Friday, January 05, 2018

This is going to be the year of breakthrough

My year officially starts with celebrating my birthday on the 4th.

This year I am already 28 and I've never been this excited to live my life.

The past few months have been a surge of blessing from the Lord.

He has blessed my career. He has made the ministry grow. He has provided a car. Our house is currently being built.

As I look back, I can only thank the Lord for His never-ending faithfulness.

All these blessings are from Him.

And because they are huge blessings, I know God is preparing me for even bigger things in life.

That is why I am declaring this year 2018 to be a year of breakthrough.

I know God will do something big not only to my life but also to the people around me.

With that, I can only look forward to 2018 with excitement in my heart. =)

Bring it on!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Our Future House: Day 11

December 23, 2017.

2 days before Christmas my girlfriend and her family decided to pay our house a visit.

Much to their surprise, the progress is really fast!

Look at all these pictures. Take note it is still day 11.

They were telling us it would only take 6 months to build. 

But, looking at this progress it might even be sooner. 

The excitement has gone through the roof! =) 

What a great Christmas gift this has been. It makes me really pumped up for 2018. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Future House: Day 1

December 13, 2017.

Today is a very special day. 

It is the groundbreaking of our future house at Westwoods Subdivision in Cagayan de Oro City.  After almost a year of paying, my girlfriend and I are finally here.

It is very exciting and fulfilling.

This will be the site where our future home and family will reside. 

We are now at the next chapter of our lives and things are falling into place.

We will be visiting this site often. For sure, I will be documenting this project in this blog so I can see the progress.

Now excuse me while I imagine myself chilling in our living room. ;) 

Monday, December 11, 2017

IDEA: Starbucks Planner App

On a Sunday afternoon flight while thinking about grabbing a coffee when I land, I had this idea for Starbucks.

It is that time of the year when people are collecting stickers to get the annual Starbucks planner.

I was never the "take down notes on paper" kind of guy. I live with almost everything digital.

So, even though I drink a lot of coffee I just collect stickers and give away the planner I would get.

The "millennial" inside of me just live with my iPhone and iPad for all those organization, scheduling and planning.

So, I tweeted this. (see image above)

Why hasn't Starbucks created an app for this planner yet?

Here are some ideas they could implement.

A dedicated Starbucks planner app

This app is a free download and would require a Starbucks account. It will come with very limited access just so you'd get the feel of what the app is like. When you've collected enough stickers, you'd be able to redeem a code that will make you unlock the full version of the planner.

A good-looking app

This is a no brainer. People want the Starbucks planners because they look nice. No doubt the designs are well thought out. The app should be too.

The app will be interactive

Starbucks can do whatever they want with regards to promotions, achievements, gamification and stuff. For instance, they can incorporate challenges inside the app every month. Drink 3 Caramel Macchiatos this week and get free credits on your Starbucks card. That would be nice.


What's a millennial app if stuff aren't shareable. Goals, journals and even to-do's should be easily shareable on social media. You can brag about your challenge completions, where you are with your goals and more!

Those are just some of the ideas on top of my head.

Maybe Starbucks is already working on this. If not, I hope they consider.

That would be the only time I'd enjoy collecting stickers for a planner I would use for a whole year.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

2017 went by really fast.

It’s already December!

As they say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

The city is already festive. Our city hall is shining bright with dancing lights (see Instagram story above).

I can feel the Christmas spirit already.

It’s the time to remind ourselves of how blessed we are that we have received God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

For that reason, let’s make this the season of giving, the time to share, and the time to show love.

Merry Christmas everyone!

That greeting may have come early. But, it would be a great practice to make it Christmas everyday.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

It Was An Interesting Commute

Tonight, I had one of the most interesting commutes I've had in a long while.

It was 3am.

I was rushing to go home from a productive ministry meeting with the youth group of our church.

I noticed that this taxi driver was going slow. I thought he was just sleepy or tired because it was already super late.

I normally don't complain right away so I just observed.

Everything seems fine. Then, he started talking.

He started with political stuff, casual talk and some random conversation starters. But then, he went serious and talked about the love of God.

I can feel the sincerity in his heart as he was talking about how our relationship with Jesus Christ (knowing and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior) is the only thing that can save us.

Being the Christian that I am, I knew all this stuff.

But, I did not stop him.

I allowed him to talk in the 30-minute commute that I had.

While he was talking, my heart just warmed with gladness. He was a reminder of how being a Christian does not end in the four walls of the church.

He used his platform to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

It was amazing.

I thanked him and prayed for him.

I know God will use him in more ways than he could imagine.

Lord, bless the life of Kuya Efren. We need more people like him in this world.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Building A Habit of Excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle
In my daily quiet time as I sat down and thought of how I could make my life better, this famous quote just jumped right at me again.

It is a great reminder that excellence is something I should strive for. It is something I should repeatedly do. It is something I will choose to practice everyday.

People want to achieve excellence and perfection.

But, not a lot of people are willing to go through the pain of getting better every single day.

Having thought of that, I am reminded that the best way to approach this thought is to just continue to do the things that I am passionate about -- in the best way that I can.

I should strive to do good work every single day. Excellence for my life then is a pursuit and not a destination.

So today I declare that I want to be excellent. No excuses.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

The Watch That Saves Lives

I have my Apple Watch on every single day.

Ever since I had it, I have been so dependent on it for my productivity that I can’t make myself wear a different kind of watch anymore.

Not until I had the Life Saver Watch.

This is not a fancy smart watch that costs $300 like the Apple Watch does. No notifications, no alerts, no fitness tracker.

It’s only $5 and it doesn’t even show you the current date.

BUT, 50% of the proceeds go to the medication of cancer patients. How can you say no to that?

My mom even bought 16 of these.

It’s a great cause to support. I’m all for saving lives and entrepreneurs helping people like this.

So yeah. Every once in a while, I trade wearing my Apple Watch with  this to show my support and to also encourage other people to do the same.

You can check them out here:

And hey, at least it is water resistant. :)
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