Getting Closer

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It will be just a month away when honey will be coming home for vacation. He will be finishing his 2-year contract in Saudi very soon. I am really excited. I miss him a lot. :)

Before he left, we said to each other that 2 years will just pass very fast. It will just be two hot summer. And two cold winters, when he would wear heated vest to keep him warm. :)

I have filed my vacation leaves for his arrival, too. Nonet and I are very excited. We are really looking forward to fetching our daddy in the airport and spending quality time with him.

Ney and I may not have a perfect relationship, but the love we have for each other, and the struggles we went through for that love, will be enough to keep us together. And I pray to God, that He will bless this relationship and help us straighten things that hinder us to get married. I believe that one day; everything will fall on their places. I will see you soon honey. I love you.

God bless us! Mama Mary pray for us!

Ciao! :)

Back to Inbound Calls

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Last April 13, we are back to taking calls as our team, CERT, has been dissolved. I do know that it was just temporary. But, our managers have given us wrong expectation regarding our support. I really felt bad about it. I was really frustrated. I was in a better place already. I know that I am performing fine, then, suddenly the team is dissolved. :(

That really made me think if I will stay with Dell or just leave. They always say that it is a speed of Dell. Okay, speed of Dell. But I guess I just couldn’t leave with that speed. :(

I have plans of leaving, but I am really doing a lot of thinking, a lot of considerations and a lot of computations. I have to consider my financial obligations to my family and to Nonet. My life is not my own anymore. And, I cannot just decide without thinking about Nonet.

My friends have been telling me to sacrifice for Nonet, and just bare the policies of Dell. Dell is a good company and the benefits are good. But, how can I work efficiently if I do not love what I am doing anymore. Yet, I told myself that as long as I am with the company, I will perform. I wanted to be an asset to my team and not a liability. Until the day, I say goodbye..

God bless me.

Ciao! :)

Family Day on Easter Sunday

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In celebrating Easter Sunday, Ticia treated our family to a lunch at Max’s Restaurant. It was really a bountiful lunch! I really enjoyed our lunch together. :)

Ticia also bought Nonet some toys for being an angel. As you know, Nonet didn’t really want to be one. But, because of the price she would get from her Tati once she agreed to be an angel, she was convinced. :)

She was actually asking for a bike, but it cost too much. So she just settled for a shopping cart toy and a barbecue grill. :)

We also went to department store, and did a little shopping. I bought Nonet a red Angry Bird shirt. While, Pauline bought a shirt, too.

We also got some video discs from Astro Vision. We love to watch movies you know. :P

Before the afternoon ends, we had our monthly grocery at Megamall’s Supermarket.

It was really an amazing day. Well, good luck to us on May 28th. Hehehe. When Patty’s credit card bill is due. :P

Well, it doesn’t matter I guess. What is important is the time our family spent with each other.

Ciao! :)

Salubong 2012

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My sister Patty has always been dreaming and hoping to be an angel in the annual Salubong. Though it is not written in the Holy Scriptures, we believe through our faith, that Jesus appeared before His loving mother, Mary on the day that He resurrected from the death. We know how much Jesus loves His mother, and it is not impossible for Him to see His grieving mother when He was raised from death.

This is what being re-enacted upon on Salubong. Nonet happens to be the youngest and the smallest along the angels. She is not the one to take off Mary’s veil but that is fine. What is important is that she is fulfilling Patty’s dream to be an angel. :)

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It is so nice to look at her together with the other angels. :)

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I was able to get a good shot of the angel as she takes Mama Mary’s veil to see Jesus. It was joyful moment. I bet that 2000 years ago, when this happened, millions of angels are singing songs of praise and could have been blowing their trumpets, too. I could not imagine the joy Mama Mary felt when she saw her beloved son. :)

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After the program for salubong, we participated in the Easter Sunday’s mass. We are all happy.

Praise be to Jesus! Praise be to God!

