My Journey with Hillsong

If you want to skip reading my backstory and head straight to my WCC journey, please click here.

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My first ever encounter with Hillsong was, like most of you probably, through their music. I do not recall who “discovered” them among my youth peers, but I remember dancing to Everyday and Here to Eternity for some church stuff, and dancing to Faith and Exceeding Joy for a national youth convention. During the early 2000’s, Hillsong music was a staple at every evangelical church. It was a season that I enjoyed since their songs were just the “right kind of modern” for me. They even ventured into even more youthful music exactly during my teenage years, which I of course loved! Who would forget One Way and the entire Look To You and United We Stand albums?

Fast forward to 2010-2011. I finally saw God beyond the stories in Sunday School and had a personal journey of intimately knowing Him. My new-found maturity in the faith coincided with the release of what I would say is Hillsong United’s best ever album–Aftermath. The album helped put into words what I felt towards Christ during that time, with Search my Heart, Like an Avalanche, Bones, Aftermath and Rhythms of Grace being my favorites.

Whenever I get asked about an album that had a huge impact in my life, I always point to Hillsong United’s Aftermath. I’ve gushed to some friends that I felt how the band was getting closer and closer to the heart of Jesus. Personally, I was also able to look beyond the beats, the riffs, and over-all ‘coolness’ of the songs, and actually munch on the meat of the lyrics.

More than the music, this also kickstarted a journey of faith for me.

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1) June 4, 2011 – Hillsong United in Manila (Aftermath)

A few days before the concert, one of my friends posts an ad on the Hillsong Concert event page selling one of his VIP tickets. I didn’t have any plans to watch as I was contented with listening and worshiping at home, but the Lord had different plans. I was very stingy during this time, coming fresh out of school, but I got drawn to purchase the ticket. And indeed I did. Not so surprisingly (as I know God was behind this), a family friend who works with a music publishing company also got my sisters 2 Upper Box tickets. We were able to join the worship concert live. Thank you, Jesus!

2) July 2013 – Hillsong Conference via livestream

I didn’t really know about these conferences that Hillsong apparently held until I chanced upon some post on Facebook about it. I ended up participating online, and to this day, that sermon from Judah Smith on God’s love is still etched in my memory. I did not fully comprehend how great this love was that God for us until I heard this preaching. And again, I am pretty sure that it was God-ordained as I was going through a tough season of feeling unloved.

After the conference, a seed was sown in my heart with a desire to go to Australia to attend a Hillsong Conference live. I also started to do some research on other programs Hillsong had, and that is when I chanced upon Hillsong International Leadership College. Upon seeing that their Pastoral Leadership stream had a pathway focused on Events, a desire got stirred in my heart to study there. This was especially because 2013 was a time when I got very much involved in our church’s creative ministries and special events. I knew then that Jesus + creativity was something that I was passionate about and that I wanted to learn more in a setting that would give me hands on and practical experience.

3) June 12, 2014 – Hillsong College Info Session

Taking this from my Facebook post:

During my devotion today, I prayed to the Lord and surrendered my desire to study at Hillsong International Leadership College. This morning, my sister found out that there will be an Info Session here in Manila about Hillsong College. Grabe lang ang timing ni Lord. During the session, my heart was just leaping with joy and excitement! I had so many questions when we had the divided Q&A session with someone who went through the Pastoral Leadership track.

Please include this in your prayers! Hillsong College will give a lot of opportunities for practical ministry experience, something I hope to have. As per the resource person, it’s suggested to do 2 years if I’ll be going through the Pastoral Leadership track. That means I have to save up about Php500,000. I know that nothing is impossible with God and He will allow it to come to pass if He wills this for me.

4) June 14, 2014 – Hillsong United in Manila (Zion)

Praise God for His provisions! I am able to earn enough to treat my sisters to attend this worship concert. We even got to bless one of our close family friends as one of my sisters had an internship stint at Becca Music, which gave her a free pass to Araneta on official business.

I will never forget this worship concert as it coincided with my last day at the NGO. Yes, I was crazy enough in 2013 to resign from my IT job with the hopes of”saving the world”. I only lasted 9 months in the NGO though, as there was much struggle with the people I was working with. Through the “Jesus and Meki getting-to-know-you session” (as what I called the concert on Facebook), I got affirmed that I was taking the right path of resigning from my job and moving back to my IT life.

