Day 301/365: Face-off with The Two Beasts – Snakes and Crocodile

Day 301/365: Face-off with The Two Beasts - Snakes and Crocodile

October 29, 2011

They call it a Life Breakthrough, and I need to prove something that I am courageous and strong being the Magnifico. At first. I thought of walking in a first class mall wearing a plain white sando, slippers and a torn jeans. The purpose is to overcome “the looking good issue” but it will be too simple for me, and I know I can do it without even pushing myself. The next is to call someone whom I never spoke with for ages, but I dont have the number (excuses). So I seek for help and call my wife. ” Honey, what I do fear most? ” You are afraid of snakes and creepy huge cold blooded reptiles!” Am I? probably she just love watching the Anaconda Series and Lake Placid. But the truth is, I never tried to touch a snake (phyton) or even wish  to hug a crocodile. Who would like to be sweet and cuddly with these reptiles anyway?

Where does my ride leads me? I just found myself in Manila Zoo, and lining up in the picture booth of a Yellow Huge Snake, probably 8 feet Long. Courage leads me to face this fear. I never thought that all those goosebumps is just for seconds and will just fade away when the snake is already on your neck. The mix emotions of fear but its fun yet exciting was there for a minute until I hit a life record of bravery that Hey I did it! I feel like Zuma with these huge reptile in my body! And with so much excitement after the first breakthrough, I still have the courage to cuddle another reptile! The Crocodile, the first time I saw this baby creature, I just point only my finger to his nose, but now…let me see if I can hold and carry him like a baby? Unbelievably not scary at all! Yes, the snap had some safety wrap on it , but considering how it looks? and how the skin feels rubbing on your body with those sharp nails? It’s just fun! and facing my greatest fear. Oh no, I still have more potion of bravery for this day so I grab a huge python with so much courage and put it on my shoulder, and let him slide in to my arms. Whew! I never thought it will be so easy and really exciting! Thanks to buddy Mich for supporting me all the way for this breakthrough!

What does this Face Off with the Beasts really meant for me? I realized that it was just an image and representation of the true beasts in my life. Those fears of being eaten alive by people who will always be there to forsake you, challenge you the most, and even curse you to death. They may be normal on your eyes, with the silence and intent to slander you unguarded, and would like to ruin your character. They are the Crocodiles of my past. And hey I just cuddle the real one which they are probably portraying in real life. Copycat!

The snakes same as crocodile is also a symbolism of evilness, we all saw it in Adam and Eve story, we read it on Bible verses, and sorts of stories that it represents danger, the devil and death. In our life, we have to face it at one time and we should be ready and brave to live in our true values as God’s children, who loves peace, kindness, and goodwill to mankind. I never thought that you can hold the symbolism as a human and the irony is we have the full control on it. It looks freaky, and you may feel the power that you have it on your arms to scare away other people, but the truth is- either by its symbolism and reality, fear is just on our mind. And there is only one solution to unleash and face these fears. A total shift! Be courageous, passionate, loving and trusting! It’s not magic but a genuine power and strength that is just there in our hearts.



Connecting the Light, A Photography with a Difference

Connecting the Light, A Photography with a Difference

March 20, 2010
Manila Zoo, City of Manila

Mr. John Chua, Bien Mateo and Ms. Bernie Paras Gan


This is my second visit in Manila Zoo, and my first was when I was only 9 years old. Back then, it’s a feeling of excitement to see and experience the animal kingdom, but now – it is much even more than what my eyes can see, but what my heart can feel, a heart to utter encouraging words, and speak the beauty of God’s given creatures. A heart to touch and bridge to build trust. A heart to listen, for their joys and warm appreciation. And foremost, a thankful heart to be their “eyes” in this precious bonding moments.

The event was very touching and a real eye opener for everyone who still have their clear sight. The goal is to build awareness about blindness, capture each joyful moments with the kids, and experience Love. It’s overwhelming…magical…spontaneous…fulfilling.

I am “Connecting the Light”

For what my eyes can see and what this precious kids can believe and imagine.

The Light that falls unto their beautiful faces, capturing an image of joy, a lovely scene – to enlighten others.

Bringing a light of encouragement, to their family members and support groups – awareness and acceptance.

To help promote the right of blind people to live a life of dignity – a messenger of respect.

Capture the Light, Be the Light, Connecting the Light for Blind People of the Philippines.

Salute to the Committee and Organizers! especially to Mr. John Chua and Ms. Bernie Paras Gan


Facts about Blindness in the Philippines:

Hidden among the 85 million people and the 7100 islands of the Philippines, are an estimated half a million people who are blind, and many more who are visually impaired to a lesser degree.

By far, the leading cause of blindness among adults in the Philippines is cataract, accounting for around 400,000 cases. The treatment for cataract is simple and effective but is not readily available or affordable for those living in the rural areas.

Perhaps up to one hundred children lose their sight every week in the Philippines. Almost half of these cases are either treatable or preventable. Poor nutrition, measles, and premature birth are among the leading causes of preventable blindness in children. Early detection and treatment are the keys to saving the sight of these children. (from Resources for the Blind Inc.)

About Resources for the Blind Inc.

A non-government Christian organization serving blind people all over the Philippines since 1988. They offer services, trainings, materials, and equipment needed for the blind people to reach their fullest potential in life. With over half a million visually impaired in the Philippines, they continue to reach out to those who are in need of their services. The organization aims to turn darkness into light for thousands of our blind friends in every corner of the country.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address: Box 1831 CPO Manila 1099

Telephone Numbers: (632)7263021 to 24

Telefax: (632) 7270077

Mobile: (63)912797222081

Toll free calls from outside of Metro Manila: 1-800-10-725-4637

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