Monthly Archives: February 2015

2015 marks the 30th year of
the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).  To kick off the celebration of its anniversary,
MTRCB formally launched its new infomercial on 23 February 2015 at 2:00 p.m.,
MTRCB Building.  Directed by renowned
film and television director Jose Javier “Joey” Reyes, Jr., DGPI and
conceptualized by Mr. Erlito “Lilit” Reyes, the infomercial features
actors-spouses Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo in a typical morning situation at
home.  In such scene, their depicted
child picks up a word from a TV feature and asks the elders in the house what
it means.
 The infomercial aims to challenge parents and responsible adults to be aware of the media content our children are exposed to, and to be mindful of the MTRCB’s classification ratings.  Parents are also reminded that the primary duty in guiding their children as to the media the latter see still rests in them.
 Details of the infomercial were discussed by Director Joey Reyes, Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo, Lilit Reyes and MTRCB Board Members Bibeth Orteza and Manet Dayrit, the latter being Co-Chairpersons of the Infomercial Committee. 
 The launch was culminated by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the TV Networks and theater operators to ensure showing of the infomercial and to continuously empower the general public towards discerning viewership and thus, among other objectives, inform parents as to the media and entertainment their children may see. 
 The infomercial will be aired in all television networks and theaters nationwide starting 25 February 2015.

Just recently, I shared to you a post that warned you the TEN HUMAN REGRETS (read it here). That post will get you thinking and pondering about what you've been through and what you've done in your life. For sure, you don't want to end up having all those or one of those regrets. You have to set your goal, and one way to set them is to know, what really matters in life. Now, I am going to share to you the TEN HUMAN VICTORIES.
  1. You reach your end full of happiness and fulfillment on realizing that you are all used up - having spent the fullness of your talents, the biggest of your resources, and best of your potential doing great work and leading a rare-air life.
  2. You reach your end knowing that you played at a standard concentrated excellence and held yoursef to the most impeccable of standards in each thing that you did.
  3. You reach your end in noisy celebration for having the boldness of spirit to have regularly confronted your largest fears and realized your highest visions.
  4. You reach your end and recognize that you became a person who built people up versus one who tore people down.
  5. You reach your end with the understanding that while your journey may have not always been a smooth one, whenver you got knocked down you instantly got back up - and at all times, never suffered from any loss of optimism.
  6. You reach your end and bask in the staggering glory of your phenomenal achievements along with the rich value you have contributed to the lives of the people you were lucky to serve.
  7. You reach your end and adore the strong, ethical, inspirational, and empathetic person you grew into.
  8. You reach your end and realize that you were a genuine innovator who blazed new trails instead of following old roads.
  9. You reach your end surrounded with teammates who call you a rock star, customers who say you're a hero, and loved ones who call you a legend.
  10. You reach your end as a true Leader Without a Title, knowing that the great deeds you did will endure long after your death and that your life stands as a model of possibility.
Your life may have become so filled with worries and senseless acts of distraction that you'd lost sight of the truth of what was most important. You'd lost sight of all you could do, right were you were. You'd forgotten the power you had to make change happen. And you'd disconnected from the hidden genius you were built to become. 
The point of this post? That you could choose to continue as you've been doing these past years - coasting through life and succumbing to the curse of small, daily neglect. And if you did, you'd end up in that first grave, a wasted victim of the costs to set out on the tablet of slate. Or you could choose the higher road. You could stand for leadership, excellence, and enthusiasm within your work and in your life. You could begin to Lead Without A Title and go for the rewards on the golden tablet. One choice would lead you into a form of living hell. The other, I can assure you, would lead you to the place of your dreams. You knew which choice you'd make.
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We dined at Siam Krua Thai, Lim Ketkai Drive, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. We were warmly welcomed and entertained as we entered the restaurant. The crew greeted us in Thai I suppose which I didn't really understand, and didn't reply. 
Siam Krua Thai experience? This was not my first time to dine in the restaurant, but it's my first time to have its review. First, what did we order? 
To additionally (because we already had our Starbucks session) clench our thirst, we had the four seasons juice. Alright they call it "Tropical Slush"! 🙂
Tropical slush
 Then the Tom Yum (Yam)? was served by the waiter. He served it on our soup bowls. Maybe he reckoned we're going to fight over the soup? Haha so to be fair, he's going to divide it for us! LOL! Well, that's great service though. Not that we can't do it, but it's how they do it here.
Maybe it's just my taste, but it didn't impress me, it's somehow short of being spicy. The sourness of the soup is more evident in the taste than it being hot and spicy. I can taste the sour tomato and tamarind (I guess) which did not suit much for my taste. But the prawn was greatly cleaned and tasted well if removed from the soup and eaten separately. 🙂
My portion of Tom Yum Prawn Soup
Add to the fun of Tom Yum experience the reaction of my colleague Ms. H. 
Then we also ordered Chicken in Green Curry.  I do love curry so this is so-so, not really that outstanding but well, it's good enough. 
Chicken in Green Curry
Then we had vegies! Mixed Vegies or commonly known ChopSuey! Haha Mixed Fried Vegies they'd call it. Ordinarily cooked fried vegetables with mushrooms. Again, it did not awe me. But I did eat more of these. 
And of course these are the creatures who tried out the Siam Krua Thai Restaurant! 
Mr. R.R, Yours Truly, Chef F, and Ms. H.
If I would rate Siam Krua Thai would be the following:
Service: 4/5. It would have been 5/5 but the diminishing factor was their servers lacked product knowledge, just happened that the one who asked was a Chef, so it's a disappointment. We also asked a favor to take a picture and we were not immediately attended to, as if our request was not part of their job. 
Ambiance: 4.5/5 Was great! But Mr. RR noticed something that needs proofreading. But the place is great! 
Food: 2.5/5 It barely passed my standard. Or maybe we picked the wrong food? But yeah, it didn't satisfy our taste buds that much. 
Price: 3.5/5 Reasonable. Not too expensive but not cheap.
For more of their menu and prices you can browse them below, I happen to take some snapshots of the menu so you would have an idea how much you would spend when you try the restaurant. Maybe you'd try some other food than those we've tried.

