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Apr 8, 2014

"Spot" the Unbelievable Dog

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I won't say I'm [generally] fond of dogs. I'm not crazy about our pet [dogs] either...  But deep down I love them [and I actually care for them] only because they make my mom [and my sister and my aunts and my uncles and my granmama] so much happy... 

And here's "Spot" by the way, one of the crazy, spoiled pets we have... He literally got into the car and wouldn't want to get off [perhaps he understood we'd be away for the wedding]...

"Spot" the Unbelievable Dog


Mar 15, 2014

Afternoon at Infinitea

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If you plan to spend a lazy afternoon at Infinitea...


1. Have your milk tea with a quarter of sugar. Don’t ask me why.
2. Bring your charger. The shop has 4 outlets inside and 2 more in the smoking area. You don’t wanna drain your battery over wi-fi exhaustion…
3. Bring earphones. You’ll never know when the barbaric high school students are gonna strike the store again. Better to listen to Katy Perry’s Prism album than hear their exasperating, loud laughs [whilst taking selfies]
4. Bring a book. Or anything but the Facebook [which is so Home-ish] to make your tambay a productive one.
5. Order Winter Melon Oolong Milk Tea. Preferably large size. Just saying…
6. Don’t order choco Nacho Triangle bites. Again, just saying...
7. If you easily get cold, don’t dare wear a sleeveless top.
8. Walk your way home. You’ve just consumed additional calories. Better burn the excess.





Mar 14, 2014

In Times We Feel God is Distant

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Sometimes we feel we are walking beyond God's grace or that He is spiritually distant. But it’s a relief to know He cares… In fact, He loves us…  

“When God ran” reminds us of God’s love—A love more than any parent would ever feel for their children—A love that reaches even to the prodigal, the wicked, the stubborn, the most unlovable…

We may fail to remember but the truth remains… God loves us. He extends His love to us, especially in times we least expect Him to do so. 

This is a perfect song to be reminded of God's love

WHEN GOD RAN

Almighty God, the great I am 
Immovable rock, omnipotent, powerful, awesome Lord 
Victorious warrior, commanding King of Kings 
Mighty conqueror, and the only time
the only time I ever saw Him run

CHORUS: 
Was when He ran to me, He took me in His arms 
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again” 
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes 
With forgiveness in His voice He said,
“Son do you know I still love you?” 
He caught me by surprise when God ran

The day I left home I knew I’d broken His heart 
And I wondered then if things could ever be the same 
Then one night I remembered His love for me 
And down that dusty road ahead I could see 
It was the only time – it was the only time I ever saw Him run

And then He ran to me, He took me in His arms 
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again” 
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes 
With forgiveness in His voice He said,
“Son do you know I still love you?” 
He caught me by surprise as He brought me to my knees 
When God ran – I saw Him run to me


BRIDGE: 
I was so ashamed, all alone and so far away 
But now I know He’s been waiting for this day

I saw Him run to me, He took me in His arms 
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again” 
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes 
With forgiveness in His voice I felt His love for me again

He ran to me, He took me in His arms 
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again” 
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes 
With forgiveness in His voice He said, “Son”, He called me Son 
He said, “Son do you know I still love you?” 
He ran to me and then I ran to Him 
When God ran



Mar 13, 2014

Thursday Photo Update


Mar 11, 2014

On Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and JP 3/11 Third Anniversary

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To tell the truth, I’ve been so happy these past few days, I play Moulin Rouge’s scene 1:47:46 – 1:51:00 just to feel the tears flow down my cheeks. Then I remember I [literally] cried in the streets of Cubao last week. Did I mention about that? Well, apart from my daily devotion, there’s nothing serious that had prompted me to cry except for the Jeepney driver who ALMOST made me lose my appointment [and my coins] one toxic afternoon. Luckily, a tricycle driver had the heart to take me to my destination [and the generosity to let me ride his tric for free].

Today I got teary-eyed again (I know, I’m a cry baby).  But who wouldn’t feel for what the loved ones of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is going through days after it went missing? I was browsing on the BBC headlines and found myself being so morose over what I was reading. How can this happen to a Boeing 777? How can this happen to those people?

