The Inaugural Speech of Benigno S. Aquino III ( English Translation)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Speech was in Tagalog but translated into English. If you haven't watch it then, you can read it here. You can watched the actual Inaugural day too at Pinoy Channel

The speech delivered very sincere and pragmatic, the fact his parents worked and tried very hard to fight for democracy to live. What I like more on his speech is to focus in social services for the poor like health, education, agriculture, and tourism. Apparently, his vision is to eliminate the corruption of the country through good governance. In such way, its lessen the bureaucracy of the country.

Listening and reading his speech, I hope for a positive change. More jobs and less unemployment. And more investors to come. Go, Philippines!

The official English translation of his speech 

His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta,  Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile  and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.

My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.

I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government that plays deaf and dumb. We know what it is like to be denied justice, to be ignored by those in whom we placed our trust and tasked to become our advocates.

Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.

I am like you.  Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet - migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered - is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?

Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This is the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy it is.

Through good governance in the coming years, we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place, and as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen with the assurance of progress in their lives.

We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.

This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.

During the campaign we said, “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.” That is no mere slogan for posters -- it is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.

Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance.

The first step is to have leaders who are ethical, honest, and true public servants. I will set the example.  I will strive to be a good model. I will not break the trust you have placed in me. I will ensure that this, too, will be the advocacy of my Cabinet and those who will join our government.

I do not believe that all of those who serve in our government are corrupt. In truth, the majority of them are honest. They joined government to serve and do good. Starting today, they will have the opportunity to show that they have what it takes. I am counting on them to help fight corruption within the bureaucracy.

To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: we will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments. Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.

To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion.

We will not disregard the needs of our students. We will begin by addressing the glaring shortage in classrooms and educational facilities.

Gradually, we will lessen the lack of infrastructures for transportation, tourism and trade. From now on, mediocre work will not be good enough when it comes to roads, bridges, and buildings because we will hold contractors responsible for maintaining their projects in good condition.

We will revive the emergency employment program established by former President Corazon Aquino. This will provide jobs for local communities and will help in the development of their and our economy.

We will not be the cause of your suffering or hardship. We will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we will fight corruption in the Bureau of Customs in order to fund our objectives for the public welfare, such as:

· Quality education, including vocational education, so that those who choose not to attend college or those who cannot afford it can find dignified livelihood;

· Improved public health services such as PhilHealth for all within three years;

· A home for every family, within safe communities.

We will strengthen the armed forces and the police, not to serve the interests of those who want to wield power with impunity, but to give added protection for ordinary folk. The armed forces and the police risk their lives daily so that the nation can live in peace and security. The population has doubled and yet their numbers remain unchanged. It is not right that those who make sacrifices are treated pitifully.

If there was a fertilizer scam in the past, today there will be security for farmers. We will help them with irrigation, extension services, and marketing their products at the best possible prices.

We are directing Secretary Alcala to set up trading centers that will directly link farmers and consumers thereby eliminating middlemen and opportunities for corruption.  In this way, funds can be shared by farmers and consumers. We will make our country attractive to investors. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance to business. This is the only means by which we can provide jobs for our people.

Our goal is to create jobs at home so that there will be no need to look for employment abroad. However, as we work towards that end, I am ordering the DFA, POEA, OWWA, and other relevant agencies to be even more responsive to the needs and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers.

We will strengthen the process of consultation and feedback. We will strive to uphold the constitutional right of citizens to information on matters of public concern.

We relived the spirit of people power during the campaign. Let it take us to good and effective governance. Those who believe in people power put the welfare of others before their own.

I can forgive those who did me wrong but I have no right to forgive those who abused our people.

To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

We are also happy to inform you the acceptance of Chief Justice Hilario Davide of the challenge of strengthening and heading a Truth Commission that will shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all -- may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shalI defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. With proper governance life will improve for all. When we are all living well, who will want to go back to living under oppression?

If I have all of you by my side, we will be able to build a nation in which there will be equality of opportunity, because each of us fulfilled our duties and responsibilities equally.

After the elections, you proved that it is the people who wield power in this country.

This is what democracy means. It is the foundation of our unity. We campaigned for change. Because of this, the Filipino stands tall once more. We are all part of a nation that can begin to dream again.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Today, I am inviting you to pledge to yourselves and to our people. No one shall be left behind.

No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.

