Mayweather deserves an apology, he deserves his victory.

I admire Pacquiao, how he helped his family from rags to riches. I even wanted him to win, until I read how Mayweather was criticized, judged, hated and even cursed by the viewers and Pacquiao’s fans.

Some misconceptions about the so called Fight of the Century were as follows:

1. Boxing was expected to be a bloody combat and not a sport.
What happened to sportsmanship? Why do viewers have to boo at Mayweather? Why can’t Pacquiao’s fans accept being defeated by Mayweather? Both worked hard and even have strategized well enough to win. But only one should be declared as the winner. What’s wrong with Mayweather’s defensive tactic? Aren’t we supposed to realize that being defensive is necessary to survive and even win? Shouldn’t we just be thankful that the boxers weren’t severely injured?

2. The fight was seen as a war against US and the Philippines.
Mayweather was seen as the American fighter while Pacquiao as the Philippine hero. Nationalism has nothing to do with it. No one has the right to criticize others on patriotism especially in the world of globalization. Sad to know how some talk about patriotism, while eating in McDo, drinking Coca Cola, using Apple or Microsoft, driving Toyota, wearing Prada and dreaming of living in America.

3. Pacquiao was declared as the good, while Mayweather as the evil.
The religious extremists condemned Mayweather as evil while Pacquiao as the good one. Why do they have to find faults even dig to Mayweather’s past just to put him down? Are you a flawless saint to judge?

Mayweather was judged as materialist.  Who are you to criticize him of being materialist when you even prefer signature clothes, updated gadgets, branded things, can’t live without a car or comfortable house?

At the end of the day, Mayweather will enjoy his wealth happily with his team, his family and loved ones, while Pacquiao’s obsessed fans will have grudges, hatred in their hearts and might even think of wicked ways to destroy Mayweather or others.

Hope these verses will somehow be enlightening.

JUDAISM
“Don’t judge your fellow human being until you have reached that person’s place.” Pirkei Avot 2:4.
“Do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your neighbor fairly…You shall not hate your kinsman in your heart. Reprove your neighbor, but incur no guilt against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” 19:16-17

CHRISTIANITY
“Do not speak against one another, brethren He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

ISLAM
Allah says: “O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.” Surah al-Hujurat: 5

BUDDHISM
“If we find fault with others, we ourselves are also in the wrong. When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it, for it is wrong for us to find fault. By getting rid of this habit of fault-finding, we cut off a source of defilement. When neither hatred nor love disturb our mind, serenely we sleep.” Sutra of Hui Neng 2

HINDUISM
“Why should you try to mend, the failings of the world, sirs? Correct your bodies first, each one of you! Correct your minds first, each one! Lord Shiva does not approve of
those who shed crocodile tears to their neighbor’s grief.” Basavanna, Vachana 24

For this, Mayweather deserves an apology, he deserves his victory. May love and peace reign over hatred, war and wickedness.  Let’s just all be happy.

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Yuletide 2012 in the Philippines

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Photos taken December 2012 in the Philippines.

Yuletide is a term used as a 12 day festival, or a period from December 24 to January 6.

It has been seen in a traditional manner since it originated in Northern Europe which was then absorbed by the Christians to celebrate Christ’s birth, in which, for years, it has been correlated with White Christmas.

I want the people from the northern part of the world to see that the Yuletide Season or Christmas Season is not just White Christmas, thus:

  • It has a variety of colors like the parrots;
  • It is tropical like the landscape;
  • It is filled with big dreams of having a Rolls-Royce;
  • It has Rolls-Royce and could be colorful but in solitude;
  • It has the sparkling Christmas tree;
  • It has angels everywhere and they are in gold;
  • It has the Trading Post but only open for business;
  • It brings out ingenuity like the colorful bottled lanterns;
  • It has wine that energizes the spirit;
  • It has cookies to satisfy the senses and desires;
  • But more than anything else, there is the light, that enlightens us to appreciate its significance, especially in the dark night.

It would be great to know the symbols that represent Yuletide in other countries and cultures.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAVE A BLESSED YEAR AHEAD!

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In Memory of Nera

In Memory of Nera

2005 – 2012

 

Cats’ worst attacker;  

Dogs’ envied contender;

Bandits’ dangerous encounter;

But her master’s loyal follower.

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Cavite 2012

Being a president of an organization, means being a community servant to serve the underserved communities.  During our Dental and Medical Mission in Cavite, this adorable child was staring at me so I took a picture of her.  Such an angel.

 

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RE: Sahel Drought Crisis

Regarding the article about the crisis in the Sahel, where there are “more than a million children below the age of five in the Sahel are facing a disaster amid the ongoing food crisis in the drought-prone region of Africa” @ http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41555, I think the best way to help is not just by supplying food and water but total migration to a country with fertile land where they can live and survive.   Supplying food will just feed them temporarily but migrating them to a fertile land will feed them for a lifetime.  I hope that the government with the help of the civic organizations, can help to process the migration and implement projects with long term benefits to the people affected by drought.

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If you are one of the legislators, will you oppose or support SOPA?

The battle between Lamar S. Smith’s SOPA H.R. 3261 & the internet sites is like the battle between Microsoft and Open Source.  It’s like a continuous debate on security vs. accessibility.

Before, open source has been a threat to Microsoft: “Everyone in the Linux world remembers Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s famous comment that Linux is a “cancer” that threatened Microsoft’s intellectual property.”1 “ In 2010 Microsoft is trying hard not to be public enemy No. 1 to open source proponents, in some cases by making key contributions to open source code and in other cases by making Microsoft products interoperable with open source software.”1

If this war has been solved thru interoperability, I hope that the legislators will try to find means to solve this issue without compromising the freedom of the users to use the necessary sites that will allow them to broaden their horizon as they confidently share their knowledge with others.

