Friday, December 30, 2011

A Family Tradition

Families are dear to our hearts. We were taught and we saw it from our parents, specially from mom and dad Valencia, that we can always have a reason to spend time together as a family.

This tradition we continue to uphold.

Last Wednesday, we invited the Geronimo and San Diego family for lunch at the Max's in Roces Avenue.


We specially welcome Edwina, Allan's mom, who resides in Los Angeles. She's here for a Christmas vacation and to be with Allan and Monica and hold in her arms for the first time, Xander, her precious grandson.

We enjoyed each others company. The food was, of course, delicious and filling.





Thanks to the Geronimo family for the opportunity to host them for lunch. Hopefully, it is not the last but the start of many more time together.

Going forward and unstoppable,
Jimmy

P.S. Blessings to Edwina as she goes back to LA next week. May the Lord, who has healed you, continue to give you the grace to go on and the strength to overcome any challenges.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hi there. I wish you a Merry Christmas today. You know what? It's really a merry, merry day because we remember and celebrate the birth of a Saviour, Jesus, who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

This wonderful "life" was stolen from us in the garden but God, our Creator, has a plan so perfect that one day He will redeem us from our sinful life to become the person He created us to be. His only plan was to send His one and only begotten Son, Jesus, who became like one of us to redeem us.

In behalf of my family, we greet you well and may you have a meaningful and precious Merry Christmas.

Your unstoppable friend,
Jimmy

P.S. I received a gift from my daughters + son-in-law today. A pair of "Sanuk" Shoes. One that I have been dreaming of using one day. God knows our needs indeed! Thanks Rache, Steph and Nica+Allan.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Work-At-Home Scams To Avoid


