Welcoming 2012!

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First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all! It may sound late already but, hey we had just completed the first week of 2012! :)

We celebrated New Year’s Eve at home like we always do. Since, my sisters and my daughter are asthmatic, and I am afraid of fire crackers, we didn’t really get out of the house to watch beautiful fireworks display. But my mother did. :)

My first week of January 2012 has been the same like any other week.  Work, home, a little Internet, a little TV, reading books, playing with Nonet and doing house chores. There’s not much difference. Nothing new? None yet, I guess. Hehehe!

When I was younger, I used to do a list of New Year’s Resolution. But, when I become older, I do not do the list anymore. Because, if you want to change for a better, then you can change today. You don’t need to wait for a “new year” to do a difference in your life. You can do it today! :)

There had been a lot of speculations about 2012. That, the end of the world will be this year. That the recent, calamities happening around the world are signs that the end is near. But, if you think about those calamities, like the recent Typhoon Sendong (which took almost a thousand lives), the reason of flash floods and land slides is because the mountains surrounding the area are bald, due to illegal logging. Now, who’s to blame? Are we going to blame it to God again? Well, I don’t think so. God loves us so much that He even gave His son to suffer and to die on the cross to save us. I guess, it’s time for us to take responsibility of our doings. I really hate those people who keeps on blaming others, the government, for their misfortunes.

We can only pray for a better year. An abundant and better 2012.  As for the end of the world, no one really knows when it will happen. We just have to be faithful and pray, pray and pray. We shouldn’t be afraid because God loves us so much!

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Ciao! :)

On Christmas Day!

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Since we slept late for the Noche Buena Feast, we woke late on Christmas Day. We planned to hear the 9:30AM mass but we heard the 11AM mass instead. We brought all four kids with us and good thing, I believe that they behaved well in the church. :)

Nonet and I didn’t get the chance to visit baby Jesus in the church’s manger like we used to do. There are many children scheduled for baptism.

After lunch, Nonet and I went to visit her Ninong John Paul. Nonet has not seen ninong on Christmas Day for a while. I have not been in their place in a while as well, so I got confused locating their house. We ate spaghetti and had a little chat with Paul and her mother, Ma’am Buhain. It was a fun visit. :)

In the afternoon, I went to see my Ninang Lina. Nonet, my sister, Pau and Ikay came with me. It was nice seeing ninang Lina again and had a nice chat. :)

When we got home, ate Yaga and her youngest daughter was with her. They just stayed for a while for they need to be off to her husband’s sister place. I really enjoyed the little time my cousins and I spent together. When we’re younger, we used to bond a lot. Now that most of us are mommies, we didn’t have enough time to spend time with each other.

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Patty and I accompanied ate Yaga and her children to Sta. Mesa. Then, we met Cathy and her boys (Jeboy and JC), April, Pau and Nonet at Greenhills Shopping Center to watch C.O.D. When Patty and I were young, the C.O.D used to be in Araneta Center. It is situated where Save More is now located. :) I remember our father carrying Patty on his shoulder so she could see a good view of the show. :) We would like Nonet to have the same experience, so we brought her to Greenhills. And, we had fun even if we didn’t have enough money for shopping. :)

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Our Christmas has been special this year. Of course, I do not forget that we celebrate  Christmas because of Mama Mary’s faithful obedience and God’s eternal love to mankind.

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Merry Christmas!

Ciao! :)

On Christmas Eve!

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My niece and nephews from Quezon went to our house to celebrate Christmas with us. Nonet is very excited to see her cousins again. The last time that they see each other was when my paternal grandmother died in 2009 (if I am not mistaken). It’s been that long since the kids get to play with each other. Nonet, being an only child has learned to enjoy playing by herself. But she is more happy while playing with her cousins. They have had misunderstandings, but I always tell Nonet to be patient with her cousins and be kind by letting them play with her toys. Gladly Nonet understood it well enough. :)

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On Christmas Eve, we just decided to prepare spaghetti, ham and chicken salad. My cousins Joy and April shared fried chicken with us. Since, I came from work, I let my mother do the cooking (as she always do). We were not able to hear the evening mass because we’re all tired. I decided not to hear the evening mass because I was really sleepy that I may just fall asleep during the mass. I slept maybe around 4PM and my mother woke me up at 11:30PM.

