Friday, April 1, 2016

Last Chapter Episode 5: My First Faith Story

Hello jello. I do not know the world well enough because I am living for only 28 days (as of April 1). My small eyes can hardly see what my mom used to brag with me while I was still in her tummy -- the world. I can only see shadows and other things of merely blacks and whites. But my ears are now sharp enough to distinguish my mom and dad’s voice from others. I can also hear other sounds aside from the people who used to visit me: the chirping of the birds, coo-coo of chickens every morning, hustle and bustle of jeepneys, television, and Ate Chloe’s lightsaber toy whom she accidentally or intentionally hit whenever she come to our house to pay for a visit and check on me. You see, I am but a tiny creature in the world of grandeur, entanglement and sophistication. But I want to share with you how this tiny creature proved that the One who created the vast universe actually loves me and is mindful of me. My name is Yechezqel, people know me as Kahel; and this is my first faith story.

This is me :)

I remember when mom used to say that I will be a good boy when I grow up; she was talking to me when I was still in her tummy. I can also remember when she and dad used to talk to me to see the world on my 40 weeks, because they do not have enough money yet to pay for the hospital bills. Sometimes I can feel mom’s worry, but she and dad kept on saying that God will provide and will meet our needs. God must be powerful so so much that mom and dad trust Him to provide. Me, being too excited to show my parents how loud I am when I cry, went out and saw the world for the first time exactly on my 39 weeks, a week earlier than their expectation.

Me on my 22nd day

Mom felt the contraction dawn of Thursday, March 3. She can still tolerate the pain though, and even managed to cook for breakfast. They missed their Thursday class and went to the hospital for a checkup with only 6000 pesos on their hands. The doctor announced mom was in her 1 cm so they decided not to get admitted that time. Mom and dad waited at the mall instead of going home because of the traffic. At 11 PM, mom could not take the pain anymore. She was having 5-min interval contraction that time so they went straight to the hospital and got admitted at 1 AM, and 4 cm cervix opening. The labor went for about 11 hours and on 10:22 AM of March 4, a healthy baby boy of 3.175 kgs, 50 cm, came out. It was the first time they heard me cry, the first time dad leaped in joy silently when he heard me crying, the first time I was held by mom in her arms. Welcome me.

This time one of my Titos and Titas gave my parents a generous amount (as in huuuuge amount) to pay for the hospital bills. I think it was God’s hand who touched their hearts and moved to do such an incredible act. When I get older I will personally thank God and Tito Kiko and Tita Anne and write them a thank you card. Mama should teach me how to. Anyhow, relatives and love ones were excited to see me and paid a visit only to find out that I cant be with mom and dad yet because of my successions of vomiting. I had to stay at the ICU for 2 days under observation.

Every 2-3 hours since I was born, mom had to go
 to the ICU to see me and breastfed me.
For two days, my "fans" had to stay by the
window to see me.

My name Yechezqel is a Hebrew variation of Ezekiel, which means "God will strengthen". 

And that’s what mom and dad claimed when I was diagnosed with physiological jaundice, prolonging again our stay at the hospital for 3 more days.

Sun bathing like a boss

It was too cold at the hospital at night!
I cried and cried a lot, mom and dad
had their wakeful nights started.

All the more they put their hope in God, though I heard Mom cry a couple of times at the hospital. 48 hours of sun bathing occurred, two times my blood was extracted to check my bilirubin, and a lot more sleepless nights took place for mom and dad. My grand parents, Titos, Titas and cousins didn't give up on visiting me while I was at the hospital. Their voices seemed to be the constant hullabaloo and encouragement for my parents. 

Finally after 6 days I was able to see the world outside the white walls of the hospital. I am thankful for letting me experience God as early as I know. I hope that this story will inspire and encourage you to continue in this world. I may still be very young to say, but this first encounter with God is something that I would want to remember as long as I live. Because as for me, my only hope is in God. Someday, I want to know more about mom and dad’s God. Will you journey with me? :)

Thank you for reading my first faith story! -Kahel

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Globe-trotting Philippines: Secret Hideaway in Tagaytay

I am nearing my pregnancy term and can't wait to see our baby Kahel out of his comfy sac. With this I mean more wakeful, late-night cries and less quality time for the next season of our married-now-parenting life. And since we had a long weekend holiday we decided to use this time to have a quality time before this little one come out. 

