Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dear Blank, Please Blank (Part 2)

Compiling all my Dear Blank, Please Blank entries/status for the past three months and came up with a sequel to my February post for Dear Blank, Please Blank.

I couldn't be happier that I took this leap of creative cruise. This project pushed me to utilize the right side of my brain and rise with creative ways of communicating my thoughts.    

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Dear parents who have been married for 34 years and counting,
Thank you for showing me that marriage can last. 
Sincerely, One proud daughter who still believes in true love. 

Dear Runkeeper,
Telling me that I only burned 347 calories in my 44min run is not acceptable. 
Sincerely, McDo large fries is 500 calories already. Compute again!

Dear Yoga Instructor,
I know it looks easy when you do it.
Sincerely, I still think its impossible

Dear Peso,
You go up just like taking the stairs.
Sincerely, I won't mind if you'll take the lift

Dear Women of the world,
You are upset when I came. You freak out if I don't.
Sincerely, Where do I fit in? Period.

Dear creative juices,
Where have you been lately?
Sincerely, Frustrated writer

Dear CBTL Journal, 
Thanks for reminding me that after the stress of a long days work, its important to rest and reconnect, for in the end its really about people and relationships. 
Sincerely, Excited for July

Dear Facebook,
Why do you keep asking me what's on my mind, how do I feel and my location?
Sincerely, Starting to think you're a stalker

Dear Max Lucado,
You have no idea how your quote comforted me today.
"... Sometimes we accomplish more by doing less."
Sincerely, Employee who felt unproductive

Dear random commuter, 
Who compliments, "Nice top, a green flats could have been a better match"
Sincerely, I'm not your barbie doll
  • Dear gloomy weather,
    I am victim of your deliberate conspiracy.
    Sincerely, Late employee who struggled with my bed.

    Dear allergies, 
    You may have taken Saturday away from me. But today is another day.
    Sincerely, Better than yesterday 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Serve and Share

We have our own personal favourite day in a week, for me Sundays has always been the highlight of my weekly routines. I got to attend Sunday worship service in our church, lunch out with small group of beautiful single ladies, catch up and study Bible with them, attend an afternoon yoga class and do errands.

Sunday lunch out with discipleship group(Dgroup)
Last Sunday was extra special. I had the opportunity to volunteer in the ushering ministry of CCF, where we get to welcome people attending the worship service and distribute Chronicles, a Sunday written post given away to inform members and guests of the previous Sunday service preaching including all the church activities.

Though I needed to wake up an hour earlier than I usually do in the morning, which is already a struggle for me since I never consider myself a morning person, never was and never will, (pardon me for my another attempt to exaggerate) I didn't expected how amazing God has in store for me that day. I reached church at 9.20 am, had short briefing with our tasks and directly went to our respective posts. Then a middle-aged man came along which later I knew by the name of Mark. At first glance I could tell that he is obviously an American by his skin color and the way he looks. But as he approached us, he spoke in Filipino which is our native language. I was surprised that he can fluently converse with our native tongue. Not only did he encouraged and introduced us to his daughter, he also gave us bracelets which he bought when he visited Boracay, a renowned beach destination in our country and one of the reason why tourism is more fun in the Philippines. But this bracelets is no ordinary one, it has specific colors on it - yellow, black, red, white and green arranged in that particular order because there is a story behind each color. More than any fiction or non-fiction accounts, this is a story that we should share to all mankind - the Gospel story.

Gospel bracelet
Yellow - stands for Heaven, as our Lord desires each one of us to be with Him in heaven.
Black - But God is a Holy God and our Sin hinders us from that promise.
Red - But because God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to die for our sins and shed His Blood to atone us from all our unrighteousness.
White - All we need to do is accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour then we will be Cleanse not by our might but only by His grace.
Green - And it doesn't stops there, we need to Grow like trees watered, by reading the bible, attending Sunday service, being involve in ministry and small group.
It was such a humbling experience, meeting someone who has a big heart in sharing the gospel through his own creative ways. You have no idea how much you encouraged me that day. Thank you for sharing this story with me, for your courage to approached strangers just so you can share the Gospel. Thank you for reminding me that as followers of Christ, God has appointed each one of us to go and spread the gospel not only to our family, friends and colleagues but also to strangers we met. You have a big heart and I really felt that.   

More than I thought of me blessing people that day by welcoming and greeting them 'Good Morning,' I found myself extremely blessed through serving God in His work.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Just Because

Just because she comes off smiling everyday doesn't mean she doesn't cry at night
Just because you are single doesn't mean you are alone
Just because he provides well for the family doesn't make him a father
Just because you're a geek doesn't mean you can't be hot
Just because she buys a new shoes doesn't mean she needs it
Just because you eats voraciously doesn't mean you're plump
Just because you don't have a partner doesn't mean you're not attractive
Just because you speak articulately doesn't mean you deliver
Just because you slept doesn't mean you're rested
Just because you are married doesn't mean you are happy
Just because you graduated in college doesn't mean you'll become successful
Just because you are laughing with your friends doesn't mean you're happy
Just because you passed the course doesn't mean you learned something
Just because you reach the finish line doesn't you finished well
Just because its leftover doesn't mean it can't be more delightful
Just because its written doesn't mean its final
Just because you look fit and strong doesn't mean you're healthy
Just because you have thousand friends in social networking site doesn't mean you have real ones

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shoe-per Woman!