Having an extra cash is something we always want. More so if you're already retired. People in this category usually look for ways to earn. Normally it is by working at home. If you scan the web, there are plenty of these jobs being peddled. Some are true, many are not. 
How do one know which is real? The offer is so good, one can't help but take the bait. This is what happened to Pat Colucci (see article below). 
I too, have considered working-at-home. Earning passive income by blogging was a real option I considered. The question was: How? 
A friend of mine introduced me to Bo Sanchez, a Catholic lay preacher, who has about 12 income streams mostly internet-based like Truly Rich Club. Bo talks a lot about Jomar Hilario, his online marketing mentor. That's when I got involved with Jomar. 
Knowing who your mentor helps a lot in achieving your goal. There is no short-cut to earning extra cash and being financially stable. It requires a lot of work. I started blogging in December of 2010. Jomar is my mentor. I am learning a lot from our Online Mentoring Club, of which I am a member.
So, I don't need to depend on those too-good-to-be-true offers being peddled in the web. 
This article will highlight some of those too-good-to-be-true offers and scams. I hope we can all learn from this. Remember, there's no short-cut to creating wealth. I've learned my lesson before, I won't make that mistake again.
Here it is:
Pat Colucci got an exhilarating phone call in the summer of 2009. The 75-year-old retired salesman of metal fillings, X-ray film and other dental equipment needed some extra cash, and a company called BankCard Empire in Phoenix, Ariz. offered a way: Colucci could run his own credit card processing business from the comfort of his modest home in Plainfield, NJ.
BankCard promised to provide Colucci with credit card swiping machines for sale or lease; the company would also register and build Colucci’s website to market the machines. From that point, Colucci would snare a small cut of each transaction processed. Once he sold a decent number of machines, he could kick back and watch the commissions pour in.
All he needed to get started: a one-time fee of $32,450. The trap was set.
Colucci (who says he doesn’t know how BankCard got his name and phone number) covered the bill with two credit cards---one from Chase Bank, the other from Bank of America. Weeks went by, no word from BankCard. Colucci peppered the company with calls. Crickets. After two months, Colucci knew he had been robbed. Chase Bank initially refunded Colucci’s $9,250, but later rescinded; Bank of America refused to reimburse the $23,200 Colucci had put on its card.
In January 2010 Colucci sued BankCard Empire (for negligence and fraud), as well as Chase Bank and Bank of America (for violating the Truth in Lending Act) in federal district court in New Jersey. Three months later the United States Postal Inspector, assisted by the Tempe, Ariz. police, shut down BankCard. Colucci hasn’t seen a dime. All charges, save for the one citing negligence, have been thrown out; the suit is still pending. As for the fraud-protection policies offered by the banks, they tend only to protect card holders from unauthorized use of their cards---not from transactions willingly performed with a crook disguised as a legitimate operation. “I feel that the banks ripped me off as much as the scammer did,” says Colucci, who lives on Social Security and is now looking for a job. A Chase representative declined to comment; Bank of America did not respond to multiple calls for comment.
Colucci has plenty of unsuspecting company in this tight economy. In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission received 8,192 complaints involving work-at-home-business opportunities, flat with the previous year. The FTC estimates that only one in every 55 of these gigs is legitimate.
Whether it involves stuffing envelopes, processing medical insurance claims or assembling toys, most victims never get paid for their work or ever recoup their startup fees. As for Colucci, not only is he out his thirty-two grand, he also has legal bills to pay. “There is no ability to recover enhanced damages or attorney’s fees in a claim against a credit card company when [you] are defrauded on a work-at-home scam,” says Billy Pinilis, Colucci’s attorney. “This usually makes it impossible for a victim to even get counsel because it makes hiring a lawyer economically infeasible. People are entering into transactions believing that they are protected from fraud, when they are not.”
You might think the chance to make easy money in pajamas would get anyone's hackles up. So how do these schemes endure? Most victims---typically senior citizens, stay-at-home mothers and people with low incomes---are too embarrassed to file a complaint; others get so frustrated they just walk away altogether.
Smell a scam? Vet the offer with your local Better Business Bureau, which maintains a directory of local businesses. Beware: Just because the company's name is listed in the directory doesn't mean it’s a legitimate operation. These businesses change names all the time, masking their dirty track records.
Victims should contact their local or state consumer affairs agency, their state attorney general's office, the advertising manager of the publication that ran the business's employment ads and, if they received anything from the business by mail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
To learn more about work-at-home schemes, also check out the Federal Trade Commission'sbusiness-opportunities website and the National Fraud Information Center, run by the National Consumers League.
In the meantime, here are a few nasty work-at-home schemes we’ve identified over the last few years.
E-Commerce Con
Making a few extra bucks doesn’t sound any easier than this: Simply pay an up-front, one-time fee (a few thousand dollars, perhaps) to have someone build and host a functioning website featuring various household goods for sale, from toothpaste to toilet paper; each time someone buys an item, you collect a slice of the transaction. All you need to do is encourage people to shop there—the rest (stocking inventory, shipping the product) is handled for you. Or, more likely, nothing is handled, and the thief offering you the opportunity is long gone with your earnest money before you’ve hocked one tube of Crest.
Letter From Nigeria
Also called the 419 scam (referring to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud), this bait-and-switch has recently gained a lot of attention. The ruse takes many forms. One common flavor: An email arrives from a man claiming to be a senior civil servant of Nigeria (or another African country), who writes that he is looking for a reputable foreigner with whom he can deposit up to $60 million for safe-keeping while he deals with some dangerous political strife. In return for providing safe haven in your bank account, the thief promises to give you 30% of the money once—as one email put it—“documentations are concluded over here.” The emails may even come with a (forged) seal of the Nigerian government, just for good measure. Of course, you will be required to cough up a deposit so that you have a stake in the business venture. When your Nigerian friend later claims something has gone awry, he will ask for additional funds to tide him over---never mind that he supposedly has millions of dollars to start with. (Another non-work-at-home twist: The email may claim that you are eligible to receive a hefty inheritance from a wealthy and recently deceased diplomat or businessman. Yet another: You might be promised a handsome fee for distributing a giant stash among various charities. Yes, confirms the Federal Trade Commission: People do fall for this.
Dial-A-Crook
Lonely hearts aren’t the only fans of 1-900 numbers. Scammers use them to push bogus work-at-home gigs: Just call the 1-900 number for “more information.” While you wait on hold, you’ll rack up usurious charges, which the crook splits with the unwitting phone company. Foil the scam and, like a game of Whack-a-Mole, the bad guy simply pops up under a different name, with a different number.
Driver Wanted
This scam, recently advertised on Craigslist, has many variations. In one case, a man asks you to chauffer his wife, who is visiting your area. Easy enough, though the payment terms are a tad convoluted. You are told that you will receive a check (or “money gram”) for, say, $2,500 in the mail. You will deposit the check, then immediately pull out the cash--- $700 to cover your fee and any ancillary expenses, and the rest to be mailed back to the scammer. Your bank probably won’t know for a day or two that you have deposited a fake check.
Check Cashing
Also called "money-mule" schemes. The gist: Scammers recruit U.S. agents--dubbed "financial managers" or "sales managers"--to cash counterfeit checks (or deposit stolen funds), for a small commission, and then wire that money abroad, often to the scammers themselves. By the time the bank realizes the checks are bogus (two to five days later), the money's been sent and the unsuspecting intermediary is left holding the bag.
Medical Billing
Most of these work-from-home schemes promise up to thousands of dollars per week for processing insurance claims for doctors who are too busy to deal with the paperwork themselves. You'll receive startup marketing materials, software, a training session and a "lead" list of local doctors--all for a fee, of course. Too bad that software costs a lot less at Best Buy, your training sessions are postponed indefinitely, your leads are vapor and no one wants your service.
Mystery Shopping
In this scam, an official-sounding entity, such as the Mystery Shopping Club of America, promises assignments to aspiring marketing researchers. How to get paid? Just make anonymous purchases at various stores and evaluate your experience--right after you pay a "registration fee" to look or apply for assignments in its database. Legitimate offers won't require a fee or "certification" to search for companies requesting mystery shoppers. Typical prey: college students.
Pre-Screened List of Jobs
This might be the most heartless one of all. Consumers pay a fee to register with the business to access a pre-screened list of "legitimate" work-at-home job listings. The scammer's ads pop up in the course of a "scam free jobs at home" online search, and they promise a refund to those who fail to land a job. After sending in payment, victims are summarily locked out of their accounts and never see a single job opportunity.
What more can I say.
You and me will never stop learning. We're unstoppable!
Jimmy

