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    Lenten Season: What and Why is it?
    Thursday, March 20, 2008
    This is not my own writing..but for the sake of presenting some facts about the Lenten Season....

    The highlight of the year for
    Christians is Easter, the day when our
    Lord rose from the dead. Lent is a
    forty-day season of preparation for
    Easter. Lent always begins on a
    Wednesday, called Ash Wednesday.

    Why 40 days? Because, Jesus fasted and
    was tempted in the wilderness for 40
    days. Lent, then, is our time of
    fasting, prayer, temptation and
    repentance. Lent is not required
    anywhere in scriptures, but it has
    been a custom, which Christians have
    practiced for most of the last two
    thousand years.

    In many languages, the word "Lent"
    actually means "fast." This is where
    the custom of giving up something for
    Lent originated.

    However, just to confuse things, Lent
    is actually 46 days rather than 40
    days. Why? Because the 40 days of Lent
    are supposed to be days of fasting,
    which means days of discipline and
    self-restraint. But Sunday, the Lord's
    Day, should never be a day of fasting,
    but a day of celebration! So each
    Sunday we suspend our Lenten
    disciplines and celebrate. Lent is
    40 "fasting" days spread out over a
    total of 46 days beginning on Ash

    The focus of Lent was always

    It was a time to prepare new converts
    for baptism through intensive classes
    and instruction.
    It was a time for long-standing
    Christians to review their lives and
    renew their commitment to Jesus
    It was a time for backsliders to be
    restored to the faith.
    In every case, it is a time for
    serious, disciplined self-examination,
    a time spent in intensive prayer and
    repentance before the cross of

    To represent the dark and serious
    business of Lent, one custom has been
    to strip the sanctuary of all flowers,
    candles, and colors during Lent. This
    custom helps us to turn inward and
    examine ourselves, even as it reminds
    us of the dark and colorless Sabbath
    day when Jesus lay dead in the tomb.

    Put simply, Lent is a time to examine
    ourselves carefully. Here are some
    questions upon which you might pray
    and meditate during Lent:

    Am I sharing gladly what I have with
    others, especially the stranger and
    the poor?
    Do I have a gracious and patient
    attitude with others, especially those
    who irritate me?
    Do I feel the power of connection to
    God and the church in corporate
    How is my devotional and prayer life
    progressing? Am I listening to God
    more and complaining less? Is it time
    for a change or a growth in my Bible
    study and prayer life?
    What are the lurking sin problems,
    which still plague me?
    Am I as thoughtful and forgiving of
    family as others, or do I take my
    frustrations out on them?
    Do I speak up for the maligned and
    oppressed, or do I remain silent in
    order to remain popular?

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    posted by RJ @ Thursday, March 20, 2008   0 comments
    Hidden In Plain View
    Friday, March 14, 2008
    I just got this from my friendster and I honestly don't know who authored it...but i still think its a good read..

    The most valuable secret of success is
    that there is no secret. Success comes
    not from seeking to uncover some
    exotic hidden formula, but rather
    through persistently following through
    on opportunities to create value.

    The best shortcut to achievement is to
    avoid looking for a shortcut. Simply
    get busy and do the work required, for
    that is the quickest way to reach the
    goal you've set.

    The most effective way to handle what
    must be done is to do it.
    Procrastinating, agonizing,
    complaining and avoiding will only
    prolong the task and add greater
    difficulty to it.

    Life is not always easy, and wishing
    for things to be easier will usually
    make them more difficult. The time-
    tested strategy for making life truly
    easier is to go ahead and work through
    each challenge as it comes along.

    By so doing, you grow stronger, more
    capable, more effective and more
    experienced. You put yourself in
    position to live life on your own

    The route to success is no secret, and
    is in fact hidden in plain view. Use
    every opportunity to make a
    difference, and you'll go precisely
    where you choose to go.

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    posted by RJ @ Friday, March 14, 2008   0 comments
    Home Alone..
    Wednesday, March 12, 2008
    As of this writing, I am here at our house and I have just finished making a report for our office which was due yesterday. Well, this is my second day of staying home from work. You see, I finally had the courage to tell them that I wouldn't be able to come because I was suffering from an asthma attack and also had a fever. Now you wonder..what am I doing in front of the computer????!!!! Like I said, I just finished making a report. As it turns out(i kind of expected it somehow), there was a report due yesterday and it seems like I'm the only one who knows how the report is done. So here I am, home alone..with a groggy head and watery eyes..making a report that I wasn't really sure whether I should be doing or not. I did it anyway...phew!!!! I really can't say no to them... :(

    Glitter Generators


    posted by RJ @ Wednesday, March 12, 2008   1 comments
    Got this tag from Djhoan! Thanks girl!

    Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

    You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.

    An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.

    You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view.

    A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

    You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

    Glitter Generators

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    posted by RJ @ Wednesday, March 12, 2008   0 comments
    I am....
    Saturday, March 8, 2008
    I was again blog hopping, look what I found:
    Your results:
    You are Venom

    Dark Phoenix
    Poison Ivy
    The Joker
    Mr. Freeze
    Lex Luthor
    Dr. Doom
    Green Goblin
    Strength, disguise and adrenaline are your greatest weapons.

    Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, March 08, 2008   0 comments
    Our You Tube Video..
    This video was made by a friend--a former officemate who resigned to try his luck in Singapore. I am the proud trainor of this kid when He was just starting in our office. Sadly, due to reasons I choose not to disclose, He left the comfort of his home and our office.
    To Atoy--thank you for being a good friend. Cheers Kiddo!...and Thank You for teaching me some things I never thought I could learn from you!

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, March 08, 2008   0 comments
    Strawberry Festival...Marching In
    Photo courtesy of Sun Star Baguio

    After the "Baguio Flower Festival" or "Panagbenga" in Baguio City last February 2008, another festival comes marching in. The Municipality of La Trinidad, aside from being known as the "Salad Bowl of the Philippines", has also gained its distinction as the "Strawberry Capital of the Philippines". This could be attributed to the growing popularity of Benguet's strawberries. In lieu of this, La Trinidad shall be celebrating its annual "Strawberry Festival", which will kick-off on March 19, 2008.

    However, I will be one of those who will surely miss the baking of the giant strawberry cake. For the information of everyone, La Trinidad is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the largest fruit shortcake ever baked, measuring 8.75 feet in width, 12.3 feet in length and 8.4 feet in height. Apparently, according to Sun Star, during their interview with Mayor Artemio Galwan, La Trinidad will feature a video showing how the giant cake was made. This is to pay tribute to all those who participated in its success during the previous years.

    While the "Strawberry Festival" has not yet gained its popularity, it is perceived that with the right amount of publicity, funding and of course proper management, the said festivity may also become as famous as the Baguio Flower Festival.

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, March 08, 2008   0 comments
    Another Tag...
    This tag came from Ate Elaine, whom I met by clicking chat boxes. I believe she is one of those who is aware of my addiction with blog things. She actually has a new blog called "The Positive Side", so if you do have time, maybe you could visit her.

    Your Vocabulary Score: A

    Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!

    You must be quite an erudite person.

    I'm passing this tag to Kuya Jessie, Ate Ellaine, Ate Bing,Ate Lermz, Ate Avee, Ate Joy, Ate Laura, Djhoan, Kai and to everyone who wants to grab.

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, March 08, 2008   2 comments
    39 questions...
    Sunday, March 2, 2008
    This tag is from a good friend, Ate Ellaine. I apologize for the delay, and finally here it is..

    Copy this entire list of questions and change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then tag and pass it along to other blogging friends. Let’s see how well we can get to know one another!

    1. What is your occupation?
    --Hello Banker!!
    2. What color are your socks right now?
    --No socks at the moment.
    3. What are you listening to right now?
    --4 in the morning by Gwen Stefani
    4. What was the last thing that you ate?
    --Chicken Curry
    5. Can you drive a stick shift?
    --No, I wish!!
    6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
    7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
    8. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
    --But of course,friend ko nga e!!!
    9. Favorite drink?
    10. What is your favorite sport to watch?
    - Basketball!
    11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
    12. Dog named
    13. Favorite food?
    14. Last movie you watched?
    --Alvin and the Chipmunks
    15. Favorite Day of the year?
    --My birthday and anniversary
    16. What do you do to vent anger?
    --rant!shout!throw things around(joking!!),shut up and find something to do
    17. What was your favorite toy as a child?
    --game and watch
    18. What is your favorite, fall or spring?
    19. Hugs or kisses?
    20. What kind of pie?
    21. Do you want your friends to email you back?
    --Yep, I do,I do!!!
    22. Who is most likely to respond?
    --I have no idea.
    23. Who is least likely to respond?
    --really no idea
    24. Living arrangements?
    --with the parents
    25. When was the last time you cried?
    --last night while watching t.v(arrgh!!!)
    26. What is on the floor of your closet?
    27. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to?
    --i'm really not sure to whom i'm sending this..they've all done it haaaay
    28. The friend you have known the shortest amount of time that you are sending this to?
    29. Favorite smell?
    --smell of flowers
    30. What inspires you?
    --anything and everything
    31. What are you afraid of?
    --loss of a loved one(too much pain)
    32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?
    --Cheesy burgers.
    33. Favorite car?
    --I only have 1 car, and that woould be a mitsubishi 91 model haaay
    34. Favorite cat breed?
    --i'm not a cat lover :(
    35. Number of keys on your key ring?
    --i don't have a key ring
    36. How many years at your current job?
    --3 years (aarrggh)
    37. Favorite day of the week?
    --Saturdays and Sundays.
    38. How many provinces have you lived in?
    --Only 1.
    39. How many countries have you been to?
    --2,Philippines and Hongkong

