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5 Things to Do in Batanes!

For most Filipino travelers, Batanes is definitely part of the bucket list. So, I am listing 5 things to Do in Batanes for you. The place is definitely breathtaking, but it seems like an impossible dream for many since most people think that it is costly to go there. Truth be told, the only barrier between you and your Batanes escapade is the cost of transportation which is around 8,000 – 15,000 pesos, but the cost of stay there is as cheap as 7,500 including tours for 3D/2N!

What’s in store for you in Batanes, you may ask? Well, I’ve been there for two times already in 2017 mainly for medical and surgical missions, so for me it was a travel with a definite purpose. We had limited time to see the different areas, and we were just invited by our partners for a quick tour, hat’s why we obliged. 🙂 Even if it is just a half day fast-paced tour, Batanes was still breathtaking for me. So here’s the 5 things you can do in Batanes!!

  1. Appreciate the AIRPORT

I have been to quite a number of airports in the Philippines, and a few international ones, but for me Basco Airport stands out! It’s interior reflects the culture of the island. 🙂 Then, there’s a small lagoon in the center.Most flights are in the morning, so you have the chance to capture the morning sun!
The people in the airport are warm and accommodating. Since we went there for a med mission, we were not charged for the fees (environmental/tourists fees), but if you’re there just for tour, you might need to prep the payment upon arrival.

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2. Enjoy the FOOD!

Surprisingly, food is very affordable in Batanes! We ate mostly in Pension Ivatan which is a hotel near the airport. The coordinator there, Mr. Jayson, is very kind to us. He accommodated our whole team last November.  Here’s a glimpse of what Batanes has to offer in terms of culinary indulgence. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to try their famous coconut crab! yum!

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Platter meal from Pension Ivatan

Basco also has numerous areas where you can dine including a place with Halo-Halo (though I was not able to go). There are also local vendors who sells snacks in areas like Sabtang. 🙂

 

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The Doggo is not the vendor! Haha. 🙂

 

3. Visit the LIGHT HOUSES!

Another activity to include in your things to do in Batanes is visit the light houses! There are many light houses to choose from, but I’ve only been in one – the one in Basco. It’s majestic and it  can give you a scenic view when you reach the top. My dream lighthouse is in Sabtang, but I was only able to catch a glimpse of it on our way to the medical mission venue. Sad, but work comes first before leisure! 🙂

Here are some shots of the lighthouse in Basco. So instagrammable!

Here’s the abot-tanaw light house of Sabtang!
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4. Tour around Basco

Basco in itself has so much to offer, and just by walking along its streets, you will be able to appreciate its beauty through the traditional houses and the people. The people of Batanes are one of the warmest people I have known, and they are very friendly too! Here are some of the things you can do in Basco.

The Rolling Hills

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The Boulder Beach

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Have Fun with the Animals

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Shopping for Souvenirs
For Souvenirs, you can visit Tawsen’s Souvenir Shop or the souvenir shop area near the plaza. I find Tawsen’s products cheaper though!

 

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Viewing Deck

We went down the viewing deck, but we later found out that 2 people died there while taking a selfie, so better be not as adventurous like us!

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5. Visit Sabtang
One of the nearest island from Basco is Sabtang. Definitely, visiting this island is in my 5 things to do in Batanes list!!! To be able to go there, you need to go to Ivana Port which is at the bottom-most portion of Batan island. Here, you will be able to see the honesty store where there are no vendors, you just have to pay honestly on your own. 🙂

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Then, you have to ride a boat going to Sabtang. The waves can be a bit scary so you might want to take Bonamine. 🙂 The view is absolutely amazing specially in the morning!

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En Route Basco from Sabtang, Early in the morning

When in Sabtang, you can go to Chavayan where the old houses are located! It is where you can wear or even buy their native Vakul. I find this barangay really beautiful!

 

There is also a drop off point which you will pass before arriving at Chavayan. The view there is breathtaking!

