High School is our First Love Part 1

High School is our First Love Part 1

Hello Friends! Welcome 2017. This is my first post of the year. If you landed on this page you are probably looking for something that is related to high school or reunion.  Keeping our high school friends and value them are undisputed facts that we wouldn’t change for anything.  I am lucky enough because I have 2 batches of high school classmates which I get along both.  The freshman and sophomore years were in Sultan Kudarat and the junior and senior years in Zamboanga del Sur. It’s been so long and still dedicated to this group of friends.

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It touches my heart when everyone is really exerting effort to gather even with a small talk and just have fun. It is always refreshing to see them once in a while. After that brief get-together with some high school classmates and batch, I realized the following
1. Meeting with high school friends are renewed camaraderie with laughter that could result from attending the next scheduled batch reunion.
2. Your high school friends remember everything about you. OMG. Your high school friends could still remember who’s who in the class. From the most generous, to the drunkard classmates. They even know every embarrassing moment that has ever happened to you and of course, we don’t want to be reminded of it. Sometimes there are bickering and fighting but at the end of the day, you still love them (hehee!).
3. They’re still friends with you. Our high school friends are our first love. That is why we still find time to search them or atleast communicate with them on our social media site especially on facebook. We even have a private group where we posted stuff and funny convo.

For some even when they go to college they‘re still go together. If you take care of it, you will have a solid network of friends who will be there for you. No matter what.

“Don’t abandon old friends, because newer ones are not their equals. New friends are like new wine; when wine ages, you will drink it with good cheer.” – Sirach 9:10

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Happy 1-year blog!

Hello friends!

 This blog would have been posted on my birthday (May 21) but something came up and I lost the opportunity to post it. It’s been a year since I first started this blog site. Honestly, I never thought that I have readers too. Come on, I have? Let us say, I can only count them on my fingers but the mere fact that I can visibly search it on Google is rewarding enough for me. There is nothing much to deal with having a blogsite except that it is an extension of one’s thought. Furthermore, you are utilizing your creative minds into useful writing and a way to express yourselves. At the same time you will learn a lot. If you have the ability and the passion to write then welcome to the club!

                To begin with, it’s my birthday! (“Happy Birthday to you” 5x). You sang right? Hehee–  I am just so thankful  to all who had greeted me on twitter(@jencoderphils) and facebook. I cannot thank you enough for all the nice messages and your thoughts about me. It is just refreshing to read some of those and I’m happy that in my own little way I inspired you a bit.

                I AM a dreamer. Not because I’m a fan of 4th Impact (Filipino sisters who joined the XFactor UK). But someone who has a driven self to achieve goals in life. I  believe we can achieved our dreams through persistence, hardwork, constant practice, prayers and more Prayers…

                Let me tell you a bit of myself. When I was in college, I have this shall we say a pen pal. Every month we exchanged letters until I have tons of it. It didn’t work out though. Then my first job was in a newspaper (The Pagadian Times) and I always read the article of Mr. Pede Lu, one of the most respected media personalities in Zamboanga del Sur. So in a way, my interest in writing kinda started like that.

                Practically, my ultimate goal is to become a “Web designer and developer”. I can still remember my thesis in college a decade ago. We had our Recording System of Sto. Nino Cathedral Church. I was “told off” by one of the respected defense panel about the practicality of our study. Anyway, Technology before is costly and hard to achieve. It’s ambitious as he said. Then a cherished wished of becoming a programmer/coder is forcing itself into my consciousness. Today, I have this inner pressure to fulfill that dream :D.

 

Simple ways to celebrate Valentine’s day

Hey, It’s Valentine’s Day what are you gonna do? Perhaps some of you are now planning on a date with your special someone. But for single like me, there are fun ways to celebrate yourself on Hearts day. Do not pressure yourself to couple up, to get into pairs if it’s not yet the time for you at the moment. Remember, it is not expensive to give love to yourselves. To enjoy being on your own and be true to your own values and give a deeper meaning of self-respect.

Ephesians 4:2

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in Love.”

1. Go to Church – Since Valentine’s day falls on a Sunday, there is nothing more fulfilling than to church. It is not just a day to glorify romance but to celebrate LOVE in general. Greet everyone Happy Valentine’s day whether at home, people you don’t know or just you met in random; greet all your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Hug and kiss your niece/nephews or lovedones; show appreciation to everyone even in little things for them to know that you care.
2. Shopping/Outing – celebrate it with your friends or lovedones. You can go together for a window shopping; or just go out and eat; go to the plaza and zumba or what ever crazy things that you ought to do with your group date.
3. Watch TV/movie or videoke – sing what you want with love songs. It may seem creepy but sometimes there is nothing to be ashamed of being cheesy and a hopeless romantic.
4. Read Hugot lines – this made my day. I can’t help laughing on these hugot lines.

A. Kung paglalaruan mo lang pala ako. Sana sinabi mo agad para nakapag-P.E. uniform pa ako..hehe!
B. Ang CRUSH ay parang Math problem, kung hindi mo makuha, titigan mo na lang..(may point!)
C. Ebook ka ba? Bakit?? Gusto kasi kita i-bond… waley! Haha..
D. Mahal ka nya, mahal mo sya. Pero mas mahal ang tuition fee. Kaya mag-aral ka muna…tama!
E. Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peeling… ngee!
 5. Sleep / Relax – matulog ka na lang. It’s a rest day. Besides some are also not giving notice on that day.

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Happy Valentine’s day to all from Aljen.

Epilogue:
St. Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the 3rd century AD. When Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, believing married men made bad soldiers. St. Valentine is thought to have arranged marriages in secret. He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his crimes. St. Valentine apparently fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’ on February 14th, the day of his execution, as a goodbye.

 

My reaction on same sex marriage

This was supposed to be posted yesterday but because of some encoding work that needs to be done first, I could no longer grasp ideas on my head. But anyway, here’s my brief and concise reaction on same sex marriage.
I was a bit surprise upon knowing about the legalization of same sex marriage in other country. While it creates big controversy in the Philippines, being one of the most gay friendly in the world, same sex marriage is still off the radar in the country. I have also friends and colleagues before who are gays and lesbians but I cannot imagine myself being invited to their same sex weddings. What I am trying to say is that it’s hard to celebrate something I don’t believe is right.

“Mark 10:6-9: But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female,’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. ”

Marriage is a gift from God. HE decides what and is not marriage. Same sex marriage to find the fulfillment for themselves is not honoring God’s gift. It is degrading the sanctity of marriage.