Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Announcement 

GET READY FOR A COMEBACK WITH A BANG!

Host: Airah Luy
Who: Anyone is invited!
Where: Mall of Asia
When: September 21, 2012 (6:30PM)


Theme: "Ready, Get Set, Go!"


Things to Prepare:

1. To everyone who will come: at least 2 articles, stories, poems, songs, photos, videos, activities and/or any combination that are related to the theme.

3. Bible kung meron. Kung wala, share-share na lang!

4. Writing Implement (ballpen, pencil, sign pen, highlighter etc.)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

GASGAS NA SAPATOS

Inilahad naman ni Hanna Gomez ang kanyang kwento tungkol sa sapatos. Ito ay pinamagatang "GASGAS NA SAPATOS" Pawang madami din kaming narealize at natutunan sa kwentong ito. Simpleng kwento ngunit may mangandang aral na gustong iparating sa bawat mambabasa.

                                               GASGAS NA SAPATOS

http://www.tuyongtintangbolpen.com/2011/11/gasgas-sa-sapatos.html

LEATHER SHOES VS. BAREFOOT

                                                     LEATHER SHOES VS. BAREFOOT

          Ang aming kasama na si Erick Fontanilla ay naglahad naman ng kanyang sariling karanasan noong kanyang highschool days na may relasyon sa aming tema "Shoes".

         Sa kanilang basketball class kailangan nila ang pagsusuot ng rubber shoes. Ngunit nung araw na iyon 2 sa kanilang magkaklase ang hindi nkapagdala ng rubber shoes. Pareho silang nag-isip ng paraan kung paano sila makakasali sa basketball. Ang kanyang kaklase ay hindi nalang ngsuot ng sapatos, sumali siya sa basketball ng nakaPAA.. Si Erick naman ay nakapagisip ng paraan na isuot ng kanyang leather shoes.
Nasugatan ang paa ng kanyang kaklase dahil nakapaa lamang ito habang tumatakbo. Samantalang si Erick ay hindi nasugatan ang paa at komportable naman kahit papaano gayung leather shoes ang kanyang suot.

      Sa pagtatapos ng kwentong ito madami kaming narealize at kapwa nagpalitan ngkuru-kuro. Ikumpara namin ito sa pagooffer ng aming service kay God. Ang kaklase ni Erick ay maikukumpara namin sa taong hindi sumunod at hindi gumawa ng way para magserve kay God. Samantalang si Erick na gumawa ng paraan sa pagsusuot ng leather shoes, ay maikukumpara namin sa taong ibinigay ang BEST, gumawa ng paraan, at nanatiling sumunod at ngserve kay God. Para din itong yung pgooffer na ginawa nina Abel at Cain. Isang tama lang ang pgooffer at isang BEST offering.

SALESMEN ON AN ISLAND

      Inilahad nanam ni Elyson Encarnacion ang kanyang inspirational story bilang bahagi ng kanyang paglalahad ng assignment sa aming theme "shoes" para sa aming 2nd SocieTEA session. Ito ay may pamagat na: "Salesmen on an Island" (samuelwirawibawa.wordpress.com)


There’s the story of two shoe salesman who were sent to an island to sell shoes. The first salesman, upon arrival, was shocked to realize that no one wore shoes. Immediately he sent a telegram to his home saying,”Will return home tomorrow. No one wears shoes.”. The 2nd salesman was thrilled by the same realization. He …wired the home office saying “Please send me 10,000 shoes. Everyone here needs them.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

WHAT KIND OF SHOE FITS YOU? (by: Julia Bettencourt - Creative Ladies Ministry)

1. FLATS - Do you find yourself flat in your Christian life? (Psalm 51:12)











2. LOAFERS - Do you find yourself not doing anything for Christ (James 1:22)




3.  PUMPS -  Do you find yourself pumping people up? (Thessalonians 5:11)




4. RUBBER SHOES - Do you find yourself running from your problems (Proverbs 3:5,6)



5. BOOTS - Do you find yourself walking all over people and only doing things your way? (Ephesians 4:32)



6.  WADERS -  Do you find yourself just floating by? (Colossians 3:23)




7. SLIP ONS -  Do you find yourself slipping on Christianity just for church and hanging it up till the next time? (Matthew 5:16)


8. SANDALS - Do you find yourself too comfortable with your Christian life? (Hebrews 12:1,2)









9. SLIPPERS - Do you find yourself causing others to slip and stumble? (Romans 14:13)

 










10.WORK SHOES - Do you find yourself working and doing all you can do for God's glory? (Matthew 16:24)
 

