half the year is over…

a belated Happy Canada Day (July 1st)… and Independence Day (July 4th) to my friends and family in America!!

would you believe? half the year is over!

i am deciding on taking a break from blogging. it has been a good 4 year experience for me sharing how i feel, what i know, what i do, and most of all, sharing my faith in some ways.

for now, i will focus on what to do next feeling that there are plenty of things to accomplish still. they say time is short when you are having fun. i don’t want to one day see my time is over and have not accomplished anything…

i thank you, my readers for taking your time to read what i have to say, may God bless you everyday and give you the inspiration too as He did for me. i may be back, i may not, i am leaving my site open as it is, as i will still continue reading the blogs that i follow… again.. thank YOU!

take care and have a great and blessed life!



of wine and roses…

first part of my U.S. trip, which was to celebrate my niece’s 16th birthday and see the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas ended yesterday, and today, we flew into L.A. to see my brother…

Last Saturday, Therese, my niece, wore a beautiful lacy dress, with rose petals inside the dress’ hem, as she was wheeled out to the patio for everyone to greet her.

tiris dress


it has been 6 long years since we parted ways. she is way much different from the time she was with me.. when she was little, she could still get up from bed or from the sofa on her own or walk with minimal supervision, but this time, she is confined to her wheelchair and has difficulty walking by herself. she has seizures on a daily basis, and just like the rose, we look at a beautiful creation but with the thorns, it pricks the heart seeing her condition deteriorate… (please check out the IRSF – International Rett Syndrome Foundation – www.rettsyndrome.org for more info about her condition)

overall it was really a happy reunion for me and my family. we visited the Hahn Winery in Monterey Valley (www.hahnestates.com) for some wine tasting, though i am not wine savvy, but definitely enjoyed having some reds over our lunch picnic basket.

Dersky and myself wine tasting
Dersky and myself wine tasting at Hahn Wineries, Monterey Valley, California
me and tony winery
me and my brother overlooking the vineyard

the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org)



and of course the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and went on a 2 hour tour of Alcatraz Island.

golden gate

Alcatraz cruise


Jail cell


hallways of the Rock

i would recommend the Alcatraz tour whoever visits San Francisco. they had an audio self guided tour, where a narrator guides you through the walls of the Rock, it was like being there and seeing everything that happened during the years it existed including the great escape..

 getting together with people we love is often a wonderful occasion. but sometimes it could also be bittersweet especially if we see our loved ones we haven’t seen for a long time hurting, or are ill, and prayers are the only thing we can share from the heart.


my crazy family… :)

have you planned on seeing, visiting or even just calling someone you care for that you haven’t seen for a long time? maybe it’s time you do… as they say,, Y.O.L.O. and there’s no sooner day than today. God bless you.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” ~1 John 4:11



ONCE AGAIN… it’s my birthday month… and not just another birthday… i am turning “five-oh” in less than a month!!!


i have been thinking of blogging about my own timeline, but you see, i am a ‘plane jane’.. nothing spectacular i did in all of 50 years that needs to be written about… in my journal though, i wrote down experiences i remember clearly from the day i was born to the present, the highs and lows i went through, and tallied everything…. the good news is… my highs surpassed my lows :)


school photos i got from friends, losing everything in the terrible flood

i have nothing much to share with you except that, in the beginning of this year, i have said that 2014 will be my year of joy.. yes, it has been a joyful 5 months so far, not that everything came up roses, just right, and “livable” for that matter.. and there’s more to come.. traveling to see my siblings in California for the first time next week, celebrating my beloved niece’s 16th birthday, (Teresa) whom i have not seen for 6 years, and of course, my birthday lunch with my family and so on…

for everything, i thank who else,, but our great CREATOR… for creating me,, that i had a normal childhood, that i am able to rise up from my lowest days of my life, and that i am not perfect but the LORD gives me peace and joy in most circumstances..

i pray that i am able to encourage you by knowing a little about me, how God makes me see all the goodness He does for my life, despite the tears, mine may not be as dire as what you have gone through but know that God is the only one who can turn our pain to gain… 

so… CHEERS!! to my fiftieth, and more to come… :)

Washington State


the day after…

it is finally over!!

the only unwelcoming difference from the scenes posted on the BMO RunVan sites was the absence of the sunshine… :(

rain rain go away
rain rain go away

it was a rainy event. i had on, the BMO bright yellow tech shirt, on top of another dri-fit shirt, on top of a long sleeved run shirt, and my favorite pink cap, and wore my capri running pants. running shoes was not rain proof so,, i got them wet, socks and all… weather was light rain, i.e. more than a drizzle but less than a rain but run under it for 2 hours will leave one soaking wet in the end.. temp was cold 9 to 10 degrees, overcast day… we didnt have a big garbage bag to use as “ponchos” so i said, que sera sera, there’ll be thousands others running in the rain anyways.. it’ll be fun!

so we were given a pair of running gloves which i decided to wear around the 16th km mark when my fingers were going stiff frozen from the cold brrrrrrr… i was trying to snap some photos but i couldn’t even press the button of my phone ha ha…

i promised myself i will follow the 2:15 pace bunny unlike last year when i was overconfident and thought i can do it myself.. but from the pink corral where i was, i didn’t or couldn’t see the pace bunnies, not until we reached the 13th km mark, on a turn around route did i see her on the opposite side ahead of me, a distance gap of prob’ly a kilometre???? from there, i knew i may not be able to beat my targeted 2:15 finish.. okay, so i thought, if i cant beat it, at least i should do better than my previous times…


guess what… i didn’t beat my time, but only for a second ha ha… in 2012 i finished 2:26:11, my PR so far,, yesterday, basing on my chip time, i finished 2:26:12… it’s okay i crossed the finish line with a big smile… happy happy…

here are some highlights of my run yesterday, taken under the rain…

as i crossed the start line yesterday, i can’t help but feel grateful thinking i am so blessed with so much in life, and that i tread along the streets of Vancouver running a half marathon race, which i never had the chance to do in Manila, Philippines… i thought this would not be possible if God have not sent me a beautiful being, whom He named Evelyn.. or Blynn, my self created nickname for her… :) she is the “Allyn” counterpart for me here in Canada… apparently God takes care of me… Blynn was my running buddy since i moved here to Canada and for that, i am so fortunate having known her. she almost beat her dream of a sub 5 hours for her full marathon finishing 4 minutes longer.. so proud of her… way to go, Blynn and thank YOU!!

