The Monday Grace Vol. 22

April 11, 2016

 A link-up with Kisty’s Thankful Mondays, The Monday Grace basically aims to alleviate all that negative vibes and help in spreading good ones! These are things that I feel thankful for on the most dreaded day of the week.

It’s been a while since my last The Monday Grace and since I’m free for the rest of the day, I’m taking this opportunity to update my blog. I’ve been away for too long that I think if this blog was something edible, I would have seen molds by now. If you’ll read on, then you’ll probably understand why I wasn’t really updating much the past weeks and where I am. I was too busy with work, preparing for requirements for  my visa, and preparing for the trip in general.

Well, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in a mall here in Istanbul, trying to get some work done, and contemplating what I should do with the rest of the day. Now I’m taking the time to look back on the things I feel thankful for lately.

  1. As I’ve said in my intro paragraph, I’m currently in Istanbul right now (I arrived here last Sunday, April 3) for work. Remember the other item I mentioned in my last TMG post (#5)? Well, the result I was actually waiting for was the result of my Turkish Visa application, which was obviously granted because if not, then I won’t be in Turkey right now. LOL.
  2. Istanbul is such a lovely city. I have to confess now that it has replaced London as my #1 favorite city in the world. I know, I know. I might sound biased because I’m here right now, and I haven’t been to London, but this place just holds so many beautiful buildings, historical places, and tourist spots!
  3. God’s guidance and safety. You’ve probably read and seen the news that recently, a place in Istanbul was attacked. It amazes me how the Lord uses His Word to remind me of His continuous protection. I’m thankful that I am in good hands and God didn’t allow me to go to that place, although I am praying for the three people who were seriously injured.
  4. A lot of realizations. It’s true what they say that once you travel, your eyes will be opened to a lot of things and wanderlust will creep up on your heart and mind like it was just lurking, waiting for it to be triggered or something. I’m even contemplating where to travel next! Thoughts about my relationship with God, projects I want to do, and life in general have been visiting me almost everyday.
  5. Being included in this Top 10 list of #PlannerAddicts to follow on Instagram together with two of my plannerspirations, Liona Guzman and Aina Paco. And to think, I only started creative planning this year! (Shameless plug: If you want to check out my planning blog and IG, here are the links: blog and IG. )
  6. ALL. THE. FOOD. If you follow me on IG or Twitter, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting a lot of food lately (I haven’t even posted ALL of the food I eat everyday). I’m not even going to be surprised if I’m too fat when I come back to the Philippines. I’m planning to write a separate blog post for that just because I don’t want to write a novel for my blog post dedicated for my Turkey trip.
  7. The internet! Let’s face it, if it was still the old times, my parents would be worried sick about me. With one click to send a message whether it be on Facebook or Viber, I am able to update my love ones that I’m doing fine here.
  8. Conversations with people that I haven’t talked to for a very long time. It’s such a nice feeling when people remember you not because they need something from you, but because they trust you enough to be the one they confide to.
  9. Art is all around here. I went to A LOT of museums and famous tourist spots just this weekend. This is the very reason why I’ve fallen in love with Istanbul more. All the preserved buildings, the highly-maintained tourist spots, and all of the magnificent historical places – they’re even more beautiful in person than pictures. The musicians and artists in the streets and in the subway- oh, I am fortunate enough to be able to experience all of this.
  10. I am beyond thankful for my work and the company I’m working for. Let’s face it, if not for them, I wouldn’t be here right now. So I try my very best to be good at what I’m doing and deliver well. I don’t want to waste an amazing and big opportunity such as this. I’m about to celebrate my 2nd work anniversary this July and to see how far I’ve come from being a new hire to what I am today is something that I can really be proud of.

Well, that’s just about it! I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop of how things have been lately. Plus, I know I’m going to update a lot after I go home because of all the amazing things I’ve seen and experienced here in Istanbul.

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  • Reply Jeini April 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I am so glad you had a great and nice stay there in Turkey.Diet na lang pag-uwi. 🙂 I am so proud of you. Just don’t forget your “Balik Bayan” box full of your pasalubongs to me. Haha. Kidding aside, so happy for my Half-Turkish sister. I love you. God always bless you Bing.

  • Reply Ochi April 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

    OMG I’m sojealous! Good thing the results were great! Have fun in Istanbul!

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

  • Reply Richel V. April 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Been following your snaps the past few days! Especially love the ones when you’re on the museums. So jealous you’re in Istanbul and so happy for you as well!

    • Reply Rej Relova April 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      G R A B E!!! They’re better in person, swear! The photos can never justify how pretty they are!

  • Reply Michelle Bio April 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Looking forward to see more of Istanbul in this blog!

    • Reply Rej Relova April 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Can’t wait to work on it! <3

  • Reply Dani April 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Enjoying your snaps of Instabul, Rej! I’ve seriously never given it (or any other place Turkey) a thought but it’s nice to discover more interesting places to visit. Looking forward to reading the blogs! 🙂

    • Reply Rej Relova April 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      I still have a hangover but too busy with work to edit the photos! HAHA. Thanks, Dani! 🙂

  • Reply Anna April 15, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I enjoyed looking and reading all your updates from your Istanbul experience kaya!! I think my favorite from what I’ve seen ay yung ‘inday’s day out’ hahaha. Oh, tapos the buildings.. they’re so fascinating. Makes you NOT want to come back home no? 😛

  • Reply Alissa April 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Istanbul for work? Wow! You sure is lucky! 🙂 I agree about your thought on traveling. It can never be enough and there’s just too many places to go too.

  • Reply jackie uy April 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Take care always! And be vigilant lalo at night 🙂 Work hard but dont forget to enjoy pa rin 🙂

  • Reply Clarisa April 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I’d love to visit Istanbul someday! Good thing you were safe, God is really good! Can’t wait to read your posts and see pics from your trip! <3

  • Reply dlysen April 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I hope to go places too and see beautiful things. Same with Ochi, I am also jealous. Enjoy and have fun. Masarap siguro mag kape dyan!

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