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Friday Prayer Group of Denham Springs.

While I was in my sister’s place in Denham Springs, i had the chance to be the faith sharer in their Friday Prayer Fellowship last July 28

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The Denham Springs Friday Prayer Group (The Holy Family Crusade)

.  The reading was about the Parable of the Sower.

Here it goes…

Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower highlights four different responses to the gospel. The seed is “the word of the kingdom.” The hard ground represents someone who is hardened by sin; he hears but does not understand the Word, and Satan quickly removes the message away, keeping the heart dull and preventing the Word from making an impression. The stony ground pictures a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed, and when trouble arises, his so-called faith quickly disappears. The thorny ground depicts one who seems to receive the Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures, and lusts; the things of this world take his time and attention away from the Word, and he ends up having no time for it. The good ground portrays the one who hears, understands, and receives the Word—and then allows the Word to accomplish its result in his life. The man represented by the “good ground” is the only one of the four who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is fruit (Matthew 3:7-8; 7:15-20).

To summarize the point of the Parable of the Sower: “A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.”

I would like to relate this gospel message to my experience here in the US. I find it very timely because we’re about to conclude our visit/stay here and it’s just proper that I would share what was the experience like. For almost 2 months that I’ve been here.. there were a lot of discoveries, aha! moments, bloopers, experiences that made me feel that there’s still a lot to discover and experience. There were also uncomfortable moments. But I cannot just let these past 2 months pass without making the most of my stay here. I have to prepare my heart, mind – my whole self to be ready with what  I’m about to experience here. It’s not that easy because I have my job, family back in Davao, husband, 3 kids. But what can I do? I cannot just wallow and not make the most of my time here. So I decided to travel to the east, northeast, the west. I’ve met with old friends and family. And I have this anthem with me:

Heart don’t fail me now

Courage don’t desert me

Don’t turn back now that we’re here

People always say

Life is full of choices

No one ever mentions fear

Or how the world can seem so vast….

This whole travel experience taught me lessons I wouldn’t learn inside the classroom. It made me humbled in so many ways. It made realize there’s still a lot that I need to learn.

Going back to the gospel, if I didn’t prepare myself to receive this new phase of my life, if I didn’t allow myself to embrace this whole new experience, if I allowed fear to overpower me, If i didn’t allow people to help me and encourage me, if I had closed my mind and heart to every new things around me; i wouldn’t have made the most of my stay here. A great blessing and grace that the Lord has given me through my sister Melissa and her family. With that, I am grateful.

To conclude:

May our faith in the Lord and our lives exemplify the “good soil” in the Parable of the Sower. Amen.

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Tacloban the Second Time Around

Thanks to Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Legazpi, Albay that we decided to go on a road trip last April.  The trip would mean passing by the provinces of Agusan and Surigao then crossing to reach the island of Leyte. It was a happy thought that three years after I would be taken back to Tacloban City, at least, before reaching our final destination.

 

 

 

Well, it has a changed a lot. There were new structures and renovations done. We stayed in the same place where I stayed three years ago.  I got to reminisce the place that way it was before and I was glad that  I am making another happy memory, but this time, with my kids around.  We dropped by Mc Arthur’s Park, the Cathedral, Provincial Capitol and got to taste their local cuisine.  We had a romantic departure from Leyte because it was sunset when we crossed the San Juanico Bridge and the view was just awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Mac Arthur Landing Memorial in Palo, Leyte

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We pay homage to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Sto. Niño Church, Tacloban

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The view from here is just breathtaking. 

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The Longing to Write Again

I got to think what has happened to me in 2012 and 2013 that I was able to write my thoughts and feelings then.   For months or years now I wanted to write again. There have been a lot of significant events, and I must say it’s worth documenting.  There have been bursts of emotions, roller coaster rides, travels, milestones, change of priorities, etc.

Last Mother’s Day, my firstborn posted something on Facebook, and I can see that he can write well. I didn’t expect he can already think deeply and able to put in words his thoughts and feelings. I may have forgotten that he’s already fifteen. Father’s Day came, and he showed again what he could do in writing. Maybe I was inspired by his recent posts that i find the longing to write again.

Miko’s Father’s Day Facebook post.

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My firstborn’s Mother’s Day Facebook post.

 

Well, there are a lot of things in my mind. As in, a lot! But there’s one that gives me a different kind of feeling especially when i read my previous blog about Tacloban. So, I think, I will do first about the road trip we had last April.

