Sunday, May 30, 2010
You may say, "I don't believe in hell," but that doesn't make hell any less real. Hell is the chosen home of the unbeliever, for nothing impure will enter the City.
What the Scriptures say about hell. What if you were to come to such a place?
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Shanley and Aaron graduated yesterday from their DVBS class which was held at Tanza Christian Fellowship. Shanley got "Best in Dance" award and Aaron got "Most Behave" award. For sure, daddy will be very proud and happy for them too. :-)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am a person who really loves coffee. I couldn't start a day without a cup in the morning. And crave for it even at the evening. But I am thinking now of drinking tea instead of coffee. Why? Because I've heard a lot that drinking tea is really healthy than drinking coffee. Well, both these drinks are delicious and you can see that tea and coffee have a lot in common but this is where the similarities begin to fade. Coffee is a good preventative against liver cancer and that it lowers the chance of gallstones. Tea on the other has many health benefits than coffee. For instance, Green tea has been known for powerful metabolism-boosting and fat oxidizing potential of the catchetins it contains. Catchetins is 100 times more potent than vitamin C and 25 times more potent than vitamin E. It is also known to provide 10-40mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant activity greater than a serving of spinach, broccoli, carrots, or strawberries. Studies show that green tea contains antioxidants, polyphenols, theanine, as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Then, you have Black tea, also loaded with health benefits.
Black tea can prevent clogged arteries that lead to heart attack and stroke, this tea inhibits cancer growth, helps reduce inflammation, and is proven to neutralize many germs.
Based on my research, here are the other benefits of Tea:
1: Enhances Health
2: Prevents Cancer
3: Restricts Blood Cholesterol
4: Controls High Blood Pressure
5: Lowers Blood Sugar
6: Suppresses Aging
7: Refreshes the Body
8: Deters Food Poisoning
9: Prevents and Treats Skin Disease
10: Stops Cavities
11: Fights Viruses
· Green Tea drinkers appear to enjoy better health.
· Green Tea drinkers have half the risk of fatal heart attacks. Compounds in the tea called flavonoids stop blood platelets from forming clots, much like aspirin does.
And with all this benefits, I might be more apt to reach for tea instead of coffee.
Monday, May 17, 2010
~John Ed Pearce
There is no place like home... Yes I am absolutely missing my hometown. I missed the good old days when my mother, father and lola's were still alive. I am missing the simplicity of life before...like you don't have to think any problems at all. Browsing through some pics on Facebook, it makes me sad and think of the good old days when me and my family were still together at Tugos, Boac, Marinduque. Despite the hardships and trials we encounter, we still manage to survive. And now that I have my own family and away from my hometown, there were times that I'm still thinking of visiting the place where I've been. I miss the fresh foods, the cool, fresh, province air , and the placidity of the place. No, traffic, no chaos... there's no need to rush things over.
I remember when my lola Ason and lola Binyang were still alive, they always cooked for us before. They're both good cooks like my father. What I missed most is lola Ason's "native adobong manok sa gata" with yellow powdered ginger. Oh, by the way, lola Ason is my lola from mother side and lola Binyang or Virginia Larga Manahan is my lola from father side.
At merienda time, sometimes, there's "kalamay" and "suman" to eat from my lola Binyang. "suman" is actually my favorite from all "kakanins" in Marinduque. My lola used to make "suman" or "ricecakes" with matching so called "kalamayhati" every Holy week. Until here in Cavite, I still manage to search for it whenever I go to the market. Just dipping it on sugar and alas! My merienda is already solved. huh!
I also remember before that I was really fond of eating "bukayo." It's a young grated coconut cooked with lots of sugar. Arrgh! It always give me toothache! I just bought it at sari-sari store for only 50cents to 1 peso per piece or sometimes, we just cook and put it on a carafe.
My mother on the other hand, used to make "pitchi-pitchi", "puto" and "maja" for our merienda and sometimes to sell some to the student boarders of the boarding house that we were renting before when I was on 4th year High School. Yay! I really missed those days. I'm craving for all these foods. And I wonder why the taste of these foods are different to the ones that I bought from here in Cavite. :-)
Hmmm... those were the days. Sometimes wishing that I have magic and could bring back all those times... :-) But maybe next year, I could go there for a vacation grande with my hubby and 2 kids. Hopefully...
