Here’s An Effort Defining Love

Below the surface-stream, shallow and light,
Of what we say we feel—below the stream,
As light, of what we think we feel—there flows
With noiseless current strong, obscure and deep,
The central stream of what we feel indeed.

—Matthew Arnold

My classmate and friend Pam shared this on fb.  I just had to copy/paste this here so that these lines will not get  lost in the hundreds of messages loaded up on my fb Home daily.


Well, the lines spell out what I had been longing to express.  Love indeed is so deep to be simply defined in a few words. We can define it by saying something like “Love is a bed of roses.” Or we can define it by thinking “I am so happy because I am in love.”

That is love on the surface stream, what we say, what we think.

But Love, when it is genuine or true, is much deeper than what mere words can define. Love is like a noiseless current, so strong, so pervading, so whole, so totally encompassing. Love is within, moving so serene, and yet so powerful. Love. ❤

As the deer panteth for the water

I suppose I have not talked about my God as much as I think of Him. So I am sharing here my favorite Communion song, hoping that this would spell how much I long for my God. And if anyone wonders who wrote this, well, this came from a shepherd boy who rose to become king….

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You’re my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

I want you more than gold or silver
Only you can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye

Hay naku, ang baba ng suweldo!

Sabi ko na nga ba eh, magkakatalo pag dating sa suweldo.

Kita mo naman, bigatin ang degree, at lahat ng mamamayan, agree,

Bakit kamo, di ga’t iskolar ng bayan, kaya kung sa talino lang, todo ang yabang.

Pero eto nga, di tulad ng ADMU, DLSU, USTE, at AMA na may placement after graduation,

Tiis sila kapipila sa paghahanap ng job, UP ka eh, kaya mo yan.

So, sa legwork pa lang, sanay na ang mga yan, sa haba ba naman ng pila sa OUR at cashier..grrrr…

At sa pakikinayam, bihasa yan, wala namang kailangan i-conceal,

Garantisado, lahat ng grade na nakareflect sa transcript, basta pasa, pinaghirapan.

Kaya nga, confident, ika nga, itong mga bagong salta ng graduates.

Nakahanap naman, walang problema, nakakagulat nga eh, dahil ang bilis, hired agad.

Eto ang siste, e di chika na. Tanungan how many figures ang nasa take home pay envelope.

Wala ngang gustong magsabi at first, akala mo G14 classified,

Yun pala, nung naglakas loob yung isa na pathetic four figure lang siya, shucks, lahat pala sila!

What a Gift Before Christmas!

‘Twas two days before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse….

And my Tish came down the stairs

Excited but scared

NMAT results had been posted

And she had to know hers…

So she turned on the laptop

And logged in at the site

And shrieked her lung out

At the score she received!

99 percentile

Was top merit

To get to a med school

And be a doctor that she wanted.

What a gift before Christmas

And all through the house

Just a prayer of thanks

For passing this exam!


NMAT stands for National Medical Admission Test

… and needless to say I am a proud and happy ma!

Hey Ninoy!

Hey Ninoy!

Can you see us now?

You must be smiling down upon us!

Taken a long time coming,

but we did it!

Hey genius!

You did not foresee it, huh!,

in all your intelligence and great foresight,

That your wife and your son will carry on the torch that you had lit!

Hey martyr!

Now you know that you did not die in vain.

You must be grinning down upon us.

Took us a long time coming,

but we did it again.