Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Big Blessing No.2: Another Year for My Lolo

We visit him every December in Nueva Vizcaya. Last year, we left NV while he was in the hospital. From that moment on, I stopped pleading God to give him more years to live. I accepted the painful fact that he might leave us soon.

But today, exactly one year since we left, I am sitting beside Lolo while he's eating his snack. My heart overflows with gratefulness because I still have him. He continues to inspire me about life even without saying words that I could clearly understand. The lines on his face manifest both suffering and success. Even in regular bouts of dementia, he never fails to acknowledge God's grace and I quote, "Sa awa ng Diyos ay buhay pa din."

He is now sipping Coke like a young man and munching walnut meringue marvels, which I baked for him. This is another memory to keep until I see him again next year.

I love my lolo so much. No words could explain how I've grown to love him like this. Happy 94th birthday, Lolo!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2011 Big Blessing: NEW HOME

I'll stop counting by fives for now. For the remaining days of this year, I'll brag blog about the best blessings I've got for 2011.

This year, God answered my family's prayer- to have a house of our own.

We've been living in my father's office housing since 1991. When my parents started our family, their original plan was to live in Nueva Vizcaya after they retire. But finally in 2009, they changed their plan and looked for the best housing plan for us.

The construction of OUR house started in January 2010. We expected that the house and loan arrangements will be done before December. But due to unavoidable circumstances, we were not able to move in 2010.

God told us to wait. And wait. And wait.

Then finally, everything was set in March 2011. So we transferred. To OUR new home.

spell disaster

Pinagpyestahan ng mga kuyang botedyaryo 

As we moved to our new house, we also said goodbye to limited water supply everyday...byebye to frequent brownouts (humangin lang wala na kuryente sa bundok)...byers to gay concerts at late night...goodbye to unidentified forest sounds in the wee hours of the morning...farewell to our ghost housemates. haha.

Thank You so much, God, because we'll be celebrating our first Christmas in OUR new home. Sooo excited. :D

it looks like i'm not the only one who's excited...

we have set up our xmas tree on the 2nd week on November :D

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thank You for my childhood best friend

Today is Floris' birthday, if she's still alive. But she's not with us anymore...

Four years have passed, and still the pain feels so fresh. I guess this pain will never go away no matter how much I cry. So instead of mourning over again, I thank the LORD. I thank Him for letting me know such a beautiful soul. Thank You because that soul called me her best friend. Thank You that I knew what she has been through in this lifetime, and I witnessed how she drew strength from You. Thank You that through this friendship, I learned how to value my own life and the rest of my relationships.

I was not able to give this to her, God. Please tell her how much we miss her.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Change my heart O God, may I be like You

It has been a busy month for me, probably the busiest month next to February. I have written so many articles, baked a lot of pastries, delivered talks to a number of events...that's why I was not able to write on this blog. I missed this blog. So amidst this busyness, I thank the Lord for the following blessings:

1001. the amazing feeling of typing "1001" on this gratitude list. (God, I'm so blessed!!!)
1002. opportunities to serve
1003. love for baking and doodling (they keep my sanity)
1004. growing relationship with Totskie (grow in love so they say)
1005. trick or treat with Fei and Alika at Khush Hall. It was my first time. :D

Thanks to my friends who reminded me to blog. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thank You, Lo-ord!!!

996. Mom fetched us from the office because it was raining cats and dogs
997. Beverly's first interview
998. finally submitted my report for the board meeting and boss said "very good!"
999. i'll be presenting a lecture on biotech to the members of Phil. Int'l Cartoons, Comics, and Animation
1000. 1000 blessings and all the other unwritten graces God has given me

I learned this song from my first SHOUT in YFC. I sing this whenever I feel so blessed or when I ask for the spirit of gratefulness to cover me amidst crisis. And it works every time. I also taught this to my students at GK Sibol school and to my niece Fei-fei. Kids sing this very well because they are always overflowing with gratefulness. With a thousand blessings posted here, together with the unwritten gazillion graces, so I sing...

Thank You, Lord

I wake up in the morning and I seek Your face Oh Lord
I thank You in the evening for Your faithfulness Oh Lord
For the mercy that You bring me has brought me life
For the mercy that You bring me all the time
For the mercy that You bring me has brought be life
So I sing...

I wanna thank You, Lord!
Thank You Lo-ord!
I wanna than You, Lord
For the mercy that You bring me.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Grace...unexpected and undeserved, but still given.

