Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Birthday Thought

Today is my birthday.  Another year older, and hopefully wiser.  Today I look back on what my life has been for the past years.  I had my share of disappointments, and triumphs, laughters and tears, sadness and happiness... but whatever I have been through I could say that I love my life and I have enjoyed each and every passing moment.  I may have my share of regrets, but I chose to focus on what lies ahead.

I thank God for His blessings.  I always tell myself that even if I do not have all that I want, God has blessed me with everything that I need.  I have a loving and supportive family, a good husband, adorable kids, and friends both old and new.  They are the treasures I hold close to my heart.

On my birthday, there is nothing I could ever ask for, except for God to bless my family, my loved ones, and my friends.  I also hope and pray for guidance and wisdom as I live yet another year. Happy Birthday to me!

"A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip" 


Monday, January 17, 2011

Sinulog 2011

I was hoping that the weather would be sunny on the day of the Sinulog itself, but as expected it rained as it always does for the past 3 Sinulog festival that I was here.  But this year was probably when it rained the most, maybe it just means more blessings from  Sr. Sto. Niño. 

I went to church by myself on that Sunday because Andre was still having cough and colds, and I did not want to bring Micah because of the weather, and I know that I would be doing a lot of walking so it would be wiser not to bring the kids.  I went to see Ross at the hospital and he asked me to stay for a while because they had a small "salo-salo" at their quarters.  One of their interns prepared Indian food, so I had a taste of that as well.  I was thinking my friend Ariane would have enjoyed it, because the menu consisted of vegetable curry, Russian salad and "Roti", an Indian bread.  Luckily, Doc Dulce also prepared spaghetti and they also had chicken, because I was preparing myself for a "walkathon", knowing for a fact that their were few PUJ and taxi cabs due to the mardi gras parade.

The surgical residents wanted to have henna tattoos and so they invited an artist over to do the deed.   Ross wanted me to have one as well, and I was hesitant getting one because I recall a cousin developing allergic reactions to the henna ink used.  But since no one was complaining about burning sensations or itching I decided that it was pretty safe and I went ahead and agreed to get my very first henna tattoo.  As expected I chose a floral design for myself, and the result was pretty nice.  Before heading home, I decided to buy tattoos for my kids because I was sure they were gonna ask once they see us both with henna tattoos.  

And as expected, they were excited when they saw the sticker tattoos.  So I took this picture of them with daddy showing off their tattooed arms, except that all eyes are on the TV.

We were not able to go out for Sinulog, I also missed the procession because of the heavy rain, (next year I am hoping to join the procession), but it was fun nevertheless, and despite the sound of the Sinulog beat coming from the mobile disco outside our apartment, I got to sleep well that weekend.  Hope you guys enjoyed Sinulog, and most importantly thanked Sto. Niño for the blessings we have received for the past years.  Until next year... Pit Senyor!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What my kids got for Christmas...

The Christmas season has passed, and I can't wait for next December for my 13th month pay, LOL!! Well sadly, I was not able to set aside much from my bonus, had so many bills and debts to pay, but with fingers crossed, I hope this year would be a better one for me in the financial aspect of things.  Anyway, I just wanted to backtrack a bit and go back to what we gave the kids for Christmas.  Hubby and I wanted to give them something that they wanted and would really enjoy. So we decided to give Andre a Lego castle and a Baby Alive doll for Micah.  It was fun watching them eagerly opening their gifts, and the squeals of delight as they started playing with their new toys.

Since my kids spent Christmas with my parents, we had a web conference on Christmas eve, and I watched them opening up their gifts and showing me every present they got.  A Hotwheels and Barbie from mama and papa, a Ben 10 cap, Bakugan toy and Dora bag from Uncle Cocoy, a beautiful dress, toy cars, towel and spy gadget from Ninang Sandee, Apple and Rizza.  They also got art materials from tatay and nanay and some stuff toys.  It was a memorable Christmas for every one.  My first Christmas spent away from the kids, but thanks to technology I was able to spend it with them via web-cam :)  Part of my New Year's resolution is to do early Christmas shopping and watch out for sales this year, so that by next Christmas I would be able to give gifts to my inaanak on time, hahaha!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and may this New Year ahead be a blast!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!  This is my first blog for the year 2011.  I am excited and hopeful that this year would be a promising year for everyone.  It is time to leave behind the year that was, time to let go of all the bad memories, heartaches and pain (if there were any).  Forget the mistakes of the past and move on to the New Year with only good things in mind.  May this year bring us greater opportunities, treasure old friendships and meet new ones, keep us strong to face challenges ahead, strengthen the love between family and friends, and meet the coming year with hope, love and optimism. 

I would like to share this quote from Neil Gaiman, from his blog dated 2001.  And I end by thanking everyone who has been a part of my life for the past year, you have made 2010 bearable for me, :)

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