Before I start, I just want to tell everyone how proud I am to be Filipino. I'm simply proud and blessed because of the richness of its culture. Like no other. I am a Filipino with Spanish and Chinese descent (as my parents told me) but I'm fully Filipino by heart. So this blog is all about the things I realized about being who I am -- about being a Filipino :)
You know you're a Filipino when:
1. You or your girl friends straighten your/their hair (rebond) just because it's kulot or in other words curly.
2. You love wearing loose or ugly clothes at home (pambahay), but when you go out the house, you actually look like you're the best dresser in town!
3. You are happy with the little things life can give you.
4. You are either really good in music or not. There's nothing between that.
5. You're used to greet older people with holding their hands and putting it on your forehead. Others call it Bless in English and Mano Po in Tagalog.
6. When you're in abroad, you know whether that man or woman walking down the street are Filipinos just because of how they dress up. (I know right!)
7. You love rice! It's either you pair it with tuyo (dried fish), sabaw (soup), any main meals/viands or simply anything.
8. You love the traditional Filipino chocolate -- Chocnut which is made of nuts.
9. You bow down when passing between two people or more who are talking as a sign of excuse.
10. You never, never butt in during conversations unless you're involved in it.
11. You are so emotional when you watch "teleseryes" and get carried away for real.
12. You truly love art and nature!
13. You love storing plastic bags and used water bottles thinking that you can use it again someday.
14. You have a great respect for our elders. Usually, we are more closer to our grandparents than our parents ourselves.
15. You love defending the celebrities you love from their haters even if you know that they don't care. (Haha!)
16. You have big and extraordinary dreams but that doesn't take contentment away from you.
17. You have a really huge desire to help your fellow countrymen because you feel like if you were the president, there'd be a better chance of progress in the country.
18. You love having big TVs at home and you don't care having NO more space available.
19. You know what "ukay-ukay" means and you love it!
20. Pacquiao's fights are a big deal to you.
If you know more, don't hesitate to comment! Big Smiles :D
For more fun facts about the Filipino Culture, I recommend you to watch Hey Joe Show! You can watch them on Youtube..
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Since I'm home alone today feeling a bit lazy and all, here are the songs (the melody) that really matches with my mood today.
1. Beautiful Soul (Cover) by Boyce Avenue
2. History by This Wild Life
3. Want To Want Me (cover) by Megan Davies
5. Marry Me by Jason Derulo
BECAUSE OF THE LORD'S GREAT LOVE WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, FOR HIS COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL. THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS.
Last night, at exactly 00:00, I was about to publish a post similar to this, but Weebly on my phone has unfortunately stopped because of some glitches. Anyway, last night was quite different. I didn't feel like I was ever going to be okay. I was depressed, I admit. I wanted life to just get better, but it just isn't happening the way I wanted things to be. I felt so bored that I kept scrolling on my Instagram feed over and over again which made me even memorize all of the captions already. I then checked my 'explore' tab, and out of the blue, there was just something that touched my heart to its core.
I bumped into the page of Jay Lucas who has undoubtedly such talent in photography, but aside from that, the part of his feed that I instantly loved the most were his posts about his daughter, Caitie and her recent death. The photos show just how much he and his wife loved their daughter so much. Honestly, my tears just had to drop while browsing through their photos! Caitie was down with an immune disorder that have affected their whole family -- even their church friends. Above all the pain and grief that are portrayed through their pictures and its captions, it is undeniable that their faith and trust in God still stood out.
I mean, how could so much of intense pain still be turned into praise? How could death ever be a reason to still move on with life? And how could a little girl's battle for life still bring inspiration to many? The thought of these things just made me realize how grateful I must be.
Life, for me, has always been a mixture of fun and sorrow -- mostly sorrow. If I were to grab a line from Anne of Green Gables, I'd say that "I'm in the depths of despair". Although I believe that God is in control, sometimes I can't just believe it anymore because of the circumstances I face in life. But now, I can only be thankful that even if my faith went on wavering, God reminds me, even through pictures that He is in control and will always be. His mercies are new every morning and He never fails.
