May 27, 2014 – I “LANDED”. That’s the term they use for new immigrants coming to Canada. The first question at the border, “You just landed today?”
I praise and thank God for making everything go smooth, from my application until I arrived here. Everything went very well. I’ve seen God’s favor and hands in the whole process. There were small humps along the way but big or small – nothing God could not handle.
a welcome to Canada book given to new immigrants
God even prepared a place for me when I arrived. I’m so much blessed with my friend, Anni, who generously offered her place as she knew it would not be easy for me to start a new life here. I’m also grateful that I have so many Filipino friends here who are very helpful and encouraging. And for that, I’m truly grateful to God for all of them.
I opened a bank account in CIBC and they have this new immigrant package wherein there’s no need for initial deposit and no transaction and monthly charges for one year. They even give credit card even if you still don’t have funds (here, credit card is somehow a need as you need to establish your credit history). I even got responses in some of my applications and I’m just on my fourth day here. God is truly amazing how much He provides and remains faithful to His promises.
But, more than anything else, I know God has a bigger plan, not just for me to live a good life here but for His Kingdom work. I just pray that my focus will always be fixed on Jesus and that the things I will do here will always be about God’s cause and not mine.
I can only confidently say, “Let the future begin.” because I have a God who holds my future.
To God be all the glory.
My Heart is Yours by Kristian Stanfill
Today, I became a ninang again. I lost track to how many godchildren I have already. 🙂 It is a privilege for me to be asked as a ninang because it means the parents want me to take part in their journey in bringing up their child. Since I became a Christian, it was my first time to really witness a dedication and be a part of it. And I was really blessed!
This is me and my kumare, Rhodes with Baby Rikhaela
After the dedication, my brother, Christian and I watched the movie, “Life of Pi”. It was interesting because I remembered when I was in highschool and college, some of my very close friends, well even until now calls me “Pay”, “Pi” and the Pi sign. So I felt like it is my movie. Hehehe… Just a little bit 😉 But anyway, I was totally clueless what the movie was all about. And I was amazed that the gospel was even shared in the movie. Really cool. I have many favorite parts in the film but I was struck by the last few conversations of Pi and the writer. The goal of Pi was not just to tell the story but to help the writer believe in God. At the last part, Pi asked the writer which version of the two stories did he believe. Then, the writer responded, it was the first one. Then Pi told him, it is the same with God. How I interpret it is that the writer wasn’t able to see what really happened in Pi’s journey. He wasn’t there. And he can’t really be sure that the first version was the real one. But he believed in Pi. Just like believing in God. 🙂
Lastly, God indeed speaks through others… I have received wisdom today from someone which I didn’t expect but was praying for it. Isn’t God amazing? He hears our prayers. He answers.
Good night. 🙂
My roomie, Kim and I met up with my friend Nang Yan at Bel-air in Laguna, then, took us to Nuvali. We planned the Saturday afternoon to bike around Nuvali, then do some strolling after. On our way to Nuvali, the rain poured down. So we decided to just stroll around the stores first until the rain stops.
Nang Yan got hungry so we decided to just eat first since it’s still raining. We found this cute, classic restaurant called Toast Box that we all immediately fell in love with the place. Hehe… And just the right food we were looking for snack.
And so, our bike plan (and suppose to jog also) turned out to be an afternoon delight at Toast Box. We decided to cancel biking and just hang out instead. I had to change my outfit since I was really dressed up to jog and bike. Haha!
The afternoon didn’t turn out the way we planned it but we definitely enjoyed the rest of the day! 🙂 We will definitely go back, and this time, we will definitely bike! Burn the calories! 🙂
Nuvali is a great place to be if you want to get out of Metro Manila during weekends.
L-R: me, Nang Yan, Kim