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A Short Essay about Friendship

By on Aug 4, 2011 in Essays | 1 comment

Gaining Gold Coins All of us need true friends to turn to. As we share our failures and triumphs with them, we experience the warmth and joy. When I was in sixth grade, one of my teachers taught the class a song that goes “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” As my classmates and I sang this song, its essence did not concern me. It’s just an ordinary rhyming song for graders anyway. Eight years later, however, singing this song made me feel regretful. Its meaning struck me. From the time I was in sixth grade until I turned twenty, I hadn’t kept a chest of gold coins. I had broken friendships that may had lasted a lifetime. I neglected the presence of my old friends whom were sincere and true. Is this the end? No. Don’t cry over a bottle of spilled milk, they say. Losing a number of old friends, however, is worth crying. Crying for something for which we are to blame and can never gain back. Many of us only realized how important our old friends are to us once they are not around anymore. Though we may see them once in a while, it will not be easy to gain them back, especially when trusts were broken. So, to start keeping a chest of gold coins, we just start over again finding new friends.  It’s never too late. Just don’t do the same mistakes again. This is a revised version of my article that was first published in CEU’s school paper (ca....

A Few Inches Short

By on Jul 20, 2009 in Essays | 2 comments

When I was young, I monitored my growth by measuring my height against our kitchen’s wall. Overjoyed, I was jumping every time I discovered I grew centimeters taller than the past months. My mother also bought me a vitamin syrup to help me grew taller. In effect, I was one of those who stayed at the end or in the middle of the line at school and never became a front liner; and during New Year’s Eve I was one of those hopefuls that jump high as they could, believing that acting that way would make us grew taller on the coming year. My dream of becoming taller, however, had a limit, which I made myself. I used to compare my height to my aunts and other women close to my parents. I believed their height was ideal for women since most of them stood the same. I remembered saying to myself that an inches taller than these ladies would be enough. One time, at age eleven, I was very glad to learn that I grew taller and was above my aunt’s shoulder. From then on, I believed that my ideal height was ideal indeed, until I reached second year high school. In my sophomore year, my fancy thoughts were shattered when I found out that most of my gals grew taller than me. And I had to be on the front line. My feelings became worse when I learned that my aunts and those women close to my parents were all just 5’1 below except of my mother who I believed is 5’2. Insecurity began to cloud my self-confidence. Fortunately, I was one of the best students in class that I was able to shun away my insecurity in height. In fact, even though I stopped growing, I was the Battalion Commander of our batch. Could you imagine a five feet lady commanding 204 cadets? I might be small, but I was terrible. If I had not reached college I might still believe that I had the ideal height. When I entered Centro Escolar University, however, I met number of ladies who are seven inches taller than me and to make my feelings worse we had the same age. I even saw job advertisements that require women at least 5’2 in height. For god sake I cannot grew taller than 5’, now that I am twenty. My insecurity in height always haunts me occasionally though I already accepted that I came from a race of small people. The feelings become worse whenever I remember that I once wished of becoming a beauty queen. What calms me is still the idea that I may be small but I can make big things possible. Another consolation I have for myself is, at least I reached five feet and never write in my resume the number four at the height’s question. Whew! How I wish I never had made that ideal height during my childhood. Thank God there’s Cherefer and Japanese are intelligent people, or else, I will never had a...

What are the Secrets of Success?

By on Jun 15, 2008 in Essays | 0 comments

A lot of time comes when we want to achieve something but fail, we easily give up. When we get rejected or criticized, we stop trying and feel frustrated. Not all of us, however, give up. Some pursued their goals successfully. Do you know their secrets? One of the secrets of successful individuals is that they do not know the word “quit”. They are persistent in achieving what they want in their lives. Let us consider General Douglas McArthur. After failing twice in his admission to West Point, he applied the third time and was accepted. If not of Gen. McArthur’s persistence, who would have said “I shall return” to the Filipinos? Likewise, Henry Ford, the famous automobile businessman went bankrupt twice during his first three years. He said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” Because he knew he can do better, he made Ford Company, one of the best car manufacturers in the world. Another secret of these victors is to eat your words. One good example of this is the inventor of electric bulb, Thomas Edison, who said once “Fooling around with alternating current is a waste of time. Nobody will use it ever.” Even Albert Einstein, the genius of the 20th century, supposed, “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will be obtainable.” No wonder Einstein said “If A equals success, then the formula is A=X+Y+Z. Y is play. Z is keeping your mouth shut.” Coca-Cola Company on the other hand sold only 400 bottles on their first year. Look! They are now manufacturing billions of cokes every year for the global market! Amazing, isn’t it? Well, Don Keough, a former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, was applying what he calls “Keough’s Commandment for Losing” for the company to become successful. The following are his commandments of Losing: 1. Quit taking risks. 2. Be content. 3. Before you make any move, always ask yourself, “What will investors think?” 4. Avoid change. 5. Be totally inflexible-stay on the course no matter what. 6. Rely totally on research and experts to make decisions for you. 7. Be more concerned with status than service. 8. Concentrate on your competitor instead of your customers. 9. Put yourself first in everything you do, ahead of your customers and suppliers. 10. Memorize the formula “TGE..That’s Good Enough” to set a selling on quality. Come on, this list is reverse psychology! If we want to achieve something, do not be afraid of failure, take the risk, remind ourselves of “Keough’s Commandments of Losing” and keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything good to say! ^_^ Reference: ‘How to give a damn good speech?’ by Philip R...