Well Dressed Feet

Naging matagumpay muli ang 2nd session ng aming socieTEA. Ito ay ginanap noong July 20, 2012 (8:00 pm) sa Starbucks, Molito / Madrigal Alabang. Si Cris Bautista ang host na may temang: SHOES

Isang magandang ilustrasyon ang naibahagi niya sa aming devotion. At ang masaya dito ay marami kaming opinyon at aral na napulot sa aming paglalahad. Ito ay original na illustration ni "Julia Bettencourt" mula sa Creative Ladies Ministry ng kanilang church.(http://www.juliabettencourt.com/dev/shoesdev.html)

Well Dressed Feet
Julia Bettencourt

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the
LORD: and he delighteth in his way."  Psalm 37:23


When I was little my father always had a thing about making sure our shoes looked good, especially for Sundays. We had a church pair of shoes, a school pair, and a pair of tennis shoes or play shoes. Other than that I think we always ran around barefooted or we'd slip on those little rubber boots to go out and play. We didn't have a Payless Shoe Store on every corner back then (not that I'm that aged) but we didn't get new shoes just because we wanted them. We had to outgrow them first so we had to take care of our shoes.

I can remember always getting into trouble about my shoes. We had a merry-go-round on our playground when I was in grade school in a little tiny place called, Essex, Ohio. That merry-go-round was one where we'd all hold on, run around the sides and then jump on. It's probably not even there anymore because all of the things we played on when I was little are deemed 'unsafe' nowadays. I don't know why, but I just loved to sit on that merry-go-round, daydream, and just drag my feet across that pavement and it did some awful things to the tips of my shoes. I can remember being told to "clean those shoes up" all the time...

My father always seemed to be on us kids about our shoes, and I've grown to know he was right. Our whole appearance can be spoiled by our shoes. If you had on a $1000 dollar suit and had on dirty or scuffed shoes, your appearance wouldn't be too tidy. It wouldn't matter how much you paid for your suit, people's eyes would be drawn to your feet. It makes a difference that they are tidy and well kept...

SHOE RESIGNATION

Isang orihinal na storya / kwento ang inilahad ulit ng aming kasamang makata na si Airah Luy. Ito ay may relasyon ulit sa aming tema: SHOES
     
                                                      SHOE RESIGNATION
                                (Based on my true experience last July 15, 2012)
   
       Sa kamamadali kong maging maaga sa church last Sunday, hindi ko napansin na sira na pala ang sapatos ko. Imbis na smiling lips, isa na itong tilang humahalakhak sa sobrang laki ng sira. Naipakita ko pa ito kay Hanna at waring pinagmamalaki ko pa ang aking kapabayaan sa aking sapatos. Nasabi ko na lang sa aking sarili, "sayang galing pa naman ito kay Baby Cris".

       Thursday, dumaan ako sa Metropolis. Naghanap ako ng sapatos. Sa sobrang dami di ako makapili, at nang makapili naman ako hindi kasya sa budget. Sinabi ko nalang sa sapatos, " Babalikan kita, sana hintayin mo ako." Kung alam lang kumanta ng sapatos siguro kinanta na rin nya para sa akin yung "Heaven Knows". "If she comes back in time, I know she's mine"

      Napansin ko ang "LOVE" para palang paghahanap ng sapatos. Una sa lahat dapat bagay kayo sa isa't isa--Comfortable at Compatible. Aanhin mo ang magandang sapatos kung hindi naman kasya sayo? Masasaktan ka lang at mahihirapan. Kapag sa puso, aanhin mo ang magandang mukha kung hindi kayo magkasundo, mag-aaway lang kayo at masasaktan.

      Dapat siguro pag nahanap mo na ang Perfect Shoes, bilhin mo na agad. Wag ka nang magdalawang isip lalo na at may pera ka. Kung sa tao naman, kapag naramdaman mung siya na ang nararapat sayo. wag mo nang antayin na maagaw ng iba.

      Dahil lang sa nasirang sapatos, nakapagsulat na ako ng ganitong kwento. Kung ano-ano na ang narealize ko.

