Happy on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017

What Popoy Didn’t Tell You
By the time you read this, I’m probably in a yoga studio somewhere calming my mind, body, and soul (yes, this is a scheduled post! haha!) which has been what I’ve been doing after work on Tuesdays (because I’m still a beginner, and the beginners’ class always falls on this day!). Coincidentally, hearts’ day this year also falls on a Tuesday — TODAY. So why am I in a yoga studio instead of a date?

Well, simply because after four years, it’s my first time to be single again on Valentine’s Day!

And I can spend it the way I want to — with myself, stress-free! 😉

February’s actually the third month since me and my ex called it quits, but NO, contrary to what Popoy of One More Chance fame believed about the three-month rule, I’m NOT ready to date again as of this writing — unless it’s a date with myself, sisters/nieces, trusted friends, and yes, God! 🙂 But in fairness to Popoy‘s “rule,” though, what I got from it is that everything suddenly feels and gets better once I hit the third month! The first two were so hard and hurtful (but that’s for another post! haha), and I just want to give a shout-out to my amazing and trusted support system — you all know who you are!!! So to all my fellow brokenhearted ladies and gents (oh, you’d be surprised how the latter part of 2016 became a “breakup season” in my circle), kapit lang! Lilipas din ‘yan, mga besh!!!

Because You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have
This 2017, I’m so determined to focus on my complete healing and improving myself and the other relationships in my life that I’ve “taken for granted” while I was still in a relationship, that even if I’m single again, as early as now, I already find my planner fully booked (especially the weekends) until the third quarter of this year! Let’s just say that one of the things I’m looking forward to is my return to my “favorite continent” in the next half of this year. 😀 That’s why I really can’t be feeling S.A.D. anymore and just be excited about everything in store for me this 2017! Why? Because despite the heartbreak, God has been continuously faithful with all His plans and promises to me. I can now even attest that the breakup was just one tiny little part in His grand plan for me (and my ex)! In fact, wherever my ex is now, I wish him well. I hope he’s also truly happy and working on his own healing. But more than that, I hope he can finally and really accept God and His love for him, too. It’s really amazing what a few months can make the brokenhearted realize. 😛

The fact that I’m brave enough to embrace my singleness again on this overrated day (haha!) proves how far I’ve come and how much unexplainable strength has been given to me by the One up above. And because of this, I deserve a pat on the back — which I’ll give myself after yoga class! Wahahahaha!

His Perfect Love
Seriously though, with all the blessings and lessons I continuously get from God, I’d be the one breaking His heart if I didn’t celebrate this day with LOVE. Besides, who said that love can be only expressed romantically? Quality love is everywhere, and this includes self-love. But perfect love? Even couples and families in healthy relationships can’t give that to each other. That’s why we can’t “look” for perfect love in others lest we’ll end up frustrated. Perfect love has only one source — the One and Only: God.

God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… Familiar? Yes, that’s from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (the verse read by Mandy Moore‘s character in A Walk to Remember), and I just replaced the word “love” with “God.” Haven’t you ever wondered why we say “God is love”? Well, there’s your answer. This verse describes what perfect love is — God’s love. And though no human is perfect and we can’t give the kind of perfect love God can, we can always use this “love definition” as a guide in loving others. I wish I digested and executed this sooner! But like I said, it’s a lesson learned. And what better day to exercise this than on this day of hearts?! Try it. Change “love” to your name (e.g., Mika is patient, Mika is kind…), and see it change  your perspective. But make sure you practice it not just today, but every. single. day! Heehee.

#MayForever
Which brings us to the never-ending debate comparable to the chicken vs. the egg. Despite my heartbreak, I still believe that “there’s a forever” (#MayForever). I believe that even the people who “insist” that they don’t believe in forever still wish deep in their hearts to find their own version of “forever.” But in order to do that, they have to change their mindsets first because the mind is powerful — what you think eventually manifests in your “real life.” So if you keep thinking that there’s no forever (#WalangForever), eh malamang sa malamang, ganun nga ang mangyayari sa’yo. Your choice. That’s your own life and love story, anyway. Basta ako, naniniwala parin ako na #MayForever, and no human can make me believe otherwise! ❤ #JustSaying

But you know what’s more powerful than the mind? In fact, the most powerful of all — of course, God and His love. If you just truly, madly, and deeply got to know Him, you wouldn’t even dare to say #WalangForever. All your fears, especially about love, will be cast aside. Anyway, if that fact alone can’t give you happiness — the fact that we’re given by God with the capacity to love in all forms — then I pray that you receive His love first. Trust me, I don’t just believe, I also know (thanks to my experience!).