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Going to Batanes might not be as easy, but you can always save up for it or wait for seat sales! Skyjet, PAL and Ceb Pac flies there daily. If you are planning to go, it is better to plan a summer trip because flights in the latter part of the year might be cancelled due to the weather. 🙂 You might need to bring extra clothes and cash as well if ever your trip back to Manila gets cancelled (due to rain/wind). However, if you are willing to take the risk, going there during the off-peak seasons are cheaper in terms of the airfare and hotels (Pension Ivatan is at 50% off).

For hotels, you can opt for a hotel or hometel, there are various establishments there. We stayed at Tawsen’s Place which is a relatively new hotel with good interior. Also, I recently found out that Tawsen just renovated a traditional home and their opening it so people can rent! It’s gorgeous. To know more about this. You can visit them at Facebook. Ms. Daphne, their manager, is very accommodating, approachable and helpful!

So, there you go. That’s my 5 things to do in Batanes! Definitely worth visiting again, for leisure this time – God willing!

Hence, as they say in Batanes…
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until my next post!

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5 things to do in Taipei: For First Time Travelers

Legend says that you can hear the rooster’s crow in Taiwan even when you are in the Philippines. Well, they say that it’s possible when in you’re in the upper most islands of the country – Batanes. Taiwan is not so different if you happen to be a Meteor Garden fan like me, and since they have made travel, visa free, until July 2018, you still have time to explore the beauty Taiwan has to offer.

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Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

My travel was limited to Taipei since I  went there for another purpose.
Given this, I will  share with you 5 Things To Do in Taipei when you’re in a tight schedule. 🙂

1. FOOD TRIP
Taipei has a number of night markets you can go to, and these are the best sites for food trips! 🙂 For me, the best seller is the pork buns in Raohe Night Market. Raohe is a relatively smaller night market compared to others like Shilin, but the finds there are absolutely amazing. The Pork Buns are located at the entrance of the night market near the temple. You can easily find it since there is usually a line for those buying.

The Raohe pork buns are a bit spicy, so you should bring water just in case. They make the buns on the spot, so you can actually see how they prepare it. What’s unique about it is that they bake it using a special/traditional oven. 🙂

There are other things you can try out, here are some of the photos:

When In Raohe

Another highlight from Raohe, aside from the pork buns is the one-of-a-kind ice cream where smoke can be blown from your nose. 🙂 The vendor is so friendly, he even made it a point to speak a little Filipino. He will even take your photo/video. He really makes sure that you will enjoy the experience. 🙂 Keep in mind that you need to follow his orientation first before eating your smoking ice cream! 🙂

Here’s a few shots of my ice cream experience! 🙂


When in Shilin
Probably the most famous night market in Taipei is Shilin Night Market. For an introvert like me, there’s just so much people!!! I felt really exhausted after the stay. We agot lost there, but it’s just a small area, so we easily found our way back. 🙂 It is near 2 train stations so it’s very accessible.

Other Food Trip Opportunities

If you are fond of coffee, tea and milk tea, Taipei is one of the best places to go. Actually, my first meal there was in a cafe which offers coffee and meals. There are also various restaurants both Japanese and Korean inspired, and of course authentic Taiwanese. For first time budget travelers, Mcdonald’s can also be a good place to eat. :p

 

2. HISTORICAL TOURS

Taiwan boasts of a rich history and there are many historical  areas in the island. One of these is the Chang Kai Shek memorial hall where one of the nation’s leaders was immortalized through a structure/statue.

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Gate / Court of the Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall at Night
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The Garden and Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
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Flag Retreat at the Memorial Hall
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Grandiose Ceiling at the Statue of Chang Kai Shek
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Chang Kai Shek’s Monument

Aside from this, there are numerous historical areas in Taipei including their national museum and the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, among others. Appreciating a country’s history should definitely be part of one’s top five things to do, since it will give you a glimpse of how the country has become what it is now, even if you are just staying for a few days.

