Tuesday, April 26, 2005

a treat for tastebuds!

Sunday April 24, 2005

Went to a wedding reception at Makati Shangri-la on Sunday night. Of course, I'm a food buff, so I'm not here to talk about the program, but only the food... So the 7-course meal we had for dinner was Japanese food which started off with the appetizer in the form of Kani Salad, then there was the sumptuous Assorted Maki and Sushi Rolls, followed by the Sukiyaki Soup (a little too sweet for my taste, but yummy, nonetheless..), after that, we had Mixed Tempura (I wasn't aware you could do that to eggplants and carrots and still get away with it tasting so..uhm..they haven't invented a word for it yet)..by the time the main course came out, we were so full we couldn't eat a bite more, but who could pass up Tepan Grilled Chicken fillet with Terriyaki Sauce and Japanese Fried Rice?! So on I ate as if my life depended on it. The dessert was really a treat, both for the kids and adults. What with Green Tea Ice Cream resting on my tongue, I barely had time to talk as I consumed a bowlful! (talk about gustatory delight!) To top it off, the amazing flower setting in the middle of the tables took our breath away. Whoever did them should be commended! The light pink and peach-colored roses were especially wonderful.. What an evening!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Here I Go Again...


He could hear the crowds screaming "crucify" "crucify"...
He could hear the hatred in their voices,
These were His chosen people.
He loved them,
And they were going to crucify Him.
He was beaten, bleeding and weakened...
His heart was broken,
But still He walked.

He could see the crowd as He came from the palace.
He knew each of the faces so well.
He had created them.
He knew every smile, laugh, and shed tear,
But now they were contorted with rage and anger...
His heart broke,But still He walked.

Was He scared?
You and I would have been
So His humanness would have mandated that He was.
He felt alone.
His disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed Him.
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few.
Then He turned His eyes to the only One that mattered
And He knew that He would never be alone.
He looked back at the crowd, at the people who were spitting
At Him, throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him and He knew
That because of Him, they would never be alone.
So for them, He walked.

The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through
The crowd. The sounds of His cries echoed even louder,
The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet
Were nailed to the cross, intensified with each blow.
Loudest of all was the still small voice inside His
Heart that whispered "I am with You, my Son",
And God's heart broke.
He had let His Son walk.

Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering,
But instead He asked God to forgive.
Not to forgive Him, but to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him.
As He hung on that cross, dying an unimaginable death,
He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd,
But also, the face of every person yet to be,
And His heart filled with love.
As His body was dying, His heart was alive.
Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of us.
That is why He walked.

When I forget how much My God loves me,
I remember His walk.
When I wonder if I can be forgiven,
I remember His walk.
When I need reminding of how to live like Christ,
I think of His walk.
And to show Him how much I love Him,
I wake up each morning,
turn my eyes to Him,
And I walk.

--Author Unknown

This poem really touched me so. Not just because it speaks of Christ's death and love for me, a sinner, but also because it reminds me to walk. To walk faithfully, perseveringly... though trials and problems come my way, still the Lord helps me say 'come what may'. hey, it rhymes! haha

Friday, April 08, 2005


Sooo...I finally found time to create my own blog this summer. Well, nothing much to do except hang around...soooo borrring! On the brighter side, I get to go swimming and stuff. Well, I'll keep it short for now...