Sunday, September 14, 2008


I was awakened by an urgent call in the middle of the night by my sister-in-law saying that my husband whom I was separated with was taken to the hospital because of a ruptured appendix. She informed me, in effect reminding me of my responsibility to take care of the insurance since he is still my beneficiary.

Just a day before he was hospitalized he came to where I live to ask money which I was not able to give at that time. He was irked that I did not give him, so he threatened to kill me. He raved and ranted about his old jealousies with my co-workers, all of which is not true of course. It is this thing he keeps rewinding like a broken record, accusing me endlessly. And threaten me that he would kill me if he caught me. That night I cried to God. Questions begin to crop up in my mind. What have I done to deserve this torture? Why won't he leave me alone in peace? Have I done something wrong to God for making me suffer like this?

And now that he is in need of medication, and here I am, still trying to do all I can to help him. I couldn't leave my son Israel be troubled on his own with this overwhelming problem. I had to do all I can but it does not mean that I still have any feeling for him. How can I still love him when all he did in our married life is to accuse me, beat me and extort money from me, not to mention that he has been unfaithful to me a number of times. What drove me to still help him is the fact that I am always helpful with those who are in need. As long as I have the capacity to give help, I'd give it and why not? It is my responsibility and I won't run from it. He is a fellow human being.

To me he is practically my enemy. When someone throws a stone at me, I must throw back bread. I still have to follow God's principle no matter what. I still have to show kindness to those who have shown only evil towards me. As long as I have done what is right. I only hope that in time he would be touched by the spirit of God to reform himself for the good of his soul.

My sister told me that she would pray that we would be reconciled with my husband. I was not amused by her statement. I told her that I had prayed to God for a long time that he would separate us finally. It was the only thing that can make me escape from the torture marriage that I was imprisoned in. It was given by God after a long time of petition so I feel it would not be right that she pray for our reconciliation. God knew what I had endured for a very long time. And it was not easy. It is his goodness that had made me escape from there. And I don't want to go back there. It is just plain stupid.

I went to the hospital not to visit him but to give the MDR, or the Member's Data Record because it is needed for the processing of the Phil. Health Insurance. My son was there so I gave it to him so he can be discharged from there. I will be going back to work to get additional forms as is instructed.

I hope to reap good fruits from the good seeds that I have planted. I have forgiven him of course. Let it remain right there, nothing more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


The earth is in a stage where the global warming phenomenon is the most urgent concern that has gotten the attention of millions of people. People scamble to find ways to help reduce the global warming effect that's being felt by everyone. There is some truth in it. It is noticeably unusually hot nowadays especially when the sun give off it's heat full blast. It's been reported that in various areas of our planet the temperature thermometer registers unusually high marks that it literally kindled terrifying fires which presently devours some of the forests in California.

In some places, it is also interesting to note that while it is so hot in other parts, many places are being devastated by floods and landslides due to heavy rains of unprecedented proportion. Fires devastated so much while water have posed a scourge in other countries. Many people lost their homes while others unfortunately lost their lives in the process. It is sobering to man's simple understanding as he contemplates the whs of the opposing phenomenon. Others may try to explain it away scientifically but it is still largely baffling to the human mind.

Global warmimg cannot be the only culprit we need to identify. We must also take into consideration that nuclear winter equally poses a threat to our existence. And we are seeing now how it would happen - simultaneously as dual or maybe multiple calamity. This is a reality not even remotely impossible because it is already underway.

If one has read the Bible, it can be read from the Bible that the time would come that men would curse God because of extreme heat. Instead of taking it as a cue to repent of their sins they instead curse God. I believe that it is already unfolding in front of our very own eyes. Even drinking water was prophesied that it would becoem so expensive in the last days. And we are already buying expensive bottled water. No one drinks from the well anymore. while sold mineral water is considered hygienic it is already stripped of the natural micro-nutrients which causes the body to become acidic if drunk continuously and thus making our bodies vulverable to various cancer diseases.

Wars, rumors of wars, calamities, diseases and hunger were foretold, just as it is happening in front of us. What's happening is nothing new. These things would happen as it was prophesied and nothing can stop it. People can only concoct their own solutions, but the only solution that would work is by listening and heeding to God's warnings and repent and pray that he would make us worthy to escape all these things even as calamities wreak havoc around us. A woman travails when she is nearing the giving birth of a new baby so it is with the world because this world is about to be replaced with the new heaven and earth.

It would be wise to make amends with the way we are living our lives and live according to God's plan. For more information on other prophecies concerning our time, see and be prepared to be stunned with the truth.

Metallica_Nothing else matters - Metallica

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Things that's making me busy...

