Tuna Pancakes

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Since it was my rest day yesterday, I ran to the mall to buy some gifts for my friends. There were so many people and I decided to go home after and have dinner at home.

After lazing around on the couch, I was too tired to get up and eat out. I checked the fridge to see what I can cook and I caught sight of the canned tuna in the far corner of our food storage. I remembered the tuna pancakes we used to cook in the morning with my ex-roomie Stifany and decided to cook some. It’s quick, easy, delicious and healthy! It only took me 20 minutes of preparation and frying.

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Visiting the Lala Land Singapore – Last Day

I’m not going to post anything other than photos and a little bit of captions. The last day was purely buying souvenirs, a quick stop at the Merlion, and my flight home. My cousin and her family stayed another day and visited the Singapore Zoo and Bird park. My eight-year old nephew said I missed half of my life. Well, not really. Going home earlier allowed me to travel alone or made me feel like I was traveling alone, and being on that flight alone made me realize that I was comfortable being alone, that I don’t mind going to a new country all by myself.

I guess that just strengthen my resolve of living in another country 3 years from now. I wouldn’t mind at all! Continue reading

Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Universal Studios Mania

Day two is Universal Studios Mania. I’ve never been to one and I’ve heard amazing stories about it, so I was pretty excited. They had amazing rides and not that kid-friendly so it was really different from Disney or Legoland. I was also looking forward to the whole Egypt look in The Mummy. Egypt is actually on my bucket list, placing third on the list of countries I want to see. I’ve also seen photos of my friends and those were believable enough. Once, I even thought they were able to go to Egypt. This day in USS was so fun I didn’t even feel all that tired. I hope I could see Universal Studios in Japan soon. I heard they got Hogwarts there!


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Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Legoland Mania Malaysia


We started rolling at 6AM going to our official hotel accommodation – Fragrance Hotel, Bugis – and left our luggage at their lobby. Their staffs were very friendly and accommodating. It was pretty small, but it was neat and modern. It’s also accessible to anywhere. If we look at Singapore’s map, the hotel was just a walk away from everywhere. I’m also amazed how they know the exact taxi fare whenever we asked them how much it would cost should we take the cab.

The taxi drivers in Singapore were very friendly too. The second cab we rode in from Arab Street to Middle Road gave us tips where to go, what to see and a little history about the buildings. We were very happy that everyone could speak English. My Singapore trip was really different from my Hongkong a year ago.

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Visiting the Lala Land, Singapore!

Finally, my Singapore travel post. I’ve been dragging this for six months now and I was finally able to get a hold of some nice photos from my cousin’s camera. I was so tired that taking good photos was on the very back of my mind.

I went to Singapore last April and went home the first week of May. That trip was really tiring, very expensive and very bitin. Nevertheless, seeing a glimpse of the first-world country was amazing.


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Walk by Faith

It’s been days since I last had my quiet time and lately I’ve been depressed and was in need of a heavy accountability talk. Somehow, I came upon the life of Joseph in Genesis 39 and read through till the early chapters of Exodus. I think we all know the story but I think I’ve left out some points to ponder on.

Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob and his most favorite. He was a dreamer and can interpret dreams, a talent given by the Lord. Continue reading

What happened to your faith

A day ago, I heard that someone I know will be sent onshore to the client’s side. I can’t say I’m really happy, but I am 50% happy for that person. The other 50% is resentment and bitterness (not towards the person but to how my career shaped up in that company). I can tell myself I’m far better than that person and yet I am not given the chance to be sent onshore due to the project’s budgets constraints. I can blame the project Continue reading

Off to a New Beginning

I started going to my new job just this Monday and I was crying the night I went home.. in the train.. like a drama queen!

I just found out that my shift was changed to night as we needed to do knowledge transition from the US team and we need to catch up on their time. So I cried, because this wasn’t what I asked God – this is exactly what I didn’t want. I had to whine to Him on my quiet Continue reading

Turning 23

Turning 23 is odd. I woke up not feeling anything special, at all. While stepping into the shower that morning of April 8, I realized I won’t be able to sing along and relate to Taylor Swift’s song called 22. Boohoo. Continue reading

You are the expert, can you or can you not do it?