Sunday, December 11, 2011

ACCEPTANCE

I am posting this article from one of my favorite author/speaker, Francis Kong. The only reason why I am doing this is because I am challenged by the story of the soldier, who was rejected by the father. Many times I reject people simply because they are annoying to me or they bother me. I feel sad about this. If I truly have the love of God in my heart, I must change.
I must love others unconditionally like Jesus loved me. I know it will be easier said than done but I must love the way Jesus loved.


I pray that you too will be inspired when you read this as I have been. 
Here's the blog by Francis Kong:


Here is an old story. I have used this in my radio program and I would like to share this with you.
A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.
"Mom and dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me."
"Sure," they replied. "We’d love to meet him."
"There’s something you should know," the son continued. "He was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us."
"I’m sorry to hear that son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live."
"No, mom and dad, I want him to live with us."
"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden to us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own."
At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.
The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know - their son had only one arm and one leg.[1]

The parents in this story are not unlike many of us. We find it easy to accept those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who are not as healthy, beautiful or as smart as we are.
Take a look around you. In every office or every work place there are those who are hurting and are crying for help. But the thing that makes all this difficult is that there is an unwritten law that every one is to keep it inside, they do not want to look weak. It is important to project an image of strength and stability. But deep inside the heart lurkes discomfort and pain.

Remember this: People who are hurting will always hurt other people.
You find them irritable, offensive, you don't like the way they speak, they act and they way the treat you but maybe deep inside them, they feel they are not accepted.
To get beneath the facade and know the hurts and pains in the heart of this oppressive person. Reach out and be a friend. Respond to their cries for help and be willing to accept them as a friend.

Thankfully, God loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into His Presence no matter who we are or how handicapped we are in life. We've made a mess of our lives but He still loves us so much He gave His life for us. And the love and the forgiveness we now receive from Him should also be share with those who need it don't you think so?

If you feel you're hurting in life and that you can't cope anymore, there is One who will never reject you and He is more than willing to accept you into His loving arms. His name is Jesus. Call on Him with your whole heart and He will certainly respond.

Source: Hot Illustrations For Yourth Talks

I will not choose only the lovable but will find time to love the unlovable from here on. 

