Clairvoyance

Yesterday, buddy Rey and I were talking about his wife’s previous experience performing tawas on people afflicted with paranormal illnesses. I am not a believer of this alternative treatment although my kids when they were young were subjected to these rituals because my husband’s kins were believers.

Rey narrated how her wife uses the egg to determine if a person is nabati, nausog, nabalis, may sapi, etc. (Pardon me because I do not how to translate these words in English.) When a person approaches his wife or she simply sees a person seemingly ill, she will ask that person to buy an egg and after whispering litanies of a sort and the egg standing up on its own (the egg is raw), she will tell the person that she had stepped on something (or someone?) na hindi nakikita (not seen by anyone) located at a particular part of the house or garden, etc. She will then give an instruction to the afflicted or to the relatives of the afflicted on what to do, or perform rituals. One instruction was to go to the location and ask forgiveness from someone he/she doesn’t see. She can also perform a ritual of exhaling air to the person from the head down. Rey contends that those people were healed after a short time.

When asked how she knows the description of the house or the area, she said that they simply appear like she’s watching tv. These scenes suddenly flash letting her know where the location is and what (or who?) did it. Rey’s wife has the ability to see objects and events beyond normal sight like a clairvoyant.

What I am worried about is if there is a ‘spirit’ who is with my buddy’s wife. And if this is a form of sorcery, the more that I am anxious. The Lord God has a warning that says, “I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them…” (Leviticus 20:6). Thank God she had long discontinued the practice. Rey said that each time she does the act, she gets sick or feels ill. Pretty scary.

Then my mind wandered to the possibility of not seeing objects or events but hearing or knowing what other people think, particularly about me. I don’t know if this is possible and can be classified as clairvoyance, too, then again it would be interesting to know. What if God gave us this choice to be able to listen or learn what other people think? Would it hurt that much if I learn that there are people who think ill about me than those who appreciate me? Would it weaken my self-esteem or contribute to the desire to better myself?

Papsie does not like the idea. He could gain enemies when that happens he told me. He would probably react in a negative way when people will think harshly after all the good things he had done for them. Oh, well, even without these supernatural ability, there exist people who repays good things with bad deeds. Their traits speak how they think. This is probably good reason enough not to ask for a supernatural ability.

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Clairvoyance

Yesterday, buddy Rey and I were talking about his wife’s previous experience performing tawas on people afflicted with paranormal illnesses. I am not a believer of this alternative treatment although my kids when they were young were subjected to these rituals because my husband’s kins were believers.

Rey narrated how her wife uses the egg to determine if a person is nabati, nausog, nabalis, may sapi, etc. (Pardon me because I do not how to translate these words in English.) When a person approaches his wife or she simply sees a person seemingly ill, she will ask that person to buy an egg and after whispering litanies of a sort and the egg standing up on its own (the egg is raw), she will tell the person that she had stepped on something (or someone?) na hindi nakikita (not seen by anyone) located at a particular part of the house or garden, etc. She will then give an instruction to the afflicted or to the relatives of the afflicted on what to do, or perform rituals. One instruction was to go to the location and ask forgiveness from someone he/she doesn’t see. She can also perform a ritual of exhaling air to the person from the head down. Rey contends that those people were healed after a short time.

When asked how she knows the description of the house or the area, she said that they simply appear like she’s watching tv. These scenes suddenly flash letting her know where the location is and what (or who?) did it. Rey’s wife has the ability to see objects and events beyond normal sight like a clairvoyant.

What I am worried about is if there is a ‘spirit’ who is with my buddy’s wife. And if this is a form of sorcery, the more that I am anxious. The Lord God has a warning that says, “I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them…” (Leviticus 20:6). Thank God she had long discontinued the practice. Rey said that each time she does the act, she gets sick or feels ill. Pretty scary.

Then my mind wandered to the possibility of not seeing objects or events but hearing or knowing what other people think, particularly about me. I don’t know if this is possible and can be classified as clairvoyance, too, then again it would be interesting to know. What if God gave us this choice to be able to listen or learn what other people think? Would it hurt that much if I learn that there are people who think ill about me than those who appreciate me? Would it weaken my self-esteem or contribute to the desire to better myself?

Papsie does not like the idea. He could gain enemies when that happens he told me. He would probably react in a negative way when people will think harshly after all the good things he had done for them. Oh, well, even without these supernatural ability, there exist people who repays good things with bad deeds. Their traits speak how they think. This is probably good reason enough not to ask for a supernatural ability.

