Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas e-Greetings

Wishing you the most blessed Christmas ever!

Feel free to use the images i posted here and here>1 for spreading some Christmas cheer!

May all your dreams come true this 2013 too! :)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Hush

Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush, not a last minute rush. - Mother Teresa

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Naïf Art

Happiness and joy are within our reach. It's not in the distant future, not in tomorrow or in a few minutes. It's not when we have what we are longing for. It is now. If only we choose it.

Rejouce in the Lord always! And again I say rejoice! - Philippians 4:4

There are times when people feel they are under a jinx. Everything seems to go wrong and we seem powerless to overcome the situations we're inevitably in. This is the time to remember that we have "been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ" - Ephesians 1:3

I wish you all the happiness and joy that God has planned and purposed you to enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bold Doodles

Hope you like my doodles today I had fun making them I loved putting the bold colors in.

It was surprising to find a new cat on our front porch today. I hope she will be a good friend to Midnight.

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The Good Shepherd

Today I meditated on the Good Shepherd. I learned that long before people hung crosses in their homes, first century Christians people used to pray while looking at the loving image of the Good Shepherd.
It's comforting to know that our Savior would look for us whenever we were astray even leaving the 99 sheep behind.

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Love Flight

Being a part of the retail industry entails being in Valentines day mode while everyone is in the Christmas mindset.

Here is a doodle I made for that romantic time of year.

I wonder how it feels like to fly? Wouldn't we all like to know?

Standing and Watching in Advent

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars... But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand." Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

There is so much going on in the world today. Some would say we are at the thick of the end times. What does it mean to "stand" and to "watch?

The word "stand" appears more than 600 times in the Bible and holds a multitude of meanings.

Standing is some kind of liberation, as we see from the verse when Jesus heals a crooked man. He couldn't "straighten up".

Standing was done also as a form of prayer and worship.

To stand means being worthy to face someone in authority. We know that God will meet us face to face on judgement day. Who can stand before Him?

The drawings i did above speak of our role as Christians in today's increasingly secular world. The values we uphold are not embraced by many. We need to stand against the tide of relativism as well. Nothing is right or wrong, everything is relative.

To stand is to survive a battle like in "last man standing". We need to be vigilant in Kingdom values despite not having the popular opinion.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just Love Hot Air Balloons

Don't you just love these magical flying things?

I've never ridden in one but when I start to doodle, I usually start to draw one without thinking about it.

What if you were on a hot air balloon and it just started floating higher and higher? 

There is something so lovely about not knowing exactly where you will land.

Hot air balloons speak of adventure.  They might take you up and up and away to a castle...

or to some place where the coconut trees grow...

or they may take you up to heaven.

Wherever they will go, keep striving, keep reaching for the skies!

Let your dreams take you where you've never been before.

So that at the end of your days you've had the ride of your life!

"Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest" Psalm 55:6

Cats Understand English (Part 2)

Some of you know that my beautiful (faux Bengal cat) Winter passed away a week ago.
She's actually our neighbor Cozette's cat but since they have asthma in their home, she couldn't keep her.  She would visit her almost every day though.

On to Winter's English proficiency.

Ever since she was a wee kitten I would speak to her in English.  I was not sure that she would understand Tagalog you see. ;)

Winter was such a well behaved, neat, adorable kitten.  On the first night she slept on my tummy.  I told her not to poop on me and on the bed and of course she didn't.

I didn't have a problem taking care of her.  Well unless you count all the sleepless nights when she would pounce on me while I was sleeping.

When Winter was ready to go out of the house, I gave her a lot of pointers.  She didn't go very far and when I came back to check on her, she was very sore with me, so loud when she was usually so quiet.

When she was a little older, we adopted an abandoned totally black cat and we called him Midnight.  Winter then became the older sister to him.

One night, Midnight was brought inside the house 'cause it was so cold.  Winter was so agitated, so noisy and walking back and forth.  I told her that Winter is inside the house so she needn't worry.  Winter stopped meowing and all her fretting instantly.

Sometimes I would tell Winter to snuggle up with Midnight so that both of them wouldn't be so cold.  It wouldn't be long before I would see them cuddled up in the basket together.

I love having the kitties inside my room.  One time, Winter was so playful, she jumped on the bed, ran back and forth leaving things overturned.  She then plunged herself into the trash bin having the time of her life.  I told her "Winter, you can only relax inside the house, if you want to be very active, you have to go outside, so go out now".  She obediently went to the door to go out.