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I wrote this 3 months ago and to be honest, I really can't remember what bothered me so much that time. The fact is,
I admit, this feeling still bothers me up till today. The reason why I looked up for this draft is maybe because my situation today triggers the same emotions I had that day: depressed, anxious and afraid. I'm just lost and confused.
Sometimes I just feel so empty,
My head starts to ache and my heart beats weakly.
Sometimes I don't know why certain things happen without a detailed explanation.
I just feel so down and weary, so dry and useless.
I see the light but I can't reach it. I found the the pathway but couldn't tread it.
Why is everything so against my will? Why does every single thing not work out?
Another year is long enough to give in, to give up.
I mean, what's the purpose? If there's any.
I know what'll fill me up, but I guess it's just not enough.
I'm thankful, grateful and blessed but still, I can't find happiness.
When will everything be okay? When will everything be my way?
When will that feeling of being alone and poor and oppressed just go away and let me be?
Can't I just be given that freedom to be happy?
Can't I just live life with nothing to worry? Can't I?
I wanna be free from financial slavery,
I wanna study and travel the world.
I want to reach out, serve God and many, but I don't even know when that will be.
I hate the fact that I'm growing old but I still find myself useless and miserable.
Not knowing what to do -- it's just unbearable. I hate this, I hate this.
I want to write, but it's just so blurry and I couldn't get things done.
I wanna sing but there's no voice coming from within.
What should it take for me to be happy? What should I do to let go of this life so messy?
Should I stand, wait and pray? or should I move and stay away?
God, I need you now more than ever. Why can't you just let me be that happy, contented, problem -free kid that I once used to be?
I miss that child, I miss the happy and cheerful me. When will the real me come back?
Happy Thursday! These are my current favorites — the Christian songs I find so catchy lately. Hope you can relate with me somehow :)
1. Oceans by Hillsong United
The part I really love most is the bridge that says:
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"
2. Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United
And for this song, I prefer this part that is somewhere in the second verse:
"The day and its trouble shall come
I know that Your strength is enough
The scandal of grace, You died in my place
So my soul will live"
3. Jesus Is Better by Austin Stone Worship
I just learned of this song lately when both my sisters performed this at church together with the youth music team.
I tell you, I never really heard this song before, but it just got stuck in my mind! #LSS
So here are the songs I love! I hope you, too, get the time to listen to it. I just love how God speaks to us through music.
Have a nice Friday tomorrow!
Last March 27, we've had the privilege of celebrating Easter during sunrise at the beach! How amazing is that? Actually, I've been planning to post this earlier, but I was obviously running out of time to do so. So here, I just wanted to share a little something about what actually happens during Fellowship's Easter Sunrise Service.
Thankfully, there have been some selfless people who managed to decorate the place really early in the morning, when everything was still dark. It's just amazing how the beach looked like. A stage made up of sand, and of course, this cross right here to your left. Before the cross had been this beautiful, it was first empty. Just wood and some metal thingy that would hold the flowers later on. This cross symbolizes just how beautiful Easter day is.
Imagine a life so empty, so dull, so boring and colorless? In short, a life without meaning. Imagine that kind of life where everything around you is negativity, pride, selfishness and greed? Imagine how you would finally end up with all those ugly things that weigh you down? If I imagine what my life would be like that, nope. I wouldn't even give it a try because my life is just messy. But guess what, Jesus changed all that. As in He completely gave no power to those sins that pull you down. And death, finally, has no power over you. And how did that ever happen? Jesus' death. Simple.
Because of Jesus' death on the cross, we are fully assured that we wouldn't end up with messy, terrible lives. And not that just His death, but also because of His resurrection that made things even more beautiful and meaningful. God is good! God is great! The decision to believe that fact is completely up to you now. Jesus — He did His part to finally prove to you that He loves you more than ever, and that no amount of sins (bad things we do) could ever separate you and me from Him — not even death.
