Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sanitizing Melissa

How's your weekend guys? I hope that though we are still under quarantine, you are still able to spend your time wisely - doing some chores, crafting or relaxing on a couch while reading your favorite book or watching your favorite series.
As long as naenjoy mo yung time mo at hindi mo narinig ang sarili mo na nagreklamo ka na "gabi na naman wala na namang nangyari sa maghapon ko" then you spent your time wisely. 
I enjoyed my weekend, for me "gold" ang magkaroon ng 2 days off kasi every other weekend lang ako may off ng Saturday and I'm still going to office despite of the pandemic. I know that the Lord JESUS Christ will protect me and will give me strength everyday.
So ayun na nga speaking of weekend,sinulit ko talaga. Friday I attended online worship services and bonding with my family dito sa bahay and even sa Pinas. I enjoyed my bed, nakakamiss yung you don't mind time kung anong oras  kang gigising kasi wala naman pasok. Hooray talaga yun for me! So today, one of the major accomplishment ko is to clean and sanitize some of my shoes.
Recently there are some posts spreading that the COVID can live on the sole of the shoes for 5 days. So what we did, we have now shoe rack near our door kung saan namin iniiwan ang mga shoes namin, so additional to that I think that sanitizing shoes can be done also at least every weekend. 
I love shoes, actually namana ko yata yun kay Mommy. Lumaki ako na kung anong color ng bag ganon din ang shoes ko pero since dapat talaga mabilisan ang kilos kapag OFW ka dito, sabi ko nga time is gold , minsan kapag papasok sa office kung ano na lang maisip isuot na shoes hahaha pero make it sure naman na color coordinated pa rin.
Let me share you some of my shoes na super comfortable talaga sa paa and you can wear whether in office, casual events or any occasion (hindi po ito paid advertisement ha). May ganon talaga ako na attitude I can stick to a brand basta nagustuhan ko or nastisfied ako. 
I'm not fond of rubber material texture shoes pero from the start na natry ko yung Dumond brand made in Brazil nagustuhan ko talaga until I met Melissa.

Here's a trivia I got about Melissa:
Melissa are made from MELFLEX plastic, a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable, and extremely flexible PVC. The shoes are totally cruelty free and devoid of animal products. The Brazilian-based company is totally rad in its recycling of 99.9% of factory water and waste, and they also go the distance by recycling overstock styles into next season’s collection. Even better? Melissa Shoes employees are paid above average wages and benefits.

Today, I clean and sanitized my Melissa shoes. So guys if you have Melissa shoes din, super easy sya linisin and low maintenance talaga.
I have a 5 pairs of Melissa. Well, nabili ko lang sya lahat ng nakasale (para ano pa na nasa Procurement  line ako di ba) 2 of these shoes I bought 120 QAR from its original price of QAR799. Best buys talaga di ba? :)
Melissa - Brown

Melissa Space Love + Jason Wu

Melissa Space Love + Jeremy Scott

Vivienne Westwood x Melissa

Vivienne Westwood x Melissa

Here are some tips on how to clean your Melissa Shoes:

1. Get a small basin with liquid soap, brush, sponge, soft cloth (cotton), alcohol in sprayer.
2. Wet the sole but do not soak into the basin. Clean the sole using brush and water with liquid soap.
3. Check the body of the shoes to find the dirt. Usually, since glossy ang texture mejo maitim ang dirt nya na nakakapit and since glossy need ng extra care.
4. Use a sponge or cloth on the body of the shoes. Wipe it until the dirt is gone.
5. Wipe it with dry cotton cloth. Its important na soft and cotton to avoid scratches.
6. For the inside, yung small brush like old tooth brush lang then clean the lining part. If you will notice yun talaga yung sinisingitan ng mga dumi. You will see it visibly talaga yung mga natanggal na dumio.
7. Wipe it with cloth until ma-dry. To be sure na dry sya, pwede muna pahanginan.
8. Now you can sanitize it using an alcohol in bottle sprayer.
9. Spray it with alcohol, mejo mataas yung position ng kamay para wisik-wisik lang.
10. Let it dry bago ulit ilagay sa box or shoe rack.

