God answered my prayer with a milkshake

Ever since I had a misunderstanding with my beastpal’s wife, I have shut myself from them. I unfriended them and all close friends we have in common in Facebook. For more or less 3 years I remain distant and for all those years I tried to forget them.

During those times, I have become bitter whenever somebody in my friends list would post about their high school reunion. I would tell myself that “oh I don’t really have friends in high school..” (sounds immature, I know but that’s me).

But I admit that that made me sad. There are things that remind me of them. I can’t lie to myself and pretend that I don’t miss them.

For almost 3 years I had been successful to not think too much of it. Thanks to my work that keeps me busy and some friends whom I enjoy spending life away from work with.

I was okay with it not until one of my close friends in high school passed away last year. It made me think and miss them over again. Since then, I prayed for the day when I’d be able to talk to my beastpal and his wife. More than reconciliation with his wife, I’d like to know if he ever did get upset with me. I prayed that one day I’ll be surprised with a message from him.

And then one day, when I was going home I thought I saw him in the MRT station. I refused to say ‘hi’ as he didn’t even see me. Instead I messaged his wife right away and told her that I think I saw my friend. She confirmed that it was him. Then a week after that I received a message. He asked that if I want, we can go grab an ice cream some time.

I said yes to meet up a week after.
We ended having a milkshake.

I asked if he was angry at me. And then he cleared things for me. He said he was never angry. Ever. It just took him so long to reach out. He apologized for the times that he, admittedly, forgot about me. I only kept smiling and nodding. He laughed at me while scolding me to listen. Little did he know that I just couldn’t say anything because I am close to tears while hearing what he had to say.

I was close to giving up that this day would ever come. Maybe it took God so long to grant my prayer because He’s waiting for me to be ready to face him.

And when He thought I am now ready, God finally answered my prayer…

With that milkshake. πŸ€—

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Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte (2011)

..And maybe this is why I never knew how it feels like to be the 3rd or 5th or 7th and so forth wheel. Because I never felt like one. :’)

(nakakatawa kase nung tuesday lang namin narealize na 5th wheel ako.. At ngayon ko lang naisip na pumayag akong sumama nuon without thinking “teka couple couple sila”)

At some point during this trip in Ilocos we slept in one huge bed (tatlong dinugtong), and yes we made ligo together (all girls sa πŸ‘§πŸΌ, sila boys sa πŸ‘¦πŸΌ) πŸ™ŠπŸ™‰πŸ™ˆ

#flashbackfriday #JOKtober7th 
More than feeling lucky to have friends like them, I’m feeling blessed. #sentifriday

πŸ“·nenok from Xave’s album ✌🏼️
Location: Patapat Viaduct/Patapat Bridge, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (2011)

#RIPtoMyFlatTummy
#CoffeeCreamerMilk

My Gratitude List, 2012

Dear Lord,

As the year ends, I made a list of things to thank You for in the year that was. I planned to complete 12 bullets but ended up short by 3. I know that I still have a lot to thank You that I cannot list them all down tonight.

My Gratitude List

Thank You for allowing me to explore a project/group I have never been into – but doesn’t mean I want to go back. At last I have explored all the big groups in the old MORP. πŸ˜‰

Thank You for making me realize not to trust a person’s words easily. (Kind words plus good looks are deceiving)

Thank You for putting me back (after so many ‘please’es hehe) to be part of the team that I have grown to love.

Thank You for helping me survive my first mini team (at). Thanks for giving me my first ‘kids’. They are so bright.

Thank You for blessing me with people who believe in me even if most of the time I doubt my own strengths.

For sending me difficult people – my patience was tested. Thank You..

Thank You for sending me a big kuya that even if You did not bless me with an older brother You still make me feel that I have one.

Thank You for blessing me with friends who don’t only remember me when they’re sad, but when they’re happy, too.

Thank You for blessing me with a family that’s been patient with me for the past 28 years. Thank You for giving this specific bunch of people. I wouldn’t know who I’d be if I weren’t one of them.

And last, but not the least, thank You so much for the new experiences, the fun activities You made me experience that made me want to aim to live my life more and to its fullest….

Yours alone,
Jocelle

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

As I look back to find pictures that describe my 2012, I learned that during this past year, I had experienced a few ‘firsts’. 2012 also had made me cross-out 2 of the bullets in my Bucket List, which includes attending a Hot Air balloon festival, and wearing a dress. πŸ™‚

Here we go….

In February, I and my friends (from the office) went to the 17th Hot Air Balloon Feast in Subic Freeport. This was my first time to attend such event.

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In August, I had my 3rd tattoo and at the same time it was my 1st Friendship tattoo (matching) with my tat buddy, Lanie. πŸ™‚

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The tattoo is a G-clef formed by joining an 8th note and an f-clev note.

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Columbia Sports had their 1st Eco Trail Run in Mt. Pinatubo. I and my friends got to run it, too! It was also my first Eco Trail Run experience and although I have been doing fun runs for two years, it was my first time ever to receive a Finisher Medal.

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Because of this finisher medal, I became more excited on future runs. When I and my friends learned about the United Colors of ’88 Run, we instantly registered ourselves. And here I got my 2nd Finisher Medal! πŸ™‚

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In November, I went to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental with the same group I ran with. We went there to watch dolphins in the wild but unfortunately, after 2 hours waiting from the Bais Bay to the TaΓ±on Strait (habitat of several dolphins and whales), no dolphins appeared *sad*. Since we failed dolphin watching, we then went to the second best thing we could do while in Dumaguete — Snorkeling! Also, my first! πŸ™‚

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We had no underwater camera so all the beautiful creatures that we saw in the paradise of Apo Island like the Pawikans (sea turtles), colorful fishes, are all saved in our memories. πŸ™‚
(Above picture was from my friend’s photo album)

Lastly, my 2012 year-ender would be the first time I attended a wedding as a guest and not a flower girl (the last time I attended such event was when I was 7 and was a flower girl to my auntie’s wedding). It was a friend’s wedding and almost all of us in our peer group (we call ‘BERKS’) were there.

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(Picture taken from Cleigh (girl in yellow)’s photo album πŸ˜‰ )

That’s all it! My happy, fun 2012. πŸ™‚
And I can say I have lived all 2012 moments. πŸ™‚