Paradise on Earth

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I’m back in China and I have time to blog again. Back home, I was swamped with backlog at work and my schedule was just chaotic. I had a few days off from work though when I went to Boracay for a short vacay. Stayed at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa. And true to it’s name, I did go to a faraway haven of idyllic beauty and tranquility. Truly a paradise on Earth. God has been so good to me for all the blessings I’ve been receiving and favors I’ve been getting even from people I don’t really know. God rocks! =)

 Doesn’t this look like paradise on Earth? 
This was the view from my room. Click photo to enlarge.

Looking at that photo and reminiscing my experiences there, I can’t help but be in awe of God’s love for me in spite of all the painful experiences I’ve gone through in life. I know in my heart and in my spirit that God hasn’t forgotten me yet. He is mindful of me.

 Anton, me, Io & May

My friends and I on board Shangri-la speed boat that brought us to the island.

Enjoying the sun with my shopping buddy, Anton.

 Enjoying the water with friends


These things were results of my hard work and God’s favor last 2010. I wouldn’t have achieved all these without God’s help. He was not just my provider. He’s also my cheerleader. I couldn’t thank the Lord enough for everything He’s done.

  30th Macaulay Club Marketing Congress

 30th Macaulay Club Awards Ceremony at One Esplanade.

I believe that this is just the beginning of all the beautiful things that will be happening in this season of my life. There's so much more to come, and I'm praising God in advance for them.

Thank you, God, for making me happy. =)

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hi, bloggy friends.  I'm participating again on TT. I've missed this.

I thank the Lord that He remains FAITHFUL, even if at times I do things that hurt Him. I mean, if that is not LOVE, I don't know what is.  I'm so grateful that I serve a God that answers prayers.

Thank you, Lord!

What are you thankful for this week?

For more Thankful Thursday, visit Iris over at Grace Alone.

A Prayer Rejected

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I'm sorry for blogging less and less lately.  I have so many things I wanted to write about, but I felt too lazy to put my thoughts in writing. I also haven't been blog hopping and I know I have a lot of catching up to do.  Blah!

Since I got back from China, I felt like I was running after time.  In a few days, I'm leaving again.  Oh boy... 

Anyway, last September 1st, I was invited by my friend Manisha, to attend an Indian festival celebrating their Elephant god Ganesha at one of their fellow Hindu's condo unit in Guangzhou, China.  I had two reasons why I agreed to go.  First, I was curious about this so called festival and, second, I wanted to know how Indian food tasted like. And so I went.

 Spicy Thepla - Flat bread

Puri, Sabzi, Basmati Rice & Dal

Me, trying out the food...

I wonder, do they have anything that's not spicy?  My tongue's burning!  =)

I was also in a room full of Hindus.  They chanted as they prayed... I think. I couldn't understand a word they're saying.  Anyway, I took some photos to share with you.

 The one in yellow, in front, is their priest

These are their gods. The one in the middle, in front, is Ganesha, the Elephant god.

Aside from trying out new food, I also met new friends.

 Me & Diviana

Manisha & Diviana's Mom, Neeta
While we were there, a three year old boy from Egypt arrived at the hospital with his parents to have his neuroblastoma treated. Unfortunately, the doctors asked them to go back home after barely a week because the doctors cannot treat the boy anymore. The boy wasn't responding to the chemo.

When I learned about it, I went to their room and asked the boy's parents if I could pray for the boy. They didn't know that I was a Christian.

So, I went on and prayed. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I prayed because I really felt bad that his condition could no longer be treated.

Then, I asked for permission to bring the boy to the other room so my other Christian friend who happened to be  a patient, too, can pray with me for the boy.

The father said okay, but on one condition: he didn't want a Christian praying for his son.

I was a bit shocked, but I agreed.

I brought the child to the other room to show my friend the little boy, but didn't tell my friend what my purpose for bringing the boy there was. Then, I brought the boy back to his parents and said "I didn't let my friend pray because she was a Christian."

I guess the father didn't know at first that I was a Christian, but realized that I was one after I prayed.

I felt so sorry for them because prayer could be the boy's only chance to get healed, but the father denied him this because he wouldn't allow a Christian to pray for his child.

Nonetheless, I will still include him in my prayers.

Back home, my family and I went to Zensho, a Japanese restaurant to celebrate my two nephews' birthdays. Andre celebrated his eighth birthday last September 1;  Frederic turned seven last September 5.

Happy birthday, Andre & Fredric.

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