Saturday, June 27, 2015

Five Things I Learned from Jurassic World

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Our team got the chance to watch the dinosaur sequel Jurassic World last week as post birthday celebration of one of our team mates. While I don't recommend taking almost front-row seats(2nd to be exact) of a 3D cinema, the movie is highly commendable. It gave justice to almost having a stiff neck after sitting for more than 2 hours right next to a big screen.
No wonder this epic adventure film hit the box office earning almost $1 billion worldwide in just two weeks.

Far from a sequel but more of a re-make of Jurassic Park(this is just me) - almost the same plot with different characters, except for Geneticist Dr Henry Wu played by BD Wong. Well at least the cast is something new in the movie. Christ Pratt delivered an amazing job in his role as Owen Grady, a Dinosaur researcher hunk who study the behavior of Velociraptors in the theme park.

Here are my take-away from this exciting, high impact and action-filled Dino film.

1. "The key to a happy life is to accept you are never in control." --Simon Masrani
Whether you admit it or not, we are all control freaks in real life. Life is not to be controlled, life is to be lived. Sometimes, learning to let go can be the most liberating thing you can do. Let go of your worries. Release all your frustrations. Free yourself from all your insecurities. Accept your weakness but work on it.

2. "They're dinosaurs. That's WOW enough." --Owen Grady
Oftentimes we are way looking for the newest, most popular and the greatest thing in life to fascinate us, that we tend to overlook the seemingly insignificant surprises right before our eyes. Being able to walk or run. Getting a good night sleep. Your wife who loves preparing your breakfast. Being able to wake up each morning. Having a family to go home to. Living vigorously. Meeting new friends and finding real ones. These are all WOW enough to keep us excited in life.      

3. "Jurassic World exists to remind us how very small we are. How new. You can't put a price on that". --Simon Masrani
The world is not all about you and me. We live in a complex community of interconnected organisms in this planet, that includes living and non-living components of our environment. So never ever think that you are way better or important compared to anyone or anything else.

4. "I'm gonna protect you, no matter what happens, I promise." --Zach to Gray
Family is everything. We do our best to protect their best interest, the best way we can, because they deserve the best.

5. "It's not about control, it's a relationship based on respect." --Owen Grady
Attempting to manipulate things, circumstances or people around you is a risky business. A company brand is like a reputation of a person, before it became popular, you never impose the brand, you earn the respect of your customers by working hard on it. Similarly in real life, if you want other people to respect you, earn it and return the respect that is due to them as well.

Finally, I cannot end this post without complimenting Bryce Dallas Howard also known as Claire Dearing, the alpha female operations manager of Jurassic World and workaholic aunt of Zach and Gray. Claire is no doubt a kick-ass feminist icon who never once took off her nude pumps the whole time. That to me is remarkable strength with grace and elegance :D

Test Engineering team (left to right)
(back) Ronald, Shripathi, Rohan,
(front) Jasper, me and Akhila

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Tatay

Some dads were friendly. Not like my Tatay. When I was a kid I used to think that you are an unapproachable man as I rarely see you smile. I realized you are so busy working hard for the family that you have given all your day's energy providing for us.

Some dads were cheerful. Not like my Tatay. During teenage years I find you very strict and hard to please. Then I realize you want me to pursue excellence in all forms. You have prepared me by raising the bar of expectation one notch higher so I will work harder.

Some dads were loose. Not like my Tatay. When I was in high school, I find you restrictive and kill joy. I realize your tough love is your way of protecting me from making bad choices that I might regret in the future. Now I get it, your rules and judgments are not meant to confine me but to safeguard me so I could enjoy better life.

Some dads were attached. Not like my Tatay. During college days, I find you less engage and even thought you don't care. I realize you wanted me to be independent and this is your way of preparing me to stand on my own and make decisions in life.

Some dads were indeed not like my Tatay, because mine is unique and extraordinary. In fact he's one and only, exclusively made for us. He may disguises himself as a tough, unyielding man in the outside but we already found out about his weakness -- US his family.

One blog post is not enough to describe you as our father but if I am to sum it up in one sentence:
A man of few words but a man of great love in action.

Growing up, we may not have the best things in life just like other kids, but what you provided us is more than the finest of this world. You equip us with the essentials of having a complete, loving and contented family. And the greatest thing that you taught and modeled to us which I am still witnessing up until now, is how you treat and love Nanay the best way you can. Staying together for more than 35 years and counting is the sweetest gesture and most valuable lesson we learn from you.

We love you more than anything in this universe.
We thanked our Heavenly Father for blessing us with the most selfless earthly father in the whole wide world.
We can never thank you enough.

Monday, June 15, 2015

12 Things I Learned from Badminton Tournament

1. Showing up is already winning half of the battle.

2. Stretch before the game. You'll thank yourself after.

3. Communicate with your partner. You are not a one man team unless you're playing singles match. 

4. You can only do your best. Even if you lose, if you know you've given your best you're still a winner.

5. It's okay to lose as long as you lose to someone way better than you. If you are playing with the finest opponents, take heart and make it a challenge to enhance your badminton skills. 
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

6. Enjoy the game. This is the best strategy you and your partner can employ together.

7. Finish well. Even if you are in the losing side and the scores are way too far to catch up, play until the last tick of shot clock. (Ooopps why am I talking basketball here..)

8. Stop comparing yourself with other players. Your greatest opponent is yourself. 

9. Practice does not make you perfect. Practice makes permanent. So practice by unlearning your old tricks that does not work and learn new techniques that will make you a better athlete. Know your weak points, work it out for improvement.

