The Power of Prayers

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Religion is a very tough topic to discuss…I am part of a family which belongs to “Sagrado Katoliko” as we call it in Filipino. Both my parents are Catholic, we were taught to go to church at least once a week to pledge our devotion, pray the rosary everyday, in the morning when you wake up and before going to bed.

For a time during my childhood, while kids like me wanted to be a Doctor or a Nurse, I dreamt of being a Nun. But as I was growing up, this dream sort of faded or forgotten. I don’t know why. Probably because I started to like things that pulled me away from this dream. I attended mass less often than I should and stopped praying the rosary (never memorized the mysteries anyway). But there is one thing that I never stopped doing, that’s Praying. I may miss a Sunday Mass, but will not forget to Pray as often as I can.

I believe in the power of prayers. And to me this is the only time that I feel relaxed. This is the only time that I can pour my heart out without pretensions, without worrying that I will be judged on whatever I say or think and receive a harsh reply. If others find Yoga relaxing and give them peace of mind, to me it’s Praying. 

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I remember when I was in college, I would go to Monasterio de Sta. Clara (St. Claire) in Quezon city not to attend the Mass but to pray. Not to ask of anything but just to talk to Him of what’s going on with my life (as if He doesn’t know). It’s my favorite sanctuary to pray and talk to God. I like the mood Sta Clara church gives. Especially, during regular days where only few people are inside the church and there is no mass being held. So solemn and sacred. You can hear the choir sing…and since it is also a convent, it’s an all female choir. Their voices are so angelic it never fails to give me shivers and leave the place teary eyed.

Last Sunday, when we attended the mass. The Priest was talking about the power of prayers. He asked, ” Why do catholics do their prayers in repetitions?” or “paulit-ulit” (in Filipino). He answered his question by saying, “It’s not because God doesn’t hear us, but because God wants our prayer to be etched on our hearts that we (the person who is praying) would convince ourselves of our prayer. That to enable our prayer to be answered, we should convince ourselves that this is what we want. That it is our hearts desire. The reason why there are unanswered prayers is because, the person who is praying is not wholeheartedly into his prayer. He prays for something that his heart is irresolute or indecisive of.” I agree with him.  I’m guilty of this. When I pray I always say, ” Lord, bahala ka na. I don’t know what to do. Your will be done.” I end up still lost. Or I pray for something but on the back of my mind I say ” Is this the right thing to ask? or will I be able to face the outcome of my prayer?” Nothing happens. But when I pray hard for something so definite and specific, I always get an answered prayer. I guess He wants us to be sure of what we are asking for. That we are ready for the responsibility of whatever we asked for.

In every decision I make in my life, I always seek His guidance. I pray hard for God to give me a sign that this, or that is the right road to take. I may have made a few that I regret taking probably because I didn’t hear Him right, but I don’t regret taking them. Because it made me what I am today and though He knows that I didn’t choose the road I was supposed to take, He never left my side and walked me through.

As I take this journey of being a parent, I felt the responsibility of teaching  my kids how to pray. I’m glad that they are enrolled in a school where they give importance to molding my kids faith in God and teaching values that other schools set aside. At the same time, they awaken my faith.

Now that my kids are growing up so fast, my husband and I are making sure that we go to church every Sunday. To teach my kids the value of our religion, of praying and talking to God. The same thing that our parents have taught us. And hopefully the same thing that my kids will teach their children.

We may have different religions and beliefs but one thing is common to us, we all Pray. And through prayer we are united as children of God. Keep on praying for God is good all the time…

A Tsp or 2 a day Keeps the Doctor away

In the morning, it’s one of my habits to open the TV while I’m cleaning the house and doing other household chores. One of my favorite shows to watch is “The Chew”. Which stars 5 talented chefs. They do some quick meals that are very helpful for mothers like me. But one ingredient that I always hear from them and had no Idea what it was is “Apple Cider Vinegar”. They say this is a healthier substitute for the regular vinegar that we always buy from the grocery.

Though I know it’s a vinegar and I’m sure that it’s sour, I have no idea what this can do for me. Until one day I decided to buy one. Before using it, I searched over the net to check what this vinegar can do for me and my family. This is the exact brand that we bought from one of our trips to the supermarket.

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And upon searching the net, here’s what I’ve found out:

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like other types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and it also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.

To date, few studies have tested the health effects of apple cider vinegar.

Here are some illness which can be treated through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar:

1) Diabetes

2) Weight Loss

3) High Blood Pressure

4) High Cholesterol

5) Dandruff

6) Acne

7) Alkaline Acid Balance

Other Common Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar:

Proponents claim that apple cider vinegar can also help with the following health conditions:

Though there are many therapeutic claims we should always take precautions and make sure that we are using it right.

Side Effects and Safety Concerns:

Undiluted apple cider vinegar, in liquid or pill form, may damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract. Apple cider vinegar drinks may damage tooth enamel if sipped.

One case report linked excessive apple cider vinegar consumption with low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) and low bone mineral density. People with osteoporosis, low potassium levels, and those taking potassium-lowering medications should use caution.

People with allergies to apples should avoid apple cider vinegar.

Vinegar applied to the skin may cause burns and scarring.

Excessive doses of apple cider vinegar have been found to cause damage to the stomach, duodenum, and liver in animals.

Possible Drug Interactions:

Theoretically, prolonged use of apple cider vinegar could lead to lower potassium levels, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as Lanoxin (digoxin), insulin, laxatives, and diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide).

Because apple cider vinegar may affect blood glucose and insulin levels, it could theoretically have an additive effect if combined with diabetes medications. Apple cider vinegar may also lower blood pressure, so it may have an additive effect if combined with high blood pressure medications.

Over all, aside from the fact that it taste good on my “Adobo”, this vinegar can make wonders as long as you make sure to research all the fact you need to know about it.

KPOP Invades Manila

Three of the hottest South Korean pop groups invade Manila as they come together for an epic KPop show which will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum this September 7, 2013.

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After 5 years of waiting, SHINee returns to Manila + EXO-K will also be part of the show and so as the girl group, Dal Shabet makes their Manila concert debut for the KPOP Republic.

A brief back ground of these groups:

SHINee is a South Korean contemporary R&B boy group under the management of SM Entertainment. Formed in 2008 and the group members are OnewJonghyun,KeyMinho, and Taemin. They made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS‘s Inkigayo with their single, “Replay“.

Since their debut, SHINee has released three full-length albums, won many awards and is considered fashion Icon which started SHINee trend.

Along side, Exo-K another Korean Boy band under the same management, SM Entertainment was formed 2011 and made their official debut on April 8, 2012 with the release of their debut single, “Mama“. It’s music video reached to number seven on YouTube’s Global Chart. To date, they won more than 20 awards since their debut.

And lastly, Dal Shabet is a South Korean girl group created by E-Tribe through their label Happy Face Entertainment. makes their Manila concert debut for the KPOP Republic. The members include Serri, Ah Young, Jiyul, Woohee, GaEun and Subin. Dal Shabet released their debut music video, “Supa Dupa Diva”, on January 3, 2011, making them the first idol group to debut in 2011.

This is surely an event to watch for all the Filipino KPOP fans.

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Catch Dal★Shabet | EXO-K | SHINee as they perform live for the enjoyment of all their Filipino fans.

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketnet.com.ph and visit POPRepublic2013.weebly.com for more info.