Friday, November 26, 2010

Before the year ends

I know! I'm busy as a bee (though some of my lurkers and spies cannot believe it), I miss posting here. The reason why I have the time now is because I'm watching R while she sleeps. You see, dear lurker / spy, R has fever and somehow the temp has improved. Slightly. And I realized that I haven't been updating you as I know you've been itching to know what has happened to me. Admittedly, a lot of things had happened since the time of my last post and as much as I want to put it here, I might be misconstrued again and be accused of being a psycho. So I leave that personal part to my other blog into which I know you have plans of looking around. You see, dear lurker/spy, I changed some of my settings so that you don't know or see anything that is happening to me. What you see is what you getI leave that to my fellow psycho friends to read because we rarely have the time to meet and catch up with each other.

Anyway, as I were saying, before the year ends, I want to revisit and update the status of my plans that I have plotted out early this year:

1. Take my CS Exam.
- was supposed to do it last September but circumstances during that time didn't allow me to. It became a blessing in disguise, as I can really schedule and prepare this for summer - April 2011.

2. Defend my masters.
- didn't do it again. Guess time and work swamped me, but that's not an excuse. Right now I'm trying some other options which hopefully will work out.

3. Financially independent and stable.
- accomplished! And I am pretty happy with the progress so far. Little by little, I'm getting there.

4. Have a fulfilling career as a working mom.
- accomplished! I would like to believe that I have a good work-life balance. =)

5. Will spend quality time with children. Set separate dates for each. (though I already started with the little girl)
- accomplished! Kumon period / Saturdays for R, Sundays with G.

6. Open an online store to augment my income.
- as my Multiply site says, "A work in progress". Still it is. But what took its place is my sidelines / rakets / consultancy work. Yes, I do have and I am thankful to God that I never ran out of that. Almost every month I have 1 or 2 sidelines. If I don't have sidelines, God gives me something that I don't expect. Great help, indeed. So what's the verdict? Still accomplished!

7. Set Wednesdays for mass. To make it more as a commitment, I'll be hearing masses at the Shrine of Jesus.
- almost accomplished. If I can't do it at the Shrine, at least in the chapel near our area. And may I add that there are days that I go to mass also?

Oh-kay. Out of 7 tasks / goals / plans that I have for 2010, I accomplished...5 out 7 (if you count the last one). Not bad, not bad at all. And since my birthday is coming up, I'm planning to do some personal planning (again) as I think I can't do that during the season in preparation for 2011. But definitely I want fireworks during the New Year to drive away the bad luck and evil spirits and lurkers / spies. Hmm, since we're going to Binondo, might as well look for incense for that.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Much delayed posts

Yeah, I know. It's been a while. Busy with other things and somehow was challenged on the homefront. Won't post that because I might be misconstrued. Again.

What I'll post now is the birthdays of my kids (as one of my pending posts) and some updates as well.

Last April saw R turning 11 and G turning 4. We had a simple celebration - just celebrated dinner at home with me cooking the food and bought chicken from San Pedro and liempo from Andoks. It was also thanksgiving party for R because she passed her 5th grade with flying colors.

June saw me busy with the opening of classes, and I never felt so busy! More on that later.

Till then, my dear lurker / spy. So that you know what's happening in my life. But definitely, I haven't forgotten what you did and I'm taking it one day at a time.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My 2 experiments - er, projects

Easter Sunday saw me doing some personal projects which I am somehow proud to say.. successful heehee.

This is experiment #1. I made these figures from plaster of paris and my molds came from an ice cube maker with shapes (for lack of a better term) The red ones are painted from poster paint, which I should say, not that ok because they have a sort-of a matte finish. A professor in fine arts confirmed that I should paint them with acrylic for it to be shiny and glossy and prior to that, varnish it first for long-lasting color. Poster paint, on the other hand, can be removed since it is water based.

Update: Just got a few acrylic paints (it's a bit expensive, so I realized) and will paint them as soon as I can.

Experiment #2. From this pile of scratch papers (which my little girl and I accumulated during the school year)....

To this...

Just add padding glue, and voila! I have 3 "pad papers"!! Now we have papers to write on and make reviewers for this coming school year.

Except for the plaster of paris which I am not yet done, I should say I am pretty proud of what I did :)

Liliw trip

Last April 10 saw me and my MOH boarding a bus going to Liliw.

It was a long, overdue trip for us since we always schedule and yet get cancelled for personal or non-negotiable reasons.

Finally, we hit off the road!! For more pictures, you can check my Facebook account.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Some pending posts

I want to have my posts with pictures but as of the moment, I didn't upload them yet. (heehee)

To sum up, here are my pending posts:

1) My 2 experiments - er, projects
2) The little girl's birthday
3) The little boy's birthday

After these posts, then I'll move on to my list.

