Summer Getaway at Pinamuntugan Island

Pinamuntugan Island has very light sand, though it's not white. But the water is bluish-green. When we were swimming the current was quite strong in some parts that we were being tossed in the water like dolls.

The Breathtaking Aguirangan Island

It took my breath away! Its 1.5-hectare formation with white beach and crystal clear waters was so beautiful!

Jelly Fish: The Rarely Seen Beauty Under the Sea

Have you ever seen a jellyfish up close? I have. I think it's one of the most beautiful creatures of the sea.

November 22, 2007

Psalms 23




PSALMS 23


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.









Whenever i feel alone and it feels like the world is caving in on me, i close my eyes and recite this verse in my mind. When i do, i feel peace inside. Its like, God has me enfolded in his embrace and no one and nothing can harm me... I am with my heavenly Father; He understands my problems, He listens and knows all of my fears, even those that I cannot voice out and outwardly express...He knows it all... And no matter what wrongs and mistakes I've done in my life, against others and against Him, He forgives and accepts me as I am... I know there's only a handful of people who really accepts me for what I am, not only my good qualities but especially the imperfections in my life. But even with these people sometimes I still have second thoughts in really expressing my thoughts and my fears for fear that they might judge me. But with God I know that is not so, for He understands everything and will forgive me despite wrong things I've done. It is only God, MY HEAVENLY FATHER who can really LOVE ME UNCONDITIONALLY...





November 20, 2007

Contemplation


The Lord is so good that with every suffering and disapppointment that comes our way, He always gives back more than what was taken away. I remember a particular text message that was passed on to me by a friend that goes like this, "When God asks us to put something down, that's because he wants us to pick up something better." Im not sure I got it all correctly but I'm sure you get the point.

It's true that when hardships hit us we always tend to ask, why is this happening to me? But I believe everything happens for a reason. There used to be a time when i didn't, but experience really is the best teacher. Sometimes when things don't materialize the way we expect them to, the natural urge is to question, which we ougth not to do ( though I know its hard not to). After a while we will realize that the disappointments are really blessings in disguise because there is something better out there waiting.

These difficulties also have a purpose. They are somehow used to polish us so that we will come forth as a precious gem. They serve as tools to remove the rough edges in our personality and our character so that we will become better persons. Through these things we are able to know ourselves better. We realize our weaknesses - accept them and find ways to turn them into stregths. We also learn our strong points and use them to improve oursleves and also to help others who are in need of it. But whether in times of trials or in hours of joy, we have a constant Companion who watches over us. He has been there from the start, He's with us now and will be with us till the end of the age.

November 15, 2007

these eyes




Just look at those eyes! Wish i had eyes like that.. not that big though.. but as vivid and alive as this owl's eyes.

this particular creature is an eagle owl. I've almost forgotten the facts about owls and so i browsed for some information about them. Did you know that owls are very interesting? Their eyes are fixed on their socket... yep they can't move or roll their eyes that is why they have to twist their neck in order to see what's on the side or behind them, but only up to 135 degrees.

And did you know that they far-sighted creatures? Maybe you can stick your face up close to it and it won't see you..lolzz that's just a maybe..

Owls are interesting, this one in particular.. love the vivid color of its huge eyes!

November 7, 2007

Again

For a time all blue and sunny skies
But now dark clouds again are hovering above
Thought I had risen over theme before
Yet now here they are again, ever descending and
Enclosing me in its darkness
Until I can no longer see a speck of light
Reaching out though I am nothing I can grasp
Helplessly I feel myself falling in the abyss where I once was
The pain and the agony…ever growing, ever near
Overwhelming me until I feel I am no more
My spirit leaving me until I will be just a shell of my former self
Like before I cry yet no one seems to hear
In my brain I hear myself screaming, sound just
Echoing inside
I need your help but you’re not here
For you have turned away…
And I am alone, ever alone…again…

I Don't Know

Never thought there could be so much pain
But as some say, when you love likewise there is pain
It’s just a long drawn-out battle between joy and pain
So thin a line that separate,
Go out of sphere and you end up on the other side
Maybe overstepped the line I did and hurt you
I’ve said sorry but do you have to hurt me too?
And now I just don’t know where we stand
Do we stand together or are we divided
In my self I try to search the answer but cannot find
It is only you who holds the key. . .

