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Who is This Man who Controls the Storm?


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Who is This Man who Controls the Storm?

When I was 12 years old, I had this rival in my territory (basically a 446 sq.m. house and lot). I could rule my mom and dad’s land except. . .

except. . .

Rooster attacks a little kid

Rooster attacks a little kid

. . . at the far end of the garden (of dirt, banana and ipil ipil trees) lived “The Great Rooster”. Many times my nannies thanked him because he strikes fear so ‘I do not go out and play at my friend’s house. The Rooster would flex its chest over my own territory. When I reclaim my place, he would power-peck and flying-scratch everyone who challenges him, especially me. This rooster also had some “chicks” and would lay very large eggs – double and sometimes triple yolk. Those would be our breakfast. I would hold aluminum “swords” – scraps from broken windows to challenge his authority. Continue reading

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Release from the Giants in your Life


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Release from the Giants in your Life

Powerful God of the Angel Armies

Powerful God of the Angel Armies

“I am the Lord, there is no other. I say to the mountains be thrown to the sea. I calm the storms and cause lightning to flash the skies. I am your Creator, the Ancient of Days. I created you in your mother’s womb.

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The Boundary of Christianity and Meditation


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The Meeting of Christianity and Meditation

Once upon a time a man lived in a cramped apartment. He had a wife and 2 kids and a 2000 square foot property. It is pretty big considering that that it was a 3 bedroom house with a wide lawn. Unfortunately, it didn’t feel so because the signs of the accumulated 30 years of living, was cramped all over the living area, dining and even the bedrooms. Items that he and his wife have collected lined up the front yard. Unfinished projects he hoped to finish lined his storage and stood at the master bedroom floor.

Clutter of our Lives

Clutter of our Lives

One day, a childhood friend from the Philippines called to ask a favor. He and his sister was going to stay over for a two-week vacation and use their place to crash. It wasn’t very comfortable but because of the friendship it was hard to say no.

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The Gift of Fruitfulness – Overflowing in Blessing


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The Gift of Fruitfulness – Overflowing in Blessing

Today I feast on avocadoes.

Having fruit for breakfast isn’t only healthy – it overflows with gratefulness. You see, this fruit came from home but it was not harvested from our “land”. It didn’t come from here.

There are no avocado trees in our lot.

Avocadoes and Gratefulness

Avocados and Gratefulness

As I eat this breakfast I am reminded of Joshua’s condition at the end of his life:

12 “I sent the Hornet ahead of you. It drove out the two Amorite kings—did your work for you. You didn’t have to do a thing, not so much as raise a finger.
13 “I handed you a land for which you did not work, towns you did not build. And here you are now living in them and eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant
14 “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment.

As a child I used to see that things come easy my way. As the eldest with all the Aunt’s and Uncle’s gifts arrived abundantly.

Performing for Acceptance

Performing for Acceptance

Then school. I learned that value came from being intelligent and performing; winning at competitions. The message was you deserve the grade you get. And we only grade for intelligence and sports.

Then God shows up. You kind of get it that He loves me in spite of my imperfection. In practice, I cannot fully comprehend this. I ussually continue to pursue that grade.

Isn’t amazing that when the Israelites received their land, it was farmed and ready to produce? They received cattle from the Canaanites.

Then it hits you. It’s like Jesus. Someone who loves me and gave me all I need to live my life the way God perfectly intended me to.

Just like the avocadoes from the other lot, that blooms and throws its fruit on your lot, gently falling on you as blessings. God is really like that! He is thrilled to bless you, just rest. ☺

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I am in control, I CAN make anything Beautiful


“Hey you can mess up your life as bad as you want. That will not intimidate me from loving you. I am God, I am the master of the most impossible turn around. I enjoy working on especially hard circumstances while you rest on my lap. You are a champion, kiddo!”

Flow of Freshness in your life

Flow of Freshness in your life

“Because no matter how bad you think you’ve become, you will always be my son, and I will be proud of who you are what the steps you are making to be better. I know the great plans I have for you. Plans of a delightful future and an indescribably beautiful. Who do you think gave the ideas to Walt on all the happily ever after Disney endings. You haven’t seen the best yet, my son so you relax and trust me. I will bring you there. Rest in My presence.”

Love,

God.

The New Me

The New Me


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Your Guide to Visiting Dubai on Tight Budget – Travel Preparations


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Dubai Chronicles: Your Guide to Visiting Dubai on a Tight Budget – Travel Preparations

The Dubai Chronicles

A journey never begins until you take the first step. These are the basic steps.

