Corporate Party Entertainment and Ideas

Corporate parties are the main activities in business today. Companies throw large corporate parties to launch new products or services or to declare a new acquisition or to just give its employees a chance to enjoy. In such parties, party favors have become a common thing. Corporate Christmas party entertainment s in general have a tendency to be boring so if you are planning to organize a business party your first aim should be to make it as much fun as possible and for that to happen you need to plan everything ranging from food to venue. Gifts and favors help you a lot in making these business parties look attractive so adequate time must be spend in choosing the right party favors.

One of the best ways to make your corporate party a success through gifts is to give away personalized gifts. This is not possible everywhere but at least wherever it is possible it should be followed. For example, if a manager likes playing golf then gift him a golf tee or if someone likes music gift him something related to music.

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Upgrading the Filtration System on Our HVAC System

Our house has forced air heating and cooling. The most annoying parts of it are dust and spreading of odors. You could just be finished dusting in our house and see a fine layer of it on furniture just a few hours later. Plus, if I was cooking something with garlic or onions, you could smell it all throughout the house when the heat or AC was on. We have a good stove vent, but our filter system in the furnace and AC was not the best. I called a place that upgrades HVAC in New York City after my neighbor told me about the HEPA and electrostatic filtration system he has. It is like those room air purifiers, but it works throughout the whole house.

The system has a HEPA filter that traps particulates that are very small. The filter before it is electrostatic and grabs a lot of dust and bigger particles.

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The Laws Work in Our Favor

A lot of people have been able to benefit from the new electricity options that have come up in the past year. The state has gone through some changes with the laws, which has made it possible for more companies to be able to provide energy to anyone who is willing to pay for it. It’s so weird that we were living with an energy monopoly for so long, and no one bothered to do anything about it. The people decided to finally do something and let their voices be heard. They cast their vote and now the results of those votes have become a reality.

I couldn’t wait to get away from my old energy provider. They were one of the worst companies that I’ve ever seen. The company has terrible customer service, when you can actually reach it.

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We Demand More Competition from Cable

I wasn’t surprised when I went to go find a cable TV provider and who I found ended up being Comcast. I mean, it’s just shocking isn’t it? As someone who has lived in three different states thousands of miles apart from each other, I would have expected there to be some sort of different company to choose from! Alas, this has not been the case. I try my best not to hate Comcast. I love cable television for all the great premium content that they have but I really dislike this company. Sometimes I think it might be best to just pick a state that they don’t service.

I don’t want to have to do that, though. I shouldn’t have to do that! It’s really mind blowing that there is so very little competition right now.

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God Authored My Life

I had a wonderful birthday celebration yesterday. It was a very nice celebration which causes me to stress out thinking how I can write a post about it that would really show what a great day it was, how blessed I am, how I appreciate all my family and friends who remembered my birthday, how I love my life, how I am thankful to God. I do not want to miss any detail.

There are so much to post, so many photos to upload, many people to thank. And this is one of those times when I get overwhelmed and just don’t do anything at all. But I really don’t want another day to pass without doing a birthday post.

I turned to the devotional book my friend Cassie K gave me last Christmas. It’s one of the best devotional book ever put together. It’s by Max Lucado titled “Grace For The Moment”. Oh, every page pours out grace indeed!

I read the June 12 devotion – it’s perfect for my birthday! I decided that instead of stressing out trying to come up with a perfect post about my birthday celebration yesterday, I will just share this wonderful devotion with you. Here goes:

GOD AUTHORED YOUR LIFE
 
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depth of the earth.
Psalm 139:15 NIV
David emphasizes the pronoun “you” as if to say “you, God, and you alone”. The “secret place” suggests a hidden and safe place, concealed from intruders and evil. Just as an artist takes a canvas into a locked studio, so God took you into his hidden chamber where you were “woven together”. Moses used the same work to describe the needlework of the temple’s inner curtains – stitched together by skillful hands for the highest purpose (see Exod. 26:1, 36:8; 38:9). The Master Weaver selected your temperament threads, your character nature, the yarn of your personality – all before you were born. God did not drop you into the world utterly defenseless and empty-handed. You arrived fully equipped …
What motivated you, what exhausts you … God authored – and authors – it all.

Prayer Cures Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety often stems out from: 1) doing something that we are not supposed to be doing or 2) not doing something that we ought to be doing.

