A Date @ Galleria

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I went to DFA last Friday for my passport appointment. At the same time, honey went to the agency who will send him off to Qatar for his medical schedule. As much as possible honey just wanted to go to nearby country or down under to Australia and New Zealand or up in the north, Canada. However, maybe it isn’t the right time yet. He doesn’t want to go back to Saudi Arabia so he accepted the offer going to Qatar.

After fulfilling our own appointments that day, we met at Robinson’s Galleria for lunch. We had lunch in Chowking and stroll around the mall for a while. :)

We learned then that Side A band will have a mall show that day at 6PM. I have always like Side A and their songs. I have grown up with their songs. Singing their songs in videoke machine and playing their songs in my playlist. :)

It was just 2 o’clock in the afternoon then. We decided to go home to rest for a while. Nonet’s classes were suspended that day due to the bad weather, but we found it blessing in disguise because we can bring Nonet with us. :)

We left our house at around 5:30 in the afternoon. Galleria is just about 15 minutes away from Rosario if there’s no traffic. :) We arrived at the mall just in time. The show is just starting and we found a good position at the mall’s third floor facing the activity area.

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We really enjoy the show. Side A’s lead vocalist Joey G has never lost his charm. His voice still captures the heart of the fans. Truly, Side A’s songs are immortal. :)

After the show, we let Nonet play at Tom’s World. Honey and I also had fun playing in there. ? We had our dinner at Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal where Nonet and I satiate our hunger with chicken inasal and pork barbecue. Honey enjoyed the Sinigang Salmon Belly which he ordered. :)

Since it is already past rush hour, we didn’t have difficulty going home.  It was a really a fun day for us. Honey will be leaving soon to work overseas again and we try to enjoy every moment that we are together. God bless our family. :)

Ciao! :)

A Passport for Me :)

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After many attempts of getting a passport, I finally have a passport being process. ? The estimated date of delivery will be on August 10, 2012. :)

When I was younger I had a “palm reading” session with Atie. She said that the lines on my palm tell that I may not be going out of the country. I cannot remember anymore if I will not be able to go overseas to work or I may not be able to go out of the country at all.

When I was still at Link2Support, I had attempted to get a passport but I wasn’t able to do it. When DFA launched the appointment system for new passport application, I also setup an appointment with them. However, on my scheduled date I wasn’t able to come for some reasons. :(

Last April, I filed for another appointment scheduled on June 18. I did go to DFA then, only to find out that the appointment I have printed out is a duplicate application. When the verifier scanned bar code on my appointment, it showed a different name. In other words, I wasn’t able to file my application for passport.
When I got home, I filed for another appointment. This time, I made sure that I am printing the correct application. Last July 20, I reported to DFA and finally I was able to process my passport application. :)

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Sometimes, I ponder about the career I have today. Looking back, maybe I didn’t plan my life, or I guess I don’t really have a plan at all. I took up Computer Engineering because computers are very in demand during that time. I needed to have a job right away because I need to support my family and send my younger sister to college. I wanted to be an Accountant; I have always wanted to be a CPA. Yet, I ended up being a Computer Engineering grad. An Engineer by profession, but to be honest, I am not really happy about it. However, I was able to help my sisters finished college and continuously support my family to these days being in this profession.

Maybe that is one of the reasons why I didn’t really have any career path. Maybe because I started out with taking a college course that wasn’t really my choice, that’s why I was not interested in planning my life. What was important to me then, was I earn money and I am able to support my family.

Now that I am in my thirties, I am trying to catch up with my “life planning.” This time, it is not only my family that matters, but more importantly, I have a daughter who depends on me. I have a partner who depends and gets inspiration from me.

Since, I have applied for a passport I now have plans of going abroad; working overseas. Although I am having second thoughts about it but who knows. :)

I may have not planned my life well, but I might not have Nonet if I did. And, even if I wasn’t able to formulate a career and life plans in earlier in my life, I still believe, that there is Someone up there, who knows the best and will give the best for me. :)

Ciao! :)

Cheers @ 2!

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I can still remember how our baby Tika went through a long labor when she is about to give birth to her first kittens. It was 2 years ago. :)

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New born kittens with Tika

Tika’s first kitten is Baby Chi-Chi. We named him after Patty’s cat Chi-chi (Chichiriko). We had Chi-chi for about 9 years until he finally said goodbye to his mama Patty in March of 2010. He was confined at PAWS’ clinic and he must have died in his sleep. My sister and I really cried because of its death. Baby Chi-chi though is sweet unlike their uncle Chi-Chi. On the other hand, my cat Chaka had been with us for 8 years, until he breathed his last in February 2011.  Chaka was the nicest and politest cat we ever had. I really had a heartbreak when he died. Maybe that’s the reason why Tika’s first born got Chi-Chi’s looks and Chaka’s behavior. :) Baby Chi-chi was born on July 2, 2010.