I had enrolled my son in a public school here in our place. I am glad that he is showing interest in going back to school since last year he was rather distracted with his barcadas (friends)and experimenting with drinking and smoking. I was so troubled with the way he is taking life in a negative way. But now he seems to have become bored with his ways and having no specific goal to achieve.
He is now very interested in school and reports to me everyday what transpired in school and that he found so many friends there, boys and girls. He also shows me his tests results which are indeed impressive considering that he has been out of school for a year. I bought him all he needed in school so he would not have to worry over anything except study.

In my workplace, I am also engrossed with the work in which I try not to have so much backlog. I prefer my table neat and uncluttered with unfinished work. The only thing that's making me cringe of going to work at times is the cold temperature inside the office. It feels I am in the Antarctic region. I have to endure the cold in the office because of the air conditioning going on full blast which my officemates prefer. I am beginning to think they like cold-blooded fishes in the ocean. It's making my lips blue that I have to bring with me a coat to keep out the cold from my body. I had a recent bout with coughs and colds with lasted more than a month. I had thought I contracted the dreaded tuberculosis. But thank God that the humiliation of having to cough in the office is over. I even incurred much leave of absences because of this. Anyway, all is well that end's well.

At the church, I was elected the leader of the women's group we call as WOMISO. I don't know what that word meant because I usually shy away from activities like this because I prefer to be private doing my own thing. I was completely taken aback when they elected me. But then, I thought maybe it's time I had to do some sacrifice of my time and do some work of this kind. I reluctantly accepted the responsibility.

I had to make time for everything. These are the things that made me busy as of the moment. Anyway, all the things will work together for good in the long run, I believe. We always reap what we sow, so I am sowing in essence, with the expectation of reaping something good in the near future. Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Driving through McDonald’s recently, my sense of guilt was replaced by another feeling: frustration. Not at my greasy cheeseburger, but at the teenage girl taking my money. I suppose I can live with her not looking me in the eye, or smiling, or even saying hello—it’s sad, but civility isn’t necessarily common these days. I was upset for another reason.

She was texting. Feverishly. Who? No idea. This girl was paid to talk to me and to handle my money, yet she was engrossed in her little plastic phone-–her thumb moving at impressive speed. She was totally disengaged from her surroundings.


But common. And by that I don’t necessarily mean young girls in take-out joints texting their friends when they should be working, I mean this: Young minds are disengaging from society, from life and from reality because they are plugged into gadgetry. It’s common, it’s pervasive, it’s normal.

We live in a gadget-dominated society, and young people are the vanguard of our cultural infatuation with technology. Studies show that young people today spend more time using media than they do any other single activity besides sleeping. They wake up to iPods blaring John Mayer and Miley Cyrus. Earphones dangle from their heads as they walk or bus to school. Before, during and after class, they instant message on laptops and chat or text with cell phones, the iPod still blaring. The frenzy intensifies when school finishes: After-school activities, be they sports, exercise, work, homework or socializing, are grafted with sustained rounds of text messaging, instant messaging, MySpace and Facebook updating and browsing, cell phone chatting, e-mail checking, virtual gaming, YouTube surfing, tv watching and Top 40 listening.

You think I’m exaggerating. I’m not.

According to a 2008 Princeton-Brookings study, the “typical U.S. 8- to 18-year-old lives in a household equipped with three tv sets, three video players, three radios, three pdmps (for example, an iPod or other mp3 device), two video game consoles, and a personal computer.” And they use them all, oftentimes concurrently. The average American 8- to 18-year-old spends more than six hours a day using media; take into account media multitasking (using a television, the computer and texting concurrently, for example), which is at an all-time high for teens, and that figure grows to 8½ hours of media exposure a day!

Just ask parents and teachers. In Florida recently, a 16-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly spiking her mother’s food to trigger an allergic reaction after her mother confiscated her cell phone. Across the country teachers are frustrated by the pervasive infiltration of gadgets into the classroom. Students employ all kinds of stealth measures to hide in-class text messaging, instant messaging and phone conversations. At work many young people, some of them being cashiers at McDonald’s, can’t perform their duties without a high-speed direct connection to their gadgets.

Some people see more or less isolated physical and academic impacts of this trend. Others detect some basic mental impacts that this technology dependence is having on our young people. More than a few studies detail these negative impacts.

But few people see this unprecedented generational infatuation with technology as an epidemic. It’s Western society’s new addiction, a cultural vice akin to alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking!

I know that sounds extreme. But consider: Our young people’s addictive overuse of technology ravages the mind in the same manner alcoholism ravages the liver and smoking degenerates the lungs. Even some of the social impacts are also similar. Everyone knows alcoholism and drug abuse drive a wedge between the user and those around him, weakening relationships with family members and even society in general. In many cases, our young people’s perpetual connection to, craving of, and dependence on technology does the same thing.

Entire generations of young minds are being gutted by gadget addiction, yet few adults are speaking out about this travesty.

