29 December 2012

New Year Thoughts


The year 2012 has changed me. I became less talkative, less friendly, became more patient, pretty cautious of my actions, less attached to people like I used to (but not to those who dared get my attention), been disliked and back-stabbed by some which I fortunately knew, and learned to experience patience and humility in their truest sense. Must really be the general feeling, the negative forces that lies within, and I think the mixture of varied personalities which I should say I should need to adjust on with. And how can I forget this year when a life-changing event did hit my hometown resulting to a totally-devastated Baganga affecting the lives of many people.

Despite all that, I'm still thankful to 2012 for the continued blessings, for the not-so-good experiences that made me stronger like the occurrence of Typhoon Pablo and the trial that rocked my family when my brother and my mother got hospitalized this year which all strengthened my faith in GOD, and last but not the least, I am thanking 2012 for allowing me to be the person I least expect myself to be.

In the year 2013, I'd gonna get my old self back. I wanna reclaim that same old Viness that earned the trust of people in my circle of influence. I wanna cleanse myself and detach from all the negative forces that impedes my self-growth and in the way I deal with people. I want to rekindle friendship with people I called as friends. I want to re-instill again the power of optimism as I deal on with life. I wanna be more physically healthy too. As to my faith, I want it to be more strengthened, thus also strengthening the faith I have in what I am capable of doing.

For now, I am keeping my fingers crossed for 2013. I am bracing myself to the positive changes in 2013, and is looking forward to the realization of my heart's desires in 2013.

Happy New Year Everyone!

27 December 2012

A Different Christmas

This year, our family celebrated a very different Christmas setup. I am glad that we're complete, the family is intact and we're not harmed but surely in our hearts, we're sad because of the fate of our beloved hometown which was totally wrecked by Super Typhoon Pablo 4 weeks ago. We just can't hide how our hearts have been broken because of the situation. We could have celebrated it merrier this time, if not for that trial that ruined our Christmas plans.

I myself didn't feel like celebrating Christmas. I never bothered wrapping gifts which I used to. I did include that in my Facebook post that my family, friends, and "inaanaks" would understand why gifts aren't in my thoughts this Christmas. I don't want to give financial burdens that's why as much as possible with the little salary I got, I wanted it to spend for the family. My parents are not requiring me, but I just wanted to help, even in my own little way.

For the record, I did not also attend Christmas parties. I don't want to spoil parties by answering endless questions as to how are we doing right now. Christmas parties are meant to be fun that's why I don't wanna be a spoiler.

We celebrated Christmas this simple: we had 4 recipes on the table minus the lechon and the gifts. We do have a Christmas tree but a gift-less one and we're settled on that already.

At least right now, we're settled and okay and we're on our road to accepting the reality that Pablo is a life-changing event in our lives. We're trying to move on and let go. And I know soon, we'll totally be okay with God's guidance and with our fervent prayers to HIM.

Despite everything, we're still thankful to GOD coz we're safe and unharmed, plus blessings also that came our way recently.

17 December 2012

On Sacrificing Time

Christmas is supposed to be a merry making season but right now, with what has happened, I just can't feel its merriness. I heard friends busy about buying gifts, of attending parties while I myself is even undecided as to attend these parties or not. I am sure it would be a penniless Christmas for me because I need to sacrifice to be able to at least financially help or save for the family. I found myself restless too these days. Well I guess I need to. My hometown is totally damaged with 100% damaged infrastructures leaving a lot of people hungry and worst is, homeless. It is for that reason that I am volunteering for a relief effort group known as Sagip Baganga to be able to at least take my part in slowly helping the people with their basic needs, make them feel better, and at least challenge themselves to get up and start rehabilitating Baganga. With my volunteering, I've already sacrificed a lot of time even if I'm also having a present-day job which I also loved. 

All I am asking right now is for GOD to help me bless my physical health. I need more physical strength so I could fulfill both my tasks at work and in this relief organization I am working with. I know that with the best health, I could still serve and help a lot of people in the best way I know how.

