Makahulugang pasko para sa lahat!

As we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ in the midst of trials and challenges, let’s take the examples shown by these children of supporting each other when they only have themselves to turn to:

Girl baby sitting a baby while in school. Maybe the parents are working and there's no one to take care of the baby.

Girl baby sitting a sibling while in school. Maybe the parents are working and there’s no one to take care of the baby.

I'm not sure of teh nationalities of these children. But their caring fro each other is heart-rending.

I’m not sure of the nationalities of these children. But their caring for each other is touching.



This was taken in the refugee camp for victims of typhoon Sendong which hit Northern Mindanao, Palawan and parts of Visayas in December 2011.                          An unverified info said they are not brothers but the older boy did not want to leave the younger kid while he was going to get relief goods as he was afraid that they younger boy would be lost (picked up by human trafickers who were stalking the refugee camp.) Heart breaking.

This was taken in the refugee camp for victims of typhoon Sendong which hit Northern Mindanao, Palawan and parts of Visayas in December 2011. An unverified info said they are not brothers but the older boy did not want to leave the younger kid while he was going to get relief goods as he was afraid that they younger boy would be lost (picked up by human trafickers who were stalking the refugee camp.) Heart-rending.

This was taken, I understand,at the Quiapo underpass. Today's Pieta. Heart breaking.

This was taken, I understand,at the Quiapo underpass. Today’s Pieta. Heart breaking.

This was taken after typhoon Pablo hit Nothern Mindanao in December last year redendring thousands homeless. This little boy is telling us how to face calamities: with a big smile.

This was taken after typhoon Pablo hit Nothern Mindanao in December last year rendering thousands homeless. This little boy is telling us how to face calamities: with a big smile.

Maligayang Pasko sa lahat!

December 24, 2013 4:35 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters, General, Human Rights

41 Responses

  1. Jose Samilin - December 24, 2013 9:59 pm

    Ellen, hindi kaya nababasa ng mga kurakot ang mga ganitong retrato at mga pangitain sa kanilang sariling bayan?? Wala na silang pakiramdan at paki-alam basta masaya silang waldasin ang pera ng bayan na dapat sana ay gugulin sa kapakanan ng mga batang ito na naghihirap mairaos ang buong maghapon ng gutom, uhaw, walang masilungan, walang maliguan at walang nagmamahal.

    Tunay na napaka saklap ang nangyayari sa bayan natin. Hindi kaya mangyayari ang tunay na kabaliktaran at itong mga kurakot sa bayan (Janet Lim-Naoles, ank niyang, Jeane Napoles, JPE, Ramon Revilla,Jinggoy Estrada, Gen. Carlos Garcia, Gen. Ligot, Angelo Reyes, Gloria Arroyo, Mike Arroyo, Butch Abad, R.G. Valencia, Reynaldo Umali, Benigno Aquino III at iba pang mga kurakot sa Kongreso) ay sila naman ang makikita natin na nanglilimahid sa mga kalsada na walang makain, nauuuhaw, marumi at gulagulanit ang mga suot, walang pumapansin, walang malakaran, walang mapagliguan, puro ipis, langam, gumagapang na sintipid, daga at mga bulati sa paligid, walang matulugan at wala na ring mga nagmamahal sa kanila? At ang mga batang nakita natin ngayon ay sila naman ang nagsasaya, maslinis at may magagarang pananamit at nagtatamasa ng maraming pag-kain na kilalang kilala natin sila, na sila nga ang mga nakita natin sa mga retratong ito!! Sana po sa Paskong ito ay maganap sa mga batang ito ang tunay na magandang buhay, dahil naranasan na nila ang buhay na kawalan ng mahabang panahon. Ito po ang aking dalangin sa Paskong ito sa ating mahal na Diyos, Hesu Kristong mapagmahal, mahabagin na sa Kanya ang lahat ay posibling mangyari at walang imposible. Amen!!! Amen!!! Amen!!!

  2. Mannie - December 24, 2013 11:24 pm

    Very touching photos. The children are the ones who know what love is. No pretense. Why not post the photos of rich kids if they do the same? The photos sure will show them playing with their expensive toys in expensive clothes.

    Merry Christmas to you all !

  3. chi - December 25, 2013 1:42 am

    Sila-silang mga bata sa mundo ng matatanda! :-(

    Maligayang Pasko, Ellen… at sa lahat!

