Monday, November 11, 2013

Let's Help "Typhoon Haiyan: Super typhoon Yolanda" Victims in The Philippines

It's so heartbreaking to hear sad stories of some Yolanda victims, how they were being separated from their wives, children, parents and relatives only to find out after, that some of their family members didn't manage to survive. 

One Husband cried for forgiveness to her wife's family for not being able to save his wife and kids...oh it broke my heart into pieces while watching that news. People are screaming for foods, water, and shelter. Still, some remote areas are not accessible, think about the situation they are in right now. I can't stop my tears from falling while watching the news from different TV networks. Below is a photo from Manila Bulletin, a woman’s body is found floating in a flooded street, also in Tacloban. (Linus Escandor II).


 A woman’s body is found floating in a flooded street, also in Tacloban. (Linus Escandor II)

The partial and unofficial death count as of the present arises to 1700 from the Super typhoon Haiyan aka Super typhoon Yolanda which ruined entire villages, cities in the Philippines particularly TACLOBAN CITY which is most devastated by the super typhoon. Pag-Asa officials warned the people about Yolanda-possibly could be the nation's most detrimental recorded natural catastrophe. 


I can't imagine the emotions, the feelings of the families left by the victims of Yolanda. It is with much importance for them to know the whereabouts and find their missing loved ones, so I gathered these links to Yolanda missing person's inquiries:
To our generous brothers and sisters abroad, we could use some donations to from your kind heart to help the victims, the following are the links to sites and foundations accepting donations:
Aside from cash donations, you can also send goods. The following are much needed by the victims:

BIGAS/RICE
NOODLES 
BOTTLED WATER 
DAMIT /CLOTHES
GAMOT /MEDICINES
KUMOT / BLANKETS
BANIG / SLEEPING MAT
SABONG PANLIGO AT PANLABA /BATH SOAP & LAUNDRY SOAP
TOOTHBRUSH
TOOTHPASTE 
BAGONG UNDERWEAR / NEW UNDERWEAR
TUWALYA / TOWELS
TSINELAS /SLIPPERS

See more at: GMA News

For list of Survivors Particularly in Tacloban click this link: 
List of Tacloban survivors!!!

To find more information on Yolanda: Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda Crisis and Relief Map

What Can You Say About This Article???

This article was written by Jim Solouki, surely he doesn't know anything about GOD.



Greetings True Christians!!

Did you know that God is punishing the Philippines for their tolerance of homosexuality, prostitution, Catholicism, and other sins? The Philippines are about to feel God’s wrath in the powerful form of a cyclone so great that the world has never experienced one of this intensity. If those of you in the Philippines had repented, you would not need to be punished. But you tolerate prostitution, homosexuality, and adultery, and God will make an example of you.


God’s hand at work

Pay heed to this coming disaster, True Christians. God can and will punish the wicked. After all, he killed everyone on Earth besides Noah and his family with the Flood. God detests wickedness and hates sin. God will, when He feels like it, bring about the death of sinners by His hand to quickly toss them into Hell. God hates the wicked, and the wicked will die by His hand so that they may be punished eternally in Hell.


                                    the wrath of God is at hand.

The True Faithful in the Philippines will survive this trial. However, sinners will continue to perish unabatedly by God’s hand through this super-typhoon named Haiyan. God has killed at least 1200 heathens with Haiyan, and there may be more to come! Join with me, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray that God’s plan of retribution against the heathens and sinners will be complete. God will bring complete devastation upon the Philippines, and they will be wiped clean.


 a sinner unsaved

Do not cry to God for mercy now, you sinful heathens. You have already rejected Him, and now that you face impending punishment, there is nothing that you can do. God will not help you now. God hates the Philippines, as is clear by the impending cyclone. Repent, sinners, or you may be next on God’s hit list!

I will be praying for you.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Solouki"

Read the original article here!

