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Saturday, June 27, 2009

LIFE'S PRIORITIES (Edited Version)

This will be long, but I encourage you to spend a few moments of your time to read it. If you don't like it, leave a comment. If you do like them, don't comment at all. Just copy, read and ponder and digest what I wrote.


There are 3 priorities in life that I think are very important to all of us, not just OFW's but for all people. We probably know them, so this is just a reminder. 

1. SARILI (SELF)

Sa lahat ng interest sa buhay, bilang isang tatay, nanay, kapatid, at OFW na sandigan ng pamilyang nagigipit sa hirap ng buhay sa Pilipinas, ang ating sarili ang pinakaunang bagay that we should look after as we look forward in our lives.

We need sometime to meditate and ponder, to think, and to wonder. Minsan nakakatawa kasi may mga taong kinakausap ang buwan o tinatawag si Batman but sometimes, probably that's all we needed to do too. Minsan kailangan magbasa ng good literature like Great Expectations ni Charles Dickens. o mga books ni Og Mandino o ang the best self-enrichment book na 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Isa sa mga the best book of all time for me na hindi nakakasawang basahin.
Last Friday, tinabihan ako ng kaibigan kong Kano na halos tatay na sa amin ni Mrs. Thoughtskoto. Tinanong ako kung kumusta na siya. Sabi ko "She's fine, we're recovering from the gossip trauma that definitely affected her though we know it is still going around. We shielded our lives with a wall for a while because people are so intrigue and jealous with the beauty and wonder of our lives."
He replied. "I don't see the glow and joy I was seeing in her eyes and face several months ago. Maybe she need some break. Maybe she wanted to walk along Corniche, or go shopping or just be with herself. Maybe she wants to read a book or be alone in the room."
I wanted to tell him. " You have no idea how we missed home. Na kung gaano kami nagtitiis dito because we have a dream to fulfill, and we have a baby whom we wanted to have a better life ahead."
So today, this very moment, a friend picked her and Babytots on the way to their house for an indoor pool swimming, and later, shopping and malling.
I must admit raising a baby without any help galing sa tatay at nanay is definitely stressful, but nevertheless we persevere and it is so joyful and rewarding. Nag-aaral pa po kaming mamuhay, everyday we learn a little lessons here, a little there. Pero sa isang munting tahanan ng pamilyang OFW na punong puno ng pananampalataya at pagmamahalan, miracles do happen, right?
Masyadong naging busy ang ating mga buhay-buhay. We run from one thing to another. Pinapagod natin ang ating mga utak sa pag-iisip at katawan sa pagkakahirap upang magkaroon ng mga bagay-bagay na hindi naman natin madadala sa kabilang buhay. Kelangan seguro ng isang araw or ilang oras na pagninilay-nilay. Isa sa mga pinakanamiss ko sa buhay, ay ang maglakad sa mga daanan ng palayan at langhapin ang presko at masarap na simoy ng hangin, o ang nakaupo na may hawak na libro sa isang malaki at malilim na puno.
Ang pangangailangan at panlasa natin sa mga bagay na ito ay nagkakaiba sa edad. Pero lahat tayo need some of it. A Time to Stand Still and Ponder. To think what we really wanted to become and what we really wanted in life.
Kagaya ng mga sinabi niyo sa comments niyo sa post ko na SOME SIGNS THAT I AM OLD, we need to treat ourselves once in a while. We need to take care of ourselves. Di ba DAPAT IKAW ANG PINAKAHEALTHY SA ATING LAHAT? We need to have some laugh, we need to look at a child and smile. We need sometime for ourselves. To THINK. TO SET A GOAL. TO PRAY. TO RESOLVE. TO FORGIVE.

Remember this advises from the Thoughtskoto's;
Do not focus on what you haven't, or what is lacking and imperfect but rather on the things you have accomplished.
We need to be stronger, that's why we need to take care of ourselves. Remember that we are the hope of others, especially nila Tatay at Nanay, ng mga kapatid natin, ng mga anak natin, and habang sinisikap nating iaangat sila, we rise a little higher ourselves.

