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LIFE over RECIPES + TRAVEL

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  • "Kung saan ka masaya..." (If it makes you happy...) is a common phrase that relies on the wisdom that happiness is what we should be pursuing in life and it's the ultimate indicator of a full life. But I realized that happiness is neither. It is just a by product of something else. It is not the goal and going after it actually leads many astray and miss it altogether . I learned that what we really need to pursue is our God-given purpose; with wisdom, love and diligence. If we do, we'll also find joy and peace along the way - lasting joy and real peace . Do more of WHAT makes us happy...fulfilling our purpose is what will . #pursuepurpose #fullyfreelylesley #fullyfreelylive #fullyfreelydream #purpose ful #purpose #girlwithapurpose #courageouswomen #womenwithpurpose #livelife

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  • I wish I always have something healthy like this boiled Camote to snack on when I get hungry. They're really good and most importantly, affordable! Healthy food tend to be expensive and it's frustrating . Isn't it amazing how our body is able to heal itself if we let it? There are countless accounts of people who are being healed from different kinds of diseases by just changing their lifestyle and eating right. I am just in awe of the Lord on how He engineered every inch of our being. He's already provided the mechanisms and we just have to choose to fuel it with the right stuff. We wouldn't fill a Diesel . ...and by His wounds, we are healed - Is 53:5 . #healing #healed #health #health y #journeytohealth #pursuetruth #pursuepurpose #wordtoday #courageouswomen #fullyfreely #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely healthy #fullyfreely live #fullyfreely dream #grateful #blessed #rustic #thankgod #foodphotography #foodtography #minimalist #ceramic #plate #truthtoday

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  • A mug of lemon-infused hot water marks my early mornings. It was not always like this for I am not a fan of hot drinks. Maybe because it's mostly warm here in the Philippines. But I have fallen in love with this morning ritual and would also yearn for something hot during lunch or dinner. It soothes my throat and calms my agitated stomach . Don't get me wrong, it was not an easy fall. I enjoooooy my ice cold water so I was actually forced into liking hot water. My gut doctor recommended it to help lessen my acid reflux symptoms. And it sure does! . Actually, I realized that the pieces of advice my doctor gave to help with my reflux were at the core, all about slowing down. I can't gulp down hot water in a second. I have to deliberately pause to drink it. Moreover, I was told to eat slowly and in small portions. You see I eat very very fast and in big bulks. Always in a hurry and cannot be stopped, like the rest of the world seems to be...chasing what? I'm not sure 🤔 . #slowliving #mindfulliving #inspiredliving #chasingafterthewind #askingquestions #reflection #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #fullyfreely dream #fullyfreely heal #health #gerd #restoration #healing #goodforthegut #thinkingthursday #thursday #today #goodforme #fallinlove #newhabits #discipline #pursuepretty #pursuepurpose #daretofail #onmyway

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  • We love because He first loved us - 1 Jn 4:19 . #happyhearts #heartsday2018 #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely dream #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #today #wordtoday #flower #beauty captivates #beauty #pursuepretty #pursuepurpose #still_life_gallery_ #livelife #wednesday #love #instablog #instablog ger #photography #naturallighting #wild

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  • Yes you are! And you have what it takes to fulfill your calling and purpose . Tag your friends who are strong & courageous like you are . #fullyfreelylesley #fullyfreelylive #fullyfreelydream #courageous women #inspiredliving #courageous #life #livelife #motivationmonday #love #encouraged #supported #strong #monday #today #ladyboss #girlboss #dreams #chasingfailures #bigdreams #dreambig #cometrue #pursuepurpose #friends

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  • This is a family recipe cooked without a formal recipe for generations. I codified it so I can share this lesser known Kapampangan specialty with all of you. Try it out. You just have to (recipe link in bio) . Why not surprise your loved one this coming Hearts' Day with this deliciousness? Nothing beats a homemade creation to make someone feel extra special . #ediblegift #giving #gift #give #heartsday2018 #fullyfreelylesley #fullyfreelylive #fullyfreelylove #life #recipe s #foodblog #food #foodie #dmfoodseries #delicious #yummy #filipinofood #kapampangan #manyaman #instablog #instarecipe #foodfeed #delicious feed #recipe s #recipe #fullyfreelyrecipe #foodphotography

