Category Archives: Life’s Like That

Ten Commandments for Tourists

I’ve read a quote that says, “Spend money on experiences and not on things.” While I ponder on that thought, it sinked into me that there is some truth and depth to this. Come to think of it, If I were to compare my experience between buying the latest gadget and going to a place that I have never been before, the fulfillment of gaining a new experience is more satisfying than the material possession.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, agrees that:

We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. .

In his study, he states that:

People’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up. We consume experiences directly with other people, and after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.

Part of life is creating memories with love ones but we get caught up with trends that we forget to think twice and buy that dress that we really don’t need. I’m not against rewarding your self with a new watch, bag, shoe, or clothes because it is important. I would recommend you buy a really good camera (Handy digicam, GoPro) for all the wanderlust you have targeted throughout the year.

It is easy to fall in love with travelling. Planning your next trip can be very exciting so before you book that next flight, remember these few rules to help you enjoy your trip.





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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

I first heard of this poem when our Pastor shared this during one Sunday sermon. I never knew the legendary Maya Angelou but after listening and digging into the meaning as it was recited, I felt a sense of empowerment. Her poem is quite catchy but everyone in the room knows it’s more than the rhyming at every end of the stanza.

Not all people, let alone women of this generation, could ever know the autobiography of this modern day Renaissance woman that’s why I am sharing this poem. It may have an impact one way or another.

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Phenomenal Woman | Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


For me, the poem is inspiring, self-assuring, motivating. Not being a feminist, but to every woman who might happen to read this, let it be mirror to yourself. What is a phenomenal woman? A phenomenal woman is passionate and intentional. She is true to herself, her voice and her inner self. She is resourceful and honest. A phenomenal woman can have any physical appearance yet the non-falsity of her appearance makes her unique. She  proudly asserts it and is happy with what she has. Such honesty radiates immense confidence which breaks the stereotypes and refuses to mold to society’s interpretation. 

Get to see this poem in fine color and print as it was adapted by the cartoonist Gavin Aung. Check out his cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, (site that I really love to visit) Zen Pencils.

Everybody’s got a story, visit Maya Angelou’s official website to find out more about this phenomenal woman’s journey.

#ProjectSexy2014 #FitnessAndWellness2014

I’ve got this thing going on. I read from a newspaper one time that it’s hard to keep up with your new years resolution, let alone wonder what your new years resolution would be. So in order to make it,  the article writer suggest you do a theme for the whole year and align your focus and activities on the theme that you want to achieve.

Some suggestions where noted using a hash tag so you can easily upload your pic on Twitter and Instagram like #Fearless2014 #Organize2014 #FitnessAndWellness, #NoToDrama2014, etc.

I decided to take on this challenge so this year  I have my own mantra with a theme of #ProjectSexy2014 #FitnessAndWellness #Fearless.


For me this means that I have a goal to cut some flab’s off my tummy and thighs because that’s where it really frustrates me in which I can’t find any good pants to fit me without thinking its over sized.

For my #ProjectSexy2014 to be fully realized I had to squeezed in an hour or more of exercise between my some what busy schedule at work, school, and extra curricular activities. I started on February, before I go to work I do some beginners Cardio work out that I looked up on YouTube. There are a lot of exercises to do so I just choose those that I feel would best serve me for now.

1. Squats 20 preps 3 sets

2. Lounges 10 preps 3 sets

3. Heel raise 10 preps 3 sets

4. Side lounges

5. Forward and back kicks

6. Mountain climbers 10 preps 3 rounds.

7. Crunches

8. Leg raise

9. Russian Twist

I mostly mix them up and add some more from the work out videos I see online. Thank God for them. I’m a bit  health conscious except for when there is pizza and pasta around. Hee! 🙂 This of course has been on ever since I was in high school. I remember borrowing some work out videos from Ma’am Babes Ferolina, a fitness instructor who teaches our church aerobics and belly dancing and now is the number one instructor for Zumba in Gensan. Through her videos I got introduced to Yoga, Aerobics, and Pilates. I love Pilates but I find it very challenging! Not to mention my sporty lifestyle. #SelfAwareness 😀


