A View from the Train

I ran my way to catch the 7 a.m. train to work today. It was a make or break last 10 seconds before the train leaves. You see, if I got in a minute later, I’d have to wait for another 5 minutes for the next ride. Then I’ll be late for work.

Inside, the coach was full already. Not jam-packed but there were no more seats. Most of the time I can sit and nap on the ride as I travel from terminal to terminal. This morning, I was still a little sleepy, pushing yawns but I had to stand up by the rails. When the train’s that full, you’d seldom find a gentleman’s soul.

And so I stood by the coach window. Though slightly blinded by the sun’s glare, I spent the idleness looking out the window. There’s really nothing special on the view since buildings and vehicles are everywhere in Manila. Nothing special to see—lest you look at those things with a different pair of eyes. Continue reading

When God Speaks Through a Song

Sunday morning. I was in the bathroom getting ready for church. Like what most people I believe, do in the shower, I began to sing. It was a song we use to sing at the church and sometimes, during Monday devotion at the office. I couldn’t remember the lyrics that morning.

Into your hand, I commit again

With all I am…

Sunday morning, we arrived at the church while praise and worship was on going. Then, as if the Spirit of the Lord had spoken, one of the songs in the line up was my song at the shower! This is the whole lyrics of the song:

Into Your hand I commit again
With All I am For You Lord
You hold my world in the palm of Your hand
And I’m Yours forever

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing with all I am

I’ll walk with You wherever You go
Through tears and joy I’ll trust in You
And I will live in all of Your ways
Your promises forever

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing with all I am

I will worship, I will worship You
I will worship, I will worship You

The song is about a believer in Christ, or a Christian who probably went a little cold about his faith and ministry. This Christian then declares and surrenders his heart again to Jesus.

Photo from Relevant Magazine

I felt like crying through that worship! I tried my best not to let my tears fall but I couldn’t sing most words of the song. I know that the Lord personally spoke to me and asked me to give back my heart to Him again—in full surrender. And I’m telling you, it doesn’t happen to me every single worship time. When you sing and worship from your heart, then you raise your hands up to heaven, you will really feel the power of the Holy Spirit coming down to you.

I go to church every Sunday. I pray every day. I have my quiet times (though I fail sometimes on this). I give my tithes and offerings (Sadly, I fail on these, too). Why will the Lord ask me to commit myself again to Him? I know the answer. Even if I do all these things, I still have cares and worries. Someone said that when you have all these fears, doubts and cares in your heart, you are insulting the ability of your God. I am aware that I am not obeying everything He wants me to do even when I say, “Jesus, I will follow you.” When you surrender and commit yourself to God, you give everything to Him: your family, friends, joys, tears—everything. He is God, remember? Everything belongs to Him. He knows what to do with all these things. We only have to trust Him. We have to obey Him.

The best thing we can offer the Lord is our heart. Let us give our hearts to Jesus. He will take care of you and me.


Here’s a link to the song, “With All I Am

Oktober Praise 2014: United as One (Malabon Edition)

Are you ready to rock for the LORD?

Official Oktober Praise Malabon poster (Photo from United Youths of Malabon Facebook Page)

Another successful year had been celebrated at Malabon City last October 24, 2014. Dubbed as Oktober Praise 2014: United as One, musicians and young artists from different churches joined together to blow the house for a concert, all in the spirit of praise, worship and evangelism.

The whole concept of Oktober Praise began as early as 2006. This was a response to Oktoberfest, a global event wherein there is a festivity of rock music and overflowing booze. October, has been known as the feast of barley, the main ingredient in making beer. As early as 12 years old, youth around the world had been involved in drinking and partying. Continue reading

[Review] Grace of Monaco

I was able to see the controversial movie, “Grace of Monaco” a few weekends ago. It was controversial because according to reviews I’ve read prior to watching the film, Olivier Dahan’s depiction on the life of Princess Grace was inaccurate. The Royal family, the Grimaldi’s, have also shown dismay to the film because it failed to show real history. The Grimaldi’s have also disapproved beforehand any film about their mother.

