Sunday, March 28, 2010

Plans for the Holy Week

Today is Palm Sunday. Start of the Holy Week. What are my plans for the Holy Week?

Well, for one thing, we have our Institutional Shutdown. It means that we don't have any office for from Holy Monday to Wednesday then will be back on April 6. Because of the shutdown, it gives me time to do some personal errands, things to do and planning.

We will be spending the Holy Week at Cavite / Tagaytay area. Hopefully we can go to the Pink Sisters for some personal time alone with God. With what's happening with me lately, I think I need to go to my Abba and find some comfort and assurance that everything will be okay. After the time alone with God, I brought home with me some paperwork. Not office-related, but a bit from my professional association and my never-ending paper (heehee) and for my fledgling consultancy work. There is a break, but it gives me the time to prepare the materials needed. With fingers crossed, a lot of prayers, I claim that it will push through this summer. It will be a big help not only financially, but also for my professional growth as well.

April will see me as a busy bee, with the year-end sessions and the sidelines. Hopefully all will go well as planned. :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BPI has done it again!

Disclaimer: the Bank did not pay me for this, hehe.

BPI has done it again! Real-time service!

I encashed my checks with them. Take note that the originating branch is at Makati and I am encashing it at their mall branch. Mind you, it took me around 10-15 minutes (including the queueing up) to finish my transaction. Basically, it was less than 10 minutes tops. They also didn't charge any inter-branch fees, they can verify the signature online and voila! Your cash is available!

Talk about good customer service. Keep it up!

A touching letter

My dad wrote this and asked me to type it. I was so moved by the content that I wanted it to share with you. I cried in the process while typing it.

With clear intent, no conjunction was used in the salutation but the comma manifest the continuity of your relationship.

Our trip to Iloilo is another journey back to the time when our hearts beat with the vibrancy of life, to the time where our dreams appears before us; there for the taking. Dreams however do not always turn out the way we plan them. Life is what happens when we confront and accept the unexpected!

But there are basic lessons that would appear as guideposts in our journey…please consider:

Life is constant change! The only constant in life is change. With every breath we make we initiate change. Even when we decide not to, life goes on, and change still occur. When we are in a state of discomfort, sadness, pain we know that life goes on, change will bring us relief for even comfort, happiness and all good things will also pass. So appreciate and cherish such precious fleeting moments!

I am always fascinated by your timepiece that cracks up and mends itself with a corresponding time and it goes on for another hour and on! Truly, the timepiece of life never stops. Neither does it pause for those who celebrate, speed up for those who fear tomorrow. As time push forward, we take new challenge and create new life episodes and move past from our disappointment, sorrow, or despair. Time will embrace us and heals us from broken hearts and even broken bones as well.

Have the courage to ask for answers on life’s issues. God always will carry you when you are weak, will hold you when you are tired, always will love you when you do not care anymore, will embrace you when are lonely and will encourage you when you fail.

Accept life’s reality… that you can have anything but not everything… With hard work, determination and perseverance, we can achieve anything, if we are willing to go the extra mile. But no matter how hard we try, we cannot have everything. Life is a balancing act, losses and trade-offs. We can gain some, we lose some.

The Golden Rule is the universal law of nature! Whatever you sow, you reap. It does not hurt to smile, to forgive, be kind or extend a helping hand. Every act of goodness always returns to the giver.

We talk about love and prayers next letter but let me close with this thought, let us not measure our goodness by what we resist, what we deny ourselves and who we exclude. Rather let us measure our goodness by what we embrace, what we create and what we include!

Often it is said that life is not measured by the number of breath we make, but by every breath-taking moments we live. Our prayers and happy thoughts are with you always.