Be eager to present yourself acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace. – 2 Timothy 2:15
“Do I hear right that you go to church every day?” quipped my boss during a get-together.
“Yes, I do.” I answered hesitantly, wondering how he got the information.
I told him that I need it for my work; it’s where I get my strength, my wisdom, my guidance and my protection.
As an IT manager overseas, there are lots of challenges that try my patience, wisdom and focus. It can be wearisome without the Lord in my life.
But more than my need for Him, it’s my deep longing for God and my love for Him that drives me to seek Him each day. The Gospel reading today says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
As I present myself to Him daily at Mass, I receive His guidance that brings me success in my workplace
Do you have a difficult task in your workplace? Try seeking the Lord in the Eucharist.
Thank You, Lord, for Your guidance. You are my Wisdom. You are my Strength.
Batangas province in the Philippines is one of the provinces blessed with many scenic coves and wonderful beaches. My family had been to most of these, but the province does not stop surprising me with new and “unexplored” beautiful places to go for family bonding.
After searching for new destinations, we decided that this weekend, we will go to another beach front resort we have not visited yet – the Aquaria Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.
We left the city at about 5 o’clock in the morning to beat the traffic, and also to have more time in the beach. We drove through South Luzon Expressway, and turned right for Tagaytay. It was an easy morning weekend drive. (I had been disappointed to drive in Tagaytay lately, because on weekends, traffic is just unbearable!)
From Tagaytay, we drove further down towards Nasugbu and turning left at the last junction going to Calatagan. I always wanted these kind of drive: out-of-town, country driving. It refreshes my soul as I see the beauty of nature on both sides of the road.
Upon our arrival at the resort, we were greeted by this grand pavilion which houses the front desk. From all angles, you will know that this resort is out of the ordinary: well-appointed guest couches, impressive check-in counter, well-organized staff, and really stunning entrance with well-trimmed greens.
Past the pavilion is a stunning beauty of its swimming pool complex! Kiddie pool with fountains, arching foot bridge over the pool (good for photo shots!), a giant slide, and more! I was really surprised of the beautifully designed swimming area!
But our first priority was the beach. And so we walked for about 50 meters past the pool and wow, an expansive length of beach cove and placid ocean greeted us. We thank the Lord for the good weather: the sea was so calm, no rain, and with overcast skies.
We had a good time frolicking on the beach, and the almost flat seabed. We can walk at a distance without the danger of drowning. However, sea urchins abound during the time of our visit. If you plan to go, wear beach footwear to avoid being stung by this urchins.
And oh yes, we enjoyed the ride on giant slides at the pool area. Rides goes in tandem – 2 persons in one big-sized “rubber boat”. So I had many rides: first with my wife, next with my son, then my daughter. It was really exhilarating. Haha!
The pool complex is an awesome attraction from any angle you look at it: the snaking “river” pool with arched foot bridges, the nature-like waterfalls in the middle, the kiddie pool with many fountains and rides, and of course a small lap pool for swimming. With well-appointed cabanas and greens the place is indeed a cut-above-the-rest. Don’t forget to take a photo from the top of the slide: the view is fantastic, truly awesome!
The beach-front restaurant offers delectable Filipino dishes. In this visit, we just ordered the “family package” which includes many of our favorites: grilled fish, grilled squid, fried chicken, grilled pork belly, and many more. It also has the famous halo-halo, and other deserts.
Will surely come back for another weekend retreat for my family!