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Hospital Nanny Diary

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This is why nursing or medicine never appealed to me - lack of patience for a patient (oh what pun!).

Responding to Stroke | The First Few Days

This is an account of what our family experienced this week. I'm hoping our experience will provide insights to people caring for senior or near-senior family members. If your parents are already taking maintenance meds for either hypertension or diabetes, be alert for the signs of a stroke attack.

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This is the story of Tatay's first stroke attack.

My De’Longhi Christmas Wishlist

Married life has made me realize the joy of cooking.

We've always thought that we can survive in "lutong ulam" (cooked food from canteens and peddlers). It is very convenient, a little cheaper than cooking our own meals, but we always look for that "lutong bahay" (home-cooked) taste. Who wouldn't? Anyone who has ever grown up to their parents' cooking will.

Last month, I had a terrible flu. My husband cooked chicken soup for me. He could have bought ready-made soup from a canteen nearby. Cooking the soup at home took more money and time to make, but I really appreciate the gesture.

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A home-cooked meal will always taste better than a store-bought meal because of all the love that goes with cooking it!

Life on Earth Log 004 | Volunteer Teachers

Tuesday is teacher's day. That's how it has been since September.

My husband and I are also volunteer teachers for Values Instruction Class. By the way, teaching values doesn't make any of us perfect. We just happened to be available and able to teach kids. Every values lesson becomes a mirror wherein we see our own spiritual situation before we can teach others. Aside from the kids learning from these lessons, we learn as well. 

On our way to class! Please excuse my sans make-up face.

I didn't expect my husband to sign up to teach grade school because he claims he has "little patience for children." I think he's having fun teaching he just won't admit it. 


I published the facebook page last night. Orders came in this morning. 

I feel both blessed and overwhelmed. 😊

It's a blessing to practice my passion which is DESIGN - thinking and putting those ideas out! This time those ideas are in a form of a 4" x 5" mini planner. Making mini planners is not without its challenges, but it's a badly needed escape from the technicalities and seriousness of the architecture profession. I mean it when I say I enjoy making them.

Switching From Your Maiden Name to Your Married Name | PRC ID Renewal

For female professionals, there's an option to change or retain the maiden name. When a Filipina marries, it's customary to switch to the husband's last name. Lately, I found out that there's an option for married female professionals to only change the civil status and retain their maiden name.

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Why would a female professional keep using her maiden name?
  1. Her clientele and industry partners know her by her original surname.
  2. To avoid having to apply for new bank accounts in her new name.
  3. To further establish herself in the industry through her birth name, instead of building a reputation for her new name.

I asked my husband if he would allow me to keep my maiden name. It wasn't an issue for him if I choose whether to change my surname or not. I explained that our future children will automatically take upon his surname. I guess that was enough for him.

It was only this morning on my trip to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Central Office in Manila that I decided to take upon my husband's surname. I will still use my maiden surname, just hyphenate it with the new one (which will make my whole name even longer).

Mass Movie Trailer Review for 2016-2017

I don't watch in movie theaters. I prefer watching at home with the convenience of having a pause button and a toilet nearby, and also cheaper food. I can work while watching too. Win-win!

Here are some of the movies to consider watching in 2017

When a Dog Becomes a Teenager

We all know that our pets age differently from us humans. For average-sized to large dogs, they age about 7 times in a year. For small dogs like a chihuahua, it's about 6 times in a year. If your chihuahua is healthy, he/she may live up to 15 to 20 years.

How do you know when your puppy is no longer a puppy because it has turned into a dog?

How do you identify when your furbaby is entering the adolescent age?

One of the signs is when your female dog starts to fangirl over series... Just kidding!
(She has a crush on Rollo of Vikings.)

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Best Features of OPPO F1s

Whether like taking selfies or taking pictures of everybody else, Oppo F1s Selfie Expert is the phone for you!

Here's why I think it's going to be your next selfie buddy.

Excuse My Nose

I just want to paint the tip of my nose for no good reason.

Ladies, you must be familiar with nose pore strips or creams that remove whiteheads and blackheads. Since the world is fixated in looking pretty, products like these are invented, and constantly improved and reinvented depending on the target market.

