Saturday, May 31, 2014

Read "The Samson Syndrome:What You Can Learn From the Baddest Boy in the Bible" by Mark Atteberry - Are You Man Enough?

Can you learn from the life of an egotistic, immature playboy who wasted the talents, gifts and abilities that were given to him? Of course! Why then would God devote four chapters to the story of this man if there was nothing to learn from his life?



As I prepared sermons for more than ten years, I have had these thoughts about Samson in the book of Judges. I was surprised to read that Mark Atteberry, the author, had the same thoughts when he wrote “The Samson Syndrome: What You Can Learn From the Baddest Boy in the Bible”. This book, as I reviewed it, is a study of the life of Samson and it reveals twelve tendencies that he had which are also common to men of strength. Each tendency is explained as seen in the Bible character’s life, shown how they are each a common struggle for strong men. The best part is that helpful and realistic suggestions are provided for each predisposition.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Loom Summer Craft-Craze at SM City Bicutan

My family have been loom-bonding these past few weeks. Our 9 year old son is so into it too that he's thinking of going on a looming business. He's been busy since and have sold quite a bunch already. My wife and I are happy that he's going entrepreneurial at his age. :-)


I made the above loom band ladder bracelet accented with crystals for my wife last week. :-)


Gospel Bracelet (Triple Fishtail)

It took a while before my wife and I got hold of black loom bands and made this as soon as I got my hands on them. I made this for myself but it ended up on our son's wrist. He loved it. I just wore the fishtail gospel bracelet that I made for my wife. She just made gospel bracelet (flower power design). 


Our loom-loving family is joining SM Bicutan's Loom Summer Craft-Craze. This is happening from May 23 to 25 at SM Bicutan Building B Atrium at 4pm. Register and let's get our looming digits on. :-)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar in Katipunan Extension: Peppermill Caterer's Best Menu

If you've heard of Peppermill Caterers, a catering business which started in 2007 which became popular among celebrities and politicians, then you'd be glad to hear that Vince Rodriguez, its Chef and Owner, opened his own restaurant last March 2014 along Katipuan Ave. extension in Quezon City - Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar.

This new restaurant in Katipunan Ave. extension boasts of dishes with flavorful home cooking which Vince hesistantly labels as new American - a mixture of Mexican and old traditional American. Some of their offerings my family and I have tried are their Fried Mac & Cheese - macaroni, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, peppermill dressing with an option to have bolognese as add on.

Fried Mac & Cheese


I would also recommend their Fire Cracker - California roll with U.S. scallops, shrimp and kani.

Fire Cracker California roll


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: "No Cape Required" by Kirsten Parrish

This 52-day devotional which is appropriate for children, teens and fun adults, “No Cape Required: 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero”, is well loved by my eight-year-old son. Each daily devotional cites a hero from a popular movie as an example for the character trait and the Bible passage to be read. 



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Drum Basics for My Son

I am so proud of my son for so many reasons. He is gifted with keen ears for music and rhythm. Ever since I have tried playing the guitar to accompany him, he has always sang along in the right pitch. For not being tone deaf, I am already amazed. In fact, we, together with my wife, have done a recording of the song "In Me" by Casting Crowns and he didn't have a problem with singing his parts

All these have encouraged me to expose him to music more and more. We have had him go through piano and voice lessons. I have also bought him a junior guitar so I can get a chance to get him interested with it. Sometimes, we even play rhythmic drum patterns with him while at the dinner table or while doing household chores. One of my hopes is to be able to invest in a drum set with hammerax cymbals from guitar center or even with ordinary cymbal sets available locally so I can start to teach him basics of drums playing. I think his interest with rhythm has been awakened and I would want to take advantage of that while it's there.