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Monday, March 30, 2009

TIRED..TIRED..TIRED...

I am so so so tired....

Lotsa lotsa paper to check... Lotsa lotsa documents to finish...ugh!!!!


Tired...Tired...Tired....


Whew....

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NOT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS...

A lot of my students have been going back and forth with their requirements for the signing of clearances. In my subject alone, a single student will be seeing me five to six times, however, whenever I return the required to be accomplished and completed, not a single mistake is corrected. It seems  that these kids are thinking that I do not check their work. Contrary to what is expected, I do. And that is why I return their work for them to correct.

It is very sad to know that most of these kids are thinking that a mediocre output is OKAY... for the sake of passing, for the sake of the clearances signed, for the sake of getting a passing mark...

If all students are like that, what will happen to the future??? Hmmm...

PHONE 007

Have you ever experienced being harassed by people and feel no way of knowing who these people are? Don't you ever wish you have a detective to do the searching for you? Or, would you rather have a special gadget to help you with the search?

If you ask me, I choose to have my own gadget. At least I get to control the flow of the searching process, or better yet, the "bugging" process, ahehehe, the legal way, that is,  lol...That way too, I would feel like I am the detective searching for clues and getting the raw information for my own consumption and analysis. Hahaha... Whether it's Catching a cheating husband, or Catching a cheating wife or, for Teenager parental control  and even Long distance baby monitoring, it's possible with this gadget. And hey, I did not just dream it, it actually exists. I just saw it at www.purplegoods.com, and mind you, it really is a good idea. 

So how does it work? 

Well, it starts with a very special telephone with built-in recording functions, that allows any user to record phone conversations, including ambient sound in Phone-007 system.

The phone looks and works like an ordinary phone, but it has the capability to record every call made on the phone without the user user knowing it. It can also record ambient sound such as funny noise or conversations near the phone, so amazingly enough, you can be given more clues as to who or what is around the environment of the person harassing you. The recording will start when ambient sound volume is above the threshold level set by user. The ambient sound can be recorded even when the phone is in use or not in use. And once the recording starts, the user will get notified immediately by email, text message, or phone call based on user’s setting. And take note, while the recording is going on, the user can listen in by either picking up the notification phone call and eavesdropping right away, or calling the local access number from any phone. In addition to eavesdropping in real time, the user can log in to hear all the prior recording sessions through browser. Amazing huh? The service uses state of the art technologies to keep user’s recordings and personal information safe. The said calls and recordings are encrypted before it is transmitted over the Internet, and is monitored 24x7 to make sure the service is always up and running and user’s data is secure at all time. 

Woohoo... I really love this gadget... I think this is very useful in my case right now...lol... Thank God for PHONE 007....

EARTH HOUR @ CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

Last Saturday, we attended the pinning ceremony of my cousin Lara at Liceo de Cagayan University. It was done at a quarter past seven. We hurriedly went someplace where we could have dinner, even with candle light, as the scheduled Earth Hour was at 8:30 to end at 9:30 pm. We decided to go to Cusina de Oro. We had the house specialty and had fun. Unfortunately, Earth Hour was not observed in the place. 

SM Cagayan de Oro pledged to join, and according to my friends, they really did observed Earth Hour. So with Robinsons and of course, our very own Honeysweet Learning Center, lol... Well, I told Yencylen to close shop early for that... 

Anyway, we had a text brigade inviting some friends to join Earth Hour in their homes, and gladly, most of them did observe Earth Hour. And with that, I am happy...



Go Go Go Mother Earth.... we are one with you...




By the way, below is a photo of Mangee, me and Lara... after the Pinning Ceremony...

JEWISH CHAT

I have just visited a site that enjoins any willing applicant for a Jewish Chat. Whether you are Jewish or not, you are most welcome to join, as sign up is free.

I like the first four people I met there. Kisha, Allana and Frida all proved to me that Jewish people are really worth knowing. Oh, and Kisha introduced me to her sisters and brother. As a matter of fact, I have communicated with her family like I am part of their family. See, I have now added new friends and a new family in my online network... And I have added new insights and learning. A new culture and tradition discovered. 

Thanks so much www.jewishchatcity.com, I really appreciate everything...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

MORE THAN JUST A GRADUATE...

