Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Melody Ann Castanos-Lesa

Melody is one of my best friends since 1990 when I moved to Quezon City. Our group consisting of five girls with common interests - our LDS membership and tutoring English to Korean students, sisters Jennifer and May Merdegia, Elmey Soberano, Melody Ann and myself (Mhe-anne) just got on like a house on fire! We have sooo much fun. We have done so many things together. As years went by, Melody served a mission and missed her but we continued to send her letters as a way of support. In October 1998, it was my turn to serve a mission. Jenny, May, Melody and Elmey sent me letters and updated me on what was going on, so I didn't feel away from them. After 2000 it became difficult for us to be complete as our priorities have changed - Elmey went home to Palawan, Melody went to New Zealand, Jenny went to Korea, I went to the United States and May was left in the Philippines and later on followed Jenny in Korea. I have maintained in contact with all of them except for Melody. She left for New Zealand to marry her boyfriend (former Elder Lesa) and has been emailing me initially but suddenly lost contact with her. I asked her relatives where she is but they also do not know. I searched the net - Facebook, Friendster, Baguio Mission websites and even goodled her name but to no avail. I hope to find a way to find Melody. For now though, all I can hope and pray is that she is doing great!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Journey to the Temple

I taught Lesson 18, "Establish...a House of God" in my Sunday School Gospel Doctrine adult class for Deparo Ward, Novaliches Philippines Stake. The lesson is about temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Temples are an essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so the LDS Church builds many temples around the world. President Howard W. Hunter said:
" Let us be temple-attending and temple -loving people. Let us hasten to the temple as frequently as time and means and personal circumstances allow. Let us go not only for our kindred dead, but let us also go for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety which is provided within those hallowed and consecrated walls.The temple is a place of beauty,it is a place of revelation,it is a place of peace. It is the house of the Lord. It is holy unto the Lord.It should be holy unto us" (Ensign,Oct. 1994,5.)


It is for this reason that I always make it a point to visit the temple, as long as there is one in the place, during my travels.

I have listed the temples around the world that I have visited so far. My list totaled 16 and here they are in the order of seeing first to last - Manila Philippines, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Provo Utah, Mount Timpanogos, Las Vegas Nevada, St. George, Utah, Bountiful, Washington DC, Oakland California, Hawaii, Seoul, South Korea, Hongkong, Boston, New York, and the Cebu Temple which is under construction.

Come July, I will be adding two in my list - Melbourne and Sydney Australia.

Manila Philippines Temple



Los Angeles










Salt Lake City












Provo Utah



Mount Timpanogos



Las Vegas Nevada









St. George, Utah











Bountiful, Utah






Washington DC








Oakland California














Hawaii










Seoul, South Korea












Hongkong












Boston













New York












Cebu Philippines Temple (under construction)





Temples are really special to me. One of my goals in life is to be married in the temple. One of the Philippine Area Presidency member handed me a quote from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was then a member of the Seventy, and he spoke about the relationship of the temple to the creation and perfection of family units. He taught:
"From the moment of Birth into mortality to the time we are married in the temple, everything we have in the whole gospel system is to prepare and qualify us to that holy order of matrimony which makes us husband and wife in this life and in the world to come. Then from the moment we are sealed together by the power and authority of the holy priesthood...everything connected with revealed religion is designed to help us keep the terms and conditions of our marriage covenant, so that this covenant will have efficacy, virtue, and force in the life to come. Thus, celestial marriage is the crowning ordinance of the gospel...Thus the family unit is the most important organization in time and in eternity.
And thus we should have more interest in and concern for our families than for anything else in life...there is nothing in this world as important as the creation and perfection of family units".

Friday, May 22, 2009

New York - Circle Line Manhattan: A Day I'll Never Forget



I am going over some loose papers in my room when I stumbled upon the pictures which I have printed while testing my HP All In - One Scanner Printer. This is one of those pictures. This brought back a lot of good memories being with my prince in that Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise last February 27, 2009 so I thought of writing about it for today's blog entry.

