A Bend in the Road


A Bend in the Road is the fifth novel of Nicholas Sparks. It was published in 2001. 

This is the update of my Goal 101 that I just made up. haha! Well, happy to know I bought one now and this is only just the beginning. I bought it last Friday or Thursday I think? hehe. . I forgot the date. So now, I'm starting to be very firm on my decisions. hmmm.. I'm extremely happy weeee.. I have to read it first before I buy another one. I haven't started to read it because I have to post the update.haha! Wow! my very own book for the first time..sssshhhhh..haha!

The plot:

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run- accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.  Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah's second grade teacher. A young woman recovering from difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other...soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in - including their love.

















Imagine ME without YOU



This song touched me deep inside. I heard this one on a video presentation of my friend Jezreel on his 21st birthday. The song somehow reached me through my deepest thoughts. There is something about the song that I can't explain and  somehow burst me into an overwhelming gratitude. It was really something - DIFFERENT. I can't imagine my LIFE without GOD

I'd be a lost girl now if not because of HIM, that's why I thank HIM so much for giving me an amazing life. He is the one who gives me strength to face my battles. He gives me hope when I was running out of it. He is still my ultimate savior.

As long as stars shine down from Heaven
And the rivers run into the sea
Till the end of time, forever
You're the only love I'll need


In my life You're all that matters
In my eyes the only truth I see
When my hopes and dreams have shattered
You're the one that's there for me


When I found You I was blessed
And I will never leave You, I need You


Imagine me without You
I'd be lost and so confused
I wouldn't last a day
I'd be afraid without You there to see me through

Imagine me without You
Lord, You know it's just impossible
Because of You, it's all brand new
My life is now worth while
I can't imagine me without You


When You caught me I was falling
Your love lifted me back on my feet
It was like You heard my calling
And You rushed to set me free


When I found You I was blessed
And I will never leave You, I need You


Imagine me without You
I'd be lost and so confused
I wouldn't last a day
I'd be afraid without You there to see me through


Imagine me without You
Lord, You know it's just impossible
Because of You, it's all brand new
My life is now worth while
I can't imagine me without You


When I found You I was blessed
And I will never leave You, I need You


Imagine me without You
I'd be lost and so confused
I wouldn't last a day
I'd be afraid without You there to see me through


Imagine me without You
Lord, You know it's just impossible
Because of You, it's all brand new
My life is now worth while
I can't imagine me, I can't imagine me without You

Blue Days :(

The past few days, a very shocking and terribly news was announced. I'm so worried and super sad. It was something I never expected, I was alarmed. It occurred to me that this is something not to take for granted. Sadly, the company is facing a storm. I know the nature of my work and I know it's not stable. I am now aware of things like lay off and termination. But I'm blessed that I was retained. It was not easy, I was thinking about it the whole time. I have a good feeling though that I will stay for awhile, but it's a not a reason for me to celebrate. 

Some of the people I knew was at the moment of panic and discomfort. If only I have the power to change the situation, I would do it, but sad to say I can't do anything to reverse it. It was meant to happen, it was a call. But It's how you see things in a good and positive way not the dark side of it.

Everything has a purpose. The incident happened is just a way of saying there is still something ahead of us, waiting for us to explore and something worth it.

I believe that when God closes a door, He opens a window. He will never leave you hanging. I can't say the degree of damage that has been done but I'm hopeful that this storm will pass and rainbow will follow.

Everything I do - I do it for you

Look into my eyes - you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart - search your soul
And when you find me there you'll search no more

Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for
You know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you

Look into your heart - you will find
There's nothin' there to hide
Take me as I am - take my life
I would give it all - I would sacrifice

Don't tell me it's not worth fightin' for
I can't help it - there's nothin' I want more
Ya know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you

There's no love - like your love
And no other - could give more love
There's nowhere - unless you're there
All the time - all the way

Oh - you can't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
I can't help it - there's nothin' I want more
I would fight for you - I'd lie for you
Walk the wire for you - ya I'd die for you

Ya know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you  


I don't know if the song was originally from Bryan Adams cause it has a lot of versions.hehe. Anyways, when I heard this song I remember my friend Sheena. She told me that she saw a video of the song on Youtube. The video flashed is about Jesus, and she says it was so nice. I haven't seen the video yet but I get the thought. The lyrics of the song, if you think about Jesus on how much he loves us, that he saves us all from our sins, it was really holy.

