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Sunday reflections.

I know, I’ve been absent these past couple of days! And such a shame, since this month is almost done. I’d love to say that I was faithful with blogging the last 30 days, except that isn’t true. However, this exercise really did help me blog more often than I normally would…so here’s hoping I get to keep it up for the rest of the year!

Im thinking...Im thinking...

"I'm thinking...I'm thinking..."

In the meantime, I came across this list (I don’t remember how I found it), and I thought of answering 5 of the questions for today’s post. By the way, their blog is pretty cool, so if you have the time, hop on over there. I know I’m going back to read some more stuff!

  1. What did I learn last week? Romans 7 and 8. You could live your life never knowing this, or in my case, you could to be a follower of Jesus for two and half years and completely forget about this or fail to fully understand what it means. Reading it again this week was life-changing for me (I’m not exaggerating). Here’s the link to the two [relatively] easy-to-read versions, NLT and MSG…check it out if you feel like it. Great stuff. :)

  2. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? Teaching at Victory Weekend for the second time. I must say, it’s sweeter the second time around! I got to learn from the mistakes I made in the past and worked on them, plus I got to relax and really soak in the entire day without fainting from nervousness. Thank you, Lord!
  3. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? Get some good rest tomorrow :)
  4. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? – Julie, and I already told her last Friday. She was the one who sent me the text message, telling me to read Romans 7 and 8. Do send her some love by visiting her website at http://juliannesouldchild.tk or, better yet, if you have access to the iTunes Music Store, do yourself a favor a buy her album. Search “Julianne grateful”. :) You won’t regret it!
  5. What am I most grateful for? – A lot to be grateful for, but something specific and relevant to this week, I would say I’m grateful that I get to teach at the University of Makati with the rest of the ENCM team. I’m really growing to love those students and I look forward to seeing them every week. :)

Happy Sunday, folks!

My favorite song of the month :)

tagaytayThe Way That You Love Me
by Anthony Evans

This heart breaks slowly
telling me what are you doing to me
when I pray, do what it takes
I didn’t know I’d lose everything
Everything that meant anything to me is gone
Something right has to come from this wrong

It is the hurt that breaks me
It is the pain that pulls me to my knees
And the tears, they’ve changed me
to what I couldn’t see, become so clear to me
This is the way, the way that you love me

My way, destroying me
I couldn’t see I was my worst enemy
So you took away till my soul ached
and I knew that it was no mistake
Anything that meant anything to me was gone
Something right has to come from this wrong

It is the hurt that breaks me
It is the pain that pulls me to my knees
And the tears, they’ve changed me
to what I couldn’t see, become so clear to me
This is the way, the way that you love me

You love me so much that you let me, you let me fall
knowing that I would lose it all and hear your call
You love me so much that you chase me
When I ran away you captured me
by letting me run to the end of myself
To the end of myself
And this the way you love me
The way you love me

It is the hurt that breaks me
It is the pain that pulls me to my knees
And the tears, they’ve changed me
to what I couldn’t see, become so clear to me
This is the way, the way that you love me

The way that you love me.

Small pond or big pond?

I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before: would you rather be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?

I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer, since each person is different. What works for one won’t work for another. I’ve found that even with different reasons, my answer is still the same after all these years. And I just want to clarify–for me, it’s not about ambition–it just goes back to where I feel most ‘at home’ and ‘alive’.

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Somewhat related to that…

I love big events! And by ‘big’, I mean MASSIVE. There’s something about being amidst a sea of passionate people that makes me excited. Whether they’re concerts or convergences, I LOVE THEM.

This is one of the reasons why I’d love to attend this:

Every year, it seems to get bigger and better! I’ve been tracking it on the internet for 2 years now…still hoping I’ll get to go someday! Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt blogged about it here: http://michaelhyatt.com/2009/08/the-catalyst-conference.html

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My answer? In case you haven’t figured it out…I like swimming in a big pond. :)

Where to look: Past, present, or future?

Did you have a past life? I feel like I had one…or at least, two. :)

There was the time I lived in New Jersey/New York. I took a certificate course in publishing after I graduated from college. I loved living in New York. I loved that you could just walk out the door and go anywhere you wanted to, and try something new without much effort. Just walk on the sidewalk, hop on the subway, and off you go.

