End of An Era

Woke up and read a text message from my brother informing me Michael Jackson had died of cardiac arrest.


As soon as I logged on, news of Michael Jackson's passing was all over the internet - in Facebook, Twitter, CNN, People, etc.

And as I remember his numerous songs, I realized how I could sing most of it without any effort. It's all in my head. And why not? I grew up listening and singing his songs. His and Madonna's.

Who could ever forget him dancing the moonwalk?

My prayers go out to him and his family. He lived an extraordinary life. While it may not be perfect, he truly was very influential.

As my friend said, it's an end of an era.

Talk About GRACE

I got up this morning all set to write a new entry on grace sharing instances last Friday where God probably put me to test.

Scenario #1: At a CD-R King store, the sales attendant went on and on about the new videos of Maricar and how a tabloid named her the new "Pantasya ng Bayan." Her next comments made me bite my tongue. She goes on how shameful it is for Maricar, that she probably is close to committing suicide. The blood rushed through my head, and I had to leave the store because I was very close to smacking her face with the purchases I made. Instead, I called out and prayed to God.

Scenario #2: Dinner at Apartment 1B with my best girls. You'd think that a classy place would be talking of relevant world issues other than the Hayden Kho sex video scandal. Well, I was so wrong. The long table in front of us was talking about the issue. The only difference I guess was the manner that they talked about it - it was in English! My girlfriends knew I was doing everything to keep myself distracted. Somehow they managed to stir me away from the conversation at the next table. If not, I would've politely called their attention to please stop talking about Maricar and her family as I happen to be a relative of her. The Lord, I guess, drowned out the noise and I suddenly focused on my conversation with my two bestfriends.

I got this text yesterday from my mother that Maricar came out on TV and my brother said is beautiful than ever. This made me very happy. She is handling it better than most people think she is. Mia said her psychologist (if she has one) did a good job with her. I jokingly told Mia that I think I am the one who needs a psychology as I am more affected than Maricar.

This morning, I was teary-eyed after reading these two entries: one from Chuvaness and the other from PEP.

Maricar has GRACE. It took a lot of courage and strength to come out in public after a larger-than-life scandal. Her good reputation preceeds her. Let us remember that she is the victim and the one violated.

I am so proud of my cousin. I will keep on praying for her. And will find out what I could do to support her.
And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
(2 Corinthians 9:14)

EDIT: Here's a clip of the news on TV Patrol which aired June 22, 2009.

Life Is Unfair

In my Facebook profile, my favorite quotation goes:
Life is never fair.... only God is.
I may have heard or read about this somewhere or a famous person said something to this effect.

Right now, my heart bleeds for this one lady who is involved in a scandal. My best friend described the situation very clearly in her Facebook status. She couldn't keep silent out of disgust with the latest developments. She said:
She comes from a decent family. She has loved ones hurting right now and are forced to get separated from her because of this stupid people, who spread the videos. She is a daughter, a sister, a relative, and a good friend to other people. But now she has to live another life to escape what Hayden did to her.
I just hate it. He is a pig and will always be. While the others responsible for the spread of the video are just the same. They should be the ones separated from their loved ones. They should be the ones hiding. They should be the ones living in fear, not the girl. But the girl is forever casticated, thanks to these pigs.

Yup, everything (her whole life) crumbled right in front of her.
When the sex videos came out, it never crossed my mind that I have to see it. I believed what I heard and there never was the need to validate or confirm who was in the video by watching it. And I have very high respect for those people who chose not to watch them, too. If people would stop watching the videos, then we're putting an end to this controversy. Those who had seen it and think maliciously of it and invite more people to see it, are no different from the pervert who filmed the video (without consent) and the cruel persons who uploaded it on the Net.

I am disgusted with people who call themselves relatives of this victim but went ahead and watched the videos. Does not your religion or church prohibit this type of material? What for? So they could judge the poor girl? Instead of consoling and supporting her by not joining the bandwagon and being one less person who had not watched it, they end up condoning her when she clearly is a victim. This makes me so angry.

I pray for this lady every single day. This may be her darkest hour. I have asked the Lord to protect and console her. I honestly could do nothing for her or her family. I have faith in God, that He will bring them through this. All who are responsible for this atrocious act will pay in the end. God will make sure of that.

Proud to Be Filipino

There's no place I'd rather be...

The Philippines is my HOME.

People may have given up hope with this country but I haven't. I have been to several countries and I do not see myself living in any of them. I had my chance, but I came back home. I never applied for immigration to Canada.

If, for some reason, my husband and I end up living abroad, I know in my heart,
it will only be temporary
and I will always go back.

I seriously want to raise my kids here. Others may not think the best life is here.
I am after the Filipino values and tradition.
No other country in the world will raise my kids the same way.

I love my country. I love the Philippines.

New Moon

Watching the trailer got me really excited. I'm probably one of the few ones who preferred the movie adaptation from the book.

I hope I get to watch this when it starts screening. Keeping my fingers crossed as I'd have given birth by then and would be preoccupied by the baby.
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