Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sweet Dreams

She looks so strong, so mature at her age, and so hurting. Sarah is my cousin and she is just 23 years old. She’s married and has 2 wonderfully adorable kids. I do not know what to say to her as I look at her there - standing beside the coffin of her husband. Just standing not crying. Staring at the most loving man she has known. Her dream boy.

But he has already left. She kept saying, “He should have woken up. We were just sleeping. I still hope this is all part of my bad dream. I hope somebody would wake me up now.”

Her husband, Alfredo Tolentino III, is 25 years old. They were married last 2007 and was about to celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary this June. But she just said, “Di na niya naantay eh.”

He died of “Pancreatitis” also known as “Bangungot”.

We are about to leave and I told her she can always contact me whenever she needs someone. That’s when she started to cry. She said she doesn’t know what lies ahead. I told her I know it will never be easy, for lack of better words. I know I could not say anything to comfort her. So I just cried with her. I handed her the book I wasn’t finished reading yet, My Utmost to His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I know she needed that more this time. I imagined there would be sleepless nights and times of mourning and of silence. I know it could help if at least she has something to read. Something that would tell her she is not alone. That she is loved. That God will always be by her side.

“I love you, Sarah”. That was all I could afford to tell her. I believe in won’t be long until I can see her genuine smile again. Her passion for life resurfaces. I know it won’t be long God will bring her sweet dreams again.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mr. Banana Q

One of the highlights of our visit to Zambales was meeting Mr. Banana-Q. Too bad I forgot to ask his name.

We were on our way home when the bus stopped to give us our "bladder break", "yosi break for some".

I did not leave the bus, though. I just heard someone shouting "Banana Q" in a "slang" way. I looked up, curious to find who he was. It was then that he asked us if we like to buy "Banana Q" for only 10 pesos. My teammate bought one. He was then asked "Which do you like soft or hard?", "Yung malambot na lang po.", responded my officemate. I then jokingly asked, "What's that food beside the Banana Q?". I heard him say something like "Kereoke". He then added, "It's made from cassava." (I think it's Karioka).

We were laughing with amazement. He speaks good english and knows how to pronounce it well. He began asking questions that most of us can't answer. But one of our officemates were able to answer 2 of his tricky questions and he was generous enough to give her free "Kereoke".

Someone asked him about his job. He said he has tried working in various companies before - Radio Veritas included, but he decided to sell Banana Q now. He said he liked it better since he is his own boss and he has his own schedule. So true.

Before he left the bus, he even told us to put God in our hearts always.

I am proud of you, Mr. Banana Q. You are one inspiration I would not forget in my life.

When it rains, it pours...

One rainy night my husband went home all wet because he did not bring an umbrella.

He appeared at our doorstep when my 4 year old son noticed him.

"Uh, daddy, what happened?", my son asked, "why did you perspire that much?"

We both burst out laughing. So cute. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fun day 2009

We had our company outing last May 15 – 16 at Grande Island, Zambales. We left at around 6:45 in the morning of May 15th and we arrived in the Island at around 11:30 am.

We were given our assigned rooms but we went to tour some parts of the Island first before we went to our room and rested a bit. We decided to get out and try “banana boat” but we were oblivious about the time and we forgot that “Banana Boat” was only available until 5:00 pm. So we just swam in the sea and transferred to the pool when it was about twilight.

We had our BBQ dinner and then we had fun games. Our Team was the overall winner!! Yay!

It was on the next day when we tried the “Banana boat”. I was not planning to join them. I would rather sleep. Why would I go and dare to try something when I did not have to? But, the truth is, I never want to. Since, I do not know how to swim, (I guess I only know the basic) and I am kinda afraid.

But, my friends asked me to try it. It was like a challenge to me. And I know I needed to conquer my fear.

I tried it and it was awesome. Good thing I was able to conquer my fear. :)

Here are some of the pictures we had for our fun day.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Thanks for this Award

I got this award from chinita_sai

Thank you so much for this. I really appreciate this award.

Now here are the rules for this award:

1.Take your award here.
2.Put the logo on your post.
3.Link the person who award you.
4.nominate at least other blogs.
5.Add links to those blogs of yours.
6.Leave a message for your nominees on their blog.

I would like to pass this award to my blogmates:

1. Fit4All
2. God's Best Gift
3. Reflections by Mariz
4. My Christian Life
5. Bahay BJ..a home of Love

A worthy call

I can never be the perfect mother that I want to be. I am trying my best but for my kids, cliché as it is, I think my best is just not enough. I wanted to give more, and more.

I think that is what makes mothers so special. We would like to give our children everything that we can. We are willing to do anything to make them happy. And, we never asked for anything in return.

