Posted in Faith, Inspirational, Lent, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, South Canterbury living

Relevance of Jesus Christ in my Life

relevance of jesus christ

Recognising my sinfulness and the fact that I cannot do anything on my will and effort to cleanse me from all unrighteousness make Jesus Christ relevant and important.

As if my spirit was an old rusty and squeaky wheel in need of repair and replacement. And through the cleansing blood of Jesus, I am now redeemed, renewed and truly living.

Acknowledging my need for a Saviour, I found the answer to the question “How can the death of Jesus Christ be ransom for all?

The lyrics of “He Look Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need” express my sentiments so well that I’m always touched listening and singing this song.

Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,
for it was grace that brought my liberty;
I do not know just why He came to love me so,
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

Chorus

I shall forever life mine eyes to Calvary,
to view the cross where Jesus died for me,
how marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul;
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

If you’re still wondering about the redeeming power of the cross, take time to reflect…see your sinfulness, repent, receive and believe that Jesus Christ is your only Saviour and Lord.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Old Rusty Wheel by Ross Waugh

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Posted in Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

South Canterbury – Tell a Friend Best Family Group Entry

Thank you!

South Canterbury Tell a Friend Award

 

Our family is grateful for the award that the South Canterbury – Tell a Friend contest organizers gave. The prizes are just awesome.

Joining the Tell-a-Friend contest has given us the opportunity to meet new friends, integrate with Timaru community and gain internet marketing knowledge.

While there’s no perfect place in this world, we say that there are many reasons for beautiful living in South Canterbury.

To God be the glory! Praise Him.

We just can’t stop thinking about South Canterbury.

Watch this video to know more:

South Canterbury – Tell a Friend from South Canterbury NZ on Vimeo.

Posted in Inspirational, Living in Timaru, South Canterbury living

Jadyn’s Short Story Published in Waimataitai School Newsletter

Iya's photo of Iya

We are so happy to see Jadyn finding joy in writing.

Since she learned how to read and write, she just love to write stories. To inspire her passion and publish her art work, we created Jadyn’s Art Work.

For their writing exercise a week ago, the Year 3 class at Room 7 composed their “Once upon a time” stories.

Jadyn’s piece was one of the two stories that the school printed in the Waimataitai’s newsletter 27 March 2012 edition.

Jadyn also appeared as one of the main characters in the story that Sakari, her classmate and best friend wrote. Their stories were published together.

Waimataitai School - Once Upon a Time Stories

Please CLICK on the image above to see how the stories appear in the newsletter.

We thank Mrs. Nikola Vincent for mentoring and supporting Jadyn. We appreciate Waimataitai School, the principal and teachers for creating a wonderful learning environment and experiences for all pupils.

PHOTO CREDITS: Iya Jarbadan, Waimataitai School

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Blog Post Featured in Philadelphia Site

 

The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia Update or FECGP Update, through the editor-in-chief and fellow blogger Freddy Panes, featured ‘Little Time that Matters Big’ on the 22 March 2013 edition.

Thank you very much for sharing ‘Little Time that Matters Big‘. God inspires you all!

Please CLICK on the image below to see the full feature!

Filipinos in Philadelphia USA

Thank you Freddy for encouraging and inspiring me!

 

Posted in Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living

Premium Discovery at Timaru Port – Goose Barnacles

Timaru Port Breakwater

One cloudy afternoon, we decided to drive down the shingle beach at the eastern side of Timaru port to enjoy the beach and ocean view.

It’s the part of Timaru Port that we haven’t visited.

The gloomy cold afternoon did not discourage us for we’re excited to see the place.

The fact that you’re on the utmost edge of the city facing the deep open ocean, cold wind blowing strong and the waves beating the breakwater makes the event more exhilarating.

Timaru Port Shingle Beach

Goose Barnacles at Timaru Harbour
Goose Barnacles at shingle beach, Timaru Port

We went about exploring the area. We watched the flock of shags congregating at the calm part of the shingle bar.

Then my wife and our daughter found Goose Barnacles growing on a beached tree branch.

We didn’t know what they were until my wife searched the internet.

Goose barnacles are prized delicacy (Percebes) in the USA and Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal.

