Our Daily Bread

Greetings!

Hello you! Yes, you! :) You're here on my page and yes, you will know me... maybe just a glimpse of me but since you're here, you can already see a part of who I am. I welcome you to my blogging world and I'm happy to have you here!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love to all!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Grateful

It's been a crazy month so far. Crazy in a sense that work has been full on. As Gil and I would say, not just "one of those days" thing, but "one of those weeks" where we were both feeling very exhausted from work all week. We definitely work hard hehe. Good thing is, everyday we get to reflect on how our day went, we share our frustrations together with the joys and achievements at work. I believe this is a healthy thing to do, because even if when we get home all we need to do is forget about work, somehow it stays in us and we need someone to listen about it and we are glad we have each other for this. It helps  to let it all out and shake it off!

I also visited Momi and Jc and glad that they're doing well, though mum has been sick, she's back to work now. Jc (my younger brother) is enjoying his course in the city, so that's nice. :)

What else do I wanna share? Ah! The book I ordered online is here! I started reading it yesterday and I'm loving it already. I like it because it's the kind of book I wanna read, the one that inspires. One of my closest friends in Davao recommended it so I'm thankful for that, too.

Reading Time
Also, after almost 7 months of waiting for a reply from the nursing board, I finally got a reply yesterday. My application was rejected hehe but not in a very bad way. I just need to submit further paper work and then take a pre-registration course and I can apply again. I'm excited because now I know what I have to do and it's all coming to it's place. Thank You, God.

I think that's all for now. Before I end this blog, I wanna share a beautiful quote from the book, Manuscript found in Accra ---

"Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious." 

A very powerful verse. So yes, NEVER GIVE UP.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One of those days...

You know I had a very busy day at work when I went over 10,000 steps...

Yes, I am exhausted. Yes, I am feeling like I wanna scream and shout. But yes, I am proud to do what I do.

Go nurses!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jan-lovin'

January, the start of the year. The month where most of us are keen on starting our new year's resolutions, personal goals, things-to-do, change, etc. For me, it's more of a new beginning, a new hope, new chance... One of the most important things I've realized from the previous year, 2014, is that --
"Sometimes the most courageous act a human can do is to let somebody love them."
(by Michael Xavier).
That moment when I realized I have been too scared. Like fear is the sea and I'm there drowning, struggling for my life, grasping for air...And there is this someone who's finally come to rescue me yet, I still get to be stubborn despite the need to live. It's like so many knives are stuck into me, and when they hand me a flower, I find it quite hard to know what it really is. It takes time. It really does And I've learned that that's okay, too. Sometimes that's all you need. Time.

No. This is not a sad blog. It sounds like it but I'm actually smiling while typing all this. Realizing that, again, everything happens for a reason. Like each year, God has been very vigilant on writing my life story. Though in so many instances, I know I have been blinded by negativity, He allows it to happen just for me to actually be reminded that there is no other way, HE IS THE ONLY WAY, and I'm grateful that He's never left me. And that moment when I can only be thankful for everything He's made possible, because everything you need is right there. Literally.

I can't wait for all the things that will happen this year. First month of the year has only started and I'm loving it already! I'm hoping and praying that it will stay like this throughout the year... that'll be nice. :) If not, well... I know everything will be okay. For now, I wanna share my adventures (so far):

2nd of Jan - I took Gil to the Dandenong mountains (yes, it's his first time there). We drove there at around 2130hrs and it's my first time to go up there during night time and OMGosh! The view was amazing from the top! It's like seeing the whole Melbourne from up there. With all the tiny lights, the wind blowing softly on our faces... It made us want to fly. But the most wonderful feeling that moment, is to actually have someone there with me, enjoying the same moment as I am. I tried taking photos but they were not good, but that's okay. Pictures of the beautiful view that night is kept in my mind (and heart).

(This photo was taken up in Mt. Dandenong when I went up there last year, around November)
4th of Jan - Gil and I went to Brighton Beach (for the first time) to watch the sunset and ofcourse, to enjoy the beach... and again, It was amazing! We realized that we've never really gone to the beach, so I dragged him (literally lol) to the beach because the weather was perfect, and I'm glad I did because he enjoyed it and we had a great time playing and walking around the beach, as we watch the sun setting.
Brighton Beach '15
More photos HERE.

6th of Jan - Gil and I went to our first concert date for this year... and we went to see...
Tentederentereeeeeen..... (drum rolls).....
The Temper Trap!!! 

It was awesome. I'm lucky to have purchased the tickets last year early enough because it went sold out quite quickly. OMGosh! We literally can't stop talking about it 'til the next day and we were one of the lucky ones to have heard few of their new songs as well so that was nice. :) We are definitely gonna see them again next time they're here in Melbourne. Hope their next album will be a success. More photos HERE . 

9th of Jan - IMAX time! My first time to watch a movie at IMAX and I didn't expect that I will like the movie The Hobbit. I surprisingly enjoyed it though in the first part I was kinda falling asleep hehe. Few photos here

So those are the highlights of my month so far. I'm enjoying it really. Thank you, God!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hello 2015! (Part 2)

So here's the continuation of my first blog for this year. They say, "New year, new me.", but I say, "New year, new ADVENTURES for me!" I don't know what this year will give me but I trust that God will never let me down. Every year, this is what I believe in... that everything will be alright. And like every single day of my life, I always try to remind myself that, "I can."

