BAR EXAMINATION GUIDE

Sharing my favorite guide with you.

How I surpassed Bar examination?

Preparation is really the key! I am happy to share this guide to you so you can prepare for the bar examination. This guide has an acronym, PHEST-LAWYER.

“P” stands for a priest. Act like a priest. As a Roman Catholic, I believe that we have to be closer to God. Do not decide without consulting the best consultant. We have to pray so we could overcome the pressure.

“H” stands for Happy Shopper. Shop for those that are necessary for the bar examination. This includes books as review materials, markers, notebooks, pens for the exam, jacket/sweater and shirts for the examination day, vitamins to maintain good health and other very important stuff for you. Be happy while shopping of course!

“E” stands for Engineer. Act like an engineer. Plan for your study hours. In my case I studied at least 12 hours a day. Spend time for reading but please do not forget to sleep. Experience for your own pain in order to gain.

“S” stands for Scientist. So, act like a scientist too. A scientist reads a lot. He researches on things for him to learn and discover. Discover for the commonly asks questions in the past bar examinations. This way, you can easily remember the theories. You will be more focus.

“S”. Another “S” stands for Secretary. Act like a secretary. You have to take note what is very important for you. This way you can practice your hand writing. Although this recent day that the Supreme Court allows for computerized bar examination, start learning to type fast on your keyboard. Typing/writing also helps you remember some facts necessary for the bar examination. Make a balance time for typing/writing and reading.

“T” stands for Teacher. As bar examinee, you also have to teach as if there are some students in your study area. Talk alone like a crazy one. Take time to discuss with your own mouth. You can easily remember topics when you talk like a teacher discussing to the students.

“L” stands for Lawyer. Act like a real lawyer. Think like a lawyer. Speak like a lawyer. A lawyer has to be prepared for his case before going to court. You have to be prepared before taking the bar examination too.

“AVORAPPOTTU”: ANTI-CANCER DIET

One journey to live longer is to fight sickness. One of the illness that are common today is cancer. As we read this article, we do not even know that we already have this evil illness. But what we can do for today is to protect ourselves from this secret killer.

I know one who was diagnosed with breast cancer. He is a man and for me I could not believe at first. But, that was the finding of his doctor. After a year, he died. 

To prevent this illness from controlling our body, eating healthy food is really a must. I prepared this salad I called  “AvOrApPoTu” which is made of Avocado, Orange, Apple, Potato, and Tuna.

I chose these ingredients because they all fight cancer. Avocado has powerful health benefits. According to some researchers, avocados may protect against cancer and have the potential to inhibit cancer cell growth.

Orange is a citrus fruit that has role in preventing cancer. A study in Japan found that “people who had citrus fruits or juice 3-4 days a week were less likely to get cancer”. Have this in your diet.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. This is still true today. According to studies, apples are one of the fruits that boast large amount of dietary fiber and polyphenol compounds that partner with gut microbes to create an environment that may reduce one’s risk of cancer. This environment is predicted to reduce the risk of several specific cancers, including lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract, and breast tumors, when compared to people who do not consume apples regularly.

Potato is added in this salad to add carbohydrates. A balanced diet of potato is also found out to prevent cancer. Tuna on the other hand is also added so we could have a good amount of protein in a diet.

This “AvOrApPoTu”  is really a must to try.

References:

  1. https://www.mdlinx.com/article/this-popular-fruit-can-protect-against-cancer-and-other-dangerous-diseases/6Pfjyzzaegb0uHGigN4Ihd
  2. https://www.nfcr.org/blog/can-an-apple-a-day-help-keep-cancer-away/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/cancer/fruits-cancer

BOOSTING IMMUNE WITH SPINACH-BANANA SMOOTHIE

I am so delighted when someone is drinking and eating healthy foods. I want to eat healthy too. However, I have no time to go to the market to buy some healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables because of my job. This thinking was changed when I attended a burial of my Uncle who was diagnosed with cancer of the colon. He died last August 25, 2021 at the age of sixty-two (62) because of cancer.

So, I talked to my wife regarding my Uncle’s cause of death. I relayed to her that cancer is with our genes. The eldest brother of my father also died of cancer. Because of that, she decided to prepare something healthy for our everyday meal.

 

For today, she prepares Spinach-Banana Smoothie with milk and honey. I also research the benefits of Spinach and Banana smoothies. I am so excited to share what I know.

I found that Spinach provides a lot of fiber, folate, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Spinach has high in antioxidants.  On the other hand, bananas are rich in carbohydrates and potassium. Banana smoothie is good to lose weight. I also read that bananas are used to support recovery from hangover.

When I taste the Spinach-banana smoothie, it tastes really good specially that my wife added honey and milk on it. The smoothie becomes very delectable! 

To taste this appetizing smoothie, just add spinach, bananas, milk, and honey into a blender. Blend until smooth!  Enjoy!

REFERENCES:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/green-smoothie-spinach-vitamins

2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/banana-shake-benefits#benefits

Troubled?

