The Reason for the Season. Merry Christmas everyone! :)



December 25, 2014 | 12:45am

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!! The clock turned midnight here in my side of the world and as I was the only person who’s still awake in our house, I got to have the special moment to sit on our living room…slow down from all the festivities and whatnot of the season…and take the time to reflect just what this Christmas season has been and how have I been taking it in my heart this year.

I realized I’m being quick to lean on the sad side of how things have turned out “for me” this season…my brother not being able to come home for Christmas…things not being they used to be in the past…not having this or that..and then it hit me that I’ve been evaluating my “Christmas Experience” based on my circumstance once again..that just how I haven been so quick to see things that aren’t perfect looking in my situation, I have also been so quick to forget the Most Perfect Reason for celebrating the season…

And so, let me be now quick to type away couple things I had to remind myself basing from this reflection:


– gifts I receive…or give for that matter. {I know…cliche. But, if I am to be honest to myself, I’ve been truly calculating just how happier this Christmas season is compared to last year basing on how much more gifts I’ve received or given. ps. Yep, this season they say is the season of giving but I believe this shouldn’t be that only season we should give out gifts to the people around us, amiright? :) }

– Christmas “vibe” aka decorations and all its shenanigans. {I guess being in a country with a Christmas calendar that starts at September 01 has its great points and not so great points…because yes, decors and all represents that we are celebrating, but when these decors becomes my reason for celebration I think I have missed the whole point. So yeah, decors or no decors, I can celebrate this season.}

– people around me. {I believe this mindset was the hardest one to break in me…and I believe God is still breaking it–that Christmas is ultimately about being with family…hard to swallow, right? Because what happens when you get separated from your kins this Christmas? Will that make the essence of the season any less significant? What about Jesus who got separated from His Father on the very first Christmas? Hmmm…I thank God that He continues to renew our minds and patterns it according to His Word. I believe being with family is important…but being with them or not being with them shouldn’t be the real reason for our celebration this season…it should still be about..say it with me…JESUS. :) }

After all these reminders God had to pound in my heart, I felt more secured…knowing that in whatever circumstance or place I may found myself in this season or in the future, I can have a MERRY CHRISTMAS because God has made his dwelling in me already…He is my Emmanuel, our Emmanuel…our Jesus…and that should alone be our enough reason to celebrate this season…<3



Happy birthday, Jesus!!! <3

Four years of blogging–that long already?!


Today, after a long hiatus from blogging {writer’s block, anyone?!}, I decided to check this site again and guess what the notification box has for me? I’ve opened this blogging site with WordPress exactly four years ago!!! Whoa. That seemed too long ago…so let’s go a little going back the memory lane to blogs I’ve written in the past. Let’s go, shall we? :)

The first blog post–ever!  // Whenever I get reminded with this specific season in my life where God had just to impress this lesson to me, I always ended up being so grateful. Though hard and heart-shattering it truly was, this lesson have greatly molded me to indeed love and love once more. :)

A heartwarming revelation that God is a God who answers even my silliest prayers. <3 // It’s always heartwarming when I get to post things like this that are really personal to me. And there’s no greater joy in the world than it is to get to share the most wonderful relationship I have and that is my relationship with God.

Funny survey about THE boyfriend potential. HAHA! // I read this post with the friend I copied it from and we just had to laugh with what we wrote three years ago! Oh well, let’s just say that some of those preferences we had years ago didn’t really change and some really do! Thank goodness for that! lol

Sunsetssssss here & here // You guys must be so tired hearing me gush about this sunset this and that. Hahaha! But as they say, guys—I AM  #sorrynotsorry :P Still, could you not just endure enjoy these AWESOME pictures? HAHA

His awesome story // I consider one of the greatest privilege I have in my life is to be able to proclaim the poweful message of the cross even by sharing how God changed my life and brought me from darkness into light.

Most epic travel yet // I’m not the worlds greatest traveler but I thank God that He has given me the most fulfilling travel experiences and this one tops my list! I’m looking forward to traveling to this place again!

Whew! That was so fun looking back those old posts! :) I’m really sorry guys I haven’t been updating this site for quite awhile already. Please hang on with me!!! I’ve got exciting stories to share with you real soon!! Hint: Puerto Princesa, Palawan adventure with my housemates, an update to my 30 by 30 list {eeeek! kpop alert lol}, and humbling stories about forgiveness and killing that giant called pride. Stay tuned! :)

xo, Anj.


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We celebrated 30 years of God’s faithfulness in Victory (the spiritual family and workplace I am in) along with 1,100 plus pastors, staff, campus missionaries together with their wives and children last Wednesday at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel.

Attending this event reminded me of just how privileged I am to receive such a precious calling from God and that is to serve in the full time ministry (not that other callings are not precious because all calling that comes from God is precious.) I’ve been serving for three years as a campus missionary already but has been part of Victory since 2007 and looking back with just how God has proved and shown Himself faithful for the past 30 years ever since our founding pastors started in the dilapidated basement of Tandem Cinema in the middle of riots and national political turmoil in the year 1984 here in the Philippines, I can’t help but tear up and respond in gratitude and awe to God for we know without Him as the cornerstone of this ministry, we will surely be nothing…and I also can’t help but to be filled with excitement for what is in store for the next 30 years…hundred years and beyond for this spiritual family as we continue to be faithful in honoring Him and making disciples for Him.

