When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Can you see those special characters (   , ’) on my blog??  Well, I still don’t know how on earth they landed on every post I have here. It all happened after I upgraded to wordpress 2.2!  I’ve been asking support from BlueHost. Twenty hours has passed and still, no word from them! Aghh! Patience, patience…Two hours ago, I received an email from their support center, asking me to provide them the last 4 digits of my credit card I used to create my account.  How would I know if it’s a legitimate request? What I couldn’t understand is, why do they have to ask for my credit card when I have given them my password for my BlueHost’s control panel?? I wrote them again regarding this matter, to verify if it’s a valid request … BlueHost – “mum”, “sleeping”???

Let’s be careful about giving out informations especially regarding our credit cards. There are a lot of phishing  attempts going around the net. I repeat, attention!!!

Luckily, GoogleBot  came in to my rescue giving me some important links about upgrading wordpress. I don’t know him personally but he was kind enough to give me a hand. Thank you GoogleBot!

I’m still working on this “enigma” by browsing different forums with similar problem, disactivating my plugins, etc

Please bear with me…just ignore those               , okay?

I’m hanging in here BlueHost!!


I’m going to sleep now, wishing tomorrow a miracle will happen!    

 Since I’m still waiting for my web host’s support to my predicament and I’m supporting  the  trouble of editing all my posts by deleting those special characters…I’m sharing some>>>>


Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese Proverb

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” -Ivy Baker Priest

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” Jerome Fleishman

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ” M. Kathleen Casey

If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” – Author Unknown

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

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” – Garrison Keillor

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish Proverb

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

Caring patiently
“How’s your life in Italy?”, my grandfather asks me while I am helping him trim and clean the roots of his bonsai plants. Looking at his bonsai collections, one can sense the rhythm and blend of time, care, slow but sure growth and beauty and it’s not surprising to feel its power to evoke from us rare depths of thoughts.

My grandfather confirmed that bonsai is a well known catalyst for spiritual and philosophical musings. I’m not surprised, knowing my grandfather’s wisdom.

“You were here September of last year and It’s only May and you’re back again…how are you Ross?” His mild voice gives me self-assurance and confidently, he passes me a new bonsai plant, “look at it carefully and trim around as you want it.”

I accept the plant without answering his question. There is a peaceful silence between us as we proceed on trimming, bending and wiring its branches to give it a new shape.

Deep inside me, I know he understand my stillness. He respects my time like the way he patiently waited for these bonsai plants to slowly develop its roots, its branches, its shape.

Hours passed by and the cathartic effect of the plants finally released my stress and worries.
“Lolo (grandfather in English), it’s hard living alone in Italy. I haven’t seen a single Filipino from where I live…” My words kept on flowing ushering melancholic truth about my job, my co workers, the Italian culture, the distance from familiar faces…

He listens attentively. Silence again. The air becomes crisp. I can feel the wind whirling around me with the damp air splashing my face. I survey the horizon of dancing clouds and distant mountains searching for an answer if I should go back to Italy.

Suddenly, I hear him gently say: “Here, please take this box, I’ve prepared it for your homecoming. Inside, you will find essential things  necessary  to survive a new day, wherever you are.”

I opened the box, and found these things with a message around it. I discovered my priorities as well. Thank you grandpa!

Pick up the good quality


… to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

                                                         (Matthew 7:1)

Be flexible


to remind you to be flexible. Things may not always go the way you want, but they can be worked out.                                            (Romans 8:28)

For Healing


to remind you to heal hurt feelings, whether yours or someone else’s.

                                                                            (Colossians 3:12-14)



to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn by our errors.

                                                                                      (Genesis 50:15-21)

Give attention


to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.  (1 John 4:7)



  to remind you to stick with it and  you can accomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

List of blessing 


 … to remind you to list your blessings every day.(Ephesians 1:3)

Your worth


to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family. (John 3:16-17)

Time to relax                    

TEA BAG                                 

to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of God’s blessings.

 (  1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Yes, Dalai Lama is right ” love and compassion are necessities to survive and my grandfather understood it…his bonsai collection is a dazzling  art to behold!


But the human body has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one’s spirits strong even when one’s body is being tested. Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty.” – Nelson Mandela

If a thing is old, it is a sign that it was fit to live. Old families, old customs, old styles survive because they are fit to survive. The guarantee of continuity is quality. Submerge the good in a flood of the new, and good will come back to join the good which the new brings with it. Old-fashioned hospitality, old-fashioned politeness, old-fashioned honor in business had qualities of survival. These will come back.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

Deeds survive the doers.” – Horace Mann

Surviving a downturn is a bit like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel: when you hit bottom, you’re either dead or happily bobbing in calmer waters.” – Ted Pile

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” Bruce Lee

Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.” – Henry David Thoreau

The rhythm of life is intricate but orderly, tenacious but fragile. To keep that in mind is to build the key to survival.” – Shirley Hufstedler

Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation.” –Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Even memory is not necessary for love.
There is a land of the living and a land
of the dead and the bridge is love,
the only survival, the only meaning.” –Thornton Wilder

In a world where change is inevitable and continuous, the need to achieve that change without violence is essential for survival.” –Andrew Young

So you think that money is the root of all evil? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? . . . Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor. . . . Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love it’s nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men.” – Ayn Rand

I believe that for permanent survival, man must balance science with other qualities of life, qualities of body and spirit as well as those of mind – qualities he cannot develop when he lets mechanics and luxury insulate him too greatly from the earth to which he was born.” – Charles Lindbergh