2. Pamilya (Family)

Bawat normal na lalaki ay naghahangad ng mabuting asawa. Bawat normal na babae ay minimithi ang isang matinong asawa. Funny ba, pero it is very true. Dapat maging karapat-dapat tayo sa ating mga piniling minamahal. Respect and give encouragement to him or her. Kung may dalawang great commandment ang Diyos, seguro ang pangatlo ay ganito. Love your companion with all your heart, might, mind and strength. Ito ang pinakaimportanteng desisyon na gagawin ng mga single sa tanang buhay nila, ang pumili ng kanilang mapapangasawa.

Hindi ito pagkaing isusubo na pwedeng iluluwa kapag di masarap sa panlasa or mainit sa dila. Sabi nga ni Gordon Hinckley sa book niya na Standing for Something. 
"Don’t cheat yourself. Don’t cheat your companion. Don’t shortchange your lives. Marry the right person in the right place at the right time. Choose a companion you can always honor, you can always respect, one who will compliment you in your own life, one to whom you can give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance, your entire loyalty. Determine that there will never be anything that will come between you that will disrupt your marriage. Make it work. Resolve to make it work. There is far too much of divorce, wherein hearts are broken and sometimes lives are destroyed. Be fiercely loyal one to another. You will not always be young and handsome or young and beautiful. There will come a time in life when instead of growing taller you will begin to shrink."
I have been married for 3 years now. I admire the likes of Blogusvox, NJ, Jess and The Pope. They been married for a long time, and they're stronger in their bonds, full of wisdom, full of inspiration. I love my wife more than she ever imagined. I told Hevyn, our one year old baby kagabi. "Ikaw ang inspiration ko." Napatanong tuloy si Mrs. Thoughtskoto, "Eh ako, ano ako dada?" I look her in the eye and said. "Buhay kita." I could not wish for any of you more than my caring and lovely wife.

Hinckley continues, "A good marriage requires time. It requires effort. You have to work at it. You have to cultivate it. You have to forgive and forget. You have to be absolutely loyal one to another. Most of you will marry and have children. They will become the source of your greatest pride and happiness. I hope so. Rear them in love. You don’t have to kick them around. You don’t have to get angry with them. You just have to love them. If they make mistakes, forgive them and help them to avoid a repetition. But let them see in you their truest and best friend, their constant support."

Para sa mga Thoughtskoto, the greatest task of all, ang pinakamalaking challenge, at ang pinakagreatest satisfaction ay nakasalalay sa pagkakaroon ng isang matatag at masayang pamilya.

3. Work (Trabaho)
We spend seguro 8 or more hours a day sa mga work at career natin. I honestly didn't chose to be a Chemist, it just so happen na ito lang yung may available na scholarship that time. But I enjoy what I am doing. Income is important, pero hindi natin kelangan maging multi-millionaire para maging happy. Haha. Sa totoo lang hindi ka talaga magiging masaya kung ang tanging objective lang natin ay yumaman. Magiging alipin ka nito, na magbibigay kulay sa bawat desisyon mo sa buhay. Kelangan natin ng enough para maka get along. We need enough para mabigyan natin ng konting comfort ang ating mga pamilya. Mas maganda sana kung ang husband ang nagtratrabaho at ang wife ang nag-aalaga ng bata sa bahay, pero kadalasan, gawa na rin ng kahirapan at kakulangan kelangan talagang magtrabaho ng nanay. It is okay. Nasa mag-asawa ang desisyon na iyan.

Be a good example in your work, especially about honesty, and dedication. Most of us have kind employers, never mind the one on top who thinks you are chasing him/her. Most of us OFW's had been given enough compensation and benefits. If unfortunately you are not, we pray that soon you'll have. Nasa sipag at tiyaga lang yan, and depende paano ka nakikisama sa mga katrabaho at sa mga nakakataas sayo. But most importantly, nasa skills at talento yan, nasa dunong ng tao, guts or diskarte sa buhay. But there is one thing that will shine forth in you as you exemplify the true Filipino values - hard work. If they won't notice as you try your best, it will be a disaster to them if you leave. You are giving them no choice to pay you for what you show your worth. Not a peso, not a dollar...thousands. Do it without stepping or putting down others. I know there is that inside you.

