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If you are a reader of my blog, you know that beside M & M Adventure, I also have series of CMZ Adventure. CMZ Adventure is composed of my adventures with two of my favourite girlfriends in the world, Zahra and Chet. Since school and work always get in the way of our schedules, we barely had time to hang out. Fortunately, we had our sembreak recently and finally had the chance to make time for a catch up! 

Chet invited us to their humble abode and have cooking session. That really excites me and Zahra so of course we said GO! Being the generous that she is, Chet already bought everything we needed that day. Sarap niya maging friend no? haha!  We cooked spaghetti pesto, macaroons, egg pie, and churros. I swear, Chet prepared a lot. As in a lot. Zahra also bought roasted chicken while I, well, do the filming and eating hehe. 

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I wasn’t 100% feeling better healthwise that day, so they were the ones who did most of the cooking. All recipes come from C! :)

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They wanted me to invite Miggy as well, so I did. I’m blessed that my boyfriend get along with my girlfriends really well. Here’s a trivia: Miguel has been friends with Zahra even before I met him. :) 

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Always a team in every way. Nakatulong din naman pala ako kahit papaano hehe 

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We had a karaoke session whilst waiting for our dishes to be cooked. Me and Zahra went crazy over Bamboo’s Hallelujah. Too bad, I wasn’t able to film Chet while singing. She has an amazing voice! But Zahra was the performer of the day. She rocked the house! Concert Queen indeed! I always admire her always game-lets-do-this-attitude. Walang ka-arte arte! Enjoy the moment lang talaga siya! #mabuhayangmgajologswooooh

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Chet’s egg pie is definitely a nine! We’re having too much fun, thus I wasn’t able to take photos of the other meals. 

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Hindi kami vain, promise! Wala kayong ebidensya! WALA!!!

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We pretty much eat, sing our lungs out and laugh the entire day. I swear, I never had that so much fun in a long time. That day I realised laughter is indeed the best medicine, but too much laughing can be exhausting too! I forgot my ulcer because I was having too much fun but I felt so exhausted once I got home. Pero yung feeling na napagod ka dahil sa dami mong tinawa ay nakakablessed!! 

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Thank you C for welcoming us to your kitchen and sharing your recipes to us. You’ll be Zahra and I’s cooking mentor. Also, thank you for allowing us to rock your house through our singing hehe! I am so proud of the woman you have become, C! I’m grateful for you and your generous and loving heart. I look forward to more cooking sessions with you and Z! 

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I feel blessed to have found friends whom I don’t see much, but when I do, I feel like we’re never apart for a long time. I’m grateful for this friendship. Definitely growing old with these two + Miguel! <3

To end this, here’s our cooking and karaoke vlog that never ceases to put a smile on my face. I’ve watched this like a hundred times and still smile and laugh like I’m watching it for the first time #sograteful:

Posted: July 21, 2014

I remember he surprise visit me that day. I was still in my recovery phase due to flu. But Miguel really knows how to make me feel better. I don’t know he does it, but it seems like he has a certain kind of positive energy that is contagious and can influence people. Also, he brought me some sushi a.k.a my favourite food in the world. We devoured them while watching a talk about Choosing God’s Best by Peter Tan-Chi. Afterwards, we shared about our new music discoveries (Yay for couples who love music!!)…and well, this happened:

M & M ADVENTURE: Baliwan Session from marah roque on Vimeo.

This video shomehow showcases our crazy side and I certainly hope you’d find that in a cute way! Haha Pretty much this also shows the Marah and Miguel behind the edited M & M Adventure you watch here on my blog or on vimeo! We are happy (and crazily weird?!) couple, so we really love to goof around and laugh! If you’re a great observant, you could also notice that I’m crazier than him ( again, in a cute way! ) and Miguel’s the more malambing. I’m blessed to have found someone I can be nothing but myself and can be weird with. Dr. Seuss once said, "we’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." 

I hope you enjoy this and I pray that you’ll find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with yours!!

Love,

Marah 

Posted: July 19, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago, my sister, Mel, got invited to perform at Chilton’s Cultural Event. Of course, being a fan of her, I along with mama went to watch her live. It’s my first time to attend a cultural event. I was an introvert, so events were not my thing for years. But things have changed when I decided to completely go out of my comfort zone two years ago. This experience was definitely one for the books. I’m glad that I have allowed myself be a sponge that night—just completely absorbing everything that’s happening in front of me.

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This event also gave me and mama the opportunity to have a mother-daughter bonding. Oh how I missed these kind of moments. 

