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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

YOU are well known as...

 
""You're well-known as good & forgiving, bighearted to all who ask for #help.
 Pay attention, God, to my prayer; bend down & listen to my cry for help. 
Every time I'm in trouble I call on you, #confident that you'll answer." 

๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜Œ #TheMessage #Psalm 86; #rich in #lovingkindness, #abundant in #mercy; #Jesus. #love #nomatterwhat ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒˆ" 

The Fur Superior

 
[Air Mez] Planning C2's wardrobe, foreseeing possible sudden trips to the colder sides of the map... 

(#C2sPersonalStylist #latergram #fashionfriday

Buon Compleanno


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"Cooking a saffron based spaghetti w/ thoughts & well wishes for a good friend & top notch person, Vito! #BuonCompleanno all the way from Dubai... This isn't at par w/ pasta in Italy but worth the try ;> 

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ #homemade #olives #salmon #tomato #parmigiano #cheese #vegetables #happybirthday #amico" 

Never Forgotten


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"It is not how long you have lived, but how that is important."



(You are missed, especially today, Tita Ceries.) 

#weloveyou #quezon #sunset #ph

Works Like A Charm


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""You need to let the little things that would bore you to suddenly thrill you." #Warhol ๐Ÿ’ก 

(Chilled #Perrier & each other's company to cool our heads...) 

#workslikeacharm #headtotoe #adidas #feelingfit (I mean, just #feeling) nya-ha ๐Ÿ‘ž๐Ÿ‘Ÿ"

Say what...

"I could choose to be offended or enjoy the rest of the night (/ my life). #haha ๐Ÿ‘Œ 
 V: (catches me dish washing) "Noooo! No, no..." 
A: "Please, let me help." (continues washing) 
 V: "K! I'll do it again later anyway." 
A: :o -- Whaaat... ๐Ÿ˜‚

("You do not redo this that has been done." #lol)

#WatchWednesday #Daytona = precise, reliable, waterproof, comfortable, elegant... 
The u l t i m a t e chronograph. ๐Ÿ†" 
 
(taken at Burj Khalifa | ุจุฑุฌ ุฎู„ูŠูุฉ)
 #friendsplace #hangoutspace

Life Happening (Video)


Going the extra mile (literally). A few days late, but hey, come to think of it... 
All [this] took place just at the right time. #LifeHappening :* 

Beijing, China, Asia

Proceed with caution (Video)


The difference between who you are & who you want to be is WHAT YOU DO. ☝ 
And what you should pass through to get where you have to be may not be pretty / easy... 
PROCEED WITH CAUTION. 
 
#AdventureIsWorthwhile * #Throwback #Turkey
 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

So that no one can boast

 
""so that in the ages to come he could show the ·very great [exceeding; overwhelming] riches of his #grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus. For you have been saved by grace through ·believing [#faith]. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of ·your own efforts [works], so ·you cannot [no one can] ·brag about it [boast].

Ephesians 2:7-10 (Expanded Bible) 
#nightread #thankful #humbled; #Athens #Greece; #bestgiftever #HappyEaster ๐Ÿ™Œ"

Yuna is 1

 
""Precisely my cups of tea..." #EnglishAccent ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฐ☕️"

Wandering Travelers


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""We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." ⭐ 


#MangoTree #Fort #Philippines 

(Today's most certainly not cancelled:)) Missing you! #HappyBirthday <3 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’"

Green & Yellow


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"Thanks to my brilliant++ amazing dentist, I am now back to eating sours & chocolates... Not that I strictly stopped myself. He he... ๐Ÿ˜✌️๐Ÿ’œ 

(Dr. A. Jorvina's clinic: Esteban St., Makati / 893 3387) #TheBEST!!! =p 

P.S. Green & yellow dried Philippine Mangoes... Go well #togetherforever :>" 

With Trix and (baby) ILY


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Reposted from @starfishtrix "Too fun seeing you two!!!!! I love you Mancao girls. ❤️@arky1118 @mykee1021 no matter the time and distance we always have zi best times!! ๐Ÿ˜ enjoyed your stories!"

 Aww, Twix!!! Glad we got to catch up with you & #ILY! Just adored seeing you pregnant... As you know, we were so excited, Myx & I were reenacting possible preggy scenarios hahaha... <333 

Jipan, Glorietta: salmon sushi pizza = ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š (because avocado w/ salmon / shrimps is usually a yes for me.)"

Lost in Translation

 
"Tried to save $ by doing my own pressing / steam finishing... Not sure if that was worth my time but well, it's done. 