3. CULTURAL TOURS

Aside from its rich historical preservation, Taipei also has a rich culture and there are many ways to be familiar with this. For me, a trip to Maokong (the TEA capital of Taipei), is a must! Maokong is very near the Taipei Zoo so you might want to drop by also, you just need to go there early so you can enjoy both places.

To reach Maokong, just ride the train going to Taipei Zoo Station. You can ride a taxi or -the more fun – cable car from there. 🙂

The cable car is located  in the top most floor, so you might need to be ready for that climb. Upon reaching the area, you just need to line up. There are 2 lines – one is for the regular cable cars and the other for the glass bottom cable car. If you have the heart for it, ride the glass bottom so you can see a more full view going to Maokong.

Upon reaching Maokong, you can visit different tea shops and food establishments. There is also a nice view there because it is located on top of a mountain. We did not have much time, but you can also try to find shops that have a better view which you might hike. 🙂

 

4. SHOPPING

There are many things to buy and many places to shop in Taipei. Both Raohe and Shilin have many shopping areas aside from food.

Raohe and Shilin Shopping Stalls

 

Lao Mian Cheng Lantern Shop

Lao Mian Cheng Lantern Shop located at No. 298, Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District offers a wide range of Lanterns that you can bring home as a souvenir. There are elegant hand-painted lanterns which costs around 1,000 – 2,000 pesos each, but there are also cheap items such as fans and scarves. The shop is located in an alley, so it might be difficult to find. I suggest that you go there in the morning / afternoon since the location is a bit scary at night.

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Eslite 24-hour bookstore

 

As a bookworm, I was looking forward to a trip to a 24-hour bookstore. However, since I had limited budget for this trip, I was not able to fully enjoy the stay here since the items sold are quite pricey. Aside from that, my feet were aching from all the walking in Shilin Night Market, and the bookstore was quite far from the train station. However, if you have the budget, this store offers not only books but stationeries and different cute items like the pop-up Harry Potter book above. They also have a place for you to eat sort of like a food court (not 24 hours though). There’s also Starbucks there, but it’s not 24 hours as well.

LOCAL MARKETS

Local markets offer different items at affordable prices. Going around a local market near Taipei 101 and near our hotel (Charming City Hotel) we were able to find a school / office / stationery supplies store! It has everything in it! PENS! ALL COLORS! Post its! Cute Notebooks! Hooray!

 

5. SIGHT-SEEING

There are many great areas to visit in Taipei. One of them is Taipei 101. Taipei streets at night are also a sight to behold because of all the lights. 🙂 Here are some of my shots.

 

Aside from these things, there are many more areas to explore not only in Taipei, but also in nearby places. For me, Taipei is one of the best cities I have been to because people are warmer and friendlier to tourists than in other Asian countries, the place is relatively safe, and there are many areas to explore!
MANILA – TAIPEI – MANILA can be as cheap as 5,000 – 7,000 round trip when there are promos. You can try to scout around or follow local travel agencies like from friends at Metro Wanderer Services (www.facebook.com/travelpisofare).

So, there’s my #ThankfulTaipeiTrip last November 2017. Hope you can visit and enjoy the place as I did! God bless! 🙂

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Reason for the disappearances: An open letter after the rapture

Dear Friend,

I wrote this just in case my Savior has already come back and you need to know some answers. I can just imagine how the world is chaotic now (it is already chaotic at this point), but do not despair. Have hope. There is an answer. These disappearances have a reason, and I believe I am one of those who have disappeared. I wrote this before all of these happened, and I hope you will find the answers that you are looking for.

 

WHO IS YOUR GOD?

God refers to “the Supreme Being and principal object of faith.” For Christians, God is our Maker, the Director of our lives, our Best friend (through Jesus), our Beginning and End. It is important to have a clear notion of who your God is because it determines how you live your life, how you view your relationships, how you set your goals, how you undermine difficulties. God (or lack of one) in a person’s life greatly affects his total being.