991. meeting Filipino cartoonists of PDI and Star
992. notebooks and pens <3
993. date with Totskie after a tiring day at work
994. sleeping beside mama (it's actually midnight kwentuhan under the sheets)
995. career milestones :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

God's plan is bigger than my mistakes.

986. loooong sleep and rest
987. I was able to walk from IRRI gate to our building!:)
988. goals to accomplish before the year ends
989. apartment for Totskie (yes, we're claiming it!)
990. naperfect na ni Ate Millet ang pritong isda. hehehe.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My God, You are the sweetest.

981. opportunity to serve
982. bringing my cousin to the CLP
983. it's Your birthday JC planning for our 10th year!
984. patience
985. new bongga ring from Ishi :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

There's nothing we can do for God to love us more...or less. His love is constant.

976. Momsi's chocobanana cake (God, ang sarap!)
977. sleeping in my room again after almost a month
978. i'm wearing shoes today :)
979. sprain not painful anymore and no cramps for the last 12 hours
980. happy weekend ahead!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.*

971. Cha finally found her wedding gown :)
972. baked beef rigatoni from Beanhub
973. warm compress to ease muscle cramps
974. molders and decors for cakes and cupcakes!
975. borlogs galore after a busy day

*Genesis 1:1

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our greatest treasure is our relationships.

966. dami ko nagawa sa office kahit half day
967. self-declared half day, haha
968. Momsi is the best. Kahit late na siya hinahatid pa din n'ya ko sa office. Tapos sundo pa ako. Praise God for my mom!
969. Popsi is home! And we spent the rest of the afternoon eating his pasalubong and listening to his stories.
970. Tong-its habang walang kuryente
with my pretty cousin Beverly

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm writing in the rain.

961. sprain check up
962. X-ray results: no fracture :D
963. health insurance
964. accidentally saw Ishi at the hospital and we had an instant picnic with Totskie!

Sa ER...(peace tayo ishi, haha)

(ulet) with jolens

first time namin magpicnic sa ospital :)
 965. the rain turned on the writer's mood :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Disturb Us, Lord.

956. new shirt from Momsi
957. sleeping beside Momsi for 20 days while Popsi is away
958. Fei-fei knows how to sing "Here I am to Worship"
959. Baby shower for the Gonzales family
960. Sunday mass

Disturb Us, Lord
Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Friday, September 23, 2011

We are meant for greatness.

951. our bosses are back from the trip
952. and they gave us chocolates as pasalubong!!!

953. I can walk a bit faster na, and soon I'll walk straight.:D
954. movie date/laugh trip with Totskie and Beverly
955. Mom's new toy

Thursday, September 22, 2011

There's no failure in keeping one's faith.

946. Chef Leonard just signed his contract with IRRI ECDC!!!:D
947. siesta sa gabi, hehe. I need to stay awake by midnight to finish writing articles
948. Tita Lenie and Marie (they are distant relatives who stayed in our home for 1 week)
949. ECDC asked us to be a concessionaire of pastries to IRRI canteens
950. Papa will be home sooooon

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kapit lang.

941. alone time in the office
942. moment with God
943. packed lunch prepared by Ate Millet
944. God's gift of creativity

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Be yourself. Shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.*

936. back to work
937. chocolate with almonds from Kuya EJ, yumyum
938. Christmas planning with Momsi for Cupcake factory
939. unexpected call from Donna
940. comfort writing

*John Jakes

Monday, September 19, 2011

What you’re praying for—in its most beautiful form—will be given to you.

931. another day of rest
932. nakaakyat na ko sa room ko after 3 days!:)
933. papasok na ako bukas
934. Melai visited me at home
935. pure love <3
over the clouds

Sunday, September 18, 2011

If his love has made any difference in your each other.*

926. improvements :)
Accdg to my personal PT, I will be able to walk straight again on Tuesday. :)
927. Sunday family meals
928. Alika hugged me back and said "I love you too, Tita" (yes, in baby talk. I really felt that's what she said)
929. Singing praise songs with Fei-fei
930. Geli and Philip's unwavering faith (They lost their baby for the 2nd time but still they keep on proclaiming the goodness of the Lord.)

*“[He Took on the Status of a Slave]If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”Philippians 2:3-4 MSG

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Love like that.*

921. another day of rest
922. cutie Alika killed my boredom
923. french toast for breakfast
924. galing ng UP!
925. Totskie, so caring and loving...hay, praise God for my boy. <3

*Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” Ephesians 5:1 MSG

Friday, September 16, 2011

Praise God for best friends.

