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Saturday, April 25, 2015

An Inevitable Thing

No one could have prepared us to what have happened in the past few days. A death is certainly an unexpected thing and it could pass by any of us. I now know how painful it is to lose someone so dear..and a baby at that.

April 19, 2015 at 10:05pm, my little baby nephew was declared dead. Due to some infection that the doctors could not find out, not until his death, my little baby nephew, Lollard, had suffered so terribly much in such a short life. And a couple days before his birthday, it is even more difficult to imagine him being gone so young.

As we await for the news on the church site, we all have been praying that God would spare little Lollard of all the pain he was experiencing. And as we all know, God moves in mysterious ways. And at that point, the answer to our prayers was so unexplainable.

The night it happened was right before our annual Camp Meeting. It was unbearable to face the visitors when you know someone close to your heart was suffering so much. God did answer our prayers of sparing the little baby of all his pain by taking him into His arms. The part in which you could see your very own sister cry for losing her very own son whom she took so much effort in taking care of,  has been too much, even for my own heart.

Not only that, but also seeing your other living little nephew, look for his baby brother, oblivious of the fact that his brother has passed on, its just too much for everyone to handle. How would you ever explain to a toddler that his little brother is gone? And how would you survive hearing from his own little mouth the name you would rather forget?

At the end of the day, all the questions that we have are useless and pointless. Since it is comforting to know that it is not in our position to question God of His plan in our life. At least that one burden, the whys and hows of what has happened are not ours to answer but to Him  who knows everything beforehand.

For me, one thing that I have learned is that whatever pain you have gone through, the people who cares so much will be the one who will cry and grieve with you through thick and thin. I have built so much wall  around me that sometimes I could not feel and see the people who really matters. In this specific experience, I saw with my own eyes those people who cried in pain for my sister and her family and for the loss they had in their life. Somehow, this challenge in their life changed the point of view people have in my family.  And for God to use this situation a blessing to so many people would be more than an answered prayer in our life.



Have a peaceful rest my dear little nephew. See you in the Morning…!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Year-end Gratitude Post

I know this is so late but I'm gonna post it anyway.

There are just so many things to be thankful for. It's a year again and I just can't believe that time could go on so, so fast.

For one thing, it seems like it was just yesterday that I resolved to keep my blogs going but I obviously failed miserably to keep  up with it. I have resolved to keep my goals and dreams alive but there are still times that I would wake up not know what do to first and not know what to do at all.  There has been times this year that I have no idea what what really purpose and worth are.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

China Backlogs 2: Understanding Chinese

Here's another backlog entry from a journal entry I made while in China..

Oct 12, 2014
Its sunday today so we had a church service normally. So since we are living in the roof of the tabernacle, it would be natural that we be early.
It's exciting to finally feel what it feels like to be in a foreign country and be with the brethren who went through the same steps, stuff that we also had, spiritually speaking. I mean, these same people are the people Bro Bob, who ministered to my family and church back in the Philippines, was and has been burdened about. 
I am finally understanding why he has so much compassion and burden to the Chinese people. For one thing, as Bro. Gideon has said, their heritage mostly came from the Bible. Their's are not the mixture of different cultures from different country. They are more attuned to their own culture and historical heritage unlike some other culture that Ive experienced and personally saw. Japanese are the same but I think what separate the Chinese people from them are the fact that they are more open to the Gospel. I dont know, but so far thats what I have observed.
Having said that, its interesting to know and see people from different part of Asia believing and following the same doctrine that we follow back home. Not only is it a blessing, I think its a miracle that God could allow such things to happen. 
Suffice it to say, I have yet to see and know more about what traditional Chinese does. Especially does people who are Christian Chinese. 
Exploring this place is a lot more challenging that how it appears to be. Aside from the strong language barrier, there are simple stuff that I usually take for granted from them, especially back home. 
For one thing, if you see traditional Chinese drawings somewhere, you would typically stereotype it as chinese simply because of its intricacy. But looking at them closely, you will come to realize that each piece of art has been skillfully made. And how facinateing it would be to see them drawing inside a bottle using only a thin stick? I don't know what its called but its really happening. Im just totally overblown but their work of art. No wonder even their characters/letters are so hard to imitate!

Friday, October 31, 2014

China Backlogs 1

Here are some back logs from my previous trip to Shanghai China. Photos will be posted soon. :)

For a little back story about this, my sister and I decided to take a short vacation from work and attend a friend's wedding in Shanghai, China. We wanted to be a little early so that we could have time to visit other places and navigate the country all by ourselves. And we did. Here's how it went...

Oct 11, 2014
Shanghai China

We just got back from a tiring but albeit fun trip here in Shanghai China with my little sis as the 'ultimate' guide.
Travelling without parents could be so much fun, if one could only enjoy the independence and freedom that it brings. Although there wouldn't be anyone to answer for the food and the transportation and the little things that parents worry about for their kids, the kind of feeling that being own your brings is a lot more exciting and thrilling, specially to travel savvy kids like us. 
There are lots of perks, of course. We could enter any store that we want without the impatient growl of an annoyed parent waiting outside. We could buy any street foods that we want without the cajoling presence of a parent concerned about whether its clean or not. We could enter and roam at a certain place within the convience of our own time. 
I could go on and on about that, but I don't mean that in a negative way. In fact I do miss them in this trip but given the situation now, I would rather enjoy the moment. than sulk my way back home. 
We went to Yuyuan Garden via the metro. Could you believe that? Just the two of us. Without any Chinese to help us with translation. :)