This theme goes hand in hand with the #ProjectSexy2014. It means complimenting my daily routine with not only the right food to eat but totally changing my lifestyle and habits to whats best for my over all being. ahem. 🙂

Food – to eat as much green vegetables and fruits as possible. Its a bit hard to totally change your diet if you are a meat lover. So for the transition I had to seriously cut on the meat that I eat, as if I eat a lot of meat. Usually I eat pork menudo for dinner everyday or BBQ at Gina’s so I had to do something with that. It depends on my mood on what I eat as long as I know what I eat. I got help again online for some diet food weekly planner. Your intake would depend on your height, weight and the level of activities you do for the week. It is important to incorporate all those in the food pyramid.

I drink soya milk, yogurt and yakult. I eat my fave pork or beef twice a week. Pasta, pizza, fruit shakes, fresh juice and lots of water.

No alcohol just sparkling wine. hehe 🙂

Spirit and Soul – I have to take care also of my spiritual time so a 30-45 min quite time I have incorporated on my morning which is always every time I wake up. I usually wake up 6 am. Currently I am reading a daily devotion entitled Enter His Gates. This was bought at your favorite OMF Lit. store. Being one with the Almighty in serenity coupled with meditation helps a lot and empowering when you start your day with it.

Mind – The mind is a battle field. It takes effort to change your mind, to change your perspective and with my theme I got to take the extra mile. So for this battle field I turn to reading books. Books give me insights and broadens my imagination. Books not only the Bible or daily devotions but also those inspirational, motivational, financial, and sometimes fictional. It depends really.

Positive affirmations and believing on what is the truth will help to have a light aura and a positive vibe which all starts in the mind. No negative talks. No gossips. No worries. No fear.

Believe me its a lot harder that you think. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. In the end you will be happy and proud of yourself for doing what you want to do and sticking to the plan as opposed to complaining why you didn’t do it in the first place.


It’s a theme for daring to go out of my comfort zone. Now this is a very HARD thing for me cause I am an introvert (just making an excuse maybe). For me being fearless is to face that audience and crowd whenever I step on the stage. Gosh I really get so freaking afraid and conscious that sometimes I forget every thing even if i prepared for it.  I have nothing else to say about that for now but will update you all on my status on #Fearless soon  as I am trying my best to step it up 😉


How about you, what are your plans for the year? Share your journey on the comment section!


Google Street View Experience

Google is taking over the universe. From Google Map to Google Earth and now Google Street View, it’s even awesomer! 

I tried the street view on the Philippines but it won’t work yet. So I decided to view some other  place in some other parts of the world. All I can say is that wow! As if I am standing in front of it. 

Here are some of the screen shots I got from viewing the earth street wise. 😉

1. First is the Piazza Del Colosseo at Rome.


2. A street view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and the park in front of it.


3. My next stop is at the Burj Tower at Dubai. You know just strolling around the streets. 🙂


4. I little shopping won’t hurt, I guess, at the biggest mall in the world, Dubai Mall.Image

5. Ah London, United Kingdom. Home of Harry Potter and Mr. Bean. When I was about to cross the street, I found Big Ben’s Inasal. 😀


6. Last but not the least, since my 15 minute break is up.I have to drop by the gym, Staples Center. Home of my favorite NBA team Lakers and my idol Kobe Bryant. 


Google has updated the viewing experience because the last time I Google mapped my house, it was not that clear but now it has a better view although I can’t use street view on it. 

So there you have it. You can have the same experience by trying Google map here.

Let’s not forget to say thanks to the  man behind this genius street view, Mr. Pegman, who travels the world by feet just to give you a bird’s eye view of your backyard. Maybe next time he will traverse the deep blue see or North Pole just for us. 😉


Someday, it’s gonna make sense

I recently read a post from a student off her blog and this is worth the share:

Someday, everything’s going to make sense…

Did it ever dawn to you that everything that happened in your life makes perfect sense?

All the pain…
All the sorrows…
All the hardships….

All of them constitute to that strong woman standing in front of the mirror.

Is it you? Is it still the kind of picture you visualize yourself in your dream? Or has that clumsy cry-baby have finally outgrown her scaredy-cat self and instead turned herself into a refined, strong-willed woman?

