Fallin’ for Utah

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“Every long-lost dream led me to where you are

And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know it’s true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you”

A few years back, my then boyfriend asked if there is a place in the US of A that I would love to see. I told him about how I have always wanted to hike the Delicate Arch and The Narrows in Utah. Long story short, he booked a ticket and a hotel in Utah… it would have been a fun vacation except I stood him up. My lousy excuse? Work; so, we broke up. Too soon old, too late smart.

It was only a year after that I could check Utah out of my bucket list. ‘Did the 17hr drive from Calgary and it was worth it. The fall foliage at US-6 is beautiful, the hike to The Narrows and the Delicate Arch is nothing compared to the views itself.

As for the ex-boyfriend, we still talk as close friends. I consider him as the one who got away. I can say I am happy with where he is right now and how he has found someone else. I too am happy with my current relationship, no matter how blurry it gets sometimes. He is my good karma. Just like the Arches, a tiring 17hour drive but at the end of the hike is a place worth it all.

Kolob Canyons

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

The Great Wall, Arches National Park

Hiking in The Narrows, Zion National Park

The Narrows, Zion National Park

Ute Indian Petroglyphs, Arches National Park
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Early this morning I was having a chat with a friend who used to work at my current company. Apparently, he got a call from one of the department managers and they wanted him back. I asked him if he has decided on it yet. He said he hasn’t received an offer yet. I told him I can send him an offer if that’s all he wants. 😂 Here’s my offer letter:

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Dear [first name],

I am pleased to offer you a role as a “bowa (boyfriend)” at CShella Foundation for the Single yet Cute Boylets. I trust that your experience and skills will be a valuable asset to my company.

If you are to accept this offer you will be eligible to the following in accordance to my company’s policies:

  • Immoral and emotional support applied any time required.
  • Up to 30% of my annual gross salary may be given to you as a gift
  • Standard benefits including:
  • Free hugs
  • Sweet nothings
  • Love notes
  • Care when you’re sick

To accept this offer sign and date this job offer letter as indicated below and email it back to me by 08September2017.

If you accept this offer, your hire date will be the 08September2017.

I at CShella Foundation for the Single yet Cute Boylets hope that you’ll accept this offer and look forward to welcoming you aboard. Feel free to call CShella if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

CShella

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😂😂😂

Neverland

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I got home from a weekend camping trip decided to leave him. The condo unit was oddly silent giving me a mixed sense of relief and loneliness.

I checked around the unit; I could still smell his perfume in his room, his wallet sitting on the bedside table, meaning he hasn't left long ago and he won't go far either. I packed all my bags while my friend tried to call him so we could talk to him one last time; but we couldn't reach him. We got a hold of another friend who apparently received a cryptic message from him earlier that day. His phone was then turned off.

When everything is ready to be loaded to the car, I checked every inch of the unit again hoping I'd find another hint of where he might have gone to. As I opened the door in the walk-in closet leading to the washroom, I saw him. His face; imploring me not to leave. All those times we were trying to locate him; he was just there hiding behind the bath-tub curtains. In my surprise, I let out a little shout catching the attention of our friend. He then tried to lock himself in the washroom, threatening us that he would inject himself with high dose of insulin. I tried to talk him over, as we attempt to fully open the door. I could see him almost pushing the needles to his arms… I panicked leaving our friend no choice but to call 911. The police and the paramedics came; and as much as I don't want to leave him in that situation, I had to. I am sick and tired of all the drama. The paramedic told me he's old enough to handle himself and I wouldn't be held liable should anything happen to him. They brought him to a psychiatrist after we told him how he tried to kill himself. I left the building with the ambulance and police lights glaring in the background…

It took me a while to recover from all of it: the chaos, the drama, the physical and financial abuse, much more the emotional torture. At first, I didn't understand how my prince charming turned into an ugly beast. Then I thought maybe he was always a monster after all, and I just learned to mask all the red flags with a beautiful perfect image of him. I guess it happens to the best of us.

All these had occurred four years ago, and I still remember every detail of it. I used to feel pain every time it would cross my mind, not anymore. It has now become a distant yet vivid memory of a dramatic past. Where once a year, I would walk down that memory lane to remind me of how I came through a lot of struggles and moved on. It all didn't go in vain. In my fragmented past I learned what it is like to love and let go. Like a kintsugi; it became more beautiful for having been broken.

