Magnify

The other day, I asked God to fix my finances.  I said it’s about time I gave it to Him. Then something happened causing me to give the little that I have to Him (not really to Him but it’s for a good cause).  I should trust Him.  This is an invitation from Him to trust Him and to see His economy and how different His economy with the earth’s economy.

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Anyway, there’s a hype here in the Philippines with the Magnum ice cream.  I’ve eaten this before when I went to SG.  But not the choco-covered ice cream.  When I went this evening to Mini-stop, one of the convenience store here, I saw Magnum ice cream and I bought two, just in case one is not enough.

The ice cream is creamy and the belgian chocolate lives up to its name. Yum!  I am more likely to have more of this 🙂

Yakimix

Two celebrants held their treat at Yakimix, one Thursday afternoon of October.  We were fed and so happy after. 🙂

The leche flan was okay but I can taste more of the vanilla rather than the creaminess of egg, milk, and sugar.

This choco mousse looks so enticing.  At first bite it was so creamy.  I was waiting for that bittersweet taste but it’s just sweet.  I didn’t really enjoy this.

Smokeless grill is what I like.  I like how it looks and I love the food in the photo.  Just be sure that you know when it’s cooked already or not. 🙂

When I had the first bite there, all I could say was, “Ang sarap” (It’s so delicious).  I ate and ate to my stomach’s content.  My stomach is just the size of my fist, it extended until it could but all those yummy food couldn’t fit my stomach anymore, thus this left-over.

But I love the ice cream and gummy worms.  It was worth it.  I would definitely come back here if I have the budget. 🙂

Mayon

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This is my first time to set foot on Legaspi City. Mayon volcano greeted us with its beautiful shape. Too bad the view from the airport is a bit far. We went to Lignon Hill for a better view; however when we got there, Mayon has hidden itself already.

The way you make me feel

It’s a beautiful day.  Summer is here in the Philippines although it’s still not that hot.  I wonder what it will be like during the Holy Week.  I so love the Holy Week because it’s all about God and it’s during the summer.  I love it! 🙂

It’s also nice to share this drink with E and talk about a lot of things.

I’ve gained a lot of weight but I have realized something and I want to be fit and healthy as soon as possible. 🙂

To Begin

My sister and I had lunch at Red Ribbon at SM City Lipa.  My sister recommended its salisbury steak.  The meal comes with a slice of cake and drinks.  I chose the sansrival to go along with my meal.

It was delicious.  Most of the customers bought it, too. 🙂

The sauce was not that salty, it just tasted right.  The secret is in the beef 🙂 and also the small scoop of mashed potato to go along with the rice.

The sansrival is also famous here.  I loved it.  I love its chewiness.  But I don’t like the ceam on top and so I had to take it off, less on the unwanted calories 🙂

The pic was dark but can you see my delight? 🙂

Now, enough of the food.  The stomach is full, now let’s fill our spirit 🙂

This sunday was blessed because a pastor from VCF Alabang visited us.  He was Pastor Jojo.  He told us about how to begin with becoming strong with God.

How do we really begin?  The scripture used here is from the Book of Joshua, chapter 3.  Have you ever have this instance when out of your thoughts to yourself, visions of your life–like your dream or goal unfolds in your mind without really thinking about it?  Like the thought enters your mind from out of the blue.  Or you suddenly fall in love with someone or something and you know that you gotta have it.  For me that is called a DREAM.  A dream for me is God’s promise.  But of course, this is subjected to our own definition and we might be wrong, but the thing is, it keeps us going–to go for our dreams.

Did the Israelites have it easy when they finally cross Jordan River to take the land that God promised them?  I don’t think so.  First of all, other nations/tribes were occupying the land promised to them.  Do you think these tribes would just go away just because the Israelites arrived and demanded the land to be given to them?  Not without a fight, I guess.

It’s like saying, “I will make you rich, but you have to work hard for it.”  It’s like, “I will give you bountiful harvest, but you have to first plant the seed, water it, and make sure that no pest will invade your crops…”  We have to work hard for it.