I obviously don’t have even the slightest idea of how this blog will turn out but it seems to me that once the topic is defined, it is easier to free write more than anything else. As I was lying in bed finally getting some needed rest because I’m down with flu, this random thought just kicked in. Growing up, I had a lot of problems on looking good or probably looking better whenever I’m out of the house. There would be days like I’m in the mood to really dress well putting on some cute dresses, wear heels or sometimes put on a little something in my face while there were some when I almost looked like a tomboy wearing baggy tops and bottoms and doing my hair in such a messy way. It comes to me just right now that I’ve read a quote that states: “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” I don’t know who remarked this nor do I want to research about it anymore, but I definitely perceive that this is something I have always applied in my life. Dressing well, for me, is not an outward act of wanting to impress people but rather, it is something I do for myself. It is something that builds up my confidence and that through dressing well, I learn to be decent enough for occasions or events I go to where people won’t say pleasing things in front of me then mock me behind my back for under dressing in a party, in church or camping activities.
What just bothers me right now is why some people don’t mind about what they wear and why they should even dress in a proper manner! In my 19 years of existence, I witnessed a lot of people not even looking like they were even in the right place. They step in and wow! Seriously? Like for example,
1. In the mall – A mall is probably one of those most visited public places where people of any religion, from any place, of different positions in life would just come, enter and stop by. Saying this, I wonder… a mall can be cold and when I say this, sometimes it’s freezing cold. But why do some people look like they’re off to the beach wearing almost nothing? Honestly speaking, I heard a lady once said "what are they not wearing?” which I believe is true. If you’re at least wearing something suitable, no one would have to frankly ask questions like that. And besides, like here in the UAE, there would always be posters and guidelines just at the entrance of the mall stating that short shorts are not allowed, spaghetti straps are forbidden and a whole lot more. But it happens so often that it is either not noticed or disobeyed. Going back to the ‘manners’ thing, I really think that when you have enough “manners” or even knowledge of what it is, you wouldn’t just dress non- sensibly. It just takes a little respect for this country’s culture and a little sacrifice to abide by the rules. What is so hard? ( I wouldn’t want to use my blog to judge people but since this is what my topic reaches, it is a must to include this once and for all.)
2. At Church – For Christians, no matter which church you go to, whether it is in a hotel, a villa, a private residence or just anywhere, I firmly believe that the church is a sacred place. A sacred place where we can meet with God to praise Him, talk about Him and finally – meet with others too! And that being said, sometimes, especially for women, it can be so hard to dress decently since shorts are way more comfortable, ayt? Spaghetti straps or backless shirts gives a fresher and lighter feeling, yes? I know. I sometimes wished I could wear just about anything without having to worry about people around me. But then, as we are in the church, it is important to know that we wouldn’t want others to stumble especially our brothers, the men. I often ask myself, why are the women always pointed at when speaking about modesty? Shouldn’t it be the men who should control themselves and just be happy for us and look at us with respect no matter what we wear? This question, too, has been asked in one youth event that I attended and I remember what the leader’s reply is: “If you consider the men at church you’re brothers, you wouldn’t want to be the stumbling block that goes before them.” I thought, yeah, she’s right and she had a point. But more than anything, it is not about men that we should dress properly but rather, it is the reverence and awe in God that should push us to do so. I’d like to say that I’m not perfect nor do I dress well at church, but even then, I am constantly reminded that the God we serve is a God of decency and order. If we can dress absolutely well at parties and at workplaces, how much more should we at church? It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing jeans or dresses as long as you’re wearing garments – not undergarments! Indeed, it is at the heart’s state when we begin to believe and realize that at church, modesty is a must.
In my life, I often get judged about the way I dress. There would just be radicals out there who’d think that because of the certain circumstances I face, I shouldn’t dress well. I shouldn’t look like I’m alright and most of all, I shouldn’t look like I have the money to buy everything that is wrapped around my body. I mean, is it a crime to look good or at least feel good? Is it that bad to wear ‘ as good as new’ clothes that have been handed down to me? Is it so out of the equation to put on towering high- heeled shoes that are my relatives’ or friends’ gifts to me? Despite the fact that I sometimes feel that the right of dressing well is being stripped off of me, the more I have the urge to look better – head high.
As I said earlier, dressing well is a form of good manners. It could also reflect what a person is on the inside. If you are knowledgeable, dress like you are one. If you want to be respected, show that you are someone who should be treated that way. You don’t have to be fake to look good, you just have to know where you’re going to and dress rightly for that. In that way, you can show that you are one who was brought up with really high standards, and of course – good manners.
P.S. - I already know who said the quote.. It's Tom Ford :)
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