Sabi nila sa buong buhay natin, 2 or tatlong beses tayong nagpapalit ng profession or career. I didn't get it, pero I prepared for it. Kailangan maging handa at masigasig sa mga new effort and new ambitions, of new discoveries and new challenges. Kaya napagkamalan akong Computer Engineer, or Cellphone Technician, or Graphic Artist, pero ang kinakarer ko ngayon, BLOGGING!!! Haha. I want to be remembered as as OFW STOCK TRADER. :)))
Kailangan kong mag-aral ng masteral or MBA, yan ang isa sa pinakagoal ko sa buhay, pero kahit hindi na, kailangan kong makapagtayo ng isang negosyo. In this world, competition is terrible. It eats up people. It destroys many. Pero kelangan nating harapin ang katotohanan na iyan, if you want an increase in salary, increase your education or work efficiently. If you want makaahon sa buhay, kailangang magnegosyo, hindi maging trabahador.
So this 3 are my priorities in life. Service to others comes fourth, as well as my dedication to OFW causes, lalo na PEBA. I also want to serve more in my faith with my wife. We want to live our lives in a way that someday when we depart, it will be a better place than it was when we found.
I think it is time to set yours too. A roadmap perhaps, an outline at where we are heading, so we have a direction to follow.

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Friday, June 26, 2009

The King is Dead



At the age of 50, he was preparing for a comeback show that will start off in London, pero di nagmaterialize. Inatake siya ng Cardiac Arrest, which eventually the cause of his death.

Officially, the King of Pop music, Michael Jackson, one of the greatest singers of all time along with the Beatles and Elvis Presley is dead.

He leave with him two children whose future is still unknown, and a massive debt cause by the scandals and events that transpired that leads to his waning career.

But his story will always be remembered. His music will always be played for generations to come.

We look at his life, he lived like a king, but died like a poor man. Two contrasting status, but whatever is our judgment of him, his character and behavior, we can't deny the fact that he is a music icon, and only God can tell who he really is.

To paraphrase a poem.

"Music are made by a fool like me, but only God can make a tree."

Goodbye Michael Jackson!


Some of his songs that I like are;

We are the World,

The Earth Song,

Heal the World

You are not Alone

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Live Within Your Means

We all have simple dreams. Kaya tayo nag-abroad dahil sa ating pamilya at mga mahal sa buhay. May isa lang akong naiisip kung bakit marami pa rin Pinoy ang hirap sa buhay despite the fact na naraise na ang salary ng isang OFW. Kung dati sumasahod ito ng 8-10T pesos, ngayon sa abroad, sumasahod ito ng 15-20T pesos.

Pero bakit kulang? We come here to provide for our families, but when we arrive here, suddenly yung ibang tao na naiwan sa Pinas thought nga "ginapala kag ginapiko, kag ginabulldozer pa ang kwarta sa abroad". Ang ibang pamilya kumuha na ng maid, labandera, tagaluto, at bumili na ng malalaki at flat screen na tv, magagarang cellphone, yung may bluetooth, yellow tooth at kung ano-ano pang pautot ng mga cellphone makers. Yung ibang pamilya di na maglalakad sa school, dapat hatid-sundo na, tapos dapat di na jeep, dapat taxi na. Bibili na ng mga ganito, ganire, ganyan, ganun...haysss.

It is okay to spoil them once in a while. It is alright kung sa ikakagaan ng buhay.

Most of my relatives na nagwowork sa abroad end up staying for 20-30 years sa abroad na hindi nakasama ang pamilya nila, maliban na lang kung kasama mo sila sa abroad.

