Smile, and smile often, even at a random stranger.
Don’t think of it as being weird or something..
You might just have saved a suicidal’s life.
Dec 01 Reblogged
All of this could’ve been avoided if they had only been able to express their feelings for one another. What causes us to build walls around our hearts? Underneath their tough exteriors, love was waiting like a shy child to speak out but never got its chance.
Nov 26 Reblogged
You are where you live
pepediokno: “Bourne Legacy” director Tony Gilroy once said of Manila, “It’s just so colorful and ugly and gritty, raw and stinky and crowded.”
It’s the kind of statement that you’d expect would land Gilroy before a mob of angry Filipinos, but the quote, which was uttered on PBS’ “Charlie Rose Show” early this year, barely made a blip. There was no outrage — none of the jeers Lucy Liu got when she said she didn’t want to get dark because it would make her look “a little Filipino;” no calls by Malacañang for a public apology, as the Palace did when Teri Hatcher’s character on “Desperate Housewives” asked to check her doctor’s diplomas “to make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines;” and no threats of a persona non grata declaration, as Hong Kong columnist Chip Tsao received when he called the country a “nation of servants.”
Perhaps it’s because what Gilroy said is true. Even in the city’s brightest corners, I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’d argue that Metro Manila, this chaotic urban sprawl of 13 million inhabitants, isn’t gritty and raw, and stinky, and crowded. Visitors are stunned by the traffic, the poverty, and the collocation of shanties and skyscrapers. A Singaporean tourist I met this week, speaking on the shambles of the city’s heritage sites, exclaimed, “There’s nothing here!” At least Filipinos are a heck-load fun, he said. This was his consolation.
I’m reminded of a conversation I had two years ago. I was walking in Ho Chi Minh with a group of folks I met at a film conference when I was introduced to a Swedish math lecturer who had spent a few months teaching in the Philippines. He started telling me about his time in the country, and he uttered the most poetic description of our 7,107 islands that I’ve ever heard.
He said, “The Philippines is such a crazy place, and yet you meet the sanest people in the world there.”
The ball’s in your court,
It’s your turn…. – View on Path.
Oct 16 Reblogged
It wouldn’t be so bright if there wasn’t a shadow every once in a while
Lesson learned: never, ever, EVER CALL SOMEONE FAT! What’s worse in the video is the bus monitor’s verbally abused. Mocking her for her weight, her low self-esteem, calling her a child rapist, and even threatening to hurt her. Then things got personal..
Karen Klein, the bus monitor, said one comment hurt the most —kids said “you’re so ugly your kid should kill themselves”
Her son took his life 10 years ago.
Karma kicked in, the internet community raised more than $100,000 to fund for a vacation or even for early retirement! This is besides the countless flowers, letters, and messages of support from all over the world for the bus monitor. The kids in the video were also traced by people from 4chan and now fear for their safety, bastards..
Feb 21 Reblogged
words to live by, like ‘Pay it forward’
If you’re going through hell, keep going.