The smile and the laughter of our kids our enough consolation for the work that we do. And, of course, the unsolicited praises from the people around saying we have done a great job.

It is not easy to be a mom. But it is possible I know. I’m just thankful that I have a God whom I can look up to as a loving parent. Who will give me the strength and the power to be the best mom I could be to my kids.

God bless all moms in the world. Happy Mother’s day, Mom!

Description of a Worthy Woman

Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom.
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:25-30

Friday, May 8, 2009

Quality Time

I was on vacation leave for a week. I and my son, Seandy, were supposed to go to Bicol to visit my Lola there. But, since there was a typhoon I had to cancel it. I could not afford to risk for anything.

So here I am at home playing and fighting with my kids. LOL!

It’s nice to stay here and spend time with kids, quality time.

Just one regret, I miss my Lola though.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

To Only a God Like You

It was May 3, the day when Manny Pacquiao was about to face Ricky Hatton on the ring.

I went to church to attend the first service. If it was an ordinary Sunday, I could have waited for the elevator in the Basement - alone.

But it was no ordinary Sunday. When I walked towards the elevator, there were already people waiting in there. I could see in there in eyes that they were very excited. I have heard one said, “1,000 for Manny, he will beat Hatton in 7th round.” His companion said, “Let’s raise the stake to 10,000” and then they both laughed.

I looked at all the people around me; I felt tears swelled in my eyes. I felt chagrin. I remember the church was never filled with much people especially if it is too early in the morning. I just wished they were also excited to praise God and hear God’s words.

But, God did not disappoint them. Manny Pacquiao won and knocked out Ricky Hatton on the 2nd round.

Only a God like You

For the praises of man
I will never ever stand
For the kingdoms of this world
I'll never give my heart away
Oh shout my praise
My allegiance and devotion
My heart's desire and all emotion
Go to serve the Man
Who died upon that tree

Only a God like You
Could be worthy of my praise
And all my hope and faith
To only a King of all kings
Do I bow my knee and sing
Give my everything (x2)
To only my Maker my Father my Savior
Redeemer Restorer Rebuilder Rewarder
To only a God like You
Do I give my praise

Only the God Who left His throne above
He came to live with us
Come to be one of us
To only the one
Who stopped to heal that blind man
Took the time to save that one lost lamb
To only the King Who wore that crown of thorns
So I could wear the crown of life
And to only the One Who conquered sin and death
So we could be set free
So we could stand here and sing

Only a God like You
Only a God like You
Only a God like you (x4)

To only my Maker my Father my Savior
Redeemer Restorer Rebuilder Rewarder
To only a God like You
I give my praise

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mayo Uno

Natapos na naman ang Mayo Uno. Mayo Uno kung saan pinagdiriwang natin ang “Araw ng mga Manggagawa.”

Umalis ang isa sa mga kapatid ko para sumugod sa SM Mall of Asia. May jobfair daw kasi. Maaga pa lang umalis na siya sa min dahil alam din niyang mahabang pila ang aabutan nya dun.

Ayon sa balita marami rami din naman ang pinalad na magkaron ng trabaho dito sa Pinas at sa ibang ibayo ng mundo. Pero marami pa din ang umuwing luhaan at ang iba walang katiyakan kung matatanggap, matatawagan o mauuwi rin sa kawalan.

Napanood ko pa sa balita, siempre, may mga nagkarally pa rin. Tinawag nilang “Job Fairy Tale” at di naman daw totoong Job fair ito. Palabas lang daw ito ng pamahaalaan. Kung totoo daw na seryoso ang pamahalaan sa pagtulong sa mga mamamayan, dapat daw lahat ng tao may trabaho.

Hindi ko maintindihan ang paniniwalang iyon. Alam ko na may responsibilidad talaga ang pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang mamamayan at siguraduhin na may sapat na trabaho ang bawat tao. Pero mas malaki ang responsibiladad natin sa mga sarili natin. Di natin dapat isisi lang sa pamahalaan kung wala tayong trabaho.

Tuwing Linggo pag tumingin ka sa dyaryo, sa classified ads, ang daming trabaho. Ilang kompanya meron sa Pilipinas. Sa Makati pa lang, napakadaming kompanya ang araw araw may “hiring”. Ang problema, konti lang nakakapasa. Masisi mo ba ang gobyerno kung di na nakapasa sa mga “exams”, sa “interviews”?

Isa sa mga napakadaming solusyon ang nakikita ko. Why not equip ones self. Study harder. If it means you will have to take short courses to be equipped, then do so. If it means you have to stay longer in the library or online to learn more, then do so.

You have to make yourself competitive enough. Ang trabaho hinahanap talaga at di lang basta dumarating na lang.