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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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Time Flies and Years Passed


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Oh, How Time Flies

Oh, How time would fly,
When we were young
We would laugh and cry
And have some fun

But I saw you
Saw you grow,
And be the lady,
That I barely know.

Oh, How time flies and Years would pass!

Guintos and Bantilans - Bacolod

Guintos and Bantilans – Bacolod

When you see this, please remember our plans on that December night 2012 in Bob’s Lacson! God Bless the Guintos.

It’s our time to Shine,

Reban, Tina, Grace, Aunt Beth, Ian, Lj, Cathy, Hannah, Faith, VanJun, Dandan.

Manong Ian


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Warren Buffet’s 2003 Prophecy: Spenders vs Thrifts


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Warren Buffet’s Prophecy (Global Recession of 2008) Spenders vs Thrifts

After creating my Dark Stained White Exhibit in SM, I have 4 Artworks that related to finances or showed the power of money or greed in our life. The four are: The Fall of Mammon I, The Fall of Mammon II, China on the Gates II and the Economic Rumble.

This financial or monetary position affects a lot of us. It can be applied to individuals, or like the Economic Rumble, be applied to Nations. I am reminded of the United States‘ and Europe’s (Actually Greece, Spain and Ireland) Financial position during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Before the World fell into Economic Crisis, the Oracle from Omaha – Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway gave an interesting article that you may want to read.

The following is an excerpt from Warren E. Buffet’s Article published on the 2003 Issue of Fortune Magazine. I have modified some of the parallelisms for clearer understanding to Filipino Readers. -Archian

Spenders vs Thrifts

Spenders vs Thrifts

Spender City vs Thrift City

“America’s growing trade deficit is selling the nation out from under them. Here’s a way to fix the problem—and we need to do it now. I’m about to deliver a warning regarding the U.S. trade deficit. I started way back in 1987 to publicly worry about our mounting trade deficits—and, as you know, we’ve not only survived but also thrived. So on the trade front, score at least one “wolf” for me. Nevertheless, I (Warren Buffet) am crying wolf again and this time backing it with Berkshire Hathaway‘s money. Through the spring of 2002, I had Continue reading


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Tim Ferris: Beating the Game not Playing the Game


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Beating the Game not Playing the Game

In my previous post, Manny Pacquiao and the Art of War, I talked about being prepared for life and motivated to win. But Manny Pacquiao is hard work, which turns off almost all of us. Lately I’d been reading around and educating myself to be ready for what life will throw my way.

Tim Ferriss - 4 Week Martial Arts Champion

Tim Ferriss – 4 Week Martial Arts Champion

This lead me to Tim Ferris, a multi-talented person: Champion beakdancer, Chinese Kickboxing Champion (you will laugh when you read it below), Tango World Championships and Speaks a lot many languages.

His Philosophy is not working hard but working smarter.

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Winners of the Raise for Life 2012


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Winners of the Raise for Life 2012

Here are the Winners of the Raise for Life 2012
RAISE FOR LIFE 2012
WINNERS
RANK MALE FEMALE

CATEGORY – 5K
FIRST PLACE Ryan Hulleza Geraldine Hulleza
SECOND PLACE John Acuńa Jay dha Mae S. Lorega
THIRD PLACE Rowell Hulleza Raye Ferrer

CATEGORY – 10K
FIRST PLACE Joel Alcorin Stephanie Cadosale
SECOND PLACE Romulo Balinas Jr. Nestle Niuda
THIRD PLACE Rommell G. Hulleza Alysha Juguan

CATEGORY – 16K
FIRST PLACE Jeson Agravante Jennylyn Nobleza
SECOND PLACE Anthony Babiera Gella Mogar
THIRD PLACE Kevin Serdińa Joy Sy

No Pain no Gain. You Run they Graduate.

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The Dubai Chronicles: Conquering the Mountain and the 7 Waterfalls


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Dubai Chronicles: Conquering the Mountain and the 7 Waterfalls

The Dubai Chronicles

“I’m sorry Maam but the Flower you are seeking is beyond the Mountains of Negros to the Exotic Place of Mambukal.”

The old man without an upper garment commented, dark from the toil and the sun. But in his eyes you see the sparkle of the wisdom gained through the years.

Conquering the Mountain

Ian: “We were excited and the day was hot, but our trail was cloudy which allowed us some refuge from the heat.”

Susan:“We rode a jeepney to the Mountains which was dusty and Continue reading