Hello Singapore!

Last week, I went on vacation to Singapore together with my mom, fiance and Sha, a good friend from Toastmasters. We were there to attend the wedding of our friend, also a fellow Toastmaster, Coen and to do a little site seeing. singapore tour 1singapore tour 3Although I’ve been to Singapore before, it still struck me how advanced it is as a country.

There are 4 things I  love about Singapore:

First, their transportation system. You can get around Singapore via private car, taxi or bus. But their most convenient mode of transportation (and most affordable) is their MRT. Their MRT is so easy to use (and fast) that we knew how to get around Singapore after just one day of using it. After arriving at Changi airport, we walked to the nearest MRT (there’s one near Changi Airport) and bought an MRT card for 15SG, 7SG of which could be used for travel. For tourists who plan to tour around the city center, they also have an unlimited, ride-all-you can 3-day pass for 20SG. We originally wanted to buy this but it couldn’t be used to go to Sentosa so we switched to the regular MRT card.

Second, cleanliness. Singapore is so clean. There are trash bins almost everywhere so it makes it easy for you to dispose of your trash.

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Third, the food. The food in Singapore is really good. But also expensive. If you’re traveling on a budget, then hawker stalls are your best bet. They have delicious food at affordable prices there. A meal at a hawker stall costs around 4-5SD. If you eat at malls, you can easily spend 20-30SD on 1 meal. On our first night in Singapore, we checked in our hotel located in Geylang and decided to roam around the area. Luckily, we found a good place to eat. I was able to try barbecued sting ray for the first time and it was really delicious.singapore tour 6 singapore tour 8 singapore tour 5

Fourth, the people. Singaporeans are generally helpful and respectful. They dont hesitate to help out foreigners in need. And it helped a lot that most Singaporeans are proficient in English.

All in all, I enjoyed Singapore and would definitely like to come back to visit it. After I visit all the other countries in my list. :)

Want to hear more stories about Singapore? Find out about Day 2 of my Singapore trip HERE.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

How Should I Pray?

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Is there a right way to pray?

I’ve been doing my quiet time regularly now for the past few years. And yet, there are times when I experience dry spells in my spiritual journey. This has lead me to question whether I may be doing it wrong. Am I not praying the right way? Or is there even a right way to pray?

This led me to purchase Timothy Kellers book entitled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Deeper intimacy with the Lord is a popular prayer request among my Christian friends. And knowing how to pray can certainly help with that.

What other nation is so great as to have their Gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
Deuteronomy 4:7

Prayer is an important part of our Christian walk. It is when we pray that we allow Christ to enter our life and make his will for us known. In fact, the bible calls on us to pray without ceasing.

To fail to pray, is not to merely break some religious rule-it is failure to treat God as God.
Timothy Keller, Prayer

What is prayer?

Keller defines prayer as a personal,  communicative response to the knowledge of God. It is how we, as Christians, connect to the Most High. It’s an intimate conversation with Him. It’s a response to the knowledge of God.

Prayer is both a duty and discipline. There are going to be times when you wont feel like prayer. But when we doggedly do what we must, that’s when we experience break though.

How should we pray?

There are a lot of ways to pray. And yet, according to Keller, the best model is still the Lords Prayer. He calls it the prayer of prayers.

Step 1: Praise

Our Father who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name, the Kingdom come.

This calls us to recall who we are and who God is. God is God, and we are his servants. This calls for us to glorify Him. Sometimes we become to familiar with God and treat his casually. Yet this part of the Lords Prayers reminds us that He is Holy and we should treat Him as such. John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion advises us to treat God with reverence and awe. To “hallow” God’s name is not merely to live righteous lives but to have a  heart of grateful joy toward God – and even more wondrous sense of his beauty.

Plagiarism is considered a big deal because it’s taking someone else’s work and making it your own. And yet when we refuse to praise God and give thanks to all He has done, we are committing cosmic plagiarism. All that we have is a gift from God. And yet when we take credit for something God has given us, that’s cosmic plagiarism.