Really? God is punishing the Philippines? The country Philippines isn't the only country packed with sinners, we'll be very hypocrite if we say we haven't committed a single sin our entire life. There are other countries and I hate to mention a name so better not mention anything, who are even worst sinners than my country. Let us all reflect, this is God's reminder to us that no matter how powerful, how wealthy we are, we are nothing without HIM.

The Philippines was so much devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, the least we can do if we have nothing to good to say or donate, is to pray for all the victims and their loved ones who survived the tragedy. 


You can visit this link if you want to donate cash or goods for the victims: DONATE NOW!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Japanese Curry Rice Recipe

Since I tasted the Japanese Curry Rice back in Japan, I got hooked. My sister always brought a curry bar,curry roux or blocks with her when she comes home from Japan. My kids love it much, I always see to it that every now and then, I have to make something special for my kids. This recipe is one of them. I do curry rice with pork or chicken, it varies on the availability my fridge can offer :)

Ingredients:

Curry Blocks
Pork or Chicken
Potatoes
Carrots
Minced Onions
Salt
Pepper

Instructions:
-sautee the onions
-add the meat
-add the carrots then the poatoes
-simmer
-add salt and pepper to taste
-add the curry blocks

well for a more detailed recipe and instruction visit the page :)


All Cried Out by Allure

Are you broken hearted, dumped and neglected by some stupid man? Well this song will describe all that hurt you felt deep inside. Whenever I listen to this very heart crashing song I can't help but feel sad, lol making fool of myself. I can feel the emotions of the singer. 



Songwriters: Hutson Jr., Lee / Scott, Jill / Force, Full / Moody, Barry
[Allure]
All alone on a Sunday morning
Outside I see the rain is falling, whoa
Inside I'm slowly dying 
But the rain will hide my crying, crying, crying
And you...
Don't you know my tears will burn the pillow
Set this place on fire 
'Cause I'm tired of your lies
All I needed was a simple "Hello"
But the traffic was so noisy that you could not hear me cry
(I)I gave you my love in vain
My body never knew such pleasure 
My heart never knew such pain
(And you) You leave me so confused
Now I'm all cried out, over you

[112]
Ooohh
Cryin' over you, yeah

Never wanted to see things your way
Had to go astray
Oh why was I such a fool (Why was I such a fool?)
Now I see that the grass is greener
Is it too late for me to find my way home
How could I be so wrong?

[Allure](( Happens during last 2 verses of 112's part))
Leaving me all alone
Don't you know my tears will cause an inferno
Romance often fades
Why should I take the blame?
You were the one who left me neglected (So sorry baby)
Apology not accepted
Add me to the broken hearts you've collected
I gave you all of me (Gave you all of me)
How was I to know
You would weaken so easily
I don't know what to do (I don't know what to do)
Now I'm all cried out (All cried out)
Over you

I gave you my love in vain
My body never knew such pleasure
My heart never knew such pain
And you

[112]
You left me so confused

[Allure & 112]
Now I'm all cried out( all cried out)
Now I'm all cried out( all cried out)
Over you

[112]
So sorry baby, please forgive me
Please forgive me

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hard to Say I'm Sorry by Yuna Ito

I stumbled upon this video on YouTube, a cover of Chicago's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Yuna Ito. I listened to her version and I loved it. I adore her even before and I adore her more after hearing her cover.



Everybody needs a little time away
I heard her say, from each other

Even lovers need a holiday
Far away from each other

Hold me now
It's hard for me to say I'm sorry
I just want you to stay

After all that we've been through
I will make it up to you
I promise to
And after all that's been said and done
You're just a part of me I can't let go

Couldn't stand to be kept away
Just for the day, from your body
Wouldn't want to be swept away
Far away from the one that I love

Hold me now
It's hard for me to say I'm sorry
I just want you to know
Hold me now
I really want to tell you I'm sorry
I could never let you go

After all that we've been through
I will make it up to you
I promise to
And after all that's been said and done
You're just a part of me I can't let go
And after all that we've been through
I will make it up to you
I promise to

You're going to be the lucky one
I'm Sorry!

