Gems Acquired in 32 Years: A Testimony of Mam Menchie Tobias

Mam Menchie is one of the 15 students who started JIL in PUP 32 years ago. For the month of October, the JIL MIS featured her life testimony and the 32 years of soaring from strength to strength service to God and the JIL Ministry. Due to meetings and events to attend to, she just lend us the copy of her answers to our questions.

Currently the Director for the JIL Church’s Budget Management Department, Mam Menchie remained faithful to the ministry to which God has given her.

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Video Editing Basics in Adobe Premiere Pro: Greenbelt 3; with Jason Magbanua

classroom powermac
Rica and Joseph Bonifacio’s, LJ Moreno and Jimmy Alapag’s, many others  –  Jason Magbanua’s eyes and hands for wedding videography is amazing.

..from his saturated coloring to his flowing glidecam runs, Jason is one of the most ambitious and creative videographers on the planet. He’s raised the bar on same-day edits, and his full wedding use timeshifting to create a seamless tapestry..

I have been to Video Editing Basics in Adobe Premiere Pro in Powermac center in Greenbelt 3 and I heard the best video techniques from him. It was a classroom set up, with him as our professor.

jason magbanuaA wedding day has enough drama, humor and romance by itself – J.M.

You cannot ask the people to act out everything that had happened when you weren’t able to shoot the event at its precious, one time act.

From his zoom/ moving/ full of emotion wedding films, he is one of the most sought after wedding videographers. His superb techniques were humble yet powerful, from choosing the best capture drevice which is a video DSLR to practically doing the best without compromising time for yourself and family.

jason magbanua at powermac center

Healthy Habits

Here are some healthy habits I am trying to practice whenever I get the chance – sharing to everyone:
3 John3:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Exercise regularly
It doesn’t matter if it is 5 minutes as long as it is on a regular basis. It will be good if it is 30 minutes of work out everyday.

Take the stairs
Taking the stairs is a way to fitness because it burns more calories compared to standing and riding the elevator.

It is cleanliness and aseptic practices that one does to him/herself. Clean your nails, comb your hair, wear comfty and clean clothes, brush your teeth. Aside from the healthy intakes, healthy outlook is also important.

Sleep eight hours everynight and before 12 mn
When you’re scrambling to meet the demands of modern life, depriving yourself to sleep is never a good idea. While you rest/sleep, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance tasks that keep you running in top condition and prepare you for the day ahead.
When you give your mind a good sleep, you are giving your body a chance to a top perfomance.

Drink water/ rehydrate
Your brain, your heart and your muscles are made up of more than 75% water. Your lungs, liver, kidneys and blood each are made up of over 85% water. Your skin is over 60% water, and even your bones, which seem solid, are made up of over 20% water. It should come as no surprise, then, that even a minute drop in your body’s water content will affect your health and the functioning of every one of your bodily systems in major ways.

Eat more fish
Fish is rich in omega-3, known as essential to normal growth and health, for hearth and good memory.

Eat vegetables and fruits
I haven’t found any idea that it is unhealty to do so.

Drink tea
with the anti-cancer properties of antioxidant, it is healthier than drinking soda o any other powdered juices.  If you want your mind to be alert, studies also show also a cup of tea contains an average of 40 mg of caffeine. Use tea bags instead of powdered instead.

Starbucks Lovers! Here’s 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Starbucks

A re-blog on 9 things you didn’t know about Starbucks
Slurp up a few fun facts about the world’s largest coffee chain

You’ve probably heard of Starbucks. After all, it’s been around since 1971, and, as of today, there are 16,300 locations around the globe. Besides its unique sizing system (Tall! Grande! Venti!), there are plenty of other interesting things to learn about this leader of the gourmet coffee revolution. Check out the 10 most fascinating facts below.

1. There are over 87,000 drink combination possibilities.
We knew they had a big menu, but 87,000 options? In 2008, the company included this number as part of a full-page advertisement in two national newspapers. Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passe explained how they came up with it to a Wall Street Journal blogger: “If you take all of our core beverages, multiply them by the modifiers and the customization options, you get more than 87,000 combinations.”