When others look at my life from the outside, I am doing very well. When I look at my life in terms of counting my blessings, I am doing marvelously well. But deep inside, there a longing for perfection. Deep inside there’s something that I feel I ought to be doing but not doing, or not doing well. And that’s when my stress and anxiety comes in.
I was at a loss on how to handle such stress. It’s not good to ignore it for at some point it comes out like a monster and I find myself snapping at my husband or kids.
It’s crazy how we Christians worry too much when there’s a source of power and comfort that is readily available to us ….. if only we ask .. and ask accordingly to His will.
I decided that since I was at a loss, and I really do not have the power to change my situation at this time – that I would depend on God’s power to do it for me. I am worried about my kids? hey – God holds their future! What I need to do is to do the best I can (even though in my standard I feel like I am not doing the best), and let God do the rest.
This weekend I bought myself a book. It’s called “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer”. I have always been a fan of E. M. Bounds books on prayer. I owned several of them, although I do not have those books anymore because I tend to share it with people who i know can benefit from reading it.
I now have this book next to my bed and read it before I sleep. It inspires me to trust, to have faith, to be persistent in prayer, to hold on to the promises of God, to pursue righteousness, to simply let go and let God. It motivates me to cultivate a prayer life deeper than a “give me” kind of prayer, and yet it allows me to express my desire through prayer without any guilt that I am being selfish or demanding.
I hope to share with you some of the nuggets I find here. However, I recommend that you get yourself a copy of this book. Let’s revolutionize our Christian walk with the power of prayer. Let’s do it now.
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I have not participated in Works For Me Wednesday for a while. I think this is a good post to go back in. For more Works For Me Wednesday, visit it’s new home at We Are That Family.

Mission to The Philippines – Bradley is going

The following is a copy of the letter my husband sent out today to our family and friends. I thought I should post it here too. I will be covering their mission so stay tuned …

I am writing you to request your prayers during my two week outreach to the Philippines. I will be part of a five person team from Hope Chapel that will be working with Derek and Jenn Van Ryckeghem, with Hope For The Island. I will be leaving Maui on (date withheld by me – it’s for security purposes, it’s sometime in August).

Hope For The Island is an established ministry in the southern part of the Philippines, in Burgos on Siargao Island. They have a children’s ministry, youth ministry, discipleship training, livelihood training, medical mission clinic, a preschool, and a mercy ministry. Google “Hope For The Island” and check out their website.

This will be my eighth trip to the Philippines and my second to Hope For The Island. Last fall I was part of a team that focused on the youth. We conducted a sports camp, movie nights, art outreach, surfing outreach, surfer Bible study, Sunday Bible teaching for kids, and assisted with the ongoing ministries. This year we have a 5 member team that will be focusing on a sustainable agriculture project, an art school, and teaching the Bible.

During the last outreach we saw the need for a strong Biblical foundation among the people of Burgos. They love the Lord but did not have a strong foundation in the Word. I discussed this with Derek and decided to bring Hope Chapel’s School of the Bible curriculum down and to teach the first few classes. It is a comprehensive seven section, 52 week lecture course designed to give a strong biblical foundation to a person’s faith. I will bring down the teachers notes and sets of the student handouts for the staff. My goal is to share with them so that they can share with others. Where I stop teaching Derek or Jenn can easily continue – or the staff will be able to use the MP3 audio files that are included. I will also be helping on the on-going ministries and the other team ministries; art, agriculture, building, and just hanging out with the kids.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers from now until we return. Specifically that God will be preparing the hearts of those we’ll be meeting, for eyes to see the people as He does, and for me to walk in His strength and not my own. I know that at this time finance support may not be possible – but if you are able; please send any support to Hope Chapel.

To follow along during the outreach please go to my wife’s blog… she has promised to spend most of the time while I’m away on line (ha, ha…)

Bradley

I will be providing some links on this letter and will be adding a lot of photos after work today. Please come visit often and support this Philippines Mission. I will be back…

Works For Me Wednesday: Encouragement

We received a sad news today.  Someone we know committed suicide.  A few weeks back, I readCindy’s post about one of their friends also committed suicide. I do  not know what the real cause or reasons where – there could be some clinical depression associated with it.  But  the question that comes to my mind is “would some words of encouragement have stopped them from committing suicide?” I do not know. But one thing I know is that words of encouragement is a powerful force.  It works for me – all the time. When I am down or stressed and someone gives me some words of encouragement, it makes a huge difference in my ability to overcome whatever difficulty I have.  And if you add to the words my love language which is “service”, then it’s golden

Have you spoken a word of encouragement to someone today? Or maybe you need to send a note of encouragement. Maybe a comment on a blog (hint! hint! – he he).
Let us not procrastinate. Let’ us encourage someone now before it’s too late . I will.
“We Are That Family” is now hosting the “Works For Me Wednesday” blog posts sharing. Go there for other tips on what works.
P.S. and if you are on the other side, of you need he encouragement, please do reach out and let us know how we can encourage you.
RELATED POST:
In March of 2007 I wrote a post on suicide. I thought I should link it here too. Click here to read it.

Time Management – Are You Good At It?

Since becoming officially unemployed, I had been “privileged” to to have “more time” in my hands than what I used to when I was employed. One might expect that my house will now be squeaky clean, our laundry always folded promptly, our dishes washed right away and dinner on the table are always homecooked and healthy – Ha! in my dreams!

It seems like I am busier than ever. The only difference is I am busy with different things other than what I was busy before. I guess I should be thankful for the flexibility I have. I am. However, I need to be careful. I need to always watch how I use my time because I need to use it wisely.

