Monday, December 27, 2010

Starbucks Planner Mission: Complete!

 I finally got my very own Starbucks planner!! Thanks to my ever supportive husband who would gladly offer to buy me coffee every time we go to SM and pass by Starbucks, for giving up his favorite Java Chip frappuccino just so I could complete the required number of stickers for the featured holiday beverages, and to that lady who gave me the one last sticker I needed to claim my planner.  My quest for the Starbucks Planner 2011 is complete.  I would probably take a breather from Starbucks for a month or so, simply because I think all the frappuccinos added to my weight gain this holiday season, hahaha  :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

My Not So Lonely Christmas

My kids are spending Christmas with my parents this year.  That leaves me and hubby together for the holiday seasons.  But we won't literally be spending time together because since he became Chief resident of their department, he has been so busy at the hospital, he never gets to sleep at home.  But since I came back, I have been seeing more of him lately.  I have been helping him with some of his errands and so we get to spend every afternoon together 3 days in a row.  The day I arrived, we had dinner at Tokyo Joe's.  I have been wanting to eat there for the longest time, but never get to do so since the kids food selection is limited to either Jollibee or McDonalds.  The following day we had lunch at Sbarro since he was craving for a Chicago deep dish pizza.  We went to Starbucks two days in a row.  That's how desperate I am to get the planner, hahaha!!  But I enjoy the time with hubby, we have been laughing more together these past few days.  I guess even when the kids get back, I would always find time for the two of us to go out once in a while.  That way he would get his mind off from work even for a bit.  He tells me what's going on in the hospital and I pity him because I know how stressful it is to manage people, more so if there are people in the team who's always on the naughty list.

This is the first Christmas away from the kids.  I miss them terribly but I know that they are happy to be in Tacloban with mama and papa.  When I left for the airport, I expected Micah to cry and run after me, but surprisingly she just waved me goodbye, planted a kiss on my lips and said, "Ba-bye Mommy!".  It's a day before Christmas, the house is empty, there are no gifts under the Christmas tree, but still I am happy because Christmas is a season of love and joy.  I am happy knowing that my kids are happy and having a blast with all the gifts they would be receiving.  I am looking forward to Christmas dinner with my hubby and after that we would be buying the gifts for the kids, so when they come home their presents would be waiting under the tree.  Since Christmas is a time for giving, we are also planning to give gifts to the kids in our apartment, and randomly I have been giving food to street kids.  I guess in my own little way I am able to share my blessings to others.  Merry Christmas everyone, I hope that you enjoy this holiday season.  Looking forward to a good year ahead!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Office Christmas Party

 We just had our office Christmas Party last December 12, 2010.  The theme of the party was Cosplay, but our team decided to come in wearing Scrub Suits and lab coats.  Why?  Personally because I do not have the budget for a costume, I miss wearing my scrubs, and it was something we all agreed on for practical reasons.  Anyway, the place was cozy, but a bit small for an office party with about 90 employees, the food was excellent, and the group presentations were awesome.  Each team really prepared for the program.  Our presentation was okay, we did not get to win any price but we had fun practicing our dance :)  I also enjoyed looking at other employees who came in costumes, it was a fun, fun night.  And for two consecutive years, I was able to receive the gift I wanted from my manita, thanks to the wish list.  So, here are some photos from that night.  Happy Holidays!!
 This was before we left the office.  All ready to do our rounds!

Aboard the Kashiong Bus to Lola Salings with my sister Ariane and our EOY.

Just getting settled, and ready to eat!

Divya, Teody, Limp, Gail and me.

Don't smile when your mouth is full!

The whole Implementation/EMR Team.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Quest for The Starbucks Planner 2011

  Last year, I never got to complete the 17 stickers needed to get the limited edition Starbucks planner.  But now I promised myself that before the year ends I would have my very own Starbucks planner for 2011.  I'm down to 9 more stickers... luckily I was able to get 3 additional stickers care of hubby and friends.  I know they sell the planner on ebay, but I would rather do it the usual way, at least I get to enjoy my favorite Java Chip frappuccino and get closer to my quest to collect all 17 stickers.