We are here today because we stood together and believed in hope. We had no resources to campaign other than our common faith in the inherent goodness of the Filipino.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?

You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to your needs and aspirations.

You are the ones who brought me here - our volunteers - old, young, celebrity, ordinary folks who went around the country to campaign for change; my household help who provided for all my personal needs; my family, friends, colleagues at work, who shared, cared, and gave their support; my lawyers who stayed all hours to guard my votes and make sure they were counted; and the millions of Filipinos who prevailed, kept faith, and never lost hope - I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

I will not be able to face my parents and you who have brought me here if do not fulfill the promises I made.

My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy.  I shall carry the torch forward.

My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and that we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation. Join me in continuing this fight for change.

Thank you and long live the Filipino people!

My Escape on Sunday

Sunday, June 27, 2010

An extension views from my visit to a peaceful oasis on Sunday.

My Scenic Sunday Entry : The Baha'i Garden and Shrine

Scenic Sunday

World Most Expensive Cities 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

ECA's ranking is based on a basket of 128 goods that includes food, daily goods, clothing, electronics, and entertainment, but not rent, utilities, and school fees, which are not typically included in a cost of living adjustment. ECA researchers and local partners gathered prices in Septmember 2009 and March 2010 for domestic and imported brands that are internationally recognized - such as Kellogg's cereal or Sapporo beer. While  lower priced goods and services are available in these markets, the study estimated the cost supporting the standard living expected by expatriate employees, says ECA's regional director for Asia. Some of the cities, such as Seoul and Stockholm, jumped up in the ranking as the local currency strengthened against the U.S. dollar. The director says that while a slowdown in business may tempt employers to scale back compensation, "recessions only last so long" and retaining top talent in these places is critical to companies' success when the global economy recovers.

 10 Most expensive cities of the World

New York rank only no. 29

1. Tokyo, Japan 

dc.jpgRank No. 2 in 2009
Food Lunch at the Restaurant : $18
Can of Beer from grocer : $ 3.37
1 Kg. of Rice : $ 8.47
One dozen eggs : $ 3.78
Entertainment - Movie Ticket : $ 22
Appliances and Washing Machine : $ 879 

The strength of the yen has brought Tokyo back to No. 1 spot on ECA International's ranking for the first time since 2005. In addition to the costs above , rent for two bedroom apartment for expats is typically more than $ 5,000, per month in Tokyo, according to data from Euro Cost International. While visitors need more pocket money here than in any other city, the monthly consumer price index in Tokyo wards has actually dropped year on yer for 14 straight months as of May 2010, based on figures from Japan's statistic bureau.

2. Oslo, Norway 

austin.jpgRank no. 8 in 2009
Food: Lunch at a restaurant : $ 43
1 Kg. of rice : $ 5.66
Can of beer : $ 4.71
One dozen of eggs : $ 6.72
Etertainment - Movie ticket : $ 16
Appliances : Washing machine : $880

Oslo rose above Copenhagen as the most expensive city in Europe when the kroner strengthen against other currencies. ECA International says an upward trend in oil prices, as short recession, and Norway's reputation as a safe haven for investors contributed to the kroner's rise.

3. Luanda, Angola

dallas.jpgRank no. 1 in 2009
Food: Lunch at a Restaurant : $47
Can of beer : $ 1.62
1 kg. of rice : $ 4.73
1 dozen eggs : $ 4.75
Entertainment; Movie Ticket : $ 13
Appliances : Washing machine : $ 912

Angola's capital slipped to third place this year as the kwanza depreciated. Prices in Luanda have actually increased in the past year, but currency changes offset any inflation, according to ECA International. In addition to everyday goods, EuroCost International estimates that the average expat pays more than $3,500 per month for a two-bedroom flat in Luanda.

