For the past week, I have been missing the Philippines. I was not born there but its where my families history started and in time, I have been very affectionate to the country.
While searching Apple Music, I came across an artist, TALA. Normally, I skip new artist and go striaght to the hitmakers of my time like RIVERMAYA, ERASERHEADS, ETC. but this time i decided to click on it. Boy was i glad i did.
A song called Labi played and within the first 10 seconds, i was hooked. It was like hearing Erykah Badu singing filipino.
Needless to say, i will definitely be listening to her other songs. Have a blessed day everyone.
Off topic from this blog but i had to share this as coin collecting is such a passion of mine.
It took almost a year to finally find one but today in an Antique store in Atlanta, I finally found a USA – Philippine Peso. First thing I noticed is how heave it is. It feels like a barber half dollar. This is a beautiful coin to add to the collection.
According to PCGS, this coin is The Only Dual-Nationality Coins in U.S. History.
Standard U.S. coinage was not useful for the impoverished Philippines because the denominations were too high. Two years later, in 1903, a dual national coinage (U.S. and the Philippines) was released. These coins were the only coins ever minted that were legal tender in the U.S. and another country.
At first, the coins were minted in Philadelphia and San Francisco (“S” mint mark). Then Denver got into the act on lower-denomination U.S. Philippine coins. Finally, in 1920, the U.S. opened a Mint in Manila, the only U.S. mint ever established outside the U.S. Coins from the Manila Mint carry an “M” mint mark. No collection of U.S. mint marks is complete without this “M” mint mark unique to the U.S. Philippine series.
These coins were denominated in pesos and centavos, and were made to standards which were either identical to those of United States coins or microscopically smaller (0.002%). Yet, the silver dollar-sized peso, legally convertible to U.S. gold and silver coinage, was valued at only 50 cents USD. The 50 centavo was valued at 25 cents, and so forth.
Have a blessed Christmas Eve with family and friends. If you are not with loved ones, I pray that the Holy Spirit comfort you and wrap you with love and peace. As for me, i am blessed to be with my wife and kids. I do not take it for granted that I have them around. I miss my mom and dad as they are halfway around the world. It warms my heart that they are at my fathers childhood home right now.
The Newsboys say it best.
Some negativity, frustration and angst tried entering my thoughts, but the words of encouragement from workhorseforchrist really has been helping my the past two weeks. Adam has an amazing blog that will inspire and educate. Please visit it.
Finally, I thank the lord for each and everyone of you who take the time to read this blog. I pray that this blog helps you as much as it has helped strengthen my faith. God Bless us all! -PJSLB
Overall fitness in society today has been in the forefront of our society. We read about it, hear about it, talking about it constantly. We are all looking for a way to improve our body. We workout, exercise, diet, take vitamins, etc. How powerful would your testimony be to others if you devout that much time and energy in strengthening your “spiritual fitness?”
Have a great day, God Bless you.