My Childhood Experiences

When I sit back and consider the significant events of my life in the past, the important facets of the present, and the exciting moments that my future may bring, it leads me to think that life is full of surprises and excitements. The diversities and the ups and downs of life, and above all how the Lord created, molded, and prepared me to be what I am now is the story I would like to share.

My parents met sometime in 1963, and out of frustration, my mother decided to be married to my father after a year of knowing each other because she was not able to continue her studies in college due to my grandfather’s traditional belief that women were meant to stay at home to take care of the family. Their union conceived 5 smart and healthy children and I’m the second. My mother is a native of Guimaras but grew in Hinobaan while my father was born in Pontevedra.

I was born in Sipalay Mine since my father was working in a mining corporation during that time. Due to a circumstance that was beyond control, my father experienced an accident that led them (my parents) to make a crucial decision that changed our whole life and the way we live. Our father needed to undergo that so-called lumbar operation and we couldn’t stay and were forced to leave our house. It was a trying moment for our parents but our mother was so strong that she was able to survive and keep us going. As I have said, everything changed. Our mother became the breadwinner since our father couldn’t do anything nor carry heavy loads due to his operation. We transferred to a place where our grandmother was living (our father’s mother), a place known as Bulata near Bulata Beach this time. We learned to live a simple life and our mother learned many things in order for us to survive. She learned the style of buying and selling technique and many other ways just to earn so that we have something to eat the next day. After a year, they decided to buy a rice mill out of my father’s early retirement benefit due to that accident. It helped us to keep going.

One of the things that I could not forget was that when we started to go to school, we all displayed a good performance that made our parents proud of us. Despite the struggles and frustrations, we were able to survive with the help of the Lord. Our father knew the Lord when he was still single, he did not give up because he knew that the Lord will carry us through. Although our mother grew in a catholic church but decided to join our father in the same church. We grew up and learned many things about the Lord and His will for us.

In my early years of education, I learned many things and was loved by my teachers because I learned fast and was tasked to teach my classmates who were slow learners. I also remember when our teacher could not give us the correct pitch when she taught us the song and I gave the pitch and led the song in front of my classmates although I just listened and learned it for a moment it seems that I knew it for a longer time already. I also had another experience about singing, when I attended a DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School) in our church one summer; I was only 10 years old then. I was just listening to the two girls who were trained to sing for our graduation the next day and I sang with them while they were having their practice. Our teacher had a hard time teaching the other student, when she heard me singing she immediately called my attention and asked me to sing. So instead of my classmate, I was chosen to sing in a duet. When I was in high school, my mother had the opportunity to study since it was her desire to finish college and she took up a Bachelor’s Degree in education.

It was hard for us but our father allowed our mother to attain her aspiration in life and she became a teacher. On the other hand, I studied well and gained the confidence I excel both in academics and extra-curricular activities. I was even chosen to lead a cheering contest and other activities in school. There was one occasion during a barangay fiesta near our school that my classmates urged me to join in the singing contest. I just knew one song since I was not used to singing pop songs, however, I was forced and I sang after a few hours of practicing. Then, after the announcement, I was glad to know that I won 3rd place.

When I graduated from high school I graduated with flying colors, I graduated salutatorian and my parents were proud. My mother felt sad when I decided to study in a bible school for 2 years after graduation from high school. I then worked in a church at a young age while my mother was finding some ways to let me go back and finish college. After 2 years of working in a church, I decided to enroll in college here at West Negros College. The secretary asked me to choose one scholarship since I was qualified to join the Glee Club or join the cream of the crop. And since nobody was there to help me decide I joined the Glee Club. Now, I regret since I can do both and do better if given a chance. Hence, I decided to take up BSEd-English (Bachelor in Secondary Education).

I believe that I grew more, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually during my 2 years in the Bible School and working in a church for another 2 years than during any other period of time thus far. However, I gained confidence and learned more when I reached college. It was another experience for me and I discovered my talents and skills in singing especially in training choirs and voice training.

