29 April 2011

Friday Fill-Ins

FFI


And...here we go!

1. I love to spend time online.

2. I try to give happiness and a smile.

3. It's how you deal with all the stress.

4. You don't tell me!

5. Well, would you care enough to come out and be assertive.

6. This open ended statement is really funny right? spring peepers.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spend time with my friends, tomorrow my plans include doing something beneficial and Sunday, I want to get done with work fast!

My Birthday Prayer

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Today is my birthday and I turned 30 plus years old again!;)
Here's my birthday prayer addressed to GOD in heaven:

Dear Lord,
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for all the blessings You gave me. Thank You for giving me my family and my friends who loves me unconditionally even if I'm at my worst. Thank You so much for today which marks the start of another year added into my life. Lord God, I continually pray for guidance and enlightenment as I go on with life. Please make me an instrument of Your love as I serve the people in my own little way. I hope I can make a difference in the lives of those people I've touched. I am also praying for my family. Please tighten the bond between us. I hope we can always surpass the trials bestowed upon us. Please bless us with good health and may we influence people more to pray hard and regain their faith in You. I am also praying for the conversion of sinners. I am praying for people who lost their faith in You. May they regain their faith and entrust their lives back unto You. Please forgive us all, sinners Oh GOD. Most importantly, I am praying for the world's safety and protection. I am well aware that our world today is in state of chaos because of civil wars against nations and the attack of natural calamities. May You envelop our world with so much protection so our world will still be a better place to live in.

I love You so much GOD and I entrust my everything to You.

Your daughter,
Marie

Rock 'n Roll Fridays: The "Happy Together Tour" Bands

Hi I'm DJ KathyA! Welcome to Rock 'n Roll Fridays. We are like other memes in that we will ask you thirteen questions each and every Friday. But our little "twist" is that each week we will pick a singer, band, era or category and pick thirteen of their songs. Each of our questions will be based on the lyrics. Got it? Great! Let's begin this week's meme!

Today we picked The "Happy Together Tour" Bands: The Turtles. The Buckinghams, The Association, The Grass Root and Mark Lindsay!

1. THE TURTLES… Happy Together …”Imagine me and you, I do, I think about you day and night, it’s only right…”
Who was the last person you thought about day and night? ** Nobody these days, though a few months back I used to think of this person who gave me so much to remember but had to let go.

2. THE TURTLES… Eleanor … “They’ll turn the lights down way low and maybe we won’t watch the show…”
What was the last movie you made out to? **None.

3. THE TURTLES… She’d Rather Be With Me… Me oh my, lucky guy is what I am, tell you why you’ll understand, she don’t lie although she can”
Has someone ever left another person to be with you? **None.

4. THE BUCKINGHAMS… Hey Baby They’re Playin Our Song… “Hey baby they’re playin our song, the one we used to hear when we used to get along”
What song did you love to hear in your most recent relationship? **Send Me One Line by Spyro Gyra

5. THE BUCKINGHAMS… Susan … “Susan, do ya have to be confusin’, I’m losin my mind….”
Who is the most perplexing celebrity to you? **too many to mention ;)

6. THE BUCKINGHAMS… Kind Of A Drag… “Kind of a drag, when your baby don’t love you, kind of a drag when you know she’s been untrue…”
What’s been kind of a drag for you lately? **waking up for work hahaha!

7. THE ASSOCIATION… Never My Love… How can you think love will end when I’ve asked you to spend your whole life, with me…”
How do you react to a break up? **It's normal these days because I always hear breakup stories.

8. THE ASSOCIATION… Windy… “and Windy has stormy eyes that laugh at the sun up high and Windy has wings to fly above the stars…”
What is the worst downwind you have ever been in? **I can't think of a worst one.

9. THE ASSOCIATION… Goodbye Columbus … “It’s a lucky day just for changing leavin the old world behind, lucky day for walkin a new road, just to clear your mind…”
What do you do when you’re overly happy? **I'm always thanking GOD for it.

