Monthly Archives: December 2014

One of the things that we look forward to in every Christmas season would be the festive events in the organisation where we belong. As part of our celebration, we decided to hold it at Kampo Juan. From my previous post, I sort of, gave an orientation what Kampo Juan is, and what it offers, in this post though I will be sharing our personal photos and how we define fun and adventure! Something that we cannot just forget, those exhilarating moments and tons of laughters made us enjoy the day!
This would not impress you! The almost dilapidated label of the place is not to be judged for the fun you'll have inside. Well, maybe the maintenance crew were not on duty as it's already holiday? Haha
They have spacious rooms for the event. You don't need air-condition as it's already cold outside. The place is cozy and well it's in Bukidnon, so you'll understand why the winds are cool.
The greens scenes are just priceless! It's not everyday that I enjoy the view of green leaves of trees, grass, and everything in nature.
It's a party, so we have to have food! πŸ™‚ We ordered few viands from a catering service provider, something that would fill our stomach. 
But of course, it's not really the food that makes it fun! The games do.
The first game is like a statue dance but it's modified. You don't pause when the music stops playing, instead, you'll hold the zipper of the men at the centre. The one who doesn't have a zipper in her hand is eliminated. It's fun and scary! haha You'll never know what the girls might grab! haha you know what's next to zipper! Haha
The next game is newspaper dance! You know how this is played.
For the win!
Next game is egg relay! Haha pass on the egg!!!
What am I thinking?
We had the message relay, which became controversial! haha We always want to win so we argued on the rules of the game! Lol! 
But that's not all, we have to experience the adventure that the place is offering! 
You wouldn't think we're afraid! Haha we always manage to fake a smile and pose for the camera! Documentation! Minsan lang to! haha
That's the first thing we did, Anicycle! Riding a bicycle on air! With cables as your pathway!
I realised one thing here though, "Trust the one holding you!" That's the instruction. Don't be afraid! The cables can hold you and you won't get off the cable, and you won't fall. See, just like in life, when you seem to be out of balance, just trust the One that holds your life. God is stronger than the anicycle cable. Life can get you off balance, but you've got to keep kicking the pedal forward, you know there's gotta be an end to that. Haha The adventure was a lot of fun!
We managed to get off the track! haha We reached the other end, I was smiling because it's a lot of fun watching the nature's life many feet below my bicycle!
Then Zipline!
If you are quite lighter than the others, you might be asked to do the Zipline on a pair so you could reach the other end.
That's me trying to pose for the camera! haha 
The view while crossing the Zipline and Anicycle course. Breathtaking!
After this first Zipline course, we'll have to conquer the hanging bridge!
Conquering heights will not be complete if you're not actually walking on a bridge that's dangling on the air while you walk on it! So pardon the poor attempt to smile while on the bridge. haha
Some of our teammates don't want the heights so they went to the pool for a splash! Swim! Under the sun! 
Swimming with the family! πŸ™‚ 
Someone just want to pose! No more, no less. Haha
These, made the event one fun Kampo Juan experience! Thank you KJ for having us! And for letting us in, and making our Christmas Party/Team Building a great one! 

I have been thinking of writing about our quick trip to Oslob, Cebu for the Whale Shark Watching. Only had the time now. So here it is. Oslob Whale Shark Watching Adventure! 
Well, it's on my list of things I wanted to do, so I decided to go even with the limited time that I have for the trip. I was initially invited by my friend, but I declined given the flight I have booked to return to the city is on the same day. And it's midday! My flight is set at 1:15 P.M.
But, with much prodding (naks, kala mo naman pinilit talaga), I decided to go, because I will be with people who have booked the same flight, and have the guts to go there. The estimated time from Lahug, Cebu City is 3 hours. 
I was told we can travel the night before the whale shark watching, that was a Saturday. And then at 5:30 in the morning, we will have the whale shark encounter then go back to the City. So we will have time. But we decided to cut costs. So we stayed at the hotel, which was already paid for the night's stay on Saturday, and decided to travel at dawn around 2:00 AM. 