We should remember that we come here for our families. We come here to provide for their needs. Now, if that family has a 'SUDDEN LIFESTYLE' backhome, we come to provide not only for their needs but for their 'new and sudden lifestyle' as well. Meron pa tayong ugali na kapag nagpapadala, ubos-ubos lahat, maiiwan na lang pambili ng pagkain. Ang nasa Pilipinas naman, bili dito, bili duon, parang midnight sale, baka maubusan. Kaya the day after makadeposit, sakit sa ulo kasi ubos na ang padala or kulang pa kasi its either pinambayad sa 5-6 or binili ng malaking karaoke component system. Did you get what I mean?

Kaya ang kawawang Mang Jhoe, kayod ng kayod, nagpapart-time pa para masustentuhan ang mga lifestyle na yun. Nangungupahan pa rin sa Pinas at ang anak ayaw magtrabaho kasi maliit ang sahod kaysa padala ni tatay. We need to talk with our loveones.

It is okay, we love them.

But it is not right.

We have to save for the future because we love them.

Ang daming taong namumuhay na nasa edge ng kani-kanilang income. Sa totoo lang maraming taong namumuhay sa borrowings or loans or pangungutang.

We have witness in the past few months the swings of the economy and markets of the world. Economy is indeed a fragile entity. One collapse of NYSE will swing a tremendous and chaotic effect to London, Hongkong, and major economic countries. It is felt in every corners of the world.

Sinong mag-aakala, Dubai - one of the most thriving and richest country in the world will become a meager city in 3 months?

It affects us all, cross-cutting measures, job cuts, no-overtime, and slow business flow. There are 3,000 people leaving the Philippines everyday, there are hundreds or maybe a thousand of them coming home because of the crisis.

I recognize na kelangan magloan para sa bahay, sa education or sa mga health and other benefits. Pero there are things to consider. There are wonderful advertisements in TV of a new shoes, a new LCM-HDMI TV, a new stuff that will make you something. Mapapabili ka talaga.

But I urge you all to save.

I encourage all to live within your means. To live within your income, and to set aside a few hundreds or a few thousands of your income for the rainy days. I appreciate people who save for the future. Infact, I admire those kind of people. Iilan lang ang damit, di man nagrerelos, or paulit-ulit ang hikaw, kung may nakaipon na pera kahit papaano, panatag ang loob, masayang nagtratrabaho, and may peace of mind.

I ask you my friends na tingnan ang kondisyon ng inyong mga finances. This is something na dapat pinag-uusapan as a family. I ask you na maging modest sa inyong mga gagastusin at disiplinahin ang sarili sa mga bagay na binibili upang maiwasang makapangutang. Bayaran ang utang as quick as you can and I can guarantee you, pasipol-sipol ka habang nagtratrabaho.

Me and Mrs. Thoughtskoto see to it that every month, we set aside a small percentage of my salary for savings, maybe a 300SR, or depende sa budget. I encourage you to do the same.

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Sunday, June 21, 2009

SOME SIGNS THAT I AM OLD

I been very busy lately.

Here's some of the reasons why;

1. My Manager went to Thailand which means naiwan sa akin ang sangkatutak at sangkaterbang trabaho, reports at sakit ng ulo, sipon at trangkaso! (wag po kayong magdala ng H1N1 dito bossing ha, quaquarantine ko kayo sa laboratory!)

2. We are on the process of a massive plant expansion, 3 times the size of our current water bottling plant, sana lang po, kahit 2x lang ang increase sa sahod, hay ang mahal na ng rice dito.

3. Its summer season, so hot. I am hot, my Lovefate is hot, everybody is hot here. Haha. Shhh patawa lang toh ha, pero hot na hot talaga kami dito sa Middle East. Mga 7am pa lang ng umaga pagpasok sa work, temperature is between 37-41 degrees Celsius. Pag tanghali, mga 12noon to 2pm ang temperature mga 46 - 51 degrees Celcius. Oh sinong nagsabing madali ang maging OFW?

