Sunday Currently

Back to school! My first class started on friday. I also take an online class which started Thursday. I’m happy to be back in school, but at the same time I can’t wait to finish. One more semester!

READING: an article. I need to answer homework questions and get the answer from the article. 

WRITING: my homework for my Film Production class. One of my professor’s guidelines: ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED. I will be needing a laser jet printer. The one we have in the house is about to give up a ghost…

LISTENING: to Korean OSTs by Spotify. I like listening to Korean songs even though I do not understand a thing. I love watching Korean dramas. Currently playing is “After a Long Time” Rooftop Prince OST.

THINKING: if I should apply for this wedding videographer position. It’s part time position and must be available friday to sunday. That’s a problem because I work full time monday to friday. $500/day it says. I am not going for the salary but for the experience. But that pay is good and would help me a lot financially. It just a conflict with my other work schedule. Something will come up in the future. πŸ™‚

SMELLING: the scent of Fall? Haha fireplace aroma. 

WISHING: to buy that new Macbook Pro by the end of this month.

PRAYING: for my mom. Giving you a backstory, when she saw her surgeon he said she looked wonderful. He sent her for sonogram and the medical personel saw something. We received a call from the doctor’s office and is asking her to go see the surgeon next week for a needle biopsy of the lump. Praying for myself as well to humbly receive God’s grace during this time and to accept the strength He gives me. All for His glory.

WEARING: a longsleeve and sweatpants. It’s a little cold. There’s a tropical storm coming towards Long Island causing a cooler temperature. Or is it Fall making its way to New York and wanting its presence felt??

LOVING: my classes this semester. Im also loving that the leaves will change colors soon. Fall is my favorite season.

WANTING: to go swimming tomorrow. It’s Labor Day and no school. I hope Jen invites me to her pool. Hehe. We had bbq at her house yesterday. We did night swimming. The pool was heated and felt so good, but the moment we got out of the pool we were freezing. 

That is all for now. It’s a short post. Happy Labor Day!

In Christ, Isha

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Life Lately

I did not keep my words and I don’t feel good about it. Remember when I said I’ll be consistent with my Sunday Currently Category, obviously that did not happen. Here I am 5 months later, but give me some credits because I am CURRENTLY doing a Sunday Currently. Hehe. 
I am on a 10 day vacation (now on my 8th day) and I go back to work on wednesday. In 4 days, school starts again. Well, it’s not like I was not in school this summer. I took 3 summer sessions. School in the morning and work at night -8 hour shift Monday to Friday. I have been getting extra sleep. I was able to spend a lot of time with my parents and also to catch up with friends. 

Let me write about my Life Lately/Sunday Currently.

READING: I am about to read “The Great Gatsby”. I was in New York City with a friend and stopped by Barnes and Noble. I did not plan on buying a book because the trip to the bookstore was to only use the bathroom. Hehe. All of a sudden my friend took a fashion magazine off a shelf and sat down. I grabbed a book as well – “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”. A poster of Scott Fitzgerald caught my eyes and that’s how I ended up buying the Gatsby book. $27… 

WRITING: Hmm.. I will share a snippet of this 10 day vacation through a photo collage and a short video I did of my friends when we went to a lighthouse. Not in the photo: Dad and I watched “Bourne” and enjoyed our time together eating two bags of popcorn. Haha!

L-R: 1st row – Dad and I went to the boardwalk (he ran, i rode my bike); City trip with my friends (we went on the One World Observatory just to experience it. Located on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center. It was okay.) I STILL PREFER THE “TOP OF THE ROCK”; 2nd row – Montauk Lighthouse; after church dinner –  dumplings; and taking a break somewhere around SoHo. 

LISTENING: to Ingrid Michaelson’s new album, It Does Not Have to Make Sense. “Still the One” is on loop. There could be another (hidden) meaning behind this song, but it’s cheerful beat make me “wanna dance forever…” -With Ralph. I remember when we danced at his cousin’s wedding (who married my college best friend), we were so stiffed. Hahaha! 
We dance in the living room and we move to the beating of our blood. You are the one, I am the two. I’m still the one that’s in love with you.

