Luigi

Habang hinihintay si Doc, may batang palakad-lakad sa aking harapan. Narinig ko na sya’y labingtatlong taong gulang at may cerebral palsy. Hanggang labindalawang taong gulang, siya’y naka-wheel chair. Ngayon, ineenjoy nya ang paglalakad, hindi sya napapagod, pari’t parito, palakad-lakad, sinusuyod ang mundo.

Inoobserbahan ko sya, tinititigan nya ang pader, and pinto, ang kisame, tila ba ngayon nya lang ito nakita. Sasabayan nya ng bungisngis pagkatapos. Gusto ko syang yakapin, mahigpit na mahigpit. Ipaalala na lilipas din ito, na magigigng ok din ang lahat.

Gi yung tawag sa kanya ng mama nya. Short for Luigi. Nang dumating ang doctor nya, binati nya ito at tinapik sa braso na para bang magkabarkada lang sila. Hirap syang magsalita ngunit patuloy pa rin sya sa pagsambit ng mga salita.Pinipilit nya, sinusubukan nya, lumalaban sya.

Para Sayo

picPara sayo na araw-araw bumabangon kahit na kulang sa tulog;
Para sayo na paulit-ulit ginagawa ang trabaho kahit maliit ang sweldo;
Para sayo na nag-aaral mabuti kahit hindi sigurado kung ano ang gusto;
Para sayo na ginagawa ang tama kahit na walang nakakakita;
Para sayo na hindi nagsasawang magmahal kahit ilang beses na nasaktan;
Para sayo na nagbibigay kahit walang-wala na;
Para sayo na patuloy na lumalaban kahit pagod na pagod na;
Salamat, kung hindi dahil sayo, hindi magiging kaaya-aya ang mundo.

15 Days with Them

That half-month, 360 hours or 15 days living with these crazy people was too short. We lived in a 4 storey art gallery occupying the 3rd and 4th floor.  We’re 27 in total, no wifi, no mattress, no air-condition, with 4 bathrooms, 2 showers, skulls, black birds and one cute dinosaur.

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From different nations, I thought we will be having a problem, I thought the 15 day household would be so hard for all of us. But then, I saw how the Lord works in our household. Because there’s no wifi, we’re obliged to interact with one another. Here are the 15 reasons why I would miss these crazy people.

15. The Chilli Game!

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When you get the highest value of cards, you need to eat a chilli while doing push-ups or sit-ups. Intense game for the Filipinos (Indians and Malaysians are used to eat chilli).

14. “The Dish Wash Song”

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You gotta do the dishwash Do the dishwash (x4)

With the pots and the pans (Pots and the pans)

Have lights no fans (Have lights no fans) (x4)

13. Jamming Sessions

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Most of the brothers in Central household are musically gifted.

12. Fans

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Our fans during our morning prayers.

We’re surrounded by our fans everyday and every night.

11. Spice and everything nice.

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Chicken masala powder, Curry powder, Chilli powder, Jeera, Rai, Alu Muttar

Of course, it is spicy! Well, most of it.

10. Talks and Sharings

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Morning talks, Bible study, sharing our meditation and fruit of our prayer time.

9. Indian and Malaysian Food

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This is sausage and veggies, egg curry and dal. I forgot to take picture of Chicken Masala and Ginger with coconut milk rice. What do you expect, it’s spicy yet delicious! Sedap! Swadisht!

8. Football addict

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If Filipinos are basketball fanatics, these guys from India and Malaysia are Football addicts!

7. Pimp my ride

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Our service going to the farm in Bataan. Ole ole ole!

6. Attending Ligaya events

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Attending community events would not be the same without you guys!

5. Long travel

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credits to Aron Fereira

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I think we spent 1/3 of prep 15 inside the L300, Starex and Tan Mobil.

4. One to ones

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That simple conversation that you didn’t notice that you’re exchanging lives already. Simple conversation really means a lot.

3. Bulita

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We do this to wake up people. Also a form of gift for a birthday celebrant.

2. Morning prayers, Prayer time, Worship

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Building up one another in prayer time was a great blessing for all of us.

1. Reaching out

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This is the most memorable part of prep 15. In spite of language barrier, you still reached out to the Aeta Kids. They might not understand you, but they felt your compassion and love. Even in that short time you spent with them, they felt the love of God through your small ways like hugging, kissing, playing with them, teaching them action songs, giving them food and by just simply smiling at them.

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When I look at each of you, I see two things. I see builder of forts. Second, I see a good man who will always be there, no matter how hard life gets for me or him.

Terima kasih sangat sangat! Bahut bahut skuhriya! Thank you very much Kairos Prep 15 Central Household!

Remove this from your Bucket List, NOW

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Plenty of my closest friends, family and Facebook friends have put up awesome pictures of their awesome holidays in the awesome continent of Asia. I myself have not got there yet and until this week one of the major things to do on my bucket list was ride and bathe an Elephant.

Now before you get defensive, it does look like an awesome and fun thing to do, because of course the Elephants are happy right, they’re tame so it means they were brought up this way, and everyone else has done it so it has to be fine! This sheep mentality of western tourists is to blame for the increasing amount of Asian elephants dying from over exhaustion, and maybe even depression.

An elepahnt that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter An elephant that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter

I’m going to keep it short, because I imagine that by now, some people have clicked off this…

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Limang Taong Hinubog

Limang taon sa Kolehiyo, karanasa’y di malilimutan.

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Sinisiksik ang katawan sa halagang sampung piso lamang.

Tusok-tusok,unli-lugaw,samalamig, sa paligid ay naglipana.

Panandaliang gutom ay siguradong maiibsan.

Kakulangan sa pasilidad, hindi maitatanggi ng Unibersidad.

Sariling sikap sa paghanap ng upuan sa ibang silid-aralan.

Sa isang parisukat na silid, halos magkapalit ang mukha ng singkwenta.

Tagaktak ang pawis, kanya-kanyang paypay ang bawat isa.

Sa bawat transaksyon, kapalit ay walang sawang pila.

Sungit at pagalit ang kapalit kung di sakto ang ibabayad.

Mata’y tuluyang namulat sa sistema ng edukasyon ng bansa.

Matrikula’y dose pesos per unit lamang, subalit mailap pa rin ang pagtatapos sa iilan.

Limang taong hinulma sa init, sikip, at hirap ng buhay.

Animo’y punlang ngayon ay uusbong na.

Salamat, O Sintang paaralan, sa handog mong karunungan.

Nawa’y maibahagi namin ito sa tulad naming salat sa yaman.