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/

Hillsong 2010 concert @Araneta

It was a privilege to be part of this event - Touching Heaven Worship Night featuring Darlene Zscheck and the Hillsong worship team @Araneta, April 20, 2010... more than just a concert i prefer to call it a night of praise and worship :D

With all the people in the stadium having one heart in singing to our Living God... Feels like heaven \o/

Below are the list of songs that we sang during this worship night:

Part 1
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
One Way
No Reason To Hide
Inside Out
At The Cross / I Love You Lord
None But Jesus
I Will Exalt You
This Is Our God

Part 2
The Time Has Come
You’ll Come
His Glory Appears
You Hold Me Now
It’s Your Love
Agnus Dei
Mighty To Save
Take It All
Break Free
Tell The World
How Great Is Our God / Shout To The Lord

Truely, t'was a touch from heaven ;) sweet sound!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cable Ski @Batangas

How to get there?
From Ortigas, we take C-5 road bound to Tagaytay with 'some' stop-overs, Shell station along SLEX, StarBucks @Tagaytay, Shell station again @Tagaytay ;)) (No wonder it took us almost 4 hours until we reached our destination) From Tagaytay drive through Nasugbu, Batangas, turn right after the Caltex gas station going through the T-Junction, then turn left to Lian. Sure Lago de Oro's one and only signage that we saw along Lian helped a lot :| It relieves us from the feeling that we're not lost :D

At Lago de Oro, we went straight to the cable ski park only to realize that we need to enlist ourselves and made payment at their registration :| Below are the cable ski rates for walk in guests like us:

1 hour - 460.00
am session - 940.00
pm session - 940.00
am & pm session - 1450.00

We availed their beginner's ticket at 500.00/head. This entitles us to an unlimited cable ski (knee-boarding only) ride until we learn in one round. Prices includes ski equipment and life jacket. Thanked goodness! :D

They also follow a schedule:

am session - 9:30am to 12:30pm
pm session - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Since we arrived @11:30pm, we got enough time to have our lunch in preparation to our wake boarding adventure. Food was so-so and not as delightful as we expect plus the air in the resort was humid. We're like eating our lunch in sauna.

At 1:30pm we return at the cable ski park and blend ourselves in with their 4 hectare ski lake, as we observe how the cable system makes the sport a must-try experience. What does it take to cable ski? Upper body strength, good balance, strong grip to hold the cable bar and lots of guts :D

For beginners, a reading manual on how-to do the cable ski both for knee board and wake board is available. Then we were instructed by a 'kuya' who demonstrated the correct posture of knee-boarding and how to control the cable when you're on water.

We then piled ourselves at the starting point to finally experience the thrill of knee boarding.

Kneel down the board, fasten your knee belt(not too tight so you can easily get out of it once you drop the bar) and hold the cable bar tightly as the rope starts to pull you away. weeeee!

Now let the adventure begin!

Personal tips: When reaching the corner spots, don't let the cable loose by leaning on the opposite direction, which means if you're turning left, lean on the right side. The more slack the robe becomes, the more force it can pull you.

20-30 minute drive from Lago de Oro, is an enchanting garden/restaurant. We were welcomed with hanging vines with different growing plants and trees. So green and refreshing!

We were the only guest when we arrive, so we took pleasure in exploring the place.

Indoor Garden with man-made water falls

Gazeebo ni Lolo Poniong

Hardin ni Lola Doray

Garden chapel with wooden pews and altar.

Hallway and Dining area.

The food is superb and mouth-watering at reasonable price.

Bilao sa Dalampasigan - Pork liempo, boneless daing na bangus, halabos na hipon, baked tahong with kamatis, sibuyas, pipino and bagoong on the side. All in @480.00 ;)

We also had hot and steaming bulalo, sizzling pork sisig, fresh vegetable chopseuy, adobong kangkong which we were not able to take some pictures due to craving ;))

For desserts we indulge our taste buds with halo-halo @75.00

Overall we had a relaxing, nature-friendly and tummy-satisfying experience at Kainan sa Dalampasigan. What a treat!

90's group and company :D ftw! see picture on the right (left-right) standing: Joseph, Carl, Nap, Joel, Nini, Girlie; (seating) Michael, Deng, Marica and Venz