15 December 2012

Sagip Baganga On The GO

Sagip Baganga is a relief effort done by devoted Bagangeños to extend help to the victims of Super Typhoon Pablo in Baganga. Currently, we are still accepting donations/cash donations at the President's office of the University of the Immaculate Concepcion, Bonifacio Campus for the victims of Super Typhoon Pablo in Baganga Davao Oriental.  Relief Items needed: Rice, Canned Goods, Milk, Cup Noddles and other ready to eat food, water, assorted medicines, Clothings, Blankets, Flashlights w/ batteries, Tents, Mosquito Nets.  For cash donations, please deposit to BPI Savings Acct #: 2889-0529-56 Domitilla Apostol. PLEASE HELP SAVE LIVES. PLEASE HELP BAGANGA. Baganga needs you. To those who have already contributed, our heartfelt gratitude goes to all of you. Maraming, maraming salamat po.

Meanwhile, here's a glimpse of "Sagip Baganga" in pictures along with the people behind it:









14 December 2012

Baganga NOW after Super Typhoon Pablo

The total devastation of Super Typhoon Pablo in the Municipality of Baganga with 18 barangays in it left us with nothing. Everyone is hardly hit. Pablo didn't choose the rich to be saved, nor the poor to succumb from the disaster. Everyone is equally fair with Pablo's wrath. With the attack of Pablo, municipal buildings are damaged, the market place is damaged, school buildings are damaged, and our homes are even severely damaged. Only a few houses stood still. Majority of the roofs of concrete houses flew off and joined Pablo in the air.  

Right now, the whole municipality has no electricity yet. Even telecommunication lines are paralyzed. The network towers of Smart and Globe aren't fixed as well. I heard that it takes years to rebuild bridges. Government documents are even wet with the rain because no roofs are there to keep them safe and secured. I just can't imagine how else would everyone go about with this change.

Right now, all I can do is to Pray, to pray for each and every one of us to be tough and strong to fight all the challenges. Unity and togetherness is what I am for. I know Baganga will rise again but it would take time for it to do so. 

Here's an aerial view of Baganga NOW taken by Jacque D. Rivera (thank you Jacq). I chose this because I personally think this is a perfect shot of Baganga NOW for the world to see. 

at the town of Baganga; the destroyed blue building at the lower right is the Baganga Central Elementary School, the 3-storey building at the upper left is St. Mary's Academy of Baganga.

12 December 2012

Please Heal Us, Please Heal Baganga...

This is a video I made through Photo Peach. I made the song O Hesus, Hilumin Mo from a Jesuit album as a background music. I knew we've been wounded, I knew our hearts have been broken. Thus, we are seeking comfort from the Lord Jesus Christ, Our Savior.

 Jesus, Please Heal US, Please Heal Baganga on PhotoPeach

11 December 2012

SAGIP Baganga

Our SAGIP Baganga tarpaulin posted at the premises of the University of the Immaculate Concepcion
With what's happening to our hometown as evident by the pics I've seen on Facebook, I decided to personally volunteer in a relief effort organization to extend my help to our fellowmen in Baganga. I just can't take it knowing that majority are now homeless and what they need right now are the relief goods for them to survive. It even pains me knowing that my Mom has lined up to get relief goods for the household. =( That is a sad reality each of us Bagangeños by heart to accept. 

To be able to serve the people, I am serving for SAGIP Baganga which is being organized by devoted Bagangeños. SAGIP Baganga is accepting donations/cash donations at the President's office of the University of the Immaculate Concepcion, Bonifacio Street in Davao City for the victims of Super Typhoon Pablo in Baganga Davao Oriental.

Relief Items needed: Rice, Canned Goods, Milk, Cup Noddles and other ready to eat food, water, assorted medicines, Clothings, Blankets, Flashlights w/ batteries, Tents, Mosquito Nets.

For cash donations, please deposit to BPI Savings Acct #: 2889-0529-56 Domitilla Apostol.

Please help save lives.
Please HELP Baganga and its people.

THANK YOU.

Baganga After Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) 2012


This year 2012 marks a sad year for us, Bagangeños. It is during this year specifically December 4, 2012 when  Pablo made its landfall in our hometown in Baganga, Davao Oriental which claimed the lives of many, injured a lot of people, and left our homes and buildings almost 100% destroyed. 

My sister and my brother went home 2 days after Pablo destroyed the place and these are the pics she took:

My siblings had to ride in one of these bancas to be able to reach our hometown. This is in Baugo, where the bridge has collapsed due to typhoon Pablo.
The now leafless trees near the vicinity of our house. =(
My lola's house

The Broken, Collapsed Bridge

This is a long bridge in Baugo, connecting the towns Baganga and Caraga in Davao Oriental.

