International Women’s Day!

Let not only today that we celebrate each other. To all the girls and women all over the world, cheers to one and all.

May we be inspired to stand up for our rights, to be firm in our beliefs and to celebrate our individuality.  Each girl, woman is unique, distinct to you alone.

Let us offer a prayer to all the women in bondage, in slavery, victim of violence and all who has no voice because of fear of oppression.  May God give you strength and peace. And may you find courage to hold on and to not lose hope.

Life is good but we women make it great and awesome.

Cheers to all! 

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My Sister, Work At Home Mom Tech Junkie

I have siblings and I am proud of them.

Our age gap is such that you’d know the fourth and fifth baby of the family is like an afterthought. I am the fourth child and by that time my third sister is 6 years old. Everybody would have thought that they’re done with 3 kids but fortunately for me, they decided to have 1 more.

The sister before me is my biggest fan so to speak. She got me started on oDesk and Elance and learned a lot from her. She is the one pushing me to start writing again. She is my proofreader, editor and inspiration at the same time. She inspires me as no other. With our 12/13 hours time difference, my days is her nights. Anytime I check gtalk or skype at any time of my day, I could see her. I often starts my day saying goodevening to her and she would just be able to say hi and thats it. She’s busy working on whatever project and for whomever client is she working for. Around 12, I made it a point to check on her not necessarily sending IM but if she’s still around, I’d be telling her to go get some sleep. There are days that I get replies like “sisterette, deadline!” and ill leave her alone knowing how the time tracking on oDesk works.

She’s a stay at home mom with 4 kids and she is brilliant in what she does. Aside from the regular stuff that she does, she sprouts techy words like a priest to his sermon. She taught herself to code. She has all this terms that makes me scramble for google and search. And she is updated to every new and up and coming innovations on technology.

After proofreading any client related article writing that I do, she’d tell me that she wished she has a gift for words and I always answer her that each one of us has been designed to have her own niche in this world. I love to write, she likes her techy stuff. And we are each other’s biggest fans.

I love her and proud of her. She is my sister.

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Gay and proud!

My sister is gay. I am proud of her. I love her.

Being a lesbian in this ever changing world nowadays is not for the faint of heart.  They get ridiculed, frowned upon and most of all called names by the idiots with superiority complex.

I always say that a gay person is human first then his sexual preference next.  If people would only stop and take a minute to think of what they are about to say towards somebody then we could avoid conflict, confusions and heartaches.

The way we treat members of gay community has come a long way, what with passing of laws allowing them same sex marriage and protection of their rights among others.  But only on “some” countries.

Gay people often-times labelled as spawn of the devil.  Really?

People are judgemental of what they don’t understand.  Living with my sister allowed me to look at things from her point of view.  She has seen a lot of upheavals in her life.  There were numerous struggles and valiant attempts to be accepted.

In our small town community in the backwoods of the Philippines, she is living openly as a lesbian and even-though there are others of the same sexual orientation as herself in our town, there are still ripples of non-acceptance.

She works in an honourable profession.  Lives according to what God has mandated us to do, respecting others, being kind and simply live life for the good of others and the community.

Some people are just hypocrites.

The only concern that I have now is what my sister’s sexual preference is, it is affecting her daughter.  You see she has a daughter and she is being bullied about her mom.

Should I kept quite about it? I already hear stuff about my sister, should her daughter hear the same? Adults can be cruel.  Parents may talk about my sister in front of their children. And children will repeat it to their peers, my niece and any person who is willing to listen.  Getting ridiculed for having a mother who is lesbian is not how I envisioned life for my niece nor my children to be.

We live in a free world, or so I thought!

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