Every Season Is Not An Accident

Never knew that a list of crisis was in store for me this year 2020. The year pretty much started out well but early March was the one that I didn’t see it coming- a disaster that would push me straight to the pit. It started out as having a dilemma with trivial things related to my career (where to take the board exam, should I rest and do moonlighting or go to residency program, when and where will I settle, etc.), then, COVID19 happened which affected my Postgraduate Internship Program, meaning, the future is uncertain. I began to question my life’s decisions. I was broken. It was hard taking it all together.

I thought suppressing was a good defense mechanism and that I’ll just get away with it. Well, not when you have to undergo the process of Quarantine as mandated by the government. More idle time means more time to reflect and be with your emotions. Therefore, I have to find ways to divert my attention towards my emotions but the wee hours were the hardest as the vicious cycle of ruminating keeps on slowly creeping in and I end up weeping. As days passed by, the burden became so heavy. It began to take its toll on me. I felt alone inside this pit. It was pitch black down there. I wanted someone to pick me up but not any of my family, friends nor somebody can literally pull me out. It was a battle that I have to deal on my own.

Day and night I prayed and cried to God because the pain demands to be felt. I asked Him to enter the shattered places of my heart. I allowed Him to shed light to those dark places. I realized that we don’t always need to have it together. Life is hard. We know that. Yet, we can be vulnerable. No need to suppress the pain and make people think that we are perfectly fine. We’re not living to impress but to progress.

However, God has His own way of answering prayers. I was listening to one of Peter Tan-Chi’s sermon when he quoted,


He emphasized that the battle is always in the mind. Wow,  how timely! My melancholic personality is a strength but it can also be a weakness if I am not careful. We are a product of the way we think, so we should take every thought captive because the moment we start to believe the lies of the devil or untruths about God, it will immediately show in our actions. Indeed, wrong thinking produces wrong behavior and emotions.

What did I do?

I surrendered and grieved. It helps heal our hearts. Jesus himself was also a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Cry. Be alone. Get down in your knees and let the tears freely come. It is the right way to treat your brokenness. Allow yourself to feel again. Anger? That’s okay. Anger’s not a sin but be careful not to sin because of it (Ephesians 4:26). Trust me, you’ll be surprised that no more tears will come out from those lacrimal glands because it’s already worn out and dehyrdrated. LOL.

What did I learn from this season I am in?

I may not be where I want to be right now, but I am exactly where I need to be in this season. No season is ever wasted if we are under God’s will. I am called for such a time as this- to grow in whatever season God has for me. Instead of asking God why, I should try asking Him what He is trying to teach me. “God, what do you want me to do?”


Whether we’re at the highest mountaintop in our lives or we feel like we’re in the deepest valley walking alone, each season creates something in us that allows for self healing, growth, reflection, and complete reliance on God. I realized not to belittle the season we’re walking through but to embrace it. To have teachable hearts. Willing to listen and move or to just be still. Get lost in God’s presence and trusts Him when He says, “Everything will be alright.” Make ourselves home in His arms.

If you’re reading this and is feeling the same emotions that I am going through. Take the time to process your emotions. It’s okay to cry but continue to stay close to God as you continue to allow Him to lead you. Know that His presence is constant and He has his very best for us. Although His timing may not be convenient for us, just know He’s got something way better planned. Don’t mistake His patience for His absence. He hears you. He sees you. He’s doing things that are seen and unseen. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on His promises because- life. But I assure you that if you seek Him with your whole heart, you will find Him.

GGG- Good Godly Girlfriends

Wedding bells are ringing!

Last December 8, a bridal shower surprise was held for our dearest Candice a.k.a. Ken-Ken. This occasion is really special and kind of new to me because Ken-Ken happens to be the first close friend of mine who got married. So, before tying the knot with her soon-to-be hubby, we decided to celebrate her last few days of single hood.


It was a privilege to help Eviejoy, the maid of honor/organizer of the said Bridal shower (Haha), to decorate the place. I admit I love art but I wasn’t sure that decorating was my forte. Amazingly, we were able to pull off a beautiful pink theme bridal shower for Ken-Ken. We planned to keep it simple but it turned out to be so striking!


The beautiful bride-to-be

What made this bridal shower even better is the fact that the bride is just about one of the Spirit-filled women I know. She truly loves the Lord, has a heart for His service and it is just amazing to see how the Lord moves in her life. So inspirational!


The girl at the right side is my bestfriend, Eviejoy. Yes, the maid of honor and organizer. Look how busy she is. Hahahaha!

It was indeed a night full of food, games, love songs and words of encouragement for the bride.


Wedding tips from Ate Mai. I love how she relayed it in a unique way, like how we share the 4 spiritual laws. 🙂


“Solid, godly, christian friends are like medicine to the soul.”

We ended the night by speaking blessings and offering prayers for the bride (including the groom) and their wedding.

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When I was going through our pictures above, it reminded me that all of us really need friends whether we like it or not. We need people in our lives who will love us (aside from our family) where we are and help us get to a place of higher living. We need friends that will hold us accountable to God’s standards… More like, friends that sharpen us.

The Bible makes a point about this type of friendship. “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

Now, take time to think of your friendships at the moment. Are they friends that sharpen you? Do they make you wiser and better? Is there anyone in your life who asks you tough questions, shares godly truths, and confronts you when you need to be confronted? If so, thank God for her. Bond with her on a regular basis, grant her permission to continue to speak into your life, and ask that she do the same.

Are you that friend to anyone? Do you long to have deeper friendships? If you find yourself in a wide pool of shallow friendships, pray for it. Pray that God would bring meaningful friendships to your life and that He would teach you what it looks like to be a good, godly friend.

