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[This is a forwarded email. I thought I'd share it.]

"Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what
may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain.
Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will
compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more.. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over
time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find
out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't
do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your bud…

my brother wore my sandals

No, you're thinking wrong. :) My brother is not gay, but he was forced to wear my sandals when we had to make a U-turn in the middle of nowhere.

I was on a jeep (packed like sardines with sacks of rice, chickens, bags of junk food and boxes of various goods) that travels the worse-than-your-halsema road going to my birthplace. We left town at around 1PM and expected to arrive at around 6. Almost half way up the road that looks for the most part like a water buffalo mud pool, the jeep broke. The pile of metal (differential is it?) under its belly fell off because it has been "leveling off the stony 'hill' in between the path of the tires" for the last couple of hours. There were no houses in sight so we had no option other than to walk up the road and find a house while the guys try to do something about the jeep. After over half an hour of hiking, we came to a dwelling. There was a little sari-sari store with lots of ripe bananas for sale. We attacked the…


Rules:- Pick your birth month.
- Bold the 5-10 that best apply to you.
- Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months (Click here for the months).
- Tag 3 people from your friends list (people you know personally) and 3 blogger/online friends.

MARCH: Attractive personality (di yata masyado kase maraming takot sa'kin). Sexy (noon, hahaha). Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic (itanong na lang sa iba, kakahiya naman:). Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others (dati, di na masyado ngayon, medyo na-out of tune eh!). Loves to serve others (in more general things, not much on washing dishes for someone or anything like that, c, i used to do that when I was younger but someone always told me na nagpapalapad ako ng papel so maybe i have a psychological thing with that aspect, lol). Easily angered (hah! tumpak na tumpak). Trustworthy (guessed what? I got a most trustworthy medal in 4th grade, does that count? hehe). Appreciative a…


This last week has been unbelievably frenzied for me because all the tasks that I kept shoving into the back burner had caught up on me and forced me to move really quick.As always, trust me to put off everything I don’t like to do until the very end.Thank God, it’s over!Here’s what made my last week of November very hectic. But here are what made it interesting too:Eight more books of the OT that my team has translated were published in Kalanguya (although I have yet to see the new books.)My very good friend D (known to most of you as Layad or Fongakhan) spent a week and a day with B and me. We had a good time catching up on our gossip J but most specially, she helped me finish my academic work so that I was able to turn them in on time.My nephew turned 8 and we invited him over to dinner.We had his favorite spaghetti and ice cream (though super lamig na sa Vizcaya) and D made a yummy dessert out of Graham biscuits, fruit cocktail, cream an…

RELATIONSHIPS (for the girls out there, and for men too)

I was commenting on Kayni's latest blog entry but I kept going on and on that nagbainak so I cut and pasted it here. You might wanna read Kayni's entry to get a background.

I remember my grandma's comment regarding the inability of celebrities to stay happy in a relationship (or to stay faithful in a marriage relationship), unlike their generation before. She said maybe it's because of the things we eat nowadays. Hehe!

I am a believer of the religion :) "Love is a choice." I believe that Cinderella could also have been happy with the chimney sweep (borrowed from the movie EverAfter:). I heard people say, choose the one you think is best and make the best of it. Sounds simple enough. But that's in principle. Of course, it gets complicated in real life. Personally, I (and I'm sure many others) chose the person my heart and mind told me to choose, married him (rather had him marry me, lolz), and promised that everyday, I will make an active choice …


Okay, let me do this since I'm in good mood, my computer just came alive, hmmmm..

1. Page 101's post about the good cat! Check out her (Jane's post)
2. Still asleep.
3. Was yelling at my cable company.
4. 2006 is almost identical as 2007.
5. Fix da damn cable problem ASAP!
6. Eight cups of Seattle's Best coffee, Dr. Pepper Diet, and half gallon of diet water, hehe...16 hour period.
7. Men don't carry hairbrushes, maybe "transformers" do, but I have a black comb.
8. Paid for 10 gallons worth of water.
9. Home Sweet Home!
10. Door is blueish like the blue letters of this blog.
11. Any coins goes to my empty flower vase.
12. Today's weather is overcast and showers are imminent.
13. Anything chocolate and New York Blueberry
14. Being with my six month old grandson.
15. Cut my own hair? Kutab-kutaben ah!
16. Am I over 25? Try guessing?! Someone from MPYahoogroup decided to call me "alitao" so, I'm elated to say I did hit the century mark not too l…


