Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking Back at Christmas

 It's the day after Christmas.  I look at our Christmas tree and I miss seeing all the gifts piled up waiting to be opened.  I honestly feel a little lazy today, but I still have to work.  Good thing I don't need to cook because of all the left overs from the Christmas dinner.  I think we might be eating ham for another day or two, lol!

We survived another Christmas away from home.  I always get so melodramatic during the holiday seasons because I really miss spending Christmas with my family.   I remember how I would help mama prepare for our Noche buena.  I would be the one in charge of peeling the potatoes and slicing them, shredding the chicken, grating the cheese and mixing the ingredients for the salad.  I miss Christmas dinners and gathering around to open our gifts.  I guess it's kind of weird hearing a 34 year old grown up ramble about memories of how it was spending Christmas at home.  I grew up in a close knit family, and I guess even if I am married with kids of my own, I would always have this feeling of wanting to come home for Christmas.

But since we moved to Cebu, we have been spending Christmas here and making traditions of our own.  We have our Christmas dinner on the 24th, and then attend the 10:00 pm Christmas eve mass.  When we get home, we gather around our Christmas tree for the kids to open their presents.  As much as I miss my family, Christmas will always be a wonderful season for us, most especially for our kids.  This is a season of remembering the blessings we have received the entire year and being able to share our blessings to others in our own little way.

So here's to all of you, whether you spent Christmas at home, away from home or at work... I hope that you had a good one this year and I hope that you get to spend it with those you love whether family or friends or work mates.  May that feeling of love, sharing and kindness we feel stay with us all through the year. ♥

Friday, December 21, 2012

Will It End Today?

12-12-12.  According to the Mayan calendar this is when the world would end.  Then came another question, when exactly, Eastern Time, Pacific Time or local time?  Then I found a link with a countdown and while writing this post,  I still have 9 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds until the end of the world.  I guess people in other parts of the world have been prepping up for this day.  But personally, I have been thinking about so many things I barely had time to even worry about doomsday,

I guess, if it does end today, (hopefully not since I really am looking forward to Christmas morning) I would say that I have been blessed.  I had a happy childhood, I have a family that has always been with me through hell and high waters, I was blessed with two wonderful kids, I married my best friend, I have good friends to share happy moments with.  My life is not perfect, but it would always be a happy life for me.  A life that I would want to live over and over again.

Will it end today?  We can never tell.  But I would still look forward to tomorrow when the sun would rise again, which means it's another chance at life...  So don't waste your time worrying about what's gonna happen today, no one but God would really know.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Blessing I Call Friends...

Life can be very unpredictable.  You will find moments when life is fun and exciting, but at one point it can change and things can be scary and stressful.  But with all these ups and downs we encounter,  we can always count on Friends to help us get through the complexities of life.

You will always find a friend to share memorable events in your life... going out on your first date, going through your first heart break, or getting in trouble for some foolish pranks you may have done.   Friends add that special magic in our lives.  They help us see the good even in a seemingly hopeless situation.  They are our strength when we are at the verge of breaking down.  They bring laughter just when you thought you would never find yourself smiling again.  Friends give you the courage to face difficult situations knowing that you are in it together.  I must admit, I could never imagine a life without them. 

For the past 34 years of my existence, I have met so many friends, from all walks of life.  I am grateful because I know that they have helped me become the person I want or even the person I don't want to be.  Some friends may drift away, but there are those that  would always be in your life, despite time and distance.  The friends I have, and the friends that I have yet to meet, are one of life's greatest blessings.  I always thank God for them...

To all my friends, thank you for the happiness you have brought into my life.  I hope that I had been the friend you wanted me to be.  Let us continue to spread the joy and be good friends. ♥

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Back To December

It's the first day of December, which means Christmas is just around the corner and the New Year not so far behind.  Today got me thinking of last year when I had so many plans in mind for 2012, but sadly never got to chance to actually pursue some of  them because of unavoidable circumstances.

Now, I find myself thinking about what to do for next year, and realized that I am back to what I was doing last December.  I have to probably stop  "just thinking" about it and actually start "doing something" to get to where I want to be for next year. 

But for now, I just want to make the most out of the 30 remaining days of 2012.  I may not have accomplished the goal I set for myself last year, but I could say that I had a good year in general.   In the meantime, let me be the first to greet you a Merry Christmas!  Here's hoping that you get to celebrate this season with your loved ones... and try to focus on the giving part and less on the receiving end, lol!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

17 Going Steady

Relationships are always a work in progress.  If you want your relationship to last, you must commit yourself to making things work out between you and your partner no matter what. Being in a relationship means one must be ready to face disappointments, heartaches and broken promises.  But it also means being able to have someone to laugh with over silly jokes, someone to hold your hand and make you feel that things are going to be okay.