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“Grace of Monaco” was about former American actress Grace Kelly. The biopic showed six years later of Kelly’s life in the palace after her marriage to Prince Rainier III. Continue reading

24 oh-so-random Facts About Me

Ilang oras na lang Oktubre na. Excited ako, birth month ko ‘yun. At dahil 24th year ko na sa aking kaarawan (naks! Tanda ko na, keenes), eto ang dalawampu’t apat na random na bagay tungkol sa’kin. ‘Yung iba alam na ng mga nakakilala sa’kin. ‘Yung iba ewan ko lang kung halata.

  1. Hindi ako mahilig sa pagkaing maanghang. Subukan mo lang pakainin ako nu’n, isasaksak ko sa baga mo. Joke lang. May tolerable level lang ng anghang ang kaya kong kainin.
  2. Meron akong purity ring sa kaliwang palasingsingan. Na-inspire kasi ako sa pinanood kong pelikula, ‘yung “Courageous.” Binigyan ‘yung dalagita ng tatay niya ng purity ring. Wedding ring lang daw ang pwedeng ipalit dun. Kinilig ako, konti lang.
  3. Dilaw ang paboritong kulay ko. Hindi purple at lalong hindi pink. Pero marami akong gamit na kulay purple at pink.
  4. Hindi ako OC (obsessive-compulsive) pero kapag nagsasampay ako ng damit ko, nakahilera sila ayon sa kulay. Natuklasan ko tuloy na marami akong dilaw, itim, puti at pink na damit.
  5. Naniwala ako noon na kapag uminom ako ng kape, hindi na ako tatangkad. Pero salamat na lang at marunong na akong magkape (mga 7 years ago). Ooh lala.
  6. Naniniwala akong creative ako pero sa sobrang tamad  ko magsulat ng ideas, naglalaho sila bigla o kaya naiiba ‘yung thought.
  7. Mahilig akong kumain sa karinderya lalo na nu’ng college. Una, tamad akong magluto. Pangalawa, kuripot ako.
  8. Ayokong napapagalitan ako ng titser ko pero nu’ng bata pa ‘ko, napagalitan ako sa mga sumusunod na dahilan:Kinder 2 (Prep ngayon): Naiwan ko ‘yung ID ko sa bahay. Pinatayo kami ng titser ko sa harapan. Buti na lang marami kami. (mga 6 siguro)

    Grade 3: Pinatayo kami ng titser ko sa Math sa kabilang classroom dahil wala kaming assignment. Buti na lang ulit marami kami.

    2nd year High School: Pinagsulat kami ng “I will bring my PE uniform next time” sa limang sheets ng intermediate pad. Back to back.