The other day I have witnessed the graduation of my cousin Lara, B.S. Nursing, and my kumare, Lili's godmother Honey Balase, College of Law, as Liceo de Cagayan University had their 34th commencement exercises. It was a grand event for the school as it was the first time they had given an honorary degree to one of the country's top entrepreneur and politician, Manny Villar. But more than that, I feel for the parents who were sitting with us on the bleachers as they witness the graduation of their children, and themselves, graduating from financial constraints... hopefully...
I was once a graduate once, twice, many times...lol... I have had my share of graduations and every time I join the ceremonies, I am filled with awe and determination of what comes next. The ceremony is more than just a ceremony. It is but the turning point of each graduate's life... marking the end, and a new beginning.
I could not help but imagine myself being one of the parents and Lili, being one of the students graduating... whew.. that will be the day... but of course, it will still be a long wait... Like all mothers or any parent, who hopes for the best for their children, I am convinced that each graduate there is more than just a graduate, but each, a future awaiting to unfold...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NANAY PURIE'S BIRTHDAY & 40 DAYS...

We had lunch at Divine Shepherd today. Nanay Purie's birthday follows Lola Viating's, which was yesterday... and 40 days after her death... we met the family again. They looked better than during the wake and burial... Thank God they have already recovered from mourning. We talked about the good things and the similarities between the two sisters, Lola Viating and Nanay Purie.. How they shared the passion for writing and for keeping everything organized. How they shared the sensibilities and the grace for which they have been so well known for. The two sisters... how they have lived their lives affecting the other people around them... How they have nurtured each and everyone with their gifts... and of course, how blessed we are for having them as part of our lives...

It is good to know that their legacy will go on with the children and the grand children... the new generation of Viatings and Puritas....

Thank you Lord for such blessing...

BBW CHAT CITY

BIG BEAUTIFUL WOMEN like me will definitely enjoy chatting at a BBW Chat Room. You know why? Because the chat room is designed that way. Although, I am not saying that skinny men or women are not welcome there, it's just that most of the chatters are on the voluptuous side... wink..wink... 

BBW Chat City is the place to be. It's not just for finding your Sally or a Harry or a Leah or a Robert but definitely for all people to meet. You can build a network of friends or your future business associates there too. So who says chatting is only for the romantics? BBW Chat is the place to find people online...

I just did... wink..wink...

Monday, March 23, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOLA VIATING...



WE MISS YOU SO MUCH....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

EARTH HOUR 2009 REMINDER...

Switch off lights on 28 Mar 2009, Saturday. Be part of EARTH HOUR 2009! Please sign-up at www.earthhour.org, see video below:

MY SOULMATE & ME, AND SHIRLEY BASSEY...

My friend, legal and spiritual adviser and soul mate love these songs.. We each have our own families now, lives and stories to live and tell... but we still share the love for Shirley Bassey songs...





I guess that's why we always click...hehehe... Cheers my friend...

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TRUST HIS HEART

I saw this at LOVE's Haven... Thought I'd share this too... Have a blessed Sunday everyone...

LOVE 101

My Cousin Kyna wrote this on someone's wall at Friendster...thought I share it with you guys...

♥ love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are ♥

DRIVING IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

My cousin Izza married an Australian guy, Quin, a very loving and supportive husband, five years ago, and they are happily living in Sydney, Australia now. Two years ago, she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Elijah Thomas, and took care of him until her mom, my Aunt Eve, was sent by her to help take care of the baby. Her husband then asked her to learn driving, which she did, and had herself enrolled at one of the driving schools in Sydney, Australia.

She is already done with driving lessons here in the Philippines, but she has to learn to drive again in Australia. Hmmm... What's the difference then? Hehehe, probably the roads??? Kidding, kidding--- lol... Anyway, my cousin said she is excited to know the results, and what her husband is trying to get her after she gets her Australian driver's license... I could only imagine what it is... lol... Go Izza... Go!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

LOLA VIATING'S LIVING WILL...

We did not expect to find this among our grandmother's belongings after she passed away...On Monday is Lola Viating's birthday... thought I'd share this with you guys...



More posts about my grandma tomorrow... GOODNIGHT EVERYONE...

PICS DURING THE REFLEXOLOGY WORKSHOP CULMINATION

I posted my recent accomplishment without a pic..well, here they are...


That's me receiving my FIRST HONOR CERTIFICATE, bwahahaha... If you read my previous blogposts, then you know the story behind this....wink..wink...

Here are the other pics...


These two were taken during the PINNING CEREMONY...

And of course, a pose with Sir Vong, Jean and Madam Bonane...


By the way, to put my skill to good use, I am giving a FREE REFLEXOLOGY Session every Sunday at Honeysweet Learning Laboratory, a.k.a THE ORANGE HOUSE... limited to three persons only... so first come first served... Hope that is okay... On other days, there is a fee required, ahahahaha... kidding...kidding... wink..wink...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Games 101

While waiting for my Aunt to come back I had fun playing games at www.y8.com, this game specifically... ahahaha... sharing here, enjoy...

