Keeping Friends

Having a friend is one thing. Keeping them is another.

Acquaintances will always be around. Casual friends will eventually come. However, out of the hundreds of people we meet every day, we keep just a handful of intimate friends. The reason is simple – trust is elusive, and it is only given to those who really deserve it.


Friends just come and go, but real friends stick together. Distance cannot separate. Intimate friends will remain intimate as long as trust is present. Trust is the glue that bonds people together and make them bow to each other that they’ll remain loyal to their friendship.

I am privileged to have people whom I consider my best buddies. We may not always have a chance to physically go out together for lunch or out-of-town trips, but our concern and prayers for each other keeps us connected. Thanks to social media, communication is much easier.

Friendship 1Having a friend is one thing. Keeping them is another. Keeping friends is one of the most wonderful gift you can give yourself. Real friendship do not keep score on who gets the most out of the friendship. You may fight over the biggest pizza slice or who will get the most prized seat in a taxi, but at the end of the day, you remain friends.

If you have found your friends for keep, I tell you, you are more than blessed.

Friendship 3

Train of Thanks 04

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

It’s Monday once again, and before we formally welcome December tomorrow, allow me to send you my warm advanced greeting – Merry Christmas!

This week is filled with a lot of things to thank God for! Actually kung iisipin, lahat naman ng linggo at araw ay punong-puno ng mga bagay na maaaring ipagpasalamat sa Diyos. The Christmas rush is already rushing into our streets, our television sets and even felt by our pockets! Nararamdaman mo na ba? Haha!

  1. It has been a long time since I really gave priority to spend quality time with my family, especially with my parents. I am thankful for opportunities that I can serve them through my time and somehow, treating them even with simple dinner or taking them out for window shopping 🙂 Hahah!
  2. I am thankful for the privilege of serving the church in our 47th Church Anniversary, along with my all volunteers. It is a delight to serve the King of kings alongside people who loves the Lord as much as you do. Indeed, there is no other greater thing in this world that can compare with privilege of serving the One who has set us free.
  3. Itutuloy ko na: I am one with my whole church family, Marikina Foursquare Gospel Church, in thanking the Lord for His faithfulness to us, guiding us though ups and downs in the last 47 years of our church. I may not be present during the times when the church was conceived through prayers and when the first members started to congregate, but I am sure that the Lord is always present not just years ago but also in the coming years ahead. He is faithful indeed, and as members of the body of Christ, we’ll be ever grateful. Search for #MFGCat47 sa Facebook for pictures. Ohh! We had Ms. Miriam Quiambao, Ms. Universe 1999 1st Runner-up as our guest sharer. Will post my reflections na lang about her talk some other time.  Here’s my take on her preachimony (link here).
  4. For meaningful talks with my (some kasi wala yung iba) best of friends, I am so thankful. After our church anniversary celebration, Kuya Benjie, Henry and I had the chance to do the usual stuff we do even when we were still in teenage years – bibili ng makakain at tatambay, magkukwentuhan ng mga life goals at kung ano-ano pa. It is a blessing to know that you have friends who listen to you and never gets tired of doing so, tapos tatawa na lang kayo sa mga simple sights and pleasures sa paligid niyo. Oh, great feeling!
  5. Of course, for my birthday! I don’t usually celebrate birthdays but I appreciate people who remember me and pray for me. Though nasabi ko na ito sa previous post ko (my poem of appreciation for all people who are there for me always), I will never run out of reasons to thank the Lord for all of you. I may not be able to name names, but God knows who you are. My deepest gratitude.

And to you who reads this post, my appreciation. May this post be a challenge for you to share what are the things you are thankful for? As the old hymn goes, “Count your blessings, name them one by one”.



Because food and bike goes together

Uulitin pa ba namin? Most likely yes.

Today is a very tiring yet fulfilling day. My friends and I spent our Saturday morning on our bicycles, roaming around Marikina, breaking free from our usual routine. However, instead of just pedalling our way to physical exhaustion, we have decided to make our journey more meaningful by visiting some of our churchmates (at kumain ng lahat ng ihahanda nila!).

First stop: Nicolas’ Residence
Our treat: Perfect goto sa umaga


Second stop: Nanay Luz’ Eatery
Our treat: Napakasarap na lumpiang gulay/okoy


Third stop: Paragas’ Residence
Our treat: Sandwich, softdrinks at takehome Cream-O


Final stop: Mangaya’s Residence
Our treat: Full lunch – Baliwag Lechon, Siarsiadong GG and Iced-tea habang nanonood ng Eat Bulaga


What did I get after tiring yourself under the heat of the sun on a lazy weekend?

1. Masaya kayang makasabay si Mayor Del sa pagbibisikleta! Yup, we just had a close encounter with the mayor himself as if we’re close buddies. He even said “good morning” and “sama kayo”.

2. I appreciate how my city is indeed a bicycle friendly city. Bike lanes are big help for bike enthusiasts and feeling enthusiast kagaya ko.

3. Food! Wala ng kailangan pang paliwanag.

4. I had the chance to pay a visit sa lolo ko kahit sandali lang para makapag-mano. It was just a short side trip though.

5. Sabay-sabay na panonood ng AlDub at sabay-sabay ring mag-alala kay Yaya at mainis na di pa rin sila nagkita. #SquadGoals

6. Minister with friends. If there is one thing that I am thankful of sa mga friends ko, when it comes to service and love for God, you can always count on them. Serving with them is a joy.

7. Also, having this:


8. And most importantly, this kunwari-Timberland shot.


Uulitin pa ba namin? Most likely yes.