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Bouncing Back!


It’s been 5 months since the last time I’ve posted about my new website/blog Wanderful Wordsmith. It’s not my intention to abandon my beloved Curly Bookworm. I was too occupied to maintain two blogs! I really missed Curly Bookworm and my fellow bloggers in my community here.

So what happened in my absence here? Well, I’ve been contributing to two e-magazines in Thailand which is based in Bangkok. I actually juggled teaching ESL to Mongolian doctors, writing for e-magazines, and travel blogging! Check out my posts (click the titles):

August Awesomeness Overload It’s about awesome blessings from above.

  • Pinoy Thaiyo is the first and only Filipino e-magazine in Thailand. As one of the pioneering team, I was assigned as a columnist for Amazing Pinoy. I feature Filipinos (even half Filipinos) who excel with expertise in their respective fields and give glory to our motherland. They’re exceptional and gifted people from all walks of life who inspire and imbue patriotism, perseverance, patience and persistence.
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Don’t hesitate to connect with me, but I covered my number.Just send me a mail for any query.

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Thailand-Professionals

Exceptional experience indeed!

  • Thailand Professionals is an e-magazine counterpart of a magazine for professionals established three years ago and was re-launched on August 12, 2015, during the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. I feature professionals and VIPs like the Queen herself.

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A monument of answered fervent prayers.

AUP College of Medicine: A Fulfilled Vision Aside from the affiliations from Thailand-based e-magazines, my blog about the inauguration of the most-awaited College of Medicine of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) was featured in The LinkSummer-Fall 2015 Edition (The Official Publication of PUC/AUP – Alumni of Western North America) and  PUC/AUP Cyberlink (The Official E-Newsletter of PUC/AUP Alumni) August 16-22, 2015 Special Edition.

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Mongolian doctors, though Buddhists easily adapted to our culture and our Christian community.

August’s Astonishing Surprise This is about the extra blessings beyond measure. I was requested and hired to teach Mongolian doctors for a short ESL program at AUP

There are a lot to share, but I will be back to tell more about my adventures as a travel writer/blogger for Flybook Travel and Tours, and the official travel blogger of the prominent ATTA Calabarzon (Association of Travel and Tours Agencies). It’s accredited by the Department of Tourism and is a leading association within Region IV-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon).

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Taal Volcano adventure: Gazing at the grandeur of Vulcan Point, the largest island within a crater lake in a volcano island within a lake on an island in the world.

For sure, I miss a lot about you guys out there. To keep receiving fresh updates, I highly recommend for my subscribers here to also subscribe to my new website. I would gladly appreciate that.

Feel free to explore my new website. Read and share my post to share the sunshiny experience! Wanderful Wordsmith

© 2015 LAF

 

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Triumphant at Three!


Thrilled to post again after three months of blog sulking, I was surprised to receive a notification few minutes ago! It’s my blog’s 3rd Anniversary! Actually, my first blog post was on August 9. So, I badly missed it!

Happy Anniversary! August 15, 2014 gleeful greetings from WP

Happy Anniversary!
August 15, 2014
gleeful greetings from WP

I’ve got my favorite devotional from my bookshelf earlier, only to realize that it’s what I’ve featured more than three years ago. *click the title, Terse Soliloquy to read my first blog post ever!

To read last year’s anniversary feature, read Transformed at Two!

 

More Than a Conqueror

The Vespers worship at Philippine International Church was graced with the Communion, or the Last Supper. The Week of Prayer is dubbed “More than Conquerors”. A student speaker delivered an inspiring the message. Sis. Jenny, a Dentistry student (Malaysian), emphasized about moral integrity, and how we could keep the purity thru God’s grace.

“Will there be a Mary among us who could bear Jesus?” was her query to the ladies.

“If you have been courting, or you have a girlfriend, what is your intention? Is her integrity and purity your priority?” she asked the gentlemen, as he emphasized Joseph’s characteristics.

2 Tim. 2:22 has been more personal to me, as I listen to Paul’s admonition to Timothy to:

  • Flee from youthful passions
  • Pursue righteousness, faith, love & peace
  • Have a pure heart

While contemplating on these as we’re about to begin foot washing, I wondered who would be my partner, I came late, and sat on the left wing (quite so behind), most of my friends used to sit at the right wing, front pews (where I used to sit too). People rushed out to get small basins of water and small towel, and to my surprise, Jenny Amurao approached me.

