Nawala mo phone mo, ang sabi nya

"Nawala mo phone mo", ang sabi nya.
"Ay hindi ate, gamit ko pa, ito nga o pinangtatawag ko sa'yo", sabi naman ng pilosopo kong isip.

photo via grumpy cat's official Facebook page

Pangatlo na itong pagkakataon na hindi pa masyadong matagal sa akin ang isang gadget ay nananakaw ito sa akin nang hindi ko namamalayan. 

Una ay noong nasa first year college ako at nakuha din ang pinaka-una kong cellphone ng isang matandang babae sa loob ng CR ng college building namin.

Ikalawa ay yung mag-1 year pa lang ako sa work at ang unang mp4 player ko na isang linggo pa lang ata sa akin yun ang nakuha. Nakatulog ako sa likuran ng FX at kasama ko doon ang isang lola. Pagbaba ko ng fx, pagkapa ko sa bulsa ng bag ko, wala na. Ok, baka gusto mo soundtripping ni lola.

At ngayong ikatlo ang pinakamasakit... mahal na mahal ko talaga yung phone na yun: HTC One X phone mula sa kapatid ko. Kaka-apat na buwan pa lang mula nang magkaroon ako ako nito at naging productive talaga ang pag-organize ko sa aking blog/devotionals/creative accounts/notes/tasks/calendar/alarm clock, etc.  Malupit ang camera kaya talagang pinanghihinayangan ko ito ng sobraaaaaaa lalo na at ang mga kuha ko mula sa Hillsong Worship concert kagabi na hindi ko pa naa-upload!!!!!! sayang ang mga kuha ko ng malulupit na light designs.... :( idagdag ko pa ang magandang sound quality ng HTC!!!! ay........ hay.
Nanakawan ako nang pasakay na ako ng jeep sa may tapat ng Ali Mall, mga bago mag-alas nuwebe. Maraming sasakay at ako na sana ang sasampa pero may matandang babae na tumabi sa akin kaya siya na pinauna ko at nagtaka ako dahil habang pumapasok ako ng jeep ay nakapa ko ang bag ko na bukas na ang zipper. Pag-upo hinalungkat ko ang laman ng bag at wala na nga ito, kasama ng Suki Card, mga listahan ng savings at binayaran, kaunting Post-it na fuchsia, P100 at ang puso ko. Ay di pala, andito pa naman ang puso ko the last time I checked. :P
But.... haay. Tinawagan ko ang sun# ko, 09434931840, ring lang ring (siguro nahihirapan sila alisin ang sim card kasi kailangan pa nila ng karayom)... mag-isang oras din ganito hanggang may sumagot, babae (na naman!). Sagot pa nya, "Nawala mo phone mo". Nagkaroon ako ng pag-asa... baka sakaling isasauli niya. Pagtanong ko kung saan nya nakuha, susubok palang sana ako magtanong (kung pwede isauli dahil baka napulot lang pala nya na kahit medyo imposible actually pero malay natin mabuti pala syang tao, ay asa pa ko!) ay namatay ang phone kong gamit at pag-charge ko ay tawag agad ako, ayun pinatay nya na yung phone.

Ahhhh ang panghihinayaaaaang..... at kaunting takot na halungkatin pa nila ang laman ng phone ko. Sana i-format na nila agad!!! :(

Haay pero despite sa nangyari... I learned to be thankful than super sorry. And I also had a minute to pray for them though I really felt sad.
I thank God kasi nakuha ito nang di ko napapansin at hindi ako kailangan pang takutin o masaktan.
I thank God kasi gadget lang yun at may backup akong copy ng phone contacts at nabago ko na agad ang mga passwords ng accounts ko.
I thank God kasi nawala man ang mga pictures at least nasa memory ko naman ang mga iyon kahit papaano.
I thank God kasi may natutunan ako sa pag-iingat.

photo via pinterest

Kaya dear readers, please ingat ingat ingat.

photo via tumblr
Naalala ko tuloy yung isang documentary sa GMA tungkol sa mga magnanakaw na ganito.
Interviewer (in indirect quote): Hindi ba kayo naaawa sa mga ninanakawan nyo?
Si Kuya na Holdapper: At least, nagpaalam muna kami kaysa bigla na lang inaagaw!
Ako... okaaaaaay, may point si kuya.

Naalala ko rin na last week lang ay pina-alalahanan ko pa ang isa kong officemate na mag-ingat ingat sa paggamit naman ng cellphone sa kalsada. At yung isa ko ring officemate ay nagsabi na lalo na ngayon, panahon naman ng tuition fees.

Oh well.... si Lord na bahala sa kanila. Sana magamit nila ang pera mula sa pagbenta noon para sa paki-pakinabang na pangangailangan. O kaya gamitin nila ang phone para kumuha na lang magagandang kaulapan.

I'll start not to overthink and just let it go, tutal wala na talaga e. Err... Well, well, well.

M

Hillsong Worship No Other Name Asia Tour [Manila]

Manila: first stop in the No Other Name (but Jesus) Asia Tour of Hillsong Worship.
April 10, 2015 was an awesome night at the MOA Arena with Hillsong’s church band indeed

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What do I love about tonight’s event?

