Auld Lang Syne Lyrics for Dummies

Auld Lang Syne lyrics (English):

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem, thought to be composed by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788. It is sung to the traditional folk tune Roud 6294.

It is well known across the English-speaking world and has long been associated with New Year’s celebrations. Auld Lang Syne literally translates to “Old Long Since,” and more roughly it means “long, long ago” or “days gone by.”

Condominium Philippines

We can assist you in acquiring any from two of the country’s widely sought residential units: SM Development Corporation and Ayala Land. If you seek a retirement village type, we can also help you on that.

Note:  We are not directly connected to SM Development nor to Ayala Land, but we are willing to refer you to them without any obligations on your part (we knew an insider whom you can get competitive pricing and better service).  Pls see below details as per provided by our contact.

We invite you to be part of SM Development Corporation’s latest and biggest development at the heart of Quezon City – GRASS RESIDENCES, a sprawling 3.6 hectare high-rise residential condominium with an enormous 2.5-hectare lush greenery and amenities creating an ideal place for you to work, play and relax in.

It’s strategically located at the back of SM North EDSA-Annex and a stone’s throw away from hospitals, schools, transportation terminals and commercial establishments like SM City North, The Block and Ayala’s Trinoma. An exclusive bridgeway connected to SM North will be available for Grass residents.

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Amenities include 75-m resort-type pool, two kiddie pools, two 50-meter lap pools, playground, covered basketball court, four covered badminton courts, lawn and activity area, pavilion and cabana, courtyards and garden, clubhouse, multipurpose hall, fitness suite/exercise hall, function rooms and gymnasium.

The first tower is composed of 37-storeys with 6 high-speed elevators. Residential unit ranges from Php 1.2M for 1-Bedroom units to Php 5.3 M for 3-Bedroom units. For 2-Bedroom and 3-Bedroom units, all have balconies -all ensuring an ingenuous marriage of both practicality and sophistication.

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Truly, GRASS RESIDENCES gives the comfort of condominium living plus having everything in your own communit;y. Embedded security systems keep everyone safe adding to the peace of mind of Grass residents. Also, the GRASS RESIDENCES will be managed by the SMDC’s property management- ensuring a secure, well maintained community for years to come.

Hurry we are giving 10% for the cash buyers since we are pre-selling! In-house and bank-financing options are also available.

NO DOWNPAYMENT SCHEMES ARE AVAILABLE AND IN-HOUSE FINANCING FOR 36 MONTHS 0% INTEREST.

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There are other presentation I could show as the other Condominium Units by SM Development and Ayala Land (We can also show you residential type units in a resort and Retirement Village type).

Other SM Residence Philippines being offered:

SM RESIDENCES PROJECTS:

Sea Residences – Across Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Princeton Residences – Gilmore, San Juan City. Across St. Paul
Field Residences – at the back of SM Sucat, Paranaque City
Grass Residences – at the back of SM North Edsa, Q.C.
Chatteau Elysee – Bicutan Area
Hamilo Coast; Pico De Loro – Nasugbu Batangas Residential Resort
Lindenwood Residences – Susana Heigths, South
Berkeley Residences – Katipunan Ave. Near Ateneo
Mezza Residences – Araneta Ave. Near SM Sta. Mesa
Wind Residences – E.Aguinaldo H-way, Tagaytay City
Light Residences – Boni Ave. Edsa, Mandaluyong City
Jazz Residences – Reposo St., Makati City
Sun Residences – Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City

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Another day in Afganistan

US military admited that the recent bombing in Afganistan that caused the lives of 8 people was being used by CIA.  It was an American base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.  Worst attack since 2001. 

Meanwhile, in a separate attack four Canadian soldiers and a Canadian journalist were killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday. 

It remains unclear how the Khost bomber was able to evade security at Forward Operating Base Chapman, which the Post said serves as an operations and surveillance centre for the CIA near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. 

He made it into a room being used as a fitness centre, where he detonated his explosive belt. The blast also wounded eight people several of them seriously, the Post reported. At least one Afghan civilian was also killed. 

At least one Afghan civilian was also killed. 

This was another setback.  US inteligence could not help but toface numerous accusationsd of multiple lapses over the past few days. 

Sauce, Condiments, et al

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Jose Rizal

Not many in the world knew who he really was and his unsurpassed achievement during his time.  Hope someday, Hollywood will give justice to Jose Rizal’s  martyrdom in the hands of colonizer Spain by producing his biographical movie.  The world has the right to know!  But unlike other national heroe, Jose Rizal’s fight is a “pen for a gun.”

Would you believe that the life of Jose Rizal is being taught in graduate schools in Singapore? As one Singaporean Indian says, “I am proud of being a South East Asian because of Jose Rizal. WOW!

Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets – Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said late on Monday that a voluntary recall of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets is being expanded voluntarily by J & J.  One reason for the recall was the unusual musty or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea as per mentioned by the FDA .

photoexcerpt from google images

It involved five lots of the product in November and may have been caused by the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.  The FDA said consumers who bought Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100-count bottles with the red cap from the lots included in the recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for a refund or replacement.  Also mentioned is the health effects.  Although the compound have not been well studied, the events reported to the company have been temporary and not serious. 

