Nonet’s Lullabye

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Talking about songs, I have mentioned in my last post that we easily put Antoinette to sleep when we play one of the songs of Lea Salonga from a CD given to her by her godfather Bonnie, when she was a baby. When I was still carrying her, I often listen to the said CD for a calm and soothing feeling. When we’re still in the hospital on the day she was born, her father used to play the said CD besid her little crib. I believe that she grew up with the song and it is really one of the best sleep aids I have for her. :)

I looked over the Internet for a video of the song with Lea’s rendition, but wasn’t able to find one. :( Here’s a video of Rainbow Connection by the Carpenters instead. You can try this for your baby as well. :)

Ciao! :)

Funny, Familiar Forgotten Feelings

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Every Sunday morning like today, my mother loves listening to the songs of the sixties, seventies and eighties. Sunday is the only day she gets to listens to those old songs, so she really take advantage of it. My daughter usually wakes up when my mother get up from bed as well. Then, she would continue sleeping on our couch. She enjoys listening to music. When she was a baby, we put her easily to sleep while playing a lullabye.

One day, while she is busy playing, we heard her singing lyrics of the song Funny, Familiar Forgotten feelings! It was song in the sixties made popular by Tom Jones! To prevent her being distracted, we held our laughs ’til she finished singing! :D

After her rendition, we just applauded that she sang the song beautifully but we didn’t comment that she was singing a song from the old days. Hehehe! :)

Well, this girl is really a keen observer and her memory is really sharp. We didn’t realize that she is already picking up the lines of the songs. For those who are not familiar with the song, here is goes!

Ciao! :)

AVON @ 125!

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I have been an AVON lady for the last 3 years. AVON has been the top-direct selling company of beauty products and more in the Philippines. Their top of the lines best anti wrinkle cream to fragrant perfumes are really hitting the market. :) I went to visit a nearby AVON outlet about few days ago to pick up some orders, and I noticed a new catalogue for March 1-15, 2011 already available. I got one of the catalogues on stock and browsed through it. There are products on sale that would really interest customers and new line of items up for grab. :) Well, it is typical for an Avon catalogue to have exciting deals. What surprised me was the cover, it says 125 on it! :)

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I didn’t know that Avon has been around for 125 years. I did a little research and hopefully my sources are accurate. :)

Avon was once a line of business of California Perfume Company founded by David H. McConnell in the mid-1880s. McConnell was a door-to-door salesman who offered small samples of perfumes to housewives. He named the product line of perfume with “Little Dot Perfume Set” which consisted of five scents: white rose, violet, lily of the valley, heliotrope, and hyacinth. Hence, the birth of the California Perfume Company. The first Avon Lady was Mrs. P.F.E. Albee of Winchester, New Hampshire. She was a wife of a U.S. senator.

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I thought the name AVON was an acronym, but it isn’t. California Perfume Company first products was Avon’s line of business which started to have a toothbrush, cleanser, and vanity set. The name Avon was inspired by the area around the Suffern lab, which McConnell thought resembled William Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-on-Avon, England.

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The California Perfume Company was renamed Avon Products because of the product line’s immense popularity and success in 1939. The current CEO and chairman of Avon Products, Inc. is Andrea Jung. While the General Manager of Avon Philippines is Mike Gudgin.

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Avon Foundation Honorary Chairman Reese Witherspoon with CEO Andrea Jung

Be an Avon lady today! :)

Ciao! :)

My Choice of Church!