Done while trying to keep awake in the middle of a lecture.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Si Ako (cuz I was alone last nyt)
2. What were you doing at 0800? Locking my door then walking to the meeting hall.
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Taking a bath
4. What happened to you in 2006? Wrote and Published two anon books (in the local tongue)
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Buwisit na pancake na 'to! (cuz I burned my palate!)
6. How many beverages did you have today? Isang mainit, maitim at matapang na kape
7. What color is your hairbrush? Black brush, brown handle
8. What was the last thing you paid for? A two-week meal for myself and my language team.
9. Where were you last night? In a Dorm Room.
10. What color is your front door? Kakulay ni Uncle Abella11. Where do you keep your change? The tricycle driver's, my nephew's, and neices' pockets... :) before that, they just lie around on my table top in the kitchen or in the office, pockets…

Night is Over

One night, the insomniac in me was fighting with the night so I got up and did some digging on my old college notes. I found this:

Odi Pei Gram
#8 Happy Homes, Baguio City
March 1995

There was once a rickety spiderHalf of her life she lived in a cocoon But then she had to come out becauseShe’s now old enough to build a net of her ownSo she ventured out to try her silvery threadBut every morning the dew would ruin her webAnd so again, frustrated and lonelyShe has to retreat and roll herself on a leaf“What on earth did I do to deserve such ill-fate?”She asked herself a hundred times and one.One day she awakened with a startThere in her web is a young butterflyIt was helplessIts wings were broken, trying to disentangle itselfThe delicate web brokeThe spider saw the hopeless fate of the butterflyWithout a second thought, the spider cut her looseBut in doing so, the spider had to suffer watching the fly fallWith only a trace of hope that she’ll find the strength to fly again.Life…


I received raised eyebrows (hehe! No, just curious questions,) as to why this blog is called GandangIgorota and the blogger is called "Ganda." Kaya 'eto, naging dipensib tuloy ang byuti ko... hayyyyy nakkkkkkhhwooo!!!

Here are the reasons, once and for all..

First, I called this blogpage "GandangIgorota" because it was created at the time when my in-laws aren't yet convinced that I am indeed a pure-blood, cuz I don't look like the Igorota that they have in mind. That time, I was in an offended 'so-I'll-show-you-what-an-Igorota-thinks' frame of mind, hence the blog title. And of course it follows that commenters call me by my blog title. Shortened nga lang.

If you must know also, before blogs and internet came into being, a little cousin of mine who is a stutterer cannot say my name so he gave me a nickname. He picked 'Ganda" cuz I always exclaim, "Ayyyy, ang ganda!!!" to whatever it is that I see or hear, be it delightful or …


I was tagged by Jean to do this meme...
1. what do you call that thing where you are to put soil in seedling bags and bury a gmelina seed or two in the middle and they pay you P75 a day? I did that...
2. what do you call that job where you are commanded to clean 3 two-storey houses every waking hours while you're struggling in junior high? and you are also to carry stones as big as four of my head put together to a dirraas (Ilocano yan 'noh!) nearby, I did that too... (I guessed this is not really a job since I was never paid anything but a few pennies to pay the jeep to school.)
3. to check the blood pressure and bandage little wounds of people working in a roof tile factory and to tell the boss as needed that all his men are healthy, that I did too... and I was paid really nicely... :)

that's just about all the jobs I had so far... :)
3. The Prince and Me
4. Sandra Bullock and Julia Rober…

OF HERODS AND GYMNASIUMS (An Intensive 5 Days Part 2)

Some Interesting Historical Background of the Synoptic Gospels that I learned from the NT class:

Hellenization took place when the Greek conquerors enforced the Greek language and culture into the everyday life of the people they conquered. During the Greek domination, they hellenized all their conquests. In fact, Alexander the Great's hellenization was so complete that from 300BC to AD 300, Greek was the lingua franca of the Mediterranean world. Another interesting aspect of the Greek culture is their love for sports, hence the Olympics. Gym - a Greek word meaning 'naked.' Etymologically, the English word "gymnasium" was derived from this root. One result of hellenization was that the Greeks build sports arenas or gymnasiums in the cities that they have conquered. One was built in Jerusalem to the chagrin of the Jews. Culturally, Jews won't have anything to do with nudity. You would be stoned to death if you go out walking with just your undies on. But as we&…


FUN with some Koreans

I just finished an intensive course on New Testament 1: The Synoptic Gospels. It ran for five days and after that five days, I have with me a 3-unit worth of credits to my MDiv in Biblical Studies. I decided I like the 8-5-classes-for-five-days better than the one-hour for six months kind.

