So Grateful

Life is great despite of imperfection.
Life is wonderful despite of trials and problems.
But I am always  grateful for being in this world.
I am grateful for my family, friends and relatives who are always there for me.

I am grateful for the food that I eat everyday.
I am grateful for the air that I breath.
I am grateful  for the warm home during  this cold winter  season.
I am grateful for having good friends.
I am grateful to all the natures I see around.
Most of all, I am grateful for my good health.

I am grateful of  my car that can bring me anywhere.
I am grateful for my computer  when  browsing online.
I am grateful for the warm clothes when I go outside during winter.
I am grateful for all the opportunities I had in life.
I am grateful because I am always given the chance to travel.
I am grateful for all the blessings I received.

There are just a lot of things to be grateful everyday.
Always remember, there are always a lesser and a greater person than us.
But we are all equal in God’s eyes.
Thank you dear Lord for all your goodness!

The Author of this blog..© www.mydailynourishment.rubybenz.com

 

Infographics on Main Holiday Expenses

This infographic shows the main holiday expenses: food, alcohol, trips, gifts, duty free, travel & transport, holiday decorations, clothes, sports, and accessories. New Year is a great opportunity to spend a vacation in: Nevada, New York, Colorado, and Florida. 37% of Americans even don’t think about their spending, especially when they are on vacation. Astoundingly, 63% of Americans take out payday loans to get quick cash, along with high fees. During the holiday season, it is necessary not only to control your expenses, but also to use payday loans right way, for emergencies.


Top 10 Reasons holiday makers overspend Infographic
Source: FastLoanTree.com

 

 

Inspiring Words!

How’s everyone? How was your first days of the year 2013? I hope everything went well. I am doing good except for some challenges. I am keep on hoping and praying that everything will be fine soon.

I  wish everyone a blessed and more bountiful New Year 2013.

I am also sharing these wonderful and very inspiring messages   I received in my inbox. Take care folks and God bless everyone!

“We are not just called to love one another; we have a responsibility to do so because God first loved us while we did not deserve it. Love should always be a choice that we make and not just a response or a reward for something good a person has done for us. True love does not depend on a person’s achievements as it is based on the dignity of the human person – in the nature of humanity – i.e., our humanity demands it of us.”

1 John 4:11-18
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. 14 Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16 We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 17 In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

 

A Prosperous New Year 2013!

2013 is almost here!
I would like  to greet everyone
A Happy and Wonderful New Year 2013..
May love, peace and happiness
Be with us all!
Good health to our family
in the coming years to come..

A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2013 TO EVERYONE!

“New Year’s eve is like every other night;
there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things
that the passage of another twelve months may be noted;
and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening
that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

Christmas (What Is Its True Meaning?)

Christmas is Almost Around the Corner! I would love to extend my greetings to one and all!

“MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY AND MORE PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2013 to ALL OF US!
GOD BLESS US ALL!”

I  would like to share this very nice message shared by an FB friend. Thanks Mel for sharing this wonderful thought about the true meaning of Christmas…keep reading!

“We associate Christmas with endless shopping, with sumptuous foods on Christmas eve and Christmas day, of never ending gift giving, of going to carnivals and fairs, and other forms of merry making characterized by wanton display of one’s affluence and goaded on by crass commercialism.

That’s why every year, when Christmas season approaches, 3/4 or more of the world’s population feel dejected and lonely. Why? Because they lack the resources to buy all the nice things that will make them and their loved ones (especially their children) happy on Christmas day.

Why? Because they have accepted in their minds that Christmas is all about the ostentatious display of one’s wealth come Christmas day. The world has accepted the gross commercialism and materialism that the western countries have ingrained in the minds of all the people in the world.

Everywhere in the world, people associate Christmas with Santa Claus and his gifts, with white Christmas characterized with snow and all the fun games of winter, with Christmas trees, with colorful Christmas lights, with fireworks, with fine new clothes, Christmas caroling, and with plenty and sumptuous foods.

But what is the real meaning and essence of Christmas? It seems that people have lost track of the true reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Luke 2:8-14 says, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: you will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

The birth of Jesus Christ in a humble manger have presaged the opening of heaven’s gate for all people to be saved by His eventual death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Thus, we should be celebrating Christmas in memory of the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ whom the Father sent to redeem fallen mankind.

We should celebrate Christmas in our hearts as we feel God’s presence in our lives. The real merry making and the indescribable joy of the true Christmas will be fully experienced by us when we come face to face with our Savior in His kingdom, to live in blissful existence with Him forevermore.

Let us rediscover the original joy of Christmas by letting Jesus Christ enter our hearts.”