1.       The title. Using No Other Name (same name of their album) as title was so great to proclaim that the sovereignty of Jesus is limitless and ultimately unbreakable.

2.       The band. It’s been so many years since Darlene Zschech came to Manila while Hillsong United had been in the country for several times but most of the members of Hillsong Worship were first timer to visit us and hold a concert here. I believe they had so much fun and blessed as we were. Though some were disappointed not to see Joel, Taya, Matt, Jad and others. Hello!!! They belong to the United band! Maybe next year they’ll be here for Empires tour perhaps ;) Let’s hope! If I'm not mistaken, Hillsong Worship is the church's band, formerly known as Hillsong Live while United emerged as the youth band same as Young & Free. But since the groups are all from Hillsong, they share people, skills and talents somehow to be able to release amazing songs and awesome worship events to God's glory (e.g. Jonathon being with us tonight).
A major plus was the members did not mention their names and I believe they showed humility by their church’s culture. For we do not worship this group and we come to gather under one goal - to lift up the name of Jesus!

3.       The lights. Superb lighting designs. I’m still speechless. I'd really love to learn and try the art of lighting!

that magical light!
4.     The song line-up. The slow songs fill up most of the set list and the crowd were all glorifying the name of the Lord with a heart of praise. Anyway, for some time I imagined myself singing in heaven along with many people though I have some observations but I’d just like to keep it to myself this time.


5.       The free ticket! Yey! I actually failed to purchase a ticket for this event last February. I thought I’d be able to secure a good seat but no! Filipinos were too overwhelmed about their coming that the tickets were sold out in a couple of weeks and I lost hope. But the Lord knew the desire of my heart and my prayers... I tried to enter at least three online contests for ticket giveaways but did not win any hehe. And just a day before April 10, I received a private message from the Positively Pinoy (supporting the Edge Philippines 24/7) and told me that they’re giving me a gift, a free ticket for the event! I almost cried, I felt so much appreciated by just tuning in to their station most of the days of the week. Thank You Lord for this blessing! Thank You the Edge, +PP! Request more of Christian Music, checkout their massive list here.


And for my blogging tradition, I'm posting tonight's set list.

1. No Other Name
2. Mighty to Save
3. Hosanna 
4. Christ is Enough 
5. The Stand (Y+F ver.)
6. Oceans (Radio ver.)
7. Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
8. This I Believe (The Creed)
9. God is able 
10. From the Inside Out
11. O Praise The Name (Anástasis) - an Easter single and you may visit Hillsong.com/Worship for free download!
12. Stronger
13. Forever reign
14. Cornerstone

And then the party started with these three tracks. 
15. Relentless (Y+F ver.)
16. Alive (Y+F ver.)
17. Wake (Y+F ver.)

Lastly, two very very old songs but very very fun to dance to as per JD
18. One Way (Filipinos' ultimate favorite worship anthem)
19. Take it all

I also made the No Other Name [Manila] playlist through Grooveshark here but O Praise the Name was still unavailable to add. Enjoy reliving the moment!

As believers of Christ, we should always carry our heart of worship no matter where we are and if there's great band playing, songs that can make us emotional or light effects that are just so incredible to watch. I pray that the Lord's love will continue to manifest in our lives and we'll worship Him in spirit and in truth. May all our idols be cast out in Jesus' Name!

P.S.
Tonight, I finally met my Christian blogger friend, Marc Daniel of Servant's Quill, in person and so was his friend Richard :) 

God bless! 

You complete me.


"You complete me."


Narinig ko na itong line na ito from a movie. At paulit ulit na ginagamit sa mga palabas sa TV. Nasubukan ko na rin yata itong banggitin sa isang tao minsan (uii..showbiz, eerm!).

At paano nga ba masasabing "complete" na ang isang tao, bagay, pangyayari, at iba pa?

Ito ang nakalagay sa Merriam Webster Dictionary,
com·plete\kəm-ˈplēt\adjective: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything (lahat ng sangkap, walang kakulangan, wala ng hahanapin pang iba): not limited in any way (walang hangganan): not requiring more work : entirely done or completed (wala ng dapat pang gawin, tapos na)

Naniniwala ako na habang nabubuhay tayo ay hindi talaga tayo makakaranas ng "completeness" dito sa mundo. Palaging may hihigit at susubok na mag-iba ang ating prefences sa lahat ng meron tayo. Palaging may lilipas at makakalimutang nagdaan na sa ating mga kagustuhan. Palaging may hahanapin tayong "something new, something special, something fresh", "innovative", "promising" at "out of this world". Minsan nga ay hindi na rin sapat kung may improvement man na nakikita. More, more, more!

At bakit ko ba naiisip ito ngayon? Pinatugtog ko kasi kaninang umaga ang Glorious Ruins Album ng Hillsong Worship (concert na nila sa MOA Arena next month!!!) at habang naririnig ko ang mga linyang...
"Christ is enough for me. Christ is enough for me.

