Ahon! My Top 10 Activities to Release Stress

Are you caught up in the web of stressful circumstances? Yung tipong lahat na lang yata ng mga kapaguran na available sa mundo sinasalo mo? Yung di ka na makaahon sa dami ng trabaho, yung pressure ng overlapping commitments sinasakal ka na masyado, o kaya naman yung mga polo mo naghuhumiyaw na sa sobrang sikip na nila para sayo? Nakaka-stress ano?

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As stated in my previous post, may mga outlets ako to release stress and tension. Kapag di ko na kaya ang bigat, kapag pakiramdam ko lunod na lunod na ako, may mga go-to places and people ako para maging “shock absorber” (sorry na, peeps!). Dahil lahat naman tayo kailangang mag-unload from time to time para hindi sumabog di ba?

Here are some of my stress-relievers.

  1. Biking

What I love about biking is that you can go places as far as your legs can handle. Kapag masakit na at parang hindi na kaya, uwian na. Haha! It is cheap and healthy activity, pinawisan ka na, nag-enjoy ka pa! Since I am from Marikina, common destinations namin ng mga friends ko pag nagbi-bike ay sa Rizal (Binangonan-Morong-Tanay or San Mateo-Rodriguez), UP or even within Marikina loop, bilang napaka-bike friendly ng bayan kong sinta.

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  1. Hiking

When schedule allows me to, I join hiking activities para naman medyo malayo sa stressful work. Iba rin kasi ang yung feeling na nasa summit ka ng bundok, dinadama ang masarap na simoy ng hangin tapos nakaharap ka either sa dagat or sa mga pamayanan. It changes perspective. Yung sobra kang naka-focus sa sarili mong mga problema, tapos mare-realize mo na mas malaki pa rin si Lord talaga si Lord kaysa mga problema mo.

  1. Vitamin Sea

Again, when schedule allows me to, masaya din na magpunta sa tabing dagat para magtampisaw, o kahit na pakiramdaman mo lang ang simoy ng maalat na hangin habang kinakausap ang sarili na kunwari gumagawa ka ng music video. Aminin mo, kakaibang ligaya ang dulot ng paglalakad sa tabing-dagat, binabalik ang lahat ng masasayang ala-ala ng buhay mo na para kang bida sa telenovela habang panandalian mong nakakalimutan na may babalikan ka pang ga-bundok na trabaho sa opisina. Pero at least, di ba. Masaya ka.img_0402

  1. Pet Cafes

Medyo may kaunting gastos pero masaya. Try mong pumunta sa Barkin’ Blends near Sta. Lucia or sa Bengal Brew + Wolf and Bear sa Cubao. If you are a pet lover, surely mae-enjoy mo itong trip na to. Makipaglaro ka sa mga aso. Kumustahin mo sila. Amuyin mo sila. Ikwento mo sa kanila ang mga officemates mong chini-chismis ka, ang boss mo na mahilig magbigay ng trabaho kapag pauwi ka na, o kaya naman yung ex mo na sa sobrang pagka-pet lover, ipinagpalit ka na lang sa pet. May therapeutic effect din kasi ang pakikipaglaro sa mga hayop, pero word of caution, wag makikipag-relasyon sa hayop kasi may damaging effect sa emotions. Hahaha! Sorry na, ang bad ko dun. 🙂

 

  1. Blogging

Just like now, kaya ako nagsulat ng post na ito kasi alam mo na, stressed ako. Isulat mo ang anumang nararamdaman mo. Isulat mo ang gusto mong sabihin. Type lang nang type. Nakakatulong mag-release ng tension kapag hinahayaan mong ang mga daliri mo ay tumitipa ng keyboard. Mas madiin at mas malakas ang hampas sa keyboard, mas satisfying! Haha! It doesn’t matter kung may magbabasa man ng post mo o wala, may magco-comment man o wala. Basta naisulat mo ang gusto mong sabihin. Pero be careful sa anumang isusulat mo, be a responsible blogger. Wag mag-spread ng fake news. Lagot ka kay Mocha.

