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Can't write no more

I used to think I can write. Now I don't know. I'm supposed to be working on a critical essay for Law and Society.
Maybe I can sneak in something about law school's "chillin effect" on student's writing skills.

eclat

Pretending that you're don't have an exam on wednesday and friday, running around shopping center, city hall, shopping center for paperwork for an exam you have maybe about 30% chance of passing and you know that if you cram for your tax exam  you'd probably get some more info into your head and feel less guilty but you choose to go to that government office on the other end of the MRT and take a shot one last shot at a life that you think is better in a thousand ways than being a lawyer and what you wouldn't give for a job like that and see that passing it will be a validation that you are indeed good indeed smart anf can weather the worst in this world and proving to yourself that you could be so good at the things you're passionate about and they just don't see it because you think you're stuvk and you don't belong but you still remain and what more will life be to you if you still are unable to find the things you're passionate about or maybe it's been too long you've completely forgotten how it is to be happy and busy.

all this running around made you at least a little bit more optimistic that the world will go on no matter how and what you feel.

for that, you decide that from now on you'll look at the world with different eyes maybe a tad more optimistic and happier

Nuni-nuni-nuni

It's been a long time since I encountered a "write-all-you-can" exam.
The pub off exam was far from it, but it somehow reminded me of Doti's one-question exa in Soc Sci 2 that went like this " What have you learned from this subject?"

Ramadhan Fair

USB sushi

I'd love to give one of this to my friends for Eid-l-Fitr! :-) But sadly, they're only availabe through the internet, at a not-so-affordable price (60-95 dollars apiece)...I think i'd stick to the edible ones like the California maki Ausie brought home for her birthday








Para sa kanyang na-meet ko nung Monday



i don't care if monday's blue
tuesday's grey and wednesday too
thursday i don't care about you
it's friday i'm in love

monday you can fall apart
tuesday wednesday break my heart
thursday doesn't even start
it's friday i'm in love

saturday wait
and sunday always comes too late
but friday never hesitate...

i don't care if mondays black
tuesday wednesday heart attack
thursday never looking back
it's friday i'm in love

monday you can hold your head
tuesday wednesday stay in bed
or thursday watch the walls instead
it's friday i'm in love

saturday wait
and sunday always comes too late
but friday never hesitate...

dressed up to the eyes
it's a wonderful surprise
to see your shoes and your spirits rise
throwing out your frown
and just smiling at the sound
and as sleek as a shriek
spinning round and round
always take a big bite
it's such a gorgeous sight
to see you eat in the middle of the night
you can never get enough
enough of this stuff
it's friday
i'm in love

tom jones ka na ba?

I really think I should right something. This being d-day and all.
I had a pretty regular day actually, aside from waking up earlier than usual to eat breakfast. And really looking forward to pre-dinner snack.
And thank you for being in solidarity with me. hahaha.

On recit. WHY do i have to make every recit an opportunity to embarass myself?

O Lord spare me. I want to get out of law school in one piece. Never mind unscathed. I'm already bruised all over (I wonder whether it is possible to consider law school as one of those institutions practicing hazing? The Anti Hazing Law hazing can take on forms other than physical. ) I still want to kill myself over the bar exam.

Nyarnyar nyar.

Can someone give me an overdose of optimism please.

Actually sa Thursday pa

pero...



RAMADAN MUBARAK!!!!! 
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Ramadan 2007 (the year 1428 AH, according to the Muslim reckoning) runs from approximately September 13 to October 12. The exact dates depend on one's geographical location.

A blessed month has arrived. Observing it in fasting is mandated on you. During this month, the gates of Paradise will be opened and the gates of Hellfire will be closed. (Abu Hureirah)

Ramadan mubarak! (a blessed Ramadan!)

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred of the twelve months. The name Ramadan derives from the Arabic word for intense heat and sun-scorched ground. A number of reasons have been advanced to explain the linguistic connection:

  • It refers to the hot, dry sensation of thirst during this month of fasting
  • Ramadan scorches out evil like the sun scorches the earth
  • Just as heat shapes and influences all matter — organic and inorganic — so does Ramadan shape and influence the believer

Fasting

The Koran mandates fasting during the month of Ramadan:

The month of Ramadan is that in which the Koran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days... (sura 2.185, known as The Cow)

Fasting, or sawm, during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Sunni Islam.

Why fast?

  • to develop patience and self-control
  • to learn sympathy for the deprived
  • to cleanse the body and mind
  • to gain appreciation for Allah's bounty
  • to demonstrate the depth of one's commitment
  • to protect against sin. A hadith states: "Satan runs in the circulatory system of the son of Adam in the same way blood circulates in our system; so tighten his passages with hunger."