That's how it looked like. Really early. But the sleepiness didn't bother us anyway. Let's go! We said.
By 2:30 A.M. the bus from Cebu South Bound Terminal went off to Oslob. And it took us only 3 hours approximately from the terminal to the destination. We were there as early as 5:30 to 6:00 AM. We were just on time. So we figured, if the whale shark encounter is for 2 hours, we'll leave by 8:00 AM. We're still on time back to the city at 11:00 AM. 
By 7:00 AM we boarded the small boat towards the station where we'll have the orientation. There are things to remember for the encounter. There are penalties (supposedly) imposed for violations. And we were informed of the precautions we would have to take while the encounter is on going. All I could remember right now though is that we are not allowed to touch the whale sharks, I think we were also told not to get too close to the whale shark, around 1 meter away from the whale shark. 
Then we were told, we are ready for the encounter!
We did have the encounter! This is where I realised, and as one of my new found friend was joking. Expectation vs. Reality happens. We've seen a lot of great pictures taken with the whale shark, from friends, from posts on Facebook, etc. And we were expecting we could have the same pictures for us. but when we get there to take those pictures, it proved difficult to achieve.
The whale shark is not gonna wait for you to have your perfect pose, so you'll just have to keep posing for the camera as it approaches you. And most of the time, the camera don't capture you're supposedly beautifully posed picture. Haha! I can just laugh remembering the experience. So to share a few. This is what I've got.

 That's the whale shark. No! not the one with the bubbles, the one at my back! haha My fourth attempt at the shot with the whale shark.

Then it's on my feet now, it doesn't seem to like the camera with me on the picture.

The this is when I gave up taking underwater pictures, and told the cameraman, to just take a picture of me with this whale shark at my side. I was a bit scared here though, I hit its side with my feet while swimming because I was moving away from it. Haha Was tired this time. Too many failed attempts jus to take the picture! So that's it! My swim with the whale shark! My encounter. Still part of the adventure. And well, it's not what I expected, but at least I know, how hard it is, to take a perfect picture with the whale sharks. Haha 
Because we have made some arrangements we kind of saved from the charges. We only paid for the P550 unlimited shots of the underwater camera provided to us by the place where we registered. Plus the charge for the boat of 500 per person. So we paid each around P610. Inclusive of unlimited shots for underwater camera, transfer of files to another storage device or CD. Plus the boat and life jacket. Not bad for an adventure with  a whale shark.
So, we're done with the encounter. We're back in the shore. Still smiling. After all the struggles to take the picture. We had this one decent picture. 
And our only decent picture is this, thanks adventure buddies Maam Mitch and Sir Renz!
And of course we managed to pose (fake) for this. Haha!
And of course these, as a consolation. And proof that we were there! haha another decent picture of us. haha
Still, I am happy to strike out one item on my bucket list! But wait! There's more to this adventure! Just a little bit more! Haha!
We were able to board the bus back to Lahug, Cebu City from Oslob by around 8:30AM approximately. Calculating, we're safe. We'll arrive at Lahug by 11:30 and we will be on time for the time for check-in which is 45 minutes before the flight. We were smiling, thinking that we had the adventure. And yes! We're still on time, so far.
Then one hour passed, and we're still travelling. Still relaxed. Then another hour passed, still on the road. Keeping calm. Another hour passed, we're still on the road. Travelling. Now watching our wristwatches, it seems to have sped up its ticking. Then it's really 11:45, then it turned 12:00 nn. And we can't seem to get nearer to Lahug. Congestions on the street are getting heavier. We started to worry, just a little bit. I was so optimistic. 
Then, we reached the hotel at 12:10 PM. We rushed to our hotel room, took our things. Then asked the cab to bring us as quick as possible to the airport! Good thing the driver of the cab knows the quick way as we arrived there 20 minutes after. Which means we are there by 12:30PM. Boarding time, according to our web check in details is 12:40. But we haven't checked in yet, the things needed for baggage check in. When we get to the airport, there was a heavy congestion of passengers falling in line for the check in. What's horrifying is there's no counter to accept our luggages anymore. Meaning the counters have closed for check in.
We approached a crew of the airline, and wow! God is great, after a couple of words of frustrating statements, she conceded and agreed to check us in. Just as we received our boarding passes, the announcement for our flights boarding was called. Happy us! Look at our face as we boarded the plane! 
One fun ADVENTURE indeed! The faces of the adventurer! (Lakwatsero's Lakwatsera! Laagan!) Haha

