Day 18 – Photograph Of Me

Here are my photos for the last decade… I was laughing while looking at my pictures because I could see myself aging yet I feel like my mind didn’t change. I showed my husband the pictures and this our conversation. I bet you liked 2014 and 2015 the least. Yes. How did you know? Do […]

Day 17 – My Favorite Blogs

Today’s task is to write about your favorite blogs. I like reading the blogs of the people I follow here in WP, they are awesome people and I learn from what they share. But these are my favorite Blogs.

Bluenoser

That’s my husband! My husband started blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge. I encouraged that we do it together and he was really cool with it. He is such an inspiration to me.

Tandem Trekking

This group of people like to climb mountains and share their experiences with stunning photos. They make me want to go out and enjoy the nature.

Ashlin Horne

For me she is a talented writer, she shares her observations and thoughts in beautiful writings. I’m just amazed of how good she is. She inspires me to write better. This is my favorite post of her – Idaho:What makes love last?

I also have some favorite vlogs. Here are my favorite vloggers/youtubers.

Wil Dasovich

He has been making youtube videos for two years and I think he’s the most successful youtuber in the Philippines. This guy has been recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer Stage 3 but he stays positive. He still makes videos at home and he’s such an inspiration. I admire this guy for being so active and productive. His videos are an encouragement for me to explore the world and live my life to the fullest.

The Frost Family

I stumbled upon this channel when my husband and I started dating. I wanted to connect with a Filipina who is in an interracial marriage so I searched. After watching just one video, I immediately fell in love with this family. Steph and her American husband share their life as husband and wife with their beautiful kids. I get to see what it’s like to have a family. Steph inspired me to make my own youtube videos. And I hope to get better on making videos too.

Exploring Alternatives

This is a channel of a couple who took a big leap by selling their house to live in a van and travel throughout Canada. Yes, they embraced the life of minimalism. If my husband doesn’t have a child, maybe I would convince him to try this kind of life and experience the nomad life. This couple inspires to live with less and be happy.

How about you? Do you have favorite blogs or vlogs?

If you want to participate in this challenge please read the Start blogging with the 30-Day Blogging Challenge post.

Day 13 – My Favorite Pet

To tell you honestly, I’m not into pets anymore. When I was in college I had a dog, her name was Beauty and I adored her. One day while I was walking home from school, I passed by a dog by laying by the side road, people were looking at it but I kept walking. When I got home, no one was there and Beauty wasn’t also there to greet me. I checked the rooms but I didn’t find her. I called her name aloud, but there was no Beauty. My heart beat fast and my stomach started to hurt. I hurried out to the street where the dog were laying, and I saw there, my dear Beauty lifeless. The people said she was hit by a car.

I grieved for a week or two, I remembered Beauty all the time. My sister is a cat and dog lover and all members of the family take care of her pets. But even though I look after them, I don’t feel any affection for them. I rarely pick them up or rub them. I just do it occasionally. I guess it’s psychological because of a loss years ago.

But maybe someday, I’ll get one. But if ever I would have a pet again, it would be a pug. Other people find them ugly, but I find them very cute. I am not a very active person so I really like a lap dog. The one that would just sit beside me or stay on my lap. Maybe someday.

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Day 12 – Five Countries I want To Visit

I’m happy to have new followers recently. Thank you Hunida and Keira. You two are awesome! It’s always nice to know that someone is reading your blog. Today’s writing task is five countries you want to visit.

#1 Canada

This is number one on my list because my husband is a Canadian. To give you some info, my husband and I met online and dated online for a year. When he went here in the Philippines last May 2017, we got married. After six weeks, my husband went back to Canada, and everyday I’m dreaming of being united with him again. Because I live in a third world country, getting a visa is not easy. As of now, we are still waiting for some documents so finally we can file a spousal visa application. Aside from my husband’s province Nova Scotia, I want to visit Ottawa, Quebec, and PEI. I’m excited for that.

