Hello there! I hope everything is well with you people ☺️
I always wanted to have my own travel journal. I am not so good in writing a procedure (not good at writing at all! Haha nagfe-feeling lang!) but I would love to share how I did my journal.
After few times of browsing and checking on Pinterest, I had a strong feeling of making my own. Why? First, the popular Midori Travel Journal is expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love it so much. If I could, I would love to buy one for me one day. But because of circumstances, I cannot afford a 25-40 dollars journal.
So, I have to make another option– Do-It-Yourself.
Second, I am really a journal lover. I have learned that nowadays, people make different kinds of journal and it was a good idea that we have separate journal for our random thoughts, verse of the day and prayer, Daily to-do-list journal or planner, and a Travel Journal, where you keep records of memories and places you went to. You can also write the places you wanted to go and make it your goal.
Travel journal isn’t only for people who travel all the time, out of town or country trips. You can also use this when you go places within your vicinity. For example, I just want to go to Starbucks. Since I live in Aruba, where surrounded by beautiful beaches, I can go there and take a picture, print it/them before or after going to SB and write about my thoughts. It doesn’t have to be out of the country all the time. So don’t make it like “Oh this is only for travelers” Nah.. I strongly believe this is for everybody who doesn’t want to stay at home the whole day and make his/her day fun and memorable.
Okay! Lets begin… (daldal ko e no?haha)
Foam (Color of your choice)
Washi tapes (optional)
As you can see, I couldn’t find an elastic bands so I used my choker with bling bling. 😂 (it would be great if you have elastic)
1. Make inserts first.
I am not gonna lie, google is my best friend. Everyone’s best friend. I searched for the dimensions.
You can use this size for the inserts. But you can also make your own.
For me, I just fold the letter size white paper lengthwise and measure vertically (21cm) and then cut the excess.
You can also follow the dimensions from Midori Traveler’s Notebook.
The quantity of papers to use is upto to you, Midori has 32sheets. I only used 10sheets because this is my first time doing it, I do not know if I will be able to use it properly. I didn’t want to waste the papers. But the good thing is, you can add more anytime.
2. Cut and Pile them.
After you measure, cut the excess of the paper and insert one by one.
Since I do not have a leather, I used foam. I watched videos on Youtube for the procedure of this:
As I have said, I used my choker for this. But I would suggest to buy an elastic band.
It’s actually upto you how long or wide you want your journal. You can make any adjustment with this.
When it’s ready, carefully add the 4 inserts. 5. Optional: Printable Dot/Grid Paper
I searched for a free Dotted paper. And I found this one from SavorAndSavvy It’s so cool. I don’t own that. It helped me with my new journal. Thank you! She has free printables for planners or bullet journaling. Check it out!
You can always choose a style on your notebook. If you want it plain, let it be. If you want to use specialty paper, dotted paper, go ahead. Be free to create something new.
I think that’s really the fun part, you learn from others, get idead from others and try to be creative on your own. ❤️
And there you go.
Bring your journal wherever you go, keep records on whats happening around you, take pictures, save the little papers whether a receipt from the restaurant you ate at, the tickets from the movies you watched, the plane tickets, the stamp from the places you went to, write your thoughts & experiences and.. yeah! Explore the world.
Handcrafted is heart-made. Make your own travel journal! ❤️
I am so grateful for all of these things happened in my life. I literally don’t have the budget to travel. But I call this — God’s favor. I was down and depressed for past years but the Lord helped me get up and begin again.
I got to see places I couldn’t imagine I would be able to. The Lord has proven His faithfulness to me. Yes, it is great to have a good paying job, work hard, be diligent and have determination. But the past years were not so good for me, living in a foreign country. I couldn’t do what I want to, I couldn’t get the job I want to. I had to be strong and silently being brave. I would admit that there were days that I wanted to give up but the Lord re-opened my eyes once again.
I felt bad that I couldn’t trust him that much during those times. I only see the negative things in my life. It’s not me. I wasn’t myself and I wanted to get up. So I asked God for help but at the same time, I decided to get up. It is a decision only you can make. I have to be clear that even I serve Him, there were days that problems and trials overwhelm me and anxiety and depression take over. But I believe that God is fighting for us. So here I am, still alive and fighting.
I believed again. I hoped and this is it. God has shown me that my circumstances don’t define me. 2017 was an eye opener for me that HE can do impossible things possible. I live in Aruba for six years and I am thankful that I survived and still surviving.
