2017: What a year that was!

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” 

(Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God)

For me, 2016 was the year that asked questions and 2017 was the one that answered.

I was 25 years old and still immature in 2016 when I had to deal with my first heartbreak. Left with nothing but questions, I kept chasing for a closure and looked stupid. I had to learn people come and go the hard way.

But 2017 was redemption

The past year, I believe, is appointed by God to teach me about acceptance. It is the first thing to letting go, moving on, and growing up. It’s either you accept you aren’t the one in control or choose to struggle pointlessly.

And I’ll admit it was difficult, being the girl used to getting what she wants. So I took each blow of my 2016 issues one by one, let myself hurt intensely until I become solid. I looked at pain eye to eye til it no longer dissipates my spirit.

2017 made a woman out of the girl I was.

2017 taught me I am as strong as I want to be.

2017 not only made me smarter, but instilled wisdom in me.

2017 reminded I am a diamond some people can’t afford.

And most importantly, 2017 made me excited for 2018 – certain it can only get better.

No regrets, just love. 

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”  (Rev 21:5, NKJV)

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One Grateful Saturday | Birthday Celeb at The Wholesome Table, Estancia Mall, Pasig City

How often do you wake up on a Saturday morning with so much thankfulness in the heart?

I did today.

Maybe because of Facebook’s ‘2016 Year In Review’ video.

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Thanks to Facebook. I believe my existence is validated not by the Likes I get, but by the reality that I do have a lot of friends. Those I saw on the video are truly the people I have been closest to this year. True friends indeed.

And yeah, I believe it’s not about how many you have, but how true are those you have. Yet, when life gives you more than enough, it is undeniably a bonus, right? More than enough to make you kilig inside.

Maybe my great awakening was also an after-effect of the awesome team dinner we had last night at The Wholesome Table in Estancia Mall, Pasig City. Was actually an early Christmas celebration of the Public Relations team and my birthday last week.

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The Wholesome Table, Estancia Mall, Pasig City

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The beautiful Bianca Araneta owns The Wholesome Table. Here is the menu.

Of course my boss will pay, so me and my colleagues ordered to our hearts content. I actually wanted to order short ribs, but it is valued at 1,100 PHP (too much!), so I turned to seafood pasta that never fails!

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Gambaretti Arrabiatta pasta
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So yummy this Calabrese woodfired pizza! Lotsa onions.

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All these, plus a glass of Casa Rojo Sexy Chardonnay! After some time, we also got a slice of cheesecake, gluten-free brownie, and a cup of Capuccino Espresso.

I was in the middle of stuffing my mouth with Gambaretti Arriabiatta pasta when the staff started singing ‘Happy birthday!!’ with my team!

I was so delighted that I couldn’t smile properly in the photos, hehe! Along with the surprise singing is a super cute cupcake and a red Aldo wallet! I love iiiiiiiit!

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My birthday cupcake! Thanks to the PR team.

Ending my post here to live out the rest of this day! I love you, Lord. I love you guys! Happy  and blessed weekend to us all.