Category Archives: Blogging

Random thoughts on a Tuesday afternoon

  • I sometimes wonder where have all my good friends gone.
  • I realized that I needed to start writing again.
  • Gusto kong mag-blog ng purong Tagalog.
  • Eating healthy during this pregnancy phase is really hard, especially when you’re a very busy employee.
  • While I love what I’m doing now, I think it has come to this point when I have to go.
  • I miss a lot of people and moments… and my eyes mist up when I think about those.
  • I love my husband and every day I find new things to love about him.
  • What a beautiful experience pregnancy is!
  • Goal after giving birth: start training for triathlon with the husband.
  • How funny that I already have a goal after giving birth when I’ve just entered my second trimester.
  • I have to wash this saucer in front of me.
  • Thank God for cartoons and Sesame Street. They make me sane.
  • I’m excited for this season in my life!
All I need is a little inspiration to keep me blogging again. I miss this.

Mourning the death of a stranger

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

The creator of Apple meets the Creator of apple.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Steve Jobs. We are never the same again.

We all mourn because even if you are a stranger to many of us, you have touched our lives in one way or another through your creations.

Thank you.

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This is me according to a Flickr meme

For the sake of update and because I know how lazy I could become if I start to do a 30-day photo challenge like these women did, this flickr meme will suffice for now. 😀 Wanna do it too?

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste the html into your blog or Flickr stream. Or use the Mosaic Maker at fd’s Flickr Toys.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite food?

3. What high school did you go to?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

6. Favorite drink?

7. Dream vacation?

8. Favorite dessert?

9. What you want to be when you grow up?

10. What do you love most in life?

11. One Word to describe you.

12. Looked up your flickr name and see what pops up.

Well, obviously you need to have a flickr account to do this. Great marketing Flickr!


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Married! :D

There are far too many happy thoughts that make my day. Each one a favorite in a particular day. And to ward off any gloominess this rainy weather brings, here is what my mind produces and my sunlight begins…

Married 🙂 05.28.2011

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God’s promise for me today

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which TRANSCENDS ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds IN CHRIST JESUS.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

In the midst of all my wedding preparations and transitions in basically all areas, I tend to be obsessive-compulsive. The choleric that I am wants to make sure that all bases are covered–and if mistakes may happen, I need to foresee them now so that I would know how to resolve it ahead of time.

Tama ba yun? Wala pang problema, prinoblema ko na?

I still feel uneasy over certain responsibilities and how I have to meet each and every one of them. This makes me all the more anxious. If only I can press “pause” on some details so that I can attend to them one at a time.

I strongly believe though that this morning, God pressed “pause” for me and reminded me His word in Philippians 4:6-7.

Three words lept from out of the pages, in blinking boldface: EVERYTHING, TRANSCENDS ALL, IN CHRIST JESUS. Wow. How amazing is that eh?

  • EVERYTHING – this includes things and details I haven’t yet worried but it’s already been taken care of. (Everything, Normi. Everything!)
  • TRANSCENDS ALL – God’s peace is all encompassing! Even things not related to my wedding preparations; events that has happened, is happening and will happen; things I really can’t quite put a finger on nor comprehend–I can calmly yet confidently say, “It is well with my soul.”
  • IN CHRIST JESUS – The clincher. The climax. The punch line. The concluding remark. The answer. IN. CHRIST JESUS. Made me reflect: why am I feeling this way? Am I in Christ Jesus? Because there’s no way that these matters could have made me anxious had I been in Christ Jesus all along.

Now there’s the pause I needed–I had to remember that it is in Christ Jesus that I have all things. I had to remember what Jesus did for those people who trusted and believed in him and what he said:

  1. Mary in John 2:1-11 – trusted Jesus to turn the water into wine; Jesus, though it was not yet his time to do such things, he still did. Mary trusted and believed and she witnessed a miracle. And it all happened in a wedding! A wedding that everyone will remember, forever.
  2. The father of the boy possessed by the evil spirit in Mark 9:14-29 – his sincere response “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” is something I can relate to. He trusted and believed and Jesus healed his son.
  3. The criminal at the cross in Luke 23:39-43 – He has been a crook most of his life, but he believed that Jesus is the Messiah (I personally think he’s the first ever Messianic Jew; or was it John the Baptist?). He trusted and believed and he received the sweet promise of Jesus assuring him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise.

And I can go on and on and on.

In Christ Jesus. Trancends All. Everything.

What a powerful assurance! Thank you Lord!


Abba Father, sorry that I have allowed myself to be caught up with matters that shouldn’t worry me. Forgive me for the momentary lapse in memory of who you are–that you are the Creator of All, Sustainer of All. Let not the things of this world ever sway me again. Thank you Jesus that in you I can have peace that transcends all understanding. I am eternally grateful for what you have done for me that gives me the privilege to have everything that I ask in your will. Thank you Holy Spirit for the assurance that I can claim this promise and expect favorable answers. Drown out the worries and fill me with peace. Help me to always pray with praise and thanksgiving, trusting and believing that I have received all that I have asked. This I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Note to self: Kaya Normi, chill ka lang. God has everything in his control.
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Love, Love. Love!

