When in Santa Fe

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Tuna spaghetti

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Dory steak in black pepper sauce

It’s been weeks since I actually ate out. I’ve been cooking every single day, which is excellent for my health. However, I craved for something different today after a hard day’s work so I went out and ate with my friends.

Happy day, happy tummy.

Thank You Lord for the blessings!

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Happy Thoughts, Happy Deeds 101

And I’m back! Yes, I am! I am back with THE determination to let go of stressful things and embrace life to the fullest.  Bbye worries!

Yehey! Happy thoughts! It’s a brand new day and God woke me up with an idea to do something special for some people. Hmm…I am quite excited.  I don’t know but for some reasons I feel good whenever I can be of service to people. I can’t honestly believe that a friend coined a special phrase for what I am doing.  She calls it my “HELP Ministry.” Can I tweak it a bit, please? Maybe I should go for SERVICE Ministry.  I like doing something for people.  I like being of service or just making people happy.  I feel useful.  Though sometimes this also gets me in trouble. But, yeah.

So, what’s on for this week? Any people who need a hand or something? Or some people need some cheering up? Oh, I have a couple in mind.  Ha! I know! November 13th is Subway’s Customer Appreciation Day.  I love eating at Subway! Maybe I should start with this. What do you think? No, actually, there are other more important things that I can do and this Subway thing is just going to be a treat. Spell excited, S H I E L A.

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P.S. I normally eat at Subway when I’m brokenhearted–definitely not from a guy but from something else. I especially like the Tuna Honey Oat.  I am trying to be a full-fledged vegetarian but sometimes I just can’t help but eat tuna and salmon. Gggggrrrr…I know “fish are friends, not food” but they’re just very yummy! But I’m gonna go and will definitely invite P E O P L E. This will be fun! #HappyThoughtsHappyDeeds101 launching!

Dreaming Photography

I know I should be in bed by now–dreaming. However, I got too excited looking at the photos my friends took during our photo walk this Sunday. It was a whole lot of fun! I learnt a lot of things especially becoming bolder and aggressive with photos I want to take.

I’d like to share some photos I took on Oct 23 and 26. 🙂

10.23.14- Dined at Terminal 21 Sunrise Tacos

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10.26.14 – Street Photography @ Chatuchak Market

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These are all raw photos that made my day.♥

Truly there’s more to life than what means the eyes.

Visiting Karen / Burmese Church

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One of the best things I like being an officer of the Adventist Youth Association in Central Zone 2 District here in Thailand is that privilege to meet and fellowship with God’s other children from different churches. Last month, we had the opportunity to visit a Karen church. Their warm welcome stunned me! Beautiful smiles were painted in their lovely smiles as we talked to them,mingled with them, dined with them, and worshipped God with them. It was such an extraordinary experience for me. I was just happy the entire day! What a blessing! Language did not hinder us from communicating at all! Some of the brethren who can speak English were so kind to translate for us! They were just beautiful people–inside and out. Always smiling! What a foretaste of heaven! Oh, have I mentioned the food? It was out of this world! It looked spicy and all but after tasting it, I realized it was not! I ended up eating more than I imagined. The food was divine! Sigh. Anyway, writing this entry is making me hungry.;)

I am truly grateful for this wonderful blessing!

Here’s me getting some food from their potluck table.♥

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And here’s what I got (just the first plate, okay?)

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I soo can’t wait to go to Myanmar anytime soon! ♥♥♥

Delightful Monday

So many stories to tell but so less time to write. It’s dreamland time as work starts early, you know.

Keywords for the Day:

work, school, students, sat mock test, tooth filling, black monkey with a rose, Bangkapi, love, care, friends, Amadeus Mozart, food, marking paper, telephone game, God, faith, hope

Highlights of the Day:
1. Led the flag line-up merrily.
2. Proctured SAT Mock Test gleefully.
3. Received a can of Garrett popcorn from a student surprisingly.;)
4. Had a tooth filling bravely. Praise the Lord!

To be continued I am sooooo sleepy.:-(

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THE Topic I’d Never Write About

“Hey, when are you getting married?”

“Oh, so what happened between you and _____?”

“Who’s the lucky guy?”

