Saturday, April 10, 2010

Quote from the Secret

48.The earth turns on its orbit for you. The oceans ebb and flow for you. The birds sing for you. The sun rises and it sets for you. The stars come out for you. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there, for you. Take a look around. None of it can exist, without you. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life. And now you know The Secret. May the joy be with you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


1)Dear Lily,

If you really believe that I am with you and will always be with you, what will you do? What great adventures will you have? What worlds will you explore? What projects will you build?

Your Companion for life,

P.S. You're never alone, Lily.

2)Dear Lily,

I want you to have money. And I want you to use it to make this world a better place.

Watching you with love,

P.S. So if you need more money, just holler, Lily.

3)Dear Lily,

Your blessings are burdens. Your burdens are blessings. Both are one and the same thing. So if I were you, I'd just call all of them blessings.

Excited for you,

P.S. Do you want a glass that's half-empty or half-full, Lily? It's really up to you. So say, “None of the above. I want it overflowing!”

The Best Type of Communication

Communication, which is the art of transmitting messages among humans, is as old as man. It comes in many forms and continuously evolves with the changing times. Archeological excavations provide tangible proofs of inscriptions in caves or in tablets like the hieroglyphics, while stories also abound which are handed down from one generation to another by word of mouth. Modern technology has categorically overhauled the way by which people convey their thoughts. The advent of computers introduced electronic mails amidst the persistence of snail mails, telephone calls and face-to-face interaction. Others adhere to the expeditious nature of e-mails or the convenience of telephones or the romanticism of penned letters, but the paramount mode of exchange of ideas for me is with personal presence.

Nowadays, social engagements are made possible by unlimited forms of media. However,only intimate meetings lend particular details which are inherent in such. These are facial expressions most especially the eyes which express emotions, sometimes contradicting uttered words. Tone of voice can also be compared with gestures, appearance, as well as with thoughts relayed. Meanwhile, a person's mien and care taken with one's grooming also contribute to complete judgments and perceptions. In addition, face-to-face interactions give weight to the momentous event be it a political rally, a job interview, or a casual date. Being present at the pre-agreed arrangement indicates the intention to complete a task, decisiveness and cooperation, thus, cementing stronger relations.

Misunderstandings arise when people communicate at different levels. The language game can be delineated, but it is during personal encounters which permit repartee that corrections are immediately conveyed to clarify misconceptions. Furthermore, the problem of transmitting ideas to the wrong party and consequentlty losing it, can be avoided. Otherwise, repercussions can be fatal especially during political instability.

Conversely, electronic mails, snail mails and telephone calls allow messages to be imparted with ease without having to travel. Stamped letters go with an air of romance, though sometimes can be regarded as anachronistic during these times of instantaneous relay of thoughts across the globe. With the proliferation of telecommunications and the use of world wide web, these are the most favored means of communication because ample supply is accompanied by lower cost, plus its x-factor which is speed. However, since the person can communicate incognito, it also gave way to certain social crimes. If in the past, psychopaths physically scaled the environment for their victims, they now scour the net for unsuspecting people. Thus, there is a rising incidence of Internet criminals who prey on young online chatters and there are those who steal other's identity to access their bank accounts. Aside from that, there are also malicious individuals or organizations who spread venomous messages against race, religion or other individuals while remaining concealed.

Clearly, all these modes of communication are beneficial to society. New technology in the future can give rise to other ways of bridging gaps between people but personal interaction shall still carry the same characteristics which enrich social engagement. People can use different words, but the intricacies of intimate conversation may not be equaled nor relayed completely via technological gadgets. Hence, face-to-face communication still stands sovereign over all other modes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Happy New Year to all!

I was just wondering how this year will be better than the ones before for all of us in this planet. If everyone will willingly pull his own weight while at the same time making small contributions that can help improve the situation of our own little worlds, I bet the end result will be phenomenal for everyone. One little phrase has been nagging me since I read it. It was a GodWhisper from Bo Sanchez. The letter goes: If you truly believe that God is with you always, where can you go and what can you do?...

More to blog next time. Right now, I have to be at another location...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nonstop Rain of Blessings

Blessings come in different magnitudes. Some small,others extremely mind blowing,but mostly, they come as common day-to-day taken for granted part of life-- without which we cannot experience life. Like the air we breathe,or our senses to see and appreciate the different sizes, shapes, colors. To hear and enjoy sound, beats, rhythm as well as to utter words and be intelligible. To touch, feel and relay our deepest emotions sans words. To taste varying delicacies, and to relish aromas from food or perfumes.

There are times when we are so in tune with all blessings we receive from the mundane to immeasurable intangibles like peace of mind,or joy from being with healthy children. Or even just from seeing old couples walking while holding hands. But sometimes, we get distracted by certain encounters that somehow manage to slither and settle in cracks in our consciousness neglected and left to fester and rot. Situations will never be the same for people. Some have more, while others have less, but the latter does not necessarily stem from the having of others. How then can we have more when we have less? By changing our outlook. By seeing the glass half-full insted of half empty. By learning to accentuate the little that you have. This is accomplished by being grateful. An attitude of gratitude somehow multiplies the little that is present and before you know it, the list has grown to proportions you never thought possible.

