Monday, January 30, 2017

Basic Korean I Learned from Watching Korean Drama

After marathon-ing the episodes of my latest Korean drama craze for the last three days - Legend of the Blue Sea(LotBS) and Descendants of the Sun(DotS) my Korean vocabulary is slowly progressing. Huh trying to make my CNY long weekend holidays fruitful.

Frequently hearing below words and phrases in these drama series, I'm starting to develop fondness over Korean language. Here are some of the Korean expressions, Korean drama taught me this week:

ne/neh.  Yes
ah-nee-oh.  No 
kam-sah-ham-ni-da.  Formal way of saying Thank you
gomawoyo.  Casual way of saying Thank you
ahn-nyong - Hi / Hello / Bye
ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo.  Hi / Hello / Good morning
jal-jinaeyo.  How are you?
jal-jinae gomawoyo.  I'm fine, thank you.
Araso/Arasoyo.  I understand
Choayo.  Okay 
Kwenchana.  It's Okay 
Kyeo.  Is that so? or Really?
Eottoke.  How? or What to do?
Molla.  Don't know
Un-nie. Female calls older sister
Appa / Abeoji. Father
Eomma / Eomeoni. Mother
Saranghe. I love you

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Descendants of the Sun

After working very hard rehabilitating myself from Korean drama addiction for five years, I'm afraid my labor was in vain. And I blamed it to the charming lead characters and complicated romance between a female cardiothoracic specialist Doctor Kang Mo-Yeon(Song Hye-Kyo) and Captain Yoo Si-Jin(Song Joong-ki) an intense, masculine team leader of an elite special forces in South Korea. This concoction story of medical and military world coming together has made a huge buzz that is worth checking out. From this moment forward I knew I was in trouble. As I could not get my self together watching episodes till four in the morning. Too late to realise I am already hooked in this action, romcom drama series. was an accomplice to this atrocity.

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In spite of the predictable finale of Captain Yoo and Sergeant Seo being alive and reuniting with their girlfriends. Televiewers(me included) will surely miss all the characters - main and supporting ones who made this a high-rating phenomenal Korean television series. From the Haesung Medical services team and people from the hospital, Alpha team members and the Tae bak army, and the all characters in the fictional peace-seeking country of Urk, Wednesdays will never be the same again.     

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Here are the few of the best lines and quotes I love most:

"Let him live. You do your job as a doctor. If we have to kill someone. I will do my job." -- Yoo Si-Jin 

"I cannot change the world, but as long as I can change one person's life it would mean the world to that person." -- Kang Mo-Yeon

"Love compels us to do something other can do by themselves." -- Yoo Si-Jin 

"I believe that life is sanctified, and there is no value or ideology is above it." -- Kang Mo-Yeon

"I do not have the skills to explain the things of the heart." -- Seo Dae Yong

"My principle is that children, beautiful women and the elderly need to be protected." -- Yoo Si-Jin 

"I fight for life. But your fight... is to protect others through death." -- Kang Mo-Yeon

"You can't be happy if you have regrets." -- Seo Dae Yong

"Take ownership of your actions." -- Yoon Myeong Joo

"Don't give up just because you don't know what to do." -- Kang Mo-Yeon

"Do not get hurt. This is an order. Keep that order with your life." -- Yoon Myeong Joo

"Your doctor is not a TV channel. You cannot switch it whenever you want." -- Doc Song Sang Hyun

"Today, every call my superior office made was right, justify and honourable." -- Seo Dae Yong

“Soldiers always live with a shroud on. When they die in a nameless land for the sake of their country, the place of their death become their grave and their uniform become their shroud. This should be every soldiers’ mindset everytime they put down their uniform. Therefore, be honorable at every moment – there’s no reason to fall short” -- Yoo Si-Jin

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CCF: Hang On, Pain Ends (HOPE)

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By Pastor Caloy Pena

Regardless of the what this year will bring us, one of the things that believers of Christ should exhibit in life is JOY. As we face 2017 there are three terrible illnesses in this world that we must effectively cure — Living in the past, complaining about the present and worrying about the future.  

And while it’s possible for a man to live up to 70 days without food, 10 days without water, 6 minutes without air, there is one thing that man is not possible to live without, that is HOPE. Hope is indeed a powerful force, without it you are a powerless person.

