Aloha! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted a blog. But here am I, blogging again and sharing a shed of hope, joy, inspiration and faith who is reading this.
And yes, this is a milestone in my life as a blogger because this post is my 100th post from the very beginning that I started blogging! 🙂 How awesome is that?! And where did all those time goes? I really thank everyone for taking time to read my blogs, I do pray and hope that in every words and life stories that I am sharing, I am able to touch your life in a very special and unique way.
Actually, I’ve been thinking what will I blog for my 100th blog post and yes, the Lord gave me an experience worth sharing and truly mind blowing! 🙂 And it started last weekend, we’ll you see, I’ve celebrated my 33rd birthday last February 18, it’s a Sunday, but we celebrated it in advance in Dubai. We went to Dubai last February 16, Friday, and I was really looking forward to this, because my only prayer is to have a very good & relaxing rest during that weekend. We chose Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai to be our home for the weekend ( Swissotel Al Ghurair, Duba )
We chose it because first, it is near to our place when we stayed in Dubai for the first 5 months of our stay here in U.A.E. Back then, we always see this hotel when we pass by the area, we normally see people coming in and out of that hotel, so we always wander and wonder how it feels to be there also to have a relaxation. And then the second reason is that, we chose the hotel because one of our godparents in our wedding which is, Ninong Sam & Ninang Imee and the their kids, and some of our friends from different parts of the world, was also check in there, to attend a BUILD conference! 🙂 So it was really very timely to be there and celebrate my birthday with them, as me and my husband Melvin, relax and unwind for my birthday. And lastly, it’s my birthday weekend (in advance though lol ) so I am really looking forward to have a very good rest. Just to really recharge from everything and just take a break from the busyness of life. It’s good to just stop and take it slow some time.
So we arrived in Dubai around 10:30 AM that Friday and then we decided to eat our brunch in Jollibee! “bida ang saya!” and then we went to the hotel where we are check in that weekend. We we’re thinking if they can allow us for an early check in ( so we prayed and prayed that they’ll allow us )
As we enter the hotel, we we’re greeted by a warm smile from their staffs, that made us more excited! When it’s time for us to ask, if there is an available room already that can accommodate us for an early check in, the staff said, there is none. So we just waited and do all the processes that needs to be done before checking in. Little did I knew, Melvin, handed over a small note, asking the staff, to put a welcome note and a happy birthday cake in our room. The hotel staff, checked the possibilities without me even noticing it.
After a few minutes of waiting and just hoping and praying that they will accommodate us, all of a sudden Ms. Irene, the General Manager, of the hotel came to us and introduced herself to us, and then she said ” Hello! I am Irene, the General Manager of this hotel, we just learned that it’s your birthday today, so we decided to upgrade your room without any additional charges!” The moment that we heard that, I just felt that my heart is jumping and it’s like saying: “like what?! Hahaha! are you kidding? ” We originally booked the — “Classic Room” –– which is the cheapest rate that we can find in the hotel, and then suddenly Ms. Irene told us that the room that they will give us is the “Premium Suite” – which is has the most expensive room rate! And that’s crazy! 🙂 While she was accompanying us on the way up to our room, she was continually telling to us all the perks that we can avail during our stay at the hotel.
- A special access to the “Executive Lounge” of the hotel! And we’re just wow! That’s a God- moment for us! It means, we have access to a buffet from 2 PM until 11 PM at the Executive Lounge. which means, we will not spend a single penny for our food outside.
- A early check in of 12 noon & late check out for the next day at 3 PM
- A welcome basket of fruits & a birthday cake ( which we thought, Melvin will pay upon checking out but later on, we found out that it’s free
- A special letter address to me, given by the Director of Front Office & a personalized note from the Guest Relations Team
- We just paid the Classic room rate with breakfast but what the Lord gave to us —- it’s triple, the amount , of what we actually paid!
Upon reaching our room, she ended up, thanking us in choosing their property for us to stay.
Up until now, I don’t know how that happens, but both of us was really overwhelmed by the Lord’s surprise to me, to us! It’s like an “Undeserve Upgrade or Undeserve Grace” that the Lord has shown to us in a very tangible and mind blowing way!
And as I am writing this blog, I just felt that the Lord wants to know the every detail of our hearts desires even if it’s so impossible for us to have or to comprehend but if it’s according to His will, He will and He can give to us in His very surprising way! I just remember when we usually walk the area where the hotel was located, I keep on telling Melvin “Love, makakapag hotel din tayo dyan! Kaya ni Lord yan!” Indeed, the Lord hears our declaration 🙂
Sharing you the photos of our hotel Premium Suite! 🙂
Experiencing this kind of treat is really for the book! And just like what the Bible says: “10 But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That’s why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm. – 1 Peter 5:10 – Contemporary English Version
We met a lot of friends in Dubai, and that was really an awesome time, for us to create memories with them.
All in all, my 33rd birthday was full of God moment and awesome surprises! I want to encourage you all that, if you are in a season right now that it seems like there is no ray of hope in sight, just endure and stay focus in Him. Your situation right now does not define your future so just believe and hang on there my friend and take hold of His Word which is: “ I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. ” – Psalm 27:13
Until then my dear readers, do not hesitate to call on Him and tell your very personal prayers because hey, His a very sweet and loving God and He wants to see His children enjoy His love and His gift for you not only for a birthday present, but most importantly seek His presence in all the days of your life.
Love you all! Appreciate all your greetings for me! ❤ Toodaloo my dear readers! Until next time! Cheers!:)