*Special thanks to Ivie Larga and Roda Magcamit for their pics that were uploaded via "Tugoslandia Society Group" :-)
Friday, May 14, 2010
What is Facebook? Are you curious about Facebook and wonder why it's so popular? Do you have a Facebook account? Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. But you should consider some other important things as well. First, while you can meet new friends online, you may also come into contact with malicious people misrepresenting themselves. These are people you don’t want to know. Internet thieves and sexual predators are only too eager to exploit personal information found on social networking sites. They are out there and willing to hurt you unless you take precautions to protect yourself. To avoid identity theft and fraud, Consumer Reports listed the seven habits of many Facebook members that expose themselves, their personal information, and the personal information of family members (e.g., children):
Using a weak password
Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!
Leaving your full birth date in your profile
It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.
Overlooking useful privacy controls
For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.
Posting your child's name in a caption
Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.
Mentioning that you'll be away from home
That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.
Letting search engines find you
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.
Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.
The purpose of this is certainly not to scare you away from social networking. It's just to make you aware that there are dangers out there that you need to watch out for. Social networking can be all fun and games, just like it's meant to be, if a few precautions are taken.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Last Monday, May 10 marks the day of the Philippine automated election. It was not good as I expected. I thought voting will be more faster than before since it's already automated. Me and my father-in-law went to the Felipe Calderon Elementary School here in Tanza, Cavite at 7am to exercise our right to vote for our national and local leaders. I thought 7am was perfectly early time for us to go there but I was shocked to see that the school premises was already crowded with people. The front gate of the school is full of supporters of different parties giving sample ballots to the people. We searched for the room where our precinct belong. We noticed the new system have a waiting area and the actual voting area separated. Luckily, I saw my sis-in law already in lined and our precinct are in the same room so we just went straight to the end of the line. There are several precincts clustered in one room and only a single PCOS Machine is
assigned for each cluster. The clustering resulted to long lines and a lot of people are complaining and arguing with the PPCRV volunteers. It was really, really hot outside and we've waited inline for almost 4 hours due to poor voting turn systems before we can cast our vote. I carefully shaded the oval beside my selected candidate coz I don't want to waste my vote. And when I fed my ballot to the PCOS machine, I waited for the screen to say "Congratulations. Your voting has counted!" And when I saw it appeared, it gave me a sense of relief that my vote won't be wasted...I hope so...
Monday, May 10, 2010
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"No matter how old we are, losing parents are one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know, but their goodness, their caring and wisdom live on..... like a legacy of love that will always be with you."
This afternoon, I had the urge to arrange the magazines that was piled up on top of my dresser. I was thinking of whether to throw the old magazines away or to just put it there to where it was, when suddenly, I noticed this white bond paper... A paper which has something written on it. It was the story that my younger sis wrote 3 years ago. It was about my family way back 4 years ago. While reading the story, I felt sadness and emptiness in my heart. The pain of losing my father and mother has struck-ed me again. I missed them and am always thinking of them. Indeed, losing a parent is something that everyone dreads. But only those who have experienced the loss of a parent can truly comprehend the enormity of the loss. Since it's mother's day today, I wanna share the story to all of you... Read on.
Surpass yourself - no matter how good life, it is always be better. No matter how far you've come, there's always room for growth. No matter what you know, there's always something to learn.I saw that qoutes on Broadcharts novel entitled "The Silver Wolf" a year ago and it took me only a day to realize that this belief is suddenly flowing into my body. It started as a day not different from all the others I'd live for 16 years. I...... I remember my old days...
I was born on a twilight evening as cold winds witness my first day on earth. I grew up with my family who gave me the real meaning of true love and care. I was happy then, because we have everything together. My father with his good work abroad, my mother and my three sisters and younger brother. But... horrible days come--and then vanish into thin air.
It started that day when I was very happy knowing that my Papa had just arrived home from Saudi. It was summer days of May and he promised to spend his summer with us and take me to our province's famous Moriones Festival on our town.
It had been a while since I had last seen him. He was busy with his work in Saudi so I hardly spend time with him anymore. I was really glad with my father. I told my friends about that as we play, ignoring the arrival of defiance on my child life. I giggle as I and my playmates jump and laugh every time. I run as they come to reach me. What a nice day is that!!
When time came for me to go home, a smile appear on my thin and innocent lips. "I'll see Papa," I thought. But they're not in there. I just saw Tia Tina when I arrived smiling mournfully over me... "Where is Papa?" I asked her "And Mama?" "They're not here," she answered while holding my cheeks. "Why? Did they gone for something? Papa promise me to take me to town tomorrow to watch Cenaculo, and my Ate, where are they also?" wild quandary existed on my eyes when my Tia tried to give me some food and put me up for ensconce instead...She didn't answer my questions. "Just sleep tight sweetie and tomorrow, you will see them."...That words made me smile again...I close my eyes...
