Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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 disgusting, basta interesting.
So mga syufatids sa fananamfalachaya, I hope I am not communicating that of conceit or sobrang-bilib-sa-sarili vibes with the title of my blog. If I am, it was not intended!
... pero, puwede na rin!!! nyahaha :) :) :)
FREEDOM!!!!!!! Eka nga ni William Wallace!
siya yan noong anim na siglo na ang nakararaan...
Monday, October 29, 2007
I was tagged by Jean to do this meme...
FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD
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... :)
FOUR MOVIES I HAVE WATCHED OVER AND OVER:
1. Cutting Edge
2. Ever After
3. The Prince and Me
4. Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts Movies
5. Man on Fire and so many others (I can list five here cuz i only have three above, di ba?)
FOUR PLACES (AND YEARS) I HAVE LIVED:
1. Nansiakan & Mapayao, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines (birth-'88)
FOUR TV SHOWS I LIKE TO WATCH:
1. Prison Break and Heroes
3. Lifestyle Network shows (e.g. Rachael Ray, Martha, lookforless, howdoilook, Cleanhouse, merge, cooking shows, etc.)
4. Talkshows (Oprah, Ellen,Larry King Live, and Interviews of Interesting people in Youtube)
FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION:
1. Palawan (plano pa lang, hehe)
2. Corregidor Island,
3. Zamboanga, Philippines
FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
1. Bong's Crabs in Sprite Syrup and caramelized onions
2. My baked chicken
3. Pancakes with pure honey and sugarless black homeroasted arabica coffee for breakfast
4. Rabong with saluyot leaves na sinahugan ng tinapa! (hmmm, sarap!)
FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1. Heaven, walking in the streets of gold.. :)
2. Home cuddling with my Best (hehe, maginaw kase eh!)
3. Walking the beaches of the Sea of Galilee
4. My bro's house talking with my superdaldal 3-yr old niece Yzhel
FOUR PEOPLE WHO WILL ANSWER THIS MEME
1. Ni kuwa, laylaydek nga Kapuso nga ni Layad
2. Si Levi Pogi!
3. tsaka Bespren, 'kaw din!
4. Mga kapamilya sa blogspot (TB, BB, lovelyn, etc)
... and all of you who doesn't know what exactly does the word 'meme' mean na katulad ko, you're tagged!
Anyone, ano po ba ang etymology ng meme?
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've mentioned, the ancient Greeks love olympics and so they build gymnasiums where players wear nothing but their skins while they are participating in their events. One would ask why. Well, the gods in Greek mythology (except that it was a real religion at the time) are naked... it goes without saying that these ancient men probably thought that they were the earthly representatives of these gods or that they might become gods if they shed their clothes off during competitions. Can you imagine a woman throwing shot put or men and women running the tracks with nothing on? It's good they wore armors during battles, or else.... hehehehe
Going back to the relevance of this history to the Gospels, hellenization was the reason why the New Testament books were written in Greek. It was the trade language of the time of Jesus. So actually, if Mel Gibson wanted to be really historically faithful when he did the Passion of the Christ, he should have had his characters spoke in Greek instead of Aramaic because there are only a few sentences in the NT where Aramaic was used. One was when Jesus was hanging on the cross and cried out, "Eli, Eli, lamah zabachtani!" (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)
Ptolemy of Alexandria. We know Alexandria as an ancient city with the biggest library ever with a collection of 200K to 400K scrolls. We know Ptolemy as one of the generals who took and ruled Egypt and Palestine when Alexander the Great died. The Ptolemies ruled from 301-198B.C. One of Ptolemy's scientists invented the first steam machine in the late century BC. The question is, why did they not go as far as improving it into making real running machines such as the first prototype of a steam engine in England? Archaeologists answered that there was no need for such a machine during Ptolemy's time because slave labor was very cheap. A very valid assertion. But had Ptolemy driven his scientist to go on with the invention, Jesus who was born a century later might have rode on a train to Jerusalem rather than on a donkey. (Then early prophesies wouldn't have been fulfilled.)
