How to Respond to Trials

Last weekend, I had the chance to attend a seminar put together by Women of Grace about how to respond to trials. I really wanted to attend the event because let’s face it, we WILL face trials of many kinds like what Jesus said in John 16:33. I did, I do and I know there will be more in the future. And the truth is for a long time, I had stopped responding the right way to the trials in front of me. I had become hopeless and I had stopped fighting. I had allowed the enemy to rob my joy and peace.

A week before this event, I met with one of my closest friends and I told her about how I had been dealing with my problems — not doing anything. And she said the most painful and true statement I ever heard. “You know what you are doing? You are literally handing your life to Satan. Here, take control.” That is what happens when you stop fighting. I had to hold my tears but inside, my heart was bleeding with pain. Because she was right.

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In the seminar, the speaker (who happens to be a person I consider my spiritual mentor) talked about: what trials are, the purpose of trials and how we are to respond to trials.

I wish to share with you all that I had learned but of course that will be too many, so here are just some of my take aways:

  • Trials are necessary because they will prove your genuineness and worthiness. Like doctors, you can’t get that “Dr.” attached to your name until you have endured all the exams a doctor needs to pass and many more!
  • Trials reveal who we really love. Are you for Jesus or not? The way you respond to trials will reveal that. No middle ground. Just pass or fail.
  • Trials allow us to wean from the world. Sometimes, I get so caught up in this temporary world that I forget eternity. What if Jesus takes away everything from me just like Job? Would I still worship God?
  • Have a joyous attitude in response to trials. “Consider it all joy” as the Bible says. This separates you from the world. Everyone will have trials whether they are believers or not. But if you are a true believer, you will respond to trials with thanksgiving and joy.

At the end of the talk, there was a breakout group where we discussed a few questions on how we can relate this to our lives today. I learned as much here as I have in the seminar. And one thing that stuck to my heart is the statement of one of my groupmates when asked what is our next step after hearing the message. She said, “I plan to obey.”

Well Lord…. “I plan to obey, too.”

How do you respond to trials?
Are you going thru trials now?

3 Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses


Bridesmaid Dresses UK

After being married for almost 7 years and being a wedding host for more than a decade, I still have an adoration to weddings, most specially bride and entourage gowns.

There are a million of choices out there in terms of color, design and material so sometimes it is pretty hard to choose which style brides’ should go for so their bridesmaids would look as stunning as she is. Well, I’m here to help! With the help of Millybridal UK, I found some amazing bridesmaid dresses any woman would love!

Here are those 3 stunning yellow bridesmaid dresses just for you:

Here’s a simple yellow gown for you. Simple doesn’t mean plain and boring. You can always add some touch of elegance in any simple gown by putting in some beads just like this dress. The single strap on the shoulder makes it look absolutely gorgeous.

Cute and sweet. That is how I would describe these set of bridesmaid dresses. The style and the color combo of them all look just like fluffy cotton candy — nice and candid. Short bridesmaid dresses would be a good fit for a bride who wants to have a more of a happy go lucky kind of feel in her wedding.

Lastly, this beautiful gown will make you want to walk down the aisle again. Actually, this is too extravagant you can actually use it as a wedding gown already! Some brides want a more formal gowns for their bridesmaids and to those brides, this is just a perfect match. This A-line sweetheart gown is perfect for a 5 star hotel wedding. I can pretty much imagine it with lots of flowers in the ballroom. Don’t you agree?!

So, which of these gowns do you like best? Is yellow a color of your choice in terms of your wedding theme?

Check out Millybridal.org for more beautiful gown designs!

Event Singers PH

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the time when my sister and my brother sang, “You are my King (Amazing Love), I was crying my heart out in the background. I love this song so much! More than that, they have the most beautiful rendition of the song too. (You can watch that here.)