2014 to 2016 became a rollercoaster ride though for all aspects of my life, including the spiritual. I had bouts of distrust with the Lord and just accepted the fact that my “Australia dreams” were not going to come true anytime soon. I’d visit Hillsong College’s website every now and then, and feel a bout of defeat–knowing that I didn’t have the money to send myself to the school. I’d also be on the look out for Hillsong Conference dates, but eventually resort to defeat as well as I’d see crazily exorbitant prices for flights to Sydney. Friends would actually still give me news on Hillsong College, but I’d usually just reply with a “huhu”. And when asked by anyone on where I can see myself relocating, I’d always answer Australia, but with an inkling in my heart that it was an unreachable dream.

5) November 2017 – Hillsong Worship and Creative Conference

2017 is a different story though. This year has so far been a time of deepening my faith. True to Hillsong United’s song Oceans, my cry has been: Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger.

I heard about Hillsong staging their first ever Worship and Creative Conference (WCC) when it was announced in February. I quickly shared it with my sister, as I knew she shared the same heart for Jesus + creativity as me. We were dead set on attending–talking about listing down visa requirements and the like–but the plan was put on hold with my other sister going to Korea for school and with our house being up for renovation.

For the past few weeks though, I’ve been having some heart-to-heart matters with the Lord as I question my purpose and my ministry. I had a season of loathing my skill set and my passion because I felt lost. There were only a handful of people whom I know appreciated design and organization in our church. I didn’t feel any importance given to the ministry I was in, to the point that I myself questioned if there really was space for creativity in the church or if we should just dial everything down to the basics.

God answered my call though in the following ways:

  • I discovered a Facebook group of other church creative practitioners and it has encouraged me so much to find people who had the same eyes as me
  • Many times during church praise and worship, church preaching or my personal quiet time, I was assured by the Lord that my make and DNA is just as the Lord has planned and that what I had to offer was essential as I am one functioning part of the Body. I found various examples as well of organization, leadership, and creativity in the Bible that I could not dismiss the fact that it was part of being a community.

My major answer from the Lord came through the form of a Cebu Pacific Seat Sale though. I tried to look for flights to other countries, and then ended up remembeing the Hillsong WCC in Sydney. I checked for flights for mid-November and I found a good to-and-fro fare…which totally did not work out as my Internet connection got dropped and I couldn’t enter the site anymore. I was so annoyed at myself for the missed opportunity and decided to just sleep on it. After my quiet time the following day, I visited Cebu Pac’s page to check if the flight I was trying to book was still available for a cheap price. While waiting for the site to load, I uttered a prayer in faith that if God wills it for me to go to the trip, then He will make things available and…surprise! There were still 2 seats left! I rushed to finalize the booking, with just a 2-second pause before clicking on the final confirmation button.

And here I am now, armed with plane tickets to and from Sydney just in time for Hillsong WCC. This is such a leap of faith for me as (1) I will be travelling alone, (2) I don’t have a visa yet, and (3) I am unsure yet about where to get money to pay for my expenses. I am enjoying the uncertainty though, as this is becoming an exercise for me on trusting that God is in control. It’s been quite a while since I had a faith goal that will really require God to come through because I can’t do it on my own.

I would like to do my part though, which is why I am trying to raise some funds to finance my trip. But you have a high-paying job! Why can’t you pay for this trip? First up, my job is not really as high-paying as you probably think it is. Also, I didn’t really have this Australia trip planned so I did not have money allocated for it. I’ve also mentioned earlier that one of my sisters has been relocated to Korea and I took it upon myself (as her favorite sister) to be the one to visit her to provide sustenance (materially, emotionally and financially). I am also helping out my mom for the renovation of our house, which is a quick 20% of my take-home pay.

I am targeting to raise 50,000 pesos (outside my regular income from my IT job) until August/September to meet the following needs:

Expenses

I trust that God will use various ways to meet the need (His will, His bill!) and if you think that YOU are one of His ways to bless me, I will appreciate your help in the following methods:

  1. Hire me as your event planner be it a wedding, a birthday party, a corporate event, a church thing
  2. Hire me to design and print something for you (poster, tarp, invite, etc)
  3. Hire me to organize stuff for you or OC-fy your life (encoding, process improvement, org development, etc)
  4. Refer me to friends and family who are in Australia who may help provide accommodation, transportation, tours, etc.
  5. Pray for me!

I will keep you posted on my day-to-day stories as I prepare for Australia, and I will give a full account of my experience there as well! I am actually thinking of organizing some echo sessions for other churches to share what I’ll be learning.

