I had the chance to watch the sun come up the other day. From darkness suddenly the sky starts to light up and it's as if gazillion lights have been switched open to reveal a new day. I breathed in the fresh morning air and I couldn't help but feel happy. Mornings have that effect on me. Everyday I am thankful that I have been given another chance to be with the people I love and be able to do the things that I love doing. I am also grateful for another day to correct my mistakes and maybe start all over.
Everytime the year comes to an end, I always feel hopeful that the new year will bring new opportunities. Excited to find out what life has in store for me and my family. Always wishing and dreaming about what I can do and where I can go with my kids. Its a time when we plan vacations and holidays.
After the clock strikes midnight, hubby, me and the girls would jump around the house clanging our musical toy instruments and dancing around like crazy people. We usually have dinner at my parents house and drink champagne and hot chocolate. My sister would be there and now that my brother came home for a vacation - the family is again complete. We would be reminiscing about the past when we were kids and joke around who was the naughtiest, who did the most daring tricks. My mom and dad would each be cooking their best recipes and they would have a contest as to what tasted better. The kids would be dancing around and hubby would be twirling me around as if in a waltz. We are a crazy bunch - but you know it's when I am with them that I am at my happiest.
Many things happened to me this year, some unforgettable, some I want to forget, some I can't simply put out of my mind, and some I should remember but always forget, some made me laugh, a few made me cry, some made me feel excited and some made me feel all sorts of things at the same time.
This year I was surprised to "meet" a lot of good people here in the blogosphere. It amazes me that we could be oceans apart, come from different countries, speak a different language...but have a lot of things in common. Some of them became my good friends and some even become part of my extended family. Life is really full of surprises and I found it in a lot of corners too!
“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!” - William Arthur Ward
Don't fret about the coming year...instead be hopeful. It's a time to shed old fears and weave new dreams. Let life happen with no fear... only acceptance that change is inevitable. We can only control so much so in our lives, so why spend those precious moments worrying? and lastly Live, Laugh, Love...it's the elixir of LIFE.
Happy New Year my dear friends!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Have you ever tried going to a party, a meeting, or any occassion where you were only forced to? Your mind would be obsessed in ending the experience and you end up not gaining anything from it. Well, a colleague and a dear friend of mine had one such experience last Tuesday. We attended a learning session and a christmas party for service professionals in the industry where we belong to. She psyched herself that she'd be bored and proceeded to look for something that would confirm her initial impression. Never in her wildest dreams did she think that she'd have so much fun and learn something about life too!
The association invited a speaker who was really funny and entertaining. He gave faith a whole new look. His name is Arun Gogna . He is half Filipino and half Indian. Here are some of the lessons that he imparted. Hope you will get something from it, like I did.
He said in life he lives by some guiding principles. Very simple ones really.
Lesson One. The way you look at yourself is the way that you live your life.
Very early on his life he saw himself as someone average. Someone who can only get so far in life. Not achieving anything spectacular. An unexpected experience taught him differently. All his life he thought he was just an-82%-average student. So all his exams, all his projects he performed and created with 82% as the prized result. He never thought of doing anything more. When he finished college a life-changing event made him take up Theology as a post-graduate course and surprisingly graduated Magna Cum Laude. From then on he saw himself differently. He was not an average joe. He CAN be something more.
Lesson Two. Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better.
He says it's easy to blame circumstances and events when we are in a state of discontentment and unhappiness. When it's cold, we say - if it were a little more warmer here I would have done better, if it were a bit colder I would have done this and that. If the world were a better place then I would be very happy.
Happiness should not be given limitations or conditions, it's a state of being not just a destination.
Lesson Three. You are a not tree.
If we are unhappy or discontent we can always change our circumstance. We are not trees. We are not rooted to the ground. We can always move and do something else.
Lesson Four. When you get better, the game gets bigger.
I think lessons one to three are pre-requisites to lesson four. When we think we can do good things, when we become better persons, when we move to make our lives better...then bigger and better opportunities are opened to us.
Lesson Five.God is with us always.
God always meets us where we are. If there is anyone who can identify with you it is HIM. Afterall, He created us. He is always there watching and waiting for you and me to make the connection. He will never force us to love Him, because His love for us is unconditional. You loving Him back is not required.
God affirms who we really are.
The most important part of it all is YOU. Without your willingness and desire to have a better life all these will not be possible.
