Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Futureworld Dedication and Opening at SM City Masinag

Two Saturdays ago, I had the great opportunity of officiating the dedication and official opening of Futureworld located at the 2F, Cyberzone of SM City Masinag, Marcos Highway in Antipolo City graced by Ms. Kelly Misa and Anton Del Rosario. This is the second branch opened by this newest player in technology gadgets and accessories which is also an Authorized Apple Reseller, their first being in Bicutan, and with plans to expand by opening branches in San Lazaro and Sta. Mesa in Manila.

FUTUREWORLD at SM City Masinag

Leading the prayer of dedication of FUTUREWORLD SM City Masinag

With SM City Masinag representative and Ms. Kelly Misa

Futureworld, under the trade name Futureworld One Philippines, understand the transformation of Filipino consumers to becoming tech driven, thus, they are carrying the complete line-up of Apple hardware and software, exclusively distributing Onanoff earphone organizers iOs compatible weighing scale and blood monitor Withings, Incipio cases, iBike, and organization accessories from Cocoon. They are definitely very unique especially in terms of their product offerings because they provide more than the usual products like memory cards, sanyo eneloop batteries and usual gadget connectors.

Pick your desired headphones. I like the one branded Marshall.

With Anton Del Rosario. You can view the other photos of the event here (Futureworld SM Masinag Launch)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bloggers Wanted: $200 Amazon New Year's Giveaway

$200 Amazon Giveaway

Hosted by Diva Fabulosa and Happy Home and Family

  • Event Date: January 4 - January 18
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Heaven is for Real for Kids by Todd and Sonja Burpo

Jeff's wife here signing in to leave a quick word about Thomas Nelson's Heaven is for Real (for Kids) book. I first heard about Heaven is for Kids by Todd and Sonja Burpo from an Aunt who lives in the States. She highly recommended for us to read it. It was said to be a true story of a kid who had a glimpse of heaven when he was severely sick 4 year old child. When I saw that this was one of the books available for us to review from Thomas Nelson, I gladly grabbed a hold of it. 

"Heaven is for Real for Kids" by Todd and Sonja Burpo is especially made for kids. Illustration was by Wilson Ong

Book Description: 
Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it! Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book. Beautifully illustrated, under Colton's direction, this book is uniquely written from a child for a child. Colton tells of his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven. Scripture along with Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.

Since I have not read what the adult counterpart of this book, I really did not have a lot of expectations. Except that it's for kids. So to add to our 7 year old, very eager reader's collection, I requested the eBook and he read it today after his afternoon nap from our iPad.

Our son loved it! But there were very serious and valid questions that came up. He asked his father and me, if it is at all true that people can see heaven and go back to earth.  It's lovely that there is a portion in the book where Questions Kids Ask about Heaven is Real is dealt with and it includes an answer to that question. 

The answer to that question from the book is: "Yes! God has allowed some people to see into heaven briefly. The Bible says isaiah, Daniel and the apostle John were all shown parts of heaven. The apostle Paul also talks about a man who visited the "third heaven," by he gives no name."

What really tugged my heart and got me to uncontrollable tears, that I almost ended up creating a floor fountain, was when Colton met his older sister in heaven. The sister she never knew he had. Apparently, his parents lost her to a miscarriage when her mother was still pregnant with her.  Imagine the surprise in Colton's parents when he relayed this to his folks. The tears just welled up my eyes as the pain of the miscarriages we personally experienced six years ago came back. The hope of seeing our children (yes, we miscarried twice) in heaven gave my heart as the revelation came upon me that it needs to heal some more. I never thought that it would still be as painful now that I remember. But the tears of remembering them came with hope this time. It was not only my son who benefited from the book. It touched the very core of my heart too, an emotion I never thought that's still there.

Now, I'm not saying I'm totally believing Colton's experience being true. But given that each illustrated page came with a verse supporting Colton's account and remembrance of what heaven was like, I'm good with that. The kid's claims seem to support what the Bible says. In the event if their claims are false, then they're accountable to God for that. 

Thank you, Thomas Nelson for the privilege to own and review this New York Times bestselling book,  Heaven is for Real for Kids by Todd and Sonja Burpo

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com bloggers program.I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Place Called Blessing by Dr. John Trent

A Place Called Blessing by Dr. John Trent was the perfect book to read after my wife and I were blessed by its predecessor, The Blessing

To give you a backgrounder, here's the Book Description of A Place Called Blessing:

Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high school education and few life skills, he is one step away from homelessness when Providence brings him to a place where he finds much more than physical shelter. For the first time in his life, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of "the blessing." 

Our family's principles on raising our child is widely influenced by the ministry of Focus on the Family, which the author is a partner of.  Like "The Blessing," A Place Called Blessing is another book that is hard to put down, except when my son and husband play music together and use the vox vt20. I cannot help but feel for the Josh  and life being unfair to him and his family. I do not have to be in Josh's shoes to feel for him. 

A Place Called Blessing is a highly recommended book for parents. It zeroes in on the value of us, parents, being intentional as we bless our children. It is The Blessing in a story form. Everyone who wants to have a hand at parenting will benefit from this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com bloggers program.I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.