What is Christmas for you?

Christmas is a special time to remind us of what God did for us through Jesus Christ. As we tend to forget this in our normal day to day, I think God made it a point that we don’t have an excuse not to know or be reminded about it at least once a year.

Christmas is a celebration of Jesus. No more, no less.

What is it for you?

Celebrating Treinta (30)

I’d really like to celebrate this milestone in my life with my family. However, since I live away from them, I didn’t get to. But, last month, I had a chance to be will all of them, with my brother also back from UK, somehow, I still was able to spend my 30th in advance. 🙂

We went to to a beach resort in Dumaguete and also celebrated in advance my mom’s 60th since my brother has to go back to UK.  So grateful that we were able to get together!

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I got to spend my birthday in advance with my disciples together with other April celebrants also (Kim and Glow). We had a picnic at Ayala Triangle in Makati. We just love celebrating birthdays! I’m so blessed to disciple these awesome ladies!

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My dear friend and sister in Christ Nang Yan also came over to my place days before my birthday. She brought the cutest cake ever and the rest of the food! But, I was really touched when everyone in her family came over too. So grateful that they also joined in celebrating. Very blessed!

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And on my BDAY! Haha! I had a morning walk and catch up with my jogging buddy Ann at Capitol Commons in Pasig, since we haven’t seen each other since her Holy Land tour. After which we had our breakfast in Starbucks which the staff really had nice and friendly service. Ann gave me a stone from the brook where Gideon was testing God and a very cute pair of earrings.

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Funny thing happened, because my friend Rhodes called me when I was in Starbucks and asked me if I was already awake. I told her I was in Capitol Commons and she told me she was at my place. Haha! She planned to surprise me with my roommate, Kim as her accomplice but Kim failed to inform her I went out to jog. Haha! And so, she waited at my place until I got back.

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That’s her waiting at the hallway. Haha! But, I still got surprised. We had plans for the night so I didn’t really expect she would do something like this. She brought a fully loaded breakfast with all my favorite!

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The plan for the night was to go to the salon and get our hair cuts. I wanted a short hair and so I convinced her to get one too. And, no regrets! After that, we went to my favorite Korean convenience store to enjoy a Korean birthday meal. Too bad we didn’t have container for the seaweed soup. But still, we enjoyed! So grateful for Rhodes to celebrate it with me.

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Looking forward for more celebrations with some more friends! Thank You Lord for the gift of relationships! Would be so sad to celebrate birthday alone… Praise God!

That is LOVE…

When my dad would take time to read my blogs and tell me how encouraged he was, that is love.

When my mom would make sure my benefits are taken care of while i’m unemployed, that is love.

When my brother would simply throw his usual jokes and made me laugh, that is love.

When my sister would continue to encourage me on this journey of waiting, that is love.

When my former colleagues would make time to see me, eat with me or chat with me, that is love.

When my friend would spend a weekday to watch a movie with me, that is love.

When my housemates would wash the dishes I left in the sink, that is love.

When my best friend would try to reach me through face time, that is love.

When my small group ladies would never fail to appreciate and express their gratitude, that is love.

When married couples choose to accept each other’s imperfections, that is love.

When a poor, little boy would ask a flower for Valentine’s Day that he can’t afford so that he could give it to his mom who passed away, that is love.

When guys are thoughtful enough to give gifts to single ladies on Valentine’s Day, that is love.

When people are generous enough with their time and effort to tell about God’s love to those who do not know about it, that is love. 

When God gave His One and Only Son, Jesus and that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, that is perfect LOVE.

May you experience love each day in different ways, doesn’t matter how simple or extravagant it will be expressed.

Happy Hearty Day everyone!

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Our small group doing our Valentine’s Day project. 

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Happy Single ladies receiving their pretty flowers.

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These are the nice guys in Singles@Work giving out flowers.

Beautifully 29

I just celebrated my 29th birthday a few hours ago.

I’m just wondering sometimes why a birthday has to be kept in secret;why some people are so shy telling others that it’s their birthday.

I love celebrating birthdays -either it’s mine or my family or friends. I just love to celebrate it. Not because of gifts or cakes, but because it’s an expression of being joyful for another blessed year that passed by. It’s celebrating life!

And yes, I love month-long birthdays! I mean, we get to celebrate it once a year, why not make it longer, right? 🙂 I dunno, it’s just really me. Somehow, it becomes an excuse just to be with the people who you don’t see for weeks or months and they just can’t say no cause it’s your birthday. 🙂

I had an awesome day today, despite of some issues at work. I just can’t let it rain on my birthday. 🙂 Since I don’t have my family here, I’m still blessed that I get to spend my day with my spiritual family, co-workers and close friends.

And of course, I got to blow my 29th candle. 🙂 What’s a birthday without a candle, right? Hehe… Just kidding!

Now, life going 30 is just beginning. I’m looking forward for 2 things this year. It’s between me and the Lord and some friends. 😉

I praise God for a fruitful 29th year!

Cheers!

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To God be the glory!!

International

Today has really been a meaningful day.

In today’s Sunday service, we have a guest speaker from Singapore, Ptr. Edmund Chan. His message was about our dreams which are not yet fulfilled. He left us 3 points to ponder upon.

Is your dream from God?
Are you discouraged with your lack of resource?
Are you depending on God for the fulfillment of your dream?

In the afternoon, together with friends, we spent Christmas party in Binondo with students of different nationalities. They were from Chinese, India, Korea, Nepal, Ghana and Iran. It was a very fun and meaningful event. To be able to share the love of God to these people who do not even know Jesus. It was such a privilege to be able to do that. 🙂 I’m hoping that they would dig in more the story of Christmas. 🙂

To God be all the glory!

Good night! 🙂