Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello 2015!

Happy New Year!

Before anything, I'd just like to announce that I'm back to blogger world! 
I shall revive this site and there's no better time to start than the first day of the new year! I'm excited! This is on the top of my "Things to do" this 2015. Whatever story I've skipped the 2nd half of last year (because I got real busy and the circumstance doesn't quite allow me to blog as much as I want), I'd surely put on my throwback posts soon!

Let me say it again: I'm excited for this year! Uncertain, yes. But this is exactly what keeps me looking forward to live this life every day! Cheers to a year of chances, adventures, lessons, faith and love.

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Christmas 2014

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How I describe our Christmas 2014: A BLESSING

Yes, it's indeed a blessing. I never would have thought that we'll all be able to spend one of the most awaited, if not the most awaited, holiday of the year -- CHRISTMAS. The past years were celebrated in different parts of the Philippines and of the world, but I'm feeling really grateful and blessed that God has given us such a wonderful Christmas present this year which is our family.

Everyone traveled from everywhere for hours and days. From the US and parts of the Philippines -- Manila, Davao, Compostela -- we all gathered together in Eastern Samar where mom and I are currently based for work. We ate, laughed, shared stories, exchanged gifts and prayed together. Simple but special. Very special.

Thank You, Jesus!

The whole family doing the wacky pose!

With my three older brothers. Clockwise from top right: Kenn, Kat, Kitz and Keith

The siblings with Mom and Dad


Kenn and his family

Kitz and his family

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Life as an English Teacher to Korean Students

When I graduated from college I worked in a bank and was...lonely. You know, it was the this-job-is-not-for-me or the it's-good-but-I-am-not-happy phase, typical for a fresh graduate like me then. After a lot of thinking and praying, I decided to just go back to my hometown and here I found a job very close to my heart -- teaching + Korean. Now that I'm no longer there and since I am trying to revive this site, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to look back and share my experience.
At first it was quite difficult. I thought they would never like me as a teacher or even as a friend. But I was wrong. I got to know them as days passed, weeks, months, and we were able to bond together during class or during our days off! Oh those days...
I learned more about there culture and language (especially when the student is really an English beginner and I had to translate in Korean so that we can move forward in our discussion otherwise, we'll be stuck!). I'm just so glad I learned Korean before I got this job. Haha
So here's a peek into my life as an English Teacher to Korean Students...
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With our girls. Oh, I miss them!

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The 3rd year students ^^
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My love... my lovely student ^^

Thursday, January 16, 2014

LIFE IS HARD. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.


I finished watching this sequel of befores (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) the past week. Others might find these movies boring as the actors do not really engage in too much action other than walking and talking. This movie is full of words and ideas which can make the viewers think which I really liked. The exchange of ideas or expression of different views through the characters made me disagree in my mind, some made me think twice, while some others made me nod in agreement. Albeit the fact that words dominated this movie, it was really engaging.

There are lines which really made me pause and reflect on it. One of which I’d like to ponder on deeper through writing.

Some people…”Come into it with big, idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the goal, but not the process. But the reality of it is the true work of improving things is in the little achievements. That's what you need to enjoy.” (Cecile, Before Sunset)

A view outside my window.

When we were in kindergarten or grade school, we were always asked what we would like to be when we grow up. As little kids, we always dreamed big. We believed. We envisioned ourselves to become the person who would one day take the world by storm and conquer it! We were full of zest for life and passion to pursue our goals. Unfortunately, most of us lost this fire somewhere along the way.

And then from the lines of “I can do it”, we shift to…

What can I do? I’m just a/not  _____________________.
We can fill up the blanks with different adjectives and descriptions about how we think of ourselves.
What can I do? I don’t have ____________________.
This we can also continue by naming different things we complain about not having.

We can always have a thousand reasons why we think we can’t achieve something. But I think the common cause of not achieving is because we never start. We ignore the little things we can do not knowing they actually lead to greater things. We do not want to jump through all the hurdles to get to the finish line, we just want to leisurely walk and get there. Friends, I want to present to you the truth.

LIFE IS HARD. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.

I want to encourage everyone to rejoice in every situation God will put you in. They are God’s own “training camp”. Go through the process. Enjoy it. Savour it. Take life one moment at a time. Live it. Love it. We are blessed because we have a Father who can make all our “impossible dreams” POSSIBLE.

