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These are the gentlemen and the ladies I practically grew up with through the years.  Can still remember those times that we had prayer meetings aka sleepovers at the former prayer room now-turned Tabernacle.  We’d pray ‘til midnight and stopped after a neighbor threw a stone at the church’s roof because of the ruckus we made.   In my mind I can still see some of the men in this pic 10 years ago still dressed in their school uniforms.  That long and that old, huh?

Now, we’re all ‘grown up’ as Ate Sal puts it and all dressed up for a good friend, H.’s, wedding. No longer “youth” but thank God for covenant.  Different personalities, backgrounds and interests brought together by One Man – Jesus.:)

Thank You, Jesus, for brothers and sisters in Christ.

Photo credit {c} Ms. Mitzil L.

 

 

 

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Clique: Time for the Annual Barkada Shot

I guess there are just some things (well, maybe lots) that we’ll never outgrow.

One thing I’ll never get tired of or outgrow are the barkada (clique or group of friends) and family pics. Hahaha!

So forgive my penchant for nostalgia as I post some photos of our high school barkada’s dinner and “reunion” last Friday evening. I consider them God’s blessings. We practically grew up together and have been friends through thick and thin (literally and figuratively). Our friendship go a long way back – wait, let me do the math. I think at least 20 years now. Hmmm, grade six until today. Go figure.:)

I still remember my dad fuming mad at us during our HS prom as we were all very late for the event as we got tangled up at the Colours Photo Studio along Mango Ave. beside Rustans supermarket then just to have our group pic taken. He was the one driving us to the event and he waited for us for a loooong time. ;D

Guess the younger kids don’t remember that place anymore. Now all they have is a smartphone + Instagram or Facebook and instant upload. Then we had recopies and negatives. Ooh la la! So old, I am!

Among the times we’d get to reunite and bond again are Annabelle’s birthday (August), her son N.’s birthday (October) and Christmas when our friends who are living and working in Singapore come home to spend the holidays here.

Here’s our latest pic together minus half of the group. Two could not join us. Two are in Singapore and one is based in Manila. So it was just the 6 of us but oh was it a noisy, fun and “bulabog” (unruly) 6. Hah! I dare say these are some of the times when I keep forgetting I’m in my 30s already and no longer in high school. ;D

My first time at Dolce last Friday and oh how I loved the interiors and the lighting! The place is one-of-a-kind.

Okay, now I’m going to post some through-the-years group pics that we’ve had every time we bond. As always, no matter how fun it is to catch up and update each other about what’s going on with our lives, the talk almost always goes back to our high school crushes, the fun that we had in school and the fond memories of old classmates and teachers! As if! We’ve been friends for so long that we’re already used to each other’s quirks and idiosyncrasies and yet still discover new things about each other every now and then.:)

Thank You, Jesus, for friends who are like wine. The older, the better it gets. 🙂

UZ at Annabelle’s pension house last year – August 2011

Baby Eya’s birthday (Diya’s daughter) Diya is the sexy mommy in purple. 🙂

Nathan’s birthday, October 2011 with Aaliyah, our honorary member 🙂

our annual Christmas get-together, December 2011

Annabelle’s birthday, 2010 at Cafe Laguna

August 2010

Dinner with the hubbies, January 2009 🙂

UZ THEN…Brace yourself for some really geeky and old school pics. Hahaha!:)

Pics courtesy of our friend A.’s FB album

Look at them then 🙂 hahahaha! funny!

Senior year field trip at Philippine Dream (this is UZ with our male barkada counterpart) hahaha! so cliquish and childish that time! (That’s me at the rightmost side) hahaha

high school graduation 🙂

old friends are like wine

dinner at Ann-Ann’s place last Friday

…the older they get, the better they are. 🙂  Don’t you think so?

I can’t help but marvel that these ladies and I have been friends for more than a decade and a half now.  We started out as a barkada (a group or clique in English) back when we were still in grade 5 and the friendship has lasted ’til today. 