Dubai Creek at Night

Dubai Creek at Night

Documents:

  1. Passport – check expiry
  2. Visa ( This can be paid for but can be provided by your relative in Dubai)

You can find visa from https://www.facebook.com/mcfabia

  1. Good Reason to come back to the Philippines

Any traveler going to Dubai will be considered by the Philippine Government as a potential expense as many Filipinos plan to find work and get deported by the Philippine government. As great as the OFW’s are to the economy, they are not paying a penny for their government to send them home. It’s the taxpayers back home paying for their repatriation.

 

Dubai Airport Passengers

Dubai Airport Passengers

  1. Petition Letter

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Bacolod/ Iloilo Portrait Services: Step by Step Colored Portrait


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Bacolod/ Iloilo Portrait Services: Step by Step Colored Portrait

“With courage and joy, I pursue my life with celebration and creativity.”

This above Declaration wouldn’t be made possible without God’s guidance in my year of 2017 Jubilee and this girl’s timely intro into my life. 🙂 She and God just released so much grace and celebration into my life.

This is my second colored portrait. The first one is a pastel and colored pencil on felt. It is a self portrait back in 1996. There’s so much heaviness in making art so much that this is the next one and so much grace flows I easily finished it! I believe God has really provided so much healing and restoration in my heart. Of course wht made it easier is I’m inspired hehehe.

Ian Jay Bantilan Self Portrait - Iloilo - Bacolod

Ian Jay Bantilan Self Portrait – Iloilo – Bacolod

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How to Hurt Less after a Loss (of Love)


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How to Hurt Less after a Loss (of Love) or
Why my first loss didn’t hurt as it should

She came back and saw me. Small talk. Then she dropped the nuclear. It came with fire. It explodes! I squinted through the smoke.

After a few seconds, I check for damage. I was unhurt. But how?

It’s not me like me. I remember once during 2008 recession when my company let me go. That was a rejection bomb. By the way, the stronghold spirits operating in my life is the Spirit of Rejection and Spirit of Fear. They have full control. So when my boss spoke the word, it felt like the whole sky turned black and dark all of a sudden. A heaviness fell over my heart and a dagger plunged deep into my soul. Ouch!! As much as I want to look casual and fine, I can’t. I looked broken and hurt. That is the power of a stronghold.

The Bomb of Rejection

The Bomb of Rejection

But this was a major bomb. It was a nuclear. And it was my first hopeful relationship. But why was I unscathed? I may be wrong, but this is why I didn’t hurt as much as I should from this loss.

Disclaimer: This is not reality as I may still be in denial. But this is as honest as I could on what my perspective looks like.

Love hurting from loss

Love hurting from loss

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180413 Revelation: My Own Gundam Suit


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180413 Revelation: My Own Gundam Suit

I was worshiping here in Bacolod and just allow God to speak.

God poured out His heart for me and assured me of His presence in my life. He was saying “this ride looks crazy as it is Ian. And you haven’t even started yet. I have to show you many things. I have a lot in store for you.” I just felt so blessed, to be chosen of God. The word in Psalms 23 kept running back in my mind: “surely goodness and mercy will keep running after you all the days of your life and I will thrive and never leave the presence of God every day of my life.” I can feel that it isn’t the place that will prosper me. Even Dubai, the US or Australia which are prosperous nations are nothing to compare with how I bless you. Imagine it, God will bless you just because you step onto their place – it is you who command the blessing to them. In Jesus, the blessings of Abraham are in YOU!

Angelic Demons Spiritual Form

Angelic Demons Spiritual Form (Sorry I can’t find something more closer to how they look)

While I was a teen, I read a Satanist-turned-Christian write about her experience how she was set free by Jesus. She describe these spirits physically as she saw them, including the big man himself! While she was sincere about how she experienced demonic oppression, it was not helpful for me because one of my weakness is the spirit of fear.  She describe demons as angelic beings who were handsome, 12 foot human like creatures who have thick dark black scales as armor and wings. They were skilled in their chosen field of expertise like the demon of Lust, demon of Alcohol, demon of Drugs, demon of Cancer, etc. I was pretty much paranoid as I imagined demons in everything that goes wrong in my life. The spirit of fear, drowned the oftentimes soft voice of God in my life. Continue reading


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The Path to Freedom is Love


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Life Begins Here

For many times in my life, I don’t want to go through the process. I just want the results. I want the intimacy, not the spending time. I want the faith, I don’t want the desperation. I want healthy boundaries; I don’t want the mistakes to find it. I want the hope, not the falling and standing up. I want the girl, not the challenge. Well, life is about taking the journey to get to your destination. 😀

