*This is the continuation of my previous post The Sweet Song Beckons. I advise you to read first that post before you lay your eyes in this new post of mine. Awkeish? =)
---> Greek legend also tells us that another ship passed that way. And the Captain of that ship responded to the Sirens very differently than Ulysses.
Not far behind the ship of Ulysses came another great ship. These sailors also realized the dangers of the Sirens and the rocks upon which they sat.
"Captain Orpheus," the first mate enthusiastically declared, "the sweet song of the Sirens lies just ahead!"
With that announcement, the crew cheered and the great Orpheus smiled. All around the ship, crewmen's voices rang with excitement. The part of the voyage that they longed for was soon at hand. In fact, there were some in the ship who had come along just to hear the music.
With a knowing smile, the dauntless Captain received a beautifully adorned case from his cabin boy. The acclaimed Orpheus carefully removed the priceless instrument as the crewmen stood nearby with bated breath. Then, with princely grace, he lifted the instrument above his head with a gesture of victory, while the crew around him whistled with enthusiasm.
"Play it, Captain!" cheered the helmsman.
"Come on, great Captain Orpheus, play it!" whooped the enthusiastic first mate.
All eyes were transfixed upon their hero. Captain Orpheus took his stance and began to masterfully play the most perfect music men's ears had ever heard. Each crewmen became lost in the reverie of the song.
All too soon the Siren coastline was out of sight and the Master musician concluded the song that he himself had composed. Not a single man aboard ship was tempted by the Sirens' melody. In fact, no one even noticed it. Though the mermaids' music was alluring and sweet, the superb Orpheus played for his crew...a sweeeter song.
*For those of us who have spent years tied to the mast and for those of us who couldn't bear the allurment and crashed against the rocks, it's time to set sail to a different tune.
In our love-hungry generation we sruggle to believe that the "beautiful side of love" really exists. But the truth is, Hollywood can't even touch the version of love that is alive and real and in the heart and mind of God. It is the "sweeter song". And when you hear this "sweeter song" you, too, will realize that it is ten thousand times more magnificent than your most grandiose imagination.
*READ and relate to the hidden message in this Greek tale.
"Steady as she goes!" Ulysses boomed, his voice filling the salty air.
"Yes,sir" was the helmsman ready reply.
After giving the command, the captain turned his iron gaze to the starboard side where land was just now coming into view. Neither the screeching gulls overhead, nor the rhythmic splash of water against the ship's side, diverted Ulysses attention from what lay just ahead. The smell of adventure was in the air; everything was just as Ulysses liked it. Then, amidst his reverie came a voice arresting his attention.
The noble leader quickly turned to find a worried seaman, eyes filled with trepidation and lips rattling with anxiety.
"Captain! He again blared, his whole face ablaze with horror.
"Settle down!" Ulysses sofly commanded, "Take a deep breath and tell me what's the matter."
The entire crew within earshot had stopped and gathered round to hear the outcome of this all-important conversation.
"Uh...we...ah...!" he shuttered, "well...uh...you see, sir!"
Ulysses grabbed him by the collar, yanked him within inches of his furrowed brow and demanded, "Come on lad, if you value your life, speak!"
The drama built as the petrified first mate raised a quivering finger due north and shuttered, "The SIRENS, sir!"
Ulysses face drew tight and a woeful sigh was heard about the ship. The Siren mermaids were just ahead, ready to sing their irresistibly enchanting song and cause the bewitched sailors to steer their vessel onto the rocks. The song of the Sirens was so sweet, so alluring, no red-blooded man could resist it. Ulysses had to act quickly-while wisdom still remained.
"Those devilish mermaids won't get us!" he announced to his fearful crew. "That's right! that lovely, luscious, melodious music played by those beautiful mermaids won't have it's way with us. No shipwreck for us today lads!"
But even as Ulysses pondered the intoxicating music, he felt his wisdom slipping. He was gripped by a magnetic urge to hear just a short strain of the legendary song of the mermaids.
"Maybe we could try and miss the rocks? NO!" He chided himself, "NO! It does this to all captains who pass by. They all think they can resist, but then lose their senses and follow the sweet music to their deaths upon the jagged rocks, while the mermaids scoff from above. NO!"
Ulysses ran to the bow of the ship, turned and bellowed for all the crewmen to hear.
