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Saturday, January 31, 2009

12 Days To Go: Poverty Tourism

I read a entry on Compassion's Blog entitled Slumdog Millionaire and Poverty Tourism and started thinking of the poverty that I will see while I am in the Philippines. Jo Anne works with ministry that helps children who suffer from malnutrition and she is planning to show we where see works. I am going to see the poverty with the hopes of coming up with ideas to help the people who are in the poverty to get out.

The entry on Compassion's Blog talks about people touring the areas of poverty in India. I am not sure what to think about these tours. If tours are to show them how they can help the people there then I can not see anything wrong with it. Unfortunately, some people are possibly doing these Poverty Tours just to make money by exploit the people in the slums and not doing anything to help them. That is just wrong no matter how you look at it. I can only hope that the people who take these kind of tours will try to do something to help the people they see after their tour.

After, I see the poverty first hand in the Philippines, I hope to come up with a plan to help improve their lives. I already sponsor a child through Compassion. I would encourage you to do so as well.

Friday, January 30, 2009

13 Days To Go: Hope Floats

While we are together, Jo Anne and I plan on watching some movies together. One movie we plan to watch together is Hope Floats. The movie stars Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands, and Mae Whitman.

Hope Floats came out in 1998. I remember watching it in the theaters. It is about a mother who moves back to her hometown with her daughter after the affair that her husband is having with her best friend. Her and her daughter learn to move on with life when the move back to her mother who tries to set her up with a guy she went to high school with.

14 Days To Go: Mount Pinatubo

All of us have a list of places that we would like to see before we die. One my these place for me is Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. My Love and I are planning to see Mount Pinatubo when we go see her father's relatives in Pampanga. Mount Pinatubo is not to far away, Pampanga and is 55 miles (90 kilometers) from Manila.

Mount Pinatubo is an active strato volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It had a major eruption in 1991 that was bigger that the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. Clark Air Base which was run by the United States military was heavily damaged by the eruption. The United States decide to not return to Clark Air Base after the eruption and turned the base over to government of the Philippines on November 26, 1991.

Today there is a lake in the crater of Mount Pinatubo that people go swimming in. The lake was formed from rain water filling the crater.

Here is the best video of the eruption I could find.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

15 Days To Go: International Driving Permit

With 15 days to go to be with my Love, I got my International Driving Permit. There may be a chance that I will have to drive while I am in the Philippines. So, I decide it would be a go thing to get my International Driving Permit to be able to legally drive in the Philippines. The permit comes from the convention on International Road Traffic of 19 September 1949 by the Union Nations. In the United States, the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance are the only authorized distributors of International Driving Permits. The AAA changes a fee of $15 for the International Driving Permit. You will need to passport size photos of yourself. The permits are good for one year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Friday, January 23, 2009

21 Days To Go: Bizarre Foods, Part 1

For people who know me and read this Blog know I love food. I found this show about Bizarre foods of the Philippines. I will post a part of the show each day for the next few day. Maybe I will try some of these foods while I am in the Philippines.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

23 Days To Go: Snow Day

My Love has never seen snow so I took some pictures of the snow from the snow shower on January 19 - 20, 2009. I hope you enjoy the pictures, too.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

24 Days to Go: Inauguration

I know that I said that with the countdown that I would have facts on the Philippines. I have decided that the events that are happening here in the United States is to important to skip over. Many of my readers live or come from the Philippines, so I decided to share about both countries on the countdown.

Every four years here in the United States. Today is the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The Inauguration is where the President takes the oath of office.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

It is tradition for the Presidents to add the work "so help me God" at the end of the oath which is written in the Constitution of the United States.

Inauguration Day was first set for March 4th and in 1937 was changed by the Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution to January 20th. George Washington's Inauguration was held on April 30, 1789 in New York City. Traditionally the President takes the oath of office at the Capital in Washington, DC. The oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the United States.

