Swimming Here We Come!

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As I browse my old photo files, I come across with this family picture at the beach. Such kind of picture always reminds me of the importance of family and bonding.

Whenever we decide to come together, we always consider the option of spending the day at the beach. There we don’t have to spend much. The food preparation includes parboiled sweet potato and banana. We see to it that we have prepared a raw fish salad (kinilaw in our dialect) to match with those kind of food.

Children love swimming as much as the adults do. We make sure we put lotion on our skin to prevent sunburn. But the best protection of sunburn is to wear shirt that would cover the back and shoulders that are proned to sunburns.

I really love going to the beach during my younger days. We stayed until our faces and lips turned reddish or pinkish in color due to sun’s exposure. and we loved it when we saw our color changed.

For sure this was the same feeling our small kids have. There is even a big trouble when they’re forced to stop swimming because it’s already time to go home. Small kids wouldn’t like to be stopped from swimming. it took time to convince them but there is always the promise to be back to the sea soon.

Next summer. we’ll gather again and for sure we’ll go swimming.

I can’t really wait!

A Glimpse of Hope

Watching yesterday’s news of the latest update of the Zamboanga standoff made me wonder how long this chaos would last. 
Recently the news of the arrests of the some members of the Moro Islamic Liberation front (MILF) was heard and that the government promised the crisis would end soon. But 2 bomb explosions were reported after that.
Women with their children evacuated in a safer place. One interview of a mother really broke my heart as she showed the bag brought by her child as they fled. Despite the reminder of bringing only light baggage, she was surprised to find out her child brought with her a heavy load. When checked she found out her child brought along with her her notebooks and books. She told her mother that she needed those when school reopens.
The high hope of the innocent schoolgirl was like a cool water that doused my frustration of waiting for the problem to end in that part of our country. I couldn’t say we are fortunate because it has not happen in our place. How Could we say that! They’re our brothers and sisters who are in pain. They are suffering! I’m sure everybody out there wish to help end their suffering but how?
The only thing we could do is pray that the minds of these people causing trouble there will be enlightened and would come to realize the pains they have caused for their fellowmen.
And hope that it would happen soon. 
In war I believe there are NO winners. ONLY losers!Image

photo from morguefile

Remembering September 21

 

September 21 is a date the world never forgets.
As i made my research to verify some facts, I was surprised to see several events that had taken place on this date (www.historyorb.com/events/september/21).i also found out that many popular personalities have been born and others died this day.
In this country – Philippines, September 21 is closely linked with PD 1081 where the the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos placed the entire Philippines under martial Law in 1972. This was done “to suppress increasing civil strife and the threat of communist takeover following a series of bombings in Manila.”…
This was lifted in 1981.
But It seemed September 21 was not only Marcos’ preferred date as far as the Martial Law declaration is concerned. On September 21, 1944 Jose P. Laurel who was known as the puppet president under Japan placed Philippines under Martial Law. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law_in_the_Philippines)

September 21 is also chosen by the United Nations Organization as the International Day of Peace (www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/).

“On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

photo coutesy of humanrightsphilippines.netImage