For the costing concern here's the rough estimate (DIY):

Bus from south bound terminal to oslob - P125 to P175/pax (sorry I forgot the exact amount) same amount going back to south bound terminal to oslob.

Then the P610/pax for the whale shark encounter. 

Total cost of P785/pax. This was within out budget of around P1,500. Very well within the budget. πŸ™‚

We wanted to have a memorable Christmas event for our team at the same time use it as our bonding or team building activity. The management has decided to hold it in a venue where they could have some fun. But I was at first, a little bit skeptic. What is that place they were suggesting? Is it really fun there? I never heard of it, or if I did previously, it isn't that good since it didn't catch my attention. But because it has been decided I went with the flow. 
We prepared the budget, the staff made the necessary preparations for the event, and yes! We're there!
The scenery on our way there is already welcoming. We arrived at the venue's gate with a kiss of a beautiful spot worth capturing. 
Then I saw the eye-catching scene of the road, very familiar and nostalgic image for travellers.
This place has a lot to offer and a lot of potential. I guess they are not as known as Dahilayan Adventure Park but they're a good place for parties, events and even meetings.
But the reason why we chose this place is because of the fun were were looking for. We want adventure! So what's in here? Why did we choose this anyway? Why not the other parks? Aside from the budget, these are the things we can do here.
If you want extreme adventures, do their rappelling, not on a wall, but on real rock and soil. They have a cliff where you can have your rappelling.
This is the view from afar. That's where you'll have your Rappelling!
Bur if you just want to relax, you can have the cold water in the pool, to soothe your "hot" body! Keep calm, keep cool. Swim in the pool! πŸ™‚
The pool is near the function area too. So if you'll have an event, you can include in the package the use of the pool. So the people can enjoy the pool after the event. Something your people can enjoy.
The water is so inviting! If you are someone who wants to have sun-bathing, then this is your place! Feel the relaxing wind of the mountains and enjoy the cold water of the pool.
Do you want to spend your time over night? Check out their rates for lodging here.
 But if you want more adventures, they also have anicycling adventure. This is something that we actually did. 
We subscribed to unlimited rides so we can enjoy most of the adventure options, we had this too! The crossing of the hanging bridge, overlooking the fantastic greenery of nature. Conquering vertical limits and fears! 
And of course, they also have the common Zipline! We did enjoy this too! They have two courses for the Zipline. One is a short one going to the start of the hanging bridge, after the hanging bridge you'll have the second course of the Zipline.
On my next post, I will show our pictures on how we've enjoyed the adventures of Kampo Juan! Now you'll have a new idea of a place where you can have your team building! Have fun!
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If you were presented with that statement, and you were asked, what do you understand about that phrase? What would be your answer?
"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey."
Such a profound word from Lord Byron. 
But if I am going to answer the question, I would say, that the quote seems to jive with the quote "love conquers all". Love reigns over any adversities and atrocities. As atrocious situations could be like wolves when they prey, but with love one can overcome such situation.
And I am not referring only to "love" towards your partner or lover, but love towards almost everything. Say for work, for craft, for what you're doing, for children and even for everything. If you ever get tired at life, try taking in, and giving out more love. 
I have seen most people succeed in their pursuit of happiness because they have this in their life, "love". 
So this Christmas, and you think you can give not much material things, and people around you, can't afford to give you material. Welcome their gift of love. Appreciate the relationship, not just the material gift. Appreciate the love, way more than the value of the thing given. Appreciate the thoughtfulness. And don't miss to say, "thank you!". 
Appreciating what you receive, means you are welcoming more of that blessing! πŸ™‚ You are being a good receiver! 
So this Christmas Season! Live. And Love. 