Another thing I really love on Melissa aside sa comfy sya, hindi nawawala yung fragrance nya kahit nakailang years na at lagi kong ginagamit, still yung smell nya ang bango pa rin :)

Guys, I encourage you kung mejo nauubusan na kayo ng ginagawa at mejo napapansin nyo na nabobored na kayo, there are so many things you can do to be productive inside the house. So hope this simple tips can help you to stay safe and healthy against the virus. Stay clean and keep sanitizing!
God bless us all :)

Here's a bible verse that I want to leave you that you can meditate:

“The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.”
 I JOHN 2:6

When we walk with the Lord we draw closer to the Lord with all our heart. He becomes our focus. Our hearts longs for Him. Our heart seeks His presence. Our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow while our worldly desires will decrease.

NOTE: You can leave a comment on comment box if you have any specific topic that I want to feature.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Flying Kathy & Me


When people heard the word "middle east" the other counterpart word that comes to others is "desert" Try to picture on your mind how does the deserted country looks like - puro buhangin lang, mainit, walang masyadong buildings at walang nabubuhay na mga halaman. Well ganon yung napipicture sa isip ko almost 14 years ago bago ako pumunta dito sa Qatar. Stepping out on my comfort zone - being away sa place na nakasanayan mo, people, friends and most especially family na ever since namulat ka sa mundo kasama mo na. Far away from those "independent" life before they become OFW, hindi ako talaga ganon, hindi ako katulad ng iba na naexperienced magwork away from home or magdorm man lang. In short 14 years ago I am totally out on my comfort zone. The only hope I have that time is that EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE, its not because of the courage I have in me but its because I entrusted everything to Jesus.

Back to what you have in mind when you picture out the desert, ako din akala ko talaga walang puno or halaman dito sa Qatar. Well, actually 14 years ago hindi pa naman talaga ganong kadami ang mga trees and plants dito mostly talaga buildings lang talaga. And if may mga halaman man talagang pricey sya pero buti na lang dahil marami ng supply now, the law of supply and demand applies on its price na.

I love greens - trees, plants, plantacions, farm. Kaya naman nageenjoy talaga ako kahit road trip lang na makakita ako ng greens sa Pinas everytime na uuwi ako, nakakarelax talaga.

December last year I bought a flowering plant for my table para naman mejo sumayasaya ang ambiance at hindi puro papel na lang ang nakikita ko :)

I bought a flying kathy in Carrefour for QAR 20 (wag ka ng magconvert kasi mura na yon para sa halaman kapag nasa Middle East ka).

DECEMBER 2019

At first glance para talaga syang artificial. Everyone na nakakakita is pinching it just to be sure na totoo sya. Some them will tease me, na pwede na daw ipang salad yung dahon nya kasi ang lalapad then shiny and looks crunchy daw. Super fresh, buhay na buhay talaga sya. Kung sa tao walang kastress-stress sa life nya and super blooming.

Like human, ganyan din naman tayo di ba when we are into something na gustong gusto nating gawin,it seems na effortless ang lahat and sometimes we are too idealistic na we can achieve everything kasi we know that we are doing everything to achieve our goals, pero paano kung hindi pala......

I was away for a month sa office pero bago ako umalis, ipinagbilin ko sa teaboy namin na pakialagaan ni Flying Kathy. Low maintenance naman ito - 2x a month mo lang sya need diligan at konti lang talaga, konting sunlight lang since mas nagblobloom sya kapag malamig kaya indoor lang din talaga sya. I was back from my vacation on January and ganito na sya...

