SPRING Collection 2012

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

NEW YEAR 2012

Posted: January 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

THE CLOCK IN ITS ENDLESS CLOCKING AND TICKLING
THE NEW YEAR IS DRAWING VERY NEAR,
THE WHOLE WORLD´S STILL RUSHING
BOUND TO ALL ROUNDS OF DAILY LIFE´S CARE AND NECESSITIES WEARILY ATTENDING,
WHATEVER WE ARE ANTICIPATING, WISHING AND HOPING FROM THIS YEAR IN COMING,
MAY WE REMEMBER; LIFE IS MORE THAN FOOD, RAIMENT OR SIMPLY IN VAIN PLEASURE LIVING,
CLEAR DIRECTION, PURPOSE AND MEANING THIS PRECIOUS LIFE CAN BE FRESH & NEW EVERY MORNING
WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR IS RECEIVING THE TRUE LIFE GIVER WHO IS ALWAYS LOVINGLY SEEKING AND GIVING

BLESSED PEACEFUL & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

The Seasons Of Life

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

4 SEASONS –THE MEASURE OF LIFE

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to
judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go
and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went
in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the
youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to
describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly,
bent, and twisted. The second son said no–it was covered with green buds
and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with
blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most
graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them;
he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because
they had each seen but ONLY one season in the tree’s life. He told them
that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the
essence of who they are–and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from
that life–can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your
spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. Don’t let the
pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by one
difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times
are sure to come some time or later.

Author Unknown ,”4seasons of a Tree” (original subject)


STUBBORNESS

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Below are what I´ve come up with the meaning of Stubborn-wills from Noah Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language
a.) Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; — said of persons and things; as; stubborn ore; a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule.

It is God’s special way of using innocent little child like the one sitting on my lap as a channel where His spiritual truths flow freely & naturally. My mind remembered perfectly that special occasion. This little girl´s parents were about to serve meal and as you can see she has to sit on that baby high support table there on our left. I playfully and stubbornly insisted that I will and I am the one who is going to sit in there. You can just guess the rage on this baby girl´s face and anger on her eyes. She quickly jumped down from my lap and went near her support chair blocking the way protecting it in case I will draw near to invade and sit on it. I was so surprised that in her infant mind she was able to reason out with all her might and said “You could not fit on that chair, I alone could sit and fit in there!”
I continued saying persistently again and again that I will sit on it. You can just imagine the whole world of verbal exchanges between me and her. To make the story short, she sat on her throne and I sat where I am supposed to sit then we dined together.
There´s no doubt that she alone can sit on the chair and no brightest arguments whatsoever can win against her. No reason could be so convincing to support that an adult could sit on it for this chair is designed only for babies.
That day she made a difference in my heart. I acknowledged that in many instances I’ve insisted my own way far from what God wants and desires for me and that I often fall short of knowing and seeking His will and what he wants for me.

Oh Lord, you who alone can change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh protect me from insisting on my way, deliver me from un-yielded desires, from embracing in-ordinate affections that break your heart, from rebellion against your will. May You help me by your grace to live according to your purposes and stop me from insisting in living in my obstinate ways.

The 45th Year

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

“Live Another Day”

Another day
Here it comes like wind so swiftly
It might not be that nice and easy
And it might not go so smoothly
But we’ve got to find a way

Another day
It might be like a climb up hill
But we´ve got to have a will
You might see that it’s got no thrill
But we have to hold on to sail

Another day
It can be total rounds of sighs,
Remember that we can still fly high
And it might be the toughest why?
Let´s face it like eating a piece of pie!

JH S. Buscato © September 26th ‘10

It´s Autumn Once More

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Cool night air tells its autumn once more!
On my shawl for a lovely walk outdoor
There`s excitement as to the change of colors
Orange, dark reds & yellow greens galore

Autumn´s brown leaves in fashion fall
One by one creating gorgeous mantles
lavishly blush the streets as a spectacle
                                       Trees in absolute baldness yet stood as noble

Sunny cloudy rainy weather´s here
Freshness and coolness are for us to share
Warm days & nights are gone in September
Yet, things still are in Autumn for us to cheer

Dampness & grey skies pronounce a beauty
Designed by the One who alone is mighty
Every artist´s brush can show us vividly
How incomparable is the Creator´s Glory!

JH S. Buscato© 2010 all rights reserved

Poem of the Month

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

      ‘ September is Here ‘
Oh what a beautiful day!
Rise up & shine body of clay.
Let thy Potter have His way,
each step one day at a time I pray!

Oh 1st day of September mornin!
What freshness to me you are bringin
Now that summer´s heat is easing,
On my Creator´s promises I´ll sing!