Image taken from www.cnn.com
Give women the right shoes and they will run the world! Hyperbole, yes! Since I couldn't find the best way to express how shoes creates a different spark to a woman's perspective and attitude. If you don't agree with me, consider this rhetorical under one-of-the-things-only-woman-would-understand metaphor.

I've always admired women who can wear high heel shoes on a casual day. Whoops admire is an understatement, I envy them.

I commend them on how they manage to place the entire body weight through that two pointed heels and appear like a feather gliding in the air. I fancy their confidence as they walk through the street just like a professional ramp model with a 'Move over! This is my runway!' attitude. I regard their courage to flaunt it all with grace and elegance.

More than how the world sees that wearing high heels makes a woman looks more attractive, at least that's what research says. Wearing high heels impacts how a woman perceives herself and how she will behave. Imagine how this lifeless pair of footwear transforms the mood of a woman, as if giving her an  'I am in control' aura, thus attracting positive vibes around her. Simply impressive huh?

But I must confess, more than fashion, I am a woman of comfort. Which is a major factor why most of my footwear are flats, flip flops and sandals. Of course I can wear high heels in special occasions within a limited number of hours for specific heel height limit. Women are born to wear high heels at least once in their lifetime I believe. There are just few talented ones who live it up daily.  

I know, I'm missing out the glamour of wearing high heels, but at the end of the day I owe it to my precious feet who's working for me 12++ hours a day. More than me looking more feminine, these feet deserve to be happy and comfortable.

So whether its high heels or flats, as long as it brings out the individuality of the woman wearing it, I would say celebrate it. Remember shoes is just the vessel, you are the package!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Grow Up

Being a teenager is one of the most dynamic and life-changing stage a person can experience.

A transition from playing barbie dolls to some more serious fashion plays. Still games huh? Seriously, adolescence is a thoughtful moment of setting new priorities. Finding one's identity. Trying out new stuff. Continuous attempt for self-improvement. Discovery. Sometimes committing failures but along side it comes learning to get back up.

Understanding each phase of life is crucial. Knowing what is expected from us at a certain period of our life somehow puts us in an advantage. An advantage which we can use to exceed the expectation to becoming an improved version of who we are.

I found below article in one of my friend's wall which compels me to write a post and share to all especially to teenagers of today, not to condemn them but to empower them in their future:
Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth…..”Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’…My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book.

Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.” In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you.
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Woman

Image from 123rf.com
Woman is a gift, intricately wrapped by the ultimate Designer of life.  

A woman is more than just a face, she is filled with passion to her craft and she delivers the work done. At the same time she is more than just a body, she is strong inside and out. She is a person full of vision and ideals.  Her handbag is packed of dreams and aspirations she needs to keep pressing on. She exhibits a charm that could turn a worse scenario into something beautiful. She is never universal, for every single one of them is unique.

Her grace is her best accessory. Her character sets her apart. Her gentleness can transform an enraging event into at least a tolerable one.

Woman adds glamour to this mundane life in the way she dress and carry that high heels shoes, the way she prepares the food, even in the way she does the household chores. She can put things back to perspective because she is focused.

A matured woman never finds happiness from people because she understands that happiness is not a goal it is an outcome of a well-lived life.

Yes she makes bad decisions but she never dwells on it for long, she knows how to pick up herself and carry on in life. Her heart recovers at a phase but she is patient with herself, because she knew that when she gets there she is never the same. She will be upgraded to version 2.0.

She is not afraid to show emotions because she is authentic. She can be very emotional only because she has so much love in her heart, it overflows.

She is determined to fight for her rights but she also knew when its time to surrender. Not because she accepted defeat but because she understands that winning the argument is not as important as winning the person.

They say that for every man's success is a woman behind him who relentlessly supports and encourage her man. A woman who doesn't takes the spotlight off her man because she recognizes him.

Life has immensely blessed me with such women who showed me that there's so much more to this life. Women who took the leap of faith with me, who believed in me. Women who didn't just taught me how to love they made me feel one. Women who inspired me to ask less and give more.

To my one and only Nanay, Grandmoms, Aunties, Girl Cousins, Mentors, Sisters in blood and in Christ, Discipleship Group, Girl friends and Teachers. Hats off to you all gals! This One Word Project post is for you :)  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Love

Love. One syllable and four-letter word that is worth more than the longest word in English dictionary("Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis") according to Wikipedia.
Love. Is the language any man can speak regardless of race and educational achievement.  
Love. Braves the future, for better or for worse.
Love. Is the subject we don't learn in the classroom but we understand anyways because it is not taught through the mind, it is caught by the heart.
Love. Defies life itself, till death do us part.
Love. Is the ability to speak without saying a word.
Love. Takes many forms of different shapes and colours.

