Friday, September 11, 2009

"Home" Alone

My officemates and me (2nd from right)

Yup, I'm alone in my third home - the office. All my officemates are out for a team building, or shall I say team bonding at Initao Natural Park. Actually, I was supposed to be with them but during the meeting/planning, the office's Chief announced that there should one personnel to report for office to attend to some clients. She was referring to our sickly personnel because she's concerned with her health. But, I saw how sad she was upon hearing it. So I volunteered myself to be left in the office. Anyway, I told myself, I've already experienced the canopy walk, swimming, etc. My officemate was very happy I gave in. And so the whole day, I am alone in the office. And I find it not so boring hehe because I've done so many things instead: reading, studying, etc. with of course a little (and no pressure) office works. Not to mention the relaxing hours LOL! Then of course, I've posted to my blog again, at last. I've missed blogging the past two weeks.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Like Her?

Gep, my niece (daughter of my sis-in-law) is a very talkative li'l girl (6 years old). She often talks to herself in Tagalog dialect, inspired by some TV soap operas. If you'll observe her, well she's really a good actor, a drama princess who imitates the leading lady or the villain lol. But one thing I don't like about her is her attitude when she gets angry and doesn't get what she wanted. She'd cry or yell showing the 'no fear' attitude. Good thing she's afraid of me haha! One wrong word or action, I'll immediately correct her. I wouldn't tolerate her with that attitude as she'd grow up with a bad character. That's why she doesn't act that spoiled brat in my presence. One mealtime, my son commented on how noisy she is, that her voice is very irritating especially when she cries. I agreed, "Yeah, when she grows up and have a family of her own, she will be a noisy mom who'd always scold her children, blah blah blah like that." He replied, "Ah you mean, you were as noisy as Gep when you were a child, Ma?" Hubby laughed out loud (while I became speechless).

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Very "Discomforting" Thing

For two days I've been suffering the discomforts of "hmmm...roids". Mom advised applying it with Banana peeling. I hadn't done it yet because I've already applied it with Katialis - highly recommended by a friend. Sadly, it didn't work this time. I browsed the net for possible treatments so I wouldn't have to go to the doctor LOL! Acetaminophen is recommended , but only temporarily as it may "come again". There are so many things to do like increase water and fiber intakes and exercise (oww! I'm guilty on this), to name a few. Other causes include overweight (ulk!), etc. But the warning is, if it bleeds, we have to consult the doctor as it may be something more serious. I also thought that the main cause is constipation. But diarrhea also causes this kind of sickness. It pays to research about some early symptoms of sickness, but I guess going to a doctor would be best (but not with this [for me] LOL!). Anyways, I had this 'instinct' again, so I took Flanax because, it's anti-inflammatory. Indeed, I feel more comfortable now, thank God. Aside from instincts, folks, prayer is much needed in times of sickness - I mean ALL kinds of sickness!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunburn or Leg Burn?

Right after our Sunday service in church I changed my high-heeled shoes to slippers to relax my legs. While going home on our motorcycle, hubby told me to face left-side because it would be more comfortable for me and him as he drives. I insisted for the right side because the sun is on the left. I don't want to get sunburn hehe. Suddenly my slipper fall on the road. T'was timely that the motorcycle stopped because of the traffic. I hurriedly went down. But, my leg accidentally touched the muffler. Oh men, it was burning hot! Ouuuch! It felt like being cut by a blade. Until now I can still feel the pain and the dark mark is there. Hubby applied toothpaste. Hmm, I don't know if it's really effective. But maybe, because it did not swell (thank God). I thought, I should have chosen to get sunburn than leg burn!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Freon

As I imagined, this is how it looked

My former co-employee Nitoy, a refrigerator and aircon technician once traveled to a rural area to attend to some customers' complaints. He brought along a metallic container for freon and other spare parts and materials for repair. It was a bit of a risky trip considering the recent ambush that happened near the area of his destination. Besides, the place was disturbed by some rebel attacks that time. But he had no choice. Every conveyance going to Lanao Del Norte must pass by that area. And so, boarding a full-packed jeepney (a type of conveyance), he put his things under his chair. Full-packed in the sense that some of the passengers were already sitting on top of the roof. As the jeepney was passing the very "quiet" place, the freon container suddenly exploded! It produced a very thick (but cold), white smoke. It's because, freon is supposedly to be kept on a cold or sheltered place to keep it cold. And since the flooring of the jeepney was very hot and it was already noontime, that caused it. All the passengers were very frightened and afraid. The driver stopped the engine and dove on the road and run. And all the other passengers jumped for their lives (LOL!) except Nitoy (of course, he knew it was his freon). He was left alone inside. Looking outside, he saw the people hiding behind the trees, others behind the big stones, eyes toward his direction. They thought it was another ambush. He said sorry to everyone (some got bruises). Good for him, he was not attacked by the other passengers. By the way, Nitoy already passed away years ago, but this is one story I couldn't forget about him.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thanks, Guys!

