Hypocrisy

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

-Matthew 7: 1-5

What pisses me off more than criminals and people who leech off those who are weak and vulnerable are the HYPOCRITES (which sounds like a name of a bad-ass band).

Anyway, we find a lot of them around us; and sometimes, if we aren’t careful enough, we become hypocrites too. Good thing there’s a Bible that teaches us how to avoid becoming one. I especially like this verse above that has a similar thought to the “Golden Rule“, which is also mentioned in the very same chapter as this one.

It’s ironic that I had to use a bible verse to start off a post that is basically just a good ol’ RANT on something that I strongly feel bad about at the moment, but since they always say that the teachings in the Bible are timeless, wouldn’t it make sense to do so?

Of course, I’d feel bad if I don’t admit being a hypocrite myself, at times, because I’m definitely not an exception, so it’s good that certain things have to happen to slap us back to reality.

Take this boss of a friend for example, who for some reason, may possibly deliberately degrade them (my friend and her colleagues) at work (where else?), on a regular basis. She’s almost comparable to Miranda Priestly, only worse because they’re not in a movie and no one seems to be as brave as Andy to tell the boss she crossed way beyond the line. My friend has put up with the boss for a long time now and like Andy, she’s sacrificed so much for the company and also just to please her, but the harsh treatment doesn’t seem to end. What makes it worse than it already is, is the fact that this boss leads a bible study group among her employees. Isn’t it ironic, not to mention hypocritical?

Trying to be unbiased at first, I tried thinking of reasons behind the said boss’ attitude. There has to be a reason why she’s what she is, but in the end, we gave up because no matter how things add up, nothing can justify the bad treatment and the offensive language she’s using on her subordinates. It’s just unacceptable, even to the standards of the most foul-mouthed person in the world.

Then again, her hypocrisy is nothing compared to this controversial politician’s whom I have had the worst feeling about for weeks now. She’s making my blood pressure shoot up to 100/70 (which is pretty high for someone with a normal BP of 90/60 LOL!). She just doesn’t seem trustworthy herself, no matter how strongly she condemns the wrongdoing of others.

I’m a Scorpio and naturally, I use my instinct for a lot of things and for some reason, I just couldn’t get myself to like her. There’s something about her that makes her look like she’s in a quicksand where the more she struggles, the deeper she sinks into it. I feel sorry for her being put in the raucous spotlight of inquisitions that led to the surfacing of an offensive, “below-the-belt” video, which she now uses as a tool to turn the tables on her accusers. Nonetheless, she still doesn’t get my trust, for now. I just hope that she wins her battle, if she’s proven innocent, otherwise, she’s just like most of them/us, hypocrites, only worse because she’s been, in the words of our very own, Dr. Jose Rizal, one of the biggest of this society’s “cancers” all along.

Not to be the one to point a finger on anyone, I must admit, as I’ve had earlier, I feel guilty about being a hypocrite too. I know I’ve been trying my best to get the most out of the Scriptures on the Bible, but when it comes to my relationship with my boyfriend, I just couldn’t seem to get things right.

While I was watching ROAD TRIP on the Light Network one night, I was struck by something Pastor Ru mentioned; and it wasn’t something new to most, if not all of us. It was so simple yet so profound and easily taken for granted. What he said was “If you truly have experienced the love of God, then you shouldn’t have a problem making this love felt by others” or something like that. Okay, that wasn’t even close to what I think he said, but you get the idea, right? So I was left pondering on it for a long time. And right then and there, I was “b*tchslapped” so hard, my blemishes came off. Kidding aside, I felt so ashamed for thinking I was becoming better by reading the Bible and praying everyday, yet at the same time, I was being a bratty, inconsiderate girlfriend. To be fair though, it really does take hard work and a whole lot of understanding to keep relationships strong, and sometimes I just feel like banging my head to the wall; but just the same, it doesn’t give me the right to completely disregard my partner’s feelings.

Ayun eh, sa lovelife nauwi. Anyway, some of us might feel a little guilty of having opposing thoughts and actions or of not practicing what we preach. I’m even proud to acknowledge giving love advice I could barely do myself, but I also acknowledge the fact that I have to do something about it. I can’t despise the Scribes and Pharisees yet be one of them, right? because I really can’t stand even  just the thought of them.

