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Saved by GRACE

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“His grace is there for you, just for who you are.” —Joel Houston 

Believe that you don’t have to be perfect or behave right to earn that grace.Jesus paid it all at the cross.  Grace is freely given, but it is not cheap. It was bought at an expensive price. Let’s understand the grace of God today and to begin, let’s remember that it is not performance-based.

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REPOST: What is REALLY offensive in Filipino culture?

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It is important to smile in Filipino culture otherwise one will be considered to be serious. Try smiling as you go about your day, and you’ll find that more people will talk to you. However avoid smiling too much in other places if there are a lot of drunk people….

Body odor is offensive, and as Filipinos wash at least twice a day, there is no socially accepted excuse!

Cleanliness is a premium. If you dress for work in tsinelas and shorts, you will not earn the respect of your colleagues or the community. Most government offices will not serve you unless you are wearing shoes, long pants/skirt and a collared shirt.

Pointing with your finger is impolite and can cause offense. ( There are so many non-verbal cues using our fingers)

General derogatory comments on the Philippine Nation by foreigners are not acceptable. Comments like ‘ Filipinos are….’ or ‘What I hate about the Philippines is……..’ will not make you any friends.

Bobo,tanga, tarantado and other useful words that you may have heard taxi driver say, do not translate directly, and are very insulting to Filipinos. For example bobo is Spanish for ‘stupid clown’, but in Filipino it is extremely insulting word.

Beachwear of women can often be offensive especially in the provinces, if not covered by a t-shirt at all times, even when swimming. ( not in Manila area)

Kissing in Public, ‘making out’ or ‘Public Displays of Affection (PDA) are considered inecusable.

Respect is key, especially to elders! in Tagalog the use of the honorific ‘Po ‘is extremely prevalent, and the use of ‘Po ‘especially to the elderly, officials and community leaders, is one of the keys to respect from one’s peers. However in Visayas and Mindanao can be different. Listen to the difference in the tone of voice when people show respect.

Losing your temper will seldom not achieve anything positive, and often gives officials/people a rationale to refuse your request.

Blowing your nose, especially during formal occasions or where food is being served is offensive.

If you happen to be eating and visitors arrive, it is a social requirement to invite your visitors to the table to eat. If you are not eating when you have visitors, you will often be expected to offer snacks, coca cola or at the very least water.

Eating crackers or any junk food infront of a Filipino without inviting them to eat is not acceptable.

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I totally agree with this post and my point here is, for Filipinos if you give them respect they will respect you, too. But if not, then expect the worst from my own kind. Moreover, just to share it also one thing I noticed with my fellowmen, I admire how Filipinos thrive and survive outside the country. One reason is that Filipinos know how to adopt to one’s culture. We know how to give respect and honor the country where we are. We can adjust or tolerate, in some cases. That is why, you can find Filipinos anywhere around the world (ika nga ni Mikey Bustos “Operation Pinoy World Domination”). And though, we maybe all over the world, trust me we always still bring the Filipino in us and we will forever be grateful that we are part of this great nation called the Philippines.

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On dating or getting in to a relationship….

Just a quick post to remind everyone bout this esp the youth. Here’s something from Jefferson Bethke:

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So when you enter a relationship, there are only two paths as to where it will lead: either you will break up or get married. So which path are you taking?

To all the guys and gals out there, pls lang, don’t date/court or get into a relationship with someone if you don’t have the intent of marrying the person okay. Ang pag-ibig di yan laro na dahil feel mo lang laruin eh lalaruin mo na. Ang pag-ibig sineseryoso yan, kaya kung di ka sigurado sa kanya wag mo nang ituloy yan pls. Basta sa mga girls eto lang, LOVE A GUY WHO LOVES JESUS MORE THAN YOU bcoz “Only when a man looks to Jesus, does a man know how to treat a woman.” 🙂 Maniwala kayo okay! Ayun lang!

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The SUCCESS INDICATOR

Check your yourself/attitude and you might find out if you are bound to succeed or bound to fail.

