Mona Lisa

Don’t speak because it hurts me even more

Every words you utter shows your fake motion picture

You’re false emotion seems speak so loud

Yet, you never ever heard my voice complaining.

 

Saying you love me is just a lie

I am no indifferent from broken, alone and lost

From the time I set to fail with your sweet fantasies

I am taking my step away from you

Took my deep sigh of relief

And start living in my own world,

The home of such a weak.

 

But…

I can still hear your voice in the back of my head

And I was continually running from myself

Hiding, yet you still chasing me in my dreams

And from there, I understand the meaning,

Behind those mysterious smile.

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Kalikasan: Yamang ‘di Batid

Dahilan sa patuloy na pagbabago sa aspetong teknolohiya ng ating bansa, iba’t-ibang isyu at problema tungkol sa pagkasira ng ating kapaligiran ang nagsulputan. Nandiyan ang mga makabagong paraan ng paghahanap-buhay gamit ang mga makabagong teknolohiya. Mga makabagong teknolohiya na siya ring nagdudulot ng polusyon sa mga tubig, lupa at hangin.

Nakakalungkot mang isipin ngunit kung ating pagmamasdan ay isang ganap na pagbabago ang bumabalot sa mundo at sa ating napakagandang kalikasan, at ang katotohanang ito’y ‘di lingid sa ating kaalaman. At ang katotohanang isa tayo sa mga saksi, saksing nagbubulagbulagan sa kasalakuyang narararanasan ng Inang Kalikasan. Tao ang nagiging dahilan ng unti-unting pagkasira ng ating kapaligiran.

Ang pagkawasak ng kagubatan, kabundukan, mga ilog at karagatan ay nagresulta na sa isang krisis sa kalikasan na lalong nagpapahirap at nagiging banta sa paghirap ng mga mamamayan.

Makiisa tayo sa pagrereserba ng ating kaligiran, ang konsekwensiya ng ating maling gawain ay hindi natin matatakasan hangga’t hindi tayo nakiisa sa pagaalaga at pagpapanatili ng malinis at luntiang paligid. Hindi ba’t mas masarap samyuhin ang malinis na hangin kaysa sa maitim na usok mula sa ating magagarang sasakyan? O kaya’y uminom ng malinis at libreng tubig?

Tayo ang sumisira sa ating kayamanan. Kung sinisira natin ang ating kalikasan para na rin nating sinisira ang ating kinabukasan, darating ang panahon na tayo ay magsisisi, ang pagkaisra ng ating kalikasan ay dahilan kung bakit tayo ngayon nakakaranas ng maraming problema tulad ng napakainit na panahon, pabago-bago ang klima at marami pang iba. Ang mga problemang ito ay ganti ng kalikasan sa pagsira natin sa kapaligiran.

Ang Pilipinas ay sagana sa likas na yaman ngunit tayo mismo ang sumisira sa ating buhay. Bakit? Dahil ang kapaligiran ang siyang nagsisilbi at nagbibigay sa atin ng buhay, kaya huwag nating abusuhin datapwa’t alagaan at pagyamanin na lamang ito upang magamit pa ng ating mga susunod na henerasyon.

Unti- unti na nating nararamdaman ang mga epekto ng ating pang-aabuso sa inang kalikasan. Huwag na natin hintayin na umabot pa sa puntong kailangan natin mawalan ng kapamilya.

Buhay at kapaligiran ang nakakasalalay, makialam tayo bago pa mahuli ang lahat!

Saving Mother Nature

Nowadays, it is a cliche to tackle such issues about the degradation of environment. But let me added into that cliche to save your sanity. Yeah, you read it right, your sanity and of course to that brain of yours that are not eaten yet by the zombies as to open another wake-up call.

Due to unavoidable changes, we, the people become dependent on what technology give and brought us, never mind on the possible negative effects it may give in our environment. People learned to distinguish his own way of living to the lives of others, people are not contented on what they have, so technology are developed in seeking for convenience. Because of our carelessness, implication came which affect the way of our living. Different problems and issues about environment are leaving us in nowhere and we cannot escape, unless, we engaged ourselves and be part in saving our Mother Nature.