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Tiki is Tika’s second kitten. She came a day after Baby Chi-Chi was born. We needed to massage Tika’s tummy and did a little push to help her give birth. I often call Tiki as “ate” since she is the eldest female kitten born. :) We thought that Tika will only have 2 kittens so we named Tiki after her mom. :)

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Baby Chi-Chi

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Tiki and Mama Cat Tika

Then few minutes later, the third kitten was born. :) We couldn’t think of any names when we remembered, Barbie’s cat’s name in her movie, The Three Musketeers. We named the third kitten as Miyette. :) Her nickname is Mimi. :)

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Miyette

Happy 2nd birthday to you babies. In cat years they are already 25 years old. :)

Our neighbors may not understand our love for you but we will be here to fight for you. :)

We love you!

Ciao! :)

A Kitten behind the Wall

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I was very anxious when I heard the cries of a kitten inside our house. The cries seems to come from the roof but not quite. Its cries made me so worried for if we will not be able to find it, it may die of starvation. I went to my cousins’ apartment which is on a second floor. They have a window facing our roof. From there, I would be able to see if the said kitten is trapped somewhere. To may dismay, it isn’t there. :(

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I went back home and I told my aunt about it. We can still hear the loud cries from the kitten which slowly fading. I couldn’t do any chores because I worry about it. I know, one way or another it needs to be rescued. But how? Where could it be? In one corner of our house, we store Nonet’s stroller, our stuff toys, my collections of angels and other stuff. The cries came from there. I listened to the wall near it and I know that the kitten is behind it.

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So I prayed to God and asked St. Anthony de Padua and St. Francis of Assisi’s help; for us to find a way or ways on how to rescue the kitten. But, I knew then that we might need to bore a whole or cut a piece of wood from the wall to rescue it. But, God has helped me to find a way to rescue the poor kitten. I was checking the said wall and trying to trace which part we are going to cut. We need to be careful because the saw might harm the kitten. To my surprise, I found a piece of wood that has not been nailed properly. I know that I can pull it out and would be able to get the kitten. :) And so I did. :) Thank God! Thank you St. Anthony and St. Francis. :)

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The kitten was finally rescued. :) Her mother was patiently waiting on the roof above that wall. When I placed the kitten on her side, she recognized her kitten and brought it to their place. :)

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I was very happy and grateful.

Ciao! :)

Ylea’s House of Dogs and Cats

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Hopefully someday (very soon) we will have one.. :) I usually checked PAWS website for new updates regarding rescued animals and fur friends which finally found their family and forever home. I checked on paws’ web gallery through Picasso and was really inspired with Lola Mely.

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PAWS staff and vets went to Balaoan, La Union where the Lola Mely’s House of Dogs is located for spaying and neutering. I was really amazed with the love, patience and care Lola Mely give her dogs. You bet, her dogs are aspins. :) I did a little research about Lola Mely and found out that she was a retired nurse. I was getting goosebumps while I was reading an article about her from http://www.mb.com.ph/node/338565/lola-mely-canine-caregiver. In spite of the many animal abuses we learn on the news,  I am happy to know people like her whose love for animals cannot be weathered. :)

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I pray to God that Lola Mely will have good health and will have long life. There are still a lot of people who should meet her and be inspired by her. (Pictures from PAWS)

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God bless you Lola Mely. God bless your dogs. God bless PAWS.

Ciao! :)

Our new baby!

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Well, adopted baby I guess. :) Honey got a female black Chow-chow puppy about three weeks ago. He loves dogs and wanted to be a breeder. Their family got number of dogs which include aspins, poodle, shitzu and a pug which they named Bonita. :) He wanted to get a dog which he can call his own, so we went first to Aranque market in Manila. There are different breeds of dogs and cats and rabbits, pigeons and hens. He was interested in getting a Labrador puppy but he was not quite sure if the said puppy is pure breed. The vendor does not have any paper for the said dog. We forgot to go to Cartimar market in Pasay so we found our way to Tiendesitas’ Pet Village. :)

Of course, there are different breeds available and since they are beautiful puppies, honey had a hard time choosing which breed to get. We went from one store to another. I really cannot help but to admire the beauty of these dogs. :) I also checked the cute cats in store. :)

Finally, honey fell in love with a black female chow-chow. She is very charming and very beautiful. Truly, black is beautiful. :) She is a pure breed Chow-Chow with paper from AKCUPI (Asian Kennel Club Union of the Philippines Inc.). :)

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The vendor gave us a traveling cage for her and put on her diapers. We made sure that she would have enough water to drink since it’s going to be a 6-hour drive to Quezon. Yes, honey will take her to Quezon. As much as I wanted her with us, Nonet has allergies with dogs. Our house is too small to have her. Ney’s house in Quezon is big and it has a big yard, too. Aside from that, ney’s mother will be able to look after her and take good care of her when honey leaves again to work abroad.