November 6, 2007

Know more about me

This description really fits, so for those who want to know more about me, this is the perfect tool. This is from pravsworld.com.

Know Yourself ::: Cancer


If a Cancer has an interest in you, they will drop subtle clues. Don't expect them to be forward, as they don't know how to be.Since they have a tendency to be old-fashion in beliefs, the perfect date would be tickets to the theater, a romantic restaurant, or a cultural event. As they tend to be romantic day dreamers, and reflect in the past, bring up some old stories so that they can relate some of theirs. Show an interest to this sentimentalist when they bring out their collections or old pictures.

They thrive on admiration and praise. Let them know how much you admire them. Compliments will get you everywhere. Ask their opinion, and be sure to be sincere about hearing their response.

Keep in mind that a Cancerian hates rejection and is extremely cautious about making any commitment. They will try to avoid giving an answer, and whatever you do, don't try to rush them into one.

Usually if the answer is no, they will go to all lengths to avoid the subject

The Cancer has an excellent memory and a jealous nature. Because they can recall situations in their past very easily, it would be a tremendous mistake to ever be insincere to this person.

To them betrayal is devastating, and it will take a very long time for them to forgive, and to top it off, they may never forget. Once emotionally wounded, there will always be a void in the relationship.

Emotional and financial security is of the utmost importance in this relationship. They don't like frivolous spending, since it means a loss of control and security.

If you can give an enormous amount of attention and constant reassurance, you have found the perfect mate. In return you will find Cancer to be affectionate, romantic, sympathetic, imaginative, and quite seductive.

Although they tend to want your complete devotion, if they are in love, they will cherish and protect their partner always.

Nature Walk

Going out for nature walk is one of the programs our church has agreed upon to make our Sabbath afternoon more lively. These pictures were taken during our first nature walk. enjoy!!!



November 5, 2007

Our True Selves?

Whenever someone asks me to describe myself, somehow I always find it hard to do so. Does this mean I don't really know myself? MAYBE. I know I am not alone in this matter. It always makes me think that when the subject is already about the self most people would shy away from the subject. This is very evident especially in school. Whenever students are tasked to do an essay about them they would groan and moan about it. Another example is during job interviews. The question tell about us about yourself or describe yourself is always being asked. How do we answer? Of course we only say desirable and favorable things about ourselves so that we would gain their approval. We even practice the dialogue so that it will come out right. Is this a manifestation that we truly and fully know ourselves?

Now why is it hard to talk about ourselves? I think one reason is the one i mentioned before. He does not himself that well. Another reason - most are afraid of revealing their true selves to others, for fear that if they show weakness it will be used against him. We may not notice it but, most of us wear "masks", (though not the literal "mask" that we put on)! This mask cannot be seen others, only those who know you very well will know if you are putting on a "mask" or an act/pretense/ to shield or hide your real self.

Though there some people who can easily answer when they are asked about things regarding themselves and their personalities. Some of them easily disclose their ideals . . sometimes they even say things that are better left confidential. Is this the manifestation of a person who truly knows himself inside and out? Actually I don't know. What is really the basis when we can already say that “I fully know myself" or " I know who I am", without any hesitation?
Well I believe everyday is a learning experience. It does not just take like 5, 20 years or even 40 years for us to be fully acquainted with our true selves. Each circumstance, every person we encounter and everything that we achieve helps us get to know our inner selves better each day.

November 4, 2007

Personality Test

Big Five Test Results
Extroversion (44%) moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and private.
Friendliness (59%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly kind natured, trusting, and helpful at the expense of your own individual development (martyr complex).
Orderliness (85%) very high which suggests you are overly organized, neat, structured and restrained at the expense too often of flexibility, variety, spontaneity, and fun.
Emotional Stability (26%) low which suggests you are very worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.
Openmindedness (46%) medium which suggests you are moderately intellectual, curious, and imaginative.
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