Monday, May 30, 2011

Bernel's Bullets - 5/30/11

Sometimes (or often), I get lazy writing an article.  Or, rather, the effort of organizing the sentences to form a coherent article makes me lazy.  So I thought that instead of writing a constructed essay, whenever I get lazy, I will just scribble my thoughts organized in items by bullet-pointed listing.  By this, I will be unloading my thoughts like bullets being fired from the chambers of a revolver.  This writing-style is not an original of mine.  Plenty of other writers in newspapers and blogs did this before in their article writing.  I did this several years ago in a Friendster blog (when I had made my “hell fighter” account) and I will give it a go in this blog.  The “Bernel's Bullets” shall also replace future “Random Interesting Things I Find in the Internet” posts, since I will just put those Internet contents I want to share in BB posts.        

So, ready?  I’ll fire away after the jump…

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pinoy Mentality Part 2 (woooh!)

Hep! Hep! Hep! san ka pupunta? Tsk, tsk... alam mong matatamaan ka nanaman...Heehee... ok lang yan pare... It's another time for us mga Pilipinos nga mamulat sa katotohanan...
And yes, here I am to give you another dose of Pinoy Mentality, a list of behaviors and attitudes nating mga Pinoy na alarmingly (di pa kayo na-aalarm?) sumisira sa ating dignity as citizens of this country. Naku, kahit anong honor and glory ang ibigay ni Manny Pacquiao to the Philippines, ay di kayang i-justify ang mga pangit na ugali ng mga Pinoy na nakakahiya.

First of all, dapat nyo muna basahin ang unang post ... here oh > Pinoy Mentality Part 1

Tapos na? Sige go...

nandito na ang continuation!

4. Take advantage/ opportunist mentality
At sino namang hindi mahilig sa "free" o "libre" ? Naku, ang takaw natin jan. May event na invited tayo, parang boring, kasi seminar or lecture. However, if sinabing may "free snacks" or "overflowing coffee", pahuhuli pa ba? What could be the reason why most of us ay matakaw sa mga ganito? Dahil din naman namumulubi ang karamihan sa atin. Pero ang masama dito, marami ang gusto ng "libre" na lang lagi, ayaw ng magtrabaho. Masyadong nag rrely on sa mga relief goods, or gift givings, or mga charity. Eh karamihan ng mga tao ay actually malalakas pa ang mga pangatawan kaso di naman nagttrabaho. May pinag-aralan kaso hindi ginagamit ang mga kakayahan. Lahat na lang gusto instang makuha ang gusto, at pag may opportunity, take advantage kagad. Friends kayo kasi lagi ka niya nililibre, tapat ka sa kanya dahil dun. We want to be close to those na ma-pera.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20: 35)

5. Colonial Mentality
Super love mo ba ang K-pop? or die hard NBA fan? nakakapagsalita ka na ba ng Japanese sa kanonood nga anime? Ayaw mo na bang kumain sa Jollibee kasi pambata naman yun? Na try mo na bang magsuot ng Filipiniana sa JS prom? pinagkakaisahan mo na ba ang kabaduyan ng mga jejemon? mas gusto mo bang panuorin ang Dora the Explorer o Sesame Street kaysa Batibot? Mas maganda ba tingnan ang white skin kaysa sa kayumanggi? Mas masarap bang pakinggan ang mga foreign music bands kaysa sa mga local bands natin? Memorize mo ba lahat ng Beatles songs pero di mo alam ang mga kanta ng Eraserheads?
...and many more questions :)

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (Romans 14:10)

6. Lack of Discipline
Gustong lagi mauna, ayaw pumila. Sabing wag magtapon dito, ayan, wala naman nakatingin eh. Dapat naman iflush ang toilet pagkatapos gamitin at wag dumihan ang bowl, simpleng bagay di magawa. These are just some of the things that show that we Filipinos cannot follow simple rules. Simple pa nga lang yan eh di na magawa how much more the laws against crime and corruption. Cleanliness daw is next to godliness. But we can see, that our streets are dirty and messy, not to mention traffic. Philippines daw is a Christian nation. Madasalin yeah, perhaps, but disciplined? I doubt that (this is undeniable). We complain about poverty, but people choose to sugal or gamble instead of finding a job or finishing school. Over population daw is a growing problem, along with unwanted pregnancies and broken families. Do we still listen to good counsel? Or are parents themselves don't play the good example? Pero if we actually have fear of the Lord, bakit ba tayo matitigas ang ulo at refuse to be disciplined? God disciplines His children, and we wonder why our prayers are not answered. Why our country is still enslaved to corruption and poverty and crime.