Share with me your Siam Krua Thai experience. Feel free to live your idea on the comments box below! 🙂

It's early in the morning, and yes, you don't want to remember sadness and grave! You don't even want to think of death. But on an average, how many years do you have in life? Or what's the life expectancy of man? And how have you been doing for the past fraction of your life? Have you ever thought of it? Imagine you're facing a grave, and you know you're on the last days of your life. What would you tell yourself?

You might not be informed, but there are these TEN HUMAN REGRETS that one could face at the end of his days in the world. I am sharing this to you now because, I want you to change perspectives, innovate yourself, discover your full potential and be an awakened artist to what you can truly become. If you don't, I am sure, you will soon be facing these TEN HUMAN REGRETS. Here's the complete list:

  1. You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.
  2. You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things. 
  3. You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.
  4. You reach your last day full of pain at the realization that you never took any bold risks and so you never received any bright rewards.
  5. You reach your last day understanding that you missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of mastery because you bought into the lie that you had to be resigned to mediocrity.
  6. You reach your last day and feel heartbroken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.
  7. You reach your last day regretting that you forgot tat work is about being radically helpful to others rather than being helpful only to yourself.
  8. You reach your last day with the awareness that you ended up living the life that society trained you to want versus leading the life you truly wanted to have.
  9. You reach your last day and awaken to the fact that you never realized your absolute best nor touched the special genius that you were built to become.
  10. You reach your last day and discover you could have been a leader and left this world so much better than you found it. But you refused to accept that mission because you were just too scared. And so you failed. And wasted a life.

This is for you. And it's not too late. If you've read this now, it means that you have ability to change course, to turn the rudder and change direction. Towards the direction you are meant to be. Towards the direction of Amazing and Wonderful! Towards the direction of a great and well-lived life!