How am I lately? I'm taking it one day at a time. It's a work in progress.

Monday, April 12, 2010


My accounts were compromised because of you.

Because you wanted to know what's happening.

I have forgiven you, but definitely I haven't forgotten what you did to me.

And it will take time to be healed from the hurt that you caused.

I hope that you're happy with what you did.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

My Holy Week was good and a lot happened and this post will tell it all.

It was our Institutional Shutdown that's why I have a short vacation. It gave me time to prepare my things for Cavite and made some personal errands as well.

Holy Monday saw me accompanying my mom to Padre Pio's shrine in C5. It was an oasis amidst the busy metropolis. There I made my prayers and petitions and asked for Padre Pio's intercession that my prayers be answered.

My parents and my kids left for Cavite on Holy Tuesday. That leaves me and hubby alone - him still having work and me to meet up with a friend and will be having a meeting on Holy Wednesday. During this day, I did my personal errands and meet up with my friend. Then I got news that my meeting was cancelled. It was okay, because at least it gives me time to prepare and to fix some last-minute to do's before locking up our place. Also bought additional locks for the house as well.

Since it was declared that Holy Wednesday is half-day for some companies, I decided to go to SM Manila to wait up for hubby and my MIL and to do some last-minute shopping for the things that are needed. While waiting for them, I went to Watson's to buy cologne. While trying out the samples, an old lady passed by and smelled the cologne that I recently sprayed on. She asked what's the scent because she liked the smell and gave her a new bottle. She even thanked me (On a personal note, I think Watson's should get me as their endorser! Joke)! We then ate lunch at Savory and went home. Hubby and I followed my parents to SM DasmariƱas and I bought a prepaid card for my plug-in and ate dinner at Ted's. I ended the day (well actually, the following day at that) finishing doing the minutes and the constitution of my professional organization.

On Maundy Thursday we went to Tagaytay to hear mass. While hearing mass, I was overwhelmed again with my emotions (maybe because it is during this time that I got to stop and think) and cried to God. Oh he knows what they are. We went home and I did some home-made hair spa and rested. Started to read on my materials too.

Good Friday saw us going back to Tagaytay again to do the Stations of the Cross and the Veneration of the Cross. Ended the day at Teriyaki Boy. We went back to Manila on Black Saturday and attended the Easter Vigil at Ateneo.

Easter Sunday and Monday saw me doing some spring cleaning. Cleaned up most of the little girl's stuff and our room as well. Disposed nearly 3-4 garbage bags of trash. The rest, I have done some personal projects on it.

Well, dear lurkers and spies, that sums up my Holy Week activities. I'm sure you're itching to know what happened to me during that time and here they are :) Enjoy reading, gloating and commenting!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Plans for the Holy Week

Today is Palm Sunday. Start of the Holy Week. What are my plans for the Holy Week?

Well, for one thing, we have our Institutional Shutdown. It means that we don't have any office for from Holy Monday to Wednesday then will be back on April 6. Because of the shutdown, it gives me time to do some personal errands, things to do and planning.

We will be spending the Holy Week at Cavite / Tagaytay area. Hopefully we can go to the Pink Sisters for some personal time alone with God. With what's happening with me lately, I think I need to go to my Abba and find some comfort and assurance that everything will be okay. After the time alone with God, I brought home with me some paperwork. Not office-related, but a bit from my professional association and my never-ending paper (heehee) and for my fledgling consultancy work. There is a break, but it gives me the time to prepare the materials needed. With fingers crossed, a lot of prayers, I claim that it will push through this summer. It will be a big help not only financially, but also for my professional growth as well.

April will see me as a busy bee, with the year-end sessions and the sidelines. Hopefully all will go well as planned. :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BPI has done it again!

Disclaimer: the Bank did not pay me for this, hehe.

BPI has done it again! Real-time service!

I encashed my checks with them. Take note that the originating branch is at Makati and I am encashing it at their mall branch. Mind you, it took me around 10-15 minutes (including the queueing up) to finish my transaction. Basically, it was less than 10 minutes tops. They also didn't charge any inter-branch fees, they can verify the signature online and voila! Your cash is available!

Talk about good customer service. Keep it up!

A touching letter

My dad wrote this and asked me to type it. I was so moved by the content that I wanted it to share with you. I cried in the process while typing it.

With clear intent, no conjunction was used in the salutation but the comma manifest the continuity of your relationship.

