December 18, 2017, 6:42 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0149 British Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.93628 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.61016 Guinea Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 4.01171 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15502 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46602 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24851 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.30468 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.45216 Indonesian Rupiah
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1 Philippine Peso = 23.50139 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.22191 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.5944 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30329 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54875 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57046 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.57959 Uzbekistan Sum
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1 Philippine Peso = 450.55577 Vietnam Dong
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.07165 CFA Franc (BEAC)
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.49782 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
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One for the Books

I’ve always thought that the friends you’re closest to can make or break you. The people you closely work with can make or break you. So can the people you happen to be with if you’re shipwrecked, stranded in an airport, forced to climb strange

mountains, trudge through unknown rugged terrain, or navigate through nature’s obstacle course. In all these precarious situations, the character and attitude of the people you’re with will largely determine whether you’ll make it or not. 

That’s why, in life, choose your friends well. At work, since you can’t always choose who your close-in workmates will be, try to be a person who brings out the best in people. (You’ll be the  first to benefit from it!) And if you happen to be caught in a situation where you’re suddenly in a group that has to face something that’s extremely challenging, be a person who’s a help, not a nuisance. 

Here’s something I wrote two years ago about an unexpected experience I had with a group of people. Some of whom were well-known to me. It’s something that’s been chiseled in my mind. Read on and you’ll know why: 

I will never, ever forget what I did today with five friends. We went mountain climbing for 4.5 hours on limestone mountains and crags, more than 2,000 feet above sea level. 

We trekked on narrow trails carved on the sides of mountain crags with yawning cliffs right beside it -- if you missed a step, you’d surely fall headlong into a deep ravine with sharp, jagged rocks waiting for you below. Scary. I never thought i’d actually be doing something I only saw in the movies or on TV! As a senior citizen, this was not even in my bucket list! 

I counted at least nine cliffs (in Tagalog, mga bangin) that we passed over. 

We also crossed hanging bridges that spanned the tops of two high mountains. And then we crossed a huge spider’s web made of thick cables (well, I crawled over it most of the time). The giant web was on top of a mountain, leading to a hanging

bridge which we crossed to go to another mountain. (We were literally mountain-hopping.) The hanging bridges we crossed were probably higher than 20-storey buildings! Imagine that. 

Then we trekked down into caves  which were so dark and so deep -- we inched our way down through giant limestone deposits. Thank goodness all of us were able to bend, twist our bodies, and squeeze through the jagged rocks on both sides of the cave walls. (Going down the Roman catacombs with my husband was child’s play compared to this!) 

Today, God took away at least a hundred of my childhood fears! By the time we were walking over the 7th death-defying cliff, with little stones and pebbles falling down the cliff as we trekked on the mountain side, I suddenly felt no more fear. It’s like

I already had an “overdose” of cliffs -- and seeing another one below me wasn’t such a big deal anymore. It’s hard to explain. But it was a good feeling -- even if there were no protective nets to break our fall, God forbid. 

I still have to think about why God allowed me and my friends to even do what we did! The funny-bizarre thing about it was that we had absolutely no idea that the trek was going to be so hard and so dangerous. At a certain point, even when we

realized how backbreaking and dangerous this trek was going to be, we just had to keep going. “There was no turning back.” You know how ominous that sentence sounds.  Like a death knell. 

For some reason, God allowed us to “survive” something that none of us ever thought we could do -- not in a million years. 

The only thing I can say is -- I thought climbing Mt Sinai was extremely difficult (and I was much younger then). Now, I’d easily say that our Mt Sinai trek was a “4” compared to the “10” that we scrambled through today. 

One wrong step and one of us could’ve hurtled straight down a craggy cliff or a deep ravine. If, by some miracle, we survived a fall, we would’ve broken our bones in many, many places. But God protected us -- even if there were no guard rails or guard ropes to keep us from falling. 

Today, I realized that God’s strong, loving arms are more than enough to keep us from falling. 

I thank God, too, that I did this momentous trek with five fine individuals who were calm, cheerful, helpful, and so encouraging to be with. I know that being with such good, stable company went a long, long way in 
making me finish well. 

At the height of our fatigue and frazzled nerves -- no one complained. No one made a single negative, discouraging comment during the whole trek. Not even as a joke. When one of us was visibly frightened, frustrated, or just too tired to take another

step, the whole group just stopped for a bit -- and quietly waited. Calmly. Patiently. No unseemly jokes. No crass comments. No one making fun of anyone for being too tired or too scared. My friends were just so cool about everything. When we had

to wait for someone to take a break, we did. When one of us stopped to enjoy the scenery, or to identify a flower, a plant or a shrub, everyone stopped -- with no sign of irritation or annoyance.  If someone needed help to wriggle through the jutting
limestones, someone always came up to lend a hand. We just moved like one body that respected and valued all of its parts. 

When we finally got back to my friend’s rest house for lunch at 430pm, we were all grateful that no one got hurt -- not even a scratch. We said a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s protection. And we thanked Him for the meal that was so thoughtfully prepared for us. Everything was authentically Pinoy home- cooked food! 

I never thought I’d enjoy a meal so much, after such a challenging trek, with such a fine group of friends. That marvelous adventure wouldn’t have been what it was without them. 

Thank you, dear friends. Mike, Ben, Manny, Annie and Jing -- I know we won’t ever forget what God allowed us to accomplish together today! 

Remember -- in life, choose your friends wisely. Their character and attitudes will rub off on you. Their influence can make or break you. 
 
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