Archive for the ‘My Bald Opinion’ Category

When I learned about Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy operation to prevent breast cancer, my first thought was: woah, that’s extreme! Then it got me thinking, will she have her ovaries removed next to prevent ovarian cancer? Colon, to prevent colon cancer? How about brain cancer?
Having learned now that her mother died of breast cancer, I’m a little more enlightened of her decision. I am now losing my father to Alzheimer’s disease and I just might go to extremes myself (if I can) to prevent the same disease from consuming me. You have to understand the fear that grows in a person when they have witnessed a loved one taken (an understatement) by such an illness.
I DO find her decision “heroic” just like most people do. I admire women who take charge of their lives, those who does not comfortably take the back seat and just watch life happen. You conquer your fear, you get proactive, but still.. to what extent? How far should one go?


I’m a thirty-something adult now, and every day I keep wishing that someone has warned and equipped me with enough wisdom to help me survive this thing called life. So I am writing this to the child that I was (yep, that 3-year-old seductress in the picture was me!), in the hopes that someone out there could actually benefit from the little knowledge I have learned so far.

Don’t rush growing up. Believe me when I tell you this, nothing could ever surpass the joys of being a child. You are probably feeling so helpless now; feeling responsible for your parents’ troubles and unable to do much about it with your very young and innocent mind. Sweetie, none of these problems was your fault. Their problems were never yours to mind in the first place. You are a child, go and play with your friends – that is what you are supposed to do. Let the grownups do their thing. And if they have failed your expectations in any way, know that they, too, are children sometimes. They could be just as clueless as you are too. Forgive them, for in time you will see that everything happens for a reason. Know that there is a much bigger scheme in this life you have yet to live as you age. Things aren’t always what they seem. But for now, take your time and just be a child. Enjoy your friends, play with your toys, run wild and free on the lawn, laugh like there’s no tomorrow, and I assure you, the rest will follow. (more…)

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roman Catholic Church’s Pope Benedict XVI makes history for being the first pontiff to resign in 600 years (since 1415). To everyone’s surprise, this would be our first time to witness a pope resign. Normally we wait until they die (harsh as it may seem). This resignation prompted inevitable speculations as to the real reason he was resigning his much coveted post in the Roman Catholic world, bringing rebirth to several “unfounded” suspicions about the Vatican’s “moral filth”. The plot thickens as this transition unfolds. I am rubbing my hands together in anticipation. Or not. Is he really gay? Exactly how corrupt is the Vatican really? What other scandals have the church concealed? The world seems to care enough for news TV to milk the subject nearly 24/7 on TV. (more…)