PETER OBADIAH MADLANGBAYAN

My sister and bro-in-law welcomed their 4th baby into the world… a perfect little boy named Peter <3

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He is perfect and we love him!

GIRLS TRIP - SF

This past weekend my heart was full after a trip to SF with my high school best friends. These are the girls I grew up with, survived middle school with, played on basketball teams with, sat through pre calculus with, applied for college with, entered the work force with and cried, laughed and danced through life with.

What I have learned from them is that, no matter how many people you encounter as life goes on, there is something irreplaceable about your childhood friends :)

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I made a special video of our weekend together that I think speaks louder than words <3

A DAY IN THE LIFE.

Life is all about seasons…and right now I am in a season I don’t want to forget about.

A year ago I was living my life as a free spirit in Japan, wrapping up my time teaching there, traveling all over the countryside and embracing each day I had left there. I remember asking God, “how can I ever leave this place I love so much?” and God responded, “You’re leaving a place you love, to return to a place you love. It’s a double blessing” And I felt peace knowing that it was my time to head back home to be with family - to enter a season with them.

I wanted to capture the tiny moment of this season of life I am in…not let it pass by without me pausing and really thanking God…for He has put me right in the midst of a blessing.

Here’s a day in the life…

7:23AM - I usually wake up around 6:30/7:00am and slowly make my way downstairs to make some coffee, get myself breakfast, and have quiet time with the Lord. This is my favorite part of the day. I have learned that I cannot write or pray very effectively at night - my mind is just not there. So the morning time is where I am most alert, most focused, and most present with God. I sit here and write, drink coffee, pray until the kids come.

7:23AM - I usually wake up around 6:30/7:00am and slowly make my way downstairs to make some coffee, get myself breakfast, and have quiet time with the Lord. This is my favorite part of the day. I have learned that I cannot write or pray very effectively at night - my mind is just not there. So the morning time is where I am most alert, most focused, and most present with God. I sit here and write, drink coffee, pray until the kids come.

8:38AM - Good morning Tayah! Stac brings the girls over around 8:30 every morning, and Jen or Russ bring the boys over that same time.This is when the chaos begins and the day gets underway. Usually Stac takes Cam and Len to preschool at 8:45, but on this day we had a special plan to take the kids to VBS to watch the morning worship session :)

8:38AM - Good morning Tayah! Stac brings the girls over around 8:30 every morning, and Jen or Russ bring the boys over that same time.This is when the chaos begins and the day gets underway. Usually Stac takes Cam and Len to preschool at 8:45, but on this day we had a special plan to take the kids to VBS to watch the morning worship session :)

8:41AM - With the crew all together, we headed to church to drop Hunter off at VBS. It’s fun packing 5 kids in a mini van and hitting the road. These are the little moments I don’t want to forget. They will only be this small for a short time!

8:41AM - With the crew all together, we headed to church to drop Hunter off at VBS. It’s fun packing 5 kids in a mini van and hitting the road. These are the little moments I don’t want to forget. They will only be this small for a short time!

8:44AM - I asked my sis “want me to drive?” and she said, “no, it’s ok…I dont mind” and I was thinking…guuuuurl you crazy!! But that’s Stac for yah. 8 months pregnant and not complaining about a thing. As active as ever!! She’s my inspiration. Plus, how cute is her bump?

8:44AM - I asked my sis “want me to drive?” and she said, “no, it’s ok…I dont mind” and I was thinking…guuuuurl you crazy!! But that’s Stac for yah. 8 months pregnant and not complaining about a thing. As active as ever!! She’s my inspiration. Plus, how cute is her bump?

9:02AM - GVBC…the church I grew up in. I have many memories in this sanctuary…specifically being like 7 years old and crawling underneath all the pews and chasing my friends around. This place is very special to me and I get emotional every time I step through those doors. My parents got married here, my brother and sister as well, I was dedicated here as a baby, and we held all four of my grandparents funerals in this place. Full circle…and a very sacred space for me. So being back and seeing Hunter bounce up and down to the VBS songs was something special.

