Category Archives: Travel

The Sorrow of Christmas

Christmas is full of joy and laughter. A chance to be with family, friends and loved ones. Christmas is also a time of painful goodbyes and memories of years past.

This past month my parents came over for the holiday season and after not seeing them for over two years, I had such fun having them around. This morning I dropped them off to the airport so they can play “tourist” for a week; visiting some beautiful places out country has to offer. Although, I will see them in a week my heart still hurts.

When enjoying the Holiday season with your loved ones, keep an eye out on those who are missing someone. Be compassionate and be a keeper of you fellow brothers and sisters. God Bless. PJSLB

Only on Guam (Video)

I am always asked how life was on Guam and if it was worth it to go back.  Yes, it was worth it! My daughters have a renewed sense of pride of where they came from.  Being able to live on Guam (and Philippines and Japan) is something that has shaped their lives for the better.

Any picture I take of Guam will not do it justice.  I did find a video from the Guam Visitors Bureau that showcases the beauty on Guam.  Enjoy, God Bless and to all on Guam…BIBA!!! -PJSLB

Guam remembers Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was an event that will live in infamy in the hearts and minds of all Americans.  I can only imagine the horror and confusion that took place on that fateful day.  Actually, i CAN imagine what it was like.  As a son of New York, I know what it is like to see the place you grew up in change in just an instant.

What many people may not realize is that the attacks on that day was not just on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of miles away west of Hawaii (and a whole lot closer to Japan),  The beautiful island of Guam was attacked as well and became Japanese territory.  You can read a fabulous story about that fateful day on Guam from The Pacific Daily News.

Guam is a hidden gem that every American should visit.  There is no place in the world that delivers the way Guam does.  Guam is a melting pot of American, Asian, and Pacific Island culture and traditions.  Pictures of Guam do not do it justice.  It is much more beautiful in person.

On a day that we remember the lives of those lost at Pearl Harbor, please say a prayer for the people on Guam such as Cleotide Bamba, 84 whose life was also changed on that fateful day despite being thousands of miles away from Pearl Harbor.

In his name we all live. – PJSLB

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Same business trip, different country. 

Well it’s been about 8 months but I am back in the air. Part of the reason for coming back to the States was to travel less and be with the family more. Here are some texts during the two day trip. 

2:44 am – Hi. I am going to get ready to leave now. Everyone is still sleeping. Love you. 

3:15 am – in the name of Jesus as I stand in front of my girls as they sleep, I pray that the Holy Spirit bless them with a father that loves you, lives to please you and follow wherever you lead me. 

3:40 – hi. I’m now at the groome a transportation waiting for my shuttle to Atlanta. love you. 

4:07 am – Hi girls. I’m now in the shuttle heading to Atlanta now. love you. 

5:15 am – Hello again. 😊 I’m at the airport now in line for security. love you. 

7:00 am – Hi girls. I’m in the plane now and have to shut off phone. I’ll turn it on again around 9 am and will call you when you girls get home from school. love you. God bless you. 

  
10:05 am – Hi. I’m now at Washington waiting for my shuttle to take me to the airport. The airport in Washington first really look nice. The airport on Guam is nicer. love you. 

  

I took this picture around mid afternoon and it was just something that moved me.  As I was siting in the park waiting for my hotel shuttle, I overheard a little boy wanting to play catch with his dad.  I hear the dad agree and soon afterwards I hear the sound of a football traveling in the air.  I look up and my jaw when I saw the”dad” who was throwing the ball.  It was an old man around hi late 50’s and he was wearing suit.  Now mind you, this wasn’t a cheap suit you can get for for $100.00.  This was a high quality suit.  It warmed my heart to see a dad take time out of their busy schedule to put a smile on his sons face.  I guarantee that’s it will be dry-cleaned by the end of the week.

  
Day 2

7:49 am – Good morning girls.  I heard you all enjoyed Zootopia.  I wish I had a chance to watch with everyone.  Mom said she was so tired and went to sleep in the movie theater.  Lol.  Well, I am dressed up and going  to get breakfast.  My day start at 8:45 and will end around 5:00 pm.  Hey, the college I went to Seton Hall made it to their conference finals… I AM SO HAPPY FOR THIS! Have a great day…love you…God bless you…and I’ll call during lunch time.

Needless to say that my family is on my mind always. God bless us all! Till next time.