Working Full Time

Working Full Time
by Danny Tariman

“Obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)

It was a usual morning: routine 1-minute chat with staff as I go around the office, getting status of tasks assigned.

I noticed that one staff suddenly closed his mobile phone. From a distance, I can see him viewing the Facebook. His direct supervisor who was seated behind him, was not around. He quickly put his hands on his computer keyboard, sensing that I was about to go near to him.

Days before this moment, his supervisor reported to me that this staff does not work “full time”. He frequently checks his mobile device, usually doing something on Facebook. This has resulted to delays in completion of his tasks.

This reminds me of the Word of God: that as workers, we are supposed to “do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Col 3:22 MSG)

We need to give our best! This means ensuring that we give the best quality output or result, finished on schedule if not earlier. Let us make our customers — both internal and external customers — happy!

Let us glorify the Lord through our work, by working full-time in our given tasks, and by giving our best!

Reflection: Do you give all your time and effort to the task assigned to you? Even when your boss is not around?

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for not giving my best in my work. Grant me the grace I need to glorify You in my workplace. Amen!

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La Mesa Eco-Park: A Forest In The City

La Mesa Eco-Park: A Forest In The City
by Danny Tariman

I never imagined there could be a forest right in the middle of the city. I was very surprised that as we cross that short bridge in a village in Quezon City, we were quickly transported to another world!

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My family at the entrance to the park

From a jungle of cement walls and iron roofs, it was a refreshing respite to be welcomed by tropical rain forest in just few meters of driving. Indeed! Tall trees, shrubs, and vines of every kind welcomed us as we enter La Mesa Nature Park.

A nice reception hall awaits visitors to this forest-in-a-city, with comfortable lounging area and clean rest rooms. Parking is spacious too but quite limited.

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The park’s reception hall

After finding a good slot to park our car, we started our short trek into the forest park.

We passed by an extra-large swimming pool with lots of people! The crowd was so big that we just decided not to take a dip in the pool.

Farther in our trek, the park is lined with food stalls offering various kinds of food. The road too has a lot of people walking around the nature park.

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One of the park’s many picnic grounds where groups and families enjoy their moments

It is quite surprising that so many visitors are walking around. Perhaps they too, like us, wanted to find some respite to the usual city living.

We had a good taste too of the various food being sold in the park. There are plenty of choices.

There are also a lot of areas to have some rest, or just to have a good chat with family and friends. We saw some groups pitch tents in the lawn; some kids just playing around with fellow kids or with parents. Really a nice and inexpensive place for bonding.

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The area where visitors can pitch their tents.

At the far end of the park is a stair leading to the wall of La Mesa Dam, the water reservoir that supplies water to households of Metro-Manila.

We walked up the stairs. It was quite tiresome, I must admit. But the view is beautiful. The steps are lined with ornamental plants and as we go higher, we can see a good view of the large pond or artificial lake within the park. The scene was very refreshing: trees, grass, shrubs, and the emerald-colored pond complement each other to give a nice green view.

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The steps to the rim of the dam.

Indeed, it was a refreshing experience of a forest within the city!

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A family photo near the man-made lagoon
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A view of the Eco-Park from the top. Note the lagoon at the middle
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Another view of the park with ornamental plants in the foreground, and trees at the background

God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman

“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I do not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.

Talisoy Cove: A Rock With Jesus’ Face

Talisoy Cove: A Rock With Jesus’ Face
by Danny Tariman

The city of Virac in Catanduanes never runs out of places to go. I had lived in this island during my childhood years, but never had the chance to explore the places.

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The rock with Jesus’ face

My only sister and her family organized this outing one beautiful summer. Gay, Lilet with their siblings and children planned to have bonding moments with the bigger, extended family. After all, it’s been a couple of years we hadn’t had any family gathering as we live in different places, some are living overseas.

We had this gathering one day in Talisoy beach. It is just a 20-minute drive from the town proper. It is a tiny cove, a good swimming beachfront but has quite big waves which may not be good for unattended children.

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The little cove called “Talisoy”

This place is open to public, and is usually crowded during summer. The huts are very affordable to rent, and beach water is clean. Really a good place for those looking for a nice place for family bonding moments, at an easy-on-the-pocket budget.

One of the attractions of this cove is the rock formation that looks like the face of Jesus. It’s amazing, some people sees 2 faces, some can only see one. Whichever or whatever you can see, one thing is sure: one looks like the face of the LORD.

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The Talisoy beach with Jesus’s face at the right side

We had good sumptuous late lunch at the beach, as my family drove down to this place all the way from another resort: the Puraran Surf.

Indeed, another wonderful time spent with my extended family. Praise be to God!

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The stretch of the cream-colored sandy beach
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My family pic
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The extended family pic