"Look into my eyes - you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart - search your soul
And when you find me there you'll search no more"

 
Jesus saves us from our sins. He's our living miracle. He will never do such thing if HE never loves us, or cared for us. When I found Jesus in my life, in my heart, I realized that I don't have to search for more to complete or to satisfy my needs, HE is already there and HE completes me.

Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for
You know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you 

He did everything for us. He was crucified and endured all the pains. He was  mocked and crowned with thorns. He knows that giving his life for us is the ultimate purpose of his being.That HIS sacrifice was worth it.

Look into your heart - you will find
There's nothin' there to hide
Take me as I am - take my life
I would give it all - I would sacrifice  

Oh Lord Jesus! I love you above all. I take you wholly as my ultimate savior. You are my life and my love is  forever yours.

There's no love - like your love
And no other - could give more love
There's nowhere - unless you're there
All the time - all the way  

Indeed, there is no love like your LOVE dear Jesus. You have given so much for us and now it is the right time to offer something for you. I LOVE YOU all the way until the end of my days, till the end of my LIFE -- I will glorify your name forever!


The dying Jesus is the evidence of God's anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God's love and forgiveness.  ~Lorenz Eifert 

Feliz CumpleaƱos


Feliz CumpleaƱos - Happy Birthday! This day is so special for the two "boys" who turns into a lovely "man"..haha! Well,this post is for them, cause they are very close to me. Happy Birthday to Jezreel and Grinly. Both of them influenced me in many good ways. 

It's their 21st birthday so it's extra special. I know both of you are grown-up and I witnessed the transformation of your personality. You have now individual priorities in life, you take actions to achieve it , grew more responsible, more mature and willing to embrace challenges to seek development in your life. I'm so happy and bless that God has given me the chance to be part of your universe.  

I'm so lucky to have two exceptional friends, the one who I always look up to as a brother and the one I love most as a partner - dear and sweetheart. I wish you both all the best things in life, I asked God to guide you in your journey, more faith to trust HIM and strength to face the battles in life. I love you both and let's stay good friends longer than forever (OA ba?--haha!).




Psych Exam: Coping with Stress

Life is indeed stressful, with works needed to be done,projects and thesis deadlines in school etc etc. Are you coping well? How do you react well to these stressors? I was looking for a "Psych Exam" samples, I stumble to this page where a test yourself is given. I tried the Coping Skills test and I was surprised with the result. After finishing the test, the site provides a snapshot of the result, so here it is:


Good to know I'm still coping up with all the stressors in life. Well, stress is somehow important element in our lives, plus it plays an important role in our day to day survival. It's up to you on how well you react in response to high levels of stress in your life. But stress also have its negative effects on our physical and emotional health. So here are some good tips on how to deal on stress:
  • Don't worry about things you can't control, such as the weather.
  • Solve the little problems. This can help you gain a feeling of control.
  • Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview.
  • Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.
  • Work to resolve conflicts with other people.
  • Talk with a trusted friend, family member or counselor.
  • Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid overscheduling.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Eat regular, well-balanced meals and get enough sleep.
  • Meditate.
  • Participate in something you don't find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies. 
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Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn



Renesmee is half human half vampire daughter of Bella and Edward in the fourth book Breaking Dawn. Stephenie Meyer cites in her official facebook page “Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy”. 


The little actress is shown in television series such as Flash Forward, Hawaii Five-0 and 'Til Death. I am excited to see her act, the character Renesmee seems astonishing. I believe the character fits her very well.