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It’s Christmas Post! :)

Lord Jesus,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the things that you have done to me. I am grateful for all the blessings. You have blessed me bountifully through some awesome people, so might as well bless them, Lord. Jesus, I am nothing and no one without you. You are my everything. This is your day, so I just want to take my time remembering you and the beautiful and good things you have brought to my life, after all this is not about me but it’s about you. Thank you Jesus, because of you I am SAVED BY GRACE. You alone, are worthy to be praised, honored, and glorified! I worship You and I love You JESUS!

This is my prayer, in Jesus name. Amen.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens

A blessed Christmas everyone! Remember Him as the reason for this season!

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Undefined. Unintentional. Unpredictable. Unspoken.

Undefined. Unintentional. Unpredictable. Unspoken.

He needs me, but I need you.
When you cared for me, I cared for him.

I listen to him, but you listen to me.
When he was talking to me, my attention was on you.

He was there when I needed you.
I was with you when he needed me.

When I was scared, he came to rescue.
But when he was scared, I was with you.

This is the story of us, three.
It may sound complicated but we understand how it should be.

Life is different now from the way it was used to be.
Coz when we started to live our own lives,
Fate set us free.

Hey everyone, have you ever caught yourself in the middle of two people who mattered most to you? What did you do? Did you end up choosing someone? Or did the three of you ended choosing someone else? Forgive me if somehow you find my words absurd. This poem was written long time ago and I just saw it while I was tidying my notes. Guess, I don’t need to explain bout it haha! Anyway, leaving you with this quote:

“Don’t choose the better guy, choose the guy that’s gonna make you a better girl.” – This Means War, 2012

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#50factsaboutme

BORED ME

BORED ME

I got bored so I decided to ride on to this Twitter trending hashtag/topic  #50factsaboutme. Now, here’s my list on the 50 facts about me:

1. I believe in Jesus Christ, so I am a Christian.

2. I admire and love my Mom and Dad, they are the best and awesomest parents in the world for me hehe.

3. I am close with my sisters, that eventhough we are not young anymore we still sleep in one bed.

4. I am a people-person, I believe hehe.

5. I have this ‘selective memory’ thing coz I purposely (sometimes) forget unimportant or even important things. Pls don’t ask me why. Hehe

6. I am a big fan of Youtube celebs such as Aj Rafael, Ryan Higa, JR Aquino, Kevjumba, Mikey Bustos, Victor Kim, etc. I love their vids, they keep me sane.

7. The only books that I’ve read completely are the books written by Bob Ong and Pastor Ru dela Torre. Yes, that is true. I am not bookish.

8. I love photography and travelling. If they will offer me a job that will require me to travel and take photos with their own expense, even they will not provide a salary, I will SURELY go for it.

9. I am adventurous and somehow a risk-taker. I still go for something even if it cost my life.

10. I have a very short attention span. Probably, I can only stand listening to someone a maximum of 15-20 min. The rest of it, I tend to ignore. hehe

11. I dislike people who always rant about life because I believe in positivity. I always want the feeling of being blessed and encouraged.

12. I tweet but I am not a twitterwhore. Believe me. Haha.

13. Some friends call me the ‘social media queen’ because I am always online. Well, I guess somehow I am. But that doesn’t automatically mean that I am addicted to it, I still have a life outside.

14. I enjoy organizing get together parties, out-of-town/country trips, events, etc. Probably, someday I’ll be able to put up my own company that manages events.

15. I am more of a listener than a speaker.

16. Math is not my thing. We are not friends with numbers, that is for sure.

17. I dreamt of becoming a star/celebrity/broadcaster. Well, who knows it still might come true?! haha!

18. Movies/films are my bestfriends. They also keep me sane.

19. I believe in music, just like how others believe in fairytales.

20. I have a special someone who has been there for me in the last 6years already.

21. Smiling is my therapy. If I don’t smile, I feel naked.

22. Earrings, cameras, and phones are my fetish.

23. I collect Starbucks’ tumblers with the different places/cities/countries printed on it.

24. Whenever I am down I go out for a walk then eat anything.

25. I enjoy hanging out with people from different countries, races, cultures, etc. I felt that I learn a lot if I hangout with them.