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When I woke up, I already found my daughter, sisters, my cousin April, and my niece Ikay opening gifts. Nonet got most of the gifts under our Christmas tree. :) Nonet got dolls from her Ninong Bonnie and my friend Mishie. Her Ninang Daisy gave her a Sponge Bob cushion chair. She loves it! :) I gave her Domino, Picture Link (board game) and Fast 4 Words (similar to word factory). Her Tajoy gave her a 204-piece Winnie the Pooh Puzzle. She said that she requested the said puzzle from Joy. Her Ta Anne gave her a Mickey Mouse board game which she enjoyed playing a lot with her cousins. Patty gave her the old fashioned Brick Game (yet we’re still enjoy playing it!) and a pink dress. Pau gave her a Finding Nemo coloring book. She loves all her gifts. Thanks to everyone who remember Nonet.

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In return, we do not fail to give gifts to her cousins and friends. I actually consider giving the kids money instead of toys or clothes, or RedEnvelope coupon codes but then I realize that kids still enjoy opening Christmas gift. I also enjoy wrapping gifts. :)

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We give thanks to the Lord and shared the food we have on our table. We chat a little and everybody is happy. We didn’t get the chance to have a “videoke session” like we usually do because we’re all sleepy already. It was a different Christmas Eve because we usually spend it with my sisters, my mother, my daughter and Tabibe. This year, we get to spend our Noche Buena with my cousins, Tita Lyn, our niece Ikay and nephews, Yves and Hans. It was really fun. Though our family has had conflicts and misunderstandings, it still good to spend time together especially this season. I believe that even if my cousins and I have our own families now, we’ll remain close to each other like we used to be. :)

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Merry Christmas!

Ciao! :)

Nine Mornings Completed

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It may sound late to talk about Nine Mornings since Christmas Day has just passed, but I am just overwhelmed with the fact that I was able to complete Simbang Gabi after a long long while. It was really something that I would cherish. :)

Since I’d been part of the Call Center Industry, I never had the chance to complete the 9-Day Novena Mass to Christmas. I may have heard several Simbang Gabi masses but during my off only. I believe that being part of another team was a blessing in disguise. I used my lunch break so I can hear the 5:30AM Mass held at the Holy Family Chapel in Eastwood City. :)

I was really excited on the 9th morning. I know that I would be rendering ot because I chose to use my lunch time to hear mass instead of working on my cases. I was really happy when the mass ended. I have been praying for my daughter’s good health and better future. I believe that God will grant the longings of my heart. :)

Hopefully, next year I would be able to complete the nine-day novena to Christmas again. :)

Ciao! :)

Emmanuel: Nasa Atin ang Diyos

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Christmas Rush

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It’s just seven days before Christmas and you may find people everywhere always on the go, doing last minute shopping and groceries. Shopping malls everywhere are filled with people from all walks of life. Who would say Filipinos are poor? :) Well, its a good insight after all, right? :)

Talking about Christmas rush, I accompanied my sister Patty at SM Mega Mall yesterday. She has to buy more than 20 gifts for her godchildren, nieces and nephews. Since, she has a budget for each (and she follows her budget, unlike me.. Hehehe!), we needed to check every section of the department finding good gifts that will fit the budget. It took us maybe an hour or two to complete the list.  :)

The struggle brought about by Christmas rush didn’t stop at finding good stuff for a strict budget. It was just the beginning. After making sure that she didn’t miss any from her list, Patty tried to find a cashier that is not queuing. Well, how can she find a cashier that is not queuing at this time of the season! It’s a good thing that most of the cashier today are using barcode scanner. Waiting for your turn to pay for the items you bought isn’t that long anymore.

From the department, we went to pick up the new tower and printer I got. My old 4 year old tower decided to quit and I need to get a new motherboard, processor and casing. My hard drive and optical drives are still working so I didn’t need to get new one. I thought that since the tower didn’t have much component installed, it will be easy to carry. I also thought the same thing about the printer. Well, I was wrong! I carried the printer because it is heavier while, Patty is on the tower.

We knew that finding a ride to go home wouldn’t be that easy. Yet, we are both tired and we are carrying heavy things so we eliminate the bus ride going home. We went to the taxi bay and as expected, it is queuing again! The rain brought about typhoon added to the traffic brought about by the season. We found ourselves on the line, when Patty noticed empty FX bound to Pasig. Since, we can take that route as well, we decided to take FX and get off at Rotonda in Pasig. We just paid all the 4 sits available at the back portion of the FX. It was still raining when we got off at Rotonda.

