Europe 2014: Checking out Central Station and Red Light District during Our First Night in Amsterdam

Aaaah, Amsterdam, we wonder what it has in store for us?

Nope, not just this ice cream. Ha!

Our first stop was at the Schipol Station which is very insteresting.

There are groceries and restaurants in this station too.

Then after figuring where and how to ride the train, and after a couple of minutes of travel in the train, we finally arrived the Central Station.

We walked just straight ahead and found this view.

There were also a lot of shops in this area where we brought souvenirs and hat to conquer the cold city.

Then off we went to the red light district. (*grin*)

Sorry, photos were not allowed so no photos during our walk there. But yes, I tell you, it was interesting. (*wink*)

Gone Girl Movie in the Movie Theatres Soon

I've read this book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn a couple of months ago (or that was probably last year) and I can't stop reading it! As they would say, it was "unputtable". And now, a movie is coming soon. Look!

Interesting, right? Oh, I can't wait for October! ♥

Europe 2014: Arriving and Loving Amsterdam at First Sight.

Aaaaah, after not just a couple of hours, but long hours of road and ferry ride, we finally arrive the city of Amsterdam.

We were greeted by our local tour guide before we all went to our cute and homey hotel.

Look at this house, I can't believe I'm seeing this in person. I remember seeing these types of houses in the movies. (*grin*)

I think we drove for a couple of hours before (finally) arriving to our hotel. And boy, we were amazed. It was one of the beautiful hotels we've ever checked in...

Yes, this is the lobby of our hotel and this is not a house. Although it looks like one!

Nothing can be as homey as this lobby. And yes, they even had a grand piano where one of our tour group played.

The moment we were inside, the tired feeling suddenly went away. I was so ready to conquer Amsterdam!

First, DINNER. (*wink*)

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: God is Enough.

God is indeed enough FOR ME.

It is a lovely day to praise the Lord. Have a nice day, everyone!

Looking forward to Watch "If I Stay" Movie

I was totally touched by the book, If I Stay series that I was soo glad the movie is going to be shown soon. Here's the full trailer which you will surely love too.

Mia Hall (Chloƫ Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. "If I Stay" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

Oooh, I can't wait for movie! Hubby and I will surely enjoy it. And oh yes, I'll prepare myself for the touching scenes too. See you soon Mia and Adam! ♥♥♥

London 2014: Our 3 hour Road Trip and 7 Hour Ferry Ride to Amsterdam

After another sumputous breakfast at Hilton Wembley Hotel, off we went to our 3 hour road trip to Harwich for a ferry ride to Hook Van Holland. It was time to sleep during the ride but I can't help but love the view too.

The road was very nice we didn't even noticed that we were already at the pier.

I was surprised that the pier was empty! I think not most people rides the ferry.

I was expecting a small pier just like the one we have here. But look at our ride!

And it's even better inside the ferry. It's definitely huge!

This is the lovely lounge where we have to stay for the entire 7-hour trip to Holland.

This is the technology room where you can watch movies. But with a FEE.

...and the bar where you can order endless choices of drinks!

My favorite, the restaurant that offered breakfast, lunch and snacks. The choices were endless and I particularly like the coffee machine! ♥

It was definitely a great experience for us. We even met a couple of Pinoys onboard. We will never forget this adventure!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Busy but fun weekend
2. MIL's birthday celebration
3. Milk Tea!
4. Mongolian Buffet dinner
5. Desserts! YUM!
6. If I Stay series by Gayle Forman
7. Massage
8. Better now after severe migraine
9. Blessings
10. Household

To know how this started and credits of the header, click here.

London 2014: Our Quick Stop at the British Museum

The highlight of our second day in London, I would say is the impromptu trip to the British Museum. I mentioned that it was impromptu simpy because of the weather. It wasn't part of the plan and itinerary but because it was raining so hard, the guide decided to bring us to the most famous museum in London, instead.

Aaaah, we sure were happy campers! It was so warm and dry inside and we had fun looking at the most interesting items I've ever seen in my life.

There were different areas of the museum. I bet one day is not even enough to tour the whole place! But here are my favorites that I will never forget...