Our trip to Iloilo is another journey back to the time when our hearts beat with the vibrancy of life, to the time where our dreams appears before us; there for the taking. Dreams however do not always turn out the way we plan them. Life is what happens when we confront and accept the unexpected!

But there are basic lessons that would appear as guideposts in our journey…please consider:

Life is constant change! The only constant in life is change. With every breath we make we initiate change. Even when we decide not to, life goes on, and change still occur. When we are in a state of discomfort, sadness, pain we know that life goes on, change will bring us relief for even comfort, happiness and all good things will also pass. So appreciate and cherish such precious fleeting moments!

I am always fascinated by your timepiece that cracks up and mends itself with a corresponding time and it goes on for another hour and on! Truly, the timepiece of life never stops. Neither does it pause for those who celebrate, speed up for those who fear tomorrow. As time push forward, we take new challenge and create new life episodes and move past from our disappointment, sorrow, or despair. Time will embrace us and heals us from broken hearts and even broken bones as well.

Have the courage to ask for answers on life’s issues. God always will carry you when you are weak, will hold you when you are tired, always will love you when you do not care anymore, will embrace you when are lonely and will encourage you when you fail.

Accept life’s reality… that you can have anything but not everything… With hard work, determination and perseverance, we can achieve anything, if we are willing to go the extra mile. But no matter how hard we try, we cannot have everything. Life is a balancing act, losses and trade-offs. We can gain some, we lose some.

The Golden Rule is the universal law of nature! Whatever you sow, you reap. It does not hurt to smile, to forgive, be kind or extend a helping hand. Every act of goodness always returns to the giver.

We talk about love and prayers next letter but let me close with this thought, let us not measure our goodness by what we resist, what we deny ourselves and who we exclude. Rather let us measure our goodness by what we embrace, what we create and what we include!

Often it is said that life is not measured by the number of breath we make, but by every breath-taking moments we live. Our prayers and happy thoughts are with you always.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

What's with me lately?

This update is primarily for my fans, especially the lurkers and spies :)

I've been busy with work and other matters. And yes, I still have my plans. I'm planning to push through with it, but not within this quarter. Plan A will be sometime June-August while Plan B is September-October. Plan C is already implemented, as early as January. Close friends and confidantes know what Plans A - C are. Plan C is a challenge, but with God's grace I am able to do it.

I am already starting my career as a part-time consultant. God is very good with me, giving me opportunities during the start of the year until now. I still have my full-time job, mind you, but being a consultant has its perks - aside from the extra income, but also being advanced in your career and eventually a career option for me. I am happy to note that I have 2-3 projects for the month of March (2 is definite so far, the third one still for confirmation). I have done some exploratory talk to my former student on a certain project and hopefully it pushes through. Because of these opportunities (especially the 2 for March), I went to mass last Friday with gratitude that really, God never leaves us and will always provide for our needs.

As far as my online store is concerned, I spruced up my multiply site. It will not only be an online store, but a website also for my consultancy work and projects. I started my consultancy work pictures there. The online store will start around April - I don't have the time to take the pictures of my possible merchandise. I already started talking with friends who sells items and ask for consignment deals. Hopefully it will push through.

Work-wise, I am extremely busy. Budget hearing preparation and editing the resumes of the graduating students occupy me most of my office hours. Yesterday I only got to finish my presentation for the budget hearing. Tomorrow I'll have it printed and review it. Please pray that my budget proposal be approved :)

Right now my present challenge is my Wednesday mass. You see, H & I schedule our weekly date during the time during the car's color-coding schedule. That leaves me adjusting the little girl's Kumon schedule to Wednesday & Friday. But, I won't let that be a hindrance to me, good thing that a mall near the office celebrates mass during lunch time and that gives me the opportunity to hear mass. It's a sacrifice also, because it will be too darn hot.

By the way, you might notice my Plurk settings has been put in private. Though I have a Twitter account that's connected with my Plurk, the difference is that I can only state what I want and if friends ask for details, I can reply in Plurk and rant for all I care. It's hard to state your feelings and outbursts especially if there are people affected or guilty with what you said. Hence, that decision, and hence that label - lurkers and spies :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bank Runs

A few days ago, I went to do some personal errands, mainly doing some personal transactions to different banks. Either for payment, encashment of my checks, and deposit. I can't help but compare the service time of the banks I went to.

