Friday, October 20, 2017

Friendship Post by Cherry Moriones Doromal

Cherry Moriones Doromal Archive

Field Trip with Dad and Mom in USA and Korea

Choose Life by Cherry Moriones Doromal

In Marinduque with Family by Zekie and Strong Doromal

Little Cousins' Slumber Party with Zekie and Strong Doromal

Repertory Philippines Performance by Strong Doromal

Statti Farm Italy with Zekie Doromal

Study Tour in Italy by Zekie Doromal

Mall Show Hosting by Zekie and Strong Doromal

Salon Time by Zekie and Strong Doromal

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oceana Water Park by Strong Doromal

Marinduque Delicacies by Zekie and Strong Doromal

Basic Drum Fills Tutorial by Zekie Doromal

The Scholar by Strong Doromal performed at Mahatma Gandhi International School

Napa Valley by Strong Doromal

Z06 Corvette by Cherry Moriones Doromal

Lemoore by Strong Doromal

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room by Strong Doromal

Performance Task at St Andrews School by Zekie Doromal

Mall Talent Show by Zekie and Strong Doromal

Miss Universe in Manila by Cherry Moriones Doromal

Basic Drums by Zekie Doromal

Pancake by Strong Doromal

Educational Trip:Incheon Korea by Strong Doromal

Korea by Strong Doromal

Field Trip to Korea and USA by Strong Doromal

Montage Laguna Beach CA by Strong Doromal

Worldmark Las Vegas by Strong Doromal

Choose Life!

                                                                   Choose Life!
                                                  By Cherry Moriones Doromal
The last couple of weeks have been full of surprises. And not all surprises are desirable.

As shared with my husband and sister-in-law one day: "Though I post a bucketload of feel-good stuff on my wall, what my FB followers don't know is that my inbox is flooded with all sorts of issues shared by people... by friends and strangers alike from different parts of the world. And social media has long been my special kind of personal ministry in a manner that only I and God know."

Speaking of not-so-desirable news, one instance that really broke my heart recently was when I heard about the 7-year old Filipino-Australian boy Julian Cadman who was one of the 13 casualties of the so-called Las Ramblas attack in Barcelona-- terrorism case, August 17, 2017. The kid and his mom who are residents of Lalor Park, New South Wales, Sydney Australia were only visiting Barcelona at that time to attend a wedding when the terrorist's van drove into the busy tourist district killing thirteen and injuring many others. As mentioned, Julian died and the mom has been undergoing series of surgeries since then.

Lalor Park is particularly close to my heart as I had the chance, not so long ago, to visit the place, mingle with community leaders and attend some of their community meetings through my friend Cindy. Anyhow, the lighter side of this story is learning that the entire Lalor Park community (from the school, to the firefighters to the local police) had recently initiated a superhero tribute for Julian where kids and adults dressed up in superhero costumes along with their GoFundMe fundraising efforts for the family of the victim. Anyway, it's just one of the pile of stories I encounter in my inbox.

Meanwhile, a 60-year old close family friend who was one of my enthusiastic FB likers passed away this week without any hint that it would happen quite soon. Until now, I can't remember anything about her but features of happiness in all of her posts. That's why it was jaw-dropping to hear that she's gone home instantly, right? And just before the week ended, the young spouse of another treasured young female friend passed away after a 3-day dengue battle... That's after providing him with all the best medical attention, intervention and support by the family.

The whole point is that we don't own our earthly life and that death may come at any age, expectedly or not... I hope everybody puts that in mind.

People tend to complain, feel despondent or dispirited for various life issues without realizing that they're nothing as compared with what others are going through.
I am inspired by what Kuya Ed Lapiz said last night in his message: "If you have a problem, do something about it. If you can't do anything about your problem, leave it to God. Do the possible...and leave the impossible to God."

Well, let me cut this message here and finish it up with these Biblical verses as we begin our new week:

Deuteronomy 30:19
"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." Psalm 55:22

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest." John 10:10

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." Isaiah 40:8

Dad and Son
That's  Me and Strong at Montage Laguna Beach, CA
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Meet my family!
Me, Zekie, Strong and hubby Wilson

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Are you Ready for Retirement?

