1st day of January 2013

In the first morning of January 2013, it is great to be reminded of the Word that His love is created new every morning. Whatever we did in the past will never change His merciful love for us. Who could ever love us that way except God, right? Now, it’s new year, let us start by forgetting the mistakes of the past, pressing on what lies ahead of us and moving forward with new hopes that His grace is sufficient for us to surpass whatever challenges that will come our way this 2013. A blessed and abundant new year for all of us! 🙂

Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG) God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

My First 10K: Finding My Greatness

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Exactly one month from now, I will be joining the Nike We Run Manila 10K Run with my friends at work.  I’ve started joining Fun Runs annually since 2010 in 3K to 5K categories without a proper training.  To be honest, I never imagined myself joining a 10K run, because I felt and thought that I won’t make it to the finish line.   Although I run, I was never a runner.  Who am I to belittle my capability?  Yes, I am scared, but I should believe in myself.  Right? 🙂  

 

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What are my reasons of joining this 10K run?

1.  I want to be more physically active and healthy through exercise by strictly following a 10K training plan and to lose weight.

2.  I want to challenge myself and my body and test how far can I go on my own.  

3.  I want to try something new that I never have tried before.

4.  I want to start the race in proper form and finish the line injury-free. 

5.  I want to enjoy the exhilarating experience with my friends.

 

“Everyone is capable of greatness.”

Singapore Day 2

Day 2: 9/20/2011

We started the day with a breakfast from a nearby hawker food stall.  The people there mostly Chinese looking talks in a local language which I can’t identify but still I was able to order.  Because it’s pretty late for a breakfast at 9 in the morning only one rice meal was available.  Noodles were already eaten during the morning.  Coffees are served in small cups with a straw.  I think they love straws. 😀

Then, we headed to Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa with a taxi.  Taxi there is pronounced as “Teksi” like sexy.  It was a fast ride and we got to see the vast port area of Singapore.  The costly entrance ticket to Universal Studios is 66$.

It was a Hollywood experience inside the theme park so a lot pictures were taken.  The rain poured down hard even before we started to try the rides.  I really enjoyed the “Return of the Mummy” ride which was my first high speed roller coaster experience, Lights Camera Action and the Shrek 4D Adventure.  Most of the outdoor rides were closed due to the rain and we missed the Waterworld show.  I planned to ride the Battlestar galactica roller coaster but after seeing how fast and high it was, I became apprehensive.  I have a faint heart for roller coasters. Heehee. 🙂

We ate at Mel’s Drive in which was pricey but with a big serving.  It was my first time to eat on a diner. Cool.

Merchandise stores for souvenirs are situated in the park.  You won’t be able to control yourself not to buy. 😉 I even saw Filipinos working there.  Everywhere you go there is always a Filipino.

Next to Universal Studios, we went to Siloso Beach inside Sentosa boarded by Sentosa Monotrail.  We watched the relaxing and mesmerizing musical waterworks “Songs of the Sea” by the sea.  It was a “Wow!” because they used water, colorful lightings, pyrotechnics and computer effects with music.  I wish the Philippines will do it too.

After that, we went to Vivo city for dinner.  I had to meet my friend Vanessa who’s working in Singapore.  I had a very delicious chicken satay with a tasty peanut sauce.  The foods in the foodcourts are reasonably priced and you can verify if it’s recommended with their grading cards posted in their stall like “A” red card for Excellence in Food and Cleanliness.  My cousins also ordered Peppered fish and Kung pao chicken so I had a taste of different foods.  No tissue napkins are available in the food courts maybe because they don’t want any litter.

Outside the Food Republic was the No Signboard Restaurant which is popular for their Chili crabs.  How I wish I was able to eat there!

Later on we rode the MRT to go to Fullerton area to see the Merlion Park.  It was our first time to use the EZ link card.  Boarding the MRT I observed and learned some things.

–          MRT commuters walk fast as well as the escalators move fast.  It was horribly fast that you need to be careful on your step.

–          Vanessa’s tips:  First, Stay on the left side of the escalator.  The right side is for people in a hurry.  Second, it’s ok if you missed the next station because you can easily ride one to go back.

–          Always double check on the MRT Map guide where you are going to alight.  Note the color codings of the train lines.

Tired…but still we managed to walk through the Fullerton Hotel and Cavanagh Bridge to go to the Merlion Park together with Vanessa that served as our tour guide.  It was past 10 in the evening but the Merlion was still lighted.  We’re so lucky because it will be closed the following day due to the Grand Prix! We had our souvenir picture taking and viewed the beautiful skyscrapers and the Esplanade from afar.

We went home late but it’s safe.  My legs were sored after a day filled with activities. 🙂 It was all worth it!

Singapore Day 1

Day 1: 9/19/2011

Manila to Singapore Flight with Cebu Pacific

Uniquely Singapore.  It’s absolutely true that there is no word to describe Singapore.

