None Like Him

My friend sent this precious book to me a few months ago and I think it just arrived in perfect time to my life. None Like Him by Jen Wilkin.

In a season where I’m too self conscious and find myself on myself constantly doubtful, this just remind me I’m His.

Standing in awe for what’s He has done in my life in the past, being grateful for what He’s still doing and expectant of the many answers on my future, my mind finds space to stop just thinking in my today’s struggles.

Take a time to remind yourself WHO GOD IS and how we are not like Him.

Hope you like the quotes and make you look on for a copy.

Extreme – Not Expensive – 15Day – Italy Trip

I’m not rich at all, but money hasn’t been a problem to plan on travel. God has always been the sponsor to fulfill every desire my heart has prayed and not prayed for. He is a dream granter, an impossible conqueror, the provider every soul looks for in a father, and a very lovable friend with whom you can enjoy everything.

This time, the bucket list was checked again on the Italian wished dream. What certainly made it an over the top miracle was that my traveling buddies were my Mom and sister. Two years ago, my mom left to live to another city far away from us and her life was so difficult, we couldn’t even imagine been together on such a wonderful trip years later. But a miracle happened and we were able to join Sofia’s plan to visit this beautiful country.

We planned it justa few weeks before, but were able to find nice prices on the plane tickets. Though we found good prices on hotels, they weren’t as nice as we could’ve found with a little more time to book ahead. But, still we managed to reserve on great locations, excellent service and not-so-expensive prices.

In this post I want to share three things with you. First, a postcard with a 4 day Rome itinerary you can print/save, and take with you for a trip you make to Europe and want to add Rome to your plan. Second, a full 15-day itinerary for just Italy with a check space so you can mark on the things you’ve already done. It is written according to locations and was the plan we followed, so it is possible to visit everything on the list. And third, a list of tips if this is your first time that you’ll find helpful before you travel. If you want me to send anything privately to your email, please follow the blog, and I’ll be sending an email with it.

Click on this link to see the whole itinerary—>

https://tinyurl.com/ItalyBugambilia

List on things you should know:

  • For this specific train we bought the Italian train pass from Eurail for six days of traveling. You can travel six days and distribute them according to your plan; you can use unlimited distances among each day you use. For example, the day we went to Cinque Terre, we used a day of the pass for the 5 towns and to go back to Florence. DOWNLOAD the app it’s easy and needed to plan your leaving and arriving times. You’ll need to buy the pass before your trip. They don’t sell it in Europe.
  • GetYourGuide is one of the best web sites you can find to book on tours and passes to skip lines on the main attractions. We bought the entrance tickets and guide for the Vatican that included the museums, map room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I compared prices with Viator.com and were cheaper.
  • For de Duomo at Florence, Uffizi, Pompeii, we bought them directly to the official website of the places.
  • In Apple Music (and I suppose on Spotify also) you can search for free Audio Guides for most of the famous spots in Italy. I downloaded them before leaving the hotel in order to be able to hear them offline. This shapes you save a lot of money on guides. Italy has a lot of history!!! It’s crazy how many things you can find and won’t be able to retain all the information, so take a notebook with you and you can later search for information on places you found interesting.
  • DON’T TRAVEL ON SUMMER. though I enjoyed a lot, it is SUPER CROWDED and SUPER HOT.
  • For Florence, you will like to buy the ticket for the Duomo, cathedral, baptistery, the tower, and the museum on their website to skip lines, but you’ll need to register the day of your visit to the duomo at their offices in a automatic machine they have available. You can only use the ticket during 72hrs and the Duomo should be your last attraction to get in.
  • You can buy your tickets ahead or at the ticket office for Pompeii, but PLEASE plan your visit ahead or book a guided tour. There’s a map available on their website that indicates different kinds of routes you can make at the place depending on the time you have available.
  • For all the galleries I always try to make a list on the paintings I want to look at each site before I go. This way you won’t miss them, if it’s too crowded or the museum is too big to see everything and you have a tight schedule to stick on for that day.
  • Castle Sant’Angelo has a half price ticket after 7pm which was perfect to see the summer sunset and night view of the city while having dinner at the restaurant.
  • PLEASE BOOK A GUIDE for VATICAN it’s just to much you won’t be able to understand and enjoy anything without it.
  • Taste as many gelatos as you can.
  • Look for the shows happening at the Verona Arena when you’ll be visiting. I missed Evanescene #sadstory
  • This wasn’t exhausting at all, but I recommend you take naps in the trains. Eat as much protein as you can, bring a bottle of water with you. You’ll be able to fill it on the many fountains available around the cities.
  • You’ll need A LOT of cash,unlike other cities in Europe, they charge taxes on hotels apart and in cash at your arrival.

