The Awesome Things

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Holy Land Tour | Israel

Last January 2016, the Lord gave me a vision through Pastor Bernie from Wind Watch Makati. The Lord told me that he had wonderful surprises in store for me and that he's preparing an exciting adventure. Guess what that adventure is? Free travel to different parts of the world!! Through working in a cruise ship. Aside from all the exciting revelations the Lord revealed, God also gave me a vision that it was not going to be an easy feat for me (How amazing it is to have an intimate relationship with God, He actually speaks to us in real time!). Pastor also saw a vision that I will be surrounded by enemy opposition as well as the work would be very challenging, but I'm up for the challenge as long as it's free travel!

So there I was, traveling around Western Europe, Africa and I was also given a chance to visit the Holy Land - Israel! I was able to step on the land where Jesus once lived! 

Israel seemed like a semi-dessert country, abundant in olive trees, and the chosen country of God where Jesus was born as well as where he died.

The Sirena crew traveled for two hours from the port of Haifa going to Bethlehem and our first stop was a souvenir shop where they were selling olive wood cross, nativity ornaments, rosaries, jewelries where the prices were jacked up. We were then told that we should buy now and that we can't buy from anywhere else. Who were they trying to fool when there were a lot of vendors near the church of nativity who were selling the exact same thing at 5x less the price. Oh well, I guess they're just trying to make a living but they should not try to manipulate us. We're not that gullible. 


When we arrived at Jerusalem, we had to change our guide as Arabs are not allowed to enter Jerusalem and this goes the same way for the Jews, there is a great division in their land where Arabs and Jews reside. Jews can't even enter Bethlehem anymore as Arabs have taken over that side of the country. Arabs also can't enter Jerusalem. Mind you, the people selling those Rosaries, holy water, holy soil among others are Arabs. 😏


The souvenirs here are way cheaper than the souvenir shop we visited. We were told that they had some commissions back at the souvenir shop that's why the prices are too high.


Before you can enter the place where Jesus was born, this is the entrance where you have to bow your  head. Seems right as Jesus is Lord after all.


Overlooking the mount of Olives


Sirena crew Photo op.

At the place where Jesus was crucified which is at Golgotha, now the Sepulcre church. People are laying their hands here which is believed where Jesus blood was shed when he was slain.




A bit amused by the way they dress. 


People praying at the wailing wall where people from different nations come together and be united in prayer. Hundreds of thousands of Christians go on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land and would usually spend at least 3000 USD for Filipinos but when cruise ship crew sign up for a tour here, it only costs 20 USD. 


The place was called Golgothat before where Jesus life died for His people. Even up to this day, Jesus continues to intercede for His people and we Christians are also called to become intercessors.

I feel so lucky being able to visit Israel while it's still possible, a few years from now it will probably be not as safe. Sometimes people think that Jesus is all about religion when in fact Jesus just wants to have a relationship with us. God just wants to lavish us with His love and be the perfect Father, friend, healer, comforter to all of us. Words are not enough to describe His awesomeness. Once you'll feel the Lord's overwhelming presence touching you, you will never be the same again. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Guernsey | The United Kingdom



Guernsey is that tiny island located off the coast of Normandy. It was around mid-Ausgust when we went there. It was such a lovely, quaint, small isle with its balmy weather. I just love how the people speak there with there cute british accent as thoughthe characters came out straight from a Nanny McPhee movie. 


Victorian-styled houses with flowers draped out of the windows.



We went shopping to its nearby shops and it was a bit pricey since everything was in Pounds. We just managed to buy us some chocolates with liqeur and went window shopping. Hahah. P.S. Those chocolate liqeurs are not so good. I ended spitting it out. Yuck.









Wednesday, February 8, 2017

IPL Hair Removal Review | Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal System Home Use



Being  hairy has been a major dilemma for me. The hairs from my legs started to grow really long and curly naturally when I was in puberty stage at age 12. I decided that I could not take it anymore as I can no longer wear shorts or skirts at age 13 without getting teased by my classmates. I then tried shaving but it only made matters worst. I also tried that veet shaving cream and Epilin waxing but that only kept me hair free for barely a month and I'd have to wax again which is so tiring, time-consuming and messy. Whenever I feel lazy from waxing, my hairs would grow to its normal horrendous self again. People took notice and they keep telling me maybe I was mistakenly made into a woman when I could have been a man instead. Whenever my legs would touch others legs, they say my hairs are like knives or sometimes they say it's like a sandpaper.