A year before graduation, I met Jonathan, who became my best friend. He saw me singing in a concert and was attracted to me for the first time. After graduation in 1992, I decided to work in a church setting in Iloilo while preparing for my board exam. The Lord blessed me and I was able to pass the PBET exam in October of the same year. I looked for a job and was given a chance to teach at Zion International School for 3 years. During the first year of working, Jonathan and I decided to be settled. We were married on Dec. 23, 1993. Our eldest son was born in 1995. Due to financial constraints, I decided to look for a better job and earn better as well. Negros Occidental High School’s principal allowed me to join the faculty as a music teacher since it was needed during that time. I taught for 9 years and was able to form a singing group known as NOHS Glee Club. However, the Lord changed our lives. We had already 2 sons when we decided to follow the Lord’s call in going to Thailand in 2005. An amazing place we never expected to go or even visit. I taught at Hatyai University as an English professor and am glad to tell them that I came from West Negros College and am now a known university in the province with flying colors.
We did community work when we’re in Thailand since my husband loved to help and work with people.

Doing community work is somewhat tiring but encouraging. We traveled for an hour and a half from our city during weekends. We went to a far community, gathered children, and taught them how to sing songs, and speak English as well. Sometimes some of our friends came with us, we found many children near the seashore. There you could see simple people with a big heart for their family and working hard in order to survive for a day. They are known as the people of the sea, preparing their nets to cast and catch fish. We gathered the children, at first, many of them were shy but when we started to give them something to eat, they started to come. After the singing, some of the team facilitated a couple of games for children to enjoy. The last part was so interesting for the mothers because we also prepared some clothes for all ages to take home. Seeing them taking one toy and clothes at a time made our hearts glad and there’s a feeling of fulfillment inside. It’s nice to see them enjoying themselves, especially the mothers. Helping people in the village was something we always treasure and seeing them grow and learn more. These children are really needy and always long for people to help them. I missed those days.

The Wonder of Water

I would like to share this fact about drinking water. I just hope you will learn something from it.
DRINK WATER ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven their value. The use of water. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses, water treatment had been found successful by Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
* Headache
* TB, kidney, and urine diseases
* ear, nose, and throat diseases
* body ache heart system vomiting gastritis
* arthritis fast heartbeat diarrhea piles
* epilepsy excess fatness diabetes constipation
* bronchitis asthma meningitis all eye diseases womb,
* cancer and menstrual disorders

METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water … interesting
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes
3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch, and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increasing it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure 30 days
2. Gastric 10 days
3. Diabetes 30 days
4. Constipation 10 days
5. Cancer 180 days
6. TB 90 days
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards daily.
This treatment method has no side effects, however, at the commencement of treatment, you may have to urinate a few times.
It is better if we continue this and make this procedure a routine work in our life.
Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense … The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals .. not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down digestion.
Once this reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks: Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

Be aware of intense pain in the jawline.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.
Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
About 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

Tough People Do

Sometime in the past, my husband was our speaker in the church service. I was inspired by the message I have heard since it talked about, “Tough times never lasts..” indeed the insights are inspiring and very practical.

You see, we all passed through tough and difficult times – for the reasons that God wanted to refine us and to draw us closer to Him. God allows things to happen to make our faith strong. We might never find the solutions to our tough situations under the sun, perhaps we might find it in the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

All we need to do is to see tough situations from a different perspective. We must be proactive rather than reactive. Let us remember that God is in control. we must never give up! never back down! and never lose faith! we must continue to hang on – no matter what!

For tough times never lasts, but tough people do! Are we tough? Or are we trusting Him who loves us and molds us to be the kind of person He intends us to be. It’s our choice!

A Nature Lover

I am a nature lover.  I loved roughing it out in the outdoors, smelling the fresh cool breeze of the mountains and listening to the bubbling streams, crickets and night creatures.  Usually when I feel choked and walled- up, I just pack my backpack with the barest essentials.  Then, take 30 minute-drive away from the city, reaching the foot of the mountain that forms the chain of mountain ranges in the area.

It will take a 45 minutes hike to reach a settlement near the top of the mountain.  The people in this village know me personally because of our reforestation works on this area for the past years.  Our efforts paid off, because the area becomes a protected park, with the aim of preserving the endemic faunas and floras.

I have to sign my name on a logbook to enter the area – of which a villager will act as a guide.  But today, I don’t need a guide; I just want to be on my own.  So, I followed a less traveled hiking path leading upward to the camping ground and a small waterfall.  I pass by the settlement primitive cable car that spans the river canyon for 150 meters to the other side.  They use it to transport local products bound for the market and also for people crossing, without this cable car – it will take them one day to go to the other side. I guess, it would be more interesting to hike with my family in and enjoy the beauty of nature.