Hoteles we stayed in:

Booked Tours:

AudioGuides Albums on Apple Music:

For more tips, pictures, and crazy reviews, take a look at my instagram profile: @MexicanBugambilia Highlights – “Italia”. You can follow a day by day post with awesome pictures shot by my sister.

Not the fittest

Whoever has the luck to know me, remembers I’m the worst at sports. I’m extremely clumsy, highly weak, hate diets and spending money on any kind of expertise clothes.

A year ago, my pastor invited us to prove ourselves we could exercise our character by exercising physically. I try to always accept new challenges that will encourage my soul to get new spiritual victories. It doesn’t matter if by challenges means living an imminent trial, or face the discipline of a bad decision or sin. I know this life is short and anything matters if it will make it great up in heaven. So … this was a hard one for my beautiful, spoiled flesh.

Anyways… I started running, which I happened not to hate at all. The day I started I ran five km ! So it was not that bad. A week later I ran 8 kilometers (two from which I ran eating a delicious banana bread I found in the way back) and I felt great. A week after this one, I decided it would be good to buy some help for my tennis to make it more comfy to step. BAAAAAD IDEA I couldn’t even run three kms and I was in a huge knee pain I couldn’t even stand up. I didn’t went immediately to the doctor, so it got worse, and after three days of not getting any better, I decided to go to a friend’s physiotherapy gym.

I got better after I took the third session with this friend. He invited me to keep on going to the gym for functional workouts. I thought I could give it a try so I payed for a whole month subscription and I started right away.

Because I payed, I felt greatly motivated to go for at least three days a week. When the month finished, I couldn’t lie to myself. I was in love with this new thing. I paid for the next month and started going four days a week.

None of my family or friends believed what they were seeing. I was actually enjoying exercise.

Last month I realized it’s been a year since I first started, and I wanted to share my experience in a list so it may motivate you to start. If you have started, but feel discouraged about something, I hope this anecdotes can motivate you to continue.

    I’m clumsy as hell. I was afraid this wouldn’t be easy at all for me to do Functional Workouts cause it involves coordination, equilibrium, concentration which I happened to lack. For example, the first week they made me jump the rope. I’ve never done it before (as shocking as it sounds), but I tried, and tried and tried. At the end of the month I was able to do it. Now I love it haha.
    Once the instructor taught me how to use de TRX to do push ups. Thank God I was alone, cause I can’t tell you how long it took me to get it. We laughed for like 10 minutes jajaja.
    On Fridays I invite some friends to train with me. It makes it a motivation, because if you know me, I can’t have a Friday without plans. And this keeps me from not going, I make it “part of my Friday plan”. Soooo Party, we put on the music we like, laugh and compete (secretly). It feels so good to get out from the gym to continue partying the afternoon away. Jaja no regrets after desserts
    There was this time when, on Friday with a friend, we were doing an exercise with elastic bands. We were told to pay attention at the instructor first and then do the exercise. Of course I started imitating the instructor instead of waiting, and accidentally lost control of the band and it slammed my neck. We were not able to breathe for minutes; I was laughing so hard.
    There’s no way I can train with reggaeton, my breathing gets irregular, I start concentrating on the pain because I can’t sing to that music, my mind starts getting anxious because of the lyrics,, etc. So it has been really important for me that I can suggest the music I like to train with. That’s one the most important reasons why I continue in this gym. It’s no joke, for me to achieve goals during one day training, this has been crucial.
    Instructors are so relaxed, they keep the gym in a great mood, so you, as a girl, won’t feel observed. There’s always a feeling of respect among everyone and this helps not to get embarrassed and continue trying your best. You can get to feel the most confident on their instruction, that it makes it easy for you to build a good relationship with them and see the results in your body shape. They help you to achieve your personal goals, and motivate you do more than you think you’re able.
    After two months of exercising, my health improved in many ways. Relieving stress through working out is one of the GREATEST benefits I’ve got from it. Having less stress means better health.
    There has been a lot of times when, while doing some exercise, I start screaming to myself “I can’t do this”, “I’m done”, “I need to stop”, etc. It has been great to see what happens when I don’t believe myself and continue. I have achieved more than I ever imagine doing.

I could continue listing the many experiences I have won after a year of conquering this area in my life. I think character and discipline are things you can’t only pray for, those two aspects must be tried. For me, starting was the most difficult part of the experience. Continuing depends on how much you care about how others see you. If you do this for yourself, and to grow spiritually, it’s enough motivation. The other results you get after training, are great byproducts that help you make it part of your life routine.

