color me RED, not BAD

at age 44, i have to confirm one hot off the press development in me.

this is my preference for the color RED.
for the past years, i have never liked wearing this shade even if it symbolizes luck for the chinese whom i mingled with for full 18 years. within this time frame in a yellow race community, i only bought two red shirts (one bore my favorite collezione brand and the other one was a hand-painted souvenir shirt which i got from palawan). i could count in one hand the instances when i wore them. 
for me, red is a very striking color and very much identified with femininity (which was disproved in my recent readings). well, i am definitely eve’s kin, but my eyes sought the cooler hues which are really refreshing to look at. ergo, the pastel colors appealed to me. 
among these pastel colors, i became drawn to lavender. at one point, my liking for this color was intense that you would see me donning shirts with this tint especially when i was in college.  furthermore, i loved lavender so much that i decided to pick this as the color of my wedding female sponsors’ attire in 1997. sadly, it was opposed by my future mother-in-law then who associated this color with death. waaaaaaaaaa! to avoid any early argument or ill feeling between in-laws-to-be which might lead to an unwanted scenario, i had no choice but to change it which finally had me picking four – pink, light orange, light green and of course lavender. but, they only became the white dress’s accents as big flowers. well, blame it on a conservative point of view. 🙂 
anyway,  this recent conversion could be traced to my being a bedan teacher since 2011 and my being wandering jouster in the same year. red is the color of san beda college alabang that’s why the red lions exist. i guess, my affiliation with this institution slightly influenced my choosing red for the WJ coat of arms. the fact that as a jouster i would be identified with battle, this color is the perfect choice for the logo design. 
in red 1, foundation anniversary, july 2011
in red 1, foundation anniversary, july 2011
in red 2, run united 2, november 2011
in red 2, run united 2, november 2011
in red 3, red cross pnrc volunteer run, december 2011
in red 3, red cross pnrc volunteer run, december 2011
in red 4, cas christmas party, december 2011
in red 4, cas christmas party, december 2011
in red 5, pista ng sto. nino, january  2012
in red 5, pista ng sto. nino, january 2012
in red 6, ruby anniversary, july 2012
in red 6, ruby anniversary, july 2012
in red 8, wedding anniversary, december 2012
in red 7, wedding anniversary, december 2012
but i would like to point out that i am picky with the shade of red. i would only go for the blazing or the fiery. never for pale ones. 
with this awareness, i decided to google the color meaning of red and lavender. this interest was a blessing in disguise because it straightened out a wrong notion which i mentioned earlier. in fact what i discovered about red had me exclaiming “whoa!”. 
allow me to quote liberally from
The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.
Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.
It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.
Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life force. It is the color of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions in us, such as love and sex on the positive side or revenge and anger on the negative. It is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day, however it relates more to sexuality and lust, rather than love – love is expressed with pink.
At its most positive it can create life with its sexual energy, or use its negative expression of anger and aggression to fuel war and destruction.
The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.
Being surrounded by too much of the color red can cause us to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and we become cautious, manipulative and fearful.
In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the color for weddings. In Indian culture it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns.
the best part though of my surfing for this information was bumping with this article on “personality color red” from the same source. 
read on. 
  •  Having a personality color red identifies you as extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident.
  •  You are action oriented and physically active – sex is a necessity to you – you have strong survival instincts.
  •  With a favorite color red, you like to be the center of attention- in fact all reds crave attention  –  other people are drawn to the vitality and sense of excitement you emit.
  •  As a personality color red, you are stimulating to be with and you radiate a great deal of energy.
  •  You are ambitious and competitive and like to be the winner-you are achievement orientated and second place is not good enough for you. With you it is all or nothing.
  •  You usually gain the respect of others quite easily with your practical and grounded attitude and ability to set boundaries.
  •  Lovers of red are the explorers and pioneers of the world, the entrepreneurs and builders who like to be first in discovering new physical realms.
  •  If you favor the personality color red you have a passion and enthusiasm for life and are not afraid to pursue your dreams and goals.
  •  You are impulsive – you should count to 10 before reacting to situations as it is in these situations that your anger and aggression often appear.
  •  You are always in a hurry, wanting to do everything right now. Patience is not one of your strong points.
  •  You do not procrastinate – you never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  •  You are a hard worker and you enjoy physical labor and working with your hands.
  •  Red people can be aggressive and easy to anger, often exhibiting a violent temper – this is negative passion and energy. You flare up instantaneously but calm down quite quickly once you get it out of your system and then forget it ever happened – you do not hold a grudge.
  •  Lovers of red are probably not particularly spiritual or religious – however if you do participate in religious activities it is the physical customs and rituals that you are drawn to, the singing, Communion and other rituals, organizing the church fete and other fundraising activities, the physical part of being there. Red people like to take care of the nuts and bolts, the nitty-gritty, the practical aspects and physical preparation of organizing an event.
  •  You have a strong need for power and control which is connected to your basic survival instincts.
  •  You can be somewhat of a know-it-all, not wanting to appear unintelligent or ignorant.
  •  You are a good worker, although not necessarily a good boss – your aggressive nature doesn’t serve you well in management positions. Because you are action orientated you are good at meeting deadlines and getting the job done at the right time.
  •  You can be quite determined when you want something, but tend to have a short attention span, moving on to the next best thing when you quickly get bored with the previous one – you want it all and you want it now!
  •  With a personality color red you may have an over active ego and appear over confident with a super inflated sense of your own worth.
oh my! frankly, whoever is the genius behind this list scored a bull’s eye in analyzing me. 🙂
so, should i favor red more over lavender which is the color of genteel ladies and suggests refinement, grace, and elegance? or should i await for the verbal affirmation from people who claim to know me intimately that i should not since i also reflect these personalities? please step forward and feed my ego. hahahahaha… 
this fresh “discovery” has been fun.
now, i feel i do not only like red but i think i gonna love it! 
now i am the red-haired wandering jouster! hahahahaha...
now i am the red-haired wandering jouster! hahahahaha…



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  1. Having known you for quite a time I must agree with those points 99%. The remaining 1% is reserved because I don’t know if sex is really a necessity to you, hahaha.


    1. good morning, friend.

      just checked on my blog. hahahahaha. your second line did make me guffaw. 🙂 what a way to exercise the muscles of my face. many thanks.

      well, i think i have to spend more time with myself to validate that. bwahahahahahaha.


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