Morning Has Broken

Thoughts for the Day

Will You Still Give Thanks?

It is but easy to give thanks when you feel good, comfortable, healthy, or prosperous. Will you still give thanks when you wake up with a pain on your wrist or any part of your body, or with a thought where you will get money for the next meal? Will you be as alive as somebody who is about to be sentenced because of an anticipated cancer?

To celebrate?

Just the other night, I was talking to a nephew, and we were talking about fraternities. I learned that those who participate in the UP’s nude run are APO members. This nephew’s father was an APO member and he had experienced running nude inside the UP campus. I was told that last time there were also female counterparts who posed nude as protest. The discussion went to the level where I shared my sentiment that I cannot get the idea of posing nude as protest. I have this tendency to associate nudity to celebration and find it disagreeable that people will pose nude to protest. Until this morning when I surfed about nudity, I am retracting my thoughts on the issue because of this. (Warning: the site has lewd photos.) Suddenly, protesting nude made sense to me (only for the sake of comparison) than just lifting your shirt to show your boobies or your butt to everybody in a party.

What is the difference?

My daughter was in a party the other night because of a friend’s birthday. At about past 10 pm, she called up and asked if she can stay overnight. I was in my room resting from a day’s work when Papsie told me that she was on the phone. I told her plainly that I don’t like the idea and gave her instructions to talk again to Papsie where he will fetch her and what time. I left Papsie to talk to her. He was hurt when her daughter asked him “What’s the difference if she asked permission to go overnight that time or before the party?” He told her that it would be better because we can talk about it. I told him that even if she asked permission before the party, I cannot allow it. It is one of the rules in the house – they cannot stay overnight in a party. They have to abide by the rules until they can fend for themselves.

Morning Has Broken

Thoughts for the Day

Will You Still Give Thanks?

It is but easy to give thanks when you feel good, comfortable, healthy, or prosperous. Will you still give thanks when you wake up with a pain on your wrist or any part of your body, or with a thought where you will get money for the next meal? Will you be as alive as somebody who is about to be sentenced because of an anticipated cancer?

To celebrate?

Just the other night, I was talking to a nephew, and we were talking about fraternities. I learned that those who participate in the UP’s nude run are APO members. This nephew’s father was an APO member and he had experienced running nude inside the UP campus. I was told that last time there were also female counterparts who posed nude as protest. The discussion went to the level where I shared my sentiment that I cannot get the idea of posing nude as protest. I have this tendency to associate nudity to celebration and find it disagreeable that people will pose nude to protest. Until this morning when I surfed about nudity, I am retracting my thoughts on the issue because of this. (Warning: the site has lewd photos.) Suddenly, protesting nude made sense to me (only for the sake of comparison) than just lifting your shirt to show your boobies or your butt to everybody in a party.

What is the difference?

My daughter was in a party the other night because of a friend’s birthday. At about past 10 pm, she called up and asked if she can stay overnight. I was in my room resting from a day’s work when Papsie told me that she was on the phone. I told her plainly that I don’t like the idea and gave her instructions to talk again to Papsie where he will fetch her and what time. I left Papsie to talk to her. He was hurt when her daughter asked him “What’s the difference if she asked permission to go overnight that time or before the party?” He told her that it would be better because we can talk about it. I told him that even if she asked permission before the party, I cannot allow it. It is one of the rules in the house – they cannot stay overnight in a party. They have to abide by the rules until they can fend for themselves.

The Deal

Took some interesting notes from the papers (The Philippine Star) about the latest hullabaloo – The ZTE Broadband Deal:

The ZTE Deal (Broadband Setup)

Cost of the Project – 330 million dollars (16 billion pesos) which the Filipinos have to pay for 20 years.

The project is deemed useless by experts.

Did it go through the right procedures?

The deal at least breaks 8 laws:

1.  Build-Operate-Transfer Law

  • Amsterdam Holdings, Inc. filed a proposal last December 2006 to build a broadband system on it own but DOTC did not initiate a study and sat on its papers beyond the 60-day deadline.
  • Arescom Incorporated of California had filed an earlier offer a year before.

 2.  1995 Telecoms Development Act – ordered the government to move out of the telecom industry  and privatize its networks.

  • ZTE will return the government to the telecom business in unfair competition with private firms.

3.  Procurement Reform Act – requires all public contracts go through open bidding for the best price and quality.

  • Department of Justice declared the ZTE deal as a government-to-government deal that requires no bidding.

