I Am Alive

All my life I’ve been so strong

I’ve been afraid to go wrong

In every life’s situation,

I find a way for solution

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been weak,

Realizing I was a freak.

In times of problems

I started to be solemn,

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been proud,

Shouting it so loud,

Never noticed how I boast,

I felt nothing but deep toast.

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been inlove,

To a girl and to the one Above,

It feels like forever

And endless together

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been walking,

But in spite of having nothing

I’ve strived to live life to the fullest,

My journey I believed is the best,

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been sorry,

I admit, my visions were blurry

I am not a perfect man as told

I commit mistakes so bold.

 

To feel that I am alive!

 

All my life I’ve been thankful,

For the blessings so wonderful..

To everyone who was there for me..

Who made me happy as can be,

 

To feel that I am alive!

Beautiful like a Rainbow

My heart beats like a bouncing ball. Finding its way out, fridges its deep innocence. Lies between my chest, melts the cold feelin’ inside. This soft touch behind my veins, I remember every words we said, “We will never say goodbye”, I can never felt so high like this, never ever felt like this before. Walking through the paradise, wanting to chase the suns golden rays, clutching the thin filthy fogs, grumping to lie down on a log. Promises falls, Promise land, Promise everywhere else. The doubt came by, and see how trust collides—broken vows, broken ships. As I opened my eyes, the thrilling waves upon my throat giggles my own versatile pondering. “Why would I still love if I know, that I will be hurt again?” then  I stopped and looked and listened to the chirping birds, the waving trees and felt the pain on my chest once again. Again, I found myself hearing the voices of the cracking noise inside my heart breaking apart like melting ice caps. Frozen vows, Frozen ships, see how delicate the crunching deep. Jade stones upon my feet, clings the bridges running waters. The rainbow shouts partying with grace. As I looked up and try to notice, how beautiful a rainbow is. Shines up in the sky, after a heavy droplets of rain. Forging down the vast oceans and lands, soaring like a moaning monster and as it stops, a rainbow appears creating no fear but as I notice it, a sad face written on it unnoticed- opposite to smile run down its chamber yet colourful bliss is seen. How beauty covers the brimming sadness. Then I looked up and said to myself, “I want to be a rainbow, beautiful like a rainbow. . .”

Droplets of Rain

August 15, 2014

High above from its deepest shines the warming glow of sun. Spinning through the wind, catching the sun’s little particles and chasing the clouds. Frozen valleys cloaked within the vast tip toe, stories behold in sights of an eye.Colorful bliss ran down my veins, seeing the oceans crawlin’ under my feet. Carved in my heart is swollen grace and joy. Wonders of life, golden tree fruitful blessings abided the light tempting shadows. As droplets flow thru the meddow, crunches of growls despite the oddness it brings. Grudges fades, collided with freedom as it flees flawlessly. Rain, Rain, Rain, ain’t you got nothing to say, express your love in a warm way. Stop the cryin’ showers, broken sunshine blossoms at dawn. New beginnings, new love, new life.. Rainbow smiles after the rain. Lil droplets, oh little bitty ones, your beauty is beyond compare, I’ll never see what a man can foresee, this feelin’ can’t go wrong , this feeling is in fire, I come to close my eyes, and feel the breath of life.

THE BEAUTIFUL YOU

❤ ❤ ❤

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Your smile that shines in my eyes,

Like the blooming sun that rise.

You’re glow that makes me happy,

Makes me giggle and snappy.

 

Are you getting tired my dear?

You’ve been running through my mind the whole year,

You make my life so exciting,

Tense feeling I’ve been experiencing.

 

I can’t get my eyes off you,

Following you to and fro.

I can’t resist from falling in love,

Are you an angel sent from above?

 

Do you have a map? I’m getting lost in your eyes.

I’ve found a diamond in skies,

So bright and precious you,

Who brings so much hue.

 

Everytime I see you, you turn me on.

Oh no, do you have a clone?

Everywhere I look, all I see is you.

I’m not drunk; I’m just intoxicated by you.

 

Meeting someone so special only happens once in a lifetime.

All I want is just to see you from time to time.

You look beautiful today,

Just like every other day.

 

Parang Kailan lang?

Sobrang tatag ng aking isipan ngayon sa mga maraming kapana-panabik na mga mangyayari sa taong ito. Noon, pawang isipan ko ay gulong-gulo sa mga eksenang masyadong madrama. Ngayon, mas pinapatatag ko ang anking kaloobang mag-sumikap nang makatapos sa pag-aaral. 