Yesterday was my (oh my!) 40th birthday. When I was a child I’ve been thinking, what would my life be at the age of 40? How would I look? How old would my kids be by that time? And many other curios questions. But now I know (lol!)…Anyways, there's nothing sweeter when you're awakened by a greeting and a kiss from your spouse (singing the birthday song), followed by the greetings from your excited kids and then text messages from friends and family members. I was about to prepare to go to the office when I thought, it was a chance for me to look for a house to rent (I'll post about this next time). That was a tiring thing to do (whew!). We returned home around 3:00 p.m. We left at 10:00 a.m. I was a bit pressured also because I had an assignment for the prayer meeting in the evening. But God is always great, He arranged everything that day. When me and my 2 kids arrived at our center at 6:45 p.m., I noticed that there was only one sister there when it was already late! Wow, how many people would be attending the prayer meeting? Then another 2 arrived and so on... then I saw some foods on the table. Hmm, I guess I know... During the service, people started coming in, bringing more foods! Before the end of the service, our pastor prayed for me (one very important thing that must be done on my birthday).

I was really happy how my birthday was spent. So guys, thank you very, very much. You just don't know how deeply touched I am. God bless you all! And of course, I thank my Heavenly Father Who's so gracious... always.

Friday, August 7, 2009

It's Gone!

I was exploring the blogs last week by trying out some editing in my themes, etc. I enjoyed doing it because my layout was changing from one design to another as I kept on clicking some designs looking (choosing) for nicer designs. The part that I'm afraid of in doing things like this is how would I undo some changes if ever, because I don't go much on thorough readings on instructions. I'd always assume I understand or know what I'm doing LOL! To my dismay, after some clicking, I found out that my Blog List is gone. Glad I recovered one (only!). Oh no, I'm sincerely sorry for those in my list before. I know it will take much time in recovering them but I will do it one by one... the risk of exploring...

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Belated Birthday Greetings

Happy birthday, Lalaine!

I've observed lately that I am often late in terms of greeting friends' birthdays. It's either I forgot it on the actual date or my time won't allow me to. But tonight, I promised myself not to sleep without greeting (late again!) another friend who's very dear to me - Love of Lalaine's World. If I were to describe her, well, I know everybody will agree when I say she's one of the kindest persons in the whole world (no kidding - read her mom's testimony of hers in A Glimpse From a Widow's Heart), a very reserved, soft-spoken, gentle, humble, etc. etc... Anyways, I am so blessed being her friend. Actually, when she decided to obey God's plan (for her to go to another place), I was saddened because I'm gonna be missing her. Obedient as she is, her life is full of blessings - with a comparatively good husband, beautiful kids (and great in-laws hehe). She is indeed a picture of a true Christian woman who deserved to be an inspiration and a model to all. Belated, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Love! and God bless you more abundantly.

Hannah's Birthday, Etc.

Virnee, Hannah and Mariano

Praise God, we arrived home safely at 9:00 last night from Iligan City. T'was a very tiring day. Going there in the morning and returned home that very evening. It's our presence that counts... My niece's birthday celebration was a success (thank God). Children really enjoyed the party especially the games. There were lots of birthday bags and prizes. The food was great too. Actually, t'was a triple celebration - Hannah's 2nd birthday, thanksgiving for my new nephew and my brother's bienvenida party (he came home from Ireland for a short break). When it was goodbye time (I hate this part), my sister reacted because she still wanted us to stay for the night. But we had to go home because my kids are going to school as early as 7:00 A.M. the following day. Hmm, it's really very different now that almost all of my siblings are already married. We seldom see each other anymore. But it's also enjoyable when we get together - like yesterday (each bringing their own families, with children who looks like their parents hehe). Children are really fun to be with! Mom has a total of eight grandchildren already.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

To My Hometown

Tomorrow, my whole family will be travelling to Iligan City (my homewtown). It's the place where I've spent almost half of my life. I seldom come home because my time won't allow me to. But since the trip was scheduled two weeks ago, I was able to arrange my commitments so as not to create conflicts with my usual activities. We will try to catch an early bus tomorrow. I will be incharge of the program at 2:00 P.M. for my niece's birthday party. I was confident of accepting the task because I will be facing "small" audiences LOL! This will be my second time of hosting children's party. The first one was during my nephew's birthday. Well, my siblings trust me eh? By the way, I have a new newphew, the brother of the celebrator. Next year, they will be celebrating their birthdays together (God-willing) because my sister-in-law had her caesarian section on her daughter's birthday. That's the advantage of CS. One-time birthday party for two children. Anyways, we look forward to an enjoyable party and at the same time a reunion with my family, friends and relatives.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Remembering Dad

Today is my dad's 25th death anniversary. How time flies... I was just 15 years old when he left us (now you know how old I am LOL!). His death brought us some adjustments. Our eldest sister was in college that time. She became the "father" after that - waking up early to prepare our meals, taking care of the rest of her siblings (assisting mom).