Friday, December 07, 2007
As soon as I got in, I noticed a pleasant looking old man was taking over the wheel. He let out a big smile and I smiled back. I rode the cab with three others. Normally I would have taken out my i-pod and stick the earphones in my ears and click on my "on-the-road" playlist. But this time I was intrigued by the driver. I'm not much of a talker that early in the morning and I don't usually engage in conversations with total strangers (a habit my mom and dad taught me early on in life ). But I was, I guess, awed.
At first they were talking politics, a topic I am not particularly keen on. And then they talked about how expensive gasoline is nowadays. And then the talk veered towards family. I was not a participant to the conversation, I was just listening. I was taking in what the old man was saying.
He said when he was much much younger he worked his butt off just to ensure that all his five children got good education. Not having finished any formal education himself he wanted more for his children. He said it was more of a mission for him and his wife. He goes on to say, "When you take good care of your children and ensure that they have a good future ahead of them, you have somehow ensured your retirement." I was a little skeptical about that. He continued on, "All my children are now professionals they have families of their own but they have good jobs. And each time they visit me, they thank me for giving them a future." Wow! I thought to myself. "Now, I drive just to pass the time. It gets a little boring when you're done doing the "big" stuff."
"Discipline," he says "has a lot to do with it. Being proud of what you do and doing it with honesty and dignity. Nowadays, there are a lot of things that keep the family apart. Television, computers, cellphones, games. When I was younger", he says, "we only had books and our family to keep us busy. Focus on more important things, that was what it taught me", he says. Then I saw him look at me through the rearview mirrow, "You know, work is just work...a means to make a life. Don't let it rule your life." Our eyes met and I thought those words were meant for me and for me only. Gosh! Was I that transparent?
We arrived at the office. We paid the driver and gave a good tip. For the words of wisdom he imparted. =) I know I heard or read those words before but somehow having it delivered that way makes a lot of difference. That was some taxi ride don't you think?
We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life. We are all connected to one another in the heart. Connecting with the ultimate source of love is possible through discovering the hidden power in your heart. ~ Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart
Friday, November 30, 2007
In my country, as early as September christmas carols could be heard on the radio and on the department stores. Christmas decorations and all sorts of gifts are scattered all over the Metropolis. Some people already have decorations at their homes as soon as Halloween's over. We probably have one of the longest Christmas celebrations there is. LOL.
So it has began... the yearly celebration that makes people shop till they drop, decorate their houses with all things red and green, glowing lights in all houses, christmas trees and gifts under the trees. Lovers kissing under the mistletoe. It's Christmas time once again folks!
As I was trying my best to finish my Christmas list (a never ending list of people I give gifts to on a yearly basis) my eldest daughter Pia came up to me and asked a simple question that would send me reeling off in a tangent. "Mommy? Christmas day is Jesus' birthday right?", to which I answered, "Yes honey, it's the day He was born." She was frowning at my answer and looked at the list I was coming up with. "Then how come His name is not in the list you are buying gifts for? What are you giving Him this Christmas?" Wow and just like that she had me speechless.
I guess it's true. I am guilty of it as well. Every year people would be sooo busy buying gifts, decorating their house, cooking up a feast but totally forget the real reason for the celebration. I was particularly touched by a recent post that my Dad wrote it's called Pondering Christmas .
An easy enough question - but what am I giving Him this Christmas? Been thinking about this for the past few days and have not really come up with anything special. So I asked my daughter what she thinks we should give Him for Christmas . . . she said "why don't we invite Him to stay in our house on His birthday?" A smile crossed my face. A simple answer but very very meaningful.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~ Burton Hillis
So what are you giving Him this christmas?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
One thing I am certain about myself is that I cannot stay sad and sappy for very long. Even when I am in pain I can still manage to force a smile when my daughters are talking to me.
I remembered when I was in labor - sweating it out and waiting for my first born to come out; the resident physician got a phone call from my doctor who was checking how I was. She called out to me asking me how I was doing and I turned to her with a smile saying I was okay. I then heard her relay to my doctor that I might still be far off because I can still manage to smile. And she came out a few minutes after that.
When I was in high school my English teacher in the Book Club I joined told me to steer clear of certain books because I was becoming too idealistic. That's not what real life is all about, she says. Well, being surrounded by nuns, saints and churches all my life how can I not be idealistic? I told her. She told me I should stop looking at the world in my rose-colored glasses. I'd be too disappointed when reality sets in.
