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Top 10 Things I Fell in Love with (and re-loved) in 2010

1. God – I wasn’t really a heathen for the past years, but I did put Him in a box and set Him aside for a few years now, not because I didn’t believe in Him, but because of various reasons I made myself believe. But this year, after I set aside the “youthful and immature” emotions about God that I’ve accumulated over the years, and I started re-learning and learning new things about Him, then eventually falling in love all over again, but this time (hopefully) with a deeper and more mature sense of who He really is.

2. Football (that’s soccer to Americans and Filipinos) – Okay, I have to be honest and admit that I only started watching because of the hot men, but somewhere along the way, it stopped being about that (although I still ogle them, much to my guy footie friends consternation) and became about the sport that the rest of the world is crazy about. Good luck getting me out of the house on a Saturday night when the Premiere League games are on. And yes, my sleeping hours have been considerably lessened because of a stupid thing called time difference. And I’m ecstatic that a lot of Filipinos are starting to at least be interested in the sport coz of the Azkals.

3. Being home – ever since I was in college, I’ve lived away from home, except for weekends and the occasional bout of homesickness. But ever since I’ve made the decision to move back in with my Mom, brother and Lola, I’ve been excited to come home everyday, in spite of the traffic and the commuting hassle. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”

4. DIY Scrapbooking – Out of boredom and joblessness, I started to make a few scrapbook pages, and all of a sudden, I was addicted to it, sometimes doing nothing else the whole day. But since scrapbooking materials are too expensive, I made do with recycling old planners, magazines, newspapers and postcards. It is nostalgic and therapeutic and I highly recommend it if you wanna let out your creative monster.

 

5. The Walking Dead. Arcade Fire. Inception. Deathly Hollows. Blue Bloods. Erwin McManus. Esperanza Spalding. Toy Story 3. Sherlock. Fernando Torres. Shutter Island. Black Keys. Xavi. Justified. Beach House. Donald Miller. FC Barcelona/Spain NT – I will be doing different posts on my favorite movies, TV shows, music, books, football teams/players. Pop Culture rocks!

6. Relevant Magazine – I keep raving and reposting stuff from their website and a lot of my new musical discoveries are courtesy of their recommendations. It still is my dream to put up something like this locally, and hopefully, it will come to fruition soon.

7. Early mornings with myself – I dunno if it’s coz I’m just getting older, but suddenly I’m evolving into a morning person (although I’m still a work in progress). The mornings where I find myself alone, sipping coffee, reading a book, physically writing, or just staring into space, are very precious to me.

8. OMF Literature – I can truly say that I love everything about my job, even the most difficult, tiring, painful parts. What the movement stands for, the books, the people, the devotions, the lunch break chikka minutes, the food, the coffee, the heart, the passion – these are just some of the things that I love. Probably, this is one of the best things that happened to me in 2010.

9. My techie combo of a notebook, blackberry, ipod touch and C3 – And no, I’m not boasting that I own all these things, but I really love the fact that they’ve made my professional and personal life all the more connected and fun, whether it’s updating my social networks, answering emails on the go, playing PvZ and Angry Birds, working and writing in a coffee shop, listening to music and podcasts.

10. The Wednesday Group – you know who you are so I won’t name names. You were the ones who didn’t give up on me even though I was lost. And now you are standing with me as we all together strengthen our faith. And the food every Wednesday ain’t bad either.

What (or who) did you fall in love with in 2010?

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Top 10 Lists, Uncategorized

 

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My Must List – week of July 26

It’s been more than a month since I last posted a Must List, so here goes

1. Summer TV shows

I don’t get attached too much with summer TV shows since they almost always become cannon fodder (meaning, canceled before they even had a chance). There are some interesting shows this year, notably Happy Town (think Twin Peaks), Persons Unknown (trying to be the next Lost), The Gates (vampires, werewolves, witches – all in one subdivision!), Haven (a more serious Eureka), Memphis Beat (a detective who moonlights as an Elvis-like singer), Scoundrels (a family of criminals trying to go straight) and my personal favorite, Covert Affairs, which has the potential to be the new, funnier Alias

2. ESPERANZA SPALDING!!!

And yes, I deliberately used all caps. It’s so stupid that I’ve only recently listened to her after several overly enthusiastic recommendations from different friends. But better late than never! Her voice lulls me to sleep every night. And I can’t stop watching videos of her live performances.

3. Good News About Injustice

I’ve always been a big fan of International Justice Mission, and because of my new job, I’ve had the chance to read the first few 10th anniversary edition of this amazing book, written by a former Senior Trial Attorney for the US turned Department of Justice turned CEO of IJM. I firmly believe that Christians should be at the forefront of the fight against injustice, and this book tells story after story of heartbreak, unwavering faith, grace and love.

4. Study all the football league 101s

Even though the World Cup is over, football still has a stronghold on my heart, and I have to familiarize myself with Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, heck, even MLS! The only problem now is where to watch the games, since sports cable channels only show Premier League games.

5. Learn to cook sinigang, niliga, tinola

It’s about time that I personally cook my 3 favorite Tagalog dishes. Let’s just hope I don’t torture my housemates with my “experiments”. Or I don’t burn our apartment down. Or I actually push through with this and not just continue buying fastfood or carinderia food

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Must List

 

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