Serving, Sharing and Surfing ☺

This past week was the most humbling experience in our lives by far. Me and my husband were able to share our riches, not monetary, since we’ve been living on a budget after our wedding three (3) months ago, but our riches in time and talents.

Metro Manila has experienced another calamity the past week involving non-stop heavy rainfall resulting to flood. Floodwaters have covered so many places in the Philippines leaving a lot of people hungry, cold and homeless.

Last Tuesday, August 7, 2012, my husband and I wanted to just go out of our comfortable home, bring our surfboards and go to the flooded areas where rescue was desperately needed. We were watching the news the whole day and most of the reports they receive were “RESCUE NEEDED”. Rescue operation groups were running out of rescue boats and were already trying to borrow from private owners. This led us to offer our help by letting them know that we may not have rescue boats but we have surfboards that we can use to help save lives out there.

We felt that as surfers, who are used to waves, currents and wipe outs, can make use of our resources (surfboards) and physical training to save lives in the flood waters. We were willing and ready to go paddle out once we receive a call/message but we didn’t get any. Given that the calamity only caused landslide casualties, the rescue operation groups, given the lack of materials, were able to do their jobs well with courage, strength, faith, compassion and love. God is good.

Come Wednesday, August 8, 2012, with God calling us to serve and make use of our time and talents to help and encourage others, my husband took a leave from work and we volunteered for five (5) straight days in our church (CCF Makati) to pack and give out relief goods to flooded areas. We’re even privileged when asked to bring our surfboards with us just in case we would need them in giving out relief goods in hard to reach areas. So my husband and I went out of our way and followed God.

Bringing relief goods to CCF Taytay – 08.10.12 (Friday)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Taytay – 08.10.12 (Friday)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bau, Mighty, LA & Eesai = Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

08.08.12 – Wednesday – Giving out relief goods to Brgy. La Paz Makati – We met Vincent, Harris and Harold, kids who asked me what it (surfboard) was called (our surfboards being used to transport relief goods to their houses). God blessed us with talents that we’re able to teach them how to paddle with a surfboard in the flood and share the stoke. Unknowingly, they showed us how to be joyful in misfortune♥

08.09.12 (Thursday) – We went to Brgy. Bangkal to give out another batch of relief goods. I found myself sharing the gospel with handmade “rasta” bracelets to four (4) kids namely: Jon Jon, Bryan, Caleti and Lian, whose houses were also flooded by the calamity. God reminded them to always pray no matter how small or big the problem is because Jesus will never leave them. He already shared His blood for all of us so our sins can be forgiven. They were all smiling and repeating every phrase per color♥

Our last day of relief operation happened last Sunday with other surfers from Surfari Phils., headed by Jasper Enriquez. Jasper organized a relief operation for surfers who want to help out flood victims from the recent calamity.


Jasper was able to gather 200 bags from the RIDE ROCK RELIEF project which also aims to collect relief goods for calamity victims in the Philippines. Having heard from Pastor Danny of CCF Taytay that Rizal is the least supported flooded area since floodwaters normally last two (2) months to seven (7) months in hard to reach areas, we suggested to Jasper, if they haven’t found a flooded place to help out yet, maybe we can go to heavy flooded areas in Rizal with the help of CCF Taytay.

So it happened. Our Sunday Surfers group went to Villaluz St. Brgy. Kalayaan, Angono Rizal with Niko Baua and his crew from ABS-CBN to cover the relief operation. Niko is not just a reporter, but a diver, and recently got stoked in surfing when he tried it with Jasper’s group in Baler, Aurora.

August 12, 2012 was the most touching from all five (5) days of relief operation that my husband and I went to. I, personally cried when I saw Nanay‘s teary eyes (“Nanay” – in english, “Mother”) just right after giving her a bag relief goods. She’s about 65-70 years old and told me that she’s so blessed and thankful because that was the first time that they have received help and donation ever since the monsoon started. She said that they kept on listing their names but haven’t received any help. Her face is marked in me that whenever I think about her and remember her eyes and words, I can just cry. I told her that I will never forget Villaluz and that if ever (not hoping that another calamity would happen again though) there will be another misfortune event, I will remember and think first of Villaluz and their baranggay. My husband, LA, on the other hand met another Christian during our relief operation. When were down with just a few bags to give out, LA met Noel, a sick man who is undergoing dialysis at the moment and couldn’t go out of his flooded house and get the relief goods bag. So LA went up to his house and checked his status, gave the bag and prayed for him. That moment humbled him as well and he will never forget it. LA and I will always include them in our prayers.

Some pictures taken by Niko from the Sunday relief operation:

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Surfers distributing relief goods in Rizal with their long boards. @surfunited #reliefPH”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “I was skeptical at first, but the surfboards were pretty useful in giving out goods in the cramped neighborhoods.”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Some residents cant get the relief goods in the bgy hall bcoz of the floods. It had to be brougt to them. @SurfUnited”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Paddling & distributing aid in floods. 🏄 @surfunited #morefuninph”

Surfers brave floodwaters to deliver relief goods

The relief operation for surfers is only the beginning. Jasper also launched a campaign entitled, SURF UNITED, which aims to break or change the surfer stereotype into responsible surfers and welcomes other educated surfers in the Philippines who want to give back to the community and help other people by joining in the campaign, and the recent relief operation was just the start of it.