Monday, January 19, 2009

25 Days to Go: Martin Luther King, Jr

Today is Martin Luther King Day and I want to share the "I have a Dream" speech that Martin Luther King, Jr give at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

I long for the day that his dream will come true and most of his dream is reality today. We will always have people who can not look past the color of someone's skin. Yes the election of Barack Obama as the president of the United States is a step closer to Dr. King's Dream but it is not a fulfilment of his dream. Many people voted for Mr. Obama because he had dark skin. Dr. King's Dream as you can read below was skin color play not factor but the character of the person. In talking with some of my friends both Black and White, I am amazed at how many vote for people who stand for things that are opposite of the things they believe in.

I by no mean to support hate towards Barack Obama. I hope he does want is best for our great country. I do not support his views of how to changes the things that are wrong with this country.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In order to see this part of Dr. King's Dream come true, we need to drop many political correct terms. Barack Obama is not an African-American. He is an American just like me. If you were born in America, you are an American not African-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American or Euro-American. These terms only serve to keep us separated. Black, White, Yellow, Red or any other color our skin can be we are all created equal by God.

Their are parts of Dr. King's Dream that has come true. Everyday in the United States, Blacks and Whites sit down and fellowship together, work together and worship together.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Now let us continue to work together to see Dr. King's full dream come true. Click here to read the full text of his speech.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

26 Days to Go: Sights of Quezon City

I will be staying with my Love who lives in Quezon City. I wanted to share these video so you can see some of the sights around Quezon City.

Quezon City Memorial Circle

Outside SM Mall in Quezon City: SM Mall is the second largest mall in the world. It is five floors of shopping. And to it is Trinoma Mall which is Five stories too.

Araneta Coliseum

Saturday, January 17, 2009

27 Days to Go: Christian Music Videos

I have been looking around YouTube for video of Christian Songs in Tagalog. Tagalog is the language the people in the Philippines speak. The sound quality is not the best but girl singing does a great job. I hope you enjoy these four videos.

Here I am to Worship

We Fall Down

At The Cross

Through It All

Friday, January 16, 2009

28 Days to Go: Plane Crash In New York City

With the crash yesterday in New York City, I reminded that God is in control. The pilot did a great job with landing the plane. The flight attendants did a wonderful job of preparing the passengers then getting they off the plane once it landed in the Hudson River. The best part is everyone survived.

Flight to Charlotte plunges into Hudson

Thursday, January 15, 2009

29 Days to Go: Quezon City

My beloved lives in Quezon City. So today on the countdown I going to share some facts about Quezon City.

Quezon City is the most populous city and was the capital city of the Philippines between 1948 to 1976. Named after Manuel L. Quezon, the former president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. He founded the city and developed it to replace Manila as the country's capital. The people of the Philippines simply call Quezon City, QC. The city is part of the the National Capital Region or Metro Manila and is located on the inland of Luzon.

Parable Of The Pencil

I want to share this inspiring story of a pencil:

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."

"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."

"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."

"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."

"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."

"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.

And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable of the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

Like the pencil, we are sharpen with many trials but we must allow God to take control of our lives and let Him hold us and not us holding Him because if we are the one holding Him there's a possibility we may fall. But if God is the one holding us, we are rest assured that He hold us tight and never allow us to fall. As we go on with our life, we must remember that God created us for a wonderful a purpose. There are times we feel discouragement either at work, at home or anywhere else but we must go on and continue with our duties no matter what the situation may lead us because we are working for the Lord and not for men.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

30 Days To Go: the Philippines

Starting the last 30 day countdown until my beloved Jo Anne and I met in person, I thought that I would share a few general facts about the Philippines today. I hope you enjoy the nest 30 days as Jo Anne and I count the days.

The Philippines is officially called the Republic of the Philippines and includes 7,107 islands. Manila is the capital city. With a population around 90 million people the Philippines is the twelfth most populous country in the world. I will be staying with my Love in Quezon City, which is the largest city in the Philippines. It is located in the Manila Metro Area. The official languages are Filipino and English. Ninety percent of the people in the Philippines are Christians with most belonging to the Roman Catholic Church.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meeting Countdown Starting Again

Before Christmas, I had been doing a post everyday to countdown the days until my beloved Jo Anne and I meet in person. Jo Anne and I started talking over a year ago. We have been talking everyday since, especially after we decided to become boyfriend and girlfriend. That was on February 25, 2008. We have used e-mail, Instant Messengers, letter and cards, text messages and the phone to communicate. Our biggest blessing is our prayer time that we have everyday.

