Sunday, December 31, 2023

Top 5 Why Thanksgiving Is Important: INC Year-End Thanksgiving 2023


In every situation no matter what the circumstances, be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus, quoted from the book of Thessalonians from the bible.

The Top 5:

#5 - It's a basic responsibility and obligation to offer Thanksgiving.

From the perspective of human nature, It is just right to give Thanks to someone who have done something good to you, whether that's a favor asked, or it was freely given.

It just feel right, as well as it's a basic instinct to be thankful by showing care and gratitude. Imagine when someone tried to open the door for you because your hands are full -- it's automatic, you say THANKS to them.


While we as humans tend to say thanks to people, all the more that we should give Thanks to someone who we believe as our Creator - and that is the God Almighty.




#4 - It's a commandment, a will from God.

This is anchored from the book of Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18: In every situation, be thankful and continually give Thanks to God for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

On a personal note, I do understand that each of us  has their own beliefs and faith -  some of us are Christians- some are not, some listeners may be Atheists, or Muslims, or a member of tribal faiths or denominations, we are not here to shove this teaching or create divisions, we are just merely professing   and sharing. Nevertheless, we strive to create altruistic values for the good of mankind.




#3 - Thanksgiving is a source of prosperity for the life ahead.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo believes that giving thanks is not merely saying the words "Thank you Dear God" or praises of thanks through prayers. It's also accompanied with Signing Hymns of praises, of thanksgiving, and most of all, giving monetary offerings.


Some people thought that INC requires 10 percent of member's income as a form of tithe or offerings. That is not true - In fact, we give offerings based on our heart's desire. This is anchored from the book of Corinthians: 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.


Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.



#2 - Thanksgiving is a token of gratitude to God.

When we offer thanks to Him, He is glorified. If you're familiar with the story of the nine lepers, surely we can attest that being grateful for what we have receive is indeeed satisfying from the eyes of God.

Let's not be one of the nine lepers who were unngrateful and did not return to say their gratitude. But instead, let's imitate one of the 10 lepers who came back and proclaimed, "Glory to God, I am healed"!.


Surely, the Bible says in the book of Psalms 

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing


When we offer thanksgiving, you don’t hide what the Lord has done; tell Him what He has done for you not because He doesn’t know or He has forgotten, but to show appreciation.



#1 - Thanksgiving is a way of reminiscing the Goodness of the God Almighty


2023 as a wrap for each of us, to you or for your family, friends, acquaintances or loved ones is truly unique.


We had our own shares of victories and struggles.

Remember when we got sick, and possibly some even got hospitalized. We were at our lowest point, hopeless as it may, but we chose to hold on to the sanity of our minds, we chose hope, and we reached out deep in the corners of our heart to God. Here we are right now, still thankful and looking forward to what the future awaits.


However, some of us, may have been orphaned this year, some of your loved ones or close to your heart may have passed away this year. It was truly heart breaking. Hearing the news about someone passing away is one of the life changing episodes in our lives, but we chose to move forward and heal the grief, we chose to look at the brighter side and process acceptance. We are thankful no matter what.


Some of us may have lost their jobs or source of living, it's the stormy stage of our lives… financial burdens is quite hard to carry, putting food to the table for the sake of our families and letting them see you still, with a smile,  despite the hurt and heartaches we carry in the background. Above all these, we chose to step a little bit more, we chose to fight the battle and carry on for hope, until our prayers were heard. That is indeed, something to be thankful for.


Others may have experienced mental breakdown because of the outpouring trials in life. The difficulties  and stressors, the seemingly insurmountable problems we have encountered. That sometimes we were at the edge of losing it because it's already too much. We cried in the corner of our room, alone with tears flowing down our face. However, we did not give up, we recalled that life is still beautiful, that life is something we should live - not only during sunshine but as well as even on rainy days.


Thanksgiving is indeed a way of reminiscing and remembering how grateful we are, for we have passed through the sorrows and tribulations in our journey. We are thankful because no matter what we've been through this year 2023, we are still here. Lonesome as it may, powerful for some as it may, contented as it may, joyous because of the achievements as it may, proud and comfortable as it may, romantically happy for some as it may, financially capable as it may…..


The list goes on… but the bottomline is, we chose to be thankful no matter what.


~ O

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Why Am I More Inlove Now, than 30 Years Ago?

Why am I more in love now, than 30 years ago?


Okay so this may seem like a silly question, but I'm approaching 30 years being married and I am wondering why these days I am way more in love than I was when we got married, exponentially more so.  I will see her face amongst others when at a party and all I want to do is walk over and give her a kiss, and sometimes I do.   I'm finding her way more attractive now than when we got married.  She's always had a great figure and been a bit of a hottie, but I'm just way more attracted to and in love now than I think I was when we first got married.


Yes I was in love when we got married, but these days it just seems to be that I'm infatuated with her.  Sex nowadays is awesome, not a reason for me to cum, but much more about the intimacy, the touch, the embrace and I focus way more on her pleasure than I did 30 years ago.  


But this is more than sex - I will walk past and steal a kiss, grab a hug or just give her a compliment, but I am doing this far far more than I did during our early years.


So basically my question is, have others noticed their love for their significant other increase tenfold as you mature in your relationship?

-Redditor: steveplat66 


Redditor: FrostySquirrel820:

"True love, if tended properly, continues to grow daily."

Insight - Attachment Theory, proposed by John Bowlby and later developed by Mary Ainsworth, suggests that strong emotional bonds are formed between individuals, particularly in intimate relationships. When partners tend to their emotional needs, provide support, and foster a secure attachment, it creates a foundation of trust and intimacy. This secure attachment serves as a basis for the continued growth of love.