First impressions? Progressive, World Class, Fine City (as in paying fines), disciplined people, Hi-technology, Mixed Cultures, Shopping mecca, and the list goes on.

I like the feeling of doing and experiencing things for the first time.  So when I first set foot (together with my cousins) in Changi Airport, talked with a local taxi driver and saw Singapore for the first time, I can’t help but marveled that “I’m here.”  To my amazement all I can say in my mind was “Wow!” 😉

We rode a metered taxi going to the hotel from the airport and going to Singapore Flyer.  Their highways are undoubtedly different from the Philippines.  There are surveillance cameras and trees and plants all around the city.  Signboards in English are everywhere.  The travel time was fast.  Taxi drivers are usually old but they are great and friendly giving you a background about their country, the 2011 Grand Prix and the places to see.  You can really feel how proud they are of their country and government.

Joo Chiat, the quaint neighborhood, with ornate facades and prewar architecture, where we stayed is very clean.  I think every place that we passed by is clean.  Surprisingly no air pollution.

The first leg of our trip is to see the Journey of dreams interactive gallery and to ride the Singapore Flyer.

The flyer is the world’s largest observatory wheel.  The ticket price of 29.50$ is a bit pricey but it’s worth the experience after seeing the enthralling cityscape by night.  I think there’s a big difference riding the flyer during the day or night but I prefer it at night.  It would very romantic if you have your special someone with you during the whole 30 minutes ride. 🙂

When you go there, I suggest you book online so that you can also get free food stubs worth 8$ each in the Singapore Food Trail.  It is set in a 1960’s dining concept serving local foods or hawker foods.  When you’re there you don’t know what to eat because everything looks delicious.  I wanted to have a taste of everything but I was worried of heartburn.  I wasn’t able to taste the Laksa because the stall ran out of it.  We tried the Hainanese Chicken, Roasted chicken rice, Fishball noodles {the BEST and BIGGEST fishballs ever tasted!} and Ice Kachang (Ice ball).

As I observed in the trail, it has many elderly people cleaning the tables and people have a big appetite for noodles although it was a late night.

After that, we rushed to The Shoppes @ Marina Bay to buy something at 7-11.  It was a long walk but definitely relaxing as we passed by the Helix bridge, and saw the Marina Bay Sands, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore flyer and skyscrapers from afar.  I marveled again on how great the infrastructures and architecture in the city.  In my mind I said, “How did they plan the whole city?”  because everything was well put.  The mall is huge, astonishing and grand, filled with designer labels.  There are no security guards on the entrances and exits of the mall. I bet it is surrounded by a lot of CCTV cameras. Even small restaurants and bakeries have cameras. No one would ever dare to steal there.

Even the 7-11 is posh. 🙂

I wish I was able to see the restaurants of Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck but we didn’t have much time.  Also, outside the mall is a big and sparkling LV store by the bay.

Well the first night was tiring but it was a memorable first night in Singapore.  My first impressions were right.  I also observed that Singaporeans are quiet people and they don’t look that much in your eyes when you talk.  I am very grateful to God that I was able to go to Singapore. 🙂

Joseph Vincent

I’ve discovered this awesome, charming, dreamy, good-looking, talented and acoustic musician/singer from Irvine, California in You Tube lately.  I have an inkling that he’s a Filipino when I first laid my eyes on him. 🙂  Oh I was right! I can’t get enough watching his videos.  Kagwapong bata!  I’m such a fan!  You made my heart skip a beat.  If only I’m younger but I’m not. Heehee.  I wish. 😆

Here’s his video.

I just wish for him all the best and may his dreams of an international music career come true.  Thank you Joseph Vincent Encarnacion because your music is keeping me company lately. 🙂

My Positive Attitude Creed

Inspired by John Maxwell’s Book: Your Road Map For Success

From now on…

I will believe that a change in my attitude is on its way.  I will see difficult things and situations no matter how it seem impossible  in a positive and optimistic view.

I will believe in myself.  The old is gone, the new has come.  My bad habits will turn into good habits.  I will turn my problems into solutions.  I will compromise.

I will always see the good in every person.  They may not treat me the way I want to be treated but I will treat them as if I’m treating myself.

I will welcome each day with a grateful heart, a bright smile and an optimistic mind that every day is a great day.  In the face of disappointments, failures or when things may turn out the way I don’t want or plan it to be, I won’t let it ruin my day, my mood and my composure.  Tomorrow’s going to be a new day to be better and to be the best.

I will make things happen.  I will work hard with whatever that I have and I’ll use it, for my potential and for helping others.

I will think of good thoughts.

I will surround myself with the right people and best books.

As God as my witness, I will  always choose to be good and do good and right.

