Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Year 2010

2009 is about to end, barely two days to go before we welcome the new year...2010! Based on the Chinese calendar, it'll be the year of the Tiger, which is known for its formal name of Geng Yin.

What are in store for us?

No one can really predict what can happen to us this coming 2010. Most of us are hoping that this coming year will be a better one for all of us. Not so much because of what the horoscope says but whatever happens lies on each one of us, our actions today will bring forth results tomorrow.

Whatever beliefs or faith we hold on to, as long as there's goodness in our deeds, a better future is in store for all of us.

For the coming year 2010, we hope that it'll bring forth peace, harmony, prosperity and love to all.

Thank you to the year 2009 and welcome 2010!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Things to be thankful of

2009 was a good year for me and my family.

There's a lot to be thankful of in fact. First and foremost I'm thankful for all the blessings the good Lord gave us this year. I'm likewise thankful for the bad times that came our way, because of that we learned new lessons in life and we try not to commit the same mistakes again - it also thought us to be better individuals as well as made our (me and my husband) relationship stronger.

Good health - no one from my immediate family got sick, except though for common colds which doesn't last long. Though my Mamang was diagnosed to have thyroid cancer, she was able to get through the operation and now she's up and about. We're thankful likewise that we were able to get through with the financial aspect of the operation.

We're thankful also that despite the ravage of Ondoy, our family, our house, our car, my brother's car as well were all spared from it. Although my in-laws were victims of the typhoon - water level rose to the second floor of their house, good thing is that they are all safe

Financial stability - both me and my husband are grateful that we still have our jobs...I even got a salary hike during the middle of this year!...oh! and I remember, even my husband got his too!...I was able to fully pay the salary loan I had in 2008.

I'm on the family way...our second child will arrive either last week of April or 1st week of May 2010. Whether it's a boy or a girl, as long as the baby's healthy, it really doesn't matter. Though we already have a name if it'll be a girl...

Material stuff - our car is still working well...we're able to pamper ourselves once in a while...same with our son Leon, we do try giving him what he deserves...

Oh oh! worth mentioning is this new pc I'm using right now. This has been a major plan for 2009 for both me and my husband...having this unit will be of great help to us as blogger...especially for my husband who's much into blogging!

We're thankful also for family and friends who despite the odds, remained to be close to us. Through thick and thin, they were there for us.

There's so many minor and major things to be thankful of and we're praying that the coming year 2010 will be as good to us as it is this year!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

pregnancy experiences

it has been mentioned to me during my first pregnancy that experiences such as morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, etc varies in different pregnancies.

in my experience, now that I'm on the family way with our second baby and only on my first trimester, I'm experiencing the same thing! Nausea is there, vomiting is there, worst I can't eat! As soon as I get to smell any kind of food, it becomes difficult for me to eat it and if I force myself to eat the food, I'll end up throwing up! gooey!!!

I'm so craving for food...it's been a while since I ate a good meal...since the time I felt I was pregnant, my stomach often feels empty and there's this feeling of a balloon inside and it's just floating within my tummy.

I can't help but wait for my first trimester to end so I can eat whatever food I want...except of course junkies which is really a no no to pregnant women.

we're only talking about food here. My sense of smell is too active as well...can't stand perfumes, cologne, soap, food prep, you name it, I'll react to it.

As I mentioned to my husband yesterday, the embryo in me is still half an inch in size but the effect it has on me and on other moms who experience the same thing, is way too much! No wonder every mother truly loves her child...the experiences bearing one is something a woman can be very proud of!

Monday, August 31, 2009

...on the family way

Literally, I am on the family way...if my counting is right, our second child will arrive by May 2010.

Missed my period and my taste buds aren't normal...time to check with the handy home pregnancy test kit, which I did last Saturday. Alas! it confirmed my thoughts.

Whew! I guess, I'm going through the same first trimester experience I had with our first child. I just hope this would be a little less tough. For four days now, I haven't been eating normally, I've been too choosy and it's quite a hassle.

Oh well, whatever this may bring in the next 9 months, I just hope and pray that it'll be an easy delivery (just like before) and a healthy child!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Starbucks Tumbler

Every morning in the office, I go through my daily early morning chores of cleaning my personal stuff, one of which is my Starbucks tumbler.Today, I've noticed that my tumbler had some water marks, literally water marks. Looking at it closer, I come to realize that this tumbler has been with me for quite sometime already...10 years I guess.

...something to be proud of, I believe. It has gone through numerous bumps and falls and yet here it is, serving me both hot or cold drinks, whichever I prefer.

I had it a few months after I got hired on my first job, with the salary I had that time, Starbucks tumblers cost some fortune. Eventually, I got my sister and brothers one each of the starbucks tumblers but of different designs. My husband got his when we were still dating - the black classic design.

Looking back and realizing that it's still with me up to now, it was worth the price!

Now I know what to give my mom and mom-in-law this Christmas!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

kids cartoon shows

I have a 2 year old son, although not a tv addict but has his favorite cartoon shows...Thomas and Friends, Handy Manny, My Friends Tiger and Pooh and of course the love of all kids, Mickey Mouse clubhouse to name a few...oops, Bob the Builder - my kid is hooked with trucks lately.

Because he likes watching these shows, we, his parents are "forced" to watch the shows with him.

It's quite funny to realize that lately, me and my husband also knows the theme songs of the shows...to the point that mostly every morning on my way to the office and even while in the office, I experience the LSS (last song syndrome)! and I get to memorize the characters of these shows...like I know the names of all Pocoyo characters...ahaha!!!

...but it doesn't bother me at all, I even actually love the idea...because of my lss, I get to day dream about my kids antics and his habits and our daily experiences with him. Love to be a mom!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On vacation mode

It's August 19 today. Quezon City and Quezon Province are on non-working holiday as it commemorates the birth of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon.

On Friday, August 21, also a non working holiday as it commemorates the death of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.