Oh, how swiftly time flies by…
I was a coward, the coward was I.
How indefinite, how indefinite it truly is!
The sands of time faded the pain of yesterday,
This cup of courage of today uplifts my soul in every way.

Did it ever make perfect sense now?

Why you failed in that exam,
Why you were bullied back then,
Why your mother seems to like your brother more…

Isn’t it all because your past was just preparing you to welcome the wholesome new version of you today? Haven’t all those things you experienced in the past taught you something?

They all happened to prepare you, to ready your cowardly heart.

Different perspectives. Read more at Nerissa’s blog

The Scar

I’ve been asked a lot about the markings on my right arm. It is quite noticeable so I decided to write about it. Well it is the scar that I got after an accident a long long time ago.

When I was young, in my elementary years, my family and I went to the freedom park. I think it was me, my older sister Claire, and Dad ( he was watching local boxing). Claire and I were fooling around our car, a jeepy. It was fun cause we were playing habul-habolan and hide-and-seek. I was climbing the jeep on the side holding on to the metal and the next thing I knew, I fell on the ground and started to cry. So Dad hurriedly picked me up and drove to the nearest hospital where as I remembered got my hand pricked by a needle connected to a dextrose and the next thing I knew dozed off.

After that, as recovered from surgery, my arm was wrapped in a cast. This went for a long time. I can still recall going to school with it. Those were the years yet I recovered well for after the cast was taken off and after a few weeks of therapy, my arm was back in shape. I mean I can use my right arm for most activities and it’s like nothing happened. I’m so thankful cause I can still play the sports that I love to play.

What’s left of the incident was a big centipede scar on the back of my right arm (the elbow part). As I look back now I realize that I don’t mind my scar. Most days I really don’t even notice it. Sometimes I forget I had the scar. For some people, yeah they notice. They always ask about my scar and I would happily tell them.

“Jeepney accident” I would say and watch their faces in astonishment. Often times it would make me smile and I continue to explain a bit on what really happened so that their puzzled mind would ease. 🙂

Like the man I just meet at the loading center at the canteen awhile ago who was the nth person to ask me that old question. He was a faculty as I recognize him from somewhere.

Some people don’t even notice it until I show it to them. Amusing sometimes. And I never thought of getting rid of it. I kind of like it.

I have another scar. One after a major operation. My ovary was taken out because it was not, well, getting productive 😀 This scar is not as bad compared to my first scar. I think its naturally healing itself too which is fine with me.

There are scars that can be easily spotted, some that can’t, and some that you and I can never see but only felt. But no matter how big or small, whether you see it or not, they leave a mark on you, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

Some scars go way deeper and sometimes your first scars won’t ever fade away.

What’s your scar? 🙂 But you know what in heaven the only scar that you will ever see is the scar of a Savior who died because He loves you no matter who you are, what you are and what you’ve done. Isn’t that great? do you know anyone who would do that for you?

Side note: My first post for the new year and I right about scars. Yeah. 🙂 

The 40 Year Plan – Did You Know?



Have You Heard of the “40 Year Plan”?

Go to school. Get a good education. Get a good paying job. Work for the same company for 40 years. Retire with a gold watch and a pension and enjoy your golden years. Sounds great! There’s just one problem:

Having a JOB (Just Over Broke) and trading time for money, referred to as “The 40 Year Plan”, does not work. In fact, It never has worked. At the age of 60, after working 30 years plus for someone else, out of every 100 people,

Only 1 is considered wealthy;
Only 4 are financially independent;
95 are either dead, dead broke, still working, or dependent upon family, friends, charity, or the government for financial assistance.

Will You Be a Part of the 5% Club or Will You Be One of the 95% at Retirement Age?

Here’s What You Can Expect in the 21st Century If You’re an Employee and Work For Someone Else:

No job security in today’s world due to the economy, competition, and globalization (Downsizing-Layoffs-Hiring Freezes) which are the norm.

