I posted "Akalain mo bang last day na ng January?" (Would you believe,  its already the end of January?) on my Facebook status...

And got different feedbacks... others, just like me, were also surprised!
Days passed really fast!!! 1st month of 2010 just ended.
One friend mentioned the bills... yup! If you're like her, TAKE NOTE! It's month - end already, and you just have 5 day grace period to settle the bills. Another friend, who is leaving, just counted the few remaining days left, before saying goodbye... While one friend just came back from an out of town coverage :)

Different reactions... as the month closes.
Each of us has our own month end issues.
My cousin Janice (whom I now call Month-end) is a CPA and every end of month, her life turns upside down :) with all the accountings etc etc. And I can imagine her everytime I pass by our Finance Department on month ends...
As they audit debit and credit and check and balance and count and compute... lol!

And though we are not accountants... we too should have some balance sheets to monitor.
Not just our bills that will soon be due... but as an employee, a friend, a daughter/son, a mother/father, a sister/brother, and a child of God.

What did you do in the past 31 days of this month?

In your job, were deadlines met? Were you able to deliver what was expected from us? Did you excel? Where you productive? Did you ever compliment your staff with all the works that they've done?
Have you reach out for a friend? Did you time to spend with them, even on the phone, on FB, on YM?
What about your family? Did you even say hello to them this month? At home, did you hug your mom and dad? Have you asked your siblings how are they? Your children? Have you heard their stories from school? What are their new interest?

And last, but not the least, as a child of God... have you ever say thank you for letting you had this month? For still seeing the sun rise every morning... having that job to finance the expenses... being a friend to someone and having someone as a friend... and having a family and being loved unconditionally...?

We had 31 days this January... have you touched someone's life?
Were you able to make someone smile?

It might be to fast... but still, each day had passed, and we can never bring it back.

In accounts, we may be negative this month...
We may have lost some earnings on the investments that we did not make...
But, we are blessed for standing still. Head up as we welcome the February.
After the auditing... We can still move forward and do something to make up...

Not everyone is as lucky as we are as we look forward to the coming month, or even day...

Some days were ended before the month ends... some company closes before the month closes... some lost a friend and even loved ones... others had broken relationships...
Haiti disaster is a reminder that indeed, we are really blessed for being here.

Time is gold... it is pricesless.
We should invest it well...

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Psalm 90:12

Prayer Power

"There are thoughts which are prayers...
There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees."   -Victor  Hugo

Have you ever experience that?
When there are no other things in your mind, but prayers...
Either giving thanks and praise or asking for strength and relief...
Or just simply wanting to be on His feet... talking with Him in silence.

In one article, I read about Paul's teaching on Thanksgiving and Prayer (Ephesians 1:15-23).

He prayed that people will be given the Spirit of Knowledge to know God better.
For people to experience in their lives the power that raised Jesus from the dead.
He prayed that God would strengthen them by Spirit in their inner being.
He talked about worship and submission in terms of Spirit.
And to let the Spirit use God's words in their lives and encouraged them to 'pray in Spirit.'

Paul demonstrates the importance of seeking God in prayer... showing us that prayer, worship, submission and the word of God are crucial in releasing the Spirit's Power in our lives.

There is one more "prayer lesson" that I can never forget. I learned this from my religion class from grade school....
How we should pray, remembering others... with fingers as guide:

Thumb, as nearest to the heart, stands for the people who are close to our hearts...
Index, or the pointing finger, are like those who teach, they may be our teachers, pastors, trainors... pray for those people.
Middle, as the tallest are the leaders, our boss, head of our team, government officials... people that leads.
Third, being the weakest, reminds us for those who are sick... we should never forget to pray for them.
Finally, the Little finger, which is ourselves...

Physically, do you experience goose bumps when you pray? Cold air embraces you, while you are talking to Him... Tears unconciously flow from your eyes... Do you feel the lightness from deep within after you surrender you worries? Do you feel relieved?

And even if we don't say anything; when we simply call on His name and our heart sing praises...
He will hold you close...

That is the magic of prayers...

For me, its like a button that when I switched on, it will automatically remove all my tensions and fears.
At times when I am feeling disturbed and stressed, a seconds of silence will give me peace.
One click and I'll feel comfortable again :)
Because I know that He listens and I feel that He cares.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

Lord, please take away the sadness. We are hurting. We are weary.
There are days we cannot remember what joy felt like.
Our hearts have been broken. We sometimes wonder if you really care ...
and if you are really there. We are not sure how much we can bear.
So, in our sadness we pray,
"Father, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."

Lord, please take away the fear. There's so much happening that we don't understand.
We struggle with the uncertainty. We struggle to find confidence.
We are looking for reasons for hope. So, in our times of fear we pray,
"Father, walk with us and hold us in Your strong hands."

Lord, please take away the anger. We are not by nature angry people.
But, there are times when the anger waits just beneath the surface to erupt at just the wrong moment.
We don't want that anger to take root in our hearts. We want to let go of it and harbor no resentment.
We want to forgive. So, in our anger we prayer,
"Father, forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us."