I am sharing to you statements that may have been a quotable quote. A truism that you believed in. Hear what John L. Mason have to say about them. 

The way to guarantee success is to work smarter, not harder.

This is losing idea. You will find that effective leaders do both. They work smarter, and they work harder.

Activity equals accomplishments.

Activity is not accomplishment. Hard work is not results. We should not ask ourselves whether or not we're busy, but what we're busy about. We serve a God who is interested in results. Each of us will give an account of our own actions, not someone else's.

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.

We should not take care; we should take control. If you don't take control of your own life, somebody else will.

Don't waste (kill) time.

Although this truism expresses a good thought, it is really not accurate. When you waste your time, you waste your life.

If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Even when things are working, they still can be improved.

What you see is what you get.

Christians are not to be moved by what we see but by the Word of God. We are to see the unseen in every situation. The unseen is really more real than the seen .

He is a self-made man.

There is no such thing. A person can succeed only with the help of God and others.

Talk is cheap.

Talk is very expensive. What people say is ultimately what they get and is what they pay for.

Practice makes perfect.

No, perfect practice makes perfect. Wrong practice leads to wrong habits. Perfect practice leads to productive action. Make sure that whatever you do on a regular basis is right.

What are the actions and attributes of leaders? What is it that makes them different from others?

  1. Leaders are always full of praise.
  2. Leaders learn to say "thank you" and "please" on the way to the top.
  3. Leaders are always growing.
  4. Leaders are possessed with dreams.
  5. Leaders launch forth before success is certain.
  6. Leaders are not afraid of confrontation.
  7. Leaders talk about their own mistakes before they talk about someone else's.
  8. Leaders are people of honesty and integrity.
  9. Leaders have a good name.
  10. Leaders make others better.
  11. Leaders are quick to praise and encourage the smallest amount of improvement.
  12. Leaders are genuinely interested in others.
  13. Leaders look for and praise someone doing something right.
  14. Leaders take others up with them.
  15. Leaders respond to their failures before others have to reveal them.
  16. Leaders never allow murmuring from themselves or others.
  17. Leaders are specific about what is expected.
  18. Leaders hold others accountable.
  19. Leaders do what is right rather than what is popular.
  20. Leaders are servants.
A leader is a lion, not a sheep.
An army of sheep led by a LION would defeat an army of lion led by a SHEEP.

Did you know that the best shortcut you can ever take is to do what God says in His timing? Shortcuts outside the will of God invite compromise and create strife and confusion.
Believers need to understand that we are long-distance runners. We are marathoners. We are not in a sprint, and we do not need to look for shortcuts that open the door to compromise.
There is an old saying that is absolutely true: "If you keep your attention on learning the tricks of the trade, you will never learn the trade." Watch out for fads - even for spiritual fads - because the letters of the word fad stand for "for a day."
There is a story about a beautiful bird that was known for its great singing. It would sit at the top of a tree and make lovely melodies. One day a man walking through the woods passed by the tree and heard the beautiful bird singing. The bird saw the man, and that he was holding a box.
"What do you have in the box?" the bird asked the man.
The man replied that he had large, juicy earthworms in the box. "I will sell you a worm for one of your beautiful feathers," he offered.
The bird pulled out a feather and exchanged it for a worm. He reflected to himself, Why should I work hard to get worms when it is so easy to get them this way?
The bird and the man repeated this process over the course of many days, and soon the bird no longer had any more beautiful feathers with which to pay for worms. Furthermore, he could no longer fly, nor was he still pretty. He did not feel like singing beautiful songs, and he was very unhappy.
Like this foolish bird, we are always tempted to look for shortcuts, ways to get ahead and obtain the results that we desire. But as the foolish bird learned, there is a price for taking shortcuts.
Eventually we will learn that there is no shortcut to success. One of the hidden truths of life is that the path to the prize is always more valuable than the prize itself. Shortcuts rob us of those valuable lessons that we need to learn along the way. When you are presented with a shortcut - a way that is not of God - say no. Be persistent and stick to the path on which the Lord has placed you.