  • The average person will change jobs 7 times during their working life
  • Pensions have been reduced or are nearly on-existent
  • Benefits such as health insurance are being reduced or eliminated
  • You only get paid for the hours you work (40 or 50 hours a week), but your bills, debts, and interest on loans are accumulating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (168 Hours a week.)
  • If something happens to you and you cannot work, you don’t earn any income
  • The day you stop working is the day you stop getting paid
  • The bottom line: having a job is dangerous to your wealth! you need a “Plan B Today”

What Are Your Choices to Achieve Financial Freedom?

1) Buy a Franchise?

Large financial risk! (1 million Php or more.)
High Overhead (rent, employees salaries, insurance, advertising, inventory)
Lots of headaches.
No time freedom.
Many fail.

2) Open A Store? (Similar Disadvantages to a Franchise)

Large financial risk! ($100,000 U.S.D. or more.)
High Overhead.
Most don’t turn a profit until their 5th year.
Lots of headaches.
No time freedom.
Over 90% fail within their first few years.

3) Get A Second Job?

Spend less time with your family.
You’ll likely end up tired and exhausted which can affect your performance at your primary job.
Minimal increase in income after paying taxes, babysitting, transportation expenses, etc.
There are 168 hours in a week in which your bills, debts, and interest on loans are accumulating. Working 40 hours a week at one job means you are still 128 hours short! Working a second job for another 40 hours a week still leaves you 88 hours short every week.

Trading time for dollars (working a J-O-B) is NOT the answer to achieving financial independence! The secret?

Learn the Rules to Becoming Financially Independent in the 21st Century!

Rule #1: You Need to Have Your Own Business.

“The #1 thing people can do to create wealth is to start a part-time or full-time home-based business.”-Robert Kiyosaki-Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

Self-employed people make up less than 20 percent of the workers in America, but self-employed people account for two-thirds of the millionaires in America.

Rule #2: You Need to Be in a Business Where You Can Take Advantage of “Leverage” & “Residual Income”

Leverage & Residual Income are the 2 most powerful wealth building concepts ever created & used by world’s wealthiest people.

“Leverage Income” is the ability to get paid on your efforts and on the efforts of others.

If anything happens to you and you can’t work, you can still continue to earn an income on the efforts of others. In fact, your income can continue to grow, whether you’re working or not, as your “network” of those you earn an income on continues to increase in size!

“I’d rather earn 1% on the efforts of 100 people than 100% on my own efforts!”
-The late billionaire J. Paul Getty, once the world’s wealthiest man.

“Residual Income” is the ability to get paid over and over on a one time effort.

Example: When you sell someone a product they have to repurchase on a monthly or periodic basis, you earn an income each time they re-order the product. You make the “sale” once, but get paid each time they purchase the product.

Rule #3: You Need to Be in the Right Industry

Sales, Marketing, and Distribution is the highest paid profession in the world. The highest earners in the sales, marketing, and distribution profession are in Network Marketing.

Network Marketing is simply a distribution business model where people get paid to refer a product or service to people they know and people they meet! (“Word of Mouth Advertising With a Payday.”)

Network Marketing is the fastest growing form of product distribution in the world. It allows you to take advantage of “Leverage” and “Residual Income,” the 2 most powerful wealth to SUCCESS.

The good news? You can start your own business with Network Marketing without ever leaving your good paying JOB. Work smartly and you will be reaping the seeds you sow sooner than expected. Start now and learn the skills to becoming successful in any ventures you undertake. Network Marketing is the best starting ground coupled with its free trainings. What are you waiting for?

Are you ready for financial and time freedom?


In Alliance in Motion Global, we help you find your way to success, help you build and nurture your skills. Ask me how!

Experiencing Japan – JENESYS 2.0 Batch 3

The Land of the Rising Sun. We came. We conquered.

36 young, vibrant, enthusiastic, visionary delegates where chosen to represent the Philippines in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2.0 Batch 3 and were flown to Japan last June 23-30 2013 for a week long activities of getting to know Japan at the same time meeting and making friends with other ASEAN Youth delegates.


The Purpose

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) are setting for the Integration in 2015 with the three pillars: ASEAN Politico-Security Community, ASEANEconomic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. ASEAN Economic Community (hereafter AEC), one of the pillars will play an important role for the future success of the ASEAN Integration,whose objectives are not only focused on being integrated itself, but also on facilitation the continuous development of the region. (Handbook 0607)

With the theme ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Youth Network: Preparing for the Involvement and Contributions of Youths to the AEC Through ASEAN-Japan Youth Exchange Program, It aims to:

1) To raise awareness of the university students of ASEAN member countries towards ASEAN Integration and ASEAN Economic Integration (AEC) and to let the young generation of Japan to deepen the understanding of ASEAN countries and AEC.

