Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MyDreams: Dreamt of Loosing my Wallet :(

Monday morning I woke up so upset because of a bad dream that I lost my wallet. I worry about my atm's, credit cards and personal IDs included in it... :( What if the culprit can hack my atm pin and withdraw everything... What if he uses my credit card and swipe it out, who cares? Ohhh thanked God I woke up and realize it's only but a nightmare...

Because the vision is so sharp to me, I can even feel the emotional distress, I googled it and found the following interpretation:

WALLET

To see a wallet in your dream, symbolizes financial resources or self-identification. To dream that your wallet has been stolen, indicates that someone may be trying to take advantage of you. To dream that you lost your wallet, suggests that you need to be more cautious and careful about your spending and finances. You need to be more responsible with your money. Alternatively, it indicates that you are losing touch with your true identity.
If you dreamed of losing your wallet, you are likely to be faced with an unexpected dilemma. To dream of finding a wallet signifies gain if the wallet was empty, but loss if it was full.
signifies gain if the wallet.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"If We Pray" by Annointed

I hear you say you don't know how to make a difference.
I hear you say you don't know how to make a change.
I believe together we can be better than alone.
‘Cause there’s strength in numbers. I know this I know.

And if we pray. Pray.
Minute by minute. Step by step.
Love will lead the way. Pray.
Lift your voices everyday.
We will find hope if we pray.

There’s a broken heart that’s in need of healing.
Another weary soul in a world that’s reeling yeah.
I can turn my head and hide instead of facing it and dealing.
‘Cause your tears are my tears. We all cry the same.

Pray. Pray.
Minute by minute. Step by step.
Love will lead the way. Pray.
Lift your voices everyday.
We will find hope if we pray.

Come on people. Pray.
All together. Pray.
‘Cause there’s strength in numbers. I know this I know.

Pray. Pray.
Minute by minute. Step by step.
Love will lead the way. Pray.
Lift your voices everyday.
We will find hope if we pray.

Pray.
Minute by minute. Step by step.
Love will lead the way. Pray.
Lift our voices everyday.
We will find hope.
You gotta do it. Don’t waste a second. Don’t waste a minute. You gotta do it. You gotta do it. Don’t wait another hour. Yeah!

(Come on y’all)(Got to pray)(Come on y’all)(Got to pray)(Pray for the whole wide world)
(Got to pray)(Pray for the children)(Pray for the world)

*****
Loosen up! Move your feet and body with this inviting rhythm... As we enjoy dancing and singing for the Lord, let the music takes you to a new level of worship. (Dance) :P
Experience it here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 simple ways to mark a difference

As pondering on this post, I can't help but to complicate things... Urrgh! and all the more I complicate, all the more I can't contribute... So frustrating!

Until finally, I came to admit making excuses to justify my irresolute effort to change.

Here are my best shots for now. Read at your own risk!

1. Smile
"It takes 26 muscles to smile, and 62 muscles to frown." - Anonymous
So why make it hard for yourself? Unless you want to look older than your age :P

2. Read a book
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." - Mark Twain
Reading books broadens not only our intellectual and imaginative world but opens our heart and mind for a greater vision.

3. Thank people
“Every time we remember to say “thank you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.” - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Thank someone who opens the door for you, who extends a hand for your jeepney fare, the cashier who punched your grocery items, the operator who assist your call, your teacher who had been patient to teach your ABC... surely this list grows because there are a lot of people whom we should give thanks.

4. Make an A.R.K. (act of random kindness)
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." - Unknown
Making an impact does not require spectacular achievement or selfless sacrifice, oftentimes a simple act of random kindness a day is enough.

5. Encourage a friend
“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” - Proverbs

6. Help a stanger
"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. " - Danny Thomas

7. Vote
"The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear." - John F. Kennedy
A person who did not cast his vote during the election has no right to cast his complaint. Period.

8. Share a thought
”Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. “ - Anonymous
Journal your experiences, express yourself, twit or plurk, start your own blog.

9. Learn new things
"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi
Study new language, learn a new recipe, engage in new sport, join an organization that fits you, visit a place you've never been to, try an exotic cuisine...

10. Start today
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Anonymous
This time is always the right time to do the right thing and make a difference.

Here are but simple ways which ordinary people can do to exceed beyond life's mediocrity.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Filipino wins CNN Hero of the Year 2009

Philippines is blessed to have an Efren Penaflorida who has a genuine heart for the Filipino youth and a daring hand to carry out the task.

Winning the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, could be regarded as just an icing of the cake... Because Efren already succeeded in the real battle, which is the everyday struggle of pushing his mobile classroom in strange places like cemetery and slums.



Pushcart educator named CNN Hero of the Year

For those who voted for Efren, it had been a privilege to be part of the history of awakening honor for Filipino's nobility.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

CNN Hero of the Year Finalist – Efren Penaflorida

Thank God for Efren! A man with a big heart... Reaching out with a great vision... Moving forward with a selfless dream... Indeed a humble man that captured the respect of the world. I

Of course I voted for him! I always will :D

Ef for CNN Hero of the Year

God blesss you Efren!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Walang Hangganan

sung by: Beebo Saavedra and Eunice Saldana

Kung pag masdan, paroroonan
Di maiwasang magbalik sa nakaraan
Kung paano Mo ako tinawid sa kahirapan
Dakila ang Iyong katapatan

Bawat hakbang na patutunguhan
Pagpapatawad at habang ang mananahan
Kahit na sa pagkukulang, biyaya Mo'y
'Di mabilang, kailangan ko'y Ikaw kalian pa man

Chorus:
Kaya't ako'y aawit ng papuri
Buong kakayahan sayo'y laan
Sa piling Mo'y ako'y mananatili
'Pagkat Sayo'y may buhay na walang hanggan
Ihahandog Sayo'y pasasalamat
Buong kakayahan Sayo'y laan

At kahit na hindi karapat-dapat
'Pagkat ang Iyong pag-ibig ay walang hangganan
Noon pa ma'y, May katiyakan
Kinabukasan ko'y Ikaw ang kanlungan
Kahit saan pa man di ako pababayaan
Pangako Mo ay pawing hahawakan

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dahil Ikaw Bro ang Star ng Pasko :D

ABS-CBN one of the leading network in the Philippines launches their Christmas station ID for 2009 just in time when we need it the most. In spite of the adverse atmosphere left by storm Ondoy and Pepeng, this song inspires us to carry on and see things with a light perspective. Teaching us to celebrate the coming Christmas with joy and gratitude, and acknowledging Jesus Christ is the real reason for the season. Advance merry christmas to all!