Grow Nano V3



Click here to play this game


Grow Island



Click here to play this game

I stand from where I stumbled...

and walked from where I stood...

Thats how life smiles at me now...

Like a phoenix rising, I shall overcome...

BEING A MOTHER

Tita Mila sent me this again... Very inspiring... I wish to share this with you guys...enjoy... 

BEING A MOTHER

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie.. She said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would Love to spend some time with you.'

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.. 'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked? My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. 'I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,' I responded 'just the two of us.' She thought about it for a moment, and then said, 'I would like that very much.'

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's. I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed,' she said, as she got into the car. 'They can't wait to hear about our meeting.'

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. 'It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favour, I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me
invite you.' I agreed. 

'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I got home. 'Very nice, much more so than I could have imagined,' I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place Mother and I had dined. An attached note said: 'I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure  that I could be there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for
me. 'I love you,  son'

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I love YOU' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some 'other' time.

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby.... somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history..

Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first... somebody doesn't have two or more children.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery....somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten... or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'

Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married... somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home... somebody never had grandchildren..

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her... somebody isn't a mother.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Knowing How to Use Cutlery is Important...

When I was yet working with CPDC, or better known as Center for Personality Development and Communication,we had a great time traveling places for our workshops and seminars. Of course, since my topics go first, I am lucky to be able to listen and sit in during the succeeding lessons. I was already exposed to the modules but it is simply different if you have a good trainer in front of you. And with that, I am lucky because CPDC's owner and trainer is very good indeed. It was with the lessons on poise matched with fine dining that I learned that cutlery is an art in itself, at the same time, knowing its use is a whole new process of exuding poise and confidence. I found it quite interesting that whenever Sam would call for an assistant to bring in the silver, I would volunteer, if only to see them clearer than ever. During workshops in far off places, we use sterling silver cutlery because they are more handy and economical should they get lost in the travel. But, if the lessons were to be conducted at the center, Sam would call for the silver...and I mean silver cutlery. It was a whole new experience every time...

Hmmm... why am I in recall mode again? Well, it's because I saw fine cutlery at www.arthurprice.com. Seeing them reminds me of how much fun we had during my days as a trainer at CPDC... Such an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life... I really enjoyed it. Traveling, talking, teaching, more talks, lol... and being in front of my students... I guess I am really cut for that job... Because I miss it so much...

FOODIE ALERT....

Whew... I am craving for this foodie NOW...


...and I can't help it, I am going loco already...

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Thanks Amy...

Thanks Amy dearest for the special greeting... Yeah, I always wonder how we manage to be so good at the friendship we formed when we could definitely not agree on so many things...ahahaha... Miss you so much girl....

I am not able to leave a comment in that specific blog so, lemme just post it here...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DEMOLAY IS A YEAR OLDER TOO...

My brothers in the order of Demolay are celebrating...not my birthday, lol, but the founding anniversary of their order. I was 11 years old when I first met a Demolay. He was nice. After I was initiated into the International Order of Job's Daughters, that is when I saw what it means to have brothers and sisters in the order. The Demolay brothers here in the Philippines, who, I have come to know are dear to me in the sense that they will really take care of you as a sister. For twenty two years now, our friendship and bond remains strong. Although we do not see each other anymore but whenever problems come, I call a brother or two to help me out and they are immediately there. A Demolay will never fail you... I know that by experience... So to all my wonderful brothers around the world...

Happy 90th Foundation Anniversary
International Order of DeMolay!

Turning A Year Older...

Everyday now, since I transferred to MOGCHS, my life is becoming more and more one and in piece. My then student and colleague at Marymount, James U. commented that since my transfer, I have become lighter and exudes an aura of peace.. and glowing too. Hahaha... Well, he is definitely right. I take that as a sign that I am finally seeing the light. That I am finally getting the veil off my self... I am no longer in hiding as I am now ready to face the world again.

I thank the people who are around me, especially my Aunt Irma, for always reminding me that I am beautiful despite what have happened, and for being ever supportive. And now, I am coming out again. I remember, after the pregnancy I hit rock bottom. It was like I was there but I wasn't.. Like I am alive but part of me is dead... Like, I willed to survive but deep down I knew I was drowning... I needed a way out but everywhere I went, I was locked in... Swimming the currents proved to be difficult...

MOGCHS gave me the chance to set foot on a different world, different it may seem, but familiar... The challenges keep me awake and make me want to swim in the vast ocean again... this time, I know where I am going.... It isn't about me being a single mom here. It is about me being a teacher, and I strive to be good at it, which evidently flows naturally, hahaha... Anyway, the doors are now open for me, and Zarelle will eventually have what she deserves... By the will of God, this is it... I hope...

