Christmas in Bacolod

I had a fun, rollicking and quality time with my husband's clan, the Gallagas.

I love the dynamics of the whole Gallaga clan - Bing's immediate family, all his Aunts and Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

I love the closeness of the siblings and the cousins. They grew up together and created this bond between them that has somehow stood the test of time. They have grown and led their respective lives, some have moved abroad, but they remain close as ever and not allowed themselves to grow apart from each other.  They may have their differences from time to time but they know how to set those aside so they can enjoy each other's company, especially when those from far away are in town. Their craziness, eccentricities can be brutal at times, yet they have a loving way of picking on/ teasing each other and that's usually whoever is the youngest among the cousins or isn't around during get-togethers (a good reason to make it to the reunions, hehe). 

Their sense of humor is deep - they are witty, funny and can even be intellectual snobs at times. It's always a blast when they are all together, the repartee is enjoyable, interesting and not for the faint of heart.

I love to sit among the cousins, observe, join and listen to whatever it is they're discussing. I may not say it but I love all his cousins and everything that goes on with each of them. It could be movies, fashion, our children, their parents, uncles and aunties, hunk Hollywood actors, chismax among cousins and the least favourite, politics. Conversations are always interesting and deep, it could shift from frivolous subjects to more serious and heavy ones. Nobody is spared. 

Regardless of whatever goes on, there's no judgment. Well, that's how I feel whenever I'm in their company.

They know how to party, but also comfortable just being at home watching a movie, hanging out and just talking.

I have the coolest, pragmatic, loving mother-in-law.

They always made me feel how it is to have a family. They are sticklers for family traditions and old-style family values in relation to manners, such as showing respect to elders, traditional Sunday lunch with the clan matriarch. I think this is what helps create that sense of being a family.

I knew right away I belonged because of the food, I love to eat yet so picky but they know their food and drink - hahaha. They are adventurous and they take their food and drink seriously. It is never random or arbitrary, meals during gatherings are meticulously planned, coordinated and prepared.

Lucky am I in this lottery of life.. My deepest thanks I give to thee ... I don't get to spend as much time with them but they're never far from my thoughts.

They're the kind of family which keeps you going even when everything doesn't make sense. They aren't perfect, they have their issues, but they haven't let that get in the way of making each one feel the value of belonging to the clan. The positives far outweigh the negatives.


Filipinos in Harm's Way in Syria

Filipinos in Harm's Way in Syria:
29 December 2011 Moira G Gallaga©

The Philippine government has put a great deal of time, effort and resources towards the rescue effort and those that refuse to leave should realize that at a certain point there is not much the government can do for them.


To Do Great Work Is To Love What You Do

Your work accounts for a significant part of your life. In the light of the importance of work in your life, you must deliver your best work to be able to lead a life of self-satisfaction. In turn, the only way to deliver your best at work, you must truly love what you do. If you have not found a thing that you love yet, keep looking and do not settle for anything else.

Steve Jobs once said that our heart shall know when you come across the thing you love doing.  Satisfaction and happiness from work is a sensitive topic for many people across the globe because it invokes grief in them. This message is for everyone including those who have found the work they love and those who are still looking. Your work should satisfy and correctly represent you along with inspiring others.  Never bow down to a job, instead search your “life’s work”. Look for a source of happiness for yourself and inspiration for others.


Ticking of the Clock

Tick tock. Tock tick.
The incessant ticking of the clock
Long minutes turned into long hours
Clicking like the turning of a lock

How long have I lain here
Waiting for sleep to come?
Listening to time shed like skin
I’d hate to tally up the sum

I’ve counted a million sheep
Drank endless glasses of warm milk
Said my prayers and laid upon my pillow
Its gentleness softer than silk

So why hasn’t sleep visited me?
Have I offended you, old friend?
Please don’t forsake me now!
Allow me to make amends.

2011 Moira G. Gallaga©

Movie Review of Maria Full of Grace by Joshua Marston

Movie Review of Maria Full of Grace by Joshua Marston:
by: Moira G Gallaga©


1998: The European language

1998: The European language:

In 1998, World Bank made an attempt to engage in cultural niceties rather than financial. This was good and light reading although dipicult at pirst. Imagin ip we sfel Inglis the Kafangfangan wey.