26. I believe that school marks/grade or whatever degree you finish is only important when you are looking for job. In the real world, it’s always how you deal with people and with the job itself.

27. I always go for quality over quantity.

28. Food loves me. Haha! I can go/try anything from the most exotic to the most famous ones. I’ve tried crocodile meat, field rat meat, tamilok (woodworm), dog meat, durian, marang, ants (hantik), etc…

29. I love sayings, quotes, Bible verses, poems, etc. These things guide me somehow and when I am encouraged I have the tendency to share it to other people coz I want them also to be encouraged as well.

30. My bed is my comfort zone. You cannot disturb me when I am with my bed. It’s my rule. Haha

31. When I was young, my nickname was Mariel (a combi of Maria Adrielle), but since I cannot pronounce ‘r’ and ‘l’, Mariel became Mayen. And it evolved to Yeyen, and now, Yhen.

32. I always have a birthday party in my home before, from the moment I was born until my secondary (highschool) days. However, when I started to be independent and study away from home, I realized party is only just for kids. Hehe.

33. Green is my fave color. Next is torquoise. These colors are so pleasing in my eyes.

34. I was one-of-the-boys before. I enjoy their company simply because boys are not complicated, unlike girls they are so hard to understand. I even dress like a boy before, but nah, I am not a tomboy, I was just boyish.

35. My hair was so curly and bulky when I was a kid. It can even attract lies. Haha!

36. I got drowned twice already. First, when I was 5 in a pool at Los Banos, Laguna and second, when I was 14 in a beach we call Pangil in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.

37. I fantasized Ryan Gosling. Who doesn’t, anyway? haha!

38. I am hooked to TV series like The Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Are We There Yet, and Dawson’s Creek.

39. I was a big fan of Moffats, Backstreetboys, Westlife, N’Sync, and even A1. Darn these boy bands! Haha! Now, I am loving One Direction and The Wanted. Oh my word! Spare me haha!

40. I used to be an active blogger and bloghopper but as time passed by, I felt that blogging is just important to me whenever I feel really (really) bored. Maybe because there are other platforms already like Facebook and Twitter.

41. For me, Parokya ni Edgar, is the greatest Filipino band of all-time. Since their music can go from the sweet-type to the most hardcore rock songs which gave the audience more varieties making them perhaps to be the oldest existing band in the country.

42. I am a cry-baby. Period. Haha.

43. I cannot stand mediocrity. I always want to go for excellence bcoz I believe God created me/us to be extraordinary people. So we should not settle for less.

44. I can easily forgive someone at fault. And saying I am sorry, If I am at fault, isn’t also too hard for me to express. Try me. haha!

45. I am in good friends with Google. Surely, you are, too. Haha!

46. My crush in highschool is my crush until now. I don’t know, but I really find that guy attractive. Ohemmmgeee! So kidstuff haha!

47. To dress-up is a must for me whenever I attend events.

48. I am not a bookish but I really enjoy going to the bookstores.

49. Prayer is my weapon… when I am weak, insecure, sad, scared, depress, confused, tempted, discouraged, sick, broke, stressed, and feeling empty. TRUST ME, IT ALWAYS WORKS.

50. I always thank God in good or bad times. I really see to it that my heart is always  grateful.

I think that would be all for now. Maybe you can also share your own version of the ’50factsaboutme’ and post it here on my comment box. ヅ

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#NoToCyberCrimeLaw YES TO CYBER FREEDOM

From “Bloody Monday” to “Black Tuesday”, I am definitely supporting the petition against the Cyber Crime Law (RA 10175).

Thank you Senator TG Guingona for fighting with us. The following photo was posted on Sen. Guingona’s facebook page.

INFORM YOURSELVES! These are the possibilities that can happen with the current Cybercrime Act. For just sharing or retweeting something online that contains criticisms – you can get jailed for 12 YEARS.

Let me just point out that we need a Cybercrime Prevention Act. However, the inclusion of these problematic provisions on cyber-libel will just curtail a fundamental principle of good governance:

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.The last time I checked, we were still a democracy—we want empowered citizens, not scared and passive ones. – Sen. TG Guingona

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