I got to see the US for the second time. This time was a little bit longer. Since I don’t have any responsibility I was able to visit the US, most of the days in South Carolina. I was in the US for five months. Wow. I am really grateful for God’s favor.
God never ceased to amaze me, huh? I had surprises from Him all the time and I am loving it! Before going back to Aruba, he let me see part of North Carolina.
Down Town Asheville, North Carolina
We went to Downtown Asheville, historical place. I am not really good at HISTORY, you know? So I am not here to tell what happened in that place HAHA :)But what I love about history areas is you get to see and walk where important events took place. I will try next time to learn about the places I went to. For now, I want to share how it looks like somehow.
Thought they were at a rally. I was only gonna take pictures of the building. You know, believe it or not, I am not used to noisy place anymore. I lived in the Philippines for 26 years, I managed to live in a city. But for 6 years in Aruba, where it’s quiet and peaceful, island life and called ‘One Happy Island’, I got shocked seeing people walking around, horning their cars loudly. There’s this car who stopped in a pedestrian lane, so the people were kinda mad at her, they’re giving her strange look. We happened to cross the road and I was talking to Mommy about something and raised my hand pointing to something else, the driver thought I was saying something to her like “Why did you stop here?” Of course, I didn’t say that even it was on my mind. So she started to curse and call me “Bitch”. I had to laugh, looked at Mum and Uncle Mike and they smiled. I hope Nathan, my seven-year-old brother didn’t hear it. We kept walking and on the other pedestrian where people are crossing headed to us, a lady was crossing with a dog on a leash, she was wearing a blouse, an underwear and cardigan, while she was walking you can see the side of her treasure. I don’t usually care how people dress, if that makes them happy, I really don’t mind but of course, I have eyes. Followed by a sports car who drives recklessly and music on playing so loud. OMG. And I suddenly whispered “Welcome to the city”
One thing I realized is I am not a ‘city person’. I prefer tranquility. It’s good to visit places and see huge buildings and many people at times. But I got used to Aruba vibes and I prefer a quiet and peaceful place. It’s not a perfect place all the time. But I think God let me see this another side of life for me to appreciate where I am.
I love music so I took pictures to one of the bands in the street. I also noticed that there are a lot of homeless people. It’s a new thing for Nathan, North Augusta, South Carolina isn’t like this, it’s quiet there. So here in North Carolina is different. I enjoyed it though.
I was amused by this food place. Giant Spiders look real. My childlike character showed up quickly as soon as I see them. The idea was great. Clap clap to the owner.
For more pictures, you can add me on my Instagram account (Naks!Arte!) These are some of the photos taken at DownTown Asheville, North Carolina.
2. The Blue Ridge Mountains
This is the main reason why we were in North Carolina. Uncle Mike and MOmmy want me to see the beauty of it, not only the mountains but at least it’s about time where leaves are changing. They said some call it ‘leafing’ during Fall Season. It was a long drive, though. But it was really fun especially spent with loved ones.
We went first to Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can get directions and of course souvenirs. I started to collect magnets from places I went to.
I actually don’t want to show my face anymore. The background is more important when you travel. HAHA. Am I right? But yeah, I would still like my face to be seen at times.
Inside, you can see and read the history. As I have said I am not so good at collecting information. I wish I am that kind of person who can give you accurate history. We’ll be like that one day. HAHA 🙂 But Blue Ridge Parkway/Mountain is also known as “America’s Favorite Drive”
We went driving after Blue Ridge Parkway.
I love nature. And I can’t explain how it felt seeing the beauty around me. God is so good. His creation was amazing. Like, God, you’re here. The work of His hands is wonderful.
Do you see that? The green leaves becoming red. Well, it’s my first time to experience this. 🙂 I’m so happy, though I couldn’t see them all changed. I’m still amazed.
As we went further, we got to see this.
What I loved more is the weather. It was cold there. I loved it!
I’m really grateful for the experience. God is so good. To God be the glory.
Truly, God never ceased to amaze us. I know this happened the last year October 2017, I am so late but I am still determined to share things I experienced. For me, they are miracles and favor of the Lord. His surprises are the best. I will be forever grateful!