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  • Euphorbia milii. Crown of thorns. Christ thorn. A flower from the family of spurges with very thorny stems and a semi-poisonous sap. Some claim that this was the plant (shrub) used to crown Jesus (ouch! that must have hurt a lot!) . We've had this shrub in front of our house for a long time now but I never really looked closely to appreciate its flowers. I was distracted by its thorns and that was all I saw . Hmm, sounds familiar. It's what usually happens as we journey towards the fulfillment of our dreams. It's too easy to focus on the thorns - what's hard and miss the flowers - what's beautiful and see the hindrances rather than the progress . But look! These flowers are so pretty. I just needed to pay a little more attention to it to appreciate it. Maybe just maybe it also applies to life . P.S. Thanks to @bbc071087 for providing the name of this flower . #payattention #euphorbia #botany #life #fullyfreelylesley #fullyfreelylive #fullyfreelydream #onmyway #daretofail #inspiredliving #pursuepurpose #courageouswoman #dreambig #courageousliving #calledtocreate #pursuepretty #flower #creative preneur #creative #entrepreneur #multipassionate #leader #girlboss #ladyboss

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  • My husband and I are targeting to travel to Bicol this year to visit our good good friend Ate @jgarongsebastian aka my twin . As in all of our travels, the food is what I really look forward to (and of course the kwentuhan! ) To preview, I bought myself some PILI NUTS to enjoy now. They're quite pricey to buy here though so I'd probably hoard a lot when we go to Bicol. Then I'll play with it in the kitchen and make homemade Pili Marzipan, Pili Pie, Pili Cookies etc etc, hehe . What are other must tries in Bicol? I know its known for Bicol express but my tummy can't take the heat of chilis right now (acid reflux go away! ) . #fullyfreelylesley #fullyfreelylive #fullyfreelydream #fullyfreelytravel #pilinut #travelph #dmfoodseries #still_life_gallery_ #onthetable #pursuepretty #bicol #philippines #filipinofood #Filipinodelicacy

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  • Do you have big dreams? If so, what are you doing today that is helping you get closer to fulfilling it? If there is only ONE THING that you can do, what would it be? . #theonething by Gary Keller (with Jay Papasan) invites us to progressively break down our big dreams into smaller goals until we only have one thing that we're focused on for this day. He observed that most of the successful people started with a very clear one thing, on which they poured their prime time and effort . The author also highlighted the importance of prioritization (mastering the art of saying no) and preaches against multitasking, which I am guilty of (who's with me???) . "To do two things at one is to do neither" - Publilius Syrus . I am nearly finished reading the book and I have started applying what I learned. For one, I have decided to focus on Instagram as the social media platform of my blog. In line with that, I am bent on improving my photography (specifically food) + styling skills and actively engage with the @thebiteshot community for feedback . If you are an aspiring or journeying entrepreneur, creative or leader, #theonething is a must read (I got mine @_fullybooked) and I would love to connect with you . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely live #fullyfreely dream #fullyfreely #daretofail #courageouswomen #inspiredliving #foreverlearning #avidlearner #bookworm #readingrhythm #books #entrepreneur #creative #leader #sayno #priorities #onething #still_life_gallery_ #pursuepretty

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  • It is always a joy to discover delicious Filipino delicacies like this Pili Marzipan (or Mazapan de Pili as they label it) by Naga's Best RPM. IT IS SOOOOO GOOD! You have to try this deliciousness. . I bought these from Rosalie's, a local pasalubong store right here in Marilao. Anyone knows where I can buy direct? . Marzipan is classically made with almonds but this Pili nut version is genius! Especially because Pili nuts are packed with so many health benefits. It is very good for the heart, immune system, skin and hair. It can also help those suffering from insomnia! . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely live #fullyfreely #fullyfreely dream #life #travel #pilinut s #pilinut #bicol #travel Ph #philippines #filipino #food #filipino food #delicacy #native #delicious #sweet #dessert #marzipan #mazapan #promoteothers #daretofail #entrepreneurs #creatives #leaders #againstthegrain #dmfoodseries