More Pics of Devastated Baganga

The town of Baganga, Davao Oriental is now totally devastated. All the structures are destroyed. If it's a concrete building, it's roofless. If a house is not concrete, it's for sure destroyed and is not capable for people to live in it.

Take a look at these pics:

Aerial view of Baganga town. Photo credits: Jacque Rivera

Saint Mary's Academy

A street in Baganga

A street in Baganga

Baganga, Davao Oriental Isolated?

Personally, I got so disappointed not being able to get any updates from my beloved hometown in Baganga, Davao Oriental, including updates about my relatives specifically my parents a few hours after learning that Super Typhoon Pablo made its landfall there. My sister and I stayed home during that day online and even turned the television on the whole day, hoping that at anytime, a breaking news or anything of that sort could be sought. It just worsened when I learned from ABS CBN News Channel ANC that there's a power and electricity outage in some areas in Davao Oriental, including our hometown. That explained why all my family's phone lines were out of reached.

On the later days, I got hold of the news that Baganga is among the isolated places to be stricken by that powerful typhoon and that it isn't still accessible. Why isolated? Is it because a certain bridge has collapsed in Baugo making it inaccessible? How come help didn't get through right away unlike those in New Bataan and the rest of the Compostela Valley Province? Can't choppers be hired for that instance to get hold of the news at least? Aren't there any collaborative efforts made from those people in authority to get the freshest news from there?

I really am disappointed for that matter.
It's not only me who's disappointed. A lot of Bagangeños all over the world are so much disappointed.

It was only through Facebook pictures then that we're able to finally take a glimpse of our once-lovely hometown which turned out to be totally destructed by Pablo's wrath.

And that makes me sad.
Depressing pictures did make me sad.
Will Baganga be able to rise again?
I just bowed down my head and whispered a silent prayer to my family, relatives, kababayans, and my beloved place.

09 December 2012

A Few Baganga Pics Devastated with Typhoon Pablo

Baganga Hi-way

the street in between the municipal plaza at the left and the parish church and St Mary's Academy at the right side

Still at Baganga hi-way; shell station at the topmost left damaged by the typhoon


Photo Credits: Vilma Batao Ikeda

I will post more pics soon.

Baganga Experiences Power and Communication Outage after Pablo's Landfall

I had little less sleep and woke up too drowsy on December 5. Prepared myself early for work while TV was turned on for the news updates about Typhoon Pablo thinking by then that the media can already deliver news updates from our hometown. Still it's a failure in my part to get the freshest news from my beloved hometown as Governor Malanyaon, who was interviewed by ANC over the phone, said that there's a communication and power outage in Davao Oriental.

Feeling sad, I went to work with my mind solely thinking about the plight of my parents, relatives, and my kababayans back home. I was actually late at work because within me, I just wanna stay home til I could get to hear news from our place and to hear my parents talk.

It was past 2PM when I saw my mom's pic in my caller ID making the call. I jumped with joy, ran outside of our unit ward, and stayed where there's a strong signal. My mom related to me the details of how Pablo did attack the place. She told me how strong the wind was at that time. She related that Baganga is really pitiful right now because of the wrath of Pablo. Our house now stands without a roof and most of Baganga's houses are now roofless too! I told my Mom I was happy to talk to her. I asked her if they still got food for themselves. She reassured me they're okay but the whole town and the people in general aren't okay.

I really thanked GOD, Mama Mary for saving the lives of my parents.
Thank you really GOD for keeping them safe.
I love them so much that's why I can't afford not to think about them.

Next post: Pics about the devastated Baganga

Typhoon Pablo Makes Landfall in Baganga

Who would have thought that Typhoon Pablo will make its landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, my hometown, when all the news were focused on its anticipated landfall in Hinatuan, a province in Surigao del Sur?

Yes, it was early morning of December 4, 2012 at 4:45AM when all the news networks on TV aired Pablo's landfall in Baganga Davap Oriental. My thoughts were with my family specifically my parents during that time. I kept my fingers crossed thinking about them and how they might have been. I knew how strong this Super Typhoon 5 Pablo hitting Baganga. I prayed so hard for my families and for Baganga. While in Davao at Storm Signal Number 2, strong winds have occurred and rains did persist for the whole day. There was a brownout but in less than an hour, electricity was back. I and my sister spent the whole time that day just watching TV and stayed on the internet to get updates from our hometown.

