December 6, 2013

Friday Letters!

Dear Work, I am overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things I have to work on right now, I really am! I am so overworked I dont want it to be Friday yet! And that's unheard of! Dear School, I am enjoying you but I still haven't figured out why I want to do it! And there are still times when I am asking myself why, hahahah! Dear Ex, Seeing you again is so not worth the trouble I will have so, no thanks! Have a nice life! Dear Mountains, I love you! I love marveling at God's creation and how small I am compared to things.  Put me in my proper place! Will never stop until my legs can carry me up, and down!  Dear Christmas, You are just a few days away and I'm still not in the mood! Dear Husband, I love to hate you and I hate to love you, or is it the other way around? Anyway, you are part of my life, a big part of it, and while you sometimes drive me more than crazy, I love you! Dear Body Weight, WILL YOU PLEASE KEEP IT DOWN?!!! Hahaha!


It's the little things that count and I am very thankful for people who remember me with gratitude! Belated Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 1, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear Travel, why can't I resist you? Dear Airline Seat Sale, why are you always tempting me? Dear Money, With Travel and Airline Seat Sales taking the front seat, why are you missing? Dear MBA School, can you be a little kinder this year? Dear Car, Can you run well without all the drama please? Dear Exercise, why are you so tiring? Dear Thor, I love you! But I like Loki's smile better! Dear Work, thanks for the lull this week, and don't be too hard on me next week! Dear Samsung S4 or Iphone, I want you but I don't have the money to buy either one of you, hahaha! Can I just ask the universe to send me one, pretty please?

October 8, 2013

Cebu, Cebu!

I was just doing a collage for our last family trip, which was in Cebu in 2011 and the memories come rushing in! Oh what happy experiences we had!  And this month, we will do this again with a visit to Palawan. Memories are indeed priceless!

September 6, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Husband, How could you? I still don't know how you could and I never did imagine that you would. So now, you have to wait. Wait for what, I don't know and I am being honest here.  Dear Airlines, Can you stop with the seat sale already? I am seriously tempted! Dear Money, I have reported you missing again. Dear Work, The amount coming in right now is more than making up for my slacking the years earlier! I am being made to work for each centavo! Dear Body, Is it my fault that I am too short, which is the real reason why I am fat? Dear School, I never liked you then and I still don't like you now.  I don't really understand why I even bothered to enroll, hahaha.

August 14, 2013

I am a Daisy

What do you know, I am a Daisy!

"You are just a sweet person. When a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, you are happy to offer yours with a box of tissues as well. Once in awhile, you wish you could be a little more dramatic but then sensibility sets back in and you know that you are perfect the way you are."

August 13, 2013

Blue Monday: Pinoy Games

It has been a while since I played Blue Monday but I am back! Anyway, I took these photos last June when my friends and I went to Davao City.  One of the places that we visited was Eden Nature Park, a huge man-made park that has everything to offer! They even have these play areas for kids that highlights traditional Filipino games that I played as a kid.  I especially love Piko, a hop-step game because I usually won back then.  These games are something that encourage my kids to play, and I am happy to say that know of these games and play some of them once in a while.

August 8, 2013

Tomorrow's Agenda

Tomorrow is a holiday here, that means no work on a Friday! So here is my agenda for tomorrow. Perfect, isn't it?

July 19, 2013

July 16, 2013

I Love Davao!

Just looking at this photos of our recent trip to Davao makes me miss the place! I really want to come back, and maybe bring the kids with me too! There is everything to love in Davao: the food, the places and the people! 

June 25, 2013

What I'd Like for Father's Day: An Open Letter to My Daughter

What I'd Like for Father's Day: An Open Letter to My Daughter

No ties, please. No cufflinks or gift certificates. No presents at all, really.

Kid, if you're struggling for some last-minute token for Father's Day, here's what I'd really like — this year and for years to come:

I want you to know there's no end game. The sports you play, the colleges you get into, the accolades you pile up, sure, yes, of course, I'll always cheer the loudest and you'll be like, "I don't know that guy," and I'll be all, "THAT'S MY GIRL!" and you may not speak to me until you're 30, but you should always know you're good enough no matter what.

I want you to find a good friend. Someone who will cut someone for you, or at the very least not talk shit behind your back. 