I cannot hide the feeling of excitement to this fourth film,the fourth book though is more about several exchange of conversation, but it is always striking - for me ^^ . This time, Bella and Edward were married and eventually Bella was one of them - cold ones.

What is fascinating is that there are plenty of new characters, though less fights. The Denali sisters, a coven of vampires in Alaska, are closer to the Cullen family. The Denali coven covers Tanya (Buring), Irina (Maggie Grace), Kate (Labow),Carmen and Eleazar are vegetarian vampires like the Cullens.

Originally the Denali sisters are Tanya, Irina and Kate, while Mia Maestro as Carmen and Christian Camargo as Eleazar joins the sect.

 Left - Right: Casey LaBow as Kate,Maggie Grace as Irina,MyAnna Buring as Tanya

Looking Back....

So funny, I always thought that how day by day nothing changes, that everything is so repetitive. haha! But I was completely wrong.

Uhmm yeah..I had a very wonderful week-end. I hate surprises but it's inevitable. I was surprised and I felt so blessed. I never expected it nor think about it. I'm speechless. I think hard-works are paid off. Last Saturday, the 3rd quarter General Meeting of Sticky Media with the theme " It doesn't matter if you're black or white", I received an amazing, unexpected recognition. This recognition is the "Employee of the Month" for the month of August and received a cash of PhP 2,000 (it's a big cash for me -- haha!). 

Well if pwede palang ma collapse, na collapse nako sa stage, and I can't remember my message, lol moment. 

I'm so happy the following day we had an advance celebration of my mother's 50th birthday!! I'm ecstatic, we're all present in the celebration, super complete family lists. My cousins were there, my mama's friends and neighbors in Jasaan -my hometown- and of course my mine. ehemm.. I thanked God for so so much blessings.  

I look back from where I started it was so DIFFERENT now. Everything has changed, and that what makes it constant.

GOAL 101: Sparks All The Way!


The bestselling American writer Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31 1965 (44), in Omaha Nebraska. He has published 16 novels already and six of them adapted to films, namely Message in a bottle, A walk to remember, The Notebook, Nights of Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song.  Two of his books are anticipated of being made into films. The Book True Believer soon this 2011 while The Lucky One is expected on the following year 2012.

Actually I made a promise to myself that I will buy all his books. I’m a fan of his works. He’s one of the writers I admire. I wholly admire his writing skills, which I secretly desire to attain. Anyway, most of the time I wish I had that kind of talent, how I fantasize to have an excellent writing, which I’m eager to learn. I know I can, I have to be positive all the way to accomplish my goal.

All his romance fiction books are ideal, but I have seen those on films like The Notebook, A walk to Remember, Dear John and The Last Song. I haven’t got the chance to read his books which I’m really looking forward to. I hate myself for those damn excuses; I can’t buy for now because I have to buy things such as this and that. I know I can meet the expenses of those books but it’s my moodiness making it behind the schedule. I’m so wound up to buy some of it, I want to collect his books and that’s my eventual target for this year!

Target Books:

1.      The Lucky One
2.      At First Sight 
3.      The Choice 
4.      True Believer 
5.      The Guardian
6.      Three Weeks with my Brother 
7.      The Wedding
8.      Night in Rodanthe 
9.     A bend in the Road 
10.   The Rescue 
11.   A walk to remember 
12.   Message in a bottle 
13.   The Notebook 
14.   Safe Haven 
15.   The Last Song 
16.   Dear John

I may not acquire all of the books since I started like just now but keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to buy all of it. Let’s see the available books in the bookstore. I was looking around in National Bookstore a month ago or so -I couldn't remember now- for those books and I was surprised, the price is 300php something. I think the price is reasonable, of course it’s Sparks! Oh how I wish someone would buy one for me (hoping again*) or I could get a discount or a sale. Hmm, thinking of it and spending money for books, is that practical? Ha-ha! I’m so stupid, I’m making goals again and not sure if I could accomplish such. Oh Sparks, my inspiration. I love to read those books so soon.

Nicholas Sparks Books:
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