Ross and I have been together for 17 years as a couple.  I must say that we've gone through so much.  We've gone through every arguments and fights.  We have had our share of laughter and tears.  We have seen the best and the worst in each other.   There were moments when I wanted to give up on us, but I know that I would end up hurting myself more if I did.

They say that the only thing constant in any relationship is that it changes.  It's either you fall more deeply in love, you grow further apart or you end up hating each other.  At this stage in our relationship I can comfortably say I don't want  things to change between us.  Our love is not perfect, but it's real, and in this crazy world what we need to get through life is something we can hold on to when things get rough.

 Let's keep things steady between us...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Instagram Friday

It seemed like a really long week and I am just relieved that the weekend has finally arrived.  I had been doing a lot of thinking  over the past few days, and I am hoping and praying to find the answer to all the questions running around my head.  For some reason, I think the answer has always been there, it's a matter of probably taking that leap.

For now, I don't really want to over think things, I am just looking forward to enjoying the weekend with my family.  I guess after a long week of hard work, we all deserve that.

Happy weekend guys, and to stick to my theme of InstaFriday inspired by another blogger,  I just wanted to share some photos I shared on Instagram. ♥

Three Special Pens
Sticky notes
Pringles, once you pop you can't stop.
My son calls these "rock candies"

Enjoy the weekend everyone, and don't forget, If you really want something, and if you have a solid grip on what you want, you’ll climb walls, move mountains, cross rivers, swim oceans—just to get what you really want.  Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Journey On A Time Machine

I find myself riding on a time machine every now and then.  It takes me back to the distant past where memories are being played like movies in my mind.  I loved the happy memories, and learned to live with the bad ones.  There is always a reason why we had to go through heartaches and disappointments, it was meant to help us become stronger and wiser.  But sometimes these memories can break us into pieces, and we are never the same again.

As much as I enjoy going back to the past, I would always find myself traveling into the future.  Having a vision of myself doing what I love to do, being around the people that matters the most to me.  The future is where I find my dreams and aspirations in life.  These dreams help keep me going each and every day.  It inspires me to be better.  There are dreams that I needed to give up for myself to give way to more important things in life.  But giving up does not mean letting go, if that dream lives in your heart, there is always hope that someday it will come true.

We all have our own time machine, so travel back and relive happy memories or go into the future and turn your dreams into a reality.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Favorite Movie Quotes

One of the things I love most is watching movies!  I could probably stay in the house all day, propped up on the couch, munching on chips just watching old movies!  It could be any genre, but what tops my list would be romantic films.  I don't know, I guess I'm just a sucker for love and even if sometimes what happens in movies can never happen in reality, doesn't matter.  I will always be a fan of love and all it's splendor!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from romantic movies that I've watched. 


"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more; that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That's what you've given me and that's what I hope to give to you forever."

“I finally understood what true love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

 "I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it."

 "I would rather fight with you than make love to anyone else."

"I vow no matter what challenges might carry us apart that we will always find a way back to each other."

And lastly, from the movie P.S. I love you.  This was the letter written by Gerry played Gerald Butler to Holly played by Hillary Swank.  I was crying buckets watching this movie.

 "Dear Holly, I don't have much time. I don't mean literally. I mean, you're out buying ice cream and you'll be home soon. But I have a feeling this is the last letter, because there is only one thing left to tell you. It isn't to go down memory lane or make you buy a lamp. You can take care of yourself without any help from me. It's to tell you how much you move me, how you changed me. You made me a man by loving me, Holly. And for that, I am eternally grateful... literally. If you can promise me anything, promise me that whenever you're sad, or unsure, or you lose complete faith, that you'll try to see yourself through my eyes. Thank you for the honor of being my wife. I'm a man with no regrets. How lucky am I? You made my life, Holly. But I'm just one chapter in yours. There'll be more. I promise. So here it comes, the big one. Don't be afraid to fall in love again. Watch out for that signal, when life as you know it ends. P.S. I will always love you."

