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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Daily Inspiration
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:00:33 PM »
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Quotable Quotes / Re: The Sayings of Buddha
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:50:40 PM »
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Daily Inspiration
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:44:11 PM »
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
   â€“ BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD
Desire is the key to life, because desire is power. The deeper the desire, the more power it contains.
Most people start life with many small desires. Their power and vitality trickle away in many different directions. None of their desires is deep enough to contain much power. But there are people whose lives are molded by only a few, consuming desires. Such people usually achieve their goals. Because their desires are unified, their will becomes nearly invincible. To desire something deeply is to will it, and to will is to achieve. If they want to become a great artist, build a bigger pyramid, explain the movements of the planets, they devote their life to that, and usually succeed. Wherever you find great success in life, it is fueled by the intense unification of desires.
But the most successful people of all are the rare men and women like Mahatma Gandhi and Saint Teresa of Avila who have but one desire. All lesser desires have been consumed in the great fire of love for God.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's Next for Wesley So?


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Philippines' #1 chess player Wesley So crushed the competition in the recent Annual Capablanca Memorial Tournament last week. Immdediately right after his victory, the 20-year-old Caviteño was shrouded with praises from thousands of fellow Filipino chess fans all over the world.


So's remarkable triumph in Havana boosted Philippine chess morale; with a lot of young aspiring players worshipping him, making him their idol...
Which really isn't that bad if we ain't talking about religion :)

Just after that monumental but very quick draw So made with Hungarian GM(Grand-Master) Zoltan Almasi, it was clear who would bring home the filthy bacon.

It is fantastically fortunate that the extremely hard work of Wesley So and his US-based coach, GM Susan Polgar has beard fruit, and that such training had not been in vain:)



Perhaps one of the key factors that lead to Wesley's triumph in Havana was his 8th round win against Cuban Grandmaster Leinier Dominguez. Their imbalanced game seemed OK for both sides(black and white), only until Dominguez first faltered. NOTE: at that time, a lot of Hispanic chess blogs were tackling about So especially when he faced Dominguez and the Spanish GM Vallejo Pons. I guess they were intrigued by So's "DOUBLE DEAD" performance when he beat both Dominguez and Pons! Only GM Lazaro Batista Bruzon(who is not related in any way to Batista the WWE wrestler by the way), was able to hold So flawlessly in two games.

So the million dollar question right now is...
What's next for So?


Lazaro Batista Bruzon who drew with Wesley So
in both of their games took 2nd place in the
tournament...
By now, So is currently rated #15 in the FIDE live ratings, which means that So might get even more elite tournament invites. While this is obviously good for the Filipino #1, this also means that the challenges will be tougher. One big challenge for So that I could easily  pinpoint is his arch-nemesis, GM Anish Giri:). It is very well-known that So has a recognizably bad performance against the Dutch-Bangladeshi hybrid which I will not dicuss because I've got a feeling that the majority of Filipino chess fans will crucify me for even mentioning the name Giri:)

Anyways...

A lot of Filipino chess players from the homeland are prasing So right now and are making noise that Wesley So should be given 100% support its national government. And hopefully, So will get the support he needs which will fuel his passion even more to climb to the top of the chess elite.




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Quotable Quotes / Re: The Sayings of Buddha
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:57:46 PM »
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Daily Inspiration
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:54:34 PM »
Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.
~ Pema Chodron

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Quotable Quotes / Re: The Sayings of Buddha
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:09:21 PM »
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Daily Inspiration
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:07:33 PM »
It's already the middle of February.

We’ve made resolutions, set goals, dreamed big; and now we are left with what we have right now, and for many of us, there’s a little bit of a let down that comes with that. We want our lives to change for the positive right now, but our minds get caught up in a tailspin of wishful thinking and unhappiness with what is. Whether you’re feeling blue about a relationship, a job, your home, or your finances, I promise you there is always some sort of silver lining. So this week, let’s talk about how to make the best of any situation you may be going through. Check out some tips below to find ways to get through anything with grace and ease.

Be the light. No matter how dark a situation may be, first start by trying to bring light to it. If you have a terribly mean boss or some dysfunction in your family, try to bring forth change, by being the change you wish to see. Negative doesn’t cancel out negative, positive does. Try it out!

Be heard. So many times we stuff down our thoughts and opinions for fear of negative repercussions. Use your voice, stand up for yourself and be heard! Be thoughtful, respectful, and honest, and share your input to promote change.

Be proactive. What can you do right now to make the situation better? Go inward and search for meaningful solutions or quick fixes to give yourself a positive boost. This may also mean, start researching ways to exit the situation or finding an alternative answer.