I was so delighted to see my former AUP Academy student, beaming with her lovely smile. She didn’t have a partner, and I’m grateful she came, she’s an answered prayer. “Ma’am Fronda, may partner ka na po?” she asked. I was quite hesitant at first, I was not ready for communion, but I wanted to have it. But it’s been a humbling experience to have her as a partner for the foot washing. It’s simply unforgettable! Jenny has grown a lot; graceful & lovely lady, a gifted singer.

When the emblems were distributed, I saw Klyde Carpizo, another former student (Jenny’s batch mate). He’s a deacon since last year, but I didn’t know that until his mom told me after worship. I even asked his dad, another deacon to confirm, “Is that your son Klyde, Sir?”, when he was giving the grape juice and the unleavened bread.

Life is indeed full of surprises! Last night was a blast of blessings! I also met & greeted Keanu Lee, Chill Orbe, saw Yesha Ilagan (Jenny’s batch mates). Two JENNYs made an impact in my life. I was tremendously inspired as I contemplate on God’s unfathomable love and unlimited grace. I’ll be more than a conqueror, coz Jesus has conquered the Arch Enemy even before I was conceived.

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As you can see my students' artwork, the first picture at the pink corner was Jenny's. She's the homeroom leader. :) They gave me this memento with their appreciation.

As you can see my students’ artwork, the first picture at the pink corner was Jenny’s. She’s the homeroom leader. 🙂
They gave me this memento with their appreciation.

They surprised me! They're dearly beloved and loved!

They surprised me! They’re dearly beloved and loved!


“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39, NIV (my favorite verses) 🙂

In Remembrance of Me

Full-packed PIC during communion service.

Full-packed PIC during communion service.

These are the quotations from Ellen G. White (The Desire of Ages pages 656-659) which the Senior Pastor read during the Communion. It challenged me more:

“None should exclude themselves from the Communion because some who are unworthy may be present. Every disciple is called upon to participate publicly, and thus bear witness that he accepts Christ as a personal Saviour. It is at these, His own appointments, that Christ meets His people, and energizes them by His presence. Hearts and hands that are unworthy may even administer the ordinance, yet Christ is there to minister to His children. All who come with their faith fixed upon Him will be greatly blessed. All who neglect these seasons of divine privilege will suffer loss. Of them it may appropriately be said, “Ye are not all clean.”

Our Lord says, Under conviction of sin, remember that I died for you. When oppressed and persecuted and afflicted for My sake and the gospel’s, remember My love, so great that for you I gave My life. When your duties appear stern and severe, and your burdens too heavy to bear, remember that for your sake I endured the cross, despising the shame. When your heart shrinks from the trying ordeal, remember that your Redeemer liveth to make intercession for you.

The Communion service points to Christ’s second coming. It was designed to keep this hope vivid in the minds of the disciples. Whenever they met together to commemorate His death, they recounted how “He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” In their tribulation they found comfort in the hope of their Lord’s return. Unspeakably precious to them was the thought, “As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” 1 Cor. 11:26.”

Streams of teaching memories flooded, as I left the portals of AUP last night. I’m beyond grateful! My cup overflows! It really matters a lot to sit at the feet of Jesus, the Master Teacher!

“He who co-operates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth a knowledge of God, and molding the character into harmony with His, does a high and noble work.” EGW, Education

I missed my former students big time, and as well as teaching! But definitely, I missed blogging so much!

I’m definitely triumphant at three! 🙂

© 2014 LAF

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy


geeky smile

This week’s theme, happy, reminds me of Kevin. Of all the Korean students I had and I have, he’s the most brilliant. He’s not only good in studying, but also excelling in sports (fastest runner in Grade 7, last year) and playing the saxophone well in his band. He surprised me during our first encounter, he was kinda fluent in English pronunciation. He’s been in the Philippines for almost two years only, yet he improved a lot, he started with the English alphabet! He’s also gifted with an exceptional talent in computer programming, particularly in making computer games.

I started being his private tutor on April 12, 2012. Since then, I witnessed how he grew especially in academics. I’m happy that he’s goal-oriented and he values his parent’s hard work to support him in gaining education at Brent International School Manila. He has a high regard to his uncle, James Park, who trained and inspired him a lot in almost all aspects. He’s living with his family in a village in Paseo de Sta. Rosa.

Kevin has been a good friend. He’s thoughtful and has a sense of humor. I enjoy teaching him, and sometimes, I learn lessons from him. I couldn’t agree more with Phil Collins:“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

This week, his mom came from Korea to visit and to attend the Parents and Teacher’s Association meeting. She was full of gaiety when she learned that Kevin improved a lot! She was beaming when she talked to me and thanked me. I was humbled to know that Kevin’s uncle have a high regard with me, I am his 10th private tutor and so far, today concludes my 6-month service as his English tutor.

