21 @ 51

update on my running…. so far, my running life is in full bloom, i have been in Manila since February, and no cold and wet winters to keep me from running outdoors, no rains of “raincouver” to think about that i can run almost daily with my run team mates.. i was able to enjoy the cool crisp late afternoons/early evenings Manila experiences every February, and now as the summer heat sets in, running becomes more challenging for me, albeit humid nights, i am having the time of my life.

for this, i opted to sign up for the half marathon event for NatGeo Earth Day run on April 26th, and forego my plans of joining a run event in Vancouver this coming June.. i thought, since i’m here why not take a stab at it..

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yes i am turning 51 as well in June,, hence 21 @ 51, or 21 kms at age 51. i do not aim for any PRs, i will be so very happy if i can finish the race without injuries or you know, as we “seniors” start experiencing ha ha.. it’s really funny cuz now, next generation runners call me “Tita” (as in Aunt) or “Ate” (pronounced as AH-teh) as in Elder sister, a respectful way to call someone older.. when i was used to being called only by my first name.. i am really a senior citizen.. of course i embrace it and not resenting it.. with age comes wisdom, right??

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so,, afternoons/early evenings i run following a train plan for my fourth half marathon event. still feeling excited and a bit nervous each time i think about the race, especially now that i am running in the tropics, with high percentage of humidity, unlike in Vancouver, where summer climate is still cool in the mornings, and sometimes it even rains in summer. but one thing different here is that the gun goes off at 12 midnight or 2 a.m. because it gets really hot during late mornings!!! oh my goodness.. back in BC, we start at 7 a.m. for half marathon and 8 a.m. for full marathon, based on my past experiences, and still enjoy cool summer weather.. i wonder how it will be here.. will let you know.

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that’s all for now… the old lady shall now sleep..  :)

M.

less talking, more praying…

attended church service this morning, after missing three Sundays of service, am i glad to have been able to go today with Dersky.

we sang a beautiful praise music called “Mighty to Save”, lyrics said, “Saviour, He can move the mountains, my God is Mighty to Save, He is Mighty to Save.”

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if you are in a situation where you think you do not know what to do, remember God can move mountains.  meaning, anything we ask of Him, He can always do… guaranteed!

right now, i don’t know what to do with a small family situation where although i am not directly involved but am greatly affected because i love my family.. i tried to give my unsolicited advice, but i also cannot solve other people’s problems… singing this song this morning, it reminded me to surrender everything to Him.. He is the mountain mover….. now i will talk less to avoid conflict, better to just pray more and let Him handle it… it’s out of my hands… it’s in God’s hands… He is mighty to save us from troubles…

Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

M.

in God’s appointed time…

 

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lately, i have been involved in “near misses” that could be reasons to feel rueful, but thanks to my new “motto” that i am able to overcome the feeling of regret, which is the cousin of worry actually…

but first let me explain, worry is something you think about BEFORE something even happens,,, while her cousin, regret, is that which happens AFTER something has been done/occurred or something you failed to do…  regret is not a good feeling because it stops us from moving on, always thinking of ‘i shoulda, i coulda’, but it’s too late to change anything.. so you just mope and regret and regret… and nothing good is happening..

you know what, my new motto is.. “everything is in God’s appointed time”… i believe nothing is ever too late. everything that happened happened because God planned it to happen… good or bad there is always a reason…

you end up taking up the wrong college degree and you regret it? don’t,,, God intentionally has a purpose for that..

you didn’t marry the one you thought was right for you? don’t regret it… God already knew who to send for you, if there is someone He things is right…..

you missed taking the earlier flight to join a family get together? don’t be sad about it.. there is a good reason for it..

in short.. do not feel bad about something you so want to happen but didn’t… or the other way around, something you did but think you should not have… i have made too many bad decisions in life that more often i have had regrets…  fortunately, they were easy for me to overcome because God has taught me that “His plans are better than my plans, His ways are higher than my ways” ~Isaian 55:9 therefore, i truly believe that every day, every second of my life is happening as it is planned by God. why worry then? or why regret if we know He knows what’s going on?

