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The No Greeting Policy January 3, 2007

Posted by benj in Family, Friends, Philosophy & Religion.

I got more than fifty messages over the holiday period that pretty much had the same message – it was a short and obviously sent en masse to every other person that this individual knew. There is nothing wrong with holiday cheer. It’s the perfect time for families to get together and spend time with one another. It’s a great time to show your appreciation for other people by giving them tangible rewards.

What I don’t get is why people would still insist on greeting you inspite of the fact that you find the occasion very insulting to the very fabric of logic. The event fails to stand on many paradigms – including the roman catholic one. yes, the church has already hijacked this date from a former pagan day of worship, but the link is precarious at best.

The last few weeks have been telling as far a my family is concerned. Most (if not all) of them now know about my atheism. Apparently, non-attendance to the service the everyone else went to spells out as a major red flag. To “euphemize” it to the young ones, I was labeled as a non-xtian as opposed to an atheist.

I appreciate my family for their open-mindedness and respect for my autonomy to make my choice – but personally, I dont think my atheism is a choice — to verbalize and realize my disbelief. I just hope those idiots who sent me merry christmas messages  (sans the atheist disclaimer) would acquire similar common sense.

The Thirty First, the First and the Second January 2, 2007

Posted by benj in Family.

The Thirty First

I spent New Year’s Eve with my Mom’s side of the family. A strong flare is captured by my camera  as  a flashy  torch  reveals its eerie glow. I was really ticked off with all the noise that night and I didn’t really take that many pictures. I’ll try to see if my cousins better shots than I did. hehe

Again, for the sake of redundancy – my younger brother and I posing for posterity during the first few seconds of 2007.


In Honor November 1, 2006

Posted by benj in Family.


Happy Birthday Bro! October 20, 2006

Posted by benj in Family.


October 20 marks the 14th birthday of my youngest brother – the bunso in the family — Benjamin Michael. We have a seven-year gap, but come on, that never really becomes an issue when it comes to being close to one’s brother, right? He has now entered the age wherein guys usually get into all sorts of trouble with underage drinking, girls and what not. He will make mistakes and learn from them. Good thing he has two older brothers – myself and BJ — who could readily guide him through these trying times. My brother and I are staying in Manila but we will be more than willing to make time for our little bro. Seriously, who wouldn’t make time to help out the baby in the family? Yup, Michael, you’re the baby. 🙂 (more…)

Weekend with the cousins August 2, 2006

Posted by benj in Family.

As always, it was crazy. Its only my fourth time to meet up with this guys but the chemistry’s insane.