On Social networking sites, netizens have been pursuing their [hashtag] 100 happy days. Probably you’ve heard of it, and in almost certainty you’ve decided to take part. Then this thought comes to my head, what if you’re one of the Malaysian Airplane passengers’ relatives—say a wife? A mother? A fiancé? Or say, a bereaved of a tsunami like that of Japan’s 3 years ago? How do you manage to remain happy?

How do we move forward?
A few minutes ago I tweeted about happiness… But I guess it’s easier said than done.


I remember my sister used to tell me [whenever I sort of whine]: she has greater problems—thus bigger than what I am grumbling about. Then she’ll enumerate and I thought indeed she has far more serious matters to deal with... And these catastrophic events just make my puny troubles a little less relevant… It’s selfish to say but it somehow gives some sort of gratefulness not to be in those people’s shoes… I feel so sorry for them. Sorry for people who are in unimaginable distress… I wish I could do something… anything… to make them feel better… but what can I do? I am so sorry!

This Tuesday marks the 3/11 third anniversary.  It’s also my third year in a Japanese owned company. Exactly three years ago I was as clueless as to why I couldn’t talk to any Japanese that tragic night. Until after twelve when I opened the television and saw the most horrific scene I had ever seen in my entire life… Right this moment I wonder how is life different for them today? Has the pain subsided over the course of [perhaps] long mourning? Last year I watched the commemoration and I felt from the speeches of the bereaved the freshness of the wound of the loss as they read their open letters to their loved ones… It never gets more painful than the previous commemoration days. And I suddenly realize if I just deeply think about it, it pains me. Perhaps a lifetime is not enough to heal the pain of losing someone you love so dearly.  

In the Church we are taught on how to cope with losses. And I think prayers are, if not the closest thing to, the genuine cure to a believer. I strongly believe in what the Apostle said that we ought to pray for one another… And with that note, I do pray for those people who go through life’s injustice and cruelty.

As the Bible mentions in Romans 8:28, 'We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose', let’s hold on to our faith and know that God does not cause misfortune or catastrophes to befall us. Instead He allows personal tragedies in order to prove His love and to direct us to the path that He wants for us. 

Let's listen to this song... 
And may its message come right straight to our need of comfort and relief...

Just saying...

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While flowers, chocolates and teddies wrapped in romantic words are so endearing [and so much appreciated], what touches my heart most is the fact that you make my days as brightly colored and surreal just by mere existing...by the certainty that you feel the same way as I do… Simple.

You know what...

I miss you...

I miss waking up in the morning seeing you first... feeling your warm arms... cuddling you before getting up.

But all is well… Especially because I have this confidence that I'll be with you, again, in time.

Though we are temporarily distant, and might not have the normal relationship as other couples have, this you should know by heart, I love you.

I love you NOT just when you are with me or when I can physically hold you...
I love you EVEN when you're in your own space... I love you EVEN when you're busy...
I love you NOT just today or tomorrow...

I love you ALWAYS.



Mar 10, 2014

Instagrammed: Coffee Date

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I really love these photos and the fact that we both like to drink coffee... As the Turkish saying goes, "a cup of coffee can last 40 years"...

I genuinely hope that what we have right now survive long decades [of ups and downs... learning... of ample amount of isolation and togetherness]... And as we share sips of coffee each waking moment, I hope we get the stimulation we need from/for each other and use it to be better than what we were yesterday...

Mr. Pandesal and Kwanopy at Starbucks...
^_^
He likes Starbucks! Mmmm.... actually, he likes coffee!
He likes to read newspapers! Impressive!
So cuteeeeeeee!
^_^ ^^,

Monday Workout at Manchest Gym

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I like the new look! It's cozier.


and more organized...

cool arrangement!
locker area is better... surely..
now it seems more spacious...
This is my favorite spot... kudos to my trainer for deciding to add this refreshing site... 



Feb 25, 2014

Breakfast at Café Breton

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Oh hey! It's a holiday! This means Mr. Pandesal and I have time to indulge in a [not so] big, leisurely, romantic breakfast that we normally wouldn't partake in on most other days [because he’s gotta be at work]. 