Redditor: EpicSteak

"Married 34 years, she is beside now me sleeping. I love and lust her more than ever.

Her smile lights me up, her touch is like nothing else and the sex better than ever

Different now with hurting hips, or a stiff back but you work around it. 😄"

Insight - Self-Determination Theory, proposed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, emphasizes the importance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in human motivation and well-being. In a loving relationship, when partners feel respected, understood, and valued for who they are, it fulfills their need for relatedness. This sense of connection and belonging contributes to the ongoing growth of love.

Redditor: MVIII

"My theory is that as you age you become more intune with your true authentic self. So when you love you love with more authenticity. So it feels stronger and just all round... More loving"

Insight  - Emotional Intimacy involves the sharing of one's innermost thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities with a partner. When partners actively engage in deep conversations, practice active listening, and provide emotional support, it fosters a sense of closeness and intimacy. This emotional connection is vital for the continued growth of love.

Redditor: RoyalPaddy

"I can’t explain it well - but I think the longer you are together, experiencing life together, weathering the ups and downs, making memories together, trusting each other and appreciating each other- that all makes love grow deeper and stronger."

Insight - Positive Reinforcement, Based from behaviorist theories, the concept of positive reinforcement suggests that behaviors that are rewarded tend to be repeated. In a loving relationship, when partners express affection, appreciation, and validation for each other, it reinforces feelings of love and strengthens the emotional connection. This positive reinforcement encourages continued acts of love and nurtures its growth.

Redditor: SingsJazz
"Approaching our 20th anniversary. I love my husband very, very much. I am extremely grateful for him and never take him for granted. He, on the other hand, is borderline obsessed with me. I have to laugh -- it really is kind of adorable. We both feel very lucky to have found each other. Wish we had met when we were younger. We savor every day together. A good marriage can be the heart and soul of a well-lived life."

Insight - Reciprocal Altruism, In psychology, reciprocal altruism refers to the idea that individuals are more likely to engage in altruistic behaviors when they expect a similar level of kindness or support in return. In a loving relationship, partners who reciprocate each other's acts of kindness and care create a positive feedback loop. This mutual exchange of affection and support strengthens the bond and contributes to the growth of love.


In summary, true love is not static; it is a dynamic and evolving force that can thrive when nurtured. By attending to each other's emotional needs, engaging in reciprocal acts of kindness, and creating a secure and supportive attachment, partners can continue to strengthen their bond and allow love to grow daily. These principles align with various psychological theories that emphasize the importance of connection, reciprocity, and emotional intimacy in intimate relationships.


Sunday, October 01, 2023

Mastering Time Management in A Hybrid Work Setup

In a world where work and personal life are more intertwined than ever before, finding that perfect balance can feel like a Herculean task. But fear not, because we'll be sharing practical strategies that will equip you with the tools you need to thrive in this new work landscape.


We'll dive deep into topics like time blocking, prioritization, and focus.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the waters of remote and in-office work, our mission is to provide you with actionable tips and proven techniques to boost your productivity, set effective boundaries, and harmonize your work and personal life.

The Top 3 Techniques

One highly effective technique for mastering time management in a hybrid work setup is **Time Blocking**.


**Time Blocking** involves allocating specific blocks of time to dedicated tasks or activities. Here's how you can implement it effectively:


1. **Plan Your Day Ahead**: At the start of each day or the night before, create a detailed schedule. Identify the most important tasks that need to be accomplished.


2. **Allocate Specific Time Slots**: Assign specific time blocks for each task or activity. Be realistic about how much time each task will take.


3. **Minimize Multitasking**: Focus on one task during each time block. This helps prevent distractions and allows you to give your full attention to the task at hand.


4. **Include Breaks**: Ensure you schedule short breaks between time blocks. These breaks allow you to recharge and maintain focus throughout the day.


5. **Set Boundaries**: Clearly communicate your time blocks to colleagues and family members. Let them know when you're available and when you need uninterrupted focus.


6. **Adaptability is Key**: While time blocking provides structure, it's important to remain flexible. Emergencies or unexpected tasks may arise, and you should be prepared to adjust your schedule accordingly.


7. **Reflect and Adjust**: At the end of each day, review how effectively you used your time blocks. Adjust your approach as needed based on what worked and what didn't.


By implementing time blocking, you can enhance your productivity, maintain a clear separation between work and personal life, and make the most of your time in a hybrid work setup.



Prioritization is a foundational skill in time management. It enables individuals in a hybrid work setup to make the most of their available time, achieve their objectives, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

**Prioritization using the Eisenhower Matrix**


The Eisenhower Matrix, also known as the Urgent-Important Matrix, is a powerful tool for prioritizing tasks. It categorizes tasks into four quadrants:


1. **Urgent and Important**: These are tasks that require immediate attention and are crucial to your goals. They should be addressed as a top priority.


2. **Important, but Not Urgent**: These tasks contribute to your long-term goals but don't require immediate action. Allocate specific time blocks for these tasks to ensure they don't get neglected.


3. **Urgent, but Not Important**: These tasks may seem pressing, but they don't directly contribute to your long-term goals. Try to delegate or find efficient ways to handle them.


4. **Not Urgent and Not Important**: These tasks are low-priority and should be minimized or eliminated. They often serve as distractions.


Hybrid work settings can sometimes lead to more distractions, especially when working from home. Focus reduces the impact of potential disruptions. 


When you have a clear understanding of which tasks are most important, you can make more informed decisions about how to allocate your time, resources, and attention.