2. The Cinnamon Chip Scone has more calories than a Quarter Pounder.
In addition to its coffee prowess, Starbucks is a mega pastry vendor. John Moore, who was a corporate marketing manager at Starbucks in 2002 and now writes the Brand Autopsy blog says, “If taken solely as a retailer of pastries, it would be the largest in the U.S.” Unfortunately, some of those delicious pastries come at a high price (to your waistline). For example, the Cinnamon Chip Scone contains 480 calories—70 calories more than the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder sandwich. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.

3. The Starbucks name has literary inspiration.
According to Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, written by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, the conglomerate was named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. This nautical theme extended to the company’s logo as well, which Schultz said was inspired by a 16th-century Norse print of a “two-tailed mermaid, or siren.” Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

4. Smiling is part of an employee’s job description.
This little tidbit was relayed by Marissa Bea, who has worked at Seattle and New York City locations over the past three years. “The employee handbook, called ‘The Green Apron,’ talks about connecting, discovering and responding, smiling… as a way to bond with customers,” confirms Moore. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.

5. Starbucks opens two or three new stores daily.
In his 2007 book Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, Taylor Clark reported that six new Starbucks locations opened around the world every day and that this was all part of Schultz’s plan to reach a total of 40,000 stores worldwide. The growth would eventually decrease—primarily due to the recent mortgage and financial crisis—to “two-plus stores” a day, according to Starbucks president of Global Developments, Arthur Rubinfeld.

6. The tables are designed with solo diners in mind.
tablesThe small tables are circular so there don’t seem to be any “empty” seats and customers dining alone don’t feel—or appear—lonely. “In environmental psychology, the round table is much more comfortable and informal for individuals, as well as groups of people, to sit at,” says Rubinfeld. He adds that Starbucks will soon be unveiling a new table shape: round with one straight edge that allows tables to be pushed together to make room for four people. Photo by Nelson Cupeles.

7. Most stores are decorated according to one of three templates.
designStore interiors are meant to reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood. “Having a locally relevant design aesthetic is important,” says Rubinfeld. The three themes to choose from are Heritage (“worn wood, stained concrete or tile floors, metal stools and factory-inspired lighting”); Artisan (“exposed steel beams, masonry walls, factory casement glass and hand-polished woodwork”); and Regional Modern (“bright, loft-like, light-filled spaces punctuated with regionally inspired furniture and culturally relevant fabrics”). There’s also a fourth option, Concept, which is used in “unique” stores designed to “explore innovations within the coffeehouse.”

8. There’s a secret size not on the menu.

The 8-ounce cup called the “short” may not be listed as an option, but it’s known as the “kid’s size,” according to Moore. He adds, “It’s what the kid’s cocoa is served in.” Starbucks may soon be adding a size larger than the venti to its iced drink menu. According to the blog Starbucks Gossip, Starbucks was testing out a 31-ounce cup size called the “trenta” in Phoenix as recently as March of this year.

9. The posted hours aren’t exactly true.
10 minute ruleThough the store hours differ per location—some open at 5 a.m., others 8 a.m.—Starbucks abides by the “10-Minute Rule,” according to Moore. The rule requires each store to open its doors 10 minutes before the posted time and close 10 minutes following the closing time. “This is just to provide good customer service, as there’s almost always a customer waiting for a Starbucks to open,” Moore says. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Enjoy if you can, Endure if you must


There is no better advice on a person suffering from pain than that of lifting them up in your stronger shoulder and prayer to help them endure the moment of hardship.

Starting on my jogging routine wasn’t easy, an activity far more than sitting on a couch like a potato is like waking up very early while you are still dreaming, yawning. Thinking of the kilometers to run makes me feel like giving up the whole idea. Endurance, it is, not speed is what I aim. I maybe jogging quite few meters but enduring the pain of waiting while be worthwhile.

Endurance is the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. It is the power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships.

This was Paul’s prayer

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. (Col. 1:-12, The Message)

He prays for the endurance to make someone last, not to endure through self-endurance but the endurance that comes from the glory-strength of God.

To last long, stay longer. This was one of the words of encouragement I received from a mentor. There are a lot who give up, because a lot depends on their own strength. The thing is, we can’t because, we are limited. It is the God-strength that endures the unendurable, that helps us find love that hopes, protects, trust, have no end.

For anyone who is suffering from pain – I pray for strong frame, strong back, to endure what we are going through. A night, although dark, will come to an end by dawn break.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.  – Robert H Schuller

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. – Unknown

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.  – Thomas Paine