In the organization I work with, the management decided to work today and make Thursday our non-working day therefore making a longer weekend...Yipee!... I actually on vacation mode already. Most of the employees have filed their leaves already, some went home to their respective provinces while others decided to have a family outing...Officially, there's only 14 of us here, most of which are Admin staff, waiting for the rest to go so we can shut down the system for the long weekend...to save on overhead expense :)

As for me and my family, we really don't have any special plans for this weekend, though we're looking forward to this so we can spend more time with our son, who lately demands for more time and attention from us. I'll have more time to fix the clutters at home especially now that some parts of the house is being renovated. This maybe also a time for me to cull and dispose some unnecessary things at home. Further, this will be a time to REST!

Have a happy weekend to all!

Million Hectare Walk 2009 (year 3)

The organizing team, lead by the Director for Organizational Sustainability met yesterday to discuss the details for this years Million Hectare Walk.

The 3rd Million Hectare Walk will be held on November 22, 2009 a Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City. It is a walk-for-a-cause activity initially for Haribon members but because of positive response even from non-members, the activity was open to all...members, non-members, young, old, single, couple and family.

How do we go about the activity: The activity aims to raise funds to support the ROAD to 2020 project. Each walker shall pay the registration fee, walkers are also encouraged to solicit pledges from their network for the number of walks or rounds they can make. There are 2 designated routes, one short and one long route. The walker will choose which route to take. They can either solicit a fix pledge or a per lap pledge. Example - I am a walker, and I decide to take the long route, I can also say that I can make 10 laps for the long route. Whoever wants to support me, will pledge a donation, let's say, 1,000 bucks for the 10 laps I can make. Or, they can pledge a donation of 200 per lap I can make. The more supporters I get, the more I am able to contribute to Haribon's program.

On the 1st year of the activity, my husband Lemuel joined as walker...though I can't remember how much he raised. Last year, our son Leon, registered as walker. He took the short route and was able to finish 3 laps. He was able to raise P900. A good sum for a 1 year and a half kid. He also bagged the "youngest walker award", received gift packs from Haribon and our sponsors, Coca-Cola, Smart and Aquabest.

Registrants will receive a kit for the walk, a katcha sling/shoe bag and a t-shirt with the activity design on it. For the last two years, we had additional freebees. I can't still say if we'll have the same now because we are still in the process of looking for sponsors for the event. Last year also we had some awards given to the participants, awards such as the Youngest and Oldest walkers, First to register, First family to register, Walker with the most laps made and some more...we hope we can give out the same awards this year.

On its third year now, the Million Hectare Walk is in support of Haribon's ROAD to 2020 project which aims to restore 1M hectares of denuded Philippine primary forest by year 2020. Proceeds of this activity goes to the planting of native tree species in Haribon identified sites and/or Haribon community project sites. Presently we have the Caliraya Watershed in Laguna as planting site.

Million Hectare Walk is open to all, families especially, that's why we have scheduled it on a Sunday so families can spend their time together while doing something for a cause. There will also be some activities for non walkers and guests. Haribon will likewise set up an exhibit and our merchandise booth so whether you are a walker or not, you can still make some donations in other forms during the event.

Registration will soon be announced. We encourage early registration so you'll have more time to solicit pledges before the day of the walk, though Haribon will still set up a table for walk-in registrants during the event. We are also open for sponsorships - individuals, group and companies are welcome to do so.

For further details you may check on Haribon's website: www.haribon.org.ph

Hope to see you there and support the restoration of the Philippine forest.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Ber" months are coming

The month of July is almost done, in 2 days time, August is already here. Next to come would be the "BER" months. Once September steps in, yuletide season is in the air. Before we even notice, 2009 will almost be done.

What's in it for me this August? It would be my sister's and niece's birthday. Not so much activity, but I guess the bad weather condition will hasten the days of the month.

September, we will remember my grandma's birthday (she took care of me, that's why she's extra special to me) and my other niece's birthday. It will also be on this month that we will start collecting gifts for the coming Christmas. I've been doing this for a few years now and I find it practical and less hassle once the Christmas buzz is around. Also for this month, I guess I'll be on track in terms of preparation for 2 weddings, 1 debut and 1 company activity for November and December.

Hustle bustle for all events will pour over until October. Plus, I'm anticipating for some halloween parties that may be decided upon. Bridal shower for the bride to-be will also be done on this month.

That's it, once November is in ---- I will be one of the most craziest person alive. 1st 2 days of November would be the days to honor the dead and as a true blooded Filipino, we do go around to visit all of our departed loved ones. Then we'll have the wedding. Immediately, the day after the organization to which I am working with will have our annual Million Hectare Walk. Towards the end of the month is the debut.

And December...though I still have a wedding to handle by the end of this month, the whole of December will be for the preparation of Christ's birth, celebrating it the traditional Filipino way... I'll try completing the novena mass! On the sides would be birthdays of my sis-in-law, a nephew and of my grandpa (the soul mate of my grandma who took care of me:))...

Last but not the least would be the welcoming of the new year...I guess, we'll do the what we did last year...join the countdown.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hand Sanitizers

It has been a a practice nowadays to do sanitation on a regular basis because of the AH1N1 virus.

As person, a wife and a mother, I have been particular about hygiene and sanitation. Even our toddler already knows the basics of cleanliness and personal hygiene.

Today, I had to go on "official" errand for our organization. I had to go buy additional packed meals from a well known restaurant. When I entered a mall in Cubao and while waiting for my order, I noticed a table a few meters from the entrance of the mall. On top of the table is a sanitizer for all those coming in. People gladly get a few drops from it to sanitize themselves which is good.

I shared what I saw to some officemates and they too mentioned that in another mall also in Cubao, you'll find the same thing.

If this is the initiative of the Araneta Center Administration to help address in their own little way the prevention of the spread of the virus, let me take this opportunity to commend them for this act. I hope other malls can do the same as these areas are really prone to the spread of not just the AH1N1 virus but all other air-borne viruses.

Gender and Development Training

After a relaxing rest and recreation activity, Haribon Foundation for three consecutive days conducted a Gender and Development Training entitled: Exploring a Gender-Responsive and Rights-based Approach to Community-based Resource Management Projects.

The training was organized by the management of Haribon and was conducted by the UP Center for Women's Studies and the UP Center for Women's Studies Foundation, Inc.