Don't let some anonymous asshole with a keyboard determine your self worth. You are always more than a "like" count on whatever social media program happens to be popular at the time.

No, seriously, I mean it. You wouldn't go up to the crazy dude in town square or that homeless lady we see on the street and say, "Do you like my outfit?" or "Do you think I'm hot?" That's absurd, right? Who would do that? Millions of people online, every day. That's who. Your friends and future buds. It's something I never had to deal with growing up, this spotlight of petty strangers, and it scares the absolute shit out of me to think this is the culture you're growing up with. I can only hope to help guide you toward that internal strength that says: "That's just … creepy."

Find a shitty friend. Someone who will get you in trouble — just enough to learn a good lesson but not enough to require bail money or morning after pills. 

When you get that urge to scream, "I hate you!" and slam the door, please for the love of god, kid, direct all that noise at me because if you aim that shit at your mother you won't believe how long that door will remain slammed. That will not stand.

Work hard. 

Don't let it get to your head when people say, "You're so smart!" Because you have a lazy father who thought that was enough and learned only later that hard work and luck is how good things happen.

Practice gratitude even when you're not around us.

Everyone has a freak flag and the truly cool people of the universe don't wait until they're out of high school to fly it.

When you meet people for the first time and you're awkwardly chatting and don't really know what to say, don't ask: "So … what do you do?" Ask instead, "So … what do you like to do for fun?" You'll meet the absolute greatest people in the world this way.

On that note: Don't let work define you. It's a part of how you live your life. It's not you.

Find a fun hobby or sport or volunteer program — something that makes you smile when you think about it.

Listen to your mother. She knows what the fuck she's talking about.

Try not to swear as much as your father but come slip into my arms after a bad day if you ever want to hear anyone say, "Fuck those motherfuckers. You're the fucking best!"

Know this: I will never call a professor for you. You get a bad grade, that's your own damn fault. Work harder next time or clear away whatever obstacle is in your path.

Don't ever forget how to change a flat tire. 

You already know what it feels like when friends try to knock you down for no apparent reason. Don't do that.

Come back to me. When I'm old and gray and can barely get out of the chair and the rest of the old codgers in the home won't let me watch Columbo with them, I want you to bring a good book and we'll sit and talk and read and laugh, and it will be the best present of all if you just grab my hand again and say, "Fuck those motherfuckers, pop. Let's go for ice cream."

June 17, 2013

Don't Quit

I'd give up on chocolates, but I am not a quitter!  Ha ha ha, my emergency stash.  The snickers are gone now, just barely survived after I took a picture.  But the Lindt and the almonds are still intact! Some semblance of self-control left, he he he!

Cause what is life without a little chocolate, right?

June 13, 2013

Outfit of the Day

Worn at the surprise movie screening of Man of Steel.

June 11, 2013

Who's Excited for Davao?

I am so excited for our trip to Davao next week! Despite the busy schedule at work, I took time to prepare our suggested itinerary and budget! I hope to be able to eat some Durian and live to tell all about it here!

May 30, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear Work, You are now very exciting and I love it! I am learning a lot! Dear Money, Where are you again? Dear Davao, I will see you in 3 weeks and I am so excited to see what you have to offer! Dear Body Weight, Just what the hell is happening? Despite my run schedules and Zumba, I am still gaining weight.  Oh yeah, I know. I eat a lot, ha ha ha. Dear Pico De Loro, I will climb you soon! Dear Graduate School, I am scared and excited at the same time.  And its just a few days to go!

May 21, 2013

My first 6K Run

Me in my finisher's shirt and medal after the QC Wellness Run last Sunday.

May 17, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear Mt. Maculot, It was a hard climb, but it was definitely worth it! Dear Work, You are overwhelming me, which is rare! I am stuck at the office until 9pm and yet I'm not yet half-done! Dear Mountains, I will be seeing you! Dear Gym, I missed you this whole week! Its work that is getting in our way.  Hope to get re-acquainted again next week. Dear Graduate School, See you soon! Dear Diet, I will get back to you next week, ha ha ha. Dear Money, Where are you?