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tunic so powerful as expectations of something better tomorrow.” — GK Chesterton

Hope mentioned in the Bible is not wishful thinking. Biblical hope is expecting a guaranteed fulfilment. When God gives a promise and hope to His people, there is something about the future that is certain to happen. One example of hope chronicled in the the Old Testament is the hope of the coming of a Messiah and He did came through Jesus Christ. New Testament offers Christians today same hope that the Messiah will return. This kind of hope is beyond positive thinking. Hope that produces joy in the midst of trial, endurance in the midst of delay and the Godly character in spite of despair. Therefore followers of Christ as we are waiting, can be confident in the future and rejoice in hope.

As we rejoice in hope, it is critical to know the object of our hope. What is it that we are looking to in the future? There are three hope setters that we can learn from the Bible. 

I. Rejoice in hope of the resurrection from dead
“This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.” — Acts 2:32

In Acts 2:25-32, Peter convinced the crowd that Jesus was the Messiah by comparing the death of David and Jesus. When David died, his tomb and remains was with them but when Jesus died his tomb was empty. Another evidence are the prophecies, David predicted it and Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, the hope of the resurrection for all the followers of Jesus is guaranteed.

II. Rejoice in hope of the glory of God
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” — Romans 5:1-2

In this passage Paul delineates what are the benefits of being justified by faith. First we have peace with God because we have been forgiven. Secondly, we have a process of grace, God initiates the grace and therefore we live by grace and not by performance. Finally we have a purpose of glory.

What is the difference of holiness and glory of God? Holiness is to be in a class by Himself in His perfection, greatness and worth. While the glory of God is the manifest beauty of His holiness, the going public of His holiness, to put His holiness on display for people to apprehend it.

III. Rejoice in hope of the body of Christ
“But we brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while — in person, not in spirit — were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. For we wanted to come to you — I Paul, more than once — and yet Satan hindered us. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.” — 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20  

Paul reveals his heart in these passages. Paul exhibits longing for a reunion with his brothers in Christ. He takes pride in how the body of Christ(church) have grown and matured serving the Lord. Therefore we too are to demonstrate love to our brethren today, be transformed and disciple believers.

This new year, what are you looking forward to? When you look forward to something ultimate, it must transform who you are today. A gentle reminder, beware lest you become so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good!

Life is more pleasant when you have something to look forward to.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

High na High sa Tagaytay

This year our family is blessed to spend holidays and celebrate new year countdown in the highlands located south of Manila - Tagaytay. The city welcome us with a cold weather 20 degree Celsius mostly cloudy and little showers.

Arriving past noon in day one, we got ourselves a late lunch in Gerry's Grill and indulge ourselves with Filipino food in a breezy climate with the panoramic view of Taal volcano. That night we anxiously waited for the new year countdown to watch fireworks and feast in our media noche. In spite of the foggy and drizzling new year we are hopeful that the Mighty Sun will surface from the sky the next morning.

Long table at Gerry's Grill
Chilling(literally) with coffee with these lovely ladies
Can't wait for Media noche anymore. Haha attack! 
With the whole gang 😍 
Cheers to 2017!
Praise God for tomorrow is a brighter day, we were able to go as per our itinerary and visit Sky Ranch the next day. Our AirBnB accommodation(Winds Residences) is strategically located 500 meters away from Sky Ranch  which made it accessible for us to take cab or walk all the way.

Sky Ranch here we come!
Conquering our fear of heights in Sky Eye!
Giving them outlet to release their energy. They love the obstacles 😜
Happy feet together.
These two are the apple of my eye in Sky Eye!

During free time, the kids (my nephews and niece) were busy dipping the pool not minding the cold weather.

Before we left Tagaytay, we had our annual family photo shoot, because pictures are worth a thousand memories. Let's go Green Team, let's bolt in!

