Sunday, November 30, 2014

Finding Courage To Make A Way

source: daily insight

"If opportunity doesn't knock build a door."
                                             - Milton Berle

I thought I was intelligent.

After 30 years of earthly existence, only then I realized I was not.  For a few measures, YES, maybe.  But mostly, I don't think so.  Looking back and counting my blessings, the few measures I was wise enough are decisions that are more than good enough.  So yeah, I was happy.

But then there's these not good enough.  The things that ripped off my confidence and made me struggle more than I should have.  No, I'm not blaming anyone.  It was me.  My unwise decisions.  Letting go of opportunities, which I had in many ways.  So lucky the heavens thread my path with chances.  But fool that I am, lost them instead.

Am not saying that I no longer have my chances now.  Still have many of them. Then, only now did I realize that I was not so good in looking out for opportunities, or counting my blessings.  I don't know it's a good one until it was gone.  It was hard enough when you're not really intelligent as you think you are, but with self esteem below where it should be - disaster.

So I thought I'd remind myself that if I think there was no opportunity for me... I'll build one.

What do I really want to say here?

It's THAT - no matter, whatever, as long as I know where I am going, even when the road's not clear, even when I do not have the resources, even when I'm alone, even when I'm stripped off of everything - I can do it.  I must do it.  I must FIND a WAY.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Preserving Mount Mayon's Perfect Cone In Watercolor

source: asian pictures
Mount Mayon's the rage nowadays.  It has been weeks since Alert # 3 has been up.  The volcano is showing signs of erupting and we really need to be prepare.

I am currently in Legazpi City because of work.  Our house is 4 hours drive, mountains and plains away so I really need not worry.

But I worry about us here in the city.  Though life seems normal, it isn't. Everyday, while we act like nothing's gonna happen, we know that something's gonna happen.

source: epoch times
Mayon Volcano has history of erupting every about one hundred years.   This time, is about the time it is expected to go out.  Hints of lava crawl out of the crater.  Sulfur's blown out in great amount too. Smoke's filling the sky above us.

Instead of a chilly BER months, we're having a really hot weather with rainshowers late in the afternoon (probably because of too much heat the waters evaporate fast).

The volcano is known worldwide for its almost perfect shape.  Like a cone.  It has dents though caused by previous eruptions, even so, its stunt is still majestic.

I myself is awed by the Mayon.  It's like pyramid amidst the desert.  Only it is made of soil, rocks and other land minerals.  In stead of dessert, it reigns over plains.  Plus it is natural.  It is a wonder towering the city.  An art unto itself.

Only it is going to erupt.  

XZEL decided to draw the almost perfect cone.  To remember and preserve Mayon Volcano, his own way, through watercolors.

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