Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CCF: A CHRISTmas Dream

The last few verses of Romans gives us a glimpse of how God pursues us to be able to understand and appreciate the message of this book. As Christians we are not limited to knowing and believing the Gospel but we are to demonstrate how our relationship with God has impacted our lives and the lives of people around us. The only Gospel that has the transforming power that can turn a ruthless murderer to a saint all by God's grace.

Apostle Paul recognizes that righteousness comes from God and not from us.

Chapter 1 – Paul was not ashamed to share the gospel
Chapter 2 – Salvation through gospel
Chapter 3 – Everyone has sinned

Through these passages we realize we are hopeless for all failed in God's standard, however God made His righteousness available to everyone through His son Jesus Christ. Everyone who puts his faith in Him and not through their good works, so that no one can boast. For God's righteousness is God's gift to those who choose to believe.

What God has given us:
1.    New life in Christ (6:2-6)
           Sins power is broken
2.    New nature (6:5-11)
           We are now dead to sin and alive to
3.    New freedom (6:12-16)
           We are no longer slaves to sin
           We are free from the bondage of sin

As Christians the hope that we have in Christ gives us a perspective that God will always have our best interests even in tough times. Because every suffering produces perseverance, endurance and hope.

Our assurance in Christ
1.    Assurance that God work for our good (8:28)
2.    Assurance that we were chosen by God and will one day see Him face-to-face (8:29-30)
3.    Assurance that God is for us and not against us (8:31)
4.    Assurance that nothing, either in heaver on on earth can separate us from the love of God (8:38-39)

“The good news of Jesus Christ is intended to transform a person’s life… and until individual Christians own and live out the theology, the gospel has not accomplished its purpose.” -- N.I.V.A.C.

Chapter 12 – Relationship with ourselves and others
Chapter 13 – Relationship with authorities
Chapter 14 - 15 – A Plea for Unity
Chapter 16 – The Letter Closing

Our faith in Christ affects every area of our lives… From our relationship with our family, to our brethren, to those outside the church… to the governing authorities…

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. –Rom 12:1-2 (NASB)

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Eight Things I Learned from Miss Universe 2015

Today is a happy day for the Philippines and so is the world, the universe rather :) Because one true winning moment is when you gain something out of the situation.

1.  Owning up to your mistakes can be the most responsible and courageous act you can do in your life. Yes Steve Harvey made a major mixed up when he announced Miss Colombia as the winner but I respect him for making an apology, moments after he realised he made a mistake and took responsibility to rectify the event.

2. Awkward moment does happen and there are few gifted people who can handle them with grace and poise. They are called women.

3. Move on.
People make mistakes which can be huge, controversial and irrevocable. But liberation starts from forgiveness, Steve Harvey don't deserve the blame, Miss Colombia don't deserve the shame and Miss Philippines don't deserve the memes. Let's all move on and give Miss Philippines the winning moment she deserves.

4. Never give up.
Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach joined Binibining Pilipinas for three consecutive years. Year 2013, when she won 1st runner up, 2014 she was part of the Top 15 finalist and finally in 2015 she bagged Bb Pilipinas - Universe which eventually led her to be the Miss Universe 2015.

5. You don't need a crown to be the winner.
Every candidate is already a winner. They came to Vegas empty handed, leaving the pageant full of experiences, new friends and more confident beauty queen.

6. Mistakes can be the defining moment that will change your life.

7. It takes a real Queen to accept defeat.

8. You too can be confidently beautiful with a heart :)
Anyone can be beautiful and confident but a genuine heart makes a huge distinction.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Music: Geronimo

The newest addition to my running playlist and the latest LSS playing in my head for the past few days now. Thanks to Sheppard band for this upbeat and fun song!