Secret Base - Kimi ga Kureta Mono by Zone

After 10 years version 


Original Lyrics

Kimi to natsu no owari shourai no yume  
Ookina kibou wasurenai 
Juu nen go no hachigatsu 
Mata deaeru no wo shinjite 
Saikou no omoide wo...
Deai wa futto shita shunkan kaerimichi no kousaten de 
Koe wo kakete kureta ne "issho ni kaerou" 
Boku wa terekusa sou ni kaban de kao wo kakushi nagara 
Hontou wa totemo totemo ureshikatta yo

Aa hanabi ga yozora kirei ni saite chotto setsunaku 
Aa kaze ga jikan to tomo ni nagareru

Ureshiku tte tanoshiku tte bouken mo iroiro shita ne 
Futari no himitsu no kichi no naka

Kimi to natsu no owari shourai no yume  Ookina kibou wasurenai 
Juu nen go no hachigatsu mata deaeru no wo shinjite 
Kimi ga saigo made kokoro kara "arigatou" Sakendeita koto 
Shiteita yo 
Namida wo koraete egao de sayonara setsunai yo ne 
Saikou no omoide wo...

Aa natsuyasumi mo ato sukoshi de owacchau kara  
Aa taiyou to tsuki nakayoku shite

Kanashiku tte sabishiku tte kenka mo iroiro shita ne 
Futari no himitsu no kichi no naka

Kimi ga saigo made kokoro kara "arigatou" sakendeita koto 
Shiteita yo 
Namida wo koraete egao de sayonara setsunai yo ne 
Saikou no omoide wo...

Totsuzen no tenkou de dou shiyou mo naku 
Tegami kaku yo denwa mo suru yo Wasurenaide ne boku no koto wo 
itsumademo futari no kichi no naka

Kimi to natsu no owari zutto hanashite  
Yuuhi wo mite kara hoshi wo nagame 
Kimi no hoho wo nagareta namida wa zutto wasurenai 
Kimi ga saigo made ookikute wo futtekureta koto  
Kitto wasurenai 
Dakara kou shite yume no naka de zutto eien ni...


Kimi to natsu no owari shourai no yume Ookina kibou wasurenai 
Juu nen go no hachigatsu mata deaeru no wo shinjite 
Kimi ga saigo made kokoro kara "arigatou" sakendeita koto 
Shiteita yo 
Namida wo koraete egao de sayonara setsunai yo ne 
Saikou no omoide wo...

Saikou no omoide wo...


English Translation

You and the end of summer and the dreams of the future 
And our big hope, I won't forget them. 
I believe that we will meet  
In August 10 years later. 
The best memories...

Our meeting was made in a moment at the intersection walking home. 
You called out to me, didn't you? "Let's go home together." 
While I embarrassedly hid my face with my bag, 
In truth, I was very, very happy.

Ah, the way the fireworks beautifully bloom in the sky is a bit lonely. 
Ah, the wind flows along with time.

So happy, having so much fun, we had so many adventures 
Inside the secret base that belonged to the two of us.

You and the end of summer and the dreams of the future 
And our big hope, I won't forget them. 
I believe that we will meet in August 10 years later. 
I knew that you screamed "Thank You" from the bottom of your heart till the very end. 
A goodbye when you hold back your tears and smile is lonely, isn't it. 
The best memories...

Ah, summer break will be over in a little longer too, so 
Ah, the sun and moon get along.

So sad, so lonely, we had so many fights 
Inside the secret base that belonged to the two of us.

I knew that you screamed "Thank You" 
From the bottom of your heart till the very end. 
A goodbye when you hold back your tears and smile is lonely, isn't it. 
The best memories...

There's nothing I can do about the sudden change of schools, 
So I'll write letters, I'll call you, so please don't forget about me 
Forever, inside the secret base that belonged to the two of us.