Let me knov if you enkounter difikulties.

Moira G


1998: The European language

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would be known as "EuroEnglish." In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of the "k:" This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replased with the "f." This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will encourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful and they should go away. By the 4th year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords containing "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.


Cultural Center of the Philippines - SALSA: WE ARE THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC

Cultural Center of the Philippines - SALSA: WE ARE THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC:


Venue : Bulwagang Francisca Aquino
Time : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011

Venue : CCP Main Theater Lobby
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011


Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific is on its tour covering ten countries in the Asian Pacific, showing the culture of Colombian Salsa and its particular style of dance and the Philippines is the next stop.

From December 5 to 9, Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be in Manila to teach this seductive and rhythmic movement to Filipinos. The group is composed of Jaime Gonzalez, Jennifer Olave and Olga Acosta.

Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on December 7. They will conduct a salsa workshop at 1-4PM at the Bulwagang Francisca Aquino. They will have a salsa presentation at 6-9PM during the CCP's weekly Filipiniana Sunsets show at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

Salsa is an essentially Caribbean musical rhythm created by Latinos in New York City between 1930 and 1950s; it settled in the 1960s sharing the riotous popularity of other globally renowned rhythms, such as reggae and rock. Salsa is a cultural expression of music and dance which has permeated Colombian society, particularly in urban districts. Because of its power to seduce, it has also come to have close links with other forms of expressions, such as art, literature and film.

Salsa is more than a dance. It also tells a story. Writers have described salsa as the chronicle of the urban Caribbean, the lyrics of its songs mirroring the life of the Latin peoples. Its urban nature speaks of the marginalized life of the major cities and the daily struggle for survival.

Colombia, which has adopted dance as its most important manifestation of salsa, is the land that gave birth to the cumbia, the porro and other dance rhythms.

So why would Filipinos do the salsa? Just like Colombians, dance has always been an essential part of many Filipino celebrations and festivals. Just like Colombians, the cultural phenomenon of dance is strong in the Filipinos, who pass on the dance steps from generation to generation.


December 7, Wednesday

1-4pm Salsa Workshops
Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino,
Cultural Center of the Philippines

6-9pm Salsa Presentation at Filipiniana Sunsets
CCP Main Theater Lobby

10:30pm Dance Night Affair with the
Spirit of ‘67
Bar 360 Degrees
Resorts World

December 8, Thursday

2-5pm Salsa Workshop @ the Araneta Center
Sapphire Ballroom
Gateway Suites

Happiness is Like a Butterfly ...

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

If you have heard the lines, "Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." you may have wondered what exactly they mean.

It can be just as difficult to find happiness and contentment as it is to catch a butterfly, and the point is that if we do not make a conscious effort to find it, we will end up being happy anyway. Life should be about spending time with those people we love, and doing the things that we like to do, and if you follow that advice, you will be happy.

In order to know what type of life will be best for us, we need to know our own hearts; we must also be prepared to take the time needed to really know ourselves. Often, sacrifice, hard work and following your dreams can all lead to a state of happiness, and if you do not adopt these approaches, you may find that happiness simply passes you by. We all want to be happy throughout our lives, and the above words can help each of us to achieve that important goal.


Fish Kill

We are given plenty,
there is enough to eat
each soul living on this planet
thanks to Gaia Earth.

So much so
that every soul
from birth to death
can fill his cup to the brim.

Look at Nature
she’s our Mother
nurturing every child of hers
with love and care and understanding.

She has her rhythms
her spirals of calm and storm
she is gentle, sweet, a dancing beauty
she is firm, strong and Powerful!

Now at lake Taal
where it all began
nature was in balance
and everyone had enough.

Started as a little seed
of ill and insatiability:
“more money quicker more”
the Fishkill germ was planted.

Here’s the facts to those who care:
BFAR said 6000 fish cages will do
but the lake had 12000
double voracity mathematics.

The above is only one example
there’s many more seedlings
of overstocking fingerlings...
a greedy hand indeed.

