• New Divorce Bill Strirs Controversy

    There, I Said It!--The Philippines and Vatican City are the only Catholic countries and in fact the only two countries which do not permit divorce. Image Source http://bonbonquest.blogspot.com

  • Fighting Nostalgia

    It’s been more than a week now since the last time I blogged. I was interrupted by some social events in the workplace and by some activities at home. I also noticed that I easily get tired lately that I felt the need breath out and rest so I was asleep most of the time. And during my spare time, I can’t help but to watch television these past few days, and it seems to be that it is becoming a part of my routine before I get to bed or after coming from work. That could be a sign of homesickness, a separation anxiety that anyone who’s away from home has to deal with.Image Source: http://thepleat.com/

  • World Blood Donor Day: Sharing Blood for a Cause

    What a great difference you can make if you can help other people to prolong their lives but what is even greater is if you can save their lives. Image Source: http://bloodsavelives.org

  • Overwhelming Response to BlogCritics

    From Technorati, only then I came across with Blogcritics which from my research, is an online magazine which offers writing reviews in all aspects covering all the contemporary culture and society with more than 3600 registered writers. Image Source: http://www.ryjennings.com

  • Friendster Demolition or Reinvention?

    The first time Friendster was introduced was the actual hallmark or the beginning of the interactive social media connection and "Friendster" being the pioneer was considered as the original and even the "father" of all social networks. Image Source: http://atothepandm.files.wordpress.com

  • Technorati: verifying the Claim Token

    In order to optimize my blog, I need Technorati to have my blog become more visible in search engine. Unlike here in Blogger.com, in Wordpress.com, blogs can be automatically visible from search engines by adjusting the setting without making too much effort to increase traffic, but since I migrated here, I had to register and claim authorization on my blog. Image Source: http://laughingsquid.com

  • Care for the Elderly

    Being "family oriented" is one of the great qualities that is innate among the Filipinos and this is the chain that exceptionally binds them.Image Source: http://www.elderlycare.net

  • Outlook: The Easy Way Out

    We are exposed in a battle everyday and our emotional, physical and mental health are the weapons that we have in order to fight and defeat all these daily life stresses. Image Source: http://guardian.co.uk (Photograph: Alamy)

  • Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

    No man is an island." No matter how far we are away from home, there will be people who will come along our way and once in awhile, there will be moments of indifference and living their culture, the way to diversity and inclusion will always be the next great challenge. Image Source: http://hamptonrdsvop.files.wordpress.com

  • World Press Freedom Day

    What could have been with a world without freedom to express? It could have been a diversity of prisoners in detentions with no chance to claim the rights to be heard. It could have been a place where there is no room to break the silence and the use of mouth to speak is not possible in which the chain and the mode of communication seems to be weak and built without advocacy. Image Source: http://teesdiary.files.wordpress.com

  • At the Cross

    John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Image Source: http://www.turnbacktogod.com

Walks of Life and Beyond

Walks of Life advocates freedom of the press and freedom of self-expression, promotes the art of sharing of thoughts and highlights the significance and the power of the use of words and languages presented with a tagline that is... "The way to a free cognition is thru BLOGGING that speaks for the mind."--Azeweht

Friday, July 1, 2011

Walks of Life is Now Officially on Technorati Blog Directory

Posted by Ma. Theresa Macabuag On 1:34 PM 1 comment

"Technorati Stickers" ( Image Source: socialmediamagic.com)

Technorati sets a wider path of opportunity for growth and improvement, like BlogCritics, it actually allows a wider exposure that would increase readership for every blog registered on its directory. The chance of being tagged, indexed and pinged are right here, thus, Technorati is an excellent way to get more traffic that would be significant to increase search engine ranking. As a newbie I am eager to get “Walks of Life” be on tracked and I need Technorati to get my site on the way to it.

Walks of Life on Technorati

It has been more than two weeks now since I have received a message from Technorati that my claimed authority on "Walks of Life" has been completed and it took me awhile to get a new post for my blog to be visible on its search engine but now "Walks of Life" is officially registered and can be searched on Technorati Blog Directory.

The screenshot below is the message I received from Technorati on June 15, 2011, that the claimed authority on my site has been completed.

Here is a screenshot where "Walks of Life" can be searched now on Tecnorati blog Directory.
Today's ranking is 57, 942 with authority of 94. The higher the rank the better.

While here is a screenshot of the site details registered on Technorati Blog Directory.

