Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy 32nd Anniversary!

Dear Mamang and Papang,

It is hard to remember a time when you weren't both there for us, just as you are for each other to this day. I pray that you continue to be a blessing to each other and be the greatest inspiration to us, your children. Thank you both for your selfless and unconditional love. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are to God for giving you to us. We love you always.

Happy 32nd anniversary!!!

Losing an Angel

There's no greater pain I believe than a mother who lost a child. I knew this for a fact even before I became pregnant and lost our little angel. No words of consolation can ease the pain away. I blamed myself at first and had a lot of "what if'", "if only" and the big "WHY" running through my mind. Only through constant prayers and incessant conversation with my husband and loved ones helped me in accepting what happened, that we're not meant to have our angel longer than we had her. Time and faith in God can really help in accepting and facing the reality.

We are still in the process of healing now, but we already accepted the fact that God has His reasons in taking away our little angel so soon. We have stronger faith and we are more hopeful of the future and know that God has better plans for our family.

To you my little angel, sleep and rest well now that you're in a far better place.

An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth.
Then whispered as she closed the book "too beautiful for earth".

How very softly
you tiptoed into our world.
Almost silently;
Only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint
Your footprints have left
On our hearts.

So sleep our little angel, sleep
So little, yet so loved
So small, so sweet, so soon
We will love you always.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life's 50 Lessons

When she turned 50 in May 2006, Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, ( wrote :

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 50 this week, so here's an update: "

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. (Ruben's addition: Your FAMILY and friends will.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

To Every Woman...

I came to know the author Pamela Redmond Satran through a friend who posted the author's quotes on her Facebook account. Upon reading it, I couldn't help myself not to repost the article here in my blog. It is such a very inspiring piece and I would like to share it to every woman I know. Here are somethings that we should have and we should know...

enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own even if she never wants
to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her
dreams wants to see her in an hour...
a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black
lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who
lets her cry...
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone
else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a
recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored...
a feeling of control over her destiny...
how to fall in love without losing herself..
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't
take it personally...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year..."

Monday, July 19, 2010

Nikon D5000

I was overwhelmed with happiness when I got my birthday present from my honey, it's the one thing I've been wishing of, dreaming about, and endlessly raving for a year now, to have my own DSLR camera and my honey gave me no less than a Nikon D5000.

We went to Hidalgo together - if you are living in Manila and you want to get the cheapest and the best deals in cameras and accessories, Hidalgo is the place to go. If you're wondering how to get to Hidalgo, here's how: my honey and I met and get on the train at Buendia LRT station then get off Carriedo station through Isetan, we went down to the ground floor to cross the street and entered SM and exited at the other side where Watson store is located. You're already in the camera haven called Hidalgo, walked around and you will see some famous stores there like Henry's, Mayer's, etc.

Nikon D5000 price have been fluctuating for months, when my honey bought mine, he got it for P28, 500 from Mayer's, Henry's on the other hand is selling it for P29,000.00. Nikon D5000 is being sold like hotcake in Hidalgo.

I'm more excited to attend photography workshops now that I have my own DSLR camera, to know the ins and outs of basic photography and what not. Watch out for my progress as I will surely share it here on my blog.

I can't thank my honey enough for giving me this best birthday gift ever! Thanks for granting my wish more so, thanks for making me happy. You made my day really special.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Birthday, Changes and Eveything in Between

Time passes by so fast and one of the few conscious reminders is celebrating one's birthday. I can't imagine it's my Papang's birthday once again, it seems like it was just yesterday when he celebrated his last birthday and I wrote quite a lengthy piece of tribute to him followed by a lengthy hiatus as well in blogging.

Well, a lot had happened since then, I may not have just noticed it but time has been quite a friend and an ally in the past. I and my family have gone through many big, big changes. My youngest brother, Willy is now working and currently based in U.A.E. My boyfriend Jon & I have finally decided to get married in December of this year and my cutest niece is back to her lolo & lola's arms. I also got a new job which is a lot more challenging than my previous and a new apartment as well, more spacious and roomy than the old one. Changes, we really just have to welcome them and know that more often than not they bring good things & bright hope to each and one of us.

So, in closing this, I just want to wish my dear Papang a happy, happy birthday once again! May all your wishes last year came true and if they did not I'll pray that they will be granted now or in God's own time. Remember, that your children will always be here to give you happiness in your remaining years and to make sure that your time with us will always be a time well spent.

Happy Birthday Papang!!!

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Loving Mother

Here's a poem from an anonymous author that I'd love to share with my dearest Mamang.

To the one who gave me life
I can give nothing but love
To the star so full of light
to the one sent from up above.

Thank you for the kindness
for everything you do
thank you for the happiness
thanks for seeing me through.

I love you more than anything
I'll love you to the end
you are my mother first
then my very best friend.

It is unusual what we share
everything I do you know,
every beautiful quality
you have in you, I try to show.

Not often enough do I tell you
how much you mean to me
Not often enough do I show you
how your love set me free

To live forever and always
Is what I wish for you.
A long life ever-lasting
for one so sacred and true

You are my special angel
who I always find comfort in
whether life is in a shambles
whether I lose or whether I win

To the one who gave me life,
I can give nothing but love
to the one who genuinely is,
sent from heaven above.

I Love you Mamang!!!

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Food Trip in Hagonoy, Bulacan

Jon's friend, Bodell, invited us to go visit their place in Hagonoy, Bulacan. So, yesterday, straight from our shift we headed north with some of our friends. We came just in time for lunch and Bodell's family welcomed us with some delectable and mouth-watering dishes served on the table. Needless to say, we enjoyed every bite of the delicious seafoods.

Afterward, me & the girls, spent the whole afternoon taking turns singing in the videoke while the boys had their own bonding moment and enjoyed talking about their most favorite subject- cars.

At around 8:00 PM we said goodbye and headed back home. By that time, I was sleepless for more than 24 hours and obviously dead tired. But I don't mind at all since I had so much fun and enjoyed every second of our trip.

Maan & I on our way to Hagonoy, Bulacan

My honey Jon with his younger brother Chris

Taking a pose when we arrived

Truly delicious seafoods

Sleep-deprived yet still pretty...LOL!

Videoke time!!!

With Jon, Chris & Bodell

Thanks to Bodell and his family for the warm welcome. ^_^

Friday, May 1, 2009

Top EC Droppers for April

Time to give some linky love again to my Entrecard Top Droppers for the past 30 days.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Kuhala Bay Experience

A few miles from Manila, in a little nook in Cardona, Rizal, lies a paradise called Kuhala Bay Resort. The awesome scenery on the way and the place itself is truly breathtaking. Who would have thought that with just a little more than an hour away from Manila we would find a real haven to relax and unwind last weekend. It was a wonderful experience for me and Jon and the rest of his team. There really are a lot of beautiful places yet to be discovered and experienced in our country and this is just one of them.

(On our way to Cardona, Rizal)

(Kuhala, here we are!!!)

(beautiful scenery!)

(taking a dip in the jacuzzi)

(enjoying the view in the morning)

(at the top gazebo)

(Jon showing off some prowess in billiards)

(Jon with his friends)