 

WHO IS MY GOD?

  1. My God is the God of the Bible.
  2. My God created the Heavens and the Earth
  3. My God has different attributes – He is kind, good, justice, love, mercy, grace, immeasurable, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent.
  4. My God loves me.
  5. My God died for me to save me from my own sins
  6. My God is three in one – Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

 

HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH A GOD?

The God of the Bible made us and allowed us to enjoy this life that he has given us. However, because of free will, we are free to choose which path to take in this life, and our God has an enemy who lures us away from our God’s perfect plan.

To live with a God means to trust him with your life on the basis that He made you and He loves you. He doesn’t want for you to be destroyed. He has great plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). To love with a God means to be under His authority, yet enjoy a fellowship with Him. He is a King, but an approachable one. A Father. A Friend. A Teacher. He is not some monarchy that you can view from afar. Our King is a personal King.

 

To live a life with God means to surrender everything you have to His authority, to walk in his statutes, to obey his commandments, knowing that it is for the good.

 

In Leviticus 18, the Israelites (God’s chosen people) just came from a long life of servitude under the Egyptians and they might have been influenced by the way they live. In addition, en route the promised land, they will also encounter a new culture that DIFFERS from the way that God wants them to live. Due to this, God warned them and gave them a command not to follow the ways of these people who has different gods – gods and peoples that have different practices like child sacrifice (v. 21), homosexuality (v. 22), adultery (v. 20), having sex with animals (v. 23). These are abomination in the eyes of God because God designed us and he knows how we should function, and he knows what is good for us. It is saddening to see that we are in a fallen world because of these abominations. In these times, we can really see that “25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” With all these wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, bombings, etc, it is as if we are destroying our own race. With all the calamities, we are like being eliminated by nature. Men and women turned to evil and we are reaping the consequences – diseases, tragedies, pain and suffering. The world is turning evil by the minute and it seems unstoppable… but it will stop. JESUS will come back again. JESUS will come back as a judge. He will take His people with him, and after that there will be 7 years… 7 years of great tribulation… of suffering. Some will still be saved during that times, but there are many who will choose to live an easier life. Then, the final battle of good and evil will come, and GOD – the TRUE GOD –  will win.

 

So to you, who is reading this, know that JESUS came to this broken world more than 2000 years ago to save YOU from the consequences of your sins. He longs to have a personal relationship with you. He longs for you to acknowledge the TRUE GOD in your life, for you to live according to His will. It is the only way to be saved. ACCEPT THE LOVE AND SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST AT THE CROSS OF CALVARY. ACCEPT HIM IN YOUR HEART. ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR. REPENT FROM YOUR SINS. SIN NO MORE. LET GOD TAKE OVER. The path maybe difficult, but it will be worth it in the end.

 

You need God more than you imagine. He loves you more than you know.

 

Our God is not dead. He is surely alive. Let Him live in you, my friend. Turn to the Bible. Be transformed.

 

Love,

Levi – a sinner, saved by grace.

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Leviticus 18

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God.

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.

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20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.

 

 

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IRONIC

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IRONIC.

One single word that describes my 2014. Here’s a background of what I have been through the past year. Well, maybe, irony may seem to be a good thing.

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Removal of Sweetness. The first blow of 2014 came when I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (DM2) in January. I was confined in the hospital for a couple of days, and a not-so-sensitive-doctor told me the bad news that sad night of January 2014. What I really heard from her is “you will have it for life.. you may have complications… when you get pregnant you will have to use insulin…”Pretty much, that’s all the scary stuff. I cried so hard after and I thank God for my Mom and sister who was there with me. 🙂

Sweetness from Another Source. So, after I learned that I had DM2 at age 25, I turned to who I turn to when things get bad.. my best friend Jesus Christ. As fragile as I was that night, I sang praises to him and he comforted me. Everything was going to be okay. (Isn’t my God the sweetest?)

