What to Expect from Guam?

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You’re in the military, or coming here for some other work-related reason from the United States?  Yes?

You will either love it or hate it.

It looks different/nice: All the palm and coconut trees.  This black algae gets on all the building making it look dirty.  No tall buildings.  No highways.  35 mph speed limit everywhere.  We have power, water, cable, phones, internet.  But it’s pretty dark at night; no street lights.  The buildings are all concrete boxes.  Same types of cars.  Most of the people are brown or yellow.  But no one will look at you strangely if you are Caucasian, African-American, or Hispanic.  Guam is a truly diversified place tolerant of racial differences. (more…)

Just My Take – Parable of the Workers

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“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” WHAT?

This parable is from Matthew 20.  The reason why I’m writing is that I’ve heard two times that this parable is about how people who accept Christ early and those who accept Him late, say on the death-bed, are equal in that they both receive heaven from Christ.  I’ve heard it twice, so I thought it must be right.  But when I thought about it more…that doesn’t makes sense.  Is the denarius = heaven?  Why are the people who worked all day (early acceptors of Christ) complaining?  The landowner, who must be the King or Jesus or GOD, seems upset at the ones that worked all day.  Is Jesus upset at those who accept Him early in life?  I’ve never heard anyone who accepted Christ early complain of unfairness that someone accepted the LORD before they died.  Instead they rejoiced!  You see what I see? (more…)

Different Religions – One Jesus

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Ever hear of the GOD shaped vacuum?  I’ve never found it in a text, but in some circles it’s been said that there is a hole in every person’s heart that can only be filled with GOD himself.  Everyone needs GOD in their life.  That is true in my case.  I’ve always been a ‘spiritual’ person.  But when I gave my life to Christ and started to be in relationship with Him, I believe this vacuum was filled.  And I experienced the peace and joy that comes from Him.  (That’s in the Bible) (more…)

Jesus, Great Escapes

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The picture is of Nightcrawler, a hero from Marvel Comics’ X-Men.  He has the power of teleportation, and is good at escaping from danger.  He doesn’t look like Jesus.  He actually looks like a demon, but my point is we saw Jesus’ miracles and signs, but one thing that was pointed out to me is that in Scripture, whenever a crowd got together to mess with the Son of GOD, He was always able to escape miraculously, yes miraculously…because it wasn’t his time to go to the cross.  Whew!  How’s that for a sentence?  It’s got to be a run-on.  (more…)

Cardboard Testimonies

If it is possible you haven’t seen this, please do.  We don’t hear of GOD’s amazing work everyday.  But He is at work all the time, everywhere — you can see it.  Open the eyes of your heart.

Defending GOD or GOD is BIIIIG

mcDsThere is actually a ‘branch’ of Theology called Apologetics, which is a defense of the Gospel.

I understand that topics of theological nature in the public and private spheres need to be constantly debated, but the idea of defending GOD, or GOD’s Word sometimes makes me chuckle.

Why would the GOD Almighty need defense?  Isn’t he the biggest, baddest m***** on the block? (more…)

Back to the Church!

Lately, we’ve been discouraged and disappointed with the Church.  But we’re okay now.  Just wanted to say that.

Chinese (Taiwanese) Culture, Lesson 1

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I’m Taiwanese.  Is that different from being Chinese?  Yes, it is.  A little history lesson.  Taiwan is an island.  Okay, that’s geography.  But, it was inhabited with aborigines.  Think malay people.  Then the Europeans found ‘Taiwan’, mostly the Dutch.  (That’s why my family is Presbyterian, we have Dutch ancestry and the Presbyterian Church have a presence in Taiwan)  The Dutch named Taiwan ‘Formosa’ back then in the 1500s.  I’m guessing there were always many Chinese there, it being so close to Mainland China.  But, Japan took over Taiwan in the 1900s, and then after WWII, the Chinese came in.  Not all the Chinese, but those with Chiang Kai Shek, because Mao took over China. (more…)

Best Restaurants on Guam

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This post will be biased towards foods I like to eat, so I’m sorry if there isn’t a meeting of the minds on this one:

I’d like to say that there is plenty of opportunity to open restaurants on Guam.  There is a growing group of people with more sophisticated tastes on Guam.  People wanting more than the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean restaurants.  Where is the Cajun restaurant?  Or East African?  Mediterranean food?  Will someone please open restaurants in Dededo or Yigo?  (more…)

Facebook 4th Largest Website!

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Facebook is the 4th largest website with 340 million unique visitors in the month of June 2009!  Only behind Google (of course, 844 mil.), Microsoft sites (691 mil), and Yahoo sites (581 mil).

This is amazing considering Facebook is just one website with one function — social networking. Check out Facebook on Wikipedia.  Wondering if Microsoft is going to buy Facebook up?  Or spin off it’s own version?  There are some interesting, interesting things written there: (more…)

Lesson Learned

dunceLate 2008, my wife and I made some ‘loans’ of a sizeable amount to friends.   I say ‘loans’ because they weren’t actually loans but because it is complicated.  The point is the monies should have been returned a long time ago.  The monies could have been returned right away, but the lendees did not do so.  They made excuses and gave us conditions upon which the monies will be returned, ex.  when they sell something…we’re still not 100% sure they will return the money. (more…)

I’m Lovin’ Guam…Now

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I grew up on Guam.

Not born on Guam, but definitely Guamanian…local (can I say that? :)).

When I was a teenager, young adult, I wanted to live in the States or the mainland United States.  I did.  I stayed in Wisconsin til I was about 26, then I moved to California.  Well, I moved back to Guam in 2001.  I was still single then, and I often wanted to go back to the States.

Now that I’m married with a kid.  My perspective has changed quite a bit.  It’s one I just did not understand when I was young.  I’m not looking for someone anymore, so I don’t really care to live in a big city. (more…)