Mathias

Mathias

Mathias

On July 4th, we welcomed Mathias to the world :) He is the little boy of my favorite doctor couple — Ate Mitzi and Kuya Mark. It is heartwarming to think that I was third wheeling for many years with them, and now they have a permanent third wheel in the person of this little baby.

While seeing this little one over Google Hangouts and connecting with family, I felt the outpouring of love. Family will forever be family, and love will always be available to everyone of us. So much grace and thanksgiving was felt when Mathias was born.

Welcome to the family, Mathias! :) See you soon online and I hope your mom doesn’t gigil you too much :) We love you!

Forever Boyzone Fangirl

#BZ20

#BZ20

I was sure to watch Boyzone’s 2nd concert in Manila on May 26 of this year, but the question was, who was the best person to bring? Upon asking my sisters and boyfriend why I should bring them, I got the following responses:

Paula: May outfit na ko for the concert!
RG: Ha?!? Ako ba isasama mo?
Kris: (sang ALL the Boyzone songs I quizzed her on. She knew everything!)

So it was obvious that I was bringing Kris. :) But it became more obvious when Boyzone appeared onstage that Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. Even with the 1.5-hour wait and lots of complaints from my sister, she beat me to the classic, shrill, fan-crazed scream! And who wouldn’t scream when one lays her eyes on this one?

Ronaaaaan!

Ronaaaaan!

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The Good Life at Anvaya Cove – Part 2

The Good Life at Anvaya Cove

The Good Life at Anvaya Cove

When we first visited Anvaya Cove 4 years ago, I was gushing of the beautifully landscaped resort community, its clean pools, and inviting waters. When we eagerly came back this year, some things have changed, but the overall feel is the same. The place still makes me want to wear my shades and sing —

Oh, this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good good life

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Hesus ng Aking Buhay

Hesus ng Aking Buhay
Arnel Aquino, SJ

Sikat ng umaga, buhos ng ulan
Simoy ng dapit-hapon, sinag ng buwan
Batis na malinaw, dagat na bughaw
Gayon ang Panginoon kong Hesus ng aking buhay

Saan man ako bumaling, ika’y naroon
Tumalikod man sa ‘Yo, dakilang pag-ibig Mo
Sa akin tatawag at magpapa-alalang
Ako’y Yong ginigiliw at siyang itatapat sa puso

~

One of my favorite worship songs, and incidentally, a song composed by one of the directors in the retreat I attended over the Holy Triduum. I learned a lot this weekend, and I hope I can keep everything in my heart and mind in the coming days and months. It is a blessing to have these priests share their knowledge and show their love to us through their service. I feel blessed be a part of the group who was touched and changed because of them.

Indeed, God is always good! And Jesus is risen! Happy Easter! Alleluia! :)

Coron Dreams

We have never been to Coron. On a bright February Friday, our small plane, the one we almost missed, steadily approached the runway amidst the greenest hills. It instantly felt like Coron is somewhere different, a unique paradise waiting to be discovered. As we traveled to the town in a van packed with tourists and locals, we were stopped in our tracks by cattle leisurely hanging out in the middle of the road. This made me smile; we were definitely not in the city anymore.

In the next few days, I was proven right. It was a shame to have just two full days to see the beauty of Coron. The underwater life, the sea, the beaches, the lakes, the landscape, and the people all left a mark. I’d gladly go back and explore it again. And while I dream of going back to Coron, here are my favorites from our first trip:

Ready to snorkel!

Ready to snorkel!

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