For example, today, Thursday, there are many things in my list that I wanted to do. The dishes, laundry and cooking are really not a priority. Blogging … well… it’s sort of a priority. Don’t raise your eyebrows. I know… it sounds like an excuse to do the things I like to do. But you see, I have a goal … and if I am to accomplish that goal for this blog then I need to put this blogging thing on top of my list. My husband would argue but he does not read this blog anyway so he can’t really argue (nah, he’s been more supportive lately – he now reads occasionally so he might see this).

Back to time management, I really have to watch myself and discipline myself to accomplish the tasks that are important and urgent. Not just urgent, but the important and urgent.

One of those is making sure that my son’s Middle School arrangements are in place. That said, one of my goals for today is to write a “viewpoint article” about STEM to be sent to Maui News. I have not done that yet. It’s already 1:30 in the afternoon. So… I am logging off for now and I won’t check my blog, twitter, facebook, or e-mail until I have a decent draft of my viewpoint article. Fair enough? OK, logging off for now….

(When I come back I would talk more about time management. I know… I know…. I need to log off. A hui hou!)

Totally Random Thankful Thursday Post

I have been logged in the Internet for almost an hour it was all totally random.  Quick visits on some blogs I follow (left a comment or two), quick look at new blogs I discovered, quick peeks at Twitterville (did about two tweets myself), then moved on to quick scanning of the e-mails that arrived in my in box from the last time I looked at it. Random.  Totally random.

I meant to type a Thankful Thursday post last night, but fell asleep instead.  It was a busy Thursday. Good busy but still busy enough for me to neglect posting on my blogs that day. Posting on my blogs has never been a burden for me, it’s more a relaxation actually.  However, like what I mentioned in my previous posts, I need to guard myself and make sure I don’t neglect other important tasks in place of blogging.
Today is Prince Kuhio Day, a holiday on Hawaii. Hubby is off work. Kids are on Spring Break.  I think  I would use this time to “re-focus”.  Speaking of re-focus, didn’t I just said this is a “Thankful Thursday” post? Before I continue to ramble I think it’s time to share my thankfulness or else I would get distracted again. So here’s a random list of the things I am thankful for this week:
1. Unemployment Benefits – this is making it possible for me to spend more time at home.  A blessing in disguise so to speak.
2. Joe and Karen – Thankful for their friendship. I am sad to see them move far away.  But I cannot be selfish – I think it’s the right move for them.
3. Husband – oh I whine about him every now and then, but when I really think about it God picked him perfectly for me. Iron sharpens iron so to speak.
4. Spring Break – enjoying it. Enjoying G and N
5. My family in the Philippines are doing well. I am thankful that my brother Joseph is blogging too so I get the updates from there
6. My brother and his family in LA are doing well. So thankful for my nephew Elijah – already a year old – wow!
7. Todd and Laura and their kids – nice to see Laura and the kids yesterday and nice to read Todd’s comments here every now and then.
8. For my Mac computer – loving it!
9. Sonny, the Italian Greyhound. This dog is getting spoiled and I’m the culprit!
10. For the Keplers
11. For the Spencers
12. Thankful that I am living on Maui.
So glad I am able to list some of the people and things I am thankful for. Now it’s time to face the day and continue to be productive.
For for thankful hearts, visit the hub for Thankful Thursday here.

The Problem With Worry

Sunday Scribbling’s prompt this week is “worry”.  Questions were asked to help us come up with a creative scribbling, but I feel the urge to reply uncreatively, at least for a start. Here goes:

 
Are you a worrier?  YES!
Know one?  Aside from me? My Dad
Is there a particular worry that you can’t shake?  A lot
Ways of coping with worrying? Prayer and Meditation on God’s sovereignty and goodness
 
It’s interesting that this prompt came up this week, just as worry’s ugly head kept on intruding my thoughts this past couple of weeks. 
 
I am a worrier. I told you that already.  There are a lot of things I worry about.  If I try to scribble all about my worries, I would wind up writing a book instead of a scribbling.
 
Worry is unhealthy. It strips us of a lot of things, like joy, sleep, physical health and even friends. Did I say friends?  I did. And let me zero in on that  because that’s one demon I am dealing with right now. Worrying about friends and friendship. Not a good thing.
 
Lately I am finding myself avoiding a lot of church friends.  I am noticing it on myself more and more. After Sunday services, all I want to do is go home. I didn’t want to stay in the courtyard where we are supposed to be “fellowshipping” with one another. No, the word fellowship is not enjoyable to me, it actually worries me. 
 
My husband once said that he thinks the reason why I blog a lot and spend so much time in the internet is because I am lonely. I vehemently opposed him. I told him he was wrong.  And yet, right now as I am typing this I am thinking there must be some truth to that observation.  I think I am a bit lonely.  I think I am feeling displaced.
 
One big problem is that I avoid people who I think do not like me, and people who I think is bored with me and do not enjoy my company. This is a dangerous thing because I base it all on my perception on whether a person likes me or not.  I also based it on my intuition. It is very subjective.  This is really not a good thing. And maybe that is why I am scribbling about it – to let it out of my chest. To release it and not let that seed of insecurity grow.
 
I am feeling displaced and disconnected and a lot of it is my fault.  I worry about friendships but worrying about it will not do me any good.