 
JANUARY 2020

See the difference? nagdry at nalagas na yung ibang mga dahon nya. Yung dating super green, shiny and "crunchy" leaves nya natutuyo na yung mga tip. Though may mga flowers nya pero kapansin pansin na nabawasan yung ganda nya.Nalungkot ako ng slight kasi I'm expecting na mas maganda ko syang makikita, I'm expecting na mas magblobloom sya pero the good thing is she's still holding on to the ground kung saan sya nakatanim. Parang she wanted to tell me na "hey I'm still blooming where I am planted".

Its like us there are times na super energetic tayo, blooming at everything runs smoothly sa life natin. Pero let's face the reality - may hurdles, challenges, problems, and unexpected circumstances tayo na mga pinagdadaanan.  How many times na nadapa ka na sa buhay? ang dami mo ng pinagdaanan pero still see yourself now - courageously and hopeful in battling the challenges of life. The Lord is good, He is good to all, and He is good all time, Sometimes, He allowed us to experience na madapa tayo para matuto tayo in life. May mga times na hindi natin naiintindihan ang dahilan bakit nga ba - bakit nga ba need pa nating masaktan, madapa, magkaproblema. Pero naisip mo ba na sa bawat pinagdadaanan mo may lessons ka na natutunan. I remember our late Pastor Vil sa isang sermon nya na talagang nagrema sa isip at sa puso ko "hanggang hindi ka pumapasa sa test ng pagsubok babalik at babalik ka jan, kaya sa una pa lang na test ipasa mo na" Really true, may mga circumstances or problema naman talaga na contributor din tayo, kung sa una pa lang itatama mo na and you will allow God to be with you - to guide you, lead you at susunod ka then maiipasa mo ang test and surely sa sunod na magdaan ka ulit sa test na ganon it will be easier for you.

Sometimes ang dami nating reklamo sa buhay, nalilimutan nating iappreciate kung anong meron tayo. May mga times na hindi tayo natututong makontento at magpasalamat kay Lord sa kung anong meron tayo. Naisip mo ba na ang lahat ng bagay na pinagdadaanan mo ngayon ay may purpose .

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose - Romans 8:28

BLOOM WHERE THE LORD PLANTED YOU!
 Kung saan ka nadapa don ka rin tumayo. Our Lord Jesus Christ is gracious to guide and lead you to the path that He wants you to be BUT you need to listen to Him; allow Him to control and be the driver of your life. Trust me, He will never ever fail you, never will He leave you nor forsake you. Sa disyerto na mainit, maalikabok, maraming restrictions ka Nya dinala, still BLOOM! Nagiisa ka man, malayo sa pamilya or kaibigan mo, the Lord wants you to BLOOM! The Lord Jesus Christ has purpose kung bakit ka nasa situation or nasa lugar kung nasaan ka ngayon. Hindi mo alam kung anong purpose ng Lord, the ask Him, pray and He will answer.

Let each one live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him -I Corinthians 7:17 (CSB)
 
MARCH 2020

This is Flying Kathy now, no more big, shinny and crunchy leaves, and no more flowers too but you can still see her beauty. She's still confidently holding on to the ground na para bang sinasabi nya  na " I've been to storm but here I am still standing gracefully"

There are pruning season and there are growing seasons. When I look back on my life, I can tell the greatest growth comes right after you get cut back. I am still a work in progress by the Lord Jesus Christ. And I'm expectant that the Lord will continue to move in my life.

If you are now in the situation of your life na para bang ang tingin mo ay puro problema na lang at walang nangyayari na maganda sa buhay mo, let me pray for you...

Lord Jesus Christ, our gracious and compassionate Lord, I pray that the person who's reading this blog right now, be comforted in Jesus name. You are the all knowing God - alam Mo po Lord kung ano yung best para sa tao na ito, maybe he or she planned everything for his / her life pero Lord still Your will be done sa buhay nya. Lead Him Lord for him/her to truly know You and accept You as well as his /her Personal Savior, in Jesus

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Staying Safe & Healthy

Happy to be back here!