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Palace in the Sky

We went to get our passports in our parents’ office yesterday, when my sister suddenly thought of going to Tagaytay on a whim.

No plans at all as usual, so when my mother asked us “where to kids?” (as expected), we both answered “Tagaytay!!!” in chorus!

Papa and Mama didn’t have any choice but to give in.

We had Bulalo and Tawilis for lunch with additional fresh Tilapia and Chopseuy too! Drove around the village where our tita and tito bought a new property, bought a side table (furniture industry here is really quite impressive!) and new plants from our suki before going home 🙂

Long day eh? Did I mention that we also went to the Palace in the Sky after sooooo long! We’ve always wanted to go back but our parents always insisted that there was nothing to see in there anymore. We had tons of photos when we were young in Tagaytay. It actually looked like we were there every single weekend back in the day. Then when we got a bit older (probably during gradeschool years), we went to visit the said “palace”, when I finally had a memory of what it was like to be there. It was very traumatic unfortunately, and since then, I had this memory of how when the wind blew, it seemed like I was going to fall off the cliff—major phobia in heights.

But yesterday, it didn’t feel that way! I wasn’t exactly as scared as I was before. I was leaning on to the ledge taking photos of what I thought was a real beauty from above. It was still breathtaking and a beaut (as what Aussies say!).

Looking around, we found some really good and really mossy/rusty spots that did looked good in photos! So when everyone was fighting for a selfie spot in the other side of the palace, my sister and I were here, taking sweet photos of each other.

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Visita Iglesia 2012

It is part of our family tradition to go on Visita Iglesia every year! Most of the time we prefer going on road trips to different provinces in Luzon. We’ve tried going on spontaneous trips on both the Northern and Southern parts of Luzon. It is both exciting and scary to have no itinerary prepared for these trips because even though it’s always fun to discover new places, it is still quite scary too, knowing you can get lost anytime (especially when we finish late, we’d have to endure the long drive home with me imagining all the crazy stuff about supernatural beings and ala-Wrong Turn/Texas Chainsaw Massacre scenarios in my mind!).

Though this year, it wasn’t exactly like the ones we had before. It wasn’t really like the spontaneous adventures we had years ago because if before, our parents had to print out a copy of a list of churches some bloggers were good enough to post on the internet and head out based on instinct and brave hearts, this year, we were now more familiar with the towns of Rizal and Laguna and we know what churches to visit and how to reach them!

FLASHBACK: Last year, we went to visit some of our relatives in Ilocos (I remember not being able to finish our review because we had to leave at lunch time) and on the way there, we passed by Pangasinan (where we stayed the night) where we got to visit the Our Lady of Manaoag Church for the first time (just about 3 months before our board exams :)), the year before that, our parents got into a fight so it was a good thing that we had relatives who were kind enough to take us on their Visita Iglesia around Manila with them. The year before that we went on a much closer northern trip to Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija (scariest since we were not familiar with the places at all!).

You know it’s funny (and a good thing too) to have many other families go on Visita Iglesia on their own as well. It was a bit relieving to know that there are people who can get lost with you in case you get stuck in a middle of an unfamiliar place, especially since we didn’t get to be with our relatives this year. Misery Loves Company, right? And it’s also nice to see lots of bikers go church hunting with us every year! They become our lifesavers and secret tour guides each year so here’s to you guys! 😛

Anyway, this year our parents planned to go church-hopping in Rizal only. We were saving on gas since a liter of it costs about P61++ already. So we weren’t expecting to cross the Rizal-Laguna border, until we eventually did!

We skipped the Teresa-Antipolo route!

Basically, we just circled the whole of Laguna de Bay! We started in Taytay and ended up in Liliw, Laguna before we headed back home via SLEX. It really amazed me (and it still does) the first time we were able to go to Laguna without having to pass through SLEX! BABAW noh?! It still makes me smile whenever I see buses headed to Infanta, Quezon pass by Cainta whenever I go to work. It just never occurred to me that it’s possible. It’s just that I live too close to Eastwood or to Megamall, Galleria and Shangri-La that I often forget that Rizal is  a province already! hahaha!

