On being friends with your fiancé’s ex

Frankly, I don’t know how to put everything in words but I was moved with God’s beautiful twist in this relationship. It was a complicated story if I would begin to share the details from the start. But let’s just put it this way, my boyfriend never had a proper closure with his ex that made the start of our relationship complicated.

Years after the breakup, we met again. He was my schoolmate in high school. Right before he started courting me, he laid down everything and confessed what kind of a man he is when he was still dating her. I accepted him as he is but little did I know that I was planting insecurity and bitterness in my heart. I wasn’t ready to accept their past, started hating them and so the story goes on.

I might sound like an insecure and clingy girlfriend trying hard to be friends with my boyfriend’s ex now that we are engaged already. Could be a wrong timing? Or God must have been mistaken? But how would you react if God asked you to do something as crazy as being friends with your fiancé’s ex? What would you do if God wants you to settle something from the past?

I know right?!!! And why would He do that? I was thinking the same way too!

Of course, I resisted! But after countless attempts to escape God’s instruction, I always caught myself at the dead end. I couldn’t run away from my dreams. So one day, I tried to message her, tried to explain the dreams that I thought she would never understand but amazingly she did! So we went out for a dinner together with some friends and our friendship started. I started to embrace the reality and realized that I was the only person who has not yet accepted the past. I have not moved on when they already did. 

To my surprise, she asked me out for a dinner last Sunday. This time, it’s only us. I wanted to pass and just give her valid excuses but I’ve felt in my heart that it was something that we need to do. 

Swear, I was really nervous! Haha! But she was hospitable and sweet enough to treat me for dinner. We talked about life, God and Victory and the list goes on. 

It’s amazing how there were no awkward moments that night. We were soooooooo cheesy saying “thank you, “I’m sorry for causing you this pain” and such. We were all laughing that night. We forgave each other. We poured our hearts to each other and found genuine friendship in each other.

Finding genuine friendship in the most unexpected season and person”, a caption that I put in our photo. 

This is my chance to ask and confirm to her everything about the past but I’ve felt peace in our hearts which transcends all understanding. Then I remember Pastor Sonny’s preaching last Saturday about Obedience. He says, “Obedience brings security. Every time you obey God, you are secured.

It’s weird how I thought that this doesn’t happen in reality or it’s only possible in the books that I’ve read. God knew that this is something that I needed to settle to prepare me for the next season. And He was right! It’s necessary as we both move on in both of our new season in our lives. Who would have thought that this possible? The three of us didn’t!

We believed that what happened between us will served as a testimony to many. Unimaginable yet possible with God as my friends say. Probably the most perfect closure not just for her but also to us as we move on to the next chapter of our life. It’s fascinating how God moves in our lives in the most unexpected way.  

Our dinner made me admire and respect her more as a woman and as a Christian. It goes the same with my boyfriend.

The morning came. I received a message from my boyfriend. It says, “I commend you for following what the Lord told you about her. Inconvenient yet you choose to obey. It shows how mature you are both spirituality and as a woman. I love you :)

Awww. I couldn’t ask for more. Blissful moment indeed!

26th at Antonio’s

I’ve been such an irresponsible blogger lately (sorry for the lack of originality). Work has been taking up all my time that the only thing I have the power to do during my days off includes not doing anything. Plus the preparations for the wedding and the house is consuming most of my time at night. Sleep has been my best friend, long afternoon naps are like blueberry cheesecake in my life. I only had the chance to do this because I was forced to rest because I’m sick. Yeah, it’s good to take a break sometimes.

The truth is I wasn’t really happy with the quality of my photos that I almost want to hang this post on my drafts.

This year, I’ve been amazed by how time flies and how it never fails to surprise me. It felt as if my 25th birthday was just yesterday and as if I’m not engaged yet. My parents don’t want to believe that I turned 26 this year when they asked me. They, too, cannot comprehend that their little girl is now a woman and in the next few months I’m going to leave the house and start my own family. I’ve even gone so far as to correcting my answer when telling a random stranger that I’m 21, no I’m 22, mmm wait I’m 23. No no no I’m 26! In fact, I have to remind myself either on a rather ongoing basis that I’m no longer a teenager and that I have to take things seriously.

