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How often do you get back a smile if you give a smile to a complete stranger?

Amazingly, I get back 99%. People when caught off guard in the middle of the street or inside a public transportation or across the room, they can't help but smile back, maybe it is because of reflex or maybe they were glad someone smiled at them :)

Always wear a smile, you never know someone's day has brighten up because of that simple gesture or better yet, someone might have just fallen in love with you.

Keep smiling! :)


What kind of scars do you have?

Another good story from Bo Sanchez' article in Soulfood Newsletter. Read the whole article here.

About problems, the Bible says, It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. (Psalm 119:71-72)

Let me tell you one of my favorite stories…

What Kind Of Scars Do You Have?

       One day, a mother and her little boy went to the farm.

       Through the kitchen window, she saw her little boy dive into the lake behind the house. It was such a glorious sight, just seeing her son swim through the water.

       Suddenly, she screamed in terror. For from the opposite direction, something was also swimming to her boy’s direction—and he didn’t know. It was an alligator!

       She ran out to him, all the while shouting to the top of her lungs, “Get out of the lake! There’s an alligator!”

       The little boy saw the oncoming alligator. He turned around and started swimming back as fast as he could.

       When he touched land, two things happened at the same time. The mother grabbed his arms but the alligator sunk its sharp teeth on his legs. What happened next was a tug-o-war between his mother and the beast. The alligator was very strong, but so was his mother’s love. She simply wouldn’t let go.

       A few minutes later, a man who was driving in his truck saw what was happening. Moving quickly, he got out of his truck, grabbed his rifle, and shot the alligator.

       A couple of weeks later, the little boy was in the hospital recuperating from his wounds. A journalist entered his room, wanting to interview him.

       After a few questions, she asked, “Would you mind if we get a photo of your wounds?”

       “Sure,” the little boy said. “I have two wounds. Which ones do you want to photograph?”

       The journalist didn’t understand. “What do you mean?”

       The little boy removed his blanket and exposed his scarred legs. “These are the scars from the alligator’s teeth.” His legs were covered with ugly puncture wounds.

       He then said, “But my other wounds—that’s what I’m proud of. He exposed his arms, and showed off the ugly scars of his mother’s fingernails that dug deep into his skin. “I love these scars because they represent my mother’s love.   The reason why I have these scars is because my mother would not let go of me.”

       Friend, if you look into your life, you’ll find that you too have these scars. They come from a God that held on to you and wouldn’t let go. Were it not for those scars, you would have been swallowed up by the enemy.

       Perhaps you didn’t get that job you prayed for. Perhaps you didn’t get the guy you wanted. Perhaps you didn’t get the project you worked for. God sees the future.  He saw that if you got what you wanted, you would be swallowed up by the enemy. So He pulled you back. You got hurt. You got denied. You got rejected. Yes, you have scars—but these are scars of God’s Love for you!

       Trials have a way of bringing you closer to God.

       Dear friend, bounce from your trials. 

Bounce forward. 

Bounce Godward!

       May your dreams come true,

       Bo Sanchez

All is Well!

ALL IS WELL! When you hear someone say this to you, you get inspired, encouraged and you forget your worries. Such magical words that they can make you go on with life in spite of the gazillion problems around us. It seems that these 3 words combined has a divine intervention within. It makes you feel, God is with you and that you don't have to be afraid to face whatever stumbling blocks life will bring your way. The first time I heard of this totally amazing expression was in the movie "3 Idiots" (if you haven't seen this movie yet, I demand and command you get a copy haha...for sure, you will learn a lot from it...this movie will make you laugh and cry and most especially it will touch your heart that you won't forget it for the rest of your life). So this time, I've read about 'ALL IS WELL! again from Bo Sanchez's Soulfood Newsletter. If you want to read the whole article, just click here.

Here it is...

All Is Well!

       This story happened many years ago in Africa.

       A King had a friend whom everyone called Sunny because he had a very sunny outlook in life. No matter what happened to him, whether good or bad, he’d always say, “All is well!”

       If the sun was too hot, he’d say, “All is well! This sun is a blessing.”

       If rains fall like cats and dogs, cows and carabaos, triceratops and t-rexes, he’d still say, “All is well. The rain is a blessing.”