May your life be a blessing to others,
Jimmy

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Face of tyranny

Face of tyranny

I appreciate this article so much. It presents what is really behind our President P-Noy's reason why he is lambasting the Arroyo appointed Justices of the Supreme Court. What they decide on affects all our lives, none exempted.

I like what the author said: "When government issues a patently unjust decree, the people may challenge it and bring the case to court. When the Supreme Court makes a patently unjust ruling, what can anyone do about it? What can the flight attendants do after the Supreme Court decided to reopen a case it had ruled upon with finality three times in their favor because of a letter from Estelito Mendoza importuning it to do so? Legally at least, the flight attendants know that the resolution of their case—if it ever comes to that—rests on the same Court that has been screwing them."


This is indeed tyranny to the highest level. Who can challenge the Supreme Court? It's a good thing we have a president that does.


I hope and pray that these Arroyo appointed justices will bring back the credibility of the last recourse of the people, the Supreme Court.


May God have mercy on us.


Jimmy

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pictures Paint A Thousand Words


Pictures speak a thousand words. Whenever we go on tour, cameras will always be part of it, an important part of the tour. Today’s technology makes it easy to record events and actions on digital cameras.

Here are some pictures I took about our staff at Uno Overseas. These are unique and they deliver a message. Whenever I take pictures, I always look for a theme and there is a story behind it.

So let me share my story with you. 
This is my favorite. All three ladies in their best form, promise.

Berna is the professional one, the favorite photographer of the group.

Dez is the chronicler of the group. I think she took pictures of all the things we did.



Joy is the only one who was using a video to record every movement the group makes.

Looks like she is having a hard time focusing.

Tony knows how to make himself seen.

El Jay is surely taking photo of his darling, bet you.


Mercy is not to be left behind.

Take it easy Candy.

Tony is really trying his best, don't you think so?
I am sure you'll appreciate these wonderful folks who have only one desire, that is, to bless others by being their photographer.

I am blessed,
Jimmy

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grateful for the Tour


It was just an idea. The prospect of travel for the staff of Uno Overseas was just an idea. Sometime in August this year, the company also gave us a treat. We went to Boracay for a week of vacation. But this time, we thought of traveling  to Hongkong. Why not?
At the Hong Kong Airport on our arrival

So it was just an idea that became reality when out of the blue, our lawyer, Atty. Lucy Labad, told us of her tour to Hongkong. That was the clincher. So, we booked ourselves, on this tour that will take us to Hongkong, Macau and to Shenzen, China.
Maritess posing with the lady from mainland China in her native dress
As I am writing this in our hotel here in Shenzen, I can’t help but thank God for the blessing. My wife and I are grateful for the chance to travel together with the wonderful staff of Uno. We had fun together traveling on MTR (Metro trains) in Hongkong, shopping at Mongkok,  and ending our exciting time in Disneyland. The last leg was traveling by train to Shenzen, China. Going in and out of the immigration of HongKong, Macau and Shenzhen were in itself an adventure.
Savoring the chinese duck menu

Today we had breakfast at the hotel. To tell the truth, I was expecting  a very sumptuous morning breakfast. But to our surprise, it was different. The food were not laid out well like I was used to whenever I eat breakfast in the Toyoko Inn Hotels in Japan.
My breakfast in Shenzhen, love it!

But then, this is China. Their ways are different than others. This is their breakfast menu: Congee of rice only, noodles, siopao, bread, Chinese style Kimchi and flavored boiled eggs. These were placed in large plastic containers! It was different, it was chinese.
Maritess and I at the Venetian in Macau
All in all, Maritess and I are grateful to be part of this tour. It was indeed a blessing. For after all, who would ever thought we will visit Shenzen, Canton, China, the land where my father was born!

Grateful for the blessing,
Jimmy

P.S. My friend, Ador Ordonez, is a sought after tour organizer in the Philippines. He has been in so many countries and had put together tours which we very exotic and adventurous in nature. I highly recommend their blog Travel the World. To see is to believe.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When Trials Come Your Way

It has been said that problems are blessing in disguise. But who wants problems?

