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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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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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Understanding Lawbreakers, Delinquents, Hurting and Violently Aggressive People


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Understanding Lawbreakers, Delinquents, Hurting and Violently Aggressive People

Criminal Gangs in illegal activity

Criminal Gangs in illegal activity

Working with my leaders in ministry, allowed me to be exposed to a gamut of many different people. Some of them may be fine and a lot of them are struggling and needing tons of help. Some have been raped or molested, others experience being left by their parents or physically and emotionally abused. Continue reading


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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)