God Makes Your Dreams Come True

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Amidst all the problems that we are facing today, we should never forget that God hears our prayers and He does makes our dreams come true. :) My sister Patty sent this email to me and I want to share it with to inspire us through all life’s challenges. Read along :)

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

 

‘Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.’

 

Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.’

 

Finally the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and

straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the Hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.’

 

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, ‘This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter, ‘and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

 

At the second tree the woodsman said, ‘This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.’ The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

 

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the Woodsmen said, ‘I don’t need anything special from my tree, I’ll take this one,’ and he cut it down.

 

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

 

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.

 

The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.

 

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

 

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

 

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said ‘Peace’ and the Storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

 

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

 

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.

 

Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

 

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

 

Please keep this moving… pass it on, so God may inspire more people on the way.

 

May your day be blessed. And until we meet again, may God cradle you in the palm of His hand.

Ciao! :)

Lesson Learned

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What does God wanted to tell us about the recent catastrophe our country experienced. I know that we all know in our hearts what God wanted to tell us. This strange weather condition happens not only in the Philippines, but all around the world.

Is it too late for us to do something? It may sound too but I guess we still have time if we will act now. We cannot do anything about the trees that were cut down from our mountains. What we can do is to stop cutting trees and conserve our forest. We can never bring back the trees that have been made to papers, but we can recycle paper and minimize the use of it.

I know that many people can get affordable health insurance but not call can. What we can do is to avoid getting sick by eating nutritious food and minimize (if you cannot quit) smoking. Smoking as we know is bad for the smoker, but worse to the person who breathes the smoke and adds so much to air pollution.

One or two people cannot do it alone. We need to help each other. We need to work together in taking care of mother earth. We should always remember that we only one home, one earth. If we keep abusing it, destroying it, neglecting it, we are the one will suffer too much.

We should start acting now by sorting out our garbage at home. It is not a heavy thing to do. I know that if we start now, it will never be too late for us.

God loves us. We just have to prove to Him that we love Him too and that we value His gifts for us.

Ciao! :)

The Mystery of Bread Multiplication

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Different organizations headed by the two giant TV networks in the Philippines started gathering donations for the affected people and areas by the recent typhoon, I remember the mystery of bread multiplication in the Bible. It was when Jesus was preaching and there around thousands of people, gathered. One of His disciples asked him how would they feed such number of people. A child then offered him 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus then thanked God for giving them something to eat. Then He broke the bread into pieces and passed the bread along. A lot of us thought that Jesus did some “magic trick” for feeding huge number of people. It was a miracle! A miracle of sharing had occurred. :)

The same thing happened today. In spite of the calamity that we experienced, there are still many kind-hearted people, who never forget to share what they have, those who are in need. :)

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Ciao! :)

Typhoon Ondoy: The Aftermath

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I slept early last Saturday evening due to stress and lack of sleep. Since I worked in the evening, my stomach used to eat during the wee hours of the morning. I got up at around 3:45AM and started looking for something to eat from the fridge. Ney woke up too, when I got up from bed. Since we did not find something to eat, we decided to go to the market, which is just a block away from our place. We were surprised to see many people already up that early. But what surprised us was the traffic build up along Ortigas Avenue bound to Antipolo and there was no meat or fish to buy in the market!

Ney and I went up to the overpass overlooking the heavy traffic. One of my neighbors who joined us in that walk said that the build up happened already last night. According to the bystanders, Jenny’s and Lifehomes were not passable anymore. The water was about 5ft high already. I really felt sad about it. I knew then that many people were affected by the storm. :(

We ended up buying pan de sal, egg and dried fish. As I cook our breakfast, ney turned on the television and we were really saddened about what happened over night. Aside from the heavy traffic and flood, we learned that Pasig, Marikina and Cainta were submerged under water. :(

Houses, apartments, establishments and vehicles were plunge into the muddy water. We learned that during the heavy rains, different dams unleashed water which added to the flood. But, we knew that most of the water that caused those three towns to go under water came from the mountains of Antipolo. We also learned from the news, that there were lots of landslide incidents in different parts of San Mateo.