4. Nagoya, Japan

minn.jpgRank no. 3 in 2009
Food : Lunch at a restaurant : $ 19
Can of beer : $ 3.08
1 kg. of rice : $ 9.14
1 dozen of eggs : $3.33
Entertainment : Movie Ticket : $ 20
Appliances : Washing machine : $ 621

Japan's fourth most populous city, Nagoya is also among the country's most expensive. The city ranks No. 1 for the cost of rice: $9.14 per kilogram, according to ECA International data. As Japan's auto hub, the Nagoya area is an important center of business: about 44 percent of automobiles produced in Japan are made here, according to the Greater Nagoya Initiative Center. Such companies as Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and General Motors have headquarters, manufacturing operations, or distribution points in the Nagoya region.
5. Yokohama, Japan 
houston.jpgRank no. 4 in 2009
Food : Lunch at a restaurant : $ 17.39
Can of beer : $ 3.26
1 kg. of rice : $ 6.54
1 dozen of eggs : $ 3. 72

Entertainment : Movie ticket : $ 19.50
Appliances : Washing machine $ 630

About half an hour by commuter train from Tokyo, this port city has active shipping, biotechnology, and semiconductor industries. Yokohama is one of the world's most expensive cities, but companies here enjoy lower operating costs compared with the nearby capital. Nissan opened a new headquarters in Yokohama this year and reportedly will sell its office in Tokyo to cut costs.

6. Stavanger, Norway 

Rank no. 14 in 2009
Food : Lunch at a restaurant : $ 33
Can of beer : $ 4.76
1 kg. of rice : $ 5.71
1 dozen of eggs : $ 6.34
Entertainment : Movie ticket : $ 15.50
Appliances : Washing machine : $ 749

This small seaside city earned its riches from oil in the North Sea and has become known as Norway's petroleum capital. says food expenses in Norway are about 50 percent higher than the EU average: A can of soda is about $2.80, and a beer at a bar can be $12.

7. Kobe, Japan 

austin.jpg Rank no. 6 in 2009
Food : Lunch at a restaurant : $ 16
Can of beer: $ 3.09
1 kg. of rice : $ 8.57
1 dozen of eggs $ 2.81
Entertainment : Movie ticket : $ 20
Appliances : Washing machine : $ 470

The city has one of Japan's largest ports and has become home to many heavy machinery, iron and steel, and food product companies. According to the Japan External Trade Organization, 117 foreign and foreign-affiliated companies have offices in Kobe. As the price of Kobe beef, the style of high-grade meat named after the city, suggests, food is costly here, as are other living expenses.

8. Copenhagen, Denmark

dallas.jpgRank no. 7 in 2009
Food : Lunch at a restaurant $ 36
Can of beer : $ 2.10
1 kg. of rice : $4.85
1 dozen of eggs : $ 6.99
Entertainment : Movie ticket : $ 15
Appliances : Washing machine : $ 1, 196

A 2009 "survey" of 73 international cities by UBS found that employees in Copenhagen have the highest income. Places with higher salaries often have higher prices, but residents here enjoy good living standards overall. Some examples of the cost of living: Renting a DVD costs about $8 per night, a pair of women's jeans is more than $150, and a one-way ticket on public transport costs about $3.70.

9. Geneva, Switzerland

Rank no. 9 in 2009
Food: Lunch at a restaurant: $30
Can of beer from grocer: $2.02
One kg of rice: $3.81
One dozen eggs: $7.64
Entertainment: Movie ticket: $16
Appliances: Washing machine: $1,304

Geneva, home to many companies and U.N. organizations, is one of the most expensive cities for food and household appliances. Food prices in Switzerland are 45 percent more expensive than in the rest of Western Europe, and the cost of electronics and appliances in Geneva is among the highest worldwide, according to a 2009 UBS report.

10. Zurich, Switzerland

Rank no. 10 in 2009
Food: Lunch at a restaurant: $25
Can of beer from grocer: $2.01
One kg of rice: $3.36
One dozen eggs: $5.81
Entertainment: Movie ticket: $16
Appliances: Washing machine: $974

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, is the country's main business center and the headquarters city for many financial companies, including UBS and Credit Suisse. Although Zurich had the greatest number of company bankruptcies in Switzerland last year, according to Dun & Bradstreet, the inflation rate started to increase again this year after falling in 2009.

For the full list of world expensive cities of 2010. Click here.

Source : ECA Internation..

Posted Business Week , June 26, 2010

Secret to Stay Healthy : Old Age

I encountered a few people in a nursing home range from the age of  75 - 105 years old. Some of them are disabled but they are mentally healthy and some of them are literally fit to do anything.  I often asked myself what are their secrets? 

When I spoke to one of them , a South African Lady, who used to swim at the age of 90 years old, love to read magazines, novels, newspapers and smartly dress, she said that you just enjoy life if you can. Don't be miserable because it doesn't help you at all. Just be careful of what you eat, then take exercise more often. She admitted, the she often forget things and her carer help her to remember but reading and crosswords puzzle is very helpful for the exercise of her mind.

