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THE INVITATION (by Oriah Mountain Dreamer)

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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I Don’t Have Time For Movies.

But when my French classmate in Spanish told me to watch a French movie from 4 years ago, the curiosity in me kicked in. No expectation whatsoever, I sat and watched only to find out it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in my whole lifetime. Schindler’s List or Saving Private Ryan are not my kind of movies only because they are dark, heavy and real.  Feel-good movie – that is my thing. The Intouchables is light and funny. Surprisingly, I found myself happy after watching it. It is a story between a rich man looking for a caretaker. An ex-con is looking for someone to turn down his job application to get his unemployment benefits. They met and the clash of classes begins.

The story is about friendship between 2 men in the margins of society – physically and socio-economically. A wealthy aristocrat who is quadriplegic and a carer who stole Faberge egg during his interview because.. Why not? He is futureless. You might say it’s just like any other “handicapped” movie with all the drama but what saves these two people is their humour! Brit humour at its best! :))

One of the scenes that got me laughing so hard was with Driss (live-in caregiver) at the opera where he saw a man dressed up as a tree singing. The upper class shhh-ed him but he kept on laughing because he finds the “singing tree man” utterly silly. In another scene during Philippe’s(wealthy quadriplegic) birthday party, Driss bonded with the celebrant over classical music and later on, he gets everyone dancing when he requested that Earth, Wind, Fire music be played. The boring, conventional life of Philippe was quickly transformed.

The beauty of nature always captured my interests. One day, I had this idea of hiking and camping in the national parks in South Africa and South America. Ideas started flowing in my thoughts recently about this trips. While I have “touristy” trips planned for this year, there is longing inside of me to go “where no one easily sets foot” sorta places and be one with nature. Imagine Che Guevara’s continental trip in his youth! Hey.. Not as extreme as that!

The reason I am saying this is because just like the movie where the elegance and dignity of Philippe was stripped off (in a funny way), you see raw and beauty. The reason I enjoy nature trips is because with the lack of convenience and with ruggedness exposed, you see something pure and it is beautiful. Strip off the glamour and something heartfelt becomes evident.


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Kelowna: A Wine Region and More

Kelowna is a 4-hour drive toward the interior of British Columbia. It is situated in the Okanagan Valley which is often referred to as the “The Napa of the North”. My friends apparently made a bold claim that the wine region here in British Columbia has the edge over Napa Valley because of the 110 km-long Okanagan lake backdrop. 😛 While Kelowna is certainly a playground for oenephiles, it makes me wonder how this region is not much known to this country, much less the world. :)) It’s really stunning out there with the mountains and the lake paired with wine and farm-to-table food plus the endless outdoor activities.. What a winner!

We visited 3 wineries during our 2-day stay. A 5-10 minute drive east or west of downtown Kelowna is where most wineries are located. The most popular in this region is the Mission Hill Estate Winery where the grounds are well manicured flowing down to the lake. The place was packed with hordes of tourists when we got there so if you plan to have their wine tasting tour, better get reservations in advance. If there’s one word to describe Mission Hill, it is Artsy. Upon entering the property, one is welcomed with creative sculptures I find rather weird. Mission Hill Estate Winery is grand but I find it too commercialized.

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Behind me is the amphitheatre where concerts are held in summer.

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Mi Familia

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Mom calls us “The Gang”

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The bell tower rings often which gives the place a dreamy vibe

Free wine tasting, anyone? I’m not a big fan of wine but when it comes to my taste interest, I prefer the white, fruity, sweet, aromatic wine like the Ehrenfelser and Summer Hill’s is excellent. The place has a nice deck overlooking the lake and wedding events. The pyramid is where they aged their wines. Also, Summer Hill is known for producing organic wines. 😉

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Our last stop and my favourite is the Quail’s Gate Estate Winery. It’s on top of a hilly ground in West Kelowna, a few minutes away from Mission Hill. Past the vineyards is a stunning scenery giving a Sound of Music-ish feel so don’t miss to stroll around the area to see for yourself how beautiful the landscape is. The place feels homey too that makes the experience altogether splendid!

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I’m no longer a baby :))

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We had random stopovers too where we find the view nice on our way to Arlo’s Honey farm in East Kelowna. It’s in this neighbourhood where one can find wineries within a 2-minute drive. Enough of the wineries before we all get drunk from winery information.