A little child of faith on a long impossible journey

A little child of faith on a long impossible journey

For some reason the journey gets heavier because of “culture” and “Christian tradition”. At other times, we put it on ourselves. I am a perfectionist, and though I talk about the Grace and Love of God, in practice I am blind and continue to work for God to accept me. There are some practices that hurt our journey by putting heavy rocks onto our already heavy load. Then we burden Continue reading


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The “Being” of Experiencing God


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The “being” of Experiencing God

This morning, now my 6th day in my room, as I was looking for my Oil Pastel set (still looking for it) I found these.

the Gift of nice shoes

the Gift of nice shoes

Looks like a nice new pair of shoes. But nothing unusual you would say. But in fact what’s unusual is it’s been there beside my bed since December when I received it. Sorry Tita Leny. Sounds like my experience with God.

I have been too familiar with my life, but He’s always ‘game’ for a puzzle of hide n’ seek all the time. There are promises waiting for us in the background screaming in my face, yet all I could see is my sin, my job, my stuff, my business, my ministry. Have you taken time to smell the flowers lately?

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April Fools Pranks to Live by


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April Fools Pranks to Live by

I woke up today to the sound of “My Love will See You Through”. I felt like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Though I don’t intend to offend fans of older music, it was just depressing for me. . . Being serious in life has its down time. Ten years ago, I thought that being at the top and getting all the honors in university is everything that matters. I’ve had times where people admired me for being young and getting my license.

Feels good.

But as I focus on what else will bring you to the top, the trying gets exhausting. Only to find that when you get at the top, it is a far lonely place. Especially if you didn’t bring the people that mattered. I learned that what was actually important is friends, family and people you have shared your life with. Continue reading


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Morning Devotions: Coffee or the Cup on Easter


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Life Begins Here

Yesterday, while I was visiting a Christian bookstore, I saw this guy, probably a pastor, dressed well, ask for a King James Bible. But more than asking, he was babbling that Christians have been dabbling and changing the verses. That would have been okay but the message was, you mister bible sales guy have to agree with me. He was probably a conservative.

For most of my life, I have tried to change the world according to my world view. So when God reveals His plan for all mankind, Star Wars – Return of the Jedi style, I couldn’t help but imagine that when I share the gospel with people, they all look at me with eyes glazing and say “that’s awesome.” Continue reading


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180325 Revelation: The Liberation


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18 Mar 25 Revelation: The Liberation

As I sat comfortably on my trip going back to Bacolod. I put on my worship music.

Once I started to listed. I could literally feel God translated me to a deeper dimension.

He was saying “All this concerns you have. Have no fear. I can take care of you. You are no longer an orphan. I am your real Father. I can provide you all you need and all your desires too.”

God then walked me back to when I was 4 years old. I could sense the emptiness and the void in my heart. All throughout we went until we saw me in high school. I could again sense the shame and brokenness.

Alone time in Prayer

Alone time in Prayer

“Do you know know I was there all along. I purposed you with these weakness because I had a beautiful plan in your life.” Continue reading


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Dreams don’t come instantly, heres why


Dreams don’t come instantly. Here’s why.

It pays to let God. He’s never late.


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180228 Vision: the Curse of Cain


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180228 Vision: the Curse of Cain

As I was worshiping, a thick presence of the Lord fell upon me and His love surrounded like a cloud. And then the voice started.

“I know you since you were born, I knit you together in your mothers womb.” Then all my concerns came back to me as the declaration of the worship song flooded my mind. “I am no longer a slave to fear.” Then God reminded me of so many situations that fear is overpowering in my life.

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Vision Feb 07 2018 The Father’s Heart


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The Road to Healthy Boundaries

Father is holding his Son

Father is holding his Son

Father is holding his Son
Father is holding his Son

Then He transported me into the heavenly realms. I filled my heart with worship and gave it to Him. He said “You don’t have to”.

I said “I want to.”

He answered “You don’t have to.”

I replied “I want to worship you Lord.”

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Some Messages to Pepper the Girl on Valentine’s


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Some Messages to Pepper the Girl on Valentine’s

At this 3rd decade, I’m still learning to get dates. I’ve learned to appreciate my seasons. Here’s a few messages to give the girl on your mind on this month of love.

