Day 3: Bible Lands Exploration 2016 Part 2

I know. I would like to sincerely apologize for making you wait this loooong for the sequel of our group’s Bible Lands Exploration 2016-Day 3. I hope it’s still fine if I share with you this long overdue post. I so appreciate your patience! 🙂

Now, let’s have a quick recap before I continue sharing photos of our Bible Lands Exploration 2016. specifically Day 3, Part 2.

Feel free to click on the links below to review my album. 🙂

General Review of Bible Lands Exploration 2016
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3 Part 1

So let’s resume our virtual tour around Israel! You must have read that we visited King Herod’s Aqueduct and Caesarea Maritima National Park on Day 3. Then our…

Next Stop: Tel Megiddo National Park.
Description: This is an archaeological mound of great historical significance. Many battles were fought here and this is said to be the site where the Battle of Armageddon between Jesus and Satan will take place in the future. Walking through the site, we were shown and told of the many layers of history evidenced by the ruins all around. We also saw how an ancient chariot and stables looked like. Today, you can still see many palm trees and rock flowers all around the area. Across from Megiddo Park is the beautiful view of the Jezreel Valley,  the valley where Gideon led the Israelite’s victory against the Midianites, Amalekites and children of the east. In addition, we were privileged to walk through a water tunnel inside the park, which is said to be the main source of water in Megiddo.
Biblical References: A few passages in the Bible that mention this prominent place are Joshua 12:21; 17:11; Judges 1:27-28; 5:19-21 and so on.
Photos:
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A beautiful shot of Megiddo Water Tunnel by Bro. Kenneth Cheong.

Next Stop: Ein Harod
Description:
Do you remember when Gideon was tasked by God to conquer the Midianites and he had to choose warriors from thousands of men in Israel? This was the site where Gideon brought those men and eventually, chose 300 men out of those many courageous fighters. The ones who lapped water as dogs were chosen to fight with Gideon.
Biblical References:  Judges 7
Photos:

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There used to be water spring here but time has caused this place to dry up. Thanks to Bro. Jerry Teng for capturing this beautiful view of Gideon’s Spring.

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Reflection:

These places are testaments of how Gideon trusted God’s wisdom. We can remember that God is not concerned about our skills when we are facing our battles. He is concerned about our faith. Are we willing to surrender our earthly battle plans to win against our spiritual foes? Let’s trust God’s word in fighting our spiritual warfare.

Last Stop: We capped off our day’s exploration with a sumptuous dinner in Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias and went to bed early so we could have enough rest for our next day’s journey.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos and may God bless you in whatever you are doing! Please watch out for my next post on how our DAY 4 of Bible Lands Exploration fared last year! 😉 Thank you so much for your time. 🙂


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What Life is Like in Bangladesh Part 2

What my life is like in Bangladesh is in demand. Many of my online students are still in awe after hearing that we are missionaries here in Bangladesh, I am posting a few more photos I took around my husband’s village years ago. The following informative pictures should give many of you, my friends and relatives, an idea what it’s like to survive in a Bangladeshi village. 🙂

Brace yourself if you are not so used to facing culture shock. 🙂 Let our virtual journey begin!

  1. People in the villages still continue to cook using this clay stove.1915378_1288640821150_7725397_n
  2. Women cut/slice their meat and other raw ingredients using what they call “boti.” No, knives are not commonly used by Bangladeshi women in the villages. 🙂1915378_1288640861151_6672681_n
  3. Most families in the village own a man-made pond where they can grow their own fish.
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  4. While hollow blocks are commonly used in building houses and constructions in the Philippines, bricks are the ones favored by builders here in my adopted country.
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  5. In the villages of Bangladesh, rickshaws rarely exist. They have what they call “van” and it is the most common mode of transportation by village peopleIn the Philippines, if you hear the word “van”, you’ll think of a vehicle that can accommodate about 10 people.  Now, take a look at the big difference. 🙂

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    I love taking Bangladeshi vans in the village though. 🙂 It allows you to view the beauty of the green meadows clothing the whole village.

  6. People mourn over their deceased loved ones in their homes and they don’t provide any coffin for them. The bereaved bury their loved ones’ corpses as they are beside their homes using clay soil.
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  7. People still cross the river by wooden boats. In my experience, I remember Jesus and His disciples every time we cross the river by boats.
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  8. Most vendors in Bangladeshi markets are men. They have a very patriarchal society. Take note that men also buy groceries for their families. 1915378_1288658061581_7850140_n

Some people pity me upon hearing that as I live in Bangladesh, I have to go through a lot of adjustments. However, I consider it a privilege to be serving my husband in his home country so he can pursue the call God gave him–to win souls for Christ. To me, going through a culture shock is a cause of inconvenience, yes, but God is working in my heart. There’s a mission work in progress within me and even though I don’t realize what He wants me to do with the experience I have been having here in Bangladesh, my calling is to remain steadfast in my faith that He is doing something. His mission work through us and in us is ongoing.

