Houseband's musings


Houseband on Need to be Needed –

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I am human, I have this fundamental need to be needed.

I am happy when I am needed.

Just the other day, by chance I happen to meet a former colleague from work and we had a rather short and hurried conversation, but that conversation made my day, in-fact until now.

I must have mentioned from my previous posts that I already resigned from my work for health reasons.

In that conversation I was informed that my name was mentioned by my former boss saying that I should not have been allowed to resign yet as I am needed very much at work. Hearing that, it has brought smile to my face, a rather rapid surge of blood through my body made me blushing, and then that muffled and choked chuckling due to happiness.

But of course, I was very polite as not to be very obvious.

I could not remember anymore what else we talked about, I was just lulled to high heavens from the message I received.

As I went home and as I was able to recapture my composure or ‘sanity’ (sanity for lack of adjective), I tried analyzing my behavior and the emotions that I felt after that encounter. Then, I realized that, ah, yes – I am just human, I have the fundamental need to be needed.

Having that need satisfied, I felt that happiness and satisfaction.

Looking back, yes, I enjoyed my work, I love helping other people and molding their minds. I tried helping them to be aware and be ready to face the real world. But as would everybody else, I also have my needs and priorities, I needed a change, I need to tend for my SELF, so that in the end, I can still do the things I love most, and do good to others.

I am Happy and I intend to be – ALWAYS!


Houseband – inspired and hopeful

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It is never too late too late to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming a LAWYER says Mr. Rodolfo Q. Aquino, a professor of Business of Administration who recently passed the 2011 BAR exams and even made it to the top 10 at the age of 64.

It has been my dream also of becoming a lawyer, and reading through Mr. Aquino’s accounts, it has given me much hope and inspiration to pursue this dream.

I agree, it is never too late to dream the dream and fulfill it.

I will not let my age to deter me, nor will I let time dilute my passion for the Law.

I believe that even in my old age, I can still serve and do greater good, in this profession to benefit the society.

Thank you, Mr. Aquino for your example. I wish you all the best. Congratulations!


Houseband goes sprouts –

Sprouts or sprouted vegetables or greens have been around for quite a time already.

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In fact, I am used to eat sprouted mongo or mung bean, and we locally call it Tauge or Tawge.

Sprouted mung bean or mongo or tauge has its health benefits to humans like it can decrease the risk of heart diseases, colon cancer, and many more.

In terms of vitamins, it has ample amounts of Vitamin C which is not present in the seed; further there are a lot of enzymes that are activated when, the seeds are sprouting, that can be readily assimilated by the body.

Plus, it is a good source of high quality protein, much betterand than the proteins we get from meats like pork, fish and chicken.

I am having this post because soon, I will be spending some spare time sprouting mung beans, and will try to improve my sprouting methods, lastly I will try also to develop recipes for my produce.

Soon, I will be eating a lot of Tauge, and I can’t wait to see the benefits.


Houseband’s Money Tree –

Pachira aquatica – this is the scientific name of my money tree.

My money tree

I have been quite excited after I received my money tree and immediately launched a search (on the net) on how to take care, grow and culture the plant.

I have here a picture of my money tree, and hopefully, I can propagate this and make more money trees. Well, we don’t know, maybe in the future I can make a business out of it, selling money trees, or bonsai money trees.

I have read that this plant actually comes from Central and South America, and it can really grow tall like 18 meters. It loves sunlight and needs less watering. It can also bear fruits, in a form of nuts, which they say tastes like peanuts, some people also make a flour out of the nuts.

As for me, I will stick to eating the nuts rather than eating any baked goodies from the produced flour.

I am rather curious now, what if I make a Pachira orchard and later on, will be the prime producer of the pachira nuts, and make candies out of it, just like in the case of the Pili nuts.

As I have said, this is an idea, and believing it will definitely make the idea into a reality.


Houseband on positive thoughts –

Ask for it, think of it and believe that it will be yours – the power of POSITIVITY.

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Just this month, there was a time when I was busy searching the net about money plant or money tree. I read a lot of articles about this Chinese idea of bringing positive vibes or many luck into a home whenever there is a money tree or plant. And so I said that I should have that money tree.

I thought about it, and made plans as to when and where to buy the plant. I even remember that one day, as I was passing though our neighbor’s garden, I saw a big money tree. There, I was reminded of my money tree, as so with conviction, I sad to myself that I should buy one the soonest possible.

However, due to busy schedule, I have totally forgotten the thought of the money tree.

But today, in a very unexpected way, I was gifted with a MONEY TREE!

Yes, the very same plant that I have been so drooling over – but totally forgotten.

Then, I was reminded of the power of POSITIVE THINKING.

All the while, by just having the thought, I have been sending messages across the universe about having the money tree, and I believe that the universe also conspired to make that very thought a reality.

This IDEA has been there, thought by many masters, even nuanced in the teachings of the Church. However, we sometimes do not believe in it, or that we do not have the time to really give it a try. Probably, after hearing it, learning about it, we just shrug the idea and toss it aside.

For my case, I have been a firm believer of this, and I can honestly say this has happened to me a lot of times already.

What about you?


Houseband in Eternity –

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Houseband’s one-on-one with God

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Lord, for the longest time I have wondered how it feels, really, to be here and actually talk to you, in person. All my life, I have always envisioned you to be just there, THERE – somewhere, listening to us all, to our sighs, our litanies of wishes and wants, out prayers, even the most embarrassing desires, knowing that our conversation with you is in just one way direction, we speak, you listen (whether you like it or not)…

But, here you are…like, YOU are really here!

Lord, honestly, I do not know where to begin, or what to say and what to ask you…oh, and please forgive me, you see, almost automatically I am here to ask, and ask, and ask…

I am ashamed…

But to be honest Lord, I really have a lot of things to ask you, and a lot of questions too…

Shall I fire off, or you will have the first say…

Really, you want me to go right on? You really are my Lord, and my God.

Well, Lord… you see, I am very troubled. I know that you know my situation. It is just that, well, it has been quite a long time now since I got married, and until now I do not have a child yet.

You see, even though I try to deny it, but deep inside I know that I am gripped with envy, especially with my friends and relatives that are having a happy and complete life.

I feel bitter sometimes when I see couples, or families that could barely feed their own but their children abound!

I feel that there is injustice here. I feel like accusing you of being so unjust!

But, you know what Lord? I could not bring myself to voice out my suffering, or my sentiments, because I am afraid of you, that any moment you wave your hand, and I am gone, or that something bad will happen to me, or my family.

I am sorry for that Lord, I should not be crossing the line, or test more your patience.

But Lord, am I not deserving of such joy?

That happy feeling of having to wake-up and see my children all curled-up, comforted that they are safe and protected, and well fed, and have parents that love them very much?

Ah, but all these are just in my mind, and in my heart, and almost always ready to spring-up whenever I see the very images in front of me, in the images of those people around me.

Lord, sorry if I could not help crying, I am just too emotional hearing all these things from my own.

So, Lord… would it be alright if I ask you that you let me experience the joy of parenthood?