Well in essence I guess she was right, not everything was rosey and wonderful. There are times when life sucked big time. But I figured it was how I see the world and what it offers that helped me get through the bad times. I know you must be thinking I might be dillusional, well my friend Colin would probably say yes I was, LOL! But he also knows that I have come to love this life that I have and all it's imperfections. My good friend is also a lover of life, in fact the blog called LIFE that he created is living proof of it.
I am in an endless search for things, people, events that inspire me to be a better person and lately I have been inspired by this man called Warren Buffet . He has a simple message and the book called the Tao of Warren Buffet is a must read.
Here are some of the lessons I learned from this man:
A. Money doesn't create man but it is the man who created money.
B. Live your lives as simple as you are.
C. Don't do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel is
D. Don't go on brand name; just wear those things in which you feel
E. Don't waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend them on those who are really in need of it.
F. After all it's your life - why do we let others to rule our
ONE CANNOT HAVE WISDOM WITHOUT LIVING LIFE...
Contentment is wanting what you have, not having everything you want...LIFE is what you make it.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I have nothing much to declare, just wanted to share this song with you all. I loved the Disney movie Anastasia and this song is a favorite of mine.
Heart don't fail me now
Courage don't desert me
Don't turn back now that we're here
People always say
Life is full of choices
No one ever mentions fear
Or how the road can seem so long
How the world can seem so vast
Courage see me through
Heart i'm trusting you
On this journey to the past
Somewhere down this road
I know someone's waiting
Years of dreams just can't be wrong
Arms will open wide
I'll be safe and wanted
Finally home where I belong
Well starting here my life begins
Starting now I'm learning fast
Courage see me through
Heart I'm trusting you
On this journey to the past
Heart don't fail me now
Courage don't desert me
Home, love, family
There was once a time
I must've had them too
Home, love, family
I will never be complete until I find you
One step at a time
One hope then another
Who knows where this road may go
Back to who I was
Onto find my future
Things my heart still needs to know
Yes, let this be a sign
Let this road be mine
Let it lead me to my past
Courage see me through
Heart I'm trusting you
To bring me home
courage see me through,
Heart I'm trusting you
Journey to the past
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Last night I couldn't sleep. Although my body was screaming for it, my mind was unfortunately wide awake. Everyone was sleeping except me. I turned on the television and did not have any luck with any good movies. I was absentmindedly flicking through the channels when I accidentally ran into a local program featuring a young girl aged 12 with cancer.
Her family was poor, they cannot afford to bring her to the hospital for treatment. They barely had money for food. Her five other siblings, all under the age of 15 were all working together with their parents just to get by each day. Everyday she was left alone at the house, thinking crazy thoughts, feeling pity for herself. She was thin but her stomach was bulging with this strange cancer. All she wanted was to go to school and finish her studies. All she wanted was something to do besides waiting...waiting for death to claim her. I did not realize that tears were streaming down my eyes.
The other day my husband was telling me about a little girl, aged 8 who committed suicide. I was shocked at how young the girl was and wondered what compelled such an innocent child to want to die rather than live? A diary was found by the family and it was a sort of a "goodbye" note from her. She wrote there that if she died her parents would have one less mouth to feed, they won't work so hard anymore.
I thought about my little girls aged 8 and 4. They are so innocent about the harshness of life. They were never exposed to it. They never knew what it felt like not to eat three times a day. They never knew what it feels like not having a roof under their heads each night. My husband and I made sure that their future is secured. But nonetheless, I could not stop thinking about those girls, those innocent little children who should be playing with dollies and robots. They have sacrificed so much, even their lives for their family. I am appalled that they have to carry such burdens at such a young age.
It was a simple enough wish. To have something to live for. To have a decent life. To have some food to eat. To have a bed to sleep in comfortably each night. But sadly, an elusive dream.
I guess, in that brief moment God was teaching to me to be always thankful for all that I have. Our house is undergoing some renovations, I've had the chance to find old clothes and a some good toys that my kids are not playing with anymore. I talked to them about giving it to some street kids. At first there was resistance but as I told them the story of those two little girls they were silent and agreed to give their old clothes and toys. They also wanted to take part in the giving. I wanted my kids also to know that there is joy in giving as well as receiving.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. ~ Elie Wiesel
Saturday, November 03, 2007
I have been tagged by my good friend Jackie author of The Painted Veil to name three things in my life that I cannot let go of.
