We spent last Sunday (June 25th) with our family in the farthermost part of the UAE (I guess) which is Al Ruwais. Al Ruwais is a 4-5 hour drive from where we live in Sharjah. Since it was a special holiday because of Eid Al Fitr, an Islamic celebration after Ramadan, we had the time to travel and meet up with our cousins, aunts and uncles. We left Sharjah at around 8 in the morning and reached the capital (Abu Dhabi) at exactly 9:35 am. We quickly dropped by in one my uncle's home there and headed to Yas mall right after. The mall was jam packed with people that it took the rest of us hours to find parking. #Megasale
Many portions of my life, I'd say, have been greatly influenced by music. Some of my beliefs have also been shaped my the movies I've seen and absolutely loved. Music and movies have impacted my life in ways people or other everyday things wouldn't. But in the rise of new music and movies, surprising genres and a change of taste in many of its "creators" must I say, which one do I think will continue to have a deeper impact on me? Music or movies?
Hello, everyone! How did last week go for you? I hope y'all had a great one. Mine went fine except for the last few days. A friend we know recently passed because of a car accident (or avoiding a car accident rather). It was heartbreaking to know that just a few days apart would be Father's day. His children were childhood friends of ours and it was devastating to know how they'd feel after the loss. So for the drivers here in the UAE, please be very alert and careful when driving. It doesn't mean that there'd be time for you to relax while even when the road seems clear as this often is what causes the accident — when you're so relaxed and didn't see things coming. Losing a loved one may be horrible but let's say that at the end of it all, we will all have to say goodbye to this earthly home and be welcomed in the next life— where pain and sadness won't exist anymore. Moving on, I thought of sharing with you a Sunday Currently entry because one, it's Sunday and two, I couldn't think of a new post yet :P
Here's my Sunday Currently entry:
Hello guys! How's your week going? Mine is going smooth except for today. Ah, I woke up today with a terrible stomach pain. I'm guessing it was because of inhaling excess gas when I was asleep. Haha! To top it off, the electricity in our area suddenly went off. In a country like the UAE, it is so difficult to lose power especially when summer is around the corner. I'm thankful though that it was back after roughly 20 minutes. Thank God that almost all our neighbors are locals which simply means that when they get electricity as soon as possible, we'll get it too! Electricity problem fixed, stomach pain, nah.
Hello, everyone! I hope you are all having a great Sunday so far.. It's been a month since I last wrote an entry in here and I absolutely feel guilty for not being able to come up with something to write. May has been a pretty toxic month for me and my family. The first week of May was spent shifting things in our new place — or new room shall I say. Imagine having to meet course deadlines while embracing the pain of sore shoulders that came from carrying heavy things! Anyway, to top off the month of May, some good things happened like preparing the decorations for Zach, my *ehem* godson. (I'm feeling so old but yes) We spent the rest of May making slideshows, cutting off crafts for decor, buying stuff and literally just putting things to places. Another event that happened is the awesome Hillsong x Voice International thanksgiving dinner that took place last 27th of May. The food was delish and also, it has been great meeting the volunteers I got to work with during Hillsong United's concert in Dubai last 28th-29th of April. Read about that here. Lastly, the the birthday celebration we have all been waiting for happened just 2 days ago (June 2) and the picture above is the Piñata where kids (mostly adults) joined in and had so much fun catching all those candies. Long story short, May may have been a lot stressful but maybe it's been the most productive too. Here's another entry for the Sunday Currently. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing good. It's been such a busy week for me as we have shifted into another place. Another blog post for that! I was so tired and emotionally stressed that I really could not find the time to post about the best thing that's happened this week, which is the Hillsong Concert that took place in Dubai last April 28 and 29. When Hillsong coming to Dubai was announced at church last Christmas, I couldn't help but to be so excited about it. Actually, excitement would be an understatement. I was more of ecstatic and joyful at the same time knowing that one of the few bands I wanna see live was to perform in Dubai.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3
When life gets too busy, things go uncontrolled, and a bunch of thoughts are running at the back of our minds, I honestly think there's one sure way to find that peace and break that we all yearn for, and that is to listen. Let Him speak. Sometimes we fill our minds with all the to-do-lists and the bucket lists that we don't get to stop for a moment and hear what God has to say.
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I woke up with a terrible mood today. I felt like I wanted to go back to sleep again just so I could escape all the complications in life. Read my post yesterday to know why and have a clue about what I'm actually talking about. Yesterday was a day like not other. It's like all the enemy's tactics to get you out of everyone's sight is suddenly working and you realize that your world has shattered just because of how sharp the tongue can be.
I grew up having trust issues. To begin with, I hated putting myself out in the public to be mentally scrutinized by people I don't even know — people I don't even give a damn about. I was afraid of talking to people and letting them know what I or my family is going through because I know that in one way or another, they wouldn't really understand us. It's tough to say but destructive stories about you can rapidly spread as if it were ice cream being given for free from Baskin Robbins. Once you become a little too comfortable, trust me, someone out of the hundreds will eventually dislike you, what you do and won't be that comfortable with you and so they decide to gossip...about you. You're on shaky ground, my friend.
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