Friday, November 7, 2014

Our Alto Goes on Vacation


Picture: Our Alto getting its rear tires changed early this year.


It's been exactly a week today since our car broke down...again. Last year was the first time it broke down. Our daily routine changes significantly without our car, I mean, it's hard, especially when you get used to it. We have to take the taxi now to go to work, although we could reimburse our transportation expenses from our company (through invoices),  it's still not the same as having our own car, and that's no brainer.

Also it's been a week since we informed our company office of our predicament so that somebody would take it to the mechanic, but to no avail. We understand that there's no one available just yet but really, sometimes the desperation and the stress of haggling with a taxi driver who at least does not carry a familiar (undesirable) scent almost took its toll on us. Now we are thinking of getting our own car, not a big or expensive car, but just a tiny city car that can adequately ferry us around Jeddah.

We're thinking of getting a Kia - Picanto God willing, or something similar to its stature (cheap and tiny). But we still have to wait for few more days to plan this out. We want to know how the situation goes whether it bodes well to the company by giving us a decent car or they being satisfied with astronomical reimbursements. Who knows they might provide us a new car (which is good) or send our majestically decrepit car to the mechanic which is fine also. 

Our car is a Suzuki - Alto, I think it's the cheapest car around. We've been using it for more than six years now since August of 2008. Thank you Lord Jesus for blessing us with this small and humble car. But hey Alto, you should be resurrecting your rear for my sake otherwise it's all about agony in the streets and reluctantly getting immune to the stress, sun, carbon monoxide, dust and familiar scent that is!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Video: Tearful Woman Confronts Open-Air Preacher

I love this video. A tearful woman confronts open-air preacher. This woman only likes to see the love, forgiveness, mercy and compassion of God, which is typical of some Christians. She has forgotten the other side of God, a God that hates sin, a God that is just, a God of order, a HOLY GOD. Yes, Yahweh is a loving God, and that's why He uses people like this preacher to spread the gospel and to warn people of their sins. DON'T BE DECEIVED!




In those days came John the Baptist, 
preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, 
REPENT YOU: FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. ~ Matthew 3:1-2 (AKJV)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Indiegogo Campaign: Help Build 'Light in the City Church'



The Light in the City Church located along the coastline of Silay City in the Philippines has been existing for over a decade with little or no support from anyone apart from the little they could get from members who are mostly small fishermen. The Church building used to stand in a stilt that every time a storm ravages the sea, the waves leave it unusable. The members then had to pool scant resources to rebuild it, and the same cycle repeats every year, God knows how many times in a year. Now they have decided to shift to a much safer location courtesy of one member's generosity to offer part of his backyard. The makeshift worship center has just been started gradually as little help comes in a trickle. I hope and pray that their dream to build a decent and safe worship center be realized by God's grace and your precious help. Praying for you all and God bless everyone. 







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For God is not unrighteous 
to forget your work and labour of love, 
which ye have shewed toward his name, 
in that ye have ministered to the saints, 
and do minister. ~ Hebrews 6:10

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm Reading: 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley



It's been a while since I've read my last novel, and this classic, (then) 'futuristic' novel 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley is a perfect read. "Published in 1932, this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress'", says the book. Note that I'm not in any way promoting this book, it's just that this book is so intriguing to me. When I read the short description at the back of the book, some of the elements in it sound so much like the present day and it has that eerie resemblance to (the evil, dystopian) New World Order, which I heard so much about, that's said would rule the world in the very near future. It's like the prophecy in The Book of Revelation and of Prophet Daniel coming to pass. 

This is a good read, but still, 
nothing can compare to the knowledge 
and wisdom the Word of God can give you. 
Keep on reading your Bible daily!

Monday, June 23, 2014

It's The Thought That Counts



All along I've been saying I'm crazy about simple things -- much more if it is a gift, and nothing beats the thrill of unwrapping it.The object inside more often than not is immaterial, it is the thought knowing you are special to the gift giver, at least to prove a point, that really matters.

Needless to say, for the first time in my life I sent a gift via Fedex to the most thoughtful and sweetest friend I ever have who happens to be  in France -- proof of which is the gift she sent me last February. These simple things I brought with me from my vacation in the Philippines may not be that storied of monumental proportion that deserved a trip across the Mediterranean but certainly they were well-thought of and heartfelt just as my intentions were. 

One of the two items I sent her was a small rooster figurine  (whose beak unfortunately got detached most likely due to careless handling) and the other was a tee shirt which I bought from a kiosk in a mall that sells Christian tee-shirts. Mind you, it was no ordinary t-shirt with the message emblazoned on it, "Jesus Heals". I have been praying for her because she has some sort of illness that I believe is nothing compared to the power of Jesus. Way to go little rooster and the T and my prayers for you my friend! (the photos below were proof they safely arrived, though not completely sans the little guy's beak. And the video I took in a shop where the T-shirt didn't escape me.)


"I am still wailing over my beak. Wonders how on earth people can be so careless and indifferent that reduced my life to being miserable. "The gesture though of my human tells me there is hope and she would do anything to make me whole again, literally, yehey!!"



"I'm still cute though sans my beak. I could only pray my twin back in the KSA gets a more humane treatment and does not lose his."


video



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