8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Chile

8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Chile


After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. Today another tragedy that hits Chile. An 8.8 magnitude occurred this morning. Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.

My dear Friends, Let us ask God mercy that countries mentioned will not anymore experience TSUNAMI especially our own country the Philippines.

Excerpt from AP

Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma said the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century killed at least 82 people, but the death toll was rising quickly.

Tsunami waves were likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The U.S. West Coast and Alaska, too, were threatened.

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Intimacy in Marriage

Intimacy in Marriage 

I receive and read this this story a couple of times. I believe it is worth to share this to those married couple (like us), plan to get married or not yet married.Please take a moment to continue read this touching story.

Intimacy in Marriage
author unknown

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I've got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce.. I raised the topic calmly. She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man!

That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Dew. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her! With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces.

The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Dew so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Dew. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn't want anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month's time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that everyday for the month's duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning.. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Dew about my wife's divorce conditions.. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.. My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed.

So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mummy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don't tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't looked at this woman carefully for a long time.. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn't tell Dew about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger. She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me... she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head. Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it's time to carry mum out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day. But her much lighter weight made me sad.

On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office.... jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind...I walked upstairs. Dew opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Dew, I do not want the divorce anymore. She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead.. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Dew, I said, I won't divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other any more. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Dew seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I'll carry you out every morning until death do us apart. That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy.

Do have a real happy marriage! If you don't share this, nothing will happen to you. If you do, you just might save a marriage. Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


Yellow Monday - Red Sand Adventure

Yellow Monday - Red Sand Adventure

Taken in Red Sand, Riyad Saudi Arabia. You can see the different of the sand from afar and the place I am staying. It was really fun and great experienced. That was my first time to ride quad bike. I choose a smaller one for my safety. And it is automatic clutch.

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a three wheeler, four wheeler, quad bike, or quad, is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. Although it is a street-legal vehicle in some countries, it is not street legal within most states and provinces of Australia, the United States and Canada. In some countries where fencing is not common, such as the US, Canada and Australia, a small percentage of ATV riders knowingly cross privately owned property in rural areas and travel over public/private properties, where their use is explicitly limited to trails. source wiki

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Perfect Marriage?

Perfect Marriage? 

Do you believe in perfect marriage or happily ever after. There is no such perfect in this world. It is our desire on how we attain that perfect marriage. Here's an inspirational article by Rick Warren that can describe what is a perfect marriage.

Biblical Marriage - Love God and Love Your Spouse 
by Rick Warren 

"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' Matthew 22:36-39 (TEV)

Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick WarrenAny successful marriage is built upon the biblical truth that God designed each of us with five purposes in mind: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and missions. I suppose you'd expect a man who's been married over 30 years to a beautiful, intelligent woman would be able to share with you the intimate secrets to having a perfect marriage. But I'm going to disappoint you! That's because Kay and I don't have a perfect marriage. She is without a doubt my best friend, and we have a wonderful relationship -- but as far as a perfect marriage, well, there's no such thing. What Kay and I do have is a marriage centered on Christ, specifically focused on glorifying God. We remain committed to each other because we remain committed to Christ and his work within us. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." The he added, "The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your [spouse] as you love yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37, 39, TEV) In this sense, you worship God when you love and sacrifice for your spouse. That brings pleasure to God, and any time you give pleasure to God, you're worshiping him. Read through Romans 12 with a view of what its applications would mean to your marriage: "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." (Romans 12:10, NLT)


A Handbook That We Should Have For 2010

A Handbook That We Should Have For 2010

Just got this from my inbox. I believe that it is worth to be our guide for our  daily life. It entitled Handbook 2010. I want to thank to author who composed these great outline. 

Handbook 2010
author: unknown


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours..
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.


life is worth living for...

Fat Tuesday - "Mardi Gras season"

Fat Tuesday - "Mardi Gras season"

I just come across with this topic "Fat Tuesday". This is a Catholics celebration before the lent or fasting season. Make some wiki-wiki and here is excerpt from wiki. 