A lot happened at the start of 2014. I have butterflies in my stomach when I think of those. Now that we’re engaged already, things are different now except with the fact that we’re still celebrating a birthday in a grand way. We could have skipped it this year since we’re saving for the future. But finding and allotting time and money on times like this is very much appreciated.

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Four years ago, Pau took me to Antonio’s to celebrate my birthday for the first time. He also took the photo above. As my last year of being a single, we opted to make a throwback dinner. Well actually, we really want to visit Antonio’s again. I look sooooo happy right? First times are kiligers. This was actually my first time to experience a fine-dining restuarant.

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I honestly don’t know why I cannot remember the way to Antonio’s. Must be a sign of aging. Haha! I only remember it when I saw the big gate and how the guard asked if we placed any reservations. Remember, you must place a reservation first one-two weeks before you dine. They will strictly not entertain you if you did not place a reservation. 

When I saw the waitress with their signature maid gown, memories started to flash back in my head. I saw the table near the Koi Pond and whispered to myself “that place was amazing when I was here 4 years ago…” Sweet thing about reminiscing. 

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We were ushered to the table near the Koi pond but this time with a better view. Lovely! From there, we can see the main hall. 

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Bread and butter was served as a complimentary food to warm up our stay.

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Menu still looks the same. :D Browsing through the menu was like going through the table of contents of a story book where every chapter was as interesting as the next one. I couldn’t decide what to eat as if it’s my first time here.

Antonio’s Set Menu includes House Salad, Soup of the Day, Dessert & Coffee or Tea. Your choice of Entrèe will determine price of your meal.

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We started with Foiè Gras Raclette. I just realized that I ordered the same 4 years ago. 

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Tempura Scallops
with Mango Orange Sauce & Lumpfish Caviar was Pau’s favorite for tonight. 

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My favourite Dalandan Juicebut this time it’s not refillable. 

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Next came the Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad with Blue Cheese.

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Soup of the day

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Complimentary Mandarin Orange Sorbet

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Grilled Certified Angus Prime Ribeye Steak rubbed with Cardamom, Antonio’s Steak or Chimichurri was cooked to perfection. Yuuuuuuuuum! We were actually laughing while eating because we’re full already plus the serving was good for 3-4 person. We always say that this the best steak ever we have tasted. One of the reason why we keep on coming back here. 

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Someone’s very happy eating his favourite steak. 

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Almost no space left for Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert.

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Minutes ago, the same cake on fire (haha!) was served with their warm birthday greetings that I always appreciate. My love language is always affirmation and time. 

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This is why I love birthdays. I get the chance to eat more cake. :D

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I’ve dreamt of eating Dark Chocolate Soufflè with Cardamom Crème Anglaise on my birthday last January that spoiled Pau’s plan for my birthday and his proposal. Wondering now how it would turned out if he proposed just now.

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I always love Tarragon Tea. 

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Dressed up for birthday dinner date! I made it myself. :D

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Finally! A picture of us both on this corner. I thought we’re gonna miss this dinner since my grandfather died last week. 

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I always admire Pau’s generosity and how he would easily buy the things that I want every time. And even on times like this that we’re saving, he still manage to give me Go Pro Hero 3+ with LCD touch. Now, we don’t have to worry about taking selfie together. Haha! Perfect for our future travels :)

What a great tandem. Antonio’s + GoPro = 26th 

My prayers are still the same for this year: more of You Lord!

Weekend at Mind Museum

I have been notably absent from the last time I got engaged - lacking on food posts, realization posts, over sharing little snippets of my personal life. I have been really busy lately with work and preparations that replying to all my messages took me three days to send. It’s becoming a habit already. It’s stressful, emotional and invigorating at the same time. Good thing, I love my job! I’m hoping that this week we’ll be able to tie up some lose ends and make this birth month stress free at least. 

