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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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Singapore: NEX Mall and the Library


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Singapore: A Lifestyle of Learning!

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Trekking outside our bed and breakfast accomodations, we found ourselves trekking the Serangoon Community. My only association to the place is a TV Series titled Serangoon Road. Turn to this link to read about my thoughts on the community. Even the church, though simple, is well planned with a fine entrance. We walked through the hot mid day sun in search of nourishment for our starving bellies. We planned to go to NEX Mall and instead, we found ourselves at the helm of Bartley station.

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Bartley Station, Singapore

Bartley Station, Singapore

 

Bartley Station, Singapore

Bartley Station, Singapore

 

After a lot of sweat and tears and a few gardens, we reached NEX Mall. We strolled through the shops to the foodcourt and pounced on Indian Cuisine.

Crossing to Bartley Station

Crossing to Serangoon Station

NEX Mall Entrance and Serangoon Station

NEX Mall Entrance and Serangoon Station

NEX Mall - Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall – Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall - Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall – Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall - Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall – Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall - Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall – Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall - Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall – Beriyani, Nan, Parata and Curry

NEX Mall Singapore Station

NEX Mall Singapore Station

NEX Mall Singapore Station

NEX Mall Singapore Station

Quirky as it seems, we were on vacation on Singapore and of all places, we had to be in the Library. We found this to be at the roofdeck of NEX Mall!

How convenient! And the place was cozy with students doing assignments and drawings on the floor, and every delightful book including comics are available on shelf. Who wouldn’t have a love for books for a city like that. You could even borrow or return a book on weekends. The public library was open on weekends!

I am thinking. No matter how brilliant or intelligent a country is, if the other government is making it this easy to read – English, Malay, Tamil or Mandarin, wouldn’t they eventually win? And easy to guess why it is hard for us to catch up and they are far ahead – they have created a lifestyle of learning!


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LCC ARFIEN at 50: The Golden Harvest of Art and Architecture


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LCC ARFIEN at 50: The Golden Harvest of Art and Architecture

ARFIEN Logo

ARFIEN Logo

Bounded by the main plaza streets
Founded by a commune of sisters,
Born of the passion of artists
And armies of student bach’lors.

From the increase of culture
Knowledge, art and learning
The finest of Bacolod architecture,
Was born in humble beginnings

On the shoulder of Negrense pride
From the diligence of Bacoleno minds
Came the radiance of colorful light
that will forever alter the city’s plight. Continue reading


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The Gift of Ramadan: A Second Chance هدية رمضان هو فرصة ثانية لتصل إلى الآب.


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“The Gift of Ramadan: A Second Chance to reach the Allah”

Ramadan in Middle East نعمة رمضان في الشرق الأوسط

Ramadan in the Middle East نعمة رمضان في الشرق الأوسط

جعل آدم أعظم خطأ. وقال انه قد كسر بوعده. وعصيانه قد دمر تماما له اتصال فقط مع خالقه. وقد وفرت القوانين الجديدة أنه بسبب هذا الخطأ، ونحن يمكن الاتصال عن طريق التضحية

ولكن التضحية هي دفعة مؤقتة. يتم تدمير العلاقة تماما. يمكن طاعة الطريق عن طريق القيام الصلوات والصدقات حياتنا اليومية تساعدنا يشعر نحن ندفع ديوننا. ولكن هذا هو السبب بالذات أن الله يشعر غائبة وبعيدة. لا يمكن أن الذبائح الحيوانية دفع العبء وإزالة الشعور بالذنب من أي رجل. Continue reading


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Condominiums: Secrets of the Philippine’s Top Entrepreneurs


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & Dubai Following last years List of the Top Entrepreneurs, it would be beneficial to analyze the structure of wealth creation in the Philippines. We can see from Forbe’s list of Billionaires,  that the the Ayalas (Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family) are strangely not on the list and Henry Sy’s net worth is a few hundred million dollar$ lower this year. 🙂

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In the past, it has been the landed and the ruling families that were dominating the market. Today, they still are. But newer players and companies are rising to take their place in Philippine business.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs in 2014

In the 1960s and 70s, the landed families are cashing-in from agriculture, fishing and garments and manufacturing. The earnings came from the working class, whether from sugar in Negros or rice, coconut or tobaco in North and Central Luzon. In 1974, the US closed its market for sugar imports. For the next decade, local produce from developing economies threw a stiff competition of subsidized agricultural imports with Philippines local produce. Continue reading


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UAP Bacolod – Joint Induction 2013-2014


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United Architects of the Philippines

Joint Induction 2013-2014

UAP Bacolod Chapter Officers in Black Tux

UAP Bacolod Chapter Officers in Black Tux

The UAP Bacolod Chapter changes leadership for the year 2013-2014. Induction will be in Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City only 3.5 km from central Bacolod,

The event will start 6:30pm by all ladies and gentlemen, all dressed in black. Witness the joint induction of the three Chapters of Bacolod City: Bacolod Chapter, headed by Arch. Roy E. Pablico, UAP Negros Chapter and Mt Kanlaon Chapter.


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