9:02AM - GVBC…the church I grew up in. I have many memories in this sanctuary…specifically being like 7 years old and crawling underneath all the pews and chasing my friends around. This place is very special to me and I get emotional every time I step through those doors. My parents got married here, my brother and sister as well, I was dedicated here as a baby, and we held all four of my grandparents funerals in this place. Full circle…and a very sacred space for me. So being back and seeing Hunter bounce up and down to the VBS songs was something special.

9:28AM - Cam is my buddy and a really cool kid already. He is 5…and in that unforgettable stage of life where he is still precious (likes to hold hands, doesn’t care about ipad time and would rather shoot “guns”) and yet growing up and becoming more capable of things with each passing day. I love this kid and can’t wait to see who he grows into.

9:28AM - Cam is my buddy and a really cool kid already. He is 5…and in that unforgettable stage of life where he is still precious (likes to hold hands, doesn’t care about ipad time and would rather shoot “guns”) and yet growing up and becoming more capable of things with each passing day. I love this kid and can’t wait to see who he grows into.

9:47AM - one of the best parts of being an auntie is spoiling your nieces and nephews whenever possible. There’s this place on the corner near church called the “snack spot'“ and the kids cannot stop talking about it. They LOVE it. So we made sure to stop by and let them each choose one thing to buy.

9:47AM - one of the best parts of being an auntie is spoiling your nieces and nephews whenever possible. There’s this place on the corner near church called the “snack spot'“ and the kids cannot stop talking about it. They LOVE it. So we made sure to stop by and let them each choose one thing to buy.

10:24AM - Splash pad at Alondra park! This was my sister’s idea…taking the kids here. And it’s really the perfect place on a hot summers day. If you go early, it’s not too crowded, kids of all ages can play safely here, and best of all…it’s FREE. yes. dream come true. The kids loved it so much….as evident on the girls faces!

10:24AM - Splash pad at Alondra park! This was my sister’s idea…taking the kids here. And it’s really the perfect place on a hot summers day. If you go early, it’s not too crowded, kids of all ages can play safely here, and best of all…it’s FREE. yes. dream come true. The kids loved it so much….as evident on the girls faces!

10:57AM - Being an auntie that is also a babysitter means I have to be mindful of a lot of things…swim clothes, Tayah’s diaper, potty breaks for the rest, snacks, towels, sunscreen, regular clothes to change into, water breaks, lunch time, nap time, and a bunch of tiny pairs of shoes to account for. phew! I’m tired just thinking about it.

10:57AM - Being an auntie that is also a babysitter means I have to be mindful of a lot of things…swim clothes, Tayah’s diaper, potty breaks for the rest, snacks, towels, sunscreen, regular clothes to change into, water breaks, lunch time, nap time, and a bunch of tiny pairs of shoes to account for. phew! I’m tired just thinking about it.

11:58 AM - made it home from the splash pad and had some down time. We fed the kids lunch and they went down for nap time/ quite time. Thankfully the kids all sleep well during this time so I was able to sneak out of the house (while my sis stayed to watch them) to run some errands.

11:58 AM - made it home from the splash pad and had some down time. We fed the kids lunch and they went down for nap time/ quite time. Thankfully the kids all sleep well during this time so I was able to sneak out of the house (while my sis stayed to watch them) to run some errands.

1:20PM - I went to the mall to buy some birthday gifts. It’s funny…when I go here I always get a bit excited/nervous because there is a 75% change I will see someone there I know. And sure enough…as I was walking out of Anthro I ran into a lady from church and had a nice chat with her. Thankfully I am an extrovert so I love these kind of random social encounters haha!

1:20PM - I went to the mall to buy some birthday gifts. It’s funny…when I go here I always get a bit excited/nervous because there is a 75% change I will see someone there I know. And sure enough…as I was walking out of Anthro I ran into a lady from church and had a nice chat with her. Thankfully I am an extrovert so I love these kind of random social encounters haha!

2:23 PM - I was heading home from the mall and by this time realized that I had not eaten lunch yet. Woops. Stac called me and asked me to pick up some Acai bowls for her and baby…which was perfect timing for me to just tag that on as my lunch for the day. Hunter was home from VBS so it was fun to eat and catch up with him. Love that kid.

