Tuesday, April 16, 2013

my silent birthday vacation with the Lord

April 2-7,2013, Betania Retreat House, Baguio City

On the first day of the retreat, I was a bit hesitant to really enter into prayer. I was enjoying the beautiful garden, the food and hospitality of the place. I think it was really a decision whether or not to take the opportunity to be in silence and pray. Just pray. I took my morning routine which was listening to my fave songs, but this time, those that were like Gospel/christian songs. It helps in my willingness to really pray because it made me cry a bit.
here's some photos

The retreat proper gave me the opportunity to really contemplate and go on with my prayer. The routine was unexpected because there was so many encounters with God that are surprising! It just make my life complete.

During those contemplation, there were several images that imply God's presence. There was black slipper, bridges, butterflies, walls, white shirts, roads.. I think these gave me the graces of HEALING, LOVE, PATIENCE,  HUMILITY AND PEACE..

and that's the most wonderful gifts i ever received on a birthday! :)

And the most memorable thing was my personal and intimate conversation with my Lord. really heartwarming and oh so great!!

AS I went through silent prayer sessions, I also took the chance to enjoy the beautiful Baguio City! The garden was so relaxing along with the humid weather.
It was such a great experience!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Calaguas Island Adventour..

Since summer time is almost here, my friends and I headed our way to one of the best summer destination at Daet, Camarines Norte, Calaguas Island!!

This is my college friend, Clarisse. This was our first pic at the bus on our way to our friends' house in Daet. Gee we were sooo excited!

It was 6am when we reached the port where we rode in the boat named after a whale- LUMBA LUMBA. All the other boat were named after huge sea creatures and it was too funny!

Here are some snapshots :)

On our way to the Island, we passes through several islets. The view was majestic and it made me even more excited to see all the other loong beaches!

looong beach!!!
When we passed through these islets, there was this deja vu feeling in me because these images were in my dreams and it's as if the place was home!! My excitement was extreme!

The boat ride took us for about 2 hours and tarannn!! we're here!!!

Aaahhh hello paradise!!
                          Just our first step and like wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ang ganda ganda ng sands!!!
The beach was beyond compare. The sands was white as heaven. The water was clean and warm.
And of course we did really really enjoy our summer fun! yeahhh :)
Chitchat and friendship!

One of the best shot I had was the sunset pics. Here's some...

Of course along with the celebration of the lenten season, I had several reflections during the trip. I was able to share the silence of a Good Friday while enjoying the amazing beach. The trip was fun and I really want to go back.. :)
Look at this morning moon at 5 am. God is Perfect.
wine over laughs

 we have the same designs of our slippers hehe :)
that was fun!!!!!!! Photo credits to cla and the food,fun and adventure to flo!! The best!
March 29-30, 2013