bonding times with Blynn:

what’s next for me? sure will still keep on running, race or no race… but won’t think about that for now,, my next project is my first major trip to the U.S. to reunite with my family.. it’s happening soon… 2014,, indeed, my year of JOY..   i love you dear Lord Jesus.. :)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~James 1-17


the day before…

today is Saturday, May 3rd…

in a few minutes, i will be off to the BMO Vancouver Marathon Expo in downtown to pick up may race packet…
i thought i would keep this day as part of my “memoir” of events leading up to my 50th birthday coming up next month…

there’s an internet radio ad that i hear over and over again that says.. “You’ll never know when the day before is the day before….” it strikes me always as a reminder to be and to do what i ought to do TODAY, because tomorrow is so unsure… i know it is easier said than done, often, i have let time pass by not being able to accomplish what i have to, but there’s no time for regrets, only moving on forward…. onward to where God plans me to be whether i like it or not,, and i am glad the He leads me everyday.. so even today, unsure of tomorrow, i thank God for bringing me here to where i am… with so much blessings and joy..

i am posting here what the BMO RunVan have been posting on their facebook page to hype up the runners and it is so effective for me… :)

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photo 2



photo 5

photo 1

photo 3


Happy running to all runners tomorrow,, carpe diem!!

“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” ~Ephesians 3:21


may the 4th be with Allyn…

well, nothing to do with Star Wars’ saga.. but May 4th is RunVan and is eleven days away… same as last year, i am so excited.


it will be a special day, i am dedicating my half marathon run to my running mentor, my friend, my coach, Allyn, aka OWL-lyn.. OWL-lyn because many times i catch her deep in the night in the Far East, chatting with our group viber members here in the North Americas, when we are just about to start our day, she’s a night owl… and May the 4th happens to be her golden birthday!

allyn hkg

in my early days of learning to be a runner, she supported me many times, ran with me in countless 5 kms races, despite that she is already a full marathoner, ran with me on my first 10km run as my photographer to document every step i made, i experienced my first trail run at Timberland Heights, though not with her as she did 10kms, i did 5 kms, but she got the race kit for me.. and the rest is history… (er,, i think i have blogged about this a few times)…

she claims she doesn’t run as often as she did, family responsibilities and a new job got in the way… so, ahem, i do the running for her. but i do hope she can still fulfill her dream of running an ultramarathon, i will definitely cheer for her.

this is supposed to be my final week of my 16 week train plan.. but, i chose to do cross-training and maybe do one 10km run on Saturday, and two more short runs next week, then shake out time. ok, i know it’s only half marathon, like, it’s not going to be as grueling as a 42km run.. but let’s just say, i want to feel like i’m a full marathoner he he.. just let me be.. give the “old” lady a break.. :)

Allyn, my dear friend, i’ll greet you on your birthday, watch out for my surprise!!

tech shirt

2014 Tech shirt and 21.1 km medal

“A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.” ~Proverbs 17:17

Lugs :)

the “good” in Good Friday…

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it was the day He was nailed on a tree, do we say Happy Good Friday on a Good Friday?? 

i remember my childhood in the Philippines, which is predominantly a Catholic country, all radio and tv stations go off the air at 3 p.m. on Good Friday, the hour when Jesus Christ breathed His last breath,, no tv programs, all you see are grey static screens, to be back on the air on Easter Sunday.. no boisterous laughter allowed, and we were not to take a shower even, not until the resurrection Sunday. those were what we believed we should be observing during Holy Week. There were no commercial establishments open, you’ll be lucky to find one open on a Good Friday. our eldest brother, who had serious drinking problem, was into flagellation as his act of penance… it did not save him though.. he died of cirrhosis of the liver many years later.

some things changed as i grew up, in my teens, it was vacation time during Holy Week.. we traveled out of the metropolis to go on a 3 or 4 day stay at the beach, or a few times, we would travel abroad, usually leave on Wednesday afternoons and back Sunday mornings. still, we observed Good Friday, wherever we may be, at the beach or at the hotel, at 12 noon on Good Fridays, my mom will be praying silently in one corner…

it was not until i accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior did i understand the real meaning of Good Friday. not taking a shower, or shutting off any entertainments or no amount of hurting myself and shedding my own blood or any acts of penance will ever cleanse me from my own sin.. His crucifixion was the only thing that did that, He was the only ransom paid for my sins. it is not about what i have given up, but what HE DID for me…  then, it is up to me to accept the offer of redemption and live my life according to what is right and pleasing to Him.

without Good Fridays, there will be no renewals, without Good Fridays, there will be no second chances, without Good Fridays, there will be no resurrection, and we will never know that we have a LIVING GOD.. not a dead God…

that’s the good in Good Fridays,, it is the HOPE for those who have been lost, a gift from God to us to set us free from bondage of sin…  have you accepted this precious gift?  if not, maybe this is a good day to do so.. 

Happy Good Friday! :)