Later I heard her meowing.  When I opened the door, she was so ladylike, not hyper anymore.  She just rested inside taking note of what I said.

On another occasion, our housekeeper reported that Winter was seeing a Siamese belonging to our neighbor.  I got upset since that same cat caused the disappearance of Princess, our young cat before.

I had to have a talk with Winter. I told 3 times (once in cat language just in case) not to go gallivanting around with that Siamese cat since he was not to be trusted.  Winter would just look at me and I didn't really know if I was getting through to her ...

... until the next morning.

I heard a loud "Meow" outside my door.  I groggily woke up and found who else but the Siamese there loudly disrupting my sleep.  I looked around for Winter and shouted her name.  My brother who was in another part of the house said "she's here, she ran away as soon as she heard the siamese coming".  Such an obedient cat.

I'm just so upset though that she didn't obey my last instructions to take care of herself.  While on a trip outside the city, she contracted some sort of foot infection and passed away.  I was inconsolable.  The vets were not able to reach our home in time to treat her.

I'm glad though that she didn't suffer long.  I hope to meet her again at the other side of the rainbow.  I hope this post hasn't made you sad.  I just had to let the world know about a special cat named Winter.

In case this post has gotten you a bit melancholy, here are 14 stories that will warm your heart

Remember to hug those you love while they are still around!

Cats Understand English (Part 1)

I must warn you.
This post will get a bit sad in the end. Well it gets sad pretty soon too.

Decades ago I had a cat named Blacky. That cat was as sleek and as elegant as his name was un-original.  He was a beautiful tom.

One day the night turned so cold that Blacky crept into our van's fan belt. You could guess what happened the next morning when my dad started the car.

Now don't stop reading.  I promise you it will be worth it.

Blacky was brought to the vet and to have mercy on you, I won't describe the extent of his injuries.

That night I had the agonizing decision to make, have him operated on, or put him to sleep.  I could not sleep the whole night.  I tossed and turned.

I dreaded the next day when we would have to see him at the vet.  From outside the building, I could hear Blacky's torturous cries.  The vet said he was like that all night, trying to get out of the box.  I started crying ... bawling.  My sister chimed along with me despite the other people there.

After talking with the vet, we decided to put Blacky to sleep.

We went to Blacky and then I mustered up the courage to say "Black, we'll just put you to sleep okay?".  The moment I said it, Blacky stopped meowing, lay down at the bottom of the box and just silently relaxed.  My sister and I howled all the more with our tears.

That is when I learned that cats understand English.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Filipiniana Sketches

Sharing with you today some sketches with a Filipiniana theme.

This is my version of Manila's jeepneys. Nowadays you see jeeps with airbrushed faces of family members or proclamations of faith like "God saves".

I love our traditional attire - the maria clara and the barong. I always feel so special on occasions we wear these.

They're made of lightweight "cool" fabric with intricate embroidery. During the olden times, this was everyone's everyday wear.

Hope you enjoyed these. Have a stress free day today!

Oh and in case you're interested, I've started a new blog about my volunteer tutoring activities with children from underprivileged communities in the metro. Thats where i am going later.

Initially i just wanted a place to share the blessings of this service. I guess it will be a venue for people to learn more about it too.

If ever you want to do something to help them, just drop me a line. :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Extra Grace Required

Today at church i said a quiet prayer for extra grace.

After a few moments September celebrants were called to the front for a special prayer and blessing! That's me!

That was a quick answer Lord! Thank You! :)

Mother Like No Other

An amazing woman is Blessed Mother Mary.

Many times when I am confused what best to do, i think "What would Jesus do?" then sometimes the situation could only happen to a woman. That's when "What would Mary do?" comes in.

She is truly a grace-filled woman that at the age of 14 she could give herself up totally to Gods plan. To entrust your whole future despite probable shame, alienation by everyone, maybe even stoning, is just wow!

It reminds me that if God sends you to it, He will bring you through it. Mary was found pleasing by God in her response. She was blessed by this response and so are we.

Mary, at the time of her "yes" to God could not have known the impact of her response to humankind. Sometimes we think that our choices and actions mean little but i reality they can not just affect you but others in a major way.

Happy birthday today Mama Mary! Thank you for your womanly example of discipleship and great faith. May more and more woman in today's world follow in your steps and draw nearer to the heart of God!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Just sharing with you a couple of my doodles this past week.

When I read this passage, I remembered the verse from Deuteronomy...

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The choices we make determine what we and our children will experience in life.
With obedience comes blessing!
I choose life!