Hindi ko mawari kung anong kahihinatnan ng desisyon kong ito, basta’t ang alam ko lang ay ang aking pagtatagumpay ay magbubunga ng kasiyahan sa ‘king mga magulang na syang umagapay sa ‘kin para mag sumikap na igapang ako sa pag-aaral. Masasabi kong, malayo man ang aking pinagmulan, hindi rito nasusukat ang pag-asa sa’king puso na makapagtapos ng kolehiyo alang-alang sa mga taong naniniwala sa’king kakayahan. Higit kong inaalay ito sa Panginoong Diyos na syang nag bigay ng lakas sa’ken.

Hayyy. Next week na ang pasukan. Ewan ko lang kung ano ‘yung sasalubong sa kin, basta’t sa sarili ko, alam ko ang gusto ko. Papanindigan ko ‘to. Tatapusin ko ‘to. Kahit anong mangyari.

Marami narin akong narinig mula sa ibang estudyante na “UNDANG NA LANG KO”, OR “GIKAPOI NAKO”. Hindi ko kayang magbitaw ng mga ganitong salita sa buong buhay ko. Tanging sarili ko lamang ang makakatalo sa’kin kung magkaganon man sa oras na susuko na ako. Syempre, hinding-hindi ako susuko para sa ‘king mga pinapangarap. Sa buhay, pinapahalagahan ko ang meron ako ngayon… at pinapahalagahan ko rin ang mga ninanais ko sa hinaharap. ‘Di mawawala jan ang sariling bahay, lupa, swimming pool, negosyo, sasakyan, masaya at maginhawang pamumuhay. Naniniwala akong ang edukasyon ang solusyon sa kahirapan. Para na rin sa kinabukasan ng pamilya ko sa hinaharap, gusto ko silang makatikim ng masaganang buhay. Para sa’king mga magulang at kapatid, umaasa sila na ako’y makakapagtapos para makatulong na rin sa paghahanap buhay nang sa ganon ay ako ang magpapa-aral ng kapatid ko.

Malaking tulong ang pananalig sa Diyos at pagtitiwala sa sarili. Samut saring mga negatibo ang pinuno ko sa’king isipan noon nang ako’y naghihintay pa lamang ng resulta sa ‘king pag shift sa kursong gustong-gusto ko. Sabi ko noon nang nagfifill-up pa lang ako ng form before ako nagtake ng UPCAT, “ay, bahala sa Iloilo basta’t ang kursong gusto ko ang makukuha ko.” Kaya linagay kong first choice campus:UP VISAYAS, a.Chemical Engineering b. Accountancy. 

Kaya lang, ‘di ako pinalad na makapasok niisa samga pinili ko. Kahit nakapasa ako sa UPCAT, “DPWAS” naman ang resulta ng kurso ko o Degree Program With Available Slots. WEW. grave. Ang saya-saya ko talaga nun nung nalaman kong nakapasa ako. ‘Yun nga lang ang problema… 😦 is.. Kailangan ko pa palang mag susummer bridge sa Math nun kasi mababa ang kuha ko sa math. Kaya mas naging maaga ang pag punta ko sa Miagao, Iloilo. Ahay… hanggang natapos ang Summer Bridge Program sa Math, dun nalang ako sa dorm naghintay hanggang pasukan. Naghanap ako sa Registrar kung mayroon pa bang slot na available. Linagay naman nila ako sa BS in Fisheries. 

Naging okay lang naman ang 1st sem ko sa Fish, masaya naman at ‘dun ako sumuko sa pangarap kong maging isang Chemical Engineer. OH DIBA? *.*

Sa pagsisimula ng 2nd sem, parang may sumanib na spirito ng pag-asa sa’kin. Nang maging CS ako o College Scholar sa first sem, parang, may kung anong aura ang namuo sa ‘king damdamin na mag shift sa kursong gusto ko, at ito ang mga samut saring kadahilanan:

1. Ayokong tumanda na magsisi dahil hindi ko kinuha ang pagkakataong makapasok sa gusto kong kurso.

2. Ayokong ibalewala ang gusto ng sarili ko.

3. Gusto kong magtayo ng Winery sa Surigao.

4. Gusto kong maging isang Engineer.

5. Gusto kong magpa inspire sa kapwa kong kabataan na matutuong maghintay sa pinapangarap.

6. Gusto kong gawin ang mga gusto ko habang may panahon pa.

7. Gusto kong magpakatotoo sa sarili ko.

Ito, ang mga simpleng sagot kung bakit ako nag SHIFT. Alam kong, sa mga Fish Friends ko, sila’y nalulungkot, at naging happy for me dahil sa nakamit ko na sa wakas ang matagal kong pinapangarap. Hindi maipagpapalit ang tuwang nagmumula sa’king damdamin. Naway gabayan ako ng Diyos sa mga LONG EXAMS na aking susuungin. Alam ko sa sarili ko na sa bandang huli, ang lahat ng pinaghirapan ay mamumunga ng mabuti at kailangan lamang ng tyaga sa bawat panahong igugugol ko sa pag-aaral. 

MABUHAY ANG MGA ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. 🙂

NEW BEGINNINGS

THIS IS IT. THIS IS REALLY IS IT.

#Agosto11, 2014

Woh. Ito na ang simula ng aking bagong pagtahak sa bagong kursong pinapangarap ko. Talagang sabik akong mag-aral at sadyang punong-puno ako ng kasiyahan sa mga nagaganap sa’king paligid. Nais kong pasalamatan ang Panginoon sa kanyang walang-sawang pagsuporta sa ‘king mga desisyon. Syempre, hindi mawawala ang aking mga magulang na patuloy ang wagas na pagalalay sa’kin sa bawat hakbang ng aking buhay. Nway ‘di ako sumuko sa kahit anong pagsubok dahil alam ko nanjan ang Diyos at ang pamilya ko upang samahan ako sa isang kapana-panabik na simula ng aking buhay. Nais kong pasalamatan ang lahat ng taong naniniwala sa’king kakayahan na lubos ang ibinibigay na pagtitiwala sa akin. Higit pa riyan ang mga kasiyahan sa mundo na hindi mapapalitan ng anumang bagay. Sa bagong pagyakap ng mga marumero, maka agham, maka mandag na mga asignatura sa BS in Chemical Engineerings, gusto kong magsumikap habang nag-eenjoy sa’king ginagawa bilang isang estudyante. Alam kong mahirap ang kurso pero di ko iisipin ang mga balakid bagkus, iisaisip ko na para rin naman ‘to saking kinabukasan, para sa’king pamilya-kina mama, papa, at momai na umaasa na balang-araw ay makakatikim din kami ng kaginhawaan sa buhay. Higit sa lahat, para kay PAPA GOD na nanjan para sa akin lagi. Salamat, Good Luck and God bless to me 🙂

Sweet Addiction: Effects of becoming a Sweet Addict

BY:YOURS TRULY

University of the Philippines Visayas

Abstract

Sugar is utilized by the body to get carbohydrates as an energy resource. Also, consumption of foods that raise sugar level is highly appealing yet addictive than any other flavour.

Nowadays, most people prefer to eat sweet foods to reduce sadness or to break out from stress, but, it is a big threat to human health because such higher rate of consumption gives higher possibility of getting sick. Possible risks include poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression, chronic heart diseases and the most prominent one, diabetes- which is one of the causes of death in the country.

Health related issues can be acquired by the continuous over-consumption of sweets. Thus, the best way to minimize, if not to prevent a very powerful addiction is to practice “complete abstinence”.

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Introduction

Sweet Addiction: Effects of becoming a Sweet Addict

Sweet crystalline sugars are used in the body to obtain carbohydrates as an energy resource. It is a fact that consumption of foods that raise sugar levels are extremely appealing than any other flavours. Of course, sugar is highly addictive to a person’s taste buds. Another factor that attracts the individuals is the manner on how the food with sugar is presented. As long as there is chocolate on a plate, continuous consumption of it cannot be helped. Nowadays, people are truly addicted to sugar in order to use it as a form of self-medication to temporarily boost their mood and energy. Excessive sugar intake in our diet cannot only make us gain weight, but can also negatively affect our overall health. Aside from that, current news about these particular effects on our body is coming on flash in every newspapers, televisions and radios. It is likely to be a threat to human population.

