Friday, June 24, 2011

Postcards From Manila

Just sharing some selected candid shots of our niece's elegant wedding in Manila which I missed big time. (I am so looking forward to see the pro wedding album and videos!)

Our beautiful bride, Artessa with Mom & Dad, Dr. Art and Tessie Saldivar-Sali

Lynnette, Evelyn, and Don representing our family (Evelyn was also one of the Godmothers)

And praise the Lord for our missionary family Click here to follow their mission activity

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My iPad 2 Review (My Father's Day Gift!)

Evelyn noticed that I have been hugging her iPad too often and she finally blurted the magic words — "why don't you get one for Father's Day" Yeeeeeees! Did not waste any moment. After all who am I to argue with the boss??? So I rushed to pick one up at Walmart.

I have an iMac 27, a Macbook, and an iPhone; so what do I need an iPad for? Actually I did ask that question a few times before and I was pretty convinced that I did not need it, which is why I didn't get one when the iPad was launched a year ago. 

When our ohana (family) gave Evelyn an iPad 2 for Mother's day last month and I was given the task of setting it up for her, oh my gosh, my perspective about this device completely changed. I could see why Apple has sold over 25 million of these in just 14 months and they predict even an exponential growth during the next few years. I believe it.

For people who use their computers exclusively for internet surfing, email, Facebook, Twitter, viewing photos, listening to music, watching videos and movies, games(!), and the occasional typing tasks, the iPad can do all that for you, PLUS more. There are literally thousands of apps that are offered at the App Store for anything that you can imagine and need and they're either free or not expensive either at 99 cents and $4.99 for the more sophisticated software. In other words the only things I've left out is when you're using your computer for business and in my case, for serious photo-editing jobs. In these cases, the iPad cannot replace the computer but still it can compliment it as many are doing already.

The first thing that  convinced me is its ideal size and portability. Initially, I thought that maybe the screen size would be too small but surprisingly it becomes irrelevant after you switch it on because of its usefulness and convenience. Yes you simply press a button and the iPad is instantly ready for use. Try that with a computer. I'm not even going to praise it for its portability  but it just feels right in your hands that it seems natural to bring it with you all over the place, inside and outside of the house.

Ever since we got an iPad in the house over a month ago, I haven't used my laptop when I go out to attend weekly meetings, my bible study, or my weekly visits at Krispy Kreme or Starbucks. The iPad has effectively filled that need.  My iPhone which I also used for mobile internet/email/Facebook, etc. is now simply used almost exclusively as a phone only and for music and podcast when I do my runs and gym workouts. The iPad has completely changed that.

Is the iPad for you? Maybe not but all I can say is that if you are planning to buy a computer/laptop in the near future, consider the iPad and see if it is a good option. For one thing, it's a lot cheaper than a laptop or desktop computer!

As for me and my house, well  a little early  but "Happy Father's Day" to me! Mahalo Princess!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Here I Am Lord

Today's Sunday message by Father Efren at Christ The King Church is about "The Great Commission" Jesus' final words to his disciples (and us) before he ascended to Heaven:

"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20)

It was specially a touching homily for us because today Don and Lynette began their new journey to exclusively serve the Lord in Manila, Philippines. They have placed their promising careers on hold and left for the Philippines yesterday and will live there for a year.

We will miss them so much but we will always be with them in our prayers. Maybe, someday soon we will also answer the Lord's call to join them in Manila.

Follow their Ministry at their website

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Why Filipinos Are Top of the Heap!

An office manager at Wal-Mart was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening.  After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified -- an American, a Russian, an Australian, and a Filipino... He decided to call the four in and ask them only one question.  Their answer would determine who of them would get the job.

The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table the interviewer asked, 'What is the fastest thing you know?'

Dave, the American, replied, 'A THOUGHT.  It just pops into your head.  There's no warning that it's on the way; it's just there.  A thought is the fastest thing I know of.' 

'That's very good!' replied the interviewer.

'And now you sir?' he asked Vladimir, the Russian. 

'Hmm.... let me see. A blink! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened.  A BLINK is the fastest thing I know. 

''Excellent!' said the interviewer. 'The blink of an eye... that's a very popular cliche for speed.'

He then turned to George, the Australian, who was contemplating his reply. 

'Well, out at my dad's ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch.  When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on.  Yep, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of.'

The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. 'It's hard to beat the speed of light' he said.

Turning now to Eleuterio, the Filipino, the fourth and final man, the interviewer posed the same question.

Eleuterio replied, 'Apter herring da 3 preybyus ansers sir, et's ob yus to me dat the fastest thing is Diarrhea.'

'WHAT!?' said the interviewer, stunned by the response.  The others were already giggling in their seats...

'Oh, I can expleyn sir.' said Eleuterio.  

'You see, sir, da ader day my tummy was peeling bad and so I run so fast to the Toilet, but before I could 


BLINK, or 


Putris, sir, I had alreydi shit in my pants!'

Eleuterio is now the new 'Greeter' at Wal-Mart.

Credits to my cousin Carmelita who emails me these funnies all the time!