Though this post is a week late already, weekend is still glorious! Holidays to be exact since we’re working six days a week. Well, if not for holiday, we wouldn’t be able to visit Mind Museum. We’ve been planning this date for five months already. Gaaawd! Thank God for holiday. Hahaha!

The weather last Saturday was too nice to stroll around BGC. It was sunny and windy at the same time. Exactly the way I want it. We had our late lunch at Early Bird Breakfast before hitting Mind Museum.

With an all-day pass ticket, we explore the museum for almost three hour only but I returned home with a smile on my face for what I deemed a successful and productive holiday. (We actually went to the office before heading to BGC and even after. Yeah, still working even on holidays.)

I usually don’t like doing these “look what I did this week” sort of recaps but I just can’t help but think how lovely it was to have a tiny glimmer of beautiful weather and a sweet holiday. It gives me joy that we can hang on for more short weeks of busyness and stressful preparations just to enjoy what’s right around the corner.

I wouldn’t give much details about our tour so here’s some of our photos from our Mind Museum date. Better if you go there yourselves :)

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Change and Box

I remember my sister asked me this question: “how does it feel like to be engaged? What’s the difference?”

Then I realized that I was asking myself the same question too. There is change! We changed. Then I suddenly stumbled to Pastor Paolo Punzalan’s blog about Victory’s love series: It’s not that complicated. He says,

When we look at Genesis 24, we see a love story orchestrated by God Himself.
 Isaac and Rebekah met, got married and fell in love.

Genesis 24:63. He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 

At this moment, this would be a cool scene from a movie. She looked up. And as she did, look at what the next scene uncovers. You could almost hear the background music slowly fading in.

Genesis 24:64-65. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel…

Now notice the next verse.

Genesis 24:67. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her.

She became his wife. And THEN he loved her. Notice the sequence of events.

Often times we rely on feelings first then that’s what validates our desire for marriage.
I want you to note that as I say this, I am not negating emotions but if it’s the only basis for the relationship, then it is almost always doomed for failure.

When emotions become the primary basis
for our decision to get married,then emotions will also become the primary basis
for our decision to separate.

It is not the love that sustains the covenant
but it is the covenant that sustains the love.

Rebekah became his wife and then he loved her.

Notice how Pastor Paolo gave emphasis on Isaac and Rebekah’s love story. They get married first and he loved her. 

Ooohhhh. I must have really a wrong idea of relationship. For few days, I’ve been wondering about this whole changed that happened in our relationship. Obviously, the status changed but relationship and feelings have changed too. He became more affectionate and expressive lately that I cannot cope up with it but I love it, definitely! Probably having a hard time adjusting.

This engagement idea serves as an avenue to express ourselves more and I believe that just like what Isaac and Rebekah did, we will love each other more after we get married. (sounds chessy!!!!)

By the way, I am proud of my fiancé’s effort about his proposal box so I inserted it here. I would just like to honor his effort. :) 

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Who would have thought that the laptop inside this box is not really a laptop? At first glance, I thought that it was really a MacBook Air. It looks soooo real in the picture and even in person! The presentation is so neat that you won’t even realize that it was a proposal box. He made and thought of this idea all by himself. Brilliant idea!

I remember one night how he intentionally start a fight with me for him to get this box and the ring that I almost want to slap him out of my anger. Hahahahaha! Good thing it’s for a good cause. Hahahahaha! I don’t want to repeat it again! 

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I really love the part “it’s not a dream anymore.” When I saw this and when he started speaking, that’s when I realized that he was proposing. Haha! Sooo slow. I’m so caught up with the feelings of having a new MacBook air that I never realized that this is really is it. :D

New Season

To start the year, my boyfriend (oh, he’s my fiancé now) and I draft our plans for the most awaited year in our life. We sat down sipping and savoring our favorite Starbucks drinks while excitedly discussing our wedding and house plans even though we’re not engaged yet (but we are now!!). I should say that it was exciting and kilig at the start but when we finally get the amount that we need to reach our dream, we instantly get frustrated. “How can something so impossible exists in this world?” Pau revised the plan but I objected. “This is our faith and we should never doubt it. Our God is our Provider. He is faithful for the past years and He will still be faithful today and in the future.” It looks so impossible to achieve but God is a promise keeper.