I was talking to you for so long at the end of summer 
After we watched the sunset, we gaze at the stars. 
I will never forget the teardrops that flowed down your cheeks. 
I'm sure I will never forget 
That you waved your hand with all your strength to the end. 
So let me be inside this dream like this for eternity...

You and the end of summer and the dreams of the future 
And our big hope, I won't forget them. 
I believe that we will meet in August 10 years later. 
I knew that you screamed "Thank You" from the bottom of your heart till the very end. 
A goodbye when you hold back your tears and smile is lonely isn't it. 
The best memories...

The best memories...


Endless Story (Male Version)



OMG! I just found a male version of this awesome song Endless Story by Yuna Ito in Youtube. I am kind of like listening to Ken Hirai's voice ..but actually he's not the one in the male version. The lyrics are the same but the song was beautifully sung! I am wondering who's behind the version, I'll be searching for him until I found out who.

On the other hand, Endless Story was the first single released by Yuna Ito. and at the end of 2005, was named the "Best Love Song of 2005" by the Oricon magazine. I first heard this song way back 2005 and been singing it all my life..got hooked and can't get over. Everytime I listen to the song, memories overflow my thoughts lol. If anyone knew who sung the male version please leave a comment onegaishimasu!

Here's a link to the original version: Endless Story by Yuna Ito

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Come Home Safe and Sound: Wear Your Seatbelt

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Life is short and we never know what will happen next, while riding a bus or driving your car. It is always nice to play safe most of the time for your family and friends, who are expecting you to come home safe. It doesn’t really matter how fast you reach your destination, what matters are the life you put in your hands, especially when you bring your kids with you.

December 16, 2011, it was my daughter’s 6th birthday; we went out to celebrate. It was an hour long drive away from home. My husband has some few drinks so I decided to drive the car. My two kids age 11 and 5 were sleeping at the back seat tired from the activities we had all day, while I and my husband are talking. On our way home hitting 100km an hour speed, I tipped off the road’s shoulder and zigzagged avoiding the path holes due to some roads under construction. I decided to hit the piled yard beside the road and stopped just a few feet away from the electric post. I thanked God we’re safe but the kids were horrified.  I cried seeing my kids crying and husband in shock!

I was so thankful that we were wearing seatbelts at the time. I realized how important it is, that no matter how tired and anxious you are to drive and head your way home or to your destination, always bear in mind that above all, safety comes first. Buckling up on each and every ride is the most essential thing a family can do to remain safe in the car. It will only take a little of your time but will save your life from unforeseen circumstances.

Driving with kids is such a big responsibility no matter how short the trip is or how careful you are when driving.  First of all, never put your kids on the front seat, it’s a big no! Kids below thirteen years of age have to sit at the back seat for safety purpose. Kids below three years old must have an appropriate car seat. This is very important since at their age, seatbelts are usually big and won’t fit them. If there’s no car seat, adjust the seatbelt to fit them. Have your kids sit straight when using seat belts, we all know they want to slouch, move around and play inside the car. Remember to never let them put the shoulder belt below their arms or behind their back, most children do this because it irritates them. Explain to them the importance of wearing seat and shoulder belt. Let them know that a little bump may injure them one way or another if they won’t buckle up. Of course parents need to be their role model. Show them that you care for them and that you are a responsible parent.

Accidents happen when we least expect it. Buckle up your seatbelts and drive your way home to your family safely!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Visiting Burnham Park

During our stay in the City of Pines, Baguio City, we never missed the chance to visit the well-known Burnham Park named after the famous American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham. The Park is located at the heart of the city, popular for its manmade lake located at the center of the park where my kids got to enjoy the boat ride, boats are available for rent. You will surely enjoy the place. Some of its attractions include boating, skating areas, bicycle, gaming and sports areas. The park is covered with beautiful flowers. I saw some families having their picnic on the grounds too. Souvenir shops are also available within the area.

