Monday, February 28, 2011

Celebrating Evelyn's Birthday

At Sansei, our favorite Japanese Restaurant and probably the best in Maui, for Evelyn's birthday. With our best friends - Ron and Teri

Update from our Missionary Family

We just wanted to share Don and Lynnette's (our kids) fund-raising video for their upcoming year-long mission call in the Philippines. They do make us smile with pride and we thank God for blessing them with the heart of an apostle. We also think they are absolutely crazy (and funny) but it's all for God's glory.

Please join us in our prayers that God will continue to keep their desire to serve him and share the gospel at the Orphanage that they will be working at starting this coming June.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Chuckles

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time"


**A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, 
"I know what 
 the Bible means!"
His father smiled and  replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible 
The son replied, "I do  know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the  Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy..." the young  boy replied excitedly," It stands for 
 Information Before Leaving Earth.' (This one is my  favorite)

There was a very  gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible  to her 
brother in another part of the  country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?"  asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten  Commandments." answered the  lady.


"Somebody has said  there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are 
those who wake up in the morning and  say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are 
those who  wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's  morning."


A minister parked  his car in a no-parking zone in a large city  because he was 
short of time and couldn't find a  space with a meter.
Then he put a note under  the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled  the 
block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll  miss my appointment. 
Forgive us our 
When he returned, he found a  citation from a police officer along with this 
 note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I  don't give you a ticket I'll 
lose my job. 
Lead us  not into temptation."


There  is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and  announced to his 
congregation: "I have good news  and bad news. The 
good news is, we have enough 
money to pay for our new building program. The 
bad  news is, it's still out 
there in your  pockets."

While driving in  
Pennsylvania , a family  caught up to an Amish carriage. The 
owner of the  carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because  attached to the 
back of the carriage was a hand  printed sign... 
"Energy efficient vehicle: Runs 
on  oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in  exhaust


A Sunday School  teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys  and girls, 
what do we know about God?"
A hand  shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the  kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?"  the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who  does art in Heaven... "


A  minister waited in line to have his car filled  with gas just before a long 
holiday weekend. The  attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars  ahead 
of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him  toward a vacant pump.
"Reverend," said the  young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if 
everyone waits until the last minute to get  ready for a long trip."
The minister chuckled,  
"I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."

People want the  
front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of 

Sunday  after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter  what the lesson was 
The daughter  answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your  quilt."
Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed.  Later in the day, the pastor stopped by 
for tea  and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school  lesson was 
He said "Be not  afraid, thy comforter is  coming."


The minister was  preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to  ask the 
congregation to come up with more money  than they were expecting for repairs to 
the church  building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that  the regular 
organist was sick and a substitute had  been brought in at the last minute. The 
substitute  wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of  the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll  have to 
think of something to play after I make  the announcement about the finances."
During  the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are 
in great difficulty; the  roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and  we 
need $4,000 more. 
Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment,  the substitute organist played "The Star  Spangled Banner."
And that is how the  substitute became the regular  organist!

Give me a sense  of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a  joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And  pass it on to other folk!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hiking Waihe'e Ridge

If you live in Maui or vacationing here and love to hike, I highly recommend this trail




Thursday, February 17, 2011

Smile, There's A Rainbow Out There

At our Bible Study group tonight we concluded the story of Noah with a brief dialogue about rainbows, specially so because in Hawaii we see them many times that it's so easy to take them for granted.

When you're looking at a rainbow, in that same moment, God is looking at it too. So next time you see one, smile and whisper a prayer from the heart. He knows that you're also thinking about him as he is thinking about you.

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-17 NIV)
From our balcony taken a few years ago. Every now and then God blesses us with his spectacular rainbow display.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fountain Of Youth?

I think it's the smelly sweat in my running shoes! Evelyn and I started running since 1987 and still run today with 3 Honolulu Marathons behind us. I was doing some "math" on our running time and I was amazed at the numbers. We usually run at least 1,000 miles a year which means that we have ran over 23,000 miles from 1987-2010!

This is my 18 month old running shoes. I usually replace it every year so this one is overdue for replacement and I ordered one today for $129 (Brooks Beast) I remember the first time I purchased our first top-of-the-line running shoes, they were only $50!


Monday, February 07, 2011

Bayan Ko Rendered By a Korean Group

I always cry when I hear this song. I guess I'm still 100% Filipino despite my dual American-Canadian citizenships.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

My Fake Rolex Is Still Working!

My fake Rolex is now 5 years old and it still works! In 2006 when I told a wealthy client that I was going home to the Philippines, he asked me to buy him two fake rolex watches. I asked him what for, knowing the he could well afford a real one or maybe two - one for him and one for his wife. He said one is for him and the other he is giving it to his employee who chauffeurs his rental Rolls Royce for weddings. He has three RR Silver Shadows that he rents out for weddings and special occasions.

So what the heck I bought one for myself too because they looked so authentic. It's even got the green back w/a serial number and the engraved Rolex logo on the bracelet! I can't remember how much but I'm sure they were no more than $100. When I came back to Maui I took mine to Ben Bridge Jewellers to show it to the manager (who is a friend of mine) and we compared it with the real ones - hard to tell the difference except that the real ones are heavier. He has been trying to sell me the real one for a discounted price of over $5,000.

I rarely wear mine nowadays so I keep it in it's self-winder case. (Yes, it also has a chronometer like the real Rolex! It's gotta be worn to keep it working). Four months ago I attended a bible study group and I was sitting next to another wealthy guy who was wearing a Rolex. I was wearing my favorite Timex Ironman watch and we got talking about expensive watches. I told him I have a fake Rolex at home because I couldn't afford a real one and guess what he said - his Rolex is also fake!!! Bwahahahaha!