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  • Thank you @ryanleak for your awesome bible plan @youversion. It definitely put things into fruitful perspective. I'm super excited to get my hands on your book #chasingfailure ! . For now, I am finishing The One Thing by Gary Keller (with Jay Papasan) and doing my planning around its concept. Highly recommended to aspiring and journeying entrepreneurs and creatives! . So glad to finally get into the rhythm of reading again . There is so much to learn and I'm loving it! #avidlearner (aka #nerd ??? ) . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #motivationmonday #monday #quote fortheday #think aboutthis #ryanleak #books tagram #rhythmofreading #books ofinstagram #book #books #learning #life #knowledeispower #daretofail #onmyway #inspiredliving #lovetolearn #quote s #quote #think #bigdreams #dreambig #entrepreneur #creative

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  • I am super excited for next week's recipe which will feature this power powder! Can you guess what this is? . Clue: It is a very popular spice in India and its active ingredient is called curcumin. It is super charged with goodness for the skin and the heart and is also known to lower cholesterol, sugar levels and prevent cancer! . If you haven't yet, check out and try for yourself my super delicious Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe link in bio) . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely live #fullyfreely #recipe s #recipe #indian #spices #guesswhat #powerpowder #healthy #food #foodie #foodphotography #inspiredliving #onmyway #instafood #picoftheday

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  • So grateful for this beautiful baby girl right here who graciously poses for my food photos. She was featured in one of my earlier posts as well, with my Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies (seen that? ). As promised, the recipe for that awesome cookie is now up on the blog (link on my bio ) and I shared a little something something there about Inside Out Miracles as well . Here, she is eating PIAYA, a sweet street food that originated in Bacolod, the sugar capital of the Philippines. It is basically a Muscovado Flat Pie and IT IS SOOOOO GOOD fresh off the pan . Thankfully, we don't need to fly to Bacolod to experience the deliciousness of freshly made piaya. You can get it from a street vendor (yellow cart) along Morayta St., near Thomas Square. My sister works near there so she's the one who discovered this piaya spot. Yey! . My husband and I used to get our fresh piaya fix from the QC Circle weekend market. Oh joy when I first experienced hot piaya . Good food really has a way with me! Sadly, the vendor was suddenly MIA and it took me quite a while to accept it and move on (not kidding ) . Even after a couple of no show, I still kept asking @junmark that we go check them out when we're around the area for they might just have gotten sick or went on a long vacation. We even searched for them where the other vendors said they lived for they probably sell there . Nothing . I'm sounding really shallow right now (haha!) but I think my search for that delicious piaya was just the natural response of my humanity to something good. We're made to appreciate and pursue beauty or in this case, deliciousness . Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalms 34:8 . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #life #piaya #bacolod #travelph #travelforfood #photography #sweet #streetfood #dessert #snack #muscovado #pie #filipino #filipino food #philippines

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  • I do not remember what exactly this is. I just know that it's a mango-flavored something from Guimaras (probably bought at the Trappist Monastery ). I scoured the internet for what it may be...nada. Thus, I almost did not use this photo but I decided otherwise. I can use this to share something about forgetting and remembering... . I know it's a challenge but it is my prayer for myself and for you as well, to forget offenses and the negative implication of stories. Every story or event can be seen through different lenses and I hope that what we get to remember is that which we could see through the lens of love, gratitude, hope and grace . Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. (Phil 4:8) . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #travel #guimaras #mango #mango nation #philippines #travel ph #life #remember #word #inspiredliving #onmyway #truth

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  • So I forgot to tell you that my Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownies recipe is now up on the blog and you can find a link to the post in my bio. I'm going to tell on myself and admit to you that I did not know what other instagrammers were talking about when they say "link in my bio". It was only the latter part of last year that I finally realized that the profile is what they're calling "bio". HA!HA! . It's so hard to be a beginner at anything especially now when you have access to just about everyone's work and everyone seems to be doing a far better job than you are and it feels like it's going to take forever to get where you want to be - if you will ever get there 🤔 . Now, that's just one way to look at it. We have to remember that that's just one side of the story. Let's try again... . It's so exciting to be a beginner at anything especially now when there are myriads of resources to utilize and great models to follow. If they, who come from different backgrounds, can do it, then you can do it too. You are on your way and it's the best season you can be in . It has always been so easy to see the negative in what's happening around us no matter where we are in life so we have to train our hearts towards gratitude and constantly fight back with a positive perspective until it becomes the "easy" . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #life #recipe s #darkchocolate #chocolate #recipe #cocoa #dessert #gift #giveaway #healthify #brownie #bar #truffle #food #foodie