do you feel regretful for something? no, don’t be, it is all part of God’s perfect plan.. you’ll see, just be prayerful and patient and of course, there should be complete reliance on Him… i am definite there will be more joy in your life! keep smiling :) no regrets… move on.. move on… 

M.

can’t complain….

i am currently recovering from a very bad flu… er.. when is flu ever good eh?

for the past 3 or 4 days,, i was bedridden, never have i been this sick since moving here to Canada. i guess the pollution and not so clean environment in Manila somehow protected me from the virus he he, and here i am confined to living a sorta kinda dirt-free life that my immune system stopped functioning.. that’s how i imagined it..

my sister being a pharmacist, was the one monitoring my condition,, take this, drink that, get rest,, check your temperature,, but we don’t have thermometer at home, never thought of needing one,, and i got a bit of scolding he he.. i love my sister..

during those days i was in bed, i could hardly believe how mere flu can put me down. i was having crying bouts for reasons i couldn’t explain.. i wanted to be better ASAP, a lot of things going on in my mind….  it was as if all my fears appeared right in my front… i felt paralyzed…

on the other hand, it has also made me think less about my condition when i remembered Jonathan, my friend’s 16 year old son, handsome young man full of promise,  who had brain surgery and has been in and out of ICU for seizures,,,, when my only problem was my congested nose and not being able to taste what i eat,, thinking too of Jeedy, my friend who has lung cancer.. we used to exchange messages via facebook or emails, but she has not been in touch lately explaining that she did not have the energy to go online… why, i can still play online Ruzzle til the wee hours of the morning while recuperating…

can’t complain,, won’t complain… i also spent time praying,, and thanking God not because i am in a better condition than others, but because He gave me this flu to keep me grounded with life’s real aches and pain.. there are so much more pain happening in this world, and mine is just due to carelessness..

so…. i feel better now,,  i continue to pray for those who are ill,,, gravely ill… i pray that God takes them by His hand and ease their pain as He did with mine… eventually, we all get healed for as long as we entrust everything to our Healing God… emotional pain, physical pain.. He heals them all..

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~ Psalm 103:2-5

M.

Happy New Year 2015!!

as i type this, there are 4 days left till the new year arrives.

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i admit i didn’t do well with my running this past year (2014) in terms of diligence… but at least i was able to finish my third half marathon last May. i am experiencing hamstring pain for the past few months that i kinda slowed down a bit from running. i resorted to Zumba just to keep myself physically active…  for the coming year though, i am thinking of signing up for a Half marathon event happening on June 28th. plenty of time to heal, plenty of time to regain my endurance after the holidays. it’s good to have a running goal this early so i will get motivated.

i am just agreeing with an article i’ve read a few months back which touched on the topic about how being 50 should not stop you from being active. i want to encourage you, especially those my age, to at least try and look for some activity that will keep your circulation going. it will be really healthy.. you might just even walk…. and to perk up your enthusiasm, why not invest on some gadgets that are now in the market to monitor your progress. this is one motivation for you. ok, i am not encouraging you to spend, i am just suggesting anything that maybe will ‘FORCE’ you to just go and do it. sometimes if we think we spent already for something (like signing up for the gym, which my sister did so now she has no choice but to go hahaha)… might as well have really good use for it than nothing at all, right? in my case,, Dersky gifted me with a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch for Christmas, and i love it!  thank you Dersky. so, this encourages me the more..

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well, here’s to a new year of more active life, and hopefully no injuries, pain is inevitable,, but there will always be healing..

Happy Running and Zumba-ing…  God bless you!

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M.

Labor of Love – Christmas Feed the Homeless 2014

Here is my article about my experience with Labor of Love Project in West Covina, California:

from B.C. with Love….

at first i thought three weeks’ stay in California will be a bit too long to be away from my Dersky (my significant other) who is in Beautiful British Columbia, where we are based. my trip was kind of a snap decision, but God knows better, i had a wonderful bonding time with my two sisters and their families as well as with my brother and sister in law, shirley, and nephew, Kiko.

the highlights of my stay were, spending thanksgiving with my two sisters, bonding time with my special niece, Teresa, who is almost a daughter to me,

and last and most fulfilling of all was joining the 2014 Christmas Labor of Love event that happened on December 5th and 6th.