Can you feel it?
Now it's coming back we can steal it
If we bridge this gap,
I can see you
Through the curtains of the waterfall

When I lost it,
Yeah you held my hand,
But I tossed it,
Didn't understand,
You were waiting,
As I dove into the waterfall

So say Geronimo!
Say Geronimo! 6x
Can you feel my love?
Bombs away, 3x
Can you feel (my love, my love, my love, my love, my love) my love?
Bombs away, 3x
Say Geronimo!

Well we rushed it,
Moving away too fast
That we crushed it,
But it's in the past
We can make this leap,
Through the curtains of the waterfall

Repeat Chorus

Well I'm just a boy,
With a broken toy,
All lost and coy,
(At the curtains of the waterfall)
So it's here I stand,
As a broken man,
But I've found my friend,
At the curtains of the waterfall

Now I'm falling down,
Through the crashing sound
And you've come around,
At the curtains of the waterfall
And you rushed to me,
And it sets us free
So I fall to my knees,
(At the curtains of the waterfall)

So say Geronimo!
Say Geronimo! 11x
Bombs away 3x
Say Geronimo!
Make this leap 4x
Can you feel my love?

Miss Philippines Crowned Miss Universe 2015!

Hurray!!! After 41 long years of waiting for the Miss Universe crown which had been elusive to Miss Philippines candidates. Finally! 2015 is the turning point for all Filipinos who have been aspiring to witness once again a Filipina crowned to be the most beautiful woman in the whole universe.

The major mix-up of announcing the winner between Columbia and Philippines made this year's Miss Universe pageant extra memorable to Filipinos. We couldn't be more prouder of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for showing the elegance, heart and confidence of a true Filipina beauty.

"To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, rather the universe -- that I am confidently beautiful with a heart."  -- Pia Wurtzbach

Love how the crown gems matches her royal blue evening gown!
Image courtesy of Twitter

Monday, November 16, 2015

10 Things Women Should Already Know in their Thirties

Image courtesy of www.ipgbook.com
When I was in my late 20's I have mixed emotions -- excited, anxious, uncertain -- trying to imagine crossing the line towards big 3-0. My heart cannot comprehend how do you say goodbye to exciting and vibrant 20's and transition to mature 30's? But science has proven, this is something we all cannot escape.

By experience, hitting that mark is not that bad at all. I eventually realize my 30's developed that confidence and provided freedom my 20's failed to serve.  So I am paying forward to all the 30-something-women-like-me-once-in-their-life who are still struggling, surrender honey! Keep calm and embrace 3-0-something, there so much thing to learn and look forward to.

1. Save like crazy
Independence starts with your finances. Pay all your debts. Set-up an emergency fund. Invest. Live within your means. Stop procrastinating. Most importantly start now!  

2. It's not how many friends you have
As long as you are surrounded by a handful of genuine friends.

3. Be expert in something
"Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life" --Confucius

4. Find happiness inside out
It's not fair to look for happiness from a person or a job or an accomplishment. Happiness should start within you it overflows that you influence those people around you with your joy.

5. Invest in relationships
Relationships pay the best interest rates in the long run.

6. Travel 
To countries you've never been to. To places you only see on postcards. To immerse yourself in culture, arts, people and cuisine.

7. Take care of your health
Get a balanced nutrition. Exercise. Start a skincare routine. Moisturise. Do not miss your annual general check up. Get enough sleep.

8. Stop comparing yourself to others
You are fearfully and wonderfully made, you should know this by heart by now. Learn to love yourself so no one need to. Embrace your imperfections because no one will.

9. Know how to have real fun
So much fun that you miss out the time and don't bother to update your status in Facebook or upload picture in Instagram.

10. Forgive
Yourself and others. This is no longer the time for harbouring grudges. Enough for your excuses and please stop blaming others. You made a mistake, Fine! Everyone does. Learn from it gracefully and move on.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ten Skills Singapore Taught Me

Living in a foreign country different from the culture you grew up challenges your ability to adapt and your capacity to be normal. You will struggle for the first few weeks that can extend through months and years because whether you admit it or not, everything is no longer the usual. But the sooner your body and mind recognize and accept that you are thousand miles away from your accustomed-life and that you just need to make a-new-routine-on-your-new-environment you'll be surprised you will slowly learn to swim with the tide.