Anyways, I recall that Dad was a good cook (while mom's the very opposite) because he once worked as a chef to his cousin's restaurant. He's also very fond of me, loved teasing me (especially when he's drunk) and he'd pinch my leg using his two toes! When he died, I cried the whole day. T'was so hard for me to accept the truth. I even "talked to him" after his burial asking him to show himself to me (horror!) Glad he didn't show up LOL! Had he been alive today, he'd be 80 years old already. He has not seen any of his grandchildren anymore.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Drunkard

A friend of mine has a lesbian daughter ("Tess") who also happens to be a drunkard. In fact, because of that habit, she was impregnated by one of her drinking partners. One night, My friend's other daughter came home shouting and crying, bringing news that Tess is lying dead along their subdivision's road. She almost fainted. Hurriedly, fighting her emotions, they went to the area where her daughter was. When they found her, she was covered with newspapers and two candles were lit above her head and the other one was below her feet. They cried and shouted her name in disbelief. Suddenly, Tess' other lesbian friend approached them saying: "Ate, Tess is not dead. Let me explain." They stopped crying (and was relieved) and listened to her explanation... "Tess was very drunk that she can't even move her feet to walk. Because she's so heavy, I can't help her. When she laid on the road, I was worried. I couldn't just leave her here because she might be hit with a vehicle. I bought candles and lit them so that she will be visible enough. And the newspapers, I put them on her body because there are lots of mosquitoes." The following day, Tess received another very lengthy sermon... See what the spirit of wine can do? Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dream Cam True

It was more than a year ago that I dreamed of having a digicam. When I asked my brother (who's working in Ireland) for it, he answered that I'd better buy it in the Philippines because it's much cheaper here. I concluded he wouldn't bring me one when he comes home. True enough, his wife only gave me a shoulder bag. He came home again just last week. When I went to the hospital to visit her wife who just delivered a baby boy (I'll post about it next time) and, for us to claim our pasalubong, he handed me a bag containing some stuff. When I checked in it, I couldn't believe it - mine is a Sony digital camera! Oh God, You're just so amazing... Brother have seen how happy I was. You know what, I didn't pray about it. I have had so many things to pray about that I didn't include (or forgot about the digicam anymore LOL!). But God knows my desire. And He granted it. His words are always true and I've proven it once again: "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart" - Psalm 37:4.

I'd like to thank Bogie for suggesting the title for this post. She's the first one whom I excitedly shared the news. And again, I thank and praise my Lord for this blessing - a dream "cam" true indeed.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Yummy Sunday #1: Puto Po 'To!

It's yummy, too!

Puto is a popular recipe during special occasions. This pic was taken during our Pastor's birthday. Since the rice was not cooked during eating time (LOL!) I had this as the alternate. It's okay because it's made of rice. I think I consumed 5 of these haha!

My Son's Short Vacation

Can you see the ants?

Yes, my son's spending a vacation during classes hahaha! Actually, I was the one whom my mom invited to join with their group (Boholano Association) for their 3-day tour but I declined because of some commitments and work. I suggested for Kent because he's not been there yet. I have visited the place 21 years ago! I was still a teenager that time but the memories are still there because I'm still young LOL! Anyways, my son's absent was only on Friday and tomorrow (2 days). We were just a bit worried because mom texted me he got sick as soon as they arrived Bohol. Thank God, he's recovering now, as laboratory tests showed there's nothing wrong, and nothing to worry. What must have caused the fever? I wonder...

Yesterday, they're on their 2nd day tour and they've been to Chocolate Hills and other beautiful tourist spots. I wonder why it's called "Chocolate Hills"? When I was a child I used to imagine going there and because I love chocolates, I imagined getting some parts of it and eat it! A friend told me also that that time, it was being attacked by millions of ants... What's funny is that, I believed him. Anyway, when I was able to go there myself, I said: "It's just mountains." But what's amazing is that how God designed those mountains. It's really wonderful! It's one of God's wonderful artworks.

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Sikad Experience

This is not us...

One night I was going home around 9:00 from Prayer Meeting. The passenger jeep available that time was going to a street opposite our place (one block away) so I had to ride on a "sikad" (3-wheeled conveyance) to be able to reach the house. I was aware that the sikad drivers will be off around 8:30 p.m. so I was praying, "Dear God, please reserve one sikad for me. Whatever kind of sikad (presentable or not, whatever!)" because the place is dark and it's not gonna be safe for people to walk on that road as reports of snatching and holdups are noted. As I was getting near, I saw that indeed, there was one sikad! Thank God, I told myself, indeed He heard my prayer - He reserved one for me yipey! As soon as I sat on it, I noticed that the driver was so, sooo smelly! It smelled like the blanket that my daughter had peed on. Ew, I could hardly bare it. I just covered my nose and mouth - fresher air please... Then, I told God, "Lord, what kind of driver is this?" Suddenly, the Lord impressed His words, "You said 'whatever', as long as you can go home." Haha! I silently laughed. Indeed, God is a Joker too...

