For Pocholo

During our wedding, we didn’t recite our wedding vows. This was my fault. I wasn’t too confident about speaking in front of a crowd about my feelings. Between the two  of us, Pocholo is the better speaker. He’s also the more vocal one. After much debate, he agreed to forego the vows. But for those who attended the wedding, you probably know about his surprise vows and song at the end of the reception. He really didn’t want to let the moment pass without a speaking engagement (haha). I was truly touched by his sweet,  sincere gesture of love. What he didn’t know was that I actually also had my vows. I wrote them and handed it to him the night of our wedding. 

And here it is…

More than anything, for me, today is a celebration of Thanksgiving. I give thanks for the gift of life – its twists and turns and ups and downs, have brought me to you. 

I give thanks for the gift of family – the person that stands before me is a product of the guidance, love, and nurturing of a wonderful family.

I give thanks for the gift of love – the love of God that has manifested itself in you.  

There is too much to be thankful for, really, and today I vow to work hard every day to be the best steward of all these gifts, most especially the gift of having you from now ’til forever. And what better way to show my gratitude to the Giver than by holding steadfast to the meaning of today’s promise. Know that from now on, you have a life partner, a friend, a companion, and a wife who will strive to give you and our future family the best. While my domestication skills need some work, rest assured my determination will win over this and we will survive! :)) I will stand by you when triumphs elate you, and when trials shatter you. I will make our home a loving haven for our future children to grow into the fullness of their true beings. And,  I will be at your aide when time steals you of your youth. So let me end by saying thank you. Thank you, Pocholo, for unveiling a future with you I thought I would never have. And thank you Lord for today, and everything that led up to this moment. You are truly the master ochestrator and we fully entrust to You this new life. 

Pocholo, thank you for teaching me to trust Life and to believe in what is yet to come. Every day is a learning experience with you, and I’m loving every moment of it. Looking forward to unraveling what’s in store for us in the years to come! 

Mom’s Birthday Celebration in Taiwan

For Mom’s birthday this year, my Dad decided to take the whole family to Taipei, Taiwan. Of course, I was more than thrilled to be off exploring another country yet again, and one I had never been to.

Prior to our departure, I was told by friends that Taipei was street food heaven. Hence, I prepared to eat my way through our four-day trip. Apart from pinning down the locations for food tripping in Google maps, we also booked a van for a day of sightseeing outside the city. I was eagerly anticipating the food, and I was more than excited for the new places we were scheduled to visit.

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Taipei Travel Essentials

By essentials, I mean THE only things I had. Literally. And guess what? I survived.

Of all things to forget, I forgot my makeup kit when I left for Taipei. What an elephant problem–and any girl can relate to this, I’m sure! I only had a few items but heck, these were the greatest lifesavers. Thank goodness that for some reason, these were in random places in my bag.

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Valentine’s Day

I’m quite neutral about this famed day of love. Probably because I believe that you can celebrate love everyday; we need not wait for February 14! Still, it’s heartwarming to see all the gestures of love from friends, family, and even in social media.

This might seem like a cheesy post, but I’m still on a high from yesterday’s sweet surprise so I’ve decided to share it with you all.

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Because My Place is Here

So I unearthed this old poem from my Tumblr account. I used to write a lot of poems. Many were sad. This one is one of the most emotional ones, I think. I shall write more poems again, happier ones.  

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Not that you asked, but I want to tell you how I feel.

I feel stuck, immobile, unable to extend action or compassion far enough for you to feel and acknowledge.

Not that you asked, but I want so much to be by your side.
I want to hold your hand when you feel pain and despair. You are not alone.

Not that you asked, but I want to be your source of courage and strength. 
I want to help you accept what we cannot change and cannot foresee with an open heart. 

Not that you asked, but I want to tell you every day that you will be okay.
Though we both know that ‘okay’ can amass to countless meanings, everything will always be okay in the end.

Not that you asked, but I want to help you rise above this obstacle.
I believe you to be a great many things, one of which is no quitter. I know you will keep standing up.

Not that you asked, but I want to make you smile and laugh when you feel like there is no longer any reason to.
Laughter was our greatest companion;let it be so again.

Knowing my place is knowing that I can’t give anything voluntarily without you asking.
If only you’d ask. 

– Aug 31, 2011

Tips for Your First Workout After an Illness 

I recently got sick. Not the three-day kind that just temporarily knocks you off because you haven’t been getting enough sleep. It was the kind that really steers you off and getting back is not as simple. I had an infection that kept recurring for two weeks, I was brought to the ER twice, and I had to rest A LOT.

Those who know me are well aware that I love to exercise. Being sick meant zero exercise to allow my body to fully recuperate. While I knew this was absolutely necessary for my overall health, I also knew that this meant I’d have to start all over once I resume my many fitness activities.

 

The first day back is always very difficult. It’s frustrating and it’s very tempting to just wing it and just continue what you were doing. Stop right there! I would not recommend doing this. You don’t want to just pick up where you left off. You might just hurt yourself or get sick again. Instead, you want to be sure that the choices you make on day one are going to help you regain the fitness level you were in prior to the illness (not the other way around).  So, based on my experience, here are a few tips for your first workout after getting sick.

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Japan Take Two

During my first trip to Japan last February, I felt that I had only seen a glimpse of Tokyo. Fortunately, I had a second trip coming up. I was anticipating my return so, so very much.

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