  1. Read books

Pumunta ka sa mga book fairs, sa mga book sale mga bookstores, even sa mga libraries. If you are a reader, you’ll agree with me na sobrang satisfying ang makaamoy ng libro. Yung halimuyak na nakakapagpa-kalma sa pagod mong isipan. Tapos damhin mo yung bawat page, yung texture ng papel, ganun. Pero syempre basahin mo rin. Hahaha! Highlight words na nakapagbigay ng impact sayo. It’s always fun to learn and discover new things.img_2227

  1. Watch movie

Given na to. Kapag lunod na lunod ka na sa trabaho, it’s not a bad thing kung gusto mong manood ng movie. Lalo na for me who loves superhero movies, nakaka-alis ng stress ang panonood ng movie. Pero dahil common na nga siya, lagyan mo na lang ng kaunting challenge ang panonood mo: minsan kong sinubukan na manood nang mag-isa, manood ng sad movie tapos pigilan ang sarili mo na umiyak, at manood ng movie tapos magbaon ng pandesal at palaman. Sa susunod nga, gusto kong i-try magbaon ng kanin at ulam. Hahaha!

  1. Play games

Di ako gamer pero effective na pang-divert ng attention ang mobile games. I installed Wordscapes para naman kapag pagod na ako kakaisip ng numbers, letters and words naman. Ang saya di ba. Nag-install din ako ng Idle Poring. Since hindi na kaya ng schedule ko ang maglaro pa ng Ragnarok, which I really loved playing nung bata pa ako, dun na lang ako sa Idle Poring. Pareho din naman ng sounds and ng characters, iba nga lang ng gameplay at interface. Pero pwede na rin, perfect game for busy person like me. Sabi nga ng kapatid ko enjoy na enjoy akong pinapanood yung character ko na tumatakbo all throughout the game. Kanya-kanyang trip yan!

  1. Run to your accountability partners

It’s always good to have friends to watch your back. Yung sasaluhin ka nila sa panahong bigat na bigat ka na. I am blessed to have friends from church, from PSA and from MYA na alam kong nasasandalan ko for encouragement and prayers. Appreciate your circle of friends. Isama na rin natin ang family natin. After a tiring day, it’s relaxing to know that we have friends and family na uuwian natin. Yung hindi tayo ico-condemn. Yung hindi tayo ipagpapalit sa 30 pieces of silver. Yung ililibre tayo ng burger o kaya ng pizza o kaya ng BFF fries.

  1. Go to Prayer Mountain

Kapag talaga hindi ko na kaya, I go to Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain. Di kalayuan sa Marikina pero safe haven ko siya. I pour out to the Lord all my burdens, my concerns pati lahat ng kapaguran ko sa buhay. Para siyang isang electrical outlet for me to plug myself into, para di ako tuluyang ma-drain. Nakakagaan kapag alam mong iniyak mo na ang lahat sa Lord, isinigaw mo lahat ng prayers mo at kahit mapagod ka kakaiyak at kakasumbong sa Kanya, alam mong nakikinig Siya. Wag ka lang matutulog sa loob ng prayer cell. Kasi naman parang sobrang sarap matulog sa loob. Haha!

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When you feel like sobrang nakakapagod na at di mo na kaya, don’t lose hope. Kapit lang. It takes a clear mind and a fresh perspective para hindi ka ma-overwhelm ng mga challenges mo sa buhay, ahem, I am speaking to myself. Haha! Mabuti na lang may provision si Lord ng mga outlets for me, para hindi na lang ako basta mag-collapse sa kalsada.

And I also thank God kasi He is always available to hear my prayers and my cries. Hindi ko naman kailangan umakyat pa ng Prayer Mountain just for the Lord to hear me. He hears me even when I am in bed, shedding tears kasi… huhuhu, “Lord, pagod na po ako, payakap naman po”. Try niyo, it is comforting, and it develops an intimate relationship with your Creator.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

I was reminded by the words of Director Phil Coulson of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. In one episode, Season 1 yata ng AoS, sabi niya:

“The world is full of evil and lies and pain and death, and you can’t hide from it. You can only face it. The question is, when you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?”

Ikaw, in the face of your challenges and stress, who do you become?

PS. Baka naman may iba ka pang stress-relieving activities, share mo naman with me 🙂

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Rock to Daranak

“Falls alarm! Akala ko ok tayo, ang lamig po pala. Awts”

Matagal-tagal na rin mula nang huli kong long ride, at masasabi kong sobra kong na-miss! Sa sobrang na-miss ko nga, halos umuwi na akong lumpo. Ang sakit lang, bes. Bawing-bawi talaga ang matagal na hiatus.

