I have a long-outstanding promise to a friend to post our pictures in internet, I keep reminding myself and keep on forgetting, until today. And I did more than just posting it in my FB account… I made a Smilebox digital scrapbook with designs, music and all… that is, with effort!
This is a compilation of our “celebration” of friendship that filled our 2009 with joy and inspiration… just being together.
Sis Natz, eto na….
Here’s our photos during our Malaysian travel in 2007. The motiff and theme and music of the Smilebox production is brought to you by Bong Ngii (no other than Lee Andrew – pen name of Lean)!
See also other SmileBox creations at Digital Photo Collection at my page.
My greatest appreciation to my staff and colleagues at Audit Department. Life and work wouldn’t have been so engaging, rewarding and “easy” without the enthusiasm, commitment, motivation of these people. I have learned a lot from this bunch and I hope that I was able to inspire them too. Our moments of working, planning, achieving and playing together deserves this video clip I made:
These are the Days, by Natalie Merchant.
Aliya is growing up… fast… the changes maybe subtle, but it’s there! Here’s a smilebox slideshow showing her “transformation” in four months (from August to November in 2009)….
and here's her slideshow during her 1st year on earth....
I am amazed (and a bit saddened) by sudden changes happening with my boy Jolo. He is not quite a boy now… and he’s not quite a teen yet! He is 11 and as if suddenly the transformation seemed “overnight.” Physically, he grown fast (he is almost my height), his voice became husky, his face is more “serious” and he now chooses teen’s apparel and stuff. His demeanor became more subdued (no longer the wacky guy who goofs around). It’s not that I really mind, it’s just that I’m not yet prepared….
But, what preparations do parents need really? I don’t know! But well, I know we have “experienced” his boyhood and growing up, without moments spared, so I think I have to embrace now this new phase in his life with same glee and amazement!
Jolo Before (one-and-a-half years ago), wacky, playful, rough and sweet!
My litte boy, Jolo! (just a year ago), witty, charming, full of delight, curiousity and awe!
My BOy! (just early this year), thoughtful, creative, still awes at nature, funny and adventurous!
Jolo, “raw and unwashed” (recently), subdued, camera-shy, mindful, artistic and still my boy!
See my collection of “my wandering feet” that somewhat chronicle my travel and adventure. It started in Macau last August. Here are the samples:
at the venetian hotel
the venetian casino
on top of macau tower
in HK train after been denied entry at shenzhen
at fontana clark
at baguio (store site visit)
at tumana marikina (relief operation)
“Filipinos may be poor… but they are not poor in spirit”
Amidst calamity and disaster, Filipinos still find ways to survive and brings the best out of the situation. Filipinos cannot be defeated by any crisis, but can always rise from the rubble…. with a good spirit!
catching fish amidst the flood for their meal (with smile on his face!).... (self reliance)
taking a break and comprehending where to start (hope)
building foot bridge amidst city street (ingenuity)
image of mother and child in flood (acceptance)
cleaning, salvaging what's left.... life must go on.... (endurance)
religious procession of the faithful (faith)
working together to rebuild the nation (bayanihan or volunteerism)
a school girl going to school in a improvised raft driven by a boy (perseverance)
JUST NOTHING CAN BRING THE FILIPINO SPIRIT DOWN!