SurfUnited on Twitter

Surfing, more than the stoke, fun, and laid back lifestyle that it provides, is a celebration of God’s creation. You celebrate with the waves, but it also doesn’t stop there. The kind of stoke that surfing gives you makes you want to celebrate God’s gift of nature anytime and anywhere, as long as there is still creation to celebrate with. Who is responsible then to take good care of God’s creation and preserve God’s gift so we can continuously celebrate life with our loved ones and others? Let’s take a stand and make sure it’s the right one.

As for my husband and I, we will make the right choice, continue to take courage as we live a “shaka” lifestyle and will continue to serve the Lord.

May God be with you always,

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” ~ Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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Call Me Crazy… Maybe ♥


After making two gospel bracelets this morning, I thought of something crazy… maybe beautifully crazy though ☺

Combining the suggestion of our photographer friend Michael Mariano, on how we can display our wedding pictures in our home, and the surfboard ref magnets given by another friend, Gracey Corpuz, I thought of making a surfboard-clothes-line type of photo display hanger where we can clip our printed pictures on the wall. ☺



I made use of the rasta-colored yarns so our surfboard-clothes-line-photo-display would meaningfully portray the gospel: Heaven, Sin, Blood of Jesus, Salvation and Eternal Life ♥

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On Saltwater Buddha: #StokeBits01


The ocean is in constant flux, and when you spend a lot of time in it you become like a floating bottle with a message inside; you know you’re going somewhere, sense you have a purpose, but you also know you’re at the mercy of the winds and currents, that surrendering may be your only good option.

~ Jaimal Yogis

I got this book from Amazon together with my Dear & Yonder DVD copy ☺ I finally have some free time now to at least start reading it ☺ I just finished the very first paragraph of the Prologue and I’m already stoked ♥

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Official SURF PreNup Photos of LA + Eesai by ©Allen Pangan ♥

Official SURF PreNup Photos of LA + Eesai by ©Allen Pangan ♥

Location: Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines (our favorite surf spot… so far ☺)

Bride-to-be: Eesai Garcia
Groom-to-be: LA Garcia

Make-up Artist: Hannah Roa
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Assistant Director: Gis Muñoz
Direction & Photography by: Allen Pangan
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Visit LA + Eesai’s official wedding website at: ♥

This is God’s work, definitely. From the weather, location, existence of our beautiful nature, gifts/talents, awesome friends and planted unfailing love in the couple’s hearts… you can’t help but surrender and SHARE HIS LOVE. ♥

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Life is like Surfing.

You have the whole ocean as the “world”.
The waves are the opportunities in our everyday lives.
The line-up, where everybody else is waiting for their own perfect wave to catch, represents “the” places, objects, time and people who gave us and constantly allow us to have opportunities. The line-up is where “everything” sets.

There’s a current that will constantly pull you away from your “spot” or from the line-up. Most of the time, you get pulled away unnoticed.

There’s only one way to fight the drift: PADDLE! Paddle your way back to the spot or to the line-up. I know it’s hard because you have already paddled your way out to the line-up from the shore but if you don’t paddle back, you may not only loose your chances in getting a perfect wave and have the possible “best ride” of your life, but a wild wave might also come to where you got lost and boom! Wipeout!

In catching a wave, there are times that the waves may be too big for us to get and the only way for us to go is down under. There are waves that are too small for us and we can choose to ride it smoothly and when we reach the shore, we will have to paddle back again to the line-up. Some people may find this alright but some people think this will just be a waste of time and a missed opportunity in getting a better ride.

We may have the “skill” or enough experience in reading the waves and trying to see if the next wave is “the one” for you, the good thing is you have your family and friends as the “other dudes and dudettes” or “other surfers” who are there with you on the line-up. They will help you and make sure that you get to ride a wave at least once. While there are some dudes who will challenge you and might even make you feel that he or she is damn better than you, some will not quit in pushing you to go beyond your limits. Other than that, still the saddest thing is when you surf alone.

Riding the wave is the best thing. It’s also the best feeling. Just the feeling of being able to get or catch that wave on your own is something! All of a sudden, your hard work, your arms that hurt so bad from paddling and running after that wave, and your fear of getting another “wipeout” are all gone. Swoooooooosh! You start hearing yourself saying: “Oh! It’s worth it!”

Riding a wave is the exact moment or experience in our lives where we feel “This is it!” or we just simply feel GOOD and HAPPY as if we’re floating or flying. There are a lot of things that can happen in riding a wave. You can ride it and own it! Feel awesome because you are so good at riding it. You can even do your tricks on it like trim it or do a cut back or even an aerial if you can. You can finish it up to the shore and go paddle back again for another ride. You can also fall because you can loose your balance and boom another wipeout. You can finish and just call it a day.

The best thing is you learn something new in your every ride. Even if you’re so good at surfing, you will still be surprised in what the wave has to offer you. It’s unpredictable. One thing’s for sure, you took that ride. Oh yes, you may have finished it and rode it like a “dirty bum bum claat” or you may have fallen down and the wave just wiped you out, the important thing is you took it, and you didn’t give up. You helped yourself up and breathe again. Then you can tell yourself… “I think, I just think, I can call myself a surfer.” 🙂

Other than everything that was mentioned, there’s only one thing left, your surfboard.

Your surfboard and your leash are the things that will stick with you no matter what. When you paddle out to the line-up, when you’re on the line-up, when you’re being pulled away by the current, when you try to paddle back, when you catch a wave, ride a wave, when you’re being wiped out, and even when you give up and just call it a day, your surfboard and your leash will walk with you. It’s like God and prayer walking with you… It is the sweetest ride that will always bring you back to the shore 😀

Life is like Surfing. Go and Paddle! Have a great ride! 🙂

@Normi2’s Beachfront Resort, Taboc, San Juan, La Union
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