What If Time Travel Was Possible by RG Guinolbay

I know some of you have seen time travel movies. I will give you some time travel devices from the movies I have seen:

A Time Travel Device from Men In Black 3.
A Time Travel Device from Men In Black 3.
A car I would love to have, a DeLorian.
A car I would love to have, a De Lorian from Back To The Future Series.
Time Travel Machine from the movie Terminator.

But those are in the movies. How about in real life? We are getting closer every century to actually having it. Think about it,we could fix mistakes,change the course of history and even win the lottery. But it also has its bad side. For example: Hitler could have ruled over us during the 80s instead of the 1930s, We could not have not discovered computers. Further, bad politicians could have ruled over us today and we would not be able to survive. Worse of all, you could accidentally make your parents never meet; hence, the end of your existence.slim-face

So I think it would be better to not have any time travel device in the future. You could have made history very hard for us to understand. Oh,and if you have time,check out the series below because they are my favorites:

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The Importance Of Taekwondo By RG Guinolbay

 

Silver Medalist, 2015 Inter-chapter competition held at Gotamco Elementary School Pasay
Me as a Silver Medalist in the Kyorugi Sparring  Competition during the 2015 Inter-chapter competition held at Gotamco Elementary School Pasay

 

Intro:I know that some of you don’t do Taekwondo. I know that some of you do not even know what it is. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which dates back to Silla Dynasty in Korea. Taekwondo,when translated in  English, means “The way of the foot and the fist.”

There are a lot of reasons why Taekwondo is important. Firstly, it teaches discipline.Next,it can make your body and mind stronger and healthier. Further, you get to be with famous celebrities.  Here are some of my pictures  with famous Taekwondo people:

This is my teammate Manuel Mesina. He is my favorite sparring mate.
The author, RG Guinolbay, at the left with Manuel Mesina 2015 Milo poster boy and Miguel Guinolbay
The author, RG Guinolbay, at the left with 2015 Milo poster boy Manuel Mesina (at the center) and Miguel Guinolbay.
This is me with 6th Dan Blackbelt Monsour de Rosario, taken during my Birthday.
This is me with 6th Dan Blackbelt Monsour del Rosario,  and my brother MM Guinolbay, taken during my Birthday.
 RG Guinolbay with JApoy Lizardo, also Milo boy
RG Guinolbay with Japoy Lizardo, also a Milo boy. This picture was taken during my birthday in 2014.

Another importance of Taekwondo is that you get to make new friends, learn techniques from them. But the most important of all, is that you get to be with your family.

This is a picture of my Mom and MM my brother, taken in August 2015 when I won two bronze medals 
My Family inlcuding Tito Ramon and cousin Monique
My Family including Tito Ramon (wearing black) and cousin Monique. Tito Ramon recently won a silver medal during the 2015 National Taekwondo Poomse Competition.

Weird and Scary Stuff You Can Experience For Your Self by Rg Guinolbay

This is Rg Guinolbay. Today I will write about the top 5 scariest places.From creepy trees to scary craters,we count down all these things. Let us start with  the top 5.

5. The Balete Tree of Aurora

This tree has an opening in which you can go inside. But a creepy fact is that you can see strange outlines.On my three day visit there,I saw an outline of a hanged man,a face, and a woman. I experienced this on my 3 day trip to Baler.I will write about it later. Anyway, this picture was taken by Ate Rona during our trip.

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4.  The Door to Hell

This is  number 4 on my list because I’ve seen much creepier stuff in my travels.  Really, literally this  crater is called  “Hell on Earth” Okay, this so called crater is actually the fault of miners. In 1971,miners were searching for gas reserves. Then,a big hole collapsed where they were mining. There were poisonous gases in the hole so the miners started a fire to burn off the gas. But,the hole kept burning ever since. And since it was a large hole,it kept being fed with oxygen.Rumor has it,that 4 scientists saw a demon saying in Russian ‘I will conquer the Earth’. Scary or what!?!?

3.The Tragic Theater

No,this theater does not look as it seems. This theater has a tragic story. I put this in my list because this theater is next to my mom’s (Marianne Guinolbay) office,  the GSIS.  At around 12:20 midnight of August 10, 2015, my Uncle Dino, a DILG NCR employee and the members of the Quezon City and San Juan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices, recently inspected this area during the APEC. He mentioned that it was one of the “staging areas” – where DRRM resources are located for immediate response. Uncle took pictures of the theater and the DRRM equipment and facilities. When he viewed the pictures, one picture showed pure blackness. Although he said he never took a picture of anything black. But he felt a strange presence like someone was watching him as he was taking the pictures. He later confirmed from his companions that there was some kind of accident which killed around a thousand workers. This building is really creepy even if viewed from afar. With that, he deleted all the pictures from that place and asked apology from the spirits there.