Being in the Circle Line Manhattan cruise is one of the tasks in the book '2001 Things To Do Before You Die'. I requested my prince to include it in my itineraries in the big apple and he was kind enough to book us on one of the numerous cruises being offered by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, the operator of New York City's most famous boat ride. I will never forget that day. I enjoyed a relaxed and refreshing time with my prince, while discovering the secrets of the city through the informative guide. I have seen 3 rivers, 7 major bridges (Mark took around a hundred of them hahaha), 5 boroughs, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Holy Cow



Holy Cow is an exclamation of surprise when something is unbelievable or hard to believe. This is what I and everyone have said after learning the power of becoming a Platinum Pacesetter from the training conducted by Fred Cooper, the CEO and President of USANA Company.



A USANA Distributor qualify as a Platinum Pacesetter if, within 42 days (six weeks) of enrollment, the Distributor help at least four people she/he sponsored activate their Business Centers and get on autoship.

I am a qualified Platinum Pacesetter. But believe me,I agree with Fred Cooper that I under estimate the power of being a Platinum Pacesetter. To show how I and the rest of the Platinum Pacesetters under estimated their status and the amount of money that they will be entitled to as a matching bonus, he asked two questions:

First question: What percentage of the commission a Platinum Pacesetter get for the Distributors he sponsors?

My answer: A Platinum Pacesetter gets 100% match of the first 32 weeks of commission for each of the Distributors she sponsored and qualified.

Fred Cooper's verdict: I got the concept correctly. But what is the meaning of that concept in dollar term? The answer is $40 points.

Illustration:

My Cycle Left Right Check

1 200 200 0
2 400 400 0
3 600 600 100
4 300 300 0
5 500 500 100
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200/5 = $ 40

Second Question: If you can have the four (4) people you sponsor become Platinum Pacesetter, how much will you get in dollars?

My answer: $ 200

Fred Cooper's verdict: $ 960

Holy Cow!

So if I can make the four people I sponsor become Platinum and each of them opened 3 business centers, I can actually make $960! So it seems morally wrong to bring in a Distributor who would open only a one business center. But even with one business center, I can actually make $440, doubled with what I initially thought I would be entitled to huh. Holy Cow!

Me - $200
Match - 2 (40) = $ 80
2 (80) = $ 160
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$ 440 - 1 BC
$ 880 - 3 BC
+$80
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$960 = P46,080 every four weeks!

Holy Cow!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Paulo Mendoza

Because I am a big fan of Basketball and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)since high school days, I consider it an opportunity to actually meet Paulo Mendoza of the Sta. Lucia Realty team of the PBA. He is pretty nice and friendly.I found an article about him and pasted it below:



ACTING out a role he is most comfortable with has done wonders for the game of Paolo Mendoza.

The Sta. Lucia Realty playmaker was shifted to the 2-guard spot at the start of the season and he has taken to the job like duck to water, more often than not churning out the numbers that were expected of him.

Mendoza himself proved this by exploding for a personal conference-high 20 points last Saturday, leading the Realtors to an 89-83 win over Welcoat in the Talk N Text-PBA Philippine Cup.

The victory improved SLR’s win-loss record to 6-1, cementing its hold on solo leadership and stretching the team’s best-ever sustained start in an All-Filipino tournament.

Without ace Kelly Williams, then in the States acting as best man to a bosom buddy’s wedding, it is highly doubtful the win could have been pulled off.

Yet there was Mendoza leading the Realtors’ all-around exploits and making a highlight end-game heroic, making him the hands-down choice as the PBA Press Corps’ ACCEL Player of the Week for the period Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

“Masaya po ako at nananalo po kami at nakakatulong po ako sa team ko. Malaki rin po ang pasasalamat ko sa coaching staff at sa management, sa tiwala nila,” said Mendoza.

It marked the third time a Realtor was accorded such honor following skipper Dennis Espino (Oct. 9-15) and Kenneth Duremdes (Oct. 23-29). Still, coach Alfrancis Chua could not be happier with the choice of the top pick in the 2000 Rookie Draft.

“Grabe nilalaro niya, especially sa depensa,” enthused Chua. “‘Yung opensa niya, given na ‘yun. And he works hard in practice, lalo na ngayun na 2-position na siya. I think mas gusto niya iyun.”

