Friday, January 24, 2014

Perks of Being Single


Have you ever found yourself in isolation because you are still single and most of your friends are getting married. Instead of sulking yourself in the wilderness, there's a wide array of things and activity you can do than feeling miserable. Here's a few:
  1. Play with your cute nieces and nephews
  2. Set your goals and stick to it
  3. Save like crazy
  4. Learn to cook a new recipe. You can also invent your own.
  5. Bring out the popcorn for a movie marathon with your friends
  6. Listen to a TED talk
  7. Grow a plant
  8. Join a marathon. The real marathon this time.
  9. Go to that unplanned trip outside the country
  10. Read a book
  11. Help out in your workplace or community
  12. Travel 
  13. Spend quality time with your family
  14. Write a blog
  15. Attend that impromptu dinner with your friends
  16. Splurge with a new pair of shoes or bag
  17. Learn a new language
  18. Sign up to a new sport training program
  19. Try a new cuisine or restaurant
  20. Meetup with old familiar faces. You'll find cozy feeling to reconnect with good friends.
  21. Visit a new place you've never been to
  22. Invest
  23. Decide on your life's statement or principle
  24. Go on a group date with friends
  25. Volunteer in your church
  26. Explore career opportunities 
  27. Get a new pet
  28. Refurbish your room or your living room
  29. Loose yourself to a dance
  30. Make a bucket list
  31. Mentor someone
  32. Unlearn a bad habit
  33. Write a short story or a novel
  34. Share your talent
  35. Build a good network of friends/people
  36. Create a scrapbook with your sister
  37. Make a music video
  38. Design a shirt
  39. Turn your boring wall into a graffiti art
  40. Celebrate and attend a festival
  41. Invent a new game
  42. Compose a song
  43. Run
  44. Develop a simple but useful mobile application
  45. Donate
  46. Play a new instrument
  47. Learn to drive
  48. Bake
  49. Take note of all your new ideas
  50. Baby sit a friend or neighbour's kid 
If you are not happy being single, do not expect to be happy when you're in a relationship. First, it's not healthy for you. Second, it's not fair to your partner.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Steady My Heart

Dear Kari,

How come I didn't get to meet you early on? At one point I felt that I missed out something for not being able to follow your albums or the new tracks you release. But on the other side, I also believe that God appoints right timing when and where we get to know someone or at least being able to notice them.

Your music restore my time of worship and quiet time at the verge of complacency and comfort. After sometime I saw myself singing again with an expectant heart. More than an artist who performs for the world to see, I look at you and saw a daughter who joyfully sings with an audience of One, her heavenly Father. More than your music, thank you for singing your heart out to God as you lead people to Him alone.

Thank you for reminding me that I don't need to worry, knowing that my life, our life is right inside the palm of God's hand. That He will always be in full control. :)

Continue lifting your voices to God, you have no idea how many lives you've already touched and how many hearts more you'll encourage by doing this one thing you are passionate about. Music.

God bless you more.

Sincerely,
One Blessed Soul


Steady My Heart

Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy
Why is pain a part of us
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much


But You're here
You're real
I know, I can trust You


Even when it hurts
Even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart (x2)


I'm not gonna worry
I know that You got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What's good and what gets broken
Happens just the way that You plan

And I will run to You
And find refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
Cause of everything You are
You steady my heart (x2)

Friday, January 17, 2014

2013: 50 Reasons to be Thankful!

As a yearly exercise of gratefulness, I am training again my appreciation muscles with this annual post workout of listing 50 reasons I am thankful for from the last year. I have to mention its positive force as it helped me significantly not to focus on the things I do not have, instead to be thankful on what I do have.
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  1. Good health not only for me but more importantly for my family back home in the Philippines
  2. Loving sisters in Christ. Dgroup for me is more than weekly bible study or Sunday lunch out or afternoon coffee time or random dine out/shopping/movie together. Dgroup means being surrounded with beautiful ladies inside and out who loves the Lord and desires each one to grow closer to Jesus our Saviour and Creator. 
  3. Favourable vacation of my folks here in Singapore last August
  4. Meaningful celebration of my birthday at All Saints Home elderly home
  5. LED USB light courtesy of Jasper. Now I can write blogs without disturbing my room mate at the wee of hours (giggles)
  6. Three weeks vacation last holidays at Philippines. Home sweet home! ♥ #itsmorefuninthephilippines
  7. My green cactus plant staying alive on its 6th month this December
  8. Last year's 60++ blog posts. Special thanks to my creative beans and all the random inspirations for all the hard work.
  9. Contract renewal
  10. Opportunity to practice my domestic talent as I learned to cook more recipe this year other than my signature dish chicken adobo. 
  11. Crazy room mate slash friend slash former officemate slash current officemate slash sister in Christ slash buddy in many different sorts. Who did encourage me significantly on my 2nd year here in Singapore. Pablo! You're the best so far! :p
  12. Manny Pacquiao not only for winning the the Pacquiao-Rios boxing match last November but also for uplifting the Filipino people after the Yolanda crisis and his big heart for God
  13. Four birthday cakes this year :)
  14. Change! Let's embrace it!
  15. Learning yoga classic poses this year. Sun salutation and chaturanga will always be a favourite!
  16. Best buy LG 32" LED TV for my mother dear 
  17. New Crocs footwear from the generous heart of Pablo
  18. Automatic washing machine. Made my Saturday laundry chore tolerable
  19. Longchamp bag courtesy of Angela. Truely an angel! My first luxury bag (giggles)
  20. My hands and fingertips which allows me to play with different colours of nail polish
  21. Bum Saturday moments when I don't have any commitments other than with my bed and TV
  22. CCF's Sunday service online streaming technology. convenience + efficience
  23. Tampines Park connector! for being my running buddy
  24. New found love on wearing skirts...
  25. My disappointments and how it turned out to be God appointments
  26. Trees and the refreshing impression it never fails to give me
  27. Technology! How it draws me closer to family and friends
  28. Sprint tasks! At least I feel I am still needed in the QA team
  29. SMRT, for making my daily transportation smooth and easy
  30. New colleagues, friends and people I met this year
  31. Rain! And how it brings back memories of my childhood
  32. Coffee!!! No more explanation needed.
  33. Catching Fire movie! For giving me something to look forward this year in big screen. Super ♥ Katniss Everdeen! #girlpower
  34. Megan Young and Mutya Datul for bringing home the crown for Miss World 2013 and Miss Supranational 2013. You go girls! Mabuhay Philippines!
  35. Slippers, flip plops, flats and the comfort it provides to my feet
  36. Another challenging year in Visa!
  37. Weekends!!! And its power to restore my tired body from the entire work week
  38. Streams in the Desert devotional on its 2nd year. Still never fails to speak to me personally
  39. Corrupt officials, individuals exposed in the Philippines this year
  40. Holidays! 10 public holidays to be exact for Singapore. Relatively lesser compared to Philippine holidays but at least we have something to look forward
  41. Vivid dreams which tells me there's a better world out there
  42. Words and its power to encourage, love, communicate and bridge a thousand miles
  43. Christmas holiday and its magical moment to bond family together. Not to mention the sumptuous foods, festive ambiance, gifts and family reunions.
  44. Got to Believe in Magic teleserye #feelgood #nakakabagets
  45. Yakult. Everyday Okay!
  46. Diversity at work
  47. Marathons. How it excites me to pull off those running shoes and run until the finish line.
  48. Hours of peaceful sleep. Plus the feeling of waking up in the mornings. 
  49. Seeing old familiar faces. So refreshing :)
  50. Grateful heart