Its almost 2 years since my last entry. I have so many stories to share with you but I really don't know where to start, for the meantime let's talk about the talk of the town - the Corona Virus or COVID 19. I know all people know who is "COVID". Everyone knows his capacity to break a person's health, to put man into grave and to create fear, anxiety, and worries to all.

Sabi ko nga sa officemate ko kung ako ang papipiliin between a war and yung ganitong pandemic virus, I will choose war na lang. Bakit? at least sa war kita mo yung panganib, alam mo kung saan ka pwede magtago and yung prevention or precaution na gagawin mo nakikita mo kung may effect ba talaga, but in fighting the virus, para kang nakikipaglaban sa hangin - yung hindi mo alam kung nakascore ka na ba or mananalo ka ba talaga.

I just want to share 3 things that we can do in times like this.

First, we should take an EXTRA care. If we are careful before and cautious on how we are taking care or health and keeping our hygiene, then we should make it MORE and MORE this time. 
Since I am still going to office to work, minsan nakakaparanoid na talaga lumabas. Laging nakasanitized ang kamay, may mask especially outside office, using tissue in pressing the lift, sanitizing the printer, table, phone and lahat na yata ng pwedeng isanitize! As much as possible, kung pwede lang talaga ayaw ko makikipagusap sa iba not because ayaw ko pero mas tingin ko ok na yun. I'm working in Procurement - so what to expect laging maraming suppliers na nagiinquire and maraming documents, the good things since the virus was announced that its already pandemic, bawal na ang supplier bumisita ng office and no hard copies na kami, pero it doesnt mean wala na ako ginagawa mas dumami actually kasi need ko iprint lahat sa head office. Anyways, back to taking care, yung 1.5 meter distancing talaga need ipractice. Physical distancing and not only social distancing. When I reached home, I also taking hot bath and sanitizing pa rin. I'd rather do that than to be sorry for nor doing an EXTRA CARE.

Second, its not only our  physical health that we should take care even our mental health. Worries, anxieties, and fears are only in the corner. Almost all people know so much information about the virus and social medias are feeding so much about it. Whatever information feeds our mind yun ang kadalasan nagiging carrier ng nagiging reaction natin. Kung everyday ang nakikita mo is parang results ng canvassing sa election na tumataas na bilang ng mga navivirus or namamatay, yun nag lagi mong iisipin and hindi mo namamalayan nagcrecreate na ito ng fear sa'yo. Once you have a fear, anxiety or worry mas madaling bumagsak ang immune system natin. So to avoid that, you can stay away sa mga news na ganon instead if you can't really stay away from social media subscribe don sa mga page that will boost your spirit. BE MENTALLY HEALTHY.

Third, we must be SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY.  Pray and meditate. Before the pandemic virus attacked the world, ang lagi maririnig "wala akong oras" or "kulang ang oras ko" but now we have enough time. Meron nga na talagang bahay lang at nauubos ang oras sa social media or sa kakapanood ng mga movies, but have you ever allot kahit man lang 15 minutes to pray kay Lord. If there's best time to pray and to listen to Him through His word is NOW. People have a ton of excuses hindi tayo nauubusan ng excuses at gagawin kahit na sinasabi na naiinip at walang magawa still meron pa rin. The best weapon that we can have in this life, this time - is PRAYER.  People may fail you, your mobile or gadgets may break but our gracious Lord will not ever leave nor forsake you.  He can heal us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

PSALM 91 is really a good reminder of us during this time, it says:


1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Nobody knows until when this pandemic will end though we are all praying fervently for this to finish but its still the Lord Jesus Christ time table will prevail. The least we can do now is to continue to trust Him completely that He is moving - may ginagawa ang Panginoon. Maaring hindi man natin naiintindihan pero alam natin na kumikilos Sya, all we have to do is to trust Him and put our 100% hope on Him. God is able, He is always able.
So guys, STAY SAFE & DO EXTRA CARE, BE MENTALLY HEALTHY and SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY too.
This too shall pass...