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My sister performed Ed Sheeran’s Give Me Love. She was amazing on stage and there’s nothing greater than seeing her do what she loves. She meant to perform Yeng Constantino’s Salamat too, but she accidentaly cut her finger while strumming her Give Me Love performance. We didn’t even notice it until she left the stage after her first performance. It was bleeding but she remained so calm; and I hope she would do the same thing when life gets tough. I am just so proud of her. I’ll always be a fan. 

Aside from watching my sister’s performance, another highlight of that night was the experience to be exposed to different cultures, see amazing talents and try out different cuisines from different countries like U.S., South Africa, Chile, and many more. 

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Our friends from the youth, Seth and Gabby, also performed!! They look so gwapo in their barong tagalog! 

FILIPINO REPRESENT!!!

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Here are some of the food we got: 

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Food from Chile, US and South Africa

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Look how cute this muffin burger is!!

These food seemed so tiny, but they’re heavy. I was so full that night. Yes, we had carbs on carbs on carbs on carbs!! 

To sum, I really enjoyed that night. It’s really good to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things when opportunity knocks on your door, because experience like this is what helps us grow more as human beings. It’ll make you realise that there’s really more to life than staying in our comfort zone. So go experience more, explore more and enjoy your journey more! Aaaaaah I look forward to more opportunities like this! 

Posted: July 17, 2014
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I put my playlist on shuffle the other day and With A Smile was one of the songs that played. In that moment, it felt like God was singing this song to me. It’s funny because it played when I was feeling so down; and every word of this song seemed to be what I needed to hear. Indeed, He works in mysterious ways. It did feel like He was speaking to me through this song and reminding me to smile all my worries and problems away because I’ll never be alone in this journey. He’s there for me and He will always be there. Sometimes, we just really need to pause and appreciate the moment because oftentimes He sends His message to us in strangest ways. When life put us into saddest circumstances, we often let ourselves be overwhelmed and feel that we’re being punished. But the truth is, we become vulnerable and miserable because we’re lacking on faith. This song is such a beautiful reminder that I am a work in progress and I will forever be one. 

Posted: July 16, 2014
M &amp; M ADVENTURE: Living in my own love story
When the news broke about the film adaptation of the book The Fault In Our Stars, I was one of the millions who anticipated and waited for its release. I&#8217;m a fan of the book. I read it twice. So when the film finally hit the cinemas last month, I was one of the millions who watched. 
I could recall one of the moments I mentioned TFIOS to Miguel. We were in a Vietnamese restaurant in town. We just talked and caught up while waiting for our order that took forever to be served. And I remember mentioning how much I wanted to watch the film so bad. Here&#8217;s a trivia: Miguel and I are not really into movie dates, because we love to talk. A lot. But this film is an exception&#8230;well for me at least. I really wanted to watch it. Okay, I feel like a broken record now. But yeah, I told him that I was rereading the book for the second time and from there, we had a wonderful conversation. I described the plot as a wonderful love story, however I told him that it is the kind of love story that I don&#8217;t want to be in or be part of. Of course, he asked me why and in reply I said with full sincerity: "because I can&#8217;t afford to lose you." I know, it sounds so cheesy but it&#8217;s the truth. 
A week after that conversation, we finally saw the film. As expected, the book is way better than the film. The actors did really well though. I did not cry but I did tear up during the pre-funeral scene. 
But you know what&#8217;s funny? On the day we watched the film, I was sick. I had a terrible flu. But I still insisted to go because like what I&#8217;ve said, I wanted to watch it so bad. And it&#8217;s so ironic that we&#8217;re watching a film about a couple who fight against a certain illness and there I was sitting inside the theater weak and having my own Hazel Grace kind of moment. Thankfully, my real life Augutus Waters is always ready to the rescue. I was so worried that my flu might be passed on him. But he does not care if he would get sick too. He embraces me tighter than he usually does. He never left my side. With no hesitation and any kaartehan, Miguel took care of me the entire day. Actually, prior entering the cinema I told him that I could really relate with The Fault In Our Stars even though we don&#8217;t have cancer. He asked me how and I told him: "because you made me feel so loved the way Augutus loved Hazel Grace." But right after the film, I took back what I said and told him that he actually love me more than Augustus loved Hazel Grace. And that I will always be grateful for him. Always. 
I am moved by the way he loves me. I don&#8217;t know how he does it. But he does it so effortlessly. On that day, I felt so blessed to realise that I&#8217;m no longer dreaming for a love story like Titanic or The Fault In Our Stars to happen in my life, because I&#8217;m finally living in a love story of my own. A love story that I&#8217;d be happy to share to the world. A love story that hopefully will inspire millions too. Watching how Miguel took care of me that day, how he said yes to a movie date which was only my idea, how he surprised me with the macaroons I&#8217;ve been longing to taste and just simply observing the goodness of his heart is such a wonderful sight to behold. I&#8217;ve felt so loved. On that day, I&#8217;ve found the man I want to grow old with. He is a blessing. And I know I have said this a number of times, but I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;ll ever get tired of saying how thankful I am that God chooses me for him to love. 