EGYPTIAN Life and Death (Room 61)

GREECE: Parthenon

MOSAIC Pavement along the stairs

...and before leaving this beautiful museum, here's a nice thought that had linger on my mind for days...

Learn To Say No Sometimes by BO Sanchez

Here's a nice read that made me think twice of saying "YES" to friends, families and co-workers.

Read on...

Learn To Say No Sometimes

“Can you bring a tiny package to my family in Manila?”

“No problem!” I said to the petite Filipina in front of me.

This happened many years ago in a preaching trip in Europe when I still didn’t know about the Balikbayan* Phrase Dictionary. In it, the term “tiny package” means “any object in the universe whose any size is slightly smaller than planet earth”.

When I arrived at the airport, her tiny package was waiting for me: the suitcase was bigger than my bag.

“Sorry Bo,” she said sheepishly, stepping out of her suitcase’s shadow, “I thought it was tiny. But it kept growing bigger and bigger and bigger…”

“Wow. It’s miraculous.”

She then handed me an envelope “just in case you have excess baggage” and left me as quickly as a woman running away from a rapist. I opened it and discovered ten dollars in it. I hollered back at her, “Will this multiply miraculously too?”

When I checked-in her suitcase, true enough, the ticketing guy told me I needed to pay excess baggage. Holding the ten dollars with trembling fingers, I asked how much it would cost. When he showed the astronomical figure to me, I had a paranormal experience right there and then: I felt my soul leave my body for a few seconds. (This happened when I was still a poor missionary.)

When I came about, I inquired as calmly as I could, “Does this price also include the purchase of the plane? Or do I get the plane and own all the pilots and stewardesses as well?”

That experience taught me a very important lesson in life: Learn to say no sometimes.

Like one day, I received ten invitations to preach. These invitations come daily through email and snail mail and phone calls.

As much as this pains me, I say no to 99% of these invitations.

Oh how I love to preach! Everyday, if possible. But if I say yes to all of these invitations, I won’t be able to see my wife and kids anymore. Or I won’t be able to preach in my little spiritual family, Light of Jesus, or write my books, or support my various ministries for the poor…

I learned a very important principle: Saying “no” is really saying a bigger “yes” to what God wants me to do.

Hey, there’re a million things you can do.

But what does God want for your life? If you don’t learn to say “no” to all the myriad of options life offers you, you won’t be able to say “yes” to His specific mission for your life.

Question: Do you have excess baggage in your life?

Learn to say no to excess baggage.

Your yes depends on it.

I love the part that says : Saying “no” is really saying a bigger “yes” to what God wants me to do.

London 2014: Our Second in Day in London: Rainy but Fun!

First agenda for a long day in London, BREAKFAST.

One of the unforgettable breakfast during the trip is this one overlooking the Wembley Stadium. We were staying at Hilton Wembley. A little far from the city but I love, love it. The breakfast was perfect too.

I thought I woke up early (I had jet lagged then), but time quickly flew by that it was time to go for our tour on our second day in London. Aaaah, this is going to be exciting! Although the weather was gloomy and raining but it didn't dampen our excitement. After all, we were in my dream destination!

Our FIRST stop: Tower of London.

While we were lining to go inside, it was raining. But, we didn't mind at all, because look, we had a wonderful view...

Yes, this photo didn't do justice though. When it was time to go inside Tower of London, we were all the more impressed with the things we saw inside (particularly the biggest jewels I've ever seen in my whole life!).

The rain definitely didn't ruin the mood. And it was even the perfect time to SHOP for souvenirs...

Now, who would have thought that I would have a cone of ice cream in this freezing weather? I just had to, it was the best tasting soft ice cream I've ever had. They said that it was the most popular in the city.

After roaming around the city center, we were given a couple of hours of FREE time and guess where we went?

Oh yes, we braved the rains, rode the subway and went to Portobello Road / Notting Hill. Yes, I'm such a huuuge fan of the movie Notting Hill that I promised myself I would never miss this for the world!

Right after our FREE time, off we went to have dinner at this chic and fun restaurant somewhere in the city. My tour group and my family are already warming up. (*grin*)

So, what did we have for our last dinner in London?

Definitely a perfect meal to end our perfect day in London. See you again soon, London!