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roasted manok

26 December 2007

Dave sent this to our friends back home. Naka-CC din ako at mga kaibigan namin sa cell group sa FCCD (Filipino Christian Church of Dubai) dito sa dubai.
To say that my heart was tied into knots and that I was deeply touched by his letter is an understatement.
Sobrang malungkot yung pasko namin pero ang diwa nito ay hindi dapat mawala anuman ang sitwasyon o kalagayan namin noon.

     

   This a December 25 email. Im at work today. I wasn’t able to open my emails for almost 2 weeks, napaka busy talaga sa work, kahit ngaun dapat off ako, pinapasok pa din ako kc may tatapusin daw, kaya lng until this time di pa sya (boss) pumapasok sa office.

Anyway, miss ko na ang Pasko sa pinas, kahapon nga eh buong araw akong nasa labas ng office, nag punta sa apat na malls sa Dubai para mag collect ng natapos naming promos, 8 am kami nagsimula, 9pm na ko nakauwi…nakakapagod…. but Christmas is still Christmas, it doesnt change its meaning kahit anung bagay ang naranasan ko, sabi nga ng kanta “tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pasko”. Kumain kmi ng pritong isda na hiningi ni Ice sa kasama nmin sa bahay, di pa kasi kmi nakapamimili, wala pang katapusan pero di ako nakuntento, kinalkal ko ang wallet ko at bumili kmi ng walang kamatayan roasted chicken (dahil roasted chicken lagi ang inuulam namin kapag hindi nakakaluto sa gabi galing sa trabaho), kinain namin ang kalahati at binaon ung kalahati, may laman man o wala ang hapag kainan Pasko pa din ito, di kayang pantayan ang tunay na diwa at halaga nito.

     Habang pauwi ako kagabi mula sa nakakapagod na trabaho outside ng office nmin, as I walk on the street before I got a ride back home… I looked up and talk to God…. Merry Christmas po Panginoon….salamat sa lahat ng bagay na ipanagkaloob nyo sa araw na ito. Inaalala ko ang dakilang araw ng inyong kapanganakan Panginoong Hesus…mahal na mahal ko po Kayo…. As I pray these things tears slowly flow down from my eyes… I was great to greet the Creator of this universe a merry Christmas…

Soon I’ll be back to my beloved country, my friends, home church and family…
Missing you all this Christmas…

Dave

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Lutang

16 December 2007

Inaantok ako sa mga oras na ito.

At gusto ko ng pumayat.

Hindi ko alam kung paanong ang dalawang magkaibang konsepto(plano) na ito ang naiisip ko.

Marahil sa kape.

Tara kape tayo…

Hayaang ang mainit na likido ang dumaloy sa tuyot na lalamunan at magpakulo sa tyang walang laman.

PS. Salamat nga pala ng marami Enmely (is this your name’s anagram which is Mylene? guess lang)…

I appreciate you reading my blog. Sana magkita tayo minsan. Wala lang. Kung kailangan mo lang ng tatambling sa harapan mo, I’m more than willing to perform such an antic. Hehe. Salamat talaga. Ayan, magkapit bahay na pala tayo. Salamat uli.

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There is None Like You

13 December 2007

Thanksgiving and praises…

Ang post na ito ay gagamitin ko upang pasalamatan ang Lord sa mga bagong bagay at masasayang kaganapan sa buhay ko nitong mga nagdaang araw.

Salamat unang una sa Lord sa isang buhay ng taong nakinig sa akin at siya kong pinagsabihan, pangalawa kay chris, ng mga ‘deepest darkest secrets ko’.haha! Alam mo na kung sino ka, at gusto ko lang sabihin sa ‘yo kung mababasa mo ito, na I greatly appreciate your open mindedness. Salamat at hindi mo ko hinusgahan at tiwala ako na safe ang mga secrets na ‘yon sa ‘yo.

Continue to pray for me. Thanks for the friendship.

Pangalawa, praises and honor unto God sa bagong work dito sa GN. I am really happy with my current job.
Perfect in every aspect.
Buti na lang alam ng Panginoon ano exactly yung laman ng puso ko.

Panginoon ng aking buhay…Salamat po.

Pangatlo, salamat sa Panginoon for continuously healing some areas of my life.
May song akong alam na ang title ay ‘Binabago mo ako araw-araw’. Ganyang ganyan ang nangyayari sa akin ngayon. At ang sarap magbago, though hindi siya madali, pero kapag nakikita mo yung bunga ng pagbabagong iyon kagaya ng pagkakaroon ng karagdagang saya, healed relationship, blessings, peace… lalo kang maiinspire magbago.