    "Shoes, I accept your resignation. Salamat sa two-weeks nating pagsasama"

                                                                                                     Truly yours,

                                                                                                        Airah Luy


Friday, July 20, 2012

Shoes: Favorite Shoes

Airah Luy - Nine West Doll Shoes

Cris Bautista - any flat shoes

EK Encarnacion - Top-Siders

Frederick Fontanilla - Happy Feet Shoes

Hanna Gomez - High-Cut Chuck Taylor Shoes

Shoes: Longest Walks

Airah Luy - From Laoag to Robinsons San Nicolas

Cris Bautista - Job Application

EK Encarnacion - Church Errands

Frederick Fontanilla - From Prinza to VPHR Las Pinas

Hanna Gomez - Singapore Tour


Shoes: Photographs

Cris Bautista and Airah Luy

Frederick Fontanilla and Hanna Gomez

Hanna Gomez and Frederick Fontanilla

Cris Bautista and Airah Luy

Starbucks Espresso and Frappuccino

Shoes: Attendance and Mini-Program


Attendance
1. Airah Luy
2. Cris Bautista
3. EK Encarnacion
4. Erick Fontanilla
5. Hanna Gomez





"Shoes" Mini-Program (Photograph by EK Encarnacion)


Mini-Program
Opening Prayer - Cris Bautista
Review (Last Meeting's Topic: Coffee)
Illustrative Story: Well-Dressed Feet
Devotion: Psalms 37:23
Discussion and Sharing of Opinions
-----COFFEE AND TEA BREAK-----
Shoe-Related Articles, Stories, Poems, Songs, Photos, Videos, and Other Forms of Media
Discussion and Sharing of Opinions
Prayer Cards and Requests
Closing Prayer - Airah Luy

Monday, July 16, 2012

Announcement

Host: Cris Bautista
Who: Anyone is invited!
Where: Starbucks, Molito Alabang
When: July 20, 2012; 7:30 pm


Theme: SHOES


Things to Prepare:

1.  Create your own shoe design (can be drawing, descriptions, pictures) Example: Shoes - Wedge shoes, color red, with straps, open design at front. Why ?

2. To everyone who will come: at least 2 articles, stories, poems, songs, photos, videos, activities and/or any combination that are related to the theme.

3. Bible kung meron. Kung wala, share-share na lang!

4. Writing Implement (ballpen, pencil, sign pen, highlighter etc.)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Coffee: Photographs

Airah Luy

Airah Luy

Airah Luy

Cris Bautista and Airah Luy

Cris Bautista, Airah Luy and EK Encarnacion

Stories Over Coffee

EK Encarnacion

EK Encarnacion

EK Encarnacion

Frederick Fontanilla and Hanna Gomez

Frederick Fontanilla and Hanna Gomez

Fred Fontanilla and Hanna Gomez

Group Picture

Wacky Group Picture

Stories

(Photographs by Cris Bautista)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Coffee: Kape? Ka-Feel

Isang orihinal na patulang kwento ang nilikha at ibinahagi ni Airah Luy:


Alas dose ng gabi,
'Di ko napapansin ang paglipas ng oras,
Sa kakaisip sa aking anak,
Lubos akong nangungulila

Sa kabilang mesa,
Ininom ko ang tasa [ng kapeng],
Dati'y para sa akin,
Ay malinamnam at humahagod sa sikmura

Ngunit ngayong gabi,
Ito'y naiwan kong malamig kasama ng palutang-lutang na damdamin

Ang kape,
Parang naramdaman ang aking iniisip,
Naging malamig,
Maging ang aking pagtimpla ay malabnaw
'Di bale, isang pamatid-uhaw sa paglipas ng oras

[Ngunit] malamig man ang kape ko sa magdamag,
Umaasa na bukas sa pag-gising,
Kasabay ng pagharap sa bagong umaga,
Ay muling malalasahan ang mainit na kape,
Ngunit [malao'y] malasa at matamis

Kape? Ka-Feel (Litrato ni Cris Bautista)