As we watched the news, I uttered a prayer of thanks and praises that God has protected our area. Our house, my family. I cannot hold the tears falling from my eyes about the outcome of this calamity. It was really surprising that Manila only experienced storm signal number 1 and yet, it cost a lot of lives and damages.

Ney then told me that because there are no more trees that should be holding the water from going down the mountains, this was what the people get. He makes sense there. He said that it was really hard to go against mother nature.

The Raging Typhoon

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At home, I took advantage of the cool weather to take some sleep. I woke up at around 3PM in the afternoon. The weather didn’t change. My mother was so worried about my youngest sister who was still in school. I sent her a text message about the way she can take going home. My mother told me that she knew that my sister would have her own strategy. We could only pray for her safety, for our safety.

While Ney looked after our daughter and spent quality times together, I helped my mother in making sure that our appliances were safe if ever, our house will get affected by flood. We see to it that all the wiring and electrical cables are secure to avoid further accidents.

We stayed tuned in the televisions and watched for the updates about the typhoon. I tried contacting my sister but she cannot be reached anymore. While waiting for any news about her whereabouts, we learned that Pureza area was experiencing heavy floods already.

During the raging typhoon, we noticed water spills slowly coming inside the house. I wonder if using stainless steel tiles could prevent that from happening. Nevertheless, I helped my mother get rid of the water.

We were so thankful to God for our house did not submerge under water. There were spills but we were able to manage to keep the house clean and dry.

At around 6PM in the evening, my youngest sister, together with her three classmates, arrived dripping from head to foot. We were relieved to see them safe but we really felt bad about what happened to them. My mother asked them to take a bath right away and put on dry clothes. My sister lent some of her clothes to her friends. My mom cooked soup for them, too.

While eating, she started telling us what transpired to them in their way home. It was about 10AM when classes were suspended in the university. Their way to Pureza LRT station is flooded already. They took pedicab to get to the station. Instead of sitting inside the pedicab they were asked to seat on the roof of it. They felt relief when they get on board LRT on the way to Santolan station. Little did they know that they were to come across much trouble when they get off LRT. After getting off at Santolan station, they started walking through the flooded way towards Ligaya where they plan to get on a jeep bound to Pasig.

They needed to stop at midpoint because the flood was already at waist high. My sister said that she thought she is going to die then. She said that she was about to lose her consciousness, when she saw big a python through the flood moving towards them. She told her classmates that they need to keep going and they need to move fast. Luckily, they were able to get on one of the 10-wheeler trucks that were out to rescue stranded passengers.
It was a terrifying and traumatic experience. We knew that the non-stop rain and the its heavy volume will cause lives and lots of property damages.

Typhoon Ondoy hits Manila

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I was about to share my first week of TQ in Dell but Metro Manila was hit by a typhoon and caused number of lives and property destruction.

Ney and I met at Robinson’s Galleria in the morning last Friday. He will be going to the agency to process some papers he need for work abroad. Since, I need to report to work in the evening. I left him with our baby at home. My shift that day was 10PM. I usually leave the house at 9PM to a lot enough time for traffic. My work place is only about 15 minutes away from the house without traffic.

I didn’t know then that Manila is experiencing typhoon. It was raining hard and the wind was blowing, too, when I went to the office last Friday night. I thought it was usual because it is already out rainy seasons now.

Work went well that night and I prepared myself for leaving the office. Since my work is only about 15 minutes away from work, I was able to get home just in time before Metro Manila experienced the effects of the typhoon.

Ney and I didn’t know that during the heavy rains brought about by the typhoon, will already caused too much traffic, flood and stranded people. Ney would like to go back to Quezon last Saturday morning. He needs to attend to some important things there. My mother told me to postpone the trip because of the bad weather but we still push through.