The minds of our young people today are being stolen, not by armed kidnappers but by flashy electronics. Misguided, undisciplined and constant use of technology is robbing young minds of intellectual curiosity and mental maturity. Young people are stripped of the ability and time to think, reason and judge. Their minds are being hijacked by what is really a new form of Stockholm Syndrome!

We now have a generation of young people whose lifestyles are held captive by iPods, cell phones, online games, instant messaging, text messaging, e-mail and social networking. This addiction diverts their minds from the present, from parents, from teachers, from the customer wanting to pay for his cheeseburger, from books, from homework, and from original and deep thought. Millions are perpetually tuned into electronic devices and are, to varying extents, disengaged from their surroundings.

When this happens, parents and siblings become annoyances, distractions from the screen. Work is a stumbling block to texting. Teachers are white noise behind in-class IM; homework is a fourth-tier priority squeezed in between MySpace posts. Everything substantive, meaningful and purposeful is marginalized, while unimportant, unnecessary, even harmful activities are given bountiful attention. Mental maturation is impeded because the young person lives life in the shallows, their addiction distracting them from ever strengthening their mind by exploring the mysteries and majesties of deep thought.

This is our world. Physical and mental downtime is despised. Solitude is feared. Independent thinking abhorred. Critical thinking has become a lost art.

Activities once used as opportunities for contemplation and self-analysis—walking alone to school, riding the school bus, taking a minute to lie quietly on the bed, driving, reading, working alone—are merely different environs in which to chat on the phone or text-message (often with a friend the person has been with all day at school), or listen to monotonous, mind-numbing pop music.

Not that there’s something inherently wrong with talking on a cell phone, texting or listening to music. But when these activities consume the mind and crowd out other substantive activities, they become weapons of mental destruction. Yes, they demand mental concentration and activity—but so much of it is reactionary and emotion-based. They require rapid user response, but generally little contemplation. Critical thinking and creative thought are crushed in the hands of immediacy. The mind is active but its action void of substance and leading nowhere. It’s the kind of mental activity that actually destroys quality thinking. In a word, shallow.

The end result: We have young generations plagued by a collective and individual lack of substance and depth, purpose and drive!

Strong minds and substantive, meaningful, purpose-driven lives, on the other hand, are built around certain constants that are based on deeper thought—strong human relationships, law, contemplation, self-analysis, reading, study, prayer, meditation. All of these require time and uninterrupted, original, imaginative thought!

What we fail to see is that our young people’s perpetual connection to and infatuation with gadgetry is destroying the greatest gift ever bestowed upon mankind, the human mind!

Few subjects on Earth are more misunderstood than the human mind. Physically, the human brain is not much different than the animal brain. Brains of elephants, whales and dolphins are even bigger than the human brain. Yet animals lack the ability to build impressive skyscrapers, design intricate computers, appreciate art or develop deep relationships. No animal—not even one with a brain bigger than ours—has ever sent another animal to the moon; designed, launched and landed a spaceship on Mars; or written a great piece of literature. Animals have a brain and instinct, but they don’t have the power to think, reason and judge. They lack mental understanding and intellect.

No one can deny that the human brain and mind is vastly superior to that of animals. But why? That’s a question no scientist or philosopher can answer. In fact, the human mind presents evolutionists with a real quandary! If humans gradually evolved from animals, how is it that the human mind is transcendentally different than the animal mind? If our intellectual and mental powers evolved, as scientists imply, why didn’t a single animal out of the millions of different species develop a mental capacity even close to the level of the human mind?

Surely we can admit that there is something profoundly unique and special about the human mind!

The spectacular intricacies of the human mind would take an entire book to discuss adequately. And that’s exactly what we want to give you, free of charge. It’s called The Incredible Human Potential, and you can request it here. If you study this book, you’ll come to see that the attack on the minds of our young people is actually an attack on the highest form of God’s creation! This book explains the magnificent difference between the human brain and the animal brain. It reveals the human mind for exactly what it is: God’s greatest gift to mankind. It will teach you how to take care of your mind, how to build and strengthen it, and, most importantly, how to add a spiritual dimension to your life that will truly expand your mind! •

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Saturday, May 17, 2008


I heard during one seminar that Jose Rizal was not anymore considered the national hero anymore, said the speaker, because of his bourgeois quality and that It is already Andres Bonifacio who is treated as the great National hero.
I think this act is outright presumptuous. It nullifies the sacrifice done by Rizal. It only shows the whimsical attitude of people to just disregard what great values are embodied by this hero of all time.

He was an epitome of intellectual refinement and quiet courage shown during the seemingly insurmountable difficulties during the trying times under Spanish rule. I have nothing against those who had chosen to participate in the arena of war-mongering, but we should take into consideration the especially noteworthy preference of Rizal in choosing the road less-travelled, in that he waged war through the use of a pen. It should be thought provoking that his use of a seemingly harmless pen procures the ire of the mighty.Through his writings, he helped keep alive the ideals of ultimately having an independent nation free from unwanted intruders. It is through his fearless writings that kept the fires of nationalism burning. And wasn't he killed because the thoughts embodied in those writings struck at the very heart of those loathsome conquestadores? He held his peace in a most dignified matter, raising not a hand to strike at the enemy. It only showed the power he weld with the use of the mighty pen as a sword.