10. THE GRASS ROOTS… Let’s Live For Today… “I think of all the worries people seem to find, and how they’re in a hurry to complicate their mind, By chasing after money and dreams that can’t come true, I’m glad that we are different, we’ve better things to do…”
How are you different from your significant other? **I am talkative.

11. THE GRASS ROOTS… Midnight Confession… “In my midnight confession when I tell all the world that I love you…”
What is your confession this week? **It's my birthday today hehehe ;)

12. MARK LINDSAY (Paul Revere & The Raiders)… Miss America … “Do you miss America, miss America, miss America, I know I do…”
Do you believe we should still have Miss America pageants? **Yes.

13. MARK LINDSAY Arizona … “Arizona, cut off your Indian braids, Arizona, hey won’t you go my way…”
Have you ever cut your hair or shaved a mustache/beard for someone else? **No.

24 April 2011

Sunday Stealing: The "It's All About Four Freakin' Things" Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named Mejis from the blog Southern Discomfort. She explains the she was tagged for the meme from Miss Angie over at My So-Called Chaos. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Cheers to all of us thieves!


Four Places I go:

1. workplace

2. church

3. mall

4. restaurants

Four Crushes I Have:

1. Brendan Frasier

2. Derek Ramsey

3. Raymund Bagatsing

4. Piolo Pascual

Four Smells that I Love:

1. a baby's natural scent (a newborn baby)

2. Bath and Body Work's Sweet Pea

3. Victoria Secret's Pear Glaze

4. Victoria Secret's Cocoa and Butter Cream

Four Favorite TV Shows:

1. America's Next Top Model

2. Grey's Anatomy

3. Fear Factor

4. Pilipinas Got Talent

Four Favorite Movies:

1. My Bestfriend's Wedding

2. The Count of Monte Cristo

3. Beautiful Mind

4. Filipino's One More Chance

Four Recommendations:

1. Trust GOD and never lose faith in HIM.

2. Love life.

3. Eat the right food.

4. Sleep well.

Four People that I'd love to read their Fours:

1. Harriet's

2. Bud's

3. Shannon's

4. Debbie's

Four Things about me that you don't know:

1. I am a people person.

2. I love GOD and my family.

3. I am very emotional.

4. I love to eat.

Four bands that I love:

1. New Edition

2. Freestyle

3. Backstreet Boys

4. Nsync

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Feel free to stop back and visit other player’s posts. Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

23 April 2011

Working on a Holy Week

Yeah that's right. I am working on a Holy Week. That only means I can't take part in Holy Week Church activities which I've missed doing. Now it makes me miss spending Holy Week in my hometown. I remembered tagging along with my parents during Good Friday and hear mass with the family together on Easter Sunday. Kakamiss talaga!

But I've got this personal reflection on this Lenten Season and apply it everyday of my life - that is to repent for my sins, spend more time with GOD, and be an instrument of Love to every person I meet.

17 April 2011

Sunday Stealing: The 65 Questions Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named Doug Spencer from the blog Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Doug does not credit where he got it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Tell us who the last person that you took a shower with. **it's with my niece

2. Tell us about your favorite tee-shirt. Extra points if you show a pic. (We know. What can you do with freakin' extra points?) **My UCB shirt sold on a bargain

3. Has anyone ever hit on you even though they knew you were taken? **No ;)

4. Do you plan what to wear the next day? **I mostly DO.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Why? **I feel sad. I miss someone.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's black? **My cellphone.

7. Tell me about an interesting dream you remember having. **It's about someone with a vague face who stood by me most of the time.

8. Did you or might you meet anybody new today? ** I met new patients today.

9. If you could be doing anything right now (or perhaps after you finish this ridiculous meme) what would it be? **get some sense of focus in what I'm listening at.

10. Can you think of a meme question that's never been asked? **I can't. I'm so preoccupied with a lot of things now.

11. What comes to mind when I say China? **the famous Great Wall of China

12. Are you overly emotional? **I can be.

13. If you could listen to just one rock album (CD, vinyl or mp3) which one would you pick? **I can't think of just one.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? **I lick it first then bite.

