Archive for April, 2007

Technologically grateful

Thanks to technology, I just spent a most enjoyable afternoon chatting with my cousins in Mindanao. Just a text from cousin T and a few minutes later, my stomach was aching because we were all laughing a lot. It was so nice to hear their voice and see their faces (I don’t have a webcam so they didn’t see me). I really miss laughing with them. We have so much fun whenever we’re together because we can always find things to laugh about.

If only internets, emails and cellphones were already popular 25 years ago, it would have been easier for us to communicate with my father in Malaysia. I can still remember how eagerly we wait for my Papa’s letter everytime we see the postman. We wrote to each other often but we had to wait a week before we get a letter back. When we relocated to Manila, we had a hard time getting a phone so we would ask permission from a good neighbor to allow us to use their phone so we can talk to him. We would then set a “date” with Papa and wait for his call. It was embarrasing for me, having a conversation with Papa in a strang house; not being able to say what I really wanted to say because there were other people around. But it was better than not having to talk with him at all. I envy the families of OFWs nowadays, thanks to the internet and cellphones, they can easily connect with each other. On the news the other day, a father in the Middle East was able to see his son graduate from college, thanks to a remote broadcast over the internet.

If only we can use the technology we so cleverly discover into good use, the world would be a much better place to live in.

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Long Holy Week vacation

It’s going to be a long vacation for me and I can’t wait for it to start. I have been dealing with a lot of personal stuff this last 2 weeks and it doesn’t look like its going to get better in the next few days so the time away from it all is a welcome respite.

I know everyone is raring to go to the beaches to get away from the sweltering heat of Manila, afterall, it’s going to be a long weekend (April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan so it’s a holiday) but let us not forget the real reason for the season – Jesus’ sacrifice for us to be saved. In the midst of enjoying ourselves, let us all take time out to pause and reflect.

May all of us find peace and contentment with the risen Christ come Easter! God bless eveyone!

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