Coron Escapade

Back in February 2016, I had one of the most memorable vacation in my life. It was when for the first time, I traveled with my family for a 4-day, 3-night bonding.

 

Day 1

We arrived early at Coron and were picked up by the crew of the hotel where we stayed for the duration of our stay. Originally, our tour package included a city tour around Coron which involves trekking to the City’s hilltop. Thinking my mom would have a hard time doing this activity, we changed itinerary: 3 days for island hopping and then a day for rest in the city. 

So there. By 9am, we were ready for our island hopping. I forgot the names of the islands we visited, but one thing is for sure: they have pristine white beaches, and untouched beauty that one would be so giddy to explore. 

In the afternoon, our tour guide stopped in the middle of the sea,  only to join other boat guides in their party showdown. Loud sounds and a party playlist exploded in my senses. The other guests were also hooked. This was just the 1st day and I was enjoying my stay.

Day 2

For most of the day, we visited the shipwreck sites and had some snorkeling. We also made some new friends along the way. 

Here’s some of our sumptous lunch that included fish, seafood meat, and veggies.


Day 3

Our last day for the island hopping included some trekking at the Kayangan Lake, and another swimming exercise at the Lagoon. We didn’t forget to have the famous shot by the sea, though. 🙂

This is by far my favorite groufie shot. 🙂

The tide was high and we had rough seas here. Yet, we managed our winning smiles in both photo.

Lastly, when you see a pig by the beach, you’ll know your stay will be an enjoyable one.

Our Coron escapade was really an enjoyable one. If you happen to visit the Philippines, don’t forget to see those world-class beaches and islands in Busuanga (Coron), Palawan. Aside from island hopping, you can also do a Safari Tour and a City tour if you’re the nature and forest type of person. 🙂

Are You Content in your Present?

Has there been a time when you have been working your ass off just to level up in your career? Or you have this ambition you want to reach whatever it takes. Yet, this verse says you have to be content.

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (MSG)

 How would that really sum up?

In the last six years, I have been working as a rank and file in the corporate world, with just a meager income to get me by. For so long, I have prayed to God that He’ll promote me because I know I have the skills and I can do any tasks given to me (too confident, I must say). But then, I do not get my prayers answered. My question back then was,  “why”?

Year in and year out, I’m seeing myself working as I can but I am not yet promoted in my workplace. So one day, I asked myself, what does promotion really mean? Does it indicate selling an idea to gain approval towards it? Or does it mean seeing yourself in a higher position than any of your colleagues such that it gives you self-worth?

The Bible says to be contented with what we have and what we are.
It does mean to accept whatever has been given to us and use those resources make the best product. It does mean that where God has put us, we should be working to the best that we can be, without expecting something in return, without demanding more than what is provided. 

Being contented means being happy with having little as with much, working for others like working for oneself, and accepting our fate as one that will build us, not enslave us. 

It is a test of my character to be contented when there are times that I see my colleagues living the life they’ve dreamed of — traveling abroad, marrying their chosen mate and working the job they’ve dreamed of while being paid handsomely. It is a test of my character to accept my situation where I just work to provide for my family, and I have to save up for a year just to have 3-day, 2-night out of town vacation with my family. It is always a test of my character to stay where I currently am and not reach for my dreams. 

But the Bible also says be contented with who you are. 

So, it does mean that if I am ambitious about something, I have to go get it, work my ass off without demanding and expecting something in return. It does mean I have to wait for the right moment, and instead enjoy my present duties — love every bit of it — such that I won’t think it’s work. 

Being contented means being passionate with who you are as a person, pursuing your passion, loving life, and sharing kindness where you are planted. 

And when you least expect it, God will uphold you in His hand and level up the field. As having equipped you with the skills and character during the testing season, you will be prepared to take on a new role. You will be prepared to soar higher than ever before, but this time, you won’t fall because you have failed many times that you know what to do next. When God promotes you, there’s no minute wasted, you will be doing something greater that would impact the world — all because at one point in your life, you’ve accepted your fate and instead shared your happiness with them. 

