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Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The Esoterical Journey

Ray Gratzner was tagged by Luiza, who in turn was tagged before by RUFUS.

Now, Ray Gratzner of The Esoterical Journey, decided to ask me this question which I wish someone had asked me even before... lol.

I copied this excerpt from Ray's blog

"The rules are:

* Choose whose brain you want to pick.
* Ask a question about what you always wanted to know from that person, never mind whether it may be indiscreet - so be cautious ;)
* Tag (with a TrackBack) the person
* Oh, yes, and of course answer the question that you were asked, more or less detailed

My question from Ray is, " DID I EVER WANT TO BE A MAN?"

Well, Ray...I always wanted to be a man (this is the first time I'm revealing

But I'm an optimist, so I let do of whatever I've got, and appreciate it instead.

But yes, I always wanted to be a man. These are the reasons why:

1. Men do not need to spend several minutes to dress up - matching shoes, bags, ear rings, etc., and the make-up time is still not included. For men, pants, shirt cologne and you're ready.

2. Men can always take the initiative when they want something, like courting a woman they love. Women have to wait for men to make the first move, which is frustrating at times.

3. Men are stronger physically and this is a proven and accepted fact. They can carry heavy things around (like carry their woman?), reach easily for the ceiling, don't have trouble pushing the cart, etc.

4. Pretty women are more beautiful to look at than handsome men,(lol), I mean, I could never tire looking at the face of a beautiful woman, while my focus is easily distracted when I'm looking at a handsome man.

5. Men are easier to be with, less hassles and less gossips. I seldom see men gossip.

6. And lastly, If I were a man, I won't have to suffer menstruation and pregnancy and post menopausal syndromes and pre-menstrual syndromes, etc.which only women suffer.

Setting Sun Flower by: Francis Scudellari

I sometimes wish I was a tall, sinewy man with the correct set of hypothalamic nerves and aortic valves- a man with a heart that is greater than his brain.

But since I'm a woman and not a man, I still thank God that I'm normal and for giving me the chance to be a mother and the light of the home.

Now I would like to ask these questions:

For Tasha Bud of The Big Picture - what was the most romantic moment in your life?

For Francis Scudellari of Caught In The Stream - How would be your version of the Madonna look like?

For Mike of Live Life365- What would you consider as the primary inspirational quote that we all should remember?

For Eric S. of Ruminations of A Small Town Mountain Boy - What do you think of cats? Do you like cats too? if no, why not?

For Ken of Ken Armstrong Writing Stuff - What would be the title of the first book you would be publishing and why?

For Brady Frost of Hunting the Muse - How would you categorise your short stories?
(The Boy In The Window, etc)? Why?

For Fiendish of Baa Baa Blogging - May I know what your nickname is? Does it start perhaps with the letter S? Why Fiendish?

For Mathe Baniaga of Pinoy All Around the World - Where would you rather stay, back home or abroad?

And for Ray- you may post the answer here..(smiles). What positive characteristics do you admire in a woman? (ooops, is it too personal? You may or may not answer it. It's okay.)

I'm excited to read the answers to these questions!


Ray Gratzner said...

Dear jena. I admire you answer and the many details you described.
Regarding one point I have other experiences. Men gossip. When men meet each other, they can talk all day long and afterwards they tell how ward the work was - I exaggerated a little bit.

What positive characteristics do you admire in a woman?

I admire, that women:
* have always a point of view from which I can learn
* wield emotional powers, I am not able to unfold
* have a holistic way of life
* think of other persons needs and build communities
* usually don't solve problems with violence
* are goodlooking and very attractive as long as they like themselves

All the best Jena.....

Jena Isle said...

Wow, men gossip. Okay Ray, now I know. for your answer to my question...that is quite an amazing list. Your woman must be a cross between Mother Theresa and Wonder woman... (grins) Beautiful, intelligent and with a good heart.

Cheers to you and happy blogging.

Eric S. said...

Hi Jena, sorry it took so long. Still not quite up to par yet but I had to answer your question.

I love cats also, and have had cats all my life. Currently we have a Bengal Snow Leopard who weighs 30 pounds and is afraid of the Chihuahuas. He rules the bedroom, and ventures into the rest of the house cautiously. It is really fun to watch a cat that is three times bigger than any of the dogs, run from them. This really is our cat, and he is just as funny in person. We had another but he has since passed.

Jena Isle said...

