Thursday, December 2, 2010

Salamat salamat

Kung aking mamasdan
Ang kalawakan
Hindi ko maunawaan
Ang Iyong dahilan
Kung bakit ako’y
Pinili Mo’t inalagaan

Hindi ko kayang isipin
Hindi ko kayang sukatin
Ang pag-ibig mo Hesus na
Iyong ibinigay sa akin

Salamat Salamat Oh Hesus sa Pag-ibig Mo
Walang ibang nagmamahal sa akin na katulad Mo
Salamat Salamat Oh Hesus sa Pag-ibig Mo
Ako’y magsasaya sa piling Mo.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

B1G 6: Big Switch =)

November 27-29, 2010 @Chateau Royale Nasugbu Batangas

967 participants, 112 workers and volunteers, 179 baptized
All with 1 heart - to be one with God!

I had one of the best weekend in my life, 3 days of fun, learning, sharing, worship and solitude with the Lord.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience God's miracle...

Saved souls!

Recommitted hearts!

Recharged spirits!

Changed lives! =)

All for the glory of God!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

50 Life’s Lessons

Got this list from a friend's email. As note to self, i try to read and ponder one lesson each day... it never fails to cheer me up =)

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living , or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Davao 2010: Philippine Eagle Center

Upon entrance to Davao City Water District (DCWD) watershed, where Philippine Eagle Center is located you'll pay an entrance fee of P5.00/person. Another P50.00/person for adult and P30.00/person for youth (18 yrs and below) as entrance fee at the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Center simulates tropical rain forests environment conducive for the animal habitat and have various collections of plants and colorful flower landscape as well as a man-made fish pond.

PEC is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive-bred. It also houses 10 other species of birds, 4 species of mammals and 2 species of reptiles.

"The Philippine Eagle Foundation is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and its rainforest habitat. Organized in 1987, it had before that time been operating as a project undertaking research, rehabilitation, and captive breeding. "

How to get there?
* By Van
- Take van for hire going to Calinan at Bangkerohan terminal for P40.00/person.
- From Calinan, take a motorcycle for hire going to Malagos where the Philippine Eagle Center is located for P10.00/person.
* By Bus
- Buses going to Calinan depart every 15 minutes from the Annil Terminal located at corner Quirino and San Pedro Extension. Bus fare is P30.
- From Calinan, take a pedicab/motorcycle going to the PEC (P10.00/person)
* By Taxi
A taxi from Davao to the Philippine Eagle Center will cost you around PhP1500 (about 5 hours)

For more information, you could visit their website

Davao 2010: Eden Nature Park & Resort

Experience green... Breathe in nature... and savor freshness throughout this 80 hectares mountain resort popularly known as Eden.

Located 3,000 feet above sea level at Mount Talomo, Toril Davao.

Eden amenities include the amphitheater, the flower garden, hiking trails, mountain ponds, jogging lane, organic vegetable and herb garden, prayer garden, swimming pool, fishing village, campsite & camp huts, horseback riding, playgrounds, vista kiosk, seminar village and family cottages.

We grabbed their guided shuttle tour which helped us explore this 95% man-made park in less than an hour. Highlighting three of their must-see attractions during our stop-overs:

1. Flower Garden
- featuring the amphiteater, rainbow pass and wide variety of flower breeds.

2. Tinubdan
- over 5,000 square meters cultural park that promotes the Mindanaon culture. Derived from the root word “tubod”, meaning spring or origin of water. Tinubdan is the tubod of wisdom – a dynamic tour designed to give viewers glimpse of the customs, traditions, beliefs and the way of life of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

3. Lola's Garden
- with a replica of our native bahay-kubo; lola's garden growing various organic vegetables and spices;

and the Mayumi's wishing well.

To see more of their tour packages visit their website.

How to get there?
1. Ride a jeepney bound for Toril, drop off @Mercury Drug Store.
2. Motorcycles are available for hire at P50-P80 per person to bring you right at the entrance of Eden Nature Park & Resort.

*By Shuttle
Check Eden Sakay na!
They provide shuttle service from Matina Town Square(MTS) at P200 per person during weekends. Shuttle departs at 8:30am and 11:00am from MTS and leaves Eden at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. During weekends, there are special trips where you can rent shuttle at P1500 good for 5 hours.

Davao 2010: Ponce Suites Art Gallery Hotel

Looking for an unconventional way of hotel experience in Davao. Check out Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel located at Corner Road 3 and 4 Doña Vicenta Village, Bajada, Davao. Its strategic location just across Victoria Plaza makes it easy for tourist to explore the city.