"We are men, unable to resist the promise of sweet love in the mermaid's song. The Sirens have baited every ship before us with their songs, and everytime the ships have crashed against the rocks upon which the Sirens sit. But not this time, my friends. We will not fall for their temptation; indeed, we will not even allow ourselves to be tempted!"
"I want every sailor to take some of this beeswax and put it in your ears so you can hear nothing. And tie me to the mast!"
His crew looked at each other with bewilderment.
"You heard me! "He shouted again, "Tie me to the mast. And tie me tight and fast!"
The sun angrily beat down as the disciplined crew rush about the ship responding to Ulysses' orders. And none too had they crammed the wax into their ears and finished tying their captain to the mast, but the beautiful and intoxicating love song of the siren mermaids began to softly fill the air. The Sirens' song, in all its passion and wonder, greeted the ship across the water as a warm fire greets cold hands on a winter's day.
The crew was oblivious-all except Ulysses who, while tied to the mast, had no wax to stop the music. Ulysses blood ran hot with passion. "Untie me!" he screamed in anguish, "Please untie me! I command you to untie me...please, I beg you."
But the crewmen could not hear and had been commanded not to read his lips. The song grew louder and lovelier, and Ulysses groaned with sheer physical desire. He then began to scream like a madman for someone to heed his orders and turn the ship towards the source of that sweet, lustful music. Ulysses threatened the plank, Cyclops feedings, and various other forms of torture as the ship passed the Sirens' rocky coastline, and then finally beyond the reach of their song.
An exhausted Ulysses, his face a deep scarlet from the struggle, finally was untied and fell limp upon the ship's deck.
"Why?" he moaned with his remaining strength, "Why does it seem that the things I desire the most in this life lead to my destruction? Why must I be restrained from something so beautiful? The mast is my savior this day from my headlong craving for that sweet but deadly song of the Siren mermaids!"
*For many years of our life most of us struggle with agonizing frustrations. We are fighting a constant inward battle between needing to obey God's "Thou Shall Nots" and yet longing to fulfill our passionate, sensual desires. I believe that you also feel Ulysses pain. Some of us grew up being taught how "to tie ourselves to the mast" while listening to the song of TEMPTATION at full volume. We heard all the fire and brimstone sermons on the "rocks of death". Sometimes we may lose our senses esp. during our pubescent years. We have a raging desire within us to have a companion, someone we could love and be loved by, someone we could be intimate with. We want to experience that all that sensual desires. But then again when we come to church and sat down, we hear the same thing...THOU SHALL NOT! And "thou shall nots" only go so far on hormone-infested young teenagers who's looking for loopholes in the rope so that we can accidentally-on-purpose steer our love boat as close to the rocks as we can possibly get.
Is there any other way to keep us from crashing against the rocks? Thankfully, the story does not end here. =)
I mess up with guilia's cbox! uhuhuhu. I didn't really mean it. I dunno what happened. I'm such a clutz! uhuhuh. Hope she could ever forgive me. Haiz.
I NEED more CHOCOLATE! =(
pictures is one of the things that makes me a no-sleep-person these past few days. I can't get enough of it. I'm not a great overstater-just a little. Hahah! But it's true-I can't resist to finish more and more chapters every night('till morning =D). Well, this book was given to me by my MSL. So, it has also a great significant value. The title is also the title of my post,"When GOD Writes Your LOVE STORY". Creative, interesting, intuitive, inspirational are just few of the exuberant adjectives that fill my heart as I read the 'you'll-never-be-the-same' writings of Eric and Leslie Ludy (authors). Both of them share their unforgettable journey which GOD took them on to discover what a God-written love story is all about.
This book is not about rules, relationship how-to's, or a comprehensive guide to experiencing the singles' scene. Rather, this book is all about an invitation for a journey from the One who knows us better than ourselves. This journey is for anyone who is searching for the beauty of true and lasting love, for romance in its purest form, and is willing to do whatever it takes in order to find it. The very One who is the Author of all true love and romance is standing before us, asking us gently, "Will you let Me write your love story?".
If we trust Him enough to give Him the pen of our life, we are in for a journey that will forever spoil us for the ordinary. It's a journey on which we will discover perfect love and pure romance as it was truly intended to be.
What spark me off to do this???