But remember, this not-your-typical-life comes along with new experiences, people and learning you pick up along the way. These experiences may not suffice your "normal best" but they will always transform you. For better I hope.

Here are the skills and not-so-skill I harvested in my three plus years stay here in Singapore.

1. Cut a whole roasted chicken. 
We are used to Philippines where roasting outlets chops the chicken for you saving you all the hassle of knife. Imagine how do you consume a whole roasted chicken especially if you are alone. In Singapore you can buy roasted chicken in local groceries like Fairprice and Cold Storage way cheaper than in kopitiam but you need to call your friend Google to help you do the chopping step by step.  
2. Make a bake and no-bake a cheesecake.
Friends and colleague's birthdays are opportunities to practice baking skill. Way cheaper than buying ready made cakes plus you're incorporating a personal touch to home-made cakes making them priceless.
3. Learn yoga poses and routines.
For some time yoga mats became my buddy.
4. Train and run half marathon.
Running my first ever half marathon this December with Standard Chartered.
5. Organize DIY parties that looks professionally made.
With Dgroup's full support and cooperation we were able to pull off few DIY parties, this made us excited for the coming events.
6. Eat alone in kopitiam. 
While I felt miserable when eating alone in public, well that's part of my past now, somehow I got used to it. My present tells me, more than feeling gloomy when eating by myself, I eat anyways because I need to. I have to.
7. Peel a whole pineapple.
Because I needed to make my first edible fruit bouquet for a friend of mine, I need to learn to peel a whole pineapple in case the design will require of it. Practice makes perfect.
8. Skillfully pack items inside travel luggage. 
Yes this is a life skill especially if you travel often.
9. Distract myself from boredom.
I need to be creative otherwise boredom will make an alliance with loneliness to tear me apart and take away my sanity. Baking, cooking, colouring, running, blogging, badminton, gym are some of the casualties of my do-something feat.
10. Love pasta dishes.
Learned to love pasta because it's fast to prepare, versatile and very practical. I learn to find it fascinating to experiment with different pasta shapes and sizes with diverse pasta sauces.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Movie: Heneral Luna

After avoiding watching Philippine movie in big screen for the past five years plus because I find it a waste of money and time, Heneral Luna brought me back to the dark alleys of local movie houses. Being able to catch the film in SM cinemas after move than 2 months since the release dates(September 9, 2015) is one of the best birthday gift I got when I went home last November. Plus I got to watch this with my folks who by the way haven't watch a movie longer than I did. I would say it runs in the family :)

Heneral Luna directed by Jerrold Tarog, produced by Artikulo Uno Productions is a historical biography film exhibiting the life of General Antonio Luna, probably among the most unappreciated heroes in the Philippine history. Started as Indie film and ended up one of the most sophisticated history film ever released in the Philippines.

John Arcilla was exceptional on bringing General Luna to life, not to mention the cast are not your typical lime-light celebrities but remarkable artists who embody their character.

The movie features Luna's valuable character -- his passion for the country, genius in military force and uncompromising pledge for the independence of Philippines during the American war, including his sharp character that eventually led to his assassination by the same people whom he is supposed to fight with. Luna's tragic death depicts what was wrong and what is still wrong in our country.

Henaral Luna not only reformed the quality of local Philippine movies, it also revolutionized the hearts of the Filipino viewers.

Be part of the revolution!

Quotable quotes:

Heneral Luna: “Negosyo o kalayaan? Bayan o sarili, pumili ka!” 

Mabini: “Nasubukan mo na bang hulihin ang hangin?”