I will continue to post more about this topic in the next blog, so please stay tuned. Good news is, you are still alive! It's not too late! Learn more about this. Follow me on FB or on this blog. 
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When someone asks the question, "Want a television job?" visions of glamor, recognition, fame, and fortune probably pop into your mind. What I'm going to share today will meet most of those criteria, but perhaps not in the way you'd expect.
The television job I have in mind for you as a parent or friend of a child is one of involvement. If parents get involved with what their kids see on T.V., then some T.V. can be good. Unfortunately, much of what you - or a kid - can see on the tube is anything but good. As an example think of this: an average of every seven and one-half minutes of prime-time viewing, drinking alcohol is presented as a fact of life, in a generally favorable light. This does not include the beer and wine commercials, the most persuasive advertisements on T.V.
The potential benefit of television - like a lot of things - hinges on parental involvement. So the job I have for you is not in front of the camera, but in a management position in front of the set. If you do your job well, you'll be successful where it counts the most - in your own home with your own children and their friends. With this approach, chances are good will hear your own children saying, "My folks are the greatest! They wanted the best for me and were willing to get involved to see that I got it!" What a payoff for your television job!
What do you allow into your mind? Is it the idea of killing, of fire, of violence, of attacks and war? Of immoral relationsips? Of early childhood pregnancy? What's your family watching every day? Do you take control of it?
Today, I urge you to say "I will take control of my life and my television set. I will "manage" the input into the minds of myself and my family.

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Some people win in spite of the odds - and that select group can include you.
Angie Pikshus had every reason to decide life had dealt her an unfair hand. Her mother died when she was still a baby. She never really knew her father or the peaceful security of a stable home; instead she was moved from foster home to foster home. When she was in the eighth grade, she was moved to Arkansas to live with some relatives. Angie was an orphan, was twenty pounds overweight (and therefore was growing out of all of her clothes), and now, to top it off, she was moving away from friends.
From to time all of us have reason to believe that life has stacked the deck against us. At this point in her life, Angie Pikshus had ample reason to feel cheated, but she decided to do something about her situation. She decided she needed to lose weight, so she began running strictly for exercise, to burn off that excess weight. The more she ran, the more she enjoyed and applied herself to the task. She continued to train and began entering races. 
Angie, now a senior at Arkansas State University, has won three marathons and several ten-kilometer races. She has won the New OrleansMardi Gras Marathon twice, the Memphis Express Marathon, and the Atlanta Avon 10-K, among other events. 
Angie Pikshus had every reason to decide that life had declared her a loser, but she didn't. She excelled in spite of the obstacles. The exciting thing about this story is that the same principles of commitment, dedication, and hard work that helped her lose the weight and become winning runner will also make her a winner in other areas of life. 
P.S.: The same principles will work for you too.
Tell yourself today, "I will make a commitment to work as hard as necessary to reach my goals."

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One of the best ways to practice is to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit - the character qualities the Holy Spirit builds within us - if we allow Him.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Each character quality is something the Spirit of God wants to produce within us. This tells me that one of the best ways to cooperate with His working is to practice being loving, being joyful, keeping a heart of peace, and so forth. He is faithful to bear these fruits in our lives as we are faithful to practice them.
Take a moment to rate yourself on each of these characteristics. Which ones do you need to practice? (Hint: The areas you most need to practice are those that are least practiced now.)
Read each definition that follows. Then evaluate where you stand and determine which areas you need to prioritize for practice.
                              Least Practiced                                                            Most Practiced
Love            1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Joy              1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Peace          1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Patience      1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Kindness      1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Goodness     1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Faithfulness 1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Gentleness   1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Self control  1         2        3            4           5            6          7         8          9           10
Love
Am I consistently committed to helping others develop and discover God's very best in their lives? Do I treat others as God would treat them?
Joy 
Do I trust the fact that god is in control of every situation, regardless of how it looks to me? Do I take my joy from knowing this, or do I tend to draw my contentment from pleasant situations and circumstances?
Peace
Do I bring calming effect to every situation, or do I stir up people's feathers? Am I a reconciler or an instigator? Do I tend to fix the blame or fix the problem?
Patience
Do I give people room to fail, and then help them look for the lessons of life that can be extracted from that failure? Or do I keep score of hits and errors?
Kindness
Am I kind? When working with people under my supervision or care, do I appeal to them kindly? Or do I have the tendency to order them around? How do I behave toward my family?
Goodness
Is the core of my heart good? Do I want the success of others, or do I look out only for myself, regardless of what happens to others?
Faithfulness
Am I loyal? Can I keep confidences, or do I have tendency to share private information about others? Am I a faithful spouse or do I emotionally court other relationships?
Gentleness
How do I deal with others' failures, especially if it affects me? Am I more concerned about my welfare or theirs?
Self-control
Do I control my thoughts or do they stray? Am I able to discipline my emotions and sexual desires?
Take time to practice these character qualities God is wanting to build in you and express through you. The more you practice these things, the more fruitful you'll be in your life.