Planktons were blamed
but they know balance,
1 300 Illegal fish cage
I bet you there is more.

“Nature is not the culprit...”

But man must still
confront his greed
snaking in the garden
of his soul.

2011 Moira G. Gallaga©

Filipino Football: Low ticket sales force organizers to give discounts for Galaxy-Azkals friendly

Filipino Football: Low ticket sales force organizers to give discounts for Galaxy-Azkals friendly:


Life's Recipe - Love LIFE

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.

There are times when you feel your life has problems like no else’s and that you are not important to anyone. When you start enjoying life in such trying times, you learn to appreciate the beauty of everything around you. Nature has given us only one life and the time passed cannot be regained. Life is short, live it.

Love is rare, grab it. Some people may love you without any reason and regardless of who you are and what you do; they will go on loving you. You must appreciate being loved and love back. It doesn’t hurt to declare your love for someone even if they already know about it. Treating your mom to that fancy restaurant she always dreamt of going to, taking your niece to a park and feeding a meal to the roadside kid gives so much love from so many people.

Life brings some moments of anger when you cannot control yourself. Remember, there is nothing in your nature that you cannot control without strong determination. Anger is bad, dump it. What you may regret later should be mended now. Learn self control and meditation that make your life as well as lives of your fellowmen beautiful.

Drawing courtesy of thinkinginsomniac

Each one of us has a weakness that stops us from achieving our goals. Living a life in fear is not living at all. Also, fear gets you nowhere and you become its slave for a lifetime. Fear is awful, face it. When you learn to face fear, gradually you will get over it. Nothing can come in between your dreams like fear can, so get over it.

Memories are sweet, cherish them. The first time you met your best friend, your first love, the day your child was born…there are innumerable memories stored in your brain. However, not all memories are happy ones. The sad ones can be remembered and thanked for as they have made you strong. Hence, Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.

2011 Moira G Gallaga©


10 Reasons to Love Your Girlfriends

Just a reminder from one of your friendly neighborhood feminists: Make 2012 a memorable year by celebrating the awesome women in our life. :-D

1. As much as your husband/boyfriend/guy pals love you, they don’t want to hear about your period. They don’t understand it. Just let them be. Girlfriends understand and sympathize, and they probably need someone to vent to as much as you do.

2. We’re not in high school anymore! Or hell, even if you are in high school, it’s well past time we all learn that other women are not our competition. There are more than enough human beings on this planet for everyone to find a match, so quit looking at the fun, cute, smart lady next to you as your enemy and make her your friend!

3. The simplest form of feminism is friendship among women.

4. Women are gorgeous, and whether you swing that way or not, there’s no harm in admiring the beauty of your friends.

5. Surrounding yourself with women you admire can bring out the best in you. After all, if these ladies are so great, and they’re friends with you, maybe you’re not so bad, either!

6. Motivation! When you have common goals with your girlfriends, it can lead to some healthy competition, but you can also spur each other on toward bigger and better things.

7. The more you love other people, the more you can understand and love yourself. How many old scars have been healed while trading stories with a girlfriend? Well, speaking for myself, quite a few!

8. Celebrating other’s successes is fun. You can have a great time being happy for your girlfriends. Your fabulous BFF has earned her success, and it’s encouraging to see her hard work pay off. Then, when your turn comes, she’ll be there to celebrate with you. There’s plenty joy to go around, so share it freely!

9. Creative energy abounds – you never know what kinds of things can happen when you get two or three (or twenty) inspired women together. Maybe you’ll put on an art show, launch a blog or start a business. There’s no limit to what friends can accomplish together.

10. Fun! Do we remember fun? What is life if you’re not having fun? And what better source of fun than your girlfriends? So, call up a girlfriend or two to meet for coffee, go shopping, watch a movie, just hang out, and share little tidbits about anything and everything till your cell phone dies, and remember to have fun!

“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.”

Campeones! Campeones! Oe! Oe! Oe!

Campeones! Campeones! Oe! Oe! Oe!:
by: Moira G Gallaga©


Not Caring What People Think

Not caring what people think is the greatest freedom that the mind can experience in life.