I have Questions and God Answered 

Every year, my spiritual family in Victory (globally known as Every Nation) gathers to participate in a week-long prayer and fasting (P&F). It is the time where instead of choosing our desires, we choose God. 

This year’s P&F is special for me. Our topic is “Knowing God” intimately. This is the year I’m also believing God, more than all the answered prayers for the upcoming months, that I’ll be able to hear God’s whisper during my quiet times. 

My most memorable times are the ones I’ve believed and claimed in faith to happen, and indeed, God fulfilled those faith goals. As what Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and being certain of what you do not see (CEV).”

During this year’s P&F, here are some of my decision questions I’m praying for and indeed, God answered them one by one after only three weeks into 2017. 

1) Career: Will I have another opportunity with another employer or will I stay at my current company? God knows I’m vying for career advancement. 

2) Emotion: For one year, I’ve been attracted to this guy friend that I have, yet he does not know my feelings and I have no idea if these feelings I have for him will be reciprocated. 

3) How can I be effective in sharing Jesus to other people?

4) Love: How will I know the man I’ll marry? I’m already at that marrying age and I’m still waiting. 

These are personal questions I have with Jesus and during my quiet times, he answered it one by one through the book of Ephesians:

1) Career: Stay and be excellent.

Ephesians 2:7 Now God had us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:5b-8 Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God (MSG)

2) Emotion: Love him like a brother. Love without expecting something in return.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (MSG)

3) Sharing the gospel: Though I’m not qualified, God will equip me. 

Ephesians 3:7 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities (MSG).

4) Love: He will be a husband in qualities to you. That way, you’ll know He’s the one. 

Ephesians 5:22b-28a The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. 

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives (MSG). 

Indeed, it is just weeks into 2017 and God has already been answering my questions. He has given me peace with the decisions I’ve made and I just know He will never leave me nor forsake me. I know 2017 will be an amazing year for me.  

My Career is God’s Concern

Months before I went back to Manila, I was praying to God about career direction. I’d been at Gensan for almost two years and I have that burden to go back to Manila. Thoughts about my mom being at the hospital haunted me; thus, I wanted to stay by her side and spend as much time with her as I can. Back then, I didn’t want to regret not showing enough love for her and spending as much time as she wanted me to — when her only request was for me to go back to Manila.

I wanted to stay at Gensan because of the family atmosphere I’ve experienced with the teachers and students of The Quantum Academy, Inc. I wanted to serve God and share the gospel to these kids, but then I guess my time is already up at Gensan. My sole desire before working there was to see my father, and after seeing him, I guess I’d already fulfilled God’s purpose in my life at this place.

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So, before going back, I had applied to internal openings for transfer to another department that would allow me to stay at the head office. God definitely didn’t answer my prayer to be part of the CorCom Dept., and so I still stayed another year as an LIS – this time as a consultant at the Ateneo grade school. It was intimidating for me since I do not know anyone from the school and I really have no idea if the teachers would accept me. One year passed and I was able to share my knowledge and skills to the teachers I’ve been afraid before. Thank heavens because for that year, I was able to convince Ateneo grade school, together with my generous LSS (Ms. Florabel Colupano), that our product is beneficial to students.

Then again, I had this burden to transfer department and be assigned a role where I can just stay at the head office. There is an opening for the position product development specialist and immediately, I applied for the position. I got the job and God allowed me to spend my weekends at home — where I shared stories with my mom and eventually took care of her when she was hospitalized. Definitely, God gave me that foresight to see what might happen in the future and since I cooperated with Him — I continued my intimate relationship with Jesus and followed His will, everything went well.

Now, as a product development specialist, I’ve learned so much about project managment, content development and e-learning. There have been so many downs and I’m asking God why He put me in such place — a  place where I am not very much comfortable and He is always stretching me my limit. God impressed to me during my devotion that,

You are a work in progress. I put you in that place because I want you to learn, not only the skills but also the character I want you to exemplify when I put you to greater heights.

