Here’s one of my first poems. I was inspired by the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow. This was written back in 2006 when I was in first year high school. It was for our English class. I hope you guys enjoy reading it.

Midnight Rider

You can hear them running and screaming

While he is cutting and slashing

The whole town shakes with fright

As he rides all through the night

 

They say he rides a horse that’s black

And a heart is one thing he lacks

They say he wears a red cape

And when he sees you there is no escape

 

People first saw him 200 years ago

Where it all started is one thing I don’t know

Every night he starts his quest to find her

Thus the never ending quest of the midnight rider

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Haven’t written anything in a while, and I know I have a lot to improve on. What should I write about next?

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Don’t worry. This won’t be a sports blog. I won’t be analyzing every candidate, and give my pros and cons about them. However, I believe there is something that we can pick up from how the Lakers are handling the situation. That being said, I hope that you’ll continue to read on.

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I’ve been a Lakers fan since the 2001 Finals when the team won the NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers. And I don’t just consider myself as a fan, but as a diehard fan. So you can imagine my disappointment with them this season, and my reason for continually looking for news about their search for a head coach since their former coach stepped down.

If you read articles about the topic, you will always encounter the fact that the Lakers are taking their time. They don’t want to step in too quickly. But why is that? Why do they have to carefully look at all potential candidates, interview them, and weigh their pros and cons?

Here’s why:

I’m no coach or athlete, but when I hear the word coach I know that he’s the one who will dictate the system and the culture of the team. He is the one who makes the game plans. He is a person who should have a vision for the future of the team.

The right coach will lead a team to success.

So what’s my point? What can we all pick up from this?

Well, we can apply this to leadership (the coach is also a leader after all). If you are looking for someone to follow, someone who you want to be your mentor, you have to make sure that he has the right vision. He should be able to guide and lead you to the path that you should take.

If you are a leader, ponder on these things. Set a goal, have vision. Put your “team” in a position where they will be successful. Develop the skills and the potential of the people that you are leading.

And in case you’re wondering, I like Lionel Hollins to coach the Lakers next (Sorry, couldn’t help it)

It’s been more than 2 years since I put up this blog, and it’s quite obvious that I’ve been inconsistent when it comes to writing and putting up entries. That’s why I’ve decided to “reactivate” my blog and be more active.

I hope to regularly post blog posts starting June, and maybe sneak in a few this week.

I don’t plan to focus on one particular topic or theme. You can expect anything from personal experiences, travel, sports, film, poetry, and anything else I can think of. However, I will definitely write entries talking about the gospel, discipleship, and the like.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post 3 entries a week, preferably every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Suggestions and insights would be much appreciated. Please leave them in the comments section below.

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A few days ago, I went to my old high school to accompany my parents. In that particular day, they were celebrating what we called Teachers’ Appreciation Day. They had a program all set to thank the teachers. Students performed, some parents had a dance number, and food was prepared for the faculty to enjoy.

As I witnessed the whole event and as I saw some of my old teachers, I could not help but look back at my time when I was still a student in International Christian Academy (the name of my High School). There were teachers that I did not like at the time, and I’m pretty sure that there were some teachers who didn’t really like me. But time and time again, there is this one memory that always stands out when I think about my experiences with my former teachers.

I think it was in my second year of high school (I’m not really sure). Back then, I wasn’t really the best student. My goal was just pass the subject. I was lazy. I put little to no effort in my studies. I was content with being a mediocre student. I had that mindset for so long that I started to believe that mediocrity would be my limit.

So the almost the entire year by, and as you can tell, I mostly struggled through my classes (Especially Statistics). When the school year was almost over, we were mandated to take this national diagnostics test (Forgot what it was called). So, I took it. I kind of took it seriously and took my time with it. I thought about my answers (for the most part) and finished it.

On the day that the results were sent back to our school, my adviser at the time called me into the faculty office. I didn’t know why. In my mind it couldn’t be good. He showed me my results, and to be honest, they were pretty good.