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Flippin Over Flipelas

One fact about me is that I have zero tolerance for high heels.  I easily trip when I walk.  As much as I would love to wear wedges and stilettos, I could only appreciate them and never get to actually wear them myself, because I might just twist my ankles and fall flat on my face.  I do have some high heeled shoes handy for special occasions, but my feet could only last for a few hours until they start complaining.  So, I always have a pair of slippers in the car just in case my feet starts to  feel sore!

That is why I am grateful for flip-flops, and even more grateful when a friend of mine came up with her own version of what we call "tsinelas".  Flipelas is an online store that sells hip, and funky flip-flops.  The ordinary slippers is made extra special with all the trinkets and cute designs.  They can even custom design for you, and take note each pair is hand crafted which gives that special touch!

I am a proud owner of 3 Flipelas and hopefully when I go home next week, I could drop by her place and get myself a new pair, *wink*

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Aim To Be Happy

Things have been too hectic lately.  It seems that I always have so many things to do, yet so little time.  So today, I promised myself to just pause and find a moment to share my thoughts even for just a little while.

There are moments in our life when we seem to be uninspired to do anything.  It's like being caught in a sadness spell and all you want to do is "do nothing"!  But I realized that we should learn to overcome those moments and learn to find joy and inspiration over the simplest of things.  

Life is too short to focus only on things that would make us sad.  Always aim to be happy, because happiness is like a switch that would bring light even in the gloomiest of days.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Promise of A Sunrise

I guess one of the perks of working during the night shift is that I get to witness how the sun comes up every morning.  How the sky would slowly welcome the suns shining rays and bring in a brand new day.

I love the sunrise.  For me it is a promise of hope, of new beginnings, of second chances.  It is God's way of telling us to give life another try, an opportunity for us to correct our mistakes and move on to something better.

Each new day is a miracle in itself.  So face every sunrise with a hope that no matter what happens, life is good and that you should live it to the fullest, no fears, no regrets...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Comforts of Childhood Memories

I have not been myself lately.  Sometimes thinking about all the bills to pay, running a household, keeping up with everything going on at school with the kids, and all the other responsibilities that I have can be overwhelming.  

When I am troubled, I would always find myself going back and thinking about how life was for me when I was a kid.  It brings back happy memories of my childhood.  I did not have to worry about anything because as a kid, I always knew that my parents were there to take care of me. We were not rich, but my parents made sure I had everything I needed and even more,  I feel blessed because growing up, we were well provided for

That exact same thought would give me the courage to pull myself together because I am now a parent myself, with two kids depending on me.  I owe it to my children to make sure they would also have a happy childhood to look back to.

I may run into rough spots and trials now, but I would always think that despite everything I am still blessed.  Memories of my happy childhood would always bring me comfort and teaches me to live each day as it comes.

Friday, September 28, 2012

My Feel Good Song

Do you ever have a feel good song?  Like when you're down and you need cheering up, hearing a particular song would make you feel a little better?

Ever since I heard the cover version of  "I'm Glad You Came", I decided to make it my officially feel good song for now. 

I would feel light and bubbly (like champagne!).   It gives me this happy feeling inside and makes me think only of good things.

 So, what is your "feel good song"?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Company Outing At Shangrila

Last weekend, we had our company get together at Shangrila Mactan.  We were booked for a 2 night stay at the resort, thanks to our CEO it was an all expense paid outing!

It was an unforgettable weekend of fun, food, a couple of drinks and laughter!

I actually stayed for one night because I started missing the kids.  But it was worth it, the place was really beautiful.  

 The rooms were big and cozy!  I loved the sheets, they were so comfy you would just want to lay in bed the whole day and snuggle in!

     The breakfast buffet was my favorite!  I usually skip breakfast, but not this time...

The resort had a couple of pools you could swim in.  This one was my favorite, the family pool area.  I am sure my kids would love it here, and I'm saving up so I could bring them hopefully soon!

I love the beach!  Too bad I was not able to swim because of a monthly visitor, but that did not stop me from getting my feet wet! 

I could go on and on about how awesome the place was, but I guess what made the weekend really fun and special, were the people I was with, my friends and work mates.  I spend 8 or more hours each day with them at work, and if these guys work hard, they sure know how to party hard and have a good time!

A big shout out to our CEO who went out of his way to let us enjoy the weekend, and made us feel appreciated!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

For the Love of Running

I love to run.  Before you get any false impressions, I'm not really a good runner.  I just run at my own pace and I think that is good enough.  

Running teaches me to push myself to the limits and seeing how far I can go.  There are times when I feel tired and I just want to stop, but there is this voice inside me telling me to go forward.

