Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Challenge for New Heroes

[Caution: Definitely contains LOTS of spoilers. Read anyway!]

Around two years ago, my friends and I were discussing about the possibility of an Avengers movie. I told them that it won't happen without first introducing Captain America. However, the challenge is how to make him relevant to our contemporary generation, and to all races.

I mean, he is Captain America. How more culturally narrow can you get?

Until I saw the movie trailer.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Good Morning!

I used to wake up with just one simple thought immediately filling my mind: what interesting posts did my friends have on Facebook while I was asleep?

Nowadays, it's

Friday, July 22, 2011

Waiting for the Big Wave

I never dreamt of surfing. As much as I might love frolicking in the beach or pool, I hate swimming – because I never learned how. It's a long story. Instead, let me tell you about Bethany Hamilton, the protagonist of Soul Surfer.

For starters, the actress who played her role was hot.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A World Full of Wonderful Crap

Source: CNN
I feel guilty that for a long time, my daily morning routine mostly involved checking out Facebook, or new manga chapter releases –  even to the point where I often forget about my daily Bible devotions. So to cut myself some slack, I've been trying to revive my old habit of reading the news lately. And came across this article about reinventing the toilet bowl.

Talk about crap.

Seriously, I haven't given the thought of toilet innovations that much consideration before. I mean, it's literally crappy. Or is it? I found myself surprised as I read through the story - how a simple invention like the toilet bowl has saved lives and changed civilization! As Robin would exclaim, "Holy crap!"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Finding the Write Company

I am not an otaku. But I admit that I am a fan of Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail, Mahou Sensei Negima, Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai Deeper Kyo, RAVE, Dai No Daiboken, Eyeshield21, Black Cat, Full Metal Alchemist, Psyren, Full Metal Panic, Yugi-Oh, The Breaker, Bloody Monday, Eden No Ori, Death Note, The World God Only Knows, Kekkaishi, Katekyou Hitman Reborn, Prince of Tennis, Soul Eater, D.Grayman, Noblesse, Shaman King, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Busou Renkin, Code Breaker, Gamaran, Break Blade, Detective Conan, Hunter X Hunter, Yureka...

And of course, there's Bakuman.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Donuts!

Sometimes you just have to admit that your blog sucks. I mean, what have I been blogging about all these years? Unlike my friends Mights (who runs Transformational Leadership) or Stef (the infamous owner of God Spotting), my blog seems... pointless.
Looking at my own life, I get even more depressed: at the age of 30–
  • I don't have a savings account;
  • I wasn't able to finish college;
  • I'm just a bedspacer;
  • I'm overweight;
  • My earnings are... not what it used to be...
  • and I'm still single (well, that's not exactly negative... isn't it?)
I hate celebrating my birthday not just because it reminds me that I'm really getting older, but because it makes me reminisce of happier years... years when dreaming and achieving were like Siamese twins... until the painful realities of life tore it apart...

But then, thank God for the free donuts.

Monday, July 11, 2011

I just came across an article about Google +'s move to delete private accounts by July 31. Well, a social network made of private accounts is not a social network; it’s either an underground cult, or just a social den of anti-socials (which in itself is a paradox)… I think the whole point of social networks is to be public – if you preferred privacy, why bother signing up in the first place?

Now, controlling the information you reveal or place in the first place - that's a different topic.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Our mini-series on ChurchNOW (entitled 'Keep the Change!') just ended. Realizing this made me feel a bit relieved; yet, at the same I felt nostalgic and sad. There was so many ideas I wanted to talk about on the topic... but then, I guess that's why blogs were created.

What does it mean to keep the change? Is it about enjoying fringe benefits with no strings attached? Or is it about having a changed lifestyle? What if it means living a consistent lifestyle of change?

Change is constant - that's what people believe. But sadly, change isn't always progressive: some live such changes like a yoyo, a see-saw, or the proverbial cliché of the wheel of life. But change can be something more than just a cycle. Change can have velocity - not just a Brownian movement, but a sense of purpose and direction.

Intentional change. Are we ready for it? In a society that endlessly begs for it, why don't we spare them some real change?
It's just a few days away from our Single Adults retreat when I stumbled on this social network. Cool! Same title!

I kinda like the concept of this network - amplifying ideas, thoughts, passions, interests. Even friendships. More than just connectivity, it promotes intellectual intimacy (thank God, I won't be seeing any online romantic mush on my streams here!).

But more than brain connection and amplification, I dream of a socially relevant faith: where a simple hope can influence and change a generation, where a simple voice can rally a revolution, and where a simple step can lead a march towards a better future.

What's there to amplify in me?