When God wanted you to journey…

Narinig ko yung line na yan kanina sa Feast. We were tackling about the story of Joseph the Dreamer and how he forgave his brothers.

Kapag tayo nasaktan, isa sa mga pinakamahirap maramdam ay yung pagmamahal ng Diyos. Kasi mas nakikita natin yung sakit, yung hirap at tska yung mga mali. Hindi natin naiintindihan sa umpisa kung bakit natin pinagdadaanan yon.

Last 2016, I was badly hurt by the person I never thought who will. He knew what I went through. He knew everything about me, my fears, my past, my insecurities and all my secrets BUT unfortunately, hindi yun assurance na hindi ka niya sasaktan. Kaya mas nagiging masakit kapag nagawa nila. And because of the pain that I felt, at that time, I don’t want to be friends with him. That is how pain can ruin beautiful relationships. But still I chose to forgive. Mahirap pero iisipin mo nalang yung mga mabubuting nagawa sayo nung tao na yon. Sabi nga din kanina, FORGIVENESS DOES NOT NECESSARILY FRIENDSHIP which is true. We forgive because it frees us from the burden of being bitter and it gives us inner peace.

Nung mga panahon na yun, hindi ko maintindihan bakit nangyari sakin yon. I realized just tonight that GOD WANTED ME TO JOURNEY. And this is one of my long journeys with the Lord. This journey made me appreciate the beauty of friendship and how forgiveness can heal broken relationships. The person I was talking about was also hurt when I said that I do not want to be friends with him. But he did forgive me for what I said and still wanted to be friends with me.

My takeaway: EVERY JOURNEY THAT I WILL GO THROUGH IS ALL PART OF GOD’S PLAN. Whatever it may be, whenever or wherever it will be, it will always be part of His perfect plan for me. He would always want me better. He made me realize that THERE IS JOY IN FORGIVENESS and when we choose forgive, we gain more.

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Happy 2nd, Epic!

Quezon City., October 1, 2016 – Epic Events, a family of young, driven, and passionate individuals brought together by their collective love for the art of organizing, managing and/or producing events, celebrated their 2nd year anniversary by having a birthday gig at Mow’s Underground Bar which aimed to support and promote the local independent music scene.

Epic Events invited SUD as their headliner since their first produced gig. Playing for the second time were Rob and the Hitmen and There’s Era. First timer bands to play were Jensen and the Flips, Peryodiko, Run Dorothy and Zipcode.

Zipcode, a band formed in Los Angeles, opened the show and it was their first gig here in the Philippines. Run Dorothy performed next, singing songs from their EP ‘Sanguine’ which they launched last August 1, 2016. Peryodiko caught the hearts of the people when they sang their original song “Tayo Lang Ang May Alam”. There’s ERA, who consider themselves a punk rock/ alternative rock band, sang “Kung Kailan Kailangan Ka” which gave feelings to all feelings. Rob and the Hitmen played some of their English original songs and switched the mood by singing Closer by The Chainsmokers and gave it a different zest the hitmen way. Jensen and the Flips played next. They got the audience flipping at Stay With Me, singing “Alright, alright, alright, alright” with them and mashing-up different songs for the intro of Dangerous. Last but definitely not the least was SUD. Their song “Sila” is a must play now that it is becoming everyone’s favorite. SUD did not disappoint, their songs reminded us to always #bringyourlover. They definitely delivered a finale set for Epic Events’ 2nd anniversary.

One of the heart touching moment during the gig was when Peryodiko’s front man Vin Dancel talked about how laborious it was to run a production company. It became an affirmation for the people behind Epic Events that what they were doing is beneficial to the local independent music scene– putting up an event with bands of diverse genres and sharing the music to old and new audience.

Shout out to Foodpanda for sponsoring discount vouchers for all the attendees. Amplify.Ph, IndieManila, Support Your Local Indie Scene and WhenInManila.com for being their media partners and Mow’s for housing the event. Epic Events would also like to express their appreciation to all sponsors, media partners, venue partners, suppliers and to all those who has been supporting and believing in them from the very start.

These three-leg anniversary gig — PreGame, Over Coffee and Epic Year 2, produced by Epic Events was their way of sharing also their passion for all types of events and production with the goal of creating lifelong memories and long term friendship.

From Epic Events “See you next year, awesome people!”

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Yellow Light

noun slow·down \ˈslō-ˌdau̇n\
: a decrease in the speed at which something is moving or happening

One night, you just realize that there is a lot going on around you and it can’t be stopped. The past few months has been great for me (and for my friends). I feel that I am blessed despite the struggles. I have to make time for everything. It’s hard though, but I am not complaining.

Last night, when I was praying, I was just quiet. I didn’t say much. I only asked God for a hug. He did. I felt it. I cried for a good one minute and after that I felt better.

In this case, I was reminded to also make time for myself. To stop, reflect and appreciate on the little things, on the little moments that I am given. For these little things take up the most room in my heart.

SILAKBO

(n); emotional outburst

It was one of my worst night. A lot of things on my mind. I was trying to keep calm. Pero meron at meron talagang makaka-trigger sayo para mailabas mo yung totoong emosyon mo. Not used to it kasi kapag ganyan na ko, sasarilinin ko nalang. I felt bad nung may naka-witness ng outburst ko. Not good AT ALL BUT it was a reminder. God reminded me that whatever I am going through, there will always be my family and my friends to accept me even in my darkest times.

Friendship Appreciation Post

I know that I’ve been messed up
You never let me give up

Know that we don’t look like much
But no one fucks it up like us

This was suppose to be a Song of the Week post pero wala ee. HAHAHAHA! Gusto ko umiyak nung first time ko to narinig. Kanina while I was on my way to work, napakinggan ko ulit so, I felt a little emotional (normal me, hehe) and dahil don its friendship appreciation day.

Cheers to all my friends who have been there for me through all the seasons of my life. Bukod sa pamilya ko eh kayo lang naman ang priority ko. All of you keep me sane and insane at the same time. Kayo yung reminder sakin ng Diyos na love na love niya ko at kaya ko ding magmahal. Di ko ma put into words how grateful I am for the friendship. You made simple moments memorable kasi kayo kasama ko. More of our tawanan, hugutan,iyakan, chikahan, bastusan, inuman at marami pang iba. Lagi kayong nasa dasal ko.