer, who is not compelled to buy." Sir, that's very clear, that is what fair market value and that is not assessment value. In fact even you say assessment value, the Court further state, "the assessed value is the fair market value multiplied. Not mere the basic assesses value. Sir that is the decision of the Supreme Court, am I just reading the decision or was I inventing it?


May I be allowed to proceed.


Sir, you tell me. Was I inventing the Supreme Court decision which I quoted and which you should have researched too or I was merely imagining the Supreme Court decision sir? Please answer it.


No your Honor.


Please answer it.

x x x x


That's why. Sir second, and again I quote from your own pleadings, hale me to the Supreme Court otherwise I will hale you to the bar. Prove to me that I am grossly ignorant or corrupt.


Your Honor when this representation, your Honor . . .


No, sir.


Yes your Honor . . .


No sir unless you apologize to the Court I will hale you to the IBP Because hindi naman ako ganon. I am not that vindictive but if this remains. You cannot take cover from the instruction of your client because even if the instruction of a client is "secret." Upon consideration, the language of the pleader must still conform with the decorum and respect to the Court. Sir, that's the rule of practice. In my twenty (20) years of practice I've never been haled by a judge to any question of integrity. Because even if I believed that the Court committed error in judgment or decision or grave abuse of discretion, I never imputed any malicious or unethical behavior to the judge because I know and I believe that anyone can commit errors. Because no one is like God. Sir, I hope sir you understand that this Court, this Judge is not God but this Judge is human when challenge on his integrity and honor is lodged. No matter how simple it is because that is the only thing I have now.

Atty. Bantin, can you please show him my statement of assets and liabilities?


I think that is not necessary your Honor.


No counsel because the imputations are there, that's why I want you to see. Show him my assets and liabilities for the proud graduate of MLQU. Sir, look at it. Sir, I have stock holdings in the U.S. before I joined the bench. And it was very clear to everyone, I would do everything not be tempted to accept bribe but I said I have spent my fifteen (15) years and that's how much I have worked in fifteen (15) years excluding my wife's assets which is more than what I have may be triple of what I have. May be even four fold of what I have. And look at my assets. May be even your bank can consider on cash to cash basis my personal assets. That is the reason I am telling you Atty. Mane. Please, look at it. If you want I can show you even the Income Tax Return of my wife and you will be surprised that my salary is not even her one-half month salary. Sir, she is the Chief Executive Officer of a Multi-National Publishing Company. That's why I have the guts to take this job because doon po sa salary niya umaasa na lamang po ako sa aking asawa. Atty. Mane, please you are still young. Other judges you would already be haled to the IBP. Take that as a lesson. Now that you are saying that I was wrong in the three-day notice rule, again the Supreme Court decision validates me, PNB vs. Court of Appeals, you want me to cite the quotation again that any pleadings that do not conform with the three-day notice rule is considered as useless scrap of paper and therefore not subject to any judicial cognizance. You know sir, you would say but I was the one subject because the judge was belligerent. No sir, you can go on my record and you will see that even prior to my rulings on your case I have already thrown out so many motion for non-compliance of a three-day notice rule. If I will give you an exception because of this, then I would be looked upon with suspicion. So sir again, please look again on the record and you will see how many motions I threw out for non-compliance with the three-day notice rule. It is not only your case sir, because sir you are a practitioner and a proud graduate of the MLQU which is also the Alma Mater of my uncle. And I supposed you were taught in thought that the three-day notice rule is almost sacrosanct in order to give the other party time to appear and plead. In all books, Moran, Regalado and all other commentators state that non-compliance with the three-day notice rule makes the pleading and motion a useless scrap of paper. If that is a useless scrap of paper, sir, what would be my ground to grant exception to your motion? Tell me.