Romantic Attraction Quotes and Pickup Lines

Romantic Attraction Quotes and Pickup Lines

  1. You were amazing last night. Imagine what it would be like if it wasn’t just in my dreams.
  2. I really like our friendship but do you want to make it more?
  3. Can I see what’s in your pockets; I think you’ve stolen my heart.
  4. You’re already on my mind and I’ve just woken up.
  5. Do you have a to-do list? If yes, put me on it.
  6. Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
  7. I’m a bit like a Rubik’s cube, I get harder the more you play with me.
  8. I understand you don’t want any more children, but is there any change we could practice tonight?
  9. The best thing about a keyboard is that U and I are together.
  10. Don’t tire yourself out at work. You’ll need some energy for later.
  11. At night time I sleep dreaming of you, and in the daytime I dream sleeping with you.
  12. I’m trying my best to fall asleep, but I just can’t stop thinking about you.
  13. You looked so beautiful the last time I saw you I forgot my pickup line.
  14. Every time you enter the room, you enter my heart.
  15. Send me a picture, so I can give Santa my wish list.
  16. Here’s hoping your day consist of . . . . and the quickest route to bring you straight into my arms.
  17. On a beautiful day like this, the only thing that could improve is having you by my side.
  18. A hundred miles away and you’re still right here in my heart.
  19. I wish I was your mirror so that I could look at you every morning.
  20. You’re so hot I get a tan every time I look at you.
  21. Sweet dreams. I hope I was in them. 😉
  22. Don’t listen to your friends, listen to your heart!!
  23. The next time you see your parents, send them my sincerest gratitude.
  24. Can you send me a picture; my friends don’t believe that angels exist.
  25. God created the world in six days, rested on the 7th but it took Him thousands of years to produce someone as beautiful as you.
  26. This email is a group message to 10/10 girls in the area. Currently you are the only recipient.
  27. I’m tired at work because I’m a perfectionist in most things I do. That’s why I like you so much.
  28. You look a lot like my next girlfriend!
  29. Do you know any good heart doctor, because my heart skips a beat looking in your eyes.
  30. Of all the stars in the sky, there is not as beautiful as you.

Warning: Don’t try this on strangers. The author holds no responsibility if any slaps are given or police called when you try this on strangers. 🙂


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My Virtual Love Life in One Tree Hill


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My Virtual Love Life in One Tree Hill

I’ve never really lived in community. I was the outcast trying to fit i, in high school or college. By college, I had some clout attending Victory and studying in one of Asia’s premier university and got some status man of God, desirable, intelligent. So much for a guy who based his identity on how popular he is, not on how many women he slept with, how many drunken parties he’s been to and how much money he had. Hint: the last three – none.

So when I was isolated working in a far off Arab country, the things that you didn’t pursue as a college boy begin to haunt you. Especially one fact that I still didn’t have a girlfriend. So when the opportunity to vicariously live this life I desired to have, keeps dangling in a series, I was entranced! It can’t get anything better than this!

One Tree Hill Lead Characters

One Tree Hill Lead Characters

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Learning to Trust God


Lesson in trust

For most my life I trust only what I can see. But often we only see part of what God is doing. I try to peice but it is not mine to figure out.

This is the window of view where most of the times, God sovereignly covers our view with blur. But the reality of His purpose is the one below. Continue reading


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10 Things I learned from Drei: What a Future Dad Wants to Know


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10 Things I learned from Drei: What a Future Dad Wants to Know

Would you believe that in high school, I only wanted to marry a girl but never want to have children?

Yes.

Younger Carefree Me

Younger Carefree Me – cant find any hilarious me pic. Sorry Ghe, haha!

I dread having to wash soiled laundry, wake at every hour in the morning, keep all 2 hands occupied (not being able to defend myself for any ninja or terrorist attack) and eat half-consumed food – a simple glimpse of a sanitized, single and carefree me. But as I grew older, I matured and learned to see differently.

I yearn to be a dad.

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Live Die Repeat: What to do when you’re Stuck


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Live Die Repeat: Courage to Move Forward

 

I was looking to re-watch the films that made an impression on me this year. I could remember that “Edge of Tomorrow” was one of them. The films stars Tom Cruise and the beautiful Emily Blunt. The story is about an alien invasion of earth. Continue reading


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2018: Courage to Dare, a Self Prophecy


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2018: Courage to Dare, a Self Prophecy

As I write this journal of today, I feel a new excitement that grips me. There is  a warmth and thrill of facing the coming new year. Intentions are powerful as they convey the meaning of our purpose. Here are the things I am eager about.

On January of 2018,

I see myself a better brother to Jerry.
I am going to love my sister a little bit more.
I am going to love friends differently.

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Taking Time to Smell the Flowers


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Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

Most of my life it feels is about measuring up and being ahead of everyone else. The problem isn’t that I’m not brilliant but that its hard to be the most promising entrepreneur, the budding architect-designer and the successful man-in-relationship.

