A Few More Minutes

This morning I went to the barber shop. While waiting for my turn to have a new look, I sat down next to a man on a bench outside the shop, near a garage. "That's my son over there," he said, pointing to the little boy in red sweater riding his bike. "Yeah, he's a fine looking boy, I also have a son almost his age." I said.

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "Can we go now, Matthew?" Mat pleaded, "Just a few more minutes. Please?" The man nodded and Mat continued to ride his bike to his heart's content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now?" Again Mat pleaded, "Wait dad. Just a few more minutes. Please?" The man smiled and said, "OK"

He looked at me and smiled so I said, "You certainly are a patient father, that's really nice." The man smiled and then said, My older son John was killed back home by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike. I never spent much of those time with John and now I'd give anything just for a few minutes with his brother. I've vowed not to make the same mistake with Mat. He thinks he has a few more minutes to ride his bike. The truth is, I get a few more minutes to watch him play."

Life is all about making priorities. I'll give my dear ones a few more minutes of my time today, and everyday. What are your priorities?

The Parable of The Pipeline

Hi, I'd like to share with you this video I got from youtube. It's all about how to lessen our money pressures and be financially free so we can enjoy life.

Rich or poor, people have one thing in common, it's called time. We all have the same 24 hours in one day. That means we can begin our journey...now.

Imagine how wonderful life can be when we never have to worry our financial future again. We can also share our blessings to others. It will be a feeling worth more than any price you can name.

Have a rich breakfast moment and remember that money is not the root of all evil, but the love of it.

Useless?

I read the story that a group of women recently held a meeting to help the tsunami victims. Aside from raising funds, they also decided to bring to their next meeting, whatever useless things they had around in their houses.

Guess what?

In the next meeting they all turned up with their husbands.

Have a funny breakfast moment and remember that in His sight, no one is useless.

Let's Help the Victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy

Here is a story I heard about how people trap monkeys.

Food is placed inside an empty coconut shell. The monkey would put his hand into the shell through a little hole and would grab the food. But when it would pull out his hand, it would not fit through the hole anymore because of its closed fist holding the food.

If only it would let go of the food, the monkey could go away freely. But the monkey would not let go, and so it was easily trapped.

Have a nice breakfast moment. And may I ask, what are those things you cannot let go? Is it your pride, your sins, your vices, your riches? Maybe these are the things that "trap you." As we go on in life, may our hands be more open in giving and in sharing. Let us give, while we live. Let's help victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy.

"The best way to receive is to give." - Anonymous


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The Handbrake

Any driver will tell you about feeling frustrated at not being able to get going despite stepping on the gas - and all because the handbrake is engaged.

Do you sometimes feel that life is a drag, and the journey is burdensome and difficult? Maybe it is because you haven't really "let go." Check your handbrake. Check it now!

Enjoy your breakfast moment and may we be able to let go of all the things that prevent us from moving forward.

The Three Legged Chickens

A couple was driving the car on a country road. Suddenly a three legged chicken came running after the car, passed it and run into a side road.

"Wow!" said the husband, "Did you see how fast that chicken could run!" Shortly after, another chicken came and passed the car with a tremendous speed. The wife said "And did you see that it had three legs!"

Now they were really curious about these chickens so they decided to follow the road where the three legged chickens just went. Eventually they came up to a farm and to their surprise there were many three legged chickens running around. The farmer came out to greet them. Now they had to ask him about how it is possible to breed three legged chickens.

The farmer explained: "You see we are three in this family, me, my wife and our son. And every time we had chicken to eat, we all wanted the chicken club. So we tried and tried and managed to create a race of three legged chicken so we all could have a club!

Fantastic! And how does this chickens taste?
"Well", said the farmer, "there is a problem - we still have not been able to catch one!"

Have a funny breakfast moment and always remember that patience is the virtue.

Hungry for Peanuts

A priest was visiting an old lady in her home on a beautiful morning. She offered him coffee and they sat down in the living room for a nice chat.

After a while the man saw a bowl of peanuts at the side table. He asked the old lady if he could have one. She said, "of course, help yourself".

After a little while he took some more and she just smiled. So when he wanted even more he said, "I am eating so many of your peanuts, I hope it's ok".

She answered him, "Eat them all if you want! I cannot chew them with no teeth so I have just sucked off the chocolate on all of them.

Have a funny breakfast moment & always remember to be a blessing to others.

Tortang Talong! Wow, Eggplant Omelette!