**maps courtesy of google images! 

FIRST STOP: Taytay, Rizal

On this street, you can see that all the houses had a beautiful wall sculptures all designed and made by , one of the famous artists of Angono, Rizal, the art capital of the country!

I took a photo of this with you, Joey, yes you, in mind. Unfortunately, my brother did not slow down when I told him to do so, so here’s the best photo I got of it. It’s one of the walls designed by the artist. I thought you’d

This Church in Morong, Rizal is probably older than UST because even before my alma mater celebrated their Quadricentennial Year, my father was already telling us that this church was more than 400 years old! Plus it was also the very same church used in the film “Sukob” with Kris Aquino and Claudine Baretto. 🙂 

This church had a very relaxing feel to it, maybe because of the garden and willow-like tree beside it!

If there was one church I could never forget visiting in my whole life, it would be this one. It was our first time to go here. There was nothing really special about it. It was plain and simple and not a lot of people came in since the parishioners were still busy beautifying it. I was even surprised they still let us in despite that. The story of how we made it here would most probably be more exciting if it was told by my sister, but she’s already asleep and this isn’t her blog, so…… We were at this intersection. We just passed through Pililia, Rizal and we were already heading to Laguna when my sister saw the sign that says “to Grotto”. So my brother took a turn since the Grotto sounded really special and something people would really make an effort to visit. So there we were, together with other families in their respective cars heading to the same direction. A few minutes after, we found ourselves in a zigzagged road to nowhere. Some of the cars we were following had to stop to ask for directions, but since we weren’t part of their convoy and since we didn’t want them to find out we were just following them, we had to go ahead. Soon, we were still driving with no more signs of the Grotto that I mentioned earlier. We passed by different eco-camps and the well advertised “Bakasyunan” resort and the Daranak falls, but there was still no sign of the Grotto. At the end of the long drive, we reached this church and voila, even though they would not allow tourists, our mother insisted for us to come in so as not to put the gas and our effort to waste.

This church right here had a staircase in front that would sum up to at least 200 steps but even though my mother got excited at the sight of it, the rest of us were too lazy to take it. haha!

This church definitely had the best ceiling out of all the 11 churches we visited! Hindi sila galit sa kahoy! YUN LANG!

This church in Pakil had an extension at the top of the mountain. If you could see that white thing on top of the mountain on the last picture at the right, that is its extension! I wonder how people go up there just to celebrate mass.

Last stop of this mini adventure was in our All time favorite, LILIW LAGUNA! The Land of the shoes (some imported from Divisoria! HAHA) I could not remember when we discovered this place! I think it was my parents’ officemates who gave them (parents) the idea of going there so when we did, we liked it and we never missed coming up here whenever we were in the area. Then it got publicized and up came the tourists from Manila!!!

Funny, coz my sister wasn’t able to take note of this church’s name so I only looked it up now and coincidentally, we ended up starting and finishing our Visita Iglesia in churches with similar names! AMAZING!

As you can see, we only visited 11 churches this year. That’s a first! Normally we would complete all 14 churches in a day, however, since we arrived late in Liliw and since usually we also do a little shopping here. we decided to finish the Stations of the Cross here as well.

We started off at around 8:30 in the morning, ended up in one of the gas stations in SLEX at 9 pm and I’m not exactly sure what time we got home though. I was a bit irritable when they woke me up to have dinner at our stopover but good thing I immediately got back to my hyper self afterwards. We passed by lots of people who took part in the annual ALAY LAKAD to Antipolo from as far as Taguig city! I could not even imagine myself walking from our house in Cainta (which is in Rizal already) to Antipolo, what more if I lived in Taguig. Anyhow, I had a great time this year. Glad we have 4 days off from training in the hospital. I could really use the time to catch up on the much needed rest I was hoping for ever since this training started! Thank you Lord! I love YOU!

**photos taken with my phone, papa’s pictures to follow!**