I don’t know if that was the first time my sister sang at a wedding but she has been singing for as long as I can remember (that time cassette tapes was still a fad). She is a born singer! After being in advertising and now in sales, she still has that longing for providing good music to her audience. So recently  along with 2 other singers, they launched Events Singers PH.

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I know you’re probably thinking that hiring musicians in a wedding could be just an added expense since there’s YouTube or Minus One anyway. But really, bringing in live and good music to your event is actually what makes an occasion a “special” occasion.

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You can visit their page at Events Singers PH. They also have songs uploaded on that page if you want to hear their beautiful voices.

Sticker Zone Review

After moving in to our home 5 years ago, we had not done any renovation until late last year. Our floor was unfinished. No vinyl in some parts of the house. We had no storage under the stairs nor any kitchen cabinet. No gate. It was livable but still had so much to be done.

Thankfully, after a long discussion and planning with my husband we had agreed to upgrade our house. We couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out. We both felt our house suddenly had space. One room was dedicated as a playroom and another as our office. No more spare room as storage. We were able to maximize the entire space.

After the renovation, it was time for us to decorate the house. One of the things we added were wall stickers or decals. We got ours at Sticker Zone. I have seen this one before but only ordered a couple of months ago. They arrived as promised just in time before we head back to Singapore that week.

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It looked overwhelming in the beginning with all the loose parts stuck in one huge pad. But I managed to stick them to the wall on my own with little help from my toddler. However, with the more complicated ones, I had to ask Hubby and my brother in law to do it. 2 rooms done, 2 more stickers to go!

My friend also got a sticker from Lazada and she said it was pretty hard to stick to the wall and it took them hours to have it done successfully. Thankfully, the ones we got are quite manageable.

If you are ever looking into beautifying your homes, try checking out Sticker Zone on Instagram.

Do you have any other tips on how to decorate a house with style?

The Best Ever Matte Lipstick

I am not one of those women who hoard lipsticks. I never owned a boxful of lippy unlike some of my friends. In fact, I just have one at a time. I only buy when the one I use runs out. Yeah, there are still women like that! =D

In the years I learned to put on make up, I only had 3 favorite ones. My first was a.gift from my best friend. She didn’t like the shade but thought I would like it and boy I did! I didn’t get used to this dark violet shade from Bench until after 3 more lipsticks from them. After my 4th, I knew I had to move on. I haven’t fallen in love again until I bought a dark brown lipstick from Value Dollar Store. Haha.. I know,  of all places! I unfortunately lost my make up kit in a mall in the city. Vivo City to be exact. This isn’t a mall we frequent so I never got the chance to ask their customer service if they had ever found it in the ladies room. Anyway, I had to move forward and just slowly build my make up kit again. I wasn’t willing to buy an expensive lipstick so I ended up buying one from that dollar store. I just needed one to get by anyway. But no, this isn’t just a replacement lipstick. It ended up being my 2nd favorite lipstick.

And then came a time when my little one started owning my make up kit and I end up losing this lipstick. Again  I wasn’t willing to buy an expensive one because I got one that I thought was amazing but it ended up disappointing me. I will not name the brand. Ugh, I just despise it. Anyway, I found true love in the corners of a tiangge at Festival Mall Alabang (that’s here in the Philippines). I got it for P100 only! Like wow right??? I bragged to my sister about it and she instantly fell in love with it too!

So everytime we find a tiangge, we always look for that brand and that shade. The first I got was Gemini. The the next I got was Scorpio. I liked both.

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Here’s why I adore that lippy: 

1. I just got the perfect shade. I super looove it. I am sure gonna buy another one when I see it. It’s pretty hard to find so I want to make sure I have spare!

2. Color stay. Super color stay. I don’t reapply as much as I do with other brands. So I really love it.

3. It’s the only matte lipstick I used that didn’t make my lips crack. I tend to have dry lips so matte lipstick isn’t for me. Oh well, not this one!

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This is me wearing that lipstick.

So….. your turn. What is your favorite lipstick? Care to share?