Ciao! :)

Easter Vigil Mass

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Since Nonet was chosen to be one of the angels in Salubong, to be held at the early dawn of Easter Sunday, my mother gave way for me to attend the Easter Vigil Mass. Easter Vigil mass is held on the evening of Black Saturday. This is also the third day of the Triduum prayer. I am glad that I was able to complete Triduum prayer again. :)

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The Easter Vigil Mass started with the blessing of the fire that will light the Pascal Candle. It is also the longest mass ever! Before singing, “Lualhati sa Diyos”, there had been 4 readings and 4 Psalms. My sister Patty said that the readings used to be six. It was actually been reduced to four. Well, I cannot recall anymore. She said that one of the readings include, the big flood happened in Noah’s time.

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My heart is truly filled with joy when the church’s lights are turned on and when the choir starts singing Lualhati sa Diyos. The sound of the drums added to the beat which proclaims Jesus’ triumph against death. :)

It was really a night of joy and celebration.

Thank you Lord.

Ciao! :)

Holy Friday

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Holy Friday is when we remember Jesus death at the cross. The celebration in our church starts with the Seven Last Words at 12 noon. Then the veneration of the cross at 3PM follows. Attending the veneration of the cross at 3PM is the second day of the triduum prayer. In the homily, the priest stressed out that we should not be pity on Jesus when we saw Him on the cross. Instead, we should be forever grateful and should be sorry for the sins we have done.

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We are lucky today because, Jesus has already redeemed us from death. Jesus is alive and has succeeded death. We are lucky because now, we only remember His sacrifices for us. We are lucky because inspite of our sins, God loves us so much.

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I am guilty for my sins and I pray that Jesus will help me not to sin anymore. I know that it would take a lot of prayers to be strong enough to resist sin. I believe that we should be praying for one another and learn to really love and respect one another.

Thank you Jesus for Your love. Thank you Lord, God.

Ciao! :)

Maundy Thursday

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On Maundy Thursday, the Catholic Church holds the mass which signals the beginning of the Triduum Prayer. The mass is called, “Misa ng Huling Hapunan”. The highlights of this mass is washing of the feet. In this mass, we remember Jesus having dinner with His apostles to celebrate the Jews’ pass over. We remember Jesus washing the feet of His apostles. In our parish, the 12 chosen Lay Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, who represented each of Jesus’ 12 apostles, also washed the feet of the masses attending the said celebration. My foot was washed, too. I just don’t remember who the apostle was. Well, good thing I just had my pedicure. :)

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After the washing of the feet, the rest of mass celebration continued. After the communion, the exposed Holy Eucharist was placed in the tabernacle. A vigil has been hold for the holy tabernacle.

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On Maundy Thursday too, people from different part of the country participate in Alay Lakad. Some walked along Ortigas Avenue while others through Marcos Highway all are bound to Antipolo Cathedral. I participated once in this Alay Lakad when I was 12 years old. People may have different reasons for doing this sacrifice, but what is important is that their intentions are pure. (Pictures are from our church, Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish fb account).

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Ciao! :)

Holy Wednesday

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Every year, we always look forward to Holy Wednesday. It is the day when Catholic Church holds the parade of saints. Images of the saints who were present during the passion of the Christ are set for a procession. The said images are not being praised but they were paraded to remind us about the sacrifice and death of Jesus. That the passion of the Christ really happened about 2000 years ago to save us from sins. And, these saints were there and witnessed the death of Christ.

Some of the saints present in the said procession are the images of St. John Evangelist, St. Mary Magdalene, The Good Samaritan, St. Peter, St. Jacobe, and Mama Mary.