       One day, the King and Sunny went hunting. And in the hunting trip, Sunny’s job was to load the rifle and give it to the King. Sunny loaded the gun in a wrong way because when he gave it to the King, it fired by itself—and blew off the King’s thumb.

       The King screamed in pain. And in his rage, he sent his friend Sunny to prison.

       Many months later, the King was hunting again. But he hunted in a dangerous jungle where cannibals lived.

       True enough, the cannibal tribe captured the King, tied him up, and hung him in a tree. And they lit a fire beneath him.

       That was when one of the cannibals noticed that the King had a missing thumb. These cannibals had taste: They didn’t like to eat leftovers. In their minds, someone ate his thumb—and didn’t like it—and so didn’t eat the rest of his body. 

So they released the King and he walked away unharmed.

       As the King walked home, he remembered his friend Sunny in jail—and regretted sending him there.

       When he visited his friend in jail, the King told the story of how having a missing thumb saved him from the cannibals. He then said to Sunny, “I’m so sorry for sending you to jail….”

       Sunny smiled and said, “All is well! Prison was a blessing.”

       The King was shocked by his answer. “How could you say All is well? You got stuck here in jail for one year!”

       Sunny said, “If I wasn’t in jail, I would have been hunting with you today. And I don’t have a missing thumb!”

It’s so difficult to say, “All is well” when trials come upon our lives. But that’s the truth. No matter what happens, believe that all things will work for good to those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) - by Bo Sanchez

Men's Rules. My Reply.

These are Rules of Men! And Men's Rules are all #1, although they are numbered differently for your convenience ;) Ours too are all#1 haha

  1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us bitching about you leaving it down. Agree. You’re a big boy too. If you change, don’t scatter your clothes everywhere in any room, I’m sure you know where the laundry basket is located. And put everything back to where they came from. Women are not your PAs (personal assistants) haha
  2. Birthdays, Valentines, and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present yet again! No problem, as long as men make an effort to surprise women once in a while even if there is no special occasion. That makes the thought more sweeter :)
  3. Sometimes we are not thinking about you. Live with it. More often, women think of bags, shoes, and clothes not men. Live with it. :P
  4. Sunday = Sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be. Ok fine. If women watch drama shows and they cry. Let us. Women always try to associate themselves with everything they see.
  5. Don't cut your hair. Ever. Long hair is always more attractive than short hair. One of the big reasons guys fear getting married is that married women always cut their hair, and by then you're stuck with her. Don’t pierce your ears or grow your hair, you’re not a girl. But really, respect individuality.
  6. Shopping is not a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way. Agree. Shopping is shopping and should only be exclusive to women but women love it when men pay the price. (evil laugh)…Hey, we wanna look good for you, what you give is what you get :P
  7. Crying is blackmail. Maybe to some women but not all and not all crying is because of men. Women are just emotional, it’s just one way of expressing how we feel just like how men put their emotions in a bottle of beer :)
  8. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it! but don’t make women ask all the time. Take the initiative. I’m sure men are not dumb, you just want to play dumb because you don’t want to do it…but hey, you will be appreciated and rewarded if you get out of your comfort zones sometimes just to please us :)
  9. We don't remember dates. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar. Remind us frequently beforehand. Sure! And don’t get irritated when reminded.
  10. Most guys own three pairs of shoes - tops. What makes you think we'd be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress? Would you want your lady to dress inappropriately especially with you walking by her side? We believe your thoughts count (and it’s the most important comment we need to hear)  that’s why we ask men including our brothers haha :)
  11.  Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. Definitely! And same goes to men…but forgive women if we are fickle-minded. Our YES now is really YES but there’s always a possibility that it might become NO later…so grab the opportunity right away :P
  12. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for. I disagree, I believe both sexes sometimes just need their love to lend a listening ear not necessarily wanting for an advice or asking for help. Just listen and comfort, you don’t need to utter a word.
  13. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor. Hahaha…this is very funny. I don’t know about other women but I sure can’t sleep if my head is aching, will need a massage right away :P I’m not the person who keeps an argument going, I’m the kind who stops it right away and find the most peaceful solution J If whoever is in fault, he/she should accept it and apologize right then and there and the other should always have a forgiving heart J But if we are speaking of adultery, that’s another story.
  14. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days. Agree, fighting over petty things is useless and its nonsense to bring it back over and over again. I don’t like keeping broken records in the house…Forgive and forget but learn the lesson and NEVER repeat the mistake again.
  15. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys. Easy!… buy us Victoria’s Secret :P
  16. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us. We refuse to answer. Then lie and then wake us up early every morning so we can run and sweat together :)
  17. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one. No playing safe please, mean what you say and say what you mean…
  18. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself. Ok, you do the laundry and I’ll do the ironing haha seriously, if one is capable to do it on his/her own then do it yourself but don’t forget to offer a hand, that would be nice J And if we ask you to do something, don’t pretend that you know how if you don’t, just say you can’t and we’ll let the expert do it instead
  19. Whenever possible, say whatever you have to say during commercials. Agree. And don’t talk, complain, comment or make irritating movements & gestures while we are absorb in the love flick we are watching.
  20. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we. Then, let me drive haha
  21. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what taupe is. Haha, ok I’ll spare you with this one :) Colors are not for men unless they’re gay :P
  22. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that. But don’t do it in public... oh c'mon, it’s gross eeeewwww
  23. We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you. Thank you for the care, but don’t get angry or offended or irritated when we are honestly frank and direct
  24. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle. if you know you made a mistake or committed a sin, don’t act like you don’t know especially if it’s already too obvious or you are already caught, just apologize :)
  25. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear. We ask because we want to know the truth, but we’d rather hear the lie
  26. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really. Really? Even if we cut our hair and wear old clothes that make us look like a grandma? :)
  27.  Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as navel lint, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks. Don’t also ask us what we’re thinking about if you don’t want to discuss anything pink or red or purple or pumpkin or taupe haha
  28. You have enough clothes. It’s like saying don’t grow old.
  29. You have too many shoes. It’s like saying don’t grow at all :P
  30. Foreign films are best left for all of those foreigners. That’s why they have subtitles :P
  31. It is neither in your best interest or ours to take the quiz together. No, it doesn't matter which quiz. It’s just an icebreaker like a horoscope or knowing a zodiac sign, don’t take it seriously though some people do (women and yes, men too) but neither can tell your destiny or how your relationship will go. What matter is your faith & trust in each other
  32. Beer is as exciting for us as handbags are for you. Just like the liquor company says, “drink moderately” and then we will shop reasonably :)
  33. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know we really don't mind that? It's like camping. I wouldn’t let you sleep on the couch just because of these rules, why should I when it’s more fun to sleep besides someone you love and besides, it’s also fun to break some rules some times hahaha
  34. I'm in shape. ROUND is a shape. Women are in shape too :P