Tortang Talong (eggplant omelette) is a very simple dish and does take a little patience to prepare. But, the result is very rewarding. You will find it at just about any restaurant in the Philippines. It is very tasty and very affordable. No wonder it's one of everyone's favorite breakfast meals.

Cooking this dish consists of a two-stage process. First you must cook the eggplant by roasting it. The best way to do this is to roast it on the grill over hot coals or on a gas grill. If you don’t have time to do it the traditional way, you can also use your microwave oven. The second stage is making the batter that consists of scrambled eggs.

So let’s get down to it and make some Tortang Talong (eggplant omelette).

Ingredients:

· 2 to 4 talong (eggplants), average size
· 2 to 3 eggs, beaten
· salt and pepper to taste
· oil for frying

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Broil eggplants until tender (the skins are charred and blister appears).
  2. Once cool, peel off the skins of the eggplant and retain the crown and the stem. Gently flatten its meat by using the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Dip each eggplant, one at a time into the egg mixture. Gently bring the bowl near the skillet and tip, lowering the eggplant onto the heated oil.
  5. Fry until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the other. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm and serve.
Hmmm, fantastic breakfast. Enjoy your breakfast moment.

Upset? Angry?

Do you easily get upset by people, things or events around you? Don't! Remember, when you get UPSET, you have been SETUP by the evil one.

Do you get angry easily? Don't! Remember, when you get angry, you punish yourself unnecessarily.

Should you get upset or angry, remember the wet cement: the longer you stay on it, the harder it will be to get out of it.

Have a relaxing breakfast moment and let us not allow anything or anyone to upset or make us angry.

Extra Challenge

One day, there was a rich man who had a huge rock placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the boulder. Some of the rich man's friends and wealthiest merchants came by and simply walked around it.

Many loudly blamed the rich man for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the big rock, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the rock had been. The purse contained so much amount of money, and a note from the rich man indicating that the money was for the person who removed the huge rock from the roadway.

Enjoy your breakfast moment and always remember that every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.

Stay In Peace

Think about it: "If people talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead of them."

Have a solemn breakfast moment and let us stay in peace, no matter what, no matter where.

Amazing

Remember the story about a boy who was named "Amazing" by his father? He became the butt of jokes because of his name, so much so that he asked that his name be not inscribed in his tombstone so that people would forget his name forever.

And so on his tombstone were written just the date of birth, and the date of death, no name. But whenever people saw this, they ended up saying, "that's amazing!"

Have a nice breakfast moment and never mind the amazing things. Let's just leave behind a good name.

Three Stages of Life

There are 3 stupid (please forgive my used word) stages of life:

TEEN-AGE LIFE
Have time + energy ...but no money


WORKING AGE
Have money + energy ...but no time


OLD AGE
Have time + money...but no energy

Which stage are you?
Have a nice breakfast moment & God bless us all...

Tapsilog! Wow, tapsilog!


Hi, how's your breakfast today? Hope it's fine. Starting this weekend and onwards, i'll include in this site some very basic and simple breakfast meal ideas. An today I'm gonna start with tapsilog.

Tapsilog is a common breakfast in the Philippines. It's also part of Nanay's (Mom's) cooking legacy. Well, probably all moms anyway. The formula is simple, marinated meat, garlic rice and a fried egg.

Below is how she (my mom) exactly does it, except I use easy-to-cook steak and I added sugar.

And what’s the best way to serve? Tapsilog-style!

Ingredients:
Beef scotch fillet steak, sliced into thin strips
1 to 2 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1tsp sugar (optional)
Salt and pepper

Procedure:
1. Combine all of the above and marinate beef over night.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add beef and marinate mixture into the pan. Fry on high heat and cook until the liquid dries up.

3. For sinangag, stir-fry rice with left-over oil used in the same pan (as little oil as possible). Serve tapsilog - beef tapa, sinangag and sunny side up egg. Sliced tomatoes on the sides.

Perfect for breakfast. Enjoy your breakfast moment.

PS. Please comment on how you like it and please share it to your friends and relatives especially to the OFW. It might make them feel at home and happy. Thanks.

