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Refreshed, Recharged, Re-energised!

I can say that I already 100% recovered from the theft that I discovered just last week.

I credit a huge part of the “recovery” to Job, who has always been there to rescue me. Nope, he did not catch the thief for me. After all, I refused to file a police report against the maid because of personal reasons and because it would be totally unfair to her if the thief turned out to be someone else. I am aware that the chances of it not being her is really slim, but there’s still a chance to consider.

How can I explain this… Let’s just say I did not want to risk it because I’ve been to her home, and I saw how dire her living conditions were. The farmers in remote areas that I have visited and stayed with in the past lived in better conditions that she did. Some of you might be shaking your heads at me right now, but I know I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if her story turned out to be true. I might have lost a considerable amount of money, but I know it will come back to me in the form of blessings and provisions. Whoever the thief is, I leave his or her fate to God.

So where does Job come in here? I already mentioned that he will be replacing the money that I had lost, but more than that, it’s his simple assurance that he will always be there to come to my rescue. It doesn’t mean that I need to be rescued, nor does it mean that I am someone who cannot take care of herself. It’s the simple fact that there is someone who looks out for me and prays for my well-being, someone who cannot stand the thought of me bothered over little things like money, and someone who shines God’s light for me every single day.

When I was down and deflated, he reminded me of God’s promises — and also reminded me that I’ve been through things that were a lot worse and will probably go through bad things again. It’s just how life is, and our God’s faithfulness will see us through.

A Quick Getaway to Clear the Mind

While God and Job helped me get over this “minor” problem, it was this holiday weekend’s trip that really made me forget all about it. Buda (Bukidnon-Davao road) will always be one of my favourite places to go to, because despite it being still technically inside Davao City (even after 2-3 hours of travel), it always makes me feel like I’m away from the rest of the world.

Credits to The Life Chaser for this beautiful picture of Buda Road

Amazingly, there was cell signal in the rest house that we stayed in. I was pleasantly surprised because we didn’t have signal at all in Jive Resort before. However, getting data connection was difficult. I only captured enough data signal to post a signal photo, and then after that, nothing. Everyone spent the weekend without an internet connection, and it worked really well because nobody was glued to his or her phone. There was also a TV but we didn’t even need to plug it in. Everyone just spent time together through laughter and jokes, eating, sharing stories, walking, swimming, and just resting. Real rest — without a screen involved.

I also realised one thing. If I was able to spend an entire weekend without even thinking about Facebook, that means I could spend a whole less time on social media and spend it on more meaningful things instead. I am planning to reduce my time on Facebook and only go online (after work) to talk to Job or post a blog or do something of equal importance. Oh, the wonders unplugging does!

Also, the fact that the climate there is cold all year round while it is smoking hot in the city helps. A lot. Hehehe

Fog! Sorry for this crappy picture. Remind me to sit in the front seat next time 😛

I spent the long weekend in a Buda rest house with my family and our neighbours, and I felt my stress melt away. It wasn’t a particularly stressful time at work (both as an operations manager and a real estate broker), and I didn’t have a lot of personal problems, so the weight I was carrying was solely the theft’s. Still, I knew I needed a getaway and a quick recharge, and well, the weekend at cold, reliable Buda did the trick!

I just came home this afternoon and haven’t prepared pictures, so even if I want to blog about the trip and recommend the rest house right now, I won’t be able to do so. Not that I have taken a lot of pictures — we were wet half the time so I barely had time to hold a phone! Also, I haven’t even blogged about our day trip to Davao Oriental during the Holy Week-end yet, so I don’t really have a right to be blogging about my Buda trip lololol! But stay tuned for both blog posts, please!

What do you do to recharge?

*Featured picture from Choose Philippines
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I Had a Long Night (AKA The Story of How My Money Got Stolen)

I feel deflated.

I don’t want to mope around, feeling sad over money because at the end of the day, it’s just that — money. Money that can be replaced, money that can be earned back.

But still, when I think about how I could’ve used that money, I can’t help but feel miserable. Had I known it will get stolen, sana ginamit ko nalang pang-spoil kay Yuri! 

Here’s what happened. I follow the 52-week challenge that we see all over the internet every January. I put my money in a nondescript coin bank because back then, I couldn’t find a decent ceramic coin bank. I just wrapped craft paper around it and printed out the guideline so each time I put money inside, I also crossed out the corresponding date. I didn’t necessarily follow the sequence either. Whenever I had extra money with me, I skipped the low amounts and went straight to the higher amounts. Because I kept track of what I put inside the coin bank, I know the exact amount of money that I had in it.  Continue Reading

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My One Word for 2017 and Some Updates!

Hey everyone! *furiously waves*

This is officially my first post for the year since my last one, the long one about 50 questions and answers (which you seriously need to try because I had so much fun answering it) was written just before the clock struck 12.

