Now Playing at the Music Bar below:

Selfish (Chillout Version) - Sunset Daze

Don't Fear the Reaper (Cover) - The Beautiful South

Clarity (Neon Sky Remix) - Zedd ft. Foxes

Alive in Paradise - Tiesto & Dyro feat. Krewella

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Featured Clips of the Day: Video Game Commercials II - With the Stars

Don't you love it when the stars come out to play...


Black Ops

Check out other gaming commercial clips, click here: Clip of the Day - Video Game Commercials

Elements Bits: Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp – Captain Jack Sparrow
Penelope Cruz – Angelica Teach
Geoffrey Rush – Captain Barbossa
Ian McShane – Captain Blackbeard
Astrid Berges-Frisbey – Syrena
Sam Claflin - Philip

After stealing the mysterious map of Captain Sao Feng in the last movie At World’s End, Captain Jack Sparrow set his course on a journey to find a fabled grotto that gives man immortality as to whom drinks from its waters.

On Stranger Tides, the film’s plot is revealed with a scene that shows an old man scooped up from the ocean and turns out to be a crew of the Spanish expedition of Juan Ponce De Leon, who ventured the world 200 years ago from that time, in search of the Fountain of Youth. As the myth goes, a ritual must be performed in order to achieve immortality, and for it succeed, one must have the two silver chalices located on board the ship of Ponce De Leon, and a drop of a mermaid’s tears. The one who drinks the water off the silver chalice that contains the mermaid’s tear will gain extended life, while the one who drinks from the other chalice will have its life sucked dry.

Word gets out that the myth is true and everyone is in the hunt. Even the Spanish have revived their quest to do so, but their king has other plans for the fountain. What is even more intriguing is that someone was impersonating Captain Jack Sparrow and recruiting a crew to join in the search for the fountain.

And so Jack’s adventure begins, as they seek out the chalices and go fishing for mermaids.


Elements Bits number 1:

Immortality. Would you rather be a vampire and suck blood for all eternity? How about being an elf and live for hundreds of years? Clone yourself? Is one lifetime not enough?

Immortality doesn’t necessarily mean living forever physically. There are some who are considered immortals, even after they have passed away, their legend still lives on. One good example is the King, Elvis Presley. Even after 34 years since his death, you still have people impersonating him, performing in Las Vegas and all around the world. How can that not be immortality?

Or like my favorite quotation from the movie Sweet November…"All we have is how you remember me, I want that memory to be strong and beautiful, if I know I am remembered that way, I can face anything...don't you see? You're my Immortality." It may not be literally living forever, but immortality can be considered as what makes you live on in one lifetime.

(Because if Ponce De Leon can’t find the fountain, what makes you think you can?)

Memorable Quotes:

Blackbeard: "Twice in one day, I find myself in bewilderment."
Philip: "You are not bewildered, you are afraid. You dare not walk the path of righteousness, the way of the light."
Blackbeard: "No sir, the truth is it be much simpler than that. I am a bad man."

Salaman: "You are either for us of against us!"
Philip: "I am neither with you, nor am I against you!"
Salaman: [to Jack] "Can he do that?"
Jack Sparrow: "He's religious, I believe it's required."

Jack Sparrow: "Better to not know which moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all."

Syrena: "Philip, I can save you. You need only ask."
Philip: "I seek but one thing."
Syrena: "And what is that?"
Philip: "Forgiveness. Were it not for me, you would never have been captured."
Syrena: "Ask."
Philip: "Forgive me."
Swimming with the Mermaids

Mermaids are often depicted in literature as manipulative creatures, as they try to captivate you with their angelic singing voice and mesmerize you with their stunning beauty, and whilst you are in their trance, they lure you into the sea. And only myths and legends can tell you what happens next…either they eat you alive or bring you deep into their water kingdom.

But who can blame us men, when mermaids On Stranger Tides are as bewitching as these;


Other Mermaids:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

If You Want It, There’s a Way. If You Don’t, There’s a Reason.

Not too long ago, an old friend approached me and asked about how he could win the heart of this girl that he always wanted. I told him that you must have mistaken me for the love guru or Hitch, because up until now, I myself am still mystified as to how the minds and hearts of women work. (Hitch is a movie starring Will Smith, where he would help other men, as they sweep the woman of their dreams…off her feet.)