Many trials have come my way. Various trials and difficulties, I have experienced many of them. Does it mean I am different from others? I don't think so. We all go through various trials and difficulties.

The difference lies in how we see these trials. Perspective.

Currently, I am going through a trial of a bigger magnitude. It's shaking my faith and foundation. The enemy within is so strong that if I will listen to her voice, I will give up my hope, be in fear and give up.

Were do I go for help? More than seven years ago, a land-grabbing syndicate tried to take over our subdivision. It was a very tense situation, they had guns and goons. We, the officers of the homeowners, have only our faith in the justice system of our land. Fortunately, our Barangay Captain at that time was there to support us.

Personally, I was torn inside and out. Fears overwhelmed me. Where did I go for help?

I turned to the Word of God. It was my saving grace. The Word of the Lord sustained me until one day, the Word of God became alive in me. I took hold of it, claimed it as if it was the last thing on earth that will save me. True to His Word, God intervened! The land-grabbers just disappeared.

Today, the same scenario is at hand. What will I do? I will look back and remind myself of what God has done for us before. I will turn to the Word of God. He will do it again!

Here's a dose of the Word that I got so far:

"May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, 'Aha! Aha!' turn back because of their shame." Psalm 70:2-3

"Deliver me, O God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth." Psalm 71:4-5

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up." Psalm 71:20.

These are words of life for me in going through the difficult trials and tribulations at hand.

So, who needs problems? No one does. But the Good Lord allows them to come to us to bless us. At the end of the dark tunnel, there is LIGHT waiting for us.

Who needs a blessing? Thank God for the trials and problems that come your way. Look at them from a different perspective. It will change everything. Discover your blessing in your trials.

If you change, everything will change.

Jimmy


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Is The Customer Always Right?


Last week, Maritess and I decided it's about time to order the Kitchen Cabinet to be installed at my sister's unit at Berkeley Residences in Katipunan, Quezon City.

We were excited after getting approval from her to go ahead and buy the kitchen cabinet first from a well known supplier of CONDO items that FITS all sorts cabinets, which has an outlet at SM North right under the parking lot at the back of THE BLOCK.

What would you feel if they suddenly change the terms of the quotation saying that if we didn't order the "whole lot" the prices will be increased and that's because they have an internal memo about it?

Exactly. I felt betrayed and the worst thing was the manager insisted she was right because she just told me about it when I clarified the issue. She bang her hand on the table saying she knows what she's saying!

I have been in sales and marketing for a long time. That's not they way to deal with a customer. It would have been better if she admitted her mistake and ask me to reconsider and then go on selling the good feature of their product.

This incident reminds me of the importance of "integrity". We should honor our words (in this case, the quotation) and not blame the customer for our mistakes.

It was good my wife was there to mellow me down. I was ready for war! But then I remember, I was the CUSTOMER. Uhmmm.

Unstoppable,
Jimmy

P.S. This is a repost from my other blog-  http://hotpropertiessydney.blogspot.com
        The lesson I learned has thought me to value integrity more than money.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Thank God For The Problems


This week has been challenging for me. My car, a Toyota Corolla -1994 model, broke down. It has been at Exalta, a car shop in Banawe, which is owned by my friend, Ruel Larrosa and Edna Cuntapay. It has been there since Tuesday.

I had to take the public transport while my car was being fixed. During this time, I was able to get a better view of what people go through rider the public transport. I talked with the drivers of taxi and Jeepney that I rode on going to my office in Espana in Manila.
Most taxi drivers I talked to avoided taking me to my place of work because of the huge traffic build up happening daily at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Araneta Avenue. The DPWH is constructing an underpass in that area.

Yesterday, one taxi driver impressed me so much. When I asked to be taken to my office in Espana, he GLADLY said yes! He was also the only driver that greeted us "Good morning" when we rode his taxi from Commonwealth Avenue. The fare to my office amounted to P247.00. I gave him P300 for a very good service he gave me that day.

Lesson learned: never say no when it comes to serving the needs of your customers. They might just be the person you need to be financially blessed.

The previous day, the opposite happened. The taxi driver refused to bring me to my workplace due to the traffic. he was more concerned for his convenience and the possibility to be holed up in the traffic thereby decreasing his income potential. So I asked to be dropped along Quezon Avenue so I can take a Jeepney.

