We all have different sets of friends.

I have my elementary friends; my high school friends; my college friends; my Bio friends; my PMS friends; my UPCYM/CRL friends; my friends from various companies I worked with and so forth.

The way I divided my friendship circles is by the time in my life where I met them. Some people divide their friends by the interests they share i.e. movie friends, flow arts friends, travel buddies, etc.

Yesterday, I learned I was part of the “serious” friends of a certain someone. This friend of mine had friends for fun, friends for silliness, friends for non-serious matters and eventually friends for serious stuff.

I don’t really know if it’s a correct label – if I should be offended or be thankful. I don’t think I totally agree with labeling friendships in terms of types of fun level. Does it mean then that serious friends cannot be fun and fun friends cannot be serious? Doesn’t that make the relationships stifling?

I spend serious and light moments with my college friends. I have fun and serious discussions with my UPCYM-CRL friends. My house buddies can both be silly and serious when the situation calls for it.

We all have our own ways of categorizing our friends. For some, it’s as simple as close friends vs acquaintances with close friends sharing everything in their lives and acquaintances being just there in the sidelines.

With the kind of personality I have, I tend to amass friendships from every single point in my journey through life. The number of people I’m close with is countless, but then I’m close with them – sharing my entire life story – only for the moment that we have shared experiences. Once each of us move on to our different life paths, although communication remains mainly thanks to Facebook, the closeness becomes a memory of the past. But I’m glad to know that these friends I have from different circles are both fun, silly and serious when the situation calls for it.

I guess I’m just sad to know that the person I’m projecting will form a huge part of my life in the foreseeable future sees me as nothing more than just a “serious” friend.

Our High Priest

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus understands what we went through and what we are going through. He became fully human so that we may be able to relate to Him and see how it is possible to overcome our obstacles through his grace and power.

Because of Jesus we can approach God’s presence with confidence and know that He can use our mistakes in the past for good and be assured that our future is secure in His hands.

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The Greatest Decision

Everyday we make decisions: Minor ones like where to eat, what to wear, etc. and major ones concerning our careers, relationships, etc.

Do you know what the greatest decision you can make? It is regarding your faith — believing and accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.

Joel 2:32 says “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”

And who is this Lord?

Romans 10:9 — If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead then you will be saved.

Happy and blessed Monday ahead!

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Eyes on Jesus

Let us “fix our thoughts on Jesus”

Hebrews 3:1

In the face of trials and challenges, despite the myriad of national issues and political uncertainties, there is a truth we can cling to — the promises of Jesus as is written in the Bible. It is the source of our hope and peace that everything is in control – not ours, but His.


Bound to be free.

Jesus set us free from the shackles of our sins. He freed us so we can live the life God has intentioned for us to have.

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.

Lamentations 3:22-25

Blessed to be a Blessing

Today I discovered another verse in the Bible that tells us to be a blessing to others.

Titus 3:14 says Our people have to learn to be diligent in their work so that all necessities are met (especially among the needy) and they don’t end up with nothing to show for their lives. (MSG)

We must work excellently in our jobs and our businesses not just for ourselves but for others as well.


“By Your words I see where I am going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” Psalm 119:105 (MSG)

Clearly, there is the need to meditate on God’s Word day and night and make it a discipline and a habit.

Hind’s Feet

Today I am reminded to always rejoice in the Lord no matter the circumstances.

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle on the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

v19 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go on the heights.

Lord, give me hind’s feet that I may not stand still in the face of terror but rather I may walk and make progress through my suffering, trouble, responsibility and anything else trying to hold me back.

Week #9: Discovering a Pinoy Vintage Pop Resto


I didn’t expect to have any adventure this weekend but it turned to be another adventure-filled day. It all began when my sister invited me to the Human Nature MTO (Magalogue Turn-over). Since I was free in the morning, I obliged and we travelled the xx-kilometer stretch from our home to Human Nature’s main branch in Commonwealth. It was my first time to visit the place and the first time to attend an MTO. I felt proud seeing this home-grown Philippine brand become big and introduce products that can really compete with the big global brands. What’s even more interesting is that they are not your traditional capitalist company but a social enterprise which employs farmers, GK communities and other marginalized groups in the country. Products are all organic and beneficial to the body and the environment. Seeing the main branch, my commitment to Buy Pinoy was renewed.

After the MTO, my sister had to go to Papelmeroti in Don Roces to donate her hair. Her hair was once really long and when she had it cut, she intended to donate her locks. Again, I opted to go with her since she’s not familiar with the area and might get lost. Since it was right where Fisher Mall was, I told her that we can drop by the mall and have our lunch there. Fisher Mall is a relatively new mall in the area. For me it’s new because it was inexistent when I was in college and frequented the area. We did not know what to expect having visited the mall for the first time.

It was a great thing though that there was this giant billboard of Pedro N’ Choi – the concept restaurant by Shamcey Supsup-Lee and her husband, Lloyd Lee. It was actually a side ad that we noticed which reminded me of what I saw in TV a long, long time ago. I remembered that Shamcey had a really cool restaurant inside that mall.

And so, without actually knowing the name of the resto, my sister and I began our “adventure”. We found the resto located on the 3rd floor (which felt like the 4th floor to us). Immediately we knew we were in the right place because it was jampacked from outside.

Shot was taken after we ate so it was not as jampacked XD

There was a receptionist and we had to line up to be seated. Good thing it was more than an hour after noon so the crowd, although still sizable, was significantly less had it been noon time. We were quickly seated and what we first noticed was the overload of décor in the resto. We didn’t feel like we were in a mall. It felt like we were transported to some kalye in a bustling Pinoy town. The main interior of the resto had a kalye vibe during fiesta. There was a huge jeepney which I remembered from the TV interview was an actual jeep. The table we were first seated in had board games such as Snakes and Ladder Pinoy Style.

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