How To Dig Your Own Grave (Following the Example of Senator Leila de Lima)


Leila de Lima, former secretary of the Department of Justice now neophyte senator of the Philippines, has been receiving a lot of criticism because of her opposition to the "War on Drugs." With the vast majority of the Filipino people urging her to resign, she seeks the pity of the international community, discrediting the President and the Philippine Government in the process.

Senator De Lima is one of the many examples of people who need index cards to keep track of their lies. Here's how to acquire the spite of the Filipino people:

EXAMINE THE LESSON | Christian Life is NOT a Game of Chess

We've been taught that for God to move, we must move first. He then counteracts our move. His move will always be better than our moves. Therefore, to release His best moves, we should move better. The better we move, the better God moves.

Bottomline: He will never move unless we do.

This illustration is misleading!

By comparing Christian life to a chess game we think:
"If I serve really well, God will reward me well."
"If I give a lot of money to offerings, God will multiply the money that's left."
"If I pray really hard for something, God will answer it for sure."

Chess works this way. The players take turns. No move, no counter.
How it looks like: the believer challenges God to make a move.

First of all, I am not a Bible scholar. I am just posting my personal insight on the subject. Your opinions insights, and corrections are welcome. Just leave a comment, but please read the whole article before you do.

Life on Earth Log 003

A Birthday, A Values Class and A Music Class
- what I've been up to the past two weeks of blogger inactivity.

We suspended our diet again thanks to Nanay Maxima's 70th birthday bash in Bulacan, which also gave us the opportunity to celebrate for Nanay Elena's birthday. Around 30 people from our church came.

Fellowship started as soon as we meet. Kwentuhan sa sasakyan. (Chatting during the travel.) We could not avoid talking about the tragedy of how our church was divided, but people are just laughing about the issue. There's a sense of security knowing that God allowed it to happen, and He knows what will happen next. Right now, we're just happy and blessed in each other's company.

Our Epic Wedding Review : IMP Sea Breeze Resort

As I have said in a previous post, finding the venue is one of the first steps in wedding planning. Almost everything will adjust according to your chosen venue.

DO NOT PLAN ANYTHING ELSE unless the venue is FINAL!

We already set our sights on another venue, but it was just too pricey!
The Search (READ HERE)

And to give you an idea of how overwhelming married life can be - not to discourage you, of course.
Our Epic Wedding Review : Introduction

In the attempt to sway me to practicality, my hubby and mother-in-law brought me to IMP Sea Breeze Resort in Taguig City. I've only known the resort from some friends (mostly teachers and students who went there for outings). I never knew it as an events place so I googled the place plus the word "wedding." The results showed several videos of a wedding which did nothing to convince me yet.

STAYCATION | Astoria Plaza, Ortigas

My husband... having an affair with the TV. **Just kidding** ...But he really misses watching TV.

Happy rainy season to all!

As expected in the greater Manila area, rain showers and thunderstorms are coming in. Classes are suspended. Floods conquer some of the streets. A tornado has also been spotted this month. Yikes!

What better time to book a staycation than a rainy day? And also, our free accommodation voucher is about to expire in a week.

We decided to FINALLY use our voucher to avail of the free accommodation in Astoria Plaza in Ortigas.

MOVIE REVIEW | Warcraft (2016)

I have two brothers who love PC games, so as you can expect, I played Warcraft and DOTA for a reasonable amount of time before this movie came out. My brother would show me the cg animated short films about the heroes and their respective backstories. I've always admired the detail they put in the game characters. I expected the same with this movie.

Let's watch the trailer first!

Hubby and I were in the mall when we saw the trailer for the first time. We were like kids drooling over chocolate cake. We really wanted to watch it. It was insane!

If you haven't watched the movie yet, STOP RIGHT HERE!

Recovery After a D&C (Part 03)

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My husband and I, with our respective families, are coming to terms with us not having a child early next year. It was quite a shock when we found out that my pregnancy failed. It's now safe to say that we're in the end of the grieving process. We've accepted what happened and we're moving forward.

Raising the TMI Warning because of the theme of this post - female reproductive health.
Only for adults! KIDS, DO NOT READ THIS!

