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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reminiscing White Beach, Puerto Galera

Here's a post from my old WordPress blog which I wrote four years ago. The rates may no longer be applicable, I haven't check, but will update this post once I have the numbers. :) 

There's a lot of reason why Puerto Galera is one of the top tourist destination here in the Philippines. Situated in Oriental Mindoro, the 7th largest island in the country; Galera offers the beach lovers, diving enthusiasts and even the curios travelers a treat of adventure, relaxation and discoveries.

It's uncomplicated to go to Puerto Galera even when you go there by commute, it's just three hours away from Manila! Cubao and Pasay-Buendia terminals have buses that leave every hour to Batangas Port. I recommend riding either JAM transit or BLTB for travel convenience. It would be a two hours bus ride to Batangas Port, bus fare is P150 for ordinary buses and P180 for aircon buses. Once in Batangas Port, you have to ride a RORO (boat) to go to White beach that costs P250 and P50 Environmental Fee. The boat ride takes only an hour, but to set your expectations, if you're not used to traveling by sea, the tides can be quite rough.

White Beach is famous as a stretch of fine white sands, it's ideal for families and travelers who just want to enjoy swimming, strolling and relaxing in the beach. Mountaineering and trekking adventures tours to Mt. Halcon are being offered here. The beach is much commercialized (which may be a good or bad thing); there are plenty of bars and restaurants, Inns and other business stores in the area. Tattooing, hair braiding, spa and massage services are widely offered as well.

Water-fun Activities:

  • Kayak/Canao -     1 hour costs P200 but you can also rent it for half-day (P300) and whole day (P500)
  • Windsurfing -         2 hours costs P500
  • Banana Boat Ride - 20 minutes costs P200 (per head)
  • Island Hopping -    2 hours costs P1000 (good for 6 persons)
  • Snorkeling -          2 hours costs P2000 (good for 6 persons)
  • Jet Ski -               1 hour costs P2000 (depends on the model, it can costs up to P3500)

Additional Info:
Minolo Shipping Lines- boat transfers (RO-RO) from 12nn-5pm and 5am-11pm during peak season.
Office Tel. No.: (043) 287-3614
Mobile Nos.: 0916-2074747 / 0915-4945323

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Jim Cymbala on Why Sometimes a Blessing Becomes a Curse, and How to Have a Heart that God Cannot Resist


"The problem was, God was speaking but nobody was listening," the Brooklyn Tabernacle Pastor Jim Cymbala wrote in the first chapter of his fourth book The Life that God Blesses pertaining to a popular televangelist's downfall. He titled the chapter "The Man Who Wouldn't Listen" and talked about why not listening to God's voice of correction and direction, can turn things out of control. "Things went from bad to worse, which is what usually happens when people turn their backs on God," he continued on the next pages.

Pastor Cymbala believed that in order to live a life that is pleasing to God, one must get in tune with what pleases Him. He detailed that there's a certain kind of heart that God seeks and that He long to bless. One of the traits the Lord delights in, is a listening heart, a heart that wants to hear what the Alpha and Omega is saying, and a heart that not only listen but most importantly, obey.

"The truth is, no matter how deep our sin is, no matter how far we have fallen, there is still hope if we will just listen to what God is saying. It is when we get so full of ourselves and too busy to stop and listen that we cut ourselves off from the one true Friend who can help us. Our shallowness and self-centeredness make us deaf to words that would bring healing and spiritual life."

Like listening, another quality that help us align ourselves with His purposes and makes room for more blessing in our life is imitation. Imitation as they usually say, is the highest form of flattery. And to imitate God means to strive to be forgiving, merciful and full of kindness. This also mean that you should exercise tenderness, be sensitive to His Word and an openness to His will concerning your life.

Aside from these, one should definitely live a prayerful life and a heart that waits. "You do not have, because you do not ask God," wrote the apostle James emphasizing the need for us to look up and pray to God. Prayer, as they say is our most valuable tool in times of need. But prayer shouldn't be made just for the sake of asking God for something, it should be our means to communicate with the Almighty. After prayer, the most crucial part is waiting. One should learn to wait, to trust God and have faith that He wants the best for us.

"The secret is to have a heart that waits on the Lord, to keep waiting in faith and glad expectation for the things he has promised... The challenge before us is to have faith in God, and the hardest part of faith is the waiting."

All these traits (adopted from the Bible, mostly from the Old Testament) seem to please God in such a way that he shower blessing to people with this special kind of heart. Albeit a blessing is generally good, there can be instances where it becomes a curse. Cymbala's eloquent writing says it all: "As time goes by, God's favor fills their lives with many good things. But they allow the blessings of God to turn their eyes away from the Giver; they become preoccupied with the gifts. Soon their tenderness of heart vanishes. They don't have time for God. They become filled with themselves and lose that special touch of God on their life together... How we respond to the Lord's blessings makes all the difference. The blessings can either humble us and draw us closer to God, or they can lift us up and allow our hearts to become full of pride and self-sufficiency."

The safest way to not love the gifts more than the Giver, Pastor Jim suggests, is to constantly seek God's help and approval above all other things and to humble our hearts. "Just as pride drives away the blessings of heaven and precedes certain failure, a humble heart is like a magnet that draws the favor of God toward us."

The Life that God Blesses is a compelling book that I would personally recommend. Compliment it with The Purpose Driven Life written by Rick Warren or you can read my post about it here.

P.S. Got questions? Connect with me on Twitter & Instagram -> @gizandcheese

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Date A Guy Who Buys You Ice Cream

I know, I know... The 'Date' or 'Don't Date A Guy Who' blog title is such a cliché. However, I haven't had my version, so let me be. Note that I wrote 'buys you ice cream' and not 'likes ice cream' because almost everyone likes to have some serving.

Me and my amazing beau are celebrating another milestone in our relationship and just like a much anticipated movie, this one's worth the wait. Anniversaries are always a good time to honor one's beloved - so here's some excerpt of love.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream. They're the one who knows how to cherish every flavor of life and appreciate each and every moment. They are always up for the surprise. They don't worry whether the new flavor is good or if it's worth the buck, all they wanted was to savor the experience. They buy you ice cream so you too can do the same.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream when your day didn't went as planned, and you get frustrated or upset, they just know how to soothe your aching head. They are most of the time calm, cool, and collected just like a tasty cup of ice cream.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream when you're mad, sad, or your hormones kicking in. They know you're just having a bad day and they're always willing to listen when you rant about work or life in general.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream even if you're not feeling blue. They know that diamonds aren't always a "girl's bestfriend," chocolates aren't so bad, and ice creams won't always make you fat. Nevertheless, if it does add a pound to your weight, they will still love you the same and support your next diet campaign.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream after long walks, hikes and rides, and especially when you're in the beach feeling the breeze. They have the same inner desire to travel and they know that the journey sometimes can be better than the destination. They love to sleep when alone, but when seated next to someone they love, the conversation won't cease no matter how bumpy the road is.

Date a guy who buys you ice cream, they will appreciate you for who you are and who you're not. You may have awful breakouts, bad hair days, flaws and all, but they'll buy you anyway. They're the ones who may look distant and cold, but when you let them in, they know how to warm your heart. When you're with them, time will freeze and everything seems pleasant. The taste of their company will always be better than any of your taste buds could try.

And when you finally found and dated one, be sure to buy them ice cream too, and never let them go.

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