Monday, June 29, 2009

Rest In Peace IE6!

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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.