Sometimes, you need SPONTANEOUS

My good friend, MJ and I were few of the last people who stayed longer at church last Sunday. We were just taking our time as we didn’t have plans after. And then, randomly, we decided to watch any movie we can catch when we arrive at the theater. However, traffic began to move slowly. And so, we decided to go to Aberdeen Mall instead to buy some brush pens at Daiso and grab dessert after. Everything was just so random and it felt good!

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This is one of the things I missed! To be able to hang out with friends without setting a date or planning ahead. I remembered the conversation I had with my other church friend, Andie, weeks ago about the things we missed back home (in Manila). Going out with friends were more spontaneous there as compared here.

Thinking about it, I realized, I, myself, have become that person who wants everything planned ahead. I, myself, have started to become unavailable to spontaneous invites. Not that I have to say “Yes” all the time. It’s just that I don’t want to reach that day when people would just stop asking because I have given an impression that I can’t make time anymore for anything unplanned.

The truth is, there are those days when there are unplanned circumstances that you just want to share it with someone immediately – in person. Nowadays, things are mostly shared through messaging or social media. What happened to, “Hey, can we meet? I need someone to talk to.” Or, “Are you home? Can I come over and hang out for a bit?”

I know there is always a right time for everything. It’s not all the time that people can just be available, even I can’t always be. It’s just that somehow, we have lost that spontaneity because of social media that we don’t see the need anymore to meet up and have a good conversation. We feel like everything is just out there and that’s good enough.

I’m not sure if this is just me, or few of us who miss life back home. Or, is it really a reality that most of us do not realize?

I MISS YOU

I’m just thankful to the person who created the Timehop application. It’s an application that will feed your Facebook photos and statuses from 5 years ago until last year. I just like it so much because it reminds me of good memories from home.

And yes, I’m really missing home. I miss my family. I miss my friends and Manila discipleship group. I miss my friends from my previous company. I miss my favorite hang out places – Kapitolyo, Korean convenience store at Ortigas, Megamall, Powerplant Mall, California Garden Square.

Since I got back from my last assignment in 2012, April 2012 to May 2014 I believe are the most unforgettable years of my stay in Manila. These are my pruning years and never thought my last years in Manila. But as I look back, I am just glad that I really made the most in spending and investing time with people. I can not go back anymore. But I can always look back not having what ifs.

And that’s the reason why I miss home so much. I left at a time when there was so much growing, so much relationship building, so much learning.

I’m excited of how much people have changed when I go home next year for vacation. It’s a sad reality that people move on with their lives without me being part of it. However, I know that when I go home, I still have that spot in their lives just as they have in mine. That’s what’s comforting.

Our life here on earth is only meaningful when we invest our life not on things that moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. We truly never know where the next years would take us, but surely, when we invest our life on people, regardless of where we are, that’s what make living more purposeful.

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with my family – this was 11 months ago, we stopped by an overlooking site at Negros Oriental

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19

60th

I’m currently waiting for my flight to Bacolod. I just went home last April and now I’m going home again. I’m so excited! I don’t have sleep yet but it’s okay. I’m on vacation. I can sleep all I want!

Well, I’m going home for the main reason that it’s my father’s 60th birthday. Hello senior citizen for him! Hehe.. We’ve made so many plans for my dad’s birthday that finally we were able to come up with the most safe option. I wanted for us to celebrate it in Cebu but it’s been raining often lately. It would be a waste if we won’t enjoy our stay there.

I’m just hoping my dad will have a geat time no matter what. Coz it’s his day.

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Less than an hour before boarding…. 🙂

Return

My life back in Manila has officially started!

I got back from my vacation this Monday and went back to work this Wednesday. First week wasn’t bad after all. A lot of things that I need to complete, to recall, to be refreshed with and to adjust. Not all were so smooth, but I chose no to be stressed.

Hopefully, next week would be the same. 🙂

Happy Weekend!

Arrival

I arrived this morning here in Manila. Everyone in the flight were very excited as the plane landed except for me. My case is different. They’re visiting. I’m a returning resident. The thought of now knowing when I can come back to Canada or if I will be back at all is the reason why I’m not that excited. Don’t get me wrong, I miss everyone here in Philippines. But, I would be excited if I was like one of those who just went home for visit.

Well, I’m still grateful to God for He has really blessed me with such opportunity. I’ll always be grateful.

I met several people on my arrival day. My best friend, Nong Iman picked me up at the airport. Then, I had lunch with my sister in Christ, Rhodes at Almon Marina. Then,  had dinner with Nong Iman and his parents and Tupe. I had a great time with all of them.

And tonight, I feel so sad. 😦 Everyone has moved on with their lives here. While I come back to the same life when I left. I dunno, just a thought.

Time to rest now. Tomorrow, I’m going to face part of my world.

Thank you Lord for a very smooth and safe arrival. 🙂

Heavy

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I really had a great time tonight. Celebrated Ate Jeany’s birthday and somehow a send-off for me. And now, I feel so sad and heavy-hearted. I don’t want to go home. 😦 Not because I don’t miss my family. I miss them so much and I’m very much looking forward to spending time with them. It’s just that this time, I feel like I’m going to leave a part of my heart here in Canada. I just feel so sad… 😦