We failed. 
We never got updates the whole day of December 4,2012, not even news and radio updates.
That night, my sister slept with me because she can't helped thinking bout our parents and relatives back there in Baganga. We slept late clueless and frustrated.

Preparation for Storm Pablo

I came from a graveyard shift that day. I knew Super Typhoon Pablo was coming. I just slept to regain physical strength. When I woke up, I felt the cool breeze and got to listen to the sound of the wind. It's not as strong like how it was on the day Pablo had arrived but I knew the storm was coming. The clouds became dark and that signaled me to fix myself and go to the supermarket to buy our basic needs. My parents called up that day too, and likewise, they were also warned about the typhoon. I told them to take good care of themselves as it was aired that Pablo will make its landfall in Hinatuan in Surigao, which is a few hours from Davao Oriental. It was 5pm when I got to the mall. I bought candles, loaves of bread, canned goods, ready-to-cook foods, etc.  I even rushed home because I don't wanna get caught with the traffic. My mom also FB-messaged me, telling to go home too. 

That's how I prepared for Pablo.

Typhoon Pablo Hits Mindanao

Ever since I was young, I never experienced any typhoons here in Mindanao unlike in Luzon and other parts of the Philippines where typhoons frequent some places. That's one thing I'd forever be thankful of to GOD because Mindanao has been tagged as a typhoon-free area (that was then).

Not until the alert that Typhoon Pablo's gonna hit us first week of December.
At first, it was hard to believe it. How could I believe it when a few days before it occurred, the sun was way up high in the sky delivering its intense heat when all I wanna do then was to situate myself in a fully-airconditioned room. Dad even called up from Baganga and told me there's a storm signal alert that's why he ceased to leave for work to Cateel that day.

Yes, I did experience Typhoon Pablo's strength even if I am here in Davao that sad day of December 4. We're placed under Storm signal Number 2. In here, I heard the rumbling of the winds. I've witnessed the movement of the roofs nearby and also the slamming of the doors. I kept thinking how the typhoon might be like in my hometown where Pablo made its landfall.



I can't anymore understand the settings of this blog site. I can see there are big gaps between my posts. Can someone help me out with this? I don't find it pleasing. I want posts to be closer to each other.

27 October 2012

Today is just like any ordinary day. However, my feelings have somehow been shaken a few days back after learning that my darling niece has just arrived abroad without letting us know, and even without bidding goodbye to us. I was sobbing in tears for that matter and more tears fell knowing how much my parents have been hurt. 

My niece is our happiness - a happiness being taken away from us. It would be better if we were told, if we had ourselves ready but it's not. She's been ripped off with her right to cling on to us a year ago. We searched, we waited that she'd visit us.To no avail, she didn't. I knew she loves us so dearly but she just can't manage to fight for us maybe because of fear. 

Now we're being torn into pieces. We've been hurt, emotionally.
I wish someday she will still look up to the love we gave her, and I wish someday she'll be strong enough to know and fight for her rights without being ruled by any other else.

Please be with her God.
Please be with us. 

I know these have happened for a reason. I know in time we'll get through this pain.

22 September 2012

Papa Was a Rolling Stone

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. What’s the best memory that you have of your dad, while growing up? **he's the MOST SUPPORTIVE DAD all throughout these years and is always been a very good provider.

2. How boring do you think your life is? **Not really that boring though some would say it's boring because I don't have a so-called lovelife.

3. Can you do any accents? If not, do you know someone who is good at it? **I can do it for as long as I can practice doing it. I am a fast learner. Lol.

4. What technology did you at first fear that you now could not live without? **cellphone - my only means of communicating to my fam.

5. Do you, or have you ever, thought you have a book in you?**book written about me? No.

6. How does the weather effect where you live? **weather is unpredictable. Rainy during night time and super sunny during daytime OR at times I just can't tell.

7. Are you more interested in you favorite artist’s next work, or the TMZ side of it all? **artist's next work

8. Have you ever felt “battled-scarred” by a relationship or relationships in general? If yes, do tell. **Yes, generally. No more explanations. Lol

9. Do you tend to root for the bad guy? **No.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend! (257: grant)
I never recalled being introduced to this person. I thought we could just say our Hi's and Hellos just like acquaintances do but I was wrong. So wrong really. She stares at me like I've sinned against her. How on earth could she do that. She's still young but hey, she can't judge just that. I talked to her one time about a kin's concern and she's didn't sound friendly neither. Just today, I had my share of those irritating 'stares' again and I almost got provoked. I still contain some patience in me.