Besides, #communication was challenging in #Shanghai. Oh the lengths I went through, explaining by actions, as I requested for a "#steamer"... ๐Ÿ˜Ž 

 #China #charades #CommunicationBarrier T,T ✌๐Ÿ˜‹"

Whatever's more detrimental


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"Dog barks that wake me up before I'd planned to, don't exactly thrill me.. But this time, it was Bogart, our neighbors dog who's been restrained for months after injuring another dog. I feel a little bad for him. Good, Rover's not scared. Went down immediately to catch Bogart... he can't even socialize with the other pupps, although he does need to be taught. 

Everyone should learn to control their anger, / excitement, whatever's more detrimental. #dogproblems (?)" 

Thanks (again), Mom.


"No photos of the many times you've prepared my breakfast, even up to now when I'd be in The Philippines... Only numerous memories of me finally getting up, seeing you... productive from morning; unpinning what's been laundered (much earlier) from the clothesline; or napping, meaning you've already accomplished a lot within the day; sometimes I'd snooze from hearing you assisting with dad's luggage before his 6AM work trips... [etc.] And that's merely from my recent visit. 

Not to mention how you'd been present when I was still studying, keeping up with my disorganization skills, putting socks on me while I eat (disclaimer, during Kinder, OK fine, some Middleschool years too --I was in a hurry!) 

"She rises also while it is yet night, & gives food... watches over the ways of her household, & does not eat the bread of idleness." Your vigilance & hard-work unceasingly teaches me how a #Proverbs31 #woman is fathomable & achievable."

Mmmm...


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"Edited during a gelato stopover. How I'd look if I could get any more Asian. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜‚ ;...)) 

#scary #happyday #Capri #Italy #eye #morph #throwback

Best Laugh Award? (Video)


Watch Video

1) Abi's inability to utilize sharp objects while I belt out a song; 
2) Ann shows off impeccable dance moves as soon as lights go off; 
3) Ge, after all this time, still gets #BestLaughAward (?)

#goodnight; #laughter > #medicine; #proventheory �

My mind's telling me...

 
"Just rechecking if we look good together... the pocket adamantly disagrees. ;..)) 

๐Ÿ’˜ #themesong #rkelly #mymindstellingmeno-wowow ๐Ÿ˜‚ #nofilter #latergram" 

It All Happened So Fast


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";(( #SB was complaining about the water flow in his all-automatic bathroom. I'm no plumber, but knowing myself at work, I automatically try to solve on my own 1st before calling for someone's help... ๐Ÿ’ฆ 

The entire time I was tweaking with tubes behind the toilet (what a sight) he was screaming that I can't do it [all the more made me insist to do it]... as quickly as possible, & suddenly, the bidet he was holding, pointed at me, GUSHED!!! He panicked too & dropped it like this was criminal. ๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ”ฉ๐Ÿ”จ 

Smiling is not norm in my unconventional workplace... I immediately ran to the doorway, covered my mouth, & inhaled deeply, hilariously!;D

#YouHadToBeThere #lol #grabena (Seriously can't imagine doing this for anyone else;,)) #wetnwild #rofl ๐Ÿ˜‚ (This TOTO is a recommended #boyfriendgift BTW. #justsaying:)) ๐Ÿšฟ"
Thanks,
The Instagram Team

Life Realities (haha)

 
"I had dinner prior... But still, was so hungry after this party... 1) They didn't serve food. 2) They didn't serve food. T,T ๐Ÿ˜‚ I didn't wanna stay long (not because they didn't serve food #HAHA should I say it again...) ✌️ 

Anyway, I headed to some 24/7 food joint + grocery. Took forever to hail a cab; decided to walk half way home, eating chips & cookies (+ 1.5 ltr. water), pushing a cart with all my stuff like a homeless person. And to think, a gentleman told me earlier how he's seen me before & that I'm an "elegant woman". 

#OhWell #sorrytodisappoint :D #sigh #weekend (P.S. Vit! Look who was here too:)"

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Other J O B

 
"Decluttering C2's #wardrobe. 
Filtering out the unnecessary, making space for the new, welcoming the next season. 

#C2sPersonalStylist #missoni #carolinaherrera #chloe #winter #spring #personalstylist"

Beach Weekend


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"Repost from @lovelybirdgracyxx: "Spent a great afternoon with the gorgeous lady who is being paid to see the world with a #classy lifestyle. Let's trade career for a day! #dreamjob #weekendwarriors #beachbummer"  

My disclaimer: HAHA, nooo. They're the ones living high lux... MAJOR HUSTLING (on my part) IN BETWEEN THE FINE JAZZ. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŒŠ⚡️ #mydubai #keepitsimple"
(taken at Atlantis The Palm, Aquaventure)

Can't Complain


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"Thanks for taking the risk of being caught by the roving night police as you sneakingly dropped off a get well gift basket --grocery bags w/ mangoes, kiwi, apples, pear, etc. Having a fruity dessert now... Though I've been stuck in bed... #cantcomplain. 

