Amasake Chaya, Hakone’s Last Edo Period Teahouse

Tradition. History. Culture. Food. Drink. Nature. Tale of the Faithful 47 Ronin: Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check! They come together in this 400 year-old thatch-roofed countryside teahouse set amidst the lush mountains of Hakone. To facilitate travel, the town of Hakone— famous for its year-round stunning natural scenery, hot springs, and expansive options…

Peach Parfait: Must Try In Kurashiki

Cream and blueberry top plump firm extra sweet slices of local white peach above peach sorbet and peach yogurt within strawberry syrup and chunks of peach at Momoko (Momo = peach; Ko is a suffix for girls’ names). Hisako-san joined me for this perfect end to our lovely walking tour, adjourning early before the typhoon…

Kurashiki Handcrafted Gift

The lady vendor by the canal asked for my hand, right after I bought a small hair stick. Romantic right? She was assessing the diameter of my ring finger and right then and there made a small matching ring as my gift! . Reminds me of when we receive Jesus into our hearts, we get…

Pretty Rest Stop with Moriya Farm Steak and Cremia

There may be prettier ones but this is one of the prettiest pit stop rest area I’ve seen… with a flower garden and pond… rest benches… origami-decorated immaculately clean bathroom with new and modern utilities personal full length vanity mirrors… …and the yummiest beef barbecue on stick I’ve ever had! Moriya Farm’s cooked-upon-order, tender, perfectly…

Rejoice Even In Trial

Have you been challenged to feel joyful? The apostle Paul went beyond “Be Joyful” to emphatically “Rejoice” Even In Trial! . This man who faced danger and death repeatedly, hunger, cold, wrote to encourage people who were free while he was a captive in a Roman prison (opposed, alone, imprisoned not for harming others but…

Don Moen Philippines 2018 Concert

Need a REFRESH button right about now? Leave your toxins at a Don Moen concert! The Dove Award songwriter (God Will Make A Way, among his famous songs) returns to the Philippines with a message of hope through music. In this interview, he speaks encouragement thru music, using your gifts in whatever field you are…

Prayer for Person Discouraged by Aging

Praying for comfort, strength, refreshing; even as we wait upon healing that we ask for, may the Lord supernaturally help you fix your eyes on Him; that you will be clothed in God’s full armor so that amidst the enemy’s schemes to derail discourage dishearten you and destroy your joy, you will stand firm, stand…

Grief That Can’t Be Spoken

“There’s a grief that can’t be spoken, there’s a pain goes on and on” 🎼used to be my favourite line when I put Eddie Redmayne‘s Les Miz song on loop back in 2012 during a difficult time. There weren’t enough words to adequately express the immeasurable depth of that sorrow or merely attempting to begin…

Beauty in Brokenness

Have you ever felt broken? Nobody wants to be broken. But the bible illustrates how brokenness is the means by which we can be molded to grow, be fruitful, find true life, and be a channel of blessing to others. May you be encouraged that while brokenness is a temporary state, the character, growth, fruitfulness,…

Know Your Worth

Value appreciates depending on who was the maker, how much someone is willing to pay, and who has lived there. In your case, 1. God made you. 2.You were bought at a price—- the life of Jesus. 3. Holy Spirit lives in you. . The triune God, not man, determines your value. Next time someone…

Family Healing by Roni Gutierrez

How would you rate your family life right now? Are your relationships rife with drama? Conflict? Pride? Or just the cold, bitter, silence of indifference? Our families can cause us much pain. Yet at the same time, when we are blinded by pride and focus our lens on other people’s shortcomings instead of our own demons – we become…

Closing My Makati Store

“It’s like a relative is dying,” ran my thoughts with a whiff of sadness two weeks ago in anticipation of closing my Makati store. . Then this passage came to mind: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has…

3A’s on Sabbath Days

When he walks in the room, Reverend Tony Yeo might look familiar, bearing some resemblance to Jackie Chan or Eric Quizon. Pastor Tony is one of the two Senior Pastors at Covenant Evangelical Free Church of Singapore (CEFC).  His passion for leadership development through discipleship and mentoring have resulted in over thirty years of proven…

Migo Adecer Testimony, Kuhl Event 2018

Migo Adecer—Filipino-Australian singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor— talks about how easy it is to go off the right path in his line of work, how God disciplines, how he has witnessed God’s blessings from obedience.  This was taken during the March 16 Kuhl Event at CCF Center. He chose to sing the song, Lost Stars,…