Sa halos anim na taon na naninirahan sa Aruba, talaga namang nag-crave ako sa lasa ng mga pagkain ng Jollibee. Siguro hindi lang dahil sa lasa e, pero dahil you feel home kapag nakaka-kain ka nito. Yung kahit na wala ka dun sa mismong bansa mo, pakiramdam mo nandun ka. Inaalala mo yun mga panahon na kasama mo yung mga pamilya at mga kaibigan mo habang kumakain. Mga tawanan, mga panahon na kahit sakto lang pera mo kakain ka pa din kasi masaya sila kasama. Mga iba’t ibang events na doon ka nagce-celebrate. Good times.
Nagbukas ng Jollibee sa may Jacksonville, Florida nun mga nakaraang buwan. Pauwi kami galing sa Disney at nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makadaan kami doon. Well, actually talagang sinadyang pumunta. Kung ako ay 5years ago pa nakatikim nito, ang aking mommy ay na-excite din. It’s been ages for her nung huli sya nakapunta. Talaga namang para akong bata tuwang tuwa ako. Grabe! Wala nyan sa Aruba e. Nagbyahe sa US para makatikim ng Jabee? Ito ang pangalawang SURPRISE ni Lord sa akin. Hindi ko akalain na makikita ko sya ulit at makaka-kain nito. Para bang bumalik ako sa pagkabata.
Ito ang surprise ni Lord sakin. Hindi naman plano na makapunta talaga dito pero God already planned it. Wala e! Love nya ako sobra at talagang pinasaya nya ako.
Surprise # 1 ay sobrang enough na sa akin pero naoverwhelmed ako ng makita ko ulit si Jollibee. Hindi man ako makauwi ulit sa Pinas at least para narin akong nakauwi. Yung sa kalooban ko umiiyak na finally I am home. Woah! Ang babaw ng kaligayahan e no? But really… I am grateful!
***MEdyo late na ang post na ito. Salamat po sa pagbabasa! BLESSINGS!
I never thought I will be doing international ministry. I was only planning to join them and get some lessons and expectant for Gods revelations in my life. But I loved it when he calls you to do something impromptu, and yet it turned out great because you did it for Him, for His glory.
I and with some of the leaders of our church in Aruba attended a General Conference of Congregational Holiness Church, our mother church in Georgia. It was held in Gainesville, GA. God had been busy revealing many things to me. Excitingly, he let me see not only one state.
Our pastor, Ptr Roel Tangco was assigned to preach in CHC Alabama. It was a great experience. His wife and I were able to lead a worship song as well. Unexpected. God is so good, I love God’s surprises.
While on the road, I was in my thoughts. “God, you are amazing. I love doing things for you. I feel like I am fulfilling what I am called. Thank you for the opportunity!”
Does a good career will make you feel successful, fulfilled? I don’t think so. I heard this from my sister Queen when we talk about ministries “Success is doing what God wants you to do” You’ll only feel the satisfaction in your life if you know in your heart that you are doing what God wants you to do.
What a joy we have in Jesus.
God says, “I will use you mightily if you are willing. Make yourself available.”
It was a great Sunday Worship Service.
Anna Ruby Falls
They didn’t only bring us to the conference for the spritual matter, they brought us also to some places to see attractions. God bless them. We went to Anna Ruby Falls. Nice View 🙂
While walking going to the water falls, God reminded me of His Word.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I will never lack anything because God is my provider. The green trees remind me of His peace in my darkest days. He never let me fall, he chases me all the time and when I tend to go the wrong way, the other way, he never let me get lost. The woods represent the distraction in our life, we may go in a different way but He will show the path right back to His presence, secured, loved, peaceful, where I belong. He corrects me and teaches me, it may be a hard discipline but He does that to mold me, to make me a better one.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”
Cabbage Patch Kids
A doll in a cabbage. It’s cool how this attraction was created. Read the Legend of the Cabbage Patch Kids on their official site. But really dolls here are for sale, they are actually adopted by people. When you buy, they will give you baby’s birth certificate. It is a perfect place for babies and kids who want to adopt a baby doll.
Are you ready to visit the babies in this hospital? Hehe
Who wants to adopt this little one? HAHA
It’s so good to be young, huh? Should I get one for me?
I think I will try to make my own baby first, and adopt one day? What do you think?
Georgia – Peach Market/Farm
Georgia is known as Peach State. We went here just to have some fresh peach ice cream. They also sell strawberries, apples etc. I was just focused on peach, I wasn’t able to check other products they have. But what good about here is, they’re fresh.
Peach Ice cream!!!!!
First time to see an apple tree. Thank you, Jesus! Happy kid..
There’s a store there who sells this stuff, I love rustic!