The terms "Mardi Gras" (pronounced /ˈmɑrdi grɑː/, "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season",in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

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Early Typical Saudi House

Early Typical Saudi House

It just a replica of early Saudi House. Taken in Riyadh.

Happy Yellow Monday


But the Greatest of These is Love

But the Greatest of These is Love
1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body [to hardship] that I may boast,  but do not have love, I gain nothing. .

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.


Sweetheart, I Miss You Like Crazy

Sweetheart, I Miss You Like Crazy

While watching the movie trailer ng Miss You Like Crazy ay bigla ako na homesick. The movie is staring by Bea Alonzo and John Loyd. Kahit na ganito na ang edad ko ay kinikilig parin ako sa dialogue nila. It reminisce our yesteryears. Sabi nga nila ay kabayo lang ang tumatanda. But we are always young at heart .
Kaya nga ang hirap ng kalagayan nating mga OFW na di kasama ang ating asawa. Kahit 3 times a day at araw natin nasasabi sa isat isa ang "I mISS yOU"  ay hindi pa rin nakakasawa. Unless na lang ay nagsasawa na kayo sa isa't isa.

In our conversation sabi ko sa Sweetheart ko ay "Hindi lang kita na miss kundi I Miss You Like cray. Already a year past na nagkasama kami ng Sweetheart ko. That is why I want to dedicate this beautiful song "Miss you Like Crazy" to my Ever Dearest Sweetheart.The song was popularize by Nathalie Cole and revised by Erick Santos. This song is just for you Sweetheart. I love you and I Miss You Like Crazy...

Miss You Like Crazy by Erik Santos (Official Music Video)

Miss You Like Crazy lyrics Natalie Cole

Even though its been so long
My love for you keeps going strong
I remember the things that we used to do
A kiss in the rain till the sun shined through
I try to deny it but I’m still in love with you

I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you

I can see the love shining in your eyes
And it comes as such a sweet surprise
If seeing’s believing its worth the wait
So hold me and tell me its not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now

And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you baby
A love like ours will never end
Just touch me and we’re there again

Just one night and we’ll have that magic
Feeling like we used to do
Hold on tight and whatever comes our way
We’re gonna make it through
If seeing’s believing its worth the wait
So hold me and tell me its not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now

And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do there’s just no getting over you
And I miss you
I miss you
All the tender love you gave me
When a feeling gets this strong
You know the real thing come along

And I miss you, I miss you like crazy baby
Only you’re sweet love can save me
I miss you like crazy, a love like ours will never end
Just touch me and we’re there again
Miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I


Valentine's Day in Saudi Arabia "No Valentine!"

Valentine's Day in Saudi Arabia "No Valentine!"

Love is on the air to OFW around the world on this Valentine's Day. Oooppps! But not here in Saudi Arabia. Where Valentine is banned.  A week before Valentine's day, Gift and flower shop owners were advice by the religious enforcers to refrain from selling red flowers and merchandises (valentine's card, red toys and heart shape)  related to the occasion.  Wearing of red cloths and carrying red toys are also strictly prohibited. Never great "Happy Valentine's Day", especially in public places.

Due to the ban on red roses, a black market has flowered ahead of Valentine's Day. Roses that normally sell for five Saudi riyal ($1.30) fetch up to 30 riyal ($8) on February 14, the Saudi Gazette said.

"Sometimes we deliver the bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion," one florist told the paper.

Valentine's day is a catholic celebration for St. Valentine day. Thus Love is a universal language that  can be celebrated by anyone of any denominations without border. "Muslims are people of love, as evidenced by the fact that this word appears in [the Koran] 83 times,"

"I guess slowly countries all over the world is accepting the tradition of Valentine's Day, it is slowly integrating into their culture, 18 years ago Valentine's Day is banned here pero now, shops sells Valentine Cards and other items related to its observance, Valentine concerts are now also being held. The Pope said, btw he's from Doha.