My first bank was the one I need to encash my check. I received a payment as speaker in one of the private schools in Metro Manila. Being one of the top banks of the country, I thought it was a breeze. But no. I spent almost an hour there. Why? They need to verify the check, fax the check to verify the signatories and most of all they charge a service fee of Php 50.00. Take note, it's not even a provincial branch. Reason for the charge? Inter-branch transaction. I can't help but compare them to BPI, wherein they (BPI) don't charge any inter-branch fees, you can encash your check anywhere real-time (because the tellers see the signature cards of all the accounts of any branch) and your transaction only lasts for 5 minutes (fronting the teller, that is and not counting the wait in line). Even if there is a long line, the encashment doesn't take long. They never even bothered to offer me anything while I was waiting. I purposely went there the moment they opened so that I won't wait that long. But, I guess, people are still warming up. Imagine, no huge transactions and people and yet I waited for almost an hour juts to get my check approved and encashed.

After that bank, I went to the rest of the banks that I need to transact and it only takes me 15 minutes tops to finish all of my transactions. At the end of the day I was pretty tired and somehow took a mental note that if ever I received a check coming from that bank and if I don't need the money yet, I would rather have it deposit to my bank and wait for it to be cleared.

I can't help it. Right now, the following banks are tops for me in terms of service (in no particular order): BDO, BPI, East West Bank, China Bank and UCPB. These are the banks I usually frequent to. For the rest.. well, I'd rather deposit their checks in my bank.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Long time..

It was an eventful last part of January. Aside from my personal life, of course. It was a very, very colorful one. Work-related, thank God, it went well. Right now I'm in the midst of another busy week at the office.

So far, so good. During that time also, I get to eat Hainanese Chicken. Not only once, twice and at different places that got me hooked and researched for a recipe. A fellow blogger-mom advised me to look at a blogger-mom's recipe (I won't post the link first as I haven't asked permission from her) and I took note of it and cooked for me and hubby last weekend. It was good! Really. Can't wait for another batch and time.

As Valentine's / Chinese New Year draws near, I am considering of going to a temple to do some incense offering. To ward off negativity, its influences and spirits. As my psycho-friends tell me, it's a good thing as I have so many of these especially in the recent events. Oh, how I love them! They're my friends who really are there when I vent, rant and cry. Thank you so much.

Till here for now. Till my next update :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weekend before the crunchtime

Crunch time here at the office means I am days before my actual activity and it means I am stressed and pressured. But thank God and His grace we will be able to push it through, that's why I looked forward to the weekend.

Weekends for busy moms like me are sacred. Not only that this is the time for me to play the role of the mom, but also to rest and to reconnect with them. And that's what I did, especially with hubby.

One of our plans this year is to spend quality time together sans the kids. Talk things over, just like honeymooners or BF-GFs. Having this resolution is a big help to both of us. Admittedly, I missed him so much. :( That's why when we went out last Saturday, it felt good. We talked, roamed around the mall and eventually saw my former student who treated us to dinner.

At the end of the day, I love him. I do. Of course, I had my own version of Elizabeth Barret Browning's poem for him. But, that's for my Valentine post. So dear lurker/reader, my request for you is to be happy for us, don't be too wary but instead pray for us.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The One that got away

When I saw this note in FB, I remember Infinite Grace. :) But I think it applies to us all.

The One that got away

In your life, you'll make note of a lot of people. Ones with whom you shared something special, ones who will always mean something. There's the one you first kissed, the one you first loved, the one you lost your virginity to, the one you put on a pedestal, the one you're with...and the one that got away.

Who is the one that got away? I guess its the person with whom everything was great, everything was perfect, but the timing was just wrong. There was no fault in the person, there was no flaw in the chemistry...but the cards just didn't fall the right way, i suppose...

I believe in the fact that ending up with someone, finding a long time partner that is, does not lie merely in the other person. I can actually argue that an equal part or even the greater part, has to do with the matter of timing. It has to do with you being ready to settle down and commit to someone in a way that goes beyond the little niceties of giddy romance.

How often have you gone through it without even realizing it? When you're not ready to commit in that mature manner, it doesn't matter who you're with, it just doesn't work. Small problems become big; inconsequentials become dealbreakers simply because you're not ready and it shows. It's not that you and the person you're with are no good; its just that it's not yet right, and the little things become the flashpoint of that fact.

Then one day, you're ready...You really are. And when this happens, you'll be ready to settle down with someone. He or She may not be the most perfect, they might not be the brightest star of romance to ever have burned in your life, but it'll work because you're ready. It'll work because it's the right time and you'll make it work. And it'll make really will.

So that day comes when you're finally making sense of things, and you find yourself to be a different person. Things are different, your approach is different, you finally understand who you are and what you want, and you've become ready because the time has truly arrived. And mind you, there's no telling when this day will come. Hopefully you're single but you could be in a long-term relationship, you could be married with three doesn't matter...All you know is that you've changed, and for some reason, the one that got away, is the first person you think about.