Step 2: Repent

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Asking for forgiveness changes our hearts for it allows us to bow down in humility. It is only when we have understood who  God is and the magnitude of what He has done for us, that we can be merciful towards those who have hurt us. Our relationship with God is directly proportional to our relationship with others. 

Step 3: Ask

Give us this day our daily bread.

As God’s children we are given the privilege to ask for anything – according to His will. Like a Father, the Lord wants to give us what we ask for. But the condition is that it must be according to His will for He knows what’s best for us better that we do.

And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us
-1 John 5:14

Step 4: Yield to the Spirit

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Evil.
Thy Will be Done….

The end of goal prayer should be for us to yield to the spirit. Because without submission to Gods leading, the whole exercise would be pointless. Since prayer is about knowing God and His will for us, then we are to submit ourselves to his plans and not ours. There maybe many things that we want in life, and that’s ok. But it’s important to discern what God wants for us and submit to His leading.

The acronym here is PRAY. Praise,Repent ,Ask, and Yield.

Daily prayer is an important part of our Christian journey. Kellers book has enlightened me on the right way to pray. I hope you’ll try this out as well – if you haven’t been doing so already.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

The Danger of Idolatry

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When we think of idols we usually associate it to a physical object that people bow down to. In the old testament, the idols people worshiped were statues that had the form of their different gods. Today, the idols we have come in the form of wealth, fame, beauty and power. And they are as tempting as ever before. They promise happiness, yet they only lead to emptiness and ruin. No one thing in this world can fill us up as God can do. 

1 Kings and 2 Kings tells about many leaders who led their people to destruction because of idolatry. One such leader was King Solomon. God had blessed King Solomon immensely. He gave him wisdom, great wealth, immense power and influence. It was under his reign that Israel reached its golden age. Kings and leaders from other kingdoms visited Solomon to listen to his wisdom and learn from him. And yet, despite all that God has given, King Solomon turned away from God. He built temples for the gods of his wives to please them and also started to worship them. It was because of this that God tore Solomon’s kingdom away from him. And yet even in his anger, God was merciful. For the sake of David, he only took Solomon’s kingdom after his death. And even then, he did not take away everything. He left 2 tribes for Solomon’s son to lead. And thus, the kingdom of Israel became divided into 2 kingdoms.

As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, “You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel. But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other Gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated in my name.

-1 Kings 9:4-7

Idolatry is defined as extreme adoration of something or someone.

For instance, a woman who has searched for her true love a long time can, upon finding that person, cause her to regard the person so much that she may end up crushing him under the weight of her expectations.

Or a mother who has prayed for a son, may upon being given a son, smother him with too much love that it can end up hurting their relationship and preventing him from growing up.

Or a business man who has made it his life’s goal for his company to succeed, may upon achieving his goal, cause him to value his wealth too much, that it becomes the most important thing in his life.

Anything can be a potential idol. Even good things such as love and respect – can become idols if we value them more than we value God. Idols are not necessarily bad things. But when you take a good thing and make it the main thing in your life, then it becomes an idol and draws you away from God.

We are all susceptible to idolatry. And that’s why we need to be careful with whatever we pursue be it business success, a happy relationship or even ministry. Because only God should be at the center of our lives. When we allow Him to lead us, we will experience a kind of happiness and fulfilment that can’t be found anywhere else.

Whom have I in heaven but you, and there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
– Psalm 73:25-26.

Think about it. Is there an idol in your life right now?

Reach down deep within and stop to consider whether you have something that you’re prioritizing over of God. The Lord is faithful to those who are His. You don’t have to hold on too tightly. Surrender it to the Lord. He will take care of you.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Be a Good Testimony

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Being a Christian is next to impossible. And yet, when you declare that you are one you have this responsibility to fulfill. You need to be careful how you act and carry yourself because you never know, you may be the only bible some people read. If they see you acting in a way that’s contrary to Christ’s teachings, then it may turn them away from Christ.