x x x x


Procedural due process. See. So please sir don't confuse the Court. Despite of being away for twenty years from the college of law, still I can remember my rules, In your motion you said . . . imputing things to the Court. Sir please read your rules. Familiarize yourself, understand the jurisprudence before you be the Prince Valiant or a Sir Gallahad in Quest of the Holy Grail. Sir, ako po ay mahirap na tao, karangalan ko lang po ang aking kayang ibigay sa aking mga anak at iyan po ay hindi ko palalampasin maski kanino pa. Sir, have you ever heard of anything about me in this Court for one year. Ask around, ask around. You know, if you act like a duck, walk like a duck, quack like a duck, you are a duck. But have you ever heard anything against the court. Sir in a judicial system, in a Court, one year is time enough for the practitioner to know whether a judge is what, dishonest; 2), whether the judge is incompetent; and 3) whether the judge is just playing loco. And I have sat hear for one year sir and please ask around before you charge into the windmill. I am a proud product of a public school system from elementary to college. And my only, and my only, the only way I can repay the taxpayers is a service beyond reproach without fear or favor to anyone. Not even the executive, not even the one sitting in Malacanang, not even the Supreme Court if you are right. Sir, sana po naman inyo ring igalang ang Hukuman kasi po kami, meron nga po, tinatanggap ko, kung inyo pong mamarapatin, meron pong mga corrupt, maaari pong nakahanap na kayo ng corrupt na Judge pero hindi po lahat kami ay corrupt. Maaari ko rin pong tanggapin sa inyong abang lingcod na merong mga Hukom na tanga pero hindi po naman lahat kami ay tanga. Ako po ay 8:30 or before ay nandito po ako sa husgado ko. Aalis po ako dito sa hapon, babasahin ko lahat ang kaso ko para ko po malaman kung any po ang kaso, para po pagharap ko sa inyo at sa publiko hindi po ako magmumukhang tanga. Sir, please have the decency, not the respect, not to me but to the Court. Because if you are a lawyer who cannot respect the Court then you have no business appearing before the Court because you don't believe in the Court system. That's why one of my classmates never appeared before Court because he doesn't believe in that system. He would rather stay in their airconditioned room because they say going to Court is useless. Then, to them I salute, I give compliment because in their own ways they know the futility and they respect the Court, in that futility rather than be a hypocrite. Atty. Mane hindi mo ako kilala, I've never disrespect the courts and I can look into your eyes. Kaya po dito ko gusto kasi di po ako dito nagpractice para po walang makalapit sa akin. Pero kung ako po naman ay inyong babastusin ng ganyang handa po akong lumaban kahit saan, miski saan po. And you can quote me, you can go there together to the Supreme Court. Because the only sir, the only treasure I have is my name and my integrity. I could have easily let it go because it is the first time, but the second time is too much too soon. Sir, masyado pong kwan yon, sinampal na po ninyo ako nung primero, dinuran pa po ninyo ako ng pangalawa. That's adding insult to the injury po. Hindi ko po sana gagawin ito pero ayan po ang dami diyang abugado. I challenge anyone to file a case against me for graft and corruption, for incompetence.

x x x x


I will ask the lawyer to read the statement and if they believe that you are not imputing any wrong doing to me I will apologize to you.

Atty. Hildawa please come over. The Senior, I respect the old practitioner, whose integrity is unchallenged.

Sir you said honest. Sir ganoon po ako. You still want to defend your position, so be it.

Atty. Hildawa I beg your indulgence, I am sorry but I know that you are an old practitioner hammered out by years of practice and whose integrity by reputation precedes you. Please read what your younger companero has written to this Honorable Court in pleading and see for yourself the implications he hurled to the Court in his honest opinion. Remember he said honest. That implication is your honest opinion of an implication sir.

Sir 1, 2 and 3. Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3. If that is your honest opinion. Remember the word you said honest opinion.

Alam mo Atty. Mane I know when one has to be vigilant and vigorous in the pursue of pride. But if you are vigilant and vigor, you should never crossed the line.

Sir, what is your interpretation to the first three paragraphs?


There will be some . . .


What sir?


. . . ind iscretion.


Indiscretion. See, that is the most diplomatic word that an old practitioner could say to the Court because of respect.

Sir, salamat po.

x x x x


Kita po ninyo, iyan po ang matatandang abogado. Indiscretion na lang. Now you say that is your honest opinion and the old practitioner hammered through years of practice could only say indiscretion committed by this judge. Much more I who sits in this bench?

Now is that your honest opinion?[16] (Emphasis and underscoring supplied)

The Court thus finds the evaluation by the OCA well-taken.

An alumnus of a particular law school has no monopoly of knowledge of the law. By hurdling the Bar Examinations which this Court administers, taking of the Lawyer's oath, and signing of the Roll of Attorneys, a lawyer is presumed to be competent to discharge his functions and duties as, inter alia, an officer of the court, irrespective of where he obtained his law degree. For a judge to determine the fitness or competence of a lawyer primarily on the basis of his alma mater is clearly an engagement in an argumentum ad hominem.