**The Pomodoro Technique**


This  is a time management method that utilizes focused work intervals (usually 25 minutes) followed by short breaks. Here's how you can apply it:


1. **Set a Timer**: Choose a task and set a timer for 25 minutes (this period is called a "Pomodoro").


2. **Work with Focus**: During the Pomodoro, work on the task with undivided attention, avoiding any distractions or interruptions.


3. **Take a Short Break**: When the timer goes off, take a short break (around 5 minutes). Use this time to relax, stretch, or grab a quick snack.


4. **Repeat**: After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (around 15-30 minutes). Then, start the cycle again.



The Pomodoro Technique helps maintain focus and productivity while allowing for regular breaks, which can be especially beneficial in a hybrid work setup where distractions may be more prevalent.



By combinging these 3 tools: Time Blocking, the Eisenhower Matrix, and the Pomodoro Technique. You are arming yourself in optimizing productivity, setting boundaries, and achieving balance.


Time Blocking:

Technique for Optimizing Productivity and Setting Boundaries

Time Blocking is a structured approach to managing your day by dividing it into distinct blocks dedicated to specific tasks or activities. This technique empowers you to take control of your schedule, ensuring that every minute is utilized purposefully.



Application in a Hybrid Work Environment:

In the hybrid work model, where the lines between work and personal life may blur, Time Blocking provides a clear framework. By allocating specific time slots to work-related tasks, personal commitments, and breaks, you establish boundaries that foster balance.


Eisenhower Matrix:

Technique for Prioritization and Effective Decision-Making

The Eisenhower Matrix is a strategic tool that categorizes tasks based on their urgency and importance. By classifying tasks into four quadrants, individuals can discern which activities deserve immediate attention and which can be deferred or delegated.

Application in a Hybrid Work Environment:

In a hybrid work setup, where distractions and competing demands are common, the Eisenhower Matrix acts as a compass. It guides you in allocating time and energy to tasks that align with your overarching goals, ensuring that you focus on what truly matters.


Pomodoro Technique:

Technique for Sustained Focus and Productivity

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that employs focused work intervals, typically 25 minutes, followed by short breaks. By structuring work into concentrated bursts, individuals enhance their concentration, productivity, and efficiency.

Application in a Hybrid Work Environment:

For those navigating the challenges of a hybrid work setup, the Pomodoro Technique offers a lifeline. It enables you to immerse yourself in tasks without succumbing to distractions, while the regular breaks ensure sustained productivity without burnout.



In the complex terrain of a hybrid work environment, mastering time management is a non-negotiable skill. Time Blocking, the Eisenhower Matrix, and the Pomodoro Technique serve as indispensable allies, equipping individuals with the tools they need to optimize productivity, establish boundaries, and strike a harmonious balance between work and personal life. By integrating these techniques into your routine, you'll not only excel in the hybrid work landscape but also thrive in the face of evolving professional challenges.



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Monday, September 25, 2023

Ted Lasso: Lessons on Kindness, Leadership, and Team Dynamics

"Ted Lasso" is a hit TV series from Apple that offers a plethora of valuable lessons and insights. We have compiled 8 resounding insights and reflections from Season 1. This will definitely benefit you as we will be tackling positive leadership styles, emotional intelligence, resilience in the face of challenges, cultivating a growth mindset and so much more, here in the 1st episode of the season 4 of the QT podcast.

1. Positive Leadership Styles

One of the standout scenes that exemplifies Ted's positive leadership style, occurs in Season 1, Episode 3.
In this episode, Trent Crimm, a cynical journalist, is assigned to cover an interview with Ted and  AFC Richmond deliberately, for the purpose of humiliating Ted as instructed by Rebecca. 
Ted, aware of Trent's skepticism, doesn't shy away from the challenge. Instead, he takes it as an opportunity to win Trent over.
There's a moment when Ted offered Trent a dinner date, to formalize the interview as way of showing courtesy because of the hectic schedule on that day leaving no room for a 1 on one with him, it's a gesture of kindness and hospitality. He engages Trent in a warm and genuine conversation, showing a sincere interest in getting to know him beyond the role of a journalist. Ted's positivity and authentic connection with Trent start to break down the journalist's initial reservations.
This scene showcases Ted's belief in the power of positivity and kindness to build connections and win people over, even in the face of skepticism or negativity. It's a prime example of how Ted's leadership style goes beyond the field and extends to his interactions with everyone he encounters. This positive approach ultimately leads to deeper relationships and a more harmonious team dynamic.
Ted Lasso exemplifies a unique and effective leadership style. He leads with kindness, empathy, and positivity, showing that a positive attitude can have a significant impact on team dynamics and performance. This highlights the importance of nurturing a positive work environment.
2. Emotional Intelligence

The characters in the series display high levels of emotional intelligence. They understand and manage their own emotions, as well as those of others. This teaches viewers the value of empathy, active listening, and understanding in building strong relationships, both personally and professionally.
There's a poignant moment that beautifully illustrates Ted's emotional intelligence. 
Ted notices that the team's star player, Dani Rojas, is struggling emotionally after a game-winning penalty kick goes horribly wrong, injuring the team's mascot, Earl. Dani is visibly upset and feels responsible for the incident.
Rather than immediately addressing the football-related issue, Ted approaches Dani with empathy and sensitivity. He invites Dani to talk about what's on his mind, creating a safe space for him to express his feelings. Through their conversation, Ted shows a deep understanding of Dani's emotional state and offers support, demonstrating a genuine concern for Dani's well-being beyond his performance on the field.
Ted's ability to connect on an emotional level and provide a supportive environment for Dani reflects his high emotional intelligence. He recognizes that a player's mental and emotional state can significantly impact their performance and overall well-being. This scene showcases Ted's capacity to be attuned to the feelings of others and respond with compassion, highlighting the importance of emotional intelligence in effective leadership.