Oh I need to find the lyrics of this song...
Can't stop having LSS. "Salamat sa liwanag Mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko." See!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ni Minsan

Ni minsan 'di Mo ako iniwan
Ni minsan 'di Mo pinabayaan
Ni minsan 'di Ka nagkulang
Sa 'king buhay ay lagi kang nakaabang

Ni minsan paglayo Mo'y di naisip
Pag-ibig Mo sa akin 'di malirip
Pagkat minsan pa ang iyong yakap
Ang minsan na naghatid sa 'kin sa ulap

Nang minsan Mo akong matagpuan
Pagmamahal sa akin ay nilaan
Ang aking buhay nagkaroon ng kulay
Dahil sa 'Yo ngayo'y may saysay

Ni minsan sa 'king puso'y 'di natakot
Dahil ni minsan di mo ako nilimot
Kaya't minsan pa aking nadarama
Pag-ibig na 'di lilipas sa tuwi-tuwina

Minsan pa ako'y iibig
Dahil kailan man ay 'di ka nanlamig
Mundo'y magunaw man pag-ibig nati'y kailanman
Dahil ni minsan ang puso Mo'y hindi nagbago

Ni minsan 'di ka lumimot sa pangako
Ni minsan pag-ibig Mo'y hindi naglaho
Ni minsan

--- I've been hardly looking for an mp3 of this song... Hope to find it soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sky Angel Logan? Heaven sent!

His tagline "Sky Angel Cowboy" made me curious, until I got to watch his video where I realize this kid is more interesting that I've ever thought.

I'm so blessed how impeccable his heart was... I almost cried... After the Ondoy and Pepeng calamities that hit our nation, this is exactly the message that our people need right now!

In spite and despite of, God is still in control and we could always run to Him.



God bless you Logan!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What would Jesus do?


Metro Manila, the most progressive region in the country cannot find security on its own as Ondoy(international name Ketsana) submerged houses, properties and even lives of our fellow Filipinos who became victims of this calamity. Indeed last Saturday, September 26 was a heart breaking history which we all hope would never happen again.

And as we look back and find how all of us had been a part of it:

Children cry...
Victims grumble and whine...
Women were helpless...
Men were devastated...
Entire nation is crushed...
Some people encourage and comfort...
Others provide support...

In spite of all, it's comforting to know that we still have a choice.
For the victims they could choose to complain or accept, loose hope or move on, blame or take responsibility, remain in the dark or find light. For the blessed others who were not affected by "Ondoy" they could choose to share or withhold, to respond or be passive.

But if you'll ask the Bible about this? Honestly you'll wonder what does it tell us in bad times such as this? It's crystal clear!

"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
-- James 2:15-17

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. "
-- 2 Chronicles 7:14

May this tragedy, painful as it is, be a wake up call for all believers to renew their faith, respond to the need of others and recommit themselves to love this country and help rebuild our nation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Finishing Strong!

It was October 20, 1968 during the Olympics held at Mexico...

Closing ceremonies has just completed and people were about to leave the stadium, when the commentator announced that a final marathoner is on his way to the finish line. It was John Stephen Akhwari from Tanzania, moving slowly towards the goal amidst his injuries. At first audience must be a bit confused, but as they saw how this man struggle his way to the end, the crowd responded with cheer and encouragement. After the course, journalist asked Akhawi the same question we might have asked him,

"Why, after sustaining the kinds of injuries you did, would you ever get up and proceed to the finish line, when there was no way you could possibly place in the race?"
I like how this man answered back,

"My country did not send me over 11,000 kilometres to start a race. They sent me over 11,000 kilometres to finish one."

He might not be declared the champion in this game, but Akhwari taught us how to win in the most important game of all - LIFE.



He reminds me that "Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon." And only those who finish strong until the end are the real winners. Thanks Akhwari!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

When you say...

This presentation was emailed to me by a friend just in time for our new curriculum in Sunday school... I'm so amazed how things happen on its perfect timing... Can't wait to share this to my kids... :D

When You Say...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bumper Stickers for Software Testers

Here's my personal favorite:

* Software Testing: Where failure is always an option.
* Improving the world one bug at a time.
* Software Testing: You make it, we break it.
* Software Testers don't break software; it's broken when we get it.
* Software Testers: We break it because we care.
* If developers are so smart, why do testers have such job security?
* Life is too short for manual testing.
* Trust, But Verify.
* The Definition of an Upgrade: Take old bugs out, put new ones in.
* We break software so you don't have to.
* I used to build software...now I break it! Its a lot more fun!!
* All code is guilty, until proven innocent.
* It's Automation, Not Automagic!
* Quality Assurance, we take the blame so you don't have to.
* In God we trust, and for everything else we test.

Pick yours in the list.

Bumper Stickers for Software Testers

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Life in MRT: Cream puffs or perfume?!

Some weird thing happened to me this morning @MRT.

As usual there's no room for space in our train, then there's this guy standing in front of me... As the train moves, I smelled freshly baked puffed shell filled with lots of sweet cream (can be custard!)... hmmmm so tempting... reminds me of Astoria's cream puffs, my first time to eat such.

During the ride I got curious where the smell is coming from, and as I lean closer to the guy, the smell is there again... this time I'm no longer sure if its really hot cream puffs or the guy's perfume (in cream puffs scent)... lolz. Makes me wanna eat him...

Did several attempts to find out... Reaching Ortigas station, I was still clueless about the tempting smell but one thing is for sure: I wanna eat cream puffs today! cravings! cravings!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2010 Philippine Holidays

Malacanang issued Proclamation 1841 declaring 10 regular holidays, four special non-working holidays and a special holiday for 2010.

Regular holidays
New Year's Day (January 1, Friday)
Maundy Thursday (April 1, Thursday)
Good Friday (April 2, Friday)
Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9, Friday)
Labor Day (May 1, Saturday)
Independence Day (June 14, Monday nearest June 12)
National Heroes Day (August 30, last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day (November 29, Monday nearest November 30)
Christmas Day (December 25, Saturday)
Rizal Day (December 27, Monday nearest December 30)

Special non-working holidays
Ninoy Aquino Day (August 23, Monday nearest August 23)
All Saints Day (Nov. 1, Monday)
Christmas Eve (December 24, Friday)
Last day of the year (December 31, Friday)

Special holiday for all schools
1986 People Power Revolution (February 22, Monday nearest February 25)

Declaration of holidays in observance of the Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha, whose dates are determined based on the lunar calendar will be announced later next year.