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16: 10-12)

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. (Proverbs 28:6)

And so!
I know there are other things and aspect we Filipinos cannot be proud of. But here is a start to think things over and pray.
Let's reflect on the words God speaks to us if we are truly His believers.

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossions 3:14)

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices ... (Colossian 3:5-10)

Go Filipinos! Let's fix our eyes back to Jesus. ^__^ There is still hope for us and we can conquer all these troubles.

Seek first God's kingdom where His will is done and His righteous path, then all these things will be given to you. (Matthew 6:33)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Code Geass: Lelouch the Rebellion

If strength is justice, then is powerlessness a crime?
"I was dead until the moment I met you. I was a powerless corpse pretending to be alive. Living without power, without the ability to change my course, was bound to a slow death."
Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

This anime really tested my patience and sanity. The story is a beautifully crafted plot of war and revenge.

It starts with Lelouch Lamperouge, the main protagonist-antagonist, getting interested with a truck that crashed. He immediately tried to rescue the people in the truck and was accosted by a soldier that turned out to be his long lost friend. They recognized each other and tried to talk but suddenly the capsule in the truck opened and revealed a girl with yellow green hair.

More of the military came and cornered Lelouch thinking he was the man who stole the capsule. Lelouch tried reasoning but to no avail. The military held their guns at him and were about to fire when the girl defended him.  Surprised, Lelouch ran to the girl. The moment their hands touched was the moment Lelouch’s life changed. The girl’s name was CC and she offered Lelouch power in return to granting one of her wishes. Since then Lelouch gained the power of the Geass, wherein he could order anything from a person with just one look in their eyes.

The world cannot be changed with pretty words alone. 
The story is set in a fictional era where Britannia was at war with the rest of the world and Japan was its latest conquest.

Lelouch Lamperouge was really Lelouch vi Britannia – a prince from the Royal family by the King’s second wife. When they were young, he and his sister were used as bargaining chips during the beginning of the Japan – Britannia war. Their father attacked Japan even while knowing that they were there and Japan became Britannia’s territory.

The war escalated and the Japanese revolted against Britain. They were led by a masked vigilante, Zero. A brilliant strategist that almost gave Japan their independence. Behind the mask was a man nobody thought of.

Lelouch’s revenge and his wish for peace, in the end, what will these contradictions bring him? The story unfolds and makes you hold on the edge of your seat.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Awesome cats

This blog loves cats. Remember the "Onward" pic. :)
I’d like to introduce you to five awesome cats that makes me go ooooh, ahhhh and kawaii!!

1. The Lynx
Wha.. what wazzat?
There are actually four of these medium sized wild cats (take note, wild, that means they should be out there in the forests or woods freely roaming about). The name means light or brightness which refers to the way their eyes shine. What makes them unique is the tuffs on their ears. Some say its to hear or communicate better... ooohhh... somewhat like an antenna eh?

Fact: Lynx cubs look like domestic cats at birth until about a few months and the kittens are pretty much aggressive.

2. The White Tiger
We are bored. Yup. Definitely. Bored.
They have blue eyes and white fur. These cats are pretty amazing to look at and I really want to see one live. They're pretty rare too. The White Tiger is an animal that I'd like to classify together with the Red Phoenix and the Turtle who carried the world (Fushigi Yuugi anyone?). They make me believe that the stuff in legends are true and that nothing is impossible. These tigers are also very rare with about a hundred in number in India.

Fact: White tiger cubs are generally larger than any other kind of Tiger.

3. The Black Panther/Jaguar/Leopard
I eat cat food!
Next to White is Black. Ever since the movie "The Jungle Book", black panthers have always had a significant place in my heart.
They give off an image of strength and . They're like princes. Their skin is like satin... sigh. They're pretty cool.

Fact: The color is either due to a dominant allele (for jaguars) and a recessive allele (for leopards). Two black cats can't produce another black one. :)

4. The Cheetah
Last one to the finish line eats the skunk.
The Cheetah is the fastest cat in the animal kingdom with speeds that can reach up to 70 to 75 mph. Wonder how it would feel to ride one. But it probably can't carry me. :p

Some Indian tribes even keep cheetahs for hunting animals like the antelope.