The struggle going home didn’t stop at Mega Mall. When we reached Rotonda, we found many stranded people too. There are only few jeepneys bound to Marikina. Since, we have a lot of things with us, she told me that we should take the tricycle instead. I looked over our things while Patty checked on the tricycle that can bring to Roasario. Finally she found one. She took the backsit while I stayed inside with all the things we bought. It wasn’t comfortable as taxi but, if we didn’t take the route we did, we might still be in Mega Mall waiting for a taxi.

When we got home, we were both tired and exhausted but we’re happy. :) Thank you Lord. :)

Ciao! :)

When Saints go Marching in!

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We have been accustomed to visiting the tombs or going to cemetery on November 1. But, November 1 is actually a day to remember all the souls which have entered the kingdom of God after they left their body. This is the day to remember all the heavenly saints not only the saints whose names are found in a Catholic calendar. All Saints Day was originally celebrated on May 13. Pope Gregory III moved it to November 1. I learned about this from the homily of a guest priest in our parish. I don’t remember the name of the priest anymore but he is a chaplain assigned at Camp Crame. I didn’t know that All Saints Day is actually a holiday of obligation. Well atleast now I know, and I will remember to hear mass on November 1.

November 2 on the other hand is the day we remember all the souls who have crossed the “bridge” already. Catholic faith teaches us that every human being has a soul. When the time comes, it will leave the earthly body. We often use crossing the bridge since their new journey begins. I wonder if there are three paths where the souls go through at the end of the bridge. A road that leads to heaven, another road to purgatory, and the road going to hell. Other religions do not have purgatory. But, in the Catholic church, we believe that those souls which needs cleansing will go to purgatory. These are the souls who needs a lot of prayers from us.

I believe that all of us wanted to be on the road going to heaven. I know that our life on earth is not as easy we hope it could be. But, then what do these two feast days remind us? For me, it reminds us that everybody will die. We need to die for us to become a saint. To become a saint, well, its going to be easier said than done, but I believe that we can be a saint by just doing simple things with all our heart. And in the end,  I know that we all wanted to be remembered both on November 2 and on November 1. :)

God bless us all!

Ciao! :)

Christmas Breeze

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My sister Patty and my cousin April are heading off to Quezon. They decided to travel early to prevent being caught in a traffic jam. I had a terrible headache last night that I fell asleep after taking an ibuprofen. I walk up very early (around 2:30AM I guess) and found my sister and my cousin getting ready for their trip. It’s a long vacation because of Undas or All Saints Day.

I waited for them to take off and after they left. I started cleaning the house. Our house was a mess! I arranged my daughter’s toys and drawing materials. I swept the floor and did a little dusting on cabinets.

Then, I let our five cats out of their cages. When I opened the door, I really felt the breeze brought about the Christmas season. Yeah, Christmas time is just here once more. Christmas season is my most love day or season of the year. I love it more than my own birthday. Christmas brings a different joy in my heart, and a different happiness that makes me really smile.

I know it still early to send out Christmas invitations and get Christmas cards and gifts but, I guess it would be best if you get those done as early as possible especially if you have enough budget. It would be more convenient to buy gifts, card and invitations this early instead of cramming and getting into “Christmas rush”. :)

I have yet to finish my Christmas list though but I am working on it. Due to budget constraint, I have limited my list to the people who have really touched my heart and made a difference in my life this year. :)

Ciao! :)

Halloween Party @ OLRLC

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The school where Nonet goes held their Halloween Party last October 26, 2011. Every student were asked to wear a costume and parents are requested to bring candies, chocolates and cookies for the children. I would like to wear Nonet a Cinderella gown and with a crown and a glass shoes (if we can find one). But, knowing my daughter, she wouldn’t wear it. My friend Manoline gave her a Wizard hat when she was around 3 years old. So, instead of Cinderella costume, we decided to make her a she-wizard! :) Which she really loved actually! :)

My aunt is a dressmaker so we didn’t have a hard time finding a costume for her. We searched EK’s wizard outfit in the Internet and showed it to my Tita Evelyn. My mother looked for a violet and a yellow “retaso” from my tita’s stuff. My mother cut out stars from the yellow cloth. Then she saw it on the wizard’s robe that my tita made. :)

