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Of Gratitude and New Beginnings ♥

You have given it all to me. To You, Lord, I return it. Everything is Yours; do with it what You will. Give me only Your love and grace. That is enough for me. -St. Ignatius of Loyola
Today is St. Ignatius of Loyola's Feast Day. And today, I remember all the things that the Lord has given me. :) 
July is the new January! At least that's what I felt about the beginning of the 3rd quarter. God made all things NEW for me. 
I welcomed the month with a new group (Paolo's badminton family) in a somewhat new place (because we took a route I haven't taken before) with new experiences (especially the Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection). 
I made a big career change and found myself working in a totally different environment. But I'm loving every part of it, minus the daily commute. 
I met new friends and new mentors. I'm so grateful for my boss who took a chance on me and who has been so appreciative even of my little accomplishments. 
I began attending The Feast again! Y…

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…