During our check-in we were greeted by friendly Maan, Kublai Millan's wife(right) who reviewed our itinerary, suggested routes and other places to visit and even taught us how to reach them by commuting. We learned that they have gigs in one of the bars in Matina Town Square where she performs as a singer. Wow an artist too :)

Outside Ponce are gigantic golden sculptures built around the boundaries of the hotel.

Left: Six ladies inside a gigantic durian fruit; Right: Family tree

Left: Nude woman doing Yoga; Right: Nude man seated in a toilet bowl

The lobby will welcome you with visually stimulating walls, colorful ceiling lights at the reception area and a gigantic wooden sculpture of a man reaching the ceiling light.

Each floor of this three-level gallery hotel has its own story. Every hallway and wall is decorated with rows and columns of canvass, art photos, still life paintings, art pieces made of driftwood, hair, old clothes, nails, steel, glass, paper and all sorts of scrap.

Every art piece that you can see here at Ponce Suites are results of the creativity and genius of Mindanao’s renowned artist Kublai Millan. He is also the man behind the gigantic sculptures you can see inside Peoples's Park and "The Durian" sculpture in the Davao International Airport.

This quirky hotel has 30 fully air-conditioned private rooms, 5 function rooms, townhouses, and 3 café and bars.

Kublai's Cafe at 2nd floor which offers affordable food and drinks in a cozy environment.

Transcend restaurant entrance at the rooftop.

Dining area.

Bar and order area

Ponce Suites boasting for its reasonably-priced accommodation, function house and art gallery... Definitely a must-see for tourists, art enthusiasts and adventurers.

For more details, visit their website

Davao 2010: 4Days, 3Nights Itinerary

Here's our Davao itinerary in capsule:

Day 1: Thursday, October 7, 2010
06:30 am - Arrive @Airport
07:55 am - ETD Manila
09:40 am - ETA Davao
10:00 am - Travel to Hotel
12:00 pm - Lunch
01:00 pm - City Tours
>> San Pedro Cathedral
>> Museo Dabawenyo
>> Lon Wa Buddhist Temple
>> People's Park
>> Shrine Hills
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 2: Friday, October 8, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Nature/Park Tours
>> Eden Nature Park
>> Philippine Eagle Center
>> Davao Crocodile Park
05:00 pm - Go to Bangkerohan Market to buy fruits
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 3: Saturday, October 9, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Samal Island Tour
>> Paradise Island Beach Resort
05:00 pm - Go to Aldevinco Shopping Center to buy pasalubong
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 4: Sunday, October 10, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Travel to Airport
08:30 am - Arrive @Airport
10:10 am - ETD Davao
11:55 am - ETA Manila

For the actual itinerary, details and expenses of our mother and daughter trip to Davao, please see google docs below:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Symptoms of Dengue

Dengue hemorrhagic fever aka Dengue is an acute infectious disease brought about by the Aedes aegypti, a day-biting mosquito. These mosquitoes can be easily distinguished as it is larger in size and have black and white stripes on its body, so it is sometimes called tiger mosquitoes.

Because of the alarming Dengue outbreak here in the Philippines and my experience last week, I decided post a list of early signs of Dengue.

Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. When someone has dengue, he will show the following symptoms, according to the DOH:

* sudden onset of high fever that may last 2 to 7 days
* joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes
* weakness
* skin rashes that usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever
* nosebleeding when fever starts to subside
* abdominal pain
* nausea, vomiting of coffee-colored matter
* loss of appetite
* dark-colored stools

When a person is infected, physical examination may show low blood pressure, skin rashes, sore throat, rapid pulse, swollen glands, and enlarged liver.

The signs to watch for are bleeding which easily causes bruising, blood spots in the skin, spitting of blood, blood in the stool, gum bleeding, and nosebleeding.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Suspect: Dengue

Philippines - THE Department of Health has recorded 77,012 dengue cases from January to September 4, 2010. The DOH also believes that cases could rise to 100,000 before the yearend. :( Such an alarming news... Last week I almost had my share for this outbreak... almost!

September 13, Monday when I had fever and severe cough; Tuesday night I had joint and muscle pain and experienced weakness; Wednesday fever again. So by Thursday, we decided to get a laboratory and have my CBC checked. My platelet was down to 147 which is below the normal count 150 -240++. Suspecting it was dengue, I was admitted right away to monitor my blood and for other symptoms of it. Dextrose was injected in my right hand, X-rays for my productive coughing, CBC test was done every 12 hours, blood pressure and body temperature was monitored ever 3-4 hours. I was advised to drink lots of water and avoid eating dark foods. My platelet count was unstable from 147, 138, 162 and 130. Though for the entire 3 days and 2 nights of my confinement, I never had fever, abdominal pain and bleeding. Finally the doctor released me last September 18, Saturday since they had not seen any more symptoms of Dengue in me. My medical certificate states that I had acute bronchitis and not the suspected dengue. Thanked God!