King Herod the Great (47BC-4BC) - He is popularly known as the cruel power-hungry king who ordered his soldiers to kill all 0-2-year-old boys when he heard from the Three Wise Men that a King of the Jews was born in Bethlehem. Historians would also tell us that he killed 2 or so of his wives and two or more of his sons for fear that they would usurp his throne in addition to all the other people that he killed. But with all that insanity, he was also the greatest visionary of his time in terms of buildings and structure. He built a palace in the Masada desert complete with sauna baths, and pools. He leveled a mountain and had his men 'plant' the same mountain on the opposite side of his palace to hide it from the scorching heat of the sun. He built an aqueduct and a good 1-mile of it went through the base of a hill. Rather than building around the mountain, he had his men dug a tunnel through the mountain. He built Herodium--another extravagant palace in Bethlehem (the same palace where he was buried). But probably the greatest contribution he made in Palestine is rebuilding the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. He made it so enormous that it is considered as one of the architectural marvels of the ancient world. Of course the first was the one built built by King Solomon centuries before. Archaeologists said that the temple complex covered a total of 24 football fields. Can you imagine how huge that is! This structure includes some kind of a hanging floor because the temple mount was that-- a mountain and of course mountains slopes down. His builders did this thru a series of arches underneath, that supported the weight of the massive structure on top. The foundation was a 78-feet high stone wall, an amazing stone job which still stood in ruins to this day. Of course the credit should go to the builders, the engineers, the stone craftsmen, etc. who, most likely had literally given their lives to the buildings. Bear in mind that all these buildings and structures came about even before levers and pulleys were invented. There goes another side of Herod the Great for you.
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 two familiar sounding names followed. Yes, you guessed it right! 3/4 of my groupmates were Koreans. We got together after class and they decided that they do not want to do any acting and line memorizing because all of them cannot speak good English, and that if we force them, our grade might be affected. hehe! We concluded the meeting with a "let each of us come up with a choice of a parable and talk again tomorrow."
Everyone but myself seemed to have chosen the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I chose the parable of the Tares and the Wheat (Mat. 13:24-31). Each one was asked how s/he thinks is the best way to tackle his/her choice without much acting and talking, but nobody said anything. So I presented my agenda and they had no choice but to accept it. :) I turned the narrative into stanzas and borrowed some music from my musician friend back home. I emailed him and commanded :) him to suspend everything he's doing and record a music (minus one as people call it) of the songs I've chosen. I had my husband send the record to me. Thanks to Djin for being a chat addict so she was in the computer lab the whole day, so I asked her to download the recorded music for me; cuz you know, 8AM to 5PM class.
All the other groups presented a typical drama with scripts, dialogues, etc. They even have narrators. Some of them modernized the 2k year old parables but it was only the KK group (Koreans and Kalanguya) who did a musical. I had the Koreans do some kind of a mime spiked with a little bit of dance steps and myself singing the parts and it turned out fine. Most of the reviews we got were positive and most were for its artistry and uniqueness. So yes, we are so proud of ourselves! But honestly we were not thinking about artistry or whatever. My sole focus was how to make it easy for our linguistically-challenged group. :) I guessed, that's the proverbial hitting of two birds with one stone. Now, who said one can't have fun in the biblical studies program? :)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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 series called Zion Covenant, a pre-WW1 story of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and the relationships (both friends and enemies) that they have made in the course of their escape. I have read some of its volumes back in college and I have longed to collect all copies ever since. The Zion Covenant series which was written by Jewish American author Bodie Thoene is made up of real A++++ novels.
There was no way I was gonna pass up the chance of owning the whole set so I schemed on how to steal the dollars needed to pay for it. :) Lucky me, nobody in 7km radius from me has any dollar so I didn't have to commit robbery. Then I remember some good people who failed to give me anything for the last 10 birthdays and Christmases. I tried to contact their email and mobile numbers but napudpod na ang daliri ko sa kakadial, eh puro the number you dialed is no longer in service daw. Even the emails did not give any positive returns. So I swallowed what is left of my little pride and asked my bosses to bid on the books for me. Then I realized that I will be forcing them to carry a ton of books to the country, so I mentioned something to that effect, in an apologetic tone. For three days I did not get a response. On the fourth day, I received an email saying, "Sorry, we just got home from a trip and all the bidding on all of the offers had already ended. It would not really be a problem to carry them with us. If you see another offer for these books let me know." Yiiipppppeeeeeee!!! What great bosses!