Be protected. Know where you stand and create boundaries. How much are you willing to take before you make the ultimate change? It’s great to always know where you stand so that you’re clear when it’s time to move on.

Be ready. Just like it’s great to know what your limits are, it’s also great to be mindful and ready on when the timing is right to make that change. If you’re wanting a new career, start exploring what makes your heart sing so that when the time is right you can transition with ease. The same goes for any other situation you’re dealing with. Preparation is key.

I hope these tips help you with any challenging situations you may be facing. I do have one caveat here. These tips are for you in the notion that you or your loved ones aren’t in any harm or danger; they simply are for bumps in the road. If you find yourself in a scary situation beyond your control, please seek help and aid from sources you trust. Have a great week everyone!

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Quotable Quotes / Re: The Sayings of Buddha
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:17:27 AM »
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

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Quotable Quotes / The Sayings of Buddha
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:16:10 AM »
Gautama Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was born in the sixth century B.C. in what is now modern Nepal. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people and Siddhartha grew up living the extravagant life of a young prince. According to custom, he married at the young age of sixteen to a girl named Yasodhara. His father had ordered that he live a life of total seclusion, but one day Siddhartha ventured out into the world and was confronted with the reality of the inevitable suffering of life. The next day, at the age of twenty-nine, he left his kingdom and newborn son to lead an ascetic life and determine a way to relieve universal suffering.

For six years, Siddhartha submitted himself to rigorous ascetic practices, studying and following different methods of meditation with various religious teachers. But he was never fully satisfied. One day, however, he was offered a bowl of rice from a young girl and he accepted it. In that moment, he realised that physical austerities were not the means to achieve liberation. From then on, he encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than extremism. He called this The Middle Way.

That night Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree, and meditated until dawn. He purified his mind of all defilements and attained enlightenment at the age of thirty-five, thus earning the title Buddha, or "Enlightened One". For the remainder of his eighty years, the Buddha preached the Dharma in an effort to help other sentient beings reach enlightenment

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Inspiration & Hope / Daily Inspiration
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:30:54 PM »
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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:36:26 PM »
sa tanang nag basa aning ahong article, gi imbitar mo nga mo dalikyat sa maribojoc aron mo apil sa JESUS Anquilero chess tournament. JUNE 21. Sunday. inig ka gabii pod, naay mo duwa sa bbol. ang EMPUERTO HOTEL sa mandaue cebu vs. KAHAYAG, CHRISTmas LEAGUE champion of maribojoc. pagka human sa duwa, mang lopad ang erplano ni balong nga naay ganti nga P20. di na lang nato soksokan ug dollar. 20 20 lang para daghan pod maka kuha. walay polta ang bbol. free admission, sa chess tournament hinoon P150 ang registration.

talagsaon kaajo ni nga salida. mang lopad mga erplano sa bbolan nga naay karga nga P20. lingaw jud mo. GUARANTEED. kay mahimo ug mag binuntagay ug lopad ang erplano. kanang 20 pesos warm up lang. ang finishing tagsa ka libo. ::)

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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:25:49 PM »
inig kita nato pohon wards, mobo na ahong bohok. mag pa awot na ko. gitujo ra man gud naho pag pa taas for picture taking ba. hinlo-an na lang naho ning sagbot naho nga nawong. pero ipa bilin seguro naho ang bongot. looking 4ward to see you wards in maribojoc karong june pohon, malo-oy ang GINOO. kay sa tinood lang, tandogon man pod ko. my friend bocats died of a heart attack, ako pod delikado. one of my heart valves is defective. iapil lang pod ko sa imong mga pagampo wards, nga logwayan pa ning atong hinolaman nga kinabuhi para mag kita kits pa ta. dad-a pod si borobotoy

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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:54:48 AM »
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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:43:47 AM »
Guide Me Through These Dark Days
Maureen Pratt

O Lord, I am torn up with grief.
I know you are there, but I cannot see past
my sorrow and tears.
Be with me, Lord, and do not take
my unhappiness to heart.
Rather, work within me to guide me through
these dark days
and bring your light to my life,
so that I may see your goodness, even in my mourning.


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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:22:41 PM »
Bocats,

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Balong

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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:17:26 PM »
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you lived a life full of adventure. i was there w/ you. and now you are gone. i will miss you so much. it will not be the same anymore w/out you by my side but i will still try to enjoy what remains of my life. wish we could have grown much older together but it was not meant to be .

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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:05:33 PM »
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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:02:45 PM »
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Market & Economic Trends / Re: MARTIN Airways
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:01:50 PM »
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