I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Jun 18, 2011

Father's Day

Jun 14, 2011

Teenager earns cyber rebukes over clipped pet dog

Out of curiosity, I clicked the news link Teenager earns cyber rebukes over clipped pet dog in one of the leading Philippine newspapers only to get the shock of my life when I saw the accompanying picture of the sweet puppy clipped in a clothesline.

 picture from Inquirer.net

Although the Filipino teenager is already repentant after he earns the ire of many netizens when he posted the same picture on his Facebook account, I still feel sad that people could do such things out of stupidity.

"Dapat next time, yung teenager naman ang ipitin sa sampayan."

Taho..... anyone?

Filipinos love "taho". I remember my kids patiently waiting for the taho vendor every morning when we were still in the Philippines.

Jun found a way to make homemade taho, so our family enjoyed it for breakfast today.

So, how do you make your own "taho"? You'll need soft tofu, brown sugar and tapioca pearls. Boil the tapioca pearls until the pearls become clear. Set aside the pearls while preparing the brown sugar syrup. If both pearls and syrup are ready, you can now put your soft tofu in a microwavable glass and heat for 1 minute. Put pearls and syrup as desired and then voila! You'll have your homemade "taho".

Jun 12, 2011

Korea's Got Talent

People the world over have been enthralled by Korean talents. Proof to this are the viral videos of K-pop groups (particularly Wonder Girls ), Sungha Jung, Sung-bong Choi and the twins Janice & Sonia.

List of my favorite Koreans (in music industry)
The cover songs in this blog have once been my iPhone ringtone except for Sung-Bong Choi's "Nella Fantasia" version.

Sungha Jung is a 14-year old fingerstyle acoustic guitarist. He won numerous awards from YouTube including 6 "Number 1" awards.  His channel has gained over 200 million views.
Sungha Jung's (Jason Mraz) I'm Yours with 4,912,032 views

Janice and Sonia are Australian twins of South Korean descent. Their Jayesslee's channel in YouTube already got more than 3 million views.

Janice and Sonia's (Bruno Mars) Just the Way You Are with 3,906,617 views

Sung-bong Choi's video while singing in the Episode 1 of Korea Got Talent also went viral not only because of his good classical singing voice but also because of his unique and very heartbreaking life story.

Sung-bong Choi's video (longer version) already got more than 5 million views

Wonder Girls is  South Korean girl group which gained entry in the American market in 2009  with the English version of hit song Nobody.

Wonder Girl's Nobody Performance on Mnet M countdown video already got more than 50 million views

I hope you enjoyed watching and listening to the samples posted here as much as I do.

Jun 6, 2011

A Priest's Advice

While attending the Tagalog mass last Friday, the priest gave a homily about Jesus' ascension. He also shared a story and tips close to OFWs heart.

He told a story about an OFW who asked that his house be blessed. The priest was amazed upon entering the house as pictures of the man's family in various sizes is prominently displayed everywhere. What surprised him more is the laptop at the table where he could see the man's family members doing differrent activities. At one point, it showed his wife cooking. The man explained to Fr. Raul that watching his family's activities and chatting with them is part of his everyday routine.

At this point, Fr. Raul asked the congregation to remember how each one felt when leaving family members, particularly the part when you have to say goodbye and enter the airport. He explained that it is not easy to leave but we are lucky that communication technologies have improved tremendously to bridge the gap between families.

Fr. Raul has few important reminders for OFWs in keeping up with their families and in using communication technologies:

1. Keep pictures of your family posted in various locations of your house/room.

This will serve as your inspiration every time you wake up. It will be the constant reminder of the reason of your sacrifices. He further explained that it is important to post your family's picture, otherwise, "malamang na ibang picture na ang mapa-display sa bahay mo", to which most in the church agreed with a laugh.

2. Make a habit of constantly communicating with your family.

Fr. Raul explained that we have to regularly communicate with our family, be it through chatting, Facebook, calling or sending SMS. He said that if we don't invest money or time in this, "' 'di mo mamamalayan na mas enjoy ka na pala na kausap ang iba at malamang na iba na rin or nadagdagan na ang tinuturing mong pamilya". There were muffled giggles from the congregation again.

3. Analyze how the communication technology has affected your life.

Have you used the technology in a positive or negative way? Personally, positivity or negativity is subjective... Anyways, Fr. Raul continued his homily by saying that if you used the technology in communicating with your family, if you gained more friends, if you forward SMS of good news (rather than green jokes), the effect is positive. He said that if you gained more enemies by using technology, then you have to think if you still have to continue using it.

4. Make time to go to church and hear mass.

5. Pray.... not only when you need help.