Happy Monday + Updates 11.27.17

How are you all? It is already the end of the month. I was just reflecting last week if I made use of my time wisely. I was reminded that sometimes progress cannot be measured especially in terms of our relationships with other people.

This week I was challenged to spend quality time with the people I value the most.

It meant doing some errands with my dad despite my headache and sleepiness. Chinese food is his comfort food and he really enjoyed this mini snack time in between work.

My college best friend also had a post birthday celebration. Her cravings for coconut pie was satisfied with this!

I read in a book that the most difficult thing to do in life is to find balance in all areas of our life. I think it is true but with the help of Jesus, who was able to do it while He was on earth, we can also do it.

I hope we will not regret at the end of our lives that we weren’t able to spend quality time with the people we love. Start taking action this week.

How will you spend quality time with someone this week?

Jannel

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Happy Monday + updates

My sisters and cousin spent most of the time doing some crafts, art works, restoration and decluttering projects last week. Thanks to the work and class suspensions brought by the ASEAN summit.

I woke up one morning seeing this incomplete artwork with several art materials on the table. It is a beautiful mess!

Khelly applying clear spray paint on her restored white sneakers.

Capped off the week with a cup of rice tea at Kaya restaurant with the family.

Have a nice week ahead! I hope you’ll be able to do the things that you plan to do.

Jannel

Happy Monday + updates 11.13.17

How are you all? This week I hiked Mount Pulag with my friend Michelle and other new found friends!

It was chilly and rainy but I had a great time up in the mountains. It was definitely not a good weather but we were able to brave through the heavy rains and muddy trail.

Michelle and my other trail mates pushed my endurance and strength to the next level. We were hiking up and down in fast paced motions. The tour guide even told us we finished the trail an hour ahead!

I am in awe of how God designed this mountain. Some parts were filled with pines, some with mossy plants and some others with vegetation.

What are the things that you are looking forward to do? I hope you’ll be able to finally do them.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Jannel

Happy Monday + Updates 11.6.17

Hi all! The past week I spent most of my time with relatives from overseas.

Being hospitable is one way we can show our love. One time I was tasked to drive them to a place. Due to miscommunication they thought I left them. Thankfully, my aunt mentioned the real story.

Despite a wide age gap, they still fancied these bonsai plants sold on top of Mayon Volcano.

Vintage outfit during a day trip.

I also did a mini hike to Inorogan in Iriga City. My dad gladly accompanied me so that I will be better prepared for the 2 day hike later this week.

I was able to read the book by John Ortberg entitled “It All Goes Back in the Box”. It reminded me of The Purpose Driven Life and Don’t Waste Your Life by Rick Warren and John Piper accordingly. The message is the same–We all have one life. We ought to make it count for Christ. I hope this week you’ll be able to make use of your time wisely.

Jannel

Happy Monday + updates 10.30.17

How are you all? I had a series of business meetings, events and trips! I accompanied my dad on a product lunch where we got the chance to stay at the Fort.

I got to sip my favorite coffee and try out Kery Sports gym facilities. I personally had fun using the foam roller to loosen my tight hamstrings.

We also roamed around BGC and saw the 1000th Jollibee branch and other wall arts!

Last week, I also had pies overload. I have eaten McDonald’s Apple pie and Banana pie, Jollibee’s peach mango pie and El Mare’s buko pie in a day! That made me realize that I would definitely choose pie over burger and fries.

I was at my parents’ house and had an itch to sort my stuff. After cleaning my stuff, I still felt uneasy seeing how messy the place is after several years of not minding it. Good thing my sister was also wanting to clean her stuff so I volunteered to help her. I had a good time unearthing some old memories and knowing more about my family.

I saw my dad’s telescope, my walkie talkie, some articles and projects written, and old toys including this camera.

My aunt’s love for fashion pieces was also evident. I find these funky sunglasses that were probably the in thing during their time.

It was a great week well spent with family. I hope you had a great time too!

Jannel

Happy Monday + updates 10.23.17

How are you all? It’s almost the end of the month. Were you able to achieve your goals for this month? Were you able to make the most of your time?

For me, family time is important even when it means I have to talk to them over the phone. Communication is vital in any kind of relationship.

I was surprised when my sister called several times during the week. Recently she shared a lot about herself and the things that she did. We frequently use Facebook messenger video call or viber call.

Accompanied my aunt for her chiropractic treatment. She has scoliosis and it was just started getting treated recently. I realized that doing yoga and pilates will help you a lot in terms of having good posture and having a healthy back.

Pomegranates! While eating the tiny seeds, I asked God why he made it such like this.

It was painstaking and yet the experience taught me that good things are enjoyed when we take time to slow down.

Scrapbook materials for a friend’s surprise party!

It will be my first time to trek next month! I’m excited but at the same time anxious because I don’t know what to expect so I’m asking my friends and even the sales people what they know about hiking. I’m also looking through reviews and different articles online. I realized that when I decided that I want to do this, I need to do hard work to be physically fit and research at the same time. What a commitment!

My dad’s best friend is very meticulous. While having dinner, he observed a lot of things. He even mentioned that these plants won’t grow.

Have a great week ahead!

Jannel

Happy Monday + Updates 10.16.17

How are you all? It was a week full of meetups with family and friends. It was fun to get updates from them but it was also exhausting! As an introvert I have to sneak in some quiet moments to recharge.

While waiting for Michelle at Fully Booked.

Business + self help books

Meet ups with Michelle after a year! We attended a very interesting videography conference but more than it was a great time catching up with her stories! I realized that we both appreciate beauty and excellence.

Meeting people also meant getting to try food that I don’t usually eat on a daily basis.

Duck and noodles for starters during our family’s mooncake festival.

We also played the customary dice game!

I also got to know more about my cousins and other relatives during our family dinner. Janine made this penguin bookmark on her own. This is so cute! We might have inherited some creative genes from our grandmother!

Dara gave 2 tea bags (with no caffeine) during our high tea. I was so energized after we discussed about our learnings about God, ourselves and other people. It was great catching up with her too!

I was able to finish reading Set-Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy. I was reminded that we shouldn’t settle for mediocrity. Our lives are more than just having worldly success.

Capped off the week by going to Circuit Makati for our group’s mini outreach. Jefferson (beside Chelsea) wants to be a police man someday while Yuri (wearing olive green shirt) wants to be a soldier. These kids are so attentive and adorable! They were so eager to learn about God! This experience reminded me that God is the one who works in our hearts but He wants us to take part in sharing Him to others.

Have a fruitful week ahead!

Jannel