Later then we realize that we’re too focused on the big day. We were too focused on the house and the wedding and the honeymoon that we failed to see the biggest picture and that is Jesus. We’re too focused on the preparations and not the married life itself.

So we prayed that God would give us wisdom. We prayed that He would reveal to us the things that we need to change, improve, and mold us to the person that he wants us to be; to prepare us for the new season. Believe it or not, we broke up right after our Prayer and Fasting. The trials are so overwhelming that we failed to focus on God but instead focus on our differences and weakness. God’s ways are unfathomable. I cannot still grasp the reality that even after all those fights, I am engaged now and will get married soon in a couple of months.

I am thankful to the days that we have countless pointless and senseless arguments that mold us to be the person that we are now. It makes me realize that it’s not about us but about Him. We believe that it is a process. It is only by His grace that we are what we are now. We are grateful to the people who support and prayed with us. We believe that we need more of those as we face our pruning stage-engagement season, before we enter our new season of our life.

I pray for more grace as we endure different trials and testing for this season. I pray for more patience. I pray that we focus more on our strengths and not on our weakness and that we would fix our eyes more to Him than what we did before. 

Above all else, as we endure this preparation season, I pray that we will encounter Him more. I pray for more of Him in our life and not anything and anyone in this world. Provisions may be impossible for us but I know that God will always provide. I pray for decision with wisdom and not out of emotion. And most, I pray that we will glorify Him in whatever season we are in not just a couple but as an individual. 

This preparations remind me of Him. How God will work in the midst of it all. I have faith that everything will fall as exactly just the way He orchestrated and we will just be amazed to witness His greatness and faithfulness not just on our wedding but the married life itself.

Once we see God move in any of our situation, whether that may be with the wedding or any other things, we know that God is with us and He is faithful. Our faith is increased and He is glorified. We realize that it is not from our own efforts, but from the grace that God has given us. image

The Proposal: “It’s not a dream anymore…”

I didn’t know that I dig my own pit and fell into my own trap when I invited Cachet and Danish to go to Tagaytay since it’s a long weekend. (Lesson learned: don’t make plans on your own. Haha!) I never planned to have a fine dining lunch. I only wanted to eat pasta and enjoy the cold breeze at Tagaytay! Since I’m going to stay there for one night, I suggested to have merienda at a classic restaurant near Pau’s family’s rest house called Chateau Hestia Garden but he suggested The Domaine since his parents tried it. It was a newly opened restaurant last November 2013.

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Being a person who like to try something new, I agreed and I thought that it would be fun if Cachet and Danish would try it too. Little did I know that Pau grabbed that opportunity after his countless attempts to surprise me.

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When we get to The Domaine. A breathtaking modern rest house with a big garden and parking lot welcomed us. “What a way to spend our lunch”, I thought to myself. It’s beyond my expectation. The waiter cordially assisted us inside. Pau asked him if we could look around the place first. The interior is exactly the same with my ideal house.

I saw rose petals scattered in the stairs. He took us to their “private” room at the second floor and told us that their first proposal happened just last night. It looks cheesy. I’ve felt nervous because I thought Pau reserved that place. But thank God, he didn’t! I would faint if he did. Haha!

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Amazingly, the place is empty. We’re the only guest for lunch for that day. It felt like the place was reserved just for us. It’s quiet and awkwardly romantic at the same time. But I prefer it that way. 

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The face of a girl who had no idea about what will going to happen. 

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Without a clue, I thought that the awkward atmosphere was because it’s our first time to eat at a fine dining restaurant with Cachet and Danish. But I’d rather spend an afternoon here enjoying the weather, the scrumptious food and the company of my friends and boyfriend than spending Chinese New Year. Haha!

