Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
One of the things I remembered during our trip to Hamilo Cove as I gazed at nature before me is God’s commitment to us in Isa 54:10. I stood in amazement at how His understanding created the fixed ordinances of this world. How His wisdom stretched to give purpose to each and every creation. I lifted my head up to heaven and thanked God for His commitment of loving kindness and peace that cannot be removed, as those mountains created to be undetachable .
“For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” - Isa 54:10 (Amp)
Monday, March 24, 2008
It took us 1 hour and 30 minute to get there from Taal Vista Hotel, via their shuttle van. After viewing the coves, the shuttle brought us back to Taal Vista Hotel where were served sumptuous lunch and desserts. We also get to enjoy the scenery of Taal Volcano. Made me thank God again for His wonderful creations.
The nation took a break from school and work in observance of the Lenten Season. Some headed to the provinces, some flew to Boracay and other beaches, some stayed in their own houses and prayed. This is the season when the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins is remembered. In the tradition I grew up to, Holy Week is a solemn and religious time to repent for the sins committed from the past. It is also a time to remember what Jesus went through, to the point of dying on the cross for our salvation. Part of the tradition is to refrain from playing loud and fast music, refrain from eating meat or pork, refrain from going out on Good Friday and Black Saturday, etc.
When I become a Christian, I was enlightened to see what salvation truly means. And it should not take an occasion once a year to remember it nor believe in those "religious" tradition. Jesus is God's greatest love for us. Jesus is His only begotten son, offered as a sacrificial lamb to redeem us from our sins and transgressions. Wow! I could not imagine how hard and painful it was for God to do this--and how the pain continues up to this time because Jesus continues to carry and bear our sins up to this time. Every time we sin, the harder and heavier that burden on His shoulder becomes. Along with this, is the acceptance that we are indeed imperfect and flawed that's why we need a perfect God who can complete us and make us whole. That way, we can stand right back up whenever we fall or screw up, without condemnation and move along forward as His faithful sheep. I recognize that I stand today only because of His grace and loving mercy.
Everyday is a battle against sins, and I being imperfect and flawed, desperately need Jesus in my life everyday to win over each battle. I also rejoice everyday because I know that Jesus is risen and have overcome the world. Therefore I willfully remember Jesus and rejoice everyday knowing that He has overcome the world. This is my salvation! And I am living it everyday!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Sonya's Garden is a haven for people who seeks relief from a mundane lifestyle in the city, for tourists who look beyond a packed down and beaten path, or anybody who are searching for something exotic yet eccentrically memorable. The Garden is not just limited for viewing and hanging about but has a lot more to offer- a soothing salon and spa massages, dining pleasures, freshly baked bread and pastries, useful free lessons on basic gardening, compost making, plant propagation, flower arrangement, wreath making and cooking lessons using herbs. It also has Country Store, Bread and Breakfast and accepts wedding receptions, honeymoon, birthday parties, special events, etc.
Sonya’s Garden Restaurant & Country Bed and Breakfast is located at Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite Philippines.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I posted an entry about Sonya's Garden in my other site as an introduction to my awesome and soothing experience at the garden just as my awesome and sweet experience with my creator. I used to ignore the beauty of nature, not a "nature lover" as they say. I didn't appreciate those flowers I received before from my suitors or even friends. I thought it was boring to go to those places overlooking a scenery or nature. But things change, people change. Now I can say that I love nature. I now appreciate those flowers, I find it worthwhile spending time and looking over a scenery or nature. Why? Because it is God’s creation and I see Him in it. It reminds me of His love, wisdom and power. It gives me peace and assurance that with Him, nothing is impossible. With the wonderful work of His hand I was created, and with it I am safed. Thank You Father!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I am doing another one for this tag.
Gabby was 2 years old here. She came as Elina, a Fairy in an animated film "Barbie Fairytopia" to another Halloween Party. She didn't want to wear this costume at first because the materials it is made of are kinda itchy, aside from the fact that kids at this age are more irritable. The kids had the parachute play, designed their very own pumpkin bag which was later used for trick or treats around the compound of Westgate.
