Batman v Superman will be awesome; but it’s even better if it’s for a cause

Excited?  I am.

Comic geek or not, just about everyone knows that certainly the biggest movie event of 2016 will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, coming out in just a few days!  My kids grew up on the Justice League cartoon (and this big kid watched with them), and the wait to finally see the beginnings of a live-action Justice League forming on the silver screen has been almost unbearable.

No doubt about it, watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be awesome.  However, the experience will be even better if it’s for a cause.  Read on.

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My family has asthma and we find relief, naturally

Hate asthma?  Hate the drugs, too?  You might wanna read on.

Asthma can be a terrible ailment, one that is quite common here in the Philippines; so common that everyone in my 6-member household has it, sparing only me and my middle child, Mesoo.  After my very athletic youngest child recently got so sick from asthma that it reduced him to near-uselessness during a very prestigious tournament, not to mention that he had to take steroids to even breathe properly, I decided that enough is enough and sought out a way to help him (and the rest of the family).  Thing is, I am not a fan of asthma drugs (and you shouldn’t be either), so I wanted to find out how my asthmatic relatives can find relief, naturally.

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A world-renowned education personality visits, and high school students set out to impact their community

“My son told me that at The Abba’s Orchard School, they are taught to think beyond themselves.”  

That was from a conversation I had the other day with a parent in the school I work for.  She then continued: “That is what this country needs.”  I can’t help but agree wholeheartedly.

This past month was a whirlwind of activity, as a world-renowned education personality visits our Montessori school here in the Philippines, and high school students of said school set out to impact their community.  Here is a FANTASTIC video documentary that showcases both; and it is also a great showcase to what the Erdkinder adolescent program of the Abba’s Orchard School is all about.  It’s a long one (18 minutes), but you’re really, really gonna enjoy it.  A big thanks to MVP Digital Video for their masterful work. Continue reading “A world-renowned education personality visits, and high school students set out to impact their community”

My New Year’s Resolution is just One Word

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration.  Ours was simple, just visiting relatives and enjoying our new toys (like our new flat screen TV that we bought during the crazy deals of the post-Christmas sales) and new additions to our household (we have a new puppy we named Frodo).

Now, everyone usually makes New Year’s Resolutions during the Holiday Season…and usually these fail even before the season is over.  Maybe the timing isn’t right.  Seriously, how can you be resolute in losing weight and getting fitter when your refrigerator is stuffed with leftovers from the holiday festivities?  Maybe another reason why these resolutions do not work is because they’re so lengthy and convoluted.  I used to list down a page’s worth of goals and resolutions for the new year, and then I found it hard to remember much of what I wrote, much less put them into practice.

Enter the One Word Movement.

The premise behind the One Word Movement is as simple as it sounds: instead of coming up with lengthy resolutions, just focus on one word, one simple word that you want your year to represent and that would exemplify your life for 2015.  For the next 12 months, you saturate yourself with that word, using it as a guide so that your life will be more purposeful and focused.  Seems better than trying to memorize a page-full of do’s and don’ts, eh?

So in 2015, my New Year’s Resolution is just One Word.  Wanna know what it is?  I chose the word AMBASSADOR.

This is based on 2 Corinthians 5:20, which says: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Below are the many reasons why I chose AMBASSADOR as my One Word:


AMBASSADORS represent their home country properly.  My apologies for using stereotypes, but can you imagine if the USA sends their American ambassador to the Philippines, and he is an uncouth hillbilly (think the Android game, Swamp Attack) who holds racist views, is poorly educated, and has the worst manners, fashion sense, and hygiene possible? I bet you couldn’t; and I bet you’d imagine that the American ambassador would instead represent the best of America.  I mean, the guy is REPRESENTING AMERICA!!

We as Christ’s ambassadors, like it or not, represent Christ.  How is that going for you?  My boss, who also happens to be one of my life’s great mentors, often reminds me with the following lines: “You’re often the first Bible people will read,” “You cannot give what you do not have,” and “You have to be the good news before people will hear about the Good News.”  There’s even this saying I read once: “If you’re a fertilizer manufacturer, people will look at your lawn.”  Quite daunting, right?  Frightening, even.

