Category Archives: Everyday's Blessings

Birthday SURPRISE… Ohhh for Me?

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It was a pleasent surprise! A real surprise for my birthday. You got me! You pulled it perfectly… I was clueless! All the plans… And all the secret meetings and conspiracy… The works!

I thought “surprise” parties became a passe for my family, after we pulled the first 2 major parties (my mama in 2010 and my dad in 2011), i thought no one will ever be surprised anymore, or i mean, no one will ever be a good candidate (celebrant) anymore… NOT within my watch… without me as the “director”… I didn’t expect that they will someday plan for me… I thought that they knew well that i don’t like parties if i am the bida.

But they got me! Major surprise! All the people that matters were there… I feel fantastic, i feel ecstatic… Ohh cant describe really.

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A Month and A Week….

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I am missing my blog and blogging… I missed being inspired… it seemed without writing my thoughts, I am uprooted and in many places. Focus. that’s what I need now. And I need to blog/write to make my mind clearer and my priorities checked.

Anyway, best time to begin is always “now” … never mind that my last entry was Dec 2012 and the second last was July 2012…  I will keep at this for now….

I think I have not started my 2013 right… feels like a roller-coaster in the past month and past week (company take-over, store opening, new implementation at work place, while there are new projects, new demands in our business, plus it is now tax season)… It passed by with me doing so many things yet it seemed accomplishing nothing. I lacked planning and got lost. I am losing focus. And it frustrates me now,,, feels like it is making me more unproductive… Plus, there are lot of people (staff) who are banking on my directions and leadership.

Well, it will not get better if I whine and continue to be dismayed… I have to pick up myself and start again. NOW is the time to start afresh (January will not come back, not until next year). Focus on few things. Relax. Set goals. No pressure. Delegate. Depend on the Team. Unwind. Pray.

I will get by…. I will pass this… with lots “done” …

Will update soon….circles

101 Minus: Mama Mia with Mama

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No. 18 – Have a Solo Date with Mama
(Have to update my 1st 101 list 🙂 )
I got 2 tickets for the musical play Mamma Mia at the CCP last February… Its a pricey show and limited for few weeks only in the Phils. So its a date with my Mama! The musical featured Abba songs which are kind of oldies that’s my best companion that would appreciate it is my mom… The show was great, their voices are powerful. The music are nostalgic! We had a great time!

Hundred Island and Hundred Waves (Day 2, Part 2)

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Part 2 of day 2… The interesting and scary part of the adventure…
(See Day 2, part 1 here…)

So, we had the Children’s Island all by ourselves… And enjoying it… Then the great lightning and thunder all startled us! Seeing the storm from the “far” away made us decide to pack and go back! Apparently the storm is not that far!

Well, that hurrying to go back to mainland put us to a “dangerous” adventure. Something was also amiss since our two boats were docked at different sides of the island, that’s why we didnt see each other went. A single blow of the wind and sudden mild darkness made me wary and anxious. One can see an all-white horizon ahead of us. Storm! Our boatman said that we’ll dock for awhile at Cuenca’s Cave… Kuya Bong, the boatman said, “Sandali lang yan, palipasin muna natin” (that will only take fee minutes, lets just wait to let it pass)… that made another kabog in me (how about the other boat?) anyway we hope that the other boat will follow us and stick to the itinerary (the Cuenca cave).

I was really worried where’s the other boat, what if they went straight to that storm! Kabog kabog….
After awhile, Kuya Bong told us to go back to the boat, i am sure he was worried about the other boat too. After struggling thru rain and wind, we. eventually we found the other boat (full of green people) and I remember feeling the same way when I almost lost Jolo at Singapore train and later found him. The relief!! But Apparently, they have been through that storm and came back (all in one piece)! Speechless and non-smiling, traumatized and relieved… that’s what they all looked like.
Well, the story is more frightening based on their accounts (big waves, angry winds, water on the boat, all foggy-white surroundings, “apparitions”, their struggle to take the u-turn, their fear)… it is written somewhere in a facebook account… I know i cannot do justice recounting the story. The older people in the boat described it as “delubyo”… the younger members described it as just like riding anchors-away in Starcity… I will just leave to your imagination!
Back in Pantalan, one boatman said he had not experience that in his life; Aling Juliet said, it happened only in few times, its like twister that passed fast; another boatman said, he saw the “Monkey’s Eyebrow” kilay ng unggoy — apparently a sign of terribly bad weather. Well, we’ve been through that!
So that’s the extreme adventure we were looking for!?
But in the end… we all thank God we are safe and intact!