The costume turned out to be outstanding. :) I also asked her to make a foot sock for Nonet but we ran out of cloth already. I bought Nonet a wand to complete the outfit. :)

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She didn’t win the best dress award though but she really did enjoy the party. :) This will be her last year in the said pre-school. I didn’t have any regret in sending her in Our Lady of the Rosary Learning Center for she learned a lot from it. Most of all, her Catholic faith is enriched and cultivated. :)

I would always be grateful to Teacher Elhay Guirnalda, Teacher Evelyn Santos, Teacher Nene Vitor and Teacher Christy Ramos.

God bless you all! :)

Ciao! :)

A Barrio Fiesta

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As I am writing this article, people in-charged of the amateur singing contest in our little barangay in Quezon, are already preparing for the said event. Barangay Duhat’s fiesta has always been looked forward to. It is where my father and his siblings grew up. It is where I love spending my summer vacation when I was in grade school (and even until today). It is where I met my first love, who is the father of my daughter.

We have planned of going home to Quezon for this weekend. But it has to be postponed because my sister, Patty and I got sick. We do not have enough budgets to spend for the vacation. My aunts asked our youngest sister Pauline to join the singing contest. Tita Jocelyn’s grand daughter will be baptized on barangay fiesta which will on May 21 and Pauline will be one of the godmothers.

Our plans didn’t turn out the way we expect them to, though. Pauline got a call from the radio station she applied in for her on-the-job training and she just started last Monday. Too bad, we would not be able to spend the last leg of summer in Quezon.

I have always wanted to go to Quezon for summer vacation. I have always asked my parents to send me to Quezon for a vacation. I always enjoy playing with my cousin. I remember climbing up a mountain before and having a picnic. :) I remember drinking coconut juice fresh from coconut fruit. I remember watching the basketball league held in the barangay’s court and cheering for our favorite teams. :)

That was long ago though. My cousins and I are not teenagers anymore. We already have our own families and children. And we do not spend much time with each other anymore. :(

Anyway, the barangay fiesta is held every May 21. The barangay’s patron saint is Our Lady of Peace and Good voyage. :)

I told my Tita Jocelyn that we cannot come this year but there is always next year. :)

Happy fiesta Barangay Duhat! We’ll see each other soon.

Ciao! :)

Flowers on Mother’s Day

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On Sunday, May 8, we again will honor again the great woman in our lives; the woman who bore us for nine months, who gave birth to us, and nourish us; the one who took care of us when we were babies, and who continues to take care of us and our children; our mother. :)

I know that our mothers differ from each other. Some may be kind and sweet. Some may be strict and firm. Others may just don’t care. Others may not be really acting as a mother. Nevertheless, in spite of all their shortcomings and flaws, we should not forget to appreciate and be thankful for bringing us on earth.

I am thankful to God, that He has blessed me and my sisters with a good mother. She may not be a perfect mother, but she is kind and understanding one. I know that not all of us have been blessed to have with a kind and loving mother. But, we should not forget that though our biological mother may not care enough for us, there is someone who loves us all so dearly. She would never turn her back from us. She would never stop loving and praying for us. She would always be there for all of us; Mama Mary. :)

So, on mother’s day, do not forget to say thank you and I love you to your mothers. I am a mother, too and I know how much it would mean to your own mothers. A little appreciation like calling flower delivery men to hand over a bouquet, or a stem of rose with a warm kiss will do. :)

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Ciao! :)

The Salubong

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I didn’t participate in the Salubong because, I wanted to bring Antoinette in the Easter mass with me. My mother and my sister Patricia, participated in our parish’s Salubong. Mama Mary’s image and the risen Christ’s image met in the church, and an angel took Mary’s veil to see that her Son has risen. :)

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(The image of the risen Christ is set ready by one of our neighbors as it waits for the dawn procession for the Salubong).

Since, my daughter got sick yesterday, I decided not to bring her to church anymore. We just prepared Easter eggs for her to find around our house. :)

My sister Pauline and I heard the 8PM mass. In the mass we renewed our baptism vows. :)

I am really happy and I can truly say that my lent has been meaningful. But, being a Christian didn’t stop at Easter Sunday. We are called to exercise our faith everyday of our life. :)

Happy Easter!

Ciao! :)

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