Goose Barnacles at Timaru Port Shingle Beach
Close up view of goose barnacles found at Timaru Port beach.

Shingle Beach Timaru Port

Located near us, there are many more things that we need to know and discover in Timaru Port or Caroline Bay Port.

We look forward to fishing here one of these days.

 
 

PHOTO CREDIT: Jewel Kwe Castillon

Posted in Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

Finding Peace in South Canterbury

South Canterbury Article

Then he found South Canterbury, in the world’s most peaceful place to live in, New Zealand.

South Canterbury reminds him of Iloilo; a fusion of a quiet life in the rural and the progressive life in the urban.

“It’s like a rural town in the Philippines with first class amenities, low traffic volume, fewer people and relaxed atmosphere,” he said.

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Stafford Street, Timaru

Even the old colonial buildings along Stafford Street would remind you of Iloilo City’s Calle Real, he added.

Apart from being home to scenic spots, the place is also perfect for those with temper for insects. Why? Jonan said that since August last year, he never saw any cockroach, rat and even ants crawling on sugar or sweets.

FINDING PEACE

“Migrating to New Zealand and moving to South Canterbury is one great journey for our family,” he shared.

As a pastor, he never forgets to share his faith through his blog “From Worry To Glory

His blog has testimonies of faith, hope and love with the prayer that those who read it will be inspired to go on with life and move forward despite difficult circumstances.

Lucky that NZ is a democratic country, Jonan was also able to continue sharing the same faith with his fellow Filipinos at JIL Life Group and Kiwi friends at Wilson Street Baptist Church.

FILIPINOS IN SOUTH CANTERBURY

South Canterbury Association of Filipinos
JIL Life Group Filipinos attending the South Canterbury Association of Filipinos Christmas party in December 2012.
Filipino dairy farm workers
Meeting Filipino dairy farm workers having picnic at Caroline Bay Park.

 

Compared to other areas in the world, the number of Filipinos in South Canterbury remains minimal.

I see three types of Filipino migrants here in South Canterbury – Filipinas who married a Kiwi, OFW (overseas Filipino worker) on a work contract and Filipino professionals who migrated singly or with their family members.

Known for its vast pasture, there are also lots of Filipinos manning the dairy farms. Others work as labourers in big factories for potato processing and farm products packaging.

In the last quarter of 2012, there were 22 Filipinos who arrived to layout fiber optics cables in Timaru. There are also a few working in information technology jobs, administrative, health and social services.

Caroline Bay Port Timaru
Filipinos fishing at nearby Caroline Bay Port.

 

South Canterbury is migrant-friendly. The NZ government has instituted the Citizens Advice Bureau to help her citizens including new migrants for common settlement issues.

Organized in almost every suburb, they have free seminars and orientation for newcomers. All you need to do is visit their office, enquire and enlist in the programs they are offering for new migrants.

Those who wanted to visit or live in South Canterbury must apply through the Immigration New Zealand.

Caroline Bay Carnival
Each year, the Caroline Bay Carnival offers a week-long evening of concerts and entertainment for Timaruvians.

THE KIWIS

Just like Filipinos, Jonan said that Kiwi people also greet each other on the streets.

“Besides meeting and getting-to-know us, they offered help if you need one. Because of that, we feel at home and it’s like we’ve been here for a long time already,” he said.

He also admired how the Kiwis respect their government system. While security in Philippine malls remains questionable, in New Zealand, there is no single security guard in malls and even in banks.

Aside from obedience of the law, Filipino values like “palabra de honor” and honesty are also practiced by the Kiwis.

Caroline Bay Board Walk
The board walk at Caroline Bay is a beautiful place to walk through while enjoying the very relaxing view at any time on a sunny day.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Jade Mark Jarbadan, Emer-son Reyes, Jewel Kwe
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NOTE WELL:

Karen Bermejo is a Filipino journalist, writing for The News Today, a local newspaper based in Iloilo City circulating in Western Visayas. She also writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She hopes to inspire people through her column “En Route”, which features stories of success, struggle and opportunity for Filipinos living, working and aspiring to go abroad.

Karen’s article “Finding Peace in South Canterbury” appeared on The News Today Libre 22 February 2013 edition.

From Worry To Glory added some photos to enhance this blog post.