Written By|Azeweht

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Divorce Bill Stirs Controversy in the Philippines [ BlogCritics -- Repost ]

Posted by Ma. Theresa Macabuag On 6:51 PM 2 comments

Article first published on BlogCritics [Click HERE to view]
Category: Culture - There, I Said It!

The Philippines and Vatican City are the only Catholic countries and in fact the only two countries which do not permit divorce. Though the Philippines is a democratic country, and over the years, the evolution and transformation of the ways of life and the ways of thinking there have undergone dramatic changes, adopting other cultures and traditions, the nation remained religiously contained and oriented, which indicates that the majority of Filipinos still value their beliefs in the Supreme Being.

A Divorce Bill, also known as House Bill 1799, is currently a controversial hot topic in the country. Though annulment, which is filed under Article 36 of Family Code in the Philippines, is duly being applied and allowed in the country, most of those who are pro-divorce would say that is not enough intervention for those couple who can't live together anymore.

Annulment is too costly for the marginalized sectors or common people to get approved in the Supreme Court. Thus, it only means legal separation but not actually ending marriage. This involves a claim that a marriage even from the beginning is defective and is thus null and void. Infidelity, battery or abuse, gross irresponsibility, homosexuality, impotency, and some sexually transmitted diseases in either spouse can be grounds for annulment.

Furthermore, the increasing rate of abuse of women and children is an ongoing reason why people want divorce to be legal in the country. There are about 22 women per day reporting physical abuse by their spouses and that in itself is an indication that it is about time to pass a divorce law, according to the pro-divorce.

For the anti-divorce, however, the sanctity of marriage is always highly regarded in respect to divine law made from the Holy Scriptures. The fear of God and the religious belief system remains intact among the majority of Filipinos, be it non-Catholic Christians or Roman Catholics. Thus, this is also a good indication of how Filipinos greatly value their families.

The divorce law is not an answer to decreasing the rate of abusive relationships or partnerships. In fact, it will actually worsen the situation. The abuse will happen not only once, twice or three times once the divorce law gets approved, because chances are that the abusive spouse will do the same thing from one partner to another. The history of domestic violence would most likely increase.

The trauma divorce can cause to children would have a great impact on their well being, and it is not even healthy to raise children in a broken family. There is still nothing better than to be raised in a family with a strong bond and good relationships where there will be an image of father and mother who can continuously guide and support the children.

Moreover, it raise the risks to moral and social obligations. There will most likely be a greater chance of infidelity and immorality, grave acts of sin which are not only against constitutional law but also against divine law.

For the anti-divorce, divorce is not and will never be an answer for the ongoing domestic problems in the country. Counseling remains the top intervention prior to marriage, which includes seminars and proper teachings in responsible parenthood. Counseling also remains the proper intervention for solving any domestic problems and making a struggling relationship work again.

Image Source: http://bonbonquest.blogspot.com

Written By|Azeweht

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fighting Nostalgia

Posted by Ma. Theresa Macabuag On 6:44 AM 2 comments

It’s been more than a week now since the last time I blogged. I was interrupted by some social events in the workplace and by some activities at home. I also noticed that I easily get tired lately that I felt the need breathe out and rest so I was asleep most of the time.  And during my spare time, I can’t help but to watch television these past few days, and it seems to be that it is becoming a part of my routine before I get to bed or after coming from work. That could be a sign of homesickness, a separation anxiety that anyone who’s away from home has to deal with. The enemy that I have to fight against and the most anticipated dilemma of longing to be with the people I love.

Though, the feeling of nostalgia seems to be on the air, I can't go astray so I need to withstand against it. I am trying to keep myself busy after sleeping long hours just to divert my attention. Aside from hanging out across the cyber space to do some networking from the social media and aside from playing with the different online media platforms across the web, the “The Filipino Channel” or “TFC” seems to be working out and a simple way to reach out.  Just by watching this community channel, it actually minimized the feeling of being far away from home. I even tend to become more updated on what’s going on our national television be it news updates, documentaries or some television series.

I would not deny and be ashamed that nowadays I am becoming fond watching the different telenovelas like “Minsan Lang Kita IIbigin,”  and “Guns and Roses,” to name a few. I am even watching “The Biggest Loser” up to “Krusada,” and “Patrol ng Pilipino.”  I was never fond watching any teleserye when I was still in the Philippines. I would rather watch some documentaries, some segments of Boy Abunda like “The Bottomline," or even watch "Storyline" but not telenovelas but I started to learn watching it after coming here in Saudi Arabia because somehow, it makes me feel like I am home.