A judge must address the merits of the case and not on the person of the counsel. If respondent felt that his integrity and dignity were being "assaulted," he acted properly when he directed complainant to explain why he should not be cited for contempt. He went out of bounds, however, when he, as the above-quoted portions of the transcript of stenographic notes show, engaged on a supercilious legal and personal discourse.

This Court has reminded members of the bench that even on the face of boorish behavior from those they deal with, they ought to conduct themselves in a manner befitting gentlemen and high officers of the court.[17]

Respondent having exhibited conduct unbecoming of a judge, classified as a light charge under Section 10, Rule 140 of the Revised Rules of Court, which is penalized under Section 11(c) of the same Rule by any of the following: (1) a fine of not less than P1,000 but not exceeding P10,000; (2) censure; (3) reprimand; and (4) admonition with warning, the Court imposes upon him the penalty of reprimand.

WHEREFORE, respondent, Judge Medel Arnaldo B. Belen, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 36, CalambaCity, is found GUILTY of conduct unbecoming of a judge and is REPRIMANDED therefor. He is further warned that a repetition of the same or similar act shall be dealt with more severely.


"The juice is worth the squeeze"

Friday, July 18, 2008

I Saw A Firefly

While I was fixing things for sleep, putting things in order, when I got to my parent's room to return the laptop I used/borrowed, I saw this firefly flying around. Oh, this one of the rare moments of life today. I remember the times when I was still little that fireflies are a usual sight at night. How we catch them and put them in a bottle and expect them to live long, until our conscientious, sensitive, and emotional little hearts set them free lest they die inside the bottle. Hahaha.

While I was looking at the firefly, I paused for a moment, appreciating it. I also wondered how it got inside the room -- the house was all closed ever since my dad had the screens made. Explains how it flies on rounds inside my parent's room.

While I was watching, I thought that it was no accident, no matter how and what brought it in. This must be a message from God about something. This is rare. This sight is special and spectacular and it meant a lot to me. This is a message from above. I needed a message. I needed a sign. This was it.

As I stood there, I was asking the Spirit inside me what it meant. My head, my mind, was asking what it meant to see a trapped [not so trapped, though] firefly meant. It meant a spark to me. It meant hope for me. It meant newness for me. It meant something spectacular and preciously rare is going to happen. Or at least, it meant that we are that special in His eyes right now. He wants to tell me that and I verified. God is telling me that He won't turn His eyes away and that He does miracles. He also so lovingly tells me that I shouldn't be afraid of the darkness.

I was feeling afraid yet He assured me. I was feeling weak, but he secured me. May this message be the same for you. Good night. ;)

Internet: Illegitimate Means Of Communication

We have forgotten how it is to write a decent letter. We don't even know the right format. Why? When we message our friends or somebody on multiply or friendster, we do not bother writing our names where it should be written. We don't bother following a particular and orderly format. We just write our thoughts.

Fluid and orderly writing is so elementary, but I wonder, why is most of the population not as literate, efficient and fluent with it? Our parents used to value education in their time. English is a joke. It is a necessity. Today, with all the convenience and advancement in education and knowledge, we should've been better. However, things seem to go the other way around. Kids are less fluent with language, more and more have problems in simple sentence structure, even writing letters. So, the question is, what is the problem?

Technology has changed the way we interact. People may say anything over the net. Interaction has become non-interpersonal. Privacy has become and endengared treasure. People connect through illegitimate means, and all these has been brought about by technology.

I realized this when I was writing somebody a message on Friendster where I felt something's wrong. My message seemed to be incomplete. It tells what I wanna say, but it tells more than what should be said. There's more miscommunication than communication. See? There's the "more" than just the "communication". Too much from the right amount is always wrong.

I hope that we find ways in solving this problem that people don't see, or might see but take it for granted and do not realize how it really affects us in the big picture. Let's all awake from what we have become. Let us all learn.

In seeing this, I hope we do things to redesign what technology we have today. What I'm talking about is the new sustainable designs that has been arising. There has been too many wake-up calls already, and I believe, enough for us to learn. We have just the right amount of knowledge for us to move to another level that can sustain us. Don't mind yet the problems we might encounter in the future that probably takes a century or more.

You see, now? Technology isn't just created for it's own sake.

"While I'm Still Here", Says My Thoughts

They've said this for they know that they won't be here forever. So, while they're still here, they tell me, they wanna say that they wanna enjoy their stay and be in reverie at each second. They also tell me that they want to touch as much as there is, and that they want the readers to enjoy too as they do. This is just a message from my thoughts. Translation and delivery of message, my courtesy. Just thought we could learn something from what they say. Hehehe.