That's cool - a big cat! really , I thought you didn't want cats. I rememer one movie I watched entitled Garfield in which the man has a cat and then forgot about the cat when the dog came into the household.

Thanks for dropping by. Do get well soon, we miss you in the blogging world.

Ken Armstrong said...

Jena said: "For Ken of Ken Armstrong Writing Stuff - What would be the title of the first book you would be publishing and why?"

Hi Jen, I wouldn't tell anybody else this except you (you may think I am joking as usual but I am not) my first novel is currently titled:

"The Cold Girl Affair"

No don't tell anyone, will you :)

tashabud said...

Hmm..Jena, you gave me a difficult question. There are many romantic moments, but to write my most romantic moment is much harder to write than I thought. I might have to write a whole post on this one if that's ok? I have to think about it a bit. As of now, I'm having a writer's block. Hehe. It usually happens when i haven't yet slept from working the night before. I'll let you know when I post it, okay? Thanks for asking.

tashabud said...

You have some interesting answers to the question. I see your points, but I still don't want to be a man, even though my Daddy dressed me like a boy until I was 5 years old. I was even a tomboy growing up, but I still don't want to be a man. I really love being a woman. I think my Daddy was a little crazy for wanting me to be a boy. I wanted my hair long and curly, just like the other girls. So, my Mama had to fight with my Daddy to allow me to wear dresses and to allow me to be the girl that I am supposed to be anyway.

Fiendish said...

Jena, I found your answer to your question really interesting.

It's easy to see why a woman would want to be a man - men are indisputably socially and biologically privileged. Personally, though, I've never wanted to be anything other than a girl.

I love clothes and fashion, so the dressing-up aspect of femininity doesn't bother me - but I know lots of women who just wear jeans and t-shirts every day, and a few men who are incredibly stylish. I think that fashion shouldn't be something that creates such rigorous gender boundaries.

As for pretty women being more aesthetically pleasing than handsome men - I have to disagree! In films and on TV, beauty seems to belong to only women most of the time; I actually feel that both genders are equally attractive quite apart from the stereotypes of effeminate women and hyper-masculine men. I think the reality is that some women are handsome and some men are pretty. I appreciate the variety anyway.

I can't agree either that women gossip and men don't. There are plenty of women who don't gossip and plenty of men who do; again, it's a stereotype which is true in some cases and not true in others.

What an intriguing post. As for your question...

I don't have a nickname. But where on earth did you find the letter "S," you clever person? And "Fiendish" comes from an old Beatles film called "Help!" - it's an abbreviation of the phrase "fiendish thingie". Now. You know all my secrets ;)

Jena Isle said...

Hi Ken,

Thanks for coming all the way from writing stuff to here, so you could answer my question. The Cold Girl Affair..sounds mysterious. I would like to reserve a copy.

Happy blogging.

Jena Isle said...

Hi Tasha, I can wait, and I'm excited about it..(smiles) not so sizzling, I hope? he he he.

Thanks for the dropping by and all the best.

Jena Isle said...

Hi Fiendish S, Yes, I know that song, the beatles. Those were our the generation that I was in...and I can complete the name if you'll let me...he he he...but I know you don't want me to, so I'll just PM you...eventually. I'm really curious about it.

Thanks for the visit and for that very informative input. You have struck a similar chord in other women. I think most will feel the same way like you do.


Pinoy Around the World said...

Jena, hello there, girl!

To answer your question for me (Would you rather live abroad or go back home?),I would say, it depends on different factors which are in turn, determined by my needs at different times.

At the moment, I would prefer remaining in England for employment reasons and the opportunities our kids will have. We pay a high price for wanting so much from life, I suppose. We are second-rate citizens here, we have limited rights being merely aliens, and we are far from our loved ones.

But perhaps, time will come when we will be in a better position to reclaim lost time and privileges and go back to the Philippines to enjoy the fruits of our labor, be re-united with our loved ones and enjoy the full rights of being legitimate citizens in one's country again.

Having experienced life in the Philippines and outside of it, I am fully convinced that geography does not matter very much. As long as I remain true to myself and to the values and principles I hold dear, I am the same ME and nothing can change that.

Thank you for being interested to know my answer to this question. And thank you so much for being so loyal. Bye!

Jena Isle said...

Hi Mathe,excellent answer as usual. What can I expect from a sckolar ng bayan?

Thanks for that wise and discerning answer.

Happy blogging!