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Talking about weddings, though I will not be getting married soon, I have a list of churches that I wanted to visit if not get married in it. I have these churches and cathedrals in mind because of their history, the saint they have been dedicated to and because of a special blessing I received when I visited the church. :) Maybe, these may help those engaged couples to decide which church they would go to. :)

Immaculate Concepcion Church or popularly known as Pasig Cathedral, is on top of my list because about it was the first place that ney and I went through when he visited me here about 11 years ago. Though things didn’t go through the way we have wanted it to be, at least we still have each other now. And, I believe that one day, we’ll get married too. :) When we went in the church,  a wedding ceremony is being held. He admired the architecture of the church and I told him that the church is antique. That it was built about 400 years ago! He told me then, that when we get married the priest would ask us by calling me as Engineer and him as an Architect. Well, I am an Engineer by profession but ney wasn’t able to finish Architecture for he switched to Political Science, a year after that. Another thing, that made me fall in love with the church, is its long aisle and because I was raised and been living in Pasig City since I was born. :D

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Pasig Cathedral

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Pasig Cathedral’s Altar

Another church I have in my list is the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church in Guadalupe. During my “wedding singer” career days, I got the chance to sing in the said church with Kiko and Richard. I fell inlove with the church’s facade. Taking pictures on the stairs that led to the church’s main door would really look beautiful for keeps! :) It is like getting married in the old days for the church was built in the 17th century and is the oldest church in Makati City. Probably one of the oldest church in the Philippines!

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Nuestra Señora de Gracia

The next church I have in my list is the little church in Plaridel, Quezon. I am still checking my files if I was able to save a picture of it from my last trip to Quezon. I have included the said church, because my paternal family lives in the little town of Plaridel. Ney served as a councilor of that town and he has lived his life in there. If I would choose a church from Quezon, then it would definitely this church.

The last, but not the least in my list, is our own church in Rosario; Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish Church. The church was once a chapel but the growing population of Brgy. Rosario made it to be a parochial church. The said church is special to me because, I was baptized and confirmed in the said church. My Christianity has been hoaned in the said church. I served as choir member, a lector, and a legionary in the said church. That’s why getting married in this church would really be possible. :)

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Taken at the Grotto of Sto. Rosario De Pasig Church with Antoinette

Ciao! :P

The Date is On April 29!

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With the date already set, Kate Middleton is about to be Her Royal Highness in few months! I wonder what her title would be. Since Princess Diana became the Princess of Wales and Camilla taking Duchess of Cornwall, I wonder what Kate would take. I must admit that I am one of the million girls who have admired the good-looking prince when I was younger. I have loved Princess Diana so much, not because she is a princess but because of all the good deeds she has done. Too bad, she died at a young age. Now, the most admired prince is getting married not to a  ”real-princess”, but I am hoping that Kate’s love for Prince William is genuine. That she loves the man not because of his title, but because of him alone. Like many royalties who are invited to witness the wedding of the decade at Westminister Abbey, I will be keeping that date free. I am pretty sure that cable channels will be doing a live coverage of the said wedding. :) Well, best wishes to them.

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On the other hand, a friend and colleague invited me to attend her wedding on April as well. She have requested the guests to be in their formal attire; with no pants or jeans plea! Hehehe! Of course, I will attend the said wedding. And, I am really looking for a fast fat burner excercise or diet that would somehow eliminate my “baby fats” :) . I know that I still have a month to go through the said excercise and I need to be dedicated and focus about it. Well, I already found a dress to wear. I know I can wear it, I just need to tone down a bit to boost my confidence! :)

I’ll definitely post the pictures of my success then. :P It’s going to be a real challenge to me..

Ciao! :)

Newly Spayed

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I went to PAWS this afternoon to pick up our two girls who have been spayed last Friday. I have not take pictures of them yet because I want them to have a good rest to recover fully from recent operation. Spaying means to remove the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. We decided to have our girls, Miyette (far left) and Tiki (far right) go through the operation because of their growing family. Our family lives in an apartment and it doesn’t provide enough space for the cats. Aside from that, our neighbors are not that animal friendly. :( We do not want to cause any troubles because of our cats in our neighborhood.

