Saturday, 10 December 2011

First Entry             December 15, 2011
To Swim Across the World
by Frances Park and Ginger Park
Part 1
1. Reflection 
The two main characters, Sei- Young and Heisook were both introduced with different circumstances but with a single purpose of their interaction to each other. Heisook was an innocent and feeble girl but as the events took effect in her life, my perception of her changed. Her escape from North to South Korea brought her to the realization that life is not just a bed of roses; life is also a field full of confusion, fear and danger. That truth transformed her into a brave woman fit to be the wife of an equally brave man, Sei-Young.
As to Sei- Young, the impoverished and diligent boy from the South proved to me that the best things come for those who persevere. His struggles and family inspired him to really work and study at his best for him to do what he is meant to do-- to swim across the world. From being a poor boy from a poor family into being a diplomat of The Republic of Korea until he, with Heisook, migrated to America-- Sei- Young means "to swim across the world" and he really did it.
The characters lives were at the opposite sides of the line but as the story draws to its end, they met halfway through. I guess with some experiences they had, they were able to relate to each other and made the relationship worked for the best.
2. Connection
This story is like the Korean counterpart of my parents' real- life story, two Filipinos living their lives at the opposite side of a foreign country. They met through a letter that my mother sent to his brother- in- law who happens to be my father's friend. My father was the one to receive and reply to the letter until one day, they came home in the Philippines, met each other personally and got married. Just like in the story, my parents are from different places, backgrounds and beliefs but because of common and unusual circumstances, their destinies interlocked and I became their first born child. I am proud to be the result of such kind of story.
3. Question
            In the novel, there are things I wonder about like, if Sei- Young’s grandfather never told him about the meaning of his name (Sei- Young—to swim across the world), would he still be able to do what he did in the novel? I also don’t know the very reason why Heisook’s mother never told them about their dead brother and Heisook has to find it out through a diary but still, the secret was never revealed out in the open. Also, I know Mr. Suka was forced to return to Japan but if he married Aunt Sunja,that will never be the case. Now, why did Mr. Suka did not ask Aunt Sunja to marry him? Did Kwan- Young’s death brought difference to Sei- Young or it was just to add drama to the latter’s life?
4. Predict
            I’m thinking that Sei- Young would not be an immediate diplomat- to- be in college if he never met Eun Ju. He would always set the fire in Sei- Young before his speeches. I guess he will not be a diplomat without Eun Ju’s influence. Another prediction, if Mr. Suka married Aunt Sunja, they will have a bigger family. Then Aunt Sunja’s loneliness and perception of the Japanese would be totally gone. Lastly, Heisook’s mother will be in safer hands if she went to the South with her daughter. I think she will be a good friend to Sei- Young’s mother and aunt.
Part 2

Option #18: Poem about an idea or a character in the novel. Three to four stanzas.

 The Freedom Trip

In the crowd of screaming pain,
Being alive is living in vain.
Our lips closed but the eyes could see,
What must be done to make the devil flee.

As lives of my people go to waste,
The fear in me starts to evaporate,
Leaving only my calm courage,
I want to see the fall of them, savage.

I was once a talker in silence,
A mindless thinker, prisoner of the darkness,
Now I must stand and take the steps,
Say the words and lead the nation to success.

I’ve done my part, the speeches were said.
I see my efforts and this where it led.
A road to blissful days with the motherland,
Oppression is over, freedom is at hand.

Friday, 18 November 2011

From Jaime Licauco: My New Hero

What the end of the earth in 2012 means

ARMAGEDDON! Apocalypse! End times!

These terms conjure visions of calamities, cataclysms and upheavals. They induce fear and anxiety because they are believed to be the end of the world.

The great Mayan Calendar, which predicts the end of the present cycle to occur precisely at midnight of Dec. 21, 2012, suggests not the end of the world, but merely the end of a 26,000-year earth cycle, divided into five sub-cycles of about 5,200 years.

