Posted in Tagalog Posts

Eks Factor


Sa buhay natin, dumarating tayo sa realisasyon na paano na lang kaya kung kasama pa natin “sila” hanggang ngayon? Mga taong iniwan natin at mga nang-iwan sa atin. Matututunan kaya natin ang mga aral na itinuro sa atin habang nag m move on tayo, kung hindi sila kabilang sa mga taong inikesan mo sa larawang kupas? Ganun din naman ang ginawa nila sa akin nung iniwan ko sila…inikesan din nila ako. Minsan gusto ko silang makita, makausap, mayakap… Kasi hindi naman biro ang inyong pinagsamahan. Kung sa bagong kakilala nga feeling close ako minsan, gasino na lang sa mga taong kasabay kong namulat sa pagharap sa buhay. Sila na naging saksi sa bawat pagsubok na pinagtagumpayan ko. Hanggang sa sinubok kami, at isa sa amin (o minsan parehas) ang kailangang umalis, mang-iwan. Feeling betrayed, hindi kasi ito ang pagkakakilala ko sa samahan namin. Kadami naming pangarap, mga memories na minsan ay kasarap balik-balikan..noon yun, ngayo’y masasaktan ka na lang ‘pag naaalala mo yun, hanggang mabwisit ka na..ayaw mo kasi mag dwell sa nakaraan, pero bahagi sila, o naging bahagi sila.. ng paghubog sa kung sino ka man ngayon.

May mga bagay na intended sigurong tanggapin kahit hindi natin maintindihan.. acceptance ika nga. Masaya ako dahil alam kong past life na kung ano meron kami nuon. Prinsipyo ko sa buhay, kung hanggang saan pwede tayo magkasundo duon ako. It takes two to tango. Gusto ko lang sabihin na nakaka miss din sila. Pero parehas kaming ma-pride, nirerespeto ang space ng bawat isa.

Salamat sa nakaraan. Inikesan ko na kayo, ikesan n’yo na rin ako.

Posted in Qatar

My First Doha Metro Ride (A Simple Guide)


Almost a week since the soft opening of Doha Metro Red Line Rail (Wakra to Lusail en route various stations), I decided to take a ride and have a first-hand experience of this well-received transport. As local newspaper highlighted, 08 May 2019 is a major turning point of Qatar’s ambitious journey to transport development.

Here’s a quick guide 😄

  1. Check your journey against the above map (ctto).
  2. Go to the nearest station.
  3. Ask nearby attendants for Metro Office so you can purchase card (you don’t want to mess with self-service machine 😅, not yet). They’re friendly and are more than happy to assist. Cards come with three types:
    • Standard Travel Card (STC) which is a reusable plastic travel card that costs QR 10.
    • A non-reusable, paper travel card that contains either a single journey or day pass, Limited Use Travel Card (LUTC) (single journey/day pass).
    • Gold Travel Card (GTC) is a reusable plastic card that costs QR 100.
  4. Head to train station. Feel free to approach any attendant you can find (they’re everywhere) for direction, or when in doubt.
Look for the Doha Metro flag
Go down, get the card, enter the train..
State-of-the-art technology (Announcement is being aired in Arabic and English)
Doha Metro don’t just live up with the hype, it exceeds expectations!

I usually go by Bus #76 (CityCenter to Bus Station) then transfer to Bus#55 bound to my place. I excitedly hailed the approaching Bus#55 the moment I stepped out of the Metro Station thinking that it will lead me to my place. To my dismay (because I’m an idiot), it headed straight to Bus Station 🤦‍♂️ I must be travelling on the wrong side of the road! I did it right the second time though 😎 #thuglife Lesson learned: let go of the past 😜

Posted in Books

Time to Read!


It’s my dayoff, and I don’t feel like connecting to the outside world so I decided to read while it’s raining cats and dogs outside.

This controversial book is unusual read for me. Back in the days when I was in college at thectime of its release, I’m skeptical to read this book. You know, I was narrow-minded that time and the self-righteous-me attitude is kickin’ in 😁 I’m glad I managed to think outside the box and be freed from my hypocrisy of self-righteousness – praise God!

My boss handed this book on my colleauge. I borrowed it intended to read it over the weekend. I guess I have to keep it a bit longer.

I’ll post a review afterwards.

Posted in Let's Celebrate!, Qatar

Bella Turns 2!


Let love and faithfulness never leave you; – Proverbs 3:3

Today we celebrate Belle’s happiness as she just turned 2. It’s an honor to witness her parent’s joy as they watch her grow in beauty.