Sweet and Fit

Ever since I found out how high fructose corn syrup and the like are bad for my health, I became very picky to what I should drink.  Numerous sweeteners or sugar replacements, artificial and natural, are found in the market.  I have never bought the artificial ones but I have tried the local ones like Muscovado and Coco Sugars which are available here in the Philippines.  Just today, I discovered another local product which is Sweet and Fit- Stevia Herbal Dietary Supplement by Glorious Blend.  Stevia comes from the stevia plants.  It’s ideal for diabetics, weight watchers and the health conscious.  One box of 12 sachets is only 36.75 pesos.

What do I like about it?

  • It’s very affordable.
  • It’s a Philippine product which is FDA approved.  It says in the inlet that it’s made from extracts of Stevia plants grown in the Philippines.  The purchase of the product will support the growers and their families toward self-sufficiency and better lives.  That’s a WOW! Clap clap clap!
  • Amazingly, it is said to be 300 times sweeter than sugar but with NO CALORIES.  I tasted the powder and it’s really sweet.

So that’s it!

Singleness

From my old Multiply post.

To all singles out there! even to singles but committed to someone like me, THIS IS FOR YOU!
I am sharing to you a very interesting message that I saw in a blog.  To some it might be unexciting but for sure there’s something to learn about “Singleness”.  This is one of the topics I want to discover and to talk about over and over again.  Let’s be thankful being single because this is a gift from God.  It is the chance to discover more about yourself in God.  There will come a time in your life that you will realize that the only person who can complete you is God.  We need to be whole as we are being prepared for marriage. Singleness is a blessing!

Here it goes, courtesy of Keep It Real Blog:

On His Plan for Your Mate

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone – to have a deep soul relationship with another, to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But God, to the Christian, says, “No, not until you are satisfied and fulfilled and content with living loved by Me alone. I love you, my child and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with me – exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires and longings. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing – one that you can’t imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you – just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things – keep experiencing the satisfaction knowing that I am. Keep learning and listening to the things I tell you … you must wait.

Don’t be anxious. Don’t worry. Don’t look around at the things others have gotten or that I’ve given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking off and away up to Me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.

And, then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any would ever dream. You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready, I am working even this very minute to have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with me and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me…and this is perfect love.

And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love, I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and the everlasting union of beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. Know I love you utterly. I am God Almighty. Believe and be satisfied.

Seasons of Life

~ Today I am grateful that I saw this inspiring post which I like to share to you.

Inspired by Jim Rohn’s The Art of Exceptional Living, just like there are 4 seasons, there are 4 lessons that are crucial to your life. By becoming aware of them, learning them, and applying them in your existence, there is no doubt that you will craft a very fulfilling life.

Handle the winters
Every year, winter comes. It always comes. We deal with it by preparing for it. Whether it’s changing our clothing or changing our way of life, we always get ready for winter, because we know it’s coming. The same applies to your life. Rough times WILL come. No life goes smoothly without a problem from beginning to end. Thus, you have to be ready for it, for when it does come, you are not stuck in the cold without a coat. Be ready to handle the winters in your own life.

Take advantage of the spring
Every year, after a long winter, comes the spring. This is a time where opportunities arise. Flowers blossom and creatures come out of their hibernation. The same thing applies within your life. After a challenging time, you will be faced with a great opportunity. It is your duty to take full advantage of the springs when they pop up. This is your moment to plant the seeds of greatness to come. You never see all the beauty that is life and nature on this planet decide not to awaken one year in the spring! It does because it is meant to do so. Hold your own existence to that same standard. Make your springs the springboard to getting where you want to go.

Protect your summer
After having planted your seeds in the spring, soon the summer will come. This is a time where you can reap the benefits of your crops. As well as being a time of joy and comfort, it is also a time to be careful. As Jim Rohn points out, “all good will be attacked”. If you are not careful, your crops will be either stolen, destroyed, or spoiled. Therefore you must do whatever it takes to protect your crops. Once you have achieved something in your life, you must defend it. You must stand up for it, and protect its value. Otherwise you may find yourself losing it.

Take responsibility in the fall
As the autumn comes, the trees change color, lose their leaves, and the weather gets cooler. As you gear up for another winter, it is the best time to take full responsibility of what happened in the previous seasons, both good and bad. This is the time where you can open yourself to learning the lessons that the previous seasons taught you and put everything into perspective. They say that the fall is the time of the year where there are more depression than any other time. This is due to people not taking such responsibilities and learning from previous successes and/or mistakes. Only by doing so can you be ready once more to handle another winter that is coming and plan for the following spring & summer.

Grateful credits to these sites 1 and 2.

REAL REST

Are you worrying at this moment before going to sleep or upon waking up? I was a while ago but I’m GRATEFUL and HAPPY to be reminded that God’s provision will always be available for us. STOP WORRYING!  Just REST in God’s promises. So I’m sharing to anyone my Ptr. Prince’s Devotional for today.

Matthew 6:34 GWT

“So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”