There’s this post that I read a while ago written by an unknown woman. She said that when we have a companion that sharpens and become a companion that sharpens, our lives are enriched. True! Can you think about what our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches, our work places, and our lives would look like if we all had this type of friend?

I’d like to end this post by what Helen Keller beautifully said: “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

Therefore, treasure your good, godly girlfriends! ❤

A letter to my sister who’s getting married


Cherish each other in big ways and in small ways,

and never forget the magic of those three little words “I LOVE YOU.”

In marriage, remember that it is the little things that make the difference…

Don’t forget the birthdays and the anniversaries (an occasional note means a lot!)

Share each other’s life-even the small details- for too often we forget that day-after-day becomes year-after-year, and then it’s gone.

Give each other room to grow…

We all need our time alone.

Keep strong your faith in each other; time has a funny way of testing us, and it’s faith that gets us through.

And most of all, don’t forget to respect one another. This world could always use more of that. Speak your mind honestly, openly, but with kindness, for angry words are scars that may never heal.

Trust each other; let your trust be your rock. Most of all, each day be sure to hold each other and fall in love all over again. 🙂






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Happy New Year!

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:1-5

Before the yearof 2016 fade away and say goodbye. I would like to have a quick pause and mention the things that I’m thankful for the past year. So here’s a quick one:)


received_10206928522161790I’m always in awe of how faithful is the Lord to me and my family (even when I’m not faithful to Him all the time). In good times, God is faithful. In bad times, God is faithful. In times of uncertainty, God is faithful. In times of doubt, God is faithful. During transitions and changing times, God is still faithful to His promises. He has always been with me through ups and downs even when I don’t deserve this.

I’m also thankful because God granted my dreams to become a future doctor. I admit I always complain how tired I am in studying but what about my parents? They’re also tired of working hard to pay for our education. So instead of complaining I should be grateful because my parents allowed me to study in a prestigious school. It was not easy for my parents because often medicine and dentistry are among the most expensive courses. So just imagine how hard it would be to allow me and my 2 sisters pursue our dreams in becoming doctors (the other two are taking Dentistry and Medical Technology as pre-medical course) but like I said, God is always faithful and He finds a way for us to pay for our tuition fees. He pours us with so much love and blessings. And because of that, I thank you, God!



I’m thankful to God for giving me a family so loving and caring. Growing up in a big family was the best thing that ever happened to me. My childhood was so happy and I can’t stop reminiscing those good times.


I’m thankful to God for giving me parents that never fail to show us how much they love us, parents that really work hard for our future and parents that teach us good moral values (they really walk the talk). Dad and mom, thank you for making us who we are right now. We wouldn’t have made it this far it weren’t for your love, encouragement and support.




Around 2014, our eldest sister got married. This year, our 2nd eldest and her boyfriend went home from Abu Dhabi and got married on the month of December. I just can’t stop praising God because He has blessed my sisters with handsome, hardworking, responsible and God-fearing men. Men that love God first. As what they say, men who love God first are the ones that properly lead a woman. Therefore, I won’t be having any trouble entrusting my sisters to these wonderful men!

Other than that, I’m also thankful because I just realized that my family is growing in number. I already have 2 brothers-in-law now and I can’t help but feel very glad cause I can already call them my “Kuya” (it is used in Filipino for older brother). I just hope and pray that my other sisters will also marry godly men so we can carry on the legacy of our parents which is to honor God with all our hearts, mind and soul.



Thankful to God because I get to travel to many places this year and one of the memorable places I’ve been to is Taipei, Taiwan. It was a vacation to remember because it was my first time to travel with 4 families. Thank You Lord for blessing me much more than I deserve!

Happy New Year, Friends! ❤


Rusty fingers

I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old. At first, I was never interested of the idea of playing the piano. I loved the fact that it sounds undeniably beautiful to listen to but I had 0% interest. I was just fulfilling my parents’ wish to let us learn piano. I remember the days when I have piano lessons every Saturday morning and still think of the times when I feel so lazy that I don’t study and read the notes but memorize how my teacher played the piece (Yes. I was a clever 6 year old.) or I always try to pretend that I’m sick or having deep sleep when she arrives. My piano teacher was kind enough to just leave and tell my mom she’d visit again next Saturday.

That one night, I woke up from a long afternoon snooze after hearing the most beautifully played piece. Out of curiosity, I went out of my room to follow where the sound came from. Slowly, the mechanical feel of the piano fell away and transforms into a richer, more real piano sound as I went nearer to the living room, and more and more natural sounds were introduced as the melody repeats. I was staggered to see my mom playing the piano. It was so exquisite that I didn’t even notice I was just looking at her for who knows how many minutes it went by. She looked so beautiful and passionate.

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Grill All You Want!

Hold on to your seats because the newest eat and drink all you can buffet restaurant in Cebu has just opened!


Yakimix has finally come to Cebu and is ready to invade everyone’s tastebuds! The highlight of this restaurant is their handful of dishes and the smokeless grill where people can cook the marinated food.


They serve plenty of dishes from Filipino cuisine, American, Japanese, Chinese, and more! You have many options to choose in the grilled meat selections. Customer favorites include the wide array of sushi and sashimi, tempura, the pasta and pizza stations..


Say hello to my adorable nephew!

Don’t forget the candy station which, uniquely, includes gummy worms, gummy bears, jelly beans and other kid-friendly sweet treats that would make your kids go on a sugar rush.

I recommend the dessert station (not shown in the photo), it makes ‘em boys and girls go loco! Literally! And worry not for caffeine lovers because they also have their own station to go with the sweets.


Like I said, you can choose what meat you like and grill it by yourself. The good thing about Yakimix is their smokeless grill. You won’t be suffocated by the smoke compared to most restaurants.

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