#sweetsurprise #sisters #sohappy #romeoandjuliet" 

Cold MNL


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"Was that an operational #iceskating rink I noticed yesterday on the top floor of the newly built hall in #Megamall??? ⛄ 

(Rach, De, Steph, Aje... PLS. come to #Manila, let's relive childhood for a few hrs. & embarrass each other. T,T ๐ŸŒ (taken in #DubaiMall) ❄" 

Great wonders and MERCY

 
For You do great wonders & Your mercy endures... (Psalm 136; Isaiah 54:10) 

#Kleinmont #SouthAfrica

Saturdate

 
"I miss my Saturdate! And OK, that 15 minute walk to church service under 33 degree weather. ^_^ #Dubai #summer is not my absolute favorite but we get by... ๐ŸŒž 

#SeattlesBest #AlGhurair = friendliest staff. Reason why we keep coming back. And my default order, #pecanbon. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸŒ‚๐Ÿ“– #latergram"

Legally Drugged


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"Thanks for waking me up in between the acetaminophens. :)) So glad we made this #brunch happen, totally forgot the pain when I was with you, hehe... 

#GreekaKouzina #Philippines<33 (#superwoman #mica, & #lolaarky's #toothache!) #heisenberg:p"

Yuna's Birthday


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"Happiness & FULLness... Ack, #cantbreathe ;..(( 

⚡️☕️ #gluttony #nooo #mnl :D" 

What are the odds, oh.


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"Doctor's appointment ahead. What are the odds... A person I've tried avoiding #critically (an overly pushy gold salesman who TESTS MY PATIENCE, & has possession of my personal number #quehorror), is the new receptionist at the hospital. #rar 

...& a note in the creepy restroom, says, "Don't press her." #here #haha #ok! T,T #mydubai #help:))"

 

Counting it all joy

 
"Pain has intensified since May 5. Been crying to sleep; took a strenuous attempt to walk to the bathroom, to find that there's no water supply... Getting to the kitchen took me 12 mins. instead of the usual seconds. I drop stuff on the floor that I can't force myself to pick up. ๐Ÿ˜ข 

Announcing this is another discomfort, & I won't give details of my [temporary] condition publicly. But I'm posting with hopes you could #pray with me for #HEALING. ๐ŸŒˆ After 10 days, I feel the pain's finally subsiding... (#whoop!) Thank God for equipped doctors. ๐Ÿ‘ My bed's beyond adequate in an air-conditioned room. Plumbers are on the way to repair piping. But I am hungry. 

 I #HOPE to learn how to "count it all #joy" (James 1:2) today... knowing that that doesn't mean ignoring / denying the pain, but trusting that this grief can lead to refining & a fuller, more matured version of myself... So I rejoice in #Jesus' #comfort (not in the pain itself) & the opportunity to deepen my relationship with Him. 

I do feel alone. Yet it thrills me to see how He has not been absent (Psalm 139:7–10), to feel His strength in my weakness (#priceless!)... that I'm willing to endure what I must until I'm brought out of all this safely. #bible #bestcompanion #bedrest #chocolate #sweetlife #still"

90's kids

 
"Nix! #Flashback: standing by the terrace when we suddenly spotted ___ in the crowd... Jodi & I called that person's name out loud & immediately bent down; making it look like you were the only 1 up there, laughing... #ROFL:)) #peace You know we love you! ๐Ÿ’

Life with all its ups & downs is a dazzle w/ genuine #friends who can be crazy & serious with you in a span of hours... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ Here for you, SINCE THE 90s TIL ALWAYS :*

Last Goodbye (just in Dubai)


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"Serious tone all throughout (Lynne resting, mending a headache, Arky accompanying / making bantay:)) ๐ŸŒ 
A: "Bowm Voyawrkjjh"; 
L: "Huh? (Opens her eyes) Ano yun?"; 
A: (Continues to fiddle w/ phone at the edge of the bed) "Have a safe trip"; 
L: "Talaga?"; 
A: "Bowm Voyawrkjjh! #French"; 
L: "Totoo ba yon?"; 
A: "Oo, pag din mga #feeling" 
L: "Ganon? Sa #Paris?" 
A: "Pagkhiii" 
L: "Pagkhiii abot nga ng phone ko" 

#buangmoments #haha #pronunciations #frenchlessons #lol #bonvoyage ๐ŸŒธ"

But random, & very normal.


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"We had the #Omega boutique opened just after closing time for #SB to choose "swimming #watches"... Ordered 50++ #Constellation, in case it gets lost in the sea. Removed the bracelets / bands to somehow convert those to pocket watches... that can easily be kept in his swimming shorts -useful, if he wants to check the time himself... [among other things]. 

This is but random, little extra normal realities in #SBlife. The most ludicrous ones, I would not dare write about. 

