Monday, June 12, 2017

Assessing the works of author Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon, world-famous novelist, screenwriter, playwright and director was born on Feb 11, 1917, and died on Jan 30, 2007 at the age of 89. 

Sidney Sheldon

As an author, he wrote several best sellers, such as, “Master of the Game,” “If Tomorrow Comes,” “A Stranger in the Mirror,” “Windmills of the Gods,” and many more best-selling novels. He is also an Academy-award winning writer with the movie “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” and has won awards for his TV write-ups and plays.

Sheldon webs his plot expertly so that readers are left thrilled to know more. His novels allow the readers to get into the characters’ minds and understand why they acted the way they did. 

He unravels his characters like a painter, who slowly develops the ‘picture’ until it becomes evident to his readers. He knows how to touch people’s hearts through his words, and how to move them to turn the pages of the book until they have finished reading.

He can hold the readers’ attention by his simple and compelling way to develop his plot. He also has a way to surprise his readers by unexpected twists and sub-plots that leave readers glued to the book. He revealed that, for readers to keep turning the page, he should “leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter.”

His novels are full of suspense, drama, intrigue and beautiful endings that leave a “good feeling” behind; that in spite of all the odds, the protagonist triumphs at the end to conquer his demons and adversities. 

That is why his name stamped on a book’s cover is enough to sell the book. In 1997, he was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Translated Author in the World

In his autobiography entitled: “The Other Side of Me,” he told the story of how, at the age of 17, his father talked him out of committing suicide during one of his depressions, by telling him that: “Every day is a different page, Sidney, and they can be full of surprises. You'll never know what's next until you turn the page."

Sidney Sheldon listened to his father’s wise words and later on became one of the best-selling authors of all time, with millions of copies of his novels sold around the world. Even with his death, his books continue to sell, as new readers of this generation got to enjoy one of the most adventurous, uplifting and exciting writer of the century.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Photos of Handsome “Carrot Man” from the Igorot Tribe Goes Viral Online

The photos of a 21-year old Igorot carrying a basket of carrots, tagged as the “Carrot Man” went viral online as Netizens responded enthusiastically to the pictures of the handsome and industrious Igorot.

The photos were captured by Edwina T. Bandong and company while on their way to Sagada for a tour. She then posted the pictures on her Facebook page, where they generated more than 1,300 shares and thousands of likes within a short period of time.

The pictures were also shared by Positive Outlook Plus, where they gained more than almost 3,000 shares and still counting.

The “Carrot Man” has been found out later to be Jeyrick Sigmaton, who is discontinued his studies because he has to help earn a living. He is the eldest of 7 siblings and a residence of Ogo-og, Barlig, Mountain Province.

He is the son of Melvin and Ronalie Sigmaton. The photos continue to make the rounds on social media sites as Netizens likened him to Korean star Choi Minho of the singing group SHINee and actor Jang Geun Sook; Filipino stars, Dennis Trillo, Hero Angeles, and Alden Richards (for his small dimples).

 Watch the pictures below and decide for yourself.

Photo credits: Boardwalk's Alvin Bacudio, Carrot Man FB Fan Pages, Unang Hirit and Edwina Bandong.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Korean Foods: Images of Korean Dishes

Korean culture is fast influencing the way in which Filipinos live their lives. On TV, Korean series are shown, while others devour Korean TV series like hungry viewers; they buy Korean CDs and DVDs.

I'm also an avid fan of Korean TV series/films.

 In Angeles City, Pampanga, a Korean Village is already existing, complete with all the services they need.

At one time or another, Filipinos had tasted Korean cuisine. K-pop is also invading the airwaves and thousands of young people groove to the music of Psy, Jang Geung Suk, Rain, Lee Song Gi, CN Blue, Exo, Girls' Generation, Super Junior, and countless more talented artists.

For this post, the images will be Korean dishes. All pictures were captured by the lens of Nino Alviz, a Korean food patron. Thanks Sir.

For Laughs: A Story Created by an Online Story Generator

N.B. This story was created by an online story generator. Read and see of you can make head or tail of it. ENJOY!

Marlon Dixon was thinking about Lauren Hill again. Lauren was a stupid virgin with curvaceous arms and charming legs.

Marlon walked over to the window and reflected on his peaceful surroundings. He had always loved tranquil Maryhurst with its troubled, tense trees. It was a place that encouraged his tendency to feel passionate.

Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the stupid figure of Lauren Hill.

Marlon gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was a jealous, bold, wine drinker with big arms and handsome legs. His friends saw him as an adorable, adventurous Angel. Once, he had even revived a dying, Priest.

But not even a jealous person who had once revived a dying, Priest, was prepared for what Lauren had in store today.

The sun shone like making love horses, making Marlon faithful. Marlon grabbed a peculiar book that had been strewn nearby; he massaged it with his fingers.

