Phoenix27’s Weblog

If you find yourself troubled, keep it to yourself, I don’t really care.

Crossroads October 1, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — phoenix27 @ 1:15 pm

I am on the crossroads again…. it seems that the only time I update this blog is when I have to think. But this is reality, I just need to resolve to be more diligent in updating.

13 years and counting!

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Hartford June 27, 2010

Filed under: Thoughts,Travel — phoenix27 @ 9:42 am

after 2 days of almost no sleep…. about 16 hours of travel, more than 5 hours of mindless waiting in the airport (and that’s just for the connecting flight from JFK to Hartford) arrived safely at the hotel at around 11pm, saturday night. At least it was still saturday (but we’ll have to thank the meridian for that, since I’ve been awake for more than a day already).

I left at about 7am saturday morning, arrived 9:45 saturday evening. Not bad huh – not! that just means I lost 12 hours somewhere between japan and new york.

it’s 5am sunday – haven’t done anything yet except blog and try to get my luggage in order (yup! I’m trying to get them out of the suitcase and figure out which ones to iron, goodluck to me!)

will post more later… good morning hartford!

 

SmartCarte

Filed under: Thoughts,Travel — phoenix27 @ 9:35 am

I was struggling to get it out of the line, too groggy to even try to read the signs. It costs $5 just to borrow a cart to lug around your luggage in JFK, and here I thought that this service has always been provided for free.

Guess I just got used to pulling a cart whenever I go through an airport – FREE of charge – that this came as a surprise. Imagine paying for a service that has always been vital to people carrying more than 2 luggages… which is necessary for long haul flights.

It’s free in Manila, Singapore, Korea, Japan – why is it not free in the land of the free?

and then after all that trouble – i find my luggage all broken… arrgh! airports!

 

New Year! January 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — phoenix27 @ 2:36 am

Happy New Year! Looking forward to a more positive and prosperous year… fingers crossed

 

summer’s over June 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — phoenix27 @ 11:10 am

summer is over so am back to trying to make sense with my life.

 

Heaven’s message March 22, 2009

Filed under: Pic of the Day,Thoughts — phoenix27 @ 11:07 am

This was right outside my window….

writin-in-sky

Any idea what it says?

 

A senseless death March 16, 2009

Filed under: Thoughts,Uncategorized — phoenix27 @ 10:30 pm

I was reading my daily ration of news and gossip from friends and colleagues when i came across this letter. It’s a letter sent by a loving mother, who lost her husband and child so suddenly. Am attaching her letter below.

Subject: A Letter from Lilian de Vera

Two months ago I considered myself as one of those blessed and happiest people on earth. Why not? I married a guy who was an  epitome of kindness. A guy who worshiped even the footsteps I made.  More importantly, our union blessed us with a daughter who not only  became the main source of our happiness….more so; she was the center  of our lives.

We’re simple folks who led a simple life. We felt the happiest even  about mundane things and inconsequential ones that most people would  only take for granted. Our joy mostly revolved on simple pleasures  like a sudden trip to Jollibee or a late night marauding of the  fridge for any leftovers. A perfect family with simple delights,  dreams and aspirations………until that fateful night on December  5, 2008.The day my husband and daughter were taken away from me in a  very violent way. That Friday night on December 5, 2008 marked the  beginning of all the terror, anguish and misery in my life.

In keeping with my ritual or “panata” on every first Friday of every  month, I went to Quiapo Church on the above mentioned date to pay  homage and respect to the Almighty One. My husband and daughter were  supposed to pick me up in Pasay City after which we planned on giving our daughter a treat to Jollibee. While riding the jeep, I tried to call my husband to tell him that I was on my way to our meeting place. But despite all the calls I made, my husband remained silent. A very unusual occurrence inasmuch as he seldom missed my calls. Despite my trepidation and wonder, I took the next jeep going home and prayed that everything was alright. I even promised to yself that I would forgive my husband for not answering my calls and for forgetting to pick me up.

I felt relieved when near our place my phone rung. Such relief was somehow only momentary….in fact the phone call I got was the bearer of the worst news in my entire life. My helper called, only to tell me that my husband and daughter were shot to death by “men in uniform”. The same men who were sworn to protect innocent people from bad guys brutally slew the two most important persons in my life. They were the same men whose sacred duty was to preserve the lives of the public against all harm and danger. Yet…….they were the same men who murdered my love ones in the most cruel, savage and inhuman way.

My husband’s face was unrecognizable because he was shot in the head at close range while he was kneeling with his head bowed down. My  daughter’s young body was riddled with bullets, one hit her head,  blowing her brains out.., all from too powerful guns and ammunition  fired by the “men in uniform” on two innocent and defenseless persons.

The “men in uniform” were allegedly on a mission to take some gang of robbers victimizing people at large. The police shot the crosswind van my husband and daughter were riding Based on some witnesses’ narration, the police sprayed bullets into the van despite the lack of provocation or shots coming from the van. In his last effort to save their lives, my husband grabbed my bloodied daughter and shielded her with his body while trying to run away from the police and tried to get cover from a parked jeepney. My husband and daughter were so defenseless. How can you mistake a  child for a robber? How can you shot at someone who was already kneeling with head bowed, an indication of helplessness.

My husband and daughter are gone…….forever. The pain I feel for their lost is too much too bear. And the only thing that motivates me to go on with life is the mission to seek justice for their senseless killing. If the people who are responsible for their death will be punished, if I could bring them the justice they so richly deserve, my pain would be alleviated. The misery I will live by will be lessened. My husband and daughter will be vindicated and I will learn to live the remaining years of my life in peace..

Thus: I’m asking and begging everyone who will come across this letter/e-mail to forward the same to all your relatives, friends, and acquaintances. . Help me bring my cause to the eyes of the people capable of steering the wheel of justice to the right  direction. Help me make the loudest cry worthy of attention by those people in-charge in rendering justice to those who deserve it.

Strength comes in numbers; it is where the impossible becomes possible. It is also where the unattainable becomes achievable.

My heartfelt gratitude for everyone who will take a moment in their too busy lives and forward this letter/e-mail to everyone they know. May God always protect you and your love ones from all harm.

Lilian de Vera

After reading the letter, I searched for the news coverage on this and here’s what I found…

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/137956/OFW-daughter-among-dead-in-Pque-shootout

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20081223-179589/Police-to-CHR-Robbers-shot-pa-daughter

http://services.inquirer.net/print/print.php?article_id=182090

It has been 4 months since their death, and there has been no resolution to this case. Clearly, something must be done.