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Soul Searching for Gift Giving

December is a time of giftgiving; a time to slow down and listen to what you feel. There are a lot of distractions. There are a lot of reasons.

Who you feel indebted to,
Who you feel guilt not giving to,
Who gave you gift last year
Who you hurt this year,
Who you have to to give to
Who you owe money to
Who your boss or your superior is
Who you plan to ask favors from
Who you got an love interest for,
Who you feel could give back to you,

It was once mentioned that a gift loses value when it is given out of ulterior motives  p

Who you feel loved by
Who you are thankful for
Who you want to bless
Who you want to tell you care
Who you want to build a closer friendship
Who you want to overflow to

Ultimately you are not infinite and can only choose why you give and who. 🙂


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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 manipulating people; the fear of missing out in my life. And the elusive “red haired girl” (the mythical bond queen in Caucasian circles). Hehehe. I could just laugh at how unfair I’ve been trying to put the highest standard when I was just simply, afraid.

Tonight as I pass this once mud and steel bones, now structures of pretty glass and teeming with landscape, I remember there was so much love all along: friends, funy memories and a thousand laughs. I was just busy.


Too busy to smell the flowers and feel the wind. To laugh with friends abd to love them. To cherish my workmates, victory group, crushes. ❤. And just be there! Experience fulness of life.

I was crazy trying to be someone so other people could accept me more. 🙂 I have to be blind that only I am missing that I am overflowing. Feeling empty looking for myself out there with something to fill the void. Blind to see that I was full all along. Take time to smell the flowers. . .

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How to Catch Myself in Approval Seeking and Validation

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How to Catch Myself in Approval Seeking and Validation

A few weeks ago, I went out for some personal evaluation as the year 2017 comes to an end. After a few notes, I am suddenly aware that most of my effort is to maintain approval, seek validation of a group of people I’m not even close to. I was seeking validation.

our toughest critics

our toughest critics

What Obsessive Approval Seeking is like? 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 pampering slow-paced life, delicious pastries and international gourmet cooking – from Italian Pastas, Japanese Restaurants, Korean Dining and Asian – Thai, Singaporean and Local cuisine. Bacolod is also home to the Art and Fashion Scene, Indie Film, Cars and lots of drinking, the life.

Logistics and Proximity

Since the 5-min plane flight from the old Iloilo Airport, there are no direct flights from Iloilo to Bacolod. But the twin cities is just separated by 44km of sea. The fastest most convenient and practical option is by fastcraft ferry.

So to say that this city is 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Iloilo is heaven-sent!

Travelling Bacolod-Iloilo

The Iloilo Fastferry Terminal is located in Lapuz along the river. From Iloilo City Proper find that jeepneys that ply to Lapuz – confirm that they pass to the “Bacolod Pier” as some jeepneys do not go this route.

On the other hand, the Bacolod Fastferry Terminal is in Downtown Reclaimation area near the SM Complex. From the Bacolod City Plaza, you can walk to the Manokan Country area where tricycles ride passengers to the pier for P10 for a group of 5 people.

New Iloilo Ferry Port Terminal - Supercat, Oceanjet, Weesam

New Iloilo Ferry Port Terminal – Supercat, Oceanjet, Weesam

Schedule of Trips:

Below is the Schedule of Departure for Fastcraft Ferry between Iloilo City and Bacolod City

Passenger Crafts Destination / Route Departure Fare
Ocean Jet
8 Trips – bothways Iloilo – Bacolod /
Bacolod – Iloilo
Economy – P 200
Tourist – P260
4 Trips bothways Iloilo – Bacolod 7:30am
P230 Economy
P260 De Luxe Aircon
P300 Tourist
P435 Business Class
Bacolod – Iloilo 6:30am
Total 7 Trips bothways Iloilo – Bacolod /
Bacolod – Iloilo
First Class -P 300
Tourist – P230
Economy – P200 (non-aircon)
Roll On Roll Off Service (RORO)
Fast Cat
Iloilo – Bacolod 10am
Bacolod – Iloilo 10am
Montenegro Shipping
Dumangas – Bacolod 4AM, 8AM, 12NN, 4PM, 8PM, 12MN Regular P128, Student P109, Senior P102, Children P64.
Bacolod – Dumangas 4AM, 8AM, 12 noon, 4PM, 8PM, 12am Regular P128, Student P109, Senior P102, Children only P64
Iloilo FastCraft Terminal and Bacolod FastCraft Terminal



Iloilo Bacolod Supercat Travel Vessel

Iloilo Bacolod Supercat Travel Vessel

Iloilo - Bacolod - Fast Cat - Catamaran Interior

Iloilo – Bacolod – Fast Cat – Catamaran Interior

For other information, contact:

Oceanjet Logo

Ocean Jet Iloilo: (033) 3353255
Ocean Jet Bacolod: (034) 4335359

Weesam Express Logo

Weesam Express: (033) 3373282 / +63 925 3496250


2Go Supercat: (033) 335 3077 / (032) 254 0488

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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.”

Ian, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jer 31:3

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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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?