2) To learn about the activities of Japan and the key success factors for the economic revitalization in each area and toutilize the ideas for the economic development of each ASEAN member country.

3) To establish the AEC Youth Network to be given the function as a hub linking the young generation of the ASEAN member states and Japan for the future cooperation of the mutual benefit.

The Participants

All the 10 ASEAN member states participated in the project: The program composed of groups of university students from the various backgrounds in
Economics & Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Arts, creative works, & culture.

Each members from the ASEAN states were divided then grouped to form 30 members composed 3 delegates from each country. They are then assigned to the different regions and prefectures of Japan for lectures and tours.

All expenses and accommodations  where covered by the organizers Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in cooperation with National Youth Commission of the Philippines



Group Name:  Mie C at  Mie Prefecture

Delegates from the Philippines are Bernadas, Irene Tia (MSU, Iligan), Carim, Nurhalim S.  (MSU, Marawi) and Lagmay, Wyona Dizon (UM, Davao).

Region:  Chubu

A summary of the activities are narrated:

DAY 1 – Pre-departure Orientation/MOA Signing

  • The Philippine delegates were gathered for the first time at Bayview Park Hotel for the pre-departure orientation with the JICC and NYC staff.

  • The Memorandum of Agreement between the delegates and the NYC was signed.

DAY 1 Filipino delegates unite during the Pre-departure Orientation and Signing of MOA

DAY 2 – Departure and arrival in Japan

  • The 36 Philippine Youth Ambassadors were met by Commissioner Georgina Nava at NAIA Terminal 1 then the delegates departed Philippines at 2:00pm via Japan Airlines and arrived at Narita International Airport around 7:25 in the evening, and were billeted at the Hotel Nikko Narita.

Day 2 ~ Happy and Excited. Flying high to represent the Philippines!

DAY 3 – Program Orientation with other ASEAN States Delegates

  • All delegates from ASEAN states were gathered at “Tsuru” for the program orientation and each group were assembled for the first time with their respective coordinators then had a dinner.

Day 3 ~ Arrival Orientation for the entire program

Day 3 - General Orientation

DAY 4 – AEC Lecture and Visit to Odaiba

  • From Hotel Nikko Narita the delegates moved to National Olympics Memorial Youth Center and had the lecture by the Secretary General of ASEAN-Japan Center, the Director of Trade and Investment Division and by the Director of Tourism and Exchange Division.

  • In the afternoon, the delegates spent their free time at Odaiba, taking pictures, roaming around and some shopping.

Day 4 - Tokyo bound for lecture & general orientation. Free time in Odaiba and Akihabara

DAY 5 – Mie Total Cultural Center (Mie Center for the Arts)

  • From the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont, the delegates traveled by bus to Tokyo Station. Then from there, the group traveled to Nagoya City for 2 hours by the Shinkansen Hikari (Bullet Train).

  • Once arrived at Nagoya, the group were met by two other coordinators, Misami San and one from the JICE.

  • After lunch the group visited Mie Total Culture Center were  lecture was conducted by the Mie Prefecture Government. They discussed some of the advantages of Mie like high technology, advanced development in life innovations, proactive in developing international strategies, contribute to the growth of developing countries through technology, and first rate tourist attractions and historic cultures.

  • After the lecture and a video presentation of a Ninja Demonstration, the students were divided into groups for a workshop. Each group is composed of 10 members, one representative from each participating countries. The group were to discuss what they learned before going to Japan and then their initial findings during the start of the program. The group also discussed about the ASEAN Economic Community and the possible impacts it has.

  • After the workshop the group moved to a restaurant for dinner before heading to the Hotel, Tsu Miyako.