  4. olan - December 27, 2013 5:37 am

    Electricity, water, communication, oil and gas, now toll roads under the control of the oligarchs friends of our government..they created the poor and they will continue to do so…by keeping most working pnoys under paid and overly tax. We have so much to thank like tabako for his EPIRA, thank you goyang for appointing so many unqualified corrupt who sold us out to favor her oligarch friends, and now the many toll roads being created..who will i thank?

    They already own everything in our country mga gutom pa rin?

  5. vic - December 27, 2013 11:06 pm

    Ellen, A sibling is always precious to us all at any age. i drove more than 4000 kms. to spend the Season’s with my youngest sister in the Bay Area and we were enjoying the “togetherness” like when we toddlers growing very poor in the Farms in Iloilo. then there were news of widespread outages in Southern Ontario and more than half of the Toronto Residents have without power since December 21 and back at New York today and have to drive back to Toronto because the whole Province is out of Salt (for ice and snow melting) and have to load the car with salt for relatives and my own house which until now has no power…(waiting for available Electrician for safety check before power is switch on) And have to forego Celebrating New year with grandkids and my other baby sister (they are twins)in in New York…that is how love among siblings is…forever.

  6. arvin - December 28, 2013 2:50 pm

    Ilang araw pagkatapos ng bagyo ang mga barangay official o nag work dswd ay pumunta sa bawat bahay at tiningnan. Kapag bagsak talaga ang bahay ay 50 tawsan para sa calamity fund, 10 to 50 tawsan ang puwedeng matanggap. Hanggang ngayon ang ganun ay wala pa rin sa aming lugar. Wala pa rin natatanggap na pera ang nakatira sa bawat bahay. Puro pa lang mga relief goods. Sana hindi iyon kurakutin. Ang perang bigay ng bawat bansa ay masyadong sapat para mabigyan ng pera ang nakatira sa bawat bahay. Kahit nga yero sabi magbibigay daw, pero wala pa rin. Bakit ganun.

  7. arvin - December 28, 2013 3:07 pm

    Sobra na isang buwan bakit hindi pa rin binibigyan ng pera ang mga nasiraan ng bahay dito sa aming lugar sa Leyte. Marami ang umaasa na tutuparin iyon. Pero bakit wala pa. Sadya bang sa panahon ngayon kakurakotan na. Huwag naman kayo ganun, kung alam niyo lang pagkatapos ng bagyo kahit mayaman ka walang halaga ang pera dahil wala kang mabilhan lalo na sa tacloban city at kalapit na lugar. Pagkain, gasolina at anu pa. Ang mga nararapat na mabigyan para makapagawa ng bahay kahit kaunting halaga ay bigyan ng pera. Ang para kay Juan ay kay Juan, ang kay Pedro ay kay Pedro. Huwag ang para kay Juan ay kay Pedro pa rin. Matuto na mapagbigay..

  8. MPRivera - December 28, 2013 7:14 pm

    arvin, sa amin nga sa zamboanga ay nangako na naman ang mabunying presidente at aabutin daw ng ilang buwan pa bago simulan ang pag-aasikaso upang ibalik ang dating pamumuhay naming mga naging biktima ng bakbakan na nawalan ng tirahan at naniniwala ako sa mga ipinangako ni presidente noynoy sapagkat alam kong isinasabuhay niya ang kanyang adhikaing tuwid na daan. ipagpasalamat natin at ipagmalaki na meron tayong mga namumuno sa gobyerno na hindi lumilihis at tinatahak palagi ang tuwid na landas PATUNGO SA bangko!

  9. Mannie - December 28, 2013 9:31 pm

    #5 You drove from Toronto to California. How long did it take you? That’s a very long drive. I guess you did it during summer not winter.

    My father’s side also came from Iloilo City. My relatives used to live along Barrio Magsaysay and Isnart St. Do you remember Botica Te?

    Many foreigners know it’s the longest Christmas in the Philippines. Many travel to the Philippines just to spend Christmas.

    To me, Christmas is getting to be more commercialized with people celebrating Santa Claus than Jesus Christ. The above photos indeed tell us the true meaning of love. Ironically, it’s the children again who tell us what love is.