Special National Working Holiday
July 27 - in recognition of the founding anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) as signed under Republic Act 9645

“It pays to plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.” :P

Arroyo declares holidays in 2010

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kid's stuff

While my 3 year old niece fervently look at my mom's group picture after a Muslim dance presentation in their organization, my mom ask her:

Nanay: Nasaan si nanay dyan beh?
Aizel: Etoh po... (pointing to nanay's direction) Nay mga kumare mo? (pointing to others)

I chuckle as I try to imagine where did she pick up the word "kumare"

*****

While hanging out with Aizel I tried to make a video of her. And so I focused my mobile phone to her. Aizel figured I was talking a picture of her tried to post and smile:

Girlie: Magsalita ka beh, video to...
Aizel: (cant find words to say)
Girlie: Kanta ka na lang! (After saying this I got curious what's the first song that will pop up in her mind)
Aizel: (after some pause started to sing)
ol da single lit, ol da single lit... woh oh oh, woh oh oh, woh oh oh oh... put yor hand sap, put yor hand sap

If you still don't get it, she's singing "Single Ladies" by Beyonce... lol...
i cant believe that's the first song that she was able to think of...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CebuPacific Refund at Last!

Yoohoo! Finally after 10 months, 9 days or 313 days to be exact from the day I applied for the refund of my round trip ticket to Singapore.... Drum roll please!!! Yesterday, it's finally credited back to me... whewww!!!


Imagine...
From : Friday, October 10, 2008
To : Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Almost a year of waiting!

It had been literally and painfully HARD WORK for me to endlessly call and follow up the very accessible Cebu Pacific hotline and talk to their accommodating agents who can't give me a date when my refund will be released. Calling their hotlines is like waiting for an alien to answer the phone... Talking to their agents is the end of the world... they cannot even give you specifics regarding your request. All they'll tell you is the papers are already in their accounting and they have no idea when it will be released. Come on! You could do better than that, remember your service does not only include the buying of tickets(where you guys do good at since you get profit from it) and the boarding and flying in your aircrafts. Does REFUND don't ring a bell? Or you are playing blind and deft with this issues.

Well after this wish of mine was long granted, I learned one thing! Ticket refund with CebuPac is not an option, if you really need to cancel your flight better rebook it or else you'll be doomed to wait for a lifetime...

MyDreams: Oh no! My neighbor's house is burning...

Happened to wake up this morning with a vivid dream in mind that our neighbor's house is burning... Not just once but twice this week... Though I'm thankful that the fire was stopped and placed under control before I manage to wake up... Relief!

Fire
Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolize destruction, passion, desire, illumination, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering into your life.(I'd loved to believe this!) Your thoughts and views are changing. In particular, if the fire is under control or contained in one area, then it is a metaphor of your own internal fire and inner transformation. It also represents your drive, motivation, and creative energy. Alternatively, the dream may be warning you of your dangerous or risky activities. You are literally "playing with fire".

To dream that a house is on fire, indicates that you need to undergo some transformation. If you have recurring dreams of your family house on fire, then it suggests that you are still not ready for the change or that you are fighting against the change. Alternatively, it highlights passion and the love of those around you.

To dream that you put out a fire, signifies that you will overcome your obstacles in your life through much work and effort. If you are setting a fire to something or even to yourself, then it indicates that you are undergoing some great distress. You are at the brink of desperation and want to destroy something or some aspect of yourself.

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Honestly after reading the meaning of my dream, I thanked God for it... It's like His way of talking to me in the sense I could never ignore.

Source: Dream Moods

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ano ang Kayumanggi?

Ito ay kulay ng balat ng tao na ang katumbas sa Ingles ay brown at moreno naman sa Espanyol.

Hindi pa batid ng maraming Pilipino, ang kayumanggi ay hindi lang nagsasabi ng kulay ng balat ng isang lipi o lahi ng tao sa daigdig na ito. Ang kayumanggi ay tila nagmula sa dalawang salita na kayu at manggi. Ang kayu sa Tagalog ay isang manipis na hibla ng tela o sinulid. Kapag sinabing kayu, tiyak na manipis ito at maganda ang sutla o hibla (Ingles: fine o pino). Samantala, ang manggi ay isang salita na harapang nagmula sa magos o magi na ang ibig sabihin ay pantas at may karunungang mga tao. Marahil dito nagmula ang katawagang kayumanggi na ang dating kahulugan nito ay fine magic or sorcery or wisdom o pinong salamangka, mahika o karunungan. Sa Tagalog, “mahusay na kaalaman”.

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This entry is just one of the interesting post featured in this poignant site which I discover. If you are a Filipino, it is a must to read this... If we don't know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

The Brown Raise

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wide Awake experience

I was so blessed to be part of this month's Wide Awake in our church...

I must admit I was impressed by their advertisement which they played during our Sunday gatherings, very effective I would say... with "One Step at a Time" by Jordin Sparks in the background, one of my favorites... Plus the chance to bond with my girlfriends in the ministry and Christian faith... I made time to attend.

Little did I know that more than my shallow motives, God had a deeper plan for me... From the praise and worship which started 10pm until the end of prayer of the 1st batch at 1am, I could sense God dealt with me...

First, we sung "Still Standing" by Hillsong, which I've been listening days before the Wide Awake, I was so taken by the song... and even posted it in my FB shout out only to find out that Kat, a friend of mine also did exactly the same lyrics in her FB as well, then we heard and sung it in the Wide Awake... what a special way to remind us indeed that,

If not for Your goodness, If not for Your grace,
I don't know where I would be today...

Then came the message of the young pastor... very very simple yet compelling. First he pointed out that as "Inhale, Exhale" creation of God, we breathe in life, just as what is written in John 10:10:

"...I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (English Standard Version)

In simple terms, we take in blessings from God, we live, we learn His word and we experience Him. But life doesn't end there, in order to carry out the cycle, we as children of God need to give life, we share the Word, do good works to others, encourage friends, help people and even a simple smile I think is an expression of breathing out the love of God.

Finally he challenges us that as we come into our prayer time, may we seek first the face of God and humbly come before his throne before we wonder in all our burdens and list of prayers items, which in the first place are already known to Him. Otherwise this wide awake event will be just like the other ordinary prayer gatherings. The bottom line, to search, connect and find God in our midst, more than anything else.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Overwhelmed by Australia Hillsongs

I sing this praise for you alone
and once again I worship at your throne

I lift you up you cover me
Safe and strong sheltered by your wings

I gaze upon Your glory now
Redeeming love satisfies my soul
You summon angels all around
This joy of salvation I have found

I adore you, I will come
with shouts of joy into your presence
faithful God My heart is overwhelmed by you

In Spirit and in truth I stand
to worship You with all i am

I'm yours, Lord
I am yours, my Lord
Jesus, my heart is overwhelmed

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My soul shall rest upon the Lord... forever...
Hope you enjoy this heart-warming song



Overwhelmed - Hillsong
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R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant


I've heard this chinese restaurant(Ma Mon Luk) from my nanay, honestly I'm not a fan of mami and siopao, but her stories that this was once one of the famous restaurant in our country during 1950's made me curious. I was excited to have my first experience in Ma Mon Luk resto. Big time!

My waiting finally ends yesterday, August 5, while the ominous sky continue to saturate our region by its brisk rain showers, my nanay and I visited the legendary R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant located along Quezon Avenue, near Banawe Street. We were told that "R" stands for Ramon, one of the heirs of the man who started it all.