He said that as far as he remembered I used to have so many cheesy lines that even if it was so embarrassing, it still caught the attention of the opposite sex. I told him, Bro, I am turning 35 years old, if I use those lines now, I’d get my ass kicked. Just to share with you how reckless and far out these pick lines were, here is a sample;

Me: Excuse me, I see that you’re studying in ****** university, I think I have a friend there; I just want to know if he is still studying there.
Girl: Sure, what’s his name?
Me: Any chance that you know anybody by the name of JP Pimentel?
Girl: Hmm, sorry I don’t know him.
Me: I see…well by the way, I am JP Pimentel. Now you know me.

I swear I was such an idiot back then. But hey, it worked. I wanted to meet the girl, and I found a way didn’t I? Let’s move on to a more sensible discussion, shall we?

We are all familiar to the old saying, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”. Please do not confuse it with the spoof, “If there’s a will, there’s water.” (will = well)

We have that capacity to try everything just to get what we want. No matter the cost or consequence, it is something that we are willing to make a sacrifice on. We find so many ways, that even the tightest situation, as long as air can pass through it, we manage to squeeze through and grab whatever it is that we are after. Bottom line, if we want it that much, there is indeed always a way.

Also recently, another friend came to me for advise, on how she could brush off this guy who was courting her but not hurt his feelings. (Hmm, now could this guy be my other friend who was asking how to win the girl’s heart? That would surely be a predicament) Anyway, since she was not really into this guy, she was asking me what reason can she give to cut short the courtship of her admirer. Seriously? You are asking me? No offense intended, but women have like spiels ready for these kinds of scenarios;

My parents are strict.
I’m not ready for a commitment.
We are better off friends.
I want to concentrate on my career.
It’s not you, it’s me.

No matter how much persuasion, conviction, or persistence is applied, if the mind and heart does not want it, there would always be a reason to decline, push away or refuse.

Another example of how creative the human mind is when it comes to reasoning would be when employees who fail to call in sick, and is unable to inform their supervisor that they will be absent on that particular day.

Here is a comparison;

Creative: I had an employee who failed to call in sick and this was his reason; I was actually on my way to the office, but then I suddenly felt sick, so I decided to try and call in, but then my phone died, so I stopped by a convenience store where I can charge my phone, but unfortunately the mobile phone charger they had was not compatible to my phone unit. I then went home but the phone lines in our area were cut, and when I was able to charge my mobile phone, it had no signal. It was too late to knock on my neighbors’ doors to see if I could borrow their phone, because I was working on a graveyard shift, and it was already midnight. I didn’t leave my house anymore because I was so dizzy and tired from my condition.

Simple: The employee did not have any telephone or cellular phone, and she did not want to get any disciplinary actions for not calling in, so she went to the office to personally ask permission if she could go on sick leave. And she lived 2 hours away from the office.

So, will you Find a Way, or Look for a Reason?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Elements Bits: Sanctum


Richard Roxburgh - Frank
Ioan Gruffudd - Carl
Rhys Wakefield - Josh
Alice Parkinson - Victoria

A group of explorers goes on an expedition to unlock the secrets of the intricate cave network of the Esa’ala, Papua New Guinea … (In the movie it is depicted as the largest cave, but it is actually the Cave of Swallows in Mexico that is shown in the film, and in reality, the largest discovered cave is in Vietnam named Hang Son Doong.)

The suspense starts when a typhoon hits the island and the group is trapped hundreds of feet below the surface as water starts to fill the caverns. They now must venture deeper into unexplored areas in order to find a way out. They also had to deal with occasional disorientation since it has been days when they last seen the sunlight and the thin air only makes you more incoherent.

Frank must now keep the group together and make critical life and death decisions in order for the remaining explorers to survive, which includes his son, Josh. Will he succeed?


Elements Bits number 1:

Adventurous. Taking it to the limit. There are so many extreme things that you wish you could do; skydiving, mountain trekking, scuba diving, base jumping, and many more. But for some apparent reason, you just can’t.

