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Early Birthday Gift

You can barely see it but my smile is from ear to ear. There is a glimpse of my dimple, though. 🙂 

My desk has a lamp, two books, and a MacBook Pro. I keep it uncluttered. When I went into my room last night I saw a plastic bag, but it was still dark so I was could hardly see what it was and why it was there. But I was certainly sure I did not leave anything on my table when I left. To my surprise, there it was, the Canon 80D. Its the camera I’ve been eyeing but definitely not praying for – price is about $$$$. Haha! 

My parents knew I was planning on buying a new camera. They knew I was quite anxious to get a new one as soon as possible but budget was tight. They were aware that I needed a replacement. The 80D is expensive so I did not even bother but did hope a little. My parents went and got it for me. I would have stopped them if I was there. See, my parents are exceedingly kind. Im not saying this because they gave me a camera but they really are nice and lovely. They love to give and spread joy. They portray Jesus – a giver. Im blessed to have them. I will always be thankful that they are my adoptive parents. 

Mommy and Daddy, 

Maraming salamat po sa regalo nyo. Sa totoo lang,  hindi ko kayang tanggapin dahil ayaw ko na gumagastos kayo ng malaking pera. Hindi man tayo mayaman pero naiibigay nyo ang kailangan ko at kung ano ang magpapaligaya sa akin. Salamat po sa pagmamahal nyo at pagaaruga sa akin. Mahal na mahal ko po kayo. 

Ishael

I opened the box and prayed over it. I want it to be used for God’s glory. Sometimes we get busy doing things for our little kingdom, but there is a bigger kingdom and that is God’s. I prayed that God will give my projects where I can use this new camera – local or international. I mostly do videos and Im excited to use this camera for storytelling. I decided to go on a missions trip in May under Adventures in Missions. Its a 6 day trip in Chicago. I am very excited about it! 🙂 

I have not taken pictures with my new camera because Im waiting for my parents so we can take a selfie! 🙂 

In Christ, 

Isha

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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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Sunday Currently Series

READING: The book called PresenceBRINGING YOUR BOLDEST SELF TO YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES by Amy Cuddy. She is a TED speaker. I really like this book and I recommend it. It has helped me on how to carry myself better.

WRITING: drafts for my upcoming post. It’s gonna be a good one. Hehe. I am actually writing it down on my Moleskin notebook which I have not touched in a really long time. I will then type it and publish it sometime this week.

LISTENING: to Musicbed.com’s Holiday playlist. “It’s Christmas Time (Ba ba) by Quinn Erwin is on repeat right now.

THINKING: of buying a new camera. Thinking of saving up for a new camera. Thinking of the ways on how I could save up for the new camera

WISHING: everyone a Merry Christmas. Or in some parts of the world, I hope everyone had a wonderful time and never forget the meaning of Christmas.

PRAYING: for myself. Haha! Oh man do I need lots of prayers. I feel like I’m going through this alone… Please include me in your prayers. I greatly appreciate it.

WANTING: to go on a vacation. I’m supposed to go to Europe in February, but I currently have no vacation hours so I do not know if I’d be able to go. Vacation is actually a NEED. I am in need of a some time alone. Somewhere.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🙂

In Christ, Isha

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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

**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. 🙂 

In Christ, 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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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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The Sunday Currently //09

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She’s chasing her. She swaddles to the left and then to the right. A little interruption from an incoming boat stops her. It frightens her but she is able to catch up to her mom. Oh, duckling.

Our hotel room is right beside a lake. It’s a beautiful view! I’m in Maryland with a few friends visiting a friend who’s in school for merchant marine. It’s his birthday also. We arrived here last night after traveling for 5 hours. 

READING: “My True Love Gave to Me” A Christmas book with 12 stories written by different authors. A reading good for the holiday. I’m thinking of reading “Lilly and Dash Book of Dares”. Has anyone here read this book?

