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    Let us make one point…that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile…Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” – Mother Teresa

    Here I am, just plodding through life amidst chaotic experiences and painful decisions. Nevertheless, I’m still blessed with constant joys coming from my family, friends, co-bloggers and readers who unceasingly never fail  to send me messages of support and love.

    My long absence in the blogosphere, family and social circle caused anxiety among those who nurtured affection for me. To everyone, I appreciate each loving gestures you give me, they bring kisses of smile to my soul. They brighten up my day and I’m grateful.

    My apology for SASHA for a long overdue thankful recognition of her award given to me last July!!!

    Let me quote her words from her generous heart :

    For those bloggers who inspire others through their words and actions. With a positive attitude, and an uplifting spirit these bloggers make the blogosphere a better place, and encourage others to do the same. This award is for bloggers who rise up to set an example but continue to reach out and support others.

    Your award gives me a reason to smile!  Speaking of smile, I received an award from RINO  just in time before my birthday! Thank you so much Rino!This post is my overflowing gratitude for my co-bloggers and readers who acknowledge my blog as worthy of their time to stop by in spite of my long absence. I’m passing this award to everyone!

    To top of it, a sponsor is willing to pay me a good sum of money by placing his ad here! Oh wow and wow…smile after smile keeps on flowing swiftly over rocks like fresh water.

    Let us all meet with a smile, even when it is difficult to smile…” We just don’t know how much  joy we are giving with our smile!

    To all of you, you are not aware how much pleasure you are giving me during my sunsets, you are saving my day!

     God bless!

    SMILE and JOY


    Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” – P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr

    A smile confuses an approaching frown. – Author Unknown

    A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley

    If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.” – Les Giblin

    Don’t cry because it’s over…Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Suess

    People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. – Lee Mildon

    Every tear has a smile behind it.” – Iranian Proverb

    A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. –Phyllis Diller

    Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.” –Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

    The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. – Author Unknown

    Start every day with a smile and get it over with.” – W.C. Fields

    Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.” –Jim Beggs

    A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” –Charles Gordy

    Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” –Mark Twain, Following the Equator

    The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. – William Shakespeare, Othello

    A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.” – Author Unknown

    If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.” – Andy Rooney

    Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile. ” – Author Unknown

    Everyone smiles in the same language.” -Author Unknown

    Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.” – George Eliot

    She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.” – Raymond Chandler

    Smiling is infectious,
    You can catch it like the flu.
    Someone smiled at me today,
    And I started smiling too.
    – Author Unknown

    A smile appeared upon her face as if she’d taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there.” – Loma Chandler

    A laugh is a smile that bursts. – Mary H. Waldrip

    Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth. – Author Unknown

    The shortest distance between two people is a smile. – Author Unknown

    Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” –Mother Teresa

    A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. – Washington Irving

    Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. – Charles Reade

    A smile is the universal welcome. – Max Eastman

    Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. – Author Unknown

    You’re never fully dressed without a smile. – Martin Charnin

    Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. – Janet Lane

    All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. – Chris Hart

    If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile. – Author Unknown

    Smile – it increases your face value. – Author Unknown

    Peace begins with a smile. – Mother Teresa

    A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. – Author Unknown

    Most smiles are started by another smile. – Author Unknown

    A smile is something you can’t give away; it always comes back to you. – Author Unknown

    A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. – Author Unknown

    It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart. – Author Unknown

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    I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” – Nikki Giovanni, African-American Poet

    I’ve been incubating a cultural virus from the blogoshpere for two months now and it’s giving me a terrible itch I have to do something about it. Yes, a virus! It’s called “meme” (pron. meem). Richard Dawkins, coined the term “meme,” defined it as:

    …a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation… Just like genes propagating themselves by leaping from brain to brain via a process, called imitation.

    Meme travels through the blogosphere, partly from brain to brain as one has to answer them, but technically, from page to page, leaving a trail that can be monitored through what they call the linking system.

    What is its effect then? The originator of the meme will boost his/her ranking through the Technorati or any other system which considers “backlinking”!  That is the principal effect of this virus. Popularity, more visitors, economic satisfaction perhaps?! (more visitors=more pubblicity impressions).   Am I right?

    Memes can be a key in the evolution of culture. But if memes diffuses uncontrollably, our thoughts will just become a “copy-paste-product” than original creations. The culture of the blogosphere will cease to advance and will only self-replicate. If this will happen, the blogosphere will just become a reproduction, with selfish end for popularity system.

    I am still new in the blogosphere, my observation about the dynamics of this meme virus is open for critical thinking. I said it’s giving me a terrible itch, because its symptoms manifest only to one thing: to talk about yourself!

    I am not keen about interviewing myself per se. I can talk about personal experiences like what I’ve observed and learned just like what my blog is all about.

    So, what am going to do with this virus? I am going to group them together, make an ultimate vaccine shot by replying once and for all! I am not going  to replicate each questions like an interview portion. I will answer them in my own way like what I did with the second meme I received.

    Here are some secrets of my realm.

    Events and persons connected to me.  Do you know why?

  • 1972
  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law and signs General Order No. 1 which orders the arrest of opposition leaders, media censorship, banning travel to other countries except for diplomatic missions, abolishing the Philippine Congress, establishing dictatorial government, take-over or sequestering of public and private corporations and suspension of classes for one week in the Philippines.

  • 1997

    In Saudi Arabia, British nurse Lucille McLauchlan is sentenced to 500 lashes and eight years in jail for accessory to murder.

  • 1973
  • Juan Peron is re-elected President of Argentina after being ousted from the position   almost 18 years earlier.

  • 1846
  • German Astronomer Johann Galle discovers another planet – Neptune.

  • 480BC
  • Greeks defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis to halt the Persian advance into Europe

  • 480 BC
  • Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)

  • 63 BC
  • Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)

  • 1930
  • Ray Charles, American musician

  • 1943
  • Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer

  • 1949
  • Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter

  • 1713
  • – King Ferdinand VI of Spain

  • 1861
  • Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist

  • 1915
  • Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

  • 1916
  • Aldo Moro, Italian politician

    I took this weblogger personality test >>>bloginality test



    The result?   I am an ISFJ!!!

    As an ISFJ, you are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging.

    In blogging, your journal will always be immaculate and have a touch of style. You may also feel overwhelmed because you want to be a part of everything going on. Because of your wonderful memory, other bloggers may come to you to ask about things you posted months before.

    I definitely  agree with these results:

     My relationship as an ISFJ

     My portrait as an ISFJ

     My life as an ISFJ



    Are you getting a better picture of Ross now?

    If you still want to know more about myblogging life’s purpose, please read my first meme  and third meme.    My said posts jibed to this present meme’s queries. 

    The upper slide show will give you an idea where I live, the different jobs I had, the places I’ve been, the food I eat and my favorite films.

    I am not forcing anyone to take this meme because I deliberately grouped this blogger’s virus. If you are interested to know what this meme is all about, please visit the beautiful sites of Des, Diwa, and Vince.

    My dear co-bloggers, thank you for tagging me. Please forgive me, I didn’t follow your rules. I just needed to follow myself, to create things the way I want it to be.

    For this reason…I’m presenting …


    I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Henry David Thoreau

    Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.” – Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

    He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.” – Philip Massinger

    We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” –Jean Guitton

    The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.” – D.H. Lawrence, Pornography and Obscenity

    To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. – Sei Shonagon

    We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.” – Natalie Goldberg

    You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” – Jerry Gillies

    There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.” – Sri Chinmoy

    Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.” – Laurence van der Post

    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894


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