So anyway, I quickly search for other offers and found like more than 40 books from the same author that I would very much love to own. I emailed the items and their details right away. I hope they're willing to win all the bids.
Of horses and motorcycles. I adore horses... used too... and I like talking about them, but I hate motorcycles. One morning, I woke up ratty because I was awakened by the blaring tv on a channel where big men with vandalized integumentary system and wearing vandalized denims and leather vests who make and ride motorcycles and speak the foulest language were discussing about motorcycles of course. Well, the tv always go ‘toooot’ on all those languages but it does not matter because your mind hears the words, so anyway, I got so irritated that I asked (not very nicely) the person watching the tv to turn the volume down, or better yet turn the tv off, then I went back to bed to mope and hate motorcycles all the more.
Back to ebaying. So I spend more time in www.ebay.com.ph and saw this OS XDA IIS unit and bid on it right away, and then regretted it the next minute. Right then, I started praying that may someone else put in a higher bid. After a few hours, my prayers were answered :). I was outbid, and I was so relieved I told my husband what I did, but then after a day, I got an IM from the seller that the winner was nothing but a joy bidder, what a lousy !#$*% bidder, s/he said. The seller said s/he can still offer me the unit since I was the next in line. For fear of being called a lousy !#$*% bidder to the next person, I bought the unit. Goodbye, Christmas trip and vacation! huhuhu
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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, grumpy nurses, aids that ask nothing but how many times you emptied your kidneys or moved your bowels! I found out I am not immune. My youngest sister was rushed to the hospital for a suspected food poisoning. She had corned beef for breakfast and after half an hour she complained of severe abdominal pain and was retching her gut out. The stress in turn triggered her asthma. After she was stabilized, I took out my pc and tried to work. It was a bad idea. We were sandwiched in between a lady with a typhoid fever and another with a dengue and the mosquitoes were freely hopping around from skin to skin. I got so paranoid about the dengue that when I saw that my sister can manage to go to the bathroom on her own, I left her at a quarter and a half hour past 3 in the morning and walked home. That was a bit scary. It was a half hour walk under the shadows of big acacia trees. I guessed I feared the dengue mosquitoes more than the lurking shadows.
October came silently for me. My friends and I retreated to the mountains last weekend to fast and pray. It was a refreshing time both spiritually and physically. You should try it some time. :)
I learned that:
When you promised three year olds something, do it right away. My mom told my 3 year-old niece that she'll visit her the next day. When she saw her after a week, my niece came to her slowly and looking up, she, in all sweetness and innocence, said: "Adtoy met gayam ni lola, kunak no natay kan!" (Poor grandma, she almost had a heart attack upon hearing that:)
God has a sense of humor. My sister was on her last penny for the month so she has been praying so fervently. She had 7 pieces of 5 pesos coins and went to check if her stipend for the month is already in the bank. On the way, she told her friends that she misses the paper bills and would very much like to hold one in her hand. At the bank, they checked their balances and found out that the money is yet to be deposited. It's good that one of them has a 500-peso balance from the last month and they withdrew that. Her friend bought something on the way and happened to have no change. She borrowed Sarah's 5-peso coins. Back in the house, Sarah's friend returned her money. There was one 20-peso bill.
When you set ground rules for your children, make it a point to tell them what applies and does not apply to you. They expect you to obey all the rules yourself. Also, don't borrow money from your children. When I came back from Manila, I was gushing about Prison Break too much that my brother got curious and borrowed my DVD. He got hooked and watched it continuously taking only meal and CR breaks during one weekend. His 7 year old son Giel, for fun, is allowed to harvest ripe guavas instead of having his eyes glued to the TV screen all the time. He and his friends harvest guavas (sells at P3-5 a kilo) before and after school, and weekends. During that weekend, my sis in law took the change that my nephew earned that morning and replace it with a paper bill to buy a bundle of petchay. At lunch, Giel grumbled and said: "Hayyy, awan ti maitultulong ni daddy! Mangan, agbuya, omisbo, agbuya manen! Siyak ti agtartrabaho'd toy nga balay!"
Lastly, when blog readers and blogger friends ask you to write again, don't tell them to leave you alone! For all you know, your internet connection will also leave you (as in a lightning will hit your modem) until you repent of your sins! :) Take it from me.