So here’s my entry sa recent escapade ng tropa:

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Initially we’re planning to bike all the way to the Windmills of Pililia, Rizal. Medyo matindi-tindi ang sinapit ng mga kasama ko the last time they went there kaya medyo hesitant din kami na dun nga tumuloy lalo pa’t matagal-tagal kaming napahinga. So we pursued Tanay, Rizal instead. Along the way na lang namin napag-desisyunan na mag-Daranak.

Call time namin ay 5:30am pero kumain muna kami ng lugaw sa Riverpark. Kaya naman ang naging actual ride out namin ay naging 7am na halos.

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Smooth na smooth ang byahe, at maliwanag na rin. Walang babaan, wala ring inom-inom ng tubig! Para sa mga non-pro bikers kagaya namin, isang malaking feat na ang umabot sa Angono, Rizal para sa unang stopover para bumili ng inumin. Ang saya walang baong tubig. Hahaha!

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Sinalubong kami ng parade!

After a few minutes, padyak ulit! With occasional stops para maghabol ng hininga, uminom ng tubig at kumbinsihin ang sarili na nasa tamang katinuan pa ako sa kabila ng lahat ng ginagawa kong pagpapagod. Haha!

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Isa sa mga best part ng long rides namin sa Rizal ay ang mga luscious green na mga palayan. Yes, luscious talaga kasi ang sarap sarap pagmasdan. Kaya syempre, bike selfie taken from Morong rice fields! 🙂

Pagdating sa Morong town proper, sinalubong kami ng isang mahabang funeral march. Medyo matinding pagsingit-singit at pakikibaka sa mga nagbubuhol-buhol na sasakyan. The best part riding a bike is that you can always squeeze yourself into traffic jams!

Unti-unti nang tumitindi ang init, kumakalam na rin ang sikmura; on top of that, namamanhid na ang mga hita ko kakapadyak! Mabuti na lang talaga may province-feels dahil sa mga bigas na nakalatag sa mga gilid ng kalsada na winawalis-walis pa! Nakaka-relax! Ayun, kahit na G na G pa ang mga kasama ko, nakiusap na akong magpahinga muna sandali sa lilim ng mga puno c/o Baras, Rizal.

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Haha! Huli ka Henry!

After a few minutes, pagkakain ng Beng-Beng padyak kami ulit with the idea na wala nang 10kms nasa Tanay town proper na kami. My goodness, sobrang sakit na talaga ng mga binti at hita ko, pero ilang sandal na lang makakarating na kami ng Tanay… humihingi na talaga ako ng sorry sa katawan kong pinahihirapan ko nang sobra. Haha!

6Pampalubag-loob, sobrang naaliw lang ako sa overarching leaves ala UP on the way to Tanay, Rizal. Sobrang cool!

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Ilang ahon, hingal at pagdadalawang-isip na umuwi ang lumipas, finally nakakakita na kami ng signages leading us to Daranak Falls. Ayun, may destination na kaming pupuntahan. Thinking na malapit na lang na paghihirap ang kailangan naming suungin, medyo na-excite na kami. Pero sa mga signages na nakita ko, isa ito sa mga kinatutuwaan ko… wala lang, siguro kung malakas-lakas lang resistensya namin, baka kayanin namin padyakin hanggang Laguna hanggang sa dumilim.

We could opt to book a nearest hotel para makapagpahinga na rin at maituloy ang desire namin to bike up to Laguna. In that case, TravelBook.ph is a valuable tool para dyan. With just a few clicks, makakakuha ka na ng great deals sa mga nearest hotels, para nga naman tuloy-tuloy ang biking adventure! Or use the link on the sidebar kung need mo maghanap ng ibang hotels. Go lang, bes!

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Eto na nga, binagtas namin ang kalsadang magiging akala namin magiging friendly sa amin. We just thought na kahit paunti-unti lang, maaabot na namin ang inaasam-asam naming rest sa Daranak in a few minute ride. Pero puputok na lang ang mga paa namin at dadanak ang dugo kakapadyak, kakatulak sa mga ahon, dagdagan mo pa ng gutom at galit na galit na sikat ng araw, di pa namin natatanaw ni katiting na tubig ng Daranak. ayun sumuko na lang kami. Napatawag kami ng tricycle para i-rescue kami. At pinagdudahan pa namin na overcharged masyado ang singil sa amin, pero along the way sooooobrang layo pa pala talaga, at puro ahon pa! Good decision. As in. We were charged 50php each, kasama na ng bike. Oohh, the beauty and benefit of a folding bike.

