Sunday, January 27, 2013

Songs on a Sunday

Second day of the long weekend (the first for me for this year) and since I'm a bit lazy to write anything, let me just share the songs currently humming on my playlist.

Your Universe by Rico Blanco

While I am not much a fan of Rivermaya or of Rico back then, I have to make an exception with this one. I just got the ultimate LSS when I first heard of the song when I saw this video. I'd play this song for some feel-good vibe when I am having a busy day. I particularly like the song's chorus. :-)

When God Made You by Hillsong and Natalie Grant

It's a the only Christian song that I have on my list and I keep playing it on my iPod Shuffle every night before I sleep. And I have to admit, whenever I listen this song, I am being reminded of just one person and a lot of "blessed" circumstances that leads me to meditate on the song's last line.

Have a great Sunday weekend everyone. :-)

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Week in Photos

And a few words to describe them...

Finished scanning the detail accuracy of 2,500 cases after four days and receiving this email from Australia.

Being hit by the cold bug and consuming a pack of tissue in just a day.

What I thought was a cold got elevated to an asthma attack combined with slight fever.

Being able to finish praying the five mysteries of the Holy Rosary in the early hour of the morning. 

Luckily, despite the colds, my appetite is still the same -- I'm even craving for green mangoes RIGHT NOW! The pesto pasta was from our Free Flowing Friday in the office after the quarterly meeting.

Thanks to PicMonkey I got to do a collage of these images in a flash. And tonight's the start of my first long-weekend for this year.

Hope your weekend is good too.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Need To Borrow (More) Time

I've never been sick for quite some time and today, I am having a (bad) bout of cough and colds; blame it on the crazy January weather but I suppose it's really the culprit of my current malady.

And because of that, I had to skip work. While I found out that I am no longer used to staying at home on a weekday wearing my jammies when I am supposed to be working, I realized that I'm still human and I can't escape the harsh reality of becoming sick once in a while.

I am itching to go out. But since I am on house arrest, I took liberty of inspecting my bookshelf and realized that I still have books that are left, sadly, UNREAD. Some of those I had purchased a year or two ago but because I was either busy or doing something on a weekend, I totally forgot to flip on a page.

Me thinks, I should have placed this on my bucket list among my to-do's. I guess I won't buy a new book until I finish reading at least one of these.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Little Word from Marilyn

Photo: TPE Post

"Sometimes, good things have to fall apart so that better things can fall together."

Friday, January 18, 2013

Today Has Been Four Years

This is how it feels to be single for four years. I feel plainly normal. I guess I am pretty much an improved version of what my old self used to be. When I think of it, my lawyer-boss was absolutely right when he told me that nothing is ever easy – well at least in the first few years. When this guy and I parted ways, he said he wanted the two of us to grow but doing that meant being apart for good. And looking at it today, and seeing myself now, I got the kind of growth that I wanted to achieve for myself. Indeed, the priest in the parish was right when he said sometimes, the bad news could mean a good news; that God can turn seemingly negative circumstances to blessings.

Gail Sheely has a point when she said that “growth requires a temporary surrender of your sense of security”. Just when I thought I could not live a life of being on my own, it turned to be the other way around. Such situation of being left alone caused me to have courage: to try and fall; to try again and win.

To face my fears, to deal with those dragons and fight battles on my own. I used to think I will never be able to do it. But what happened in the past imparted me lessons that I will never know if I stayed with him. Four years is such a long one but time had made me wise (I hope) about what I wanted and who I would want to be with for good. Being single made me think of a lot of things and finally decide on something that I had always avoided.

The reason you haven’t found the right man is because it’s not yet your time. Sometimes, God lets bad things happen to us as a sign that something is not right. He also does it to make us stronger. God has a plan for you and you got to stop fighting it. Focus on yourself and let God lead that man to you.

My parents consecrated me to the Sto. Niño after escaping a harrowing ordeal that almost cost my life when I was born. It was the feast day of Sto. Niño four years ago when the two of us decided to part ways, and just months back, while I was going through my things, I found this novena hidden among my old journals. I don’t know if this follows a pattern or if it was just a coincidence. But there are times I get to question, (what if) anyone out there happens to own something symbolic (like this) that I am keeping. It would be good to find out that the person I have long been praying for happens to own a part of me.

And if ever that happens, I know it’s going to be one of the best miracles I could ever receive. Some things are worth the wait – even if it takes a long one.

And that person is among them.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two Cents Worth Wednesday: Softly in Silver Sandals

Photo: Google images

I first encountered Softly in Silver Sandals by Flavia Weedn some years ago in a second-hand bookstore in SM Megamall. It was such a no-brainer decision that I did not buy it given that aside from the cheap price, it was already in my hands.

