Archive | February, 2011

Congratulations Azkals! 2 goals against Mongolia!

9 Feb

I feel so happy today watching the Philippine Football Team- Azkals win the first “home and away” game with Mongolia in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers.  I thought  I won’t be able to watch it because it was suppose to start at 6:30 and I was still on my way home that time. But I arrived just on time! They were still standing, proud and tall while singing the Philippine National Anthem. Yey! Anyway, it was a great game especially for the Azkals! They were great! They did really play that well! I love it!

Anyway, here are the clips when the Azkals scored:

First goal during the first half, by Emilio Caligdong.

Phil Younghusband’s goal during the last few minutes!

Images of solidarity as Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests

4 Feb

I got this from a friend who shared the article on Facebook. And I thought I’d share it here too. It’s a good news out of the bad news in Egypt. Like I wrote in a comment in one blog, in the Philippines, we’ve toppled the government twice. I have only been in one though since I was just two years old when the first one happened. I know what it’s like being there on the street with people coming from different classes and religions, fighting for the change. I did it for my love of God and my country. I hope Egypt knows that the entire world is watching and that many people from the Philippines support this ‘People Power Revolution”.  I hope and pray that the unrest in Egypt will end soon.

Here’s the article:

Images of solidarity as Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:46 PM on 3rd February 2011

Striking photos of unity have emerged from the chaos in Egypt as Christian protesters stood together to protect Muslims as they prayed.

A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left vulnerable as they knelt in prayer.

The photos were taken in Cairo by Nevin Zaki.

 

Christians faced outward and joined hands in a circle to protect a Muslim group of protesters as they prayed in Egypt Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html#ixzz1CzeHMIMn

She shared the images over Twitter, writing, ‘Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.’

The suicide bombing, shortly after the New Year’s Day, killed 23 Coptic Christians, who make up 10percent of Egypt’s 80 million person population.

Muslim radicals have been blamed.

One Colorado resident posted an email online that he received from his mother, who is Cairo visiting her daughter, the poster’s sister.

She described a scene like those captured in the photos.

Just last month Islamic radicals were blamed for a suicide bombing attack on Christians that killed 23 in Alexandria  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html#ixzz1CzeeJoUu

Just last month Islamic radicals were blamed for a suicide bombing attack on Christians that killed 23 in Alexandria Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html#ixzz1CzeeJoUu

‘I am hoping to turn out an impressionist painting of the scene of Tahrir Square with tens of thousands of protesters in it in front of a huge government building at night. The largest protestant church in Egypt, Kassar Debara, is hidden behind it.

‘Some Muslims have been guarding Coptic churches while Christians pray, and on Friday, Christians were guarding the mosques while Muslims prayed.’

She also described the challenges of trying to leave the country.

‘I am asking God to help me find a way to the airport. Gas stations have been rather closed… Please pray for the helpless and hopeless in Egypt.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html

Vikas Swarup on Writing

3 Feb

“Writing is a very lonely occupation. To write you need to concentrate, to concentrate you need to lock yourself away. No distractions, you want your stream of thoughts uninterrupted. And I found that a day job gave me the opportunity of meeting people and having real conversations. The writer’s is an interior world, a world of the mind. I found that many times, even though my day job is very different from what a writer does, the spark of fiction comes from the real world. So no, I would rather be a diplomat and write on weekends.” – Vikas Swarup, author of Q &A

 

Q & A by Vikas Swarup

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