 JH S. Buscato ©2010 all rights reserved

Posted: August 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

La Roja Victory Night (Football World Cup Finals) JULY 11th 2010, South Africa

I arrived home very late about 2:30 a.m for the first time in my life here in Spain. I had an impronto “prayer walk” to my place which is about 45 minutes from the train station. I took the last train from Atocha, Madrid. On board the train we were like sardines in sauce of Spanish flags, red and yellow trumpets, red turbans, almost everybody’s wearing red shirts, t-shirts, shorts. I even saw a lady wearing golden earrings Spanish flag designed. I was tempted to ask her for a photo but in the end I just let her go then turned away smiling.
Throughout the country I believe was “all out RED” as red as fresh tomatoes. I was wearing an orange-colored mini dress though, and I just realized that my color was Holland´s 🙂 I was surprised & I couldn’t believe that my ears “pueden agwantar” (can support) the noise around me; trumpets, drums, horns here and there sounding, everybody´s chanting and singing, young people screaming and laughing & shouting out loud too pushing to create movements like that of a dance. The train car was like an oven and a sauna bath & I should say and add that our summer temperature yesterday reached 40 degrees in the capital and in most major cities in Spain, yet all faces wore smiles I don´t know how to describe. When I Alcala de Henares station I got off from the train and was met by street cars parading & beeping, speeding & honking & the drivers and merry makers waving their flags big & small sounding their trumpets calling attention and inciting wild responses, groups of teens drinking and chanting, singing & shouting. You can find them on all corners in almost all streets around Alcala and more drums playing, men & women wearing the Spanish flags as capes & turbans. I reached plaza Cervantes & saw the statues of Miguel de Cervantes a well-known literary figure of Spanish literature wearing a red scarf and he´s got a banderita too ( small flag) placed carefully in his unmovable iron hand and don Quijote wrapped with a Spanish flag. The two statues looked like as if were cheering each other as well. People, tourists, families were celebrating around the streets of Plaza de Cervantes. They were raising their cups of wine and cold drinks having fun nights.

Spain is undergoing tough economic downturn and many were saying that the July 11th World cup victory was a kind of therapy for many. Witnessing last night’s event, seeing, listening as well feeling the sensation of Spain´s first world cup victory & jubilation around me produced by the match, I prayed for the country. My prayer is that somehow, one day the country (the people) will experience the true delights of victory in their lives in JESUS our Lord.
Last night, for Spain was a euphoria! I understood that the enormous feeling of happiness they are experiencing & living was just momentary and passing. Anyhow & anyway, God bless Spain! ¡Que viva España!

Life in Spain

Posted: March 19, 2010 in Travel
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THE MOVE

Circumstances have brought me to Spain. The moment I set foot in Spain, it was “All in all”, has been a challenging change of environment, scenery and culture. Adapting to a new country and place, one which is more progressive and richer than your own, not only to a new culture, but to a new idea of culture. That first trip was eight years ago, the truth is, I never really thought that I would. I believe it´s because of divine providence  that I am here now. However, I realized that if I was going to make a move, I have to do it then or I likely never would. Looking at that way, decided to move, and within few months,I set up in Madrid. 

CASTILLANO

Moving to Spain was not as easy as what expected—especially in the beginning. My language mix-ups ranged from the hilarious to the frustrating, speaking a language other than your own daily has certainly not been easy and it was a couple of years before I really felt comfortable. I am particularly curious by mañana habit, los toros, los choros, la paella, el sol, el flamenco,  la siesta and las playas. I knew about Philippines as one of Spain’s former colonies, but this was new, as it knotted my English-speaking life and my hunger of improving my Spanish together in a new way.

LIFE & WORK AWAY FROM HOME

I´ve been here almost a decade now and find myself living in just another country, It´s finally home away from home. As I settled into life in Spain, I discovered something I did not expect. Living & working in a foreign country, when you have adjusted to it, is life as usual—it just happens somewhere else. Going around Madrid no longer bewilders me because it’s now my city. It´s where I work, move and live.

ESL TEACHING

As the group is small and my students are adults and when you as a teacher is honestly interested in other people, cultures, and the world, any barriers quickly collapse. If you really give attention and listen to them, you can design the course to fit into their needs, get along well, and still cover the material required. You don´t normally hit it off very well from the beginning of class and if they are quick learners with a good basic foundation, I don’t mind setting aside the textbook then allowing students lead into topic areas that otherwise would not be covered and using them to illustrate new language skills. Teaching children in small groups is a lot of fun and as they are good imitators, the load of work is lighter. However, working in a Spanish company/academy is tough. There is uncertainty and many times it´s energy draining and time-consuming. You are expected to working long hours for low wages, no matter who you are working for. They’ll pay you little. Being an English teacher is not particularly difficult—the most difficult & frustrating part will be organizing your schedule so you’re not traveling an hour or more throughout the day to different class locations.

Photo: the “correos”

MY TYPICAL DAY

Posted: December 5, 2009 in Travel

Work description

I’ve been working almost seven years as ESL Teacher here in Spain, and although it gives me greater freedom than I had when I was in my first teaching job, and though I only have to work 4-5 hour (work a day) but I am always  outdoors for more than 9-10 hours.

Always on the move

What I find hard is actually moving from one place to another to conduct classes. Although I’m not really sure if it is actually a problem, but I still don’t find it easy  “teaching from one place to another”. It gets dark and cold in the winter in Spain (at dawn and early night), and personally I’d rather sit and wait for my students “stationed” than always “on the move” to go to the next class.

The course

Normally, Language courses start in September and end in June. So here is what a typical day looks like for an ESL teacher like me if you ever wondered what. Read the rest of this entry »