Maiisip niyo siguro…kuuu… si Ice naman, masyadong ispiritwal!
Ang masasabi ko lang dyan eh, ok lang.
Ano naman masama sa pagiging ispiritwal?
Maganda nga iyon.
You’re always looking forward to something to be thankful for.
And it’s always uplifting that all of that blessings will bring back ALL the glory to God.

Sa buhay ko, sa lahat ng natanggap ko, hindi iyon dahil sa maganda ako (chenez!), mabait (isang malaking jowk..haha!) at matalino ay sus! loko lang) ako, kundi higit sa anupamang reason, I received these things because God, my Lord, Savior, friend, Dad, wants everything that’s best for His children. And He will provide those according to His riches and glory.

At kahit hindi Niya i-provide yung mga bagay the way I expected it to be, I’ll still sing praises unto Him.
Because the deepest joy and purpose of my life I found in Him.
Kumbaga, lahat ng mga nangyayari ngayon sa buhay ko na sobrang saya, it’s a BIG bonus from God.

Ang sarap talagang gunitain kung gaano kabuti ang Panginoon.

Hep! Kung naiinip na kayo at gusto nyo nang mag ALT + TAB papunta sa ibang window, pakinggan niyo muna ito.

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You

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Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb11:1)

5 December 2007

Maraming pwedeng mangyari sa isang araw.

Katulad na lang kahapon.
Umaga, on the way ang tech crew, ang marketing manager at ako syempre, ang dakilang alalay ng lahat,
sa isang Delegation/ Conference sa Ras al Khaimah. Ito ay para i-persuade ang mga Chines investors, na inin-troduce ng
mayutak naming boss, para itapon ipagkatiwala nila ang kaban kabang yaman nila sa lugar na ito.

Brief info:

Ang RaS AL khAimah ay isa sa mga emirates, sampu ng Dubai, na bumubuo sa United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ras al KhaimahKasalukuyan itong pinapayaman ng pamahalaan ng RAK sa pamamagitan ng pang-iimbita ng mga foreign investors.
Nilalayon nilang tumulad sa Dubai na may man made islandssssss (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Dubai, Palm Deira), aktibong turismo at bilyong dolyar.
Maliban sa naligaw kami kahapon dahil puro disyerto (na may kaakit akit na malagintong sand dunes) eh masarap ang hinandang pagkain sa hotel (Al Hamra) na pinagganapan ng conference.

Sa aming paglalakbay, nagulat ako ng inabot sa akin ng boss kong si Jenny ang ilang pirasong papel at pen.

“Ano ‘to?” wika ko.

“Shusch lai mah! Kow lsiufn. Shing Ching Ping!!!!” sagot niya.

Jowk.

Sabi niya tulungan ko siyang gumawa ng tanong para sa Q&A portion ng Conf. Napailing na lang ako kasi nga naiinis na ‘ko. Hindi mawala sa kanya ang pagiging hindi organisado. Hindi man niya lang ito nabanggit kahapon sa meeting samantalang buong araw kaming magkasama. Di bale na, kako, tatlong araw na lang naman ako dito sa kompanyang ito at lilipat na ko. Konting tiis.

So sige, sulat naman ako ng tanong. Sulat dito, edit doon. Kapag hindi maganda sa pandinig i-cross out agad.
Opo, mahina sila sa spelling. Pero, alam nila kung paano at ano ang itatanong. Kumbaga may ideya na, tinulungan ko na lang sa pag-reconstruct ng sentences/questions at nag-suggest na lang din ako ng pandagdag panggulong tanong.

Bago kami tuluyang bumaba sa Chev ni boss, ok na ang lahat. Hanggang sa makarating kami ng RAK.
Pagkakita sa akin ni pagkagwapong gwapong CEO, (kamukha niya si Daniel Henney. please see pic below), nilapitan niya ‘ko at tumitig sa aking mga mata…Gwapoooo eh inutusan nya yung isa naming staff na i-interpret yung sinasabi niya sa akin (ang alam niya lang sabihin ay OK at very good). Kamukat mukat ako ang inuutusan niyang maging reporter sa halip na yung isa naming staff. Hala! Sabi ko , habang nakatitig sa mapupungay at singkit niyang mata at kahit hindi niya naiintindihan ang English ko,

“Sir, this is impossible! This is ridiculous! I wasn’t informed about this and I will not embarrassed myself by asking these damn questions!”