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Certified Driver

My friend’s brother died last week. His body was brought to their residence in Camp Philips, Bukidnon. After the church service, we made plan of going to the place at 3:00 P.M. which is maybe 90 kms. away from the city (more or less), as the burial will be on the following day. But while preparing, it was raining. Hubby said we’ll cancel the trip because it would be so hard to go there by motorcycle. I was sad though I admit, he’s right. Suddenly a sister sent me a message that their multicab is available but she wouldn’t dare drive that far because she already has a phobia because of a bad driving experience. As I informed hubby of the situation, at first, he was hesitant because he hasn’t driven on long distance routes yet. But, how could he refuse me? LOL! Before we left, we prayed for safe travel. There were six of us, including my two kids. Though there was a bit of a “thrill” during the trip (we almost hit the passenger jeep following us because of the bad road) but, praise God, whew! We reached the place in around 1.5 hours. During the travel, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful scenery of God's wonderful creation.

When we returned, it was raining so hard that the road was not very visible. We just prayed. At past 9:00 P.M. we arrived home safely. Thank God. I told Nante, “You’re a certified driver already.”

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his confidence in Jehovah is protected.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Being given an award creates a great, warm feeling. I wanna thank Faye of My Life In Holland who gave me not just one but two awards!

The rules for these awards are:

1) To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I'm glad I learned how to grab awards like these (thanks to the tutors) because through this, I not just feel honored, but am also able to gain more friends. Now, I want to share these accolades to my friends who also deserve these. They are: Mayette, Bogie, Lalaine, Jeneath, Koko, Aiza, Nanay Inday, Neonila, Sarah, Debbie, Love & Wrigley

So dear friends, do grab it now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Zero Garbage?

Last week, I was the stenographer of the conference for the government’s project “Zero Basura (Garbage)” held in one of the prestigious hotels in the city. It was an interesting topic, but participants have different reactions on the issue. Of course, the project is very much inspiring. How we’d wish that the Philippines would be garbage-free! But, some say; how impossible would that be… there is always the problem on discipline and the system. On the government side, they are campaigning from the lowest local government units – up, for the implementation of the project. In fairness, a mayor in Linamon, Lanao Del Norte had been awarded for having the cleanest municipality in the province. I’ve been there myself during one of the DENR Secretary’s visits. Their garbage was odorless! They utilized everything… Well, I can say that with cooperation, encouragement and with the leaders’ initiatives, it can be done.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"If You Can't Lick 'Em, Join 'Em"

I think it was on the 2nd quarter of this year when the search for Miss Philippines was held. For this, I think five winners were chosen to compete for the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, etc. That time, it’s often advertised on TV, inviting ladies to join the beauty pageant. While watching the beautiful faces being flashed on screen, suddenly my son excitedly exclaimed, “Ma, why don’t you join that pageant?” I turned to him, thinking: “such a teaser...” But when I looked at him, he seemed serious. And before I could open my mouth to react, my daughter said, “Yes Ma, I agree.” Hubby loudly laughed. A bit irritated, I laughed with them. Then I explained them the rules of the contest. At least, my kids appreciate my beauty LOL! Praise the Lord... Wanna join?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cute Puppy


This is now the picture of one of the puppies born yesterday. Three are brown, one black and one white… So you see, I love puppies! I’d enjoy them more when they’re bigger. I’d open their mouths and then hmm… I love the smell! But when they grow older and stop sucking the mother’s breasts, I wouldn’t do it anymore because it’s the milk (I guess) that makes the good smell.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oops! I Did It (Again and Again)

Was about to rest (sleep) this afternoon after lunch when our pregnant dog was wailing, as if calling for help. We knew she's due to deliver her puppies about this time. She was so noisy while waiting for her pups to come out. I asked Lingling (the dog); "Is this your first time?" My kids were cheering: "C'mon Ling, you can do it! Push! Push!" In just about 30 minutes, alas! There goes one pup. But I noticed that she doesn't know what to do because she did nothing. Unlike our other dog, she ate that cellophane-like covering of the pup so it can breath. I was already worried the pup would die so I bravely held the covering and tore it - breathlessly, so I couldn't smell the blood and the sticky water (or else, I'll throw up). Ew! Ew! Ew! Whew... it's alive! I immediately washed my hands and applied alcohol. After a few minutes, there's another shiny thing behind her! Still the dog did nothing, and so I did it again. And again, and again... until there's five puppies in all! I couldn't even remember how many times have I washed my hands already, because after I've led the pup to its mother's breast, I'd wash my hands. Now, I'm starting to worry about the food supply, but my kids are so excited! They even took a video on it. So, I'll be giving them all after about two months from now. Puppies, anyone?Actually, this is not the puppy I'm talking about, just a sample of how it looked like

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Honeytweet

One of my fav'rite photo of hers - she loves doing funny faces...
The girl who can shoo away dad's bad mood...

She loves spaghetti too! (Like me)

Her favorite - swimming! You have to stop her or she'll stay in the pool for 5 hrs...