3. Resilience in the Face of Challenges

The characters in "Ted Lasso" face various challenges, both on and off the field. Ted's ability to stay resilient, maintain a positive outlook, and find creative solutions demonstrates the power of perseverance and adaptability in overcoming obstacles.
In Season 1 of "Ted Lasso," there's a powerful moment that exemplifies Ted's resilience in the face of challenges. This occurs in Episode 7, titled "Make Rebecca Great Again."
In this episode, AFC Richmond faces a particularly tough game against the reigning champions. The team is struggling, and Ted faces pressure and doubt from various quarters. Despite the odds stacked against them, Ted remains steadfast and unwavering in his positive outlook.
During a crucial halftime speech, Ted acknowledges the difficulties they're facing, but he doesn't let it dampen his spirit. Instead, he motivates the team with a blend of humor, optimism, and genuine belief in their abilities. He encourages them to keep pushing forward, emphasizing that they're all in it together.
This scene showcases Ted's resilience by demonstrating his ability to maintain a positive attitude and provide unwavering support to his team, even in the most challenging moments. It highlights his capacity to lead by example, showing that in the face of adversity, maintaining a resilient and positive mindset can make all the difference. Ted's unwavering spirit serves as a source of inspiration for his team and underscores the power of resilience in overcoming challenges.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

The show emphasizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration. It showcases how a diverse group of individuals can come together, support each other, and achieve common goals. This serves as a reminder of the strength that comes from working together.
In the episode entitled Two Aces, AFC Richmond is struggling with team cohesion, and conflicts arise among the players. There's tension, misunderstandings, and a general sense of discord within the team.
Ted saw the opportunity to unite the team when Dani Rojas got injured by organizing an activity involving each of the players, including Rebecca and Nate, to join a sacrificial offering exercise, just so to lift the curse in the team's treatment room.
Through this exercise, Ted fosters an environment of trust and camaraderie among the players. It encourages them to communicate openly, listen to each other, and work together to find solutions. 
The episode ultimately showcases how Ted's approach to leadership in prioritizing teamwork and collaboration, emphasizing that success on the field is a collective effort that requires unity and mutual respect.
This scene highlights Ted's ability to bring people together, promote open communication, and foster a sense of belonging within the team. It exemplifies the powerful impact that teamwork and collaboration can have on achieving common goals, both in sports and in any collaborative endeavor.


This 1st installment of  Episode 1 Season 4 of the QT podcast, entitled Ted Lasso's Lessons on kindness, leadership, and team dynamics was brought to you by our partner website
To wrap, we covered 4 lessons in this episode namely: Positive Leadership Style, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience in the Face of Challenges, and Teamwork & Collaboration.
We hoped you enjoyed listening to this 1st installment, and we look forward to you on staying with us in our Episode 2 of Ted's Lessons on Kindness, Leadership and Team Dynamics.
Our Episode 2 Season 4 of the QT Podcast will showcase the remaining lessons and insights such as Cultivating a Growth Mindset, Balancing professional and personal life, The impact of mentorship, and last but not the least Overcoming Stereotypes and prejudices will air next Sunday, that's 1st of October 2023.
Thank you once again for listening to the QT, where wel equip you with the tools and insights to thrive this rapidly changing world,  leaving you inspired and refreshed with amazing perspectives.
My friends…, Stay emotionally intelligent, and, continue to tip the scales in your favor!
My name is Othello, your host, here at the QT Podcast.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Iglesia Ni Cristo 109th Anniversary #ThankfulNoMatterWhat #INC109

What Are You Thankful For?

Last July 27, the church celebrated its 100 and 9th anniversary.. it is appropriate and right, therefore to support and partake in the Thanksgiving Anniversary of the Church thru a special worship service.

In reflection - this meaningful experience must be shared, not only from within but as well as to everyone specially to you, as a listener of this podcast.
Our team compiled some publicly curated posts on soc med like Facebook and instagram about the church member's thoughts on what they are thankful for.
We shall read verbatim these posts as a way of sharing, reflecting, and savoring the beauty and inspiration being brought by what it means to be a member of the Church of Christ.

Sister Wilminia Dumaop

Happy 109th Anniversary dear brethren! 🇮🇹✨

With Thanksgiving as we celebrate the victories of the church, I remember my journey as a convert. It’s been 18 years since I started listening to God’s words.

There had been so many challenges along the way. Choosing what is right is not always easy.

To get stronger, I decided to become an officer in the church.

Being an officer in the church is indeed the best decision I made. It taught me so many things. We always pray for a “wise heart”. This lead me to my husband. My Kawikaan 19:14. ☺️

Our life together flourished with grace. What we have today is more than what I asked for in my prayers. 


God’s love indeed continue to manifest in our life. The growth of our family is the testament to that. For all of this, without any doubt, we will always remain steadfast and thankful to our Lord God. ⚓️❤️🙏🏻





Brother Anthony Taberna

At Iglesia Ni Cristo, Templo Central — Isang maligayang bati sa lahat  ng mga Kapatid sa Iglesia ni Cristo sa buong mundo. Happy 109th Anniversary po. Salamat sa Panginoong Diyos dahil tayo'y nakapananatili sa karapatan. Nawa'y matupad sa atin ang dakilang layunin ng Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan na tayo'y makarating sa pagtatamo ng kaligtasan sa harap ng mabigat na mga pagsubok na dinadaanan. Kaya malinaw ang tagubilin sa atin sa pagsamba ngayon - "Maging handa kayo at magpakatatag sa inyong pananalig. Magpakatapang kayo at magpakatibay (I Cor. 16:13 MB)" 

#AkoyIglesianiCristo #IkinararangalKo 





Brother Jeremy Pasamonte

Ano man ang mangyari sa atin Biyaya man yan o Pagsubok lagi tayong Magpasalamat sa Ama 🇮🇹

 Happy Anniversary Thanksgiving! 🇮🇹



Sister Rowena  Sibulo 

Happy 109th Anniversary dear brethren! 🇮🇹✨

As we celebrate the victories of the church, I remember my journey during those many times in my life while performing my duty as a Light of Salvation (LOS) officer in Ecclesiastical District of Australia East.


