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Apr 16 2014

Printable 14 Stations of the Cross (.PDF)

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Every year, as a tradition that my friends and I have done for the last 10 years, we go on a pilgrimage called “Visita Iglesia” on Good Friday. We go and visit seven churches (normally it’s 14 churches, 1 for each Stations of the Cross) and pray. At the end of the church visit, we end up in China Town and share a seafood meal.

I found myself looking for a printable 14 Stations of the Cross booklet so that I can use it during our pilgrimage. It’s not hard to find one, it’s just a question of finding the best one.

I found one this year that is a PDF form in Booklet Format – which I thought to be amazing.

So, this year, I would like to share it with you. If you need to print one, please go and print in from this link.

God bless!

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Mar 21 2013

My Dream Job.

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I have been working since I was 18-years old. Thank God that I have been lucky enough to get a good job and live well. It’s not just pure luck though, I’ve been blessed. Yet, the job that I do is not the most ideal job for me. I love people and if I could work with people, I would love my job even more.

A friend of mine left his job here in the U.S. to move to Lebanon and work with his father, building hotels and running them.

I wish I could simply quit my job, build hotels and run them. Only if I had the money to support it. I could be Donald Trump in the making. But then again, it’s a lot of hard work and building something from the ground up is no joke.

If I were to build one though, how does one start? Investors are needed. That’s a given. But after obtaining the place, how do you fill it with supplies? I would like to build a hotel that’s fit for a king. I don’t want cheap towels and less than 300-thread count sheets. It has to be upscale.

With the internet, it’s easier to find suppliers. If you search for “Hotel Supply Online“, you are sure to get a gazillion hits. The task is to pick the best one among the results.

Or, you can be specific to the location where you are building if you need to. “Atlanta Hotel Supply ” search will give you suppliers in the area of Georgia I would presume. I guess in my friend’s case, “Lebanon Hotel Supplies” would have been his best bet.

One other lucrative business in a hotel is catering and bars. Setting up a lounge and earning from the bar could be a good supplement to unrented rooms for the day. Because in the hotel business, if a room is not booked, that revenue is lost forever. So you have to attract people to other things that would provide revenue to the business. Searching “Hotel Bar Supplies” could also provide you the same thing.

It’s easier now to find suppliers for any business if you are knowledgeable in doing your searches online. Someday, I may quit my job and start with a bed and breakfast business somewhere. Thank goodness for the internet. It makes one’s quest to start a business much easier. Don’t you agree?

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Feb 01 2013

Artsy.

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I have a mutual friend who is equally spiritual.  We talk on the phone a lot and communicate almost every day about our journey as gay Christians.  It’s refreshing to know that someone who is gay can still share the same passion for spirituality who also displays the struggles each gay Christian goes through on a daily basis.

We also share another passion.  We both have the same devotion to the Blessed Mother.  Our devotion to the Virgin Mary extends to our love of art and statues depicting the Blessed Mother.

I couldn’t tell you how many statues of the Blessed Mother he owns depicting different apparitions around the globe.  I know that he has a statue of the Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and many more.

Because of his love of art and Our Lady, he recently acquired the statue (photos) of the Our Lady of La Sallette.  It arrived yesterday and he was happy to share the photos with me.  If you notice the first photo, the color of the roses are red, pink, and yellow.  It’s beautiful as is.  I think that the original color of the roses fit the statue already.  Not to my friend though.

He is reading the story of the apparition and read that the roses as described by the visionaries were more colorful.   He wanted to add more color to the roses to be real to the story of the children who saw the vision.

Like me, he is also frugal.  He doesn’t spend without any discount or  art.com coupon available to him for his art supplies.  I remember when he acquired a huge print of the Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico.  He had to purchase a special frame to hold the print.  Without any discounts, the frame could cost him more than three hundred dollars.  But, by searching for  picture frames coupon on the web, he was able to find the perfect frame at a fraction of the cost.

For this project, he used acrylic paint to change the colors of the roses from the original photo above.  He tried to change the colors with blue.  See picture below.

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He wasn’t satisfied and eventually had to change the color to lavender.  See picture below:

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I loved the blue roses but I think his choice of lavender is perfect.

Which one do you think looks better?  The original, the blue roses, or the lavender roses?

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Jan 31 2013

Loving Photobooks!

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I’m off to Las Vegas in a week, then to Los Angeles in April.  My main vacation this year will be spent in Brazil where I will spend two weeks visiting Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

I usually bring my DSLR with me during my trips and I am going to take it with me when I go to Vegas and Arizona next week.  I am also bringing it with me during my college reunion in Los Angeles in April.  I have been advised not to take my DSLR to Brazil for safety reasons.

I love taking photos and even though my photos don’t usually include me in the picture, I like taking them to remember the places I’ve been.  I was able to capture great photos during my European and Mediterranean cruises in the past two years.  I’ve kept the photos in my laptop and have shared some on Instagram.   I rarely have photos developed anymore since I am really bad at maintaining and organizing photo albums.

During my recent visit to Chicago, I spent time with an old friend who showed me photos of his trips in the form of “photobooks”.  Have you seen those?  It’s amazing!  He travels more than I do and for each trip, he has a photobook holding memories better than a photo album would.  He has captions and styling, multiple photos in one page or simply one beautiful photo of the location on a single page that describes the beauty of the places he has visited.

I thought, that’s not a bad idea after all.  I could gather photos from my trip and send it off.  It will come back to me in photobook format and I can easily showcase my trips to people who visit me at the house or take it to parties and share it with friends.

And what did I say about purchasing anything online?  COUPONS!   It saves you more money than you think.  So, I decided to look for a snapfish coupon code or  shutterfly coupon code in my quest to find the best deal in having my photos compiled in a photobook.  I found out that these companies not only make photobooks but calendars and other items as well!

