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 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'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 maybe franchising isn't for us. father's sickness...he suffered from a liver 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 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!!! 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 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 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! 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! 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 eatery business in to manage the daily ins and outs and still deciding to pursue it next year...more thing to do though...


...the family's good major sickness, getting through common, 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.