Joven: “Ganyan naman po ang mga Pilipino, palaging inuuna ang pamilya.”
Heneral Luna: “At ‘yan din ang sakit natin. Kaya nating magbuwis ng buhay para sa pamilya, pero para sa isang prinsipyong makabayan?”

Henaral Luna: “Mga kapatid mayroon tayong mas malaki kaaway kaysa mga Amerikano – ang ating sarili.”

Isabel: “Wala na tayong panahon sa mga bagay na hindi natin kayang panindigan.”

Heneral Luna: “Ang taong may damdamin ay hindi alipin.”

Joven: “Kung panaginip lamang ang umasa sa pag-unlad, managinip tayo hanggang sa kamatayan.”

Dona Laureana Luna: "Walang nakaaangat sa batas.”

Heneral Luna: "Artikulo Uno: Ang hindi sumunod sa utos ng Punong Heneral ay tatanggalan ng rango at ipapapatay ng walang paglilitis sa hukuman ng militar."

Rusca: “Ang hindi ko maintindihan — Bakit kailangang patayin ng Pilipino and kapwa Pilipino”

Heneral Luna: “Mas magandang mamatay sa digmaan kaysa magpasakop sa dayuhan.” 

Isabel: Giyera ang asawa mo. Ako ang kabit.
Heneral Luna: Hindi ko asawa ang gera. Krus ko siya. 

Heneral Luna: "Isinusuka ko ang digmaan, Joven, pero ang kompromiso, wala ba tayong karapatang mabuhay nang malaya?"

Heneral Luna: "Mas madali pang pagkasunduin ang langit at lupa kaysa dalawang Pilipino tungkol sa kahit na anong bagay."

Heneral Luna: "Mas mahalaga ang papel natin sa digmaan kaysa sa anumang nararamdaman natin sa isa't isa." 

Heneral Luna: "Alam ng mga Amerikano kung bakit natin ipinaglalaban ang ating kasarinlan dahil buong tapang at buong bangis rin nilang ipinaglaban ang sa kanila. Iba ba tayo sa kanila? Wala ba tayong karapatang mabuhay nang malaya?" - 

Joven: Natatakot ba kayong mamatay Heneral? Yung parang halos nanganganib ang inyong buhay.
Heneral Luna: Sa gera? Hindi. Pero ang mamatay para sa prinsipyo. Oo. 

Heneral Luna: "Marami ang makabayan. Marami ang pwedeng magsabi na makabayan sila. Pero iilan lang ang tunay na makabayan na handang ibuwis ang kanilang buhay para sa kanilang bayan."

Heneral Luna: “Pagod na akong mag-Ingles. Arestuhin na niyo yan. Rapido. Ingles-inglesin mo ko sa bayan ko?! P*nyeta.” 

Buencamino: Mahal ko ang Inang Bayan!
Heneral Luna: Pero hindi sapat para ipaglaban siya o mamatay para sa kanya!

Heneral Luna: "Kung pagpapalaya sa mga traydor ang pakikipolitika, ayokong maging bahagi niyan."

General Elwell Otis:  “You killed the only real general you have”

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Eleven Things I Learned from Running

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As I am preparing for my first half-marathon race on December 6 at the Standard Chartered Marathon here in Singapore, running has given me enough time to train and think in between.

Here are the ten things I learned and benefits I got from running during months of training.

1. Plan and prepare for the race
An athlete who fails to plan, plans to fail. You don't just wake up one day and tell yourself you want to run a marathon, then run for it. You are heading to disaster my friend, and even if you find a way to struggle through the finish line, wait till the next day, when your body screams at you with all the muscle pain and injuries.

2. Proper breathing matters
Never under estimate the power of breathing, this will keep you through the race. Breathing deeply while running can also relieve the pain of side stitches.

3. Know your pace and keep it
Find your "sweet spot" speed where your body allows you to run long distance in comfort.

4. Move beyond your intentions
Your best intentions will not bring you to finish line, unless you step on that treadmill or path walk and start running. Intentions no matter how good are not enough. Run!

