Sunday Soupie #003


* Late upload because I couldn’t access my site. My web host said the server blocked my IP. Whut.

Hello, fellow wanderers!

Can’t believe it’s been a month already since my last Soupie! So much for starting a weekly routine. Hihi. But man, a lot has happened in the past 4 weeks, considering I’ve practically been on vacation since the start of November.

Here is a rundown of excuses valid reasons for the past weeks of non-Souping:

November 1: Was in Abu Dhabi
November 8: Life in the Spirit Experience #15, plus a spur-of-the-moment trip to Vigan!
November 15: Church outreach activity

And now, November 22, part 2 of the church outreach activity after having just arrived from Bohol!!!

Wew. Out of work and still loaded as forks. Whattuuuuup. (This is my own doing, of course.)

Anyhooz. Today’s Soupie will focus mostly on the happenings of the past two weeks.

(A)chievements

As I have mentioned earlier, we (my boyfriend and I) went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Vigan right after the Life in the Spirit Experience last November 8. My PKFC friends and I were just talking on Viber about dinner plans for when our OFW friend, M, came home to visit. M & J had already planned a Luzon biking expedition (slash suicide mission) beforehand and M jokingly said that we should follow to Vigan after our LSE weekend. We’ve long been planning to go to Vigan as a group but never got around to actually doing so because of commitment (ooh) and financial issues, so when the opportunity finally presented itself, I WENT IN FOR THE KILL.

So, anyway, newest achievement to date: took a (public) provincial bus for the first time ever! To a local destination that is not Cebu! Haha.

On the bus to Vigan! Yay beansies!
On the bus to Vigan! Yay beansies!

This is probably not a big deal for most of you, but it is for me ’cause I have done quite poorly on the local travel aspect. I’ve only been to a number of places in Visayas and Mindanao and they’ve mostly been for work, so… airplanes were involved. I’ve also only been to a few places in Luzon and they were mostly because of my college org. So yeah. First time to take a bus and first time to travel with le boyf! Yay!

At Baluarte. Spot the scaredy-cat (me) not touching le tiger.
At Baluarte. Spot the scaredy-cat (me) not touching le tiger.

More on our Vigan trip in my next blog! 🙂

(B)lessings

Oh, wow, where do I even begin. Ah! Bullet points!

Got to serve in this year’s Life in the Spirit Experience – I didn’t get to serve last year since I had just started with my company and was, therefore, not yet allowed to file for leaves. Being able to serve this year has got to be this month’s ultimate blessing. I got to witness and experience new things as I was assigned to the Intercessory and Praise ministries.

MJS represent! Incidentally, all part of the Discipling ministry, Hurhur.
MJS represent! Incidentally, all part of the Discipling ministry. Hurhur.
Served with the Praise Ministry this year! Yay!
Served with the Praise Ministry this year! Yay!
With mah forever shepherd. <3
With mah forever shepherd. <3

Was given time off to spend with family and friends – I didn’t think it was a good thing initially, but I am now definitely enjoying how things have played out. My classmate told me, though, that the admin was planning to take back the unearned offs that were given to us. And I actually panicked, as I had already plotted out out-of-town trips on those days. Thankfully, they didn’t take away any of my offs and all my plans pushed through.

Got to cross off two local destinations from my travel list – i.e. Vigan and Bohol. These two destinations? All I can say is, FINALLY!

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I’m also extra grateful because I wasn’t in Manila for APEC week. I heard it was pandemonium! Watching from a (virtual) distance was already quite painful, what more if I was actually there. Kudos to my colleagues who battled the traffic on and above ground!

Was invited to sing in January for a friend’s production company – (I’m not even sure if it’s called a company. LOL.) Anyway, Manila Jam Sessions was asked to do a gig in January for a little coffee shop in Makati. P, T, and I gladly obliged because MUSIC IS LAIF and we haven’t done anything together for more than a year. OMG. ARE WE STILL EVEN FRIENDS.

So yeah, please watch out for that and come join us in January!

Discipling Visitation – I am so happy that God permitted me to join the two-part Discipling outreaches. I initially had a problem with my schedule ’cause the original visitation dates were on the 22nd and 29th, and I have a flight scheduled on the 28th. (My only flight for the month, mind you.) Good thing it was moved! I guess God really wanted me to be there. Hurray for that! 🙂

Singles Discipling group! So blessed to be able to serve with them by my side. <3
Singles Discipling group! So blessed to be able to serve with them by my side. <3

It was a new and somewhat daunting experience to set out and talk to our less fortunate brothers and sisters about Christ. I initially feared rejection and not being able to articulate well (in Tagalog, mind) the good news of our Lord, but the Holy Spirit truly guided us in our task, and for that I am grateful. I just hope to be better equipped next time, if I will ever be assigned to do this again.

(C)onfessions

In the past weeks, I have been reminded of just how truly introverted I am. It’s weird ’cause I thought I would have already gotten over it, given my job that requires much social interaction. Maybe it’s the lack of practice due to the number of days of rest? (God forbid I forget my work routine when I get back on the line this weekend!) All I know now is that I’ve gone back to being shut off and awkward. Or there have really just been so much out-of-norm situations being thrown my way. Hahahuhu.

(D)ecisions

I have decided to work on my awkwardness. I DO NOT KNOW HOW BUT I WILL DO IT. But first, please answer these questions for me:

  1. How does one do small talk and sustain it?
  2. How does one approach a significant other’s family member for the first time without acting too close?
  3. How does one greet a friend’s grandparent? Do you shake hands?

OMG just typing this makes me cringe. I AM USELESS IN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS BYE GRABBING MY BOOK AND LOCKING MYSELF INSIDE MY ROOM.

This is why I blog.

(E)ncouragement

(exhales)

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Yes, Lord, duly noted.

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