Anyway, hi! I subjected myself into an unplanned hiatus because, despite the long days without work (had a grand total of 5 non-working days this season yay!), I just didn’t have time to even check my blog, let alone write. Despite choosing not to go to a lot of Christmas parties, this was my busiest Christmas season yet because of all the guests and gatherings that we had. I had loads of fun but I was actually kinda thankful it’s over. We survived, lol!

Now that I have free time again, time to think and time to write, it’s time to get blogging again. And what else would be a more fitting first-of-the-year post than the One Word?

Everyone, my One Word for 2017:

It’s Push.

I was a bit hesitant to use this word because it is a very widely used slang word, which is sometimes used negatively (read: push mo yan teh said in sarcasm). I even considered using another word, but it’s just not the same. The word “push” just called out to me, and from the moment I thought about it, I knew it was my One Word for 2017.

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His Mercies Are New Every Morning!

Hey guys, I’m back! *furiously waves*

I’m putting an end to my hiatus (I’m sure you didn’t even notice lelz!) because my number of overdue drafts is growing higher and higher. It’s stressing me out haha.

And regarding that struggle that I am going through? It’s not officially “over” yet. We’re still taking tests and waiting for results — I’m sure you already have a vague idea of what this struggle is about but I’m really not keen on writing a post about it. But I figured, I cannot mope around forever. That only means I am not trusting God to do, well, his thing! We’re not quitting and we haven’t stopped praying. His will be done. My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth!

ANYWAY!

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The Thing With Trick Or Treat

I think I’ve already hinted twice (thrice?) that we’re not going to attend our village’s Trick or Treat and Halloween party this year because my big brave 3-year old is still traumatised by the costumes he saw last year.

Well, you can’t blame him. I can’t blame him. Some of my neighbours really go all out, props and all (read: fake blood, fake knives, real wheelchairs) and some of the costumes really freaked me out, too.

So while my mother, sister, and even our new helper, Michelle, joined the party, Yuri and I were holed up in my room the whole evening. When the kids – and adults – got to our house to ask for treats, they were even calling for Yuri. But no amount of cajoling could ever persuade the boy to get out of the house haha.

Someone’s not happy! Lololol 󾍊󾰙

Posted by Maan Laxa on Saturday, 31 October 2015

(Photo above was just taken yesterday, but you can imagine that kind of expression whenever he sees someone in costume.)

Ironically, this is also the first year we’ve had good weather during Trick or Treat. Previously, we always get stuck under a huge thunderstorm!

Littler Yuri as a Pirate LAST year

Littler Yuri as a Pirate LAST year

It’s not like we missed out on the fun. All of the candies my tween sister brought home (adults go Trick or Treating here, too), Yuri also took part in. I tried eating a chocolate bar, but then, that day, I discovered I had lactose intolerance. Permanent or not, I decided to swear off dairy milk completely. But no, not cheese, not yoghurt.

(Side note: I ate our usual quesadilla breakfast today and didn’t have any adverse reaction to cheese. So it’s just probably milk. Yeah.)

I’ve digressed. As I was saying, it’s not like we missed out on the fun. I had a lot of realisations during the “Halloween” weekend. Continue Reading

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Getting Right With God

Getting Right With God

Last time I declared that I was living a pretty sweet life. Well, I am. I am truly blessed. But there’s one aspect of my life that I have neglected.

I was hesitant to share with you a personal problem, but then I remembered this is not only a blog but also a personal journal. I’ve always done that (sharing personal things) even on my old blog, so I didn’t understand why it is now a big deal for me. Then again, this is more of an admission of guilt than a mere opening-up.

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My Year With World Vision

World Vision Philippines

I’ve been with World Vision for a year now.

I didn’t even realise it until World Vision sent me an email last week, celebrating “our” one year of togetherness.

World Vision Philippines

When I started to sponsor kids last year, I didn’t broadcast it. I didn’t share it on Facebook. I didn’t write about it in my blog. Not that there’s anything wrong about doing it; that was just my personal choice.

Even my closest friends didn’t (and still don’t) know about it. And I loved the secrecy – still kinda do – because I wasn’t tempted to accept comments about me being a good person… because I’m not. I’m really not.

So please spare me those comments. It is the hardworking people from World Vision, especially those who immerse themselves in the remote communities of our country, who deserve them.

But the disadvantage of keeping this “affair” a secret is that I wasn’t able to share the loveliness that is World Vision. I wasn’t able to “tell the world” about their good work and how each one of us, ordinary persons, can help even beginning with just one child. Because when you commit to help a child step in school and finish it, you are already helping uplift the life of one family. When you commit to help a handful of kids, you are helping uplift the lives of a community.

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