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Happy Birthday, Oche!

Happy Birthday, Oche!

To one of my favorite household members last year and to my “predecessor” (haha), HAPPY BIRTHDAY OCHE! You have grown so much from the first time I’ve met you and I’m really really proud of you. Continue to let God use you as His instrument in YFC-DLSU, and may you shine your light for Him in everything that you do. :)

Again, happy, happy birthday! May you have many more birthdays and blessings to come into your life. Inay is always here for you, even if I’m not in school anymore. ;) I’m always praying for you. I love you! ♥

Say hello to a new beginning

So how do I describe yesterday? It was not as bittersweet as high school graduation was. No one even shed a tear — maybe because it’s because we were all so happy that we made it through a major hurdle of our lives. And maybe, personally, I wasn’t that sad because I know we’d still be able to see each other afterwards. I don’t know how, but I just had this feeling that we’d still be seeing each other a lot even if we’re all done with school. Perhaps because we are bound to work in Makati? Or maybe meet again to talk about asset based lending or something. Haha, I don’t know. Or maybe it’s just because it would be easy to get together even after school because we know how to go around already, unlike in high school, when we were all still busy with the next chapter in our lives.

After the graduation ceremonyAnyway, the graduation yesterday was very…nice, for the lack of better words. :) It was so nice to see everyone all dressed up in black robes (ala Harry Potter style as Micko, Vida and I put it) and even if the ceremony was just too long, it was still fun. The event wasn’t as solemn as the school wanted it to be because we all just want to talk and laugh at the silly surnames (no offense :p) and at some bloopers onstage. Plus when Bro. Armin congratulated us and we finally turned our tassels to the other side, we couldn’t help but whoop at the joy of it all. It was nice seeing the smile on Bro. Armin’s face as I climbed on the stage and he recognized me (I hope he did…haha, he did have this expression on his face as if he knows me from the GK dinner we had) and getting the pseudo diploma and the DLSU pin. The singing of the Alma Mater song left us kind of bitin though…we’re used to singing it twice, but we only sang it once.

But it’s all good. :) We wanted to get pictures onstage, but everyone decided to go there so we decided not to anymore. After hanging at the PICC for a while, my parents and I headed over to SM Mall of Asia, ate lunch at Italianni’s, went around the mall (well, parts of it), bought shoes because our heels were killing us and went home. It was a good day. :) What an understatement.

And here’s the “obligatory” thanks message, even if half of these people won’t even read this. :P

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Happy Father's Day ♥

Happy Father's Day!

I’m really happy that you’re home for Father’s Day. :) You look waaaay different now than you do here in this picture, but inside you’re still the same Papa that Mama, Kuya and I all love. :) Naks. I know for sure that you’re going to read this…so eto nalang: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY PAPA! I love you!

This one goes out to the other Father that I still don’t quite know so well because of His greatness, but love very much. I figured most people forget about You this day and to think we all call You Father. Thank You for being the perfect Father to me (and everyone else) even if I usually doubt You and hurt You. Thank You most especially for Your love because without Your love, I don’t think I’d even be here at all.

So…Happy Father’s Day, Father God.I love You!

And to all other Dads out there…HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! You rock. :p

Say goodbye to the you I knew before

It’s really and truly over. Ladies and gentlemen, I am now officially unemployed. I am now a statistic. :p

I wish I had better pictures to show how the entire event went through (well, I do have pictures, but I’m a bit too lazy to transfer them yet), but it would have to wait for now. Because I need a nap before I go to my CLP. :P

This is it! Welcome to the world. :)

I’ll post more sentimental whatever thoughts later. I just want to say this out to the people who sat through the entire 3 hour event with me in black gowns inside the PICC Plenary Hall:

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES OF 2005-2006 (Third Term)! =)

Thizizit!

Bible Study

I’m thinking of starting my own Bible Study. I got the idea the other night when Bea told me that she read the books of Timothy. I read it that night and I found myself reading the explanations below the text (I have a Christian Community Bible) and it was interesting, for the lack of better words.

I used to have this Bible reading plan that I never finished (I got as far as the Second Book of Kings) and since I read the Bible during my prayer time every morning, I figured that should be okay? But then I realized that the readings for the entire year don’t really cover the entire Bible. I also realized that I don’t have to just read the Bible during my prayer time but also during other times — it’s a book, after all and I do love reading so I should get to reading that too. Right?

So now I’m planning to start my own Bible Study, as in my own self-paced Bible study. Complete with notes and whatnot — it’s about time I made use of my blank notebooks at home. We have three Bible translations at home (Christian Community Bible, The Message and New International Version) and that should cover enough ground for me to understand some things. :P Haha. I have yet to get a New American Bible (with Deuterocanonicals) because I’m interested in its translation.