Here are the rules:
1. Look for a picture of your child/ren wearing any costumes. For example: a cartoon character, a character from a popular movie or program, animals, flowers, national/country costume, etc.
2. Tell us where you got the costume.
3. Share with us a brief story behind the picture.
4. Pass it on to Mommies like you.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I usually have somebody fixed the yearly registration renewal of my car. Just the thought of going to the city transportation office, waiting in a long cue with drivers and other people under the humid weather without the cool airconditioning air makes me not wanting to do it. The laziness and pride ruling over me. So I'd rather pay a "fixer" to get it done for me. What a lazy living creature! Then I realized, three years ago, I was not created a lazy person! We are designed to work, and in the process will develop and improve ourselves to be better creations. So this year, like the past three years after that realization, I filed the renewal myself again. I patiently waited in cue, and didn't think of the discomforts I will experience under this humid weather. Several fixers came up to me offering their services but I refused all of them I won't put my hard earned money to waste. I am able to do things on my own as God designed me to be, a healthy body and a sound mind. No more laziness!
Friday, March 14, 2008
I was up early this morning, prayed, then swung up to my laptop to blog. I was re reading “Mom’s Garden” and I suddenly remembered a verse in the Bible (1Cor 3:9) where it says that "we are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation." Wow. Like the different plants and flowers in mom’s garden, each one of us was created uniquely by God, each has its own identity yet, we are all equal in His eyes. Each one is rendered His ultimate love, mercy and grace. Knowing and understanding that each one, being imperfect, flawed, blemished and uncultivated, needed His appropriate guidance and care. As our Divine Gardener, He knows best what kind of plants and flowers are to be planted in His garden, as well as allows some organism, bugs and insects to thrive to serve its purpose in the ecosystem. This diversity (as compared to life) aims to produce learnings from different experiences (happy and sad) that add meaning or color in our lives.
He tends His garden without fail, His Light keeps the plants green and alive without scorching. His Word keeps them covered and wet preventing them to wilt and to shrivel. He is watchful over the sins that are always trying to seep into our lives, like those unwanted weeds in mom’s garden. He plucks them out with His able hands. But His wisdom sometimes allow those weeds, thorns, harmful organism, bugs, insects, even drought or a torrent of water to exist in His garden just as He sometimes allow trials and tests to come into our lives. This I believe happens for a reason. And that is for us to realize how much we desperately need Him in our lives, to learn, to change for the better, to make us stronger and able stand any storm thus, helping us to survive, grow and bear fruit.
One of my mom’s interests is gardening. Not really a green thumb at that, but she can sow a seed, plant or tuber into the ground and somehow make it grow. She has two small gardens at home, one in front and one at the back. She has put together a variety of garden plants and flowers, of different colors, shapes and sizes to create a diversified collection of flora and achieve a more attractive look for her garden. It also serves as natural ornaments and decorations of the house. As there are different kinds of plant, there are also different ways of tending each kind accordingly. Some needs watering every so often, some does not. Several kinds can be exposed to sunlight, there’s that kind that withers instantly under it. A few takes months to grow, a lot sprouts leaves in such a short time. While considering all these, mom also watches out for the unwanted weeds that instantly grow everywhere and when left unattended, will eat up and envelop her plants. Plus some harmful bugs and insects that would try to ruin it. Yes it takes work to keep your garden healthy and thriving. Hats-off to you Mom!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Last night was the last Parent-Teacher Meeting in Gabby's school. The Principal presided the meeting and announced the activities for the rest of the school year 2007-2008. The school has outlined as well the activities for the Summer Program. The objective of which is to continue training and educating the children.