I stopped the countdown to do the twelve days of Christmas countdown and after that I decided to take a little from posting as much. Now with 31 days left until Jo Anne and I meet in person for the first time, I decided to start the countdown back again. This time each day I will post either a trip updates, talk about our plans while we are together, issues facing the Philippines, or facts about the Philippines. The facts about the Philippines will include information on the history of the Philippines, places, or people but not limited to that. Basically, I will pick anything about the Philippines and share it here. I hope that you will check here each day and learn more about the Philippines with me.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Airlines Recond Safest 2 Years

With 32 days to go before my beloved, Jo Anne and I meet in person, I read an article in today's USA Today that made me feel better a my flight. The article titled, Airlines record safest 2 years, in the paper talked about how in the plane crashes of U.S. flights than no one died in 2007 and 2008.

This does make me feel a little better about flying for the first time in February. I already that flying in a plane is safer that riding in a car which is something I do everyday. In looking at what the article says and thinking about it, I would say the three things are the main reasons for this. The first is Airplane Manufactures are continually improving the planes they make. The next being better trainer of pilots and the rest of the crew both on the plane and on the ground. The third reason would be less flights. The airlines have cut the number of flight because of high gas prices and less people traveling by plane.

I am sure that the airline industry will continue to work on improving safety of the planes. If they could improve on their customer service that I hear people complain about a lot that would be great. But I only going by what I heard from other people and hope that I have a pleasant trip to and from the Philippines.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

My Shots

Tuesday morning after I got off from work, I when to the Health Department to get my shots for my trip to the Philippines. I got three vaccinations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend for travel to the Philippines. I also got a prescription for Malaria pills.

To see the vaccinations that are required and recommended for the country you are going take a look at the Destinations page on the CDC's website. It is a great idea to take the vaccinations that the CDC recommends. Also to see if your vaccinations are up to date. It is recommended that you take your vaccinations at least four weeks out from your travel departure date to get the them time to start working.

While at the Health Department I got a prescription for Malaria pills. Most of the stories I have heard of people getting sick from their travels is because they stopped taking their pills for Malaria. Besides the use of pills it is a good idea to wear long sleeve shirts, pants, use Deet, and Insecticide-treated bed nets over your bed to prevent mosquitoes bites. It is best to play it safe here, Malaria can make you very ill and can be fatal. Please check out the page on Malaria on the CDC's website for more information on Malaria.

Will vaccinations cause me to be come ill or even cause death?

I have heard this people get worried about the vaccinations making them sick or even causing death. The only side effect I had had from taking vaccinations is being sore in the area of the injection site. I have heard some people talk about getting a little fever. That is just a sign your body is working. Here is what the CDC says about Vaccination Safety on their website.

Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and even death - not to mention possible long-term effects we don't even know about.

Vaccines are actually very safe, despite implications to the contrary in many anti-vaccine publications (which sometimes contain the number of reports received by VAERS, and allow the reader to infer that all of them represent genuine vaccine side-effects). Most vaccine adverse events are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. These can often be controlled by taking acetaminophen before or after vaccination. More serious adverse events occur rarely (on the order of one per thousands to one per millions of doses), and some are so rare that risk cannot be accurately assessed. As for vaccines causing death, again so few deaths can plausibly be attributed to vaccines that it is hard to assess the risk statistically. Of all deaths reported to VAERS between 1990 and 1992, only one is believed to be even possibly associated with a vaccine. Each death reported to VAERS is thoroughly examined to ensure that it is not related to a new vaccine-related problem, but little or no evidence suggests that vaccines have contributed to any of the reported deaths. The Institute of Medicine in its 1994 report states that the risk of death from vaccines is "extraordinarily low." ~ Some Common Misconceptions about Vaccinations

With my vaccinations done, I have one less things to worry about done in the 36 days before I meet my Love face to face. My excitement is growing everyday as my trip gets closer. If you are planning to travel to another country I strongly encourage you to get the vaccinations that the CDC recommends.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

House Cleaning

I have taking a little time away from posting on the blog since Christmas. Over the last two days I have tried to catch up on some cleaning around the house.

