Two Choices

May 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

My TL and dear friend, Eva emailed this to the team earlier today and I thought posting it would be a good thing to do ^^. It is very touching. I teared up a bit when I read it. This is a repost and not my or Eva’s composition.

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What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay..

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first!

Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’ s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!

Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.’

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it’s least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2. Forward

May your day, be a Shay Day.

Picture Picture

May 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

“Picture picture ohh. Picture picture ohh.”

Yey! First post in weeks. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve been busy at work and too lazy when I get home. It also didn’t helped that my mom went to Subic on vacation, the househelp left the following day and I assumed her role. I’m not complaining but yeah, it’s leaving me too tired to do anything else.

Alright. On to the post. Since the Philippine elections, I thought I’d feature Filipino works. Btw, don’t remind me just yet about the election post I wanted to do. I still want to do it but it is “heavy” for my blank mind right now. LOL.

“Picture Picture” is a song by a new OPM (Original Pilipino Music) band called Tanya Markova. Tanya Markova members are Norma Love, Iwa Motors, Mowmow, Heart Abunda, Sugar K., Skrovak Iskopanjo, Rufa Mae Milby, Jennylyn Sucaldito and Rez Curtis. (Is it just me or are their names puns of Filipino celebrity names?)

By the title, I say the song really suits Filipinos because we are cam-whores. Really. As in. We’d leave anything we’re doing when someone takes out a camera. The song is actually quite simple. It’s about a guy seeing a beautiful girl and wanting to take a picture of her beautiful face. Ahaha that’s it. But but but.. I love it! It’s simple, catchy but I don’t know. I feel happy while singing it. I guess we can call it a cheerful song? Lol.

Here’s the video.

“Meron siyang look alike na
Meron siyang look alike na
Meron siyang look alike na
Mekaniko si Moniko ng makina ni Monica”

Credits: mcamusic @ Youtube
Official page here

Boys in the City 3 – Hong Kong

May 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

And yet another Super Junior entry hehe. I am a fangirl after all. Expect more entries later this month as they are set to release their 4th album on the 13th!

On a serious note, this will be my last “fun” entry before the Philippine elections on Monday, May 10. I’ll talk about it in another post so that I won’t ruin this one. Lol.

‘Boys in the City 3’ includes a 436-page photobook, 64 postcards, a DVD showcasing the making of the photobook, and a poster. Of course, I rushed to pre-order it and after a week from it’s release, I got my own set =D

It’s sad but as YesAsia described it, this might be the last project all 13 of them are on. For all ELFs, this is a must-have. It’s worth every single penny/dollar/peso!

Here are some of my favorite pics. Ahaha don’t kill me if I don’t have more of your biases. Halfway through the photobook, I realized all I was taking were Teukie’s pics. I had to backtrack to take at least 1 of each member. LOL. Anyway, feast your eyes on these lovely boys (pimp mode) :))

Coraline

May 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

The 3D stop-motion film based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same title was released February 2009 in the US. However, much to my dismay, it wasn’t released in the Philippines.

After such a long time (waiting…….), I decided to download it. Watched it 2 weeks ago and since I liked it, I decided to feature it. It’s not the typical “cartoon” movie. The impressions I had while watching it was very much alike the ones I had with “The Corpse Bride” by Tim Burton.

The movie starts with Coraline and her parents moving in to the Pink Palace Apartments. The Pink Palace is divided into three sections; the other two sections being rented by retired actresses Misses Spink and Forcible, and Mr. Bobinsky, a Russian acrobat. She meets the landlady’s grandson Wybie Lovat and also befriends the other residents.

While exploring their new apartment, Coraline came across a tiny door that turned out to be a door to another world or more precisely “The Other World”. In this “other” world, there is her “Other Mother” and “Other Father”. Not only that, there is also the “Other Wybie”, the “Other Misses Spink and Forcible”, and “Other Mr. Bobinsky”.

Coraline continues to visit the “Other World” as it is very different from her real world. Her “Other Parents” dote on her and the “Other Residents” are successes. There is however more to the “Other World”, and Coraline is about to find out about it.

The movie is cool and there is a certain charm to it, to say the least. It isn’t for everybody though. It’s dark and not cheerful at all. If you’re looking for an easy watch, this is not the movie for you. Check out the trailer below.

Official website

Desiderata

May 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

I mentioned on my last post that “Everbydoy’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” is similar to “Desiderata”. I don’t know why but I’m also featuring it. Maybe for comparison?

The poem was written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s. Even though it was written decades ago (wow! 10 years short to 100), it still offers good advices not only to the young but to everybody.

Don’t really know which one I like most but hey, it never hurts to like both =)

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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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