 

Definitely, God has great plans for me but it is very hard to trust something you don’t see.  The Bible says that’s what faith really is for.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and being certain of what we do not see.
– Hebrews 11:1 (CEV)

 

One of my dreams is to be part of a production where I can use my skills as development communicator. Another is to take a master’s degree that will enhance my education. This year, 2015, God impressed in my heart I have to get going and follow my desires to apply for a master’s degree. So right now, I’m preparing all the documents needed for a scholarship abroad.  I’m still praying and believing that I will have favors after favors to complete my requirements; however, I know and I just have that confidence in Him who will let things come to pass. I am just amazed that for the past four years of my career, God has been working in my life as a professional and will continue on.

You may be on the same boat as me, but let me just encourage you that if He has been faithful to me with regards to my career, He will be faithful with yours as well. 😉

7 tips when you’re away from home (For my co-LIS and Batch 4)

Hi guys!

 

I know we’re on the same boat now – adjusting to a new environment, new people and especially new situation.

 

Trust me, I’ve been there before — a year ago. It’s not that easy to adjust ( I know coz’ I’ve been there!) but take heart! I know you’ll make it.

  

Kung ako nga, nakaya ko nang isang taon, kayo pa kaya???

 

This is my 2nd year here in General Santos City and at The Quantum Academy, Inc. 

During my first year, I didn’t know anybody except for Al and my relatives living here.

Wala akong masyadong kakilala, wala akong permanenteng bahay, malayo ang bahay ng tita ko at isa pa, hindi ako marunong magbisaya.

Take note: Bisaya ang salita dito kaya naman halos maubos ang dugo ko sa pakikipag-usap sa mga tao.

 

  

One week passed. Nakahanap na ako ng boarding house malapit sa school. Malayo kasi ang bahay ng mga relatives ko.

Mahirap kasi wala akong gamit. Damit lang. Kelangan ko ng kama kaya naman naubos ang extra money ko para makabili lang ng bed.

Naho-homesick na rin ako kaya naman naghanap na ako ng church na pwede kong puntahan every weeked.

  

Two weeks passed. First salary as LIS. Compared to my previous salary, I need to budget my money for my personal belongings.

Nagwork na ako sa call center before and malaki ang difference. Pero iba pa rin pag gusto mo ang ginagawa mo, pina-practice mo ang course mo

at nag-eenjoy ka sa trabaho mo. This is my choice and I think this new experience will help me a lot in my life’s journey.

  

Three weeks passed. Naiiyak na ako sa sobrang boredom pag nasa dorm. Wala akong communication sa mama ko kundi ang cellphone with a Sun simcard.

Smart ang gamit nina mama kaya di ako makatawag. Buti na lang nagdala ako ng libro para di ako mabore. Nagpupunta rin ako dito sa plaza para di mabore.

But after the incident when someone talked to me in straight Visayan accent and we CLEARLY have miscommunication, I rarely go there; well, unless I’m with someone. 🙂

 

 

Four weeks passed. Medyo ka-close ko na ang mga teachers. Lagi na rin ako binabati ng mga students dito. Pag may activities, isinasama na rin ako dito sa school.

Medyo masaya na kaso andon pa rin ang pagiging homesick ko, lalo na’t mag-isa lang ako.

Kaya naman nung magsweldo, bumili kaagad ako ng phone para makausap ko sina Mama. Nakaconference ko rin ang ibang co-LIS ko using globe (nag-endorse?!)

kaya di na ako masyadong nalulungkot. Sila na kasi ang iniistorbo ko. You know who you are.

 

Months after months.  Busy na sa school kaya di na ako masyadong nalulungkot. Plus, I have friends na nakakakwentuhan ko pag gabi.

 

 

See. I have my own story. Pero nakaya ko. After some contemplations, I think these tips can practically help you if you’re away from home for a long time:

 

1.) Dream big.

Just like Peter Pan, you need to think happy thoughts to soar high. Have a long term goal. Dream and achieve. If we have dreams, we have life.

 

2.) Find a church.

 I know we have different beliefs. But mind you, when I’m down, I’ll go to church and pray. It’ll ease the feeling of loneliness.

In my case, I’m a Christian so I looked for a church here. During weekends, I spend my time not only in the boarding house but also with my churchmates.