Yet, like any ambassador, we should “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15), because it is He who we represent.  My eldest daughter’s favorite verse is 1 Timothy 4:12, which says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”  Yeah, that pretty much nails what an ambassador should be…what I should be this year.

Now, I’m not saying we should be perfect.  We can’t be perfect, and in fact I think my performance in this area in 2014 was not so great.  I don’t feel that I practiced what I preached as well as I would have liked (and again, that’s why I chose AMBASSADOR as my one word for 2015).  But hey, we just recently celebrated God’s act of sending His perfect Son to us, so that we can be reconciled (there’s that word again) and be His children too.  THAT is the Good News, and that is our message, not our own perfection.

I would even say that being “too perfect” hurts our ambassador duties.  It’s hard for someone to relate when we show (sometimes snobbishly show) that we “have it all together.”  But people identify with overcoming struggles and failures; people are drawn to testimonies.   That’s part of what being an ambassador for Christ is, a testimony that I am loved and can be used for great good, in spite of my shortcomings and failures…and you can be too, if you let Him.  One of the greatest 2014 testimonies in this area is that of Dr. Hayden Kho, famous (more like infamous) in the Philippines for his sex tapes that caught the internet by storm a few years back.  I showed his testimony before, but might as well show it here again.




AMBASSADORS have an important job; and are sent on behalf of an important person.  When an ambassador is sent to another country, it is because he or she is tasked with something of utmost importance.  Who sends them?  If I’m not mistaken, it’s the president, himself.

The Bible, through the verse above, says that Christians are Christ’s ambassadors.  Who sends us and why? Let me partially quote the verse above for the answer: “as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  That’s a biiiiiig task.  In fact, if you ask me, the only thing that matters in the eyes of eternity is this task, everything else dies when we or the recipient dies.

If I’m a doctor and I heal you of your sickness, you’ll still die eventually.  If I’m a teacher (which I am, in an awesome school nearby), and I equip you to get a PhD from the best universities around, that PhD will be buried with you.  Any product or service done to make your life better or easier ends when your life ends, and this hits close to home because we’ve lost some loved ones this past year.

But what’s the result of faithfully following our ambassador duties?  “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” (John 11:25).  Being Christ’s faithful ambassador is only thing we can do for someone else that affects them not only for this life, but for all eternity as well.  That’s huge.  Have you been faithful to this task, Christian?  In 2015, I will be.

AMBASSADORS are sent.  If it hasn’t been made clear yet, ambassadors don’t really do their thing in their own country.  Imagine the American ambassador talking about and representing America only to fellow Americans; that seems a little silly, doesn’t it?  Same thing goes when a Christian discusses Christian stuff only with other Christians.  That’s…that’s pretty useless.

It’s not enough that we “be an example” because that doesn’t really change people.  It may impress a few, it may even turn off a few, but ambassadors are sent to affect change, and that is what we should be.

I’ll repeat my quote: “as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”   The words “Making his appeal” and “implore you” obviously do not mean that we just stand around and “be an example.”  The words call us to engage.  We actively represent Him in our homes, in our workplaces, in our neighborhoods, with our relatives, and, in the 21st century, we represent Him online.

This doesn’t mean we go door to door and be all in people’s faces saying, “Excuse me, would you like to know about our Lord Jehovah?”  Christ is shared, not shoved…and the best way to do this is the 3-word maxim that my church uses:  PRAY.  CARE.  SHARE.  We constantly pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in our lives, we actively go out of our way and care for the people around us.  When the time is right, such as when they ask questions about your faith or spiritual things (assuming you do the first two well enough that it will prompt them to ask questions), you share your faith.

To be honest, in 2014 I was a bit spotty in this area.  Aside from my workplace and on my Facebook pages (personal and this blog’s), I haven’t really done my ambassador duties as well as I’d like.  That will change in 2015, again, a reason why I chose AMBASSADOR as my word.

So, like many of the articles in this blog of mine, I wrote this for me, and you are all along for the ride.  My New Year’s Resolution is just one word: AMBASSADOR.  That is my single focus for 2015, and I pray that I do this well using all the hats I wear (the parent hat, the husband hat, the teacher hat, the blogger hat, the…).  Yes, It’s gonna be a great year.

