Posted in Goals, Things to do, Womanhood, Word of God

#Goals for 2018

Yes! I’m that kind of person, I write goals, things to do, faith declaration every start of the year, because I believe in the power of spoken and written words. Words are powerful, writing them down reminds me of what I have prayed for, planned for the year, and how the Lord has answered them.

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For 2018, I have written down 7 goals, I surrendered them to God. I hope I’ll be able to do them all, but as always, I am open to God’s interventions. If He has other things which He wants me to do, I am very much willing to do them.Β At the end of it all, I just want God’s best for my life. And I hope to glorify and magnify Him in my life.

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So please let me share my goals for the year. I hope to update you by next year and let you know how the Lord has blessed them.Β 

  1. Read and study the Old Testament.

IMG_0812I’ve read and finished the New Testament several times, but not yet the Old Testament (OT). I have read some chapters of the OT, this year I want to read it from Genesis to Malachi. I might not be able to finish it this year, but my goal is to read and study it daily, hopefully. Knowing God through HIS word is very important, if not the most important, that’s why I really want to have a regular quiet time. The word of God guides, equips, leads, enlightens, comforts, gives us peace and wisdom, amongst other things.

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2. Finish one-to-one discipleship with muy bella, Mel. Then participate at the Victory weekend and be water-baptized as a Christian.

This is very important and special to me. πŸ™‚

3. Join VictoryFort‘s feeding program regularly.Β 

I have not done volunteer work for awhile so I really look forward to do it again this year. πŸ™‚

4. Buy an oven and learn how to bake cookies, cupcakes and cakes.

I’ve always wanted to do this but didn’t have the time (and the oven) to do it. This year, I hope to finally get to bake. I have bought this book last year (hello! coffee-lover in me), so I am excited to finally use it this year. πŸ˜‰

5. Save up Pxxx,xxx by end of the year. πŸ™‚

Follow the 10-20-70 rule. 10% for tithes, 20% for savings/investments, 70% for expenses.

6. Read atleast one book per month. πŸ™‚

Here are the books that I would like to finish reading by end of this year. Some of which I have already started but stopped somewhere… If I have more time, I have more books on queue, which are kept on my other shelf. ;P

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7. Learn French using the Duolingo app.

I really like to learn to speak French. I’ve been planning to enrol at theΒ AllianceΒ FranΓ§aiseΒ de ManilleΒ butΒ I don’t have the budget for it yet. The tuition is quite high so for now, I will have to self-study using the Duolingo app.

So there, I have shared with you my goals for the year. Hope you get inspired to set your own goals too! πŸ™‚

Let’s cheer on and support each other up. We can do all these, by God’s grace and our discipline and determination. πŸ˜€

By the way, the list looks simple and easy, but it will surely require a lot of time, hardwork and discipline (and God’s grace), so on the last day of 2017, I decided to minimize the use of Instagram (a time-waster for me). I will check my account on weekends only, or if I have something to post. But on weekdays, I will focus my time on accomplishing my goals. πŸ™‚

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Happy, healthy, hopeful…

…blessed, lovely, and peaceful 2018 to all! πŸ˜€

Hello everyone! πŸ˜‰

How’s your new year going? All good? I hope. πŸ™‚

As I write this, 2 January, 2018, it’s all good. I had a good start, thank and praise God! πŸ™‚

I was able to do some reflection, bible reading, I wrote my faith declaration for the year, prayer requests for family and friends, some goals which I offer and surrender all to God, the hope of glory. πŸ™‚

On the last day of 2017, I attended the church service at VictoryFort. Before I attended it, I prayed to God to speak to me and guide me through the pastor’s message. Pastor Joey’s central message is about HOPE. You may listen to his message thru this link. I love the message and it was exactly what I needed from the Lord. I’m grateful to be reminded how great, how loving, how powerful, how generous, how mighty our Father God is, His unchangeable character and time-tested word [are] enough for us to depend on Him and hope in Him, it’s enough to be comforted and to have peace as we go about our days in 2018 and all the glorious days of our lives. Sharing with you some of the bible verses which Pastor Joey shared to remind us how important it is to focus and keep our hope in the Lord because HE is our Father, our Savior, our Provider, our Healer, Comforter, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, our Alpha and Omega, He knows the beginning and the end of our lives so trusting Him and hoping in Him is the best thing that we can do to live a victorious life today and everyday. πŸ™‚Β 