These are but few of those many dreaded questions that I have been avoiding for about three years now.  Seriously, is it that easy to find or meet someone whom you can entrust your life with other than God? When I met the 3rd guy, I thought he was already the “it”.  We were schoolmates in high school, has a decent job (works as an optometrist), is a Seventh-day Adventist, loves pets, soft-spoken, patient, family-oriented, loves motocross, etc. He was quite a catch. I don’t think I’d starve if I’d be married to him.  I won’t have a problem with family and church worships. At least the basics were covered, you know.  Nothing to worry much.  However, there were two things that he was not pleased about.  First, me working overseas.  He wanted me to go home and build a home together–to which I actually thought was very ideal.  Who would love to be married yet live separate lives? I mean, I’d love to come home to a place with my husband waiting for me.  But I’d love it more if I’d be able to go home earlier and prepare dinner for him (yeah, those sweet little things you do for your beloved).  I may not be a chef but I can still prepare a decent meal. 🙂 Second, my job.  If I go home, I won’t be paid much.  So he thought he’d send me back to school, get a law degree (since I mentioned that I wanted to be a lawyer before), or perhaps get my PhD in whatever field I am interested in.  He said he could be able to finance the family anyway as his family owns optical clinics and he has taken over to one of those clinics.  Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? However, things happened not the way we planned them to be.  God said,

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Unfortunate events happened.  Yes, they happened just when I was ready to give up all my travel and career plans and join him in the country.  I already painted a vivid picture of how my life would be with him.  But God has better plans. 

After the break-up, I went home discovering that my father was already in the coffin.  What was I supposed to do? I just lost three dear ‘things’ in my life in less than 60 days–FATHER, BOYFRIEND, & JOB! It was pretty devastating! So unbelievable!

“Where do I go from here?” I asked myself.

Life goes on.  Ten days after the burial, I got a job.  Praise the Lord! After four or six months, I got a stepfather–that I haven’t met yet.  And it’s been two years since the break-up and no new boyfriend yet.  If I was ‘picky’ before, I am pickier now.  How can I not when we’re talking about a ‘lifetime together’? Am I not entitled to it? I know it’s more difficult to find someone these days considering that there are gays, lesbians, transgenders, and all.  But I still think that if it’s God’s will for me to be married then He’ll send me someone.  Am I right? Nothing is impossible with our great God!

So, why am I not married yet?

Well, I am in that age where anyone I enter into a relationship with should be the ‘it’.  I don’t want to use THE ONE because I believe there is nothing like that.  Anybody could be the one as long as:

1. share the same faith

2. share the same lifestyle preferences

3. committed to build a godly home, a life partner, and will accept all my imperfections and help me the best person that I can be

The first two are very, very important.  I was born to parents with different religious backgrounds.  My mom is a Seventh-day Adventist while my dad was an Iglesia Ni Cristo.  Oh, our home was like a battlefield.  There were times that my dad wanted to bring us to his church to which my mom strongly disagreed.  There were times that he wanted to bring friends over for some boys night to drink beer, play cards, etc. At first my mom was okay with it but then things got pretty messy.  My dad’s friends would be singing, shouting, screaming at the top of their lungs when the alcohol has taken the best of them.  Their wives would pick them up at wee hours of the night and my mom would be left alone to clean up the mess.  Oh, did I mention the stinking smoke? Ughh.  As a dutiful wife, my mom would take off my dad’s shoes, bathe him, change his clothes, and put him to bed.  WOW! Isn’t that too much? Oh, please don’t get me wrong, I am not being judgmental here.  I am just stating what I experienced as a child.  Good thing my dad was always away.  He used to work overseas and comes home every 2 or 3 years so that means that parties only happened about 15 times in a month. 🙂 Then there were also occasions that he would like to eat pork and other things that we don’t eat.  He’d ask my mom to cook but my mom would refuse.  So, what happened was my dad would cook those meat in a pot that we don’t use for vegetables, fish, chicken, beef, etc. (those food that we eat).  So complicated! It was also because of religion that they split up.  After 15 years of marriage, my dad left us. 😦 I know there are a lot of good people out there from different denominations but I just don’t want to worry about these things in my own home, my own family.  I don’t mind anyone coming from any race though.

So, what am I waiting for? 🙂

Can I add is a little bit taller than me so I can at least wear my heels to church and other formal functions? 😀