April 26, 2013

Do It Now

From the forwarded emails department, this one really made me cry:


In a class I teach for adults, I recently did the "unpardonable." I gave the class homework! The assignment was to "go to someone you love within the next week and tell them you love them. It has to be someone you have never said those words to before or at least haven't shared those words with for a long time."

Now that doesn't sound like a very tough assignment, until you stop to realized that most of the men in that group were over 35 and were raised in the generation of men that were taught that expressing emotions is not "macho." Showing feelings or crying (heaven forbid!) was just not done. So this was a very threatening assignment for some.

At the beginning of our next class, I asked if someone wanted to share what happened when they told someone they loved them. I fully expected one of the women to volunteer, as was usually the case, but on this evening one of the men raised his hand. He appeared quite moved and a bit shaken.

As he unfolded out of his chair (all 6'2" of him), he began by saying, "Dennis, I was quite angry with you last week when you gave us this assignment. I didn't feel that I had anyone to say those words to, and besides, who were you to tell me to do something that personal? But as I began driving home my conscience started talking to me. It was telling me that I knew exactly who I needed to say 'I love you' to. You see, five years ago, my father and I had a vicious disagreement and really never resolved it since that time. We avoided seeing each other unless we absolutely had to at Christmas or other family gatherings. But even then, we hardly spoke to each other. So, last Tuesday by the time I got home I had convinced myself I was going to tell my father I loved him.
"It's weird, but just making that decision seemed to lift a heavy load off my chest.
"When I got home, I rushed into the house to tell my wife what I was going to do. She was already in bed, but I woke her up anyway. When I told her, she didn't just get out of bed, she catapulted out and hugged my, and for the first time in our married life she saw me cry. We stayed up half the night drinking coffee and talking. It was great!

"The next morning I was up bright and early. I was so excited I could hardly sleep. I got to the office early and accomplished more in two hours than I had the whole day before.

"At 9:00 I called my dad to see if I could come over after work. When he answered the phone, I just said, 'Dad, can I come over after work tonight? I have something to tell you.' My dad responded with a grumpy, 'Now what?' I assured him it wouldn't take long, so he finally agreed.

"At 5:30, I was at my parents' house ringing the doorbell, praying that Dad would answer the door. I was afraid if Mom answered that I would chicken out and tell her instead. But as luck would have it, Dad did answer the door.

"I didn't waste any time - I took one step in the door and said, 'Dad, I just came over to tell you that I love you.'

"It was as if a transformation came over my dad. Before my eyes his face softened, the wrinkles seemed to disappear and he began to cry. He reached out and hugged me and said, 'I love you too, son, but I've never been able to say it.'

"It was such a precious moment I didn't want to move. Mom walked by with tears in her eyes. I just waved and blew her a kiss. Dad and I hugged for a moment longer and then I left. I hadn't felt that great in a long time.

"But that's not even my point. Two days after that visit, my dad, who had heart problems, but didn't tell me, had an attack and ended up in the hospital, unconscious. I don't know if he'll make it.

"So my message to all of you in this is: Don't wait to do the things you know need to be done. What if I had waited to tell my dad - maybe I will never get the chance again! Take the time to do what you need to do and do it now!"

- By Dennis E. Mannering

April 22, 2013

I am a Race Finisher!

I looks like I have run a marathon (my ultimate goal) when in truth I only ran in the 5K category.  And below is a nice picture of me as a race finisher. Soon, it will be on the 21K category!

April 12, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear Bills, Why so many and why all at the same time? Dear Kindle Fire, Now you have games. Can we keep it a secret so that the kids will let me keep you? Ha ha. Dear Money, Why the hide and seek? Dear Mt. Batulao, I am so excited! See you on Sunday! Dear Procrastination, Can you leave me alone please? Dear Reference Books, Why so boring. I just put you on my hands and I am asleep already.  Dear Blogging, Why can't I stay away from you for even a day? Dear Weight Gain, WHAT THE HELL!!! Dear Running, Thanks for being there everyday.  Otherwise, I will be a whale already.

April 8, 2013

Finish Line!

This was our photo at the finish line taken by my husband during a family fun run last Saturday.  My daughter and I ran the 3K obstacle course.  It was her first time to run in a race, and we really enjoyed it.  Good thing it was just 3K though because halfway, we were already walking, ha ha ha!