Let me share more some of the things that I got as my take home from that momentous night:

1. Don’t do things alone. I can’t imagine how different would it be if our leaders did things by themselves and didn’t do things together. I just really can’t. I have a feeling our spiritual family wouldn’t be where it is today if we didn’t learn the value of being united together. And this is a lesson I have a lot to learn about…because doing things with other people needs humility and patience and love and supernatural grace from God. Because other people can irritate you, hurt you, disappoint you at times but they are also the people that God will use to rebuke you and tell you the things you don’t only want to hear but also need to hear even it it will hurt you, because doing things with other people who loves God and more passionate for His kingdom more than you do will not only spur you but will also make you want to grow more and more each day, and because when you feel like you can’t do it anymore you can be sure that they will be there who would push you beyond your breaking point and be assured that they truly got your back no matter what.

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The greatest thing in the world is when your best friends with the people you work with every single day for a long long time. :)

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2. Don’t give up because a day or a week or a season got so hard. Celebrating 30 years of doing ministry made me at one point think those years went by in a snap but of course that’s not true…i’m sure there were a lot of times when the times got so rough, when prayers seemed unanswered and trials just kept coming and we all know when days or weeks or even years get endless like this, the seemingly way out is well, getting out–throwing the towel in the bucket and turning your back from everything and this is,yes the easy way out but never the way to getting to celebrate nights like what happened last Wednesday. And dear Lord, I pray to get to celebrate more nights like these…when I get to thank You for sustaining me to hold on and not let go of the great destiny you have for me even when my eyes faithlessly see only the things that are making it hard for me.

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3. Live a life your children would want to live too. One of my favorite part of the night was the video presentation of the children of some of our pastors saying what they think about their dads&moms. And their testimonies were priceless. They talked about how their parents valued time with them even when they were busy with what they do and how they did ministry so passionately and fun that they too if called by God would love to do what their parents do. What a legacy to leave to your children, right?

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Photos via Anson Yu and awesome friends. :)

Happy weekend, everyone! :)

The Rainy Day Happy List!!! :)

Rainy day

I consider myself a sunshine-loving girl. The sun’s my best friend and clear skies just get me. (IDK why lol) But since I live in the side of the world where the weather is simply dry or wet, I can’t really be my happy sunkissed-self every day.

 Actually, it’s funny because July, which is my birth month (read: my-special-month) marks the rainy season here in my country. There’s this one birthday I had that I can’t forget—my friends and I planned to have an evening pool party but had to cancel all of it the minute we arrived at the resort because it wasn’t only raining cats and dogs but there was a thunderstorm at the same time, talk about major fail. Ha. (we had to go for plan B—houseparty, which actually went decent also just incase you were curious what we had to do :) )

Since the rain simply is a reality I can’t ever escape I can’t go on sulking every time it does, right? And it has been really raining almost every single day for the past weeks already, I thought I just had to come up with my rainy day happy list real quick! Some of these things, I’ve been doing already so even when Mr. Rain (no, not that cute Korean superstar) has been ever present lately I have been enjoying the weather actually! Yay!

So here goes my RAINY DAY HAPPY LIST:

Drink hot choco with mallows //  YUM. Plus a warm heart to heart talk with the housemates or just having random silly convos with them definitely makes this soooo better.

Read a book while snuggled with warm blanket // I don’t know how you do it but there’s something so relaxing with reading this way. Haha.


Watch more Running Man // My housemates and I are crazy fans of this hit variety show from Korea. Have you heard of it? If not, go and watch it at youtube or somewhere! I tell you, your belly will have a good hurt from all the laughter you’ll have.

Eat more Ramen :P  // I am loving the spicy beef version of this famous noodles. Nothing gets better with ramen on rainy days.


Learn to cook more healthy meals especially soups! // Hooray for meals at home!

Walk around with that cute umbrella on, put on earphones and play that rainy day playlist // …while imagining you’re a leading lady on some cheesy chick flick. lol btw can you suggest more songs to add to my playlist??

Dream about what’s it like to walk under Parisian rain // After playing the game Zombie Tsunami and watching the movie Midnight in Paris I just had to wonder what’s with this Parisian rain all about like. lol

Sleep in // I mean, do you need any more explanation about this? Haha!

What’s  your rainy day happy list? :)

The cutest bikes!

When did bikes get so adorable? Haha! Honestly, the reason why I learned late in riding a bicycle is because I disliked the idea of getting (more) scars than what I already have just by trying to learn and ride it.

I don’t know when the desire really started for me to learn–maybe it was when I saw my little brother truly enjoying riding or watching those cheesy koreans being their chessy-cute selves biking around in every single movie or drama! lol Whatever reason it is, I’m so thankful that I finally learned how to! Better late than never, right?!

So now, here’s the bikes that I’m currently crushing (and eyeing) on. I wonder if you could ever have too many bikes?? Hoping I could find a perfect bike that I can buy around my area…or do you know any store that sells these kinds of bikes? If so, please tell me!  :)

ps. How cute are these babies??

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