De-Stressing Over Desserts

Stressed is spelled desserts backwards so I think it was just fitting that when I was on the verge of having a meltdown in the office, I told my friend Ezra that I wanted pie and pudding! So we went to the Toby’s Estate nearest us.

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We shared a slice of their bestseller Calamansi Pie and an order of Sticky Toffee Pudding. The pie was, as always, perfect. A lovely mix of sweet and zesty. The sauce tasted really good but the pudding was not as sticky as I expected it to be. 

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Ezra didn’t have coffee because her tastebuds is like of a child’s. She can’t tolerate anything bitter, so she doesn’t drink alcohol, too. Makes me wonder how we became friends! Hahaha! (Hi Ez, I love you kahit madalas kita binu-bully! ✌🏻️💋)

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Toby’s Estate
V Corporate Center,
125 L. P. Leviste Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
M, T – 7am to 10pm
W, Th, Fr, Sat 7am to 12mn
Sun – 8am to 10pm

Dinner Date and Discussion with The VG Girls at Chaplin

Once a month, we have a discussion that’s exclusive for girls in a new café or resto. Last week of May, Lou and I facilitated the discussion with one of the most exciting topics in the history of ever… GOD’S WILL. It’s a lot to process so it’s a good thing there were a lot of food to go around as we talked about the word and shared our experiences relevant to the topic at hand.

We had some Chaplin Pizza, which is pizza with shakshouka. This hard to spell dish (haha) is popular in North Africa and Middle East is made with eggs, tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin. Not sure if cumin was the spice I tasted because it wasn’t that strong. Pabor kasi hindi ako mahilig sa cumin. 😀

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We also had shakshouka without the crust, two kinds of salads (Greek and Feta), chicken steak, and eggplant with tahini. Not really sure bakit puro pang-diet ang mga inorder naming that night. :p Must be a twisted effect of the framed quote near our table that says, “I could lose weight, but I hate losing.”

I liked their freshly baked bread served with 4 dips- eggplant salad, pesto, cream cheese and tuna.

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For dessert they have Alfajores cookies with dulce de leche filling, cheesecakes, apple pie, and several kinds of mousse.

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As for our discussion, we were all reminded that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect. That we will not be able to understand it if we focus on our own wants or what the world wants for us.

What I learned recently that helped me out a great deal in checking if a dream or a goal is in line with God’s will is that it will meet the following- 1. It will be known through God’s Word.(Because what better way to know what He wants to say but through the Bible) 2. It will be confirmed through God’s Word or through godly counsel. (God is a God of clarity, He will definitely send something or someone to bring confirmation.) 3. It will be a situation that will need you to rely on God. (So that the glory will be His not ours!)

So there. Isn’t it nice to eat good food and talk about things that matter with your girl friends? 🙂

Check out Chaplin’s menu here.

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Chaplin
Fourth Floor, Century City Mall,
Kalayaan Avenue Corner Salamanca Street,
Poblacion, Makati City
02 9465335

Ang Banana Cue. Bow.

I had an intense craving for banana cue  and even if I was already running late for an appointment, I stopped by the carinderia near our building to buy one. Naman eh. Friday night ko pa gusto ng maasukal na banana cue. I got the banana cue with the most sugar. Woohoo! Solid! Yumyumyum! 👌 Excited na ako lamunin but I saw a streetkid beside me looking at my banana cue. Ang sama ng tingin nitong batang lalaki sa banana cue ko. I thought, “Ay nako. Baka humingi pa ito sa akin ha.” But he didn’t ask for it, he simply looked at the banana cue and then looked at his dirty bare feet. I wanted to buy one for him but I had no more money left. (I was planning to withdraw when I get to where my appointment was.) I opened my mouth intending to bite my snack but instead, to my tummy’s horror 😲, I asked the little boy if he wanted it and he nodded. I handed the banana cue to him and he ate it without paying attention to me anymore. I thought, “Loko itong bata na ito, nakakain lang, dinedma na ako.” Anyway, I went back to my building to wait for my Uber ride. After a few minutes, just when I was about to leave, I heard a loud voice, “MA’AM!!!!!!!!! MA’AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I turned around and saw the little boy. He ran towards me and said, “Tenk you po sa banana cue! Ang sarap sarap po!!!!!!!!!” And he smiled the biggest, sweetest smile I’ve ever seen. 😄 I was overwhelmed with surprise that he was able to find me and that he was so expressive with his thanksgiving. I smiled and said “Welcome!” and he waved goodbye and ran across the street.