He started to talk to me about potential, and how I was wasting mine. I can’t remember the exact words that he said. But that his moment stuck with me until now. No teachers ever took me aside just to talk to me about my potential–to just encourage me.

Whenever I remember that moment, I always tell myself that I would thank that teachers every time I could. Well, Sir Matthew Aleta, thank you once again for what you did for me. I don’t know if you really remember it, but I’m really grateful. I hope one day I would also be able to encourage others like how you encouraged me. (P.S. I’m pretty sure if you’re reading this that you’re checking my grammar and writing skills. If there are mistakes, please let it slide for now. Hahaha!)

I hope this post will also be an encouragement. To all the teachers and mentors out there, you have the chance to touch people’s lives. Don’t waste it. Don’t take it for granted. You can, and are making a difference.

To the people who think their limit is mediocrity, don’t think that way. You have potential. You can excel.

And to everyone, encourage one another. Build each other up. You can also make a difference in someone’s life.

One of the points in my bucket list is to go to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

One of the points in my bucket list is to go to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Last night, I had a hard time sleeping. So I decided to make a bucket list.

Here’s what I have so far:

A.  Play a round of Golf at:
Pebble Beach
TPC at Sawgrass
St. Andrews

B. Travel
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
London
Paris
Forbidden City & Great Wall (China)
African Safari

C. Activities
Sky Diving
Watch a Laker game at Staples Center
Watch a major golf tournament live.

Hopefully, I’ll able to check off some of these soon, and maybe add some more. What’s on your bucket list? 🙂

P.S. Hopefully, I’ll be able to update this blog more often. Got a couple of topics lined up. 🙂

“I want to know what influence you have on my son. My only son.”

This was a statement said to me by a parent of a smallgroup (Bible-study group) member I have under me. The said statement was preceded by questions about what a small group leader was, and what the “title” actually meant concerning his son.

A couple of friends were with me at the time, and they thought it was funny. Looking back, when you know the whole scenario, they might have been right to think so. But for this blog, I won’t delve into the details.

The reason why I’m writing about what happened is because it caused me to be reminded of one thing: When we lead, we are given the trust of others.

As funny as the situation might seem, the questions given to me were actually good and valid ones. Just like any parent, that father loves his son and wants the best for him.

Reading the paragraphs above, it’s probably obvious that I’m coming from the context of leading students in a church setting, but the principal can be applied to anyone who is leading a member of the youth. May he be a teacher, an org officer, or an “honorary” big brother/sister, etc.

As a leader in our youth service, I lead high school and college students. The people included in my group was entrusted to me by God, and by my pastor and by my leaders. But it is easy to forget that we are also give then trust of the parents of these students.

We have a responsibility to grow in the Word, so that we may share it to their sons and daughters. We have a responsibility to be good examples, so that their children may have role models.

Don’t take this trust for granted. Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility.

I know this isn’t the most well-written blog, but it was something I wanted to share to all my fellow leaders, and potential leaders.

 

 

For most of my high school days until recently, I wanted to make a short film/video. Storylines would be written, other people would want to join in, “meetings” would be held, but for whatever reason the projects wouldn’t push through.

But finally, 3 days ago, I was able to finish my very first personal, non-academic video project. It was shot on December 28, and the post-production lasted until around 3am of the 29th.

The video is nothing spectacular. The total running time is only a mere 1 minute and 58 seconds. But the fact that I was able to shoot, edit, and post a short video on YouTube is very fulfilling for me. I’ve wanted to practice film since I was a freshman in high school, and I’ve finally taken my first step (aside from academic work for my CommArts degree).

Now, let me share with you my work. It’s entitled “Mom”, and according to my computer, I wrote the script more than year ago. Thank you to my friend Kiel Mamauag for agreeing to star in my video, to my dad Stanley Uy, and to Kuya Edmund for driving for us.

I hope you guys enjoy my work, and please share it to others. 🙂

Here it is:

This will definitely not be my last video. My next project would probably be a music video of an original composition by a friend of mine. Please watch out for that by subscribing to my YouTube account. 🙂