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Although, mating and giving birth are common to animals, we decided not to let our girls go through that nature because of the reasons mentioned above. Our newly spayed cats are seven months old already. Every year, I believe every February, PAWS or Philippine Animal Welfare Society holds a free neuter and spay day. Thanks to Ate Ness and Ate Heidi for bringing the cats to the shelter for me. :)

One of the many things I learned from PAWS’s seminar for volunteers, that I wanted to share with you is that PAWS do not adopt animals but they rescue animals who have experienced cruelly. The shelter rehabilitates the animals until they will be ready to be part of a loving family.  They are like orphanage for animals, where deserving pet owners can adopt and give those animals, a loving and caring family that they have been longing for.

Most of the cats and dogs in PAWS are of ”common” breed. Nevertheless, animals at the shelter may not be one of those commercially breed animals, yet they may be able to return the love you will give them, well, even more. :)

There are many cats and dogs in the shelter who are waiting for a new mom and dad. You can call the shelter at (02) 475-1688, or visit their website http://www.paws.org.ph/ to know more about the details.

Ciao! :)

Reminiscing the Songs

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After reminiscing through the pictures, let us hear once again the songs that have been associated with EDSA People Power revolution. Whenever I hear the song, Handog ng Pilipino, I really cannot help but cry. Many Filipinos sacrificed their loves for our freedom, starting with of course our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Then we had the People Power revolution. I hope that the lessons learned and the freedom that our fellow Filipinos have fougt for should always be valued and remembered.

Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo

While I was a looking for the video of Magkaisa, I have seen a video of Ninoy Aquino’s death. It was so stupid of me not to know my country’s history. I have seen a video Ninoy in a coffin with blood all over his face and eyes swollen. It was only then that I learned that Ninoy’s remains was not cleaned at all when he was shot at the tarmac. I learned that it was Ninoy’s mother who wanted that way. To show the true face of Marcos’ dictatorship. Good thing, that is all over.

 

Magkaisa

Ciao! :)  

People Power Revolution @ 25

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Yesterday the Filipino people remembered the success of unity and prayers of People Power Revolution in 1986. Too bad, P-Noy didn’t declare the day as non-working holiday so, business as usual in most offices. I really wanted to go to the celebration but coming home from a graveyard shift work didn’t really allow me to go there. Good thing my cousin was able to take some pictures from yesterday’s program and shared it with me, which I would be sharing with you. These pictures really make me smile. I believe that these pictures would draw a smile in your lips, too. Remembering that if we Filipinos will unite, then we could really make a difference. Now, you are smiling! That smile is better than any anti wrinkle creams available! :)

Here it goes!

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Truly, the Filipinos are worth dying for..

Ciao! :)

The Frontliners!

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Since we are reminiscing the people power victory in 1986, I couldn’t help but wonder where the frontliners of the said revolution have gone. I am getting goosebumps while writing this article. I have little tears gently running from my eyes when I remember the brave nuns who were the front liners of the people power revolution. They didn’t mind the big tankers, the military with high powered guns and armours that they would face if there would be a bloody revolution. All they carried with them was a rosary, a flower and a big faith in God.

I was lucky enough to find an article about the unsung heroes of the EDSA revolution. In the picture we could see a nun who leads the people in praying the rosary. In my research, I learned that the said nun is Sister Teresita “Terry” Burias while her companion nun is Sister Porferia “Pingping” Ocariza. They were both Paulinian nuns of Daughters of St. Paul. In the article, featured in the Philippine STAR which was written by Edu Punay, Sister Terry admitted that there was fear in her hearts but the she didn’t care dying anymore as long as she would die with the people.

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I was really crying while reading the said article. I definitely believe that there was a divine interventions then. How lucky they were, for I know that while they lead the people in praying the holy rosary, the Blessed Mother was praying with them.

In the said interview, Sister Pingping shared that when they were citing the Sorrowful mystery, there was a helicopter that appeared. Little did she know that the said helicopter was there to disperse them. Sister Pingping said that the Air Force Officers who were manning the helicopter told them that from the sky, the people formed the shape of the cross. On another account, Sister Terry said many told them that they saw a woman with a beautiful face praying with in front of the Marine trucks.