I was able to ride a Jeepney with less passengers. I took the front seat beside the driver. I had an interesting and a long conversation with the enthusiastic driver. I learned that because of the heavy traffic along Araneta and Quezon Avenues, he was losing about 6 trips, which he estimated cost him about P1,000 a day. With that money, Jeepney drivers can buy a lot of rice to feed the family!

I really enjoyed that 2 carless days.

Like what St. Paul said, in all circumstances, I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.

I know something good will come out of what I have been through this week.

I learned a lot from the drivers. I learned a lot about myself.

I learned a lot from my problems. Thank God for the problems.

Jimmy

P.S. My car, a Toyota Corolla - 1994 model, has been fixed by Chief (we call Ruel that name because he is good in providing his client an excellent service). Exalta can be contacted at 7885119 or 7819958. I highly recommend Chief Ruel to those looking for someone they can trust for the repair of their cars.

Photo credit: filipinolifeinpictures.word..

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ultimately, It's Me



Golf by Accident
I was hooked to playing golf by accident. It was in 1985 when I first tried my hands on golf. My boss, Loy Nadal, was playing at the Fort Bonifacio Golf Club. He invited me to come with him and so I did. I had no plan whatsoever to play or did I consider it a bit as my hobby. So I went with him through the 18 hole game! Boy, did I get tired? You bet. But honestly, deep down inside I was beginning to change my perception of the game.
When our Japanese expat returned home, he talked with me and gave me his golf set. What? His golf set. It wasn't new but I was so excited to have one. However, that golf set did not bring me to the golf range immediately. Months have passed and nothing was happening.


The Golf Shoes Did it
One day, I went to visit the range in Fort  Bonifacio. It was just a plan to have lunch there and after that go back to office. As I was loitering around, I found myself inside the shop and looking at this golf shoes that was really good looking and the price was affordable. You know what? I bought it. I said, if I don't buy this I won't be able to start playing golf. That was it. the shoes did it for me!


Elmer, my Coach
I got professional help. Hired Elmer, the pro golf instructor at the range. He comes highly recommended. So everyday for the next two (2) months I was at the range for my lessons with Elmer during my lunch breaks, sort of 2 in 1 event. He really gave me my basic golf strokes and I was good. I saw my ball flying up to 200m and I loved every minute of my time with him.

My lessons was capped with my first try on the green at the old Canlubang Golf course. Elmer gave me the confidence I needed and I after that I was on my own and on my way to more golf experiences. My regular golf course was at the Navy Golf inside the fort also.

As years went by, I began to read a lot of magazines to try to improve my swings. I noticed that the more I read, the more my swing gets worse compared to what Elmer thought me. I tried to go back to my "Elmer" swing but I was having s bit of difficulty. So I decided to do away with trying to listen to many lessons on how to swing and just maintained my original swing, the way Elmer taught me.


Blogging My Way
Why am I telling you this? When I started blogging, I didn't know anything. I decided to be mentored just like my golf experience. So I enrolled and is now being mentored by Jomar Hilario. That was in December of 2010. It's almost a year this coming December. I learned a lot from Jomar. I am writing this blog directly on the post as a result of his mentoring.

But just like my experience with golf, I began to look at other's idea about blogging. I subscribed to many known blogging experts. You know what? The more I read, listened and looked, the more I get confused. I am beginning to smell that everyone of those who say the are the "guru" have a common vision: to get enough followers for a reason only they know. I am not saying that it is bad. All I am saying is, to simplify my life, I will have to decide which one will I really consider my mentor, coach or guide. In golf, it is Elmer. Now I have developed my swing with Elmer's lessons as my foundation. But hey, When I am in the green, it's ultimately my swing that will make or break me.

So it is with my blogging. Thank God for Jomar. But in the end, it will be me who will make or break me.

Happy golfing and blogging,
Jimmy, Unstoppable

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Unknowingly Blaming God



This week has been very stressful for me. My BP went up to as high as 140/100. I felt my heart pumping hard. Many times I wake up early in the morning because I felt my heart was pumping real hard. This episode went on for about a week. Went to see my doctor and she did an ECG on me because through her stethoscope, she felt my heart was skipping. She requested for an immediate ECG. There I was lying on the clinic bed believing God for a good result. My doctor couldn't believe what she was seeing, the printed result says my heart was normal! She said, I must be stressed.