Some of my colleagues just arrived from the Philippines. Two of them are actually my closed friends and I know how they are feeling at the moment, especially at those moments when they were still seated while the plane was on the air flying on the way here or while they were waiting to reach the land of their destination. I know how it feels like going back to work again after coming from a long vacation trip. And this is actually the worst feeling ever which is usually being experienced by the overseas workers.

Most of the overseas workers would spend some few days trying to get away from the crowd after coming from land of origin. The thoughts of wanting to go back home would linger and there would be crying moments from which they can’t help but to embrace the feeling of loneliness. That is natural but as overseas workers we have to deal with it and we can’t let ourselves dwell with it for a long time. We can’t let ourselves get too much affected by what we feel.

To surmount such anxiety and such feeling of wistfulness, the need to express or verbalized feelings is really necessary to lessen all the burdens. And this is one thing that is much more advisable rather than just to keep it to one self. It’s not a sign of weakness to let others see us cry or let them know that we cried. It is just one way or another to make us feel and express ourselves that we are also humans. And for us to gain strength, sometime we have to let go of those negative feelings.

Though we left our country to work, we also have to remember once in awhile that we are also human and life is not for work alone. Sometimes, we need to cry, that's alright, but most of the times we need to smile and feel good and happy about ourselves because all these serve as fuels in order for us to get stronger and even tougher to face all the daily battles away from home.

These are different ways to fight against the feeling of nostalgia and the above mentioned are just the few things we can ride on in order to deal with it. The role of friends as our immediate support system would always be on top of the lists and it is advisable to connect and to meet people whom we can get along with and whom we can trust. We can always go out and hang out with them, and they are the ultimate shock absorbers  whom we can rely on and whom we can always talk to. Their significance will always be experienced and appreciated especially in times like this.

Though melancholia inevitably comes along the way, we have to go against it. We have to let go and never embrace it for long time. Neither anxiety nor depression can rule our lives. We have to get over with it and move forward. Life is so short to dwell with it.

Image Source: http://thepleat.com/
Written By|Azeweht

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

World Blood Donor Day: Sharing Blood for a Cause [BlogCritics Repost]

Posted by Ma. Theresa Macabuag On 12:44 AM 3 comments

Article first published on BLOGCRITICS [click here to view]

What a great difference you can make if you can help other people to prolong their lives but what is even greater is if you can save their lives. Every blood donation counts, and the way to survival for patients suffering from blood loss and blood disorder specifically brought by an emergency situation, be it due to trauma from a road traffic accident, inevitable physical injuries, surgical complications, and related medical histories like sickle cell anemia or gastrointestinal bleeding, is the blood stored or reserved from a donation.

June 14, 2011 is World Blood Donor day which is annually being observed and organized by the International Federation of Blood Donor organizations. This is in recognition for those who continually share or donate blood in order to save lives.

Despite modern scientific inventions, there is no substitute for human blood, so every donor participating in this noble cause is considered a hero because without their efforts and generosity to give blood, the mortality rate due to blood loss might be on the higher side.

Furthermore, along with its celebration is the dissemination of the benefits of regular blood donation and that should always be emphasized, for it is not the recipients alone that gain.

There are several advantages which can be enumerated from blood donation. The wonderful feeling that you have done something good for other people and that your blood can run a thousand miles to save lives will always be on top of it. The fact that some of the donors are getting paid is a part of it. The chance for a free check and health screening can also be an additional factor.

There are also health benefits which can be acquired from a regular blood donation. It is actually a great way to regenerate blood cells. Giving blood reduces iron accumulating in the blood streams which thereby lowers the risk for certain diseases like cardiovascular or heart problems. It also lowers cholesterol levels and even reduces the risk for certain cancers.

There are disadvantages as well from blood donation. The feeling of discomfort can arise from a needle prick during the procedure. There may be a feeling of light-headedness, nausea or even the possibility of a fainting attack after. That is the reason why every donor is encouraged to rest and take a snack after the donation procedure in order to regain strength or energy from blood loss. All of these can be overcome later on by the fact that the donor has given something that can be a great help for others in need and that in itself is a simple way to make a difference.

Image Source: bloodsavelives.org

Written By|Azeweht

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