MY TEAM IS A BLESSING

Leading my Team is a blessing. My players not only impress me every game with fantastic plays on defense and monster markers on offense.

This is a ragtag team composed of friends from other companies. They are not as talented as the other teams, and the core members of the team are my physical fitness playmates for almost 8 years now. What we call here “laro laro, galaw galaw para di ma-stroke”. However, they have learned to adjust and contribute even their small share to make the team spectacular.

They are a bunch of happy people, no dull moment and the way they care for each other is a rarity in this part of the world where selfishness is everyday menu even with compatriots.

We lost in our first game by a point. We had our chance to win through the 2 free throws, but neither went in. It was a heart breaker, but it gave the team what was needed at that point. A catalyst to become active and adhere to the principle of teamwork. The loss was a blessing. We left it behind and made it as a jump board to reach new heights.

We started to jell, even with one or two members sour – graping for not being given playing time, for complaining about my coaching and how the key members play. We quickly escalated our new found bond to reach the semi-finals. The heart is there, the desire is so warm.. and we made the finals in flying colors.

What blessings this team brought were not only for me but also for the competitors, for the tournament, for the community. They have shown how it is to be a good sport.

During the eliminations, I called the attention of the tournament officials in one of our games on the seemingly unfair officiating by the referees. My players got hurt so many times but no calls were made. One of the referees who happen to be the Chairman of the Committee called for a two technical fouls on me, and suspended me for 3 games. Without holding any hearing or meeting. Talk about  However, this did not dampen the spirit of my team, instead it buoyed them to win the 3 games with only my prayers guiding them.

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My team is a blessing, showing how to play without seeking individual glory or accolades, but rather play for God’s glory and for the good of the team. Before and after every game, group prayer is muttered and the whole team sincerely participate.

This team gives me health and mental alertness. This team makes me practice my cooking. This team gives appreciation on my skills in food processing. This team come to me for advise, come to me when they need somebody to talk to. This team shares happy moments with me.. stories about their family, their job, their achievements. And most of all this team gives admiration on how at my age, I can still play up to 4 games of basketball.

This team always give thanks to God.

Joel S, Joel N., Jojo, Darwin, JayR, Benjie, Jun R, Jun M, Nel, Waui, Nino, Peter, Ladd, Arnel, Mike, Cris, Rene, BJ, JB, Dong, Ramil and Popoy, thank you for being my blessings coming from above.

We may be at 2nd Place this time, but we’ll get it next time around.

And it will be sweet.

Sweet blessings.

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“‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops. What if Your healing comes through tears. What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near. What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise” – Laura Story

AIR PRESSURE. EAR PRESSURE…

We were on board the Pakistani Airlines Jet to Hongkong after performing our assignment in Thailand. Maraming meetings at market studies na ginawa para sa product ng una kong pinasukang kompanya sa Pilipinas. It was early 1983 and kasama sa aming work ang 2 days R&R sa Hongkong.

Ang airline ay medyo luma na at pagtake off ay medyo masakit sa tenga dahil sa difference in pressure, ambient and cabin. Bago bumaba ng HK Airport, pumagitna ang dalawang stewardess at nagsimulang magdemonstrate. Me action habang nagsasalita. “You unwrap the chewing gum (Action: bukas ng chewing gum), chew it in your mouth while the plane is descending (Action: subo at nguya), and while you chew, your ears will be relieved of pressure build up (Action: turo sa loob ng tenga)”.

The landing was smooth, at habang ako ay papalabas ng eroplano, napansin ko ang isang pasahero na inaasikaso ng stewardess.

Me hawak na tweeze rang stewardess at hirap na sinusungkit ang chewing gum sa tenga ng pasahero.

Ang siste, di naintindihan ng pasahero ang sinasabi ng stewardess. He misinterpreted the actions mula sa pagsubo, pagnguya, at ng ituro ang tenga, isinuksok ang chewing gum sa tenga niya.