My Favorite Hollywood Couple

Benjamin Geza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) and Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972)

Begun dating 2004, engaged April 2005, married June 29, 2005...and still, is happily married

Kevin Smith about their wedding: "They're in it for one another, not for anyone else. They didn't need or want a crowd. They just wanted each other."

  • Violet Ann Affleck: Born in December 2005 by induced labor in Los Angeles, California.
  • Seraphina Elizabeth Rose Affleck: Born in January 2009.
  • Samuel Garner Affleck: Born in February 2012.

Jennifer about Ben: "He's really a gentleman. And he's not afraid to laugh at himself or you."

Ben about Jennifer: "I don't think she thinks that she is as drop-dead gorgeous as she is, and I think that is what gives her this incredibly appealing quality."

Jennifer says: "He knows when to swoop in with the gesture. He's sweet that way. Honestly, I would do anything for that man, because I know it's not taken for granted."

Jennifer says: "You steal the time. You steal a date, you steal a kiss, you steal a whisper," she says. "After the kids are asleep you … well, you know. Whatever it is. You slip away for a night."

....and I say: Their love is made in heaven :))

Google and Wiki said...

According to Mr. Google and Ms. Wikipedia, LOTIS can refer to:

A. Lotis (mythology), a nymph in Greek mythology

Lotis (Ancient Greek: Λωτίς) was a nymph of Greek mythology, the daughter of Poseidon or Nereus. During a festival in honor of Dionysus that she attended, Priapus tried to rape her while she was asleep, but she was awakened by a sudden cry of a donkey and ran off, leaving Priapus in embarrassment as everyone else woke up too and became aware of his intentions. In another account, she was changed into a lotus tree to escape Priapus; later, Dryope picked a flower off the tree Lotis had become, and was transformed into a black poplar.