5. Gear up
Grab a comfortable pair of running shoes for everyone's sake. After all you owe it to your feet.

6. Believe in yourself
Four months before I registered for the 21 km run, I knew it would be very difficult but it is possible. And "possible" is enough for me, I'll just  figure out how to solve the "difficult" part within 4 months of training before the race..

7. Straighten up 
Poor running posture, puts excessive force to your lower body that may lead to injury.

8. It's not how you started that matters
Every runner starts at a common starting point but not all make it to the end. You may start fast and strong but that does not guarantee completion. Warm up your body and mind, run comfortably, find your pace and finish well(without injuries please).

9. Work harder
To plan is one thing, execution is another story. That deliberate course of accelerating the speed, increasing distance or work out hours overtime to build up your endurance pays a lot.

10. Sense of direction
Running somehow de-clutters my thought life and gives me a different perspective. Why am I doing this? What really matters? When to stop? Questions that pop in my mind because I am freeing it from its usual worries and concerns.

11. Remove the irrelevant
Taking away the unnecessary load allows you to run freely not just in marathons but also in life. Leave all your grudges, fear and insecurities, these will weight you down. Instead run with hope and perseverance, believing that the finish line is just few steps away.  

Finally if there is single most important thing I learned from running, that is I realized I am blessed. Blessed with two sturdy legs that can take me distance. Blessed with stamina that keeps me going further. Blessed with good amount of discipline to persevere during the training. Blessed with a strong heart that pumps blood and energy to my whole body. Blessed with a vision to look forward to the end knowing that the best is yet to come.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

CCF: A Godly Citizen and A Godly Rebel

Romans 13:1-7
By Matthew Dela Serna

Paul's letter to the Roman church teaches us how a believer of Christ should represent and conduct himself in different aspects:
Romans 12:1-2 > In relation to ourselves
Romans 12: 3-8 > In relation to the church
Romans 12:9-21 > In relation to society
Romans 13:1-7 > In relation to government
Romans 14 > In relation to other believers

Focusing on Romans 13:1-7, Paul reminds Christians why and how we should submit to earthly authorities.
  1. The Rule
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. We are not just to obey or follow command from authorities but as Christians we are to submit or yield out of respect to the government whom God appointed.

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. “ Romans 13:1a

  1. The Reasons
Apostle Paul gives us three reasons why we should have respect for authority. First is theological reason that all authorities under heaven are ordained by God. Secondly, the external reason of consequence that we will endure as the outcome of our rebellious behavior. Lastly, is the internal reason to have a clear conscience.

For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. ... But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; ... Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Romans 13:1b-6

Whenever we violate our conscience we hinder our fellowship with God and our service, to Him and to others. A violated, guilty, conscience makes us less sensitive to sin and more vulnerable to error

Acts 24:16 - In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
  1. The Exception to the Rule
There are times when we rightly defy government-approved authorities who tried to impose ungodly policies contradicting God’s commands.
In other words, God allows us to be godly rebels in few occasions.
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.
But when a believer feels he should disobey his government, he must be sure it is not because the government has denied him his rights, but because it has denied him God’s rights.
In conclusion, every Christian should be a godly citizen – good and involved citizen. That’s our calling. We need to be the salt and light in our country and we need to teach our children about that. The Lord commands us to submit to God as well as to earthly authorities. Submission to God is always the right thing to do. Submitting to the government is usually right and good. Sometimes disobedience toward human authority is justified when that authority attempts to force us to disobey God.
Let us choose to respect authority as commanded by God because no matter who seats in the government, God will remain established in His throne. He will always be in full control of everything and have the best interest for His children.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dear Blank, Please Blank (Part 4)

Here's the latest set of my #dearbankpleaseblank entries.

Dear colleague,
Mobile tester ka na din pla?!
Sincerely, Maghapon ka kasing nagchecheck ng mobile phone mo eh.

