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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?!? Continue reading


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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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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!


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The Global Outsourcing Cities List: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo


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Looking at the development here in Iloilo City, it is clear where the investment is pouring in. Based on Megaworld’s latest master plan for Iloilo Business Park, the Commercial Business District in Iloilo and in the region, It is boasting of 15 lots allocated for Business Process outsourcing. And how sound can it be? Where should money come pouring in to Festive Malls new line of shops but payments teleported from greasy cash from the first world centers: London, New York, Australia and Canada. They will set up shop and fund a new breed of yuppies into kingdom come.

IloIlo Business Park -Master Plan Development

Iloilo Business Park -Master Plan Development

Even the news of Trumps rant at American jobs being exported to third world nations did not stop the big developers as news of SM, yes, the Retailing Giant is getting in on the cash with its 19 storey BPO along Diversion road.

Davao IT Park - Matina

Davao IT Park – Matina

The Global Outsourcing Cities

Let us look at how outsourcing grew around the world. Taipei, Perth and Davao City were the biggest movers in Asia Pacific region. Taipei moved 3 places up from 73th to 70th while Perth and Davao now ranked 75th and 66th in the list, respectively. Being one of the Philippines next wave cities, Davao City, is growing to be one of the destinations outside Metro Manila. Davao City, the largest City by land area, does not concern with saturation issues of Metro Manila, having enough space to expand around the city. Other advantages that highlight Davao are its geographic advantages (i.e. almost devoid of flooding, earthquakes, and other natural calamities). Davao City is boosted by the development of IT infrastructure such as the recently completed Matina IT Park. Large BPO providers such as Convergys and Teleperformance are already in Davao City.

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