*A good friend who's also a blogger like me is sooo sooo sooo in love and you'll eventually know from the moment you see her blog-coz her blog just says it all. I was actually inspired by her.
*My boyfriend checked out my blog and asked why there's nothing about us here. Now he knows. ;]
*I press-stud a LOVE BUG.
To start of:
Let me share to you one of the poems made by my boyfie esp. for me-out of so much love. He also made me a letter (it's in fact he's first time to even write a love letter to someone) *smiles. I'm his first and one true love. *touched. I've been in some relationship in the past but this one's different-really different.We're a new couple, 3 months and still counting...Hope it'll LAST..
Mant times I asked GOD about his plan for me
Who I will become and who I will be
I've searched for the answers in the busy streets
Yet, nothing came up but meaningless feat
I thought being alone is happiness
And having no one is life's zest
But too often I find myself falling harder
And my heart becomes cold and bitter
Just when I almost lost my sanity
An ANGEL came to show life's real beauty
That very day, August 23
I untie my heart and set it free
You simply changed me
You've shown the things I thought I'd never see
I simply love the way you are
You are my ONE and beloved STAR
When I met you I immediately believed in ANGELS
Not in shimmering white dress and glittering halo that I can tell
But it was how you turned my world into HEAVEN on EARTH
A lace of lasting peace, love, freedom and mirth
"Dinala ako nung lalaki sa motel. Parang wala siyang pakialam na 16 pa lang ako. Nung una, natakot talaga ako. Akala ko hindi na kakayanin ng katawan ko, sa sobrang sakit ng mga ginawa niya sa 'kin. Nakakapanibago pala sa simula. Pero ngayon, sanay na rin ako dahil dumadami na ang customers ko. Pakiramdam ko ang laki ng nawala sa 'kin nung gabing 'yun."
"Gusto ko lang sanang makapagtapos at makapagtrabaho ng maayos." To earn for her tuition, she never forgot the advice given to her by an old lady who lived nearby. "Use your body to make living in order to survive."Her customers put her through a lot, but still didn't want to give up on the notion of romantic love. Occasionally, she would hook up with college guys from different schools. One time, she thought a guy was genuinely into her, so she went along with him to his dorm only to find a group of guys waiting for her. He placed something in her drink and she soon felt dizzy. Later, she awoke naked with a bunch of guys laughing, drinking, and doing drugs around her. Other times, customers even resorted to beating her up after sex just because they had nothing to pay her.Despite all this, she wakes up every morning thanking GOD she's still alive and healthy. A simple pleasure that makes her happy to this day is going to a toy store and looking at a doll her father had given her that reminds her of better days. It brings her back to the time when she was young and all she worried about was what game to play next. When a customer compliments her out of the blue and says she's beautiful instead of roughing her up, she feels thankful inside. During those moments, she forgets that she works as a prostitute and feels like a real person. ;'(
On the other hand, I was so distraught when I discovered that someone's pretending to be my boyfriend when in fact he's NOT! How's that? arrrrghhh! I don't understand why he has to do such thing, and I don't even know him! Such a feeler! I hate it. SOB.
*I got exempted from my 2 subjects in the finals.
*I already received my scholarship grant.
*I'll be back in my hometown. Bye City of LOVE, Hello City of SMILES.
*I'm gonna see my family and my oh-so-adorable pet-Bruce! Grrr!
*I'm looking forward for a reunion with friends. PARTIANS barkada!I miss 'em!
*I'll be able to sleep, sleep and sleep! Forty winks here I come! zZzZz...
*No more monster exams! Well. Maybe just for now.Bwahaha!
Things I'm gloomy about: =(
*I'll SUPER miss my MSL. Sob.
*I'll part ways with some of my cm8s in AHSE 1-E. So tear-jerking. I'll uber miss their company!Anyways, we're still in the same school. See yah around guys!
*I'll miss Chem. (ows?) Hmmm. Anyhow? Ma'am Baby Lou? Bwahah!
*I won't be able to have a glimpse of my crush every MWF. Lol.
*I'll be missing strawberry, tutti fruity ang bubblegum shakes!
Awtz. Enough of this drama. Sembreak will just be for 2-3 weeks. It's not that long.
Maybe just enough to take a break and loosen up for a jiffy.