When we stop complaining how impossible things seem, we will be able to think of a way to make it possible. When we stop worrying how to get there, we will be able to take that one little, important step to actually get there.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1st

Hi Mom, I have been praying and praying about my career and what God really wants me to do. You know I am still waiting for that "big break" to come along. I don't know when God will finally give it to me. I have asked Him why it's taking Him too long. haha. But I learned, God gives us according to our abilities. Maybe I am not yet ready for something big nor am I ready for something great. I think that is still beyond what I can do. I believe I will get there someday but I need to learn more about being faithful in the little things He has already entrusted to me. I keep on looking forward, looking ahead without noticing I have been neglecting what was already given to me......  I will focus on our GOLD ministry. It's starting and I think it's time for it to be watered so that it will grow more and more. 
Since I was young, I have always believed that I will touch lives, I will travel, meet people and inspire them like you did. Before, I thought I will do it by becoming a manager, a director of a big big NGO like you. I didn't know that it was simply by sharing the Gospel and the love of God.   
One thing I have really learned ever since I got here in Davao, life is not about OUR name, it's about HIS name. so  I'm enjoying my season. while I'm here, i'll do the GOLD project and invest in the lives of our young members.   
Love youKat
This was some parts of my loooong email to my mother in which I shared some reflections I had in one of my conversations with God.

Late November, I had to make a decision whether to do a new project, or maybe find another job -- the kind of job which "fits" my undergrad course or something that satisfies the expectations of the people around me, even myself.

But I realized for the past months that I have been back in my hometown, that life is too short, too precious, meaningful and wonderful that it's a waste living it for my own wants and desires, being frustrated that I couldn't seem to make it happen fast. I can hear my mind say "this is what's expected of you" "this is what you wanted to become" but where am I right now? In my eyes, it's far different from what I have imagined myself to be in 5 years ago, when I first entered the gates of my dream university. 

Then, I was reminded of the day I surrendered my life to Jesus. It meant that my life is no longer my own. It isn't all about me anymore. It isn't even about what other people think of me. My life is about Him. His will for me and His ways on how I should live my life. It's not about making my dreams happen anymore, it's about living out the destiny that God has set for me. 

Yes, God knows the desires of our hearts and He can make our grandest dreams come true, according to His will. His plans are always better than my plans. So I let go and let God.

For the past six months, my profession was being a teacher. And I love it. I love my students, my colleagues, I love where I am right now. There are ups and downs, discouragements here and there, but it's where God has placed me for this season. I will always choose to live it, enjoy it.

Til the next season of surprises... I will be in faith, waiting....

Monday, November 18, 2013

JOIN US IN TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF OPERATION.

You may have read about our organization, Giving Hope, Helping Lives, Inc., in some of my posts and this time, I sincerely ask for your support as we help our fellowmen who were devastated by typhoon Haiyan arise from the destruction. 

You may visit our Facebook Page and website to know more on who we are and what we do.

We will accept in-kind and cash donations. For details on how you can extend help, please email us at ghhl@ghhl.org

We are truly grateful for all the help we have been receiving from different parts of the world.



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5 lessons I learned from the movie: Man of Steel (2012)

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So I just watched this movie and more than just the effects and the action this movie offers, I loved how God revealed and reminded me some really important life lessons. I'm really amazed and happy how God speaks in different and unexpected ways.

1. Patience, humility, love & even pain are important ingredients that will prepare and mold us to reach our goals and accomplish our destiny. 

Clark Kent/Superman had to go through a lot. He had to wait for 33 years before finally knowing the reason why he is on Earth. Others even physically and emotionally hurt him because he is “different”. He had to step down and endure the cruelty of the world. He has the power to eliminate everyone in just one blow, but he didn’t. Amidst everything, he focused on the love, joy and encouragement his parents showered him. All of these things, good and bad, made him into the kind of man he was destined to be. 

This movie somehow reminded me of the life of Jesus. Jesus came down from heaven. He is the Son of God. He is the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings but he came down, humbled himself and lived the life of a man. He was scorned, harmed and ruthlessly persecuted. He took it all. He took every lash, bore every wound and endured the pain and suffering. ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. ALL FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE PURPOSE OF WHICH HE WAS SENT.