With working third shift as I do, sometimes in feel all I do is work, sleep and eat. Since, I had Saturday and Sunday nights off I decided to work on cleaning my bedroom and around my desk in the living room. Saturday, I just did my weekly shopping for food and supplies for the house. Sunday after church I pulled almost everything out of my bedroom and vacuumed the room and then organized it as I put my stuff back in. Then on Monday, I worked a little on organizing my desk and surrounding area. I will try to continue organizing around my desk Wednesday and Thursday since I have those two nights off.

Part of cleaning the house this weekend was washing my clothes. I have used Gain Laundry Detergent for years. I like the smell but after talking with my roommates mother, I am going to switch to Tide. I like Tide too and it has less of a smell. Plus, beside Gain it is the only laundry detergent that comes in HE for the front loader washers. The smell of Gain is the reason for my switch. My roommate's mother told me that Gain's perfumes do not work with my body chemistry. So I will use Tide for now and see if it works better. If you have the same thing happen to you let me know. I have found very little about it on the Internet.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My New Blog

Those of you who have been reading Mountain Highs and Valley Lows for a while know that I track where my paper money goes by using a website caller Where's George?. I have not been as active with my hobby of Georging as I would like to have been over the past few years. This year, I have decided to get more active with georging. Georging is what people who use Where's George? to track their money.

I also want to have one or two blogs, other than Mountain Highs and Valley Lows with a more focus subjects. I decided to have one that I share my love of Georging. I invite you to check out my new Blog: Where's George Money. On my new Blog, I will share all my Where's George? news like hits, gathering, georging tips and much more Where's George related stuff.

Friday, January 02, 2009

"New Year, A New Journey of Life to Travel"

Year 2008 already ends, I can say this year was a very blessed and fruitful year for me. The year when God answered my prayer after a long time of waiting. God gave me a wonderful gift, and that is my Beloved Daniel, a gift that I will keep and treasure in my heart forever.

For this year 2009, I hope and pray for more blessings to come. May God bless my business and may it serve to be a blessing to all the people especially those who are sick and I am also praying for Daniel’s plan to open up his own business in the United States, may his dream come true early this year. Year 2008, Daniel and I talked about our plans for the future, we commit and lift it up all to God who knows the best for us. One of our plan that God already granted for this year, was the day of our meeting. By February 13, I am going to fetch my Love at the airport. We feel both excited with a little nervous in our heart, but we believe everything will work well between us. God knows the desire of our hearts, we long so much to become husband and wife and we trust him before this year ends we will be together facing the new chapter of our life and that is marriage. The greatest dream we had is to serve the Lord together, we pray that we fulfill our mission to help people who are in need and reach them out in the ways of the Lord. All these things will happen by God’s grace and we keep our faith and our focus on Him who deserve the highest praise and glory. We thank God for the past year and we will continue serving Him for the rest of our lives.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

My Goals for 2009

Happy New Year, everyone! In 2008, God blessed me with a beautiful that loves me. I am looking forward to the day that we become husband and wife.

Now that 2009 has begun I would like to set myself some goals to achieve this year. My first goal is to pay off my car which I own just over $1600. If I continued to just make the monthly payment I will pay it off in February 2010. I will have to pay extra on it to achieve this goal. This goal is another step towards my goal of becoming debt-free.

My second goal is to finish read the Bible all the way through. Back in February of 2008, I set a goal of reading the whole Bible. I printed out a Bible Reading Checklist and start marking off the chapters of the Bible as I read them. Now to help we finish this goal, I am setting a date to be finished by and that date is December 31, 2009.

I hope that you have a bless year this year. Please check back to see how I am doing on my goals for this year.