One of the matters discussed was the performance of the students. The parents were so happy to receive the good news that all Kinder 4 students ( all six of them, including Gabby ) did very well this school year therefore, all six are promoted to Advance Kinder 5 level (AK5). Basically, it means that they are skipping Kinder 5 this year. Call it promoted, accelerated, stepped up or whatever you may want to call it...I am so glad she did it (it also means less tuition fee, uniform, school supplies expenses for a year for me. Thank you Father!) I told her she should be proud of herself for studying hard and for being obedient to mommy. She gave herself a pretty good pat on the shoulder! This is because I learned that a child needs to develop internal praise for a job well done as it helps build self confidence. So instead of me telling her "I am so proud of you, honey," I intentionally let it come from her. Hmmm. Interesting, isn't it? I will talk more about this in my next posts. So watch out for it!
Monday, March 10, 2008
I admire those manufacturers or organizations that create and/or sell products or services for a cause. I usually buy these products because I know that it will at least help change a life. I found this "This Journal Will Actually Change Your Life 2008" journal, a unique, not-your-usual planner where all you see inside are plain calendars, the metric table, maps, time conversion table and other unnecessary and not so useful stuff. This particular planner features interesting events in history that has relevance to our world today, useful and practical tips and reminders that can help improve your lifestyle, etc. And what's more important is that all proceeds for this planner will go to the building of wells and schools and the planting of trees around the world!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
With the advent of the call center industry today, there has been a relatively high demand for call center agents to work on graveyard shift at least six times a week. It has opened job opportunities for couples (trying to raise a family) to earn extra income. In a normal family scenario, both parents are probably working from 8am to 5pm five times a week. There are cases on the other hand, where (usually) the wife is left with no choice but to stay home to take care of their child/children. However, given the vital needs of a growing family, the wife had to make her contribution to making ends meet. That's why a lot has considered working at a call center.
While parents should not feel guilty for having to be away most of the time to work and provide for their family, there is undeniably a vital need for a parent or parents to provide their child/dren their attention, time, actual guidance and care. Leaving the children with a yaya or a househelp whom they do not really know or trust is indeed a valid concern to be considered.
Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc a non profit non governmental organization in Manila, has just launched its LIFELINE PARENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME 24-HOUR DAYCARE CENTRE. It is the First ever 24-hour Daycare Centre in the Philippines which aims to help YOU, hardworking parents and single parents to have peace of mind while ensuring your child's safety and continuing education in the care of professionally trained nannies and professionals. It specifically designed to answer the need of those working graveyard shift (within a 12 hour work block). The facility is equipped with cameras for parental monitoring!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The past weeks have been great! Everyday has been a fresh learning experience of willful surrender to Jesus. Turning away from anything or anyone that distracts. Trusting Him more and more. Choosing not to let my mind be occupied with the worries of this world. Refusing to remain in the dark and obscurity makes me see life in the Light. For God is Light and in Him, there is no darkness. If we choose to let these worries creep into our lives, we will remain slaves and victims of the world. Choosing to trust and believe in the bigness of God and the smallness of the things of the world releases us from the chains and actual cords that has bounded us from living FREE in God’s love.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Hello! Thank you for visiting my other site and its good to know you are interested on grabbing this. Here is the lowdown of the ingredients and procedures to making that home made Vegetable Tempura delight:
Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Powder (Optional), carrots, mushroom, squash, Baguio Beans, Bell Pepper, Eggplant (or any vegetables that you can think of!), horse Radish, Japanese Tempura sauce (you can find this in big supermarkets or Japanese Stores) and Ginger.
Mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup cornstarch, about 2 cups of water (or more. Just make sure that you achieve a thick creamy texture). Then add half a teaspoon of baking powder. Add at least 3 cubes of ICE. This will make the batter thicker therefore enhancing its taste.
Prepare the vegetables prior to mixing the batter because if you let it sit aside for too long, the batter will get too thick which is not ideal for frying. Also, it is not economical because then, you will have to add in more flour and cornstarch to achieve the right texture again. Then you will end up making more batter than you are suppose to have. Ergo, waste!
Carrots should be shredded, the rest bite size.
Heat oil in a non stick frying pan. Dip the vegetables in the batter, it should be fully and richly covered with it. Deep fry.
Add hot water, shredded radish and ginger into the Japanese sauce.
It is better served HOT!