LISTENING: to a voice from a movie character. Reese Witherspoon is in it. It’s called “The Good Lie”.

WISHING:  for a white Christmas. Hehe.

HOPING: for the piano lesson I’m teaching to be constant. Thank you, LORD, for this extra income. Thank you for the family that trusts my ability. Thank you for the talent, LORD. 🙂

FEELING: happy that I got to go with my friends for this mini get away this weekend.

I’m cutting this series short. We’re already here with the birthday celebrant. Putting my phone away. 🙂

// ishael

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Anticipate! Expect!

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the dictionary gives me the meaning of Advent (Latin word of coming): the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. For the Christians, it is the coming or second coming of Christ.  When someone or something is referred to as notable it is worthy of attention. The person is important. VIP! Jesus is the real celebrity of Advent. The synonyms of the word notable – noun and adjective – describe Him.

Waiting. We wait in line. We wait for the next time we see our friends. We wait for a package. We wait for a breakthrough. We wait for a text. We await the birth of Immanuel. We wait for His second arrival. We are expecting. We are anticipating.

Today is the 3rd day of Advent. I’m currently following Shereadstruth.com study book. This is my first time to celebrate it. I grew up in a Baptist church that didn’t follow this tradition.
(I thought only the Catholics do this to be honest.). But I am loving this observation of Advent. I’m taking my time reading the verses (following Shereadstruth.com given verses) . I visualize the scenes . I soak myself up in the Scripture to better understand what’s happening. Doing this has helped me sit back and forget the cares of this world. To stop the worry and sweat. It is teaching me to be patient with myself, with His plan for me  and the most important thing, patiently waiting for His second coming. Advent is greatly benefiting me. I know God speaks to me and in this season I hear Him clearly.

I thank Shereadstruth.com for the Advent meditations. The tgc.org and desiringgod.org for giving me a better understanding of celebrating Advent.

I hope you consider joining the celebration of Advent. 🙂

// Ishael

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The Sunday Currently // 08

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Sipping a cup of hot chocolate. I can feel the winter breeze. There will be some falling of snow soon…

I was the Sunday school teacher today. Funny story, I had been praying this whole week  for a story to teach and couldn’t think of one. I always ask the LORD for His Spirit to give me wisdom. He gave an answer 45 minutes before the Sunday school class started. He works that way and I’ve learned to trust His perfect timing. The kids are knowledgable of the story of Jesus birth. They know that an angel named Gabriel appeared to Joseph; and the wisemen that came from afar. The angel they know did not only appear to Joseph but also to a priest named Zacharias. Honestly, I had forgotten this miraculous story of Zacharias and Elizabeth. Gabriel gave Zacharias an amazing news. He and his wife would have a child. They called him John. He is Jesus cousin and the one who baptized him. 

So, here’s volume 8. Currently…

READING: a tutorial on hellobrio.com’s blog. Thank God for the people who do tutorials. They are very helpful.

WRITING: and editing a post about long distance relationship. I hope to publish it soon.

LISTENING: to Christmas songs.

THINKING: of taking my handlettering seriously and maybe having a future business doing it.

SMELLING: Yankee candle firewood scent. We are buying a Christmas tree tomorrow. A fresh one. I can’t wait to smell it’s scent. I was never a fan of anything artificial.

WISHING: to get tickets to see the Rockets at Radio City Hall. My wedding anniversary gift for my parents.

WEARING: shirt and pjs.

LOVING: the Sunday school with the kids this morning. We danced to Christmas songs. And I had them guess my age. One said 17 and another girl said 33. Hahahaha!

WANTING: to buy a new MacBook Pro before the Spring semester. (need)

FEELING: excited. I’m learning new things from the tutorials I watch on YouTube. I thought I was good at Illustrator but nah. I can be better. I can be an expert.

CLICKING: through some channels.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Advent starts today. 🙂

// Ishael

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A Thousand Miles (NYC pt. 3)

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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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