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We had a 3-meal course: Chef’s Tasting Menu for their soft opening and for some reason, I didn’t pay attention to what the waiter is saying. All I did was shoot, shoot, and shoooooooot!

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We started the course with glasses of Vanilla-Calamansi. I miss dalandan juice from Antonios.

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The bread basket held freshly baked rolls of wheat rolls with a side of dukkah, butter, olive oil and smoked rock salt. It will be served as long as you want it.

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Complimentary salad fresh from The Domaine’s graden.

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Danish and I had Wild Mushroom soup with basley Arugula and roasted garlic croutons. While Pau and Cachet had Oven-roasted baby prawns in its own bisque, ginger, vanilla confit.

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Cachet and I tried Chicken Breast Stuffed with Foie Gras, Garlic Puree, French beans a La Meuniere, parsley jus 

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Danish tried Seared Fillet of Spiced Beef in Rich pepper Jus with Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Glazed Garden Vegetables while Pau tried their secret menu.

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Dark chocolate mouse with coconut biscuit for dessert. Just too much for my heart.

My MVPS saves the day for Pau. I forgot my medicine so he went to the car to get my pills but little did I know that it was an opportunity for him to sneak in. He came back with my medicine without anything in his hands. Just my medicine.

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Right after we finish our literally heart pounding dessert, a cup of herbal tea were offered to us to wind down our late lunch. Well, I almost didn’t enjoy it right after what happened. 

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Few minutes after, he left the table again and came back with a box. I saw a MacBook Air Box. “A MacBook air as gift? Why would he give me something like that without occasion?

I felt nervous. I don’t want to open the box but he insisted. Then my friends started to video us. “What’s happening??”, I asked myself.

So I opened the box. Shocked to see it that it’s not a laptop. 

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Then I saw the sign, “IT’S NOT A DREAM ANYMORE…” and saw the box of ring below. But the ring is not in there. (He made this on his own. Sweet effort! I cannot imagine his effort doing this)

At my peripheral view, I saw the waiter taking photos of us. I’m starting to get nervous and conscious. And I can hear my friends’ kilig sound at the background. Oh, thank God no one was there. Just the four of us and The Domaine’s crew. 

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And there he goes… saying some romantic stuff that I cannot recall until now. I’ve been spacing out, in cloud 9 and sooo high that time. Haha. Needless to say, I was over the moon, said YES, and the rest is unexplainable.

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I’ve been dreaming of this day to come literally and figuratively. Technically, I’ve been dreaming of Pau’s proposal for weeks already. I don’t know why but it’s ironic how I have those visions in my dreams. But now I can say finally say, “it’s not a dream anymore. It’s worth fighting for!!!”

All along I thought that he planned to give me a Macbook. I never expected this. Well, a bit but somewhere in February or March. I never expected it this way. Well, I would settle with a simple engagement since construction of our house is about to finish already and wedding plans are almost done. Moments like this? Definitely breathtaking literally and figuratively. :)

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Look in the eyes and imagine our feelings that day. <3 

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The interrogation part. Totally no idea about what happened!

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What I thought would just be a fun typical fine dining experience, double date and non-stop chika turned into the most eventful lunch I’ve ever had. Thank you guys for this.

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The waiter was so happy for us that he gave us complimentary champagne to celebrate our engagement. 

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Finally, I can now answer the questions like: Oh I saw your house, are you getting married? When was your engagement?

And after my engagement, I received a good news from home about our business. It’s definitely the happiest day ever!! 

Great is Your faithfulness Father! Thank you Lord for letting me experience this. And because of You, I AM OFFICIALLY ENGAGED!! Glory to You alone! :)

Thank you to my friends and family who support us. <3

Grateful for 2013

I always feel like new years is supposed to have some deep meaning about new beginnings and I thought now would be a good time to write this before everyone gets busy preparing for New Years Eve.  And yes, it’s been awhile since I last did this.