As Marlon stepped outside and Lauren came closer, he could see the wet glint in her eye.

Lauren gazed with the affection of 8520 proud dull dogs. She said, in hushed tones, "I love you and I want love."

Marlon looked back, even more faithful and still fingering the peculiar book. "Lauren, do you love me too," he replied.

They looked at each other with dedicated feelings, like two colossal, curvy cats standing at a very deranged party, which had soul music playing in the background and two scheming uncles embracing to the beat.

Marlon regarded Lauren's curvaceous arms and charming legs. "I feel the same way!" revealed Marlon with a delighted grin.

Lauren looked worried, her emotions blushing like a robust, rare rock.

Then Lauren came inside for a nice glass of wine.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Suicide: Thoughts of a Young Man; “You just want to get it over with and die”

There is no feeling quite like watching yourself slowly go crazy.

Clasping your chest and looking at your surroundings in fear, panting, heavy breathing, cold sweats, shivering, whimpering, mumbling and doing your best to keep your eyes open because you're afraid that if you close them they won't open again.

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Whispering to yourself in a corner, trying hard to remember your fragile hopes, dreams and ambitions.

Reminding yourself of the things that make you happy but they slip away anyway. Hitting yourself in the head as hard as you can so you won't forget your name. Hearing the beat of your heart and knowing it's not happy.

Retreating to the edge of your bed hoping no one will hurt you. Looking for a safe place but not even feeling safe in what should be your home.

Clawing at the wall, praying, hoping someone will hear you. Running away without a place to go, wishing you were anywhere but there.

Walking but feeling like you're standing in place. The worst part is realizing no one can understand you, not even yourself and the people you thought would help you are leaving you at your enemy's hands.

Then one day you wake up from a bad dream only to realize that waking up was walking into a nightmare. Because there is no nightmare quite like being in hell but having no place to find respite.

Then you end up hating life and lose a taste for the pleasures of living. Then you realize you just want to get it over with and die.

So you try it, but then you realize it is not you who deserves to die, it is the demons that brought you to such a low state who need to be punished.

You survive, damaged but alive. Swearing never again to be oppressed by the same foul creatures.

Suicide is never the answer, for the things you find too grave to forgive; just let them go and live your life.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Quotable Quotes (Thoughts) on Life and Love

By: Lester Taga Capas

Of what use is your intelligence and logic if your heart is not at peace? Before you seek any knowledge, find first your inner peace. Otherwise, your search for knowledge and fulfilment will be troublesome and barren. Leaving only room for disappointment and pain. Learn from the mistakes of others, but don't be afraid to learn new things for yourself. 

Life as they say is short, but for one who lives it in peace, it is long enough to satisfy the longing of the spirit.

It is a cruel form of self-torture to love someone who would not care if you died tonight. Not only is it futile and masochistic to keep holding on to someone who doesn't love you, it is insane. Your misplaced sense of sympathy and affection will bring you only pain. 

Worth it? Give yourself a good slap on the face and tell yourself that it is worth it. The first person you should love is yourself. Unless you love yourself you can never truly love anyone else. Not everyone is worth it and instead of wasting time and love on the wrong person, learn to give it to someone else. 

Give yourself a chance to find someone more deserving of your love because you only live once and wasting it on the wrong person is the biggest mistake you will ever make

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thoughts and Quotes on Christianity and Life


All because someone says Hallelujah and praise the lord, it doesn't make them good people. The works of your hands are the witness to whether or not you are truly good or bad. What use is it to the lord to be praised by one who does the work of the devil? 

To do good with a humble heart is to praise the lord with a song louder than the booming sound of thunder. Do not be Christian only by name and baptism. At your confirmation you swore to renounce the devil and all his works... Make good on your word or you are fooling no one else but yourself.
There is little room in heaven for a Laodicea spirit. You are either Hot or you are cold, none in between.

The heart breaks only for so long. It's standing on the broken pieces that hurt and keep you from moving on. Taking a step forward with broken pieces on your heels is painful. But the more you move forward, the less pain you take with you and the bigger chances you have of meeting someone new to love.

There's nothing wrong with letting people know when you've done good. However, if you are doing well for the sake of boasting, that is a different story. Don't you think it makes you a haughty jackass to make huge tarpaulins with a giant image of yourself? When in fact, you are wasting the people's money on stupid projects with a ridiculously big budget and kickback? 

If you mark relief goods with your name and symbol even if the goods were paid for by someone else, then you are one thick skinned idiot who is likely scheduled for a date with the devil when you die ... Kindly read Matthew 6:1-10, doing good requires humility....Even Jesus never boasted about his good fact... in many occasions he would even tell the people he helped not to tell anyone about it...Doing good rightly is doing it with humility.