Is it Fear? Being precautious? Is it something that you wouldn’t just want to risk your life on? For some extreme junkies, this is the life for them. As the saying goes, you ain’t livin’ if you don’t live life to the fullest. Life can be about taking risks. They would always say, there is no harm in trying, else you might regret not doing it later on. You can check out my thoughts on this by clicking on this link: The What Ifs, What Might Have Beens, and the If Onlys


The Caveman

A quick snapshot of some of Nature's Wonders...
(courtesy of the Net and National GEO)

Cave of Swallows
(The elliptical opening is 160 by 250 feet, and has a drop of 1,220 feet, and is the 11th deepest cave shaft in the world)

Hang Son Doong
(For more information, please click: World's Largest Cave)

(The small figure with the light is actually a human)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Featured Clip of the Day: Nick Fury does some Recruiting

Here comes the New Avengers...

Food Camp

There are a lot of great burger joints in the Metro, but Food Camp gives me more reason not to venture far away from home. (Plus the prices are not that steep), a regular 1/3 pound single patty cheeseburger only costs 99.00 pesos!

But of course, I went all out...1/3 U.S. Angus beef burger. (I already tried the Wagyu burger in my previous visit)

And on the side, JalapeƱo Sticks and Mozzarella Bombs.

Don't be cruel to yourself. Satisfy your cravings.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Change in My Life - Leap of Faith

Standing cold and scared on top of blue hill,
There came one moment, when I lost my will.
I prayed for mercy, please lord take me away.
Oh give me sunshine where I only see grey.
My past had a hold on me, it can't be denied,
And the changes don't come easily.

I've been lonely, I've been cheated, I've been misunderstood
I've been washed up, I've been put down,
And told I'm no good
But with you I belong, cause you help me be strong,
There's a change in my life, since you came along.

Now I don't mind working so hard every day.
And I don't pay no mind to what people say.
'Cause after all the pain I've been through
Lord knows I'd give up everything just to love only you

All my life I'd held my head bent in shame,
But now I've found you, and with you
I'll remain.
A man gets crazy when his life is all wrong,
And a heart gets weary when it doesn't belong.
When the road gets rocky Lord
You've got to keep on.
Let the new light come shining on through.

I've been lonely, I've been cheated, I've been misunderstood
I've been washed up, I've been put down,
And told I'm no good
But with you I belong, cause you help me be strong,
There's a change in my life, since you came along.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Elements Bits: Fast Five


Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker - Brian O'Conner
Tyrese Gibson - Roman Pearce
Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto
Gal Gadot - Gisele Harabo
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Luke Hobbs
Elsa Pataky - Elena Neves
Sung Kang - Han Lue

If you're a fan of the series, you already know that this movie has a lot of cool cars, fast action and bodacious babes.

Dominic, Brian and Mia are now on the run after orchestrating a daring jail break to free Dominic who was handed down a 25 year sentence for his past crimes. (At the end 4th film, Fast and Furious) They fled to the country of Rio de Janeiro, in hopes of surviving and eventually disappearing from the radar of the US Federal agents.

But in order to survive, they had to make money by boosting cars. Unfortunately, the heist goes awry, and they are now being hunted by the most ruthless drug lord in Rio de Janeiro and Federal agent Luke Hobbs. (The cars they boosted were initially siezed and is the property of the DEA)

Curious as to why the drug lord was persistent in getting the boosted car, Dominic and Brian finds out that a microchip hidden inside the car's GPS unit, had information about where the drug lord's troves of cash were stashed away. With this information, Dominic and Brian now decides that they will steal the drug lord's money, which amounts to over 100 million dollars, and then disappear forever.

In order to achieve this feat, they call in the rest of the team, and the fast and furious fun starts.


Elements Bits number 1:
Would you give up your freedom for 100 million dollars? Living as a fugitive for the rest of your life, the paranoia of always looking over your shoulder, knowing that the money you have was not honestly earned. Indeed, it is a lot of money, and who knows, with that much cash, you may be able to buy your freedom back. Mo' money, Mo' power, right? But you have no guarantees. so would you rather say...Mo' money, Mo' problems?


Memorable Quotes:

Luke Hobbs: "You come prepared."
Elena: "I'm motivated."

Roman: " You only live once...let's do it."

Dominic: Money will come and go. We know that. But the most important thing in life, will be the people in this room...right here...right now. Salut de Familia.

Luke Hobbs: "If I were you, I'd use the time. Make peace with whatever demons you got left. Because come tomorrow, I will find you.

