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Should you go on a faith journey?

What does a “faith journey” look like? One can say that our entire lives can be called faith journeys, but for this blog post, I’m talking about real journeys, real trips–the ones that involve some geographical distance and usually a mode of transportation. But faith journeys are not your ordinary trips. Here’s how I define it: A faith journey: starts when you step out of your comfort zone involves going down a path you’ve never gone before has no promised...

Cherishing TODAY.

After a little over a month here in the US, this is what I’ve come to learn. It’s one of those timeless lessons, the kind that I can learn over and over again throughout my life and yet still manage to forget. I came here with questions, and hoping for answers, but I got revelations instead. Here I was, hoping to arrive at a destination point in my life, only to be reminded that God does not bless the destination,...

Bits and pieces from Boston.

People always tell me, “Wow, you’re on vacation, you’re so lucky!” Truth be told, it hasn’t been the easiest journey. It’s been filled with twists and turns; some have been good, but some have been pretty challenging. In the midst of all the challenges, I am reminded of one my favorite quotes from A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, a book by Donald Miller: “Somehow we realize that great stories are told in conflict but we are unwilling to...

With a little help from my friends! (Part 1)

In just a few days, I’m leaving for a two-and-a-half month trip around the US. It’ll be the longest amount of time away from the Philippines for me since 2002. While I believe it’s going to fly by fast, the extended time away gives me a good excuse to meet up and catch up with friends before I go. And by God’s grace, these last few weeks, everyone’s schedules and plans just fell into place. It’s a blessing to be...

God-encounters and the other things I loved about my Singapore trip

My trip to Singapore last week was filled with blessings. :) Here are the top 5 things I loved about Singapore, in no particular order: 1) THE FOOD! Hainanese Chicken Rice, some scallop-and-noodle dish, and cereal prawns at Boon Tong Kee on River Valley Road, kaya toast and coffee and a Milo Dinosaur at Toast Box, laksa (anywhere), Food Republic at Wisma Atria, prime rib at Lawry’s, everything at Marché and PS.Cafe…I can go on and on! You can’t possibly...

I love God-authored love stories :)

Congratulations to my friends Joe Bonifacio and Carla (Rica) Peralejo for finally tying the knot AND finally having their FIRST KISS! I’m so happy for these two; they really make such a great couple. Watch Jason Magbanua‘s Same Day Edit Video here: (If the video doesn’t appear below, just click on the link!) Carla (Rica) Peralejo and Joe Bonifacio’s Same Day Edit from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo....

How to Love Your Life: Take a good look at it…

…and allow yourself to laugh. Smile. Be joyful about the blessings and be grateful about the grace you’ve received. Look at your past and see how far you’ve come. :) I was given a chance to do that this week as I was preparing for a couple of career talks I had to do in the Immaculate Conception Academy in Greenhills. Since they asked me to talk about working in the media, I had to look back, specifically in the...

Sunday reflections.

I know, I’ve been absent these past couple of days! And such a shame, since this month is almost done. I’d love to say that I was faithful with blogging the last 30 days, except that isn’t true. However, this exercise really did help me blog more often than I normally would…so here’s hoping I get to keep it up for the rest of the year! In the meantime, I came across this list (I don’t remember how I found...

My favorite song of the month :)

The Way That You Love Me by Anthony Evans This heart breaks slowly telling me what are you doing to me when I pray, do what it takes I didn’t know I’d lose everything Everything that meant anything to me is gone Something right has to come from this wrong It is the hurt that breaks me It is the pain that pulls me to my knees And the tears, they’ve changed me to what I couldn’t see, become so...

An inspiring [true] story!

Early this month, I had blogged about the recent PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) draft here, and my friends Rob and Sam Johnson blogged about it here. For us, it was especially meaningful, because two of our friends–Lamont Waters and Mike Burtscher–were drafted to play for the Sta. Lucia Realtors and the Alaska Aces, respectively. Our blogs talk about how inspiring their stories are, but yesterday, Rob tweeted about this article by Shaan Bermudez-Hizon, which goes deeper into Mike’s story. Read...

What a night! :)

Today, I decided to take a Sabbath rest, since I didn’t get to rest much last weekend. I had a lunch date with my nephew, Tristan, then went off to Greenhills, walked around the bookstore, and had my favorite Sunrise drink at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I was hooked up with the new tunes on my Shuffle (thank you, Ganns! REALLY! I love ’em all!) Then I went to the Fort and hung out for a bit with my...

What are you praying for today?

God reminded me this month in several ways that He answers prayers–no matter how big or small they are! First, we saw our friends drafted in the PBA (I blogged about it here, and my friends Rob and Sam Johnson blogged about it here –it’s a must-read!). Then I was blessed by this one little miracle: last week, I was really craving for Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, to the point that I had even tweeted about it and blogged...