How about you?  Have you also heard of the One Word Movement?  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  I’d love to hear from you.

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Hayden Kho’s very heartfelt testimony. There’s redemption even for the worst of us.

I’ve you’re an adult living in the Philippines who’s even remotely connected to national or even showbiz news, I’m sure you’ve heard of Dr. Hayden Kho and his exploits.  For those of you who don’t, let me give you a short description of why he became so famous.  He dabbled into showbiz and became a minor celebrity, but he’s most famous for a series of sex video scandals that took the nation, and the internet, by storm.   This incident earned him nationwide scorn and infamy, as you would imagine…he was even voted the most hated man in the Philippines.

Well, he gave a very, very, VERY heartfelt testimony last Sunday, and I would like to share that with you here.  I was mind-blown.


There’s redemption even for the worst of us.  That testimony is a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of my church, Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF).  It’s the church that my family have gone to for the past 15 years (well, the Cagayan de Oro satellite church) and God has used it to change our lives (I have a testimony of my own, here) like it has changed Hayden’s, though not as dramatically.

If you’ve felt like you’ve failed God and others, felt like you’ve hit rock bottom, felt like you’re irredeemable…let me assure you that there is no depth you can fall that is too far for God’s love and healing hand.  I should know, and I’m letting you know too.

If you want to see the entire 30th anniversary message by our senior pastor, Peter Tan-Chi, I also feature it below.  It’s powerful, powerful stuff.  However, it’s an hour long, so you may have to set some time to watch it (make it your devotion for this week).

Since it’s #CCF30th, the church’s website featured 30 testimonies of people with changed lives and restored families.  I know 3 of these testimonies personally; in fact I just visited one of them today.  See their awesome testimonies here.

One of my most popular blog posts features two such stories: the story of a former gay prostitute and the story of a woman suffered under years of infidelity and abuse (see it here).  Indeed, God changes lives!

So, happy 30th anniversary CCF!  Thank you for being used by God to bless Dr. Hayden Kho, my family, and so many others.  It’s a huge reason I am what I am and much of the content from this blog I get from what I learn there (like the awesome parenting seminars and materials).  If you want to know if there’s a CCF church near you, you can check out their online directory here.

As a gift, I leave with you 6 books that can help you on that life-changing journey with God when you’ve hit rock bottom…including the one that Dr. Hayden Kho mentioned.  May He bless you mightily.

1.  Get Over It and On with It: How to Get Up When Life Knocks You Down by Michelle McKinney Hammond

2.  Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On: Trusting God in the Tough Times by Stormie Omartian

3.  The Source of My Strength by Charles F. Stanley

4.  Silent Savior: Daring to Believe He’s Still There by A. J. Gregory

5.  Has Christianity Failed you by Ravi Zacharias

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The Joys and Challenges of Marrying Your Opposite

Hello friends.  In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’m in a season of my life where blogging would unfortunately have to take a back seat to more pressing concerns.  Rest assured, I have not forgotten you and I do want to post every now and then.

Well, today’s my 15th wedding anniversary, so I guess this is as a good occasion as any to wipe the dust off this blog and write something.  Yup, 15 years of highs and lows, joys and sorrows.  I became a husband and a dad at a very young age (see my testimony here) but I wouldn’t trade the past 15 years for anything in the world.

One thing that you may not know about my wife, Jhean, and I is that we’re complete opposites.  In just about every way, from upbringing, to types of movies, to personality, to recreation choices, we’re just very different.

Opposites attract, so they say; and indeed, Most couples I see do not have the same personality.  However, there are also some unique challenges and joys when it comes to marrying your opposite.  Here’s another Focus On The Family broadcast featuring author Melanie Shankle as she humorously looks at how we can use these differences to strengthen our marriage.  Enjoy, and feel free to look up her books below.


Author’s books (Recommended Reading):


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My family, children included, are CRAZY over this super-nutritious food

For about a year now, I have been doing a small sideline business of bringing top quality milk (including raw milk, which some people, such as myself, consider the healthiest form of milk) to my customers who live in uptown Cagayan de Oro (see my article here).  Well, as great as it is, I will now introduce a product that turns milk into an ultra-nutritious superfood that is among the healthiest foods you can give to your family:  kefir.