Babe Battle:

      Jordana Brewster            Gal Gadot                  Elsa Pataky

F&F Timeline: (Spoiler Alert)

If you were able to watch all the parts so far, below is the chronological order as to when each movie falls into a particular timeline:

1. The Fast and The Furious (2001) - 1st film release
2. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) - 2nd film release
3. Fast and Furious (2009) - 4th film release
4. Fast Five (2011) - 5th film release
5. The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) -3rd film release

The reason why it happened in this order is because in Fast Five, Han Lue was still alive, when in fact he already died in a car crash in the 3rd film release, Tokyo Drift.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

CSI Lessons: The Three Furies

It’s not all the time that you pick up something interesting or good in whatever you are watching on the tube. Conservative and traditional parents would often say that watching too much television is not good for you; it corrupts the mind and pollutes it with nonsense and violence.

I admit I have been watching way too much CSI, but I did pick up a couple of “learnings” in some of its episodes; which for me is not nonsense at all. Thus, I would like to share with you…

The 3 Furies
(Including Dike, the Goddess of Justice)

I am a huge fan of Mythology, ever since it was introduced to me in my 1st year of high school. I loved the fantasy of Gods and Goddesses, how their powers shaped the destiny of mankind. That is also why I enjoy watching movies like, Clash of the Titans, 300, Prince of Persia, Jason and the Argonauts, and the Odyssey. I also spent hours playing the God of War video game series.

In this time and age, we are plagued with crimes that remain unsolved or without justice. This has even resulted in some of us losing confidence in our government and the local police and would often hope for a vigilante intervention.

Come forth, the Three Furies and Dike.

The Three Furies; Alecto, Magaera and Tisiphone = Anger, Jealousy and Vengeance. Surely a very deadly trio. Viewed as the protector of ethical laws, they would even be guardians of the poor and punish those who even commit petty theft. And when I say punish, they do it without mercy, relentlessly tormenting them, and no amount of prayer to the Gods or a pool of tears can stop them from hammering down their wrath. If they encounter any difficulty in a particular criminal, they call on Dike, the Goddess of Justice, to bring forth a hard and swift judgment.

So in the end, Justice is always served. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a mythological world.

Thus, I will just leave you with a passage from the Bible…

Ezekiel 25:17

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you!”

Featured Clip of the Day: The Matrix runs on Windows XP

Hmm, makes me want to upgrade my PC...

Restaurants with Spectacular Views - by Budget Travel

No sandy beaches, no long trekking experiences, just a quiet meal with a soothing view...

Pierchic, Dubai

Ithaa, Rangali Island, Maldives

OUB Centre, Singapore

Kuklos, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

View Hotel, Monument Valley, Utah

For more Restos with spectacular views, click here: Restaurants with Spectacular Views

How about watching the sunset while you dine: Restaurants to Watch the Sunset

Friday, September 9, 2011

CSI Lessons: Maslow’s HON

It’s not all the time that you pick up something interesting or good in whatever you are watching on the tube. Conservative and traditional parents would often say that watching too much television is not good for you; it corrupts the mind and pollutes it with nonsense and violence.

I admit I have been watching way too much CSI, but I did pick up a couple of “learnings” in some of its episodes; which for me is not nonsense at all. Thus, I would like to share with you…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow, a psychology professor during the 1930s through 1950s, studied and theorized the human development, focusing on the stages of the fundamental needs of an individual, which led to the theory of the Hierarchy of Needs.

The pyramid above depicts the different levels of needs that one person can or cannot live without. This shows what the fundamental needs are at the bottom and what “needs” are somewhat developed or acquired at the higher tiers.

1st Level: Physiological Needs
The air we breathe, the food and water we consume, clothing and shelter. These are “needs” that we literally require for us to survive. If these “needs” are not satisfied, our bodies will cease to function properly. (Obviously without air, you’re dead)

2nd Level: Safety Needs
Since we’ve already met the requirements of the 1st level, we then proceed to obtaining safety and security needs. Generally these would pertain to having financial stability or a source of income, medical insurance or health coverage for you and your family members, and the overall well-being of a person.

3rd Level: Love and Belonging
The Need to love, be loved, to be accepted in a society, to belong. We try to maintain that sense of acceptance and belonging by giving significance to relationships we have such as friends, families and loved ones. We strive to be socially accepted as well, by probably joining sports events, clubs, weekend parties, office activities and the like.