April 5, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear Body Weight, What is with you?! I exercised the whole week, eat sensibly, except for that dinner last Wednesday and I still gained weight? What the hell!!!! Dear Little Sister Kris, I am so proud of you! You will graduate from college already in a month! I am so proud of your accomplishments!Dear Amazon, Why are you so addicting? My wishlist is already a very long list! Dear New Watch, Hi, I like you very much. Dear Husband, Thank you for the cuddling even of you have a fever. I just love these simple pleasures. Dear Kindle and Sappy Romance Novels, thanks for keeping me company. Dear 2nd half of 2014 travel plan, I.AM.SO.EXCITED! As in super excited, so excited that we did that jumping up and down thing here at the office! I really wish we could pull it off! Dear Money, Where are you?   Ha ha ha.

April 4, 2013

Signs: Poor Naga

This was a picture I took using my monopod at Ta Phrom in the Angkor Wat complex. And when I checked it to see if it turned out okay, I saw that there was a sign behind me so I had to take a closer look. 

It says, 'Don't sit on Naga.'  The sign was all over the long balustrade which was the body of Naga, the seven headed serpent.  It was a good reminder to tourists to help preserve the Angkor Temples by doing their best not to be careless about the old structures.
Poor Naga.  With our schedule, we didn't get to sit anyway because we wanted to see as much as we can.

30 day Blog Challenge: Day 30- What changed this month and what you hope will happen next month.

What Changed This Month and What You Hope Will Happen Next Month

I didn't get to visit someplace new this month.  I promised myself that I will go someplace new every month but I didn't..  I traveled last January and then in February, but I stayed at home this whole month of March! My husband's work schedule and financial constraints made it impossible to go somewhere. Hope to change it next month by hiking in Batangas.

That concludes this 30-day blog challenge.  I learned a lot about myself in this exercise, and I hope you get to now me a little.

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 29-A Picture of Yourself

A Picture of Yourself

I am a mom
I am a wife
I am a sister
I am a friend

I am silly

but most of all, I am just me.

April 3, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge:Day 28- The Month You Were The Happiest This Year and Why

The Month You Were The Happiest This Year and Why

Its only April, but the happiest I've been this year was in February, when for the first time, I was able to travel abroad, to the only destination I wanted to go: Cambodia.  And as an added bonus, I was also able to set foot in Vietnam too, even for just a day. And because I enjoyed this trip so much with its many firsts and lots of milestones, I will share the experience again next year with my husband and closest friends!

entrance to Bayon temple
Sharing to you just some pictures of the happy trip! Just some of the temples that we visited.

Baphuon temple

Preah Ko
And my visit to Vietnam, only to eat and shop at Ben Thanh market! 

near Ben Thanh market

April 2, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 27-Talk About Your Siblings

Talk About Your Siblings

My Ate Diana-
She is one person that makes you feel better and makes you do better when you are with her.  She is the least judgmental person that I know.  Despite my many faults, she loves me unconditionally. She is very proud of me, which makes me proud of myself too.  I couldn't wish for a more loving and supportive sister in the whole world.
my baby sister Kris-
She is now 21 years old and graduating from college. She is a very responsible teenager and she makes me so proud with her achievements.  She takes care of my kids with such love and she sometimes help with responsibilities like tutoring,etc.  She is such a great blessing to our family.

I feel lucky indeed to have them as my sisters and I am a better person because of them both.

April 1, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 26-Your Religious Beliefs

Your Religious Beliefs

Born, baptized and raised as a Catholic.We mostly attend mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligations, give donations to the school charity and mass offerings and the likes.  We are not yet married in Church. But my kids say their prayers at night, and do the First Communion thing and the Confirmation thing. But we don't do the meatless thing on Lent, and the likes. We did the traditional Visita Iglesia last year, but we didn't this year because my husband had to work.

March 31, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge-Day 25:10 Ways To Win Your Heart

10 Ways To Win Your Heart
1. Have fun with me.
2. Be responsible.
3. Please make sense.
4. Cuddles.  I love that.
5. Be dependable. When you say it, do it.
6. Listen.
7. Surprise me.
8. White roses. Books. Lugaw. I love these stuff.
9. Be loyal.
10. Be honest.