Friday, May 20, 2016

Change is coming!



What change have you been up to lately? Many times in our life we crave for that. Well, we sometimes reach to a certain point that we wanted to but we do not know how. Alright, let me just speak on my behalf and not yours. I have reached a point in my life now that I so wanted something new (hahahaha!!!! of course i was not talking about the new administration's slogan - Change is coming- but somehow it hits right into me). I wanted to try something I have never done before, something that will challenge me and something that will really bring out the best in me. 

So far 2016 has been so good to me. It opened new avenues for me, new opportunities that I may try for that so called "change" that i wanted. Yes, just like any other new ventures, it is scary and exciting in some way or another, but I am at the point now that I do not know how to make things fall into its own places. Yet i am faithful that God will shower me with His wisdom that I will be able to carry on those opportunities into something wonderful for myself and for others as well. Meantime, I just enjoy those overwhelming surprises and opportunities and just leave everything up to Him. I just indulge my spare time in filling up myself with those new opportunities and new beginnings. After all, all beginnings are really not that easy. I will just continue to hold on to God's promises that His plans for me are way better than mine.

So there you go, just thinking out loud. 

Ciao! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jewels



Want to know what made my 36th birthday more special? Yes, you read it right, last Wednesday i turned 36 (this is just a number as i feel and look way younger than this, hahahahaha!!! ;-p) and apart from my simple celebration with the Lord and the husband and the all sorts of greetings from families and friends (thanks to the wonders of technology for bringing people closer in just one app away). *biggest grin* - i had the most wonderful gift to myself - celebrating and experiencing my womanhood through the Jewels Conference 2016.




Way before my birthday, I was eager to attend the women’s gathering for something like (kind of) my step to being the better version of me. And yes, deciding to come to the conference was not an accident but by God’s prompting.

Through God’s grace, I was able to come to the conference with 3 of my colleagues who also want to experience and celebrate God with other women of different or unique experiences and backgrounds.

Looking back, words cannot express how grateful I am of every circumstances that made me or pushed me to attend the conference. It was such a VERY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!




Let me share with you some of what I got or learned from the conference which I now kept in my heart to help me live my journey called life.

In life, we have what they call as SEASONS.

1. The Season of TRUTH.
2. The Season of TRIAL.
3. The Season of TRANSFORMATION.
4. The Season of TRIUMPH.

How and when does these seasons apply in our lives? Let me give some bits and points I got from the talk. 


If we believe in something then it becomes the TRUTH. Thus, everything is a choice. If we choose to believe in something negative and ill, then that becomes the truth. Therefore, we must continuously pray to God to help us discern the right from the wrong. So that only God's ways and words are we going to live by.

The purpose of TRIAL is to transform us so that we will not quit in the middle but instead still continue our journey until we reach our TRIUMPH. Remember, nothing in our past can define us. Trial is a disguised form of motivation. To make sure that we will be able to keep moving forward despite the trial, let us ask God to help us in our transformation, let us ask for courage to deal with it and ask God to help us carry it and walk through with it.

Faith will help us TRANSFORM. By faith, we let God take control of our life because God has our best interest at heart. There are 3keys to transformation: 

  1. The role of Suffering - where suffering is GOD’s pedagogy. Through suffering God continues to transform us from inside to be more like Jesus. Suffering seals the TRANSFORMATION for eternal strength and beauty. 
  2. The power of the Holy Spirit - all we need to do is to access the power of the Holy Spirit; Remember this: PLOTS. PRAY; LISTEN; OBEY; TRUST; and SUBMIT
  3. The knowledge of the Right Standards - The TRANSFORMATION of the heart paves the way for the Holy Spirit to transform our minds as we study His word to have the mind of Christ.


The 2graces of TRANSFORMATION: 

The Scars -  let us embrace our scars
The Songs - let us choose one or two to best represent our journey


Having had those graces will make us more stronger, braver and more courageous. It symbolizes that we are actually on the way to our TRIUMPH.




As we go along the journey of life, always remember that there is always a rainbow after the rain. When we listen to God and persevere in running our own race, God will equip us so we will become what He wants us to be. Stronger, Braver, Bolder and more Courageous. And again, let us always aim for the TRIUMPH that God has prepared for us. The reward that God designed for us. Indeed, God's plans and ways are ALWAYS the BEST!





TESTIFY - No matter what we are going through as a woman, let us remember that we are beautiful, we are loved and we are forgiven. That we women are the relationship barometers and manuals. Remember, we are SPECIAL, we are BEAUTIFUL, let us be the carrier of GOOD NEWS and a POWERFUL INFLUENCE to others. Be like Mama Mary.


And that womanhood is also motherhood. That motherhood is not only having a PHYSICAL WOMB, motherhood is also having a SPIRITUAL WOMB where we mother others to praise and worship God who has been journeying with us even in times that we feel we are all alone. Thus, every woman is a mother and every woman is worth more than gold. Women are all jewels.