The article was published in 2006. In that account, it was said that the Sister Terry is in a convent in Baguio City while Sister Pingping is in Davao City.

I hope that I would have a chance to meet them in person. The courage and faith that the two nuns showed are really remarkable. Click this link to read the full article.

God bless the nuns. God bless the Filipino people.

Ciao! :)

The Victory Jump!

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One of the most popular EDSA humor was the victory jump of the former president Fidel V. Ramos. I searched over the Internet to find the famous jump, which could be one of the ways on how to lose belly fat fast but I didn’t find one. :( I found a re-enactment jump though but not the true victory jump! :)

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Former President Fidel V. Ramos was the then AFP Vice Chief of Staff and was also the chief of the Philippine Constabulary (now the Philippine National Police). Many would agree that Ramos had a big role in the success of the EDSA revolution. When Juan Ponce Enrile and his fellow coup plotters asked Ramos help, he immediately resigned from his position and supported the said revolution. Then, the rest is history! :)

I had an opportunity to meet the former president when we the participants of the First Filipino Children’s Forum held in 1996, had a courtesy call with the him at Malacañang Palace. I was one of the facilitators in the said forum.

He may be a tough a guy being in the military for nearly 40 years. Yet, I still believe that he is a man with a good heart. :)

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Ciao! :)

Where were you when EDSA Revolution happened?

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It is the 25th year anniversary of EDSA Revolution on February 25, 2011. Twenty-five years since the legendary People Power revolution dethroned the Marcos’ from power. It was also then whent the first woman president of the Philippines was declared. :)

I was only five years old when the revolution happened. I didn’t have any idea of what was going on then. What I knew was I love watching “tora-tora” from the roof of our neighbor’s then. I was with my kuya-kuyahan watching the clear sky of February. Little did I know that a historical event is taking place somewhere along the corner of Ortigas Avenue and Highway 54. Well, I didn’t even know those places then. What amused me was the fast flying aircraft that flew above the sky. I remember kuya Mike and kuya Nomer lent me their telescope so I could see a good view of the tora-tora. :) Then, the next thing I learned was the Philippines has a new president. The first woman president ever, the late president Corazon C. Aquino. Everybody then was crying and thanking God for a successful, peaceful and prayerful revolution. 

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Many countries have adopted the said people power of the Philippines. Looking back, there had been 2 more EDSA revolutions that followed. One of which made the 13th president of the Philippines, Joseph Ejercito stepped down from his position, while Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took the place.

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Daisy

Well, I hope that there will be no more EDSA revolutions to follow. Let us join hand in hand in praying for our country, for one another and for our leaders. And, we should never forget that EDSA People Power Revolution was a successful one not because of armours and high-powered guns, but because of flowers and prayers! :)

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Now, where were you when EDSA People Power Revolution happened? :)

Ciao! :)

Playtime at Star City!

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At our last stop in Nonet’s field trip was the Star City. We arrived at around 3:30PM and the teachers told us that we’ll meet at around 7PM. Food are not allowed inside the theme park since there are different food stalls available. It was quite a long trip from Malabon Zoo to Star City, that’s why we took the opprtunity to rest for a while and had a great snack. We didn’t have any sandwich packed, so we settled on eating biscuits and junk foods! :) Hehehe! It’s just a good thing that there are different detoxifier available in drug stores like thermotox. :)

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We thought that there could be an upcoming bad weather for the rain drizzles when we arrived at the park. But, thank God, the weather turned fine! :) Since we have limited time to spend around the park, the other parents and me decided to start riding on different rides available for the children. I told Nonet that she was only 2 years old when she first visited Star City. I told her that she didn’t like the rides then. :) But now, she really enjoyed the different rides. 

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We didn’t get the chance to watch the fireworks display because we need to leave at 7PM. I bet that all kids enjoyed the theme park. I enjoyed it too! :) I am really happy that I let Antoinette joined this field trip. And I know that it was just the first of many more trips to come. :)

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Ciao! :)

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