2. Balete Drive

We’ve passed this place twice when we were trying to avoid the traffic. According to my lola, Atty. Julita Aningat,  she was informed  that the white lady appearing in this street is her relative. The white lady’s name is Maria Garchitorena. She was to supposed to get married but she was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a taxi driver. And she was haunting the place ever since.

  1. Ozone Disco, Quezon City

This was a disco house before. My mom  said that it was during 1990s that a technical malfunction/failure that  lighted a fire that burned the whole building down.There was no fire exit so the people were trapped inside while they were racing to the door.If you go there,you might still hear faint disco music or screams.The last time my mom,  and I passed by the place it was now converted into a parking lot..

There you have it, my top five scariest places.

Look out for more of my stories.

The Army Navy Club

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This is a picture of what the drop off at the Army Navy Club looks like in the 1990s. Photo courtesy of Daphne.ph

In 2011, three years after the typhoon Ondoy, I was determined to make my boys powerful swimmers like me. Considering that my first born Ruben Guinolbay II (RG), was already a good swimmer who could out swim any average 6 year old, I decided to go back to the place where I learned how to swim, for the benefit of my second son, Miguel Guinolbay (MM).

Long before the fast food chain, there was a historical place called the Army Navy Club. The Army Navy Club was built between 1900 and 1911 and was a glamorous place until around the 1930s.

In the 1980s, my siblings and I became members of the Army Navy Club swimming team under Coach Liwanag “Wawag” Gonzales. My dad was a member of the Club.  A lot of people visit the Manila Bay to view its famous sunset but my family and I always enjoyed an unobstructed view of Manila Bay daily.

My dad, Col. NItoy Aningat witha colleague.
My dad, Col. Nitoy Aningat (wearing dark blue) with a colleague.
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My mom. Atty. Julita  Aningat, (wearing pink), Uncle Benjie, Auntie Aurora , Mario and Lola Puring enjoying an afternoon merienda at ANC bayside.
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Siblings and fellow teamates Kuya Luis, Ate Bubot, with Uncle Benjie, Lola Puring , Auntie Aurora and my mom, enjoying a late afternoon merienda at the ANC bayside.

However, when I brought the boys (RG and MM Guinolbay)  to my old home-ANC, instead of an average public pool, I was saddened by the Club’s appearance which is in its highly dilapidated state. The lifeguard even prevented me and the boys from entering  the pool and to quote what he said: Ma’am di po pwede kutis ng mga anak niyo dito! 

I cannot help but wish that  had I been a lawyer already at the height of the Club’s controversy in 1997, I would have volunteered to defend its case pro bono.  It was practically my second home, the place where I first learned how to swim, played tennis, hunted my first Easter egg and belted Smokey Mountain songs in its piano bar.

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After the main entrance, one will be met by this nostalgic lobby. Photo courtesy of  Daphne.ph

It is noteworthy that this Club had a piano bar and a grand ballroom which looks like a smaller version of the  Manila Hotel’s ballroom. This is not a surprise considering  both are American colonial structures. My memories of the Club’s ballroom is incomplete without mentioning  the wooden signs which hung on the ballroom’s posts stating: To All Ye Ghosts of this Room…. Little did I know that my particular interest in this wooden sign addressed to the ghosts of dead soldiers would haunt me and inspire me to make Halloween a tradition in my workplace and in the street where I live.

In closing, its just welcoming that there are developments being undertaken in the area to restore the club to its old glory. I am so excited and could hardly wait for it to finish considering that Army Navy Club is a national treasure and definitely part of the Filipino Cultural Heritage.

Me and Atty. May Bella, likewise a member of the ANC swimming team. This picture was taken at the ANC piano bar, during my 18th birthday .
Me and Atty. May Bella, likewise a member of the ANC swimming team. This picture was taken at the ANC piano bar, during my 18th birthday .

The Indomitable Spirit of RG and MM Guinolbay

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At age 4, my first born Ruben Guinolbay II (RG) was very hyperactive and exceptionally articulate. His pre-school teachers suggested that I consult a developmental pediatrician to find out if he has a medical condition.  Heeding the advice of the teachers, I decided to consult a dev-ped who informed me that there was nothing wrong with RG.  However, the doctor noticed that RG, like me, was hyperactive. The doctor claimed that considering RG’s age, he might eventually outgrow his hyperactivity .

