Kindness of a House Owner in GigatownTimaru

In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share the kindness that our landlady did for typhoon-stricken Filipinos.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Central Philippines on 8 November. I and my wife were very much concerned because of the destruction it brought to Northern Iloilo, particularly our town of Ajuy.

Sunday afternoon of 10 November, I got a call from the Timaru Herald. Their reporter asked about the situations back home and my plans for helping fellow Filipinos.

On 11 November 2013, the Timaru Herald published our desire to help the Philippines through fund-raising for relief goods.

Two days after, while we were busy contacting and soliciting help from friends abroad, I got a phone call from our land lady.

She told me that she read the article on the local paper and learned about what happened in the Philippines.

Then she said, “Instead of paying me for this week’s rent, I would like to donate it for your town’s relief effort.”

Her kindness surprised us. We’re so thankful for her generousity.

Our land lady’s contribution became part of early relief operations for Ajuy.

See some of the photos below:

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (2)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (1)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (4)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (5)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (8)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (3)

Thank you Lord for giving us generous neighbours.

The kindness of people at Gigatown Timaru is quite amazing.

Tim Cook, Apple Inc. and Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Apple Inc donates to typhoon victims

I read the article, “Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’” by Mark Gurman.

Reading through Tim Cook’s narrative of what to expect from Apple in 2014, the phrase below caught my attention:

[quote cite=”Tim Cook” url=””%5DThis year, Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines,… [/quote]

This is part of Tim Cook’s email to employees sharing the company’s big plans for 2014.

Isn’t it a blessing that prosperous companies such as Apple Inc. have this generous heart to those in need and for the betterment of humanity.

It is our prayer that charitable institutions that received Apple’s donations are able to accomplish the expected works of charity.

Below is a screenshot of Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees that Mark Gurman published at 9to5Mac

Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’   9to5Mac

Source: 9to5Mac

Doing Process Monitoring Research in Antique and Iloilo, Philippines

process monitoring research

In 1992, I had the chance to work with Institute of Philippine Culture as Research Assistant.

I did process monitoring research on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Philippine Government.

I was assigned in Antique province together with five other research assistants.

Part of my job was to record how land surveys were being conducted.

CARP lands are located in remote mountain slope areas. Documenting the surveying process was so hard.

The photo on the right was taken by the community organizer.

We were at Barangay Igpanolong, Sibalom, Antique.

Notice the high elevation and the slope. I was hanging on grasses and some vegetation.

The site was also patrolled by some members of the New People’s Army.

I did research in Antique for eight months then I was assigned for a year to document the implementation of the Local Government Code in Janiuay, Iloilo.

The process monitoring research job entailed lots of recording minutes of meetings, collating notes, and writing monthly reports.

It honed my research and writing skills.

I thank the Lord for protecting me through all these tasks.


Jadyn writes nine stories with illustrations

Jadyn Writes Nine Stories with Illustrations in Nine Months

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)

Booklets Jadyn wrote

Three more booklets Jadyn wrote

We are happy and proud to read and appreciate our daughter’s creativity. Jadyn loves to write and draw.

We have created the Jadyn’s Art Work blog to publish Jadyn’s story books online.

Yes, we’re posting the nine stories soon.

  • My Adventure
  • The King and the Princesses
  • The Girl Who Loved Food
  • The Butterfly and Bee
  • The Princess Who was Very Hungry
  • The Boy Who Loved to Travel with His Horse
  • Animal Land
  • The Unicorns and the Pegasuses
  • The Ten Campers

All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. Thank you Lord!


Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Danger of Keeping Santa in Christmas

The Salvation Army Band and its firm Christmas statement

The Salvation Army Band and its firm Christmas statement

Reason for the Season is Jesus

Don’t get me wrong here. I love Santa Claus for the tale of generousity he exemplifies.

I could still recall hanging stockings on our wall (we don’t have chimney in Central Philippines) and what glee I felt discovering a packet of Nips chocolate the follow morning.

Of course, it didn’t take eon of years to discover that it’s been our parents playing Santa, much to their delight.

I grew up believing that Santa Claus is a person who’s following the example of Jesus Christ, for whom Christmas is celebrated.

Yes. I believe in the Santa Claus who’s very generous because he had experienced the sacrificial love of God in Jesus Christ.

Anyway, my purpose for this blog post is to mention one danger of keeping Santa in Christmas.

I read an opinion on how Santa is being attributed as the “reason for the season (of Christmas)” and not Jesus Christ in the many Christmas Parade around New Zealand.

Will we be seeing changes in the future of celebrating “Santamas” instead of Christmas?

I’m seeing more of “Santa Parade” instead of Christmas Parade being promoted.

With the fast changing world where beliefs, values and meanings are gradually changing, there is great danger in keeping Santa in Christmas.

And that danger is ‘Santa’ could be rearranged easily to ‘Satan’ because some people in this ever changing society would prefer darkness to light.

Far out? Well, I’m trying to be broadminded here…if a sector in the community could persuade governments to re-define marriage….hmmm…you know what I mean?

So, while we still have the strength, faculty and facility, let us keep CHRIST in CHRISTMAS!

Keep Christ in Christmas because who knows, tomorrow will be really Christmas day!


Join Gigatown Timaru Poster

Help Timaru Become Gigatown

Can you imagine living in a town where the internet runs at one gigabit per second (1Gbps)?

Timaru is aiming to have the fastest internet in the Southern hemisphere at ONE GIGABIT PER SECOND.

All we have to do is garner the highest number of people who desires it for Timaru.


It’s so easy. Just follow the steps below and you’re done in a few seconds.

  1. Visit the Gigatown site by clicking this->>
  2. Click the “Join Up” button.
  3. Register using either your Facebook, Google+ accounts or enter the needed information
  4. Select TIMARU as your town.