Day 5 - Delegates from Group Mie C moved to Mie Prefecture from Tokyo via Shinkansen. Lecture from Mie Prefectural Gov't and then Workshop I

DAY 6 – Exchange program at Suzuka International University and Home Visit

  • The delegates left to Suzuka City by bus to the Suzuka International University. There a program was prepared comprising of several sessions and open discussions in which students from the university were also encouraged for active participation.

  • One topic was conducted by Mr. Tokishige Shimoda, President on Consortium for Industry-University-Government Interaction and Dr. Ananda Kumara, Professor of SIU and Director General of the Ceylon Gourd Project, entitled “On the Regional Vitalization through Industry-University-Government Collaboration: Lessons from the Ceylon Gourd Project in the Suzuka City”.

  • Another interesting discussion was about the educational ideas and aim of the school, the Suzuka International University molds students who are effective on the international stage with abilities to adapt to the global trend of time and analyse the social situation

  • In the afternoon the delegates traveled to Shima City to check in at Exceed Nemuno Sato. A hotel with Japanese-Western combination style and a Japanese Style Hot Spring Bath called “onsen” for communal use.

  • After checking in, a brief orientation with the coordinators for the home visit program took place and afterwards the group was introduced to the respective host families.

Day 6 - The delegates went to Suzuka Int'l University for student exchange and also they experienced home visit with local families in Shima City

DAY 7 – Visit to Shima City

  • The group went to Nakiri Fishing Port to visit the Marui Himonoten to learn about “himono”.

  • Afterwards the group visited the place of the “Ama” women divers. The huts are called Amagoya which are built on the beach that the Ama use to rest, to warm themselves, and to change their clothes. Some fresh fish, shellfish, and the famous abalone were grilled on charcoal brazier inside the shed. In which after they were cooked, the delegates took a feast on these rare delicacies.

  • Then the delegates had a short visit to the town’s Lighthouse to take a catch on the amazing view of the sea facing the Pacific Ocean and the Shima City.

  • After lunch on a Japanese set menu, the group visited Houwa-en, a nursing care home for the elderlies. The staff from the nursing home toured the group inside the building and the facilities they used in the nursing home.

  • Then the group visited the Honda Cars Ise-Shima Daio Branch for an observation on automobile servicing. They also displayed the latest Honda electric car, the hybrid model 2013.

  • The last itinerary for the day is to visit the Deguchi Shinju for an observation on pearl cultivation farm. There the delegation witnessed a woman planting a seed on an oyster so that in time it will form into a pearl. The place was also a souvenir shop for the cultured pearls accessorized into bracelets, ring, earrings, and necklaces perfect for gifts.

  • Finally the group moved back to the hotel and prepared for the welcome reception by the Shima International Exchange Association. The host families were also invited to the occasion and the delegates wore their national costumes for the event and Mr. Nurhalim S. Carim gave his thank you speech in behave of the group.

Day 7 - Experience of Japanese traditional culture (visit women divers), Visit local companies (Houwa En - nursing home and Honda Cars)

Day 7 (2) - Welcome party hosted by Shima Int'l Exchange Association with the Mayor of Shima City

DAY 8 – Visit to Mie Historical Structures

  • The last day in Mie Prefecture. The group moved to Shima City Museum of History and Folklore which opened only last 2011. The newly built museum houses wide range of cultural assets, such as the collection of farm implements of olden days and old artefacts from the early period of Japan.

  • After the last stop in Shima City, which is the museum, the group moved to Ise City to visit one of the historical structures in Mie, the Grand Shrine of Ise or the Ise Jingu. The group experienced a stroll around the divine forest of Ise Jingu and witnessed the remarkable structures of the Japanese old temples.

  • The group also visited Okage Yokocho, a street in Oharaimachi-town adjacent to the inner shrine of Ise Jingu. The group enjoyed traditional Japanese food and merchandise which are sold in the long street of Okage Yokocho. After the brief stay in Ise, the group moved to Mie Kyogijyo to have the second Workshop and as well prepare for the Action Plan. By 7:30, the group moved back to the city of Nagoya to stay for a night before finally moving to Tokyo the next day.