In February 2011, my younger son, Mariano Miguel Guinolbay (MM) was rushed to the hospital for a surprisingly high blood pressure of 160/100.   He was very overweight and half of his face appeared disfigured. Upon the suggestion of the pediatrician who noticed MM’s irregular behavioral patterns, I visited Dr. Agnes Falcotelo who diagnosed MM with mild autism and RG with Asperger’s Syndrome, also within the Autism Spectrum.

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This is Miguel with his Daddy taken on December 25 2011. MM  was years old.
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This is RG when he was four years old.
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RG and MM in August 2010. This picture was taken at their Grand parents’ house in Marikina.

I was devastated. I could only say that my world seemed bleak and hopeless at that time.

As commonly experienced by mothers with young and rowdy children like mine, yayas come and go. The yayas simply cannot stand the hyperactivity and violent tendencies of my boys. Instead of expressing their emotions with words, RG and MM would simply tug at the maids’ arms or bite them. This is in addition to the behavioral problems they exhibit in school. I was often summoned to the Principal’s office because the boys were either bullied or did the bullying themselves. It bears stressing that one of the prominent traits of children with autism is the inability to socialize and lack of seeking to share enjoyment, interests and activities with other people.

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This is our beloved Coach, Ric Canlas. This picture was taken sometime in June 2014 at the Central Gym. With Coach Ric are MM, Shin Nosuke Suzuki and RG.

On  01 April 2014, I decided to  drop by the Tae Kwon Do Central Gym to  reminisce my Taekwondo days when life was a lot happier, simpler and without autism issues to deal with. I brought RG and MM to see if they would like to try the martial art. Having been diagnosed as hyperactive myself in 1980s, it did not come as a surprise that my boys will eventually  inherit my personality traits including my love for Taekwondo. It turns out that my children instantly loved Taekwondo and surprisingly excelled in it. Missing the sport, I decided to enroll too. The environment in Central Gym is very relaxing and conducive to friendships destined to last a lifetime. Our beloved coach, Ric Canlas (who happens to be a mechanical engineer by profession) is not only  committed to developing young and talented athletes, he is very good also in motivating his students including children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism.

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Miguel won a bronze medal in the nationwide Taekwondo competition held on 09 May 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
My son, RG Guinolbay, recently won two bronze medals at the 2015 Makati Taguig Pasay Schools Division at Don Bosco Makati
My son, RG Guinolbay, recently won two bronze medals at the 2015 Makati Taguig Pasay Schools Division at Don Bosco Makati
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Author with Shin Nosuke Suzuki, RG and MM

I would say that Coach Ric is exceptional in instilling the basic Tae Kwon Do tenets particularly Self-Confidence, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit in my children. Immediately two months after RG and MM enrolled in Taekwondo, the summons from the Principal’s Office disappeared and both boys became more sociable and more confident in dealing with people. I noticed too that my children became happier and less violent. The grades improved and became more stable.  Because excessive energy are spent every practice, RG and MM are able to sit down and focus more on their academic lessons. Their weight likewise became ideal and more stable. Mm’s blood pressure does not shoot up anymore. He dropped several pounds.  Further, I am happy to say that returning to my old passion changed my outlook in life. I became healthier and more positive in my work. Each Taekwondo session is an instant family bonding opportunity for the three of us. My sons not only gained their self-confidence, they gained a lot of friends and happy memories at the Taekwondo Central Gym as well.

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The Author with RG and MM Guinolbay. At the extreme left is Grand Master Hong’s grand son, Lucas Garcia. This picture was taken last 17 July 2015 at the Central Gym.

In closing, I highly recommend Taekwondo not only to families with children medically diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD or to families who just want to have a nice family bonding time.  To quote the words of Chungwon Choue, President of the World TaeKwondo Federation during the Opening Ceremony of the third World Para-Taekwondo Championships. ” The hope that Tae Kwon Do brings is limitless. It knows no boundaries and is hampered by no disability.”

Hello World!

Writing is never my forte. But, I have a deep passion for story telling especially if the topic is my children.  I want  to tell the world about my wonderful boys. My eldest son, RG, is a writer/blogger too. Some of his works are published here.

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This picture was taken at the Manila Ocean Park on March 08, 2008. The little boy standing beside the statue is RG.

MM and RG at the gate

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Our  picture taken exactly after eight years or on March 08, 2016