2:23 PM - I was heading home from the mall and by this time realized that I had not eaten lunch yet. Woops. Stac called me and asked me to pick up some Acai bowls for her and baby…which was perfect timing for me to just tag that on as my lunch for the day. Hunter was home from VBS so it was fun to eat and catch up with him. Love that kid.

3:05PM - the kids get up from nap/quiet time around 2:30/3 pm …and on this day my mom had them make birthday card for my auntie Julie. It was a cute crafting time that the kids really enjoyed. I love seeing their personalities come out in these kind of things…Len is meticulous in coloring and design (a true artist), Cam likes to follow the directions and takes his time, Eden is wild and does whatever she wants, and Tayah is just on another level putting stickers in her mouth or on the counter hahaha.

3:05PM - the kids get up from nap/quiet time around 2:30/3 pm …and on this day my mom had them make birthday card for my auntie Julie. It was a cute crafting time that the kids really enjoyed. I love seeing their personalities come out in these kind of things…Len is meticulous in coloring and design (a true artist), Cam likes to follow the directions and takes his time, Eden is wild and does whatever she wants, and Tayah is just on another level putting stickers in her mouth or on the counter hahaha.

3:42PM - speaking of Tayah…in this specific photo she said, “CHAIIINNN (sounds like “China” since she can’t say ‘Chanie’) LOOK ME. LOOK ME. (‘look at me’)” as she balances off my mom’s wheelchair. HAHAHAHA I love her.

3:42PM - speaking of Tayah…in this specific photo she said, “CHAIIINNN (sounds like “China” since she can’t say ‘Chanie’) LOOK ME. LOOK ME. (‘look at me’)” as she balances off my mom’s wheelchair. HAHAHAHA I love her.

3:43 - The kids have snack time around 3pm and Eden was really enjoying relaxing, eating her cookies and watching TV. This girl is FULL of personality…to the max! And I love her for it.

3:43 - The kids have snack time around 3pm and Eden was really enjoying relaxing, eating her cookies and watching TV. This girl is FULL of personality…to the max! And I love her for it.

3:48PM - This was the result of…”Lenny, take a picture of me and Jordy” !! Jen was working from home this day so around 3:30pm she came over with Jordan to get dinner ready…and I got a little play time in with this cutie. Is there anything more precious than a new born baby!???

3:48PM - This was the result of…”Lenny, take a picture of me and Jordy” !! Jen was working from home this day so around 3:30pm she came over with Jordan to get dinner ready…and I got a little play time in with this cutie. Is there anything more precious than a new born baby!???

5:16PM - my family is notorious for eating dinner early. I think this is a result of the fact that my Dad works from home so we don’t have to wait for anyone to come home from work to eat. My sis Jen made dinner and it was AMAZINGGGG. My dad had the great idea to eat outside too…since it was such a nice summer day. The fact that 3 days out of the week I get to eat dinner at home with my family is a true gift. Thank you Jesus!

5:16PM - my family is notorious for eating dinner early. I think this is a result of the fact that my Dad works from home so we don’t have to wait for anyone to come home from work to eat. My sis Jen made dinner and it was AMAZINGGGG. My dad had the great idea to eat outside too…since it was such a nice summer day. The fact that 3 days out of the week I get to eat dinner at home with my family is a true gift. Thank you Jesus!

5:18PM - as mentioned, Jen made an amazing dinner. Recently, i’ve been eating a bit of a vegetarian diet (just a random decision I made) so whenever there’s a veg option I go for that. This time it worked out perfectly as I had salad with grilled zuccini, sweet potato mash and chimichuri sauce on top!! HEAVENNNNN.

5:18PM - as mentioned, Jen made an amazing dinner. Recently, i’ve been eating a bit of a vegetarian diet (just a random decision I made) so whenever there’s a veg option I go for that. This time it worked out perfectly as I had salad with grilled zuccini, sweet potato mash and chimichuri sauce on top!! HEAVENNNNN.

6:22 - After dinner we often let the kids blow off some steam outside in the front yard. They love to ride their bikes around…which brings back a lot of childhood memories for me as I remember riding my bike along this same strip of concrete as a kid.