This is my daughter, Shekinah Rio. Shekinah means "glory of God" because we really wanted to honor God with this precious Gift. Rio was taken from his dad's name Rioben. I guess it's a sign of a submissive and a proud wife - as if telling people "this is our baby!" LOL! Anyways, people call her Honey or Honeytweet. When I was pregnant with her, I didn't undergo an ultrasound examination because; 1) the doctor did not advise me to; 2) me and hubby liked to be surprised with the gender. But we prayed for a girl because the older child is already a boy. But deep inside me, I could feel it was a girl. I was thinking; maybe it's a psychological effect because of my desire for a baby girl. I loved the cartoon character Tweety Bird that time that I told my hubby if it's a girl, I shall name her Tweety. Praise God, He granted our wish. So, we started calling her Tweety. But friends commented they don't like the name because it's like a bird. But my parents, family and hubby's family calls her Tweety already. But still, we decided to change her name to Honey. My mom was confused LOL! Finally, we thought it'd be best if we'll combine her old nickname with the new. And the rest is history hehehe... I will be posting next time some reasons to glorify God for this girl.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Puntod Friends

I guess we all have up to four groups of friends. Me, I have friends from the church, neighborhood, office, hometown and those who belong to the "etc." group hehe. For now, I will post about my friends in the neighborhood. Actually, they are hubby's childhood friends. He has shared to me how close they really were especially when they were young. In fact, three couples were formed out of that group who eventually were married (after 10 years in relationship - since high school). Other things he's shared was their childhood and youth activities, and also their "foolishness" before. When I married the Puntod guy, I was thankful that they all were very warm to me and made me feel comfortable with the group. I was kinda adopted member. As years pass, some of them already went to live abroad. But, yearly we have this sort of a reunion because they would always find time to spend vacation in the Philippines and they really try to gather the whole gang. I'm also thankful that these friends respect our faith. They're not offended when I and hubby don't drink... Following are some photos of our bonding moments. I will be posting about my other group of friends next time...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ambitious Vacation?

Going on a vacation has always been on my list. It’s just that expenses is always to be considered, especially I want to spend it outside the country. Ambitious I may be, but I believe in blessings. If given the opportunity, I’d like to bring my family to Melbourne, Australia because they have lots of nice sceneries worth visiting for and; spending vacation in a far country would be a great family adventure! Oh, another thing to consider is the place to stay – the hotel. Well, staying in a hotel’s not gonna be a problem since I just found out that there is this Accor Hotels City Super Sale. It may also interest you to know that hotel rates include 27 cities across 10 countries in Asia Pacific are being reduced in Accor's new "City Super Sale."

If you’re planning to visit Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hanoi, Manila, Mumbai, Sydney and Auckland, you surely would like to check this great sale. Not only that, Accor Hotels City Super Sale' coincides with record-low air fares across the Asia Pacific region, allowing travelers to enjoy some of the world's most exciting cities at bargain rates. Since this sale is for a limited time only, I encourage you to plan your travel soon.

So, why don’t you check this great sale now and take the step of planning your vacation.


I'm a Creative Mom Blogger!

Wow, I’m so happy I received another flattering award from my creative mom blogger friend herself - Love of Love’s Haven...Thanks pal!

Here's the simple rules:

♥ Take your award and put the logo on your post.

♥Link the person who awarded you. Remember each recipient of the award should acknowledge the person who honored them and go to Mom's Special Diary to copy and paste the award.

♥Put your own blog title and link.

♥Nominate at least five deserving moms. (Uh-oh, short… sorry Love, I only got a few blogmate-moms (for now)…

1. Lalaine’s World 2. Words From My Heart 3. The Beautiful Feet 4. A Glimpse of a Widow’s Heart

Here are the four deserving moms:

Mommy Love
Mommy Mayette
Mommy Jeneath
Nanay Inday

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Day at Jollibee

One weekend I brought my kids to Jollibee-Limketkai. I told them to occupy the vacant table and be seated while waiting for me. While in queue, my son approached me and told me he wanted to help so he stood beside me. When we got our orders, I noticed that a man was sitting at the front of my daughter (the same table), but he stood up when he noticed us approaching them. Honey said the man wanted to know my son’s number and that he wanted to borrow my cellular phone which she was holding. That, she was already afraid because she suspected the man had bad intention (to take the cellphone away). Thank God he left as soon as he saw us.

I blamed Kent for leaving his sister alone. I comforted Honey (who’s obviously still nervous) that, when she’s afraid she’ll just have to pray. Kent said he’s also afraid that the man might just be hiding somewhere in the mall waiting for us. I said “I pray that that man will be caught by a policeman.” I was surprised (and blessed) with Honey’s answer: “Me, I pray that he will have a good life so that he will not anymore do bad things to people.” Uh, okay…yeah, she’s right…exactly!...Well, isn’t it a good attitude for a 9-year old girl?

2 Thessalonians 3:13 “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.”

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beautiful Sunday

Today's another beautiful Sunday. Why? We're able to praise, worship and hear God's word with our brethren during the first sevice of the Jesus The Shepherd Church in it's own building at Balulang, Cagayan de Oro. A historical event of the church! And today is Father's Day in the Philippines (I just learned that other countries celebrate it to another month). Pastor Raul delivered a very nice message not just for fathers but for all of us.

Anyways, as we just moved in the building, we don't have airconditioning units yet so we used some electric fans because the place is hot. But despite that, it did not hinder us to praise our God and to have fellowshipping. As expected, we left the place two hours after the service LOL! This is the time to mingle with our fellow believers. I love fellowshipping time. I also thanked God that despite the distance now, people still did come to church. Well, we're still in the adjustment period.

