humility

THAT STRANGE THING CALLED HUMILITY

Humility — a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it — you’ve lost it.”

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One of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time, C.S. Lewis, wisely wrote in his book Mere Christianity (1952):

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of *greasy, **smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”

*greasy – insincerely polite
**smarmy – insincerely flattering or ingratiating (intended to gain approval or favour)

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What is humility? The best way to define this word is to point its opposite: Pride.

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TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!

“J-o-y joy in my heart
Deep, deep down in my heart”
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Today, this post is about joy. Joy is unique and different from happiness because while happiness is based on circumstances and possessions, joy is far deeper. It springs from our identity in Christ therefore is independent on external influences. Sure there are times when we feel emotionally down and drained but joy remains, regardless of what we feel at the present moment.
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I received this material from Drake Mariani, the founder of MemLok Bible Memory System – a kind of app that helps people to efficiently and effectively memorize the Scriptures. I found that I share his insights on what joy is and what God’s Word says about it so I reckon I should place it here on the blog for future reference, rather than this profound piece get lost in the blackhole that is my email.

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THE SPLENDOR OF SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

A person regardless of faith orientation should be prepared to be filled with amazement as one makes its way to the halls of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

As with the other mosques that abound in the emirates, Grand Mosque is fundamentally a place of worship but it stands out far above the rest both in structure and grandeur. It has become an attraction for tourists and residents alike. I would like to believe though that it was indeed built to inspire awe and wonder. (more…)

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TIPS IN VISITING EMIRATES PARK ZOO

Here are some information you may find helpful if you wish
to see the zoo for yourself and meet the peculiar animals we have come to adore.

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.Location/ how to go
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Emirates Park Zoo is located at Al Bahia, north-east of Abu Dhabi city, 35km away from the capital on the way to Dubai. [VA]

It is quite far from the city center so I would recommend taking your own car or renting one. Taxi maybe around AED50+ if the first one is not possible. Should you insist to take the bus, lane numbers are 202,218 and 225. [DOT]

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PECULIAR ANIMALS AT EMIRATES PARK ZOO, ABU DHABI

What to do on Christmas Day?

Well, I badgered my family our family decided  to visit the local zoo – the Emirates Park Zoo.

Surprisingly, even the adults had a really good time based on the lively conversation we had in the car on our way back home. The hot topic was the peculiar animals and even the common ones that stood out and those that we saw for the first time.

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1.. The white-haired goatWhatsApp Image 2016-12-26 at 12.19.44 PM

What a cute sheep!!! Or so I thought before I took a closer look into this goat’s name (which by the way I did not bother to take a photo of). As you can see, she has a white hair coat, short in length and is distinctively curly. Her drooping ears however are uniquely hairless. Her horns are curved downwards. She looks very much endearing, cute and friendly. As in other goats, she also feeds on grass which made the toddlers race in feeding her.

 

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HOW TO OPEN A MUTUAL FUND ACCOUNT

There are many people I know who like to invest and capable of doing so and yet have not started. Most of them revealed that the reason for it is simply because they are unsure where to begin. The same is true for me when I started. Sure I have heard of the financial terms many times but as the saying goes, hearing is miles away different from actually doing it.

This post is about how I opened a mutual fund account.  First of all, I am no investment guru. I am an amateur trying to learn the ropes as I go through the process and this is my attempt to document my journey. I notice that when I write things down, the ideas become a little bit clearer instead of them being hazy concepts inside my head.

Keep in mind that my knowledge is little and skills (if any) are rudimentary. I am just an ordinary person who is excited to learn about investing because I am hooked by the idea of early retirement. (more…)

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LIQUOR

HOW TO APPLY FOR ALCOHOL LICENSE IN DUBAI

My version of a chill-out night is sitting on the bed, my back leaning against the wall absorbed in a really good book on one hand and a nice, little drink on the other. But should an inspection occur, I could get myself into trouble.

As an expat, it must be known that there are an existing regulations on alcohol consumption in the UAE; each emirate having its own specific rules. For instance, in Dubai you can’t setup a table outside your residence and start the booze with your friends (this is common in the Philippines). You can’t possess alcohol even in the privacy of your home without a license! That’s how strict it is. Many manage to get away from this because (more…)

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