According to the Mayan Calendar we are on the last fifth earth cycle where a new beginning looms.

According to Mayan prophecies, “All moons, all years, all days, all winds, reach their completion.

Measured is the time in which we can know the benevolence of the sun. Measured is the time in which the stars look down on us.”

On Dec. 21, 2012, several heavenly planets will be in complete alignment with the earth and solar system, an event which takes place only once in about 26,000 years. And such an alignment will exert a great magnetic pull that will affect all life on earth. Great changes will take place. There will be a breaking down of the old order of things to give way to the new.

In the words of Dr. James J. Hurtak, president of the Academy for Future Science and author of the prophetic book “Secret Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch”—“Humanity must begin to understand that in a new era of true enlightenment, the exclusive material mind-set will have to pass away in order for human nature to implement new tools at quantum change.”

To help with this formidable information dissemination task, I wanted to consult Gabbey, an angelic entity that communicates with Dr. Jun Aquiatan of Pangasinan, who teaches management. But before I could, Jun texted to say he had received a message about the Mayan

Prophecy from Gabbey.
According to the entity Gabbey, “The Mayan people had some contact with other beings in the universe who gave them knowledge about the heavenly bodies.”
This explains how the Mayans were able to foretell accurately the movements of planets without the use of modern instruments. They were taught by beings who came from outer space.

End of an era
The end of the present Earth cycle on Dec. 21, 2012 mentioned in the Mayan Calendar “does not mean the end of the world but the end of a cycle or an era. This means that a new kind of consciousness in the world will begin to take shape which will also affect the way of life on earth.”

Gabbey said that everything in the universe is interconnected. “The phenomenon that will happen on Earth has a parallel event in another place in the universe. The change in your earth’s consciousness will have an effect in the consciousness of other beings in other planets.”
Gabbey continued to explain that the new consciousness means “a better understanding of the meaning of life. Cultures on earth will gradually change based on a new understanding of life.

New philosophies will emerge, religious beliefs will gradually shift and scientific inventions will proliferate, but this time, it would not be geared towards destruction but to improve human life.” He also said, “organizations, including religious organizations, will be shaken.”

Gabbey predicted calamities to come, a prediction that echoes what is in the Mayan Calendar. But Gabbey added that these calamities would be brought about not only by the alignment of different planets but by other phenomena.

“Another far planet which has no name yet because it has not been detected yet by your scientists will have a great effect on your sun, and this will trigger tremendous sun flares that will affect not only the earth but also the other planets in your solar system. This will cause diseases and other global calamities.”

When asked what we can do about these coming changes and calamities, Gabbey replied, “Pray that you survive these calamities. Remember that this phenomenon is a natural occurrence in the higher order of things and, therefore, they will come. This is a part of the grand evolutionary scheme under the universal set-up by God. I will tell you later what is in store for the world once the new era sets in.”

Then Gabbey abruptly ended the message by saying, “We are through.”


Wednesday, 16 November 2011


My name is Sarah F. Ubpon. I am an AB English student of Mindanao State University General Santos City Campus. I am eighteen years old with long black hair and a pair of eyeglasses.
Most people would call me "a nerd", "a smart kid", etc.
Yes. I love books and laboratory equipments (though I don't know how to use some of them). I love searching the internet for new learning and talking about supernatural phenomena with friends.
However, being all of those is not being "Little Miss Perfect". I am just one of you.

Let's know why it is, blow- by- blow...

1. I am a girl and I have my mood swings.

--Oh come on! Who in this world doesn't know I am moody????????
(I know one but I'm not gonna name names)
When I enter a room, I'm in a joyful mood but in a minute or two, beware, i might change myself in an angry mood. All of us have this and this cannot be change or removed from our system. I just want people to know that I am not at all good in playing with my own boo- boos.

