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.