Thank you in advance as you partner with me in fulfilling this dream! May God bless you!

Oh, also, please please please pray for me as I do not want to give up on my dream of being able to write something about…

6) ??? – Hillsong College

Young People and Dancing

Our church’s dance ministry got revived early this year and it’s just a joy to see so many young people being involved. They stay from 7 am to 12 noon to dance during praise and worship time for the 1st service and 2nd service. We usually have our youth service (which we call Salt and Light) at around 2 pm, so they just grab a quick bite at the nearby tapsilugan and head back to join the rest of the gang for their fellowship. Salt and Light ends at around 5 pm, so they again just stay in church to wait for the 3rd service since they’ll be dancing again. They practically live in the church on Sundays. Add to that their Saturday night practices. Oh, and I even see some of them on weekdays when they rehearse for special events!

Their zeal for serving the Lord through the dance ministry is just encouraging. More than always being present, the heart of these kids (they’re not kids; I just call everyone younger than me ‘kids’) becomes apparent to me when I see them actually worshiping God as they dance during the fast songs and even as they disperse during the slow songs. They also give their best with their dancing regardless of the number of people in the congregation. I saw them dance their hearts out for God yesterday with the same level of energy for 250 people and for 20 people.

I actually ended up crying (yes, with actual tears ’cause I’m a crybaby) last Sunday during praise and worship time as they had a short bit of using the tambourine and doing some interpretative dance during the “call to worship” song. It was caused by a mix of joy and nostalgia–joy because I was very glad to see that these teenagers choose to serve God despite the many temptations of this age, and nostalgia because I remembered the time 10-15 years back when I was the one in their place.

It seems that regardless of the generation, dancing is a favorite form of ministry by young people. I remember dancing with the tambourine, laurel and flags, having summer lessons about it, and even inventing our own “patterns” with my kinakapatid. We used to dance to songs from Don Moen (I will never forget doing the Lion of Judah pattern for the chorus of Firm Foundation), Ron Kenoly, and all those other gospel artists of the 90’s who had upbeat songs. We also did interpretative dances, and the ones that easily come to mind are those for our Daily Vacation Bible School which I miss so much!!! (Favorites that come into mind are that year when we did Star Quest: Galactic Good News and the one where we did Ocean Odyssey.) We eventually transitioned to modern dance, thanks to Carman (Revolution) and Gary V (Shout for Joy & Sa Yahweh). And the peak of our dance ministry (which we called Hataw JCLAM, by the way) was when we joined this inter-church dance contest held at AFP Theater where we placed 3rd. The choreography we did for that contest (music c/o ZoeGirl’s I Believe) has become our standard dance to teach for special numbers–and they do teach it to new kids to this day. I’m serious. Play that song in church and you’ll find around 50 people dancing along with choreographed steps. It’s kinda weird when I realize that we probably joined that contest in 2003.

How I wish I can go back to those days when I had the energy of a rabbit. It was so much fun to serve the Lord during those years–with an added bonus of doing it with your friends. Nowadays, with all the #adulting we need to do, it’s hard to carve out that much time from my schedule and more importantly, my body just cannot cope anymore (the +20kgs in the last 10 years did not help).

I realize though that while our physical strength may fade, the joy and fervor in serving doesn’t have to stop. We may now be called to serve differently and according to our maturity (i.e. via giving, administration, leadership) but we can approach it with the same love for Jesus that we had when we were young–or even more. While I had more energy and more time in the past, I wouldn’t really trade it for the wealth of experiences with God that I’ve gone through over the last 10 years. While I don’t discount the heart that I had for serving the Lord back then, my service now comes out of a heart filled with so much gratitude and love for Jesus as I understand more deeply what He has done for me on the cross and as I just swim in the ocean of His mercy amidst all the things I have gone through.

Finally, I now get why David danced as he danced in 2 Samuel 6.

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Bonus video of the last time I danced hahahahahaha:

HELLO 2017, GOODBYE 2016

2017

I think we all agree that 2016 is one of the crazier ones–if not the craziest one in the last decade or two. While I thought that 2015 was already jam-packed, 2016 just surprised me with even more loops in my rollercoaster ride.

I started the year with my personal hashtag: #LoveMore2016. Stuff happened though and I ended up just wanting to be “well” in all aspects of my life this year. More stuff happened though and towards the last quarter of the year, I just wanted to float along and survive.

2016 was a tough one for me personally. I cannot count with my fingers the number of times I have cried this year. Despite that though, I am still thankful to God for giving me lots of opportunities to love others with the many circumstances He has placed me in.