New year's eve was coming and I was starting to feel a bit emotional. I get like this every end of the year, thinking about the things that's happened, things I've learned. Year 2014 was definitely a full-on year for me, about everything - family, work/career, love life. It's like all aspects of me was touched in a way that I've never experienced before. But then again, if I have to look back, I've always felt like this every year. I guess every year we get to experience new things, new happenings then we grow more in a way. Or same things might happen and it means we need to learn something over and over again... and that's okay. yes, that's okay. One of the things I've learned last year was that everything I feel is okay. I've questioned myself so many times if what I have to feel or am feeling is okay because I can be a pessimist at times, and I feel awful about feeling such things yet I've realized that it is okay to feel upset, to feel sad, lonely, unwanted, ugly, insecure, jealous, angry, mad... however, what's not okay is being aware that you feel those yet choose to dwell on them and not do anything about it. So the real battle begins -- that moment you feel the urge to act upon those feelings. Before, I used to just keep them and not do anything, yet I've also learned to say NO. No, I no longer wanna be a slave of these dark feelings because they destroy you and they can be tools of pulling you back from where you are heading to, the person you wanna be. I'm still learning and I guess it will take a while, but hey! It's a good start. :)

I also wanna share some of my Things-to-accomplish this year...

- Blog more (like seriously, at least one entry every month)
- Finish reading at least one book (I know it sounds easy, but to be honest this is quite hard for me to accomplish)
- Paint at least one picture (Again, I kow this sounds easy but as busy as I am, this is quite hard to accomplish)
- Compose a song (This will be quite easy IF I get the inspiration)

For the song composition, I've decided to always keep a journal/notebook nearby, because ideas come in my mind and I don't have anything to write on (yes, I always have a pen on me that's why I only mentioned about a notebook). With the painting, I have the idea, but still not sure how I would do it once I actually decide to start doing the painting. And with the book reading, I've already ordered the book online and just waiting for it to arrive. Yay!

So far those are the ones I've done for this year's Things-to-accomplish, it's getting there hehe. Of course there are also much more personal things that I would wanna accomplish this year, and those are on progress as well. :)

For now, let me share to you some of the photos from New year's eve/day:

HELLO 2015!

New year's eve BBQ

More photos HERE :)

I think that's all for now. Next blog would be about the adventures I've been so far this year... it's only started but I've already had a lot. Seriously! :D

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

HELLO 2015!

First entry for this year! Yay! So much to say and so many things to be thankful for. I'm thinking that I wouldn't have enough time to say everything I wanna say (or blog everything that I want in one go). Insane, right? I've also decided that instead of posting so many photos in Facebook, I'd rather post them here. Reason is because I'm trying to not be on Facebook so much, just because I'm so into it and I'm there almost all the time. I said to myself, I'd rather blog stuff than always posting them on Facebook.

Anyways... I don't know where to start with all the stuff that's happened but I guess it'll be good to start with the Christmas Holidays! :) I've mentioned before that I was excited for Christmas for a couple of reasons, and... wow! I did enjoy Christmas! Gilbert and I drove to Shepparton, Christmas Eve, and got there around dinner time. As per usual, dinner was yum! Auntie Alice (Gil's mum) is a great cook. Then, we chilled and rested, and waited until 12midnight to welcome Christmas. :) Sometimes, I still can't avoid thinking how different celebrating Christmas here is compared to the Philippines. Anyway, it was nice and intimate with Gil's family and of course with Gilbert (because this is our first Christmas together.) Christmas morning was nice and relaxed. Took photos of all the gifts under the tree! Weeeeh!

Gifts under the Christmas tree always make me excited!
We had Christmas lunch and OMG there was Lechon! It was so yum. It's been a while since I had lechon so that was amazing hehe. Soon after lunch we opened Christmas presents and I'm super happy I got a lot of pressies (so as Gil) and I loved all of them!

 Family Christmas Picture

Pictures with the lechon (haha) 


Gilbert and I

Ian and Auntie Alice

Gilbert and I (agian)

Opening all the presents was fun and everyone enjoyed it which was nice. I realized, I can't remember the last time I felt that sort of happiness and excitement. I was also happy that everyone liked our gifts for them. Goal met! GilChris team did well! :)

Highlight of opening my presents was opening Gilbert's presents for me. Yes, there were 3 wrapped gifts. And yes, I was really surprised. My everdearest was super cute with all his efforts hehe. He gave me and Instax Mini8 camera (one wrapped gift), 2boxes of films for the camera (second wrapped gifts, and the last wrapped one was a small box, and in it were two charms for my Pandora bracelet. I'm a happy doll.

Boxing day the next day and Gilbert drove me around Shepp. He also showed me his school and the farm where they used to live before. We also went to the lake. The drive was really  nice. Then we caught up with friends in the evening for a couple of drinks, which was very nice as well.

INSTY (The Instax Camera)

The 2 charms (The Smooth Heart charm and The Galaxy Openwork charm)

Here are some photos by Insty:





Really thanking God for this chance to bond more with Gilbert and his family. I got kinda emotional because at the same time, I was missing my family (both here in Melbourne and in the Philippines) during the Christmas holidays, especially my Papa and Kuya in Davao City. This is actually the first time that I didn't get to celebrate Christmas with my own family. But I didn't get to feel so bad because I'm surrounded by loving and caring people. God is great! :)

I guess I will continue this blog in the next one. For now, I wanna share with you my mantra for the New Year 2015. It goes like this:

"No matter how many mistakes you make 
or how slow your progress,
you are still way ahead of everyone 
who isn't trying."