Palawan Trip

Palawan Trip

Palawan is one if not the best Island in the world. It first became the most beautiful island in the world last 2015. Then it became the most beautiful island in the world last 2016. I never really considered myself a traveler. But thinking about it I have already been to some places here in the Philippines. For example in Laguna alone I have already been to towns namely, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Sta. Cruz, Calauan. To name a few. I have been to BatangasTanauan, Nasugbu, Lian, Balayan, Sto. Tomas. To Quezon province – Lucena, Mulanay, Macalelon, Catanuan. I have been to Rizal province – Taytay, Antipolo. Been to Cavite – Tagaytay, Bailen. I have also been to Cebu, Leyte, Northern Samar, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Baguio, parts of La Union and Bulacan.

Last April 10th to the 17th, 2017 though, I had a pleasure of being able to travel to Palawan and marvel at how God made this province. Palawan is a gem. It has been voted as the most beautiful island in the world for years – 2013, 2016. Palawan has some of the most finest sands in the world. It has white beaches that can rival Boracay. Palawan has El Nido, Coron and Puerto Princesa – just to name a few.

On our first day in Palawan we went to Honda Bay for 3 island hopping activities. We went to starfish Island then to Luli Island then to Cowrie Island. Each island has its own to offer. Then for the first night we had to tricycles to bring us to fireflies Farm. Weaver told of how fireflies benefit our environment and how fireflies are indicator of a healthy environment.

Palawan also has one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is the Subterranean River. This is where we went for our second day. It took us roughly  3 hours  to get there. When we got to the Subterranean River it was magnificently awesome. The river has 12 kilometers total, but only 1.5 kilometers is allowed for visitors. The rest is for researchers from Italy. We have been told that the river is cold but we are advised not to dip our hands because the fish might bite our hands or fingers. Subterranean River also boasts some of the best stalactites and stalagmites that you will ever see.

We also went to El Nido and we stayed at a hotel whom I will not name. My personal experience with El Nido is a satisfying one. Although I have issues with Wi-Fi and the water pressure which seems to be an island issue, I still would say that I am happy with El Nido. El Nido has a lot of different islands that you can visit and that you can explore. you can also go snorkeling, deep-diving and a whole lot more. Just be sure to wear a rash guard so that you will not get sunburned. There is also some in Island activities in El Nido. We have been told that we can go rappelling, rock climbing and other stuff. But we were unable to do any of the in Island activities.

After the El Nido activities we went back to Puerto Princesa for our last day which includes City tour. It is where tourists go within Puerto Princesa City. We went to Butterfly farm where we saw different species of butterflies and other places that I have already forgotten. After eating our lunch at Nicnocs, we headed back to the hotel to finally get ready for our flight to Manila.

I miss Palawan.

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Healer

Healer

I have heard this song several times already. The message it has back then still rings true today. GOD IS OUR HEALER. This particular blog was on my draft since I can remember. I checked it and it seems a good one. So I have modified the content and will post it afterwards. The composer of the song is Mike Guglielmucci. Sure, almost everybody in the planet knows what he did. But does it really matter? Also, he already repented and he is to deal it with God, not us. Why can’t we do what Jesus said? So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7. Me? I will not even think of judging the guy for one, I am not Jesus to worry about that. Second, I myself am a sinner that needs forgiveness. Third, we are not tasked to do the judging.

Michael has sinned not against me but against God so, let God deal with him. We can only pray for the man. If he is sincere, God will restore him. I believe he is sincere and it has been years already since this incident. Enough of the judgement.

I will just enjoy the song.

 

Healer

You hold my very moment

You calm my raging seas

You walk with me through fire

And heal all my disease

I trust in You, I trust in You

 

And I believe You’re my healer

I believe You are all I need

I believe

 

And I believe You’re my portion

I believe You’re more than enough for me

Jesus You’re all I need

 

Nothing is impossible for You

Nothing is impossible

Nothing is impossible for You

You hold my world in Your hands

Rovics Hotel, El Nido Xp

Rovics Hotel, El Nido Xp

We have arrived at El Nido, Palawan for a part of our family get away. It was April 14, 2017. We will be here until April 16, 2017. We have successfully endured a 6 hour drive from Puerto Princesa to this place. After our lunch, we all fell asleep. After that, not much has happen. Still enjoying except for some glitches which is part of the adventure. One of the things that I am looking for right now is the church to attend to this coming Sunday. By the way, I am writing this on a Good Friday’s evening.