4. At dahil summer, at mainit todo ang operation ng MOA MASNA JAZEERAH! That's Arabic of AL JAZEERAH WATER COMPANY. At dahil nakatoka sakin ang QA na departamento, at ito'y diritso sa mga tiyan ng mga consumers, mahigpit ako, masungit, at laging mainit ang ulo kasi nga pressure sa trabaho. Bah, sinong hindi kong ikaw ang nag-iisang Filipino sa departamento at ang mga kasama mo taga-planeta ng mga utak-kuwago. Teka, ano bang utak ng kuwago? hehe

5. Yan ang isa sa mga rason kung bakit halos di ako makabisita sa mga blog ninyo, pero pailan-ilan ngssneak ako. Babawi ako. Maliban na lang kung PEBA Nominee ka, haha, updated ako kasi tinitingnan ko ang mga boto at mga komento. Wala sa botohan, wala sa mukha, nakikita sa isip, sa salita, sa gawa, sa entry, at sa laman ng buong blog.

A N Y W A Y

This will be a Father's Day light posts, inspired by the wit of the two fathers out there,

JON D' MANGO ang pinakabagong blogerong OFW.

and

KEITH

Anong indication na matanda na nga ako at the age of 32, may isang maganda, mabait at mapagtiis na asawa, at isang makulit, malikot at nangangagat na anak.

1. Posting Father's Day entry a week before FATHER'S DAY.

2. Send a GTalk Chat to Rio, thinking he is Mrs. Thoughtskoto...tsk tsk.

Ito yung excerpt conversation namin.

KENJI: Mwah! Hon andiyan pa ba yung lupa na binigay ni buveh dati?

KENJI: may dala kasi akong halaman. Mwah!

Rio: Kenji, si Rio toh, baka mag-I love you ka pa sakin, hehe.

KENJI: Hah!? (Gulat, as in) Tipaklong na anak, sorry! Hehe.

3. Making a report twice and submit it twice

also thinking di pa ako nakagawa at nakasubmit. Sabi ng kasama ko,

"Ken, you should be saving ink and papers"

Haha, sweet!

May talent siyang magparinig eh wala nga siyang ginawa kundi magtapon ng magtapon ng papel sa basurahan...mga lahing alam mo na, haha.

Well, tanggap ko na, wala na ako sa kalendaryo, pero wag niyong kalimutan nasa lotto numbers pa ako! Lol!

Happy Dad's Day sa lahat ng mga Daddy, may Daddy and magiging Daddy!


©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Thursday, June 18, 2009

500th POST and More!



THANK YOU AND SHOKRAN MGA KABLOGS, KAPUSO, KAPAMILYA, at KAPWA KO OFW AND MGA BLOGERO!


www.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.wswww.bigoo.ws

500 POST since December 15, 2005!
330 PUBLISHED
170 PUBLISHED BUT NOW ON DRAFT/UNPUBLISH BOX
DUE TO ITS SENSITIVE TOPIC - FAITH.
(perhaps pag nakauwi na kami or sa ibang lugar na kami, hehe, mapupublish na yun)

1,343 COMMENTS

THAT INCLUDES THE
TOP 10 THOUGHTSKOMENTERO
IN THE SIDEBAR
I am making a Special Badge for you.




Thoughtskoto is already old, a father and a mother to PEBA and KABLOGS.
This two blog/organization is thriving and making a name of their own. They will be successful and famous, and they will continue to make a difference in the blogosphere and in the world they are a part.

But Thoughtskoto will remain in the sidelines. Quietly blogging, it will stand up when called to do so in fighting what's good and right and opposing what's not.
And always, it will be a source of optimism and inspiration in a world full of hopelessness and despair.

Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts!

Come Join us as we share some cakes and calvita juice!


©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MAGIC 12! ADD YOURS NOW!

THEMAGIC 12 NOMINEES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

AFGHANISTAN***Saudi Arabia***Nice, France
South Australia***Yishun, Singapore***Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE***Palau***Taipei, Taiwan
Dubai, UAE ***Qatif, Saudi Arabia***Misawa, Japan

Great Entries, Quality Post, Global Nominees - a testament that PEBA is dedicated in showcasing the best and inspiring Filipino Blogs and Bloggers Abroad.