 

3.) Explore.

During your free time, explore the place. You have lots of weekends to do that. ^_^

Being assigned in a far place can be an advantage because you get the chance to explore the natives and the beauty of nature.

You can have a “me” time or you can find friends you can hang out with.

 

4.) Befriend the teachers and students.

They will be your constant companion for the whole school year so better be friendly and flash your sweetest smile every time you go to school to school.

They will appreciate it and in the long run, it will be an advantage coz in times of need and loneliness, they can be your constant companion and friend.

Kaya ako nahilig manood ng movie dito dahil sa mga co-teachers ko. haha.

 

5.) Share your experiences with friends.

Just because you don’t have a bestfriend on that place whom you can completely trust, you’ll just sulk in one corner and accept the fact that the situation is very hard and you want to give up.

 

Well, if that’s the case, you’re one of those who don’t have a dream. As I said earlier, dream big. If obstacles come, accept it, share it with a friend and move on.

Life is much happier if you share your life with another person near you.

  

6.) Learn to know who to trust.

According to Wikipedia, trust means relying on another person or entity.

You may have a hard situation to adjust to, but if you trust God and you learn to trust HIM that your current situation is just temporary, then, you’ll have a hope that it will eventually become better.

Lastly,

7. ) Happiness is a choice.

Human emotions come and go. Situations in life are temporary. However, it will always be your decision whether to be happy or not. Life is short to live a life on what ifs.

Whatever your situation maybe, be thankful and be happy. Look at the opportunities in difficulties instead of difficulties in opportunities. Every moment is precious. Learn to appreaciate.

O di ba, ako na ang may mahabang note. Ngayon lang uli ako nagblog ng ganito.

 

Well, I’ve learned all these the hard way. I hope that you can also use this to survive.

 

 

GENYO team, kaya natin ‘to. Tayo pa, eh magagaling tayo. DI BA???!!!! ^_^

The art of Job Hunting

 

         Now that it’s November and I’ve finished my clearance, I’m faced with a choice. Actually, it’s choices. 🙂 Choices of where I’m supposed to go after four years of hardwork and training for the real world.

        For some people, job hunting is so easy. Maybe because they have friends or relatives working in a company that it’s easy for them to get in. However, for lots of fresh graduates like me, it’s hard to look for a job suitable to your interests and training.

       My uncle and several friends advise me to enter the call center world while waiting for a possible job interview that suits my interests. I know being a call center agent is not an easy thing to do, but then, if like me, you are having financial difficulties, then you would consider working in such environment because of its high salary.

      I know it’s hard thing to stand for your convictions, to hope for something unpredictable. But then, faith is something you do not see and something you believe in, no matter what it takes. In job hunting, it’s the time to exercise one’s faith, no matter how unpredictable it may seem.

      So, as I apply for jobs online, faith is the key. But practically, preparation for job interviews and confidence is also needed.  Job Hunting is the art where techniques are applied. So, as I put on faith, preparation and confidence in the canvass of employers, I know I can move mountains, no matter how big it is. 🙂

 

my dream as a girl

         Since I was in high school, I dream of becoming good at computers, specifically on the hardware stuff so that when I will have my own computer or laptop, I will just be the one to operate and fix it.

        When I got older, my dream subsided, for I got BS development communication as my course in UPLB. I still tried to pursue computer science; however, I’m stucked with my course.

        

         Even though I wasn’t able to step ahead of my dream, I enjoyed being what I am right now (being a development communicator). I learned so many things especially on graphics design and the like. I still loved computers, but one of my dreams to travel around the Philippines soared high. I even want to become a documentarist or be a part of a production team that would be inclined in promoting development. Now that I’m nearing graduation, I would like to fulfill those dreams.

       So, my dream of being good with computers is still souring high. But now, I also wanted to have my own computer and coffee shop 10-20 years from now. After I work from the corporate world, I would be entering the enterprise world.

       Well, these dreams are my dreams and nothing can make me drop these just for a trial or two. It may be hard on my part but I wll still do the bast that I can do to fulfill these dreams.