I am not well versed with Rovics Hotel where we are staying right now. But, it doesn’t have a strong cable service and it has weak Internet connection. Even the outlets seem weak. That is just my first observation so please bear with me. I will throw the dirt first so the good side will have to be unquestioned. Some of what I have observed are the doors, the glass doors, the hand rails and the design of the steel guards and the bathroom locks.

What I observed…


The first thing that greets you at the lobby is a sign that reads “Sorry, no Wi-Fi access”. I might be a thing in the island itself. There are times that we can have Wi-Fi but we have to be at the lobby just to have connection. When we got to our room, the room was ok, by the aircon remote needs replacement. The TV and the remote seems to be uncoordinated with each other. You have to press the on button at least twice, or more, just to open it. Then you will only have few channels to choose from unless you specifically know what channel you want. The veranda is great but the steel guard needs to be modified because toddlers can climb over the steel guards due to its steps.


There is the restroom lock issue too. The hotel management might have found that changing the locks are too expensive so they just added some lock on the door. The water pressure is weak, given that it is an island so I ignore it. But it has a foul smell, that I am not sure where it comes from. The door to the veranda can also be opened by my 2 year old kid if he forces it. Lock not secured.


Breakfast buffet is great, except for their milk in a box that causes mess. The milk is used for coffee but they could’ve bought a milk dispenser or something to avoid the unnecessary spills.


Before leaving for our island hopping, I asked that our room be cleaned. When we got back from our whole day activity and was already inside the room, I noticed that the floor was somehow wet and sticky. There were new towels but the ones I placed on the floor are still there and they hung it. It took over an hour for the floor to be completely dry. Which is not good because by then, kids have already run to and fro and dirt already sticks to their feet which they also be putting in bed.


I also don’t know if it is a normal practice that when guests are out for a scheduled island activities and they will check out that day, the staff would just take the guests bags and put it at the lobby. Maybe they can modify this practice because we had to rinse too to remove the sand off of us and change clothes. We did so on their pension house that has a really weak water pressure that you can’t use the shower.



Now the good part… 

hmmm. Not sure. There must be something but I guess I was too busy enjoying the island activities that I didn’t noticed it. 

Tithes and Offerings

Tithes and Offerings

I am not going to pretend that I know this subject. It’s just that I got disturbed by one of a very close someone who said to a young fellow not to brag about tithes, but then bragged about it when she was talking to another Pastor. I know it might be nothing to others but to me, it was a big deal. Big enough that I wrote this piece. But since we are already on the topic, let us expand. I have learned from different people and I will share them here.

Tithes

  • sometimes, tithes. the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like. – dictionary.com.

Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.” – gotquestions.org

It just says that TITHES is a LAW. A COMMANDMENT that each one of the Believers need to follow and never forget. Yes, it is an Old Testament law that still applies to each and every Christians.  Does God really need it? No. But our church workers do. Our church building does need it. Besides, what is 10% of what we totally earned? From what was passed on to me, we compute for the Net Income not the Gross Income. You can use this calculator for help. There is no other way about it, so, let us pray and continuously ask God for wisdom about it.

Offerings

  • something offered in worship or devotion, as to a deity; an oblation or sacrifice. – dictionary.com.

Now, offering is different from Tithes. Offerings are the ones we give out of love. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says that “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We give out of love and faith. We give because we know that God can outgive us. I found a good article about giving, it’s the 10 Essential Truths about Christian Giving. I will just leave that at that.

I am sharing these not because I give a lot, on the contrary, we are in a tight financial situation right now because of our kids and because there is no income during summer because our store is located in front of a university. There’s no classes, no students, no income. But we know God will provide. We know He looks at us and sees our needs.