• Amalgamations of Peter Paul


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    Peter Paul
  • Author's Note


    The term 'amalgamation' pertains to a combination of two or more. This is a personal blog which is a combination of musings of my activities, thoughts, inspirations, ideas, and everything that happens around me.

  • Be inspired, have peace of mind


    As a personal blog, there are articles written not just for the sole intention of writing but are also directed to share experiences to uplift and inspire the downtrodden.

  • Love, love, love


    There's beauty in everything. Be filled with love as you listen to love songs you may want to sing along with.

  • Tragedies and Disasters


    Life isn't always about fun and happiness. Get a glimpse of me as I speak my mind about tragedies, disasters, and pains.

  • Hope


    Life won't have meaning if everyone turns blind and start to see no hope. There is always hope, just waiting to be lit. Read through articles filled with hope.

  • Movies and so much more!


    Occasionally, I'm inclined to write reviews for movies, places, restos, or just about anything. Watch out for those cutting remarks! =)

  • Journey


    Hey, life's a journey. What better way to immortalize oneself than through writing?

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Man on the Mirror

Sunday, January 31, 2010

If you could draw a perfect face for yourself in the mirror, how would you look like?

Are you gonna look like one of those male or female models with perfectly gorgeous faces and sparkling smiles?

At some point we all wish to be somebody else. Perhaps somebody popular or wealthy or whoever that may be. Point being that we don't like ourselves enough. Or we feel like we're just not entirely who we want to be.

I guess I'm writing this post to remind myself that I am exactly who I should be. You too, dear reader. And everybody else.

Insecurities prevent us from showing the beautiful person who we really are. They are borders that imprison everything good in us.

Like for example this friend in college whose got talent in singing but didn't want to join competitions because he thought he was too fat to be seen by an audience.

There were times at work too that I just wanted to give everything to my assistant for completion because I felt I already had too many tasks in my hands, undermining my ability and skill to multi-task with speed and precision.

Drawing the line between always being at the top of what you do best and wanting to be laid back and be simple, can help you overcome some of your insecurities. And finding the balance between the two is where you can find your real contentment and happiness. Going through that won't be easy but it's definitely going to help you discover who you are as a person and what you really want to become.

So would you still draw a different face when you have that moment to look at the mirror? If your answer is still yes, and your attitude towards life is always wanting to be somebody else, then you'll never be contented. "A self-centered man is a discontented man."

Your attitude may not be enough to define who you are as a person but it will define whether you will become a happy person or a sad person when you're old.


Friday, January 29, 2010

There is hope!

I felt a mixture of emotions when I read this article in Yahoo! News earlier today. A Haitian girl was rescued on Wednesday after 15 days of being buried under the rubbles from the devastating quake that struck Haiti on the 12th of this month.

She was very weak and severely dehydrated when rescuers found her. They had to tranquilize her to keep her calm and stabilized. She was very thin and had arterial tension.

She spoke with great difficulty but managed to say she was happy being rescued. And that she was worried about her friends.

Click here for full article in Yahoo! News:
"Hopes of finding more survivors are now fading by the day, especially as Haiti has been rattled by dozens of aftershocks following the initial quake.
Experts say each powerful new tremor diminishes remaining hopes for people buried in rubble, who risk being crushed by masonry dislodged by the new tremors.
Cases of trapped survivors holding out for a week after an earthquake are considered extraordinary, while surviving beyond 10 days is extremely rare.

But the rescue teams are not giving up."
We have to keep believing. There's hope.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

I've been wondering why Google adsense declined my application to run ads. It turned out, they have issues with my website.

Under Google Adsense Program Policies:

"Copyrighted Material

AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content. Please see our DMCA policy for more information."
And I'm thinking NuffNang more or less have the same policy as well. I have embedded quite a number of videos here that I think have copyrighted materials in them. The videos are not mine. They are from YouTube embedded I deem fit for my entries."

I want to try running ads, but I guess that won't be happening anytime soon.

The Climb

To set the records straight, I'm not a big Miley Cyrus fan and because of that, when her cut, "The Climb" was released, I didn't pay attention to it. Until I heard Joe McElderry of "The X Factor '09" sing it live.

The song basically talks about dreaming big and having the fears to go for it. I like the part where it says you got to keep trying and keep your head held high. Though there will be times you'll fall, it's about keeping the faith to continue climbing.