Day 8 - The delegates visited the historical structures in Mie (Shima Museum, Ise Jingu, and Okage Yokocho). After that they headed for Worskshop II

DAY 9 – Presentation of Action Plan

  • The group had a brief walk from the hotel to Nagoya Station and from the station, the group rode the Shinkansen Nozomi #118 bound for Tokyo. After having lunch in Tokyo, the group moved to Chiba City, Chiba for the Action Plan presentation where the 12 groups were reunited again to share the experiences and the thoughts they’ve gathered from their respective places during the past 4 days.

  • After the whole group finished their presentations, the program finally ended with great success. Each group finally headed back to Hotel Nikko Narita to rest and be reunited with the other delegates from their respective countries.

Day 9 - The delegates moved back to Tokyo and headed to Chiba for the Final Action Plan Presentation together with all other delegates from other group

DAY 10 – Departure and arrival in Philippines

  • The Philippine delegates were the first one to leave for Narita International Airport and back to the Philippines. The delegates bid farewell to their coordinators as well as their fellow ASEAN delegates whom they formed beautiful friendship with. Though there are tears in their eyes, their smiles tell each other “Goodbyes are not forever. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again!”

  • Each of the delegates from the 10 countries maybe divided by different culture, but JENESYS 2.0 brought them together as one. They may go to their own respective tomorrows, but the goals they’ve formed for the future of each nation will be bonded again someday, somehow.

Narita Airpot back to Philippines

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Photo credits taken from various participants. To know more about the program and how to participate you can visit JICE and NYC website.

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One Who Loves Truly Can Never Lose Entirely

    Memories of love never past. They linger, guide, and influence long after the source of stimulation has faded. There is nothing new in this. Every person who has been moved by genuine love knows that it leaves enduring traces upon the human heart. The effect of love endures, because love is spiritual in nature. The man who cannot be stimulated to great heights of achievement by love, is hopeless – he is dead, though he may seem to live.

   Go back into your yesterday, at times, and bathe your mind in the beautiful memories of past love. It will soften the influence of present worries and annoyances. It will give you a source of escape from unpleasant realities of life, and maybe – who knows? -your mind will yield to you, during this temporary retreat into the world of fantasy, ideas, or plans which may change the entire financial or spiritual status of your life.

   If you believe yourself unfortunate, because you have loved and lost, perish the thought. One who has loved truly can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. It comes when it pleases, and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it while it remains, but spend no time worrying about its departure. Worry will never bring it back.

   Dismiss, also, the thought that love never comes but once. Love may come and go, times without number, but there are no two love experiences which affect one in just the same way. There may be, and there usually is, one love experience which leaves a deeper imprint on the heart than all the others, but all love experiences are beneficial, except to the person who becomes resentful and cynical when love makes its departure.

   There should be no disappointment over love, and there would be none if people understood the difference between the emotions of love and sex. The major difference is that love is spiritual, while sex is biological. No experience, which touches the human heart with spiritual force, can possibly be harmful, except through ignorance, or jealousy.

   Love is, without question, life’s greatest experience. It brings one into communion with Infinite Intelligence. When mixed with emotions of romance and sex, it may lead one far up the ladder of creative effort. The emotions of love, sex, and romance are sides of the eternal triangle of achievement-building genius.

  Love is an emotion with many sides, shades, and colors. But the most intense and burning of all kinds of love, is that experienced in the blending of the emotions of love and sex. Marriages, not blessed with the eternal affinity of love properly balanced and proportioned with sex, cannot be happy ones – and seldom endure. Love, alone, will not bring happiness in marriage, nor will sex alone. When these two beautiful emotions are blended, marriage may bring about a state of mind closest to the spiritual that one may ever know on this earthly plane.

   When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence are removed. Then a genius has been born!


An excerpt from the book Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill. Grab your copies on your nearest bookstore. Download an e-book now. Read it! 🙂

Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments

How do you find personal meaning in a crazy world? Let the words from the poem of Kent Keith stir your hearts as he writes The Paradoxical Commandments. The snippet is part the second chapter of his book entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council. He started writing it in his sophomore year at Harvard College for student leaders and was published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968.

The poem has been sighted on many occasions and been used by many influential leaders. You can post it up on your wall, use it as your wall paper, create a bookmark of it, what ever you want. Even Mother Theresa thought it was important enough to display it on her children’s home in Calcutta.


 The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001


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