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Monday, December 22, 2008

Impossible is Nothing

The bible have so many amazing stories, every one is in awe when someone was healed, man arise from the dead and many things which is impossible to happen but God makes it possible.

Daily readings for the advent season tells us about the miracle of conceiving a child. the angel of the Lord appeared to them and proclaim the Good news of the Lord. It is impossible for a barren woman or untouched woman to conceive (in Mary's case) but the Lord makes it possible. Manoah's (Samson's father) wife, Sarah and Elizabeth were all barren until they conceive a child because of God's grace and goodness. Mary was just in her young age when the angel of the Lord told her that He will carry our Father's Son. These readings is telling us that impossible things is nothing, that everything is possible with God.

It was shameful for Jewish women to be unable to conceive. The Jews believed that it was a punishment from God for a sin the woman or an ancestor had committed.

We are still waiting for our first born child, in fact, we are physically capable of having a child but God have His own time. Sometimes it is very frustrating for us to be in this situation, after experiencing the joy of knowing that my wife is pregnant and all of a sudden it was taken from us?, it was really unbearable, my heart was crumpled, I can't explain the pain (I know my wife is experiencing more pain), but through it all we were able to sustain our love and our trust in the Lord.

I know, the time will come that the Lord will send his angel and and will tell us "Do not be afraid, Ricky and Chie, for you have found favor with God".

Impossible is nothing with God.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Marikina City, From Shame to Fame

I was born and raise in Marikina City, I've seen the worst thing in Marikina (at least in my generation), floods during rainy season, crimes like rape, hold-up were apparent since most of the street in the Municipality then is not well lighted, garbage problem is unthinkable and people don't have any discipline.

In 1992, the city found a new direction under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Bayani Fernando (now Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman). It was not easy for him to implement his plans, there are many who were violently opposing him, I've seen illegal vendors' stall demolished and I've seen rallies against him. But this man was really determined to change the look of Marikina. (He implements the same formula to Metro Manila, but he is having a hard time doing it, but with his determination Metro Manila is slowly transforming.)

Marikina City has won more than 200 awards and citations here and abroad, including The Cleanest and Greenest City in the Philippines (already been a Hall of Famer as early as in 1996, when it was still a municipality) awarded by the Philippine Government, Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines from Asian Institute of Management, Global 500 Roll of Honour of the United Nations Environmental Programme and The Most Healthiest and Livable City in Asia-Pacific region to name a few.

Progress is on going, new buildings (school buildings, health center, theater) are constructed, sport center rehabilitated, hospital being modernized and a lot more. People are more disciplined than before.

I don't care if many people will say that the Fernado's are also "corrupt", at least I've seen the progress of Marikina, through hard work and discipline, Marikina has since been transformed into the beautiful and industrialized urban city.

Come visit Marikina City, you will definitely enjoy your stay.
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Thing to do and see this December:

Marikina Christmas Festival is every Mid-October until January of the following year. This is one of the much awaited festival among MarikeƱos (Another is the Rehiyon Rehiyon)and nearby cities as well. The Marikina Christmas Festival are highlighted by Annual Display Competitions (This year's theme is Water Festival) participated by the 16 barangay(s) of Marikina and the year-end concert and fireworks display.

There are also the "Tiyange sa Ilog' along the stretch of the riverbank where in you can buy goods at affordable prices.

Visit also the Belen Museum, Kapitan Moy's (founder of the country's footwear industry) 200-year-old house located along J.P Rizal Street, Sta Elena, The Philippine Science Centrum (largest and well-maintained science centrum) located at Riverbanks mall in which the kids and adult will definitely enjoy. Don't forget to see the "World's Largest Pair of Shoes" which is located inside the Shoe Gallery also of the Riverbanks Mall.
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.How to Get There:

In Cubao, Aurora Blvd., Ride a jeep or FX taxi with a signboard "SSS, Parang or Calumpang" or ride the LRT line 2 in Aurora then ride a jeep going to Marikina at Katipunan Station. Estimated time of travel is about 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic condition.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

What Is Your Joy List?

This morning I received another e-mail from our client which makes me feel really mad (aaarrrrghhh!!!!), he is very sarcastic, inconsiderate and inconsistent, too "mataray" as my boss said, but many times I end up winning and he end up having an amnesia, Amnesia because he forgot everything whenever I proved him wrong. For me to forget what had happened this morning I read Bro. Bo Sanchez' Blog What is Your Joy List?


My Joy List

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  • I want to travel more often, here and abroad
  • I want to date my wife more often, have a chat with her. I just love being with her, I feel more love, more macho(?) and a hero whenever I'm with her.
  • I want to climb more mountains
  • I want to have a baby or babies
  • I love to compose more songs for the Lord (Liturgical or Christian)
  • I want to write a book (yes a book not books)
  • I want to own a 50k guitar
  • I want to own a Canon 50D camera (Hint Hint)
  • I want to shoot interesting people, with my camera of course
  • I want to learn swimming
  • I want to travel and take a vacation with my family
  • I want to share what God has done for me, all the blessings, trials, everything... so that other people will be blessed.
  • I want to be rich, so that I could help more.
  • I love watching movies, especially with my wife besides me
  • I want to play the guitar again without feeling any pain.

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Some on my list is not yet happening but just thinking these things makes me feel happy.
I forgot about what had happened this morning.

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Have a nice Day

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Acts of Kindness

The readings today is about acts of kindness, in Luke 14:13-14, it said "When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Since the Lord blessed me financially through my new job, I and my wife have the strong desire to give back our blessings to others. Our blessings might be insignificant to others but for us it is more than enough for us not to share it with others specially those people in need.

I am not bragging about what we are doing or what we want to do but significant or not, we experience the joy in giving. Yesterday, we were able to sponsor another kid from the province for her to go to school, the amount is insignificant since we spent the same amount (or even more) when we go on a date, a mere P600 a month, we were able to send this kid to school, Honestly, we wanted to help even more but our finances is not yet capable of doing it, so we decided to start as early as now to get rich and bless other people.

They cannot repay our acts of kindness but for sure the Lord God will bless us, it may not be financially but it will surely give us joy. The blessings that the Lord is giving me thought me to be more loving and more generous to the less fortunate one, it's not important if it's insignificant in value or not, it's about giving cheerfully.

Share your blessings and God will bless you even more.
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"When we look beyond ourselves, our little gestures could actually touch hearts. As we make people "breathe easier," that's enough for them to see God work out His little miracles. - Marie Franco (excerpt from Didache Daily Reflection)
 

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