Believe it or not Rizal had greatly confounded the enemy without shedding blood. It was not enough to quell him because even in death his words remained to tell the truth.

It was then that the revolutionaries found courage and a common prupose to thwart the oppressive invaders. Upon his death, his writings and his heroism became a candle that lighted the way of the people in those dark and dreary days of the early revolution. Not even fear and hunger could make them stop to sacrifice their lives.

His death served as a catalyst. The revolution suddenly took on an uproarious vehemence which resulted eventually with the obtaining of the most coveted reward which is freedom from the oppressor which we now enjoy. Wouldn't you try to stop and think about it? Even at these times we loathe too much riot and chaos. We want a more intellectual approach in solving the delimma that haunt our country's governance. Rizal had shown us how to fight quietly. He had shown us the other alternative. It is not right therefore to oust Jose Rizal from the honor and let us put him back on the pedestal among great heroes. Let us be proud of him our heritage.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


What is presently taking place in Philippines is making the people's lives more difficult each day. This crisis which currently engulfs us portends a gloomy future ahead. It is the greater masses of the poor population are the ones who are greatly affected. Practically everything in the market became too expensive for the ordinary people. Wages remain dormant at an all time low. This troubled everyone who has brain to weigh the consequences. It seems everyone now wants a way out. Out to where? Overseas.

I believe that this trial will soon be over like the others. Trials and testings come in batches, so I heard. Their torment severly tests what little faith we have. We need great faith in times like these. We have no other recourse except to put it in the hands of God. Have anyone ever heard that it was said "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." This little verse in James is inspiring to the point that it shows us trials are opportunities to prove our love and enhance our faith. With this perspective, life becomes inspiring-not in spite of the trials but because of them. Perseverance. We need lots of it.

Religion has much to offer to calm the minds of troubled human beings who are on the verge of cracking up. Others find it amusing especially those who don't believe. Such blind faith as this but it's no joke. If you would ask me, I'm not ashamed to say that I truly believe in the power of God to turn disaster into blessing and even in raising someone from the dead. The following verse puts my faith to rest in the mighty hands of the Almighty. It says "Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." It can be found in Jeremiah 33:3. Great and powerful words of God. Sure I call God in times of distress. He never failed to show His mighty power. It never ceases to inspire me.

The soldier who is called to the front lines is stimulated at the chance to prove his skills. The officer who is given a position of higher responsibility is roused by the rugged demands of his task. You and I are soldiers in the same way. We need to remain faithful and not slack off from praying so that our faith develops perseverance. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we must start to think of others' needs. It refines character.

It takes God's power to be faithful. God has incomparably great power in store for those who believe, the same power He used in raising Jesus Christ from the dead. In other words, the sky is the limit when it comes to the display of God's mighty strength in our lives.

So, people, take courage. We may be in the hardest times of our lives but it's not the end yet. All is not lost when we have God. Scam after scam may shake the very foundations of our government system. There's a God in heaven who gives reward to those who persevere. And He sure exacts punishment to those who deserve it. Do not make the situation any more worst than it should be.This will last only for a moment. He will make good the damage that's been done and all our losses shall be repaired.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


The prices of virtually all commodities skyrocketed practically overnight. We are all caught off-guard. From 33.00 pesos per kilo of rice it went off to 40.00 and there is rumor that it would even reach to 50.00 per kilo. You can just imagine how the prices of all other commodities rose along with it. It's unbelievable. There is a so-called rice shortage. From my vantage point, I think there is no shortage in rice. There are lots of it in the market. But the trouble is that the people has no money to buy rice especially that it has become unreasonably expensive.

I think all these corruptions and scandals has something to do with it. It is of course the natural result of it. What more could it do to us, except make our lives more miserable. Such actions can only have adverse effect to the people eventually sooner or later. So now we have this. You can just imagine how almost all government agency can usurp money meant to improve and help alleviate our economy and not affect us miserably by making us poorer.

But then, maybe I am not surprised anymore with it because as it is being predicted a long time ago in the Bible that times will become perilous for all. We cannot anymore rely on the wisdom of those who are in authority for they will become lovers of their own selves. Evil will be glorified and will become only worst. Justice will not anymore be served to those who seek it.

I decided not to let my heart be distressed or intimidated because all these things must happen as it was ordained from the foundation of the world. I believe that all things will work together for good to them that love God and who are the called according to His purpose.

Meanwhile, life goes on, and needs to be lived on a day to day basis. I cling to God, because if not, I will become crazy and desperate. Only God can give us peace which not even our government or whatever can give.