It was in 2013, when a worst flood happened in Bundaberg, our house was in an island and no other mode of transport could passed through our suburb. We waited for about a week to clear some of the roads to be passable for vehicles. The city of Bundaberg was separated by the Burnett River that connects by 2 major bridges, and due to the damages caused by the floods,  we had to travel 2 hours around to get to the other side of the city, normally only 5 minutes. During that time, it was a must to get around so we can attend the worship service. 

“We need to believe in, trust in and rely on what God can do for us” based on Jeremiah 17:7 Amplified Bible. 

There was also a time in my life when I had to choose my duty over a  great opportunity to get a job offer in United Kingdom. When I got inspired by the message of our beloved Brother Eduardo V. Manalo to help in the intensive works of propagation in villages. An Aid for Humanity in the island of Vanuatu was held in January 2020, as an LOS officer it is very inspiring to be part of this propagational works. Before I decided to accept a job offer in UK, I decided to stay for a month in Vanuatu to help out, then Covid-19 came and all international ports of entry were closed and shut. I was stuck in the islands of Espiritu Santo and Port Vila, but I was confident that moment that our Lord God allowed me to stay there so to help our brethren in the intensive works of propagation. We visited villages and educated them how to look after themselves during the pandemic. Thankfully, with God’s loving mercy, during the 5-month of my stay, the islands were Covid free and zero case.  Indeed, it continues to manifest in our life the love of our Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ  to all the true servants who continue to faithfully fulfil their duties. With humility, we will always remain steadfast and firm in our divine election we receive. 😇❤️🙏🏻





Brother Dave Solitario

Sabi sa teksto: 

Ang Pag-Asa ng isang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay  itinutulad sa isang ⚓️ SINIPETE. 

Matatag at hindi natitinag. 


Ang atin namang Paksang Diwa: Kailangan tayong Sumampalataya, Magtiwala, 



PAG-ASA. Pansinin po natin itong salita sa lahat ng napagdaanan nating mga paksang-diwa, mga leksyon at mga awit na inawit natin. 


Mahalagang magkaroon ng matibay na Pag-Asa sa isang Iglesia Ni Cristo, dahil alam natin na tatanaw tayo sa magagawa Diyos kapag kapag tayo ay nasa matinding kahirapan. Sa mga pagkakataon na para bang tayo ay nag-iisa, Aasa tayo sa tulong ng Diyos na makakasama natin siya. 


Minsan hindi ko narin maisip na pagkasiyahin ang oras ko sa career na Content Creator, pero laging pinagpapauna ko ang pagtupad bilang organista ng aming Lokal. May mga pagkakataon na sinakripisyong ang ilang mga opportunities na lalo ko sanang ika-sikat at ika-yaman pero pinili ko parin tumupad ng tungkulin. 


At hindi ko nga ito pagsisisihan dahil alam kong sa pag-tupad ako napapayapa. Dito ako hinubog at pinalaki, ito yung kayamanan na hindi ko ipagpapalit.


Sabi nga po ng isang Pangulong Diakono namin sa lokal si Ka. Jaime Maclang sa akin, ay basta tumupad lang ng tumupad. Papalitan naman lahat ng Biyaya. 


After multiple video shoots, gigs and

TV Apperances, nakakapagpabahagi parin ng talento ko sa pagpeperform sa mga kalapit distrito, pero higit sa lahat;


Mang-aawit at Organista sa aming Lokal, at isang taon nang boluntaryong naglilingkod at tumutulong sa INC Music Department. 

Sa Tulong at Awa ng Diyos at pagmamalaskit ng Namamahala. 


Wag tayo mawalan ng Pag-Asa. ⚓️





First! We still have our life and strength -- I get to nurture my faith and continuously believe in the power of a divine being-Him as the God Almighty. I had always been inspired to return the praises of thankfulness  espcially during the Anniversary Thanksgiving Day of the Church. 


Life and strength are two powerful components of a the human race. Life itself is fleeting, precious and at the same time wondrous. Strength -- which drives our physical being to function day by day, and in another context, Strength -- which allows our fervor within our minds and heart to continue moving onward, daily in this journey.


Once these two are gone - we are left with nothing, non-existent, "lifeless" if but for a better phrase. Therefore life and strength are important to us - without these, how can function? It is just right, to be thankful to Him… it is just right to extol The Almighty God.



Secondly, the election that I am still a member of the Church of Christ. 


You know some people are saying that we should not settle for less on the things we acquire in this life particularly those important things, services, moments that make us happy, friendships, groups we belong to, or anything that matters to us and close to our hearts.


And if we will reflect on our spiritual journey and it's affiliation, ASK this - are you nourished to where you belong in your spiritual community?


I would truly speak with conviction that yes, I am nourished, and kept on flourishing as a member of the church, and as a human being sojourning in this world.

image courtesy of Brother Michael Johnson Rapote

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Tara! Kape Tayo...


Ang sabi mo: "Tara! Kape tayo..."

Ako naman, agad-agad na nagreply: "Sigiii!, anlamig kase, naulan at kailangang gumalaw-galaw".