Here's my list:
1) MY LOVE FOR GOD - I cannot even begin to describe how important my faith and my love for God is. All I can say is I am nothing without Him.
2) MY FAMILY - I was often asked where do you keep your valuables? What bank do you invest in? What do you think would be the best place to invest your time and money in? My answer would always be...MY FAMILY. And the people asking me would say, "What? Aren't they cost centers not investments?" And I would reply , "Can any bank guarantee unconditional love, 24-7 love on call, high-interest yield without putting any money in - as long as you put in a lot of time and love on a regular basis?" They would be shaking their heads. "There you go", I would say. My family is my greatest wealth. When I have my family's love and support on my side I feel like I can do anything.
3) BLOGGING - Blogging has been a tremendous help to me, it has been therapeutic. Through blogging I was able to express myself and meet new friends that I could build lasting friendships with.
Now I would love to hear from my three new friends here in the blogosphere. What is it that you cannot let go of?
I would like to end this post with a lovely message I received last week.
God is at work in your life
even when you do not recognize it or understand it.
But it's much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.
"Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned,
lives touched and moments shared along the way"
LIFE IS AN ECHO. What you send out, you get back.
What you give, you receive.
WHEN YOU BRING OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS, YOU BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOURSELF.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have a lot of things to catch up on, memes and awards to post. I am thankful that the people who gave them to me are very patient and understanding. So let me start with a very nice e-mail I received last week.
What have we learnt from the story of Noah’s Ark?
Don’t miss the boat
Remember we are on the same boat
We need good planning.
Noah’s ark was built before the heavy rain came.
Stay in good health you’ll still be needed for major venture even if you’re 60.
Don’t be bothered by criticism, focus on what needs to be completed.
Build your future in high places.
For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Speed is never the most important thing,
snail and the leopard end up on the same boat.
When you feel uptight, relax a little.
Remember, the ark was built by layman,
Titanic was built by specialists.
No matter how bad the weather outside is,
if you walk with GOD,
the rainbow is just ahead of you.
Here are some of my friends footprints:
My good friend Annita has graced me with these two wonderful awards.
I am passing on this award to six women who rocks my world and the blogosphere as well. Here they are in alphabetical order:
The creator of this award,Christy of Totally Faboulous says the award is for “bloggers who are fun, cool, and of course Totally Fabulous!” There are many many fabulous blogs created by fabulous people. But for now, here is the list of fellow bloggers that I would love to pass along this award to.
Another award was given to me by my very artistic friend Rajeev .And now I am passing on this award to others. Guys your sites have hatched.
And last but not the least my friend Colin awarded me with this sweet Halloween treat. And now I am passing them on to other sweet people I met.
Mad Goad Lady
There are so many people who come and go in your life.
Only friends will leave their footprints in your heart.
Thank you all for the awards and Congratulations!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
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The video shown above is an amateur video taken by one of the people who got caught in the blasts.
Yesterday a terrible blast hits a mall two blocks away from where I work. At first when we heard the news 10 minutes after it happened we thought it was a hoax. But then my family started calling and asking me if I was okay, that's when we all knew that it was true. To think I actually thought of having lunch there yesterday with my friends sent shudders down my spine.
The police says they cannot conclude if it was a terrorist bombing yet. Whatever caused it makes no difference now, there were people who died and people who got injured. As of this writing there have been 9 people reported dead and more than 100 people wounded, some even in critical condition. I could not help but think that victim counts were not simply numbers. These are important people. They are most probably daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, wives and husbands too and their families are all grieving because of this unfortunate event.
Today I am lighting candles for all those people who got hurt and died in the blast. And also for the people who came in and helped. God bless them all.
“Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tomorrow is my Mom's birthday. And I want to give tribute to the most beautiful and wonderful woman in my life. Sometimes words fail me when asked to describe her. She has done so much for me and my family and I don't know how I could ever give back the time and love that she has devoted to me, my children, my brother, my sister and my dad too.
I love this song, I believe this song depicts all the love my mom has for me. This song is for you Mom. I love you sooo soooo much.
When you're feeling lost in the night,
When you feel your world just ain't right
Call on me, I will be waiting
Count on me, I will be there
Anytime the times get too tough,
Anytime your best ain't enough
I'll be the one to make it better,
I'll be there to protect you,
See you through,
I'll be there and there is nothing
I won't do.
