Friday, January 2, 2015

2014- A year of dream, spiritual maturity and lesson well learned



New Year, New lesson
My 2014 started with heartaches and pain. After our trip to Boracay, we were faced with very stressful experienced. It was a very sad new year indeed but we  tried to move on and accept the situation as it is. It was hard, especially when I saw how affected and pained my mom and uncle was. This experience was also very traumatic to me that I thought that 2014 will not be easy for us. But we tried to be positive and took everything as a learning experience. So we move on and choose to be happy.
Lesson: Not everyone will support you with your decision and that’s perfectly okey. 


World Wide Walk
2014  was the year Iglesia Ni Cristo will reached its 100th anniversary. We started CELEBRATING by having a charity walk called WORLD WIDE WALK.  Each participant donated 250 pesos to support typhoon Yolanda relief effort and we also aimed to set world record for charity walk. We ended up setting two new world records: For having the most participants in a charity event and for holding the longest charity walk in multiple venues in different time zone.


I’m just an ordinary girl, serving an extra ordinary God







Broke my rubber shoes, good thing someone lets me borrow his slipper.
 

Kabayan ko kapatid ko (Laur, Nueva Ecija)

 You can’t serve God without serving the people

 The worship service was conducted by our beloved Ka Eduardo V. Manalo and INC sets another world record after successfully distributed 302,311 hunger relief packages In Laur Nueva Ecija

Return at Enchanted Kingdom



After so many years, I had a chance to finally return at enchanted Kingdom. It’s been too long! I missed being a child again

A very unique girl, a free spirit. I see all the beauty and childlike innocence in life.

Cancelled trip, lost friendship, another lesson in life.

 Photo via google


A group of acquaintances asked me if I could organize a trip somewhere near Manila. Being a travel addict I hurriedly organized a trip not thinking clearly, trusting everything they said. A week before the trip, I gave a down payment for the four of us thinking that the trip will push thru. It was too late when I found out that they cancelled the trip without informing me. I was so mad! But in the end, I didn’t blame anyone and accepted it as learning experienced.  I may be dismayed and hurt for what they did but I learned a very valuable lesson. A lesson that will change my life forever. That’s the joy of being alone.

Not so alone in Elnido

 

Being alone felt good, but it never felt right

I never thought in my life that there would come a time that I will travel alone. Honestly, I was really, really scared. The solo travel came in time that I didn’t have a choice but to take a chance, follow my intuition and get excited. The solo experienced was one of the most liberating experienced I’ve ever had. Before I always pitied women who seem comfortable being alone. Now, I have high admiration towards them. Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely, it means you’re strong enough to stand on your own. My solo travel in Elnido has the biggest impact in my life. This changes everything.
Lesson learned: Human being can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness….but not loneliness. It is the worst of all the agonies.  And what’s the worst kind of loneliness?  The kind you can’t escape- when you are uncomfortable with yourself. 

My father’s Double Birthday Celebration





One of the harsh realities I have learned of life is regardless of the quality of your relationship with your family, relatives or friends; you will miss them when they’re gone from your life. And someday they will. So express your love. Tell your family what you need to tell them. Stay close in touch with what’s going on in your loved ones life. You never know when you might lose your opportunity.

High School Reunion.


Some of my pretty classmates
As I have said, 2014 was full of lesson learned. I was excited when I found out that we will have our first high school reunion.  I have been actively participating regarding the plans and even trying to contact and invite some of our classmates. But sadly, some people never change. Bullies will always be bullies. Me and my friend Lorie were abused, insulted and humiliated by people who were manipulator and toxic. Some people love to stir up controversy and drama for no apparent reason. It was too much that we almost contemplated not attending the reunion. But we chose to stand up for ourselves. They may have attacked our dignity, ravaged and disgracefully mocked, but we didn’t willingly surrender it. We found strength to defend our boundaries.  We showed them that we will not be insulted or belittle.
Lesson learned: Constant drama and negativity is never worth putting up with. Truly toxic and negative people will pollute everyone around them including you if you allow them. You can avoid them but some people won’t stop unless you speak up and put your feet down. 

Happy 100th anniversary Iglesia Ni Cristo


  








Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God

Short Trip to Bulacan

This was just an impromptu trip. Before we watch the show at the Philippine arena, me and some Brethren decided to go on a short trip In Bulacan. It was simple yet fun and relaxing. We ate, we laugh and took photos.  




A relaxing day at 88 Hot spring Resort




I sustain myself with the love of my family.
Being a family is about supporting each other through life inevitable changes. My father is now facing a difficult future ahead of him but he knows that we will be there for him, through thick and thin.
 




I cannot promise to be there for the rest of their life, but I can sincerely be there for the rest of mine.

I dreamed of Batanes.
 



Batanes is a place of surreal beauty
 



The incredible landscape of Batanes is staggering. Most of it was uninhabited rolling hills, towering light houses and fierce but beautiful beaches. Plus the people are really, really nice.
 


 Batanes is my one of my ultimate destination in the country. Not only because of its stunning landscape but also to the challenge of reaching this piece of heaven. Batanes is known for being typhoons belt not to mention the high airfare and rare seat sale.  But as they said it, nothing is impossible of you really wanted something.  I have been travelling for almost four years now and it’s definitely one of the best things that God has given to me.
We were born wanderers. It’s in our nature to explore and see places as much as we can. I still cannot believe that I am doing this but as one quotes said.”If you’re dream do not scare you, they are not big enough..”

Subic adventure
 





Let’s bond and share our blessings.
                                                                         Hardin De maria

 Third year in a raw. This time I have decided to end my year by giving back. I am preschool teacher and I love kids and will always love an opportunity to help other. Never ceased a chance to make a positive impact in someone’s life because this way you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Do something that is greater than you-something that make someone else happy or suffer less.  You have more to share that you realized. 




Let’s help ourselves by helping others. We will all die one day. The goal isn’t to live forever but rather make each moment count. Do something that will help others live better. Strong people stand up for themselves, stronger people stand up for others. Be the change you want to see. Give what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect and mirror what you admire.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BEAUTIFUL HUMANS!