Hebrews 6:17-19Β ESV

17Β So when God desired to show more convincingly toΒ the heirs of the promiseΒ the unchangeable character of his purpose,Β he guaranteed it with an oath,Β 18Β so that by two unchangeable things, in whichΒ it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hopeΒ set before us.Β 19Β We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters intoΒ the inner place behind the curtain,

Romans 5:3-5Β ESV

3Β Not only that, but weΒ rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that sufferingΒ produces endurance,Β 4Β and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,Β 5Β andΒ hope does not put us to shame, because God’s loveΒ has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Colossians 1:27 ESV

27Β To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles areΒ the riches of the glory ofΒ this mystery, which is Christ in you,Β the hope of glory.

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In the same way that the message of hope has given me all the comfort, peace, encouragement and excitement to face the coming year with a joyful, grateful and expectant heart for everything that the Lord has planned to bless my family, friends and me for the year, I hope you have been filled with the same strong hope from God’s unchangeable character and time-tested word.Β 

Cheers to a blessed, happy, healthy, hopeful, lovely, and peaceful 2018! πŸ™‚Β 

God’s best always!Β β™₯

Posted in Bucketlist, Europe, Friendship, Good gifts, Gratitude, Travel, Travel Highlights

Europe trip highlights (Part 4)

Rome, Italy: 6-10 June

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I’ve found my first Europe travel buddy because of Colosseum. Why Colosseum? Caye’s main reason for wanting to go to Europe is because she dreams of seeing the Colosseum in its glorious glory. πŸ™‚ So when I first shared to her my dream trip, we’ve got an instant travel buddy in each other. πŸ™‚ We saved the best for last, we put Rome at the end of our trip. Kim also wanted to attend the Pope’s celebration of mass at the Vatican so we had to schedule our trip which would fall on a Wednesday, the day the Pope himself celebrates mass to the public.

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the humongous Vatican City

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In Rome, I have used the panoramic shot the most because everything is wide and humongous!! Just like the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain amongst others.

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the stunningly beautiful Trevi Fountain πŸ™‚

We ate lots of pasta, pizza and consumed so much coffee too, which we all enjoyed!

Coffee all day, everyday! πŸ™‚

On the last day, I needed to have gelato! I wasn’t able to eat gelato everyday because I’m too full from all the pasta, pizza and all the yummy meals we had, my tummy had no more space for dessert! ;P

This was us, in front of our AirBnB, on our last day. We loved our accommodation in Rome so much. It was big, clean and beautiful. The location was great too! πŸ™‚

Rome being the last leg of the trip, I thought, it was okay not to expect too much, anyway we already had the loveliest (more than) 2 weeks of travel, and I was kinda tired already that time, also trying to condition myself that I would leave my dream place in a few days… But lo and behold! God really spoils His children! Rome was sooo lovely!! Just like the rest of the places we’ve been to. I wanted to stay a bit longer, if only I could… It was easy to explore, and everything is sooo beautiful, I love it’s warm colours, it’s cool and sunny weather, the coffee, the gelato, everything… I will surely go back, someday, Godwilling. πŸ™‚ I can’t thank and praise God enough for blessing us with the most wonderful vacation in our beautiful dream place. HE is truly an awesome God and Father, always giving the best gifts to His children. πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoyed my photoblog! πŸ˜‰

Until my next adventure, more to come in 2018! πŸ™‚

Wishing you all the best of everything in the coming year! God’s best, always! πŸ˜‰

 

Posted in Bucketlist, Europe, Family, Friendship, God's victory, Good gifts, Gratitude, Travel, Travel Highlights

Europe trip highlights (Part 3)

London, U.K.: 2-5 June

This part of our trip is all about meeting with family and friends. And that makes it so special and dear to my grateful β™₯.Β πŸ™‚

My cousin, Jel, and her family lives in London, she’s been inviting me to visit them since 2008, so I am really grateful and happy to finally have the chance to visit them and spend some quality time with them. πŸ˜€ My aunt, Jel’s mom, was there at that time too, so it was a great time to be in London. πŸ™‚

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Aside from spending time with family and friends, I also had the opportunity to attend the EveryNation church service at Hammersmith. Thanks so much to my dear cousin, Jel, for accompanying me. It meant a lot to me to be able to spend time with the Lord amidst the hectic schedule while on vacation. I am very grateful that my cousin took me to Hammersmith and had a wonderful, comforting time at the church. That Sunday, 4 June, the church invited theΒ Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,Β Stealing from God),Β to speak. We were so blessed to listen to his wonderful teaching about the truth of God’s existence amidst all the suffering in the world.