Ps. 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My "Secret" Dream

A few days ago, I blogged about how I forgot how many years me and hubby were married (funny)... One of my supposedly "secret" dreams is to have a cruise with my hubby on one of our wedding anniversaries, or even without occasion, just a sort of bonding (besides, we both love to travel and have adventures). Just like what our church pastor and his wife did last year during their 15th year anniversary. Well, there’s nothing impossible with God. I know, in His own perfect time, He will grant our wishes one by one.

Well, speaking of cruise, there’s this upcoming Heatwave Celebrity Cruise which sails on January 7-11, 2010 from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico. The experience will include live concerts, private receptions and singing around the piano with the stars. Isn’t it exciting, guys? Come and see all your favorite Motown Stars too! I know it’s gonna be a wonderful experience… Oh, if only I’m in Miami, Florida, I’d gladly grab this rare, exciting opportunity.

Heatwave Celebrity Cruise

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Joke Time!

An officemate of mine shared her text message forwarded by her friend. Hope this makes you smile:

Preacher : Brothers and sisters, we will be renovating our church building... For this, I'm encouraging you all to give your share for this project. I request the organist to please play us a song. As the music is playing, those who will give their share will stand up so the usherettes will just approach you, you don't have to come in front.

Organist: (Whispers) What shall I play?

Preacher : (Whispered back)"Bayang Magiliw..." (National Anthem)!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Talk About Discipline

My daughter asked me to do their group assignment to be submitted tomorrow. I gave in to the request because as the leader in the group, she’s responsible for the outcome of their report, and that made her anxious. Besides, I found out that the assignment was not that easy for Grade 4 pupils. While doing it (drawing the equator and lettering), I noticed that she and her brother were arguing. Hmm…well, it’s just the chair; the girl wants to sit on it (near the TV) but her brother’s already seated there. The girl reasoned, she just stood up to get something and there he goes. I warned them. Few minutes later, they’re quarelling again. It’s the electric fan. The older one set it towards his direction only. For the second time I warned them; that when another argument comes, I will have to spank them. They will just choose – with a belt or slipper. In less than 10 minutes, they did quarrel! Because of the electric fan and the chair again. Without a word, I got my slipper and hit them both. I told them already before that if they’d fight, both of them will receive a “reward.” So they did a “duet” (cry) tonight and, they missed their favorite TV show because I sent them to bed immediately. Hmm, discipline, discipline…

Prov. 13: 24 “He that spareth his ROD hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”

Goodbye, De Luxe

Tomorrow will be our last Sunday service at De Luxe Hotel. After a couple of years, we’re finally giving up the place starting the third Sunday of this month because, praise the Lord, we’re moving to our brand new Jesus The Shepherd Church building at Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City.

When we held our last and final practice at the hotel early this evening, we noticed that the place looked good, the chairs were covered white. I jokingly commented; “If you’ve been doing this every time, we could have stayed in this hotel.” But seriously, we’re happy and excited to use the blessing the Lord granted the church. This evening was the last time the Music Ministers will be hauling the instruments from the center to the hotel. It’s the last time that we’d ask the hotel personnel to reserve any of the first 2 rooms on the first floor (sometimes we’re declined of it).

Anyways, if I’m not mistaken, we started the construction of this building around two years ago. Finally, it’s useable already, although there are still some portions to be finished like the windows. We believe, the Lord will complete this soon. With this, I am also calling the JTS people to relay the message to our brethren who were absent last week, for them to be informed of the transferring. We're saying goodbye, De Luxe Hotel...and thank you.

John 1:16, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”


As Cagayanons say; "joker"(actually, they mean “funny”)... Last May (1st week) I posted about our wedding anniversary entitled "We're 13 Years Already." While riding on a passenger jeep this morning, I was thinking about Bogie’s exhortation during our prayer meeting; how time flies…with the text “Be still and know that I am God.” I was thinking; me and hubby are really getting older. Our eldest son is already 13 years, and so on…13 years old! Suddenly I remembered; we tied the knot in 1995! It means, we’re married for 14 years already hahaha! How could I forget this very significant event of my life? Was it just due to over-occupied mind, or a demonstration of “how time flies”?

Isa 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.“

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Environment Month

Month of June is Environment Month. So, as employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, we were all required to attend the program last Monday. This time, we did not “escape” LOL! Although the covered court is very hot, we patiently sat down (most of us bringing fans) until the end of the program. This is also a time when some employees enjoy watching programs while others prefer being inside the air-conditioned office.

Usually, I’d request my boss for me to stay inside to do my usual computer works, but that morning I felt I wanted to join the group outside. Thank God, I enjoyed the program because t’was also sort of a variety show; some rendered song numbers (solo and duet) and one even did a Hawaiian dance (Pearly Shells). Haha! I remembered I have also danced that when I was in high school. Until now, I could still memorize the steps, but of course, I wouldn’t dare do it again! Never! not even in my imagination LOL.

