Songs

What is the song of your life?

I am an avid fan of Tawag ng Tanghalan (a popular singing contest), every semi-final round there is always a segment for the song of your life.

I always wait for the song choice of the contestant.

I am always amaze on how they belt out their battle song and mesmerize the audience.

I met my wife in a duet singing contest and today, October 31, 2017 is the 8th year anniversary of our stint together.

It was the 11th SFC Middle East Conference held in Bahrain and we won the championship trophy for the SFC Got Talent (duet category) representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

One of my wife’s favorite songs was Betcha By Golly Wow, she sang it perfectly. She has a good recorded singing voice than me.

Though far from each other, listening to songs that we like makes the distance shorter.

Singing binds us together.

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Singing the tunes of life. My wife and I belting it out during the pop duet singing contest back in 2009.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Song is life. Live your life with it. Find inspiration. Get motivated. There are songs that lifts up your spirit.

Here are some line from a song that inspires:

1. “Every little thing gonna be alright!” – Bob Marley and the Wailers “Three Little Birds”

2. “I will survive! Oh as long as I know how to love I know I will stay alive!” – Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”

3. “I won’t be afraid just as long as you stand, stand by me.” – Ben E. King “Stand By Me”

4. “I’m a survivor
I’m not gonna give up
I’m not gonna stop
I’m gonna work harder.” – Destiny’s Child “Survivor”

5. “I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more,
Than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”

6. “You are Beautiful, no matter what they say.” – Christina Aguilera “Beautiful”

7. “In every life we have some trouble. But when you worry, you make it double.” – Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry be Happy”

8. “We are the world
we are the children
we are the ones who
make a brighter day
so let’s start giving.” – United Support of Artists for Africa “We Are The World”

9. “All you need is love, love. Love is all your need.” – The Beatles “All You Need is Love”

10. “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.” – John Lennon “Imagine”

11. “Get up, stand up! Don’t give up the fight!” – Bob Marley “Get Up Stand Up”

12. “Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet. Just a man and his will to survive.” – Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”

Be blessed always!

Cartoons

I was a nerdy, shy, awkward, clumsy, insecure, childlike and adorable boy growing up almost like Jimmy Neutron but not so.

Voltes V, Bioman, Mask Rider Black or Zenki were my era but Jimmy was my alter ego.

Watching cartoons was my refuge, it was my perk me up activity.

My wife loved Monster’s University and some of Disney’s classic like Anastasia. She enjoyed watching it while doing household chores.

Recently, we were hooked with Trolls.

Cartoons were like a dose of sugar high.

It was my hope booster.

Jimmy

Cartoon lookalike. Jimmy Neutron, the 30’s version wannabe.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Watch cartoons more. It will keep you insane. Here are some of your well-loved cartoon’s best quotes to inspire you.

1. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel (Tangled)

2. “All it takes is faith and trust.” — Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

3. “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

4. “Even miracles take a little time.” — Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

5. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” — Gusteau (Ratatouille)

6. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — The Emperor (Mulan)

7. “You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida (Brave)

8. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” — Zeus (Hercules)

9. “Don’t just fly, soar.” — Dumbo (Dumbo)

10. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” — Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)

11. “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” — Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

12. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

13. “Believe you can, then you will.” — Mulan (Princess Stories)

14. “Today is a good day to try.” — Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

15. “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” — The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

16. “The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.” — Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

17. “It’s better to use your head than break your back.” — Ernst Robinson (Swiss Family Robinson)

18. “Admit defeat, and defeat will surely admit you into permanent custody.” — Beret Girl (An Extremely Goofy Movie)

19. “Listen with your heart, you will understand.” — Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

20. “Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.” — Elastigirl (The Incredibles)

21. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki (The Lion King)

22. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh (Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure)

23. “If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” — March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)

24. “Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” — Merida (Brave)

25. “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” — Mufasa (The Lion King)

26. “Giving up is for rookies.” — Philoctetes (Hercules)

27. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” — The Blue Fairy (Pinocchio)

28. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” — Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

29. “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” — Donald Duck

30. “Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” — Cinderella (Cinderella)

31. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” — Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

32. “Change is good.” — Rafiki (The Lion King)

33. “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” — Remy (Ratatouille)

34. “Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” — Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

35. “Do not be followed by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” — Merchant (Aladdin)

36. “Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” — Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

37. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

Source: https://www.inc.com/

Monastery

Imagine a tranquil environment, a deafening silence and a gentle hush of the wind that tingles the hair in your skin – its God’s abundant love felt and experienced.

Perched on a mountain hill, Monasterio de Tarlac was a piece of heaven on earth.

In 2015, I was part of the prayer petition for healing. A year after, it was my turn to give back and to pray for others.

I was grateful to PLM- Student Catholic Action for allowing me to join the pilgrimage team.

Monasterio de Tarlac is where the Relic of the Holy Cross can be found. It is rightly placed atop a mountain at San Jose in Tarlac.

The monastery is run by the Servants of the Risen Christ (SRC) Monastic Community, founded by Fr. Ronald Thomas Cortez in 1998. In 2005, Fr. Cortez attended the World Youth Day celebration in Germany, where he met Msgr. Volker Bauer, the custodian of the relic. At the time, Msgr. Volker was looking for someone to whom he can entrust the relic since the monastic life in Europe is slowly dying. Aware of Fr. Cortez’ Monastic Community in the Philippines, Msgr. Volker entrusted the relic to him. And so in 2005, the holy cross came to the monastery.

