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Traveling Featured Items: • Places We Have Traveled To Through The Years ………………………..…… Eddie Zamora, MVCA’59

SULADS Corner: (sorry, no report/story received this week) Patch of Weeds: …………….………………………………………………………...…….……………….…….. Jesse Colegado LIFE of a Missionary: ….….... “Interesting Places Caught By My Lenses” ……….………….. Romy Halasan CLOSING: Announcements |From The Mail Bag| Prayer Requests | Acknowledgements Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts | Miscellaneous

Places We Have Traveled to Through The Years


hen we first came to the United States, friends told us they would take us to different places of interest. The first car we bought was an old Dodge Omni which cost very little, or let’s just say it was sold to us really cheap. But what we paid for repairs each time it broke down was quite a lot. So, we really relied on friends or relatives to take us to see places. The first places we were taken to were Disneyland and Universal Studios. We did enjoy those trips. The entrance to Disneyland back then was $18 per adult. That was in 1986. But that was the only two trips we were treated to. So, when we had a more reliable car, a Chevy Caprice station wagon, we decided to start our road trips. Our first long trip was to Texas. This was before there were cell phones and GPS. We relied on pay phones and maps. Photography was in the age of films so we may not have kept those pictures. But we did see the Grand Canyon on the way, as well as the Meteor Crater in Arizona. We missed our promised arrival by two hours because we failed to consider the time difference. We told our friends we would be there at 9 pm. It was 11:00 when we finally called them at a pay phone at the freeway exit. Other trips we made, which we cannot find a photographic evidence to prove it, were to Keene (again) and Houston, Texas. And finally, Avon Park, Florida. We also drove to Toronto, Canada for a wedding and visited Maryland, Washington D.C., to New York City, New Jersey, even West Point and we visited Andrews University. Somewhere in our boxes we have a VHS video of our visit to the top of one of the towers of the World Trade Center. We attended the General Conference meetings in Toronto in 2000 passing through Yellowstone National Park and Crazy Horse monument as well as Mt. Rushmore.

The Eisenhower Tunnel to Denver, Colorado

The Red Rocks Auditorium near Denver, Colorado

Many friends have suggested that we go on trips to Europe, like London, Paris, Rome, etc. My wife and I decided we would see places in the United States instead of those places suggested. Let me share with you some digital pictures of our other trips. In July 2005, we drove to St. Louis, Missouri for the GC meetings.

The St. Louis Arch, Gateway to the West

The Hall where the GC meetings were held

Then in November of that year we drove to Death Valley in California, where the lowest point in the US can be found. It was in the fall so the temperatures were moderate, unlike in summer where it could reach 130 degrees F.

Entrance to Death Valley National Park

The lowest point in the United States.

Scotty’s Castle (a museum) in Death Valley

That little white sign on the mountain says “Sea Level.”

On April 2006, the MVC Alumni Association held its alumni reunion at Lake Havasu, Arizona, a small city beside Lake Havasu—famous for the original London Bridge which was bought and shipped to the city and rebuilt.

London Bridge at Lake Havasu

Some beautiful houses beside the bridge

On December 2009, we flew to Chicago to see the famous windy city, taste their pizza and visit Jim and Hannah Aba. It was cold, almost winter.

The Baha’i Temple

The famous Bean

We went up the Willis Tower (formerly Sears)

On the Ledge, that fiberglass platform

In July 2010, we drove to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the GC meetings. Near the meeting hall is CNN, and the home of Coca-Cola where everything related to Coke is shown. The Atlanta Aquarium was also in the vicinity but we did not go there. We toured the Coke place (L) as well as the CNN Headquarters (R). Both places were interesting.

On our way home, we passed by Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, with a digital camera this time. We brought home a lot of pictures, but allow me to share a few shots. It was drizzling and cold but this shows that we were there!

Top: Bison and moose grazing beside the road. Bottom: “Old Faithful (L) and then another gyer (R) On April 2011, we decided to swing by the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. One could enter the cave on foot or via an elevator.

The Visitors’ Center

Inside the cave

Plenty of beautiful rock formations in the Carlsbad Caverns

On February 2011, we drove to Seattle, Washington where our son Keith shared an apartment with two friends. We visited places along the way.

Top: Shasta Lake and the majestic Mount Shasta in Northern California. Bottom: Crater Lake, Oregon

Top: The Space Needle, a landmark of Seattle, WA. Bottom (L): Seattle as seen from a ferry, (R) the famous (or infamous) wall of chewing gum. Several miles north of Sacrament, California, is a very small town which we love. See photos:

The exit sign

A huge sign over the mini mart and gas station

Top: It was a real town! Bottom: We were kids-at-heart so we just had to visit this factory, home of the Jelly Beans. They had many portraits there made out of jelly beans! On another trip to Seattle, in May 2013, we took a ferry to Victoria, Canada, where we spent an afternoon admiring the Butchart Gardens.