New York taught me about how stepping out of my comfort zone could be so rewarding and beautiful.


One of my favorite places on earth: Central Park


The view from my dorm room @ Furnald Hall, Columbia University


My beloved bosses during my internship: Tara & Jirina

Then there was the time I was working in the media.


One of the first events I worked on: MTV Pilipinas 2004


MTV & Nickelodeon Asia Pacific Marketing Communications team, circa 2004


Red carpet walkthrough at MTV Movie Awards 2005 @ The Shrine Auditorium, L.A.

With Summit's super Media Relations team, circa 2006

With Summit's super Media Relations team, circa 2006

This season taught me a lot of things…one of them was realizing that God can work outside of your assumptions and expectations and bring you places you never imagined.

I’ll stop myself from getting into how much of a different life that was. Sometimes I find myself shaking my head…it all seems surreal now. There are some parts I miss sometimes…I miss the States, I miss the people I worked with, I miss the random and surreal experiences. But God had a purpose for each season in my life, and I know that–in God’s perfect time–more things will make sense. In the meantime, my prayer is to live my life to the full right now. Not looking back, not even looking too far ahead, but embracing every second and every minute of this gift called TODAY.

“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-11


Last night was a great night. Our high school barkada (Poveda + LSGH) tries to meet up at least every other month, and last night, we decided to have dinner at Pancake House at Bonifacio High Street, then we headed over to Hobbes & Landes to bond over our new favorite board game, MISMO!


MISMO is a fun (aka ‘kwela’) board game created by a bunch of creative OFWs! Basically, each person is given 10 cards with different words, names, or phrases on it, all of them relevant to Pinoy pop culture. For example: “Bahay Kubo”, “Seiko Wallet”, “Sarsi”, “Kuya Germs”, “Wowowee”, Darna”, “John Lloyd Cruz”, and the like. There are even cards like, “Yung pinakacute dito” (the cutest person here) or “Yung mga naka-tuck in dito” (the people here with their shirts tucked in). Then the dealer for the round spins the two roulettes, and when the roulettes stop spinning, the arrows will point to two different adjectives. For instance, some possible combinations would be: “Sosyal” + “Malabo” (High class + confusing?) or “Simple” + “Makulit” (simple + persistent/annoying) or “Kagalang-galang” + “Mabaho” (respectable + smelly). Then you’ll have to choose one of your cards that you think best fits the description, then you put it facedown in the middle. The dealer shuffles all the ‘entries’, then opens each card, one by one. When all the cards are open, the dealer counts to 3 and everyone has to vote by placing their “Boto ko!” (my vote) chip on top of the card with their favorite answer.

For instance, in one of the rounds yesterday, the words that popped up were “Sosyal” and “Nakakaloko” (High class + sinister/sneaky). And I threw in the card “Yung mga naka-tuck in dito”, seeing that the only 2 people in the group with their shirts tucked in were the 2 guys who were with us. :) That cracked everyone up and I won! If you win 3 rounds–each win gets you either a “Mis”, “mo”, or “!” chip– you win the game.

Trying to describe the game isn’t as fun as actually playing it…so I say, just go and check it out! :)

Better late than never :)

Aww phooey. I missed a day on my 30-day blog challenge. To make up for it, I’m just going to have to post twice today!

Yesterday (Sunday) was truly a family day. First up, we had a lunch reunion with the our Claudio “superclan!”


It was great to see my second cousins again! After that, our sub-clan (is there such a term? I’m talking about our immediate relatives) went to Razon’s to have some halo-halo, then I capped the day off with church worship service and dinner with my mom.

Good times. I just wanted to take the time today to remember to be grateful for these times with loved ones. I tend to take them for granted sometimes, but I know there will come a time that I won’t see them as much as I do now. Whether one of us moves away, or one of us moves on, change is inevitable. My prayer is that I’ll remember to make the most out of these times together.

I ♥ UP!

I watched UP yesterday with my family and–just like the rest of the world–I loved it.

I saw this on the Disney website today. I wanna make one!

Carl 3-D Character

Carl 3-D Character...wheee!

Click on the photo to go to the Disney site where you can download the tempate and instructions. Enjoy! :)

Still cool, decades later! :)

Rare Star Wars photos from Lifelounge. NEAT! :)

Click on the photo to view more pics!