Tomorrow, I am turning a year older... The signs are everywhere... I thank God for this new life...new beginning... new hope...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TISHA FAYE PERMALAN

When I was a freshman in college, I belonged to a group of 5 barkadas... Me, Gigi, Matet, Chummy and Tisha Faye. We were all beautiful, bwahahaha... seriously, we were all beautiful and talented... Music, fashion, sports, food, etc... those were the group's interests. We usually hang out at Cora Chum's house, and we eat, sleep, talk, dance and be simply crazy-- the fun way. Among the 4, Tisha was the closest to me. She would confide so much about her life and aspirations and there were those times that we end up crying and laughing over the mundane and the funny things about ourselves. We were crazy, hahaha... When I realized that Psychology was my passion and not PT, I left the school and transferred to XU. My world changed and so did the barkada's. We saw each other from time to time, until we got so tied up with our own busy worlds...

One day, a classmate, Madelaine Tiro, who was working at Dunkin Donuts at that time, told me that Tisha died. I thought she was joking but eventually I realized she was not. She gave me directions and the schedule of Tisha's interment and everything else... So the next day, after my final exam, I went straight to Bukidnon. Unfortunately, I was not able to see anything. Not a trace... When I got down bus, Matet met me and she said it was done. Everybody went home already... So I asked her why no one informed me. And she said she did not know that I did not know... I went straight to Ella's and asked her to accompany me to the cemetery... And there before me was a wreath that had a ribbon that said "Condolence to the family of the late Tisha Faye Permalan"... and that's the only time I felt I have lost my friend... who I have not seen for such a very long time.

My mind was full of questions at that time. Questions that even until today are not answered. Tish was my backbone. The anchor when I felt my world shake, my avid fan when I joined singing competitions, and my pseudo-mother, when I feel my mom and I are not okay... I always cry my heart out when I feel down and she always finds ways to comfort me...I saw her as someone stronger, yet, how come she committed suicide? There were so many times I thought she was okay, but then again, she was not... I miss her terribly. But my heart knows that somehow, someday, we will meet again... and we'll have pizza and root beer...

Dearest, Happy birthday. I always remember your smile.. and your laughter... and your twinkling eyes... Haay naku Twinkle (her nickname is Twinkle), not having seen the last days of your life keeps my memory of you fresh as the day you first introduced yourself in class, with all the smiles, and when you sat down, you asked me for my name... and then we became friends and talking and laughing buddies... Do you know that Mr. Sumalpong is now a lawyer? Ahahaha... I know that you know that by now... You are a great lady, do you know that? I love you, wherever you are, and I will forever cherish our friendship...

Finally, I AM LETTING GO---

These past few days, I have been contemplating, soul searching and did so much thinking... mathematically that is... I wanted so much to keep the old business address and simply have it converted to a store or a mini grocers or anything that would somehow be of value... but no matter how much I try to imagine it, I would be working hard only to pay off the bills... tsk.. tsk... tsk... not a very good idea indeed... It is enough that the learning laboratory have had marketing coverage and people have already inquired about our offerings. But quite frankly, our clients in the city are paying more than the clients and would be clients here in Balulang, so it does not really matter much about the location. I have clients because my clients were satisfied with what they got. And by word of mouth, I am simply adding one client after another. That is a good sign, isn't it? When a client is on vacation for the summer, then a new client takes the slot... God is really good to me and Lili... He knows our needs and unselfishly gives more than I could ask for...

Anyway, what I will be keeping is the learning laboratory. In short, we will be moving the business to a new location--- The Orange House... At least there, I can have the classroom, the computers and all... with our own comfort room and Lili can sleep in the afternoons, should she stay at Honeysweet for Kidz Learning (starfall.com). I would then be saving a whole lot of money as I will simply be maintaining one venue and simply one set of bills... Plus, it is right at our very home, Lili's and mine...

Letting go of the old place is really difficult, but I think it will help much financially. So too, since daddy was never able to visit the orange house, then we will be starting fresh, Lili and I. At least there, there won't be much to remember about daddy's visits. Therefore, there would be nothing to talk about. End of story.

I just want all the bad things erased. Or simply put, forgotten! It will be over soon. As they say, endings are beginnings of beautiful things... And as I promised Zarelle, daddy and daddy's family may not be welcoming, but a new daddy will be, so with his family. In the mean time, she is secure in the thought that the people who loves her can not be counted by just counting her fingers in her two hands... The people who loves her are more than how much she can count... And that is my family, the entire Aguilar and Mordeno Clans... So I was thinking, perhaps it's best that we drop her last name after the case is done.. What for? What's the point of bringing the family name of the family who from the start never cared for her??? What the hell for??? Someday, when my daughter's achievements take her places and build her her name, I do not want to imagine that all glory and honor will be given to the family who never even wanted my Zarelle to have a decent life and a good education... Why on earth was the birth certificate signed when the person who signed it did not even want to share in the responsibility, right?