When you are truly free, you will not make decisions in your life based on the thoughts or opinions that are expressed by others. If you wish to live the life you were born to, then you have to learn to think for yourself and to learn the things that you need to learn in order to be a whole and liberated human being. When you can speak your truth publicly and with confidence then you know that you have attained true freedom.

When you choose to do what is right rather than what everyone else is doing you are a free individual. Free individuals march to the beat of their own drummer and do not care to seek the approval of others. This is your one and only life so you better be the one who is in control. Do not let life pass you by catering to the opinions of others. Stand up for yourself and be truly free!


Thoughts on LOVE

Self love is where all love begins. If we do not love ourselves, then we cannot understand what we have to offer other people. We will also not believe the love that is given back to us.

Love at first sight is possible as well loving people that you have known for your entire life. You can love everyone that you meet, even just a small amount.

If we do not have enough love in our lives, then we will wither away from wanting affection. In a vast ocean of love, we can easily get lost.

It can beat you down and make you feel like crying. It can also pick you up and make you feel alive.

Love is therapy. We can share ourselves with those that we love. We can let them get a glimpse of our true selves for a few hours or many long years.

There is nothing worse than the fear of losing a loved one. That is a misguided concept though. We are not alone. Someone will always love you if you know it or not. That gives you strength. With thoughts on love, you can forgive yourself as well as forgive others. You can slowly fall back under its spell again and again.


Trust Life a Little Bit

Most of us have had at least one bad experience, which often has the result of making us somehow mistrust life and assume that things are not going to work out. However, the past cannot be changed, and we should learn to put it behind us, and as is often said, everything happens for a reason. Our lives are not perfect, and all of us will experience bad times and problems at some point, and these are an inevitable part of life and cannot be avoided. 

We all have to trust life a little bit, in order to make the most of life and those opportunities that come our way. In addition to seizing opportunities, we have to learn how to take risks, so that our full potential is realized. If we simply trust in God, remain focused and work as hard as we can, things will generally work out and we can consider ourselves blessed. In addition, we can also bless others who are perhaps experiencing what we once experienced.

Ah, life. How I love you and your unexpected surprises. The way you keep us on our toes, and show us time and again who's really in control. I especially love your sense of humor, when we TRY OUR BEST to be prepared and you just send our plan out the window. Well, Life, message received.


Clash of the Spanish Titans

Clash of the Spanish Titans:
by: Moira G Gallaga©


AAARRGGHH!! The campaign of our U23 Men’s National Football Team at the 2011 SEA Games is almost over. The loss against Myanmar has left us no route to the semis and we only have a final group stage match against Brunei on Tuesday, 15 November 2011.

We lost 0-5 to Myanmar, and that was painful to watch and experience. Flood of emotions right now. True, Myanmar was the other tough challenge in the group along with group favorites Vietnam, so our team really needed to dig deep within themselves to come out with something from this match. Well, no rabbits out of the hat this time around and we got a painful and emphatic reminder that we still have lots of work to do and a long way to go. I’m not in the mood to dwell on this match, I just want to move on and look ahead. As it is said, there’s no point in crying over spilled milk.

So up next, there’s still a match against Brunei. A win is very much possible here and I hope the boys’ spirits aren’t too crushed. Hopefully, they’ll use the occasion to vent out their frustrations (productively, of course) and show us some more of those glimpses of promise and quality they have exhibited in the last 4 matches. Also, a win would be very helpful indeed as it usually takes a while for my husband to get out of his funk when his teams lose. Got 2 days of crankiness to bear until the Brunei match. Come on Philippines! Lakas Pinas!

For the bigger picture, today’s loss against Myanmar got me thinking about roadmaps. While Myanmar’s roadmap to democracy (Come on, I’m still bitter about the loss, just give me this little opportunity to take a dig at them, hehe) leaves much to be desired, their roadmap for football development is definitely right on track. Their U23 team has 6 players who are also on their senior squad and they’ve have managed to become a serious challenger in the region. While we were underdogs against Vietnam, we usually are considered as being on level terms with Myanmar. From the result of today’s match it looks like Myanmar is pulling ahead of us and we got catching up to do.