"She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her." Proverbs 3:15














Cia
o!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New coffee experience in the metro

I am not a coffee lover. Yes, i repeat not a coffee lover. But wait, what's this subject all about. Let me tell you why.

My husband is a real coffee lover. He can take coffee in the morning, even at lunch and at dinner. Not just fancy coffee - not flavored ones but black coffee just plain coffee, no sugar/honey, or even milk. He once told me that a colleague of him told him that you can best appreciate coffee just as plain as it is. Hmmmm.... Sounds interesting right? But me, nah! Forget it, i usually order juice or hot chocolate or just the plain bottled water everytime we need to hang out and just take a breather in a coffee shop. Boring as it sounds but i just could not take the palpitations i am getting everytime i take a sip of coffee (caffeine maybe) and even the hot chocolate (the cocoa maybe but not as extensive as the caffeine from coffee). 

But, yes i said BUT (smiling face) who would have thought that i will finally and slowly learning how to sip and (lo and behold) drink black coffee! Hahahaha!!! OA as it sounds but i managed to take a sip and learned how not my body react differently (the palpitations i usually experience). 

How did it happen? I don't even know how, but as far as i can remember as i told earlier my husband is a real coffee lover, so every dinnertime he brews coffee, and looking at him enjoying it makes me wonder what is really in it that makes him love it. Until i made a slow move to try it for myself just sipping from his cup while taking a bite of rosquillos (that egg biscuit we love when we were kids), then the rest was history. 

Just a weird thing is that, i do not drink coffee from coffee shops just the one my husband brews. Hehehehe... 

Well, as they say, change is the only permanent thing in this lifetime. During our gf/bf anniversary (uh-huh, that is right, we still celebrate our gf/bf anniversaries even monthsaries... Hehehe.. Sweet? We just love celebrating it - insert wink and smiling face) i asked him to have breakfast in Toby's estate a new coffee shop in Salcedo. Long before, he knows already about this shop as one of his bosses owns it, it just did not made an impact to me as I really am not a coffee lover. They used to have a small area in Century City mall, but when i saw that there was a bigger shop that opened in Salcedo (near my workplace) i kind of invited him to try it for ourselves. Fast forward, i made a very bold move to order coffee for myself.
Toby's estate's Flat White is ❤️❤️❤️! 

Yes, you read it right. Go and try it for yourself and i am telling you, you will surely know what i am talking about. My husband ordered Amerikano. 
Toby's estate's Cafe Amerikano. 

And here are what we paired it with. 



It was truly a wonderful anniversary breakfast date i will never forget. 

Anyway, i hope you will go and try it for yourself. It is actually a new (and wonderful) coffee experience you will love. 

Ciao! 




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hello Mr. Sun!

Yes, summer heat is on and Mr. Sun is here with all his his power and might! Staying outdoors is really not a good idea now especially when you just walk around from buildings to buildings. The scorching weather drains all the energy in you. On the lighter note, one good thing about the appearance of Mr. Sun is the outdoor trips! You know, the very famous thing during summer ------ swimming!.... pools.....the sand and the beach! oh la la! who doesn't love swimming?! I bet most Filipinos love swimming! Given the fact that we live in a tropical country, and we Filipinos are just blessed with 7,107 islands of which so many have yet to discover.

Come to think of it, most Filipinos wanted to go abroad to visit new places and yet they have not take their time to discover their own gems in their own country! Back when i was younger, I told myself that I wanted to tour and discover places around my beloved country, the Philippines before i travel and go abroad to see the world (of course, this did not happen but at least now am trying to fulfill it). Call me patriotic or whatsoever but don't you think it would be wonderful to discover new places and new cultures within your country before you go and explore the world so at least you get to exchange people from abroad our various traditions, cultures and our treasures in our own land. Anyway, people have different views, opinions and dispositions, some wanted to see the world while they are young and still has the capability to travel to their heart's (and pockets) content.

Anyway, so as long as you are happy with the way you live your life, go and indulge yourself! God has blessed us with all the wonders He created for us to savor and enjoy! Life is short, let us all live and relish life's so many blessings.

Let us all enjoy summer, the heat, the sweat, the crowd, the laughters and even Mr. Sun! Well, I am very ecstatic, April and May will be filled with so many things i love - birthdays, family, outdoor trips, vacation, beach, pool, friends, laughters, new places and adventure trips! And am sure it will all be worth blogging for, just can't wait for it!

Enjoy Mr. Sun peeps!

Ciao!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Love month

Better late than never! (Wide grin)...... Before the love month ends, let me just share how we spent our Valentine's day.