This circumstance as terrible as it is, taught me a lot. More than knowing "God is in control" by theory, I learned it by the heart and by experiencing it first hand. He taught me humility. I learned to let go and let God, trusting Him fully. God is sovereign... He knows perfectly how to comfort His children... During one of my quiet moments in the hospital, He lead me to Jeremiah, assuring me of His love and comfort.

"I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don't be afraid." --Jeremiah 1:8

"My power will make you strong like a fortress..." --Jeremiah 1:18 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Not to mention the love, concern and prayers of my family, Christian friends, and colleagues that gives me all the reason to get well. God is good! More than physical healing, he made my soul well.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Isip-Bata: Good Job!

One morning at Teacher Kat's nursery class:

Teacher: Everybody get your bags and place it in your boxes.
Kid: (rushed in front of the class) Teacher, teacher including me?
Teacher: Yes , including you...

Kids picked up their bags and one by one placed their stuff on their respective boxes.
Kid: (goes directly to his teacher) Teacher, Teacher, I already placed my bag, Good job? good job? (motioning 2 thumbs up)
Teacher: (Bursting to laugh)Yes , good job!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Running 101 with Coach Rio

Here are my take homes during Running 101 Talk with the running expert himself Coach Rio last July 17 @CCF ;)

Benefits of Running
* weight loss
* improves cardiovascular strength, increases the size of the heart and makes it stronger.
* improves bones and muscle
* slow down aging, skin becomes tighter
* psychological benefits, releases endorphins

Form and Technique
* relax your shoulder
* elbows atleast 90 degree angle
* swing your arms chest level and without crossing your body midline
* open fist
* choose proper foot plant (heel stride, midfoot or tip toes)
* don't over stride
short stride in faster succession is BETTER than long stride in slower succession

Basic Running Drills
* high knee (tip toes)
* butt kick (tip toes, heel touches the butt)
* Russion march (tip toes, lock the knee)
* back pedal (runs backward)
* drift vine / tango (arms raised sidewards, drifts sideways)


* Hydration
- drink 1-2 hours before your workout
- drink every 10-15 minutes during the race
- drink water sport drink during the race

* Safety Injuries
- RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate)
- During side stitch - stop, press your right side abdomen, inhale and exhale hard

Thursday, June 24, 2010

With eyes but cannot see :(

I read this inspiring story from Mr. Francis Kong's profile and just how it moved me, hope it will inspire you as well ;)

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I will marry you."

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?"

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears, and days later wrote a note to her saying: "Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Isip-Bata: Fish

Dave, 7 years old is doing his swimming lesson with his younger brother Daryll, 6 years old. Dave being the older challenges his brother to have a race. Thrilled with the idea, Daryll immediately jumps to his feet and get ready.

On your mark, ready, get set, go! The kids swim as fast as they could aiming to win it. Half way, Dave paddle sideways to reach the poolside and breathe :D while he does this routine several times, Daryll already completed the lap.

As Dave approaches the finish line, gasping he asked his mom. "Mom is Daryll a fish?" :))

Monday, May 24, 2010

Explaining God's Holy Trinity to a child

It has been a big HOW for me to explain to kids the Christian doctrine of the Trinity that teaches the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one God. As an adult Christian, I receptively accepted it, but a mind's child cannot grasp the eminence of the Holy Trinity. They have lots of questions that are hard to break down in their level.

During one of our discipleship group meeting, my leader explained the Trinity to us in a very simple and fascinating way. The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, just like how God created man as stated in Genesis 1:26,
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness ... " (New International Version)

In the same way we humans have body, soul and spirit. Our body that enables us to do physically do the our work here on earth, our spirit that allows us to praise and worship Him and our soul that will remain after death. And though we have this 3 different part in us, we remain one person. Interesting!

If the first explanation is not convincing to you, I hope the second illustration makes the idea crystal clear ;)

She compared the Trinity to an egg which is composed of a shell, egg white and yolk... 3 different parts thats makes up one single egg. Similar to God having three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit... 3 different persons that makes up one single Higher Being.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Circle of Friends

by: Point of Grace

We were made to love and be loved
But the price this world demands
Will cost you far too much
I spent so many lonely years
Just trying to fit in
Now I've found a place in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That every orphaned soul will know
And all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

If you weep, I will weep with you
If you sing for joy
The rest of us will lift our voices too
But no matter what you feel inside
There's no need to pretend
That's the way it is in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That's we'll gather together
No matter how the highway bends
I will not lose this circle of friends

Among the nations, tribes and tongues
We have sisters and brothers
And when we meet in heaven
We will recognize each other
With joy so deep
And love so sweet
Oh, we'll celebrate these friends
And a life that never ends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That it will not be long before
All will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends
That it will not be long before
All will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

I'm amazed how God bring people together, find true friends and enjoy common interests...
Made me realize that no matter how great you are, you can't manage it all by yourself, you definitely need someone to depend on... cause no one stands alone...
Or simply the "No man is an island" quote by John Donne, an English poet and preacher during the 16th century.