Anyway, in connection, does anyone know a good Bible study guide available online? I’ve searched around but found nothing good. I’m also thinking of buying this book from House of Praise entitled Cover to Cover which features a comprehensive one year Bible reading guide but I’m not sure of it yet. If you have it, is it any good? So any suggestions?

And last! Anyone want to join me? :) We could make a discussion group or something like that. :P This should be fun? Any takers?

22 years of existence and 4 years of friendship

Happy 22nd birthday, Louie!

I remember I met you during the LPEP, while we were eating our snacks at the now-extinct Aquarium. You and Vida were so noisy at your table that it wasn’t hard not to notice you. We became inseperable during the LPEP, and you became unforgettable because of all the things you get yourself into. Who could forget your countless crushes — from your first block crush to the how many other crushes you have had ever since. It was always fun to be with you because you never failed to make other people good, to make other people laugh. You were one of my major ego boosters during some of my depressing periods in my college life, and you were also there during times when I celebrated (how could I forget being the first one I hugged when we finally passed IS-RESM?). If I try to list all the memories I have with you, I’d run out of room. :P

I just realized that I’ve never been to any of your birthday parties — starting from your debut four years ago. I hope I get to be with you during your birthday this year, before I finally bid goodbye to school.

I pray that more blessings come to your life. I pray that He gives you the courage and strength to face the challenges in your life, and you will be victorious. I also pray that you will soon meet the Prince Charming that you have been waiting for so long already. :P But, rest assured if he doesn’t come yet, you’re still a very beautiful princess that God and I love very much. :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOUIESEXY! :) Thanks for everything, and may my graduation not mean an end to our friendship. Here’s to more lunch outs, outings and years of birthdays and friendships to come. I love you!

In the brink of something beautiful

I’ve been wanting to make a graduation post for the past month already but I keep on stopping myself for the fear of jinxing the graduation by blabbing about it so much. Of course, that is just silly because the victory has been won already even before I started college (thank You for that!), but there’s just more drama when I write something nearer to the actual date. :P

Once again, I proved that the college I chose four years ago is really indeed so far away from where I live. My feet still ached from walking all day in heels yesterday. I am not a heels person. However, I should start getting used to it, right? When I start working, that is. Anyway, yesterday was our mandatory pre-graduation meet up in the school. It was the day when we pick up our graduation attire (as can be seen by the previous post), get class pictures taken, attend baccalaureate mass and rehearse for graduation. Talk about a tiring day — as Marvs mentioned in his blog, it was (almost) chaos. It was nice seeing my batchmates again, but it was just too tiring especially after my body got used to all the bumming I’ve been doing here.

So this is it. Well, almost it. Graduation ceremonies aren’t until Saturday, and though I am not really looking forward to wearing heeled shoes again, I am quite excited to get the feel of the ceremonies myself, as well as get this over with. I don’t know if I will shed some tears then — I feel like I won’t, but who knows? I could be a crybaby if I want to. But I bet, if I do shed some tears, it wouldn’t be mostly because of sadness but more of joy. Joy because it’s finally and truly over.

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We made it :)

C2T6 IST 3rd term Batch

This is it. We’re finally here. We fought, and never gave in. And now we’re at one of the most awaited moments of our lives. I wish the others could share our victories, but then again, maybe we’re meant to encourage them so that they will get to where we are right now. :)

I’m glad that I went through everything with you guys. :)

Congratulations, Catch 2t6 IST 3rd term batch! :) May our friendship last as long as it could, and may we all share what we have learned to the world who needs to see the light that we have (Ang lalim!). Yey yey! :)

Hello world!

Testing, testing? Is this working already? All systems go?

Welcome to the brand new RefineMe.org! As you can see, I have put up a new layout (and my very first WordPress theme), and I started with a brand new (and empty) database. Why is that so? Besides the fact that I don’t think people read my archives (haha, bitter much?), I just want to start anew. :) Start fresh, start from scratch. I’m here to write more meaningful posts because I’m supposed to be mature like that. :P But one of the reasons lie along that line too.

Anyway, so this layout is obviously themed after my college graduation (YES, that’s me on the picture and not my nonexistent sister). The words on the header image are from Joy Williams‘ song entitled Say Goodbye from the album Genesis. I thought it was just appropriate for this current stage in my life, plus I really like the song, so there you go. The layout is mostly green because I’ll be graduating from this university and I thought it would be just proper to honor my alma mater by using the school colors. :)

Anyway, for now only the blog will be available since I am still in the process of re-writing the contents of the site. They will be available in the next few days so hang tight. :)

In the meantime, I’d really appreciate comments about the new layout and perhaps with the content as well, if you want say something about it too. If there are any weird things you see in the layout, then feel free to post a comment so I may fix it immediately.

There you go. Thank you for visiting the site and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you until I get tired of doing so. Haha. God bless everyone! :)