Here are some highlights of my year:

Meki Goes to Gigs

I’m pretty sure you know how addicted I got to OPM this year if you’ve seen my gig photo album on Facebook. We have such a flourishing indie scene–as in, you need to give our bands a listen! They’re world-class yet very Pinoy at heart. My particular favorites for the year are Sud, Jensen and the Flips, MilesExperience, Autotelic, and Tandems ’91!!!! I am also forever thankful to God for the new people I met via the music scene. Sobrang bubuting tao ng mga banda that I’ve mentioned above, and all the other bands I’ve met (special shout-out to Mav, as his phone calls make me laugh). Other than the artists themselves, I am also very grateful for the gigfam–this community that was informally built by our regular attendance sa mga gig :) Hindi ko na kayo iisa-isahin, ’cause I love you all.

Additionally, I also had my #singfie series with some of my favorite singers/vocalists! You can search for the hashtag na lang on Facebook :) I had videos with Barbie (singing Ambon), Sarkie (singing Abot Langit), Miles (singing Love Supreme), Jensen (singing Could Have Been), Sud (singing How We Play), Josh (singing Languyin), and Rondero (singing Coffee–haha, fave Copeland song).

I also need to take note of the people who garnerd my #IndieCrush seal of approval this year: Carlo Maraingan, Aaron Cruz, Miles Bondoc, Kohl Aguilar, Andrew Harder, Josh Villena, Jem Manuel. Love you all.

Oh, and my sister Harmony and I also put up a music photography page on Facebook (HxM Snaps) where we dumped all of our gig pics c/o her new camera.

#LoveMar2016

For the first time in a long time, I found a cause to fight for–all thanks to Mar Roxas! I got pretty active in rallying for Mar right when I heard him during the 3rd #PiliPinas2016 debates and until the end part of the campaign season–complete with paraphernalia, converting cab/Uber drivers, quarreling with people online, and e-mailing Mar (and getting a response)!

I won’t devote an entire section about how messed up the issues are in our country (e.g. Manny Pacquiao issue, Marcos burial, EJK, etc) but I always end up still wishing that it would have been Mar in-charge instead.

Events, Events, Events

I was judging myself in the last few weeks for being very lazy about my real passion in life (organizing events). Thanks to today’s year-end life review though, I realized that I did quite a lot (and consequently learned a lot)! I organized Elaine and JC’s wedding (such a nice and understanding couple, those two), and the FCM Camp (which was pulled off in just a few weeks). In the office, I organized two major events: our summer offsite (for 800 pax; pulled off in 2 months) and our year-ender (for 1000 pax; pulled off in 2 weeks). I also helped out to organize GDE and PPM coffee talks/year-enders/meetings, and the PPM Planning Session, and one of my favorites, the PPM Offsite!

I was productive after all! Sometimes, you just really need to take a step back and see how far you’ve gone, ‘no?

#RealCrush

I seriously liked two people this year. I learned a lot from the first one about making assumptions and understanding when a guy is just not that into you. Oh, and I learned din na talagang super pang-friendzone ata ako. Hahaha. But I enjoyed liking him :) It was fun talking to him and picking his brain :) As for the second one, I am still trying to grasp my feelings but I am trying my best to move on since (as always) we’re just friends.

Me and My Itchy Feet

I headed to Boracay twice this year–once in February with the crew, and once in September with Mama, Tito Doy and Coy. During the February trip, we island-hopped and did all these touristy stuff. Had fun as it was our first time to go out-of-town with just us! During the September trip, I rode the G-Max and parasailed!!! Fun times :)

I also had a trip to Mindoro with the Mindoro crew–Ajilex, Calics, Daph and Kara :) It was a relaxing and recharging trip–thanks to Ajilex for prepping everything and to Tita Lily for cooking really good food! I thank God for this trip for expanding my view of the world because of the people we met–a European doctor who was doing work in Mindoro, and a group of folks who travel all the time (#SinoPinas)! PS: After the trip, we kept close ties with the rose among the thorns–Janine! Yey to new friends!

Lastly, I went to Bali with the block in October! Such a memorable trip. Everything in Bali is so beautiful. If I had the time and the money, I’d spend an entire month living there :) It also helped to have good company–you know naman na I love my block ;) They also seem to be into taking pictures nowadays and I am always a willing model.

#Connect2016

Our church theme for the year is “CONNECT” and I think that’s something that also became a theme of my life this 2016. I got to meet a lot of new people and build up relationships with existing acquaintances and friends.