Ikaw, kelan ka magpopost ng entry mo?

THIS IS A SIMULTANEOUS POST.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO POST A COMMENT TO THE PEBA HOMESITE

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Monday, June 15, 2009

ADD YOUR FRIENDSTER & MULTIPLY BLOG TO YOUR BLOGSPOT

Maraming gustong sumali sa PEBA pero ang Archive nila ay wala pang six months pero isang taon na sila mahigit na nagbloblog gamit ang Friendster, Multiply or Yahoo360.

Ang purpose kung bakit nagpost ako nito ay para STEP-BY-STEP maisama natin sa ARCHIVE ng Blogger account ninyo ang link ng blog ninyo sa mga nasabing account sa itaas.

Para maiwasan natin ang disqualification kung sakaling ijujudge na ang inyong mga entries. Ang mga judges ay independent at well qualified at dahil steep ang labanan, ang gaganda ng mga entries, mahihirapan sila kaya baka magbabawas sa disqualification. Sayang naman di ba. That's why meron one-month alloted time to judge all your entries. Kaya basahin maigi ang GUIDELINES SA PEBA SITE or ang STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO NOMINATION

By the way, isa sa pinag-iisipan naming project sa PEBA is to compile the entries, bind it as a book, and produce it as an ebook tapos pamimigay namin sa lahat ng may gusto. Okay lang ba yan sa ga bloggers na may entry? We will put a link of your site naman sa ebook at ilalagay ang buong URL sa book. Galing di ba? Bebenta rin kaya natin NJ, mga worth 10 pesos, and ang makakalap na pera will go to BELIEVE FOUNDATION, mga batang pinapaaral dahil hindi makaafford kahit sa elementary man lang.

Anyway, ginagamit ko itong POST OPTION kapag may nakapila akong post at automatic itong magpopost in specified date at time, at kung may popost ka na old archive from other blogs.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE to ADD

1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click NEW POST

2. Then write the title: FRIENDSTER BLOG, or MULTIPLY BLOG

3. Then in the body of the letter write the URL or Link of your Friendster/Multiply Blog

4. Then follow the photo instructions below.

(you may have to click the photos for a larger and clearer size)



(For scheduled post, you just have to change the date and time to your likings. For example, you want to post this entry mamayang gabi so change it to 6/15/09 tapos ang time 10PM)


5. Then automatic sa Archive sa Sidebar, it will show, December 2008.

Goodluck sa inyong lahat. Bawat entry sa PEBA, bawat entry ninyo, ay panalo.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Sunday, June 14, 2009

This Simple (and Cute) Father


We are preparing for the EB, and yet Babytots is still asleep. I can't deny the fact that she bring so much happiness and joy to me and Mrs. Thoughtskoto's simple life.

I hope I am a good father to her. I hope I will always be a good father to her, give her a brighter future, experience little comfort as she grows and don't live the kind of live we been to.
She, along with her Mom gives me so much inspiration to carry on, to dream on, and to kneel down and pray, get up and work for these dreams.

Happy Father's Day sa lahat ng mga Tatay, may Tatay at magiging tatay para next week.

I think its my age, haha pero when I wake up kaninang umaga, Mrs. Thoughtskoto kiss me and greeted me Happy Father's Day. When I opened my mobile phone, a good friend wished me Happy Father's Day, then I thought, bakit wala yatang masyadong post about Father's Day sa Kablogs ngayon, is father not that important na. Hehe. Anyway, yung nakaprepare ko na photo namin ni Babytots for the day, ay nilagyan ko ng greetings and posted. Haha, pero salamat, salamat ng marami. It doesn't matter when anyway, everyday is a Father's Day for a father like me! hehe


