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For Without the Darkness, Who Will Appreciate the Firework Display?

Side kwento:

From parking papasok sa mall, nagmamadali lahat dahil naiihi na. Bigla akong may naramdamang tubig na tumalsik sa lower left leg ko. Akala ko may tumutulo somewhere. Tumingala ako pero parang wala naman so kebs na, pinunasan ko na lang. Nung malapit na ko kay Kuya Guard, naramdaman kong may umaagos nang tubig sakin. Yung pakiramdam na parang pumutok na yung bahay bata ko ganyan. Hahahaha. Sisigaw na sana kong manganganak na ko eh kaso ang bilis maglakad ng mga kasama ko. Saka wala naman akong nararamdamang labor. Hahaha. Sabi nila 10 timesΒ daw yung pain compared toΒ dysmenorrhea. For a while nalimot kong hindi nga pala ako buntis. HAHAHAHAHA. Seryoso kinabahan ako kung anong nangyayari sakin. Eh sakto kailangan kong buksan yung backpack ko for security check. Ayun, pagtanggal ko sa likod ko, nahawakan kong basang-basa yung ilalim. Naalala kong may bottled water ako sa loob. Hindi gaanong naisara. Wahahahaha.

Pagpasok ko ng CR ng girls, ang dami nang nakapila sa likod ng mga ate at pinsan ko. I asked kung may tissue ba sila o yung CR mismo baka meron. Walang tissue!!!Β Hahaha. Matutuyo din naman daw ako. Hayaan ko na daw. Nakakaloka.

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Mood Shift…
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(Teka. Ang hirap pala. Parang bipolar lang. Hahaha.)
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(Whew! Game. Kalma.)

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Some people are not fond of celebrating birthdays and I respect them. They have reasons. But for me, birthdays bring excitement to my heart as it can only mean one thing – get together.

And just last night, we celebrated the birthdays of my eldest sister and my eldest uncle on Mommy’s side.

As expected, whenever I am with them, it’s always a blast and a riot combined. I know for a fact that it will never be a simple dine-out since we will be watching a firework exhibit.

So eto na nga

Imagine, guys. I’m sitting on the farthest chair of the two long tables we’ve reserved for dinner. Beside me are my parents. I have a perfect visibility of the pyrotechnic presentation of the countries scheduled to perform that night. Below the sparkling sky is my whole family – where I can witness the joy and astonishment of the kids while holding their phones up, capturing the moment. The adults, including the seniors are silently clapping their hands in amazement, in between taking selfies with firework display as their background.

All these – IN FULL VIEW, besh.

Eottuke? Nakaka-emo naman itong brewed coffee na iniinom ko.

I can’t help but utter a prayer of gratitude and worship the Lord for blessing me with so much blessings, them included.

It’s not everyday that we have this opportunity to experience the show, to go out from school, work and managing businesses, and to see each other to share sumptuous meal over random stories and laughter.

Living alone for years now makes the event more remarkable, and so I treasure every moment I get to meet these people who are dear to my heart.

Watch below video that sums up what have transpired last night, with 2-minute clip from Canada’s presentation.

On our way back to the parking lot after spending so much to get a single stufftoy, my 10-year old nephew sang to the tune of Aegis’ “Sayang na sayang talaga… 🎢 Ang eight hundred kong napunta sa wala… 🎢” Everyone burst into laughter. My eldest sister wrapped her arm around his shoulder and said, “Okay lang ‘yun. Nag-enjoy ka naman diba?”

Eight hundred is still eight hundred. It’s not a joke, especially to a kid like him. But yeah, the happiness it brought to everyone is priceless.

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So what’s in it for you? Syempre hindi naman pwedeng nagkwento lang ako.

Recently, I’ve been receiving counseling consultations and prayer requests about family ties being disrupted. It breaks my heart every time I hear stories of serious fights and conflicts among siblings and relatives. If only one will step down in humility, I hope without failing. It’s not easy to say sorry and reach out, I know. I read somewhere, “Check yourself, baka hindi na ‘yung puso mo ang nasaktan kundi yung ego mo na.” Having said that, is it really worthy to nourish the pride in exchange of the supposedly favors of maintaining a harmoniousΒ relationship with someone, especially those with the same blood line as yours? You might say right now that I cannot understand your situation, I agree. So I will leave this verse to you instead and allow yourself to reflect…

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” ~ Romans 12:18

We would not appreciate the firework display if it was done on a daylight. Darkness is essential to see the real beauty of all the explosions we’ve observed from above.

With the devil’s scheme mentioned in John 10:10, which is to steal, to kill and to destroy, I believe that my family is not exempted on the possibilities of future dispute and dissension. That’s why it is important to cover everyone in prayer, consistently – trusting in the Lord that His grace is sufficient to sustain us each day; that in times of disagreement, we will still choose to save the relationship that we have, no matter what.

They are very much aware that I am writing and I’m doing these stuff, but I am not sure if any of them actually reads my blogs. In any case… Huy, mahal kita. Alam mo yan.

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P.S. They dropped me here in the condo at midnight not just with a heart filled with joy and gladness but also with hands occupied with rice grains, indian mangoes and pomelo. Hahaha. #ProbinsiyaFeels

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47 thoughts on “For Without the Darkness, Who Will Appreciate the Firework Display?