The objective of the training is to make the employees "Gender Sensitive" be it on a personal level and/or professional level. Haribon's activity especially the site-based staff deals with communities with individuals with different personalities, preferences, etc.

After going through the training, I personally was more enlightened with "gender issues". Initially, my idea was so elementary but having to go throughout the training and the specifics of it, gender topic in general is not so simple as is seems to be. It's actually an interesting topic either for discussion or for further studies. Though I must say, it's a complicated issue.

I may say, being gender sensitive can help a lot in dealing with people and in understanding them better, whether you are office based or site based, even on a personal level, gender sensitivity is a great deal. Likewise, being gender sensitive can help create harmony in a community or an organization.

As I've learned in the 3-day training, gender sensitivity must start from within the individual then it would be easy to transcend it to the people you deal with. As a second level management, I highly recommend undergoing the training whether you belong to an organization or not.

Being gender sensitive though doesn't mean that I'm a hard core feminist :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Haribon's R&R

As I mentioned in my previous blog, we at Haribon Foundation just had our Rest & Recreation activity at D' Farm Resort in Bacolor, Pampanga.

As part of the organizing team, we had to be at the office as early as six in the morning of July 9, 2009. I was in charged of the one-and-only game a.k.a. team building activity.

We required all employees to be at the office at 6:30 am for the activity. Despite complaining for an early call time, most of the staff were already in the office even earlier than me. I guess, they were excited as well :)

The activity was for them to prepare lunch for the whole group, ala-Amazing Race type of an activity. We had three groups, each one tasked to prepare a set of menu for the group's lunch at the resort. Thus, the early call had to be for them to be able to go to market, buy the ingredients, pack it for the trip. Part of the game is for them to be back by 8:00 am the latest for us to leave at exactly 8:30 am.

I guess, all had fun...this was just the beginning of it!

We had a few number of guests, all of them family members of staff. My husband and son came in a few minutes before the bus arrived. We rented a Victory Liner bus to transport all to the resort. It was such an experience for our son. As soon as he saw the bus, he went running towards it, eager to ride. It was his first time to ride a bus and he was obviously so behaved. One can really see that he's trying to savor the experience himself. His excitement showed on his face, he can't take the smile off his face! He even told us every now and then that he was "Happy!"
We also had games ala-Cebu Pacific style while in the bus, the bring me game, we gave a few prizes as well to lucky winners, most of which are items donated by suppliers. Thanks by the way!

Upon arriving at the resort, we gave the staff a few minutes to feel the place while we prepared for the materials they will be using for the continuation of the amazing race-cooking game. Once set, we gave the signal for them to start preparing for our lunch. Though not so much of a surprise, since we knew that we had staff who are good cooks, we had a sumptuous lunch. The Blue team prepared inihaw na liempo, ensaladang talong and ensaladang mangga...yum yum. The Red team prepared adobong manok and noodle soup. While the white team prepared pinakbet and fruit salad for dessert.

While the staff were preparing for lunch, guests especially the children already jumped into the pool. It was past 10 in the morning when we arrived at the resort and the heat can really be felt...Our adorable son won't stop pulling his daddy's hands leading to the pool. My husband on the other hand, can't resist him, so despite the scourging heat, both of them joined other kids in the pool.

Our son really had fun! After lunch, I joined them as well. It was really fun seeing our son having fun. He even went sliding with his daddy, though he didn't go back because he was submerged for a while after the slide. His inflatable boat capsized too but it didn't stop him from staying in the pool, though he was more cautious after the experience.

After lunch it was a free time for all, we had the choice to go dip in the pool, or take a nap, others played mahjong while starting out with the hard drinks we packed. Still others tried the other facilities available in the resort, most of the boys played the billiards, others went basketball, there was also a table tennis available. Some also tried fishing for tilapia and hito which was served during dinner. But the most sought after was the karaoke, wherein almost all tried to render at least a song. Those with good voices and those who are strong willed rendered more ;)

The R&R was only an overnight trip but we sure had fun, Haribon as an organization and we as a family. It was truly something we can look back both for the organization and for us who brought our families with us.

Thanks to Haribon for this simple yet meaningful experience and we're looking forward to having another one next year (hopefully) :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Creative Mom Blogger Award

I got this award from Mommy Dee. Thanks a lot!

The Rules of this Award are:

1. Take your award and put the logo on your post.
2. Link the person who awarded you. Remember each recipient of the award should acknowledge the person who honored them and go to Mom's Special Diary to copy and paste the award.
3. Put your own blog title and link.
4. Nominate at least five deserving moms.

1.Mom's Special Diary; 2. luckytoe; 3. You're next.

I am passing this award to my lovely blogger friends Jen, Lisa, Najma, May & Amelia.

Haribon's R&R

It's been quite a time since I've posted my last blog. I've been busy with work lately...with lots of deadlines to beat especially for project related outputs.

This coming 2nd week of July, Haribon will be having our (long overdue) R & R (rest and recreation) activity. The last one was in Bohol in 2006...three years overdue! But this time, it's a budgeted R&R. Since we are a non-government organization (NGO) we're trying our best to prudently spend our resources yet also trying best to give our employees a fair share of fun.

We're having it at D' Farm Resort in Bacolor, Pampanga. It's a private resort with enough space to house a little bit more than 50 pax. This time too, we can bring along family members, of course at our personal costs.

D' Farm Resort is divided in two areas, the Mangoville and the Heroesville, since we are renting it as an organization, we occupied the whole resort. Both areas has its own adult and children's pool. One area has a basketball court. In between the 2 areas is the billards table which can be used free as well as a separate hall-type conference area to house us in case of rain...hoping though it won't so as not to spoil the "company outing" mood. There is also a videoke machine which can also be used for free. There are some arrangements though being made to complement the needs of the organization.

As early as last week, most of the staff are excited already of this R&R activity as most of the staff now were not yet aroung during the Bohol R&R.

I'm excited as well, since I'm part of the organizing committee, making sure all details are covered to ensure that this activity will be a successful one and meaningful for the staff despite the constraints in budget.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

retractable clothes dryer

since the rainy season is quite evident already this past few days, issues of how to dry the laundry is on hand.