©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Friday, June 12, 2009

EB

Who would have thought? Sinong mag-aakala na mamemeet mo ang mga tao sa likod ng mga nababasa mong mga kwento, patawa, larawan at pakikipagsapalaran sa buhay. Kelangan niyo pong i-click ang mga photos to view its actual size.
(in this photo, Nebz, Vic, Netz, Ann, Melody, Shie, Hevyn, Jon, Kenji, EJ and Keith)
I never really thought this day will come to pass, that a simple hobby out of boredom, would lead to friendships that defy backgrounds, boundaries, professions, and circumstances.
(in this photo, Nebz, Vic, Netz, Ann, Melody, Shie, Hevyn, Jon, Kenji, EJ and Keith) 
I never thought na ang mga thoughts ko na 'to ay magiging way to meet people from different walks of life, of great caliber, and who establish a network of their own. But two common adjective unites us all.

OFW's and BLOGGERS.
(in this photo, Nebz, Vic, Netz, Ann, Melody, Shie, Hevyn, Jon, Kenji, EJ and Keith)
And so we start with the man named Vic Apostol with his lovely wife Nitz, and a soon to be blogger named James. Vic drive 3 towns to reach us all the way from the Industrial Capital of Saudi Arabia, Jubail. He is an English teacher at Jubail Technical Institute. 
One of the veteran blogger named Ann, a happy wife and a wonderful mother catches our attention that night. She cooks, she blogs, and yes, magkano nga ang kinikita mo Ate Ann on the peak of your paid blogs and Ads? 1000USD a month, and as she focus on her growing sons and daughter, 300USD a month! Whew, come visit her sites and get to know her, and learn Blogging Money 101.
(in this photo, Ann, Shie, Kenji, Hevyn, Nebz and Keith)
(In this photo, Shie, Kenji, Hevyn, Nebz and EJ)
At ito ang malaVogue daw na pose ni Nebz of Isla de Nebz at Keith of Tales from the Kingdom

Nebz is the guy who says he is starting to live life, meaning he is 40, pero actually in reality he is only 28! I like his wits in real life, and his intellectual postings on his blog. And to quote both NJ of Desert Aquaforce and The Pope of Palipasan, I can truly say, "I Love Nebz!"
Mrs. Thoughtskoto said it twice at several instances that we should invite Nebz to have dinner in our house. (perhaps para magbaby sit? haha!)

And beside him is Keith husband of Pinky, the couple behind the Saudi Sexpat Stories: Tales of the Kingdom. Okay, okay, the first na naencounter ko ang blog nila Keith, haha, natawa ako, talaga bang Saudi ito, at bakit di nabloblock kasi di ba ang Saudi Robot Engine, kapag may nakita or nahagip na sex na word, BLOCKED agad? haha. We have to ask Keith, and ang ibig sabihin pala nun, Spouse of an Expat, kaya SEXPAT, haha. But seriously Keith, your humor is funny! He has a blog of his own entitled LEAP OF FAITH! A blog about taking risks, hoping for the best and always TRUSTING in God. Browse over their site, and see the handsome boys and the pretty girl this couple brought into this world. Akala at naitanong ko nga nung una, Filipino ba itong mga toh?
And Jon and Melody Guzman, A couple behind B'LAG ang MUNDO. It will soon be published, inaayos pa daw ni Jon ang site nila. Jon by the way is one of the incorporators of PEBA.
(In this photo, Jon, Melody, Nitz, and Vic)
And here is the guy we all love too! Professor EJ of Klasrum ni Pajay His recent post about PAYASO, an OFFICIAL ENTRY to the 2009 PEBA changed the contest.
We all know what he had been to, pero look at those "Sexy at maappeal na smiles."
Di ako nagsabi nun Prof. ah, nabasa ko lang sa comment mo kay CM. Haha!
Pang PlayGirl magazine ba? And guess what, he is tall, dark and hands-up...este...ano nga ba yun. Thanks for driving two towns to reach us. 
Pagaling ka, you look like 21 years old to be a professor! 
And the guy beside EJ, haha, ayan teacher ng Grade One. Pang Grade One daw ang blog ko sabi ni He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Hehe, kaya kayo na nagbabasa nito, Kindergarter, ay, Kindergarden, este, Kindergarten kayo!(lols!)
In this photo, Nitz, Vic, Kenji, Hevyn, Nebz, EJ and James 
You have to click the photos to see its actual size. 
Some photos courtesy of Joel and Ann of Apple of my Eyes
Joel has been here in the Saudi for 16 years, dito na lumaki yung mga anak, nakapag-aral, at isa sa mga active member of a Filipino Photographers Group dito sa Eastern Province. Ano nga bang name at site nun? Ayun, nalink sa comment ni Ann, "DESSERT FOX SHOOTERS" and you can visit the site here http://dfs-ksa.org. Pag pumunta ka sa site nila, ang gaganda ng mga camera, ang hahaba ng mga lenses ba yun. Galing nga, parang gusto ko sumali, dala dala yung "Idiot Camera" ko. hehe. They are offering free classes every Sunday at International Philippine School of Al-Khobar. There are so many good people everywhere. The Thoughtskoto family appreciate meeting this wonderful couple. 
(In this photo, Joel and wife Ann, Shie and Kenji and Hevyn, and Nebz)