Another place in east Portland, Oregon, that we enjoyed: the Multnomah Falls

In 2012, our kids sent us to this Paradise in Maui but it was just too stormy at that time to enjoy. All cruises were cancelled so we stayed on dry land!

This year, 2017, they gave us this to enjoy. It was a hot day, but we loved the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam!

The Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam as seen from the air

One does not have to go to real far places to enjoy travelling. Find a place you could go to, like San Diego or San Francisco, or take the scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, or visit the Hearst Castle. Just last July we drove to South Padre Island in Texas with Dr. and Mrs. Cornelio Aba. It was an enjoyable three-day drive. We met many friends and saw many beautiful places. So, my friends, keep travelling, and learn many things along the way.

Eddie Zamora Redlands, California

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Flat Tire


salesman, and engineer, and a technician are driving in a car when, just outside of town, they get a flat tire. The three of them get out of the car and scratch their heads.

The salesman says, "Maybe I should walk into town and get a new tire. I know that I can bargain with the man at the parts store and get a great deal." The engineer stops him, saying, "No, before you do that, we'll have to do some computations, figuring the grade of the road, the asphalt temperature, and the average rate of speed we will be traveling to know what kind of tire you should buy." The technician laughs and shakes his head. "No, no, no! What's wrong with you guys? We have a spare tire in the trunk -- now all we have to do is start swapping tires until we find the flat one!" (from ArcaMax Jokes)



fter shopping for weeks, I finally found the car of my dreams. It was only two years old and in beautiful condition. The salesman asked if I would like to take it for a test drive. We had traveled no more than two miles when the car broke down. The salesman called for a tow truck. When it arrived, we climbed into the front seat. While the driver was hooking up the car, the salesman turned to me with a smile and said, "Well, now, what is it going to take to put you behind the wheel of that beauty today?" (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Bus Stop


nce there was couple traveling on a bus in a mountainous area. Close to their destination they decided to get off a bit early and enjoy a short walk the rest of the way. After the couple got off the bus, it proceeded on its route, but 100 feet later a huge boulder fell on the bus, crushing it and killing everybody on board. Upon seeing this happen the couple said, "We wish we were on that bus." Why do you think they said that? Think about it and then scroll down for the answer. --------- Answer !!!! ---------

If the couple had remained on the bus instead of deciding to get off, the resulting time delay would have been avoided and the rock would have fallen after the bus had passed. Remember and consider others in life. (from Cybersalt Digest)

Student in Germany


Saudi prince went to Germany to study. A month later, he sent a letter to his dad saying, "Berlin is wonderful, the people are nice, and I really like it here, but I'm a bit ashamed to arrive to school with my gold Mercedes when all my teachers travel by train." Sometime later he received a letter from his dad with a ten-million-dollar check saying, "Stop embarrassing us. Go and get yourself a train too!" (from GCFL)

Dog Driving


y son Ward owns a shiny green four-wheel-drive truck. He also owns a 110pound black Labrador named Tony. On trips, the dog generally sits on a platform behind the driver's seat, resting his huge head on Ward's shoulder as they travel cheek-to-cheek. Ward did not give this cozy arrangement a second thought until the day he took Tony with him on a trip to Montana. While listening to his CB radio, Ward overheard one trucker remark to another, "See the little green four-wheeler you're about to pass? When you go by him, take a good look -- see if that's really a dog driving."



ey all, I am not usually in scare-mongering and internet-based rumor spreading. However, this came to me earlier today and it is something I felt I ought to share. I am sure that like-minded people will understand/appreciate this warning. Yesterday my Auntie's friend's daughter was on the train traveling from Johannesburg to Cape Town. A man of Arabic- appearance got off the train and she noticed that he had left his bag behind. She grabbed the bag and ran after him, caught up with him at the top of the stairs and handed him back his bag. He was extremely grateful and reached into his bag which appeared to contain large bundles of bank notes. He offered her a reward, but she refused. So he looked round, made sure nobody was looking and whispered to her: "I can never repay your kindness, but I will share a word of advice for you." "Stay away from the Hard Rock Cafe" She was terrified. "Is there going to be an attack?" she whispered. "No," he whispered back. "I went there yesterday evening -- the food was terrible and the waitress was rude." (from PearlyGates)