Though Nonet has allergies to dog, our daughter still loves dogs. She is not afraid of them but she is cautious because of her allergies. We know that Nonet will be happy if she can say hello to chow-chow (which Nonet calls Din-Din) before it goes to her new and forever home. :)

I brought our little chow-chow home and showed it to Nonet, my mother and my sisters. My sisters and I are animal lovers. So they are so happy to her as well. Then, I brought her back to honey’s car ready for her trip to Quezon.

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Honey said that our little baby is doing fine. She knows that honey is her “dad”. He sleeps on a cage in ney’s room. :) He said that Din-din cries when she does not see honey around during the first few days of her stay in their house. But now, she is very comfortable and happy in her home. :)

When we got her paper, we learned that her mother is a red chow-chow and her father is a cream chow-chow. How come she is black? Well, her great great great maternal grand father is an American black chow-chow. :)

Ney and I were talking about two days ago, and we both wanted to have a house of our own with a big lawn. We both wanted to get a Labrador puppy someday. Of course, I do not forget the many dogs and cats who needs forever home from PAWS. :)

I hope and pray that God will bless us and would turn our dreams into reality. :)

Ciao! :)

Swimming in the Rain!

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It is our rainy season already. Yet, we spent an overnight stay in a resort in Taytay, Rizal for a swimming and another family bonding. :)

Ney had their family car, overhauled and for a break-in, he used it when he visited me and Nonet about two weeks ago. Honey is not familiar with the different places around the Metro, so he had her uncle drive for him. Our house is small and there is no place for kuya Jojo to sleep, that’s why we decided to stay in a resort.

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We stayed a Villa Valera in Taytay Rizal. We occupied one of the rooms. We will be staying for a day. My youngest sister Pauline came with us. While my mother, followed in the afternoon.

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Pau, Nonet and mama enjoyed the pool so much. It was drizzling when we arrived and the cool wind blows but the water in the pool in warm. That’s why they enjoyed swimming. I didn’t get to enjoy the pool so much because I took care of honey. When he is in Quezon, he tends to drink wine and beer all the time. Of course, I hated it.

Even though, I was not able to enjoy the warm pool, I just took advantage of our stay there to relax. I took advantage of the time I spent with honey. :)

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Ciao! :)

Family Bonding @ the North

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Honey bought a new printer for himself. It’s a Canon printer. Canon has a promo that if you buy a certain printer model and an ink, you will either get a bag (which I forgot the brand) and an Esprit watch. :) The said items can be redeemed at Canon outlet in Megamall or in SM North EDSA.

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For a change, we decided to claim our gifts at SM North EDSA. Honey and the kids also wanted an MRT ride, too. From Rosario, we took a cab going to MRT-EDSA Shaw station. We waited for the train going to North EDSA station. We were standing at first. Nonet and Ikay were able to seat from Ortigas Station. It was a comfortable ride. The air-con is cold and there are no traffic. We also enjoyed sight seeing. :)

We got off at North EDSA station. We crossed Trinoma Mall going to SM North EDSA. We claimed first our gift from Canon, which is an Esprit watch then had our lunch at Jolibee. I wanted to eat in a restaurant but the kids wanted Jolibee. :)

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After lunch, we let them played at Candy Factory. Surely they enjoyed the 30-minute play in this huge playground. Nonet wanted to try the tall slide but she is not allowed yet. She’s only six. The staff only allows children seven years and above. She just settled going through the obstacles and playing with the plastic balls. Her cousin Ikay was lucky enough to having tried the giant slide. I am glad that Nonet and Ikay enjoyed it.

Ney and I just sat on the bench near it while we wait for the kids. When the 30-minute time is over, we decided to go home. We passed Trinoma again going to MRT. We had a donut (and a cup of coffee for me) at Mister Donut for snacks. :)

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From North EDSA station we got off at EDSA Shaw station. We went to Shangri-La’s taxi bay and took a cab going home.

It was an amazing day. I know that Nonet and Ikay enjoyed our pasyal. I know also that Ikay will treasure that day in her heart. Well, I am looking forward to more family bonding. When honey leaves for abroad again, it would be another 2-year contract. So we are spending quality time with each other as many hours as we can.

Ciao! :)

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