The sky before we left…

Boat 1 “Aquarius” – those who worried a lot… the “seniors”

Boat 2 “Nina” – those who experienced the great storm… the “adventurers”

The LESSON…

Hundred Islands and the Green Tribe (Day 2)

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We thought that Pangasinan adventure will not equal the fun, excitement and amazement with our Sagada adventure last year… But we thought wrong…
The start of our second day was going well according to the plan… thanks to our dear organizer, tata pentz… we will not have to worry about the food, the boat, the registration, diving equipments and the guides… he had already “bothered” them all everyday before this day!

We were all in Green… The motif of the year…


The Buffet Breakfast was superb, thanks to Tita Julieta at the pantalan. San ka pa complete with dessert, unlimited coffee and smiles! Ala-hotel minus the ambiance… yum-yum….

We arranged for the diving, snorkeling equipment and food to bring to island picnic…. then we were assigned to our respective boats…


First stop, Governor’s Island. We hiked up to the hill for a top view point of scattered islands. Piktyur piktyur..,


Then we walked farther at the other side of the island to see ‘big brother’s house’… Another good viewing deck! Awesome sight of God’s splendid creation!



We passed the Monkey’s Island

Then we went to Marcos Island for a dive in a cave… Sila lang di ako kasama… They swam passed the cave to the sea. Then spent some time swimming there while drinking cold beer.
Then we were told to get going, we have to go to beat too many people taking their picnic lunch at Quezon Island.
Quezon Island is the most “commercialized” island and too crowdy. But at least we’ll take our lunch on cottages. Our lunch is hataw again, with the pancit canton being the highlight, again thanks to Tita Julieta at Pantalan! We took the rest and just enjoying each other’s presence.


Then its time to go snorkeling… At the middle of the sea… Most of us took the dive… I know everybody was enjoying!

Then we went to Children’s Island… The water is shallow and we can relax either by the mini cave or by the beach… We played “tabunan” of sand. Sayang wala na lahat battery ang camera. And after awhile we had the couple of islands all by ourselves!! As if owned by the Green Tribe! We relaxed some more with bit still sun shining to our left.

But the came the big quaking lightning! And as if that signals us to pack and go!

(to be continued…. for more “adventure” going back)

2nd Cousinhood Adventure @ Pangasinan (Day 1)

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The second cousinhood adventure! April 21-23, 2012…
This time our destinations are Bolinao and Alaminos Pangasinan, 200 kms north of Manila.
We are 25 in the group, we took 3 cars and 1 van. Our itinerary follows:

  • Assembly time 3:30, take-off at 4:00 am
  • Quick pandesal and CR break at Tarlac city, near Hacienda Luisita at around 6:00 am
  • Long drive up to Alaminos, St Joseph Church at around 9:00am, where we stopped for a while.
  • An hour drive to Bolinao and took the rough road to Bolinao waterfalls. We met AJ the 9year old guide.
  • Few of us took a dip at the stream by the falls and enjoyed the cold water. I dont know why they are not ready to take the swim? Kaya antayin na lang nila kami… Sorry….
  • We havent seen the other Bolinao falls which they said is more beautiful…. I think they are more worried with their cars getting dirty and got bumped by the rough road…hehehe
  • At around 11, we looked for the Villa Carolina Resort… We took a few wrong turns… But finally we arrived.
  • We ate our lunch and we are all famished…. We ate even without proper table setting… Heheh… Relleno, tinapa, adobo, itlog na maalat, mango, crabs, shrimps…. Yum yum!
  • Rest time… Settle down….
  • Walked to knee deep sea…. Picture taking….
  • Prepared to go to have some caving and spelunking….
  • We visited Enchanted Cave and we all took a dive and swim…. The water is cold, but the cave is too small…. Its not really a spelunking because they already cemented stair steps going down… So bigo sa spelunking.

