Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Got this in the email.  Read them even if you’re not yet 50 and some might not apply now.
The Ten Commandments for those over fifty years old:
  1. Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material
  2. Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it and the
    few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it.
  3. Don’t leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving
    anything, you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.
  4. Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.
  5. Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any) but don’t be their full-time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don’t have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone’s kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to raise your children. After you have raised them into responsible children, your duties of child-rearing and babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own offspring.
  6. Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the aging process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow. Enjoy what you are and what you have right now.  Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you do not have them, it’s probably late.
  7. Just enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren and friends.  People, who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.
  8. Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.
  9. Befriend death.  It’s a natural part of the life cycle.  Don’t be afraid of it.  Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life.
  10. Be at peace with Our Lord God. For. . . He is all you have after you leave this life.
    JUST 19 WORDS:

Friday, October 23, 2009

“Social Not-working”

Just when I was just getting started on Twitter, I read this article by Clarissa Catalina Repollo from the China Business Magazine’s October, 2009 issue entitled “Social Not-working”.
The first sentence says “Facebook works the brain, but Twitter is a drain”.
According to Dr. Tracy Alloway, a psychologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland,  “Facebook holds loads of information that helps people improve their ability to recall information and use it.  Twitter on the other hand, has the opposite effect.  It produces streams of information every second that people, in turn loose the chance to process every bit of information in the brain.”
With some much information coming in from so many people, the brain no longer concentrate to process that information since new information keeps coming in.  This is probably the same as watching television.  With the visual and sound stimuli working so fast, we often don’t even notice the details anymore.
One advise I read was to read mystery novels, the ones that make you think and try to solve the crime.  So right now, I’ve dug out my old copy of my Agatha Christie and see if I can get my brains working again.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just signed up on Twitter

For some curious reason to see what’s really on with Twitter, I just signed on to find out.
Took sometime to come up with a name as the limit is only 15 characters and using my full name is 17 characters. Finally decided to use “iamvillanueva”.  Short for William and not “I AM”.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Home work, journals, blogs and twitter

We attended the Parent-Teacher Conference at my son’s school last week. We had a good feedback on Mikmik’s development.
Part of the discussion, we asked what activities the school is giving to the students and how they are being taught. We are partly worried because whenever my son comes home from school and we ask him what he learned, he usually says nothing.
One of the developments that they teacher will be encouraging is giving of home assignments to the students and study guides so the parents can keep track of what to review when the students go home. One of the recommended activities is the keeping of a journal which will also help develop writing and expression for the student.
This reminded me about blogging and thought that what if instead of using a notebook for the journal, to use the internet to post the blog. But then again, we’re talking about a 5 year old. And also I remembered a comment by someone on CNN that blogs are so 2002. It seems twitters is the rage now a days.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Are You Going to Finish Strong?

An inspirational talk from Nick Vujicic. Nick Vujicic has no arms or legs but has come to terms with his lot in life and he delivers an inspirational speech to these school kids that they will probably never forget.

Theory does not hold water…

Yesterday, while I was drinking tea, I was being chided that I should not be drinking tea but water instead.  I was told that I don’t drink enough water that’s why I’m thin.
Err… come again?  My sister drinks more than 3 liters a day and she is not fat.
I said that theory does not hold water.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

You can’t lie to your mom…

While having lunch the other day, my son was complaining that his neck was hurting.  So my wife touched his neck and was checking where the pain was.  My son said that it was hurting from the left side of the neck up to his head while chewing.
A little while, I got a pack of chicharon and he saw it and also asked for some.  My wife agreed saying lets try a theory.
Giving a piece of the fried pork skin, my son was happily chewing it, then my wife asked if the neck is still hurting.  My son said, it doesn’t hurt.  He said with a smile, ” It only hurts while chewing rice.”
How many times have we tried to lie to our mothers or fathers when we want something.  Many times, we think we can fool them or that we were able to get away with it.  But very often, they already know what we were thinking or planning.  They have this uncanny sixth sense of knowing we are telling the truth or not.  On the other hand, if we do get away it this time, sooner or later, they’ll find out.
Parents are not born yesterday.  Just because they may not be that knowledgeable about new trends or technical stuff doesn’t mean they don’t know something. They have been young once.  So anything we think, they may already have done it themselves.  If not, they may already have heard it from their friends and relatives, or read something about it somewhere.
History repeats itself because we never learned from it.  Something that just popped into our mind may be new. But just because it was something new that we thought of doesn’t mean it has not happened before.
So the next time you try to fool your mom, try and think again.
God bless you.