Wednesday, June 27, 2012

a cow based economic lesson :)

*This post was taken from my Google plus account*

*A Cow based Economics Lesson;

You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.

You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows.
No balance sheet provided with the release.
The public then buys your bull.

You have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you
want three cows.

You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.

You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

You have two cows.
You worship them.

You have two cows.
Both are mad.

Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.

You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

You have two cows.
The one on the left looks very attractive.

worldless/wordful wednesday

felt like running away from work and every body. so i packed my bag and head for panglao, bohol.

agenda 1: relax

agenda 2: rest

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

cousin love

cousin i love dearly :)). she's really smart and pretty. and she's the only person i know who does not drink any soda, not because she's on a diet or something but she literally do not like it. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

a foreword

Mother Teresa once observed that in India people are starving physically, but in America people are starving spiritually and emotionally.

God wired each of us with a spiritual hunger that can only be satisfied by him. We use phrases like “There’s got to be more to life than this.” or “I’m bored . . . restless . . . empty . . . unfulfilled.” Or even “I feel like something is missing in my life.” Even when things are going well, there’s always that little gnawing feeling on the inside. It is our hunger for God. We’re made by God and for God, and until we understand that, life will never make sense. We make the mistake of looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.

That’s what this book is about. It uncoveres the idols we create in our own hearts when we fail to look to God to meet our deepest needs. These idols of pleasure, prestige, passion, position, popularity, performance, and possessions inevitably betray us and let us down. They are, as my dear friend Pete Wilson says, “Empty Promises.”

Too often we allow ourselves to be conned by “when and then” thinking. When I get married . . . when I make a lot of money . . . when I achieve a certain goal or status . . . THEN I’ll be happy. But, as Solomon said, “No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8 NLT)
Advertising today is filled with empty promises that offer to fulfill our spiritual hunger. Products from coffee to cigarettes promise “satisfaction guaranteed” and “The taste that satisfies!” If that were true you’d only need one cup of coffee and never need another cigarette!

Without Christ, we tend to approach life like we do a late night refrigerator raid: We’re restless and can’t sleep so we get up and go to the refrigerator. We don’t know what we want—we just know we are hungry. We open the door and stare, scanning the contents, hoping something will look good and catch our attention. Next, we start “grazing”—nibbling a little on this, then nibbling a little on that. But nothing tastes good. Nothing satisfies. We close the refrigerator door, and go back to bed still hungry. That scene describes the lives of most people.

Today there are more than twice as many products and services available as there were ten years ago, and most of them promise what they cannot deliver. But are people twice as happy as they were ten years ago? Of course not. One man admitted to me, “Even when I get what I want, it’s not what I want! I’m still dissatisfied.”

This book points you to the answer in your search for satisfaction and significance. It will change your life if you’ll listen, learn, and apply the powerful truths it contains. Pete Wilson will help you recognize your real hunger and the only source for real satisfaction.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your hearts desires.” Don’t seek happiness, seek God! The promise of happiness isn’t contained in a product. That promise is found in a person—Jesus Christ. “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’” (2 Cor. 1:20) I invite you to begin the journey!

Rick Warren: Pastor, Saddleback Church

PLEASE NOTE: This is a foreword for the book Empty Promises written by Pete Wilson. I'm thoroughly blessed just reading this. i think the book must be a must-read too :) though i haven't read one yet... :(

in house trouble

june marks the 1 year and 8 months stay in our one bedroom apartment. 

we, meaning me and my sister, were close to transferring last april but was disappointed that some other renters beat us by one day with the 2 bedroom - 2bathroom - 2 storey apartment that we have been eyeing and considered ours for a while. 

we've been here for 20 long months but still the following are some things we need to work on: still.

1. peeling paints bathroom/kitchen sink.  i already couldn't count the time i have told my land lady that we need this things repainted. still no actions done. tomorrow i will again. and throw a tantrum if i have too.

2. leaking roof bedroom/living room. Now this is the most pressing problem. as you may have noticed we have already welcomed the rainy season last week. on the other hand this freakin' roofs were already given attention by the land lady's own in-house carpenter/plumber/gardener. again, no visible result. oh wait, there is, the leak transferred to a different part of the living room!

3. living room jalousies are missing. ’nuff said.

4. shower head leaking instead of showering because of calcification. done something about it already. don't ask. it's not lady like ;)

4. no dining table. making mental note to buy the cheapest of the kind. *cringing at the thought*

5. not enough closet. maybe we have become rich and that our clothes have been overflowing or gaining weight that our clothes have become bigger therefore occupying more space. i like the first idea better. although far from the truth.

6. constant traffic noise. i don't think this can be remedied. transfer can cure this one.

these are our "pressing needs". we have not done anything about some of these problems because we are broke. for now.  

and to redeem our home (yes, home now for 1 year and 8 months) from my own criticisms, let me just say that i love this place because of the back, which is actually our land lady's front yard. the garden's landscape is not that nice but the abundance of plants and trees and a big fish pond compensated for everything. and i can jog the probably 40 meters space end to end about 100 times and call it exercise. and besides i have very nice memories in the house :))))) *grins widely*