DCCXCII

under the big sky our story unfold,
a perfect dream set in an imperfect world.
like a junction of two rivers ending at a tangent at infinity;
one great love engraved deep in our soul.

in a hundred times and a thousand-fold i fall
to the infinite depths of your gaze,
to unending trail of your thoughts,
and whispered i love yous at the eclipse of dawn.

forehead kisses and locking pinkies,
trailing the mountains without care,
subtle touches that erase bitter histories,
yet the word "stay" we dare not say.

we've said goodbyes more often than not
yet still end up at each others arms.
so never leave, never let go;
for if forever exists, 'promise forever i will love you so.

Huntsman

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Look to the left, right, behind; be very aware of the environment… this was me, totally paranoid, after a guy admitted to stalking me.I met him at one of the company I used to work at. I was a new hire and had to attend a two-hour safety orientation. He was my seatmate and became a partner at one of the orientation activities. He seems nice, a typical mixed middle-eastern-European guy.

After that day, he sent me emails… and then calls… eventually I would “chance” upon him at the lobby or the hallway far more often than usual. I didn’t give any meaning to it until one day; I was alone sitting at the bus stop when I saw him walking towards me. Right in that very spot he proposed to me; his exact words were a mental torture. Of all people, why me? See, the thing is, I don’t remember him asking me out on a date. He just popped the question just like the movies and I am a very realistic person, I don’t fall for that. The bus arrived right before I could weave the politically correct way of saying no.

His emails and calls became incessant, and I became creative in finding ways to avoid him. He would leave me voicemails detailing his plans for the day with me which I would politely decline.

I was at the cafeteria when he spotted me and joined me in for lunch. I barely finished my food because he wanted me to explain why I wouldn’t give him a chance. Eventually, I ran out of excuses and just told him a lie, that I already have a boyfriend. He went berserk and accused me of being promiscuous.

I felt harassed and was about to report him to our HR group when I found out that he was about to be laid off. He said sorry for everything that he’d said and wanted to meet up so he could make things right before he leaves. I blocked him on everything.

A couple of months forward, he could reach me out. My contacts reset when I changed my phone and didn’t notice it until his message went through. He professed his undying love and admitted to stalking me. It sent me shivers. For the nth time, I rejected him. And for the nth time, he couldn’t take it.

I became paranoid after his confession. I would barely go out alone. To top it up, he was being pushy. For four years, he would ask for a chance, but I would always choose someone else. For four years, I would try and explain why friendship is the only thing I could offer him.

I guess what he couldn’t accept is the fact that I am not the type of girl who would settle for someone who’s available. I am not the type of girl who would fall easily. I am the kind of girl who sticks to what I know is right for me. I am the type of girl who waits.

So, my dear stalker, thanks for the love and attention. Sorry that I couldn’t force myself to loving you back. I hope that you would keep your promise, that you will forget me. I wish that you meet someone else. Someone who would appreciate you. Someone who would love you back. Someone who would be happy being stalked.

Calgary Paintnite

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I’ve always liked art. I remember the first time I joined a drawing contest, I was in sixth grade and the only female in the competition. I didn’t win. So, I never joined another art contest until I was forced to do so at junior high. I won the first prize.

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn how to paint. But instead of going to a school, I went to social painting classes. The kind where you try to learn how to paint while sipping wine or tea.

Here are the results.

my first try on acrylic painting

supposed to be called pretty bird… turned out cranky bird

had to blur out my signature because i wrote my whole name on my paintings

the blue lagoon

winter hang-outs

pink blossoms and chickadees

impressionist

four seasons

what’s still left of my acrylic paintings..which were actually already reserved for friends.

Lie More

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I chanced upon one of my ex and I’s common friend whom I haven’t seen and spoken to for a couple of months. We sat down and talked over coffee. I was told that my bleep ex was telling everyone that we broke up before we both move here in Canada. Not that it bothers me anymore, but the OC in me had to correct any miss-information. As the cliché goes, you call a spade a spade; and he is a cheater and a liar. 

So let it be known that my ex cheated on me, took advantage of my feelings, and used my money to date his other girl in Singapore. And take note, that was just the tip of the iceberg. 

