I am loved. ;)

Happy Heart’s day!

It’s been like forever since my last post and I honestly don’t know how it’s already 2017! And I wouldn’t even remember this blog if not for Valentine’s day. ūüėČ

I gave birth about a week ago (and that will definitely be on a different post), and things have really been so hectic. I’m writing this entry on my phone while the little one is asleep. What’s so important about today that I want to blog about? Well, because, it’s a day meant to be celebrated. The fact is we all deserve love; to love and be loved in return. Although love should be celebrated everyday, it’s just nice to have at least a day where people feel the need to show their romantic sides. Lol.

So today, i want to honor the person who’s been my constant source of love : my husband. He did something special for me today. No flowers, no chocolates. Just something I never really expected. ¬†something a lot more expensive than I would have wished for. I also didn’t exepect anything for today because I received an unexpected present last month too.My husband is trying to spoil me. ūüėČ I ain’t complaining but i feel guilty that i didn’t get him anything for today, which he doesn’t seem to mind (i actually am at the dont-want-to-go-out-of-the-house phase now), but I’ll make bawi soon. ūüėČ

My husband isn’t the cheesy type of person who says the most romantic lines – but he always makes me laugh with his silly jokes. He’s not big on occassions and fancy dinner dates and gifts but he makes me feel special in so many ways. He always puts my needs first before his. He is one selfless man and his¬†love for our kids is just priceless. I remember praying for him 10 years ago, and it amazes me how God answered my prayer and gave me what my heart truly desired and more. He isn’t perfect but he is the best for me.

Today is a reminder that I am loved. Life with a newborn is tough, specially when you only have yourself to rely on. Being a milk machine 24/7 to a little human being isn’t an easy job; and add the sleepless nights to it, and the many other things you need to do during the day. So i guess, having been reminded of just how blessed i am to be living the life that i have now, is worth celebrating.

I am grateful for this life. I am gratefor for my family. My kids. My husband. I really couldn’t ask for a more perfect valetine. I am beyond blessed.

Thank you, Jesus!

May all hearts be happy today and all year round.

 

 

 

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8weeks!

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8 weeks pregnant and i’m feeling so tired like a 90-year old woman. It’s kabuhi 24/7, is that even possible? Any kind of smell makes me sick. I feel like vomiting right every after meal. I don’t even wanna look at myself at the mirror. I cry at some random videos.

I feel like i am at my worst state, but i keep reminding myself that this shall too pass. I’m carrying a human being inside, and this little perfect blessing is all that matters. Everything will be worth it. Hang in there, little one. You are loved more than I could ever tell you. You are an aswered prayer and i just can’t wait to wrap my arms around you.

On a happier note, i am glad we’re back in Auckland. It’s getting really cold, but I ain’t complaining. ūüôā

Have a happy week ahead of you!

 

Once upon a time

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We all have that funny childhood memory, and this probably is the funniest one I subjected myself into. This is truly one for the books. Haha!

Hermag Village Fiesta 1987. I present to you one of the contestants of ¬†Little Miss Hermag. Nyahahaha!Meet 3-yr old Adine! I can still remember how my sister would bring me to the rehearsals in the afternoon. That was for a week, if my memory serves me right. In the evenings, one of our neighbors would help me practice for the talent portion. LOL!¬†The song “Name Game” was very popular at that time, and apparently, everyone almost had the same song choice and choreography.¬†Hahaha! Too hilarious! Our neighbour and friend Nang¬†Andang made¬†my¬†gowns and the white cropped¬†top and shorts I was wearing in the photo.¬†I didn’t win the crown that night (LOL at the crown!) hahaha! But I won “best in swimsuit” if you might wanna know. Hahaha! I can’t believe how in the world I did it, but I sure remember I had so much fun.

Well they say you are a true Filipino if you know what a fiesta is! Pinoys just love making occassions. haha! When I was young, it was one of the things I look forward to. I loved how bibo the barangay is during fiestas. For 9 consecutive nights, I’d find myself in the chapel with the rest of the kids, waiting for the novena to finish, because…. mag-atang¬†na dayon ug snacks. LOL!

Apart from the novena and the snacks, the activities in the evening were highly anticipated too. There were variety shows, sing and dance contests, beauty pageants (teens and kids) and more.Also, the peryahan is something I really enjoy too! Those ferris wheels na hadlok mabungkag¬†anytime, and the bingo social with 1 sack of rice for the black out jackpot was¬†just pure fun! But¬†the highlight of it all is the day of the fiesta itself. I would wake up at 5 am just to listen to the drum and bugle parading the streets. And around 7 in the morning, the funniest of games begin! There were ‘bahug-bahug‘ eating contests, ‘pataasay ug ihi‘ contests, etc. hahahha!

Sometimes, when I need a good laugh, I just look at this photo and it brings me back all the happy memories. I can honestly say, I had a happy childhood.

(Oh, Please excuse my bangs, lol!)

What’s your funny childhood memory? I’m all ears!

 

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Grateful. Joyful.

I’ve been writing prayers, rants and all things in between in my journal for the last couple of days. You know how just writing everything in your head makes you feel so good? It is liberating. It clears your mind, it unburdens your heart. And then you start seeing things a little bit more clearly, and realize lots of things.

Which I did.

Well, I realized I have not been very¬†grateful lately. And you know what proceeds ungratefulness? Losing joy. And when joy escapes you, everything just suddenly turns melancholic. You feel¬†heavyhearted. And when you’re down, you start seeing every flaw in every single thing. You see all the negative aspects and you start expecting negative results. Somehow, you feel like being miserable is a comfort. What an awful state to be in!