Fact: Its weak genes contribute to this cat's rarity.

5. The Domestic cat
Well, of course I couldn't leave out the domestic cat. The greatest thing about them is... you can have them for free. No red tape, no smuggling, no taking them out of their own habitats. They're less moody and they're very cuddly too.

Fact: They eat almost anything. Meow!

Having pets can be therapeutic to you. They can ease your mood when you get home. They can even eat the extra food on your table (voila, no waste). Although, I do not recommend them for those who have asthma and allergies.

*random fact: All the pets/ pests we have in our house were all just accidental. O_o
She talkin' about us?

Friday, May 20, 2011

5 Random Interesting Things I Found in the Internet #4

Wow! It has been a long time... 

I got your 5 for you...

5.) "Friday" is Already Old News, But...

Here's a Christian parody of the song...

Silly, but at least it glorified God... I think.

4.) A More Ridiculous Christian Parody of a Song...

I am not sure if God is glorified, but I'll bet it made Him laugh...


WARNING: Listen at your own risk!!

2.) OK... A Cute and Funny Vid This Time...

Kobe vs. LeBron debate.  Baby-style.

1). Metamorphosis

Check this out: 

Imagine me saying this word in House's voice: "Interesting."

Till next time... continue to visit this blog!!!

Visit "The Bernel Zone" for more interesting stuff (i.e. more Bernel)...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

not your ordinary graffitis

Art is such an exciting process. The amount of time and effort put in to it is just as magical as the final product.
Find the time to be inspired now.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pinoy Mentality Part 1

Isang araw, I read this article posted and shared sa Facebook. It's talking about mga katangian or qualities nating mga Pinoy na tiyak namang, tsk di kahanga-hanga, and yes, sad to say mga kaugaliang di nakakatulong sa pag unlad ng ating country.

Anu-ano nga bang mga behavior and characteristics na ito? Nabasa ko nuon sa Reader's Digest, di ko na matandaan kung anong taon at issue yon, pero i can remember in that article na mga Pinoy talaga, tsk tsk, talaga namang matigas ang ulo, and refuses na matuto.

Ikaw? Wag mo nang ideny na in one way or another natamaan ka din sa mga bad behaviors and mentality na ito.

So why am I speaking in halong English and Filipino? Dahil ang post ko na ito ay para sa mga Pinoy and Pinay out there, na dapat ng mamulat sa katotohanang tayong mga Pinoy ay dapat ng matauhan. ^_^

1. Crab Mentality
Ayaw talaga nating magpa-iwan. And when we see our neighbor na mas bongga speakers nila, may karaoke, malaki ang bakod, maraming manok, etc. tayo naman di nagpapahuli. Minsan pa nga, (or sad to say kadalasan), we take advantage and even sinisiraan yung mga taong kinaiinggitan natin. Maraming mga Pinoy ang hindi marunong makuntento kung ano meron sa kanila. INGGIT... yan ang salita. Di sila nagiging masaya pag mas umaangat sa kanila ang ibang tao. They think na dapat sila lang ang number one, and dapat sila ang mas nakakalamang. Competition is not all bad. Pero pag naninira na ng ibang tao, pero mas umangat ang katayuan mo, ay sadyang napaka greedy na. Dito pumapasok ang TSISMIS at BACKSTABBING. At anong masasabi nila, yung mga taong naninira? Proud pa sila, at naisahan nila yung mga taong kakumpetensya nila.

He said to them, 'Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions' (Luke 12:15)

2. MaƱana Habit
Pinoy Time... isa lang ito sa nagpapakita that we Pinoys are procrastinators. At di lang yun..Cramming, mahilig sa last minute, at post-poning... sa projects, pagbayad nga taxes, pag-attend ng mga meeting. Kung kelan malapit na ang deadline, that's the time pa na magmamadali, ayun at hindi naka pagsubmit ng quality work. Yung ibang tao naman, proud pa na nagccramming sila. Tapos, mahilig sa delay, extend ng five minutes before bumangon sa kama...nakaka ilang five minutes ka na. And when you realize mallate ka na, ayun at nagkakandarapa. Akala nating napaka cool na natin dahil mahilig tayo sa mabilisan, pero mali ito. Talagang sadyang procrastinators tayo.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Proverbs 13:14)