6:22 - After dinner we often let the kids blow off some steam outside in the front yard. They love to ride their bikes around…which brings back a lot of childhood memories for me as I remember riding my bike along this same strip of concrete as a kid.

6:41PM - I love this time of day. When the kids just get to be kids outside. Nothing beats it!

6:41PM - I love this time of day. When the kids just get to be kids outside. Nothing beats it!

7:03PM - on this day we celebrated my Auntie Julie’s bday. She’s like a second mom to me, and a second grandma to these kiddos…so it was really nice getting to celebrate her!! My cousin made fresh Strawberry shortcake and we all gave her gifts. I love these moments.

7:03PM - on this day we celebrated my Auntie Julie’s bday. She’s like a second mom to me, and a second grandma to these kiddos…so it was really nice getting to celebrate her!! My cousin made fresh Strawberry shortcake and we all gave her gifts. I love these moments.

9:15Pm - once the kids head home…the dishes get put away…the counters wiped down…I head back upstairs to unwind. I usually clean my room, read (currently rereading Mark of the Lion series) or watch climbing videos on youtube HAHA.

9:15Pm - once the kids head home…the dishes get put away…the counters wiped down…I head back upstairs to unwind. I usually clean my room, read (currently rereading Mark of the Lion series) or watch climbing videos on youtube HAHA.

Well…that was a real day in the life.

God is good!

INSPIRED BY : THAT CHIC-KOREAN-GIRL FASHION

Last summer I visited Seoul, South Korea (a short 2hr flight from Tokyo) and immediately fell in love. It was a combination of endless cosmetic stores promoting the best skin of your life PLUS the enticing smell of spicy food at every corner PLUS the dopest cafes and coffee shops you’ve ever seen PLUS the hustle and bustle of the city PLUS… the fashion.

Oh. My. Gosh the fashion.

It’s on another level in Seoul and you can notice it as soon as you step foot in the country. You’ll see couples matching head to toe. Every other guy looking like a K-pop star. Girls walking around making socks with sandals look incredibly chic. And outfits that looks simultaneoulsy like the most simple thing ever and straight off the runway. How do they do it?!?! I dont know. But I am completely intrigued and inspired…which leads me to my first installment of “INSPIRED BY:” where I get to plop down the things in this world that inspire me.

I took to the modern-day encyclopedia AKA instagram to collect a bunch of photos that truly encompass the chic-korean-girl vide I am talking about….you’re welcome in advance.

so feminine, so chic

so feminine, so chic

Black on black everything?? Sign me up.

Black on black everything?? Sign me up.

Skirt + sneaks is the dream look.

Skirt + sneaks is the dream look.

Who are you and how can I be you?

Who are you and how can I be you?

The most flattering LBD ever.

The most flattering LBD ever.

Once again, ALL BLACK EVERYTHING - dREAMMM

Once again, ALL BLACK EVERYTHING - dREAMMM

THIS SKIRT. THOSE BOOTS. THAT BAG. OMG

THIS SKIRT. THOSE BOOTS. THAT BAG. OMG

THESE SANDALS ARE EVERYTHING

THESE SANDALS ARE EVERYTHING

Asymmetrical lines on overalls?? dream.

Asymmetrical lines on overalls?? dream.

Never knew a mermaid skirt could look so perfect

Never knew a mermaid skirt could look so perfect

To pull of sock+flats is an extreme level of cool

To pull of sock+flats is an extreme level of cool

I want to wear this every day of my life

I want to wear this every day of my life

See what I mean??!??

Also, I find it quite amusing that in almost every pic of a Korean fashionista- her head is cropped out. Not sure if this is a modestly thing, privacy?, or if they are a bit shy in showing their face. Either way it’s fascinating and quirky… and points to a deeper cultural norm that see also reflected in Japanese culture…but i’ll save that for another post :)

OK…more ‘INSPIRED BY:’ posts coming soon…

ALBERTA, CANADA - PART III/III - BANFF GONDOLA

Finally getting around to my final BANFF post!! It’s been a busy few weeks here at home…so I am now just finding a little time to sit down and share the rest of my photos from this epic trip with my dad.