Change The Way You See Friendship

Meet my four-footed friend, Xena.
I have human friends too, but for now this post is about her!

Xena is a chihuahua turning six-months-old this August. She is still a puppy but weighs over 2 kilograms and is starting to put some pressure on my lap when I carry her.

Last year, I lived with my parents, two brothers and as many as seven chihuahuas at one time. I moved with my husband early this year. We got Xena after a month of being together. She was only two-months old then. Not having a pet for a whole month, I was longing for a chance to have a dog again. Even now that I have Xena, I still miss our dogs back in my parents' home.

Okoy is Xena's dad.

A dog is the most loyal companion a person can ever have. A dog loves unconditionally for the rest of his/her life.

Xena cannot talk, but she's a good listener.
She cannot give advice, but she gives joy.
She cannot lend me money when I need it, but she gives me peace.
She is not just a pet. She is a friend. She's part of the family.

When we lost a baby last July, Xena comforted me, but unlike other people, she was present the whole time. She didn't need words to console us. It was like she felt my emotional pain and responded to it. She was just there.

Friendship comes in many forms. Sometimes it's the bond you share with people. Sometimes it's the bond you share with a little dog.

I take more photos of her than of myself. She's very playful. Sometimes it's hard to take a photo of her while she's playing and the only decent photos I got are when she's asleep or tired. Usually, I take a bunch of photos then pick the least blurred of them for an instagram post. That's too much hassle for one picture.

Huawei P9 Smartphone can “Change the Way You See Mobile Photography”.

Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica. It has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others. Blending superior hardware and software with Leica dual lenses, the Huawei P9 enables you to capture high quality pictures without compromising on the handset’s sleek and compact style. With an 8 megapixel front-facing camera, you can achieve superior selfies even in low light.

I look forward to sharing more days, months and years with Xena; to document those moments with lovely photographs and videos, hopefully with a Huawei P9 smartphone!

Mamaya na. (Later.)

Mañana Habit
► also known as "procrastination"
► an annoying Filipino trait that was most probably taught by the Spanish conquerors
"Mamaya na." [Later.]
"Bukas na." [Tomorrow] - in more severe cases


I Missed Out on Pastor's Choice

I have been warned about him. Still, I chose him.

I remember one stressful afternoon. The pastor called me up telling me, "Huwag ka na sasama kay Roy. [Stay away from him] He's b*llsh*t." He repeated the same unprintable words with more unprintable words but with the same message. I have to stay away from him. Pastor said so.

Then he hung up.

I was still shocked. Why would he say those things? Why would a pastor call up a church member to bad-mouth another? And why would a pastor even bad-mouth anybody? Is my friend that despicable?

I couldn't respond to him while he was still ranting. After the call, I tried to internalize the conversation. There was so much disappointment and hatred in his voice. I simply assumed that the pastor and Roy had an argument and I hoped for it to be resolved.

But for him to call me up and bad-mouth my friend... that really confused me. It confused me about how I see him as a pastor. It confused me of how I see Roy.

Minutes later I texted the pastor with my response. "I trust him." I explained why I did. The pastor did not reply. I cried myself to sleep that night.

If he's really what the pastor says he is, which is **enter various curse words here** then God will reveal it to me. I just have to be cautious from now on.

Fast forward to this day, I am happily married to the man our former pastor strongly rejected. Now how did that happen?

SONA with Less Embroidery

The State of the Nation Address or SONA is a President's tool to announce his vision for the country. The way fashion designers see it, the event is a means to promote Philippine culture through fashion. The way we, the public, see it - the country's version of "The Oscar's"

Presenting Mrs. Congresswoman wearing your tax money!
A round of applause for this fashion moment!

"The traditional grand red carpet fashion show by members of Congress and their spouses attending the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be discarded to shift focus from ostentatious appearance to substantive governance." - CNN Philippines

I have nothing against fashion. I have nothing against expressing our culture through fashion. I think there will be more opportunities to do that and it's high time that the focus of the SONA returns to the SONA itself.