The relic authenticated by a papal seal is believed to be part of the cross discovered by Saint Helena in Jerusalem, the mother Emperor Constantine the Great. It was believed that Saint Helena excavated three crosses in Jerusalem which were believed to be the crosses used during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. She brought a woman who was about to die and asked her to touch the first two crosses but nothing happened. When the third cross was touched, the dying woman was healed.

This story of Saint Helena is not often told but for the Filipinos, it is remembered through the month-long festival in May honoring the Virgin Mary, known to many as Santacruzan or Flores de Mayo held on the last day of the festival.

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A must-visit pilgrimage venue. You don’t need to go to Brazil, we have a local version of the Christ the Redeemer in Monasterio de Tarlac.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Travel more while you can. Go to a pilgrimage site and enrich your Catholic faith. Spend your long- weekend meaningfully.

Have a blessed day!

Monk day

Want to live like a monk? Here is your typical day.

Laughter

Did you know that laughter can cure cancer?

And, this is not a joke.

I should have laugh more before.

This was revealed during the Kerygma Conference 2016 class about “Spiritual Healing through Laughter” by Paolo Trinidad, who is the founder of Pinoy Laughter Yoga. He is the first Certified Laughter Yoga Professor of the Philippines. Paolo trained in Bangalore, India under the Laughter Yoga International Founder, Dr. Madan Kataria.

According to him “diaphragmatic” laughter can help relax, improve one’s mood and boost the immune system.

He added that there is a medical study proving that laughter increases the natural killer cells, lymphocytes, which enhance the immune system.

He shared some laughter exercises during the class, which was designed to increase the level of serotonin, a chemical regarded by some researchers as responsible for maintaining mood balance. A low serotonin level in the body is said to lead to depression.

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Laugh your way to healing. Paolo Trinidad tickling participants for more boisterous giggles.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Laugh more. Don’t fret about small things. Avoid stress. Watch more comedy shows and films. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be with friends who laughs with you not laugh at you. Those two are different.

If you want to catch Paolo Trinidad, you can visit
http://www.pinoylaughteryoga.com for more information.

I encourage you also to attend Kergyma Conference 2017, he will have a class on “The Power of HAHA: Why Laughter is Good for Your Body.” For tickets visit http://kerygmaconference.com/2017.

You are healed!

Share

This photo (credit to the owner) caught my attention in my newsfeed and thought of sharing this in the blog.

I grew up in a poor neighborhood but it did not hinder us to care and to share whatever we have.

I realized that those who are less priviledged are more generous because they understand more the feeling of being in need.

The one’s who have the least, understand the pain.

Our life is to be like a river, not a reservoir. The blessings must flow.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Share. Be generous. The Lord will reward you more. He will fill all your needs.

You are abundantly blessed!

Health

Are you healthy enough to see your loved ones grow?

Don’t let them loose you.

This was the title and the premise of the book that I have read by a passionate health mentor, preacher and motivational speaker Dr. Didoy Lobaton.

I was grateful for Kerygma Conference 2016 that they offered a class that tackled health concerns and Doc Didoy was one of the speakers and he shared simple and holistic ways to combat sickness.

I should have known this book earlier, turning the pages I have realized that I could have done much better for my health.

Many people live today in regrets – wanting to pull back the time so they can be healthier and happier.

I am one of them.

How to take care of your health so that you can take care of others?

Good question.

A Healthy You. Doc Didoy shares his insight during the Kerygma Conference 2016.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today inspired by the book:

Live a healthy life. Decide now. Don’t let time pass you by.

Treat the root causes not the symptoms of your sickness.

You need to create new health habits for long-term wellness.

You have the capability to heal your self.

I recommend that you get a copy of the book now. You can buy online at http://www.kerygmabooks.com.

Always remember you are abundantly healthy!

Climb

Are you burden with trials?

I am with you.

There are times I wanted to throw the towel and called it quits.

But, life is more than that.

It is a long uphill climb but the view on top is worth it.

I never imagined that I will be able to climb the peak of Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon last September 2016.

We left early in the wee hours of the morning so that we could attend the 9am healing mass.

The trek on the way to the Christ Redeemer grotto was not easy but I pushed myself and reached the top together with my wife and our relatives.

Looking at the view from the top, I thank the Lord for the renewed strength. A few months back, I was sickly in bed but God is bigger than my trials. This is His victory not mine.

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A thanksgiving climb. Our pilgrimage to Kamay ni Hesus (September 2016).

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Enjoy the climb of your life. Be it in your professional career, family or love life. Never give up. The journey is worth it. Smell the flowers. Brace yourself for surprises. Appreciate the challenges.

A short description from the official website of Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church:

A sacred ground and piligrimage site for everyone who wants to to repent, give thanks and pray for healing. Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church is a 5-hectare shrine constructed on February 2002 and located at Brgy. Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon that includes Via Dolorosa Grotto, Healing Church, Noah’s Ark, Sea of Galilie, Holy Family Park, and the Pastoral Center founded by the Healing Priest, Fr. Joey Faller.

Smile! You are abundantly blessed!