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Yun na, nakarating rin kami sa Daranak Falls! Gutom na gutom na kami kaya after magparada ng mga bikes, for 20php each bike, hanap kami agad ng makakainan. Bago ka pumasok ng entrance, may mga nagtitinda ng mga noodles, inihaw na liempo, tilapia, mga de lata etc. We bought inihaw na tilapia for 150php each, malaki siya and good for 3-4 persons na and additional rice for 10php each. Ok na rin para sa mga gutom at pagod na kagaya namin. We could have added more sa pagkain kaso medyo limited lang ang budget namin. Salamat talaga kay Kuya Benjie. Haha!

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Daranak Falls is a haven for nature lovers. Marami-rami rin ang mga bikers and motorcycle riders na dumadayo dito. Bukod sa Falls na talaga namang nakaka-fall in love, may Calinawan Cave pa na pwedeng pasukin. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get through the cave. Masyado kasi kaming na-fall sa paliligo sa falls.

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11The entrance fee is at 50php each. Open din for photoshoots and prenuptials for 1500php. No pets and alcoholic beverages allowed. May mga picnic sheds din na pwedeng rentahan for 300php and picnic tables for 200php each.

21After considerable time na makapagpahinga, talo-talo na!

“Sa sobrang ganda mo, hindi ko maiwasang hindi ma-fall sayo”

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“Gusto sanang mahulog sayo, kaso natatakot akong baka wala kang intensyong saluhin ako”

Joke lang, di lang ako marunong lumangoy.

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“Falls alarm! Akala ko ok tayo, ang lamig po pala. Awts”

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Nag-decide kaming itigil na ang kasiyahan bandang 4pm at mag-asikaso na pauwi. Akala ko nung una, since ayaw ko sa malamig [na tubig], hindi ko masyadong magugustuhan, pero iba rin kapag nahulog ka na. Haha!

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Ayun, bye Daranak!

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Ordeal pa rin ang pag-uwi pero the best part ay kung saan kami idinaan ng tricycle paakyat, siya rin ang dinaanan ng mga bike namin pababa. Heavenlies! Sobrang saya ng ilang kilometrong downhill! 🙂

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Pero kahit gaano pa kasaya ang lahat, kailangan pa rin naming harapin ang katotohanang gumagabi na at kailangan nang makauwi agad sa aming mga mahal sa buhay dahil may church service pa kinabukasan. Bukod pa dun, halos wala na rin kaming energy. Nagdecide na kami ni Henry na mag-bimodal pero si Kuya Benjie nag-insist na pumadyak pa ulit pauwi through Teresa, Rizal. So we parted ways. I arrived home ng mga 8:30pm.

At ang kinabukasan ay napuno ng limping and agonizing pain sa paglalakad. Para na rin akong nabugbog sa pagod at sakit ng hita, binti at tuhod.

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Until next time! At mukhang marami-rami pang pwedeng mapuntahan sa Tanay, Rizal. 🙂

Train of Thanks 14-15

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Wow, another two weeks passed and before all things pile up before me, I would like to catch up with my train of thanksgivings. If you are like me who is not good at remembering dates, occasions and names, keeping things at hand and jotting them down is very practical and helpful. Let me share my notes these past few days:

  1. February marks the start of the Foursquare Bible College Extension class openings! Since I now have time to spare for night classes, I grabbed all four subjects offered, three of which I currently take in Marikina extension and the other one I decided to take in Sauyo. Though attending the Sauyo class is more tiresome and challenging, I opted to do such so I can free myself from Saturday classes. No Saturday class means extra time for rest or recreation!
  2. I am thankful for my weekend biking sessions this past two weeks. Two Sundays ago we went to Antipolo to visit Bongbong (and eat Nanay Mely’s palabok and turon extraordinaire) and just yesterday we went to SM Center Angono, Rizal to, mind you, buy Gatorade (and take pictures, syempre). Haha!12697305_1195651783787990_2770984481242465982_o
  3. Last Friday I went to Marikina Sports Park alone to do a few rounds of jogging (and more of walking). That was my first time after long period of hiatus so I find myself still adjusting to it. Hopefully I will able to continue this routine, even at least once a week. Onto a physically fit figure!
  4. I was tasked to take over the preaching duty for Tumana Foursquare Gospel Church since their pastor is still in the hospital. It was a nice experience though, sharing the Word of God in a different environment. I talked about God’s Kind of Love.
  5. I really appreciate our Love Day topic on God’s Love shown in the lives of Hosea and Gomer. In spite of all our unfaithfulness and waywardness, it is comforting to realize that the Lord still welcomes us with open arms, longing for us to come back to His loving embrace. In comparison to God’s love, ours is but a mist, a dew in the morning, easily dissolved in the heat of the day. Yet God’s love is everlasting, it will never ever change.12698590_10207560863452135_4174585667346761112_o
  6. I challenged myself for a Love Month series where I will be posting FB notes on a daily basis about God’s love notes to us. I find that this is such a huge task to do, and I often see myself working late nights just to finish one post. In fact I failed to write for certain dates. But by faith, I will be able to finish this challenge by the end of the month. First day’s post is about “God Says You Are… Privileged”
  7. I am trying to be more of a morning person since lately I find myself rushing up every morning so I wouldn’t be late for work. Now that gravity has heavier pull in the morning (not a scientific truth anyway), I really need to work hard on this area. To my consolation, waking up early in the morning is a refreshing experience, but makes me very sleepy on my night classes.
  8. For the first time this year, I was able to return to my favorite spot in Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain! It is really nice to unload all your emotional baggage and future plans before the Lord and find times of refreshing from His word. I see myself as a kid who runs to his Father, crying without the need to explain anything, just enjoying the embrace of his beloved Father. It was such a nice moment indeed.12697343_10207554291687845_4072237667328547596_o
  9. I survived Mt. Pico de Loro! Details soon. Na naman.
  10. I thank the Lord for gift of friendship. I am glad to have friends whom I can share my frustrations and aspirations in life, and who challenges me to “just be me”. Priceless blessing from the heavens.

There you go, my thanksgivings for the past two weeks. How about you? What are you thankful for?

Train of Thanks 10

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

To those who made a commitment to their New Year’s resolutions, this first week is usually filled with strongest drive to push through certain goals. Be it a fitness goal, financial goal or notching one’s bucket list, don’t give up! This week’s a jumpstart!

  1. One of my goals for this year is to read a lot of books, and I don’t want to limit myself with self-help, practical Christian living books and books about faith and theology, but I will relive the joy of reading locally published selections. I am glad to have read (and re-read) Bob Ong books since Christmas and just this week I have finished Lumayo ka nga sa Akin and ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!, 12th anniversary edition. It has amused me, as always – Bob Ong’s wit and way of writing. But more than just giving me a good laugh, he made me think hard of his life choices. He chose to go against the flow, against the norms of writing conventions. Of course, he got flak at first, but his counter-culture desire to voice himself indeed made a difference. I feel thankful for his testimony, that in order to make a difference, you sometimes need to be different.image
  2. I was invited to write a guest post! Unfortunately, I haven’t started yet and I am still praying about what I’m going to write about.
  3. I bought a new bike saddle to help myself from long, painful rides.
  4. My new saddle’s first duty was when our expanding team of bikers went as far as Morong, Rizal to eat Again, I am no food blogger but I do love to eat. Budbod House’s specialty, offers interesting menu (which I failed to even take note or take a picture of) only budbod tapsilog, and the one I ordered – Budbod Rice Special a yang chow of sort with lechon kawali, salted egg and a few slices of fresh tomato.

     

  5. My Christian Worker’s license under Church of the Foursquare Gospel in the Philippines is again officially renewed. Held at Max’s Restaurant, QC Circle, I joined almost 150 pastors and church workers to renew commitment to the ministry of Christ through the church. While the program is nowhere near perfection – there were couple of bloopers and miscoordination, but what matters is how we value what was given us, what’s the ultimate reason behind the program. To those who attended, it is about the cause of Christ of bringing the good news of the gospel to every home in every community.

 What are the things you are thankful for this week?

Train of Thanks 09

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

It’s 2016! Yuhuu!

I am writing this post in pain due to migraine. I have the option to allow this blog post to pass, but I say ‘NO!’ When it comes to giving back my thanksgiving to the Lord, I desire not to stay silent. I want to practice giving credit and thanks to whom gratitude is due.