Challenges

Are you challenged today? Here's what they have to say:

“Contentment is for cows; a challenging purpose is for people.”
- Denis Waitley

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”
- Henry J. Kaiser

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
- Arnold Palmer

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”
-
Terry Bradshaw

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
-
Albert Einstein

“There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.”
- William F. Halsey

“I will say this for adversity: People seem to be able to stand it, and that is more than I can say for prosperity.”
- Kin Hubbard

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
- Peter Marshal

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch—what makes you go beyond the norm.”
- Cicely Tyson

“A feeling of confidence and personal power comes from facing challenges and overcoming them.”
-
Brian Tracy

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The walking of Man is falling forwards.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fortunately, problems are an everyday part of our life. Consider this: If there were no problems, most of us would be unemployed. Realistically, the more problems we have, and the larger they are, the greater our value to our employer.”
- Zig Ziglar

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
- Margaret Thatcher

Lessons From the Ants

Take some moments and learn from the ants. With their heavy load, they make it a point to stop and greet one another. You know what they tell one another? "Carry on, you are doing well!" They ENCOURAGE one another. They do not put down each other.

There is yet one reason we can learn from the ants: I have never seen a group of ants sitting around, playing cards, or taking it easy while the others are working. They all work hard, and they work together as a team.

Have an encouraging breakfast moment and let us not be stingy with praise and affirmation, and appreciate the value of work and the value of teamwork.

The Missed Train

There is a story about three men who were drunk. They were out to catch the last train which was already pulling out of the station. The three tried to run and catch up with the train. The train conductor pulled in the first, and then the second. But he failed when he tried to pull the third. So the third man was left behind.

The station master expressed sorrow with the man who was left behind. But the man said, "Well, I am sorry for those guys. You see, they were here just to see me off!"

Have a funny breakfast moment and remember not to miss the important person in our life... it's Him, and the most important thing in our life... it's love.

Persistence, Decision, Action, Winning Ideas

"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."
- Edward Eggleston

"The sad fact is that people are poor because they have not yet decided to be rich. People are overweight and unfit because they have not yet decided to be thin and fit. People are inefficient time wasters because they haven't yet decided to be highly productive in everything they do."
- Brian Tracy

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."
- Zig Ziglar

Ideas worth spreading. Watch!

The 4-H for Peace

For a peaceful life, don't forget these four H's:

Honesty. Yes, honesty is still the best policy. An honest person is a person at peace.

Humility
. A person finds peace and contentment when he has no airs about himself, when he knows and accepts himself and does not pretend to be something or someone else.


Hard Work
. There is no substitute for hardwork. You know how empty it feels to be all form and no substance. Are you hard working or hardly working?


Holiness
. Follow God's ways and you will have peace. Turn away from God and you will never find peace.


And one more H - Humor! Don't take yourself too seriously. Smile, laugh, and, with childlike confidence trust in Him, who has a terrific sense of humor. Just look at the mirror and you will see what I mean hehe...

Have a happy breakfast moment and remind ourselves to go back to the heart and find Him.

PS 1. Make your relatives and friends happy by sharing this site.
PS 2. If you have a breakfast moment to share, email me at sanrafael3115@yahoo.com
PS 3. Thanks a lot & Godspeed...

Tenacity

Here's a story I heard about a man driving up to Baguio for the first time. It was dark and foggy. Fortunately there was another car ahead of him. So he decided to follow the car and, in fact, tailgated it through the thick fog.

He was elated with his strategy. Then in the thick fog the car ahead stopped, and when it did not move for some time, he blew his horn. The other driver alighted from his car and asked him what was wrong.

"Abante na," he said. "Let's keep going."

The other driver retorted: "What do you mean, keep going. I'm already in my garage!"

Have a funny breakfast moment and lets follow Him through thick and thin 'till we reach heaven.

Reading The Signs

A motorist was driving in the country when he came upon a priest and a rabbi standing on the shoulder of the road, fishing. Next to them was a sign that read "Turn Around. The End Is Near."

The motorist didn't like to be preached to, so he rolled down the window and yelled, "Mind your own business, you religious nuts!"

A few seconds later the two fishermen heard tires screech, then a splash.

The rabbi turned to the priest and said, "I told you we should've just written, 'Bridge Out'."

Enjoy your breakfast moment and remember that being righteous is better than being religious.

Dealing With Pain

The story is told about a patient who was writhing in pain, and so he asked his doctor's help. After some thought, the doctor said: "OK, I'll give you morphine".

In response, the patient cried out: "No, doctor, I want less pain, not more pain!"

Have a funny breakfast moment and may we be able to deal with pain, and not to escape in vain.

A Lesson from the Rice Stalks

One day, while helping my father in the farm, I noticed the tall rice stalks that swayed in the wind. I told my father how bountiful the harvest would be that year.

My father, without even looking at the rice stalks, taught me a lesson I could never forget. "Son", he said, "those rice stalks that stand tall and straight are empty and have nothing. It is those which are bent and lowly that are heavy with grain.