Running gives me that feeling of being carefree.  When I run, I don't think about anything, I just enjoy the feel of the wind on my face and take in all the beauty around me.

Sometimes, running is my form of escape, or I run when I need to burn up calories from over eating, but most times I run simply because I love to.  

Sadly, I have not been able to join fun runs and marathons lately,  the last time I joined was around February of this year.  Although I can run at Abellana or I.T park whenever I want to, joining fun runs is more exciting for me!  I miss those kinds of events and I look forward to going back soon.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Dong Juan Burger Experience

If there's one thing I love to do, I guess that would be EATING!  Unfortunately I'm not one of those chosen few who could eat guilt-free without putting on any weight!  But that won't stop me from enjoying a good burger when I see one!

With all the fuzz around about Army Navy Burgers, I was told that Dong Juan also had the best burgers in town.  Since my husband had been there before and he said that the burgers were good, I decided to satisfy my taste buds.

We chose the Dong Juan at One Mango Place since it was more accessible.  The place was small but cozy, I think it could seat around 20 to 30 persons max, but they also had tables and chairs outside.  Aside from burgers, they also offered pizza, sisig, crispy pata and burger steak.  For our meal, we ordered a mushroom cheese burger, bacon burger and mozzarella sticks.  Andre as always was a regular yum with cheese guy so we had to drive through Jollibee before heading out to Dong Juan, good thing they allowed us to bring food bought outside!

The burgers were so huge!  I had to press it firmly so I could take a bite.  I loved their burger patty, it was juicy and it had a distinct flavor that would have you come back for more!  The mozzarella stick was a joy to eat!  The price range I guess were reasonable considering the size of the burgers they were serving.  

Simply said, I think that I would be going back to try out their other dish.  I wanted to see if I could handle their red hot chili burger.  For burger lovers, Dong Juan is a must try.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Masks We Wear

 You seem to be happy.  I see you smile each day, but I know behind those smiles are silent cries and tears waiting to flow. 

You appear tough.  You always have that stern look on your face, but I know behind that strong front is a person who is afraid to get hurt.

You appear to be concerned and would wish someone well.  But behind those hugs and friendly exchanges is a plot to pull the person down.

I realized that sometimes people wear masks for different reasons. 

 You put on a happy mask so those around you won't see that you're suffering from the inside.  You put on a mask to appear strong so others won't see that you also have a weakness.  But I guess what's scary is when people put on a mask to  pretend to be someone they are not.

When you put on a mask, you are not just fooling the people around you, you are also lying to yourself.  Don't be afraid to show who you really are and how you feel.  Those who truly love you would accept you for what you are. 

For those who hide behind masks to deceive others, stop and think about what you are doing.  Whatever reason you have would never justify the fact that you may be ruining peoples lives.

Take off that mask before it starts to ruin you.  Stop hiding behind those masks, face whatever life has thrown at you, and don't be afraid to let the people around you help you up.  Remember that you are never alone.  You don't need to put on a mask because someone out there loves you for being YOU.

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
― Andre Berthiaume

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

No-Cook Pastillas

 The big jar with filled with milk candies wrapped in bright yellow plastic caught my kids attention while we were lining up at the cashier in a convenience store.  Andre was the first to ask me if I could buy one for him.  He specifically said, "Mommy, just one for me and one for Micah too." But I bought 5 pastillas just in case they wanted more, and I was surprised that each costs 5 pesos.  A bit expensive considering that they were shaped into tiny balls, the size of those colored bubble gums you see in sari-sari stores.

So I decided to make my own no-cook pastillas.  It is simple and the recipes you would find in your own kitchen.  All you need are the following:

- 2 cups powdered milk (I used Nido for this recipe)
- 1 small can condensed milk
- Sugar for coating

How to make your own pastillas:

- Blend the first two ingredients (powdered milk and condensed milk).  Mix them well until smooth.
- Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Shape them into balls or logs and coat with sugar.
- You may wrap them in plastic cellophane if you like. 

If you have kids, you can ask them to help you coat the pastillas in sugar or they can do the wrapping, it would be a good bonding activity.  The mixing part would be reserved for adults  because once you combine the ingredients, it becomes too sticky and hard to mix.  A good upper arm work out though! 
My kids were excited to share the pastillas, Andre even told his playmates that his mommy was making candies!  Try  out this simple recipe and enjoy a yummy milky treat!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Little Best Friend

This photo makes me smile, because it reminds me of that rainy afternoon when Micah and I were playing around with the app I downloaded and we were trying out different hairstyles that would match our photos.  It was actually her idea that we have matching curly hair I must admit, my daughter looked better than me!