This morning, a priest specifically focused on Not Worrying in order to avoid magnifying any source of anxiety. How not to worry? Ah, easier said than done especially for worry warts like me. But, it can be learned, and the bad habit can also be unlearned, by replacing it with another habit. This time, by realizing that there is a God, that I have a Big God Who has always been there for me, I can re channel my energy towards strengthening my faith in the God Who has already died for me, and then continue being thankful for my blessings. I mentioned in one of my blogs before that I was receiving blessings nonstop. Well, it is true. I am, and I continue to receive blessings in varying forms and sizes, and for that, I am truly grateful.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Phenomenon Called Niner

If Efren Penaflorida is the CNN hero who helps educate the masses, Ervin Nil Temporal is The Filipino champion who empowers professionals so they can qualify to work or migrate to any First World English-speaking countries by passing the IELTS. Filipinos pride themselves with ability to mimic almost any foreign language from Arabic, to English, to Italian, to Japanese, to Mandarin, ad infinitum. They can carry out conversations in any foreign tongue whether in person, on the phone, or via the net. However, regardless of this aptitude for languages, fear of the English examination hinders people from venturing outside the Middle East. (Personally, I think Filipinos are always anxious about examinations of any sort.)

Come the 9.0 Niner Review Center, within a relatively short span of 3 years, it has carved a singular niche for itself, being the only review center to churn out students with scores of 9, 9 being the perfect score in the IELTS. Such unprecedented results propelled the 9.0 Niner Review Center to the top, making it the premier English language review center in the archipelago for all 3 years of its existence, having bested the likes of Kaplan. 9.0 Niner is also recognized and lauded by both the British Council and the IDP as the all time bellwether among English review centers in the country.

Ervin Nil Temporal was only in his teens when the idea of founding an English review center began to brew. As a full-time Mass Communications student in UP Diliman, needing to augment his meager allowance, he joggled a heavy plate of university studies and activities together with tutoring English to professionals in his boarding house and another job at Ortigas. Teaching a swiftly protracting number of potential emigrants, which spilled outside the house so that some were standing by the windows just to listen to his lectures, definitely warranted a proper learning place, hence the birth of the first 9.0 Niner Review Center in Quezon Avenue.

Ervin is himself a niner,someone who bagged the perfect score of 9s having aced his exams in 200X. Lecturers, facilitators and coaches in the centers are certified niners as well, conducting classes particularly tailored to address and strengthen grammar. These classes unfailingly showcase tips and exercises which infallibly improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, virtually ensuring passing the IELTS with flying colors.

Now, Ervin is no longer a pimply-teenager, having blossomed into a fulfilled 22-year-old last November 30. Together with his journey towards maturity, 9.0 Niner has also secured a strong and reliable image among countless English review centers in the Philippines. In an unparalleled history of entrepreneurship, 9.0 Niner has opened 14 branches nationwide, with more to open soon. 9.0 Niner is also offering online review which commenced in February early this year to extend services to OFWs and facilitate learning for busy professionals. It is only a matter of time before 9.0 Niner becomes THE English Review Center in Asia.

To date, Ervin has succeeded in conquering most of his Goliaths and whatever hindrance may present itself at any time shall definitely be handled with the same grace, courage and fortitude employed in the past.

Looking back, being a precocious child, he had an awareness at a tender age that he was cut from a mold above the rest. Remaining true to himself, Ervin grew up focusing his energy in harnessing his talents and language proficiency. His extra-ordinary discipline and training paid off when he consistently garnered the paramount honors and awards in school, graduating valedictorian in primary and secondary school and becoming the best debater and writer. Ervin's continuous efflorescence was unstoppable and persisted when he entered UP Mindanao. It prevailed even when he transferred to UP Diliman.

When Ervin decided to transfer to UP Diliman in Quezon City, his parents agreed to support his financial needs. Clearly, cost of living in Luzon is higher as he will be paying not just for food and transportation, but for lodging as well. So in order to supplement to his allowance, he mustered courage and the very young Ervin
decided to apply for work. The rest is history.

Ever impassioned and untiring, Ervin Nil Temporal, the Philippines' IELTS Guru, is actively involved in conducting major lectures in all 9.0 Niner branches, as well as being a professor and researcher. He is success personified, an avatar, who has shown me and others man's unbridled capacity to expand his skills and abilities in order to overcome boundaries, to exceed limitations, and in the pursuit of excellence, translate his strengths into a system designed to spur others to persist in the making of their dreams.

Attending his lectures and being coached by him was both a treat and an honor. Ervin's story screams with life's laughter and pain, joy and sorrow, a plenitude of faith interlaced with audacity, stick-to-it-iveness and genetically endowed inherent virtuousity with relentlessly manifold and powerful contributions to society. The telling of which is its own reward.

Now, after being enriched by his lifestory, I take a bow, pick up my pieces and continue my journey. Thank you Sir Ervin.


How to reach 9.0 Niner and more..

I just realized that my previous blogs will be truly useful if I provide pertinent contact details. Find them here and start moving towards enhanced creativity and better lives...

9.0 Niner Review Center- Taft 00632 8511739/0927-9448134

Soul Food -
Bo Sanchez' blog -

The FEAST (Catholic Worship)

Pasig: Valle Verde Country Club beside Ultra every Sunday 8:00 am, 10:00am and 1:00pm

Makati: AIM Conference Center, Benavidez St, Makati City every Thursday 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Quezon City: Convention Hall 2F Bureau of Soils and Water Management Bldg, Visayas Ave cor Elliptical Rd, QC every Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm

Manila: SM Cinema 4, SM City Manila near LRT Central, behind the Manila City Hall every Friday 7pm-10pm

Rizal: Valley Fair Arcade, Ortigas Ave., Ext., Taytay Rizal every Sunday 9:00am-11:30am

Marilao, Bulacan: SM Cinema 2, SM Marilao Every Saturday, 5:30pm

South: Festival Mall Cinema 10, Alabang Muntinlupa every Sunday 10:00am-12:30pm

Ortigas: Roofdeck, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas formerly Emerald Ave., Ortigas every Monday 7:00pm-9:00pm

Angeles: Angeles University Foundation every Friday 6:00pm-8:30pm

Bustos, Bulacan: Parokya San Isidro Labrador, Liciado Bustos, Bulacan every Sunday 1pm