On our last full day in Alberta, we decided to spend most of our time in Banff. We drove the easy 25min drive from Canmore to Banff and went on a river rafting cruise that my dad had pre-planned!! I was too nervous to take my camera out on the Bow river, so I only have iphone pics of that experience…but it was epic! So beautiful, so serene, and so awesome seeing the mountains and trees from the water. I really have to thank my dad for planning that all out, reserving tickets, finding the meeting place, and organizing that for us. He’s the best!

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After river rafting, we walked on up to the famous Banff Fairmont Springs Hotel to get a little taste of luxury.

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This place looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie and was just as epic on the inside as it was on the outside. We walked through the lobby and the gift shop…and out to the back deck to get a nice view.

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God really blessed us with the clearest skies and best weather imaginable!! We even got to see some horse back riders cross the river…adding that to the to-do list for next time!

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For lunch we stopped in town for some Burgers at Eddie Burger Bar and OF COURSE had to order the POUTINE!!! It would not be a trip to Canada without some fries slathered in gravy and topped with cheese curds…YUMMMMM.

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There is one main shopping street in Banff that is perfect for buying some souvenirs or checking out a rustic looking McDonalds.

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After lunch and a walk around town…it was time to head up to the BANFF GONDOLA!! When we parked at the upper lot all I could think was…”is this not the most scenic parking lot ever???”

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We arrived at the entrance to the Gondola and…my dad **BEING THE AWESOME DAD HE IS** pre bought our tickets and had everything planned out so I did not have to lift a finger. #spoiled. He researched and learned that during busy season the ticket line for this can be up to 2 HOURS LONG!!!! So he made sure to get ours beforehand just in case.

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It was about an 8 minute ride up to the top (VERY HIGH UP) and we made it to what I concluded as the MOST EPIC VIEW IN ALL OF ALBERTA…

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See that little building down there?? That’s the Fairmont Springs Hotel that we were at earlier in the day!! It was crazy seeing it from so far away haha!!

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Like I said…we could not have asked for more perfect weather. Sunny, a little breezy…clear skies for miles!

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At the top of the Gondola ride there is an awesome learning center, restaurants, gift shop…and my favorite part….this wooden bridge trail that leads to another peak. It is so well make, so well taken care of, and just the most beautiful lookin thing!

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A postcard at every turn.

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The wooden trail …how cool is this!??

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Shout out to TEVAS for making the best sandals (lightweight, comfy, waterproof and most importantly…able to be worn with socks!! hehe)

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Cool igloo at the outer deck of the building.

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Me, my camera, and my trusty Patagonia jacket that has lived with me through three winters in Japan and now a trip to Alberta :)

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS VIEW

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I love my dad!

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We spent a good hour or two at the top…and honestly, we could have stayed longer had we eaten at a restaurant or went down more of the trails. The ticket to the top isn’t cheap - but it’s 100% worth it in my opinion!! We cruised back down the gondola and decided to hit up one more lake on our way back to Canmore.

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Lake MINNEWANKA….yes, like Willy Wonka haha! This lake was on our way back to Canmore and since we had heard good things about it…we decided to check it out.

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Beautiful water and an awesome dock to walk out on.

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So surreal!!

After seeing Lake Minnewanka…we drove back to Canmore for a relaxing evening. We ate dinner in town (pasta) and did some more shopping (I bought socks). We were flying out the next day so we also stopped by the supermarket to buy some last minute Canadian snacks to take home! Perfect end to the trip.

OH!!! I almost forgot…on our last night I told my dad that I could not leave Canada without trying BEAVER TAILS!!!!! I had seen this stuff all over instagram and knew I had to check it out…drumrollllll…..

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****OMMGGGGGGG***** right!??!?! Basically this place BEAVER TAILS sells these crazy sweets that actually do kind of look like what they’re named after…and they are funnel cake like pastries slathered with Nutella or any other amazing option on the menu. I opted for the Nutella and banana and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. This thing was incredible and it was the perfect way to end an epic trip to Canada :)

Well folks, that about wraps it up!

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Thanks for the memories, Dad…where to next?!?