Anyways, what’s noteworthy of activities like this is that you will be reminded and be thankful for God's wonderful creations and of course, a reminder for us that we should be good stewards of the environment.

“Everything is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof" (Ps. 24:1)

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Dream

I was sewing my kids’ short pants tonight while watching TV. I learned that there’s a new soap at GMA-7; “Adik Sa Iyo.” The story started with one of the leading ladies having a dream. While watching, I remembered some of my own dreams. I’ll share to you one:

One midnight, I woke up crying (as in, with sound!). My hubby of course wondered what’s wrong. I told him not to worry because I was only dreaming. He asked me what the dream all about was. I didn’t want to tell him at first. But he kept on insisting, so I was forced to ‘reveal’ it: My dad (who already passed away 20 years ago that time) was having an affair! I was sooo depressed and sooo angry with the “other woman.” Then I told him the ‘highlight’ of the story: the other woman was Gretchen Baretto! As in – the famous actress LOL! of all people…

After my narration, my hubby laughed his heart out (me too), that we covered our mouths with the blanket because the surrounding was already very quiet. Oh, what a dream...

“Our mouths were filled with laughter.” – Psalm 126:2

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lovely Blog Award

I've been receiving awards before but this is just my second time to grab because I didn't know then how to do it haha! Anyways, thanks to Love of Love's Haven and Bogie of Bogie's Wonderland for considering my site...

The rules are:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link (I just did!).

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. (Oh no, I'm sorry I can't make it to 15 hehe. I'll see how many can I make, Ma'am).

Ok, I will be giving this award to my friends and other blogs whom I consider their site lovely also:

Neonila of A Perfect World
JTS of Jesus The Shepherd Church
Janet of Expressions and Thoughts
Aisha of I'm In Culture Shock
Koko of Koki Jar
Lalaine of Lalaine's World
Jeneath of The Beautiful Feet
Mr. & Mrs. Holley of The Holley Herald

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wedding Songs & My Hubby

Mayette of Words From My Heart gave me this Wedding Song meme (thanks mai). This is quite simple as you will just have to choose your favorite wedding songs. So here are my top 5 favorites. Nos. 1-4 are often sung by my hubby (a wedding singer) on family members and friends' weddings.

1. "I Will Be Here" - my hubby sung it during our Spiritual Wedding/Renewal of Vows a few years ago.
2. "My Treasure" - I like it when he sings this during bridal marches.
3. "Love Will Be Our Home" - Every time this is sung, I'm deeply touched.
4. "Forevermore" - I'm more inlove with my hubby when he sings this on weddings!
5. "Father We Commit To You" - the first time I heard the song was when Jeneath of Beautiful Feet sang it on Mayette's wedding. T'was nicely sang that I fell inlove with the song.
Now,I'm tagging this to some friends whose partners are equally sweet and might be of help to their future weddings or renewal of vows... P.S. - You can hire my hubby too! hahaha...
- Aiza of Little Singkit
- Koko of Kokijar
- Love of Love's Haven

I Found It!

Hahaha! As I posted "The Lost World," I immediately viewed it. I was surprised that it's there already. Oh c'mon... I blame it on the net's server hehehe. It appeared after 15 minutes from my log-in.

It's also a lesson for me. I will try exploring on the blog every now and then to learn more about blogging so that I won't panic when little troubles like this happens haha!

The Lost World

I slept early last night due to headache. At first I was worried what might be the cause. But I realized, maybe it's just due to lack of sleep, because I was so busy last Saturday night. Thank God, I'm okey, indeed I just need to sleep. Though I was also planning to browse and make updates on the blogs, I did not give in to it.

Anyway, as I excitedly opened my blog this morning, usually I check on the "Hello World" first, but to my dismay, it's not there anymore. Whoa! What happened? I think I need the help of my good friend Bogie - one of my tutors. Calling, calling Bogie.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Remembering My Dad

This picture was taken when my parents were into family planning yet LOL! I remember my mom telling me that at first they thought I would be the last one (youngest child) in the family. But since I insisted I wanted a baby sister or a brother, that’s why they added not just one, but two younger siblings for me to enjoy hehehe.

I liked it a lot when people tells me I look like my dad because I was a papa’s girl. I loved going out with him (in the market, barber shop, movies, etc). He’s also very lenient towards me. I don't remember him spanking me and that made me compare him from my mom who's very strict hehe. In fairness, I'm thankful for her being a disciplinarian because we really learned a lot from her. I couldn't imagine what kind of attitude we must have if my mom is as lenient as my dad.

Anyways, the only thing I hated with my dad was, when he comes home very drunk. One day his boss drove him home sleeping in his car. I sighed thinking how drunk he must have been. But we were just surprised that his boss (a doctor) made a U-turn because he only informed the family of my dad's situation: he had high blood pressure. They proceeded to the hospital. Though he discharged from the hospital after that, but his health had never been the same. His last hospitalization lasted for three weeks, then he passed away. I still miss him.

Mat. 19:19 "Honour thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Dear Friend's Bithday

It’s my friend’s birthday! So sad, I posted late already because of the same conflict I often blog about hehe. Anyway, it’s not yet too late.

