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Control of Your Heart

I just read this piece from Inspirational Stories , and I think it's worth sharing. (Highlights mine.) A wise and understanding heart does not repay a hurt with a hurt. In doing so, the heart is diminished. Fissures form. Love leaks out. Every pain given in return for one received, changes the contents of the heart. It is no longer defined by love, wisdom and understanding. It is redefined by the bearers of hurt and hate, pain and prejudice, meanness and madness, sorrow and sadness. You give away control of your very own heart. The despair of being hurt is healed by overcoming it , not clinging to the hurt and inflicting more of it on the world. When darkness is added to darkness, no one can see, no one can love. Everyone loses. Love is not always warm and fuzzy. Sometimes it's the integrity we hold on to when we're tempted to strike back. Sometimes it's the honor that keeps us from exchanging the valuable contents of our heart for the harsh satisfaction of lashing b

Monday Pick Me Upper Delayed: Meltdown

Once upon a time there lived a king. The king had a beautiful daughter, The PRINCESS.. But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No matter what; Metal, Wood, Stone, Anything she touched would melt.. Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her. The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter? He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king, 'If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured.' The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan. The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king's wealth.. THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE. The first brought a sword of the finest steel. But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted. The prince went away sadly . The second prince brought diamonds. He thought diamon

The End of a Journey

I always get like this when a trip comes to an end. This time is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed going alone - solitude really does have its perks. With 3 more hours to kill before my flight, I have finished a good bit of work - thanks to mobile Internet and Le Cafe, a coffee shop right in front of the airport. Feeling more than a bit restless, I took the chance to snap a few photos using my phone. That's a nice piece of artwork, isn't it? I think it would fit quite well in my living room. The lounge where I have been working these past few hours. The "VIP Lounge" - I don't know why and how. Restless Numi. Arrgh...not looking forward to going home and everything associated with it.

Mi Casa en Siquijor

I expected something more luxurious, but I got something else - a cozy little house and a yard of my own. The size is perfectly fine, although I wish the bathroom were nicer (yup, am very particular). The fixtures are quite basic - no hand dryers, no hot water, etc. Other than that, I am quite content with what I got. This place is full of quaint decor, and you'll find a lot of things to catch your eye during a short walk around the premises. Here are a few items. You just can't help but grin back at him. This makes me want to eat some crab. Maybe I will - I brought enough Claritin anyway. This is the pathway from the beach to "my" house: I even got an arch! The yard. Casa Mathilda. I fell asleep quite early last night, but I kept waking up because of the crickets, the birds, and the tuko (that's one noisy gecko) outside. I think there was a pack of them! I'm sure I'll get used to these sounds soon enough.

I Think I'm in Paradise

I think I always say this when I am at the beach, but it is true every time. That's the sight that greeted me when I arrived at Casa de la Playa earlier. I haven't gone into the water yet - my schedule says work for a couple more hours - but I am already thoroughly enjoying my stay here. Last night was another sleepless night for me as, I have to admit, I was quite apprehensive about the trip. True, I forgot several important things: acne body wash jacket disposable razor sunglasses. Except for the jacket, I was able to find substitutes. I got a pair of knock off Oakleys in town for 85 PHP (less than 2 USD)! They're obviously not the real thing, but they'll do the job. More updates later on. That clump of trees is calling my name!