I introduced kefir to my family years ago but they found it quite unappetizing.  Recently, I gave it another go and the taste improved so much that my family now LOVES it, to the point that it has now replaced milk in our household!  

So what is kefir?  What’s all the fuss about it being so good for you?  Allow me to officially start this blog entry by answering the first question.  Kefir is milk that has been fermented by kefir grains.  This gives it a yogurt-like taste and a truck-load of additional nutritional benefits (which I will explain later).

For those of you who are screaming out, “Yogurt?  Ew!” rest assured that you can enjoy this drink in the many flavors it comes in:   strawberry, buko pandan, vanilla, mango (our favorite), and, of course, plain.

What’s all the fuss about kefir being so good for you?  Okay, I’m about to drop some knowledge, and it’s gonna be a bit lengthy, so hold on tight.

Kefir is one of the greatest sources of enzymes, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms on the planet, and it does our body great good in three ways:


1.  Detoxifies

  • Kefir’s enzymes bind to toxins and break down undigested food; and its beneficial microorganisms will drive out the harmful ones, as well as the parasites, from your gut.  Kefir also detoxifies the liver and fights against hormonal imbalance.
  • Detox Tip:  If kefir is taken on an empty stomach it will excellently clean up your blood and digestive organs.

2.  Nourishes

  • The brand of kefir that I offer is a 100% raw food (the base is raw milk from grass-fed cows) and therefore it is loaded with nutrients beneficial to our health.  These nutrients are already predigested, making them 100% bioavailable to our bodies.  Kefir’s root word translates to, “feel good”…which is exactly what happens when you take this marvelous product.
  • Kefir has at least 9 grams of predigested protein per 250 ml.  It is also high in essential fats, minerals, and vitamins.  To be more specific, it has high amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamins B12 and K2, biotin, and folates.  Vitamin K2 in particular, a very important nutrient in the absorption of calcium, is sorely lacking in today’s modern diet.  Because it is usually a product of bacterial fermentation, Vitamin K2 is likely abundant in kefir.
  • You will feel full longer and be more energetic, which makes this drink ideal for meal replacement.  Being low in calories, it is also excellent for losing weight.
  • Digestion Tip:  If kefir is taken right after a heavy meal, it’s beneficial bacteria and enzymes help break down the hard-to-digest food.

3.  Assists assimilation

  • What’s the good of all that nutritious food you eat if your body can’t absorb nutrients properly?  Nutrients need enzymes to deliver them to our cells; and kefir, as stated earlier, is a great source of these enzymes.  
  • If you assimilate nutrients better, you will obviously have a stronger immune system and overall better health.  Everything in your body runs better, including metabolism, healing, and recovery from exercise.  
  • A body that assimilates nutrients well also is less likely to have food cravings or hunger pangs.
  • Assimilation Tip:  If Kefir is taken before bedtime, you will have a better, more rested sleep.

But wait, there’s more!  In every bottle of the kefir that you purchase from me, you will see lots of little brown seed-like things floating around.  Those are cultured flax seeds, and they are another part of what makes this product so great.  They’re the plant world’s best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and we all know that this nutrient is vital to our health and is also sorely lacking in today’s diet.

So, please do get your daily dose of kefir any way you can!  Nutritionally, the most optimal product is the plain flavored, but since kefir is quite an acquired taste, you can go for the additional flavors I mentioned above (mango being our favorite).  I sell kefir at P150 per liter, and I even deliver it to your doorstep.  Of course, this only works if you live in uptown Cagayan de Oro.  If that’s where you live and you want to avail of this awesome product, then email me here.

For those who live in the other areas of the Philippines, go to my source’s Facebook page for more information about where their product is distributed.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your delicious and nutritious kefir!  Optimal health for your family is just an email away.