Free Chapel Worship Center
Attended Worship Service at Free Chapel. They are amazing! It’s my second time seeing Pastor Jentezen Franklin, an American pastor, author and can be seen on television too. He is the senior Pastor of Free Chapel Worship Center. He is a great preacher.
It was Father’s day when we attended the service. He encouraged the fathers to be a Man of Word, a man that obeys His Word so they could be a good example for their children. Truly, that the Word, the Bible is the lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Love his heart. God bless him!
This experience was a blast! I thank God for everything. God is so good. When God plans, it is always the best. One thing I am challenged to do, expect more from HIM. He is a great God! HE can do great things. Dare to believe!
Enjoy today! Rejoice for the Lord rejoices with you. Do not worry about others opinions. You are highly favored and so loved by the Highest. 6:41 am, Friday, June 9, 2017
I stood up and stayed on the balcony for a while. My tears suddenly fell and whispered, “Thank you, Jesus, for your love is amazing.” Looking from our hotel room, the view was nice. I got to see buildings, they’re huge and tall. The sound of a busy road, vehicles driving in the city. I liked it. And I loved the fact that even we had struggled, at some point in our lives we almost given up but God reminds us that He can make impossible things possible.
U.S.A Experience. Unexpected but planned by God. In every state or place, we went to, He was revealing something to me. I love how God spoke to me through these events:
Would you believe? I don’t really have the budget for a luxurious vacation or something. Never had I imagine to travel this year. I prayed for unexpected blessings but I didn’t plan to go out of the country because if I would only look at my finances, never in the world I could possibly fly anywhere.
But God is GOD! His works are astounding. I know in my heart that during those times I suffered from extreme sadness and depression, one day I would understand why things happened. There must be something from it. I was hopeful for God’s revelations. HE did it again! And here I come, Georgia.
Stayed in a very beautiful hotel, Hyatt Regency Atlanta. I together with our Pastor and leaders had experienced a quick fancy 1 night and 2 days in Hyatt. What a favor. It’s free for me. Here’s the secret: if you are an employee at any Hyatt Hotel, you’ll have a free stay for three days (as much as I know) in other countries. That’s one of their benefits. Isn’t it cool? I love that! It makes me want to work in Hyatt. Two among us work at Hyatt Aruba so we had two rooms checked-in.
God is good.
God has already planned it. He knew that I will be needing this vacation. And I am thankful. It was so great to see buildings, honestly. I’ve been living in Aruba for almost six years now, all I can see there are beaches and small establishments. It’s a small island so you won’t see huge buildings. Nevertheless, Aruba is a very beautiful island. But it is good to see something new, right?
I missed the kind of noise, wide and busy roads and view in the city sometimes. It was a big deal for me to have experienced this.
Unexpected but Planned. Planned by God. He provides.
Five Star Hotel stay isn’t for rich ones only. It’s also for God’s princess who cannot afford. God provides, always.
2017 Congregational Holiness Church General Conference
Few weeks before the flight, I had a call from my mom asking me if I want to come over and visit. Of course, I would love that. I did join the group first from our church, attended the conference for few days. The trip is not for a luxurious vacation, by the way, we were just blessed to have stayed in a gorgeous hotel for few days in Atlanta.
The next day, we were picked up from the hotel to go to Gainesville where we will stay for the next days. It’s like almost two hours drive.
We stayed in Union Grove Campground, Gainesville, Georgia. We have met pastors and church leaders from different states and countries. We are all under Congregation Holiness Church. It’s really a blessing to see their dedication to the Lord and to the ministry. They are doing great to share God to people and I am really blessed by their lives.
God has revealed a lot of things to me during this stay.
My heart was melted and I was really inspired by these people. I honestly cried at nights during our stay at the campsite. God has been speaking to me and this experience is one of the confirmations I am asking for.
They are not young anymore but their diligence and dedication inspired me so much. Regardless of their age, they are doing their best, going on the mission trips, serving the people, cook food for the delegates from different countries, driving from here to there to let us see some places. And.. wow! HOURS of driving. Not to mention all the countries and mission they went to just to spread the Gospel. It’s just WOW! How dedicated they are.
And I will repeat, they are not young anymore. I don’t know how they do that but I was really shocked. For them, it’s normal. but for me, It really touched my heart how these wonderful people of God exert efforts and strength for the ministry, for God. My point here is, they are very serious about their ministry and it encourages so much that I desire to be like them. I have all the strength, I can still walk fast and do things or heavy ones to support a ministry, but I sometimes get tired easily, discouraged easily. Look at them, they are awesome, giving their time, their lives to serve people and to serve God.