Am I bitter? No. I have recognized the seeasons in my life, i’ve let go as it’s over and i have have moved on. I just couldn’t fathom how he managed to exert an effort to use his insulin-drowned brain to twist the story just to save his dignity; the audacity to save his broken image. 

Our friend also told me that the bf-stealing-blankity-blank-blank-turned-wife is now here in Canada and he met her during a bible study. I was surprised to know that they are finally actually trying to wash away their sins.

But as I was driving on my way back home, I realized why his karma hasn’t come to claim his debt yet. Because he married a kind (insert doubt here) woman who probably changed (insert doubt here) him from being a jerk that he was. She was able to bring him closer to God, who’s ever merciful. So if God had given them mercy, why shouldn’t I? And if there’s something I am good at, it’s re-wiring my thoughts. Therefore, I thanked God for the epiphany. I thanked God for helping me to fully forgive.

As the bible said, Moses the servant is dead… get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land He is about to give…

To the boy who lied and keeps lying; remember HE knows the truth so be careful. Let us just burn that ugly chapter in our book and move into what God has prepared for us.

My faith is greater than my hate. I know I will always be the head because God made a promise. I am sure that the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go. Whispering in my ears, answering my queries, guiding me every step of the way.

The Little Things

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LoveBookOnline.com

created a 23page book summarizing why i love him.


be the morning light that brightens my day,
be the northern star that guides my way.
hold my hand as we stroll
remind me all the reasons I fall.
 
hold me close and never let me go,
tell me how you love me so.
kiss me on the forehead when I weep
tell me it’s okay because I have you for keeps.
 
if all the waves keep coming,
and the warning signs are flooding,
remind me it’s a phase of learning
to a stronger relationship that we are building.
 
and if in the small things you find what may set us apart;
let’s try to talk it over, make amends and adapt.
let’s promise to always be at each other’s side
through highs and lows of every stride.
 
because I see you beyond your sins,
and I love you more beyond all those griefs;
you are the morning light that brightens my day,
you are the northern star that guides my way.

Antukin

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naalala ko noong una kita makita, feeling ko magiging malaki kang parte ng buhay ko. kaso may gf ka non time na un; at ako naman, ang panget ko lang. wala naman nagpakilala sa atin noon at malamang hindi mo ko natatandaan. pero aaminin ko na may kaunting kaunti akong pagnanasa sayo non (alam mo yan).9 years forward, eto na tayo. ano ba meron sa atin ngaun? wala naman; bukod sa close na tayo dahil mas maganda at mas sexy ako ngaun (hehehe), mas masaya ako at mas mahaba ang pang-unawa ko pagdating sa pag-ibig (naks) dahil sayo (naks ulit).

naiintindihan ko na hindi normal ang relationship natin (abnormal ka kasi).naiintindihan ko din na mas malabo pa sa sikat ng buwan na maging priority mo ko (dahil nga abnormal ka). pero… pero gusto ko ipaalam sayo na mahal na mahal kita, na oo, promise ikaw ang priority ko (gaga kasi ako) at hindi kita iiwan until you ask me to (tanga ko lang).

isa lang ang wish ko (wag na kaya? baka mag-back-out ka pa eh)…

 

“…Mahalin mo nalang ako

Ng sobra sobra

Para patas naman tayo

Diba?”

 

[Chorus]

Sasalubungin natin ang kinabukasan

Ng walang takot at walang pangamba

Tadhana’y merong Trip na makapangyarihan

Kung ayaw may dahilan

Kung gusto palaging merong paraan

 

Coda:

Hahalikan nalang natin ang kinabukasan

Ng buong loob at yayakapin pa

Tadhana’y medyo overrated kung minsan

Kung ayaw may dahilan

Kung gusto palaging merong paraan

 

Gumawa nalang tayo ng paraan

Gumawa nalang tayo ng… (baby)

Gumawa nalang tayo ng paraan”

Wanderlust

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2016: i’ve been bitten by the travel bug and was literally out of the country prolly 5 times. 🇵🇭🇺🇸🇨🇦

I am so grateful to have spent the Christmas holiday with family in New Jersey. I am looking forward to more travel adventures in 2017! To God be the glory!

gorgeous flowers at Farmers Market, Bergenfield, NJ

Grand Central Station, New York

Radio City, New York

the Statue of Liberty, New York

Manhattan from Liberty Park