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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dr. Mark Schwarzbauer & Couples' Day Out

Our church ICF (International Christian Fellowship) recently hosted a romantic evening for all couples, at the lounge in our church, with our guest Pastor Mark Schwarzbauer at the helm of the event, and I guess he and his vey beautiful and sweet wife Jill will be staying with us until the first week of October after which time they will be cruising across Europe until they return to Florida USA their homecountry.

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Pastor Mark who is also a Doctor in Psychology, discussed the elements that enhance the marriage relationship and yes, even the sexual part within the biblical standpoint.We enjoyed the candlelit and sumptuous dinner graciously served by volunteer members,every table was reserved with the couple's names.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Guru Creator:Matteo Cambi

Once in awhile we stumble upon stories that are not actually uncommon but nevertheless,remarkably haunting.Stories of people's experiences from which we may gather life lessons ..
Meet Matteo Cambi, the young designer/founder of Guru, a clothing/accessory line that caters to the younger generation, now also a recognized brand in Europe and some countries in Asia like Japan. He was born 32 years ago in Carpi Italy. He led a short-lived multi-millionaire lifestyle that started out in 1999 when he first registered his creation 'Guru' and it became a success shortly thereafter. He took advantage of the personal connections that he gained from hanging out often in the most prestigious venues or discotheques where the famous italian personalities and celebrities usually go. He started giving out his latest personal designs saying that they're limited edition thus, convincing the rich and famous people to wear his line. From then on, his business began to climb the ladder of financial success until he was able to buy his own private plane and helicopter,private yacht, buy the nicest cars like lamborghini,bentley,ferrari porsche, mercedes etc. , and live in many luxurious residences and villas.He also spent 2M for designer watches. He hired the best and highest paid photographer to do the commercial photography for Guru,paying Euros 1.2M just for 2 contracts.But almost as soon as he started accumulating such enviable amount of wealth,he also at the same time got entangled in the web of drug and cocaine addiction thus started the embezzlement of the company's funds.He would spend as much as Euros 10,000. euros for a single meal (obviously in the most extravagant restaurants and hotels) even if he hardly consumed anything, as he recounted when one's body is stuffed with drugs he would not feel hunger.On one interview he shared that his most recent unforgettable memory was when he saw an Ad of the latest model of Bentley;he was very anxious to get it immediately at all costs; after making numerous calls to many different car concessionaires he finally found the one that can deliver the car in the earliest possible time,which was the morning after that particular call. He decided right there and then to take his private plane and flew directly to Rome and practically waited outside the car concessionaire until its opening hours.
His financial heydays met their end around July of 2008, when he was arrrested and charged with a number of cases such as fraudulent bankruptcy,fictitious formation of stock corporation,illicit allocation of profits and stock reserves,undeserving restitution of stocks,false declaration of assets among others.
Now Matteo Cambi who has just been released from prison, claims to be recovering from his drug addiction and slowly regaining his ground in the fashion industry. No longer able to afford a financially extravagant lifestyle, he has just participated in a reality TV show 'Tribu' set in India. As it is,his (former) lifestyle might be what most of us have been dreaming of, and it is perfectly understandable and acceptable.But hopefully, his story drives upfront the lesson of GOD's teaching to us;although money in itself is not evil;The love of money, is. I Timothy 6:10

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Medical Appointment:Pointers

Health has always been an important issue both on national level and personal,more particularly these days when new viruses and diseases are being discovered.It's becoming a normal procedure for almost everybody (everywhere) to have a regular medical check-up.
Here are some useful pointers one should keep in mind when visiting the doctor for medical check-up.

1. Bring all your medications to your doctor,if you can't physically bring them, you may write them down so as to avoid double prescription or, the event wherein another doctor prescribes you the same generic medicine that you might be already taking.

2. Doctors in this modern era now use electronic medical record but even then, this supposedly high technology can only go as far as the input entered.And these inputs are supplied by the patient,you should inform your doctor of any surgeries you had in the past, or any medical problems you had, or if you're still seeing another physician for another treatment.

3. Most of us, reserve relevant and legitimate curiosities or questions but they somehow get crowded out by other things once we get on with the actual visit.A good doctor will always be available to answer whatever concerns you may have,but even then, you should consider that he/she also has other patients waiting after you, so you'll do well to list down and prioritize your questions so as to be able to maximize your visit. Keep in mind that the doctor himself will eventually ask you medical questions.

4. Bring somebody or a second person with you. Sometimes one can't remember all the important things that need to be done so it helps to have a friend or somebody, remind you.If you can't take down notes during the visit, have this company write them down for you