Mangalo, Castro and Munar kids
Jumping in style! Oh yeah!
Looove everyone in this pic for sure!
Me, Glaiza, Ramia, Raizelle, Tatay and Nanay (we miss you Gem!)
Mangalo Family
Castro Family

With the whole gang - Mangalo and Castro family!
On our way back to Manila trying to beat boredom in the road, we decided to have a sharing. Each one will share what is the best thing that happen to you in 2016, what is the worst thing and what did you learned from it. While everyone has story to tell, what strike me the most is how the kids remembered and sum up the year. My youngest nephew Ramiah, 8 years old shared that the greatest thing for him was everyone was there and that we were together. My oldest nephew, Godwin expressed that the best thing for him this 2016 is that I was able to go home, spend time with them and that he was able to talk to his father(my older brother). Their sweet stories melt my heart.

With their genuine and gentle heart they thought us(adult) what is true valuable in life, that more than anything in this world it is the time spent and your relationship with the ones dear to you matters the most.

Thank you 2016 for all the blessings and the gift of family! Welcoming 2017 with a grateful and expectant heart.

Monday, January 16, 2017

2016: 50 Reasons To Be Thankful!

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"It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy."

While most of us pursue happiness in life, we forgot that one secret to it is being grateful in everything that you have even in the most trivial matters which others see nothing.

As a yearly regimen of exercising my gratefulness here are top 50 things that I am most thankful for the past 2016. Let me know what is yours.

1. US visa approval - multiple entry weee!
2. New Visa sponsored activity - bo-bo-bo-bowling!
3. Vietnam trip with the most beautiful sister I have :D (kasi dalawa lang nman kami hehe)
4. Being able to spend time with my Kuya Gary in Dubai
5. Short stint in UAE and being able to visit 2 of its emirates - Dubai and Abu Dhabi
6. New friends I met during the Holy Land Tour
7. Weekends!
8. Finished reading the Bible by God's grace
9. Efficient airport of Singapore - Changi!
10. CCF live stream every Sunday
11. Free badminton games via Visa Badminton Club
12. Healthy 2016, no sickness, medical cert or hospitalization.
13. Ticking scuba diving from my bucket list :)
14. Being able to see pyramids in person. Egypt!
15. Walking in the paths of Jerusalem where Jesus walked 2000 years ago.
16. Boating in the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm.
17. Safe travels this year
18. Hiking Mount Sinai where God gave the ten commandments to Moses.
19. Finished studying the book of Matthew with our group
20. All the good night sleep :)
21. New friends, colleagues I met this year esp. those who serves as encouragement and inspiration.
22. Financial provision and freedom
23. More water, less soda kinda year for me
24. The joy of blogging and all the blog entries I wrote this year
25. Experiencing holy land tour - Egypt, Israel, Jordan with my dgroup sisters
26. Utilizing my Frisbee more this year
27. Good health for my family especially my dear parents. This is gold!
28. Morning commutes! Clears my mind and give me moment to think.
29. First time in Bali, Indonesia. Unli-massage!
30. Being able to join my first #GlobalHackathon experience in Visa
31. Badminton and Bodysteps weekends
32. Musicals I got to watch this year - Les Mis and Wicked
33. Birthday with Kat who travelled all the way from Manila \o/
34. Running my first full marathon #SCMS2016. Oh yeah!
35. Birthday cakes, surprises from OFFICEmates :D
36. Visa running club who's BIG encouragement during my training.
37. Strength both physical and mental to kick off marathon from my bucket list
38. Comfy bed and new pillows zzzzzzZZZZZ
39. Hitting my blog goals this 2016. Thoughts Brewing were able to published 50++ posts. Yey!
40. Passing Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) exam wooot!
41. Moisturizer, hand creams and lotions!
42. Zero injury, no Medical Certificate(MC) and fast recovery after running marathon
43. CHRISTmas, year-end parties I get to attend this year
44. Presenting "Megumi" my first and new MacBook Pro I got via Visa's Employee Purchase Discount perks. More blogging and writing in 2017.
45. New sports, activities I got to try this year - Scuba diving, surfing, wall climbing, 4x4 drive in sand dunes
46. Volunteer activities and opportunities to give back - CCF Kids Church, writing ministry
47. All the pictures taken this year that captures a thousand worth of memories
48. #invest-in-experiences-not-things adventures this year
49. Water bottles, keeps me hydrated in the office
50. #DBS online banking and remittance services! Makes our OFW lives so much easier.