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Meditation Time

O Come All Ye Faithful


Do I not fiill Heaven and Earth? Says the Lord.Now the Word is made flesh and laid in a narrow manger. From beginning to etetnity you are God. And now we see you as newborn child.
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light, let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.God our father you sent your son full of grace and truth,forgive our failure to receive Him. Jesus our saviour you were born in poverty and laid in a manger.Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
Today Christ is born. Today the Saviour has come.Today the angels sing on earth.MERRY CHRISTMAS and a
HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Season’s Greetings


Let us join hands together in welcoming the Christmas season. I would like to greet the blogging community as well as those that are the heart and soul of the world of blogging- the readers of all nationalities. Let us be joined together in love, unity and peace just as the message that the season brings which God purposely willed in order to save us through his son Jesus’ birth on Christmas day!

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A message of Hope for the Philippines.


1-Yolanda AftermathIt’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in history that swept away barangays(villages) and devastated the city of Tacloban, displacing half a million people in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, the largest Christian,community in Asia.

litter in TaclobanIn the midst of all the sufferings that the people of the Philippines went through icluding the  7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck  Bohol also in Central Philippines just a few weeks earlier,The Dead I take the time off to reflect on this sad moment and offer my thoughts and prayers to all those who drowned,  now estimated to reach over 5000 men, women and children from the tsunami-style waves caused by tropical storm Haiyan that the people never expected to be this big and ferocious and thank the international community who joined hands to extend their support and donations.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis echoes his shouts of prayer in St Peter’s square to the country Philippines: “I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately there are many victims and the damage is enormous. We pray now in silence … for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help.”

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Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat finds time to seek help on behalf of the beleaguered country : “South Floridians, we can relate to storms where you just brace and hold your breath and even when you’re holding your breath you know the worst is coming.That’s how it felt with this. My family is fine. But some regions have just been slammed. They’re going to need a lot of help. As soon as we started getting more updates, it was a no-brainer to get involved with UNICEF and the NBA. Micky, the Heat have been phenomenal.” Thank you to the Miami Heat organization for reaching out to the Philippines to the tune of 1 Million Dollars.Spoelstra has often spoken of the pride he takes in his Filipino-American heritage, and when he was approached to help with relief efforts, he did not hesitate to commit.

Back to Business

After this harrowing experience gripping the middle part of the nation, the people are ready to move on   and to muster every strength needed from  the debilitating pain they suffered from loss of lives and property — children ( pls see photo) are out and about ready to rumble through the streets playing a pick up game  of basketball from an improvised wooden goal post,  a pile of debris providing a backdrop.They would like to put this thing at the back of their minds and move on. [Note photos provided did not originate from author,but would like to thank those who shared the pix from blogger-friends.]

There has to be hope for as long as they’re afloat.


Logos Hope Main lobby
The ships motto says it all: Bringing Knowledge, help and hope!

Upon hearing that a ship loaded with stockpiles of books is going to dock at the Sultan Qaboos Port  at Muttrah  in Oman where I am currently based I did not hesitate a minute to schedule a rare chance to walk up the ship’s gangway to see the floating bookfair. It also is undoubtedly a long furlough for me from blogging as I needed a long rest from work. It seems rightly timed that the arrival of the ship that seeks to minister to a lot of people needing help physically,psychologically,emotionally and spiritually was at a time that I really need to get back to blogging.And so to all my followers of Cliffhangercorner I would like say in particular my elation to getting back to writing and my apologies for the lost time.

In today’s world where books has been showing a decline in popularity in favor of cyberspace technology, it has become increasingly difficult to sway the the young population to curb internet usage in favor of the books as a guide for research in school activities and the like. I still believe that books can still make a difference especally in bringing knowledge to people of all ages all over the world like what the GBA Ships are doing.  I learned that GBA stands for Good Books for All. Enter the MV Logos Hope– A 40-year -old reconditioned ship (Built in 1973) that was formerly commissioned as a ferry ship in northern Europe, only to be converted into a  floating bookfair. It truly gives a lot of joy and upliftment and fullfills a lot of hope to many people around the world.The key to making the ship floating and getting warm acceptance worldwide  for the past several years and hopefully many more years to come have been the purpose for which it had been rebuilt which is, imparting hands-on knowledge  to those who want to develop job skills and enhance their learning. There are those who might want to desire a study program yet are unable to because they can’t afford, the various books on display are up for grabs at low prices in exchange of a truly good literature. MV Logos Hope extends community service as well  in the form of relief aid  as the need arise.They function as a moving ship on the watch and used as a channel of God’s blessings to many.The ship boasts of a crew most of whom are volunteers extending courtesy and providing inspiration to others by the services they are providing with a view to focusing on the needs of others.They pass on the message of hope to others thru their life-changing experiences and how they were gifted with blessings and happy that their hopes were not dashed away but otherwise fulfilled.

Logos Hope.History retold.
The History of MV Logos Hope is depicted thru this pictures and inscriptions hanging on the main entrance of the ship.

