Saturday, November 10, 2012

2013 Starbucks Planner

What I like about November is that it marks the start of "sticker collection season" for Starbucks coffee lovers. I've been getting Starbucks Planners for several years already; it's a nice reward for being a loyal customer.

For this year, Starbucks Philippines started to offer the signature Christmas drinks last Nov 3. Along with it came the 2013 promo card wherein you need to complete a total of 17 stickers to get 1 planner. I got mine yesterday, Nov 8. wooooot! No I haven't drank 17 cups of coffee in a span of 5 days.. Teamwork is the key! :) Try it out with your coffee buddies, and you'll be surprised how many planners you'll end up with before the promo ends.

Friday, November 2, 2012

He is in Control

A Time for Everything

Ecclessiastes 3:1-15 NIV 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
   a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
   a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
   a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
   a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

No matter how "prepared" we seem to be, one could not escape the heart-piercing pain brought about by the death of a loved one.

That each day you recalled as a blessing of life, has also been a step closer to the end...

That each day you prayed for strength, caused you an uncontrollable amount of tears...

This is life...  in all its genuinety.

Amidst the pain, there is nothing to fear though...

God is here, and He is in control. 

I miss you Dad, it's been a year....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin

I've always wanted to create something like this, I think I'll get really really creative...

Freshly carved pumpkin from the Le Chef Lunch Buffet Table at the Manor, Camp John Hay,  Baguio City

...but then again, I hate (and I am afraid of) using knives! I got a bad cut while I was peeling green mangoes when I was a kid. So there, it's better if I just take pictures instead. It keeps my hands safe from a possible bloody mess.

Enjoy the long weekend, everyone! Stay safe!

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