At ayun na nga, nagkita tayo sa McDo; instead na mag-dine in tayo, we ended doing a drive-thru and digging in to our orders sa sasakyan, nagpark tayo kasi halos walang nakaparking, infact, parang tayo lang ang customers during that wee hours ng early Sunday. At isa iyon sa mga dahilan siguro, 'yung parang sarili natin ang mundo, kung bakit ka biglang nag-open up ng iyong mga saloobin.

Ang sabi mo: "Life is just so unfair, alam mo yon? 'yong halos ginagawa mo naman halos ang lahat para makatawid sa araw-araw pero kulang parin."

Sabay ang iyong buntong-hininga.

Ramdam ko ang bigat ng hirap ng kalooban mo, the fact na pinatay ko ung AC ng sasakyan, mas lalo kong nafeel 'yong emotions mo, kaya hindi ako kaagad nakapag-react.

I tried my best to put my words into something that would take away somehow the gravity of your problems ngunit para akong napipi. Ang tangi kong nasambitla ay: "Anong meron?"

While me enjoying my coffee and sipping it slowly, ramdam ko uli na parang gusto mong umiyak habang you're trying to mix the cream and sugar.

Sa garalgal mong tinig, nasabi mo ang mga ganito: "Parang 'di ko na kaya, ang mga sunod-sunod na nangyayari sa aking buhay, at sa aming pamilya. Alam mo naman, ako halos ang sumasagot sa mga gugulin namin."

"Tanggap ko na iyon, pero nito ngang lately lang, another sad news came in... at napaisip ako, sadya nga bang ito ang destiny ko or i was just being tested - kung kelan ako makakatagal?"

I immediately cut you off: "Anong sad news? Ano bang nangyari???!"

At ayun na nga, bigla kang humagulgol at sabay yakap sa akin. Ramdam ko ang mainit na mga luha sa pagpatong ng 'yong mukha sa aking mga balikat.


~ Othello

Sunday morning at Mcdo Philippines

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Light Life INC


CEBSI (Christian Era Broadcasting Service, International), the primary media arm of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) has officially launched it's brand new social media platform via Instagram, TikTok and Youtube --- it's called LightLifeINC.

Three Words - powerful and moving!

Indeed, the three-word handle is powerful, you get to think initially as a tongue twister but doing a deep dive on what it commands, it portrays the message of giving light to life through the values and experiences of being an INC member.

In this fast-paced and ever-changing world, we find ourselves constantly searching for meaning, purpose, and happiness. But amidst the chaos and challenges, one phrase stands out as a guiding beacon: "Light Life INC." These three simple words encapsulate the essence of a fulfilling and inspiring life, one that resonates with people from all walks of life, across different generations.

Embracing Technology:

In the digital age, technology has become an integral part of our lives, connecting us like never before. "Light Life INC" reminds us to use technology wisely, spreading positivity and kindness instead of negativity. Let us illuminate the digital world with uplifting messages, inspiring others through social media, and supporting each other through virtual communities.

Living Christian Values:

Regardless of our age, faith plays a significant role in shaping our lives. "Light Life INC" reflects the teachings of love, compassion, and forgiveness found in Christianity. Let us illuminate our hearts with empathy, reaching out to those in need, and extending a helping hand to strangers and friends alike. By living out these values, we brighten not only our lives but also the lives of those around us.

The Power of Love:

Love is a universal language that transcends generations. "Light Life INC" reminds us to radiate love in all our relationships, whether it be with family, friends, or partners. Embrace the warmth of love to strengthen bonds, resolve conflicts, and create a nurturing environment where everyone feels valued and cherished.

Works of Brotherhood:

As we journey through life, let us remember that we are all interconnected as one human family. "Light Life INC" inspires us to build bridges of understanding, breaking down barriers of prejudice, and celebrating diversity. By working together in harmony, we can brighten the path towards a more compassionate and inclusive world.

Family Ethics:

In the heart of every generation lies the significance of family. "Light Life INC" calls us to prioritize our loved ones, spending quality time together, and creating lasting memories. Let us illuminate our homes with respect, support, and open communication, ensuring that our families remain a source of strength and love in our lives.

"Light Life INC" is a phrase that resonates with people of all ages, inviting us to live purposefully, with a heart full of love and wisdom. As we embrace technology, uphold Christian values, cherish love, work in brotherhood, and strengthen our family ethics, we shine a radiant light that illuminates the lives of others.

Let us carry this phrase in our hearts and minds, inspiring each other to create a more compassionate, harmonious, and meaningful life. Together, as INC members, we can illuminate & inspire the world positively.

Hit the links below of Life Life INC's social media handles and subscribe.

Instagram: @lightlife_inc

YouTube: @lightlife_inc

Tiktok: @lightlife_inc


Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Goats - Random Pics While Jogging


Did you notice how the kid --  (baby goat is called a kid. A male goat is called a billy, and the female is called a nanny. During its first few days of life, the young kid’s mother will keep it close to her for warmth, protection, and nourishment.) is snuggling with the other goat? -- such a raw and arresting moment of nature, how love is displayed by them.

And this one... Mother Goat just knew how to pose for the cam, indeed mouth-opening gesture as if to convey she's smiling like a Mona Lisa.

Too much imagination for the day, but i felt so lucky to witness these creatures -- animals in their unawareness of how beauty depicts by them unwarranted and with style.


Monday, June 26, 2023

Mayon Volcano - Ang Mga Natatanging Pagputok Niya Sa Lumipas Na Mga Panahon


note from Othello: Before you begin scrolling, i would like to give credits to Shyla's friend from Bicol who is living nearby the proximity of Mayon. The images you're about to see are raw and shot by this selfless and beautiful soul of Shyla's friend.

