Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thank you very much.
Friday, December 5, 2008
My life has been so stressed out lately, that I had decided to take a friends invitation to join them to island hopping, and while at the same time, it was her birthday, too.
It was Rhodeza who were celebrating her birthday. We went to her house which was 2 hours ride from the sea port.
Canigao Island has a very beautiful white sand beach. It was really refreshing being there.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The following day, November 11th, I thanked God that the weather went fine. Later that afternoon, I went to the port again, and I was happy that they are allowing us to get on board. Finally.
Sailing was smooth. I thanked God again. And I'm very excited to be home again, to see my family.
November 12th, was my Nanay's (grandmother) birthday. There were a lot of people around already when I get there. It was a big celebration for my Nanay's birthday. More than a hundred of people went there. There were programs that was prepared by my aunt. Foods prepared by my uncles. It was really a celebration that I don't want to miss. That was why I really have to go home on that occasion.
We all wish more years to come for my Nanay. Good health and enjoying the life that has to offer. We love our Nanay very much. She is the person who taught us good values in life. We learn a lot from her. She is a good neighbor to those who are surrounding us.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And once I get back to normal on my blog, I will visit you all.
Thank you very much for all the messages you left on my cbox and on my comments box. It inspires me to go back soon.
miss you all, too
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
November 2nd is considered as a Piggy Bank Day.
Here are some famous quotes about saving money.
“The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.” Johnny Carson
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” Plato
“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.” Henry Mencken
“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.” Marlon Brando
“I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself - in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself.” Henry Ford
"... but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow." Proverbs 13:11b NIV
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when everyone has thrown off his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it? I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others that at last their true nature could not reveal itself. I have seen men who played hide and seek so long that at last in madness they disgustingly obtruded upon others their secret thoughts which hitherto they had proudly concealed.
He is right. Everyday is Halloween... Underneath the masks are people who are terrified that there will be an unveiling. But it is not so much the eyes of other people that we ought to fear... If the gaze of man awakens fear in us, how much more so the gaze of God. If we feel exposed by people, we will feel devastated before God.
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?" Isaiah 29:15 TNIV
"From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all humankind..." Psalm 33:13 TNIV
Faithwalk, a christian digest
Monday, October 27, 2008
These are my dogs. I call them my buddies. They are very loyal to me and are always ready to protect me. Every day, they walk me to the gate on my way to work and on every afternoon, they are there already, anticipating my coming home. They show their happiness every time I come home. The big black one is the most loving among these four.
Naming from left to right;
Dodong (a.k.a. Dongkay)
Dog's are famously quoted as "A Man's Best Friend". And it is very true because no matter what, they won't betray their good owner. They give back the love that they get.
Friday, October 24, 2008
"For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night." Psalm 90:4 NIV
There are times that we present to God a certain plea, and we want Him to do it on our own time frame. Oftentimes, God did not grant our pleas within our own time frame, and we get disappointed. It's as if we know better than God does. But we fail to realized, God is not time-bound. He knows what is best for us... and He knows the perfect time for us. All we need to do is to have faith in what He is doing in our lives. We tend to get discouraged and stopped asking, or stop believing. Don't do that. God is working in us. There may be delays. But have faith, and know that the delays are for our own good as well.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is my bicycle. This is my friend. It helps me save money and helps me have a daily exercise, too. It doesn't take so long to get to my office from my boarding house. It only takes me 10-15 minutes.
This is the answer to the frequent fare increase. I always pray to God to keep me safe and away from danger and accident everytime I got on my bicycle. And I'm very thankful that He did.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Yesterday's ODB's article was about a runner who joined the Marathon, finished the race, but... found out that the chip-- the device that was put on his shoe to record progress at various timing stations during the race, was not on his shoe anymore. He lost it somewhere.
In the official's record, the runner did not run the race. There would be no record of his participation. Even if he had finished the race in record time, it wouldn't have mattered. Apparently, the poor runner have been traversing 30 miles on foot with nothing to show for it. The folks who organize the race set the rules, and no matter how well someone runs, if the officials says the runner doesn't qualify, that's the way it is.
It is the same way with our lives. Sometimes we are so busy participating some mission works. We wearied ourselves with the church activities. It appears to be we are having a good race doing and participating, but if we don't have the right motives on what we are doing, if we only did it , or join them for some self-centered reason, we are not participating the mission or any church activities. If our motives is not obedience and to glorify God. We may thought we have done so many things, but on heaven's account, we did nothing. And even dreadful if we found out, our name was not on the runner's list.