One requirement of the course was for us to choose a parable we like and dramatize it for the whole class to see. I've always loved drama. In my younger years, my cousins, friends and I would come up with funny and dramatic presentations to present at talent nights during youth camps. I was always able to derive fun more than challenge from such activities, and so I never thought that the same interest would present me a challenge last week.

There were like more or less 40 people in our NT class and our professor divided us into groups of six. When he called out the names of my group, it went like this: Ki Won Kang, Kim Jeongshu, Kim Jung Sung, Jeong Il Lee, and then t…

BOOKS & eBAY at Sari-sari

I feel guilty to be talking about silly things cuz I just came from ftb and did a serious read on the Jocelyn Dulnuan posts. May her killer be apprehended right away and may her family find comfort in each other in these terrible times.

I have to warn you that this sari-sari has nothing to do with the little stores that you see in your neighborhood (well, not in TB's, Kayni's, or wil's) where you can buy a sachet of shampoo or a spoonful of vinegar and soy sauce in a clear plastic tube tied at both ends and in the middle to separate the two liquids. Di n'yo maimagine anoh?

Sari-sari because it's going to be halo-halo.

I have been going crazy over e-bay this last four days. I suddenly thought of looking for a nice used phone+pda to bid on when I stumbled on the Books pages. Just for fun, I started typing in my dream volumes in the search box and presto, it turned out that there are lots of them in ridiculously low prices. There's this historical fiction serie…


Weew! This feels weird. I don't know what to write after a month of absence in the blogosphere.

A mentor from Australia dropped by my house on his way to Bontoc. Over breakfast, he asked me what have I been doing and I said: "Well, when I got back from Manila at the end of August, we went to a funeral of an uncle, then the next week, we prepared for the wedding of my brother. And then the third week, I was busy making wedding invitations for my cousin and then after that, my great grandfather passed away at 98 and so we attended a series of vigils until he was buried last Thursday, the 4th."

So yes, I realized that I did nothing the whole month of September but prepare for funerals and weddings except for the day when I was in the hospital with my sister. I doubt anyone likes being in a hospital even if just to watch over loved ones. With my past hospital experiences, you would think that I would be used to it at the least; the smell, the sense of illness all around,…


I have been scarce, I know, but for good reasons! :) . First, my laptop decided to bog down on me and you know how inconvenient it is to be using not your own. Second, I'm trying to beat a deadline! (OK!!!??? BB and TB!!?) Hihihi! . Third, there was nothing remotely interesting to me this past week so I doped my blogging mind to sleep. Fourth, my man left me. Ooops, not like the 'left' that you're probably thinking... Lol. He went down south to attend their tribal queen's coronation anniversary and so I spend a lot of time choring cuz I do not have anyone to boss around. Hehe! (Best, glelamen ho yaa!) :) Actually, I had to step in for his pastoral responsibilities and stuff like that and that alone can really keep you occupied and dead tired. So you see, I do have valid reasons.,. di ba naman? . My Beloved Kalanguya: Last Sunday in church, one of my charges was called to read a Bible reference. I was expecting to hear a Kalanguya version but to my chagrin, the reader …


Ako ay tinag (i.e. the root is 'tag' infixated with -in- hehe) ng bruhilda kong sister na si Layad kaya eto na, at akoy wala ring magawa. Salamat sa TAG! (BLAGGG! tOIiiiiNnnnnnK! Twangwangwangwang... echo yan, nagdadabog ako! :)
Kelangan daw munang isulat ang mga alituntuning ito bago itsismis ang sarili!Umpisahan nang magladlad! Kapag ikaw ay tinag, kelangan mong magpahayag din ng tulad nito sa iyong sariling pahina at isulat din ang mga tuntuning ito!Bago ka magwakas, bumanggit ka ng walong tao na nais mo ring magladlad na tulad mo. Huwag kalimutang mag-iwan ng mensahe sa pahina ng mga taong tinag mo na sila ay pagbubunyagin mo ng kanilang mga tinatagong kagandahan at kapintasan, sikreto at kapalpakan sa buhay.:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :0 :) :0) :0) :0) :0) :0)
I am hopelessly myopic I am helpless without my other eyes. Hope to afford that laser surgery soon. It would be great a relief not to bother with eyeglasses or soft lenses a…


I just unearthed some pictures of my people back in the early 60s. Yes, we used to look like these... :)

The wooden idol is the Kalanguya god named Kabigat. He is a capricious god who needs to be appeased through pig, chicken and grain offerings.