Don't forget these few words: "while I'm still here...". The rest is up to you to fill. ;)

Faith Without Deeds is Dead

No matter how I try understanding it, I just can't. Maybe I should take it as it is, but what does it mean? It doesn't make sense. I've read this line over and over again yet there is still nothing concrete, just hints. Yes, there are times that I seem to "get" the idea but in an abstract form. This all changed when I got to a point as right now.

It is a common practice for me to have all those wonderful thoughts inside my head going-on and me planning to put them on record -- blogs, writing them down, and other wond'rous ways. It's a regular that I got lots of 'em [thoughts that are note-worthy] that I get too familiar with it. I tell myself subconsciously that I have them inside me essentially anyway, and no matter what I do, whether I forget it, write it, or whatever, it will remain in me essentially and I can summon them thoughts whenever I want to.

Today, I proved myself wrong. If I count the thoughts I had before that I "planned" to "write of in the future", I realized I never accomplished even one. The only times I was able to really write down my thoughts and preserve them is by writing them by instance that I've come to think of them. I've realized that "reserving" the time that you should've written it all will never bring back anything. We get more and more things to do every gasp of time, and it will and will come to a point that what we have at hand will bury our reserved memories and thoughts.We can never again have the same or exact opportunity we have in each second of our life. Time moves continuously and the moments are fleeting. Change is faster than a nanosecond.

This is the secret to life -- taking and grasping every opportunity, every chance. This is not only the rule of life, but what God says. Oh, how precious and fleeting life is. How much of our time is put to waste? How much glory could we have done?

We say that we have faith, yet we do not practice it. What we are doing only kills the faith that we say and actually have. Faith is at the moment. Faith is at the NOW. Faith is a breath that we need to breath. We do not reserve air in our lungs. Faith is like a firefly that you should enjoy watching at the exact moment for it will not wait for you forever until it flees. Faith is like a dying loved-one whom you should've shown every ounce of love you have before God takes him or her away. Faith is no compromise. That is faith and more that I probably couldn't even reach.

Here, I've learned how important it is to be very vigilant in our life in every aspect. What we are in the spiritual is who we are in the world. As we are expected to be alert in the divine realm, we also should be as alert as in our technical, physical world where the costs and opportunities can be counted, and are as fleeting as well. We should understand and comprehend this world in a way that we see what is to be seen, taken, and owned.

Finally, I can second and declare that "faith without deeds is" definitely "dead".

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Insensible. Just Questions.

Trapped by A Stranger.

Rule 1: If you opened this you GOTTA
take it.

Rule 2: You are NOT ALLOWED to explain
ANYTHING unless someone messages you
and asks

Rule 3: Only answer truthfully

"Who was your last/s?"
1. Had a beer with?
- Never had beer
2.Went to the movies with?
- Siblings (Kuya Eric, Luis and August @ Hancock)
3. Went to the mall with?
- Kuya Louie. :)
4. Talked on the phone with?
- Dad, I guess. Or Sir Jeffrey Galvez. :)
5. Made you laugh?
- Dunno. There are a lot things today that make me forgot the time.
6. You hugged?
- Ate Joanne. :)
7. You chatted with?
- Forgot. :)

1. Pierce your nose or tongue?
- Nothing.
2. Be serious or be funny?
- Serious.
3. Drink whole or skim milk?
- Whole.
4. Die in a fire or get shot?
- Neither.

1. Sun or moon?
- Sun. Remove the Carbon Monoxides, though.
2. Winter or Fall
- Fall.
3. Left or right?
- Left.
4. Sunny or Rainy?
- Sunny.
5. Peach or Pear?
- Peach.
6. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
- Twirl.
7. Do You Cook?
- Slightly.
8. Current mood?
- Brave. :)

1. Kissed someone special?
- Family. :)
2. Sang?
- Uh-huh! :))
3. Been hugged?
- I guess so. ;)
4. Danced Crazy?
- I think. I'm always crazy. :))
5. Cried?
- A bit, but not that much. Hahaha. I think no pala. :p