I'm going through it this past few days. Not so much on our (me and my husband) clothes but more on the clothes, shorts especially of our son...we're actually training him to pee and poo on his potty so that he's not wearing disposable diapers lately. Though sometimes he uses his potty, but on other times, he still pee on his shorts.

Though our washing machine has a dryer function, we still dry our clothes in the clothesline. But due to the current weather condition, we can't hang our clothes outside. We do have the movable clothes hanger but it's only enough for a number of clothes. When it comes to laundry, I'm quite particular in the drying stage as much as the washing stage. I don't want the smell of an indoor-dried laundry, if you know what I mean...

Yesterday, an officemate, who sidelines as an Avon lady showed my Avon's current brochure. Browsing over it, my attention was caught by the Indoor-Outdoor retractable clothes dryer. I immediately ordered for one...for the price, it's quite a bargain. Today, I received my order. Though the casing is made of plastic, not quite durable as compared to the ones available in department stores, I just hope this will help me with my laundry issues.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Interesting Blog Award

Dee gave me this award, Interesting Blog Award.
Thanks Dee!

Now, I'm giving this to Lemuel, Jeff, Jen who influenced me into blogging and to Earthlingorgeous, Don and to others who'll stumble upon my site.

Happy blogging!

Fascinated by Churches

Growing up with my maternal grandmother who is a Roman Catholic by faith and having studied in an exclusive Catholic school and at the only Catholic university in the Philippines, greatly influenced me with my fascination with churches.

Being a native of Zamboanga City, I am particularly proud of the famous Fort Pilar. It has been made famous for its historical background. Fort Pilar, like no other churches I know has no walls to enclose the church. The "fort" itself serves as its altar. History says that the fort was built to shield residents from attacks from foreign invaders. Stories were also told, that during the war, the presence of the Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza was seen to have protected the residents from bomb attacks from the invaders.

Our family are regular church-goers, although in Project 4 were we reside, we have a parish church, The Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, we sometimes go to other churches to hear mass. There was also a time when my father was active in being a Knights of Columbus, we,as a family was part of the community of the Manila Cathedral Church. It was during this time that my fascination started. I got so amazed with the intricate details of the church and that it being "the" Manila Cathedral.

At the nearby Quirino district, there you'll find the St. Joseph's Parish, from a simple parish in the 80's it has transformed into a Shrine. It is now known as the St. Joseph's Shrine.

In high school, I studied at Stella Maris College, in Cubao, Quezon City. The compound houses the schools, the convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and a quaint chapel, both for student's use and for the nuns.

As mentioned above, I likewise studied at the University of Sto. Tomas along Espana Blvd., in Manila. There you'll find the Santisimo Rosario Parish, most commonly known as the UST Chapel. The church with its bold structure and baroque inspired details is where I used to pass my time waiting for the next class. The structure where the church is is quite big because it also houses the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies as well as the Seminary of the Orders of Preachers but church itself is not as much, it's just strategically situated in the middle of the whole structure. This is where me and my husband got married.

As I mature, I was able to visit more churches on my own. Whether to hear mass on a regular Sunday or to attend occasions such as baptism, weddings, funerals and the famous Catholic tradition of Visita Iglesia.

On work related-activities, especially on out-of-town trips, I make it a point to visit churches in the area, be it small chapel or a grand church. In the town of Antipolo, I've visited the Antipolo Church, the altar where you'll find the black Mary most commonly known as the Lady of Peach and Good Voyage is directly under the dome structure which is very visible upon entering Antipolo town proper. I've come to visit an old (if not the oldest) church in Bohol. During our honeymoon, me and my husband visited the famous Basilica del Sto. Nino de Cebu. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Cebu and it has retained its original stoned texture and natural color. Its architectural design is a mixture of Muslim, Romanesque and neo-classical design.

When we had a son, we had him christened at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Kamuning, Quezon City. Aside from its gothic design with matching stained glass, it was here that my maternal grandparents had their Catholic wedding rites.

Though I've been to many churches in the metro, I know there are more to be visited.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Full Body Massage

It has been a while since my last body massage, if I'm not mistaken, it was more than a year ago already.

Last night, I finally decided to pamper myself by giving myself a full body massage. I requested my husband to accompany me, though he didn't had a massage himself...he wanted to spend the time with our son.

Searching for a good place to have a massage, I ended up at the Family Health Spa located along Tomas Morato, Quezon City. I had the full body massage which was a combination of the Shiatsu and the Swedish Massage which lasted a little over an hour. Equipped with essential oils that soothes the body even better.

Family Health Spa is not just a place for an individual who wants to avail of their services but also a place where the whole family can go not just for the services they offer but as a place where family can do bonding as well, thus, I guess, the name. Family Health Spa have facilities that can cater to individuals who goes there as a group for a certain service they offer. As I passed by the rooms, I was able to peek at one that has (I think) 3 comfy chairs, ottoman and a television set for entertainment. This area, I assume can be a place where a group can avail of maybe the foot massage altogether. I've seen a snack bar near the reception area. The shower rooms and comfort rooms are clean, all bathroom materials are neatly tucked in shelves. There's also lockers for guest's valuable items.

The employees are courteous as well, from the Receptionist, there's a lady who'll lead you to the shower room (if you opt to) and who'll assign you a locker, she'll then lead you to the room for you to set yourself and to wait for the attendant. The massage attendant will ask you every now and then if you're still okay, if you want to do the stretches or if you want your face massaged as well.

For a person with too much things to do, a few hours in a spa isn't so much of a sin, in fact it even gave me a boost to be always on the go and with the reasonable fee, I've got the service I wanted for a long time. My whole body came out stress free, from head to toe!

Check out Family Health Spa and experience the services they offer yourselves.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

still on Events Organizing

last night, I got a text message from an acquaintance requesting me to send her through her e-mail the service I can offer as an Event Organizer.

i guess this is already a sign for me to take Events Organizing seriously. Though I'm already getting started with the "packaging" of the business - Events as Planned, there's still so many things to do.

just happy though, wanna share this with all of you - Events as Planned - your practical events organizer

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pacman vs. Hitman

Metro Manila, Quezon City in particular has been my home for more than thirty years now. I've come to live with the hustle bustle of the metro, the traffic in particular has already been a part of my daily schedule, despite the negativities of "traffic", like anybody else who has lived in Manila came to adapt with it.