Communication… look what you’ve done…

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“Oh, thank heaven for the microwave. Can’t ignore technology. It’s so easy to communicate. How come you’re not hearin’ me. Communication. Say the words.” – Janet Jackson

ABILIDAD SA TIYAGA

Me magkaibigan, si Carlo at Dario na bagong graduate sa university ang pinalad na makuhang Sales Assistant ng isang Kompanya. Pareho silang masipag at matiyaga. Makalipas ang isang taon, si Carlo ay napromote na Sales Representative, at sa ikatlong taon isa na itong Sales Executive samantalang si Dario ay Sales Assistant pa rin.
Nagdesisyon si Dario na magresign dahil di niya matanggap na napagiwanan na siya ni Carlo gayung sa kanyang pananaw ay mas masipag at mas matiyaga siya kesa rito.

“Bakit ka naman aalis? Ano ang dahlan?” ang tanong nang kanyang Boss.

“Sa totoo lang, di ko na kayang magtrabaho sa isang kompanya na hindi tinitignan ang kasipagan at pagtitiyaga ng empleyado. Kung sino ang malapit at mabola e iyon ang napopromote.” Ang kanyang sagot.

Naramdaman ng Boss na kailangan niya ipaliwanag kay Dario ang sitwasyon sa pamamagitan ng ibang paraan.

“Bago ko tanggapin ang resignation mo, puwede bang Pumunta ka nga sa Jojo’s Grocery at tignan mo kung me tinda silang hotdog?” ang utos ng Boss.

Bumalik si Dario at nagreport sa Boss. “Boss, meron silang tindang hotdog!”

Sumagot ang Boss, “Anong brand meron sila?”

Balik sa supermarket, report ke Boss “Boss, meron silang Purefoods, Swifts, CDO at Pampanga’s Best.”

Tinawag ng Boss si Carlo at inutusan ng katulad ng kay Dario, “Pumunta ka nga sa Jojo’s Grocery at tingnan mo kung me tinda silang hotdog!”

Bumalik si Carlo at nagreport sa Boss, kaharap si Dario, “Boss meron silang tindang Purefoods – P250/kg, Swifts P255/kg, CDO – P230/kg at Pampanga’s Best – P200/kg. Pero iyong Swifts Boss ay may libreng isang lata ng Swift Luncheon Meat 280 g pagbili mo ng isang kilo.”


Bumaling ang Boss kay Dario, “Iyan Dario ang dahilan kung bakit mabilis na umangat ang kaibigan mo. A more successful person is more observant, tinitignan ang detalye, think more and understand in depth.”

“Ang matagumpay na tao ay tumitingin sa darating na taon, samantalang ang katulad mo ay tinitignan ang bukas. Ang bukas ay isang araw Dario at 365 days ang layo sa isang taon.” Ang sabi ng Boss.

It is not just hardwork that makes one a winner, but the attitude. Attitude to see ahead, think and plan.

Abilidad lang iyang Boy!

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“Did you ever notice the way. That your life was going. Did you ever notice the way. That you life was heading. But you know. Yes you know. Yes you know. Your own a ability.” – Luke Chow

WHAT IS ENOUGH FOR YOU?

Me mga bagay tayong nakakamit, natatamasa at nararating sa ating buhay na sa tingin natin ay hindi sapat.. .kulang upang bigyan ng katugunan ang paghahanap natin sa buhay. Hindi tayo nasisiyahan sa mga ito at patuloy tayong naghahanap, kayamanan, katanyagan, material na bagay, mga kaibigan, minamahal.. parang kulang ang lahat pa rin sa atin.

Puwede na ba ang P10,000 na pera mo? E kung P100,000.. tama na ba iyon? E kung P100,000,000 kaya? Sa panahong ito ng ‘selfies’, ‘no.1’, ‘the best’, ‘pinaka’ ilang sasakyan, ilang bahay, ilang cabinet ng damit, ilang kahon ng alahas ang kailangan upang masabi nating sapat na sa atin?

Sa Gawa 3:1-10, si Juan at Pedro ay nagtungo sa templo sa oras ng panalangin at sila ay hiningan ng limos ng isang lumpo sa may pintuan ng templo. Sinabi ni Pedro sa kanya na wala siyang pilak o ginto, ngunit may iba siyang ibibigay sa kanya, ito ay ang pangalan ni Hesukristong at inatasan siyang tumayo at lumakad. Noon di’y lumakas ang mga paa at bukung-bukong ng lalaki; palukso itong tumayo at nagsimulang lumakad papasok sa templo at kasamang nagpuri at nagpasalamat sa Panginoon.