I hope that one day Saudi will be opened for such occasion. Still each country have their own rules that we, (OFWs) should abide and respect.

Have A Happy Day!


See How Japan Celebrate Valentine's Day

See How Japan Celebrate Valentine's Day

Do you know how Japanese celebrates Valentine's Day? Unlike the usual practice that men give flowers and choco. In Japan, Japanese women give gifts to their special someone and their friends. Thank to Jag comment for the initial info about how they celebrate Valentine's in Japan. 

"Honmei" chocolate and "giri" chocolate are two major types of chocolate given on Valentine's Day in Japan. "Honmei"chocolate is given given to a person that close to their heart, boyfriend or sweetheart. While "Giri" chocolate is the obligatory chocolate a woman buys or makes for male friends, co-workers, or classmates.

image from ehow


Dad How Much Is Your Time?

Dad How Much Is Your Time?
Author: Unknown

This is very inspiring story of a father and son.

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON : 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'

DAD : 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.

SON : 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD : 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.

SON : 'I just want to know.. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD : 'If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.'

SON : 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $10.00 ?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10..00 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' He asked..

'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man.

'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you.

Here's the $10.00 you asked for..'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow.. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts..

Do remember to share that $20.00 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days....

But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.


Philippines 2010 Presidentiables Profle - Teodoro, Gilberto Eduardo Cojuanco Jr.

Philippines 2010 Presidentiables Profle - Teodoro, Gilberto Eduardo Cojuanco Jr.

Age: 44
Birthdate: June 14, 1964
Spouse: Monica “Nikki” Prieto-Teodoro, Tarlac Representative

“The Philippines must be a stable platform of investment, with strong institutions, peace and order and the efficient delivery of public goods.”

On the “Cojuangco” factor. “Kung may sense po at nasa batas at nasa lugar ang kanilang (Cojuangco relatives) mga suhestiyon sino ba namang tututol. Pero kung hindi po nasa lugar, kaya naman po nating tutulan iyan at napatunayan na po natin iyan.”

On amending the Philippine Constitution. “Ang aking pananaw, hindi lang kailangan ng values or renewal of values or pananaw. Institutions shape behavior. It motivates behavior. And I think our institutions, time and again, people have said they need to be changed.”

On being associated with an “unpopular” president. “Hindi ako takot maging John McCain. Dito ako naninindigan, dito ako naninilbihan… Hindi naman ako isang tao na maninilbihan—sumisilong sa isang bahay—na ikinahihiya ko ang bahay na tinitirahan ko. Hindi ako ganoong klase ng tao… no matter what one says for or against any other administration, history will be the judge.

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Don't Carry The Weight

Don't Carry The Weight

Don't carry the weight upon your shoulder. 
He will be there to carry you!

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28


Taken at the Bahrain bridge in Al Khobar.


Philippines 2010 Presidentiables Profle - Villar, Manuel JR. Bamba

Philippines 2010 Presidentiables Profle - Villar, Manuel JR. Bamba

Age: 59
Birth Date: December 13, 1949
Political Affillation: Nacionalista Party
Spouse: Cynthia Aguilar-Villar, representative of Las Piñas

Education: graduate of Business Administration, U.P. Diliman

Guiding  Principle:

Current Position: Senator of the Philippines, 14th Congress

Other Information:

  1.  Born to a simple family in Manila, he grew up to become one of the richest people in the Philippines
  2. First ventured into business in 1975 with an initial capital of P10,000 for a sand-and-gravel business in Las Piñas
  3. Villar’s net worth based on his 2008 Statement of Assets is P1,041,383,946, with no liabilities. Up from P921.4 million in 2007
  4. Villar ranked 11th in Forbes list of richest Filipinos in 2008 from 5th in 2007
  5. Villar’s wife Cynthia supported the first impeachment complaint against pres. Arroyo in 2005
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Inspirational Quotes "Courage"

Inspirational Quotes "Courage"



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