Yesterday, after getting a new listing in Philam Life Village, we stopped by a gas station to gas up. After paying, I was about to drive away when the attendant informed me that they had mistakenly gassed up my tank with diesel instead of gas. Apparently, the attended that filled up my tank was new and she got confused.My cars engine runs on gas. Since gasoline engines cannot combust diesel fuel, had I driven away, my car would have eventually stopped running and the engine would  need to be repaired.

The bottom-line is, it could have been very costly and time-consuming for me. As a real estate broker, I use my car a lot and to not be able to use it even for just a few days would mean lost revenue. After the mistake was discovered, all the attendants apologised profusely. One of them called their mechanic so he could drain out the diesel in my tank and replace it with gas. Instead of getting mad, I choose to wait patiently for their mechanic to arrive and fix the problem.

There are two reasons why I chose to stay patient.

First of all, getting mad wouldn’t have helped the situation. The damage had been done and so I might as well cooperate with them to fix it. Also, the new attendant that made that mistake didn’t do it on purpose. Hopefully, she’ll be more careful next time though.

Second, I wanted to be a good testimony. Had I gotten mad and yelled at them, I would have put my being a Christian to shame. 

Being a Christian is not always easy or convenient. But when you choose to honor God and do what’s right, I believe this helps bring more people to Christ. Every choice you make, whether good or bad, has consequences even though it may not be readily apparent.

What does it mean to be a good testimony?

Being a good testimony is not only about the words that you say but how you live your life. It’s a public declaration of your belief through both words and action. You must both tell and show people what it means to follow Christ. The purpose of a testimony is to give evidence to the world that Jesus really changes lives. Following Christ is a transformational experience and once you choose to let him in, it will be reflected in the way you life your life. 

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
-Matthew 16:24

Being a follower of Christ is a daily struggle. Because with my naturally sinful tendencies, I need to constantly watch myself. Yes, I still stumble from time to time. But I’m not aiming for perfection. My aim is to improve. And by God’s grace – with a lot of prayer and commitment –  I’ll do better each day.

“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.” – Kyle Idleman

When you look at your life, what kind of testimony are you making?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Sell With Integrity

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In the world of sales, its not uncommon to try to twist the truth or bend the rules a little to close a sale. As a real estate broker, I know how tempting it can be to compromise your standards when a closed deal is within site. But the question is, are you willing to sacrifice your integrity for the sake of closing a deal?

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

Take an honest look at yourself. Do you have integrity?

When I started working as a real estate broker, I got exposed to different brokers and salespersons. Each had his own selling style. But what I noticed was that some were more willing to bend the truth a little to close a deal.

For example, not all developers are alike. Some construct good quality houses. And others don’t. And how do I know? I ask people who were able to buy units from these developers. There’s nothing like actually living in a house to test its quality. Now brokers often know which developers build good quality houses and which don’t. And yet some agents would promote a certain project which they know isn’t of very good quality and even tell their clients its a good project just because of the commission plus tons of incentives. I admit that I wasn’t as discerning with what I’d sell to clients as I used to think all project were alike. But as i got to know the developers more, I realized each company is different. Now, I’m more careful as to which projects to sell. I focus on endorsing good quality projects to my clients. And if my clients still choose otherwise then, it’s their choice and I respect that. At least I’ve already told them the truth as it is.

You see, I see myself not only as a real estate broker but as a friend to my clients. An adviser, if you will. Whenever I’m with a client, I imagine that he or she is my best friend or a close relative. This way, I am more mindful in only recommending a product that I know will benefit them. I help guide my clients in making the choice that is best for them.

When you sell with integrity, you may not always close the deal. But you’ll always have your clients trust. And when they trust you, they’ll come back to you once they’re ready to invest because they know that you have their best interests at heart. Whenever you sell with integrity, you don’t just focus on todays sale but also on future sales.

How do you sell with integrity?

I believe that there are 3 ways to sell with integrity.

First, prepare. Know your product. Whenever you go on site visits with clients, prepare as best as you can. When you take the time to prepare you’ll be better able to answer your clients questions and lead them to a decision that is good for them.