2. I am also a dumb student and I cheat.

--Wooh! I am so glad I said that.
Children, I'm not as intelligent as what you think I am. There are also things I don't know and that I can't understand. In that case, I need to turn my head left to right, front and back, up and down just for me to get some answers.
Oh, and I'm really pissed off with students who cover their papers when I'm just asking for the date but when they are the one to ask for my answer, they never mind my paper being crumpled. THAT SUCKS!!!
But anyway, now you know that I am not the lady version of Albert Einstein in the 21st century
I also cheat.

3. I am a crazy teenager with crazy set of friends.

Lunch in a table...
Eating with one spoon and plate...
Throwing garbages in each others faces...
Teasing each other with cruel names...
Walking in other colleges building to bond...
...that's what we do when we meet.

Some people think I am not fun to be with but it is alright. All I know is that, with my true friends, I can be as crazy and foolish as I am. That's what makes my life exciting and fun.

I just shared a few thing about me. haha.
Just want to remind everyone that I AM JUST ONE OF YOU.

I love you Earthlings...

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

just read...

Love Means... (a girl and guy were speeding over 100 mph on a motorcycle)
Girl: Slow down. I'm scared.
Guy: No this is fun.
Girl: No its not. Please, it's too scary!
Guy: Then tell me you love me.
Girl: Fine, I love you. Slow down! Guy: Now give me a big hug. (Girl hugs him)
Guy: Can you take my helmet off and put it on? It's bugging me.
In the paper the next day: A motorcycle had crashed into a building because of break failure. Two people were on the motorcycle, but only one survived. The truth was that halfway down the road, the guy realized that his breaks broke, but he didn't want to let the girl know. Instead, he had her say she loved him, felt her hug one last time, then had her wear his helmet so she would live even though it meant he would die

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Does this has something to do with me and my family?

The Illuminati and the New World Order.

UK-Skeptics © 2004.