Dear Starhub answering machine,
Buti pa ang number engaged.
Sincerely, The telephone number you dialed is engaged at the moment.

Dear 30 or 40 year old boys,
Whose priority are video games, clubbing, big-boy-toys and your friends.
Sincerely, Grow up.

Dear future husband,
I give up worrying. I'll just wear a zealous heart and put on my best dress.
Find me soon.

Dear Uncle,
Who took time and effort to push the door. You're my hero!
Thankful commuter sandwiched between closing doors of MRT.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Movie: Like Stars on Earth, Every Child is Special

Starring, directed and produced by my favorite Indian actor of all time, Aamir Khan, "Like Stars on Earth" features the life and frustrations of an eight year old boy named Ishaan Awashti (Darsheel Safary), who is artistically talented but struggles to live a normal life and hardly survive in a regular school because of dyslexia. And how his life turned around when he met his art teacher Nikhumbh (Aamir Khan) who happens to have dyslexia as well but strive out of it. The movie is a certified heart-breaker, eye-opener and genuinely inspirational.

Here are some of the quotes I loved in the movie:

Every child has his own capabilities, his own desires, his own dreams.

To show you that there have been such gems amongst us who have change the course of the world because they could look at the world differently. their thinking was out of the box and not everyone understood them. They were ridiculed. But despite that, they persevered and the world applauded them.

But every child has his own talent.

If you want to win competitions, then breed race horses damn it! Don't have kids!

Who wants a cynic who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing?  --Oscar Wilde

Knowledge is knowledge, oral or written.

Caring. It's very important, Mr Awasthi. It has the power to heal. Like a balm that soothes pain. The child feels reassured that someone cared for him. An occasional hug, a loving kiss. Just to show that I really care. 'My child, I love you. If you have any troubles, come to me. So what if you slipped, messed up? I'm there for you.' That's assurance. Caring.

Story of the Solomon Islands
On the Solomon islands, when the tribes need to clear the jungle to make way for their fields, they don't cut down the trees, they simply gather and collect around it, and hurl abuses at the tree, they curse it. Slowly but surely, after some days the tress begins to wither. It dies on its own.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Visa: #NotATourist Experience

Gastronomic adventure to the land of flavor and spice #notatourist
More than tropical beaches, royal palaces and Buddha temples, the Kingdom of Thailand gave me an unforgettable food safari experience where my taste palate gets to party with wide array of Thai flavors -  sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. Visiting Bangkok for me equates to indulging in harmoniously combined dishes from fresh ingredients bursting with balanced flavor, robust aromatic blend with superb "hot" factor that is at the same time friendly to your pocket. 
Simply because authentic Thai food can be soo spicey but does not have to be soo pricey. 

#RockandRoll to Cambodia! #notatourist
When life pushes you around, learn to be steadfast like these rocks from Siem Reap – resilient, still and grounded. Because you are #notatourist, you are life’s apprentice.   

Travel + Family = Making memories that lasts Forever.
Enjoying the summer capital of the Philippines – Baguio, because everytime you travel with family, you are #notatourist. Wherever you are, as long as you're together, you are home

These are my #notatourist experiences.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Malaysia: Cameron Highlands

Long weekends are meant to travel and relax, hence we found ourselves braving the 10-12 hours road trip spanning at least 563 km from Singapore to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Its name was derived from Sir William Cameron, a British surveyor who discovered the place in 1885.

Having almost the same land area of 712 sq km like Singapore, stationed at about 1500 meters above sea level, Cameron is a greenery kingdom that offers cold temperature from 15-25 degree Celsius, you might fail to recognize you are in a tropical country.  

Our three days, two nights stay is packed with local agricultural tourism, food pleasure, relaxation and purely enjoying God's amazing creation.