Gloomy Weather + Ponyo = ♥

This movie is perfect for rainy days when you like to stay at home under a cozy blanket. It's a movie you drink hot chocolate or eat spicy cup noodles with. Turn the volume up while the rain pours outside.

Just like any Studio Ghibli movies, I adore Ponyo!


Recovery after a D&C (Part 02)

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Back to work!

It's been five days after I've undergone a dilation and curettage procedure to remove the remains of the blighted ovum I've carried for fourteen weeks. Physical recovery is easier than I thought, but not without its challenges. There's still a lot of unknowns. There's no way to know what's going on inside without the help of the doctor. We're only relying upon symptoms for clues.

Raising the TMI (Too Much Information) Warning yet again. This post is mainly about the female reproductive health and may be awkward for guys to read. Gentlemen, please look away.

Back in the Ship

I feel like being back to the ship after being washed away
in the middle of the sea on a broken raft.

One of the more common effects of loss is wanting to be isolated from the world. 

Even when I remained active in social media, I maintained a distance from people, both physically and emotionally. When I couldn't avoid meeting people, I try to compose myself. There are still feelings I do not feel comfortable sharing with others, even those closest to me.

Recovery after a D&C (Part 01)

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Finally out of the hospital, home and settled.


I was confined for almost two days to remove the remains of my failed pregnancy, a blighted ovum I carried in my womb for 14 weeks.
The Firstborn That Wasn't Meant to Be (READ HERE)

This is my detailed account of the procedure.
Having a D&C (Journal) - (READ HERE)

In case you're wondering what it was like after the operation, I assure you that it's okay. The operation itself wasn't as scary as I thought it was. The effects vary among women but I can tell you that it's manageable. If you need more information about recovering from D&C, feel free to read this article.

TMI (Too Much Information) about feminine reproductive health. (Maybe okay for ladies but uncomfortable for guys). If you're a guy and still want to read on... you've been warned.

Having a D&C (Journal)

I was praying for a go signal from God if I should go through the procedure or still wait for a natural miscarriage.

It was confirmed that I had a failed pregnancy - a blighted ovum.

I know we've already discussed. Hubby and I have agreed but I still have doubts. Until the last minute at home, I was still contemplating.

This journal might be of help to those who are diagnosed with blighted ovum and a failed pregnancy. Remember. You are not alone. I hope this post will help give you an idea and help prepare you if you ever decide to have a D&C.

view from the bed, inside the ob-gyne clinic

Sorry for the TMI (Too Much Information)
This post is not necessarily gory but it has details that may be uncomfortable for people to read. If you're that kind of people, STOP RIGHT HERE. Also, this post is really long.

A Proper Goodbye

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Up to last Friday I was still conflicted whether to wait to miscarry naturally or to go with the d&c (dilation and curettage) or raspa.

One of my concerns is the fact that d&c is a procedure also used in abortion and I am STRONGLY AGAINST abortion.

The Firstborn That Wasn't Meant to Be

I wish I never had to go through this but it seems that God has another plan...

Forsaken by his brothers, didn’t fit the scene
Being made a slave was not what Joseph dreamed
The coat of many colors was stained with blood and lies
But from this divine appointment, a ruler would arise 

When God has another plan, walk on and just say yes
When God has another plan, be assured that He knows best
When all your dreams are shattered, rest in His sufficient grace
We don’t have to understand, when God has another plan

Alone and broken hearted, questions fill your mind
Changes can be hard that come by God’s design
But if you could see tomorrow with a view from Heaven’s Throne
Every unexpected struggle has led you closer home

It's funny. I learned this song around the time I was two weeks pregnant.

As you noticed, the title already projects sad vibes. I do not intend to bring discouragement. I'm writing this because someday, someone somewhere will experience the same thing and will go looking for answers. My experience, though extremely heartbreaking, will give her some of those answers. Nothing of this ordeal will go to waste.

This post may be TMI (too much info). If you don't think you can handle it, STOP RIGHT HERE.
Just enjoy this song and IGNORE THE REST OF THE ARTICLE.

First Blood Against the War on Drugs

Less than a week after being sworn to office, the president exposed 5 top-rank officials in the PNP (Philippine National Police) who are involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in the country. It has been verified that these men have been protecting the drug lords for monetary gain.