Writer and filmmaker Lauris Beinerts beautifully captures what it’s like to be an expert in a technical field during a “big picture” business meeting. This short film is based on the Russian short story, “The Meeting”, by writer Alexei Berezin.

I hope you can relate and enjoy watching. :)



London, my love. I can’t wait for God to let me see you and hold you and smell you and just experience you. When I get the chance to actually go there and have a real picture taken, I’ll go back to this day when I have only dreamed of you.

London, my love.

Why It Never Worked Out

While walking on the way home and occasionally bumping to lovebirds holding hands, hugging and displaying all sorts of affection, I have gotten myself to ask why I was never that kind of girl back when I was dating someone. And sometimes, in one of the many Saturday afternoons of lying in the couch and staring at the ceiling, I contemplate why it never worked out as much as we wanted and tried to, why it never ended the way we would have liked it to, and why I was never the sweet girlfriend he expected me to be. Continue reading

Moving Mountains

Technically, that is.

The past three days were a whirlwind of mistake after mistake. It was like a series of unfortunate events. We were tired and we were sleepy, but we had to keep our head in the game.

And to be honest, I don’t even know how to describe it all. But somehow, it filled three pages of my journal each day, which summed up to 9 pages by Tuesday evening.

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Say YES to Greater Things

I’m pretty skeptical to things I hear and learn, so I try to ask questions as much as I can and I try to listen to everyone’s answers and questions as well.

One thing I have found interesting to learn lately is the Bible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting whatsoever, but I like digging in. One question was answered awhile ago, which made me curious even more. Continue reading

