What if you were given a million dollar gift on your 7th birthday? That money should be used until you reach your 18th birthday. You can use the money to whatever you want to use it. The money is freely given to you on that birthday. You were entrusted to have it early and not to spend it until the right time comes. 

While waiting, you got tired and impatient. Since you have the money already, you decided to spend it, after all, you will be spending it anyway right? why not spend it now? 

Your 18th birthday came. No one showed up, no one even remembered that special day of yours. You're all messed up. You remember those years when you have a lot of friends travelling, shopping, drinking and partying with you, now, you have nothing, not even a single centavo. You regret the things that you've done. You should have not spent that gift early. It actually didn't make you happy, it just gave you fake friends, fake happiness, fake life, you gave it all the way but now, you can't give something any more, because it's all gone and spent. 

The money that is mentioned on that story symbolizes sex. It is given freely to us since the day we're born. God entrusted us to keep that gift until marriage, only reserved to someone special who deserves it. If we spend that gift to someone who's not worthy of it, the value gets lessen. Everytime we use and spend it, we lose it over and over again. 



"As a Christ follower, I could honestly say that sex (copulation) is a sacred blessing given to married couples. An engagement to such stands as a covenant in order for sons and daughters to multiply - more people means more souls to be reached out, more worshippers, more witnesses for Christ, more Christ disciples. Sex is so sacred that if placed out of context and out of God's grace, can be so harmful as it will compromise the promise of God to us in having an everlasting life."
- Ericson G. Guinto, Professor and church leader. 

"But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband."
-1 Corinthians 7:2 
Let us be reminded that sex is only given to married couples. Sex outside marriage is a disrespect to yourself, to your partner [or future partner] and to God. Make yourself pure from sexual immorality [like pornography, polygamy and same-sex activities], Honor your body for it is a temple of the Holy spirit. 
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;"
-1 Thessalonian 4: 3-5
 "Sex can never be equated to pornography because in the first place it is not how God designed it - a total distortion of a beautiful creation of God. Sex is sacred for two people become one through a covenant they made to God; a communion, a commitment to be faithful to one another. It is extremely opposite the way it should be in pornography - a deception that will lead you to degrade a woman because of just sexual selfish desires."
-Ephraim Termulo, Church Youth Leader/Freelance Software Engineer, 

Let us flee ourselves from sexual immorality by choosing God's light everyday, and that is His word. Let us enjoy sex that's inside marriage. Sex is a gift that should not be opened at the wrong time and wrong motives. Just like wine, the more we wait for it, the more it will taste good. 
So here we are now, on the last part of the Travel Book 2015 [Summer Edition] Series. It's been a good journey for me as a blogger to take you guys up and down to my beautiful country, the Philippines. A very divers country for having a cold weather on the mountains and peaks of Baguio City, to the northern provinces of Luzon all the way down  south with the summer heat of 2015 and the spectacular views of islands of Masbate pass and the rodeo province of the Philippines.

This is the review of our trip: 
  1. Travel Book 2015 - Chapter one: BLT (Breakthrough Leadership Training) 
  2. Travel Book 2015 - Lens Project: Baguio City and the North
  3. Travel Book 2015 - Chapter two: The Sentimental Value
  4. Travel Book 2015 - Lens Project: South Luzon
  5. Travel Book 2015 - Lens Project: Rodeo City 

Did you know that South Luzon and Rodeo City posts should be one, but there are many pictures for the post, it's gonna be long so i have to cut them into two.  



As i travel, i really fell in love with the beautiful creation of God that pushed me document every bits of it that it got me 1,000 + photos in my camera, thank goodness that atleast, majority is published on the internet. During this travel, i also brought down learnings, memories and of course, music with me. I am fascinated by Kari Jobe's "The Star and the Sky", the lyrics tells that everything is intact  because of God's powerful hands that holds us. In relation to that, i created a video documenting my travel plus this wonderful music of Kari, that video is also live in Youtube: Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL0xlv_Qr80 

Now, we are wrapping up this travel book for summer this year and see you again for my next travel in a mid year/post year edition. For the mean time, here's the video i created that should make you feel travelling down from the chills of Baguio City to the hot sunshine summery of southern beach of the Philippines!. Enjoy!

When i rode the ferry going back to Manila, there are dolphins swimming towards us, the other one even flipped, as if trying to make a show! Check it out on the vid!




What do you think about the video?

So, i have been mentioning Masbate in this blog for years now, but i am still not over with the place yet.  We are no down on the 2nd to the last post of my Travel Book 2015 [Summer Edition] Series. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy our travel down south to the Rodeo Capital of the Philippines! 


 
Oh sunsrise of Masbate Pass! 

Even though the summer here in the Philippines is almost over, remember, it's summer in the U.S., so, somewhere on earth is sunny and this post is still worth posting!. This is my 4th instalment for the Travel Book 2015 [Summer Edition] Series.
Travelling for me is a combination of thoughts, music, food and photography.

Most of the pictures taken here are on a bus, since i don't have an opportunity to ask the driver to stop and take some good shots. Featured places are: The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) views, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon Province, Bicol, Legazpi City and the Masbate Pass.
Check out the scenes and feel like you're also travelling down south of the Philippines with me (or on your own).







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