We love even if the love we give will never return to us the way we expect it to be.
We love even if it yields to sleepless nights of cradling him in your arms, preparing milk and changing his diapers.
We love even if friends disapproved of this person.
We love even if this cute little angel will disrespect his parent when he hit his adolescence.
We love even if our differences are obvious.
We love even if it means letting go of your dreams.
We love even if the person is unlovable.
We love even if the law convicts this family member as a delinquent.
We love even if it means coming out of your comfort zones. 
We love even if it requires taking out all your savings so you can send your child to a decent university.
We love even if we disagree on some things.
We love even if we don't understand why we love.
We love even if the possibility of rejection is just around the corner.
We love even if we are on different sides of the globe.
We love even if it means making yourself vulnerable to heartache and disappointments.

We love in spite of even ifs but we love anyways. 
We love anyways.

One Word Project

I have great appreciation for words, spoken and written.

Personally, I couldn't imagine life without it. Words are the vessel of each nation's history and language. Words make great alliance to our education system. Words play a vital role in communication, may it be formal or informal which we're all part of, adding value to it.

We should never under estimate the power of words in our daily life.

But unfortunately, words' prevalent presence in our mundane system taught us to be indifferent on its vast potential. We overuse it. We exercise it without restriction. We neglect it.      

To rekindle the passion for words, I intentionally started this One Word Project to make a list of some of the most impressive English words that fascinates me. Words like
Believe
Love
Dream
that breathes their own meaning. These essential words are like stars scattered in the universe created for a purpose to give light and remind us that there is more than that meets the eye. A project with the pursuit of immersing myself into these words until I get across the other side of the seashore. Please bear with me if I may not be able to eloquently pull my thoughts into words, but merely trying is good enough for me.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Believe

I believe that impossible is just a word.
I believe that you have so much love in your heart to give.
I believe in the One true and perfect God who loved us in spite of our imperfections.
I believe that food is a delightful recipe connecting people of different race, color and culture.
I believe that miracles do happen.
I believe that you are worth the wait.
I believe in the endless possibilities technology offers.
I believe that no matter how successful you become in life, you will always be the daughter or son of your parents, and as their children you got to respect and honor them.
I believe that dreams do come true.
I believe that kids are the happiest soul in the planet.
I believe in the redemptive power of prayer.
I believe that music can not be restricted by language. Heart understands it.   
I believe that I am a sinner, saved by grace through Jesus Christ.
I believe that even if you've been to all the corners of the world, stayed in the most luxurious hotel and seen the most-beautiful-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die list, there will never be a place like home.
I believe that words can bridge a thousand miles, that sincere encouragement can touch a person's isolated heart.
I believe that rain washes the impurities of this world.
I believe that a simple act of random kindness can make a big difference to a person's life.
I believe that God places people in our lives - family, friends, classmates, teachers, colleagues, mentors.
I believe that family is forever.
I believe that success is not measured by position, wealth or power you've acquired but the quality of relationships you've build with people.
I believe that exercise is not just the sweat and fats we loose. What matters is the discipline you develop out of it.  
I believe that the best things in life are not things.
I believe in the saving hope of writing.
I believe that your travel is not measure by miles but by the friends you met and the perspective you've gained.
I believe that moms are the bravest people on earth.
I believe in you!


Courtesy of Google


Friday, July 5, 2013

Faith that Triumphs Over Trials

I am fond of scribbling notes, highlighting phrases, and sticking post-its all over my books as if there's a reward for it :) Not to mention the different spectrum of colors your eyes can marvel on post-its, highlighters and pens, very comforting! #simplejoys

As I'm browsing through my notes one-bum-Saturday-at-my-room, I was drawn to this piece of write-up few months back while reading "Growing Deep in Faith" book by Edmund Chan which I figured worth the cyberspace sharing.


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Pain is inevitable but misery is optional.

In 2 Corinthians 1:6-11, Apostle Paul shares about his sufferings and afflictions. Discover five keys of turning our trials into triumphs:

          1. What we must face
What we must face is the reality that bad times do come. But what happens to you is not nearly as important as how you perceive what happens to you. And how you perceive what happens to you is not nearly as important as how you respond to what happens to you.
          2. What we must know
What we must know is that there is comfort with God. Every trial that finds its way into our life comes with God's intentional purpose.
"Son, God loves you more than He loves your peaches. For God understands that while peaches can grow without frost, men cannot grow without trials. God is not in the business of growing peaches. He is in the business of growing Christians."
          3. What we must want
What we must want is the will of God! Not just to pursue His will (to know it) but to prefer His will (to do it!)
          4. What we must do
What we must do: We must not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. That trust is expressed in faith and worship.
          5. What we must hold fast to
What we must hold fast to is the faithfulness of God. To do this, it would help us greatly to keep a journal of God's faithfulness in our lives. It is wise to record two things: God's track of record and God's promises.

Trials are not stumbling blocks - but stepping stones of faith!