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Name:: Matthew Daniel Torres Sendon
Nicknames:: Matt, Mackyu, Max, Machu, Daniel, Yu/Hew
Birthplace:: Celis Maternity Clinic, Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna
Current Location:: Muntinlupa City
Hair Color:: Brack.
Eye Color:: Dark Brown.
Height:: 5'6"
Weight:: Dunno. 50+ kgs. What a shame. :))
Tatoos?:: None.
Piercings?:: None too.
Overused Phrases: Uhmm. I don't know. :p "uhm"

Bedtime:: Don't get it.
Best Physical Feature:: Can't say that.
Most Embarrassing Moment:: Don't know.
Most Missed Memory:: Don't know.
First Thought When You Wake Up:: Don't know. Can't say.
Weakness:: Is this a job interview?
Best Friend:: Nobody.
Goal For The Year:: I don't have things such as this.
Greatest Fears:: Nothing. In the end, when your greatest fears eat you anyway, you'll just realize that it's but a shadow of a tree outside your window. I mean, what's next?

--This Or That--
Pepsi or Coke...: This.
McDonalds or Burger King...: That.
Hot Tea or Ice Tea...: This.
Chocolate or Vanilla...: That.
Water or Milk...: That.
Coffee or Hot Chocolate...: This.
Hugs or Kisses...: Or.
Cats or Dogs...: Or.
Summer or Winter...: That. Or.
Scary Movies or Romantic Comedies...: That.
Love or Money...: This. That doesn't matter as much as this. That is not a matter of talk either.
Green Grapes or Purple Grapes...: That.

Preferred Eye Color:: Doesn't matter.
Preferred Hair Color:: Doesn't matter.
Short Hair or Long Hair...: Doesn't matter. Probably looks good in either way.
Preferred Height:: Doesn't matter. Oh, not too tall that I look small. :))
Preferred Weight:: Just enough. :)
Looks or Personality...: Personality. It makes the outside beautiful. You see, if you go for the looks and the personality sucks, that person will look ugly. :p
Hot or Cute...: Cute.
Skinny...Muscular...or Fat...: Just enough. I'll probably take care of that [for her]. :))

Number:: 7th
Food:: Yummy and healthy ones.
Type of Music:: Variety. Blues, Rythms, Anything Lovely.
Candy:: Nothing. :)
Color:: Brown, Red, Yellow. :)
Animal:: Dogs.
Drink:: Remove the soft drinks and add juices. :)
Body Part on the Opposite Sex:: Dunno. :))
Movie:: Denzel Washington's, Russell Crowe's
Past Time:: Net? :p

