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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Deadliest, Largest and Strongest ever Earthquake as of 2010

Deadliest Since 1900


July 27, 1976

Tangshan, China

255,000

7.5

Jan 12, 2010

Haiti

230,000+

7.0

Dec. 26, 2004

off west coast of northern Sumatra

225,000+

9.0

May 22, 1927

near Xining, Tsinghai, China

200,000

7.9

Dec. 16, 1920

Gansu, China

200,000

7.8

Sept. 1, 1923

Kwanto, Japan

143,000

7.9

Oct. 5, 1948

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, USSR

110,000

7.3

Dec. 28, 1908

Messina, Italy

70k–100k

7.2

May 12, 2008

Eastern Sichuan, China

87,587

7.9

Oct. 8, 2005

Pakistan

80,361

7.6

Dec. 25, 1932

Gansu, China

70,000

7.6

May 31, 1970

Peru

66,000

7.9

May 30, 1935

Quetta, Pakistan

30k– 60k

7.5

June 20, 1990

Iran

50,000

7.7


Largest and Strongest


1.

Chile

May 22, 1960

9.5

2.

Prince William Sound, Alaska

March 28, 1964

9.2

3.

Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands

March 9, 1957

9.1

4.

Kamchatka

Nov. 4, 1952

9.0

5.

Off western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

Dec. 26, 2004

9.0

6.

Off the coast of Ecuador

Jan. 31, 1906

8.8

7.

Off Shore Maule, Chile

Feb. 27, 2010

8.8

8.

Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands

Feb. 4, 1965

8.7

9.

Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

March 28, 2005

8.7

10.

India-China border

Aug. 15, 1950

8.6


Source: http://earthquake.usgs.gov


If you want to find out when and where the earthquake is happening, check it here.



Earthquake in Chile, and other places in the world, El Nino or severe drought in the Philippines, heavy rain and hailstorm in UAE, tsunami in Hawaii and Polynesian Island and the Pacific Coast, reminds us that we are in the last days. Be better prepared.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Resignation

Dear Manager,


I have been too cute and to shy to inform you of my desire for the last 5 years.

You're a good manager. You know how to deal with your people.

But you don't know how to impress their wallet.



Well, forgive me of my blatant frankness (blatant na frankness pa!) but despite of the many millions you spend in the purchase of the many machines for the last three years, you haven't increase even 50 halalas (6 pesos) my salary.



Any Filipino in his decent mind know that he/she came here abroad to work for the betterment of the future, but if the last three years is nothing but increase in jobs, assignments, scopes of work, and position, duh, forget it. I would rather prefer to be a mere chemist in the lab receiving P90T a month rather than be a manager and managing a diverse group of people and receive only P60T.



Well, you can buy a cute Filipino's hand and back like mine, but no, sorry, you can't buy my heart and my mind.



I am leaving you with so many things, and my memory will be etched in every procedure future chemist will read and follow, the Quality System, HACCP, ISO, and almost all of the QA forms that chemist will fill. My memory will be remembered in the design of the water treatment, laboratory room, and microbiology room.



Nah, I rant too much here.



Bottomline, I am resigning.



Forget about the analogy that I was the one who planted, nourished and is taking care of the tree and when it is about to bear fruit, I'll leave. I know the fruit will be delicious and wonderful to the taste. But I don't know if I will be shared with that fruit. Worse, I don't know if I'll be given the chance to taste the fruit my labors.



So today with a heavy heart I am filing this irrevocable resignation. We have nothing to talk about. You got tired of talking and I got tired of listening to those sweet words and promises.




Also I wake up this morning


and found


this in our


garage.





©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The TORTOISE and the DUCKS Lessons Learned

Aesop Fables

The TORTOISE and the DUCKS Lessons Learned




Well, we all know na ang pagong, dala dala niya ang kanyang bahay sa kanyang likod. No matter how hard he will try, he cannot leave home. Sabi nila, Jupiter, one of the gods, sabi nila punished the tortoise kasi napakatamad daw nito, at stay-at-home lagi na hindi siya dumalo sa wedding ni Jupiter, kahit pa especially invited siya.



Anyway, after so many years, sumasama lang ang loob ni pagong ang wish he had gone sa wedding nay un. Kapag nakikita niya ang mga ibon na lumilipad-lipad, and ang mga rabbits at chipmunks and other animals ran and patalon-talon, lagi niyang pinapangarap na Makita niya rin ang mga bagay na dapat makita. Laging malungkot at discontented ang pagong. Gusto niyang makita ang mundo, pero hayun niya dala-dala ang kanyang bahay at maliliit na mga legs na halos di makayang kargahin siya.



One day, nameet niya ang dalawang pato at sinabi niya ang kanyang hinaing.