On the contratry, 2nd sem is fast approaching...
What will happen next? Hmmm.
Stay CLOSE. MWAH!
"When something is over, it can never start again. When it's broken, I can never put back the pieces. Life is not the way I want it to be. When I know that someone is hurting me, I'll just stop. I know that it hurts a lot, but I must learn to let go. I won't push my self too hard. Because I know that in every 'Ending' there's such a thing that I call 'Beginning'."
STATUS: Happy =)
Pink and Blue Balloons!
* Hmmm. We're not that ready. Bwahah!
This is BARNEY (Adrian).
*He keeps on teasing me. So I call him Barney(the friendly dinosaur). XD
In return, he calls me Betty(Betty Boop).
*naahh! just playing around. ahaha!
*This was taken after the parade.
Mommy Tin, Me and Lind's.
*We can talk all day! About what?
Cristine and Me
*Tin2 and I are always together.
She's there during the times I have no one to run to.
I really am thankful to have her around.
That's our shoes!
*Yeah. Mine's at the right side. I prefer flats.
So comfy. I can walk all day. Charot!
*Her name is so cute! It's so so unique! ahaha! XD
*whOoh! The moment we saw this we went nuts!
*I think this photo was taken during our PSYCHO class.
I can actually sleep the whole period w/ our prof NOT noticing me.
*What am I thinking? Hmmmm.
Jemar and Louie
(evidence! anu nah?) XD
*They are uber funny!-->esp. Louie.
S/He would crank up jokes and you'll definitely laugh to death!
Hahaha! Exag. Grrrrr.
*While waiting impatiently for our prof.
"Sir? Din ka nah yah?"
Lindsay and Me
(girls will be girls)
* Lind's is trying to put some glitters on my beautiful eyes!
Bwahahaha! She's my kikay partner.
MORE pics at my FS account!
I used to think that life is a fairytale... Full of magic,exciting, vivid! BUT that was a LONG time ago..Now I know that there's more to life than just "HAPPILY EVER AFTER".. I've learned that I get wiser each day..And NO FAIRY can lead me to a happy ending.. I decide..I struggle..And somehow I begin to understand..that I have the power to make each day BETTER than YESTERDAY..
Is everything fine? For me, ahmm, kindda. I'm not really in the mood today. I'm so exhausted! Our midterm exams just ended. Thank GOD it's over. I think my mind's gonna blow! I sleep at about 3 in the morning for the past week. Imagine? Cramming is not always a good option. But what can I do? I'm busy with the assigns, proj, research, reportings, laundry(?), dishes(?), blah blah blah.. I always motivate my self to study a week before. But it's not enough. huuuh! It's Ok. I know I can do this. Just gimme a massage and a hot fudge! Hmmmmmmm..
Anyways, have I mentioned that dad went to Malaysia? Well. He did. They had a seminar there. I'm so delighted with all the pasalubongs I got from him. Most esp. the cute pink bag he gave me. So cute! So ME! ahaha! Naaahhhh! 'nough of this. I'm gonna end my post here. I wanna rest. Sleppy...totally out.. zZzzzzZZzz..
It was late in the afternoon when I heard the news about what happened in the LDT Building Parking Lot. Rumors were fast spreading throughout the campus. It was said that 2 freshmen students (girl and boy) had been caught inside the known adventure car between 9-10 in the MORNING ‘doing’ something. Some students and teachers SAW the whole scene. Others would describe it as a LIVE SHOW. Eeeewwww! They even tried to escape when the guard was about to seize them. I really don’t understand why they did that scandalous thing in the middle of the morning! Can’t they wait? O-M-G! Because of what happened our school was all over the news. It was being talked in Bombo Radyo. I think radio announcers were so unfair. They generalize the whole thing. Not all students of CPU are like that. Our school has nothing to do with their ACT. It was their CHOICE. I think they should be ashamed of what they did. They ruined our school’s reputation. They ruined their family’s honor. They ruined themselves. They ruined everything. I don’t think they still have the face to show to the world. Oh well. Life is like that. We should really be aware of our acts and decisions. At the same time, we must face the consequences of our actions. ‘til next time! MWAH!