"Come and see the works of God: He is terrible in His doing toward the children of men." Psalm 66: 5

Saturday, March 15, 2008


The unrest that the Arroyo administration is now undergoing is due to the resulting ineptness and utter enslavement of our government to the controlling few. The people can see in plain sight how our government is being controlled by the few to serve only their own interests. The scandals that wreak havoc which resulted from sheer greed and opportunistic attempts to get the most from our poor and ailing nation which depended so much from gigantic loans just to keep the economy afloat has greatly, negatively affected the people's trust of our government officials. What a shame! And the blatant lies we hear everyday lauding how the people's livelihood had allegedly improved under her rule when in fact, people's lives have remained stagnant if not even poorer. Crimes have worsened and poverty had risen unprecedentedly. It is too much, way too much to handle. We don't want this.

The truth is right there in plain sight. Lies could not cover the truth up. It's like a volcano where the lava is slowly creeping out of it's mouth. It could not be covered up. It will eventually come out.

We can wait for the 2010 election and why not? What we don't like is the pretentious smugness which you deliberately try to project as if you have done nothing downright evil. I think no one can stay a saint in such a powerful position, ever. Anyone would surely be tempted to use power to serve her own interests. Yes we can understand that. It's the nature of man.

But, please show us some humility. Just admit the reality. Don't flaunt us with fantasies and lies. It makes our skin crawl with goosebumps. Ask forgiveness and make amends. It would be better than pretending you are righteous and have done nothing bad. At least it would silence our clamor for your blood. If you really want us to be quiet and leave you there till your bow out of office, be humble. Don't let people fight and hate each other as they rally for you and against you. Please don't stir the people's ire some more for your own good.

The Filipinos have soft hearts. And they love simplicity and humility done in sincerity. It's a sacrifice you can do for all. We are not stripping you of power and wealth. You got enough so be contented. Don't overdo it. You can sail on to 2010.

As others say, "moderate your greed". Moderate indeed! I guess that's the point. And no more lies. Better say nothing than tell another lie. Enough is enough.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


The corruption in the Philippine government is allegedly caused by the oligarch who are there at the seat of the government. I believe that it is true. It is so sad to realize how dirty and how pathetic this government has become. I think that it is there to serve only the few and it is no more concerned with the welfare of the people. They have common will and purpose, that is to gain wealth while they are in office. That's why when something leaks out in the media, they are ready to defend and give out reasons to make the people calm down. They do their best to discredit the one who tries to "blow the whistle". And why would they do that? Because they have obviously benefited from that administration. They have gained so much, all of them. Rumor has it that they are allegedly given money just to have to vote for something which the president wish to be voted upon. They act as a group, a very united group, like a pack of wolves for example, in order to survive the game of corruption, plunder and in fiercely clinging to precious power.

I saw a National Geographic video about the life of the wolves that live in the forest. It is interesting to know about their life in a pack. Their leader is called an Alpha male. He is the most dominant and the most aggressive among the group. The member wolves in effect follow his lead throughout. Another interesting member of the pack is the one called the Omega male. It is the lowest in the pecking order. He always has to keep himself last for if he tries to make himself threateningly visible to the Alpha male, he will be disciplined and be made to wait before everyone else. That is the life they portray as they are being observed in a controlled captivity. They act as one when they try catch a prey. When they decided on a prey, woe to that creature. It's his end. And they they protect their own. They are an interesting creature indeed.

The Philippine government which is at the seat of Malacañang Palace is sadly comparable to a pack of wolves. While we are now in turmoil because of the the ZTE scandal, her croonies can be seen defending her government. They show themselves unperturbed and continue unashamedly on as if nothing is happening. You can see how much they take care of each other in these times of accounting. Different officials from different branches in the government give testimonies and support for her. It is easy to note that she had been generous with them so that they would be willing to burn with her in hell. Their livelihood had been greatly improved under her care. The whistle blower Jun Lozada is being discredited so the people would not believe him. This is Philippine politics, rotten to the core! The president promptly announced that her family did not make business out of the government. Wow, as if the people don't already know! Maybe they didn't make business, they just plundered our treasury.

Since they are like a pack of wolves, what happens to us who don't run with them. We don't get our livelihoods improved. We have not benefited in this administration at all. Our wages have almost not increased at all in relation to the recent hike of vehicle fares, prime commodities and all other commodities in the market. We are left behind swimming in the mire of poverty. Many have no work at all. If not because of the dollars the OFW's send back home our economy would not stay afloat, practically speaking. What happens if the dollar weakens some more. It will be disaster.

