Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Forty Earth Years Report Card

In no particular order, (probably in order of how I remember them) here are the things I have done before I turned the magic number forty:

– rode a 840m zip line (Asia’s longest dual zip line);

– took a white water rafting adventure;

– had a croissant breakfast at Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower, Arc d’ Triump;

– drank beer after walking around several platz at Munich, Germany;

– walked/climbed the Great Wall of China;

– saw sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia;

– saw sunset at Phnom Bakheng;

– hiked the North rim of the Grand Canyon;

– carried a 30lb python on my shoulder/neck;

– sang “It’s a Small World” while inside the happiest place on Earth at Anaheim, California;

– saw the longest inclined Buddha statue in Bangkok, Thailand;

– rubbed the belly of the Laughing Buddha statue in Hong kong;

– crossed the Oresund Bridge over the Oresund Strait in Denmark;

– walked the cobbled stone streets of Stockholm, Sweden;

– crossed the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie;

– made a stone pile at several temple ruins in Siam Reap;

– toured the Horseshoe bend in Arizona;

– experienced the eruption of a dormant volcano;

– watched traffic go by at Times square, New York City;

– explored several caves in China, US and Philippines;

– visited the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden;

– watched a Broadway musical (The Phantom of the Opera) in New York City;

– walked around Central Park looking for my lost mitten;

– volunteered at a fund raising event by the American Diabetes Association;

– saw the hanging coffins of Sagada;

– walked on the fine sands of Boracay beach;

– strolled Bourbon Street, New Orleans;

– became a member of the Philippine Bar;

– witnessed the caesarian procedure of my pet Pug (Selphy);

– saw the Banaue Rice Terraces;

– saw the majestic Mayon Volcano;

– toured the Sequoia National Park;

– toured the Everglades;

– rode the New York subway;

– strolled the streets of Amsterdam;

– witnessed the Dallas Comic Convention;

– saw a solar and lunar eclipse, blue moon, honeymoon moon and several meteor showers;

– dipped my feet in the Gulf of Mexico;

– experienced the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo (a dormant volcano);

– saw a replica of the largest pearl from the Philippines at the Houston Museum of Natural Science;

– saw the Hope Diamond;

– toured the National Mall, Washington D.C.;

– walked inside the Alamo;

– saw the Statue of Liberty;

– crossed the Golden gate bridge;

– saw the beautiful Chocolate Hills, Bohol;

– saw several sculptures by Auguste Rodin including “The Thinker”;

– walked on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”;

– saw a couple of white tigers in the Singapore Zoo;

– experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake;

– planted several trees;

– got stuck in the sticky world wide web;

– climbed the hills/mounds of White sands, New Mexico;  

– helped with the collection of donation for the victims of typhoon Haiyan;

– saw the Empire State Building and the Grand Central Station;

– saw the mighty Mississippi River with the steamboat Natchez rolling by;

– witnessed the transition from typewriters to computers;

– wrote several school papers with the help of a library card catalog;

– visited “Ground Zero”;

– used a corded telephone then a cordless one until it became a cellphone;

– used “LOL”, “:-D”, etc. in communicating with family and friends;  

– buried both my parents and my elder brother;

– did the big “M”;

– survived my welcome party to age forty.   

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 . . .

We, humans, enjoy the countdown of any upcoming big event. The satisfaction of tracking an eminent culmination is very fulfilling. However, as it comes nearer and nearer, restlessness, uneasiness and sometimes mixed with a dose of anxiety, fills our very core. Then, we are confronted with the questions, “Are we ready?” “How prepared are we?”

Until finally, after all the preparations we ask ourselves, “What will be after the event?”. The fear of the unknown suddenly eats our very being.

But we have always cope up with this fear – every time we close our eyes at night to sleep, we embrace the unknown by knowing that tomorrow we will wake up and it is going to be another day.