    I'm tagging Avee, since she's a new acquaintance and like to know more about her. All of the bloggers I know have been tagged..sniff sniff.

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    posted by RJ @ Sunday, March 02, 2008   5 comments
    Stupid things I did...
    As I was blog hopping I stumbled upon this tag from Ate Malen, which I decided to take, just for the fun of it.

    [ ] Gum has fallen out of your mouth when you were talking.

    [ ] Gum has fallen out of your mouth when you were NOT talking.

    [X] You have ran into a glass/screen door.

    [X] You have fell out/off of a moving vehicle

    [x] You have thought of something funny and laughed, then people gave you weird looks

    [ ] You have ran into a tree.

    [ ] You have tried to lick your elbow

    [ ] You just tried to lick your elbow.

    [X] You never knew that the Alphabet and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have
    the same rhythm.

    [X]You just tried to sing them.

    [x] You have tripped on your shoelace and fallen.

    [x] You have choked on your own spit.

    [ ] You've put metal in the microwave

    [ ] You have accidentally caught something on fire

    [x] you tried to drink out of a straw, but it went into your nose/eyes.

    [x] You have caught yourself drooling when you wake up.

    [x] You've fallen asleep in class

    [x] You have tripped over your own feet.

    [x] Sometimes you just stop thinking.

    [x] You are telling a story and forget what you were talking about

    [x] You have forgotten to breathe.

    [ ]You are often told to use your "inside voice".

    [x] You use your fingers to do simple math.

    [x] You have eaten a bug

    [x] You are taking this test when you should be doing something else

    [x] You have put your clothes on backwards or inside out.

    [X] You've looked all over for something and realized it was in your

    [ ] You sometimes post bulletins because you are scared that what they say will happen to you if you dont.

    [X] You break a lot of things.

    [ ] Your friends know not to use big words around you

    [x] You sometimes tilt your head when you're confused

    [x] you have fallen out of your chair before

    [X] When you're lying in bed, you try to find pictures or words in the texture of the ceiling

    [x] The word "uh" is used many times a day.

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    posted by RJ @ Sunday, March 02, 2008   2 comments
    Panagbenga Float Parade Winners..
    Saturday, March 1, 2008

    Today is the last day of the Panagbenga festivities.
    According to our local newspaper, Panagbenga closing ceremonies will be held at the Athletic Bowl. To be capped with simultaneous fireworks displays at SM Baguio, Athletic Bowl, Market Encounter, and Session Rd at 6 pm this afternoon. I recently featured several pics of the floats that participated in the Baguio Flower Festival Float Parade. Today, I share to you the winners of the said activity, with pictures courtesy of Oliver Bautista.

    Tender Juicy Hotdog Float(by San Mig Corp) bagged First Place!

    Here's another shot.

    JOLLIBEE FOODS CORPORATION settling for Second Place.

    SMART takes Third Place!

    For more pictures, visit the flickr page of Oliver Bautista. Just looking at the pictures makes you want to visit Baguio and witness the festivities. :)

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    posted by RJ @ Saturday, March 01, 2008   4 comments
    About Me

    Name: RJ
    Home: Baguio City, Philippines
    About Me: I'm pretty much normal and sane. Much like anybody I believe that each and every person is unique, with their strengths and weaknesses. Thus, everyone should be given a chance to prove themselves. I stand firm with my convictions, but that doesn't necessarily mean that nobody can prove me wrong, I have learned that one is entitled to his or her own opinion. Just the same, you won't usually see me standing in the sidelines waiting for somebody to prove a point. I guess this is the foremost reason why this blog was created... And so I leave it all up to you to read between the lines..and begin to know me with the way I express myself through my writings.. :)
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