Yesterday, my wife and I went to a drugstore at 3 am to buy the medicine prescribed for me. I couldn't sleep because my BP rose to 140/100. Nowadays, my normal is 130/90. I need to lower that to 120/80 says my doctor. So she prescribed a beta blocker to help me do that. Back to my sleep, finally I was able to sleep at around 4 am after taking the medicine we bought. Woke up at 8 because we need to attend a wedding where I am one of the sponsor. I wish I can sleep more.

This afternoon at church, we attended our daily  fasting and prayer in preparation for the New Beginning which will start on Yum Kippur, on October 8. This is a bit theological and I won't be able to explain it at this time. We had a time of repentance, allowing God to search our hearts for issues that hinder our relationship with Him. You see, in my mind, I know I have asked forgiveness for all sins I have committed as far as my memory allows me to remember. I was seating next to my wife, I covered my face with my hands to start my prayer. Almost suddenly, The Lord caused me to remember that I have something against Him. What? Me having a grudge against God? No, not me.
I knew it. He caused me to remember how I was blaming everyone on what happened when I was removed from the payroll of our church in order to save its finances due to decreasing membership and rising operating cost. I happily accepted that decision at that time and went on to look for a new job to sustain my financial needs. Almost two years have passed since then. Many times when we have trials, we tend to look for ways to understand why this was happening. We, however, end up asking more questions than answers. Many times, I blame people, the system and I also tried to compare myself with my co-pastors. In my mind, I was saying: If I was still working in church, I don't need to rush to office everyday. I can have time to exercise and therefore I would have avoid stress and as a result have a very good BP.

As I was musing on these thoughts, I began telling God that its was really His fault! I was angry with Him but because He is God, I know I couldn't do that to Him. So I began to look for people to blame. While this was going on in my mind, I began to sob. Isn't it true that we are the ones normally asking God for forgiveness? This time, I found myself the one forgiving God. Unbeknown to me, I was putting the blame on others for my situation, but it was really God whom I was blaming. In His mercy, He caused me to see that too. But you know what? I can see Him smiling at me and telling me that He understands what I was going through and that He wasn't mad at me. He allowed my anger to come out as part of my healing. I shed tears but there was more mucus coming out of my nose than tears. God was so funny because now my clogged nose have been cleared!

I know I was released today. God's issue with me have been settled. I have peace in my heart that He loves me and He understands me. He is my Father!

God is not through with me yet. He is preparing me for a BIG blessing. I can't wait. For the meantime, I want to move on with God. He is a loving Father to me and you.

Unstoppable. That's the name God gave me. He's telling me that this is just the beginning of a new and wonderful life for me. I am not giving up on God. I am unstoppable.

Unstoppable,
Jimmy

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blogging For A Purpose

What is it with blogging? 
As I read more about bogging, I find there are many ideas and even contradicting ideas which makes me wonder who to listen to. 

Why I am blogging
I started blogging about six months ago. I thought to myself, that I need something to do when the time comes for me to stop working. In my age, many would probably think of retiring and  live on their pension. But the last time I was at SSS, I learned that I would be receiving a measly P8,000 a month pension. With the rising cost of living, that amount would not be enough to support me and my wife.

I thought of doing something that will give me additional stream of income and build on my retirement fund as I go along. Somebody told me to try blogging. 

My motivation for blogging
The main reason why I chose to blog was when I saw a young man, whom I call my mentor, make P500,000. He set up a blog which features news items and it was earning from AdSense. It was earning a lot that when he sold it, he made a lot of money. I thought, if he can do that, I can also do it. Why not? Sounds like I was really after earning and making money. Well, that's the truth.

I took a step forward by enrolling in an online internet marketing course by Jomar Hilario. That's when my eyes were opened to the blogging world. He offered a hefty discount last December, I was attracted and it fitted into my plan, so I took it. How much did I pay? Ney, you wouldn't believe it.

