it’s been a while.

i’m one of those people that if i start a blog (like this one), it feels like an obligation to try and post something. hence, a year-long gap from my last post on here. how daunting it is to try and contribute something meaningful to the endless noise that are the many opinions and experiences out there. yet, here’s my attempt. 

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post-KALI blog



For KALI13, we’ve chosen a student blogger who will share her experience before, during, and after the leadership institute. Here’s her first blog:

KALI – Kapwa Leadership Institute. Three words that might have had no meaning to most of us until that very night where Kuya David shared his heart about our Filipino Heritage. One of the words he described us as was resilient and I never thought to even think about how much we have endured and persevered through as Filipinos. I sat there trying to hold back the tears because I have never been moved about my own ethnicity, my identity. That night God gave me a new name and that was “Filipina.”

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A great summary of the #KALI13 conference a week ago :)

Quotes from KALI 2013

"One who doesn’t remember where he has come from will never reach his destination." -Filipino Proverb

"If you’re not failing in your 20’s then you’re not risking enough."- James Choung

"Culture is not an excuse but an explanation. I should be willing to submit culture to the kingdom culture." -Ate Lisa Espinelli-Chinn

"If we always put these other people at the end of our journey we will always feel like a failure. JESUS is the destination and our companion." -Ate Lisa Espinelli-Chinn

"The name that Jesus calls us, what he names us, trumps anything that the world calls us." -Kuya David de Leon

“Mercy is the intersection of my misery and the love of God.”- Steve Villa “Every gift has a giver. The gifts may come and go but the giver remains.” -Ate Lisa “How many of us believe that our first and most powerful intercession is Jesus himself?”-Ate Lisa
Public Shaming: Racist Basketball Fans PISSED a Mexican-American Boy Dared to Sing Their National Anthem


10 year old Mariachi singer Sebastion de la Cruz was thrust into the national spotlight last year on America’s Got Talent. Tonight, he was once again seen by the nation as he sang the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals in San Antonio where the Spurs took on the Miami Heat.


As you…

My friend posted this on facebook today. I didn’t know that this kid sang the national anthem but the amount of hate seen on this twitter feed makes me so ashamed that I live in this country. 

Why Yellow Fever Is Different than “Having a Type”

This has come up in conversations even with my Christian friends who have tried to justify that “Yellow Fever” is just another way of saying “I prefer Asian women.” Read it. 

"Jesus’ life is a reflection of both suffering and celebration. His life reflects one that yielded power for the sake of embracing suffering on the cross. This suffering, in turn, leads to a place of celebration in the resurrection. In contrast to how American society or even the evangelical church views power, we need to embrace a powerlessness that is evidenced in the life of Jesus. A proper Christology demands that we intersect the theology of the cross with the theology of the resurrection. Celebration and suffering are found together in the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus."

Soong-Chan Rah, “The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity”

Quotes from Church this morning :]

"All to thee my blessed savior, I surrender all"

-“Rich Paupers are those who have everything in Christ yet do not draw on the wealth that they have received. Despite their riches they choose to live in poverty.”
-“He made us not to take but to give”
-“[God] made us to share with us, to walk with us in the cool of the day.”
- “who are you in Christ?”

Some good stuff this morning, really needed to hear this.

Bangladesh: The cost of fashion


Is there any prospect of a properly regulated garments industry in the country, and what would it mean for the market?

Extremely relevant especially in our daily routine of fashion consumption. The article brings up a lot of good issues that I think as consumers we all wrestle with: hard facts and statistics vs. the convenience of cheap clothing for us “poor college students”

"Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.
Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

Amos 5:22-24 ESV