"so that in the ages to come he could show the 路very great [exceeding; overwhelming] riches of his #grace by being kind to us in Christ #Jesus. For you have been saved by grace through 路believing [#faith]. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of 路your own efforts [works], so 路you cannot [no one can] 路brag about it [boast]."

Ephesians 2:7-10 (Expanded Bible)

// #nightread #thankful #humbled; #Athens #Greece; #bestgiftever #HappyEaster 馃檶

#GoodFriday church service. Love my seat-mates, but too hyper they drain me (esp. Bethz), hehe, JK… // 鉁岋笍

Fav. verse last night:
“…and to know this love that surpasses knowledge鈥攖hat you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

(#ThankYouLord, the tomb is empty so we don’t have to be.)

Nix! #Flashback: standing by the terrace when we suddenly spotted ___ in the crowd… Jodi & I called that person’s name out loud & immediately bent down; making it look like you were the only 1 up there, laughing… #ROFL:)) #peace You know we love you! 馃拹

#Life with all its ups & downs is a dazzle w/ genuine #friends who can be crazy & serious with you in a span of hours… 馃榿馃槝馃槤 Here for you, SINCE THE 90s TIL ALWAYS :* #hb #domecafe #shangrila

WARNING: lengthy disclaimer ahead.鉁 Finally done replying to messages asking if I鈥檓 engaged鈥 I am not. My April Fools post stated the obvious, but鈥 not everyone reads captions in full context, so, sorry for the confusion. Can鈥檛 blame them… I tend to skim my news feed too, & instantly Like friends鈥 photos —specially if chubby cheeked children are involved.

To those who wanted a closer shot鈥 What do you think? I tried on what I liked among the simplest / least extravagant collection. Jewelry enthusiasts, we can鈥檛 dismiss the notable superiority of DeBeers鈥 intricate crafting, heirloom value, etc鈥 But, as I said on that post, IT鈥橲 NOT part of THE (my) DREAM.

By all means, if it鈥檚 in your well wishes to offer your fianc茅 an engagement ring from the finest reputable jewelry brands, do it. Nothing wrong with that, especially if you have the financial capacity & aren鈥檛 looking into debt. I know people who own such (while for some, it’s future “requirement鈥).

But鈥 To lay it out candidly, what鈥檚 part of my dream is a modest ring鈥 a humble, beautiful piece that can be worn almost carelessly, with rocks that aren鈥檛 huge enough to get caught on delicate fabrics / interrupt my daily duties. One extraordinary ring I鈥檝e seen is a friend鈥檚鈥 with delicate bead-set diamond borders surrounding her 2.5 carat solitaire center stone. She can鈥檛 do small chores without removing it though. It scratches her face. But she loves it! We admire it together. Suits her perfectly…

Although I鈥檓 efficient in carrying thousands of euros in cash form / goods attached to my body (given my job) on a regular basis鈥 in my personal life, however, it鈥檚 just unnecessary to handle the trouble. I鈥檇 feel better if the ring does NOT cost excessively / look too flashy. (Instead, I鈥檇 suggest a hundred ways on how to maximize that money wiser 鈥-whether on things or the more valuable intangibles.)聽

I鈥檇 shy away if a lavish ring steals the limelight off a meaningful love story (in my case, which I hope to be more encouraging to people & glorifying to God). On a more personal level, I have seen a ring, in exquisite form, right below me, by a bended knee. Why isn鈥檛 it on my finger now? There were bigger realities to consider (that I wouldn鈥檛 expound on publicly). It鈥檚 not just about an engagement token, nor should tying the knot be an end goal. (Of course, you knew that. But a little reminding could save a life.;)

Some of the saddest truths I deal with include comforting friends who felt happier before they got married. Spending on a grand wedding but neglecting to invest on growing as individuals & being more faithful as a couple鈥 is tragic from what I鈥檝e seen. I also think it’s unfair to measure a man’s intent with diamond size / IF - VVS (clarity), it’s of minute importance on a world scale. Commitment given is vaster than something from a lighted box. #mytwocents

Touchdown #MonteCarlo. Entered the private lounge, asked some male colleagues, “Is he alright? What’s making him happy lately?”