Because my body was not able to handle the travel from Novaliches to Makati, I had to quit my job and rest for a while. Such a difficult decision knowing that I had a promising job at a big company already. But God has his own plans.. and following Him would lead you to where you need to be.

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Hospital. If there was one place that I’ve been to majority of my time in 2014, it would be the Hospital. Why? Because I started working for Manila Doctors. It was one year that brought out the best in me… I believe. I have grown professionally and personally through the things my bosses, colleagues and teammates taught me. I am happier, and my happiness is a personal decision. Despite my physical limitations, I believe I was able to deliver what I can in response to the responsibilities entrusted to me. The highlights of my year was the 40.8% increase of volunteers in the first project I managed with the help of my teammates, boss and the whole Hospital. Then, our hospital’s CSR has become international with our engagement in the UN Global Compact. One of our dearest doctors/Quality Management Representative went to Bali and New York to represent us in 2 different fora meant to create international policies on business for peace and anti-corruption. It was also my first time to attend the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. Biennial Convention. Our hospital was awarded by DOH and DepEd for its contribution to Yolanda Response (DOH) and Adopt-a-School Program (DepEd). For the first time in forever, we also won 3rd place during the Continual Improvement Project competition of the Hospital! Our volunteers also spent their saturdays last Sept, Oct and Nov to cater to teachers in Valenzuela and at our MDH CSR Clinic to give back during the National Teachers Month Celebration. Aside from that, we also finished the Total Wellness Program of more than 90% of the population of our adopted school. We conducted various trainings and workshops to equip and capacitate our partners in the school, community and even those inside the hospital. I learned how to do Family Planning counseling and I was able to practice it. 🙂

Most of all, I enjoyed the camaraderie we all have in MDH especially to my new-found friends Ms. Jill, Eunice, Ma’am Salvs, Ms. Angie, Mama Lisa, Ms. Maan, Sir Pogi, Sir Mel (Happy Birthday!), Sir Julius, Sir Art, Ma’am Sey, Rey (how may I help you), Donna, Dr. Ariel, Dr. Geli, Dr. Myrtle, Dr. Bernal, Dr. Cadiz, Dra. Weng, Dr. Collantes. The Dietary Dept ladies. Dra. Dindee and QM friends. Purchasing people. Ma’am Weng. Sir Ian and Mark, Kuya Rico, Kuya Jess.. People from LHS. Aiko, Paul, Josh and Arnel. Ma’am Jo, Sir Arvin and Sir Rowell (super thanks sir rowell ha!!!) and a whole lot more!

Hospitalization. In the same year, we had 5 hospitalizations with 2 operations in the family ( I was hospitalized 2 times, my 2 brothers had operations, and my mom had mild stroke). How can I say? It was one scary ride. However, we felt God’s presence in our family more. In terms of money, I thank God for Dan’s healthcard (it was a BIG BIG HELP). I also want to thank the kind doctors who helped us… Dr. Morales and Dr. Chua for Mama, Dr. Gene Chan for my brother. I also thank Papa’s health benefits that was used during my other brother’s operation. He was going on 20 then, and the benefits was only until he was 19. Less than 5 days before his 20th bday, he had the operation and we didn’t pay so much. Thank God! So you see… God is good all the time! God is good in sickness. God is good in times of health. Oh! My mom also had no major complications brought about by the stroke. So for me, that’s a major thing to be grateful for!

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TWENTY FOURTEEN. 2014 was a tough year for me and my family. However, God sustained us. He provided. He cared for us. He kept us safe. He healed. He taught us. He ministered to us. He enlightened us. He gave us peace that is beyond understanding. He gave us forgiveness and we were able to forgive others. He strengthened us individually and as a family. He gave us hope. He gave us smiles and laughter. He showed us love. He was there. He is here… and that is enough.