I can’t help but remember one night, I was conversing with Bella’s dad Ian. They were expecting for a child then. Surely, in God’s perfect time they shall receive their heart’s desires.

After few months, I heard the good news! Time flies indeed, their baby is now 2 years old.

My prayer for her that she grow in love each day.

Posted in Let's Celebrate!, Qatar

Bella Turns 2!


Let love and faithfulness never leave you; – Proverbs 3:3

Today we celebrate Belle’s happiness as she just turned 2. It’s an honor to witness her parent’s joy as they watch her grow in beauty.

I can’t help but remember one night, I was conversing with Bella’s dad Ian. They were expecting for a child then. Surely, in God’s perfect time they shall receive their heart’s desires.

After few months, I heard the good news! Time flies indeed, their baby is now 2 years old.

My prayer for her that she grow in love each day.

Posted in Devotions, Ministry

Road to Soulwinning


Rom 10:15    And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Today, with a cheerful heart, I invited three beautiful souls for divine service. It’s not about bragging the statistics, I actually prefer to have a deeper relationship with them. It’s just that I’m being convicted to invite them.

I will keep on praying for them, that God in His marvelous way move mightily on their lives. It’s not about converting into new spiritual affiliation, it’s about bringing them closer to God. It’s not about the external, it’s the transformation of life for God’s glory.

I’m not sure what lies ahead. I’m full of hope, a bit anxious. It’s not easy to represent the God that you serve but worth the effort. I’m not looking forward to bring them to church, it’s just my icebreaker (not always applicable). My heart’s desire is to bring them closer to God. And for them to allow God to change their lives from glory to glory.

(c) bertsoriano.com

Posted in Everyday Living

Just Another Day…


I went home around 9:00pm. Took off my shoes, laid down on my bed, grabbed my iPad and started to get lost on my virtual world. An hour passed by, then I knew I have to get up and fix myself to sleep.

Whew! Another busy day well-spent. I feel my body begging for sleep, but I’m hanging for few more moments. I have to write it down, lest I will forget.

I just realized how happy I am. How blessed I am to be surrounded with friends that hang out with me whether I’m in abundance or in scarce. I’m happy that I reached the point in my life that I just don’t care what other people with thnk of me as long as I’m not doing something stupid… I admit I can still feel that pressing the “❤️” in my friend’s fb posts/stories makes me cringe – they might be thinking I’m some kind of a creep… ooppss, I have to stop overthinking. As one of my friend once told me “stop too much thinking my friend!” Sigh! Can’t help it sometimes!

I thank God for the breath of life. I want to die old. I want to see my grandson, I want to see my son grow in love and faithfulness. I desire to grow old with my wife. If I can have a power to relive each day with my loved ones, I will. I will never get tired of loving, of living in the fullness of joy. I don’t want to drift my life away in the current of this world. I want to stand in the righteousness of God and finally rest in the beauty if His holiness…but not today, not yet.

I guess it’s about time to sleep. Praise God for this wonderful day!

(c) bertsoriano.com

Posted in Devotions

Moses and the Burning Bush


2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” ~ Exo. 3:2-3

Have you ever wonder whether you are living a life God called you to live?

We all go through this challenge – an identity crisis if we have to label it. Looking with the life of Moses, he might be asking God about the uncertainty of his life. Being a fugitive must be a humbling or rather embarrasing experience, far from his former life as a next heir to the Pharaoh’s seat. But God is not finished with him yet.

Studying deeper, we witnessed the same scenario with valiant men of God: Gideon, Jacob, Saul (Paul) to name a few.

  • Gideon: once considered a coward, after an angel encounter, led his clan into redemption from the hands of the medianites (freedom!).
  • Jacob: once considered as a deceiver, after wrestling with an angel of the Lord, became Israel.
  • Saul: once considered as the punisher by advocating execution of christians, after the ‘road to Damascus’ experience, became Paul – a most notable christian apostle ever lived.

Reflecting on the lives of these mighty men of God, we note that there’s a turning point in their respective life when God intervened to align them to His purpose in their lives – usually far from what everyone (or even themselves) considered based on their track records. Scholars coined this as a ‘significant one.’ They’re the significant ones. And one factor is constant: God caught their attention.

Whenever we are experiencing unusual trials and afflictions, or blessed beyond measure, let’s immerse ourselves in a spirit of worship. God might be catching our attention! We might be calling by our significant God for a significant purpose – we might be that significant one.

God bless you always.

(C) bertsoriano.com