Lift up to God when in trouble. He will rescue us. He will guide us as He himself told us that He will be with us anytime. Every day He will be with us. When in trouble, honor the Lord your God and tell Him what bothers you. He is ready to help you. Not just that. He will satisfy you what is best for you!

Love God and be with him!

“Dear Lord, thank you for your word. Let it penetrate me to the depth of my soul. May it teach me, inspire me, and guide me in the way of salvation.”

Losing?

“Paul to the Corinthians: “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Take hold of this truth today. Believe that it is meant for you. God has called you— not to failure, guilt, or reproach but to fellowship with his Son and with his people. He will give you every grace and blessing that you need to fulfil this call!”—-WAU

MARRIAGE IS ENDLESS: PERPETUAL VOW

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage” Martin Luther

After thirty-six years of being single, I am proud to say that I am happily married. I married the woman of my dreams. I fortunately found a lovely, friendly and charming relationship.

I met my wife when I attended the “Trial Academy” Last June 2017, we were both new lawyers then during the Trial Academy. 

Trial Academy is a training for new practicing lawyers sponsored by the Integrated Bar of Philippines-Cebu Chapter. This aims to train newly passed bar examinees not to get embarrassed when appearing in court for the first time. The Executive Director of the said program is also our Boss, Atty. Paulino Labrado.

At first, I found my wife very serious, strict, and brilliant. I was so amazed by her character. I was observing her and I kept on dreaming about her every night. In the room, she did not notice nor recognize my presence. That was for almost two months of attending the said “Trial Academy”.

I kept on thinking her if she could be my wife. But, when we graduated in the said program, nobody cared to introduce her to me despite the fact that I am being friendly.

I became the lawyer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Siquijor, Province. She became a practicing lawyer of P.B. Labrado and Partners Law Offices and assigned in Toledo City. After a month of being a lawyer of DENR-Siquijor, my classmate called me and invited me if I could join their Law Office. My answer was a resounding “Yes”. I suddenly resigned as a lawyer of the DENR without getting my salary.

I did not know that I can see my wife in the same office. Our boss introduced me to my wife and suddenly grabbed her heart. We had a dinner date and a day after, we were already in a relationship. I sent her message and she replied, all with LOVE!

While I was assigned in Cebu, she was also working in Toledo City until we decided to let God bless our relationship. We asked permission from our parents and they all agreed with the schedule of our marriage.

We worked hard to reach the budget for our marriage. With the help of our Boss, he gave us cases to work hard in order to save money for the our marriage. We worked hard to pay the bills. At that time we believed in the saying, “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan”- by Eleonor Roosevelt. We did not surrender. We prayed and it really happened. The wedding was celebrated last December 10, 2018.

Friends came to celebrate with us during our wedding. Our family and relatives (although not all from my relatives in Ormoc City came) were so  happy for the marriage. Sandy yap Glipa and Shiela Yap Castillo, my cousins, wholeheartedly lent us their vehicles for my relatives’ travel from Cebu City to Lapu-Lapu City.

Despite a tight budget, it was an amazing celebration. For me it was grandiose. My wife and I were very happy for the event. Workmates were also present for our precious day.

However after the marriage, little did we know that we already spent more than the budget we expected to spend. But, I could still savor the pleasure of the celebration. No material pleasure could pay the happiness during our marriage. Our wedding is a memory worth of being treasured every now and then.

Three months after, my wife delivered the precious gift that God gave to us, Wrien David A. Sano. He could explore the life on earth filled with wonders. 

This time as a Father, I have to be more responsible. Our son is the cutest gift. Pure love should be experienced to this little man. 

My wife took care of the baby and I’m mesmerized with her responsibility. Her endless love to our son is echoing every time she does something for the little one. I have to watch him growing with our love and of course with the grace of God.

“Until you have a son of your own…you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son”- by Kent Nerbum.

I’m In Devil’s Den

I’m in a devil’s den….

Disguising as one of them….

I don’t want to do evil things,

but here I am can’t  wait to do anything …

I’m in a devil’s den…

But I’m doing Godly vices since then…

I pray and talk about the scriptures,

But, here I am damaging His structures…

I go to church everyday…

Attend prayer meetings every Friday

I meditate the words of God,

But, why I am still sad…?

I can’t help but ask…

Am I always living in difficult tasks?

My mind and heart wanting to follow HIM..

But my body is doing things that are lame.

Good opportunities and the gift of LIFE…

Following Him is always right,

Why I can’t savor the sweetness of GOD?

because I’m still doing things which are really bad…

Following God is not very easy…

I can’t ponder why He is still good to me…

He gives me liberty…

However, I abuse His sanctity..

When I look at the cross…

I see HIS face and I am feeling loss.

Behind His sorrowful appearance,

 A fulfilled heart that glance;

Jesus’ said , “I love You! 

And I do this only to save you”

Why I can’t understand such fact?

I want to follow him but it seems here on earth I get stuck.