TWENTY FIFTEEN. I am all excited for 2015 for I believe in my heart that it is a year of sowing and reaping. I have great expectations from God for my MA degree, for travels, for my work, for my family and my personal life.

Galatians 6:9 is my 2015 life verse. It says:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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Spoken desires to Someone

There are many moments when other people will tell me or my mom or some of my friends.. “ang ganda ng prayer mo (your prayer was beautiful)” or “ang galing mo mag-pray (you pray really well).” At some point, I do not understand their amazement on HOW we pray… for me what is more amazing is the ONE WHOM WE PRAY TO. 🙂

Early this morning, I had the great privilege to have an audience with the God of the Universe, and during our conversation, He gave me a great reminder.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I have come across this passage a lot of times in the course of my walk with Jesus, but it never fails to amaze me. So today, I revisited the meaning of these verses and I was renewed and reminded about the God I pray to, the God I trust.

Do you know the meaning of TRUST? BIG WORD!

Well, according to the dictionary, it is both a NOUN and a VERB. This means that it is an abstract idea that can be put to action. Yes, trust is not tangible like a book or this computer, but it can be exercised in the daily lives of women and men. The dictionary further expressed that TRUST as a noun refers to the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something.” When it is considered as a verb, the firm belief is transformed to BELIEVE. You actually do something. You believe this reliable, true, able and strong SOMEONE. Thus, we can say that..

TRUST is a FIRM BELIEF PUT INTO ACTION because of the ATTRIBUTES OF SOMEONE WORTH TRUSTING.

The dictionary I was using also had a short note on the origin of the word. It says that the word TRUST comes from the Old Norse traust which cam from traustr which means STRONG.

This for me added more meaning to the word trust. I can only TRUST someone who is STRONG. STRONGER THAN ME.

Who then is strong? The verse says TRUST in the LORD.

WHO IS YOUR LORD? Well it can be a lot of people and a lot of things, but for me my LORD is known as JESUS CHRIST – the LORD of LORDS and the KING of KINGS.

My reliable dictionary defines LORD as someone who has power, authority, influence, a master or ruler.

Now tell me, who rules  your life? Are you sure that the one you trust your life to is STRONG? Is he/she worthy of entrusting your life to?

Definitely, it cannot be yourself. You cannot trust your own understanding. You cannot fully trust humans for your life.. we are all fallible beings and we are not strong all the time.

Once you know who to trust.. In what manner, then, do we trust?

The Bible says with ALL THINE HEART. ❤

This means everything that we have – our emotions, our being, our source of life (literally and figuratively).

By trusting with all our hearts we will ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IN ALL OUR WAYS… This means we make Him part of everything – our hopes, our plans, our fears, our joys, our pains, our dreams. When He is part of our life, He directs our steps. He makes the road easier for us because we are looking unto His strength and not our own.

So, when people tell me, you prayed really well… at the back of my mind, I know that my prayers are but a confession of my hopes, my fears, my gratitude, my love, my spoken desires to Someone Strong… someone whom I can trust.. someone who knows my heart.. someone who will direct my paths. It is not the choice of my words that are beautiful, it is the choice of my heart. I choose Jesus. Whom do you choose?

Posted in LIFE IN GENERAL

Push ups!

I don’t know how to do push-ups…

But I definitely know how it feels to exert much effort just so you can push yourself up.

I live in a time where society is more advanced than ever, and basic knowledge means nothing. Things are getting more complex when it comes to medicine, science, engineering and even social services. That is why, I thought, I wanted to level up. So I took an online masters degree at the UP Open University in 2012. Boy! This is more challenging than the days I spent in undergrad!

