It was weird hearing my father asking about religion yesterday. I didn't know what's on his mind. I'm no expert in religious matters, although I'm knowledgeable enough to give him a crash course concerning some religions. I owe this to my years of reading books/pamphlets about basic philosophy and intro to religion, studying evangelism (during my 'born again' days) and getting immersed in several religious forums — which unfortunately provided me more questions than answers.

So I explained to him what he just needed to know — the varied definitions of atheism, deism, agnosticism, pantheism and the simple theism, and how (or why) people came up with such ideas and decided to become men of such beliefs. I don't know if religious stuffs are getting into his head, or maybe he's beginning to experience "spiritual crisis," if such crisis really exists. Although I wish he would not inquire and try to dig deeply into religious matter — lest he really wants to get himself into confusion. I myself have had enough of it. Finding the 'truth' is a lost cause for me. "Kaysa naman hindi mo alam tapos oo ka lang ng oo, e di parang niloloko ko lang ang sarili ko..." he said, something to that effect. Indeed, there are lots of people out there who don't even have the slightest idea about their religions. I WAS one of them.

Sadly, there are many people blinded by their indomitable faith who keep on proselytizing their religions to some who they believe have become "lost sheeps." What made them think that their religions are true and others false?
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While anxiously awaiting the results of the Philippines final population count — two months late off the scheduled release — I came across an interesting article about population program of Singapore. Worried about the city's declining birth rate, the government of this tiny country began teaching its high school polytechnic students in FORMAL COURSES on HOW to FLIRT. Said one Singaporean student: "My teacher said if a guy looks into my eyes for more than five seconds, it could mean that he is attracted to me, and I stand a chance."

And would you believe that the course includes "love song analysis" and how to chat online? As we are bracing ourselves to accept the incredible projected population of over 90 million — excluding the undocumented mouths feeding on luck or rugby — here is one rich tiny country trying to increase the number of its people!
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I know I should be used to this since we live in a tropical country, but I just can't let the feeling pass without saying it — IT'S FREAKIN HOT!

Yesterday, the weatherman in a cowboy hat reported that the temperature in the coconut islands could reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius in May, depending on how soon La NiƱa (another phenomenon that could turn your day into a catastrophy) will say hello. This is so close to saying I should take a cold shower every night and hit the sack naked... or almost naked.

I always wonder how Arabian people who lived before the 19th century could have survived living in the deserts and their surrounding areas, most particularly in the Middle East. Today, air-conditioner is a must in countries such as Saudi Arabia whose temperature could reach as high as 45 degree Celsius... or even more. I can attest to that since I got my ass working in Saudi before. When the air-conditioner (or AC as Indians normally call it) in our room failed to run one night, we just couldn't bring ourselves to sleep. It was both suffocating and well... hot! How much more if you find yourself visiting El Azizia in Libya or Death Valley in the US of A where frying food is no problem.

As always reported, this planet gets hotter and hotter each day, thanks to the First World countries for emitting too much greenhouse gasses while reproaching and blaming other countries for global warming. Well, if global warming continues, expect the sea level to rise, the weather events to go extreme and the amount and pattern of precipitation to change. Other than that, changes in agricultural yields, trade routes, glacier retreat, species extinctions and increases in the ranges of disease vectors should be expected as well (yeah, vectors, you know, whatever that means). Remember my last post about doomsday? Well, this may very well be the start of it.

Ice candy, anyone?
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