A surreptitious night was over when I opened my eyes. I raise my pudgy hands on my mama's arm and she turn to me with a mournfully and teary eyes. She tried to smile. I smiled to... I think of what and everything that will happen when my papa arrive and knew that it will become a nice day over all. I eat fastly and excitedly my breakfast. Suddenly, I hear a loud noise outside. I rush to the window and saw a crowd of people. The others walking toward my mama while the others holding up a very big white box. So I flounced to see it, only to show up my disorderly reaction. My mama yanked my arms but I have seen what was inside it... my Papa... I can't understand anything... I just thought of my papa sleeping eerie on that big box. Is it good to be there? I asked myself but hoping still for his promise. But why the lights, the people, the noise and the weird event on the church... Father Marticio, and my Mama... the people around me is crying... And I knew not what that's mean.
It took me for about three years to understand that situation. I really understand everything and its every detail. I knew that my father was gone and will never be with us again. My elder sister had stopped her study in college to work in Cavite, and she was luckily employed on a Korean Company. And then, she continued her studies as a working student. 2 years after that, my second big sister also went there for work. She was 18 then, They support my mom to send us to school. At least to graduate high school. I thought everything is settled then. But I was wrong. I was second year high school when my grandmother died. A thousand words, a thousand emotions passed on me unspoken. In my eyes, I could almost feel all the pain, the desperation, and the regret when we found out that my third big sister have gotten my father's disease. It's call Hypochalemic Periodic Paralysis. At least one month is over when she get well and that made me a good sigh. I tried to wish for a happy life but I was wrong again. It was September 2005 and I was a third year high school student of Marinduque National High School (MNHS)...
"Ma, what are you doing there?" I asked my mama as I noticed her sitting beside our house door. It was noon time and I had just arrived from school. She turned to me "Nothing, don't mind me, I just skip meals lately and a stomach ache had gotten over me,: she said smiling. I just thought it's just a normal stomach ache so I ignore it, besides I always see my mother smiling so I persuade myself that it's normal. Month of April when my Ate Liza texted me. She told me that she wants me to transfer there in Cavite, I didn't insisted. Instead, I thought of it as a nice decision. So that's it... I led myself through seemingly unending ways. I left my mom with my third big sister and younger brother, knowing that everything's fine. But life is really an ale inside a man's esophagus... "Ate, you're cellphone is ringing." I told my Ate Anabelle irritatedly. I was half awake and half asleep that time of June 4, 2006. But I wake up hurriedly when I heard my sister crying. "Ate, what's the matter?" I asked her. "Did something happen?"
Silence..... I took her cellphone and read that strange message who made my sister cry. "No," I said in a shocked whisper. "What happened??" My voice was shaking and tears were streaming down my cheeks. Now, I know why mama suffer with her stomach ache. My sister's shoulder were trembling violently. She put her arms around me. "How could this be?" I asked her. "I thought everything's fine, everything's alright." We stayed holding each other for a moment comforting each other. When we let go, I don't know what to do, I just tried to be calm and closed my eyes...
That was 4 years ago, a day after my mama died. We went back to Marinduque and settled everything. She died because of gastric cancer. And she was buried beside my papa and lola's tomb. After the burial, we all moved back to Cavite... I knew it was a bitter memory ever...
A poignant existence my heart can never forget...
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I know that God has blessed my life, because I have Shanley for a daughter. And I want to greet my sweet Shanley a happy, happy birthday! Know that mommy will always be here for you. I love you very much Shanley!
May all of your wishes come true.
Happy Birthday :-)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I would like to share a part of the sermon that our Pastor delivered last Sunday. Read on.
While walking down the street one day a Philippine senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."As the election approaches, we can see that this story is very similar to what the candidates are now busy with. Many are making unrealistic pledges and empty promises to sway the voters in their favor. Candidates during elections always make promises that they almost always break immediately after they are elected. During the campaign period, candidates will promise this and promise that. Once elected, the promises are thrown out the window. So, for us voters, let us be very careful in choosing our candidates. It is for the welfare of our children, our future generation is at stake. Let us bear in our mind that "Choosing a candidate is not as easy as ABC, so therefore we should VOTE WISELY.
"No problem, just let me in," says the senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are all having such a good time that before the senator
realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before,
I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course
and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil smiles at him and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning, ... Today, you voted."
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
You might want to watch this video guide on the 5 easy steps:
Just familiarize yourself with the steps and by viewing the video so you have an idea on how the process is like.