Enewiez. This week we are celebrating our CHRIST EMPHASIS WEEK. The good thing about it is that we are able to gather at the Rose Memorial and listen to the preaching of the missionaries from different parts of the world. Chakaetch! They share GOD’s goodness and help us build a stronger relationship with our Creator. Our theme is "Mounth Up with Faith" with the text from Isaiah 40:28-31(I have to remember this. It will probably come out in the exam).It’s not boring at all! And the best thing about it is that our TIME is SHORTENED. Ahihi! I think I’m gonna end my post here. It’s 5 minutes before my next class. I don’t wanna be late! xOxO =)
It was a week or two after the opening of the class when I developed a certain friendship with two pretty girls in the room. One of them is my group mate in our laboratory class. I will just hide them with the names ‘Wakwak’ and ‘Mana’ (short for manananggal). Weird? Hahah! I label them as ‘Aswangs’. Maybe you’re wondering, why? Well. It came to be when me and bff saw them with cutie guys after our PE class. Then we teased them, “Hala. Naka-dagit naman kmu huh”. Of course, they denied. According to them, they’re just their high school friends. Hmmm. That’s where it all started.
Weeks passed by and our friendship grew each day. It’s getting to a higher level. One day, I noticed that there’s something wrong. ‘Wakwak’ is not as jolly as she is. It’s obvious that there’s something bothering her. She confessed to me that she feels bad towards our two classmates. She thinks that they are judging her because of her physical look. I was confused. I asked, “Why? You’re pretty and you have no prob with your weight as well”. She said, “No. My body is different before”. I don’t have any idea of what she’s talking about. Then she said, “I’ll tell you a secret”. After that she showed to me a picture of a cute baby. I wondered. Then she adds, “I already have a baby. Here she is”. I don’t know what to say! I was blank for how many seconds. I just looked at her and understood everything. Now, I know.
She said it was something she had never regret of doing. Her family and friends accepted her and they all love the baby. I was so touched. At that moment, I super admire her for her courage. Imagine? She had gone through all those things at her very young age. Haiz.
I realized that not all teens undergo the same life. Before, I thought that having no allowance for a week because you’re grounded is a big prob already. Well. There’s something much bigger than that. My friend has really inspired me. I’m super proud of her and I wish her all the best. Eneweiz. Her baby will be baptized this July. I hope I could be the ‘Ninang’. Heheh. ‘till next time! Mwah! Mwah! Mwah! >>[ah'lay'shia]
Yesterday was our PE class. We jogged at the University ground. It was so wide! I can feel the pain in my ankles and legs-even up to now! I’m almost catching my breath after 2 rounds of jogging! wHoOh! We are in fact preparing for the ‘Milo Marathon’. Our school is joining together with the other Universities throughout the country. We can’t say no coz it’s one of our requirements in PE. Haiz. And tomorrow will be our NSTP. I chose LTS. Watyya think? Heheh. Well, college life is indeed so busy. But I’m actually getting used to it. Catch yah next time! Here’s a kiss for my avid readers! umu’aHHhh!..=)
Haiz. As of now, I'm still adjusting to my new life as a college student. But I know in God's time, I can be used to it! Wish me luck! ;]
Hey! Take a look at my sched. Wattya think? Hmmmm.
MON TUE WED THURS FRI
Filipino English Filipino English Filipino
(7:00-8:00) (8:30-10:00) (7:00-8:00) (8:30-10:00) (7:00-8:00)
BREAK LUNCH BREAK BREAK LUNCH BREAK BREAK
(8:00-9:00) (10:00-1:00) (8:00-9:00) (10:00-1:00) (8:00-9:00)
Chemistry Lab Chemistry Lab Chemistry
(9:00-10:00) (1:00-4:00) (9:00-10:004) (1:00-4:00) (9:00-10:004)
RE BREAK RE BREAK RE
(10:00-11:00) (4:00-5:00) (10:00-11:00) (4:00-5:00) (10:00-11:00)
LUNCH BREAK PE LUNCH BREAK PE LUNCH BREAK
(11:00-1:00) (5:00-6:00) (11:00-1:00) (5:00-6:00) (11:00-3:00)
N111 N111 Math
(1:00-2:30) (1:00-2:30) (3:00-4:00)
(30 min) (30 min) (4:00-5:40)
Math Math Psychology
(3:00-4:00) (3:00-4:00) (5:40-6:40)
Hello everyone! How’s life? ahmm. In my case, it’s perfectly fine. I’m so happy! =)
First of all, I want you to congratulate this girl here who had enrolled herself to college w/o her Mom by her side. Yipee! I felt so fulfilled! It’s my 1st step to become an independent college girl now. Heheh. Coz you know what? Ever since I was a child I’m always relying almost everything to my Mom. I’d say, “Mom could you do this, could you do that, I need this, I need that” and so on and so forth. Haiz. I’m used to my Mom helping me always. She’s there for me every time I need her. Hmmm.