  10. Jojo - December 29, 2013 4:15 am

    ang mga larawan na ipinakita ay larawan ng kahirapan ng Bansang Pinas. kahirapan na hindi na maiiwasan at lalago pa. resulta ng over population ng Bansang Pinas. Hangga’t nakikialam ang simbahan sa pagsugpo sa paglobo ng population, patuloy na dadami ang mahihirap sa Bansa. panahon na para magkaroon ng pangil ang govierno na labanan ang pakikialam ng simbahan. ang alam ko sa ibang bansa kapag ang isang simbahan ay nakialam sa takbo ng govierno ay may kalalagyan sila. ang isang babaeng china ay tumakas sa kanyang bansa para isilang ang kanyang anak dahil may batas sila sa dami ng anak.

  11. arvin - December 29, 2013 2:31 pm

    Walang ganyan na larawan sa panahon ni Marcos. Dahil sa panahon ni Marcos wala masyadong nagugutom. Sagana sa pagkain ang mga tao. Ang mga nagpatalsik kay Marcos o namuno na mapatalsik ngayon ay magaganda ang katayuan sa buhay. Samantala ang mga maralita o uto uto na mga tao noong panahon na sumama sa edsa sa pag rally ay mahirap ang buhay sa buhay. Nadamay ang lahat ng Pilipino sa bansa sa nangyari sa Manila na pagrally. Iilan lang na tao, sabihin na natin 500,000 tawsan na tao sa pagrally para mapatalsik sila. Pero ang nadamay ay milyon milyon na tao pati pa hindi isinisilang nadamay sa ginawang pagpatalsik kay Marcos. Hindi na maibabalik ang nakaraan.

  12. arvin - December 29, 2013 3:04 pm

    Balita gusto raw makapasok ng mexican drug sa Pilipinas. Haha, kung panahon ni Marcos hindi sila makakapasok dahil tiyak bitay kapag nahuli. Wala ng paglilitis para hindi tularan. Dahil kung idadaan pa sa korte aabutin ng dekada bago mahusgahan.

  13. arvin - December 29, 2013 3:15 pm

    Karamihan na tao ngayon sa Pilipinas ay kayod kalabaw talaga para lang may makain. Kawawa talaga, samantala sa panahon ni Marcos ay hindi ganun na kayod kalabaw. Kahit ano gagawin magkapera lang. Sa mabuting paraan man o masama. Kawawang mga Pilipino.

  14. MPRivera - December 29, 2013 7:10 pm

    totoo kaya ito?

    ano yu’ng sinasabi nilang maayos na ang kalagayan ng mga sinalanta ng bagyo sa partikular na mga lugar sa leyte KUNG ganitong amoy bulok na bangkay ang paligid?

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/28/13/hundreds-corpses-unburied-after-yolanda

  15. Mannie - December 30, 2013 1:28 am

    Arvin, I agree with the good things you always say about Marcos. But there were other factors that contributed to the better life during those days like lower inflation, better pesos current exchange rate, stronger purchasing power. The current economic situation in the Philippines is also being felt by most countries including the industrialized more developed countries.

  16. vic - December 30, 2013 11:03 am

    Manie @ 9 California will take at least 5 days travel time and 50 hours driving time..yes during the first 15 hours it was mostly driving in winter condition but there were very little snow on the way

    Backin Toronto now and still without power.. The tree in my backyard broke all its heavy branches due to IceBuildup and ripped the power line to my house. Ther were more than 300 hundred thousands customers without power at the height of the IceStorm and 6000 remaining. Got my receptacles and Pipes replaced including the Circuit breaker panel, the tree cut andcoar me a lot of though… My insurance will cover a lot of ot including repairs to the roof and gutters after the winter maybe. The utilities personnel checked the house for SAFETY and may switch the power tomorrow. it is cold (water is not affected as it is heated by natural gas, but the Furnace blower need electricity to operate). Well this is the first time and I am not planting any more Tree next to the powe Line..have to cut short my holiday in sunny Florida and also in New York and PA.. Still can drive with minimum rest at my very senior age..

  17. vonjovi2 - December 30, 2013 11:05 am

    tanong ilan taon na ba naka upo si pnoy sa pagka presidente ng bansa natin.
    Mayroon na ba siyang dapat ipagmalaki sa kanyang tuwid na daan.
    Mayroon na ba siya napakulong na politicians sa atin.
    Mayroon ba siyang matitinong Kabinete.
    Mayroon ba siyang nagawa para pigilin ang mga magnanakaw sa Gobyerno.

