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Happy, healthy, hopeful…

…blessed, lovely, and peaceful 2018 to all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How’s your new year going? All good? I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

As I write this, 2 January, 2018, it’s all good. I had a good start, thank and praise God! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Hebrews 6:17-19ย ESV

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

Romans 5:3-5ย ESV

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

Colossians 1:27 ESV

27ย To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles areย the riches of the glory ofย this mystery, which is Christ in you,ย 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.ย 

Cheers to a blessed, happy, healthy, hopeful, lovely, and peaceful 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

God’s best always!ย โ™ฅ

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ So when I first shared to her my dream trip, we’ve got an instant travel buddy in each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Coffee all day, everyday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope you enjoyed my photoblog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until my next adventure, more to come in 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing you all the best of everything in the coming year! God’s best, always! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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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 โ™ฅ.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜€ My aunt, Jel’s mom, was there at that time too, so it was a great time to be in London. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 theย Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Donโ€™t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,ย Stealing from God),ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

Last part of the trip, Rome, will follow. It’s the last, but definitely, not the least. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Europe trip highlights (Part 2)

Here’s the 2nd part of my Europe trip photoblog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Milan, Italy: 26-27 May

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Our AirBnB in Milan ๐Ÿ™‚
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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I felt so blessed and grateful for that wonderful experience. ๐Ÿ™‚
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When in Italy, drinking coffee is a must, peroid. ๐Ÿ™‚

Paris, France: 28-29 May

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Selfies while on Seine River Cruise ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Part 3, the last part, will be shared tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good night, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve chosen 17 photos/highlights for each city that we visited. Why 17? Because 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me warn you, this is a looooong post, 99% photos and 1% narrative. ๐Ÿ˜› But don’t worry, I will share the highlights in 4 parts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Florence, Italy: 22 May

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Tuscany Tour

(Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa):ย 23 May

Lugano, Switzerland

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Bellagio,ย Lake Como, Italy: 25 May

That’s it for today. More photos to follow in the coming days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My foretaste of sweet November

I wouldnโ€™t normally share something too personal here or even in my Instagram account. I guess Iโ€™m that kind of person. Not really secretive, but just not too open to many people. I have friends who know very personal things about me but theyโ€™re just a handful.

For some happy but strange reasons, I feel like sharing something that recently happened to me through my space here. I initially thought of posting it on Instagram but hesitated at the last minute.

My friends know that I have lots of Korean actor crushes, just watching Korean series makes me happy. ๐Ÿ˜ So for a long time already, the “men in my life” are all Korean actors. Unfortunately, no men of the same nationality have tickled my fancy for a couple of years now. Iโ€™ve fallen for the wrong person (yet again) a couple of years back, it was tough for me because I really liked him but I had to do whatโ€™s right and tried my best to forget about him. I did succeed not because Iโ€™m strong enough, but because God is, and God comforted me all those times that I was hurting so badly until I finally learned let go and let God to take care of my heart. Now I am much better than okay and I have learned a lot from that experience. โ˜บ๏ธ Again, because of Godโ€™s unconditional great love, and understanding and support from friends who didnโ€™t judge but loved me just the same.

Just recently, in my quiet time, God’s been speaking to me, on point, and Iโ€™m really glad and grateful each time this happens, because sometimes God can be quiet, but in those quiet moments, we just need to trust that Heโ€™s working behind the scenes (because He does), and when all things are ready, the dream, the wish, the answered prayer will present itself right in front of you and you will have no other more fitting response than to praise God and cry out of uncontainable joy and gratitude to HIM for blessing you with something much more than youโ€™ve asked for or even imagined.

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On a rather ordinary work day, lately when I say ordinary, it means busy, Iโ€™ve met someone who have warmed my heart in an instant, it was very unexpected, such a sweet encounter.

Liking someone and seeing him as a man rarely happens to me. At my age, I liked very few, whether I admit it or not, I guess I am picky. When I see someone new, itโ€™s either I like him or I donโ€™t. But of course, I can be friends with him whether I see him as a man or just a friend.

I know myself when it comes to “liking someone” on the first meeting, it all begins with all things tangible: the height, the “presence,” his voice, the way he speaks, the way he carries himself and relates to people; and then to something intangible: that is, the way he makes me feel, unknowingly, naturally.

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I don’t know if I will get to see him after that encounter, so I just enjoyed the short time we were together, I think a good one hour or so… ๐Ÿ™‚

As of this writing, I couldnโ€™t actually remember how exactly he looks like. I just know that I would like to know him more, given the chance. What I remember and would like to cherish for as long as I can is the way he made me feel. I feel happy just realizing that my heart is still capable of appreciating a new person and knowing that the possibility of meeting My Boaz is just right around the corner…ย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

In my heart I am comforted to know that the Lord is preparing His best for me. And I am willing to wait for Godโ€™s love story to unfold slowly, beautifully, sweetly because He is the one and only author of my life. ๐Ÿ˜

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Jesus speaks, always…

From 7 November Devotion from Jesus Callingย book/app

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WORSHIP MEย inย theย beautyย ofย holiness. All true beauty reflects some of who Iย AM. I am working My ways in you: the divine Artist creating loveliness within your being. My main work is to clear out debris and clutter, making room for My Spirit to take full possession. Collaborate with Me in this effort by being willing to let go of anything I choose to take away. I know what you need, and I have promised to provide all of thatโ€”abundantly!

Your sense of security must not rest in your possessions or in things going your way. I am training you to depend on Me alone, finding fulfillment in My Presence. This entails being satisfied with much or with little, acceptingย either as My will for the moment. Instead of grasping and controlling, you are learning to release and receive. Cultivate this receptive stance by trusting Me in every situation.

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
โ€”Psalm 29:2 nkjv

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
โ€”Psalm 27:4

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in Godโ€™s unfailing love for ever and ever.
โ€”Psalm 52:8

The Lord is our comfort. He is our assurance.

Thank you, Lord. You are the God of my life, have your way in me.