On his 7th-grade recognition on July 2012, we’re all surprised when he bagged the Head Master‘s List award for the second semester. He was in the ESL program then. We rejoiced because, when he came, he doesn’t speak English well and his grade were horrible then.

Head Master Lister

He’s now in his 8th Grade and he’s already in the main stream. This week, he got his report card for the first quarter of the first semester. How can I cease to praise God? He’s an A-grader! He’s quite sad that he only got A- in English, but I told him, he did well. Last time, he had B+. He’s kinda worried he won’t reach his goal, to be a Bishop Lister (the highest award). But I think, he can still work it out before the 1st semester ends. His grades in the eight subjects:

4 A+ *Advanced Math, Chinese, Health & PE Band (saxophone)

2 A *Science & Computer

2 A- *English & Social Science

Here is the remarks of his English teacher, Lou Ann Ashley: “Although Kwanghoo has just joined the mainstream English class this year, he is making excellent progress. He displays exemplary study habits and thinks deeply before starting his writing. Kwanghoo values the importance of reading books and developing his speaking skills. The focus this quarter is reading and responding critically to short fiction. Kwanghoo demonstrates a good understanding of the literature and is learning to write well-supported responses. He earned a very good score on a recent literature and vocabulary quiz. Kwanghoo’s second quarter goal is to improve his vocabulary and writing skills.”

I thank God for this remarkable blessings He’s given to Kevin. It made me even proud of him not just a student, but as a friend. Seeing him happy makes me happy. I wish all the best for him — greater happiness!

© LAF 2012

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Miraculous Monday


“My week end was delicious!” she beamed with joviality.

I can’t help but to chuckle.

“Can you please explain why did you say so?”

I almost laugh as I asked Odette on Monday morning (my first ESL class), who’s serious while explaining the reason why it was a delicious week end for her. They went to Yellow Cab on the dusk of Saturday for a farewell, special dinner.

Last Saturday afternoon, my friend and colleague, Jaime Bonifacio, went with me at the language academy to visit our students, especially Erica, John and Sam who went back to Korea the following day.  We had great fun and I was overjoyed though I was crying inside. I’m missing them a lot now!

fun farewell 🙂 Teacher Jaime B., Erica and I, with the fraternal twins: Shine and Harry

quality time with Erica

sweet as ever... what a kiss!

intuitive John

SUN shines! 🙂 missin' my college student!

I finally took a video of Erica, singing the song I taught her, “My Bible Says I Have an Angel” Angel Song. The song   really fits her voice and her angelic beauty; she’s one my sweet lil’ angels on Earth

The song reminds me of the truth that angels exists, that God is too loving to send His angels to take care of His precious children.  He appointed to each of us a guardian angel to spare us from possible harms and dangers. But the fact that God allows accident to happen is a different topic to discuss. It takes wisdom and discretion to comprehend such thing. Remember the story of JOB in the Bible. God is too wise to be mistaken after all.

In my previous entry, “Heeding the 8-8-8 Call” https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/heeding-the-8-8-8-call/, I mentioned about the night I was spared from possible accident. That incident made lasting impressions. God loves me so much and He had providential workings for me to be able to apply the 8-8-8 protocol. That’s one of the reasons I finally decided to lessen my hours of work at night in the tutorial center. I used to work 10-11 hours each day: juggling the ESL teaching in the language academy in the morning, and TOEFL and TOEIC tutorial work at late afternoon until late evening.

My TOEIC student didn’t come on Monday night, January 16th. I prayed about God’s providential working. If he wouldn’t come for three consecutive times, I would ask our general manager that he could be taken care of by another tutor if in case he would be back to the tutorial center. I waited for him for an hour, and then decided to go. My boss confirmed that his guardian called him, he isn’t coming. I was happy instead, I could go home early.

I dropped by an internet café to update my FB, check my mails and add a new blog entry. It took me time ‘coz I did multitasking, chatting with an awesome friend who used to remind me to go home earlier, always worrying about my safety.

Around 9:30 PM, I was riding a jeepney going home. I wondered why the road was quite congested at Kawad, near the SAF (Special Action Force) Camp.  I was surprised to see an ambulance, the smashed jeepney, some policemen and a patrol car, blocking the way. A vehicular accident happened not long ago. My heart thump-thump, I had goose bumps all over my body. I can’t imagine the scene if I were one of the passengers of the jeepney involved in a collision.

“My Bible says, I have an angel who goes everywhere with me. My angel has been with me since I was born, guarding me faithfully.”

I couldn’t agree more!  It was indeed a miraculous Monday!

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