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P.S. I stayed in the village for a year and that’s how I was able to learn to speak Bengali. A year later, I had to face another  acculturation when we moved to Dhaka. Hopefully, I can share with you a few photos I took around Dhaka so please stand by for the sequel of this post. 🙂

Also, I hope that this list would prepare you if you are considering to come over and visit us in the future. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Christmas Giveaway

Year 2016 is almost over. Looking back at how year 2016 went for me makes me stand in awe of God’s goodness. I saw His daily grace and provision for my family, His deliverance in times of our adversities and forgiveness in our failures to please Him at times. The thought of God’s undeniable myriads of boons upon my family is entirely humbling.

The question I have been asking myself is, “What can I do to thank God in return?” The answer is nothing. And yet, I believe that the least I can do is use whatever time and talent He entrusted me to bless others (I hope…).

So to celebrate God’s kindness upon my family and me, I would like to share a Christmas giveaway to you who are interested. I am sharing these free-printable-spiritual-journal-pages. My desire is that these journal pages would motivate you to journal your lessons from your walk with God and develop your “gratitude-attitude” further in year 2017.

SUGGESTIONS: 

  1. Buy a 5×7 three-ring binder.
  2. Print one page of the first five pages.
  3. Print the page that looks like this 365 times. 😉

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4. The “Random Thoughts” page is optional but it’s great for writers. 🙂
5. Another great idea would be to go to a printing shop and have them assemble your bound journal. 🙂

I wish I could do more but these will be all for now. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

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Review: Ahsan Manzil Museum

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While browsing my photo album on my computer, I stumbled upon a folder of my visit in Ahsan Manzil Museum from last year. This museum is one of the oldest historical buildings in Bangladesh and it happened to be beside our cousin’s house in Old Dhaka. He initiated to bring us (Joanna, my father-in-law and me) there. That was last year. It was risky to go but thank God for His protection. Anyway, Wikipedia describes this place as:

…the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. The magnificent building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction of this palace was started in 1859 and was completed in 1872. It was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. It has been designated as a national museum.

Our visit there was surreal and an indelible one! I’m not exaggerating. I have to apologize ahead of time though, since I will not be able to show you what I saw inside this building. Before our entrance, the guard told us that we cannot take any photos inside the building. 😦

These are all I can share with you. Hurray!

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Well, despite that, let me share with you my honest review about this particular museum.

GOOD POINTS: 

  • The entrance fee is very cheap.
    • The fee for kids is almost free (i.e. about $0.13) while local adults should pay about $0.30. Foreigners are expected to pay about $1.20. Isn’t that cheap?
  • The place gives you a surrealistic feeling.
    • Most of the antique furniture and memorabilia were indeed worth-viewing! One of my favorite parts of the museum was the enchanting dining area where there was an extremely long dining table. In my assumption, it can seat more than 30 people. The setting of the dining area hinted that it was indeed owned by a royal family. If you were inside, you would feel like you are inside an ancient palace. My other favored compartment was the drawing room. The kitchen wares looked really expensive and primordial while the furniture in the said drawing room looked really elegant and grand!
  • The memorabilia are well-labeled. It’s a thumbs-up for foreigners who cannot read the local language-Bengali.
  • The place in itself is certainly attractive to foreigners who are curious about Bangladeshi history.
  • Photos of the ancient residents were posted around the house. I felt like these photos were there to entertain us and I imagined that they were showing us their phenomenal home.
  • It’s safe to tour around the premises. The security guards are very responsible and friendly.
  • It’s not overcrowded.
    • This is a big deal for photography enthusiasts. You won’t have so many photobombers. (lol!) 😀

POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT:

  • The displays were obviously dusty. 
  • The lightning in the museum  needs a little more improvement.
  • They don’t sell any souvenir. 😦
    • I am not sure about you but one of my passions is collecting magnets from the places I visit. So if in case you are like me, please prepare your heart to be a “little disappointed” that you cannot bring home any magnet to display on your fridge later. 🙂 Thank me because I warned you ahead of time. (lol!)

In a nutshell, I believe that this place is worth-visiting and if you happen to be in Bangladesh, don’t miss going to this bygone yet fascinating tourist spot!

Alright! I hope you can come and visit this place. If you are a friend of mine and you have plans to visit my family here, I will surely give you a chance to visit this place (Lord willing). 🙂

And here’s a verse I would like to share with you today:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

God bless you! 🙂

Leaning on Jesus,

 

 

Day 3: Bible Lands Exploration 2016 Part 1

Hi dear readers and friends! My sincere apologies again for keeping you waiting. Thank you so much though for bearing with my slow updates on our visit to the places mentioned in the Bible. 🙂

Here was our itinerary at a glance for Day 3 of our Bible Lands Exploration 2016.

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On Day 3, we had breakfast at Leonardo Hotel and we got ready to board our bus. The strong winds outside the hotel made it challenging and yet memorably fun to get on our bus. (lol!)