There are, then, three levels of the Ramadan fast:

  • refraining from the physical things that are forbidden (performed with the mouth/stomach/sexual organs)
  • restraining oneself from saying, hearing and looking at forbidden things (performed with the senses)
  • renewing one's devotion to Allah (performed with the heart and mind).

Special meals are eaten before and after each day of fasting: suhoor before the dawn prayers, and iftar, the evening meal often eaten communally and often including dates.

I swore by the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the breath of the faster is sweeter to Allah on the Day of Judgment than the scent of musk. (Abu Hureirah)

In addition, Ramadan is a time for increased devotion, reading of the Koran, self-improvement, community involvement, charity and good deeds.

He who does not desist from obscene language and acting obscenely, Allah has no need that he did not eat or drink. (Bukhari)

Ramadan and the new moon

When does Ramadan begin and end? This question is complicated by a number of factors. One, the Islamic calendar (hijrah) is based on the moon, and does not compensate for the extra days the solar calendar has over the lunar one. Thus, while the fast of Ramadan always begins on 1 Ramadan according to the Islamic calendar, the Gregorian date changes every year. So whatever date Ramadan starts on a given year, it'll start about 11-12 days earlier next year, and so on. This means the holy month can fall in any season of the year; it takes about 35 years for Ramadan to complete a whole cycle through the seasons.

Second, the beginning of Ramadan (as with all months of the Islamic calendar) is traditionally based on a sighting of the hilal — the crescent, or new, moon. If it is reported by a witness in front of a committee of elders by the evening of the 29th day of the previous month, Sha'aban, then Ramadan starts on day 30. If not — because the sky is cloudy or the moon set before the sky grew dark enough to see it — then Sha'aban lasts 30 days and Ramadan starts the next day. Western countries are more likely to begin Ramadan a day earlier than eastern countries, since moonset occurs later farther west and there's more chance of the moon being seen on the 29th of Sha'aban.

Some Islamic legal opinions rule that the date of Ramadan can be determined by astronomical calculations and does not require the sighting of a new moon.

The same procedure applies at the end of Ramadan.

The night of power

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months,
The angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair,
Peace, it is, until the break of the dawn. (Sura 97)

Laylat al-Qadr (lit., the night of destiny) is the night of revelation and the night of judgment. This night lends Ramadan its special character. On this night, Muhammad, alone in the wilderness near Mecca, was first taught Koranic verses by the angel Jibril, and the teaching continued for 10 days. Also on this night, Allah determines the course of the world for the coming year. Thus, pious Muslims spend the night (when possible, the entire 10-day period) in their mosques and devote themselves to extra prayers and study. Children are taught to watch for the opening of the sky on Laylat al-Qadr and make a wish.

There is no consensus which night of Ramadan is Laylat al-Qadr. It could be any odd-numbered night from the 19th to the 29th. Sunni Muslims tend to celebrate this night on the 23rd, while many Shias believe it falls on the 27th.

Breaking the fast

When Ramadan is over, on the first day of the next month, Shawwal, Muslims celebrate Id al-Fitr (lit., feast of the breaking of the fast).

Id al-fitr is a day of joy, thankfulness, piety, forgiveness, peace and brotherhood. Worshipers dress in their finest clothes, preferably new ones, and, after special early-morning prayers held in large mosques or other venues, visit each other to exchange greetings and good wishes. Special alms, zakat, are given; children receive gifts; and feuds and disputes are settled. Together with the sadness at the end of Ramadan comes the joy at having been granted by Allah the strength to perform the fast.

from answers.com

Thank God for everything

But most especially...

for cool and understanding friends
for making a faraway friend finally understand my beliefs
for giving me my job again
for music 
for forces of nature, which makes us realize our ultimate dependence on You
for school
for the gift of knowledge
for family
for life
for time


for exams like the bar, which makes us aware of the inevitability of answering to a higher power when time comes.

emo ng slayt

bakit ang mga taong emo sa pelikula, cool? lalo na yung fallen angels ni wong kar wai at yung chunking express. mga buong dalawang minuto ng film nagastos lang sa pagtunganga nung babae sa pansitan. dun sa isa naman kinakausap ni tony leung yung basang basahan ... 

pag ginawa ko yun magmumukha lang akong tanga. at tiyak makakantyawan pa ako.

kahapon sa rem natagpuan ko na lang ang sarili kong nag eemo. lahat na ata ng masama/nakakahiyang experience ko sa buhay sabay-sabay na dumating at binaha ang ulirat ko. dahil ba sa pagod? sa boredom? baka gutom lang yun.

hindi na ako dapat mag emo. may exam ako next tuesday sa rem at sa august 9 naman sa comm!!! at mangungulit pa ako ng mga dormmates ko.

"i am only as strong as i want to be." pasintabi kay gma.