Monday, May 08, 2006


last saturday, we went to Lucban, Quezon and visited a Church there. The Church is located in the mountains and it is surrounded by trees. we also deicded to have this trip since my cousin came from maryland and this is his sort of birthday party and thanksgiving party for his safe travel. it was also the first time for our families' bonding sessions ever since he arrived from the US. this church in lucban have this 286-steps grotto and we were having bets amongst ourselves that we will be trying to get on top. on top of the grotto is a huge status of Jesus with his arms wide open.

we arrived around 9am at the church and we would like to attend the 9:30 mass so we decided to set aside the grotto adventure after the mass. the mass ended around 11:30 and the cool breeze of the place was gone! it was soooooo hot and the sun is scorching our skin. some of us were chickens and didn't pursue to climb the grotto (cluck cluck)...

as i was making my way to the top of the grotto, i had a sudden realization....

reaching God is a long will take some time before you can reach the "top"

the steps were bigger than the usual steps you encounter everyday...some contains big rocks and some paths were made me realize that once you decided to follow Christ, it would not be easy at first...

it would be even harder to make your way thru Him if you have lotsa baggage with you (heck even carrying an umbrella to protect your skin under the sun is difficult!) hence, you need to leave everything behind..and once you are getting near Him, life will be somehow easier..there will still be trials, yes, but you can hardly notice it..

because you are more focused in reaching HIM...

after visiting this church, we had our lunch at a place called.....caliraya (?) i forgot if it's correct..anyway, we had boat riding and the place was are some of the pics:

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


today we had our interview for our L1 visa. since our appointment is at 7am, our HR advised us to be there an hour earlier than our appointment. so we were told to be there at 6am. i woke up at 4:30 to prepare.. (very sleepy....) and at about 5:30 my dad and i left our house.

i was able to arrive at the embassy at around 6:15. there were a lot of people waiting to be called. a lot of people who wanted to try their luck and apply for a visa.

in the interview area, there were different faces. young and old, families, yuppies...a lot of people were getting interviewed. some were lucky enough to be given a visa, but some were just short-handed. some took the rejection quite hard and kept on arguing with the consul to have their application re-considered.

when it was our time to be called, we became a little nervous seeing our numbers on screen as we were called. when it was my turn, luckily some of my officemates were called before i was called. and so it seemed that the consul was already familiar that i am applying for the L1 visa coz i am working at SPL, that we are a software company for utilitiy companies, that we are maximizing the validity of the visa (blah blah)....and so, we reached the 99.9% of having the visa (woohoo!) as i was getting the yellow sheet that i was suppose to have if i pass the interview, i felt so relieved! i really thanked God that we were interviewed by a nice guy :p

but, since i woke up at 4:30..i am sooo sleepy eyes are so heavy..i want to sleep....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

butt in:

since i am very lazy today, i will not be creating a new post for our teambuilding last saturday and sunday at verde island in batangas..i'll just include the pictures in this topic...hehehe

the beach

the sea

here we come!

at the bar

inside the room

jason and i

and another one