Excuse my latest gravatar

Hello, Allen here.

To replace my three-year old photo in WordPress, I changed my gravatar today. While watching a film in my laptop (which freezes once in a while because of the latest Windows 10 Creators Update), I took a photo of myself (a selfie in today’s vocabulary) inside my room. It just so happened that my room is painted white so no need for the white background that I usually see on photo studios here in the country. I remember taking one last November (?) for the Athletic Meet in Kidapawan City which I am using in Instagram.

I don’t like to appear creepy but if ever I look creepy, please tell me. Hahaha! Please have the guts to. I don’t mind.

I haven’t changed my About Page photo though.

Lately, I have been reading a lot in my social media news feed about Thirteen Reasons Why series of Netflix. I haven’t watched it though. Some of my friends in college are against watching it. And, by the way, these are the same friends who are encouraging me to watch Game of Thrones which I haven’t seen yet. If ever I will watch 13 Reasons, I will be critiquing it a lot. Of course, it’s about sensitive issues: suicide, bullying, etc. I read somewhere (Wikipedia, I guess), the author (it was based on a book if I’m not mistaken), was contemplating suicide once when he (?) heard someone’s story of committing suicide and ending up not succeeding and in the process had to gone through a lot of pain and suffering. So maybe the author (don’t know if it was a male or female) was inspired by the story. Brother Allen is not good in fact checking.

And yesterday, I saw in my news feed the shock of my life. I saw Papa Kiko on TED! I won’t be spoiling what he said there but in my opinion, it was the best TED Talk I ever seen! I may be biased because I’m a Catholic and a consecrated brother too. But you have to see it even if you are not Catholic or even religious.

So it’s now late in the evening and I have to sleep now. I have to wake up at 5 AM. See you around.

What will I miss if I did not blog

It seems that I haven’t been posting lately in this blog when I’m always online, huh? Slow internet? Yes. So what I’m gonna do next is not to load up WordPress but just use my e-mail and post by e-mail.

I said to my accompaniteur that I am writing frequently in my journal in a form of a blog. Honestly? No. It should have been visible here. This is a “sigh” post, a guilt or a compulsion to post something just to develop the habit of blogging (or writing?).

It’s not anxiety about being offline. I almost (not totally) lived without internet for more than two years.

Blogging here is a way of looking back at my life journey. That’s why I miss blogging because I’m gonna miss a lot of uncaptured moments not posted here. Anyone are welcome to read my thoughts. Anyway, it’s just English thoughts and I’m not a native speaker anyway. Yeah, that’s right. My actual “inner voice” is not just English. I’m Tagalog.

Bottom line here is that I just want to get back the blogging habit starting with this post.

Sample scenario that I could have miss: I could have met the Pope personally (who is in South Korea right now) this Feast of Assumption (a big feast for us Marist).

Slow internet? No problem. Post-by-email. End of story.

Have a blessed weekend everyone.

My first profession of vows

It’s confirmed. I will take my first profession of vows as a Marist Brother on May 20, 2014 in San Carlos Borromeo Parish, Tamontaka, D.O.S., Maguindanao, Philippines.

We still have not decided yet who will be the main presider of the celebration. Definitely it’s not the new Cardinal Quevedo, our new cardinal here in the Diocese of Cotabato. Initially, he is in our list if not for the elevation of Pope Francis.

There will be ten novices (hopefully) professing first vows.

Now, I will wait for three months and stay in our desert here in the novitiate. That means this blog will still be on a hiatus (except for this post).

I am already excited.

Rejoice!

Mabuhay!

Do good: we will meet one another there

One of the most touching homilies that a pope gave was the homily of Pope Francis that atheists can do good too and go to heaven.

If you happen to read about Pope Francis’ homily, how did you feel?