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A prayer of Thanksgiving


Then the word came again to me:

“Before I formed you in the womb, Ian, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
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Ian, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
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Lord thank you that before I was born, you have set me apart. You know me when I was conceived in my mother’s womb. You breathed me life and set me out into the world.

Lord thank you that you have watched over my life through challenges and even dangers, you were keeping me for something special.

Lord thank you that you have been loving me for a thousand years. You prepared all my teachers, friends and mentors. And then I met you Jesus.

Thank you that through the ups and downs of my life your love has never waned. Thank you for inviting me into your family. Thank you for preparing a feast before me and dine in your presence.

Thank you Jesus. 

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A Year of Courage: OCCI LEAP 69


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A Year of Courage

Today I turn one year on my Second Enlightenment experience.

My first was when someone cared enough to share about Jesus, and I accepted him as my Savior and Lord. From that time, my life never became the same. The Second one happened last year. It was a colorful experience of learning how to laugh, to feel and to really love. Before it, I was simply thinking to laugh, thinking to feel, thinking to love.

The Enlightenment Journey - OCCI LEAP

The Enlightenment Journey – OCCI LEAP

This morning, my journey brings me to seek more courage. After taking my morning 60x of pushups, I reflected that this habit is not getting to be burden and I can move to my next habit project. 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.

(Sorry Ill have a proper picture next time. Guardian of the Bantilan estate, Buddee G. Bantilan. Continue reading


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The Campus: My Every Nation experience


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The Campus: My Every Nation experience

Today is campus sunday. Synchronized over all Victory churches is the youth topic. As I look back, learning as a student was the biggest spur in my Christian growth. A few months back, I was clueless on how to talk at all. At the same time, I wasn’t aware of all my choices.

I am glad God placed this stage in my life. I would never be here without the lessons I’ve learned those 5 years in college. That’s 5 years in Architecture,:)

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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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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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We set out our journey in the Philippines, excited for a long adventure. We made a rendezvous in the City of Gold – Dubai en route to Jordan. Not the man who flies but the place with men of thick beard and accent. In its capital is a strange sight you will find it mysterious.

The Airport of Amman is a striking contrast to Dubai’s. While Dubai gave its tune of modern architecture (I am sorry guys, I’m an architect by profession and a teacher once before) by using chrome and metal at every oppurtunity, Amman’s Airport exuded truthfulness. The light colors matched the structure to its sandy landscape. It’s walls were textured concrete, unadorned. And yet, the arches and curves gave the superstructure its distinct identity. In the interior, you will find Islamic resonance with geometric forms softened by curves on the triangular corners.

We were here. It is quite interesting how we cam through faster than their locals, as they were thouroughly checked for contraband material. Was it the charm of our Jordanian host or as most will think, there could be a real threat of attacks from their population?

From the capital, we rode the bus that took us around the countryside. Not much surprise, the only plants growing were olives and, if properly watered: bananas. The popular sport in the area is growing sheep and goats, also known as herding. . .

We climbed through the mountainside onto this early christian church which was built to commemorate where the Israelites would have stayed. At this time of year, it wasn’t this hot, but surely during summer, it would have been hard to feed a million angry shouting Israelites clamoring for fine cheese and shawarma from Egypt.

The early Christian Church was adorned with mosaic, the early expression of architecture details of their time. Mosaics are an artwork composted of inter laying materials such as stone or pottery of different shades to create an overall painting when viewed as a whole. The whole ancient structure was well preserved, considering that it is now 1,400 years old! Another factor for its preservation is the dry and cool climate, which you can see the stones still have a light earth color.

Outside the church, there was a newly installed pole. They say this was supposedly where Moses placed a staff with a snake sculpture, the emblem that stuck through the ages for doctors. It represented healing for those in the medicine profession. This can be seen on my solo picture.

We arrived to this isolated mountain area where it was rumored that Moses shed a tear over the place where he would be able to behold the promise land but never set foot on it. It could have been gruelling to spend out most of your life building and taking care to 1 million people only to find out you wouldn’t be there to enjoy success.

There will be seasons in our life where we feel we deserved what we work for and yet our dreams are not yet within reach. There have been seasons of my life where I felt I deserve better. And yet the more I struggled, the farther away I stray from my dream.

Life is a reflection of ourselves. How much we give her is how much she would also give back. In the end, our ability to trust God in any season of our life and rest in His hands, will prove to be the best oppurtunity for God’s provision. Impatience and anger is a reflection of our rawness and that our harvest is not yet ripe.

See you when we get to Galilee!


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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”.

Can you guess the first one? Continue reading


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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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Buyers beware: Don’t Shop for Food when Hungry


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Buyers beware: Don’t shop for food when hungry

“Caveat Emptor” is an Old Latin proverb which means let the buyers beware.

In 1589, a mysterious man came to the edge of Venice. The man’s name, Marco Bragadino. He watched anxiously at the city bustling with activity. Armed with the  supreme knowledge of alchemy, he went to the Venice Ruling council and offered them the one solution for their city. Hire me and I will produce gold to pay for your city’s debts.

Bavarian Marco Bragadino

Bavarian Marco Bragadino

By then, Venice was hard pressed because the Portuguese and the Spanish had found another route to reach Asia while the Muslims blocked the famous spice trade, the most profitable business in the world at the time. Continue reading


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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay


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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

The Lion City was celebrating its 50’th Founding Anniversary. Because of these, all kinds of festivities are planned all over the cities from bands playing music in schools to productions, theater and cultural celebrations all over the city. The other day, we went to a crowded Singapore Art Museum in Bas Basah. Today we will be going to the Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is a nature park in Singapore across a span of 101 hectares that includes three themed gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The complex is part of Singapore’s strategy to transform Singapore into the most beautiful “Garden City”.

By 2006, an international competition was held for the design of the park from architects to landscape designers. The contracts were awarded to Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter.

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Gardens by the Bay – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

 

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Showing the Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Supertrees

 

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – sharing Jesus with the Locals 🙂

 

Singapore, Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove

Singapore, Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove

 

Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove - Lion Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove – Lion Singapore

Supertree Grove.

Singapore’s “supertrees” are man-made tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens by the Bay. They range between 25-50 meter high. The Supertrees are like giant trees where different exotic ferns, vines, orchids grow on. It contains a vast collection of bromeliads. The trees are installed with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. During night time, artificial trees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.

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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.

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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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Tropical Design Fundamentals: Passive Design


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Tropical Design Fundamentals: Passive Design

Contrast of Passive Cooling and Heating

  • Passive design systems are techniques in lighting and ventilation, which primarily make use of natural energy sources such as solar radiation, ambient air, sky, wet surfaces, vegetation, internal gains etc. It minimizes or avoids the use of mechanical means in energy flow.
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  • It maximize comfort for users.
  • Minimize energy use and other impacts on the environment.
  • Utilizing natural sources of energy, such as the sun and the wind, to provide heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.
Passive Tropical Design Fundamentals

Passive Tropical Design Fundamentals

Passive Design have 2 basic forms:

1. Passive Cooling – utilizing natural means to reduce heat gain and maximize cooling the building

2. Passive Heating – utilizing natural means to conserve energy and retain heat inside the building

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We Will Dare the World – C. T. Studd


We Will Dare the World - C. T. Studd

We Will Dare the World – C. T. Studd

Before the World,
Aye, before the sleepy, lukeward,
faithless, namby – pamby Christian World,
We will dare to trust our God.

We will venture our all for Him,
we will live and we will die for Him.
And we will do it with His Joy Unspeakable
Singing aloud in our hearts.

C. T Studd


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A Mercedes doesnt sell ads to 36year olds. They show ads so that when a 4 year old child grows to 36, he wants to buy a Mercedes

Arch Ian Jay Bantilan


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Abundance of Gratitude


In this season, it is easy to be sensitive to our own needs. It is great to have friends who have thankful hearts. They point you to things that really matter. I know Christmas is warm here in the Philippines, but there are people out there who know that Jesus loves them, and worse, their communities ard plagued by violence & pain. Gratitudes makes space for God’s provision.

Merry Christmas everyone


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Brothers were born for the Day of Adversity Pro17:17

Wounded Soldiers Protect Each Other

Wounded Soldiers Protect Each Other

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

When David went to the cave,

it was dark. 🙂

Even darker were the people who joined him,

. . . . some were running away from debts, girlfriends, the law, and probably dogs.

But they were inseparable
until,

like IRON fused with CARBON,

They were UNBEATABLE.

P.s. Van, thanks for the chance to lead the VG tonight.

Wounded Comrades protect the fallen

Wounded Comrades protect the fallen

Challenges and Mountains in life


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The Making of a Hero


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The Making of a Hero

Children Reading Books - not me.

Children Reading Books – not me.

I will admit a personal truth. It may be uncomfortable and awkward to share, but here it is:

“I had trouble starting to read at grade 2.” Ian B.

My difficulties in Reading

My difficulties in Reading

It’s not that I was dull, (now I am making excuses) it’s just that I didn’t stay long enough or thought long enough to completely, normally read. And I was happy there were 2 other guys who were grade 3! (now I am finding others to blame. 🙂 I remember that my mom had to enroll me to a reading class because I was “slow” to learn reading. Continue reading

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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay I


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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay 1

History, Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia and the Birth of Iloilo City

Angkor Watt - Sri Vijayan Empire

Angkor Watt – Sri Vijayan Empire

In my next posts, I will be posting a little of history to warm up to my next posts about Iloilo City. I hope I can, through in a little legend and imagery, to light up the glorious history of the Ilonggos. I hope you enjoy it.   – Archian

Hindu Malay Kingdom

Hindu Malay Kingdom

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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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Quest for Love: Christian True Stories 1


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I can’t sleep again tonight. For all the reasons. . . .

This story is taken from the Book Quest for Love. I will be sharing this story about a Christian Couple that inspired me to trust God and hopefully, you too. If you liked this please share, and thank God I couldn’t sleep tonight. 🙂

“God Knows How to Tame Wild Stallions”

The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.

Isaiah 58:11

Wild Horse Stallion

Wild Horse Stallion

Before Fred Malir became a Christian, he was already engaged – to a Christian. She took him to hear the gospel and his conversion was followed by a call to missionary work. Here was a whole new direction, not one in which his fiancee was prepared to participate. “I don’t want to be the wife of a missionary,” she said, and that was that.

“A civil war began in my heart that lasted six months,” wrote Fred. He lost his joy in the Lord. He felt he could not possibly give up the girl, and the thought of her marrying someone else drove him crazy – but, as he later learned, “God knows how to tame wild Stallions.

Patiently He began to soften Fred’s Heart as he prayed to be made willing to relinquish his beloved. Continue reading


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My First Long Poem: Rites of Passage


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RITES OF PASSAGE

By: ARCH. IAN JAY G. BANTILAN
Read on the night of February 12,2003
upon passing the Architecture Board Exams

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord
The fruit of the womb is a reward
Like arrows in the hands of a Warrior
are children born in the prime of one’s youth…”

My dad is a seasoned warrior
He handles skillf ’lly the bow & spear
My mom is a royal mentor
Who handles me with loving care. Continue reading


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From Inkblots to Dark Stained White Art Exhibit 2


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I remember as a kid drawing eyes on a peice of paper. The eyes are perhaps the most expressive and delicate feature in the human mind’s recognition circuits. Doing anything for positive or negative impact starts with the eyes. And I would try to master them. I researched how Chinese, Nordic, European, Malay and South European (Basically Mediteranean People) would look. I’d love to have the Blue Panda pen create its magic as I to be better and better everyday. It added to perhaps about some 30-50 eyes alone. And that was one page that day, for the whole month it might be hard to count how many.

 

1ST BURJAL ARAB EASTER (13)

The Artist near the Burj Al Arab

My goal at the time was not to perfect drawing the eyes but to create a perfect girl on paper. And as m personal legend would put it: find that girl wherever she is. I never just drew eyes, there were the typical stuff, biceps and chest, arms and legs.

Like Voltron. 🙂 I guess that really reveals my age.

It’s been a long way since those days. The tradgedy was, I seldom created something significant. I was always practicing and felt that any work should be perfect from its first line. This explains some of my philosophy behind the title Dark Stained White.

Dark Stained White Part 2 - La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White Part 2 – La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White is a collection of artworks and poetry Continue reading


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The Philippines Lead Asean to Global Economic Growth: It’s a Season


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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,          Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

A Time for Everything under Heaven

A Time for Everything under Heaven

“There is a time for every season.” First of all, I don’t want to sound anti-nationalist and I don’t want to sound like a business expert. This is just my opinion. There are cycles in life that should be respected. Sowing time, harvest time, waiting time and working time.

The Philippine Economy was certainly on its way up in 2013, the news was rosy and all the money kept pouring in. Continue reading


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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety by Michael John Casipe


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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety

Bacolod – Barangay Chapter, Sugarland Hotel, March 28

 

I will be featuring a speech by a Toastmaster colleague – Michael John Casipe about living healthy. Hope everyone likes it. Ian B.

 

Last Sunday, I went to La Salle to attend my brother’s graduation. As a tradition, a baccalaureate mass must be held. Well, I can really compare the atmosphere between the baccalaureate mass and graduation. As I walked into the La Salle coliseum for the mass, I can vividly see the vacant seats, more or less 2/3, in the bleachers. Also, the faces of the students were not as colorful as I expect. Well, I’m talking about their makeup for that. But when graduation comes, I can hardly pass through the entrance. I literally squeezed myself amidst the crowd and, with awe; I can see the coliseum filled with the parents, friends and relatives of the graduates.

After the ceremony, the most awaited event is:

EATING.

Filipinos Love to Eat!

Filipinos Love to Eat!

It is no mystery that the Continue reading


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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising


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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

A month ago, a message came from a classmate in the Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City. I, for one, have come to admire the value of business education in the Philippines. Lots of foreign students go to our schools to study business. Looking at the local environment, Filipino communities are not so enterprising. Many that dominate our market are not native inhabitants (Malays / Negritos) but ethnic Chinese, Fil-Spanish, Indians, Americans, and Koreans from all over Asia. (No offense intended)

How could they not? We are just a loveable race that foreigners can resist. 🙂 Most of these cultures have completely  integrated into Filipino society and are part of the beautiful symphony of cultures in the Philippines.

 

Enter Business Power Talk Seminar in Business Inn – Bacolod City

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

As the program opened, dreamers from all over Bacolod filled the seats of Business Inn in Bacolod City. The program was hosted by the Masters of Business Administration of La Salle, a whole diligent and tireless lot. Continue reading


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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be


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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

Here’s a repost from my brother Jerry. Thanks. These are some timeless quote might sound simple, but their value is priceless!

The original list, is in the image below, credits to http://www.tickld.com/x/45-man-tips. I had to change around some of the quote and putting in some of mine.

I hope this list inspires you to be a better man! 🙂

1. Go for the Women you Perceive to be “out of your league.” You’ll surpries yourself.

2. Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you.

3. Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.

4. Faint Heart never won fair lady. Now faint mind never won great money!

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

6. Nothing looks more badass than a well tailored suit!

7. Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

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The Path of Law and Obedience, Of Love and Sacrifice


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The Path of Law and Obedience, of Love and Sacrifice

Muslims fast because it is required by their law.

That is obedience.

They do it in the month of Ramadan where, for 40 days, they wouldn’t even drink water from sunrise to sunset. Any thing less is sin for them. Yet the law provides equity because some people are exempt: the pregnant, the sick and those below 12 years old. At 12 years old, I am just thinking that this severe discipline will probably leave a mark and a strong impression on the child.

Obedience.

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

And no wonder why they will be willing to face certain death for the sake of their faith. They will eat before sunrise and after sunset, where they prepare a feast! Think about the power of millions of people doing this civil obedience. Compare these to the rallies of civil unrest and disobedience in the US. They number in the thousands. They stand for their rights: “human rights”, “labor rights”, lesbian and gay rights, but few will be willing to die for their cause. (Some probably will.)

Jesus came two thousand years ago. He went into fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Yes, it was in obedience but it was something more: it was also a sacrifice. He was brave and committed, and was willing to face death. Not for obedience but for love.

I am now in my second day since my last meal. What keeps me on is love for God and faith. I am not saying that I am perfect. On the contrary I oftentimes faulter.

When you start thinking about it, you will never sacrifice for someone you don’t know. We always find it hard to to give a little extra for someone we don’t quite know. It’s too uncomfortable, and rightly so. Would you give a tenth of your earning? Would you give up a job? A relationship? A hobby? But those in relationship will find it easy to give up their own money, their time, their sleep, their comfort for pain. A father will wake up late in the evening to change diapers. There is connection, there is love, there is relationship.

That’s Love.

Love Equals Sacrifice

Love Equals Sacrifice

What drives your faith? Law or Love?


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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture


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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

Final Presentation: Due Nov 29 (for Friday Meeting) and Dec. 2 (for Monday class)

  • Group yourselves into groups of 5. Again – 5 Only. If your group member was chosen to be the videographer, you will technically work as 4 for this Presentation.
  • Select a Leader who will be assigned a Region.
  • Investigate the different Building Typologies for your selected region of the world.
  • Each class needs a Videographer and Videoeditor. They will be excused from their Group’s Presentation.

Regions:
0. South and Central America – by the Instructor
1. Central and Southern Africa
2. Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Italy, etc.)
3. Australia and Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia including Guam, Hawaii, New Zealand.)
4. Scandinavia (Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden)
5. South and Central Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka)
6. South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, etc.)
7. Carribean Countries
8. Canada

Requirements:
A. Presentation – Powerpoint Slides or Selected Presentation Tool.

Please create a MINIMUM of 30 Slides. Simplify your text font. (Recommended to use Times Roman, Arial or Calibri).

Everyone should dress nicely for the Presentations. (Only a scene of the whole class will be video’d plus My Introduction Speech – the speech is for each Region / Group).

If you feel you should have more part in the video, request it from the assigned videographers in the class. You can only request for your own video. Please don’t stalk your classmates. I am assuming that all students do not want to be in the video. (But I do. 🙂 )

The video will be posted in my Youtube Channel. Please do not repost this video in your FB wall or public space but you can share this with your classmates through your private FB groups. (Basi magsikat ko – Seriously.)

1. Present the members of your Group (first slide) and your Assigned Region.

2. Highlight a Map of the Area (show in your first slides)

3. Find examples of Native or Vernacular Houses and Architecture

Vernacular architecture = is a category of architecture based on localized needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions.
This evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, and historical context in which it exists. While often not thoroughly and academically planned, this kind of architecture played and still plays a major role in the history of architecture and design, especially in local settings.

4. Identify 4-5 unique Building Sub-typologies – either by country or by area in the region. Present their characteristics / elements. Each group member will report on a building typology. It would be great to give examples of both Residential and Community Architecture.

5. Provide Description for each Building Sub-Typology. Do not put the description on the slides but you may read it from your cue. Only titles of the description may be displayed.

B. Written Report.

The Group Written Report will include description and the ‘building elements’ below. No need to print the pictures.

Written Report will be submitted on December 6. Powerpoint must be submitted Nov 29 for Fri and Dec 2 for Mon Class (just give thru usb)

Identify the following elements: (Presentation verbally and file in your written report only. No need to individual slides on all of below)

a. Roof – type and material
b. Walls – type and material
c. Windows and Doors – type,size and material
d. Interior – ceiling height, unusual features
e. Floor Plan – describe the features
f. Landscape, Waterscape, Other Features.

The powerpoint slides will be converted to video format that will be shared in youtube. If you do not want to show your picture as part of the Group Reporters, please remove your Group Picture before giving the Powerpoint to me in USB.

Guys, this will be our only major activity before the prelims. Sadyahon ta ni!

If you have questions , please ask your President and Secretary to ask me, immediately. We meet once a week. Our next meeting will be reporting already.


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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures


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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures:

Systems, Connections, Details

The word “Diagrid” is a blending of the words “diagonal” and “grid” and refers to a structural system that is single thickness in nature and gains its structural integrity through the use of triangulation. Diagrid systems can be planar, crystalline or take on multiple curvatures. Diagrid structures often use crystalline forms or curvature to increase their stiffness. This differentiates a diagrid from any of the three dimensional trangulated systems such as space frames, space trusses or deodesic structures, although it will be shown that some of the developments of diagrid structures have been derived from the details of these 3D Systems.


In this slideshow, Architect Terri Boake discusses the use and advantages of diagonal grids in high rise structures..

Terry Boake is currently a Professor at University of Waterloo, in Saskatoon, Canada.


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I Now Stand Here


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I Now Stand Here
by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Three years into this goal, feeling battered is an understatement.

Written August 31, 2013 after HRM MBA Class. 

I now stand here in this wide field in the University where I have grown, studied and learned when I was a kid. Where I gaze, used to be endless fields of grass fenced by Eucalyptus, Pines and the eternal sky. Now I see fields of green disciplined by constant mowing for the purpose of Sports. This is a game of strength and will of which no other use of body but head and foot. In this Grandstand, I have witnessed formidable teams and mythic clubs who battled for supremacy in this arena.
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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media


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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Considering the creativity and freedom of any Marketing Professional, his weapons can be endless. A marketing specialist can create a dynamite marketing plan or a brilliante creative strategy but there are a lot of places you can go wrong. One of these is to run the right advertising in the wrong media. And how do you tell the right media from the wrong one?

Here are the different Marketing Media and their Comparative Strengths.

Radio Marketing Media

Radio Marketing Media

1. Radio.
Radio is the most intimate of the media, which allows you to spend time in one-on-one situations with your audience. Sometimes your audience can be in the offices with thier friends or they’ll be alone in their cars or homes, alone. 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.

But here I am–not all on account of my good looks or Continue reading


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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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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 and kept here entertained on the journey. Nevertheless, the kid tries her best to break free off her nanny; squiggling and squirming her way to drop out of hands and lap’s way.

(Of course i didnt snap a picture bka isipin may balak ako mangkidnap approximate look of that nanny little girl kaina – if theres such a thing)

I remember as a child, I was especially restless. No nanny could stop the Mighty Ian. If you rule that I sit, I would stand. If you ask me to be quiet, I would shout. Not even a spanking would stop me.

As we grow old, we get broken. Broken by school, by culture, sometimes by church to try to “conform”. Movies and Mass media will celebrate people who are disruptive – of the economy, or in relationships – rough poor kid wins the classy girl. But in real life, authorities frown at mavericks and gamechangers. They make everyone feel uncomfortable.

Seeing this kid try her best, helped me to remember that life is a struggle. That we are free to live differently. It is refreshing to sit beside a gorgeous 3 year old  in a jeepney trying to push the limits of her world.

How bout you? Are you pushing the boundaries of your life?


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What Would I Do if you’d be given P100M (2M USD)?


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What Would I Do if you’d be given P100M (2M USD)?

630pm.


After a talk with my boss, I am off to the center to have our regular Group Meetings. I just came in time to answer a million dollar question. In fact 2 Million Dollars! The question was “What would you do if you’d be given P100M?”

Greed, money corrupts easily

Greed, money corrupts easily

I answered that 100M could be deadly. It could destroy you. Only a fear of God and key relationships could keep you in check. There’s just too much turbulence when you get to that altitude and that a fall is certain for majority of us. Come to think of it, as great as it is, this is the first time money this huge is suddenly thrust upon us.

After a long pause I give my answer.

For one, many people would have their answers and depending on your opinion they could say this one is better . . . So I thought what do I really want?

I answered “I would like to take the first 2 weeks on a solo journey of reflection.”

Solo traveler self-reflection

Solo traveler self-reflection

Then I’d come back to spend time with my family. Then I’d show them my plans to buy land in three islands:
1. Palawan (1500sq.m. along beachfront ) P8M for land and 12M for a Room rental Property.

Palawan Beachfront Resort Design Architecture Construction

Palawan Beachfront Resort Design Architecture Construction

Tropical Island Pool Area Resort Design

Tropical Island Pool Area Resort Design

Tropical Island Resort in Palawan

Tropical Island Resort in Palawan

2. Bohol (1 Hectare along river way) P10M for Land and 15M.

Cheap Bohol River Rental Houses and Rooms - design Architecture

Cheap Bohol River Rental Houses and Rooms – design Architecture

 

Treehouse Design Bohol - Architect Lodge Vacation Rental

Treehouse Design Bohol – Architect Lodge Vacation Rental

3. Guimaras (1 Hectare along elevated hill with view to the sea or on clifts shoreline) P12M for Land and 20M

Tropical Purple Houses in Guimaras Island - Design Architect
Vacation Stilt Houses in Guimaras - Philippines Beach Design

Vacation Stilt Houses in Guimaras – Philippines Beach Design

Well, I guess the rest would be used for paying employees for reception and butlers etc. 🙂

I still think the question was not written on the Group discussion material. But for a few moments I started to dream. How would life feel like if I were limitless? What dreams would I pursue. The truth is, I have one life to live. And these dreams are not far from impossible. Do you know that God has given you everything you need so you can succeed? Take note of that feeling when you dream because you will need to remember that when challenging times come to test your character.

And so the rest of the group answered. One wanted to buy stocks, another wanted 4 chicks and a mansion, another will buy nuclear warheads and target the ISIS. Still another said he would buy roses and share world peace for all mankind.

Ikaw, how would you spend if you were given that money?

And what dreams are you throwing away? Is it possible that you’d for once start believing its possible?

Because it is!

If you have plans to build a Resort, a Rental House, why don’t you ask for it? If you have land waiting to be developed? Next step is to find a partner a designer or architect that will translate these dreams to reality. For more information, contact Arch Ian Jay Bantilan.


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Aerial View of Iloilo Commercial Business District


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<h3 style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Aerial View of Iloilo Commercial Business District</strong></h3>

The city of Iloilo grows very fast. Shes like a little you girl you know and now shes grown to be a woman.

Three years ago, this area was open grass and trees. Paseo grew bars and shops, Iloilo Business Hub had only Richmonde Hotel and lots of publicity on an uncompleted Iloilo Convention Center. Adjacent is Smallvile the bustling night experience of the City.

New developments are being added on both sides of Diversion road, the main street artery of Iloilo. On the Jaro side is the Gaisano Development. In front of it the twin night centers Smallville and the newer Atria by Ayala breathed new life by the Ayala Building. Both these commercial hubs live on the edge of the Esplanade garden strip on the Iloilo River.

Above are the contours of future commercial developments on a growing Megaword Iloilo Business Park.