  1. Vineyard Workers’ Appreciation Day. It is an encouragement to be reminded that I am serving the King of Kings alongside people who love the Lord like me. It feels more uplifting knowing that your family members are also actively involved in their respective ministries. This coming year, the church is again challenged to answer the call for ministry. Until know I am praying for exactly where the Lord wants me to focus into but my answer will be, “count me in!”image
  2. Binangonan bike tour and the best tasting tapsilog. I think I have tasted the best tapsilog in town – or should I say out of town! If you happen to visit Michelle’s Kitchenette along Manila East Road, Binangonan Rizal, don’t leave without ever trying their tapsilog. Served in a very presentable wooden plate, you will definitely have a taste of province’s authentic palate. On our return to conquer Cardona and Morong the next time, we’ll definitely return to the place and satisfy our tapsi-craving.

     

  3. Marikina City Grand Fireworks Display. It has been a tradition among my best buddies to witness the annual fireworks display sponsored by the city government of Marikina. Thousands of people jammed with Parokya ni Edgar, among other guests, eventually resulting to flying plastic bottles and tin cans. It was fun and scary at the same time. But more than the guest artists, it is awesome to behold the dancing lights in the sky with your friends. I was even able to write a poem in reference to the fireworks. In my honest assessment though, this years’ presentation is a little less spectacular compared to previous years.
  4. FSY PASasalamat KO. Before the year ends, we have managed to push through with our Christmas fellowship and mini-reunion. We’re reminded to be grateful for everything, because first and foremost, this is the will of God for us as Christians.
  5. Mother’s recovery. We celebrated Christmas and New Year with my mother suffering from pain on her hip, which was eventually diagnosed as UTI. Her blood pressure also dropped low, and her body temperature went up. Thankfully, my titas were present to help us attend to my mother and do the festivity preparations. As of writing, my mother is already feeling well. Praise be to God!

This year has a lot of things in store for us. Are you ready for your blessings?

Train of Thanks 06

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Another fruitful week has passed! Grabe, sobrang bilis, in just a matter of two weeks as of writing this post, Christmas time na naman! This Christmas may be a lot different than last year, but praise be to God, He never ceases to be the reason for the Christmas season! And before I fully embrace Payday Tuesday tomorrow, allow me to thank the Lord for the things He has done for me the past week. Let’s get it on!

  1. Tour de Manila – from Marikina to Pasig – Makati – Manila – Mandaluyong – San Juan – Quezon City, then back to Marikina – our Tour de Manila was such a huge feat for me and my biking friends (Kuya Benj, Jem and Henry, sayang lang wala si Bongbong). We started off as early as 6am last Saturday after a hearty goto at Kalumpang, then went our way to routes we are not even familiar with. It was such a wonderful experience and never have we imagined our bikes and our strength would allow us to keep on pedalling for 12 hours straight, not including our occasional stops and rest. Except for Jem, the rest of us have not pedalled yet as far as Manila, so we’re all overwhelmed with our accomplishment! We arrived home around 8pm.

I wasn’t able to bring a better camera phone but good thing, Kuya Benj is always ready with his digicam and selfie stick. We had shots taken at Guadalupe bridge with AlDub’s split-billboard concept, of course with Rizal Shrine, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Intramuros.

Next time, we’re planning to conquer BGC, the CaMaNaVa area, or the Rizal areas. Padyak pa more.

  1. I am very much thankful with my MMND family for this:image
  2. I thank the Lord for guarding my heart and giving me peace that surpasses all understanding. Some heart issues happen as a result of outright disobedience to Him, but when you yield to His will, no matter how painful it is, He provides even the strength and peace to carry you through. #hugot
  3. Been looking for a good pair of sneakers this past few weeks and I am glad to finally make a decision. Sana lang tumagal siya. I was able to buy a pair of biking shorts! Ayun, ubos ang 13th Haha!
  4. Christmas gifts are coming! Yay!

How about you? What are you thankful for this week?

Pagsuway at Pag-alalay

May hugot din pala talaga sa biking.

Pagsuway at Pag-alalayLast Saturday, my friends and I went biking along the hustle and bustle of Pasig City. It took us almost eight hours of pedaling through occasional humps, bumps and rough road.

Ang masakit, nung pauwi na, habang dumadaan sa C5, bigla na lang napatid ang pagpedal ko. Since I am yet to learn how to discover what’s wrong with my bike, much more fix my bike, medyo nagpanic lang ako ng konti. Masyado pang malayo sa bahay. Halos parating pa lang kami ng Tiendesitas! Aakayin ko ba ang bike ko pauwi ng Marikina? Sasakay ng taxi?