I will cross the ocean for you
I will go and bring you the moon
I will be your hero your strength
Anything you need
I will be the sun in your sky
I will light your way for all time
For you I will.
I will shield your heart from the rain
I will let no harm come your way
Oh these arms will be your shelter
No these arms won't let you down,
If there is a mountain to move
I will move that mountain for you
I'm here for you, I'm here forever
I will be your fortress, tall and strong
I'll keep you safe,
I'll stand beside you, right or wrong
I will cross the ocean for you
I will go and bring you the
moon (yeah, yeah)
I will be your hero your strength
anything you need (I will be..)
I will be the sun in your sky
I will light your way for all time
For you I will
For you I will, lay my life on the line
For you I will fight, oooooh
For you I will die
With every breathe, with all my soul
I'll give my world
I'll give it all
Put your faith in me (put
you're faith in me)
And I'll have to leave it be
I will cross the ocean for
you (I will cross the ocean
I will go and bring you the moon
Promise you (Promise you)
For you I will, I will, I will, I will,
I will cross the ocean for you
I will go and bring you the moon
I will be your hero your strength
Anything you need, (Anything you need)
I will be the sun in your sky (yeah, yeah)
I will light your way for all times
Promise you (I promise you)
For you I will (Ooooh)
I promise you
For you I will
My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon
Friday, October 12, 2007
The woman who was giving me the massage seemed to know where everything ached and knew just how to attack it. With each stroke of her hands she removed the stress I felt when I talked to that very hard-to-please client and when she pressed my back she took away the strain in my neck as I was bent over my computer concentrating on finishing my reports, memos and e-mails. I was half-awake and half-asleep all through it all. I never wanted it to end.
I don't know what it did to my body but after that massage I seem to want to sleep all the time. Whenever my back touched my bed it's as if my body is in auto-shut off. Amazing! This surprises me because I am a late sleeper. My usual sleeping time is around 12:00am or if I'm reading a really good book 2:00am. I did not have that much time to blog and visit your sites. At night I was off to dreamland as soon as I enter our room.
I suddenly thought God was like a masseur in our lives. With each stroke of His hand He takes away our problems and pains. Each time we feel better and lighter. We entrust ourselves to Him and let Him shape us into His image and likeness.
I think each one of us deserves a moment like this. We need pampering, we need someone to take over our fears and tell us all will be well. Yes we are strong and yes we know we can take care of ourselves. But don't we all need someone to lean on, someone to smooth away the aches and pains of our soul? And guess what? We don't have to go far to get it, we don't even have to pay. It's free! He's just a breathe away...for those who have faith.
“Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE; Where there is LOVE; there is PEACE; Where there is PEACE; there is GOD; Where there is GOD; there is BLISS.” ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Sunday, October 07, 2007
October 8th marks our 10th wedding anniversary. That's hubby and me after taking our vows. We were both a bit teary-eyed and the emotion is still high.
We were suprised to realize it has been a decade already! It seems like it only happened yesterday. I put on my wedding dress, my mom and dad were teary-eyed as we drove to the church, I walked down the aisle and we took our vows. Now we have a family of our own.
If there was anything that changed between us, I guess it was our love growing stronger each day. Many people have asked me how is it that hubby and I still seem like we were dating. I answered, "well I guess that's probably because we still are...dating that is." Most couples tend to be so serious about being mom and dad that they sometimes forget that before there was a family...there were only the two of us. And nurturing that relationship is very very important. It's the foundation of a happy family.
I remembered my mom giving me "bride talks" when my wedding day was drawing near. She always said, "always be there for him no matter what...and don't forget looking good all the time won't hurt too." I laughed at that, looking good? Well, my mom looks very young for her age and she has maintained her skin and figure. She most emphatically told me to do the same. Haha! Well, Ma, I'm trying my best...it seems to be working too...I hope I can keep it up.
What was the most unforgettable thing I remembered on my wedding day? My answer would have to be marrying the right man. Some bride would say, it was the dress, the church, the cake, our friends, the reception...but for me it was my husband. I remember the great love we felt for each other and how forever started for us that one fine day.
Here's a song hubby and I both love.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~ Mignon McLaughlin
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I spent most of my day yesterday in two airports.