The acquisition of Alex Cabagnot last year and Ronnie Bughao prior to this season has enabled Chua to slide the 28-year-old Quezon City native to the shooting guard spot, a position he has occupied in the amateurs and is more comfortable with.

This shows in the way Mendoza keeps contributing, even though Duremdes is SLR’s established starter at the 2-spot.

Against the Dragons, Mendoza anchored his points on 7-of-10 field shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point land. He also had six rebounds, two assists and as many steals in 32 minutes.

Capping it all up, his last trifecta from way out the right flank gave the Realtors an 83-76 lead in the final 45 seconds and some level of comfort in the face of the newcomers’ gritty stand.

In all, Mendoza is averaging 11 points on a torrid 44.2 percent three-point shooting, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tale of Four Mommys



There's a Jewish proverb that says 'God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers' and he blessed me, not with one but four! Yes, He gave me my own loving mother and my three sisters - in - law: Ate Amy, Bhe be and Imee who are mothers to me in some way. This Mother's Day, I paid tribute to my four mothers with the sweetest, enduring treats - a personalized mini chocolate cake with a message.



Mami Cristy

"For all you are, and all you do, I'll always love you!".

She is a loving mother, unselfish, unpretentious, and a great cook! I always look forward to our monthly get together and taste her delicious cooking.
"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love."
~Mildred B. Vermont.



Ate Amy
"Wishing you simple joys and peaceful moments on Mother's Day and always"

She is a mother of four at age 27 and allows me to call her Ate eventhough she is almost 8 years younger than me! Well, she married my oldest brother Mike and following a Filipino tradition, I should call my oldest brother's wife as "Ate: (address to older sister). For 10 years now of being with the family circle, she has lived up to her being my ate since I don't have any sister. She has also shown me how to be a mother in the truest sense of the word. "Because I feel that in the heavens aboveThe angels, whispering one to another,Can find among their burning tears of love,None so devotional as that of"Mother,"Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,You who are more than mother unto me.~Edgar Allan Poe



Bhebe
"It's your special day - so relax...enjoy...indulge...luxuriate...pamper yourself...eat this cake...Mother's Day has its privileges!

She is Allan's wife and a mother of four children as well. Since her family lives with me, she's the one who cooks for me, fixes my bed, clean my room, and does about everything! She is also my ever willing confidante and adviser!
This quote fits her well "

" A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."
~Tenneva Jordan.



Imee
"Hope your Mother's Day is simply delicious! Enjoy this cake"

She is the wife of my youngest brother Joel and a mother of two girls Kyle and Frannie. She is my masseuse lady who comes to give me my weekly whole body massage. Oh it feels soo good after!
"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Meeting My Mission mate and Batch mate

Cebu: Trip to Romantic Memory Lane

Cebu City and May 5 is just a perfect combination for my trip to romantic memory lane. Yes, yesterday was actually the 22 months of flourishing wonderful relationship with my prince Mark and it was in Cebu where we first felt that thumping. So to reminisce one of the most important and romantic memories of my life, I went back to the two places that served as the witnesses to our love for each other: the Magellan's cross and Fort San Pedro.

Magellan's Cross.

This cross is housed in a small chapel on Magallanes street (Magallanes being Spanish for Magellan). The cross is a symbol of Cebu City and that of Roman Catholiscism. In June 2007, Mark and I went to see the Magellan's cross as a way of making use of our time in Cebu City and the hotel where we were staying suggested that we go there since it is a tourist attraction in the Philippines.


- My picture at the Magellan's cross taken by my prince Mark in June 2007.


- My picture at the Magellan's cross on May 5, 2009



Fort San Pedro

Just a stone's throw away from the Magellan's cross is a monument to Cebu's turbulent past, the Fort San Pedro. Fort San Pedro is the oldest and the smallest fort in the Philippines, and its name was taken from Legaspi's flagship "San Pedro" in which he sailed the Pacific Ocean in 1565. Right now the Fort (triangular in shape and made of stone and mortar) is a museum-park. My favorite part of the Fort is the tree where my prince took noticed of my beauty..haha.


-The tree inside the Fort San Pedro


-My picture outside of the Fort San Pedro taken on May 5, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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