Some of the girls were busy that night.  Half of the gang (there are 11 of us) are already married while the other half is single.  One lives in another province now (Cagayan) while another one is based in Singapore.  Another friend is also based in Manila but we’ve managed to keep in touch through Facebook and emails.  Here’s to friendships forged through time, love, respect and God-ties!

my happy weekend! {God-treats}

I prayed.  I asked God for a break.  He answered with August 06, 2011.  Cebu Province Charter Day holiday.  What a bbbbeautiful day! Slept in until 11 in the morning.  Woke up to find two messages from my good friend, Mitzil, asking if we could have lunch at kfc! Weeh! God truly grants us our desires even the most mundane ones.  He truly gave me a break from the busyness of work and my STC assignments.

After a filling lunch at kfc, we decided to hang out and talk more at Starbucks I.T. Park.  The Red Velvet cake was absolutely sinful!  The cream cheese icing was so rich that its taste was imprinted on my palate even after a day or two.  The sweetness of the red velvet and the icing was enough to make you crave for another slice.   Even until today I’m still thinking about it.  And oh by the way, I forgot to mention that paired with really good coffee, it can really leave an ecstatic smile on your face just like the one I had last Saturday. 🙂

Photo taken by my friend Mitzil 🙂

weekend bits {red velvet}

Just a thought:  If God answers our prayers for such a small treat (i.e., Starbucks’ Red Velvet cake and KFC) as a break from work and school, how then will He not answer our prayers and petitions for breakthroughs for the things that are important to Him like putting an end to child trafficking, child prostitution and pornography?  Selah. Check this headline last Friday on Cebu Daily News.  A historical event.  This is what happens when we pray.

This is the season FOR BREAKTHROUGHS AND VICTORIES!  Now this thing about child trafficking was a burden that was placed by God in our senior pastor’s heart last January and it has been an amazing, exciting ride to see our God expose what has been in the darkness for so long to come into the light in the past 8 months!  No month has gone by that there is no news about people being exposed and young people rescued from this horrible plight.  These days, it’s almost an everyday thing.

God’s heart is for the children and, in our time, He has awakened His people to intercede and cry out for those who cannot cry any longer because of their oppression. Let us pray and fast to end this form of slavery in our generation!

 

Read about the story here.

P.S. – So why a post titled Red Velvet?  Think about it:  If God answers such a teeny weeny request for a break how then will He not give the greater things like winning this war on child trafficking, prostitution and pornography? 🙂  Thank You, Jesus! More, Lord!

mishmashed thoughts

This would look good with a yellow or green or pink cardigan -- sigh

Just got back from the mall where Mitzil and I spent a good two hours looking for the perfect dress for this Saturday’s Art Exhibit at DC.  Alas, I could not find the dress that could make my heart beat faster.  I’ve started looking for this full-skirted, bustier 1950s style of dress that I could wear with a black bolero since last December to no avail.  Instead, I found what I wanted in a Wedding website here in the internet tonight. 😉  I’ve until tomorrow evening to find that elusive dress. Maybe I’ll find that in my ever dependable and surprising downtown store. *wink!*

It’s a blessing how real, covenant friends allow you to let your hair down and just be.  I am reminded of the line from Proverbs “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  Thank God He connected Mitzil to Happy and me not just spiritually but by affinity now.

Dream BIG. What dream did God give you?

While I was pondering on the previous post about Rebecca St. James getting engaged at 33, I could not help but think about the many dreams I have that I’ve been praying for.  One big dream I have is to see this nation change.  Second, is I’ll say this out loud now ‘coz God’s teaching me to be real with myself these days:  I want to marry that person whom I can fulfill God’s purposes in our generation together.   So this simply means that our purposes would have to be aligned.

I chanced upon this site: Delightfully Engaged 🙂

...as finding the right color board! LOL!

If only finding the right one was as easy...


Sweetly Delightful!!!


What a fresh motif! Soothing!

Like my prayer for my personal life, I’ve always asked God that my life would bring honor to Him even in my mistakes and weaknesses.  Likewise, I want Him to be glorified by every decision and choice I make.

Third, I pray that this country’s educational system would be revolutionized.  That a new generation of teachers who know God would rise up.  And that the public schools and its students would see new school buildings, a wide array (array jud!) of instructional materials and more classrooms and more classrooms!  Imagine that!