Monday, February 23, 2009


I was able to read Joel Lumen’s post on his acceptance of the Honest Scrap Award for his blog, The Daily Grind. Oh, what a humble man!

I have been blogging since April of last year and if I will only look back, I'll find out that I have gone quite far from where I started.

Save for the most basic, I knew nothing about the computer then, especially about the Internet. And, honestly, I didn’t even know what the word “blog” meant.

Social networking has a lot to do with how I was able to get into blogging. For it was a friend in a social networking site who taught me much about it. I learned from the messages we exchanged and the emails containing detailed instructions on the many “how to’s” that he sent me to finish the initial entry of the blog I started.

That guy was Joel Lumen, the author of The Daily Grind, who was instrumental in my entry to the blogging world, and one of those to whom I passed the Honest Scrap Award.

It was so humble of Joel to refer to his blog as “nonsense” and “senseless”. But it was from that same blog's form and substance where my very own blog was patterned, such that if A Friend Named Goddy received an award, should The Daily Grind from where it was patterned not likewise receive its own?

And if a student was honored for a job well done, should his mentor to whom he owes the techniques of doing that job not have a share of that honor as well?

Well, oh yes, Joel, maybe you don’t deserve that award. But only because you deserve an award of far greater value than that.

Congratulations again, dear friend! And thank you, dear mentor!

Friday, February 13, 2009


I created another blog, also here on It is titled The Lighter Side of Life and is written in Taglish (Tagalog-English). It is intended for Pinoys and foreign nationals who understand Filipino.

This second blog of mine is all about jokes. Its contents are supposed to be a deviation from the too serious topics some bloggers write. Although I plan to include some “adopted jokes” whose authors are unknown, as of this writing, all entries are original and my true-to-life experiences.

I do not know if readers will find them funny, but I hope they won’t find them corny. And in case some appear to be “green” or “for adults only” and kinda offensive, please let me know so I can remove them. I need feedback. And your comments will be most welcome.

So there, dear readers and fellow bloggers, welcome to “The Lighter Side of Life”!

Friday, February 6, 2009


The HONEST SCRAP is an award. According to past recipients: “This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.” Ms. RhonB (aka Pinkoy), complying with its requirements, honored me with this award.

I’d say it is quite ironic on my part to receive such an award considering I have just posted an article giving negative feedback on the giving of recognition and award.

Anyway, since I do not personally know Ms. RhonB, and judging perhaps on the contents of my blog, she deemed it right to give the award to me. And because I am trying to win the friendship of as many fellow bloggers as possible, I am, therefore, accepting this award—with a great deal of pride!

Thank you, Ms. RhonB! I feel greatly honored!

I quote the requirements of the Honest Scrap Award as follows:

“When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows s/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”

Now, here are the ten (10) honest things about me:
  • I used to be a mama's boy (and would probably still be one, if my mother is still around today)
  • Humility aside, when I was in Grade IV, I had a remarkable achievement. I put our school on the national map when I topped the national test where I got perfect scores in all subjects. (Ms. Rosario Liwag-Zabat, my adviser, presented me with a beautiful rosary with bluish crystal beads, a gift of my choice, as a token of her appreciation)
  • When I was 15 or 16 years old, I rescued a teenage girl from drowning in the river
  • I seem to have a "hero complex", making sacrifices for the sake of others especially my loved ones; giving way and sacrificing my own ambition so that others may succeed; so that those who don't have the means or capacity to get what they need will be able to meet even at least their most basic necessities
  • I am too good to be true yet, for almost always, I find the world so cruel... so unfair... so unjust... so unkind! I used to offer my other cheek whenever the other side was slapped (take note of the emphasis on "used to")
  • I practice self-emptying
  • I am a good provider to some of my siblings who still depend on me
  • I experienced nervous breakdown and survived not only the storm but the "tsunami of life"
  • I was nominated 2001 World Champion Amateur Poet by an international society of poets based in the U.S. (but I ignored the nomination and invitation not only because I didn't feel I deserved it but also due to severe anxiety that had overpowered me during that time)
  • I consider VINCENT BUENO--that young Pinoy pride who was born and raised in Austria--my rescuer... my hero!

Completing the requirements, I am passing the award to:

Random Snapshots From A Moving Train
Make the Most of Your Time
In My Own Words – Ron Centeno
The Daily Grind
Vanity’s Child
Nagging Thoughts
In My Journey

Thanks again, Ms. RhonB for making A Friend Named Goddy an award-winning blog! I hope to meet you someday (I believe we’re both in Subic Bay Freeport).