I now have to group all my photos and send it off.  I’m super excited to see the end result!

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Jan 31 2013

Working out again.

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They say that you have to be fit both spiritually and physically.  Besides, we should really think of our bodies as vessels.  We need to respect it.

Usually, January is when I start going to the gym.  The same time as everyone else who made their resolutions the year before.  But, the last couple of years have been interesting since I had an appendectomy during our Christmas party in 2011 and another surgery last month that prevented me from going to the gym and starting my year with the resolution to get fit.

One goal is to lose weight.  Another is to tone-up.

I still belong to my gym, which was Bally’s but has now been acquired by LA Fitness.  The location is inconvenient to me.

Fortunately, my friend signed me up for a promotion at one of the new fitness clubs in the area.  But I don’t want to pay exorbitant fees for starting up with a new gym. I’ve always said that whenever I purchase anything online or join any memberships, I search for coupons to find a great deal.  Has anyone tried myfitnesscoupons.com ?

The site provides a lot of coupons for health clubs and gym equipment.  I thought I’d search there first to find out if I can look up any great gyms that offer  fitness coupons for me to use?  I am thinking of purchasing an elliptical machine if I find a great deal.  Besides, that’s all I use whenever I go to the gym anyway.  Since my main goal is to lose weight, cardio vascular exercises is what I should be concentrating on.

Gym fees can be so expensive these days that if you sign up without any incentives or coupons, you could be paying an arm and a leg just so you can have a regular gym to go to.

I did sign up for a gym which gave me $300.00 dollars off start-up fees and seven months free of membership fees.  I like the gym and have been to it a couple of times already.  It’s not crowded and I don’t spend much time waiting in line for equipment to use.

Here’s to a healthier me!

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Jan 23 2013

It’s freezing!!

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This week is going to be very cold.  The only time I enjoy freezing weather is when I think about the slopes in Pennsylvania or Vermont.

I remember a time when I went to Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania to spend some time at the Franciscan Monastery up there.  I spent a weekend up in the mountains to discern whether the life of being monk appealed to me or not.  The experience gave me more than I expected.

I drove up there on a Friday when it was cold and snowy.  I spent my Friday evening with the monks, joining them in prayer and conversations regarding their experiences as monks.  Late that night, it rained.  The climate turned bitter cold.

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Jan 06 2013

Continental Singers – The Dreamer Album – 1983 (AUDIO)

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It was in 1982 when I first attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar at a prison in Manila, Philippines. It was a turning point in my life which eventually led me to accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was a journey that I will never forget and a time in my life that I will always cherish.

During that time, I had the hunger for the Word of God. I read the bible almost everyday. I also loved Christian songs. If you asked me then what was number one on the Billboard charts, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I listened to nothing but Christian songs. Christian songs always helped me get closer to God. And it still does.

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Jan 05 2013

God is good.

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I was speaking to a friend of mine who has the same passion for Ebay than I do. We got into talking about his latest acquisitions and throughout the history of our purchases from Ebay, he seems to have the best of luck in purchasing items at the lowest price possible. He recently purchased a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague which is an exact replica of the original. No cracks or chips. $250.00 USD.

I wanted to have the same statue as well but the prices for one that is similar to his acquisition is at the range of $600.00 and up (starting bid).

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Dec 14 2012

Go into the hotel business or not? That’s my question.

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Last night, I watched a special on NBC called Cruising on the High Seas. It was a mini documentary about the Cruise Line business. They featured Norwegian Lines or NCL. If you haven’t taken a cruise just yet, you should start planning to at least take one. After the first one, you can tell yourself whether to take another cruise or not. In my case, I became addicted to taking cruises. I’ve already taken two cruises (Mediterranean and Greek Isle Cruise) with Royal Carribean.

What’s intriguing about the documentary is the magnitude of tasks that rely on a crew of 1100 people I believe. From those who take care of the entertainment, food, cleaning, serving, bartending – it’s like running a hotel full time for how many ever days you are at sea.

Prior to that, I saw another documentary about the success of Marriott Hotels in India and around the world. To be able to serve your patrons and serve them with the best experience, you have to provide top notch service and top notch amenities.

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Dec 14 2012

The Mormon Church appeal to their gay members to stay in the faith.

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There is a new website launched by the Church of Latter Day Saints.  It’s called Mormons and Gays.  Reading through the website, I somehow felt that it’s the same approach that the Catholic Church made to its faithful but I wasn’t sure if it actually worked.  It’s like a “Reject the sin, not the sinner.” approach.

Regardless how the approach was conceived, it is still a big step for Mormons to accept their gay members and not try to convert them and ask them to marry the opposite sex.

The website explains:

This official website does not offer a comprehensive explanation of everything related to same-sex attraction, but it does reflect the feelings of Church leaders as to how we should treat each other as part of the human family. The site offers a place where the people whose lives are impacted by attraction to the same sex can find inspiration to work through difficult challenges while remaining faithful to Church teachings.

The approach that the Catholic Church had made is to sacrifice same-sex attraction to chastity.  One can be attracted to the same sex, but don’t act on it.  The Mormons are now taking the same approach (from what I’ve read) and there are people – I was one of them – who believe that chastity is the only acceptable way for God to allow you to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Any homosexual act, regardless if it is within a committed relationship and an act of love, was not acceptable.

I believe that all faiths must evolve and understand that it is not a choice.  To act on anything sexual that is irresponsible is a choice whether it is heterosexual or homosexual immorality.  But loving another person and having a committed relationship should be accepted.  Love is love.

Here’s a great commentary that was written about it on The Salt Lake Tribune.  It’s a must-read.  To visit the Mormons and Gays website, click here.

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