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The Importance of Sugar

In order to achieve a healthy balanced diet, one has to choose a variety of foods in moderation. According to the EU’s independent scientific advisory body (EFSA), 45-60% of one’s daily energy intake comes from carbohydrates, including starch and sugar. These are considered to be the most important fuel in the brain as well as in providing the energy needed for the bodies’ organs to function. Sugar, as a typical carbohydrate, acts as a natural preservative. Adding sugar concentration in a food product can lengthen its shelf life. In contrast, if a jam with reduced sugars content will need to be stored in the fridge. No single ingredient can replace sugar in foods and replicate its many functions. Thus, replacing sugar often results in the use of additional food additives.

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How Sugar Affects the Brain and Behavior

Behavioral impacts like lack of discipline and due to individual’s overwhelming need similar to “shabu” can alter one’s healthy lifestyle. High sugar content of a product can be referred as “High glycemic foods.” (Hyman, M., 2008)

High glycemic foods trigger a special region in the brain, which is “ground zero” for conventional addiction such as gambling or drug use, the “Nucleus Accumbens” (NA). It involves a process of which is based chiefly on two essential neurotransmitters: “dopamine,” promoting desire and pleasure; and “serotonin,” whose effects include satiety and inhibition. As an effect, many overweight and pre-diabetic or diabetic individuals exhibit a similar biological addiction to sugar via NA stimulation. Thus, its addictive potentials are referenced to “binging, withdrawal, craving and cross-sensitization”. These behavioural effects were said to be related to neurochemical changes in the brain that also occur during addiction to drugs. Neural adaptations included changes in dopamine and opioid receptor binding, enkephalin mRNA expression and dopamine and acetylcholine release in the nucleus accumbens. Brain changes occur like those of getting off drugs.

Nicole Avena, a neuroscientist at Columbia University, has shown in her lab experiments using rats with how overeating of palatable foods (like sugar) can produce changes in the brain and behaviour that resemble addiction. In humans, just seeing pictures of sweet milkshakes triggered brain effects like those seen in drug addicts. It was strongest in women whose answers showed they were more hooked on eating.

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Consumption of Sweet Foods

Sweet addiction is a term used to describe a natural occurrence of eating sweets again and again. Sweet addicts can be defined as habitual sugar user. From palatable pastries to halo-halo, ice creams, fruit juices, cakes, soft drinks, and dark chocolates, these are the sweet foods that world definitely cannot live without. Indeed, there are considered bad effects of over-consumption of sugar like overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, and depression. These effects are linked to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.

Limiting the daily sugar consumption varies with gender. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), foods with high sugar level should be 7% or less on a daily calorie intake—comprising 6 teaspoons (100 calories) for women and 9 teaspoons (150 calories) for men. Hence, due to increasing health risks brought about by excessive sugar intake, the World Health Organization has recently recommended that added sugars should be at maximum of 10 percent of the total calorie intake per day.

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Effects of Overconsumption of Sugar

Every year, sugar consumption increases due to the rising demand of the commodity. Sugar can cause people to lose control over their consumption. Effects of over-consumption of sugar include overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, and depression. Aside from that, eating too much sweet foods and uncontrolled lifestyles are the major contributing factors to increasing rates of obesity. Sugar level in the blood is affected by “high glycemic foods” that can be addictive thus, causing the quickest blood sugar level rise. In fact, people are becoming obese due to uncontrollable craving of these kinds of foods and more likely, can be prone to diseases, mostly Diabetes type 2. Studies have observed that improper eating habits and less exercise cause the prevalence of protein energy malnutrition, Vitamin A deficiency, iron deficiency anemia and iodine deficiency disorders, and increasing cases of overweight children, which leads to increase risks to cardiovascular, and lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, among others. Children could succumb to excessive sugar content, causing energy imbalance; the promise of a more palatable tang – sugary, that is – is dismissible.

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Five Clues of Addiction

Here are five symptoms of a person addicted to sweets: (1) due to uncontrollable cravings, an individual consume certain foods even if he is not hungry; (2) one that doesn’t worry about cutting down on certain foods; (3) a person feels sluggish or fatigued from overeating, (4) one can have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food issues and yet keep eating the way he does despite the negative consequences; and (5) an individual need more and more of the foods he crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions (Luwig, D., 2004).

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Conclusion

Prior to that, the best way of helping an individual not to overly crave for sweets is to simply avoid processed sweet products and satisfy one’s sweet tooth with fruits instead. Well, this is associated with “complete abstinence,” which is the only reliable way for true addicts to overcome an addiction. The sweet truth is that it is really the time for us to be aware. Take a look on our health condition and protect ourselves from addictive substances, including sugar by having a controllable healthy lifestyle.

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