All dead stares. Finally, one uttered, “Don’t… ask us… million dollar questions.” I half smiled, realizing the ridiculousness of obtaining an optimistic response. But out of interest & concern, I went on, “OK… Word shift, what’s been [pleasing] him?” No answer…

A: “Am I with living human beings here?”
MC: “No. We’re merely existing. #Madness in this trauma camp… But you’re here now! So… (raises both arms) I can have breakfast tomorrow!”

We exchanged serious looks, quietly, in a way that could only be empathized + elaborated among ourselves. 馃捈

// (P.S. If you can easily be #HAPPY with the littlest, YOU HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR. 鉀
#dusk #moneycantbuyeverything #palife #Monaco

"You鈥檙e well-known as good & forgiving,
bighearted to all who ask for #help.
Pay attention, God, to my prayer;
bend down & listen to my cry for help.
Every time I鈥檓 in trouble I call on you,
#confident that you鈥檒l answer.”

馃摉馃槍 #TheMessage #Psalm 86; #rich in #lovingkindness, #abundant in #mercy; #Jesus. #love #nomatterwhat 馃専馃檶馃寛

Going the extra mile (literally).
A few days late, but hey,
come to think of it…
All [this] took place
just at the right time.

#LifeHappening :* #Beijing #China #Asia

I could choose to be offended or
#enjoy the rest of the night (/ my life). #haha 馃憣

V: (catches me dish washing) “Noooo! No, no…”
A: “Please, let me help.” (continues washing)
V: “K! I’ll do it again later anyway.”
A: :o

Whaaat… 馃槀 #friendsplace #hangoutspace (“You do not redo this that has been done.” #lol)

#WatchWednesday #Daytona = precise, reliable, waterproof, comfortable, elegant… The u l t i m a t e #chronograph. 馃弳 (at Burj Khalifa | 亘乇噩 禺賱賷賮丞)

Decluttering C2’s #wardrobe. //
Filtering out the unnecessary,
making space for the new,
welcoming the next season.

#C2sPersonalStylist #missoni #carolinaherrera #chloe #winter #spring #personalstylist

Was waiting in line for a cab when I remembered our hilarious, embarrassing scenarios earlier :)) This little kid looking irritable / bored noticed me trying to hold the laughter. I smiled & motioned that her floral headband was nice, then she kept grinning… So cute. #asmilegoesalongway #citywalk #thenoodlehousedubai

For You do great wonders & Your #mercy endures..

(Psalm 136; Isaiah 54:10)

#Kleinmont #SouthAfrica

Preparing a #surprise #lunch for Han Han before she arrives in less than an hour… :>

The dish that took longest to make:
Lobster canap茅 =
Layers of
#Eggplant cooked in evo w/ garlic & onions;
Boiled #potatoes;
Cheddar #cheese;
Deep fried #lobster balls;
Fresh #mint

#hb! 馃憣馃尰馃拫

It’s official! (This wasn’t part of the #dream, but… Yes! OK.) #lovelove 馃槀 T,T

#debeers #haha #wait #imnotagoodliar (Also, I doubt I’d be happy announcing the brand name of my #engagementring lest it overpowers the much higher importance of what’s truly being celebrated… #shinebrightlikeadiamond #lol) Sorry! Couldn’t stop cringing… ;)) #happyaprilfools 馃挐馃拲馃帀

Was getting through the jam-packed crowd, when I overheard socializers discussing how this man looked like #AlPacino* as he blushed… My arm went over 2 C-level looking #expats, & reached to shake *his hands with widened eyes, saying, “I loooove your movies.”, then I walked out…

#HakkasanDubai #FarEast #Dining #LetMePass #PLS :)) Fine #AsianCuisine. Ideal for formal celebratory dinners, but make your reservation. Stay inside when you want #AloneTime, go outdoors (ground floor) when you’re on a social vibe. Impeccable service. Cozy terrace tables —where I like to hide. (at Hakkasan)

And because I’m left out tonight, & currently wishing I was there in #Phils too… You didn’t know I recorded, here’s that time you guys were learning a song before we all slept & I suddenly joined in with lyrics, #pretending I knew it too T,T #HaHa Bat palaging #fail… #maybach;)) #lastyear #fam #roomcrashing #siblings 馃槀馃幖馃幓馃彙