It's not about how fast you get there, nor about what's waiting on the other side. It's the climb!

Keep the faith and find the inspiration to keep climbing your mountain.

Joe McElderry

Miley Cyrus

The Climb
Songwriters: Alexander, J., Mabe, J.

I can almost see it
That dream I'm dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

And I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

Navigation Bar

Finally got that horizontal navigation bar up. Yey!

Mr. Piano Man

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Definition of Music
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"How to define music has long been the subject of debate; philosophers, musicians, and, more recently, various social and natural scientists have argued about what constitutes music..."

"Music may be defined according to various criteria including organization, pleasantness, intent, social construction, perceptual processes and engagement, universal aspects or family resemblances, and through contrast or negative definition."
I searched Wikipedia for the definition of music in an attempt to explain how it feels everytime I hear live piano playing. Like when I was listening to this piano man play the piano at the mall earlier this afternoon.

I always feel an unexplainable captivation when I hear the sound of a piano playing. The melodies, no matter what song it plays, seem to wrap my heart with gladness and awe for the sense of serenity I feel by listening to it. It's reminiscent of everything calm, happy and peaceful.

I never even had to know what the songs were, yet I felt the kind of happiness you feel when you're completely contented.

The kind of happiness where you feel like nothing can ruin your day. The kind of happiness you feel when that special someone says nothing yet tells you everything in a single smile.

It felt weird standing there yet feeling like I was on top of the world looking at the breathtaking view from the top of everything that defines happiness.

I remembered back when I was in 4th grade asking my mom if I could take piano lessons. Only to get a disappointing response, "If only we had the resources and the means."

This is the one passion I have that completely and literally slipped through.

I just feel like I missed the opportunity that I potentially could be very good at.

It makes me sad.

Yet I know music is just always around to give a sense of comfort and security when I need it. And this is perhaps the most befitting definition of music.

In my dictionary, I'd like to define music simply as, a pocket-size, portable friend that gives inspiration even through darkest times.

It probably won't matter much, but know that you can never lose music. It's always around. So during times of tribulations, reach into your pocket, find that music that inspires. You'll get by.

Prayer For Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I've been very busy at work this week that I haven't even been able to check what's on the news lately.

Haiti is a poor country. How could they ever recover from this tragedy. Say a prayer with me.

"Lay your healing hands on Haiti, Lord. And have mercy."


Saturday, January 16, 2010

There are many reasons to be sad about but there's that one reason to smile. I'm swept away. Find your reason to smile. =)

Long and Winding Road

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's been a long and winding day at work today. I wish I had more vitality and strength to continue working. It's frustrating to think tons of work will be waiting for me on Monday. Oh well. It reminded me of this old Beatles song.

Swept Away

You know who you are. This one's for you.

"Swept Away" Christopher Cross

I never had anything happen so fast
I took one look and I shattered like glass
I guess I let it show 'cause your smile told me you knew
That you're everything I ever wanted at once
There's no holding this heart when it knows what it wants
And I never wanted anything more than to know you

I was swept away
No one in the world but you and I
Gotta find a way to make you feel the way that I do
I was swept away
Without a warning
Like night when the morning begins the day
I was swept away

And so it begins
This journey of love
The summer wind carries us to places all our own
The words of a look
The language of touch
The way that you want me means so much
And I never wanted anything more than to love you

Can't you see that
I'm swept away
No one in the world but you and I
Gotta find a way to make you feel the way that I do
I was swept away
Without a warning
Like night when the morning begins the day
I was swept away
Seeing my tomorrows in your eyes
I was swept away

I hope I wake up soon
I'm a victim of that crazy moon

The very first time you said my name
I knew it would never sound the same
Something about me is changed forever

Can't you see that
I'm swept away
No one in the world but you and I
Gotta find a way to make you feel the way that I do
I was swept away
Without a warning
Like night when the morning begins the day
I was swept away

Seeing my tomorrows in your eyes
Gotta find a way to make you feel the way that I do
I was swept away
Without a warning
Like night when the morning begins the day
I was swept away

We were swept away
Dreaming of you
swept away

"Half Full"

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Seems half empty.

So I come to this point again where I just want to stop what I've been routinely doing. Either I've grown tired of it, or just plainly because I want to try out new things with the hope that things can only get better.