  9. Mahilig ako sa lumang pelikula (mga 1950s – 1990s) dahil palagay ko mas may talent ‘yung mga artista noon.
  10. Kabisado ko ang Bohemian Rhapsody ng Queen, ilang kanta ng Beatles, pati ‘yung Making Love Out of Nothing at All ni Bonnie Tyler. May thrill kasing kantahin ‘yun.
  11. Produkto ako ng Catholic school pero uma-attend ako ng Sunday School at Daily Vacation Bible School (DVBS) nung elementary ako. Na-born again ako nu’ng college, sa Baguio. Una kong natutunan ang magdasal. ‘Yung totoong dasal, hindi memorize lang.
  12. Malakas akong kumain pero hindi ako tumataba. Mahirap akong patabain. Like, you know…
  13. Mahilig akong mag-picture ng kung anu-anong bagay. Minsan nabo-bother ‘yung ibang tao. Pero naniniwala kasi akong hindi mo na pwedeng ulitin ang isang eksaktong larawan sa ibang pagkakataon.
  14. Pag tinatanong ako noon kung anong gusto kong maging paglaki ko, sinasabi ko “doktor” o kaya “lawyer.” Parehong hindi natupad. Pero masaya ako ngayon sa ginagawa ko.
  15. Hindi ako suplada. Sarcastic, oo.
  16. Sa ‘di ko malamang dahilan, gusto ko talagang pumunta ng Japan. At hindi porket magja-Japan, gustong maging Japayuki. Inuulit ko, hindi ko alam kung bakit gusto kong mag-Japan 😀
  17. Mahilig akong bumili ng libro lalo na ‘pag sale. Hindi ko pa nababasa lahat ng librong nabili ko.
  18. Ayoko sa mga mag-jowang todo mag-PDA (public display of arte/affection). Hindi dahil single ako. May mga bagay lang talagang sa palagay ko ay dapat nananatiling pribado.
  19. May sentimental value sa’kin ang maraming bagay although natutunan kong may mga bagay na dapat nang bitawan (uy, arte ah).
  20. Hindi pa ‘ko nakakapasok sa kahit anong bar o club. Ayoko ring subukan kahit nasa tamang edad na ‘ko.
  21. Paborito kong banda ang Maroon 5 at patay na patay ako kay Adam Levine pero nahihirapan akong panoorin ang mga music videos nila. Masyadong maselan.
  22. May fear of heights ako pero ‘di ako takot mag-zipline o umakyat sa matataas na lugar pag may mga kasama.
  23. Kung nagkaron lang ako ng talent, gustong kong sumayaw.
  24. Napag-alaman kong National Coffee Day sa Pilipinas sa birthday ko. Dahil dyan, magpapakape ako. ‘Yung 3-in-1.

‘Yun lang. Medyo marami ang 24. Baka next time, marami na ulit akong matutunang random tungkol sa sarili ko. Happy October! Happy birthday month to me! ❤

#MedyoMean: The Back Mind Speaks

Minsan may mga bagay tayong gustong sabihin pero ‘di maaari dahil alam mo na ang mangyayari.

Minsan ‘pag nasa labas ako’t may nakikita, ito ang mga (sana’y naging) eksena:

Habang may babaeng nagme-make up sa kalsada…

Ako: Ate, what’s that you’re putting on your face ba?

Girl: Dah, why you so tanga? Syempre, it’s face powder noh. Like dah.

Ako: Oh. Kase naman, I thought I smelled gun powder.


Sa saleslady na sunod ng sunod sa’yo…

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Saleslady: Ano pong gusto n’yo ma’am?

Ako: Tunay na pag-ibig!

version 2

Saleslady: Ano pong gusto n’yo ma’am?

Ako: ‘Yung hindi n’yo binebenta rito.

version 3

Saleslady: Ano pong gusto n’yo ma’am?

Ako: Cellphone mo, wallet, alahas… ‘Akina, dali!

(Seryoso, naba-badtrip ako sa mga saleslady na sunod ng sunod sa likod.)


Sa mga driver ng jeep na halos lumipad ang sasakyan…

Ako: Manong, hindi pa ‘ko nagmamadaling sumakabilang-buhay!


Sa mga driver na pilit isinisiksik ang mga pasahero sa jeep…

Ako: Manong, try mo kayang ikaw ang maupo dito. Tingnan natin kung kasya bente katao.


Sa mga conyong kolehiyala…

Conyo: It’s like this and like that, di ba? Like, oh my gosh! Then I was like, ayyy…

Ako: Boo! Tapiko takupe! (repeat until they bleed)


Sa mga reklamador sa kalsada…

Reklamador: Aaaargh! Etong mga chenes chenes na ‘to, puro ka-echosan! Ka-imbyerna!

Ako: I feel you, ate. I feel you.


Sa mga bagger ng grocery na walang alam sa kanilang ginagawa…

Ako: Ako na lang kaya mag-supot ng grocery ko para mabilis?


Sa mga customer ng fast food resto na tapos nang kumain pero ayaw pang umalis kahit wala ng maupuan ‘yung iba…

Ako: Gusto mo orderan ulit kita? Sayang naman ‘yung upo mo. Hirap kayang humanap ng upuan dito.