2013 has been one of the best years of my entire 25 years of existence in this world. There were a couple of ups and downs, but I was truly blessed to have supportive and loving partner, friends and family.  

This has been a very fast, interesting, inspiring year for me that brought and taught me a lot of things. I started out the year with Prayer and Fasting that we normally do at Victory to jumpstart the year. I remember tons of faith goals and prayer that my boyfriend and I wrote before we end our 2012. I cannot help but be in awe on how my prayers and faith goals were answered before the year ends. Amazing and faithful God is He!!  

Here are the highlights, pictures and stories throughout the year.

JANUARY: I’ve been praying for my best friend’s victory weekend since 2010 and God is never too late nor early when He answered your prayer.

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"It was definitely one of God’s sweetest answered prayer. 13 years of friendship and now serving God together as best friends.” – excerpt from my blog, Answered Prayer

FEBRUARY: I started my first ever victory group with Pau. It was one of the major highlights of my 2013. I’ve grown a lot not just a woman but as a Christian. Later we became part of Tita Malou and Pastor’s leaders group. So honored to be part of it.

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Attended my favorite band’s concert, Paramore, with the two best people in my life. It was one of the craziest night ever! They say that before you get too old, try to do the things that you want in your life.

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MARCH: My silver anniversary! Never thought that turning 25 felt that good. I have felt the love of the people around me specially my family, boyfriend and victory group. They are the best blessing ever!

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APRIL: Our family business transferred to a new 4-storey building and later received a highest accreditation from NMIS “AAA” as meat establishment fabricator. My family were so blessed to finally have our own building after more than 17 year of operation. It was everybody’s prayer. I am very proud of my parents. Who made it possible? Of course, none other than our Creator.

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MAY: My sister’s victory weekend happened this month. I hold to God’s promise, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31 I’m just grateful that I served a faithful and awesome God. He is true to every promise! (Aw. I never thought that looking at my blog will make me cry like this. So many answered prayers from left to right this year.)

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JUNE: A breakthrough in my spiritual growth. Finished MITP and Foundation for Victory with Pau as one of our faith goals as couple.

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One thing that Pau and I really appreciate in having those kinds of training is that we grow more together not just as an individual but as a couple. Without God as the center of our relationship, we’re probably single by now. He’s the one who fill our gap in our relationship. We look to Him as the one who will fulfill us and not our partner.

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Take a moment to thank God for your pruning, because you know that you are going to produce amazing fruit.” – excerpt from my blog, Pruning: Foundation for Victory

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Met the two amazing people, Cachet and Danish, that inspired us to become a better person and couple who later became one of the best of friends that we have as a couple.

JULY: Celebrated our three remarkable years together. The man who patient and devoted enough to support and carry me throughout the challenges and victory that we shared together.

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Although three years is a relatively short period of time when you talk about commitment and long term-relationship, I am really grateful for this milestone that we endured and shared together as a couple.” – excerpt from my blog, Three Remarkable Years

AUGUST: God finally put me to the ministry that He wants for me. The Music and Kids Ministry.

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“For about six months, God impressed in my dreams about joining Worship Ministry and Kids Ministry. Though singing is not really my passion but I love singing, I’m just not really into performing. I’m not really the type of a person who could and would stand in the platform to sing while everybody is looking at me. But I couldn’t escape His countless instructions from my dream so I ended up with an audition.” – excerpt from my blog, Incomprehensible God.

Who would have thought that God would gave me both the Music and Kids ministry? That’s sooooo amazing!!! It’s indeed a humbling experience to serve God!

September: Finally made a down payment to our future house. No picture yet but here’s a blog about our milestone as a couple together: http://jeanprofugo.tumblr.com/post/61026918775/preparation

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Later, God also answered my prayer about my brother Jthan and ate Eireen’s house.

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Also celebrated my mom’s 50th birthday at Yurakuen. I have a wonderful family. Thank you Father!

