My friend works as a musical crew in a cruise ship.  He had been working in the luxury shipping line for the past ten years and so far he is enjoying his job.  We met a couple of weeks ago because he went home for a short vacation for about three weeks.  Working for the cruise ship is enjoyable but at the same time challenging for him because his work shift is often at night being a musician crew. He said that most of their equipment and other musical accessories are being purchased online at . This is one easy access for the company to avail sales and discounts of various musical needs.

Birthday menu

Its the birthday of my brother today. A great day to celebrate another new life of my dear brother. As a gift to him, I cook a pasta recipe because I know this is one of his favorite food. Social media like the Facebook is very helpful as I follow some food sites like Tasty. There was one video recipe that I followed and saved. It is a pasta recipe named Italian style  bolognese . Linguine pasta cook al dente the set aside. I saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil and butter. Then I add ground beef and pork. Red wine, tomato puree ,tomato sauce and  stock put together and bring to a boil. Simmer until sauce thickens. Salt and pepper to taste. Add shredded cheddar . Then add the cook pasta. Mixed all. Put in a serving dish. Serve after about an hour or more so that all its ingredients in the sauce would blend well.

Gospel for today

Gospel, John 9:1-41

1 As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should have been born blind?’
3’Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered, ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him.
4 ‘As long as day lasts we must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the night will soon be here when no one can work.
5 As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.’
6 Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man,
7 and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (the name means ‘one who has been sent’). So he went off and washed and came back able to see.
8 His neighbours and the people who used to see him before (for he was a beggar) said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’
9 Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, but he looks just like him.’ The man himself said, ‘Yes, I am the one.’
10 So they said to him, ‘Then how is it that your eyes were opened?’
11 He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, “Go off and wash at Siloam”; so I went, and when I washed I gained my sight.’
12 They asked, ‘Where is he?’ He answered, ‘I don’t know.’
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
14 It had been a Sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes,
15 so when the Pharisees asked him how he had gained his sight, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’
16 Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘That man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How can a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was division among them.
17 So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ The man answered, ‘He is a prophet.’
18 However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind without first sending for the parents of the man who had gained his sight and
19 asking them, ‘Is this man really the son of yours who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’
20 His parents answered, ‘We know he is our son and we know he was born blind,
21 but how he can see, we don’t know, nor who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough: let him speak for himself.’
22 His parents spoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to ban from the synagogue anyone who should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ.
23 This was why his parents said, ‘He is old enough; ask him.’
24 So the Jews sent for the man again and said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We are satisfied that this man is a sinner.’
25 The man answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner I don’t know; all I know is that I was blind and now I can see.’
26 They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’
27 He replied, ‘I have told you once and you wouldn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it all again? Do you want to become his disciples yourselves?’
28 At this they hurled abuse at him, ‘It is you who are his disciple, we are disciples of Moses:
29 we know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.’
30 The man replied, ‘That is just what is so amazing! You don’t know where he comes from and he has opened my eyes!
31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but God does listen to people who are devout and do his will.
32 Ever since the world began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of someone born blind;
33 if this man were not from God, he wouldn’t have been able to do anything.’
34 They retorted, ‘Are you trying to teach us, and you a sinner through and through ever since you were born!’ And they ejected him.
35 Jesus heard they had ejected him, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of man?’
36 ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’
37 Jesus said, ‘You have seen him; he is speaking to you.’
38 The man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.
39 Jesus said: It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind.
40 Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘So we are blind, are we?’
41 Jesus replied: If you were blind, you would not be guilty, but since you say, ‘We can see,’ your guilt remains.

Picture taking contest entry

This month is the month for women and last eight of March the whole world celebrated the international women’s’ day.  It is a celebration of gender and equality among women in any kind of race, color, ethnicity, culture, country, beliefs and status in the society where we live in. The office that i am working with has a picture taking contest with the theme of challenge is working on women. I asked my sister to get some shots of women in society that tells a story about what she is doing for life and living as my entries for the said photo contest. I am hoping that my entries will be selected and qualified.