There are just some people you can never pleased. However, I wasn't born either to please her. Well, c God na ang bahala sa kanya.

21 September 2012

Friday Fill-Ins (September 21, 2012)

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And...here we go!

1. I don't know what it's like to sing and dance at the same; I only know how to sing.
2. Challenge would be a great title for my life.
3. A couple of weeks from now I am getting ready of what's to come.
4. I can bring any number of things.
5. I drove from the city streets to Marfori and Bangkal.
6. As a child,  I was happy.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to get some sleep to recharge my physical energy for work, tomorrow my plans include sleeping the whole day and Sunday, I want to talk to GOD again!
Hello Philippines.
Hello World.

I am still here but quite a busy bee though. Been busy with work stuff and nothing more. It's just that I can't find time to open my pc for blogging. Wish there's Blogger over Android so I could just blog of about anything. Well, the past days have been great. Nothing extraordinary to write about though. For the record, I met up with my high school friends last month just in time for a friend who's here for a vacation only. I had fun with them. I've been tagged to some Facebook pics but not me who's not anymore into updating my FB. For now, I am happy with how my life has been. I am working. I am happy working. There could be some trials but I am trying to surpass them. And most importantly, I am very optimistic of what lies ahead. I knew in due time I'd be facing another phase in my career. I can't blog about it for now but I am keeping my fingers crossed. I will try to blog about it as soon as everything's gonna be certain and clear.

=)

31 August 2012

Cute Kitty!:D

In the middle of cleaning our flower boxes, pulling out the weeds, and burning dried leaves, I found this creature up in the fence sleeping. Poor Kuting! She must have been really tired all-night long. =)

Friday Fill-Ins (August 31, 2012)

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And...here we go!

1. You don't have to be scared of anything as long as you know you're on the right track.
2. But it's the thing that is sometimes so hard to face in reality.
3. Basically, I am optimistic.
4. How I interpret life is how I am dealing with it.
5. In this way, I could be guided upon.
6. I believe firmly in GOD.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to stay home, watch TV and sleep, tomorrow my plans include doing some chores and Sunday, I want to try waking up early for a mass which I hope I can do since I'll be working in the afternoon!

27 August 2012

Dinner Date with the SP-G peeps

June 15, 2012.
Excited. Happy. Very eager to meet friends. 
These were the emotions felt when a date was set for a meet-up with friends I rarely see but often missed. After my gym work-out, I headed immediately to Cafe Laguna, the place where we're set to meet and dine together. Thank GOD, I wasn't late. Right after arriving, we immediately had our orders taken and the talking started from there. So glad to have seen friends especially Nadj who came home for a vacation from Kuwait, including Jeph whom we haven't seen for a few year's time. It was indeed great to have spent time with them though we've been missing some who are now located overseas.

Til next time guys!

26 August 2012

Sunday Stealing: The 88 Meme

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!


Today we ripped off a blogger named ChibiNatsumi21 from the blog  The Unfulfiller of Expectation. It’s 88 questions, we will do it in parts. She does not state where she found the memeBut, 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. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing



 
1. What type questions do you hate on a meme? **being asked bout my personal life.. Lol..:D

2. If you married the last person you texted, what would your last name be? **Calibo

3. Were you happy when you woke up today? **not much coz I haven't gotten much sleep

4. When were you on the phone last? And with who? **Yesterday and it was a referral I made to an MD

5. Who are you excited for? **myself Hahaha!:D

7. Honestly, who was the last person to tell you they love you? **my dearest friend

8. What's the last thing you put in your mouth? **water

9. Have a best friend? **I'd like to think so.

10. Were you ever or are you scared to fall in love? **scared I guess.

11. Do you think teenagers can be in love? **yes, they can.

12. Last person you wanted to punch in the face? **that boastful somebody!

13. What time is it right this second? 10:25AM

14. What do you want right now? **eat brunch

15. Who was the last person you took a picture with? **my sis and Father Efren

16. Are you single/taken/heartbroken/or confused? **single

17. When was the last time you cried? **last night while reading a pocketbook

18. Do you have a good relationship with your parents? **Yes.

19. Do you find it hard to trust others? **yes

20. How fast does your mind change? ** depends on a given situation

21. I bet you miss somebody right now. Who is it? **my niece

22. Can you honestly say you're okay right now? **yes



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25 August 2012

Saturday 9: I'm So Excited

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. What was the last event or situation that got you really excited? 
**Davao's Kadayawan 2012
2. How old were you when you started working and what was your first job? 
**I was a telemarketer after graduating in college but only lasted for 6 months.
3. Tell us about your grandparents.
 **my paternal grandparents were both dead already and they were a bit strict when I was still a kid Lol. My maternal grandmother is still alive though I used to see her rarely and I've never seen my maternal grandfather who died before my parents got married.
4. Do you procrastinate or are you usually on top of situations?
 **I am not on top of situations. I do weight things.
5. What would others say about you?
 ** Shy. Lol.
6. Do you believe in life on other planets? 
**I don't.
7. When was the last time that you were called too thin? 
**When I was a kid.
8. Do you work out? Have you ever joined a gym and quit almost immediately? **I try to do Hip-hop Abs and get into toning my muscles with our dumbbells here at home. I do working out in a gym but it just happens rarely.
9. Do you feel that you utilize all your intelligence in every situation?
 **No, not always BUT in everything that I do, I am always using my head. :D
 
Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend! (253: elled)

09 July 2012

One Great Manila Escapade

I was in Antipolo City for a live-in seminar along with some friends last May 2012. Indeed I must say that I was blessed with such opportunity because I gained a lot of learning I ought to learn plus the fact that I was sent there for free (free airfare and accommodation). We stayed there for 5 days and  as expected, we got in-between trips along the course of the training. One great memory I would say which was a memorable one was when we all visited the metropolis where I served as their guide (because I am a bit familiar with Manila compared to them). We joined the crowd in MRT stations hopping from one station to another, we loitered in some Manila malls, we made "tambay" in Bonifacio High Street, and of course, we can't afford to eat!:) 



07 July 2012

Reminiscing Sunny Days on Rainy Days!

Never really had an idea if the months of June and July really meant rainy months. I may have observed it though in the previous years but I haven't thought about it not until this year when days seem to be rainy. When I say it's rainy, it's really super rainy! Ah, the agony of navigating my feet in some areas infested with mud and flood and one thing I hate about rainy days? I don't know how to walk without getting my feet dirty under the falling rain.

With the rainy days happening, half of me reminisces how great it is when it is a sunny day. I don't really mean sunny days under the scorching heat of the sun but sunny days when air is cool and the sun is just gentle on my skin. Can't help but reminisce my summer escapade with friends last April when we're out of town spending some time in a beautiful paradise in Camiguin---> those were one of the best sunny days of my life! 

06 July 2012

Friday Fill-Ins! (7/6/12)



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And...here we go!

1. I am happy with my current state!
2. Strawberries and apples are my favorite summertime fruits and vegetables.
3. To help me succeed, I should be armed with prayers and trust in GOD.
4. Spending time in the beach is the one thing I want to do this summer more than anything!
5. Just the other day I was saying it's over.
6. And I thought about it over and over again.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep early, tomorrow my plans include hitting the gym and Sunday, I want to hear mass!

04 July 2012

The Psych Phenoms

Months before Christmas 2011, I made an FB page about our batch reunion. It was actually me who headed the planning and what to expect. 15 batchmates did commit but unfortunately, only four showed up. This wasn't actually a reunion but a mere get-together of four pysch phenoms.

So glad I got to see this three people. We dined at Trellis and made "tambay" at Starbucks. 

I hope next time, a lot could attend.
I miss you all batchmates!

Him.

Okay this is the story that I so long wanted to confess.

Exactly 3 years ago today (that was 2009), we started to exchange messages. Of course, I knew him through the now defunct Friendster random friends, and from there we exchanged numbers. I never thought that the consistency of communication could actually develop into something closest to real friendship. And that's how it all started.

We've been friends for months. With the aid of technology, we used to talk, exchanged SMS, sent emails, sang, laughed, and truly became friends. We shared so many stories about life and our families. We actually were like good friends, though we never really saw each other personally. I did consider that as true friendship. A genuine one.

Until he broke ties with me the day after we happily talked on the phone.
I was blamed for such a shallow reason.
And he left.

It was during those times that I felt the loss.
With my chasing him consistently trying to save the friendship, I realized one thing.
I was drawn to him. I fell for him.