I just heard from a podcast that life just happens. Our best laid plans fire away. It is easy to be tough on yourself and beat yourself up for not succeeding this time.

As I take this long walk home at 12:30am, I discover that there is so much love along the way. This new home away from home. I have cared about things and achievements for far too long. I’ve passed this site where once stood a very frustrated, angry and lost man. I saw my first day of work and all the insecurities of trying to look good and Continue reading


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Iloilo-Bacolod Fastcraft and Ship Travel Schedule 2017


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Iloilo-Bacolod Fastcraft and Ship Travel Schedule 2017

Cebu Adventure on the Highest Seas and Badian

Guimaras Adventure on the Highest Seas

The city of Iloilo has become on of the must-visit places in the country. With the growth of its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO – Call Center industry) and the blossoming of its coastal river paradise, it has become a magnetic attractor of tourist. I have seen it grow from my arrival here at 2014, with over  20 couples from Manila and all over the country relocating here. All for good reason.

A stone’s throw away from Iloilo is Bacolod City, an equally majestic city with a Continue reading


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One day, while I was riding the public transport, I happen to sit beside this beautiful blond 3 year old sitting on the lap of her nanny. I saw that all the passengers were charmed by her cuteness and I too fell in love. How can an English speaking toddler not find her way into your heart. Two young ladies took an special interest in the girl Continue reading


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33 Nuggets of Wisdom for Wives, Future Wives and Moms


When I was in college I was a hopeless romantic, clueless in real relationships. After countless religious youth meetings and fired up motivational speeches in finding the ideal woman, I finally put down my non-negotiables in an ideal lady-to-marry.

Here’s the final four:

A. Raised like a queen (confident)
B. Motherly (personifies kindness and compassion)
C. Passionate about Jesus
D. Intelligent

Fast forward to 10 years, working and eternally single, a lot has changed in my expectations. (Most to blame is all the Disney movies that mess up my expectations) 🙂 Hehe! Continue reading


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The Blessing of Family and Pets


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The Blessing of Family and Pets

Last Sunday, I met our fun loving new American bulldog Buddee. He was very charming. I heard from my brother that we just got him that morning. He was a very spirited dog, an overexcited little mutt.  As I walked him around the lawn, his hurried sniffing antics and careless running about hit me. Suddenly I was endeared to him.

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Today I meet a legend.

I usually save 15% of salary. That is here in the Philippines. That goes negative from December to January. When IU worked aborad I reached 45%.

I have never met anyone except for some Chinese friends who are really extreme. But tonight, I was surprised to find someone who save so much. And I thought I was already thrifty.

Some spoilers:
She’s single.
She walks home.
She has provincial allowance (Manila hired to work here)
And she has a considerable amount in stocks.
But I have never seen her in fancy clothes.
Very low profile indeed!

1. Anything is possible. It is common that budget adjust with salary. It doesn’t have to.
2. We have to live in our own reality. You-me-different.
3. It’s important to know what you want and attack it with passion. No one will force you to do what you don’t want.

Now, I’m asking, how much are you saving monthly? (as a percentage of your income)


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Arki Thesis blues: the Difference between Concept and Philosophy?


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Arki Thesis blues: the Difference between Concept and Philosophy?

During my student years, concepts and philosophy never got explained clearly. It’s one of those things you read from the Project brief and your kind of catch from comparing notes with what your best friend did in Architecture School.
Architecture Sketch - Design Concept -Frank Gehry Partners

Architecture Sketch – Design Concept -Frank Gehry Partners

One of the challenge during school was that in UST, it always rained. And the guys who top the board exams are simply brilliant, hard researching dudes with monster drawing skills. Back to Architecture – here’s the Question: What is a concept?

A design concept is a statement that expresses your approach to the design problem. The concept speaks to a specific problem/project but is still in line with your Design Philosophy. It creates a connection between the design problem and the design solution. The concept is consistent throughout the design itself. Your concept should relate

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The Jordan: Crossing the Promised Land

Filipinos are a breed of sentimental people. They seldom like goodbyes. But there was one goodbye from this place a thousand years ago that was equally heavy emotionally: Moses who has fought and prayed and fasted to reach the Promise Land is a few kilometers of his goal but God says, this is as far as you can go. From the thick air which blurs out the whole valley, we could see miles and miles of endless sand, glimmering in the morning sun while cool breeze blow through my face.

This is Mount Nebo in Jordan.

How we ended there? is a long story. This how its happened.

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Comfort Zone Challenge – Meeting in Israel – Completion Episode


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Comfort Zone Challenge – Joyfully Meeting Israel

Completion Episode

Surprise! I am back with a vengeance. They say “it doesn’t matter how small the gate or charge with judgement the scroll, I am the captain of my fate.”

1000 year old mosaic of a Christian Church in Nebo in Jordan

Arch Ian Jay in front of a 1000 year old mosaic of a Christian Church in Nebo in Jordan

I am delighted to find that I have actually completed my adventure in Israel to meet 10 pretty non-filipino women and have a picture with them. For others this may not be significant but the lessons in life is most significant to the learner, not the audience. I am sharing this to share my joy of completion. If you haven’t read the previous post Joyfully Meeting Girls in Israel part 1.

Enter Comfort Zone Challenge

Again what is a Comfort Zone challenge? Comfort Zone challenges are planned actions to face a fear with the primary goal of overcoming this fear or increasing your courage and confidence. This action includes a calculated risk of negative social evaluation but does not expose you to real danger or long-term negative consequences.”

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Spoken Word: Love at Eighty-fa–v (85)


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Spoken Word: I wanna fall in Love at 85
Written and performed by IN-Q

Living Present Loveing Future

Living Present Loveing Future

I wanna fall in Love at 85
Go on shuffleboard dates and dance to hip-hop from ‘95
Our song would be Staying Alive, but only for the message
Otherwise we’d keep away from disco, it’s depressing
We’d rock matching tracksuits and rope gold chains
We’d look like Run DMC but in their old age
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Funny Antedotes about Self-Forgiveness


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From Mark Rutland of Every Nation World Conference.

Dr Mark Rutland

Dr Mark Rutland

Some years ago a magazine put out a survey. They asked their readers to tell them “What the most they most would love to hear another person to say to them. “What would you like another person to say to you?” Out of the thousands and thousands of responses. They brought it down to the top three.

Covenants and Forgiveness

Covenants and Forgiveness

Three things that Americans want to be “said to you”.

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Personality Profiling for Work Productivity


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Methods of Personality Profiling for Work Productivity

A Comparison: Strengthfinder, Myers-Briggs, DISC Profiles and Enneagram

personalities and uniqueness

personalities and uniqueness

When I was in high school, discussions about personality revolved around the four temperaments, the sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. Due to my interest in psychology, if I didn’t become architect, I would have probably taken psychology.

During the same time, I came across the Enneagram. How interesting can it be as it can predict what a fully developed personality would progress into? And at the same time, how a peresonality at its worse can degress to a different type.

Nowadays, the study of personality has taken in a strong motivation and purpose: work productivity. I have rediscovered newer personality classification in Church Leadership in Victory Christian Fellowship, Networking Circles and through OCCI Coaching Programs.

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Enneagram Personality Profiles

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The Alternative: Casual Christian Dating?


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Christian Dating confusion

Christian Dating confusion

Christian Casual Dating?

Why it’s Time to Simplify the puzzle of Christian Romance.

Credits to author Nicole Unice from http://www.relevantmagazine.com

A wise man once said that there are only two outcomes for dating relationships: getting married or breaking up. “The secret,” he said, “is knowing how to handle a dating relationship so you know if the other person is worth marrying or he or she is honored in the breakup.”

Unfortunately, it seems like many young singles struggle to figure out just how to handle dating–and I’m not the only one who’s noticed how weird the Christian dating can be. Someone in her thirties, recently remarked, “I’m sure glad I wasn’t much of a Christian when I started dating my husband!” Continue reading


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The Awesome Power of Willingness


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The Awesome Power of Willingness!

Choice is what most people on earth have. You may not be able to choose your parents, siblings and current state in life, but most of the things you face – you could make a choice!

Personal Devotion to Change

Personal Devotion to Change

The struggle comes when we feel we are helpless in trying to change things that in reality are beyond our power. We feel stuck and in no-progress zone. As fear and terror grips us we go through the same cylcle until grace, a beautiful moment leads us to a powerfule discovery about change.

Most people are uncomfortable with change. In fact majority of people resist change and while change is inevitable. We must face it every day of out life. As we journey, we see that the more we struggle with things we cannot change, we get more stuck, but at the same time, if we willingly accept things we cannot change, we find forgiveness for ourselves and a new ticket to life. Continue reading


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Training your Faith – Learning to Fly


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Training your Faith – Learning to Fly

“Don’t be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. 3b Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14.

Looking through eyes of Faith

Looking through eyes of Faith

When I was in college God showed me a vision how faith works. When your heart is full, it is easy to be in the character of God. To speak and the things you ask easily manifest. Just as it were in creation God spoke “light” and there was light. There is no doubt who is the source and there is no feeling bad when it doesn’t manifest. You are satisfied and content. As a baby spirit christian, like the X Men- with constant practice you can learn how to stretch your faith. With practice you can make it grow.

Training your Spiritual Gifts and Faith - sword of truth

Training for your Spiritual Gifts and Faith – sword of truth

 

Training your faith to receive the Promise

Training your faith to receive the Promise

That is the power of faith.

Imagine a huge ship that is you and a great ocean where it moves along. If you steer your ship to anywhere but shallow waters, your faith is operational. But there are locations where it is unusually powerful. This are situations where you have grown your faith to move mountains. When you cultivate habits that keep you faith in deep waters (greater trust in God) you find that you will be fine. But whenever your faith level is shallow, you experience conflict: emotionally, spiritually and physically. Have you found yourself easily becoming pessimistic, complaining and doubtful. The problem is not that you are experiencing them, but that you have allowed yourself to drive into shallow waters.

Faith is the Water that carries your Soul

Faith is the Water that carries your Soul

 

Conflict is your Faith not enough to Float your spirit

Conflict is your Faith not enough to Float your spirit

Same way with flight. You need to keep enough wind and speed to fly. If you lack any of those, you scratch yourself with sores and bruises. How full is your faith? Are you filling it with enough or are you overflowing?

But faith is not neutral. Faith has a target, an object of faith. it can be used with God as a source or used in humanism with yourself as the source. It can work both ways. With positive thinking, it will lead you to a self centered philosophy. Whether we accredit the results to God, it doesn’t change the sovereignty and all-powerfulness of God. Your choice: honor God with your faith and soul or live for yourself (whether doing service or help for others) Remember that the blessing of God flows through your life when you honor God.

Standing Firm in your Faith

Standing Firm in your Faith

Who is the Lord of your life, Jesus, No-one or yourself? If no-one it is still yourself. Now, when you experience conflict and bumps, isn’t it about time that you moved your faith to deeper waters?


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest

“Architecture is man’s attempt to tame and imitate nature.” Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

The aim of man

Let’s see the Flower Dome.

The Flower Dome is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres). It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome is 38 metres (125 ft) high and maintains a temperature between 23 °C and 25 °C, slightly lower at night.

The Flower Dome features seven different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia


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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia

Staying in a country no matter how delightful leaves one gasping for $$$$. My theory is the more enjoyable the journey the more expensive it becomes. Only time will tell, how enjoyable you became. For every day of stay, is dollars! dollars!

We had to go to our next adventure: Batam, Indonesia.

On a sidenote, Singapore as a city is the way it is because of its laws. They have very green roofdecks and very few hanging laundry on major streets. In our urban commercial streets, our roofs are filled with hanging lingeries.

Singapore's Green Roof Buildings

Singapore’s Green Roof Buildings

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Roma Pizza Italiano

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Lessons in Love


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Lessons in Relationships

Garden for romantic relationships

Garden for romantic relationships

Lessons that came late.
Serve her no matter what,
whether you win or not.

To win her heart,
you have to win her trust
because if your goal is to win her,
she could smell your goal.

I’m a late bloomer. I was good in school but never really good with romantic relationships. I was ok with people I didn’t quite fancy but for those who I do fancy, I never got to talk to them. They are in the “restricted list”. So I sought to find a mental way to make connections: analysis. In short, I never really got to talk to the ones I want to.

Through a dinner coffee last year, it dawned on me. Those whom I feel more qualified for, I take for granted but those I don’t feel qualified for, you never could stomach to ask. But this “The Heart Truth” series helped me out. (I wasn’t  really taking notes) Continue reading


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Singapore: Art Scene and National Library


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Singapore: Art Scene and National Library!

The heart of any country is its Art and Culture. If Art – music, architecture, paintings, media, poetry, drama and literature dies. No matter how rich a country is, the beat stops. Life gets gray. And soon enough lifeless. . . enough of that.

ARchitecture SkinsSingapore Art Museum

Architecture SkinsSingapore Art Museum

Architecture Building Skins Singapore

Architecture Building Skins Singapore

We visited Art District to get a taste of its Art Scene. We began with the Singapore Art Museum or SAM in Bras Basah Road. As a young country, Singapore understood the role of developing Art and Culture as a required stimulus to flowering economic growth. Most first world nations have high levels of art appreciation. The “high culture” could be a result of a nation’s economic boom but at the same time, stimulating culture could also have the same effect on the economy. Continue reading


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Singapore: Deliberate Seamless Experience


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Singapore: Deliberate Seamless Experience

We stayed in a simple three-storey building in Serangoon in along Lorong Gambir. The place is hosting four rooms and owned by a designer named Anders.

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We stayed on a bed and breakfast that is located in the block enclosed by Upper Serangoon Viaduct, Bartley Road and Upper Paya Lebar Road. The location is a comfortable reach for Bartley and Serangoon station with a mall – the NEX Mall.

Bartley Station, Singapore

Bartley Station, Singapore

Bartley Station, Singapore

Bartley Station, Singapore

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Arch Ian Bantilan: Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue


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My Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

A few months ago, my alma matter’s publication the Varsitarian conducted an interview about my exhibit. They have published that interview. I have also collected some pictures from the event from my media supporter which I will post here. I never knew other people would appreciate my art. I am just happy they do. Thanks Mone and Cat. 😉

Dad and Tito Arne, you too are mentioned in University of Santo Tomas’ News Publication.

Original Article in this url: http://www.varsitarian.net/features/20140625/exhibit_merges_architecture_poetry

Bantilan Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue 2014 (2)

Entrance to the Dark Sained White Exhibit in USLS

Article by: Mone Virma Ginry P. Gumapac and Catalina Ricci S. Madarang

THIS architect always had a way with words, not just with numbers.

Architecture alumnus Ian Jay Bantilan launched the second installment of his art exhibit titled Dark Stained White II last April 24 to May 22. The exhibit showcased both his drawings and poetry at Museo Negrense de La Salle in Bacolod.

“I’m really happy about this exhibit because this was something that I have been dreaming of for a long time now,” said Bantilan, who initially conceptualized the project 10 years ago and made it happen at the first exhibit in SM Bacolod in 2012. Continue reading


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LCC- Marker / Basic Architecture Rendering using Markers


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Basic Architecture Rendering using Markers
by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Prismacolor Marker Tip

Prismacolor Marker Tip

Mark ‘yer Qualities.

Markers are colored pens with tips made of porous material like felt. Most markers today are alcohol based and hence have a cap to prevent rapid evaporation of your prescious ink.

The proffessional markers have 2 tips – the thin point side (1) and the wide wedge (2). Some will have a nib similar to fountain pens (3).

Markers can have the tendency to leak everywhere if not controlled right. You must develop the skill to control how the ink flows to your paper by applying different pressure and varying the angle of touching the paper. Like any other medium, markers lend a different feel to colours and pictures in general. I personally think that markers can be the easiest to control amongst traditional liquid colouring techniques.

Select your Paper.
Different qualities of Markers will have different marks on paper. Different papers can also enhance or destroy your render. It is best to try your marker on paper before you do an all-out rendering marathon. It’s easier to work on a paper that gives you a hand.


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John Gokongwei – Ateneo School of Management Speech, March 2002


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiSpeech delivered last March 1, 2002 during the launch of the Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

Good morning.

I am John Gokongwei, Jr. I am not an Atenean but I feel at home with you. Today, at least.

Sixty-two years ago, I could not have dreamt of appearing before the Jesuits and their students to tell the story of MY life. I was no more than a student then, at San CarlosUniversity in Cebu , when my father died suddenly. It left me, the eldest, the responsibility of taking care of my mother and five siblings. That was tough for someone who was 13. Creditors had just seized our home and business and I had no experience with earning a living.

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Find What You Love by Steve Jobs


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiI can’t help but make another post about this man: Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios. Please bear with me, this next post is the Speech for the  Commencement address on June 12, 2005. (See the Video in the Middle of the Post)

FIND WHAT YOU LOVE by Apple CEO Steve Jobs

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from Continue reading


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Poems: Precious Bitter Tea


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Precious Bitter Tea

By Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

As I hold this bag of tea,
I feel supported by the Holy Three
And as I dip the leaves in water
I taste the flavor of the Father

A water hot and tasteless, clear,
Is not half as precious a muddy stir
Only when bitter breaks out the mild
Release fragrant worship to the mind.

By the way Jesus didnt drink coffee or tea. He’s a wine man.


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PR Duterte: How Playing Seemingly Dumb moves makes one a Genius


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PR Duterte: How Playing Seemingly Dumb moves makes one a Genius

Let us visit the office of President Rodrigo Duterte. On the surface, you may easily see him as uncouth, uncultured and brash. As his numbers grew during the 2016 elections, most Filipinos could only pray to have someone else in Malacanang. But if you look closely, you will see a calculated planned machinery that put him at that position. How did he land the presidency?

Filipinos watch too much dumb down television. Pleasure centers on the brain secrete hormones every time a Koreanovela ends in pain or

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