Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Civic Stories - December 2012

I sort of miss being in the backseat. A lot of my goofing off years have been conducted within the confines of the passenger doors, backside of the front seats, and the backseat.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Revisited: Blog changes, etc.

I've once more moved my blog. This time, it's on my own hosting account and it's back to using WP. Same blog, different flavor now and moving forward. I've had this short discussion with a co-leader in church on going back to blogging, and he pointed out the importance of identifying to a particular niche. I said sure, it's important, but I think I wouldn't want to separate my technical gibberish from my thoughts and reflections on God and Christianity.

So I was digging through old posts earlier, and in the spirit of moving, migrations, or however you'd want to call it, I thought I'd re-share with you an old post:
If I pointed you to another blog of mine, would you visit that as much, considering that it would have mostly techno babble in it, and that it won’t have the indispensable “my friends” link (because it’s not on LJ)?

Be kind, now.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Honor God, Make Disciples

A couple of months ago, I started attending this workshop/training for leaders at Victory CDO. It's called Training for Victory (T4V), and it was a once-a-week engagement for about 10 weeks; although it took longer than that because of several holidays around that time. We graduated and were commissioned, not as pastors, but as servants who will lead people to take on a personal relationship with Christ. By God's grace, I was also the recipient of the Award for Excellence during the ceremonies.

All of the learnings I gained during the training has greatly guided me in my walk with Jesus Christ today. You see, I've constantly struggled with finding time for prayer, or for studying His Word. I've always had some reason or excuse to do these at a later time. Eventually, I'd end up not doing them anymore because work after all, takes a big chunk off my day; and I have to spend the rest of the day for family and for resting.

But the Tuesday sessions brought back a discipline of study that I thought I've lost. I've realized that just like with office work, or with project "sprints", I can also discipline myself to do 10-15 minutes of focused time for prayer, meditation, or Bible study.

I've greatly benefited from this. Not only have I deepened my relationship with Christ, but I have also begun to see and feel a change in myself, in how I perceive prayer and what it can do for me and my family, and in how I should conduct myself, whether I'm in the company of others or family. There is no secret formula for this. If you want to deepen your relationship with God and live a life of victory, let me know. I'd be more than happy to talk about this with you (over coffee perhaps?).

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Featured images are so hard to use!

Ok, so I'm spoiled. Anyone kind enough to explain why they appear in some posts and why they don't in others (featured images added, doh)

Kids on Photobooth

Miguel and Isabel goofing off in front of the laptop. They discovered the 4-shot option and started taking pictures by themselves.

Please don't mind if I start posting more pictures here. I’ve really been keeping myself from posting these to Facebook, which was the natural tendency, no thanks to endless egging by the family. But no.  It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve wanted to steer clear from FB when it comes to posting pictures; especially of family. So yippykayay, I'm posting here, and that's it! LOL

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thank you!

I am home, and enjoying my second lease in life, one slow day at a time. I have never been hospitalized for something as life-threatening as DHF with complications before, so it's a bit frustrating that even when I'm already out of the hospital, I could not move around as much as I want. I could not even attempt to lift and carry my son when he feels like asking me to hoist him up. I can only manage a few hours of work now and what's more disheartening is knowing that I can no longer recoup a week's worth of missed work. Well, that's how it is with us road warriors/freelancers.

But I am alive. I survived my first bout against DHF + pneumonia, and I have God, family, and all the people He used to get to me, to thank for.

So I'm taking this moment to write and thank EVERYONE who reached out, spread the word, contacted other people, prayed, donated blood, consoled my wife, watched over me when everyone else was exhausted, and so much more.

You are all AWESOME and I know God sent you all to remind me that He is POWERFUL and ABLE, and that if He wills it so, my recovery was just there for the taking. I simply had to claim what He has already planned for me.

I may not be able to name everyone and if you're one of them, know that deep in my heart I know you, and God knows you, and He will bless and prosper you a hundred-fold because of your kindness.

To Robert, NadineAlyssa, and all those who donated blood and lent us their donor cards (Sherlabs, Ian, Ramil, Justin, Joy, and Rogel), I will be forever indebted to you. Emee, Jeanette, Jenipur, Butch, Romar, Marj, Alma, Eugene, and Twinkle, you have been a great support group. My wife wouldn't have derived as much strength had it not been for your visits and help. To Sonny Boy, Rob, Mitch, and all of Jenipur's friends who shared Mae's posts and helped spread the word, thank you!

To our life group, especially Ptr. Jones and Donna, who have constantly prayed for us, thank you for visiting and for helping Mae through her most trying times. Ptr. Janssen and everyone else who prayed for me @VictoryCDO, thank you so much. Ptr. Babes Mendoza, thank you po for being there on day 1 and for praying for me.

To my kababata's, neighbors, and friends from back in LIDE, thank you for all of your prayers. Plang, Julie, Micmac, and Tita Jo, thank you for sharing Mae's posts and helping get the word around. It's been many years since we left LIDE, yet it feels like we haven't really left. It's amazing because you all still care very much. Thank you for the overwhelming LIDEAN support!

To Mae's friends from UP who shared her statuses and updates, thank you so much for spreading the word. To EJ, Driq, Paul, Joseph, Sherwin, Sunshine, Dulce, and all my friends in Twitter, Shell-Matrix, and other online communities, you guys rock. Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes. To my colleagues at work who prayed for me and sent well-wishes, thank you so much!

To Fely, my mother, thank you for flying to CDO and helping with watch duty. Your presence helped Mae muster enough strength to keep fighting for us. To my father, Lucilo, and brother, Jeffrey, thank you for the calls and words of encouragement. To my father-in-law Elben, thank you for making sure my needs are met and for rushing to and from the blood bank, the hospital, and the house. To my mother-in-law Juliet, thank you for making those important calls to fellow doctors and for keeping the nurses on their toes by calling the station often for updates and instructions. Special thanks to Dr. Reuben Sedigo for checking on me twice each day. Those visits meant so much to us. And most importantly, to my doctor/specialist, Dr. Gina Akiat, who did so much for us and for always reassuring Mae that things are going to be fine.

And to my wife Mae, thank you for never leaving my side. I know you said I should fight and that's what I'll do. I'll keep fighting for you and our kids, and yes, I'll learn to stop and smell the flowers once in a while. I love you so much!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


There's a bunch of new templates on Blogger now. The last time I checked in 2009, there were just the old themes that sort of grow old on you faster than gym socks.

My only gripe is that getting all of my posts imported from a Wordpress platform is rather difficult. I'm tempted to just start from a clean slate, but I have tons of notes from my old posts and I'd like to see them all from one site.