Life is a race. Let's keep running... but we better make sure that we carry with us the right motives.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
According to UN statistics 850 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. They are
underweight and do not get enough to eat. Another 2 billion people suffer from malnutrition
caused by lack of vitamins A, C or B3 or minerals such as iodine and zinc.
The UN Millennium Goals signed by the nations of the world in 2000 has as its first
goal to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger by 50% to around 400 million
by 2015. While some countries such as China and Brazil are likely to reach this goal
for their people, worldwide the number of people suffering from acute malnutrition
increases by 4 million. The number in Africa is now 210 million and India has 220 million
suffering from hunger.
I am going to introduce to you a game. This is not an ordinary game. This game enables you to help UN World Food Program to give away free rice to that countries. Click on the "Free Rice".
Countries that are suffering famine:
*North Korea (Asia)
*Colombia (Latin America)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We noticed that she was restless then. She look like she was about to poop. Then we understood that it was her time. We were just silently observing her moves. We left her to herself. About an hour after, we checked her. We found two puppies lying on the floor. They look dead. At once, I decided to help her. I tore off the placenta, cleared the nostrils to be able to breath, wipe the puppies off with a clean cloth and place the puppy on top of the mama dog's tummy for warming.
We are so happy and inspired that all seven of them were alive and healthy. And three months after, we have to give away five of them. It was a sad moment for us, but we are only room boarders. We are not supposed to have a dog. But our landlord is kind enough to allow us to have two.
And by the way, It is their birthday today. October 15th. There are only six in the pictures because the other one was not around by that time. He was somewhere with his mama. :)
(The picture didn't turn out the way I want it. :( ) I had somebody scan it, and it turn out to be like that. How should I fix this? Anybody who had encountered this, please tell me what to do.
Thanks in advance for any input.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Smile Is A Sign Of......
A smile is a sign of love
A smile is a sign of care
A smile tells how much to others
You are important and also dear
A smile is a sign of cheer
A smile is a sign of trust
A smile shows how you can
Be happy even in hard crust
A smile is a sign of joy
A smile is a sign of hope
A smile teaches you how you can
Remove the clouds of mope
For nothing but only a smile
Takes away your pain and trial
And pick your trouble's pile
And let you smile, smile and smile.
Undeniably, we all feel good inside if somebody smile at us. Somehow, it has power to heal the bad day. According to a research, Smiles are generally accepted as a universal facial expression of happiness or joy. We get instincts about which smiles are more genuine, are more felt than others, and which are more forced and more politely construed.
Smile is the very first thing that our parents were very proud of us in doing so. Smile is the silent communication we can express to somebody we like or agree to. And do you know that even dogs smile, too? Oh yes, they do. Our dog would smile everytime I stay lazily around them. They were obviously very happy with that.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
In Jerusalem, five days after the celebration of Yom Kippur, they celebrate a feast called "Sukkoth" it is called the "Feast of Tabernacle". It is also called "Feast of Booths". This is observed by the Jews. It begins in the sunset of October 13th up to sunset of October 21st.
The word "sukkot" in Hebrew means plural of "sukkah" which means "booth" or "hut". During this holiday, they build a temporary hut or booth in which they will eat their meals. They are not supposed to do anything other than to eat and to relax or sleep for the entire holiday.
Four species of plants are celebrated with Sukkoth, etrog (citron), lulav (date palm), myrtle and willow. On the last day of Sukkoth, the yearly cycle of reading the Torah starts in festive surroundings.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is the Children's Sunday School in Naga, Cebu. Philippines. This is under Door of Hope Ministry, Living Word Christian Ministries, Phils.. We, the workers, are volunteers on doing this work. We teach them praise and worship songs. We educate some of them. We teach them how to pray and we also give them free meals. Contributions and donations from individuals are very welcome. This we do to the Glory of God.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I love the moment when my family, including my Uncles and Aunties, gather around living room for videoke. Even my grandmother would sing, too. Greenfields is her favorite song. I have an Uncle that would cry while singing. Each of us has our own styles. Everyone anticipated with excitement for the turn of the microphone.
I gather (from anywhere) some tips on how to add some quality factor to our voice:
*Try to record your voice and listen to it with a friend. They can tell you how different your voice sounds.
*Work on your diaphragmatic breathing. It brings strength in your voice
*Breath control exercises. Breath within your stomach without moving your shoulder.
*On the day of performances, avoid eating milk based products and chocolate. These items will coat your throat, resulting in a less than pleasant sound for you.