There is much unrest and discontent among the people. I don't know where this is heading. The situation is volatile. It could become worse. But I still wish for a peaceful means nevertheless. I think it's always the best. But I really would like to have the government be cleansed. How can this happen? It will only be possible if the people who are there be replaced by new ones who are not under the claws of the oligarch. There will be no true reform if the president is under the mercy of the oligarch. we need to start afresh.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


To really have a good government is a matter of choice by no other than the officials that run it. If they choose to make it work specifically for the people then naturally, you have a good government. But if they agree together loot it instead and divide the spoils among themselves, then you have a shamefully corrupt government.

Look at what is happening with the Philippine government now. Scandal after scandal constantly haunt the administration. Why? There is no need to graphically portray what is there in the air. Because we all breathe it like the pollution that slowly chokes out the life of a living being. It is creating distress and sickness to the people, much like the Dengue epidemic. Everyone knows the obvious. Something, many things have been done that would make one with active conscience cringe with shame.

Everything God created is a solution to a problem. I read that somewhere. Each one has an assignment, that is why we are here in this world. A husband is assigned to his wife. Parents are assigned to their children. And so on and so forth. What about the president? Of course naturally, the president is assigned to the people. Simple equation, isn't it?

So, what is this chaos and turbulence in the Philippine political atmosphere then is showing us? It shows us that something is amiss. Something is totally off-tangent. It only points out to us the blatant disregard of our officials for the welfare of the people. What is being done ironically instead is the rampant "sucking out of the people's life blood from their veins". Our government have become the problem of our nation. Like a tree, it is being eaten by termites from the inside out. It may look strong on the outside, but it's really rotten inside. Sooner or later it will have to fall down by the pull of gravity without anyone touching it. Law of nature as they call it.

The officials that are there who are expected to solve the people's problem have violated or have gone against their destiny. And this rebellion against their oath to help our country has caused so much misery to the people. No wonder there is only bickering and quarrels among them. There is no peace. Almost no one is really doing what is right anymore, except maybe of the few.

The people needs to know the truth however ugly it is. Proverbs 28:13 says " He that covereth his sins shall not prosper." It is time for us to know the truth because it will set us free from bondage.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Introduction to Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands (and even feet). There is a massive amount of scientific data that demonstrates why and how acupuncture is effective. But acupressure, the older of the two traditions, was neglected after the Chinese developed more technological methods for stimulating points with needles and electricity. Acupressure, however, continues to be the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand.
Foremost among the advantages of acupressure's healing touch is that it is safe to do on yourself and others - even if you've never done it before - so long as you follow the instructions and pay attention to the cautions. There are no side effects from drugs, because there are no drugs. And the only equipment needed are your own two hands. You can practice acupressure therapy any time, anywhere.
My clinical experiences over the past eighteen years have shown me that acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eyestrain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, and tension due to stress. I have also shown hundreds of my acupressure students, patients, and friends how to use acupressure to relieve ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower back aches, constipation, and indigestion. You can also use self-acupressure to relieve anxiety and to help you get to sleep at night.
Susan, a student of mine, was suffering from insomnia and occasional headaches for many years, as the result of a neck injury. 'I feel so tired and weary, nearly all the time, Michael," she said. "Can acupressure points help me?"
I showed her several potent points on her ankles and neck for headaches, as well as some upper-back stretching exercises for her insomnia. Susan reported to me two weeks later, glowing. "The treatment really worked! I've been sleeping uninterrupted and soundly through the night for the first time in fifteen years."
There are also great advantages to using acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
In acupressure, local symptoms are considered an expression of the condition of the body as a whole. A tension headache, for instance, may be rooted in the shoulder and neck area. Thus acupressure focuses on relieving pain and discomfort as well as on responding to tension before it develops into a "dis-ease" that is, before the constrictions and imbalances can do further damage. By using a combination of self-help methods such as trigger point stimulation, deep breathing, range-of-motion exercises, and relaxation techniques, you can improve your condition as well as feel more alive, healthy, and in harmony with your life.
Recently, Judy, one of my advanced acupressure students, complained about having night sweats. She was in the midst of making a serious decision about where to live, which also involved a relationship that was troubling her. I immediately noticed that her upper back was rounded by tension and discovered even more tension in her neck. I showed her the points for working on these areas. A month later, after using acupressure on herself twice a day, Judy reported that much of her upper back tension and a "ball" of deep anxiety had dissipated. She also felt clearer and more objective in dealing with her problems. Best of all, the night sweats that had made her miserable for two months were gone.
Alice, one of my elderly clients, had limited mobility in her neck with severe arthritic neck pain that radiated down her shoulders into her arms as well as up into her head. After her first acupressure session, she not only felt less discomfort but also had greater flexibility in her neck. For the first time in years, she was able to move her head freely without pain.
After several weeks Alice realized that she could help herself using the points underneath the base of her skull to relieve both her neck pain and stiffness. Recently she told me that whenever the pain "creeps up on her," she practices self-acupressure. It is possible that this increased mobility, in turn, prevents further deterioration.