Let's pray
Heavenly Father, our gracious and compassionate Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you today. We know and we fully trust you that you are holding us right now. You are moving right now and you are able to conquer this pandemic virus. Lord, help us to overcome all the fears, worries, anxieties if ever we have it right now. We entrust to your our family, magkakahiwalay man kami Lord we know that through your love we are connected to each other. Your daily protection and strength be with us everyday. Lord, I personally entrust to you as well all the front liners - doctors, nurses, med techs, pharmacists,all medical practitioners even the scientists O Lord, guards, those who are working in supermarkets and food businesses, garbage collectors, street sweeper...all of them Lord who are working on this battle. Likewise Lord, give wisdom, knowledge and understanding to the government officials of all countries to lead their people in the right path. I ask comfort and healing to all patients whether they are infected or under investigation pa lang. I pray for comfort din po Lord to all families who are now bereaving for the death of their loved ones due to corona virus. Lord heal our land, heal the world. Let Your will prevail. I entrust these all, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

God Bless us all :)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reading between Pictures

I love looking at pictures. It shows ones' personality. It depicts emotions - happy, sad, funny and everything that an ordinary eyes can't see. 
May 25, 2018, we celebrated mother's day in the church. Honoring the Lord on His goodness and faithfulness to the lives of our mothers. Daughters are also invited to attend the event, how I wish I could be with my mom to be on that kind of event - I miss her.
Just finished downloading, editing, and uploading 300+ pictures taken on the event and can't help to have some favorite shots. Thank you to bro.Nan for holding my camera ^_^
Here are some of my personal favorite shot. No much caption needed.

MIXED EMOTIONS


JOY and INNOCENCE



GRATEFULNESS - "We did it Ma"


GENUINE SMILES


"I will wipe your tears"



KISS ME



HIDDEN TEARS



PRAYING WOMEN


SIMPLICITY






Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Meet the Monk

I remember the first time I saw monks way back 2006 in Bahrain airport. I don't know why I am afraid to them, maybe because I was just shocked because that's my first time to see people who dressed like them and they seemed so serious and doesn't know how to smile.
Out of curiosity during our tour at Tooth Relic in Kandy, Sri Lanka I was one of the four campers who entered the temple. I asked first one of the campers if its possible to take photo with a monk. She told me we should ask permission first since like any other not all monks are friendly and will give way.

As form of respect, you can see some signs that selfie is not allowed inside and your back should not in front of their statues when taking pictures. And when they caught you to disobey the protocol, oh my immediately they will get your camera or phone, check it and if found selfie photos taken inside, they will immediately ask you to delete. When you are visiting anywhere, whether its a religious complex or anywhere, the key word should be obey and respect.
Its quiet inside the temple and though I really want to take a photo with the monk, I was hesitant to do so. I'm thinking - maybe its not allowed also since we're inside or what if they will reject us. So after roaming inside the temple, we go out as usual. But behind my mind I really need to have at least one shot of photo with a monk, since I may not have an opportunity to have one.
Good thing I have the boys - I don't know exactly who approached the monk. The next thing I know is Nan is asking me to stand beside the monk and taking picture.
I want to ask questions to him but obviously (flower on his hands) he needs to go inside the temple. So I just asked the help of Wikipedia to answer the questions on my mind :) The traditional Buddhist wear robes. The robe is generally called civara. Antarvasa is the inner robe covering the lower body while for the upper body its uttarasanga. Other items that may have been worn are: the kushalaka - the waist cloth and the samakaksika, the buckled belt. 

Guys if visiting temple is part of your tour, my advise for you is not to wear loud color shirt or dress. Believe me cos the guy next to me experienced it already, right William? Isn't William and the monk has some resemblance? Just thinking bagay siguro yung robe kay William hehehe.

And see those policemen in the background, they are not just standing for nothing they really working and their eyes are rolling to all tourists. Guys be an law abiding tourists. Respect and obey their policies or else in the end you'll be in trouble like what our fellow tourist experienced.