Because this is the London part of the trip, I made an exception on the number of photos to share. I hope you understand. πŸ˜€

Last part of the trip, Rome, will follow. It’s the last, but definitely, not the least. πŸ˜‰

 

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Europe trip highlights (Part 2)

Here’s the 2nd part of my Europe trip photoblog. πŸ™‚

Milan, Italy: 26-27 May

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Our AirBnB in Milan πŸ™‚
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I really loved our accommodation in Milan, aside from being so chic, it was accessible to the convenience stores, to the stations, and there’s a nearby park, too. I was able to jog one Saturday morning around the beautiful green park. How I love the fresh air, the cool breeze and the lovely view around the park. πŸ™‚ I felt so blessed and grateful for that wonderful experience. πŸ™‚
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When in Italy, drinking coffee is a must, peroid. πŸ™‚

Paris, France: 28-29 May

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Selfies while on Seine River Cruise πŸ™‚

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Don’t worry I didn’t buy ;P

Brussels & Gent, Belgium: 31 May – 1 June

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More Belgian waffle for lunch πŸ™‚

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That’s all for Part 2, hope you enjoyed my photoblog.

Part 3, the last part, will be shared tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Good night, everyone! πŸ˜‰

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Europe trip highlights (Part 1)

As we are about to say goodbye and thank you to 2017 in a few days, I would like wrap up my year by sharing some highlights from my Europe trip. I know this is rather so late, I got overwhelmed with lots of photos and stories to share back then, and then I got tied up with work and all the get-togethers. Now that I am officially on vacation, I wouldn’t want to miss the chance to post more about my dream trip. This year’s trip with Caye and Kim is one of the highlights of my best year so far, so it definitely deserves a space here on my personal site. πŸ˜€ I’ve chosen 17 photos/highlights for each city that we visited. Why 17? Because 2017. πŸ™‚

Let me warn you, this is a looooong post, 99% photos and 1% narrative. πŸ˜› But don’t worry, I will share the highlights in 4 parts. πŸ™‚

Florence, Italy: 22 May

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Tuscany Tour

(Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa):Β 23 May

Lugano, Switzerland

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Bellagio,Β Lake Como, Italy: 25 May

That’s it for today. More photos to follow in the coming days. πŸ™‚

Posted in Christmas, Gift-wrapping, Gifts, Inspiration

All about Pine Cones

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photo grabbed from Pinterest

I love wrapping gifts, and I love beautifully wrapped gifts. The photo above is my idea of a perfect gift wrapping this year. I love everything about it. πŸ™‚ It’s simple, it’s classy, it’s so elegantly presented.

This year, when I was out to buy Christmas wrappers, I had no idea what to look for. Usually, I’m on the look-out for the perfect brown paper, or plain red, or plain gold wrappers but I wasn’t lucky to enough to find “the one.” Below are some of the beautiful inspirations I found on instagram. I used to like the traditional red-green-gold/brown Christmas combo colours, but now, I am open to try the not-so-usual holiday palette. Yearly, I look forward to seeing Peony Lim’s Christmas preparations, she’s my ultimate inspiration in many things, including her unique and very pretty wrapping ideas. πŸ™‚

This year, I ended up buying this simple wrapper (photo below) — it’s all pine cones against a background of green hues. I don’t like some bold, “hey! it’s Christmas time” kind of print. Next year, I’ll think of something different and try my best to execute it. πŸ™‚ I hope I’ll have enough budget to buy some accessories along with the wrapper/s. I might also decide to use different wrappers next year, and not limit myself into using the same print for all my gifts. πŸ˜‰

I have some thoughts about Christmas gift-giving but I’ll share it some other time. For now, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas time with all of your loved ones. May the true spirit of Christmas fill your hearts and your homes, every single day of the year. πŸ™‚

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