--Have You Ever--
Drank?: Nah.
Smoked?: Same.
Been Beaten Up?: I guess. :))
Bullied Someone?: I think. :(
Skinny Dipped?: No. :))
Played Spin The Bottle or 7 Minutes In Heaven?: Yeah. But not 7 minutes in heaven. Di uso 'yun sa Pinas. :))
Toilet Papered Someones House?: No.
Played Poker W/ Money?: Nope. :)
Gone Swimming In A White T-Shirt?: Yeah. :))
Been Tickled So Bad That You Cried?: Yeah. :'(
Been Tickled So Bad That You Couldn't Talk?: Yeah. :))
Like Someone And Not Tell Them How You Felt?: Yeah... :o(
Went Camping?: Uh-huh. :]
Used The Restroom On A Tree?: Used the tree as a restroom.~ I agree. But I don't think trees qualify as rooms, though.
Had A Crush On Your Brother/Sister's Friend?: I think, yeah. But, crushes are so grade 5. :|
Had A Crush On Your Friend's Brother/Sister?: I think. Same as above.
Walked In The Rain W/out An Umbrella?: Uh-huh. Just yesterday, I have. :))
Danced In The Rain?: Yeah. Kids.
Told A Joke And Nobody Thought It was Funny?: Yeah. Now, that's funny. :))
Been On Stage?: Yeah. Awards, etc. Graduation. :))
Worn Clothes Your Mom Didn't Approve Of?: Yeah.
Been To A Nude Beach?: No. Doh?
Cursed In Church?: No.
Been Called A Whore/Slut For Kissing Someone?: Nah.
Burnt Yourself?: I guess, yeah.
Been Dumped?: Nope.
Dumped Someone?: Nope.
Been In Love?: Hihihi. Dunno. :))
Been Hit On Someone Too Old?: Dunno. Gross. >:p~
Wanted To Be A Model?: I wish. :))
Wanted To Be In The Olympics?: Nah. :)
Bought Lottery Tickets?: No.
Made Out In A Car?: No.
Cried During A Movie?: Nope.
Wanted Something You Couldn't Have?: Uh-huh.
Made Love On The Beach?: Nah.
Shoplifted?: Yeah. Not anymore. BI. Wow, I was honest. :o
Seen Someone Shoplift?: Yeah. BI. :))
Hung Up On Someone?: Yeah.
Yelled At Your Pet?: Yeah. Sorry. :'(
Gotten Seasick?: Yeah. :))
Tried To Strip When Drunk?: Nah.
Bought A Thong Cuz The Cashier Was Hot?: Nah.
Stalked Someone?: Nah.
Had A Stalker?: Nah.
Played A Prank On Someone And Scared Them?: Yeah... :)) Sorry!
Been Embarrassed By Someone In Your Family?: I think so. :p
Felt Bad About Eating Meat?: Yeah, at times.
Protested?: Dunno.
Been To An Island?: Yes, the Philippines!~ Yeah! :))
Ate Cuz You Had Nothing Better To Do?: Nah.
Screamed In A Library?: No. I just talk loud in the library and Discipline Officers always reprimand me. :))
Made Out W/ A Stranger?: Nah.
Made Out W/ Someone Who Wasn't Single?: Nah.
Wished A Part Of You Was Different?: I guess. :)) My heart. ;)
Talked To A Complete Stranger?: Yeah. Doh? We are all strangers and the only way to break that barrier is communication. Talk wisely, though. ;)
Been Sunburned So Bad You Blistered?: Yeah. Kids.
Kicked A Guy In The Nuts?: Nah.
Threw Up In School?: Nah. On a bus. ;)
Received A Love Letter That Wasn't Signed?: Nah. :)
Wore Something You Hated?: Yeah. :))
Wore Something To Match Someone?: A block's shirt. :))
Been To A Luau?: What is that? :o
Cursed Infront Of Your Parents?: Nah.
Been On TV?: Nah. :p
Been Outta The Country?: Nah.
Been Honked At While Walking Down The Sidewalk?: I guess, yeah. ;)
Won A Pool Game?: Nah. Don't play that.
Went To A Party Where You Were The Only Sober One?: Nah. :)
Went To School/ Work Drunk?: Nah.
Dieted?: Nah.
Had An Eating Disorder?: I think I have one. :)) But nah. I just like to think so. :))
Cheated On Your Other?: Nah.
Been Cheated On?: Nah.
Been Paid To Date Someone?: Nah.
Dated Someone That Was Paid or Dared To Date You?: Nah.
Tanned Topless?: Yeah. Swimming classes. I guess that's considered. :D
Been Strip Searched?: Nah. Searched like I was stripped. Yeah. :))
Been On A Plane?: Nah.
Been On A Cruise?: Yeah. Cruise-ship, yeah. Not cruising cruising. ;)
Been Pantsed In Public?: What is that?! :))
Thrown Your Shoe At Someone?: Nah.
Broke Someone's Heart?: God...
Sung In The Shower?: Yeah. :))
Bought Something Way Too Expensive?: Yeah. :( and :)
Done Something Stupid And Laughed At Yourself?: Yeah. :))
Been Walked In On While You Were Dressing?: Yeah.
Been Walked In On While Showering?: Yeah. Once. Tagal na. Nothing special.
Ran Out Of A Movie Theater Cuz You Got Scared?: Nah.
Been Kicked Out Of A Mall/ Store?: Nah.
Been Kicked Out Of A Go Cart Place Cuz You Wrecked The Go Cart?: Nah.
Been In Detention?: Yeah.
Feel Off A Roof?: What do you mean?
Pretended You Were Scared So You Could Cuddle W/ Someone?: No.
Been In A Wreck?: I guess. A bit.
Wrecked So You Wouldnt Hit An Animal?: Nah. Pilipinas to, di states. I remember my old school service driving over a sleeping dog, same as a tricycle with a friggin' drunk driver. :'(
Made Yourself Puck So You Wouldnt Have To Go To School?: And what exactly does that mean?
Threatened Someone W/ A Water Gun?: Yeah. :))
Been Shot?: Nah.
Had A Water Gun War?: Yeah.
Been Arrested?: Nah.