It’s the same with our dreams.  We have dreams.  But we have to work hard to get it.  So how do we begin to work on our dreams–on God’s promise for us?

Forget the past. It’s hard to move forward without leaving the past behind.  Our cup has to be empty so God can fill it to the full.  But this takes courage and strength.  Where do we get these courage and stregth–to God.  God is the source of strength and courage.  Enough of thinking “what could have been” and start making dreams into reality.

Follow God. Now that we have forgotten the past, we can now follow God wholeheartedly because nothing is holding us back.  Here we have to establish on who is the boss.  Here God is now the boss.  And we also have to yearn for God’s presence not just God’s promise.  To have His presence,, we have to hear the Word of God, bask in the presence of God, and read the Bible.

Focus on God’s presence. During the crossing of the Jordan River, God commanded the people to take a several yards away from the Ark.  Why do you think God asked for this distance?  This is to make sure that the people know what or who they are following–to give them the right visual of who they are following.  To give them the right distance so they will focus on God (the Ark) and not be blinded by other stuff in the desert.

Let God consecrate us. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse us.

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.” Psalm 46:1-3

Molded

Friday is Day 5, or should I say Day 4 of my path to 110 lbs 🙂  I have neglected to drink enough water because my stomach finally gave up and I had a painful incident at the restroom.  Too much iced tea is bad for the stomach.

This lunch, I went to the familiar fastfood chain and it was packed.  I wanted to eat lunch there to save time and I was already hungry, too.  I saw a guy sitting alone at that moment, I knew that he was with someone because of the other plate in front of him.  But the place was packed and I just wanted to eat and so I still decided to approach him and asked if I could sit with them.  The girl that he was with was a bit on the voluptuous side and I had to move my table just so we could eat comfortably.  A thought occured to me, is seat-sharing also done in other countries or is this just a culture in a fastfood or food places, or is it just me? I don’t mind sharing my seat just as long as they won’t do anything bad to me or to my food. 🙂

This photo was taken by Mumbaki.

About the photo:  A happy child in a not-so-ideal environment.  This kid is a survivor.  I hope he will be able to survive life with still a smile on his face. 🙂

The Nuptial

You can call this fate, but they both have Lim as their surnames, their fathers are both named Jose, they are both the middle child, and as kids, they both wanted to have weird jobs when they were kids. 🙂

I never really thought that they could last this long.  But life has some surprises and it is a nice surprise.  6 years later and they are still together.  They may have some problems but they are always together.  Maybe these are what real love and committment are.  They have a cute kid who obeys them.  He may cry but when there is a camera, he would do his signature pose while still crying.  He would do the “gwapo” (handsome) pose.  The “gwapo” pose is done by stretching the thumb and the forefinger while folding the rest of the fingers and put the outstretched finger below the chin, thus, emphasizing the face–his handsome face. 🙂

So yesterday, she and he got married in Malate Church in Manila.  Malate Church is a beautiful church.  According to them, couples who were married here never separated.  Someday, I would like to have my wedding here. 🙂  My relatives came to celebrate the occasion with them.  I was even surprised to see some familiar faces from home.

The priest was also charming and friendly.  He went from seat to seat and thanked us all for going there and prayed/celebrated this special occasion with the newlyweds.  He even asked us to extend our hands to the couple in prayer and blessing.

She is so beautiful.  A girl should be beautiful on her wedding day but that’s only in the eyes of the groom.  Hehe…but at that moment, she looks beautiful.  Well maybe because she has always been beautiful.  Plus, I like her gown.  It fits her perfectly.  I seldom appreciate a gown on a woman but the gown fits her perfectly.

He, my nephew, well he has always been good-looking.  He has a haircut so he looks decent.

It is really nice that they are both crazy with each other.

The reception was held somewhere near. 🙂  The food were delicious.  I like the fish fillet and the country roast beef.  E brought his camera and became the unofficial photographer for the family.  He also looked happy which I really appreciated.  He was not that shy around my relatives anymore.

It has been a really good wedding.  I hope that they always make God the center of their family.  🙂