Here’s one of the things I picked up in one of my classes. A bit of sound advice, I don’t know whose words are these but there are some nice bits here and there.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in
silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and others, even the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and
bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career,
however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high
ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the
Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not
distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have
a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever
your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your
soul. With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Whenever I get the chance, I spend my time in the evening with the kids. We do not watch TV in the bedroom, what we do is read. My current book is Super freakonomics, for my wife it’s Life is what you make it, for the kids there’s no other but Dr. Seuss books. I bought a book set a few years back. This was my gift to Erin when she was still two years old. Now, she’s already five and can read the book on her own with minimal supervision. Lara, she is the book worm and book wrecker. She loves books so much that you can leave her alone with a book and she will stay put for a considerable amount of time.
I once bought a book: The Read-aloud handbook. This book discusses the benefits of reading aloud for both kids and parents. As I recall, this is the way how you spark interest of kids in reading books. The kids’ listening and speaking abilities sharpen and the most important part is their imagination begins to develop.
Why Dr. Seuss books?
If you take a quick look at Dr. Seuss books, they’re not very appealing. The drawings, to be honest, they suck. The stories are silly and most of the time mischievous. The statements have double meaning for the adult mind. What’s so brilliant about him is he used a set of only 225 words to construct his stories. These words are very simple ones, they often rhyme, and they are specifically targeted for the new readers. Dr. Seuss, the author, knew this as the most effective way for kids to learn the English language.
This coming December will be Lara’s 3rd birthday. Instead of buying disposable toys, I’m planning to get her another book set of Dr. Seuss books for my avid reader.
Read more about Dr. Seuss here
Yesterday, I met with a bunch of people at a local restaurant. There were at least fifty of us in the room. Our age range from the fresh college graduate to the grand pa with six grand children and counting. Most of us were men, some brought along their wives. The atmosphere was friendly and open. We occupied the whole top floor of the resto. This was made possible because one of our generous members is the head honcho of the place. I saw some familiar faces but I still can’t tie the name with face. I naturally suck at remembering names of acquaintances. I do remember clearly the names of the ones I have made a connection before. These connections were made from the result of buying and selling watches through our online community the Philippine Watch Club.
I remember my first ever attendance in a get together (GTG) like this one. It was nerve wracking. It was like anticipating your turn to speak in front of an audience. It’s like making the first move when you ask your crush to go out on a date. I didn’t know what to expect. I played things in my mind where I walk into the room, everyone stops, looks at me and I can spell out what’s in their minds:
“Who the hell is this guy? You can sit with us.”
But I was wrong, these guys are like your long lost brothers, uncles, and grand pa. You are all family. They’ll invite you to have lunch with them anytime of the day discussing the most mundane things in the planet to the most interesting topic: WATCHES. All of us were brought together by fate because of the love of watches.
I am thankful that I made myself vulnerable once to meet the great guys of the Philippine Watch Club. It’s a wonderful to find your tribe from the midst of all this chaos. The technology today made this far easier for us to connect and find our own community where you truly belong. IT really is an amazing grace!
May this year I took an IELTS exam for my Australian visa application. I got an overall score of 7. I was ecstatic since I just barely made it. When I get to filling out my requirements on line in the SkillSelect website to file for my Expression of Interest, I only got a total of 55 points. 5 points short of the minimum requirements. I was sure I calculated correctly, with my credentials I passed the minimum mark by at least 10 more points easily. As I checked, I flunked the IELTS requirement after all.
The IELTS final score is NOT the score that SkillSelect takes into consideration. It’s the lowest score that you got that they take into account.
Here’s what I got in the IELTS exam results:
I get a final score of 7.
When it comes to the SkillSelect site when you enter your the same scores:
I get a final score of 6.5, because the lowest score you get is what counts. Even if you get 8′s for 3 categories, and got a 6.0 on one category, your final score will be the lowest one. In this case, it will be 6.0.
This minor detail drives me crazy. I am set to take another round of exams hopefully before the year ends, or first month of next year. My target is to get these scores no less: Straight 8′s.
This would give me 20 points for the language criteria for my Expression of Interest application. I am hoping for the best results. I know this will not happen without hardwork. I have to plan my strategy to get the scores I want. It’s not easy but it is doable.
Exactly 33 years ago my mom and dad was in this hospital waiting for me to come out. I took my time and caused mom additional pain. I refused a normal delivery. A few hours later I was delivered thru C-section. Mom said I was the biggest of the bunch, that’s probably why I couldn’t come out easily. On this day the 26th of October 1980, a baby boy was born here at St. Luke’s Q.C. My parents named me Andrew, which was taken from the church where they got married. The church is a five minute walk from this hospital. I am the youngest among the three siblings in our family. The Artajos family was complete.
Today, I am celebrating my birthday here in the same hospital where I was born. This may not be the most festive place to celebrate a birthday but this is where it all began. My roots can be traced back to this place. I am in fact a St. Luke’s baby.
I now have a family of my own. I have two beautiful daughters waiting at home. My wife is pregnant with our third daughter, Vera.
To date, we’ve been here for more than a week now. She experienced pre-term labor pains when we arrived but now, all is doing well. My wife has recovered, and Vera is kicking hard in her mom’s tummy.
My birthday wish is that we get a go signal from our doctor to go home.
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