So, what can you do to remain healthy into an old age? 

Here are some few ways of ensuring a healthy old age.

* Stop Smoking
* Moderate alcohol consumption
* Take exercise
* Healthy diet
* Socialize with others
* Get out in the fresh air
* Make sure that your home is safe
* Positive thinking

A visit to a Peaceful Oasis

Sunday, June 20, 2010

It was a lovely morning today when my cousin and I  went to Baha'i Garden and Shrine in Haifa. As what I promised to myself that I should go there before I leave the country. We went there too early because we thought the tour start at 9 o'clock as the information given with me by their office. Unfortunately we waited for about 2 hours before the tour start. 

Walking into the Baha'i Garden is like entering another world. One where conflict and hate and distrust and enemies just don't exist. It's very hard to imagine that your in the middle of one of the most conflict centered countries on earth. Anyhow, the garden themselves is remarkably beautiful. Amazing and magnificent. Walking along the paths a little to see all the variety of flowers. However, you can only enter the garden with a tour tour guide, otherwise , you can only view the garden from above. The English tour is free at noon time. The staff is very welcoming and the tour guide will give an overview of the Baha'i faith as well as the history and the design of the garden. 

The Baha'i Shrine which was the first place we entered at the beginning of our adventure without a tour guide. It simply beautiful. You can enter barefooted, phone is turn off, no camera and you must dress decently. They are like Holy center of a  peaceful place.

Unfortunately the dome is currently under renovation so, we didn't get a chance to see it ...

Things to bring when you plan to visit in summer days.
* A hat or cap
* Sunblock Cream
* Bottle of Water.

It is a holy site, so, they ask you to dress decently. Short, mini skirt and sleeveless are not allowed, unless you have covered on it. Foods are no allowed inside.

For more information you can visit the Baha'i Garden, official site. Click here.

Here are of my captured photos. 

 The terraces

At the Baha'i Shrine Entrance

The third last terraces down to the Shrine

First Aid Kit for Traveling Abroad

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Accidents, injuries, and emergencies may happen everywhere and to everyone eventually. For these instances, being prepared going anywhere is all that important. 

Ideally, everyone should have first aid kit at home or medical kit at home and in his or her auto. If your household includes children, keeping a kit in the house is especially important. As well as traveling abroad. 

Through searched, and through from my patient who loved traveling on her younger days with her Medical Doctor husband and also from my training in First Aid and Emergency Care. I listed some essential first aid
that might so helpful when your traveling abroad.

1. So, when you're abroad the first thing you have to consider is the weather, specially if your visiting that country for the first time. Weather can be allergic to you. Take a tablets containing antihistamine.This is effective against allergies, skin rashes and insect bites.

2. Food - You might eat unfamiliar food that upset your tummy or can cause an acute constipation. Don't forget to bring a Diarrhea tablet such as Imodium, these is useful when traveling and Laxatives tablet like suppositories and mostly you can buy laxatives over the counter.

3. If you think you may need an Antibiotic when traveling abroad ask a prescription from your physician. Be aware that when you're cruising, infection and inflammation inside the cruise ship is very prone. So, don't forget to bring or to ask an Antibiotic from your doctor. 

4. Pains occurs anytime, it might be headache, toothache, muscles pain, menstrual pain. Take a painkillers tablet, such as paracetamol or ibufrofen. This is also good for fever and colds because it contains aspirin.

5. You can bring also bandages and plaster in case an accidents should happen. Blisters can be helped with plasters. 

6. When you go to a hot and warm climate and want to lie under the sun. Don't forget to bring sunblock cream with high spf (sun protection factor). This is to protect your skin from burning.

7. Take with you some cotton, povidone iodine solution, distilled water, thermometer, and scissor. And if you think you may suffer from dizziness when try to take a tablet such as Bonamine an hour before your departure. To avoid nausea and vomiting.

Hope it helps and Happy Traveling!

Tips for Israel Traveler

Monday, June 14, 2010

If your planning to travel to Israel I'd like to share some tips for traveler who loves to see the country. 

As some travelers know that Israel is the State for Jewish people. A GOD chosen people. Thus, on the "shabath sundown" - there won't be any public places buses, trains or scheduled sherut line  but there are private shared taxis, (monit sherut) run during shabath as do regular basis but cost a little bit high. If you have your own wheels, you can still get around.