Are you "Money Conscious" or "Poverty Conscious"?
Poverty is attracted to the one whose mind is favorable to it, as money is attracted to him whose mind has been deliberately prepared to attract it, and through the same laws. Poverty consciousness will voluntarily seize the mind which is not occupied with the money consciousness. A poverty consciousness develops without conscious application of habits favorable to it. The money consciousness must be created to order, unless one is born with such a conscience. 
Catch the full significance of the statements in the preceding paragraph, and you will understand the importance of persistence in the accumulation of a fortune. Without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.
If you have ever experienced a nightmare, you will realize the value of persistence. You are lying in bed, half awake, with a feeling that you are about to smother. You are unable to turn over, or to move a muscle. You realize that you must begin to regain control over your muscles. Through persistent effort of will-power, you finally manage to move the fingers of one hand. By continuing to move your fingers, you extend your control to the muscles of one arm, until you lift it. Then you gain control over the muscles of one leg, and then extend it to the other leg. Then - with one supreme effort of will - you regain complete control over your muscular system, and "snap" out of your nightmare. The trick has been turned step by step.
How to "Snap Out of" Mental Inertia.
You may find it necessary to "snap out of" your mental inertia, through similar procedure, moving slowly at first, then increasing your speed, until you gain complete control over your will. Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move. With persistence will come success.
If you select your "Master Mind" group with care, you will have in it at least one person who will aid you in the development of persistence. Some men who have accumulated great fortunes did so because of necessity. They developed the habit of persistence, because they were so closely driven by circumstances, that they had to become persistent. 
Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden Guide whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying, arrive; and the world cries.  "Bravo! I knew you could do it!" The hidden Guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can't take it simply do not make the grade. 
Those who can "take it" are bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing. That is not all! They receive something infinitely more important than material compensation - the knowledge that "every failure with it the seed of an equivalent advantage."

One of the devil's tricks is getting us to say yes to too many good things. Then we end up being spread so thin that we are mediocre in everything and excellent in nothing. There is one guaranteed formula for failure, and that is to try to please everyone.

Something that is good and something that is right are not always the same thing. A good idea is not necessarily a "Good idea." Our responsibility as Christians is always to do the right things.
There comes a time in every person's life when he or she must learn to say no to many good ideas. In fact, the more an individual grows, the more opportunities he or she will have to say no. One key to getting results is being focused. Perhaps no other key to growth and success is as overlooked as this is. The temptation is always to do a little bit of everything.
Remember, saying no to a good idea does not always mean saying never. No may mean not right now.

There is power in the word no. No is an anointed word. It can break the yoke of over-commitment and weakness. No can be used to turn a situation from bad to good, from wrong to right. Saying no can free you from burdens that you don't need to carry right now. It can also free you to devote the correct amount of attention and effort to God's priorities in your life. 
As you read the title of this nugget, past experiences and present situations probably came to mind. You probably recall many situations in which no or not right now would have been the right answer. Learn from them, and keep yourself from a multitude of mistakes and distractions.
Yes and no are the two most important words that you will ever say. These are two words that determine your destiny in life. How and when you say them affects your entire future. 
Saying no to lesser things can mean saying yes to priorities in your life.

The idol is not created by the gilder, but by the genuflector; he who knows, desires more that man shall need him than thank him. To hold them expectant is the art of the courtier, to rely upon their thankfulness, the art of peasant, for the first remembers as the second forgets. More is to be gained from dependents than from courtesy; he shortly turns his back upon the well who has drunk his fill, and the squeezed orange falls from golden salver into the dung. When dependence goes, decent deportment goes, and with it respect. Let it be a lesson and the first from experience, to keep hope alive but never satisfied, remaining necessary always even to the crowned head; but do not carry this to the point of silence that he may commit error, or so far as to make incurable the mischief of another, for your personal profit.