I woke up at 1:30am to get ready for my 4:30am flight to Cebu. Hubby wasn't all too happy to wake up and drive me there but he was worried about me taking the cab all by myself in that un-godly hour. When hubby dropped me off at the lobby, I kissed this sleepy man goodbye and then met my officemate and we checked in together. I saw a lot of sleeping people and wished I could too. First things first I bought two steaming brewed coffee to boost our spirits.
The flight was uneventful, except for an elderly needing some oxygen. I was half-awake and half-asleep all throughtout the flight. Everytime I fly I want to seat by the window and just stare at the clouds. They were fluffly blue and so much like cotton-candy. I imagined I was sitting on one of them, looking down on what's going on in the earth below.
After our training we headed straight to the local supermarket to buy some "pasalubongs" (tagalog for presents for our family and colleagues back home). We had about one to two hours before we go to the airport again for our afternoon flights. We had lunch at a local restaurant called Golden Cowrie. We ordered tuna fingers and this super tasty baked scallops with cheese on top! It was awesome and to our great surprise very very affordable.
By 2:30pm we were again headed to the airport and were checked in before 3:00pm. My colleague was going to our other branch office in Davao and so I was to head back to Manila alone. He had an earlier flight and so I was left alone in the waiting area for about one-and-a-half hour to wait for my flight. I wanted to fall asleep but I was a little wary of strangers and looking vulnerable being female and alone in the airport. Thank God for technology and the good book I brought along with me...I did not really noticed the time.
I was reading Paulo Coelho's book called Like a Flowing River. It was a collection of short inspiring stories. I particularly liked the poem by Manuel Bandeira.
Be like the flowing river,
Silent in the night.
Be not afraid of the dark.
If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back.
If there are clouds in the sky,
Remember, clouds, like the river, are water,
So gladly reflect them too,
In your own tranquil depths.
a beautiful poem and a beautiful book. God bless everyone!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
He said he wanted an explanation about his contract with the company. So I took pains in explaining it to him in layman's terms as clearly as I could. And then he tells me, he does not know what I was talking about because he never read the contract! At that point I felt like pulling out those make-believe hairs on my chest. He has not read the contract! And he's asking me why he can't understand it?!
The man was becoming unreasonable and even if I tried as hard as I could he never listened to me. I talked to my boss and she told me it was best to have him talk to the Division Head, the Senior Vice President. I don't really know how our big boss did it but he turned the guy around. Note to self, get lessons on persuasion from the SVP. I escorted him outside the building and we shook hands. Odd how that meeting turned out.
When I came back to my desk I was suprised to see it was lunch time already! Ahhh, my favorite time of the day. I consider my lunch break as sacred. If I'm lucky I get to enjoy the full sixty-minutes of it. And those are really precious. It's a time when me and my friends get together and enjoy a good meal. We had lunch out and I was surprised to see a lot of people having lunch out too! I guess it's payday or probably a lot of stressed-out employees needed time away from the office as well.
Everyday my friends and I would take turns in deciding where to have lunch. Are we having Japanese food? American? Italian? Filipino? Korean? Chinese? I find it funny sometimes that being given a lot of choices makes it even harder to choose. You'll probably find it mundane but we take it seriously. =) That day we decided to deviate and try something different. We had lunch at Cafe Mediterranian .
I had this yummy Morrocan Chicken in buttered rice and side salad. Every bite was heavenly. Ha ha, I did not realize that I was closing my eyes as I enjoyed each bite. This is not the actual picture but it looked something like this. Yummy right?
Lunch for me is not just the meal. For me it means being with friends, it also meant some moments of relaxation, a time to exhale and breathe, a chance to recollect myself. It's my precious sixty-minutes of doing things that I like, no stress, no angry client, no rush report...it's all about me. So what do you think? Let's do lunch? =)
Monday, September 24, 2007
It's not that I don't like Christmas, on the contrary, it's my favorite time of the year! I guess I was just not ready to review my shopping list, yet. As I walked back to my building I remembered a Christmas when our company was involved in a project called "Adopt an Angel". This project involved all the employees and a chosen orphanage. A big Christmas tree was placed in the lobby and all employees are supposed to pick a name of a child and fulfill their wish. My colleagues mostly got names of new born babies who were requesting for milk and diapers or medicines. As I was picking a name, I was expecting to read a similar request.
But boy was I wrong! I opened the paper and saw that my angel wished for a new bike and rubber shoes! I was the only one in the company who got such a request! Even the CEO only got milk and clothes as a request. Everyone was joking me around about it.