Today, we're venturing to the enchanting archipelago known as the Philippines, where a majestic natural wonder awaits us. So, fasten your seatbelts, my fellow Quarantined Tipsters, as we embark on a virtual journey to the captivating realm of Mayon Volcano. Get ready to be transported to a place of beauty, power, and wonder.

This episode is all about Mayon Volcano, an iconic landmark that captures the imagination and leaves visitors breathless. From its fiery history to its captivating allure, we'll uncover the fascinating secrets and incredible facts that make Mayon Volcano an extraordinary destination.

Picture this: a perfectly symmetrical, cone-shaped mountain rising proudly from the earth, its beauty unmatched and its presence awe-inspiring. Welcome to Mayon Volcano, a true gem nestled in the heart of the Philippines.

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to be captivated by the explosive history of Mayon Volcano as we delve into the top 5 most intriguing eruption timelines since its recorded history. Brace yourselves for a journey through time, where the raw power of nature and the resilience of the Filipino people collide.

1. 1616: The Fiery Awakening - Our timeline begins in the early 17th century, when Mayon Volcano awoke from its slumber and unleashed its fiery might. This eruption marked the first recorded eruption of Mayon and left a lasting impact on the surrounding landscape, forever shaping the region.

2. 1814: The Great Eruption - Fast forward to the early 19th century, where Mayon Volcano erupted with cataclysmic force. Known as the Great Eruption, this event lasted for several days and spewed ash, lava, and pyroclastic flows, devastating nearby towns and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

3. 1897: A Volcanic Symphony - Just a year before the Philippines proclaimed its independence, Mayon Volcano made its presence felt once again. This eruption, known for its spectacular beauty, displayed mesmerizing lava fountains and a symphony of volcanic activity that mesmerized onlookers.

4. 1984: The Lethal Fury - In the modern era, Mayon Volcano reminded us of its unpredictable nature. The eruption of 1984 unleashed deadly pyroclastic flows that engulfed nearby villages, resulting in significant loss of life and the displacement of thousands of residents. This tragic event serves as a reminder of the devastating power of volcanic activity.

5. 2018: Nature's Fireworks - Our timeline concludes with a recent eruption that painted the skies with breathtaking displays of nature's fireworks. The 2018 eruption of Mayon Volcano delighted spectators with stunning lava fountains and ash plumes, reminding us of the raw beauty and unpredictability of volcanic activity.

These five timelines represent significant moments in the recorded history of Mayon Volcano. From its fiery awakening in the 17th century to the recent eruptions that mesmerized and threatened communities, Mayon's eruptions have shaped the landscape and the lives of the Filipino people.

Not only that Mayon Volcano is a sight to behold. It's a living testament to the resilience of the Filipino people, as they have faced numerous eruptions and calamities with unwavering courage and determination. We'll celebrate the spirit of the locals and their deep connection to this majestic natural wonder.

This is the Quarantined Tipsters Podcast, where we uncover the hidden gems of our world, one episode at a time. Let the magic of Mayon Volcano captivate your imagination, forever.


(images courtesy of Shyla's Friend in Bicol, Albay)

Monday, June 12, 2023

Emotional Intelligence - Techniques How To Diffuse Bad Memories

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This technique, shared by a fellow seeker of self-improvement, harnesses the power of emotional intelligence to transform the way we experience and react to our memories. As we learned, memories are not set in stone; they are constantly being re-encoded with updated emotions each time we recall them.

But here's the kicker: by consciously choosing our perspective and approach, we can defuse the emotional attachment to memories that no longer serve us. And the best part? This entire process can be done within the privacy of our own minds.

To put this technique into action, let's break it down:

1. Call up a memory that doesn't serve you.

2. Choose your perspective. You can experience it firsthand or be an observer, even backing up into space if needed.

3. Choose your approach. For example, you can support your younger self as your adult self, offering hugs, positive words, or visualize a healing beam of light that bleaches away the emotional weight.

By consistently practicing this technique, day by day, the emotional pull of these memories will gradually diminish. Imagine the freedom of holding eye contact longer, of shedding fears, and feeling empowered in your interactions.

Remember, emotional intelligence is a powerful tool that can lead to personal growth and improved relationships. As the original author shared, this technique has helped them overcome social challenges and release the fears accumulated from a lifetime of bullying.

However, it's essential to exercise caution and prioritize your emotional well-being. If the memories you're dealing with elicit extreme emotions, it may be wise to seek the guidance of a professional who can support you through the process.

In addition to this technique, exploring the realm of emotional intelligence further can be immensely beneficial. The book "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman is highly recommended for those eager to deepen their understanding and learn more about this fascinating subject.

As we delve into emotions and their impact on our lives, it's worth noting that certain emotions tend to shape our limiting beliefs. Fear, disgust, guilt, and shame are powerful triggers that influence our subconscious responses. By applying the techniques shared and reflecting in a journal, challenging ourselves, and seeking to understand these emotions, we can gradually put our limiting beliefs on ice.

And remember, my friends, each emotion serves a purpose, preparing us for different situations. From the fiery determination of anger to the gentle relaxation of love, each emotion manifests in our bodies and is subtly sensed by others. By learning to harness and understand these emotions, we unlock the power to navigate our lives with greater awareness and authenticity.

So, as we wrap up this episode on emotional intelligence, I encourage you to reflect on the power of your memories, the emotions they carry, and the potential for transformation that lies within you. Embrace the techniques shared today, explore the depths of emotional intelligence, and let it guide you towards a more fulfilling and empowered existence.