Whew... I am not angry... in fact, none of all emotions are present now... I am calm and I don't give a damn about the people on the other side anymore. What they think and what they will do won't matter anymore. I am already numb from all the shame and pain they have caused me and my daughter. I just want this over with with... Just like Honeysweet Learning Center, our lives will soon be parked at the right space... No more obstructions and no more extra fees... I have paid my dues more than how much they are worth... This time, I just want what's necessary. Similar to flying an air balloon, if I want to soar higher, I just have to drop excess baggage... because soaring higher is not just for myself, rather, it is for my Zarelle's future... That is the part that the people on the other side do not really understand...

Not understanding things lead to cruel generalizations, and uncalled for reactions... Sometimes, the hurt and the insults go so deep, that even apologies could not do anything to change things....Consequently, adding up to the unwavering chaos are other people's selfish motives that prevent others to think for themselves, as they are dictated by other people's shallow interpretations and disguised intentions. Like what I said in my previous post, none of this could have happened if people were nicer and kinder to others.

I need not think about this anymore... As my friend Ninin once said, "sa umaabot nga panahon, makita ra nato ang linug-dangan aning tanan"... (Someday, we will all see everything clearly...)

Don't give up.....

Here's another one from Tita Mila. I thank God for giving her to me. She is a wonderful friend and Tita, who never fails to share words of inspiration... The title is DON'T GIVE UP...


One day I decided to quit...

I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. 
'God', I asked, 'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'
His answer surprised me...
'Look around', He said. 'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?' 
'Yes', I replied.
'When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. 
I gave them light. 
I gave them water. 
The fern quickly grew from the earth. 
Its brilliant green covered the floor. 
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.
'In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. 
But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would
not quit.' He said.
'Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared
to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. .But just 6
months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.'
He asked me. 'Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots'. 
'I would not quit on the bamboo. 
I will never quit on you.'
'Don't compare yourself to others.' 
He said. 
'The bamboo had adifferent Purpose than the fern. 
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.'
'Your time will come', God said to me. 
'You will rise high'
'How high should I rise?' 
I asked.
'How high will the bamboo rise?' He asked in return...
'As high as it can?' I questioned.
'Yes.' He said, 'Give me glory by rising as high as you can.'
I left the forest and brought back this story. 
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
Don't tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANAY... & HAPPY 34TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO MY PARENTS...

My mother just turned 57 today.. Happy birthday Nanay, we love you...



And since my parents were married on the day of my mother's birthday, they are celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary today too.



The photo was taken two years ago when we greeted them at exactly 12:01 midnight this same day...

The five of us (Me, Sweetie, Honey, Playboy and River) are lucky to have parents like them. My father, the ever hard working padre de pamilya, and my mother, the ever loyal and thrifty, budget conscious mom who never fails us in all our needs... I pray that we be given more time to spend with them...

To Nanay Lorie and Tatay Dennis, we love you both. 

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SLOW DANCE

This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital ... Actually, I got this in my mail today. Thanks Tita Mila for sharing. Now I am sharing this to all of you guys...


SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go -round?
Or listened to
the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask How are you?

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You'd better slow down

Don't dance so fast.


Time is short.

The music won't last.

Ever told your child,

We'll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?


Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time To call and say, 'Hi'

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance
so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,



It is like an unopened gift....

Thrown away.

Life is not a race.


Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

OF CREDIT REPAIRS...

Have you ever had a bad debt that you succumb to the problem of facing debts without ever knowing what to do to repair credit? Then worry no more, as www.repairyourbadcredit.com has some good news for you. I read in the site that they help in satisfying a client's need for  credit repair.  So we do not worry about  credit history, credit background, or credit record, for it is amazing how simple fixing credit can be. We will then be able to  save time, money, and a lot of frustration. Wrinkles can be eliminated, lol...

We are always told that our credit history will stick with us forever, or, needless to say, will take years to clean up.  Most people will tell us that it will take years to fix credit, so forever we will suffer the cost--- embarrassment, low self esteem associated with our financial dilemma and many other ill feelings... But hey, now we can break free from all these... Don't you think so?

At www.repairyourbadcredit.com, we are assured that we can start anew, with a clean sheet. Just like being reborn in the financial arena. There is no risk really. So what are you waiting for? Visit their site today....

