My brother’s best friend

Let me digress from my usual rants on the Philippine government and the many issues in our country to tell you a personal story involving my deceased brother and his best friend.

My brother passed away in 1998 due to leukemia. He was 15. He was best friends with another boy his age who was his classmate since grade school. I remember that the night before he breathed his last, his best friend was at his bedside. My brother was comatose that time and we were told by the doctors that he could hear us since hearing is the last to go before a person passes away. His best friend was telling him to fight and that he would be their guest of honor in their summer party. He was telling him that they would go take up courses in college together and have families of their own and grow old as best friends. My brother’s best friend was crying unashamedly. We were all crying, too.

When he said goodbye, that’s when my brother started crying. I will never forget that. His tears were flowing freely even when he was in coma. He heard everything his best friend told him and he held on to the tears until his best friend left. He knew he didn’t have a chance of coming out of coma anymore. Maybe he already knew then that the morning after that he would die. » Read more

Goodbye 2010! Hello 2011!!!


Roll out the red carpet and let’s all welcome 2011 with a bang!

Happy New Year to each one of us! May we all have a fabulous and fantastic 2011! Let’s all pray for good health, good fortune and an overall good year where all our love ones are safe and creating a big positive wave in their careers.

Welcome 2011!!!


Someone won the 6/55 draw already!

Somebody already won the most coveted prize bag this side of the planet… the 741M pesos Grand Lotto 6/55 draw! According to, a lone bettor won last night, getting the winning numbers 11-16-42-47-31-37.

741 million pesos! Can you just imagine how much money is that? Can you even imagine how you’re going to count that much money if you have it in cash?!?

If I was the one who won that much money, I already know what to do with it. 70% will be divided among my dad, my siblings and I. 10% will go to a common fund for traveling. The rest will be divided among relatives, really good friends, and charity, the cancer institute in particular. It would have benefited a lot of people but it’s not really meant to be mine. I do hope the person who got the prize is someone worthy and will use the money for good.

I also hope that it’s not the president who won. Imagine this, just when he took over the PCSO that’s when someone won the prize money. Hmm… just thinking out loud, okay? 😉

What will you do if you won that much money, huh?

Shame on you, Maura Kelly!

There is an article in Marie Claire DOT com entitled: Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?). I became aware of this article through Twitter. A couple of my fave authors tweeted about this article and how they were left speechless after reading it. Speechless in a bad way!

Apparently, there is a CBS show called Mike and Molly. It is about an overweight couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous group. The show is drawing complaints from some sectors for the abundance of fat jokes and from some people who aren’t comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors.

Maura Kelly, the author of the blog post, said that she’d be grossed out if she has to watch two characters…

…with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room…

Wow! What a jerk!

And she also wrote that…

But … I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It’s something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.

What? Maura Kelly?!?! What did you say???

Let me state my reaction to her article…

You see, I’ve been overweight most of my life. It’s a combination of genes and lots of temptation around me. I came from a family of overweight people (my dad’s side) and we are a family of foodies. I would like to tell Maura Kelly that if it’s just something that can be turned on and off easily, I would be as skinny as her today! Does she think it’s EASY to control the cravings? Does she think it’s like a light switch that can be turned on and off when we want to? Why is it that there are so many overweight persons in the world if it’s as EASY as “if only they put their minds to it”?!?

It’s a struggle. It’s a lifelong battle for some (like me). It’s never easy because even when I stop eating for a week, the excess weight won’t come off easily. I can starve myself and sweat gallons to lose weight. And I will surely lose weight. But it’s never going to be skinny like her. It’s never going to be like that because we don’t stop living. There are still cravings to stave off.

As long as there are people out there who are like her “grossed out seeing a fat person walk across a room”, or persons who think that being obese is a choice that we can un-make, then the struggle becomes doubly hard. There’s more pressure coming from all directions and it adds to the battle we’re facing.

Does Maura Kelly think we enjoy being this heavy?!? Does she think we like the fact that a show about obese people need to be made for people to understand our lives more? And does she think it’s funny to read her call obese people “fatties”?!?

We don’t need more bullies in this world. Especially in this generation. I think the Maura Kellys of this world should think twice before egging people with the same mindset as theirs to start bullying the “fatties” out there!

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