Gospel for today

Gospel, John 4:5-42

5 On the way he came to the Samaritan town called Sychar near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Give me something to drink.’8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew. How is it that you ask me, a Samaritan, for something to drink?’ — Jews, of course, do not associate with Samaritans.10 Jesus replied to her: If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me something to drink,’ you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.11 ‘You have no bucket, sir,’ she answered, ‘and the well is deep: how do you get this living water?12 Are you a greater man than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?’13 Jesus replied: Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again;14 but no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life.15 ‘Sir,’ said the woman, ‘give me some of that water, so that I may never be thirsty or come here again to draw water.’16 ‘Go and call your husband,’ said Jesus to her, ‘and come back here.’17 The woman answered, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right to say, “I have no husband”;18 for although you have had five, the one you now have is not your husband. You spoke the truth there.’19 ‘I see you are a prophet, sir,’ said the woman.20 ‘Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, though you say that Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.’21 Jesus said: Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know; for salvation comes from the Jews.23 But the hour is coming — indeed is already here — when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father seeks.24 God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.25 The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah — that is, Christ — is coming; and when he comes he will explain everything.’26 Jesus said, ‘That is who I am, I who speak to you.’27 At this point his disciples returned and were surprised to find him speaking to a woman, though none of them asked, ‘What do you want from her?’ or, ‘What are you talking to her about?’28 The woman put down her water jar and hurried back to the town to tell the people,29 ‘Come and see a man who has told me everything I have done; could this be the Christ?’30 This brought people out of the town and they made their way towards him.31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, do have something to eat’;32 but he said, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’33 So the disciples said to one another, ‘Has someone brought him food?’34 But Jesus said: My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work.35 Do you not have a saying: Four months and then the harvest? Well, I tell you, look around you, look at the fields; already they are white, ready for harvest!36 Already the reaper is being paid his wages, already he is bringing in the grain for eternal life, so that sower and reaper can rejoice together.37 For here the proverb holds true: one sows, another reaps;38 I sent you to reap a harvest you have not laboured for. Others have laboured for it; and you have come into the rewards of their labour.39 Many Samaritans of that town believed in him on the strength of the woman’s words of testimony, ‘He told me everything I have done.’40 So, when the Samaritans came up to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed for two days, and 41 many more came to believe on the strength of the words he spoke to them;42 and they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe no longer because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he is indeed the Saviour of the world.’

Updating blog posts

Its been a great non working days for me. Staying at home gives me more time to attend to my personal mess, household chores and to be able to sleep more hours every afternoon which I often deprived every working days. My holiday has been productive so far because I did a lot of work. I even sent some important report of work to the main office.  I used to be behind my blog posts and I can hardly cope up with it. Now i am back to my daily updates. Such a nice feeling to be given a four day break this time.  Lots of things are done and such a great accomplishments to have.

Jewelry renewal

It is a long weekend here. Happy to spend time at home since Thursday until Sunday. I had to go to the downtown proper the other day because I  had a jewelry which is due for renewal. There was no day allowance because I was already given five days to either renew or redeem it. It was an assorted jewelries of earrings, ring and necklace. I am hoping that soon I will be able to redeem all these things.

Rust colored top by mango

One of my favorite color is rust, a combination of red and brown.  It greatly matches and blends with my complexion. I like that color be paired with black, white or brown trousers or pants. The rust colored top that I wore yesterday was made by mango. Soft, cotton linen with v-neck cut, no prints but just a plain kind of top. The simple design of it makes it a versatile clothing for me at any kind of get up I may have. One quality clothing that every girl must have.

Payroll cut off today

It is March fifteen already and days before I informed and reminded my co workers to make their accomplishment reports for this payroll cut off. I know this would be a very busy week because there are only three working days. Lots of deadlines and some reports need to be emailed and submitted to the national office. Good thing because most of my co workers cooperated and they already submitted their accomplishments. I am able to compute the payroll and have it signed verified check by our chief for approval. I will be submitting the vouchers Monday next week.

Stressing out with a soothing balm

Daily work especially at the office can burn me out. The rush deadlines are often the culprit. It cannot be avoided and I don’t have to deal with it personally or else I would be drained after. Good thing there is this organic soothing balm made by human nature. Apply it on the temples, nostrils, back of the neck and shoulders can soothe the tensions and stress from work.  I often apply it before taking a noon break nap usually from twelve thirty noon time until one o’clock.  I can feel a relief and regain strength. This is one personal thing that I cannot leave without so I make sure that i have one on my personal carry bag everyday.