THE HOUSE NEAR THE RIVER...

Lili and I did this sometime last year. While waiting for daddy to arrive. Sadly, he never came... The house near the river is Lili's own idea. I never told her about it. She was the one who told me what we should paint using watercolors...

Seems that everyday we take the ride going to the city and back, as the jeepney would  pass by the river and she sees houses by the river banks, gave her an idea that living near the river is exciting. She said she wants us to live near the river so she can see fishes everyday... hmm... As if she is not contented with the fishes we have at the yellow house... but then again, I think she is referring to a different kind of fish...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Rheumatoid Arthritis

People say that Rheumatoid Arthritis is only felt or experienced when people reach the prime of their lives... At an age where the tissues suffer already and disintegrates. Contrary to that however, I could say that it comes at any age. See, my sister Sweet and I have experienced RA even at our tender years....College-- the time when teenagers should be enjoying all the stuff a college student should be enjoying. But of course, we have had our share of the good old college life. It was not really that bad, except when the weather is cold and RA attacks... But during ordinary times, we were like the usual teenagers buzzing about in the fields..hehehe... and I mean really buzz around... It was fun.

There were times however that the pain could go unbearably to the point that fisting is so hard to do, as the spasm and the gnawing pain is really so much to take. Luckily, my grandfather, Lolo Ninong, who was still alive at that time is a herbalist. He would let us drink tea, one which he himself prepared, and allows for us to relax. He then would get hold of both hands, the left and the right.. and apply massage techniques while continuously applying a concoction he prepared composed of coconut oil and alcohol with all the other herbs he mixed. And then the swelling would go away and relaxation follows. Now that Lolo Ninong is gone, and his concoctions already empty, my sister and I still apply massage techniques but find it difficult to do so until we discovered Reflexology. Hey, it's not so bad. It helps really...and you can actually apply self massage for your hands and feet.

I am not taking any medication as I do not believe in medication. I believe in herbal medicine though. (I only take medicine when I have no choioce but to take it. )Much more with natural and spiritual healing. But maybe, if I were differently motivated, I would be taking medications for my RA, such as Celebrex, Prednisone, D-MARDS (Plaquenil, Arava, MTX, azulfidine), Humira, Enbrel, Orencia or Remicade. The only medicine I have taken in relation to RA is a pain reliever, but that was when I did not have time to do self massage. The time I was in a hurry, that thinking about the pain was a hindrance to what I was trying to finish at that time--- my thesis. And because I was busy, I did not have time to react to the pain nor complain about it. I knew it was there. That it came, but a dose of the pain reliever and I was done with acknowledging the pain. It was psychological at that instant, so I simply ignored the pain and went on with my usual activity. When I was done, that's when I realized the pain never left. Whew.. darn pain relievers did not work... ahahaha...

Hmmm, perhaps my way of combating RA is rather unique. I do not wish to compete with medical or drug companies, but perhaps people suffering from RA should try herbal medication and natural/spiritual healing. If I should invite people, like making my own commercial, I would say.."RA, Think of it more, the more it will stay! Healing RA is all a matter of choice. Choose wellness, choose herbal medicine, choose Power of the mind--- All these help most in healing"



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Ask and You shall Receive...

Lately, I have been getting harassment texts... Don't ask who they are from, coz the numbers are unkown to me.  They're somehow related to what I am fighting for now. 
Oh well, if these people wish me to stop the fight, they simply have to ask. From the very beginning, even before matters were brought to where it is currently at, texts of this sort have already flooded my phone. Perhaps the reason was to drive me mad, or make me angry or perhaps, they think it will change my mind...
Contrary to what they have expected, what they have done only brought me to my senses and the radical me fell in place. Anyway, I do not really like what's going on. If only these people were open minded enough to realize what the point of the matter is all about, it could not have come to this... 
If only people were more responsible for their actions and more giving rather than be obviously materialistic... And worst part is, the responsibility was signed and therefore, it should have been executed... but everything was left like a commitment signed in air and water...
These people changed their attitude when I started asking for the responsibility to be put to action... When I was not yet asking for the turk's share, everybody liked me and always said, "Salamat sa pagsabot" (Thank you for understanding)... now, everybody hates me ands says "hilas kaayo ka, dili ka angayan magfile file ug kaso!!!" (You are damn too boastful. You are not fit to file a case!)... Oh well... I have no intention of pleasing everybody... I just want what's right... and please... marriage is not part of this game... that is really a lame excuse you know... So this people may hit me anyway, anywhere and everwhere, I don't mind... so, deadma, kiber (as if nothing is going on...)!!!
Like what I said, if responsibility was faced squarely and people were simply open minded enough, nothing of this sort could have happened... 
I pray that all will end the way it should, according to God's plan... whew... Justice shall prevail...