Destruction of our environment are seen by our naked eye but we are just passing and give them a disgusted look but never done anything to lessen this problem. Those undisciplined people who throw their garbage anywhere and everywhere are one of the main contributors in destroying the environment. Tons of waste materials are dumped into the bodies of water making them unfit as a source of drinking water or a habitat for marine life. Thousand of fish can be seen floating at the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers because of pollution. Water becomes far worse as years pass by.

The destruction of our environment will lead us in tragedy; there are no more trees to hold and ceased flood and landslide, it also affect our wildlife- the endangered species whose lives and survival depend in the forest and mountains.  Different infrastructures are now planted in our land instead of trees. Farmers use chemicals in their crops instead of bio-waste that came from the livestock, that’s why the production of food decreased.

But we are not also escaped from the melting of ice in South and North Pole, this melting would surely lead to the displacement of millions of people in low-lying areas and number of small island could be wipe out. It also bring the problem about ozone layer depletion which result in increasing  in UV-B radiation that are likely leading and affects human health particularly on the eyes and skin. The rapid growing of our population also affects the human health and our resources: too many people, too few resources.

See what we have done in our environment? We are now suffering the consequence of our wrong practiced. We see all this, but we are not moving to take an action. Well, it’s not too late, right? We must learn to control our patience and virtue by taking a step by step formula towards a better and green living. Stand for our Mother Nature! It’s just a matter of discipline, courage and unity.  Doing such little thing for the environment can’t kill you. Environment is not ours not also a heritage, so we must learn to protect our Mother Earth!

5:00 PM thoughts.

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The more we know about the environment, the better will be our capacity to conserve and manage these resources we have for the present and future generations.

It cannot be denied that some of the catastrophes that had happened in the Philippines were mere consequences of environmental degradation—floods, soil erosion, red tide, air pollution and contaminated water.

Wastes are everywhere, specifically plastic. Here in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, one of the major problems that local government combat was solid waste management. Burning plastic was prohibited, even when you bury it into the ground for thousands of years, it will remain and still plastic. It will never perish. Even when disposed of properly, they take many years to decompose and break down, generating large amounts of garbage over long periods of time. If not disposed of properly the bags can pollute waterways, clog sewers and have been found in oceans affecting the habitat of animals and marine creatures

This is the reason why the government has started its campaign against the use of plastic and styrofoam materials in packaging products. The Total Plastic Ban Act of 2011 was introduced in the Senate in March 2011 and also remains pending in the Committees. The purpose of the proposed act is to implement a total plastic ban throughout the country.

This law was very promising, but I think fine was not enough to stop those who violate the environmental laws. Based on my observation those environmental problems are brought by weak enforcement of laws and poor regulation.

The success of this ordinance was the active cooperation of the people with the local government units. It is the principle of participation. Each person has a duty to safeguard and to contribute on the protection of the environment. Every individual is empowered to be a catalyst of change. Well, do your part people, there’s no need to enumerate those, as a concern Filipino Citizen you know what responsibility is.

This ordinance was like the law implemented in the Los Baños in Laguna, Sta. Barbara in Iloilo, Lucban in Quezon, Carmona in Cavite, Odiongan in Romblon, Burgos in Pangasinan, and  Muntinlupa City – they all have banned plastics in their municipality/city. I admired these municipalities/cities because they set an example of good governance through the implementation of this ordinance.

But the question is, who will be the next next? Better yet, who among us have stopped using plastic on our own free will?

Today’s Menu: Flowers!!!

What would happen if there are no flowers to this world of ours? Simply boring, perhaps meaningless, without color, seems barren.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into,” noted Henry Beecher. “Earths laughs in flowers, “Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in Hamatreya. And Emma Goldman declared, “I’d rather have rose on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meaning because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules – it’s the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning.

People always need to add some freshness in their lives. Flowers have a capacity to regulate people’s emotions. For example, the chrysanthemum makes people feel loyal and truthful; lilies represent purity and love.

But flowers are not merely objects of beauty for decoration and fragrance. Unknowingly, hundreds of fresh flowers are edible but only few are widely marketed as food. Flowers are not only for appreciation but consumption as well. While flowers are often used fresh, they are also preserved for later use when they are stored dried, freeze-dried, candied, crystallized, or even frozen in ice cubes.