Ang kailangan ng lumpo ay limos na pera, ang ibinigay ni Pedro ay si Jesus Christ. Maraming bagay tayong hinangad, na sa akala natin ay ating kailangan at patuloy tayong naghahangad na tila ba wala tayong kasiyahan.

God provides us everything we need. Jesus asks us to obey God’s will. Ang problema gusto natin ay may dahilan o paliwanag lahat bago tayo sumunod. Ang nais natin kung ito ang nais ng Diyos, kailangan ay may paliwanag bago tayo sumunod.

Trusting Jesus is the way.

Sapat na si Jesus sa buhay natin.

Me beses na umaapaw pa.

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“Through every trial. My soul will sing. No turning back. I’ve been set free. Christ is enough for me.” – Hillsong

HAPPINESS IS.. A CHILD EATING LANZONES

Me ipinadalang lansones ang aking bunsong anak through our ampon na arabo na nagsembreak dito. Nagaaral siya sa Pinas at kapamilya ang turing namin sa kanya.

Ang tamis ng lansones at naipost ko ito sa FB.  Nabasa ito ng isa kong kaibigan at nagPM sa akin na ito ay gusto ng anak niya. Sinagot ko na nagtira ako para rito. Cute ng bata, lista at matalino.

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Nagulat ako ng nagPM ang papa niya na papunta na raw siya sa bahay at kukunin na iyong lansones.

She came and nagkuwento na sa akin. Ibinigay ko ang lansones at sa kotse pa lang daw ay nilantakan na.

Such sweet girl deserves sweet lanzones.

Ang happiness na naidudulot sa isang bata ay nakakagaan ng kalooban.

It brings one to think, ang kaligayahan nga pala ay matatagpuan sa mga simpleng bagay.

At simpleng aksyon.

Purong happiness.

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“The simple things that come without a price. The simple things like happiness, joy and love in my life. I’ve seen it all from so many sides and I hope you would agree. The best things in life are the simple things.” – Joe Cocker

SIMPLE LANG NAMAN LAHAT E

Gawin nating simple ang lahat.

Ikaw ay maayos sa lahat ng bagay. Makatwiran at  ikaw ay naiiba – pero malayo sa pagpapaimbabaw.

Sa tingin mo ang pagpapasikat ay kalokohan, at ang anumang isinusuot, ginagamit, sinasakyan ay dala ng iyong pangangailangan at kung anuman ang sabihin ng kapuwa ay hindi mo iniintindi.

Di ka nagaaksaya ng pera sa mga bagay na mapang-akit pero labis ang halaga, gayung mayroon namang alternatibo na mas mura. Ang iyong pera ay itinatabi at inihahanda sa mga bagay na mas kapakipakinabang.

Simple ang isipan. Simple ang damdamin. Simple ang gawain.

Ang lalim mo.. pero simple.

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“Simplicity in everything. In every single thing you say and do. Don’t get lost, in foggy stuff. Stay on track and let it come to you. Keep your focus on your goal.” – Bob Seger

SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS

We’re going to play basketball early this morning and going to the parking, my son asked me: “your car, or mine?” But while saying so, he went near my car. I told him I did not bring my car key. So we rode on his car.

We went through the corniche road, and I had a taste of early morning view of the sea. So nice and so soothing to one’s feeling looking at the silvery waves welcoming another day. Early herons are there on the shallow part of the water and walks regally keeping one wonder how God manage to balance the beauty in this world.

I was enjoying the view when my son slow down and stopped in the middle of the road. I wondered what caused him to stop and immediately look at the side mirror to see if there are incoming vehicle that may hit us. When I saw nothing, I look at the front and I saw two pigeons on the road and my son waited for them to fly before proceeding.

I quietly looked at him and admire the kindness he has displayed. He did not pressed on the pedal on the two pigeons loitering in the road but he respected the life of these creatures of God.

Small act of kindness. Laced with small act of respect.

Grows big when everyone does the same.

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“Little acts of kindness. Make us all feel better. Unexpected flowers. Unrequested letter. So when somebody calls you. Give a friendly answer. Little acts of kindness.” – Divine Comedy