It took us about 15 minutes to get a cab which will bring us to Edsa-Ortigas where Ney will wait for a bus to take him to Quezon. The cab driver decided to take the fly over from Rosario bridge going to C5 then he plans to turn right to Julia Vargas and then to Robinson’s. He said that traffic is already build up in Ortigas Avenue. Well, traffic is already build up in C5, too.

The vehicles were stuck in the traffic. :(  Having no hope of surpassing the jam, Ney and I decided to get off the cab and walked under the heavy rains going back home.

I heard from the news that Metro Manila was only under typhoon signal 1, then. But the strong winds and heavy volume of rain would give someone an idea that the Metro was under a strong typhoon.

Eat out @ Something Fishy

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Last Friday was our last day in the new hire training. As for our “graduation”, the team decided to eat out at Something Fishy. It is one of the restaurant which is 24-hr open in Eastwood City. We had a buffet breakfast at Something Fishy.

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The early breakfast buffet is an eat-all you can thing. I got little of everything and I was really full after that. :)

It was like a 2 and a half hours of break time. We were able to have some nice walks around Eastwood before going back to the class.

We also had our call laboratory that day. It was my turn to handle a live call. Oh, I was very nervous! My buddy, John, tried to lessen my fear and gave me important notes which will help me do good in the call. I did that to him, too. He was the one who took in a live call first. We had our first call lab session 2 days earlier. :)

Well, tonight will be our first day in TQ. Am I ready to be in TQ? As much as I wanted to stay in the training room for couple for weeks, I cannot. I am really praying hard that
I, together with my co-trainees, will do well in TQ. I hope that I would not forget the things I learned from the training. That I will not experience mental block and that my customers will be kind. :)

Pray for me, okay?! Thank you!

Ciao! :)

Lighting Pen for Me

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After our call certification, we had our practical exams last September 15. We identified different computer parts and issues. Then, we actually diagnosed and tried resolving a certain computer problem. With God’s help, I was able to answer the questions and diagnosed the given computer problem. :) I wasn’t able to get a perfect score because I missed 2 correct answers from parts identification which is okay.

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After 6 weeks of being in the new hire training, I was able to get the highest score and as a prize, our trainers gave me a Dell Pen, which has a light! :) Yehey! Very cool pen. I showed it to Nonet and of course, she asked for it. I told her that it is mine and I will keep it as a souvenir. I used it though sometime. :)

That pen will inspire me to do well during our transition queue. It will be 4 quick weeks of calls. I hope and I pray that all of us, batch 11, will be able to pass tq. Like me, I know that my co-trainees would like to make our trainers, Rina and Peejay, proud of us. :)

Ciao! :)

New Hire’s Call Certification

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The day passes very fast, that I did not realize that our new hire training period is over. Last Monday, September 14, we had our call certification. All the things we learned from the training will be incorporated in the call certification. Our callers were from the training department, case controllers, QA department and team managers.

I was very nervous then. Well, though I have been in the call center industry for quite sometime, I always get nervous when taking a call. I prayed so hard that God will help me pass the call certification and that I will not get mental block.

I was part of the second batch that will undergo call certification. While waiting for my turn, I tried to review on the call process and some troubleshooting steps. I read again the policies and procedures and the proper case logging.

My caller was Hans. I am not sure what department he belongs. Praise God! The call certification went well though he mentioned some areas of improvements. I told him that I was really trembling. Yeah, my hands were very cold. He was laughing when I told him that and he said that I should not be nervous. Well, it would take a while for me to be more confident in handling calls for I am still in the learning process.