4th Level: Esteem
Respect. Recognition. Achievement. Building up on your self-esteem and reputation is the next level. You now seek fame and glory and for other to respect you. There are actually two sub-levels of Esteem; the 1st sub-level is the need for the respect of others, the need for recognition, establishing a high status of fame or prestige, and drawing attention to yourself. The higher sub-level is the need for self-respect, inner competence, self-confidence, independence and freedom. The higher level means that there is already that “need” to embark on a quest for better knowledge.

5th Level: Self-Actualization
Obtaining your full potential, becoming what you can really be. The desire to achieve the greatest excellence in one’s being. In order to attain this level, one must not just fully achieve and understand the lower-level needs, but one must have a mastery of it.

“What a man can be, he must be.”
– Abraham Maslow

To view my opinions on this subject, click on the following links:

I would also like to recommend the following books:
(To have a spiritual perspective of what your purpose in life is)

The Celestine Prophecy

The Tenth Insight

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee - Author Unknown

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

For more Spiritual Stories, click here:

Elements Bits: Arthur


Russell Brand - Arthur Bach
Jennifer Garner - Susan Johnson
Greta Gerwig - Naomi Quinn

What do you do if you are the sole heir to a multi-billion dollar corporation with an inheritance of 950 million bucks? Buy the Bat Mobile, a floating magnetic bed, a golden camel, shut down Grand Central Station for a dinner date for two?

Apparently, Arthur did it, done it, have them all. A nightly drunkard, who has wild parties and spends extravagantly. Her mother is now worried because investors are afraid to put their money in the Bach Corporation if Arthur would inherit it. So Arthur's mother gives an ultimatum to him that if he does not marry Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), who is the company's career driven executive and is likely to take over once they get married, that Arthur will not receive his treasure chest of gold and will be cut off.

Arthur agrees to this, but then Arthur meets Naomi.

So what would he choose now? Marry the woman who dominates and scares the living hell out of him so he could have his 950 mil? Or be with the girl he loves truly and live simply for the rest of his life?

Elements Bits number 1:
For Love or for Money. Just like the 1993 movie of Michael J. Fox, "For Love or Money", where he was given a choice to leave the girl he fell in love with if he wanted to fulfill his dreams of finally having his own hotel. We are all familiar with the cliche, "Money can't buy you love", so would you give up Nine-Five-O million for the girl of your dreams? Or with that much money, who cares about love; I'm rich, I can do whatever I want, and I'm married to Elektra.


Memorable Quotes:

Police Sergeant: "You're drunk again Arthur."
Arthur: "No... I have remained drunk since our last encounter."

Interviewer: "Do you know how to use Excel?"
Arthur: "No."
Interviewer: "Powerpoint?"
Arthur: "No."
Interviewer: "Outlook?"
Arthur: "Generally positive. You know, I mean, I have down days, like anyone..."

Susan: "Most marriages devolve eventually. This is all it is, a business partnership with the added benefit of attraction."
Arthur: "Undeniably, you have got something dark and twisted in you."

Naomi: "Could you leave?"
Arthur: "Could I stay here for a minute please?"
Naomi: "Why?"
Arthur: "Because it will reduce the proportion of my life that I spend feeling utterly miserable."

Arthur: "What I came here to say to you Naomi is that I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I lied to you, I'm sorry that I hurt you, and I'm sorry that I asked you to take care of me, when what I want more than anything in the world is to take care of you."

Monday, September 5, 2011

Featured Clips of the Day: NBA Lockout Professionals

What odd jobs would you do if you were in a lock out...

Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Metta World Peace

Kobe Bryant and Turkish Airlines

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Elements Bits: The Resident


Hilary Swank - Juliet Devereau
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Max

When Juliet decided to get a new apartment, she didn't expect that it came with another resident. A psycho-suspense flick that shows how sick and twisted one can be when an obsession goes to the max.

After breaking up with his ex, Juliet went out to look for another place to stay. She then receives a call from Max, who is both the landlord and owner of an old apartment in New York City.

Juliet instantly falls in love with the place and could not believe the low rental costs. But then Juliet would often wake up late for work and could not understand how she dozed off completely the night before. Little does she know that the apartment holds a dark secret.


Elements Bits number 1:
Obsession. How do you control it? We understand that some obsessions, if not properly suppressed, can lead to a disastrous end. If you let those thoughts and desires overwhelm you, you may be heading to a point of no return and may regret the actions that you take, if you are not careful. To view my opinions about Obsession, click Suppression of the Obsession.