As I enter the old restaurant, I felt I was in one of the restaurant scenes of FPJ's movie... old marmol tables, wooden chairs, no aircon, big ceiling fans, old wooden frames, antique life-size painting of the Ma Mon Luk(I guess!) and old waiters... We learned that they were the house of original mami since 1920(whoa, sounds ancient to me). So we ordered their house specialty Original Mami (large bowl) and their regular Siopao Asado, which at first I thought would not suffice my appetite. But as I indulge into the hot mami soup and ate half of the siopao, I felt so full and could not finish my meal. The soup of the mami, tasted ordinary but wait 'til you eat the pork and chicken toppings which is very tender and flavorful.



R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant Menu and Latest Prices

Special Mami - Php 95
Regular Mami - Php 85
Beef Mami - Php 100
Special Siopao - Php 55
Regular Siopao - Php 40
San Yuk Pao - Php 55
Siomai (2pcs) - Php 40

Very sad to know that today, there are only 2 remaining branches of Ma Mon Luk, Quezon Avenue and Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo. Well I was fortunate to try dining in this iconic restaurant which serves not just good food by also its history.

Branches
R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant
545 Quezon Blvd., Quiapo Manila
Contact Number: 02-7337596

R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant
408 Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Contact Number: 02-7123560

Monday, July 27, 2009

How to handle unsolicited questions?

Have you ever encounter situations where you were asked of a very personal question which you don’t feel like answering… as if the spotlight turns on you and you’re caught unprepared. For some this is no big deal question but for others especially those who consider personal stuff as a susceptible matter for discussion, this is a very off-putting situation. Of course you could not just smile and ignore it…

Well, lemme share to you some ways how to sort of get through with this unsolicited questions in a graceful way:

How old are you?

1. I got this idea after attending our oral communications training at Exist.. effective I would say)Throw back the question, “How do you think of my age?” Lemme add some personal advice here… If he answers lower than your real age, then thanked him (it’s a compliment…) but if not just smile, accept if that’s how he thinks of your age but don’t get annoyed resulting to spilling your real age, that depicts the purpose :P
2. You could simply say, “I’m old enough”
3. This item I got from a book, I read before and in this case although you’ll answer the question being asked, but you would add a different spark or wit on how you respond on it. You could tell, “I’m chronologically but biologically 18” then flash the biggest smile you could have just to convince him you do feel young. (BIG grin)

How much do you earn?

1. Simply say, “Just enough for me”
2. Crack it with a joke, “You really want to know how much do I earn? well I’ll give you a clue, it starts with a number and ends with a number”

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
(for single pips)

1. Hmmm… the answer to this question I think depends on the person asking the question, cause if you do trust the person you could honestly say you don’t have one, but what if the person just wants to annoy you… say “Yes.”
2. Or you may act as if you don’t care of your status, then add “No worries, God is still busy creating a wonderful love story just for me”

I like your stuff. How much did you get that?
pertaining to a personal stuff.. can be bag, blouse or dress)

1. Smile and thanked him… focus on the statement, ignore the question.
2. If he insists the question, say “more or less”

And the best answer that we could have, (good news is this applies to any questions that can be thrown to us) if someone asked you an off-putting question, simply asked, “Why do you want to know?” And from his answer you can buy time to think or change the topic…

Monday, June 29, 2009

Rest In Peace IE6!

As Software Quality Assurance, we have encountered a lot of UI issues when AUT is tested in IE6. And as much as our developers struggles to find solutions to this less than impossible defects, we appeal and protect the user interest in experiencing a user-friendly application. So we are in one in spreading out this news.



IE6 Bugs, Problems, Fixes, Solutions, Tips & Tricks, Hints? NO MORE! .:. RIPIE6.com

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

If men were like buses, how do you catch one?

I had a chance to join a small group via friend invites and lucky enough to have this topic discussed. T'was an interesting discussion though I was not able to finished the session due to other commitments. I'd promised myself to grab a copy of this book which for me is a must-read for all single women like me. My personal message to all singles, "Keep your fork for the best is yet to come" (wink wink)

Here's a summary of this excellent book:

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If men were like buses, how do you catch one?
by: Michelle McKinney Hammond

A more important questions is - how do you catch the RIGHT one?
Simple : You take only the bus that's headed the RIGHT direction.

First we must allow our Heavenly Father to do the picking. And second, the decision for a mate must be made on a spiritual and intellectual basis before its made on an emotional one.

What about love?, you ask. I'll tell you why. "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jer 17:9).

The heart is willful and is driven by its own agenda. It does not consider things rationally and intelligently - it just loves to love! Therefore you have to point it in the right directions: "Above
all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

Whenever you meet a man, you need to get clearance from God, check out his attributes, and then allow your heart to engage.

Dating exists not for mating; it exists for collecting data. I believe that the biblical design would be friendship, courtship and then marriage. Friendship is two people walking together in
agreement and accountability, learning and growing together.

Courtship follows the mutual agreement to commit to one another exclusively - it is the decisive turning toward the agreed-upon goal of the marriage altar. It is a period of laying a foundation and preparing your life together after marriage. But dating? Well, if
you do date, use the time wisely to gather facts.

So when you do gather facts, let us compare the process to clothes shopping.

1. Check out the fabric. Is the person mate material? Does this man have an intimate relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ?

Does he care what God thinks about his behavior? Is he accountable to God as well as another co-laborer in the faith? Accountability is an important factor. It is imperative to maintaining a committed relationship.

Is your potential spouse a member of the same family - the family of God? Scripture is clear on this : "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" (2 Cor
6:14).

You need to have common interest and values and agree on the essentials of living day to day. You have a similar spiritual walk. You eat the same diet. You enjoy a lot of similar things. You have like interests, like goals in life, like opinions on basic life
issues. You have had like experiences in your background. Though there is some truth to the idiom that opposites attract, like-minded folks fare better together.

Furthermore,does he want to get married? If you want to be married and your dreamboat isn't interested, don't waste your time.

Remember, women fall in love and get married. Men decide to get married and then look for a wife. Note the difference in order. So if a guy says he's not looking for anything serious, take his words seriously. If he's not going your direction, get off the bus & wait
for the right one.

2. Does this man want you? Is he pursuing you? The man who is right for you will pursue you and God's hand in the relationship will be clear. No guessing, no fleeces, no dead ends. Scripture says: "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the
Lord"( Prov 18:22). Note - who finds whom? THE MAN FINDS THE WIFE.
From the beginning of time, God has transported men & women across the world in order to put them together. At the RIGHT TIME, He will bring that man on the scene and he will find you.

In God's perfect design, the man is the one who recognizes his mate. Adam has no problem recognizing that Eve was his missing rib. You do not need to strategically place yourself anywhere. You don't have to help a guy out because he's shy. Men will do whatever they have to do to get what they truly want.