THINKING: about this coming school semester and the expensive books I have to buy/rent. And where my loan is… 

SMELLING: coffee breath – mine. 

WISHING: to attend Ingrid Michaelson’s concert tour in November. I did not get to see her perform last year in Central Park. 

HOPING: for a wonderful time with Ralph in October. That makes it a year since the last time we saw each other. #longdistancerelationship 

WEARING: pajamas and ready for bed. Let’s see if I’d be able to sleep right away. Im drinking a medium iced coffee. Probably not a good idea. 

LOVING: being off and on vacation. I decided to stay and rest. I plan to go on a few trips next year. I’m saving up like crazy. My destinations: Philippines, Abu Dhabi, Switzerland, and Thailand. 

WANTING: to buy a new Herschel bag for school, but I’ll save my $50 for something else like you know a textbook. Haha! I want to eat ramen from Ippudo maybe I’ll go for a short trip to NYC tomorrow. 

NEEDING: **still*** a new macbook pro. It’s not a want, it’s a need.

FEELING: Relaxed. I’m ready to go back to school. Excited. Joyful. Believe me, a few months ago I was feeling angry, but the LORD knows how to fix this heart of mine. πŸ™‚

**An update about my Mom. She’s recovering well from her surgery. She recently saw her doctor and was told that she’s cancer free. AMEN! She had to undergo radiation therapy. Please continue keep her in your prayers. πŸ™‚ 

In Christ, Isha

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Adventureland

Here’s a video I did for my coworker. She asked me to accompany her. Her daughter wanted to take her friends to a theme park. I volunteered to capture the fun with my Galaxy S6 and Zhi Yun stabilizer. Edited using Adobe Premiere.

Last year.

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a gift from Ralph


I turned 29 on thursday, April 14th. This is the last year of my 20s. I still cant believe I am a year away from turning the big 3-0. Wow. Haha!

My celebration was very simple and I had a great time. I spent my birthday with my parents. They gave me a lot of gifts. Its fun being the only child. Hahaha! We went bowling and had pizza after. I asked if we could have ice cream and they delightfully granted my wish.;) I actually ended the night with buffalo wings and a drink. Thank you to my coworker who took me out. 

I was reading my journal (last year’s birthday) and it was not a good celebration. I was emotinally distress and was panic-stricken. I wasnt making any sense to my family and friends. They didnt understand me no matter how hard I tell them: “sorry for being aloof”. I lost a few people. I felt abandoned. Maybe I didnt try hard enough to explain myself or maybe they didnt want to listen to whatever I had to say. The months after were more intense. There was confusion. Some confrontation and accusations. I was in deep shock. Then I felt betrayed. But reading that awful part of my journal made me feel thankful. I know I was at fault. I realized how things have changed between April 2015 and April 2016. All I can really do is trust God. Maybe losing a few people is His plan. Doesn’t He rule over my relationships? I trust His wisdom. As I was telling you about my birthday celebration this year, I chose to stay home because I have the best friends in my parents. They wont abandon me. The fact of the matter is I am adopted. Accepted. On that day of April 14, 1987, a pastor and his wife gave me a home. God gave me a family through them. 

To my bioloigcal parents and siblings: 

Wherever you are I pray that you are all well. I am safe in the arms of the two loving people I call Mom and Dad. They accepted me into their family and I am deeply loved. They introduced me to Love. His name is Jesus. I hope and pray that you know Him too. I understand if you had to give me up for adoption. It is for my well being you said. But I thank you. No feelings of hatred. I pray for you all. My prayer to God is for us to meet. Hope.

Much love, Isha

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Diagnosis

 

It has almost been a month since we were told that mom’s got cancer. Weeks before that we were going to the doctor back and forth to get an answer. “why does she feel this way? what is that lump? why isnt it going away? and now theres more.” She had a CT scan. She had ultrasound done. Blood was drawn for further testing. It was the biopsy that confirmed that she has cancer. 