Are You Ready for Retirement?

"Dream but don't sleep." -- Cherry Moriones-Doromal
Strong and I with  my Dad and Mom on our recent US trip

Today hubby Wilson will start with his mandatory Senior Executive Course which should last for about a year, inclusive of special trainings in the US (normally with FBI). Other than that, all PNP officers like him are required to pass the Civil Service CSEE and/ or Police Executive Senior Examination given by #NAPOLCOM as requirement for future promotion-- as in his case, for possible senior superintendent (full colonel) and chief superintendent (general) posts, by the Almighty's  approval and in His time.
With my Dad and Mom at Montage Laguna Beach CA--- Retired, but they never get tired!

One night, during the course of our preparation, I personally interviewed hubby using my own mock questions. I asked him: "How do you see yourself 3,5 and 10 years from now?" He paused for a moment and uttered sincere, hopeful, precise words in all humility which undoubtedly made me realize how blessed I am to be given a genuine-hearted Christian public servant husband.

"Relax and let our requests be made known to our God! Let's live one day at a time in faith that our Father has His own perfect will in our career, in our family, as well as in our roles and ministry for the country," that's my brief encouragement  for him.

Then came into my mind these three extraordinary accomplished  men whom I had a series of one-on-one personal talk and encounter lately. 

Case #1 (Knows when to slowdown and stop... and he currently enjoys the fruit of his labor)

The first one is a successful lawyer, with astounding achievements in the corporate, international and local legal practice. He is in his early 70s and is semi-retired (as he termed it), spending most of his time developing his vast farm, caring about the environment. And as a matter choice, he is now living an unelaborate, healthy life well-spent with equally super successful luminary wife and fellow-accomplished friends (some of them we regularly see on tv, web and we get to listen to them on radio programs), incessantly discovering new knowledge to benefit humanity. 

"You know, Cherry, what we're doing now in this organic farm are efforts to live longer and healthier," he whispered to me as we were traversing the hanging bridge in his property. 

I need not mention that this man is considerably rich, famous and influential. He lets his investments work for him now that he is slowing down a bit. Along the way, he still maintains several businesses and a pretty decent law firm in a prestigious building in Ortigas. 

This man wrote his latest book recently, sharing his testimony to the world. Despite all his accomplishments and busy itinerary, he allots time for Bible study and fellowship with his small group in his home in Valle Verde.  He regularly makes time for old-time acquaintances and friends like us. 

Without need of superfluous words from him, his inner happiness naturally radiates on his face; therefore, I would say that he is indeed a successful man!

Case #2 (Super active and apparently without plan to retire)

The next man that I will be gossiping about today is an 82-year old politician- businessman. I call him dad whenever we talk in private. I have learned so much  wisdom from him as he would often impart his secrets about business--telling me the details on how he became a billionaire by using his creativity--as well as his personal styles and strategies for successfully raising his politician children, training them to become world-class athletes first, then transforming them into international scholars, then businessmen, and now, active politicians.  I guess, this man has no plans to retire. He was hospitalized several times, but, as a medical doctor himself, he would always say that he is aware of the capacity and needs of his own body; for that reason, he stubbornly carries out whatever projects he has in mind and no one dares to stop him, because the man is resolute about his goals. He has positioned the tracks and future of all his loved ones already.

Despite his age, he, still, is an active politician as well as a highly-esteemed civic and business leader. To tell you, no one can beat this man's diligence!  He would wake up each day around 3:30 am and would be in his project sites from 4:00 am to 12:00 pm where he simultaneously entertains everyone (meaning, all levels of visitors! From the masses asking for help and financial assistance, project coordinators, local political leaders, and various people with all their distinct requests). Vision and passion are his constant baggage and companion, as well as his daily dose of strength.

Case #3: (Extremely accomplished yet alone and lonely)

Finally, here's an 83-year old American tycoon, newsmaker, political influencer, diplomat, art collector, preserver of endangered wildlife species. Checking on his bio would make me run out of adjectives to describe his achievements.  Just to give you an idea, with all his recorded contributions to the world, even to the White House during his time, in science, in the military, genetic engineering, arts, and so forth, even Einstein might have second thoughts about who is greater between them. Of course,  he is a billionaire! Nevertheless, despite his age and weakening body, he still tirelessly explores business opportunities with foreign investors and government leaders.