Coffee: Top 10 Most Popular Coffee Shops in the Philippines

Ibinahagi ni Cris Bautista ang Top 10 Pinakasikat na Coffee Shops sa Pilipinas . Kunin na ang mga lapis at papel at ilagay sa listahan ng mga dapat mong masubukang tikman.
10. Cafe Capreal
Ito ang tanging coffee shop sa bansa na nagtitinda ng mga sugar-free coffee products--ideal para sa mga diabetic coffee lovers na hindi kayang bitiwan ang kanilang pagkahilig sa kape. Reasonable ang kanilang mga presyo ngunit nag-iisa lamang ang branch kung kaya't mahirap mapuntahan ng kahit sinuman. Ang naturang branch ay sa Retiro, Manila.
9. McDonalds' McCafe
Dahil sa dami ng McDonalds sa bansa, hindi makakailang ito ang isa sa mga pinakatinatangkilik na kapihan ng karamihan.
8. UCC Cafe Plaza
Ang kanilang Euro-Japanese fused food, free Wi-Fi internet at iba't-ibang konsepto ay talagang nakakaakit sa maraming Pinoy. Marami na rin silang branches sa buong Pilipinas at sa walo pang ibang bansa. Simple lang ang kanilang layout ngunit kahit papaano ay may kalidad.
7. Cafe de Lipa
Nagsimula bilang isang lokal na kapihan sa Batangas, ito ay nag-branched out sa mainstream market sa Manila at naging isa sa mga pinakabinibisitang kapihan sa buong bansa. May mga branches na rin sila sa SM Mall of Asia at Market! Market!
6. Seattle's Best Coffee
Ang smooth at sweet na dama at lasa na hatid ng mga kape ng SBC ay swak sa panlasa ng mga Pilipino. Kasama pa ang kanilang mga masasarap na pasta at pastries, ang kanilang mga kombinasyon ay talaga namang nag-uudyok sa mga Pilipino na magpabalik-balik.
5. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Dahil sa kanilang malinis na ambiance, naiibang coffee and tea mixes at maayos na customer service, ang CBTL ang isa sa pinakabinibisitang kapihan ng mga Pinoy na gustong magrelax o magchill. Flavorful, reasonably-priced at napaka-cozy ng mga CBTL branches sa bansa.
4. Bo's Coffee
Ang Bo's Coffee ay isang high-end coffee shop na naghahatid ng mga serbisyong at produktong tugma sa mga pangangailangan ng mga high society coffee drinkers. Kalat na rin ang kanilang mga branches sa bansa
3. Figaro
Kilala bilang isang kapihan na sumasagot sa mga pangangailangan ng health-conscious na market, nakakakaya nilang makipagsabayan sa ibang kapihan sa bansa
2. Gloria Jean's
Personalized service, fun coffee flavors at strategic locations ang panlaban ng Gloria Jean's kung kaya't isa sila sa mga tinatangkilik na kapihan sa bansa. Pinakasikat sa Gloria Jean's ang Chocolate macadamia Coffee.
1. Starbucks
With more or less 135 branches sa Manila lamang, hindi makakaila na ang Strabucks ang pinakanangungunang kapihan sa bansa. Naging household name na sila at patuloy na nagiging patok sa iba't-ibang miyembro ng lipunang Pilipino.
Mga Katulad na Artikulo
Curiosity Caught the Chemist: Who is the woman in the Starbucks logo?
Problematic Philippines: Starbucks Frappuccinos as Profile Pictures
Coffee breaks: Bo's Coffee
F as in Figaro, F as in Failure

Coffee: Devotion (James 1:1-12)


James 1:1-12
New International Version (NIV)


James 1: 1-12 (Photograph by Cris Bautista)



1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.




Devotion (Photographs by Cris Bautista)

Insights from the Group Discussion

1. It is very difficult to face our problems with joy (for we are humans and have adapted such nature) but the Lord tells us to do so as it strengthens our faith and makes us more Christ-like.
2. Whenever we face problems, we must believe that God is much larger than them and that trusting Him will provide us the drive to persevere under trials.
3. Enduring trials not only glorifies God because it is He that supplies us with courage but also makes us mature and complete as an individual worthy to be imitated.
4. Any one who perseveres under trials will be rewarded by the Lord.

Coffee: The Story of the Carrot, Egg and Coffee Beans

EK Encarnacion shared this inspirational story about FACING TRIALS:

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a gas burner. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed a carrot, in the second he placed an egg, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil without saying a word.

The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he got up and turned off the burners. He fished the carrot out and placed it in a bowl. He took the egg out and placed on a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her he asked. “Darling, what do you see?” “A Carrot, an egg, and coffee,” she replied.

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrot. She did and noted that it was soft. He then asked her to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma. She asked. “What does these mean Father?” He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile from the beginning. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee beans?” The father continued, " Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity wilts and becomes soft and loses strength? Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, or a layoff have you become hardened and stiff? Your shell looks the same, but are you bitter and tough with a harsh spirit and heart? Or are you like the coffee beans? The beans changed the hot water, the thing that is bringing the pain. When the water becomes very hot and unforgiving, the coffee beans gave off a strong and rich aroma. If you are like the beans, when things are at their worst or in the midst of trials, you get better and make things better around you."

Friday, July 6, 2012

Coffee: Authors' Descriptions

For the author's descriptions, each of the founders were given the freedom to choose an English word that will describe them. According to Airah Luy, she is zealous--full of passion and all. Cris Bautista believes she is a cheerful person. EK Encarnacion says he is sarcastic most of the time. Simple is what Erick Fontanilla came up with that best describes him. And finally, Hanna Gomez chose huggable as one of her descriptions.