The man in your life should recognize you as the pearl of great price in his life and be willing to do whatever he must in order to gain your hand. If he is passive about gaining your affections, take it as a sign that he is not interested. Many a woman's mother has suggested that it is a good idea to marry a man who loves you more than you love him. As cold as that sounds, it actually might be scriptural if you stop to think about it : "We love him because he
first loved us" (1 Jn 4:19).

Until then, take the ultimate chill pill. You don't need a bunch of men in your life to make you feel all right about yourself. You need only one man- your man, the one God has selected to select you. And trust me, the right man at the wrong time can be just as awful as
the wrong man at any time. So trust God's timing in this. He is the ultimate matchmaker. Relax, sit pretty and allow yourself to be found.

Again - WAIT until the man voices his intentions. He should take the lead in establishing the relationship. You may have an inkling that he is the one, but God will use the man to set the tone of the relationship. Allow him the opportunity to woo you - this is your first act of submission. Jesus set the standard for all men to follow. They should love us first. And they should lead the relationship.

3. The man in your life should not desire to move into your house, only into your heart. A man who prepares for your future has made his intentions clear. A man who is husband material has the means to take care of a wife. He is a responsible human being who understands
he needs to have something to offer. In short, a man should have the means to be a suitable lover for you.

4. Check out his buddies. Everyone knows birds of the same feather flock together, yet most women fail to see the connection between a man and his friends. A man's pals tell you a lot about the person that you haven't seen yet. They reveal things about the guy's character that might be hidden when he is on good behavior. Everyone knows how to put his best foot forward. Don't stay focused on the foot, check out the rest of the body!

5. Check out his relationship with his mother. How does he treat her? This is your preview of how he will treat you. There are lots of men who, because of a negative relationship with their mothers, really don't like women, yet say they do. Unresolved issues between mother and son continue between husband and wife. Or if he is submissive to his parents, can he make decisions by himself, voice out his thoughts and making his parents understand his views and respect is still given to his parents?

6. Remember that a man's family reveals the cloth from which he's cut. Take note and decide whether you want your future with the man in your life to look like his present family situation.

7. Check out the patterns of his life. Do you see repeated cycles of drama in his personal kingdom? broken relationships? problems in making commitments? including the job market? mood swings? Is a problem always someone else fault? Does he embrace responsibility
or shirk it? Does he keep his promises? Is he a man of good reputation?

Remember all garments look wonderful hanging in the store, but with wear, some being to unravel. Give yourself time and space to check out the man in your life. Time will always reveal whether or not he is made of the right stuff.

8. Does this man have a vision for his life? Is he running with that vision? Remember, God decided Adam needed help once Adam got busy DOING his assignment. As we saw Adam, a man doesn't need help until he is busy doing what he was created and called to do.

Is your guy guided by a sense of destiny and purpose, or does he just allow life to happen around him? A man who is not certain of his mission can be a most miserable person - and you'll be miserable too if you know where YOU want to go in life. A man who has vision
is not intimidated by a woman whose mission statement is clear. He will be your best ally, cheerleader and assistant because he wants you both to make it! A man who cannot be supportive of your achievements because he is floundering in a sea of uncertainty over
his own life is not a healthy partner to have and to hold forever. Creating dependencies or feelings of obligation is not the way to get the best out of your man. Somewhere along the way, he will resent you and flee from the smothering burden of obligation he associates you with.

You want a man who is firmly anchored in his identity in Christ. Remember, we are looking for a man who will be priest and leader of his home. His first instinct should be to want to cover you, redeem you, and provide for you. Your job is to decide if this is the man
God has ordained for you to complement.

9. Complementarity. Do your talents and gifts complement his? Do his gifts complement yours? What about your temperaments? Do you see the two of you as an effective team capable of bringing blessing to the lives of those around you? Do your futures mesh? Can you coordinate your gifts in an attractive and effective way?

This is why knowing your purpose is so important. Make sure your hearts beat for mutual causes.

When I go shopping always consider the fabric, the fit and what I already have in my closet. Will my next purchase be a complementary addition to what I already have? If I find that I am going to have to buy shoes and matching accessories to go with a new outfit, I leave it right on the rack. It is too expensive a proposition.

If the man you meet makes you feel that you need to completely reinvent yourself, something is wrong. This is where I ask you to consider the relationship in terms of cost. Is this relationship expensive spiritually, emotional or physically? Does your longing for
a mate make you willing to forfeit who you are in the process? Or does he see you as the gift that you are?

The man in your life should consider you a rare find, a priceless jewel - because of you he is getting ready to get blessed big-time! Any relationship that causes you to feel unworthy, unlovely, unacceptable, undesirable or that you have to work for love, is too expensive!

God has called the man to cover, protect and provide not only materially for a woman, but emotionally and spiritually as well. You should be richer in mind, body and spirit for your union with the man of your dreams. The man in your life should make rich deposits into your heart and spirit, not withdrawals.

10. Does he have a healthy love & acceptance of himself? Make sure the man in your life has taken time to heal from past relationships and has made peace with himself. How he cares for himself is how he will care for you.

A man's relationship with God is crucial here. His love for himself will only be as strong as his love for God. This is not something that you can impart. You cannot be his savior or teacher. That is out of spiritual order. In his rightful place as your personal priest, he should be leading you to a richer relationship with Christ. If he is causing you to compromise your faith and
destabilize your walk, if he is leading you into sexual sin or causing you to be distracted from your commitment to Christ, the relationship is too expensive. Offending the Lover of your soul, who promises you eternal love, is too high a fare to pay for a ride that has a limited run.

If you and your man can't soar in the Spirit, when the force of your love for another is tested by the pull or gravity of the world, your union will not be able to survive.

So you decide. How much is your life worth? How much is your love worth? You will be able to accept only what you believe you deserve. God himself calculated the worth of your love and decided it was worth His life. He now pledges you His love for eternity. Yes, Jesus
sets the example for all others to follow when He paid a ransom for His bride. Should you expect less from a mortal man?

Throughout the biblical age, men were willing to pay the cost for the hand that they desired. The truth of the matter is, everyone knows that anything worth having, costs. And no one gets a ride in this life for free.

Your prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I confess that I have not always been as careful as I should've been with my heart. From time to time, my desire for love has caused me to leave my heart in the wrong hands. I now commit my heart into Your hands for safekeeping.

Please help me to stop being so impulsive with what you deem so precious. As I learn to celebrate Your love for me, let me learn from Your example what a bridegroom should really be like. Help me to never settle for less than what you desire for me.

As I embrace You as the Lover of my soul, keep my affections in the haven of Your own heart. As I rest in Your love, make me more discriminating of those who approach me. I ask that You take over this area of my life. Keep me from those You know would hurt my heart. I invite You to set a hedge around me and keep me from all who would draw me into unfruitful relationships until the day you present me to the mate that You have selected for me.