Upon an intimate one-on-one talk a few weeks ago, I asked him why he thinks he has to work like that.  I said, "You already gave each member of your family more than enough inheritance. Now, you are by yourself living a kingly lifestyle without family and friends."  In his shaky voice, he began sharing his life stories to me... And in the course of his narration, he began shedding tears and more tears. In my mind, I couldn't believe that someone of his calibre would text me and invite me into his own home to ask for advice. He was political adviser to US senators and a prominent  US vice president (who later on run as president) during his time. He was cum laude in the same school where President Donald Trump studied.He served as diplomat in different parts of the world most of his life. He owns luxurious properties and currently proposes projects to governments with figures in dollars which I couldn't decipher in my own mental arithmetic. Despite those, he is sad... and unsatisfied.

All in all, why am I thinking about these things today? Probably, as a form or realization since I just got home from a twenty-day US trip with my parents who both recently retired from government service.  Simple as they are, all their lives, they had  worked hard to provide for the family and they performed their  functions in humility, love and passion. What a blessing it is that they are currently enjoying the fruits of their labor in complete strength, perfect health and with total happiness in their heart.

Think about this...
Ecclesiastes 1:3
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Green Kitchen by BloggerMom

Hello everyone! In answer to literally hundreds of requests from my friends and followers, I'll be making my original recipes available for sale online and delivered right at your doorstep here in the Philippines. 

For Metro Manila residents, we are creating a strategy  wherein we will be able to deliver your orders within a maximum of three hours.

Without further ado, let me introduce to you The Green Kitchen a.k.a. The Green Kitchen Online or The Green Kitchen Philippines.

With our panel of professional culinary experts, dietician consultants, medical doctors and chemists partnering with us, we are currently developing healthful, great- tasting products which we hope to make you feel happy about! 

May I share, as well, that upon our soft launch of The Green Kitchen FB sites two days ago, there were esteemed establishments who signified their intent for collaboration with us through distribution of our products.  What a promising development, right?!

For now, may I request that you stay tuned and like these pages :

Thanks and see yah all later!

The Green Kitchen was created out of passion.  Homemade. Gourmet. Healthful Food. Lovingly Shared with the World.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

Get Wisdom at Any Cost
#progressive vs #traditional learning
By Cherry Moriones Doromal
"Get Wisdom at Any Cost"-- That's the heading of Proverbs 4 (NIV) penned by one of my favorite authors of all time King Solomon😉 And who, again, is Solomon? Some of you, gentlemen, might say: "Ahhh! I also like Solomon, the king with 700 wives and 300 concubines!" 😜 True! But he is also that King of Israel who asked God for wisdom. Having pleased the Lord about his intentions,he was given unsurpassed wisdom, plus wealth and  honor. (1 Kings 3:5-13)

If you have time, I suggest that you read the entirety of Proverbs 4. It is concise and beautiful!  But for now let's concentrate on verses 7 and 8 :

"7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you."

How do we get wisdom?

As a #TeacherMom, I am a strong advocate of progressive learning.  My kids are very much aware (at least in theory for now, as they're still young) that we get wisdom from combined channels of learning, not only  from books.  In this family, we make learning as enjoyable and light as possible!

Contrary and with all due respect to traditional learning, we do not set a time limit for learning and teaching in our family. The reason is that every minute is an opportunity to learn. Again, wisdom is not only derived from formal schooling. Whenever we watch the television, we learn from the program, depending on what we watch... When we go to the supermarket, we learn math, economics, promotion,advertising, as well as respect, discipline and patience especially when we have to wait long for our turn in the cashier.

We learn primarily from our family, associates, and mostly from experiences (experiential learning), practice and other avenues such as travel, observation, listening, experimentation, arts, music, sports, socialization and dealing with various people at all levels in society, service, and engagement in diverse activities which develop our intellect, physique, emotional maturity and discipline.