Micah and I are best friends, that by the way is according to her!  We talk about anything under the sun, she asks me endless questions and whenever she comes home from school, she has stories about her classmates and teachers and narrates everything she did that day. 

My daughter has been my constant date because she always tags around whenever I go out to shop for stuff and groceries.  We still have our ice cream dates together.  I love the way that she makes me laugh when she tries to be funny with her antics!  I just hope that when she gets older, she would still consider me her best friend and never keep secrets from me.

While I was making this post, she again saw this photo and burst into giggles.  I could not help but laugh with her as well.  I love you Micah.  Thank you for making mommy feel that I have someone who would always be on my side no matter what.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Good Life

What is a good life?  Is it living luxuriously, travelling around the world, shopping till you drop and partying all night long?

Not exactly. I want to share with you a post I read about the good life.

A good life is when you assume nothing, expect little.
Do more, need less.  Smile often. Dream big
Laugh a lot.  Pray always.
Cry once in a while and realize 
how blessed you are for what you have.

I hope and pray that you get the good life you deserve.  Learn to appreciate whatever it is that you have, try to find the good in everything, and be a blessing to others.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hello September!

September officially marks the start of the "Ber" months, which means Christmas is just around the corner.  I am excited about the holiday season coming up, but September also gives me enough reasons to be as ecstatic because of so many things to look forward to.

First on the list is that we are moving to a bigger office!  I love the old office because it had a cozy feel into it, but with the company expanding it's time to move to a bigger location to accommodate all the new amazing people joining the team.  Another thing is that our CEO would be visiting us and there have been plans of a company outing at a fancy resort once he is here, I can't wait!

This month, I am also very much excited to meet up with good friends I have not seen for a while.  My friends from my old workplace and I are planning on an "Army Navy" date, I already marked it on my calendar and that would be on the 15th.  My "soul friend" Mela and I are also planning to meet and chat on a weekend that would work for us both, we'll figure out the date but definitely pushing through.  My best friend (Sandee) is visiting the Philippines on the 6th, too bad I won't be able to meet up with her.  Another friend (Anne) who was my Intern at Makati Medical Center during my medical clerkship is visiting Cebu with her husband to attend a conference, and hopefully once schedule permits we're planning to meet over coffee.  And September 17th is the birthday of a dear friend, Happy Birthday Apple!! 

September has me looking forward to so many wonderful and exciting events, and I'm grateful that things are off to a good start.   I am praying that this month will also be good to you as well.  Be positive!

PS:  I am also looking forward to 2 new pair of Flipelas I ordered from my entrepreneur friend Cocaine. Yipee!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Just Smile

We are never free of problems.  I guess even the richest of the rich have their own worries.  But despite everything, find a reason to smile because no matter how difficult life seems to be for you, there will always be more blessings rather than burdens.

Worrying too much will give you "frown sags" according to a friend who came up with that word.  I don't want to be wrinkled and sad, I'd rather have laugh lines instead. 

 So just smile and have a happy Friday!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Better Late Than Never

I want to keep up with the photos that I need to share on my blog  so I'm giving my "personal thoughts" and "thoughts on life and love" posts a rest for today and maybe come up with something in a day or two, *wink*.

For some reason, I can't do a "same day" post of the photos we took whenever we go somewhere nice.  But I make sure I get to post it one way or the other, so here goes...

These photos were taken at Mountain View Resort in Busay.  We never got to see all the attractions in the resort because we had to walk uphill, and the kids were getting tired, but we had fun all the same.

Just arrived and starting our uphill walk.

Andre still had the energy to run around, but halfway through our uphill climb, he was starting to complain that his feet were tire, lol! 

First stop, the sleeping guard.  Don't sleep on the job,tsk, tsk!

While Micah wanted to have her picture and take in the view, Andre was in a hurry to get to the top.

Taking a rest

The photographers chance to get his photo taken :)

The view overlooking the pool.

Andre wanted to go swimming so he had this "Can i swim mommy,please?" look n his face.

Hey Mickey, why are you stone cold?

Enjoying the view of the city.

Before heading to the car, we decided to check out their tree house with a mini hanging bridge, really cool!

It was a fun afternoon, and even if I looked like a vampire (according to Micah) in some of the photos since my eyes were red and sore because it got irritated from the contact lens I wore the previous night, It did not really matter.  We had a wonderful time and that's what counts.

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