“Matutulungan ka namin na makita ang mundo,” sabi ng mga pato. “Kumagat ka lamang dito sa stick na ito, at dadalhin ka namin sa itaas kung saan makikita mo ang buong kabayanan. Pero tumahimik ka lang, kung hindi ikaw ay labis na magsisisi.”



Tuwang-tuwa ang pagong. Kumapit siya ng maigi sa patpat(stick) gamit ang kanyang mga ngipin, ang dalawang pato ay hinawakan ang bawat dulo ng patpat at lumipad sila paitaas sa mga ulap. Kitang-kita ng pagong ang ganda ng tanawin mula sa itaas at halos lumuwa ang mga mata sa nasisilayan. Biglang may dumaan na uwak, and nagulat sa pagong na nakalipad, sabay sabing,

“Ito na seguro ang hari ng mga pagong!”



Natutuwa ang pagong, at sa magkahalong galak, tuwa, saya at excitement, sumagot ng...

“ Maraming Salam…”



Nang bigla niyang buksan ang kanyang mga bunganga para sumambit ng mga kataga, napabitaw sa kanyang pagkakakagat sa stick at siya ay nahulog, kung saan tumama siya sa mga batuhan at nawalan ng hininga.


Maraming lesson ang kwento na ito. And the Thoughtskoto will be featuring all throughout our blogging life stories like this from Aesop and many others and try to share our own thoughts and what are the lessons we can learn that will help us become a little kinder, a little better.



First: Laziness is mediocrity is to evil.




Laziness, it won’t lead farther than to where we are sitting right now. There is so much to learn, there is so much to be done. I firmly believe that most of the simple and poor people in this world who become successful, are those who work hard and those who are not ashamed working with their hands.



Second: Our enemy is a green eyed monster named Jealousy




Jealousy, will always makes us feel miserable. “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself…” says in the Desiderata. We need to accept what we are and who we are, but always remembering that we have the power to choose for the better without jealousy and envy towards others.



I love this quote from the Serenity Prayer that was cross-stitched and hanging at the wall in our house.


"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to changethe things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference"




Third: For your Eyes Only




We were told not to, but we still did it. It happened to me, and I am simply so stubborn and so hardheaded. I need to keep my mouth shut, and give silence a chance to pass, and experience the peace and tranquility of being away or not a part of the noise and evil sounds of this world. In high school we call it reflection, in college, we call it introspection, and in my life I call it solitude. One moment where we can ponder and think what has happened to our lives, what we been doing, and where we are heading.



Sometimes, I need to follow even the simplest rules, to survive. Sometimes, in order for me to experience some great success, I need to be quiet and savor the things that are wonderful to behold. That’s the problem with the tortoise, he was so overjoyed, that he overcome, and forgotten that he need not open his mouth.



Sa buhay natin, maraming bagay ang mas mabuti pang hindi sinsabi, or wala kang sinasabi than later be sorry.

There are things that as my mother used to say;

“For your eyes only.”


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wherever You Are Now...

I warn you, malungkot tong post ko na ito.
But if you're a mother and you have a mother, read on.



I vividly remember the memories, even it happened 17 years ago.
I was sitting in a rocking chair that she used to sit and sing lullabies for us.
I was waiting for my 3 siblings to arrive from school.
I was waiting for them to hear the saddest news I have ever conveyed to three young kids, ages 15, 12 and 7.



"She's gone. She's gone now."



After 10 years that I was gone, travelling from different places and different countries,
nakauwi din ako. Me and my wife scheduled a time na bisitahin ang malamig and napakalungkot na lugar where my Mom was buried.


My cute and kikay sister painted Mom's tomb with color "Yellow" saying she was touched by the death of Cory and the yellow color that the late president and heroine will be always remembered. So don't wonder if it's colored yellow. :)


Our Mom is also our hero, infact, more than a hero, she is the best mother in this world...for us, her sons and daughter.

I was crying when we get there, and my loving wife hugged me and tapped me at the back. I cannot contain the heaviness that I was feeling deep within my heart, and the disappointments over the many dreams I have for her that was not realize. And oh, the happiness and joy we are experiencing now, and wished she too would have experience the same.


I cannot deny that my mind and my heart was still feeling hurt with what happened nearly 18 years ago, despite of the assurances that we will be together again one day, because I have just simple, and oh, it was only a simple dream for my mother, and I couldn't realize them now.



I just want her to have a little comfort in life, go shop to the malls and buy her favorite dress or shoe, dine out with her with my small family, cook her favorite foods with the comfort of technologies and appliances, and have her attend to her garden and orchids in the front yard.



Just that. Just that.




Today is her birthday, she is 58th years old now.




Happy happy Birthday!




Wherever you are, I terribly miss you, Mom. And I know you are happier now, but I am still hoping some many many years to come, we will be able to shop, dine, and play at your garden...







there....







in Heaven.




©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO