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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,:)

Sadly I cant find myself  some old pictures. This was my first year which if you dont know I was virtually invisible to most people (aka. shy)

Things i learned from campus after graduation.

1. I dont have to be perfect.
Ministries will reward those who excel and I could steward what God has given me. The normal reaction would be comparison. Comparison poisons your walk with God. Cain was a totally nice guy until comparison drove him to murder his brother. Comparison with other people insults God who created you just the way you are.

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (1)


2. Friendships are more important than Judgements.

There was a time that to keep “purity” we have to stop talking to “someone”. There were people who due to wrong doctrine and rebellious spirit were put “out” of fellowship by the leaders.

Excommunication.

As I am a compliant person, I grudgingly followed. And those times resulted in unnecessary dried up friendships with people I cared about. I believe ministry leaders instruction are for guidance not control.

3. Balance.
After graduation, this is what I’ve learned: Go out the most you can with your friends, while doing great in school, while serving in church, but only when you want to. No one should be forced to do something they dont want to do.

The key is understanding your situation and taking responsibiiity for your actions. On my side, I was afraid of failing in school. And it was a healthy balance. In the long run, I graduated with no failed subjects. I paid off.


4. I should have loved more and feared less.

I performed well in school not out of desire but because of fear. I made disciples and evangelism because i feared my group wouldn’t grow.

There were girls I liked and kept avoiding when I should have went up and spent more time getting to know them. There was a “no dating while studying” rule. I was a legalistic black or white thinker back then. Friendships were really encouraged. But friendship was not really my strong point. I really wish I would have taken risks to say hi and make connections.

5. Being Right vs Emotional openness.
Back in my college days, I had the obsessive habit of making sure I was always right. Being wrong was a nigtmare of shame and guilt.

If I could get the chance, I want to go back and reassure my old self that opening up, taking risk and failing is what I ever needed.

There is no point in pointing blame and being right. It only hurts people and offends them.

Take the queue. Love more. Fear less.Disclaimer. I am an overly thinking and analytical person. Please adjust accordingly.

 

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (5)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (5)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (5)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (5)

Fan the Flame Spread the Fire (5)

 


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Cebu-Bacolod Fastcraft and Ship Travel Schedule 2017


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Cebu-Bacolod Fastcraft and Ship Travel Schedule 2017

Cebu Adventure on the Highest Seas and Badian

Cebu Adventure on the Highest Seas and Badian

Coming from the independence day holidays, we took our trip to Cebu and its many wonders. I am so blessed to have all major destinations in Cebu, which are hours apart by land travel visited in the course of 2 days. To cap my trip, I preferred a roll-on-roll-off (RORO) trip back to Bacolod City.

After navigating to the Terminals, I want to share the travel information with everyone plying this routes.

Cebu City North Bus Terminal and South Bus Terminal.

As in any metro cities, Cebu has 2 terminals – one for south bound, Cebu South Terminal and another for north bound, Cebu North Bus Terminal. The South terminal is highly developed with air-conditioned waiting spaces. The waiting area and concierge is on a U shaped structure around the bus loading zone. The smaller North Terminal is open air with waiting areas on a linear strip surrounded by the buses.

Cebu City South Bus Terminal

Cebu City South Bus Terminal

The Cebu North Bus Terminal is on Mandaue City, Cebu while the Cebu South Bus Terminal is on Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City, Cebu.

Schedule of Trips:

Below is the Schedule of Departure of Buses in Cebu and Bacolod City

Cebu North Bus Terminal Daily Schedule
Departure Destination / Route Departure
Cebu City Tabuelan, Cebu 8am, 4pm, 10pm, 1230am
Cebu City Escalante, Negros Occ 3am, 11am, 6om, 10pm
Cebu City Tabuelan, Escalante, Bacolod 5am, 8am,
Cebu City Toledo, Escalante, Bacolod 9pm
Cebu City Tabuelan, Escalante, Bacolod 1130am, 530pm, 10pm
Ceres Bus Schedule
Bacolod City 930pm, 11pm, 130am, 4am, 645am, 930am, 12nn, 230pm
Cebu City 2am, 430am, 7am, 930am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm

 

For other destinations, contact:

2Go Cebu Contact Number: Call: (032) 233 7000 / text: 0925 582 4232
Weesam Ferry Contact Numbers
Maasin: (053) 570 8917 / 0977 248 0912/ 0922 423 7219/ 0927 911 7414
Ormoc: (53) 561 0080 / 0915 512 9161


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How I found my Way to Meditation


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The Evil of Meditation

I was not a believer of Meditation. I am a Christian. And there is a reason I avoid it.

It started out as a short conversation on philosophy and a short counsel from a well meaning sister in Church: “You should avoid transcendental meditation and eastern meditation.” Those words resounded with me. I also read them (the 2 meditation above) on the list of things that can get you into demon possession (which include in the list: participating in religious rituals, premarital sex and spirit of the glass/board). God is angered when we honor other gods before him. Connect that to scripture that says that “when demons leave and come back, they invite 10 more with them”. So I decided it is altogether fine to avoid all forms of meditation, the same way I decided long ago not to go through the fuss of having a girlfriend?!?

Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

The Blame and Guilt.

I was doing great at work but I was struggling to make life work. I was hard to please and didn’t get satisfied no matter how beautiful the place, the gifts, the experience. I was having lots of guilt. I am angry deep inside but yearn to look good and positive as a Christian. I was measuring life to its ideal and the emotional baggage got heavy. Well, there’s no other person who could be cruel than you.

To yourself.

Can you imagine going to worships where everyone’s rolling over laughing in the Spirit for an hour. I got about 10 guys got demons cast out from them, including homosexuals vomiting all kinds of green colored fluid for physical manifestation. But why wasn’t any demon cast out of me? But I knew there was something there. And getting religiously mystical made it worse. It spooked a lot of devil-hunting and paranoia. So I decided I was just crazy. . . but again. . . .

I blame myself for things I was not. For not being good enough. For not giving enough. For not evangelizing enough. For not praying. And every person was a competition.

Anger and Guilt

Anger and Guilt

I got desperate.

If this is what life is, something is fundamentally wrong. It is not enough to go to a few worship meetings and read the bible more to get the change I want. I believe I needed a paradigm shift that would totally change my perspective in life. And so I listen hard to what God is speaking.

Guilt and condemnation

Guilt and condemnation

Applying Self Compassion

Applying Self Compassion

The Tunnel with the Light.

Of all coincidence, the tunnel had to be challenging. That tunnel is a coaching community, but in a twist of faith, its an exercise of humility to learn from people, most of them, themselves homosexuals. But the need to find my answers was deeper than my homo-phobia. I remember the scene in Kungfu Panda where the panda opens the magic scroll.

Finally.

And see

It is empty.

It was there I learned what I knew all the time. The answer to life’s difficult problems is simple: Listening to myself breathing.

Slow down. Take the time to rest. Feel sadness happiness, calm. To smell the roses.

To love. To live.

Ian Jay Bantilan at the Dome of the Rock, Israel

Ian Jay Bantilan at the Dome of the Rock, Israel

Clarification:

I am not saying that all non-Christian meditation is ok or do not have spiritual connection. There are meditations that can give you a doorway to demon possession. But I know that my Father knows what you need before I ask Him. And it is this trust, though in my weak way, finally led me to find help that I need.

Thank you God for the simplicity of slowing down. Less of fear, anger, guilt and shame. Live life for real.

Thank you also for those who seek and found what they were looking for in their journey through LEAP69. 🙂 🙂


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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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There are 3 pitfalls where most men fall: Power, Money, and Women.

The same goes for countries, except for women.

Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson nearly doubled the size of the nation with the Louisiana purchase. He didn’t go to Paris with an army, he went with a checkbook. For $15 million, the results were very effective.

#moneytalks #usflexingitsmuscles

 


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new jordan israel


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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!