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not only that i witnessed the preparation of the care boxes, i also went with the picking up of donated items/goods courtesy of In-n-Out burgers and Coca-Cola, two major partners of L.O.L., as well as picking up the apples at the produce market (Choppy Produce) in downtown Los Angeles. staff of In-n-Out were unbelievably kind and all smiles while we were there… such a heartwarming encounter!

since i have been remotely maintaining the blog for L.O.L., it was a wish for me to actually be present in any of their events, Easter or Christmas, and this trip has fulfilled my wish :)

it is very humble of my sister-in-law, Shirley, and my brother, Tony, to open their home to strangers, who in the end become friends and part of family of L.O.L. i have seen what they had to do before opening their doors to those volunteers arriving early on Friday, December 05, up to the time they clean up and call it a day. moving furniture, arranging tables, setting them up so that preparing the care boxes will be like an assembly line, and making sure there will be enough snacks/drinks for the volunteers and cleaning up the house after everything is over… of course, kudos too to volunteers, young and old alike, from different ethnicity, profession or what nots, who shared not only time, but also their financial or any kind of contribution.

and, to top it all, very inspiring that they offered their vehicles to drive to downtown L.A. and areas where the care boxes will be distributed, i saw the cul-de-sac, all parked cars waiting to be loaded up with the boxes… isnt that ah-maaaazing!!! but this time, more cars but not enough boxes eh??

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as for myself, i did hand some boxes when we went to the area they called “skid-row”, i even listened to a homeless lady telling me she was drugged, beaten up and face slammed on the concrete floor… so sad. all i can do is pray for the poor lady.

overall, my trip was all worth it.. i thank God for my family, i thank God for taking care of them, i thank Him for my sister-in-law’s compassionate heart, i thank God that He allowed me to be with the destitute, God put them there to teach me humility and compassion. i thank God for all those who worked hard too for this cause. i am JOYFUL! it is an early wonderful Christmas gift…. A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL, from B.C. with love,

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To God be all Glory!

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~Acts 20:35

M.

bringing home the sunshine…

i ended my 3 week vacation just in time before the storm hit Northern California last Wednesday. though my flight was delayed for 5 hours due to impending strong winds, i was glad to be back home in B.C. with my Dersky.

before the storm, it was mostly sunny in California, yes it rained on some days, which they direly need as they have been having drought for a long time, but after the rain, there was glorious sunshine again. a friend asked me if i have brought wintry weather from B.C., i said, no,, i will be bringing home the sunshine from California.. you see not only it rains in Vancouver, hence earning her nickname “Raincouver”, it is also waaaay too cold.. not complaining though, i know it’s much worse in the east, so, i’ll be happy with what we have here…

my stay with my beloved sisters and brother was a very joyful and heartwarming one, just like the sunshine that greets me each morning…. being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with them, having spent time with my dearest Teresa, (my special needs niece) who is growing to be beautiful, and heavy…

and also the highlight of my trip was joining my sister-in-law, Shirley’s Labor of Love – Feed the Homeless ministry. I will be blogging in detail about this to post here and on their site, www.laborofloveproject.wordpress.com watch out for it.

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i divided my days among my three siblings, a week with each of them more or less.. i miss them so much that i wish they were just living next to my house.. but life is such, we each have our own destinies God perfectly planned and so be it..

soon it will be Christmas, and it is one of those occasions when we reminisce about the happy pasts… especially those spent while we were growing up under one roof, where Mama used to prepare our Noche Buena (Christmas Eve feasts) of pork BBQ and hot macaroni soup and ham sandwiches, the wafting aroma of halaya (purple yam jam)….. yum yum… sigh! these memories bring the sunshine into my heart in this wintry weather, and i feel JOY!!

Have a Blessed Christmas and may you experience the warmth of this season with your loved ones and of course, with the presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to Him be all Glory!  IMG_5642

M.