*Start singing regularly
*Join a choir
*Make sure you have a good hearing, too
*Strain your voice gradually beyond it's capability
I like the reality show Pinoy Dream Academy. I learned some from them, too. It's very educational, too.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The movie was about a large man-eating crocodile terrorizes tourists and locals near Krabi, in Thailand. Michael Madsen plays a hunter stalking the immense reptile, while sub-plots include a rivalry between a foreigner, who owns a crocodile-farm, and a Thai man who plays a part in framing the foreigner for the crocodile's rampage.
The genre of the movie is thriller. Directed by Stewart Raffill and Written by Ken Solarz. The movie was released in UK on month of September last year.
You should watch it and feel the thrill yourself. ( Warning: This is not advisable to watch for those who have baby in the house. )
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This is my devotional set. A notebook with christian worship songs in it, Our Daily Bread devotional reading materials, and my e-bible, NIV (product of Franklin). I do my devotional moment first thing in the morning. This is acknowledging that we need God to lead us the day ahead. Doing this have strengthened me.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Consider Job in the old times. He has everything then. In fact, he was way ahead too great from anybody else in terms of possessions and a happy family. All of a sudden, God took it away from him (for a purpose).
Obviously, it is really difficult to go on living with a life like that, but we have the options. Whether to complain, grumble and be indifferent toward everything around us, especially to God. Or to humbly yield on to His working in our lives along with the claim of faith that what God is doing in our lives is for our own good. And that what is ahead of that is a promise of good life. We may don't seem to understand what God is trying to make out of our present circumstances, but like a clay potter, He is moulding us in His hands. Notice this, if the "Potter" sees some imperfections in the clay He is moulding, He have to crushed it and work on it all over again.
What is our choice? Be stubborn? Or be submissive? If you think you are enjoying the "remoulding" God is doing in your life, keep being stubborn. If you think that the "moulding" process is uncomfortable, then, for your own sake, be submissive, so that the "Potter" won't have to "remould" you again. It is surely a painful process.
"... I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression and smile" Job 9:27
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is the Kitchen Showroom of JY All Boards. It is located at A. S. Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City. Philippines. We sell melamine boards, mouldings, kitchen cabinet and kitchen accessories. This is where I work for almost three years now . Part of my job is to entertain customers. I asked them what they want and I gave them ideas that they may like.
And this is my workplace. My table and computer for drafting. I make drafts for the measurement of their desired designs of kitchens and I then give my drawings to the kitchen makers.
Anybody who are planning to install a beautiful kitchen, you can contact me by leaving a message on my comments space.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
And I simply come
Longing just to bring something that's of worth
That would bless Your heart
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
It's not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
'Cause it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord for the things I've made
When it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
King of endless worth, no one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor, all I have is Yours
Every single breath
This is a song we used to sing during our Praise and Worship. I like this song very much. It connects my heart to the King of kings. And it reminds me that our life that we are living, it is all about Him.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
If you dig deeply, you will find resources that describe this day as "International" Frugal Fun Day, and "National" Frugal Fun Day. However, we found no documentation supporting the International or National tags. We did find plenty of reference to the intent of this day.... to have fun "on the cheap".
The word "frugal" in www.dictionary.com means; economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful; entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty.
Frugal Fun Day is a day to enjoy fun activities that are free (or very inexpensive). If you use your imagination, the ideas are endless. Go on a bike or walking hike. The Fall leaves are on display. Have a picnic in the park, or your back yard. Invite some friends or neighbors over for a garage party and dance. Go fly a kite. Pull out the those old board games or puzzles that you have stored in the basement. Play cards with some friends.
Here's wishing you a very Happy Frugal Fun Day.
Origin of Frugal Fun Day:
This special day was created by Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook. We strongly suspect Frugal Fun Day was created, in part, to promote the book. Regardless of the reason for creating this day, we see nothing wrong with having a little inexpensive fun.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Blogging is growing in society. It is a fad. To some it is a craze. It is widespreading internationally.
The word "blog" is a short term for the word "web log". It is an online journal. It is the activity of creating and maintaining a blog (which is a special kind of web site) or several blogs by making posts and uploading images and so on.
Personally, I enjoy blogging. It makes me active mentally and enables me to share what i learn and what I feel. Blogging is fun!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Any mother can tell you that waiting to give birth is an experience that builds patience. But pity the poor mother elephant. It takes about 22 months for an unborn elephant to mature to birth! the shark known as the spiny dogfish has a pregnancy duration of 22-24 months. And at elevation above 4,600 feet, the Alpine salamander endures a gestational period of up to 38 months!