Haiyan Aftermath, watching from the sideline

It’s been more than a week now since Yolanda first made its landfall in the islands of Samar and Leyte. Help has been coming through from various countries and reporters have been flocking around Tacloban and Samar for fresh news and videos for the world to know.
I remember a day before  November 9, our management got us into a quick huddle and explained accountability and safety. The options were laid out on a powerpoint presentation wherein you can work from home, get to the office if the situation is safe, and always always ask for help from the company’s hotlines if in critical situation.
I went home early as PAGASA forecasted that landfall will be at 2AM Friday, and I woke up the next day disappointed that it wasn’t raining whatsoever. Thinking about it, I am ashamed of myself. When I was having a deep slumber, excited to hear the sound of rain, people were dying and running for their lives from the wrath of the biggest typhoon ever existed on Earth. According to a journalist from Samar who covered the devastating event, the typhoon made landfall earlier than expected and people were took shelter in gymnasiums as evacuation center. But a storm surge happened, wherein the wind was too much that the waters from the ocean rose up so high and started flooding the places. It was like multiple tsunamis with strong winds and heavy rains. The gymnasiums weren’t enough to keep the people safe, they had to move to a higher ground, which they didn’t have time to do so.
Seeing the photos and videos taken during and after the storm from newscasters who have covered the historic event, I felt like my heart was being ripped out. Babies, children, adults, animals, properties – all washed out and destroyed in just two hours. The very basic necessities a human needs were all gone.
Typhoon Haiyan – Tacloban
It was reported that the President was disappointed at how the local government had handled the situation. Most of the people would blame the national administration. Some would blame PAGASA for not explaining the term “storm surge” and for not elaborating the possible events that might have happened, which indeed happened. Provision from the government did not arrive as fast as everyone wanted. And the netizens are in rage, throwing stick and stones, most specifically to the government, to the president and to the corrupt politicians, even dragging names such as Janet Napoles. There are too much going on, too many words exchanged, and a great number of dead people and citizens who need help.
First, the Philippines is an archipelago and a third-world country. We should not think Philippines the way it is not. We do not have the facilities to make the relief effort faster. We don’t have the capacity to make everyone as safe as they should be. We are not US, Japan, Europe or UAE. We are not supposed to compare ourselves to such countries. The discipline of these people is so much different from ours.
Remember Fukushima? Strong earthquake and gigantic tsunamis. My mom and I were talking about it one dinner and I relayed to her how devastating the result was and how I wanted to help. Mom being Mom, who has been to many places and saw how life works out there, answered me “Japan can handle that. They’re a strong, rich and very disciplined country. They have always known how to handle such situations. Everyone’s aware of what could happen to their country, today or tomorrow.” I’m not sure if the countries who are helping us right now have helped Japan the way they do in Philippines. As far as I know, they’ve helped, but not as much as the way they help Philippines, because they know, for a fact, that Japan can handle it, they’ve always did.
The government can be partially to blame, as they receive help from allies which is supposed to be invested in facilities in case there are wars and such. I guess this is a wake-up call to the government and to every Filipino. This is actually the result of the extreme corruption in Philippines. Because of this, we have not invested enough to high-technology facilities and equipments. Always take note though, this is not because of PNoy, of his incompetence, of his slowness to react to such tragedies. Please don’t forget that two months ago, Bohol was also struck by a huge earthquake and now this. Which is which, both needs help. Obviously, Philippines couldn’t handle this for now.
May this tragedy be a daily reflection to everyone, especially to the ones who are in a position, that maybe it is time for a change. This is the change that everyone always wanted – integrity and discipline. These two characters will fuel the change that we Filipinos want. These two will stop corruption. These two will lead Philippines soaring high.
This is not a time to play the blame game. This is not a time to point out the flaws of the government, to point out the character of Filipinos (because as much as we tell ourselves that the Filipino spirit is the strongest in time of calamities, we can’t deny the fact that we’ve lost lives due to neglection, stubbornness and to “bahalana” system), and to highlight the helplessness of the country.
Let’s stop talking. Let’s stop throwing blames. Instead, let’s all stand up and actually help. If you think you can do better than the government, then that’s good. But don’t let our words be just words. Let’s always remember that actions speak louder than words, and so much better. Let’s help in any way we can. If we find the government slow enough, then if possible, let’s volunteer all the way out to Tacloban, Samar and Capiz and let’s show them that this is how it’s done. But until you are not actually doing anything, you have no right to start blabbing and bashing around anyone. Your comments and status and blog posts won’t be able to feed thousands of people.
If we are to be positive and look at the bigger picture, almost all major countries, even China who we have territorial feud with, are helping the Philippines. This shows that it is possible to help each other and actually be in cease-fire. Perhaps, this may be the first step to our much wished-for “world peace”.
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May the good Lord bless your souls.

You don‘t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will. – John 13:7

7 Ways to Spend Rainy Nights

I love rain, except for days when I have activities that need Mr. Sunshine, but for most part, I love rain, always, always. Rain gives me this gloomy mood, not the bad kind of gloomy, but more of a melancholic gloomy mood.

I could have just said melancholy, right? Yes, it makes me dive into memories, scrolling endlessly on my Pictures folder. It makes me think about life, like what do I dream becoming of? It makes me ponder about love and how it went wrong and how will God reveal to me the right one. And most of the times, it makes me take a good long shower, with candles all over the bath room and a soft piano music playing around. It just makes me feel like a woman worthy to be taken serious of.

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9 Little Things that Make me Happy

When I was in school a few years back, I thought what would make me really happy are the things that I was planning to buy when I get my pay every month. I listed it all down before, beside my 50 things that I should do in life before I die list. But then, as I go through the days as a career lady, I realized, the things that I took for granted when I was in college, are the very things that I treasure now. Continue reading

Schedule for 2015!

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!

I just saw my schedule for next year and I love it! I think this is it! This is what I asked the Lord about and I’m finally having it. Though the shift rotation is a month, my lead says that it’ll change to two-three months since it’s not healthy to change schedules for the body in a month’s time. It’s just a trial and error and if the onshore counterparts are finally comfortable with the schedule, we can finally rotate in three months!