15. Do you like your car? **I don't have my own car.

16. Do you like yourself? **Yes.

17. Would you go out to eat with Charlie Sheen? **Of course!;)

18. What was the last song that you listened to? **After All, an OPM hit by Gary Valenciano

19. Are (or were) your parents strict? **Yes.

20. Have you ever wondered what attending a wild orgy (if only to watch or...) would be like? **Yes

21. I say cottage cheese. You say: ***a rat's favorite

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? **Yes, a lot of local celebs

23. What was the last movie that you watched at home? **A Filipino movie entitled "Don't Give Up On Us"

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in? **my shoes

25. What countries have you visited? **Hongkong

26. Have you ever made a phone call while you were drunk that you've regretted? If yes, do tell. **No.

27. Where were you going the last time that you were on a train? **I was on my way to a friend's house that's why I rode an MRT going North EDSA.

28. Bacon or sausage? **Bacon.

29. How long have you had a cell-phone? ** got a cellphone for 15 years already

30. What other memes do you do regularly? **Meet Me on A Monday, Thursday Thunks, Friday Fill-Ins, Saturday 9, and Sunday Stealing ;)

31. Who is the craziest meme host? **Bud? hahaha! Joke!;)

32. Who invented chop sticks? ** No idea.

33. Who are you going to be with tonight? **I'll be sleeping with my niece.

34. Are you too forgiving? **Yes, very much!

35. When was the last time that you were in love? **Just recently but it was unrequited love ;)

36. Tell us about your best friend. **No best friend but I have close friends.

37. What was the stupidest thing you learned in high school? **can't remember.

38. What was the last thing that you cried about? **pain, my aching heart

39. What was the last question you asked? **If my niece had her dinner already

40. Favorite thing to do this time of the year? **vacationing

41. If you had to get a (or another) tattoo, what would it be? ** a heart in stitches

42. How would your best friend describe you? **ask my close friend ;)

43. Have you ever seen all three Twilight films? **No.

44. Ever walked into a glass door? **Not yet. Maybe soon .

45. Favorite color on that person that you are attracted to? **Black

46. Have you ever slapped someone? **No.

47. What hair style (for you) would you like to see return? **My baby straight hair.

48. What was the last CD you bought? **jazz collection

49. Do looks matter to you? **Not really.

50. Could you ever forgive a liar? **I can.

51. What's the hardest bill to pay every month? **Internet and cable bills

52. Do you like your life right now? **Yes, a very challenging life.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on? **No.

54. Can you handle the truth? **Yes even if the truth may hurt me.

55. Do you have good vision? **No.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? **I don't dislike them. Nagtatampo lang.

57. How often do you talk on the phone? **I do it regularly especially when I'm at work.

58. What celeb would you like to come home to? **None.

59. What are you wearing? **Pair of Pajamas

60. What is your favorite wild animal? **leopard

61. Where was your facebook picture taken? in Bohol

62. Can you waltz? **No

63. Do you have a job? **Yes.

64. What was the most recent thing you stole? **None.

65. Have you ever crawled through a window? **No.

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Feel free to stop back and visit other player’s posts. Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

A Bitchy Me :(

I turned 'bitchy' yesterday. It was out of anger I guess. Who wouldn't be? I mean I've invested so much effort and sacrifices but everything have gone to waste. This has become stressful in my part, not to mention my being unhealthy these days. If a person is just so sane and thinks about what lies ahead then I guess I wouldn't have to worry at all.

*sighs*

13 April 2011

Bohol 2011 Escapade: Day 1

March 1, 2011 - my friends Julie and Ciara and I got so excited! This day marks the start of our 3-day out of town trip in Cebu and Bohol. As early as 7:00am, we all headed to Davao International Airport, with our packed bags for our 9.30AM flight bound for Mactan, Cebu. When we finally got together at the airport, we immediately checked in and had our baggage surrendered to Cebu Pac crew so we could be baggage-free during our flight. After checking in at the counter, we led ourselves to Gate 7, our assigned pre-boarding area. Before reaching Gate 7, we first had our terminal fees paid and had ourselves checked by the airport's security personnel. As we went through the area, I can really see happiness in our faces with extra packs of excitement cos this is our first time together in an out-of-town trip and this is Julie's first time to go to Bohol. While we're still at the Davao International Airport, I was glad cos our Bohol tour coordinator, Maam Alou of Lovebohol Tours continuously checked on us. Minutes before our designated flight schedule, it was announced by the Cebu Pacific crew that flight 5-J598 bound for Mactan, Cebu will be delayed. Despite having its delay, we were never disappointed for as long as there will be a flight for us. We just made ourselves comfortable and took a lot of pics to pass the time.