4.  Omnibus Election Code – bans government from awarding any supply or service contract during the election period in case a political party or candidate be unduly favored.

  • ZTE was signed April 21, 2007 during the congressional campaign.

5.  The Anti Graft and Corrupt Practice Act – forbids government officials from receiving gifts of value (more so, if the gift is from a person or a company trying to bag a government contract).

  • Comelec Chief Benjamin Abalos admitted traveling to Shenzhen four times last year.

6.  The constitutional rule of transparency in all public transactions.

  • DOTC officials have refused to  give out a copy of the contract, at first saying nothing, and then claiming supposed theft of ‘only two copies’, and finally alleging confidentiality of proprietary information.

7.  The Anti-Red Tape Act – requires government agencies to produce within 10 days documents needed by taxpayers.

  • For months, DOTC officials have not bothered to even reply to requests for copies of reconstituted contracts.

8.  The constitutional rule of prior Monetary Board consent to borrow for any government project.

  • Only now (by Mendoza’s own admission) are they working for Board approval of a loan they signed in August covering the contract signed in April.

Bondoc, Jarius.  She came and went like ‘a thief in the night’,  

The Philippine Star,  September 17, 2007, p.15 

Need I say more?

The Deal

Took some interesting notes from the papers (The Philippine Star) about the latest hullabaloo – The ZTE Broadband Deal:

The ZTE Deal (Broadband Setup)

Cost of the Project – 330 million dollars (16 billion pesos) which the Filipinos have to pay for 20 years.

The project is deemed useless by experts.

Did it go through the right procedures?

The deal at least breaks 8 laws:

1.  Build-Operate-Transfer Law

  • Amsterdam Holdings, Inc. filed a proposal last December 2006 to build a broadband system on it own but DOTC did not initiate a study and sat on its papers beyond the 60-day deadline.
  • Arescom Incorporated of California had filed an earlier offer a year before.

 2.  1995 Telecoms Development Act – ordered the government to move out of the telecom industry  and privatize its networks.

  • ZTE will return the government to the telecom business in unfair competition with private firms.

3.  Procurement Reform Act – requires all public contracts go through open bidding for the best price and quality.

  • Department of Justice declared the ZTE deal as a government-to-government deal that requires no bidding.

4.  Omnibus Election Code – bans government from awarding any supply or service contract during the election period in case a political party or candidate be unduly favored.

  • ZTE was signed April 21, 2007 during the congressional campaign.

5.  The Anti Graft and Corrupt Practice Act – forbids government officials from receiving gifts of value (more so, if the gift is from a person or a company trying to bag a government contract).

  • Comelec Chief Benjamin Abalos admitted traveling to Shenzhen four times last year.

6.  The constitutional rule of transparency in all public transactions.

  • DOTC officials have refused to  give out a copy of the contract, at first saying nothing, and then claiming supposed theft of ‘only two copies’, and finally alleging confidentiality of proprietary information.

7.  The Anti-Red Tape Act – requires government agencies to produce within 10 days documents needed by taxpayers.

  • For months, DOTC officials have not bothered to even reply to requests for copies of reconstituted contracts.

8.  The constitutional rule of prior Monetary Board consent to borrow for any government project.

  • Only now (by Mendoza’s own admission) are they working for Board approval of a loan they signed in August covering the contract signed in April.

Bondoc, Jarius.  She came and went like ‘a thief in the night’,  

The Philippine Star,  September 17, 2007, p.15 

Need I say more?

Discoveries

How interesting…

  1. Give a dose of their own poison. Funny how these people react to their own ill doings clinged off at them. They are so desperate and furious to make one feel miserable but to make them feel that their actions are futile is one charming game plan. 😀
  2. Silence is mostly a ‘no’. It is largely a ‘no’. Many times, it is refusal, denial, or rejection.
  3. There is hope for Daryl. Actually, I have not lost hope for Daryl that one day he would find veggies palatable, too. Now, there is an alternative for his fiber intake – fruit cocktail and cream, which he voraciously eats.
  4. Katherine Heigl is not Charlize Theron. Common physical attributes can confuse. But I am more a Charlize fanatic. Who is more beautiful depends on the eyes of the beholder of course.
  5. How fascinating to play with words. Seneca has this to say – “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” It is in learning that we learn.
  6. I can do so much with my temper. I can measure the limit. I can do something while being annoyed or angry. I CAN control it and produce better results when it dissipates.