Sources:
Kefir Life flyer
http://chriskresser.com/kefir-the-not-quite-paleo-superfood

PS:  In case you’re interested, other than kefir and raw milk, I also sell free-range pastured chickens.  Check out more info of these superior chickens here.  I also sell raw honey, virgin coconut oil (and coconut flour), various vitamins, butter (from the same source as the milk, so that means from grass-fed cows), turmeric powder, and others.  As you can see below, these are the foods you should feed your family replacing the chemical-laden junk you get from supermarkets.
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Raised to Run – Dr. Ravi Zacharias in Manila

Dr. Ravi Zacharias at CCF

Last weekend, the Philippines in general and my main church in particular was blessed to host one of today’s greatest men of God, world renowned speaker and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias.  He and his team were in Manila to give an amazing conference called Unshakable: Standing Firm in Changing Times last Saturday; and the next day, he gave the Sunday message for everyone in the congregation, titled Raised To Run.

Because technology is awesome (and so are the wonderful people at CCF), the Sunday message was shown simultaneously via Livestream to the CCF churches all over the Philippines, and that includes where my family and I worship, CCF Cagayan de Oro (though my lucky eldest daughter was able to see him live as she’s there for a youth leadership conference).

This blog entry has the pleasure of featuring Raised To Run – by Dr. Ravi Zacharias in CCF Manila.  All you need to do is click on the video below.


Francis Kong, probably this country’s most sought-after motivational speaker, said in his Facebook account that “listening to him speak is a privilege.”  He also said the following in a live event of his that I attended: “I speak all over the world to presidents of companies; Ravi Zacharias speaks all over the world to presidents of nations.”  

Among today’s greatest Christian apologists, Dr. Ravi Zacharias was even called by some as “The C.S. Lewis of our time.”  So who is this great man?  (sourced from www.rzim.org, look at his complete biography here)

He is the Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) whose primary mission is “to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  He has spoken all over the world at the invitation of world leaders; and in scores of universities like Harvard, Darthmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford.

He has authored and edited over twenty books, which include:

See a complete list of his books here.

So, yeah, it’s a privilege to hear him speak, all right…and at CCF no less.  Without further ado, below is Raised To Run.  A few disclaimers, though:

  • He’s not a motivational speaker.  He’s not by any means a bad communicator, but if you’re looking for Francis Kong-like humor and dynamism, he’s not your guy.  While Francis Kong’s material is light, Dr. Ravi’s is pretty heavy and you’ll have to listen pretty intently to catch everything.
  • This is a message for regular Sunday goers, and is therefore designed for said audience.  If you’re looking to be mind-blown by his trademark super-deep reasons on why Christianity is impossible to intellectually refute, you need to buy his books for that…or you should’ve attended Unshakable, which I heard was pretty amazing.
  • But hey, this Sunday message is fantastic on content and will bless you to the core.  I should know, as I was blessed…and after the message, my Facebook timeline was flooded with pics and quotes from his message.  It’s a privilege to hear him speak, indeed.
  • Don’t think that I’m elevating him to deity status, okay?  Only Christ deserves our adoration and praise.  He just uses some people pretty darn powerfully to bless and equip others, therefore more people need to hear/see them…and so the reason for this blog post (another world renowned speaker, Life Without Limbs founder Nick Vujicic spoke in CCF last year).

Francis Kong highly recommended his podcasts, and you can get them here.  If I didn’t make it very clear earlier, I strongly recommend checking out his books.  I hope you were blessed by Dr. Ravi Zacharias’ message.

(This blog site, Lessons Of A Dad is mostly about parentingmarriage, and other topics aimed to develop the reader’s mind, body, and soul.  I’d consider it an honor if you’d follow or subscribe to this site.  You can also go to my Facebook page here, and I’m also on Twitter at @lessonsofadad)

Are you feeding your family sickly chickens? Feed them the best!

I live in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, and the neighboring towns are mostly farming communities that raise all sorts of crops and animals.  In regards to chicken, I heard people say that the ones who raise chicken actually don’t eat them.  I don’t know if it was said jokingly, but I have a feeling it was serious.

How come?  Well, I suspect it’s because the ones who raise chickens know first-hand of all the junk that is being fed to these poor birds.  I’ve done some research on the internet, and if what I saw there is the practice over here, then indeed, we should stop eating chickens too.