The same can be said for Timor Leste, the revelation in the group. Their match against Myanmar is going to be critical as they still have a chance of making it to the semis round. We were expected to win the match against Timor Leste, as we have been historically better than they have been in football. Well, Timor Leste has been hard at work and their roadmap for football development has been effective for them. They (their U23 team at least) are starting to become a force to be reckoned with in the region.

As for the Philippines, we were expecting to make the semis round. So gauging from this expectation and objective, we could say it was a disappointing campaign in general. Now, I will leave it to the experts and the more technically inclined to discuss and debate the issues and lessons learned from this campaign in relation to our own roadmap for football development. I’m sure those in charge know what needs to be done next. They have done so much for Philippine football in the past year, so I trust that they know what they are doing and that they have the Philippine football community’s best interests at heart.

Now, while the campaign may be disappointing in general this doesn’t mean there is no promise or hope. One needs only to recall the team’s dramatic come back against Laos to know and feel that our young group of players has a lot of heart and potential. In the matches they lost they were also able to show glimpses of what they can do if given enough time to prepare, and opportunity to gain enough experience and exposure playing against quality opposition. For me, the future looks bright and let’s continue to support our country’s roadmap for football’s development and growth in the Philippines. WE BELIEVE!! 

Life's a Journey Not a Destination; Veer Off The Path Once in a While

Life's a Journey Not a Destination; Veer Off The Path Once in a While:
by: Moira G Gallaga©

Anticipation or Instant Gratification

Instant gratification isn’t my style
There is no pleasure unless it was earned
I prefer to stop and smell the roses
Can’t play with fire with out getting burned

I have struggled, overcame, and achieved
I have come out from the belly of the beast
To be the person I am today
It was a battle to say the least

The tingling in my stomach
As the anticipation builds inside
I’ll take my time going through this world
The joyful youth  in me has not died

Patience and compromise became my allies
The rush of this fast paced world my only foe
Let this moment linger on forever
Let its delight be all I know

2011 Moira G. Gallaga©


How Barcelona players made Barcelona unbeatable as a team

How Barcelona players made Barcelona unbeatable as a team:
by: Moira G Gallaga© via Football Speak

Barcelona is a footballing side that can continue to dominate the sport of football for many years to come and with the heights they are hitting right now, they will certainly go down as the best team in history. Their current crop of players and their coach play an attractive and highly effective style of football that is guaranteed to bring them success for many years to come.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

For those whose heads are stuck in the sand, our U23 Men's National Football Team are currently competing in the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia. They lost their opening match to Vietnam, the group favorites, and then  lost to Timor Leste in their succeeding fixture. The team was expected to defeat Timor Leste but it was evident the Timorese have also been busy themselves improving their quality of play. Boosted by some Timorese-Brazilians,  they took advantage of our poor defense and got the three points. I was too bummed to write about the match against Timor Leste.

So two matches into our campaign we were the only team with no points on the table. Frustration and disappointment among the supporters was understandable. The U23s looked a promising bunch of players and there was reasonable expectation that they would reach the semis. However, things look bleak with the two opening defeats.

The lack of chemistry and fluidity was very evident. A number of the players based in Europe only flew in a day or two before the start of the tournament and were not well acquainted yet with the local based players in the squad. The defense in both matches was very suspect, and it is obvious that this area of their game needs a lot of improvement. The offense leaves much to be desired too though they did score a goal in each match. Still, one would think that if we had a crappy defense then at least have a strong offense so that for every goal scored against us we'd have the ability to score two in return. Well, it doesn't look that way gauging from those two matches.

To be fair to the team, they are a young bunch. More than half the squad will still be eligible for the next edition of this tournament in two years time. Just as long as the management and the training staff keep working on the issues and give these guys plenty of opportunities to get together and play competitive matches as a team, we can be optimistic of the future. These boys clearly need to be give the chance to gain experience and exposure in these types and level of competition. But that's for the future, there are still three matches left in this group stage.

