Monday, September 3, 2012

Signed and Shaken

Meeting Bo Sanchez

Some people call it destiny. Bo calls it orchestration. Yesterday was an unplanned visit to the mall with my wife to meet our nephew, when in all our surprise, we saw this tarpaulin saying that Bo Sanchez was coming to Cebu the next day. My wife and I were astounded of this coincidence. She has been saying that she wanted to attend one of Bo's gathering one of these days. We have been listening to Bo's preachings on television and read his books. And there we were. I guess it was destined that somehow, we were at the right place, at the right time.

Today, for the first time, we attended The Feast, a gathering where we celebrate God's word. We just knew that this is taking place weekly at Mondays 6pm. Today was special though as Brother Bo was present. The Holy Mass was celebrated in the first hour, following two hours of words of worship and inspiration.

The main take away of Bo's message, was about focusing on your strengths, forgetting your weakness. We don't have to be the best in the world, but the best in Your World.

As an analogy, he used the bow, arrow, and an apple as the target. In order to hit the target, all these three must be aligned. The bow is your Passion, the arrow your Potential, and the apple was your Purpose. If we visualize these as circle shapes, the area where Passion and Potential meet, is your Purpose. That right there will be your guide in deciding what you want to do with your life.

The event tonight launched a bigger event come Dec. 1, the Kerygma Conference 2012, entitled "Champions Arise!", at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City. For more information, visit

I look forward to attending this event with my wife. Below is our picture taken with Bo Sanchez, signing our books. We have finally met and shook hands with Brother Bo.

Relaxing at Plantation Bay (Placeholder)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Coincidence in Pandanon

Having a great time with my wife and friends/colleagues in Tieto, island hopping in Mactan all the way to Pandanon Island, Bohol. Coincidentally, we bumped into former colleagues from Lexmark in the same island. It's a small world after all!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Movie Review: "My Name is Khan"

My first impression of the title was that it sounds boring, but I was curious to know why the title. So I tried to read a few about it’s synopsis but not too much that I spoil the story. When I read that it was about an American Muslim man who has Asperger’s Syndrome, I thought it was interesting. The first scenes hooked me all the way, on how a man with this special condition was treated in an airport.

It was an eye opener on how Muslims felt after the 9/11 incident. I am a Christian and I rarely imagine myself on a Muslim shoes. Regardless of religion, the lesson in the story is that there are only two kinds of people in the world -- good people doing good and bad people doing bad. In between both, there is no difference.

There are a lot of controversial scenes that were depicted in the story, real things that may be happening about discrimination because of religion or race. But after all, two people may see the same thing differently, and neither can be necessarily wrong.

From the middle of the story towards the end, there were a lot of surprisingly exciting and moving scenes. My favorite part was when people were in a church, Christian or Muslim aside, remembering their fallen loved ones. If only even for a day, we remember that we are all humans and that we are there for others regardless of religion.

The protagonist Rizvan Khan was played by Shah Rukh Khan, and I think he did a pretty good job in portraying the role. And he has wise advices to share as well in his interview about the movie.

I think the movie was great and will definitely be one of my inspirational favorites.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You were born to succeed...

A motivating video about your decision to succeed...

90/10 Principle

Learn about the 90/10 Principle by Stephen Covey, author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Phoenix, Reborn: Dream Big, Take Risks, Live Boldly!

Six months have passed since my last blog. It’s been a while and I missed writing. So it’s right about time. It has been a bumpy ride for 2011. I know that every new year is a new hope. Looking back, I can truly say this one tops the rest of my previous so called ‘things that have been for the year’. Needless to say, so much like a phoenix reborn from the ashes. We fall a lot of times, but it’s about how we get back up that makes the story worth telling, so finish strong! :)

I plan to improve this blog by including some of my favorite articles that I have been taking note of for quite some time now, across different categories, all of them worth reading and sharing - from collections of nice blogs, travelling, health, technology, photography, newsworthy feats, inspirational stories, mountain biking, career, environment, anything that interests me. I remind myself that the purpose of this blog is to be shared to my family and friends, so that they may find inspiration to the interesting things we learn from different walks of life.

We are a part of a huge ripple. You may think that what you’re doing may not directly or greatly impact or change the world, but these very little things matter, like how a simple “good morning!” greeting inspires people to be positive and make a difference.

This is me being part of the ripple -- inspire others!

To start this year, I’m sharing some good advices to live by. My wife printed out copies of these in strategic walls in the house, and I find myself surprised on how reading just one of the lines would inspire me for the day. So do the same, and glance on it once in a while.

1. Dream big, Take risks, Live boldly.
2. Make a habit of “early to bed, early to rise”.
3. Love deeply and passionately.
4. Stay connected to God, every minute, every day.
5. Be quick to praise, slow to criticize.
6. Go the extra mile. Cheerfully give people more than expected.
7. Live life with eternal perspective.
8. Give generously without expecting anything in return.
9. Write notes of appreciation daily.
10. Read more books and watch less TV.
11. For every recent book, read a book from a prior century.
12. Be quick to admit mistakes and ask for forgiveness.
13. Every day you laugh and cry is a good day.
14. Make failure a stepping stone to success.
15. Tell your spouse and children you love them everyday.
16. Call your mom often.
17. Look people in the eye.
18. Be enthusiastic.
19. Find a quiet place to retreat and pray so you can keep your eyes on Jesus.
20. Always have someone you are mentoring, and someone mentoring you.
21. Give thanks in all circumstances.
22. Think outside the box; be creative.
23. Never pay back wrong for wrong or seek revenge.
24. Sow generously. As you sow, so shall you reap.
25. Smile and enjoy life. Stop and smell the roses.
26. Don’t go through life as a tourist; be God’s ambassador.
27. Make your home a place of joy and peace.
28. Keep friends for life.
29. Don’t worry about what people are thinking of you; they’re not thinking of you.
30. Your attitude and character is more important than your looks.

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