On that beautiful windy morning, we had our first stop at the aqueduct created by King Herod.

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This aqueduct is said to have been built by King Herod in 1 BC to provide water supply to the city of Caesarea. I apologize for the date stamp on this photo. It should have been March 2 but I had no more time to edit this. 😉

The body of water you can see behind this aqueduct is called Mediterranean Sea or the Great Sea. Below are some of my photos with my fellow Bible Lands Explorers. 🙂

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Our next stop was at Caesarea Maritima National Park, another stellar handiwork of King Herod. This was where the Roman government seated in Judea.

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Behind me is the Roman Fountain or Nymphaeum which was also created by King Herod. After getting into this park, I tried to take my selfie and a kind brother in Christ, Bro. Kenneth Cheong, graciously offered to take my portrait with his more advanced camera.

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It is believed that somewhere near this spot, the Apostle Paul powerfully preached the gospel to Festus, King Agrippa, Bernice, Felix and some prison custodians. (Acts 24-26).  On a side note, I so admire Paul’s passion in preaching  of the gospel so that, not only the Jews but also the Gentiles, like you and me would get to know the saving knowledge of the gospel through Jesus Christ alone.

Here are some more of the views we saw inside Caesarea Maritima National Park.

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The park was a vast area. There was a section for entertainment where people watched gladiatorial games. There was also an an area for horse race. We also saw many pillars made of marbles that portrayed much Roman influence. My favorite part of this site was the first photo on this grid. The port behind me was used by the Apostle Paul to arrive at this area and be tried before the governor and other Gentiles. Feel free to zoom in this photo as some of the remains are labeled and I intentionally placed them side by side for your reference. 🙂

So those are some of the photos of our first stop on Day 3. Feel free to review my album of Day 1 and Day 2. On my next post, I am hoping to share some more pictures that are full of memories taken at the next place on our Day 3 itinerary.

How about you friends? What place have you visited lately? What lessons did you learn from the places you went to see? What is something you realized from that visit? Please don’t hesitate to share them with me in the comment box. Until next time! ❤

Leaning on Jesus,

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Ace the BCC Premium Demo Lesson

Hi fellow-RJ tutors! I am writing this in my attempt to find potential tutors to join the BCC (Business Conversation Curriculum) Premium Tutor Pool of RareJob. I also would like to help the aspiring Premium Tutors to set their apprehensions aside and pass the demo lesson successfully.

EXPECTATIONS FROM BCC PREMIUM TUTORS:

You must have seen the ad about the program of RareJob about Premium Lessons.

You must have internalized by now that, as a BCC Premium Tutor, you are expected to:

  1. Use the appropriate material and adhere to student’s request
  2. Use video camera in all premium lessons
  3. Ensure good sound quality all throughout the premium lesson
  4. Wear smart casual clothes in all premium lessons
  5. Conduct lessons in an appropriate teaching environment (i.e. no unnecessary sounds, items or people on the background)

That’s according to RareJob.

Now, you might be interested to join the said program but haply, dreading the demo lesson.

As I have mentioned, I am writing this to help you calm your ponies. I myself had millions of butterflies in my tummy (lol!) during the mock lesson and the coaching session but the key to acing both is preparation.

Here are the four (4) quick and easy ways to ace your upcoming BCC Premium demo class:

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1. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE LESSON FLOW. 
As you may have observed, Jissen materials are different from RJ4B materials so read the material sent by the business team thoroughly. Needless to say, make sure that you also follow the guidelines.

2. PREPARE THIS TEMPLATE ON YOUR NOTEPAD.

“OVERALL SCORE
*Vocabulary/Phrases*

*Grammar*

*Pronunciation*”

Make sure that you copy-paste all your corrections to your notepad every time you give your corrections. Doing this will ensure that you are ready to send an accomplished feedback note to the student towards the end of your lesson.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Send the accomplished notes before starting to tell your feedback about your student’s performance during the lesson.

FAQ:
How do we know the scoring system? They are written at the end of the material. Go, figure it out. 🙂

3. BE PROFESSIONAL.

While you can be very friendly in your regular lessons, you are expected to be professional when teaching business conversation students. Smiling with your eyes during your classes with business students should be enough according to our very helpful Tutor Nikki.B to make your students feel that you are listening to them. By the way, she has also answered a few FAQs of some aspiring premium tutors. Please pay her blog a visit here.

4. GIVE YOUR BEST AND TRUST IN THE LORD.

Be prepared before the lesson. Be attentive during the lesson. Be responsible after the lesson (i.e. accomplish your notes). Most of all, remember this verse:

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

That’s all! Ganbatte! 😀

After reading these tips, I hope you will sincerely consider joining the program. Please send me the following if you want me to refer you. Please trust that I will keep your information private. Of course, I need to send your info to the business team so they can contact you. 🙂

 

Thanks a lot! May God bless you! You can do it! (Philippians 4:13)

MORE PROMOTION…

If in case, you haven’t joined RareJob, please do so now.

Leaning on Jesus,