Source of the information are mostly from Reuters

The Korean Way

In the 1970’s, a certain Korean have visited the Philippines. He was amazed and envious on what he saw. He prayed, “Lord, please make Korea as green as the Philippines.” A couple of decades passed and a certain Filipino was invited to Korea to visit a prayer mountain there. On their way to the site, they passed the fields and forests. He was astounded and cannot help it but to compare. He then prayed, “Lord, please make Philippines as green as Korea.”
Funny but it is a painful reality. But would you believe that Korea was not that progressive then as they are right now. They actually pass through a long learning process. And the people behind were not the prominent figures of society, but the ordinary ones. These people had ask what they could do for their country, not what their country could do for them.
On World War 2, Japanese Imperial Army ransacked both their natural resources and national treasures. Their food crops and forest products were seized by Japanese soldiers. Years passed after the devastating effects of World War II, civil war erupted. Korea wage war with itself. Later on it was divided into North and South. As South Korea was recovering from the ravages of war, an ordinary citizen made an extra ordinary contribution to its struggling economy via innovative farming. His style is unbound from traditional to one of the most effective at that era. With the support of his family and workers, harvests multiplied. In just a matter of years, his success and method were being followed. He became an inspiration and later on inspired the head of state. He was even visited by the Political figures for a conversation. Later on, a law was passed urging other Korean farmers to follow his foot steps. Other Korean leader then was also inspired and saw the potentials in turning agriculture as a backbone of their struggling economy. They have developed it as their stepping stone to what they are right now, and they succeeded. The farming style was named, “Canaan farming.” And a farming school was even established out of it. The man behind was an ordinary farmer-entrepreneur who started from scratch. His name is Kim Yong-Ki. This serves as proof that even sweet potato could change the course of history, if we are determined.
 
This ordinary man’s achievement later on inspired Japan and other nations. On 1966, one of Philippines most prolific and prestigious award giving bodies has recognized his contributions. He was a “Ramon Magsaysay awardee for Public Service.” The Board of Trustees recognizes his example of Christian principles practically applied to improve agriculture and imbue rural life with new joy and dignity.
KIM YONG-KI was a son of ordinary farmer parents, Kim Choon Kyo and Kim Kong Yoon. He was born on September 5, 1908 at Nungnai-ri, Wabu-myun, a rural community of Yangjoo County, Kyoungi Province, in the central area of the Korean Peninsula. His father had attended a Presbyterian school and his mother was a devout, practical Christian. Kim was the fourth among 5 sons. Kim’s childhood was very normal yet well read and was tasked to help his parents in the field. The vision of rejuvenating Korean rural life led Kim to establish Canaan. It started on his youth days.
He was 23 when he inherited from his father a small farm in Bongan, Kyoungi, not far from his parental home. His faith, good example and hard work had influenced for a better change the plight of the common man in farming. The farm was a wasteland so he elected to plant sweet potatoes because they would grow in poor soil and under any climatic conditions in Korea. His determination and practical approach had produced perhaps the best sweet potato and an outstanding farmers in Korea.
In the previous year KIM had married Kim Bong Hi, who became his partner in the enterprise. First, the idealistic young husband sent his bride, who had received only a primary education, to Seoul for further schooling. Living was never easy but there was satisfaction for the family in the produce of their labor. The KIMs’ three sons and two daughters, like their father, began as small children to share in the family work.
After seven years of experimentation, KIM developed a method for storing sweet potatoes for 12 months which highly trained Japanese farmers had failed to do. The achievement called him to the attention of Japanese officials and the secretary to the Japanese Governor of Korea paid a visit to his farm. This success confirmed his decision to be a “studying farmer.” Since then he has continuously experimented to increase production and up-grade field crops, vegetables, fruits, and livestock, and better preserve and store produce. The Bongan farm flourished in the 15 years from 1930 to 1945.With his desire for an expansion, Kim sold the Bongan farm in 1945 and reinvent everything. He bought in Koyang County of Kyoungi Province another piece of wasteland where he established an entirely new settlement. In it he established not just a farm but a community with school was for farmers.
KIM and his family are the core faculty of the Canaan Farmer’s School, working from four in the morning until 10 in the evening. But they also invited well experienced and specialist lecturers. And in just a matter of four years, less than 2,000 men and women have trained. The school has revolutionized farming then on their area and made new breed of farmers with openness to new ideas. Of course, they learned the basic planting and raising of field crops, vegetables, fruit trees, strawberries, bees, rabbits, goats, cattle and much else. Self esteem and contentment was also uplifted among farmers. The sense of nearness to God and nature that this allows; these they have carried with them to other villages.
It was in the 1950s that KIM moved to Yongin County where he led in creation of the Farmer’s Evangelical Folk High School. After five years he could leave this institution to the management of associates and move on to found the Canaan farm and school. Kim has literally influenced the spiritual awakening of farmers in Korea on that era.In just a span of five years, KIM sold the Koyang farm and again “ventured for victory” on a piece of mountain land in Yong-in County of Kyoungi. It became the core of a third “model” village. There KIM organized an Evangelical Farming Institute and a Farmers’ Evangelical Junior School. But this farm was again sold after three years to intimate friends in the community who are not farmers but have continued the Evangelical Junior School using KIM’s principles.
Later Kim purchased in 1954 the 10,000 pyung plot known as “Whangsan,” or “Wasted Hill.” (roughly three and one-half hectares). KIM wanted now to be near the capital so that more people would see what could be done with unproductive land. It was located only some 40 minutes by local bus from Seoul, near the southeast boundary of the city in the administrative district of Pungsan Ri.He was finally recognized by the Korean government in 1960. He received the Cultural Award from the Minister of Public Information and the following year a citation from the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
In 1962 he received three letters of appreciation from the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, from the National Reconstruction Movement Kyoungi Branch, and from the Minister of Public Information, as well as a citation from the Governor of Kyoungi Province. The Chief of Staff of the Korean Air Force addressed a citation to KIM on June 26, 1964 and earlier invited him to lecture before a group of officers and enlisted men. His audience was so enthusiastic that similar lectures were arranged at every airbase and the Air Force sent enlisted men to Canaan Farm for training. In 1965 KIM received a third commendation from the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Government officials have asked KIM what they could do to help but he refuses assistance: “Please do not make any disturbance,” he requests, “that is the best way to help me.”KIM’s success symbolizes the hope of all Korean farmers, and perhaps even in other nation. He has proven to himself that even a waste land can turn out to be your dream land. But what amazes me is that in spite of his attained status, he never forgotten where he came. His success is also the uplifting of other farmers below him. His motivation is to serve his fellow farmers. “His Christian devotion and patriotic zeal are the source of abundant inspiration to all Koreans,” as the title of his book suggests, he has shown to Korean farmers ‘the way to a true living’.”