Hang in there, buddy

We headed off to Tagaytay, where short and convenient trip is most welcome especially in my case. My doctor did not allow me to travel too far and it might lead to a serious health case so we chose Tagaytay on our list. I am happy and blessed that the grad school offers some condo units in Tagaytay with very affordable price so we chose to block off one couple room for one night. And guess what? Quality time equates food trips for us! Was a bit averse about eating as I have to continuously check on my blood pressure and of course, weight. 

Well it was a well-spent weekend for us knowing that we found this secret restaurant that offers good food and massage. It was a bit pricey for our budget so my husband just allowed me to try their foot reflexology that's so soothing even for preggy like me. They even had a complimentary jasmine tea for both of us and unlimited access to placid Taal Lake. Here's a little sneak peek of this little heaven that we went to. (Photos are from my phone, peace out for the quality of these photos)

Intricate door details: Perfect for the Chinese New Year

The Dining Area

Taal Lake on the View

The Yin and Yang Pools

Qi Wellness at night

If you wanna go there and try their services, you can check it up on the following details:

Qi Wellness Living
Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Email: or
Mobile:+63 917 522 6969
Instagram: @qiwellnessliving

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

HELP! My Hair is All Gone!

Things get busy as the new year came or perhaps, as the start of the work for the new year came. We need to get back to our normal routine after the holiday craze and stress, and we have to finish all those pending jobs that needs to be done. True -- two weeks of rest, feast and reunions and recreation have an ending, and back-to-work stress started to creep in hence, welcome to the hair loss season. :P

Imagine the number of people in this Christmas house in Cainta

We may all have reasons to get busy with, may I share with you some tips on how to get things done without losing all your hair out of frustration.

(Below is adapted from FCBCC's Service Bulletin)

How do we get all the work done? There are so many things to do. Housework, homework, away-from-home work, schoolwork and church work all demand our attention. We have got to bring home the bacon, put it on the table, get kids to the ball game, get everything done around the house, spend time together as a family and find time for the Lord all on the same day. This probably does not even describe your busy schedule. In a world full of things that need to be done, where do we go to get some sense of what to do first? How do we determine our priorities? Most of us just jump right in and overload ourselves. As a result we begin to get very nervous. We say to ourselves,

"Well, I just have to try harder. After all, other people seem to be able to manage all this, so I should be able to do it too."

The tensions which results from this overload seems to correspond directly with the amount of hair on our heads. The more we overload ourselves, the more we pull out our hair in frustration. Finally we realize that we just cannot do it all. With this realization comes two choices:

We can go crazy trying to keep up with the unhealthy pace we have set and be grouchy , mean, unsatisfied, unfulfilled and unhappy.


We can prioritize our lives to decide which activities are the most important and thus be happier, more fulfilled and much more satisfied with the direction we have taken.

Jesus told His disciples to be "wise as serpents" (Matthew 10:16). How can we become wise? How do we go about the process of organizing and prioritizing our lives? Here are some suggestions that will help us get started:

1. Pray
This is the single most important thing that we do. We need guidance from the Lord, and He has promised to give it to us if we will only ask Him for it. We need to be as specific as we can, not for God's sake, but because it will help us to focus on exactly what we need to do and be asking for (James 1:5)

2. Seek wise counsel.
Since we cannot know all that we need to know on every subject, we need to be searching for counsel from people we know who are wise.

3. Plan.
Without an organized plan, even the noblest of ideas will fizzle out.

4. Prioritize.
Once you have set your goals, decide which parts of your plan need your attention first. You may find that you need to streamline your objectives. Maybe even cut something out (Matthew 6:33).

Now that you have prayerfully and thoughtfully designed your plan, take action. Watch as some of your worries seem to disappear and your hair begins to grow back. :D


As part of your annual planning, might as well look at the Philippine holidays this year has to offer and start to think ahead of the activities that is worth doing for.

image taken from facebook