Grant me the discernment to recognize him as he recognizes me. Cleanse me from the temptation to typecast the men I meet according to what I see. Help me to trust in Your knowledge and lean not on my own understanding. I know that You know what is best for me;
therefore I yield to Your choice. In Jesus' Name, I pray. Amen.

BF1 (1 of 4): God's Way to Heaven

Date: June 10, 2009, 7pm
Speaker: Ickhoy De Leon

Here is our Biblical Foundation 1 - 1st session reading... I found myself posting this blog so that others will also know what we are truly missing... As my friend once reminded me that after everything is gone, only the things that we did for God will count...

Suite your spiritual side...

I. GOD LOVES YOU and He desires that you have:

A. Eternal life. John 3:16 says,
"For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life"

B. An abundant life. John 10:10 says,
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

But most people aren’t experiencing an abundant life and aren’t sure that they have eternal life because of the second truth:

II. Man has a SIN problem that separates him from GOD.

A. According to Romans 3:23,
"For all have sinned and fall short in the glory of God."
That includes you and me, even the priest, pastors and the most godly and religious person we know. No one is exempted.

B. Let’s read Romans 6:23.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Death as described in Revelations 21:8,
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

The Bible talks about two kinds of death. The first death is physical. The second death is spiritual or eternal separation from God.

We might think that we can pay for our sins and earn eternal life by doing good works or keeping the Ten Commandments. But what is God’s perspective on sin based on James 2:10? If we commit one sin, how guilty are we? God sees us as guilty of breaking all of His laws!

What about doing good works so that one can go to heaven? Ephesians 2:8-9, says
"8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast."
and in Titus 3:5,
"he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit"

In short, we cannot be saved by doing good works.

If we cannot depend on obeying the Ten Commandments and doing good works to save us, what then is God’s way to heaven?

III. JESUS CHRIST is God’s way to heaven.

A. He is the ONLY way. Read John 14:6.

"No one comes to the Father except through Him."

B. What did Jesus Christ do for us? Romans 5:8 and 1 Peter 2:24 reads,

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us"

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."


IV. The resurrection of JESUS CHRIST assures us that He can fulfill His promise of eternal life.

A. According to 1 Cor.15:3-4,
" 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

B. Romans 1:3-4 - the resurrection of Christ proves that He is not just an ordinary man but also the Son of God.

C. Jesus Himself said in John 11:25-26,
“… I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

But merely knowing about what Jesus Christ has done for us is not enough. Let’s go back to Romans 6:23.

What is God’s gift to us? Eternal life

How do we receive this gift? Read 1 John 5:11-12. - We must have Jesus Christ in us since He is the Source of eternal life.

V. We must place our FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST to save us.

1. Again let's go back to Ephesians 2:8-10.
"8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."


We are saved by God’s grace through our faith. Grace is something we don’t deserve and can’t earn.

How do you receive a gift? You receive it by faith.

To be saved by faith means to trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you.

What about good works? Good works are not the means to salvation, rather they are the evidences or by-products of your salvation.

Once you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ alone to save you, He will give you the power to live a life of good deeds.

2. What promise does Jesus make in Revelation 3:20? Jesus will come into my heart if I invite Him in.

Perhaps you have trusted God for many things, but today He is asking you to trust Him to save you. Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking. He wants to enter your heart, forgive your sins and give you His free gift of eternal life which He purchased with His precious blood. Are you willing to repent of all of your sins? To repent means to turn away from your sins. To stop doing what is wrong or sinful. Do you believe that He will save you, forgive your sins and give you His free gift of eternal life if you trust in Him to save you? That is His promise to you and He will always keep His promise.

You can pray this simple prayer to express your faith in Jesus Christ and receive him into your heart as your Lord and Savior. You only have to pray this prayer once, but with sincerity, because when He enters your life, He will never leave you.

PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, thank you so much for loving me. I am so sorry for my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross for all of my sins. With your help, I will turn away from all my sins. Today, I trust in you to be my Lord and Savior and I receive you into my heart. Thank you for forgiving my sins and for coming into my heart. I accept your free gift of eternal life. Thank you for that one day, I will go home to you in heaven. From this day on, I will follow and obey you. Amen.

What has just happened to you?

1. You now have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13

2. All of your sins are paid for and forgiven. (Past, Present and Future sins) Colossians 1:13-14

3. You are a new person in God’s eyes. A new life has begun for you. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Today you made the MOST IMPORTANT decision of your life! You accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Today is your Spiritual Birthday!

APPLICATION:

You now have a very personal and permanent relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. To grow in your relationship with Him:

1. Pray to Him every day. This is how we talk to God.

2. Read the Bible. This is how God talks to you. Begin with the Gospel of John. Read a chapter a day and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it.

3. Be part of a small group (D12/Dgroup) to learn more about God and how to please Him.

Welcome IDEAS!

I haven't blog for sometime... Reason? I can't find any interesting stuff worth blogging for... Ideas are ungenerous to me for the past days...

It seems everything is usual and ordinary... Hmmm what am I missing?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Father's Day!!!

While googling for an art and craft of our sunday schoolers, in celebration to Father's Day this coming Sunday, June 21... I bumped into this reading which I found sooooo true...
We can deny it, but our subconscious mind will tell us that it happens and it's real.

4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

To all tay, itay, tatay, dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, papsie however we call them... Advance Happy Fathers Day! You guys deserve our greatest respect and we are grateful to have you.

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." -- Anne Geddes

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Subic Roadtrip 09: Ocean Adventure



Date: June 12, 2009
Location: Camayan Wharf, West Ilanin Forest Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Attraction: Ocean Adventure

We left Zoobic Safari at 1:10pm and took a 5-10 minute drive to Ocean Adventure. By this time all we wanted to do is to eat, eat and eat... Ooopps did I mentioned eat? After paying the entrance fee which is P450.00 for adult, we found a descent place to guess what? E-A-T! - Ilanin Bay Cafe located overlooking the Subic Bay.

Upon entrance we were given the Park Schedule that serve as our guide:

09:45 am -> Meet the Mascots
10:30 am -> Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show
11:00 am -> Sea Lion Photo Encounter
11:45 am -> Meet the Mascots
12:30 pm -> Dolphin Friends Show
01:15 pm -> Dolphin Photo Encounter
01:45 pm -> Sharks and Fish Feeding
02:30 pm -> Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show
02:45 pm -> Sea Lion Photo Encounter
03:15 pm -> Sea Lion Painting Presentation
03:45 pm -> Meet the Mascots
04:15 pm -> Dolphin Friends Show
04:45 pm -> Dolphin Photo Encounter
05:15 pm -> Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show

Again we were lucky to catch the 2:30pm Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show for the afternoon slot. More than the entertainment, the 30-minute show educate us on how we humans could help preserve the marine life and all its species.