Lord, please take away the hurt. The hurts ... well, they hurt.
The hurt seems to never end. Pain is all around us.
Not just us, but people all around us are crying for relief.
So in our times of hurting we pray for Your healing hand to rest upon us,
and to feel Your comforting Spirit within us, and that someday we might understand.

Lord, take away the loneliness. There are times when loneliness almost completely overwhelms us.
We long for love. We know You are always with us. We know your love is real.
So, in our loneliness we pray, "Fill us, Lord, with Your presence."

Lord, thank you for meeting us in prayer until we come home to you and meet you face to face.
We surrender everything to you, Father... In Jesus' name, we pray.

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Photos from CNN

Counting Apples

Anyone can count the seeds of an apple...
But only God can count the apples in a seed.

We are all geniuses... experts in our own fields.
We have mastered our crafts.
We know what we know...
and we should distinguish what we don't...

We have grown into our different professions...
We have succeeded with our own careers...
But we should always remember that it's not just because of us.

We've seen the fruit of our labor; the results of our hardwork...
Our wings were wide open, we have fly high enough.
Yet do we recognize how we manage to take off before we reach the sky?

Counting apples from the tree is as easy as ABC.
Like reckoning our blessings, from the simplest to the best... as simple as 123.
But do we understand that beyond the soil, sun and water that helps the trees grow and produce fruits... it is the Creator who made it possible?
We may have achieved our greatest dreams... not just because we are good and smart... but our God has blessed us with His mercy and love.

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
- Proverbs 19:21

Burj Khalifa

The tallest structure in the world has finally rise.

January 4, 2010

Another history unfolds at Dubai, UAE.

Thousands of different nationalites awaits with excitement all over Dubai.


Waiting for the light to shine...

From darkness...
A "space ship" suddenly appears.

And the show continues...


Facts and Figures:

At over 800 meters (2625 feet)and more than 160 stories, Burj (Dubai) Khalifa is holding the following world records:

  • Tallest building in the world

  • Tallest free-standing structure in the world

  • Highest number of storeys in the world

  • Highest occupied floor in the world

  • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world

  • Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world

  • Tallest service elevator in the world

    What's inside?

  •  At The Top, Burj Dubai
    Observation deck on level 124At.mosphere, Burj Dubai

  • At.mosphere, Burj Dubai
    Fine dining restaurant on level 122

  • The Residence
    900 Burj Dubai residences

  • The Corporate Suites
    37 office floors

  • Armani Hotel Dubai
    160 guestrooms and suites

  • Armani Residences Dubai
    144 private residences

  • The Park
    11 hectares park, 6 water features
    3000 underground parking spaces

  • The Club
    4-storey fitness and recreation  

    Source: THE BURJ DUBAI


Crossing Borders: Hatta, Oman


We welcome 2010 by crossing the borders of UAE and experience new adventures in Hatta, Oman. 
It's just about 2 hours drive from Dubai.   

After a vast desertland are the rocky mountains of Oman.

A Whole New World

For most of us, the start of the year is the best time to initiate changes within... we write and compose our  New Year's resolutions, set new goals, and redefine our own purposes.

It ignites the fire of our determination to move forward and look beyond... and see new opportunities to live life to the fullest...

Rekindling our passions and establishing our aspirations...

This is New Year... jumps start for a better us.

Yearly, we are listing new resolutions. How long are those? Have we accomplished anything from that list? Did we quit our bad habits and begun to live happier? Do we feel better now?

Yes, there is the whole 2010 to look forward for our improvement. But before we know it, it's the year end again... we don't have forever... there is so little time!
Weeks will pass unnoticed and the pages of our calendar will be cleared sooner than we think...
And in the end, our life is just the same...

We cannot waste time on doing less important things... failures should never be our reason to stop dreaming. Trials were given for us to keep on fighting, and feel the sweet victory in the end... because we are not here to lose.

There are so many marvelous things to enjoy.
God has created a wonderful world and He wants us to experience it...
We should leave the shadow of darkness and negative thoughts that holds us from enjoying this beautiful life. Why are we going to deprive ourselves?

Now is the best time to think things over. We may never have the same opportunity again...
If there are things to be settled, fix it today.
You want to change some bad behavior, do something.
Aren't you happy with your work? Start to rediscover your passion.
Have you hurt someone's feelings? Express your apology.
Have you failed to remind your loved ones how much you love them? Say it now.
Do you wish to travel somewhere? Finalize it.

There are things that we do only once in our lifetime... conversations that will take place only once. Encounters with some people that will only happen one time, and many opportunities will pass our way only once...

Just don't delay.
We don't have to wait for another New Year's Eve to reflect...
Act now and start building a whole new world :)

"Walk in the way your God has commanded you,
so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess."
Deuteronomy 5:33

HAPPY 2010

A Blessed 2010 to everyone :)

Macs, Tiqeng + Victor
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