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Monday, September 29, 2008

Memory 101

This was taken in Tagaytay...a summer years ago--- My Lola Viating and my cousins Wing2x, LJ, Jovie and King... I miss my grandma very much---

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Poetry and Me...

Here's another one I've written in College. This was for a friend who offered me love. A love that I could not return at that time. He was a very good person. Talented and good looking. The only thing that I do not like is that we were good friends and I did not want to lose the friendship... more than anything, I wanted the friendship to last... he's gone now, but I will forever cherish his memory.

For M.

I like you too,

That you must know,

But I can never say yes to you.

I do not know why

I do not know why not,

I do not know when

My heart can ever love again.

Teach me how—

I do want to care now!

But how is it gonna be?

I don’t even know if I’m capable of loving!

If my heart can speak directly to you

Maybe she can help you understand

The very things that I myself do not.

If I ask you to wait, will you do that?

But until when must you wait?

No, don’t wait for me—

Time will give each of us a reason,

An answer to an unending question—

Love me because were good friends

And let us keep it that way,

For now, let us wait and see…

On Love and Friendship...

I used to love writing poetry. I draw my inspiration from my life experiences. Falling in love, getting hurt, feeling alone, insecure and lost, euphoria, euphimism, feeling love and being loved, winning, and all feelings drwan from each and every experience. I pride my self of my small successes, being able to put them in words is all that matters then. Because, once in a while I visit each page and read and reminisce the memories that is attached therein.

Here I am now...32 years old, blogging. I love blogging, it enables me to express my thoughts and feelings. But I miss writing poetry, miss reading my own thoughts and feelings in a different time...with its different tones in varying degrees of experiences. So, got my box of old notebooks, diaries and stuff I've kept all these years. They are old. And fearing decay, I told my secretary to encode them page by page. I will do the editing when I have the time. In that way, I will relive the time, and remember the memories...

I picked one page and here's what was written on it. I wrote it when I was in college for a friend, who now is an ex---


On Love and Friendship Part 1

Thank you for the smiles that brighten my days.

For the tender touch that made me feel special.

For the jokes you cracked that really made me laugh.

Those were the times when my heart would jump

Each time I saw you, my heart leaped

And each time we were together---

I have felt myself floating in a cloud.

We could sit proximately close yet comfortably,

You could lean on me and I’ve enjoyed your touch intimately,

You’re every stroke, every gaze, everything…

We could talk about anything, argue, and fight

Yet still be friends—

Thank you for making me feel needed,

For giving me something to dream about

For giving pleasure, for giving life to me...

I feel so young and active and gay.

When all I thought of was my passing youth.

Thank you for the teasing eyes that looked my way.

They have captured my heart when they meet mine

I longed to kiss you that you never know.

You said you wanted to do it too.

Thank you for the warmth and the care.

For the gentleness that I’ll remember.

Thank you for the memories.

They will be kept forever.

Thank you for the friendship—

I hope it’ll always be there!

Eat Healthier, Not Cheaper---

In the time of extreme poverty, what is more important? The price or the quality of the food we eat? What we put inside our bodies determine the quality of our lives. What we can achieve, what we wish to do depends on what fuel we put in...

Below is a survey about the issue I am raising here... The food we buy and eat should always be nutritious and healthy. It should boost energy and help us achieve our goals for the day by giving us strength and the stamina to go on despite the many challenges we face--- Read the survey, learn more and hope you enjoy it...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Am SICK...

I have been sick since last week. What started as a minor cough, turned out to be an immense problem. I had the fright of my life when I was no longer able to breathe normally. My coughing is choking me. Like am dying every time I cough. Most of the over the counter medicines didn't work so I consulted the professionals. I went to the hospital. I found out that I was suffering close to a bronchial malady. Not exactly sure what it is, but it would have been if not treated right away. Triggered by dust and stress. Hmmm....dust and stress... not again!!! Seems like that is an unending battle for me. The coughing is so bad I peed during hard to breathe moments, literally, I am caught between preventing my self from peeing my pants and forcefully coughing air out so I could breathe...tsk tsk tsk... thought I would die...

But here I am and still alive. I still have minor difficulties in the breathing arena, but they happen at long intervals already... My Medication is super expensive...I have to get well ASAP!!! ahahahahha... not to mention the work that awaits...

Thought I would be enjoying this very long sick leave---- too bad, a sick leave is a sick leave... and I am sick of it...


Thanks AMY, KAREN & COOKIE for giving me this award.

I would love to give this award away to readers and bloggers according the following rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on his or her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees

My nominated blogs are :,,,,

My message to you guys, including those who gave me the same award : Enjoy Life...and Don't sweat the small stuff...

Friday, September 26, 2008

My Template is ok?

My template is not the template that I wanted, but it's the only one that's working well right now, so I simply made the most of it... hope my site looks better than how it was when it was burned...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Glenn Reyes Borra...

Create Your Own

Glenn was a dear friend back in college. We used to talk before the XU College Glee Club rehearsals MWF, 8:30-10:30 pm. But most of the time, he would come late, that makes Long2x go crazy--- people coming in late. The last year Long2x was with us, Glenn was already very early...inspired I guess... wink wink..Oh that was so long ago.

I graduated in college in 1997. And in the summer of that year, our friendship blossomed. It all started with the summer escapades we had. We had a weekend at their orchid farm, where we had to walk kilometers to arrive at the farm, passing by a street with no lights and a house that looked eerie under the moonless sky. When we arrived, we then crazily pitched a tent to experience the outdoors, but when it started raining, all we had to do was go up the stairs to their "payag". A very cozy version of the nipa hut complete with modern day amenities, except for the aircon since it was really cold there. The next day, we simply stayed indoors, it was raining and twas very cold. We prepared brunch, I did the major cooking while Sharon and Melody helped. Linus and Glenn laughing about everything that is funny. After we ate, we played a little card game, and as our usual past time, we talked. We talked about serious matters. One particular conversation, which I will never forget. Which perhaps started our closeness was when I told him this: "Glenn, nigraduate na mi 3, Sharon, Melody and I. When man ka? Love baya ta ka, I don't want to see you left behind coz we promised to be doing all crazy things together di ba?", he fell silent and told me, before Linus will graduate, he will. And the next school year, he did. He graduated after his more than 10 years stay at the university. He stayed long, not because he was dumb--NO! Dear Glenn is smart, he knows so many things, both crazy and serious. He just stayed because he wanted to try all courses at XU, lol...kidding aside, I think he felt he had no reason to graduate yet. Being the fun loving person that he was. But of course, I think, he was so touched by what I said that he swore he would, and he did. After that we decided to trek the mountain side and had fun at the "batis" which is a stones throw away from a bathing carabao, lol... And when it was time to go home, we rode on the "pison" which passed by. The driver was crazy enough to offer us the ride going to the highway. It was like a neverending ride, being that the vehicle is not made for commuters like use. It moves slowly because its main purpose is to flatten the rode, huh... with us on it, I guess the rode was indeed flattened. That was just one of our summer memories...We also had the trip to the Macahambus Cave and the Macahambus Gorge...where we had pictures taken so far away so the stalactites and the stalagmites could be seen too...silly me. Had I known that it will not happen again, I should have taken close ups. And many more outings followed that summer. And more talks...more Gilbeys on the rocks...ahahahhaha...

Glenn and I were the organizers of the best christmas parties we've celebrated only to be shortlived by Glenn's demise. Melody, Sharon, Linus, Amy, Vivian, Jasper, Glenn and I-- our attendance be complete, others would have to take a leave. Still other members of the XU College Glee Club were invited to our would have been yearly get together. We were the only group that celebrates christmas anytime we deem it necessary--- basing on the attendance of the people... The first christmas party our group decided to have turned out to be a cake party, in that, everyone brought cake for our christmas party in January, lol... well, we were complete at that time. We also had our gifts for our exchange gifts. The funny thing about this is that, no one is exempted in the exchange gifts because, if one is not able to buy a gift, we can simply buy from Glenn, as they have the stocks for their boutique in their house, and the party is always in his house--- hmmm... negosyante jud no? ahahahhahaha...

The following year, we had it on halloween. And the next year, we had it a day before Valentines day... and the next and the next and the next...until, the last was during Glenn's 31st birthday, 6 days after he died...September 30... we did not exchange gifts, we exchanged words and thanks and appreciation for each other's gift of friendship...after that, I guess there was no point in organizing a get together...

I miss Glenn. He was my best friend. My confidant, my adviser, my "beard"., my business partner, my fall guy... He was also the person who told me on the day Lili's dad and I met, that with Lili's dad, I will have the greatest happiness... And he was right, having Lili is my greatest happiness... Lili's dad makes me happy...

Months after Sharon's wedding, he passed away...

I miss you Glenn Bors, you are always in my heart--

Tuesdays with Morrie onstage...Two thumbs up for Repertory Philippines.

I read Mitch Albom's book, Tuesdays with Morrie and it made me cry. I watched Repertory Philippines' onstage and the two amazing actors made me cry more...the above photos were taken after the show last night, one with Mitch, played by Bart Guingona and another with Morrie, played by Miguel Faustmann.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a story of a man, a teacher, who knows he is dying, and wants to teach even further even at the end of his life, and the student who does not know that he is dying too. It was this meeting with his college professor turned friend that made him live and learn lessons on how to live. Made him realize the values and the importance of relationships, people...And these lessons and realizations he shared in his writings. Read the book, so you'll know.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


I cannot do anything right with changing my template... i cannot delete the old so i cannot change it....:(

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Changing my template...

Something came up... something happened and I am now in the process of troubleshooting--- please bear with me as I am changing my template...

may take some time....

Friday, September 19, 2008

I joined

As I was dropping ECs today, I chanced upon a blog that talked about her earning from ISABELMARCO.COM, a site which offers its visitors and members the chance to earn money online.

Since PINAYMOMMY has been making it really well online by showing proofs and all, I did not hesitate to sign up.

The good thing about the site is that it offers money making through PTC, or PAID TO CLICK...that is, you just have to visit their affiliates and you get to earn while more, earn more.

Mommy Ruby has had her third payout from the company. The minimum payout is only $9.00.

Anyway, should you be interested also, click here and sign up.


Ilang ulit mo nang, itinatanong sakin
kung hanggang saan,
hanggang saan, hanggang kailan,
hanggang kailan mag tatagal,
ang aking pag mamahal,

hanggang may himig pa akong naririnig,
dito sa'ting daigdig
hanggang may musika akong tinataglay,
kita'y iniibig
giliw wag mo sanang isiping
ikaw ay aking lilisanin,
di ko magagawang
lumayo sayong piling
at nais kong malaman mo
kung gaano kita kamahal

hanggang ang diwa ko'y
tanging sayo laan
mamahalin kailanman
hanggang pag ibig ko'y
hanggang walang hanggan
tanging ikaw lamang

hanggang may himig pa akong naririnig
dito sa'ting daigdig
hanggang may musika akong tinataglay
kita'y iniibig
giliw wag mo sanang isiping
ikaw ay aking lilisanin
di ko magagawang
lumayo sayong piling
at nais kong malaman mo
kung gaano kita kamahal

hanggang may puso akong
marunong mag mahal
na ang sinisigaw ay lagi ng ikaw
hanggang saan hanggang kailan
hanggang kailan kitang mahal
hanggang ang buhay ko'y
kunin ng may kapal

giliw wag mo sanang isipin
ikaw ay aking lilisanin
di ko magagawang
lumayo sayong piling
hanggang may pag ibig
laging isisigaw, tanging ikaw
hanggang may pag ibig
laging isisigaw, tanging ikaw

Julie Yap Daza's Etiquette For Mistresses (#2) ...

The mother of the three boys I am teaching one on one as supplementary lessons for their daily lessons lent me her book. I thought it was something I am not familiar with but to my surprise, it was Julie Yap Daza's Book on Etiquette for Mistresses...(and what wives can learn from them). Gladly I accepted the offer and read it as soon as I left their house. And I swear, I couldn't put it down. This morning I was able to finish it, but did not return it tonight because I wanted to blog about it first. Will be returning the book tomorrow though. I hope HOME WRECKERS ALL OVER THE WORLD will be able to read the book for and for learning...

So anyway, let me to share with you the following etiquette for mistresses:

1) Mistress is not Mrs. Know your place.
No.2 is not No.1, and ne’er the twain shall meet. And they better not.

2) Even if he tells you he loves you more than his wife, don’t let that go to your head.
As a rule, men are liars.

3) Mistresses should be ready to give up Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Holy Week and his birthday.
Mistresses are also called “holiday orphans,”…

4) Be friend his secretary but avoid all contact with his driver.
Unless your married man is carrying on with his secretary, she can be an invaluable asses in your relations or relationship with him-relations as in sex, relationship as in a working or living arrangement.

5) As tempting as it seems, don’t patronize the wife’s beauty parlor, jewelry shop, dress shop, or father confessor.


7) To be seen with him in public once is risky. The second time could be fatal to one of you. The third time is The End for both of you.
Love is lovelier when it’s forbidden. Because it’s forbidden it’s supposed to be hidden.

8 ) Never believe, and never say anything unfriendly about his wife, not even after he recites a litany of her faults.
Sooner or later, some mistresses feel so loved that they begin to think f the wife as the other woman.

9) Mistresses are kept by rich men. But a mistress who is a woman of substance and independent means is better. (Translation: Don’t ask him for money.)

10) Be discreet. (Make sure he is not the type to talk in his sleep.)
There is no fool like a fool in love.

11) Never travel together.
Accidents will always happen.

12) When he breaks a date, charge it to fate, not his fecklessness.

13) Wives have their own networks of spies and amigas. It is helpful for the mistress to have her own. A chaperone is not a good idea, however. (Chaperones are passe. Besides, they talk.)
Because of her position and location in the underground, the mistress is a lonely woman.

14) Mistresses don’t complain.
They shouldn’t. It’s the wives, according to their husbands, who are always complaining.”

15) Being No.2, the mistress tries harder.
At the end of the day (night), she goes home without him. Or he goes home without her with a higher value that when they met yesterday.

16) Send him home as soon as it becomes apparent that he’s overstaying.
What do men do after sex? According to conventional wisdom 10% smoke, 20% fall asleep, and 70% go home to the wife.

17) It is practical for a mistress to be linked to another man, preferably her lover’s friend.
In the age of the liberated woman, who needs a chaperon? Ah, maybe not, but she needs a beard.

18) If he is a public man and you’re thinking of staging an accident of running into him, think: How many accidents can I pull off in one month?
Its woman's nature to want to be loved and be seen as being loved.

19) Don’t make unnecessary enemies of his children.
If you listen to mistresses and their stories, the world is full of love and short on loving.

20) Remind him to pay for everything in cash - dinner, flowers, perfume, champagne, pearls, diamonds, a microwave oven, etc.
In God we trust but pay in cash you must.

21) Don’t use tears as a weapon. He’s probably had enough of that from the Mrs.
Wives nag. Wives cry. If only for that reason, a mistress doesn’t use tears to get what she wants.

22) Resist the urge to be found out.
For every action, the laws of nature decree an equal and opposite reaction.

23) Perish all thought that someday you’ll be No. 1
One should always be in love. That is the reason why one should never marry. - Oscar Wilde

24) Married men who keep mistresses don’t like surprises, as a rule.

25) A man with a mistress leads a double life, his mistress only half life. Cheer up! A career will make you whole.
Life in the modern world has put women on an equal footing with men. There is nothing a man can do that a woman cannot.

26) Resist the urge to shower him with gifts. Evidence, evidence…!
Love is not love until it is expressed.

27) When in doubt, disappear.

28) When all else fails, leave him.
Some mistresses make it; more do not.

Now our question is: IF THERE WOULD BE A 29th RULE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

- Thanks to Julie Yap-Daza and those stories shared in the book. I am so glad to have read everything.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Random Acts of Kindness...Today's Reflection

As I was on my way to the jeepneys bound for Balulang after my regular PEA trips, I chanced upon an old couple of maybe late 70s or early 80s. The man was busy making his wife comfortable in the cold rainy night, on the "kariton" that she was lying on, with a very thin piece of cloth for her blanket. She was trying so hard to withstand the cold with that cloth, but obviously, it can not. I asked them why they were in the Gaston Park waiting shed, and the husband answered that their house had collapsed in Calaanan, and that the repairs are not done yet. I asked if they have anything else with them to help the wife but unfortunately none. So readily I took off my royal blue "Bureau of Immigration" jacket, one that my friends and relatives were dying to ask from me since the day I flashed it to them while they grinned in envy. One that I myself would not let go of. However, I don't know for whatever reason, I immediately took it off and handed the husband my jacket. It could be because I was so touched by how much love I so there, as he was trying to make her comfortable despite the odds. It could be because of my undying fondness and appreciation for couples who stick together through old age, no matter what, for as long as they shall live. It could be because the grace of God is upon me that I count my blessings and pay them forward. It could be because my mother always showed us that inspite of our circumstances in life, there will be people who will need more because they have less. It could be because...hmmm...I don't know, I swear. I am just happy that I did. I am happy that I was given the chance and the opportunity to do one act of random kindness. It feels good.

As I was riding the jeepney earlier tonight, I felt the cold wind blowing, but the thing is, it was just temporary as I am going home to a well lit house with a warm bed to sleep in. My thoughts go to the couple who will need to endure the cold. So am blogging about it now, not to announce to the world what I have done earlier, but to invite you guys to try it. As "Miss Charity" would put it, random acts of kindness is similar to giving offerings in our churches, only this time, God is the direct recipient. For God said, "Whatsoever you do with my people, you have done unto me"...let it be our offering to God as he continues to bless our lives with what we are enjoying now... Thank you Lord and may the old lady and her husband be blessed too. Hope the rain will stop and give them not a cold night to struggle with tonight as they sleep in the open air.

Just to give you an idea what kind of kariton the couple have, it's similar to the one you see below...(got the picture from yahoo search)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Seafoods Galore and More...

I have always loved seafood, from oysters, clams and fish, mollusks, prawns and shrimps, from the most common to the rarest kind, even seaweed, I don't mind. Seafood is all there is for me... anything and everything from the sea. I love all of them, eating and preparing them, for myself, and for my loved ones.

When I was younger, we lived near the sea. I mean, it was a fishing village and of course, all the sea's bounty abound. It's cheaper to prepare seafood recipes and freshness is a guarantee. And the good thing is, sometimes the neighbor who has the best catch gives us some of his freshest for free. Is not that great? Well, that's the beauty of having the ingredients of a seafood recipe right at your fingertips, you get to save time, and money and the ingredients are fresh. And with a good cook like me, you are in for a

Anyway, while dropping ECs today, I came upon a site which reminded me of this sweet seafood memory. I browsed and in it I found (5) amazing recipes, and a picture of each. Ugh...made me salivate the whole time. They were all so yummy. But my favorite among the five is the one you see below. It's Louisiana's Chef Brian Landry's Shrimp and Andouille Cassoulet which is made up of Louisiana Shrimp and Andouille Sausage smothered in a white bean casserole. I chose that among the five because by the looks alone I find myself drooling, lol...just kidding. Simply imagining it makes my mouth water. The recipe is simple yet tricky. The ingredients are uniquely combined, with a guarantee that they will excite the tastebuds and further move it to explore the said dish. Among the five, it is the only one that caught my fancy.

Now, I think am hungry, lol. But before I go and get myself something to eat, let me tell you what I have discovered. It's actually a recipe contest site, and the five I mentioned are the top contenders. When the five finalists of the 2008 Great American Seafood Cook-Off were announced, each was further challenged in creating their dish for the final round of the competition. First, the dishes they are to prepare had to contain one of two mystery ingredients, either Southwest Airline Peanuts or select brews from Michelob Brewing Co. My mind is racing now as I am thinking the possibilities of the recipe, as if I am the chef joining the contest, lol... And, to keep it healthy and simple, the dish’s ingredients had to represent all five food groups and be a dish that can be prepared with less effort and in less time that home chefs could still enjoy pampering themselves afterward. Whew... yeah, as chefs and homemakers that is what we should be conscious of, after all it is the people who will be partaking our creation that we should think about, and ourselves too, right?

Further on, as a person who love to cook and create recipes by altering other recipes, I came up with the idea of changing the said recipe above to that which could be available to readily serve the Filipino palates, in half the time. It's similar to "Shrimp Menudo" but with a twist. First you will need garlic, onions and bell peppers (green and yellow), quick melt cheese, tomato sauce, shrimps and prawns, smoke sausage, soy sauce, a little water, and more onions and cheese, lol. All you need to do is caramelize the onions, add garlic and the bell peppers, add the shrimps and prawns, add smoked sausage, add soy sauce, when the shrimps and prawns are blazing red, add a little water, tomato sauce and simmer. Add cheese and more onions. Of course, serve in a nice serving platter when done. am totally hungry...Well, got to go...need to feed myself. Talking about food makes me go gaga over them...LOL...

By the way, the recipe I shared should work for me, but for those of you who wish to see for yourself the five contenders visit the site here. Perhaps you can make your own alterations or follow each recipe by heart. And while you are there, why not cast your vote as well. Visit the site and choose/vote for your favorite recipe and get a chance to win a trip to New Orleans prize package...


Thanks for the SHOES...

I can't wait for my student's reaction tomorrow when he gets the pair of shoes donated by a dear friend who do not want to be mentioned here. It's inside this gift wrapped box, size 38 black school shoes for the student I mentioned in my previous post. God is really good. I was hoping for a cheaper pair to buy for him or a hand me down through the shoe drive among my friends with sons, but of course God wanted him to have a better quality pair to go along with the cheerful disposition. Starting tomorrow, I will see those feet covered properly, protected from dust and cold. Praise GOD and thank you so much "Miss Charity" know who you are...Truly, you are an angel to behold...

Previous post here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

When a Child Sheds Tears...

My daughter has her way of getting what she wants...sometimes I feel she knows that showing mommy her teary eyed look always wins every argument...NOT QUITE! As a mother of a smart three year old, I have already resolved to be firm with her in matters of discipline. Although sometimes, her teary eyed look wins. But never on occassions where she had to learn very important lessons in life. Maybe on Funky or any of her favorite chips, or icecream or lollipop...sometimes...but not on matters of relationships, or studies or manners. The good thing about her teary eyed look is that, she also uses it when asking apologies. And of course, my heart melts everytime...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Thursday, September 11, 2008


Exactly 7 years ago today, the 9-11 tragedy shook the world. Every race, every nation, every country, everyone affected by this surreal misfortune. Loved ones lost. Families and friends departed....Let us offer our solemn prayer for those who were lost during the tragedy, and for those whose families and loved ones were left behind and suffered from the loss.

Additional thought:

I hope after seven years of feeling the loss, the surviving families and friends have found their "new beginning"...

Raw experience shared by a friend on her blog, check it out:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stories before bedtime...

My daughter never sleeps without me reading her a story from her favorite book, reciting her favorite poem or simply a never ending fondness for the stories "Si Ching ay Takot sa Dilim", and "Cinderella". And because we do it every night, it gets boring to be doing the same materials. So from time to time I introduce new ones. But my daughter will always insist that we do her favorite before she will sleep (ha, wala japun ko lusot, lol...) It's a good thing mommy is a thespian, a teacher and a magician, lol...

Being a mother with all these skills has its advantage and disadvantage. For the stories and poems not to get boring I do a few changes here and there, with the presentation varying upon where I clipped the story to shorten it for obvious reasons that I need to sleep, and the little girl too. The disadvantage is that, my daughter seems to like the variety of presentations that every night she is excited how her favorite story will be

Anyway, one night, I asked her if we could switch roles..that she be mommy and tell me the stories, and I be Lili, who will listen to the stories...

Guess what? she said yes and started reciting The Three Little Kittens and telling me the story of Cinderella in her own version and storyline (although she did not quite get some of the words right, but it was okay) with a good tone of voice, action and facial expression-- my oh my... I wanted to cry... that's when I realized, she was not just listening to the stories she had me repeat every night, she was memorizing...and internalizing, I guess... Hmmm...what more can I ask for? God has blessed me with a talented and smart kid---

Hmmm, you may be wondering which part I apply a little magic as a magician, right? Well, it's like this. When my daughter insists on another story but my eyes are already heavy and wants to shut off, I do a little magic trick. It's called, "Where did the book go?"or the other one called, "Look at the Lamp"... lol.


My spiritual adviser and friend, V, suggested that aside from the Novena to the Holy Spirit, I also do the Novena to the Holy Family, since my fight involves MY FAMILY-- Me, Lili and Lili's dad. Hmmm... what's with all these novenas?

The answer is simple. They are prayer guides and tools based on a religious figure or saint in the catholic faith. But the purpose and meaning is greater than one could ever imagine. They are the means of one's sacrifices, in the sense that the novenas have to be done for a period of days, accompanied by faith and effort in going to the place of worship undisturbed by one's busy thoughts and itineraries. And sometimes, like my case, I go to the PEA an hour before it closes. It could be a burden to some since I live miles away. But having accomplished one set of novena, gives me a lighter feeling about the very things that happen in my day to day struggles. It gives me the peace of mind in spite of the chaos that is glaring and shouting out to me for attention and immediate reaction. Having done my novenas, I take my storms with a calm that soothes my spirit and rekindles a relationship between me and my God and a relationship between me and my soul.

I suggest that if you guys are having doubts over something, no matter how serious or light the matter is, do a will work wonders for you and your situation... promise.

YAY, MY FOURTH AWARD...thanks Mommy Ruby

Thank you Mommy Ruby for this wonderful award. I've always wanted this award...thanks much..

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The rules of the award are:

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you have nominated.

Previous awardees: Mabelle, Prily, Ate Norma, I Love Philippines Too, Shenga, Nova, WebbieStuffs, Nancy, Webloglearner, Pinay Wahm, and My So Called Life, Let's Spice Things Up, Beauty and Shop, Idealpinkrose, allin, kimchiland, Korean Food, The Paper Vision, Embrace Simplicity, Me and Mine, A Window To Our World, A Grateful Heart, Can of Thoughts, A Mother's Stuff, Housewife @ Work, MommaWannabe, Lourdes Mia, Honeysweet Learning Center, VDAY Cagayan de Oro City, Vsk8shop, Just the Tip of the Iceberg... your blog here...

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Just the Tip of the Iceberg passes this award to...

Amy, Cookie, Karen, Trixie, Kate, Pau, Tammy

Hope you like this award guys...muah!!

YAY, MY THIRD AWARD...Thanks kate dear...

My third award from . Thank you girl. I love it!

They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let's try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.

I want to present this award to my following blogger friends along with the reasons:

1. Amy - My Practical Mirror.

2. Cookie - The Hot Mama.

3. - My blogging friend for serious money making talk...

4. Karen - The Soul Anchor.

5. - Someone who never fails to visit and leave me messages.

6. Del- My new old friend...New Friend on Blogosphere, Old Friend from College...

7. - My favorite tag recipient.

8. - My favorite Pinay Blogger who made it big in the Blogging World...

Thanks! I'm glad I met all of you once in my life's journey. . .

Monday, September 08, 2008

On teachers, education and's reflections...

As I hurried towards the stairs this morning, on my way to the classroom of my class for the first period, I was talking to a good student, now colleague who was explaining how and what he wanted to do for his grade five students in matters of the improvement and development of English Literacy, as well as coping with their problems in comprehension. I salute him for his efforts and resourcefulness, as not all teachers would go all the way as to compile materials for the kids to use and benefit from. Most teachers I know would only do what they are required to do, but not beyond what is necessary. If only more and more teachers would understand the vocation they have chosen, then Filipino Children, especially of the poor families, who cannot afford to get a tutor would not have a difficulty in understanding as well as passing the level examinations. Sadly, a lot of teachers make a student's life more complicated by giving more of the burden of his/her ignorance as well as lack of heart for the profession to the kids who, for lack of self determination, self esteem and proper nutrition, would willingly accept as fate. This is the sad truth about education. In fact, if you take a survey among college students in the city and around the country, they would look down at education as a course, thinking that it won't pay well after graduation, which I do not think really matters at all. Well, my belief is different from theirs. I always have it in mind, that if you love what you do, and you do your best in that which you love to do, putting your best foot forward all the time, then the money, happiness and satisfaction will follow. Correct me if I am wrong but, it does not matter what course you take up in college, the good students always get hired, and those with mediocre performance always end up doing nothing but complain about life's misery, wherever they will land a job, or worse, prostitute themselves, by taking in two or three boyfriends to supply their needs and wants but of course, it is obvious what is at stake in this situation...Anyway, that is just a piece of my mind, your opinion is yours, feel free to write down a comment on this post.

So to continue, on our way up, a student of mine, was on his way down for the washroom. He was this kid with all smiles to mask his life's misery. When he greeted me, of course I responded with a good morning too. That's when I saw that his pair of shoes were terribly worn. One could see his white socks every time both his shoes would talk as he would heart sank. How pitiful is that sight. During recess, I chanced upon him again. Well, our school is a very small school. As a part time teacher, it was never difficult to memorize names and faces because of this fact. So there I was, eating heartily my chocolate moist cake and sweet corn on a cob (what a combination, lol...) when he entered the canteen. After am done eating, he and his friend, with the same first name as his, sat on the same spot and we talked a bit. When his friend bought food for snacking, he asked his friend if he could buy for him too. And his friend said his money is just enough for him. So we talked about his allowance, and he said he does not carry money with him, only his fare, so he could save his money. In my mind, he may be telling the truth or he was giving an excuse for not having money to buy his food. When his friend bought a chocolate bar, he asked him again if he could also buy for him, but his friend refused, and continued to eat facing him, as if teasing him while he is salivating(??).. Of course there was no saliva there but I know the feeling when you like to take a bite of what's in front of you. I wanted to buy him food, without offending him or giving any hints to the other kid that my heart was shrinking at that very moment. I pity the kid, earlier the shoes, then the without hesitation, I asked him if he could buy for the two of us the same chocolate bar that his friend is munching on. And he gladly accepted the money and went to the counter. When he came back, he sat and enjoyed his bar, I placed mine inside my bag, as am already full-- too much chocolate adds up to the belly, lol. Anyway, as we were talking again, I asked him his shoe size, and he asked why I was getting all the information. I simply replied, his foot is big for his age, and that it amazed me. Hoping that it wouldn't offend him in anyway. Then he started telling me that he and his mom will be buying a pair in the afternoon, that he has another pair but is white, and fearing punishment for not wearing the prescribed uniform, he will just wear the said shoes till the new pair comes.. my mind was racing then, the rainy days is not over yet...I pity his feet (the pair of shoes he owns talks as he walks...) how will he stand the cold and what will become of them being wet all the time? When the bell rung, of course, we went back to our classrooms. During class and after my time at school, I couldn't help but feel pity for the kid. After all, he is one of the nicest kids in school....If I will get extra money this week, maybe I will get him a cheaper pair of black shoes, if not, I am hoping for a shoe drive among my friends with sons who have extra shoes to give away, even just for a temporary pair to help this kid out. His shoe size is 38 (kids), and prescribed school shoes is black... leather or rubber, as long as it is black, I guess that is heartfelt thanks in advance...

The Road Frequently Travelled

Here's an amazing site for all "Kagay-anons" (people living the Cagayan de Oro City and the entire area of Misamis Oriental) and guests to the City of Golden Friendship. The Road Frequently Travelled is a blogsite dedicated to the people of CDO who are on the road...and those affected by those who take the road...

THE BLOGGER points to a subject on the road, so THE ACCOMPLICE takes pictures of the things they witness on the road. Whether they're the smoke belchers polluting the environment and causing much frustration and anger to mother nature, the lefties who enjoy taking wrong turns most of the time, defying traffic rules all the or the overloaders who carry more than they are supposed to...WATCH OUT!!!, you might be featured on this site and suffer (hmmm, maybe some will enjoy the exposure) the embarrassment of your wrong doing...anyway, visit the site and enjoy, click here.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Happy Grandparents' Day to my parents, whose unconditional love for my Zarelle encompasses all the love in the world...

My baby brother in the "barkada", LINUS, posted this in his friendster bulletin. And I thought I should share it with everyone....enjoy reading...

TODAY, we join a significant number of countries worldwide in celebrating Grandparents Day. The day is a very important day, especially among close-knit Filipino families who have always regarded their elderly members as sources of good advice, wisdom, guidance, and enlightenment. Grandparents are the "unsung role models and caregivers" of Filipino households.

Over a million grandparents worldwide are still in the labor force and are responsible for providing the basic needs of their grandchildren. Hundreds of thousands are responsible for caring for their grandchildren for at least until age five. But a significant number suffer from some form of disability.

Grandparents Day was initiated by Marian McQuade of Fayette Country, West Virginia, United States, who hoped that such an observance might instill in grandchildren the importance of drawing wisdom from and valuing the heritage of their grandparents. President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation in 1978 – and one has been issued each year since – designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

Beyond caregiving, grandparents, by their mere presence in the household, provide a vital link to the past. They serve as authentic agents for transmitting time-honored values and beliefs, and a wealth of experience from which the rest of the members, especially small children, can draw wisdom and knowledge on how to hurdle life’s myriad of difficulties.

As we pay tribute to our grandparents today, let us remember that they, too, have rights that need to be upheld and respected. Let us shower them with the attention, love, respect, and understanding that they deserve, and do everything within our means to ensure their good health, safety, and well-being.

Happy Grandparents Day, Lolo and Lola!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Zarelle at 2...Dancing to the tune of the Chipmunk's Christmas Carol...

Zarelle--- BIDYO...VIDEO...

Zarelle at 1...Praying ANGEL OF GOD...

God always makes a way---

Mary Jean Bacorro, the lady I featured here to be helped will be receiving help from SOUL ANCHOR, a dear friend of mine here in blogosphere. During our chat at YM earlier, she told me that looking at Mary Jean's picture and having read about her story touched her and moved her to extend a little contribution. And since SOUL ANCHOR lives within the city, I am happy to say that she will be giving her modest contribution personally. Indeed, God moves in mysterious ways. And we are all here for our own tasks and purpose that only God knows when and where to assign or place us. I know all of us are put on earth for a reason, and it's good that I have done my part, and with Soul Anchor's desire to help, I am so honored that I have not failed. I know more help will be coming soon. If you wish to personally give your contribution or help, the letter I attached has her complete address and her number.

To God be the glory---

Friday, September 05, 2008

Music and Me...

I have lived my life with music all around me... I guess we all do, whether we choose it or not... My family and I are music lovers and in whatever we do, music is the center of it all. So anyway, when I saw this survey I was overwhelmed. I did not expect that there will be surveys about music. I like this survey. This is perhaps the most comfortable survey I have ever taken...


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6. DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.

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