To the ones who dream


I pray you have the courage to make your dream (slash goal) a reality, without trying to fast-forward through today, the here and now. Never stop dreaming.

And never ever ever stop praying.

Keep moving, keep learning, keep growing, keep going.

(Also, I just watched La la land again, and the song “The fools who dream” was stuck in my head and I need to (creatively) get it out of my system.)

Things I’d tell other 20-somethings


On skincare. Your skin is your biggest organ. Know your skin type, so that you can know what type of products to buy. In saying that, you should pay more attention to what you put inside your body instead of what you apply on it. Drink lots of water. Eat healthy. I like Glossier’s tagline: “Skincare first, makeup second, smile always”. Find a good, non-sticky sunscreen and always apply it before going outdoors. Even if it’s cloudy.

On health. You’re old enough now to pay for a gym membership. Or a set of dumbbells and a yoga mat if gym is not your thing. Go for long walks. Eat healthy. Even if it’s just 85% of the time. Snack healthy, too. Avoid caffeine. Yes, I’m really saying this. If you read the ingredient list and you have no clue what it says. Ditch it. Your body will thank you for it.

On fashion. Own your style. Okay, I have no idea how to give advice on fashion. Oops.

On career. What makes you come alive? What do you love to do? What are you good at? You will work five days a week, so you might as well take the time to figure out what you love. Now is the time to go back to school, move to a different country or work for something that stirs something on the inside of you.

On relationships. Always find time to catch up with your friends. Keep the communication lines open – even if the other one is a few thousand miles away. Cherish them and cheer them on. First dates are judgement day. But that’s okay. Over time you will grow comfortable with each other. There won’t always be butterflies, but there will be peace and a sense of belonging. At least, I hope anyway.

On travel. Be brave. Learn a bit about the culture. Learn the language. Even if it’s just basic sentences like, “Hello”, “Thank you”, “Can I buy this?”, “I need to get here” or “Can you please take an Instagram-worthy shot of me?” Set aside one or two days in your itinerary that is completely blank. Explore. Get lost. Fall in love with the city. Be a tourist in your country (especially New Zealand) because it is absolutely beautiful! There is always something new to discover.

On God. He is real, He is alive, and He loves you – more than you know and more than my words could ever say. His name is Jesus and He is calling you home. If you haven’t had an encounter with Him, then can I challenge you to challenge Him to make Himself known to you?

Test shots


Last Christmas, my dad gave me a point-and-shoot camera, a Nikon A300. He said it’s the camera I can use if my “big camera” (DSLR) ever gets too heavy for me. Today, I gave it a test. The actual screen on the camera doesn’t do the photos justice. It’s a 20.1 megapixels camera, but when I look at the screen, it looks crappy. BUT, when I download the photos to my computer, the photos are pretty decent.

Anyways, I don’t want to ramble. I absolutely like it, and it would make such a good travel camera (especially if you’re me who likes all of her photos to be high-res.)

Does this mean I’ll stop bringing my DSLR everywhere I go?


I’ll probably bring both.

Strict training

Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last forever, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.

Every. Single. One.

And if we’re also in a race, we need strict training with a strict diet along a strict exercise plan. Sounds challenging, right?

Our spiritual diet should consist of things: the bread of life and the living water.  Our physical hunger and our spiritual hunger aren’t so different. We have to be careful and remember that the Word of God is not the only thing that we can feed ourselves with. The world offers a lot more appealing junk food than the bread of life. Quick to eat, and easy on the eyes.

Eve fell for the first junk food the world has put on offer. In Genesis 3, it says that she saw that the fruit was “good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom”

The problem is – “quick and easy” may satisfy, but it will not sustain.

Only God can satisfy and sustain.

Yes, the Word of God is not quick and easy. I know that sometimes it’s too deep or too confusing. But we have our personal coach, our personal trainer, the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, convict, and sanctify us. You can ask questions. You can tell God you have no idea what He’s talking about. He knows the Word, because He is the Word. In other words, He can explain Himself.

He knows best how to reveal Himself to you.

The revelations you have are the revelations you need.