Second, be honest. The temptation in sales is to say a project is a good deal when in fact, we don’t really know. Just because a developer says a project is good doesn’t mean it actually is. So as brokers, how can we tell? If it were any other product, I would test it out myself. But in real estate, it just isn’t feasible to go and buy one unit in all the projects you’re selling. So the next best thing is to interview the people who have bought the product. Ask them what their experience was living in their new home. How is the quality? Did they have to redo the whole house before moving in or did they only do minor retouches? Gather this information and then share this to your clients. Be honest. Be transparent with your clients. They’ll appreciate you for it. 

Third, lead your clients. People don’t want to be managed. But we like to be lead. As a broker, you’re the expert so act like one. Don’t wait passively for your client to make a decision. Once you’ve provided him with all the information he needs to make a decision, lead him to making a decision. Clients often love to procrastinate. Even after numerous site visits and explanations, they’ll still say “I’ll think about it.” As the broker, it is your job to help your clients overcome this tendency.

The real estate industry is a great industry to be in. With the booming market,there have been a lot of developers coming in and there is a lot of inventory to sell. However, it also has its challenges. When you commit to sell with integrity, you can overcome many of these challenges and really rise above the competition.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

3 Reasons Why We Should Spend Time in Prayer

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Have you ever felt so busy that you haven’t had the time to stop and think clearly?

Life is a never-ending assembly line of “to do” lists. Every time I cross something off my list, there’s always ten more things that I need to do. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a treadmill running and running, but I never seem to get anywhere. The last 2 weeks have been especially busy because of all the clients meeting, realty board meetings, mentoring with our new salespersons. Plus our Dgroup was tasked to organize a seminar on Love and Dating.

So today, I decided to take the day off and just spend time in my favorite coffee shop reading God’s word. Armed with my bible and journal, I spent time pouring over God’s word and reflecting on what  he wanted me to do.

Why is it important to spend time in prayer?

First, prayer allows us to spend time meditating on God’s word and to reflect on our priorities. It gives us the time to think about what we really want. It gives us the opportunity to make plans. More importantly, it allows us to see what God wants for us. I have so many things that I want to achieve – tons of things I want to do. But it’s when I pray when I get to ask God what he wants for me.

Even Jesus who was a very busy man often retreated into the mountains to pray.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
-Mark 1:35

Second, prayer recharges us. We charge our smart phones everyday. And yet, we don’t take the time to recharge ourselves. Sometimes we just need to stop and take a break. To recharge and reflect on what’s happening. Trust me, your to-do list will never end because there’s always something that needs to be done. So it’s important to take breaks in between. Spending time in prayer gives us the lift that we need to keep pushing forward. Taking time to recharge, gives gives us the boost we need to be more effective in our tasks.

Third, prayer brings us closer to God. In order to build a relationship with someone, you need to regularly spend time with that person. And it’s the same thing with God. For us to be closer to Him, we need to regularly spend time with him in prayer. When we invest time in building our relationship with God, we will get to know him more and see more clearly what he wants for us.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
-Psalm 46:10

I think life is such an exciting adventure. But it’s only when you couple it with prayer and reflection that you’ll begin to truly understand what your purpose is. When you draw closer to God, you’ll see that the life you once lived is nothing like the life you can have when you choose to follow Him.

Have you ever felt so busy that you haven’t had the time to stop and think clearly?

Perhaps now is the time to take a break. Spend time in prayer. It doesn’t have to be a week long. A few hours is enough. As long as you focus those few hours on really praying.

Go life a Truly Wealthy life.

Alex

The Power of Being Self-aware

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Do you know yourself?

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. We are complex beings and despite the amount of time I have spent being me, I still discover new things about myself each day. Self-awareness does not come in an instant. You will need to spend time analyzing your actions and studying yourself.

Here’s a simple exercise to check if you are self-aware. Ask yourself these questions:

What is my personality type?
Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What motivates me?
What excites me?

Now you may think, why do I need to study myself?

To excel in life, you need to know who you really are.