“In short, mukha mo! Kumag ka, kahit gwapo ka, pingasan ko yang mukha mo eh! Tantanan mo ko kundi ipu-pukpok ko ‘yung mic sa ulo mo.”

In the end nakita ko na lang sarili kong hawak ang mikropono at nakaharap sa camera. Grrr. Wika nga ng mga panang taxi driver dito sa dubai

‘ WHAT TO DO?????!!!!’

Dalawang oras ang pagpunta sa RAK mula Dubai, at maghapon kaming nag-stay para i-cover yung conf.
Buong araw sumakit ang ulo ko. Hindi ko nadala yung gamot sa migraine ko. Dusaaaaaaaa.

Matapos ang lahat lahat, naging positibo naman ang reaksyon ng mga interviewees, ng tech crew, ng MManager at ng CEO sa ginawa kong kabalbalan trabaho.

Instant media rep cum reporter ang lola niyo. aw!

Somehow, it made me realize na I enjoyed having my face in the front of the camera. I found out I can do it without trembling hands and shaky voice. I feel more confident. Kaya ko pala. Kaya ko naman pala.

Before, I really prefer mga prod asst at tech staff tasks kasi ayaw/allergic nga ako sa camera pero ngayong nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon (break kuno), naisip ko, uh… not so bad… karirin ko kaya? Pano mangyayari yun? Gwahehe. eh anim na araw na lang, sa newspaper/magazine na ko. Weeeeeee!!! Walang camera. Meron dun, pressure, pressure, pressure. Although hindi naman pure writing work ko dun, editorial asst kasi yung position which demands admin support at manaka-nakang coordination at writing skills.

Pero dahil nga sa ang dakilang plano ko ay ang mga sumusunod:

1. maging nobelista (libreng mangarap)
2. maging screenwriter (super duper libreng mangarap)
3. mag may ari ng isang TV station… (yebah!)

(baka magkaroon TV appearances pa rin ako kaya dapat may training. naks!)

Plans which are a leeway to spread the good news. For God’s glory.
Mga planong kailangan pa ng approval ng nasa Itaas.

Maraming maraming maraming bagay pa kong kailangan matutunan, kailangang malaman, kailangang baguhin.
Pero ngayon, I pray God would bless me with a teachable heart and the right attitude.

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Kahapon, nagkaroon ng hindi magandang pangyayari sa office nila Chris.
Umere ang French version TVC sa buong Middle east at nasayang ang $135K.

Isang fatal na pagkamamali na nagbunsod sa boss niyang i-threaten siya na tatanggalin sa work.

I really want to thank God how good He really is for intervening in this situation.Naayos ang di pagkakaunawaan, although malaki yung damage. Pero it seems it wasn’t Chris’ fault at all. ’twas his boss’.

Nais kong i-quote ang sinabi ni Chris ukol sa pangyayari, ‘kapag naisip mong maari talagang mawala ang lahat sa ‘yo sa isang iglap, trabaho, mga minamahal sa buhay, mga bagay na pinundar at pinaghirapan mo, may Diyos naman na may kontrol sa lahat ng bagay na pwede mong sandalan. Magbabago ang pananaw mo sa lahat ng bagay.’

I cannot agree more.

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Mga photos ng event kahapon:

Arabo at Chino.

Mga Big Boss ko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seryosohan na

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listen with your heart…

9 October 2007

I’ve been through a raging battle of choosing between:

a job offer so tempting it will give me the opportunity to fly to my dream land, Canada, and earn salary far better what I am currently getting, a job full of optimism, wonderful and sensible bosses, with a clear career ladder that will let me have my desired position of a Marketing Communication Executive in the future and exposure to the corporate world…

versus…

my current job which is as vague as the frosted window in the winter season…
no plans.
no growth.
no benefits.
no bonus.
no organization.
no Canada.
no going up nor down.

no nothing. the exact opposite of the first one.

I think it’s much too obvious which one did I chose to stay.
Of course, the one God gave me.

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6 months ago, I asked God for a 3000dirham-job.
I got it exactly the way I prayed for it.

3 months ago, I whined and complained my boredom to this job I have. and still whining for a couple of months.

7 days ago, I realized the purpose of my stay. I decided to stay.

6 days ago, I got a phone call for a job interview.

4 days ago, I was offered my dream job.

3 days ago, I handed my resignation letter and started to work for my dream job.

yesterday, I was still confused, torn between the want to go and escaped these seemingly cold and disorganized people and chase the greener pasture or commit to my vow to stay for the next 6 months trusting the Lord with all my heart, my mind, my soul and my strength of what He can do if I remain faithful and trust Him…

today, I heard God’s voice saying… trust Me… and witness what I will do if you’ll keep My word into your heart…

I listen, I adhered, I’ll obey.