Sa mga bashers online na di naman alam ang eksena…

Ako: ‘Yung totoo, sino nagturo sa’yong magbasa?

😀

Manila International Book Fair: A Booked Date

At last I have this time to share about my mini adventure at the 35th Manila International Book Fair or MIBF. If you love libraries and endless book sales, then you’d probably have “the feels” of my excitement on that event. A few months before the MIBF, I’ve been constantly checking its schedule on the web.

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The year’s book fair happened last September 17-21 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia (MOA). So I’ve been planning my whole week prior to that as to when I’d be attending the event. I love coming to the book fair as much as lovers want Valentines’ Day.

Just a little back story…

I’ve first attended the MIBF about seven to eight years ago. I was a member of my school’s Book Lovers’ Club in high school. Where else would I be? I’m not interested in academic or drama clubs. (Although I was part of the Science Club, for academic purposes). Anyway, as a Book Lovers’ Club member, I was among the privileged to have a tour at the MIBF with the school library team. I don’t know what exactly we had to do there. I just wanted to go outside the school 🙂 That time, the MIBF exhibited at the World Trade Center. Whoa! It was for me a big, big, no… It was an enormous library. Of course, I never actually cared what happened there. All I knew was we collected brochures, magazines, and freebies. That, for me, was the book fair—a place to get freebies related to school supplies and the library. Continue reading

Facing the Big Boss

For us who believe in eternal life or the life after death, we know that we will face the ultimate Judgment before (Hebrews 9:27) we can be with God the Father forever. To be with God is our goal that is why while we are still here on earth, we try our best to please God by being obedient with His Words. While good deeds, repentance and faith in God are required of believers and those who follow Him, remember that it is only by Grace that we are saved. (Ephesians 2:8)

Supposed then that we are to face Judgment now. I have always wondered how it would look like to appear before that most awaited day. How should we feel? Will we be happy and excited because finally, we have arrived at the “finish line”? Will we be proud of the things we have done when we were alive, with big smiles on our faces and heads up? Say, the Gate Keeper has a handbook of the things that we should have done, according to His Word—will we be able to say, “Yes, I’ve done this, I’ve done that, and I love the Lord!”?

Or, will be feeling and reacting the other way around? I wonder if upon facing Judgment, we will be walking with our heads bowed low, not sure if will be allowed to enter the Holy Gates. How many points will we get if the criteria contain the number of things the Lord asked us to do? Are we even allowed to say, “I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to do that,” or “I’m sorry, I don’t know that I should have done that”? What if the Gate Keeper says, “How sure are you that you are welcome here—you’re not even aware of what the Bible says?” Because for all we know, the Bible tells us everything about God.

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Let us try to picture the day of Judgment as a job fair, where the believers are about to be interviewed by the Gate Keeper. Now, this Gate Keeper is the HR manager and God the Father is the Big Boss. Just like any other job hiring, we have to go through a series of question and answer portion first with the HR manager before we could face the Boss and land the job.

The HR manager in Heaven will of course, browse through your resume. So, is your name (resume) written in the Book of Life? What have you accomplished? You would be answering with quite a list of worldly and spiritual tasks. But surely, the HR manager knows all of those already. It would only be a confirmation for you will not be able to lie on that day (Revelation 20:12). You cannot be somebody that you are not, unlike when you’re only having a real job interview on earth. At the end of that interview, will you be able face the Big Boss? Will you make it to Heaven?

The difference, my dear friends, with landing a job in this world and entering Heaven is this: in this world, you have to be qualified to get the job. You have to prove the boss that you are worth the job and make sure in yourself that you don’t get fired. Whereas in Heaven, God has called you already, though unqualified and unfitting, to become part of His Kingdom. It is therefore, our job to prove ourselves worthy of this calling so at the end of our lives, we will reap this reward of being with God, the Big Boss, forever.