I have this fascination about candles that I started taking photos of them whenever possible.

I also read somewhere that lighted candles represent our prayers, even if we left the place where we light them.

May these candles bring my prayers and intentions to God– for my family and loved ones, for friends, for community, for our beloved dead, for church and national leaders, for the vulnerable, for our country and the world… For mankind


I saved this article from The Daily Encounter. The reflections from this site never fails to strike a point smack into my heart and soul.

“Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.”

I’m sure you know some people who won’t take no for an answer. They’re boundary busters who have no respect for other people’s personhood.

Healthy boundaries are to protect ourselves from toxic people, from controlling and manipulating people, from con artists, from abusive people, from people who can hurt or use us for their own ends, and so on.

External boundaries are needed to protect our physical well-being. Nobody has a right to come into our space, get into our face, or touch us without our permission.

Internal boundaries are to protect our feelings. Nobody can upset us, hurt our feelings, make us feel guilty, ashamed, afraid, or angry without our permission. This is why we need good internal boundaries.

Boundaries are not walls. Boundaries allow the people in that we want close to us. Walls shut everybody out. Boundaries are also needed to contain our own “badness” so we don’t hurt others.

Without healthy boundaries, people will walk over us, use us, or abuse us and we will end up feeling angry, upset, hurt, and maybe even wallow in self-pity. What other people do is their responsibility. What we allow them to do to us is our responsibility. This is why we need healthy boundaries without which it is impossible to recover, grow, and live meaningfully.

Furthermore, without the freedom to say no our yeses are meaningless.

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Read the life of Jesus in the gospels for a good example of healthy boundaries. Nobody ever controlled, manipulated, or did anything to Jesus without his permission—including his parents once he became a young man.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to develop healthy boundaries to protect others from my ‘badness’ and to protect myself from others’ ‘badness.’ And help me always to respect other people’s boundaries. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”


Way back in Summer of 2010. For the FIRST TIME, our family went to Boracay Island for 3 days-2 nights vacation. It was very memorable for me and hopefully for everyone. I could not recall of any chance that our family got to gather and enjoy each other’s company. It was a budget trip, but we tried to make the most of it. We went around the island through as rented pumpboat, had buffet dinner by the beach front, experienced banana boat ride bouncing and twisting, and dropped by the Precious Moments garden in Aklan. During Mother’s Day, I had this photo printed and included it in the framed photos I gave to my Nanay.

From the Inside

I feel a certain degree of calmness and peace whenever I take time to pause and examine my life, whichever state I may be on that particular moment.

The time, short or long, always bring me to a better perspective about what I’m being confronted with. And most often, my realizations and fruits of reflection directs me to God; about how He fashioned events and circumstances that led me to where and who I am.

Then I eventually realized that the peace and calmness I feel whenever I look inside me is because God is dwelling within me.

If you’re climb…

If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone ~ Donny Osmond

There are times that I feel the lackness or inadequacies of things. Some of this areas include love that I’m showing, efforts that I’m doing, help that I’m extending, success that I’m achieving, money that I’m saving, places that I’m going, and the list goes endless….

Reading this quotation from Donny Osmond made me realize that I’m been too hard on myself and been ungrateful to God.

Looking around, I see people with less or no food to eat, less or no money to spend, less or no love received, less or no place visited, less or no property to call their own, less or no more health to keep, less or no work to give affirmation to their talent or skill. 

Thank you, Lord for reminding me to be grateful. For reminding me to step back so that there will be more reason to look forward. 

Random thoughts

Been keeping some notes in my cellphone’s Drafts section, thinking that I could one day can write about these topics. Got them from readings, reflections, sign posts, etc:

  • A country deserve the kind of leader that it elects
  • Having an ambition is seeing your BEST self
  • The instrumental intro of GMA’s Kapuso theme song sounds similar to the song “Sabihin Mong Ikaw ay Pilipino”
  • Psalm 37:7-9: 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
  • CUI is a Neutral convenor
  • Plant mani (peanuts) and rabanos (raddish) in Alimodian
  • YOU – youth opportunities, unlimited
  • 1 Cor 2:15:  The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments
  • I came to this realization and resolution: what I wear does not describe the kind of man that I am 🙂
  • Hang-ups
  • 1 Cor 9:24-26: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
  • Sometimes you’d find your Peter Pan, who’d take care of you and fly with you against the wind— but then you’d notice that his heart still belongs to Wendy
  • Remember that we’re starting a TRADITION!
  • Culture of giving back
  • Pepping hole, potter’s hands
  • Tough love pushes us to the threshold of our capacity
  • ROTC, military school in Singapore and Korea instills discipline and civic consciousness to the young
  • Mapaglamang
  • Sense and Culture of Order
  • Iloilo city need a policy re: junk vehicles along its major thoroughfares/streets
  • Philippines has become a Society of Posters and Billboard — an indication of short memory
  • Can you read my mind? – theme song for people who wants others to assume that others know and feel as they do 🙂
  • Upperhand of the situation
  • Providential on things or events that work out in a perfect timing
  • Just make sure you miss my heart
  • Role models? to whom can I look up to? – t-shirts, icons
  • where am I anchored?
  • Service changes people’s lives — it transforms people
  • An excellent report starts with good documentation
  • Ma’am Doreen: the secret life of Paula Cordero
  • Let us enlarge our desires and our hearts for “God is able to accomplish far more than we ask or imagine”
  • Bringing our cause to the streets: sumilao farmers, strikes, rallies, protests, sidewalk vendors  (source of living), Way of the Cross
  • Civil pride
  • Don’t rain on my parade – saying
  • choreographer
  • My Big Love: 1 — 2. start today 3. — 4. find your inspiration 5. be happy
  • in the eyes of the child, there is joy ….. but she’s blind
  • Sharing will not make you less richer, neither will it make you poorer
  • On unity: scattered government offices, thousands of islands — sign of a dis-united country?
  • Defining your limits
  • By the waiting shed with JP
  • Car plates and vanity numbers
  • If I really believe that God loves me, then I should rest in the idea that the Best things in life are still ahead of me and not behind me
  • Emiliano Arcaya, MIMS, Inc – security guard from Cebu airport
  • BAYANI ako ng Lansangan
  • Haggard patrol — wang-wang
  • eyesore, nose sore
  • O Hesus, hilumin mo
  • 1,111 stories of heroism
  • Dinagyang: international auction night with Ilonngo authentic products
  • Our Space – task Force Streamers
  • What are Perfect Ilonggo gifts? – business options
  • Calauit, Palawan
  • Regulation: MTRCB – seatbelt on driving scenes
  • Who or what is Domber Pomarin??
  • Overspeeding
  • Case abstract – flood in pavia
  • Religion by convenience – always busy, 5am Mass
  • Honda Jazz
  • Jean jacobs – thanks Jed
  • Who is David Moses?
  • Cris Ian Sinuto — Goldleaf Guard Services
  • The contrast of peace and quiet in the library
  • What’s in your left pocket? — usually important
  • NO to checkered shorts
  • Seldom do we see lady drivers
  • Mind Map application
  • If lost something, be sure to look for it at the right place — 🙂
  • Janitor vs. president – qualification
  • Breakdown is the touchdown to breakthrough
  • Zaida, Positive affirmation
  • Canigao Island in Leyte
  • One and a million you — good karaoke song
  • laws w/o teeth; citizens no sense of order
  • Yong-yong and the Trappist monks
  • New Moon: I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore; I feel so protective of you
  • Cyber socializing and the timid Filipinos
  • Be kinder than necessary because everyone have their one struggle
  • Live with Confidence, because d Lord call you to do it; Courage; L-oyalty and commitment; A-ggresiveness and determination; S-strength and fighting spirit; S – self-control == CLASS
  • Divine appointments – Prayer of Jabez
  • Closure — Closing Cycle
  • Passport ni Nanay
  • Success is NOT about looking at a person figuring out how much s/he is earning — it’s about looking at the person and determining how Happy s/he is
  • Ready yourself to receive more blessings
  • Chinese-collared barong
  • The elusive Manager
  • My love will see you through
  • How great art thou — song
  • Three cups of tea
  • Candor
  • Your treatment raised my dignity as a person
  • Di-spell/conquer fear and doubt
  • Many pillars constitute a big and strong structure
  • Being a Christian means being able to hope, dream, excel, prosper, be brave and bold with the knowledge that by actively living Christ’s ways, we can never go wrong
  • National govt don’t have policy on timberland
  • Can anyone appreciate the beauty of a cage without having anything inside it?
  • Success = joy, freedom and friendship
  • Mac = 12 1/2 x 9; IBM = 13 x 10 1/2
  • MORE: Pray, serve, plant, harvest — we don;t know what the future holds
  • Exercise daily; walk with God
  • Rush, year-end, 11th hour
  • Wherever there is God, there is Order. Seek Him in times of chaos, so that Order will not be far behind
  • Remembering: Lord, teach me to always remember
  • 25 ka tuig nga Grasya sa Parokya sa ubay ni Sta. Monica
  • MAHALAGA == mahal + alaga
  • Wilder women – movie
  • we thank the Lord fo rthe gift of friends, we look forward in establishing new and meaning friendship and in expanding our horizons
  • Cause she love’s me… I don’t know what she sees in me but she loves me …. – song for Getti
  • Download Accelerator Plus File Shedder
  • Mortification and Prayer of the Five Senses
  • So Young — theme of the Youth
  • Long walk to freedom: autobio of nelson mandela
  • Exegete
  • Bonet
  • You can not OWN what you don’t Love
  • FWE 855 J. Zepeda, Zarraga Bga. bante
  • External drive
  • Come to me in the Blessed Sacrament – Msgr. Josefino ramires & Fr. Vincent Martin Lucia
  • Coffee table books; collections of stories — sang tiempo namon
  • Not for the sake of your dignity but for the love of your people
  • Overheard from a foreigner after taking photo: Facebook is the altar of every members’ photos
  • ORAD – augmented reality — hologram
  • I can be as cold as the bench in the park during winter season
  • Just like a father looking at his child starting to walk or having a family of his/her own
  • 2 Tim 1:7
  • Don’t let your (bad) memories kill you
  • Cause I mean what I say when I say “I do” — song for Getti
  • all for Love
  • It is always wrong to assume or decide for someone else

Upon posting these topics in this blog, I hope to begin writing my reflections and thoughts.

Note from the lower box while typing this: Draft saved at 3:48:04 am. Last edited by jaypresaldo on January 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

NOT ANYMORE… publishing! 🙂