Well here are the circle of friends God has gifted me :D

My break-out group during B1G 5 Single's Retreat last 2009
(Me, Mhalyn, Curly, Candy, Kat and Pen)

My Exist QA family - Tropang Gala ng Exist
(Me, Graciel, Hannah, Leslie, Micah, Gene, Bernard and Joseph)

My Latest Dgroup sisters :)
(Mitch, Sheena, Ann, Nayra, Steph, Me, Faith and Abby)

My First Dgroup sisters
(Lynne, Me, Nayra and Coleen)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Halalan 2010

For the record, 10 presidentiables... 8 vice-presidentiables... 61 senatoriables... 187 party list... 1 country... :D

As each of us have our personal reaction slash observation slash comment slash experience in this national election, lemme tell you mine in my own scale...

May 10, 2010, 10:40am started finding my poll precinct in Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, which could have been easier if the school just posted the list of voters in the wall by precinct and made a map of the precinct's location in the school, instead of collating the papers in a table with 3 or 4 people manning it, thus clogging up the information booth. Thanks to my voter's id, for sparring me from rumbling with the crowd. By 11am we found it, just to realize they consolidated 5 precincts in one room having for one PCOS machine. whew! Nevertheless, we piled ourselves up not knowing we are doomed to wait for 2 hours and 20 minutes before finally getting inside the voting room. By 2:20pm, i couldn't say I was lucky to have my ballot ready to be filled out, and believe me it only took me less than 10 minutes to accomplish it and have my ballot fed on the machine. Finally, my vote is casted! At 2:30pm I'm counted as 328 out of the 775 expected voters for the 5 precincts whoa! not even half huh! the BEIs and watchers still have a lot of work to do. I heard they're extended until 7pm to accommodate more voters.

Though we've been hearing rants and wrath amongst our people nationwide, there are also "some" good news to savor. One is the fast counting of the election returns which is way way forward than our previous elections, and second I commend ABS-CBN and GMA 7 who made a remarkable coverage on this national event.

For all Filipinos who voted this May 10 national election... Congratulations! you just made a mark on our country's history for its 1st automated election.

God bless the Philippines!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kid's Camp 2010: Pili-Pino Ako!

April 23-25, 2010 - Kids ages 10-13, housed in a 3-day, 2-night camp were able to learn the essentials of the Lord's prayer, focusing on Matthew 6:9-13(New American Standard Bible):

9 Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]'

Boso-boso Highlands and Convention Center, welcome us with its cool breeze, breath taking view, luscious sceneries of the Sierra Madre mountains and its challenging stairways with 250 steps.

At the end of every lesson kids apply what they've learned by making a prayer note and compiling it in their prayer journals.

With the theme, "Pili-pino Ako: Ang Pagsibol ng Gintong Binhi" highlighting our race as a chosen nation of God, the kids get to enjoy playing our local games or 'Larong Pinoy' like patintero, ubusang lahi, tumbang preso, batuhang bola, agawang panyo and taguan. We were surprised how the kids enjoy it. Some of them even told us that it's their first time to play those games.

The kids also get to join workshops tapping their talents to showcase Filipino culture like sabayang pagbigkas, dulaan, balagtasan, tinikling dance, singing and playing instruments.

And of course the old-time favorite, "Amazing Race" where kids had friendly competition in completing the 7 challenges/task in each station which includes: solving the puzzle of the Lord's prayer then ascending the 250 staircase; obstacle course; human relay; egg hunting with trivia question then descending the staircase again :D ; declamation of "Ako ay Pilipino" and finally memorizing and reciting the camp theme verse Matthew 6:9-13.

"Challenge Night" sealed the camp, where Coach Sharoo(pastor from Bread of Life) delivered the message of salvation and encourage the kids to love their family and our country.

113 campers, 12 teachers called as lakandula/lakambini, 30 workers each one having their personal encounter with the Lord... Thanked God for this amazing experience, all for His glory!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Summer Kid's Camp 2010

An engaging activity your children should not miss this summer... hosted by Sonshine Street, children's ministry of Bread of Life... catering kids ages 10 to 13, to be held at Boso-boso Highlands Hotel and Resort in Antipolo, Rizal.

Save the dates! April 23-25, 2010 :D

Join us, as we all together dig deep into the power of Lord's prayer. \o/