The Arlo’s Honey Farm offers different honey flavours which one can try for free in their shop. My favourite is the lavender. They offer different products like soaps, lotion, jams all grown in the farm. Just beside the shop is where the bee keeper is  educating the visitors with better understanding about bees. 45

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We stayed in Royal Anne Hotel which is excellently situated right at the heart of the charming Downtown Kelowna. It’s only a 2-minute walk to the waterfront park where the Marina Yacht Club is which makes for a nice late night or early morning walk. It’s also convenient for dining experience as restaurants and pubs are only a few blocks away. A little caveat though, when we got there Sunday at 3-ish, we noticed most of the restaurants are closed. Perhaps for siesta? But yea, the signs say they open at 4:30.

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At the Marina Yacht Club with friends and some random people :))

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Early morning walk and a selfie

So there’s a roundup of my Kelowna trip. ‘Till next time! 😉

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Hasta Luego!


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Prado Cafe

IMG_6614A 5-minute walk west of my office is the newly opened branch of Prado cafe located at Gastown in West Hastings and Cambie. I was instantly drawn by the interiors (a sucker for Scandinavian interior here) – white walls and wood accent. The decor is quite stark – a minimalist interior yet exudes a relaxed vibe. Their large windows are notable in that you get to watch people in the hood and the room is flooded with natural light. IMG_6638 IMG_6637

Latte was quite bland but I liked the hint of spice to it 🙂

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This is the part where they tried to be unpretentious but turned out to be pretentious.. Still, it makes for a tasteful interior! 😛

IMG_6624 While it is not uncommon for people to poke fun at “hipsters and their Macbooks” in Vancouver cafes, you won’t see a lot of them in this cafe, surprisingly. The atmosphere here is simple, the music ala Beach Boys, wifi free – highly recommended to anybody looking for a workspace. Overall, I would definitely go back. 😀


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#SugarYesPlease – Kamloops!

I can sum up my Easter weekend with one word – WOW! I love Kamloops. Kamloops gave me the space to reflect on so many things about my life most especially about my relationship with Jesus.

I’ve been wrestling for a while now about how it is to guard one’s heart. And the picture of Jesus about to be crucified came to mind. You know when you are in a relationship with someone? It’s painful when they’re gone, right? The deeper the intimacy, the more painful to let a relationship go. Imagine Jesus and God who are in perfect relationship and in perfect intimacy. Yet Jesus was forsaken. Imagine what a torment that must be!!! It’s already breaking my heart apart just thinking about it.

And this is where my heart needs guarding from – from anyone that will take the place of Jesus – He who gave up His very nature. He came to die for me not because I am nice and lovable.. No, He came so He can make me lovable. He clothe me with His love and welcomed me to His family and called me His child.

So yes, I ardently adore Kamloops. And here’s some of our travel snippets.

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The worst time to visit a vineyard is early spring, they say. But we got this acres of land all to ourselves! 😉

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I know you might think this is moving fast, but I already love everything about Privato.

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Oak barrels

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Privato’s part of wine tasting room

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Mountain view from our room

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Slept like a baby

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Some beautiful lady played with my phone

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On a reflective mood. Lol

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#SugarYesPlease – Banff and Lake Louise

So I’ve been told that Hillsong’s Touch The Sky is playing on Songza. I have this highly addictive nature – like playing Touch The Sky on loop for over 17 consecutive times one Easter night in Revelstoke. Until my travel buddy asked me if I had any other songs to play! You bet my friend will be constantly reminded about me and will be nostalgic about our Easter road trip of 2015 every time she hears that song.

Road trip. “The long and boring trip that eventually becomes memorable and fun through time.”

Road trip may not be for everyone, but it may be for someone who has the luxury of time. As for me and my friend, we wouldn’t have done our Easter weekend in any other way. With so much unpredictability due to our indecisiveness (hey we didn’t plan anything about this trip but it turned out to be a good thing) and freedom, oh how we bravely traversed the scenic drives in The Rockies! And so I have been reminded of one of my favourite poems – Ithaca!

