Happy Birthday God’s Precious Jewel

Happy Birthday God's Precious Jewel

I could have stated “My” or “Our” precious Jewel but then I realised you are God’s precious jewel for me and Jadyn.

On your birthday and in celebrating your life with us, with our family and friends, I love you for standing by me in all of life’s circumstances.

What more can I ask but for the Lord God Almighty to guide you and give you wisdom each step of the way in all your endeavours with our support and prayers.

Thank you for joining and being one with me in this journey of faith, hope and love and let us appreciate all the brilliance that the Lord God has set in place as we travel on.

Happy Birthday!

with much love from us, Jonan and Jadyn

Church of the Good Shepherd South Canterbury


Nelson del Castillon

Nelson Del Castillo – It’s Nice To See You on National TV Again

Just a quick and short post for one person who influenced my music in my early years of self-learning and playing the keyboards.

The video above talks about Nelson Del Castillo’s two songs that became hit nationally.

Readers please take note how Nelson without qualm or whatever stated that his composition “You’re My Best Friend” was written….”this is for our Lord Jesus Christ”, he said.

Nelson’s composition “If” was first heard on local radio In the 90’s in Iloilo City through Hiligaynon Records.

It became a nation-wide hit and garnered double-platinum status, reached number one in the Philippine music charts, listened to in Thailand and included in an American jazz album.

I had the chance of going with Nelson promoting his hit song “You’re My Best Friend” in malls around Manila in 1995. We played together in the praise and worship band of Faith Baptist Church for several occasions in that year.

Besides his raw talent in playing the keys and composing songs, I admire Nelson for his humility and generousity in sharing his talents.

Below is his jazz rendition of “It Is Well With My Soul”, as recorded and shared on FB by his wife, Grace on 28 August.

Keep the faith Nelson del Castillo!

Kind regards to Grace and the del Castillo boys.

2014 general election nz

Appreciating the New Zealand 2014 General Election – Our First

2014 general election nz

John Key of National Party waving to his supporters (Photo grabbed from Stuff.co.nz video)

Yesterday, 20 September 2014, we cast our votes, our historic first participation in New Zealand’s general election.

Towards noon, I and Jewel and Jadyn tarrying along trooped to the voting place, which is at the Waimataitai School Social hall.

We’re glad it’s just over a 100 metres away from where we live.

There were no long queues when we arrived. There’s just one person before me.

I really admired how the person distributing the ballots just simply asked “Are you this person?” (pointing to my name on the Easyvote card).

No ID card, no in-depth scrutiny, no request for person to verify my identity.

Our voting lasted for less than five minutes as there were only two circles to tick, one for party vote and the other for electoral representative.

What’s really amazing and admirable is that the results came out on the late night of the same day.

Towards midnight with 99% of results in, I watched John Key giving his victory speech.

His acknowledging and thanking his strong rival, David Cunliffe of Labour Party for calling him and conceding defeat made the process very honourable.

Such is the gift of democracy, administered well in the spirit of freedom and honesty by the people and government of New Zealand.

Coming from a country where in some places the election conduct is quite the opposite, our first New Zealand general election is like a breath of fresh air.

It is my prayer and hope that Kiwis will always cherish and preserved the democratic and honour system that we migrants appreciate.

Congratulations John Key and the National Party! Congratulations to all participating parties!

Congratulations New Zealand!