I’m a person who can express my thoughts and heart more in writing and action than in words. So now, I take this opportunity to tell Mayette how thankful I am to the Lord for having her as my friend. I consider her one of the best friends I have (though we very seldom have bonding or outing together). She’s one whom I can truly trust when it comes to some personal matters. I can pour out my heart to her because she’s also a very good adviser. She’s frank and a very honest critic hehehe. But I truly appreciate her for being one. You will learn a lot from her even in fashions LOL! When persons misinterpret her, I come to the defense (sometimes without her knowledge). I just love this friend... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAI! My prayers are with you. God bless you more abundantly.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Oh, Brother!

These are my 'palangga' brothers (Mariano & Mark). During Mark's birthday 2 weeks ago, we retold some funny experiences we had when we were kids. We often do this 'recalling' everytime we (siblings) gather (we seldom see each other anymore).

When he was enrolling for kindergarten at St. Mary's College in Iligan City, he was to undergo sort of entrance exam. The nun asked him some questions for the Oral Exam like what's his name, address, age, etc. When he was asked: "What's the name of your father?" Mark (doing the sign of the cross): "In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, amen..." He was admitted to the school.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


My sister-in-law is fond of parties (aside of course from chatting on the net). I just couldn't advise her to come early because, as my hubby says, she's old enough to be responsible for herself. But I treat my in-laws as my own - but sadly, they're insensitive to my cares, or worse, misinterprets me.

Last week, my hubby came home past 1:00 AM from his night duty. We talked for a while, I told him his sis is not yet home. I guess we slept around 2:00 already. But when I woke up around 6:00AM, I went to the living room for my quiet time (as all were still sleeping). After praying, I checked on my kids' room, and found my sis-in-law already sleeping in the room! But the main and back doors were still close. We all wondered how she entered the house. The family discussed (and analyzed things hehe) while having breakfast. Until my hubby suggested to ask her personally and stop the guessing game.

As soon as she woke up, my hubby himself asked her. She answered; how thankful she is that she's so slim that she fitted in the hole in the wall! Ewww... Our dogs kept on scratching part of our wall that resulted to a hole big enough for them to enter in the house. The following day, she borrowed a cellphone and sent me a message that she'll be coming home and requested me to lock the door the way she can still open it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Mom Rocks!

Yes, that's her name (Raquel). This pic was taken during my niece's birthday party. Playing saxophone is one of her hobbies. She was a band member during her college years. We never thought that after decades, she still knows how to play it. One weekend my family visited her. We were surprised to see her playing the tune "Matud Nila," a very popular Visayan song. She told me she bought the instrument because she really missed playing with it.

Whenever somebody celebrates his/her birthday, she would play the world's most popular song "Happy Birthday" very early in the morning. The neighbors would then wonder who's celebrating the birthday. I'm so blessed with her doing this thing because she also offers special number for the Lord in their church. During some parties (she's a member of some organizations too), she's also being requested to present a number or two, in which she would gladly give in.

Yes, that's my Mom Rocks! I'm proud of her and I bless and thank God for giving her that talent. To Him be the glory!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Huhuhu I Bought An Ice Cream

My son was going to school at 1:00 p.m. When I checked my purse, I found out that I don't have coins or a little amount of bill to give him for his allowance. I kidded him to buy one gallon ice cream (so that I will have the change from my whole bill). But what's in my mind was one bar of laundry soap. He excitedly smiled. I told him I was only joking. He said, "ah, half-gallon?" I shook my head. He said, "ah, the smaller one?" This time I was already a bit bothered, I didn't want to disappoint him because I saw how excited he was already. I finally agreed. Huhuhu I thought I can only spend about P20.00 but I spent P95 for Magnolia ice cream. Oh, mothers...

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Lesson From The Flip-Flops

When I was maybe around 8 years old, my father bought me a new pair of yellow Spartan slippers. Yehey! Hmmm smells good! The following day, I saw that it's a bit soiled though it still smelled good. I took a knife and sliced it so it looked useless already, so that my father will buy another one. When I showed it to him he was so mad (unexpectedly)! He told me that it's so obvious that I intentionally cut it, so he won't buy me another pair of slippers. I didn't believe him. But the following day, still no slippers was given to me. I sat on the stairs watching my friends playing outside, running here and there. I envied of how much they're having fun that I almost cried. Of course, I won't join them without slippers because there are many very tiny worms on the ground (as what my mom told me), and I can't take the roughness of the ground. Aha! I got an idea.

Strategy #1 - Tin cans. I dented it to fit my feet. Ops, it didn't work. #2 - Cellophane. I wrapped my feet with it and locked it with rubber bands. Ouch! The ground is so rough. Then I tried #3 - Coconut shells. I put ropes on the holes. Yes! it worked. I was able to go near my friends. But it was only for a moment because the ropes hurt the spaces between my big toes and the second.

I begged my father to buy me another pair of slippers with all the tears and promises that I won't do it again. The following day, he handed me another good-smelling red Spartan slippers. Thank God! I'd always prefer using it. Have you tried one of my strategies?