Of Ants and Nannies...

Lili had been bitten by ants once. The bite marks really made me go crazy. I had to fire the nanny for not taking care of my little girl. She was busy watching her afternoon telenovela that she forgot about the kids, Lili and River, who were then playing by the grotto, where ant mounds were found.
Good thing my father was there and he took care of the bite marks. He applied first aid and calmed my baby down till she quietly fell asleep. When I arrived I gave the nanny a piece of my mind, gave her her last pay and sent her home. If I did not do that, perhaps I would have pulled her hair or cut them. She was ultimately, the most irresponsible person that walked the planet!!! Geez... I trusted my daughter in her keeping and what did she do? I did not pay her to simply enjoy those telenovelas!!!
Whew... Anyway, thank God the nanny we have now is better and there are no more ant mounds in the grotto area... 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

FIRST HONOR

Yesterday was the culmination of our Reflexology Workshop. Us therapists, along with those who took the Caregiving and Nursing Workshops conducted by Our Lady of Fatima Therapeutic Foundation Clinic were gathered at the Lighthouse Restaurant for the said culmination. There were 48 Therapists and Caregivers who took the stage with all pride and excitement as we finally received our certificates. There were five batches for the said graduation and I belong to the fifth batch. And guess what? I received an award. hahaha.. First Honor! Whew... I do not really take pride in it because you see, there are just two of us in our batch.. hahaha... But hey, it's still an award for which credentials matter... so Thanks Vong.. All hard work really paid off...

I will add pictures as soon as I can. There is something wrong with my PC. It is not allowing me to upload pictures to blogger. Will upload them to friendster and get the codes from there... Do visit back and see pictures soon...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Her Looks...





This is my Aunt Irma. She is probably the reason why Lili is very pretty. When I was pregnant with Lili, I was always angry with her for no apparent reason. And she, not having known that I was pregnant at that time, wondered why I was always "ulitan" (irritable) when I am with them.

I remember before, I always told Aunt Irma that if I get pregnant, I would like my daughter to look like PINKY, my cousin, Aunt Irma's daughter, who is a complete copy of her when she was her age... In other words, utterly gorgeous... Of course, Lili has the AbrogueƱa genes, the Aguilar's, as well as the Dela Torre's... so that explains why my daughter is always said to look like a daughter of a "foreigner"... Hehehe... I always get asked about her Dad's nationality... If only these people would see that he is very PINOY... lol...

Well, that does not really matter now anyway.. People, even if they ask about her dad, will never see her dad anymore... that's for sure...

Friday, March 13, 2009

"I WANT TO BE A GIRL"

This afternoon, we finished "Show and Tell".. I am so happy to say that most of my students are talented. And despite the fact that some of them are from families with a background of financial difficulty, their spirits are whole and their faith unwavered. I like that. At least with everything they experience they are still positive about life. Although, I must tell you, there are still others who think that their lives are wasted and that they have no reason to live. Tsk..Tsk..

This is where we teachers need to come in.. So far, my topics in Values are somehow doing a little to get the change going.. I hope I will leave these kids with a sense of purpose and awareness of what they are capable of... I always point out to them that their possibilities are endless... That anything is possible with hard work and determination, we will all succeed...

The class was a bit serious... then when a gay student of mine came to the front with his poster for the show and tell, I was really amazed at what he said. He told the class, "I want to be a girl. That's my ultimate dream. When I graduate and earn my own money, I will fulfill this dream."

Hey... Anything is possible... and all of us are entitled to dream... So Dins... goodluck...

ALL ABOUT WOMEN...

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and
laugh when they are nervous.

They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage.

They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up for injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without new shoes so their children can have them.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They love unconditionally.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all SIZES, in all colors and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!

Women do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope.
They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.

I got this from Umma's blogsite, Spices of Life... A very nice poem...fully defines us, Women... thanks dear Umma for sharing...actually I grabbed this because I feel all women need to know this... And Umma's site offers more, so visit her site too...

No matter how our dreams may seem unreachable, DREAM THEM ANYWAY..

No matter how we've been hurt by d people we love, LOVE THEM ANYWAY..

No matter how our prayers seem unanswered, PRAY THEM ANYWAY.. and GOD will find the way!!!

GOD speed!!!