You'll think about them because you'll wonder, "What if they were here today?" You'll wonder, "What if we were together now, with me as I am and not as I was?" That's the one that got away. The biggest "What if?" you'll have in your life...

If you're married/in a relationship, you'll just have to accept the fact that the one that got away, got away. Believe me, no matter how fairy tale you think your marriage/relationship is, this can happen to the best of us. But hopefully you're mature enough to realize that you're already with the one you're with and this is just another test of your commitment, one which will just strengthen your marriage/relationship when you get past it. Sure, you'll think about him/her every so often, but it's alright. Its never nice to live with a "might have been", but it happens.

Maybe the ones that got away is the one who's already married or with someone else. In which case, it's the same thing. You just have to accept and know that your memories of that person will probably bring a nice a little smile to your lips in the future when you're old and gray and reminiscing...

But if neither of that is the case, then it's different. What do you do if it's not yet too late? Simple...Find him, find her. Because the very existence of a "one that got away" means that you'll always wonder, what if you got that one?...

Ask him out to coffee, ask her out to a movie, it doesn't matter if you've dropped in from out of nowhere. You'd be surprised, you just might be "the one that got away" as well for the person who is your "the one that got away."

You might drop in from out of nowhere and it won't make a difference. If the timing is finally right, it'll all just fall into place somehow and you know, I'm thinking, it would be a great feeling in the end to be able to say to someone, "Hey you, you're the one who almost got away from me..."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So, how was your 2009?

My 2009 was the year I turned a year older and celebrated our 5th anniversary.

There were a lot of lessons learned during that time, and in those lessons learned it is with hope, faith and prayer that I'll be mature and wise enough in dealing with everyday situations and people.

How about you, reader/lurker? How was your 2009? :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Philippine Holidays and Long Weekend Schedule for 2010

Here is the schedule of Philippine holidays and long-weekends for 2010 based on RA 9492 and Proclamation 1841:

January 1 (Fri) - New Year's Day (five-day long weekend from December 30 to January 3)

February 23 (Mon) - EDSA Revolution Anniversary (holiday for schools only, three-day long weekend from February 21 to 23)

April 1 (Thu) - Holy Thursday

April 2 (Fri) - Good Friday (four-day long weekend from April 1 to 4)

April 9 (Fri) - Araw ng Kagitingan (three-day long weekend from April 9 to 11)

May 1 (Sat) - Labor Day

June 14 (Mon) - Independence Day (three-day long weekend from June 12 to 14)

August 23 (Mon) - Ninoy Aquino Day (three-day long weekend from August 21 to 23)

August 30 (Mon) - National Heroes Day (three-day long weekend from August 28 to 30)

September - Eid'l Fitr (to be announced, calculated September 10, possible three-day long weekend from September 10 to 12)

November 1 (Mon) - All Saints Day (three-day long weekend from October 30 to November 1)

November - Eid 'l Adha (to be announced, calculated November 16)

November 29 (Mon) - Bonifacio Day (three-day long weekend from November 27 to 29)

December 24 (Fri) - Non-Working Holiday

December 25 (Sat) - Christmas

December 27 (Mon) - Rizal Day (four-day long weekend from December 24 to 27)

December 31 (Fri) - Non-Working Holiday

January 1 - (Sat) New Year's Day (three-day long weekend from December 31 to January 2)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Positive vibrations, this way, please!

I think it's true :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm leaving all the negativity behind (though I still have to light the incense) 2009 and looking forward to 2010. Got some personal good news and is hoping that it continues throughout the year. Yesterday was a sign of sorts.

While waiting for my mom at a Supermarket, I got the chance to see E, one of the people at the Registrar's Office where I'm finishing my Masters. We got to talk and I asked him if I can still defend even if I paid last term. He said it is possible since we have panel schedule constraints. So most likely one of my plans will push through the first trim of the year. It should be.

Got giddy all of a sudden. Wee... so, positive vibrations, this way please!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

So, what's your plan for 2010?

I'll still pursue my plans for 2010. And they are:

1. Take my CS Exam.
2. Defend my masters.
3. Financially independent and stable.
4. Have a fulfilling career as a working mom.
5. Will spend quality time with children. Set separate dates for each. (though I already started with the little girl)
6. Open an online store to augment my income.
7. Set Wednesdays for mass. To make it more as a commitment, I'll be hearing masses at the Shrine of Jesus.

It was a challenging 2009. No need to go to specifics here. One should not be affected with these things. Like what I mentioned in my previous post, I'm letting it go along with the fireworks. Maybe add some incense as well to remove the bad spirits and influences that surround me and my family.

As they say, life must go on. And I'm going to do that.