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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

This whole time I thought I posted this.

It is always interesting to watch how the world celebrates the new year. Isn’t it fascinating that the we do not ring the new year all at once, at the same time? People uploaded photos of delicious food, their OOTD, their houses adorned with NYE decorations, “2017” sunglasses, supplies they spent a good amount of money on, and crazy videos of the countdown – with a lot of hashtags I did not bother to read. haha! A lot of people posted on Facebook how ready they’re for 2017, how it’s going to be the best year -I applaud you for being positive. Some remembered 2016 as a great year -I am happy that you had a great year. A few thanked the things they experienced last year -the good and the bad (a thankful hear is good medicine). Others complained how 2016 sucked. If I were to post what was on my mind, I would have written the latter. I would not even include myself to the few who were thankful. It was not a great year for me. I did not enjoy 2016 because I did not choose to enjoy it. My heart was not grateful. I was miserable. My walk with God became stagnant. I did not invest in people. I was not myself. Thankfully, God is  ALWAYS gracious to this Filipina.

-i just touched the screen and scrolled up thinking it was an iPad. haha-

I decided to take a break from social media – Facebook and Instagram. I’ve been spending a lot of time going out with my parents, reading books, exercising, and editing videos. The unplugging is helping me a lot and I’ve got joy down in my heart.

The thing is, I want my heart to be freed of bitterness and be ruled by gratitude. To be thankful was something I did not do. I probably complained a lot about what happened in 2016 (and 2015). I got busy preventing those things to never happen again because it hurt like crazy. The walls I built made me happy, but they did not make me feel fulfilled. I was afraid to let new people into my life, into my heart. I became hesitant to share details of my life. But I remember the beauty of being vulnerable. My prayer this year is to be able to invest genuinely in people like how I used to. I want to meet new friends. First and foremost, to thank God for every relationship He gives me. I want to be thankful for what it brings me – joy and heartache.

When we focus on the bitter things in life, we won’t be able to taste the sweetness it also has. I am better now. Thank you to my support system – the ones who experienced the not so good side of me: my parents. Thank you, LORD, for your abounding grace and mercy.

I want to give thanks FOR EVERYTHING.

In Christ, Isha



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


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. 🙂 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:

imagePretty impressive result! I love it!

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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A Thousand Miles (NYC pt. 3)


A week ago I received the tightest hug. A week ago I said goodbye to the one who gave me that embrace.

Earlier that day we met at the usual meeting place. We went for coffee and  I took him to the famous bakery on the Upper West Side. The place is known for having long lines but waiting is worth it. Luckily, that day we went, there was no line to avoid. I saw the cookies sitting behind the glass and got excited. I bought two of each of the famous four flavors. We shared one cookie and the rest I told him to be bring to his family.  LOOK AT THOSE DELICIOUSNESS!!! AND THE PRICE… 

Levain Bakery


We strolled around the neighborhood while devouring the delicious cookie. We passed Yoko Ono’s co-op. Across from her place was Central Park. Two weeks ago when we were there the trees were mostly green and only a few shades of red and orange were visible. We were happy to have gone back. It’s so colorful. People dream of wandering around this famous park with their partner – fingers interlocked, her head on his shoulder, laughing, and forgetting the rest of the world. I, on the other hand, dream to walk with dogs. Hey a dogsitter gets paid a lot in Manhattan. Haha! I’m kidding. But I fulfilled this “people’s wish” obliviously. I actually walked the park with someone beneath the colorful trees with his arms around me…during my favorite season…in my favorite city…

We quickly grabbed lunch at Ippudo because I had to leave for work soon. Their ramen never disappoints. If you happen to be in New York City and a ramen lover, try this place out. Oh, don’t forget to order the pork hirata buns. 🙂image

thank you, Francis, for the photos 🙂

And our last day together had finally come to an end, it was time for me to board the train. The hug a year ago was different this time around. It was difficult to let go compared to last year’s. But we managed. We will manage. We managed for a year & a half and we’re ready to do the same until that big day. The Lord is on our side. He goes before us. We both don’t know what’s ahead but we know that we’ll trust the One who orchestrates everything. And He’s pretty good at it.

We are back to split screen romance again. I’d be using Messenger and Skype more often. I’d be checking the time zone every now and then. 6, 865 miles apart.

see you next year

image// Ishael

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Overwhelming Emotions


My college best friend and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy. She has sent me photos of this adorable baby and I am in love with him. He is healthy and pretty. One of the prayer requests that Jay had asked was for baby Chase to have dimples like her. He got it them. Both sides of his cheeks. Just like Jaytee’s. I’m excited to see Chase. Congratulations to the new parents! 🙂 I’m happy for the arrival of this new bundle of joy.

Meanwhile, I have a friend who is on a plane to go back to the Philippines – her home. As of this moment, her plane is probably on a cruising altitude of 30,000 ft? And she’s snoring… Hahaha! Or maybe still on the runway waiting to take off. Oh, life. You give, you take away. There’s loss, there’s gain. There’s life, there’s death. Parting ways. Reunions. Joy and sorrow. I have peace knowing that even when things change the LORD’s love remains the same. What an assurance. I can pray to Him in my sweetest moments and approach Him when I am deeply sorrowed.

*if you are not April Rose Nicole, please don’t read this part. You can, though, if you want. 🙂

This is supposed to be a handwritten letter but I thought maybe one of these days or 10 years later I’d like to reminisce and remember what I said to you. Haha I know naman crush mo ang handwriting ko pero sorry. Anyway, we had so much fun, right? Always think of the beauty out of any situations. We live in a fallen world and we will be surrounded by the enemy’s tactics so be ready. Soaking yourself on the Scriptures. The Lord is with you. Huwag mong kalimutan uminom ng gamot….sa vertigo and most importantly sa kabaliwan. Hahaha Wala ako dyan para i-kalma ka. Eto seryoso na, hindi naman ako nagdadrama pero minsan kailangan maging tapat sa tunay na nararamdaman. Malungkot ako sa pag alis nyo ni shishio. Happy ako sa family mo na makikita kayo. Hindi ako lagi ready pag may umaalis pero ikaw pinapaalala mo sakin na “you can count on me like 123 sesame street” at sinasabing “keep that in mind”. Alam mo din na nandito ako for you kahit may very very big ocean separating us. Salamat kay Viber. Message ka lang anytime.
I can’t wait to see you soon. Kami nila Flavia at Horence. Haha! Hey, take care of yourself, okie? Okie! Pag mahirap, laban lang, gawin lang ang tama lagi. Huwag kalimutan ang devotion. Keep growing in knowing the Lord. Leave the rest in His hands. He has brought you through a lot but you know His heart towards you. Thank you for being a good friend. It’s short but sweet….BUT it’s forever. sisters in Christ.
shishio, Tita Isha will miss you. Always hug your Mama ang give her sweet kisses. Be a good to yourself and to everyone. Always love Jesus.



// ishael

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