Above all, we should abide by the ultimate tip about wisdom as contained in Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Though life is a ceaseless learning opportunity for all and that we learn spectacular things along the way, alone or in collaboration with others,  I still believe that those are nothing without fear of the Almighty.  For that reason, whatever we learn each day, and through whatever manner, we would like to commit them for the glory of God.

Below are some photos showing you how we study/learn day after day.  Posted also is a chart comparing "Traditional" and "Progressive" learning, for your guidance.

Let me expound  a bit on the concept of progressive learning in simple terms. In traditonal school, we learn that 1+1 is 2. In progressive learning, we learn and apply math in practical manners which might have never been discussed in books. For instance, I bought a "buy 1 take 1 apple" from a fruit stand for "pasalubong" to Zekie and Strong. So, how many apples do I have upon reaching home?  The books would tell me, 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2.  However, when I opened  my shopping bag, I learned that the other apple is rotten and only one is fresh and may be eaten. In reality, my 1+1 apple is not 2 but 1. That is progressive learning. In progressive learning, "real life" situations become our teachers.

As you might have noticed, I write and share a lot online and my posts are found in innumerable sites outside of FB -- which I, too, can't total😜-- pardon me as I am constantly excited performing my passion and calling: "To Learn, Lead, Teach, Serve, Influence and Inspire".

What wisdom have you learned in this life that you can share with others? Each of us is a unique living book where others may obtain wisdom from.

#wisdom #learning #teaching #progressivelearning by Cherry Moriones Doromal

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How Much Does Wisdom Cost?

How Much Does Wisdom Cost?
By: Cherry Moriones Doromal
Part 1

"In our scholarships, it is God's wisdom, not our own, that comes into play!"

The other day I posted about the school fair we went to, wherein representatives from various American universities visited Manila to invite our students or open the possibility for our Filipino students to  take college in the US.

Going over the brochures and flyers, for SY 2017-2018, the average school fee for international students in a US school plays around 40-45k USD, or when you are lucky enough to get financial aid or scholarship, the cost would run roughly around 20k-25k USD for a year. By the way, these are public US universities.

Here in the Philippines, the top local private universities will extract some 150k-200k PHP (or 3k-4k USD) out of Momma's pocket a year, whereas school fees for good international schools here in the country run from P500,000 to 2M (10k USD to 40k USD).

That is how expensive education is in our children's generation.

So much about the school fees and all, in my quiet time today, I was led to read  the entire Chapters 3 and 4 of Proverbs which give us enlightenment on words "WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING".

Proverbs 3❤️ I find Proverbs 3:5-6 quite comforting as it says: " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

Looking back at the many years of leaning on God, I just want to repeatedly praise Him for all his favor.

As to the schooling of my sons alone, for instance, Zecheriah "Strong" got accelerated and went straight to Grade One in international school MGIS ( aside from earning "bragging rights", the same had saved us financially around P300k or 6K USD), next he was given a full scholarship for straight four years amounting to roughly P2M or 40K USD.

God's fountain of wisdom and graciousness did not end up with Strong, as along with it, my older son Ezekiel "Zekie" was also granted a full scholarship amounting to more or less P2.5M (50k USD).

Afterwards, however, due to curriculum changes (K-12) and other factors, I decided to transfer my children to Victory Christian International School where they are currently on  Home Study Program using Bob Jones USA curriculum while they are being prepared for real life (undergoing one-on-one special skills training, workshops, and honing of talents outside of the school).

Incidentally, upon entry to VCIS, I was surprised to learn that, again, my boys would be full scholars. And as a bonus, Zekie had another international exchange scholarship opportunity allowing him to explore different schools in Italy last year, 2016. The cost for experience of studying in Europe and meeting people of another culture? PRICELESS!

By the way, it is mandatory for Zekie to attend a regular school for SY 2017-2018 as he enters his Senior High. I am looking at Southville International School or the regular school of Victory Christian International School (VCIS).
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom, Lord?

Our God is bigger than our needs! Our God is bigger than our dreams!
(to be continued...) #scholarships #internationaleducation #education #bloggermom #cherrymoriones #cherrydoromal #manila #philippines