I’m actually not ranting about how difficult my MA is, but I am more of celebrating the hardships and looking forward to the future victory… another chance to wear my sablay since I finished a quest for academic excellence! 🙂

There are times it feels more convenient to quit. There’s the demand of work and personal life. There’s your mom telling you not to stay up all night (but MOM and DAD.. I really have to!). There are circumstances that you seem to ask yourself, “why am I doing this? why am I making my life more difficult?” And at this present moment, I experience this sense of frustration.

So today, I decided to remember what made me take a Masters degree in 2012. First, my love for learning can never be quenched. Then, I wanted to improve so that the services I can give to my clients/beneficiaries are at par with current standards. Three, I wanted to teach someday if circumstances allow.

How about you? Do you seem tired of pursuing things that you cannot feel the reality of your goal? Do not fret my friend, you are not alone. When circumstances like this come, there is one thing to do.. GO BACK. GO BACK TO THE REASONS WHY YOU PURSUED YOUR DREAMS IN THE FIRST PLACE. There you will find the will to go on and push forward. There, you will re-discover your drive to PUSH YOURSELF UP! 🙂

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Risk Management: Something complicated?

Recently, I took an online Massive Open online Course (MOOC) entitled Risk and Opportunities: Managing Risks for Development facilitated by the World Bank. My impression at first was that risk management is a very difficult topic that would be challenging to comprehend. Surprisingly, it was not, and I learned a lot from the MOOC.

I will be sharing one of the valuable things I learned during the duration of the course.

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 Managing Risks may not be so complicated. It can actually start with the basic unit of society – the family, or a group of people living together – a community. In our country, the Philippines, disasters presents a lot of risks that hampers development. However, if each barangay (community) or even each family will gain the knowledge, protection and insurance to prevent or cope with risks, then there can be a lot of change on how the development of a place can push through even after a disaster.

Of course, these small units of society cannot do it alone and they need the help of the local government, national government and the international community especially for large-scale calamities like the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Yet, it will all start with ONE, and these families and communities collectively through trusted leaders, cohesiveness and outside support can contribute to a whole nation who is resilient and has great coping mechanisms for disasters or calamities.

IT CAN ALL START WITH ONE.

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Single and Longing for “it!”

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Well, times have changed and it’s getting harder and harder to find that one true love we all have been waiting for.

In the light of disappointments and our deep longing for a special someone to share our life with, sometimes we tend to forget that the God who made the Universe also made us. He is the ‘Great I Am.’ The Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. He knows your past, present and future. And He has said that He has great plans for us. Plans to prosper us, not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

I happen to come across this short excerpt from Josh Harris’ book, Boy Meets Girl. I guess this has touched me and reminded me so much about the pain and beauty of waiting, and so I would like to share this especially to my girl friends who have still been waiting, and it seems that waiting is a lifetime. Be encouraged! 🙂

 

Are you asking that question? “When will it be my turn? When will my story begin?”

 

If you’re single, I believe that God wants you to see that your story has begun. Life doesn’t start when you find a spouse. Marriage is wonderful, but it’s simply a new chapter in life. It’s just a new way to do what we’re all created to do – to live for and glorify our Creator.

 

Right now God is working all the elements of your life together for your good (Romans 8:28). This time in your life is part of your story. Maybe it’s not what you had planned. Maybe you wish your Prince or Princess would have arrived by now. But God is right on schedule. He knows exactly what He’s doing. He sees you right where you are. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t overlooked you. The circumstances you’re going through – no matter how difficult – are part of the very happy ending He has planned.

 

God is greater than your circumstances. My pastor C..J. Mahaney, once told a group of singles: “You’re greatest need is not a spouse. Your greatest need is to be delivered from the wrath of God- and that has already been accomplished for you through the death and resurrection of Christ. So why doubt that God will provide a much, much lesser need? Trust His sovereignty, trust His wisdom, trust His love.:

 

I don’t have any pat answers. I can only urge you to trust Him. (pp.214-215)

 

In whatever circumstances we are in, God is good. In every season of our lives, God is good. Let’s trust in His goodness! Hallelujah!