Thanks to our tour guide Mr. Brandy for talking to these not ordinary policemen cos according to Janix they have stars on their uniform or else maybe William will sleep on the cell :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Who I am - A Call to Grow Beyond



If someone asks you "Who are you?" what will be your answer.
That's the first question we encountered on the Grow Beyond Family Camp Sri Lanka 2017. The question sound so easy to answer. 
Here's the exact answer I wrote on my paper:
I am Jennifer Cleofe Arellano
I am a child of God
I am a daughter of a King
I am the eldest & the only daughter in the family
I am an expectant from the Lord on this camp.

Its common to start by telling our name. Our name is our first identity for others to know us. But sometimes even our name is a duplicate of someone. I tried to search my name in google and voila there are some people holding exactly the same name that I have. How can our identity be our own if someone has it also?
The question is "Who are you?" We usually answered that I am a graduate of this course, I am a manager or employee, etc. or sometimes even stating our possessions and the like. But is that "who are you?" or "what you are?"

Sometimes we see and define ourselves on how others see and define us. We tend to forget that we are unique, we are peculiar and we are created in the image of our Maker. 

"I am not what I think I am and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think that you think I am"


Before, I really avoid looking at the mirror. I am afraid to see the image - the distorted image in front of me. But after the assurance I received from my Maker that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that I am created from inmost being and knitted together in my mother's womb, I know I have nothing to fear on the image that I see on the mirror. Through God who strengthens me and give me enough daily dosage of His grace, I can stand and conquer the fear that I have - the fear of rejection, the fear of being outcast, and so on. People may judge us for what or who we are and not, but Jesus will not. He love us for who we are. He is always ready to embrace us, all we need is to surrender ourselves to Him, have faith and give Him our full trust to manage our lives.

Until you do not overcome your earthly identity then you'll never be free and to overcome it, there's only ONE WAY - to accept JESUS as your PERSONAL SAVIOR.
Our God intended us to be who we are for a purpose. By our strength we cannot live on that purpose, only through His grace, only through Him we can do it.
GOD DESIGNED ONE COPY OF YOU, make sure you live on it.

A Call to GROW BEYOND our Earthly Identity
" For this favor I bend my knees before the Father, from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named, in order that He may grant to you- according to His riches and glory - power to become strong through His Spirit in the Inner Man, for Christ to dwell in your hearts through faith, to become firmly rooted and established in love, in order that you may become strong (enough) to apprehend together with all the saints, what is the breadth, the length, the height, and depth, to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, in order that you may be filled to all the fullness of God" Ephesians 3:14-19

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Love Letter to Self


Dear Jen,



Its been 36 years that we known each other though sometimes we doubt each other - capabilities, strengths and even our feelings towards situations, people and even to our own. We been together from the start, you heard my first cry and saw the first tears on my eyes You are with me on my first step and even on my first fall. You witnessed how I tried to get all my achievements in life - its not easy by the way especially to live on the expectations of others and more harder to stand on your expectations. But we surpassed it together through the help of our Maker.


Its been more than three decades but I seldom thank you for what you've done. Sometimes I forgot to appreciate and admire you and to tell how much I love you. If there's one person that should care and love you more than others, it should be me. Forgive me if sometimes you whisper to me to stay away from those people who will only cause me pain but I still insist to be with them. Forgive me if there are times that you want to take rest from a busy schedule but I still insisting that I should, I must finish everything within the day. Forgive me, if instead of listening to you I listened and cared first to other people. 
Through the years we're together I learned a lot . I thank the people who molded us, people who been our guide and inspiration to go on with life. People who are not selfish in giving their admiration and care. 
As we continue to step forward, always remember that I love you and I will always care for you. Our battle is not yet over. We still have fears to conquer and struggles to win.  Don't be afraid of what future will bring us, our God, our Savior is always with us. Let's just keep the faith in Him and continue the good fight of faith.


Stay strong...
You are loved...
You are cherished...
You are beautiful..
You are a daughter of a King...
And therefore no one can harm you.


Love,
Jen