Regret Something You Did In The Past?: Yeah.
Country You Wanna Visit:: Don't wanna mention. Westies, Easties, Aussies, etc.
Way You Wanna Die:: Don't wanna think of it.
Like Thunderstorms?: Nah.
Get Along W/ Your Parents?: Yeah.
R U A Health Freak?: I wish I was. :)
U Think Ur Attractive?: I guess yeah. We all have inner beauty that attracts people. :)
Do You Believe In Yourself?: Yeah. I'm stupid if I don't.
Wanna Get Married?: Yeah.
Wanna Go To College?: Yeah. :'(
Shower Daily?: Yeah.
Want Kids?: Yeah.
When Do U Wanna Lose Your Virginity?: Dunno. LOL. :))
Do U Hate Anyone?: Don't want to.
Can You Unwrap A Starburst W/ Your Tongue?: Nah.
Do You Think You Can Sing?: Yeah. People think so.
Can You Open You Eyes Underwater?: Yeah. Saltwater is an exemption. :))
Eat Whatever And Not Worry?: No.
Can You Whistle?: One type of whistle, yeah.
Can You Walk In High Heels?: Don't know. I guess not. :))
Do You Sleep W/ The Light On?: Whatever. Preferabbly not.
Do You Like Super Spicy Foods?: No. :'(
Can You Multitask?: Yeah. Always do.
Touch Your Nose W/ Your Tongue?: Nah.
Can You Fit In Your Locker?: Nah.
Do You Spit?: Who doesn't? In times that I need to.
Can You Taste The Difference Between Pepsi And Coke?: Yeah.
If You Could Wish 4 Anything...What Would You Wish?: Love.
What Kind Of Perfume Or Cologne Do You Wear?: None. :))
What Kind Of Soap Do You Use?: Whatever. Dunno the names. :))
What's Your Favorite Scent?: Sweet-smelling. Dunno what it's called.
Would You Choose To Live Forever If You Could?: No. :))

Ang Gastos Ko A! (I've Noticed, I Spend A Lot Of Money Lately)

Just earlier this month, I bought a cellphone load amounting to Php 500.00 with 85 free texts. Ngayon, when I checked, kalahati na lang, lagpas pa. Tapos 'yung freet texts, parang hindi na nakita 'yung 85.

Ewan ko ba kung bakit. Minsan kasi parang ang sarap tumawag. Minsan naman ang sarap mag-unli maski wala kang katext. Minsan naman naaaksidente mag-online 'yung phone ko, eh naka Php 5.00/15 min or session pa naman 'yun. Minsan napatawag lang ng automatic dahil hindi ko lang nalock 'yung keypad. Minsan naman nawrowrong send ako ng kung anong random message dahil di ko pa pala nacclose 'yung write message ko. Hahaha. :))

Tignan niyo na? I'm not clumsy, and at the same time, I do good in budgeting and saving money. Kaya ko naman nasabi ito dahil ngayong laking amount na naubos ko at napansin ko ito, saka lang ako nag-come to my senses na magtipid. Wahahaha. I hope it works at makayanan ko.

Ciao to all my beloved readers. ;)



Scene 1: sala. The chubby husband is sitting watching TV ata or reading something, then the wife comes in says good morning or something, then proceeds to the door after being greeted back by the fat husband. After entering the door, the wife immediately comes out from it and turns into a sexy woman. The husband is zoomed in with his mouth wide-open in amazement.

Scene 2: the yard. This time, the now made beautiful and sexy wife is sitting outside the house in the yard, I think. The husband suddenly comes out in sports attire then faces his wife. He tells her something like this: "honey, it's time for a change".




Friday, July 11, 2008

Girls need to realize... Ouch! Hahaha. :)

We don't care if you're friends with other guys.

But when you're sitting next to us, and some random guy walks into the room and you jump up and tackle him, without even introducing us, yeah, it pisses us off.

It doesn't help if you sit there and talk to him for ten minutes without even acknowledging the fact that we're still there.

We don't care if a guy calls >OR TEXTS< you, but at 2 in the morning we do get a little concerned.

Nothing is that important at 2 a.m. that it can't wait
till the morning.

Also, when we tell you you're pretty/ beautiful/ gorgeous/
cute/ stunning, we freaking mean it.

Don't tell us we're wrong.
We'll stop trying to convince you.

The sexiest thing about a girl is confidence.

Yeah, you can quote me.

Don't be mad when we hold the door open. Take Advantage of the mood I'm in.

let us pay for you!
don't "feel bad"
We enjoy doing it.
It's expected.

Smile and say "thank you."

Kiss us when no one's watching.

If you kiss us when you know somebody's looking, we'll be more impressed.

