Wala Nang Hahanapin Pang Iba

There was a rumor going around the office a few weeks ago. They say I got secretly married. They say it started with a question inside an elevator. And spread. Someone asked my sister if it were true. She confirmed that Juday DID get married ... secretly ... in Batangas ... to a guy named Ryan. BWAHAHAHAHA! I guess I should be happy that my nickname sounds more like Juday, and nothing near Katrina? Wahahaha.

On the same note, I love Juday's wedding. Love the invite. Love the tsinelas. Love the gown, the white, the simplicity of it all. And I also fell in love with this song from Apo. Of course, who wouldn't? Reminds me so much of Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman To Me" - in Tagalog ... only better - WAY much better! :)

Apo Hiking Society

Mayroon siyang estilong kanya lamang
Ang kanyang pagkababae ang dinadahilan
Pagsubok sa pag-ibig walang katapusan
‘Di naman daw nagdududa, naniniguro lang

Ewan ko ba ngunit kahit ganyan siya,
Minamahal ko siya, wala nang hahanapin pa
Kahit ano’ng sabihin ng iba, minamahal ko siya,
Wala nang hahanapin pa

‘Di raw nagseselos ngunit nagbibilang
Nang oras ‘pag ako’y ginagabi
At biglang maamo ‘pag may kailangan
‘Pag nakuha na ikaw ay itatabi

Ewan ko ba ngunit kahit ganyan siya,
Minamahal ko siya, wala nang hahanapin pa
Kahit ano’ng sabihin ng iba, minamahal ko siya,
Wala nang hahanapin pa

‘Di magpapatalo ‘pag mayroong alitan
‘Di aamin ng mali, magbabagong-isip lang

Ewan ko ba ngunit kahit ganyan siya,
Minamahal ko siya, wala nang hahanapin pa
Kahit ano’ng sabihin ng iba, sinasamba ko siya,
Minamahal ko pa, walang kaduda-duda,
Wala nang hahanapin pa

P.S. Speaking of love, ... love love love Manang Baby for bringing home a David Cook poster - Hahaha.


Technologically Challenged

Let me get this straight ...

If I Plurk, it will appear in my Plurk account, my Multiply account and my Facebook wall.

If I Tweet, it appears in my Twitter account and is an optional tweet (only on TweetDeck) in my Facebook account.

If I write on my Facebook wall, it will only appear on my Facebook account?

That sucks.

Since all my websites have my tweets, this is what I got to do:

If I need to broadcast something,

to just my friends, I use Facebook.
to just my work blog and my Multiply account, I use Plurk
to everyone (all blogs, friends, website), I use Twitter in Tweetdeck.

Got that? Errrrr ... sure.

From the movie, He's Just not Into You:
I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It's exhausting.

I am technologicaly challenged. I thought this was suppose to make things easier? Yowza! Not at all!


Gamot Cogon

School children
Originally uploaded by damonlynch
Photo taken by Damon Lynch as part of a slideshow made for Gamot Cogon, a school located in the middle of the country in Barangay Libongcogon, Zarraga, Iloilo

My nephews and niece go to this school. In this pic 2nd from left is Sky, my cousin's youngest. In the slideshow is my niece Bea and my nephew Rain. Loved the video. Loved the pictures. I seldom see the Iloilo country look this good!

Check out the slideshow.
Check out the Gamot Cogon website.
Check out Damon Lynch in flickr.


The Speed of Dark

The Speed of Dark is a near-future science fiction novel by American author Elizabeth Moon. The story is told from the first person viewpoint of an autistic process analyst. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2003, and was also an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist.

Just finished the book. I am ... feeling good at the moment. I liked it so much I needed to blog about it but now I have no words to describe it. The ending was unexpected. Sad and happy at the same time. It seems like I'm feeling both. I totally love the new Lou Arrendale. It can be very scientific but those were necessary. I love the way it was written. It was like living inside an autistic person. Very enlightening. It's wonderful. I really love it. Must read.

Some quotes:
It's all knowing what to start with. If you start in the right place and follow all the steps, you will get to the right end.

No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic.

One thing nobody can do better than you is be you.

People are people, messy and mutable, combining differently with one another from day to day - even hour to hour.


A few months ago, my brother emailed me asking me to send him a picture of my mom. I photographed the very few that were rescued from the flood but I don't think I got to send them to him. I didn't ask why he wanted them. I guess, I knew that we all need to see pics of our moms ever so often.

I miss my mom. Sometimes terribly so.

When I find it difficult to handle Tatay.
When I feel unappreciated for my sacrifices at home.
When I feel burdened with responsibilities at home.
When people seems to think I should be the one to ask for something I can't answer.
When I don't know what to do.
When I see something mom-related.
When I see something my mom would have enjoyed.
When I see something cancer-related.
When my friends' parents get cancer.
When I bump into her friends.
When I triumph over something.
When a family member accomplishes something.
When one of my siblings need help and we can't get to him/her.
When I feel helpless.
When it's her birthday. and when it's my birthday.
When it's her death anniversary.
On Christmas, New Year and all those significant family holidays.
When it's mother's day.

Took these with an old phone cam. They're not very good but they will do for now until I find those pics in my back-up cds.

Happy Mother's Day Nay! Hope your making the most of your wanderlust wherever you are :)


Things I have learned

From reading other people's blogs, watching other people's videos, analyzing other people's lives and finally, learning from my own mistakes ;)

1. Complaining is silly; either act or forget.
2. No one can tell me I can't do it except me.
3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is a waste of time. Live now.
4. Not being truthful works against me.
5. Helping other people helps me
6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
7. I eventually take things for granted over time.
8. Money does not make me happy.
9. Traveling is therapeutic and gives a new perspective for creativity and life.
10. Assuming is stifling.
11. Keeping a journal / blogging keeps me grounded.
12. Trying to look good limits my life.
13. Worrying solves nothing.
14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
15. Counting my blessings is my best weapon against despair.
16. Respect is earned, not demanded from.
17. Ideals and principles are guides, not rules.
18. I need people. And will have to constantly learn to ask for help.
19. I make my own happiness.
20. Breaking rules is liberating, and sometimes necessary.