Friday, March 30, 2012

If You Could See Me Now



I decided to read the gift I have received during the Christmas season. It’s been a while since I have actually read a novel. For the past months, you would find me immersed in my Chemistry books and studying metabolic pathways, reaction mechanisms, phase diagrams, and electrochemistry. Now it’s good to have some saoirse from these mind-wrecking terms. At least I can breathe the crispiness of a newly opened book rather than the smell of phenol or whatever chemicals/reagents we had in the laboratory.
It felt nice… I mean, it’s really great to do something you love. Not that I don’t love Chemistry, I do, I really do. It’s just that reading relaxes me and brings me to a whole new world. This is what I decided to do while waiting for Ginebra San Miguel to call me if I’m accepted as their trainee.
I also wanted to write new poems, new stories. Share my feelings and experiences to the people who will read them and maybe, inspire them as well. I really wanted to inspire people through my works. Writing also relaxes me. It gives me a surreal feeling and every word that I type, I get thrilled, excited. It’s like I’m being transformed into a new being into a new place. It’s really awesome.
So there. I will keep you updated on how my vacation will unroll. I’m praying that it will be awesome.
Ciao! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Challenge to the Youth!



What is this challenge am I talking about? Is this the much-awaited PACSiklaban? Brainiacs? Math Quiz Bee? Physics Challenge? The Search for the Ideal Thomasian Personality? Nah... The challenge I am talking about is not about these; it goes beyond the normal challenges. It is something that can be a life-changing experience.

In a time where everyone is on the go or on the fast-paced moves, people aim to be on top so they do everything -- ace the board exam, study abroad, make numerous researches, you name them, we do (or we're planning to do it) -- all in the name of success (usually coupled with fame and money).

Imagine how would you feel if we reach these? Of course, we're overjoyed and overwhelmed. But what do we feel after? We're hungry for more, right? No contentment. Empty.

This is where the challenge comes in. In a generation where everything is just a touch (or click) away, we tend to forget something. That something plays a vital role in our lives but we often neglect it which eventually leads to disappearing into oblivion.

FAITH.

A five-lettered word which connotes a thousand meanings; a noun which becomes, as according to James 2:17, a being if placed together with action or deed.

The challenge is this:

How will you incorporate FAITH in your life as a student? How will you stand out, not because of your success, but because of the things you've done to glorify the Lord? How will you use your studies -- talents and skills -- to serve the Lord?

These are the questions that should challenge us, especially the youth.

We are nobody. We are just mere specks of dust turned human beings. But (yes, there's a BIG BUT), like the quote I have posted days ago, "The most humbling statement we can say is: We are nothing without God. And the most powerful statement is: WITH GOD, I can do anything."

P.S. A letter to ponder on. :)

Dear Student,

I see that you are tired. I tell you, drop your book and rest for a while. Why worry too much about your studies? Smile. Be confident. All you have to do is prepare well and be in school. Then, against the hundred questions that tried to destroy you, there I'll stant and rescue you. Passing the program requires not only ME nor only YOU but rather ME AND YOU. Just do your best and I'll take care of the rest.

Your Teacher,
Jesus

Remember APAT DAPAT! :)

So, are you up for the challenge? :

Date A Girl Who Reads



Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.  Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

Rosemarie Urquico

Friday, November 25, 2011

Madame Curie: A Movie Review

Science has great beauty and with its great spiritual strength within time cleanses this world of its evilness, its ignorance, its poverty, diseases, wars, and heartaches.” – Marie Curie, Madame Curie (1943)

The movie Madame Curie is definitely something every Science student should watch. Equipped with wonderful lessons about research and scientific works, the movie will leave you spellbound for hours.

It is Marie Curie’s determination and passion that paved way to her success in discovering radium and its isolation from barium. These characteristics combined with curiosity, hard work and wisdom should be present in all aspiring scientists of today’s generation.

Marie Curie’s curiosity about Becquerel’s work bothered her for quite some time. She thought it was foolish but through Pierre’s encouragement, she started developing experiments that could prove her theories. Nowadays, with several discoveries popping up almost everyday, each one of us should not be discouraged to look for new and unknown things because there are still a lot to be discovered and studied; we just have to stick our nose in the right place at the right time.

As their work progressed, they ask the help from the University. They wanted to have a bigger laboratory so that they could continue their work without hassle. However, they were given a place worse than a warehouse – a dirty lab with no equipment at all, water leaked during rainy season. Pierre decided against it but Marie’s humility made them accept the offer. With this in mind, every aspiring scientist should never ever be arrogant. Confident, yes, but not arrogant. For in humility, we are lifted and raised to something great we could never imagine.

