Saturday, April 21, 2018

Comfort Food


Whenever I am down, feeling stressed or tired, aside from getting some rest I turn to food. 

My ultimate comfort food by the way is pizza.

New York's Finest pizza from Yellow Cab to be exact. 

This week was just one of those days where I definitely needed this. 

I just felt like there's too much going on and my mind just can't get a break. 

So, we grabbed that whole pizza tonight. 

It was definitely... comforting. 

My friends call it stress eating and warned me about unhealthy eating. 

But, guess what? Times like these, I just don't care. 

Eat away, self. You definitely need it. 

Tomorrow's going to be another weekend packed with things to do.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

2 Day Offline Retreat



I was totally offline for the last 2 days.

No wifi, no data, no signal.

The photo above is the only one I took during that time.

Before you go wondering if I just went to the woods with my girlfriend, it's not what you are thinking -- although we kind of really did.

I had a 2-day retreat with family and church mates.

We do this annually during the holy week but this time it was kind of special.

The unexpected happened


I brought all my gadgets with me. From computer, to phone, pocket wifi, powerbank and more. You name it.

The usual workaholic always thinks of work wherever I am.

But, when we arrived at the venue I looked at my phone and boom -- signal is out.

There was a bit of panic going on in my mind because I had planned to answer emails during break time. So many work left. I felt like I could just do them while on vacation.

I actually survived

Even with that panic going on in my mind, I still decided to just enjoy every single activity which I really did. 

24 hours have passed, then 48. 

I've never sent a single text message, I've never made or received a call, I never opened social media sites for updates. 

So, it turned out that I actually survived. 

Takeaway

Even though I started the retreat with panic, I ended it feeling refreshed. 

That retreat was exactly just what I needed to be reminded that life doesn't revolve online (I literally live and work online).

To more days like this.


Friday, January 05, 2018

This is going to be the year of breakthrough


My year officially starts with celebrating my birthday on the 4th.

This year I am already 28 and I've never been this excited to live my life.

The past few months have been a surge of blessing from the Lord.

He has blessed my career. He has made the ministry grow. He has provided a car. Our house is currently being built.

As I look back, I can only thank the Lord for His never-ending faithfulness.

All these blessings are from Him.

And because they are huge blessings, I know God is preparing me for even bigger things in life.

That is why I am declaring this year 2018 to be a year of breakthrough.

I know God will do something big not only to my life but also to the people around me.

With that, I can only look forward to 2018 with excitement in my heart. =)

Bring it on!






Sunday, December 24, 2017

Our Future House: Day 11

December 23, 2017.

2 days before Christmas my girlfriend and her family decided to pay our house a visit.

Much to their surprise, the progress is really fast!

Look at all these pictures. Take note it is still day 11.





They were telling us it would only take 6 months to build. 

But, looking at this progress it might even be sooner. 

The excitement has gone through the roof! =) 

What a great Christmas gift this has been. It makes me really pumped up for 2018. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Future House: Day 1


December 13, 2017.

Today is a very special day. 

It is the groundbreaking of our future house at Westwoods Subdivision in Cagayan de Oro City.  After almost a year of paying, my girlfriend and I are finally here.

It is very exciting and fulfilling.

This will be the site where our future home and family will reside. 

We are now at the next chapter of our lives and things are falling into place.

We will be visiting this site often. For sure, I will be documenting this project in this blog so I can see the progress.

Now excuse me while I imagine myself chilling in our living room. ;) 



Monday, December 11, 2017

IDEA: Starbucks Planner App

On a Sunday afternoon flight while thinking about grabbing a coffee when I land, I had this idea for Starbucks.

It is that time of the year when people are collecting stickers to get the annual Starbucks planner.

I was never the "take down notes on paper" kind of guy. I live with almost everything digital.

So, even though I drink a lot of coffee I just collect stickers and give away the planner I would get.

The "millennial" inside of me just live with my iPhone and iPad for all those organization, scheduling and planning.

So, I tweeted this. (see image above)

Why hasn't Starbucks created an app for this planner yet?

Here are some ideas they could implement.

A dedicated Starbucks planner app


This app is a free download and would require a Starbucks account. It will come with very limited access just so you'd get the feel of what the app is like. When you've collected enough stickers, you'd be able to redeem a code that will make you unlock the full version of the planner.

A good-looking app


This is a no brainer. People want the Starbucks planners because they look nice. No doubt the designs are well thought out. The app should be too.

The app will be interactive


Starbucks can do whatever they want with regards to promotions, achievements, gamification and stuff. For instance, they can incorporate challenges inside the app every month. Drink 3 Caramel Macchiatos this week and get free credits on your Starbucks card. That would be nice.

Social 


What's a millennial app if stuff aren't shareable. Goals, journals and even to-do's should be easily shareable on social media. You can brag about your challenge completions, where you are with your goals and more!


Those are just some of the ideas on top of my head.

Maybe Starbucks is already working on this. If not, I hope they consider.

That would be the only time I'd enjoy collecting stickers for a planner I would use for a whole year.



Tuesday, December 05, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year


2017 went by really fast.

It’s already December!

As they say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

The city is already festive. Our city hall is shining bright with dancing lights (see Instagram story above).

I can feel the Christmas spirit already.

It’s the time to remind ourselves of how blessed we are that we have received God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

For that reason, let’s make this the season of giving, the time to share, and the time to show love.

Merry Christmas everyone!

That greeting may have come early. But, it would be a great practice to make it Christmas everyday.




Thursday, November 30, 2017

It Was An Interesting Commute

Tonight, I had one of the most interesting commutes I've had in a long while.

It was 3am.

I was rushing to go home from a productive ministry meeting with the youth group of our church.

I noticed that this taxi driver was going slow. I thought he was just sleepy or tired because it was already super late.

I normally don't complain right away so I just observed.

Everything seems fine. Then, he started talking.

He started with political stuff, casual talk and some random conversation starters. But then, he went serious and talked about the love of God.

I can feel the sincerity in his heart as he was talking about how our relationship with Jesus Christ (knowing and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior) is the only thing that can save us.

Being the Christian that I am, I knew all this stuff.

But, I did not stop him.

I allowed him to talk in the 30-minute commute that I had.

While he was talking, my heart just warmed with gladness. He was a reminder of how being a Christian does not end in the four walls of the church.

He used his platform to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

It was amazing.

I thanked him and prayed for him.

I know God will use him in more ways than he could imagine.

Lord, bless the life of Kuya Efren. We need more people like him in this world.
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