  • The last two months of my year were mostly spent with Belle S, Alvin, Calics and Rap (aka the #MejBastos group). Marami akong stories pero ‘wag na natin dito ilagay kasi kagulers.
  • So thankful for the bond with our Offsite Core Team! Mga kasundo ko sa kalokohan at sa pag-ibig :) Never expected that I’d get along this much with them, but I’m really really glad that we became more than just colleagues :)
  • Toti was still part of my year (though pasulpot-sulpot). We had lots of random tambays and chibogs. I particularly remember our chicharon addiction with Kuya Rey and our movie-watching until the wee hours of the day.
  • We met less frequently this year but I think we are maturing as individuals in our CC. I got to have lunch with Kym early this year, and I built a special bond with Penggoy and Agay (the beshies). We also had various joint activities with Ate Vine’s CC, and we ended the year with our Christmas gathering at Eastwood. I love my CC very much. I hope to be a more responsible discipler to them in 2017.
  • Our meet-ups dwindled after the Boracay trip (thanks to my NALA shift) but we still had various eat-outs as a crew (Twish, Lem, DL and I). I remember Yabu, Trattoria, Lucky’s and Peri-Peri (top of mind). Oh, and Lemuel left the company huhu. And DL went to Singapore. And Twish went on ML.
  • Apparently had about 5 or 6 times that I ate at Nihonkai with Karuh!
  • The babies – watched Star Wars with Zyrkx (and Ate Ayuth and Kuya Noolen), did a birthday treat for the Mayo kids, brought Eeia to the office for trick or treat, went to Kidzania with them all, had a shopping day with the girls, and had them over at our house for so many times throughout the year! They will forever be close to my heart :)
  • Glad to still keep my connection with Daph and Mooch despite their not being in HPE anymore :) #RealFriends
  • Had a few rounds of boardgames with Inspire friends and newly-found acquaintances c/o Christian (e.g. Mike, etc)! It was so much fun to have a steady group of competitive people :p
  • I am still forever connected with our block tropa. We attended the Loopback, ate at Shakey’s for out 10th anniversary of knowing each other LOL, went to Ace Water Spa, went to Tagaytay, ate, sang, and played boardgames. Jam left us though as he went to the States for a long-term work assignment.
  • C&G group had a lot of changes as Nessie, Gelo, and Mea left the company. But we had some additions :) Oh, Aryan also came back for vacation and was able to speak during our fellowship! This is one area I hope to focus on for 2017, ’cause I know I can be a better steward of this ministry.
  • Since our PPM team got split and we ended up being with the actual PMs, we were left with about 25 pax who were busy with their own projects. I’m glad though that we eventually found our groove and got to build friendships in the team :) Shout-out to my EMEA friends haha! We also had lots of themed Friday gathering and random team inside jokes (#chorva).
  • Thanks to Coycoy’s being so masipag, we had a pretty fun year for FSY! We had that memorable teambuilding @ Philip’s Sanctuary, fellowships, the DepFest (woohoo I joined the choir), and our Christmas gathering :)
  • Thanks to our music addiction, I found home in Ajilex, Gelo and Daph aka the Gig Squad. I can’t put it into words but there really is just some sense of comfort knowing that there are people who like the same music as you do.
  • It was a rollercoaster ride as well for the family and relatives. We lost Nanay Oyco this year, but that paved the way for Tita May, Tita Beng and Tita Bong to be in Manila. I particularly enjoyed catching up @ Vikings with Tita May, Lian and Coy. We headed twice to Tagaygay, ate at Salsicia, ate at Four Seasons to celebrate Coy’s birthday, and rejoiced with Tito Ray for his wedding! Our family also had a hotel stay, which is memorable to me ’cause Dusit breakfast is love.
  • With Mayks and Ate Jez out of the country, I was blessed by God with friends from church whom I got to go out with for food trips, swimming (most random thing ever!! hahaha), fireworks, etc. I’m glad that Ate Ruth, Mayks, Ate Jez and I got to catch up as well when they came home for the holidays :)
  • Got to meet with JTA friends (finally!!!), met some visitors from Compassion International and toured them around, met Martin (my first ever French friend) in Manila after so many years, got to catch-up with my Portal favorites, met up with Denver, still grabbed coffee with KJ every now and then, comforted Babeng when she lost Asha, still met up with Migoy whenever we found some common free time, was able to go out with the Usi group (na relatively complete!), had our MSHS 2006 batch reunion, had outings with the Manila PDO team (Yabu, bowling) and many many more!

