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...