    Dapat ba siya ang mamuno sa bansa natin.

    Imbis na napigil ang pag nanakaw sa gobyerno natin ay lalo lang dumadami pa. Tumataas ang rate ng krimen dito sa atin. Nauso na ang Riding in Tandem. Parang manok or baboy na lang ang pinapatay na tao dito. Noon ba ay ganito ?…

    Kahit isa ay wala pang napapakulong na magnanakaw na politicians. Kaya wala pa siyang maipagmamalaki sa bansa natin.

    Iyan mahilig ang mga alalay niya sa people power kaya kahit electric power rate inrease ay okey sa kabinite niya.

  18. vic - December 30, 2013 11:06 am

    Meant sunny California. Maybe summer will drive down to Florida.. Lot closer.

  19. Mannie - December 30, 2013 11:10 am

    Thanks Vic. It sounds like worse than the floods in Alberta. I wonder if Canada home insurance covers floods.

  20. vic - December 30, 2013 11:15 am

    Mannie, I was a native of Alimodian.. And of course i remember borica Te..left the country in the early70s and only visited when my parents still alive and since then only infrequently..that time Iloilo city had only one intersection with traffic lights manually operated..and Kalesa was still a big part of transportation..

  21. vic - December 30, 2013 11:20 am

    Yes home insurance covers Flood and slips and injuries within the property..including guest who drive drunk drinking at the insured home..the reason why the Host will prefer a stay in drinking party ..or make sure that guests have non drinker designated drivers..

  22. Mannie - December 30, 2013 11:34 am

    Vic, pls correct me if I’m wrong. I heard insurance companies in Canada refuse to cover floods. It must be decided by the government or something. That’s the reason why those flood victims in Calgary lost their homes.

  23. arvin - December 30, 2013 12:06 pm

    Pati hindi pa isinisilang nadamay sa ginawang pagpatalsik kay Marcos. Ang mga tao na naroon sa edsa dapat na isumpa. Dahil sa kanila ganito ngayon ang bansa. Gutom at kahirapan ang naghahari sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan. Samantala ang mga malalaking pagkatao o kilalang apelyedo sa edsa ng mag rally ngayon magaganda ang kalagayan sa buhay. Isang napakalaking pagkakamali ang pagpatalsik kay Marcos. Kahirapan ang naging kapalit.

  24. arvin - December 30, 2013 12:14 pm

    Pati mga alagad ng batas ngayon ay kawawa. Kasi madami ng masasamang tao na kailangan nilang mahuli. Nakaalerto lagi sila. Samantala sa panahon ni Marcos pa easy easy lang ang mga alagad ng batas kasi wala masyadong masasama dahil kapag nahuli tiyak kulong o parusa na dahilan para hindi tularan. Ngayon nagkalat kahit saan ang mga masasama. Marami ng NPA, MILF, MNLF o anu pa.

  25. arvin - December 30, 2013 12:22 pm

    Ang media noon ay kontra kay Marcos kasi wala ang malayang pamamahayag. Ngayon ay malaya nga silang makapagpahayag pero buhay naman ang kapalit dahil pag iinitan sila ng kanilang binabatikos. Isang malaking katangahan ipagpalit ang malayang pamamahag kaysa sa buhay. Kaya hindi dapat na magreklamo ang mga taga media kung parami man ng parami ang pinapaslang na kasamahan nila dahil sila rin lang ang may kasalanan. Malaki rin ang naging papel ng nasa media sa pagpatalsik kay Marcos.

  26. vic - December 30, 2013 8:42 pm

    Mannie, only overland flooding is not covered but all other like sewage backup, basement leakage are. And since overland flooding is a very isolated incidence The insurance does not want to penalize those that are not succiptible to flooding due to lake and rivers overflowing. There will be some sort of govt compensation for such damages.

