PUNISHMENT

WHAT IS PUNISHMENT

In response to the Daily Challenge, I am writing about PUNISHMENT. Now all around the world, we all have different associations and experiences with the word. Punishment for me, brings back memories of when I was a disobedient kid and I had to be grounded or whacked with my dad’s leather belt (sinturon, in Tagalog). I understand that for some cultures, spanking and the use of sinturon is a bit extreme, but I’d have to say I’m grateful for the discipline. Values have indeed been instilled in me and I know that my parents were only doing their job of correcting me.

On the spiritual aspect, PUNISHMENT would mean eternal separation from the Lord. God is overflowing with grace and mercy, He gives us so many chances to repent of our sins and come into His presence with repentant, humble hearts. A lot of people think that humbling oneself before the Lord is out-dated, will take away freedom and is overly boring. It is so easy to be enticed by the world and it’s attractions but we have to constantly remind ourselves that these attractions will pass away. In the end, what matters is where you are going to spend the rest of eternity–will it be in the presence of God or will it be in punishment–far away from His presence, His grace and glory?

 

Speaking Engagement at St. Mary’s School

It is such a delight for me to be able to speak to students, share my experiences and life lessons. What began as a prayer request years ago is coming into fruition. How the Lord continues to open these doors still astounds me. He may not have given me an instant answer, it did take years but I know that His timing is perfect. I believe the Lord has allowed me to learn more and grow my faith–whatever it is that I share to students is a product of the Lord’s constant training and refinement. Below is a video of my speaking engagement at St. Mary’s Meycauyan, Bulacan.

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The girls get busy filling out the sheets

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Had to take a picture with everyone after speaking

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Another group photo

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The cute kids and their Charmee bags

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Everyone squeeze in!

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They were such a lively bunch!

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Aika is one of their student achievers who hosted the talk.😀

JUAN KARLOS LABAJO on Stage 1

I can’t believe two years just flew by so fast. One minute you’re watching TV and seeing all these talented youngsters belt it out on The Voice Kids, the next minute you’re interviewing them and they don’t sound like kids anymore. JK Labajo was on the first season of the Voice Kids under Team Bamboo. Alth0ugh he didn’t win the competition, doors kept opening left and right for the young singer and actor.

JK dropped by The Afternoon Cruise to perform songs from his album under MCA Music. During his stint on The Voice Kids, he usually sang old songs–Frank Sinatra, love ballads and jazz standards. You’d be thinking for someone his age, he’d appreciate more of Justin Timberlake, Greyson Chance or Nathan Sykes but he grew up loving the classics. With the release of his album, JK embraces more of his generation’s music, making fans swoon with his covers an original tracks.
Check out the videos from his Stage 1 performance below:

Lunar Lights on Stage 1

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Lunar Lights is a three-year-old alternative rock band from Malolos, Bulacan that just signed with Warner Music Philippines. The 5-man band is composed of Rocky Villanueva on vocals, Paul Armand Pascual on lead guitar, Mark Aquino on the keys, Eron dela Cruz on the bass and Maverick Meneses on drums. Though they count 30 Seconds to Mars, The Killers, Switchfoot and Coldplay as influences, their goal is to use their original songs to uplift the spirit of arts and culture in the Philippines. Their debut album will be released later this year. For now, enjoy these songs they performed on my show, The Afternoon Cruise:

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SAMPLE ROOM MEDIA LAUNCH

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I have been working with Sample Room for about four years now. I met Sophie Uy (one of the founders) when we were chosen as two of the 10 Women of Confidence here in the Philippines.

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We kept in touch after that and discovered we shared the same faith. Sample Room was just starting out back then and I agreed to help them get the word out. You’re probably wondering, “Why did it take so long for Sample Room to be officially launched?”
13217329_1044702678933732_4352591042587876423_oWell number 1, it’s a start-up. The four founders Sophie Uy, Katherine Sy, Diana Ong and Nats Toh know each other from school and all have their own businesses. The whole concept of TRYVERTISING was completely new back then and it took a while for brands to actually warm up to it. With the rise of subscription boxes and the growing popularity of online reviews (which a lot of consumers now turn to before making any product purchase), brands soon realized the value of a community wherein real people can actually try out their products and give them authentic feedback about it. If I were the brand, that would actually serve me well–I get to create buzz about my product, I get real reviews and I’ll know if there are things I still need to improve.

Sample Room is also greatly beneficial to consumers who are always on the lookout for new products. The thing is, we have to be well-aware of the fact that not all products work well with our skin type and body chemistry. Imagine purchasing an entire bottle of moisturizer that costs a fortune only to find out three days after trying it, that it’ll cause your skin to break out? Would you still insist on using the product just because you spent a fortune on it? I don’t think so. That’s where Sample Room comes in.

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You can sign up with an email address for free and get 100 points upon successful registration. These points are what you use to avail of free samples on the website. Each product has a corresponding number of points. After you pick your products, pay for the delivery fee and once they arrive, you can peacefully try them out right in the comfort of your own home. Within a week of trying it out, you can write about your experience on the Sample Room website and replenish the points you spent.

Give http://www.sampleroom.ph a visit and sign up now! Check out the VLOG I managed to film in between my hosting duties for them.


Congratulations to Team Sample Room! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful milestone. Special thanks as well to all the brand partners who were at the event:

Baby Foot
Beauty and Butter
Belo Nutraceuticals
Bondi Lifestyle
C-Lium Fibre
Cure Philippines
Fuji Film Philippines
Lux
Laneige
Pantene
Shiseido
Soffia Beauty
Vaseline
Zenutrients

BALAY INDANG VLOG/TOUR

I’ve heard of Balay Indang from my church friends. It’s a popular destination for retreats, camps and even weddings. In photos, I initially thought it was a small, quaint place only to be surprised by the lush floral gardens and spacious lawns. If you want time away from the city and feel the need to reconnect with God in a peaceful place with no technological distractions, Balay Indang is worth the visit.

Check out my tour of the venue below.

TIPPY DOS SANTOS on Stage 1

Tippy and I have known each other since 2009 when we were both students for a musical theatre class. The bubbly, talented teenager was easy to warm up to because she always had this welcoming smile. Even if she’s been performing for so long, she never made the other students feel like she was above everyone else the class. She was friendly, bungisngis and very sweet.😀

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Backstage before the Legally Blonde showcase

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