Blogging for a purpose
As I went, I learned not only from Jomar but others, who are considered "gurus" in the blogging world. But here's the thing, I am beginning to redefine my reason for blogging. Of course, I want to make money. I now realize that my passion is building up to help others learn from my experience. That's the reason why I created this blog, Jimmy Unstoppable. 

Now, I want to share my ups and downs, lessons learned, and of course success in my blogging journey. 

Does this make sense?

I hope it does.

More,
Jimmy

P.S. One school of thought says not to be too careful about grammar, just blog.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Innovate or Stagnate

"There is no such thing as security on this earth, there is only opportunity". This is a famous quote from the legendary Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He was the one who said, "I shall return." His promise came through when he liberated the Philippines from the Japanese invasion of our beloved country during the second world war.

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This quotation is one of my inspirations why I am blogging today. I can't stop because I know many opportunities await me. Blogging have given me the chance to explore the cyberspace and I tell you, I am happy with what I am seeing and experiencing. I'd rather innovate than stagnate.


I have learned to write articles, like this one, straight to the post. Before, I write them first on paper to be edited by my wife before I post it here. Now, I'm bolder. That's a big improvement as far as I am concerned. If I can do it, you too can do it.

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That's not the end. I am also learning how to draw traffic to my blogs. My next goal is to learn how to do internet marketing. I hope in due time I will start earning from my blogging.


Bottom line, I am one who always want to improve and do things better. I can't be stopped. I am "unstoppable!"


Jimmy

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why Fear Paralyzes

Yesterday's headline of a local newspaper was about the row between the homeowners of a subdivision and the noted, notorious land grabber (according to Vice President Binay).


Immediately my mind traveled back to the time this same group attempted to grab lands in our subdivision. During that time, it seems there was no end to our struggle to defend our subdivision from these men.

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I felt the spirit and power of fear coming over my being as I read the news story. My mind begun to imagine negative scenarios that might happen, if... See that word "if"? 


The fear of the unknown damages and blocks our mind to think positively. I caught myself wallowing in the quagmire of doubts and negativity. I have to literally tell myself to get out of this stinking thinking and begin to focus on the ability of God to deliver me and be my shield.


I recall to mind what the Lord did for us during the attempted takeover of our lands. At that time, we did everything we could. However, realizing that only a supernatural power can stand against this kind of force, I went to God and stood on His word.


Today, I can attest to you the power of God's Word. God's word proved to be true. In Psalms 33:10 says "Soon the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone." Psalms 33:36 says "But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them." These powerful words, I claimed and declared during those tumultuous time and God answered my prayers. Suddenly, they just backed out and were gone! 


There something beyond the natural. I like to think that we are created for the supernatural because we were made rule not only the natural but also the supernatural realm.


Once more, I go back to God's Word to deal with this fear in my heart. God is able.


I got this from Christian, my friend, who posted this in his Facebook account. Have you seen the movie 300? In that movie, the Spartans were outnumbered by the Persians. 

Prior to the battle, it was demanded that Sparta submit to the overwhelmingly powerful Persia by its ambassador. When he demanded that the Spartans surrender their arms, Leonidas had an answer.
The Quote:
"Come and take them." 
The Spartans have the ability to TRASH TALK! 
I love this, and that's what I did this time. Trash the negative talk that's going on in mind. Just like before, I know I can overcome fear.
Hope you were encouraged.
Jimmy 




Monday, September 5, 2011

Me, unstoppable?

I am blessed with friends who have encouraged me, specially in times of difficulties. Today is the start of many wonderful things to write about in my own life. For one, being able to write in this blog is a miracle in itself. I used to fear the thought of writing something like this.


When I started, I wrote a draft and then have it edited by my wife, Maritess. She is good in editing, her mother being an English teacher. So, for a time, I wrote articles about many issues and particularly about being debt-free. 


As the months go by, suddenly I found myself writing directly on the "post" and now here I am.


As I go on my God-given, blessed, wonderful life, I would like share with you my thoughts, experiences, and invite you to journey with me- and together discover how exciting life is.


May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Jimmy


P.S. through the days and months since I started writing on my blogs, I have met people who have helped me and taught me about blogging. To them, I would like to say thank you so much. Special mention to Jomar Hilario, my mentor and friend.