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Aside from the fact that the images of the saints, reminds us about Jesus death, since they were the witnesses, my sisters and I also noticed the different dresses the images are wearing. It’s just looks good to see what the images are wearing. The detailed bead work, the use of different kinds of beads, such as Bronzite Beads and other sparkling beads add beauty to the image. We also noted the beautiful flowers used in each image carriage. :)

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We actually have this hope, that one day our family will own an image which will also be part of the said procession. Well, we are thinking of getting “The Last Supper”, or could also be the image of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane. :)

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Who knows, time will come and we’ll have one. It could also be a family heirloom which will be passed on from Nonet’s generation to her children’s children. (Pictures are from our church, Sto. Rosario de Pasig Church fb account.)
God bless our family.
Ciao! :)

Holy Tuesday

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I went to Our Lady of the Rosary Learning Center again to have lunchtime with my friends. Since it is holy week, we prefer to eat vegetables and fish. Although, our family has been devotedly refrain from eating pork and chicken on Holy Friday only. When I was younger, we do not eat meat starting Holy Thursday up to Black Saturday. But, as the years passed, we tend to eat meat on Holy Thursday and Black Saturday, but never on Holy Friday.

We have ginisang ampalaya, dried fish, and fried tofu for lunch. We ate ripe mango for dessert. I have loved and enjoyed eating lunch with them. We talked about anything under the sun over lunch. We laugh a lot and we really enjoy each other’s company.

I hope that our friendship will last a long time and will not end over lunch. I miss having lunch with them. :)

Ciao! :)

Holy Monday

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Since I was born in a Catholic family, we have been observing Holy Week ever since. There is no specific date as to when Holy week will be remembered. One thing I observe though, that Holy week usually falls on the week of April or March where there is full moon. :)

Holy week usually starts on a Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus entered Jerusalem as He rode on a donkey. He was welcomed by the people by waving palm leaves. Those were the same people who asked Pontius Pilate to crucify Him. I was in Sierra Madre for our team building then, but I was able to hear mass when arrived in the afternoon.

The following Monday, was so called Holy Monday. In remembering Jesus’ sacrifice and death, we did not play any loud music anymore. We tried to keep the house as quiet as possible. We still watch TV but not as much as we used to.

Last April 2 as well, we got Nonet’s report card. I didn’t bother to look at her classmates’ report card anymore since they have graduated already. But, mama recalled that Nonet’s general average is higher than their first honor. Well, I didn’t appeal anymore. We thought that due to Nonet’s many absences she was awarded as second honor only. But that’s fine. :)

This summer, we decided not to enroll her to any summer class anymore. We’ll just have her rest and hopefully gain weight, to prepare her for grade school level this coming June.

Ciao! :)

Hello Again!

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It’s been two weeks since the last time I have updated my online journal. Sorry about that. :( I have been quite busy these past few weeks. I have so much to tell you. Even though its been three weeks now since Holy Week, let me start my stories with it.

Enjoy!

Ciao! :)

Remembering Larung Pinoy

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Since Nonet discovered playing yo-yo, she wouldn’t stop until she learns how to play with it! Yo-yo has been a game of Filipino for almost a century now. It was believed to be originated in China in 1000 B.C. It is also considered as one of the Palarong Pinoy being popularized again. It is a good thing that Nonet got interested in playing yo-yo amidst the different gadgets available today like psp. She loves her psp though, but once in a while she loves playing with her yo-yo. She even asked me to get her a new yoyojam on my payday. :)

When I was kid, we didn’t have any computer, nor gameboy not even a family computer. I was able to enjoy outdoor games with my childhood friends like tumbang preso, football, patintero, luksong tinik, piko, chinese garter and even taguan on a night with a full moon. Indoors, I was able to enjoy playing jackstone, pick up stick, domino and yo-yo with my sister, Patty. Our youngest sister, Pau, isn’t born yet then.

I wanted Nonet to know the different games I have grown up with, inspite of the different electronic gadgets available today. It was a fun game playing outdoor games with my friends. I believe I enjoyed patintero the most.:)

I hope that the said larong pinoy will be revived and be taught to the children of today. Those games are too precious, part of Filipino culture which shouldn’t be forgotten.

Ciao! :)

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