Counting the weeks until I’m a Mrs.

I feel so blessed to be marrying this man. ❤

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Dizizit boys and girls!

Illustrated by Daniel Herrera Jr.

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Santa Claus vs. Jesus Christ

Christmas Thought #1: The difference of giving

Santa Claus gives CONDITIONALLY–you better be good all year ’round to receive a present from him; Jesus, on the other hand, gives UNCONDITIONALLY–regardless if you’ve been naughty or nice, His blessings never stopped pouring daily. Ahhh, grace. 🙂

Christmas Thought #2: The difference of seasons

Tell me if you have seen Santa Claus hohoho-ing during Valentine’s Day? Other than Christmas, he will feel so out of place the entire year. But Jesus… whatever season the year brings, He fits perfectly anytime, anywhere.

Christmas Thought #3: The difference of existence

Santa Claus is fiction. Jesus is REAL. Self-explanatory.

Realization: I’d rather celebrate Jesus Christ this Christmas season because it just makes so much sense when it’s all about Him. 🙂

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For the mean time…

There are a lot of note-worthy thoughts that have piled up from the past days that I have not been blogging. Mostly about God, calling, church and marriage. Like a crazy beating heart registered on a monitor, it has been up and down. Yet, I’ve learned a lot just the same.

I feel like a cheat blogging right now but not really writing about those thoughts. Not yet at least. But I sure will find time to gather all my energy to put everything in a concise and sensible post.

I couldn’t thank God enough for exposing a lot of realities about myself and breaking the unrealistic expectations I have unknowingly set up for my own. God’s Word is truly amazing when it comes to instruction and teaching, rebuke and correcting. I’m blessed to have heard from people who are wise in their years and experience to share their insights on important matters.

I will have a better post than this. Forgive my episodical gush.

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Of revisiting neighborhoods and biking

Today, I woke up to a beautiful morning. Christmas breeze passing through our kitchen hall–moved me to make some toast for breakfast. As I munch on those semi-burnt toast (just the way I like it), I loved listening to the water flowing in the creek as if singing on duet with the brushing sound of the swaying leaves. A hot cereal drink and a sweet smile warmed my shivery skin. I knew this morning will make it to my most-favorites.

I walked to the garage space and inhaled some of those yuletide air. A grandma pushing a buggy with a bouncy baby boy passed by and I just couldn’t help but wave at the tot and smiled at him. The toothless granny smiled back at me for making her grandson chuckle. I felt a sense of fulfillment. As they wheeled past my big, rusty gate, I saw his tiny head take a peep and glanced back at me. Ha! I made a connection. I blew him a quick kiss and grinned. This little boy knows how to charm ladies. He flashed those pinkish gums and leaned back in his stroller. I breathed in some more and head back in.

A mountain bike parked in my garage piqued my long untapped biking expertism. I’m not one who would back down on a challenge. My legs welcomed the dare so I changed into something more sporty and convincingly pro-biker attire. Stepping out into the streets I set it upon myself to stretch my ligaments and not stop until I break a sweat.

The cool breeze and muted atmosphere proved to be a perfect time to go biking. It’s been a while since I’ve visited the neighborhood–that will be my route. With a sense of adventure, I mounted the bike and paddled away.

A lot has changed since I last went around the neighborhood. Houses of old school bus-mates (though ours was a shiny passenger jeepney) improved to more lavish structures. I didn’t see any of my old friends–it would’ve been nice though–but it was too early for anyone to chitchat. I also noticed roadblocks abound (proof that more neighbors are petlovers) and more humps were added on every street. I continued on. It was lovely to bike and go sight-seeing, reminiscing old memories when I last passed by these roads. Remembering every house I’ve been into and the childhood stuff I used to do. An old man by the store looked worriedly when he saw me smiling to myself. A quick “G’morning!” diffused any suspicions that may arise.

Visiting all the known routes, I opted to take the unfamiliar turns. I discovered a different turf–more grandiose houses, shortcuts, rough alleys and smooth paths and more friendly neighbors. I never knew my neighborhood was this amazing!
This short journey gave me plenty of deep thinking and provided me with insightful thoughts. Traveling has always been great–an essential goal for me. Be it out of town, overseas or just around the hood–it is the experience in traveling that I cherish. This morning I feel so achieved for traveling at no expense, for healthier reasons and in more eco-friendly manner. I should do this more often.

The sunlight begin to envelop the surroundings and heat begin to burn my perspiring skin. I took it as a signal to go back to homebase. I cycled with stretched calves and warmed up back muscles and thought of doing this again next week. I guess it’s true when they say biking can be addicting. I’m bound to get hooked.

Parking the mountain bike back to where I first found it, I wondered when it will find itself back there again. Waiting for my return, my brother asks how was my little biking trip. With a wide smile I replied, “Awesome!” He laughed and took my new found friend back to its rightful owner.

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