31 August 2012

oh, bohol!

heads up, photo dump ahead :)

when i was in school, there was a subject called "civics and culture". we had this homework where we had to submit tourist sites in the philippines. i would cut out pictures from those "mabuhay" magazines my mom would take home from the office. one of those sites was the chocolate hills in bohol. for the longest time, i did not think that place really existed, because it just seemed so surreal.

well, this year, i saw it for myself. and well, all i can really say is...WOW! hundreds of these small hills as far as the eye can see. it's like God dropped a lot of chocolate kisses from his pocket and they all fell on this spot here in the philippines.


24 August 2012

dear lord

dear lord,

i have travelled to a couple of places around the world (europe is still part of the to-go list though). and i have seen the most amazing things. i am the type of person who is easily awed by beautiful sights. the first time i saw the giant buddha in hong kong, i couldn't stop saying "wow"! that time i saw the taj mahal in india, i had tears in my eyes. and those centuries-old temples in myanmar rendered me speechless.

i have seen breathtaking volcanoes, green fields and explored beaches with the clearest waters i don't have to swim in to see the creatures underneath. natural and man-made, all these places make me think of how YOU are really are an amazing God.

i have been fortunate enough to travel with family and friends, people who mean a lot to me, that make every trip worthwhile. more so, when i get to travel with jp.

i'm not going to write much about him here, but suffice it to say, the guy is the best travel buddy ever. he doesn't like to go on long trips, he doesn't like to go on short ones either. haha. but somehow, he goes along when the travel bug hits me. i pull him along on my plans and get both of us to try new things. for his part, he pulls me back when he knows my overactive sense of adventure will put us both in danger. haha.

and on our recent trip to bohol, right there with a view of yet another one of your amazing creations, the chocolate hills, jp and i sealed the deal to be travel mates FOREVER.


with permission from my fiancè. it's official,folks!

in the past, i have always questioned You when i was heartbroken. but now, i get it. You have your own plans for me, to be done in Your own time. this new chapter in my life more than makes up for the past heartaches and tears. and i am so grateful for the blessing that is my husband-to-be.

thank You, Lord so much! i hope you continue to bless us as we go on this new and lifetime adventure together.


15 August 2012

a birthday surprise

success! i managed to round up our friends for jp's surprise birthday party. even if i sent the invitation only a couple of days before. i was conflicted about throwing the party because when i asked jp what he wanted to do for his birthday, he said he wanted it to be quiet. but i think he deserves a treat. the guy has been stressed at work for the past couple of months, i thought he needs a bit of fun.

his housemates helped to distract and get him out of the house in the afternoon so i can prepare their flat. and thankfully, our friends came on time, before he got home. it was so much fun seeing his reaction when he opened the door.

i think this is one of the few times i am thankful for facebook. the response to my invite was so fast. all i really had to do was order the food.



a big thank you to all our friends. you really made jp's day. i'll have to think of a way to top this one. hmm..

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