All of a sudden I forgot where I get my strength from. Where is my peace? My worship has turned into worry. A wave of panic swept over me. I should be praying more so that my worry is less. I have to look at Christ to feel at rest. But I am a fallen human and I worry. I get anxious. By God’s grace I am sustained. Christ is our great healer. He is a provider. All things work together for good – for my goodness, for my mom’s goodness, and for dad’s – to those who love Him. The Holy Spirit is empowering my family. God takes care of His children. He made a promise. And when I am faithless, He remains faithful.

Dear friends, my mother’s surgery will be on the 27th of April. I am asking for your prayers. I appreciate it very much.

Much love, Isha

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Hello! I want to share a video I did of my godson’s dedication. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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Sunday Currently Vol. 11 and Life lately

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Snow is currently falling. I’m not going to lie but I did pray for it. Heehee. BUT I hope it stops soon. Haha!

I couldn’t believe that my last post was three weeks ago. I thought I’d be religiously doing the Sunday Currently series. I don’t remember being busy. It’s probably the winter blues that got into me. Im typing this with a runny nose and laryngitis. The flu took me down on Monday and I was out for work for a couple of days. I’m still not a hundred percent better. My doctor didn’t prescribe me any medications but I think I have to go see him again. I will be needing that Ventolin inhaler and Azythromycin for my cough. As for the other happenings in my life, my family lost a few important people in our lives. On January 1st, we heard a devastating news that my Uncle had passed away. An hour after we received that news, we learned that a close friend had lost her battle from cancer. The next day, a good friend had suffered a heart attack and didn’t make it. Mom’s brother is now a quadriplegic after slipping and severing his spinal cord. “How did you feel”, you may ask. Or you may utter words like, “Wow” and “Terrible”. Or you probably cant even react. Well, I faced the latter. It was quite overwhelming. It definitely made me scared, but for a believer like me, death has no victory over me and my family. I have an eternal life. πŸ™‚ Blessed assurance! And I also know that there’s healing in Jesus’ name and I believe that He will heal me from this flu and I will be better by Wednesday. Spring semester starts in 3 days. 

Here’s my Sunday Currently series number 11. πŸ™‚

READING: the book of Galatians from the Bible. The writer is the Apostle Paul. I’m currently on Chapter 5. Paul is telling the Christians to be watchful and not to give in the flesh. He asks them to serve others in love and to keep loving the neighbors. 

WRITING: a short devotional from my Bible reading. God, please breathe on this. Holy Spirit, guide my words.

LISTENING: to Hillsong’s “Touch the Sky”.

THINKING: of my mother. She is not feeling well. I think she got food poisoning. 😦

SMELLING: Vick’s vapoRub. It’s has been my bff since Monday.

WISHING: for a proficient professor for my Mass Media class. I mean, I know that professors are skilled and they wouldn’t get that position if they didn’t pass the qualifications. But sometimes some of them are dragging and monotonous. Some are terror and go overboard with it. I pray for a teacher who is compassionate. Someone that I can approach without any hesitation. He/she loves her job and the students.

HOPING: to register for a class that’s already ‘closed’. I hope one person drops so I can take the class this semester. Be over and done with.

LOVING: my parents and my friends. They are very supportive of me. I’m so grateful!

WANTING: to get that new MacBook soon. Ive never tried Apples credit account but I hope I dont get denied.

FEELING: happy that I got to see my best friends yesterday. Jaytee’s baby boy is now 3 months. I couldn’t go near him because I didn’t want him to get sick. It was nice to catch up with Blessing too. Jaytee prepared us a delicious lunch meal matched with the sweet white wine I brought. We hang around the family room the rest of the afternoon. We were sipping tea and eating chocolate chip cookies. Jay and I taught Bless how to use Snapchat. Hahaha! 

