May 30, 2011 § 2 Comments
Yesterday, I attended the vesper service at our church. When the Music Team went up on stage, the song leader asked that we form into small groups and pray individually to prepare our hearts before we started singing songs of worship. The instruction was to pray silently and clap right after. I guess the clapping was to indicate that one was finished praying. Now upon hearing that, I pictured how it would go and started imagining the entire congregation clapping, first starting with a few and eventually everyone filling the sanctuary with thunderous claps, cuing the Music Team to start. That would have been nice.
But it didn’t happen. While I was praying I started to hear a few claps, then a long pause, some more claps, then another pause. At the end, I just concluded that either the congregation did not understand the instruction, or we were just too shy. Is it a cultural thing?
It would have been really awesome. We are worshipping the one true God after all! Why not clap our hands with all our might? 🙂
Like this guy! (maybe not. haha) Beat that!
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
After much insistence from my parents, I came home to the province with them this morning together with a couple of mama’s friends from high school. With nothing to do today since the bad weather already pushed me to cancel all my piano students, I decided last minute that it would be better to go home instead of get trapped the whole day alone in our QC townhouse. I just hope rainwater doesn’t get inside the house. It happens a lot. That house needs some serious renovation. It has caused me so much trouble in the past 5 years, and it will continue to unless it is repaired.
I’m sitting beside the window of my brother’s work area, which is also a part of our home here in the province, and it’s a little gloomy outside. It’s almost 3 in the afternoon and rain is pouring heavily. Normally, when this happens I get worried about the house I left in manila. I start imagining the mess that would welcome me when I get back. Drying the floor alone would demand an hour or two. But I choose not to worry. I’m three hours away, which means that even if rainwater is flooding the townhouse right now, there’s really nothing I can do about it. But I did check the windows, plugs, and the third floor drainage to make sure it isn’t clogged with dirt before I hopped into the car. Or did I?
Yesterday was a treat. I accompanied Papa to Makati (business stuff) and walked around Glorietta Mall before we returned to QC. Being my father’s son, I know when my father is in the mood to spend. Papa is a real street-smart and thrifty guy. But when he spends, he spends. And yesterday was just a perfect opportunity for me to buy stuff because one, Papa was in the mood and two, I didn’t have any of my five brothers with me to object to everything I want! (evil laugh) Plus, having any of them with us would definitely divide the budget. HAHA. Just to save face, I would also like to add that I haven’t been always relying on my parents to buy my “wants” during last couple of years. Sometimes I would spend the money I save from giving piano lessons to buy things. And so yesterday was a refreshing experience as well. After that we met up with Mama for dinner with some of her high school friends. I have a good time whenever I join them. And they are kind enough to include me in their conversations so I don’t feel out of place whenever my parents would have me tag along. I have fun just listening to them talk about the good old days and laugh as they recall who dated who and who had a crush on who. My mother had a fun high school life, that’s for sure. It has been a series of big and small reunions for them over the past years. And recently, it has been easier for them to get in touch with everyone. Yes, thanks to Facebook.
Talk about facebook, I have been deactivating from time to time this past year. If you have been doing the same thing, I’m sure you found that it’s actually almost the same as logging out, only a little more time-consuming. Unfortunately, there is no “delete account” option. I decided (yet again) last weekend to finally get rid of my account. Frankly, I just realized that I spend too much time on it and it isn’t good. Two days after deactivating my account I went to the rehearsal of a choral group I recently joined to find out that important updates and announcements are posted in Facebook. I’m afraid it has become a necessity. So there, see you on FB!
May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is a beautiful poem by Ann Taylor.
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Did a few laps this morning with a couple of friends from church (Justin and Adrian). After swimming I offered them a bag of chocolates (what’s left of it) which made Justin conclude that this whole swimming/exercise thing was just another guilt trip of mine. To my defense, I proudly said, “At least, nabubuhat pa natin katawan natin!”. “Sa tubig.”, he added. True.
That’s me. Or what I felt like underwater. HAHA. 😀