Tax Payers’ Raw Deal

Tax Payers’ Raw Deal

By Yay Padua Olmedo It’s very tempting — this urge to criticize and complain. But I beg your indulgence, just this once; then I’ll forever zip it. You guessed right. I will add noise to the cacophony of words directed at those in authority. Traffic, for instance. All of us who drive or commute see the obvious — day in […]

Ay, Ang Cheap!

Ay, Ang Cheap!

by Yay Padua-Olmedo Cheap may mean any of these: devalued, achieved with little effort, of poor quality, inexpensive, or worthy of no respect. As far as things are concerned, what would you consider “cheap?” Something bought at 50% or 75% off? No wonder people flock to malls when the big “sale” sign is up. A lot of times, you end […]

Word Above All Words

Word Above All Words

By Yay Padua-Olmedo The world wide web continues to swamp us with untold volumes of knowledge. Of course we’re not complaining. Because information — of any kind — has never been that easy to find. Students today love it that they don’t need to find their lessons only in textbooks. No wonder Encyclopedia Brittanica no longer prints its once-revered and […]

Finally, a Book for New Bosses

Finally, a Book for New Bosses

A job promotion can be intimidating, especially if it means having people under you―when before you had none. Why? Because in most cases, people get to leadership positions in their organizations with hardly any preparation for it. Some get help from mentors and seminars and other training programs; but many just manage to do it by instinct or touch-and-go, while […]

Never Again (Part 2)

Never Again (Part 2)

By Yay Padua-Olmedo The Word of God wants every Christian to walk in victory and newness of mind. Let the following encourage you to dwell within His promises, not your circumstances: (Excerpted from the National Church of God [Ft. Washington, Maryland] handout) Never again will I confess discontent because “I have learned, in whatever state (circumstance) I am, with that […]

Never Again (Part 1)

Never Again (Part 1)

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Want victory in every situation? The Word of God assures that! But you need to believe that Jesus, your Savior and Lord, did it all for you; and that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all you could ever ask or imagine! Reproducing for you excerpts from “My Never Again List” of the National Church […]

Forget or Remember

Forget or Remember

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Which would you rather have? A binful of forgetfulness or a trainful of remembrances? Give me the bin, any time! I love throwing useless things away, so that holds true for tons of memories which I’d rather dump in a faraway bin: Memory of my high school crush who never even took a glance at me. Tapon! […]

Teacher

Teacher

By Yay Olmedo Not even in my wildest dreams did İ envision myself becoming a teacher.  Yet here İ am, doing it, loving it, believing that whatever tiny grain of influence İ could plant–for whatever time frame İ was allowed to do it–would grow into something fruitful in my students’ lives.  My parents were teachers. İ remember drawing and coloring […]

Chika Less, Pray More

Chika Less, Pray More

By Yay Padua-Olmedo What do women engage in most when they gather? Make chika (small talk), naturally.  Some productive talkers probably even max their daily quota of 50,000 words per pax.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we gather more to study His Word and to pray? So rather than endless chikahan, let’s pray, worship, praise and thank God.  If we […]

Cracked

Cracked

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Hack, a verb: to “chop,” “whack,” “mangle,” per Webster’s Thesaurus. “You’ve been hacked!” This message, expressed in varying degrees of concern, filled my FB and email inboxes one day, after friends and relations received a supposed message from me—that I was in London, trapped in some sort of predicament and needed money desperately, so could they please […]

BOOK REVIEW: Game Over

BOOK REVIEW: Game Over

By Havenlynne Garcia, Contributing Writer Dota, League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto, World of War Craft, Devil May Cry, Defense of the Ancients; Farmville, Pet Society, Candy Crush Saga and Flappy Bird, these are just some of the video games that have hooked people’s interests and attention. It is pretty convincing that among these people, many have experienced playing these […]

Respecter of Heart

Respecter of Heart

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Are you a classifier?  I bet you, you are. We all are!  That’s what makes you and I unique versus all of creation. Man can think orderly thoughts, label them a certain way and somehow stash them in “boxes” in a forever-expanding warehouse of memories―with thought retrieval accomplished in a flash. We classify day from night, rain […]

Good Burp

Good Burp

by Yay Padua-Olmedo N and J treated our bible study group to a buffet dinner recently, to thank God for His faithfulness. For six long years, we’ve prayed with them for  breakthrough on one of their prayer concerns; and recently, God answered. It pays to seek God and be relentless with our prayers. Because God does listen! His answer could […]

Safeguard

Safeguard

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Did you roll it on after you showered this morning? Honestly, without my Safeguard deodorant/anti-perspirant, I’d be so afraid to face the world—because, what if…? If you had tuyo and longganisang Lucban for breakfast this morning, you’d surely brush your teeth longer, then gargle, just to eradicate vinegary, garlicky breath. And for added assurance, floss da teeth! […]

MBA: Master at Being Alive

MBA: Master at Being Alive

by Yay Padua-Olmedo I take my hat off to them: Those who never tire of  studying or going to school. In the university where I teach, when someone says, “Doctor,” almost everyone in the faculty room would turn to acknowledge the call. Except me and a few others. Of course, “me and a few others” always kidded that in case […]