I know we already heard it over and over again, Reduce! Recycle! and Reuse! but to learn it directly from Madison and Brandy, who are by the way friendly and smart sea lions, man! that made the difference...




Can't imagine how patient and disciplined the trainers are in teaching them tricks. I also noticed that the sea lions are so focused on their trainers that they cannot be fooled by the audience. Hmmmm pretty smart there huh!

We also enjoyed their "Aquarium" where I was able to see a cute sea horse, first time in my 27 years of existence plus all the other extraordinary ocean creatures which are all amazing. Imagine all those beautiful species... You'll realize we are blessed with rich marine life here in the Philippines...




Of course, you'll find a Pasalubong store inside the Ocean Adventure.

Finally, at 4:15pm we were able to watched the Dolphin Friends Show which sealed our Ocean Adventure trip. It was an amazing stunt, the dolphins are so cute, playful and adorable...






But the sad part of the story is: their species are now endangered, and just like the message of these dolphins, which really struck me, that in behalf of all the whales, dolphins and sea creatures out there, "They need our help... they are counting on us!" The way we take care of our seas and ocean greatly affects their existence. Let's take this leap and be a friend of the ocean!


Subic RoadTrip 09: Zoobic Safari

Date: June 12, 2009
Location: Group I Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Attraction: Zoobic Safari

Along the Corregidor Highway right after Subic Bay International Airport, you'd find group of monkeys in the road as if welcoming their guests.



We reached Zoobic at 10:30am, and were lucky to be part of the first batch of the guided tour. We paid P449.00 inclusive of the Zoo's 10 main attraction and the tour guide fee.


Guests assembled in the Zoobic lobby where we are welcomed with aeta and animal show.

The Zoobic show started with Aeta's demonstration of their different cultural dance, like dragonfly and monkey dance. Followed by the animal show and close encounter with their animals, where volunteers from the audience had the chance to hold the iguana and the python.



By 11:20, we started to divide in small groups and with Chriz as our tour guide we kickoff the ramble =)


Whow! Giant ostrich eggs... Sold at P500.00 each only for the shell while P2500.00 for the actual ostrich egg.


Right after our trek to Zoobic Park.


We hitch on this air-cool Safari train ride paying P50.00 per pax to explore the remaining attraction inside the 25-hectare land zoo.


Let the excitement begin, this time we are on the cage, while the tigers wander around... Makes me wonder what's running on the tiger's mind... haha


Close encounter with the Zoobic tigers inside their habitat. We bought chicken for P100.00/each as bait to lure tiger closer to our jeep.




Now meet the 200 crocodiles, who are at the moment in siesta and conserving their energies.


Also there are ZOOvenirs shop where you can buy animal stuff toys for pasalubong.


That ends our 2 and a half hour of fun adventure at Zoobic Safari. To wrap it up below are the attractions that we were able to visit:
Rodent World - Mice Surprise
Zoobic Park
Animal Museum
Serpentarium
Savannah (Sanctuary of the Wild)
Tiger Safari Ride
Close encounter with Tigers
Croco Loco
ZOOvenir shops

To document our Zoobic Safari adventure, here's our friendly digital camera in action...

Subic Roadtrip 09

Who says parks and zoo's are only for kids?! Brace yourself as we break in and dominate the kid's world... haha

Kid WannaBe's:



Girlie
Graciel
Rose
Micah
Joseph
Bernard
Gene

Here's our Subic trip in a nutshell:



Figured this map would be helpful if you're planning to visit Subic which is a must-try and no-regret experience for all of us.



Another road adventure that is close to mother earth.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Science versus Faith

I did enjoy their conversation...
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An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new Christian students to stand and...

Professor: You are a Christian, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student: Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student: No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From...God...
Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son... Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn't.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?
Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal lig ht, bright light, flashing light... But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going
endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?... No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir... The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving and alive.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Embarrassing moment :S

T'was just a typical Monday night, excited to go home and have rest. I rode an ordinary jeep heading Welcome Rotonda, since I'll just drop off at Sto. Domingo Church.. then I seated right behind the driver. Aside from the dark clouds and the heavy rains that is about to pour, everything is usual...

When we reached Delta Avenue, I spotted a familiar face who is about to ride on our vehicle. I can't go wrong, he is definitely the husband of a close high school friend. As he jumped in, I hoped he'll seat on the vacant space just infront of me, and I was lucky he did... and when he passed in front of me, right before he could even sit, I tapped him in his left arm and with beaming face I asked, "Oi saan ka nagtatrabaho ngayon?" As the man answered by pointing to a direction, it become clearer and clearer to me that he is not the friend that I thought of. OMG!!! I'm talking to a total stranger who is now just one meter away facing me... Though its really cold, I can feel the drops of sweat rushing through my head going down to my neck... Now I can't even look at his direction and even prayed that the man will not talk to me anymore... But I'm doomed, the man suddenly asks "Saan ka bababa?" I have no choice but to give him a fake smile and low-spirited, discouraging answer, "Sto. Domingo" Period. Stop. End of discussion. These continually plays at the back of my mind...

We are exactly at Pantranco and as I checked my watched, 8:30pm... Gosh how I hoped we reach Sto Domingo ASAP... T'was the longest 5 minute travel time I had so far... I was so embarrassed that I hoped lighthning strikes me inside the PUJ...

When we almost reached Sto. Domingo where I'm bound to get off the jeep, I can't help but ask apology to the man, who by this time might be thinking that I'm probably insame (lol). All I can remember that came out of my mouth was, "I'm sorry akala ko talaga ikaw yung friend ko." And then my favorite part of the story, I vanished.

Lesson learned:
Always be sure before making an action that you may totally regret for the rest of your life.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Razon's Arrozcaldo



Indulge your taste buds in this delicious treat from Razon's.
Rice porridge cooked in its perfect thick texture; topped with chopped scallions, crispy garlic, hard boiled egg and flavored chicken.

Eating a bowl of their arrozcaldo... makes me feel hot! :D haha

Monday, May 25, 2009

Crawling cockroaches, yiiikes


Monday night, I was disturbed by a bad dream where cockroaches are crawling all over our house in QC.

Out of curiosity, I tried to check from Dream moods what this means... Only to find out...

Cockroach

To see a cockroach in your dream, signifies your need for renewal, rejuvenation and self-cleansing of your psychological, emotional, or spiritual being. You need to reevaluate major aspects of your life.

Now I figured... Are my dreams psychological or are they signs? Sigh...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Just another manic monday!

Time in --> 10:27:21 AM, 2009-05-25... which means I'm 27 minutes late... Arrrrghh...