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John 8:12

6 June 2007

JOHN 8: 12

12Nang magkagayon, nagsalitang muli si Jesus sa kanila. Sinabi niya: Ako ang ilaw ng sanlibutan. Siya na sumusunod sa akin ay hindi lalakad kailanman sa kadiliman. Siya ay magkakaroon ng ilaw ng buhay.

12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Following the Light

The scripture is taken from the Book of John in which the chapter is titled ‘The Validity of Jesus’ Testimony’. My aim for today’s devotion is to highlight the 12th verse. The Lord Jesus is proclaiming Himself as the Light of the World. The One who brings the right path towards an eternal life.

First , what does it mean when Jesus said “Light of the World”?

The world, we might say, is the reality going outside and maybe inside our very own home. On the other hand, world that is physical, or the world in its connotative meaning, means the people who are living, including you and I. According to WORDWEB, my fave online dictionary, world means:

• Everything that exists anywhere
• All of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
e.g. his world was shattered”; “we live in different worlds”
• The 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
E.g. “he sailed around the world”
• People in general considered as a whole
• A part of the earth that can be considered separately
e.g. “the outdoor world”; “the world of insects”
• The concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife
e.g. “they consider the church to be independent of the world”
• All of the living human inhabitants of the earth
e.g. “the entire world loves a lover”
• Involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
e.g. “a world crisis”

The passage is more likely referring to all the living humans on the earth. To support this is His second statement that goes ‘whoever follows me’, pertaining to the people who have his or her own free will to follow the Light. These people who can either choose to remain in the dark or have the Light of life which also means an eternal life. (John 3:16, ‘whoever follows the begotten Son of God will never perish but will have eternal life’.)

How will I apply it in my daily living? Maybe I should answer how to follow Lord Jesus, in the light of my work and situations I am facing right now.

Currently, I am getting somehow bored at work. I am practically doing nothing, not because I am lazy, but because there’s no so much work to do. Besides, my bosses sometimes ignore my suggestions. So, what am I to do? Argh.

And now I am again thinking, what am I good at? I wish I am in the right place, exerting my efforts on the right company, maximizing my potentials with the pool of excellent people. What am I doing here in this kind of company which doesn’t even value a professional looking business card? Argh.
I don’t want anymore to grope in the dark… I don’t want to guess or even to mi-ni-mi-ni- mi ni mo my next career move. Please Lord, shed me some light.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Right, I should give God my trust! Wholeheartedly! This is what he instructed me to do! Because I now am starting to doubt what He is planning to do on me, I am, naturally begin to be impatient! Awww.. the natural Ice is getting bored and is quitting… Do I want myself to be called a quitter? Just for my comfort and stability?

I’ve thought of these questions because before this job, I have other offers. And there are zillions of better companies in which I could work for rather than this one. But this is the challenge. Do I really trust my God wholeheartedly to not lean on my own understanding, apprehensions, intellect, reasons, interpretations, perception, realization that He planned for me to where exactly am I???

Wholeheartedly is defined as characterized by unreserved enthusiasm, passion, or commitment. No reservations! With enthusiasm! With passion! With commitment! Passionately, unreservedly, totally, unstintingly, unequivocally, one hundred percent, unswervingly, committed.

Questions!

1. Do I trust God with a great enthusiasm and also, am I excited in what He’s going to do with my life?
2. Do I trust God with a real passion? Trusting Him alone 100 percent?
3. Am I committed on trusting Him?

If I follow Him, I will never walk in darkness. Why is it I still stumble? Still feel lost and don’t know what to do with my life? Careers to pursue? Priorities to concentrate? Simply because I am not following Him faithfully everyday of my life and because I am not trusting Him wholeheartedly. Yes, I did accept Him to be my Lord and Savior but to the other things in my life, I still cling on those not yet surrendered part of me. Which I think is my impatience and being stubborn and trusting Him only 99 percent. Not 100 percent. Argh!

If I don’t want to feel lost anymore, He has solution with this. Trust Him 100%, don’t let any human, confined and limited mind overshadow things that God can do and He will make my path straight. He will reveal things to me. Clearly. If I will just trust Him and His instructions and don’t doubt, not even a minuscule, He will guide me towards His original plan for me, which is to prosper me, to give me hope and future. (Jeremiah 29:11)