As you set out on the way to Ithaca
hope that the road is a long one,
filled with adventures, filled with understanding.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
Poseidon in his anger: do not fear them,
you’ll never come across them on your way
as long as your mind stays aloft, and a choice
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
savage Poseidon; you’ll not encounter them
unless you carry them within your soul,
unless your soul sets them up before you.

Hope that the road is a long one.
Many may the summer mornings be
when—with what pleasure, with what joy—
you first put in to harbors new to your eyes;
may you stop at Phoenician trading posts
and there acquire fine goods:
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and heady perfumes of every kind:
as many heady perfumes as you can.
To many Egyptian cities may you go
so you may learn, and go on learning, from their sages.

Always keep Ithaca in your mind;
to reach her is your destiny.
But do not rush your journey in the least.
Better that it last for many years;
that you drop anchor at the island an old man,
rich with all you’ve gotten on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.

Ithaca gave to you the beautiful journey;
without her you’d not have set upon the road.
But she has nothing left to give you any more.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca did not deceive you.
As wise as you’ll have become, with so much experience,
you’ll have understood, by then, what these Ithacas mean.

Sharing with you our photos from this super duper fun trip!

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5 hours on the road and finally a quick stop..

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I was here last summer and the water all emerald.. Now it’s frozen and all white. It looks magical

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Frozen Lake Louise

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Finally arrived in Calgary and we’re welcomed by no other than Mark who I last saw in 2007?! Too tired and sleepy my eyes are about to close.

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Early morning goodbye only to be back on the road again!

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Canadian winter/snowfall in spring.. For a Vancouverite, this could be a YAY!! Haha

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Selfie in Banff town

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I was slowly developing an addiction to selfie enroute Revelstoke

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Public library, literally!

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In a quaint, little town

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A Prayer: Break Me Apart

You who constantly pursued me.

You who’ve seen my ugliness.

You who’ve witnessed my brokenness.

In my independence, I easily drop You off. Yet You run after me.Oftentimes, You find me hurt for my relationships and yet not the slightest bit do I get broken about Us. Countless times You’ve seen me heartbroken but neither did I realize how I broke Your heart. I stood unbroken, indeed. But You love me still. You showed me I am worth it… Countless times, indeed.

I feel deep sorrow… Sorrow for a heart unmoved. In a world where love is painted with too many pictures, I tend to forget the very essence of Love. I ask that You restore the joy of my salvation and for the eyes of my heart to be opened before You, the author and perfecter of faith.

“I need You to soften my heart,
To break me apart.
….All I am,
I surrender.”


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Plato, Lewis and the World

What if the world we see and understand is only shadows of truth? What if there is reality out there beyond our limited human perception? What if CS Lewis was right when he said that we were made for another world? A world outside of the cave? Does it even matter if what we think we know is only an illusion so long as we’re sitting comfortably with familiarity? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave reminds me so much of my discovery of the Truth and that it is universal.

What conclusions can you draw yourself from the allegory?


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Common Passion, Same Truth

I made a new friend today.

I learned so much from her and her enthusiasm and faith in God was evident and contagious it encouraged me deeply.

One of the things we talked about was the beauty of transition which is very timely as we spring forwarded today signifying a change of season. Oh, spring came early this year! 😀 IMG_5954 IMG_5951 IMG_5942

Funny how as we shared our thoughts and learnings, we found out that we have a common thread of similar passion – the heart for the nations. How God brought us to wilderness for a season in our journey and we came out as pure as gold as we conquered victory through Jesus. Then came a time of healing and restoration and then rejoicing as He delivered us. But God isn’t through with us yet so then he brings us to another transition which is to get us out of our comfort zone again and deeper revelation is revealed about who He is. Whether in wilderness or in abundance, God has always been there, never forsaking us, never leaving us. It is a wonderful and humbling journey only because Jesus was willing to die for my sins to illuminate light into my life.

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Her presence whet my appetite for the Lord. The short convo we had reminded me that God is in control of every season in our lives. I celebrate where I am today and I celebrate where other people are because He is in charge. I am just truly blessed for the opportunity to listen and learn from someone who is wholeheartedly sold out for God and I am looking forward for our relationship to develop.

He who was seated on the throne said,

“I am making everything new!”

Then he said, “Write this down,

for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:5