Some of my fondest childhood memories include play houses I made out of blankets and a few strings. I remember taking my books and toys under the sheets and hiding there for hours! Remembering these experiences from my childhood, it was just natural that I would make forts for Dawn and Rain too, which, as early as 18 months old, the girls have surely loved.
There’s something about having their own “secret” place that fosters creative imagination among children. And as parents, we want to create an environment that will stimulate their young minds and give them memories they will remember forever.
Teepees, play tents and soft toys
Enter Pottly N Tubby and their unique items for the little ones and the young at heart. They create pillows, beanies and soft toys, and are best known for their custom-made teepees and play tents. These teepees are huge! I can imagine adults buying these for themselves. (more…)
One year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I would be doing ministry with these talented and passionate women of faith, more so, that God would let us see His hand move in crazy amazing ways together. One year ago, I couldn’t have known that Pursuit Community would happen in my life and open up opportunities beyond the little plans I had for myself.
A practicum of sorts
From the very beginning, the mission of Pursuit Manila has always been consistent—to unite female creatives who are courageously pursuing their God-given passions, and to empower those who are still struggling to find their way but willing to take the first step of faith. Back in the first gathering, the challenge was to make 2015 the year we make things happen, whether it’s in pursuing a career we feel we’re called to do, or establishing that creative business we’ve been dreaming about, going for that thing that keeps us awake at night.
Amazingly enough, that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing happen within the Pursuit Manila circles this year. Passionate communities have branched out, art gatherings and events happening one after the other, Pursuit Manila moms bonded by something greater than motherhood; new businesses were introduced to the world, musicians and artists have become more brave in getting their craft out there for the world to see.
When Pursuit Manila Arts & Crafts Fair happened last August 1, it felt just like the culmination of everything we’ve been praying for and encouraging one another to do all these months. It was like a practicum of sorts, our big chance to practice what we preach, walk the talk, make things happen.
And true enough, God once again pulled things off beautifully, as He always does. (more…)
This is exactly what I mean when you do work that matters—it doesn’t stop at serving your family’s needs, it goes further into helping communities and building lives for God’s glory.
When I met Jam Pangilinan (Founder and Director of the Share Movement) early this year, I was surprised to see someone so young who cares enough about, not just her own dreams, but also the dreams of the young children in the country’s urban poor communities.
I was immediately on board Share Movement’s mission, and this is why.
I wish you all have met my Dad :)
You see, my Dad (Pastor Bob or Kuya Bob to others) lived his life with so much passion for the urban poor community. He took street kids in, placing them in a shelter inside our small church in Manila. I remember times when he would take me and my brothers to walk around the University Belt, scouting for street children! When we came across some, he would share the gospel to them, invite them to our church’s feeding program and then later on, allow these children to stay in if they want.
We would start referring to them as “shelter kids“, no longer “street kids” as they once were. Our church would raise funds for the daily needs and the education of these kids. When funds were scarce and circumstances were challenging, our church did its best to keep them. Some of these children stayed for the long haul, completed their education and reconciled with their families. A few even became pastors! I literally grew up with these kids. They were our playmates and friends. They were our extended family.
My Dad got our whole church on board this ministry, which I find rather selfless and heroic. I mean, it’s a beautiful thing to have the heart for missions, another entirely huge thing to inspire and encourage others to take part and to experience the joy themselves.
He wasn’t only asking for help from our church community, he was also mostly sharing the fulfillment, the eternal joy, and the blessing that comes with extending your life and resources to bless others. (more…)
It’s our fourth wedding anniversary today, and it’s that time of the year where I give myself an excuse to browse through photographs and memories of the past years with David. I was going to apologize for the throwback photos and cheesiness that have been flooding our social media feeds all day, but I thought, hey, I’m not really sorry. :D (Sorry, not sorry!)
The web is our backup
Today as I was taking a trip down memory lane, I realized that, que horror, I lost (or misplaced) a big chunk of image files from years 2010 to 2013. I can’t remember where I backed them up or if ever I did! The lost files include photographs from our engagement, my New York trip in 2010, our Boracay honeymoon, our baby moon at Canyon Woods, and other special occasions in between.
The good news is, most of Dawn & Rain’s photographs are intact, thanks to that 52 Project! (Whew!) And as a consolation, we have uploaded a significant amount of these missing image files here on my blog and on social media. The upload-worthy ones. (Double whew!)
You know those times when people cringe at you for posting too many photographs and status messages on Facebook? Well, this is one of those moments I’m soooo glad I ignored those comments and posted photographs on Facebook anyway. Instant backup memory! I’m still wishing we locate those missing files, but if not, I’m glad we have Facebook (and this blog!) as back up. (more…)
Last Saturday at the Pursuit Manila Arts & Crafts Fair, I had the privilege of sharing a little something about how to do inspired and meaningful work to Pursuit Manila members, friends, family, merchants, and early shoppers. Someone else was supposed to speak that day, but something came up and I had to cover for our invited speaker last minute.
No complaints, I was happy to do it, albeit nervous as I always am whenever I have to speak in front of a large audience. I’m kinda getting the hang of this, having to speak in Pursuit gatherings. I know that no matter how unprepared or nervous I am, I only have to open my mouth and let God speak through me.
And now I want to blog what I shared back there. (more…)