This is the Quarantined Tipsters Podcast, where we equip you with the tools to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Until next time, stay emotionally intelligent, my friends, and continue to tip the scales in your favor!


5 Interesting Facts About The Philippines Independence Day


Let's uncover the intriguing and witty facts about the Philippines' Independence Day, celebrated every June 12. 

Get ready to be captivated by these historical tidbits that will tickle your curiosity and leave you wanting more. Here are the top 5 interesting and witty facts about Philippines Independence Day:

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1. The Revolutionary Proclamation

On that fateful day of June 12, 1898, in Kawit, Cavite, General Emilio Aguinaldo boldly proclaimed the country's independence from Spanish colonial rule. It's like he dropped the mic and said, "Adiós, Spanish reign! We're taking the reins now." The echoes of his declaration still resonate through the halls of history, reminding us of the fierce spirit that ignited the fight for freedom.

2. The Secret Society

Behind the scenes, an intriguing secret society called the Katipunan played a crucial role in paving the way for independence. This clandestine group, led by the enigmatic Andres Bonifacio, plotted and strategized to overthrow the Spanish colonizers. It's like a historical thriller, with hidden meetings, secret codes, and a dash of mystery that adds an extra layer of intrigue to our fight for freedom.

3. The Midnight Escape

Picture this: the clock striking midnight, the darkness enveloping the surroundings, and the sound of footsteps fading into the distance. This was the scene on June 12, 1942, during World War II when General Douglas MacArthur made his daring escape from the Philippines, leaving behind the promise of return. It's like a dramatic movie moment, setting the stage for a resilient nation that would eventually reclaim its independence.

4. The Resilient Flag

In a display of resilience and defiance, the Philippine flag was first raised and proudly waved on June 12, 1898. But here's the twist: it was not in the Philippines but in Hong Kong. The exiled Filipino revolutionaries, led by Aguinaldo, hoisted the flag high, symbolizing their unwavering spirit and determination to fight for freedom, even from afar. It's like the flag itself became a wandering hero, representing the indomitable Filipino spirit across borders.

5. The Liberation from Tyranny

Fast forward to June 12, 1946, when the Philippines once again celebrated its independence, this time from American colonial rule. It's like a rollercoaster ride of freedom, from one colonizer to another, but ultimately reclaiming sovereignty. This day marked the culmination of a long and arduous journey, signaling a new era of self-governance and a renewed sense of national identity.

So there you have it, my dear Quarantined Tipsters, the top 5 intriguing and witty facts about the Philippines' Independence Day. From secret societies to midnight escapes, our history is filled with twists, turns, and a touch of mystery. Let these facts remind us of the struggles, triumphs, and the unwavering Filipino spirit that continue to shape our nation. May we always cherish our hard-fought independence and strive for a brighter future.


Friday, June 02, 2023

Eat Bulaga: Mga Natatanging Aral Na Mapupulot Natin Sa Longest Running TV Show Sa Pinas


Sa loob ng mahigit na 20 taon ng TVJ (Tito, Vic and Joey) sa Eat Bulaga, marami silang naibahagi na nagiging trendy at relatable para sa atin. Narito ang mga natatanging aral na mapapulot mula sa kanilang karanasan sa industriya ng telebisyon:

1. Teamwork is Key

- Tulad ng isang solid na barkada, ang Eat Bulaga ay nakikita bilang pamilya. Natutuhan ng TVJ na ang teamwork ay mahalaga para sa tagumpay ng isang programa. Kapag nagtutulungan at nagkakaisa ang mga miyembro ng team, kayang-kaya nilang maghatid ng kaligayahan sa mga manonood.

2. Adapt and Innovate

- Sa mundo ng telebisyon, palaging may mga pagbabago at trends na dapat sundan. Natutunan ng TVJ na maging handa sa mga pagbabago at mag-inovate upang manatiling relevant at makapagbigay ng kasiyahan sa mga manonood. Ang pagiging open-minded at adaptable ang nagbibigay sa kanila ng tagumpay sa napakabilis na mundo ng entertainment.

3. Genuine Connection with the Audience

- Isang sikreto ng tagumpay ng Eat Bulaga ay ang kanilang malapít na koneksyon sa mga manonood. Natutunan ng TVJ na makinig sa kanilang mga tagahanga, maintindihan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan, at bigyan sila ng kasiyahan na kanilang hinahanap. Ang pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa kanilang mga manonood ay nagpapakita ng tunay na suporta at pagpapahalaga sa kanila.

4. Perseverance and Resilience

- Sa industriya ng telebisyon, hindi palaging madali. Natutunan ng TVJ na mahalaga ang tiyaga at pagiging matatag sa harap ng mga pagsubok. Sa kabila ng mga hamon, patuloy silang nagsisilbi sa mga manonood nang may ngiti sa kanilang mga labi at pusong puno ng pasasalamat.

5. Fun and Laughter are Universal

- Sa huli, natutunan ng TVJ na ang kasiyahan at tawa ay may malaking puwang sa puso ng mga tao. Sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga nakakatuwang segment at pampamilyang palabas, nagagawang dalhin nila ang mga tao sa isang mundo ng saya at ligaya. Ang kapangyarihan ng tawa ay walang humpay at nagbibigay ng positibong enerhiya sa lahat ng oras.

Sa pamamagitan ng mga aral na ito, natatangi ang TVJ sa Eat Bulaga sa industriya ng telebisyon. Sila ay nagbibigay-inspirasyon at nagpapaalala sa atin na sa likod ng mga malalaking tagumpay ay matinding pagtitiyaga, pagmamahal sa trabaho, at pag-aaruga sa mga manonood.

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