This Complicated World Called "Mugging"

M
ugging is a term my fellow Starbucks mug collectors call what we do. It is the act of collecting, trading and buying mugs to grow one's collection.

2012 marks a major year in my mug collection. I started this year with only 17 mugs. I am probably ending the year with 220+ mugs. A special thank you to family and friends who "donated" to my collection. A big thank you to fellow collectors who have helped me with my collection.

Mugging is a complicated world. You put several people from all over the world with different culture and personalities in groups and you end up with drama and chaos. Facebook, for me, is no longer about connecting with family and friends, it is a means to communicate with fellow muggers. I met so many wonderful new friends and at the same time created "enemies." I had unfriended and learned to use the Block button when I can no longer handle it. I am not supposed to like each and everyone of the 500+ collectors. And I cannot please all of them. There is nothing wrong in staying away from people who are toxic and full of negative vibes. (Proverbs 22: 24, 25 NLT)

Our world is full of drama, deceit, envy and greed. I am constantly reminding myself to put my guard up.  These are only mugs. At the end of the day, these are mugs that would break if you drop them. There are definitely more important things in life.  

Unlike my fellow collectors, I do not have a plan. My only game plan was to collect as much as I can. Yes, I keep a master list of the icon mugs and tick off those I acquired. I would hunt down those I don't have yet. It would be nice to have all of them. Some are impossible to own as they are discontinued and requires hundreds (or even thousand) of dollars which I obviously cannot spend on a mug. Miraculously, my collection has grown. I have mugs in my collection I cannot believe I have. I am very blessed.

There are collectors who makes you lose your faith in humanity. A test of patience and a test of grace. When I would feel discouraged and frustrated, I would be surprised with a mug or I would find an opportunity to help or start a friendship with another collector. I have learned a big deal about generosity, too. The more generous you are, the more it'll come back to you. The key to receiving mugs as gifts is to give mugs away. 

I am a follower of Christ so I do connect everything with my relationship with him. I knew God was speaking to me and He gave me an idea through this fellow collector who just joined the group. She is a youth pastor and we belong to the same church. We may be thousand of miles apart but God made sure we meet. She uses her mugs for her prayer wall. She prays for the country or city that is written on the mug (as we are supposed to pray for every nation). And then would pray for the person who gave or sent her the mug. What an excellent idea! I finally found a purpose for my mugs other than for them to collect dust and look pretty on the display shelves. 


I may have 200+ mugs but the most important take home for me is the relationships and friendships I fostered because of collecting. I never imagined I would end up with so many new friends and be reconnected with relatives. 

The good outweighs the bad. I will continue mugging as long as there are collectors who needs mugs I can offer. I know God will lead me to the people I would need to help out. 

It is all good, right? 

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Photo-A-Day December 2012: Second Week

It is already mid-December. Wait a minute, I haven't even put up my decorations yet.

My second week of December went like this...


Day 8 - Someone I love
My two loves. We went out for a special dinner that evening.

Day 9 - Out + About
A stone's throw away from our balcony is my go to place - grocery store and post office in one complex.

Day 10 - Under
As always, my son's toys are found under our bed.

Day 11 - Sweet
There was a time when I used to be so addicted to Skittles.

Day 12 - Hat
Javi in a Santa hat which we found in the grocery store.

Day 13 - Lights
Lights from the vehicles caught in traffic in the intersection of Sathorn and Narathiwas.

Day 14 - Something green
I was on a special dinner with my husband for our fifth wedding anniversary. I ordered broccoli (my favorite vegetable) as a side dish.

Now I have to get back to my Christmas decorating.

Enjoy the rest of the week.


Photo-A-Day December 2012: First Week

The last month of the year is here! "It's the most wonderful time of the year." CHRISTMAS. 

I am enjoying taking photo from my iPhone. I finally have Instagram.

My first week of December went like this -- 


Day 1 - 8 o'clock
I was cooking a hearty Filipino breakfast for my family and house guests.

Day 2 - Peace
I love watching the full moon from our place. We get an excellent view of the moon rising.

Day 3 - Something you held
Our house guest blessed us with massage vouchers. My husband and I were just talking that we need massages. 

Day 4 - Black + white
My husband has a new toy, his second keyboard

Day 5 - Looking up
This is the view from the BTS-BRT sky bridge.

Day 6 - From where I live
December 5th marked our second year of calling Bangkok our home.

Day 7 - Stars
The stars on our Christmas cards. I love receiving holiday cards from friends and relatives.

How did your first week go?


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Photo-A-Day November 2012: Fourth and Last Week

My favorite month is ending. So grateful that the last week was spent with my mother and sister. 


Day 22 - Grateful
So happy my phone arrived days before the expected delivery date. It's time to say goodbye to my trusty ol' BlackBerry phone.

Day 23 - Black
Friday is laundry day. My hangers and clothespin are black. I chose a neutral color.

Day 24 - A sound I heard
Familiar voices. My house guests are here. My mom and sister are visiting for the week. 

Day 25 - Sky
Overcast sky on a Sunday in Bangkok.

Day 26 - In the cupboard
My cupboard badly needs organization.

Day 27 - Tree
A Christmas tree from a Starbucks branch we visited today. 

Day 28 - Vehicle
Traffic jam in Bangkok

Day 29 - Big
The Empire Tower in Bangkok. 

Day 30 - On the wall
It's finally Christmas in our building. There are decorations everywhere.

Was your November a good month? Moving on to December.

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