Starbucks to-go for all of us while rushing to his dinner appointment... 
SB: "What is that?"; 
A: "#Hojicha #cream #frappe?"; 
SB: "Then drink it! What are you waiting for?" :/ :> 

#action #comedy #horror #PAlife #secretboss #flashback #Singapore #aaah (In fact, this was quite a relaxed #GoodNight.:)"

Not enough if it [just] makes you happy...

 
""I won't sugar coat for you. It can get scary, but you are made for greater & are too bright to not face it. Those 'safe #adventures' are cop outs. Not enough if it just makes you happy, but it should reach purpose. The hard way may just be the best way." ๐Ÿ 

(Discussion excerpt from weeks ago, while you were disinfecting your entire room #whatsnew.;) #hb #hereforyou #portland <3"

P.S. P.F. Chang's Dynamite Shrimps is a Y E S. 

Tsk, NOT Lifeproof. But Good Morning, nonetheless...

 
"NOT #LifeProof. :/ Breakfast ๐Ÿด๐ŸŒž Also, not a fan of the taste of this #Hersheys chocolate syrup [but] it brings fond #ChildhoodMemories, so, here... ** 

#Mornflake #oats #cinnamon #milk #myDubai #slowmornings"

Date Just


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"I watch you move, & I can't think straight."


Datejust = excellent versatility. ⌚️

#dream #heirloom #timepiece #someday #goodnight ^_^"

Stop & Listen


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""I ·find rest [wait quietly] in God; ·only he gives me #hope [for my hope is in him]. 

He is my #rock and my ·salvation [victory]. 

He is my ·defender [fortress]; I will not be ·defeated [shaken]. 

My ·honor [glory] and ·salvation [victory] come from God. 

He is my ·mighty [#strong] rock and my ·protection [refuge]. 

People, ·trust [have confidence in] #God all the time. 

·Tell him all your problems [Pour out your heart before him], because God is our ·protection [refuge]. 

·Selah [Interlude*]" 

#Psalm 62:5-8 Expanded Bible (EXB) 

*#StopAndListen"

Noodle House, City Walk


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"Was waiting in line for a cab when I remembered our hilarious, embarrassing scenarios earlier :)) This little kid looking irritable / bored noticed me trying to hold the laughter. I smiled & motioned that her floral headband was nice, then she kept grinning... So cute. 

#asmilegoesalongway #citywalk #thenoodlehousedubai"

It just can't... (*money)

 
"Touchdown #MonteCarlo. Entered the private lounge, asked some male colleagues, "Is he alright? What's making him happy lately?" All dead stares. 

Finally, one uttered, "Don't... ask us... million dollar questions." I half smiled, realizing the ridiculousness of obtaining an optimistic response. But out of interest & concern, I went on, "OK... Word shift, what's been [pleasing] him?" No answer... 

A: "Am I with living human beings here?" 
MC: "No. We're merely existing. #Madness in this trauma camp... But you're here now! So... (raises both arms) I can have breakfast tomorrow!" 

We exchanged serious looks, quietly, in a way that could only be empathized + elaborated among ourselves. ๐Ÿ’ผ 

(P.S. If you can easily be #HAPPY with the littlest, YOU HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR. ⛅ #dusk #moneycantbuyeverything #palife #Monaco" 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Good Friday




"#GoodFriday church service. Love my seat-mates, but too hyper they drain me (esp. Bethz), hehe, JK... ✌️ 

Fav. verse last night: "...and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:19 

(#ThankYouLord, the tomb is empty so we don't have to be.) ๐ŸŒˆ"

Focus on the worthy stuff


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"While others compete in shallow tattles with each other, those who aim for life in greater depth empower one another.

 #Thankful for you. <3 

#FocusOnTheWorthyStuff."

2 Cents on Link


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"It's NOT part of the #dream. 

Blog / #mytwocents on 

http://Arkyology.com/day/2014/04/17/ ✌️ 

(And disclaimer on the misunderstood April Fools post) 

#shinebrightlikea ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒˆ☀️"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Surprise Lunch for Han Han



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"Preparing a #surprise #lunch for Han Han before she arrives in less than an hour... :>

The dish that took longest to make: Lobster canapรฉ = Layers of #Eggplant cooked in evo w/ garlic & onions; Boiled #potatoes; Cheddar #cheese; Deep fried #lobster balls; Fresh #mint

#hb! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’‹"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

All / Nothing

 
""The truth is that the more intimately you know someone, the more clearly you'll see their flaws. That's just the way it is. This is why marriages fail, why children are abandoned, why friendships don't last. You might think you love someone until you see the way they act when they're out of money or under pressure or hungry, for goodness' sake. 

Love is something different. Love is choosing to serve someone and be with someone in spite of their filthy heart. Love is patient and kind, love is deliberate. Love is hard. Love is pain and sacrifice, it's seeing the darkness in another person and defying the impulse to jump ship.

#allornothing #tbt #workplace #2013 #loveis"