M & M ADVENTURE: Living in my own love story

When the news broke about the film adaptation of the book The Fault In Our Stars, I was one of the millions who anticipated and waited for its release. I’m a fan of the book. I read it twice. So when the film finally hit the cinemas last month, I was one of the millions who watched. 

I could recall one of the moments I mentioned TFIOS to Miguel. We were in a Vietnamese restaurant in town. We just talked and caught up while waiting for our order that took forever to be served. And I remember mentioning how much I wanted to watch the film so bad. Here’s a trivia: Miguel and I are not really into movie dates, because we love to talk. A lot. But this film is an exception…well for me at least. I really wanted to watch it. Okay, I feel like a broken record now. But yeah, I told him that I was rereading the book for the second time and from there, we had a wonderful conversation. I described the plot as a wonderful love story, however I told him that it is the kind of love story that I don’t want to be in or be part of. Of course, he asked me why and in reply I said with full sincerity: "because I can’t afford to lose you." I know, it sounds so cheesy but it’s the truth. 

A week after that conversation, we finally saw the film. As expected, the book is way better than the film. The actors did really well though. I did not cry but I did tear up during the pre-funeral scene. 

But you know what’s funny? On the day we watched the film, I was sick. I had a terrible flu. But I still insisted to go because like what I’ve said, I wanted to watch it so bad. And it’s so ironic that we’re watching a film about a couple who fight against a certain illness and there I was sitting inside the theater weak and having my own Hazel Grace kind of moment. Thankfully, my real life Augutus Waters is always ready to the rescue. I was so worried that my flu might be passed on him. But he does not care if he would get sick too. He embraces me tighter than he usually does. He never left my side. With no hesitation and any kaartehan, Miguel took care of me the entire day. Actually, prior entering the cinema I told him that I could really relate with The Fault In Our Stars even though we don’t have cancer. He asked me how and I told him: "because you made me feel so loved the way Augutus loved Hazel Grace." But right after the film, I took back what I said and told him that he actually love me more than Augustus loved Hazel Grace. And that I will always be grateful for him. Always. 

I am moved by the way he loves me. I don’t know how he does it. But he does it so effortlessly. On that day, I felt so blessed to realise that I’m no longer dreaming for a love story like Titanic or The Fault In Our Stars to happen in my life, because I’m finally living in a love story of my own. A love story that I’d be happy to share to the world. A love story that hopefully will inspire millions too. Watching how Miguel took care of me that day, how he said yes to a movie date which was only my idea, how he surprised me with the macaroons I’ve been longing to taste and just simply observing the goodness of his heart is such a wonderful sight to behold. I’ve felt so loved. On that day, I’ve found the man I want to grow old with. He is a blessing. And I know I have said this a number of times, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of saying how thankful I am that God chooses me for him to love. 

Posted: July 15, 2014
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Just what I needed. Don’t allow temporary circumstances to cloud your vision. What a wonderful note to self! Trust God. Trust the struggle for everything happens for a reason. Keep the faith.

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Just what I needed. Don’t allow temporary circumstances to cloud your vision. What a wonderful note to self! Trust God. Trust the struggle for everything happens for a reason. Keep the faith.

Posted: July 14, 2014

I was on facebook awhile ago and happened to come across to this blog post by my favourite blogger, Patty Laurel. I stumbled upon this post while listening to my favorite Regine Velasquez song, Till I Met You, a song which reminds me so much of Miguel and I’s lovestory. What a great timing!! Hence all the aaaah, kilig and from ear to ear smile while reading this. 

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Patty writes about everyday kind of love. And according to her, "EVERYDAY LOVE is sweeter because it is grounded on the tenants of commitment and dedication. It’s not sporadic, it’s consistent. It’s a 24-7, round the clock, rain or shine, affection or no affection, flowers and chocolates or just a peck on the cheek, traffic or no traffic on EDSA kind of love that the Bible teaches all couples to adhere to."

After reading this blog entry, I appreciate Miguel more and the simplest moments we’ve shared. I admit that sometimes I demand for more—for more excitement and adventure whenever we’re together—where in fact the chill dates and simply just being next to each other matter more as much as our adventure and fun-filled-dates. I realised how blessed I am to be in love with such a great man. He’s my constant reminder of everyday kind of love. He constanly teaches me to embrace love in its simplest ways. To appreciate love in our quiet moments. This blog entry made me appreciate the relationship I have with Miguel and made me feel so in love even more. 

Posted: July 13, 2014
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