Good thing, naisipan ni Jem na itali ang mga bike namin gamit ang mga bike chains. Kaya from C5 to Marikina, hila hila niya ako – dala ang bigat at pag-alalay kung paano kami makakauwi ng matiwasay.

Kagaya ng sinabi ko last post, may natutunan ako sa episode na yun ng buhay ko:

Inaalalayan tayo ng Dios, kailangan lang natin siyang pagkatiwalaan

Medyo tinamaan ako ng konting hiya nang mga sandaling hinihila ang bike ko. Ayoko kasi ng masyadong dependent sa iba, yung masyadong umaasa sa tulong ng iba. Pero that time, helpless na halos ako. Kaya kailangan kong magtiwala na magiging ok lang kami.

Kagaya din ng ating relasyon sa Dios. Minsan naiisip natin na kaya na natin. Nahihiya kasi tayo sa Kanya, na parang isang malaking kahinaan ang pagkapit sa Kanya. Pero in the first place, helpless naman talaga tayo kung wala Siya!

One thing I appreciate with my friends is their willingness to help me at the cost of their inconvenience. That’s what friendship is made up nga naman. But the Lord is a Friend as well, and more than a friend actually. Kaya kung pinagkakatiwalaan natin ang ating mga kaibigan na di tayo iiwanan, how much more can we trust the Lord?

Mas mabagal at delikado ang takbo kapag may attitude of resistance

Habang hila-hila ako at ang bike ko, may mga pagkakataon na ako ang nagpipilit magdikta sa magiging takbo namin. Kakabig ako pakaliwa, o pakanan; o kaya naman ay biglang preno.

When we resist God’s plan in our lives, tendecy is either we’ll delay our progress or worse, endanger our lives. Minsan kasi nagmamarunong tayo e.

Pero along the way, narealize ko na kung ako na dependent ay mag-iinsist ng gusto kong mangyari, possible na instead makauwi kami agad, mas bumagal pa kami or mailagay ko sa mas delikadong sitwasyon ang takbo namin. We are trudging C5 at hindi yun biro!

When we resist God’s plan in our lives, tendecy is either we’ll delay our progress or worse, endanger our lives. Minsan kasi nagmamarunong tayo e. We tend to think that we know how to direct life better than God, where in fact we are just mere passengers in His vehicle.

Kapag masyado akong nagpabigat habang hila ako, mas bumabagal ang takbo. Kapag tumigil ako, titigil din siya, pero may choice siyang iwanan ako. Hindi ko hawak ang pacing ng byahe namin, at lalong hindi ko desisyon na tulungan ako. Likewise, resistance to the Lord is futile, because we will always end up disadvantaged.

Kahit sa gitna ng iyong kalituhan, mayroon pa ring kapahingahan

Sa tagal ng pagpadyak namin, talagang inabutan ako ng pagod. Hindi biro ang halos walong oras na pagpedal a! Mula pa man ng pag-alis ko sa bahay at habang binabagtas namin ang mga kalsada, I keep on uttering prayers of guidance and protection, maging yung mga bisikleta namin ay wag nawang masira.

Pero nangyari nga ang di inaasahan. Kaya di ko maiwasang magtanong kung bakit kahit anong panalangin ko, namgyari pa rin. Ngunit sa gitna ng kalituhan, naroon ang kapahingahan. Umupo lang ako sa bike ko habang hila-hila ng bisikleta sa harap ko, at ang iba naming kasama ay nakaalalay. Napahinga ang mga paa kong napagod na sa byahe.

Likewise, God’s ways are puzzling. Mahirap intindihin kung minsan. Pero what’s best about it is hindi mo naman kailangang intindihin ang lahat sa Kanya. He is infinite, eternal and incomprehensible in the first place.

At mas ramdam ko ang daluyong ng malamig hangin at mga matatayog na istruktura sa Eastwood. Nakauwi ako, with less padyak and more pahinga (than the rest of my peers. Haha!)

Likewise, God’s ways are puzzling. Mahirap intindihin kung minsan. Pero what’s best about it is hindi mo naman kailangang intindihin ang lahat sa Kanya. He is infinite, eternal and incomprehensible in the first place. Yet when we trust His sovereignty over our lives, mas maaappreciate mo ang bawat himaymay ng wonderful plans Niya sa buhay mo. It is better to rest in Him than to be restless, stressing yourself.

May hugot din pala talaga sa biking. 🙂