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Responding To God’s Call: Is It Full or Lip Service?

While doing this write-up and simultaneously reading St. Matthew’s Parable of the Two Sons, a lot of issues and questions build up in my mind. Jesus said to the chief priests: “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” When John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.” If Jesus were alive today, where might we find Him? Would He … more »

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The Journey That Started It All: The First Day! (A Continuation)

The flight ended up a breeze as I had a good night’s eye shut, a solid 6 hours in total sleep with no jet-lag feeling! The sound temporary respite helped perk up and restore the glow of my skin—it gave me the refreshed and revitalized feeling that I needed to face the day! Since my roommate was not around when I woke up, it was easy for me to go around checking literally the “ins and outs” of the room, including the unloading of my things( clothes, food, first aid kit, etc. ) from the suitcases to the clothes closet. … more »

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Feeding The Hungry: Is It Difficult?

Did you know that there are now almost a billion hungry people across the globe? The report provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) and other similar organizations contains certain dismaying as well as bullish statistics on World Hunger and Malnutrition. Some of these hunger facts are as follows: 1. That 842 million people in the world do not have enough food to eat, which means that 1 in every 8 people goes to bed hungry each night; 2. That 1 child dies every 10 seconds from hunger; That most of the world’s hungry people … more »

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ALSA’s Ice Bucket Challenge: What’s All The Hype?

Local and international TV and social media networks have been super saturated with photos and videos of people dumping buckets of ice and cold water on their heads. It has been the buzz word and the latest craze to sweep the United States and in other countries during the second semester of this year. I have seen these challenges on TV and on the web and I thought  one thing good that drove the nominees to accept the challenge is the excitement that it brings forth. The challenge also gives nominees the chance to be acknowledged of their donations with … more »

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The Journey That Started It All: The Arrival

It was a sunny yet cool December day when the consul of the Pakistan Embassy gave me back my passport with the visa stamped on it after a brief course orientation and an overview about Pakistan. The said official travel authorization  was for a  3-month course on Central Banking sponsored by the country’s central bank, known as the State Bank of Pakistan. Despite the aggressive campaign from my close office peers for me not to go and wait for a much better opportunity, perhaps an Ivy League graduate school program in a developed country like the U.S., I still decided … more »

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Love is an Art….

Active imagination occur in my most pensive and solitary moments, providing me enough artistic freedom and critical thinking on many things. However, I am a little bit introvert which hampers my ability to expand my comfort zones making my mind go weary and confused on whether or not to say and write what I truly feel. But as fellow blogger Elizabeth Spovoba quips, the introvert reaps secret joy from the solitary life. Despite my tiny shy blood, I strive to thrive and be a lot more happy to cope up with the rigors of daily life. At this very moment, … more »

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Should I Have Plastic Surgery?

If you’re thinking about having plastic surgery, you are not alone. According to a survey reported by the Huffington Post, more than 70% of females polled by a woman’s magazine in 2011 wanted to undergo these procedures, while nearly 50% intended to have cosmetic surgery in the future. In the years following this report, and the economic recession, the popularity of these procedures has not waned. In fact, one source recently estimated that more than 50,000 plastic surgery operations took place in the UK during one year alone. These operations have become extremely popular during the last few decades, with … more »

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What is “7″ to Malaysia Airlines: Is it a Lucky Number?

Further to My Useful Tips earlier blog in March this year on the disappearance of MH 370 (feel free to click the link to read the article: http://www.myusefultips.com/final-flight-mh370the-greatest-mystery-aviation-history/#sthash.CJre6phb.dpbs),  another Malaysia Airlines plane (Flight 17)  encountered a tragic accident on July 17, 2014. While on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, MH 17 crashed on a conflict zone near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, near the Ukraine-Russia border, allegedly shot down by a missile, killing everyone on board: 283 passengers and 15 crew. This is a very unfortunate incident not only for the management and staff of Malaysia Airlines but … more »

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Be Good “Soils”: The Challenge of the “Sower”

When I opened the Bible (which I seldom do as most of the time my research activities are done on the Web) to check on Gospel readings for July, it surprisingly opened to where Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is inscribed, the Parable of the Sower! While this Parable may be one of the well known Bible stories, I am just not so keen about it. I don’t know why it happened that the said page was the first to open up but I felt there was a purpose, probably it was a challenge posed to me by God on … more »

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“Making Waves” in Another Country: Is It Easy?

The preceding blog on Migration, entitled “The New Wave of Immigrants in the U.S.” briefly discussed on why people emigrate. People move freely, transport out their families to other countries and look for better opportunities, if and when given the chance. It is their inherent right to travel to any place either for leisure or for exploration purposes, be it for business, employment or to build a new home. When people decide to move out to a new place, what they have in mind is a positive stance, that everything will fall into place, that it will make their lives … more »