Once you know yourself, you’ll know how to motivate and empower yourself to do the things you should do. You’ll know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You’ll be able to identify the personality types you can work best with.

A simple way you can apply self-awareness in your life is in choosing your career. For instance, I’m an extrovert. I love meeting people and learning from them. My weaknesses are, I’m not very detail-oriented as I’m a big picture kind of person. I don’t like math. I tend to take a while when it comes to solving stuff. My strengths are public speaking, networking with people and I also enjoy anything that involves music and art. I don’t like routine. I enjoy doing something different everyday and learning new things.

I’m a nurse by profession and when I graduated college, I tried working as a nurse for a year. A nurse requires attention to detail because you can’t afford make a mistake. You’re dealing with peoples lives so it’s important that you check and recheck everything. I remember that before every shift I would pray that I wouldn’t make a mistake and everything would just go smoothly. Suffice to say, just a few months into working as a nurse, I had confirmed that it wasn’t the career for me. It required a lot of attention to detail, which is not my strength. And the work was routinary, which did not suit my personality type.

Now, I’m working full time as a real estate broker here in Cagayan de Oro City. The job requires that I meet and speak to a lot of people everyday. I don’t have to go to our office unless we have a board meeting. Everyday is different and I get to work on my own time. Since being a real estate broker involves meeting quotas, I need to think of creative ways to share our available listings to our clients. Being a real estate broker is the perfect fit to my personality type and strengths. Because this career fits me so well, I get to enjoy my job while making money.

Life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate or are not good at. When you choose a career that does not fit you, you’ll have to work twice as hard just to survive. But when your job is inclined to your strengths, then that, combined with a lot of hard work will allow you to soar to great heights. Think of the most successful people you know. Chances are, the career they have chosen is inclined to their natural strengths and personality type.

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. When you are self-aware, you open so many doors. You’ll know the opportunities to say yes to, and which ones to say no to.

So now let me ask you, do you know yourself?

If yes, good for you. You can now start applying what you know about you in your life so you can be on your way to becoming a success.

If no, perhaps it’s time to get to know you. Take a this Myers Briggs Personality Test. This can help you start to know yourself.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

Love & Dating Series Session 1: Love & the Right Person Myth

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It was a full house tonight as we launched Session 1 of the Love & Dating Series: The Right Person Myth. Our speaker for the first Session was Mr. Mel Santos – an educator and entrepreneur who actively serves Christ’s Commission Fellowship CDO alongside with his lovely wife.

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Single men and women tend to have 2 main priorities – career and love life. Just ask single people you know and they’ll answer with either one or the other – if not both. According to Eden Ahbez, the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return. To be in love is such a glorious and wonderful feeling. And this is why so many singles flit like butterflies from one person to the next in their search for the “right person.” But as our speaker so eloquently said, there is no such thing as the “right person”. Because it takes two people – not one – the make a relationship work.

So if there is no right person – what then should we do? Should we despair of finding our happily ever after? Should we stop searching before we even begin?

The answer lies within us. Instead of continuously searching for the right person – Be The Right Person. Be the person you yourself would like to marry.

Think about it. Would you marry, you?

How then can we be the right person? In order to achieve a goal, we should have a model. Someone to look up to and follow. In order to be the right person, we should let the right person in. That person is Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16

love and dating series + ccfThere maybe tons of saints and heroes in the world – but there is no better model of love than Jesus Christ. He lived and died for you and me so our sins could be forgiven. The greatest thing you can give to others is your life. Nothing can top that.

Choosing to say yes to God was the best decision I ever made. Letting Christ in my life has made my life better in every way. He has completed the emptiness within me. He makes me want to be better, more kind, more patient, generous and loving. The more I focus on him, the more I grow to become the “right person”. Not perfect – but a little better each day. And as long as I’m better than I was the day before, that’s enough for me. A little progress everyday is better than no progress at all.

So how should we love?

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Haven’t you ever wondered what comes after “and they lived happily ever after”?