You don't have to get dressed up for us.

If we're going out with you in the first place, you don't have to feel the need to
wear the shortest skirt you have or put on every kind of makeup you own.

We like you for who you are and not what you are.
honestly, i think a girl looks more beautiful when she's just in her pj's. or my
shirt and boxers, not all dolled up

Don't take everything we say seriously. [=))]

Sarcasm is a beautiful thing. See the beauty in it.

Don't get angry easily.

Stop using magazines/media as your bible.

"Don't talk about how hot Chris Brown, Brad Pitt, or Jesse McCartney is in front of us".
It's boring, and we don't care. You have friends for that.

Whatever happened to the word "handsome"/"beautiful"

i'd be utterly stunned by a girl who greeted me
with "Hey handsome!" instead of "Hey baby/ stud/ cutie/ sexy" or whatever else you can think of.
on the other hand I'm not saying i wouldn't like it ether ; )

Girls, I cannot stress this enough: if you aren't being treated right by a guy, won't wait for him to change. ditch his sorry ASS,he's a disgrace to the male population and find someone who will treat you with utter respect.

Someone who will honor your morals.

Someone who will make you smile when you're at your lowest.

Someone who will care for you even when you make mistakes.

Someone who will love you, no matter how bad you make them feel.

Someone who will stop what they're doing just to look you in the eyes....and say "i love you" ..and actually mean it.

Give the nice guys a chance.

Guys repost this if you agree

Girls repost this if you think it's cute

Every Guy who isn't a jerk will agree with this, so we hope that all the girls that read this will repost this

*Holding Hands
Girls :If you want to hold his hand, gently bump into it a couple of
Guys : Grab it if it happens more than once.

Girls : When you want to cuddle with him, tell him you're cold
Guys : Automatically move closer to her.

Girls : During a movie, if he puts his arm around you, tilt your head on his shoulder
Guys : Lift her chin up and kiss her.

*Loving each other
Guys : When she tells you she loves you, look deep into her eyes, give her a peck on the lips, and tell her you love her
too... And mean it.

*Laying below the stars
Girls : When you're both laying under the stars, put your head on his chest and close your eyes as you listen to his steady heart beat
Guys : Whisper in her ear and link your hands with hers.

By 12 am tonight your one true love will realize how much they want you.

Girls repost as: written by a guy :]
Guys post as: Girls need to realize

Monday, July 7, 2008

Anxiety Answered

I had my past all wonderfully written
Now what should I expect of tomorrow?
I have achieved and gained even a little
But now, how can I progress further?

My titles today seem like dull background
What awaits me in the future?
Give me a fresh new start in life
May I have something more?

I dream and hope for a brighter future
Much colourful than what I had before
I wish of a good sleep tonight
Much more than what I can ever expect

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hahaha! Flirtiness! :))


1.She calls you by your full name not just a nick name.
2. She hits you softly on the arm and laughs when you say something funny.
3. She flips her hair when she's talking to you.
4. She touches your arm when she talks to you.
5. She says, "No, I'm not telling you who I like!" with a big smile on her face.
6. She asks you who you like or who you would go out with seemingly interested.
7. When you go to the movies with a bunch of your friends and she is almost always next to you.
8. She criticizes you on a girl you like.
9. You catch her staring at you.
10. She plays with your hair or tries to put make up on you.
11. Her friends outside of school and in school know about you, and says she talks about you a lot.
12. She knows your phone number and address. ( stalker much? )
13. She will try and talk, and spend time with you as much as possible


1. He stares at you alot.
2. He hits you alot. (just play hitting )
3. He uses the first thing that pops into his head to start a converstaion with you
4. He yelled, "Hi!", to your mum that day she picked you up from school.
5. He blew off his buds to go see "Brown Sugar" with you cuz you couldn't get another girl pal to go and didn't want to go alone.
6. He tries to make you laugh anyway even if he gets hurt in the process
7. His voice gets softer when ever you two talk.
8. You hung up on him. He called you back.
9. You were invited by him to a group outing.
10. He called you to talk about nothing at all.
11. He imitates your laugh. OK, you do laugh PRETTY LOUD. Which makes you laugh even harder...
12. He remembers little things you mention in casual conversation
13. He sometimes stares straight into your eyes.
14. He uses every possible way to touch you (your hair, face, thighs, KNEES,ect.)

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if you don't repost this then you will never get asked out or you will lose the one u love?!!!!

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