Farmers waited and toiled hard, just to be able to support his family.
Abraham was told by God that his descendants would be like the sands on the seashore. He waited, and he was a hundred year old when his first son was born. Laban worked fourteen years for Rachel to become his wife.And there are many more others in the bible history that has a wonderful story about waiting.
Waiting for God's promise to be fulfilled is part of trusting Him. No matter how long the delay. we must wait for Him. As the book of Hebrews said; "Let us hold fast the confession our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2009 occurs on Sept. 21. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family.
A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Banawa, Cebu City
This picture was taken during our Inter-Ministry Living Word Christian Ministries Family Day on August 25, 2008. It was a whole day fellowship.
Front Row; Zed, Melissa, Me, Mariel, Ivy
Back Row; Normie, Sydel, Maileen and her Mom.
Exhausted. I have to close my eyes for a very short while after the lunch. I never knew that they stole me some shots. (he-he-he)
"Live in harmony with one another." Romans 12:16 b
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I hate Mondays. I work from Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, I have my Children's Ministry on daytime, and also, of course, going to church on late afternoon. Getting back to my room at about 9:00 p.m. Day's end.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
The world have many questions about why are there sufferings, calamities, wars and death. Before the creation of the world, God already set these things on earth to happen. It is up to us on how we handle them. There's no way avoiding them, they're sure to come. We all need to have a peace in mind so that whatever happens to the world, we will not be shattered. They're sure to come.
Friday, September 26, 2008
The impact of the wrangling bailout plan was felt across the board, from equities, to credit markets, to the energy pits, where oil prices edged lower as doubts cropped up over whether the plan to prop up the financial system and broader U.S. economy would be pushed through.
Tonight, the two presidential candidates has agrees to debate. All of us are have questions, and we just hope that some of them will be answered tonight. Let's all see what will happen then...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I think it's not only the residents in USA know about that very popular 9-1-1. There used to be a documentary TV shows about their previous incidents aired in the Philippines, too. And some of them are really amazing.
But here is another number that you can depend on in times of spiritual or emotional trouble. Psalm 41:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Are you in trouble? Dial (Psalm) 4-1-1
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Studying sign language is a gesture of a desire to reach out those who are mute and deaf. It is showing that we are connecting ourselves to their world. Don't you know that the mute and deaf are practically talkative persons, too? (of course, i mean they do that in signing) Yes, they are. They even love gossip. :) They just love to express what's on their mind. They are very expressive and straight-forward.
Sign Language can also be useful to the people who don't have problem with hearing and talking. Like, when two people trying to say something from a great distance. Or when you are conversing in the middle of a very irritating and unbearable noise. It can also be useful to maintain needed silence.
Sign language is not only for them, it is for everybody as well.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Laughter is an instant vacation!. ~ Milton Berle
Laughter is by definition healthy. ~ Doris Lessing
Laughter is part of the huan survival kit. ~ David Nathan
Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat. ~ Robert Holden
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart. ~ Mort Walker
Laughter need not be cut out of anything since it improves everything. ~ James Thurber
Laughter is inner jogging. ~ Norman Cousins
Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow. ~ Diane Johnson, Zen Soup, 2003
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Monday, September 22, 2008
Another suicide bombing was in the news this morning. Very tragic and depressing.
Al-Arabiya television said the group that claimed responsibility for the attack demanded an end to Pakistani-American cooperation against the militants and a halt to U.S. military operations in Pakistani tribal regions.
"This was a heinous act that was committed by terrorists who have no interest in anything other than maiming and killing innocent civilians. And we're going to step up our efforts and work with the Pakistanis to do what we can," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said.
(photo taken from Yahoo! news)
We often heard this qoute: "The future belongs to the children." I can't help but wonder what kind of future these children of today will have. And what kind of person they will become if their environment is chaotic, violent and full of hatred. The planet's natural ecosystem are being severely degraded.
One of the rights of children is "the right to play". IPA/USA qouted; "Play empowers children and reaffirms their individual right to develop at their own pace."
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I had my 2 days and 2 nights prayer and fasting at the "Cloud Of Glory" Prayer Mountain.
I was seeking for God's guidance and message for me. And this is what He gave me.
1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.
20 In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?" 21 tell him: "We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent miraculous signs and wonders—great and terrible—upon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers. 24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness."