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! :)

Swimming @ Villa Valera

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After Nonet’s graduation, my new “tropa” went on a family and friends swimming at Villa Valera. The original plan was to spend an overnight swimming in one of the private resorts in Pansol, Calamba Laguna. However, due to budget constraint, we ended up in Villa Valera in Taytay, Rizal. Since, it is near Pasig, the adults decided to take a jeep ride going to the place. One of friends got a car and we loaded it with our baggages and food. My mother and Ate Mhiles mother joined Judith’s family in the said car with our children, including Nonet.

It was raining very hard when we left the school where Nonet graduated. Ate Mhiles, Teacher Ehlay, Aris, Herwin and I took a jeep ride going to the villa. We were already soaking when we arrived in the resort. After organizing our food and finding our own bed, we let the children eat dinner so they would be able to enjoy swimming. Though it was raining, the water in the pool is warm. :) I love it!

I volunteered to look after the 6 children as they enjoyed swimming. Nonet enjoyed swimming! :) She wore the bathing suit I bought for her a day before. My sister Patty also bought her a 2-piece bathing suit, however, my mother and I decided to let her wear the one-piece suit I got her. :)

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When it is time for the adults to eat, I get my food and still stayed near the pool area. I enjoy the grilled liempo, the barbecue and the lumpiang gulay which ate Mhiles mom cooked. :) I also enjoyed the “dessert” that we had. Those were desserts that dad will love! I just hoped that honey is here. He might have spent time with the other dads who joined the swimming. :)

When it is late at night, I asked the children that it is time to get out of the pool and get dress. I also let mama swim a bit and enjoy the the warm water of the pool. :) When the kids are settled in our room, its time for the adults to enjoy. I have requested the katiwala of the resort to turn on the videoke so we can sing. :) I sang four songs in a row before I handed the microphone to the other guests of the resort. Oh yeah, I don’t want to sing. Hehehe!

I enjoyed bonding with my new found friends. We shared stories of our lives and how we discipline our children. We chat and drink a little. When it’s around 4 in the morning, I laid beside my daughter and my mother to do a power nap. When I woke up, they were already up and eating breakfast. I ate a little breakfast, too and packed our things.

We left the resort at around 8 in the morning. The kids wanted to go swimming but we have no more budget anymore. Hehehe! We just told our children that we will come back again. :)

It was really an outing to remember. I know in my heart that the friendship I found with them is for keeps. God bless us all!

Ciao! :)

A Trip to Daranak Falls and Calinawan Cave

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Since, we’re there, the barangay secretary let us use the service and tour around the Tandang Kutyo, which includes visit to Daranak Falls and to a cave called Calinawan Cave (I hope I remember the name of the cave correctly). It our time to unwind! :)

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Our first stop was the Calinawan Cave. I was bad; I forgot to ask the name of our tour guide. He said that the said cave served as a home to wounded soldiers during the war. How I wish there were available incontinence products during that time that our brave soldiers used when they were wounded.

The cave is bounded with tress and vines. One wouldn’t really notice it at all. We didn’t dare to get into the cave but we were told that many people have been exploring the said cave and their local barangay is planning to develop it further and introduce it as a tourist spot.

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After a quick visit and “picture picture” at the entrance and exit of the cave, we headed off to Daranak Falls.

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Exit of Calinawan Cave

It was my first time to see a falls within my reach and enjoy the cold water from the mountain’s spring. I have seen different falls like Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna and Maria Christina Falls in Lanao in pictures but not as close as Daranak Falls. One would really appreciate God’s creation.

The running water was really inviting! I do not have extra clothes and we do not really have plans of going to Daranak. I rolled my pants up and kicked my shoes off. I really enjoyed the water! I wonder if the water from the falls will ever run out. Well, as long the source or the springs continues to produce water then we will be able to enjoy this wonderful God’s creation. :)

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I would like to share this wonderful experience, not only because it was worth telling but I want this to be an eye opener to everybody. That we should be thankful for the wonderful creations God made for us. And, that we should be responsible in taking care of them. In our own little ways, we can help each other preserve the beauty of these creations.

Ciao! :)

An Outreach @ Gabihan

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When my sister Pauline was working on her thesis entitled; “I Survived; The Phenomenology of Ondoy Survivors, she was able to meet people who were greatly affected of the said typhoon. Typhoon Ondoy hit Metro Manila and its nearby provinces on September 26, 2009. In the news, we learned that many people lost their lives especially those who live in Providence Village in Marikina City. In my sister and her team’s research, they found out, that there were more unreported casualties in Tanay, Rizal. That paved way in finding the relocation site in Gabihan, Tandang Kutyo, Tanay Rizal.

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Instead of having a Christmas party, the praesidium (Legion of Mary) in which Pau, my cousin and our Tita Evelyn belong to, they decided to do an outreach program for the residence of Gabihan. They got donations from kind hearted people and from our barangay council. Most of the groceries were out of pocket expenses.

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Pauline and April re-packed the goods and used clothes into 40 bags. The following day, Tita Evelyn brought in more goods so while they are preparing for their trip, I helped Sis. Nida and Sis. Lori re-packed the rest of the groceries and rice. When I learned that they were only six women to go there, I decided to join them.

With God’s blessings and Mama Mary’s help, we didn’t have a hard time finding an empty jeepney which will take us to Tanay. The trip lasted for almost two hours. When we reached Barangay Tandang Kutyo, the barangay officials let us used their service going to Gabihan.

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The relocation site is being managed by Gawad Kalinga. The housing project is being helped by Teleperformance. There are certain categories before a family can truly own the house they are occupying and turn it into a concrete one.

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The houses that were provided to people affected by Ondoy are made of sawali wall and stainless roof.

The life there is simple yet, you know that people are having a hard time living. Most of the families in the area do not have any means of living. There are few who works in town, but most of them depend only for whatever help that will come from someone or from the government. I was really moved by how the people and the children look. It was Sunday morning, and yet you may not think that they came from sleeping. The children were deprived from food, from clothes, toys and shoes. Looking at them, I remember my daughter Antoinette, who in spite of paternal family issues, was never deprived of any of those things. Nonet has always food on her table. She has plenty of cookies in her jar. She has number of pairs of shoes and slippers; plenty of clothes to wear and toys. How grateful I am to the Lord. I realized that I shouldn’t be that extravagant anymore when it comes to buying Nonet clothes, toys and shoes. For there are so many children, who couldn’t even afford to have at least a pair. :(

There are around 250 registered families and we only got 40 grocery bags. We were able to add 20 little pales with 2 kilos of rice in each. That made a total of 60 goods to be given. Since, it is still not enough, we decided to have the goodies be raffled off.

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We know that the goods we gave them will not be enough for a week, at least, they would have something to eat for more than a day. We were told by the barangay secretary that what we have given is more than enough.

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It was tiring day yet we were all fulfilled. I learned to appreciate my life, my work, my family and everything that I have, more after that visit. :)

Ciao! :)

Team Building @ Sierra Madre

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When my boss Dan was promoted as team manager, I was part of his original team, along with Paolo Jose, Rico, Pamela and Paul. I have been working for Dell for almost two years and he has been a Dell tm for just as long. And I have grown to love and care for that team. That’s why, whenever they would have a teambuilding we are still invited to come. I missed to join them in their previous team building but I told myself that I would be joining them on their next. Gladly, Pam was able to make it as well. :)

We went to Sierra Madre Spring Valley resort. It is located in one of the mountains of Sierra Madre mountain ranges. I wasn’t able to check the time when we left Pure Gold, infront of Sta. Lucia East Mall. But, Dex told me that it travel time would be around an hour or two depending on the traffic along Marcos highway.

The place is spectacular. I really loved it. Since, I needed to report to ney that we have arrived in our venue, I asked Pam to accompany hike a nearby mountain so I can send my text message. Oh yeah there is no cell phone signal in there. I was told that there isn’t any nearby cell site. Well, even if tried climbing at a certain height, there isn’t any signal still. Since, the trek is not that clear and there were only two of us, we decided to go down.

I really loved the place. Will all the greens and fresh air. A good binocular with large scopes would be nice to have. :)

I got to meet new people and found new friends. I really miss the company of my old team. I miss having them around. I really missed my boss and my rs. Would you believe that I have not seen my boss for 2 months! Yet we are on the same building and same floor; but different wings though.

I get to enjoy singing in the videoke. Ofcouse, I cannot let the team building pass without enjoying the videoke. I got to sing with my team mates. I miss boss Dan taking the microphone from his agent and singing the song that is currently playing. He never changes. Hehehe! :D

I get to talk to Pam about life and work and anything under the sun. I get to the dance with them. Gosh! It was really something that I would treasure all my life. :)

I was too happy that I get a little scared; scared because we might not be in Dell forever; scared that we might not be able to see each other again. Scared that the kind of team building I had with them, will not happen again. Well, I am just praying that even if the day comes, that we get to leave Dell, we would still find time to have a team building like that.

And I hope that the bond we have as brothers and sisters of team Oneil will always be remembered and valued. God bless Team Oneil! God bless boss Dan and RS Treb!

Ciao! :)

Independence Day on June 12!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! to all Filipinos, wherever in the world you are.

The first Philippine Independence Day occured in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898. It was then, the Philippine Flag was raised and waved by President Emilio Aguinaldo. Even though the Philippines was taken over by the Americans and the Japanese way back in the 1940′s, the very first Independdence day is being celebrated on this day. This is to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Spain, who ruled the nation for more than 300 years.


The proclamation of the Philippine independence from the Spaniards was depicted on the back of the old 5-peso bill.

June 12 Independence Day had not been possible without these famous heroes:






 GEN. JUAN LUNA             EMILIO JACINTO                    



                                               THE GOMBURZA


        BURGOS                                 GOMEZ                             ZAMORA                       


There were speculations though that Emilio Aguinaldo planned for the murder of Andres Bonifacio in Bundok Buntis. I remembered my history teacher in highschool, Sir Manny. He said that Aguinaldo died sad because of what he did to Bonifacio.

Whether it is true or just a rumor, we should not forget the heroic deeds they’ve done for our country. Today, as our country faces economic difficulties, I believe, that we can  also be a hero in our own special ways to help our country..


Happy Independence day!


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