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!!!

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!

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.

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”.


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

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

Overwhelmed - Hillsong

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.

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