    For power outages, the cost of restoration will eventually be borne by Consumers unless Federal and Provincial govt will pay off the cost.. That still to be negotiated. My insurance adjuster already assess the damaged on my house and the cost of repairs…replacement of circuit breakers I will have to pay myself since it was already condemned by the utility inspectors as unsafe and very Old

  27. Mannie - December 30, 2013 9:24 pm

    Thanks Vic again. If you know Dra. Flora Te, she has long been residing in the US. Her nephew who’s now an orthopedic surgeon is now practicing in Gensan. Former Mayor and Sen. Ganzon’s son Jeffry was my good friend. I haven’t been back to Iloilio City for decades now.

    Happy New Year to all !

  28. vic - December 30, 2013 9:48 pm

    My sis and her husband knew them too well.. They now are practicing in New York and pretty soon will be joining the ranks of the retiree..She is Pedia and her hubby is Nuclear medicine specialist. Was planning to spend at least a month with them if not for this emergency. Toronto hydro said that they will be done restoring all power by Today.. Here at the mall charging all the gadgets. All my Neighbours had not been affected with prolonged outages. My niece living a block away has only two hours. She has no tree close to the WIRES

  29. Mannie - December 31, 2013 1:46 am

    Hey Vic, we might know each other after all; at least our relatives and friends. It’s a small world indeed. My classmate and friend Dr. Te’s parents were both doctors and both already passed away. My friend is the only child and a very devout Christian his daughter even married to a Pastor in QC.

  30. vonjovi2 - December 31, 2013 11:02 am

    Mannie n Vic suggest exchange your private message sa private e-mail. He he just kidding. Happy New Year.

  31. Mannie - December 31, 2013 11:30 am

    That’s what I’ve been thinking too, Von. Maybe Vic and I should chat privately because we’re off topic. I’m sorry. My apology to everyone.

    Happy New Year to you too and to everyone !

  32. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 1, 2014 1:46 am

    “A photographer Lu Qixing, said: This group of photos is his take on the Fenghuang Mountain Town Friends primary school classroom. Because girls’ parents work outside the home, grandparents want to do farm work at home, so this was with the brother of the girl child”

    Ito ang translation ni Pareng Google sa Chinese Blog sa http://blog.sina.cn/dpool/blog/s/blog_4af2e5040102evwm.html Nag-vial itong photo na ito sa Chinese internet at may mga nagoffer agad ng tulong sa magkapatid. Ito yung first photo sa taas.

    Yun namang second, sa Vietnam naging viral yan although walang explanation kung sino itong magkapatid. Kasama siya dito sa photo-collage sa http://vietbao.vn/Xa-hoi/Nhung-buc-anh-y-nghia-va-xuc-dong-dang-xem/2131576949/124/

    Yung mga sumunod, local na lahat.

    Happy New Year, Ellen.

    Ganun din sa mga kabarkadang chi, Magno, vic, vonjovi, olan, arvin, Jojo, pati na na mga bagong katropang Mannie at Jose.

    Yung mga nagpa-check lang ng attendance ang binati ko muna. Pag tapos na ng bakasyon yung iba.

  33. vonjovi2 - January 1, 2014 4:46 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

    Wish ko ay mapakulong na ang mga mgnanakaw sa gobyerno natin dito.

    Sampolan na kay Pandak…

  34. Mannie - January 2, 2014 9:55 am

    Allow me to share this with you this New Year:

    CHINESE ADVICE TO 50-YEAR OLDS & OLDER: WHERE YOUR LIFE STAND HERE ON EARTH (Translated from the Chinese). Because none of us have many years to live, and we can’t take along anything when we go, so we don’t have to be too thrifty… Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites who are waiting for the day you will die!!

    Don’t worry about what will happen after we are gone, because when we return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be over!

    Don’t worry too much about your children, for children will have their own destiny and should find their own way. Don’t be your children’s slave. Care for them, love them, give them gifts but also enjoy your money while you can. Life should have more to it than working from the cradle to the grave!!

    Don’t expect too much from your children. Caring children, though caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render much help. Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your properties and wealth. Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your wealth; but that you have no claims to their money.

    50-year old like you, don’t trade in your health for wealth by working yourself to an early grave anymore… Because your money may not be able to buy your health…

    When to stop making money, and how much is enough ( hundred thousands, million, ten million )?

    Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can consume only three quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night.

    So, as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough. You should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just do not compare with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better, etc., but challenge others for happiness, health, enjoyment, quality of life and longevity…

    Don’t worry about things that you can’t change because it doesn’t help and it may spoil your health. You have to create your own well-being and find your own place of happiness. As long as you are in good mood and good health, think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, then you will pass your time happily every day.