I will always remember that smile. I believe that’s waaaaay sweeter than any banana cue I would ever crave for again! There really are moments that we will be made to want something so bad not for ourselves but so that we can be instruments to make the people around us feel good. 😊 💕

#ThankYouLordJesus
#toGodbetheglory
#grateful

Pahabol thought: Actually, feeling ko mas na-bless ako kaysa sa bata ng situation na ito. I feel like I entertained an angel.

A Victorious Weekend

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

I’ve been a Christian all my life (usual story, Catholic since birth, went to non-secular schools), but I didn’t really put much thought into what it really means until 5 years ago. I was stuck at that spiritual crossroads for half a decade until I finally had to choose the path where I was led by the Spirit to continue my walk of faith.

After a severely harrowing experience early this year, I found myself attending Victory again. Contrary to how I dealt with my problems before, I ran towards God this time. I was desperate to know Him so that I can understand why I had to experience that much pain. Was it a punishment for being imperfect? A test that I have to endure because I am called for a greater purpose? And if He chooses not to answer these questions, then I just wanted to feel the peace only He can give that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

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Water Baptism – March 19, 2016, Makati Sports Club

I’m grateful that there are people in my life that went the extra mile/s to help me with my walk. After numerous Facebook chats, coffee dates, One2One sessions, attending services, I was certain that I would like to publicly confess my faith through water baptism. Special thanks to my friend Jan who conducted my One2One, partnered with me in the weekend retreat and of course, helped pastor (Coach) Rob with my baptism. Thus, now I call her Jan The Baptist. :p You know, in reference to John The Baptist, the cousin of Jesus Christ who baptized him in the Jordan River. The time when the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” (Luke 3:21-22)

So if it happened thousands of years ago, why is it still important now? First, it is a move from death to life. It’s a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our being submerged into the water identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection after 3 days. Second, it confirms a brand new and blessed life. It’s a symbol of a new life with God. Baptism is like a wedding ring, an overt symbol of the commitment you made to be a follower of God. Also, as the Word tells us to baptize believers “…into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, (Matthew 28:19) then it confirms our position in Christ and affirms the blessings of the Father on us as his children.

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If you’re asking me if my life has been smooth sailing since this decision, sorry to disappoint you with the truth, but NO. :p We weren’t promised a storm-free life, but a storm-proof one. The difference from my life before and now is that I am absolutely sure now that God has my back. I am still a sinner, but everyday I am motivated to be more like Jesus. I can only do this through His abundant grace, for if left on my own, I cannot transform myself. I am sooooooo far from the woman I believe that He wants me to become, but I know deep in my heart that I have been called for a purpose, therefore, he will work things out for my good (Romans 8:28) .

I also believe that He doesn’t call the qualified. Instead, he qualified the called. I am in the process of knowing Him more. I started taking Foundations Classes in Victory Katipunan (Layo noh? Doon ako tinawag for some reason eh kahit na nasasaktan ako sa lugar na ‘yon. Hehe, pero obey lang!) and hanging out with friends (Hello to my VG in Makati!) who are in love with God.

I’d like to end this entry with the note that came with the gorgeous sunflowers that my friend Charm sent to me as a (spiritual) birthday gift. I am truly humbled that there’s a God who can give me beauty for ashes. There’s a God who hears and answers my prayers (quickly when He deems fit), in fact, I wrote on my prayer journal the morning before I received those blooms, “Jesus, penge naman ng bonggang surprise. Lambing lang po.”:) and BOOM!! He showed me His lambing through the thoughtfulness of my friend from Singapore. There is indeed nothing impossible with God. ‘Yan ang specialty Niya. I once told someone that I had a difficult time motivating, “Problems aren’t forever” and I got a reply “You’re right, but I don’t know when my problems will end.” If given a chance to talk to this person again, I will tell him that He is loved by the Architect of the Universe… the Ultimate Manager of Time. With this wisdom, how can one not trust Him completely and follow His ways?

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I am excited to see the plans and promises He has for me to come to pass! I hope that you get to experience His presence in your life especially if you haven’t surrendered your life to Him yet. And I also hope that His plans and promises for you will be revealed clearly as you get to know Him more.

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I invite you to visit http://victory.org.ph/ . If you live or work in Makati (or you feel like you have a calling in Makati), you may also visit http://victorymakati.org/ or http://facebook.com/victorymakati .