In case you are wondering, I'm the little girl at the back!!!! hehehe :) Cute siya noh!


As always the case when I stay in Manila a little bit too long, the results are dulled senses and inexplicable laziness.(So TB, you must understand why the mortar was still here even after two weeks in the page.:) After barely a week here, I started counting the days when I can finally go back home to the mountains.Anyhow, three weeks more to beat and I’ll be gone for good. The heavy rains caused the PAGASA to postpone classes even in the postgrad level last Thursday and so the rainy days gave me a lot of free time in my hands that was spent reading One Night With the King (Hadassah)-the fictionalized story of Queen Esther of Susa in Persia less than a hundred years B.C.I saw the movie too but I think the movie did not do half a justice to the book.The script seemed to have failed to include some very essential scenes.I also started reading the latest Harry Potter book.Somewhere along the middle of the book, I got tired and switched to watching Season 1 of the famed tv series Prison B…


I know it is an old bottle but why does it have a hole in its base? Does anybody know if it's worth anything? They said it weighs more than a kilogram but I do not know what it is made of. Somebody dug it up somewhere.


A month ago, I saw a replay of an episode of OPRAH.Among Oprah's guests were the cast of the award-winning movie CRASH.They were talking about the word ‘nigger’ and the hostess wanted her black guests to share their views as to the use of ‘nigger’ in modern America.One of them said that he and his friends call each other that when they are in a bantering mood and he further suggested that it would be nice if that n-word would be redeemed and associate with it some positive meanings.However, Oprah and two others were strongly opposed to that.They said that the word has too much of negative connotation and brings back a lot of bad memories, that using it now to identify themselves is like agreeing to all the crimes, and evil that was committed against their race just because of their skin color.

Here in the PI, there is an expletive that is commonly heard among women and gays; the word ‘BRUHA.’From my younger years until lately, the picture that comes to mind when I hear this word i…


Following are events that made my first week in Manila remarkable (i.e. funny & unhumdrum).I’m not sure if you can affix un- before ‘humdrum’ but when you are in the field of linguistics, you have the right to make up words.Right???
Early one evening, we received a shocking news from down south that brought my husband to a state of catatonia, at least for an hour or so.He won’t eat nor talk so I changed my clothes in haste (without turning on the lights) and dragged him to the nearest theater to see a movie and try to get his mind off the bad news.Along the way, I saw a man looking at me weird—like up and down, side to side, and even kept looking back at me when we already passed each other.I looked at myself and to my horror, saw that my pretty blouse is inside out with all the threads and edges of the clothe hanging down.I told B and he looked at me and said, “Go to the nearest CR and do something about it!”He was laughing then!I wasn’t keen on being laughed at in a situation lik…

Norman Malcat: A Local Kalanguya Talent

TO ALL KALANGUYAS and other people out there who like listening to local music, check this out!


What would you do if, say, you were about to enter a public place (e.g. a mall) and you realized that you're wearing your top inside out?

ATTENTION: DepEd Nueva Vizcaya

This one, you're not going to believe!

I went home to my village in the highlands two days ago to attend a wedding of a cousin and I had a chance to talk to a former teacher of mine back in my elementary days. She is not really the talking personality so I was surprised that she volunteered so many information that night. Let's call her Teacher A.

She has been in the profession since I was three. That's two decades and 7 years ago. But never in her teaching years have I ever seen her so distraught and frustrated about her work or a co-teacher. It's not that they can't get along. It's that this other teacher (let's call her Teacher B) is so incredibly 'strange' that my teacher thinks she doesn't belong in a classroom and these, among others are her reasons:

1. Teacher B seldom teaches her classes.
2. She came with a baby grandchild that she babysits in her classroom and so her classroom looks like your typical laundry room with…