#2 Japan

If I’m going to visit a country next to Canada, it would be Japan. I’m fascinated with Japan’s culture and people. From how they invent things, how they are passionate with what they do, and how they preserve their culture and traditions.

#3 Greece

I appreciate beauty and art and I am amazed of the structures and fountains in Greece. I would like to have a taste of their food too. My husband has a Greek neighbor and owns a store that serves Donaire. My husband says it’s really delicious. We have some kind of donaire here in the Philippines but my husband says Pictou County’s donaire is way way better, so I guess food in Greece must be really good.

#4 Israel

I want to visit Israel because I’m reading the Bible and somehow I want to see for myself how it feels like to be there. I want to swim in the Red Sea. My husband is not keen to visit Israel but I still hope someday I could go there.

#5 Maldives

I like nature especially sunrise and sunset at the beach. I also love snorkeling and seeing beautiful corals. When I see pictures of Maldives it feels like home because like Philippines, it’s also a tropical country.

There you are. If you want to participate in this challenge, Please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post. Have a great day!

Day 11 – My Five Favorite Foods

Here are my five favorite foods

#1 California Maki

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I like it best with mayo and wasabi.

#2 Bibimbop

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This is really addictive for me. It’s delicious and healthy at the same time. I like it spicy.

#3 Turks Donaire

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I can’t get enough of it. I like it super spicy.

#4 Burger King Grilled Burger

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I never get tired of it and I indulge myself once in a while.

#5 Hawaiian Pizza

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There are a lot of kind of pizza but I always prefer Hawaiian. Maybe it’s the pineapple and the bell pepper, I just love it.

Actually, as I was writing this blog, my sister arrived with 25 kilos of brown rice. She said we will start our healthy diet. I gained weight again since I got pregnant. I swear I’ve planned to go out and run every morning but I just I couldn’t beat up my body. It has been always hard for me to start things but once I do, I’ll keep up. I hope I find enough motivation again to do it.

How about you? What are your 5 favorite foods?

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Day 9 – My Favorite Love Quote

Okay, I should have written this yesterday because today is Day 10. I might failed yesterday but hey, it’s not the end for me. I still have 20 more days to go!

My favorite love quote is

“There’s no substitute for a great love who says, ‘No matter what’s wrong with you, you’re welcome at this table.'”

— Tom Hanks

It’s easy for us to love anyone who is nice and easy to go along with. But what if as the time passes by we discover more and more weaknesses from the person we love? What if we discover bad habits? What if the person you love become depressed that it affects every aspect of his/her life including your relationship? What if his/her attitude changed which is different from the person you have loved from the start. What if he/she cheated on you? What if he/she becomes ill? Will you continue to love? Will you stay?

The songs say “Love yourself” and “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all”. It makes me think, is it love? What is love really? Does love has condition?

I am an emotional person and it’s easy for me to get upset when my husband say something that hurts me. I say to myself, “how can he say that? He doesn’t think of what I feel”. Sometimes I think of not talking to him for a week, but it doesn’t happen because I ask myself “Is this how I suppose to love?.” When I tell him how I feel it always ends up in drama, which I will write about some other time.

Loving is not easy. If you just honestly ask yourself, maybe you will find it out for  yourself if you really have the capacity to love. In relationships, sometimes we look for things that are missing, we think we would find it from another person, it could be attitude, wealth, it could be anything. When we find  a new relationship, we will again realize that something is missing.

I realized as I’m writing this blog, that we have to accept that people are different. And I guess that’s the importance of knowing a person first before jumping in a relationship. It’s always smooth sailing in the beginning, but the water will always get rough eventually and your love will be tested.

I believe love is sticking out for the person even if it’s difficult and inconvenient. For me love is more than loving yourself, ever forgiving and sacrificing, for me love always bear hardship and never gives up.