  • Then while we all still wet, we drove farther to Cape Bolinao, the lighthouse near Patar beach, we were supposed to wait for the sunset, but it is now too early, so we drove back to resort.
  • Picture taking by the beach of the resort…. While watching sunset! Jump-shot and silhouette photos…. Great time spending with family!
  • Dinner time with sarap sinigang na baboy! Wow….
  • Wentuhan up to bedtime…. Saya…

That’s our day 1….
More exciting story in day 2…. To be continued….

101 Things to be Happy & Thankful About (2011 Year-ender)

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1. My Aliya, my new tiny best buddy.
2. My Lean, my cuddly bubbly kid.
3. My Jolo, my teen-age heart throb
4. My Papi, my old buddy.
5. Successful “Pillow Me” concept
5. Travelled to Palawan at P25 airfare
6. Travelled to Ilocos at P88 airfaire
7. No major sickness in the family
8. My friendship with sisters FLor and Kerol and Natz
9. Surprise parties (dad, tian, pa nick)
10. Taking Mama and Daddy to Antipolo (where they had their 1st date)
11. Chat moments with mama and daddy by the window
12. Books of Mitch Albom
13. Leaping to SVS venture
14. Bestseller pillows like “Like” and “HP”
15. My newly-painted house
16. Puregold 100 stores
17. Sunrise and sunsets at paradise
18. My new venture in stocks
19. My trips in the park with ALiya
20. Beach time with Aliya
21. Snorkeling with Papi!
22. Paddling in the water!
23. Spelunking with cousins!
24. Mentoring my new “leaders”
25. Their appreciation of my mentoring
26. My promotion… without increase :>
27. Arranging Aliya’s photo album
28. Gift of paint/art set
29. My new bathroom
30. Mama and Daddy
31. Playing in the rain with Aliya
32. Volunteering
33. BLood Donation
34. Inspiring others to volunteer and to share
35. My new iPad (gift from SVS)
36. My new gate and terrace
37. Our friends at Hospicio de San Jose
38. Time with my in-laws
39. Winning major in raffles
40. Aliya’s color/art skills
41. Jolo’s love for music
42. Jolo’s 1st stint to perform in stage solo!
43. Lean’s many great lego creations
44. Our new business ventures
45. Time at MOA with Papi and ALiya just watching sunset
46. Eating seafoods with friends
47. The IC Manual
48. “Full-moon” moment with Papi
49. The Paoay church! Magnificent!
50. “Survived” many PI storms without much damage
51. Aliya’s laughter
52. Our new Audit Room, and my new desk
53. The Sumaguing Cave! Amazing!
54. Chance to help new staff to learn
55. Our series of training and workshops
56. Helping kins in tuition fee
57. Seeing my kins in Naga
58. The Classic Series of Readers Digest
59. DQ moment with Lean. Discovered DQ’s Double Dutch Blizzard
60. Helping hands of family
61. Parlor moment with Aliya
62. You Tube moment with Jolo
63. “Me” moment every now and then (at the spa)
64. Watching babaw movies with sisters (friends)
65. Church moments
66. The Palawan Underground River! Awesome!
67. Kikay days with BFF (tried eyelash extension)
68. Books of Francis Kong and Bo Sanchez
69. Beach moment with Papi
70. Stargazing!
71. Gain in FAMI’s investment
72. Church moment (Antipolo) with Daddy and Mama
73. Chat moments with brothers
74. Bookstore moments with Jolo
75. Gift of books by friends and son
76. Found long-lost old letters and diaries
77. Connecting with old friends
78. New SVS office
79. The Vigan walk with Papi
80. Teambuilding with staff
81. Reading books to Aliya
82. Gift-giving at Dagat-dagatan.
83. Zeroing my credit cards
84. Gimiks with old high-school buddies
85. Discovered chocolate of Lido
86. Lean’s new sofa-bed
87. Few moments of Hilot-paa (Jolo)
88. Fireworks moments
89. New friends
90. Eat-out moments with colleagues
91. Visita Iglesia
92. Helped trained the managers
93. Writing for Tips and Insight (T&I)
94. Blogging moments
95. Hearing good speakers, Francis Kong and Jojo Baldo
96. My positive outlook
97. Probono work for a foundation
98. No “casualty” in the family this year
99. Healthy ME.
100. To God and to all of His blessings!
101. This List!