    One day passes without happiness, you will lose one day.

    One day passes with happiness, and then you gain one day.

    In good spirit, sickness will cure; in a happy spirit, sickness will cure faster; in high and happy spirits; sickness will never come.

    With good mood, suitable amount of exercise, always in the sun, variety of foods, reasonable amount of vitamin and mineral intake, hopefully you will live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life of pleasure.

    Above all, learn to cherish the goodness around… and FRIENDS… They all make you feel young and “wanted”… without them you are surely to feel lost!!

    Wishing you all the best.

    Please share this with all your friends who are 50 plus and those who will be 50 soon.

    We can learn from this.

  35. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 2, 2014 2:07 pm

    “A photographer Lu Qixing, said: This group of photos is his take on the Fenghuang Mountain Town Friends primary school classroom. Because girls’ parents work outside the home, grandparents want to do farm work at home, so this was with the brother of the girl child”

    Ito ang translation ni Pareng Google sa Chinese Blog sa http://blog.sina.cn/dpool/blog/s/blog_4af2e5040102evwm.html Nag-viral itong photo na ito sa Chinese internet at may mga nagoffer agad ng tulong sa magkapatid. Ito yung first photo sa taas.

  36. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 2, 2014 2:08 pm

    Yun namang second, sa Vietnam naging viral yan although walang explanation kung sino itong magkapatid. Kasama siya dito sa photo-collage sa http://vietbao.vn/Xa-hoi/Nhung-buc-anh-y-nghia-va-xuc-dong-dang-xem/2131576949/124/

    Yung mga sumunod, local na lahat.

    Happy New Year, Ellen.

    Ganun din sa mga kabarkadang chi, Magno, vic, vonjovi, olan, arvin, Jojo, pati na na mga bagong katropang Mannie at Jose.

    Yung mga nagpa-check lang ng attendance ang binati ko muna. Pag tapos na ng bakasyon yung iba.

    - See more at: http://www.ellentordesillas.com/2013/12/24/makahulugang-pasko-para-sa-lahat/#comment-878873

  37. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 2, 2014 2:16 pm

    Yun namang second, sa Vietnam naging viral yan although walang explanation kung sino itong magkapatid. Kasama siya dito sa photo-collage sa http://vietbao.vn/Xa-hoi/Nhung-buc-anh-y-nghia-va-xuc-dong-dang-xem/2131576949/124/

    Yung mga sumunod, local na lahat.

    Happy New Year, Ellen.

    Ganun din sa mga kabarkadang chi, Magno, vic, vonjovi, olan, arvin, Jojo, pati na na mga bagong katropang Mannie at Jose.

    Yung mga nagpa-check lang ng attendance ang binati ko muna. Pag tapos na ng bakasyon yung iba.

    ******************************

    The above message (January 2, 2014 2:07 pm) and this one were posted earlier, Jan. 1, 2014 1:46 am. But I think Ellen is on vacation my greetings to some friends here will not be noticed later on because it was sent for moderation due to 2 links in 1 post. Hinati ko yung message into 2 para maprint today.

    Happy New Year’s classmates!

  38. Ellen - January 3, 2014 12:43 am

    Thanks, Tongue.

    How did you find the infor on these photos?

  39. Mannie - January 3, 2014 3:22 am

    Tongue is so resourceful. I always enjoy reading his posts. He’s got lots of knowledge. The second photo was obviously from Vietnam due to the child’s clothes that looked like Vietnamese. It was my similar observation, but I did not bother to point it out since it’s immaterial to the message of the topic. It’s all about the true meaning of love during Christmas and the kids are the ones showing and teaching us.

  40. TonGuE-tWisTeD - January 8, 2014 2:37 pm

    Ellen, my friend, Steven A., developed an app for Google and Windows to do an image search in reverse. You just right click on a photo anywhere from the web and his search engine searches billions of images and points you to the original source. Last I heard Google was buying it from him for $100K but he was only selling it if its for $1M or higher. I don’t know if the deal pushed through but I already have a copy of the app in my phone and laptop.

  41. Ellen - January 9, 2014 5:19 pm

    Wow, Tongue, that’s awesome! You have a friend who is an IT genius.

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