1. Tel-aviv is a cool City and there is tons to do and see , nightlife and shopping and cafes and arts scene. This is a modern face of Israel, but there isn't a lot of history or religious culture to expect.

2. If you love beach, you can also visit Tel-aviv, normally this City is one biggest attractions for beaches. You can visit also Eilat , Netanya, and Herzliya. 

3. Jerusalem is the Capital of the State.  You can see here almost the Religious Site and Culture. Try to experience it as a modern City as well as an ancient one.

4. Dead Sea is one of the tourist attractions too.. You can climb Masada at sunrise (typical tourist activity) and also visit of the surrounding areas such as Ein Gedi.

5. Visit the Bahai Garden too , located in Haifa City. If you are a walk in tourist you can come early, if not you need to reserve ahead. Once you're doing the coastal trek, other possible places to visit include the Roman ruins at Caesaria,a the artist colony of Ein Hod, and the ancient City of Akko.nOther suggestions: Tiberias, Galilee area, Safed, Golan Heights. There are several kibbutzim with guesthouses in the area that make good bases for a night or two.

Some things to consider
- Israeli culture is very assertive , so don't be afraid to make yourself heard to get what you need. Don't be put off if people are blunt, just be blunt right back.

- Riding a train is convenient, comfortable and inexpensive way to travel up and down the Mediterranean coast. Such as Tel Aviv to Haifa.

- Most public places- shopping malls, restaurants, bars, etc have security guards and bag checks or scanner out front. They're there for your safety , so don't put it off by it. It's dad that this things are needed but after a few days you'll probably stop noticing.

- Israel is expensive for traveler. Expect prices some comparative to Europe or North American than to most other parts of Middle East.

-Tipping is customary in restaurants but not in taxi cabs.
- If  happen that your visit fall in Jewish Holidays such as Passover and Rosha Shana. Expect the big crowds , higher prices and transportation nightmares. Plan to book a trip earlier their Holidays. 

Benifits of Sprouts

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Do you want to look not a day over 60 when you're matching toward your 90th birthday? According to Naturopathic Medical Association, gerontologist believe that 120 years could be the average human lifespan instead of today's average of 75%. The present research indicates that one of the secrets to long and healthy life lies in eating high enzyme foods everyday.

As we age, our body produces less and less of its own enzymes. This general decline is a fundamental cause of aging and many of the disease associated with it.  Many of us have felt a reduction in the efficiency of our digestive system as we grow older, due to a decrease of digestive enzymes. 

While all raw fruit and vegetables contain the enzymes needed for the digestion of their own nutrients, sprouts have a much higher concentration than raw vegetables of fruit. Although you can buy alfafa sprouts and mung bean sprout at your local supermarket, you'll have a very hard time finding lentil sprouts. You have to make them yourself. In fact, they are much cheaper than the sprouts you can buy. 

Sprouted lentils are much easier on the digestive system and are preferable for those who want to watch their weight. They contain fewer calories than their non-sprouted ,as they use up their own energy in the sprouting process. 

During the sprouting process, enzymes convert stored interactive nutrients into a sort of nutritional super-fuel:carbohydrates into simple sugars, complex nutrients into amino acids, and fats into fatty acids which are easily digested compounds. 

Sprouted lentils are an excellent source of Vitamins A, B,C, and E as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc. When sprouted the total vitamin content its increased specially Vitamin C. Sprouted lentils are good source of fiber and are natural source of anti oxidants, preventing environmental pollutants from causing harm to your body, And with anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties, they slow the aging processes.

Mount of Beatitudes

Monday, June 7, 2010

As far I remember , I went to this place when I was 3 months old here in Israel. In those days, I was poor , I need to prioritize paying back my placement fee coming here before engaging anything else which is not necessary. Thus, I stole this view in Google images. Thanks Google for providing me this images!

As the name suggest, this is the hill upon which Jesus was said to have preached the "Sermon of the Mount" The lie of the land next to the church form a natural amphitheater sloping down to the side, so it is more likely that Jesus stood at the bottom of the hill, but this does not detract from the beauty of the church on its crest.