One of the more universal themes of conspiracy theorists is that the world is being run by secret societies that permeate every aspect of political, economic and social life, and whose intention is to create a New World Order. The actual details may vary from theorist to theorist, but the one group whose name appears above all others is that of the Illuminati.
The Illuminati was a secret society in late 18th Century Bavaria. Founded by one Adam Weishaupt at the University of Ingolstadt in 1776, the society's aims were closely linked to ideas from the Enlightenment; to combat religious thinking and promote and encourage rationalism. The subterfuge deployed by Weishaupt, and extrapolated beyond credibility by conspiracy theorists, was necessitated out of the fact that Weishaupt was a secularist (and anti-monarchist) in a previously ecclesiastical university post. The Illuminati attempted to disseminate ideas by infiltrating other organisations; however, the society lost momentum and died out within fifteen years of its conception.
The society is believed by conspiracy theorists to have secret signs on the United States dollar. These signs are from the reverse of the Great Seal, which is used on official legislation. Both the obverse and reverse designs were incorporated into the dollar bill in the nineteen thirties. The Latin phrase "Novus Ordo Seclorum" has been quoted as meaning "New World Order", and despite actually meaning "New Order of the Ages" is still cited as "evidence" that a master plan has been in operation for some two hundred plus years. The pyramid and eye symbol, which can also be seen, has been linked by some sources to the Freemasons, who have been accused of having an Illuminati cabal. The actual chronology of how the seal was initially developed is quite straightforward:
"The truth is probably much more mundane. The United States' seal has never been a Masonic or Illuminati symbol. Its design was submitted by Pierre Du Simitiere to the committee of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. Of the four, only Franklin was a Freemason, but his ideas for design were not accepted by the committee. The all-seeing eye was a classical symbol of the time, but the eye atop a pyramid seems to be an invention of Du Simitiere, and approved by the committee."
The eye, which theorists tend to see as a metaphor for an Orwellian Big Brother, is in fact a symbol of "divine providence" and can be seen in both Renaissance and biblical sources. Even if the theorists' assertions were true, it is difficult to see the relevance of putting a secret symbol on a nationally circulated dollar bill.
Conspiracy theorists believe that the Illuminati exist today, either directly linked to the original group, or based on that original model. To look into all the individual assertions of the theorists would be, as Robert Carroll, author of Skeptic's dictionary suggests, to "enter Bedlam". From both extreme religious fundamentalists through to extra-terrestrial enthusiasts, a unifying idea is that the Illuminati want to subjugate the masses through mind control and mass identification techniques. The end of the world is apparently nigh.
A key figure in the conspiracy theory movement, Myron Fagan, devoted his latter years to finding evidence that a variety of historical events from Waterloo, The French Revolution, JFK's assassination and the communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry, were all orchestrated by the Illuminati.
It is to be noted that the main groundswell of interest in the Illuminati and the assertions that it exists today began after the publication of The Illuminatus trilogy, written in the 1970s by two then Playboy associate editors, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. A post-modern science fiction work, the trilogy looked at the Illuminati's plot to rule the world, whilst fighting opposition, one of the chief protagonists being the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
Modern theorists have incorporated these fictional ideas, with ever more bizarre twists. One Dr. John Coleman in "Targets of the Illuminati and the Committee of 300" asserts that the Illuminati's intentions include:
  • The establishment of a One World Government with a unified church and monetary system
  • Further advancement of their ideas through mind control
  • Encouragement of the use of drugs and pornography
  • Suppression of all scientific advancement unless they considered it acceptable to their aims
  • Causing the death of 3 billion people by 2050, through wars and starvation
  • Creation of mass unemployment
  • Fracturing of the nuclear family by encouraging teenagers to rebel
  • Use and promotion of rock music to facilitate this rebellion "which include rock gangsters such as the Rolling Stones (a gangster group much favored by European Black Nobility)"
The shadowy world of secret signs and societies; a world where every major political event, high-profile disease, celebrity assassination and international agreement are woven together into one mass blanket of "truth" is one that has found a natural home on the Internet. Bolstered by their peers in what has been sometimes termed "communal reinforcement", the theorists continue to fantasise that there is a grand plan at work and that they are part of the righteous fight against it. Considering that the Illuminati is apparently such a secret society, it is difficult to ascertain how the theorists have so many notions about their aims and objectives. Supposition abounds on Internet forums and conspiracy websites, with ever more interwoven fantasies proliferating. One of the major "authorities" on this and other conspiracy related matters is the one-time sports presenter, David Icke. Icke has addressed the Oxford Union on how the students are being treated like sheep by the Illuminati controlled education system, which begs the question: why did the said Illuminati system allow him a platform to disclose their existence? Icke draws upon quite diverse sources in his claim that the Illuminati exist, including H.G.Wells' early science fiction and political quotes from the 19th century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
Skeptics who are aware of the aggressive power of international governments yet refuse to believe that every world event has been controlled by a bloodline, be it largely Jewish or extraterrestrial, have been apparently brainwashed into such microcosmic thinking.
The Illuminati's supposed omniscience and omnipresence is not dissimilar to the notion of the all-seeing God that the religious fundamental conspiracy theorists perceive as being under attack from this immoral New World Order. The conspiracy theorists tendency to concentrate on eschatological (the end of the world) matters is a theme which can be linked to their close references to the Book of Revelations and fear of prophecies becoming reality.
Despite the proliferation of theories, drawn from a build-up of supposition and published works of fiction, there is absolutely no empirical evidence to suggest that the Illuminati exist. In the mind of the conspiracy theorist, every internationally drawn up piece of legislation, every UN deployment of troops, every economic trade agreement, is evidence that the world is moving towards a single global governance. Every major event from the death of Princess Diana to the attack on the World Trade Centre is now routinely traced back to the Illuminati. With the Internet-using conspiracy theorist in operation, no future atrocity, accident or event will happen that will not be attributed to the Illuminati.
As The New England Skeptical Society's research into the Illuminati and conspiracy theorists concludes:
"They are responsible for every evil and every unjust act that ever occurs anywhere; the fact that absolutely no evidence of their existence can be found only serves to make them stronger and more frightening."

Saturday, 12 November 2011