916. Fei's out of the hospital na
917. tapilok made me stay home and rest and read a book the whole afternoon
918. Totskie took PT in college. :D (humanda kang sprained ankle ka!)
919. Beverly, my first cousin from NV, is finally here!
920. it's my bestest best friend's birthday! thank God for chingching!!! (though i was not able to come, i know gailee and God will make up for us. and we'll date like it's your birthday again next time.)
Kristine and Christine. God planned our "best friendship" very well. <3 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Inner beauty, inner peace.

911. new colored pens and pencils for doodling
912. new book: Discover Your Inner Beauty Queen

913. Shamsey!
914. boss asked me to be her co-author for a journal article
915. interview with newspaper cartoonist

Monday, September 12, 2011

God forgives, why can't you?*

906. checks on my Monday to do list
907. text from Popsi in China
908. minutes na walang edits and 1 day advance!:D
909. doodling my fave image of Jesus
910. lessons on forgiveness
Design of my favorite shirt when I was 10 years old.

We forgive not because the person who hurts us deserves our forgiveness. We forgive because God forgives. Even if we do not deserve it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Forgiveness is grace.

901. another life-changing gospel and sermon during the mass
902. unproductive weekends with Alika
903. Clem got her new Kindle, yey!
904. di plinanong chikahan with Helen at Metrohair habang nagpapamanicure/pedicure
905. my first fondant projects :D
my first project: a bouquet of flowery cupcakes
second project: a hearty walnut cake

Friday, September 9, 2011

God is a TiN fanatic.

896. finished writing and editing our newsletter minutes before we left for manila
897. pho hoa lunch and pancake house dinner (wala nun sa LB kaya sinulit ang meal allowance)
898. kwentuhan at tawanan with teammates after a stressful week
899. learnings from the seminar on biotech and climate change
900. Alika is now walking on her own!!!:D

Thursday, September 8, 2011

God is my refuge.

891. It's Mama Mary's day! I 'll forever be thankful for letting me play the role of "batang Maria" in a musical play when I was still young. That experience really molded me as a person and brought be closer to God! My audition piece then was "God is my refuge." Since then, God has been and will always be my refuge.:D

892. i feel so honored to make cupcakes to be offered for Mama Mary's birthday
It took me a week of planning for this set of cupcakes.
Super mabusisi si customer.
Akala ko nga wedding gown pinapagawa.
 Sabi nga n'ya, "Para naman kay Mama Mary!"
893. loooong email from Ching! yey!!!

894. nakatulog ng mahimbing kagabi (i was not able to sleep well the night before)

895. daming orders!:D

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Work it out between you.*

886. i finally sent the message that has been in my drafts for so many weeks
887. the recipient replied with an open heart
888. i know God worked on both of us
889. hearing the real stories of biotech crop farmers
890. financial freedom starts today!!! thanks to prulifeUK.:D

*Mt 18:15-17

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bless and be blessed.*

881. done reading a biotech book and i enjoyed it *geeky smile*
882. i will finish writing a pocket K this week
883. rainbow

Nasa kapitbahay namin pala ang pot of gold.:D

884. Clem has a new Kindle, yey!
885. goodbye, colds!!!

*Proverbs 11:25

Monday, September 5, 2011

Go deep.

876. no KC staff meeting :D
877. Chuckie, my chocolatey buddy
Nestle Chuckie Chocolate Drink 6x250ml
another coffee substitute for lazy afternoons
878. rest and long sleep
879. another topic to write about
880. deadlines to keep me on track

Sunday, September 4, 2011

You’re blood-bought and heaven-made

871. slept from 8:30PM to 6AM. thanks to sinusitis, ang sarap matulog.
872. nakapagbike na ako from our house to APEC! weee!
873. the lesson of positive triangulation from Fr. Thor
874. home-made brownies and baguette for snack
875. cleaning Momsi's nails

From everylasting to everlasting, YOU are God.

866. nakapagbike na ko hanggang UPOU.:D
867. surge of ideas for odesk articles (one was posted the day after i submitted)
868. we can't get enough of alika's cuteness!
869. Saturday family malling and dinner, hehe
870. storytelling with fei-fei before sleeping

I got this book from IYBJC 2010 exchange gips. thanks mariel!:D

Thursday, September 1, 2011

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

This was my theme song last week. I even doodled it on my notebook. I just started singing it to make my day brighter and lighter and of course, more focused on my Source of joy.