Anyways, the whole enrollment process was so long and exhausting! I’m so worn-out! Plus the fact that I had to be out of bed 3 in the morning to catch the first trip of the bus then afterwards of the boat. I’m so sluggish with zero energy! Uhuh. There are loads of papers to fill-up, buildings I had to go (CPU has so many buildings. I had a prob which to tell what =’c) and the extensive line for the ID picture! I started lining 12:30 pm and I finished at about 3 pm! Imagine? Haiz. I had proven that Patience is truly a Virtue. It’s already dark when I arrived home. My Mom had to pick me up in the terminal station. Haiz.
It’s Ok. The thought that I had done all those things w/o relying to my Mom is so HaAaYy. The feeling is unexplainable! Heheh! =)
A big tnx to Tita Sonia and BFF Abby for everything! I really appreciate it! MwaAaHhxXx!
EheeMm. It's been a while since my last post here in my blog. I really missed this! Well. For everyone to know, I'm here again in the City of Love, Iloilo. This place will be my 2nd home. I will be spending my college days here. uhuh. I went here last Tuesday, May 6, '08. It is because I'm filing my requirements for college. And at this point, I'm already through with that. I had also gone through with the interview and the scholarship exam. Haiz. I'm now just waiting for the sched of the enrollment. Oops! Btw, I will be studying at Central Philippine University. The school is really nice. I think it's a good place for learning. It's huge(no doubt!). And as what I can see they have complete facilities for the students. I uber love the canteen(the one located in the Uy Building). BFF and I will be together in the same school. It's so cool! We never really planned it. It just happened. bwahahah!
Well, supposedly I will be back in Binalbagan last Saturday, May 10. But my mom said it's better to stay here for the meantime. I was so frustrated! I super want to go home! Our town fiesta will be on May 15. I really want to be there with friends and experience the fun brought by the fiesta! But I guess I can't do that. I have no choice. Sob! I'm stuck here, again. HEEELLPP!
Oh well. Life is like that. You can't always get what you want. Maybe because something better will be given to you. Don't you think? Hmmmm. I'll just keep my fingers crossed.
Vacations are always lots of fun! It’s the time where you can go anywhere and everywhere and do whatever you feel like to do as long as it isn’t at home! Especially this summer! You can grab your friends and enjoy every second, every minute, every hour of the day! =)
My Dream Destination:
What to do: Whether I’m going to
What to bring: Hmmm. Just lots of energy and my wishes! Heheh! They just may come true in
Fave Travel Pals: Family and my BFF! They’re fun to be with and they’re close to my heart!
Oh! I’m 16 years old but I’m always a kid at heart! Hahah!
Ever noticed how milestones trigger makeovers? During my weeklong stay in
, I always splurge time in my tita’s salon. I’m there almost everyday. But cutting my hair never crossed my mind! Weird. Hahah! But something happened. The night before we’re going back home here in Binalbagan, I just see my self in the mirror with iloilo cutting my hair! WhaAahH! My mom even asked, ”Why did you do it? Were you depressed?” Wait, what’s the connection between depression and a haircut? I really don’t understand! Hahah! It’s just that I’m going to college and I’ll be embarking on a totally new journey and I wanted to be ready. That’s why I chopped off my hair and change its style. Sandy
I used to be afraid of change. I kept trying to fix things so that they happened the same way. But I’ve come to realize what’s so great about it-the chance to become a better version of yourself. And it can be as simple as how you dress to as life changing as how you treat your friends. So if you aren’t too hot about your life right now, don’t lose hope. You can always do something about it.
Well, it’s now a NEW and BETTER ME! =)
By the way,
I’m back in my hometown! Hahaha! I xuper missed my room! Uhmmm. It’s definitely good to be back! Home Sweet Home! Wheheh!