Travel Tuesday: La-La-Laiya!

Photos by Lemarc Limosnero
Last weekend, I trooped to Laiya Beach in Batangas with some of my friends from CS. This getaway was sort of a mandatory chill trip. We were literally forced to RELAX. Or as the kids say nowadays: “CHILLAX”. Nyek. Ang panget. I think I’m sticking to real words today, the ones that are actually listed in the dictionary. Hahaha. Most of us in the group are urban warriors who get quite a beating on a daily basis. With work demands, personal obligations and responsibilities, and of course each of us dealing with our own demons..it was nice to just cut loose from all that stress. It was a good breather, a time to just rest our weary bodies and minds. We ate, slept, sunbathed, swam, ate, slept, sunbathed, swam, and ate all weekend long. Night time came and we transformed the resort into CLUB CRANIUM. We caused quite a ruckus with all the shouting, screaming, and heckling. Dito lumabas yung mga pikon at competitive sa barkada..at nabuking yung mga mahina sa spelling! I won’t name names, you know who you are. Hahaha! 
Photos by Samantha Godinez

Photos by Samantha Godinez

Photos by Samantha Godinez

Photos by Samantha Godinez

Sometimes you don’t need to actually get on a plane to go on a vacation. Sometimes, you don’t even have to get on a car. A self-imposed vacation could easily be at the comfort of your own room. Pwede rin sa comfort room..pero ibang self-imposed vacation na tawag dun. Har har har. You just have to give yourself a break..whether it’s to just enjoy a big chunk of chocolate cake, read a book, or to just unthink your thoughts and use the time to just have a one-on-one with God. I used to be a workaholic..I would juggle different jobs in a day and I felt I was doing the right thing by multi-tasking. I always pressured myself into believing that I had to prove something, to be self sufficient and to earn as much as I possibly can. But I was constantly sick, I felt drained, I barely had time for my friends and family and ultimately I was unhappy. I was working just to work and not working because I believed in the work that I did. It was only this year that I finally decided to take it easy on myself..after almost a decade of overworking. It was quite an adjustment at first especially since I always get stressed about having no stress..and my natural instinct is to work,work,work as this is the model my parents have instilled in me. But I find that now that I’ve allowed myself to enjoy more things in life by letting go of certain obligations..I’m more focused and purposeful with my work, I’ve developed a more defined sense of self, I’ve strengthened my friendships and relationships, and best of all, I have more time with the Lord. There are instances when I still accept work on weekends, especially when they seem like good opportunities..but I always make it a point that I make up for it and keep a balanced life.

This weekend reminded me of that life change I decided to take early this year. Bebo, our CS team leader, asked each of us to answer a question as we were all bonding after breakfast, “If God gave you a blank check or a way to wipe your slate clean, what would you do?”. Each one had a different way of answering the question, a reflection of each person’s unique life journey. I’m normally shy when it comes to opening up to big groups of people, I only open up to my parents and my closest friends..but I felt like God was really working in my heart and I found myself sharing something very personal. It’s funny, I host events for a living..but my voice was literally cracking up while I shared my story! Sobrang kabado! Hahaha! But in a nutshell, I shared to them my personal struggle with my faith and how I’m working on rebuilding my relationship with God. I was always a “good”person and on paper I would pass with flying colors..but my heart yearned for something more each day and I knew the void could only be filled by the BIG GUY up there. Im FARRRR from where I want to be..so farrrrr! But God meets us where we are in our lives..be it in the lowest of lows or the highest of highs. 🙂

So friends, take that break to assess yourselves and think of where you are right now and ask God to meet you there. It doesn’t have to be something so grand and groundbreaking. Make it simple, make it real. And surround yourself with friends who will help you on that life journey. It’s HARD to go through life alone so choose wisely and pick people who will inspire you each day 🙂

9 Responses to Travel Tuesday: La-La-Laiya!

  1. this is so me:

    I was always a “good”person and on paper I would pass with flying colors..but my heart yearned for something more each day and I knew the void could only be filled by the BIG GUY up there. Im FARRRR from where I want to be..so farrrrr!

    thanks for this. i will quote you in my blog..

  2. sooo saaayyyyaaaaa and affirming!
    I really like this inspiring post!
    all i can say is ditto…
    i’m going to share this to my friends 🙂

  3. Hi Ms.Patty! Thank you for this inspiring entry. I used to be a “workaholic” too but my Mom always tells me na “baka yang kinikita mo eh pang dextrose mo lang”. After that, I realized to live eah day fully but not too much. Sabi pa nga namin dati, “Mayaman ka nga, di ka naman happy so wala din”.

    Yes, let’s build our relationship with God. 🙂

  4. This is the most revealing verse I encountered not just this year but in my whole life,

    Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

    It is not about what I do — good works, going to church or being nice that would win His favor… cause I already have that by accepting God’s gift through Christ and believing in power of the cross. It has been done. Finished. Nothing more I need to add. May you continue a victorious life through Him =)

    http://ioverflow.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

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