Finally the day of visit was set on a beautiful Saturday evening of Oct 6,2013. I gathered that  since the launch into active service in February 2009, the MV Logos  has been in several regions: Northern Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and most recently south Asia.

more than 45 countries are represented
The all- volunteer crew and staff of about 400 people, represent over 45 different countries.Unlike the crew during her original use as a car ferry, crew and staff normally join the organisation to live on board for two years as volunteers.
Logos Hope.By the thousands of books on sale
It’s a comfy one-stop shop activity for the would-be visitor.The U-shaped book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life, which is based on the biblical story of the”Prodigal Son.”
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Millions upon milions of people in more that 150 different countries had already spent precious and memorable time in the company of friends and relatives enjoying what’s inside of the MV Logos Hope.There are several thousand available reading materials that I came across from the shelves, study books and career manuals, arts and crafts, cookbooks and cake and pastry books, sports,music,health,religious books and bibles and many more. Cultural variety abounds with over 45 nations in the mix.
Logos Hope. Magnificent view @ night @ Muscat Pier
MV Logos Hope finally docks at Muttrah Port in Oman on Oct  the 1st week of 2013.This mission-oriented ship generally visits ports for two weeks and is continually sailing from port to port year round.
Visitors cue for a photosession at the Main Lobby (1)
Ship entrance photosessions by visitors.Its virtually non-stop.They keep coming.

Logos Hope provides a better quality of life for the crew as well as a wider range of activities for visitors and guests The newly created Logos Hope Experience (which I was not able to see at the time of my visit) holds up to 800 visitors at any one time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge.This publicly accessible deck offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organisation, a book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation called the Journey  of Life, which is based on the biblical story of the “Prodigal Son”, and the International Cafe.Titles cover a wide range of subjects, such as science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, philosophy, medicine and children’s books, as well as faith in God and Christian living.

We are so privileged to have been a part of the millions of visitors who have stepped foot on this globetrotting mission ship and all the more thankful to the gov't of Oman for allowing the MV Logos Hope to let their mission of spreading Knowledge, helping people and giving hope be realized in this part of the World and for which we have been a part of and to lend our support.The shuttle buses and the low ticket prices at almost 1 dollar per ticket was worth the effort and time in going.As I asked one of the volunteers when the next docking of the ship ship to Oman shores would take place and the polite answer was 2 years from now.As my entourage bid good byes to the crew and volunteers, the ship I was told was proceeding to Qatar for their next mission engagement...Many more blessings and travel mercies to the MV Logos Hope!
We are so privileged to have been a part of the millions of visitors who have stepped foot on this globetrotting mission ship and all the more thankful to the gov’t of Oman for allowing the MV Logos Hope to let their mission of spreading Knowledge, helping people and giving hope be realized in this part of the World and for which we have been a part of and to lend our support.The shuttle buses and the low ticket prices at almost 1 dollar per ticket was worth the effort and time in going.As I asked one of the volunteers when the next docking of the ship ship to Oman shores would take place and the polite answer was 2 years from now.As my entourage bid good byes to the crew and volunteers, the ship I was told was proceeding to Qatar for their next mission engagement…Many more blessings and travel mercies to the MV Logos Hope!

A little bit of biblical history and archeology


Visited in 2004 at Salalah
Having taken her turn to take a close up view of the tomb of prophet Job, my wife’s fascination and life story of Job as written in the Holy Bible, made this long trip to Salalah from Muscat by road travel lasting 12 hours all the more memorable. Here in this photo, as all other female visitors,the scarf requirement is a sign of respect to the place.

Photos of Nabi Ayoub's Tomb, Salalah

What’s the History of Job’s Tomb?Interesting historical facts on Prophet Job Location: Salalah, a windy, cold city in time of summer during the neo assyrian era 700 BC brings us back to the life of Job the prophet who had his faith tested to the limits.He died and later was buried here. As to how anyone would like to know where they can find this very intriguing place, the city of Salalah, located in the south of Oman is the answer. It is beautifully situated between coconut plantations and banana groves, extending along a coast with pristine beaches. It is here, amidst the breath-taking scenery, where Job’s Tomb can be found, nestled in the mountains. After a 40-minute drive through winding roads and picturesque valleys, the grave of the prophet is located in a small house near a mosque.

A faith that stood out thru the test of time in Job.

Job was the hero of the biblical Book of Job. As recounted in  the Bible, Job was a man of such great devotion to the extent that Satan was allowed by God to test his faith.When Job’s children were killed, and his possessions destroyed and all that was left in him was a dying body that was afflicted with  plague from head to toe, Job never expressed anger at God nor questioned his undying devotion. And as a reward for his steadfastness, God gave him even more possessions than he had previously had. Job died in style- an extremely wealthy man, with many camels and children. Job’s tomb in Salalah is where this biblical hero, revered by Muslims, Jews and Christians worldwide, is said to have been laid to rest.Inside the tomb is a long mound covered reverently with brightly coloured cloths. Another noticeable adornment is a chart listing the names of various prophets. An open air enclosure near the tomb has prayer rugs scattered on the ground for  pilgrims.

Sand Dunes of Salalah
Travelling in and around Salalah will get you used to seeing beautiful sand dunes like this.
Queen Sheba's Palace, Salalah
The  picturesque Dhofar region of Oman is host to this archeological site called Sumhuram in Salalah where the Palace of Queen Sheba ruins was found.
Suicide Point,Salalah
Suicide Point,Salalah
Marneef Cave,Salalah
Al Baleed Excavation Site, Salalah
Al Baleed Excavation Site.The city of Al Baleed lies on Salalah’s coastal strip. During the Middle Ages the town played an important role in world trade through its harbour and links with the ports of China, India, Sind, Yemen and East Africa, as well as with Iraq and Europe.
The Sumhuram Archeological site structure towers above this famous tree planted in its facade known as the Frankincense tree.Historically,Sumhuram was known as the greatest city of Southeast Arabia during 1000BC. It is a port that was strategically built paving the success of frankincense trade route from Arabia to Jerusalem to Alexandria and even to as far as Rome.
Queen Sheba Palace
The ruins of Queen Sheba Palace (Khor Ruri) which used to be a harbour long long back in ancient history.
Al Mughsayl Reef, Salalah
Mughsayl Beach Salalah(Oman)