But if there is one particular line that I could not forget, and I could still vividly remember from that book, it would have to be this:

"Into each life, a new prince shall come."

Monday, January 14, 2013

Just Three Minutes, Please

Happiness starts within. Be real, appreciate what you have, enjoy every moment, spread the love. If everything comes back, consider it as a miracle.” 
-Cherryl Anne Lintag-

Prior to the events this morning, there were two things that I happily recalled from last week:

I know I asked the recipient not to post this on Facebook; but seeing this right on the person's desk reminds me of how busy individuals we both are.

While I was literally swimming in a lot of things to do in the office, I received this text message on Friday afternoon. I had to beg my colleague to give me just three minutes....

To stop....
To breathe...
To stay afloat because I was drowning in laughter
But most importantly, to smile and appreciate things like this. 

After all, receiving this message and reading these words does not happen everyday and it's enough to paint a smile on my face despite a very an extremely busy workday. Nothing beats the feeling of being appreciated (unexpectedly) when you only wanted to impart happiness.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Life List

Some years ago, after reading Bo Sanchez's article, Write Down Your 100 Dreams on his book You Have the Power to Create Love, I took time to write the items that will be a part of my so-called bucket list.

I did not reach a hundred of those yet. When I first wrote it, I only had 20. Just weeks ago, I came across some of the blogs that I had been reading. Martine of Dainty Mom and Cai of Apples & Dumplings had a long list. While Frances wrote a concise one on her blog. And reading all of them, it made me revisit my own life list and from 20, I now have 60 of them.

I honestly found it a bit difficult to think what are those things that I really wanted. Maybe it is because of the fact that I seem content in accepting each wonderful thing that come my way. I consider my life as half full. But in any case you would like to know what is on my bucket list, here are those:

1. Witness a meteor shower.
2. Visit Barcelona, Spain.
3. Get a stable/ feasible job and keep it. (March 2012- present)
4. Catch a bridal bouquet.
5. Have a portrait.
6. Be on a TV show.  (June 2005)
7. Visit churches that I've never been to in the Philippines.
8. Experience a sincere kiss from a “special someone”.
9. Go on a date with a “special someone” on Valentine’s Day.
10. Write a book.
11. Fall in love, be engaged and get married to the person I am praying to God for.
12. Visit Baguio. (February 2004, April 2004)
13. Go to Disneyland Hong Kong before I reach the age of 30.
14. Return to Baguio and stay there for a week or two either on my own or with someone.
15. Ride a calesa.
16. Fly a kite.
17. Own a digicam. (January 2011 but it resigned after 6 months; replaced it June 2012)
18. Ride a plane.
19. Witness an eclipse.
20. See my name on the newspaper. (Manila East Watch June 2003, Manila Bulletin, February 2004)
21. Travel to Australia.
22. Learn how to drive.
23. Buy and own diamond jewelry.
24. Write for a magazine. (MMLDC Highlights, January 2006- September 2010)
25. Buy a DSLR
26. Obtain a passport.
27. Visit the Ateneo De Manila University campus. (August 2004)
28. Go on an out of the country vacation with my family.
29. Wear a Filipiniana inspired gown with a long train on my wedding day.
30. Participate in breaking a world-record.
31. Own a house with a spare room as a library.
32. Become an editor.
33. Help send a kid to school. (March 2012 through The Children's Hour)
34. Visit the Eiffel Tower in France.
35. Visit the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in Cebu.
36. Own a pair of Charles and Keith shoes.
37. Invest in the stock market.
38. Blog from a different location.
39. Get a copy and read All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum.
40. Learn how to cook. (I started since last year; just needs to do it regularly but I'm there)
41. Be a mom of two kids; a boy and a girl.
42. Go on a trip to Vatican.
43. Get a professional driver’s license.
44. Own an Apple gadget. (December 2012- iPod Shuffle)
45. Be a contestant of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
46. Go on a zip line adventure.
47. Fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. (January 2008 - April 2011)
48. Visit the Great Wall of China.
49. Have a bank account under my own name. (I have two from different banks since 2010)
50. Go to Boracay.
51. Write about a personality and be published.(January 2010 for a senatorial aspirant of Liberal Party)
52. Experience snow/winter Christmas abroad.
53. Try horseback riding.
54. Participate in disaster relief operations. (Several instances from 2010 to 2012)
55. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Times Square in New York.
56. Get a copy and read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
57. Win in a photography contest.
58. Cross that 500-meter hanging bridge in Tagaytay again which I did years ago.
59. Buy that huge teddy bear from Bear Cuddler.
60. Go on a road trip on my own either to Laguna, Pagudpud or Vigan in Ilocos Sur.