Mr. T is hungry!
Since last night I had been craving for Blueberry crepe so I requested breakfast at Café Breton. I've been there a couple of times and I really like their “make it yourself” crepes… Today I ordered their best-seller: Blueberries and cream

Everything seems to be hearty!
Here ye! The giant crepe!
Another reason why I like it there is because of their honey mustard salad dressing… I love its taste over the crisp, thinly-sliced vegetables… I am happy I could eat it with coffee and my favorite dessert… 

Here's Cafe Mocha!
Fresh Mango Shake!
:)
Breton Mozarella Burger! Must try!!!! 
Just felt this frame needs a recognition :)
Hmm... the crepe's too big for me.. so I asked Mr. T to finish it off... and he did! LOL

Feb 19, 2014

An Update and a Planking Challenge

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Hi blogger world! Sorry I couldn't reply to your messages right away, I've been experiencing severe headaches recently especially last night... Anyway, it's a good Wednesday! The weather is fine, windy and a little chilly [well at least for me]...

So I had a terrible migraine last night but then I'd still say it was one of the happiest nights of my life. Mr. Pandesal and I went Ice Skating and it was awesome! Haha We didn't slip by the way! But I almost did ahahahhaha We paid Php 300 each for unlimited embarrassment LOL kidding! Just 300 for unlimited access to the rink. The fee includes the ice skates of course... hmm.. but make sure you bring socks or if you don't have them you can buy from there for Php 50 ehhehehhe not bad for fluffy white socks :) Locker rentals are for Php 30 :) Ice skating at SM Mall of Asia is a must try!!!!

We had dinner at Watami!! Yay!!!!!!!!
So, I came home quarter to midnight and had suffered from migraine from right after our fun until this morning when I woke up. Finally I took meds after breakfast and felt better...

Btw, I've been watching J-Drama Shitsuren Chocolatier these past few days. And it kinda makes me crave for some good chocolates.... you know what they say about excessive sweets... perhaps that's one of the causes of my headaches...You can watch Shitsuren Chocolatier here.

And! About the planking challenge, I think this one's helpful:

Just have to hold this position for the time duration indicated per day. 
Day 1 - 20 seconds
Day 2 - 20 seconds
Day 3 - 30 seconds
Day 4 - 30 seconds
Day 5 - 40 seconds
Day 6 - REST
Day 7 - 45 seconds
Day 8 - 45 seconds
Day 9 - 60 seconds
Day 10 - 60 seconds
Day 11 - 60 seconds
Day 12 - 90 seconds
Day 13 - REST
Day 14 - 90 seconds
Day 15 - 90 seconds
Day 16 - 120 seconds
Day 17 - 120 seconds
Day 18 - 150 seconds
Day 19 - REST
Day 20 - 150 seconds
Day 21 - 150 seconds
Day 22 - 180 seconds
Day 23 - 180 seconds
Day 24 - 210 seconds
Day 25 - 210 seconds
Day 26 - REST
Day 27 - 240 seconds
Day 28 - 240 seconds
Day 29 - 270 seconds
Day 30 - PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!


So what do you think? Let's start today?

Feb 15, 2014

My Favorite Japanese Snacks

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Happy Heart's Day everyone! Just want to share some of my comfort foods!

Glico Cratz! I'm crazy about this small bag of goodies... I love the mix of almond and crunchy crackers with the right amount of saltiness...


Cratz! 
Lotte Toppo! Like Pocky! Awesome! Pretzel sticks with chocolate filling and coating! Awww!

Toppo!
This is like piknik. It's awesome... aww for the lack of better term ehehehe

Potato sticks!!!
My most favorite!!!!!

Kaki no tane!!
Second to the most favorite!!!!!!!!!!

Jagariko!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 14, 2014

Before Sunset at Camp John Hay

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After a hearty lunch at Good Taste, we headed straight to Camp John Hay, a 111 year old US military camp. It was named after former US-President Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of State, John Milton Hay and was a major hill station used for rest and recreation for personnel and dependents of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines as well as United States Department of Defense employees and their dependents, Wikipedia says. At present it serves as a favorite tourist destination...

Every time I visit Baguio, I include Camp John Hay in my itinerary. As a huge fan of trees, I think it’s one of the best place to overwhelm my senses!

Like I said, entries about my recent Baguio trip are loaded with photos :) Forgive me, will you?

for less nuisance eheheehhe
stretching!
I could smell the earthy scent... I forgot the term they call it... hmmm... petrichor? the scent of rain on dry earth!
I was busy on the phone :)
at the taxi bay :) because of this shot we missed the taxi! haha we ended up waiting for almost an hour ...
it's quite difficult to get a cab at the camp so don't miss your chance eheheheheh


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