Oftentimes flowers are used to add color and flavor to salads. Squash flowers for instance, are dipped in breadcrumbs and fired. Some edible flowers are sometimes candied such a daisy. See there is more to discover in our environment. Most people might not know this, but roses are edible and as with many edible flowers, they actually are quite tasty. Some claim they taste like a sweet apple fruit and others fail to describe the taste of a rose, but a favorite is always candied rose petals, which are a great confection to decorate cookies, cakes, and puddings.

But did you know that you can make omelet out of gumamela leaves? It was discovered in a study conducted by researchers from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB). Gumamela is very common in many gardens, but it is mostly used to adorn table tops or a girl’s hair. The petals of gumamela flower can be pickled or even made as jelly. The flower buds and leaves can also be prepared into a vegetable salad as an omelet (fried with scrambled egg) or a sautéed vegetable dish.

The red and fleshy calyces (outer petals) of rossele flowers can be made as well into wine and jellies. In addition, the young leaves can be used as substitute for spinach, or maybe cooked with fish or meat in making sinigang.

But the use of edible flowers as food also raises a number of concerns. First, culinary flowers must be free from insecticides and herbicides. In one sense, assuring toxin-free flowers is easy because fresh flower buds and flowers grow quickly. On some plants it takes only a few days for new buds and flowers to form. On the other hand, commercial flowers are often sprayed to keep them pest-free and visually attractive.

Perhaps there is still much more to be learned about the secret of flowers.

The Nameless Genre of Up Dharma Down

Music is in the air we breathe, it is tighter, every words bursting into a different dimension of sounds that hit the spot and made a subconscious merge in our tangled-up sensation. What if this kind of music brings in our ears? Well, another band takes the seats in our local music arena. In a scene this vibrant, it’s hard for any act to rise above the clamor, but Up Dharma Down might just be doing so.

One of their more ear- catching pieces is “Sana”, a song about past romance; another is “Taya”, a song about the struggles involved in a relationship that turns sour and their quite break-up song the “Unspoken Definite.”

Photo Credits: http://www.y101fm.com

Up Dharma Down is a Filipino band with no specific genres but the best way to understand their nameless genre is to press play and listen to their music. They named their band from the concept that everything is interconnectivity and has a purpose of being so. The band composed of four members, being led by Armi Millare (keyboards and vocals), Carlos Tanada (lead guitars), Ean Mayor (drums and loops) and Paul Yap (bass).

The Manila got its first taste of Up Dharma Down on 2004 at Café saGuico-a proving ground for Manila’s young bands- and immediately caught the attention of local cognoscenti. Since then, the band have played in regional music festivals, received numerous nominations and garnered recognition for their work from award-giving bodies: NU107 In The Raw Award (2005), NU107 Best New Artist (2006), NU107 Best Female Award (2006), and MYX Favorite Indie Artist(2008), Avima2010 Best Female Vocalist, AVIMA 2010 Best Video (Sana), AVIMA 2009 Best Female Vocalist, NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Artist of the Year, NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Album of the Year (Bipolar), NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Vocalist of the Year, NU 107 Rock 2005 In The Raw Award, NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best New Artist, NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best Female Award, MYX Music Awards 2008 Favorite Indie Artist. Up Dharma Down was also the first Filipino band to appear on MTV’s Advance Warning, a showcase of up-and-coming international artists that has featured the likes of the U.K.’s Bloc Party and Canada’s Arcade Fire.

Their influences range from Jill Scott, Robert Plant, The Blue Nile, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Cure Incognito, Spyro Gyra, Zero 7, Photek and  Portishead and even John Williams to name only a few of the band’s list of their musical heroes. The band was influenced by so many but they were able to balance and combine everything and they make music that manages to be both thoughtful and sensual. Their generic goal is “to be heard” for that is something promising.

Perhaps, we would say that music is immortal, most famous artistic musicians of all time spent years pleasing churches and courts. But we can be artists in our own mind as well, expressing emotion in every touch and every breath but don’t expect to convey emotion through music if you haven’t lived enough life to understand the full spectrum of human feelings.

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