Some of those are shallow, while some are the serious ones. But hey, that's what the purpose of a bucket list really is -- to let you know what are those things you want to accomplish before your time is up. Bo Sanchez even advised that if you do make one and review them everyday (or in every chance you get), you would have a clear focus on the things you want to fulfill. And I suppose he was right with that because when I try to think of it, I had some of my items in my list done even before the due date that I had given myself.

I believe it's a good exercise -- and a good form of motivation as well. So I recommend you try it yourself too. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2013

All is Well That Ends Well

Borrowing the lines from Shakespeare and letting these photos describe how this week has been.

Remember this little panda that I mentioned in this post? I sent it out during lunch time. Too bad, the panda was unable to go. The gift itself was somewhat fragile so the guy from LBC suggested that I place the thing in a box instead.

After what has been a week, I got to try the "phenomenon" folks in my office had been getting crazy about -- J.Co Donuts & Coffee has opened its branch three minutes away from my office.

Photo: Google


I reported to work with just four hours of sleep. I found myself exchanging messages with a friend in the early hours of the morning just hours before I officially wake up to get ready for work. But The good part of it was I was still able to finish the workday and get 8.5 hours of sleep that night; it's been a long time since I had it.


I was given this voucher for Zalora from Chuck's Deli while I was just passing by on the way to the mall during lunch. I'm thinking of giving this to someone else because I don't really shop online. The other green stub for a free double drink upsize at Starbuckswas given to me by my officemate, Mommy P's son after learning that I helped her in collecting stickers for her 2013 Starbucks planner. Sometimes, it pays to be helpful -- unexpectedly.

After what has been a busy day at work, I arrived to see this parcel on my bed. This was the prize I won for joining the Rekindle the Joy Christmas promo of Starbucks Philippines -- and I was expecting this gift to arrive in three weeks. So it came as a surprise that this came just a week after they notified me that I won.

It's cute that the week began with a parcel from me and ended with another parcel -- for me.

It's a rainy Friday night and it's good for cuddling in bed with someone or with a pillow. I'm starting to get dizzy now so I'll be hitting the sheets.

Have a great weekend everyone. :-)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bloopers, Back to Normal and Things in Between

Life's back to normal when...

  • Your body clock has adjusted to your usual waking time;
  • Those work emails start to come in;
  • The documents that need to be processed come gushing like flood water on your computer screen;
  • You get to fill a quarter of your job tracker -- which is a good thing because it means you're productive today.
  • You encounter the same technical problems. Talk about DOWNTIME.

Then, I would find it weird on my part that while I was supposed to write the word JANUARY I would suddenly realize I penned a different word -- and very far from that. Thankfully, I noticed the silly, funny error before I sent it.

That when all the while I seriously knew that I am 100 per cent sure I am SINGLE, I would break into an unbelievable BROUHAHA after being told that most folks in the Land Down Under (in Australia, that is) thought that I am MARRIED -- to another colleague at that. But I had made it clear that I have reasons why I would not want to date nor be in a relationship with someone who is my office mate.

While that story caused me to stare blankly in disbelief for quite sometime, I can't help but think, maybe it's about time that I consider a "status change". After all, there are times I would find myself contemplating about plans of settling down since finally realizing on a Holy Wednesday last year that marriage is my heart's desire too.

Author Neil Gaiman said: Whatever it is that scares you, do it! and yesterday, I finally did something that I never tried before. Yes it's scary but I just wanted to be over it for it has been making me worry since last month. And now I can finally forget it. 

Oh, and one more thing, I came across that 11:11 on my clock today. They say it's somewhat significant, but well... it just looks nice.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Delayed Delivery

Christmas is about to be over (technically, Christmas in the Philippines end on the Feast of the Epiphany)  but I still have this gift left undelivered. I was hoping to give this personally but our schedules don't sync. I'm currently busy finalizing things and preparing for an important mission and so, I am making sure that no backlogs will be left behind and that things are in place while I am away.

I have been thinking how to send this to the recipient and today, I already found a way, after consulting a friend at the office. If I don't do something, this will be sitting on my desk until Valentine's Day or worse, until next year -- and this has been kept since the first week of December.

Don't be sad little panda. Someone's going to receive you by next week.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Two Cents Worth Wednesday: An Abundance of Katherines

My office mate, Katherine (yup the same name as the title on the book, but a different girl, of course!) mentioned about this book, The Abundance of Katherines by John Green this morning. While she told me about a snippet of the novel, I knew that it's going to be worth both time and money so probably, I'll invest on a copy in the future.
Photo: Google images.

And since this is going to be my first entry for Two Cents Worth Wednesday this year, I decided to pick this book and the following lines:

"Books are the ultimate Dumpees; put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back."

Have a great midweek everyone.