Way before the Valentine's day, hubby and i were talking about how we are going to spend it. I was supposed to tell him to just spend it after the day itself, but to my surprise, he wanted to spend it on the day itself. According to him, it is really different when it is celebrated on the exact day, the ambience, the people, love is everywhere and in the air! ❤️❤️❤️❤️..... so 14 is the day! Our plan? Well, we both decided to have dinner after work in House of Wagyu in Eastwood. Yup, we wanted to try this intriguing "wagyu" steak, what makes it so expensive and of course just the thrill of eating the steak stone-grilled! After so many deliberation, we both agreed to check the place in advance, make reservations and plan ahead so it will not take us too long to locate the restaurant. We were too excited when we arrived in Eastwood, and eventually found our way to the place - nearest parking: check; oooppppps, we were intimidated on the look of the restaurant, it was very quiet and there was just 1 table occupied, the rest were all empty. So what happened? Hahahaha!!! We both decided not to make reservations and just go straight to the restaurant for our V-day dinner date. Fast forward....on the 14th itself, both of us were too eager and excited for our dinner date as we prepared for the day. We went to work, we were too hyper to complete the day's work and then came the surprise.......my boss (who also happened to be our wedding ninang) approached me around lunchtime and asked me if we already have plans for the day, guess what? I was speechless and motionless, i was caught by her question! Then she handed me 2tickets for a dinner buffet with concert in a club near in my workplace! Well, of course she noticed how my expression went blank. She just mentioned if we made plans then i can just offer it to any of my colleagues. Anyway, i took the tickets and thanked her. I immediately sent a message to hubby, part of me wants to try it and part of me wants to pursue our long-awaited plan. Ending???? We gave it a try, anyway, nothing beats free tickets!

 

Call me whatever you want to call me but i really have no idea who Mulatto was! Curiosity struck us, we went to the place an hour in advance (told you it is just near in my workplace), thus, we got a good parking! We did the registration, since it was a last minute give away tickets, we did not have any reservations so we ended up on a table near the stage but very far from the buffet table. Most of the people who arrived early were really not of our age group, hubby and i just laughed it off and just told ourselves, for the experience's sake and the raffle's sake, never mind the crowd! Though they were really people from the high society (the club itself is an exclusive for members club and is not open for public, thus, not just the ordinary people like us!).   Slowly, another couple came (am sure without reservation too!) and guess what? - young couple, younger than us! Hahahaha!!! Thought it was great! It was just a little awkward, in as much as i wanted to release my "friendliest side", they just don't seem interested to even start a conversation so, i just content myself with the enthusiasm on how the dinner will be and the concert will go. Several minutes again, another couple occupied our table (of six) and they look young too (even found them newly married) and on the contrary of the other couple in our table, they were both so cheerful and friendly! As we all broke the ice, we found out that all our tickets were all give-away tickets (they got theirs from their parents who apparently are the club members who can't make it to the dinner concert). 

The dinner went well and mulatto's performance was really superb! Mulatto was a band, they were lounge performers. I enjoyed all the music they performed and i just had so much fun! Not to mention the handsome date i had that night which truly made it more special. 



Our date may not be the one that we planned but it was the best unplanned date i had! Wagyu can wait! Hehehehe.... Hello march and perhaps my birth month - april! 

Ciao!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy holidays!

Well, i admit this post is indeed late, but i still wanted to share to the whole blog world our own version of holiday greeting cards.

As a matter of fact, it has been a longtime dream of mine to have a holiday greeting photo op with my family.....ok, let me further emphasize it - my own family! Me as the mother, hubby as the father plus our own bundle of joy - our kid! I know, people close to me know i do not have my own kid yet, but i have a kid from a different mother and father, so, lucky me and his name is Chase (you may read my previous post about him) Hehehehe.... Well, i spent the Christmas holiday pretending i was a mom of a 7month old baby. And i swear, it really feels good! I indulged myself in pretending to be a mom, i gave myself the liberty to pretend and act like one. hehehehe!!!! Of course, i did not let the chance pass by without making my longtime dream come true, take a look at the photos below and see for yourself how happy i was. 





Someday, in God's perfect time (which is soonest, amen!), there will no longer be role playing for God just prepared me and hubby to be the parents He wants us to be. 2014 will be our year and i am claiming it! Here's to the best year and the better versions of ourselves! Cheers and let's keep the faith! God can move mountains, He can make impossible things possible! To God be the glory. 

Ciao! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Paint your toes

Here's where i ended up after hours of walking around doing some christmas errands. Yes, my toes and feet need some attention and they were screaming to the highest level! Tired, harassed and overused! Hahahaha!! 

I opted to be bolder this time! Actually, this is my second try for a professional help, so, i did not hesitate on trying a bolder color. I chose orly's naughty, hehehehe....it's Christmas and anything goes as long as we are happy so let's be bolder and happier! 

Advance merry Christmas everyone! Let us always remember Jesus Christ is the reason for this season. 

Ciao