Falling in Love with a Wanderluster

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It wasn’t me, she repeated a hundred times. It was never me, but it was her. She was the problem. She couldn’t stay too long – in a relationship or in one place. She needed to move, to get out, to see the world, to feel free. She bought airplane tickets like she would shop for clothes. Sometimes, I could keep up. Most of the time, I couldn’t.

‘Fifty countries, thirty-four to go!’ She would say with a smile and sparkle in her eyes.

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Cookies for Valentine’s!

Our Dgroup has this yearly Valentine’s give-away to our office mates and close friends on or before the heart’s day. Last year, we made chocolates for our friends and this year, we decided to make cookies! Yes, cookies using a turbo broiler! We actually have no idea how since we couldn’t find any on the Internet that shows baking a cookie using a turbo, so we decided to try on our own. Continue reading

Where you at: Subspace Coffee

I’m not really the coffee-dessert kind of person. I’d rather go eat a bowl of rice, yes anytime of the day, than go for coffee and dessert that would sometimes cost me like I ate three meals.

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Yesterday was different though. I was itching to go out of the house and chill somewhere cozy and nice where I can listen to music, blog, update my stories, and do something productive.

I searched through the Internet to find some coffee shops around Ortigas area and saw Subspace Coffee along Emerald Avenue. I saw some photos and thought it looked cute. After all, it’s Korean-inspired. Continue reading

Baguio 2015

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One of my Mom’s dream local destination is Baguio City, Philippines. This trip has been planned six months ago and she’s been looking forward for this all her life. The first time I went there we checked out the Panagbenga Festival and people were flocking up the city – it was justifiable – the traffic, the crowd, the long lines etc. Imagine how excited I was to know that I’ll be seeing Baguio without all those. Continue reading

2014: Kim’s “Molding of Character” Year

It’s my year-ender post again! I have a hunch that I’ll be very busy in the coming days as I have work in the night and I run errands in the morning, so I better make this entry now or I finish 2014 off without one.

2013 was a really great year! I was expecting the same for 2014, but this year turned out so different! Never, in my wildest dreams, I’ve expected 2014 to end this way. With all the changes in my life, I now feel like an adult – making major decisions of my own, traveling alone, additional responsibilities (may it be in bills or personal commitments) and fixing broken relationships.

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God has His ways of teaching me a lot of lessons and for letting me see the reality of life. My perspective and my lifestyle have changed drastically and I couldn’t be anymore grateful. Who would’ve thought that I’d relate in Hillsong’s Oceans? I have a big fear of the ocean for whatever reason (what an irony!) and it felt like He wanted me out there to face my fear and place my security in Him – not in my job, not in my family, not in whatever I have right now – just in Him.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

Read below to see how I spend my rainy nights. Continue reading

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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

I need to find a hobby

Yes! Something I can do off work – outside – with real people. So I called up a fashion school yesterday and asked the rate and schedule of their classes. Turned out I can afford it and I can totally ask my lead to change my rest day to their schedule. But they’ll be starting next week and I haven’t talked to my lead yet and everyone’s on holiday mode. At least now I know how much it will cost so I can prepare early.

Here are some hobbies I want to pursue this year, or until I have the luxury of time to do so.

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The fourth of January

Hiya, happy new year! I can’t wait to know how 2015 will shape up! Festivities are now slowing down and hopefully be over in a two days or more. Most friends have gone back to the city for work tomorrow and I’m still here working from home and still eating three times a day! I feel so bloated! I’m pretty sure when I get back to Manila, I will be back to my two meals – lunch and dinner only.

The fasting week will start tomorrow January 5 and I wanted to join but due to my stomach complications, I have scheduled check-up for tomorrow and the day after. I won’t be allowed to skip meals so I’ll probably fast on social networking for a week or so instead.

I miss my journal and my quiet time. I wasn’t able to bring my journal and my Bible for the holidays due to my bag filled with holiday gifts. I want to start praying for my year and ask God for my theme verse and faith goals this 2015. I feel so empty now.

Anyway, include me in your prayers that everything will be smooth in my check-up and no serious problem. I’m actually pretty scared of anything that includes surgery so I hope I won’t ever go through it. The Lord is faithful, so please please pray for me!