Memento Mori

Ugh! I can’t get this phrase out of my head. I know, you guys probably heard this countless times. I know I did- from movies, documentaries and anime, etc. Memento mori is a latin phrase and here’s what google has to say about it:

me·men·to mo·ri
məˈmenˌtō ˈmôrē/noun
an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull

an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull
an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull
an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull

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Wikipedia defines it as:
Memento mori (Latin: “remember that you have to die”) is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Today can be considered as #thoughtfulthursday because so many thoughts are coursing down my mind. I just have to right some of them down. Those ideas that probably can be of help to others as well.

I like this phrase because it reminds us of our mortality. That we only have borrowed lives and that someday, we will die and our earthly body will turn into dust. Therefore, we must hasten, let God use us for His purpose and do good for we know not the hour of our demise. But this does not mean that we go about life fast paced worrying about death. The thing is, I begin to appreciate life more and how precious it is and the people and everything that surrounds us. As I always tend to forget, every second counts. So, I remind myself to tell those dear to me that I care, love and miss them. Maybe that single message could totally transform a dull day into something much better. Share your thoughts and feeling. It’s free. Also, God is only a prayer away if you need Him. So why fret?

In conclusion, memento mori reminds us we are mere mortals. However, we are assured by Jesus’ return. Where He will take the faithful’s weary soul back to that heavenly kingdom He so longed to be occupied by the human race.

X.O.

CaRe

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Reflections on Job

Job 1:21

And said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Hello. It is unfortunate that I developed a folliculitis on my left calf post electrolysis. It went from a small pimple-like spot into full blown boil, 1 inch in circumference. Five days post treatment and it was very sore it seems impossible to walk due to the excruciating pain I felt. I felt awful and were having thoughts of self pity. However, I remember Job of the ancient Bible times. Imagine the pain he must have felt both emotionally and physically. His children was slaughtered, his animals stolen from him and he was ridiculed because of his steadfast faith towards God.

After wallowing in bed watching Kamisama Kiss, sulking pathetically because of the state I’m in, pouting that I can’t go out to have dinner with friends; it dawned to me- life is short. Every second of it is precious. And the condition I’m in is nothing compared to whatever Job have undergone. So, I got up. Thanked God and asked Him to continue to bless my meds and heal me from my affliction. I bathed, dressed the wound, ordered pizza and invited some friends over and had a great time.

This experience taught me that I have the power to turn a morbid day into a happy one. By reacting possitively to it. Also, in every circumstance, don’t forget to give thanks and glorify God.

X.O.

CaRe

Bittersweet: Christmas, Bangkok Style

Christmas is just around the corner and decorations had been set up by various establishments, malls mostly, here in the City of Angels. One favorite of mine is in Central World where giant white Christmas trees were set up outside surrounded by yellow carnation like artificial flowers lit by tiny series lights. 

 

For me, it is the perfect setup and somewhat a tribute to the late King Bhumibol (coincidence or not) since the color yellow usually represents his majesty. Until now I am still amazed by the Thai people’s love for the late monarch. The place also emanates a magical glow and provide a great backdrop for portraits. Bokehlicious everyone. It is great place for hanging out with friends and family and for photo enthusiast like moi. 

Hungry? No sweat! Food and drinks are readily available. From Thai food at the far end of the grounds or some international flavors near the Christmas displays. Chang beer have a stall with a live band (great band by the way, very entertaining) and cozy bean bags for those beer lovers out there. I love to stay and enjoy the music inside the makeshift bar, problem is, I don’t have a penchant for beer. Do try Guss Damn Good artisan icecream near the Chang stall. It is worth every lick/bite. Smooth and creamy just the way I like them icecream. 

Our second two scoops in a cup.
So if you’re in town and have time to spare. You may want to visit Central World. If not for the Christmas display, the food might convince you. 😅 Happy holidays. 

Cheers!

X.O.

CaRe

P.S. Coming on weekends is a hustle because of a huge crowd. Go at your own risk lol!

Enjoy the photos:

Pretty cosplayer 😊
Cheeky little fellow. Cutest reindeer I’ve ever seen!

Don’t do tomorrow what you can do today.

I should print this and post it in my wall.

I’m a pathologic procrastinator. The kind that put something off up to the last minute. Well, not all the time and certainly not those very important stuff like work related, but for minute things such as practicing with my clarinet, finishing a drawing or painting, exercise, booking a ticket or hotel, sending snail mail, sleeping in or going to a place I want to take photos of. In the end, I suffer some mishaps though not life threatening, thank goodness, due to my procrastinating.

To get something done is to begin -Anon

My morning had a somewhat negative start because of some mail I received earlier today. It made me realize “again” the importance of being prompt and the consequence of dallying around (sigh). So I told myself that I must break that habit. I usually tell that to myself  almost every night but this morning was a wakeup call for me. That being said, I finally went to Rama VIII Bridge (yay!) and took some good photos. Lost some calories too with all that walking around. It was really nice experience and a good lesson today. 

Do it now. Later may become never.

What is your opinion about procrastinating?  Any advice how to combat it without becoming uptight or neurotic about schedules and whatnot?Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos and I would like to hear your opinion them.

The iconic cable-stayed Rama VIII Bridge.

Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

XO,

CaRe

P.S. If ever you’re in Bangkok you can view this bridge whilst having a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya or just simply visit the site. There is also a park near it where you can have some picnic or go jogging. 

Dear Sleep…a love affair

She doth loveth sleep

Hi there! Remember when we were young, adults used to tell us to take afternoon naps or go to sleep early? Well, my mum urged me to take those naps all the time. But naughty little me wanted to play or do something more interesting other than sleep, so I sometimes fake it or simply resist it. Yup! You heard it right. Now don’t you look at me with contempt. We all did that once in our (errhm) not so distant past! Deep down, you reader can relate to this matter.

Fast forward to present and I’m all grown up, having a sweet, endless love affair with my bed (tsk!). Mum’s right after all. Yah know..that “mother’s knows best” old adage most of our mums used to threaten us with (wink-wink!). I can almost hear my mum saying “I told you so” right now. As adults, sleep became more of a luxury; especially for those people with erratic work schedules (special shoutout to those in the medical field).  Other than rest and relaxation it is vital for our health. According to NIH sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke yada yada..you know what I mean. 

I have this never ending love affair with my bed.

In conclusion, I want to tell SLEEP this: 

Dear Sleep, 

I’m sorry I hated you when I was a young kid. Right now I love you very much and I cherish every moment with you. 

XO,

CaRe

Disclaimer: Dear Sleep letter above is not mine to own. I just happen to find it on the web and felt a connection with the words. I deeply empathize with the author. Just so nobody would sue for copyright infringement. 😉 

P.S. I must go to sleep now..wayyy past my bedtime. Goodnight!