 

The Boy..what a very inspiring story! Merry Christmas!

I read this very inspiring story from my friend’s FB wall. I just can’t  avoid not to share it  to all of you. Oh  Lord..Thank  You for all your goodness and for everything you had provided us everyday in our lives!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

“I saw a cashier hand a little boy his money back at the mall, the boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. The Cashier said, ‘I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll.” The little boy turned to the old woman next to him, ”Granny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?” She replied, ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.” Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look around. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. ‘It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas. She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.’ I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry. But he replied to me sadly. ‘No, Santa Claus can’t bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.’ His eyes were so sad while saying this, ‘My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.” My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said, ‘I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.’ Then he showed me a very nice photo of himself. He was laughing. He then told me ‘I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won’t forget me.’ ‘I love my mommy and I wish she didn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.’ Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly. I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. ‘Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll!” OK’ he said, ‘I hope I do have enough.’ I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said, ‘Thank you God for giving me enough money!’ Then he looked at me and added, ‘I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give it to my sister. He heard me!” ‘I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.” ‘My mommy loves white roses.’ A few minutes later,the old lady returned and I left with my basket. I finished my shopping in a totally different state of mind from when I started. I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local newspaper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away and the mother was left in a critical state.

The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy I read in the newspaper that the young woman had passed away. I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was for people to see and make last wishes before her burial.

She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed forever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine, and in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.”

 

Words To Inspire

Hello everyone! It seems that I was away here for sometime. Life is just so busy sometimes. I am gladly back now and would like to share  these very inspiring words. I got this from my friend’s wall in facebook. Thanks   Mel for sharing it.

I hope you are all having a wonderful November since it is about to end. God bless!

“Don’t let aberrations, distractions and frustrations upset your day.
Hey, we’re not perfect.
the best laid out plans can sometimes go awry.
And many times expectations from others just fall short
or simply are not realized.
Remember, one of the secrets of happiness is expect less from others and more from yourself.
Expect less and be disappointed less;
expect more and be disappointed more.
Be short in promises and long on deliveries.
That way you make other people happy.”

 

Top 3 Ancient Underground Cities and Temples

Considering all the scientific and archaeological finds pointing to our ancestors living in crafted stone huts and caves, is it really surprising to discover numerous underground tunnels which are attached to living quarters, or connected to ancient monuments?

In the region of Cappadocia, Turkey, there are an astounding 36 subterranean cities – all of them completely self-sufficient, with plenty of air-shafts and underground wells, with numerous ones linked to each other by tunnel networks.  Where else in the world can you find tunnels and underground cities? Keep reading to find out:

  1. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta

It is the only known prehistoric underground city, and is believed to have been created around 4,000 BC. Since its discovery and subsequent opening to the public in 1902, only 80 people per day are allowed into the sanctuary-turned-necropolis, to prevent degradation of the structure. It is a man-made structure which was created from natural caves that were extended; as with many ancient structures, there is one room that emits a powerful acoustic resonance when spoken words or music is played within it. Several temples in South America share this characteristic, such as Chichen Itza at the Temple of Kukulcan – here, if you clap your hands the sound which reverberates back is like the chirp of a native Quetzal bird. A relatively new field, archaeoacoustics, studies these kinds of phenomena, and the impact they have on the human brain.

Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni.  By Hamelin de Guettelet

  1. Kish Qanat, Kariz,Iran

Discovered under layers of land, the ancient city and aqueducts of Kish are believed to have been created 5,000 years ago, and are one of the best examples of ancient technology. It is similar to structures that the Persians invented, which brought underground water to the surface of arid areas.  Currently, there are plans to turn this ancient wonder into a modern underground city, complete with shopping malls, housing, and entertainment areas. Visitors which come to Kish can marvel at one of the only structures in the world to have a natural coral ceiling.

Tikal temple one. By Raymond Ostertag

  1. Tikal, Guatemala, South America 

Below the Mayan temple of Tikal in the Yucatan Peninsula, is an underground complex that criss-crosses below the jungle floor, and almost reaches the other side of the continent.  These tunnels may explain the escape of Incans and Mayan from the Spanish Conquistadors who decimated the indigenous cultural beliefs and their civilizations, in an attempt to ‘Catholicize’ them. Below the temples of the sun and the moon in Teotihuacan, Mexico archaeologists have discovered a recreation of the Mayan underworld, along with seven bodies of presumed rulers.