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Summer Office Essential

Time to refresh the Office Dress Code This Summer!
As summer heats up, we don’t have to cover up to keep it office – appropriate, especially when we make smart switches to lightweight fabrics, bright colors and breezy silhouettes that get the job done without compromising on style or comfort.
Below are 7 office-style game changers to shake up our 8 to 4 dressing routine in the best way possible. Think printed pants, boxy modern tops and a cool new carryall to take us right into the conference room or testing room in style. 

 Source: weworewhat 

 Pastels and Neutrals

 

   

 

 

 Florals 

   

 

Splash of Color

   

 

 Pattern Mixing 

   

   

 Light Layers 

   

   

 Back to Basics

   

   

Bold Patterns

   

 

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Tacloban: Remembering It My Way

Much have been said about Tacloban right now. Things I don’t like anymore to hear, watch or read. I’m thinking of finding ways on how to take part in the relief operations. I’m sorting out goods and medicines so we could respond to the needs of the super typhoon victims. The present scenario is heartbreaking.

But I’d like to remember Tacloban City as how I experienced the place the first time I went there.

I’m a hopeless-romantic (in short, corny) that’s why I find it breathtaking to see vast blue waters as the plane slowly landing its way in Romualdez Airport.

My host then, a generous host I should say, treated me for lunch in somewhat a “floating restaurant”. There I had a magnificent view of the nearby islands and the crystal clear waters. I was introduced to the different spots along the way. I was given enough time to rest in a homey traveler’s inn – located just infront of a convention center. Around mid afternoon (since I can’t put myself into sleep again), I explored
the city by foot. I had the chance to interact with the locals. They were all warm knowing that I was a tourist. They were very accommodating, giving me directions and suggestions. I’ve got to hear their dialect and I’ve got to play with the kids along the bay. I visited Imelda’s museum. I haggled with the local drivers to bring me to Mc Arthur’s spot which is still 14 kms. away from the city proper. Exhausted from my immersion I found myself in the mall shortly after sunset. For remembrance I got myself a shirt and ate my hunger away. Halfway through my meal my very nice host picked me up and toured me again around the city. There was a nice spot where we had massage, booze and unending friendship tales.

This tale will always be in my memory. And I like to keep it that way as long as I still don’t have another happy memory to add with Tacloban.

It was a very quick stay since I have to fly early morning of the following day to catch up with my after-lunch appointment. It was so quick that I didn’t even remember some places I went to. But I was more than glad I had pleasant memories to share about the place. It was just a 16-hour adventure yet it was all worth the connecting flights.

It was just an out of the blue plan with Almira my office mate, whose native town is in Guiuan, a van ride away from the city. I gamely took the side trip and together we went with our adventure.

Days after that escapade Fr. Ritche Elot SJ, shared in Facebook his photos about Tacloban and nearby places in Eastern Samar. It was breathtaking. Now, it’s heartbreaking. My heart still bleeds.

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Random Thoughts

While deleting some unwanted and unnecessary files on my phone, I came across my notes last September. While some are trivial, others I think are also worth sharing especially when it talks about life and all it’s complexities.
So, here’s mine.

***Just for a time I wanna be lost in my happy place.

***Sept. 3
There were times when no matter how much u want things to get done, still nothing has been accomplished. Yesterday was all like that.

***Sept.4
I hate this when I’m being picked on. Pushed to the limit and under estimate my capacity.

***When I woke up this morning, I felt so weird. I was trying to remember my dream. ’twas about vanilla ice. Maybe I was having this pathetic thoughts about him that it was made into a dream.

***September 5
We had fun this morning watching some video clips about the recent Tony Awards on YouTube.

Neil Patrick Harris, the host, again, gave a “brava” opening and closing numbers.

***Mitz, my office mate also wanted me to watch performances of the casts of Pippin and Matilda. It was jaw dropping! Pramis!

***Later in the afternoon while I was walking in my “sanctuary”, I’ve got to think about those kids who performed during the Tony Awards. When they were still a Toddler, Did they already know what they want to become later in their lives. At such an early age, they were such a pro.

***Sometimes I find it amusing watching my toddler manipulating with gadgets. His idea of a mobile device is – it’s a touch screen. Whenever he sees a mobile phone with a keypad, to him, it’s a remote control.