.In the early 1500's, the Duke of Ferrara commissioned Giovanni Bellini to paint this masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. It is a painting of a gathering of Greek gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures. These include, from left to right, Silenus, Bacchus, Silvanus, Mercury, Jupiter, Persephone, Pan, Neptune, Ceres, Apollo, Priapus, and Lotis. The Feast of the Gods in fact depicts an instance of sexual assault, in which Priapus is shown lifting Lotis' skirt as the others are in a drunken stupor. Although this masterpiece was completed during Bellini's lifetime, another renaissance artist, Titian, repainted most of its landscape later on. Nobody is fully sure why Titian was comissioned to do so, but there are many theories, such as that Bellini paid Titian before he died.

B. Lotis (genus), a genus of beetles


C. Lotis Blue Butterfly, a butterfly formerly found in California and now believed to be extinct

Lotis Blue Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Scientific Name: Lycaeides idas lotis
Date of listing: 1976
Federal Status: Endangered
State Status: None

Possibly extinct, the Lotis Blue has not been seen alive since 1983. Little is known about this mysterious butterfly. It is only known from a few sites near Mendocino on California's north coast. Thought to have been restricted to a rare coastal bog type of habitat, this butterfly may be a victim of climatic shifts as much as development. Droughts in the late 1970s caused severe declines in populations of Coast Hosackia (Lotus formosissimus) the plant thought to have supported the development of this butterfly.

D. The Large Optical Test and Integration Site (LOTIS) at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, CA.

The Large Optical Test and Integration Site, or LOTIS, is a facility at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, CA for testing large optical components under realistic conditions. LOTIS has large, thermally stabilized vacuum chamber, vibration-isolated optical benches, and a large 6.5 meter telescope (run backwards as a collimator) to create images for the test optics to view. It can generate images from the visible through the mid-wavelength IR.

The fabrication error in the Hubble Space Telescope main mirror is the classic example that shows the need for such testing. In this case, a test facility such as LOTIS was not easily available, so the completed optics were not tested as a unit, and instead relied on careful testing of the individual components. Unfortunately, due to a mis-assembled null corrector, one of the tests was wrong, and a mis-figured mirror was not discovered until the telescope was placed into service. This is exactly the type of problem that LOTIS can detect, since it is designed to test large optical systems as a unit by creating realistic inputs and operating conditions for them.

E. The Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System

The Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System, or LOTIS, is an automated telescope designed to slew very rapidly to the location of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), to enable the simultaneous measurement of optical counterparts.

F. 429 Lotis, a main belt asteroid (minor planet category)

429 Lotis is a large Main belt asteroid. It is classified as a probable C-type asteroid and is likely composed of primitive carbonaceous materials. It was discovered by Auguste Charlois on November 23, 1897 in Nice.

What can I say? I just love my name! ...go ahead and discover yours! :D

My name is...

My name is Lotis. It's unique and I love it! :)

Growing up and even until now, people I met who were born in nayntin-kupong-kupong, often calls me Lotisky (haha that's how I used to spell the name in my mind, bisaya gyud kaayo ba). I used to wonder why they call me that, kinsa kaha si Lotisky? I didn't have the slightest idea who the person with that name was until my mama said that I was named after an actress in the 70's. Her name is Lotis Key (as spelled correctly haha) and she was one of the women in Dolphy's life (yes, it's none other than the comedy king himself). But other than that, a few photos (na dili pa jud klaro plus drawing pa ang posters) and some movies listed in her filmography, nothing comes up when I googled her name. Where is she now? Is she still alive?

Dolphy and Lotis Key were together in the movie 'Bugoy' (not Budoy, si Gerald Anderson po yun haha)

and also in the movie 'Darna Kuno'...both movies were shown in 1979

She also starred in 'Return of the Dragon', a Bruce Lee inspired movie directed by Celso Ad Castillo in 1974

A couple of pics from the movie...

She looks like Katrina Halili in this angle, watdyatink?

And sosy ang lolah naghollywood pod diay...she played the role of a nun in 'Untamed Heart', the now classic love story of two people (played by Christian Slater and Marisa Tomie) who doesn't make sense as individuals but together they made sense, me ganun?

See Lotis Key's filmography at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0450754/

So, what's in your name?