This is something that just came to my mind.  It's useful for those
times when we don't know why things happen the way they do.
We must always remember that God is in control and is constantly looking
for ways to bless us!

This is a great passage as it calls forth our deepest faith in God and our most fervent love for Him.
To try and do something again and again, fail and have God tell you to try again
is difficult BUT if He says do it, then again, blessing will most certainly ensue.
We need to focus on the Lord of the seas, rather than on the catch or 
we will not have the abundant results we long for.
We have to trust that His ways are best though beyond our understanding.

We had a power outage one day in our home and it was the perfect time to
take this shot.  It's always uncomfortable in the darkness.  It's tiring and
burdensome.  Just like when we hide our true selves from others,
keep up a front, wear masks. It is better to be honest, to live in the light,
admitting our flaws and weaknesses so God can work and others can
support us in our journey.


Last but not the least is this quote that caught my fancy.  Audrey Hepburn is a 
picture of elegance and style.  She exuded true beauty that came from within.

In our Bible Study we talked knowing where our identity comes from, knowing 
our worth and who we really are.  We are not defined by our talents, looks,
accomplishments, riches... these are all passing. We have an eternal identity
in God and He has called us to be His sons and daughters.  

'For in him we live and move and have our being.' (Acts 17:28)

Have a blessed weekend ahead!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Good News Girls

I want to be a Good News Girl (instead of a Gossip Girl).
I want to make other people smile and be able to see how good life is.

Today's wisdom for me is from Luke 4:18 when Jesus read in 
their church that He was the promised one sent by God to 
bring good news to the poor, recover blind people's sight, 
let the captives free (one bible version said this meant to heal broken hearts),
and to proclaim a year acceptable to God.

A lot of his friends, neighbors weren't convinced and in fact,
they got uber mad at Him thinking He was a blasphemer!
In short Jesus had a rough day.

Have you ever had a rough day?

Sometimes when we are all set to tutor street children, we get booted
out of our venue.  Sometimes volunteers who say they will come
suddenly won't.  Sometimes I get to tutor 5 kids and haven't prepared
well for them because I prepared for another grade level.. in short
sometimes I have a rough day as well.

Are you always so convincing?

In years past I was diagnosed with Graves Disease.  My full story is here
My hands were shaky, moods erratic, pulse over a hundred, energy zilch.
But to make it short, I got well not with drugs but with good old
fashioned nutritional supplements and a change in lifestyle.
Good friends of mine, still don't believe I am healed.

My hands aren't shaky anymore, my moods are stable,
my pulse is under a hundred and my energy level keeps
getting better and better but still they say "are you sure you're well?".

When I thought about how Jesus just "passed through" the crowd,
then we can do that as well when people are not convinced of our health,
well-being, maybe even our sanity.  Jesus has been there and that
is more than enough Good News for me.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Be Kind to One Another and other Reflections

Sharing with you some sketches I made these past few days.  

In the morning I spend some time in prayer and meditation on the bible.
Doing this gives me the strength, peace and joy I need for the day.

When I encounter difficult situations I remember the story of the man
who was told by God to push mountains.  He pushed and pushed everyday,
but then as time passed, he noticed the mountain was still in the same place.
He asked God why and God told him to look instead to look at
his arms, much stronger and muscled than before.

Sometimes God won't move mountains to build our spiritual muscles.

After several days of torrential rain this past week, most of Manila was flooded.

More than half a million people were affected, 
some rescued from their rooftops, others stranded without food in their homes.
I thank God that my family and friends are all safe but we need
to reach out to those who have lost so much in this calamity.

Usually Filipinos shun the sunshine for excessive exposure but when 
finally the sun came out, we were exultant!

One of today's Sunday readings is from Ephesians.
It reminded me to be kind always.  Be kind to those who think
differently, act differently, do differently.

"Without kindness, there can be no true joy" - Thomas Carlyle

UPDATE:  Some of you have asked me how to have the Be Kind on a print or a product.  I'm providing this art and if you purchase any of these products, 100% will go to He Cares Foundation, a charity that cares for street children in the Philippines.  Isn't that exciting?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fontabulous Fonts


This is the 3rd installment of my Font Creations just for you!

CLICK HERE to view my first fonts
CLICK HERE to see my 2nd post on font

Feel free to use these for your personal art creations.

To use these fonts for commercial projects, just donate any amount to my Paypal account - tina at papemelroti dot com.  All the proceeds will go to He Cares Foundation, a foundation that cares for Filipino street children and their families.

Thank you to dafont and fontspace for hosting my fonts!

Thanks for dropping by!


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