Airport Scenes

It was already past 10:00AM when the plane that will take us to Cebu arrived. Because it was such a delayed flight, after the disembarkation of the passengers on that certain aircraft from their Iloilo flight, we were already lining up at the counter for ticket verifications in preparation for boarding time. After necessary verifications have been made, we together with other Mactan bound passengers immediately headed to the aircraft. And guess what? we still had time to take pictures! Even as we had ourselves settled inside the plane, we still took pics of us!;) And guess what? Julie being the youngest in the group, got the window seat, hahaha!



Airport and Cebu Pac moments

During the flight, the two girls were fascinated by the outside view from the aircraft window while I was taking in-between naps (I am prone to manageable motion sickness in-flight). Good thing about the flight? There's Julie who always has Cream-O cookies in her bag, hahaha! She saved me from becoming hungry!;) After an almost one hour flight and that's almost 11:30am, we finally reached Mactan Internation Airport in Mactan, Cebu. Again, we took quick pics at the airport. Because the flight was so so delayed, we had to rush to Pier 4 where the Supercat terminal is located for our 12:35PM trip bound for Tagbilaran City. With the help of our relatives (and I can't thanked them enough for being so accommodating whenever we're in Cebu), they picked us up at the airport, traveled a 20-30 minute drive, and dropped us off at Pier 4. Take note, we didn't have anything on our stomachs yet and twas already lunch! With bags in tow, we went to the Supercat Office, which is just near the Supercat terminal, had our text message verified to confirm that we're booked for the said trip, got our boarding passes, and off we went to the boarding area. Thanked GOD, we're able to take our seats (again!). Since we're so hungry, we bought bunwiches from Dunkin Donuts just inside the vicinity of the terminal. We waited for our few minutes while we had lunch. It was 12:30pm when we embarked inside the Supercat ferry that will take us to Bohol. At exactly 12:35pm, we left Cebu City bound for Tagbilaran City. Since the trip would take almost 2-hours, we found time to take more pics, and most importantly took our naps because of the ala-Amazing Race moments we experienced earlier. ;)



Supercat Moments

It was past 2:00pm when we finally arrived at the Port of Tagbilaran City. I was glad it wasn't raining in the city despite the light downpour during the trip in between Cebu and Tagbilaran. For first timer Julie, and the rare Bohol visitor but with a Boholano blood, Ciara, I just can't allow not to take pics of them while they first set foot to Bohol on that very day. I even took a pic of myself, my first Bohol visit in 2011. ;)


Welcome to Bohol!;)

Too much excitement was in store when we first set foot in Tagbilaran. This brought excitement in my part because even if I am a frequent visitor in Bohol (i visit Bohol at least twice a year), this was actually my first Bohol travel with friends, and my first time to stay overnight in Panglao (a dream come true for me!). After a while, we went outside to look for a Lovebohol Tour staff who's solely responsible for our tours. And we're surprised to see all these:



We were given a warm welcome by Sir Ondoy!;) Looking at the Toyota Avanza itself as our "ride" for the day, we really felt like we're real tourists, very rich tourists, hahaha! We immediately gave a first hand to our customized itinerary since we're trying to fit everything in 2 days.

Our Bohol Day 1 Itinerary is the "Panglao Tour". From Tagbilaran City, we headed right away to the Island of Panglao which is just a few minutes away from the city. I just love strolling along Bohol streets even in municipal areas because they're so clean and green plus there are big houses found in rural areas. I was told by my Bol-anon mom that these big, beautiful houses are owned by Bol-anons who live overseas (because Bol-anons are said to be pioneers and travelers in other places) but still set their hearts on their native land and get to go home annually.