3. Ningas Cogon attitude
This attitude means if we start out in something, like a new endeavor, mabilis sumiklab ngunit mabilis din namang namamatay. Just like the cogon. I am sure we experienced this. Magaling lang tayo sa una, all fired up. Pero iilan lang talaga ang nanatiling faithful sa trabaho na nagmmaintain. Its started all fiery, pero easily die down. Nag-apply ka sa isang curso, super excited ka, dedicated at tapat sa paggawa ng school work, pero pagkalipas ng isang taon, parang naddie down yung motivation mo. At hayan na nagsisimula ang katamaran. Oh etong isa pa...madalas nating nakikita toh sa mga politicians. Tuwing elections napaka siklab nila, ang daming proyekto, magaganda at promising na plataporma. Oh ano na ngayon? Meh nangyayari ba sa mga plano nila, now that they have been elected and currently in their desired position? Hahaha, oh eto, sa lovelife. Magaling lang sa simula, super sweet and romantic, ngunit pag lipas ng mga challenges, dying out na. Kokonti nlang talaga ang nagiging faithful sa isa't isa. FAITHFULNESS sa trabaho at sa salita, kelangan nating mga Pinoy. Finish what you started.

Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning. (Luke 12:35)

Ayan mga ladies and gentlemen. ^_^ wag na tayong magmalinis pa. We know that we are guilty of these attributes. Tatlo lang yan as of now and will be posting more soon. Ngayon, let's reflect on these three muna. Are you willing to change? Are you willing to spread the change?
O baka mamaya nlang? Bahala na yung iba, pakialam ko ba sakanila...

Nasa sa iyo na yan.
Pray. ^_^ sapagkat sabi sa Bible
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Til next time guys!

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel" (Proverbs 12:15)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Royal Jester

It's been long since I haven't posted here. Is the blog dying? Nuuu!

I really need to post something and I have decided to post on a new illustration I made. After all at I have said on my introduction that drawings I made would be featured here.

My first drawing feature was about my winning entry on an OCD or original character design, contest in Ofest or Otakufest Cebu 2011. It was entitled Papiliohedyloid and I thankfully won the contest.

This next feature is actually a created to symbolize a slice of my life. The Royal Jester basically is inspired from a blossoming friendship I have with my classmate in Animation class. He and I grew to be good friends and belonged to a same group of friends. We worked together, helped each other out in our projects, got to know each other personally and we regarded each other as close friends.

Looking at the picture you would ask, "are you really just friends?" because you see in the illustration, obviously they don't portray as "just friends" right?
Right now, all I can say is, he and I have grown to be closer to each other. The details I cannot share since this part of my life is a treasure that only he and I and the Lord share. Our little sweet secret.

But why share this on the blog when I meant to keep the details of how we grew a secret anyway? Answer is, I will have to acknowledge that there is something special between me and him and I won't deny that. I would leave the mystery to the readers and viewers of this blog.

Look at the illustration. What could it portray? Every element to the drawing has a purpose. They are already clues to what it is all about.

I will not agree or disagree to whatever comes into your mind. If you got it, then good, if not, it's ok. You wouldn't know either way hahaha...

^_^ so thank you guys for viewing. Hope you'd visit again and check out other posts in this blog... xoxo!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rain or Shine, Let the friends reign

Yesterday's day out started with a simple round of messages;

Me (still in bed): Yo, its raining chocolates and marshmallows are we still heading out?

Madz (heading to the bathroom): Of course! (enthusiastic, isn't she?) the three of us seldom meet.

Me: Kk.

And so after several months of not seeing other, the trio was complete. We went to the GECCO's event at D' Family Park, Talamban. It was quite fun. ^_^

Rhoda with some "high school boys"
take note of the rainbow guys on the back. ^_~
Rain or shine!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

No don't...

I know the site hasn't been jumping around for the past month. I can't really explain why but on my side a lot of things are happening which explains my lack of inspiration and laziness.

But  I wouldn't want the site to "die". In the past few months that we've been up, I have been exposed to more areas of the net that I haven't even thought of going to. The blog takes away my online boredom. I wouldn't want to leave it....

Much as a lot of events are taking me away from keyboard time, I'll try a bit harder to update here. I hope you guys don't get discouraged now, we've just passed the thousand mark after all. ^_^