The King and Kingdom-Building

It was highs and lows in my fellowship with God–there were definitely peaks (some of which I shared about on Facebook) but there were more valleys. This is something I am working on with the Lord for 2017.

Ministry-wise, it was still fun and fulfilling to be of service to the Lord via our Program and Creatives ministry :) I enjoyed attending the Servant Night, helping out during Sunday services, putting up decors, buying giveaways, prepping marketing/comm materials, FINALLY PRODUCING OUR HIPSTER VISITOR KIT, and coordinating during our anniversary.

It is Well

I was active in some months of the year. I jogged, did yoga, tried Zumba, used a kettlebell, did piloxing and Body Combat, danced along with Paula Abdul and Keiara Lashae, et al. There were more months though that I was stagnant haha. I got 3 pairs of eyeglasses–1 of which I gave to my sister. I got some massages–but the highlight is the one I got at Big Apple Express Spa since I fell asleep for 30 minutes without anyone waking me up.

Oh and I got food poisoned thanks to Omakase’s uni sashimi. Ended up going to the ER, getting IV-ed, taking meds, and staying at home for a week.

24/7 Job

Work was insane but I thank God for giving me great opportunities where I have a chance to network with leaders in the company. I churned loads of contracts for my CPT work, did major pursuit work, handled two big programs, and did lots of initiative stuff on the side. I had a chance to build skills though as I attended a TTM training and did my PMP review.

I progressed in the career ladder (THANK GOD!) and met a lot of new people through my projects–some of them I even met in person here in Manila! Unfortunately, we also bid farewell to my bosses–Marc, Jonjon and Simon :(

A Good Year for Entertainment!

There are so many things this year that made me happy and kept me entertained!

  • Sherlock’s new year special was legendary!
  • I was able to keep up with Modern Family, Fresh Off The Boat, Suits, Silicon Valley, Halt and Catch Fire, Humans, and Jane the Virgin :)
  • I discovered Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!!! I am rewatching the show as I type this blog post. This never fails to make me laugh and take my stress away.
  • Speaking of stress, one show that GAVE me stress is Making a Murderer. Aghhh.
  • The two bullets above have been possible because of my being so freaking hooked with Netflix. I got to watch House of Cards (intensely awesome), Flaked (I love you Will Arnett), Gilmore Girls (became a family favorite), and Gossip Girl (still love ya Nate)!
  • These good things aside, we lost American Idol. Aww :(
  • Oh, but good movies came out such as Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, How To Be Yours, The Third Party, the various MMFF movies (finally, no more Enteng, Shake, Mano) and…YOUR NAME (Kimi No Na Wa), which I declare is the BEST movie of the year!
  • I watched Les Miserables at City of Dreams as well with Zaza and Denise, and then Rak of Aegis with Kara, Gelo, And Ajilex :)
  • Oooh Harvey Specter tweeted me! And, I got to meet some folks from Magic Temple!
  • I started disliking Taylor Swift ’cause she’s such a b.
  • Finally, Survivor! Ahh, what can I say? Still the best reality show on earth. Got hooked with Survivor: Kaoh Rong and Survivor: Milennials vs Gen X!
  • PS: John Mayer released Love On The Weekend! It’s so freaking brilliant and is one of my most played songs on Spotify though it was just released in the last quarter of the year!

More Stuff to Love

Since it’s #LoveMore2016, here are more things that I loved this year:

  • NIHONBASHITEI
  • JOE SNACK GRILL
  • HOBING
  • My new phone :) Finally an Apple girl!
  • McDo nacho cheese dip
  • McDo garlic butter shake shake fries
  • ALDEN RICHARDS — I received a standee of his from some friends during my birthday (#BestGiftEver), I got hooked with the #KantoRJ and #SosyMeng Twitterserye, I watched Imagine You and Me with other Aldenatics for their block screening (Alden made an appearance so yehhhhh), and I saw him sa year-end party ng Marikina (people made an effort to get me VIP tickets aww)
  • DOTA 2 is something I never thought I would end up being hooked with, but I am. As in nanonood ako ng mga stream ng games. This is all thanks to Djardel/XCTN.DJ.
  • I loved wearing caps towards the end of the year. Not sure why. I attribute it to Lem withdrawal. Hahaha.
  • Oh, and I loved being featured on Smile mag!!!!! My blurb on Hanoi was published yahoooooo!