2. There’s always a perfect time for everything.

“It’s not yet time.” This is what Clark Kent’s father told him time and time again. It reminded me that there’s a perfect time for everything and when that time comes, it will simply be beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and glorious.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. - Romans 8:18

3. The preparation time is as important as the appointed time.

While waiting for the perfect time, it may not be obvious at times and it may feel like we are stuck, but I've always believed that the waiting period is our preparation period. During this stage, we study, we learn, we are being tested, taught and strengthened. We should not rush but instead consider all seasons that we go through as a blessing. One day, we will look back on everything that we have been through and see how God has prepared us and worked in us. The time of waiting is a blessing that should be taken seriously as well as enjoyed.
Jonathan Kent: And I don't blame you, son. It'd be a huge burden for anyone to bear; but you're not just anyone, Clark, and I have to believe that you were... that you were sent here for a reason. All these changes that you're going through, one day... one day you're gonna think of them as a blessing; and when that day comes, you're gonna have to make a choice... a choice of whether to stand proud in front of the human race or not. (imdb.com)
4. We are on a mission. We were sent here on earth for a purpose.
Jonathan Kent: You are my son. But somewhere out there you have another father too, who gave you another name. And he sent you here for a reason, Clark. And even if it takes you the rest of your life you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is. (imdb.com)
Our Father in heaven has given us a mission. It may be different for each one of us but every single one of us has a task to accomplish.

5. All it takes is for us to have faith even as little as a mustard seed, we'll all get there.

Maybe some of us are going through a season in which things doesn't make any sense and we ask why things are the way they are, how long must we wait, which way to go, how to go, etc. But let us all stand strong in faith. He is a faithful God and He will surely complete the good work He has began in us (Philippians 1:6).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meet Heather

Hello everyone, here's a treat as we close this wonderful month. 
We have a really beautiful woman on the blog today. 

Meet Heather from A Different Kind of Woman


1. What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

I would most definitely have to say fall.. It's such a warm and cozy time of year for me and it makes my coffee drinking hobby that much more appreciated. I also love the fall wardrobe and who doesn't love fall bonfires? Also, I love change and Fall is such a huge change from Summer.. Which is the same reason why Spring is my favorite too!

2. What is the number one in your Christmas wishlist?

Oh goodness! Either tickets to the Hopespoken conference or a big girl camera.. I'm sooo needing an actual photography camera.

3. Coffee or tea? Why? 

I love them both so much for different occasions.But I think I love coffee a little bit more.. Moreso lattes. The smell, the taste. It's all so wonderful! Plus coffee dates with friends are amazing!


4. Describe your blog in a few words. 

Encouraging, Jesus loving, and may spread a case of baby fever.

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Meeting an awesome and inspiring woman, isn't it the best way to end the month? So go over to her blog and be blessed... and meet her cute little daughter, Evelynne!

Monday, October 28, 2013

a 2AM encouragement...

It's almost 2am now and I'm still up working on a guest post for Heather's blog. Yes, I'm so excited to be guest posting in her awesome blog soon and meet more ladies passionate for Jesus!  stay tuned! For button swaps and guest posting here, email me at katecdet@gmail.com

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Anyway, all i really want to say at this hour is that...

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Yes. You are.
And you are valued and loved by the King of kings, the Lord of lords!
So chin up and face another day with that gorgeous smile of yours that brightens up everyone's day!

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart..." - Proverbs 15:30

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LOVE AS A WEAPON

In our walk with the Lord, He teaches us the things we need in order to live a pure, holy and blameless life. Every day He reminds us of these teachings and He also gives us the grace to follow His instructions.

But let's admit it, apart from Him, we have no good thing. We are sinful. We are broken. Even when our lips don't say it, our hearts and minds are full of filthy things.

I am. I know I am. I acknowledge that I am.

And every day, I ask God for help.

There are situations in which I know what should my response be to give Him glory and what NOT to do for it will surely break His heart. Still, I fail. 

On my way to work this morning, I prayed to God to once again fill me with His word so that I may overcome the lies of the enemy that entices to follow other things, my own desires most of the time. I asked God for forgiveness and He whispered:

"My beloved daughter, I give you the grace. You are filled by it to the brim, rely on it. Let your love for me and my love for you be stronger than your own desires."

It hit me.
That's where to start in overcoming my own selfish and sinful desires.
TO UNDERSTAND HIS LOVE AND TO LOVE HIM.

LOVE HIM. LOVE GOD.
LOVE IS POWERFUL.
It is something the enemy doesn't have. LOVE.

When we understand God's love and how it saved us from destruction, we will be able to tap on it and use it as a weapon to overcome sin. As we water it with His Word every day, it will grow stronger and stronger and bloom into a mighty shield that will protect us from the enemy and a sword that will break the chains that holds us back from glorifying His Name.

I pray that we will fall head over heels in love with Jesus and let this love together with His love keep us from falling into the traps of lies and our own desires that leads to ruin.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16
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