CLICKING: the iPad keyboard. 

***i wish you all a great weak ahead!*** xoxo, Isha

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The Sunday Currently //10

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Swatch watch is a Christmas gift from a very good friend. Thank you, Rhea! I love it! πŸ™‚

READING the first book of the Lunar Chronicles series. I wanted to know what the hype is all about. I started reading the sample two weeks ago and finished it the same day. I liked it. The author is a big JRR Tolkien fan. It wasn’t a priority to buy the books even though I’d wanted my hands on them. I was putting aside some money for it. I had mentioned it to Ralph because he’s a bookworm too. I thought maybe he’d enjoy them. 

A package came the day before Christmas. Ralph had gotten me the recently released Lunar Chronicles book – book four: Winter (based on Snow White). I was so happy. I got teary eyed. Hahaha! Today, the rest of the books came -Cinder (loosely based on Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). I hope they make a movie adaption. He also sent me art tools. I love this man. He knows the way to my heart. Thank you, Ralph. πŸ™‚

WRITING I’m still working on a post about long distance relationship. I didn’t think it would take a lot of drafting. It’s getting there. 

LISTENING to a commentator. I believe he’s a detective. Forensic Files is on. It’s a favorite show of my dad and I. Bonding time.

THINKING how fleeting life is. I just learned about the passing of my friend’s dad. 

SMELLING the aroma of Snowy Pine candle. Rhea had given my parents gifts as well. Smells so good!!!

WISHING that I wasn’t a victim of fraud! I smell something fishy..

HOPING to be able to get into the classes I need for the Spring semester.

WEARING a maroon tank top and pjs.

 LOVING the books I received from my parents and Ralph. I had a four day weekend so that was very nice too.

WANTING to get into the game. I’ve been lazy. No fun. 

NEEDING discipline and determination. 

FEELING content. I had a merry Christmas with my mom and dad.

Have a great week ahead!

// Isha 


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BIG THREE-O

“the teaching of the wise is a fountain of life.” – Proverbs 13v14

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Ralph celebrated his 30th birthday today. I was asked by one of his good friends to send a photo to put on his personalized cake. I looked for a photo of him – one with that smile. πŸ™‚ But I thought of something. I love my pens and paintbrushes. I quickly sketched that using a sharpie. I wanted to relive the time when he was here. That picture was the end result. It was a surprise cake from me. Thank you to all his friends who helped me. You guys are so warm and loving. For those who don’t know, Ralph and I are in a long distance relationship. I won’t be able to do things if it weren’t for the help of his friends. Here’s the cake:

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This isn’t a post to brag about him because I don’t like doing that. I don’t want to praise him. I do want to say this man is living with integrity. His parents raised him to leave an impact to whom he comes across with. Their teachings are visible in his actions – to always show love and to be humble. Im honored to receive that love and be taught to keep my head down. I thank his parents for introducing the Lord to him and giving him the Bible as his guide. He is described as: A friend who is like a glue that sticks them together. A brother who is supportive of his siblings. A son who is loving and caring to his parents. A blessing to all. Who is he to me?  He is a friend, a brother in Christ, a child who teaches me how to show love to my mom and dad. Going back to the verse I posted at the very top, Ralph is a wise man. We all need that one person who can provide an insightful advice. I take the words he offers and keep them. I learn something new from this man everyday. I will always thank the Lord for his life. 

Ralph, may you continue to live a life of integrity. Talk like Jesus. Walk like Jesus. Your public testimony is important because it serves as a tool for the others to know Christ. Your goal is to make Him known. It is seen in your way of life. Love Jesus. Glorify Him. Trust the Lord in everything. 

I look forward to the day we will be able to celebrate each other’s birthday together. In God’s perfect timing. I trust His heart for whatever He’s in store for us. Let’s enjoy the goodness we receive from him. I know we will face life’s challenges but God is with us. He goes before us. Happy birthday, my beloved. 

Love, Isha 


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