10. Always thank the umpire and the line judge at the end of the game. 

11. Winning is not everything, the same thing with losing.

12. You may lose in the game but you can win friends, or win both! Tournaments are good avenue to bridge the line between being colleagues to being friends. Grow your network and build good relationships with others.

You are not unbreakable. 
And it's totally fine to feel broken sometimes, as long as you make a decision not to remain to be one. So even if you lose, just hold your racket and keep smashing.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Music: Flashlight

Not only because I enjoyed watching the movie Pitch Perfect, this pop ballad song from Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack sung by the powerful vocals of Jessie J is now my new last-song-syndrome(LSS). Plus the lyrics were neat and emotional, written by no other than Sam Smith and Sia. What a powerhouse cast, how can you not love this song?

When tomorrow comes
I'll be on my own
Feeling frightened of
The things that I don't know
When tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes

And though the road is long
I look up to the sky
And In the dark I found, I stop and I won’t fly
And I sing along, I sing along, then I sing along

I got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight
You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Can’t stop my heart when you shinin’ in my eyes
I can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight
You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Cause you're my flash light
You're my flash light, you're my flash light

I see the shadows long beneath the mountain top
I'm not the afraid when the rain won't stop
Cause you light the way
You light the way, you light the way

I got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight
You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Can’t stop my heart when you shinin’ in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight

You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Cause you're my flash light
You're my flash light light light, you're my flash light light light You're my flash light light light light light ohhh
I got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight
You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Can’t stop my heart when you shinin’ in my eyes (shinin in my eyes)
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
I'm stuck in the dark but you're my flashlight (you're my flashlight)
You're gettin’ me, gettin’ me through the night
Cause you're my flash light
You're my flash light, you're my flash light
You're my flash light light light
You're my flash light light light
You're my flashlight

Monday, June 8, 2015

CCF: A Slave to the Law of Sin

(Romans 7:14-25)

by Pastor Caloy

Are there moments in your life that you find yourself having good intentions but still ending up in bad situations? You want to do the right thing but you end up committing the same mistakes. Yes it's frustrating, oftentimes we blame it to the Law that seems to be restricting us. The truth is the Law is perfect and holy, it points out that we are unholy and it recognizes that we are sinful. The real problem is the heart of man. While non believers may not recognize that they are in bondage of sin, Christian may know but can still be sinning. Because we are all human flesh and therefore subject to sin.

There are three horrors to experiencing sin's stronghold.

It baffles your brain. Before knowing Jesus, the things that we do before doesn't bother us, but the moment we receive Him in our lives, we become sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit whenever we do things that are not pleasing to Him.
For that which I am doing, I do not understand…” (v.15a)
It whips your will. There is a fine line between doing and practicing. We all make a mistakes sometimes(DOING) But if we are not careful, the progression of doing becomes a practice and may shape our character. The moment we are in bondage to sin, our will has no power to save us, not determination, not positive thinking nor best effort.
I’m not practicing what I wish… I’m doing what I hate… I’m doing what I do not wish” (v. 15b-16a)

It hijacks your house. Sin indwells every person.
So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin indwells me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh… But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me” (vv. 17-18a; 20)
Knowing all the horrors of SIN, the good news is there are hints and way to break its stronghold in our lives.

Recognize a residual tyrant. As new creation of Christ, we need to be aware that we'll have hangover from the past. While we can survive sin, we are not suppose to make it reign in our lives.
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good (v. 21).

Reckon a real transformation. You may not be perfect right now, but you are renewed by the Holy Spirit day by day. Be patient with yourself, just life how God is patient with you.
For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man (v.22)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Cor 4:16
Respect a relentless tension. We belong in two ages, the present with all its sinfulness and the future with the coming of Jesus Christ. It is fundamental to understand that although we live in the present days, sin is not the definer of our lives, because the time is near, until the coming of Jesus Christ when Satan will be defeated.
But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members (v. 23)

Respond with a resounding triumph. Jesus Christ is our redemption. He is the only way to restore us from sinfulness. While it is true that dilemma is real, we take courage because deliverance is also sure for those who believes in Him.
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin (v. 24).

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. --Galatians 5:24

Sometimes the hunger of pleasure is so rich that we ignore its danger. What we need in our lives is a greater passion that transcends all other passions that we have – that is a growing relationship with Jesus that can dominate any hunger of this world.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Singapore: 28th SEA Games 2015

After 22 years, Southeast Asian Games is returning to Singapore as the hosting nation. It has been a grand, colorful and festive opening ceremony last Friday, June 5, 2015 at Singapore National Stadium with a theme "Celebrating the Extraordinary"

The 28th SEA Games happening from June 5-16, 2015 will be extra-special for Singaporeans and a good opportunity to rekindle nationalism as the country celebrates its 50th year of freedom (SG50).

About 7000 athletes from 11 participating nations - Brunei(82), Cambodia(258), Indonesia(526), Laos(194), Malaysia(659), Myanmar(396), Philippines(472), Singapore(748), Thailand(766), Timor-Leste(66) and Vietnam(391) will be competing for the 1327 medals across 402 events in 36 different sports.

This will be fun-packed and super exciting as you go, support and cheer for your delegation. We will definitely be there applauding for the Filipino sports athletes who fight from the heart and give their best for the country #PUSO #LabanPilipnas #TeamPH

Singapore National Stadium at Kallang
Southeast Asian Nation
SEA Games torch with Marina Bay skyline
Singapore national anthem and flag raising
Athlete's Parade: Philippine delegation
Athlete's Parade: Singapore delegation
Act 1: DNA
Act 2: Imagination
Act 4: Sports and the City
Act 5:Singapore in the Stadium
SEA Games Federation Flag and 28th SEA Games Flag Raising
28th Sea Games Torch officially lighted