Internet nowadays is part of the society.  A draconian way of shutting down the internet for few days will provoke the people to unite and take radical step that could lead to unrest just like what happened last January 28, 2011 in Egypt.

1http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/082310-microsoft-open-source.html

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The Famous Constantinople: Istanbul 2011

ARCHITECTURE

Medusa


PEOPLE IN TURKEY

Beautiful Turkish

Meğen Kökü Man

Soldiers

Old & New

Indian Entertainers

The Magician

The Passengers

Musicians

Shisha Smoker

Turkish Appetizer

Çoban Salatası

Kumpir

Turkish Dishes

Manti

Midye Dolma

Turkish Dessert

Baklava

Ayran

FRUITS

Cherries

Berries

Merhaba!

Our 10 day tour in Turkey from the last week of July to the first week of August was  not enough.  With authentic restaurants, night clubs, malls, bazaars, carnivals, historical sites, Turkey has a lot to offer to entertain the guests that 10 days is not enough in Istanbul alone.  

We stayed in my sister’s adorable friend  with her family in BesiktasIstanbul a place accessible for the Bosphorus tour (if you want to go the the Asian side of Turkey) and city tour (the European side of Turkey which is more clean and organized compared from the Asian side).   It’s safe to walk at night along the shore of Besiktas and watch some people go fishing and just relaxing with their family and friends.    The dinner on the cruise for the Bosphorus tour with scrumptious food and drinks, brilliant lights, happy people was such a luxurious treat. 

Historical sites have impressive architecture from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.  Most of the sites have entrance fees: 20 TL  in Hagia Sophia Museum, 10 TL in Basilica Cistern Yerebatan Sarnici (where the head of the Medusa is located), 1TL (I got a big discount) in Dolmabahce Palace/Sarayi. The dollar rate was $1 = 1.5 – 1.7 TL (Turkish Lira).

Turkey is known for its apparel industry having a lot of stores that sell affordable signature and Turkish brand clothes.  Though the clothes were cheaper, there were agricultural products and food that were more expensive than in Egypt, almost the same  in Israel.  Thus, Yogurt, Frito-Lay products and other Turkish products were cheap like the cherries for 7TL and berries for 3.5TL.  Most were Turkish, Persian, Italian, Greek and American restaurants.  I saw few Asian restaurants like Chinese and Japanese.  I think with greater demands from Asian tourists and residents, Asian food (Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Filipino) will expand.  There were lots of coffee shops, bakeshops and fast food chains.  It’s a must to taste its Turkish authentic coffee, ice cream, kebab, manti, midye dolma, kumpir,coban salatasi, baklava and macun.

I was naive when they use cologne as sanitizer or  hand disinfectant instead of alcohol. Perhaps they were also curious why I prefer alcohol instead of cologne. The place where we stayed in Besiktas was a healthy environment, it was clean, organized with friendly and approachable people around so it’s safe for tourists.

Though the country is dominated by muslims, people were more liberated compared from other muslim countries. There were also Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.  People have more Caucasian and Persian features.  I was struck by the   good musicians in the subway, magicians in the bazaar and Indian entertainers in Besiktas.  It was interesting to know the predictions by a fortune teller on the images formed from the  Turkish coffee residue. 

  1. After drinking the coffee, leave the residue.
  2. Cover it with a small plate that will fit well to make sure that the residue will not spill when you  flip it over.
  3. Swirl the cup gently for few minutes.
  4. Flip over the cup and flip it back abruptly.
  5. The coffee residue forms images and the fortune teller can tell what the images mean.

I was taught by a smart and pretty Turkish friend how to speak some basic Turkish words, such as:

  1. bir              0 – sifir                                                                                                  
  2. iki             20 – yirmi           21 – yirmi bir            
  3. uc             30 – otuz
  4. dort         40 – kirk
  5. bes           50 – elli
  6. alti           60 – altmis
  7. yedi         70 – yetmi ‘s
  8. sekiz       80 – sekse ‘n
  9. dokuz;   90 – doksan
  10. on           100 – yuz                    1,000 – bin            
  11. on bir; 200 – iki yuz           2,000 – iki bin
  12. on iki; 300 – u yuz     1,000,000 – milyon         
  • days – gunler;  months – aylar
  • who – kim; what – ne; how – nasil;
  • where – nerede;  when – ne zaman; why – neden/niye
  • yes – evet               no – hayir; stop – dur
  • thank you – mersi/teshekkurler;
  • please – lutfen;  help – imdat
  • sorry – pardon/affedersiniz
  • good – iyi;  bad – kotu
  • big – buyuk;  a lot/very – cok;
  • small – kucuk; little –  az;   medium/average – orta
  • hot – sicak;  cold – soguk
  • entrance – giris;  exit – cikish
  • open – acik;   close – kapali
  • right – sag;  left – sol
  • near – yakin;   far- uzak
  • up – yukari;   down – asagi
  • here – burada;   there – orada
  • sick – hasta;   hospital – hastane;
  • pain – agrim;  accident –  kaza
  • money – para;  coin – bazuk para;
  • paper money – kagit para;   bill – hesap
  • free – bedara; 
  • call – cagrin
  • foreign exchange office/shop – boviz burosu

So thankful for being blessed to have experienced the Turkish hospitality and for being treated like part of the Turkish happy and beautiful family.  

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