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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…

Kawasan Canyoneering: Can't Help Falling (In Love) ♥

Wise men say, "only fools rush in" But I can't help falling in love with you
A young priest once said, "we can't help falling in love." In the words of Donna Cruz, "kapag tumibok ang puso, wala ka ng magagawa kundi sundin ito."
Exactly a week ago, I had an awesome experience in Cebu. I finally got to tick off the first item on my BDJ's travel checklist. Yay!

As I look at the photos and try to relive the memories of that great adventure, I came to realize that what we did - canyoneering/canyoning - was actually a lot like love. You fall hard and you're dead. LOL. 
Seriously, what I have gone through in canyoneering (and I believe my companions would also agree) can be pretty much likened to the stages of falling in love.
Let me begin.

It all starts with EXCITEMENT. That giddy feeling you get when there's something new! Months before our scheduled trip to Cebu, I was already researching for every detail I can get about canyoneering. I spo…

Blessed and Highly Favored ♥

You know you're blessed and highly favored when you left your umbrella and there's no sun nor rain. :) Yung saktong kulimlim lang ang kalangitan. ♥
You also know you're blessed and highly favored when you're stuck in heavy traffic but you're filled with happy thoughts and memories that you simply don't mind that you're not moving. Mapapaisip ka lang kung anong tingin sayo ng katabi mo sa jeep kasi nangingiti ka mag-isa. Haha. 
And you know you're blessed and highly favored when you've been waiting for a ride for a long time and then you see someone who's walking to where you're also headed. You decide to walk with him and you get to catch up a little. Then you realize, meaningful conversations usually happen along the road. Because life is actually a journey. 
These little wonders simply prove that the best things in life are not always the grandest things. We are all blessed and highly favored. It's just up to us to acknowledge God'…

Perks of Loyalty: Sun Choice Rewards

Lately, I've been benefiting big time from loyalty programs. Indeed, brand loyalty has its perks and more often than not, those perks come in handy just when you need them most. :) 
Today, I needed to call my parents. But since I haven't replenished my load wallet yet, and I no longer have enough load credits, I decided to check out my Sun Rewards points. Lo and behold! I have enough credits to redeem a Php50 load which is already sufficient to register for a Sun promo combo. 
And because their website is not that updated, let me share with you the item codes in case you're interested to redeem. Just text REDEEM <keyword> to 9800
Last year, I was able to redeem a Jollibee meal because I was notified that my points are about to expire. Sayang naman kung hindi magagamit. :)
(Updated as of March 20, 2017)
MOBILE REWARDS 1. SUNREWARD10 = P10 Regular Load (10 pts) 2. SUNREWARD2 = P2 Regular Load (2 pts) 3. SUNREWARD5 = P5 Regular Load (5 pts)
DEALS 1. BGEMS = Broadway Ge…

When "No" is Actually a "Yes" to Something Better ♥

Since Sunday, I've been complaining about my throat. It hurts so much that I couldn't enjoy my favorite activity - eating. Yesterday morning, I've already experienced chills and on-off fever which made me stay in bed until almost lunch time. But because I have a scheduled meeting in the afternoon, I still went to work. When I got home that evening, I was so exhausted. It doesn't help that I was only eating a little because swallowing is just too painful. I decided to just drink Quakers Oat Dairy but even that hurts. :'( 

Sticker: A Beautiful Story of Waiting ♥

I booked a Grab to the Quezon City Central Post Office where I would claim my long overdue order from a shop abroad. After verifying my drop-off location, the driver asked, "CFC ka po, Ma'am?"
I answered, "SFC po Kuya pero sa CFC po ako nag-wo-work."
"Ahh. CFC din po ako dati." He replied. And the story begins.
Tito Ed graduated from the Christian Life Program (the entry point to CFC) sometime in 2002 (actually, he wasn't sure if it was 2002 or 2003). At that time, he was actively serving in their parish in Fairview. He and his wife are no longer active members of the community but according to him, he has one fond memory about CFC that he will bring with him for as long as he lives.
During their CLP graduation, they were given a Bible, a songbook, and a sticker (yep, I also got those items when I graduated from the CLP). He still have them up to now. But the sticker is special. When Tito Ed got it, he made a promise not to use it until they have …

CreateMeBooks: Personalized Books for Your Little Ones ♥

I first learned about Create Me Books in Jacq's blog. At that time, we just welcomed our dear Raia so when Jacq informed me that I won in her little giveaway, I was so delighted that I immediately logged on to the website and created a book for our little warrior. :) 
After two weeks, my order arrived. And it was beautiful! ♥

Let me tell you three things I love about CreateMeBooks: 
1. You really create the book. Aside from being able to customize the title (name), you are also able to customize the character. There are several options for the hair color and style, the complexion, and the color of the dress. You also have the option to add eyeglasses to the character. I was actually tempted to create my own book with my own character (with glasses of course). Who says I'm too old for stuff like this? :D

2. There's a dedication page! Which makes it more personal. :) Those who know me well would know I'm a fan of love letters and sweet nothings. And to have our love lette…