Thanks to Belle who found a great deal including return couch transport with Konsortium, 2 nights stay at Strawberry Park Resort, 2 day buffet breakfast and 1 complimentary full course dinner smoke set, all for only 197 SGD. Then we just availed tour packages from Titiwangsa travel and tours upon reaching Brinchang town.

They offer several travel packages for you to maximize your stay at the highlands - Leisure, Nature Discovery, Agro Delight and Sunrise Spectacular at a favorable price. We booked the last 3 tours but personally joining Nature Discovery and Agro Delight tours is sufficient to give you full experience of Cameron. But if you are feeling adventurous, you can opt for unguided tours and mountain trekking.

Here are the highlights of the our relaxing nature escapade in this garden of Eden

Accommodation at Strawberry Park Resort alone can make a huge difference if you wish to do stay-cation in this cozy hotel.

But I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss the outdoors in Cameron. My favourite spot was the tea farm. Cameron is the home to the largest tea-growing field in Malaysia. The tea plant(camelia sinensis) covers the lofty hills and mountains of Cameron, giving the tourists a picturesque backdrop for any photo. We visited BOH(Best Of Highlands) plantation which is the largest tea estate in Cameron.

Flower power with the blossoming colors of Chrysanthemum in white and yellow carefully cultivated in the flower garden.

We are also charmed in Cactus Point featuring wide array of thickened, fleshy and drought adaptive plant in different shapes, sizes and colors.  

More than 6500 feet above sea level navigating Mossy Forest boardwalk. Because we are not wearing proper hiking shoes, we opted to pass through the boardwalk, but if you are feat-spirited by all means do the nature trail walk to get a closer look in the forest.

Hydroponic Vegetable Farm. Due to the rising value of land in Cameron, farmers found a way to grow plants without the use of soil. Our guide demonstrated how different plant variety of the same pH level range are cultivated using coconut fiber where the roots of the plants are grown.

Finally a travel without food can be the most boring trip, hence we are treating our guts with cuisine expedition.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Girlie Phone Home!

Being an overseas Filipino worker(OFW) one of the precious things in life that you will be missing is the face to face conversation with your family. Dialogues may sound ordinary but if you are a thousand miles away from home, you'll start to appreciate the seemingly everyday routine and consider it as priceless moments. Simple joys that remind you, you are not alone, never was and never will. A reference point where you can always turn back to, that somewhere across the boundless blue seas, someone cares and thinks of you. Hearing their voices is like a sanctuary that gets you through another day or week or months in this country. Thanks to technology like Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp for making distance easier to bear by allowing people to connect freely anytime, anywhere.

Here's some of the funniest and heartiest phone conversation I had with my loved ones back home which are worth remembering.

conversation with seven yo nephew:
Ramiah: Tita, wala na po akong relo.
(Auntie, I don't have watch anymore)
Girlie:(Kinabahan, baka magpabili ng relo) Oh bakit?
(A bit worried that he might ask for a new watch) Oh Why?
Ramiah: Eh kasi po lahat ng oras ko binigay ko na sayo!
(Because I already gave all my time to you)
Girlie: Auhhhh (Such a sweet kid, want to hug you right now)

conversation with mom/Nanay:
Nanay: Anak, bumili pala kami ng lupa, Kinash na namin.
(Sweetheart, we bought a land and paid it in cash)
Girlie: Wow! San kayo kumuha ng pera?
(Wow! Where did you get the money?)
Nanay: Pinapalit na namin lahat ng SGD na binigay mo.
(We exchange all SGD bills that you gave us.)
Girlie: Okay, saang lupa?
(Okay, which land?)
Nanay: Sa St. Michael's Memorial place
(In St. Michael's Memorial place)
Girlie: Ohhh (Memorial lot pala LOL in my mind) Okay yan Nay, practical!
(Ohhh (memorial place LOL in mind) that's good mom, you're being practical!)

Looking forward to more candid and crazy dialogues with these guys who I love and miss big time. :D