Now for the next 9 Starbucks coffee beverage, I would have to go for their Holiday featured beverages like Praline Mocha, Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha.  Come to think of it, I'd scratch the peppermint variety from the list as I can't imagine the taste of mint as a beverage.  Hopefully, I'd still get stickers from friends, and I still have those gift certificates left to use, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, and really, really hoping to get my Starbucks planner for 2011.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Relax, Enjoy, and Breathe a Little More

Things have been a little bit hectic lately, and I often find myself out of breathe.  I am always rushing because of the many things that I need to do and tend to forget about what is important in my life,  When hubby arrived from a conference in Manila and bought me a pair of scrub suits and my favorite Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I forget to say "thank you".  And he asked me like I would ask my kids after being given something, "What will you say?"  Then it hit me, I have been acting exactly the way I was afraid I would turn out to be, someone uptight, always stressed and tensed.  This is definitely not me!  Am I a turning out to be a grinch?  I hope not, I wouldn't be spoiling Christmas, it's my favorite time of the year!!  So here I am, trying to loosen up, breathe more, relax and enjoying each moment that comes. 
"A lifetime is not what is between
the moments of birth and death.

A lifetime is one moment
Between my two little breaths.
The present, the here, the now,
That's all the life I get.
I live each moment in full,
In kindness, in peace, without regret."

Chade Meng, Taoist poet

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What I Learned...

A few weeks back, I almost lost my wallet to a thief!  Andre wanted a hamster for his birthday, so I decided to bring him to a pet store so he could personally choose his hamster.  The store was crowded and we had to wiggle our way inside to get to the area where these cute rodents were displayed.  I noticed a lady standing closely behind me.  i didn't mind her at first, but I had this uneasy feeling about her.  While my son was so busy deciding which hamster to pick, I suddenly felt nervous and my gut feeling was telling me to check on my bag.  To my horror, I realized my wallet was missing, and I looked back and saw the lady making her way out of the store.  I hurried after her and tried to get her attention, on instinct I grabbed her hair and she was a bit startled to see me.  I wanted to ask if I could check on her bag because I was missing my wallet and she was the last person I saw standing behind me, but before I even finished what I was trying to say, she handed me my wallet, blurted an apology and walked away as if it was the most natural thing to do.  I was shocked at first, so I was not able to react.  But when I came to my senses,  I realized that I left Andre in the store, and God knows if it was some kind of gang who did it to distract me and grab my son when I ran after the lady.  I rushed back to the store, and a wave of relief washed over me when I saw my son at the exact spot where I left him, oblivious of what just happened.  When he saw that I was back, he flashed me a wide smile and said "Mommy, hamster please?".

A small crowd already gathered and they were telling me I should have called out security, or chased the lady, one was even telling me that if it happened to her, she would surely slap the lady and insulted her.  I thought to myself, if I was just a mere observer I would probably be saying the same things.  But I learned that it's different when it actually happens to you.  People have different ways of handling a situation, in my case I admit I lost my focus for a bit, and it was pretty foolish of me to run after the person and leave my son in the store.  I know I should have reprimanded the lady, called security or whatever it was people thought was the right thing to do, but when she handed me my wallet I guess I was just relieved that I had it back and realizing that I left Andre at the pet store, I had to go back and make sure he was safe. 

After paying for the hamster, we headed out and I was scanning the crowd for the lady.  I still remembered her face,  and what she was wearing.  One would never think she was someone capable of stealing stuff from other people.  But hey. looks are deceiving, right?  I wondered how many wallets she stole that day, I could imagine how someone would feel if they found out they lost their belongings.  I am blessed because i truly believe it was my guardian angel at work that day, and also equally gratefully that my son's guardian angel was with him as well.
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