Medyo challenging naman ang naging set ng adjectives as bawat isa ay binigyan ng chance upang magsabi ng isang description para sa isang tao. Sa dulo, bibigyan ng karapatan ang taong iyon na mamili ng description na gusto niyang mailagay sa tabi ng pangalan niya. Sa mga choices ni Airah Luy, pinili niya ang binigay ni EK Encarnacion na "may tililing" yamang siya ay likas na mapagbiro at kadalasan ay eccentric. Pinili rin ni Cris Bautista ang "ambisyosa" na binigay ni EK Encarnacion dahil sa katangian niyang maging futuristic mag-isip most of the time. Pinili ni EK Encarnacion ang "gala" na sinabi ni Erick Fontanilla ngunit pinalitan ito ng "kaladkarin" na mas akmang description niya. Si Erick ay napagkasunduan ng buong grupo na "may T". Ang T ay nangangahulugang "tamad" na siya namang salitang-ugat ng katamaran--"may kaTamaran" na tinanggap naman ng buong puso ni Erick. Naging madali naman ang kay Hanna dahil agad na sinabi ni Erick na siya ay "sumpungin". "may S" ang napiling description kay Hanna yamang ito ay malapit sa "may T" ni Erick na kanyang boyfriend.


For the final one word descriptions, everyone decided to provide descriptions that end with -er. Cris Bautista was considered a feeler for sometimes being too assuming. Shock-absorber was chosen for EK Encarnacion as he becomes too numb most of the time. Erick Fontanilla was considered a risk-taker for trying out new things while Hanna Gomez was quoted to be a care-giver to counteract Erick Fontanilla's aggressive attitude. Airah Luy insisted that she wants to be described as quaint. But since the rule says that all words end in -er, the team merely added -er to quaint thus forming quainter, which in the end really makes no sense... but then who cares?


Lastly, all authors were forced to provide something fresh about them. Airah Luy was described as "paulit-ulit? unlimited paulit-ulit?" dahil sa kanyang kadaldalan at paulit-ulit na pag-iinsist sa mga bagay-bagay. "Dating umii-spaghetti" ang description ni Cris Bautista dahil dati pala siyang cheerleader. "Agad-agad?" naman ang napili kay EK Encarnacion dahil kadalasan siyang assuming at inu-unahan ang mga bagay-bagay before things are actually said and, often, done. Si Erick Fontanilla ay sinabihang "laking bonakid" bilang sarcasm sa kanyang pagiging payatot. Sa pagtatapos, napagkasunduang si Hanna ay "dating underweight, ngayon heavyweight" because she was skinny then.






SocieTEA Blog (Photographs by Cris Bautista)

Coffee: Attendance and Mini-Program

Attendance
1. Airah Luy
2. Cris Bautista
3. EK Encarnacion
4. Erick Fontanilla
5. Hanna Gomez



"Coffee" Mini-Program (Photograph by Cris Bautitsta)


Mini-Program
Opening Prayer - EK Encarnacion
Typing of Author's Descriptions
Official Launching of SoceiTEA Blog and Twitter Page
The Story of the Carrot, Egg and Coffee Beans (Part 1)
Devotion: James 1:1-12
Discussion and Sharing of Opinions
-----COFFEE AND TEA BREAK-----
Coffee-Related Articles, Stories, Poems, Songs, Photos, Videos, and Other Forms of Media
Discussion and Sharing of Opinions
Prayer Requests
Closing Prayer



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Announcement

Due to a large crowd of coffee drinkers at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Soul SocieTEA will be transferring to Seattle's Best Coffee (still at the Mall of Asia, just across CBTL)

Seattle's Best Coffee (Photograph by Cris Bautista)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Announcement

Host: EK Encarnacion
Who: Anyone is invited!
Where: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Mall of Asia
When: July 5, 2012; 7:30 pm


Theme: Coffee

Ang larawan ay mula sa: http://creativesmiles118.blogspot.com



Things to Prepare:

1. To all Founders (Airah Luy, Cris Bautista, Erick Fontanilla and Hanna Gomez): 2 one-word English adjectives that describe you, 1 one-word Filipino adjective that describes you, and one weird/unknown fact about you. (Example: Juan de la Cruz - sentimental. antukin. punctual. 24 years old lang siya pero lagi siyang napagkakamalang 34 at may pamilya na. Saklap lang.)

2. To everyone who will come: at least 2 articles, stories, poems, songs, photos, videos, others and/or any combination that are related to the theme. (2 articles para maiwasan and chances na may magkapareho)


3. Bible kung meron. Kung wala, share-share na lang!

4. Writing Implement (ballpen, pencil, sign pen, highlighter etc.)