Teacher from Ghana


ur son David's Grade 1 teacher was a lovely woman from Ghana. Mrs. Arhin was the kind of magical teacher everyone would call an angel. On the way to school one day, I said to David that he was very lucky to have such a wonderful teacher, rich with knowledge of another country. David asked me where Mrs. Arhin was from, and I answered that she was from a faraway land called Ghana, in Africa. He asked how far away that was, and I replied that it would be several hours by plane. "Mrs. Arhin must really love us," David said, "to travel so long every day just to teach us." (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Children’s Meal


e had been traveling by plane a lot and, as usual, I had ordered children's meals ahead of time for my three kids. When six-year-old Jerome received his, he opened the container, took one look at it and incredulously said, "Mom, they call this a children's meal?" I glanced at the standard fare of chicken and fries and asked, "What do you mean, Jerome?" "Look!" he exclaimed. "Broccoli!" (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Travel Plans


have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense. It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get! I may have been in Continent, but I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there. (from Mikey's Funnies)

Speeding Ticket


man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a gaggle of cars all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.

The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and was about to walk away when the man asked, "Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don't think it's fair. There were plenty of other cars around me going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?" "Ever go fishing?" the policeman suddenly asked the man. "Ummm, yeah... so," the startled man replied. The officer grinned and added, "Ever catch ALL the fish?" (from GCFL)

Signs Your Travel Agent Has Misled You ~

On your descent into Auckland, you catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge.

~ You've driven halfway around New Zealand and have yet to see a single Hobbit. ~ "Alabamastan" ain't really a country in Eastern Europe. ~ Sun? Check. Sand? Check. Carrying an M16 while being shouted at by a drill sergeant? Uh-oh. ~ The "Transylvania" tour is nothing but a visit to a Polish union town in Ohio led by a couple of Goth chicks. ~ It turns out that Cawker City, Kansas, only has the world's "second" largest ball of twine! ~ Snow White looks real enough, but you don't remember the Elephant Man's remains being part of Disneyland. ~ As you board the plane, you find the "occupied" sign is up on your "private cabin." (from Mikey's Funnies)

He Walked


Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost one hundred dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee.

"Hoot mon," he said, "in Scotland it wouldna ha been more than $20." "That might be true," said the travel agent, "but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord Himself walked." "Well, at $100 an hour for a boat," said the Scotsman, "it's no wonder He walked." (from Mikey's Funnies)

Travel Thots


f you want to travel fast, walk alone. If you want to travel far, walk together.

Travel is very educational. I can now say "Kaopectate" in seven different languages. Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. Light travels faster than sound -- that's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Interesting Places Caught by my Lens As I Traveled


here are many beautiful experiences one can gain when visiting new places and meeting new friends. Travelling can also improve one’s overall health and enhance creativity. In fact, research studies have shown great benefits to one’s physical, mental and emotional health. This is a why we need to take time out from our busy schedules at least once a year. Below are some benefits of traveling: • It improves your social and communication skills. • It insures peace of mind, broadens your perception and horizon. • It increases your tolerance for uncertainty, boosts your confidence and creates a lifetime of memories. • Travel helps you have fun and helps you to know yourself. • Travel relieves stress, enhances your happiness and satisfaction, lowers the risk of depression. I was privileged to visit many places seldom visited by others. This week, I will share some photos I took which are significant to me because they gave me insight on the cultures and life of others. Whenever I visit a country, the first place I like to visit is their market. There, I see what things are unique to that place. I like to try the food that is not familiar to me, taste the unique fruits in the area. I also like to experience how the people live by riding the local transportation, visiting the dwellings or houses and checking out cultural shows. It is said that a picture speaks a thousand word so I would like to leave you with some pictures I took and hope you experience vicariously something unique, unusual or interesting. They may even perk your desire to travel!

Romy Halasan North Sulawesi, Indonesia


Driving to Chiang Mai

MVCians in Thailand

a “kalesa� in Northern country

transporting the dead

Lovers at a sunflower field

Fishing buddies

A float driver prepares his float

A long-necked lady of Thailand


A Natural Bridge in Tonga

Blowholes in Tonga

Tokyo, Japan and Malaysia

Commuters on bicycles in Tokyo, Japan

Commuters in flowered-tricycles in Malaysia

Indonesia, American Samoa and Vanuatu

In the background: Mount Bromo erupting. Indonesia

Local transport in American Samoa

Posing in Bali, Indonesia

Young boys in Bali, Indonesia, playing with kites

A procession before a boy’s circumcision

Swimming among sharks, Indonesia

An overflow of church members in Vanuatu

Holy land experience in Florida, USA

United States

In the U.S. Entering the State of New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment”