Click on the photo to view more pics!

An inspiring [true] story!

Lamont, Mike, Darin, and the rest of our "family" at one of our usual post-Church service dinners!

Lamont, Mike, Darin, and the rest of our Sunday "family"

Early this month, I had blogged about the recent PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) draft here, and my friends Rob and Sam Johnson blogged about it here. For us, it was especially meaningful, because two of our friends–Lamont Waters and Mike Burtscher–were drafted to play for the Sta. Lucia Realtors and the Alaska Aces, respectively. Our blogs talk about how inspiring their stories are, but yesterday, Rob tweeted about this article by Shaan Bermudez-Hizon, which goes deeper into Mike’s story. Read it and be inspired!


By Patricia Bermudez-Hizon

Now a few PBA fans looked baffled when the sixth overall pick was named in the 2009 PBA Draft last August 2.  Who is Mike Burtscher?  There were hardly any surprises in the Draft until his name was called.  Even the ones who knew of him were shocked to hear the Alaska Aces pick him over so many other up and coming ballers.

But Burtscher is out to prove his worth and live out his journey that is quickly taking him to the top, but has dragged him deep into the dark valleys.

This is Mike’s story — a story which will make you understand why he’s got a lot of fight in him.  A story that will hopefully inspire you.

Michael Andre Morato Burtscher was born in Switzerland to his Filipina mother, Juliet.  He never met his biological father as he abandoned them before he was even born.  She left the Philippines with her eventual husband, Rainer Burtscher, and gave birth to Mike on March 8, 1985 in Baden, Switzerland.

Mike always felt alienated by his step dad and step brother which made him a rebellious teen.  It didn’t help that he felt his mother was also being treated unfairly.  His life crumbled when he once came home from school and found that all of his mother’s belongings were gone and was told that he was not the real son of the only father he ever knew.  He then ran away from the house he never really felt was a home.  He was only 16 then.

Read the rest of the feature here! Good stuff!

What a night! :)

Today, I decided to take a Sabbath rest, since I didn’t get to rest much last weekend. I had a lunch date with my nephew, Tristan, then went off to Greenhills, walked around the bookstore, and had my favorite Sunrise drink at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I was hooked up with the new tunes on my Shuffle (thank you, Ganns! REALLY! I love ’em all!) Then I went to the Fort and hung out for a bit with my other nephews, Migo and Javi. Javi is 1 year and 3 months old already and he can walk all over the place! I’m amazed at how fast he’s grown.

But the highlight took place in the evening. I decided to drop by University of Makati. Every Wednesday night, Every Nation Campus Ministries has a youth event in the mini-theater. Music was great, message (by Pastor Robert “Rockstar” Gonzalez) was powerful, but the best part was that there was a super surprise!

Pastor Robert’s message was about the pursuit of purity. At the end of his message, he called up one of our campus ministers and one of my co-teachers, Onie, to give her testimony. Onie is 29 years old, and all her life, she has never had a boyfriend…that is, until March of this year. Her first boyfriend, Keith, was a former campus minister and is now the senior pastor of Victory Iloilo. During her testimony, she was sharing about how waiting and staying single all these past years was tough, but by God’s grace, she was able to wait. She talked about how she wanted her first boyfriend to be the one she’d marry. And she talked about Keith and how he’s a man who loves God.

Pastor Robert’s reaction? “Wow! Kikiligin si Keith pag marinig nya yang mga sinabi mo! Tawagan nga natin…” (Rough English translation: “Wow! Keith will get all giddy when he hears all of those things you said! Let’s call him…”) At this point, Onie thought that Keith was still in Iloilo, where he’s based.


Calling Keith...


Keith on speakerphone...



Yep, Keith arrived with a dozen roses and the entire room screamed with delight, haha. But wait…there’s more!


He busted out a box! :)


This is it! The ENTIRE room was screaming at this point :D



It was truly amazing :) I got all teary-eyed watching it! Onie is incredibly nice and sweet, so I’m really so happy to see her have this beautiful and blessed moment that God had reserved and planned for her. :) And a guy who knows how to make a killer proposal gets two thumbs up from me! Good job, Pastor Keith!!!

This leads me to share this verse that came up during my quiet time this morning.

“Many, LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.”

-Psalm 40:5

Thank you, Lord, for making it so real today. :)