That is, stop eating chickens raised the conventional way.  What if you can enjoy delicious, very healthy chickens raised naturally…and we reap the great health benefits of such?  The brand that I offer to you, La Granja pastured chickens is just that.  Better yet, if you live in uptown Cagayan de Oro City, you can get these superior meats straight to your doorstep.  

Are you feeding your family sickly chickens?  Feed them the best!  But first let’s talk about the chickens you’ve been eating all along.


Just about all the chicken available today comes from what’s called factory farms (I’m sure you’ve seen them around: huge buildings that house scores of chickens in them).  Getting my data from 11 Facts About Animals and Factory Farms, a factory farm is a large-scale industrial operation that houses thousands of animals raised for food—including chickens.  They’re made to maximize profit with minimal space, but at what cost to your health and the health of the birds, themselves?  (again, data from the same web article above)

Sickly chickens in overcrowded “factory farms” – Wanna eat that?

  • These animals are treated with hormones and antibiotics for disease prevention and to maximize their growth.
  • Animals that are fed with huge amounts of these antibiotics and pesticides have residues of these chemicals in their bodies and they’re passed on to the people who eat them…not a good thing.
  • A typical supermarket chicken today contains more than twice the fat, and about a third less protein than 40 years ago.  
  • Confining so many animals in one place not only produces disease and great unhappiness in the animals, it also produces much more waste than the surrounding land can handle.  As a result, they’re linked to many environmental hazards.

On the other hand, La Granja chickens are raised on a pasture land where they can be, well, chickens.  The benefits of raising chickens this way are many:

Now that’s more I like it!
Pasture-raised chickens at the La Granja farm campus
  • The meat is better for you.  Because they’re raised on grass, herbs, and plants indigenous to the area, they’re higher in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are lower in fat.  Also, the chickens don’t do drugs, such as antibiotics, pesticides and hormones.  If they don’t get them, then you don’t get them.  
  • They’re tastier.  The more natural way of raising the chickens results in more natural tasting meat.  Surely, they’re so delicious that you wouldn’t want to go back to the supermarket variety chicken again.
  • Better for the environment.  The Natural farming method does no damage to the environment.  In fact, the method enhances it. 

As you can see, going natural is much better in all aspects: nutritional, environmental, and ethical…and therefore there is no more question on which deserves your money.  You and your family can enjoy this vastly superior meat for only P230/kg., price subject to the actual weight of the bird.  

Other than my teaching job at an awesome school (also located in La Granja), my simple sideline is to deliver top quality natural health products to my neighbors and friends in uptown Cagayan de Oro City.

La Granja Pastured Chickens are the latest addition to these.  If you are interested, you can PM my Facebook page or email me here.  Please indicate where you live and leave your phone number (preferably Sun Cellular) so I can contact you (I can’t deliver these chickens to your doorstep without this info, you know).  Again, I only serve Uptown Cagayan de Oro residents.

If you’re interested on learning about the other products, please first check out the infographics below, which I got from www.weedemandreap.com.

La Granja pastured chickens surely qualify as to be on the right side of both these infographics.  So do the rest of the products I sell:

You’re likely drinking milk from the poor cows on the bottom half.
I sell milk from cows on the upper half of this pic.
Want some?  Click here.

“Best” for dairy: raw milk and butter.  I sell both these products as UPTOWN COW.  Check out my previous article about it here.

“Best” for fat: virgin coconut oil.  The VCO I have is locally produced and very fresh.  Also, it’s dry-processed, which makes it superior in taste and nutrition than most others.

“Best” for sweetener:  local wild honey.  I don’t have this regularly, but once I do, I text blast right away.  It’s way better than sugar.

“Best” for grains: coconut flour.  This is something that isn’t well known yet, but it is better even than whole grain flour.

For any of the products, again, feel free to PM me on my Facebook page or email me.  The last day to order (at least for the milk) is Thursday.  I deliver on Saturday.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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A great finance lesson from Plants vs. Zombies…thanks to this gem of a book

Learning how to manage your money is among the most important skills one should know.  However, I strongly feel, and I think you’d agree with me, that Filipinos in general do not manage money very well.  The subject of money is not talked about much either.  Why is that?  Maybe…

  • It’s too sore or sensitive an issue (often in homes where it’s all-too-painfully in short supply)?  
  • It’s taboo to talk about it as you’ve been taught that doing so shows you’re greedy and “money is the root of all evil.”  
  • Because the task, especially the financial jargon, is too daunting and you resign yourself to leave money management to those who work in banks?