Sometimes, when I get stuck in traffic and dreading the moment, I often think, when will Metro Manila be free from traffic?

Yesterday, I got the answer to my hanging question...

May 3, 2009 streets of Metro Manila was evidently traffic free! Why? Because of the Pacman-Hitman fight!

I'm not so much of a Pacquiao fan, I haven't watched any of his fights but yesterday, I really didn't have any choice because all member of the household was watching, so I did watch the fight and I may say, Pacquiao fights well, something a Filipino should be proud of.

In fairness, thanks to him for making Metro Manila traffic-free even just for a day :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wedding Organizer: Part2

As mentioned in my earlier blog, I've been tasked to organize the wedding of a couple-friend who are tying the knot March of 2010.

Just today, I received a confirmation for me to organize also the wedding of another couple-friend who are getting hitched November this year.

Great! isn't it???

True to the saying - "when it rains, it pours". I believe this is truly the beginning of a new career for me.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wedding Organizer

Wedding Organizer, I just got too excited about the idea! I've wanted to really concentrate on this task but it got sidetracked because of the load I have with my full-time job.

Just this weekend, I closed a deal with a couple-friend whose getting hitched early next year. Since both are close friends, the fee that I charged is way way too low as compared to other events organizers, wedding in particular.

This is actually my second wedding event. Technically, the first one was my wedding! Though there were some bloopers, the wedding went out just fine and as planned. Something I'm very proud of and to which these friends really are relying upon my "expertise" in handling such an event.

I'm still waiting for another couple-friend who are also in the planning stage but are still undecided...oh well...patience is (still) a virtue...

Crossing my fingers, hoping that this will be the beginning of the realization of something I was just dreaming of some years back.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day is being celebrated every 22nd of April. Haribon Foundation, as an environmental organization takes the lead in celebrating it every year with different organizations.

Earth Day's activity for this year is entitled Sibol: Earth Day 2009: Nurturing a Green Generation. This is again a team-up with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Winner Foundation, GMA 7 and Manila Broadcasting Corporation.

There will be various activities for this celebration:
Juan for Tree - An art installation competition and exhibit
Manila Bay Clean-up - a clean-up drive of the Manila Bay together with
the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, DENR, Harbour Square
and the Department of Tourism.
Luntiang Kalikasan - a tree planting and clean-up activity at the Liwasang
Road to 2020: Growing the Trunk - Haribon's exhibit highlighting our ROAD
to 2020 campaign to restore 1 million hectares of rainforests with native
tree species with the support form the European Union. The exhibit will
run until the end of this month.
Likhang Bago - a showcase of recycled products
Earthday 09: Film Showing - a showcase of videos from young filmmakers.
The Green Show - An Interactive Edutainment One Man Show
Green Tube - A multimedia campaign and exhibit - how young generation can
help protect and save the environment.
Green Cycles (bike-a-thon) - marathon promoting health inducing
undertakings and reducing carbon emission.

At the SM Mall of Asia, we will also be having an exhibit and activities for children, registration is free and goodies will be given to early registrants. It will be an educational activity for children as it would be fun-filled. The same exhibit and activities will be transferred to SM Marikina on the next day which will run for one week.

We're inviting everyone to join the activities both at CCP and SM Mall of Asia and SM Marikina. Children are most welcome as they are the future generation who will benefit from the good things we've started for our environment.

For more details please log on to Haribon's website www.haribon.org.ph

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


since photography as a hobby is in, I'm trying my hands as well :)

tried taking pictures during the Holy week, Visita Iglesia in particular since we'll be going around the metro to visit at least 7 churches, but I failed...can't hold on to the cam and take a while off from the group to take photos of the church, or the saints, or the crowd.

Why wasn't I able to? Because, I was with my mom and my mom-in-law who are both religious and won't appreciate the idea of my taking pictures :(

Anyway, got the chance last Saturday, at the SM Mall of Asia...

Here is it...I hope this is a good start for me :)

Cervix Cancer

Yesterday, an officemate told us that her mom was diagnosed to have stage 3 cervical cancer. Recently, in the news cancer of the cervix is on headlines and most of us (women) in the office are quite alarmed already of the whole idea. Recent news tells us of this viral infection that can lead to having cervical cancer...need to read more on this though.

One of the managers already requested all of us to inquire from our OB-Gyne the cost of the vaccine which all women must submit to to avoid the infection. We might be able to get discount if we go as a group :). Maybe pharmaceuticals also can provide for this cause.

The idea is quite vague to me yet and my attention isn't focused on it, but hearing from somebody who has it is really really alarming.

I do believe in the saying "prevention is better than cure." As early as now we need to get more info on this, preventive measures must be practiced to avoid the disease. Let's all live a healthy lifestyle, not just for ourselves but most especially for our loved ones.
Today I'm officially on leave for the Holy Week but as mentioned in my earlier blog...I had to do some errands, that was this morning.

Though at this exact moment, I'm blogging, I'm likewise killing my time. I'm waiting for the 5 o'clock off of my office mates who still are working in the office. I'm going back to shut down the system and ensure that the office is secured for the Holy-days.

As much as I want to spend time with our son, I can't really give the quality time that he deserves because my mind is preoccupied by the 5-o'clock thing ... talking about responsibilities huh???

I guess this is one thing I will be reflecting on during the Holy week...

Oh well...

where my taxes go

I just came from Quezon City Hall to do some office errands...by the way, most of my staff are on leave for the Holy Week, including the messenger, so I had to do his work for today. Though I'm on leave as well...hmmm

It has been years since I went to the place, I think some three years ago while we were doing some arrangements for our wedding...the permits and everything.

I'm really quite pleased to have seen the improvements in the QC Hall compound. There are 2 new buildings! This is one of the few simple things we can be proud of for our local government. I've witnessed the works of (I think...)3 QC Mayors and of all, I can say, Mr. Sonny Belmonte has done so much for the government.

Aside from these buildings, it has been visible already for quite sometime the new school building and the facade of public schools. At least these schools will not appear to be too "kawawa" with the old structures which are common to public schools...because of "lack of budget", I guess.

Not that I'm being political here...which isn't really my personality. I'm just happy with the fact that the taxes I pay goes somewhere visible than in the pockets of most politicians.

I hope the improvements and developments in this city will continue and even if new people will hold the posts, I also hope that they will continue the good things that was started by this current office.

Cheers to Mayor Belmonte and the Quezon City Government!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Holy week vacation

April 6, actually a holiday but our boss gave out directives to move the holiday to Wednesday so instead of a sandwiched workdays, we're having it today and tomorrow :).

Any plans...as much as we want to go out of town, we decided not to. Why? Almost everyone from Manila are spending the holidays out-of-town! It's the time of the year that we can freely drive within Metro Manila without the hassle of traffic and too much people around.

We'll be going Visita Iglesia on Holy Thursday, with my mom and my mom-in-law. Where to? no clear plans yet, my husband wants to go east while I want to explore more churches in Metro Manila. We've been to the most common but more relevant churches in Manila and I know there are more to go to.

On Friday, maybe we'll just stay at home, spend time with our son and do some reflections about the message of the holy week. I'm still quite old fashioned regarding beliefs esp on Holy Week...don't want to break them...better safe than sorry.

Saturday...I really don't know yet if my sis-in-law's plan for an overnight out-of-town will push through as almost all resorts and beaches are fully booked.

Easter Sunday - we can try Easter Egg Hunt, since our son is bigger and thougher this year...He'll be able to go through the search with much bigger kids - it'll be his first if ever.

just a reminder, though this may be a long week off from work, I hope everyone finds time reflecting on the real meaning of Christ's death. Have a Happy Easter as well!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Twin Awards

Checked on my blog today, got a tag from Dee, (thanks Dee!) I was given these awards: :)

The Brigadeiro Award

and, The Neno's Award

This award aims:

* as a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging;
* to seek the reasons why we all love blogging;
* put the award in one post as soon as you receive it;
* don't forget to mention the person who gives you the award;
* answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging;
* tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like;
* don't forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

" I love blogging because I get the chance to share whatever that it is in my thoughts and heart. I get to meet new people and eventually become friends with them. I also get the chance to learn through their blogs, be it factual or experiential."

I'm giving these awards to Lem, Jeff and Jen who inspired me to go blogging and to Earthlingorgeous and Wenny who I hope will be my blogging friends soon :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

flip flops

As mentioned in my previous blog (25 things about me), I'm fond of footwear (...and bags). Footwear ranging from flip flops, casual to sexy to formal footwear.

I'm more for open pair of shoes... it's more relaxing on my foot. I'm also on the practical side in buying shoes or any footwear for that matter. Of course I go for the more reasonably priced pair. Over-priced footwear especially flip flops can't be found in my list of 'things to buy'. Although, I have to admit, I really want to own a pair of a famous brand of flip flops, I just can't get over it's price!

Until two weeks ago, I got a gift certificate for free from Ipanema! (another brand of footwear mostly sandals and slippers). I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of their new line of footwear the Ipanema GB seed collection. The launch was for its support to Haribon Foundation's ROAD to 2020 project. In which part of the sale of each pair of the GB seed collection will be for the benefit of the said project.

The gift certificate allowed me to get a pair of Ipanema flip flop of my choice. Yahoo!

Incidentally, ELRO Corporation, the distributor of Ipanema had an event last Saturday entitled "Walk the Green Mile", a walkathon event that would kick off their support to Haribon's reforestation (rainforestation) project. To make the event more fun and exciting, the organizers gave 50 free pairs of the GB seed collection. Since we came in early and was one of the first to register, me and my 2 nieces were able to get a free pair and since I already got one, I gave my stub to my mom who was with us during the event.

We are really thankful to Ipanema and ELRO for giving us the chance to experience the comfort of a quite expensive pair of slippers!

Likewise, cheers to Ipanema and ELRO for the support they give to different beneficiaries, for this year Haribon Foundation and its advocacy of conservation and protection of the remaining natural Philippine forest!

This pair I got for my mom :)

our precious Kotse Car

A few days ago, I received a text message from my husband inquiring if it's okay for us to sell "Kotse Car". Kotse car is our first ever car. Me and my husband were still dating when we acquired the car...of course second hand. Both of us loves Kotse car, especially my husband who had numerous experiences with the car, be it good and not-so-good.

When the message got into me, it took me a few minutes to think about it. I really felt sad! We tried our best to restore Kotse car (a Toyota Coron Silver Ed). Little by little, whenever budget is not so tight, we add some improvements to the car. He was really a work in progress and we still have more plans for him.

Last year, we started experiencing the effects of the global financial crisis, we have been thinking of letting go of Kotse car...:(

My husband had posted ads in the internet and lately we have been receiving queries on the price and the condition of the car...It has been sinking into us, the idea of selling Kotse car in now getting into reality.

This is one of the things that I really don't like...letting go of people and things that are special to me. It may appear to be too materialistic but the memories we had with Kotse car...he is really part of our life. It makes me more sad because our son won't even remember Kotse car. Even close friends feel sad about the idea of giving up the car.

How I really wish that things would turn around and life would be more easy for us so we won't let go of Kotse car...

Monday, March 23, 2009

observations of a first-time mom

It's so amazing how a child is able to manifest habits and mannerisms of people around him, particularly parents.

I've noticed my son's habit of playing with his waving both his feet before going to sleep or upon waking up. I really can't attribute this to genetics or I'm just underestimating my son's ability of observing us, thus imitating what we do be it consciously or unconsciously.

The waving of feet is one of my husband's mannerism, particularly upon waking up. I've noticed my son, more than twice already, doing the same thing with his feet whenever he drinks his milk before going to sleep.

...an observation which I find amazing!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Walk the Green Mile

Inviting everyone to Haribon's upcoming activity: Walk the Green Mile. This is in partnership with ELRO Corporation, the exclusive distributor of Ipanema footwear.

ELRO Corporation thru Ipanema particularly the GB (Gisele B√ľndchen) seed collection is supporting Haribon's movement of bringing back 1Million hectares of rainforest by the year 2020...