What are your most practiced characteristics? Which fruit is most practiced in your life? Feel free to share below. 

We are either single or alone (because of long distance relationship) today, on a valentines day! And I thank God because I have harshfriends who never failed to amuse and readily throw laughter the moment the battle starts rolling. 
Indeed, harshfriends are the people who tell you things you don't even want to tell yourself. They've organized this dinner because they don't want to be left out when people are busy posting their valentine celebration, I also happened to be away from my GB Haide, so I said I'd join. Thanks to our ever active friend Roscel and Keithly for this event! Haha we're not alone! 
So, we arrived on time (me and Keithly), waited for couple of minutes to be given a seat in the restaurant. People flew into the place, as expected. But yeah, we were given seats after a few minutes of waiting. They serve asian food. We were already hungry so we ordered as soon as the others arrived. But before all the food were served, the laughter had already bursted. 
We had chicken pandan, shrimp, fried pork belly and a fish fillet and platter rice tom yum and garlic rice? haha

Fish fillet

Tom Yum

Chicken Pandan

Crispy Fried Pork Belly

Shrimp

The talk and laughter was awesome! Every time we get together, we will surely have those more than enough dose of laughter! Something that we really needed to have every now and then! More gatherings to come! haha But seriously, they're so hungry. Look at Roscel! haha

I finished my food first, so I was able to take the above picture! haha Keithly was always ready for a photo op? LOL!
Reviews:
Service : 3/5 my friend called earlier to reserve a seat for us, but they said they don't accept reservations. It's on a first come first serve basis. But when she got there, she was asking to get the seats she spotted, but was told it was reserved. Really? The crew though are friendly. Aren't they Keith? haha Food were served not so quickly but not too long.
Food: 4/5 it's good but it's not that outstanding. The garlic rice was just ordinary (was garlic rice?) haha. The food taste were filipinized thai food (asian food). Generally, the food tasted good! 
Price: 3/5 for the food we've had, I think it's within reasonable. But not really for a budget type of meal. It's a little bit above affordable, but still reasonable.
Ambiance: 4/5 at least for the spot that we got, we've had our laugh out loud moments without being conscious about the other people in the room. Just enough ventilation and coziness to enjoy some intellectual (weeeh?) or cool conversation and laughter.

In sum, I've enjoyed tonights dinner! Thanks #harshfriends for the company! Thanks for the laughter! Till next time. 🙂 Happy Valentines Day to all of you! 