Mathematically our U23s still have a chance, though it will also depend on the group leaders to slip up (though honestly, I find this doubtful). So the next three matches are a must-win for our team as hope always springs eternal, and if not, then at least for pride. Taking into account the big picture, winning the next matches are also what Philippine football needs to maintain the momentum it has obtained in the past year. While a good number of us Filipinos have already come to BELIEVE, there are still a number of skeptics out there who still a need a good reason to fully embrace this belief. Winning is crucial in this effort.

Which brings us to the U23s third match, against Laos. Like our neighbors in the region, Laos hasn't been standing idly by either and have also made comparable efforts to boost their youth squad. They have an Austrian coach and a young promising team. Like us, they are also obviously building for the future.

Our boys go into the match missing a key player, rightback Carli De Murga, due to suspension via yellow card accumulation. The coach maintained the same formation but tweaked with his starting eleven. We get off to a good start, taking the lead on the 7th minute courtesy of a Manny Ott goal. However, as the match wore on in the first half, the Laotians were starting to take control of the match. They were playing much better than we were, and gauging from my husband's body language and a few unprintable stuff coming out of his mouth, it appears our defensive issues were manifesting themselves once more. Sure enough the Laotians equalized on the 38th minute and go into the half even with the Philippines at 1-1.

Just like the match against Timor Leste, our team gives up a goal early in the second half and our team find themselves trailing once more. The Laotians continue to play better than our team and it wasn't that long before one of our players, Henrichsen, gets two yellow cards in the space of 5 minutes and gets sent off. We're down by one goal and now down a man too, bummer! I felt that second yellow card was kind of harsh. No point getting my husband's opinion on that one because in situations such as this I can't rely on him to be objective. 

Well, it wasn't looking that good and it appeared that our team was headed to our third loss and remain at the bottom of the group table. Less than ten minutes to go, I was praying we'd at least salvage a draw. Then, as it so often happens in the game of football, the powers above have decided to remind us why we love this sport so much and with so much passion. The footballing Gods have decided to once again bang it into our heads why this is the beautiful game. Down one player, down a goal and playing with a leaky defense,  our boys go on to win the match scoring a goal right at the end of regulation time to equalize and another to take the lead in added time and win the match. Amazing! We just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Laotians deserved to win that match, they played generally better and got a man advantage in the last 30 minutes of the match, but as they say in Spanish - "Es futbol!"

Just what the doctor ordered! A fantastic victory to restore belief, hope and pride. The team needed a win, we supporters needed a win, and to get a victory in this fashion - oh, it just feels so great.

Okay, chances to get to the semis still look dim, but after a match like that, so what. We have a young team and they just showed us that they got heart and passion. The poor defense and lack of chemistry, they can fix that. They can work on those. Heart and passion, that's something that can't be worked on in the training ground yet it is vital to any team. Well, our boys just showed us that got that vital ingredient. The future looks bright. Just what the doctor ordered indeed.

2011 Moira G Gallaga©


The Sincerest Form of Flatteries

There are haters around us in many forms. Sometimes we are able to identify them but sometimes we are not. But if we develop the mentality that haters are in fact our admirers, it would cause no harm. ‘Hating is the sincerest from of flattery “says a proverb. There are various reasons to hate a person and at times, haters do not have a reason at all to hate others. They do it just for the sake of hating others. But hating a certain name only gives them fame. Whether a person loves you or hates you, you are in their minds. But haters only hate the things that they can’t get and the people they can’t be. So, it is only an expression of adoration they have for you. In fact, when someone hates you, it gives a sense of motivation to achieve more in life and stand upright in front of them. Therefore, do not hate your haters.

“Hating: the sincerest form of flatteries”
I thought that it was “imitation”
When I think about different categories
Love and hate are sometimes alike
It's the attention you receive
A strange “social rules” kind of psych
In their mind they see negative
For wanting or for dislike
It leaves you to your prerogative
Perhaps it's adoration unexpressed
A reflection of their pain
A problem they have not confessed
So hating is liking one and the same
Sorry if it's too confusing
Some people will play futile games
When someone hates your ideation
Stand upright facing them
And thank them for new motivation.

2011 Moira G Gallaga©