Enjoy your breakfast moment and let us remain good and humble and not to envy those who seem to prosper by evil ways.

You Want To Help The Poor, Right?

"The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration.

Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two.

But inspiration will cause them to rise out of their misery.

If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich.

Prove it by getting rich yourself."

-Wallace D. Wattles

Want More Miracles? Be Generous

Want More Miracles? Be Generous.

This happened some twenty years ago.

One day, I discovered I only had P9,000 left in my savings, tucked safely in my desk drawer. Aside from that, I had P700 in my wallet. That was it. My entire net worth. The total sum of my wealth! I was the poorest “Chairman of the Board” this universe has ever known. (I was Chairman of two ministry organizations.)

At about nine that morning, a friend called up and told me that her daughter was in the hospital, and that she needed P9,000, pronto!

I wanted to ask her, “Are you sure it’s not P9,700?”

I closed my eyes and asked God what to do. And as clear as daylight, I felt He told me in my heart, “Give it to her.”

So I told my friend as cheerfully as I could, “Pick up your money here,” hiding my anxiety. At the back of my mind, I was already imagining the morbid consequences of my decision. Living with only P700 in my wallet meant not eating my favorite pizza.

A few minutes later, another friend barged through our front door, weeping, and told me about her family problems. It ended with her very nervous plea, “Bo, can you give me P500?”

I started laughing. “Not P700?”

She shook her head, baffled at my question. I pulled out my wallet and gave her P500. (When you have a very thin wallet, that simple act was very difficult to do!) But as I did that, a small crumpled, folded-up paper popped out of my wallet. I picked it up and couldn’t believe my eyes: It was another P500!

Where in the world did that come from? Suddenly, I felt God was telling me it was “miracle” time.

In my excitement, I wanted to get my P9000 ready to be given away. (Who knows what will pop out as I did that?)

I went to my room and grabbed the wad of paper bills from my drawer—and shoved it into an envelope. But before sealing it, I thought of recounting the cash.

I counted, “One thousand…two thousand…three thousand… four thousand…” I began to cry when I counted, “ten thousand… eleven thousand… twelve thousand… thirteen thousand… fourteen thousand… fifteen thousand!”

To this day, I don’t know where that extra money came from. Perhaps I counted it wrong the first time. But whatever reason, it really doesn’t matter. What I knew was God was telling me a very simple message, a message that I still bring in my heart to this day—“When I give, God will take care of me.”

I knelt down and said, Thank you Lord. You still want me to eat pizza.”

The Universe Is A Giant Mirror

I’ve never forgotten that lesson in my life.

Life is a mirror. If I smile at the mirror, the mirror will smile back at me. If I frown, the mirror will frown back. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be very worried if I smile at the mirror and the mirror frowns back. Heebeejeebies.

The universe operates like a giant mirror. What I give, I receive. Most of what happens to me is simply a reflection of what I’ve been giving to the universe.

People ask me why my life is so profoundly blessed. One reason is because I’ve been giving.

I remember one old story I’d like to share with you…

Trip To Jerusalem

When I was 16 years old, I won a trip to Jerusalem from a Bible Quiz on national TV. Not the “Trip to Jerusalem” where kids circle around chairs. (That’s how Filipinos call the game “musical chairs”.) I really won a trip to Israel.

It was the first time I was going to travel, and I was going to travel all by myself for 41 days, visiting 20 cities all over Europe.

Obviously, as a 16 years old backpacker, I was scared and excited at the same time. My mother sewed a hidden pouch on my socks and inserted my dollars there. Because they were very few. Her instructions to me, “Don’t stay in hotels, stay in convents. Don’t eat in restaurants, buy your food and eat on park benches.”

My first stopover was Athens, Greece.

I sat in the airport, waiting for my flight to Israel, when a somewhat plumpish woman (okay, really plumpish woman) came walking towards me carrying two huge suitcases.

I ran to help out. I said, “Madame, can I help carry your things?”

She didn’t understand a word I said.

I knew a little Spanish, so I asked, “Puedo llevar tus cosas?”

She also didn’t understand.

Being charismatic, I was tempted to speak in tongues. But decided against it. Instead, I used the universal language.

I held up my hands as though I was carrying two suitcases.

Immediately, she understood. She handed me her suitcases, thinking perhaps I was a porter.

I then moved my hand like it were a plane, made the “whoooo” sound, and said, “Jerusalem.”

Her face lit up. She did the hand action of a plane, the “whoooo” sound of a plane, and said, “Jerusalem!” We were going to the same place.

