1st quarter's miles and myths...
The best myth baptizes your imagination so that you actually have the capacity for wanting something that you can even know what it is and you can finally put a name to it. C.S. Lewis
The first quarter of 2014 was all about….
THAILAND in January
|Early morning mist: my view for two cold weeks|
|A beautiful sunset never gets old|
|My running path|
|At the historic River Kwai, July 28 and Song of Solomon took on a new meaning ...|
DAVAO in early February
|Mount Apo beckoning from way up in the air!|
PALAWAN in late February
|Island getaway to celebrate my mom's retirement and 65th birthday|
|An empty lap pool means I get to burn calories consumed!|
BOOKS AND PAGES TO READ
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
|I could not have said it better. From: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories|
|The book that is teaching me about EUCHARISTEO|
|I need to be ambushed, caught unawares, like some sort of feral love-jackal. I'm too self-conscious otherwise.---Amy (or a version of myself in the same context)|
|Re reading this precious liberating book on prayer|
I once heard someone say that books don't change people-sentences do. If I glean two or three sentences from a book that affect the way I think and the way I live, that's time well invested. So I read. What I know will always be dwarfed by what I don't know. So I read---Bob Kauflin
ONLINE READINGS: God's DAILY dose of mercies (clicking on the title below takes you to each article…)
The Bible Reading Plan for Slackers and Shirkers. GRACE.
When God says WAIT. PATIENCE.
Is EVERYTHING sad going to be untrue? HOPE.
To love at all is to be VULNERABLE. RISK.
Doses of Solid Truth from John Piper. JOY.
…and then I also…
Re-discovered this U2 song...
Participated in a modern day "Pamamanhikan", a Filipino tradition for engaged couples--- meeting of parents and close families and "formally" asking the hand of the girl from her parents. Only this is the modern day version: Starbucks in hand. Restaurant inside a mall. Girl has already previously said yes. If I ever fall in love, I just might runaway and avoid the stress of it all! BUT…
|Attended a wedding where the couple overcame long distance and age gap :)|
|My mom talking to my brother's fiance's parents|
Passion Conference Manila 2014
|Fresh out of law school, I read about his story|
and I knew I was meant to be a lawyer for so much more.
|The deep lavish grace of a holy God is available for the sinner and the saint---Louie Giglio on The Prodigal Son|
Found new places to dine
|I am unabashedly a breakfast kinda gal :) At Pi Breakfast and Pies|
|I run to eat! Saturday early morning run + good friends as running mates + amazing breakfast food :)|
|In downtown Davao lies this old house serving French cuisine.|
|Made new memories in this old familiar place.|
|My first bangers and mash at MURPHY's with my fave red head :)|
|Possibly the coolest coffee place in a 2k radius from my workplace|
|Finally! My lunchgetaways with workfriends led me to The Collective.|
|Dessert overload at the Sofitel Manila's Spiral lunch buffet|
|Healthy Options is the calorie counting girl's bestfriend :)|
|I never thought I will fall in love with veggies and brown pasta like I did:)|
|Goodbye daily planning/cooking! Hello pre packed 1200 calories/day meals :)|
Shared God stories with friends over great food and coffee
My pre Valentine date at Stella, a bistro filled with surprises!
Wildflour is for espresso and bread lovers and God talks
|The coolest trainer in the humanitarian world|
Met new friends…
|Friendship begins with two words: You TOO?! Working towards a common goal helps too. :)|
...and explored dangerous places together.
After almost 5 years, I saw the streets of Bangkok again with new friends--at the height of the protests!
Went back to old school journal writing using this 2014 Starbucks Planner Journal!
|with a coffee bean bookmark!|
Religion should be “something that’s so devastatingly beautiful it can break your heart." Nadia Bolz-Weber
And one Sunday morning in February, in front of about 200 plus people, my silly, undeserving, unfaithful self, spoke about the grace of God and how, by a miracle of faith and mercy, I still can say, "God will fulfill His purpose for me! (Psalm 57:2)." Listen to ordinary people's challenge to remain devoted to God inspite of their life's struggles and pains by clicking on this link: This One Endeavor (My own story starts at the 41:50 minute)
Finally, I get to wake up early enough to see the sunrise. And I agree immediately with C.S. Lewis: There are far far better things ahead than any I leave behind.