A Fabled City and tantalising clues

City of the Gods, Giza, Egypt

Though Egyptian authorities deny its existence, there is believed to be an underground “City of the Gods” below the Giza Plateau in Egypt, with a possible entrance in the sphinx. In fact, Dr. Zahi Hawass documented the tunnels entrance 14th of April, 1996 only to refute their existence several years later. The neighbouring Tomb of Osiris, a burial chamber cut into limestone rock just outside of Cairo, has several tunnels within it, that as of yet are unexplored due to the high mud content.

The Great Sphyinx of Giza – By Barcex.

Author Bio: Roseanna McBain is a writer for TravelGround, a Margate booking and accommodation website. She has a special interest in ancient cultures and civilizations, and enjoys reading up on the various myths and legends around the world.

 

Ideas for a holiday in Cyprus

Welcome to the year-round island Cyprus! There’s always a new world to discover on this island, here are some ideas for those who are planning a Cyprus vacation …….

Music has strong roots in Cyprus one of the most popular musical instruments is the bouzouki playing the traditional style of music Rebetika. In addition to this Cypriots love the sound of their own voices so you will often hear them singing.

The capital is Nicosia located in the middle of the island and therefore easily accessible. The city is divided into two parts. There is the unique architecture and preserved fortifications in the Turkish part and gothic sanctuaries converted into mosques in the southern part along with the cathedral. The city is also home to the national Architecture Museum.

Located in the northeast of the island is Famagusta the setting of the Shakespeare tragedy Othello. It is enclosed by city walls. The most visited attraction here is the Citadel.

Larnaca Salt Lake home to thousands of flamingos constitutes of a system of salt lakes, adjacent to Larnaca and its airport. Together they have a surface area of about 5 square kilometres. Besides its picturesque beauty the lake is home to 85 species of water-birds. Thousands of flamingos and a plethora of other bird species visit to escape the cold and spend the winter here making it a great bird watching spot.

The largest port on the island is Limassol it is also the biggest Cypriot port in the Mediterranean transit trade. It has become one of the most important tourism, trade and service-providing centres in the area. A wide spectrum of activities and a number of museums and archaeological sites are offered to the interested visitor. Consequently, Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists mostly during an extended summer season to be accommodated in a wide range of hotels and apartments. Limassol’s skyline has left behind very little historical evidence to give way to a cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, Amathus Ruins and Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting. A large marina is currently being constructed near the old town.

About 25 kilometres on dirt roads from Paphos you will find Lara Beach where turtles nest each year. This extensive and often near-deserted sandy beach is one of the few remaining havens for loggerhead and green turtles to nest. Monk seals also dwell in the sea caves around the peninsula! It takes a four-wheel drive, some determination and a tolerance of pot holes. But is a worth a visit from those who are adventurous and keen to get away from the bustle and the parasols.

Check out ideas for a holiday in Cyprus and plan your itinerary before you travel to make sure you don’t miss anything out. Additionally for customer reviews on Cyprus vacations and information on its historical attractions, visit HolidayCheck.

 

Home Improvement Still Going On

What do you expect when you are undergoing home repair and improvement? Or maybe you are undergoing an office refurnishing or renovating anything inside your building. In times like these, for sure our  house or  office is dusty, dirty and full of mess. But you need to be thankful if you are doing it because time will come when everything is done, you will have a nice, cozy and beautiful place to work or stay.

We are currently undergoing some  home repair and improvement. At the moment, our bathroom is under renovation. It was actually a total renovation. When I say total, I mean all the old walls were dismantled, the bathtub and all the bathroom  furniture  were thrown away. We already bought a new bathroom set and I can’t wait to have it inside our new renovated bathroom.

Bathroom renovation update as of now:  The putting of tiles around the bathroom is still going on. I hope it will all be done before the end of the week. Yesterday, we went to the hardware store to buy more materials needed for it. We also tried to look for a bathroom sink. The bathtub is already installed but not yet connected to the water pipes. It is a new bathtub now because we already disregard the old one, besides I don’t like the yellow colour of the old one.

Sometimes building and planning for your home or office is quite difficult. If you have to do it yourself and you don’t have any idea on how to do it, you might be wasting time and money. This is the time when we need to consult the experts or professionals in doing a certain job like home renovation. Second, we have to consider our budget. I believed this is the most important part of building and planning. If we don’t have any budget for it, then no home renovation or improvement will take place.

This is also the same if we are planning to buy a new home. We need to consult the experts like realty companies  who can help us to find  a  house  that fits our needs and budget. Opportunity Realty Mackay for example is one of them.

There are still a lot of things to be repaired and to be improved in our home. We are just happy that we are already starting it. This might take some years before everything is renovated. What is important,  the project  is still going on. Time will come when everything will be done, we will surely have a small but beautiful and comfortable place to  live.

 
 

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