Crimson Hotel Alabang

Home sweet home is the song of our hearts early February when Hubby finally set foot in the Philippine soil. It had been a whole year of being overseas for him and us going back and forth to Singapore to visit him. My daughter has become a pro at flying and going thru immigration. We were practically on board every single month for the entire 2016!
Well, what better way to celebrate his homecoming than by having a relaxing staycation at a 5 star hotel. This has been our favorite luxury. We have a very simple house. My clothes can fit a small box. We don’t have branded clothes. I only have less than 5 pairs of shoes. Staying at a hotel is really our only luxury.
We initially wanted to catch Ms Universe live at MOA but we weren’t willing to pay the price (literally) nor were we willing to buy a general admission ticket where I would only see Ms Philippines and Pia Wurtzbach from afar. We ended up choosing to watch Ms U from the comforts of Crimson Hotel.

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Here’s what I think about it: 
Price. As always, we booked our stay from Booking.com. This is where we have booked all of our hotel stays. We usually get the cheapest price from them. With this particular stay, we only paid Php3,700 inclusive of the taxes.
Room. It isn’t my favorite. I still love Vivere and my husband Bellevue. But I have no complaints here. It is nice and cozy.
Service. As expected, the staff are courteous and greets us every time we pass by them.
Security. Not all hotels have the kind of security they have. If you stay in the 25th floor, that’s the only floor you can access with your keycard. And if you don’t have the keycard with you, there is no way you can get to any floor!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Our daughter of course did not mind tge cold weather at 6 in the morning. She jumped into the pool without reservation.
Verdict: Highly recommended. I am sure we will stay here again.
What is your favorite hotel in Alabang? Have you stayed at Crimson Hotel? What do you think about it? 

Nursing Rooms in the City

Since we come from a far away land, we allot about an hour and a half commute (some walking plus train ride) to the city. And because of this, we have no choice but to either skip her nap or take her naps at the headquarters a.k.a nursing rooms.
When we go to Gymboree, we either nap at Tanglin Mall or we walk towards Orchard Road and take a good nap at Tang Plaza.
Nursing Room at Tanglin Mall. It is a big room with big diaper changing pad, a sink and 2 small nursing rooms with a single but comfortable couch.

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The nursing room itself is pretty small but it’s okay as long as it is a closed space and private. The room is found on the 3rd floor beside the Restrooms so it’s quite easy to spot.

Nursing Room at Tang Plaza. I wouldn’t have known there was a nursing room here until I asked. There is not a clue the room was a nursing room until you ask one of the staff. It has a white door with no sign whatsoever. Inside the room is a big couch with 2 pillows and 1 chair. The room is too big. It would have been better if they put curtains to divide the room so that more nursing moms could use the place at a time instead of just one. Also, the music so quite loud! So if you are trying to put your Little One to sleep, you def would have a hard time! Anyway, I still like it because it’s better than nothing, eh?!

Are you still nursing your Little One? Does he/she still do even if you are out?

Gymboree at Tanglin Mall

Yesterday was our last day of free play at Gymboree. I’m sure the Little Girl enjoyed her 5 days of play at Gymboree for the past months. We got a great deal at Groupon for $60 of 5 session free play at either Gymboree Tanglin Mall or Gymboree Harbourfront. That’s about $12 per session. Not bad, I’d say.
Since Natalie loves moving around and jumping up and down, she absolutely enjoyed our Gymboree sessions. One hour seems to just pass by so quickly. We even had an episode yesterday because she didn’t want to leave yet. And when we did, she still wanted to return for another hour. Uhmm..

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One thing I liked about Gymboree is that they often rearrange the play area so the kids always had something to look forward to. The equipments are mostly the same but since it is often reaaranged, they feel like there is something new each visit.

They also make sure both parents and kids use a hand sanitizer before entering. And kids are taken their temperature to make sure they aren’t feverish when they play.

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 We will miss our regular trip to Tanglin Mall for sure.