Monday, February 4, 2008



One of the most difficult things that we are called upon to do as children of GOD is to simply be honest. Each one of us desires to be seen in a good light by others. This often leads us to be less than truthful. Sometimes, we find ourselves embellishing some story of our exploits or perhaps failing to report every detail of our journey for fear that our flaws may be uncovered and we appear less competent that we want others to believe we are. Or we try to appear more spiritually minded than we really are. This conduct is understandable and somewhat excusable given our need for acceptance by others. But there is a behavior which is equally prevalent, totally inexcusable, and if unchecked will lead us to destruction. That is: when we fail to be totally truthful with our own selves.

Peter said, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of GOD.” (I Pet.4:17) We have a great responsibility to set a watch on ourselves. Our LORD said “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt.26:41) One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is in not recognizing who our main struggle is against. In order for even the greatest general to be successful in battle he must first identify his enemy and then accurately assess his enemy’s strength. In the same fashion we must first recognize that our greatest foe is not the forces of evil which surround us, though they are great and not to be trifled with. The greatest source of conflict for the children of God is our own flesh. “For the flesh lusteth (i.e. works against) against the Spirit” (Gal.5:17) “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” (Rom.7:18). So we must prepare for battle with the proper understanding that we are still sinners. (see I Jn. 1:8)

We must individually be our own harshest critic. Those who are satisfied with the level of their personal holiness before ALMIGHTY GOD do not have the proper standard of holiness before their eyes. “Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I AM holy” (I Pet. 1:16) Those who believe that their prayer life is what it should be do not know what true prayer really is. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Jas.5:16) One of the LORD’s disciples said unto him, “LORD teach us to pray.” (Lk. 11:1) Those who are convinced that they know and understand all things concerning the word of GOD do not understand that the world, much less a book cannot completely contain the WOE of GOD. JESUS said; “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE no man cometh unto the FATHER but by me.” (Jn. 14:6) Men by their own wisdom cannot grasp the things of GOD for they are spiritually discerned. (see II Cor.2:14)

Having recognized who our foe is we must also be aware of his strength. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) Our flesh will always overcome us if we do not continually strike at its very root. Paul said “if ye, through the SPIRIT, do mortify (i.e. put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom.8:13) Sometimes we become enamored with the liberty which we have in CHRIST (see Rom.8:1) and we allow our flesh to pervert it, and turn it into a license whereby it can dominate us. Paul knew the strength of his flesh when he said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others. I myself should be a castaway.” (I Cor.9L27) We must be very diligent to set a watch over our heart, our lips and our bodies. Our flesh loves to have dominion over us. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (I Th.5:6)

Not only must a successful general rightly identify his enemy and his enemy’s strength. He must also accurately identify the source and magnitude of his own strength. This is an absolute necessity for the people of GOD in our struggle with the flesh. If we seek to overcome the flesh in the power of the flesh, then we shall fail miserably. That which is of the flesh will fail, “For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Rom. 7:18) GOD’s people are not weak; but they must come to a realization that their strength is not of themselves but of Christ. “I can do all thing through CHRIST which strengtheth me.” (Phil.4:13) “There hath no temptation (or trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (I Cor. 10:13) “Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy GOD; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee: yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isa.41:10) HE is our strength in the time of struggle. Without HIM we are doomed to fail. With Him we are destined to triumph.

Finally: not even the best of generals, who knows who his enemy is, knows his enemies strength, and understands the source of his own power can win a war and triumph over his foe if he does not enter the battle and fight. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 13L12-14) Paul admonished Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (I Tim. 6:12) and then wrote his own epitaph when he said “I have fought a food fight, I have finished my course” (II Tim. 4:7) Can we honestly say the same?

Saturday, January 26, 2008


How to Strengthen Your Back With Pilates
Achieve a well-defined, beautiful back by following this Pilates workout four times a week. In just a month, you will begin to notice a difference in how you look and feel. Get rid of those back aches and pains forever!

[edit] Steps

Cat Stretch
Prepare for the Cat Stretch. This Pilates exercise will be performed in four breaths. You will inhale deeply through the nose to prepare, aiming the breath towards the back of the rib cage and exhale deeply through the mouth.
Start by positioning yourself on all fours on your mat or towel. Adjust your hands so they rest directly under your shoulders and avoid overextending your elbows. Have your knees directly under your hips.
Have your spine in a neutral position. Your neck needs to follow this line naturally.
Inhale to prepare. As you begin to exhale, think of flattening the abdominal region; imagine gently pulling your belly button towards your spine. Pull in your lower abdominal muscles and curl the lower back, middle back and upper back towards the ceiling.
Relax your neck at the end. Picture an 'angry cat'.
Inhale and stay. As you exhale, reverse the movement, articulating back from the neck, upper back, middle back and lower back, returning to neutral without losing the control in the abdominals.
Repeat this four times. Always concentrate on curling up and down through the centre of the spine.