As the day of the Christmas party at the orphanage was drawing near I knew I had to buy what was requested. I thought a bike was expensive and the rubber shoes too! I could have bought something for my daughters for that price. But I thought my children always had enough of everything, toys, love, food and shelter. This boy does not even have parents! So in the spirit of Christmas I bought the bike and the rubber shoes.
I volunteered to come to the party because I wanted to see the boy's eyes as he received my gifts. When I saw the seven-year-old boy, I felt my heart crying from the inside out. He looked unkempt and lost and totally needing a lot of loving. Know what? He never left my side all throughout the party, his little hands kept searching for mine. I hugged and took care of him that afternoon and when the time came when I was to give him the gifts I was so consumed with anticipation. I knew receiving it would give him tremendous joy.
He was jumping up and down when he saw the lonely bike among the gifts gathered in one big table. When I walked towards him with it, I asked, "want to try ride your bike?". He said, "Is that really for me?!" He cried and started to hug and kiss me. He told me that he knew his request would probably not be granted...but he hoped Santa would intervene=)
You know I could never forget that boy and the tremendous love and happiness that I felt for him as I was handing over my gifts. My heart was overflowing with the feeling of joy because I made someone happy. From that moment on I thought all of us were not only receivers of gifts, we were also meant to give.
Here's a message that I received from my dad today. He says, Rivers do not drink the water they carry. Trees do not eat the fruit they bear. Clouds do not bathe in the rain they produce. We are meant to give, even if we get nothing from it. Measuring life by what others do may disappoint us, but measuring life by what we do will make life meaningful.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I had the whole day to myself today, although my kids are at home they were having their own activities. Hubby has post-graduate classes today which starts in the morning and ends at 7:30pm. The afternoon was pretty quiet, the kids had their afternoon siesta and are both still sleeping while I'm writing this. I should be too but I did not feel like doing anything in particular.
I first thought of doing some accounting of my expenses which I enjoy doing when all is quiet in the house but I thought that was particularly boring right now. I thought of reading some of the books that I bought some weeks back but I did not feel like doing that either. Suddenly I was alone and the stillness of our room was deafening. It was a strange feeling being by myself today. As I look at both my kids sleeping soundly I wanted to wake them up and play with them right now. But I know how much they needed the sleep. They both had the flu last week and their bodies are still recovering. So I guess, that leaves you and me right now. But it's the weekend so you're probably doing somethingelse too.
Strange thoughts are crossing through my mind right now. I am again fast-forwarding my life thinking about the future. When my daughters have families of their own and don't have much time for me...wonder what hubby and I would be doing then?I have thought of travelling to different countries when I retire, writing memoirs and collecting souveniers. But I sort of feel blue and I can't seem to shake the feeling. Laughing, I scolded myself for asking for respite from the hectic life and now that I had it, I didn't know what to do with a lot of time in my hands. Ah, the irony.
It's raining outside, it's as if the skies are crying too. Adding to my feeling of loneliness. I watched a couple of old movies but that did not help too. Arrggggh! I need noise! I need to do something that will make me think. So I guess this post is what came out from that moment of insanity. Ha ha!
Happy Weekend guys! And thank you for keeping me company.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I don't mind that they do that but sometimes the questions gets harder and harder and I have to do research to satisfy their curiosity. My eight-year-old is a wide reader. She asks the hardest questions at most times. She reads the dictionary! She probably has a wider vocabulary than I do when I was her age. She is a voracious reader. She can read a book in 1 or 2 days if it's interesting enough. She is competing in a Math Olympiad in October on a national level. And she does most of her studying on her own. Studying and reading is her utmost interest.
My four-year-old on the other hand is more inclined towards the arts. She also loves books but she's more on to dancing especially ballet, singing and pretend play. She loves to draw and doodle in her small notebook. She also loves to ask questions about things that are new to her and she won't stop until she gets her answers. She can take care of herself and loves her independence. Today we watched the stage play Mulan at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. While we were watching the play she kept asking me when the "real" Mulan was coming. She was expecting to see the 'Disney' version and kept whispering a bit loudly to me that what we were watching was a "fake".
Here are some pictures I took recently of my two daughters. You can click the pics for a larger view.
@ the Barbie Exhibit
With Mulan the stage play actress @ the CCP
@ School when she performed on stage
I guess now you know how much I'm addicted to these two. =) Have stress-free day people...I just had one today.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
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