I don’t know if there is anyone who can love like this aside from God. When I ask myself if I really know how to love. It’s hard to answer.  Honestly, I feel like I can’t love that unselfishly. If my husband cheats on me, I would probably walk awayand not give him any chance. I have the tendency to be self-centered, but when I think of what really love is, it changes my heart.

How about you? What do you think about this quote? What is great love for you?

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Day 7 – My Favorite Song

Today is Day 7. Yey!

I had a wonderful time participating in this 30-day blogging challenge, 23 more days to go. Today’s writing task is about your favorite songs. I have two favorite songs. The first one is “God bless the broken road.” It’s a song for my husband. I believe that our past relationships made us what we are now. We learn from the past and it makes us better. We wouldn’t love each other as much as we do now if we didn’t go through what we went through. I am just thankful that the roads we took led us to each other.

My other favorite song is “Great is thy faithfulness.” This is the song I always sing to God. God’s faithfulness to me never ends. In times of pain and difficult times, I talk to God, cry to Him, and just pour out my heart and he always comforts me. I don’t think God has forgotten me even in those times that I have turned my back on Him. He has always been forgiving and gracious to me.

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Day 6 – What Am I Afraid Of?

I’m on Day 6, yey! I don’t feel like writing all the time and this blogging challenge makes me sit on my chair and face my laptop. It’s a good practice. It’s not hard for me to come up of what will I write about because when I’m not writing, ideas just flow in my head and I keep it there until I finally sit and type on my computer. It’s just hard to make myself go to my working desk and start writing.

Anyways, today’s writing task is to write about what you are afraid of. I didn’t grow up close to my dad because he went abroad when I was 9, he came back when I was 19. When he came back, I felt like he wanted to control my life and my initial reaction was to rebel. And I thought my dad didn’t mean anything to me, but when we were about to lose him and eventually lost him, it shook me really hard. And now I believe what other people saying is true, it is when someone is already gone you will truly realize how he/she means to you.

I’m afraid of losing someone that I love. I always brush it off when I think of it. I don’t think I will ever be ready of losing anyone that I love. We will all die someday and when I think of that moment of dying, it also scares me. I always want to think that God’s grace will get me through and give me peace when I reach that moment. I love this verse from Psalm 23:4.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

It’s comforting to know that Jesus is like a shepherd and I am like a sheep. He takes care of me and I feel secure when he is with me. I believe when that moment comes, Jesus will comfort me and give me peace until my last breath.

How about you? What are you afraid of?

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Day 4 – My Dream Job

When I was younger, I had so many dream jobs. One of them was to be a teacher and that one I achieved but I was always dreaming of being a singer or a musician.

I think it’s in my genes. My family is very musical. I guess the church played a big role in my love for music. My brother and sister, they also sing in church. I have many cousins who play the instruments and sing well too.

If you will go in one of our family gatherings, singing will always be there. Well, maybe that part is already cultural. Filipinos love Karaoke. A party is not complete without Karaoke.

Music and singing is a big part of me, it’s deep in my soul. It would be nice to sing and play the instruments at the same time earning money from doing it.

How about you? What’s your dream job?

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Day 3 – My Favorite Quote

I have a lot favourite quotes but this is what I try to practice and apply in my life now.

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

–Charles Swindoll

What I’ve discovered not good about myself is that I’m impulsive. There were many reactions and decisions that I regret because of my impulsiveness and how I wish I could turn back time and change the way I reacted and decided.

I’m an emotional person and most of the time being emotional leads me to pain, bitterness, and sadness. It takes a lot of prayer and practice to control my emotions and react positively to every hurtful word or stressful situation. I’m still working on it and have to remind myself everytime to react calmly and positively.

We react and act by how we think and I believe if we can learn how to captive and control our thoughts, we would be able to react rationally.

I am thankful for having such a wonderful family who always choose to understand. I’m also blessed to have such a patient husband. My life can never be perfect but I’m lucky to have such amazing people around me.

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