365 days…

An average person walks around 245 kilometers in a year…
Of those enormous kilometers, it took me just a small number of that distance and a hell lot of self convincing and self confidence just to go straight up to you, give you those chocolates and flowers and officially tell you that I like you…

It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown…
In my case, it didn’t just take 17 muscles to smile, every time I get to see and be with you, because every cell, tissue and muscle in my body is excited and elated just by the sight of you.

The average person eats about 1500 pounds of food in a year…
After September 8 last year, I think I have eaten more than this because with you, eating is an art form. It has to be beautiful (delicious and tasty), and pleasurable to both the body and the soul. I admire you for knowing what to eat, how to eat it and where to eat. You brought back my passion for good food and good eats.

In a year a person’s heart beats 40,000,000 times…
It took my heart just one very strong and vibrant beat this day last year when you told me that you love me, to know that it will never beat the same boring thump ever again. My heart has been beating with gusto, music and love ever since and will do so for the rest of my life.

It has been a blessed year honey of Love. I can never thank the Lord above enough of how blessed I am when he gave you to me. I never thought that Love and life can be this simple and beautiful. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs, but all of it is an integral part of our growing up process. A process that I know will take a lifetime. A lifetime that I will spend with you filled with gratitude, respect, support, trust, LOYALTY, FIDELITY and LOVE. I hope this blog makes sense because it is being written inside Jollibee with people chattering and Christmas songs already playing in the background.

I love you Honey. Again thank you. Thank you for everything.

Happy Anniversary!!!

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Just one of God’s so many blessings

As I sit here in this long and very comfortable couch, watching Freestyle live in concert in my temporary TV set, I just can’t help but thank the Lord for all the blessings. As I scan my eyes through all the small corners of my place, I can’t help but give gratitude to Him. As I see the simple yet functional fixtures and small appliances that surround me, again I can’t thank the Lord enough for He is the one who provided me with all these things. In retrospect, I can’t even remember how I was able to start and finish this project which my fiancĂ©e call Luna.

It all started December of 2009. There was something in me that snapped and said that I need to invest in something. I’m not getting any younger plus I don’t have a real savings account that I can be proud of. Browsing through an internet buy and sell site, I came upon this ad saying that I can own a condo for just Php 7,787 a month. I was curious and everyday I kept on checking that ad but I was still not doing something about it. Finally, after three months of continuous searches, I got the guts and time to see the condo for myself. I met the agent and he showed me the bare and furnished unit. I liked it but for how much? Seeing the sample computation, I thought, I can do this but I have to sacrifice some things of comfort and luxury for me to pay the mortgage and especially the first 6 months, the equity, which is very steep. I began to be reluctant but I said to myself, I can’t have anything or something if I keep on hindering myself with this attitude of cowardice and hesitation. I decided then to push through not knowing how I can pay the equity. God has so many powerful ways of blessing his children. I received an email with the formal computation of my equity and my God indeed! It was lower than the earlier computation. I was so thankful and told myself that maybe it was God’s way of saying that I should go on with this project. I was very jovial and again very thankful.

I was able to pay the monthly equity and then started to pay the mortgage. Then Bernice came along. She put the moral, physical and financial support in this project that I so desperately needed. She made it all beautiful. As for me, I would’ve moved in ASAP with just the bare necessities in a bare condo. We received the keys to the future last April 30 and we began the month and a half process of turning a box into an art.

We searched and asked for friends who can help us with the improvement of the unit, but in the end we chose to go with the in-house project because they had a wonderful promo offer for our unit.Every weekend, we try to visit and monitor the progress of the unit improvement. this was the time that I was introduced to Wilcon and MC home depot. These establishments are filled with just about everything that you need to build a house. They have everything! I was amazed on how many things that i never thought our small unit needed until I saw them inside Wilcon and Home Depot. We shopped for tiles, wood laminates, shower fixtures, lighting fixtures and kitchen fixtures. Sure, we made some rookie mistakes along the way but overall, it was fun, exhausting and expensive at the same time.

The next phase comes the appliances and pieces of furniture. Bernice influenced me on this aspect big time. She showed how one furniture can be simple, beautiful and reasonably priced.Her take on things like color, space and material opened my closed sentiments on how I want the unit to look. Again it was fun, tiring and a bit expensive.

The project became a therapy for me, every time I see an improvement, endorphins were released which in turn makes me happy. Luna was like chocolate to me.

Yesterday, August 31, 2011 at exactly 9:15 am, we were able to move in finally. I wanted to move in on an earlier date but the Ghost month prevented us from doing so. After some prayer and good luck rituals, I can ultimately say that my investment is worth it and again for the nth time I thank God for all his blessings. God truly provides.

This little space will be my family’s home for some time to come,but for now its just me and Bernice. Soon an angel will come and with God’s almighty hand everything will be complete

Dream, pray achieve and give thanks.