Elements Bits number 2:
Trust and Secrets. Should secrets remain secrets? To whom do you share it with if ever? It takes a really long time to build or gain Trust. Even if someone was referred by a good friend, I dont' think it is that simple to just be sharing those secrets with them. There are certain limitations in what you should divulge depending on how you treat these acquaintances, and where they are in your circle of friends. You can check out my entry about Trust and Secrets, click here: Circle of Friends.


Memorable Quotes:

Sydney: "You were enough, you are enough, you are more than enough." (Telling Juliet to move on after her ex cheated on her.)

Max: "I will not really want to be a text message twitter crowd. Technology seems to be about telling everybody your deep dark secrets. I don't know, I guess, I think secrets should remain secrets."

Saturday Sale

We went to this sale yesterday, where the ad said that there will be discounts up to 90% (on selected items), the ad catches your attention because there are a lot of brands such as Nike, Lacoste, Esprit, Sebago, Kenneth Cole, TechnoMarine, and Power Mac.  But unfortunately, it didn't live up to it's expectations. Most of the items from these well known brands were only at 10 to 20% off.

In fact, for Lacoste, Esprit, and Kenneth Cole, they were only selling sunglasses. The inventory was limited, there was not that much variety on their items. (Was 50 bucks entrance fee worth it?)

Well luckily for me I got myself two pairs of Gola sneakers for just 1,500.00 pesos. (And take note, for you to avail of the buy one take one sale, the pairs you need to purchase must be size 12s.) And my kid got a steal from the DC shoes, from an original price of 4,700.00 pesos, we got it for 1,100.00 only.

Gola Fear

Gola Chorus

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Suppression of the Obsession

The thoughts. The ideas. The persistent preoccupation of the desire and feelings that may eventually drive you mad.

It can be similar to Addiction but Addiction is leaned towards the physicality or the enslavement of one person to a particular habit. Psychologically, it can be an Obsession if your mind is habitually dominated by these desires.

So is it bad to be overruled by an Obsession?

For me, an Obsession can either be good or bad. We can’t deny that we had at least one in our life, a lingering impulse that we might have had that urge to actually put these ideas into action due to that obsessive state. What we want to do is to suppress the Obsessions that may have severe consequences in the end. Anything or any thought for that matter can be an Obsession. If you are consciously, constantly thinking about it, and cannot totally let go, and either it already caused you anxiety or satisfaction, you may call it an Obsession.

Let’s try to analyze a “good” Obsession.

A creative thinker. A strategist. One who devotes so much time in “thinking out of the box” to provide solutions or breakthrough mechanisms for the continuous improvement of the company. Day and night he/she would brainstorm on ideas and paradigms, countless hours, sleepless nights, all because there is that passion and desire to achieve perfection of the company’s framework. Sounds good, right? But if you factor in an individual who has a very strong value for his family, time can be of an issue. Your Obsession may drive you farther away from your family. Does it sound good now?

Now let’s try to delve into the world of a “bad” Obsession. Do I dare say, Love?

Well, what simpler and yet universally complex example is there. The Obsession of love is like entering a cave of wolves with sheep’s clothing. It will be an emotional and mental massacre for you if you don’t suppress it. For me, there are “stages” wherein you can actually hold off on these desires so as not for it to evolve into an Obsession;


Infatuation. We all experienced that foolish love-at-first-sight feeling. And more often than not, this feeling does not last. You think about it for a couple of days or weeks, but then your feelings move on. So no harm really. But then….

Attraction. It's like a magnet, you  are drawn closer and closer to the opposite sex. You now do things to please, to captivate and eventually sweep them off their feet and fall into your arms. But does it stop there, how do you sustain it, will it be enough, or do you go overboard and...

Adoration. You are totally devoted and put him/her on a pedestal, worshipping them as if they are Gods or Goddesses. The expression of you deep and undying love, and the things you do that are way out of the ordinary just to prove that there can be no other that can provide such. Before you know it...

Obsession. Where extreme sacrifices are made with total disregard of the repercussions it may bring, for as long as you keep coming up with thoughts and ideas on how to ensure that he/she remains with you forever.

So, be prudent, supress it.

"Cure for an Obsession, get another one."
- Mason Cooley
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