October: Our first time at Singapore. To travel around the world is always included in my faith goals. Now I’m praying for our Europe Visa next year. :)

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November: Pau’s 26th birthday at Magosaburo. 

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December: Started to count my blessings already. It’s amazing that almost all of my faith goals were answered already before December starts. Having this kind of blog makes me appreciate how blessed I am. It teaches me more to count my blessings instead of failures. It makes me appreciate more Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” God is a promise keeper. He is faithful yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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Became part of this Christmas Worship Night. 

I would be always be grateful for 2013, for the wonderful experience. It came through like a freight train. It was pretty long and carries a lot of surprises and opportunities but it came along faster than it seemed. And I know, in a few hours, I have to say goodbye, because it will pass and another freight train will come, but before that happen I want to say thanks to you.

2013 will never be the same if I didn’t spend it with You, Lord. Thank you for everything. I’m excited for 2014!

2013 was a year filled with different blessings, lessons, breakthroughs and challenges. Praying and claiming 2014 would be a better and a brighter year! Today is the last day of 2013. Make it count and never forget to give time to pray and thank the Lord for another blessed year to come. Have a great year ahead everyone! :)

Another day

And so another day ends. I take you to your stop and I traverse the length of the metro to find home. 

I can get used to this, you know. Where you and I spend the most part of the day together like regular couples do.

We walk for a mile just to wind up where we started. We talk about everything and nothing, the future that keeps on running away from us, the past that’s keeping up with us and the present that is almost always over before we know it. Then we go our separate ways before bed calls.

I somehow manage to make a few glance at you. Later then I realized that we were staring most of the time at our own cellphone that I almost forgot to look at you in the eye. Oh, I almost cannot remember if our eyes really meet.

Busy. Later then realized that I like the way you carry your gray polo shirt and I love how long your hair is. I was waiting for a compliment for my new colored hair but instead you complained because I’m mad the whole day. But I didn’t mind.


But truth be told, I don’t want to get used to it. I’d like to think this is temporary. That one day, I will have saved enough stolen time that we won’t have to worry about the sun setting. A day when we hurry no more. 

For now, let me thieve memories with you.

Few days more before Christmas break…

Joy in the morning

So often its easy to determine a day as good or bad before you even start it. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with a to-do list before I even get out of bed and then I end up believing I can’t get enough done and feel annoyed about what I didn’t do. I feel overwhelmed with my abnormal heart beat that lead to habitual tardiness. But what if, what if each day you got up, read the Bible and simply prayed “Thank you for today God, I pray for an awesome attitude today!”

Psalm 90:14 talks about how fast time goes, how our life is a gust of wind in comparison to eternity.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” 

How many days would be so much better because you took the time to align yourself with God and start the day in the best possible mindset? There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.

 Oh hello to the busiest month ever. His grace will always be enough to sustain me through out the end of this year. 

Magosaburo: Pau’s 26th birthday

Here we are again with our “usual” birthday dinner date. I know, I can see your eyes rolling again. Haha! I remember my sister asked me why we always hadvethis kind of celebration when we have the option to travel outside the country or even within the Philippines. As much as we want to do that because we definitely love to travel, we couldn’t because we can’t go out alone together. Only after marriage. It’s an agreement that we made together. :D But the good new is, we can probably spend our time together alone next year. (I’m starting to count the days. Hihi! <3 )

Oh, time really fliesssssssssss. I was soooo busy. Busy to the point that I didn’t know that Christmas is already approaching. I almost forgot his birthday. Oooppppsss… I was busy with a lot of stuff at work that finding for a good restaurant looks so impossible to accomplish. Blogging is hard to do too due to time constraints. :( Responsibilities are everywhere. But thank God for His grace. 

You see, it’s hard to convince him when it comes to food. Oh, it’s hard to surprise him too specially when you’re doing it for almost 4 years already. (I think this is becoming a tradition. Haha!)