And that’s why I can proudly say that today, on Valentine’s Day, even if I’m single, I’m happy. In fact, I’m also peaceful — not just because of yoga, but more because of His love. I pray that you also accept and feel the love He gives, single or not.

Happy Valentine’s, y’all!
Celebrate all the love around you!!!
❤ ❤ ❤

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:13

Sweet Stuff ♥♥♥

Professor Utonium sure thought well when he decided to create the Powerpuff Girls with “sugar, spice, and everything nice!” 😀  But before I completely get carried away and take a very long trip down my childhood memory lane, I’ll stick to the first ingredient: SUGAR.  THAT and a spoonful of honey on the side, please!  Mix them together and you get one ♪ “Sugar, Oh Honey, Honey” singing ME! ♫  Hahaha, sabaaaw!

Forgive me.  It’s just that you know… tomorrow’s…  tomorrow’s…  wait, what IS tomorrow, anyway? 😉  Yeeaaah, let’s stop there alright for tomorrow’s A DAY THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED!  So enough with the bitterness and ON to some SWEETNESS!  Hahaha!

I’ve been planning to write this entry for weeksss now, and I guess it’s timely since tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day.  There, I said IT.  Not that I care, thank you very much. 😛  But seriously, if you’re looking for some SWEET STUFF to buy for and give to YOURSELF (you can give them to “others” too, but that’s completely optional!  HA HA HA), I’ve two recommendations:

THE BODY BAKERY

(photo courtesy of The Body Bakery)

Don’t let its name fool you!  The Body Bakery‘s actually a cosmetics line straight from the U.S. of A!  Luckily, it’s already available in the Philippines through this site.

Some of the things you can buy from The Body Bakery are their Lip Butter, Whipped Cream, and Body & Hair Icing.  I’ve been using their Lip Butter for almost a year now and I plan to be a loyal and VERY SATISFIED customer for as long as I can!  You see, aside from the fact that it really works, they also have a selection of oh-so-yummy flavors and scents!  Their best-seller’s the Wedding Cake variant, but my personal favorite’s Lavender Cream Puff! ♥

(photo courtesy of The Body Bakery)

(photo courtesy of The Body Bakery)

Again, trust me when I say that IT REALLY WORKS!!!  So if you happen to be in the search for the next best kikay thing, I say go give The Body Bakery a try!  Just a warning, though: try to resist eating their products because they may smell as good as freshly-baked pastries, but they’re NOT food!  At least not literally. 🙂

SOPHIE’S MOM

(photo courtesy of Sophie’s Mom)

Now, if you’re REALLY looking for “food,” then THIS is the part where I introduce to you Sophie’s Mom.  Let’s start with THESE:

Union Jack made of Nutella Mochi (photo courtesy of Sophie’s Mom)

Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with British flags made of Nutella Mochi (photo courtesy of Sophie’s Mom)

The pictures you just saw were some of Sophie’s Mom‘s creations for a London-themed party they served last year.  And dang, judging from what you just saw, you’ll already know that THIS is one very satisfied Lady!!! ♥

I’ve been reading about Sophie’s Mom for quite some time already that’s why one fateful sweldo day, I decided to treat myself to some of their delectable treats!  Yes, treat and treats.  Redundant, much?  =))  Anyway, their bakery is located in Makati but since I couldn’t go there directly (even though I also work in Makati!), I used the good ‘ol “delivery” method!  So what did I get?

I ordered:

– 1 piece each of Chocolate and Frozen Brazo Mochi Ice Cream;

– 2 pieces of Red Velvet Cupcakes (they’re homemade AND they’re topped with cream cheese!);

– 3 pieces of Nutella Mochi Truffles; and,

– 4 pieces of Stookies (they’re cookies stuffed with Oreo!)

Obviously, I tried all of their best-sellers BUT I won’t mind ordering their other products, too, the next time I have the chance!  And oh, I did NOT eat all those by myself ah!  Of course I shared them with some of my office friends, and I think they’ll also agree that Sophie’s Mom deserves a TWO-THUMBS UP from each and every one of us!  Okay, ako na ang defensive!  Rawr!!!

For more information (and better product photos!), you can check out Sophie’s Mom‘s
official site, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

So there, you’re already set for Valentine’s Day!!! 🙂

WAAIIIT…

…Valentine’s Day???  What the hell’s THAT?!

MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

NEED I SAY MOOORE? 😉

(photo courtesy of Accessorize Philippines)

Keep calm and have your sweet tooth on!
♥♥♥