PUNK CHAT

Alvin, our butcher friend and neighbor has a secret life...lol... He is a PUNK! A what? A PUNK..hmm... is he really??? Well, at least that is what he said he is..He has signed up for Free Punk Chat... well, he is not really a punk but the women in the chat room thinks he is. See, he wears this tomahawk blond wig that resembles any punk... We asked him why he is living this double life, and his only answer is Meredith...Meredith who? Oh she's the woman he met who wears all those giggly earrings and dark makeup round her eyes, with jeans and the outfit to match...

Oh my goodness... Alvin is in love??? You bet he is... So this double life has a purpose then, and the chat room is very dear to him. I asked him why of all chat rooms he preferred that at www.punkchatcity.com, and he told us that of all chat rooms he has visited, it is only there that he felt complete acceptance. But I insisted that he is lying to them about being a punk...and that he should tell them the truth...oops, the BIG MOUTHED Eleanor spoke again... His answer??? "My dear, that's because I am a punk!"... I was dumbfounded. Well, maybe he is. Maybe the clean cut butcher is his secret life after all,..lol... Anyway, if my friend found a very nice thing there, then it must really be a good place online.. So why don't we all join him there... it is free to sign up..wink wink...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

KANLUNGAN BY NOEL CABANGON

I really like this song. So much history and so much memory... Environmental too... If we are to study the lyrics, it is meaningful and heart warming... So much memory can be derived from such a short song...




Chorus:

Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon?

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Nang tayong dal’wa ang unang nagkita?
Panahon ng kamusmusan
Sa piling ng mga bulaklak at halaman
Doon tayong nagsimulang
Mangarap at tumula

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Inukit kong puso sa punong mangga
At ang inalay kong gumamela
Magkahawak-kamay sa dalampasigan
Malayang tulad ng mga ibon
Ang gunita ng ating kahapon

Refrain 1:
Ang mga puno’t halaman
Ay kabiyak ng ating gunita
Sa paglipas ng panahon
Bakit kailangan ding lumisan?

[Repeat Chorus]

Ngayon ikaw ay nagbalik
At tulad ko rin ang iyong pananabik
Makita ang dating kanlungan
Tahanan ng ating tula at pangarap
Ngayon ay naglaho na
Saan hahanapin pa?

Refrain 2:
Lumilipas ang panahon
Kabiyak ng ating gunita
Ang mga puno’t halaman
Bakit kailangang lumisan?

[Repeat Chorus]
[Repeat Refrain 2]
[Repeat Chorus]

ACNE CLEANSER

Need a solution to skin care problems? I found a new product online today. It's a very good Acne cleanser. I never really had any intension of looking for a product of this sort, but what caught my fancy was a student of mine who complained of pimples on her face and on her body that hurts so much.
I told her that if it's just ordinary pimples, it wouldn't hurt that way. So, with this desire to help, I searched for solutions. I found out that with  LEXLI Pure Aloe, it will simply take 3 weeks to 3 months depending on the severity of the problem.
See samples below.
Anyway, at least I have something to share now. Acne is something we need to take seriously. It is not just a bar of soap or a check up or two. It really takes effort and a good Acne solution.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

for the sake of argument....

...there are actually 3 sides in every story, the first two sides are those of the two opposing parties, and the 3rd? the 3rd is THE TRUTH spelled in the two stories! surely, if you piece everything together, without bias, you will come up with the real story...

Please do not base your judgment by merely getting the other person's explanation to the letter... and do not always believe what the other person is showing you as proof... for all you know, they are tailored to fit the other person's rationalization of the matter, hiding his flaws, thereby making the audience a captive listener in his truth... making him look innocent and the underdog...

when this circus is done, I will upload copies of the documents presented in this blog--- they shall be the light that will shine upon all these... my saving grace...

For now, I am doing what I think is best for Lili...

God bless you deary...


I want to win this...

Hey guys, do you know that ben behrouzi is giving away a free MacBook Air...



There's is no specific criteria except that you send a tweet about you wanting to join the contest, and that's it...

Isn't that exciting?

I could almost see your saliva drooling... Hehehe... Ben's lucky follower could win that on March 31, 2009, when the winner will be announced. I am hoping it will be ME... lol...

Oh my good ness, if I get to win that beauty, I will be the luckiest woman alive. Just look at that! It is so far the most beautiful thing I have ever seen…

Hmmm… Dear God, please whisper to Ben’s ears that Eleanor here is waiting for that prize for herself…pretty please?????

Oh, and in case Ben hears your whisper, I promise to be the most obedient girl in the whole wide world…Amen…


As for Ben Lord, give him his heart’s desire… double his wealth so he can also double the chance for everyone to win… Are you seeing two Macbook Air in your heads now guys??? Well, that would really be very nice… to have two Macbooks for the taking… err… One for me and another for you… hahaha…


So let's all join so we can win...




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