I wanted to listen to Him…But, I am still in a devil’s den…

Photos: Credit to the owners

  1. Photo by Lucas Pezeta from Pexels
  2. https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-jesus-artwork-33591/

SOUND OF SILENCE AT PAR EXCELLENCE

TOLEDO CITY, CEBU- The calibre artist Orley Ypon and his fellow realist artists are delineating in unison their finest paintings at Aroma Art Gallery in Maxi J. Building, Purok Ipil-Ipil, Brgy. Dumlog, Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines during its opening last February 18, 2021 at about 6:00 o’clock in the evening.

During the opening, people of Toledo City gathered together for Toledo’s pride not only in the Philippines but, also of the whole world. The Aroma Art Gallery exhibits the paintings of the realist artists of Toledo City.

This is the first time in Toledo City where paintings are displayed by the well-known artist around the globe, Mr. Orley Ypon. The gallery aims to develop and expose realist artists at their full potential to become successful through good mentoring programs and activities such as demos, workshops, exchange programs, and exhibits.

Orley Ypon in a website said (https://useum.org/artist/Orley-Ypon) that he will continue to paint his favorite scenes of life and culture while continuously evolving his traditional technique through study and awareness of contemporary art forms.

Indeed, paintings express a thousand words of emotions may it be happiness, dejection, serenity, anger etc. In Aroma Art Gallery, the artists are aware with their viewers who have high expectations upon viewing their masterpieces. The paintings are really jaw-dropping and are impeccable to the eyes of the viewers. 

Other artists of Aroma Art Gallery gain their skill from Orley Ypon who is a self-taught artist influenced and inspired by the classical masters. He loves to develop the skills of these young and aspiring artists in the art literacy.

Orley Ypon and the fellow artists of Aroma Art Gallery are not only making Toledanos proud but also the whole Filipinos through-out the world.

Gadabout inside the gallery anytime soon and enjoy the sounds of their paintings in silence at par excellence.

DORIS DINER: NEWEST SEAFOOD BUFFET IN MANDAUE CITY, CEBU, PHILIPPINES

Browsing the internet, my wife and I come across the newest seafood buffet in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. We then proceeded at Doris Diner, offering the most perfect in-season seafoods which are crazy good and tasty.

Magbusog Kita! The slogan of Doris Diner connotes intention to satisfy our tummies from their impressive array of delectable seafood dishes. Crabs, scallops, and fish in different styles of dishes will blow up your mind. These sea creatures came from the famous Island of  the Philippines in the province of Cebu, Bantayan Island.

Anything goes for eating within a maximum time of three (3) hours. But the three hours would be a whole other level of enjoying the seafoods within your reach. Indeed, you will be rejoicing their food like in a sumptuous feast.

Every meal will heat up your taste buds with the delicate flavors of seafood in all the right ways.

You will be in awe when you arrived at Doris Diner. The restaurant offers ample space for everyone. Now, they are opening their non-airconditioned area to dine safely in this pandemic. They are also open for deliveries. Order-all-you-want at Php 498.00 and Ala Carte at Php 148.00 per dish. Come and visit Doris Diner located at James Town, Mantawe Avenue, Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu Philippines. For reservations call them at 09567886491 or 09325059078. You can also visit their Facebook page at fb.com/DorisDinerSeafoodBuffet or Instagram @dorisdinerseafoodbuffet.

EAT LIKE A VIKING @VIKINGS

I had been at Vikings for three times already. I was in awe when I visited the place for the first time in 2016.

The place is really spacious and there are sumptuous foods which are all elegantly and beautifully displayed.

Since it offers buffet, a lot of customers are properly guided.

In fact, I went to the said place at noon for a dinner reservation. I was even instructed to come early for dinner at 5:30PM because if my number will be called and I will not be around, walk -in will be entertained. So, you still have to wait for your number to be called again.

So, I went there at 5PM and there were many walk-in customers already. Luckily, I was around when my number was called. That time, I was with my friends. The first food I ate was the one whole leg of Roasted Turkey. It was tender and the taste is outstanding. 

During my second visit, I was already with my wife. The place looked so festive because of customers. The feeling was like a grandiose celebration. The food were still gorgeous and arranged exquisitely. I did not miss to eat my favorite one whole leg of roasted turkey.

The third visit was just recently, January 29, 2021. Vikings also have the new normal protocols. People are wearing mask in choosing their favorite food. Social distancing is also practiced. Every corner has alcohol to use. I also noticed that the workers are now more entertaining and the most common word I heard from them is ”Perfect!”

I was also with my wife during my third visit and everything really filled my palate. But this time Roasted Turkey was not available.

Yet, Viking is really the best buffet restaurant in Cebu City. 

Vikings is located at SM City Cebu, North wing. Serving time is at 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM until 10 PM. Prices vary during lunch and dinner. Php 688 plus 5% service charge during lunch time while Php 888 plus 5% service charge during dinner. 

Viking offers promos for birthday celebrant, senior citizens, and others. Please read more at this site https://shellwanders.com/vikings-cebu-review/ .You may call for advance reservation at 0998-996-9888 or 0917-576-9888 or call (032) 255-3888. 

Note: Featured image not mine. Credit to the owner.

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