Today is Friday the 13th! Yes! Some are busy for the valentines day, but most of us employees are busy encoding grades for the second period! Haha Valentines the COC way! 
Today, we were also set to meet with fellow employees as members of the Cagayan de Oro College Faculty and Employees' Association (COCFEA). By lunch time, we went to the PHINMA-COC Main South and enjoyed window shopping at the organized Employees' Bazaar! Then we then entered the auditorium. Employees were already gathered. 
A few minutes after our arrival, the program started.  A clip of the recent FUN RUN was shown. The general assembly's host was Ms. Caldoza. We were then offered to take our meal as the buffet has been readied by the catering services of Truffles.
Then we were welcomed into the general assembly by Mr. Caliat. We were also given words of affirmation and inspiration as well as a challenge by our very own Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Karim Bangcola. 
Raffle prizes were given, and a lot of our colleagues received something. My name wasn't called, and was never really mentioned in all the minor prizes. We were praying that if the name called isn't ours, the person isn't around. Up until almost every single raffle items were given but there was no mention of our my name. Souvenir cups, frying pans, pitchers and even the Starbucks GCs were all gone. Made me sad, until they said, one last name for the grand prize! And guess what, my name was called! hahahaha
Surprisingly, the grand prize (although it's not really super expensive) is an electric kettle of Kyowa! Just right for our own electric kettle at home has just given up working! haha It was fully depreciated and disposed recently! Talk about timing! Yeah! Thank you Lord! I don't have to spend for the electric kettle.
Then the discussions regarding the updates of the Association's policies were given, discussed, disputed and some items were approved. Some items were also deferred for study by the Board of Directors. 
After the general assembly of the association, we all went back to our respective offices to continue with our work. Although, classes has been suspended, the deadline for encoding grades wasn't moved. Which means that everyone is expected to have uploaded the grades by end of the day! So off we go, let the encoding continues!
I did finish my grades sooner. And was a little bit relaxed during the day. Had a time to draft some documents for another project! Thank you God for the accomplishments!
By 3:00 P.M. our College's dancers had a practice on their "Dance Battle - Employees' Edition" amd was rehearsing the steps like it's already the real stage and final showdown! The College is so proud of you Ma'am Reina, Hanna, Agnes, Sir Chris and JP! You rock! Go CMA!
After their rehearsal, they've prepared themselves, they wore their attires and had their make-up and face paints. Here they are. 
We decided to go down stairs to watch "The Voice of COC". The winner is from the College of Education! Congratulation lady! You deserve it. I personally like her rendition of "Thinkin' Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. They were first asked to sing their song of choice, then was ranked and the judges selected 4 out of the 8 voices (artists), then of the 4 was "The Voice of COC". She made a final song Victor's Piece "Listen"! Congratulations!
With soon to be Dr. Cheryl Marie R. Calo, MBA, Dean Cecilia M. Laguna, CPA, MBA and Clyde F. Gamolo, CPA, MBA
After "The Voice of COC", the dance battle of the employees followed. Here's the video clip! Fantastic! Teachers can move and groove! Wohooo!
We decided to go out for a dinner at Lifestyle District after the Dance Battle.  Had this picture taken. 
Thank you guys for a fun-filled pre-valentine bonding! 

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In the vast majority of cases, our physical tiredness is not really a physical problem; we are simply suffering from mental exhaustion, sometimes known as "stinkin' thinkin." Here's an example (you men who read this will relate to this example better than the ladies).

The day has been one of "those" days, all day long, and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. One frustrating event has piled on top of yet another frustrating event. At the end of the day, you stagger home, too tired to put one foot in front of the other.
Your wife greets you cheerfully and enthusiastically, expressing her delight in the fact that you are not late in getting home, since this is "the" day. You wearily inquire, "What day?" Your wife eagerly responds that this is the day that six weeks ago you had set aside to clean the garage. You feebly protest that you cannot put one foot in front of the other. Your wife promises to help but again you deny the presence of energy.
However, at that precise instance the telephone rings and the voice at the other end says to you, "Hey, pardner, I've got a tee time at the country club in fifteen minutes. We still have time to get in nine holes before dark, if you can make it.: All of a sudden the tiredness disappears and you enthusiastically respond that you'll be there in ten minutes.
In one form or another, the above example recurs millions of times every day. The point is simple; when you reinforce your feeling of tiredness by acknowledging it, you further reduce your energy reserve. Visualize yourself enjoying the task, and you'll be amazed at how much more energy you have.
You see, the moment you've been waiting for is now! You just have to feel and get energized with the thought! Do not be deceived by the cunning of your mind (lazy mind), train it and make it positive. Every morning is another reason to be inspired. 
So today, tell yourself this "Every time I am asked, "How are you?", I will respond with "Super good, but I'll get better!"
Complete this statement:
Today I will ____________________________________.
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