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Strawberry Farm at Baguio City

Coming from Davao del Norte, my kids never had the chance to eat a strawberry fruit. When we went to Baguio City for a family reunion, I really tried my best to visit the strawberry farm and bought some strawberries. Although the berries are not that big like the ones I have back in Japan, I still bought some and have my kids taste it. It's actually sour, so I bought a condensed milk to dip the berry. With the milk, they then started to appreciate the taste. Well its fun, the only regret I have was not able to pick the fruit myself.

The Strawberry Farm is located just 30 minutes from Baguio City, knowing Baguio as the strawberry and summer capital of the Philippines, visiting the farm is a MUST! The photos below were taken about 4-5pm in the afternoon but the fogs are already visible. This was during the summer of April, 2011. Outside the farm are stalls of souvenir shops, we were amazed by the fact that we were able to use our credit card on one of the stalls. 



Strawberry Farm at Baguio City


Strawberry Farm at Baguio City


Strawberry Farm at Baguio City


Strawberry Farm at Baguio City


Strawberry Farm at Baguio City


Strawberry Farm at Baguio City

Sea Lion Show @ Manila Ocean Park

Well It has been a great experience for the kids and the adults as well. We were able to watch and meet the adorable sea lions of South America as they do their stunts as mandated by their trainers. It was really fun watching the sea lions hold a ball, stand, swim and even make a sound. I think they even turn around like they were dancing. The show is located inside Manila Ocean park, it's one of the park's attraction.

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SHOW SCHEDULES:

Daily 11:00 AM / 2:00 PM / 3:00 PM / 5:00 PM

Marine Life Habitat

Weekdays - 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Weekends & Holidays - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City

In the end of the World War II, the area in which Jack's Ridge is currently located is said to be part of Japanese headquarter. These days over 50 years later, Jack's Ridge is packed with memories of its historic past and the owner wants to preserve the natural beauty of the place.

Overlooking Davao Gulf, Jack's Ridge was designed to provide an entirely new experience to diners and tourists. It has been one of the most visited place in Davao City. I always recommend this place to my friends and relatives. Sumptuous Dabawenyo cuisines are being offered at Taklobo Restaurant, one particular food I love is the sweet and sour Lapulapu fish.

Jack's Ridge Amenties
-Kai's Bar and Grill
Live entertainment daily.
From Tues. to Thurs. - Acoustic Session
Fri. & Sat. - Live Band

-Taklobo Restaurant
The main restaurant with a serenading singer hopping from one table to another.

-Karlo's Gourmet and Coffee
An elegant cafe that serves a blend of Italian, French and some Mexican dishes. Take a sip of your favorite coffee; cappuccino, white chocolate mocha or the house specialty, Karloccino.

-Kool Kat's Pool
A twin pool with a fantastic view.

-Penmar Hall I&II
Need a place for wedding, conventions or seminars? Jack’s Ridge Penmar Hall  located within a pure panorama will definitely make your activities more gratifying.

-Tap Room Piano and KTV
Piano and KTV at Jack’s Ridge Resort is the place to loosen up and relax.
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m

-Souvenir Shop
Remember the fascinating splendor of the city with the souvenir shop’s items of souvenirs.

-Cottages
It's great to wake up at the sight of natural beauty. Overnight cottages are offered for people who want to experience the tranquility.

-Amphitheater
It will absolutely make your occasion an unforgettable one with its picturesque ambiance.


Without a doubt, Jack's Ridge is creating it's own mark in Davao City's History.

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Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge

Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge

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Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge

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Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge

Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge

Jack’s Ridge Resort, Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City, Taklobo restaurant, overlooking davao, swimming pool jacks ridge


Visit their website Jack's Ridge Resort
Click here for rates and packages
Contact Info:
Address: Jack's Ridge Resort and Restaurant Corp.
Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City 8000 Philippines
Telephone: 63.82.2978830 to 31
Telefax: 63.82.2976535
Email: info@jacksridgedavao.com