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The Will to Control and the Struggle of Letting Go

It’s already past midnight and still no sign of sleepiness. I wanted to do something worthwhile like updating my playlist or edit some files in the laptop but I’m too lazy to do that. Good thing my phone always come in handy. Writing down my thoughts for today would be a good therapy because my feelings are overwhelming. The reason maybe why I couldn’t put myself into sleep. Well, this is all about letting go and letting God.
I have already carefully planned my weekend. It was a perfect plan, (at least that’s how I think about it). Actually we have planned for it for how many months now. Then came 1 txt that shattered it all, “Alaska Cup is cancelled”.
I was really at lost last Thursday. I have plan B (as always) but Jong won’t agree to it. I don’t like to insist because it’s useless.
I woke up the following day feeling blank. I don’t know what to do. I still hold on to that idea of my supposed to be activity for the next 2 days. It was difficult. I was already tempted to wear my bitch-crown. I tried to go on with my routine for the day and do my domestic duties but I can’t help but to bury myself in bed and sleep to my heart’s content. I’m supposed to be happy because nobody in the house cared of what I was doing but then again, I was feeling frustrated. What can I do? Those are things beyond my control. I know right?! There are things really that no matter how we want it to be..still you can’t say that it’s final. It’s always with God’s grace and blessings.
In times like these, I am reminded that there’s a Supreme Being. I cannot just simply do what I wanted to do or get what I wanted to have.
I am humbled.

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Enhancing Communication Skills Among Family Members

 

       One of the most important things in life is family. The family should be a source of comfort, safety and happiness. When a family communicates well, the home runs more smoothly and each member becomes happy and contented. It is believed that belonging to a happy family plays a very significant part in helping someone to achieve his/her goals of happiness and contentment. But happiness at home cannot be attained without communication.

It is a challenge for all family members to maintain healthy relationships with each other. The delicate balance between promoting individual growth and preserving commitments and family participation among family members is difficult to achieve. A strong sense of family values must be present. The most important component in the success of obtaining these goals is healthy communication.

Healthy communication is the foundation for all relationships. It is particularly essential within families since you spend the most time with family members and these relationships are with you throughout your lifetime. Doctor Patricia Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., a family and human development specialist explains, “It is through communication that we convey our thoughts, feelings, and connection to one another.”

            On September 20, 2013, the Grade V level had a “Parent Talk” program where parents were invited to speak to each class about common concerns that the students were facing.  Growing up issues was tackled and relationships with their parents and guardians were also discussed.  Based on the feedback gathered from the students and the parent-speakers, communication plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy relationship among family members. 

 

The Grade V Parenting Forum on Enhancing Communication Skills among Family Members

            This program is created to address the need of the students to have a healthy relationship with their parents by maintaining an open communication.  

            We would like to conduct a 2 and ½ hour of parenting session among grade 5 parents and guardians with a minimal fee of 150.00 on Enhancing Communication Skills to promote better relationships with their children especially during adolescent stage. This will be on October 4, 2013, 5:30-8:00PM at the Grade School Conference Room.

           

 

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About “Pork”: Integrity will Prevail

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[Address in Rizal Park, Davao, on Monday, August 26, contra PDAF corruption]

Today we come together as Filipino citizens who believe in the Philippines and believe in one another. We come together with love for our country and love for one another, refusing to yield to the temptation of losing hope, of forfeiting our future, of living to simply bow our heads in shame. We Filipinos do not define ourselves by the likes of Janet Napoles; we do not define ourselves by corruption; we do not define ourselves by lies, manipulation and fear. We define ourselves by our love for ourselves, our families, for our nation, and in our love for our God, who has blessed us all in so many diverse ways, but has blessed us most specially by creating us Filipinos and Filipinas. We define ourselves by the future we lock arms together today to defend and embrace…

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Puberty Gone Right

I just wanted to share how my first born’s physical transformation in the last 6 months.

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I remember writing a blog last March and shared his yearbook picture. That was when he was about to graduate and I’m dealing with some of his growing up issues.

He’s been a chubby boy (just like his mom) since grade 4. When he reached grade 6 he began to feel conscious of his body. He made conscious effort to lose weight through his favorite sport. He went back swimming (with a different trainer this time) in the middle of the school year. He lost 10 lbs. but it didn’t really made a big difference with how he looked.

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Over the summer he joined the Red Cross Junior Lifeguard training. It was for 3 weeks from 8-5pm. After that he went through another rigorous swimming practice in preparation for the varsity try outs. He’s really been aiming for that since last year.

His hardwork paid off. Hence, this new look.

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