We talk about many things. We even talk about the Mike thing, haha, but it was suggested na magkakaroon ng EB ang group sa Riyadh like Blogusvox, The Pink Tarha's, Llarena and Niqabi, magEEB si NJ kay Self sa JEDDAH. Oh, I forgot, Magic saucer is in Jeddah, di ba?

Then post some of your photos, and we will plan for the grand EB ng mga bloggers sa Saudi. 

Ganun din sa Qatar, sa Dubai, sa Canada, sa Australia, sa Singapore, sa Japan.

Ang saya di ba? It was the first, but definitely not the last.

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Bring Honor to Us All (111th Independence Day Post)

In the afternoon of 12 June 1898 in the town of Cavite-Viejo, Filipinos gathered at the residence of General Emilio Aguinaldo to witness the first Philippine national flag unfurl as the San Francisco de Malabon Band played the Lupang Hinirang.

Reciting the Declaration of Philippine Independence, our people promised to support freedom “with our lives, our fortunes, and with our sacred possession - our honor.”




HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL from the THOUGHTSKOTO FAMILY!!!


Pero teka, are we really independent?

Do we have the ability and the capacity to stand alone, defend and protect our sovereign - our people?

Do our people have that capacity, or in times of challenges or war, we still run to Uncle Sam?

Do some of our major international decisions are influenced by the superpowers?

I think we are still captive by the habits we inherit from our "mananakop",

I think we are still captive by the corrupt system that hinders our growth and progress as a society and as a country.

Philippines is a very beautiful and rich country.

Give me an honest law enforcers, give me an honest leaders in the government who serve the people and not just a few, and give me an honest Filipinos working in different entities who have no fear or regard of power, fame and money, and who honestly deals with everybody in the workplace. Give me Filipinos with just that one character, and I will give you a nation that thrives, and stands out to the world. I am not saying Filipino's are dishonest, I am saying collectively, it should start with us, then law enforcers and the bureacracy. There is just too much distrust in our leaders, and we have no one to blame but them.

I think one of the pride we have left for ourselves are the great Filipinos around the world who excels in every small and simple things they do. They truly as the Mulan song says,

"bring honor to us all."


(Bukas na po ang mga photos sa EB na nangyari kagabi, may mga napag-usapan po kami para sa pinakagrand EB na mangyayari sa SAUDI. Napakasaya po ng pagtitipon kagabi and we are so excited to post our pictures.)

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chocolate - Indulge Yourself


Alin ba dyan ang gusto mo. papadalhan kita. I am sure hindi yan Made in China.
I have to ask Mrs. Thoughtskoto for a P1000 budget para pambili lang ng mamahaling Chocolate for you. 
Para naman kahit papaano...








According sa mga Chocolate Eaters, ang Chuao Chocolate ang pinakabest na chocolate sa buong mundo.
According sa Forbes, the most expensive chocolate is Madeleine & Chocopologie by Knipschildt

The healthier according to health experts, are dark ones. 

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

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