Do you have any idea what the hype is about? Like what this means for me next year?! I can finally enroll in a class, commit in a ministry every Sunday and finally have a life! I can’t wait, gosh! It’s so awesome I feel like crying!

Thank you Lord! This means so much to me and I can’t wait to start 2015!

Me Without You

And where would I be without You? I’d be packin’ my bags when I need to stay. I’d be chasin’ every breeze that blows my way. I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away. It’s true, that’s me without You.

Before 2014 ends, I just want to thank the Lord for everything He has given me, He has taken away and He has taught me. I call this year my “molding of the character” year.

This year really started out rough – especially in my job. I did a lot of mistakes that caused one of my colleagues to be transferred or retooled. It was my mistake and the upper management “covered my *ss” telling me that at the end of the root-cause analysis, it wasn’t really because of me. I still felt accountable for all that mishaps. I bombed it, so I fixed it. I was in the office for two days, only going home to take a shower and a short nap, and then back again. I felt like moving mountains, but God moved the mountain instead. I was moving mounts in UNIX, and God was moving mountains in me. Yes, in me. I was the mountain and that experience really taught me a lot. After that, every issue looked so easy. I gained confidence in me and to the Lord. I was able to tell myself that if God moved mountains, he can move small rocks along the way without a sweat.

And because of that mistake, we were able to identify better risks and prepared better for the next activities. Through the help of my colleagues, especially Victor, we were able to tune the activity from 24hours to 10hours without overtime charges and with high quality result!

Just a few days ago, I learned that I was rated higher compared to my peers because of that. I really expected that I was going to be below my peers since I felt so useless in my team (you see, I wasn’t that technical, only if needed).

Though I resigned months before the rating was announced, I still felt good hearing about it. God was really with me all the way and He even turned that bad thing to good!

Second, I resigned at my first job without knowing what to expect in the next one. It was testing the waters without even knowing how deep it is. It was a challenge of faith. I know that God will open doors for me. If He allows it, it will happen and He doesn’t need me in it. I knew in my heart that every opportunity that I’ve been given was not because I was good, or skilled, but because God allowed it. I didn’t have money after I resigned but Mom was there to help me. I think that was also the turning point of our relationship. I learned to see that my Mom is not my enemy. That whatever happens, she will always be there for me. And I think Mom also realized that whatever I will achieve in life will also reflect to her. Because of that, I think we were able to reconnect silently and that we had let each other know that it will always be us against the world – that family always comes first – that no matter what, we always got each others’ backs.

And because of my going out of the comfort zone, with so little money and with only expecting money from Mom, I was able to downgrade my lifestyle. I learned to value money and spent as little as possible and instead putting my money to better use. I was able to give back whatever that belonged to the Lord and if God allows, I might be able to achieve my plans for next year.

Though it was a struggle, through this experience, I learned how this molded my character. God wanted me to put my security in Him. He wanted me to learn how to jump knowing He’ll catch me no matter what.

When I look back and read some of my journal entries, I couldn’t help but cry. God has been so faithful – as always – and though there are days that I have doubts, God always assures me that He’s there, that He’s alive, that He’s true. I am yet to encounter Him personally – like really personally – like specific – like whatever happens I know I’ll stand firm because God made Himself known to me in a very personal level that only I could know. I’m still praying for that moment.

But above everything else, I can only be thankful, amazed and awestruck to the one and only living God!

What am I indeed without You? You are only the peace that I know and with that I am beyond contented! :)

Where Happiness Lives

Inside you. Not from someone else. Not from somewhere else. Not from something else. Happiness is found in your heart, in things you like doing, in people you like hanging around with, in places you like going to, and in that little something that sparks out of your little heart.

Dear me, choose to be happy even when you don’t have what others have. Choose to be happy even if your dreams seem impossible to reach. Choose to be happy even when things get hard and the struggle is real. Always always choose to fill your mind with happy thoughts and let the bitterness, the sadness, the evil be dumped at the back of your mind. Never let those filthy things seize your wonderful brain and heart. Choose to be happy in all things.

God knows what He’s doing. Wait for Him and be still. He is happiness.