I was surprised and very happy when our trainers, Rina and Peejay announced that I was one of the two trainees who got 100% in the call certification. :)

Thank you Lord. I’m keeping my feet on the ground and I know that this isn’t over yet. In fact, we have not been starting the real battle yet. I pray that God will continue to bless my co-trainees and me so that, we will make it to the production floor. :)

Ciao! :)

Ro met an accident

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Before going to work last September 9, I prepared food for our newly adopted kitten, I noticed that she does not have that energy to eat. I know that she’s hungry because she will smell and tried tasting the food but to my surprise she cannot eat. I took her out of the cage that she shared with my big cat, Chaka, and checked on her. I checked on her mouth and looked if a food was stuck in it but there was none. What I seen was her front teeth were loosen. :(

I told my sister about it and asked her to forced feed Ro using a syringe (without the needle of course). While at work, my sister sent me a text message that Ro’s jaw was broken. Uh oh. It’s as if, she had been kicked into the cage’s wall. Well, I guess she was. It was my fault to put her in the same cage with my cat. :(

Chaka has been kind to her. In fact, he allowed her to cling to him like her own “mother” during the cold weather. But, Chaka often experience epileptic attacks. I’m thinking that it is possible that one of those attacks, he accidentally kicked Ro.

I cannot blame Chaka for that for I know that he did not intend it to happen. I actually blamed myself for what had happened to Ro. When I arrived home from work the following day, I brought home a baby food, Cerelac. I prepared some for Ro and she liked it! :) She was able to eat Cerelac. I know she’s in pain but I cannot give her any pain relievers.

I decided to bring her to Animal Clinic. The vet checked on her and she has fever during the check up. The vet injected her with antibiotic and gave me the prescription for take home medicine. I bought the medicine from the clinic, too. Well, my sister Patty shared the expenses with me so, it wasn’t really that pain on my purse. :)

To this day, we can still see the trace of the kick. It could have been a strong kick, poor Ro. However, Ro is slowly recovering from it and she is again a very playful and active kitten. :)

Ciao! :)

Noynoy: In 2010 Presidential Race

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It was the 40th death day of the late president Cory Aquino last September 9, 2009. The same day that Noynoy Aquino, her only son, announced that, he will continue the legacy of his mother, Cory and father, Ninoy by running in the 2010 presidential election for the Liberal party. The decision was made after Mar Roxas gave way for him. It was a big sacrifice for Mar, and I admired him for that.

When I heard that Mar made that tough decision, I really felt sad about it. Of course, I like Mar and if he pursued that race, I would definitely vote for him. How I love Korina Sanchez to be the first lady of the country. :)

Yet things change and Liberal party has a new aspirant, Noynoy Aquino whom I would definitely support. When he finally declared that he would run for presidential race, I sent a text message to my friends and to ney to support Noynoy and Mar, who will be Noynoy’s running mate as vice president.

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There were many criticisms about Noynoy. They say that his experience isn’t enough for him to be a president. That he is so young to be president. My stand there is who among our presidents had been “ready” to take the position. There had been many presidents and presidential candidates who may seem ready for the position, but were they truly prepared to be a president?

The same goes with Noynoy. Many of his critics find him not fit for the position but we can never tell. Let us give this man a chance. Oh yeah, I have a big faith in him. I believe that he is a man of integrity. Integrity, which most politicians we have do not possess.

It will be a lot of pressure on him. However, I know that he can do it. Aside from his supportive family and trusted friends, he has Mama Mary on his side. He has Jesus with him and I believe that he will make a difference.

Ciao! :)

New Chrome Accessories

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While I am working on my blog today, ney sent me a message asking me to accompany him in buying some chrome accessories. Well, I need to plan when to accompany him. I have been a busy lady this past weeks. :)

He’s really into cars. If I am into computers, cars on the other hand is his passion. Well, not only fancy cars but even heavy equipment. He doesn’t own a car though. What he has is an owner type jeep and a wrangler. Well, the accessories he will be getting might be for his father’s DMAX.

He always make a lot of fun out of me. I am really that stupid when it comes to vehicles. There is one vehicle that I wanted to have. Being a family girl, I want something that can carry the entire family. I told him that I like to have a Hyundai Starex. Well now I know that it was made by Hyundai. Before I thought, it was from Honda. :) Oh yeah! It has been a laughing matter between ney and I. Hehehe!!!

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I really miss honey.  :(

Ciao! :)

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