Once they accepted the offer, the couple used their limited resources to carry out their experiment. They began improvising equipment that could be used to achieve what they want, that is, the isolation of radium. Months turned into years, but they were still unsuccessful in isolating radium. But with determined hearts and passion, they still continued their experiment, analyzing every step to determine if errors were present in their experiment and rechecking and rechecking their computations for any possible miscalculations. Since students like us are just starting our careers in the field of research, it is very advisable if we know how to be resourceful since we do not have that large financial assistance to accommodate the needs of our research. Likewise, every student should have a determined mind and passionate heart to finish their research. It is true that not all the time we will get a positive result. There will come a time that we a negative result will be produced or no result at all. But still, negative or no result is still a result. Hence, we should not give up rather we should be more determined and hardworking to get the result we want to achieve. Lastly, we should be wiser, be well-researched, and be a critical thinker so that we can be the best researchers/scientists of today’s generations.

But no one of us can do much. If each of us, perhaps can catch some gleam of knowledge which modesty lose its efficient of itself, add to man’s dream of truth. It is by these small candles in our darkness that we see before us little by little the dim outlines of that great plan that shapes the universe.” – Marie Curie, Madame Curie (1943)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Reminder for me

A note I should keep:

Kapag ok na ang lahat, I will be telling the whole world our love story.

We both know how complicated and risky our love story is but we're brave enough to take this chance of being together. Difficult but I know we can make it coz we love each other so much.


It All Ends (7.15.11)


A week before the end of a bittersweet journey, like millions of other fans of the famous series of all time, Harry Potter, I started browsing pictures & sites and rereading the books & reading magazines & articles.

For almost 11 years, HP has played a big role in my childhood. The British accent. Harry's handwriting. The spells. Parseltongue. Quidditch. Flying cars. The reason why my fave colors are blue and yellow is because Daniel Radcliffe's (the guy behind the boy who lived) favorite colors are blue and yellow. Most of the things I collect are HP memorabilia. From the 7 books to the VCD/DVDs to stationary sets to shirts and to pillows, I collect them. Yes, it is quite expensive but the contentment is priceless. It's like I am taking the journey with Harry, Ron, and Hermione whenever I look at my collection. It's like I'm in the wizarding world as well.

As I browse and reblogged posts anything related to HP, I can't help but get teary-eyed. I just can't believe that the series I have grown up with will end. I don't want 2011 to end yet knowing that next year there will be no more HP book/movie to look forward to. It will be different, very different. Gone the anticipation, the rumors, and the gossips about the book/movie. All we have are memories and stories of how HP has changed our childhood. Our fair share of victory whenever Harry defeated Voldemort; loss whenever someone dies as the battle continues; happiness whenever Harry, Ron, and Hermione are happy as well; tears when something is not ok -- all of these live in our hearts as long as we live.

Yes, through it all, I can say: I have stuck with Harry till the end.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"I will never fear failure. Victory is His promise."


Today, I devoted my time in attending the youth conference held in Olivarez Stadium. I woke up around 5am and returned to dreamland since I intend to wake up at 6am. Rain started to pour heavily so I was reluctant to get up. Kuya Arvic texted me that they were unsure because of the heavy rain. So I texted Judy that we might not come to the event. But God is good because there's no flood (considering that a creek lies near PNHS). So we were able to gather in Olivarez Stadium.

The program had already started when we entered. We took the seats near Mommy Lans to have a better view of the stage (btw, I saw a familiar face, my schoolmate, Joseph). Ok, to cut the story short, this is what struck me most:

"Do not be imprisoned by your own mindset."

A person of many opinions and views, I tend to look things the way I wanted to see them. I gradually change them if someone of stronger views made me realize what I failed to see. It is difficult to let go of your opinions and vies because it is as if you're giving up yourself. But I have to let go of this as Matthew 18:4 says, "Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

I am just a nobody. The thing with us, we tend to uplift our name into the spotlight. We tend to cleanse our name with fame. But it's not about us, IT'S ABOUT HIM.

As the song Arise (Don Moen) goes, "Arise, take Your place. Be enthroned on our praise, arise. King of kings, Holy God, as we sing, arise."

Yes, it's not about us, it's really about Him. All the things we do should be done to glorify His name. We should not seek materialistic/worldy things but "Seek first the kingdom of God." (Matthew 6:33) As week seek His kingdom, everything will fall into their right places.

(This part is very much applicable to STUDENTS.)

Do not be imprisoned by your mindset. I am not an excemption to doubts and fears. I fear a lot of things but fear increases your worries and weakens your faith. As I take my journey in seeking His kingdom, I learn to remove my fear and strengthen my faith. Yes, nothing is impossible with God by your side and in your heart.

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord."(Psalm 31:24) To those who believe/trust and have faith in Him, never fear failure for victory is His promise.

"This is my cry. My one desire. More of You, more of You."

Ciao!