If you have any excuses for this, just look at me. I’ve always been bullied for my clumsiness, I’ve always been weaker than my friends, vanity is not a motivation for me, and I will always love eating desserts. Write a comment to share your fears, or experiences. It would be great to laugh at others’ embarrassing moments.

the proof in videos:

Era la última ronda de cuatro. Si se dan cuenta, todos estos ejercicios los logré en una misma rola. Jajaja

LIBRE

Un regalo ser libre incluso de mí misma. Últimamente Dios me ha llevado a meditar en esta libertad que solamente Él puede regalar. Creo que no he sabido aprovecharla ni honrarla.

“Por precio fuisteis comprados; no os hagáis esclavos de los hombres.”

1 Corintios 7:23

Si anhelas esta libertad, escríbeme para que te la comparta. Si ya recibiste a CRISTO, te lo recuerdo: ERES LIBRE. No te hagas esclavo de tus emociones, de tus circunstancias, de ninguna persona, de NADA. No límites el poder de Dios, VUELA.

Les dejo este cover de “No Longer Slaves” en Español que subí a mi canal de YouTube. La letra es una bendición. Cantarla es meditar en Su poder sobre el mío y regresar mi mirada a la meta de Su llamado.

NO LONGER SLAVES <—— haz click aquí

Lyrics:

Me envuelves hoy

Con una canción

Melodía de tu amor

Me das libertad

En la adversidad

Ya no hay más temor

Ya no soy esclavo del temor

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Ya no soy esclavo del temor

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Antes de nacer

Escogido fui

Por ese gran amor

Volví a nacer

Pertenezco a ti

Tu sangre fluye en mí

Ya no soy esclavo del temor

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Ya no soy esclavo del temor

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Oh oh

Abriste el mar para que yo pasara

Tu amor perfecto me libró

Me rescataste

Y hoy cantaré

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Abriste el mar para que yo pasara

Tu amor perfecto me libró

Me rescataste

Y hoy cantaré

Yo soy hijo de Dios

Mini Tour Centro Histórico

Llevaba años sin comer buena comida china. Es una tristeza que no hayan tantas opciones buenas, bonitas y baratas en la CDMX para este tipo de comida.

Durante la semana investigué qué lugar el mejorcito de nuestro renovado barrio Chino porque quería hacer un recorrido y ver qué tal había quedado.

Les dejo imágenes del Photoshoot que aprovechamos a hacer, pero no hay de la comida jajaajaja. Si quieren saberse la historia de la comida, está en mi instagram en los highlights. El lugar es Hong King. Volvería, pero sólo si el gerente me vuelve a atender; porque de ahí en fuera la atención no es su fuerte.

Nos encanta ser turistas en la CDMX. Siempre hay algo nuevo que recorrer, buenos lugares para comer, historia, gente y especímenes de quiénes aprender. Esta vez hasta nos tocó bailar con una buenísima banda de rockers de los 70s y conocer a Juanita. Caminamos desde “la farmacia internacional” hasta el MUNAL y de regreso hasta Café Nin Mailob en la Juárez.

El barrio chino, no tiene chinos, está muy chuiquito y todos venden lo mismo. Creo que tiene mucho potencial para crecer y atraer a más gente. Confío en que se volverá un China Town tan cool como el de otras grandes ciudades.

Gracias a “Fofi” por las fotos. Síganla en Instagram, es muy buena. @SofiaGT I’m no poser sooooo las fotos son sin edición jajajaja maja

Trying not to be asaltada. Hong King a mis espaldas

Traducción: Achis Achis los Mariachis

Desde la torre latino en la cafetería

Atrás: El Cardenal.

Mi falda Cath Kidston

Uno de los más hermosos restaurantes del mundo me atrevería a decir. Sanborns de Los Azulejos

buscando qué sigue en el tour

Palacio de Correos Español JOYA

Posing…

Not Posing…

por fin revisando esta belleza de libro #need

Backstage life

I’ve always promised myself to enjoy the journey.

Backstage NEEDS to be a blessing. I’d never be able to give my all if the path that took me there wasn’t a rehearsal of the truths I’m singing about, a testimony of the grace I’m praising; if the obstacles and trials on the way, wouldn’t have made me GROW in order to worship with the freedom that only a forgiven heart experiences.

THANKS TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND JESUS for coming along the way in spite of myself. This means a big part of my worship to God. I WILL ALWAYS BE IN DEBT, that’s why my life has been surrendered to His will for a long time now.

Nadé en gracia!

“Doy gracias al que me fortaleció, a Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor, porque me tuvo por fiel, poniéndome en el ministerio,”

1 Timoteo 1:12

Gratitude 

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that GRATITUDE is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– G.K. CHESTERTON

Conquering 

“Find me here at Your feet again, Everything I am, reaching out, I surrender” 

Touch the Sky, Hillsong 


This girls truly know how to fight— they surrender. Teaching everyone a great lesson of never giving up, they kneel before God to thank Him, and ask Him for not less than miracles. I found this the bravest of all strategies of war : to recognise how powerless we are. There’s always a winning end to their stories —not common anecdotes at all— because God’s will is done. Though it’s invisible, they have the toughest of all armors and the sharpest of all swords, their faith and their Bibles. You’ll never see them hopeless, they’ll be facing any situation with a smile. Their always prepared with the best of the attitudes. 