A friend of mine however, spent his day, trying new hiking trails, he took a dip on the cool waterfalls, slake my thirst from a bubbling spring, after taking my lunch he climbed the highest promontory of the park’s the camping ground.  He spread my sleeping bag under the shade of a tree and nap – he woke up late in the afternoon, when the sun is about to set on the horizon.  The golden ray creates a kaleidoscope of colors, bathing the valleys below with its last warmth.  He told myself, “It’s worth the trip…” reluctantly left his perch and slowly trudge the path leading down the mountain, crickets and night birds begun their ode to sun.  Below, the settlement stirs with the evening activities, he can hear mothers calling their children home, men pulling their cattle’s to their shades, and others cooking their evening meals.  Just before me, he can see the flickering lights of the fireflies chasing one another… Indeed, it’s amazing to have a holiday much more if he goes with some friends and just to rest for a while. I know he will be back another day!

A Princess?

Tranquility of the night, my favorite time of day
Father would sat down on the threadbare couch,
Picked his favorite guitar and set up to play.
He began to strum, hear, smile and nod at me
Looking at me, His eyes seems to approach
To dance, as he plays his guitar.

Brother soon appeared with a breezy voice,
He would start to noise
So I, dance with Cinderella
Round and round the living room I’d dance,
No longer a five-year-old with a baby face
Round and round I’d shift and twirl.

My hair came loose; my daddy’s eyes twinkled,
I’d sporting a million dollar smile as I danced.
I knew that I could do and be anything
That I could consider and been imagining.
When we’re done, brother holds my hand,
securely he said, Let’s go, I’m with you kid.

Then we’d kick off our shoes
And run outside through the grass,
Playing until the sky filled with fireflies,
Blinking their bright little lights
And feet would be stained brilliant green,
The joy of sovereignty and liberty .

That joy of running with my brother,
And green feet- free with the life’s wonders.
To be a princess or to be Cinderella,
Doesn’t need a kingdom, a slave or a citadel.
Just like stained-glass windows,
True beauty is bare only if, there is light from within.

Carefree childhood days and the stance of God’s child,
Not attractiveness, eminence, supremacy or regard
That makes you stunning and infrequent princess,
It’s your own heart’s bliss.
Not to nuisance others but to enjoy love with a loved one
That’s why; I was, after all, a PRINCESS.

What Motherhood is

This is really true, I agree and wanted to share this to all the mothers…

Motherhood is a tough 24 hours job

NO PAY, NO DAY-OFF, most often unappreciated and yet resignation is impossible.

What do you think mothers?

It’s true to all of us mothers. We wanted to resign but we cannot… we wished to have a day-off but it won’t be possible since we are working 24 hours a day. Even if we didn’t receive any pay we still moved on and continue to take care of our kiddos. Even when they go astray we still need to be there and help them come back to the fold. That’s what we are, if there are mothers who can’t do it, maybe only 3 out of 100, can afford to leave their kids unattended.

Mothers are born. Their existence is not complete without children though there are those who allow their children to suffer and did not attend well to their kids. But most of the mothers will really offer themselves to their children come what may. Are you one of them?

When COVID Strikes

I would like to share something that I truly experienced when COVID strikes my family. Somehow, this message gives me joy to bless other people amidst the hassles and dazzles of life when this pandemic strikes the world. This message is something that I love reading today. It gives colours to life…..

Life continues whatever happens
All we need is to be positive and be brave
With all the challenges we encounter
Faith in God is still the best armor.

It’s not that easy to experience this kind of virus that strikes the world. It breaks our hearts and wonder why? Why is this happening? I, for one, with my son had the same experience. We were in the mountainside and stayed for a while having that thought of being safe since we were away from the maddening crowd, from the city. However, virus is everywhere. We cannot see, we could not feel nor knew if it is already there. But it strikes us and we found ourselves already in the quarantine area after the swabbing experience. We were succumb with fear not knowing what may happen next. But God is faithful, He delivered us and helped us to survive. In this time of pandemic, we have no choice but to call upon the Name that is above every name. The only way we can do is to pray and ask for His help, guidance, healing and blessing! What a faithful God we have!

So therefore, keep going, keep challenging, and keep loving people – life must go on. Think positive and be brave. God is waiting for us to trust and call upon Him daily. We just need to humble ourselves. He loves and cares for people. Call upon Him now, He is waiting…