I only got heartaches and humiliations.
At some point, I got sad.
I questioned why we had to meet only to find out that he's not gonna stick with me (not even as a friend).

I tried to be okay for quite some time.
And after a long while, I became so okay.
He'd still occupy my thoughts but not as much as how it was like before.

June 3, 2012 - I got a message from him.
He apologized for the heartaches and humiliations.
I wouldn't have replied but I did.
I told him I've managed to be okay, even without him.
I explained that I took his apologies, yet I still can't forgive him.

For now, I am still trying to be okay despite that some memories of him occupies my thoughts since he sent me an email. However, things are under control. 

Today is the last day that I'm gonna wait for his message.
If there would be no message from him today, it's as good as he put our friendship to an end -- the truth that I'd like to take with me forever.



Hello Blogosphere!:D

Hello Blogosphere!

Yes, this is me again greeting each blogger who peeks in my blog. Been so busy lately but I admit I do miss blogging. 

Anyway, today is a very wonderful day to me. I woke up with a very fine weather (yes!). Been raining for the past few days. If it's not gonna rain, it's also too sunny and I kinda hate that. Today's just different because it's not sunny and there has been no signs that it's gonna rain (now am smiling). 

I hope this weather will remain. :D




Woke up to the sight of this. Awesome, aight? :D


06 May 2012

The Get Out of Jail Free Meme, Part One



Today we ripped off a blogger named Pookie 808 called Pookie808.We will do it in two parts. Where she got it, we have no idea. But this is someone who could not come up a separate screen name and a blog name. 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. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!








Sunday Stealing: The Get Out of Jail Free Meme, Part One

1. When you're home alone, do you still close the door when you use the restroom? **No. ;)

2. If you have to go grocery shopping, would you rather go alone or with someone? **I'd rather be alone so it's gonna be fast and quick.

3. It's your best friends birthday, would you buy them a gift even though they didn't buy you one for yours? **Of course! Will buy her a gift.

4. You win the lottery. Lump sum or small payments over a period of time? Why? **Lump sum so I could use it for great investments;)

5. Do you like your music loud or at a reasonable level? **It solely depends on my mood since there are times I like to hear it loud or with my earphones.

6. Are you a beach person or a snowy mountain person? **A beach person.
   
7. When do you brush your teeth? **After meals.

8. Can you watch scary movies alone? **No.

9. Soft bed or firm? And in fantasy land, who's in it with you? **I like it firm with someone special.

10. Would you rather stay home all day, or be out and about? **It also depends on my mood since I also love to stay home all day.

11. What's one of your worst memories (that you are comfortable sharing)? **Falling for someone I never met.

12. Do you like to keep the peace or be confrontational? **I am a peace-maker so I like to keep the peace. ;)

13. Are you more likely to be with a large group of people or a few close friends? **I am more effective when with few close friends.

14. What are your plans for October? **Another getaway perhaps with friends!;)

15. If money were not a problem, where would you like to live? **I'd like to live in a peaceful environment.

16. What is your ideal profession? **Being a nurse.

17. Are you (or were you) close to your Mom and Dad? **I am close to both.

18. What is one fear that you can't seem to overcome? **???

19. Are you good at math? **No.

20. Editor's note. There is no question 20. It is sort of like getting a "Get out of Jail Free" card. We will do 21 to 40 next time. Peace & love!

On Becoming Optimistic

The year started slow for me. I even faced some trials along the way at an early start like my brother being rushed to the hospital on the first week of January 12 because of his health condition needing emergency treatment. I knew how we sacrificed much and that includes my family, however, we still were hopeful that we could surpass this trial. And yes, we really did. Nothing much happened in the first quarter of 2012 and nothing more exciting coz I was too engrossed with having to adjust on my new work assignment (yes! I got a new ward to deal with). It's in the April month that I got excited knowing that I got an anticipated summer getaway with friends. And yes, it was a very successful trip for me with me leading the organizing, budgeting, and other stuff related to the trip. After the getaway, everything seems to be in place. Another opportunity is set to happen this May and I know this will be the start of something to look forward to---> another milestone in my career.

As of the moment, I can't help but be grateful to GOD for all these. I knew everything would be in place. I knew everything's gonna be a reality and not just a dream. And with full optimism, I am looking forward to what's deem to happen in the next few months. 

I am keeping my fingers crossed!