Wow! How and why do they do that? The answer. LOVE. They love God so much that God poured out His love towards them and leads them to love people. Loving God, loving people.
The conference was held in CHC, New Haven Church
Thoughts like “Lord, what am I doing in my life? Why am I not sharing your love to people? I have all the strength, I am not old yet. I can still do things, but I always have excuses” I am a worship leader at our church, I attend youth groups, Bible study and teach kids tambourine dance. But I feel like God is speaking to me to do more, I don’t know exactly (or maybe I know, I am just stubborn) I’ve been praying for God’s direction in my life. I am not asking for a luxurious life. I just want God’s will in my life because I know how it feels when I give joy to the Lord, it is my strength. We are created by Him and for HIM. God is asking more from us because HE has more for us.
The conference helped me so much to see and be reminded once again our purpose. Make Jesus known. Go and share Him. Their hearts impressed me so much. Like.. really! Regardless of their age, they enthusiastically served people and dedicated their lives to the ministry.
I admired one of the pastors I’ve met there, Rev. JD Sosebee. (the man in the picture wearing sunglasses! Cool!) He’s very cheerful and anointed. He drove from Houston to Georgia. 13 hours drive. Imagine that? wew! Quite a long drive huh. I do understand that it is normal for them to drive this long from state to state. I do understand that but I still admire him and others who diligently meeting up, fellowshipping with one another to glorify our King. I am simply amazed. Most of the time, we, the group from Aruba would be riding in his van. We laughed all the time. It was fun, indeed. And the sweetest thing I observed from him is from time to time, he calls his wife and shared what was happening in the conference, he talked about the people he met and say encouraging words. He still shares his thoughts and God’s revelations to her wife. And I melt. That was sweet. I would imagine myself and my future husband talking about God’s goodness and faithfulness every single day. Such an inspiration!
I also met Mrs. Cecilia from Africa. She’s sweet, we talked about God’s faithfulness in our lives and I also asked questions like how is it living in Africa, is it really difficult? I know that it is not as rich as America, she confirmed. But I admire her more when I asked her “If you are to choose, where do you want to live? Here in America or Africa?” Africa, where her family is, she answered. She is very humble and content. She’s happy serving God and her family in Africa. It’s all well to her knowing Jesus is their everything. We also laughed about things, how African could be really funny like “Emmanuela” (Anyone of you understand Emanuela’s humor? I do. Thinking about her now makes me wanna laugh. HAHA I love her!)
This event has become an eye-opener to me. They inspire me to do better and more for the Lord, what it really means to have a servant’s heart and to follow HIM wholeheartedly.
What saddened me is… There were few young people there. I looked around and I can count on a hand. Who would be the next to continue the ministry? Who would share Jesus with people? And that is a wake-up call for me. What am I doing in my life? I’ve been praying to God to show me what He wanted me to do. If this is His answer, I would love to have that courage to do His will. If I am called for a mission, I would love to be equipped and be knowledgeable so He can use me. I don’t know where to start, what to do but I have the desire. It’s up to me now to do something.
Unexpected but God already planned this. He wants me to see what joy it could bring to Him if we do share Him to people. He blessed us so he wants us to be a blessing as well.
“God must be really wanting me to know that there is joy in serving HIM. If I am looking for joy and peace in my life. Serve Him wholeheartedly.”
God never stopped proving me that I am a princess. From finances to wisdom, revelations, and realizations, he opened my eyes. He opens a door that no one can shut, he shut doors that no one can open. He does great things! And He truly speaks. I could loudly hear Him telling me how much he loves me and gives me the joy. And that JOY that I am looking and searching for can only be found in Him and in serving HIM.
A Christian life is never an easy journey. We will experience ups and downs, joy and pain most of the time hardships, trials not to break us but make us stronger. But this journey is very fulfilling and satisfying. I want to look forward on that day I will have the courage to do the things God wants me to do. I know I am called to greatness because He said so. I should stop thinking about all the negatives in me and in my life and begin to see how the Lord mold me and wanting me to be used in His Kingdom. It is a privilege to be called His daughter, His princess.
Unexpected events but they were already planned by my King, my Daddy in Heaven.
***I have so much more to share with you. I will stop here, will post more soon. Thank you for your time reading my post. I really do appreciate it. ‘Til next time.
Life on earth is ephemeral. Do what makes you happy!