Here they are, in my room, keeping a promise, making their part, warming my heart. 

¿Espectador o Participante?

I just can’t synthesize this in my mind, I’ll try in words. 

There he was standing by my desk, my work’s desk, crying while wishing he could understand what God planned for his life. 

As a kid (8-13) I was his huge fan, I even got to ask him for an autograph once. I couldn’t miss any episode of his show on Tuesdays. He had such an amazing ingenious sense of humor, laughing could last for the whole week. Was the kind of show you couldn’t skip because you wouldn’t have anything to talk about at school. I have always said Dad, Mom, and him raised me’cause my jokes, slangs, and perception of life was greatly influenced my childhood . He shaped my vocabulary in such an impressive way it’s still very difficult for me to drop it. I dreamed I could some day be as funny as him, and maybe be invited to sing at his show. 

As an adult (and now born-again Believer) I can’t understand why my very then-strict parents allowed me to watch an adult-targeted show with bad words and double-sense phrases. When I received Christ as my Saviour, I stopped watching what was my favorite night show of the week; without being told so, I realized how unhealthy it was for a child to hear this expressions and adult jokes and just quit. This was very easy for me because I had a better thing to talk about at school and tried to convince my classmates about the new life they could have and this now occupied my mind more than anything. 

I’m now working as a teacher for my church, I love my job, I feel this can turn a whole nation to Jesus. This new generation I’m serving, is growing in the principles every citizen, politician, or athlete, should follow to have a successful and peaceful life with themselves, others, and God. I lead worship on Saturdays and Sundays at my church and I’m in no need of a stage or TV show to feel complete. I serve Him wherever I have a chance. 

This weekend was a special one for my congregation . We celebrated two complete years of having a building for our own to have the services and school after 18 years of renting a hotel hall. We made three live worship concerts to celebrate with the church members and preach the Gospel to invitees. 

At the principal event he — my childhood’s idol — appeared to be sitting in the first row 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱. I tried no to look at him, and just focus on God while performing. I just kept on praying in my heart that he could surrender his life to Jesus. I already knew that  he was born again few years ago with the pastor whom we invited to preach at the concert that night, but he didn’t seem to be walking in Christian life that much. 

He is the fourth in the first row from left to right


The next day he came to the last concert and was not sitting in front (praise God). He even brought a friend to hear the message and everything. At the end, I was asked by my pastor to give him a tour through the place including the school. Sooooo I introduced myself to him paniclessly and joyfully. We were eight for the “tour”.  I started to explain the special method Accelerated Christian Education is, how kids are exposed to God’s Word all the time and how education is individualized; then he started talking about his kids, ex-wife (shocking news for me), and how he will like to have his kids in this kind of schools, Mexico’s  insecurity at schools, or failed educative system, etc. Suddenly he started to cry about wrong decisions, wasted time, regrets of past life, fears and how he wanted to know how to get to God’s plan for once in his life. Looking straight to my eyes, as if he knew me,  he told us how empty life is up in the summit of fame and money. I just couldn’t believe what my eyes and ears were witnessing in that moment. My goal as kid crying in front of me, regretting life fake success. It brought me to tears too. An inner voice screaming inside out began to burn. It was telling him not to worry,that he was just in the right place right now, at Jesus’ feet, realizing he was never going to be capable of walking the line in his own strength,that he first needed to surrender everything — riches, fame, success, dreams, goals, himself — and believe God is enough for his soul to be at bay finally. That there was no need to turn back. 

He was right “in my shoes” at that moment, standing on my work spot wishing he had just what I happen to have everyday since Jesus lives in my heart. I just remained silent in awe of God’s mercy for my life and how he needed to hold on to that mercy too. My pastor though, didn’t miss the opportunity to tell him he was greatly loved and that he just needed to decide “whom he will serve”. That he could make people laugh for other 25 years or he could lead them to Jesus instead. My pastor is my hero. 

Adal couldn’t hold his tears and kept on thanking my pastor for the message he gave earlier and how he regretted “forgetting about his first Love — Jesus” years ago after receiving Him as Saviour. We ended the meeting with a prayer for him and his friend for them to surrender their lives to Jesus and make Him their Lord. Adal thanked us adding to the story that six years ago, that same day, he received Christ in his heart. 

This was not a dream, this was not a usual meeting, this was God in His own special way of grabbing my attention. Thank you Jesus, real life is by your side. 

Participante