We walked to the airline counter. I gave my ticket and the kindly gentleman gave me my boarding pass. I was ready to fly.

It was the woman’s turn. She handed her ticket with a smile. The man read her ticket, shook his head, and said, “I’m sorry Ma’am, this is an invalid ticket. You can’t ride this plane.”

“Buy Her A Ticket!”

She couldn’t understand him.

They had to get a translator, what language I have no idea, to tell her that she had to buy a new ticket if she wanted to fly.

Tearfully, she told them that she had no money. And that this was a stop over for her too, so she was stranded. The man behind the counter raised their hands in surrender, telling her they couldn’t do anything about it.

She picked up her suitcases from me. She walked to a corner of the airport, sat down, and wept loudly.

I watched her from the distance. How could I leave her like this? But what could a 16 year old kid do?

So I prayed, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”

I learned that was a very dangerous question to ask. Don’t take it flippantly.

Because in my heart, I felt God tell me, “Buy her a ticket.” It was absolutely nuts! Didn’t He know that my dollars was in my socks?

I walked up to the counter guy and asked, “How much is a ticket to Israel?” He said, “$256”.

Gulp.

But I knew in my heart that I had to do it.

A Miracle Happens

I walked up to the weeping lady.

Through sign language, I told her I was going to buy her a ticket. (I tapped my back pocket and did my plane hand action again.) She understood me immediately. She literally jumped for joy and hugged me. I disappeared in her embrace.

Gently, I brought her down. I checked for broken bones and found none. We both walked to the counter.

“Sir,” I announced, “I’m buying a plane ticket for this lady.”

The man gasped. He asked, “Do you know her?”

“No, I don’t. I just met her here.”

He shook his head. “Are you rich?”

I smiled. “No. But my Father is rich!”

He didn’t want to sell me a ticket. He called his big boss. In a few minutes, the man marched in and they both argued our situation.

Finally, when our flight was about to go, I thought I heard the big boss sighed in exasperation and said, “Okay. Let the lady fly. But don’t let this stupid guy pay!”

I couldn’t believe it. They were letting her have a free ride. My dollars remained safely in my socks.

Both of us boarded the plane. We even sat beside each other and prayed together.

I was sixteen when this happened.

You can imagine the impact this event had in my young life. I learned that if we give, God will see us through. I learned that giving will open my life to His miracles.

That is why to this day, giving has become a lifestyle.

My Friend Earns P1.5M In One Day

Last week, I wrote about a friend who told me he wanted to donate P1 Million to build one Anawim home, our ministry for the abandoned elderly. It’ll house 20 Lolos and Lolas that we’ll pick up from the streets.

He told me about his desire to donate on a Sunday.

On Monday, he texted me. He was so shocked because in one of his income streams, he earned P1.5M on that day!

Talk about instant provision.

I believe miracles happen when we give.

Give and experience more miracles happen in your life.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

Are You A Christian?

The story is told about a small boy who sat with his monther in church. During the homily, the priest kept asking the question "What is a Christian?" each time pounding his fist on the pulpit.

Feeling nervous with the repeated questioning, the little boy whispered to his mother, "Mama, do you know what a Christian is?"

"Yes dear, just sit and listen," said the mother. When the priest thundered again "What is a Christian?" this time pounding extra hard on the pulpit, the nervous boy jumped and cried: "Tell him Mama! Tell him!

Enjoy your breakfast moment and live the life in such a way that others will know God and see His face.

Zip-lock Plastic Bag

You may have seen one.
You may even have one.
But don't be one: a zip-lock plastic bag.

Don't be one who zips other people up.
Don't be one who is so locked up.
Don't be plastic.

How's your breakfast moment? Let's help ourselves not to become a zip-lock plastic bag as we go through life.

Is That You?

Did you hear the story about a man who died and was praised to high heavens during the funeral mass? Feeling uncomfortable, the widow was overheard whispering to her son: "Will you please go and look in the coffin and check if it's your Dad!"

Have a blessed breakfast moment and remember that we may get away with it sometime, but not all the time, especially at the last time.

Humor And Sacrifice

The story is told about a young man who walked over on the table of an elderly couple, on a beautiful morning, and said: "Lolo (Grandpa), I can't help but be inspired and be edified. I saw you buy a burger; give half of it to your wife, and you just kept looking at her while she ate."

The old man looked at him smiling and replied: "Oh, that. You see we have only one set of dentures. I had to wait for her to finish her half."

Enjoy your breakfast moment and remind ourselves that true love requires lots of patience, humor, and sacrifice.

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