"The officers he named who are still in active duty are former Region 6 Director Bernardo Diaz, former NCRPO Director Joel Pagdilao and former QCPD Director Edgardo Tinio. The two who have retired are Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daan Bantayan, and former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo." -CNN Philippines

Duterte names 5 police generals allegedly linked to illegal drugs (READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE)

He has declared war on drugs way before he became president. I couldn't blame him. It is a problem! It doesn't help that the very policemen we trust to protect us are instead protecting the drug lords and criminals. It hurts to know that our taxes sponsored the education of these police officers.

Why do these criminals keep getting away!
Because the past government doesn't have the balls to call them out!

Too shocked of the president's revelation?
Nope. The timing is just right!

Sentenced to Bed Rest (Continuation)

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Spotting can be very scary even when it's common. It's scarier during the first pregnancy. Some women even experience heavy bleeding! I've asked people and read forums. A lot of them go on to have healthy pregnancies, while some are not as fortunate. At this point, I am scared of having a miscarriage. Multiply the fear when I experienced spotting in my 13th week.

Pregnancy - Bleeding Problems (READ HERE)

Internet can either uplift your spirit or make you paranoid so it's best to stay away from it whenever you're anxious or confused.

Hopefully my experience will not add to other mom-to-be's paranoia.

Our Epic Wedding Review : The Introduction

It's been months after our wedding and this is the only time I'll be writing a review about it. I was too happy... AND BUSY to write a review. Hubby and I even had to skip on our honeymoon. Besides processing marriage-related papers, we were also busy passing requirements for starting a new business and setting up a new home.

Maybe it's a blessing that I'm only writing this now. Our reviews will be less exaggerating and more insightful and objective for couples who are yet to marry.

Married life can be overwhelming. In our case, it all happened so fast, it's hard to slow down and just remember where it all began. In a month, we launched a store, moved into an apartment unit, and got a furbaby - a chihuahua named Xena. The following month, we got pregnant (and eventually lost the baby). It felt like being catapulted to harsh reality as soon as our wedding ended.

The magic isn't supposed to end after the wedding day. It isn't some spell that expires in midnight. Married life is not all house chores and working hard to pay the bills and support your family until the day you die. The magic is when you accept and find joy in the new normal married life has in store for you.

Are you looking forward to your NEW NORMAL?

I hope you love birds will be fulfilled, if not more, with your wedding day as much as we were. May our wedding review guide you to the start of your "happily ever after."

Updated: August 19, 2016

Sentenced to Bed Rest

Ink blots and coffee stains never scared me, but this did.

It seems my pregnancy is not as chill as I thought it would be. 

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I doubt I'll be experiencing morning sickness any time soon but there came another symptom. Something I could not ignore - spotting.

A Chill First Trimester

It's an all familiar plot in Filipino dramas. When the leading lady starts vomiting, and her mother finds out, the audience automatically assumes that she is pregnant. All drama hell breaks loose.

Leading Lady: (Nauseated; pukes on the kitchen sink)
Mother: (Sees daughter puking; instantly goes beast mode) Buntis ka?!?! Sinasabi ko na nga ba eh! Nakakahiya ka! Malandi! Haliparot! 
Leading Lady: Mahal ko po siya, Nay... 
Mother: Anong mahal mahal?!? Ni hindi pa tayo nakakaahon sa hirap nagagawa mo pang maglandi?! Lumayas ka sa pamamahay ko! 
Next Scene: Mother drives daughter out of the house, throws her an empty bag and some of her clothes.

My pregnancy is not as exciting and dramatic as other women's pregnancy.

I'm Sure This Isn't Just Bloat

Estimated between 9 to 11 weeks pregnant now and I'm still in shock.
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When I found out, I was on the fifth or seventh week.

My husband and I never thought I would conceive this early in our marriage.
He's diabetic. I have long and irregular cycle. My age is at the end of the calendar.

Until I found out...

A Non-Catholic's Opinion on Oratio Imperata

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No. I'm not Catholic, but as a Filipino citizen, I have an opinion.

By the way, I'm a Bible Baptist.

