My Simple Thoughts N Creations...

Thought is a vital, living dynamic power - the greatest force on earth. We live in a world of thoughts. Everyone has his own thought-world! They control your life, mold your character and shape your destiny. Always remember, "A pure thought" is sharper than the edge of a razor! This blog will be your journey to my inner thoughts...as well as my creations....come and "sail" with me....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Retreat 2009

My son just came back from his retreat held at BLD Covenant House in Dasmarinas Cavite from September 23 up to 25.  This spiritual exercise is traditionally given by their school to graduating high school students.  It is meant to prepare them to courageously cope with the challenges and trials as young adults by strengthening their understanding of God and deepening their relationship with Him.

This is the Retreat House…

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and the graduating high school students of OPLMC…

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and this is the sleeping quarters of the “young boys”…

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and one of the activity of the retreat…putting in writing some thoughts on each of their classmates…

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Our participation was also thru this manner… we were tasked to prepare a letter and hand it secretly to the class adviser.  These letters were then given to each one of them in one of their retreat activities.  And I would like to share with all of you what I had written for my only son, Marc…

First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty God for giving you the opportunity to embark on a very meaningful and fruitful "SPIRITUAL JOURNEY."

Mac, I've known you to be such a very simple person.  And at your age now, you are still a very innocent young boy...so trusting and always ready to give a hand.  I've never seen you to be a selfish person... and most especially, you never became a brat, never took advantage of being an only child.  And for that, I want you to know that we are so PROUD OF YOU!!!

Much as I wanted you to remain as "my innocent young boy", I know that wouldn't be for long...

A few months from now, you will start "living" as a YOUNG ADULT!!!

Independence, maturity and sense of responsibility will be your new-found friends... and I hope and pray that they will become your constant companions in life...

Slowly, you will also learn that life will not always be a bed of roses.  I can see by your actions that you want to have a simple and quite life.  But I want you to understand that in this world, you can not be simple and quite all the time.   Along the way, you will experience pain, trials, hurt, failures and/or disappointments.  This is the stage of your life that you will have your ups and downs.   There would be times that you don't have any idea where life is leading you, that you don't still see the road ahead of you.  You can not know for certain when and where it will all end.  But you should not let these negative things overrule you.  Learn how to pick-up the pieces and stand up from every fall because life is also a "matter of choice", just like happiness...

There's just one thing that I would like you to always remember - - -

Hand-in-hand, we will both welcome and face your life's new dimension, the adult world!!!

Just as the Lord will always be here for you, so shall we.  In your every endeavor,  challenges and trials, we will be behind you; in every road you are going to, we're here supporting you all the way, come what may!!!

I want you to be strong always and hold on to God, always pray the Holy Rosary because it is the way of meditating Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

Lastly, I pray that this annual retreat will open new doors for you in understanding the Lord, strengthening your faith and in deepening your relationship with Him.  This, in essence, will be your "most important journey in life!"

In closing, I thank the retreat master and all the teachers and staff of OPLMC for this spiritual exercise given to the graduating students.  May God bless you all.

I know it will be quite a long journey…and it has only just began.  I just pray, hope and wish that I will be here in his every step of the way…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

October Elements 11-21

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

October Elements 1-10

I might be quite busy next week and the following days to come, and so I decided this early to make my October elements.  I was able to come up with ten and will continue to do so, if and when I find more interesting ones to work with :-)  …

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Special thanks to ScrapBookFlair and Just a Dream for the elements…

Friday, September 18, 2009

Love WordArt 11

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Love Button Elements 12-15

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cosplay Mania 2009

Last Sunday September 13, my son Marc and dear friend Bel, went to SM Megamall, Ortigas to see Cosplay Mania 2009 in action. This is actually the third time that I am attending this kind of event, a favorite of my son.




and here is my son Marc with his team mates and some of the anime participants...




while these are my photoshoots and my friend Bel's with the various anime characters....really had a good time doing the rounds. watching all those attendees in their eye-catching costumes parade in front of us!!! Enjoyment to the max!!!!




After some time, while we were waiting for my son doing his thing with his friends, we strolled around till we got tired of it...



and have to do some eating too...to get going ha ha....



It was indeed a very tiring day...we were at Mega at around 11 am, stayed there till 7:30 pm. It was a long day really but one thing is for sure... it was a lot of fun!!! Till the next Cosplay Mania event....November 08????? Try to catch it folks!!!!




Love Button Elements 08-11

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Thanks to Jaelop Designs  and Digiscrap Freebies for the elements, to NiceCrane Designs for the Scrabbled Alphas and Gunhild Storeide for the button template…

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Love WordArt 6-10

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Note:  Thanks to Jaelop Designs for the elements and NiceCrane Designs for the scrabble alphas…

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Love Button Elements 1-7

As I have mentioned, I turned some of my love bookmarks and wordart into love buttons… hope you will find use for them too… enjoy scrapbooking!!!

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Thanks to Jaelop Designs for the elements, Nicecrane Designs for the scrabble alpha and Gunhild Storeide for the button template…

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Love Bookmarks/WordArt to “Love Buttons”

I decided to give my Love Bookmarks and Love Wordart a new dimension, a new twist, a new look!!!  Yes, love buttons this time around… and these are some of the elements that I had finished so far.  Please do drop-by in a day or two for the freebie!!!

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Happy Birthday Mama Mary

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  also known as “Mama Mary’s birthday”…

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A Prayer to Mama Mary

by Dine Racoma

Mother of Jesus
greatest Mother of all
Mother of mine
humbly in thee I call

when trials come my way
you are there to call on to
your hands gently holding mine
i find real comfort in you

i draw on your strength
a Mother who was witness
to her Son’s sufferings
bearing them all in her chest

and I always keep in mind
Jesus must have loved you
the most, being His mother
here on earth, in heaven, too

that is why through you I ask
protect my family and friends from harm
that lurk in this world, sometimes
even in the guise of a loving arm

protect my country from all ills
man made and called by nature
show our leaders the right way
for Filipinos to have a good future

cover our world with your loving arms
this I ask and the rest of your children, too
no wars, no strife, no colors, no race
that people may be one in peace so true

thank you, dear Mother
for being always there for me
I love you, dear Mother
and so, does my family.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Love WordArt 1-5

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Special thanks goes to Ignacio Molina of Nicecrane Designs for giving me the special privilege of having a copy of his recent Flourescent Scrabble Alphas.. the same goes to  Jaelop Designs for the other elements…