Then I attended and served in a retreat/mission training. The rain was pouring hard most of the time but still all our activities pushed through and I was affirmed by the life stories of the people around me there. On the last praisefest, I couldn't stop my tears from falling. That was the time when I realized how much I missed serving God through the ministry that helped me grow as a Christian. For the passed months, I only attended and served when it was convenient for me. I had all excuses in mind like I'll spend time with my family or I'll finish articles/publications but I knew in my heart I was depriving God of my time and abilities. With all those reasons which I wanted to bring light into my life, it is only God that fills me up. He is My sunshine and no one else.

856. opportunity to serve my ministry again
857. healing comes everyday
858. my new angel, Princess

859. sinigang na corned beef success story
860. late night kwentuhan with oti
861. family day at nuvali

862. instant reunion with yfc friends during chanot's despedida

863. majo <3 mark
864. mahabang tulog...Zzzz
865. Templeton proposal is finally submitted!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do Your thing.

851. loooong weekend ahead
852. will spend time with God this weekend
853. super accomplished week
854. libreng suha na hinati sa lima :D
855. God knows best
Maaga dapat ako uuwi ngayon kasi may retreat kami at ako ang first speaker! Pero andito pa din ako sa office dahil may inaantay akong file na kailangan ng boss ko. I've been waiting for an hour pero wala pa din. Pero naalala ko na wala pa pala ako powerpoint presentation for my talk later! So nagawa ko na habang nag-aantay. In times like this, all I can do is wait and let God do His thing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mark His Word. (Genesis 9)


Today, I didn't hear myself say, "Natatakot ako!" 

847. lunch with Donna
848. retreat team meeting
849. dinner with SFC friends
850. Totskie baguette success

This is the 1st time he baked a baguette, and it was an instant success! yummmeee! :D

Monday, August 22, 2011

With God on our side like this, how can we lose?*

841. new blog entry for THE CUPCAKE FACTORY (i almost forgot i've got another blog :D)
842. new violet bike (no pink bike available)
843. uber productive Monday
844. my boss is finally back (she was sick for 2 weeks)
845. creativity (i started my doodling book today)

*Romans 8:32

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Love demands growth.

836. Alika walked 3 steps on her own :D
837. picnic at freedom park with my nieces

838. saw Ate Grace and gab at the park

839. movie marathon with Totskie
840. Alika already knows how to give goodbye kisses :*

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I can't lose.*

831. Ate Rinda (it's her birthday today!)
832. I was able to jog again today after so many weeks
833. Momsi's revel bars, so yummeee!
834. new dreams :)
835. friends passed physician board exam

*“So how am I to respond? I've decided that I really don't care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! And I'm going to keep that celebration going because I know how it's going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don't expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn't shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I'm Christ's messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can't lose.” Philippians 1:21 MSG

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's what God says about you that makes the difference.*

826. lunch and laughters with Cha
827. inalok ako ni Ate guard ng lunch
828. PC suite for my cellphone
829. sipag mode sa office
830. sisterhood with Ishi
*2 Corinthians 10:17-18 MSG

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Brag about God's love.

821. Totskie's surprise
822. Totskie's words of encouragement
823. Totskie gives me time to be alone
824. Totskie's dreams for us
825. Totskie :D
our first year together at EK

YFC days

1st Valentine's day together at St. Jude Hosp.

my grad day

last YFC ILC we attended

last ILC pa din

it's Your birthday, JC 

Dinner with mom at Arabella

Christmas at K Cafe

when we were "just friends" :D
All photos are from Friendster.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Got to find my corner of the sky

816. Alika's first birthday

Alika had fever this morning until the hour before her birthday party. I felt sad because she was not her usual jolly self. But on our way to Max's, she was giggling and playing in the car! Praise God for healing her!:D We are so tired but our joy is overflowing because of this very lovely girl.

817. Kuya celebrated her birthday in Riyadh

On the other side of Asia, Alika's dad is also celebrating her daughter's birthday! How sweet of him to print her pic and ask his friends to hold his greeting...Alika was smiling while looking at his daddy's surprise posted on Facebook. 

818. Sweet Dianne and her brother (they were Alika's guest in her party)

819. "Got to find my corner of the sky"

Mateo Guidicelli sang this song in Vice Ganda's show. I love musical plays!

820. Alika's giggles=heaven