Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Filipino Actress Jewel Mische-Kurzer on Making a Long Distance Relationship Work

Filipino actress / celebrity Jewel Mische, whom I briefly featured on this blog for her vow of abstinence before marriage is now married to her American husband Allister Kurzer (they've been married for a year). I'm still impressed with their maturity and openness to share their faith to the Philippine entertainment media. Check out their advice to other couples in long distance relationships - starting at the 1.30 min mark of the video. They definitely got it right! I wish this couple all the best in their marriage. Follow Jewel on Instagram.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Terry Crew's Dirty Little Secret

I'm a new fan of this guy!

In this video, American actor and former American football player Terry Crews comes forward and discusses his struggle with pornography addiction and the effect it had on his life and marriage.

He is available to help any of his fans who might be going through the same thing. "It starts with honesty and talking about it."

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fatherhood Lesson from Kung Fu Panda 3: Take Time To Be a Dad Today

Being a dad is a piece of cake – said no dad ever! While being a dad is probably one of the greatest blessings there is, it is no easy task. Being a stay at home dad much of the time allows me to spend a lot of quality time with my kids. Not everyone has that luxury though. Regardless of whether or not you stay at home full time, part time, or you work full time or part time, to be a good dad you simply have to take the time to be with your kids. If you treasure every moment that you spend with your kids, no matter what you're doing, they will cherish that time just as much or more.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Report: Filipinos spend longest time watching adult videos

According to a report from pornhub.com, Filipinos are number 1 in the global list of viewers who spend the longest time watching adult videos on the website. PornHub said online viewers from the Philippines spent 12 minutes and 45 seconds on the site, beating the Americans who spent 9 minutes and 51 seconds (see below). The Philippines also topped the same category in 2014. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Filipino American Christian Dad Blogger's Quick and Unofficial Review of 2015

So long super 2015! It has been a good year: new job, my son had a sudden growth spurt, my 11-year old daughter officially reach puberty and my wife and I got deeper and intimate in our relationship. Some friendships were lost but some new friends were gained and grown closer. Here's a quick mention of a few good things that happen to me this 2015.
  • Started a new job and I like my team I'm part of. They are smart, hard-working and drama-free.
  • Got involved in Kairos Prison Ministry and became friends with some inmates. It's a life changing experience that shifted my perspective in serving and my views on the incarcerated.
  • Got into deep hearing God and spiritual warfare prayer after my supernatural experience early 2015.
  • Freedom from conspiracy theories or conpiracism. Yes, I got into it. But God later revealed to me that this worldview is harmful to my Christian walk and witness to others. I'm now repentant about it. 
  • Gained a new friend that I treat more than like a brother. It's true that when you open your home to a stranger, you have shown hospitality to an angel without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2). 
  • Explored more and started practicing my 2nd Amendment rights.
  • Had another year of freedom from a bad habit.  
I'm looking forward to 2016. Happy New Year my friends!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Soldier! Black Friday Shopping with My Wife

Call me the "Black Friday man," dad or husband! I did it! I made it through Black Friday shopping with my wife. It was a mission I was not willing to accept, but as loving husband who wants to serve his wife, I did anyway. I drove the van, fought for parking spaces, stood in line in her behalf, held her purse and carried shopping bags. To prevent myself from snapping, I kept myself entertained by documenting my experiences during Black Friday 2015 on Instagram. Read below... Smile soldier!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When Dads at Play: Let Dad Be Dad!

Moms and Dads interact with our kids in different ways. Like play time. We fathers enjoys making goofy faces and funny noises, throwing the kids up in the air, pretending to be a monster or a super hero.

And while sometimes mom might want to scream or cover her eyes, now there’s affirmation that, as long as kids are happy and enjoying themselves, our goofy teasing and horseplay make for a healthy father-child relationship.

Dr. Kathryn Kerns, a Kent State psychologist, conducted a recent study to assess the interaction of both moms and dads with their children. She found that the “random, sometimes silly play” of dads encourages children to trust their fathers, and can even predict “the quality of a child’s future friendships, social skills and romantic relationships.”

So, there you go, moms, let dad be dad!

(Source: The Point)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We Need What Our Grandparents Have: Age and Wisdom

Our culture have valued the elderly for their wisdom and experience. However today, they are segregated in society. They're in assisted living facilities, gated retirement communities, and nursing homes. Are we cutting ourselves off from something valuable?

In a research paper by Harvard and M.I.T, they found that our elders have excellent abilities to discern people and read their thoughts.

According to Benedict Carey of the New York Times, the older brain may move more slowly than its younger self, but is just as accurate in many areas and more adept at reading others’ moods on top of being more knowledgeable. That’s a handy combination…

The findings just confirm what Christians have always knew and taught about the elderly and why the book of Proverbs calls their gray hair and wisdom, a crown of glory (Proverbs 16:31).

God takes seriously the respect due to the senior members of our society. They have dignity and earned a lifetime of respect and value. We need to grow old with that understanding too.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Things I Learned Living With Filipino Families

Early last year, my wife and I opened our home to individuals who have no place to stay and invited them to live with us. Welcoming others has been the most humbling and life-changing experience for my family. It has blessed us and has given us a deeper understanding of loving our neighbors and serving the strangers in our midsts.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Your Teens are NOT the Center of the Universe

Everyone has a smart phone nowadays, and texting, mobile apps and the Internet are here to stay specially to the younger generation. According to author of the book "Screen and Teens" Kathy Koch, these technologies influence how our children think about themselves and their worldview.

Constant use of smart phones, tablets, computers, gaming systems, and cable television has inculcated five major lies in today’s teens:

One: “I am the center of my own universe.”
Two: “I deserve to be happy all the time.”
Three: “I must have choice.”
Four: “I am my own authority.”
Five: “Information is all I need, not teachers.”

Dispelling these lies is a worldview issue. Teens need to learn and embrace that God is the center of the universe, not them.

Parents love their children, and want the best for them. Unfortunately, the best is not always what society offers. Faithful moms and dads have a duty to find acceptable balance between new technology, and the timeless values that make family life possible. Only by setting smart boundaries, and by combating the lies technology influences, can we raise children and teenagers ready to face the world on their own.

What do you think?