Lesson Unplanned by Crystal Defanti

You may have heard it already.  I actually think more than twice if I will post this story or not… I did! 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3030224/crystal_defanti_video/

I am pretty much sure this story will be blown into proportion and it will sell like hot cakes in the internet.   I care for the kids but I also thought of Crystal as she was also a victim.  Both have to face the consequences of trauma.  It’s just that the kids will outgrow it and Crystal will have to live with it for the rest of her life.  Nonetheless, “Life goes on!”

photo excerpt from google images

This is the kind of lesson we barely get from classrooms nor on churches, yet it is real and it also happened to some people out there.  But this time, the lesson is not for children but for teacher’s to learn.  We were mostly taught how to do things except how to face a failure.  The teacher must also learn like anybody else.

This does not only happen to Crystal.  We all have our share of shame and scandalous action, hope the parents and the community will forgive.   The shame and agony are more than enough punishment for Crystal.  

“Let those who are clean cast the first stone.”

Jasper Schuringa

from Facebook

Thank God for “Jasper Schuringa.”  He may have been an ordinary passenger but he literally saved the passengers of Detroit Flight 253 on Christmas Day!  

To sum up the incident, Jasper Schuringa was one of the passengers.  He said that around 30 minutes from landing he heard somewhat a firecracker like sound and panic as someone was yelling, “Fire! Fire!”  As he himself saw smoke in the cabin, he realized that something was wrong.  Jasper saw the Nigerian Abdulmutallab’s pants were open and holding a burning object between his legs. He then acted without thinking, leaping 3 of 4 rows forward to confront the alleged terrorist by jumping to him and took him into a headlock and bought him to ground.  As to his words, Jasper pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with his hands and threw it away.  Others nearby passangers and crew decided to help and the fire burning at Abdulmutallab’s legs was put out with fire extinguishers and blankets.  Jasper’s hands are pretty burned but he is fine and said the he has shaken up.   He also said that he is happy to be there.”  I am giving the credits to CNN for the main source of information. 

This incident somehow reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.  It’s about saving lives in unexpected manner by the least person we usually never thought he could do.  God’s ways are truly not our ways. Jasper Schuringa is a hero to many and his deeds somehow brings us back to heart of Christmas and the reason behind the season.  

Let me leave you with the infamous Christmas song, “We are the reason” by David Meece.  This song somehow tells the true meaning of Christmas in a way that most of us seem to forget. 

After Christmas Sales Galore

Christmas rush is over until it’s over. 

To those who missed the Christmas shopping rush, After Christmas Sales is also an event to watch.  In the US, different merchandise stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, Macys, Sears Target and Amazon give great deals from inventory they have not sold yet for the Christmas season.  They will offer excess inventory from electronics to household items to toys, etc., for less price. The usual marketing proposition:  “Savings or Discounts” for the customer

s tight budget.  It is already been a tradition and it is being done year after year after December 25.  These best deals and offers starts on December 26, 2009 and may last until January 1 and 2 of 2010 (other even extends).   You may want to check their website for details.  

Better to check now your budget and plan to make a list before you go to your nearest store that offers After Christmas Sales.  If you are not in American, other giant stores in other countries also practice After Christmas Sales.  Better to check the website of the giant store near you.   Many stores across the globe replicate this marketing strategy as people really come and buy.  

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