Joy of Easter

Happy Easter! I spent the Holy Week feeling a little down and depressed all thanks to the crazy Taipei weather (14 days of nonstop rain), but I realized it was also my own little way of accompanying Jesus to carry His cross. We were greeted with a lovely spring sunshine come Saturday morning, and the feeling of loneliness was replaced by an inner joy. Thank you, God for sending Your Son to save us from our sinfulness! I remain unfazed by life's trials because I believe You have control over them. Sister Mary Beth, a Sacred Heart nun from our church gave me this lip balm as an Easter gift... a beautiful reminder to be with God every single day. "The closer we come to God, the more fully we become ourselves."- Sister Ida Peterfy

I thank the Lord too for sending people who manifest His love and mercy- my friends and loved ones!!! I was not all alone in celebrating the joy of Easter. Kaymee's family came to visit me and I happily volunteered to be their tour guide. Kaymee is one of my best friends since college and I have known her family for over 10 years. She was not able to join because she just started with her new job in Melbourne. I cant believe her baby sister is turning 18 this year! I remember helping out during her 9th birthday party and setting up the parlor games! Gosh tanders na talaga. My goddaughters from Japan are also here in Taipei for a few weeks. Ninang was busy baby-sitting her babies but her heart is so full of love.

It was a busy week at work because we had a planning meeting for an annual chambers conference. We chose Marriott Taipei as the conference venue in November and during the ocular inspection, I requested the hotel's events officer to bring us to the pool area. Look at what greeted us!

After the planning meeting, we had our first quarter company lunch at the newly-opened Morton's Steakhouse located on the 45th floor of the new Breeze Xinyi. The view was spectacular. It would be nice to go on a date here especially at night! It was refreshing to have a yummy lunch with my colleagues and to not discuss anything work-related.

I cannot wait to be home this weekend. My brother's on his annual month-long vacation so I promised to spend time with them before flying to Hanoi for work next week. I'm really, really, exhausted. When I feel stressed, I let out a big sigh and thank the heavens for letting me have a job. Then I feel okay again.

Hope you're all having a good blessed first week of Easter!

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