Going back to our itinerary, our first stop was the Dauis Church, one of the old stone churches in Bohol (Bohol is famous for big old churches). We got inside the church and found great architectural designs inside. I love the ceilings! They are great works of art! In the altar, I noticed a small walled area and later discovered it's Mama Mary's Well. A well in the church altar is just so rare! We took a peek at the well and it's a deep one. I can even hear the splashing of water inside when a coin was thrown there. We were told by the church staff that the water from the well is being patronized by the sick. We got each a bottle of water taken from the well and we also donated a little amount of money for the church.




Dauis Church Visit

After Dauis Church, we headed in the neighborhood and went to visit Bayoyoy who's said to be famous and is frequently visited by tourists and famous local celebrities. "Bayoyoy" is the smallest man at 64 who's been diagnosed with Dwarfism. We just took a short visit because at that time Bayoyoy was having his tantrums and it's time for him to sleep.

Visiting Bayoyoy

When we're done with our visit to Bayoyoy, we hit the road to Bohol Bee Farm. I got excited because it's my first visit there and I heard so much about Bohol Bee Farm as told by the famous cousin celebrities Sunshine Cruz-Montano and Geneva Cruz in their tweets! The road leading there is a bit rough and bumpy but it really pays enough to be patient. When we got there, we're welcomed by the warm smiles of the staff. Unfortunately, no buffet meal was served. I heard their breakfast meals are the best in town! They also serve organic foods for the palate. To beat the heat, we instead bought their amazing organic ice creams served in cab-cab cones!;) I got myself a malunggay flavor which tasted so awesomely! We roamed more on the premises of the farm and took some more pics. Too bad we're not able to take pics with I think the son of the owner who's amazingly gorgeous, hahaha!

Bohol Bee Farm pics

It was almost 4:00PM when we headed to Hinagdanan Cave. Sir Ondoy payed the entrance and parking fees and then we went down the cave. We were greeted by cave guides who are also great photographers! They ushered and accommodated us so well inside while taking our beautiful pictures too! We were just warned to be cautious because wet floors can be slippery and dangerous.


Hinagdanan Cave Adventure

Done with Hinagdanan Cave visit, off we went to Bingag Ostrich and More (still in Dauis, Bohol) which houses a variety of animals from snakes to ostriches, monkeys, leopards, owls, and many, many more! It's like a mini-zoo inside. Special thanks to the caretaker who gave time to introduce us to these creatures inside and who patiently assisted Julie and Ciara with their Phyton encounter. Yours truly is really not a fan of these type of animals that's why I only had less encounters with them.




Bingag Moments

It was almost dark when we left Bingag Ostrich and More and Sir Ondoy led us to our last stop for our Panglao Tour, the Panglao Church. Since it's almost night time, the church doors have been closed already. We're not able to get inside. Instead, we took pics inside the vicinity of Panglao Church and even took a pic of the old, old bell tower.



Panglao Church Visit

After the whole afternoon tour, we still can't find ourselves tired with all that had been for the day. After visiting Panglao Church, we were dropped off at Dumaluan Beach Resort where we had a room reservation for the night. We're really thankful to Sir Ondoy for being too patient with us. Dumaluan Beach Resort is known to be a quiet, place with only a few beach people settled in there and I was told it's one of the great Panglao beaches with fine, white sands and a nice beachfront. It was already 8:00pm when we're finally nested in our air-conditioned room. We changed clothes, arranged our things, and went out for dinner. We walked a few steps along the beach line til we reached a food haven that offers a not so-so pricey meals. We got the Grilled Platter at the price of P600. It took a few minutes before our food was served. We didn't get bored though because we just took time to savor the fresh air at the beach plus the fact that it's a great chance for us to experience taking our dinner at the beach.;) We're not even disappointed with the food. We got so full, did satisfy our palate and the price was just right. After dinner, we walked along the shore, loitered along the resort, til we finally decided to take a dip at the resort's pool before finally calling it a night.


Day 1 Panglao Tour is really very 'sulit' and we enjoyed every minute of it!;)

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