The Value of Time

An old Datejust that belonged to one of my favorite people in the world.

One of my hobbies and passion right now are watches. My reason for liking watches is not about brand or the adornment it brings when you wear one. It’s about the symbol it represents.

One of the most important things in life is time. It’s one of those finite things that no amount of money can replace. Once time has passed it’s gone. There’s no bringing it back.

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

With my buddies

Dino's birthday. From top, left clockwise (Ivee, Jason, Dino and myself)

For those who wonder how I’m able to continue living my life despite having Pompe Disease, well I get by with a little help from my friends.

Apart from my family, I’ve been tremendously blessed to have good friends. I really don’t know how I would have survived all these years without my friends.

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To Mom on Mother’s Day

“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

The priest in today’s mass asked this question during his homily, “can you think of a person in your life that would gladly give up their lives for you?”. Instantly I knew the answer to that. My mom.

A mother’s love knows no bounds. She would gladly give up her life for her child. A mother is one person who will stick by you through thick and thin. Love you when you’re at your most unlovable state. To her you’re the prettiest or handsomest person in this world, equal only to your siblings.

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John Mayer On My Mind

It started with a tweet from Kelvin to Marc. He was telling Marc to check out who’s driving a Land Rover Defender in his music video. I checked it out too because the Defender is one of my “realistic” dream cars. By realistic I mean at least my wheelchair will fit in it. I’m not saying I can afford it.

Just like that I was hooked with John Mayer’s new song “Shadow Days”. It’s about someone who’s basically good but has had a tough past and probably did some questionable things. He’s trying to put it behind him.

This new song shows how great an artist Mayer is. It has a country influence and yet he still finds a way to make it his own.

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Same Sex Marriage: Should We or Shouldn’t We?

Barack Obama became the first sitting United States President to publicly state his support for same sex marriage, a pronouncement with very historic implications.

I’m writing about it because it’s an issue I’m interested in. I am because it’s about human rights. I’ve long believed in upholding human rights and improving rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and now people with different perspectives on sexuality.

On one hand my Catholic faith tells me that a marriage should only be between a man and a woman. On the other hand my mind tells me that people have basic human rights and that one of them should be the ability to choose whom he/she lives with and forms a partnership with.

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The Importance of Perseverance

“The man who forms the habit of beginning without finishing has simply formed the habit of failure”

The above quote is from the book “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman. It’s one of the books I read on daily basis as part of the habit of prayer I’ve been trying to form thess past few weeks.

I’ve been guilty of starting a lot of things that I have not finished or followed through. I’m sad about it because some of them could have turned into something great.

I want to change that. I’ve realized that one of the most important things a person should develop is perseverance. We should always push forward and not give up on things that are worthwhile.

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The Gift of Suffering

By some miracle I made it to the 11 o’clock mass. I work nights and so my body clock is really screwed up. You will rarely see me outside before noon. So today was definitely an exception.

I wanted to go to the morning mass because the place I hear mass at, Club Filipino is just across the street. It’s very convenient.

I was happy to see that the priest, Father Christian was the one saying mass. I like Father Christian. He’s a young priest who has a good sense of humor. He also knows how to give adequate length yet insightful sermons. Unlike some priests who go on and on yet end up not making sense at all.

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