No breakfast
Left my wallet @home, so I needed to go back
Hot and furious Mr. Sun
Haven't listened to RX93.1 - Chico and Del's Morning Rush
Heavy traffic in EDSA

Hayz... What a day to start the week...
Looking forward for a brighter days ahead...
Removing negative energies...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Watch Disney's "Earth"


Earth follows the remarkable story of three animal families - a mother polar bear and her cubs in the Arctic, a family of elephants on the edges of the Kalahari desert and a humpback whale and her calf as they undertake a 6,500-km. migration.

Honestly, I haven't seen it yet but I'll recommend watching it. Here's the catch, Disney pledged that for every ticket sold, the company will plant a tree. Definitely a Win-Win not only for you and me but for the next in line.

Let's go and catch this adventure, documentary file and help save the planet.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Emotion-All You Can! Yum yum

I'm having a roller coaster of emotion this past days... discouraged, sad, tensed, happy and exciting... If my feelings were food its like a buffet table, everything is served...

Let's start our meal with an appetizer. Last Sunday, Kat a former church mate and close friend of mine, texted us to inform that her dad passed away last Saturday due to diabetes and its complications. In spite of her darkest moment, Kat was still able to encouraged us. I was so amazed how God prepared Kat and her family for this. A year ago, Kat took the leap of faith to move to a new church and found a discipleship group that mentored her. Slowly shared the gospel to her family and now she is leading her own Dgroup and I was so blessed on how she matured in her Christian walk. And like Kat, I am at peace that her dad accepted Jesus before he passed away.

Moving to our main course. Still last Sunday, we @sunday school 3pm service had jitters when a 4-year old kid had escaped from his class. The mom was hysterical on what happened(I know, I can't blame her). Eventually the teacher found the boy playing in the band room and quickly returned him to his parents. We apologized to the parents and assure them to improve our service to avoid such incidence to happen again. We are grateful that the father accepted it... However after few minutes the mother came to the office, calling the attention of our level servant. It was reported that the boy throw and damaged some stuff in the band room(where the kid was found) so they demanded that the parents be called for an explanation. But instead of asking for apologies on their son's behavior, the mother raised the issue that it all happen because the boy was lost and again put the blame on the teachers... [ Sigh ] I found this so unfair... we did acknowledged our mistake in loosing the boy, and we apologized for that, but for his bad behavior... doesn't it reflect on how the kid was raised by his parents? Was he not taught that throwing and destroying things of others is a No No? Anyhow I just hoped that this would be an honest evaluation and learning curve not only for us but also for the parents.

Finally, for dessert. Dave Hunt, a member of the official Selenium Documentation Team found my post on Creating Firefox Profile for your Selenium RC tests useful and invited me to be part of the Selenium Documentation Team Cool!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Is your marriage Fireproof?

Ever heard of married couple separating? Sure you do and so am I...

But it only comes to our senses when it happens to someone close to us. A very close friend of mine is currently going through such tough times. She is a high school friend, gorgeous and smart girl... who came from a descent family... the only daughter of her kind and loving dad... And for crying out loud, I can't grasp how her husband was able to abandon her and their children...

But it's reality friend and we can't run away from it. If your husband leaves you behind together with the all the responsibility of raising your kids... how do we respond to that?

Sigh... Last weekend, I watched "Fireproof" a story of a married couple(Caleb and Catherine Hold) struggling in their relationship. Just like any other couples in America, they too almost drop it off. But thanks to the insight and guidance of Caleb's father who challenge him to hold the divorce for another 40 days. It took courage, obedience and patience for Caleb to carry out whatever is written in the journal called "The Love Dare" which is given by his father. And in the peak of hopelessness in saving their marriage where he already gave up. He found the greatest encouragement a man could ever have... That is entrusting his life and marriage to God. Though the dispute didn't end right there and then, Caleb understood that he is no longer saving the marriage for his own gain. Neither doing it on his own might.

"You don't leave a partner, especially on fire" -- Fireproof


We really can't be sure of it all... Marriage doesn't guarantee a happily ever after ending, even kids doesn't exempt you from broken marriages... It's only until we established our relationships under God's favor.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

SonHarvest - SG 9

How can I forget the opportunity to be part of the lives of these special and wonderful kids that was entrusted to me...

No less then the fun and jolly small group # 9: (left-right,standing) Jason, Jira, Arkeo, CK, Eli, Angel, Hannah, Teacher Girlie,(seated) Mai-mai. Yan-yan and Raine... Definitely a statement of God's love and faithfullness.

We may started as strangers on Day 1 but ended inseparable on Day 3...

I still remember Jason and Hannah as the timid type of kid, but wow after few sessions, Jason seem to get out of his shell and participate "actively" (for teachers they knew what I meant active here, wink)... while Hannah becoming open and sweet... and I loved it. Mai-mai, Yan-yan - very mature, fine and behaved kids, who acts as "ate" within the group. And what can I say with Angel and CK, kids who were brave and caring enough to share their talents in the group... While Arkeo and Eli being on the playful side, they'd become very active and helpful during our small group lessons and in beating the amazing race challenges... Lastly Jira and Raine who are very thoughtful and sweet kids, who never fail to express their genuine kindness to the group unconsciously... I remember during lunch time, where I was late to take my food, I came in our table where almost all the kids are done with their plate, I told them they can go back to the dorm and start packing up their things. Raine almost ready to leave, return to the table and told me, "Teacher, okay ka lang ba dyan? Gusto mo samahan kita" Ohhhh, very heartwarming... that in her young age she already developed concern and thoughtfulness to others.

I'm very blessed that the Lord gave me this extraordinary adventure... our encounter with them may only took a short time, but I do hope and pray that the seeds that we planted in their heart will be nurtured and grow making them the person that the Lord wants them to be. God bless you kids!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kid's Camp 2009: SonHarvest @Batangas

3 days, 2 nights, 111 kid campers and 34 workers... whoooww!?

Seems purely statistics huh, but in these numbers hide the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord in our recent summer kid's camp ->> SonHarvest @Hacienda Darasa, Tanauan, Batangas last April 24-26, 2009.

Indeed the Lord never fails to WOW us... Our ministry prayed for 80 campers only, considering the financial downfall we're experienced today in the country, but God gave us 111 cheerful, amiable, active, diverse and interesting kids.

Quoting from the bible in Matthew 9:37(New International Version),
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."

But in spite of worker's bounded headcount of 34(11 teachers, 14 youth and 9 adult volunteer), the grace of God is infinite and immeasurable for He sustains and strengthens us to accomplish this 3 day, 2 night agile event, where teachers and workers need to rise&shine at 5:00am for the devotion and lights off at 11:00pm after huddle.

I was just so blessed with our youth volunteers who does not rant or complain, but in their exhaustion generously give their service to this ministry. God bless you guys! You'll never know how your sacrifices can affect the lives of the kids that you're ministering...