Bible Exposition in Tokyo on April 17, 2011

Our Church (Iglesia Ni Cristo) here in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan's Kanto area will be having a bible study meeting on April 17, 2011.  Everyone is invited so if you are in Tokyo and would like to join us in our study, please drop us a note so that we may accompany you to the study meeting.  

7-inch is the perfect size

A few inches more and I would have to use both hands.  A smaller size would hardly be a delight to my not so perfect eyesight.  7-inch then, for many people, is just the right size for a portable e-book device, even if Apple's CEO Steve Jobs thinks that "7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad".

Building your first Azure Application (Part 1)

It's been a year now since the Windows Azure Platform, the cloud platform offered by Microsoft, became commercially available.  If you develop software and you still don't know how to build an application for Windows Azure, perhaps it's the right time to learn how to do it.  In this article, I will show you how to create a simple ASP.NET application that will run on Azure.

Public Holidays in Japan and the Philippines for 2011

Here's a parallel list of holidays in Japan and the Philippines for this year:

New Year, New INC Ministers

Yesterday was a busy yet memorable day for me and Cerg and many other Iglesia ni Cristo members, especially those in congregations and locales that took part in the special worship service for the ordination of new church ministers.

Welcoming year 2011

Unlike in the Philippines where the new year is welcomed literally with a bang using paputok (firecrackers), torotot (toy trumpets), and almost anything that creates noise, new year is greeted silently and peacefully in Japan.  This striking difference is perhaps a reflection of the contrast between the cheerfulness of Filipinos and the silent nature of the Japanese people.

NET25 bags biggest number of awards from Anak TV

NET25 emerged as the winningest TV station with 22 trophies at the Anak TV Seal awarding ceremonies attended by network executives and media personalities last December 8, 2010.

Green mangoes in Japan

As Filipinos living in Japan, one thing that we really miss from home is eating unripe mangoes.  The mangoes that are available in Japan are imported from other countries and most, if not all, are already ripe.  There's nothing really wrong with ripe mangoes but for many Filipinos nothing beats the taste of sour, crunchy, mouth-watering green mangoes.  So when Cerg happened to find some green mangoes in a nearby supermarket, she bought them all! (Only two mangoes were left so she took those two.)

Iglesia ni Cristo members join cleanup drive in Alameda, California

Volunteers from various organizations in the city of Alameda and nearby towns took part in the 26th-annual Coastal Cleanup Day held last Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Almost one-third of those who volunteered are members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) from the locales of Alameda, Fremont, and Hayward.

Kudos to the organizers and volunteers!

(UPDATE:) Video clip of clean-ups in the Philippines now included.

Charice, the Japan Edition Album

It's been a long time since we last bought a CD album.  With the availability of online music stores that sell by the song, we can select and buy only the songs that we really want, leaving out those that we don't.  But with the new album of Charice, there's nothing you would really want left out!