Opposite Arm and Leg Reaches
Prepare. The breathing is the same as in the previous exercise, but here we will perform the movement in 2 breaths.
Stay in exactly the same position as in the cat stretch.
If your wrists are beginning to tire, relax for a few minutes and gently circle them round.
Inhale to prepare. As you exhale, lift the right hand and left knee off the floor, fully extending both out in opposite directions.
Inhale to return to all fours again. Then exhale, and do the same on the other side.
Repeat. Repeat this six times in total - three times each side.
Pay particular attention to the supporting arm and leg. Do not allow them to collapse taking the body out of line.

Upper Back Extension
Prepare. The breathing is the same as in the previous exercise but here it will be performed in four breaths.
Change your position to lie face down on your mat. Have your feet and legs together and the tip of your nose lightly resting on the mat. Place your hands either side of your shoulders, so that your elbows rest comfortably on the mat.
If you feel a lot of pressure on your lower back in this position, place a small towel just under your hip bones for support.
Inhale to prepare. As you exhale, draw your shoulders down on your back, keeping the neck in line and extend up off the floor.
Inhale and stay. Think of lengthening forwards from your head, then exhale, to gently return back to the mat.
Repeat. Do the same thing four times, concentrating on maintaining your abdominals firm throughout. You will feel your upper back and shoulders working.

Forward Stretch
Prepare. This Pilates exercise will stretch out the zones you have worked in the previous exercises and is also great for strengthening your lower back. The breathing is the same as before, again in four breaths.
Change position to sit down with your legs in front of you, hip distance apart.
If you are uncomfortable like this, then sit on a small towel or slightly bend your knees.
Lift arms. As you inhale, lift up your arms until they are parallel to the floor, palms in.
Exhale. Contract your abdominals and simultaneously curve your entire back away from your arms, relaxing your neck.
Inhale deeply here. Draw the breath into the back of your rib cage, then exhale and reverse the movement, drawing your shoulders down to finish.
Repeat the same thing five times. Be sure not to change the height of the arms.

[edit] Tips
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

[edit] Things You'll Need
1 exercise mat or thick towel
some comfortable clothing
1 small towel - optional

Friday, January 25, 2008

City of the Orient

This is the second bridge in our city known as Lapulapu city. It looks especially attractive against a backdrop of sunset. This bridge connects to Mandaue City. I love this bridge when I see it from the distance. It's beautiful in its simplicity.

Lapulapu City is blessed with white beaches and sparkling, clear, blue seas. You would feel reinvigorated as you laze by the beach on a clear bright day away from the hassles and predictability of work. So when you decide to get away from it all try our beaches. There are a lot of hotels located in this city. You just have to choose from one of them and you're entitled to the refreshing feeling you get when you're near a lovely beach.

Savor also the exotic tastes of various recipes of seafoods fresh and delectable from the bounties of the ocean. The hospitability of its people will make you think you're in paradise. You'll never feel more at home than in this little city of the orient.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Good News

There may be a forewarned calamity coming, but there's also a way out of it if we just heed. God always provides a way of escape. Remember what happened to Nineveh? Jonah was sent to warn them. Jonah wants the people of Nineveh punished for their evil deeds but God showed that no matter what Jonah's preference was, when God wants to forgive He would surely turn disaster into a blessing provided that the nation concerned would repent. That's the key word, REPENTANCE! Surely, if we will not remain stiff-necked and get rid of our pride and repent in front of God and ask for His forgiveness, he will not let calamity engulf our nation.

The problem is, does anyone still ever believe in the prophecy that God has laid down for us to guide us? Has anyone ever made the connection that all these troubles that haunt us are because of our continued violation of His laws and statues? And does anyone still has meaningful relationship with God?

Anyway, here's the good news. God is able to forgive us and preserve us from utter damnation if we acknowledge our error. No one has total control of this world from the physical, political and various natural calamities that trouble us except the God in heaven who created everything.

So we should bow down to His Majesty and let us be corrected of our ways. All the things that we do on our own to solve these trouble that beset us will prove futile and irrelevant. It will only make matters complicated. All the scramble for the highest position and promise to solve and make our government better are off-tangent. The heart of the matter is what is inside us. We all need to cleanse our hearts by humbling ourselves and admit our failure.

It will be like throwing a pebble in the middle of a pond and it will create waves which would make a disturbance in the pond. It will make a difference. It will change everything. If we make the first step to change ourselves, it will begin to change everything around us and the whole world as well. Like the "one small step, one big leap for mankind" kind of thing that Armstrong had stated when he stepped on the moon.

We can start now. Make assessments of our past. See what is before us realistically. Let us not limit our thinking with the limitations we impose upon ourselves. Let us try to see the positive side of everything. Make no rationalizations. Let us not make harsh judgments on other people. Put ourselves in their shoes and meditate.

It's not yet too late for all of us.