So today, I will make a conscious effort to appreciate more and complain less. I will try to remain optimistic, to entertain positive thoughts, and speak only what is good and uplifting. I will try to see the good in everything, to see people beyond what the eyes can see. I’ll try to be more compassionate¬†to¬†those who are unkind, to love them even when it hurts.¬†I will try to be more thankful for every single person, for every single thing – both good and bad.

Today, I will choose to be joyful Рnot the kind of joy that is dependent on a situation Рbut the kind of joy that endures during trying times. The kind of joy that never wavers.

Today, I resolve to be grateful whatever the circumstance. I will praise, I will worship, in every season of my life.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Р1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Because, long weekend

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I had a last minute holiday leave on Monday, so we decided to roam around the city. I wasn’t feeling very well, you know, girl problems. haha. But because the husband and I rarely get the same off together, we thought it was best to bring the little boy to the city for some good exercise – walking, and a bit of sight-seeing. After a couple of hours, we found ourselves too exhausted to continue walking. lol! Brent was too tired he fell asleep in the car on our way home. It was a good day filled with love, laughter and fun with my boys. I can’t think of a better way to start off this week.

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Enjoy the rest of the week, you guys! ūüôā

It is finished

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Jesus is risen!!

When I was young, I really never understood Easter Sunday. Well, I knew it was a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, but I never really understood what resurrection was, or what rising from the dead meant. It¬†was just too deep for my very young brain to process. For me back then, it was just another feast the church celebrates.

Year 2002 was the year that changed my life. I was 18. It was the year that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was invited by my sister to a worship gathering one night, and after months/years of saying no, I finally said yes! And as soon as I walked through the entrance door,¬†I cried like a little baby, oblivious to the people around me.It was embarrassing, but I didn’t care. It felt like a homecoming. I felt like my heavenly Father has been waiting for me all along. It was also that very night I realized the significance of Jesus’ resurrection power.

Easter Sunday will always be a reminder for me of the finished work of Jesus Christ. When he said it is finished, he meant he has already paid the full price to redeem my soul. When he rose from the dead, he¬†declared I was debt-free.¬†He took my place, so I could take His. He bore my sins, he took the punishment that was meant for me. And the empty tomb will always be a sign of Jesus’ victory.

I truly thank the Lord for what He has done at the cross for me, and I thank Him even more so for the hope that awaits me, that one day, I shall meet Him face to face.

The battle is won. It is finished! Jesus is alive and He is coming back again for you and me.

Have a blessed Easter!

 

tgigf!

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imageThank God it’s Good Friday! Today, we remember how God demonstrated his love – at calvary – in Jesus’ body. He died so you and I could live. And I will forever be grateful for such selfless love. Thank you, Jesus!

Since today is a holiday, we decided to drive somewhere peaceful and quiet. The weather forecast was accurate, no rains and just a bit of clouds in the morning and lots of sunshine in the afternoon. It’s the perfect day to go out and about.

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Can’t wait for Easter Sunday! ūüôā Have a good one, today!

His kind of love

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Yesterday was Palm Sunday – ¬†a day that celebrates¬†Jesus entry to¬†Jerusalem where the crowd greeted and cheered for him¬†with palm branches. It is very interesting to note that the same people who cheered for him, were the same people who shouted to have him crucified and chose Barabbas (who was imprisoned because of murder) to be released for them. Oh the irony! But I don’t think that surprised God. He knew what was going to happen and¬†he had things worked out just as He planned.

But If I were Jesus, I would have been really hurt (and probably wallowed in self-pity), and I’d have to think twice if these people, actually deserve the kind of¬†love, mercy and sacrifice.¬†But he didn’t. He went through it willingly with love and passion.¬†And Jesus, even when he was hurt, betrayed, denied and abandoned by his friends, chose (and still chooses) to see us in His grace and did not (will never) give up on us. What an amazing savior!

I can’t imagine what would have happened if Jesus didn’t die on the cross to save us from our sins. He paid the price you and I can never ever pay. And this kind of relentless love always, always bring me down to¬†my knees.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me–I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Luke 5:8

Have a blessed holy week!

 

kitchen dreams

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I remember when I was in grade school, one of my favorite things to do was drawing houses, its facades and interiors included, aside from playing patintero, tumbang preso, chinese garter, jackstone, buwan buwan (at night most specially during blackouts), dampa, bato lata, PS PS and hide and seek.But my love for drawing houses was on a different level. hahah! I just loved everything about it. It was like transitioning to a different dimension. I have always imagined living on each house I have drawn. It was a happy pill for me. I didn’t have access to home magazines back then, so I was contented with my own crappy drawings. It developed my way of thinking and imagination, I reckon.Every night before going to bed, I’d envision my dream house and I’d picture myself sitting on a soft couch with an open access to my dream kitchen. At a very young age, I had a dream kitchen, beat that! hahaha!

As I keep telling myself, life happens and things change. But if there’s one thing that remained the same is my love for houses and interiors. Sometimes I wonder what if I took Interior Designing instead of IT. Would life be the same? I guess not. But that would also mean I wouldn’t be where I am now, which would make my life an entirely different story. I don’t think I’d like that. hahaha! I love my life with its many twists and turns.

So today is a day for kitchen day dreaming, and not just any kitchen but an all white kitchen! If I win lotto (which is very unlikely because I don’t buy lotto or maybe I should start buying it now) I’d have my own white kitchen right away, with a pop of pastel colors. I don’t care if it gets dirty too easily because I wouldn’t mind cleaning it all day all by myself. haha. Looking at the photos below (all photos from the web), I am fascinated at how clean and tidy they have been maintained, mora ug humot kaayo sya even in pictures. Hahah Are these kitchens only for display and pictorial purposes?

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After my favorite day dream, it’s back to reality. It’s time to cook lunch for the little kiddo and myself. ūüôā

Take it easy and enjoy the rest of the week!