Stargazing in La La Land, USA

Announcements SULAD 50th ANNIVERSARY GRAND REUNION (Yes, we’re celebrating a few months early)

When: June 24,2018 – July 01,2018 (11 months away) Where: MVC Campus. Bukidnon, Philippines. Who: sulad pioneers, new sulads, sulads from all over the world and products of the sulad mission schools will be there to celebrate God’s goodness, to get spiritually recharged, to fellowship with each other, to hear sulad reports first hand, and receive continuing education training! Outstanding speakers and trainers. Visits to mission schools. A SULAD FAIR with booths and exhibits. Food tasting. Parade of Tribes. Authentic presentation from various tribes. Meet new friends. Network with fellow sulads. Cool activities for sulads’ kids. So, save the date and plan on being there! For more info : Joy Caballero-Gadia (Facebook) or email:

Needed: MVC Alumni write-ups (articles) for Junior Devotional 2019 MVC is tasked by the PPH (Philippine Publishing House) to coordinate the making of the Junior Devotional for 2019. Inviting alumni around the world to participate in this endeavor. Guidelines from PPH: 1. Write in conversational manner. 2. Write to describe not to prescribe. 3. Be specific. 4. Dwell on a single lesson, trait or action. 5. Have a creative title of not more than six words. 6. Include the Bible text/passage your story tries to point out. Suggested Bible versions: NIV, ESV, NKJV, NLT and NASB. 7. Must be 350 words or less, including the memory verse which is indicated below the title of the article. 8. Include your biodata. 9. Observe proper citation. Contributors whose articles are chosen to be included in the devotional will receive Php 350/article upon the release of the devotional. MVC EXTENDED the deadline for submission to August 30, 2017 Submit articles to Reasons for rejection: 1. Contradicts SDA beliefs and practices. 2. Misses to emphasize the devotional theme. 3. Too preachy 4. Invades other's right to privacy. 5. Fails to comply with the requirement for the number of words. Suggested topics to write about: Spiritual matters, family, friends, studies, values, health, dating, social concerns, technology, hobbies, answered prayers, and nature.

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For More Info

Dec 28-31, 2017 Jun 24-Jul 1, 2018

GYC SULADS 50th Anniversary Grand Reunion MVCSN Golden Anniversary Reunion Int’l Pathfinder Camporee

Phoenix, AZ MVC Campus

MVC Campus

Devaney Bayeta, Pres MVCSN Homebase Chapter

2019 Summer (TBD) 2019 Aug 12-17

Oshkosh, WI

Joy Caballero-Gadia

Acknowledgement A special THANK YOU • Jessie Colegado for the chuckles in “Jessie’s Patch of Weeds”; • Romy Halasan for the stories about Missionaries’ LIFE • Joy Caballero-Gadia for the layout

Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Eddie Zamora. Next week’s issue will be by Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan. Please direct all entries to him or any of the editors. NAME: Eddie Zamora Evelyn Porteza-Tabingo Jessie Colegado Joy Caballero-Gadia Lily EscaraLare Melodie Mae Karaan-Inapan Raylene Rodrigo-Baumgart Romulo ‘Romy’ Halasan

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Wanted: Adventist Heroes ADVENTIST HEROES - Tell us of an Adventist whom you personally know who has been an inspiration to you (not necessarily an MVCian). Who was this person? What did this person do? Why were you inspired? How did this person influence you? 500-1000 words. We will help with editing. Email to Joy Caballero at watermankids Deadline: Sept 20, 2017

Prayer Request FOR THE CONTINUED HEALING OF: Naty Sanz, Pat Caballero, Leonora Gagatam, Jerusalem Era, Ruth Fabella & Ellen Fabella (wife and daughter of Dr. Armand T. Fabella), Felix Sareno, Elmer Aguro, Rayelch Modillas, Rebecca Antemano, Roxie Pido, Virgie Osita, Pastor Oseas Zamora, Pastor Remelito Tabingo and members of the MVC Alumni & Friends who are sick. COMFORT FOR THE BEREAVED FAMILIES OF: JB Mendez, Ronnie Enero, Theodoro Inocellas, Pastor Antonio Dandoy, Vizminda Brion Murcia, Asher Ortaleza, Federico Blaza, Araceli Arit, Jovita P. Solis, Wayne Chavit, Nanette Chio, Kerry Tortal, Elmore Jornada, Rolly Boniales and other families who recently lost their loved ones.

Closing Remarks By the Editor God created a beautiful earth for us to enjoy. Let us go out and enjoy it.



Cyberflashes, August 4, 2017

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