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Surviving Sagada (for the second time) ♥

Hooray! I'm back! 
And I welcomed July in Sagada. For the second time! I don't think I was able to write about my first visit there. But this time, I won't miss the chance to share my great adventure up in the mountains of northern Luzon. :)


I was Paolo's plus one. (Yay! Nakaka-kilig sabihin yun. Haha.) It's also my second time to go on a trip with his friends (the first one is in Cebu, but this is another group - Pioneer badminton people). 
We took the direct trip to Sagada via Banaue on the night of June 30 aboard a Coda Lines bus. Around 6AM of July 1, we arrived in Banaue, and for the first time in my 30 long years of existence, I was finally able to see up close and personal the famous Banaue Rice Terraces! It was so surreal. Yung feeling na dati sa libro mo lang siya nakikita, ngayon, actual na! Totoo ngang nakakamangha! At ang saya lang kasi huminto talaga yung bus sa view deck and we were given enough time to take photos.



Two hours after, we arrived in Sag…
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Graceful Exit ♥

"Alam ko it will really seem different for the next days but know that you'll always have a family here in GMC."
It has been a week - just a week - since I left GMC. But why does it feel like it's been months already?
I spent most of my days for the past five years at the CFC Global Mission Center. It has become my second home, and the people I've worked with have become my second family. And like any normal family, ours was far from perfect. There was joy, and pain, unity, and conflict, love, and yes, sometimes hate (for all that is wrong and unjust). I lived with all of those for five beautiful and meaningful years.
And now, I'm leaving everything behind. It's liberating, but at the same time, scary. It's like breaking up with someone you've been with for a long time. It's getting out of your comfort zone and stepping into an unknown future. I really don't know where and how to start. All I have is faith and the knowledge that God will n…

Allow Yourself to be Loved ♥

When I learned that it's going to be a long weekend, my brain suddenly became busy thinking of things to do and places to go to. I came up with a lot but on top of everything that I listed was Baguio! It has been my go-to place. There's the PMA, and now the Assumption Sabbath Place where my new spiritual director resides. 
Kung ako lang talaga ang masusunod, I would have spend the long weekend up north. Thing is, hindi ako ang nasunod - yung wallet at katawan ko. 
Due to health and financial constraints, I had no choice but to stay in Manila. 
Of course at first I was frustrated. And I kept on whining. I envied the people who seemed to enjoy their weekend getaway, who got an overdose of vitamin sea, those who went out of the country. Buti pa sila mahal ng Diyos. 
I never doubted God's love for me, but sometimes, when you're sick and broke and alone, and you see others enjoying the company of family and friends, you can't help but think that probably God loves them …

Jesus Week 2017: A Reminder to REST ♥

For the second time, I was able to attend the Holy Week retreat organized by the RA sisters. And it was purely grace from the Lord.
I remember it was the first week of March when I asked Sr. Maitel if I could still join this year's Jesus Week (my first Jesus Week was in 2015 in San Simon, Pampanga). She told me to text her again on March 10 to see if there are still available slots. I understand that they give priority to first-timers. And so I really begged God to allow me to spend my Holy Week with Him in the Jesus Week.
Thankfully, my prayer was answered with a YES. :)
But come Holy Monday, something came up which made me think again if I would still go. The retreat will start on Holy Wednesday. By Holy Tuesday, I was still unsure.
Divine intervention came through my angel on earth. So I was able to go.
Up in the hills, away from the noise and chaos of the city, I spent my Holy Week in silence, in an intimate vacation with my God.

We were more than forty in the group but God h…

BDJ Women's Summit 2017: Women Can. Women Will. ♥

Being part of the BDJ Community is such a beautiful blessing. And one of the perks of being a bella, aside from having the best, most useful planner in the world, and enjoying great deals from partner brands, is attending events which aim to inspire and empower us women. 

In my previous blog entry, I mentioned that I was able to tick off the first item on my BDJ travel checklist. Just last Saturday, I was able to tick off two more items: attend a BDJ eventand introduce the BDJ community to someone. ♥
When I got the very first email about the BDJ Women's Summitfor this year, I immediately blocked off March 25

A week before the event, I got an invite to the Old Navy sale which also happened to be on the same date. Because I also wanted to spend time with my boyfriend's colleagues (they were the ones who invited me to the sale), I decided to attend both events.
I arrived at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura just in time for the afternoon session. Thanks to the Grab promo, I only paid…