Everything I need is in You. Everything I need."

At pumasok na lang sa isip ko ang mga salitang "You complete me." at ginamit ko na din bilang fb status. Mala-Jerry Maguire lang ang peg. As usual, may ilang na-curious... sino daw yun? ;)

Pero kahit anong gawin kong effort para ma-satisfy ko ang pamumuhay ko at maghanap o makatagpo pa ako ng taong halos perpekto na para sa akin ay hindi ko pa rin sapat para ako naging kumpleto. Bakit? Dahil mangyayari lamang ito hanggat wala akong contentment at hindi ko tinatanggap na tanging si Jesus at sa Kanya lamang ko maaaring matagpuan ang 100% na kailangan ko pang-habambuhay.

Our Lord is our Creator. God is Sovereign, He is everlasting. 
Siya lang at ang pag-ibig Niya ang hindi matitinag kailanman.

Marami akong pangarap at mga nais gawin. Yun lang limitado pa rin ako bilang tao. Lalo na oras at kalakasan na meron ako.
Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. (Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 KJV)
But Jesus completes me and He can complete you too.
And ye are complete in Him [Jesus Christ], which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10 KJV)
Ayan ang sabi sa Bible... sa unang translation ay ginamit naman ang term na "fullness in Christ". Totoo ito. Dahil tanging ang Diyos lamang ang nakaaalam ng kaibuturan ng ating mga puso at lawak ng ating pag-iisip. Mapapagod lamang tayo kung patuloy nating hahanapin mula sa ibang tao, bagay, pangyayari, lugar, trabaho at iba pa ang kailangan natin para maging "complete".
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV)
Subukan mo sana ngayon na magsimula ng mas malalim na relasyon kay Jesus, He can and He will complete you.

God bless! 

Surprise Grace On My Birthday

found at pinterest via a place to dwell @ wordpress
Today I celebrate my birthday with a positive blog post and I also celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout my journey in life, yehey! Wow, I’m in this age almost close to kick myself out of the calendar yet I feel grateful and excited for more surprises to come! Knowing what God has in store for me, why worry? Of course, I worry sometimes but I'd like to share you something insightful as I hit my new age this morning.

In my previous years I could hardly enjoy when “change of plans” came along since these also brought me insecurities, discomfort, distractions and sometimes tears, tiredness, anxiety and frustrations. As you've just read, yes, I was a very negative person. Believe me, I was terrible on handling all of my negative thoughts, these used to control me. But also because of these diversions I became better and some of my habits, character, conduct and faith improved as well. How? By always running to my Maker. For He knows the deepest desires of my heart and only He can complete me: He offers eternal love and the best life we can have for now and forever. I always keep coming back to His strong arms and cry for help - a daughter seeking her Father's comfort.

And now I'm so happy to read this devotion from Grace@Work and I love what Rhoda just cried to God, "Lord, You have always helped me in my darkest hours. I shouldn’t worry now, should I?" (read full article below). I thought to myself, "This is exactly what I want to say to the Lord". Since one of my goal this 2015 is to have a meaningful and stronger intimacy with the Lord, I practice to talk to Him most of the time, I pray anywhere. I write my prayers in my journal.

Hardships, fears, sickness, failures, cancellations and even postponements of some of my dreams and plans are my giants in life but since I know and believe that God is with me for the longest time and He is ever-present, I ended up feeling better most of the time. Remember, He is also our hiding place (Psalm 32:7). I'm no King David but I'm the curly daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, I'm special and beloved.

Kung Wala Kang Destinasyon...

Some weeks ago I decided to go outdoor biking without a specific destination in mind. Actually magulo ang isip ko noon kung saan ko gusto magpunta. Gusto ko kumain pero parang ayoko. Gusto ko mamasyal at mag-muni-muni pero ayoko. Gusto ko magpunta sa malayo pero ayoko. Gusto ko lang ay mag-bike. Dahil dito, masasabi kong hindi ako naging productive noong hapon na iyon. Mahirap kung hindi mo talaga sigurado kung ano talaga ang gusto mo.


Ayan, sige, nailabas ko ang pink kong bike sa wakas! (By the way, yan nga pala si B). Pinalagyan ko ng hangin ang mga gulong at go padyak na patungo sa kawalan… oops, not really, papunta lang Marikina Riverpark, my usual place. Ang problema, may tyangge pa pala doon, di ako makadaan ng maayos. Kailangan ko umalis doon, kailangan mag-iba ako ng daan. Dito na nagsimula ang mas matindi kong struggle (okay, mas matindi pa rin ang pagpila ng matagal para makasakay ng MRT). Padyak, sige punta sa isang street kaso ang daming sasakyan sa likod ko, nagpa-panic ako pag ganito. Kasi wala pa akong helmet o anumang pang-protect ng katawan ko. Takot ako mabundol, takot ako makasagasa… madami akong takot actually. Pero ayoko naman bumalik sa bahay. Ayoko pang umuwi.

Anong pwedeng mangyari kung wala kang specific destination na nasa isip?

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