Walk the Green Mile will be on March 21, 2009 - Saturday at the parking lot near Le Souffle', Serendra, Bonifacio Global City. Registration opens at 3 pm and the walkathon will start at 5 pm. By the way registration is free :) so hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

25 Random Things

got tagged by my husband M...here are 25 random things about me :)

1. My real name is Yasmin, my nickname (since birth) is Girlie but most of my friends call me Hahai :)
2. I'm hooked to Hello Kitty items - from wallet, to t-shirts, to soap case...
3. I'm do cross-stitching, I've been doing this since 1992 and was able to sell quite a number of finished designs
4. Like my husband, I too, love nature! I love to see the greens of the fields and the blue body of water....wonderful colors of nature!
5. I'm into collecting ref magnets - it started with a give away in a wedding I attended some years ago.
6. I have a hand for krafts - aside from cross stitching, I've tried candle making, sewing, crocheting. Latety, I've been thinking of getting into soap making and basket weaving.
7. I'm afraid of snakes
8. I don't know how to swim, though I tried snorkeling a few times - haven't conquered the fear yet
9. I'm a foot fetish!
10. I love eating but not cooking
11. I'm a shoe and bag addict
12. I like reading - though not much lately because lack of time
13. I enjoy re-arranging the house
14. I'm into sports - volleyball, badminton, tried table-tennis, wall climbing, biking
15. I started collecting restaurant tissue - an inexpensive hobby :)
16. a pasta lover - one reason I guess why me and my husband clicked
17. I love spicy dishes - can't do without spicy side dish every meal
18. Don't like milk - lacto intolerant
19. Love dancing
20. Love animals, dogs especially but don't have a pet right now
21. I have high threshold for pain - didn't feel any pain while giving birth
22. a Sta Claus believer! (still...)
23. Love to travel - though not yet in other countries...I wanted to explore my country first
24. Favorite fruit - Durian!
25. Favorite vegetable - bitter gourd :)

Now I'm forwarding this to Jen and Eartlingorgeous...hope we'll get to know each other better through this :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Purse Tag

got tagged by Dee to do this...i got excited after reading her blog :) a good break from a stressful day at work...Thanks Dee! :D

here's my bag...Nine West, the one that I've been using for months now. I don't really know how much this costs, this was given to me by my brother on his first year working abroad...he gave my other sister a bag as well. I love this bag, obviously, it looks worn out but I still don't have the intention to replace it...It's the bag that fits my lifestyle the most!

what's inside? A rosary, my Hello Kitty wallet, Hello Kitty coin purse, Hello Kitty card holder (obviously I like Hello Kitty items a lot!), a red purse that secures my cellphones (I've got 4: #1 my personal cellphone, #2 a cellphone issued to me by my employer, #'s 3 & 4 are cellphones I use for selling load...globe and smart :D), a make-up/kikay kit that contains toiletries and my almost-10-year-old hair doctor comb (which I'm really proud of!), vs body spray which I normally alternate with a BnB body spray, Belle de Jour Power planner, my husband's iPod, a ballpen which I got free from an orientation/seminar I attended just recently, a purse that contains keys...office and car, my eyeglasses and a hanky. Good thing I don't have any toys of my son which he sometimes put in without my knowledge :)

That's it! These are all the items I have in my bag...I'm passing this tag to Jen and Earthlingorgeous to see what's in there bags as well...

almost forgot the rules:

1. Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. No, you can't go into your closet and pull out your favorite purse! We want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house.
2. List how much it cost. And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, we'd love to hear it.
3. Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why the heck you're showing everyone your bag.

Happy Bag tagging!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

An answer to one of my prayers...

a few minutes after lunch today, I received a text message from an unregistered number, casually read the message until it finally sinked into me...my heart beat wildly upon realizing what I just read...

just this day, my father's killer (gunman) was also shot by a policeman in our province. I guess the message came from a close relative in the province, who religiously update us of my father's case...the killer, as I received the message was in the hospital but was being secured by local police. As I required more info, this man has a price on his head for killing so many people even before he killed my father's.

whew...I'm getting mixed emotions here...happy that my father's death will hopefully be given justice...

hopeful, that the killer won't die while being treated in the hospital so that we can extract from him who paid him to kill my father...still hoping that true justice will be given to my father's case...

quite afraid...we might be the next target,as we received this kind of news a few months after my father's death that's why we can't go to the province to really attend to the case...

vengeful...I have an image in mind...that I'm talking face to face with my father's killer.

we need closure, my mom needs closure, I need closure! I wanna ask him why he did this to my father, to us...we have some people in mind, whoever the culprit is, I wanna ask him the big WHY!

thankful...that my prayers are now being answered...the Lord really works mysteriously and according to his pace and time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

it's been two years today that I haven't got into a movie house to watch a movie!


not really, i enjoyed every single moment I spent with my family.

the real reason was that two years ago, I gave birth to our son...since then, me and my husband spend most of our time...free time of course with him.

we can't find it in our hearts to leave him with the yaya while we are enjoying ourselves, either in the movie house or in gimicks

our son is always with us wherever we go...well except for work, though he's been with us a few times already...


there's this upcoming movie...Angels and Demons, which I really want...love to watch...I actually mentioned it already to my husband...told him I've got to watch the movie! (he too want to watch the movie)

Angels and Demons...i love the storyline...got the book some 3 years ago...read it already

i want to see if I'll get the same reaction in the movie as I did reading it...I really hope the actors will give justice to their roles...

excited!...yeah, aside from the fact that it's my favorite book...I'll likewise address an issue we (me and my husband) tried holding back for two years now.

...though haven't thought of how to leave our son yet for the movie :(

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

it's amazing how a child grow fast

in a few days from now, our son is turning 2

giving birth to him seemed so recent yet whenever i look at him, he's really grown. He's learn so much as well, whether on words or tricks. He knows how to make us smile especially on tiring days

Going home from work is something I'm looking forward to everyday, already imagining him running towards the door to give me a hug or jumping with joy upon seeing us...uttering mommy or please...asking me to carry and cuddle him

Though he's big for his age, I really don't mind the weight whenever I carry him...but I have to admit, my back aches after a few minutes.

