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.

Jul 28, 2011

Winning, Losing, Bashing and Violence in Football

Well done Azkals! Reaching the 2nd round of World Cup qualifiers is already an achievement to think that  football is really not a game Filipinos go "gaga" for.

FYI Azkals' bashers, Kuwait has been a 10-time Gulf Cup Champion and they never achieved that "overnight".  Football in Gulf is like basketball in Philippines and USA, cricket in Australia, India, and England, and baseball in USA. I have been in the Gulf for 5 years and I have seen how people (young and old) go crazy over football. Their fans will have their unscheduled/ unplanned parade of cars honking in the middle of the night to show their happiness and support in every win of their national team. National holidays are even declared when their national team wins the Gulf Cup.  You will see football pitch everywhere.  Fans wear the national colors to watch every national game and they are proud in winning and remains hopeful in defeat.

Azkals' journey to the World Cup qualifiers should be a learning experience for the players and also for the fans.  If Philippines really want to achieve a better result in the next World Cup, players should train hard and join commercial leagues that will hone their skills.  It is obvious that our players still need a lot of experience. Four years is long enough to get that experience. It is enough to scout for younger players as well. The fans on the other hand will have the time to understand that football is a game; more time to become matured supporters. The team needs your support now, more than ever and bashing will not help.

Like Azkals, Filipino football supporters has something to be proud of, too.  We welcomed Kuwaiti players in Philippines and accepted their win without violence unlike Myanmar fans.  At the same time that a match is being held in the Philippines, violence erupted in Myanmar as their football supporters threw whatever they could (including stones) to the pitch and to Omani players after Oman scored 2 goals to Myanmar's 0. The riot halted the game and I hope Omani players can go safely back to Oman.

What a football...

Jul 19, 2011

PRAISE GOD

PRAISE GOD!

Got my wallet back! Somebody found it before the cleaner. He cannot speak English but he was trying to call me (showed me his mobile to prove it). Unfortunately, the number he found on the remittance slip is an old number that i now use for modem purposes. God is really good!



Flashback:

Lost my wallet for more than 2 hours before realizing that it was gone. Almost lost hope of finding it because I have already talked to all the persons who might help to the extent that they were already checking the security cameras.

Now, it's time for an iced latte...

Jul 13, 2011

An iPad-only College in Philippines


Are you ready for a college with no books or papers? If you want to have this experience, you have to shell out Php80,000 per semester at Meridian International (MINT) College in Taguig City.

For more information, please visit the following link:
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/college-no-books-paper-only-ipads-120502516.html


Jul 8, 2011

School Blues

The pictures below show the sad state of the Philippine public school education.  According to one statistics I read, the student to classroom ratio in most public schools is 1:70 and there is not much difference with the teacher to student ratio of 1:60.  

Of course, it is a very different case in private schools and universities. But what is the percentage of families able to send their children in private schools?  No wonder, Philippines is slipping every year in the list of top performing schools in Asia. 

Wtf! Only irresponsible parents will let their child go through this situation.  
Only when the child is dead  will they see the grave danger of this.
Paging the police or MMDA officers, where are you? Baka busy sa pangongotong!

 (From The New York Times, by Luis Liwanag for the International Herald Tribune)

I'm wondering how the students in front will see what's written on the board.  After several years in this situation, the students will either suffer from nearsighted or farsighted problems ... and of course severe asthma (with some skin problems) for those very near the blackboard.




Are you wondering (like me) how the kids will get in/out of this cramped room in case of a call of nature?
Please don't think what will happen in case of emergency :(
Computer class
Another computer class
Of course, I am very proud that Filipinos give great importance to education. Their determination to finish education help them accept their situation as shown by the pictures here and still try to get something useful out of it.

Well, I guess life is really that hard nowadays if parents are left with no better choice.... or is it?

Sports Celebrity Nightmare Waiting to Happen

According to some blog posts, a very big scandal involving some important players of the Azkals team is about to come out... unless money talks.

Let's wait and see.