To love someone unconditionally is no mean feat. Because that person, like you, is imperfect and flawed. So singles, don’t be in such a rush to get married. Enjoy this season in your lives. Focus on becoming the right person – the person you would like to marry. So that when you meet  “the one” , you’re ready.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

PS
For those who attended Session 1, I hope you enjoyed the talk. We’d like to invite you to Session 2: The Person I Like. Session 1 debunked the right person myth. Session 2 will be focusing on how to become the right person.

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Love & Dating Series

LSD Poster mainHow would you like to become Mr Right or Ms Right? Or for those in a relationship, improve the relationship you are currently in? Or maybe you simply want to prepare yourself for marriage – to be the right person for your future spouse.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this series is for you. B1G – the singles community of CCF – is organizing a Love, Sex and Dating Series. It’s a 4-part series that will run for 4 weeks. We all have our own opinion on these 3 areas that form a large part of the lives of singles.We like the idea of falling in love and we hope that it lasts. So some of us go on date after date hoping to find “the one”. But have we thought about Love, Sex and Dating according to God’s point of view? When you go along with God’s plan, you’ll experience less heartbreak.

The purpose of this series is to share to Singles about Love, Sex and Dating according to God’s perspective.

Love, Sex and Dating Topics:

SESSION 1: Love and the Right Person
Relational success that is foolproof against today’s instant gratification culture
Speaker: Mr. Mel Santos

SESSION 2: The Person I Like
Treating the opposite sex in a manner that they’d like to stay on with you
Speaker: Mr. Pope Valmores

SESSION 3: Designer Sex
Fantastic satisfaction guaranteed, if you can follow through on some simple guidelines
Speaker: Mr. Mike Tuyan

SESSION 4: Preparation Trumps Commitment
Becoming the person others are looking for as a lifetime partner
Speaker: Mr. Mel Santos

Ticket Outlets:
CCF CDO (Beside Redtail Ketkai)
Silver Glam Limketkai
7/11 Corrales
Mindys Restaurant Yacapin

For reservations contact: 0917 851 2752

Most singles dream of meeting Mr./Ms Right, falling in love and living happily ever after. But falling in love is easy. Staying in love – that takes work. Why not prepare for marriage even while your single. School prepares us to be good employees. But what preparation are you doing so you can be great spouse in the future? Even if you feel like marriage may not be for you, this Series will help you improve in the way you deal with the opposite sex. Give it a try. You wont regret it.

Go live a Truly Wealthy Life.

-Alex

I’m Engaged!


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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been into fairy tales and happily ever afters. My grandmother, who was a teacher, would read me fairy tales before bedtime. And so I grew up believing that one day, my Prince would come. Now, he finally has. I’m engaged!

engagedLast February 10 my boyfriend proposed to me. I’ve always been wanted romance and flair, and that night I got it. After my brothers wedding in Chateau de Busay, my boyfriend, in front of my family and close friends, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The setting was perfect. Aside from the romantic venue with the great view, what made it so memorable to me was the presence of my family – some of who are based abroad and other parts of the Philippines. My business partners, Stef and Mitch, also flew all the way from CDO to be part of the proposal. They’re the best partners ever. What made it even more surprising was that I totally had no idea Jong was going to propose that night. I’m usually very intuitive when it comes to these things, but I guess I got so distracted by the wedding I didn’t see it coming.

Ours was a love story that didn’t happen in an instant. In fact, Jong had to wait for almost a year before he could formally court me. But I guess the best things in life can’t be rushed. Now, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this amazing guy that taught me how to be to love selflessly. We are total opposites and yet we have the same mindset in many things. We both love to learn and we challenge each other to grow in the different key areas of life. He is not only a man I can love, but  he’s also someone I can follow.

To all the girls out there who are still waiting for their Prince Charming, don’t give up. Someday, he’ll come and you’ll have your fairy tale moment when he gets down on one knee and asks for your hand in marriage. In the meantime, work on being Ms. Right. Put your relationship with God first because when He is first, everything falls into place.  

Here’s a video of our proposal :)

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