Since we won't agree on faith and beliefs, I'll try my best to express my opinions in the most secular way possible.

Oratio Imperata has already been implemented in Catholic churches in Metro Manila, and other municipalities in the country. It's a specific prayer for the government recited during the mass. I'm basing this information from the news.

I think you'll agree

  • The government NEEDS prayers.
  • Prayers work wonders if you have faith.

Implementation of Oratio Imperata: A Political Move?

Change: Happening Too Soon?

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte just is days away from his oath-taking yet black propaganda is so eager to bring him down. It was during the campaign season that we realized an imbalance in our long trusted media outlets.

His supporters' rallies were not seen on TV. Instead, we saw anti-Duterte advertisements aired on major TV networks.

Take a look at what how allergic certain people/groups are to change.

Remember the exploited children used in this video?
Shame on you TV Networks!


Finally! DSL Connection!!!

I totally forgot we were waiting for this for three months since we applied. One day, the PLDT guys showed up and decided to grant us our magical internet connection. 

We waited THREE MONTHS to get connected.

MONTHS... @-)

Wow. What a test of patience.

Now I'm catching up on Grimm and occasionally, youtube.

Good thing is we survived on prepaid internet while waiting for dsl. It wasn't so bad living without being updated all the time. I still don't mind not having television, but a reliable internet connection is kind of a big deal...

Especially when I had this moment weeks ago

Yup. I guess modern pregnant women need internet because my most recent google search keywords are
"_________ (insert food/drink/beauty product/item) safe for pregnant"

So I guess, Thank you PLDT! O:)

Life Without Wifi

Right now, I am taking advantage of the wifi at my folks' place. I miss blogging and internet surfing, but I realized I can live without them.

For now, I just have to rely on free wifi, and occasionally mobile internet for checking emails. PLDT has been stalling us for an entire month. For now, we're sitting ducks. {We don't even have a TV.} I wonder when we can enjoy internet again.

By the way, married life is great!

I wish to blog again soon!

RSVP + Philippine Culture = ?

RSVP is short for "Respondez, s'il vous plait."
Translated from French to English, it means "Please respond."

How does it work?

You simply have to confirm your attendance on or before a set date prior to the event. You should also inform the celebrator if you are uncertain of attending or won't make it to the event. 

How should a guest respond?

Most invitations include a response card which will be returned to the sender. Some invitations have contact numbers printed on them. The guest may send his response to the said contact number. If he is meeting the celebrator frequently, either they are neighbors or workmates, he may personally respond to the invitation.

Why is a response important?

The celebrator needs to know the final count of guests so he can inform the management of the venue, set seating arrangements, and inform the caterer.

Is it necessary for a guest to provide more details than the response itself?

Usually, the guest needs to inform the celebrator of his full name and contact numbers - his full name for the guest list and his contact number for reminders or in case changes regarding the event should arise. Also, if the guest wishes to bring an SO (Significant Other) or a Plus One, he must inform the celebrator.

Now that we've set the parameters of how RSVP works, let's see how it works (or NOT) in Philippine weddings.

2015 in Perspective

The holidays, and 2015 have been good to us, just as God has intended.

In the beginning of 2016, I have a design project and several other project opportunities, Roy and I are preparing for our wedding, and our church is continuing to move forward. God is definitely healing us from all the pains of 2015, and guiding us to a better 2016.

2016 will be the year when everything changes. This fact is finally sinking in.

God's Goodness in 2015

view from the balcony

Who would have thought what happened to our church would be a blessing in disguise? Yes, we burned bridges, but we also built new ones. It was painful to experience a church being split, but God has restored His church and is continuing to do so.

It is not worth holding on to the identity of a 'religious' sect that worships the 'pastor' more than the Lord and Savior of our souls. It is not worth holding on to 'properties' and 'facilities' that are substandard, costly to operate and maintain, and even faulty in design. It is not worth holding on to 'leaders' who choose to manipulate members for their personal gain, over their duty of upholding and teaching the truth of God's Word. Hindi nakakapanghinayang. [Not worth the regret.]

God has given us everything we need to function as a church. In 2015 God demonstrated His faithfulness and overwhelming power. We are free!

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