First Class traveler

Sunday, June 6, 2010

If here abroad is not allowed to travel 12 people in a 10 sitters mini bus. In the Philippines is the more the merrier. Some are enjoyed traveling an open air, and they called it a first class traveler ,lol!
Images from Flicker

 Have you tried traveling like this in the Philippines? It is common in provinces area of the Philippines.

Why Italy?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hello, join me in my journey to Italy. Oh, how I wish someday I can visit this country. This is one of my dream.

I choose Italy as one of the most beautiful and special country on earth. I have a lot of questions and preconceptions with this country.Thus, I'm interested to know more about it. Or perhaps Italy has deep Roman Catholic roots. 

With my research and through Sarah and my old patient who travels Italy. They said that it is country full of interesting things, blessed with natural beauty. A place of olive oil , pasta, mafia and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces. That gives me an amazing and interesting conceptions but Italy has a lot to give its tourist. More than what I expected.

I have collected a few photographs of Italy destination.  Or you might book a holiday ticket after you view this beautiful images. I have an admiration that certainly this country is much more complex and stimulating than its concepts.

Stress Travel

Friday, June 4, 2010

 From traffic jams to lost luggage, holiday travel can leave you frazzled.  Get the holidays off to a stress-free start by arriving at your final destination composed and energized. Just follow these simple tips from Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide.

Stretch It Out Where stress starts, tight muscles follow. Ease the strain of hours sitting in the sky or on the road with a simple, seated stretch Hanley calls The Number Four: Place an ankle over the opposite knee (making the shape of a four) then lean forward and rest your elbows on your shin.

Apply Pressure 
If icy roads or midflight turbulence leave you with a pounding heart and racing thoughts, Hanley recommends a little acupressure. Simply curl each finger down until it touches the palm. The subtle move lessens anxiety by slowing down the heart and, in turn, quieting the mind.

Say It Out Loud "The very act of traveling requires an element of surrender," says Hanley. When plans go awry (a delayed flight, a missed exit) -- and they will -- slowly repeat the mantra "I'll get there when I get there." This helps you stay mindful of what's out of your control.

Wish Them Well With everyone rushing to get from point A to point B, you're guaranteed to run in to someone who will ruffle your feathers. "The trick to not losing your cool," says Hanley, "is to develop compassion." Instead of flying off the handle at that impatient driver or curt customer service rep, try a kindness meditation. Hold an image of them in your mind and put yourself in their shoes with an empathetic thought: "I'm sure he's anxious to see his family" or "I bet she's had a long day."

The World Most Dangerous Hike

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

This is a great video of Mount Hua in China one of China's Five Sacred Taoist Mountains, and often called the "Worlds Most Dangerous Hike" . This video was shot as part of a television show hosted by Robin Esrock.

Watch and don't look down!

My journey once to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My journey to the Church of Holy Sepulcher

Church of Holy Sepulcher from Lutheran Tower
 The Church
Originally built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulcher commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial.
On grounds of tradition alone, this church is the best candidate for the location of these events. The Garden Tomb was not identified as such until the 19th century.

Church of Holy Sepulcher entrance
Crusader Facade
The original Byzantine church was destroyed by the Persians in 614 A.D. Rebuilt shortly thereafter, the Egyptian caliph al-Hakim destroyed the church in 1009 and had the tomb hacked down to bedrock.
The Crusaders rebuilt the church and much of what is standing today is from that time period. The ladder in the upper right window has been there since at least 1860, a testimony to rivalries between the church's factions.

Church of Holy Sepulcher, traditional place of Golgotha

Place of Crucifixion
Inside the church is a rocky outcropping which is the traditional place where the cross was placed. Archaeological excavations have demonstrated that this site was outside the city but close to one of its gates and thus would have been a good location for a crucifixion. Today this chapel is controlled by the Greek Orthodox Church.

Church of Holy Sepulcher edicule, place of 
Jesus' burial

 The Edicule
This structure preserves the location of Christ's tomb. Though the cave here was carved away by a Muslim ruler 1000 years ago, a clear history remains that this has been the revered location of the tomb. Al-Hakim's efforts to destroy the tomb (and Christianity) in 1009 were not the first.
Earlier the Roman emperor Hadrian erected a large platform of earth over the whole area for the construction of a temple to Venus. Jerome adds to Eusebius' statement that a statue of Jupiter was on the site for 180 years (140-320 A.D.) When Constantine converted the empire to Christianity, he had the pagan temples dismantled, the earth removed and a church built over the spot.

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