Deep inside, I can't help but feel offended, hurt by it at times and insecure about my abnormal hair growth which they call hirsutism. I think I got this trait from my late father who was also very hairy. Whenever I see men who have no hairs on their legs, I can't help but feel bad at my hairy legs. I can't wear shorts or dresses anytime I want. I still have to painstakingly wax it so that I can look more feminine as well as feel good about myself. Good thing I discovered Veet Infini'Silk IPL online as I was researching a solution for my condition. I bought this for 173 USD at Amazon and had it shipped internationally to the Philippines. It took 2 weeks before the product finally arrived. I was so happy and excited to use it when it finally came.

            





I read the instructions carefully and said that it's more effective if your hairs are dark and stubby just like mine. The manual says that I need to shave my legs before using it but I didn't like to shave my legs ever, so I waxed it instead. After 2 days I made sure that I didn't have any open cuts from waxing and that's when I started zaping my legs. I didn't want to shave it prior to zaping as maybe I would cut myself from it and maybe it would cause an infection if I use it immediately after shaving. 

uring my first treatment, I turned it to the highest level which is 5. I zap my hairs one section at a time and it took me 30 mins to complete zapping both my lower legs. I think I might have placed the machine too hard on my skin as I had a few burn patches on my skin. Oops! 

On my second treatment I pressed it lightly and I didn't get burned anymore. I do my IPL treatments at a 2 weeks interval for 5 months before reducing the treatment to every 3 weeks. I'm now on my 22nd treatment after 1 year of using it. 

Honestly I've seen considerable results on my lower lip and lower legs. Not so on my bikini and underarms maybe because of more hormones development on those areas.

Basically, my hair growth on my legs has reduced considerably and I've seen less hairs now and if there are still any it's growing so slowly. About 70-80% of the hairs has reduced. It has not completely disappeared though but it's less daunting now than before and my hairs would usually fall off a week after treatment or if it does not fall off, I just pull it really lightly and the hair is gone. No more waxing, shaving. No more hassle. I wish I would be completely hair free though. But it's an improvement so far.

As of now, I've used 7000 flashes so far. The device is good for 50,000 flashes so maybe it will last for a few more years before it would get burned out. I just do my treatment once a month now for maintenance and I'm really happy with the results. I don't do treatments though during period as my skin is very sensitive to bruising and scarring during those times. 





Sunday, February 5, 2017

MonteCarlo | Monaco Monaco

The world's second smallest state. This tiny country dotes on the super rich and famous for their glittering hotels, casinos and sports scenes. Only the super wealthy can afford the upscale cost of living in Monaco and its lavish lifestyle.

A yacht that's worth a mint!



One of the nooks and crannies in Monaco where some scenes were taken for the Iron Man movie.

And temember this? This was also the hotel where the movie Montecarlo was taken starting aselena Gomez.

I can't believe I got the opportunity to visit this place too.








Swimming pool by the busiest part of the city.

Yacht harbor in Montecarlo






Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Casablanca, Morocco | Follow me in Africa


I first heard about Morocco back in highschool. For all I know, Morocco was the country where the argan oil originated. I imagined Morocco with its orange and red themed interiors, it's Arabian style marketplace and dessert like weather.

Morrocco is also one of the countries where Filipinos don't need a visa to enter. Just prepare $1000 plane fare to get there from Manila though, yes I looked it up.

This small country is a part of the African continent just bordering the Mediterranean sea. Our cruise ship happen to have a stop in Casablanca which gave us the opportunity to explore Morocco, it's famous souks (marketplace) and Moorish design architecture. In case you don't know what Moorish is, like me. I also looked it up in google and it's a style inspired by the Muslims in North Africa. 

The city centre from the port where we docked in Casablanca was quite far. It was right at the far end of the port. We tried to haggle a taxi to take us to the center when he was trying to overprice us. We managed have the price lowered and we paid Euro 20 to get to their souks. Upon arriving at their marketplace, their stalls were so unorganized. Some locals were trying to lure us to their shops giving us good prices even though it was already pretty expensive for fake items. It's best that you go to their public spaces in groups as there are also a lot of tricksters around the area. I wasn't too big on shopping there as their designs are a bit outdated or plainly just not my taste. They had some dwarf like designed shoes, dresses that I could never wear in my country. The place was similar to a marketplace in Manila which we call Divisoria, but at least Divisoria has air con stalls and styling clothes.








Marketplace that reminds me of the movie Alladin.



Monday, January 23, 2017

Valletta, Malta


Valletta, the capital of Malta. A tiny country in the southern part of Europe geographically located in the Mediterranean. We visited Malta last July and it was as hot as can be. The weather was so humid. 
But it's a lovely place. Just outside the port, there's an elevator that will take you up to the center. It costs just 1 Euro to go up. 

A lovely garden in Valletta, with baroque style pillars and pavements.










They would blasts those cannons every now and then as part of their tourist attraction. 





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