"But what if it won't get any better?"

Then I get stuck with the decision, whether to go or to stay. For many, it's perhaps easier to stay, others find it easier to let go.


It used to be easy letting go. Those times when I felt I had the world at my fingertips, what I didn't like, either I let go, or I left behind.

I did not care.

Things are always easy that way. Throwing away stuff without first figuring out their value.

Family. Friends. Career. Self.

I threw away many things thinking I was cleaning a clutter, only to find out in the end there's nothing left to organize and put into place. I became empty.

But the world is merciful and it gives you countless chances of happiness when you open yourself to sacrifices and pain.

The only way to feel warmth is when you come in from the battering cold. The only way to experience happiness is when you've fought and overcome a painful sadness. The only way you see the sun is when you've survived the night.

I don't think it can be taught other than experiencing it first-hand. There are lucky ones who never had to lift a finger to experience the abundance of this materialistic world. And I've always wondered about their definition of happiness.

Does it also make them happy when someone smiles at them while talking about their busy day at work? Or when someone wipes away their tears when talking about a bad past? Or when someone smiles at them and whisper the words, "I love you"? Or does their happiness always come with a pricetag?

I don't want my definition of love to change. I've always defined it as, the freedom to care and sacrifice unconditionally for someone worth it. I like it simple, clear and priceless.

Life has never been easy. I endured years of regret before God gave me the grace to be able to make sound decisions to not have regrets. He punished me with tasks I thought would mark my death. God gave me one reason to smile only after He gave me a billion reasons to cry. And that's more than enough for me. I found that spark to guide me through this dark journey.

So I went back to look at the glass that's half empty.

I'm living life. And with that spark shining to guide me, I can make it. I'll make the most of what I have. Even if I don't have plenty, I have enough. You'll see me smiling, when I get to You.

So I decided. The glass isn't half empty at all, it's just half full.

You Were There

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This one's for a dear friend. Thank you so much for the friendship. Spread your wings, God will be there to provide the wind for you to soar. God bless. We'll miss you...

Then You Look At Me

Friday, January 8, 2010

Then You Look At Me
Celine Dion

Laugh and cry
Live and die
Life is a dream we're dreaming

Day by day
I find my way
Look for the soul and the meaning

Then you look at me
And I always see
What I have been searching for
I'm lost as can be
Then you look at me
And I am not lost anymore

People run
Sun to sun
Caught in their lives ever flowing
Once begun
Life goes till it's gone
We have to go where it's going


And you say you see
When you look at me
The reason you love life so
As lost I have been
I'll find love again
And life just keeps on running
And life just keeps on running
You look at me and life comes from you.

Looking Through Your Eyes

Looking Through Your Eyes
LeAnn Rimes

Look at the sky
Tell me what do you see
Just close your eyes
And describe it to me
The heavens are sparkling
With starlight tonight
That's what I see
Through your eyes
I see the heavens
Each time that you smile
I hear your heartbeat
Just go on for miles
And suddenly I know
My life is worth while
That's what I see
Through your eyes

Here in the night
I see the sun
Here in the dark
Our two hearts are one
It's out of our hands
We can't stop what we have begun
And love just took me by surprise
Looking through your eyes

I look at myself
And instead I see us
Whoever I am now
It feels like enough
And I see a girl
Who is learning to trust
That's who I see through your eyes

And there are some things we don't know
Sometimes a heart just needs to go
And there is so much I'll remember
Underneath the open sky with you forever


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Let it wash away all pain and sorrow. Today is a new day. A fresh day to start.

Brand New Year!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Well, this is my first entry of the first day of the year. I didn't think it would still happen to me. Not most specially on the first day of a new year. There's so many things to be thankful for in the year that passed. But I'm excited and ready for 2010.

Saying goodbye to 2009 meant saying goodbye to a handful of stuff. I tied up the loose ends and cut off the things that just don't and won't ever fit. It's a brand new year. And it has begun.

It's profound and quite unexplainable when you find something valuable in the most unexpected place and time, and just as the year starts. It couldn't possibly be any more perfect.

I feel energized and refreshed. Like a huge weight has been lifted. It's almost liberating. A whole different world is lighting up. I found myself back. And I feel so young again, like I can conquer the world. It's crazy. And I'm hoping it's not just a dream.

I'm inspired!