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I wanted to try something different this year for it not to look like typical dinner date that we usually had every year. I’ve searched and read a lot of reviews of different restaurant but none of those impressed me. I’ve thought of Degustation. The one that we had at The Goose Station and Antonio’s. I am fond of those kind of restaurant. I’ve thought of Japanese food since he liked Yurakuen at Diamond Hotel. Surprisingly, Magosaburo fit perfectly to the qualifications that I’m looking for. 

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If you’ve been a regular reader, you’d probably know how much we love steaks, Japanese food and degustation.  We normally have those on every special occasion like this. 

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Magosaburo specializes in Wagyu Kaiseki (course meal) and Wine Pairing. We’re not a wine person so we tried their 9-course signature Mago Kaiseki, best represents what Magosaburo is all about. 9 course meaning we have to prepare ourselves for a heavy diet. 

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I love how elegant their modern interior. If I would design our future house, it would look like this. :)

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Small appetizerAssorted Namuru (Japanese pickles) was first served in the table. It consists of Spinach with Sesame, Cherry Tomatoes and Raddish & Carrots with Sesame. 

I don’t like pickles but when Pau told me to try it, I tried it. I took a few bites out of each pickled appetizer and although it managed to catch my attention, I still found it weird. Haha!

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Cold Appetizer: Assorted cold appetizer. It consist of Caprese Salad (Tomato+Mozzarella), Seared Tuna with Vinegar Jelly, Wagyu Tataki with Onion, Wagyu Sushi with Vinegrette sauce and rice.

I underestimated but I was surprised to know that it was good specially the Wagyu Sushi and Seared Tuna. The serving was good enough to excite us for what’s to come next.

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This is how their table setting look like. So simple yet elegant. I always took picture after I finish my food. (even before!)

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My favorite: Foie-gras Chawanmushi soup! Undeniably delicious! If only we could ask for another bowl, then we would! I’m really a big fan of Foie-gras. Ate a lot of that last March. 

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Oh, I think he’s starting to enjoy the food. He’s starting to smile na. Haha!

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Hot Appetizer: Wagyu Beef Shank Stew that was cooked for 24 hours. I think this is Pau’s favorite. I was surprised when the waiter asked us, “how’s your bulalo Sir, Mam?” Indeed, a piece of wagyu “bulalo”. Yummy!

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Seafood: Prawns in Capellini

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I asked my sister again for a make over and it was beautiful. I like my make up that night. Simple, just the way I want it. 

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Entremet: Basil Sorbet. The iced pesto sorbet was a good palate cleanser to prepare your taste buds for the wagyu steaks.  

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Condiments for main entre.

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Unfortunately, Lava Stone Special Prime Ox Tongue is not available for Main Entre so they served chicken thigh and pork instead. 

Lava stone is a mountain stone from Japan. They said that these stones don’t overcook food, keeping meat in its best flavor. It is kept at a temperature of 180-200 degrees. They use an infrared thermometer to constantly check and regulate heat.

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Waiting for our steak…

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The most awaited Lava Stone Japanese Wagyu Chuck Roll Steak was the best! It melts in our mouth. Seriously! One of the best steak that we ever tasted! We’ll come back here again for an a la carte. 

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Was surprised when they served the Japanese Style Chicken Rice in Hot Stone Bowl after everything. Filipinos normally served rice first before the entre but Japanese is different. They served it after you eat everything. Haha! We were sooo full that we don’t managed to finish it. 

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I don’t know if I’m sleepy or just full in this picture. Haha! But nonetheless, it was a great experience! I love to collect memories like this. 

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Tea was served instead of coffee after the meal. Totally worth it! Everything was delicious. 

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Desserts was served with a shocking birthday greetings from the crew. It was so loud that we caught everyone’s attention in the restaurant. Haha! Happy birthday Pau!

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I was shocked with the crew too when they served the dessert that I forgot to change my lens!. Pau’s too big for my frame. He looks happy anyway so happy birthday! Haha! . 

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Well, I pray that this will not be the last Degustation date that we will have as a couple. I’m pretty sure that we will have more of this even when we’re married already. :D

Can’t wait to travel next year. :)