I’ve read several money management books (I’m especially a fan of Robert Kiyosaki’s books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Retire Young, Retire Rich), and I feel you all should read them too.  I’ve recently read a local (Philippine made) gem of a book called I Wish They Taught Money In High School, that contains one of the simplest and coolest financial lessons I’ve ever read.  

First, though, let me answer one of the questions posted above.


The Bible doesn’t say that “money is the root of all evil.”  The proper verse, located in 1 Timothy  6:10 is “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  Money is not evil or good, but neutral; but your love for it, especially if you love it more than God…yeah, it can be the root of all sorts of evil.

The verse, even if said correctly, can also be misinterpreted as: “Okay, so that means that I should pay no attention to my financial health and have no financial aspirations at all; because if I do, then I ‘love money’ and therefore I shall do evil.”  No, that’s not it, either.

The truth is, you should think about money.  You should think about money a lot.  It’s not the most important thing in the world, yes…but it affects the ones that are important.  Right?

Personally, I want my life to be defined as one that serves God and others wholeheartedly.  Oftentimes, money issues get in the way of that.  Boo!  That’s why it should be given serious thought so that you steward it well…and I think that’s Biblical.

The book, I Wish They Taught Money In High School, by writers Clarissa Serña-de la Paz and Sharon W. Que, gave a fantastic example of how important it is to manage money well by investing, using the popular video game Plants vs. Zombies (I loved it ‘cuz I’m a fan of the game and its sequel).  

If you’ve played the game, you’d know that sun is basically cash.  You use sun to buy the plants you need to defend your home from zombies.  The suns trickle in from the sky at regular intervals; however, as any PvZ player would know, if you depend only on the trickling sun so that you can buy plants to defend yourself, you’re in big trouble.  That’s not enough to buy the plants you need, and soon you’re overrun by zombies and they’re having your brains for lunch.

“Buy me FIRST!”

What’s the FIRST thing a good Plants vs Zombies player does the moment he gets some sun?  He buys sunflowers.  What do sunflowers do?  They give you even more sun (the twin sunflowers, of course, are more expensive, but they bring you double the reward).  See the lesson?  You prioritize spending your sun on things that bring you even more sun.  Once you have lots of sunflowers, then and only then do you buy the other plants.

That’s a gem of a lesson in real life money management.  It’s so simple yet so vivid that I taught it to my kids (again, thanks to the book I Wish They Taught Money In High School for pointing this out)

The sun that trickles down represents your income from your job.  Yeah, you get it every 15 and 30, and yeah, it’s regular…but if that’s all you depend on for your entire life, boy oh boy you’re in big trouble.

A smart person, right from the get-go, lives frugally and focuses much of his cash on things that bring even more cash into his pocket.  This is called investing.  Then, when your investments have grown, then and only then do you buy other things.

But what do most of us do?  

We invite the whole city to dinner on our first paycheck.  We buy pricey toys, gleaming trinkets, and vice.  We take the family to expensive trips.  Then, the allure of credit cards pop up and beg us to use them, and so we ruin ourselves financially by using them for more toys, trinkets, trips, and vice.  Then we try to pay for them using the trickling 15 and 30 regular income.

Man, that’s um, not very smart…and sadly, many of us are there.  Best to first focus on investing, and then spend for the stuff later.

I suggest you read up on books that increase your financial intelligence.  The book I got the Plants vs. Zombies illustration from is a great start.  I Wish They Taught Money In High School also does a great job in making all this sound simple, in case you are one of the many who find the thought of learning about finance a daunting task.  Go to National Book Store or Fully Booked to get a copy today.   You can also click here to order it online.

(This blog site, Lessons Of A Dad is mostly about parentingmarriage, and other topics aimed to develop the reader’s mind, body, and soul.  I’d consider it an honor if you’d follow or subscribe to this site.  You can also go to my Facebook page here, and I’m also on Twitter at @lessonsofadad)