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  • One of my aunts, who used to run a restaurant in Japan, came to stay with us for a few days and she made Fruit Salad like nothing I've tasted before...she added cream cheese!!! Now, why didn't I think of that??? She also shared that she sometimes uses yogurt instead of cream (which of course I have to try) . The cream cheese boosted the flavor of the classic Filipino Fruit Salad in a very subtle but stand-out way - you'll know something special was added but you can't pin-point what it is . : Classic Filipino Fruit Salad made with ready-made fruit cocktail, all-purpose cream and sweetened condensed milk, garnished with extra cherries and grated cheese (processed filled cheese) . #fruit #fruit cocktail #fruit salad #filipino #filipino food #tradition #Christmashangover #christmasweather #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely recipes #recipes #fullyfreely #fullyfreely live #delicious #outsidethebox #yummy #cream #milk #dairy #food #foodie

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  • This breakfast sandwich of ham, cheese & mayo is what I look forward to every Christmas morning. #flashbackfoodfriday . #fullyfreely livethelifeyoulove #fullyfreely #fullyfreely lesley #sandwich #breakfast #ham #cheese #food #breakfast food #yummy #delicious #savory #meat #recipes #life #travel #today #foodie

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  • I was gonna hit this year's road running but I couldn't. I had plans, many plans, but once again I am reminded that in the whole scheme of things, there is so little I have control over. And with that little bit I choose to stay grateful, hopeful and enthusiastic for what was, is and will be . I celebrated my 30th birthday at the funeral of my grandmother. It was of course not how I imagined this milestone to unfold but God is good anyhow. His ways are always higher and His thoughts are for what's best for us . The next day, I led worship like never before and I am just so blessed. The Lord knows how I love the ministry of worship and I am grateful for He gave me the gift to be able to serve Him in this way...and I thank You for the gift of Your presence. You are always so sweet . Speaking of sweet, this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by @avenidapasteleria is sweeeet! Delicious! As always, great job! . #fullyfreely livethelifeyoulove #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #life #recipes #travel #sweet #grateful #blessed #banana #bread #chocolate chip #chocolate #godisgood #today #worship #gift #birthday #january

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  • This is my Butter Raisin & Cream Cookies that I especially concocted for older tastebuds this Christmas . I used the same dough as my INSIDE OUT COOKIES where I successfully used less sugar and less fat. I also used some left-over milk crumbs from another recipe (Blueberries & Cream Cookies by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milkbar). . I was hoping to bake more goodies to giveaway this holiday season but I just can't find the time and energy to do so. We've been so busy and tired! I didn't even have the time to wrap the gifts I gave away to dear friends today (so sorry! ). And I originally wanted to bake something for them... . #cookie s #recipe #cookie #recipe #fullyfreely livethelifeyoulove #fullyfreely #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely recipes #fullyfreely recipe #sweet #dessert #gifts #ediblegifts #christmas giving #christmas #giving #gift #friends #party #getto #today #inspiredliving

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  • This Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie is my official Christmas giveaway this 2017. It is oil-based and has less sugar. I've been trying to cut as much sugar as I can from my recipes and so far, I'm happy with the results . Nagustuhan naman din ng aking mga nabigyan, tama ba? Hehe . So excited for what 2018 holds! I am launching a 365 Day Challenge at the beginning of the year for the HEART, SOUL, STRENGTH and MIND. It is a personal journey but I invite all of you to come along. Let us all fully freely live the life we love! . "...Love the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your SOUL and with all your STRENGTH and with all your MIND..." - Lk 10:27 . #fullyfreely lesley #fullyfreely #fullyfreely livethelifeyoulove #darkchocolate #chocolate #brownie #brownie s #bars #dessert #lesssugar #sweets #recipe s #recipe #fullyfreely recipes #2018 #instablog #365challenges #365challengeaccepted #lovegod #inspiredliving

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