Friday, September 11, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
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
Monday, July 27, 2009
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
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
Monday, July 13, 2009
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
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
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
Friday, June 26, 2009
Her favorite - swimming! You have to stop her or she'll stay in the pool for 5 hrs...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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:
Monday, June 22, 2009
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
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
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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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
Prov. 13: 24 “He that spareth his ROD hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monday, May 11, 2009
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?