He knows some words already, like please, excuse me, happy, sorry, "ate" to call his yaya...He calls his cousin Gaby, Bobby...Lala for Grandma, Moms for Lola Moms...Nini for Uncle Juni, EE for Auntie Sweetie, Umbo for Uncle Bong...cute isn't it?

I really love hearing him call us mommy and daddy...so sweet

he knows some antics as well...tumbling on our bed...jumping like a penguin...connecting all toy cars to appear like a too-toot (train)...he loves reading books...he's got a "camera smile" and the "pogi smile"

there so much to say about our son...

Monday, February 16, 2009

family photo album

back when i was still young, i was fond of collecting photos of myself, family and friends...all arranged chronologically

a little bit an old school in this area, i still am in favor of browsing over the pages looking over all pictures, but the idea of organizing photos in cd also works for me

i'm still fond of collecting photos until now except that i'm having difficulty in organizing all of them...i can't decide which ones are to be developed and which ones are to be kept in a cd...

having a family of my own and a bubbly little boy whose every move we would want to take picture of, one can imagine the number of pictures we have on hand...well on file...

i didn't know where to start until we saw this booth in Megamall. What they are into? They organize photos for you!

right there and then, i tried to convince my husband to allow me to order an album from them, which he initially shrug off but because of my insistence, he gave in...

we decided to have the baptism of our son organized...and yes we were satisfied with the outcome and is now deciding on the next photo album to be produced.

although a little bit expensive, the outcome is worth the price. Thanks to the one who thought of this concept...you made my life a little bit more organized.

Monday, January 19, 2009

My (supposed to be) year ender

2008...favorites (random listing...the list is not arranged according to which is the best...just listed them down)

though quite late in posting this blog, I still want to publish this and compare it to my next year's post =)

1. Megamall - still our weekend family-time place.
2. Okuya - a Japanese fast food diner, price: reasonable; quality: quite good :)
3. 88 Store/Daiso - a practical place to shop for household items...gift items are available as well
4. Tom's world/Timezone - we now frequent the place because of our toddler
5. Shopwise, Cubao - although the prices are a bit high, what we appreciate is the orderliness of the store and the store hours which is very convenient to us...it's open 'til 11 pm to those who doesn't know yet...;)
6. Crocs - love the feel on my feet! My son loves it too...will get another pair soon
7. Adopt-A-Tree - Haribon's strategy to bring back the Philippine's denuded forest...the goal is to be able to reforest 1M hectares by year 2020
8. Hello Kitty - (oh well) this will be my lifetime favorite :)
9. Belle de Jour Power Planner - I had one for 2008, I got another for 2009
10. Ton-ton's Thai Massage - a good way of de-stressing and bonding with my husband
11. Bath and Body Sprays - refreshing body sprays! My favorite would be Cucumber Melon for its cool effect and sweet scent.
12. Haribon Foundation - still the organization to which my advocacies are aligned.
13. Flip flops - still my comfy foot companion
14. Bossa Nova music - helps me relax
15. Jogging at UP or Marikina Sports Complex - our family's form of exercise

I guess this is it :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

the year that was...

how was 2008 to me? Fairly well, i guess...

There were bad times...

...trying to get into franchising (a donut store)...but failed :(...this was actually the second application...so maybe franchising isn't for us.

...my father's sickness...he suffered from a liver infection...my mother described him as though he shrunk!...he got well though, whew!

...BUT...he still left...Papang was shot point blank by an unidentified gunman...a hired killer...no lead up to now, almost 6 months already and yet his case isn't solved yet...not moving actually...we don't know where to start, for up to this day, even our mother receives threats as
well...what we only know is that the reason behind this is the (evil) person's greed of wanting to share in the properties under my parents' names. BAD!...really BAD!

(I just hope, even up to this moment, that the person who did this to my father is able to sleep peacefully after doing what he did!!!)

but...there were lots of blessings!!!

...my son's 1st birthday...we managed to give out a swimming party for him
, spent the whole day with family, relatives and close friends...this is a good one...I know our son enjoyed the day and this will be one of his fondest memory during his childhood days.

...our 2nd year wedding anniversary...me and my husband, as I may say is still very much in love with each other...though there are times when our relationship is being tested, I mean, getting along (and not) with each other, we manage to get through all of tests...making our young relationship stronger. Silently, I know we will both get through more ordeals in the future.

...renovation of the house were we are staying...we are living with my parent
s...in my maternal grandparents house. This house was built in the 60s and it only had it's first major renovation mid of this year! We have decided to have the house renovated to show our appreciation to my parents who allowed us to stay in this house for free :)...though there are still (more) things to be done with the house, but what we did for it is a good start...changed the ceiling and electrical connections beneath it, double-walled the 2 rooms, screened the sides of the ceiling to ensure no house rats and cats will roam around and wake us up or frighten us with their chase!

...my husband's new car...though it is a second-hand car, we love it! It's a 1995 honda ESI...partly (half) subsidized by the company he's working with...still it's a Honda and it works
well! I'm now re-thinking of enrolling (again!) in a driving school so I can drive Esi...we call him Esi as in ESI!...pardon me Kotse Car (our other car, Toyota Corona Silver Ed), I'll drive you as well, promise!

...still holding on to our jobs!...like I was given a certificate of appreciation for the 5-year stay with Haribon Foundation...during hard times, earning a steady income is really a blessing! My husband though is just starting with the company, barely a year but he was able to bring in more bacon from the commissions he made...and again ESI :)

...starting the business...an eatery business in Mendiola...able to manage the daily ins and outs and still deciding to pursue it next year...more thing to do though...


...the family's good health...no major sickness, getting through common cold...me, my husband and our son are in the peak of our health!

There were bad times and yet there were better days...I hope next year will be brighter for me and my family, as well as with my (maiden) family, and my husband's...that all of us will always health...that all of us will be able to pursue our personal goals for the coming year...that our father's case be solved...that unresolved issues be given a closure and that all of us will learn from the lessons of 2008.

I wish everyone a prosperous 2009...not just finacially but emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually as well.