  1. Masarap talaga kapag kasama ang family sa ganyang mga celebration. What makes it special is not actually the celebration itself, but the bonding with your loved ones. Kaya you are blessed dahil sa ganyang mga moments. ☺

    Next time takpan mo na ng maigi yung bottled water mo ah? 😊

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  2. Super Agree! Do not just seize the moment, Seize your whole life, your well being, the health of your family and be grateful in what has provided to you. This is a very good example of making the most out of it. After you enjoy the moments with your love ones, You wrote it. Tendency is the feeling of appreciation will double! Very good job! Keep on influencing others. I really do believe that this kind of character is very contagious! Be a virus and infect us all! Mwa!

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    1. Ate parehas pala po tayo na halos sa church na lumaki eh. Yung Mom ko po kasi ay leader sa church namin. Tapos warrior dancer po ako. Every Saturday po sa church kaming mga youth tumutulog. Di ba po kung kelan mo tinanggap si Christ ng buong buo tyaka pa lang nagsstart ang tunay na struggle? So, feeling ko yung nararanasan ng family namin ngayon ay part ng pagsubok na di ko dapat sukuan kasi matatapos din 😊 Thanks for sharing your story ate

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    2. Ayun nag-lighten up na rin ang awra mo! πŸ™‚

      Girl, pakinggan mo yung Whom Shall I Fear (The God of Angel Armies). There you will find hope that the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s… at ang laban ay matagal nang tapos because the victory has already been declared. Kapit lang. Tiwala lang. πŸ™‚

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    3. Lagi ko yang napapakinggan ate 😊 Alam mo ba ate sa tuwing na aalala ko lahat ng mga pinagdaanan ko sa buhay ang nasasabi ko na lang kay Lord ay “Grabe ka Lord, masyadong malaki yung tiwala mo sa akin kaya masyadong kakaiba yung pagsubok na binibigay mo.” Tapos dati tinanong ko si Lord “Lord, balak mo po ba akong gawing superhero? Kelan niyo po ibibigay yung powers ko?” Kapag kasi ate down na down na ako, ganan ko kausapin si Lord kasi kapag nagjojoke ako sa Kanya feeling ko unti-unting gumagaan yung mga pasanin ko 😊 Thanks sa advices ate

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    4. Ang cute! Siya talaga yung best companion natin diba kasi we can talk to Him anytime of the day, tapos walang reservations.

      He has given you the power na, girl, the moment you received the Holy Spirit. Ang kailangan mo lang alamin eh kung ano ba yung role mo. πŸ™‚ Like for example, you cannot take control over everything diba. So magwork ka lang based sa controllables mo (yourself, your responses, your words, your actions, etc.), then all the uncontrollables, lift it up to Him. Let Him take over. By doing that, magkakaroon tayo ng inner peace kasi we are putting our trust in the Sovereign and powerful God. Then ikaw, focus ka on following and obeying His commands. πŸ™‚

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  3. Fireworks make us realize na meron pang magandang pwedeng mangyari while in the dark. Life is tough. We go through darkness every now and then, but every struggle leaves us with lesson that we can always treasure for thr rest of our lives.

    Ang ganda ng bonding niyo ng family mo. β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•

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  4. Some people are not fond of celebrating birthdays and I respect them. They have reasons. But for me, birthdays bring excitement to my heart as it can only mean one thing – get together. >>> May mga bagay na maliit lang o walang silbi para sa iba pero para sa atin ay napakalaking bagay. Yung mga maliliit na bagay na nakakapagpasaya sa ating ganyan yung mas madalas na masarap balikan dahil ito yung mga maliliit na spices na nakakapagpasarap ng timpla ng buhay.

    Uy kanta ng Evanescence yung background nung fireworks? Nakaka goosebumps haha

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    1. Hehehehehe. Little things matter. πŸ™‚ Ay nako di ko ma-explain yung pakiramdam ko nung moment na yun. Ang sarap.

      At salamat sa iyong mga salitang kinowt ko at sinave sa notepad ko. Nagamit kong pang-blog title. πŸ™‚

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    2. Speaking of… yung pangkilay kasi ni Ate Space, 3-in-1 diba. Yung akin walang sponge sa gitna so I was asking anong brand nung kanya pero hindi yata ako nasagot. Tapos kahapon nakakita ako sa Mumoso! Wahahahahaha. Ganun tumatak sa akin yung video niyo! Hahaha. Wala pa akong pagkakataon para ma-iapply yung eyeshadow bilang baby powder is life lang ako. Hahaha. Yung pang-singkit na vid ha. Hahahaha.

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    3. Bwahahahaha. Hindi ka namin ihaharap sa salamin hanggat hindi tapos si Space. 5mins ko gagawin eyeshadow mo. 15mins gagawin ni Space yung kilay mo. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    4. Hahahahahahahahah ganda ng hashtag πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Di ko alam kung ano mangyayari sayo pag pinagtulungan ka namin. Napanood mo ba yung Shaolin Soccer? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  5. Tama yung may mga bagay na ginawa for nights because they will be much appreciated. If without darkness I don’t even know how we will appreciate fireworks. I am also praying with you for the families. β™₯

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    1. It also shows that “darkness” (trials, inconvenience, etc.) is vital for us to value little blessings, like simple get together. πŸ™‚

      Apir! Let’s make a difference through praying. πŸ™‚

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