07 April 2012

On Lenten Season

Today, we are celebrating the Lenten Season in commemoration of God's love for us by giving His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die for us. Let us be reminded of this great GOD's love by simply reflecting on this and in return be keen enough to do wondrous, good acts in return.

As of the moment, I am not really that active in any Lenten activities because I am too much tied up with work. However, I simply adore GOD's love for me and how grateful I am for my GOD because of the wondrous things and acts He did for my life.

I vouch to strengthen my faith in Him, vouch not to ever desert him, and keep my Faith stronger as ever.

I love GOD.
I love being a receiver of His Love.
I love Him for dying on the cross for me.

13 March 2012

Just Reminiscing!

If we didn't fight, we could have spent almost 3 years of friendship now.
If we didn't argue, we could have been good friends still.
But everything's shattered.

You hurt me.
You left me.
You never explained yourself to me.
You told me I've swallowed a bitter pill making you turn your way against me 360 degrees.

The Queen's Meme #112 ~ The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meme

Welcome to The Queen's Meme #112
7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

Warning: This meme may make you hungry. It's all about our favorite time of the day: mealtime. Take a bite of this appetizing meme. Please pass the salt.



1. Breakfast literally means "breaking the fast" of the night. What is your favorite cereal? ***Quaker Oats Cereals - Chocolate Flavor ;)

2. Brunch is typically eaten between breakfast and lunch. When is the last time you brunched? ***Last brunch happened exactly today. No plans of eating lunch now that it's lunchtime ;)


3. In the castle we call it luncheon. The prisoners downstairs in the dungeon call it horrible lunch. Do you eat lunch at the same time everyday? What is your favorite sandwich? ***Tuna Sandwich

4. What is the difference between dinner and supper? ***Dinner is the latest term these days while supper was the term used on the early days. That's how I think is the difference, Lol. Hope I make sense. ;)

5. What time do you generally "take tea" in your abode? ***Before bedtime.

6. A "cuisine" is typically influenced by and named after geographical regions and cultures. Pretend your blog is a country. What is the name of your cuisine? ***Mine would certainly be named as Dabawenya Cuisine ;)

7. This is a good food display from the National Institute of Health and Human Services. What is the one healthy food item below that is lacking in your diet? ***Everything that's NUTS! So "Bawal".

Hanggang May Kailanman



I first heard of this when this became the theme song of a Korean series dubbed in Filipino a few years back. Never really get to witness the series itself but this song got me in there. Remembering some lyrics on it, I googled it so I could exactly get a hand of the song. And yes, I got it right on track. Hearing the whole version of the song makes me fall in love with it too many times. Much more when I get to sing with it. Kakatindig-balahibo! Its lyrics is awesomely made like it's drawn from the real feelings of the author.

This one great OPM song would definitely be among my would-be wedding songs if I ever get to marry!;)

Kudos to the makers and the performer Carol Banawa for this song!;)

19 February 2012

Saturday 9: I Second That Emotion

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!


1. Do you every solicit advise on your love life? **No.

2. What was the last thing you argued with someone about? **I wanted to figure it out if a dear friend was falling for a guy whom we thought was her crush because of the inconsistencies made: Her actions were obvious that she liked him though she confessed she didn't like him. I was too doubtful.

3. Who do you hate right now?**None in particular.

4. Who do you love right now? **Myself =)

5. Where do you want to be in 6 years? **somewhere marrying my dreams

6. What is your craziest vice? **sweets!

7. How did you celebrate Valentines Day? **Had dinner with a friend.

8. What is your most unique or fondest memory of a special Valentine's Day? **Nothing memorable. =)

9. Were you in the same location five years ago that you are today? Would you have expected to be? **Yes.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

2012

It's already 2012, actually been almost 3 months in 2012, and yes, this is my very first 2012 entry. So much have happened and life's getting busier, thus, my inability to update or inject new entries in my blog. I'm not gonna sworn over again in terms of updating but one thing's for sure, I'm just gonna blog anything worth blogging about.

At this time of the year, I just thought of reinventing my blog --- to reinvent means not making this blog too personal. Call it confidentiality as others may consider it. Gone were the days when I got eager to share bout some personal stuff.

I still would like to post interesting and worth-reading-type of entries. I may appear like a trying hard writer but I'm gonna make sure that I'd still be giving my best to it.

By the way, I'd still be participating in surveys and memes which I've learned to love as part of my blogging experience!=)